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What’s With the Lame Super Bowl Halftime Acts

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I don’t know about you but when I was a kid, I really enjoyed the Super Bowl half time shows. But as times progressed, it just hasn’t been quite the same. In fact, these days, I don’t even bother watching it and actually go do something else. I’m going to venture the thought that this year will not be any different. I mean, “The Who”? Couldn’t they have got a better act like Daft Punk, or Black Eyed Peas?

If you actually think about it, the last five years have been acts that were in the prime like almost twenty years ago. Maybe more. When was the last time anyone really listened to Prince?

Don’t get me wrong, I like The Who but it’s not what I consider something that grabs the younger crowds. Heck, where are the singers from like the New Year’s Eve bashes? Those are the ones that are recent and the cool acts. It’s also within this decade of music history.

I think whomever schedules this for the NFL really is living in the past. Next thing you know, we’re going to bringing back the Monkees. Nothing wrong with that, but if you ever wonder why your viewership during that time has drastically dropped off? There might be a good reason for it.

Now that I think about it, perhaps the NFL needs to work with Apple’s iTunes marketing team. They find the greatest music that is absolutely catchy and often bands that no one has heard before. And that’s fresh and new, but what do I know. I don’t have billions of dollars hanging in the balance.

Winston-Salem’s Wrong Assumptions About Their New Stadium

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Interestingly enough, I have recently just became a resident of Winston-Salem. And for the last however many years I’ve been here, I’ve been a resident of Greensboro. Well, it seems that to justify the new baseball stadium for the Winston-Salem Dash, they’ve used the Grasshopper Stadium as an anchor point even though there are some significant flaws in the argument.

Here are my thoughts on it based off of some of the things that were said on The Business Report off WFDD:

  • Grasshopper Stadium has done well for Greensboro. I agree here, but you have to also realize that UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro College, A&T and I might be missing some others, all converge on downtown Greensboro. The fact is that you have several major schools with students looking for things to do, and within walking distance. I will go as far as to say that some of the students at these respective schools only go to the games on Thirsty Thursdays because of… well, you don’t need me to explain it but it’s not because of baseball.

    I’ll also go as far as to say that the look-and-feel of the two downtowns are extremely different. Greensboro has Center City Park, which is another privately owned venture and other sorts of things that have the entertainment seekers running around at night. I’ve never gotten the same feel for Winston-Salem’s downtown which is very much more business oriented and has that sort of look and feel. Greensboro has always felt like an infant San Francisco, while Winston-Salem was an infant Chicago. Two very distinct paths which cannot be thrown into the same basket because the population size is somewhat similar.

  • The money is similar for the same seating. Yet, a big difference is how it’s funded. Grasshopper Stadium was all private money. About fifteen million was from the Bryan Foundation and the rest was raised through private means. Winston-Salem’s funding is between the tax payers and Billy Prim’s financing. When you have skin in the game, it makes it a different scenario.
  • Greensboro backed the stadium. Somehow, I’d like to say that if Greensboro’s taxes were up for grabs for Grasshopper Stadium, we would have a different story here. Everyone is always happy to partake in the festivities that someone else’s coin pays for. But when your coin is paying for someone else’s fun? It’s not always a loving situation. Greensboro’s City Council knew that and stepped away from it right at the beginning. I’m not at liberty to speak of the actions by Winston-Salem’s Council since I don’t know the local politics here. Needless to say? Obviously there are a lot of grumblings.

I will say that a huge mistake by a lot of people is not only looking at the situation, but comparing stadiums of larger sizes to this one. With a AAA team, Grasshopper Stadium is actually the closest comparison in cost, physical location and size. But the one big part that’s missing are the points above. It’s like trying to compare people from LA to NYC. Two distinctly different cities, with different cultures, and trying to figure out why the Dodgers don’t play like the Yankees. Something is just a little bit off there.

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Racewalking is an Olympic sport?

I was flipping through the channels watching Olympics while I was on a business trip. And lo and behold I saw the funniest sight ever. Wait, are those people powerwalking? What the…
Apparently there’s an endurance sport called racewalking that’s been part of track & field for ages. It’s different from powerwalking being that there are more rules to follow and there are some serious optimization of how the hips move and how it’s judged. But it was still definitely a jaw-dropping sight.
While it was kind of funny to watch and obviously it often gets little respect, I have to admit that it’s definitely a lot more difficult than you think it might be. The point of it is that you have to keep form for the entire length of time and that most events are over an hour long meaning that it becomes a total endurance sport. On top of that, you can’t run and thus making it extremely difficult in the latter half of races since the range of motion makes you want to break out in a faster pace. It’s sort of like keeping a horse from going from a trot to a full gallop, which is pretty difficult since it’s the middle ground between speeds.
Who knew. Then again, this year was also the first year that the summer Olympics included BMX racing. Guess they’re starting to merge those sports from the X games alongside some things that most people have never heard of. Racewalking. hmm. Crazy stuff, I tell ya. Crazy stuff.

Lateral fever

In the game of pigskin tossing, one of the most difficult moves is lateral passing. Mainly because usually any plays as such are a total play-by-ear type of maneuver. It’s not too different from the Hail Mary play…. or what people like to call the play and pray.
In any case, lateral type moves are rarely seen, and especially as you get up into the harder hitting times of collegiate football. Yet, this Division 3 game that you will witness is a sight to behold.

It’s not improbable. But the likelihood of something happening like this again? Pretty slim. Crazy stuff.

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Tachikara SV-5WSC Indoor Volleyball

Tachikara is king when it comes to indoor courts. They’ve been the brand that pretty much everyone uses since who knows when. While I haven’t had a chance to break in my new Tachikara SV5WSC Sensi-Tec Composite High Performance Volleyball [affiliate], I have in the past owned two to three Tachikara indoors and have never been dissatisfied with the way they played. The leather that they use on their high end balls makes it super soft for setting but when you want to serve or power hit, the grip on it allows you to put really mean spins on it. This means that the game itself can be very quick and fast without a lot of injury due to the quality of the leather.
From a personal perspective, I bought the teal, white, and black one since the colors suited me a lot better than the two-toned and the distinct color scheme not only is easy to pick out my particular ball, but it doesn’t fade into the fluorescent lights when someone lobs the ball high up. You wouldn’t think that it makes a big deal, but when you lose the ball in the lights, it’s no different than outdoor play where someone puts it high up so you lose the ball in the sun.

Tachikara VB7500 Outdoor Volleyball

Tachikara is one of those brands in volleyball that you should know. Definitely. Before Wilson took over the AVP, Tachikara ruled both sand and court. Nowadays, it’s still the ball that is used inside the most.
I bought this ball a bit ago since during the summer, there’s a lot of sand court action going on. The differences between leather and synthetic (Wilson AVP ball) is pretty apparent. The leather is softer and sticks a lot more to the grip. This means that you can do some really mean spins on the ball, where you couldn’t with the synthetic. Believe me when I say that sometimes, those spins are all you can put on the ball against those power hitters.
If you’re looking for a different type of competition ball, and don’t care that it’s non-AVP, this Tachikara VB7500 Cordley┬« Composite Leather Stitched Outdoor Volleyball [affiliate] will definitely not let you down. It’s just one of those brands.