NCAA Football 14 Rivalry Game Trophies

Listed below are all the rivalry trophies and are accurate to the best of my knowledge. I also have a list of the achievements available on this game as well.
Rivalry Trophies:
Washington vs. Washington State (Apple Cup)
New Mexico vs. New Mexico State (Battle of I-25 Trophy)
Houston vs. Rice (Bayou Bucket)
BYU/Utah/Utah State vs. BYU/Utah/Utah State (Beehive Boot)
West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech (Black Diamond Trophy)
Colorado State vs. Wyoming (Bronze Boot)
Air Force/Army/Navy vs. Air Force/Army/Navy (Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy)
Virginia vs. Virginia Tech (Commonwealth Cup)
Iowa State vs. Iowa (Cy-Hawk Trophy)
Iowa vs. Minnesota (Floyd of Rosedale)
Nevada vs. UNLV (Freemont Cannon)
Arkansas vs. LSU (Golden Boot)
Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State (Golden Egg Trophy)
Texas vs. Oklahoma (Golden Hat)
Kansas vs. Kansas State (Governor’s Cup)
Kentucky vs. Louisville (Governor’s Cup)
Minnesota vs. Penn State (Governor’s Victory Bell)
Illinois vs. Ohio State (Illibuck)
Notre Dame vs. Boston College (Ireland Trophy)
SMU vs. TCU (Iron Skillet)
Notre Dame vs. USC (Jeweled Shillelagh)
Cincinnati vs. Louisville (Keg of Nails)
Penn State vs. Michigan State (Land Grant Trophy)
Michigan vs. Minnesota (Little Brown Jug)
Kansas vs. Missouri (Marching Drum)
Notre Dame vs. Michigan State (Megaphone)
Missouri vs. Nebraska (Missouri-Nebraska Bell)
Alabama vs. Auburn (ODK-FOY Sportsmanship Trophy)
Michigan vs. Indiana (Old Brass Spittoon)
Indiana vs. Perdue (Old Oaken Bucket)
Michigan vs. Michigan State (Paul Bunyan Trophy)
Minnesota vs. Wisconsin (Paul Bunyan’s Axe)
Bowling Green vs. Toledo (Peace Pipe)
Purdue vs. Illinois (Purdue Cannon)
Florida vs. Miami (Seminole War Canoe)
Notre Dame vs. Perdue (Shillelagh Trophy)
New Mexico State vs. UTEP (Silver Spade)
Cal vs. Stanford (Stanford Axe)
Illinois vs. Northwestern (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk)
Iowa State vs. Missouri (Telephone Trophy)
Arizona vs. Arizona State (Territorial Trophy)
Clemson vs. NC State (Textile Bowl Trophy)
LSU vs. Tulane (Tiger Rag)
Cincinnati vs. Miami (OH) (Victory Bell)
Duke vs. North Caroline (Victory Bell)
USC vs. UCLA (Victory Bell)
Akron vs. Kent State (Wagon Wheel)
Rice vs. Tulsa (Williams Trophy)
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How to Understand Football – A Primer

Lets take a look at the success of English football clubs, within English, European and Worldwide competitions. Starting with the Top Division/Premier League followed by all of the English trophy competitions, moving onto European and Worldwide titles with the final rundown of which English football club has won the most trophies all together.

The top division of English football was the Football League First Division. It wasn’t until 1992 that the Premier League was formed, taking over from the First Division as the top tier in English football. Here I bring to you, the top 5 Premier League title winning teams which also includes the previous Football League First Division titles.

5. Aston Villa are the 5th most successful team in the top division of English football with 7 trophies to show for their efforts. All of their trophy wins have come prior to the forming of the Premier League. They have not won the top flight of English football for more than thirty years, with their last top tier trophy coming in 1980/81. Aston Villa hold the record of 128 goals in a single top flight season.

4. Everton come in as the 4th most successful team with 9 top division trophies. They last won the top flight title in 1986/87 with 86 points, taking the crown from arch rivals Liverpool, however the next season they could only manage 70 points, putting them in 4th place with Liverpool reclaiming what was theirs, Everton haven’t touched it since. No other team has spent more time in the top tier of English football than Everton’s 110 seasons.

3. Arsenal stroll in at 3rd place with a tasty 13 league titles. Their latest title win was in the 2003/04 season where they accrued a massive 90 points and they also were the first team to go through a whole season of 38 matches undefeated. After they achieved that incredible feat they had earned the nickname ‘the invincibles’. This aided their Premier League record of 49 matches without a defeat.

2. Liverpool have earned themselves a nice hefty 18 top division trophy wins but are yet to win the trophy again since they last did in 1989/90. This doesn’t distract from their supporters optimism however, with a lot of followers claiming every season that they have ‘turned a corner’ and that ‘this is our season’. Liverpool have only finished runners up twice in the last 20 seasons which isn’t such a great statistic, however they were a rejuvenated side last season and finished a close second. Liverpool seem to be losing their respect as one of the ‘big four’ teams of the top division but they went a long way to silencing those words last season with a more than respectable second placed finish, are the tides turning and are we going to see a challenge from Liverpool once again..

1. Manchester United are the most successful club in the top division competition of English football with an incredible 20 title wins. They have won the Premier League a whopping 12 times in the last 20 seasons, all under current manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Man Utd heavily bolstered their title wins not so long ago having won the Premier League 3 times on the trot between 2006 – 2009 again in 2010/11 and then most recently 2012/13. With the retirement of Sir Alex, United managed to finish just 7th placed and there are now question marks whether or not they can regain a title winning mentality. Man Utd are the only team in history to win the Premier League three times in a row, twice.

Here are the top 5 teams in ALL English football competitions, including, Football League First Division and it’s successor the Premier League , FA Cup, League Cup, ScreenSport Super Cup which was a one off competition in the 1985/86 season, set up for the English clubs that qualified for European football which they couldn’t proceed with due to all English football clubs being banned by UEFA following the Heysel Stadium disaster. Full Members Cup and the Community Shield are also included.

5. Chelsea and Tottenham are joint for 5th spot with both winning a respectable 21 English football trophies, Chelsea Honours: Premier League x4, FA Cup x7, League Cup x4, Full Members Cup x2 and the Community Shield x4. Tottenham Honours: Premier League x2, FA Cup x8, League Cup x4 and the Community Shield x7.

4. Everton have won a juicy 23 titles in all English competitions. Honours: Premier League x9, FA Cup x5 and the Community Shield x9. Despite Everton’s chunky trophy haul, they have not won a title since winning the FA Cup back in 1995!

3. Arsenal come in at 3rd place with an impressive 39 wins. Honours: Premier League x13, FA Cup x11, League Cup x2 and the Community Shield x13. Arsenal’s most note-able trophy to date would have to be their sublime 2003/04 ‘The Invincibles’ Premier League campaign, winning the trophy undefeated!

2. Liverpool are the 2nd most successful team in all English competitions with 48 trophies, with most of their outstanding trophy winning capabilities coming from the 1970′s and 80′s. 34 of their 48 trophies came within these times. Unfortunately for Liverpool, they seem to be on the downfall having won just one trophy in the last five years, the League Cup in 2012. Honours: Premier League x18, FA Cup x7, League Cup x8, ScreenSport Super Cup x1 and the Community Shield x15. Liverpool have made the final of the League Cup on 12 occasions, more than any other club.

1. Manchester United come sailing in as the most successful team in all English football competitions with an unprecedented 55 titles, winning 31 of them under Sir Alex Ferguson. Man Utd have won an astonishing 10 English titles within the last 5 years. Honours: Premier League x20, FA Cup x11, League Cup x4 and the Community Shield x20. Manchester United have won the Premier League and Community Shield more than ANY other team, they have also made the most FA Cup final appearances with 18 along with their record of 28 Community Shield appearances.

So after the Premier League titles and a round up of all English competitions, lets now take a look at which English team has been the most successful in all past European and Worldwide competitions, including, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, UEFA Cup Winners Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup and UEFA/CONMEBOL Intercontinental Cup, along with the present competitions of UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

3. The third most successful English team in all European and worldwide competitions is Chelsea with their 5 trophies. Honours: UEFA Champions League x1, UEFA Europa League x1, UEFA Cup Winners Cup x2 and UEFA Super Cup x1.

2. Manchester United sit in second position with 7 European and Worldwide title wins. Honours: UEFA Champions League x3, UEFA Cup Winners Cup x1, UEFA Super Cup x1, UEFA/CONMEBOL Intercontinental Cup x1 and FIFA Club World Cup x1. There is only one major trophy that Man Utd have never won, the UEFA Europa League. Their last non-English based trophies came in 2008, winning their third UEFA Champions League title in May and the FIFA Club World Cup in December.

1. With an unrivalled 11 titles, Liverpool lead the rest of English clubs when it comes to trophies outside of England. Honours: UEFA Champions League x5, UEFA Europa League x3 and UEFA Super Cup x3. Liverpool were awarded the UEFA Champions League trophy permanently after winning it a fifth time in 2005, the only English club to do so. With the clubs success of 2005 they were also runners-up in 2006/07 but have not lived up to their European pedigree since.
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9 Titles won – There are four teams joint on 9 trophies, they include, Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion. Amongst these clubs, Leeds are the only team to win a trophy outside of England, winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, twice.

12 Titles won – Blackburn Rovers with their 3 League titles combined with 6 FA Cup victories and 1 League Cup, 1 Community Shield followed up with a Full Members Cup.

13 Titles won – There are three teams joint on 13 trophies, including, Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest. All of Wolves’ trophies have come from England, the other clubs winning at least 1 European trophy.

17 Titles won – Manchester City have reaped the rewards of 17 trophies, 16 of which come from England accompanied by their single UEFA Cup Winners Cup trophy. Man City have been very heavily invested in and there is great expectation upon them to add to their trophy haul.

24 Titles won – Three teams have earned themselves 24 trophies, including, Everton, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur. Everton have been more successful in English football than the other two teams, Aston Villa however, have been the most successful in their European football trophy hunt, of the three clubs.

26 Titles won – With Chelsea having won a total of 26 trophies in all competitions. 21 English trophies and 5 European ones, puts them as the fourth most successful English club.

41 Titles won – Arsenal are in third position, wiNCAA Football 14 College Playoffs Rose Bowl – #2 Oregon vs #3 Florida St – Bridges Targeting!
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Baseball’s Greatest Hitters of the 80s

I have three boys, two of whom play baseball. While we love the sport, and they spend half the year training and playing it, the stress of parenting a little league baseball player can definitely take its toll.
Its not just the carpooling and ever shifting schedules of practices, games and team meetings that is challenging. The politics of little league baseball, as well as baseball for teenagers which is played on the larger diamond (in my hometown, its called “Babe Ruth Baseball”) can be difficult to deal with.
Generally speaking, true Little League baseball officially only runs until age 12. Once players are beyond this age, they must to play on a larger field, with a longer distance from the mound to the plate and between bases. Additional information on the rules and ages is included below.
Parenting a little league baseball player takes patience, humility, tact and humor! After having been a baseball parent for the past 10 years, and with a child going into high school this fall, we have had our share of sitting in the stands with parents who do not share our philosophies, children that are not disciplined, and working with a coach that used to be a Major League Baseball player.
Read on for some tips on how to be a baseball parent – and best of luck to you and your child!Among the various complaints lodged by baseball parents include:
Not enough playing time
Played in the wrong position
Other players not performing their expected roles
Poor umpiring
Too many or not enough practices
Practices at an inconvenient time
Not enough competent volunteers
Poor coaching
Coach’s child getting too much playing time and/or in the wrong position
Uniforms too expensive, not nice enough, wrong size, wrong color, etc.
Program too expensive
Not enough or too much travel
In general, Little League baseball is open to boys and girls between the ages of 4-18, with differing divisions for age groups and sexes. From 1951-74, Little League baseball was only open to boys, but in 1974 the rules were revised to allow girls in the program. Thanks to Title IX!
It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1939, with the stated mission, “to promote, develop, supervise, and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball.”
Little League baseball was granted a Federal Charter in the United States on July 16, 1964. See Title 36 of the United States Code.
Here in the United States, the Little League has three components: (1) administrative/service; (2) district; and (3) local Little League. No matter where you live or play ball, these three aspects of the organization are consistently represented.
The highlight of Little League Baseball is the world series, which is held annually in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Teams participate in state and regional elimination tournaments most of the summer, leading up to the World Series the middle of August.
Last year, two youth baseball teams from my hometown of Bend, Oregon were in the final, championship regional games losing right before advancing to national tournament play!My children have played baseball, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, tennis and lacrosse. I have found that there is no sport that is more politicized than baseball. My two older boys, ages 14 and 12, have played on little league teams and travel baseball/select teams for the past 3 years. There are significant differences between little league and travel/select ball, but both organizations are very political.
In our hometown, little league is open to anyone, regardless of experience or financial means. On the other hand, travel baseball, as well as All-Star teams require try-outs and selection.
Starting at age 8, parents hope that their child will be selected for the Little League All-Star team at the end of the season, whether for baseball or softball. Post-season play is usually more competitive and, as the teams advance, statewide, regional, or even national play can be expected throughout the summer.
Players in the 12U (ages 12 and under) division of All-Stars can hope to make it to the Little League World Series each year. At this level of play, the organization demands proof of age via birth certificates, proof of residence and use of “legal” bats and balls.
Rules seem to change each year on the approved baseball equipment. Parents should consult with the coaching staff before purchasing a bat to ensure that it is appropriate and approved for the age and sex of the player. Gear is inspected by both teams before any Little League or travel ball tournament play.Now, I know that some leagues and other baseball organizations have official “codes of conduct” for players, parents and other spectators.
If your child’s team has one, please do read it and abide by it – not only during the season, but year round!
My own suggested code of conduct for baseball parents includes the following rules:
Communicate with the coaches and other parents. If your child is sick or injured let people know so that replacements can be found, if necessary. If you are frustrated with the way things are going, don’t complain about it behind everyone’s backs. Be direct and honest.
Ensure that your child makes it to scheduled practices and games. Baseball is a team sport. Other players on the squad need to be able to work with all players in their designated positions.
Own, borrow or rent proper equipment. It puts a strain on the team if your child is always borrowing helmets, gloves, bats or catching gear.
Contribute as required financially and/or via donations. Be aware of the financial obligations before your child signs up or tries out. Tournament fees, travel, etc. can really add up. Be prepared before the season so that the team can ensure it has enough players throughout the year.
Trust the coaches. This one is difficult, even for me! While it is true that some coaches play favorites and may give their child more playing time in a coveted position, keep in mind that they are likely volunteering their time. Moreover, strategies cannot always be ascertained. If you are concerned about bench time for your child, let the coach know, but be respectful.
Be respectful. This has to follow from the previous tip. If your emotions are running over, take a deep breath and wait before saying something. Respect the coaches, the other parents, all the players on the team and, perhaps most importantly, the players, coaches and parents on the other team! Don’t yell at the umpires, either. Walk away from annoying fans on the other team. Model good sportsmanship for your child.
Follow rules. If the field says that there are no dogs allowed, leave Fido at home. No flash photography? Then shut it off. Things will go much more smoothly if you don’t find yourself on the defensive at a game.
Be prepared. Be sure to send plenty of water to practices and games. Include approved snacks, if allowed. Check your child’s bat bag to make sure they have everything they need before arriving to a game or practice.
Baseball card collecting has been a fun (and sometimes lucrative) hobby for boys and man-boys almost since Abner Doubleday strapped on his first set of cleats and hit the diamond. First mass produced in the mid-to-late 1800s, these collectible little nostalgia nuggets have been a part of American culture for almost 150 years.
Baseball cards were widely distributed around the turn of the 20th century as inserts in cigarette and cigar packs by tobacco producers like the Imperial Tobacco Company, the American Tobacco Company, and Cuban cigar manufacturer Cabañas (this was back in the day when you could purchase Cuban cigars without the Justice Department threatening to donkey punch you and take away your birthday).
That only makes sense, as tobacco use and professional athletics are almost as inextricably intertwined as mayonnaise and pancakes. An All-Star parade of 1950s baseball greats (many of whom did not die prematurely from heart disease or lung cancer) attest to this indisputable fact.However, while one cannot deny the healthful, relaxing benefits of daily cigarette use, one could easily make a case that production glitches and poorly chosen photographs in the baseball card industry sometimes result in less than flattering cards that some players later regret.
It is on cards such as these that my focus lies. After diligently poring through hundreds of thousands of baseball cards, eyes bloodshot and bleary, butt numb and stuck to chair, I have identified the twelve worst baseball cards ever produced.Mossi was a competent reliever for the Cleveland Indians who eventually earned his way into the starting rotation. Hailing from sunny California, this southpaw hurler carved out a decent decade-long career in baseball, performing with the Indians, White Sox, and Athletics from the mid-60s to mid-70s.
Perhaps more impressive than his 101 wins or 3.43 career ERA, however, are his gargantuan ears. This baseball card froSuper Mario Sluggers – Baseball MANETA
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Fantasy Football Bold Predictions

Here in Australia the two top football contests ended in a draw last season. Nail biting stuff til the end that led some to ask what is it about the year 2010? The recent federal elections also ended in a draw as did those in England. There are so many other cases of tied endings around the world that one wonders about the new season starting out in the Northern Hemisphere. Will it be any different?
As the days draw in and the weather turns in the north there is a chill in the air and the football gear makes its appearance. This is a lens on some of the codes played in Australia and elsewhere and of the gear and the places to buy it online. As well get tickets for the events and those little outfits for kids to wear ro show the colors and in support of dads who happily carry them around to show off after their win.
But the latest news is that American Football is in for a change, well at least a new addition. Its coming in 2011
FREE e-book on Norma’s Reincarnation ExperienceWhat is it?Rugby League is the game that gets most Aussies fired up over winter. It is fast and furious, bullish and often violent. and it is an offspring of Rugby Union, the great British game. (photo from Wikipedia)Wikipedia notes that it “is a full contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular grass field. One of the two codes of rugby football, it originated as a split from the Rugby Football Union in England in 1895 over the issue of payments to players. Its rules were then gradually changed in order to produce a more entertaining game that would appeal to spectators.”The game now exceeds their wildest expectations and it grips the nation as the finals are determined by semi-finals and finals played out over some three week-ends.In Canberra we barack for the home team, the Raiders, who are in their green and white attire. Many of its players have been chosen to represent Australia in the International Team called the Kangaroos. They are ranked number 1 in the world and dominate the sport both at home and abroad.Wikipedia states: “The European Super League and the Australasian National Rugby League are the premier club competitions. Rugby league is played internationally, predominantly by European, Australasian and Pacific countries, and is governed by the Rugby League International Federation. New Zealand are the current World Cup holders.”The try is the most common form of scoring and a team will usually attempt to score one by running and kicking the ball further upfield, or passing from player-to-player in order to manoeuvre around the opposition’s defence. A try involves touching the ball to the ground on or beyond the defending team’s goal-line and is worth four points. A goal is worth two points and may be gained from a conversion or a penalty. A field goal, or drop goal, is only worth one point and is gained by dropping and then kicking the ball on the half volley between the uprights in open play.”While it is a great game in Australia, England and a few other nations, watch out America because it is coming to you.”Rugby league is played in more than 50 countries worldwide. The strongest rugby league nations are England, Australia and New Zealand, who contest the Rugby League Four Nations most years. Rugby league is the national sport of Papua New Guinea, and is also played professionally in France, and Wales. It is due to be played professionally in the United States by 2011 or sometime in the near future.There is no protective gear except for mouth guards and the hits are like hitting a brick wall. Ouch! But don’t complain boys, there is more to comeAre you interested in this new addition to USA footballOtherwise called the AFLBecause my family were Rugby League fans it was only in the last few years that I started watching AFL, It quickly dawned on me that this would have to be the fastest football in the world. Players run throughout the four, 20 minute quarters that make up full time. For a newcomer it appears that there are almost no rules for players to follow. They push, shove, kick, run and jump high into the air to catch balls sometimes meters off the ground.The opponent soars upwards as well to try and get the ball or to knock it out of the receivers hands. If the latter hold it for a few seconds it is called a mark and that gives him the right to kick it wherever he likes. It can also allow him to strive for a goal. If the ball passes between the two inner posts it counts for six points. If, on the other hand, it passes between the outside post it is called a ‘behind’ and is worth one point.Sometimes the action is so fast that one wonder how these players can cope with the pressure. But they do and the video below shows the game in action.Wikipedia notes: It is “a sport played between two teams of 22 players (18 on the field, and 4 interchanges) on either an Australian rules football ground or a modified cricket field.”"During play, players may position themselves anywhere on the field and use any part of their body to move the ball. The primary methods are kicking, handballing and running with the ball. There are rules on how the ball can be handled: for example, players running with the ball must intermittently bounce or touch it on the ground. Throwing the ball is not allowed and players must not get caught holding the ball.”Would this be a good thing to watch?Sportswall is an online resource for sports memorabilia, including sports posters, motivational sports posters, sports pennants, sports banners, sports flags, sports blankets, & sports plaques. It specializes in custom framing and framed sports photos. See its range by checking category or via the easy search tool located on every page.You can also contact a SportsWall representative by phone or email as the staff strives for 100% satisfaction on every order!This is more a game for gentlemen rather than the tough hard knockers of Rugby League. It is exciting and a good spectator sport and has produced some nail biting tounaments at both the World Cup level, played every 4 years, the Six Nations Championship and theTri Nations Series.Wikipedia notes: “The Six Nations is an annual competition involving the European teams England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. Each country plays the other five once.” while “The Tri Nations is an annual international series held between the southern hemisphere teams of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.”"Rugby union was played at the Olympic Games in 1900, 1908, 1920 and 1924. As per Olympic rules, the nations of Scotland, Wales and England were not allowed to play separately as they are not sovereign states. Rugby sevens has been played at the Commonwealth Games since 1998 and on 9 October 2009, the International Olympic Committee voted with a majority of 81 to 8 that rugby union be reinstated as an Olympic sport in at least the 2016 and 2020 games, but in the sevens, 4-day tournament format.This is something the rugby world has aspired to for a long time and Bernard Lapasset, president of the International Rugby Board, said the Olympic gold medal would be considered to be “the pinnacle of our sport” (Rugby Sevens)The game has a large following and now includes many countries from aorund the world. This snippet shows that the USA and Canada are not out of the loop: “The United States are the most recent Olympic gold medalists; an American team stacked with American football players won the event at the Paris Olympics in 1924, which was the last year rugby union was played at the games. Large numbers of players are active in North America, and the USA regularly qualify for World Cups, while Canada has participated at every World CupIt is not too dissimilar to Rugby League, having been the parent sport. But as well as scrums the ball is tossed in from the sideline while both teams line up opposite each other and try to catch it. The leap into the air, pictured, is along the lines of the AFL mark.Again there is no protective clothing worn aside from the mouth guard and occasional bandage, Its most famous player is probably David Beckham who was accepted an offer of millions of dollars to train the American Team in California.Still images from Dreamstime – click hereSexiest Players The FIFA World Cup will kick off starting in June 2010 in South Africa. The final soccer game will end at the Johannesburg Stadium on
July 11, 2010. And as we are all eager to see who out of the 32 nations will win the games, I thought that this time around lets move on to more important stuff like which players are most deserving of your full attention. So here I have come up with some of the Sexiest and talented players of FIFA World Cup 2010. Packed with photos of some of the hottest players in the world of soccer, I hope you vote in the poll at the end of this article and let us all know who you think is the hottest hunk in the FIFA World Cup of 2010.Nickname: CR9Date of Birth: Mar 4, 1985Place of Birth: MadeiraNationNCAA Football 14 College Playoffs Rose Bowl – #2 Oregon vs #3 Florida St – Bridges Targeting!
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Top 10 Batsmen in International Test Cricket in 2013

In cricket, swing is a potent weapon in the battle of willow and leather. There are three basic types of swing: in-swing, out-swing and reverse swing. Reverse swing, whether it goes away from the batsman or otherwise, goes contrary to a batsman’s expectation. The cricket ball swings in a manner contrary to what the seam position and shine of the ball suggests it should. Based on that, reverse swings is characterized as follows: The ball swinging towards the shiny side of the ball as opposed to moving towards the rough side (as in conventional swing) The ball moving in the opposite direction of the seam With conventional swing, the increased drag on the rough side of the ball causes the shinier side to move faster through the air. This creates a side force that acts in the direction of the shiny side. Even with a new ball, an upright, angled seam can generate swing when bowled at high speeds. This seems strange to many, but it depends on the following elements: Bowler’s bowling action and pace The condition of the ball Atmospheric conditions – like humidity Pitch conditions – a drier pitch roughens both sides of the ball, which is necessary for reverse swing Scientist Rabindra Mehta, a long-time friend of former Pakistan captain Imran Khan, posited that true reverse swing occurs when the ball moves in a direction opposite to that of the seam position. Seam bowlers, who are not genuinely fast, can generate conventional swing easily. However, this can only occur up to a certain speed threshold, because the higher velocity in the forward motion reduces the impact of the side force necessary for swing. Therefore, for genuinely fast bowlers, the seam position becomes more important in generating swing. Mehta suggests that the seam position is more prominent because it causes the boundary layer of air around the ball to separate earlier at the top of the ball than at the bottom of it. This argument suggests that bowlers who bowl upwards of 90 miles (140 kilometres) per hour can only generate reverse swing. So what really obtains is that the effect of the turbulent air around the seam outweighs the effect of the pressure differentials of the ball.
Reverse swing bowler Waqar Younis also suggested that a dry pitch was helpful in producing reverse swing. The former Pakistan captain and coach stated that the dry pitch made both sides of the ball rough, although one side was significantly rougher than the other. Waqar also noted that the Pakistan bowlers did not touch the sides of the ball, since this might dampen the ball and reduce the effect. Waqar may have had a point, since reduced side force could have accentuated the importance of the seam position.Reverse swing was one viewed like a magician’s trick or diabolical effect brought about by ball tampering. The idea that the ball is going the “wrong” way is common, since cricket has terms for balls that goes the “wrong way.” The “googly” and “doosra” are terms used when leg-spinners and off-spinners spin the ball in the opposite direction to what their bowling action suggests.
Looking at the mechanics of the googly or doosra, one would observe what causes the ball to spin the other way. Technically, reverse swing is merely in-swing or out-swing that defies expectation. The idea that the ball “reverses” is just another one of cricket’s “wrong one” analogies. Science shows that there are merely different ways of producing outswing and in-swing. When it’s caused strictly by pressure differentials, it is conventional swing. However, when the swing is caused primarily by the seam, it is reverse swing – just a case of one force over-ruling another.
The reason it took so long for reverse swing to be accepted is its association with ball tampering. This is especially as exponents of reverse swing usually hail from the sub-continent – Pakistan in particular. Indeed, the art and science of reverse swing is not yet fully understood and is barely understood in some quarters of the cricket world. There is merit to the idea that ball tampering can aid reverse swing, however. For example, if the seam position is elevated on the shinier side of the ball, that would create additional turbulence on the shinier side of the ball. This causes the ball to swing in the direction of the shinier side.
One can suppose that reverse swing is to fast bowlers what googlies and doosras are to leg-spinners and off-spinners. It will remain part of cricket’s terminology and certainly will be an additional weapon for fast bowlers on even the most unforgiving pitches.
Allrounders are a special breed of cricketers who are of great value in a cricket team. They merit a place in a cricket team by virtue of their batting and bowling. This is unlike the modern idea of the batting allrounder or bowling allrounder.
Such terms are used for batsmen who bowl a bit and bowlers who can bat a little. This list includes players who have higher batting averages than some specialist batsmen and lower bowling averages than specialist bowlers.Jacques Kallis is South Africa’s finest cricketers and, arguably, the best allrounder in the history of the game. The soft-spoken Kallis does not have the flamboyance or charisma of some other cricketers, but he is a renowned talent with the willow and leather.
Although he is better with the bat than the ball, he could bowl upwards of 85 miles per hour and had a nasty surprise bouncer in his armoury. Kallis also scored 40 Test hundreds.In Wisden’s list of top cricketers, Sir Garry Sobers was second only to Donald Bradman. Indeed, the versatile West Indian once held the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings (365 not out).
He was a dashing left-handed batsman who could play shots all around the wicket. However, his bowling ability was a captain’s dream. He could bowl left-arm medium pace, slow left arm orthodox or slow left-arm unorthodox.Imran Khan was the first superstar of Pakistan cricket and a fine contributor to the game of cricket. Many cricketers consider Khan the second-best allrounder – after Garry Sobers.
Khan’s allround ability not only helped make Pakistan a top cricket side in the 1980s, but he helped them win the 1992 ICC World Cup in Australia. The former Pakistan captain was also a fine exponent of reverse swing and was a genuine quick bowler. Kapil Dev was India’s best fast bowler and best allrounder. He even captained the side towards the end of his illustrious career and was an influential player in India’s 1983 World Cup triumph against the West Indies.
Kapil once held the world record for the highest number of Test wickets, before Courtney Walsh surpassed the record seven years later. Dev also accumulated 5,000 Test runs, including eight centuries. Such was his contribution to the game, that Botham was knighted. Sir Ian Botham, as he is known, was one of the four great allrounders of the 1980s.
Botham had the distinction of being the fastest player to 1000 runs and 100 wickets. His presence in the England side of the 1980s made a mediocre team look decent, although they were still trampled by the rampaging West Indians of that era.Richard Hadlee is one of the top 10 fast bowlers of all time, and he was not too shabby with the bat either. Obviously, bowling was the New Zealander’s strength, but he still managed to score two Test centuries. Hadlee once held the world record for the highest number of Test wickets, and is by far the fastest bowler to 400 wickets (by matches). Pollock was not a genuine allrounder when he made his debut in 1995. He was a capable lower-order batsman and new ball bowler.
Later in his career, his batting improved and he ended with a batting average of 32.31 – higher than many specialist batsmen manage. He is also one of 11 players to have scalped more than 400 Test wickets.While Andrew Flintoff started his career as an allrounder, he had an inauspicious start after he made his debut in 1998. However, the pudgy allrounder improved his fitness and his batting to become much more of a force in world cricket. Andy was a good allrounder, but injuries did not allow him to perform for extended periods.Daniel Vettori already has a place in cricket as the best slow left-arm spinner in cricket history. However, the former New Zealand captain also gets among the runs. He began as a useful number eight batsman, but his batting improved as he got older. Vettori took six years to score his first Test century, and now has six Test centuries and a batting average just over 30. The son of allrounder BL Cairns, Chris managed to perform even better than his dad. Cairns was a decent allrounder, although not as spectacular as other. His batting was aggressive and his bowling generally kept batsmen honest.
Cairns managed to take five wickets in 13 innings and scored five test centuries. His all-round ability was critical to New Zealand reaching the semi-finals of the 1999 and 2003 ICC World Cups.IfBox Cricket League – Episode 14
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I have three boys, two of whom play baseball. While we love the sport, and they spend half the year training and playing it, the stress of parenting a little league baseball player can definitely take its toll.
Its not just the carpooling and ever shifting schedules of practices, games and team meetings that is challenging. The politics of little league baseball, as well as baseball for teenagers which is played on the larger diamond (in my hometown, its called “Babe Ruth Baseball”) can be difficult to deal with.
Generally speaking, true Little League baseball officially only runs until age 12. Once players are beyond this age, they must to play on a larger field, with a longer distance from the mound to the plate and between bases. Additional information on the rules and ages is included below.
Parenting a little league baseball player takes patience, humility, tact and humor! After having been a baseball parent for the past 10 years, and with a child going into high school this fall, we have had our share of sitting in the stands with parents who do not share our philosophies, children that are not disciplined, and working with a coach that used to be a Major League Baseball player.
Read on for some tips on how to be a baseball parent – and best of luck to you and your child!Among the various complaints lodged by baseball parents include:
Not enough playing time
Played in the wrong position
Other players not performing their expected roles
Poor umpiring
Too many or not enough practices
Practices at an inconvenient time
Not enough competent volunteers
Poor coaching
Coach’s child getting too much playing time and/or in the wrong position
Uniforms too expensive, not nice enough, wrong size, wrong color, etc.
Program too expensive
Not enough or too much travel
In general, Little League baseball is open to boys and girls between the ages of 4-18, with differing divisions for age groups and sexes. From 1951-74, Little League baseball was only open to boys, but in 1974 the rules were revised to allow girls in the program. Thanks to Title IX!
It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1939, with the stated mission, “to promote, develop, supervise, and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball.”
Little League baseball was granted a Federal Charter in the United States on July 16, 1964. See Title 36 of the United States Code.
Here in the United States, the Little League has three components: (1) administrative/service; (2) district; and (3) local Little League. No matter where you live or play ball, these three aspects of the organization are consistently represented.
The highlight of Little League Baseball is the world series, which is held annually in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Teams participate in state and regional elimination tournaments most of the summer, leading up to the World Series the middle of August.
Last year, two youth baseball teams from my hometown of Bend, Oregon were in the final, championship regional games losing right before advancing to national tournament play!My children have played baseball, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, tennis and lacrosse. I have found that there is no sport that is more politicized than baseball. My two older boys, ages 14 and 12, have played on little league teams and travel baseball/select teams for the past 3 years. There are significant differences between little league and travel/select ball, but both organizations are very political.
In our hometown, little league is open to anyone, regardless of experience or financial means. On the other hand, travel baseball, as well as All-Star teams require try-outs and selection.
Starting at age 8, parents hope that their child will be selected for the Little League All-Star team at the end of the season, whether for baseball or softball. Post-season play is usually more competitive and, as the teams advance, statewide, regional, or even national play can be expected throughout the summer.
Players in the 12U (ages 12 and under) division of All-Stars can hope to make it to the Little League World Series each year. At this level of play, the organization demands proof of age via birth certificates, proof of residence and use of “legal” bats and balls.
Rules seem to change each year on the approved baseball equipment. Parents should consult with the coaching staff before purchasing a bat to ensure that it is appropriate and approved for the age and sex of the player. Gear is inspected by both teams before any Little League or travel ball tournament play.Now, I know that some leagues and other baseball organizations have official “codes of conduct” for players, parents and other spectators.
If your child’s team has one, please do read it and abide by it – not only during the season, but year round!
My own suggested code of conduct for baseball parents includes the following rules:
Communicate with the coaches and other parents. If your child is sick or injured let people know so that replacements can be found, if necessary. If you are frustrated with the way things are going, don’t complain about it behind everyone’s backs. Be direct and honest.
Ensure that your child makes it to scheduled practices and games. Baseball is a team sport. Other players on the squad need to be able to work with all players in their designated positions.
Own, borrow or rent proper equipment. It puts a strain on the team if your child is always borrowing helmets, gloves, bats or catching gear.
Contribute as required financially and/or via donations. Be aware of the financial obligations before your child signs up or tries out. Tournament fees, travel, etc. can really add up. Be prepared before the season so that the team can ensure it has enough players throughout the year.
Trust the coaches. This one is difficult, even for me! While it is true that some coaches play favorites and may give their child more playing time in a coveted position, keep in mind that they are likely volunteering their time. Moreover, strategies cannot always be ascertained. If you are concerned about bench time for your child, let the coach know, but be respectful.
Be respectful. This has to follow from the previous tip. If your emotions are running over, take a deep breath and wait before saying something. Respect the coaches, the other parents, all the players on the team and, perhaps most importantly, the players, coaches and parents on the other team! Don’t yell at the umpires, either. Walk away from annoying fans on the other team. Model good sportsmanship for your child.
Follow rules. If the field says that there are no dogs allowed, leave Fido at home. No flash photography? Then shut it off. Things will go much more smoothly if you don’t find yourself on the defensive at a game.
Be prepared. Be sure to send plenty of water to practices and games. Include approved snacks, if allowed. Check your child’s bat bag to make sure they have everything they need before arriving to a game or practice.
Baseball card collecting has been a fun (and sometimes lucrative) hobby for boys and man-boys almost since Abner Doubleday strapped on his first set of cleats and hit the diamond. First mass produced in the mid-to-late 1800s, these collectible little nostalgia nuggets have been a part of American culture for almost 150 years.
Baseball cards were widely distributed around the turn of the 20th century as inserts in cigarette and cigar packs by tobacco producers like the Imperial Tobacco Company, the American Tobacco Company, and Cuban cigar manufacturer Cabañas (this was back in the day when you could purchase Cuban cigars without the Justice Department threatening to donkey punch you and take away your birthday).
That only makes sense, as tobacco use and professional athletics are almost as inextricably intertwined as mayonnaise and pancakes. An All-Star parade of 1950s baseball greats (many of whom did not die prematurely from heart disease or lung cancer) attest to this indisputable fact.However, while one cannot deny the healthful, relaxing benefits of daily cigarette use, one could easily make a case that production glitches and poorly chosen photographs in the baseball card industry sometimes result in less than flattering cards that some players later regret.
It is on cards such as these that my focus lies. After diligently poring through hundreds of thousands of baseball cards, eyes bloodshot and bleary, butt numb and stuck to chair, I have identified the twelve worst baseball cards ever produced.Mossi was a competent reliever for the Cleveland Indians who eventually earned his way into the starting rotation. Hailing from sunny California, this southpaw hurler carved out a decent decade-long career in baseball, performing with the Indians, White Sox, and Athletics from the mid-60s to mid-70s.
Perhaps more impressive than his 101 wins or 3.43 career ERA, however, are his gargantuan ears. This baseball card froFunny Baseball Bloopers of 2013, Volume One
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I Hate Football! 25 Things to Do Instead of Watching the Super Bowl

The football helmet is one of the most
important safety gears in the world of football. Its main purpose is to protect
the player’s head from trauma in the event that he experiences intense physical
impact during the game. Because head protection is essential in this intense
sport, the football helmet has gone through different stages of development
throughout the years. Football helmet designers are relentlessly motivated to
come up with different aspects of helmet designs to improve the protection that
every helmet should provide to all football players. For instance, Schutt football helmets are constantly
changing to improve its comfort, flexibility and cushioning features.

Basically, the shape of a football
helmet is spherical to maximize protection features at the same time fit the
wearer’s head perfectly. The shape fundamentally reduces the impact of any type
of blow to the head because of its curves. Some of these hits may come from the
ball or another helmet that it comes in contact with. The surface of the helmet
is made out of hard surface that is primarily for reducing shock.

Nowadays, modern helmets use plastic
materials to enhance the flexibility and stability features of the football
helmet. Flexibility is important to this safety gear because it assures that
the helmet will not break apart easily when it is experiencing impact. It
should not be too thin or too flexible because it may lose its protective quality,
abandoning its primary purpose which is protection.

Although sturdiness is a vital aspect,
weight should also be a major consideration in a football helmet. In recent
years, designers have been trying to come up with lightweight helmets that can
offer both durability and comfort. Expensive helmets such as an official NFL team helmet most frequently are
made out of the most lightweight materials and also offer extra protection to
the players while some economical models present lesser protection options.

To increase comfort in this football
safety gear, cushioning inside the helmet is vital. The cushioning should
follow the outline of the wearer‘s head closely to give comfort and to provide
maximum absorption of force. The cushioning may either be made out of foam,
interchangeable and inflatable depending on the design of the manufacturer.

Moisture in the helmet is expected
during the course of the whole game. Because of this circumstance, many helmets
such as Schutt football helmets are
designed to increase the wearer’s comfortability. Such features that are
sometimes added are ventilation systems which can allow air to circulate into
the helmet and letting moisture out during the game.

Proper fitting for this safety gear is
the key to maximize head protection and player comfort. Therefore, it is
important that the football helmet is a customized fit for every player. A
helmet that does not fit well is at risk of falling off and can contribute to further
head injuries. Here are some tips to consider to ensure that the football
helmet provides utmost comfort and protection:

To obtain the appropriate fit
for any football helmet, measure the player’s head with a helmet tape to
determine the shell size. Measure at least one or one and a half inch
above the eyebrow. No two persons have the same
head shape and size. They may either have the same head size but
completely different shaped heads. Therefore it is important to commit to
fitting to obtain the most appropriate football helmet.Make certain that the player’s
ear openings are centered with the helmet’s ear openings.When fitting the helmet, try
rotating the helmet side to side. Remember that the forehead skin or hair
should move with the helmet but it should not fall off.The jaw pads should also follow
he contours of the cheek of the players. Most frequently, young football
players have narrow faces so the thickness of the jaw pads should be
adjusted. Check the fit of the faceguard
and make sure that it is 2-2 ½ finger widths from the tip of the football
player’s nose.

When
choosing a football helmet, many important factors should be considered. These include basic elements such as design,
shape, comfort, durability, custom fit and sturdiness. These should be kept in
mind by any football player because safety has always been the primary concern
when playing football. I have been
playing football manager since its inception on 1992. Football Manager is a series of football management simulation games developed by Sports Interactive (SIGames) and published by Sega. It was formally known as
Championship Manager Series. On 2004, Sport Interactive split their partnership
with Eidos Interactive. Sport Interactive retained their game codes while Eidos
Interactive obtain their naming right. Since 2005, Sport Interactive has
produced Football Manager Series (in America known as World Soccer Manager Series).
The game is very addicting.

The latest
installment is Football Manager 2010 which was released on October 2009. The
following is the new features that included in the latest series:Games engine is much faster. Loading between the turn is improved from previous version.it also include match analysis which provide you comparison of shots, passes, crosses, headers, tackle from individual player. This can provide better understangin how your player perform during the match.Interaction between media is also improved. You can provide answer media question pre-match and post match. This is a huge improvement as well can be very painful since it will take away your time to manage your team. I usually delegate this feature to my assistant managerIn games tactic can be deployed as well. You can shout various touchline instruction for certain player to improve the movement during the match. I don’t find this feature much use though.You can also subscribe to various news according to your need such as world cup news or champion league news or your league news etc. You can follow various transfer issue. The game provide additional data editor which can be handy to help your team. You can edit your player in your team to perform better. I never use this feature though.Please check my review: Top 10 Tips to Beat PC Games FM Football Manager 2011Couple tips on how to succeed in managing a team in Football Manager 2010:
Buy low and sell high. I usually buy undervalue player and sell then player when he reached 28 years old.
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The National League was formed in 1876 with 8 teams, including franchises in Boston (now the Atlanta Braves) and Chicago that are still part of the league today. For the next quarter of a century, the configuration of the league changed almost annually as new teams were added and others dropped out. A total of 27 different franchises participated in the league from 1876 through 1891, although there were never more than 8 teams in the league in any one year.
In 1892, the National League expanded to 12 teams with the addition of 4 teams from the American Association, which had disbanded after 10 years. The NL had already picked up 2 AA franchises in Brooklyn and Cincinnati for the 1890 season, to go along with the original Boston and Chicago franchises and existing teams in Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. In 1892, the AA franchises in Baltimore, Louisville, St. Louis, and Washington joined the National League. This 12-team configuration remained stable from 1892 through the 1899 season.In 1900, the National League contracted again, back to 8 teams. The roster included the two original NL teams in Boston and Chicago, along with 6 teams that had their beginnings in the American Association: Brooklyn, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis. These 8 “classic” franchises comprised the National League for more than 60 years. All 8 franchises are still in the league, with 5 of the 8 in their original locations.
The Braves move to Milwaukee — 1953
The first franchise relocation in the modern National League occurred in 1953, when the Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee. Despite being one of the oldest continually operating franchises in baseball, and despite winning the NL pennant in 1948 behind the pitching of Warren Spahn, the Braves (who had also been known at various times throughout their history as the Red Stockings, the Beaneaters, the Doves, the Rustlers, and the Bees), had become second-class citizens in Boston, where the American League’s Red Sox were far more popular. After moving to Milwaukee, the Braves set a National League attendance record of 1.8 million fans in 1953.The Dodgers and Giants go west — 1958
The Brooklyn Dodgers first took the field as the Brooklyn Atlantics in the American Association in 1884. Known by numerous other nicknames (including the Grays, Bridegrooms, Grooms, Superbas, and Robins — often simultaneously and interchangeably) for the first 50 years of their history, the Dodgers had a rabid fan base in Brooklyn. They became the first integrated team in Major League Baseball when they brought African-American player Jackie Robinson to the team in 1947. With Robinson and several other African-American players, the Dodgers had great success for the next 10 years. They won 6 pennants and beat the New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series for their first championship.
However, the Dodgers’ stadium, Ebbets Field, was old and in disrepair. Dodgers’ owner Walter O’Malley wanted to build a new stadium in Brooklyn, but he was rebuffed by city planners and politicians. Lured by a lucrative stadium offer in Los Angeles, O’Malley made the unpopular decision to move the Dodgers to the West Coast. He convinced Horace Stoneham, owner of the rival New York Giants, who were also in need of a new stadium, to move west too. The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles and the Giants to San Francisco for the 1958 season.The American League began play in 1901 as the “Junior Circuit” to the established National League. Like the older league, the AL was comprised of 8 teams: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Washington. It remained an 8-team league for 60 years, and the original franchises are all in the league today, although 4 of them are no longer in their original cities.
The American League franchise moves are a little more confusing than those of the National League: No National League teams moved until team nicknames were well established, and with the exception of the most recent move in 2005, teams kept their names when they moved. By contrast, several of the American League franchise shifts involved complete name changes and the assumption of names previously used by other franchises.
The Milwaukee and Baltimore franchises move early
The Milwaukee Brewers played only one season in Milwaukee before departing for St. Louis in 1902, where they played as the Browns for 52 years before moving to Baltimore in 1954 to become the Orioles.
Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles franchise that was a charter member of the American League moved to New York in 1903. In New York, the team was known as the Highlanders until 1913, when it dropped that name in favor of the New York Yankees.
St. Louis and Philadelphia lose their AL teams in the 50s
With some additional nickname changes, the 8 American League teams remained in place from 1903 until the Browns’ move to Baltimore in 1954. Another change came in the following year, when the Philadelphia Athletics moved to Kansas City.
Despite usually mediocre on-field results, the St. Louis Browns were for 20 years considerably more popular than the National League’s Cardinals, with whom they shared their stadium, Sportsman’s Park. In 1926, however, the Cardinals beat the Yankees in the World Series, and the St. Louis fans embraced the Cardinals at the expense of the Browns. The Browns regained some popularity in the early 1950s under their new owner, the showman Bill Veeck, but when the Cardinals were sold to brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, Veeck sold the Browns to a group that moved them to Baltimore. They began a new life as the Baltimore Orioles in the 1954 season.
The Athletics were managed by the legendary Connie Mack for the first 50 years of their existence and reached the World Series 8 times through 1931. But by the 1950s, the team had posted consistently poor results for 2 decades, and the owners decided to move west to Kansas City for the 1955 season.In 1960, the American League voted to expand to 10 teams. Prompted by the success of the Dodgers’ and Giants’ moves to the West Coast, the American League added a new franchise, the Angels, in Los Angeles. The league also awarded a franchise to Minneapolis-St. Paul, but Calvin Griffith, the owner of the Washington Senators, asked for and received approval to move the Senators there instead, giving the new expansion slot to Washington.
As a result, the 1961 American League season included 3 new teams: the expansion Los Angeles Angels, the expansion Washington Senators, and the newly renamed Minnesota Twins, formerly the old Senators.
The Angels went through several name changes related to the location of their new stadium in nearby Anaheim, which opened in 1966. In 1965 the Angels changed their name to the California Angels; in 1997 they became the Anaheim Angels; and in 2005 they adopted their current name, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The Athletics move west again
California gained its fourth major league team in 1968, when the Kansas City Athletics completed their westward migration, which had started in Philadelphia, by moving to Oakland.Not to be outdone, and facing the potential threat of a third league with a team in New York to replace the Giants and Dodgers, the National League added 2 expansion clubs for the 1962 season.
The New York Mets were formed with the specific intent of drawing fans of the National League’s former New York teams. Their team colors were Dodger blue and Giants orange. In the expansion draft, the Mets selected a number of players with ties to the old teams, especially the Dodgers. See The New York Mets’ First Season: 1962′s Lovable Losers.
The other team added by the National League was the Houston Colt .45s, opening the Texas market to major league baseball for the first time. In 1965 the Colt .45s were renamed as the Houston Astros, when they moved into the Astrodome, the first domed sports stadium in the world.
The Braves move to Atlanta
1966 brought another franchise shift as the Braves left Milwaukee after 13 seasons in the Midwest. The Braves relocated to Atlanta, becoming the first Major League team in the Southeast.By the late 1960s, Major League Baseball was ready to expand again. In 1967, both leagues voted to add 2 more teams, for a total of 12 teams in each league. The expansion timetable was hurried by the Athletics’ move to Oakland. Instead of beginning play in 1971 as planned, the new teams took the field in 1969.
The American League replaced the Athletics with the expansion Kansas City Royals and added a new team, the Pilots, in Seattle. Unfortunately, the Pilots were unsuccessful on the field and in financial trouble from the start. Major League Baseball approved a sale of the team and a move to Milwaukee for the 1970 season, where the team was renamed as the Brewers. So, four years after the Braves had left, baseball was back in Milwaukee.
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10 Greatest Movies about Major League Baseball

For players and fans, something “magical” happens on and off the field during Baseball Season. Grab a hot dog (with stadium mustard, of course!) a bag of peanuts, some popcorn and a bottle of pop before you settle down to watch these fictional flicks!The Busher (1919) starring Charles Ray. A silent film, The Busher features fictional pitcher Ben Harding who plays for the Brownsville baseball team. When a train (carrying a professional team) is delayed in Brownsville, Harding and his teammates play a recreational game against the St. Paul Pink Sox. The Pink Sox manager is impressed with Harding and hires him to play for the pro team. When success goes to his head, Harding is at risk of losing everything. (Distributed by Paramount Pictures).
It Happens Every Spring (1949) starring Ray Milland. The unexpected result of a scientific experiment leads college professor Vernon Simpson (“King” Kelly) to develop a substance that repels wood. Simpson takes his discovery to the baseball field. (Distributed by 20th Century Fox).
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) starring Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams and Gene Kelly. Set in 1908, the “Wolves” baseball team and two of its players — who both just happen to be part-time entertainers — are under new ownership by a (gasp!) woman. Dennis Ryan (Sinatra) falls for K.C. Higgins (Williams), and then so does Eddie O’Brien (Kelly). The trio mixes up with gangsters, gamblers and thugs. (Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer).
The Kid from Cleveland (1949) starring George Brent and Russ Tamblyn. Teenager Johnny Barrows (Tamblyn) is a big Cleveland Indians fan who has problems at home and a history of juvenile delinquency. He sneaks into the ballpark to watch the Cleveland Indians in the 1948 World Series and makes friends with the team and broadcaster Mike Jackson (Brent). This film features clips of Cleveland Municipal Stadium and the city’s League Park, as well as many of the 1948 championship team Cleveland Indians and then-owner Bill Veeck. (Distributed by Republic Pictures).
Kill the Umpire (1950) starring William Bendix. Even though he “hates” umpires, an ex-baseball player, after having failed at many tries for post-career employment, enters an umpire-training school. When, during an important game, Bill “Two-Call” Johnson calls a player out at the plate, the home crowd turns against him and a near-riot follows. (Distributed by Columbia Pictures).
Rhubarb the Millionaire Cat (1951) starring Ray Milland. An eccentric millionaire adopts a stray cat that later inherits a fortune — and a professional baseball team. The ballplayers don’t really like being owned by a feline but the team’s publicist “goes to bat for the cat.” Also starring Jan Sterling and William Frawley. (Distributed by Paramount Pictures and Legend Films).
Angels in the Outfield (1951) starring Paul Douglas and Janet Leigh. A reporter blames the manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ losing streak. The manager then hears an angel’s voice, telling him that if he changes his abusive ways, the team will start winning. (Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). Angels in the Outfield, starring Danny Glover and Brenda Fricker, was remade for release in 1994. This version features the California Angels (instead of the Pittsburgh Pirates) and changes elements of the original movie plot. (Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures).The Kid from Left field (1953) starring Dan Dailey and Anne Bancroft. A former baseball player — later working as a peanut vendor for a struggling team — gets fired when he smuggles his son into the ballpark once too often. The son, Christie, makes friends with the former club owner’s niece and then gets his father’s job back. He also secures a batboy position. The club, as a publicity stunt, names Christie as the youngest manager on record. But when Christie gets sick, his dad steps into a baseball uniform once again. (Distributed by 20th Century Fox).
Big Leaguer (1953) starring Edward G. Robinson. As training camp manager for the New York Giants, John Lobert assesses the baseball talents of young players. When Lobert’s niece visits from the home office, she becomes attracted to one of the players competing for a coveted minor league contract. (Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer).
Damn Yankees (1959) starring Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston. Originally a Broadway musical adapted from the 1954 book The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop, Damn Yankees is a musical film about a middle-aged man whose favorite baseball team is the ever-struggling Washington Senators. Amidst the frustration of seeing his team lose again, Joe Boyd (Hunter) declares aloud that he’d “sell his soul to the devil” to see his team beat the News York Yankees. The Devil appears in disguise at Joe’s door — as the smooth-talking Mr. Applegate (Walston) — and says he can turn Joe Boyd into Joe Hardy, a young baseball superstar who can help the Senators win. Joe negotiates the deal and a promise that the transformation is only temporary and if he wants, he can revert back to his “old” self before the season is over and thus, keep his soul. Things get complicated, though, when The Devil brings in temptress Lola to win Joe’s heart. (Distributed by Warner Bros). Damn Yankees was released again in 1967 as a TV movie starring Phil Silvers as Mr. Applegate, Lee Remick as Lola and Jerry Lanning as Joe /Hardy.
Safe at Home! (1962) starring Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. A young boy claims his dad knows Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris but his unbelieving Little League teammates want proof. When the youngster heads to the Yankee’s spring training camp, he gets a lecture about being honest and has to return to the team with the truth. But the Yankees don’t let him down. (Distributed by Columbia Pictures).
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) starring Robert De Niro and Michael Moriarty. Henry Wiggen (Moriarty) is a star pitcher on the Major League New York Mammoths baseball team. Henry negotiates a new “package deal” contract specifying that awkward, slow-minded catcher Bruce Pearson (De Niro) cannot be traded or sent down to the minor leagues without him. The team doesn’t know that Bruce is terminally ill. (Distributed by Paramount Pictures).
The Bingo Long Traveling All Stars & Motor Kings (1976) starring Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones and Richard Pryor. Set in the 1930s when baseball was still segregated, star pitcher Bingo Long (Williams) recruits Negro League players for a barnstorming team that eventually becomes so entertaining and successful, it cuts into the professional league’s attendance and revenue. Bingo’s team, including catcher Leon Carter (Jones) and outfielder Charlie Snow (Pryor) then take on the Negro League’s all-stars in a “winner take all” matchup. (Distributed by Universal Pictures).The Bad News Bears (1976) starring Walter Matthau and Tatum O’Neal. Former minor league player and current alcoholic Morris Buttermaker is recruited by the city to coach an expansion Little League team primarily made up of athletically-challenged and other “misfit” children. The team is awful but when Buttermaker adds a couple of talented players to the lineup, the kids, playing with more confidence and drive, become competitive. (Distributed by Paramount Pictures). The first sequel, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, was released in 1977 followed by The Bad News Bears Go to Japan in 1978. In 2005, Paramount released a re-make; Bad News Bears starring Billy Bob Thornton.
Tiger Town (1983) starring Roy Scheider. Alex (Justin Henry) attends Detroit Tiger baseball games with his father. They love their favorite player, even though aging slugger Billy Young (Scheider) is having a poor season. Alex closes his eyes and makes a wish that Young will hit a home run when he’s batting. When the “magic” happens, especially after Alex’s dad dies unexpectedly, the boy believes that he must attend all of the Tigers’ (home) games or the team will lose. The story was mostly filmed in the original Tiger Stadium (opened in 1912, closed in 1999) and city of Detroit. It features cameo appearances by then-Tiger manager Sparky Anderson, team radio announcer Ernie Harwell and former Supremes singer Mary Wilson, who sang the national anthem for the final game. (Made for television for the Disney Channel).
The Natural (1984) starring Robert Redford. As a boy, Roy Hobbs carves a wooden baseball bat from a tree that had been hit by lightning. In 1923, as a 19 year-old phenom on his way to a tryout for a big league team, Roy is seduced by a woman who shoots him and then jumps out of a hotel window. The woman is later determined to have murdered two other promising young athletes. Roy survives but is never the same. Fast-forward to 1939 when Roy, as a 35-year-old, signs as a “middle-aged rookie” with the New York Knights, much to the chagrin of the Knight’s manager. HavFunny Baseball Bloopers of 2013, Volume One
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Listed below are all the rivalry trophies and are accurate to the best of my knowledge. I also have a list of the achievements available on this game as well.
Rivalry Trophies:
Washington vs. Washington State (Apple Cup)
New Mexico vs. New Mexico State (Battle of I-25 Trophy)
Houston vs. Rice (Bayou Bucket)
BYU/Utah/Utah State vs. BYU/Utah/Utah State (Beehive Boot)
West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech (Black Diamond Trophy)
Colorado State vs. Wyoming (Bronze Boot)
Air Force/Army/Navy vs. Air Force/Army/Navy (Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy)
Virginia vs. Virginia Tech (Commonwealth Cup)
Iowa State vs. Iowa (Cy-Hawk Trophy)
Iowa vs. Minnesota (Floyd of Rosedale)
Nevada vs. UNLV (Freemont Cannon)
Arkansas vs. LSU (Golden Boot)
Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State (Golden Egg Trophy)
Texas vs. Oklahoma (Golden Hat)
Kansas vs. Kansas State (Governor’s Cup)
Kentucky vs. Louisville (Governor’s Cup)
Minnesota vs. Penn State (Governor’s Victory Bell)
Illinois vs. Ohio State (Illibuck)
Notre Dame vs. Boston College (Ireland Trophy)
SMU vs. TCU (Iron Skillet)
Notre Dame vs. USC (Jeweled Shillelagh)
Cincinnati vs. Louisville (Keg of Nails)
Penn State vs. Michigan State (Land Grant Trophy)
Michigan vs. Minnesota (Little Brown Jug)
Kansas vs. Missouri (Marching Drum)
Notre Dame vs. Michigan State (Megaphone)
Missouri vs. Nebraska (Missouri-Nebraska Bell)
Alabama vs. Auburn (ODK-FOY Sportsmanship Trophy)
Michigan vs. Indiana (Old Brass Spittoon)
Indiana vs. Perdue (Old Oaken Bucket)
Michigan vs. Michigan State (Paul Bunyan Trophy)
Minnesota vs. Wisconsin (Paul Bunyan’s Axe)
Bowling Green vs. Toledo (Peace Pipe)
Purdue vs. Illinois (Purdue Cannon)
Florida vs. Miami (Seminole War Canoe)
Notre Dame vs. Perdue (Shillelagh Trophy)
New Mexico State vs. UTEP (Silver Spade)
Cal vs. Stanford (Stanford Axe)
Illinois vs. Northwestern (Sweet Sioux Tomahawk)
Iowa State vs. Missouri (Telephone Trophy)
Arizona vs. Arizona State (Territorial Trophy)
Clemson vs. NC State (Textile Bowl Trophy)
LSU vs. Tulane (Tiger Rag)
Cincinnati vs. Miami (OH) (Victory Bell)
Duke vs. North Caroline (Victory Bell)
USC vs. UCLA (Victory Bell)
Akron vs. Kent State (Wagon Wheel)
Rice vs. Tulsa (Williams Trophy)
Fun Football Facts about the Super Bowl Big GameDid You Know?Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year in the United States. Thanksgiving is the biggest.It is estimated that $50 million is spent on food including Super Bowl Sunday and the three days prior to the game.Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest BBQ day of the winter season.  More people light up their grill on this Sunday, than any other day during the winter.Nine out of the ten most viewed tv shows are Super Bowls.calls to Gamblers Anonymous (888-GA-HELPS) go up the day after the Super Bowl. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas expects approximately $90 million in betting on the game. In 2010, Las Vegas took in $82 million dollars in bets for Super Bowl XLIV.  the Monday following the Super Bowl has an increase in employees calling in sick. Many of the complaints range from headaches, hoarse voices, stomach upset and exhaustion. Approximately 5% to 6% of the work force does not show up which amounts to approximately 7 million people taking a sick day from their jobs. And the people who do show up at work who stayed up to watch the Super Bowl are usually less productive, due to having the same symptoms as those who stayed home.   The good news is this Super Bowl ‘sick syndrome’ only lasts for 1 day. On this same Monday, antacid sales increase by.Sales of big television sets increase right before the Super Bowl. About 4.5 million Americans will buy a brand new tv in 2011 from the January sales on televisions. In 2010, about 3.6 million people were expected to buy a new tv. Many stores run specials on Super Bowl Sunday, and people buy all day long, according to J&R Electronics in New York. Historically, Super Bowl Sunday has been a hot selling tv day, especially for big screen televisions. In 2009, nearly 3 million HD televisions were bought around Super Bowl time.The average American spends slightly less than $60 on football merchandise before the Super Bowl. This includes, clothing, food, and electronics. Despite the recession, 2011 is expected to be 13% higher than 2010.
In total, approximately $10.1 billion is spent around the Super Bowl event. Budweiser beer has advertised in the Super Bowl for 13 years.
More people throw a Super Bowl party at home, than a New Year’s Eve party in their house. Approximately 7.5 million parties are held and approximately 43.9 million people attend Super Bowl parties.
The 2010 Super Bowl XLIV New Orleans Saints vs Indianopolis Colts was the most watched television show of all time at 106.5 million viewers.
Las Vegas is expecting $85.6 million in revenue from the 2011 Super Bowl XLV, an increase from 3% in 2010. Approximately 275,000 tourists will celebrate Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas. Most come so they can bet on the game.
The Green Bay Packers have the most NFL championships (12) in the history of the game of football
A little more than a third of the people who attend the Super Bowl deduct it as a corporate expense.
About 228 official footballs are produced for the Super Bowl. According to ESPN 108 balls go to each team. They use 54 for practice and 54 for the actual game. There are 12 special balls designated for kicking plays.
The first Super Bowl game was on Jan 15, 1967. Over 61,946 people attended the game in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in California, but the game did not sell out and the tickets sold for $12 each. In 1967 during the first Super Bowl, a 30-second television commercial cost $42,000. The same length commercial during the 2011 Super Bowl will cost up to $3 million. ($100,000 per second)
Super Bowl XLV is the first Super Bowl to not have cheerleaders.
All official NFL footballs are made by Wilson Sporting Goods. They manufacture 3,000 – 4,000 footballs each day. 300 are used as game balls by the NFL teams.
According to the National Restaurant Association 1 out of 7 Americans will order delivery or take out food during the game.The majority of food eaten will be pizza. 4% will be at a restaurant or bar to watch the game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl titles. They have appeared in 7 Super Bowl games and have only lost once in 1996 to the Dallas Cowboys.
The Green Bay Packers were formed in 1919. One of the co founders of the Packers, Curly Lambeau, worked at the Indian Packing Company and that is how the Green Bay Wisconsin football team got their name.
The Steelers were formed in 1933 and called the same name as the baseball team, the Pirates. The team changed their name to the Steelers in 1940.
The terrible towel has become an iconic symbol of the Pittsburgh Steelers football fans. These towels mean so much they are even passed down from one generation to another and are bought for new born baby Steeler fans.
The terrible towel history began in 1975 when the Steelers won the playoffs against the Baltimore Colts in 1975, and the towels were believed to bring good luck as they played the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X and won. Myron Cope, a radio announcer came up with the idea at a meeting with Steeler executives. They were looking for a promotional gimmick to increase the level of excitement during the playoff games. The towels became an immediate success. They used the towels to wipe off their seats or giving some protection on a chilly day. It was Myron Cope who called them the terrible towels. During the Super Bowl fans started waving the towels This prompted the Steelers to win their second consecutive Super Bowl. Soon afterwards they were trademarked and then mass produced.
In the AFC Championship game on January 23, 2011, the Steelers beat the NY Jets and went on to their third Super Bowl appearance in 6 years.
For the first time, closed captioning will be available for all national commercials and promotions during the Super Bowl.The Detroit Lions is the only NFC team to never attended a Super Bowl, although they won 4 of the championships before the Super Bowl started in 1967.The newest team to join the NFL is the Houston Texans in 2002. They have never gotten into the NFL playoffs.The next Super Bowl to have a single roman numeral, is Super Bowl L (50) in 2016, and then again in 2066, Super Bowl C (100).The Steelers were last in the Super Bowl in 2009 against the Arizona Cardinals For the Cardinals, the last time they were in the Super Bowl was never. The last time they were in a championship game was In 1947 as the Chicago CardinalsIn 2012, Indianopolis will host the Super BowlIn 2013, Louisiana will host the Super Bowl for a 7th time, more than any other city.In 2014, The Meadowlands, home to the New York Jets and Giants will host the Super Bowl. This is the first time in history the Super Bowl will be held in an outdoor stadium in a cold weather city.More than half of tTop 10 Worst Football Kits Ever!
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