Football Boots

Football boots, with another names of cleats or soccer shoes, are a sort of footwear worn during playing association football/ soccer. The shoes used for grass pitches are designed with studs on the bottom to aid grip. The modern “boots” are no longer truly boots for they do not cover the ankle. The first pair of football boots in record was for Henry VIII of England, ordered from the Great Wardrobe in 1526.

Nowadays, there are different kinds of soccer shoes used by the football players according to different types of surface, kind of sport and the player’s position in the game. The shoes are classified by several standard such as the cuts of boot and particularly stud arrangements. For example, as for the hard fields, known as Firm Ground, the players wear the shoes with plastic studs; and for the well-grass or soft field, they wear another sort of shoes with stud made of metal or rubber. (It is easy to distinguish different shoes by their names; eg. FG, SF, AG, etc.) There is another type of cleats named indoor cleats used only for the sporting held indoor.

The association football/ soccer is the biggest sporting all over the world. The sales of the related merchandise is unaccountable which all the time brings big profit to the companies and organizations. Therefore, there are more and more companies and sections got involved into the business with footwear for soccer. The most well-known brands are Nike, Adidas and Umbro.

It is interesting that the ancient soccer shoes were ever available only in black; during the time, there are more color ways used in design of the shoes, such as green, red, white, yellow, blue, silver and gold, etc.

At present, several flagship soccer shoes are well known as Nike Mercurial Vapor worn by Cristiano Ronaldo; Nike Total 90 cleats worn by Wayne Rooney; adidas adiPure shoes worn by Ricardo Izecson Dos Santos Leite and also the Speciali boot worn by Michael Owen by Umbro.

The article is to do introduction of soccer shoes; the brand name companies and different types of the boots.

The Big 12 Championship

Wow, the 2010 Big 12 Championship came up quick. The winner of the north is Nebraska and the winner of the South is Oklahoma. This will be the last year for the big 12 championship since next year the conference is reduced to 10 teams. Nebraska and Oklahoma was a huge rivalry game when they were in the Big 8. However, since joining the big 12 they do not play every year. This is a perfect ending to the end of an era for the Big 12 Championship Title game.

What was Nebraska key to success in 2010? A great defense, great kicking game, and at times a great offense. The Offense is still a work in progress. Their were a lot of amazing 40-50 plus scoring games when Nebraska was really clicking. Their offense seemed to be built around their quarterback Taylor Martinez. He is one of the fastest guys that I have seen when he gets to his second step. With injuries to Taylor Martinez the offense has been up and down. For future years to come, Nebraska needs to continue to get depth at each position and recruit more quality wide receivers.As far as Oklahoma, they have improved since last year. Just like Nebraska had injuries to their starting quarterback, Oklahoma had injuries to their starting quarterback last year. Sam Bradford was the number one pick this year in the NFL draft. Oklahoma’s new quarterback struggled last year which led them to a disappointing 7 win season. However, Oklahoma finished the regular season in 2010 10-2 and ranked number 7 in the BCS. All in all it should be a great game.

What I don’t understand about conference championships in the NCAA is the lack of consistency. Some conferences do not have an extra game. Over the years, the extra game seems to hurt a team in the overall standings. I know it is tough to compare strengths of schedules but fair is fair. Maybe one of these days, their will be a playoff system.

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