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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Adult Flag Football

A lot of guys play high school football but dont have the aspiration to play college ball. However, they may feel the desire to keep their hard earned skills. Some guys have turned to flag football but many dont even consider the option.

If you are one of these college students that have a desire to continue playing football in an organized fashion but dont want to play tackle football for you college, start by understanding the differences between the two sports. Discover the associations that organized city and/or public flag football teams and tournaments.

Another way of going about it would be to organize it yourself. If you desire to put together your own teams or be a part of private/social teams you should be playing on an adequate field. Ask your own school or even other schools for permission to play on their fields.

Flag football does, of course, require flags. You want to have the certain kind of flags in order to play flag football. It is not a good idea to make your own flags because the special kinds of flags are important if you want to play appropriately.

Setting up the field properly will include having indicators that represent the boundaries and touchdowns. Make them as proportionate as possible and make sure everyone playing has a clear understanding of what the indications mean.

Once the field is all set up and you have enough players to play a game, keep in mind that flag football requires just as much teamwork and planning as any other game. Have each player assigned a position such as quarterback and receiver for effective performance.

Dont be afraid to take charge. Often times no one really knows what they are doing because they are afraid to speak up and make a plan for everybody. Just like high school and college football, a team captain is indefinitely beneficial to a teams enactment.

Also, take into consideration that flag football has been played a number of different ways. Talk to the other players and come to an agreement on the rules and be sure that everyone that joins in on the game is aware of the rules you have come up with.

A fair way to commence gameplay is to toss a coin. Have the initiator or captain call the coin toss. Before each play, have some kind of plan that your entire team is aware of. This will bring about the most prominent results.

Another important issue with flag football is safety. Because it is still a football game, players tend to get aggressive and think they need to be rough in order to overpower the other team.

The physical contact should be very little to none at all. The strategies in flag football are much different than those of tackle football. You must learn to be agile and defensive without crushing one another.

Avoiding injuries will promote consistent gameplay and the involvement of weaker players. It should be a lot more relaxed than tackle football while still being taken very serious.

Football is a fantastic to get a days worth of exercise in. Play hard and have fun and you will notice your body changing positively.

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Conference Services Need Careful Preparation

If you’re worried that you won’t be able to pull off a successful function for a much anticipated corporate or social event, then it is always best to seek help from conference services experts.  They will not only turn it into a successful event, but a very memorable one as well.  With over 20 years of experience in providing conference services and finding conference centres for large and small functions, Business Retreats Australia is the perfect choice to help you with your corporate functions and executive retreats.

Your company may hold several event types: corporate events, marketing events, special events or exclusive events. Always remember that the amount of effort, time and preparation exerted will depend on the type of function being planned.  Careful preparation and checking of details will make a huge difference.

A Successful Event Starts with Choosing the Perfect Venue

One of the key factors to a successful event is creating the overall atmosphere of the event – how your guests should feel from the moment they arrive until they leave.  Different event venues offer different ambience, so your chosen venue and the site setup should reflect the nature of the event.  This shows us that finding the perfect venue is a crucial stage in the planning process.  Luckily, this is a craft mastered by Business Retreats Australia, so you won’t have to worry about finding the perfect venue anymore.

When you choose conference centres, always bear in mind the appropriateness of the venue to your function.  Here are some of the venues you can choose from:

•  Hotel – a popular choice because of its accessibility, affordability, availability of facilities and amenities
•  Conference centre – a good choice for conferences with a large number of attendees because of its spatial capacity and technological availability
•  Meeting room – a perfect choice for business meetings, job interviews and forums because of its on-site technology, familiarity, and security
•  Restaurant – a best choice for exclusive and intimate events because of its comfortable familiarity
•  Convention centre – a perfect choice for a large, professional event because of its guest capacity and technology capability
•  Outdoor location – a great choice for fun, learning and camaraderie; includes zoos, botanical gardens, parks, conservatories, camps and lawns
•  Theatre – a perfect choice to display class, elegance and glamour because of its luxury and style
•  Stadium – a perfect choice for large corporate events like company picnics because of its casual but impressive atmosphere
•  Yacht – an often overlooked event venue but perfect for intimate or corporate events because of its non-traditional style that leaves a dramatic and lasting impression
•  Rooftop – a great choice for exclusive and important events because of its spectacular panoramic views and warm hospitality
•  Ballroom – a perfect choice for a grand concert, dance or gala because of its luxury , space and guest capacity  
•  Garden – a perfect choice for a cosy romantic, family or corporate event with a whimsical backdrop
•  University – a convenient setting for large events like entertainment shows, recognition parties and class reunions because of its facilities and space
•  Mansion – a perfect choice for exclusive events because of its luxurious architecture, grand interior and amazing exterior
•  Museum – a non-traditional setting for both public and private events because of its classic and relaxing atmosphere  

With Business Retreats Australia’s rich database of ideal venues across Australia, from the most unique to the most luxurious, from the traditional to the most exciting, you can let your creative imagination run wild as you decide the perfect venue for your event that will create a lasting impression on your guests.  

Business Retreats Australia has over 20 years of experience in the corporate conference industry. We have developed the most comprehensive database of meeting venues for all your corporate events, as well as access to great conference venues in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and the rest of the Australia and Asia Pacific. Call us today to make an enquiry for your upcoming executive retreats.

The Passion Of Baseball Card Collecting

Baseball card collecting has been around since the 1800’s, and millions of young and old enthusiasts collect baseball cards. Serious involvement shown by some enthusiasts who invest a lot of money and some even pursue a career in baseball cards. Baseball cards are sold for as little as 10 cents while a few cards are traded for as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Baseball became an increasingly popular sport in the USA after the Civil War. In those days when there were no modern printing techniques, a type of baseball card was made out of photos of baseball players or teams pasted on a small piece of square cardboard.

Peck & Snyder, a sporting good company, first printed baseball cards in the late 1860’s. These baseball cards carried advertisements of their products and were given away like flyers for free. The popular hobby of the 1870’s and 1880’s was to collect trade cards that had various themes including baseball and pasting those into a scrapbook.

The mass production of baseball cards started in the 1880’s. Goodwin & Co. a tobacco company in New York produced these cards as cigarette pack stiffeners and to boost sales, as this became popular, others joined the competition. Allen & Ginter, Buchner & Co., Mayo and Co. and Kimball produced quality baseball cards and inserted them into the cigarette packs.

After a brief lull, baseball cards again became a rage from the early 1900’s. In fact, the period from 1909-1915 is regarded as the golden period in baseball card collecting. T206 Honus Wagner is one of the most famous cards that belonged to this era. The T206 Honus Wagner card is currently valued at around $ 500,000 and there are only 50 of them available in good condition. Some of the popular players who adorn the earlier cards include Ty Cobb, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Cy Young, Honus Wagner and Napolean Lajoie.

Slowly tobacco slipped away from the baseball card scenario, and candy and gum companies filled the void. The cards produced by Goudey Gum Company of Boston are among the most popular baseball cards ever produced. The cards included pictures of famous baseball stars like: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx. Gum Inc produced cards that include the photo and stats of such greats as Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio.

Bowman Gum Co. started the baseball card industry as it currently is. Bowman sold baseball cards with a stick of bubble gum. Topps Chewing Gum company joined the process in the 1950’s, and the 1952 Topps # 311 Mickey Mantle is one of their most expensive cards.

At present, other than Topps companies like Fleer, Donruss/Playoff, and Upper Deck are producing baseball cards. Every year baseball cards hit the market featuring the top performers. A ‘rookie card’ is a first card of a player and generally costs more than other cards of the same player. However, the tobacco baseball cards are still considered the best of all baseball cards. In addition, the Honus Wagner card is considered the ‘Mona Lisa’ of baseball cards. A Honus Wagner card that was previously owned by Wayne Gretzky was auctioned off on eBay for $ 1.27 million.

When the number of cards collected really grows big, it will not be easy to manage them. Retrieving cards at will and replacing them would require the proficiency of a library science degree holder. To solve this problem there is software available that will manage baseball card collections efficiently. There is a variety of software to choose from depending on the complexity of the collection details that needs to be stored. One program that stand’s out is ‘ Baseball Card Collector Professional ‘, it is made for any baseball card collector, from novices to professionals, and it cost under $ 15. ‘ Baseball Card Collector Professional ‘ may be downloaded for free at this website address:

By Robert W. Benjamin

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