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Barack Obama talks enthusiastically about sport in a 25min interview

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

One of the most powerful men in the world gives us 25 minutes of his time to talk about sport. Great insight into his life and thoughts about sport.

http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/18687/b-s-report-barack-obama

More vidoes if you click the link above!

Article by Bryan Roberts

 

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Under Armour Metal Speed II Review

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I purchased these boots prior to playing a 2 day Ultimate Frisbee tournament. This was the teams biggest tournament of the year and without any time to ‘wear’ them in, the boots needed to be comfortable and supporting whilst being waterproof and allowing efficient foot movement and control. There was no bigger stage for me to test the new boots, which largely fulfilled my expectations.

Under Armour Metal Speed II boots

Moisture magnet and breathability

Keeping the foot cool and dry reduces weight and boosts total efficiency. Under Armour HeatGearTM technology has been placed in the upper and performance meshes throughout the shoe to speed up moisture transport and accelerate evaporation. This technology maintains a dry, light microclimate next to the skin, moving moisture away from the foot to the shoes exterior. The tongue is constructed from a highly breathable air mesh which helps accelerate moisture transport and enable ventilated comfort.

Dual Plate Technology

The dual plate design splits the outsole into two components to reduce bulk and complements the foots natural motion. It is claimed to maximise agility and minimise weight, through material reduction. The dual plate design keeps the foot low to the ground for precise moves and explosive acceleration. The insole boards disperse cleat pressure and bridge the space between heel and forefoot, ensuring lightweight mid-foot support and forefoot flexibility. The shoe has been engineered to propel the user forward and reduce the impact on the body.

Progressive Traction

Progressive traction reinvents the traditional round football stud, implementing a built-in directional blade at the base of each stud. The round portion penetrates the ground and maintains rotational capability, while the blade offers additional directional traction.

After wearing these boots for prolonged periods of game time over the course of two days, I can firmly say that I have no issues with comfort. The support and traction provided by the boot both when sprinting into a jump and making hard cuts seemed was second to none and there were no obvious cases of slipping or ankle turning. This is more so highlighted when taking into account the playing conditions I encountered. Following heavy periods of rain, the ground was very muddy and soft, conditions that worsened as the weekend progressed with more play and bad weather. In such conditions it wouldn’t be surprising for water to infiltrate the boot, however at the end of the weekends play this problem had never transpired, with the breathability and waterproofing of the shoe proving to be very successful.

Where I felt the downfall of the shoe came, was in its weight. The show was marketed as being very light, I however did not find this to be the case. The increased weight probably does help with the stability and structure of the boot, but I suspect that when running over dry hard ground the weight of the boot would severely affect the performance of the user.

Overall I feel the boot is very good and provides value for money. However I would suggest that this boot is best suited for use in winter where the ground can soft and muddy in unpredictable weather conditions. Levels of ankle support are high, and I would recommend the boot to a user that participates in a sport which requires jumping, cutting and pushing.

Article by James Jones

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XPROTEX – protective gloves for baseball

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

http://xprotex.com/

During a recent trip down to London to play in the UK National Baseball League I saw one of my teammates wearing a unique pair of batting gloves. The gloves made by XPROTEX, have a novel padding centered construction that claims to reduce direct impacts by a pitched ball. The gloves have outer padding protecting the back of each hand as well as a longer profile that protects the wrist. The XPROTEX website reports that the gloves were developed over a 30 month period and can reduce the impact force of a 100mph fastball to that of a 40 mph pitch. The validation studies were performed in the materials department at Cal State University. I was able to try on a pair of the gloves but did not take any at bats with them in a game situation. I think they would be an interesting alternative to more bulky hand guards but for the average player the $69.95 price tag will be quite high. The company recently sponsored the UK National Team as they competed in the European Championships.

Article by Mike Vasquez

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Baseball Domination with only 1 Pitch

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/06/29/magazine/rivera-pitches.html?ref=sports

New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera has been confounding hitters for well over a decade and while some pitchers rest their craft on a mix of 3 or 4 different pitches Rivera has excelled with just one – the cut fastball. This video clip from the New York Times shows how difficult it can be from the hitter’s perspective when facing Rivera and how mastering a single pitch can be so effective.

HAVE A LOOK AT THE VIDEO – ITS GREAT!

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