I am a huge sports fan outside of the gaming world, so when I enter the virtual realm of sports I look for realism. Along with a realistic gameplay, I like to see nicely detailed graphics and no bugs. I can’t stand playing sports games with glitches, it’s unforgiveable. I also like to see the athletes I’m playing with resemble the appearance and game style as their real life counterpart. I know most sports games are monopolized and only created by one developer, but there are some quality games out there and these stand above the rest.
MLB 09: The Show (PS3) – This is probably the most realistic sports game I’ve ever played. Everything just feels and looks right. It’s similar to other baseball sims you would play, but a lot more polished. If you’re thinking of getting a non-arcade style baseball game then this must be your choice. Sadly for some people it’s only available on PlayStation 3.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (PS3/Xbox 360) – If you’re looking for a virtual golfing experience then Tiger Woods is really your only option. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the improvements from year to year are minimal. Tiger Woods 10 is however the best thus far in this golfing series and you’ll find tons of things to do including online tournaments.
NHL 09 (PS3/Xbox 360) – This hockey game is far and above any experience I’ve had in this sport. The new control system is near flawless and the action is intense. You can feel every hit and enjoy every hard earned goal. There is absolutely no competition when thinking about which hockey game to purchase as NHL 09 does what others can’t.
FIFA Soccer 09 (PS3/Xbox 360) – Again lack of competition makes FIFA the best soccer game by default, but just because there’s no competition doesn’t mean it’s not a great game. There are a lot of different modes to delve into with the 09′ version along with many online multiplayer options. This makes this FIFA the best soccer game yet.
UFC Undisputed (PS3/Xbox 360) – Finally UFC has come and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The fighting is quite extensive and realistic. The fighters look fantastic and all have their actual fighting styles incorporated into the game. The in cage experience is like none other, but the out of game menus are a hassle. This becomes quite annoying, but definitely shouldn’t be enough to keep you away from this amazing MMA fighting game.
It seems like hardly a day goes by without another sport icon being toppled from his or her pedestal because of allegations of use of performance enhancing drugs, most often anabolic steroids. No sport is immune from the ‘doping’ crisis, from baseball to track and field. In a report earlier this year, 1 in 10 retired NFL players surveyed reported use of anabolic steroids during their playing careers. Use of performance enhancing drugs by high school and college athletes has caused great concern to school and sport officials, and even the U.S. Congress has weighed in on the issue of ‘doping’ in professional sports.
The flurry of public and media interest in the use of performance enhancing drugs over the past several years can lead to the inaccurate assumption that this is a recent phenomenon. One school of thought is that the American obsession with winning at all costs, and the huge sums of money involved in professional sports is the root cause. A look at the history of drug use to boost performance, however, paints a different picture.
Given human nature, and the competitiveness of Homo sapiens as a species, it is quite likely that use of drugs to give an edge over competitors is as old as competitive sports.
One of the earliest documented cases of drugs to enhance performance was in 1807, when England’s Abraham Wood admitted using opium to win an endurance walking competition. The enhanced performance was so popular with fans it became a common practice and was used extensively not only in endurance walking but in long-distance bicycle racing.
In 1904, Thomas Hicks admitted injecting himself with strychnine in his quest to win the Olympic marathon. There was also widespread use of Benzedrine (an amphetamine) at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. There have never been any accusations that American runner Jesse Owens used performance enhancement drugs, but one has to wonder.
Anabolic steroids, the current drugs of choice for athletes, were identified and synthesized in the U.S. in the 1930s. Their use by American athletes began in earnest in 1954, after U.S. sports officials learned that ‘doping’ was commonly practiced by athletes from communist countries.
A backlash against ‘doping’ began when studies showed the harmful effects of such drugs on the bodies of young athletes. Opponents of the use of performance enhancing drugs have strong grounds for their opposition based on the harm that anabolic steroids can have on the still-developing bodies of young people. When they base that opposition on questions of them giving an unfair edge in competition, however, the argument is considerably weaker.
As long as we are obsessed with the goal of winning over striving, and we continue to develop equipment and procedures to give an athlete an edge and enhance performance to thrill fans, there will be those who see performance enhancement drugs as a quick path to glory. Fans who demand inhuman performance from athlete, and who idolize star performers, come off as hypocritical when they then denounce the athlete whose drug use is exposed.
There is probably no way to put this genie back into the bottle, but a good start would be to go back to the sports principle embodied in the saying, “it matters not whether you win or lose, just how you play the game.”
An excellent article on the pros and cons of use of anabolic steroids in sports can be found at:
The following websites offer details on the effect of performance enhancement drugs on the body,
WHEN: February 19, 2020
TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Registration at 9:30 a.m.)
WHERE: Hillcrest Community Center
ADDRESS: 10401 Hillcrest Rd, Kansas City, MO 64134
Free sports instruction for Kids 5-12 years old
It includes football, soccer, and dance
Tips on nutrition and fitness
Free food, music and a great way to have a few hours of fun
Participants will have a chance to meet Anthony Davis, a Former Kansas City Chief’s Linebacker
So if you are the parents of some , this might be something they would enjoy. You can’t really go wrong with FREE!!!
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Most people will never experience the thrill of running 50 yards down a field holding a misshapen ball in front of a 40,000 person crowd or driving a car through a hairpin turn at 130 mph. The skill required to compete in professional sports is simply incredibly rare. For those not lucky or dedicated enough to be professional athletes, modern sports video games provide a remarkably accurate and realistic substitute for the real thing. Among a huge field of sports games, a select few truly stood out as the best of the best.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (Wii) – Due to Tiger’s Wood recent scandal, it is very likely that this will be the last video game with his name on it for quite some time. Tiger Wood PGA Tour 10 lets the player play as one of twenty three different golf pros on one of twenty seven unique, realistic, and gorgeously rendered golf courses. As expected with a Wii title, the game is controlled by swinging the motion sensitive Wii remote and due to Wii MotionPlus compatibility, the controls are precise and tight.
Madden NFL 10 (PS3, 360) – This is the 21st installment in the Madden NFL series and this game continues to prove why the Madden NFL series is the best football video game series on the market. This installment utilizes many new and improved features, including PRO-TAK animation technology, an enhanced fight for the fumble system, improved ratings system, the ability to design your own plays, and a new injury system, just for starters. In addition, player statistics are updated weekly based on real life play and injuries, keeping online play as realistic as possible.
ExciteBots: Trick Racing (Wii) – ExciteBots is the spiritual sequel to the Wii release game Excite Truck. Sporting nearly identical control scheme and graphics, ExciteBots adds a host of new features and introduces a new race theme. Instead of trucks, the race is run by animal themed robotic morphing vehicles. Like in Excite Truck, winning the race is only half the excitement of the game, progressing to later tracks requires not only speed, but completing a large number of difficult and dangerous tricks while racing through the track. In addition to the large cache of new items strewn around the track, ExciteBots also adds online multiplayer action for up to 6 players.
UFC Undisputed (PS3, 360) – In previous generations, wrestling games were among the best of the sports games. The popularity of the UFC has changed that dynamic completely. UFC Undisputed allows for realistic mixed martial arts game play where the player controls one of over 50 unique and real-life UFC fighters. The ability to play as different fighters who each have mastered different fighting styles gives the game significant single player replay value. In addition, like any good sports game on the market, UFC has well supported online multiplayer play.
FIFA 10 (PS3, 360) – While one of the least popular professional sports in the U.S., soccer is one of the most popular professional sports in the rest of the world. According to EA, FIFA 10 was the fastest selling sports game in Europe ever, selling nearly 2 million copies in the first week alone. Game play is still just as smooth and responsive as the previous best selling installments of this series, while the season manager system has been greatly improved. FIFA 10’s win of the GameSpot Sports Game of 2020 award simply highlights the obvious quality in this amazing game.
Forza Motorsport 3 (360) – In 2009, Forza Motorsport 3 has stolen the title of best realistic racing simulator from the perennial winner, Gran Turismo. Unlike many racing games on the market, there are no power ups, no jumps, no tricks, and no weapons in this game. It is simply a well balanced, beautifully rendered racing simulator for over 400 customizable real world cars on over 100 unique tracks. With literally millions of possible racing variations, single player season mode is a unique experience every time and the multiplayer mode takes advantage of the full potential of Xbox Live. With exquisite graphics, extremely tight game play, and almost infinite customization ability, this game is the new standard in racing games.
Sports games have almost always been niche games, because the fans of sports games are necessarily those who enjoy the sport but can’t play it for some reason or another. With modern graphics and motion sensing technology, sports games have increasingly become main stream, with the best sports games selling millions of copies. Whether the technological improvements have started to reach their limit or whether there is still room for improvement is yet to be seen, but either way it is clear that sports games are just as popular, if not more so, as in any previous point in history.
It may be hard to believe in the evolving world of board sports, such as skateboarding and snowboarding, that one can become at a certain point bored over all with the same day in day out approach to riding. Working on tricks and style isn't always the key point to board sports, and when you ponder on what is left, you can certainly pinpoint riding as being the key element to all of this. In every person that ever started a board sport, lies a deep appreciation for the sheer ride of such simple creations starting from the first sit on a moving board. Though shaky at first, control is developed through practice, thus creating to each their own style in a new and unique hobby. These very feelings are the reason to take up a new board sport, to experience the fundamental elements that got you started rolling around in the first place. The following are a few interesting new beginnings to obtain that feeling all over again.
To start, wintertime is going to be the most challenging time to pick up a new boarding sport due to the obvious conditions, unless you've never gone snowboarding before, which would be a great start on something to try out if you haven't. Alternatively, an in-between approach at the winter time "board"om is the cross over sport snow skating, which has the best of both skateboarding and snowboarding characteristics. Like snowboarding, you are able to glide around on top of snow with the help of a ski-acting board attached underneath a skateboard sized deck. Like skateboarding, you are free to slide your feet to maneuver the board as you are not strapped in to it. This sport is a great ride to take up to help keep your riding fluent during the winter season if you don't feel like waiting around on the few days that you wont damage your skateboard with winter conditions.
A more up and coming board sport to check out is what is known as the wave board, a two wheeled often split section deck that varies from hard plastic to metal, and is propelled by what is known as caster wheels. Caster wheels are most like office chair type or grocery cart type of wheels that allow the entire wheel to spin 360 degrees. Though it may take some getting use to, the wave-board is a great change up from skateboarding because the focus in no longer on the tricks. With the wave-board, the rough feeling of skateboard wheels is replaced by two smoother rollerblading type wheels that does not require the kicking motion of a skateboard, but merely the shifting of weight to be propelled. Since skateboarding wheels do not swivel, the traditional power slide motion that you can pull in skateboarding- is turned into just another direction in which you can ride-much like how a snowboard would allow one to. Though it easy to find many kids and more adamant thrill-seekers riding wave-board like skateboards and doing flip tricks on them, it should be noted that it is much more difficult and risky to attempt these types of things on a wave-board due to your small area of balance compared to a skateboard. With a wave-board, the front and back areas of the board itself move independently as you shift your weight, thus making a less stable landing than the four wheel stationary feeling of a skateboard.
Moving on to a more strapped in approach to board sports, the snake-board is essentially the far less heard of little brother of skateboarding featuring the standard four wheel, two truck set up but with independent control. Both the nose and tail areas are split from the middle of the board, which sometimes in more "old school" productions sometimes offered only a bar between the two, that propel the rider by pivoting motion from the nose and tail independently. For anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to never have to worry about losing the board in the air, the snake-board is a dream come true. Since it is still much like skateboarding in it's idea, and has a feeling of being strapped, it is a great sport for both skateboarders and snowboarders alike who are trying to cross train. It can also serve as a great tool in learning to transition different ramps and bowls, as it takes the focus off of losing the board.
Before moving away from the strapped in approach to unique board sports, both freeboarding and mountainboarding have a lot to boast in their own terms. With a freeboard, you are strapped in, with the standard deck,(much larger than a skateboard) four wheels and two trucks, but with the added caster wheel in the middle of each truck to allow a more free flowing ride that can accommodate the power slide movement with ease. Most enthusiasts of freeboarding ride for speed and style as snowboarders do, focusing on the overall ride of the board. As for mountainboarding, there is no limit or certain area that the riders of these boards could be grouped to. Mountainboarding is a sport that offers a longboard style shaped deck with large tracked wheels that can take on an array of different terrain. From mountain areas with rocks and dirt, to dirt tracks like BMX would have, this strapped in sport is sure to thrill any bored skater looking for a different approach to riding.
Last but most unique in structure, the flowboard is an amazing new approach to street style riding that is not to be confused with the flowboarding culture that follows surfing. Unlike any other in design, the flowboard stands out from the rest by offering a deck sitting atop a total of fourteen wheels!. Lined up seven side to side on both the nose and tail in an arch like formation, the flowboard rides like no other because it can carve harder than any other. Though you are not strapped in, it is similar to snowboarding in that the same toe to heel concept that follows snowboarding, is applied and can propel a rider by the shifting of their weight to certain area of the board. With the added amount of wheel structure, it does have more weight than a skateboard, but without the bindings still has the ability to be flipped in any direction. Put it all together and you have a board that rides with the technique of a snowboarder, the creativity of a skateboarder, and the ability to carve the streets like a surfer!
No matter what the hobby or sport, anything can become mundane after much repetition. For anyone who skates, motivation is key to continuing the pursuit of getting better at the sport. After a while, it can become too predictable going to the local skate park and taking your turn with clusters of all aged kids sharing a small space. The underlying point to be obtained in all this is simply get out and try something new, and get back to the main fundamental elements that got you skating to begin with.
Warming up your body for a workout, martial art or otherwise, is very important. It raises the heart rate and supplies your muscles with fresh oxygen and blood. Warming up your muscles allows your body to move from position to position smoothly and easily. Have you tried moving quickly in a sport without warming up? Intense exercise without warming up is bad and it feels bad too. It feels awkward and slow. Warming up your muscles helps them to do their best and should be done before any kind of workout.
Work from head to toe in a warm up. It keeps you focused and also ensures that you’ll get everything warmed up. If you were to warm up different parts of your body at random, it would be easy to forget and miss some places.
Neck: Roll your neck around a little. Stretch out until it feels stretched but don’t do it too hard or until it hurts. Your neck is important. Be careful with it. Do this for a minute.
Shoulders: Shrug your shoulders and swing your arms. Do this for 1 minute.
Hips: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your feet pointing straight forward. They should not be turned out hardly at all unless it’s uncomfortable to stand with your feet pointing forward. Put your hands on your hips and push your hips out to the front. Now roll your hips around the left to the back, and then to the right and back to the front, all the while pushing them outwards. Do this a few times to increase circulation and reverse directions every few rotations.
Legs: Jog lightly in place for around 30 seconds. Then stop and rotate your feet around to warm up your ankles.
If you’re in a specific sport, you may need to do a sport specific warm up. However, this warm up should work as a pre-stretching warm up for most sports. Stay safe!
This is a list of the top five sports movies ever made. Obviously I can only give my own opinion, but I think most will agree that these movies deserve to be on the list.
5. Bull Durham- Set in the metropolis of Durham North Carolina this movie starring Kevin Costner and Susan Surandon is great because it has a deep and complex love story, while the setting of a minor league baseball team makes it easier for the common man or woman to identify with.
4. Days of Thunder- This movie is about an up and coming stock car driver named Cole Trickle who is played by Tom Cruise. The story involves him coming up in NASCAR after leaving the open wheel ranks, as well as the love connection between him and a doctor Claire Lewiki, played by Nicole Kidman. It is both a sports movie and a love story which makes it the best racing movie of all time.
3. Sandlot- This story of neighborhood boys playing ball on a vacant lot the call the “sandlot” speaks to what many peoples childhoods were like, or wish they were like. This story is as American as Ronald Reagan eating homemade apple pie on the fourth of July.
2. Hoosiers- This movie is great because it teaches that you can’t overcome the demons of your past just by geography, you have to achieve this by your actions. Gene Hackman who plays basketball coach Norm Dale tries to outrun his problems by going from New York to Iowa, but winds up conquering his problems at that locale.
1. Rocky- The hands down greatest sports movie ever has to be Rocky. The story of the underdog Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone, speaks to what every American wants, to see the underdog triumph. This movie, though maybe not so much the nine sequels, motivated many young men and women to seek their dreams no matter how difficult it seemed. The Rocky theme song is also second only to ‘eye of the tiger’ in the world of workout jams.