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    Great Sports Movies for Family Movie Night

    ”Times;”>Movie nights are a great way for the family to spend some down time together. Sports movies are perfect for family movie nights. So grab some popcorn and some movies below that are related to your family’s favorite sport(s) and enjoy your night.


    The Flintstones: Although bowling is not the main theme of the movie, the stone age bowling scenes are something every bowler can be awed by.

    Alley Cats Strike: This Disney movie features a group of outcast kids that love to bowl. They end up competing for their school against the school’s rivals.


    Air Bud: This movie is about a dog that can play basketball and helps out his owner’s school team.

    Like Mike : An orphan happens upon a pair of Michael Jordon’s shoes. He becomes an amazing player just by wearing the “magic” shoes.


    The Sandlot: This movie is about a group of kids spending their summer playing baseball, lose a valuable ball over the fence, and their struggle to get it back. There is also a sequel, The Sandlot 2, about girls taking over the field to play softball.

    Field of Dreams: “Build it and they will come” is the famous quote from the movie. In this movie a man builds a baseball field in his corn field for the ghosts of past baseball players, in particular the Black Sox, to play on.


    The Mighty Ducks : A lawyer ends up coaching a lousy peewee hockey team after being ordered by the court to do community service. He turns the team around creating champions. In the sequel, D2: The Mighty Ducks , the same team join with great young hockey players from around the world to form Team USA for the Junior Goodwill Games. In the second sequel, D3: The Mighty Ducks, the Team USA players get scholarships for a Prep School and a new coach.


    Air Bud: World Pup: This movie is about a dog that can play soccer.

    The Big Green: Similar to The Mighty Ducks, but uncoordinated kids learning to play soccer together as a team.


    Radio: Touching story of a developmentally challenged man and his being involved with a high school football team.

    Remember the Titans : A movie about a high school football team being racially desegregated.


    Cool Runnings (Bobsledding): The story of the first Jamaican bobsledding team to make it to the Winter Olympics.

    Miracle (Hockey): The movie version of the 1980 USA hockey team’s road to miraculously winning the gold over the Russians.


    The Greatest Game Ever Played : A movie version of the 1913 US Open following Francis Ouimet’s rise to beat Henry Vardon, the heavy favorite.


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    Offbeat College Sports Team Nicknames for Those Wanting More Than Bulldogs and Tigers

    If you want to root for a football team from the SEC and you are a big fan of tigers or bulldogs, you will find yourself in team nickname heaven. If you prefer something a little more imaginative, nickname tedium is just another reason to view the SEC as college football hell. (Then there’s the Univ. of Alabama and the Univ. of Auburn, which both seem to have a bit of an identity crisis when it comes to nicknames and mascots. I mean, seriously, an elephant is the mascot of a team called the Crimson Wave? And what’s the deal with Auburn’s live eagle when they are one of those SEC tigers I was discussing?) Looking for a college team (football or otherwise) to wrap your love around with an appropriately offbeat nickname that suits your sensibilities? Here you go.

    Presbyterian College Blue Hose

    You can definitely consider yourself a college sports fan who bops to the beat of a different drummer if you can work up the same kind of enthusiasm when you shout out “Go Blue Hose!” that those less imaginative athletic supporters express when shouting out for their bulldogs or tigers to go. The story of hose the smallest school in Division I football got its nickname goes back to a long tradition that it shares with baseball teams in Cincinnati and Boston. The Blue Hose were originally known as the Blue Stockings. And, yes, it was because they wore blue stockings. As stockings went out of favor as a term to describe the particular attire worn by athletes, the team adopted Blue Hose rather Blue Sox or even just the Blues. You may find some who attribute the name to the blue hose worn by Scottish warriors, but that coincidence came with a late awareness.

    University of California-Irvine Anteaters

    The nickname for the University of California-Irvine sports teams has got to be one of the only in the country inspired by a comic strip. If you are familiar with the comic strip “B.C.” then you may recall the anteater character who occasionally shows. Apparently, two members of the college’s water polo team were quite taken with the comic strip and its anteater character and the rest is history. Rooting for a team called the Anteaters will definitely provide you with a sense of satisfaction at your own iconoclasm.

    Amherst College Lord Jeffs

    Perhaps no college sports teams are stuck with a more difficult nickname to transform into a call to action on the field than those who play for Amherst College. And the really weird thing is that Amherst College may lay claim to having the oldest athletics programs in America. Why Lord Jeffs? Because his last name was Amherst. Who is Lord Jeffs? An officer who commanded the British in America. So, you know, you not only have a problem working up passion when yelling out “Go Lord Jeffs” but you may also feel a bit queasy when the team is going up against a team with a nickname like Patriots.

    Trinity Christian College Trolls

    Rather than go into detail about how Trinity Christian College came up with their very unique nickname, I will just give this link to an official page giving you the whole skinny. I personally find it the ultimate in offbeat that a Christian college would adopt a name associated with pagan superstition. That disconnect is addressed to a point in that explanation page. One thing is most definitely for sure. If you do choose to adopt the Trinity Christian College Trolls as your college sports team of choice, you will get the added bonus of enjoying one of the most idiosyncratic team mascots in American college history.

    LeMoyne-Owen College Magicians

    I was not able to track down exactly why the teams that play for LeMoyne-Owen College are known as the Magicians. But you have to admit that it is a terrific nickname for a sports team. Especially if you write about the team; you’ve got a built-in shorthand such as the Magicians performing a disappearing act against so-and-so last night.


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    Andy Rautins …This Is Why We Watch Sports

    The chant started in the fourth quarter of the Knicks-Jazz game the other night, as I sat watching the Knicks pulverize their opponents from my "best seat ever", close to the action. At first, I couldn't make out what the crowd was chanting, but after a few moments it became clear. The crowd was chanting "And-y Rau-tins".

    The former Syracuse star has had a bit of a tough time in the NBA. The rookie has only appeared in 5 games for the Knicks since being drafted, and his last appearance took place over a month ago, on Feb 2nd.

    Since being drafted, his only claim to fame has been an appearance in a youtube video, lip-synching "We are the NY Knicks" with teammate Landry Fields. But in the game against the Jazz, as the sub team was put in by coach D'Antoni in the 4th quarter, the crowd wanted the kid in there, to show what he could do. Everyone loves an underdog. There's always that last guy on the bench that everyone wants to see get a chance, and Andy is that guy.

    The chant was deafening. It seemed like 50% of the crowd was chanting his name, and I joined in. I wanted the 3 point specialist to sink one, to show what he can do.

    Moments later, the crowd roared. Andy had gotten up and was ready to check into the game. I felt like I related to the kid for some strange reason. I was more excited at that moment than any other moment in the game.

    Why did I feel so emotionally invested in seeing a rookie get into the game?

    I think now, as I look back on that moment, I felt as if it were me out there checking into the game. I related to the kid at that moment, wanting to achieve something that was difficult…getting a chance to do what you dream of. I felt that if Andy gets into the game, then I can get into the game …whatever my game is.

    I realize that this is why we watch sports. To live vicariously through our heroes. To connect with them and experience their ups and downs, and learn lessons for ourselves and our lives.

    When I watched my football New York Giants defeat the unbeatable Patriots in the Super Bowl, I felt that if the Giants could do the impossible, I could do something impossible too. It inspired me. And the moment of watching Andy Rautins check into the game inspired me as well.

    This seemingly insignificant event may mean little to anyone outside Andy or his family and friends, but in the moment, the mind does not make logic of emotion. It just reacts.
    And so, for that moment, I was Andy Rautins.
    I felt frustration as he threw a wayward pass out of nervousness and rustiness.
    I felt confidence at what I imagined he was telling himself…
    "Calm down, you've done this before, a million times for the Orangemen in clutch situations. You're a pro now, a draftee for the NY Knicks….DO IT!"
    And I felt joy and redemption as he hit the shot the crowd clamored for.
     "I can do this, I BELONG here!"

    And for a few minutes in my life, as I sat close to the action, heard the cheers, saw his face and felt all those emotions, I could say that I honestly felt like a player in the NBA. Even if it was in my imagination.

    Thanks Andy.


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    What’s the Best Sports Recovery Drink?


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    You’ve just finished a tough workout and it’s time to let your muscles – and your body recover. If you worked hard, you burned through your muscle glycogen stores, broke down fat and even some muscle if you exercised for a prolonged period of time. Not only that – you also lost critical electrolytes such as sodium, chloride, and potassium. To recover, some people reach for a sports drink to replenish those all important carbs, protein, and electrolytes. But are these expensive drinks the best choice when it comes to a sports recovery drink? You may be surprised at the answer.

    After working out, hold off on the fancy sports drinks and reach for a glass of chocolate milk instead. A study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism showed that chocolate milk was as effective as sports recovery drinks like Gatorade for replenishing fuel stores and replacing electrolytes after exercise. They tested this on cyclists by giving them either a sports recovery drink, Gatorade, or low-fat chocolate milk after they had cycled for four hours. When they did a second round of cycling, the group that drank the low-fat chocolate milk was able to bike fifty percent longer than those who drank the sports recovery drink – and about the same amount of time as those who drank Gatorade.

    There are lots of advantages to using low-fat chocolate milk as an exercise recovery drink. Not only does it have a carbohydrate-protein ratio that rivals that of sports recovery drinks, but it’s also a good source of calcium that many people don’t get enough of. Chocolate is also a good source of flavonoids – natural antioxidant compounds that help repair the free radical damage that occurs with high intensity or prolonged exercise. On top of that, it also contains vitamin D – which up to seventy-five percent of Americans are deficient in. Chocolate milk is also much less expensive than most sports recovery drinks which is a big help if you’re on a budget.

    The only real drawback to using low-fat chocolate milk as an exercise recovery drink is the lactose it contains. Many people have problems digesting the lactose found in milk. When lactose isn’t broken down properly, intestinal bacteria have a field day with it which causes bloating, cramping, and diarrhea – symptoms most people can live without. If you have problems digesting lactose, look for lactose free chocolate milk which is now available at many grocery stores.

    The bottom line? Skip the expensive sports recovery drinks and sip on low-fat chocolate milk after you exercise. It tastes good – and it’s even better for you after a tough workout.


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