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Can I tell you how tired I am of single women complaining about how hard it is to meet a decent man? The problem is not a dearth of quality men. In fact, I know quite a few single gems. The problem exists where the ladies are looking. You aren’t going to find the right man in a sleazy bar or pick-up joint. If you want a man who values integrity, honor, and good sportsmanship, then you have go where the real men are. In the fall, that means your local sports bar.

Football is the all-American game. If you can’t get into the game, you are shunning some of the best guys in town. Here you will find men that truly believe in honor, both on and off the field. Football players aren’t stereotypical big dumb jocks. They have had to work incredibly hard to get where they are, and there are no NFL players who haven’t made a true commitment to the game. The fans are equally committed to the game and their teams. So much for the common complaint that “it’s impossible to find a man who can make a commitment”!

Personally, I’m hooked on the game itself. I love the strategy, the element of surprise, and the emotion (and I’m not terribly opposed to cute butts in tight football pants, either). You may or may not develop your own passion for the game, but you need to garner a basic understanding of how it works if you don’t want to come off like a fool. Guys can spot a fraud miles away, so it’s better to admit your ignorance and ask questions, rather than try to pretend you know the game. Of course, this only works for so long and you need to bone-up on football if you want to hang with the boys. Start with the basics – you need to know what teams are playing, and it really helps to have a favorite. I’m a tried-and-true Raiders fan myself, but they aren’t for the weak-hearted, being the only team in the NFL that has to play against both the opposing team and the selectively-blind referees (personal quibbles aside, of course).

If you don’t have a favorite team in mind, you could simply go with your hometown team. Be it the town you live in now, or the one from which you came. If that doesn’t work for you, then you probably come from Cincinnati or Cleveland, and should pick a random team. I know women who made their selection based on which jersey color looked best on them, which logo they liked best, or which team their despised ex-boyfriend hated the most. However, you make your selection, choose your team, and stay with them through the good times and the bad.

Start reading the sports page. You need to understand what is going on in the football world. At first, very little might make sense, but keep reading and you’ll be surprised at how much you can actually learn. For a high level overview, listen to the sports segment on your local network news. ESPN has a great web site where you can always find the latest stats on all the teams. At the very least, try to know the latest disputed calls, injuries and controversies.

Get a good pal to tutor you in the basics of the game. I recommend choosing a male friend, not boyfriend, who is a patient soul. Also, you are best learning from a taped game, so that he already knows the outcome and won’t mind stopping the tape to explain what just happened. I was totally anti-football until a good friend sat me down with a taped game and a few brews. Thanks to his patience and understanding of the game I’m now a regular Sunday inhabitant of the sports bar. Don’t forget to check among your gal pals; you may have a hidden football fan in your midst. The bonus is not just a great lesson, but also a buddy to join you in your foray into NFL Sundays at the sports bar and football fandom!

I will also be following up with a series on the basics of my favorite game.

Steve Young is a very accomplished athlete who has extended his relevance in the game football by making a career out of being a popular on air television personality for the ESPN network. While a younger generation of football fans may be most familiar with Young for his current work as a commentator on ESPN Monday Night Football post game shows fans old enough to remember his playing days know that he was truly something special on the gridiron. Long before Steve Young became a Super Bowl MVP in 1995 with the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL he was a prominent player for the Brigham Young University (BYU) Cougars and later a poster boy for the upstart USFL spearheaded by Donald Trump to compete with the NFL.

After being dubbed a high school athletic prodigy out of Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut Steve Young, a three sport star in high school (football, basketball, and baseball), moved across the country to continue his football career at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. Young who was initially considered a run first and throw second type of quarterback worked hard to overcome his shortcomings at passing the ball. Young, who played quarterback for an option run style offense in high school, eventually made his weakness his strength to the point that by his senior season he set an NCAA single season record by completing 71.3% of his throws.

The First Team All-American quarterback at BYU led an explosive offense that thanks to efficient quarterback play established a new NCAA record for total offense as the squad averaged 584.2 yards per game while racking up an 11-1 record. Despite finishing second in the voting for the Heisman Trophy to running back Mike Rozier of Nebraska Steve Young did receive other noteworthy accolades including the Davey O’Brien Award given annually to the best quarterback. Young completed his college career in style by tossing the game winning touchdown in a Holiday Bowl win against the University of Missouri in 1983. The pass that gave BYU the 21-17 win was the tail end of a trick flea flicker play. Young would later be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

The upstart USFL (United States Football League) was just getting off the ground when Young was prepared to turn pro in 1984. While the established NFL still seemed like the direction the game would head for the long term the USFL was successfully picking off star players to join their league and Steve Young was amongst the young talent that was lured by lucrative contracts to suit up for the less established brand. Young signed what was at the time considered an extremely lucrative deal in the form of a $40 million annuity contract in exchange for agreeing to play for the Los Angeles Express for ten years.

The career Steve Young had in the USFL was shorter than scheduled as a result of the owner of the team he played for going bankrupt in Young’s second season. Financial debacles caused embarrassing lapses in the integrity of the league including bus drivers refusing to drive teams to games after paychecks bounced and players simply not showing up. Interestingly, due to the structure of the original contract that Steve Young agreed to he is still being paid from that original contract and will continue to be every year through 2027. Due to the annuity nature of the original $40 million contract Young was scheduled to be paid $1 million a year for 40 years. Even though the now defunct league officially shut down in 1986 litigation proved successful in eventually guaranteeing that Young be paid the annuity value he was promised.

Steve Young would go on to sign with an abysmal Tampa Bay Buccaneers team in the NFL and suffer a 3-16 record as a starter over two seasons before being traded to the San Francisco 49ers were he was mentored by the great Joe Montana while serving as his backup. Young went on to have a prolific NFL career despite wasted time in the USFL and with the Buccaneers. Looking back on the NFL success of Steve Young the two-time MVP who has the record for highest passing rating to go along with a Super Bowl ring is considered one of the top quarterbacks in the history of the game. In 2005 Young was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

At such times it is the sports physiotherapists who are responsible in getting them on their feet as fast as possible.

The place of sports physiotherapy in the world of sports has come to be recognised as the one of prime importance. Sports physiotherapy centres come to the rescue of professional athletes not just in treating sports injury, but also in enhancing their performance through physiotherapy. The benefits offered by them are:

Builds Physical Toughness of the Athlete

Professional athletes have to bear blows in sports which involve direct contact such as rugby, football, boxing and basketball. Being under the regime of a physiotherapist enables the athletes to improve their body’s sturdiness and toughness. Their muscles, bones, ligaments and joints are strengthened and this helps the athletes to withstand the high physical stress demanded of their sport.

Prevention of Injury

Physiotherapy centres offer customized workout regimes for the athletes. These regimes are drawn based on the observations made by the physiotherapist during the training sessions. The physiotherapist knows where exactly the athlete stands with regard to his flexibility, joint flexion and strength. Therefore his workout regime ensures that the incidence of the athlete suffering from cramps, sprains, stress and torn ligaments is greatly reduced.

Enhances Muscle & Joint Flexibility

Contrary to common perception it is not only the gymnasts who require a supple and flexible body but sportsmen from all sports. Every sportsman involved in differing sports such as baseball, swimming, cricket etc requires his or her body to be flexible though the degree may vary from sport to sport. Sport physiotherapy helps the athlete to enhance his or her body flexibility so as to be able to give an optimum level of performance.

Promotes Relaxation of the Body

All sportsmen like to unwind after a long and exhausting day at the workouts or on the field. A few medical fitness centres offer sports physiotherapy programs that not only offer injury related assistance but also enable the sportsman to relax and recoup his body’s energy so that he can return to the field with his full vigour.

Sports Injury Treatment & Rehabilitation

In spite of taking precautions and care, some injuries are bound to happen. Some of the renowned Physiotherapy rehabilitation centres help the athlete to recover at a faster rate without the injury becoming too complicated. Specific physiotherapy sessions involved in sprained ankle treatment, frozen shoulder therapy etc enable the affected sportsman to recuperate from his dislocation, sprain, pressure or torn ligament problems quickly without the threat of complications creeping in.

Other Health Issues

Sports physiotherapy centres offer assistance for tackling cardiopulmonary issues. Their regime improves the endurance and breathing of the sportsmen which enable them to perform their daily activities in a better way. Sports therapists also offer benefits when it comes to treating spinal cord injuries, neurological disorders, multiple sclerosis etc.


Sports injuries are certainly different from everyday injuries. Athletes have to give high level performances and as such a greater stress is placed on their bodies at all the times. Sports physiotherapists are equipped with sports-related knowledge that help to address severe, persistent and overuse injuries and therefore their prime place in a sportsman’s life is an undisputed one.

Sport is good for you – and it’s not just about keeping fit. We already know, and we’re told by many eminent people that regular exercise is good for us.

But as somebody who plays sport regularly I’ve learnt that it is about much more than just the physical exercise. We’ll start with some widely accepted views. First doing regular exercise helps your vital organs. Getting the heart pumping, the lungs working deeply and the legs or arm muscles working hard helps improve the strength and stamina that we have. This in turn helps us fight other diseases more effectively and stay generally healthy. Also of course if you play competitive sport regularly, you are more likely to have a mental attitude which is more combative, and you will fight back.

The second key fact is that sport is a key way of losing weight or keeping weight off. Doing some exercise that leaves you breathless (no, apart from that) will ultimately help burn fat. Remember that at first it will probably hurt a bit: console yourself with the old adage “no pain, no gain.” And you know the arguments about not putting on weight. Being lighter puts less strain on your muscles and your heart, so you are likely to have less pain in your joints, and a stronger heart, and you live longer!

So what else? Sport is good for your soul too. Just by playing, or taking part in an active sport often means you commit yourself to doing things at set times with other people. So if you play football, you’ll need to turn up on time to train or play matches. If you play tennis, badminton or squash, you will arrange games with others. And if you go running or to the gym it is a great idea to do it with someone else. It simply makes you more committed. If you’ve already committed and you’ve had a heavy day at work and you don’t really want to go out and exercise tonight, you are more likely to do it anyway if you’ve agreed to meet another person. I’ve spoken to many other people (and I experience this myself) who say that after you’ve taken your exercise and you’ve had a shower and a drink, you always feel much better, and the troubles of your day seem to melt away. It is a great mental detox. It is easier to put your troubles back in their box, and get things into proportion more. So as I said, it is good for the soul – the busier and more stressful your day, the more you need this to balance out your life.

Playing sport with another person or people also gets things into proportion for another reason too. It is easy during downtime at the end of the day to dwell on things that have happened during the day, and in these challenging times to feel down or frustrated. But you know that the other person or people don’t want to hear about it – so quite simply you don’t burden them with your woes. You focus on something else – hopefully something that you have in common, and which is more positive. This is a good thing for your soul, your mental condition and it helps achieve a better work life balance.

We all say we want a good work life balance but this is one easy and important part of achieving that. Here endeth the lesson! Above all, seek out things you can enjoy in life and have fun!

It was a miserable day, winds gusting up to 15 miles an hour, and the tailing ends of a two-day rainstorm drizzled over the cinder oval. It was the day of the long-standing track meet between Oxford University Athletic Club and the team from Britain’s Amateur Athletic Association. When they stepped to the line at 6 P.M. for the big race, the wind had subsided and the rain had stopped. Only about 400 spectators were there to see the race, but the sporting press, sensing a momentous event, was well represented.

Many said that no one would ever break the four-minute mile, but on this brisk treacherous day in England in the spring of 1954, Roger Bannister did just that, covering the distance in 3:59.4.

The next day, newspapers around the world printed huge headlines publicizing the world record time. The media explored every facet of the race and the man who won it. Yet those runners who had previously approached this record time and those who later surpassed it did not receive the same adoration and acclaim. What made Roger Bannister’s sub-four-minute mile so miraculous, more miraculous than similar feats by other competitors? What created this worldwide fascination? Such attention is symptomatic of the Milestone Syndrome.

Almost ten years later in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a similar feat took place. The Philadelphia Warriors, with their league-leading scorer, Wilt Chamberlain, took the floor against the lowly New York Knickerbockers. Wilt, now in his third NBA season, was the most prolific scorer in basketball. He was a rare combination of strength, speed, and stamina and on this night, the Knicks saw it all. The Dipper, as he was called, sank 36 field goals on 63 shots and hit 28 foul shots, racking up a total of 100 point for the game. All three numbers still stand alongside the 100 points as NBA records.

News accounts of the game indicate the small crowd of only 4,124 spectators who clamored for Wilt to hit the century mark. They chanted, “Give it to Wilt!” and his teammates obliged passing up open shots to feed Wilt the ball. New York was not so accommodating and set out to foul Wilt’s teammates before the ball could be passed into the pivot. Philadelphia countered by easing up on defense to get the ball back quicker. They even fouled the opposition to stop the clock. Such tactics by both teams illustrate the Milestone Syndrome, our fascination with numerical plateaus, with benchmarks, and quantitative/linear evaluations.

This phenomenon extends beyond sports and into our daily lives. In the supermarket, you will find the most popular last digit is nine (61 percent), followed by five (19 percent). Even numbered digits make up less than 2 percent. These subtle pricing ploys have become important weapons in marketing arsenals. You see, most people perceive $1.99 as much cheaper than $2 because they read and process the prices from left to right. And the jump from $9.99 to $10.00 is an enormous psychological leap for the bargain hunter.

However, when it comes to quality people often use price as a clue to how good a product might be. In expensive stores such as Neiman-Marcus and Nordstrom, most tags are rounded off to the nearest dollar. These valuations enhance the store’s image and influence the buyers’ perceptions. If prices were perceived as too low, the affluent clientele might question the quality.

How do these numerical perceptions evolve? Some are the product of faulty or lazy thinking while others are invented hype. In addition, with repeated usage these perceptions become bigger than life. For example, for 20 years the four-minute mile stood as an apparently unsurpassable limit and thus this psychological obstacle was firmly implanted in the public’s mind. In a similar vein, the emphasis given to the Dow surpassing each 1,000-mark plateau laid the groundwork for banner headlines when the 10,000 mark was reached. Another example of how we glorify certain numerical milestones is the big hullabaloo surrounding the 2000 New Year’s Eve celebration.

Why should these events be given added importance when, logically speaking, their only importance is being a numerical plateau? A second less, a point more, a year earlier or later, where is the significance? Is this media hype or is there some scientific basis for this added emphasis?

Psychologists have a number of explanations for such behaviors and most reflect on our need to be on the winning side. Triumphs, even if sometimes illusionary, contribute to our enjoyment and uplift our egos. In addition, when pursued in mass, milestones give a common bond that give validity to the goal and contribute to our sense of belonging. Peer acceptance and the safety net offered by being part of the herd also contribute to these assessments. However, one must also consider the dramatic implications and our need to create mythological heroes. Heroes that journey into the unfamiliar, do battle, and gain the reward–surpassing milestones.

In baseball, statistics are used extensively in calling the game. Numbers are an integral part of the game as they determine strategies as well as the level of fan appreciation. When mythical plateaus enter the picture, they affect not only how the game is perceived but also how it is played. Putting up good numbers now overshadowed other aspects of the sport. A player hitting consistently over.300 has a bigger fan following, is paid considerably more than a player hitting.290. It’s not proportionately more it’s considerably more. Baseball, more than any other sport, rewards those surpassing milestones; a pitcher winning 20 games or players hitting 30 home runs and stealing 30 bases, or driving in over 100 runs. In sports, marketing today stresses the stars, not the teams and putting up memorable numbers certainly helps in that endeavor.

In sports, business, even politics, milestones fit in with our news-bite mentality. They simplify objectives, establish linear perspective, and support our competitive nature. They also fulfill a need for that which is tangible and quantitative. They make it easier to keep score, easier to justify actions.

For centuries, military minds have gauged their success based on numerical achievements, i.e., distance advanced, damage inflicted, number of enemy killed. Campaigns are designed and often-tenuous objectives are set to appease the egos of the high command. However, on the battlefield, succumbing to milestone syndrome can have horrendous consequences. The battle of Passchendaele in World War I is a classic example where the quest for a victorious milestone overshadowed common sense. British Commander-in-Chief, Sir Douglas Haig had set his sights on breaking through to the distant Belgium ports of Ostaend and Zeebrugge. Both French and British leaders as well as Haig’s own Intelligence Staff opposed the offensive. Despite these objections, General Haig gave the order to attack, July 31, 1917.

In heavy rain, the ambitious frontal assault bogged down at Passchendaele, a village that no longer exists, and yet the General threw more men into the slaughter. The ensuing battle costs the British 400,000 lives to gain a mere five miles of mud. Six months later, the British abandoned Passchendaele to reinforce lines elsewhere.

General Haig was so caught up in the increments of battle he was willing to give up countless lives to claim a numerical victory. This particular battle demonstrates another facet of the Milestone Syndrome, that once a numerical contest is initiated, our egos are unlikely to consider other forms of resolution. The rules of engagement are set and all that matters is the quantitative scorecard.

This fixation, this obsession to demonstrate numerical victories is also prevalent in the corporate world. In this computer age, almost every facet of business is measured and the benchmarks or milestones are very much in vogue. There is an old saying in business: What gets measured is what gets done. Unfortunately, management measures so many things they do not pay attention to any of them. Likewise, few companies know how to process these measurements and know where to intervene to change outcomes. Moreover, items difficult to measure such as quality, safety, innovations, employee engagement and customer satisfaction become secondary, as they do not fit neatly into the spreadsheet paradigm.

The Milestone Syndrome also plays a role in stock market fluctuations. Many aggressive investors will dump a stock when earnings fall below expectations even slightly. That can cause a drop in the stock’s price that is unrelated to its true value. When benchmarks are not met, investors abandon the perceived loser and pursue something better. This simplistic ritual drives the market, feeding on its own greed or fear, perpetuating chronicles that perpetuate more projections. It’s a never-ending cycle and decision plateaus continually shift finding their level of comfort, selling, buying, or holding firm. Perceptions and expectations create these illusionary milestones that are based on limited assumptions. In addition, in such a market, the Game Theory applies–that everyone else is making choices based on similar assumptions.

The Milestone Syndrome also affects how we handle negotiations. Numerical plateaus such as ten thousand increments, going from five figures to six, and the all-important million mark are milestones that can be either enhance or diminish one’s bargaining position. If you are asking for a raise and your sales have surpassed the million-dollar mark, you have a strong psychological advantage. However, if you are asking for a raise from five figures to six, that extra digit presents a pronounced barrier.

How we appraise quantitative values affects our decision-making and sometimes our happiness. We chase the numbers. Then we become caught up in their implications. A young woman may dread turning the age of thirty. A car owner may brag about his car reaching the 100,000-mile mark. The football crowd will applaud a runner surpassing 100 yards in a game. These are all psychological plateaus to which we give added importance. The price of a diamond jumps when it reaches a true half-carat or full carat. A 0.49-carat stone is priced a lot lower than a half-carat…and a 0.90-carat diamond goes for much less than a one-caret stone. Yet the difference in the size is almost imperceptible.

Other malformations of the Milestone Syndrome should also be considered. Focusing only on the numerical draws us away from pursuing other worthy achievements. As an example, in Europe, employees strike over issues such as working conditions, vacation time, and health benefits while in the United States, negotiations center on wages. Dwelling primarily on the numerical increments reduces exploration into abstract innovations and the inclination to investigate non-quantitative benefits.

If we allow it to, the Milestone Syndrome can affect us and the consequences can range from a joyful celebration to devastating lose. We must choose and awareness is our only protection. The symptomatic treatment requires understanding the forces of hype, psychological barriers and our own egos. I have used various examples to illustrate this phenomenon and this last one presents a thought-provoking question. A seller of height-building shoes says his best prospects are not short men but men who are 5-foot-11 and want to be 6-foot-plus. What would happen if scales of measurement were change to metric?

Breaking 1996 down into the biggest news, sports and entertainment events; here’s what happened…

Two tragedies hit the hearts of Britons in 1996, the nation’s sympathies going out to the people of Dunblane and Manchester. In Dunblane, a crazed gunman went on a shooting spree in at a local infant school, killing an entire class and their teacher. Later in the year, as a direct response to those ill-fated events, the Government announced that it would be outlawing almost all handguns in the UK.

In Manchester, a huge bomb devastated its busy central shopping area just as it was filling up with eager Saturday shoppers. Police managed to start an evacuation before it blew up but scores of people were still killed or injured in the blast. Such was the damage caused, that the episode led to a total regeneration of Manchester city centre.

Also hitting the news in ’96 was the introduction of the first genetically modified (or GM) food to go on sale in British supermarkets. Modified tomato puree was the cause of all the fuss with some critics dubbing it a “Frankenstein food”.

The world of sport was dominated by England’s hosting of the European football championships (Euro ’96). The England v Scotland group stage match drew much attention with Gazza’s wonder goal eventually stealing the win for the home team. Cheered on by home support, the ‘Three Lions’ made it all the way to the semi-finals, the nation going football crazy as it looked as if England were really going to win a major tournament for the first time since ’66, then, as really should have been expected, they lost on penalties to Germany.

Entertainment wise, carrot topped Chris Evans re-invented the chat show format with his hit show ‘TFI Friday’.Presenting celebrity gossip, the hippest bands and lad friendly guests, this unscripted, chaotic program briefly made Evans the most sought after man on TV. Over on the BBC, a group of thirty-something lawyers were gaining huge ratings; ‘This Life’ being a bit like the American ‘Friends’ but with much more ‘bad’ behaviour and saucy goings on.

The big screen was blessed with one of the jewels of the British film-making crown, ‘Trainspotting’. Despite featuring heroin, needles, vomit and disgusting toilet bowls, this was the coolest thing of the year and took Ewan McGregor from nowhere to ‘Star Wars’. The more family friendly film of 1996 was ‘Toy Story’; it being the first feature length movie ever to be animated entirely by computer. The results were quite stunning and people flocked to see ‘Woody’ (a pull-string cowboy) and ‘Buzz Lightyear’ (a high-tech space ranger) battle it out to become little Andy’s favourite toy.

Indian is one of the emerging since independence. It has got an awesome development in various different sectors including education, real estate, medicare, technology and majorly in infrastructure. Mainly education system did paid lots of contribution for developing the standard of India at international level. Today, India houses numbers of prominent schools, colleges and universities that are now getting collaboration work with many many foreign universities and colleges. All these shows the importance and quality work of Indian education system at international level. India with twenty seven states and seven union territories contractors numbers of unique colleges and universities of different types and degree programs.

Since independence numbers of initiatives step have been taken from India towards development of primary education. Numbers of girls schools have been opened in various different sections of the country. Different promotional plans and programs have been launched in accordance with the development of primary education in India.

Below are the some of the main types of schools in India,

1. The state government controlled schools under which a large chunk of students are enrolled
2. CBSE Schools – Central Board of Secondary Education
3. ICSE Schools – The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations
4. National Open Schools of India
5. International Schools of India
6. Boarding schools in India

Now, let's have a detailed look at each of the different type of schools in India,

Preliminary Education – It concerned to LKG, UKG, and those students who are aged between 2-1 / 2 and 3. The concept of preliminary education in India dates back to history pages but as per records and analytics very less percentage of them receiving education under the forum concerned.

However, this section of primary education plays a vita role for kids in order to offer schooling environment that gives an idea to kids before entering into schooling life about environment and school behaviors. Shamrock preschools and Kid zee schools are two most popular and favorable primary education centers of India.

Elementary Education- It concerned to students of classes between 1 to 5th standard basically forms this crust. As per the recorded data and facts 82% of the students have been observed enrolling for the same.

Higher Education- It concerned with students who have cleared their schooling and now move towards their career in order to achieve their career goals. Colleges and Universities are the main stream of this category.

Beside these, accredited schools, residential schools, boarding and international schools are the other categories of schools in India offer different types of education services and enabling to add additional value to an Indian education system. Schools in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune and in other major cities plays valuable role while improving the standard of Indian primary education system at international standard.

When you want to add autographed collectibles to your sports collection, you can send a request by mail to a sports star of your choice. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to add an autographed souvenir to your collection.

You can send items that you want to have signed, such as sports cards, a vintage newspaper or magazine, or a photograph. It shouldn’t take you more than a couple hours to create your written request, and to mail your parcel.

To receive an autographed item, you will also need to enclose an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) so that the signed item can be returned to you in more efficient time. Plus, the sports star shouldn’t be responsible for paying the return postage. In advance of mailing your items, you will want to decide what you want signed.

Sports cards are inexpensive items to buy and to mail. You only need a first class stamp to mail a sports card or index card in a letter. Newspapers or magazine covers will require a larger envelope, such as a nine-by-twelve-inch size. Be sure to also include a piece of heavy card stock so your sports card or photograph will not get bent when it is returned to you through the mail.

It is advisable not to send balls, bats, or jerseys through the mail to get an autograph. You’re better off getting those types of items signed in person when you attend the next convention where the sports star is signing autographs.

Next, you’ll need to find the star’s address which is usually located at the team’s headquarters. You should be able to find out this information by doing a search on the Internet. Several web sites list the addresses of the various teams and their players.

It is very helpful if you know the star’s career achievements and can refer to them in your correspondence. It also helps when you say that you’re a fan and that it would mean so much for you to have an autograph on the item you’ve mailed along with your letter. Send your autograph requests to sportsmen you admire so that your true fan admiration will come out in the letter.

As mentioned earlier, sports stars will not pay to send your item back to you so you must include a SASE with your letter and item in the envelope you mail to them. After preparing the envelope, mail it and do not become anxious about wondering when you’ll receive your envelope or package.

Some requests will be in your mail box in a week or two, but other stars might take up to a month to return the autograph or item to you. It’s also known among collectors that sometimes a sports star has taken up to a year before returning an autograph, so just be patient. Then one day when you least expect it, you’ll be excited when you receive the autograph in the mail.

The game of rugby is widely played across the globe. Every day, we come across instances where players fully geared up, grooming their skills in order to live up to their dreams to become just like their heroes. The rugby ball is the most important part of this game. It is the ball for which the players tussle with each other to score.

The comprehensive range is available in the market from where you can pick it up for you. But, here I want to narrate the story about how the rugby ball is manufactured. This information helps you in understanding what you should keep in mind while buying these balls.

In the past, the rugby balls were manufactured using pig’s bladder. But for now, the material has been changed to leather. Nowadays, the manufacturers are developing these balls using excellent quality leather. The shape of this ball is oval with 4 panels. But, there is a problem with the leather. The leather has the tendency to absorb water. The absorption of the water eventually results in making the balls heavier. This makes the ball over-weighted making it imperfect for the game.

To cater this problem, the rugby ball manufacturers are employing synthetic leather. This doesn’t have the property to absorb water molecules. The synthetic leather is basically the polymer of hydrocarbon. This is a highly durable material and provides long life to the ball. This is basically the waterproof material and prevents the absorption of water. Another promising feature associated with this material is that it behaves more consistently in different weather conditions.

The color is very important when it comes to influence the performance of the players. The rugby balls are widely developed in those color combinations that provide good visibility to the players. The manufacturers use different patterns while developing their products in order to provide good visibility to the players during the game.

Unlike soccer balls, the rugby balls don’t contain any bladder or lining. In this, the soft foam is used in place of the tubes. So, there is no need to get these balls inflated. Owing to this soft foam, the fingers of the players don’t get hurt. The heavier balls are also available in the market that can be used for playing and practicing purposes.

The rugby ball manufacturers are creating their products using latest manufacturing machinery. In this, they are employing the latest machinery for stitching. The advanced machinery helps in providing durability & reliability to the product.


This is how the manufacturers create their products. Prior to buying, keep all the above-mentioned points in mind. This helps in providing you the excellent quality product.

This morning I would like to send out a big message of congratulations to… ME! You ask, why? Hmm, where do I begin? Many years ago when I was a child, I remember one evening while sitting at the dinner table, Dad said to all of us that we needed to be up and dressed and at the front door by 8:00 AM on Saturday morning. Of course, all of us asked why and he said that it was a surprise. Several days went by and not a peep from Mom or Dad about this secret excursion. Saturday arrived and into the car we piled. As we drove off, I asked again, “Dad, where are we going?” His response was that we are on a Forced Family Fun trip. That was the day that our family adopted the three F’s. We have since incorporated these letters for all kinds of family fun.

In 1996, I decided to start a family football pool called…you guessed it….Forced Family Football. It started with 5 teams, my three brothers and their spouses, my Mom and Dad and myself. After 16 years of craziness we are now up to 12 teams all within the family and including many of the grandkids. This year I was in last place throughout the whole season, and made my move up the leader board like a fast thoroughbred horse coming down the stretch in the playoffs. In our Lewis Family Forced Family Football, this can be done. One can come from way behind or in the middle and win in the final stretch. In the end, this season, I won it all. Congratulatory messages came by text and phone from family located across this country. Long distance communication has been the medium of communication in this pool. We began entering our “picks” by phone and fax, graduated to Email and Text and today we have incorporated an internet site where all the entries are posted after game time and the results posted after the game is over. Word of my victory was sent out by text to all the family just moments after the Super Bowl game ended. Messages from family members started coming in soon thereafter.

Thinking back now, I can’t believe it has been 16 years since I decided to do something that I never dreamed would last. This football pool has kept our family laughing and competing from August to February each year. It is amazing to watch the competitive spirits of all these Lewis family members jockeying for position before the playoffs start. The system that we have devised is one where you are never out of the race. Each week you pick the teams that you think will win and after 16 weeks of the regular season we tally them up to begin the playoffs. My brother Del has devised a brilliant playoff system that incorporates a slight advantage to whomever had the most wins in the regular season.

Winning the famed Forced Family Football trophy this year is a great honor, but it pails in comparison to what it has done for our family togetherness. What started out as a secret road trip by Mom and Dad back in the 70’s has now turned into an incredible family game that brings out all of our loving competitiveness. The message here is not about a football pool or winning, its about family and love. I understand that each family is different, but I dare say that love is universal. I encourage everyone to reach out to members of your family or close friends or loved ones and start something. If not football, maybe a recipe exchange or a coupon swap. There are so many things that we can do that will cement ever lasting memories. Step up and step out and organize something that can be carried on for years to come. I promise you will be glad you did. The choice is within.