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While walking down the street, if you get to pass by a park or playground, you can see a number of individuals involved in different activity. Some can be seen engaged in cycling; some are using baseball equipment, while someone is busy giving baseball instruction to the seemingly amateur ones. Almost every one is engaged in some kind of activity. It is pretty obvious that the young ones are more interested in physical activities rather than just sitting or playing board games. Yet, every individual likes a different kind of sports. When we think of classifying the sports into categories, the number of categories is unbelievable. From bat and ball sports to automobile sports, from boarding sports to cue sports, from water sports to sky diving, there are just too many.

Classifying such a number of sports in definite categories is definitely an arduous task. But roughly, we can manage to suggest few criteria that can put a sport in the closest possible category. Using these criteria, the categories that have been formed are as follows,

• Racing Sports: In racing sports, there are a number of competitors racing against each other and sometimes also in teams. The basic objective of a race is to be the fastest and first one to achieve a target. Racing sports can be subcategorized in to three types of sports; human powered sports like running and swimming, Human assisted like cycling and rowing and External powered such as motor sports and sailing.

• Opponent sports: These sports are generally a competition between two opponents where the scores achieved by the players decides the winner. The opponent sports can also be divided into three main categories Court sports are the ones that are played in a court such as tennis, badminton and squash. Combat sports are one on one physical encounter between the opponent like karate and boxing. And the Team sports are one in which teams compete with other teams example football and cricket. It is possible that a court sport is also a team sport.

• Achievement sports: Achievement sports can be taken as the ones in which the players show off their abilities. The categories might help you understand it more clearly. There are three types of achievement sports; Target sports are the ones in which the objective is to hit a target such as shooting and archery. Display sports are the ones in which the participants display certain ability or moves like in bodybuilding, gymnastics and diving. In strength sports, the participants show off their strength as in weight lifting and triple jump.

• Athletics: And finally, there are athletics in which the competitors have to show their abilities in a combination of different sports from above mentioned categories. We can roughly divide these into running, jumping and throwing. The players have to participate in a series of different games and the one with highest over all score is the winner.

This was only a rough categorization of sports, if you go into deeper studies of all these categories. Although, if you study each category individually, you will see that it can still be sub categorized into many other categories as well.

Sports are a very popular interest worldwide as there are many varieties people can choose from to indulge themselves in. Some people are interested in football while others like basketball. Some love the water and prefer swimming, while others like to speed inside a racing car. It doesn’t matter what type of sport you like to play as long as you realize the importance of the equipment and apparel required to play these sports. For playing football you need a football and two goal posts. Individually you may need a good pair of shoes and something to keep sweat off your eyes as it drips from your forehead. It is not so easy to indulge in any sports activity if you don’t have the appropriate sports equipment. The better your sports equipment is, the better will be your game.

The first step to have a good sporting experience is to buy a equipment that is of good quality in terms of its strength and is light in weight. For instance, if the racket with which you play badminton is not of appropriate weight your hand may not respond in the ideal fashion while playing the game. You might have to risk losing your game. But if you hold the racket before making a purchase and gauge as to what weight and length suits your hand the most, you will be able to take a good decision. Your decision at this point in time will go a long way to support your actual game.

In a game such as football, the goal keeper, for instance, would need equipment such as a helmet, shoulder pads and knee pads. You also need to think of the quality here too! For his own sake the goal keeper needs to get a hair cut before the game. The helmet should be fitting the goal keeper properly. The helmet should be refitted if the hair style of the goal keeper has changed. The front portion of the helmet should just protect the head and not become a hindrance by covering the forehead including the eyebrows. The ear holes also should match up with player’s ears. Move the helmet while the goal keeper is wearing it so that any displacement of the helmet can be rectified before the game starts.

Mouth guards are also considered another sporting equipment that should be checked for cleaning and fitting. They should be boiled to refit on the mouth of the player. Shoulder pads allow the goal keeper adequate amount of mobility. The back and front of the shoulder pads should be able to cover the shoulder blades and pectorals respectively.

Athletes should try and wear T-shirts that prevent occurrence of rashes and skin irritations arising from rough straps. Most sports equipments are of protective kind. The primary and the protective equipment are equally important because as the game progresses players become quite aggressive in an attempt to win the game. If these sports equipment are not maintained the players are bound to injure themselves.

For younger children it helps to have more of a variety–basic supplies can go a long way if you have the right crafts in mind. Do not be afraid to be messy-even in high school art classes they use drop cloths while working. Although you and your students can be very creative with these basic supplies, you want to have more options available for you–and the way to do that is to obtain the best art supplies you can for your shcool there are–and not just the basic ones.

If paints are not on your list of art supplies–they should be. The younger kids can do great things with finger-paints and watercolors. With these kinds of artistic tools the students can learn lessons about the color wheel. For example: using primary colors of finger-paints, show your students how you can mix primary colors to make secondary colors. This way they are learning some of the basics of art at an early age.

For the older groups of children art supplies should also include paints as a priority. As the children get into middle school and high school their artistic skills will be developing and as teachers we want to encourage that artistic development–not prevent them from moving forward with their talents. For example: finger paints just are not going to do the trick if the students are going to be using brushes–watercolors are also out of the question because the students are above that now. Sometimes in high schools advanced upperclassmen, as well as some students in colleges will revert to watercolors for certain projects–but by that time they are in a whole new league. For the older grades–even older elementary students like fourth and fifth graders your art supplies should include acrylic paints and brushes of several sizes. The students will also need easels and paint trays.

As they get even older it is great to have additional art supplies such as oil paints as well as, paint sponges, spray paints or preferably, airbrushes, canvases and frames (or wood for frames the students can build themselves), pastels are great supplies and so are charcoals, as well as clay and pottery wheels–if your budget allows.

I know that obtaining all of this is quite an expensive proposition, however, not an impossible one for all schools. All of these art supplies were provided by the school I attended in tenth through twelfth grade, and because of such resources the art program the school was able to provide was stellar (and still is). Students were able to excel in art immensely if they chose to take the art classes offered as electives. Classes like portraiture, oil painting, landscapes, abstract art, pottery, and so on. Some students even received college credits in art before they graduated high school. But without certain art supplies being provided for schools, schools will never have the option to offer such classes. It is certainly a thing to consider.

PVC is increasingly being used in manufacturing various everyday products, as a substitute of leather. The prime reason behind this increased use is that PVC is not only cheaper to produce but it also offers enhanced flexibility in a number of applications.

Here are some reasons why PVC is so popular among manufacturers;

1. PVC is light weight and yet strong and durable.

2. It is easy to use and can be converted into various forms.

3. It is waterproof.

4. It is chemical attack resistant.

The manufacturing of PVC requires low energy hence, making the manufacturing cost effective both in the terms of environmental and economic terms.

PVC is used for several packaging purposes such as PVC hanger bags, sachet display, soap hangers and may more.

PVC applications in consumer goods

Several types of consumer goods are either made from PVC or contain PVC. Some of the examples are:

Shoes

PVC is used in manufacturing the uppers and soles of shoes. This material serves as an alternative to traditional leather, hence enabling cost-effective manufacturing. It is also used in sports shoes so as to provide support, strength and shock absorbance in challenging environment.

Bags

The durability and toughness of PVC makes it an excellent material for manufacturing hanger bags, pouches, sachet displays, soap hangers and luggage. These are available in varied material effective an colors and are suitable for all types of environments, from house to shops.

Sports equipment

Not only for sports shoes, PVC is also used as a coating and covering in sports clothing and equipment in different sports such as rugby, football, golf and so on.

Furniture

Furniture makes use of both flexible and rigid PVC. While flexible PVC is used for inflatable couches, chairs and covering; rigid PVC is used for panels and handles. A thin film of this material is used in bathroom and kitchen furniture.

Credit cards

Because of being durable, flexible, cost effective and easy to print on, PVC is among the most common materials used for making debit, phone and credit cards. It is easy to imprint numbers on these cards made of PVC with heat application.

Clothing

The functional qualities of this material makes it an excellent material for protective clothing outdoors. Whether it is for packaging or for manufacturing rainwear, PVC plays a major role.

Hence, the role of PVC can not be overlooked in the consumer goods industry. There are a number of companies that manufacture PVC hanger bags, pouches, soap hanger, sachet display and so on.

“Hey, Ace, I heard about this brand new game,” was how my friend began his query, “a game that I hadn’t heard of before. Maybe you’ve heard of it….”

“Have you ever heard of some game called 3 Way-Action?”

“Uhhh, yep, I sure have,” was my response, although I wondered why my friend would label this as what he called a “brand new game.” Being in the casino party rental business, it’s my job to keep up on all the new trends, even when they’re NOT so ‘new.’ Agh, no problem, I said to myself, I’ll correct him later. “So, where did you see 3 Way-Action being spread?”

“Well, my friend saw it while he was up north (California), played it for a while, and thought it was a lot of fun, so he introduced the game to our Friday Poker Party, and it was a big hit! We played all night!” (Actually, that wasn’t an unusual suggestion by my friend, who goes by the name of ‘Night Owl.’ He and his card-playing buddies would stay up until 6 a.m. playing ‘Madden NFL Football,’ if the side bets were right.

“One problem,” the friend lamented. (Uh-oh….I’m smelling a rules-violation right about now.) “We’re not sure we’re playing it the right way. Could you come over to my place next Friday, and teach us the rules of the game?”

Wow, hmmm, let me see…..Well, it’s a tough choice between listening to my two sons fight over the ‘Wii’ system for three hours on Friday night, or go over to my friend’s house and spend the evening talking about my favorite thing in life — Casino games, and the best ways to play them. “Great, we’ll see you at 7 p.m.! Don’t bring anything, we’ll supply the food.”

Friday couldn’t come soon enough. My sons decided to boost up the night of the weekly ‘Wii’ argument from Friday to Thursday, so I wouldn’t miss all of the fun with them. (Gee, thanks, boys.) And, when Friday DID come around, I made the trek over to Friday Poker Party Central, in order to discuss the now-infamous “3 Way-Action.”

“Here, let’s show you how we’re playing 3 Way-Action,” my buddy says. And, as promised, he deals out a hand of the game in question, and it looks like they’ve got the right idea of how the game is dealt, but they’re a little off in the way the initial wagers are made. “OK, stop right here,” I say. “Let’s go over how the game works, right from the beginning.”

“First off, you’re asking how this ‘brand new game’ works, but it’s not new, at all. It’s been hanging around on the fringes of the casino industry ever since the WSOP’s own Joe Awada created the game for his company, Gaming Entertainment, quite some time ago.” (We consider it our job to keep up on ALL of the new games and trends in the industry, as well as their history. Hey, we’re not the top casino party company for nothing. Grin) After my short, boring history lesson about the game, it was time to get down to the business of how “3 Way-Action” worked. Here is how the game was taught to this very attentive group….

3-Way Action is a game played on a Blackjack-style layout, with three distinct betting boxes in front of each of the six players at the table. These bet-boxes are marked “High Card, Blackjack, and Poker.” To play the game, a player must place a bet in each of the three boxes, and unlike games like Let It Ride, the bets in the three boxes do not necessarily have to be in the same exact amounts. Players can make any size wager in each of the three boxes, but may not remove any wagers made after the first card is dealt.

The first game played at the table is “High Card,” also known by some players as “War” or “Combat.” It’s just as described – High card. The dealer will deal one card up to each of the players, and one card up to himself. If your card is bigger than the dealers, you win, simple as that. If not, you lose. If the player and dealer TIE, the player loses exactly half of the original “high card” bet, which is the “vig” for the house. The house edge for this part of the game, because of the half-bet loss on a tie is almost 3% (2.94%, to be exact).

Next up, we move to game #2 in 3 Way-Action, “Blackjack.” That “High Card” that you initially received to start the game? You keep it, and will be dealt another card, face up, so each player has a two-card Blackjack hand. (The dealer will deal HIS/HER second card DOWN, of course.)

Now, each player plays Blackjack against the dealer. Now, if you hit your 2-card Blackjack hand, all subsequent cards that you get will remain in your hand for the third part of the game, the poker hand. So, the players play Blackjack against the dealer, and those bets are paid or collected, with ties being a push. BUT….ALL cards that the players / dealer receive during Blackjack play remain on the table, as part of those players’ hands.

Note: If the player draws to seven cards totaling twenty-one (21) or less, the player wins automatically. (Even money.) House edge in Blackjack, taking all normal factors into account — About another 0.5%, give or take a smidge. You Basic Strategy players know the deal with this scenario.

So, now, with the Blackjack portion of the game completed, the table moves to the last of the games to be played – “Poker.” It’s now like Seven-Card-Stud Poker. Each of the players will be dealt cards face up, in turn, until each of them has seven cards in front of them, their poker hand. Simply stated, if your best five cards in your poker hand beats the dealers’ best five, your “Poker” wager is paid off, even money.

House edge for the third and final installment of 3 Way-Action — We’re figuring about 3.4%, maybe a little less, depending on what the payouts are in regards to an optional side bet on the poker hand-portion of the game called the “Bonus Bet.” This is a side wager made before any of the cards are dealt, and pays off players that end up with hands of 3-of-a-kind or more (which pays 3-to-1).

House edge on the bonus bet — Well, it depends on the payouts of he various poker hands, but the odds in regards to a “Bonus Bet” payout sheet that WE saw at a Northern California casino some time ago would land around a 12.5% vig for the house. (You know how those bonus bets are. Stay away from this one.)

“Wow, thanks,” my friend said, after the class was dismissed. “You really do have all the info on that game. Sounds like, all in all, the odds in favor of the house really aren’t that bad when it comes to 3 Way-Action, are they?”

I remember my answer…. “Actually, no, as casino games go, the odds in favor of the house aren’t that bad at all. Just remember your basic strategy when it comes to Blackjack, and to stay away from the optional Bonus Bet, and you should enjoy your next session of 3 Way-Action.”

“Thanks again,” my friend told me, as I was leaving his house, and heading back home. “We really appreciate it.” Have a good evening!”

“You’re welcome,” I shot back, as I walked back to my car, and back to what I was SURE was another “Wii War” waiting for me when I got home.

Hey, when you’re considered the top source for info on the best casino games, you have to know when you have the house edge, don’t you? Just one word will swing the percentages back into my favor, and give me back that coveted “House Edge.”

“Bedtime!”

Do you prepare Christmas dinner for everyone? If you are in charge of the gathering for Christmas dinner, you will want to organize a few fun games and activities besides the meal. After all, everyone will be sniffing around the kitchen looking for food if you don’t keep them entertained. Here are a few fun-loving ways to divert the crowd until the Christmas dinner is done.

Guess The Christmas Dinner

Here’s a simple game all your guests will love. Have everyone who did not work in the kitchen guess the Christmas dinner based on a smell test. By sniffing aromas in the air, players have to figure out the Christmas menu. Although it may be easy to guess whether you’re cooking roast beef or turkey, it’s harder to figure out what type of potatoes are being prepared. Are they baked potatoes or mashed with gravy? Do you smell squash or broccoli with cheese or both? The person who most closely guesses the foods being served for Christmas dinner is rewarded with a taste.

Get Board On Christmas

To avoid getting board, get board on Christmas – that is, get out your old board games. Find the most childlike board games you own and tote them out for Christmas fun. Have the grown men sit on the floor to play the games. Take a photo of the guys while they cluster around playing a round of Chutes and Ladders on the floor. An even better idea is to give the guys a princess dress-up game so you can laugh at the fathers and grandfathers wearing frills and tiaras. If you play princess games, make sure the camera is handy to capture those funny moments forever. You can even get the kids involved by having them play cards or Monopoly against the men.

Christmas Tablecloth Decorating

When the kids start to clamor around the table for asking food, divert their attention by having them decorate the tablecloth with Christmas designs. Leave your Aunt Harriet’s fine linens in the china closet and use a cheap, disposable tablecloth instead. You can even keep this doodling tablecloth every year to see the progression of the children’s artwork. Have the kids use permanent markers and date and sign their creations so you have the information in years to come.

Toss The Santa Hat

Take the party outside for awhile to play a exhilarating game of toss the Santa hat. Fill a Santa hat with candy and try to throw it around without the candy falling out. Another idea is a Santa hat relay. Everyone wears the Santa hat and hands it to the next player, who must put on the hat and do the same. If everyone enjoys throwing games, you can take it to the next level. Play football with a goal line made from old Christmas ribbon. Start a soccer game with a rolled up ball of discarded Christmas wrapping paper.

The Worst Christmas Presents

Discuss the best and worst presents you ever received for Christmas. Tell stories describing the coolest and most awful gifts you got. Just remember not to tell a story about the worst present in front of the person who gave it to you! Hold dessert hostage until everyone shares a story about their best or worst Christmas present.

Where Is Santa Now?

While you eat Christmas dinner, include a delightful activity to amuse the children. Play where is Santa now by using a Santa hat – after all, Santa must be back at the North Pole by now! Have someone pass the Santa hat to another person under the table while everyone tries to decide where it is. Whoever holds the Santa hat winks at someone else at the table. When a person gets winked at, they say “Santa go away!” and the hat is passed. The hat passing and winking goes on until someone guesses where Santa is.

When starting a t-shirt business you might come across confusing legal issues. The legalities of business can’t be over looked. A lot of the legal info you find while conducting your research might seem confusing, so we’re gonna break some of it down so it’s easier to understand. Make sure you know your stuff before you get into legal trouble!

Copyright and trademarks- A copyright is the right to copy and gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, financially benefit from it, and other related rights. A trademark is a type of intellectual property, and typically a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, or a combination of these elements. You should copyright your t-shirt designs and trademark your label name to protect them legally. But, don’t worry about copyright and trademark too early. Until your work is being widely purchased or distributed, copyright may not even be necessary to launch your t-shirt business.

Images from the internet- Don’t use ‘em without permission. Images from the internet are copyright, unless you took them, in which case you own the copyright. There are ways of beating the system though: If you use a basic, generic picture, for example, one of a dog, you’d probably get away with it in some cases. Is there is nothing peculiar about the picture you use and it looks like something you could very well have taken, most likely the copyright holder won’t really be able to distinguish the image and wouldn’t waste time trying to hunt you down. On the other hand if you use a picture that’s very specific or complex, for example, a picture of a white pit-bull with black spots wearing a football helmet, you’ll get caught easily.

Famous quotes- When using quotes in t-shirt designs you should quote the person who originally said it. Don’t pretend like you made it up. Just give them their credit, even if it’s in super tiny print. You definitely wouldn’t like it if you said something funny one day and saw it on a bunch of t-shirts the next, without any recognition for it.

Popular characters- Never use them unless you have a license to do so. Just make up your own characters or get someone else to. Simple as that. Using popular characters in an attempt to sell quick is just plain lazy and uncreative.

Writing and signing contracts- Learn the ins and outs of contracts before writing or signing them or you’ll get screwed. Also, don’t sign a contract for anything until you’ve weighed out the options of having the contract signed or not, as well as how you’d feel about your decision to sign when a few months go by. Find some sample contracts online or in books so you get an idea of how they should be formatted.

Parodying familiar figures and icons- It’s allowed thanks to the right to parody. Just don’t get too crazy with it. When your parodying becomes overly offensive you may get attacked and or kidnapped by the entourage of figure you’re parodying. Just beware.

Political figures- In most cases they can be used. It’s no wonder there are so many political t-shirts on the market. The only situation you wouldn’t be safe using them is if you find a famous photo of a political figure. The photo would most likely be recognized as x photographer’s famous photo, so you’d be in hot water. In addition to political figures you can also use flags, coat of arms, and national symbols.

Breaking 1991 down into the biggest news, sports and entertainment events; here’s what happened…

At the start of the year the ‘Gulf War’ kicked off as a result of Iraq invading Kuwait, leading to UK forces heading off to fight Saddam Hussein’s army. The fighting lasted just a couple of months but is well remembered due to it being the first war that was televised on the news.

The little loved media tycoon Robert Maxwell met a mysterious end whilst holidaying on his boat off the coast of Tenerife. Struggling under financial pressure, with his corporation on the brink of collapse, he was thought to have gone overboard although no-one really knows what happened.

Another mystery to arise was an outbreak of ‘crop circles’. Some 600 new ones appeared (one in the Prime Ministers garden!) in the UK throughout the summer of ’91, putting Britain under the world media spotlight. Some experts pointed the finger at human hoaxers, some claimed abnormal weather conditions were the cause, whilst others were 100% sure that they were messages from aliens.

In terms of sport, England hosted the 1991 Rugby World Cup but, despite having home advantage, they were edged out in the final by the Australians. Paul Gascoigne, the new star of football, damaged his knee whilst playing for Tottenham in the FA Cup final leading to a year long spell on the sidelines.

TV saw a couple of newcomers make their mark and an old-hand return. Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer (better known as just Vic & Bob) debuted on channel 4 and their brand of bizarre humour quickly caught on, making their surreal show a 1991 hit. Back with more silly games, less than special guests and ‘gunk’ was Noel Edmonds on his live show (broadcast from the fictitious ‘Crinkley Bottom’) ‘Noel’s House Party’. Accompanying Edmonds, was his pink and yellow friend Mr. Blobby who surprisingly managed a number one single despite not being able to speak!

The top film of 1991 was ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ with leading roles from Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. As Hannibal Lecturer (a psychotic cannibal) and Clarice Sterling (a young FBI cadet) they form a strange kind of partnership in order to hunt down an even stranger serial killer by the name of “Buffalo Bill”. Also out that year was one of the few sequels to better the original; he said “I’ll be back” and Arnold Schwarzenegger was in ‘Terminator 2’. This time playing one of the good guys trying to protect the boy destined to save the human race.

On the UK music front in ’91, the year belonged to Bryan Adams and his HUGE hit ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’. The title track for ‘Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves’ topped the charts for a record 16 weeks and was in the Top 40 for a total of 6 months. As for the best selling album of 1991, that went to Simply Red and their album ‘Stars’. The Christmas number one was a re-issue; Queen again releasing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to commemorate the death of lead singer Freddie Mercury earlier in the year.

Once, it was difficult to imagine morning without a newspaper. We wake up, drink a cup of coffee and read newspapers in order to find latest news in the country and around the world. Today the world has changed. Every hour there is news, every minute something happens. In order to get the latest news, just go to the internet. And if you prefer, you can even get updates (the results of football games, for example), directly to the mobile phone. And this, of course, without any mention of television news channels, which broadcast 24 hours a day. So who really needs the newspapers and there is still the future of this industry?

First of all, many people read newspapers from the habit. Indeed, why, to change anything? Why switch on a computer or TV, if tomorrow morning we will find a newspaper at the door. And if there has been something abnormal sooner, we will probably hear about it on TV. The feeling of reading the newspaper like reading books, and it is rooted in many people. You can read during meals, in bed before sleep, or even in the bathroom. You can certainly use the laptop in these places, but it is far less convenient.

Major newspapers around the world have already noticed this problem a long time. They understand that the news on the Internet is the future. It should also join this trend and this will help in particular to promote the newspaper. Who does not do so, will be left behind. Creating new and popular site with interesting material is not detrimental to the newspaper, but also expands the sources of funding. Many of those who advertise on the Internet are not always advertised in the newspapers. Thus, a circle, in which newspaper promotes the website and the website, brings new readers to the newspaper. Of course, the web site which belongs to well-known newspaper has an excellent starting point on the Internet.

Statistics around the world shows that the number of readers of newspapers is falling every year, and this is very reasonable. The younger generation does not have a natural attraction to the paper, newspapers and books and they are more drawn to the buttons and screens. Therefore, it is clear that slowly, most of the budget of papers will move on to the Internet. During this transition period, they must retain its best reporters, or their level falls, and they will lose many readers.

Personally, I and my family have long ceased to read newspapers, and it happened as soon as I realized that all the news that I read there, I already knew from websites or TV. If the newspaper does not give new information, so why buy it and spend precious time. Online news sites saves time, allows you to filter content, and make information retrieval comfortable and efficient. I like sites that collect the latest news from different sources. This way you can get convenient and most reliable objective information.

College football’s bowl season is underway and, as usual, the state of Texas is right in the middle of the action, hosting a number of great matchups. In Houston this Friday, the Texas Bowl is set to kick off, matching two teams from the Lone Star State against each other. TCU and the University of Houston will slug it out at Reliant Stadium on the 28th at 8:00 PM. The two teams are former conference rivals from their days together in the old Southwest Conference, but now each has found a new home with TCU joining the Mountain West, and Houston, Conference USA.

Of course, the end of college football season not only means bowl games, but also the beginning of that other winter contest – coaching changes. Houston lost the coach that brought a high-octane, no-huddle offense to the school when Art Briles decided to take over at Baylor. Houston will be helmed in the future by Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator, Kevin Sumlin, but for this game, Cougars assistant Chris Thurmond will assume the role of interim head coach.

The Cougars have two outstanding players in running back Anthony Aldridge, and redshirt freshman quarterback Case Keenum. For the season, Aldridge has rushed for 1568 yards and 14 touchdowns, and needs just 190 yards to set a new single season school rushing record. Keenum is the Conference USA freshman of the year, after tallying 1924 yards passing, with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Houston’s record on the year is 8-4.

TCU is coming off a solid, but disappointing year in the Mountain West, in which the Horned Frogs started the season ranked 22nd, moved to 19th, and then dropped out after posting their only two losses in back to back games against Texas and Air Force. TCU went on to post a 7-5 record, good for 5th place in the Mountain West. The Horned Frogs have gotten their running game going at the end of the season, rushing for 627 yards in the last two games. Joseph Turner ran for 226 yards and four touchdowns against San Diego State in the last game of the year. The defense is led by three-time all Mountain West Conference first-teamer Chase Ortiz, who has posted 8 sacks, and 15 1/2 tackles for losses on the season.

TCU’s record in bowl games is 9-12-1 overall, while UH posts a 7-9-1 record. Houston leads the overall series between the two schools, 13-11.