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The NFL is a league that loves to expands to new and untapped markets within the United States. There are many major cities out there in the U.S. that can make that argument that they are deserving of a new NFL franchise should the NFL decide to expand or relocate one of their current franchises. This article will discuss why Louisville would be a great fit for an NFL team.

Louisville Has A Solid Sports History And Culture

Louisville has a long history with sports. First of all, Louisville is home to the Kentucky Derby which is a well attended and watched event on television. Second, Louisville is home to the Louisville Slugger which is a popular brand of baseball bat used by several prominent baseball players. Third, the University of Louisville Cardinals have solid basketball and football programs year in and year out.

Louisville has also been home to some of the greatest legends. One of these legends is Muhammad Ali who would go on to become one of the best boxers ever. Another individual from Louisville is Johnny Unitas who would go on to become one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. There are many other sports figures who are from Louisville but there are too many to be put on this list.

Louisville would certainly be a good fit for an NFL team. One might make the argument that college sports dominate the landscape in Louisville, which certainly is true. However, since the NFL schedule is usually played on Sunday afternoons, it would not be hard to accommodate both the collegiate sports schedules and the Louisville NFL team. In fact, the addition of an NFL team in Louisville would bolster the already solid sports history and culture of Louisville and give the sports fans there another team to cheer for.

Having An NFL Team In Louisville Is Good For The Neighboring Television Markets And Sports Markets

As with any expansion or relocation of a team to a new city, one of the biggest factors is the neighboring markets which the team would expand to. In this case, placing an NFL team in Louisville would reach out to the entire state of Kentucky, southern Indiana, and southern Illinois. If the team is successful in their first few years, they would be able to reach out farther.

It is true that there are other NFL teams which compete in those markets. For example, the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans reach into Kentucky. The Indianapolis Colts reach into southern Indiana. The St. Louis Rams reach into southern Illinois. The Louisville NFL team would have to face competition from those teams in terms of reaching out into the desired markets.

However, I would argue that this competition is a good thing because it encourages fans in those areas to become more active in terms of which team to cheer for and would force the neighboring teams to field a better product in order to keep Louisville from claiming those fans. Louisville in turn would do its best to field a solid team to gain a stronghold into states such as Indiana, Illinois, and Tennessee which have solid sports cultures in their own right. It’s a win-win situation for the NFL and the fans in those markets.

He started off as a simple dockworker, segued into bootlegging on a large scale, and was known and the “King of the Rum Runners.” Big Bill Dwyer made so much money, he was partners with known gangsters in several swanky New York City nightclubs. Dwyer also owned two professional hockey teams, including the New York Americans, and was owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers football team. However, in the end, when Big Bill Dwyer passed away, he died out of the limelight, and flat broke.

William Vincent Dwyer was born in 1883 in the Hells Kitchen area on the west side of New York City. Two gangs, the Hudson Dusters and the Gophers, ruled Hell’s Kitchen at the time, but Dwyer avoided joining both gangs, and instead took a job on the docks as a stevedore for the International Longshoremen’s Union (ILU).

While working on the docks, Dwyer started his own bookmaking operation. After the Volstead Act was enacted in 1919, banning the distribution of alcohol, with the money he made from bookmaking, Dwyer branched out into the bootlegging business. Dwyer purchased a fleet of steel-plated speedboats, each with a mounted machine gun, in case crooks tried to hijack a shipment. Dwyer also purchased several large rum-running ships, which were needed to offload the illegal hootch from whatever boat was supplying it.

Dwyer traveled to Canada, England, and the Caribbean to establish ties with those who sold him the liquor he needed to smuggle into the United States. Then Dwyer set up a system whereby his ships would meet the ships, that were supplying him the liquor, many miles out at sea. There the booze was transferred to Dwyer’s ships, then quickly transported to Dwyer’s speedboats, which were closer to the shore of New York City.

The speedboats were unloaded at the docks, which were protected by Local 791 of the ILU, of which Dwyer was a charter member. From the docks, the liquor was moved to several warehouses in the New York area. When the time was right, trucks filed with illegal alcohol, and protected by convoys of teamster members, transported the booze all over the country: with heavy shipments going to Florida, St. Louis, Kansas City, Cincinnati, and as far away as New Orleans.

Dwyer was able to smuggle large amounts of booze into New York City because he knew one simple fact: you had to bribe the police and the Coast Guard if you wanted to be successful in the bootlegging business. And that Dwyer did, handing over thousands of dollars to whomever needed to be greased.

Paying off New York City cops was easy. The cops who didn’t have their hands out for graft money were far and few between. However, Dwyer was especially skillful in recruiting Coast Guard members to look the other way, when his speedboats were entering New York waters.

Dwyer’s first contact was Coast Guard Petty Officer Olsen. Through Olsen, Dwyer met scores of Coast Guardsmen, “Guardies” he called them, who might be willing to take bribes. Dwyer would bring these Guardies into the bright lights of New York City, where he would feed them sumptuous meals, take them to Broadway shows, and even get them a swanky hotel room, occupied by the lady of their choice, whom Dwyer would pay for too. Once a Guardie took a bribe from Dwyer, he was informed that he could earn hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars more, if he could enlist other Guardies to help protect Dwyer’s shipments.

Soon, Dwyer was making so much money through bootlegging, he was considered the largest distributor of illegal alcohol in the entire United States of America. However, Dwyer had one huge problem, which he needed help in solving. Whenever one of his trucks left New York to distribute the booze to other parts of the country, they were vulnerable to being seized by the hundreds of hijackers who operated throughout the country. Dwyer knew to stop this from happening he had to take in partners – members of the Italian mobs, and the Jewish mobs. Since he was raking in millions in profits, Dwyer didn’t mind, and certainly could afford to share the wealth. The problem was, Dwyer considered himself no more than a businessman, and wasn’t a gangster himself. Dwyer needed someone in the underworld who could make the contacts Dwyer needed to continue to operate without fear of being hijacked.

Almost by accident, that person fell right into Dwyer’s lap. In 1924, two of Dwyer’s shipments were hijacked in upstate New York. Dwyer leaned on the cops on his payroll to find out who was responsible for the hijackings. Word soon came back to Dwyer that the perpetrator, who was arrested for the hijackings, was none other than Owney Madden, an Irishman himself, who grew up in Liverpool, England, before he emigrated to New York as a teenager. Madden was a vicious con nicknamed “The Killer” and had once ruled the murderous Gopher’s gang in Hell’s Kitchen.

Dwyer paid whomever needed to be paid to get the charges dropped against Madden, with the order, “Get me Owney Madden. I want to talk to him. I’ve got a business proposition we need to discuss.”

Madden got the word who his benefactor had been, and that a meeting with Dwyer was expected of him in return. The two men met at Dwyer’s office in the Loew’s State Building in Times Square. There is no recording, or transcript of this meeting, but T.J. English, in his masterpiece on Irish gangsters called Paddy Whacked, said the conversation between Madden and Dwyer might have gone something like this:

“You’ve got a problem,” Madden would have told Dwyer. “Gangsters have been picking off your trucks like sitting ducks and what are you going to do about it?”

“That’s why I called you here.”

“You gotta organize the shooters and the cherry-pickers, not to mention the bulls (cops) and the pols (politicians).”

“You’re right. I need the hijackings to stop. I need a place to make my own brew right here in the city. Protected by the Tiger and the coppers. And I need outlets – speakeasies, nightclubs, you name it.”

“You need a lot, my friend.

“Are you with me?”

“Give me one reason why.”

“I can make you rich.”

“Pal, you and me are two peas in a pod.”

And that was the start of the New York City Irish Mob, which would then unite with the Italian and Jewish mobs to control the bootlegging business throughout the United States of America. The grouping of the three ethnic mobs was known as the “Combine.”

With Dwyer’s millions, Madden oversaw the creation of the Phoenix Cereal Beverage Company, which was located on 26th Street and 10th Avenue, right in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, where both Madden and Dwyer had grown up. This red-brick building, which comprised the entire block, was originally the Clausen & Flanagan Brewery, which was created to produce and sell near-beer, which no true beer-drinker would ever let pass their lips. The beer produced at the Phoenix was called Madden’s No 1.

With Dwyer basically the money man behind the scenes, Madden became the architect who created and nurtured their empire. Madden brought in a former taxi business owner named Larry Fay as the front man for several high class establishments, that were needed to sell Madden No. 1, plus all the scotch, rum, vodka, Cognac and champagne that the Combine was smuggling into the city. One of these places was the El Fay at 107 West 54th Street.

The main attraction at the El Fay was Texas Guinan, a bawdy cabaret singer/comedienne, who was later copied by May West. To entice Guinan to work at the El Fay, Madden and Dwyer made Guinan a partner. Guinan was famous for her wisecracks, which she belted out between clacks from a clacker, or toots from a piercing whistle, while she was sitting on a tall stool in the main room. Guinan’s signature saying was “Hello Sucker,” which is how she greeted all the well-healed El Fay customers.

When a singer or a dancer finished their performance at the El Fey, Guinan would exhort the crowd to “Give the little lady a great big hand!”

One day, a prohibition agent, who couldn’t be bought by Madden or Dwyer, raided the El Fey. He marched over to Guinan, put his hand on her shoulder and said to his fellow agent, “Give the little lady a great big handcuff.”

Dwyer did what he did best, Guinan was released from prison, and the El Fey was soon hopping again, making everyone involved very rich indeed.

Madden and Dwyer also partnered with former bootlegger Sherman Billingsley at the very fashionable Stork Club on East 53rd Street. The two Irish gangsters spread their wings to the north part of Manhattan when they bought the Club De Luxe from former Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Johnson. They inserted Big Frenchy De Mange as their operating partner, and changed the name to the Cotton Club. At the Cotton Club, De Mange instituted a “Whites Only” admittance policy, despite the fact the waiters, dancers, and headline entertainers, like Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and the Nicholas Brothers, were all black.

Still, the Cotton Club was wildly successful with the big spenders from downtown, putting tons of cash into Dwyer and Madden’s pockets.

In 1925, Dwyer was arrested for attempting to bribe Coast Guard members during a sting operation headed by the Prohibition Bureau. Dwyer was sentenced to two years in prison, but he was released after 13 months for good behavior. With Dwyer in the can, Frank Costello took over Dwyer’s bootlegging business.

While he was in prison, a despondent Dwyer said to one of his cell mates. “I wish I had never seen a case of whiskey. I spent years in daily fear of my life, always expecting to be arrested, always dealing with crooks and double-crossers, and now look at me. My wife is heartbroken and I am worse than broke.”

As we shall see, that was not exactly the truth.

When Dwyer hit the streets again, he eased out of the bootlegging business, leaving the rum-running operation to Costello and Madden. To pass his time, Dwyer started investing in legitimate business, especially sports teams.

In 1926, boxing promoter Tex Rickard conned Dwyer into buying the Hamilton Tigers of the National Hockey League. Dwyer did so, and he moved his team into New York’s Madison Square Garden, and re-named them the New York Americans. As smart as Dwyer was in running the bootlegging business, he was just as dumb in running a hockey team. His pockets bursting with bootlegging cash, Dwyer’s strategy for winning was basically to over-pay everybody on his team. With the average hockey player making between $1500-$2000 a year, Dwyer gave Billy Burch a 3-year $25,000 contract. Shorty Green also got a huge raise, when Dwyer awarded him a $5000 a year contract.

Being an old crook at heart, Dwyer took an active part in running his team, even going so far as to try and rig the games. Dwyer paid off goal judges to rule his team had scored a goal if the puck just touched the goal line, instead of completely passing the goal line, which was the rule.

At a game in 1927 in Madison Square Garden, the goal judge, whom Dwyer had in his pocket, for some unknown reason started taunting Ottawa goalie Alex Connell. Connell responded by butt-ending his hockey stick into the goal judge’s nose. Dwyer became incensed at the Ottawa goalie’s actions (You don’t manhandle one of Dwyer’s employees), and Connell was told to leave town quickly after the game. A police detail took Connell to the train station, and protected him until the train was safely out of town. After the train left the station, a man asked Connell if he was the Ottawa goalie Alex Connell. Connell afraid for his life, told the stranger no. And, as a result, he lived to goalie other hockey games.

Bypassing a league rule that a person can’t own two hockey teams, in 1929, Dwyer, using ex-lightweight boxing champ Benny Leonard as his front man, purchased the NHL’s Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1930, Dwyer inserted his grubby fingers into the newly-formed National Football League too, by buying the Dayton Triangles for $2,500. Dwyer moved the team to Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, and renamed them the Brooklyn Dodgers.

In three years, Dwyer, again overpaying all his players, began losing so much money, he sold the Brooklyn Dodgers to two former New York Giant Football players: Chris Cagle and John Simms, for $25,000. Even though he sold the team for 10 times more than he had paid, Dwyer estimated he still lost $30,000 in the three years he owned the team.

In 1934, having his fill of America sports teams (he still owned the New York Americans, but they were bleeding money), Dwyer bought the famed Tropical Park Horse Racing Track in Miami, Florida.

However, the roof fell in on Dwyer, when in 1935, he was indicted on a gambling charge. Dwyer beat that case, but then the government did to him what they did to Al Capone: they hit him with tax evasion charges. Those charges stuck, and Dwyer was stripped of all his assets, except the New York Americans, and a house in Belle Harbor, Queens. Almost penniless, Dwyer no longer had the money to keep the New York Americans afloat.

In 1937, the National Hockey League temporarily took control of the New York Americans. To show the NHL that he was financially solvent, Dwyer borrowed $20,000 from Red Dutton. However, instead of paying his team’s salaries, Dwyer decided to try to multiply his money in a craps game. That didn’t go over too well, when Dwyer busted out, and lost the entire twenty grand. Unable to pay his team, and unable to raise any more capital, the NHL booted Dwyer out permanently, and took final control of the New York Americans. Broke and despondent, Dwyer retired to his Belle Harbor home.

On December 10, 1943, Big Bill Dwyer, the “King of the Rum Runners” died at the age of 63. Dwyer was reportedly penniless at the time of his death, his only asset being the roof over his head.

One of the primary sources for an account of African-American initiation is August Wilson’s Fences, which acts as a stepping stone for an in-depth look at how one’s life is altered and one’s perception of society is dramatically changed due to such a circumstance. The protagonist of this play is a black man, Troy Maxson, who is a talented baseball player and learns very early on that one’s color can act as an obstacle in his or her life. While the city in which Troy lives seems to offer anyone who can and is willing to work a chance to gain independence, wealth, and success, Troy learns that this is not the case for someone descending from African slaves. Before the play begins, Wilson gives a very poignant description of the trying times for this group of people:

It [the American city] nourished itself and offered each man a partnership limited only by his talent, his guile, and his willingness and capacity for hard work. For the immigrants of Europe, a dream dared and won true. The descendants of African slaves were offered no such welcome or participation… They came strong, eager, searching. The city rejected them and they fled and settled along the riverbanks and under bridges in shallow, ramshackle houses made of sticks and tar-paper… They cleaned houses and washed clothes, they shined shoes, and in quiet desperation and vengeful pride, they stole, and lived in pursuit of their own dream. (xvii)

During this time, in the year of 1957, Troy works as a garbage collector; he has a steady job, a house that is completely paid for, a wife who loves him dearly, friends with whom to bond, and two sons who may not emulate him but definitely seek his approval. Compared to the above description of the situation for blacks during this time, Troy’s life looks quite positive.

Once the reader is introduced to Troy, they understand that Troy is a man whose current victory stems from the anticipation of an upcoming battle with his white supervisors over why there are no blacks allowed to drive the trash trucks. He seems to be a man of great willingness to fight for equal rights, but one comes to understand that Troy’s fight is much deeper than it seems. His first realization of unequal rights does not begin with this altercation at work; it, on the other hand, feeds into his battle at work. Troy was once a great baseball player, who auditions to play major league baseball. He gets rejected, and Troy believes that this rejection is because of the color of his skin instead of the amount of talent his possesses. Even years later, Troy says, “If they got a white fellow sitting on the bench… you can bet your last dollar he can’t play! The colored guy got to be twice as good before he get on the team… They got colored on the team and don’t use them. Same as not having them…” (34). Up until Troy is dismissed as a possible player, he believes that his dream is very real and achievable, until his dream and talent falter because of his race.

While this incident seems like a solitary occurrence, Wilson is actually presenting a smaller version of a society that is split into two separate dichotomies: the majority white population and the black population, which is seen as socially inferior. This social separation has always been a part of United States history and has oftentimes been the main focus of some of this country’s historical, social, economic, and political crises. While this racial situation tends not to be wholly apparent at times, it always has been and continues to be an existing aspect of American society, somewhat lingering in the background of society’s ongoing issues. This play adequately presents this same lingering situation, for Troy seems unaware of the impact of this societal issue until he is brought face-to-face with someone who recognizes a difference among the two dichotomies.

Through this encounter with failure, Troy is no longer unaware of the racial differences existing around him. It is probable that never before had he noticed that blacks exist within a society in which they are demeaned and insulted. Troy’s life is altered in that he moves from an unaware, innocent stage of believing society is fair and everyone’s lives are parallel to being faced with the trials of the African-American experience. When Troy’s wife names Jackie Robinson as the first colored baseball player, Troy expresses this acknowledgement and his frustration about it early in the play:

I done seen a hundred niggers play basketball better than Jackie Robinson. Hell, I know some teams Jackie Robinson couldn’t even make! What you talking about Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson wasn’t nobody. I’m talking about if you could play ball then they ought to have let you play. Don’t care what color you were. Come telling me I come along too early. If you could play… then they ought to have let you play. (10)

Troy insists that Jackie Robinson was certainly not the first black person with talent, and it should not have taken so long for this racial record to be broken. Troy is initiated into a historical group that has experienced this societal dichotomy for a long period of time and one that has suffered endlessly for belonging to a certain ethnic group. Although others, including the white men who reject his talent, have always seen him as being inferior and limited in his abilities because of his skin color, Troy comes to realize his significance as an African-American individual; he is a member of a race that possesses an ongoing connection to African heritage, slavery roots, and unfair treatment. In terms of identity, this situation is two-fold for Troy-it gives him an identity he was unaware of and it takes away the identity he thought he had.

Unfortunately, Troy’s experience follows him to the present, and it cripples him. His relationships with his sons are slowly destroyed, for he wants to protect them from seeking their dreams as he did and being disappointed just as he was. Troy also destroys his marriage to his wife, Rose, in an attempt to seek out a moment of beauty in the arms of another woman. He becomes enthralled with seeking a life outside of the one he comes to know, and it costs him his happy marriage. While some may gain power from realizing their blackness, Troy loses the power he has in his familial life because he is crippled from his racial realization.

Wilson, August. Fences. New York, NY: Plume, 1986. Print.

One of the signature symptoms of Andropause is erectile dysfunction (ED). An embarrassing, nerve-wrecking experience, ED is when a male cannot perform for his female partner. In layman’s terms, it is the inability to have an erect penis during sexual activity.

It is the primary issue amongst men in regards to their sex lives. Let’s become acquainted with how a full erection works and why this condition exists. Men under the influence of Andropause have erectile dysfunction no matter what’s on their mind. Thinking of a nude Playboy centerfold model would likely induce pleasant and sexual thoughts into a man.

Sexual thoughts, however detailed or brief they may be, are produced in the brain. After all, the brain is responsible for thinking. These sexual thoughts directly spark nerve signals down through the spinal cord and into the muscles of the penis. These nerves send a flow of blood running through the arteries in the penis while it is in a relaxed state, building pressure.

A man without Andropause can have a constant, steady flow of blood flowing to his penis arteries in a good amount. The more blood that flows down there, the harder and longer your erection will be! When sexual thoughts creep out of your mind and you’re focused on another activity, your penis returns to its relaxed state. We can guess Andropause sufferers are going to have to do something else rather than think about that nude Playboy model to obtain an erection!

Erectile dysfunction can attribute to psychological causes. Psychological causes can include having fear of our female partners (especially when it is a specific person with whom we feel shy with), depression, lack of self esteem, and cluelessness as to what to do with certain parts of the female anatomy. Our bodies are exposed “to the air” and we often times feel ashamed of what we look like to our partners. Mind thoughts and emotions that are pessimistic in nature not only affect your mental state, but the performance of your penis as well.

As with other medical conditions, the effects of impotence can be magnified if we do not follow a proper health regimen. The top dog in promoting erectile dysfunction is the use of drugs, particularly the cancer sticks you find over the counter – we all know which one that is. Cigarettes reduce the amount of blood flow to the penis. Undergoing surgery and prescription drugs also contribute to the problem, like tranquilizers, medications for seizures, beta blockers, and diuretics. Even a simple over the counter drug like NyQuil Cold & Sinus (a decongestant) can reduce blood flow to the penis, at least temporarily.

We’ve probably all seen those commercials before. You know, the one with Rafael Palmeiro (major league baseball player in his late 30’s) promoting the use of a special pill known throughout the globe as Viagra. Viagra is a staple of American culture – the subject of endless tonight show monologue jokes and a popular conversation topic anywhere. At a cursory glance, Viagra may seem like a sideshow attraction, but its been proven to be one of the most effective drugs you can take for erectile dysfunction.

Using Viagra requires a doctors prescription, but it is so readily available you can get away without one. Before considering going on this pill, maintain a healthy lifestyle and build up those testosterone levels naturally. Make a visit to your doctor to discuss a proper dosage and see if Viagra is right for you. Remember, there are many erectile dysfunction pills out there – the goal is to see which best suits your condition. Don’t fret over this condition – with the plethora of solutions and medications combating this problem, you’ll be fine in no time.

With any primary or revision rhinoplasty (nose job) procedure, it’s important to ensure that the nose appears symmetrical and improves facial harmony, and that it’s also functional and doesn’t affect the patient’s breathing. To achieve this, it’s common that surgeons use structural cartilage grafts – harvested pieces of the patient’s natural cartilage material from other parts of the body – to build the outer nasal framework.

Although it’s preferred to reshape the existing nasal cartilage to perform rhinoplasty, many noses don’t have enough tissue to get the job done. This is especially the case in revision rhinoplasty, when much of the nasal skeleton is missing and the remaining tissue is damaged.

By using cartilage grafts during rhinoplasty, surgeons have greater ability to strengthen and reshape the nasal framework to ensure that it is aesthetically pleasing and functional. During revision rhinoplasty, cartilage can be harvested from other parts of the body to re-build and re-enforce an over-operated nose.

Cartilage is usually taken from the nasal septum. This eliminates the need for any other incisions. However, when the septum is unavailable, cartilage can be taken from the inside of the ear. In the most severe cases, a small portion of rib cartilage can be harvested.

The greatest benefit of using rib cartilage is that the surgeon has a lot of material to work with – the entire nose could literally be rebuilt with it. To harvest the rib cartilage, surgeons make a small incision under the breast. The cartilage portion of the rib is removed, leaving the bony portion of the rib. The cartilage is then carved to fit the nose.

As the cartilage comes from the patient’s own body, there’s little risk of the body rejecting it or an infection. It’s permanent and gets integrated into the body. Plus, it looks natural.

In some cases, especially in patients with thin, transparent skin, cartilage grafts can become unattractively visible. The surgeon should discuss with the patient if cartilage grafts are the right choice for him/her. If it is an option, the surgeon will discuss exactly what should be expected according to the patient’s individual needs and features, as well as what type of cartilage will be used.

Both primary rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty, especially when they involve cartilage grafting, require a great deal of experience, artistry and ability. Therefore, it’s very important to work with a highly qualified, experienced, and specialized physician when undergoing rhinoplasty, or any other plastic surgery procedure.

Facebook is no longer just a hangout for teens and college kids.    In fact, the fastest growing Facebook demographics consist of white-collar workers and women over 55.   Recent updates to Facebook have made it more powerful than ever for business and organizations to utilize for increasing their visibility and creating viral marketing campaigns.  

In fact there are 8 primary reasons that you should be on Facebook if you are serious about using the Internet to systematically attract your ideal clients and professional opportunities.

  1. Facebook has more than 135 million users, of which more than 40 million are active on a monthly basis.  These users include your friends, prospective clients, colleagues, current clients, business partners and prospective joint venture partners.   Do not miss out on opportunities to connect and engage your target market with the power of Facebook.
  2. Increase your visibility.  Use the updates feature on Facebook to post useful and fun information.   Your updates show up on the home pages of your Facebook friends, so make use of this great tool for visibility.  Rotate between updates that educate, entertain, inform or inspire your Facebook friends.   Alternating between the types of updates allows you to establish yourself as a thought-leader while showcasing your personality and building personal connections.
  3. People who are on Facebook are open to connecting.   Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are powerful tools for getting past gatekeepers and moving directly to your ideal contact.    You can find your industry influencers by checking the fans pages of charitable organizations (e.g., Junior Leagues),  public figures (e.g., President Barack Obama) and industry groups (e.g., Lawyerpreneurs).  
  4. Build relationships in a casual environment.   Responding to status updates and sending direct messages to someone with whom you are trying to build rapport are great ways to establish a connection upon which a business relationship can be formed.
  5. Learn more about your niche.   Facebook users give up lots of valuable information that can use utilized in your marketing campaigns.  Facebook is a powerful tools for gathering data related to profession, relationship status, hobbies, interests, affiliations, etc.   This type of information is extremely valuable when crafting messages for your target audience.
  6. Gain Google Currency.   Facebook fan pages are indexed by Google, which presents a wonderful opportunity to use keyword rich updates and descriptions on your business site or public profile page.    It is important to take advantage of this free way to increase your search-ability and Google currency.
  7. Use Facebook Social Ads to attract traffic to your business.  Facebook Social Ads are an extremely useful way to place extremely targeted advertisements at a minimum cost.
  8. Digital Word of Mouth Marketing.   Facebook is an effective way to build a digital viral word of month campaign because when your Facebook friends and fans interest with your page, all of their friends and fans can see their interaction with your brand through the updates that occur on your friends’ walls.   This is valuable as the Facebook friends of your Facebook friends are likely to follow their friends’ lead by checking out your fan page or group page.   See how this works?   If not, call us – we can help!

As mentioned above, Facebook Groups, Business Pages and Public Profile pages are effective ways to attract people to your business and professional brand.   Get started by creating a Facebook personal profile and then establishing either a Facebook group or fan page (or both!) to start building your virtual business community.

In early 2011, Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Reddit and others brought a coordinated public relations offensive against the two embattled bills known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). Consequently, both bills are now essentially considered dead.

The rhetorical volley in the media was apocalyptic. According to many of the Internet’s most trafficked websites, SOPA and PIPA threatened nothing less than the total annihilation of free speech on the Internet and was tantamount to fascistic censorship.

Meanwhile, the bills’ supporters, including most major pharmaceutical companies, book publishers, sports leagues, movie studios and fashion designers, had likewise vocally demanded that SOPA and PIPA be enacted immediately, fearing the irreparable damage caused by Internet pirates operating foreign websites to sell counterfeit goods and offer pirated software, music and movies to U.S. consumers.

The hype and controversy surrounding both bills, however, obscured two fundamental truths.

First, online piracy and counterfeiting perpetrated by foreign “rogue” websites will continue to pose a very serious and ever expanding danger to content creators, brand owners and consumers alike.

However, even if the proposed controversial laws had passed in their flawed forms, they would have likely done little to effectively combat online piracy, which is largely encouraged by the virtual anonymity that current Internet policy encourages.

Second, while the proposed legislation would have given additional powers to the U.S. Department of Justice to shut down foreign websites primarily engaged in counterfeiting and piracy (and the third parties that knowingly aid and abet them), SOPA and PIPA would not have actually altered existing law significantly in that regard. In fact, federal courts already possess the legal power to shut down foreign websites that are directly engaged in offering illegal goods to U.S. consumers.

In numerous cases that I have litigated on behalf of major fashion brands and other intellectual property owners, federal courts have consistently held that as long as minimum personal jurisdiction and procedural due-process thresholds have been met, the anonymous “John Doe” owners of rogue websites may be sued in the U.S., and served legal process through e-mail. If they ultimately do not show up to defend themselves and thereby default, in addition to forfeiting all the domain names at issue, they can owe millions of dollars in damages to the plaintiffs.

Moreover, independent judicial review ensures that each of the targeted rogue websites is engaged in bald-faced counterfeiting and piracy, and that no free speech rights protected by the First Amendment are implicated.

An alternative policy proposal to address the ongoing legitimate concerns about online piracy is a relatively minor change to existing law, which is to require verification and disclosure of registrant identifying information.

When a person or business registers a new Internet domain name, they must provide administrative and contact information to the private Internet registrar and official Internet registry of record. In the case of most rogue websites, the information provided is obviously fictitious, including many instances where hijacked domain names were registered to “Mickey Mouse” and “Ronald Reagan.”

Further, private Internet registrars are permitted to shield even this bogus information from public disclosure (for a recurring fee to the registrant, of course). Under current Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) policy, Internet registrars and registries are under no meaningful obligation to verify or publicly disclose the true registrant of a domain name.

Consequently, millions of Internet domain names and their related websites remain effectively anonymous and hidden behind a valuable cloak of secrecy purchased from Internet registrars. However, if forced to provide genuine personal information, even registrants located overseas could be subject to asset seizures and other serious consequences if found liable for engaging in online piracy and counterfeiting. In addition, registrars and other Internet providers would be able to reliably discern the users involved in the violation of intellectual property rights, and to deny them access to their services going forward.

Amending U.S. law and Internet policy to require all Internet registrars and official registries to actually verify and publicly disclose identifying information about the registrants of newly-created domain names would shine a disinfecting light on the Internet, and go a long way to curb online piracy and counterfeiting, and without meaningfully threatening free speech online. We demand such strict requirements of our financial and credit institutions, and should expect no less from Internet registrars, just because their transactions occur online.

The debate is as old as the sentence, it seems. I have never understood why these two training styles seem to be mutually exclusive. Why do you have to select between them? It has long been accepted that Olympic lifting developed explosive power, and powerlifting develops absolute strength. Don’t most athletes demand both? Luckily the body has no Olympic or Powerlifting bias. It simply strives to become proficient in whatever the task at hand may be. The problem with trying to do both is that there are only so many training hours in the week. I believe training economy is one of the most important aspects of strength & conditioning for athletes. Even in the off season, athletes spend a substantial amount of time developing specific skills for their sport, or at least they should. At the high school level, they might even participate in multiple sports. So how do we decide which training style to follow? Let’s look at each, shall we?!

One of the main concerns strength coaches have with Olympic lifting is the complexity of the movements. And frankly that reflects some ignorance on their part. If you have seen any of Coach Dan John’s videos or seminars he breaks down the movements and can have you snatching and cleaning in a matter of hours or days. Despite having said that, I consider the Olympic lifts to be somewhat technical. Olympic lifts require a lot more attention to detail than the powerlifts do. Also there is a limiting factor to the loads you can use with the Olympic lifts. The clean is comprised roughly of a deadlift, hang clean and front squat. One of those 3 movements will hold back the other two. How explosive do you think an athlete could be if they limited their deadlift poundage to what they could handle in the front squat, or hang clean? A 500lb deadlifter that could only front squat 300lbs, would develop a hell of a lot of force pulling 300-350lbs for explosiveness. And that’s just IF they could clean 300lbs.

Also if you watch Olympic weightlifters closely, the initial pull is not explosive. The initial pull can’t be explosive because they are building up, and getting into position for the all important second pull. They are slowly stretching the rubber band, otherwise known as the hamstrings. The second pull is where the hip snap and jump occurs; these movements are basically the basis of most sports performance. This is the portion of the movement that Olympic lifting proponents attribute to building explosiveness for sports, and I do not disagree with them.

After reading this you are probably expecting me to say that powerlifting training is definitely the way to go for football. I hate to disappoint you, but since training should be fluid; the answer is yes and no. Powerlifting training allows you to use heavier loads, and develop absolute strength. I personally believe the development of absolute strength should be the basis of any strength and conditioning program for athletes. Strength is the platform that skill is built upon. However, there are significant limitations to powerlifting training as well. First of all they are all single plane movements. Take the deadlift, my favorite lift for training athletes and assessing their progress. It, and the squat, will build sheer strength and overall muscle mass like very few lifts. Yet they are single plane movement, done while holding your breath. And apart from occasionally sitting on the sideline hoping a game winning field goal is made, that’s not how we play sports.

So if neither of these training styles by themselves are optimum then what is the answer?! Well in my opinion there is a dark horse in this race. One that is finally starting to get some mainstream acceptance, though I am not sure if that’s a good thing. Mainstream acceptance usually means a bunch of young coaches bastardizing a perfectly legitimate strength training protocol. From my work with athletes the best hybrid between powerlifting and Olympic lifting is Strongman Training.

Strongman training has many benefits when compared to the other two classic disciplines. The most important of which is that you are taught to be strong in several planes. You learn to be strong while having to breathe. That is HUGE. I recall the first time I used a strongman yoke. I had recently squatted close to 800 lbs, and thought that carrying 600lbs. on my back for a distance would be relatively easy. It was a rude awakening. Balancing the weight while walking was difficult, but what really got me was I had to BREATHE. The moment I let out my initial breath, I started losing tightness, and the weight started to crush me. Learning to be strong while breathing is something that every athlete must do.

Another benefit of strongman training is a forgotten element sometimes. Attitude and aggression are things that should be encouraged during training. Making football players mentally tough should be a goal of any strength and conditioning program, as I addressed in my article about finishers. You have to realize that the amount of aggression that you can apply to a lift is inversely proportional to how technical a lift is. Which movement is more technical, a tire flip or a snatch? Even with a superior coach like Coach John, it takes some time to develop proficiency in a complex move like the snatch. Where as, as long as the tire is the proper weight, you can show a kid how to flip a tire and have them doing it in a matter of minutes. It’s much like teaching a kid to play an instrument. You can give them a drum, and right away they can beat the hell out of it. Give the same kid a French horn and see how they do. We all recognize that the less an athlete has to THINK the better, and that goes for the weight room as well as the field of play.

You also don’t take small jumps in strongman. A larger tire is probably a hundred more pounds at least. If you are doing a barbell exercise, a kid will always want to add weight, even if it’s only 5 lbs. They have to feed their ego. With strongman training they have to become more proficient at the same weight, work on moving it fast and developing more explosiveness. There is no way you could get kid to stand still for that if they had a barbell in their hands. And as far as barbells go, one more advantage of strongman training is that tires and sandbags don’t have handles…. neither do offensive/defensive linemen. Yes I recognize there grabbing them under the armpits will work for a handle, but it is “technically” illegal…wink, wink.

The last point I will make about strongman training is that most of it is done outside in the elements. This is also where the majority of sports are played as well. It is different, and fun. Most young athletes need the training to be fun for them to give their best effort. Not to mention that strongman training lends itself to a healthy competitive atmosphere.

So does that mean that I think that strongman is the end all and be of all strength and conditioning for sports? Not at all. I believe that the best strength programs will take something from all the disciplines. Powerlifting movements such as the squat and deadlift build sheer strength as well as packing on tons of muscle mass. Olympic lifts such as hang cleans, and muscle snatches are great for developing, hip snap, jumping ability, and overall explosiveness. Then there are crossover movements like front squats and push presses. Almost all athletes should do more of each. There is no reason to only use one style of training. There are things to draw from all three. Strongman training helps an athlete take their strength in the weight room to his chosen field of play. And performance on the field is what really matters.

The Euro 2008 or UEFA European Football Championship was organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), one of the six continental federations of the FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association). It’s the 13th in the series of championships that occur every 4 years in Europe. It is, fairly to say, one of the most exciting important football competitions, apart from the World Cup, which all of football fans look forward to see.

UEFA regulates the football associations in Europe. The UEFA European Championship has become a very successful tournament and has become one of the world’s major events in sports. With this popularity sprung the popularity of the Euro 2008 soccer jersey.

This year’s event was hosted by Austria and Switzerland and it ended on June 29th. Greece was the defending champion but Spain won the title over Germany in a score of 1-0 during the finals. There were a total of 16 teams, which made it through the qualifying matches that started in August 2006. The teams that made it to the Euro 2008 are:

– Austria

– Croatia

– Czech Republic

– France

– Germany

– Greece

– Italy

– Netherlands

– Poland

– Portugal

– Romania

– Russia

– Spain

– Sweden

– Switzerland

– Turkey

Each team, of course, has their own soccer jersey to identify them with. There are jerseys for games held at home and there are jerseys for games held away from home. Every single one of these shirts is a true witness to the courage and valor of the players on the field. Fans everywhere root for their favorite players and for the entire team that represents their nation. These fans wear soccer jerseys too, so they can show their support for their country and team.

The soccer jerseys of the participants of the Euro 2008 are now famous since they have been paraded on the fields for the entire world to watch as their wearers flaunt them while doing their moves to win over their opponents. Mostly imprinted with logos of sponsors and the insignias of the teams, the Euro 2008 soccer jersey of a key player of a particular team could be bought from their official stores or online via the Internet shops of these same traditional stores.

For those who want to get their hands on a specific Euro 2008 soccer jersey, they can log on to many of online shops and has a selection of soccer jerseys for several leagues like Bundesliga, Calcio Serie A, Spain League, Premier League, and other national teams. What they are offering now includes the uniforms used by all 16 teams. Just click on the jersey you want and add it to your shopping cart. You can pay in US dollars, GBP, Euro, or AUD via a secured credit card system.

I’m writing this in hopes there are more people like myself that enjoy a great Christmas movie, one that the whole family can sit down with some hot buttered popcorn and not have to worry about the contents of the movie. I’m a person that appreciates a good family story. It covers a little of what’s going on in our world and portrays a close and loving family.

The main theme of this made for T.V. movie is the love story that ensues between Cody (John Haymes Newton) and Faith (Alice Evans) Their story begins when he receives The Christmas Card from a tenderhearted, loving woman, while he’ s serving in the war in Afghanistan. He finds the card keeps him going after the loss of a good friend in a bomb attack. He’s ordered to take leave and find out what life is like after serving several tours of duty in the army.

When on leave, he visits the home of his friend that was killed, than goes on seeing the picturesque town of Nevada City Calif. While riding his motorcycle threw town, he stops at the local diner, their he meets Faith Spelman (Alice Evans) for the first time.

He wants to attend church the next morning which happens to be the church that the Spelman family attends. The usher turns out to be none other than Luke Spelman (Ed Asner) He takes a liking to Cody (John Haymes Newton). After the service, Luke calls out to Cody just as he’s about to drive away on his bike. A car comes racing up the hill headed for Luke, Cody jumps in and saves his life. A grateful Luke, invites him to come home and have dinner with the family. After dinner and a game of touch football, Luke asks Cody where he’s going after he leaves, Cody says, “I don’t really know” Luke asks Cody to stay and work at the mill that he owns and Cody agrees to stay.

The story goes on with Luke planning to make Cody a part of the family. He says it’s just for the Christmas Holidays. Of course this a chance for Cody (John Haymes Newton) to get to know Faith (Alice Evans) Another person enters the picture, her long time boyfriend Paul, an international wine broker that is mostly international than home with his girl Faith. Paul, (Ben Weber) is not well liked by Luke. Faith’s loving mother Rosie Spelman is played by (Lois Nettleton) and Faith’s very nice and fun loving Uncle Richard is played by (Peter Jason).

Paul is home from his travels and becomes aware of the attraction between Faith and Cody. He asks her to marry him and “she says yes,” when Cody finds out about the engagement, he decides that the right thing to do is to leave against the prompting of Luke for him to stay and tell Faith that he loves her. Can’t tell you what happens but, if you like a good Christmas movie as I do, you will be a fan as I am. I haven’t mentioned that I am also a very big fan of John Haymes Newton’s. Get this movie, get the family together, and make some popcorn while you enjoy a great movie that will warm your hearts. P.S. It doesn’t have to be Christmas to enjoy this one. This was Hallmark”s highest rated film as told by Ed Asner in his interview.

If you are a John Haymes Newton fan as I am The Christmas Card is a must see!