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Sports are essential part of a healthy daily routine. Sports do not only exercise the body muscles, but also deliver freshness and keep active. India has a great sporting history as there are many sports like Kabaddi, Wrestling, and Swimming etc., which are the important elements of Indian culture. Basically sports are of two types – indoor and outdoor. Indoor sports include the games like Billiards, Chess, etc whether the outdoor games have Cricket, Football, and Wrestling etc. In ancient time the people of India had many interesting sports for their entertainment and refreshment, especially outdoor sports. In fact, some sports have their origin in the roots of Indian culture like Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, and boat racing etc.

In present Indian sports scenario, Cricket is the most prominent sport in which India has an excellent track record. Football is another popular game in some parts of India, but Cricket has more popularity among the Indians. There are some world level sporting events in India, but most of them are devoted to Cricket. Also there are events for other games like Hockey Premier League. India has hosted many international sporting events as Hockey World Cup, Asian Games, and Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship in the past.

Apart from Cricket, Indians have delivered some excellent knocks in International sports. Indians have won many medals in Commonwealth and Asian games. In fact, Indians are the world champions in the games like Chess, Billiards etc. They were also the world Hockey champions for many times in the past. In tennis and shuttling there are some brilliant talents in India. Currently Delhi is going to host its first Commonwealth games in 2010. Indian Premier League is a well known sporting event in India, which is among the most successful domestic events in international level.

Many sporting authorities are working towards the wellness of the sports in India. Sporting bodies get aids from the government of India for developing the infrastructure and nurturing the growing talent. India has some world level stadiums like Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Major Dhyanchand stadiums etc. which have standard facilities world sports persons. These bodies are supposed to arrange the basic requirements for their concerned sports. Some legendary sports persons from India made a great impact on world stage. Major Dyanchand from hockey, Sachin Tendulkar from cricket, Pulela Gopichand from shuttling, Abhinav Bindra from shooting, Geet Sethi and Pankaj Advani from Billiards, V Anand from chess are among some of the sports persons who left a grand impact in international sports arena.

As India has some world level athletes and sports persons, they are very few as compared to other countries and population of India. Sporting authorities should concentrate on developing new talent from the roots. More sporting events should be organized to promote the sports in low levels. Sports persons have to move towards big cities for better facilities, since in there is the lack of basic requirements in towns. Still Indians have to prove their capabilities in Olympics, the greatest sporting event in international scenario. Indians have won very few personal medals in Olympics. Lack of basic requirements, fundamental facilities and promotional sporting events in root level are the main reasons behind the failure of Indian athletes in the big events like Olympics.

Kenya is a land of acclaimed of numerous sportsmen who rule race tracks both locally and internationally, with an abundance of creative hobbies to pursue in spare time.

Sports and hobbies in Kenya are embedded in the country’s culture and are used to promote the highly social lifestyles and collectivist nature of the populace. By investing in sports as a culture (shown through the number of gold medals she has won), Kenya has also cemented its reputation as a home of sports champions. The Kenyan national anthem is a frequent tune at international sporting events as sports men and women receive accolades for their sporting achievements.

Notable Kenyan sportsmen

Kenya has nurtured real sports talent that includes sportsmen and women with domestic and international status who have won numerous gold, silver and bronze medals:

  • Great Marathoner Catherine Ndereba
  • Long-distance runner Paul Tergat
  • Long-distance track runner Tegla Loroupe
  • Gold medalist Ezekiel Kemboi
  • Current 800m Olympic world record holder David Rudisha
  • 800m Olympic gold medalist and winner of the Golden League Jackpot Pamela Jelimo
  • Olympic gold holder, Samwel Wanjiru (deceased)
  • Safari Rally driver Ian Duncan
  • Rugby’s Humphrey Kayange

Major sports in Kenya

There are assortments of major sports that Kenyans are engaged in from childhood, through school years up to professional level:

Track & Field

Kenya is known worldwide for its achievements in track and field, including short and long-distance track and field, road and walking races, cross country and marathons.

Most annual marathons held in Kenya are for social causes, including:

  • Lewa Marathon
  • Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon
  • Safaricom Marathon
  • Kass International Marathon
  • Kisumu World AIDS Marathon
  • Sotokoto Safari Marathon

Kenya Sevens Rugby Team

In 2012, Kenya Sevens Team finished fourth in 2012’s IRB World Sevens Series and had a good start in 2013, with a second place win after England, contesting at Wellington Sevens, New Zealand, which is their best performance yet. The Safari Sevens Rugby Tournament and Safaricom Sevens are some of the local rugby events.

Kenya National Football, the Harambee Stars

Formerly a force to reckon with, the team is presently a shadow of its former self. Internal management conflicts, misconduct among funs and poor pay for players have contributed to poor performance of the team in national and regional games. However, local sports teams such as Gor Mahia and AFC Leopard have a massive fan base and are targeted to change football in Kenya.

Common Hobbies

Most Kenyans have individual hobbies based on their interests and where they live. Rural folks are laid back while urban folks are more actively involved in their hobbies. There are hobbies common across ages, gender, social status and regions in Kenya that include:

  • Attending major events such as festivals, fashion shows, sport matches, political and religious rallies
  • Going to theatres and movie cinemas
  • Reading
  • Watching home movies and listening to music
  • Watching local television and radio channels
  • Travelling and touring
  • Karaoke (there’s a growing karaoke culture in urban Kenya)

Most young people consider logging into social media as a hobby, checking their accounts at least thrice a day. With almost every Kenyan having a mobile phone, their spare time is spent in mobile messaging, browsing the internet and socializing through social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

One of the most popular games in the UK and Australia is the Cricket, or what is so-called “The Gentleman’s Game” which can be traced back down to Tudor times. The first game was officially played in the 1600s by the royal families.

There are written evidences to prove that even the kings and princes were able to play this game which has become so popular nowadays.

What people can immediately see about it is that it is a bat-and-ball game and that two teams try to outdo each other in a match. However, only a few have known that there are ten different types of this game. And they are as follow…

1. County – it comprises of many first class matches which are played by different counties in England. There is, however, one county which is barred from playing this type, Glamorgan, located in Welsh county.

2. Twenty20 – it was first introduced in the UK in 2003 for domestic matches. However, T20 Cricket’s popularity grew and reached other countries that are also playing the cricket game.

3. Test – it is the longest type of cricket that would reach up to five days. But it is also the most reliable to measure how a team is made of.

4. Car – it is most popular in Britain where in the match is played while driving down the road in a car. The rules can be complicated because of its unusual equipment, the cars.

5. One Day – it is yet another good alternative for four-day or five-day cricket. It uses white cricket balls and colored uniforms which add to the excitement of the spectators.

6. First Class – it is the oldest type of cricket which has been practiced long since the introduction of Test cricket. Moreover, it is usually played by the teams within the country. Most often, First Class Cricket is played during domestic matches.

7. List A – the International Cricket Council introduced this new type in 2006. It serves almost the same purpose as with the First Class Cricket.

8. Indoor – the first game of this type of cricket was played indoor in Perth, Australia in 1970s. Slowly, it has gained popularity and is now recognized to be a better alternative of the traditional outdoor game.

9. Kwik – for the countries that recognize cricket as a great sport, Kwik Cricket is considerably popular. This one’s for children to train them for future professional cricket game. Children use plastic bats and balls to avoid injuries.

10. Club Cricket– it is usually played by the amateurs wherein all the rules and laws of cricket are applied to their full extent to practice non-professional players. This is to prepare them into the world of professional cricket.

Participation in sports is an important part of physical, mental, and social development for our youth. While it is meant to promote health, sports carry an inherent risk of injury.

Evidence is growing that the short and long-term health risks associated with brain trauma in sports are more serious than previously known. While concussions have been the primary focus of the medical community, the media, and the sports world, it appears they are only part of the problem. A growing number of studies show the risk of short-term and long-term brain damage, and neurodegenerative disease may be more closely related to an athlete’s cumulative brain trauma over their lifetime.

This brain trauma includes both concussions and subconcussive impacts, which are rapid movements of the head that don’t cause any concussion symptoms.

Studies are now finding that some athletes who have received subconcussive impacts, but have never shown any concussion symptoms, still have abnormal findings on certain tests of brain structure and function. It is not yet clear if these results were caused by too many impacts in a day, a season, a year, and even a lifetime, but one thing is clear: hits to the head are dangerous and more needs to be done to protect athletes.

WHO’S AT RISK FOR CONCUSSIONS? Concussions are an issue at all levels in many sports. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that among high school athletes, boys’ ice hockey poses the second highest rate of concussions, after only football. The prevalence of concussions in youth hockey is surprisingly similar to concussion estimates in the NHL (23 per 1000 player-game hours).

One factor found in a videotape analysis of bantam players is that on-ice skating characteristics helped explain why certain players sustain concussions. These players tended to skate with their heads down watching the puck, positioning themselves in the “danger zone,” which is between 8-16 feet from the boards, and they didn’t optimally position their body to receive a check. Thus, when checked, these players were more often flung into the boards; and collisions too often occurred when their heads were down. Many coaches are working in practice to reduce this style of play; equipment manufacturers are finding ways to increase protection and rinks are installing safety features in the ice; but this type of injury happens to even the best and most experienced players.

The concussion problem goes all the way up the National Hockey League. The NHL is facing multiple lawsuits from former players alleging that it improperly handled concussions and other brain injuries and didn’t do enough to protect them from the long-term dangers of concussions. The suits are similar to the class action complaint against the NFL, which did reach a substantial settlement. This just proves that training and education needs to be implemented at every level of hockey.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of concussions and be sure your coaches and trainers have the same, and they have protocols in place if an injury of this type occurs.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION OBSERVED BY COACHING STAFF:

– Loses consciousness (even briefly)

– Appears dazed or stunned or moves unsteady

– Is confused about assignment or position

– Forgets instructions

– Is unsure of game, score, opponent

– Shows mood, behavior or personality changes

– Can’t recall events

– Answers questions slowly

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION REPORTED BY ATHLETE?

– Headache or pressure in the head

– Nausea or vomiting

– Balance problems or dizziness

– Double or blurry vision

– Sensitivity to light or noise

– Confusion

WHAT TO DO IF THERE ARE SIGNS OF CONCUSSION?

– Remove athlete from play.

– Ensure athlete is evaluated by an appropriate health care professional. Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself.

– Inform athlete’s parents or guardians about the known or possible concussion.

– Allow the athlete to return to play only with permission from a health care professional.

WHEN IS IT SAFE TO RETURN TO PLAY? All athletes who sustain a concussion, no matter how minor, should undergo an evaluation by a qualified healthcare provider like Michigan Sports & Center before returning to play. In some instances, clearance from your primary care doctor may not be enough. There are many factors that determine when an athlete is safe to return to play. We have very specific protocols that measure an athlete’s responses at different levels of rest and activity; and in some cases other therapy may be needed. Not until they are completely free of all symptoms and remain symptom free during and after physical testing, is it safe to return to play. If you are unsure, please call us to schedule a consultation. Our goal is to get athletes back in the game as soon as possible only when it won’t risk further injury. I also encourage you to talk to your coaches and trainers to make sure they are up-to-date on the latest protocols to keep athletes safe.

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 focus of this article is the estimation aspect of the product backlog. For additional information about SCRUM, perform a Google or YouTube search. There are many sites and videos that will provide an overview in a small amount of time.This article looks at two techniques to coming up with your estimates or WAGs from an Agile/SCRUM perspective.

What is a WAG?

If your from the UK you might think this is an acronym for girlfriends or wife of famous football players (soccer), in software development terms however a WAG is an acronym for Wild @$$ Guess.

Estimation Techniques:

Table Top T-Shirt Sizing (S,M,L,XL)

Each backlog item is written on a 3×5 index card and placed on a table.

Identify the smallest sized item to act as the point of reference (S).

Group each card, with each corresponding group approximately twice as large as the first.

(M = S+S, L = M+M)

Any item larger than XL is an epic which is too large to estimate.

(These need to be re-evaluated and broken down into a size that can be estimated)

Once all items (cards) are placed into their groups. Points are assigned to each size.

Fibonacci numbers can be used or simply double, for example:

Double: S = 1, M = 2, L = 4, XL = 8

Fibonacci: S = 1, M = 3, L = 8, XL = 13

Planning Poker

Each backlog item is discussed with the participating team members.

Each participant has a planning poker card deck.

Once the product backlog item has been discussed, everyone shows their card..

If the estimates are close together, the higher of the estimate is taken. If there are large gaps between estimates then the highest and lowest discuss with each other out loud why they think their estimate is more accurate.

For distributed teams, there is software available that will allow this exercise to take place.

Velocity

In physics, velocity is the rate of change of position.

In Scrum, velocity is how much product backlog effort a team can handle in one sprint.

Example: Product Backlog of 1000 Points

The team has burned 300 points in three sprints.

The velocity is 100 points per sprint.

At the current velocity this team would project it would finish the remaining 700 points in 7 sprints.

We all love one sport or the other. Every one of us has a favorite sport and a sportsman, like mine is Tennis and Maria Sharapova respectively. We all long to meet our sports stars and get some or the other sort of sports memorabilia whether signed autograph, a memento, a souvenir etc. It is a token of excellence and our love for them, which brings us closer to them. It is not the money that is important but the love and affection behind it.

Variety

The sports memorabilia are mainly of two types, namely, the used ones and the new ones. The used ones are "game used" items. These may be of a particular memorable match or when some new record was created. Such products remain a favorite of collectors, who like spending lacks and crores of money in order to get hold of them. The new souvenirs are regular items but come with a personalized signature or autograph. These personalized mementos come along with a certificate of authenticity which proves they are not fakes but signed originally by the player.

Value

These souvenirs are of highest importance to collectors and sports crazy people. These memorabilia remain one of the most sought after products and people go to lengths to buy them. They either take part in auctions or try to get them in the black market. These valuable, priceless items are worth the money paid by them. There have been record purchases made over the years by fans of a sport or sportsman. Also, some people get these keepsakes personally from their loved players and for them it is not for sale. It is their best token of appreciation for the fans love and affection.

History

The concept of memorabilia started in the beginning of 20th Century when people used to purchase baseball and bats and used to get them signed from their favorite stars. Apart from sports memorabilia, people are also crazy about insignia from Hollywood and Pop stars. In the 1980s people used to get signed basketballs from NBA stars. The highest price paid for a soccer T-shirt is $ 224,000. It was the jersey worn by Pele, the legendary football star during the 1970 FIFA World Cup.

It was one of the most popular sports souvenirs sold and every year many such similar keepsakes are. These mementos are for the fans and matter a lot to them as it is from their favorite stars.

The most anticipated latest advert of the series of Nike Soccer Commercials was released 29th of April, at the helm of the second semi final match between the Manchester United and the Barcelona Champions.

Directed by no other than Madonna's guy, Guy Ritchie, Nike has successfully captured again the hearts of footy fanatics.

From the early campaign "How badly do you want to be a footballer?" the new public was dubbed "Take it to the Next Level". It features the blows and hung ups of a football dreamer as he climbed his way from his humble start to owning his national team jersey, and living the luster of stardom. The 2-min ad was made more interesting as presented through the person's point of view, giving the audience a high feeling of rush and exhilarations. Something that is new among the series of Nike soccer commercials.

Adding intensity is the song "do not speak (I came to make a bang)" – which they really did, as sung by a band called Eagle of Death Metal.
Their words came fitting as:

"Do not move, do not speak, even whisper
There's something happenin 'but do not be scared
I'm too smooth, you never see me coming
I'm never in a hurry, I'm just movin 'fast "

Casts includes International football stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Marco Materazzi, William Gallas, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arsene Wenger, William Gallas, Cesc Fabregas, and many more.

It may be another follow-you-dream stuff but the wit, humor, and heart showcased were enticing enough to make the drive another favorite. And this, as expressed by Ritchie, who is also a big soccer fan to Chelsea, was his biggest ad work to date.

Gone are the days when sportswear was primarily associated with convenience. Today, our sporting heroes are as glamorous as our screen idols- and that’s true in a case of both on and off-field/court endeavors. Needless to say, much of the glamour that we associate our athletes with has a lot to do with the clothes that they wear on the field or on the court. Sportswear, through the years, has undergone several changes. Regardless of whether it is cricket, tennis, soccer, rugby or any outdoor sports- jerseys have changed a lot over the years. Both technological advancement (as far as manufacturing these jerseys is concerned) and fashion have actually gone on to play a role in heralding this change. Find out more.

What you need to know about the modern jerseys: Find out how they have changed

Comfort, needless to say, is at the heart of jersey manufacturing today. Thanks to the progress of modern technology, today you have these sweat-absorbent jerseys that are worn on warm and humid days. These jerseys are particularly used in high voltage sports such as cricket and soccer so that for players beating the sticky summers is a breeze while they’re playing.

What more? They offer you heightened mobility on field as well.

Today, a lot of thought goes into determining the color of the jerseys as well. When you’re a part of high voltage sporting activity like soccer, rugby or cricket, the team management will definitely want you to sport very bold and bright colors on field. The bold jersey is just a manifestation of your team’s aggression. It’s like a psychological weapon against your opponents. Not every team in every sport may try out this particular psychological hack but you may come across several coaches who continue to fall back on bold (but fashionable) jerseys to shore up mind games of teams.

Women sportswear demands special mention as far as fashion is concerned. Today, they are not only comfortable but funky, cute and trendy as well.

Finding the right manufacturer and supplier

Please ensure that you are looking for credentialed sportswear manufacturers in your town. Don’t end up settling for the services of manufacturers and suppliers that have not really been able to garner positive reviews in the market for the quality of products offered by them. There definitely are certain factors that help you be sure about the credentials of a company. You can start off by reading the reviews of the manufacturers and suppliers. What are their clients saying? Are they satisfied with the quality of products made available by these manufacturers? Are they looking forward to collaborating with these brands for their needs further in the future? Or, are they completely annoyed with the products delivered by these suppliers? Have they cared to clarify the reasons behind their feelings for these brands?

Do seek personal recommendations as well. Ask your peers if they can recommend a brand or not. Zeroing in on a brand has to do a lot with these considerations.

Predictions:

1. New England Patriots

2. New York Jets

3. Miami Dolphins

4. Buffalo Bills

New England:

Bill Belichick has proved he is a true coaching genius in the past, but perhaps last season was the ultimate proof. In the offseason he somehow extracted a 1st Round Pick from Seattle for Deion Branch, which was an utter sin that anyone paid that high a price. And then he managed to get to the AFC Championship Game, and 8 minutes from another Super Bowl, with a receiving corps that contained three guys who might not start on most NFL teams. He somehow managed to pull off an upset of the leagues number one team, San Diego on their home turf, with Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney, and without Rodney Harrison, Junior Seau, and a vast number of their other starting defense.

This offseason was a vast change over last year. And while they still have to worry about the holdout of Asante Samuel, who should have been a Pro Bowl cornerback last year, the team has been completely reshaped and ready to dominate an inferior division this season. The Patriots decided that they didn’t want to make another march to the Super Bowl with three no-name, minimal talent wideouts… so they bought 4 new ones. They added Dante Stallworth, Kelly Washington, and Wes Welker in the same week. And then just after draft day the Pats acquired superstar Randy Moss, for a fourth round pick. Moss hadn’t really performed in Oakland, but under the tutelage of Belichick, Brady, Bruschi, Seymour and all the others who have been there and won Championships, Randy Moss will be fine. Look what the Pats did to Corey Dillon, who was a headcase before coming to Foxboro. The Pats also added outside Linebacker Adalius Thomas from the Baltimore Ravens who should play a huge pass rushing role in the Patriots ferocious 3-4 Defense this season. He is also very versatile, playing 5 different positions in the same game several times for Baltimore last season. Junior Seau and Rodney Harrison will both return for another campaign in full health. And finally another side note, Laurence Maroney is finally going to get 30+ touches a game, and after last season I am salivating just thinking about it.

Prediction: 14-2

New York Jets:

The question is this for the Jets in 2007. When will Chad Pennington suffer his season ending injury? Without Pennington I don’t see the Jets going very far with Kellen Clemens at the helm. Who is Clemens you ask? Your guess is as good as mine.

Let’s not completely overlook the Jets. They had a great year in 2006. They have a very formidable defense with stars like Jonathon Vilma, Shaun Ellis, and Dewayne Robertson. Their receivers are quick, and possess great hands. They can really make things happen after the catch the ball. Laverneus Coles was back to his old tricks last season, and Jericho Cotchery burst onto the scene, showing all that he is worthy of a starting job on most NFL teams. Running Back is another big question mark for the Jets, as Curtis Martin has announced his retirement. Will Thomas Jones coming over from the Bears, be able to have the kind of season he had in 2006? The team ranked 20th in Rushing Offense last year, as their offensive line was not stellar, so I personally wouldn’t count on a Pro Bowl year from Jones. One things for sure you can’t fall asleep on the Jets, they may not “Wow” you every time they take the field but Eric Mangini did a lot in his first season, and I expect another playoff appearance from them in 2007.

Prediction: 10-6

Miami Dolphins:

What is this team’s obsession with bringing in aging, injury prone, washed up Quarterbacks? The Daunte Culpepper incident of 2006 was apparently just the beginning. Anytime you have to turn to Joey Harrington to “turn the season around” you really cant like your chances. The Dolphins were a miserable team to watch last year, and I don’t see it getting much better for the Fish this season. They brought in Trent Green from the Chiefs, who really made a name for himself last year. But after his injury he just didn’t look the same. It could be argued that Green was the reason the Chiefs didn’t advance in the Divisional round against the Colts, and that they should have stuck with replacement Damon Huard. Another big question that could be asked to the Dolphins scouts and management is “WHY on Earth did you draft Ted Ginn, Jr. with the 10th overall pick????” I don’t think that made any sense to very many people, as he won’t be starting and whats more funny is, he still hasn’t signed or reported to camp! Well done Wayne Huizenga! Look for another monotonous season for the Fins.

Prediction: 7-9 (being generous)

Buffalo Bills:

I can’t wait to see what kind of campaign JP Losssssman can put together this year. I wonder if he can set the single season interception record, only time will tell. The one bright spot however is that at this point it looks like they are going to let rookie Marshawn Lynch carry most of the load at tailback which could really provide a spark. But in order to run the ball effectively they need to throw the ball effectively. And when JP isn’t getting picked off who is he going to throw the ball too. Peerless price is nothing without Eric Moulds. We saw that when he was traded to Atlanta and again after returning to the Bills last season. And lets be honest, Lee Evans is no Eric Moulds. I don’t really know what else to say about this team. They are a walking advertisement for mediocrity. Look for a big season out of Paul Posluszny however; this former Nittany Lion can really get after it. I saw him live twice in college and he comes as advertised. He is fearless, and a leader, but much too young I think to solidify an aging defense that won’t have much to play for except pride by Week 5.

Prediction: 5-11