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How Luis Suárez should be punished… according to English pundits

Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suárez caused controversy again on Tuesday evening as he bit into opposition player Giorgio Chiellini minutes before the South American side took the lead. The incident outraged everyone except for the lucky Scandinavian punters who bet on Suarez taking a bite during the 2014 World Cup!

Diego Godín’s winner was enough to see Uruguay leapfrog above Italy and into the second round of the 2014 World Cup where they will face Colombia on Saturday.

The biggest talking point of the day though surrounds Suárez and what punishment he deserves for what is the third bite of his professional career. If he is banned for the rest of the tournament, Uruguay’s chances of progressing in the World Cup knockout stages look dim.

Having previously bitten opponents in both the Dutch Eredivisie and English Premier League and served long bans for both – FIFA must now act on an incident that was seen by the world.

English pundits have all been quick to make a comment about the incident and the future of the Uruguay striker who had been strongly linked with a move to La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid over the past couple of weeks. Read more »

TOP 10 MOST OUTRAGEOUS PUBLICITY STUNTS OF ALL TIME

10. Burj Al Arabs Worlds Tallest Tee-shot, 2004

Dubai Desert Golf Classic invited Tiger Woods to their event in 2004 and paid him $1 million to hit a tee-shot off of the helipad of the Burj Al Arab, the world’s tallest hotel, making it the highest tee-shot in history (that’s if you exclude Alan Shepard hitting balls on the surface of the moon in 1971).

9. SNAPPLES GIANT ICE-POP, 2005

Snapple thought that they could construct the world’s largest ice lollipop (or popsicle if you’re that way inclined) and they kind of did. In the summer of 2005 Snapple erected a 25ft tall lolly in Union Square, New York. Strangely they had forgotten summer’s golden rule that in the sun a fool and his ice-pop are soon parted. 18 tonnes of strawberry slush very quickly melted and flooded the adjacent streets causing huge traffic jams and leaving a number of streets unusable. Ridiculous.

8. HOLLYWOODLAND, 1923

The Hollywood sign is one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks and perhaps the world’s most famous sign, but it actually started out life an outrageous publicity stunt for LA-based housing development company Hollywoodland. In 1923 the company paid $21,000 for a 30ft tall, flashing electric ‘HOLLYWOODLAND’sign to be built in the Hollywood Hills overlooking the city. The sign was only supposed to be there for a year but has in fact survived in one form or another ever since. After falling into disrepair by 1949 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce decided to repair the sign but remove ‘LAND’. By the ‘70s it had deteriorated again – but this time a consortium of celebrities led by Hugh Hefner paid for a complete restoration and rebuilding of the letters, allowing the iconic landmark to live on into the 21st century.

7. Guinness Book of World Records, 1954

Sir Hugh Beaver loved his facts, but he loved selling beer more. The head of Guinness Breweries developed the idea of documenting all the world records in one place after he failed to find the answer to a hunting argument that he had been having over the name of Europe’s fastest game bird. He thought that such a book would not only make a great marketing give-away to promote his beer, but it could also be the bible of every pub in the land; putting an end to needless drunken arguments about the world’s biggest and best. In 1954 1000 copies were given away as a marketing stunt, but the book became a surprise hit beyond the public houses – 50 years later had gone on to sell more than 100 million copies across its many editions.

6. LE TOUR, 1903

In 1903 the French sports newspaper L’Auto (The Car) decided to stage a bicycle race as a publicity stunt to increase its circulation. L’Auto’s editors had broken away France’s number one sports newspaper, Le Velo (The Bicycle) but were failing to garner enough readers to keep the paper afloat, when cycling journalist Geo Lefvre suggested that they stage the world’s longest bicycle race as a PR stunt. Le Velo was banned from reporting on the 1500-mile race, and by the end of the event not only had L’Auto began selling six times as many papers than before, but they had also inadvertently given birth to the Tour De France.

5. Calendar Girls, 1999

On the 12th April 1999, 11 members of the Yorkshire Women’s Institute decided to release a nude calendar of themselves as a publicity stunt to raise money for a new sofa at a local hospital. The publicity generated by the calendar was such that they were not only able to buy the sofa but they were also able to raise and donate over £3 million (and counting) to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The story went on to spawn a hit play, a successful film and countless copycat calendars.  Who needs promotional staff for publicity after all? Pretty outrageous.

4. THE TEXAS CRUSH, 1896

In 1896 the aptly named marketeer William Crush decided to host what is certainly America’s strangest and most tragic stunt ever.  Crush thought that he could promote Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (Katy) by staging a planned train crash and inviting the whole of Texas to come and watch. How he thought that a train crash would help promote a train company no one knows, but Katy agreed to the stunt and 40,000 people made there to the site. With the audience at a seemingly safe distance, no one anticipated that the trains’ boilers would explode on impact and result in heavy debris and metal shrapnel spraying into crowd, which killed two people immediately and wounding countless others. Expecting a PR backlash, Katy fired Crush on the spot, however the event did not receive much media attention at all at the time and strangely Crush was handed his job back the very next day.

3. K Foundation Burn a Million Quid, 1994

Infamous Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty of The K Foundation shocked the world in 1994 when they burnt a million pounds of their earnings in cash on camera. As one the UK’s most successful music acts in the 90s, Bill and Jimmy found themselves sitting on a lot of money and clearly had no idea what to do with it so in an act of – well no one really knows -, they burnt the large majority of the money that they had just earned on film. The shocking stunt is particularly baffling as the K Foundation was not promoting anything at the time and then refused to talk about the burning for 23 years. Drummond later admitted that he regretted his actions and found them hard to justify to his kids.

2. HANDS ACROSS AMERICA, 1986

In 1986 when music manager and film producer Ken Kragen asked everyone in the USA to hold hands in the world’s longest human chain, it seemed like an outrageous publicity gimmick that no one would take seriously. However around seven million people (including President Reagan) came together across 16 states raising around $34 million dollars for charity. Along with the accompanying single, ‘We Are The World’, the stunt raised nearly $100 million dollars to fight world poverty. Nice one Ken.

  1. Red Bull Stratos 2012

In 2005 Red Bull conceived and began working on the idea of dropping Felix Baumgartner out of a balloon from the earth’s stratosphere (39 kilometres above the surface), which would not only be the highest altitude jump in history, but would also break a number of other world records including: highest ever altitude outside a vehicle, largest balloon ever piloted by a human, highest ever manned balloon flight, and fastest ever speed in a manned balloon. In October 2012 they did it and, as well as breaking the records above, Felix became the first man to ever break the sound barrier without the aid of an engine. He also broke the world record for fastest vertical speed (without drogue): 834.6mph.

Records aside, no drinks company has ever created their own space program to further brand awareness, surely making this the most outrageous publicity stunt of all time.

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Few Amazing Muay Thai Camp Training Benefits

There are literally dozens of Muay Thai camp training benefits. Muay Thai training classes are an amazing way to get in shape and improve your fitness readiness. People that have successfully finished programs in some of the many Muay Thai camps in Thailand have experienced radical positive changes when it comes to their cholesterol levels, blood pressure and they were able to lose weight too. Besides that there are few other things why you should join a Muay Thai camp as soon as possible.

Muay Thai training classes can be modified. This means that students on a different level (recreational students, beginners, pros) can perform easier or harder classes. That’s why each trainer works with small groups of students. You can make progress regardless of your physical preparedness. This is the reason why many foreigners travel to find and join a Muay Thai camp in order to lose weight. Professional Muay Thai camps can offer you the right program supervised by their professional staff.

Muay Thai camps have all the equipment you need, but you will find out that authentic Muay Thai doesn’t depend on equipment. This contact sport is focused on the fighting techniques and improvement of mobility. You can practice these moves even when you are back at home.

Muay Thai camps in Thailand are cost affordable. They are less expensive than your local gym, that’s for sure. Besides that some of them have cheap accommodation so besides training you can have a really nice vacation there.

If you lack motivation, Muay Thai camps will definitely help you. Exercising in a group will give you the much needed motivation and will make you push your limits.

Finally, Muay Thai training is one of the most powerful exercises you can practice. It’s a real fat killer and if you practice it right you can sculpt your body very easy

Suwit Muay Thai camp or Bestmuaythai@2014-06-17   is the best choice for those who want to learn all about Muay Thai. Their training programs are specially designed for different categories of students and besides working in small group you can choose one on one training too. Our recommendation is to choose their package that includes training + accommodation because in this way you will save money (you’ll get a better deal) and you will save time (you won’t have to wonder around looking for accommodation). Keep in mind that Suwit Muay training camp is located on one of the most beautiful locations on the famous tourist destination – Phuket Island.

Sports-inspired casino games

Microgaming, one of the longest running online casino games developers of the industry, has released a new slot machine recently – it’s called Football Star, and pays a tribute to Football, the most popular sport in Europe and the world. The reason why they released another football-inspired game is the imminent start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, making football the most commented and followed sport for the next month.

This is not the first sports related game launched by the company – among its over 500 titles there are quite a few more titles inspired by or paying tribute to sports. After all, sports fans play casino games, too – no matter if they use Australian mobile casinos or Caribbean downloadable ones.

The most notable Microgaming casino slot inspired by sports is another football inspired title, the one called Shoot! It’s a game that pays tribute (again) to football, but not as vaguely and generally as Football Star – on its reels it features football legends like Pele (the legendary Brazilian player considered the best one of all time), George Best, Diego Maradona, Johan Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer and Kevin Keegan.

At the same time, it also pays a serious tribute to Shoot!, the British football magazine that is published since the 1960s.

The graphics and sounds of the game make the player feel like sitting at a stadium, and the wins offered by the game are also considerable – depending on luck, of course. Read more »

Shopping For Womens Basketball Jerseys

When you are in charge of buying uniform for your sports team then of course you’ll want to make sure that you get the best quality items. If you have ever shopped for anything like womens basketball jerseys then you’ll know that there are lots of different types and styles for you to choose from. You’ll want to make sure you look at all of your sportswear options so that you choose something that is going to represent your team perfectly.

Choosing The Right Uniform

Does your team have a colour scheme? If so then it stands to reason that you are going to want to make sure that you get a uniform that matches this. Thankfully as long as you choose the right supplier of womens basketball jerseys then you should find that there is something to suit you. Some sportswear suppliers even offer customisation and design options which means that you can easily get something that is designed perfectly.

Material

When it comes to womens basketball jerseys you also have a range of materials for you to choose from. Options that some sportswear companies offer include Micro Mesh, Pro Mesh, Dazzle, Air-Cool, and more! Check out these women’s basketball jerseys for an idea of what is available and what could suit you and what is going to match the needs of your team.

Adding Your Team Name To Your Uniform

What you might also want to look at is getting logos, team names and even numbers adding to your jersey. That way each person on your team has their own uniform which means that they are in charge of keeping it in good condition and looking after it. Of course you can also get team names on to give your team a real sense of belonging together.

Why it Is so Important to Have Good Batting Cage Nets

It is really important that you use a batting cage net in your practice. This makes it safer, and therefore also more fun. Of course, you have to make sure that you get a good net, particularly when you consider how strong they have to be. The impact and speed of a baseball is pretty impressive, after all.

There are different thread counts or denier in batting cage nets. Generally speaking, either polyethylene or nylon is used. You can find cheaper materials, but these are generally of very low quality, meaning that your net won’t last as long. As such, it is clear case of false economy, as you will have to replace it more regularly.

The point of the cages is to trap a ball that you don’t manage to hit back. They save a lot of time and energy as well, as you would otherwise have to spend this going over the ground trying to retrieve balls. Consider the speed at which these fly, you could end up searching quite a large area and still come back empty handed. With the security of a net behind you, you can put all your attention on the ball, rather than having to think about where it will land if you miss.

Generally speaking, these nets are stationary. They attach to a cage and stay there until they need replacing. This means that they have to be made out of highly durable materials, as they are exposed to sunlight and other weather phenomena on a daily basis. UV rays are particularly bad, as they quickly weaken the twine. Of course, frost, rain and wind has an impact as well. This is why most nets have been treated with various chemical solutions to minimize the impact that the different elements have.

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Where Can I Find New York Yankees Carry On Luggage?

If you are a Yankees fan, or know someone who is, you may want to get your hands on some fantastic New York Yankees carry on baggage. However, where can you find this? Most of us also have limited budgets, so finding it at an affordable price would be even better. Let’s take a look at the three options available to you.

The Official Yankees Store

The first place you could go is the official Yankees store. Besides getting luggage from these stores, which are available both online and in New York itself, you can get all sorts of other Yankees gear there as well. The big downside, however, is that this is a really expensive store. Additionally, you will probably be tempted to purchase more than what you came for, particularly if you go to a physical store where all the nice stuff is displayed in front of you.

Secondhand

A second option is to purchase everything secondhand. You can use websites like eBay and other selling sites, or go to people’s yard sales or even flea markets. Although this is the cheapest option, it also means you won’t get anything new and you’re not guaranteed of its condition.

Online Sports Stores

The final option if you are wondering where can I find Yankees carry on luggage is to go online. . Online stores generally offer the best value for money for really good quality items. Many of them offer official merchandise, which means that you won’t end up buying something that is just the tiniest bit off what it is actually supposed to look like. Do make sure you only use reputable online stores, as you don’t want to buy something of low quality or, worse still, counterfeit. This is why you should always check out their returns policy and customer service.

Common Ankle Injuries and Treatments

You may think that most ankle injuries are caused by athletes with a sports injury, and while this is true a lot of the time, ankle injuries can happen to anyone at anytime. Simply walking on uneven surfaces or accidentally turning your ankle as you walk can cause severe pain that requires treatment. In fact, over 25,000 people injure their ankles in the United States every single day, with more than a million people visiting the emergency room each year for ankle pain and injury. It’s no wonder that it is so common, with how complicated the ankle and the foot is as a whole.

Here is a quick guide to several of the various types of ankle injuries, along with some information on the best ways to treat them. Since everyone’s ankles and injuries will be slightly different, it’s best to speak with your doctor about the best treatments and options available to you.

Sprains

A sprained ankle is the term given when ligaments become damaged from being stretched too far out of their normal range. These ligament sprains can occur from one single tear or rupture to the entire ligament or many miniscule tears to the fibers.

Depending on the severity of the sprain, it may be able to heal quickly or it may cause pain and turmoil for much longer. To treat a simple sprain, wear a protective brace, give the ankle plenty of rest by sitting or using crutches, and apply an ice pack for the first couple days until the swelling is reduced.

Fractures

A fracture is essentially a break in one of the bones of the ankle. These tend to be extremely painful and can be quite severe. You may need to seek immediate medical attention if you suspect a fracture in your foot.

While you wait for professional medical attention, you can treat a fracture by controlling the bleeding if there is any, raising the ankle and avoiding putting any weight or pressure on it. You may also want to apply ice to the injured area until further medical assistance is available. Do not try to push protruding bones back into place.

Strains

Not to be confused with a sprain, a strain is caused when the muscles or tendons in the ankle are stretched or pulled too far and cause damage. There are two tendons that are often strained in the ankles, the peroneal tendons, which help to protect and stabilize the ankle.

If you need treatment for a strain in your ankle, then the first step is to avoid walking on it. Give the ankle plenty of rest and immobilization, perhaps even with a cast or splint. Take over the counter pain relievers and talk to your doctor about physical therapy options. Depending on the severity of the strain, surgery can sometimes be necessary.

Ankle injuries can cause a lot of undue pain and suffering, and some may never fully heal correctly. It is important to explore all options before making any kind of medical decision regarding your bone health.

My best bet and restoring British pride

The highlight of the tennis calendar is undoubtedly Wimbledon. The world’s oldest and best tennis tournament is the one the players really want to win. Except for about 75 years it didn’t seem like any British men were all that fussed.

‘Tiger’ Tim Henman looked a little bit bothered for a few years but his heart was never really in it and the search for a British winner went on. Then one year, completely out of the blue, this gangly young Scottish kid appeared, and he didn’t look too bad. Right then and there I stuck 20 quid on him being a future Wimbledon champ.

As the years went on he got better and better, before one year making the final. In truth he got completely outplayed and many times nerves were not on his side, but sure enough he came back the following year stronger and better.

In the final, he bulldozed the scintillating Novak Djokovic and became the first British Wimbledon mens champion since Fred Perry in 1936. The country was proud and I had a couple of grand in my pocket. Easily my best bet ever.

Now it’s up to you. Share your best bet @bgo_official on Twitter, using hashtag #bgoBestBets. You never know when a little luck, knowledge and pride may pay off big time.

Considerations When Purchasing Air Wake Towers

People wanting to catch the biggest air wakes have probably realized that they require some assistance in doing so. Air wake towers are designed to provide you with the biggest airs so that you can catch the wakes that you desire. If your boat doesn’t already come with an air wake tower on it as a standard, then you can purchase one yourself and have it installed on your boat. Alternatively, perhaps your boat did come with a standard air wake tower on it, and you simply want to upgrade it to a better one that you believe will provide you with better air wakes. Regardless of your reason for wanting to get an air wake tower, there are numerous places where you can do so, such as BigAirWakeTowers.

When you’re getting ready to purchase an air wake tower, it is essential that you make sure you get the appropriate dimensions for your tower to ensure that you get one that is compatible with your boat. You certainly don’t want to invest in an air wake tower only to discover that it won’t fit on your boat. Most retailers that offer such towers are more than willing to assist you in determining which of their air wake towers will be compatible with your boat. Read more »

 

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