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Posts Tagged ‘Gold’

Players: Top 10 NFL Lockout Money Saving Ideas

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It is a bad economy and the NFL Lockout is a foregone conclusion.  Despite the allegation of “progress” leading to this extension period, it’s very important that these NFL players take a long look at their budgets and find ways to both cut back and supplement their incomes during a prolonged NFL lockout.

With that in mind, I offer the NFL players my Top 10 NFL Lockout Money-Saving Ideas to help them manage through this difficult time.

Champagne tastes on a lockout budget?

Time to lay off of the Cristal for a while. Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante is at least 90% cheaper than the least expensive bottle of Cristal and you’ll still get just as trashed.

Lay-off the Posse.

Dudes, you know these guys are just hangers-on who are livin’ large off your hard work. You’ve seen how it’s done during the summer. It’s time to trim that roster down to say, oh… 53-men, just like NFL cuts. That’s still way more than enough lip-service telling you how great you are, how “you da’man” with a big grin and their hands out. Lose the entourage. You have enough mouths to feed with all of those children you’ve left in your wake.

More money saving ideas after the jump >>

Olympics: The Michael Phelps Golden Experience

Michael Phelps
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The Michael Phelps Golden Tour of China continued last night/this morning as the Golden Child from Atlantis won his sixth gold of the Beijing Olympics, this time in the 200-meter IM. Oh yeah, it was another ho-hum performance for Phelps as he broke yet another world record in the process of winning gold. Do you think all these gold medals and world records are becoming old hat for Maryland-born swimmer?

As many of you might know, Phelps’ six golds are more than a number of countries participating in the Beijing Olympics. In fact, as of this post, only six countries have six or more golds; a good indication of just how dominant and special the Michael Phelps performance has really been.

When you look up the word “great” in a thesaurus, the results include the following words:

admirable, countless, distinguished, egregious, eminent, enormous, estimable, excellent, excessive, exorbitant, fabulous, famed, famous, flagrant, gigantic, grand, grievous, huge, illustrious, immense, immoderate, incalculable, incomputable, large, magnanimous, monumental, noted, numerous, predominant, preeminent, prodigious, prominent, renowned, serious, supereminent, superior, transcendent

I think all of these are apt descriptions of Phelps; however, they probably still understate just how great he has been in China.

Up next for Phelps will be his last two finals — the 100-meter free and the 4×100 medley. After the week he’s had, is there any real doubt he’ll succeed in winning eight golds? I mean, it’s quite possible someone jumps up out of the water and beats him in the 100 or his team could falter in the 4×1; but after watching such dominance, it just doesn’t seem like such a finish is in the cards for Phelps.

The 100-meter final is tonight and the 4×100 will be on Saturday night.

Olympics: Golden Gymnastics (Silver, Too)

Nastia Liukin
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Amid announcer claims of bad judgment, the duo of Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson completed the gold/silver finish the two friends dreamed about since they knew they’d be going to Beijing together. It was beautiful mastery of an assortment of flips, twirls, twists and stuck landings that put the teammates on the stand with Liukin taking the gold and Johnson securing the silver.

The bronze was won by China’s Yang Yillin and the three were separated by .675 points as Liukin finished with 63.325 points, Johnson with 62.725 and Yilin with 62.650. Liukin’s gold represents only the third American to win the all-around women’s gymnastics competition, something her father felt she was meant to do, as indicated by his statements after the event was decided:

“It wasn’t easy for Nastia to be second, but I never believed Nastia was No. 2,” Valeri [Liukin] said after the event. “Some judges maybe like Shawn, but Nastia’s level of gymnastics is high. We calculate our course and come to the conclusion she is not second. She just makes mistakes.”

Apparently, Liukin’s father is not too high on his daughter’s competition, including her friend and silver medal winner Johnson. Nevertheless, it was an incredible floor exercise that secured Liukin’s gold. Johnson was the last to perform the floor exercise and she needed a 15.4 and change to pass Yilin and she delivered. Knowing she couldn’t score high enough to pass Liukin took the pressure away from Johnson and she delivered a floor performance worthy of a silver medal.

I’ll close this post with a still of the magnificent Liukin in mid-flip because… well, because it’s more impressive to look than the words used to describe it:

Flip

See what I mean?

Olympics: No Phelps, No Gold

Stephanie Rice

While the Man from Atlantis, aka, Michael Phelps, did swim in two semi-finals last night, he wasn’t racing for gold and because of that, the United States didn’t win gold — or much of anything else for that matter — save for four bronze medals. One of them was in the 4×200 Women’s relay which was won by Australia, the team featuring Stephanie Rice, the lovely lady in our lead image.

The other medals were won by Levi Leipheimer in the individual time trials for men’s road biking, Ronda Rouseywho qualifies for the “cute Olympic athletes” category — in women’s judo (70 kg) and Jason Lezak in the 100-meter freestyle. Lezak was beaten by Alain Bernard of France, the same swimmer he caught in the 4×100 relay.

Currently, the Chinese lead in the overall medal count, edging the United States, 35-34. However, it’s the gold medal count where China is exerting their dominance with 22, more than doubling the next highest, which belongs to the U.S. with ten.

Tonight, the Golden Child hits the water for the 200-meter individual medley. He’ll be facing probably his toughest individual test as fellow American Ryan Lochte, who has golden dreams of his own he’d like to fulfill, is also in the race. Maybe these two can improve the medal count for the U.S.

Olympics: Chinese Gymnasts Win Amid Controversy

Gymnastics Gold

After giving the United States an numerical opportunity to overtake them — a chance the Americans squandered — the Chinese women’s gymnastics team won the gold medal; although, there are lots of questions surrounding the ages of some of the Chinese competitors. In order to compete in Olympic gymnastics, the team members had to be 16 or older.

A report in the New York Times was the first to shed light on the situation:

Online records listing Chinese gymnasts and their ages that were posted on official Web sites in China, along with ages given in the official Chinese news media, however, seem to contradict the passport information, indicating that He and Jiang may be as young as 14 — two years below the Olympic limit.

Regardless of the questions about age, the U.S. did have an opportunity to take the gold from China after a couple of sub-par balance beam routines. Alas, it was the balance beam that was the undoing for Team USA as well, especially for Alicia Sacramone who fell awkwardly as she was beginning her routine. The troubles continued when the US took to the floor exercises as all three performers — Sacramone, Shawn Johnson, and Nastia Liukin — made noticeable mistakes.

After that, the gold was China’s.

It’s doubtful anything will come of China’s potential age-gate; however, that doesn’t mean everyone believes the competitors are legitimate either — especially US Coach, Marta Karolyi.

Olympics: Make It Five For Five

Michael Phelps

In sports, there is such a thing as making a statement to your opponents, but what do you call it when you go out and win your first five events in world record fashion? I don’t think the phrase “making a statement” captures the magnitude of the Michael Phelps 2008 Olympic Swimming Experience.

The words “dominant” and “incredible” come to mind, but even then, those don’t seem to do Phelps’ accomplishments any justice. What we are seeing is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence — an athlete so dominant in their specialty, they bring up memories of Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan. Superlatives aside, after last night’s domination, Phelps is now the all-time leading gold medal winning Olympian with 11.

He’s also five-for-five on gold medal runs at the Beijing Olympics after winning the 200-meter butterfly and swimming the lead leg for the USA’s 4×200 gold medal relay team last night/this morning (in Beijing). In both events, the winning team/swimmer broke the world record by a noticeable margin.

So what does all this mean? First, it solidifies Phelps’ position as one of the best Olympic athletes ever. It also puts Phelps in the “greatest swimmer of all time” category, something he’ll only strengthen if he wins his three remaining races (the 200-meter IM on Friday; the 100-meter fly on Saturday; and the 4×100 medley relay final on Sunday).

Seeing how Phelps is one of the most celebrated athletes at the Olympics, Visa was ready with their commercial celebrating the record-breaking swim that put him over the top as the all-time gold medal winning Olympian in history:

As a person that admires all types of athletic performances, all I can say is, “Thank you, Michael Phelps. Thank you for your dominating performances. They are a thing of beauty.”