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Why The Final Four Is The Best Sports

I am a Final Four junkie. I have been for the last twelve years in a row and wouldn’t miss it for anything. I am going to tell you why and why you should go.

I go with the same three guys every year. We have a routine and that adds to the enjoyment….we know the program. It is like a Special Forces unit. We don’t need to plan…we know immediately what we are all about.

One of the guys on our trip is the most successful basketball coach in Tennessee, Coach T. (He has state championship rings that make Super Bowl rings look small to prove my claim). This is our source of basketball knowledge and where things are happening during the week. This is important information when one attends the Final Four.

Another is J. D. He appreciates the fine wine, the good steaks, and big cigars which are an important part of the trip (My sister in Portland asks every year what we do on our trip and I answer “we drink whiskey, tell lies, and smoke cigars” to which she replies every year “Why do you leave town to do that?”) In addition to being a good guy, J. D. knows the words to every oldie ever recorded.

And then there’s Sheldon. If you know anybody named “Sheldon”, then you know what I am talking about here. Guys named Sheldon are ticked off when they are born because of their name. As a result, they bitch about everything. Sheldon makes the married guys appreciate their wives (because the wives don’t bitch as much as he does) and the unmarried guys get a dose of what they’re missing by not being married. Sheldon starts complaining at the airport when we leave and doesn’t stop until we get back. We wouldn’t dream of the trip without him.

Armed with that bit of background, let’s go directly to why the Final Four is THE sporting event of the year and why you should plan to go.

First of all, the Final Four people have got it right. They pick the best cities for the event….lots of hotel rooms, big venue for the game (I didn’t say GOOD…I said BIG…more on this later), and good food. They get the best cities and well they should. This year’s site is Atlanta, which rests my case. The place becomes a giant sports party for almost a full week. And this is because…

There are four teams involved with loads of fans. This separates this event from the others…Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, name it…they involve two teams. The Final Four has FOUR teams, all equipped with crazy fans and supporters, and they are everywhere. Bars, restaurants, malls, everywhere are fans with team logos and caps. You can simply walk into a bar or restaurant and yell one of the team’s names and bingo; immediate bonding. The whole city is a buzz all week (this is always true with the exception of when the Final Four was in New York a few years ago…that place wouldn’t buzz if Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein squared off in a death match at Madison Square Garden).

The place is crawling with basketball celebrities. You should be aware that the National Association of Basketball Coaches has their annual convention during the Final Four. This is high school AND college coaches, so all the big names are hanging out there during the week. They’re eating out, swapping resumes, telling lies, and you can see them all week. There is an observable food chain that has the mid-college coaches sucking up to the major college athletic directors hoping to get hired. The major college coaches are brown nosing the more successful college Athletic Directors looking to move up. Feeding at the bottom of the pond are the high school coaches who are dreaming of being hired by any of them. Coach T. gets us into the hangouts where they are hanging out and it’s cool to be there. The spot of the week is the central hotel of the coaches’ convention. This is where the action is all week. It is also a “must go to” spot during the week because:

You can get tickets. As I mentioned before, the venues for the Final Four are big. This means you can get tickets! You don’t have to have them before you go to the Final Four city. Simply head for the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) main hotel and hang out in the lobby. You’ll be surrounded by people selling and buying tickets (tip here…if you are buying, wait as close to tip-off on Saturday as you can. That’s when costs go down. Don’t buy early in the week. If you are selling, sell early during the week. Know the city laws regarding scalping before you begin this exercise).

Also, be aware that unless you are willing to pay mega bucks for tickets, your seats will suck! You’ll get in, but your seats will be bad.

If you register for the lottery and you are drawn to buy tickets, you seats will be so bad that they will tell you on the ticket that these seats are in “distant viewing” sections. This means “they suck”.

These are amateur players and fans. As a sports fan, I have been fortunate to have attended scores of professional games. Major league and minor league baseball, NBA games, NFL, NHL; I’ve been to all of them.

The Final Four doesn’t have the “oily” feel of some professional sports and its players.

For example, some of the NBA All Star events attended by the pros were described as decadent. You get a Super Bowl participant disappearing for the weekend of the game. At World Series time, some players are so juiced they can barely fit their heads into their batting helmets.

You won’t hear of or see players and their entourages acting stupid at the Final Four. You will see young, clean, well behaved young men and their coaches acting proudly and as a team. They’re kids alright, and they do kid things, but on the whole, you won’t see any trouble from this bunch.

There are three games during the weekend. Count’em…THREE! Where else do you go for national championships and get to watch so much action in such a small amount of time.

There are great stories about coaches and athletes. With four teams and over 50 players, great human interest stories are found which add to the fun. The local newspaper (along with all the national press and television) covers the Final Four during the week like nothing else. You’ll find yourself pulling for an underdog or maybe a player or two who has a neat story behind him.

The cities show their best sides. Due to the number of teams involved, in addition to the coaches who come to their convention, I would guess that the Final Four draws more fans than any other sporting event. The host city knows this.

Everywhere you go, signs are displayed welcoming you to the city. Beginning at the airport, you see signs on billboards, city streets, shops, bars, restaurants, name it. The cities know this is a profitable week and they welcome the fans wholeheartedly.

Coach T., J. D., Sheldon and I pack our duds and golf clubs and head to the host city Wednesday of Final Four week. We find a sports bar Wednesday night and begin the week visiting with other Final Four attendees and watching sports news for Final Four information. Coach T. heads to a few coaches conference events Thursday before we tee off at a local golf course which has been selected during the year. Sheldon bitches about the greens fees and course itself.

That night, after a fun round of golf, we head to a local chop house which has been selected based on the size of the steaks served and the cigar friendliness of the bar. Our selections through the years have included Morton’s, Ruth’s Chris, Manny’s Steak House, Shula’s, Bern’s, St. Elmos, and more of the best steak houses in the country. In Atlanta, we’ll be at McKendricks, Ruth’s Chris, and New York Prime.

Friday is a direct clone of Thursday, with the addition of an afternoon visit to the sports distribution shops where we stock up on Final Four stuff to bring home to friends and family. This is what Sheldon lives for and as far as we can tell is the only part of the trip he likes. After whining for the whole week, he takes back home a couple of hundred bucks worth of junk to give out and tell everybody how much fun he had.

Saturday is game day. After a couple of pounds of beef, various appetizers, assorted cocktails and wines, three or four cigars apiece, and a lot of lies and related tomfoolery, we four amigos are moving slow on Saturday. This is perfect time for the games. J. D. and I are less talkative than usual, Coach T. needs a basketball fix, and nobody wants to be around Sheldon; perfect timing for the games.

The “must do” on Saturday is to head for the coaches convention central hotel. This is where it all happens. You’ll see coaches you recognize from television along with all the scalpers, buying and selling tickets reminiscent of the scenes of Wall Street traders you see on TV.

You’ll notice as you look at the tickets offered by the scalpers that there are tickets for all three games in the pack (two on Saturday and the final game on Monday night). For those of us who leave to come back on Sunday (Coach T. has to get back to school), those Monday night games have real value when the teams that make the final game have last minute fans who want to come to the final game. These fans have friends already there that are saying “get me a ticket and I’ll come”, which means you can sell the bad seats that you bought for Saturday to another stooge for Monday.

Of course, any effective Special Forces unit has a “Plan B” and so do we. Assuming that no acceptable tickets are found for the games, we will have a highly recommended local sports bar mapped out and ready for takeover in an emergency (maybe my sister was right).

Then walk into ANY restaurant or bar Saturday after the games and that will be what is discussed…the games. All you need do is sit down and start talking to someone about the events of the games. This is more of what separates the Final Four from any other event. For those whose week is winding down, like us, there is reflection on the great time that we have had. For others, such as fans of the teams in the final game, the week is just beginning.

Your Best Sports Collection

Autographed sports items are a multi-million dollar industry and sports items having the Michael Jordon autograph are even popular with the basketball fans. Though it is not hard to get sports items autographed by him but it is not also readily available.

The reason behind the popularity of Michael Jordon’s autographed sports items is that he is a ‘living legend’ in basketball and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in the year 2009. This honor made the market for signed items by him all the more popular among sports enthusiasts. You would get various items signed by him in the online stores but before buying them, make sure that what you are buying is a real item and not a fake.

Some of the items having Michael Jordon’s autograph on them, and the popular ones among the sports enthusiasts are the autographed basketball, autographed jersey, photographs.

If you want to make your collection an elite one then you must go for a Michael Jordon autographed basketball. You would get Wilson basketball signed by him from the online stores and this is truly a wonderful item to be on your collection.

Another excellent collection to have in your list is the red jersey with the #23 on it signed by him. #23 is synonymous with Michael Jordon’s career and a jersey with this number is recognizable world wide as his signature jersey. Having one such jersey in your collection would increase the value of your collection.

A photograph of his in his famous “Jumpman” logo is another excellent collection to have. This is a historical moment in basketball and the framed photograph of Michael Jordon in this flying pose is the best moment of his life. Therefore, as a sports enthusiast this photograph with his signature should be a part of your basketball memorabilia collection.

How to Choose the Best Sports Shoes

Nowadays most people choose sports shoes and sports clothes as this sort of equipment makes them feel more comfortable and able to maintain an active lifestyle. In the past most manufacturers produced only male sports shoes, but beginning with the year 2000, they thought that women needed them as well and this is why they began to also focus on ladies sport shoes. In the past, the size of the shoes was the only difference between the ones made for women and the ones made for men, but during the last decade manufacturers understood women have different needs and the shoes they create for women should comply to different requirements.

There are many aspects one should consider when it comes to shoes. The most important of all is the reason for which they buy the shoes: there are many people who use them everyday because they consider them very comfortable, there are other people who use them for their practices and there are other people who wear them for running, playing basketball, football or for skating. Depending on these aspects, manufacturers use various techniques when they create the shoes. For example, indoor shoes are different from those that we use for jogging. Their features and properties are different: their soles are made from different materials, their shape is different and the fabrics they are made from are different as well. Choosing the right sports shoes is very important as they must be high quality in order to protect us from getting injured.

Something else that we should consider is the sports shoes manufacturer which provides us with the shoes we need. This is a very important aspect because there are many manufacturers which do not produce qualitative and durable products. Choosing high quality sports shoes is very important for us and for our feet. It is very well known that the best shoes are usually produced by well known brands, such as Adidas, Nike or Puma. These manufacturers use advanced techniques and systems when they are creating their shoes and their clothes. Still, you must be very careful because there are many unauthorized dealers which sell fake products. You can tell that these products are fake by looking at their prices: they are much cheaper than the authentic ones and the quality is lower. This is why we must make sure that the sports shoes that we are buying are authentic, even if we might pay a little more for them.

Why NCAA March Madness is the Best Sporting

1) Close Games

There’s something about this tournament that brings about the biggest nail biters on television. No matter what round, no matter who’s playing and how good or bad the teams are, the games are super close. The only general exception to this rule is when the #1 seed plays the #16 seed, where it’s men against boys. Anything else is fair game.

2) The Upsets

Nobody wants to see a bunch of teams work their rears off in the regular season and then have it all come to waste with an early-round upset in the Tournament. That would destroy the point of the exciting regular season. However, since they aren’t commonplace, whenever an upset hit’s the Tourney bracket, it’s always thrilling. Seeing a school who hasn’t hit the national sports section or ESPN all season defeat a top-ranked team on a buzzer-beater is as exciting as sports get. Just as exciting as the game, is seeing a team who just pulled off a huge upset celebrating on the court. Makes you want to be there, which is no surprise since each upset represents real sports history.

3) Cinderellas

With upsets come Cinderella stories in the NCAA Tournament. Cinderella teams don’t just upset the one big cat; they continue to play thrilling basketball against college’s best squads. Who can forget when Seton Hall became a household name during the month of March? Or when NC State and Villanova became the biggest stars in college basketball? These are true fairy tales, a bunch of college kids and a coach who never enjoyed stardom before suddenly having bright lights shone upon them.

4) Neutral sites

Call me crazy, but the boring neutral site cities and venues for these games, where half the fans aren’t even supporters of the team playing, make the games that much better. There’s something to be said for a non-rambunctious atmosphere letting the games speak for themselves. In the regular season, when a great play is made, the crowd in the background acts like a sitcom laugh track, reminding us that something exciting just happened. However, keeping in mind that the better TV comedies have no laugh track, a game without total fan support in the background means that, when we see a great play, we stop and realize, “Oh, my God, it didn’t hit me at first, but that was REALLY exciting.” The magic of college basketball is more subtle and less in-your-face in the NCAA Tournament, which respects the intelligence of the common college basketball fan.

5) Boring announcers

Again, call me crazy, but CBS’ bland, unexciting announcers make this tournament that much more special. With boring play-by-play and color commentary, we can concentrate on the game without assistance from the sports media. Again, the game speaks for itself. In the regular season, ESPN hyperactive commentator Dick Vitale goes berserk for each player and team, no matter what they’re doing. It works, and Vitale is great, but there’s something to be said about these CBS guys keeping it low-key in the postseason. Again, after each magical moment, we stop and realize, “My God, that was something unbelievable I just witnessed!” as opposed to an announcer telling us what we just saw was a thrill. It’s more fun to figure it out on your own.

6) Bracket Contests

NCAA bracket contests represent everything sports gambling doesn’t. Sports gambling is illegal, March Madness contests aren’t, and there are reasons for that. NCAA bracket contests are all about equal opportunity. They give anyone who has any interest in college basketball a chance to participate in an important sporting event, whether they’re an avid college basketball encyclopedia of knowledge or just some woman who thinks the Syracuse uniforms are pretty. By entering March Madness selections, anyone can now be part of the college basketball team. Make that part of the “teamS”. Anyone who participates in an NCAA bracket tournament, no matter who their home team is, gets to instantly become a fan of 32 different teams. And, since money and pride are at stake, sometimes the interest in these teams supercedes that of whoever their particular school is that’s in the tournament. You might be watching your Missouri Tigers play a second-round game, but if that game isn’t as important as others on your brackets, then you’ll be spending more time checking the bottom of the screen for scores than you will be watching your team! Even President Obama showed off his March Madness Predictions before turning it in last year. It doesn’t get any purer than having the President of the United States participating in this annual all-American pastime.

7) Weekday afternoon contests

Atypicality in sports is always refreshing. And there’s no better example to an uncommon sighting in the sporting world than major college basketball games being played on a Thursday in the middle of the work and school day. First-round games in the NCAA Tournament are played and televised on weekday mornings and afternoons (Thursday and Friday) when most college basketball fans are at work or in class. Nothing wrong with that! Either you’ve got people taking off work or skipping class for some rare weekday afternoon fun, or you’ve got fans with the jitters all day checking their computers or calling friends for an update and score. It’s just as exciting finding out your school beat Virginia Commonwealth in the first round by 16 points from a passing fan in the office as it would have been sitting through the two-hour contest at a bar. Why? Because it’s an irregular sports fan experience! And you’ll be sure not to miss the game on Saturday!

8) True Amateurship

Yes, there are always suspicions of different schools handing out payments to different players in NCAA basketball, but outside of that, you don’t get a purer form of amateurship in America’s major sports. When watching the NCAA tournament, there is no background talk or thoughts of contracts, steroids, or player/coach feuds. College basketball always involves team play with nothing hanging over players’ or fans’ heads besides the desire to win. Keep in mind that many teams in the Tourney have a player or two who might be headed to the NBA the next season, but you wouldn’t know it as you see them lead their school on the postseason court. March Madness’ environment is so magical that these players are too consumed with the games to be concerned about anything else. That’s good for everyone.

How to Find the Best Sports

“The way to locate the top sports handicappers is to go online and locate a site that evaluates handicappers. Then look over a list of handicappers to find which handicappers have the best record for the sports you bet on.

Some handicappers specialize in evaluating college sports while others concentrate on the pros. Most handicapping experts specialize in evaluating one particular sport such as football or basketball. Others are generalists who will examine several different sports at once.

The way to determine which sports handicapper to utilize is to decide what sport you want to bet on. Then go online and evaluate several different handicappers to see which one has the best record of picking the winners in your favorite sport.

A good way to see what sports a handicapper specializes in is to take a close look at their website. Most of them will have a lot of material about the sport they concentrate on and little information about other sports.

A good method of evaluating handicappers is to simply visit their websites everyday for a few weeks and look at their picks. Don’t bet on the picks just look at the picks then compare with the results you see in the news or elsewhere. If the handicappers’ results are good then you can bet some money.

Comparing the statistics about handicappers can also help you choose a sports handicapper. The best services to utilize are the ones that pick a lot of best bets because they evaluate sports with an eye to betters. Those that pick a lot of winners, but not betters are more interested in team performance.

It is also a good idea to vary the handicappers that you use. Even if you’re happy with the service that you’re currently using it’s always a good idea to take a look at the competition. Simply take a look at what they are doing and the picks that they are making. This way you can see if it another service might be able to get you better returns on your bets.

It might also be a good idea to use different handicappers for different kinds of betting. Use one that specializes in college sports for your college sports betting services and one that specializes in football for your football bets. This way you can take advantage of specialized knowledge and expertise in your betting.

The major determinant of a handicapping service’s effectiveness will be your bottom line. If you’re winning a lot and making money your handicapper is doing their job. If you’re losing money it’s probably time to go looking for a new handicapper.

How To Pick The Best Kids Basketball

Basketball has always been a popular game among children, and it is therefore no surprise that yours wants to play it. Before they can actually participate in this amazing pastime, however, they will need to have the right hardware. The basketball and outfit are quite important, but did you ever think about the shoes? Many people overlook the importance of this accessory, but you do not need to fall into this trap.

The shoe governs how well the player can move and how comfortable they are during the game. Before you can choose any pair of shoes however there are things you will need to take into consideration. Obviously comfort is going to be a big concern and with that being the case, price should not be a huge concern. You won’t want to pick shoes by their price however! Have your child try on several different types of shoes and choose the one that they like best.

How durable is the shoe? Expensive shoes might be comfortable but that will not mean much if the bottom of the shoe peels off while they are on the court. You cannot really experiment with expensive shoes, so read customer reviews and talk to others who have played the sport. They will more than likely know which shoes work best on the court.

Does the shoe breathe well? This is a demanding game, and as such your child is probably going to sweat. That being the case, it is important to make sure the shoe breathes well. You may not notice the sweat at first, but it can weigh down your shoes and it may even become uncomfortable. This will affect the outcome of your game in ways you cannot even imagine. Do not subject your child to this!

Make sure the shoes are high enough to protect your child’s ankles. Ankle injuries are common in sports like this, and with that being the case you should make sure the shoes are just high enough for protection but not so high as to interfere with the game. When you visit your shoe store you will find plenty of shoes that may meet the needs of your child.

If you are buying a certain pair of shoes for the first time, be sure not to buy online. There is nothing wrong with online purchases, but it does help to know what you are buying before you actually buy it. If you find a shoe that you like from a brand that you trust, you can order online due to the fact that you already know the shoe.

These are a few things that you will need to know before you purchase any type of basketball shoes for your child. It won’t be long before they’re running across the court and scoring like never before. It will all be thanks to the shoes they wear and the skill you demonstrated when choosing them.

How to Persuade Youth Players in the USA That Soccer

Soccer is the most popular sport in almost every country in the world. That is unless you live in the USA where football, baseball and basketball are more popular. As a soccer coach the problem is therefore how to get youth players interested in playing soccer rather than the other sports.

Firstly we need to look at the reasons as to why other sports are more popular than soccer in the USA. One of the main reasons is spectator appeal. Local football, baseball and basketball are televised and promoted in every major city in the US. Young athletes watch this and associate with their heroes. Another reason is the money available in the professional game is much more in the American sports than in soccer. As a result, more young sports players aspire to earn their living with a high income in the American sports.

Not that soccer is a poor mans sport. Wages for soccer players around the world are now on the increase. For example 2 of the best soccer players in the world Christiano Ronaldo and Robinho are reported to be on $200, 000 and $320,000 per week respectively. David Beckham who plays for LA Galaxy is also high up there with the top soccer player earners. Although the interest in soccer is growing in the US among young sportsmen, the sport cannot compete as yet with the publicity, advertising and hype of the American sports.

The question is how to persuade young players in the US that soccer is the best sport to enter. Here are a few good reasons:

Soccer is a sport that any player can play and be successful in. As in football where physique and size is a major factor, in basketball where it is very advantageous to be well over 6 feet tall, any player can be successful in soccer no matter what size or physique a player has. Big and strong players can find positions as defenders, midfielders or forwards. Small players can find positions as forwards and wingers and develop skills to be successful in these positions. Slower players can also find positions, especially in midfield. There is a place for everyone who has the desire.

The involvement in the game is much greater in soccer than it is for other sports. In football there are so many stoppages in the game. Some players like the kickers may only have very limited involvement in the game. In soccer, even if your team does not have the ball, everyone has to hustle back to defend. Even the forwards have to defend from the front. Defenders when not defending have to support the midfield and forwards.

Soccer is very fast paced with almost continuous involvement. Basketball is probably the most similar of the American sports to soccer, the biggest difference being the size of the court to the field.

As well as speed, strength and stamina, skill is of the utmost importance in soccer thus producing an athlete with more rounded attributes. At youth level you will often find that youth soccer players often excel in the other American sports.

A good way to get youth athletes more interested in soccer is to get them watching high-class professional games on TV. The English Premier League is probably the best to watch as it is fast paced with a high skill level. Many of the best players in the world play in this league. There are several TV stations that show these games like Fox Sports World.

Also it would be good to get prospective youth soccer players to go to a few of their local college soccer games or semi pro games if there is a team in the area,

And then there is that magical feeling of scoring a goal with the goal celebration to follow. Soccer is certainly on the increase in the USA. The game produces leaders with more all round ability than the US sports. Success in soccer can lead to worldwide acclaim as players like Brad Friedel who plays in the English premier league has shown.

Best Sports in the World

As per a survey around the world, there are approximately 8,000 sports are listed which largely consist of physical and mental activities. Normally peoples are not familiar with all of these but they do know some of these sports. The major encyclopedia website Wikipedia has created a list of sports and reduced it to about 500 but this should also need to be more shorten so that people can make a good choice of a sport. As per a worldwide survey the most famous and heart winning sports of various nationalities that are celebrating consistently are listed and described below.

It is mainly depend on two things, one bat and the second ball. It is played between two teams each team have nine players. The goal of the game is to get runs by hitting the thrown ball with the bat and touching a series of four bases set at the corners of a ninety foot square. It is expecting that the first match of the baseball was official played in 1985.

In this game two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or shooting a ball to the basketball hoop with some specific rules of Basketball. A Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith had invented this game in 1891. Basketball has 400 million practitioners and 211 associated national federations.

Cricket is a bat and ball team sport. The cricket ground is oval formed also known as cricket field. At the center of the cricket field there is a rectangular 22 yards (20.12 m) long pitch that is the focal point of the game. A match is held between two teams containing eleven players each teams. One team bats at the pitch and try to scores the runs by hitting the ball while the other team balls and fields. Cricket was invented in England but the England cricket team has not achieved any big victory yet.

Extreme Sports
This game is a combination of various sports games that involves danger activities. These games include Snowboarding, Mountain boarding, Motorcycle rally, Free-diving, BASE jumping and etc. Most of the extreme sports produce thrill and serve as a spectacle for many sport enthusiasts. Extreme sports generally famous in youth of current era and they also enjoy in taking part in Extreme sports.

Football is the combination of two words one foot and the second ball means kicking a ball with foots in an attempt to score a goal. Football has 2 million followers and 97 affiliated national federations. Football has been derived from the English game of rugby. American football was started in 1879.

Golf is a stick (club) and ball sport. In golf golfers (golf players) uses various types of clubs to attempt to hit balls into each hole on a golf course. Golf does not need any regular playing area. Golf contest is usually played for the lowest number of strokes by an individual.

The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

However, there are still a few movies that went beyond stereotypical and thus, will be remember forever.


It’s almost automatic that when people talk about great sports movies, the first thing that comes to mind is Hoosiers. It’s your typical underdog story but with a lot more drama and a lot more improbabilities. The three key figures in the story is what makes the movie so intriguing. Norman Dale, the new coach with a troubled past and unconventional methods, Jimmy Chitwood, the star player that refused to play during the start of the season and Shooter Flatch, the town drunkard hired to be an assistant coach. Combine them together and you have a strange brew of underdogs who won a state championship in the process.

He Got Game

It’s easy to make a feel-good movie out of the sport of basketball. It has all the elements of what you’d want to expect: struggle, drama and a game-winning shot to end all misery. He Go Game on the other hand, truly separates itself from the drama of sports movies as it encapsulates the true human character. Directed by Spike Lee, it describes the struggles of Jesus Shuttlesworth, the top high school prospect in the country, with his recruitment process along with the presence of his paroled father. It’s an all-encompassing film and a great account into what goes behind the glory of being a talented basketball player.

The Rocky Series

Who would ever forget the immortal scene of Rocky Balboa running across the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and once on top, raising his hands in victory? Probably the most iconic of all sports movies, the Rocky series did not just etched the genre into remarkable heights. It also paved the way for the success of other sports movies. Whenever there was a struggle of some kind on movies, it almost became automatic that you would hear the song Eye of the Tiger on the background.

The Best Sports Betting Tips

You should be well aware that a lot of people all over the world are giving their best in every bet that they make in a certain sport. It can be any sport from basketball, boxing, golf, soccer, tennis, etc. There is nothing sure in sports betting and no one can ensure a win. However, it is best for you to know some important sports betting tips in order to win most of the time. Here are some ideas that you can ponder about before making that bet.

One of the most important things that you should keep in mind is to research before placing any bet. Through a deep research, you can have a wider idea of the possibilities and it is most likely for you to have a more reasonable decision. You can do your search over the internet. It is what the internet has been made for. You can find various facts there with regards to the parts itself and on how those match up will most likely end. As long as you will expand your research to any possibility, you will surely have a better bet.

Having a bookmaker is also one of the best sports betting tips that you should apply. Successful bettors prefer bookmakers that they can interact personally because having them online is just too risky and informal. However, some prefer those that offer services online because of comfort and the wide possibility of hiring one of the best on this field. There are several pros and cons with regards to this matter. There is no right or wrong in terms of this decision because you should pick one that suites your situation. If you want to place bets in a long period of time, make it certain that you choose wisely because you are bound to work with them in a long period of time.

You should also keep in mind that an underdog in a certain match is not something to overlook. Almost all of the bettors will focus on the one that is the crowd favorite. If they see that the said side is more popular or is the defending champion and is known to defeat any opponent, they will not bother to research further and gladly place their bet. You should also consider that having your bet in the underdog can lead you to great payouts. It might be very risky but if you did you research well and it turned out that the underdog have something on its sleeve, there is a big chance that you will win on this bet. Be sure to have a reliable source in your research and make it certain that the underdog have any chance of winning or else do not place your bet on him.