Sport Club

October 28, 2011
by Gareth Gibbs
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Growth in Darts

Whether you enjoy darts in a more relaxed atmosphere, or have recently jumped on the darts bandwagon, it can be agreed upon that the sport has grown exponentially the past few years. I have been attempting to understand why this has occurred, but the only answer that I have been able to come up with so far is that it has a lot to do with the internet. It is undeniable that the internet provides us with a wealth of information that pertains to a variety of different sources. For this reason, it is quite understandable why such a sport as darts has taken off recently. You have sites, fan clubs, and access to videos that you did not have before. This leads to more education on the sport, which, in turn, sparks more interest. Continue Reading →

October 28, 2011
by Gareth Gibbs
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A Salute to Cheltenham

Nestled in Gloucestershire is a little place that is referred to as Cheltenham. While some of you may have been there for business, pleasure, or by accident, the name Cheltenham is well known around the world. The reason is not what many may think. Sure the city is beautiful, the people are welcoming, and the employment is good, but the reason that so many people know of Cheltenham is for their football league. Those that follow football in Europe tend to be dedicated to the sport, investing time, money, and effort into every game. The fans that are located in Cheltenham, or follow the league from a distance, are of a different sort. They are perhaps the most dedicated of fans that I have ever come across, which becomes evident if you ever step foot into a pub on game night. The walls shake when they cheer, and the floor resembles a trampoline when they score a goal. I can say with confidence that this is true, as I have been there several times for work and I have visited these pubs during game nights. While season games are exciting, I can only imagine what happens during the playoffs. The place must be a madhouse. Continue Reading →

October 28, 2011
by Gareth Gibbs
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Cricket, Research Required

Although cricket is, or has been, the national sport of many countries throughout history, its following is still as strong as ever. You have more than likely heard stories about how long some of the games can last, and this can be a deterrent for many looking to get into the sport. Yet, because of the games structure, there are shorter games available. If you are looking for information pertaining to the rules and regulations, there is an abundance of literature at your disposal online. You have the ability to search for teams, events, and rules pertaining to this very interesting sport. While you could take a more physical approach to understanding cricket, I would not advise you to jump right into it. The game has complex rules that require some background knowledge of the sport first. Therefore, unless you are in the company of someone that is familiar with cricket, you should do some research first. Continue Reading →

October 27, 2011
by Gareth Gibbs
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Funny Football Superstitions

Football is arguably the most ridiculous sport there ever was. Not the sport itself, that is, as it’s a fairly standard ballgame, but the wealth of culture, counter-culture, behaviour and superstition that surrounds the game, not the mention the wealth itself. Here’s a few funny ones to set the ball rolling: Continue Reading →

October 27, 2011
by Gareth Gibbs
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Rugby Tackling Tips

One of the last things said to me before I played my first game of rugby was my PE teacher say “oh, one my thing, boys – be careful; you can break your back in this game.” That really didn’t help my enthusiasm, to say the very least. But rugby doesn’t have to be a dangerous sport; if you learn how to respect your opponents with proper gentlemanly conduct, and they do the same for you, then you have little to fear. Here’s a few pointers on learning to tackle in a safer and more effective way: Continue Reading →

October 25, 2011
by Barry Green
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Horse Racing Superstitions

The second I finished typing that word, my head was filled by the Stevie Wonder track, ‘Superstition’, which isn’t a bad thing at all. On that topic, horse racing and horses in general carry a whole new world of superstitious practices and bizarre rituals. Here a few highlights:

In popular horse racing myth, it’s believed that it’s possible to determine the sex of a pregnant mare’s unborn foal. The ritual itself seems to carry little relevance to anything, though it does mirror the typical method of human birth gender divination; tying a nail to a hair from the mare’s tail, you can determine the gender of the foal by examining its swing pattern. A circular pattern indicates a filly, a straight one, a colt. No movement means it’s a false alarm. However, much like the human method, it’s surprising how little movement is needed in order to manipulate the movement of the pendulum, so it’s likely that many of these divinations were performed by charlatans.

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October 20, 2011
by Gareth Gibbs
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My First Experience With American Sports

I’m the sort of person that absolutely loves to travel, so this summer when my brother in law invited me and the wife to stay at his house in America, I wasn’t going to turn it down! Pete lives in New York City, which is somewhere that I have always wanted to visit. He moved there about five years ago, and we have been planning a visit since he first arrived, but you know how it goes- one thing piles up on top of another and you never get round to actually getting where you want to go. Continue Reading →

October 19, 2011
by Gareth Gibbs
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Common Tennis Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Though tennis is seen to be as something of a gentlemen’s or ladies’ sport, you’re still just as likely to fall foul of any injury as you are in a game of football or rugby. After all, the ball is smaller, lighter and harder than a football, plus it travels a lot faster, exerting far more pressure on impact than a football would. Smashing a tennis ball into someone’s face, or worse places, is only going to result in tears, even in grown men. Sadly enough though, no matter how careful you actually are with playing the game, there’s always a chance that you’re going to hurt yourself or your opponent. It’s the same principle as being a ‘safe driver’; it doesn’t actually matter how safe a driver you are – if someone hits you, you’re still in an accident. Watch and learn from the professionals when they warm up before Wimbledon. If you’re keen on tennis betting, watch and learn how these guys make sure that they’ve warmed up properly before the game to avoid ruining your wager! Continue Reading →

October 19, 2011
by Gareth Gibbs
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Tennis and Yoga

Tennis and yoga? What’s going on here!? Yeah, I don’t exactly blame you for your reaction but believe me, there have been some interesting developments in the current trend of blending sporting activities with yoga. For those of you who aren’t too in the know about yoga, it’s a meditational form of exercise that focuses on stretching parts of the body that aren’t normally moved in that position to allow the muscles to be exercised in unusual ways, thus freeing any built up ‘negative energy’. It just so happens that tennis seems to be the best sport of them all to blend with yoga. It all happened when tennis superstar Andy Murray found out that his coach is also, in fact, some kind of yoga guru. There’s probably a special word of whatever that is, but yoga has its own strange and difficult language, so I’m going to leave it out for now. Continue Reading →