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Sport Teaches Us

January 24, 2020 | Articles, Blog | 2 Comments

Sport Teaches Us


Sport teaches us. When we train, it teaches us to dream. When we struggle, it teaches us determination. When we win, it teaches us joy. And if we lose, sport teaches us the will to try again. Sport teaches us who we really are. Who can benefit most from this lesson? Those of us who are told most frequently that we can’t. Those of us who are labeled most often by others. Those of us who are judged most unfairly and told that we are this or that. Sport teaches people who they really are and we teach people sport. We’re Special Olympics. Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968, we provide millions of athletes with intellectual disabilities in more than 170 countries the opportunity to experience all the empowering benefits of sport, with over 44,000 competitions a year and World Games every two years. And though it all starts with sports, Special Olympics is much more. We’re a network of families who share information, understanding and support. We’re Special Olympics Healthy Athletes, the largest provider of free health services for people with intellectual disabilities. We’re volunteers and builders of communities, reaching and helping people who would otherwise be forgotten in some of the most neglected areas of the world. We’re bridge builders, helping to forge relationships and acceptance between our athletes and young people without intellectual disabilities, teaching them to become leaders in their own right. We’re champions and advocates for learning, research and policy changes across the globe. Most importantly, we’re also a catalyst for social change. Because once you see what our athletes are capable of, you start to lose your preconceptions. So sport teaches people who they really are and we teach people sports, but in the end, it’s really they who teach us all. Special Olympics. Be a fan.

Top 5 Nastiest Rivalries in Sports – EXPLAINED!


Ninh explains the Top 5 Nastiest Rivalries
in All of Sports Everyone has witnessed some heated rivalries
in their favourite sports. But there are some that are more than just
mutual disdain. In some cases, these particular rivals go
out of their way to hurt their opponents in one form or another. Here are the top 5 nastiest rivalries in all
of sports. #5 Most of the NHL. In a sport where fighting is tolerated and
vicious hits encouraged, it’s no surprise that many teams have a problem with each other. Whenever a rivalry happens, tensions are high
and martial justice is doled literally every few seconds. So who hates each other in the NHL? How about Ottawa/Toronto, Toronto/Montreal,
Montreal/Boston, New York Rangers/Boston, New York Islanders/Boston, EVERYBODY/Boston,
Chicago/Detroit, Detroit/Colorado, Washington/Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh/Philadelphia and most notably:
all 32 teams and Gary Bettman. Just turn the TV onto any NHL game and you’ll
most likely find a team playing someone they absolutely hate. #4 The State of Origin
It’s state vs state. Mate vs Mate. The State of Origin is a series of annual
exhibition rugby league games played between players from NSW and Queensland in Australia. This results in the unique scenario of teammates
of a professional team going up against each other in the State of Origin. What’s so bad about the State of Origin? Well apart from the two areas of Australia
vying for rugby supremacy – it’s basically a brawl disguised as a rugby game. The whole MO is to basically hurt your opponents
as much as possible and pretend that you’re actually playing by the rules. Vicious tackles, punches thrown and pummeling
anyone that’s wearing a different coloured jersey, is basically the bread and butter
skill of these games. And this results in … well, it results in
something like this. And it’s fantastic. #3 Galatasaray vs Fenerbace
What happens when most of Turkey supports one of two football teams? And then what happens when both teams are
the most successful in the country, mostly winning their titles and cups against their
direct rival? You get this fixture. What makes this nasty isn’t necessarily
the play on the field, but the fans off it. The Turkish people are masters of intimidating
opposing players and fans. Whether it’s through fireworks, fancy displays,
chanting mercilessly at opposing players in their hotel rooms or just trying to murder
you in the street. Crowd violence and fans being stabbed or killed
for wearing the wrong shirt is quite normal and this has unfortunately resulted in opposing
fans not being able to enter their rivals stadium. They call Galatasaray’s stadium ‘hell’
for a reason. #2 India vs Pakistan
Cricket is usually seen as a gentlemen’s game. But not when these two are concerned. It’s no secret that India and Pakistan absolutely
hate each other, and the political tensions of the two countries are certainly well documented. Rather than go at war with each other (again),
they fight each other on the cricket pitch instead. There’s a political agenda every time these
two teams meet, and should they experience defeat, the player’s lives are at risk from
extremists threatening to kill them if they lose. It’s gotten so bad, that the Indian Government
has prohibited their own players from going into Pakistan for fear of their cricketers
being murdered. Lots of intimidation between players, dirty
behavior, questionable tactics and plenty of sweet chin music, all to get an edge to
win the game. And the pressure to win this particular fixture
is biblical. Ticket requests for this fixture far surpass
any other, and when they faced each other during the 2011 World Cup in India, a 1/5th
of the world’s population tuned in to watch. Should they ever meet in an actual World Cup
final, I guarantee you that all hell will break loose. #1 Boca Juniors vs River Plate. The nastiest rivalry by far is between Argentina’s
two most popular and successful football teams. Boca Juniors & River Plate. They’re both based in the same city, and
similar to the Galatasary vs Fenerbace rivalry, most of the country supports either one or
the other. Players fear for their lives and take their
own safety into their own hands, because the fans, are complete animals that are seriously
out of control. These fans routinely throw flares and objects
at opposing players (including sometimes human excrement) and in a couple of famous cases,
they use pepper spray and tear gas to try and injure the players as they’re walking
out onto the field. That’s just the fans, who by the way, also
have a penchant of stabbing each other in the street. And I’ve not even started about the foul
play on the field. It’s pretty nasty to watch. The fixture is so dangerous for both players
and spectators, that matches are heavily enforced by police and in the famous case of the 2018
Copa Libertadores, they had to abandon the match and play it 6,500 miles away in Spain
because it became too dangerous to play the game in Argentina. Honorable mention goes to the Red Sox vs Yankees
rivalry, the two cities generally don’t like each other and neither do their baseball
teams. Rangers vs Celtic – the Glasgow rivalry
that’s started with a difference of religion and now they hate each other just because
it’s fun. And the Ohio State Buckeyes vs the Michgan
State Wolverines, though it’s been pretty one sided recently. These are what I believe to be the nastiest
rivalries in sports. And I could have mentioned more, but what
do you think? Do you think there are any that are nastier? Have you experienced more hatred than this? Let me know in the comments section below
and remember to like share and subscribe. Obviously. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

Quick Recovery Test | Firstbeat Sports

January 22, 2020 | Articles, Blog | No Comments

Quick Recovery Test | Firstbeat Sports


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The Rules of Flickerball – THE WORST SPORT EVER INVENTED!


Ninh explains, the Rules of Flickerball.
The object of the game is to score more points than the opposing team.
The game is played on a field that’s …. Erm … it can be any size field?
That can be of any size, and is played between two teams of … and there can be any number
of players? A minimum of two players per team. The ball
used in Flickerball can be an American Football, a soccer ball, a rugby ball, a dodgeball … basically
any ball will do. The game starts with a jump ball. The team
that receives the ball must only pass backwards or laterally initially. There are two ways
to move the ball towards the goal. You may move only three steps forward with
the ball, or be in possession of the ball whilst moving backwards or sideways for a
maximum of 5 seconds. After 5 seconds, you must either pass to a teammate or shoot the
ball towards the goal. To score points you must throw the ball into
the goal. These goals are situated at opposite ends of the field, and are 6ft above the ground.
They’re basically a piece of plywood with a hole cut out of the middle. I shit you not.
If you cannot afford a piece of plywood, using a stolen tire from your nearest ghetto is
acceptable. If you successfully shoot the ball into the
hole, this is a goal and is worth 2 points. And, if you miss the hole, but hit the plywood
surround – this is worth 1 point. The game is played in either one 40 minute
period, or two 20 minute halves. Highest score at the end of time, wins.
That’s not so bad? Well, sadly the rules get more complicated.
Any attempt at shooting at the goal results in the ball being awarded to the other team.
Whilst you are allowed to pass the ball to a teammate, if a pass is incomplete and not
caught, the ball is awarded to the other team. If a pass is deflected by a member of the
opposing team, it’s a free ball and anyone can take possession of it.
You cannot pass or shoot the ball in the free throw lane, which is apparently this area
here. If the ball leaves the area of play, the ball
is awarded to the team who did not touch it last.
Flickerball is designed to complicated. Flickerball is designed so that rules are
more important than the actual game itself. Flickerball is designed to be no fun whatsoever.
Flickerball is designed to suck. Designed. To Suck.
So why on earth would you play this game? The US Air force uses flickerball as a military
training exercise. They use it to evaluate cadets in stressful, confusing and high pressure
situations. All of which are present in this game due to its complicated rules, odd structure
of play, and the lack of consistency in both the rules and the format. Every move you make
on the field, is being evaluated by your superiors and should you suck at the sport that sucks,
this will reflect badly in your evaluations. No pressure then.
There’s just a few other things you’ll need to know before playing or watching Flickerball.
For example. Fouls.
Flickerball is a no contact sport, and these are considered as fouls.
Should you break one of the rules, a free throw is awarded to the other team at the
spot of the foul. Even swearing and protesting calls are considered
as fouls. Fuck. Heckling.
Members of the team who aren’t on the field (and any spectators watching) are allowed
to hurl abuse towards the players. This results in harsh American insults such as …
The players are not allowed to retaliate, doing so will result in a foul and the ball
is awarded to the other team. Variations.
Flickerball is not consistently played by the same rules across America. Each region
of the United States has its own variation of the rules. Some play with a three point
line, some play where they can only pass backwards or sideways and
…. Okay this is crazy. I’m not doing anymore. I should have renamed this video. Ninh can’t
explain: the Rules of Flickerball. Actually, yes I can – I just did. Ninh won’t explain
the Rules of Flickerball … because this sport is just shit stupid.
If you do like this kind of video where I’m ripping the crap out of stuff, let me know
in the comments section below. Special shout out to my guy Spencer Kassimir
for introducing me to this hilariously awful sport. Follow the guy on Twitter and if you
have actually enjoyed this video – please be sure to like share and subscribe. It really
does take me ages to make one of these things and good karma is very much appreciated.
Follow me on Twitter also and share this video on Reddit, but in the meantime …. Enjoy
Flickerball? Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

Legends Start Here with Lifetouch Sports

January 18, 2020 | Articles, Blog | 1 Comment

Legends Start Here with Lifetouch Sports


Mother to daughter: “So we’re going to
shop before picture day.” Photographer: Hey, how’s it going?
Kid: “Good.” Photographer: “Turn towards the light, nice
and tall. Lean forward just slightly. Just like that.”
Photographer: “Just raise that up a little bit. Pop it forward a little more and we’re
going to tip the head in a little that way. Feel it right there… good. Turn the nose
toward me, a little tilt. Drake Kilber: “It was really quick and easy
the photographer was just a joy to be around.” Photographer: “Turn slightly, and chin up.”
Photographer: “Hands not too intense… easy buddy.”
Photographer: “Hi.” Girl: “Hi.”
Photographer: “Wait for it.” “Good.” Sam Alleven: “And it’s just that rush
before the gun starts on the races.” Jade Bryant: “I like Karate; I’ve been
working really hard to get my green stripe.” Photographer: “And Action.”
Photographer: “Right Here” Photographer: “Grab it like that though,
boom!” Margaret Holmes: “I like playing soccer
in the summer with all of my teammates.” Photographer: “Eyes here; chin down a little
bit.” Kiley Jensen: “I love racing and the practices
where I can spend time with my friends.” Two little kids: “Legends start here Lifetouch
Sports, hyaaah!” Baseball team: “Legends start here.”
Girl Cheerleader: “Legends start here.”


Ninh explains, The Worst Fan Giveaways in
Sports. Ah sports teams – they’ll do anything
to try and entice you into their stadiums, and that includes giving away free stuff.
Now, I like stuff, especially if it’s free. But some teams really shouldn’t bother because
they don’t get the concept of trying to make people actually come back to the stadium
to watch more games. These are some of the worst fan giveaways
you’ll ever see. Zim-bear – Tampa Bay Rays.
Imagine a teddy bear that had sexual relations with Don Zimmer, the stony faced manager of
the Tampa Bay Rays – and you get this, the ZimBear. This creepy monstrosity was an actual
giveaway in 2012, and you’d think that no-one would actually take one of these things home
because of the … you know … weirdness and all. But people actually liked the damn
thing and it was so successful, they repeated the same promotion a month later. Those people
in Tampa must really hate the crappy play on the field if they came back TWICE just
for a creepy little teddy bear. School folders, Toledo MudHens
Minor league baseball is jam packed full of stupid giveaways. And the Mudhens are no exception.
I have no idea why they decided to give away paper-based school folders. But you don’t
get just one school folder, no no no, you get three – which demonstrates the sheer
generosity (or stupidity) of the Mud Hens marketing department. Seriously guys, why? Circular Seat Cushions, Toronto FC
To celebrate the inaugural game of Toronto’s brand-new MLS team, each fan in attendance
was given a commemorative seat cushion. ‘That’s a pretty good gift’, I hear you say. But,
when Danny Dichio scores their first ever goal – those seat cushions became oversized
frisbees that littered the entire field. And it took forever for the ground staff to clear
them out of the way. Funnily enough, Toronto FC has never given away seat cushions ever
again. Similar incidences have happened to Florida
Panthers with plastic rats, and hockey hard hats from the Chicago Blackhawks. Good ideas
in theory, but … Wise men bobble heads – Nashville sounds
Bobble heads are a common giveaway and if it’s of a cool player, it’s actually kinda
collectable. But I think the promotional team at the Nashville Sounds have been smoking
the ganja, because they decided to make bobbleheads of the three wise men – even though nobody
knows what they actually look like – if they even existed at all. And to make matters
worse, they gave them away … in July. 5 months before Christmas. Toiletry bags – Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs really hit a low point in 2013 where their game night promotion was giving away
toiletry bags. Not those fancy ones that you buy in a shop of course, the ones that you
typically find at any international airport. That they give away. For free. To every passenger
that walks through it’s terminals. Well, at least you won the world series recently,
so you can use that to make people forget about your terrible promotions – I guess. Mike Trout Fish Hat – LA Angels.
Mike Trout has an interesting last name … I know, let’s cash in on it? Yes, the Angels
marketing department gave away hats in the shape of trouts and I don’t know who in
their right mind wore this outside of the stadium, but you can still find them on eBay
from time to time. Unfortunately, none of these sellers ship to England. Which is a
shame, because I was planning on wearing this at my upcoming wedding. 10 cent beer night. Cleveland Indians.
10c for a beer, that’s fantastic! And you could buy 6 at a time?! What’s the worst
that could happen? Apart from fans getting so drunk off cheap beer that they fought each
other, vomited everywhere, ran onto the field, stole the bases and rioted to the point where
the game was eventually abandoned, you mean? In hindsight, it was a complete disaster,
but hey at least the beer was cheap. A bag of shit – Seattle Mariners.
In 2011 – the Mariners were on some kind of green phase and their most notable contribution
to saving the environment? Giving away bags of soil for the first 5,000 fans to enter
Safeco Field. Yay, compost, that’ll make a great valentine’s day gift. Nothing says
I love you more than a literal bag of crap that you got from a ballpark. Bubble Wrap – Altoona Curve
The undisputed kings of giving away garbage gifts is the Altoona Curve Baseball team.
In fact, they actually do it on purpose. Some of their ‘wonderful’ giveaways include
useless squares of bubble wrap – which wasn’t big enough to protect anything you send in
the mail. And photographs of removed gallbladders. You know, just because every baseball fan
needs to see what a removed gall bladder looks like. How much do I not want to go to an Altoona
Curve game, right about now? Urine Cups – Vero Beach Devil Rays.
As part of an anti-doping promotion in 2008, the Vero Beach Devil Rays gave away 200 pee
cups to the first 200 fans in attendance. I’m not actually sure what the fans did
with those cups and I don’t know what’s actually worse. Giving away the urine cups
in the first place, implying that those first 200 fans are on steroids like McGwire, or
only being able to afford just 200 cups. A funeral – Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
In 2013, the IronPigs were having a ‘celebrate life’ promotion … and they commemorated
this by giving away a bloody funeral. Yes, one lucky fan walked away from the ballpark
with an all expenses paid trip to a hole in the ground or really hot oven of their choice.
It sounds kinda kooky, but I’d still take that over a bag of soil and a Mike Trout Fish
hat any day of the week. Have you been to a sports event and received
a really crap gift? Was it worse than any of these? As always, like, share and subscribe
and let us all know in the comments section below, so that we can have some of these “marketing
executives” fired for their gross ineptitude. Ninh Ly – @NinhLyUK – www.ninh.co.uk