Sports, as an activity, has always been associated with a lot of seriousness, focus and dedication from the sportsman. Team sports as well as individual sports have the same amount of dedication and determination involved, that being the essence of champions and champion teams. True sportsmanship is a quality that people, and not just sportsmen, aspire to possess…on the playing field as well as in their respective personal lives.
But spots cannot be relegated only to the serious. These sportsmen at a number of times are the butt of jokes for their antics, their remarkably funny quotes or some bizarre activities that makes for some seriously funny sports news. It is amazing to watch a mind that is normally so strong, focused and channelized on the field just loose itself once off it. Sports news and other entertainment providers have a field day airing these events and we, as viewers have a good time watching them.
Funny sports news does not just consist of these funny antics but extends to some hilarious and sometimes bizarre sports competitions. There are some news providers who track down these seriously funny sports competitions an bring these to their viewers.
The Finnish people take their beer seriously and how! They have come up with a festival that is a walking competition with a twist. The all male participants have to cover a 253.5m long course covered with obstacles over land and water while carrying their wife on their back!! The winner receives a mobile phone and most importantly, the equivalent of his wife’s weight in beer!
The participants have to be careful of dropping or bouncing the wife as that includes a fine. Traditionally the participants had to be married to the woman, but in recent times any suitable female will do as long as she is above 17 years of age and weighs over 49 kg.
For the person in search of some action head to Pamplona in Spain for their annual event, the Running of the Bulls! This sport involves a bull chasing the vast number of participants through the narrow lanes of Pamplona for nearly a kilometer. The chase ends finally in the bullring where the bulls are left to fend for themselves. Every year the crowds go crazy during this event leading to some seriously funny moments.
For the compassionate who do feel a little revolted by the gory nature of the Running of the Bulls event comes a compassionate alternative. The Festival of San Fermin is commemorated each year with the ‘thrilling’ Running of the Nudes events. Quite similar to the Running of the Bulls, this event too demands people running through the winding streets of Pamplona; the only catch is that they are completely naked! A fitting reply, one can say, towards the barbarity involved in bullfights.
A boat race could hardly be called funny. But not the Henley on Todd Regatta, an annual sports event held in Alice Springs. The Alice Springs version of the very English Henley on Thames regatta involves boating all right, but on a dry river bed. This is so as Alice Springs has no active water body as it is very near Central Australia. This seriously funny sports event has been in the news for its large boats that have no bottom and sees the participants making a mad dash for the finish line running inside these hollow boats.
News programs have undergone a huge makeover in recent times. We saw the stiff collared, hair neatly parted men and women getting replaced by more vivacious and interactive anchorpersons. We also saw the news formats change; from people simply reading out of scripts to new presenters leading their own personality to the program. The formats became more detailed and segments became far more divided and comprehensive, each getting its share if air time and exposure. Television viewers adapted beautifully t this format, as they were the ones who got more information and comprehensive stories. News channels on the other hand, also looked out for ways to make the stories more informative and entertaining.
The digital age gave rise to a number of satellite channels that would compete against one another to get higher ratings and attract more viewers. In this effort, networks began to spread across the globe and alliances began to be formed. Current affairs, sports news, entertainment news, all began to get more comprehensive. People got to see all sorts of games and events from all across the world. Most of the sports news segment have been covered and dominated by few media companies such as ESPN, BBC Sports, Sky News and Fox Sports.
These networks have their correspondents and reporters covering any action that takes place in the world of sports; be it a live game, game report analysis, game statistics, player information, calendar of major sports events, sports functions etc. All the news related to the sports world is presented through these channels. Often these established channels too have to go through major makeovers to get to the top slot. In the recent times Sky Sports and Sky News has gone through such a major facelift. It changed the format of its shows, its studios as well as the music. It also included several attractive female news presenters and reporters to gain a wider reach into the masses.
As the internet has become as a reliable source of constant information, most of these news providers have also gone online giving its viewers the bandwidth to access information at all times. However, some news providers have gone on and taken news presenting to a different platform altogether. Now, one can see ‘naked news’ on the internet with simple applications such as QuickTime, RealPlayer and Windows Media Player.
This paid website enables its members to catch the news being read by naked presenters. This community allows members to catch all the interesting stories from the world of sports, entertainment, current affairs etc. These daily news reports and features are brought from all across the world and presented by attractive and beautiful celebrity models. Members also get to see the auditions of these presenters and also get access to the archives of the past programs that have been already aired. The latest sports programs that this channel has been covering are the soccer games in Italy. They have also been airing the auditions of the new naked news anchors.
Kent School is one of the best known co-educational private schools located in Kent in Connecticut, United States. Kent School dates back to 10906 when it was established by Reverend Fredrick Herbert Sill of the Episcopal Church. This school has students from all across the United States along with 30 other foreign countries. This school offers a curriculum that involves both academics and sports and gives equal importance to both these fields.
Kent School is one of the members of the Founders League and competes in 32 varsity sports categories. The school has 22 interscholastic sports and 56 interscholastic teams. More than one third of the student population of Kent School is known to participate in these sports activities. A number of students from Kent School have made news when they have gone on to play in Division I, II and III categories in college and University competitions.
Kent School has an established rowing team called the Kent School Boat Club. This club was founded in 1922 and has three varsity boats. The fourth boat participates in varsity boat races. They are also known to conduct spring training sessions that take place during the schools spring break. The Crew of this club has gone on to win several challenges including the Thames Challenge Cup.
They have been consistent in their success in this sport and have won five times during their participation at Henley. The Kent Girls Crew was founded in 1973 and this team too has been as successful as its counterpart. They won the competition at Henley in 2002 and have also won two National Championships along with several New England Championships
The schools arch rival in sports is the Loomis Chaffe School. Their long standing rivalry culminates each year in the annual Kent V/S Loomis day where both the schools participate in a numbers of sports challenges. Kent School has a very strong football team that has been the undisputed leader for six consecutive years in this challenge. The Kent school football team is also one of the first private American schools that will play internationally in the fall. They have been invited and sponsored by Global Football which is affiliated to the National Football League. The Kent Football team shall compete against the Danish National Junior Squad in an event that is to take place in London in an initiative to promote football.
Most of the success that Kent School has got in its athletic endeavors can be attributed to its excellent coaches. Most of the coaches stay on campus and have more opportunities of interacting with the students. This familiarity helps the coach to design coaching methods keeping the students in mind. The school also has great training facilities both for indoor and outdoor sports and a state of the art fitness centre. These facilities include 13 outdoor tennis courts, 13 playing fields, a cross country running course, a 25 yard, six lane, diving swimming pool, squash courts etc. To add to this is the 1200acre campus that includes the Appalachian Trail.
The history of sports gambling in the US dates back to the times when the founders took risks. Back then gamblers bet on cockfights, makeshift horse races and bare fist fights. Colonists and Pioneers that landed in the US from Europe and England in particular had betting in their veins as their ancestors gambled for generations. Therefore “sports betting” was a natural part and parcel of the early American culture.
Today it is obvious that sports betting activities are the rage all over the world. With the ease of online sports betting, it has made the sport all the more convenient and cheaper. Though in the past the sports betting segment was small, today it has permeated almost every facet of society.
Horse racing was popular in the 19th and early 20th Centuries and was enjoyed mostly by the upper class. But horse tracks began to appear after the Civil War and soon gamblers from all sectors of society flocked to these racing establishments. Bookies had a hold over the gambling population and they were setting odds on horses that increased the betting handle. Bookies would lower the odds on other horses to increase their attractiveness when there was a lot of money on a particular horse. By 1920s horse racing had reached a peak with more than 300 racetracks all over the US.
Professional baseball gained popularity in the late 1800s and “pool cards” came into use. The “Black Sox Scanal” which was “fixed” rocked the US and the public received a negative view of sports bettors. Though gambling was illegal most people considered sports gambling to be a harmless victimless crime. College football and basketball also gained popularity with bettors as baseball and boxing. Pool cards were as popular as ever even though the odds of these cards were in the bookie’s favor.
In most US cities, sports gambling activities were becoming a part of life and most youngsters were being exposed to the sports betting industry at a very early age. Some professionals have said, “Sports gambling was getting more popular than hot dogs!” Soon Leo Hirschfield started Athletic Publications that became the sports betting world standard for almost three decades.
Established in 1930 this company set lines in sports events and distributed them to bookmakers in the nation via the telegraph or telephone He also published sports information that helped bookies produce better lines and gamblers make better decisions. The publication that was most popular was The Green Sheet. He was legitimate even though his customers were illegal bookies.
Sports’ gambling was finally legalized in Nevada in the year 1931 and the state’s financial situation which was in dire straits at that time, changed drastically. Legalized boxing and sports gambling activities made it a hot spot for tourists and this changed its economic condition for the better.
A resolution was passed in 1951 by the Congress that imposed a 10% tax on every sports bet. New regulations allowed the bookies to come out of the dark and work openly. Turf clubs were the first legal sports books in Nevada and they were sometimes called “sawdust” rooms. In 1980s Roxborough became a major part of sports gambling and ushered in the technology that revolutionized sports gambling.
Online gambling in sports events has captured the interest of most gamblers in the world. In spite of gambling on sports activities being illegal in most states of the US, except for a few states like Nevada and Montana, sports gambling is most popular with the Americans. Gambling in sports has been made very easy with the advent of the internet. Online gambling can be done from the comfort of one’s home. There are scores of efficient sportsbooks that offer their services at the numerous sports gambling sites.
Gambling in sports activities has been around in the US since the 1920s. As long as there have been sports from the traditional baseball and football games to cockfighting and bare fist boxing, there have always been “bookmakers” on the sidelines taking and making bets. It is of great importance that the gambler finds out all the gambling laws and legality of sports betting before he places his bets online. Nobody wants to be on the wrong side of the law, hence it is prudent to find out the legal issues that concern sports gambling before placing bets.
Online gambling in sports is also exciting and fun. In fact, it is cheaper, time and energy saving. One does not have to travel long distances to the racetrack or casino. The only thing is that the gambler (especially if he is a novice or a beginner) has to update his gambling knowledge and information so as to make informed decisions.
This is relatively easy as there is a wealth of information, technical know-how and data that is available on the net. Apart from this, sports betting guides are also available that give valuable information like statistics, strategies and methods, and reviews of sportsbooks that help the gambler make a wise choice. Weaknesses and strengths of sportsbooks are revealed through guides, reviews and articles so that one can easily assess the honesty, reliability and trustworthiness of a particular sportsbook before choosing to place bets through it.
Other factors that are important are whether a sportsbook has a reputation of fast and quick/timely payouts. Many sportsbooks offer free bonuses, promotion offers, and customer services that are round-the-clock to lure clients. Whether they really are what they say they are, is another matter. Testimonials and reviews by experts and professionals who have had their experiences with particular sportsbooks are therefore valuable and one can make a good selection based on them.
Gambling in sports activities is both fun and thrilling but it also has a dark side to it. This activity can soon become an addiction. It is therefore imperative to know when you have crossed the line. Addiction is a serious condition and a compulsive need. Many gamblers are in denial about their condition, therefore it is important to have a reality check. There are many clues and hints as to whether you have crossed over from being a person who just gambles for the fun, excitement and thrill of the game to a gambling addict. This addiction has dangerous repercussions on the family as well and needs to be treated.