Helpful Tips When Attending an Autograph Signing

* Bring items to get signed

* Bring your own pens – always bring the type of pen you want signed, usually a black/blue sharpie or black/blue ballpoint pen. All of the sports gatherings events will have pens readily available for the players to sign; however, there are times when the ink will run out. If you let the players borrow your pen, you never know what good will come out of it. (Thank You to Laura for this tip)

* Bring water and snacks (note that at many of the fanfests and conventions, they do not allow either to be brought inside), but if you are going to a caravan, at least bring water and some munchies

* Bring an ipod/mp3 player – at these events, you’ll want to keep yourself busy. Yes, you can talk, but you can only talk for so long. Sometimes you just want to listen to some music.

* Bring a family member and/or friends – most of the time, the autographs are one per person, but if you bring a buddy or family member, you can split up. It might not help so much with friends, but it will certainly help if the memorabilia stays in the family.

* Bring a backpack to store your baseball memorabilia such as trading cards you want signed, baseballs, mini helmets, hockey pucks, etc.

* Bring money – at many of these fanfests, conventions, and caravans, they have tables set up with dealers that sell trading cards, signed and unsigned memorabilia, among other things

* Get there early – some of the fanfests and conventions have strict policies on when you can start lining up, some do not and actually require you to stay in line to get autograph tickets. The caravans are a completely different beast in that most caravans offer free autographs for players that are not only up and coming prospects, but superstar players. For caravans, it is highly recommended you get there at least 2 hours prior and start waiting in line.

* Wear comfortable…everything. You will be waiting in line either way.

* Bring a seat or a bucket – if you don’t mind what others think of you.

* Bring a camera – if you bring a camera, you will take at least one picture guaranteed.

* Scout local bars and lobbies before and after the event because the fanfest or convention usually takes place in a hotel.



Adventure Tours in India – The Latest Holiday Trend

Unity in diversity is the adage we have been observing for centuries now. India is truly a magnanimous nation with multitudes of varied cultures. Indian topography, just like the culture and language, is varied and vibrant. Adventure tourists do not need to trot the globe to find the perfect adventure destination, India offers a great potential for adventure tourism

The diverse and vast country of India offers ample opportunities for adventure sports. There are many fascinating destinations in this country which are very popular among tourists and adventure enthusiasts from all over the world. There is great potential for adventure tourism in this country. Jungle expedition, mountaineering, white water rafting and water sports are attractions which appeal adventurous tourists to embark on adventure tours in India. Have a look at some popular destinations which are internationally famous for adventure sports.

Shimla: The capital city of Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. Blessed with fantastic beauty of nature and having delightful climate it is fondly described as the Queen of the Hill Stations. It is a great destination for nature lovers, summer vacationers, cultural enthusiasts, honeymooners and of course adventurous enthusiasts. Located in the foothills of the Great Himalayas the city offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities. You can try out adventurous pursuits like trekking, hiking, mountaineering, paragliding, skiing, fishing, golfing and ice-skating among other adventure sports.

Manali: Located in Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. It is an adventure enthusiasts’ paradise. The thick forest, gorgeous valleys, fast-running rivers and magnificent snow-cover mountain peaks in Manali make it very popular among adventure sport lovers. Skiing, heli-skiing, mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking, hiking, paragliding, hot-air-ballooning, jeep safari, mountain biking, white water rafting, camping, etc are some adventure sports that can be enjoyed during Manali adventure tours in India.

Garhwal & Kumaon: Garhwal and Kumaon region in Indian state of Uttarakhand is also a popular destination for adventure tourism.

It is home to some of the most exciting trekking trails. It is trekkers’ paradise. Mountaineering, rock climbing, river rafting, camping, etc are other adventurous activities that can be enjoyed in Garhwal & Kumaon region.

Ladakh: Ladakh, sandwiched between the great Himalayan and the Karakoram mountain ranges, is an exotic region located in the northernmost Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. It has been one of the most sought after destinations for adventure tourism in India. Trekking in Himalayas, hiking, skiing, white water rafting, mountain climbing, frozen river trekking, camping, cycling, rock climbing, motor biking, jeep safari, etc are attractions for Ladakh tour packages designed for adventure tourism. A large number of adventure enthusiasts from all over the world embark on Ladakh tours in India to try out some of the best adventure sports.



Ping Pong, My Favorite Sport

Most of us love outdoor games and recreation. Basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, you name it. But if you are interested in playing without having to go out of doors, then ping pong or table tennis is for you.  It has the same basics with tennis but instead of playing in the court, you are playing it on a green table. The net is the boundary between you and your opponent.  The aim of the game is to toss the ball towards the area of your opponent and it should touch down on his or her table and he or she has to hit it back to your side of the table to create a steady game. The score is up to 12. When a player fails to hit it and toss it back  means a score to his or her opponent. If the ball hits the net, the player who tosses it towards the net losses his move.

A ball that hits the edge is considered foul. The game just goes on and on and the first player to score 12 or Love, a ping pong term, wins the game. As you play, you are unknowingly disciplining yourself, your hand most of all as you maneuver your strokes so that the ball stays inside the play area. Because in table tennis, the table has a limited space, you have to be extra alert on where your ball will land, thus disciplining your stroke and your strength as well. 

Ping pong or table tennis is quite an enjoyable sport. Anyone can play the game. It is best when the weather prevents you from going outdoors. Why not take up ping pong and play it indoors? Whenever day to day stress seem too much to bear and you just want to loosen up, get up, grab that handy racket and head to your green table with someone for a healthy, relaxing game of ping pong.



Outdoor Backpack Buying Tips

Buying an outdoor backpack can be a challenging task. There are various sizes, colors, shapes and of course brands and qualities. So how do you determine which outdoor backpack is best suited for your needs? This article will help you with that by giving you some tips what to look for when you want to purchase one.

The first thing you should look at is where you are going to use the backpack for. Outdoor backpacks come in so many specialized designs, there are hiking backpacks,fishing backpacks,backpacks for water sports and so on. These different backpacks all have their own functionality but you may not need all of those extras. If for example you need an outdoor backpack for a day trip, you don’t need one that can carry a tent or a sleeping bag and also probably don’t need a lot of storage space so a smaller day pack would be fine. When on the other hand you need a backpack to go on a weekend hiking trip, you Will need the space to carry all the necessary items along. If your outdoor activities bring you close to water like kayaking or rafting, it’s wise to look at a more waterproof outdoor backpack. So determine the usage of the backpack as well as the environment you are going to use it in.

Also look at how many times a year you will use the backpack. If it’s for a one time event, a lower quality backpack might be fine,but when you use it more often you’re going to have a lot more fun buying a good quality backpack. This will cost you more but certainly is worth the money.

It is very important that you buy a backpack that fits you well. There is nothing more frustrating then being on an outdoor trip and having back pain or a sore shoulder because your backpack isn’t the right size or adjusted to your body. So it’s better to look for an outdoor backpack that has adjustable straps that you can adjust to your length and body measurements. Look for the backpacks that have a waist band. The waist band will take the weight of your back and let you carry it on your hips. Make sure you adjust the waist band tightly around your hips and after that adjust your shoulder straps. Again, a correctly adjusted outdoor backpack can save you a lot of back pain.

Backpacks also come with a lot of different compartments. If you go on a longer hiking trip you may want to have a compartment for a handheld gps, or for your cell phone that is easily accessible. If you carry your tent and sleeping bag along you may want to look at easy storage compartments that are accessible through zippers on top and bottom of your backpack. This comes in handy when you need an item that is stored on the bottom of your backpack so you don’t need to empty the whole backpack to get to it, but simply open the bottom zippers. When you are hiking in a more challenging dry, hot environment you may want to look for an outdoor backpack that has a hydration pack included. This is a build in water tank that enables you to drink out of a attached water tube without using your hands or holding a water bottle. Also a good backpack for   mountain  biking or other  sports  activities.

When you buy your outdoor backpack it’s important that you take your time. If you buy a good quality backpack it will last a very long time and it will be your closest buddy on your outdoor trip. Good luck in your search and have a great outdoor adventure!



Weight Training – Advantages And Disadvantages

Weight training is a great way to get your whole body in shape. Many people associate weight training with your upper body and arms. However if you have the right equipment then you can easily exercise the lower part of your body, such as your chest and legs. You may think to yourself that everything about using weights is an advantage. However there are disadvantages to using weights and all the advantages and disadvantages will be described below.

One of the advantages of using weights to work out is the way that you can strengthen your whole body. We all know that weights are used by the person using them standing still and then performing an action using the weights. This action can be moving your arms up and down or side to side. If you are not the type of person that likes to partake in running, swimming or any other kind of real life sport, then weights is the perfect solution to keeping your body toned and in great shape.

Another advantage of using weights to keep fit is when you are using these weights and your body is standing still. Your bones in your body are becoming active as they are trying to support you as you are doing the exercises. So you are in effect working out the entire body every time that you use weights to exercise.

There are disadvantages to using weights for exercising and the main disadvantage is safety. You should never exercise with weights alone. You should always have a supporter with you in case the worst happens. The most common safety concern is using the barbell. There is a possibility of becoming trapped under the barbell if you are unable to do a repetition due to the amount of weight on the barbell.

Another disadvantage when using weights is causing damage to your own body. As stated before you need your whole body when you are using weights. If you cannot keep complete control of your body when you are working out, then you are going to pull or even tare a muscle in your body. Also using heavy weights when you are not ready will always cause an injury to the part of your body that you are exercising. Always remember to start off small and then move on when you feel perfectly ready to do so.

Overall weights are a good way to work out. Millions of people use weights to do a daily work out. After one or two weeks you can start to feel your body becoming more and more toned. You can also feel the muscles in your body start to bulge a bit more then before. However safety will be the major concern to remember when you are using your weights. You must remember to stretch all the muscles in your body before you attempt to exercise your body. You have to get your heart pumping and when you are done remember to warm down so that your body knows that the workout is over. Warming down will prevent trapping any Lactic Acid in your body.



Knee Injuries in Hockey Goalies – The Meniscal Tear

Injuries are a part of sport and hockey goalies are not immune. For hockey goalies the meniscal tear can have an impact on performance and may also have an impact on your other daily activities. Let’s look at the symptoms of meniscal tears, the mechanisms of meniscal tear and what you can do to prevent or recover from this injury.

The hinge joint of your knee is comprised of the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (shin bone). The end of the femur is somewhat rounded like a knuckle, where the tibial plateau is relatively flat. The knee is not the most stable joint so the menisci (you have two – one medial and one lateral) help give a little more depth to the joint surfaces and they provide a little cushion between the femur and tibia.

The menisci are shaped a little like a hockey puck that has been squished a little in the middle. It is a cartilaginous material and the big problem with meniscal tears is the fact that the meniscus has a poor blood supply. The outer rim of the meniscus has some blood supply, so a tear in this area may actually heal. As you move toward the centre of the meniscus there is very little or no blood supply, so tears in this area will not heal.

When I worked as the exercise specialist at a sport medicine clinic, one of the physiotherapists had an awesome analogy for what meniscal tears are and what they feel like. She described a meniscal tear as a ‘hang nail’ in your knee. You know how you can have a hang nail and it typically feels just fine, not painful at all – until you catch that little flap of skin going against the grain. When that happens – WOW! Look out; major pain.

Hockey goalies who have a meniscal tear may be just fine to complete all activity they wish, but then they may go to walk around a corner or drop into your butterfly and – ouch! The knee may even give away from the jolt of pain. If you feel a general ache under your knee cap, this is likely something more like a patellofemoral irritation than a meniscal tear.

The tricky thing about meniscal tears is that there are numerous mechanisms. I remember one individual who spent an afternoon kneeling on their knees while refinishing a floor and when they went to stand up – yikes – meniscal tear. But for hockey goalies I think there are two common mechanisms.

  1. There is a collision between a skater and a goalie in which the skater falls on the goalie’s knee when it is in a flexed position or the goalie is driven backward with their foot trapped beneath them.
  2. The goalie moves into a position where the knee is put under a medial/lateral (varus or valgus) stress and they put stress on the meniscus which overtime or in one instant may cause a meniscal irritation or tear. I am thinking particularly of the butterfly position for goalies.

The goalie will feel pain at the time of injury and there may be some swelling in the knee. If you think you have torn your meniscus, then start with rest, ice and elevation. It may settle down. If your knee is locked, i.e. you physically cannot strengthen it or trying to do so leads to major pain, then you should head straight to the phone and call your local sport medicine professional.

If you have torn your meniscus, you should get some physiotherapy from a good sport physiotherapist. If it is a severe tear you may need to consult an orthopedic surgeon who may either scope the knee to remove some of the rough edges and ‘clean’ things up a little. If it is a large tear toward the inner portion of the meniscus the surgeon may decide to stitch it back together which helps preserve the meniscus which over time will greatly reduce the wear and tear on the knee over time.

Whether you have injured your meniscus in the past or if you are a hockey goalie looking to reduce the risk of injury, the fundamentals are the same. As long as you are symptom free then you should be sure to include work on your hip internal rotation so you can get into your butterfly by getting range from the hip, not by torquing through the knee.



The Adidas Ethos: Sports and Fashion

Adidas is one of the most easily recognised brands in the world. Indeed, they enjoy a global reputation, with outlets in all for corners of the globe. Their popularity as a brand is unsurprising, they have the unique ability to create sportswear that is comfortable, enhances performance, protects sportspeople from overstraining, but with the added bonus that their clothing is also fashionable. This gives them a much wider appeal than to the sporting community alone, their popularity encompasses a much broader audience.

Many sports personalities prefer the Adidas brand; you simply need to look to their advertising projects to see that even the highest calibre sportspeople endorse the Adidas brand. In part, this is because Adidas celebrate sports, and sports personalities, for instance, they pay tribute to favourite sportspeople by developing lines of clothing named after some of the world’s greatest sportspeople. For example, the Adidas Beckenbauer track top is a tribute to the incredible German footballer, Franz Beckenbauer, who played in three world cups, 1966, 1970, and 1974.

These personalities would not endorse these products if they did not meet the highest specifications, which the Adidas brand certainly does. Adi Dassler created the Adidas brand during the 1920s (although it was not until 1948 that he chose Adidas as the company name). His vision was to create a line of sports shoes that would protect the player from the injuries and stress inherent with professional sports, this meant creating shoes that protected ankles, provided suspension, had a strong outer shell, and yet were also malleable and would allow freedom of movement. His vision continues to be the underlying ethos of the Adidas brand, and we see it in all the lines of merchandise that the company produces.

Over the course of the past two decades, Adidas extended their vision; they wished to create sportswear that was fashionable and appealed to a much broader audience. From this expansion, Adidas Originals was born. Cottoning on to the popularity of the retro fashion scene, Adidas began rereleasing lines that had long since stopped production. The Adidas Beckenbauer track top is a perfect example; first released in 1982 it has now made its comeback and is a firm favourite amongst many fashionable people.

Urban fashion fans love the Adidas Originals line of fashion, which the hip-hop and the Britpop community finding it particularly attractive. Amongst the Adidas fashion ranges, there are many accessories, that are geared towards fashion tastes, rather than sporting requirements: the retro shoulder bags, digital watches, socks, holdalls; these are all available from the Adidas Originals range.

As well as branching into fashion, Adidas have also extended their sporting appeal and now cater for a much broader range of athletes. Skateboarders, Skaters, Ice Skaters, Bowlers and Javelin throwers, can all find sporting accessories from the Adidas brand.



Canoa Quebrada Brazil A New Area To Invest But Hurry

Savvy Overseas property investors have come to realise that Brazil is a great place to dip your toe in international real estate investing. In just the last three years investors in Cumbuco Fortaleza Brazil are running round with huge smiles on their faces after investing in beachfront property. The reason for the smiles is that price rises in Brazilian beachfront property in that area have given them 100 per cent capital appreciation. For them investing in off plan pre construction real esate by a beach popular with wind surfers was the right move. I have now discovered another area in Brazil with the same credentials as Cumbuco. This area is Canoa Quebrada in Ceara North Eastern Brazil.

Canoa Quebrada is 165 kilometres southeast of Fortaleza, a city of some 2 million plus. Pinto Martins International Airport, just outside Fortaleza, has direct and connecting flights to Europe and other major cities within Brazil. From there, it’s about a two hour drive along the coast to this Brazilian tropical paradise.

Canoa Quebrada beaches are second to none several miles of long, fine-grained sandy beaches with many freshwater lagoons. Like Cumbuco the area is popular with South Americans and is growing in popularity with international tourists. The area around Canoa has much so offer those who like sports and excitement. There is wind surfing, paragliding, sand boarding, diving and cycling, to name but a few. There’s a wide choice of restaurants, nightclubs, discos and bars. Getting there is easy than you may think for such a relaxed peaceful paradise. Arriving from Fortaleza there are buses to Canoa Quebrada, however its best to hail a taxi. A beach buggy with driver for 4 people, day-return trip to Canoa will come to about 200real and will take about 2 hours maximum.

Brazilian Real Estate has recently experienced a big boost in its popularity abroad, helped by its robust economic performance and a more active role in the international arena. Its image is frequently associated with a casual and healthy lifestyle, friendly people, and a beautiful combination of rainforest, mountains, and sea. As a consequence, tourism inflows have increased dramatically over the past few years and international property investors are quickly realizing the huge gains that can be made in this fast growing emerging market.

A great indication that you have select the right international real estate market to spend your hard earned money is by following the big multi national. Morgan Stanley’s global network of economists, strategists, research and product specialists have specific knowledge to deliver the most informed strategic and investment advice possible. Property investors can now take stock of the fact that such a well informed investor can choose Brazil as a place to invest. Morgan Stanley believes there is pent up demand for residential properties and new builds in Brazil, particularly in Sao Paulo.

Its seems time to get on the internet and find Canoa Quebrada Real Estate and check my predictions that this is a mighty hot place to invest in Brazilian Real Estate.



3 Best Muzzleloaders For Under $300

The cost of hunting and shooting supplies continues to rise, so finding a bargain is important to the dedicated outdoorsman. Muzzleloader hunting provides the opportunity to enjoy shooting while spending less money. This makes muzzleloaders a very cost effective hunting and shooting option.

Modern muzzleloaders have come a long way. Today’s inline muzzleloaders are much easier to use and are much more reliable than those made even just a few years ago. In order to help keep your costs down, we have reviewed the 3 best muzzleloaders for under $300.

1. CVA Optima Muzzleloader– This is an overhauled version of CVA’s original design. Sporting a 26″ fluted stainless steel barrel, weighing just under 7 lbs and having a breech plug which requires no tools for removal, the Optima is a rock solid gun for its price. This break barrels action is smooth and it’s out of the box trigger pull is just about 2.5 lbs. At about $275, this is a great muzzleloader option for the hunter how wants to invest in just one muzzleloader for their arsenal.

2. Traditions Pursuit Ultralight Muzzleloader– Weighing in at just over 5 lbs., the Ultralight has a 26″ chrome fluted barrel with a CeraKote corrosion resistant finish. The trigger breaks at about 3 lbs. of pull and the breech plug comes out with a few twists. With an average price of about $290, this muzzleloader option is a good choice for the hunter who finds himself hunting in the thick woods as this lightweight gun is quick and easy to shoulder.

3. Thompson Center Impact– The TC Impact Muzzleloader is a break action muzzleloader weighing just about 6.5 lbs and sporting a 26″ barrel. The break barrel mechanism, which doubles as a hood for the closed breech along with the hammer not accepting a spur makes it difficult to mount a scope on the Impact. The most expensive of the list coming in at about $300, Thompson Center Impact is an ideal gun for a beginner or youth hunter due to its adjustable stock.

Muzzleloader hunting provides the outdoorsman with several wallet friendly options to keep them shooting. The advances in projectiles and propellants as well as the accuracy and handling characteristics of these guns, combined with affordable prices help to keep avid hunters in the fields longer during the season.

The 3 best muzzleloaders we have highlighted above represent the hottest bargains in shooting available. As a dedicated hunter, you should own at least one.



Stallion Horse

Stallion is a male horse. One of its distinctive characteristic is the cresty neck which is thicker than it is in the mares and geldings. Moreover, it has a muscular body structure. Stallions usually have an aggressive and fiery temperament due to the hormonal differences as compared to the geldings. The surges in hormonal levels, especially those of the testosterone, in stallions make them behave aggressively and unpredictably different from other horses. Moreover, these surges make them possess sex-driven dominance behaviors too.

Stallions possess a competitive edge over other horses – mares and geldings. They are usually popular in events such as show jumping and dressage work; however stallions are not used in events of upper levels.

If anyone is interested in horse riding, then they should keep in mind that riding a stallion is not a good choice for the novice riders because these riders do not have sufficient information about handling them and thus get harmed easily. However an experienced rider can handle a stallion very well. But this should not be assumed that every stallion will behave aggressively as the temperament of the horse also depends upon the individual horse, its breeding and training; but still it is advised that a novice rider should not mount a stallion.

One interesting fact about stallion is that when it turns from a baby to a young adult, the existing stallion in the herd kicks it out. This young horse then wanders around until it finds a group of horses of its similar type, i.e., those who are still immature and young and have been kicked out of the herds. These horses stay together until they grow mature enough to have a herd of their own.