Sports Betting Champ, John Morrison Sports Betting Product Review!

Sports Betting Champ, John Morrison is most well known for his 97% win rate NBA/MLB sports betting system. But, the Sports Betting Champ has also brought us other valuable products. A conscientious of picks called The Sports Pick Buffet, and a daily picks package called, The Champs Selections. In this article, I will provide a little background on the Sports Betting Champ, John Morrison, and review some of his products.

Firstly, Sports Betting Champ, John Morrison, is a world renowned sports handicapper, and professional gambler. In his 28 years, in the gambling world, he is yet to have a losing season. That is why he has earned the name of Sports Betting Champ.

Young, John Morrison, grew up with a passion for sports and numbers. John had great success as a student, in the areas of mathematics and statistics. He would eventually earn his PhD, in Statistics, from Cornell University.

Sports Betting Champ, John Morrison, then went on to make his living, combining both his passion for sports and numbers, in the world of professional gambling. John is well sought after, from people all over the world, for his gambling advice.

Sports Betting Champ, John Morrison, also spent almost a decade, going over the sporting database, trying to find a system that would predict winning outcomes, with the greatest consistency. In NBA basketball betting, in the years between 2003 and 2009 the Sports Betting Champ went a reported 363 wins – 8 losses, in all years combined. And, in MLB baseball betting in the years between 2004 and 2009 John Morrison went a reported 243 wins – 1 loss, in all years combined!

You can see that Sports Betting Champ, John Morrison is truly on to something!

Product reviews

1. The World’s Unbeatable Sports Betting System- This is the where people normally ask if this is a Sports Betting Champ scam. A 97% win rate system? But, the 97% win rate is on bets made, not on games played. True this system is one that is best utilized by a person with a bankroll to back them up. But, it is surprisingly easy to use.

The system determines certain low risk bets, which can be predicted well ahead of time. That translates to only betting about 40% of the time. Approximately, 120 games out of the year between the two seasons. It uses a form of martingale wagering, applied to a three game series. Based on the premise that the team bet is sure to win one out of three games. Once your team wins one in the series, your done betting that series. This system also comes with a 67% win rate NFL system, and lifetime of free picks, well worth the $197 price tag!

2. John Morrison Sports Buffet- The Sports Pick Buffet is a great value. The product is a conscience of opinion from over 500 top handicappers, comprised into a report and delivered to your inbox everyday. The report is compiled by Sports Betting Champ, John Morrison, himself. The report would look something like this:

Compilation of sports picks from expert handicappers for May 29th, 2010

MLB Games

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves

1 handicapper picked Pittsburgh to win the game (Hawkeye Sports)

5 handicappers picked Atlanta to win the game (Robert Ferringo, Gamblers Data, The Shark, Kelso Sports Handicapping, Dr Baseball)

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Florida Marlins

6 handicappers picked Philadelphia to win the game (Rob Vinciletti, Vegas Sports Plays, Moneylineking, Scott Spreitzer, Louisville Slugger, Golden Contender)

11 handicappers picked Florida to win the game (Info Plays, Dave Cokin, Tommy Gold, Dimension Sports, The Baseball Handicapper, Hot Lines, Chuck O’Brien, Lenny Del Genio, Mike Hook, Sportsbook Guru, Benjamin Lee Eckstein)

Houston Astros vs. Cincinnati Reds

1 handicapper picked Houston to win the game (Sports Betting Professor)

11 handicappers picked Cincinnati to win the game (Carlo Campanella, Doc’s Sports, Robert Ferringo, Moneylineking, Tommy Gold, Nolan Fernandez, Sports Wagers, Silver Key Pick, Kelso Sports Handicapping, Dr Baseball, Tom Law Longball Sports)

St Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs

5 handicappers picked St Louis to win the game (Dave Cokin, Chris Jordan, Super Sports Group, Sports Wagers, Kelso Sports Handicapping)

8 handicappers picked the Chicago Cubs to win the game (Sac Lawson, Tom Freese, Dunkel, Tv Hotline, Ben Burns, Igz1 Sports, Ny Players Club, Rudy Nyc Sports)

New York Mets vs. Milwaukee Brewers

4 handicappers picked the NY Mets to win the game (Tommy Gold, Hammerthebook, Sportsbook Guru, Seabass)

6 handicappers picked Milwaukee to win the game (Dave Price, Robert Ferringo, Fasttrack Sports, Ben Burns, Sports Brokers, Vegas Runner)

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies

13 handicappers picked the LA Dodgers to win the game (Rocky Atkinson, Derek Mancini, MJP Sports, Dimension Sports, Hondo, Richie Parker, Dave Eckstein, National Sports Service, Al Demarco, Super Sports Group, Sports Wagers, Kiki Sports, Fantasy Sports Gametime)

4 handicappers picked Colorado to win the game (John Martin, Bobby Maxwell, Robert Ferringo, Tom Law Longball Sports)

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants

4 handicappers picked Arizona to win the game (#1 Sports, Profit-On-The-Net, Super Sports Group, Kiki Sports)

9 handicappers picked San Francisco to win the game (Larry Ness, Frank Jordan, Raypolaccosports, Papayagang, John Harrison, Kelso Sports Handicapping, Seabass, The Consensus Group, Stumpthespread)

Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins

4 handicappers picked Texas to win the game (Jr Odonnell, Dan Bebe, MJP Sports, Karl Garrett)

13 handicappers picked Minnesota to win the game (David Chan, Cappers Access, Robert Ferringo, Easy Money Sports, Tommy Gold, Dozo Games Handicapping, Insider Sports Report, Super Sports Group, B&S Picks, Executive, Teddy Covers, Tom Law Longball Sports, Ats Baseball Lock Club)

Seattle Mariners vs. LA Angels

2 handicappers picked Seattle to win the game (MJP Sports, Boston Blackie)

3 handicappers picked the LA Angels to win the game (Pure Lock, Platinum Plays, LPW Sportsforecast)

Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays

5 handicappers picked the Chicago White Sox to win the game (Chris Jordan, Michael Cannon, Chuck O’Brien, Sports Wagers, Seabass)

4 handicappers picked Tampa Bay to win the game (Jimmy Boyd, Computer Sports, Dimension Sports, Wagerglobe)

Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers

6 handicappers picked Oakland to win the game (Marc Lawrence, Lee Kostroski, MJP Sports, Papayagang, Insider Sports Report, Super Sports Group)

14 handicappers picked Detroit to win the game (Gill Alexander, Jeff Alexander, Robert Ferringo, Hawkeye Sports, Tommy Gold, Baseball Crusher, The Shark, JSM Sports, Executive, Sportsbook Guru, Teddy Covers, Tom Law Longball Sports, Dozo Games Handicapping, Greg Shaker)

Kansas City Royals vs. Boston Red Sox

2 handicappers picked Kansas City to win the game (MJP Sports, Greg Shaker)

20 handicappers picked Boston to win the game (Tony George, Jack Jones, Robert Ferringo, Arthur Ralph Sports, Mike Wynn, Derek Mancini, Dave Cokin, Chris Jordan, National Sports Service, Jr Odonnell, The Shark, Igz1 Sports, Rocketman, Jsm Sports, Hammerthebook, Benjamin Lee Eckstein, Seabass, Ats Baseball Lock Club, Dozo Games Handicapping, Stan Sharp)

NBA Games

There are no NBA games played today.

Summary of the recommended bets to make for May 29th, 2010 based on the sports handicappers’ consensus:

“Ultimate Bet” of the day:

[MLB] Most sports handicappers lean toward the Boston Red Sox to win the game at a 20:2 ratio!

(Note: this bet was eventually WON)

“Best Bets” of the day:

[MLB] Most sports handicappers lean toward the Cincinnati Reds to win the game at a 11:1 ratio.

(Note: this bet was eventually WON)

[MLB] Most sports handicappers lean toward the Detroit Tigers to win the game at a 14:6 ratio.

(Note: this bet was eventually LOST)

[MLB] Most sports handicappers lean toward the Minnesota Twins to win the game at a 13:4 ratio.

(Note: this bet was eventually WON)

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Online Gaming: The New Generation’s Choice

Life was good! When I was 10 I had crayons and coloring books. Life is better. My brother has a laptop, PS-2, Xbox and a 24-hour internet access. Gone are the days when I used to debate in school about social networking sites. Move on girl. It’s all about JAVA (not coffee beans or the tsunami struck island), FLASH and MMO’s. For the beginners, MMO – Massively multiplayer online game: A technique capable of supporting all the game starving nerds across the globe. Now that’s what u call big heartedness.

That’s what people were actually waiting for. Now it can be a complete India vs. Pakistan! But we need to mull over the whole scenario of online gaming (read: gambling, in certain cases) being right or wrong. Is it right for my brother to turn into a virtual mafia and fight with goons, is it all well for my best friend to wake up all night to collect riches to be the DIVA in sorority life while in real life her hair’s are begging to be trimmed. And people it has nothing to do with age. I have witnessed old aunt’s buying virtual gifts on Farmville. May be I am old enough to get a grasp of the booming industry which has the support of over 52 million internet users or maybe I should get hold of an “ONLINE MIND SPA”.

Head shots, building civilizations, conquering kingdoms, becoming the most wanted, growing their own farm, winning the biggest hand is all they care and do endlessly night and day. Becoming the god of their game is their sole aim. They try to beat their friends in every game whether its a fighting game, sporting game or a racing game. They just want to be on the top of the scoring charts. This is their top priority. If someone else is winning instead of them then, it hurts their ego which could become dangerous. This is the life of a gamer.

Getting on with the gear, playing endlessly throughout the nights has turned the so called obsession into disorder. Studies claim that excessive gaming is not a disease but a disorder. What started with only being a time pass has become the single thought of their mind. The only book they read now is the cheatbooks and walkthroughs. Their social life is the one with their buddies over the internet or the social networking websites. Night is the best time of day for them, sacrificing their sleep, they are always on a run for the title.

Which TV Is the Best Choice for Gaming, Sports and Movies?

A very common question asked by customers when they are choosing a TV is which type of TV is best for watching sports, watching movies and playing games. Like a lot of things in life – the answer isn’t simply down to A and B. The best choice depends on your exact preferences, and we are going to try and help you make the right choice for your needs.

Plasma and LCD / LED TVs both have their plusses and minuses but it is generally accepted that Plasma screens cope better with fast motion images such as Sports and Action movies. In saying that however, there are some situations where a good quality LCD / LED TV will outperform Plasma in these situations.

SPORTS

Plasma TVs do a great job in displaying motion on the screen without the pixilation or artefacts that come from the extra processing needed by an LCD / LED TV. This makes them the leading candidate when it comes to viewing fast-paced Sporting events like Soccer, League or Formula 1. The down side to Plasma TVs is that having glass screens, they are subject to a lot of glare or reflection if you watch TV during the day in a brightly lit room.

If you don’t watch TV during the day, or don’t mind drawing the curtains then Plasma is certainly the way to go in this case. Another big plus is that Plasma TVs are much, much cheaper to buy in VERY big screen sizes (60″ plus) than the equivalent LCD / LED TV. And as I’m sure we’d all agree, there’s nothing better than having your mates around for a BBQ and a few drinks around a massive TV screen when the footy’s on!

The benefit of LCD / LED TVs when it comes to sport is realised when watching events like basketball, baseball or cricket. These sports have a lot of text based information on the screen – statistics such as score, run rate, fouls etc. These small details do seem to come up better on some of the better LCD / LED models, and of course without the inherent danger of burn in that (while much better protected against these days) still exists with Plasma Screens. The colours on LCD / LED TVs are also more vibrant, which makes the colours of the pitch and jerseys really stand out. They also do not suffer from the glare problem that Plasmas do, as they do not have glass screens. Also, in the exact opposite to Plasma, if you are not the type of person who enjoys big gatherings when watching your team play – then you might not want such a large screen. These days, Plasma TVs are rarely found any smaller than 50″, certainly from the big brands such as Panasonic, LG, and Samsung. So if you’re after a smaller size TV for your lounge or bedroom – then LCD / LED would be the choice.

MOVIES

If you’re into action packed movies with fast panning scenes and explosions such as Spiderman or the Expendables then a Plasma TVs superior motion processing would be better for you. As we said above, Plasma TVs do a better job than LCD / LED TVs when displaying fast motion on the screen without the pixilation or artefacts, and this does come into play when watching movies of this nature.

Plasma TVs also possess a superior Contrast Ratio than LCD / LED TVs, so they will provide you with a deeper, richer image if you watch a lot of films with dark scenes – such as Horror movies for example. Plasmas work best in a dimly lit room and are available in very large screen sizes so they are perfect if you want to create that movie atmosphere in your home.

Just like we mentioned with sports earlier on, LED / LCD TVs display finer details better, and the colours on LCD / LED TVs are also more vibrant, and they don’t have glare issues. So if you are not an action movie buff, more of a romantic comedy or documentary person then an LCD / LED might be a better option. Also if you watch a lot of daytime soaps or talk shows or after a TV for a small apartment or bedroom then choosing an LCD / LED would also be a more suitable option.

GAMING

Using the same train of thought applied to movies and sports above, If you’re into action packed games with lots of fast paced movements, scenes with explosions shootings, and jumping from scene to scene then a Plasma TVs superior motion processing would be better for you. Plasma TVs superior processing of fast motion on the screen without the pixilation will help when playing games of this nature. Plasma TVs superior Contrast Ratio would also be better for dimly lit games, provide you with a lot more details in dark scenes compared to LCD / LED.

If you’re lucky enough to be able to stay home all day and play games – then an LCD / LED will work much better than Plasma in a brightly lit room. Some wonderful scenery is created in games such as Uncharted and Fallout – and these types of Role Playing games with vivid colours and imagery do look a lot more spectacular when displayed on an LCD / LED screen. Also, for you hard-core gamers who sit for hours in front of the screen – there will be no burn in issues to deal with when using an LCD / LED TV either.

SUMMARY

Rather than a simple “Plasma is better for movies and sport” comparison, think a little deeper when choosing the right TV for you. If you watch a lot of fast motion sport and Action Movies then yes, a Plasma will be better for you. If your TV viewing is done mostly in the evenings, and you are after a very big screen then Plasma is also the smarter choice.

However, if your viewing revolves mainly around sports like Cricket, Baseball or Basketball – all of which display a lot of text based statistics on the screen for the duration of the broadcast – then an LCD / LED will be a better choice for you.

So it the TYPE of sports and Movies that you watch which will determine the right choice of TV for you.

Big-Game Sports Fishing in the Bahamas

Whether you enjoy sports fishing or not, various fishing adventures are available for you in the Bahamas Islands. Fishing charters house a variety of types of trips for tourists. Yachts as well offer a different type of experience for enthusiasts or just interested tourists in this experience.

Nassau is known as one of the greatest fishing spots in the world. This holds true because of the large variety of selections within the sea. From marlin fishing and tuna, to yellow fin and albacore, the exciting variety makes fishing more memorable. Sailfish as well are available for catch.

This deep sea fishing adventure creates a variety of memories for tourists. Many go home talking of the biggest fish they ever caught in their life. Nassau can be that for you as well. Fishing tournaments also occur throughout the year and fishing persons can compete in catching the largest fish or amount of fish for money. Imagine that…you could win money by doing something adventure and fun on the water. Take a trip to Nassau to experience the greatest big game sport fishing of your life.

When traveling to Nassau, various boating experience are available to embark on. Bahamas yacht charters are a Caribbean adventure that will give you lasting memories. Combined with deep sea fishing, what could be better for a fisherman? Tour guides are available to guide you into finding the perfect big game fishing adventure. Boats leave at all times of the day to fit your travel needs.

Sports Without Injuries

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a professional athlete – say a footballer or a basketball star but is afraid of getting sports injuries? So you’d rather stay on a couch or bleachers and watch from the other side of the game. Well, don’t worry, you are not along. If you have seen some of the freakiest sports accidents on TV or on YouTube then I can’t blame you. Seeing those possibilities alone is a factor to consider before riding the boat of sports.

Think about this though, what if there will be a chance to play sports without thinking of the pain and effects of sports injuries – will you take it? I’d say -“hell yes”! I can actually imagine myself scoring a shoot, the fans and crowd screaming my name in amazement and all the perks of being a professional player. It’s like being a rock star of the court or the field.

Do you know that it’s already been possible since the late or mid 1990s? Well, not exactly but you can already play sports without having to experience sports injuries. Okay, don’t get those brows all wrinkled up now. I’m talking about video games. These games have been the answer to most people like us who doesn’t have the enough skills to play professionally or who wouldn’t want to take the option to play in field for recreation.

I know what you may be thinking. Playing video game sports isn’t really playing sports but is a form of make-believe. Yes, partly correct. But innovation and the advancement of technology is only trying to help other people who can’t or aren’t truly capable of playing sports. The possibility of sports injuries is just one of the reasons or factors. Make-believe may be but at least they are able to live even just a part of their dreams – and that is good enough.

Nobody can also tell; who knows with the rapid discovery of science and technology there may come a time when sports injuries can be totally eliminated while playing sports. While playing the actual game and being there personally is a fulfilling experience, some accidents can also take their toll on players – some having to retire from playing if not totally losing some of their physical capabilities. That I think is more painful that not having the chance to play at all.

Sport and the Russian Revolution

“People will divide into “parties” over the question of a new gigantic canal, or the distribution of oases in the Sahara (such a question will exist too), over the regulation of the weather and the climate, over a new theatre, over chemical hypotheses, over two competing tendencies in music, and over a best system of sports.”
– Leon Trotsky, Literature and Revolution

At the start of the twentieth century sport had not flourished in Russia to the same extent as in countries such as Britain. The majority of the Russian population were peasants, spending hours each day on back-breaking agricultural labour. Leisure time was difficult to come by and even then people were often exhausted from their work. Of course people did still play, taking part in such traditional games as lapta (similar to baseball) and gorodki (a bowling game). A smattering of sports clubs existed in the larger cities but they remained the preserve of the richer members of society. Ice hockey was beginning to grow in popularity, and the upper echelons of society were fond of fencing and rowing, using expensive equipment most people would never have been able to afford.

In 1917 the Russian Revolution turned the world upside down, inspiring millions of people with its vision of a society built on solidarity and the fulfilment of human need. In the process it unleashed an explosion of creativity in art, music, poetry and literature. It touched every area of people’s lives, including the games they played. Sport, however, was far from being a priority. The Bolsheviks, who had led the revolution, were confronted with civil war, invading armies, widespread famine and a typhus epidemic. Survival, not leisure, was the order of the day. However, during the early part of the 1920s, before the dreams of the revolution were crushed by Stalin, the debate over a “best system of sports” that Trotsky had predicted did indeed take place. Two of the groups to tackle the question of “physical culture” were the hygienists and the Proletkultists.

Hygienists
As the name implies the hygienists were a collection of doctors and health care professionals whose attitudes were informed by their medical knowledge. Generally speaking they were critical of sport, concerned that its emphasis on competition placed participants at risk of injury. They were equally disdainful of the West’s preoccupation with running faster, throwing further or jumping higher than ever before. “It is completely unnecessary and unimportant,” said A.A. Zikmund, head of the Physical Culture Institute in Moscow, “that anyone set a new world or Russian record.” Instead the hygienists advocated non-competitive physical pursuits – like gymnastics and swimming -as ways for people to stay healthy and relax.

For a period of time the hygienists influenced Soviet policy on questions of physical culture. It was on their advice that certain sports were prohibited, and football, boxing and weight-lifting were all omitted from the programme of events at the First Trade Union Games in 1925. However the hygienists were far from unanimous in their condemnation of sport. V.V. Gorinevsky, for example, was an advocate of playing tennis which he saw as being an ideal physical exercise. Nikolai Semashko, a doctor and the People’s Commissar for Health, went much further arguing that sport was “the open gate to physical culture” which “develops the sort of will-power, strength and skill that should distinguish Soviet people.”

Proletkult
In contrast to the hygienists the Proletkult movement was unequivocal in its rejection of ‘bourgeois’ sport. Indeed they denounced anything that smacked of the old society, be it in art, literature or music. They saw the ideology of capitalism woven into the fabric of sport. Its competitiveness set workers against each other, dividing people by tribal and national identities, while the physicality of the games put unnatural strains on the bodies of the players.

In place of sport Proletkultists argued for new, proletarian forms of play, founded on the principles of mass participation and cooperation. Often these new games were huge theatrical displays looking more like carnivals or parades than the sports we see today. Contests were shunned on the basis that they were ideologically incompatible with the new socialist society. Participation replaced spectating, and each event contained a distinct political message, as is apparent from some of their names: Rescue from the Imperialists; Smuggling Revolutionary Literature Across the Frontier; and Helping the Proletarians.

Bolsheviks
It would be easy to characterise the Bolsheviks as being anti-sports. Leading members of the party were friends and comrades with those who were most critical of sport during the debates on physical culture. Some of the leading hygienists were close to Leon Trotsky, while Anotoli Lunacharsky, the Commissar for the Enlightenment, shared many views with Proletkult. In addition, the party’s attitude to the Olympics is normally given as evidence to support this anti-sport claim. The Bolsheviks boycotted the Games arguing that they “deflect workers from the class struggle and train them for imperialist wars”. Yet in reality the Bolshevik’s attitudes towards sport were somewhat more complicated.

It is clear that that they regarded participation in the new physical culture as being highly important, a life-affirming activity allowing people to experience the freedom and movement of their own bodies. Lenin was convinced that recreation and exercise were integral parts of a well-rounded life. “Young people especially need to have a zest for life and be in good spirits. Healthy sport – gymnastics, swimming, hiking all manner of physical exercise – should be combined as much as possible with a variety of intellectual interests, study, analysis and investigation… Healthy bodies, healthy minds!”

Unsurprisingly, in the aftermath of the revolution, sport would play a political role for the Bolsheviks. Facing internal and external threats which would decimate the working class, they saw sport as a means by which the health and fitness of the population could be improved. As early as 1918 they issued a decree, On Compulsory Instruction in the Military Art, introducing physical training to the education system.

This tension between the ideals of a future physical culture and the pressing concerns of the day were evident in a resolution passed by the Third All-Russia Congress of the Russian Young Communist League in October 1920:

“The physical culture of the younger generation is an essential element in the overall system of communist upbringing of young people, aimed at creating harmoniously developed human beings, creative citizens of communist society. Today physical culture also has direct practical aims: (1) preparing young people for work; and (2) preparing them for military defence of Soviet power.”

Sport would also play a role in other areas of political work. Prior to the revolution the liberal educationalist Peter Lesgaft noted that “social servitude has left its degrading imprint on women. Our task is to free the female body of its fetters”. Now the Bolsheviks attempted to put his ideas into practice. The position of women in society had already been greatly improved through the legalisation of abortion and divorce, but sport could also play a role by increasingly bringing women into public life. “It is our urgent task to draw women into sport,” said Lenin. “If we can achieve that and get them to make full use of the sun, water and fresh air for fortifying themselves, we shall bring an entire revolution in the Russian way of life.”

And sport became another way of conveying the ideals of the revolution to the working classes of Europe. The worker-sport movement stretched across the continent and millions of workers were members of sports clubs run mainly by reformist organisations. The Red Sports International (RSI) was formed in 1921 with the express intention of connecting with these workers. Through the following decade the RSI (and the reformist Socialist Worker Sports International) held a number of Spartakiads and Worker Olympics in opposition to the official Olympic Games. Worker-athletes from across the globe would come together to participate in a whole range of events including processions, poetry, art and competitive sport. There was none of the discrimination that marred the ‘proper’ Olympics. Men and women of all colours were eligible to take part irrespective of ability. The results were very much of secondary importance.

So, were the Bolsheviks anti-sport? They certainly did not seem to go as far as Proletkult’s fervent ideological opposition and, as we have seen, were prepared to utilise sport in the pursuit of wider political goals. No doubt there were many individual Bolsheviks who despised sports. Equally many will have greatly enjoyed them. Indeed, as the British secret agent Robert Bruce Lockhart observed, Lenin himself was a keen sportsman: “From boyhood he had been fond of shooting and skating. Always a great walker, he became a keen mountaineer, a lively cyclist, and an impatient fisherman.” Lunacharsky, despite his association with Proletkult, extolled the virtues of both rugby union and boxing, hardly the most benign of modern sports.

This is not to say that the party was uncritical of ‘bourgeois’ sport. It is clear that they tackled the worst excesses of sport under capitalism. The emphasis on competition was removed, contest that risked serious injury to the participants was banned, the flag-waving nationalist trappings endemic to modern sport disappeared, and the games people played were no longer treated as commodities. But the Bolsheviks were never overly prescriptive in their analysis of what physical culture should look like.

The position of the Bolsheviks in those early days is perhaps best summarised by Trotsky in the quote that opens this chapter. It was not for the party to decide what constituted the “best system of sports” or produce the correct line for the working class to follow. Rather it was for the mass of people to discuss and debate, experiment and innovate, and in that process create their own sports and games. Nobody could foresee exactly what the play of a future socialist society would be like, but equally no one could doubt that the need to play would assert itself. As Trotsky said, “The longing for amusement, distraction, sight-seeing and laughter is the most legitimate of human nature.”

Stalinism
The hopes of the revolution died, alongside thousands of old Bolsheviks, with the rise of Josef Stalin. The collectivist ideals of 1917 were buried, replaced by exploitation and brutal repression. Internationalism was jettisoned in favour of “socialism in one country”. As the values and imperatives of the society changed so too did the character of the country’s physical culture. By 1925 the Bolsheviks had already turned towards a more elitist model of sport. Around this time Stalin is reported to have said: “We compete with the bourgeoisie economically, politically, and not without success. We compete everywhere possible. Why not compete in sport?” Team sports reappeared, complete with capitalist style league and cup structures. Successful sportspeople were held up as heroes in the Soviet Union and the quest for records resumed. Many of the hygienists and Proletkultists who had dared to dream of new forms of physical culture perished in the purges.

Eventually sport became a proxy for the Cold War. In 1952 the Soviet Union was re-integrated into the Olympic movement ensuring that the medal table at each Games became a measure of the relative strength of East and West. As the country was inexorably compelled into economic, political and military competition on the international stage, so it also found itself drawn into sporting competition with the West.

Just as it would be a mistake to judge the ideals of the Russian Revolution by the horrors of Stalinism, so we should not allow the latter days of Soviet sport to obscure those remarkable early experiments in physical culture. Sport in Russia may have ended as a steroid-enhanced caricature, but how far removed that was from the vision of Lenin when he said: “Young men and women of the Soviet land should live life beautifully and to the full in public and private life. Wrestling, work, study, sport, making merry, singing, dreaming – these are things young people should make the most of.”

Growth of Action Sports and News

Sports and games, it has been indicated, have two separate meanings. This holds true even more for the action sports enthusiasts who believe that an activity in which they stand a chance of getting killed is a sport and the remaining are just games. Beginning with bull fighting, mountaineering, ice skating, surf boarding, rock climbing, ice climbing, water skiing, snow skiing, bungee jumping an hand gliding, are all classified under action sports. Action sports news was popularized by ESPN who made it a point to cover such extreme activities and helped pave the way for newer and more dangerous sports activities.

As time has progressed, action sports evolved too including sky diving, mountain biking, storm chasing have also been included in the list of extreme sports. As time evolves, this list also continues to grow with people experimenting to discover newer ways of getting the adrenalin rushing.

It has been a little difficult to classify what type of sport falls into this category. There have been instances when games such as Demolition derby and rugby have tried to masquerade as action or extreme sports. However, as adrenalin inducing and dangerous as these games may be, they would not fall into this category as they have a pretty traditional image. They also do not have the other pre-requisites that are mandatory to fall into the category of extreme sports which include, the desire and style to perform stunts as well as the high degree of speed that is required.

It should also be noted that action sports are more popular amongst the youth. Steering away from the conforms of authority, extreme sports are most popular amongst youngsters who look for an opportunity to steer clear of the norms presented by regular sports and head out to do something different.

Over the years there has been a paradigm shift in the definition of action sports as well. In the 1980’s this style of sport was becoming extremely popular and was marketed primarily as an adult sport. Slowly it became more popular amongst the youth and evolved into a youth sport. Along with this, extreme sports also brought along with itself an aura becoming a fashion trend of sorts, making the “outdoorsy Look” very popular.

Made commercial by X Games, action sports are most popular when they were televised. Competitions started becoming extremely popular and soon action sports were attracting advertisers and the media like bees to honey.

The potential of such sports has been aptly recognized by ESPN. As a pro active sports channel it has its finger of the pulse of the demographics associated with this sport. They cover all action sports news and create awareness about the new and fast becoming popular sports as well. From hurricane catching to extreme snowboarding, they come up with new and more interesting types of sports everyday.

Though action sports are able to give one an adrenalin rush and a high like nothing else, there is a very high level of danger associated with it as well. As these activities involve a very high degree of speed, dexterity, physical exertion, heights and sometimes specialized gears as well as incredulous stunts, massive injury and sometimes death can also be a part of this package.

The Sports Betting Game – Picking A Good System For The Sports Betting Game – Part 1

Plenty of people love betting on sports. When you play the sports betting game, you need to know how to win. A few people that I know, don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to betting on the sports. I’ll ask them a question like, “How do you make your picks?” Usually, I’ll get 1 of 3 answers from them.

1. I heard them on a sports radio show.

2. I heard about them from a “friend”.

3. I searched for free picks on the internet.

Really, a lot of people place their bets this way. With strategies like that, how often do you expect to win? If you followed strategies like that, you could probably win some of the time, but I doubt you would win most of the time. To play the sports betting game, you have to understand how to bet on the sports. Usually, a sports betting system is what you need to have consistent success.

I know that many people are definitely skeptical about any type of system that claims to have success. Why shouldn’t they be skeptical? But, there are some systems that do work. There are probably many systems that work for sports bettors.

If you look at it, there are tons of people who consistently make money from the bets they place, and their are tons of people that consistently lose money from the bets they place. What’s the difference between these two groups of people? The winners use a sports betting system! They hold the key to the sports betting game and how to bet on the sports! That’s what separates these people.

To win consistently win on the bets you place, it is very important that you invest your time in finding a sports betting system that actually works. This is the only way to consistently profit and grow your bankroll with the sports bettors. Placing winning bets is not the hardest thing in the world to do, as long as you have a system to pick the winners for you.

Why We Watch Sports – (And It’s Not What You Think)

Whether you want to believe it or not, we like to watch sports for very different reasons than you may think. In fact, the real things that cause us to like sports are in every person, whether we like sports or not. What things can we learn about human nature by simply looking at our fascination with competition? The answers may surprise you. Not only are the answers interesting in themselves, but they may just help you in other ways too.

There are some fairly straightforward and obvious explanations for why we like sports to be sure. Sports teach us about loyalty, perseverance and honor. It gives us a way to bond, it’s cathartic, and we identify with teams and players. We live vicariously through the players we watch. We have our favorite players, and there are teams we’ve grown up rooting for because our brother or dad used to love them, and now we still root for them today. Or we may follow a sport now that we used to play as a child.

But there are some deeper, more powerful and fascinating reasons too.

We’re All Just Big Children

Whether you want to believe it or not, all adults are just big children. We’re all just big kids. We just hide our true feelings and thoughts with highly developed skills (or at least most of us do). We still want to belong or be accepted by our peers, we all still want to be loved, we still feel emotional pain, and we still find ourselves giving in to immediate gratification when we know better. And yes, some of us still lie and cheat in our normal day to day lives.

We certainly hide things better and often successfully ‘act’ as if we don’t care about belonging, or love, or pain, or whatever. Deep down inside we are a little more mature and wise, but basically still just children. We may not say it out loud anymore, but we still think to ourselves sometimes, “That’s not fair!” We would rather play than work. Some may argue, depending on whether they pee standing up or sitting down, that this is especially true for men. Maybe that’s why there are more men sports fans than women.

You see, watching sports gives us a perfect, safe and secure, black and white, little microcosm of life. Following a player, team or game allows us to experience ups and downs and a whole array of emotions, just like in real life, but we aren’t actually affected.

And unlike life, sports and games are generally fair! There are rules and a crystal clear framework, or paradigm that all the participants and spectators know about. There are never any monkey wrenches thrown into a sports game, like the rules changing mid-game for instance. If rules are broken, the offender is penalized. They don’t frustratingly get away sometimes like in real life.

At the end, there is an unambiguous winner and loser. We get to pretend that the game we’re watching is life, where everything is perfectly fair, everyone plays by the rules and everything makes sense.

Children tend to think of things in much more black and white terms. It is only through living and maturing that we realize that all of life is a series of grays. But we all still long for a simpler and easier life. When things are only seen in black or white, things indeed seem simpler and easier, but life isn’t so clear-cut.

This helps explain why politicians who break their platform down into simple sound bites and into terms devoid of complexity often do better than politicians who talk about life like it really is, a complex, interrelated world of nuances.

Watching sports allows us a temporarily safe and socially acceptable way to be more like our true nature, and our true nature is frighteningly childlike. So the next time you deal with a difficult person, remember that they are just a large child, like you and everyone else, and maybe that knowledge will help you deal with them a little more easily.

What do watching a horror movie and sports have in common?

Ever wonder why so many people, including maybe you, enjoy watching horror movies so much? They provide a safe way for people to experience high levels of suspension without actually being in any real danger. Sports can be the same way. Again, watching sports allows us to enter a perfect world where the suspenseful outcome has no bearing on our real lives (unless you have a nasty sports gambling problem of course).

People love drama, suspension, and resolution, which are all elements inherent in sports. In fact, the closer the game, the more suspension there is. If we identify with a player and he wins, we are vicariously happy for the success. However, if the player’s team loses, we feel the defeat a little as well. But our lives are unaffected. And sports announcers usually only add to the drama and suspension.

A sports game is a sort of story. There is a beginning and an end. There is a protagonist (your team) and an antagonist (the other team). There is a scene and setting, the stadium at noon, and there is a plot, which is the action. Only after the games ends, and depending on if your team won or not, is it decided to be called a fairy tale ending or a tragedy.

Reptilian Brain and War

Whether you want to believe it or not, humans are a lot closer to nature and the animal world than most people like to think. We’re not just close to nature; we’re a part of it! Evolutionarily speaking, we are much closer in time to our unintelligent animal ancestors than we are to a transcended sentient species apart from nature. Our behavior is guided much more by our ‘primitive brain’ than our more recently developed neocortex, which is the seat of our intelligence. The primitive brain, or lower brain function, deals with fight or flight behavior, hunger, fear, and sex, among other things.

A common, yet erroneous concept is that the human brain is the result of billions of years of evolution. Our primitive or reptilian part of the brain is that old, but our brain’s extra large neocortex, the thing that separates us from other mammals, came about only a couple million years ago, a mere drop in the evolutionary bucket. The neocortex has not had much time to develop, and so our primitive brain plays a significant role in our lives.

Our basic flight or fight mentality is manifested in sports. We can relate, on some deeper and unconscious level, with the guy running with the football towards the end zone and being chased by a pack of angry men. We can understand what it feels like to check another player in hockey and slam him into the boards. Or we can sympathize with the NASCAR driver who gets passed by a competitor, but throws it into a higher gear and chases after him.

Our primitive desire for dominance is represented in sports. When our team wins, we experience a sort of dominance over the opposing team and their fans.

Our predatory nature is lit up when we see a linebacker following a running back through a mass of football players, waiting for the perfect moment to strike his prey with a tackle. Watching someone chase the man with the ball in basketball, soccer, or baseball affects us in similar ways.

Our tribal instincts are fulfilled by sports. We all want to belong to something; it’s a basic human need since we are such social animals. We identify with a team like our ancestors would identify with their tribe. This is especially true for the Western world’s modern man, where community has taken a back seat to independence.

Our primitive warring nature is satisfied by sports. There seems to be an innate desire for war, even in so-called ‘modern’ man. Indeed, look at the world today and how many current wars are going on, and you’ll see how far we are to real peace. Pathetically, that last statement holds true for almost any time in history, regardless of when you’re reading this. Again, this goes back to the fact that we are ruled more by our ‘primitive’, survival-driven, fight or flight brain than our reasonable and intelligent ‘modern’ brain.

Every sports game is like a tiny war between tribes, with an end and a declared victor. But there’s one important distinction; unlike war, no one has to die in sports.

One of the reasons going to a game is more exciting than watching it on TV is that there is a kind of energy created when so many people get together and root for one cause. You might even liken it to a mob mentality. We don’t have to look farther than our own stadiums where pandemonium has broken out in protest to a call or in celebration of a win. Sports strongly appeals to the gaming and struggle instincts of humans.

And since our modern lives no longer contain any real physical danger and all our basic needs are immediately taken care of, we now have a void that needs to be filled somehow, our primitive brain expects it. Sports fit the bill. It gives us the illusion of reality where there are no consequences. It gives us the illusion of battle, war, victory and defeat, without the consequences. And it gives us the illusion of being a child again, even if it’s all temporary.

You may not like sports at all, but we are all a quite childlike inside. We all yearn for some level of drama in our lives. And we are all constantly affected by our primitive brain. Watching sports is one excellent way for people to reconcile these inescapable facts.

Demand of Sports and Games Apps in Modern World

Stuck in a traffic jam or getting bored in the office, mobile phones can come to our rescue. Mobile games have been one of the best additions to our lives. Today mobile game development is a multibillion-dollar industry. Game developers crack their brains to bring us newer apps with improved experience and features. Since the days of the snake games, mobile apps have come a long way. With improved handset features and processing capabilities, they are giving PC games a run for their money. Sports and games apps have become the fashion of the modern world.

The world of mobiles is changing a lot. Once regarded as a tool for interaction now has turned in to a massive body with a wide range of application ranging from business to movies and entertainment.Mobile games apps has changed the way people opinion towards games both on a professional as well as on a personal front. Now people are playing games like never before. With the help of apps not only we can play the latest version of the game we can also keep an eye on the latest happenings in the sporting world. We can check the scores and sometimes watch the sports match live on our mobile phone. Considering the huge popularity of mobile games, all the mobile manufacturers are giving better functionality to their devices to make their phones compatible with different types of games available in the gaming sector. Sports and games apps have changed the whole structure of the modern world mobile applications.

There is a tremendous demand of online sports and games apps among people of all age groups. So, even a business with limited budget is now stepping into the world of games online. It has become an instant hit among all types of business sectors.

The businesses are using specific themes and there are various categories of Smartphone games available such as sports, action, adventure, racing, table-top, puzzle, hidden-object, educational and simulation games. Moreover, there are multi-player games introduced in the industry that allows users to play with their social circle even from their mobiles. The aim is to attract the attention of users and engage them to become their regular visitors or customers.

Some of the Android apps which have been very popular among the masses have been

a) Sporting News Pro Football
b) CBS Sports Pro Football
c) NBA Game Time Lite 2009-10
d) F1 LIVE RACING
e) ESPN Score Center
f) Sports Radio Droid

So, since the preference of the people keeps on changing the recent boom in mobile gaming sector just seems to be the perfect medicine for the live full of stress and tension. Seeing all these things one thing is for sure that the market is going to be flooded with the latest apps and it will provide a very nice option for the consumers to choose according to their need and demand.