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Whether you’re an avid novice or a seasoned player, the chances are good that you’ve wished for the opportunity to compete in a golf tournament. It’s great to watch the PGA Tour on television, but nothing is more satisfying than entering and playing in golf competitions yourself. Unfortunately, while golf events are routinely held at private courses and country clubs, most golfers who play on public courses don’t get the opportunity to participate.Even if they do, they don’t have the chance to compete against golfers from around the nation.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that the Internet is filling the gap and making it possible for golfers of all ability levels to compete on a national level. After all, community building has become a cornerstone of Web 2.0 in arenas as diverse as politics, music, and gardening – why not golf?
Indeed, the latest trend in the world of golf is membership in an online competitive golf association. The concept’s beauty lies both in its simplicity and its utter inclusiveness. Unlike traditional men’s and women’s golf tournaments, which require organization, registration, and travel, online competitive golf enables golfers to play on any United States Golf Association public rated golf course. Best of all, you can play anytime and with anyone – whether or not they are members of the association.
Typically, an online association will hold monthly events, with each event consisting of four rounds. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to play four rounds of golf during a single month; instead, you can post your score once you’ve completed four rounds of play. Your score will count for the month it’s entered online, not the month it’s played.
Usually, there are seven different types of tournaments held. First, there are the Men’s Individual and Women’s Individual tournaments, in which only the total strokes are counted. Next, there are the Men’s Individual with Handicap and Women’s Individual with Handicap, which consists of the total number of strokes minus the golfer’s handicap. Then, there are the Two-Person Best Ball and Coed Best Ball tournaments, in which each player plays his or her own ball, but for each hole the lowest score of the team counts toward the total. If, for example, the first player gets five strokes on a hole and the second player gets four strokes on a hole, the second player’s strokes count for that hole. Finally, to build on the enthusiasm that many families feel for golf, online associations often include a Parent-Son/Daughter Best Ball tournament.
The competition gets fierce because golfers’ scores are posted online to the electronic scoreboard. Typically, the winners of each month’s qualifier and the best players in each tournament are invited to compete at a championship to benefit a charitable organization.
While some might ask what would prevent a member from posting fake scores, golfers know that the game is based on principles of integrity and civility. Honest play and good sportsmanship are the bedrock of the game of golf, so members are trusted to post accurate scores.
Most of all, though, those who play golf are embracing the opportunity to compete in national golf tournaments and clambering to see their names at the top of the leaderboard!
About the only good news for Detroit Tigers fans in 2005 occurred at the end of the season. In October it was announced that Jim Leyland was coming out of retirement and had accepted the Tigers managerial job. Leyland is looking to help change the team’s fortunes for 2006 and beyond but he will have his work cut out for him. The Tigers managed to win only 71 total games in 2005 posting a lackluster 71-91 record. Yet somehow the Motown offense was able to score a total of 723 runs which was only 18 fewer then the World Series Champion Chicago White Sox. Of course it didn’t help matters that the Tigers also allowed a total of 787 runs – mostly due to an inconsistent and underperforming pitching staff.
The 2005 offense was led primarily by outfielder Craig Monroe (.277 20 89), and DH Dmitri Young (.271 21 72). Rookie 1st baseman Chris Shelton (.299 18 59) also provided some much needed offensive spark with veterans Ivan Rodriguez (.276 14 50) and Rondell White (.313 12 53) posting respectable numbers. The rest of the 2005 offensive production was supplied by 3rd baseman Brandon Inge (.261 16 72) and 2nd baseman Placido Polanco (.338 6 36) who was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in a midseason trade.
The Tiger starting pitching in 2005 had very few bright spots. Starters Jeremy Bonderman (14-13 4.57) and Mike Maroth (14-14 4.74) managed to combine for 25 total wins, while the rest of the starters struggled for much of the entire season. Both starting pitcher Nate Robertson (7-16 4.48) and Jason Johnson (8-13 4.54) turned in forgettable performances in 2005. The Tigers used a combination of five different closers with Ugueth Urbina (1-3 2.63 9 saves) performing the best, prior to his being traded midseason to Philadelphia.
For Detroit Tiger fans, the season couldn’t end soon enough.
Off Season Moves:
The Detroit Tigers signed free-agent lefty Kenny Rogers (14-8 3.46), to a 2-year, $16 million contract, hoping to provide some better stability in the starting rotation. The Tigers also signed closer Todd Jones (1-5 2.10 40 saves) from Florida in order to help upgrade their bullpen. Jones a 12 year veteran experienced a renaissance year with the Florida Marlins by holding opposing hitters to a .230 batting average while saving a total of 40 games (his highest save total in five years).
Rogers is an improvement to the starting rotation as is bringing in Jim Leyland from out of his retirement to help. Leyland has worked in similar environments before and has proven he knows how to handle the challenge. The starting rotation is still lacking. Detroit made a run at a few different free agents this winter, but little materialized. The Tigers have some hitting and can score runs. There’s also some talent in the bullpen, but the rotation doesn’t appear to be much stronger than it was last season (4.85 ERA, 10th in the AL). Fans will need to be very patient as Leyland attempts to rebuild from within.
World Wrestling Entertainment’s Wrestlemania is, quite simply, professional wrestling’s answer to the Super Bowl, World Series and Final Four, all rolled into one. For over two decades, it has been the singular event that has brought all storylines and rivalries together in one action-packed spectacular. And it has been the signature promotion that has been most instrumental in wrestling’s ability to transcend the sports and entertainment industries.
One only needs to take a look at the list of celebrities who have participated in Wrestlemania to understand the power and influence of the event in the mainstream of American sports and popular culture. The likes of Donald Trump, Pete Rose, Dennis Rodman, Karl Malone, Mike Tyson, Alice Cooper, Billy Martin, Lawrence Taylor, William “The Refrigerator” Perry, Liberace, Cyndi Lauper, Pamela Anderson and Ozzy Osbourne have all been a part of it. Muhammad Ali was the guest referee for the first-ever Wrestlemania main event, a tag match which pitted Hulk Hogan and Mr. T against Rowdy Roddy Piper and Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff.
It can reasonably be said that Wrestlemania is the most far-reaching spectacle in all of sports entertainment. And this year’s show promises to be one of the greatest ever. It is scheduled for March 30 in Orlando, Florida.
The brainchild of Vince McMahon, the impresario who is chiefly responsible for having transformed the professional wrestling industry from a series of regional road shows to a phenomenon with its stars seen, known and revered at once by a worldwide audience, the first Wrestlemania took place on March 31, 1985 at Madison Square Garden, long recognized as the mecca for the company that was started by his father, Vince McMahon Sr.
Since then, Wrestlemania has spread itself around, staged at major arenas such as Boston’s Fleet Center, the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum, the Atlantic City Convention Center, even Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The shows have also been held at various times in huge athletic stadiums, including the Pontiac Silverdome, Toronto’s SkyDome, the Houston Astrodome, the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Safeco Field in Seattle and Ford Field in Detroit. It was at the Silverdome that Wrestlemania set the all-time record for highest attendance at an indoor sporting event, drawing 93,173 fans in 1987.
It was at that spectacular that one of the seminal moments in the history of wrestling took place, as Hulk Hogan body-slammed the indomitable Andre the Giant on his way to winning a heavyweight title match in what Hogan later described as a “passing of the torch” to him as the figure who would take the WWF (as it was known then) to a new level.
But wrestling history is made at every presentation of Wrestlemania. The event never lacks for surprises. What will be the major stories coming out of this year’s Wrestlemania? Which celebrities will be involved this time?
If you’re a wrestling aficionado, you clearly have a “need to know.”
This year marks the first time Wrestlemania will be held in the Sunshine State. In the shadow of Disney World, the WWE superstars will battle it out at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. You will want to be there on the biggest night of the year in sports entertainment.
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Placing a horse race bet online is one of the most popular ways in which people bet these days. This is because race horse betting on the internet is by far the most convenient way to bet in this day and age. After all, who wants to stand around waiting in line, rushing to get their bet in when they could easily just sit back and place a horse race bet online?
Why Race Horse betting on the Internet is Worthwhile
Race horse betting on the Internet has many advantages. The first is that by placing a horse race bet online you get to see how much you could get back if your bet came in. This is extremely handy because sometimes there is a slight confusion between how much you have won at your local bookmakers because you worked it out higher in your head. At least race horse betting on the Internet lets you see exactly how much you are owed if anything.
Another advantage to placing a horse race bet online is the fact that it is so convenient. When you go to the bookmakers, you have to study the form in papers, write down a list of horses you want to bet on, pay, keep the slip and then hand it in if you win. With race horse betting on the Internet, all you have to do is click a few buttons and if you win you get paid automatically. So many people lose their betting slips and that is what makes race horse betting on the Internet definitely worthwhile.
How Readily Available is Race Horse Betting on the Internet?
Race horse betting on the Internet is definitely readily available. There are so many online bookmakers and whilst some are more popular than others, they all encourage placing a horse race bet online.
There are different deals to be had and some online bookmakers offer you free bets in return for placing a horse race bet online. Race horse betting on the Internet is big business and if online bookmakers can encourage placing a horse race bet online they will.
The only thing that you really have to worry about when look for race horse betting on the Internet, is which sites are clearer than others. You do not want to join a site which does not state things properly. So for that reason it is sometimes better to stick to well known bookmakers when placing a horse race bet online..
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