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Bowling Could Be Right Up Your Alley

The Ultimate Bowling Guide
The Ultimate Bowling Guide

If you want to have fun while you exercise . . . bowling could be right up your alley!

O.K., bowling is not the most vigorous sport. Thirty minutes of bowling burns about 112 calories in a 155 pound person. That’s about the same as tossing a frisbee or playing non-competitive volleyball.

It’s certainly better exercise than watching television (28 calories every 30 minutes) or working at your computer (51 calories every 30 minutes).

But bowling doesn’t burn as many calories as playing golf (with a cart) (130 calories every 30 minutes), walking (149), playing softball (186), ballroom dancing (205), swimming (223), playing basketball (298) or bicycling (298). (Most of these activities, such as walking ,swimming and bicycling, burn even more calories if they are done more vigorously.)

(These figures are from an interesting chart published by Harvard Medical School that lists the calories burned by various gym, recreational and routine activities.)

But bowling can be great fun. It’s more than simply exercise. It’s social, and can make a great date. Of course, it’s a lot easier to do on a rainy day than most of the activities that burn more calories. It can be played with a small investment in equipment unlike, say, golf.   And it also can be played in our later years.

My father worked as an air-conditioning contractor for a chain of bowling alleys in Philadelphia. That meant we could bowl for free! And we did, every Saturday morning.

You’d think that with all that practice I would have gotten good. But I didn’t. I never had any coaching and I didn’t improve very much. I think that may be one reason I haven’t bowled much lately.

I’m sure I would enjoy bowling more if I were better at it.

So, before my comeback as a bowler, I’m going to get some instruction. Actually, I have found an inexpensive ebook that will teach me better technique and all about the new equipment and facilities that didn’t exist when I was a bowler.

The Ultimate Bowling Guide
The Ultimate Bowling Guide

It’s called The Ultimate Bowling Guide.

Frankly, I don’t care for the author’s pitchy sales page. But here’s what I like about The Ultimate Bowling Guide.

  • Even before you buy the ebook, you can get a free email course that introduces you to the concepts.
  • The book has tips for rank beginners as well as advanced bowlers.
  • You can try the book without risk. If it doesn’t work for you, you can return it within 60 days for a complete refund.

So there’s absolutely nothing to lose — and it could add 25 to 45 pins to your score. Click here to learn more.

And let me know how it works out for you.

A Lifelong Love Affair With Sports

Sports
Sports

To live a Forever Young life, you need interests that excite you. Things that you are passionate about.

It can be anything that you’re really interested in. Art, music, history, quilting, backpacking, computer programming . . . whatever. (Of course, you can have more than one of these fascinations.)

Sports have always been one of my passions.

I have delighted in many different sports as a player, a coach and a fan.

Few activities, if any, have given me more hours of pleasure than sports.

To me, sports represent so many good things . . .

  • A commitment to health and fitness
  • Testing yourself through competition, learning to win with grace and lose with dignity
  • Striving for excellence
  • Developing Life skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership

At the highest levels, athletes represent the physical perfection of our species. The best of the best. Who can’t appreciate that?

Following a lifelong habit, I still start every day by reading the sports page. All that has changed since my youth is that now I read the sports page online, on my iPad. (And, it’s not actually the sports page. It’s ESPN.)

Former Chief Justice Earl Warren once said:

“I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures. “

I feel the same way.

America’s Favorite Football Team

NFL Football
NFL Football

(I use sports to have fun and stay positive. As a football fan, I thought this was interesting information. I hope you will to.)

According to the Nielsen Co. – you know, the folks that do the TV ratings – the Dallas Cowboys are, by far, America’s favorite professional football team.

Nielsen developed a system for ranking the popularity of NFL teams based on each team’s local and national TV rankings, how often they’re mentioned on the Internet and how many visitors they attract to their official websites.

The report is based on figures from the 2009 season and is titled the “Nielsen Sports Media Exposure Index.”

These are some of the most interesting findings . . .

  • The Cowboys were a whopping 23% more popular than the No. 2 team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • The rest of the top 5 are the Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings, all from the NFC North.
  • A winning tradition doesn’t guarantee a national fan base. Two of the NFL’s more successful and iconic franchises, the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, finished near the bottom of the rankings despite owning a combined eight Super Bowl titles.
  • Despite the healthy rankings for the Packers and the New Orleans Saints (No. 9), the study suggests being in a smaller media market make it hard to develop a large national following. Five of the bottom 10 teams hail from Charlotte, Kansas City, Jacksonville, Tampa and St. Louis.

Although this is the first time Nielsen has done this study, separate research from the past two decades has shown similar results.

Harris Interactive, a New York market-research firm, has been asking respondents to name their favorite NFL team annually since 1992. The Cowboys came out No. 1 on 11 occasions in that poll and were never lower than No. 4.

Without further ado, here are the full Nielsen results . . .

Nielsen NFL Team Popularity Index
Nielsen NFL Team Popularity Index

Phillies Phans Are Phabulous

Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia

(One of my favorite ways to have fun and stay positive is sports, both watching and playing them. This article illustrates why I love sports.)

We were recently in Philadelphia where we got $17 SRO tickets to see the Phillies host the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park in South Philly.

At the time, the Phillies had sold out more than 100 straight home games.  That started me thinking . . . 43,000 phans times $55 per head is $2,365,000 per game.  So that’s how they afford those salaries!  (I got the per person

Roy Halladay Warming Up
Roy Halladay

cost from something called the Fan Cost Index.  The Phillies are the 8th most expensive “experience” in the 30-team MLB.)

In  2004, when this very nice retro stadium opened, Citizens Bank agreed to pay $95 million dollars for the stadium to carry its name for 25 years (or, if sooner, until they go belly up — as happened with other stadiums when the dot com bubble burst.  Remember Enron Field in Houston?).

Roy Halladay On The Mound
Roy Halladay

We arrived early enough to walk around the park and to see the night’s starting pitcher, Phillies all-star Roy Halladay, warm up in the outfield.

Before long, the game began.  With Halladay pitching, we expected a low scoring game.  However there was a brisk breeze blowing out toward the right field stands . . . and that turned out to be where 4 of Halladay’s pitches ended up.  He surrendered a career high 4 home runs.

Jimmy Rollins At Bat
Jimmy Rollins

But the home phans went home happy because Jimmy Rollins, and others, mounted a late game rally to win 5-4 .

In a few days, I won’t remember the score of the game or much about it.

But several memories of the evening will stay with me for a long time . . .

Phillies Phanatic
Phillies Phanatic

The Phillies mascot, the Philly Phanatic, is a bundle of energy and the phans love him.  He’s all over the stadium.  At one moment, he’s in the 400 level nose-bleed seats joshing with the fans and a few minutes later he’s on top of the Phillies dugout leading cheers.

The phans are truly nutso for their team.  Seventy-five percent of them were wearing Phillies red gear, but that didn’t prevent the stores from selling even more jerseys and hats.  Ka-ching!

Phillies Jerseys For Sale
Phillies Jerseys For Sale

Since no visit to Philadelphia would be complete without a Philly Cheese Steak, I went shopping in the main food section of the stadium, called “Ashburn Alley.”  I discovered that a place called Campo’s had a “Vegetarian Cheese Steak.”  I decided to give it a try.  Although I have no clue what was in the sandwich replacing the beef, the sub was phantastic!  I can’t wait to get my next one.

Cameraman's View of Phillies Game
Cameraman's View of Phillies Game

One of the advantages of not having seats is that you can wander around and watch the game from different positions.  We did.  But none of our views was as interesting as the one this cameraman had.

All-in-all, a great time at the ballpark on a Saturday night in early September .. . even without seats.

Why “Football?”

Ameriball
Ameriball

Why do Americans call their favorite sport “football?”

I mean, the sport does not focus on the feet.

There is another sport which actually involves the feet.  Most of the world calls that football, or “futbol,” and that name accurately describes the game.

Thinking about this one day, I decided that we need a new name for American football. A more descriptive name.

Given the nature of the game, I first thought of Crashball or Collisionball.

Nah. Descriptive, but clunky.

Then it hit me.

Since the game is only played in North America, and since it is the most popular sport in the United States of America, how ‘bout Ameriball.

The quintessential American sport should be called Ameriball.

You have to admit, this name makes a lot more sense than football.

Who’s with me?