Friday, November 30, 2012

Strength training

DL 120kg: 5x 5reps
DL 140kg: 1,1,1
DL 150kg: 1

Bench press 80kg: 3,4,4,4,4

That is all! I reckoned I had to train some strength. Feeling like I am on to a good training streak - which I believe is due to more varied training - I couldn't neglect a few barbell lifts. I felt the deadlifts a lot in the lats which is unusal.

Have a great Friday!

#SCC20DaysofChristmas Day #1

To give you a feel, we decided to put up the first entry today instead of tomorrow. So you will have two days to get in your first entry. After this, they will be posted on the day they are due entries for. Make sure you get them in before tipoff or kickoff or deadline!

To earn 2 points...pick the winner of this NBA game. There will be multiple winners possibly.

Philadelphia @ Chicago

Remember..even if you get this wrong you still earn a point! Entries due by tip off Saturday! 8:00 pm

Do you want to earn a bonus point on day #1...become a member of this blog! For those of you who are already members and are participating in this contest...we will give you the extra point already!

*Contests open to U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY! (sorry) 

Sport Card Collectors 20 Days Of Christmas Promo!

As the title states..this is a 20 Days of Christmas promo!! We didn't want to do just a Christmas contest. Or a 12 days of Christmas one. We wanted to make this very challenging but very fun! This is a fun promo we are creating and instead of a daily entry of you typing in whatever and trying to enter to win a weekly need to do daily challenges and some will have deadlines so make sure you have your eyes open and keep checking in with this blog! We will post when a new challenge is up on Twitter and Facebook. The best way NOT to miss a beat and to post on time is to subscribe by email to our blog!! You will be updated every time we make a post. You can do so on the right hand side! If not, just keep checking in!! Because in this form of contest instead of being randomly control your own destiny!!

So its the same thing as entering just need to put in comments an answer to the days question! And each has a deadline! And at the end of the 20 days a winner(s) will appear.

This will run similar to the Player Of The Day promo where we will have standings. The difference is, is that the scoring is very simple. You get 2 points for getting the challenge right. 1 point just for entering. Thats it. There shouldn't be any scoring issues. There might be a few double points days but nothing too serious or challenging. You can move up and down the leader board pretty easily. There could be a ton of ties and if it comes down to that..we will find a last day challenge to break it all up to have just one winner!

Here are the Rules:
*Contests open to U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY! (sorry) 
*Entering daily increases your odds..but does not mean you still can not win missing a few days
*You must leave your answer to the daily challenge in comments section for that day

Other than that....we hope you have fun and have a very, Merry Christmas!!

Here is what the prize consists of 3 different sports and some non sports!!

All Numbered to 2012. 6 in all.

Including Blake Griffin among others

Names like Matt Kalil, Shea McClelin, and more.
Only the Cal Bowdler (basketball auto) included in this lot

12 of these codes!
4 unopened non-sport packs. 1 pack of Upper Deck Comic Ball cards, 2 pack of Elvis Pro Set 91, 1 pack of  DC COMICS

1 pack of this

2 packs of this

1 pack of this
There are 25 (maybe more before I am done and not counting the 12 HOF codes and cards inside the packs) cards overall. One for each day til Christmas. Clever huh?? This prize has an estimated value of $80!!

If we can get a really good turnout which to us is at least 15 people on a daily basis for at least 10 days straight we will do a second place and maybe even a third place prize as well and who knows..maybe up to 5 place prizes if the turnout is HUGE meaning almost 20!!! We will wait to see how it goes and keep you informed if we decide to add more prizes. So spread the word now and we could give away more!

20 Days Of Christmas Final Standings

Here are the standings for our 20 Days Of Christmas Promo!! (we don't know who to award the bonus point membership of SeahawkJD to..please step forward if its you!)

There is always time to play catch are never out of this contest!! With more participants..there comes more prizes. If we can stay at 15+ on a daily basis..3 winners. If we can stay up to 20+ daily there will be 5 winners!

Leaders in Red
2nd Place in Blue 
3rd Place in Purple

Tkdkid1                                                                    15 points
Thomas Young                                                         92 points
Mrblu1976                                                                4 points                                                   4 points
Anthony Edwards                                                     82 points
Jonathan Hoffman                                                      0 points                                           368 points
Jason Gustafson                                                          6 points
Harold Tourjee                                                          129 points
Scott N.                                                                    432 points
Miami Vice                                                               440 points
Jamie B.                                                                    416 points
Christopher James                                                     3 points
Amy Solorio                                                              3 points
John Webb                                                                2 points
Seth W                                                                      1 points
Super Tom                                                                64 points
Scott Bennett                                                            13 points
Jammin JDcards                                                        0 points
@gordonfan24ever                                                   2 points
brad jorgensen                                                         2 points
@markloftus                                                            116 points
JBLACK                                                                  1 points
GreenManGhost                                                      6 points
@Midtown03                                                           0 points
Sam Gordo                                                               0 points
John M.                                                                    1 points
arron stout                                                               8 points
Ed Fav                                                                     3 points
david amos                                                              2 points
@zach_tompkins                                                     1 point 
Shane Salmonson                                                     2 points

Wales Team to Face Australia Announced

Wales Make Four Changes For Wallabies Test

Wales have made four changes – all to the pack – for the final clash of the 2012 Dove Men Series, against Australia at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm)

In the front row prop Scott Andrews, is handed his second Wales start and he is joined by prop Gethin Jenkins. Jenkins, who has been released by the French club for the fixture which falls outside the IRB international window, replaces Bath’s Paul James, who by contrast has been made unavailable. Elsewhere lock Ian Evans completes his return from injury to replace Bradley Davies and flanker Aaron Shingler replaces, Ryan Jones, in the back row.

The same backline which started against New Zealand last time out is selected, with fly-half Dan Biggar coming in for another player returning to his club, Perpignan’s James Hook. Uncapped tight-head Samson Lee has the potential to make his international debut after joining the training squad on a full time basis this week in the final change to the match-day 23.

“We need to pick up again where we left off in the second half last week” said Wales head coach Warren Gatland. “We managed to retain 73% possession after the break against the All Blacks and win the territory battle, and we need to put Australia under similar pressure from the outset."

“We have played them regularly over the last couple of years and have come close to winning on a number of occasions, but have not quite been able to get ourselves over the chalk of the finish line. Both sides have had injuries to cope with, but there is every reason for optimism. The Millennium Stadium crowd will be in full voice again, they were outstanding last week, and we are aiming to reach the end of a tough series on Saturday and finish off on a high.”

WALES SQUADLeigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Liam Williams, Rhys Priestland, Mike Phillips; Gethin Jenkins, Matthew Rees, Scott Andrews, Ian Evans, Luke Charteris, Aaron Shingler, Sam Warburton (captain), Toby Faletau.

REPLACEMENTS: Ken Owens, Ryan Bevington, Samson Lee, Ryan Jones, Justin Tipuric, Tavis Knoyle, Dan Biggar, Scott Williams.

Blues name squad for Ospreys encounter

The Blues ended a four game losing run in the RaboDirect PRO12 with their 14-7 victory over Zebre in Italy on Sunday.

They now take on an inform Ospreys side who are unbeaten at Liberty Stadium since Glasgow Warriors were the visitors on the 14th September.

Ospreys are unbeaten in their last four fixtures with the Blues in all competitions. The Blues only triumph on Ospreys soil since the regions were formed in 2003 a 28-9 win at Liberty Stadium on 22 December 2005 and the capital city region will be looking to end this run on Friday.

Speaking ahead of the match Cardiff Blues Director of Rugby Phil Davies said,

“Since the start of the season we have got better week in week out but we have not had the rewards on the scoreboard, which is the most important thing, as obviously we want to win every game.

“We were very unlucky against Munster, but had a good win against Wasps and played well against the Scarlets, a little ill discipline cost us the game.

“We did end that game with a bonus point meaning we finished the LV campaign in joint top of the group, which is pleasing.

“It was a really good game against Zebre last weekend.

“I thought we played very, very well and if we had been a bit more clinical we could have scored three or four more tries.

“We have said since the start of the season that we are in transition and we have a lot of young players coming through.

“What we have done over the last few months, although it has been painful at times with some of the results, is create some depth and given a lot of players opportunities.

“We have given opportunities to twelve or fourteen players many of whom are under the age of 22.

“This is good for us and the sort of experience we are gaining with them will help us on Friday night.

“We have a good chance against the Ospreys; they are in the same position as we are.

“It will be the next generation of stars on show and hopefully it will be an excellent game.”

Dan Fish and Tom James were injured in the Zebre game.

Tom James is out for approximately six weeks with a broken bone in his foot while the Blues are awaiting scan results for Dan Fish.

Cardiff Blues 15. Rhys Patchell 14. Tom Williams 13. Gavin Evans 12. Dafydd Hewitt 11.Owen Williams 10. Ceri Sweeney 9. Lloyd Williams

8. Robin Copeland 7. Josh Navidi (c) 6. Rory Watts-Jones 5. James Down 4. Michael Paterson 3. Taufa’ao Filise 2 .Marc Breeze 1. Sam Hobbs

16. Andi Kyriacou 17. Nathan Trevett 18. Benoit Bourrust 19.Macauley Cook 20. Andries Pretorius 21. Lewis Jones 22. Gareth Davies 23. Jason Tovey

Not available for selection through injury

Chris Czekaj- foot ligament – mid January return

Jake Cooper Wooley – Cruciate ligament knee – March return

Tom Davies – Cruciate ligament knee – March return

Dan Fish- shoulder injury – Awaiting scan results

Tom James- Fractured bone at base of toe – January return

With Wales squad

Jamie Roberts, Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Harry Robinson, Scott Andrews, Bradley Davies, Sam Warburton, Lou Reed

Devils v Steelers - THIS SUNDAY NIGHT!


The Trend for Hybrid Cycling Clothes: a Look at Vulpine and Velobici

Vulpine and Velobici are two fairly new apparel manufacturers out of the UK whose refined, hybrid approach to cycling clothing has been getting attention over the past year. The concept is appealing: technical cycling attire that can also pass as street clothes. But does it work? Some months ago, each company sent me samples of their lines to review, but I found myself inappropriately shaped for modeling these menswear garments. So I searched far and wide for a suitably sized male model and finally found the handsome and willing Vorpal Chortle - who is not only a lycra-shunning cyclist, but a self-described "xenoarchaeologist, gastronome, luminographer, zymurgist, anachronist, and eldritch pursuivant." In other words, perfect for the job. Read on for his take on the clothing and mine.

Vulpine Merino Button Jersey
Vulpine is a Surrey-based company that launched in March 2012, with the goal of designing garments that "perform a technical task for cycling and life." These garments utilise mostly natural fabrics and are available in subdued, classic colour schemes. The Merino Button Jersey shown here is one of their staple items. 

Vulpine Merino Button Jersey
Cut long and slim, this jersey is made from 180 gram Tasmanian merino wool, manufactured in China. Shown here in black, it is also available in blue. The overall look is subtle, with minimal branding. 

Vulpine Merino Button Jersey
The neckline of the jersey is V-shaped, similar to the neckline of an American baseball jersey. Four small buttons (engraved and featuring V-stitching) take the place of a zipper.

Vulpine Merino Button Jersey
A silicone waist gripper holds the hem in place. There are two side pockets and one middle zippered pocket in the rear. Above the middle picket is a reflective strip and a tail light tab. 

Vulpine Merino Button Jersey
The sleeves are edged with gray trim. An encircled V is subtly embroidered in gray here and elsewhere on the jersey. 

Vulpine Merino Button Jersey
Model's feedback: VC has been wearing the Vulpine merino jersey for a couple of months for commuting now. He also wore it on the Vermont Fall Classic brevet earlier this season. The men's jersey fits his slender masculine build very nicely. The fabric feels comfortable and light to him. He finds the temperature regulation and moisture wicking properties excellent. The weight of the fabric makes it best suitable as a warm weather jersey, or a layering piece. The design of the jersey suits VC's riding style as well as his personal style. He is happy to continue wearing it for commuting and recreational rides.

My feedback: I wore this jersey once. I liked the soft, feather-light fabric, and felt that the amount of stretch was just right. While the cut of the men's jersey was a bit too long and narrow in the hips for me, there is now a women's version that should work fine. However, the style in general is not really for me: It is too sporty to blend in with my everyday attire, but not sporty enough to work as a roadcycling jersey for my needs. As far as commuting and casual riding, Vulpine's new long sleeve polo might be more up my alley. And as far as roadcycling, I hope they consider manufacturing a more traditional cycling jersey using the same great fabric. 

Vulpine Cotton Rain Jacket
The Vulpine Cotton Rain Jacket is one of the more unique pieces of outerwear I have seen. The aesthetic is at once minimal and eye-catching. The structured look is extremely flattering on a man's body: subtly broadening the shoulders while elongating and slimming the torso. Vulpine's description as "influenced by British and military tailoring" is spot on. The unexpected colourschemes (available in charcoal and indigo, with bits of neon green and red peeking out) add a modern, urban twist.

Vulpine Cotton Rain Jacket
The Vulpine Rain Jacket is handmade (in South Korea) from "microscopically treated Epic Cotton™- a fabric created by applying a microscopic silicon coating to cotton before weaving." The fabric is advertised as wind, water and stain resistant. 

Vulpine Cotton Rain Jacket
The jacket's features include exterior side pockets and sleeve pocket with zip and magnetic closures, magnetic closures at the collar, rear vents, waterproof reflective zippers and sleeve cuffs, roomy interior pocketsdrawcords at the hem, waist and neck.

Vulpine Cotton Rain Jacket
The purpose of the sleeve pocket is to hold a set of keys, and a built in attachment is provided for this.

Vulpine Cotton Rain Jacket
The rear features a magnetic pull-down splash guard with reflective features, and a tail light loop.

Vulpine Cotton Rain Jacket
Model's feedback: VC has been wearing the Vulpine Cotton Rain Jacket for a couple of months now for commuting. He also wore it on the Vermont Fall Classic brevet - which included many miles of heavy rain. So far, he has found the jacket to be entirely waterproof and wind resistant. It fits him well and allows for easy movement on the bike. The sleeves are sufficiently long and do not pull. He finds the multitude of pockets and features useful. One critical piece of feedback, is that the pull-down flap in the rear does not always stay up when he wants it stowed away. Perhaps there is a way to address this in the garment's next iteration.

My feedback: As of now, there is no women's version of this jacket, and the men's does not fit my body well (too big in the shoulders and too long in the torso). I was therefore unable to form a personal impression of this garment. It looks great on VC.

Overall impressions of Vulpine apparel: If you prefer natural fabrics, classic design and are looking for a style that combines cycling clothes and casual wear, they are worth looking into. Mostly menswear for now, but a women's line is forthcoming.

Velobici San-Remo Turtle Neck
The Leicester-based Velobici was launched in 2011, manufacturing UK-made apparel "for riding, socialising or working." Their signature Seamless Knitwear line features classically cut merino wool tops and accessories. The San Remo Classic Turtleneck is a lightweight long-sleeve pullover cut slender and long. The garment pictured on the model is actually one that I've been wearing myself, but I asked VC to model it for the camera because the fit works so much better on his body than on mine. More on this topic later.

Velobici San-Remo Turtle Neck
The distinguishing feature of the San Remo is that it's literally knitted as one piece. There is not a single seam on the entire garment, yet cleverly placed darts shape the garment and add interesting textures. 

Velobici San-Remo Turtle Neck
Velobici does not provide information about the weight of the wool, but it is versatile enough to be worn on its own or over a base layer.

Velobici San-Remo Turtle Neck
The sleeves are quite long, with generously sized thumb loops.

Velobici San-Remo Turtle Neck
The knit is reinforced at the long hem, for increased durability. 

Velobici San-Remo Turtle Neck
Model's feedback: VC wore the pullover in the course of the photo-shoot. He liked the texture and feel of the San Remo and found that it fit him well, including the thumb loops. 

My feedback: I have worn the San Remo through all of last Spring and this Fall. I have found it most useful for long distance rides on an upright bike. I have never owned another "normal looking" wool sweater that works quite this well at regulating my body temperature. On my unseasonably cold trip to Ireland last May, I ended up wearing the San Remo nearly every day for 3 weeks straight, while cycling for 20-50 miles a day, simply because nothing else worked as well. When the pullover gets wet in the rain, it dries surprisingly quickly. It does not require much washing. And it has suffered hardly any pilling despite heavy use. The seamless construction eliminates chafing. The extra long hem at the rear provides full coverage even with low-rise trousers, whereas my other sweaters tend to ride up. The sleeves are long enough to use the thumb-loops. This sweater is in fact perfect, with my only complaint being that it is designed for men and looks awkward on me. Namely, my upper arms are not big enough to fill out the sleeves up top, and when I wear this sweater it looks like I have bat wings. It is also a bit too long in the torso. I strongly encourage Velobici to design a women's version of the San Remo. Functuonality-wise, this is the best sweater I have ever owned, and so I bought it from them for personal use despite the ill fit.

Velobici Bob Maitland Jersey, Seamless Arm Warmers
The Velobici Bob Maitland jersey, named after a 1948 Olimpic road cyclist, is a short sleeve two-tone jersey made from organic South African merino wool. It is seamless in construction. Sshown here with a pair of arm warmers.

Velobici Bob Maitland Jersey
The jersey features a 3/4 zip with a fairly high collar.

Velobici Bob Maitland Jersey
The tone-on-tone branding across the chest is subtle and textural. The zipper-pull is engraved with the Velobici logo.

Velobici Bob Maitland Jersey
The sleeves are quite long, extending neatly to the elbows. 

Velobici Bob Maitland Jersey
The single rear button pocket is knitted with a textural, tone-on-tone Union Jack pattern. The hem is subtly elongated in the rear.

Velobici Bob Maitland Jersey
Bob Maitland's name is embroiderd in cream in the front. 

Velobici Bob Maitland Jersey
Model's feedback: VC found the Bob Maitland jersey soft, comfortable, warm and itch-free. Aesthetically, he finds it quite attractive. The size XS fit him snugly, but works both as a base layer and as a mid layer. In the summer, this jersey might be too warm to wear, he feels, but it works perfectly in the early Fall New England temperatures on its own, or layered later in the season. About the rear pocket, he reports: "It is basically unreachable and appears to be mostly decorative. My hand just can't practically reach that pocket, it's too high." However, for his style of riding, jersey pockets are not an especially important feature. This jersey suits his personal style and he is happy to continue wearing it for commuting and recreational rides.

My feedback: I wore the Bob Maitland jersey once. As with my pullover, I was impressed with the comfort of the seamless construction. It is attractive and the feel is luxurious. However, I felt that the fabric was too warm for a short sleeve jersey (I was not able to wear it in temperatures above 70°F). Long sleeves might have made more sense here.

Overall impressions of Velobici: The seamless construction of the merino knitwear line is impressive and might spoil you from traditionally constructed garments. The softness of the merino wool is almost cashmere-quality, and seems best suited for colder temperatures. While these garments are designed for casual more than performance cycling, there is now also a roadie line. The women's line is sparse and focuses on urban fashions.

Both Velobici and Vulpine seem focused on high quality, on classic looks, and on hybrid designs to accommodate both roadcycling and commuting. I am on board with all of this in theory, but remain skeptical that the last bit can be accomplished. I think that these brands have a future. But I predict their offerings will polarise into more performance-specific and commuter-specific lines over time - both of which could be interesting and useful. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Welcome Kaimanawa Tora!!

He's here!! Our wild capture Kaimanawa has arrived!

Tora left Kaipara Kaimanawa's late morning yesterday and arrived safe and sound at Talisman Farm just after 7pm this evening. What a brave wee boy! I will get proper photos tomorrow but for now it's just cellphone pics and a very brief video. The driver is lucky he didn't get an eye-full as I was in the middle of changing out of my work clothes when Nick yelled to me that the truck had arrived! Eeek! So I threw on some clothes, grabbed my phone and ran out the door.
All the horses have welcomed him vocally and he is settling quietly in the yards, filling his face. He seems to have travelled very well and is taking it all in his stride. I'll get better photos in the coming days but for now the cell phone photos will have to do.


The Office Review: "The Target"


Best episode of the season, one of the most
serious episodes since season 2, and extremely

The two sub stories were funny, one the office
building a tower out of all the customer complaint
cards, and the other Jim buying Phyllis and Stanley
dinner so they would agree to cover for him, when
he is out of he office on his new business adventure.

The main storyline had heart, Angela wanted Dwight
to hire someone to physically assault the person who
had an affair with her husband (Dwight didnt know it was
Oscar at first) when Dwight found out, he stepped in and
stopped it, and then comforted Angela.

This episode showed  the true feelings these people
have for each other after being co workers for nine
years. With Dwight helping out, Phyllis and Stanley
agreeing to help Jim, and everybody cheering on Pam.

It would appear Erin has a thing for newbie.

Brilliant episode, comedy highlight of it, belongs
to Meredith, with just one word.


Ryan Rodenberg on Putter Ban

Sports Law Blog writer Ryan Rodenberg speaks to USA Today:
"My sense is that players and manufacturers would have a lot of difficulty, as courts generally defer to unilaterally-imposed sports league rules," according to Ryan Rodenberg, assistant professor of sport law at Florida State University.

. . . .

Rodenberg likens this case the "spaghetti-string" tennis case from 30 years ago, Gunter Harz v. USTA.

"The judge in the Gunter Harz district court case (before it got to the court of appeals), ruling in favor of the USTA's ban on spaghetti strung rackets, posited that 'the court is not to substitute its own judgment for the of the ITF or the USTA,' " Rodenberg wrote in an email. 
For more, click here.  For another take in, click here.

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Arrangerande klubb av SM i kettlebell sport var Stockholm kettlebell. Det var tydligen en stor framgång både vad gällde resultat och arrangemang och stämmning. Här är resultaten: (LÄNK)
Kolla på poängberäkningssystemet om du vill se hur många reps de olika lyftarna gjorde. Helt hialösa siffror i en del fall!

Trollhättan Kettlebell Sport Klubb har juste och långt reportage från SM också: LÄNK

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Random Card Of The Day: 2011 Colin Kaepernick Sp Authentic Card

2011 SP Authentic Colin Kaepernick Rookie card #72!! GO 49RS!!!! 

Since Alex Smith had been drafted questions surrounded the 49ers pick of him and with an injury a few weeks ago against the Rams it gave the 49ers what I call an excuse to try out a new QB and it worked! Colin Kaepernick finally gets the playing time he has earned other than the few spots they have put him on the field running Wild Cat formations. Kaepernick gives the 49ers a whole new dimension on offense. He has a powerful arm, can move on the run which now defenses must be aware of the 49ers offense. I would be very surprised if Coach Harbaugh goes back to Smith.

So far on the season Kaepernick has completed 48-74 attempts and thrown for 680 yards and 3 td's. And Alex Smith has 152-217 for 1731 yards and 13 TD's so far this season.