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The development of the BMX bike

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016

The average person may not know what BMX stands for, but it means ‘bicycle motocross’. While it may seem odd to have the same refer to something with a motor—the motocross part—that is due to the fact that it’s not an organic name as such, but was instead a name that paid homage to its spiritual forefather, motocross. Children in southern California, where motocross racing was quite popular in the 1970s. One of the most widely used bikes at the time in that region by the Sting-Ray, produced by Schwinn. The bike was relatively inexpensive and crucial for a BMX bike it was well-built and easy to manipulate. Children began emulating the motocross sports they were watching by driving their bikes on dirt tracks. The film On Any Sunday, starring Steve McQueen, was released in 1971 and brought to the attention of a wider public for one of the first times ever, motorcycle sport which became hugely popular. And as children often do, they emulated what they saw by riding their bicycles in a way similar to how they saw in the film.

By the mid 70s BMX bikes had become extremely popular and the manufacturers of bicycles had begun taking note. They started constructing purpose-built BMX bikes. This was one of the rare causes in sporting history in which the purpose-built venues existed before the purpose-built accoutrement necessary for the discharge of the sport. 

In 1974 the National Bicycle League (NBL) was found by George Esser, whose sons were racers in his motorcycle leagues and also enthusiastic BMX riders in their free time. Within only a few years the sport had become widely popular with bookmakers even making books on the various events that the NBL organised, such as 26 January 1974 race at Miami Hollywood Speedway Park in Florida (although technically speaking this was an event organised not by the NBL, but the National Motorcycle League, the parent company of the MBL).

The sport kept growing and in 1977 the American Bicycle Association was established, followed a few years later, in 1981, by the International BMX Federation. Although the International BMX Federation has ceased to exist, having been incorporated into the Union Cyclist International, or UCI, the International BMX Federation organised the first international competition in 1982.

Unlike other sports that are equally dangerous such as mountain biking or surfing or skiing, BMX can be practised essentially wherever there is enough dirt for a track with a couple of hills and ramps. This is one of the factors that has gone in to making BMX biking one of the most popular cycling sports today and one of the sports that can be found nearly everywhere in the world

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A couple of Do’s and Dont’s for sports betting

Posted by on May 29, 2016

DO accept that they are going to be losses.If there weren’t uncertainty you won’t be able to make bets. There are no bookies offering odds about what time sunrise is tomorrow. If you’re going to get into this as a hobby, you need to be prepared to accept the losses. It’s just part of gambling. If you’re not prepared to lose on occasion you’re going to cause yourself a lot of emotional grief and quite possibly financial stress.

DO find a balance between the statistics and your visceral reaction, your ‘gut feeling’. Because it is an uncertainty there’s an element of going with what you feel—we all know about Beginner’s Luck—but that’s a very poor system to earn money. You will need to understand the statistics and probability of what it is you’re betting on and it’s best to be guided by data and logic. However, at the end of the day you may want to throw a little bit of that gut feeling in with the mix, for good measure.

DO learn about the gaming industry. You’ll want to learn about how casinos and bookies make their books. Also remember that odds are expressed differently in different countries (to say nothing on what is and isn’t legal!) so be prepared to spend some hours learning about the industry as much as about the sports you’re betting on.

DON’T pay money for tips. If you happen to know someone who knows someone who knows a guy who said a certain team has a chance of winning, it’s up to you to decide how much value you put on that information. However, never pay for information, because more than likely whoever is selling that information is preying on desperate gamblers who are falling behind and just need to win ‘that one big one’.

DON’T bet on your favourite team or bet against the team you hate. Of course, you’re more than welcome to do that if you think your team will win or the other team will lose, but that’s simply letting emotion get in the way of profit. You may have to bet on the team you despise or bet against your beloved team if you’re trying to turn a profit.

DON’T be drawn in by favourable odds. Odds are there for a reason and it doesn’t make sense to avoid them. If a bookie is offering huge odds, then chances are that the bookie is reasonably certain that they are going to lose. And so are you if you bet on them!

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Little Rock Trojans vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns Preview

Posted by on Mar 12, 2016

The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns get together with the No.1-seeded Little Rock Trojans in the third round of the SBC tournament at Lakefront Arena. The game gets underway at 2:00 pm ET on Saturday, Mar. 12 and will air on ES3. A couple more wins and one of these teams could be dancing in the March Madness Bracket Contest.

The Trojans were beaten by Appalachian State 69-63 in their last game. Josh Hagins was the team’s high scorer, contributing 15. The Ragin’ Cajuns, meanwhile, are coming off a 90-68 win over South Alabama in the 2. Shawn Long led the game in scoring with 34 points on 13-for-20 shooting.

Based on each team’s statistical profile, the turnover story could loom large in this showdown. Louisiana-Lafayette commits the 32nd-fewest errors in the nation (TO% of 17.7%), while Little Rock’s ball-hawking defense causes the seventh-most (opponents’ TO% of 21.6%).

The Trojans have won both contests against the Ragin’ Cajuns this season, but dropped their most recent game, a 68-64 blowout. Long was the game’s leading scorer with 34 points.

Notes

Little Rock and Louisiana-Lafayette hold winning records against the Sun Belt Conference this season. The Little Rock Trojans sit at 17-3 SU and the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns have a 13-8 record.

The Little Rock Trojans rank 87th for their offensive rating of 109.9. The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns have a defensive rating of 102.3 (ranked 49th).

With 64.5 possessions and 1.099 points per possession, the Little Rock Trojans perform worse on both metrics than the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. Louisiana-Lafayette averages 71.9 possessions and 1.112 points per possession.

The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns average an effective field goal percentage of 49.6% this season. The Little Rock Trojans have a winning 4-2 record in games where opponents have an eFG% of 49.6% or greater.

On average, the Little Rock Trojans attempt 19.0 three point field goals per game and the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns attempt 21.0. In games where they attempt at least 20 threes, Little Rock has a dazzling 13-3 record, while Louisiana-Lafayette is 10-7.

Ranked seventh in the nation, Louisiana-Lafayette averages 41.8 rebounds per game. Little Rock ranks lower at 280th with 34.0 RPG.

Louisiana-Lafayette ranks fifth in offensive rebounding, placing it among the best in the nation. Little Rock ranks a poor 232nd in defensive rebounds.

Though Little Rock is one of the best in the country in forcing turnovers with opponents averaging a TO% of 21.6% (ranked seventh), Louisiana-Lafayette is undefeated (4-0) when its TO% is 21.6% or greater.

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