December 02, 2013

Avoid Bloopers When Buying A Sport Boat

Powerboat owners are some of the most enthusiastic sports fans you’ll find anywhere. Power boating is more than just pleasant recreation or a way of getting somewhere – it’s a passion and a way of life. However, if you have only recently become hooked, the chances are that you are still trying to figure out what type of boat you should buy. Many people who are new to the sport find the range of choices overwhelming – and end up making serious mistakes when buying their first boat.
If you are going to buy a sport boat, then you really need to do your homework. This starts with deciding how you want to use your boat. For example, do you plan to use it mainly for fishing, or are you thinking of entering water-skiing tournaments? This is going to have a significant impact on the amount of power that you need – there is no point in buying a boat that is too slow for high-speed water sports, but buying a powerful gas-guzzler makes no sense if you’re going to cruise quietly around a lake. The way you use your boat can also affect things such as whether you choose an inboard or outboard motor. 
It’s also important to determine what size of boat you need. Of course, part of this is down to how many people you intend to have on the boat, but there are also some other key considerations. For instance, if you are planning on taking your boat on large bodies of water, then a bigger boat is much better. This is because wide-open waters tend to become quite choppy at times, and this can throw small boats around. On the other hand, smaller boats are good for smaller lakes, and have the advantage that they are more maneuverable in tight spots and have a shallower draft – which is important if you want to avoid running aground in shallow waters.

Before you buy, also make sure that you can afford the boat you are going to buy. Don’t just look at the base price of a model – include all the various extra equipment that you will need – for example, navigation equipment and things such as canvas covers. You should be able to figure this out online using the manufacturer’s website – for example, Monterey Sport Boats has a tool that lets you select the model, choose all your options, and then get a total price.

Once you have the price of the boat that you want to buy, you then need to think about the ongoing costs. These include things such as insurance, licensing, fuel, mooring fees, and the cost of storing your boat in winter. You also need to set aside budget to do regular maintenance on your boat – this is an area where you don’t want to try to economize, since if you don’t maintain your boat properly, you will end up paying more in the long-term to fix major problems.

November 27, 2013

We Can Learn From Soccer In Brazil

If there is one country that is synonymous with a passion for soccer, it is Brazil. We’re all looking forward to the World Cup there next year, but there’s no reason to wait until the teams hit the pitch in 2014 to start to learn why Brazil has been a soccer powerhouse since before the days of Pele. The list of players goes on – Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Garrincha, Zito, Didi, and Gilmar to name but a few.

Kids in Brazil learn football in a very different way from the way we do in the northern hemisphere. While we are forever teaching young children about tactics, triangles and blindside runs, growing up with football in Brazil is a much more spontaneous experience. If you go to a poor area in Brazil or head down to the beach, you will see Brazilian youngsters playing on any surface they can find – on the streets, on concrete, and even on waste ground. Many of them are barefoot – they can’t afford fancy boots and probably wouldn’t want them if they could. This is all about learning the basics – shooting, dribbling and the stunning tricks for which the Brazilians are famous.

This approach makes so much sense – not that anyone has really “designed” it. It is a natural consequence of the love for the game, instilling enthusiasm in kids – which is what they need before they go on to learn more advanced tactics. Kids in Brazil don’t really start to learn about these “finer points” until they are around 14 years of age – by which time they have built the skills they need to actually execute the tactics that they are being taught.

In fact, the very nature of football in Brazil contributes to skills development. From a very early age, kids play Futsal – a five-a-side game that is played on a small court that is similar in size to a basketball court. Think of any Brazilian international star and you can be sure that he grew up playing Futsal. The game is played with a smaller, heavier ball that tends not to bounce, which means that it sticks to the foot more easily. This in turn gives kids more confidence in their game. This confidence is further reinforced by the fact that they are playing barefoot – which makes it easier to strike the ball accurately. The small size of the playing surface also makes a real difference – kids learn to control the ball when they are in a tight spot, and know how to score goals from just about any angle.

The other thing that is remarkable when you see kids playing soccer in Brazil is how their parents behave when they are watching. While we put pressure on our kids to achieve – and some of us even tell them off when they make a mistake – this is not the case in Brazil. Parents encourage their kids to show off, and don’t take it out on them when something goes wrong. It would be great if we could all take a leaf from that playbook.

October 25, 2013

The Best Ping Pong Ball In A Cup Trick Shots

Technically not bloopers, we had to bring you this cool video of the best "Ping Pong Ball In A Cup Trick Shots":
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World Sport Bloopers was created following the frustration of using video sites. Many offered videos that were filed under 'funny' or 'humor' but were not specific to sport. It required a lot of searching to find what we wanted. Even when you found the video, it was often edited poorly or inserted in a news segment so it had less impact.

World Sport Bloopers is inspired by UK shows like Fantasy Football (hosted by comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner), the eccentric Frenchman Remi Gaillard and US shows like Jackass. We aim to bring you the best bloopers, fails and WTF moments. We hope you enjoy the site!!