What Is Sports Handicapping?

At Salt Lake City in 2002, speed-skater Steven Bradbury won what television commentators in his native Australia called “perhaps the most incredible gold medal in Olympic history.” He was Australia’s first-ever Winter Olympics champion and, of course, the nation was celebrating. Others, however, were somewhat angry.

By his own admission, Bradbury was lucky, winning his medal after his opponents (including the favorite, America’s Apolo Anton Ohno) had crashed in a heap in front of him. When he accepted the medal, he was booed by the mostly American crowd. Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan, echoing much of the US media, moaned that “the wrong person” had won. NBC commentators called it a farce, demanding a re-skate. Even foul play was suggested, as the umpire happened to be Australian.

But why bother holding the race if everyone already knew that Ohno was the “right man”? The object of the game was to reach the finish line first – and Bradbury he did so, without cheating. Sport is just not about speed and strength, but about strategy and luck. Bradbury claimed that he had won a strategic victory; he knew he couldn’t skate faster than his opponents, but he also knew that he could gamble on a crash. Whatever the case, he won. Sometimes sport is like that.

So often, a worthy champion falls due to bad luck or a freak accident – and Australia itself has not been immune to such disasters. When they celebrated Bradbury’s victory, Aussies were relieved that, finally, dumb luck was on their side. 슈어맨

Compare the crowds at Salt Lake City with those at Sydney during the 2000 Olympics. As always, local favorites were knocked from their perches. But one athlete seemed particularly unlucky. Race-walker Jane Saville, easily in front in the 20-kilometre race-walk, was disqualified at the stadium tunnel, minutes from victory. Her crime: having both legs off the ground at once – three times. In tears, she was asked whether she needed anything. “A gun to shoot myself,” she replied.

Watching this, the Sydney crowd was stunned, but still managed to applaud when China’s Wang Liping, well behind Saville, walked to the finish line. Though many were angry at the race-walking rules, there was no booing when Wang was presented with her medal. That’s the game.

The next year, at the 2001 World Swimming Championships at Fukuoka, Australia’s 4×200-metre women’s medley relay team fell foul of an even more obscure rule. Having swum the fastest drug-free time in history, they dived back in the pool to splash around in joyous celebration – unaware that they could not re-enter the pool until the race was over.

The Italian team was still finishing, so the Australians were shocked to discover that they had been disqualified. This time, the Australian media – which had been sympathetic to Saville – were less forgiving of these women for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. One newspaper columnist called them “four silly girls” – which was unfair, as the final swimmer had done nothing wrong, and the others insisted that they were unaware of that rule. When you’re busy training, it’s not really on your mind.

For Australia’s Winter Olympics team, Bradbury’s improbable victory at Salt Lake City was a consolation after one of of his compatriots, world champion ski-jumper Jacqui Cooper, had been injured in a freak training accident only days before. While Bradbury was winning gold, she was flying home for medical assistance. Cooper was the favourite, but she was no stranger to freak mishaps at the Winter Games. At Nagano in 1998 (where she had also been the favourite), she had landed head-first and suffered concussion.


Rebulit and Remanufactured Engines

Engines – they’re the heart of the automobile, the device that powers the machine that enables us to reach point B from point A and anywhere in between. Without it, you’re stuck – stalled on the shoulder, or consigned to the garage. A good car needs a good engine – while the transmission, the wheels, rotors and brakes, the exhaust manifold and every other part of an automobile serves an integral purpose, they’re all useless without an engine. When engines go out, it’s either time for a new engine or a new car.

Used engines, like used cars, can be a gold mine of value if you know how to recognize quality. The lowest price is not always necessarily the best value. When you find a good deal on a used engine, it’s important to consider the history of the engine. What happened to the car it came from? Was it salvaged from a vehicle that was totaled due to cosmetic damage? Or was it extracted from an overworked automobile that was driven into the ground. Asking the right questions can help you save money and get the most out of your used engine. used engines

Rebuilt engines are made from recycled, reconditioned and remanufactured engines and are built to perform like new. Because they undergo rigorous testing and held to a high standard of quality and performance, rebuilt engines will cost a bit more than used engines. But their value lies in reliability. Rebuilt engines come with limited warranties that guarantee the longevity of the part – we’ll be sure to let you know exactly what’s covered and for how long, so you won’t be left in the dark.


The Connection Between Problem Gambling and Stress

Do you or someone you know have a gambling problem? Recent studies have shown that it may be caused by one or more of the following; alcoholism, bipolar disorder, major depression, drugs that may be prescribed to treat Parkinson’s disease, or even stress. Gambling is often used as a stress reliever and diversion, but for people with certain risk factors, it can lead to a problem and even pathological or compulsive gambling.

Clinicians who treat gambling problems usually agree that the best way to treat the problem is by immediate cessation, support groups, and controlling other contributing factors such as those mentioned above. Following that line of thought, for people who gamble to relieve stress, using a relaxation strategy may help to control the problem. But what exactly is a relaxation strategy and how can you use it effectively?

A relaxation strategy is a tailored plan to relieve stress in your life by

1. recognizing stressors (when possible)

2. eliminating stressors (when possible)

3. using physical exercise and other stress relieving methods like hypnosis, meditation, or diversions such as hobbies. บาคาร่า

Guided meditations are one of the ways that a person can relax and relieve stress. One of the nice things about guided meditations is that they may be downloaded off the internet and also they may be tailored with suggestions that also help to control problem gambling as well as relaxing the person who is meditating and thereby relieving stress. The two pronged approach of relieving stress and also using hypnotic suggestions to control gambling can be very effective.

The reason they are so effective is that when you are deeply relaxed your subconscious mind is more accessible and open to suggestions. Your subconscious mind is where your emotions and behavior originate. You are driven by your emotions and stored or learned behavior. Gambling to relieve stress is a learned behavior. No one is born knowing that gambling will relieve the stress he or she experiences, but over time, problem gamblers learn to use gambling to control the stress in life. Unfortunately, for some people, the learned behavior spirals out of control.

So replacing gambling with a good guided meditation can help to relieve the desire to gamble. Guided meditations come in many varieties and styles.

For more information about controlling gambling problems with guided meditations, go to

Wil Langford, R. Hy., is a 54 yr. old. Clinical Hypnotherapist, Integrated Energy Therapist, and teacher. He is the author of, “Your Loved Ones, Your Self; finding and Raising the Family Within.”


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The Brains Behind Online Casino Slots

When you play slots at a casino online, you are relying on the results of a random number generator, or RNG. It is a myth that slot machines run on some sort of “cycle” that can be analyzed to see when it is “due” for a jackpot. Anyone who purports to have some sort of system for figuring out when slots are due for a jackpot is only trying to separate you from your money, so beware.

Slot machines in online casinos contain microprocessors running special programs that randomly generate numbers corresponding to the symbols on each reel. It is constantly running as long as the machine remains powered, and new random numbers are generated every millisecond (1/1000 of a second). The random number programs generate values from 0 to 4,000,000,000 that are translated to specific numbers corresponding to the combination of symbols on the slot machine’s reels. The outcome of the spin is determined solely by the number chosen by the RNG, and is selected as soon as the user clicks on “Spin.”

The specific algorithm, or mathematical formula used to generate random numbers must have its accuracy confirmed by auditing agencies to ensure that the numbers generated truly are random. This ensures that players are not being cheated by the casino. บาคาร่า1688

To give you some idea about how the RNGs in “reel” type electronic slot machines work, consider the following. Each reel contains 22 stops. In a three reel machine, there are 22 times 22 times 22, or 10,648 different combinations. So the probability of your winning the top jackpot on a three-reel machine is 1 in 10,648. But keep in mind that previous spins do not affect future spins, so it does not mean that there’s definitely a jackpot once in every 10,648 spins. There is no cycle of winning and losing on slots.

The RNG selects the combinations of numbers a thousand times each second, so there is no way to time your spin so that it selects anything other than a random combination of random numbers. Hence, the game is purely one of chance.

To make sure that the random numbers behind your favorite casino online slots games are really random, independent analysts will subject it to rigorous testing. One testing system used in the testing of the RNGs behind online slots is known as FIPS 140-2, and is a US government standard for hardware or software that encrypts and decrypts data. FIPS 140-2 specifies the security requirements that have to be satisfied by cryptographic modules, and is used to test that RNG output streams are genuinely random.

Online slots not only have higher payout percentages than do bricks-and-mortar casino slot machines (due to lower overhead), they also have some great bonuses. When you choose an online casino for slots, look for one that gives regular bonuses. You can find web casinos that offer daily and weekly bonuses, weekend bonuses, and VIP bonuses if you’re a big spender. You can be eligible for up to 400% in bonuses if you spend anything up to $2,000 as a regular online slots player, and far more if you’re a bigger spender. Big bonuses plus regularly audited RNGs and payout reports are what you should look for when you choose a place to play slots online.


Making Your Car Yours With Aftermarket Auto Parts

Low visibility is one of the many culprits in road accidents. If you have ever driven through dense precipitation such as rain, snow, sleet, or through fog, then you know the potential danger, especially when your vehicle is not equipped to face such conditions. When traveling through fog, it is necessary to drive cautiously and be alert. used engines

In foggy conditions, the level of danger escalates especially if the precipitation is quite thick and visibility is near zero. This is further heightened by the fact that headlights are generally of no good use since they will reflect off of the fog and create a phenomenon called “dispersion”. This blurs the light and creates more visibility problems.

Thus, fog lights are necessary when you frequently drive through a foggy area. Fog lights are generally non-standard lights that are installed on vehicles to ensure safety and visibility in foggy conditions. Fog lights are different from headlights because they are yellow in color instead of white. Apparently, white light which is composed of different wavelengths (colors) is likely to scatter off in the fog droplets.

Meanwhile, if you illuminate using a single wavelength, for instance, yellow in fog lights, there is a better penetration of light with less dispersion. Another consideration is that our eyes are more sensitive to yellow and green light. Thus, fog lights are required for foggy conditions and are a necessity in vehicles which regularly traverse through foggy areas especially at night or at early morning.

To increase visibility and minimize the danger in foggy situations, fog lights are a must-have. A cautious driver would want to ensure his safety as well as that of his vehicle and its occupants. Installing fog lights in a vehicle will ensure that you can sufficiently see and be seen to avoid any mishap on the road. Fog lights are readily accessible in the auto parts market. They come in different varieties and are usually located at the front and at the rear.

Purchasing fog lights for your car is an excellent investment. It will not only assure safety and visibility in foggy and low visibility situations, it will also impart a fresher look to your vehicle.


Football Gambling Today

Football gambling can be very lucrative for gamblers. This can depend on how well informed the gambler is and how much information the gambler has about football and the propensity to make good and well informed decisions. If the gambler is smart and capable of making smart decisions, football gambling can be a very profitable activity. However, as with any type of gambling, the gambler must be very careful not to let this gambling get the better of their senses. This type of gambling revolves around the game of football and can be based on national football league games, as well as college football games. It encompasses all types of football games, and gambling can work with all of these, and other sports, games. ทางเข้า ufabet

There are very many ways to go about exploring the world of football gambling. It can be performed online or through a traditional “real world” bookie. And if, through knowledge and smart money management, bookies or the gamblers are able to make a profit, football gambling can very easily make a comfortable lifestyle for the gambler, or exist as a fun, challenging and lucrative hobby.

Any type of gambling is easy to access, and if responsibility and precautions are taken, then there is nothing wrong with activities such as football gambling. This pass time can be very fun, challenging and it can also be lucrative in ways what would all benefit the gambler. One has to be careful and responsible, but gambling can still be something entertaining while it will still teach valuable things, or things worth learning. These gambling activities are easy to access online on websites and in internet rooms as well as offline in real world setting

Car Cover Secrets That Will Keep Your Car Looking Like New

Do you use a car cover to protect your car, truck or SUV? If not you should consider it. A quality car cover will last four to five years. That means you can use a high quality cover for $40 to $100 per year, depending on the product you choose. In this article you will discover how you can get more from your cover and how to use it properly to avoid potential issues.

Choose the Right Cover

Do you park your car indoors, outdoors or a combination of both? Do you live in a humid climate or a dry climate? Does your car need protection from heavy rain fall or snow? All of these questions and more help determine the type of vehicle cover you need. By this I don’t mean the brand; I’m talking about the material.

A quality cover can cost between $175 and $500, so you’ll need to check your facts to make sure you get the right one. The fabric you choose will have a lot to do with how well it works for you.

In some cases you will need to make some trade-offs or be prepared to buy two. For example, if you want to use your cover both inside and out, a heavy-duty waterproof car cover will probably drive you crazy. In this case, choose a material that’s light enough to use inside and can tolerate moderate weather conditions when used outside.

When you first start looking, the choices in fabrics might seem overwhelming or unnecessary, but I assure you each material has its benefits and distinct purpose. There’s too much information on this subject to share here.

Make Sure Your Car Is Clean

One of the horrible mistakes I see people make is using their car cover on a dirty car. If your vehicle is just a little dusty, you’ll get fine swirl marks in your paint. If your vehicle is really dirty it may start to look like someone scrubbed it with steel wool.

Here’s a tip. Get a California Car Duster. I’ve had mine for over twenty years and it’s fantastic. I prefer the original version with the wooden handle, but it’s also available in plastic.

All you need to do is dust off your car with the duster and you’ll be good to go. It takes about two minutes on a large vehicle. I kid you not, it’s fast and easy.

In case you’re wondering if they scratch, the answer is definitely no. The paraffin wax in the fibers of the duster work wonders, even on black cars.

Make Sure You Put It On Correctly

Nothing drives me nuts more than watching someone yank a cover off their car, wad it up into a ball, then toss it into the trunk or the back seat. Talk about a recipe for disaster. Let me explain.

Car covers use a lot of fabric; yards and yards of it, in fact. If you don’t fold it neatly, how will you ever know the front from the rear? While you’re trying to figure that out you’re sliding it all over the car, potentially making more swirl marks and scratches.

Here’s a better way. To remover your cover, always start at the front. Fold the front lip up towards the windshield in 12 to 18 inch laps. Once you get to the middle of the roof, do the same thing from the rear. Now go to the passenger side of the car and begin rolling the cover towards the driver’s side. Stop half way and finish from the other side.

To put it back on your vehicle you simply start from the driver’s side, hold the loose end, and toss the roll to the other side. Next, unfold to the rear, unfold to the front and you’re done. This way you completely avoid dragging the fabric over the paint surface. junkyards near me

Avoid Windy Conditions

A little bit of wind is not an issue. Heavy winds can be a disaster. If it’s going to be super windy, you may be better off removing and storing your cover. Imagine the damage that can occur if you live in a dessert or beach area and sand gets between your car and a cover that’s whipping in the wind.

Some products fit very snugly and have accessories to keep them in place in windy conditions. Be sure to read the instructions for proper use of the wind control devices and the wind conditions they can withstand.

Keep It Clean

It should be obvious with all that I have said that you need to keep your car cover clean. You might be wondering how to wash it. After all, if you have a large vehicle the sheer size of the ball of fabric won’t fit in most household washers. One way is to take it to a coin operated laundry. If you do, be sure to use one without a center agitator, as it will tear the fabric to shreds.

I do it another way. I literally wash it on the car itself. I hose the car down first, put it on and wash it with car wash shampoo. When the outside is clean I turn it over and do the underside. I rinse it well, allow it to drip dry for a while, then toss it in the dry to tumble dry for thirty minutes or so. Just make sure you don’t put it on your car wet and let it sit out in the sunshine.

I hope this article has helped you to be a better car cover user. They are a wonderful way to help you take better car of your car, but only if you take care to use it properl

Top 7 Tips to Write a Brilliant Essay

It is definitely a million dollar question. While applying for scholarship programs and hoping to win the award, putting your thought on paper becomes utmost important. To become a deserving candidate, you need to know how to win an essay contest. More important, you should know how to write an scholarship essay that wins over scholarship sponsors or judges. No doubt, writing the personal essay is the toughest part of a scholarship application. However, if you are well prepared to write the essay, you can really gain an extra edge over your competition (applicants). Who Invented homework

Most people have difficulty in writing, as compared to speaking. It is, therefore, can be a good idea to speak into a tape recorder first. And then you have done talking, you can transcribe the speech and put it on paper. This can really give a wonderful start to your scholarship essay.

Given below are some important tips for writing personal essays, straight from the scholarship providers. Keep these tips in mind to make your essay a hit. Essay typer

Think before you write
Writing an essay does not mean just starting to write. Have a brainstorming session to get some wonderful ideas. Then start writing the scholarship essay.

Be original
Here, creativity has a crucial role to play. If you are not original, your essay may just get lost in the crowd of other scholarship applications. So, use your innovative skills to keep the originality. By being original while writing the essay, you can really stand yourself apart from other candidates. Write my Essay

Show, don’t tell
To make a strong impression, you need to show it to the judges not just tell it. Try to make use of anecdotes, stories and other effective examples that can bring life and feel to your essay. An impressive personal essay should be free from generalities and vagueness. Try to give a demonstration of the point you make in the essay.

Develop a theme
Make your essay demonstration thematic. Do not just give a list of your achievements. Include experiences that help develop a theme. If you are unable to develop a theme, you are not going to attract the attention of scholarship judges.

Know your audience
If you thought one essay fitted all, you need to give it a serious thought. A personal essay should be tailored to the requirements and cause a specific scholarship organization stands for. So, for each different scholarship award you apply for, write a new essay.

Make your essay neat and readable
The personal essay should be neat to look at and easy to read. Make sure it has white spaces and you leave proper margin space on all sides. The look and the readability of the essay can make or break your impression on the scholarship judges.

Proofread the essay for grammatical errors
Now that you have finished writing, it is time to have a look at it again to make sure the essay has no spelling errors and grammatical mistakes. A good idea is to show your essay and get it proofread by one of your teachers or close friends.

If you are able to put these essay writing tips to practice, you can definitely make a strong impression on judges and become a deserving candidate for winning scholarship awards.


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