If we see that a Champions League game in on at 8.45 PM we head to the store, buy some snacks, switch to the channel the game is on and enjoy the rest of the evening. We watch a game surrounded by darkness, never thinking how it is possible that the stadium is illuminated like a Christmas tree. If we told this story to our ancestors who were pioneering football fans, they probably wouldn’t believe us. Modern sporting venues and especially football stadiums no longer depend on the time of the day because the floodlights are turned on at dusk. Have you ever wondered how this came about?
As someone with firsthand experience, I can confirm that shin splints are a huge pain both physically and figuratively. When I began running track in high school, shin splints were the number one biggest complaint from my peers and the most common reason for my teammates to sit out of practices and meets. I assumed that shin splints were an inevitable reality of being an athlete, so I never thought about ways to avoid them. When I first got shin splints in my sophomore year of high school, I realized just how disruptive they are and how much of a damper they can put not just on an athlete’s career, but in all aspects of life. So I set out to do some research and see what I could do to prevent ever having to deal with shin splints again, and I’m going to share what I know with you today.
When you become a parent, you put your child’s needs and wants ahead of your own. No matter what they want to do in life, you do everything you can to support them and make their dreams a reality. Depending on your pre-kid lifestyle, you may have been ecstatic or mortified when they first told you they wanted to play football. Either way, when they decided to join the football team, they signed you both up for a potentially life-changing journey. Your child became a football player and you became a football mom (or dad).
I’ve been a high school basketball coach for three years now, and I’ve learned a thing or two about working with the team. While it’s been a number of years since our last big championship, the team has been in the upper ranks in our region and has been steadily rising. Our core principles of teamwork, sportsmanship, and respect have brought us far, and there’s a good camaraderie among the boys. I had been feeling great about my role as head coach and confident in my ability to lead the team deep into the playoffs and, potentially, a championship trophy.
Troubled Manchester United plays their sworn arch-rivals, Liverpool, at Old Trafford on matchday 9. The Solskjaer camp will be looking to bounce back from their shock defeat at Newcastle a fortnight ago. Jurgen Klopp’s men, on the other hand, have had a perfect start to this campaign, collecting 24 points out of a possible 24 from their opening eight games. The odds are stuck against Ole and his men.