21
Jun
2011

At least you can talk like a volleyball player...

It seems that every sport has it's own unique language when it comes to trash talking, and volleyball is no exception. Next time you are at the net, I want you to be prepared to at least sound like you know what you are doing. I have assembled a quick list of some of the more "colorful" volleyball terms commonly used in our neck of the woods. This "volleyball vocab" tutorial won't help your game, but if you can "talk the talk", maybe your opponents won't laugh at you quite as hard the next time a "6-Pack" is delivered to you (which isn't as pleasant as it sounds):Defense isn't just to keep de-dogs in de-yard:Campfire (or Campfire Defense):  When a volleyball ends up on the court between 2 or more players, it is often times referred to as a "Campfire". When the ball hits the court, there is a moment or two when  it looks like the players are standing around and staring dumbfounded at a campfire....
17
Jun
2011

Thinking about buying a volleyball set?

Thinking about buying a volleyball set?
Volleyball is now the second most popular sport on the planet and is played by an estimated 800 million people worldwide. When shopping online, you will be presented with every type of volleyball system imaginable and there is an overwhelming amount of information to sift through in making your choice. In the end you need to assess your situation and find the volleyball system that is the best fit for you.If you are a highly competitive or aggressive player, buying a net from the local retail store doesn't make a lot of sense. Neither does spending too little on a volleyball system that has substandard poles made of plastic or thin metal. If you are a "weekend warrior" or recreational player who only sets on the system for the back yard picnic or occasional trip to the beach - which will be the majority of you reading this - it doesn't make sense to spend too much on a system (unless you are that neighbor who just HAS to have the coolest toys on the block). We...
14
Jun
2011

Featured Vendor For June - Park & Sun Sports

Featured Vendor For June - Park & Sun Sports
At Unique-Sports.com, we pride ourselves on the partnerships we have formed over the years. We have gone to great lengths to feature the highest quality equipment from the industry leading brands in each sport. There are certain brands that are instantly identifiable as the undisputed leader in their industry. When it comes to pitching machines, one thinks of JUGS. Basketball Systems by First Team are considered among the best on the market. Stackhouse is on top when it comes to Track & Field equipment... and there is simply no other brand that means as much to Volleyball as Park & Sun Sports.Park & Sun Sports has a distinguished heritage as a sporting goods designer and supplier, and they reaffirm their dedication to the volleyball industry with commitment to innovation and quality. They have designed and supplied high quality, recreational sporting goods equipment for over 20 years. Not so long ago, Park & Sun was honored with a SGMA Member Heroes Award....
15
Oct
2010

MLB Playoff Recap and Preview

The first round of the MLB playoffs will go down in the history books for the spectacular pitching performances put on by the likes of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Tim Lincecum among others. Halladay became a Philadelphia sports icon in an instant after pitching the second no-hitter in post-season history and his second of the year. Cliff Lee can be credited with winning the Texas Rangers their first series in franchise history single handedly, literally and Tim Lincecum also made history by posting a franchise best 14 strike-outs to help the Giants past the Braves in the first round.The theme of this entire Major League Baseball season has seemed to be the dominance of pitchers and the playoffs have proven to be no different. During the season people searched for an explanation to this new trend, stating that hitters no longer using performance-enhancing drugs could be it. After seeing what the big name pitchers have done in this post-season, as they have all year, I think such...
10
Sep
2010

U.S. Open 2010

The semi-finals of the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York will feature some familiar faces when play resumes on Saturday afternoon. Number 1 seeded Rafael Nadal earned a birth in the semis with a victory in straight sets over fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco. Nadal appeared to be on top of his game with the easy victory but surprisingly may not be favored to win the tournament. Nadal must now face Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the semi-final round that has plagued him throughout his U.S. Open career. Rafael Nadal has lost in the semis the last two years and has failed to ever take the U.S. Open title, the only major tournament that he has yet to win. If Nadal manages to make it past the semis, he will have to face an even greater test before he can claim his career grand slam. On the other side of the bracket sits none other than Roger Federer who is looking to add to his already illustrious trophy collection and No. 3 seeded Novak Djokovic who is always in title contention.As...
08
Sep
2010

NCAA and NFL Football Back and Better Then Ever

Football fans rejoice, the NFL season kicks off tomorrow night as the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints take on Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of last years NFC championship. As entertaining as that match up sounds, it is but a prelude to what this weekend has in store for football fanatics. This weekend’s college football lineup is possibly the most anticipated of the year as many high profile programs duel it out. If Mondays Boise State-Virginia Tech game was a preview to things to come, then we are in store for quite the weekend. Boise State jumped out to an early 17-point lead only to see it slip away by halftime. Kellen Moore led the Broncos to a victory with a 4th quarter drive that capped a performance that will surely place him as a perspective Heisman candidate.  With a victory Boise State looks to once again be on their way to a terrific season and probable BCS birth. Games on Saturday with heavy BCS implications will include...
02
Sep
2010

Big Ten Conference Unveils New Divisional Format

 On Wednesday night the commissioner of the Big Ten, Jim Delany, announced that the conference will realign with the arrival of Nebraska in 2011 and begin a divisional format. This arrangement will consist of two six- team divisions that are proposed as follows:Division 1:                                                         Division 2:Iowa                                                                   Ohio StateNebraska                                                          Penn StateMichigan           ...
27
Aug
2010

The Little League World Series Should Take a Cue from the Strasburg Injury

Washington Nationals rookie right-hander Stephen Strasburg has a significant tear in his ulnar collateral ligament that probably will require reconstructive Tommy John elbow surgery, the Nationals announced Friday.  This is a big blow to the development of the phenom pitcher.You can't blame the Nationals for this one, they have been very cautious with Strasburg since he was drafted.  They had a very well crafted plan to limit his pitches each game and even had a total pitch count for him for the year.  Once Strasburg hit that pitch count for the year they were going to shut him down no matter what.  They were willing to do that even if they were in a penant race, however anyone that knows anything about baseball knew the Nationals were a long shot at best to be in a penant race!  I blame this one on the wear and tear on Strasburg's arm from the past.Strasburg is a power pitcher with a devastating breaking ball.  He has been throwing with such...
19
Aug
2010

Brett Favre and the NFL Regular Season Return September 9th

As many expected, Brett Favre has returned to the Minnesota Vikings and the NFL for an amazing 20th season. The Viking organization could apparently no longer wait for Favre to make his decision, so they sent several of Bretts closest friends on the team down to his home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to get an answer. Less than 24 hours later Brett Favre was on a private plane back to Minnesota. According to ESPN, the players sent to Hattiesburg to retrieve Favre, including defensive end Jarred Allen and kicker Ryan Longwell didn’t speak of wins and losses but how much fun the year could be. Apparently that’s all they needed to say because Favre was back taking snaps at Viking practice on Wednesday for the first time since their loss to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Saints in the playoffs last season.The forty-year-old Farve will have exceedingly high expectations for this season after last year was considered to be possibly his best year in the league. The Minnesota...
17
Aug
2010

Martin Kaymer Wins PGA Championship In A Playoff

Martin Kaymer became only the second German to ever win a Major Championship on Sunday when he defeated Bubba Watson in a playoff at Whistling Straights golf course in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The three-hole playoff was decided on the third hole when Bubba Watson hit a stray shot into a water hazard, allowing Kaymer to safely put his way to victory.All of this came after a wild 18th hole, where Dustin Johnson had a put to win the championship but instead found himself dropping all the way down to a fifth place finish. After paring the final hole to force a three-way playoff, Johnson was immediately approached by a rules official who claimed that there was a problem. Johnson had apparently grounded his club in a bunker before his second shot. This notion was reinforced by CBS video coverage that clearly showed Johnson ground his club. Dustin Johnson was then forced to change his score and take a two shot penalty for the discretion, eliminating him from the playoff. The real controversy...

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