The Sports Archives – Ways to Show Support for Your Team at a Sporting Event

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Heading to see the game? Lucky you! Certainly nothing quite beats the atmosphere that surrounds going to a game in the flesh, as opposed to watching it at home on the big screen. However, the best part of going to a football, baseball or basketball game is the chance to show your team how much you are rooting for them. Even if it is something not quite as grandiose, such as your child’s peewee soccer game, the extra show of support for your team can help give that extra push towards victory. So here’s some example ways to show support for your team at a sporting event.

Come Up With a Chant or Song

For those feeling creative, there are fewer ways more suitable to show support for your team than to come up with a victory chant or song to help spur the players on. Admittedly this tactic is only truly helpful if there’s enough people to make it carry, so make sure you have friends with you to make it work. One person chanting on his own probably won’t be heard over the roar of other spectators.  However, once it gets going, you’ll soon see a marked difference in how hard your team starts to play.

If you are really good at it, you may well find your victory chant or song being taken up by other supporters as well.

Bring Drinks and Snacks for the Team

Sure, this is a bit of a Mom thing to do. However, you’d be surprised what bringing in snacks or buying a round of drinks at the bar for a team can do for their morale. If nothing else, it shows that their fans really do think about them and regards them as people, not as sporting machines. Likewise, something sugary like cookies can help keep the team energised while juice can help keep them hydrated.

So not only does it improve morale, but it is very practical too!

Make a Custom Banner

Customised banners are easy and cheap to make thanks to websites like Make them large, colourful and bold so that they can be more easily seen even in very crowded stadiums with gloomy seating lights. In situations where you probably wouldn’t be noticed otherwise, a custom banner emblazoned with a supportive message is a fantastic way to keep your team motivated. Remember that the larger the banner, the more troublesome it can be to hold, so make sure you bring a friend or ten if the banner in question is particularly large.

Smaller banners or flags are also always an option. Bigger is not always better. If you are quite close to the field, then you can easily get away with a small banner that you can hold on your own or held by a post.

Paint Yourself Up

Paint yourself up in the colours of your team. This particular strategy to show support for your team goes way back to the Iron Ages, and it is a very distinctive way of telling your team that you are behind them. Usually, most people only paints their faces, yet it is quite common for fans to paint their torsos as well. If you are attending the game with a bunch of friends, you can even have a small message painted collectively across your chests. Just make sure you all stand in the correct positions to keep the message from getting jumbled!

Wear the Teams Jersey or Shirt

If you have any clothing that relates to the team, such as a hoody bearing the team’s mascot or a commercial football jersey, be sure to wear it to the game. Not only does wearing the team’s colours help assure them that they do, in fact, have fans, but purchasing such goods helps keep the team funded and supported. For every jersey, scarf or baseball cap you buy, you are helping fund the team’s training and facilities. This is even more valuable still, all the moral support in the world can’t pay for a new set of helmets or training equipment.

The author, Christian Mills, is a freelance writer who never fails to show support for his team at the game, particularly given that he’s attending college at Notre Dame.

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The Sports Archives – My Most Exciting White Water Rafting Trip!

ZanskarAs an avid athlete I have participated in a number of sports. Some of my fondest memories revolve around holidays and vacations that were planned with the sole purpose of participating in some type of sporting activity. Indeed I think I was born with sneakers or flippers on.


I loved to swim, run, bike, and explore, and although these activities continue to be a part of life, I found a passion for water sports as a young teenager. At first I preferred canoeing, and as a Canadian, there were copious lakes and rivers to prospect. After a number of canoe trips, someone introduced me to kayaking, which I thought of as an Olympic sport and way beyond my skills. Nevertheless, I took a few lessons and eventually maneuvered my way through white water. In the meantime, I also became a zealous windsurfer and a competitive rower, but there was still a part of my adventurous side that I could not satiate.


My first experience with white water rafting was on the Madawaska River in Ontario, Canada, affectionately known as the “Mad”. Popular with canoers, kayakers, and rafters for spring and early summer Class II/Class III runs, the lower Mad has plenty of outfitters and put in/take out locations.

Arkansas River White Water Rafting

Family Time

It took a move to Florida and the birth of my son to spur me on to greater challenges. After a few family friendly tours on the famous Suwannee River and the Withlacoochee River, my son became old enough to try something bigger. Furthermore, he was well on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. Therefore, off we went to New Hampshire. After one week of rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking, white water rafting and kayaking on Class II and III, and a spill or two, he was hooked.

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The Sports Archives – Data and Football (Soccer) – The Unlikely Marriage!

messi olympics soccer

20 years ago you would face being laughed out of the room if you suggested using data to help improve your game in football. However this unlikely marriage of a game of passion with a realm of statistics has been enabled by a digital revolution, that has brought logic and relevance to the latter. With sophisticated sports analysis software making sense of the numbers, every level of this sporting world is able to utilise historical and current data to improve performance and make informed decisions.

A Football Field of Facts and Figures

Data can and is collected on pretty much every aspect of this complex sport. From club level information of league tables and goals scored, to individual statistic on each player, once upon a time it would have taken an experienced analyst to decipher all of this information.

And why is it so essential? Knowing who’s played which games, which players are performing well and which ones need improvement, tracking physical fitness and monitoring the overall performance of the club enables identification of both strong and weak points. By doing so, areas for improvement can quickly be addressed, supported by evidence rather than trial and error. As a result, the whole organisation can move forward with a confident strategy for sporting success.

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The Sports Archives – The Top Surfing Destinations In The World!

  1. The North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Your limit.  This is the home to many surfing professionals so don’t get carried away with your abilities as a surfer if you’re still relatively new to the sport.

The North Shore of Oahu offers a seven-mile stretch of perhaps the very best waves in the world.  Between Ka’ena Point and Kahuku Point are breaks such as the Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay.  The surfing pros hit town during the winter season and the place really comes alive with surfing’s prestigious Triple Crown contest, being held here annually in December.

  1. Bali, Indonesia

Can get crowded in peak season and certain spots like Uluwatu can be dangerous if you’re and inexperienced surfer.

Bali is a paradise for surfers and the surrounding islands have some great surfing beaches too.  Keramas beach is a popular spot for advanced surfers – it has an excellent reefbreak and offers constant waves and a big swell.  While Kuta beach is favored by those new to surfing with tamer conditions.

  1. The Gold Coast, Australia

This is a busy spot for surfing; there’s 500,000 plus locals vying for waves – and that’s not counting visiting surfers.

The Gold Coast boasts 57 kilometers of pristine coastline that’s home to some of the best surf breaks in the world – like the Superbank that stretches from Snapper Heads to Greenmount and Burleigh Point – probably the world’s best right-hand point break.

  1. Hossegor, France

The language – if you don’t speak French, you may not get as welcoming a vibe as others who do.

This surfing spot has been dubbed the “surfing capital of Europe” and people come from miles around to watch the pros ride tubes here.  Winters can be cold here and can provide some dangerous surfing conditions with massive storm swells slamming the beaches on a weekly basis.

  1. Easter Cape, South Africa

Cold Water and heavy waves to be expected.

South Africa’s coastline is defined by a series of points and bays and it has loads to offer surfers.  In particular, Jeffreys Bay is a top destination and boasts long fast barrels, magna tubes, and even super tubes.

  1. Sligo, Ireland

Cold water and harsh weather conditions.

Ireland, known among surfers as “Europe’s cold-water Indonesia”, has become a mecca for surfers over the past 10 years, boasting big waves and beautiful surroundings.  Of course, you will have to come prepared for the harsh weather conditions and expect rain – plenty of it – but if you’re truly passionate about surfing, you’ll appreciate what the Emerald Eye and especially Sligo, has to offer.

Read more about these destinations and what the experts say on the below infographic brought to you by Total Surfing Fitness.

Total Surfing Fitness IG August final

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Surf Science: Learning The Theory Behind The Sport Of Surfing!
Top 10 Waves – The Surfer’s To Do List!

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The Sports Archives – 21 Football (Soccer) Hell Raisers!

Over the 50 years we have seen some absolute crazy footballers whose contribution to the game is still something often spoken about. It was tough but this infographic contains information about 21 football Hell Raisers.

Read about “El Loco” Rene Higuita and jailbird Frank McAvennie.  George Best, who gave up women and alcohol and then when on to say that it was the worst 20 minutes of his life!  Let’s not forget the drug problems of Diego Maradona and Robin Friday;  the anger  management issues of Joey Barton, Mario Balotelli and Roy Keane.    There are the alcoholics, the criminals, the animals, the womanizers and there is downright crazy Luis Suarez who likes to bite his opponents when they are not looking!

Read about it in this infographic brought to you by The Stonk:

fotball hell raisers infographic

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The Origin of Football (Soccer)!
Rich Sports – The Wealthiest Football (Soccer) Teams In The World!

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The Sports Archives – Choosing The Right Motorcycle Saddlebag!

You need to trust motorcycle luggage experts to choose the right select of saddlebags. While shopping for motorcycle saddlebags, you’ll come across many options that make it difficult to make the correct choice. We’ve broken all of these options down into five simple questions. First, does your bike have an exposed shock? Second, how much storage space do you need. We offer size options from small to extra-large. Third, do you want a plain or a studded pair of bags? How about buckles? Fourth, what type of mounting would you like your saddlebags to have? Fifth, do you want your saddlebag to be lockable? After answering these few questions you have now filtered down your search and are ready to select your design.  After that, you are good to go, or should we say roll!

There are 5 main things you need to consider when ordering your saddlebags:

1. Type of Saddlebags:

  • - Shock Cut-Out
  • - No Shock Cut-Out

2. Capacity of Saddlebags:

  • - Small
  • - Medium
  • - Large
  • - Extra Large

3. Style of Saddlebags:

  • - Plain vs. Studded
  • - Buckles vs. No Buckles

4. What Type of Mounting is Offered?:

  • - Throw-Over
  • - Hard-Mount
  • - Quick Disconnect System

5. Are They Lockable?:

  • - Padlock
  • - Keylock

Viking Bags have created a new info-graphic to assist Motorcycle riders for choosing the best saddlebags for their specific need and type of Motorcycle. Viking Bags are experts in Motorcycle Luggage, like Street, Cruiser and Sports motorcycle luggage.

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Getting Into Motorcycle Racing!
The Ultimate Motorcyclist Jargon Buster!
How To Choose The Right Motorcycle For Your Adventure-Seeking Spirit!

How To Choose Motorcycle Saddlebags

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The Sports Archives – The History Of Hockey In Canada

The following is a timeline which marks some of the most famous historical events that were instrumental in the evolvement of the sport of hockey in Canada.   The game was first called shinny or hurly and was played in Nova Scotia by British soldiers and also by immigrants from Iceland.  The word ‘Shinny’ is Canadian slang for an informal or pick-up ice or street hockey game.

1875 – The first recorded hockey game was played in an indoor rink between two teams at Victoria Rink in Montreal.

1892 – The first documented women’s game is held in Barrie, Ontario.

1892 – Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada, an avid hockey enthusiast donated a trophy, known today as the Stanley Cup.

1893 – The Montreal Amateur Athletic Association became the first team to win the Stanley Cup.

1894 – A female club team, the Love-Me-Littles, is formed in defiance of the Archbishop at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

1917 – The creation of the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Montreal Canadians and the Toronto Maple Leafs as the initial clubs,  marked a major milestone in the sport’s organization and development.

1924 – The NHL expands into the US with the Boston Bruins joining the league.

1926 – The Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers join the NHL and establish the initial six teams later dubbed the ‘original six’.

1967 – The first major expansion of the NHL doubled the league size by adding 6 more US-based teams: the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the California Seals and the St. Louis Blues.

1970 – The first Canadian expansion team to join the NHL is the Vancouver Canucks along with the border city Buffalo Sabres also becoming a member.

1990 – Canada wins the gold medal in the first Women’s World Hockey Championship; a success the Canadian National Women’s Team repeated in 1992 and 1994.

1994 – Hockey was declared Canada’s national winter sport.

The following infographic brought to you by Tucker Hockey, illustrates more interesting facts about hockey and the NHL including NHL top player salaries, NHL most valuable teams and NHL top scorers for the money!

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A Brief History of Ice Hockey!
United Nations of Hockey!
Women In Hockey Are Going Places!

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