The Sports Archives – An Insight Into The Life Of Conor McGregor

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Conor McGregor has become a sporting Phenomenon, and in the last few weeks has achieved things no other UFC will probably ever manage. He has shot to fame, and his net worth is enough to make anyone weep. But this didn’t come without hardships. Conor started out UFC in Ireland whilst living on benefits, and trying to support his wife Dee. They both gave up everything to chase Conor’s dream, and from his first fight in 2008, it has only gone in his favour. So let’s take a look into the day in the life of Conor McGregor.

Training

Both training and diet are the biggest parts of Connor’s life. If he isn’t training, he’s eating or sleeping. As he was making the jump from MMA to boxing, there was also a lot of new techniques to learn, and old habits to kick During the buildup to his recent fight his training was much more intense. He was practicing high altitude training in extreme temperatures in the Nevada desert. Sparring and pad work to hone in his boxing skills that he had to learn in a very quick amount of time. Another thing people forget is Conor had to study Mayweather and see how he moved and reacted, and what were his weaknesses as a key part of training. He also created his own training programme that others can purchase and use, that he used in the run up to the fight called F.A.S.T. This involved using stationary equipment to practice conditioning. And like with all athletes, this amount of strenuous training doesn’t come without injury. Conor and many other athletes are constantly in need of sports massages, and physical therapy, from companies such as Park City Physical Therapy to make sure their muscles stay in peak condition.

Diet

As you can imagine, Conor has to eat a lot. He has a team of specialist dietitians that tailor his diet depending on his fight. For example, his recent fight against Mayweather meant his regime was at it’s most grueling. His diet is typically low carb, with him commenting in a recent article that if he does have a carb binge it’s usually on sweet potatoes. It’s rich in meats such a salmon and steak, and of course high in fiber and greens to maintain not only a healthy, but a balanced diet. Another important factor in his diet is eggs to provide the much-needed protein, however he does also use protein shakes as added supplements. On a daily basis, Conor consumes a whopping 6000 calories to maintain his energy during training.

Family Life

Now that the fight is over and Conor has quadrupled his net worth, he’s definitely flaunting it. His instagram page is full of pictures on exotic yachts, incredible food, and his whole family surrounding him. For the last few weeks he has been non stop partying and eating, and developing what he has called “a wealth belly”. Although it seems Conor is enjoying his private family time, it would seem he is already thinking about calling his rival Nate Diaz out for another fight. But for now I think it’s fair to say he’s enjoying watching his son grow up, and treating all his family to the lavish lifestyle he has come to know. It’s a far cry from the $127 a week benefits he was on, and he’s certainly making the most of it!

 

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The Sports Archives – DRAFT Fantasy Football Beginner’s Strategy Tips

 

If you just signed up with DRAFT or are considering it, you are in for a fun experience. Fantasy football has been gaining popularity for years, and it is far more exciting than regular football to many people since they have a more active role. These are a few helpful tips to remember if you are a beginner.

Get Advice From Trusted Sources

Avoid getting advice from forums or unknown groups on social media platforms. DRAFT, sports channels and dedicated fantasy football sites are better places to find reliable information. If you have a good friend who you trust, you can also learn from that individual. However, it is better to rely on your own research when it comes to player rankings and choices. Use the information available on the sites to make your decisions.

Learn About Scoring

There are different scoring formats for leagues. You should familiarize yourself with PPR and standard scoring systems. Players who catch more passes score more in PPR format. Some people prefer leagues with PPR since they have an easier time guessing which players will have more receptions.

Plan Your First Pick Carefully

One of the most important decisions for every beginner is who to put in during the first round. Although you may see good results from risky players as you play the game more, avoid using them for your first pick. It is better to choose an elite player who you know will perform well. You may have to pick a player who does not meet your personal approval.

Keep Track of Weeks Off

As the NFL season progresses, every football fan knows that players take a week off from time to time. You need to stay current with which players are taking a week off. Time off can affect the depth of your team. Although it seems like an important issue, choosing players based on differing weeks off rather than having the same weeks off should not affect your choices.

Use Mock Drafts First

If you are new, having a solid plan about who you want to draft is essential for success. Developing a plan with your requirements can be difficult without experience, and developing a weak one can put you at an immediate disadvantage. Mock fantasy football drafts make it easier to see what you need most during a draft.

Do Not Focus on Popularity

A common mistake made by many new fantasy football enthusiasts is choosing a popular quarterback immediately. Although this may pay off and seem like a good decision, you will see that finding a good running back or other player is harder as you get further into the draft. It is better to look for those players upfront and choose a popular quarterback later.

When you understand these tips and how the draft works, you are ready to start your adventure as a fantasy football enthusiast. Be sure to keep current on NFL news.

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The Sports Archives – Thoughts On Reigniting Your Passion For Sports

Sports are something that some people love and some people don’t. If you never loved sports then there’d be nothing forcing you to start today. Of course, it’s an entirely different story if you use to have a passion for a particular sport (or all sports) and you find yourself disinterested by them today. There may be numerous reasons as to why this is but if you’re longing to reclaim that desire to get involved with the sporting world once again then here are some tips which might just get you back into the game.

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Try a new sport.

Perhaps the problem isn’t that you hate sports but that you’re simply not interested in the same sports as you once were. There’s more to the world than the most common sports, such as baseball, football, and hockey. It might be time to open your mind to some of the many other sports out there. Darts and pool, for example, are two sports which are more mentally demanding than physically demanding. This might be perfect for you if you’re no longer as spritely as you were when you were younger. The most important thing is that you enjoy the sport. It doesn’t need to be the sport everybody else says you should play. If you’re not into the most popular sports then you could try to get into running, for example; it could lead you to pursue athletic events such as track races.

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Start watching sports.

Another way to approach certain sports is to watch them if you’ve fallen out of love with playing them. You might be a little skeptical that this could possibly get you back into a particular sport or a new sport if actively playing it wasn’t enough to do so but watching a sport can be an exhilarating and sociable experience in a different way. You can do so with friends or make new friends through doing so; the team mentality is still there even if you aren’t out on the field playing the sport. Whether watching it on the TV or in person, there’s something electrifying about being part of the game. It’s all about the social aspect.

You could even make things a little more exciting when inviting your friends over to watch soccer, basketball, or whatever the sport may be by trying out sports betting. Investing something into the game can really amp up the suspense and anticipation; it might help if you like to feel involved in a sport rather than watching it passively. The point is that watching sports doesn’t have to be a dull and inactive experience. If you’ve lost your passion for a certain sport, either due to an injury or life becoming too busy, then you might find that watching that same sport with a community of people who share your interest might help to reignite your passion for that particular game.

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Gaming.

An entirely different way to enjoy sports is through the medium of video games. Whilst many people aren’t entirely fascinated by sports, the vast majority of us love at least some form of gaming. Perhaps you could try playing a sport such as soccer or basketball in the virtual world with your friends or online; you might find that you become up-to-date with the current players in the biggest teams in the world and your interest for a certain sport is reignited. You could go one step further and look into the gaming tournament world of eSports; following gaming sports is becoming almost as popular as following regular sports such as baseball.

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The Sports Archives – 5 Extreme Sports Statistics that Will Blow Your Mind

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By Amanda Wilks

There’s no disputing the fact that deadly extreme sports are becoming more popular than ever! It’s quite difficult to pin point a figure that demonstrates just how much these actions sports popularity has picked up nowadays, but it’s even harder to find an individual who thinks that the trade is not flourishing.

In the UK for instance, the British Parachute Association recorded just over 39,000 first time jumps in 2006. By 2015 the number of first-time jumpers had increased to 59,000 who were registered as full members. It is true to say that regular divers’ rates have been increasing in the same proportion.

These statistics only serve to show that dare devils are in full throttle. Here are a few ways they can use to feed their enthusiasm:

Wingsuit Diving

Wingsuit flying is an extreme sport in another category altogether. Most the jumpers are aware of the risks involved, but many believe the reward of soaring over a city is worth it. This sport, however, is not all fun as we have come to see through Mark Sutton who died crashing into the Alps while filming for Epic TV.

Statistically, over 200 BASE jumpers have passed between 1981 and 2012. Diving from a plane does carry more risks, but its rates of injury and fatalities are likely to be around the same for skydiving. For BASE jumpers, 80 deaths have been caused by the failure of the parachutes to deploy, 60 from body strikes, 19 deaths from rocks or nearby surface and 17 from line twists.

Overall this leaves the fatality rate for Wingsuit BASE jumping at approximately 1 death per 500-1000 jumps. While these stats may be a deal breaker for many, they are the dopamine hit for extreme athletes.

Paintball

Paintball is one of the fun extreme sports to engage in. For the most part, the sport is safe aside from injuries from knocking obstacles or falling. Very rare injuries come from taking off the protective gear, but if rules are adhered to, the sport is very safe. In 2003 the National Injury Information Clearinghouse quantified paintball as a safer sport than bowling.

Away from the public misconception, the sport has recorded no death since its inception, with only 600 people reporting to the Emergency Department, 80% of which were treated for minor injuries and released as reported by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 2008.

The cost of playing paintball anywhere is as expensive as the participant choose to invest. Fifty six percent of participants listed ‘private property’ as the venue to play. As if the fun is not enough the sport also pays well with over 60% of the paintball participants living off an income of over $50,000 annually.

Bull Riding

This extreme sport was a small obscure activity in the early 1990s but has gained traction through the proliferation of the prize money 15-fold to an estimated $10 million. Whoever said that the higher the risk, the higher the return was spot on with this one.

Cowboys make good money from the sport owing to its popularity. A ride in the US can make over $30,000 every weekend. From another point of view, the rodeo injury database indicates that 20 out of every 100,000 participants are likely to suffer catastrophic injuries.

This figure is extreme for any pro-sport and alarming for any setting. With over 20 deaths since 1989 to date, this sport has recorded more deaths than any other, coupled with over 50 catastrophic injuries. An 8-second ride is qualified and is mostly regarded as the most dangerous 8 seconds in sports.

Snowboarding

Snowboarding is a popular sport with a growth rate of 20% which has surpassed all snow sports. Evidence of people snowboarding started as early as 1910 while the sport was invented in 1965.

Snurfer competitions held in Michigan were held to promote the toy before people’s interest in the snowboard grew. Snowboarding was introduced during the winter Olympics in 1998 with only 4 events but has since developed and experienced additions to 10 events by the 2014 Olympics.

The first ever snowboarding Olympics gold medal won by a Canadian was almost wasted as she tested positive for marijuana. After facts were laid out, the rule was overturned because marijuana was not on the list of banned substances.

Skateboarding

Skateboarding is a popular sport that adds health benefits to its enthusiasts as much as it’s a pleasurable sport. With its current popularity, it’s hard to believe that pioneers of the game participated in golf tournaments to raise money for skateboarding parks.

Of all the sports, skateboarders are the most likely to suffer a skull fracture and head & neck related injuries by a large margin. Children as young as 2 years are toying around with the skateboard while the oldest skateboard leaner known was 67 years old. With regards to its material choice, the deck is made of seven pieces of plywood unrecognizable by the naked eye.

Concluding thoughts

In conclusion, occurrences of injuries are certainly increasing with increased participation in extreme sports. Between 2000 and 2011, 11% of the injuries were head or neck related. Although this can be discouraging, the message is to get participants to put on protective gear to prevent any further damage until trained supervision, safety and regulation arrive in extreme action sports.

 

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The Sports Archives – Train Like An Athlete – Win Like An Athlete

Professional sports players have to put a lot of time and energy into their practice if they are to get the desired results. Many lay people will find it hard to comprehend the kind of work that goes into it. But if you consider yourself something of a budding athlete, you might be curious as to how they actually do train. The training regimes of professionals are a useful resource for anyone wanting to improve their game – whatever that game might be. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to train more like your favorite athlete.

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Follow The Holistic Method

Putting plenty of effort into your training session is absolutely a major part of all this. But if you really want to excel as much as possible, you need to spend just as much time thinking about what to do outside of those hours. The holistic method – that which includes every aspect of your life – is essential if you want to be like a professional athlete. Essentially, you need to make sure that everything you do in your daily life is towards your goal, rather than away from it. Is your diet the right kind of diet for the workouts and sports that you partake in? Are you getting enough sleep, or too much? How much or little is your sex life affecting your play? All of these need considering, so that you can approach your athletic life more appropriately and professionally.

Enjoy The Training

If at any time your training sessions start to feel like a real hard graft, you might be doing something wrong. Of course you want to feel a certain strain, you want to be pushed to your limits. But you should still be enjoying it, even while being stretched in that way. If you are not enjoying it, there are some simple things you can do to start enjoying it all the more. You might decide to get hold of some good quality bass earbuds such as those listed at headphonesman.net; music can be a great way to spur you on. Or you might want to remind yourself what you are achieving, and why. If you like training with your friends, get them involved to enjoy it more.

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Remember The Value Of Relaxation

You need to give yourself an opportunity to relax during your training sessions, and afterward. The role of relaxation in training for any sport is incredibly important. Myofascial release deactivates any genuine pain you might have built up in your muscle, and this is essential if you want to repair enough to get back to training next time around. Similarly, you need to let yourself warm-down after every session. A lot of people fail to do this, but you can be sure that those people are not the athletes you look up to. Look after your body, and you will be able to get much more out of it.

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The Sports Archives – European Football Trips Are A Big Highlight

Football Soccer MatchWith the domestic football season in the United Kingdom over and done with, you may think some fans will be delighted that the season is over and done with. If you have endured a tough year or your team didn’t perform as well as you had hoped, the summer break is the ideal time to recharge your batteries and stop thinking about the game for a while. Of course, if your team had a great season, the summer can feel far too long and plenty of people will be counting down the days until competitive football action starts again.

With no games to look forward to for the next few weeks, you may think this is a chance for football fans to save some money but this isn’t the case. The summer months can actually be quite expensive for the standard football fan, and plenty of people end up spending a lot of cash in preparing for the new season. First of all, if you buy a season book to follow your side, this is the time of year to hand over the money and guarantee your place watching your team. Depending on the level of football you watch and the pricing undertaken by your team, this may see you having to hand over a lot of money in one go.

New kits are a vital summer purchase for many fans

There is also the fact that many sides launch their new strip or kits over the summer. This is all part of the planning and preparation stages for the new season, and you can see why clubs would be keen to have their new kit out in time for the school holidays. A football strip is one of the most indispensable items of clothing for a summer holiday and the new kit is a must-have buy for die-hard for their summer holiday. There will be plenty of fashion purists who tell you that this is a bad choice but if you are keen to show your love and passion for your favourite side, the new kit on summer holiday is a classic action.

There will be some fans who are looking to put money aside for European adventures. There will be five English Premier League teams involved with the Champions League next season. Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Manchester United all gain direct access to the premier tournament in European football action. The Red Devils actually finished 6th in the league but as they triumphed in the Europa League, they will be playing in the main European tournament next season. Liverpool will be in the final qualifying round but you have to think that the Merseyside team will get through that challenge and take their place in the main event. Given that Manchester United and Liverpool have been out of the Champions League of late, next season should be an interesting and exciting one for these teams.

Arsenal have to settle for Europa League action

Arsenal ended their season on a high by winning the FA Cup against Chelsea, but they will only be playing in the Europa League next season. This is a blow for Arsenal fans who are accustomed to their team getting through the group stages only to be humiliated by Bayern Munich or Barcelona. Next season is set to be something a bit different for the North London side and it remains to be seen who their fans will react.

In Scotland, six in a row champions Celtic will once again have to battle through the qualifiers if they are going to take their place in the main tournament. The Champions League is a much better place when Celtic are involved and there are few stadiums in the tournament that provides the atmosphere and excitement that Celtic Park manages on a big European night. It is easy to see why the club’s ground has the nickname of Paradise, and hopes will be high that they will once again grace the leading football tournament in European football.

It is easy to see why many football fans in Britain will be planning ahead for European football away days but these trips aren’t cheap and they often involve deadlines for payment. This is why many fans may need assistance in arranging payment for these trips.

Anyone looking to follow their team in Europe should start saving and planning now, as this will make the process easier when the time to book comes along.

Andrew Reilly is a freelance writer with a focus on news stories and consumer interest articles. He has been writing professionally for 9 years but has been writing for as long as he can care to remember. When Andrew isn’t sat behind a laptop or researching a story, he will be found watching a gig or a game of football.

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The Sports Archives – 4 Things Everyone Should Know About WWE

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What comes to mind when you think of the WWE?

For the majority of non-WWE watchers, the answer is probably: “fake and rubbish”. WWE occupies a certain space in the national mind. It’s for people who don’t have anything better to do, people who still think it’s all real, people who somehow aren’t aware the ‘fights’ they are seeing are staged. It’s idiotic – why would anyone watch it?

Yet people do watch it, and they watch it in staggeringly high numbers. Every year, the annual Wrestlemania event attracts millions of people to their screens and hundreds of thousands into some of the biggest arenas in America. Are they all just delusional? Or do these viewers perhaps understand something that the general populace has got very wrong?

If you have ever been tempted to write off the world of “sports entertainment” or look down on those who enjoy it, then there’s a few realities that you need to know.

  1. WWE Fans Know It’s Not “ Real”

There might have been a time when fans of WWE genuinely thought what they were seeing was real – when they were children. There are few adult fans who have ever truly believed what they are seeing is a real reflection of the lives and arguments of the people in the ring.

What WWE fans do is what everyone does when they watch a superhero movie; they suspend reality. You don’t see anyone walking out of a Superman movie, moaning about how it’s not real. The same suspension of disbelief is what allows WWE fans to enjoy the product they are watching.

In fact, one of the worst things the WWE can do is appear to be “too real” – you will see scores of commenters lamenting times they have been jolted out of the suspension of disbelief. As with one famous example, the idea that it’s real is just that – an idea, something to enjoy, an escapism. But there’s no need to go telling WWE fans it’s not real; they’re well aware of that.

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  1. Knowing It’s Not Real Makes WWE Even Better

On a basic level, WWE and the form of wrestling it shows is basically barbarity; men hitting one another with chairs, heads being slammed in cinder blocks. There’s very little appetite among the general population for that kind of thing if it’s 100% real.

What there is an appetite for is to see how well the wrestlers can make it look like these things are happening. Then, WWE transforms almost into real-time special effects. How convincing can they make it? How good are the wrestlers at selling their pain, their match, the impact of what’s happening to them? It’s this ability that tends to distinguish good wrestlers from the bad. Bear in mind this is all happening in the moment, live; there’s no do-overs, no edits.

The fans who go to WWE shows, subscribe to the network, buy the merchandise – they’re just fans of a different kind of art to the general populace. That doesn’t make them wrong, or stupid; it just means they see value in something a little different. While a WWE match may be billed as versus – such as Triple H versus Seth Rollins, from the last Wrestlemania – a WWE fan understands this is a misnomer. It’s actually more like: Triple H and Seth Rollins, working together to put on a spectacle. When fans start evaluating matches in this way, there’s a new kind of enjoyment to be found.

  1. WWE Is Brutal

With all of the above acknowledged, it would be false to say that the WWE is entirely fake. In fact, wrestlers can and do get badly hurt – even when the things they are trying to do go right. When things go wrong, the potential for very serious injury is very real indeed. Wrestlers have to have a high pain tolerance to perform the stunts that they are required to do.

When you jump off the top of a ladder, then it’s going to hurt. When you’re sent crashing through a table – even if that table is rigged to break easily – then it’s going to hurt. There’s always going to be this element to wrestling as entertainment, so to dismiss it as unathletic and “not a real sport” is truly unfair to the men and women who choose this as their occupation. There’s a lot of athletics involved, as well as almost gymnastic capabilities; one of the most common moves, a moonsault, takes a lot of strength and ability to perform.

So while the outcome may be determined and the big stunts are coordinated, there’s a huge element of WWE wrestling that is very far from “fake”.

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  1. WWE Is Ridiculous – But It’s Meant To Be

WWE has often been described as “soap opera for men”, which is a pretty fitting way of looking at it. The WWE is ridiculous, over-the-top, incredibly silly, sophomoric and childish – but it’s meant to be. The WWE doesn’t take itself seriously; misunderstanding this fact is something many non-fans are guilty of.

For example, in 2006, D-Generation X reunited for the first time in nearly a decade. Shawn Michaels and Triple H spent months making bad jokes, impersonating other characters on the show, and generally being childish. This was entirely the intention; they even wanted people to laugh at their “Dad humor”. To a non-fan, they might tune in, see this, and think the WWE is terrible for making stars of such idiots – but that’s because they’d entirely be missing the point.

So yes, the storylines are ridiculous; the characters are like comic book heroes come to life – but the athleticism, ability, and acting is all very real. Appreciating WWE requires a willingness to suspend disbelief, to indulge in the sillier side of life. It might not be something you personally can enjoy, but hopefully the above should help you understand a little better the next time someone in your life confesses to enjoying it.

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