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April 26, 2013

Planning for the 2013-14 Season

The 2012/13 season might not quite be over for the top professional clubs, but for many amateur sides this season has just come to an end and you might be wondering how you’re going to fill those long summer days without training sessions or the excitement of match day. Sure, kickabouts in the park with your friends might help you to have some fun with the good old ‘jumpers for goalposts’ games and ‘shirts v skins’, but there’s nothing like the proper football season.

As a coach, you’ll be thinking one of two things ahead of the new campaign starting in August, and they are how to take your team to the next level and improve on this season; and also what your targets will be. [...]

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April 26, 2013

Coach Rick Pitino Gets His Tattoo

He said he would.

After winning the 2013 NCAA championship, Louisville coach Rick Pitino came through on this promise to his team and recently got his very own ink.

Coach wasn’t fearing the pain of the needlework. When asked, Pitino stated…

“It wasn’t even close to the pain I had with kidney stones,” Pitino said. “That was like an ‘A’ in pain, this was a ‘C.'”

The design was coach’s too – the Louisville “L,” “2013,” “NCAA Champions” and the team’s final record of 35-5.

As far as the parlor that did the work, enter Adam [...]

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April 17, 2013

FA Cup Final 2013 Preview

This weekend saw both semi finals of this year’s FA Cup played, deciding the two teams who will do battle on Saturday 11th May to take home the world’s oldest cup trophy. The two semi final ties took place at Wembley Stadium, with the two lowest placed teams of Millwall and Wigan squaring up on Saturday whilst the heavyweights of holders Chealsea and reigning Premier League champions Manchester City competed on Sunday.

Both ties were invariably big draws to the neutral, with Wigan looking to seal their first ever Wembley cup final appearance against a 2nd tier club punching well above their weight, and the weekend’s second semi final seeing two of the country’s biggest and [...]

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April 11, 2013

A Brief Account of the Houston Oilers

Stellar Beginnings

One of the original members of the American Football League, the Oilers were the premier team of time. Playing in the first three AFL championship games, winning the first two over the Los Angeles (and later San Diego) Chargers. During the third championship game run, the Oilers played the Dallas Texans (now Cowboys) in the longest game in history, falling 20-17 in double overtime. During their initial seasons, the Oilers played at both Jeppesen Stadium and Rice Stadium. The Oilers became the first AFL team to play in a domed stadium, the Astrodome in 1968.

The AFL/NFL Merger

When the NFL absorbed the American Football League in 1970, the [...]

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