This series is dedicated to what seems to be a dying focus in sports: Defense. I'm going to stick to what I know best and that is volleyball. As a coach and player, it kills me to see balls hit the floor without an effort to pick it up. This series outlines the dedication needed to be outstanding in your defensive assignments.
Defense isn’t all about getting digs,
diving, and making the spectacular play. Are these important? Absolutely. Are
they what you should judge your defense on?
This week’s “Nor’Easter”, I use the quotation marks because,
as we New Englanders know, a true Nor’Easter features a slightly different type
of precipitation than the weather event predicted for this week, got me really
yearning for the real thing. I usually shy away from doing articles that
feature exercises as the main subject, but I am making an exception here. I
have recently been scanning my favorite snow sport websites and magazines, and
noticed common workouts and exercises touting their effectiveness at getting
riders ready for the season across many of them.
Qualifiers for the 2016 UEFA European Championship began last
week and have already featured some last-minute victories and unexpected
upsets. The 53 European and Asian nations are competing for a spot in
the championship, which is held every four years and is arguably the
second most prestigious tournament, below only the World
Cup. Qualification will go until November 2015 to determine the 23 teams that will join Euro 2016 host-county France
, which qualifies automatically.
OK, sports fans, European soccer leagues are in full swing! The English Premier
League is off to a very interesting start with some unexpected teams sitting
higher, and some lower, then one might guess. Chelsea is playing the best
ball in the league so far, sitting at the top if the table even without Frank
Lampard (who was traded to Manchester City). Manchester United and Liverpool’s performances have
both been below the standard of play we’re used to
expecting, but we do have plenty of season left.
The Iran-Contra Affair, the Vietnam War, Global Terrorism,
Enron, the Penn State Sexual Abuse Scandal, and the 2014 NFL Criminal Saga all
have a common constituent element, and it is not one that would come easily to
the mind: activism. That’s the good news.
The American constituency spoke up against the ICA and the
Pentagon Papers were published, wanted to end the Vietnam War so they marched
on Washington and flipped federal momentum. 9/11 allegedly indicated some issue
with Iraq, so we took them to war.