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.
volleyball season is just around the corner and the Boston Institute of
Jump wants to help you get a leg up on the competition. Here are a few
exercises you can add to your weekly jump program. Enjoy!
Reps 4 sets of 6
1. Stand at the location off the net where you would begin your hitting approach.
Take your approach (3 or 4 steps, whichever is most comfortable),
making sure your last two steps position your feet hip-width apart in a
good jumping stance with your hips low and retracted behind you, arms
extended back, and maintaining good posture.
Let the countdown begin!
As the snow starts to fall across some of North America’s
most blessed ranges, it becomes increasingly difficult to focus on anything
other than skiing and riding for we at the Boston Institute of Snow. They had
enough snow for some VERY early turns at Sunshine Banff, and got full ground
cover at the top of Jackson Hole’s tram!
So, as we count the days until the
lifts turn again (I cross the days on my calendar off with little snowflakes!)
it is time for our annual season intro article.