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Disclaimer: There are many combinations of darts that can be used to play 301, 501, 701, 801, 901, etc. This serves as a possible example and should not be considered the only possible scenario for playing the perfect 01 game.

The perfect 301 dart game means finishing a match with 0 points in two rounds or throwing just 6 darts! Throwing two darts is an astonishing feat and requires a great level of skill and concentration to achieve on a regular basis.

How to play the perfect double entry / double exit dart game?

For this exercise, we will focus on playing your best 301 dart game using your natural throwing strengths. If you can easily match the numbers located on the top of the dart board, that is, 20, 18, etc. (see the figure below). So your natural throwing force is the top of the bullseye and you should focus on 20 as your main throwing number.

Note that 20 is the largest number on the dart board that can receive a triple score and players are rewarded significantly if they can consistently hit it (60 points max). However, they are severely penalized with fewer points if they fail because it is surrounded by the numbers 1 and 5. Therefore, more experienced dart players choose to aim for this number due to its high reward factor risk.

If you are a player who finds it easy to match numbers located at the bottom of the dart board, i.e. 19, 17, etc. (see the figure below). So your natural throwing force is the bottom of the dart board and you need to focus on hitting 19 as your main throwing number.

Note that 19 is the second largest number on the dart board that can receive a triple score and players can earn up to 57 points for hitting a triple 19. 19 is surrounded by the numbers 3 and 7. Many beginning players e Intermediate players choose Play 19 because the point reward is better if they miss 19 (minimum 3 points per dart) rather than trying to hit 20 and miss (minimum 1 point per dart).

advice: Find out which section (top or bottom) of the dart board is your strength by throwing ten rounds at both double-20s and double-19s each. Keep a running tally of the number of times you hit double 20 and then double 19. The number you hit the best will determine your main pitch number.

Why focus on the upper or lower sections of the dart board when playing 301?

The goal of any good dart player is to create a repeatable throw. If you can hit a double 20, then a double 18 requires very little adjustment to your throwing style because both numbers are located close together in the upper section of the dart board (see website for details). This is instead of hitting the double 20 and then trying to hit the double 19, which is quite possible for good dart players, but requires a larger adjustment due to the greater distance between the two numbers.

For a darts player, there can be nothing more frustrating than having trouble throwing a dart. This can have a devastating effect on the game and the form of a player.

What is Dartitis?

When this problem occurs on a regular basis, the condition is known as dartitis. Even some of the best players in the games, like former world No. 1 and multiple world champion Eric Bristow, who had a long battle with Dartitis before overtaking him and regaining first place in the rankings. It is a psychological problem that prevents the player from releasing the dart at the right time, which affects the player’s technique and motor skills.

How to cure dartitis

Players can suffer from it for years without fully understanding the cause or not knowing how to cure dartitis. They try many things, from changing their technique or darts to taking a complete break for an extended period of time. If it is purely mental, then some type of relaxation therapy or hypnosis may be a possible solution for dartitis.

How to properly release a dart

Throwing and throwing should be as smooth as possible so that your dart has every chance to hit the intended target. You should grasp the dart with your thumb on the bottom and your index finger resting on the top. Typically, another finger will rest on the dart to help stabilize it. A good place to hold the dart is just before the center balance of the dart / barrel. However, it is best to experiment and find a grip that you are comfortable with. You will throw from a loose fist position and use your fingers to push the dart. It is important that you do not hold the dart too tightly.

First comes the straight forearm kick back to the ready-to-throw position. Your dart should start in line with your dominant eye and your elbow should be pushed forward and used as a pivot. Reach your hand back with an open fist and twist your wrist back. As you bring your arm back, keep your elbow as still as possible (a short kick usually leaves less room for error).

First, bring your forearm forward, which will give your throw its speed and movement. Next, you need to twist your wrist to add some momentum. Finally, your fingers add power by pushing the dart forward. Your elbow should rise as you follow the line of aim and release the dart. The hand and arm must continue to complete the throw of the darts.

Learn to throw a dart the right way with smooth, direct action, then your score and accuracy will improve.

Although basketball has been around for almost 125 years, it is a sport that is still growing when it comes to analytics. In recent years, more and more information is being sent to players and coaches in the form of advanced statistics. One of my favorites is the Player Efficiency Ratio (PER) developed by John Hollinger a few years ago.

In general, this rating is designed to summarize all of a player’s contributions in one number. Using a detailed formula, Hollinger developed a system that rates the statistical performance of each player.

The average rating for National Basketball Association players is 15.0. NBA superstars typically have a rating in the top 20. High school and high school scores will be significantly lower than the NBA, but I’ll talk about that in a moment.

The formula Hollinger uses is complex, but I think it’s a very accurate view of how a player is performing on the court. Because of this, during my days as an assistant coach at the college level, I wanted to determine if I could find a way to evaluate a player’s performance a little faster than using the formula Hollinger uses.

Luckily i was able to find a much easier way to rate players. While this method was easier to calculate, I found it to be highly effective and accurate when it came to determining the player’s playing time and predicting who would receive the year-end honors. The version of PER that I used frequently determined which players were most effective in certain rosters, against certain teams, and their overall positive contribution to their team.

If you are a coach, you may know that you receive a box score between quarters or at half time. This was a time when I diligently wrote notes to determine the player’s PER.

Let me explain.

Instead of using Hollinger’s formula. I simplified it by taking a look at the positive contributions a player makes, like points, rebounds, steals, assists, and blocks, and adding those things up. Each positive contribution counts as one point for grading. So if a player has 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block, that would add up to a total of 27… so far.

I remain the number of negative things that happen in a game. So Turnovers (TO), Missed Field Goals (FG), Missed 3s (3 points) and Missed Free Kicks (FT) count as -1. I do not count fouls as negative points, because fouls can be good or bad, depending on the situation. So let’s say the same player above shot 3-10 on FG, 3-5 on FT, 2-4 on 3pts and also had 3 TO, this would equate to a total of 14 negatives (-7 for FG, -2 for FT, -2 for 3 points, -3 for TO = 14).

Now remember, this same player had scored 27 plus points. But due to missed shots and turnovers, we must take 14 of those points away, leaving this player with an adjusted PER of 13. Players who are inefficient will certainly suffer at this rating.

This quick version of PER was extremely useful to me because I could do the calculations for each player while in the locker room or on the bench. By doing this rating consistently for at least one season, you can determine what the average PER would be for your type of players. You can also determine who is likely to be running for an award at the end of the season. You can also determine who deserves more playing time.

That is where I found this most useful. If a player was only playing a few minutes per game, but had a high PER, I would recommend more playing time for that player.

You might think that a PER is always obvious. It isn’t, friend. Sometimes you will see that according to the PER some players are helping you much more than they are hurting you or vice versa.

This quick PER was so helpful to me during my time as an assistant coach, that I asked my assistants to use it when I became a head coach. We didn’t have a lot of advanced metrics available during my coaching days, but this PER allowed our team to win a divisional championship.

As with any stat, it must be taken in the context of the game. It doesn’t say it all, just as a box score is not always an accurate reflection of the game. But this rating can certainly be helpful.

I hope it is useful to you too. Good luck, coach!

Snow White is actually an ancient fairy tale, which was documented by the Brothers Grimm in 1812. It has variations in other cultures, but the version best known today is probably the Disney version.

Many fairy tales appear to be a simple children’s story on the surface, but there are messages, morals, and symbolism contained in the story. A closer look at Snow White will reveal some messages that you may not have noticed before. Much of the symbolism is based on Christianity and there are several parallels to the stories of the Bible. Other aspects of the symbolism are linked to common stories in traditional fairy tales.

The colors White, Red and Black:

The colors featured at the beginning of the story (snow-white skin, blood-red lips, ebony-black hair) provide a direct indication that Snow White is a “coming of age” story. White represents innocence (birth), red represents life and passion, while black represents death. Snow White’s story begins with Snow White as a girl in the original versions and a rather naive young woman in the Disney version (the white phase). She experiences maturity through the film (the red phase) and experiences death (in her dream state, the black phase).

No mother:

The absence of the biological mother makes it possible for the narrators to present the role of the evil stepmother. The evil stepmother is a common element of many fairy tales: Snow White, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel. The lack of a mother at all is also common, because if a mother were present, the series of events would not unfold as it does in stories where there is no maternal influence. People have often accused Walt Disney of being an advocate of motherless stories (it is true that many Disney movies do not have mothers), but Disney recreated classic stories in which the mother’s death was already part of the development of the mother. story. This element of storytelling aims to attract sympathy from readers, and it does it very well.

The poisonous apple:

This would seem to point all the way back to the biblical reference to the apple that was offered to Eve by the serpent (evil / Satan). The evil queen offers Snow White the apple in the same way. Snow White knows she shouldn’t talk to strangers, but she does it anyway and pays for that mistake by falling under the spell.

The meaning of seven:

The number seven was used many times in the Bible to signify perfection. The book of Revelation contains numerous groups of seven such as angels, churches, trumpets, crowns, mountains, stars, and kings. It is one of the most significant numbers in Christianity in the sense that “God created the world in seven days”, or rather he created the world in six days and rested on the seventh.

The names of the dwarves:

Some people have thought of correlating the seven dwarfs with the seven deadly sins, but that correlation does not hold. In Grimm’s version of Snow White, the seven dwarfs have no names. In Disney’s version of Snow White, the dwarves have names, but those names were chosen from sixty possible names and do not correspond to the seven deadly sins. The names of the seven dwarves are: Dopey, Grumpy, Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Sleepy. These names are more aptly “the seven moods of man” rather than sins.

The seven capital sins:

The seven deadly sins are represented in the story of Snow White, but not in the form of the seven dwarfs.

Pride / Vanity: Clearly the vanity of the Evil Queen. The mirror is clearly a direct reference to vanity.

Lust / Extravagance: Once again, the Queen as royalty is extravagant

Gluttony: The seven dwarfs eating (maybe a stretch). Or in the original tale, the Queen eats Snow White’s heart.

Greed: the queen again

Laziness: Originally it meant sadness, melancholy, apathy, depression, and sadness that distracted God’s attention. This applies to the dwarves after Snow White dies and laziness in the form of carelessness certainly applies to the seven dwarves in their house-making.

Anger: The anger of the seven dwarves on the witch after they discover Snow White dead.

Envy: the queen (again)

The seven deadly sins have opposites in the seven holy virtues: humility, chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, goodness. These are all characteristics of Snow White.

Resurrection:

Snow White “dies” and comes back to life. This certainly parallels the death and resurrection of Jesus from the Bible.

Hand washing:

The part of the story where Snow White demands that the dwarves wash themselves could be related to the cleansing of baptism. Once the dwarves have been washed, they turn into people who seem to have a new purpose in life, except for Grumpy, who is the one who protests the most. However, Grumpy undergoes a transformation throughout the film, from a skeptical dwarf to one very devoted to Snow White.

The work ethic:

Snow White cleans the little house without being asked and cooks without being asked. The seven dwarves are also hard at work in the mines (Hey Ho …).

These are some of the most visible symbols in the Snow White story, and there are probably a few more!

Dear Donald Trump,

It is 3am (GMT) this early Saturday morning, May 30, as I follow the events related to the nationwide protests that are currently being organized as a result of the brutal murder of George Floyd at the hands of his police officers.

Mr. President, certainly the scenes that ooze from downtown Atlanta are quite disturbing, as similar scenes take place in major cities in the United States of America. Truly, the land of the free and the home of the brave has not lived up to its bill of rights and freedom enshrined in the holy scrolls of the Declaration of Independence.

As I watch protesters attack CNN headquarters in Atlanta, I see the anger and frustration of the citizens of their great country across the political and racial divide, all clamoring for the justice that is promised in their nation’s philosophical checkbook. .

Poor me! What is happening in America right now would be strange only to those unaware of the prophecies of the late Martin Luther King Junior, who (57 years ago) boldly stated the inconvenient truth as follows:

“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which all Americans would be heirs. This note was a promise that all men, yes, blacks also as men Whites (My Lord) would be guaranteed the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Today it is obvious that the United States has defaulted on this promissory note as it pertains to its citizens of color. (My Lord) In Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given Black people a bad check, a check that has been returned with insufficient funds. “

Donald, it is your misfortune that today (more than ever), the African race, is willing and willing to demand justice and equality. It falls within the period of his reign that the sons and daughters of the multitude solemnly gathered at the National Monument on that fateful day in 1963, when MLK delivered that historic speech, are ready and bold to demand that their federal reserves of justice honor that promissory note. and no force on earth can stop this movement.

You’ve been eccentric, provocative, and to some degree maliciously self-centered, but this is not the time to attempt any self-righteous mischief. He must rise to the occasion and answer the call for justice in the George Floyd affair. Your country yearns for leadership and has sadly failed to rise to the occasion amid your government’s capricious approach to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Now here comes another tragedy on your doorstep in search of the right combination of legal and sociological responses that would heal and reunify the United States of America. Will you answer this proverbial 3 a.m. phone call that former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton warned all presidential hopefuls about?

Whatever your answer to the above query, you’d better do a genuine soul-searching and extensive inquiry before accessing your Twitter account.

As I say goodbye, Mr. President, I refer you to a warning published in your office more than half a century ago; That mail was addressed to his office by no less an enlightened soul than the Reverend Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, “The price America must pay for the continued oppression of blacks and other minority groups is the price of its own destruction. (Yes it is) Because the hour is late. And the clock of destiny is ticking. We must act now before it is too late. “

Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration and esteem.

For those of you who have yet to visit the new Food Lion store in Wake Forest, which based on the bunch of shoppers we struggled with today, there can’t be many, I wanted to give you a quick rundown of some of the things you can expect at this new and modern location.

One of the first things I found unique was how all the sidewalks lead you to the sides of the building, you know, so you can enter the lobby through the doors that are perpendicular to the front of the building (for those of you from Iron- Duff is a fancy way of saying there is a porch that juts out from the front of the house and instead of having steps going up the middle, the steps are on either side.) The strange thing was, when we got to the side of the lobby, there were no doors there. So what you have to do next is get back on the road, avoid getting hit, and then walk back to the front of the lobby where the doors are (porch for those of you from Iron-Duff). I must say that having an awning over that front area (covered porch for those of you from Iron-Duff) would have been very useful during today’s monsoon.

Now if you’re thinking that all this work just getting in might not be worth it, fear not, once inside you’ll find all the groceries you came for, not to mention a chance to wander through the produce cooler. This room is properly humidified and adequately cooled to keep the freshest veggies in town. Coming out of the produce cave, you’ll find yourself strolling through your new, cutting-edge Deli. Folks, they have sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, sushi, and even whole fried chickens. You can imagine my excitement at seeing all the deli specials, especially after having to spend all that time in the fruit and veg cave. Produce cooler, are you kidding me? Hey Food Lion, how about the next time you meet to design a store and a young hipster walks into the room and says he needs a veggie cooler right where the beer cave used to be? ‘ny put it back on the night shift storage shelves. Trust me, a few months of night shift coupled with the disruption of your delicate circadian rhythm and you will completely forget about your organic vegan ways, but I digress.

So let’s go back to the deli, where today is Super Bowl Sunday and I’m about to buy myself a couple dozen Wing Dings. I’m thinking maybe I’ll get a dozen regular Wing Dings and a Dozen Spicy Wing Dings, right? So I’m looking up and down at the hot shelf and I don’t see any, so I asked this nice young man from the deli section where I could find the Wing Dings. I assumed he worked at the deli because he was wearing a blue, fresh-out-of-the-bag Food Lion polo shirt with a shiny new badge. The plate even had his name on it, or at least I think it was his name, it’s hard to tell when they use the old school Dymo labelers. I say all of this to help explain what happened next, because what I heard was a statement that I assumed was simply coming from the mouth of a new kid, one who doesn’t understand the retail business yet, or maybe they just don’t. We are still on top of all the Food Lion stuff, because what it says is, “We don’t do Wing Dings anymore!” At that very moment I gave that young man my full attention, looked him straight in the eye and asked him to clarify his statement! Before the poor kid could even get three good b’s out of a “bbb-but” stutter, another man decided he might have to step in. Also wearing one of those new blue polo shirts with Dymo’s name tag embossed, albeit denoting him as the “Deli Manager,” he proceeded to confirm that the young men had previously declared heartbreaking news by saying, “I’m not going to do that anymore. Wing Dings. We have this new hot bar right here where you can get them any way you want, “as he points to a rolling buffet that is just the right height to allow kids to play. After taking a quick look at the bar, I realized that what he meant by “however you want” is that you can have them any way you want, as long as the shape you want is superheated to the point that the meat is stretched. on the bone and then dip them in a sticky sweet barbecue or orange sauce. Friends, that’s not the way I want you!

If you’re wondering what I did next, I’ll tell you. I did the only thing a self-respecting man can do, grabbed one of those take out boxes and proceeded to pick out a dozen of those fake chicken wings covered in overheated diabeetus sauce. I didn’t do this because I wanted to listen to you, but because Beth had grabbed my arm and told me to stop whining, leave the poor deli boy alone, whether or not to get some of those chicken wings. she doesn’t care anyway, and come so we can finish shopping. With my wings on the buggy, I finished my pout as I pushed our cart through the land of lost promises, while taking care not to trip over the old ladies blocking the aisles as they waited to hear from the store manager whether or not the grand opening sale price for tuna would continue to be respected next week.

Now for those of you who are worried about me and worried about how I could survive without Wing Dings, please rest assured, because eventually I will find a gas station deli that will fix your wings just the way I like them. However, I would like to ask you if you have a spare moment, maybe you want to say a prayer for the poor cashier who attended us, I am sure you will appreciate it. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one disappointed in our shopping experience and wondering what the world was for. By the time we got home, someone else had started crying too. Now, while Beth may not share my affinity for Wing Dings, she seemed to have some annoyances when it came to packing her groceries, along with a few words for the poor cashier who made the bag. She seemed genuinely surprised that the cashier had placed our toothpaste in the same bag with all of our cleaning supplies, which included a bottle of liquid bleach. I guess it takes a lot more than packing bleach and toothpaste together to amaze me these days, especially when the packer is from the same generation that is eating Tide Pods. I can see the new ad campaign now;

“Looking for a mouthwash that offers whiter teeth and a brighter smile? Try Clorox. (It also kills germs known to cause bad breath.”

Beth also disagreed with the fact that the cashier bagged our raw sausage and fresh mixed vegetables together. You’re doing crazy things like this that can often lead to deadly cross contamination. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the young lady didn’t provide us with any food safety precautions, I mean at least she had the decency to put the two items in one of them there “blue bags” so we would know what was inside. it would have to be refrigerated once we got home. Let’s face it, at some point the consumer has to accept a minimum (limited amount for those of you from Iron-Duff) of responsibility for their own food safety. We have all heard those stories about families getting sick from their own kitchen, and how it could have been easily avoided if they had simply followed some healthy and hygienic practices when working in the kitchen. Take my sausage and mixed veggie problem, for example. By simply selecting the right utensils, these young cheating tellers pose no risk to my health or my family. I just start my prep by grabbing a cast iron skillet from under the stove. Next, I turn one of the large eyes on the stove to medium-high (6-7). To avoid sticking, I recommend that you let the pan heat up for 2-3 minutes, long enough so you can feel the heat coming out of the pan when you wave your hand over it, but not long enough to burn your fingers when you touch it. Once properly preheated, toss that sausage into the skillet and cook it until golden on both sides but still greasy in the middle. Browning the outside of the sausage is the most important step, as it ensures that the pan is hot enough to burn off any germs that the sausage might have picked up from nasty veggies.

If you have the opportunity to visit the new Food Lion, I recommend that you wait a few days. If all goes well it will stop raining, they will add some canopies, and if my call to action goes well they will have Wing Dings back on the shelf before March Madness begins.

The Seahawks easily beat the Jets 28-7 yesterday and Rex Ryan must be envious of how Seattle wins games. The Hawks are using a strong running game, defense and timely passing to be on the hunt for a playoff spot. This is the same formula the Jets used in 2009 and 2010 to get to the AFC Championship game. However, things have gone wrong for New York thanks to very questionable personnel decisions by general manager Mike Tannenbaum.

Mark Sanchez gets a lot of heat from the team’s unproductive offense, but the spotty running game is the main offense’s culprit. It’s easy to forget that the Jets with Mark Sanchez beat Peyton Manning and the Colts on the road in the playoffs. They also defeated Tom Brady and the Patriots on the road in the playoffs the following week. Sánchez is not and will not be an elite quarterback who can carry out an offense. However, if Sanchez is given a good running game, he can be effective in game action.

Tannenbaum decided that Shonn Greene was the back-to-power leader in New York’s “ground and hit” offensive philosophy. Greene (15 carries for 58 yards (3.9 for each) against Seattle) is a decent number two running back, but he’s just not good enough to anchor a running game. Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch (27 carries for 124 yards (4.6 per), 1 touchdown vs. New York) is the kind of running back the Jets desperately need. The Jets passed Doug Martin in the 2012 NFL Draft and the explosive rookie has done wonders to help trade Josh Freeman. New York also struck out Joe McKnight’s pick in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft. The hope was that McKnight could provide the running game with some big plays because of his speed and quickness in a supporting role. However, McKnight has been an attempted runner and unproductive. The Jets are mediocre as a running back and that’s a big reason why “roll and hit” on offense too often turns into “throw and duck.”

An often pedestrian Shonn Greene isn’t the only reason for New York’s disappointing running attack. The Jets’ offensive line has taken a step back in the past two seasons with right tackle and left guard as weak points. By contrast, Seattle has improved their offensive line the past two seasons and they do a good job opening holes for Marshawn Lynch to pass.

The Jets will likely miss the playoffs for the second straight season. The pressure is mounting on Mike Tannenbaum to right the boat. The big question this offseason will be: Does Tannenbaum decide Sanchez is the offense’s scapegoat or not? The Jets are basically starting over if Mark Sanchez takes the knockdown. The best way to do this may be for New York talent screeners to find a running back who can create himself and solidify the offensive line.

It’s not every day that a horse like Big Brown appears to attract media attention; It’s been about 30 years, in fact. So why are horse racing fans clamoring to bet on him to win the 2008 Belmont Stakes? It’s actually simple: Big Brown has won the first two jewels, he’s fast, he’s strong, he has excellent stamina and divine determination. But most of all, he has the heart of a champion: a Triple Crown champion.

When Big Brown shot out of the gates in the 2008 Kentucky Derby and blew up the field at Churchill Downs to win by 4 3/4 lengths over runner-up Eight Belles, we all stared at him in awe. When he did a repeat performance at the 2008 Preakness Stakes, this time finishing 5 ¼ lengths before the Macho Again long shot – we all stood up and we all clapped because we all knew this was a special moment.

Big Brown is a big deal, he’s the real deal.

So what if you have a cracked hoof? (It has been repaired and, according to trainer Rick Dutrow, is like new.) What will we do if Big Brown wins the 2008 Belmont Stakes? What will we do if it doesn’t?

Big Brown, the favorite to win the Belmont Stakes, must instinctively know that this next race will be the most important.

The favorites likely to win the Belmont Stakes are 12 of 30 and the last five horses were beaten. The last favorite likely to win the Belmont Stakes was the last horse to win the Triple Crown – Affirmed in 1978. If Big Brown can win this one, he will become the twelfth winner of the Triple Crown in the history of thoroughbred racing. Americans.

Here is the list of Triple Crown hopefuls who won the first two jewels, but then lost the final jewel: Belmont Stakes:

  • Smarty Jones finished second in the 2004 Belmont Stakes.
  • Funny Cide finished third at the 2003 Belmont Stakes.
  • War Emblem finished eighth at the 2002 Belmont Stakes.
  • Charismatic finished third in the 1999 Belmont Stakes.
  • Real Quiet finished second in the 1998 Belmont Stakes.
  • Silver Charm finished second at the 1997 Belmont Stakes.
  • Sunday Silence finished second in the 1989 Belmont Stakes.
  • Alysheba finished fourth in the 1987 Belmont Stakes.
  • Pleasant Colony finished third in the 1981 Belmont Stakes.
  • Spectacular Bid finished third in the 1979 Belmont Stakes.
  • Minor helmet injuries aside, Big Brown’s big day should still be a challenge

    Critics and punters say that the field of horses competing in the Belmont Stakes is not as challenging as it has been in the past; that due to its size and strength, a winning bet on Big Brown seems easy enough even for the novice horse handicapper.

    But don’t be too quick to write off one of Big Brown’s main competitors: Casino Drive.

    Casino Drive comes from the same mare (Better Than Honor) as the last two Belmont Stakes winners, Jazil and Rags to Riches, and won the $ 200,000 Peter Pan Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths, covering the 1 1 / 8 miles. at Belmont Park in 1: 47.87 and gaining a Beyer speed figure of 101. With that kind of history, you’d think Casino Drive could do a short job on the 1 1/2 mile oval dirt track across from he. in the next Belmont Stakes.

    Even with Big Brown kicking dirt in his face?

    Jockey Kent Desmoreaux, the American Thoroughbred Horse Racing Hall of Fame jockey who holds the American record for most races won in a single year, will ride at Big Brown again on race day, September 7. June. Having won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes over Big Brown, Desmoreaux knows what this special horse is capable of. Ironically, Desmoreaux was also the winning jockey who drove Casino Drive to victory in the Peter Pan Stakes. However, Desmoreaux stands firm in his decision when asked which is the better horse: Casino Drive or Big Brown.

    “This is the best horse I’ve ever ridden,” Desmoreaux told reporters at a press conference after the 2008 Preakness Stakes. “I said so.”

    Watch and bet on Big Brown going the distance to win the 2008 Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown on Saturday, June 7. Post time is 6:30 pm EST on ABC.

    Once diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at age 25, I was confident that my love life would take a backseat during my two-and-a-half-year protocol. Living life as a cancer survivor and hoping that one day marriage and children could be part of my future seemed more like a fantasy than a reality.

    I found myself on a date or two with someone and ended what could have been a potential relationship on purpose. What if he finds out I’m stigmatized with cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and goes into hiding? How would i feel? How devastated would he be? Could I handle that type of rejection based on my medical condition and physical appearance? Wedding? Kids? These questions were far from superficial and bombarded my mind. They were real, to the core. Was it the fear of rejection, humiliation, and the thoughts of what gentleman would want a bald, gray-haired girlfriend who undergoes cancer treatments?

    She had a big wig and with some makeup no one could tell she was struggling to survive cancer. I was twenty-five years old going to bars, parties, and every other social function imaginable. Cancer didn’t stop me there. It just kept me from getting into a relationship; it was actually me who stopped me from getting into a relationship. During that time, I gave cancer too much power. Until I met Ronnie. I would never have expected that in nine months, after being diagnosed with NHL, love would be about to blossom and change my life completely. Yes, it was meant to be.

    When Ronnie asked me out for the first time, I was very worried. I wanted me to put aside the feelings of insecurity that I allowed to control me while I was on the road to cancer survival. He watched me handle my cancer diagnoses and was inspired to see that he was able to keep a smile on my face every time he saw me. His reaction relieved me; However, at that moment, I did not dare to overcome the vulnerable state. As a result, I refused to go out with him, thinking I was doing him a favor. Mentally and emotionally, I still had my love life on hold. That lasted about six months; however, during that time we became best friends. We would go to the movies together, go out to eat, play golf, just enjoying each other’s company.

    Regardless of NHL, Ronnie remained persistent and helped me see that I deserved to be happy in all aspects of my life.

    I knew I wanted to be with him, just like he wanted to be with me. It was so surreal for someone like him to accept me as a girlfriend, hairless and with a blotchy gray complexion. It gave me the confidence to be secure in our relationship as it progressed, eventually culminating in true love. He became my rock and never asked for anything in return, just my health and happiness. We were married on our fourth anniversary, and sixteen months later we had our first of three children * miracle *.

    We feel the same force about our relationship, if not stronger than before. They gave us the opportunity to have children, something the doctors were sure would never happen. The cancer protocol was supposed to put my 25-year-old body into menopause. The love and appreciation I have for my husband and children will never be taken for granted, not after living with cancer. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Marriage and Children ~ It was all meant to be.

    Alex Cora, Aaron Boone and Dave Martinez enter the 2018 season at an exclusive club, joining only a handful of other rookie managers to take over a team that had made the playoffs the previous year. Major League Baseball’s long history has seen only ten of those bosses, and not even one of them led his team to the World Series in that opening period.

    Worse, more than half of those rookie managers failed to carry their inherited playoff teams into the postseason, including fourth-place finishes suffered by Jimy Williams with the 1986 Toronto Blue Jays and Bryan Price with the 2014 Cincinnati Reds.

    Among the four who managed to lead their squad to a playoff return are two who failed to make it past the divisional series, Ken Macha with the 2003 Oakland Athletics and Brad Ausmus with the 2014 Detroit Tigers. In his freshman year As captain, Mike Matheny led the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals to the National League Champions Series, as did Dave Roberts two years later with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    It’s possible that MLB could see the first rookie manager to lead a playoff team to a pennant in 2018, considering some of the first that have occurred in the past two seasons. Last year, of course, the Houston Astros won their first World Series title, and in 2016 the Chicago Cubs won their first in more than a hundred years.

    Of the three rookie managers who inherit playoff teams, two compete in the American League and the other on the Senior Circuit. All three are getting teams that are big favorites to win the pennant, and it is even possible that two of them can do just that.

    If New York takes the title, Aaron Boone would become the first rookie manager to win a pennant after inheriting a playoff team. The Yankees are undoubtedly among the preseason favorites as they acquired 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins and re-signed veteran left-handed starter CC Sabathia.

    However, standing in his way is his longtime rival from Boston, the defending division champs are now led by rookie captain Alex Cora. The Red Sox themselves had a busy winter, adding much-needed offensive power by signing free agent slugger JD Martinez.

    It is quite possible that if the Yankees or Red Sox manage to capture the pennant, they will face another rookie manager in the World Series. The Nationals, who boasted the best record in all of baseball last season before falling back into the playoffs, are now being led by Dave Martinez.

    His path to the NL pennant will be made easier thanks to a sensational starting team, which includes Cy Young contenders Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. Washington also strengthened the offense around former MVP Bryce Harper and third baseman Anthony Rondon, acquiring powerful left-handed hitter Matt Adams to share first base duties with veteran Ryan Zimmerman while spending time in the outfield.

    Although New York and Boston have made bigger improvements to help their new dugout leaders, Washington still seems to have the best chance of winning a pennant. The Yankees and Red Sox not only have to fight each other, but they also have to beat the defending World Series champion, the Houston Astros.

    The Nationals, on the other hand, should be able to move quickly through a division where almost every other team is in rebuilding mode. The postseason has been pretty cruel to Washington in recent years, but their increased competition has done little to bolster their 2017 pennant defense. The Los Angeles Dodgers actually lost valued starter Yu Darvish over the winter, and just last week. Last year they suffered an injury that put their top slugger Justin Turner on the disabled list to start the season.