Archive for June, 2014
Jeff Kagan: ACES Sports
What should the roll of our Government be in sports, both professional and amateur? Should our politicians even have time to legislate Balls, Strike or First Downs? Some would suggest that professional sports are given special considerations, are exempt from anti-trust laws, and they are given huge breaks in regard to taxes. Therefore, they would argue, that because of these considerations the government has a right to “meddle” in the business of sports. I am referring to the steroid scandal where professional athletes were asked to testify in Washington, under oath, or the current situation with the Washington Redskins name being considered offensive. Or how about who should be named the national champion in a given sport or the city that the game is played in (yes, lot’s of money on the line). Should our government play a part in this? Don’t they have better things to focus on for the business of running our government? Shouldn’t the market decide? Economics should determine what is acceptable for business. If the customers are upset, they will show their displeasure with how they spend their money. They will apply fiscal pressure in an attempt to force change.
Regarding the steroids scandal from a few years ago that led to the suspension of some major league baseball players, and disgraced and tarnished the reputation of others,steroids have been in sports since the 1970’s. No, they are not good for humans if abused, but most steroids were manufactured for a medical use. If a Professional Athlete wants to risk their body for the pleasure of his fans (oh yea, and for millions of dollars), then I say thank you. If a given sport wants to outlaw steroids (or any drugs or medications), then that is their decision. Yes, taking medication that is un-prescribed is illegal, but we have people who’s job it is to enforce that issue. Let the DEA and local law enforcement do their job, they are very good at it. How is this on the agenda of our Congress? Did we really need congressional hearings on this? I’m sure it was good for CSPAN’s ratings, but we have bigger issues in Washington than Steroids.
Regarding the name Redskins being considered offensive to Native Americans, you need to look at the history of the franchise. The name was changed to Redskins in 1933 to honor its coach, Lone Star Dietz, who was Native American. There are over 60 High Schools in America that use the name “Redskins” for their mascot, and an additional 435 High Schools use the name Indians (Not including Chief’s, Braves, or Warriors). Some of those schools are predominantly Native American schools, and I would bet they have no intention of changing their mascot. Does the President really need to get involved?
Is the name Redskins really offensive? Is it being used in a negative or derogatory manner? The answer is obviously no. The sooner we stop letting words offend us, the better off we will be. Not just the name Redskins, but I’m talking about all words that are viewed in a negative light. Even words that some people can say and others can’t because they are of a different race, religion or sexual preference. Words don’t have power unless we give it to them. We need to evolve past that. Words are just words, let’s take the power away from them already!
How do you feel about this subject? Do you think it should be the responsibility of our elected officials to govern the sports we love, or should sports people deal with sports issues? Should the economics dictate what is acceptable and what is not? The public will either support those decisions financially, or show franchise owners they need to make adjustments in their policies. I’m sure this will stimulate some people to add a comment. I look forward to feedback on this. This is certainly worthy of continued discussion.
I had the pleasure watching from the Diva’s sidelines, a team firing on all cylinders against their first round playoff opponent the Columbus Comets. The confidence level of the coaches and players were so high, that there was no doubt on how this game was going to turn out. The final score; Divas 69 – Comets 8.
ACES Sports Channel, had a chance to chat with three Divas players that participated in this big victory; LB/DE #33 Donna Wilkinson, QB #2 Christina Tu, TE #86 Melissa Washington.
Q. Congrats to you and the Divas in a convincing win. Strong performance from both Offense and Defense against the Comets, why was that?
A. We came off a one point loss to Boston the previous game and had a very challenging two weeks of practice, fundraising and playoff preparation. The team came in with a sense of urgency and played aggressive all game. When the Divas come out strong and do what the coaches have prepared us to do, we are one of the most explosive teams in women’s football on both offensive and defense.
Q. You played a lot this game, what did you learn from your performance?
A.There is always so much you can learn from every team that you play against. I am still new to the position, so I am starting to learn how to read defenses and gaps and when to check (if applicable).
Q. How would you describe the type of offense that the Divas run?
A. I would like to think run an aggressive offense. It starts with our O-Line coming off the ball to start up amazing things, RB/HB/FBs running hard and blocking, receivers running their routes and making athletic catches.
Q. Were you or your teammates nervous before the game?
A. Always nervous before a game. No game is ever a guarantee. Columbus always comes and plays hard.
Q. Why did the Divas beat the Comets in such a dominating fashion?
A. Offense and defense were all one the same page, working as one team. Our motto this year has been #ALLIN and #Nohope, and we try to carry that with every game/practice that we have. Picking each other up no matter what happens.
Q. Did you play sports in High School and College? If so which sports did you play?
A. I played track and lacrosse in high school. Club lacrosse in college and flag football.
Q. What will it take for the Divas to beat Boston?
A. Maintaining the same energy level from the Columbus game. Coming out strong from the first snap to the last touchdown.
SUN, SUN not Always FUN!
By Janet Moody
Summer and the living is easy! Yes! I love summer, but along with all the fun in the sun, we also run a risk of the much summer time pesky down sided bothersome points.
Sun burn, sun poison, sun rashes………….. Oh my. They don’t sound too sinister but can definitely put a sting to your day not to mention a risk to your life! All of that sun exposure can result in a killer tan, but getting too much sun can be risky. UVA and UVB rays can cause the progressive skin damage that leads to cancer.
In fact, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. More than a million Americans are diagnosed with it each year and athletes run a big risk as they are often choose the outdoors for their exercise and practice times.
Here are a few facts to keep in mind when choosing the right product for your lifestyle.
Sun protection factor (SPF) is the key component of an effective sunscreen. This refers to the amount of protection the sunscreen will give you, or how much longer you can spend outdoors before you get sunburned compared to if you weren’t wearing sunscreen.
Here’s how SPF works:
Say you normally can stay outside in the sun for 20 minutes without burning. If you slather on an SPF 15 sunscreen, you can stay outside for 15 times longer — about five hours — before burning. The higher the SPF, the greater the protection the sunscreen provides. An SPF 15 sunscreen blocks 93 percent of UVB rays, an SPF 30 blocks 97 percent, and an SPF 50 blocks 98 percent. The SPF of a sunscreen only relates to UVB rays — there currently is no rating system for UVA protection, but it’s in the works.
Even though you may still see sunscreens labeled “waterproof,” there really isn’t any such thing. No sunscreen can be entirely waterproof, because all of them will eventually wear off if you submerge your body in water for long enough. Water-resistant is the more accurate label. No matter how water- or sweat-resistant your sunscreen is, you’ll need to reapply it about every two hours and sooner if you’re sweating a lot
Sport sunscreens that get the Skin Cancer Foundation’s approval include:
- Banana Boat UltraMist Sport Performance Continuous Spray Sunblock SPF 30
- Coppertone SPORT Sunscreen Stick SPF 30
- Hawaiian Tropic Sport SPF 45
- NO-AD Sport SPF 50 Active Sunblock Lotion
- Ocean Potion Oil Free Sport Xtreme Sunblock SPF 30
- Rite Aid SPF 30 Sport Continuous Spray
- AVEENO Continuous Protection Sunblock SPF 55
- Mederma Cream plus SPF 30
If you are dealing with sunburn, it can be miserable. The nonprescription medications in your medicine cabinet can help relieve the discomfort of sunburn, headache and fever. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin are all good choices. If the pain is severe and your fever remains high, call your doctor. Remember, if you’re treating a child, use aspirin only with a doctor’s approval.
You also can apply an aloe vera gel or lotion several times a day to relieve pain and keep your skin moist. A spray-on product will be the easiest to apply. Avoid heavy creams that require rubbing the skin a lot, which can cause irritation and likely be hard to do because of the pain.
Next, head to your kitchen; wrap ice or a bag of frozen peas in a damp towel for some fast relief. Chilled cucumber or potato slices, or even plain yogurt, can also feel soothing. A cool bath made with about a half cup (125 mL) of oatmeal, cornstarch or baking soda will bring down your skin temperature and help relieve itchy, irritated skin. Repeat as needed, but don’t use soap, which will cause more irritation. Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it. Adding about a cup of vinegar (250 mL) to a cool bath also helps reduce pain. Some people claim that putting a few tea bags into the bath also helps. Another option is to place the cold, wet tea bags directly on your sunburned skin. Be sure to moisturize after these treatments.
Hopefully you will get the most of summer and your outdoor work outs but should you get affected by the sun, now you know how to deal with it.