Archive for 2012

Low Down on Padded Shorts

November 14th, 2012 Product Review


If you play ice hockey or lacrosse, then you’re no stranger to protective clothing or pads. Soccer players wear shin guards and squash players goggles, it’s just standard equipment. Even so, wearing protective padding is traditionally not worn in basketball, it’s a “non contact” sport. In reality, lots of contact happens both deep under the basket and out on the perimeter. Mostly it’s just a few bumps and pushes, and occasionally a hard full speed collision. As the level of play increases the force, number and frequency of contact increases. Top players actually seek out opposing player bodies and use the contact to their advantage.

Personally I’m regularly subjected to thigh bruises. Every year, I’d estimate that I get one of these bad boys at least three times a year. Typically this injury occurs when a defensive player sticks out their leg to prevent me from flying by them, or when I do the same. Damage can vary… a little one hurts and only slows me down a bit, a bad one features a multicolored bruise and at least a weeks RICE.


Best Sports Predictions Ever

October 18th, 2012 Articles


As a new basketball season begins it’s fun to make some predictions. I suppose it’s a concrete way to demonstrate your knowledge or just to show off a bit of “Magic”. To start us off I’ve make a list of some of the very best all-time athlete predictions. Here we go, and not necessarily in any order. (more…)

Cheat Sheet to Olympic Basketball 2012

June 23rd, 2012 Articles

After a predicable ending to the 2012 NBA Championships (see this article) the eyes of the basketball world are now focusing on London. Yes, the Miami Heat won “The World Championship”  and the Americans still have the most best and most dominate players in the game of basketball (ie James and Durant) but the game has become internationalized and change is in the air.  Here’s a cheat sheet to the potential randomness of it all.


Predictions for the 2012 NBA Finals

May 4th, 2012 Articles

Here are my predictions for the 2012 NBA Finals. For those of you that follow the blog, you’ll know that I’m a huge… ok super mega freak about all things basketball. These predictions were created before the playoffs began, so before Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose went down in early play. Now after a few days into each series we’re bound to see a seven game series and a couple of four game blowouts, but I like my picks overall. Let’s me know if you see it differently.


Glucosamine Behind the Curtain

March 16th, 2012 Articles


The basic argument for glucosamine is that it is naturally found in high concentrations in the connective tissues and cartilage of the human body. So by supplying the body with a ready supply of glucosamine, an amino monosaccharide, and an intermediate substrate needed for the synthesis of glycosaminoglycan and proteoglycans makes logical fish wife sense. After all it’s the glycosaminoglycan and proteoglycan components of cartilage which give cartilage its functional shock absorber properties. Supporters believe that glucosamine’s positive benefits are due to its role in supporting the production of proteoglycan, and it is in this role as a cartilage building block that it believed relevant to the treatment of osteoarthritis (the gradual deterioration of the articular cartilage lining) and general knee pain. (more…)