Wednesday, October 28, 2015

While Tennis Apparel Choices Sizzle, Eyes are still on the Game (part 2 of 2)

"We do very few events, only in an upscale way. The clothes will be refined," remarks David Lauren  Lauren manages the marketing as well as in-house advertising in New York. "There'll be some nice surprises—fresh takes on the high-tech performance gear inspired by our RLX line. It'll be Polo, but with a modern, performance-oriented twist."

Chief business officer at the United States Tennis Association, Pierce O'Neil, termed the pact "a powerful statement regarding the vitality" of pro tennis. "[It] creates a natural platform for the integration of design, fashion and sport."
The remark is one way to ensure that objections from “purists” are addressed.

After all, while tennis buffs love to see their favorite players striking wins in court—decked out in stylish threads—overt brand commercialism is not a very good way to win their affection. Tennis, with all the brands, all the sponsors, the clothes, is still about the game, about the players, about the sport. It’s about the sweat, rage, joy in court. That’s the blood and bone of the game. Anything that takes away from that isn’t likely to make the company a winner for a number of tennis enthusiasts.

It’s like what they say: what next? Choices for tennis apparel these days run to tight and stylish sets, to cool and comfortable dresses in bold colors, to separates that allow ease of movement and cover very little. That’s what we have right now.

With Ralph Lauren in the court, are we going to have to look forward to fashion shows in the US OPEN now? Is couture tennis apparel going to be the norm very soon?

Many, if not probably most of us, hope not.

While Tennis Apparel Choices Sizzle, Eyes are still on the Game (part 1 of 2)

Clean-cut garments continue to be popular in the court. Well known players in the sports garment industry like Nike and Adidas agree. Items like Nike’s Serena Day Dress—with its bold color, lean waistline, and pleated bubble skirt—are a perfect example, showing polished elegance with clean lines.

Other great choices for tennis apparel this summer is the Neon Yellow shirt in the Adidas Competition Line, with its ClimaCool technology that’s set to wow more than a few fashion conscious tennis fans and players alike. Both clothes though, aside from setting function over fashion, also point to essentially the same thing: it’s not the clothes, it’s the player.

However, since the news announcing plans of Ralph Lauren putting up a retail store underneath the Louis Armstrong Stadium circulated, some say change might just be in the air. The talks and rumors have already started. And it doesn’t seem all that likely they’ll end any time soon. The move, after all, is not only guaranteed to raise eyebrows but also to put small vendors on the alert.

The contract, a four year arrangement, is part of a new sponsorship deal that makes Polo Ralph Lauren the official apparel sponsor, replacing Fila. Widespread on-court branding is expected to be one of the perks in the bag.

The company says it will outfit all court personnel. This means fans can now look forward to seeing umpires, ball people and other staff sporting Polo’s all-too-familiar logo. Line judge stand-in boxes will also be expected to bear the company’s logo. Judging from this, it’s clear that the transition has already started.

Not to say that Scott Oudsema, US Open’s young tennis sensation, is also set to model and promote a number of Ralph Lauren tennis apparel and products. It’s safe to say that the company has its hands full these days.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Remembering The Boxing Pioneers Of Pre-Modern Boxing (part 2 of 2)

By this time, boxing has already caught the liking of the Americans. Thus, the two free African-American champions Tom Molineux and the Bill Richmond fought with the best British fighters and brought home the championship. In 1810, Tom Molineux became the very first American champion when he defeated the then champion, Tom Cribb.

In 1816, the first boxing fight was held in America under the British boxing rules between Tom Beasley and Jacob Hyer. Twenty years after, the British champion James Burke, also known as "The Deaf", sailed to New Orleans to fight with the Irish champion Sam O'Rourke. In 1841, the first formal American boxing championship happened between Jacob Hyer's son Tom Hyer and Yankee Sullivan.

Not long after this, the first transatlantic fight occurred when John Heenan, more popularly known as The Benica Boy, traveled to England to meet with Tom Sayers, the English champion during the period.

The London Prize Ring Rules remained to be the only set of governing rules in boxing until 1867 when the Marques of Queensberry proposed a new set of rules. This was somehow the mother of the modern boxing rules as the current basic rules resemble these old rules partially. This set of rules proposed that the boxers wear protective gloves and that each boxing round should consist of only 3 minutes.

The public agreed with it and it was accepted. Under the Queensberry Rules, the last pre-modern boxing champion John L. Sullivan reigned as champion. He was also the last champion of the bare-knuckle fights and the first heavy weight champion.

From the bloody brawls between working classes up to the high-class boxing fights between nobles, boxing surely had made itself very popular and made some boxing greats worthy of being recognized in boxing's hall of fame.

Remembering The Boxing Pioneers Of Pre-Modern Boxing (part 1 of 2)

Before the formal boxing games we now have were the brutal, bare knuckle fist fights that started during the 18th century in England. Not long after, the sport grew in popularity in America. From both lands, champions were raised and below are the profiles of the pioneer boxing champions who helped shaped the history of boxing as we know it.

The very first recognized boxing champion was James Fig who reined for more than 15 years as champion. He wore the championship crown until he died in 1740.  He was then succeeded by the Father of Boxing, James Broughton who was a great boxer himself but was more known for his effort to formalize the boxing rules. He laid the foundation for the Broughton Boxing Rules which served as the first set of rudimentary rules that boxers followed until 1838, approximately 2 years after he killed his opponent by mistake during a fight.

His rules were devised to remove the free-for-all brawls that oftentimes happened in boxing arenas as well as forwarded the art of boxing. It was also due to him that other fighters saw the importance of practicing systematic fighting techniques instead of just throwing punches along with other things towards the opponents.

Only when Daniel Mendoza showcased a systematized approach to boxing did the sport became fully free of the previous state of boxing as an anything-goes sport. He introduced a more varied, more scientific approach to boxing where skills and strategies were actually used. Ironically, he was only champion for one year, from 1794 to 1795.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Scleroderma And The Digestive System (part 2 of 2)

How Is This Treated?

As of today, there is no known cause for scleroderma and because of that, diagnosis is mainly based on symptoms. Doctors can start off by giving a patient medication to help ease him or her of the symptoms. These medications are given in attempt to lessen acid production but if that does not do anything, then procedures that are specific to the affected area are done to relieve a patient of discomforting symptoms.

Medications however are only given to relieve a patient from the effects brought about by scleroderma and not to entirely remove scleroderma from a patient. The cause of scleroderma is unknown and with that, there is no known medicine. Treatment for scleroderma is patient-specific even when it comes to gastro-intestinal involvement. This however can be managed effectively with the help of medical procedures.

How Is This Diagnosed?

If medications do not work or if a patient would develop side effects, then that is where one should have medical procedures. If the esophagus is affected, some medical procedures that can help would be endoscopy, barium swallow and esophageal manometry.

If the stomach is affected, then the patient could also have barium swallow which is similar the one referring to esophageal involvement and a gastric emptying study of which a person eats small amounts of material followed by taking x-rays of their stomach.

Scleroderma And The Digestive System (part 1 of 2)

Scleroderma is characterized by the toughening of the affected area, most commonly in the skin or in the organs which could lead to limitation of the organ’s function. This is quite rare as it only affects 14 out of every 1 million people worldwide. Scleroderma affects women more than it affects men and could develop somewhere between the ages of 30 to 50. It is also inherent in the Native American Choctaw tribe and in African-American women. Scleroderma is rarely found in children.

While cases of scleroderma that would only affect the skin would most likely not be fatal but could cripple the patient, the severe form of it which is called systemic scleroderma or is characterized by having scleroderma affect various parts of the body can be lethal and has been proven so in many cases. After the skin which is the most common case which would account for 95% to 100% of all cases, it is followed by gastro-intestinal involvement in scleroderma which would account for 70% to 90%

How Is The Digestive System Involved In Scleroderma?

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease. Being that, it mainly interferes with the immune system and having them attack the body instead of protecting it. Scleroderma can affect all organs of the digestive system, either just one organ or the entire system at the same time. It start with the esophagus; if scleroderma is present in the esophagus, then peristalsis is more difficult as the food track is tighter making it less able to push food down.

Gastro-intestinal involvement in scleroderma usually starts off with the esophagus and gradually makes its way down lower into the large intestine. If it makes its way past the stomach, then the patient will start having problems with digesting food. This is because the stomach now lacks blood vessels because it has been limited by scleroderma. Worst case scenario of this is that everything from the esophagus to the rectum would be affected. Unfortunately, this is very possible.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Good Effect of Concise Sigs for Blogs (part 2 of 2)

Information such as the name of your website, the name of your blog and other links that you think will help your blog achieve the maximum number of visits should be present. Signatures can range from 1 to 4 words. It has to be catchy so that the readers will remember them and as a result they will visit all the links you have posted there. Here are some of the signatures that you can actually use.

Take a good look at the pattern shown here to have an idea on how to have a simple yet effective sig to promote your blog. First thing you should remember is that the shorter the sig, the better. A sig doesn’t have to be a mile long. The human memory can only memorize as short as five words so keep in mind that you must never exceed that number of words. Also most importantly, never forget to include in your signature vital information regarding your blog.

Those are some of the signatures that you can actually use. Take a good look at the pattern shown here to have an idea on how to have a simple yet effective sig to promote your blog. Signatures can range from 1 to 4 words. It has to be catchy so that the readers will remember them and as a result they will visit all the links you have posted there.

So now you know that concise sig can make a difference on your blog’s exposure. Keep this in mind and have a happy blogging experience.