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Darts in the Olympics?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2013 by jackpinnock

16 time world champion, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor said that he would be chuffed to bits to see Darts in the Olympics, after his 7-4 victory against Dutchman, Michael Van Gerwen in the PDC world championships. However, is he right?

Despite the announcement that there will be an investment of £508 million until 2016, unfortunatly there will be funding cuts to some key Olympic sports including Handball and Volleyball which may not feature British participation in Rio De Janeiro for 2016.

With the success of the 2012 games in London in all areas of the track and field, the question lies with is there room for Darts to compete in the Olympics?

You have to say that it is more popular than many Olympic sports, and there are now sports that are being questioned for being categorized as Olympic sport such as Football and Dressage.

Former British Olympic Association Director, Sir Clive Woodward took to Twitter to say “Darts is definatly an Olympic sport. Look at the fans, TV coverage, audience and real skill under pressure.” Taylor said “You’d have a good atmosphere, it’d be exciting to watch.”

Based on these comments made by people who have extensive knowledge in the sporting legacy, I would definatly agree that Darts could become an Olympic sport, and maybe should be considered for Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

 

 

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The Future of F1?

Posted in Formula One with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2013 by jackpinnock

As a dramatic new season concluded, and with 26 year old Sebastien Vettel equaling fellow German great Michael Schumacher’s record in winning three straight world championships, it begs the question to me, what is the future of F1?

Well, from my perspective it all comes down to one crucial element that is now absolutly critical in almost every Sport, money, money and more money!

You can now safely say that the driving days of Sir Jackie Stewart, Sterling Moss, Alain Prost and of course Ayrton Senna are now extinct, when all that was avaiable to them was an acceleration pedal and a steering wheel!

In today’s world, there are too many components in order for Mr. Ecclestone to pocket a few millions, but is it destroying the love of racing?

Sponsorship, adveristisement, endorsements, technology, prize money, all of these are now high priority in the world of Formula 1, and all of these are also linked to the most expensive sport in the world, Football.

And with the recent movements of Lewis Hamilton controversially leaving McClaren to join forces with Nico Rosberg at Mercedes and young Mexican, Sergio Perez replacing Hamilton to partner Jenson Button at McClaren, drivers are changing teams quicker than footballers are.

So, the most fundamental question that needs to be answered is why has Formula 1 become more of a business venture than an exciting and enternaining sport to watch?

Brighton Dev. 1-4 Swansea Dev.

Posted in Football, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2012 by jackpinnock

Brighton development manager Luke Williams said there was too much quality in the Swansea team for his players to handle after the Seagulls slumped to a 4-1 defeat at the AMEX stadium.

Williams said “There was a lot of quality out there, particularly in the Swansea side, and there finishing was outstanding, and if you’ve got players like Danny Graham in your side, you expect that”.

Williams, whose side had the tightest defence in the League 2 South Development league until this game, also added “When Swansea overloaded us in midfield, we struggled to cope, and the quality of the finishing compared to ours was the big difference”.

Swansea, who until this match were the lowest scorers in the division, struck first when midfield maestro Kurtis March’s piledriver was no match for goalkeeper Dan East.

The Swans’ second came shortly afterwards, when a stunning 25 yard free kick from Lee Lucas was too hot to handle for East.

Brighton’s best chance in the first half came from winger, Kazenga LuaLua, when his fierce drive from just outside the box was expertly saved from Swans’ shot stopper, David Cornell, so the south coast outfit found themselves 2-0 down at the interval.

The second contained a plethora of goals, firstly a rasping shot from Swansea hitman, Danny Graham, who is looking to get back into Michael Laudrup’s first team, was brilliantly turned away from East, only for him to parry it towards wing wizard Rory Donnelly who headed home to the Swans 3-0 up.

Brighton captain, Torbjorn Agdestein and striker Shamir Goodwin both came close to reducing the deficit, however, Donnelly forced a mistake from defender, Matthew McGiveron, who’s cross found Graham, who tapped home to claim maximum points for the away side.

Anton Rodgers gave Brighton a late consolation from LuaLua’s cross, with a sublime finish from the edge of the box, but it was too little too late, who’s first game at the AMEX came to a grinding halt.

Agdestein said that “the players were very sloppy, and that you have to give credit to Swansea, because when they got their chances, they took them.”

Brighton will be looking for a positive response in the next game, as they travel to bottom side Barnet.