Friday, September 23, 2016

2008 Spring Break Hot Spots

Spring Break will be among us sooner than you think. Where are you going this year? Not sure, well worry no more. Here are some of the most popular Spring Break travel destinations. Be sure to book your trip early, so you don’t miss out.

1. Panama City Beach, Florida is one of the most popular Spring Break party spots. There are lots of activities including rock climbing, boxing with over sized gloves, inflatable slides, golfing, para-sailing, snorkeling, diving and water skiing to name off a few. You can also go to the hottest clubs and awesome parties on the beach, alcohol is even allowed on the beach. Enjoy 27 miles of white sand along the Gulf of Mexico.

Be sure to check out Sharky’s Beach Club, where you can enjoy mixed drinks, live bands, fresh seafood, and lots of dancing. Also visit Club La Vela, the nations largest nightclub. Check out the ten theme rooms, each with their own music and atmosphere. Don’t forget about the Club La Vela foam party and beach bash. There are 18,000 rooms in various hotel to stay in, with fast food and markets within walking distance. So get your room early and have fun with half a million other Spring Breakers.

2. South Padra Island is rated one of the Top Ten Beaches in the world, with over 34 miles of beach area. One of the hottest Spring Break destinations, and it is only thirty minutes from Mexico. Enjoy relaxing on the white sandy beaches, windsurfing, sailing, exploring the Padre Island National Seashore and lots more. Be sure to check out the several night clubs, including CHAOS. It has live bands, karaoke bar, a tattoo parlor, restaurant and more. There is also Tequila Frogs, that overlooks Laguna Bay and Crazy Lazy.

You will notice that most of the Spring Break activities happen behind the major hotels such as Holiday Inn Sunspree or the Raddison Resort. Get your hotel rooms early and condo rentals are also an option.

3. Daytona Beach has been a popular Spring Break spot for many many years, and is one of the least expensive choices. With beach front bars and hotels to boot, you will be sure to get your fill of bikini contests, and half a dozen different concerts.

There are also contests and giveaways, thanks to corporate sponsors. Be sure to get a “Gold Party Card”, to get entry to the parties and free cover, at the many nightclubs. Be sure to also visit Atlantic Avenue and have a look at the scene. Traffic can be a bit of a problem, so get a room, close to where the action is.

4. Cancun, Mexico is one of the hottest Spring Break places around. With non stop action of parties both on land and sea. For a relaxing day visit the Temple of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza, or travel from Cancun to the beautiful waters of Cozumel. Here the reef offers great snorkeling and diving adventures. There are many activities for those who want to Hang out on the beach, or want to play a sport.

The night is when Cancun really comes to life. Stop by the many clubs, such as Fat Tuesdays, La Boom, Dady’O, Coco Bongo and Senor Frogs, where the action doesn’t stop, till the sun comes up. The clubs offer contests, shown and drink specials to keep you going all night. Travel by local bus at 5 pesos or 50 cents, a trip, to get from club to club.

5. Negril, Jamaica is a seven mile stretch of white sand beaches with low lying cliffs. There are 20 to 30 small hotels, although the favorite places to stay are the small cliff side inns or the larger beach front hotels. There are also private villas that you can rent by the week. Climb one of the many waterfalls, jump from the 45 foot cliffs at the Pickled Parrot, go sailing, windsurfing, or just a day long trip to Bloody Bay.

As day turns to night, get ready to party as the beaches and cliffs come alive with reggae music. Enjoy the theme parties at Legends Beach bar, Coral Seas Beach and Margaritaville. Enjoy concerts from the likes of Beannie Man, Shaggy, Ziggy Marley and more. Oh, did I mention Negril is a clothing optional beach.

6. Key West, Florida is crazy all year long, but picks up even more during Spring Break. It is best to party with the locals, than to try and take over and be your own show. Duval Street is a must. It is a mile and a quarter long, full of galleries, boutiques, shops and lots of bars, that are open till four in the morning.

Check out Ricks Bar, Hog’s Breath, Rumrunners, Sloppy Joes and Fat Tuesday’s, to name off a few. Most bars usually don’t have a cover charge, and many have DJ’s or live music. Since the island is rather small, the taxi fares are rather cheap.

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2008 Thanksgiving Events in Harford County, Maryland

Some of Harford County‘s unique treasures are offering special programming for Thanksgiving 2008. Check out these programs from some of our best loved destinations and enjoy some family time, some time with friends, or an evening out with someone special.

November 22

The Maritime Museum and Steppingstone Museum team up for their open house, Open Hearth Cooking from 1:00PM – 5:00PM. This event will be held at the Steppingstone Museum, an 1880-1920 period farm house. Food samples, demonstrations and children’s activities. Small fee for adults, children under 8 are free. For information, visit the Maritime Museum’s webpage at http://ift.tt/1dlmZh6 Directions to the event can be found at http://ift.tt/1PZ3vBO

November 23

The Lenape Turkey Rattle at the Anita C Leight Estuary Center on Otter Point Creek in Abingdon will be held from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM for ages 8 – adult. Participants will create a ceremonial turkey rattler. Registration and small fee required. Call the center at 410-612-1688 to register. For information, visit http://ift.tt/2d5mUTJ

November 25

Eden Mill Nature Center in Pylseville will be offering Tiny Wonders: Let’s Talk Turkey from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM. This preschool program is for ages 2-5. Stories, music, crafts and dramatic play. For updated details and events, visit www.edenmill.org Registration and small fee required. To register, call the center at 410-836-3050 05 or email edenmillnaturecenter@gmail.com

The Joppa Branch of the Harford County Public Library will be hosting Pilgrim Children starting at 6:30 PM. Come discover what life was like during Thanksgiving, complete with games and butter making. Reservations required. Call the library branch at 410-612-1660 www.hcplonline.info

November 29

Performance Sports and Dance, Inc will be offering a Thanksgiving Baton/Dance Camp for ages5 and up. Mini-sessions, full day and half day options are available. There will be a variety of classes, including a master class taught by Jonathan Burke. Check the website for registration information and form: http://ift.tt/2d5nC3m

Lantern Queen is a replica of a Mississippi powerboat, completely powered by her paddlewheel. She departs on two post-Thanksgiving cruises. The first, the Post-Thanksgiving Luncheon cruise departs at 2:00 PM and returns at 4:00 PM. The second, Thanksgiving on the Bay, departs at 6:00 PM and returns at 8:00 PM. Lantern Queen departs from Hutchins Park in Harve de Grace. Enjoy historic Harve de Grace, the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay on one of these two cruises. Ticket purchase and reservations required. www.lanternqueen.com

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2008 Presidential Election: Can This Survey Determine Who You Should Vote For?

Not sure who you should vote for in the 2008 Presidential election? You could spend a lot of time reading up on the 2008 Presidential candidates and their views on different issues. If you did this, you’d probably figure out how big name candidates feel about Iraq, global warming, universal health care and a few other issues. And when you got to the polls, you’d still probably see on the ballot some names of people of whom you’ve never heard.

This approach to learning about the 2008 Presidential candidates would take you a lot of time. And if you do it as a crash course, you probably won’t even remember half of what you read. What if someone could make it simpler?

Well, someone has tried to make it simpler. Attitude Media has put together a very brief survey. Answer 12 questions yes or no, check those questions that are likely to carry a lot of weight with you at the voting booth, and press the “cast your vote” button. Attitude Media will then tell you which candidate’s views most closely match your own.

Is this a new craze that will have a major impact on upcoming United States Presidential elections? Undoubtedly not, but it is a lot of fun and taking the Attitude Media survey will give you a quick summary of the various candidates views. Even if the Attitude Media survey doesn’t define for you whom you should vote for in the upcoming Presidential elections, it may help you narrow the field of candidates on whom you focus.

I took the Attitude Media survey for fun. It told me my views were most aligned with those of Dennis Kucinich. Hhm. Must be that year I spent in Cleveland. Something in the Cuyahoga water? My newfound kindred spirit Denny and I, we both think that war in Iraq ought to end. We’re not too fond of the War on Drugs either and would like to see that one end with it. It’s so 80s. About time we moved onto something else. And we may have just the thing. Dennis Kucinich and I are both eager to see the United States government take on global warming. If there has to be a war on something, global warming is a pretty good target. No lives lost, and it comes packaged with good feelings about helping human and animal kind.

But in case I can’t get over the little boy mayor image and vote for Denny, I’ve got some other choices. According to the Attitude Media survey, my second choice is some guy named Ron Paul. Now, I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I don’t think I’ve ever even heard of this gentleman before. And he’s running for President? Doesn’t sound like someone likely to make it through the primaries. Moving onto my third choice, it’s me and Barak Obama. Now Barak and I don’t agree on all the issues, but it seems we agree on some of my highest priorities. And he’s a high profile candidate who may have a chance at the Presidency.

Rudy Giuliani and I, on the other hand, don’t agree on much of anything, according to the Attitude Media survey. Out of 12 issues, the only one he and I agree on is that the United States should stop subsidizing farmers. Now there were some questions I didn’t answer, primarily because a simple yes or no did not seem to express my viewpoints. But if Rudy can only support me on one of the eight issues that I did respond to, and not even one of my priority issues, I think it is safe to assume that he is not my candidate.

Want to take the Attitude Media survey yourself to answer the question “Who should you vote for in the 2008 Presidential election”? Click on the highlighted link to take the survey. See which candidate’s views best match your own.

If you enjoyed this article you may also enjoy my four part series on Congressional Representatives living on the budget of food stamps recipients. Click on the highlighted words to read Part 1. Once in Part I, click on my icon to go to my Content Producer page for the remaining three parts.

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2008 Top Easter Events for Kids in Washington DC Metro Area

If you’re in the Washington DC area during the Easter Holiday, you won’t want to miss out on the family celebrations in and around town. This years Eggtravaganza offers something for all ages.

Tudor Place

Washington DC

Tudor Place was built by Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter, and her husband, Thomas Peter. Designed by Dr. William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol, and completed in 1816.

Children of all ages enjoy the largest Egg Hunt in Washington D.C. on March 22, 2008 beginning at 10am – 12pm, and a thrilling Egg Roll Contest. After the games, children can decorate eggs and build a spring basket! The Easter Bunny is available for pictures all morning. Visitors also enjoy a self-guided tour of Tudor Place’s 5 ½ acres of glorious gardens. The Egg Hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. and the Egg Roll follows at 11:00 a.m. Bring your own basket, spoon, and one hard-boiled egg per child. The cost for non-member children is $12.00 and members are $7. Adult chaperones can attend free with a paying child.

The National Zoo African-American Family Celebration

Washington DC

Join in the Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Roll on March 24th from 10am-4pm. Admission is Free!

There will also be family activities including arts and crafts, children’s dance troupes, a double dutch jump rope team, magic shows and singing and dancing. A variety of food will be available. And why not visit the animals while you’re there!

The White House

Washington, DC

On Monday, March 24, 2008, join the annual family event for kids of all ages to hunt and race Easter Eggs on the White House Lawn. The event will begin at 8am to 2pm on the South lawn. Enjoy storytelling and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Family events will include the Easter egg roll, the reading corners, egg coloring, art activities, face painting, music, magicians, and other activities. At the reading corners, visitors will be treated to storytelling by authors of popular children’s books, athletes, Cabinet members, and other senior administration officials.

The White House website reports “The National Park Service will distribute free tickets for the White House Easter Egg Roll on Saturday, March 22, 2008 beginning at 7:30 a.m. A small allotment of tickets will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 24.”

Harmony Hall Regional Center

Ft. Washington, MD

Friday, March 21 from 10am-12pm, Join in the Easter Egg Hunt, enjoy holiday arts & crafts, games and more. Bring an Easter egg basket or bag to collect your goodies. This event is for ages 2-12 years old. Fees: PG County Resident $4; Non-Resident $5

The Reston Zoo

Suburbs of Virginia

Visit the Easter Festival, March 22 and 23, 2008 from 9AM – 4PM. There will be 3 egg hunts on Friday and Saturday with an Easter basket prize each child. Enjoy free face painting and pictures will be available with either dressed up Easter bunny or live bunnies. The fees include $10.00 per adult and $8.00 per child.

Meadowside Nature Center

Montgomery County Parks and Recreation, Rockville, MD

On Friday, March 21st at 10am, attend the Easter Egg Hunt in the park and decorate what you find. Bring your own basket to collect your goodies. Visit with the Easter bunny, learn new bunny facts and join in family activities throughout the day. Registration is required and the cost per child is $5.00

Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation

Maryland

Choose from many Parks and Recreation centers in PG County, Maryland to celebrate Easter events. Visit with the Easter Bunny; enjoy egg hunts, arts and crafts and other family activities. Various days and times have been scheduled. Fees range from Free to $13.00

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2008: The Year of the Appropriate Mortgage

As we start this new year, resolutions will be made while only some will be achieved and upheld. Some will tackle personal goals, while some will address physical aspirations. Most Americans may choose to address financial resolutions in hopes of furthering financial success and growth.

From my humble experience, I have come to realize a world of neglect in an abundance of Americans’ mortgage planning. You see, I encounter homeowners, investors, and clients each and every single day. As I review each case, and sometimes do preliminary underwriting on some, I realize that most do not realize the importance of a mortgage in the overall schematics of financial success and overall wealth accumulation.

For most Americans, a mortgage is seen as a burden, a debt that must simply be paid every month and eventually, after a good 30 years, it will be lifted off the balance books. However, the unfortunate occurrence I have noticed is that while most Americans religiously focus on working long nights and full weeks simply to pay the hefty mortgage payment, they forget to simply invest in themselves. Most simply invest into the bank collecting the payment.

You see, our banking system is one of the largest, if not THE largest, businesses in this country–if not the world. Banks have mastered the art of (first) lending, then collecting, and then investing what they are collecting, which will yield in accumulating interest and wealth. Banks are one of most profitable platforms in our economy. Most wonder why. One example, Bank A lends at 6.5%, collects this payment, utilizes compounded interest, all the while invests that same 6.5% to double, if not triple, if not quadruple, etc. to yield lots and lots of profits. How else can players such as Citi and B of A write of billions in bad debt, while still being profitable businesses?

Sadly enough, most Americans still have not realized that they can too invest in their own bank. I call this the Bank of Me. For the sake of relevance, we will use a recent client of mine by the name of Lilian. Lilian has been self-employed for the past 14 years. Lilian has a 760 fico score, which represents very strong repayment capacity. However, Lilian, now at the age of 58, only has $12,000 in her combined checking and saving account. She has an investment account with Morgan Stanley valued at $60,000. Lilian has been paying her mortgage payment religiously for the past 8 years (since she last refinanced it). Her balance is $680,000. Although Lilian and I realize she will never pay her mortgage to a zero balance, she still prefers a Principle and Interest mortgage, because she likes the concept of “paying the balance down.” I have advised Lilian to utilize an Interest-Only mortgage, since it will save her $560 per month, which equates over $6,000 per year. With $6,000 per year in straight savings, Lilian can begin investing, and at a capitalized interest rate of 7.5%, Lilian will begin to see the same type of yield a bank sees if she invests properly. But like Lilian, most Americans neglect to invest in the Bank of Me, and allow their banks to capitalize on the simple investing strategy.

This type of thinking is against most Americans’ comfort zone. The irony, however, exists in the fact that most Americans will work a lifetime just to pay off a mortgage, all the while neglecting to invest in the Bank of ME. After 30 years and a mortgage balance of zero, a realization is made that no money has been invested in other financial vehicles. So what happens next? The phenomenon known as a REVERSE MORTGAGE. The very thing that has been religiously paid down for 360 months (assuming consistent payments on a 30 year mortgage) will claim the very money that could have been diverted into other financial vehicles.

In 2008, with the evolution of technology and efficient dissemination of thoughts and knowledge, I hope more Americans learn to break the cycle of poor investing. I hope 2008 brings more good fortune and financial success to the average American, rather than simply big business, corporations, and Wall Street. Our society, government, and general understandings/influences advocate, almost subconsciously in some forms, that home ownership is a necessity. However, with that, no where is it suggested to invest and utilize the same strategies our big banks deploy. With this comes a lack of understanding of how vital the proper mortgage planning is to an individuals and a family’s financial security, success, and overall health. The wealthy become wealthy by using strategies the banks utilize; why not you?!

That is why it is crucial to utilize proper mortgage planning. A loan is a loan. Mortgage planning, however, can be a very precise, strategic, and powerful resource. Make 2008 the year you utilize the same tactics banks do; begin investing in the bank of YOU!

Cheers.

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2008 Themed Wedding Favors

2008 themed wedding favors are a fun way to celebrate the year you are married in, have some fun in the wedding photos, and create a party vibe at your wedding. These 2008 wedding favors all incorporate the numbers 2008 in them, so they can be used as props in casual wedding photos, make great mementos, and simply are fun!

Here are 3 ides for 2008 Wedding Favors:

2008 Wedding Favors #1: 2008 Glasses

Many people buy the fun glasses that say the year for their New Year’s Eve party, but they are also a fun addition to the wedding. Your wedding guests can wear the fun 2008 glasses and have fun taking crazy candid shots.

This will make looking back at the candid photos form your wedding go much fun when you are 50 years down the road!

Look online for buying these fun year themed glasses at a bulk discount rate. Place one on each plate at the dinner tables in your wedding reception hall. Be sure to have tons of those fun disposable cameras around as well.

2008 Wedding Favors #2: Hats

Next in line for a fun 2008 themed wedding favor is the fun Hats that say the year 2008. Since it is a wedding, try to be a little more fancy than the birthday style hats. Look specifically for top hats with the year and fun girly hats.

To display these out for your reception try incorporating them into your centerpieces! You can line them around a huge vase of flowers right in the center of the table. They can also be stacked up near the door where everyone is entering the wedding reception!

Have some fun and make sure you order enough has for everyone.

2008 Wedding Favors #3: Fact Magnets

A fun theme for your wedding is to create a fun fact magnet with tons of events and record breaking events that have happened in the year you are married. Your wedding guests can use these on the fridge at home.

I am sure after a while, probably right when 2009 hits, they will be put away. Your wedding guests can pop them out years down the road and reminisce about what all they did that year.

If you have a large group of friends that know each other, then try listing major events in their lives that all happened in 2008. This is a great way to keep in touch and walk down memory lane at a later date!

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2008 Wisconsin Dove Hunting Season

The 2008 Wisconsin dove hunting season is the time of year when hunters can legally pursue the hunting and shooting of Mourning doves in the state of Wisconsin. Even though the dates are set that allow these individuals to legally hunt doves in this state, these hunters will have the responsibility to do their part by collecting all the licenses, permits, permission from land owners, proper weapons and other necessary items to continue to hunt doves legally. Answering a few questions will aide in increasing the knowledge that these hunters will need to legally achieve this responsibility. The questions will be asked and answered in the following article. Hopefully the hunters will gain some in site into their sport and enjoy it legally.

When is the 2008 dove hunting season in Wisconsin? This question is important because it is the only times of the year when doves can be hunted legally in Wisconsin. From September 1 through November 9 are the dates of this season. During these days, hunters can begin their hunt at 30 minutes before sunrise and must end at sunset.

Who can hunt doves in Wisconsin during the 2008 season? Legally anyone who has a valid Wisconsin Small Game Hunting License, available to both residents of Wisconsin and non-residents, HIP (harvest information program registration) and proof that the hunter took part hunter education and successfully passed the program if they were born on or after the first day of January 1973.

How can doves be taken by hunters in Wisconsin? The weapons that can be used to take doves in Wisconsin during this season are shotguns and bow and arrow. Shotguns are the weapons of choice by most hunters, but they have restrictions as well. Only 10 gauge shotguns or smaller can be used and they can only hold 3 shotgun shells. Also, all hunters using shotguns to hunt doves in this state must fire the shotgun from their shoulders, they are not allowed to take any type of rest to aid their shooting abilities.

How many dove can be taken and where is the season open during this time in Wisconsin? The daily bag limit of doves in Wisconsin is 15 birds and the possession limit is 30 birds and this hunting season is open statewide during the dates mentioned above.

Dove hunters in Wisconsin can enjoy this sport for many days, but it is best if they do so legally. This means that they must have the proper licensing and other credentials that the state of Wisconsin requires of them and they must follow all the rules set forth that govern this hunting season.

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2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars Nastia Liukin Not in Lineup

Commercials advertising the upcoming 2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars have been appearing during the Olympics. This is your chance to see some of the gymnasts that have been competing at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The tour is scheduled to hit 38 cities around the U.S., starting in September.

Nastia Liukin was shown on the commercials as participating in the tour, but it looks as if she may have pulled out. Her name does not appear in the lineup anymore. She probably received many endorsement opportunities including television appearances now that she won the gold medal as the All-Around Olympic Champion. The latest lineup includes “American Gymnastics Superstars” Shawn Johnson, Chellsie Memmel, Paul Hamm, Joseph Hagerty, Justin Spring, Morgan Hamm, Jonathon Horton, Kevin Tan, Shannon Miller and Blaine Wilson.

The show promises to combine music with the gymnastics. These types of shows are fun to watch because the gymnasts perform theatrical routines to fun music and choreographed lighting effects. It offers a chance for you to see the gymnasts from the Beijing Summer Olympics in action, although it is staged and the gymnasts typically water down their routines substantially.

Adding to the entertainment aspect will be music from Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records and the upcoming CD Release Girlz Rock 2. The show will also feature music by KSM and Jordan Pruitt.

Tickets are available at gymnasticssuperstars.com and ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices range from $27 to $77.00.

Here are the published tour dates and cities, star lineup and schedule subject to change:

Tour dates
Sept. 7
Reno, NV
Lawlor Events Center

Sept. 19
Phoenix, AZ
U.S. Airways Center

Sept. 20
Anaheim, CA
Honda Center

Sept. 21
San Jose, CA
HP Pavillion

Sept 24
Sacramento, CA
ARCO Arena

Sept. 26
Portland, OR
Rose Garden Arena

Sept. 27
Tacoma, OR
Tacoma Dome

Sept. 28
Spokane, WA
Spokane Arena

Oct. 3
Salt Lake City, UT
Energy Solutions Arena

Oct. 4
Broomfield, CO
Broomfield Events Center

Oct. 5
Colorado Springs, CO
World Arena

Oct. 9
Tulsa, OK
BOK Center

Oct. 10
Houston, TX
Toyota Center

Oct. 11
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center

Oct. 12
Little Rock, AR
ALLTEL Arena

Oct. 15
Chicago, IL
Allstate Arena

Oct. 16
Nashville, TN
Sommet Center

Oct. 17
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena

Oct. 18
Greenville, SC
Bi Lo Center

Oct. 19
Raleigh, NC
RBC Center

Oct. 23
Philadelphia, PA
Wachovia Center

Oct. 24
State College, PA
Bryce Jordan Center

Oct. 25
E. Rutherford, NJ
IZOD Center

Oct. 26
Boston, MA
TD Banknorth Garden

Oct. 29
Bridgeport, CT
Arena at Harbor Yard

Oct. 30
Washington D.C.
Verizon Center

Nov. 1
Columbus, OH
Schottenstein Center

Nov. 2
Detroit, MI
Joe Louis Arena

Nov. 5
Champaign, IL
U of Illinois Assembly Hall

Nov. 6
Cleveland, OH
Quicken Loans Arena

Nov. 7
East Lansing, MI
Breslin Center

Nov. 8
Rockford, IL
Rockford Metro Centre

Nov. 9
St.Paul,MN
Xcel Center

Nov. 11
Indianapolis, IN
Conseco Fieldhouse

Nov. 13
Milwaukee, WI
Bradley Center

Nov. 14
Des Moines, IA
Wells Fargo Arena

Nov. 15
St. Louis, MO
Scottrade Center

Nov. 16
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center

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2008-2009 List of Candidates for Minnesota's Mr. Hockey Award

Minnesota is the capital of the high school hockey world, and the most coveted honor a player can win in Minnesota is the Mr. Hockey Award. The Mr. Hockey Award is given annually to the state’s best senior high school hockey player. The award is voted on by college coaches in the state of Minnesota, as well as NHL scouts.

Here is a listing of ten players with a chance at taking home the award, listed in order or likelihood of winning.

1. Nick Leddy, Defenseman, Eden Prairie

With Zach Budish’s season-ending knee injury, Leddy became the heavy favorite to win this award. The Minnesota recruit should be the highest rated player in the state for the NHL Draft, and for good reason. His exceptional skating ability makes him a great defender and a constant offensive threat.

2. Danny Mattson, Forward, Holy Angels

Mattson is another player that should be highly-rated for the NHL Draft. He’s an incredibly smart offensive player that should put up a ton of points this season. He’s made a commitment to play for the University of North Dakota.

3. Tyler Pitlick, Forward, Centennial

Pitlick is one of the younger seniors in the state, and the only serious candidate that won’t be eligible for this summer’s NHL Draft. He’ll lead what should be a very strong Centennial team, and with talented linemates in Willie Hess and Jordan Lovick, Pitlick should put up big numbers on a very high-profile team. He will play for Minnesota State next season.

4. Marshall Everson, Forward, Edina

Perhaps nobody will miss Zach Budish more than Everson. Everson is a natural goal scorer that has benefitted from lots of great feeds from Budish. Everson should still manage to put up a lot of goals on a very talented Edina team though. Without Budish, he should be the leader of this team, and could be in the mix to win this award. Everson is committed to Harvard.

5. Max Tardy, Forward, Duluth East

Tardy is an exciting playmaker that really raised his stock in this fall’s Elite League by leading the league in scoring. He’s committed to his hometown Minnesota-Duluth for college.

6. Ben Hanowski, Forward, Little Falls

Hanowski shoud be at or near the top of the state in the scoring race, but questions about a weak schedule could keep him from having a serious shot at winning. Hanowski is committed to St. Cloud State.

7. Dan DeLisle, Forward, Totino-Grace

DeLisle should get looks because he is an excellent pro prospect, and is committed to Minnesota-Duluth. Totino-Grace is a smaller private school that will likely fly too far under the radar for DeLisle to get serious consideration.

8. Zach Mausolf, Forward, Duluth Marshall

Mausolf is the most dangerous scoring threat on a very talented Duluth Marshall team. Duluth Marshall is perennially at the top of Class A, which garner Mausolf some attention, but his lack of size may keep pro scouts from taking much notice.

9. Tyler Landman, Forward, Roseau

Landman will be the leader of an always-tough Roseau team. He doesn’t quite have the flair of some of the other top players in the state, but Landman has developed a reputation of a solid player over the past two years and should draw some attention.

10. Berkley Scott, Forward, Anoka

Scott is a big forward with the ability to put the puck into the net. He could be a sleeper pick to make a run at this award.

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2008-2009 NBA Finals Predictions

The 2008-2009 NBA finals are set. After long battles the Lakers, will face the Magic in a best of seven games series. The Lakers barely squeaked past the Nuggets in the conference finals, where the Magic dominated the Cavs in that series. Predicting the winner will be a hard call, so first I will break down some of the match-ups. This means that the much publicized LeBron VS Kobe match-up will not happen.

I think the Lakers defense will have to step up a lot to be successful in defending Dwight Howard. He poses several mismatches, with his dominance in the paint. The next biggest challenge for the Lakers defense will be to control the 3-point shooting of the Magic. If the Lakers are going to be victorious, I think Kobe Bryant is going to have to make plays by getting the ball to his teammates as well knowing when to be the play maker that he usually is. Gasol, Bynum, and Odom, will also have to step up to help defend, as well as be go-to guys for Kobe, if they can do this, it will take so much pressure off Kobe, and the Lakers as a team. Kobe will be poised to take his first title since he and Shaq won several in their careers.

The defense of the Magic has been fairly well over the entire playoffs this year. They are no doubt going to have to keep this up if they are to win. The first point to a Magic victory is controlling Dwight Howard, by this I mean, do not let him get another technical foul, if he gets one more, he will have to sit out the next game. Defense is huge for both teams, I think the Magic will have trouble containing Kobe, which is something they will have to work on. On the other side of the coin, if the Magic focus to much on Kobe, the Lakers big men will overwhelm them. I think that if the Magic are to win the Finals, they will have to continue to play good defense as well as to continue with their outstanding 3-point shooting.

The supporting casts will be a major factor for each team this series. It has also been reported that injured guard Jameer Nelson may be ready to come back to play in the finals, in fact, he practiced with his team today for the first time in 4 months. If Nelson returns, I think it would no doubt help the Magic, because the Lakers haven’t been preparing to defend Jameer. But even if he does play, I don’t see Nelson making a big impact, due to the simple fact that he hasn’t played since before the All-Star break.

As I said earlier to predict this series is going to be tough, there are many factors to consider. I think all-in-all, the Lakers would come out on top, due in majority to their playoff experience. I however do not see a sweep, I think that everyone has counted out the Magic in every round of the playoffs to this point, so look for the Magic to make this an interesting series. My prediction is that the Lakers will win in 6 or 7 games. I think the Lakers have learned from the mistakes of last years Finals. In all due fairness, and my prediction aside, this series could go either way, depending on the several factors and match-ups I mentioned above. On a side prediction, I think Kobe will be the Finals MVP.

**Update** The Lakers, take game one in dominating fashion. They also took game two in an overtime shootout.
The series moves to Orlando for the next three games. The Magic win game 3, in what may be the most exciting game of the finals. Game 3 almost was a milestone for the Magic, it was the first ever win in an NBA Finals game.

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2008-2009 NFL Playoff Outlook

Just like most every other football fan I am looking forward to the upcoming NFL playoffs. Here is my outlook on the NFL’s 2008-2009 playoffs. First, we have each conferences’ top seeds, the Steelers and Titans from the AFC. The Giants and Panthers coming out of the NFC. The Giants and the Titans will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. All four teams will have a first round bye. The Steelers are very grateful for that bye, because their starting QB Ben Roethlisberger, suffered a concussion in the second quarter of an essentially meaningless game, a 31-0 victory over the embarrassing Browns. All test results are good and it appears that Ben will be ready to go in two weeks, when the Steelers will take on either the Dolphins, Colts or Chargers, respectively on Sunday January 11th.

This weekend however will feature the Wild Card round of match-ups. They are rather interesting as the upstart (11-5) Falcons will start this year’s playoffs in a contest against the (9-7) Arizona Cardinals. This game will be televised on Saturday January, 3rd at 4:30 pm (ET) on NBC. In my opinion I think that the Falcons are rolling on such a high from their great “turn-around” season that they will no doubt beat the Cardinals who have been struggling despite their victory in their regular season’s final game. The Cardinals will have a chance if a healthy Kurt Warner shows up, and his tremendous bunch of wide outs are ready to play. The next game on the slate is the match-up of the (12-4) Colts and the (8-8) Chargers, who clinched their playoff spot in their regular season ending game against the Broncos, last night. The Chargers will have their work cut out for them, as Peyton Manning has found his touch and is in pro-bowl form. My prediction will be a win for the Colts, but this game will not be short of outstanding offensive plays from both teams. This game can be seen at 8 pm (ET) January, 3rd on NBC.

Sunday will offer two other games that are going to start with the (11-5) Ravens against the (11-5) Dolphins. Miami has one of the lowest turnover rates in NFL history, only giving up 13 turnovers total this season. This is going to put this game up for grabs, because the Ravens defense is excellent at forcing turnovers. I think that the Dolphins offense will outplay the Ravens defense, and will win in a close game. The Ravens will have a chance to win though, if they can put enough pressure on Chad Pennington to force some mistakes. Tune in at 1 pm (ET) on CBS to check out this game. The last game on Sunday’s plate will be the soaring (9-6-1) Eagles against the (10-6) Vikings. The Eagles are flying high after their devastating beat down of Dallas, to clinch the final NFC playoff spot. I think this will carry them over the Vikings, because the Eagles run defense has been getting stronger week by week. The Vikings have a small chance of victory if they jump on the Eagles hard and fast, they would have to force McNabb into tough situations and pressure him to make mistakes. My prediction is that the Eagles could walk away with a huge victory. This game can be seen at 4:30 pm (ET) on FOX.

I am also stunned to report that the Lions are still winless, finishing the un-perfect season, going 0-16, this will lock in next spring’s draft overall number 1 pick for Detroit. Also I am sad to report that the Dallas Cowboys fail to make the playoffs, which isn’t a surprise to me, but being that Dallas is my favorite team this is somewhat upsetting. Well that wraps up my outlook for the Wild Card round of this year’s NFL playoffs, be on the lookout for updates with all the winners and my predictions on the next round. Super Bowl prediction will be following shortly.

**UPDATE** In the first game on Saturday, the Arizona Cardinals pulled out a huge victory and dominated the upstart Falcons. The final score was 30-24. Atlanta had a chance to come back in the fourth quarter, but the usually tough Falcon’s defense faltered which allowed Kurt Warner to ice the game with a long pass to secure a first down with two minutes remaining, and Atlanta with no time outs left had to watch as time ticked away. The Cardinals move on to the next round. It is yet undetermined who Arizona will face next week, until the outcome of the other NFC game on Sunday.

**UPDATE** In the Saturday nightcap the Chargers win an overtime thriller against the Colts, who’s defense fell apart at the end of regulation and into overtime. The final score 23-17

**UPDATE** The Ravens blow out the Dolphins 27-9. The defense of the Ravens totally held Chad Pennington in check with lots of blitzes and forced him to make mistakes. The Dolphins defense just could not hold up against rookie QB Joe Flacco

**UPDATE**The high flying Eagles shut down the Vikings 26-14. The Eagles defense looked to get stronger as the game went on.

Be on the look out for my breakdown of the next round’s match-ups and my predictions.

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2008-2009 Missouri Grouse Hunting Season

The 2008-2009 Missouri Grouse hunting season is the time of year when hunters can legally pursue Ruffed Grouse throughout the state of Missouri. This hunting season is determined by the Missouri Department of Conservation, with approval from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Not only is the dates of the 2008-2009 Missouri Grouse hunting season determined by these two entities, but they also have the authority to determine how many Ruffed Grouse can be taken by each hunter, where the Ruffed Grouse hunting can take place in the state of Missouri, what license and permits will be required by each hunter to take grouses in Missouri and how the grouse can be taken.

The dates for the 2008-2009 Missouri Grouse hunting season are October 15, 2008 through January 15, 2009. During this time, Ruffed Grouse hunters in Missouri can take a daily bag limit of 2 birds and can have a possession limit of 4 birds. This season is open, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation, “in those parts of Boone, Callaway, Montgomery and Warren Counties south of I-70 in that part of Macon County north of US-36, and in Adair, Carter, Crawford, Iron, Madison, Oregon, Putnam, Reynolds, Ripley, Ste. Genevieve, Shannon, Sullivan, Schuyler and Washington Counties.” Ruffed Grouse hunters will need to be aware of the area they are wishing to hunt in and make sure they can legally hunt there.

Ruffed Grouse hunters wishing to participate in the 2008-2009 Missouri Grouse hunting season are required to have the proper licensing and certifications, irregardless if they are residents or non-residents. These hunters will have to have a Minnesota Small Game Hunting Permit. Also, hunters who were born after December 31, 1966 must have proof that they had taken and successfully finished a hunter education program. Both the hunting license and the proof of hunter education must be on the hunter while they are enjoying their sport and must present it to a state official should they be asked.

The last item that Ruffed Grouse hunters in Missouri must be aware of is the type of weapon that can be used to take these birds. In Missouri, hunters can use 10 gauge or smaller shotguns that can only hold 3 shotgun shells, guns that are powered by air, a spring or compressed gas, crossbows and revolvers, pistols or single-shot rifles to take Ruffed Grouse. Any other means is illegal and should not be used.

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2008-2009 NCAA Preseason Basketball Rankings: Teams # 6-10

#6 UCLA – The Bruins lost two of the best players in the PAC-10 last year in point guard Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love. However, they return one of the best gaurds in the game in Darren Collison, who made an amazing 53 percent of his three pointers last year. Forwards Josh Shipp and Alfred Aboya will also be returning and will supply experience for this otherwise very young team. Size up front should not be an issue as a very talented incoming freshman Drew Gordon and J’mison Morgan measure at 6’8 and 6’10 respectively. Also making his college debut will be slasher Jrue Holliday, considered by many to be the best shooting guards coming out of high school. UCLA is favored to win the PAC-10 title, though their youth and inexperience may become a problem deep in the tournament.

#7 Notre Dame – Although Notre Dame is projected to finish fourth in the Big East Preseason Coaches Poll, they are loaded with talented upperclassmen. Also, returning the best player in the best conference in the country in Luke Harangody has to count for something. Harangody will be the leader on a very skilled and experienced team that should be very hard to beat any time of the year. A very good backcourt duo of Kyle McAlarney and Tory Jackson will spread the court for the Fighting Irish, making them an extremely hard team to defend against. If this team can play consistently and stay healthy, they should be a team with a chance to make the final game.

#8 Texas – Rick Barnes is looking to lead his team their tenth straight 20 win season, and it should be a fairly easy task. Although losing First Team All-American point guard D.J. Augustin keeps the Longhorns out of the top five, they are still a very solid team. A.J. Abrams will be one of the top guards in the Big 12 barring injury and could be an eventual All-American. Six foot ten inch forward Connor Atchley, although not a force down low, at 6-10, will give defenders a hard time with his shooting ability (41% 3pt shooing last season). This will open things up for wingman Damion James, who averaged a double-double last year and has a much-improved offensive game. A top three seed in the tournament should be expected from Texas this year.

#9 Purdue – Word out of Australia, where Matt Painter’s team traveled this past summer, is that Purdue has improved from last year. With every starter returning from a very good 25 win team, this is great news for fans back home. Forward Robbie Hummel and Guard E’Twaun Moore, both only sophomores, will be the young leaders for the Boilermakers. Hummel had modest stats last season but was the team’s floor leader and hit countless clutch shots and iced games with his 87 percent free-throw shooting. Moore should be a contender for Big 10 player of the year along with Hummel as Purdue’s go-to guy. Expect Purdue to battle with Michigan State for the title this year in a weaker than usual Big 10.

#10 Gonzaga – The top mid-major team in the country is also one of the best regardless of conference. The return of point guard Jeremy Pargo and 6-11 forward Josh Heytvelt makes the Zags dangerous on any level against any team. In fact Gonzaga returns every starter from a team that was Davidson’s first victim in the tourney last season. Forward Austin Daye has the potential to become an elite player as he averaged ten points and five rebounds in only 18 minutes per game last year. Other players expected to make solid contributions are guards David Pendergraft, Steven Gray, and Matt Bouldin, all who averaged over 8 points and a 3 pointer made last season. If they win a couple tough non-conference games, including Connecticut, Tennessee, Memphis, and Arizona, expect the Bulldogs to secure a top 4 seed.

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2009-10 College Football Bowl Game Schedule

In case you were not around a television or the Internet on Sunday evening, December 6, 2009, the final 2009-10 college Football bowl schedule has been released. This article lays out in chronological order the NCAA bowl schedule from earliest to latest culminating with the BCS National title game. Also provided are the two teams playing, city, stadium, and television network the game is on. Not a lot of surprises announced tonight…most of those came in the conference title games played on December 5th. The Texas Longhorns survived the Nebraska Cornhuskers to take the Big 12 title and earn an appearance against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS national championship game with finishing the season ranked second in the final 2009 BCS football standings. The Tide made up for last year and beat the Florida Gators in the SEC title game.

December 2009 College Football Bowl Games

19 December

New Mexico Bowl

4:30 PM (Fresno State vs Wyoming) Alberquerque, N.M., University Stadium ESPN

St. Petersburg

8:00 PM (UCF vs Rutgers) St. Petersburg, Fla. Tropicana Field ESPN

20 December

R+L Carriers New Orleans

8:15 PM (Southern Mississippi vs Middle Tennessee) New Orleans Louisiana Superdome ESPN

22 December

MAACO Las Vegas

8:00 PM (Oregon State vs BYU) Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium ESPN

23 December

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia

8:00 PM (Utah vs California) San Diego Qualcomm Stadium ESPN

24 December

Sheraton Hawaii

8:00 PM (Nevada vs SMU) Honolulu Aloha Stadium ESPN

26 December

Little Caesars Pizza

1:00 PM (Marshall vs Ohio) Detroit Ford Field ESPN

Meineke Car Care

4:30 PM (North Carolina (8-4) vs Pitt(9-3)) Charlotte, N.C., Bank of America Stadium ESPN

Emerald

8:00 PM (Boston College (8-4) vs. USC Trojans(8-4)) San Francisco AT&T Park ESPN

27 December

Gaylord Hotels Music City

8:15 pm (Clemson vs Kentucky Wildcats(7-5) ) Nashiville, TN LP Field ESPN

28 December

AdvoCare V100 Independence

5:00 p.m. (Texas A&M Aggies (6-6) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (7-5)) Shreveport, La. Independence Stadium ESPN2

29 December

EagleBank

4:30 p.m. (Army or UCLA vs Temple) Washington, D.C. RFK Stadium ESPN

Champs Sports

8:00 p.m. (Miami vs Wisconsin) Orlando, FL. Florida Citrus Bowl ESPN

30 December

Roady’s Humanitarian

4:30 p.m. (Bowling Green vs Idaho) Boise, Idaho Bronco Stadium ESPN

Pacific Life Holiday

8:00 p.m. (Arizona vs Nebraska) San Diego Qualcomm Stadium ESPN

31 December

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces

12:00 p.m. (Houston (10-3) vs. Air Force (7-5)) Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Stadium ESPN

Brut Sun

2:00 p.m. (Oklahoma Sooners (7-5) vs. Stanford Cardinals(8-4) El Paso, Texas, Sun Bowl CBS

Texas

3:30 p.m. (Missouri vs. Navy) Houston, Reliant Stadium ESPN

Insight

6:00 p.m. (Iowa State (6-6) vs. Minnesota (6-6)) Tempe, Arizona Sun Devil Stadium NFL Network

Chick-fil-A

7:30 p.m. (Virginia Tech Hokies (9-3) vs. Tennessee Volunteers(7-5)) Atlanta, Georgia Dome ESPN


January 2010 College Football Bowl Games

1 January

Outback

11:00 (Northwestern (8-4) vs. Auburn Tigers (7-5)) Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium ESPN

Capital One

1:00 p.m. (Penn State vs LSU) Orlando, FL Florida Citrus Bowl ABC

Konica Minolta Gator

1:00 p.m. (Florida State Seminoles (6-6) vs West Virginia (9-3)) Municipal Stadium

Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi

4:30 PM (Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Oregon Ducks) Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl ABC

Allstate Sugar
8:30 PM (Cincinatti vs. Florida Gators (12-1)) New Orleans, Louisiana Superdome FOX

2 January

International
12:00 (South Florida vs Northern Illinois) Toronto, Canada Rogers Center ESPN

Pappajohns.com

2:00 PM (South Carolina (7-5) vs UConn Huskies Birmingham, Alabama Legion Field ESPN

AT&T Cotton

2:00 P.M. (Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3) vs Ole Miss Rebels (8-4)) Arlington, TX Cowboys Stadium FOX

AutoZone Liberty

5:30 PM(East Carolina Pirates (9-4) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (7-5)) Memphis, TN Liberty Bowl ESPN

Valero Alamo

9:00 PM (Michigan State vs. Texas Tech) San Antonio Alamodome ESPN

4 January

Tostitos Fiesta

8:00 PM (Boise State Broncos vs TCU Horned Frogs) Glendale, AZ Univ. of Phoenix

Stadium FOX

5 January

FedEx Orange

8:00 PM (Iowa Hawkeyes (10-2) vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-2)) Miami Land Shark Stadium FOX

6 January

GMAC

7:00 PM (Central Michigan vs Troy) Mobile, AL Ladd-Peebles Stadium ESPN

7 January

Citi BCS National Championship Game

8:00 PM (Alabama Crimson Tide(13-0) vs Texas Longhorns (13-0)) Pasadena CA Rose Bowl ABC

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2008-2009 Oregon Grouse Hunting Season

The 2008-2009 Oregon Grouse Hunting Season is the time of year when hunters can legally pursue and take Forest Grouse in the state of Oregon. This hunting season is determined by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife with approval from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Not only do these two entities determine the dates for this hunting season, they also determine all other rules and regulation in relationship to hunting grouse in Oregon such as what licenses and permits must be obtained, what weapons can be used, where grouse hunting takes place and how many birds can be taken. All these rules and regulations must be followed in order to legally pursue and take any Forest Grouse in Oregon during the 2008-2009 hunting season.

The dates of the 2008-2009 Oregon Grouse Hunting Season depend upon the portion of the state that is to be hunted. For this hunting season, the state is divided into the Western region and the Eastern region. The Western region of Oregon includes Hood River and Wasco County where hunters can pursue grouse from September 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009 and the Eastern region of Oregon enjoys grouse hunting from September 1, 2008 through November 30, 2008. During these dates, grouse hunters have the opportunity to take a daily bag limit of 3 Forest Grouse, which are Blue and Ruff Grouse and a possession limit of 6 Forest Grouse.

Hunters who wish to participate in the 2008-2009 Oregon Grouse hunting season will need to acquire an Oregon hunting license or combination hunting/fishing license with an Upland Game Bird Validation. Non-residents of Oregon will also be required to obtain a Non-resident 3-day hunting license for Migratory Waterfowl and Upland Birds with an Upland Game Bird Validation or a non-resident hunting license with an Upland Game Bird Validation.

The weapons that can be used to pursue grouse during the 2008-2009 Oregon Grouse hunting season are a shotgun, a rifle, archery equipment or falconry. If a shotgun is the weapon of choice it must be a 10 gauge or smaller that can only hold a maximum of 3 shotgun shells and it must have a barrel that is no shorter than 18 inches with an over all length of no shorter than 26 inches. If a rifle is the weapon of choice, the hunter must use a rimfire rifle and if archery equipment is to be used an archery license will need to be obtained in addition to the necessary Oregon hunting licenses and validations.

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2008-2009 California Quail Hunting Season

The 2008-2009 California Quail hunting season is the time of year that quail hunters in California patiently wait for. This is when it is legal to hunt quail in this state. But, these hunters must be aware of the rules and regulations that come with legally hunting quail in California. These rules and regulations are put in place by the California Department of Fish and Game with approval from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and are important for the future of the sport as they include such topics as the dates when quail can be hunted, the amount of quail that can be taken, where throughout the state the quail can be hunted, the licenses that each hunter are required to carry while hunting and the weapons that the hunters can use while hunting quail in California.

The dates of the 2008-2009 California Quail hunting season depend on the hunting zone that the hunter is going to pursue quail. Zone Q1 has a hunting season that extends from September 13, 2008 to October 17, 2008 for Mountain Quail only. Zone Q1 has a hunting season for all quail varieties that extends from October 17, 2008 through January 25, 2009. Zone Q2 has a hunting season that extends from September 27, 2008 through January 25, 2009 and Zone Q3 has a hunting season that extends from October 18, 2008 through January 25, 2009. Archery season extends from August 16, 2008 through September 5, 2008 and Falconry season extends from August 16, 2008 through February 28, 2009. During these dates, hunters are allowed a daily bag limit of 10 quail and a possession limit of 20 quail.

The locations of each of these zones are important to quail hunters in California because they determine the dates that these hunters can legally pursue quail. Zone Q1, according to the California Department of Fish and Game, is the “The early mountain quail season hunting zone includes the counties of Alpine, Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, and those portions of Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Tuolomne, Tulare, and Yuba counties lying east of the western boundary of the national forests.” Zone Q2, , according to the California Department of Fish and Game, is the “The early coastal quail season (all species) hunting zone includes the counties of Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino.” Zone Q3, according to the California Department of Fish and Game, is the “The balance of the state season (all species) hunting zone includes the remaining land area not included in Zone Q2 the counties of Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino).”

Hunters wishing to participate in the 2008-2009 California Quail hunting season must have the required licenses, which include a valid California Resident hunting license with an Upland Game Stamp. Non-residents of California are also required to have the proper licenses, which are a California Non-resident Hunting License or a California 2-Day Non-resident Hunting License, each with an Upland Game Stamp. Not only do these hunters have to have the proper licenses, they must have the necessary weapons. These weapons are a 10 gauge or smaller shotgun with the capability of holding a maximum of 3 shotgun shells, a muzzle-loading shotgun, falconry or archery. Dogs can also be used for taking and retrieving quail during this hunting season.

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2008-2009 Mississippi Quail Hunting Season

The 2008-2009 Mississippi Quail hunting season is determined each year by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and is approved by the United States Fish and Wildlife Services. This hunting season is open to hunters, both residents of Mississippi and non-residents of Mississippi who wish to take their daily bag limit of quail in this state. But, these hunters will need to be aware of the rules and regulations that govern this hunting season and are set by these two entities. These rules and regulations include the dates of this hunting season, the amount of Bobwhite quail that can be taken by each hunter, where hunters can pursue and take quail during the season, what licenses and certificates are needed by each hunter and what weapons can be used during this hunting season.

The dates of the 2008-2009 Mississippi Quail hunting season are November 27, 2008 through March 7, 2009. Bobwhite quail hunters can enjoy hunting these birds from 30 minutes before the sun rises until 30 minutes after the sun sets during these days through out the state of Mississippi. These dates and times are important aspects of this hunting season and any hunter who is participating in this sport must be aware of them.

Hunters who hunt quail in Mississippi are required to buy and carry a Mississippi hunting license, it does not matter if they are residents of the state or not. Residents of Mississippi are required to carry a Mississippi Lifetime Sportsman License, or a Mississippi Sportsman License, Mississippi All Game Hunting/ Freshwater Fishing or a Mississippi Small Game Hunting/Freshwater Fishing License. Non-residents of Mississippi are also required to carry a Mississippi Non-resident All Game Hunting License, a Mississippi Non-resident 7-day All Game Hunting License, a Mississippi Non-resident Small Game Hunting License or a Mississippi 7-day Small Game Hunting License.

One last regulation that quail hunters in Mississippi should be aware of is the weapons that they can use. These are also determined by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. These hunters can choose from a 10 gauge or smaller caliber shotgun that is only capable of holding 3 shotgun shells, a handgun or rifle that is no larger than a .22 caliber or a muzzle-loading rifle or shotgun that are at least a .38 caliber, single shot and breech loading. Archery equipment is also permitted, but the hunter wishing to use it must have a Mississippi Archery License.

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2008-2009 NCAA Football Bowl Schedule Set Up

The annual college football bowl schedule is now set, with all the match ups for all the bowls now a done deal. The bowl schedule has become less important over the years, however, as the BCS championship game overshadows all others. Even major New Years Day bowl games get less attention nowadays.

Playoff supporters would probably like the bowls to all be destroyed so that their system can be put into practice. But for now, 34 bowls are set on the bowl schedule, from December 20 to January 8.

The bowl schedule kicks off with four games on December 20, all on ESPN or ESPN2. The EagleBank Bowl is the first game, held in RFK Stadium, as Wake Forest takes on Navy at 11 a.m. The New Mexico Bowl has Colorado State vs. Fresno State at 2:30, with the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl featuring Memphis vs. South Florida at 4:30, and the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl pitting BYU vs. Arizona at 8.

December 24th will have a featured bowl, if only because Notre Dame is playing in it. The Irish scraped together a berth in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, which is pretty much a road game against Hawaii.

The bowl schedule begins to feature more prominent teams on December 27, as Florida State faces Wisconsin in the Champ Sports Bowl. Three nights later, the Holiday Bowl pits Oklahoma State against Oregon in a Big 12-Pac 10 shootout.

On New Years Eve, near Pac-10 winner Oregon State plays Pitt in the Sun Bowl, while disappointing defending champion LSU meets Georgia Tech in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

The New Year’s Day bowl schedule starts with South Carolina vs. Iowa in the Outback Bowl, then Georgia vs. Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl. Clemson and Nebraska clash in the Gator Bowl, then the first two BCS bowl games will be played.

The Rose Bowl features Penn State vs. USC, then the Orange Bowl comes on in primetime between Virginia Tech and Cincinnati.

The Cotton Bowl, a New Years Day tradition, is moved up to January 2, where Texas Tech will face Ole Miss. The Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Utah is that night, with the Fiesta Bowl between Texas and Ohio State taking place three nights later.

Finally, the bowl schedule wraps up with the only bowl some still pay attention to, as Florida and Oklahoma play for the national championship in Miami.

Technically, it isn’t even a bowl, however, as it is just called the FedEx BCS National Championship Game. The last official “bowl” labeled game is the GMAC Bowl on January 6 between Tulsa and Ball State.

34 bowls will be played between 68 teams, a few of which barely got in with a 6-6 record. That is just one of the reasons, along with a slew of new made up bowls, why the bowl schedule is just glanced over by college football fans nowadays.

Sources

ESPN.com- “2008-09 Bowl Schedule” http://ift.tt/2aANmCU

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2008's Five Worst YouTube Videos

I’ve watched many awful videos on YouTube during 2008. The following videos deserve special mention for a variety of reasons. There’s a saying that “it was so bad that it was good,” but these go full circle back to being bad.

1. “Something near the hostel I stayed at,” January 24, 2008, from NickolausPacione

Long after dark, there appear to be red flashing lights in the background, down the street, but it’s unclear whether it’s from an ambulance, or a fire truck. The lighting is so bad that it’s impossible to see what’s happening, and the audio is garbled, with the videographer breathless as if he had chased the emergency vehicle(s) on foot for half a mile. His camerawork is as shaky as his commentary.

It’s laughable that the person filming this considers himself to be a “professional” journalist, photographer, author, and editor. No professional would even consider uploading this to YouTube.

2. “Piss Blogging Rant,” April 24, 2008, from NickolausPacione

The topic of discussion, as the title suggests, is nothing but a rant about a couple of bloggers, from a guy who claims toward the end to be a “journalist.” The audio quality is terrible, and the speaker, who is filming himself, sounds like a gerbil with a mouthful of marbles. Who wants to listen to an incoherent rant about a couple of bloggers that nobody knows, and to whom this “journalist” has taken a dislike? Unless the people being “trashed” are celebrities, it holds little appeal for anyone but the person who filmed and uploaded it.

3. “Poppy Shut Up,” May 7, 2008, from NickolausPacione

This video is a rant at the author of the Liquor series of novels, Poppy Z. Brite, among others. It’s filmed in black and white in a virtually unlit basement. This is a grudge video from a guy who not only is homophobic, but also asked for short stories that beat up on gays in one of his submission calls. Again, the audio is atrocious, the speech nearly incomprehensible, and the video has scratchy vertical lines like an un-restored film reel from the 1930s. The only thing clearly visible throughout the video is the speaker’s stringy greasy looking hair, which is enough to make a viewer want to gag.

This video is a little closer to trashing a “celebrity,” than the previous one, but the subject can hardly be considered a pop culture icon. “Doc” Brite, as Poppy is often called, is well known and respected within certain literary circles, but hardly a movie star, or even “famous for being famous,” as it were.

4. “Issue Seven Submission Call,” May 9, 2008, from LakeFossilPress

This video consists mostly of silent text in all sorts of weird, barely readable fonts, either scrolling across the screen, or appearing letter by letter, as if typed on an old Remington Rand. From a guy who claims to be a small press publisher, it bodes ill for the person who submits a story. The text layout is awful, as is the lighting for the brief clip in which the publisher appears.

If a viewer can barely read the text in this video, what can he or she expect the layout of the book to look like? During the segment in which the publisher appears, the audio is garbled to the point of near incomprehension; turning up the volume only makes it worse.

5. “An Eye In Shadows,” May 10, 2008, from Lake Fossil Press

The 32-year-old self-published author/editor of this book talks about his book, An Eye in Shadows, which is a revisionist history memoir from his high school days. This particular video is in color, but takes place in an extremely dark, cluttered, messy, filthy looking basement, in front of a glowing computer screen.

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Intended as a video to promote this book, it proves to be the antithesis of one. The gratuitous rant about bloggers whose blogs never existed until the writer was over 30 is a huge clue to potential readers about the content of this “memoir.” Mixing up past and present isn’t a good idea for a memoir of four years that occurred over a decade ago, nor does it make for good promotional material. It makes the author seem rather schizophrenic.

Parody readings of some material from this book have been made. Those are funny. This video is just nothing but a verbal ramble over hill and dale.

There are many other videos that make my “Top 40” list for being awful, but they are mostly of horrible garage bands or guys filming themselves popping huge zits in front of their bathroom mirrors. The former will always be around, and the latter are simply too disgusting to highlight.

I’ve watched many awful videos on YouTube during 2008. The following videos deserve special mention for a variety of reasons. There’s a saying that “it was so bad that it was good,” but these go full circle back to being bad.

1. “Something near the hostel I stayed at,” January 24, 2008, from NickolausPacione

Long after dark, there appear to be red flashing lights in the background, down the street, but it’s unclear whether it’s from an ambulance, or a fire truck. The lighting is so bad that it’s impossible to see what’s happening, and the audio is garbled, with the videographer breathless as if he had chased the emergency vehicle(s) on foot for half a mile. His camerawork is as shaky as his commentary.

It’s laughable that the person filming this considers himself to be a “professional” journalist, photographer, author, and editor. No professional would even consider uploading this to YouTube.

2. “Piss Blogging Rant,” April 24, 2008, from NickolausPacione

The topic of discussion, as the title suggests, is nothing but a rant about a couple of bloggers, from a guy who claims toward the end to be a “journalist.” The audio quality is terrible, and the speaker, who is filming himself, sounds like a gerbil with a mouthful of marbles. Who wants to listen to an incoherent rant about a couple of bloggers that nobody knows, and to whom this “journalist” has taken a dislike? Unless the people being “trashed” are celebrities, it holds little appeal for anyone but the person who filmed and uploaded it.

3. “Poppy Shut Up,” May 7, 2008, from NickolausPacione

This video is a rant at the author of the Liquor series of novels, Poppy Z. Brite, among others. It’s filmed in black and white in a virtually unlit basement. This is a grudge video from a guy who not only is homophobic, but also asked for short stories that beat up on gays in one of his submission calls. Again, the audio is atrocious, the speech nearly incomprehensible, and the video has scratchy vertical lines like an un-restored film reel from the 1930s. The only thing clearly visible throughout the video is the speaker’s stringy greasy looking hair, which is enough to make a viewer want to gag.

This video is a little closer to trashing a “celebrity,” than the previous one, but the subject can hardly be considered a pop culture icon. “Doc” Brite, as Poppy is often called, is well known and respected within certain literary circles, but hardly a movie star, or even “famous for being famous,” as it were.

4. “Issue Seven Submission Call,” May 9, 2008, from LakeFossilPress

This video consists mostly of silent text in all sorts of weird, barely readable fonts, either scrolling across the screen, or appearing letter by letter, as if typed on an old Remington Rand. From a guy who claims to be a small press publisher, it bodes ill for the person who submits a story. The text layout is awful, as is the lighting for the brief clip in which the publisher appears.

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If a viewer can barely read the text in this video, what can he or she expect the layout of the book to look like? During the segment in which the publisher appears, the audio is garbled to the point of near incomprehension; turning up the volume only makes it worse.

5. “An Eye In Shadows,” May 10, 2008, from Lake Fossil Press

The 32-year-old self-published author/editor of this book talks about his book, An Eye in Shadows, which is a revisionist history memoir from his high school days. This particular video is in color, but takes place in an extremely dark, cluttered, messy, filthy looking basement, in front of a glowing computer screen.

Intended as a video to promote this book, it proves to be the antithesis of one. The gratuitous rant about bloggers whose blogs never existed until the writer was over 30 is a huge clue to potential readers about the content of this “memoir.” Mixing up past and present isn’t a good idea for a memoir of four years that occurred over a decade ago, nor does it make for good promotional material. It makes the author seem rather schizophrenic.

Parody readings of some material from this book have been made. Those are funny. This video is just nothing but a verbal ramble over hill and dale.

There are many other videos that make my “Top 40” list for being awful, but they are mostly of horrible garage bands or guys filming themselves popping huge zits in front of their bathroom mirrors. The former will always be around, and the latter are simply too disgusting to highlight.

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