New World Record For Longest Made Basketball Shot By Harlem Globetrotters Player

On November 14, 2013, a member of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball club set a new world record for the longest made basketball shot.   It happened at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. as part of the ninth annual Guinness World Records Day.

Globetrotters rookie Thunder Law made a basket from the incredible distance of 109 feet, 9 inches, breaking the previous record of 104 feet, 7 inches set three years ago.   Law was so far from the basket, he actually had to stand up a few levels into a seating area.  When you consider the odds of launching a basketball from that distance and having it go through a hoop only 9″ wider than the diameter of the ball, the result is staggering.

Watch his amazing feat:

Thunder Law is 23 and a native of Chesapeake, Virginia.  When asked about his amazing, record-setting shot, he said, “Wow! It’s definitely an honor as a rookie to represent my team, the Harlem Globetrotters, and break the record for the world’s longest basketball shot.  The Globetrotters make phenomenal trick shots at our shows every night, so if you want to see more spectacular feats, you have to come out and see us live.”

Yes, amazing shots are a big part of the Trotters’ show but I wouldn’t consider them tricks. The word “trick” implies deception or fooling someone and there is nothing like that going on with the Globetrotters’ prowess with a basketball.   Their success relies on pure talent and showmanship.

The Harlem Globetrotters began in 1926 in Chicago’s Savoy Ballroom as the Savoy Big Five, an exhibition basketball team that performed before dances. Since then, they have played over 20,000 exhibition in 120 countries.

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Basal Metabolic Rate: Starting Point For Weight Loss Plan

  Basal Metabolic Rate: Starting Point For Weight Loss Plan

Anyone interested in weight loss or weight management should be aware of his or her basal metabolic rate (BMR). Knowing the rate at which we burn calories at rest can help us determine how many calories we should consume and the amount of exercise we need to lose or maintain weight. Fortunately, your BMR is easily calculated.

Your basal metabolic rate is a tool that trainers and nutritionists use as a starting point when developing a weight loss program. We all know what basal metabolism is – the dictionary defines it as “the amount of energy consumed by a resting organism simply in maintaining its basic functions.” The basal metabolic rate (BMR) is a measure of the energy needed to sustain the body at rest. It’s the calories you burn while doing nothing (other than presiding over your body’s basic functions such as digestion, circulation, respiration, etc., of course). It’s nature’s way of keeping you from growing infinitely larger. But how does the basal metabolic rate help us start a weight loss program?

Basal Metabolic Rate Couch Potato image

The basal metabolic rate is a reference point used to determine our minimum daily caloric needs. We can calculate the BMR using simple arithmetic according to this formula:

Male: 66 + (6.3 x weight in pounds) + (12.9 x height in inches) – (6.8 x age in years) Female: 655 + (4.3 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in years)

To illustrate, let’s figure the basal metabolic rate for a 40 year old woman who is 5’6 tall and weighs 150 pounds:

655 + (4.3 x 150) + (4.7 x 66) – (4.7 x 40) = 655 + 645 + 310 – 188 = 1,422 calories

Her basal metabolic rate is 1,422. That means this woman burns 1,422 calories just keeping her body functioning. So what does a trainer (or you) do with this information? This number represents the minimum calories you need to consume daily to sustain yourself. But what if you want to lose weight? You should just cut down on your calories, right? Wrong.

When you cut back on calories, your body reacts naturally by slowing down its calorie burning to protect itself from starvation. Even though you’re eating less, your weight stays the same. If you eat the same calories but exercise more, that should work, right? If your body works harder and doesn’t get more energy, again, it will slow down your calorie burning and your results will be negligible. So does that mean you have to eat more calories? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Not according to Josh Bezoni, fitness expert and co-founder of BioTrust Nutrition. He says, “Exercise increases metabolism. Eating increases metabolism. The trick is learning to balance the two so that you still create a negative calorie balance.”

Let’s say you calculate your basal metabolic rate and it allows you to burn 2000 calories a day. Knowing this, you go on a diet and begin eating 1500 calories a day which creates a 500 deficit. That would appear to be a good thing, but under-eating only decreases your metabolism.

Now let’s change a few things. Your basal metabolic rate still allows you to burn 2000 calories a day. But, instead of cutting back your calories to 1500, you start eating 300 more calories each day but you also burn 800 extra calories through exercise. The result? You get the same 500 calorie deficit (2800 calories burned – 2300 calories consumed) but you do so while increasing your metabolism through eating and exercising more. This process is especially helpful for one who has a low basal metabolic rate due to calorie restriction and a sedentary lifestyle. (By the way, a 500 calorie deficit per day yields a 1 pound weight loss per week.)

The basal metabolic rate provides a good baseline for minimum calories. Obviously, the right foods and exercise are crucial to your success. A diet of sugary foods and/or an exercise program consisting of endless walking on a treadmill will make weight loss difficult. But if you use your BMR as a starting point, you will know not to go below that level and add food and exercise accordingly to create a calorie deficit.

The basal metabolic rate gets you started. The next step is lifestyle changes. A diet high in vegetables, fruits, lean protein sources, seeds and nuts (sparingly) combined with strength training which involves both aerobic and anaerobic exercise is a good formula to follow for weight loss and good health in general. Certain sports can give you a great full body workout, as well. The best starting point in developing a weight loss plan is a calculation of your basal metabolic rate.

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Visiting Yankee Stadium (The “New” One)

                Visiting Yankee Stadium (The “New” One)

When I mention Yankee Stadium, I am often asked, “Have you been?” and “What did you think?”  Of course, I have to make sure we are talking about the same place as I have been to both the original Yankee Stadium and the “new” or “newer” or “current” Yankee Stadium… or whatever folks are calling it.   (They don’t have that problem in Boston.)  Anyway, while I appreciate the historical significance of the original ballpark, and I have visited there many more times than the newer version, I’m pleased to say that the newer Yankee Stadium is fine in my book.   It’s solid, it’s beautiful, it’s clean, spacious and modern.  It had to be built – the old place was struggling.  But even though the structure is magnificent, the experience of attending a game is different than it was at the old Yankee Stadium and some aspects make me long for the old days.

Old Yankee Stadium imageThe newer Yankee Stadium opened in April of 2009.  I had my first experience there in June of that same year when my wife, Evelyn, took me there (and to the rest of NYC) for a significantly numbered birthday (which shall remain a mystery) celebration.   She set the whole thing up: tickets, parking passes, hotel, etc..   It was an amazing gesture on her part since she’s not the biggest baseball fan (or lover of big cities) on the planet.   As the day unfolded, I began to feel guilty and surprised when I learned what this Yankee Stadium experience cost Evelyn both in dollars and sanity.

We arrived at 10:45 for a 1:00 Thursday afternoon game.   Evelyn prepaid a week earlier for parking at a garage on River Avenue.  I could see Yankee Stadium!  Great!  All we had to do was go around the block to the other side and we’d be all set.   Not so fast.  When we attempted to turn up the one block necessary to get to the parking garage, there were barricades blocking the street… and every other cross street in the Bronx, it seemed.  A three minute drive turned into a 45 minute nightmare as we had to basically leave New York State to get back to our parking location which was right across the street from Yankee Stadium!

I started to recall how parking at the old Yankee Stadium was $8 for a long time and then $10 not so long ago and now it was $24 at the new place.   I told my wife how tickets for seats in the front rows of the upper deck between third base and first were never more than $19.  They were now $40 at the newer Yankee Stadium.

New and Old Yankee Stadiums

 So we eventually parked and walked into the “New” Yankee Stadium.   The Great Hall was impressive;  a ton of space and very high ceiling made me feel tiny.   Our seats were in the upper deck behind the visitor dugout and the view was magnificent.  The weather was sunny and warm (but not hot) and everything was perfect.   Then Evelyn got thirsty.   Being a gentlemen, I made my way down the 999 steps and the hallway to the concession stand.  I won’t carp about the price of a large drink and a bucket of popcorn even if it cost more than a decent steak dinner back home.  Why?  Because the drink came in a plastic Yankee tumbler and the popcorn came in a souvenir ice bucket with the Yankee emblem on it.   I got to bring home a little part of the new Yankee Stadium that day.   I still have both mementos in my kitchen.  It doesn’t take much to make me happy.

Dan's photo Yankee Stadium June 25

Not my limo.

Yes, leaving Yankee Stadium was difficult: foot and vehicle traffic gave Evelyn great anxiety and her sense of direction is not good.  But, all in all, our visit had many more positives than negatives.   If you plan to go to Yankee Stadium, may I advise the following:

  1. Do not drive if possible.  The traffic jams and parking fee will annoy you.   Take a subway if you live where one is available.  If you’re coming from out of town, get to the ballpark at least 5 hours ahead of game time… maybe 7.  Or camp out overnight in the parking lot.  (Do they allow that?)  Hey, at least you’ll see the players arriving. (I have done that – not the camping part – the get-there-early part.)
  2. Find your tickets on a trusted internet site or get them from a friend.  The high retail prices are one reason why attendance is down.  I think $19 for an upper deck seat is a good price, don’t you?
  3. Eat and drink before you go… unless, of course, you want a Yankee Stadium souvenir ice bucket full of popcorn.  Or an $8 bottle of beer.
  4. If you go on a warm, sunny day, apply sunscreen.   Evelyn is of Irish descent and would have burnt to a crisp without it.

I hope you have a swell time at Yankee Stadium.   I always have… at both versions.  But the old Yankee Stadium gets my sentimental vote.

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Empower Yourself To Be Wealthy, Healthy And Free

       Empower Yourself To Be Wealthy, Healthy And Free

While not true in all cases, there seems to be a link between a person’s lack of fitness and his or her financial health. Does being out of shape cause a strain on finances or does a money problem result in health issues? Maybe it’s both…

At least 25 years ago, I suggested there was a correlation between one’s financial health and one’s physical/emotional health. Since then, I have taken a special interest in the subject and, after learning a great deal from a nutritionist co-worker and trainers and doing a lot of research, I believe more than ever in the link between bad health and bad finances. I believe our ultimate goal should be to empower ourselves to live the life we desire without having to worry about our health or money.

I sincerely doubt that I made history back then with my uneducated theory and there is evidence that other better qualified folks have made the case since then. In fact, in 2009, well-known financial expert Suze Orman appeared on the NBC TV show Biggest Loser in a segment about assessing each player’s finances. She advanced the notion that the players who had the best credit scores would be the ones most likely to win the contest by losing the most weight. As it turned out, the player who she deemed had the best grip on his finances did actually win the title. Danny got his financial house in order before going on the show suggesting that when you improve your financial situation, health benefits will follow.

Exercise is often overlooked, and even avoided, when someone is trying to get back on his or her financial feet. Have you ever known anyone who thinks, “Once I’m bringing money in again, then I’ll have time to exercise. Exercise doesn’t pay the bills, you know”? Despite one’s best intentions, it’s hard to adopt a workout regimen or shoot baskets when you are 3 months behind on the mortgage or your roof is leaking and you’re broke, right? You become obsessed with keeping yourself afloat and, quite often, your health suffers as you do nothing but work… or look for it.

When folks are stressed, they often react by doing things that feel good to them. Unfortunately, many of these things are not healthy or beneficial. One such activity is overeating. Emotional overeating can be triggered by many factors but one of the most common is stress over money problems. According to weight loss experts and nutritionists, people under stress will gravitate toward processed and sugary foods as a way to cope with their anxiety. If the stress is caused my money problems, people will more likely buy cheaper, processed foods, as well. Such foods are now considered to be the most detrimental to good health and, as argued on a recent Dr. Oz episode, they can be as addictive as cocaine due to their effects on brain chemistry. As people gain weight, they begin to also stress about their health which simply continues the cycle.

So how does one get both his physical and financial health in order to stop the cycle? How does one finally empower himself to succeed? The answer, it seems, lies with the individual. For some people, improving their health, looking and feeling better, gives them the confidence to apply for a better job or seek out financial advice and take action. They take better care of their money because they suspect they will be around longer to appreciate it. For others, a better income opportunity relieves anxiety and encourages them to make the most of their comfortable lifestyle by getting healthy. If one puts off health improvements until she has more money, she runs the risk of never realizing her dreams. On the other hand, if one has enough money but is in poor health, the same outcome may occur.

Can improvements be made in both areas simultaneously? Human nature suggests that most folks have a hard time with that. They tend to focus on one task at a time. If you are disciplined, however, an optimal exercise/eating plan can co-exist with a job hunt or financial improvement endeavor.  I think the best way to improve your health through exercise is to play games.  Sports have a tendency to take your mind off your problems because they engage your mind as well as your body.  Try one today!

Hi. This is Mike and my background is in sports as a player, coach and writer for over four decades and in finance as an accountant for over 22 years. While sports and finance may not always seem to go hand in hand, I believe it’s harder to be in good physical shape if your money situation is bleak. But it’s also more challenging to be successful at making money if your health is at risk. To that end, I would be happy to recommend a program I joined a while ago that has helped improve my financial picture.  If you want to improve your health, may I suggest playing games? Whether you’re just starting out or reintroducing yourself to the sports you loved or you simply need new supplies, this page is a great place to start: http://www.roundballgames.com/sample-page

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