José Feliciano – Star Spangled Banner

 

Jose Feliciano performs the “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to Game 5 of the World Series between the Cardinals and Tigers.

Whitney Houston – Star Spangled Banner

Enjoy Whitney Houston’s performance of the America’s National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner”  before Super Bowl XXV in 1991 in Tampa.  Her rendition came at a particularly patriotic time, just after the onset of the Persian Gulf War, and was released as a single. It was re-released after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Houston donated all proceeds to charity.

 

 

World Cup Continues

Pelé (born Edson Arantes do Nascimento), a member of 3 Brazilian World-Cup championship teams and 1999 FIFA co-Player of the Century, knows something about hard work and success.  He is considered by many as being the greatest football (soccer to the Americans) player of all time.

"The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning." - Pelé, member of three Brazilian World-Cup championship teams

Although named after famous inventor Thomas Edison, the nickname Pelé stuck.  — Photo by Bio.com

 

 

Football/Soccer Quiz – Anwers

While American football barely uses the feet during the game, soccer is played almost entirely with the feet, so “football” is a very appropriate name. The rest of the world refers to US-style football as “American football” or “gridiron.”

Right now, people around the Globe are watching the World Cup 2014.    How much do you know about football…or for Americans, soccer. Take the Quiz

1.What is required of you to wear to play in an organized game of soccer? 

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, perhaps the most expensive footballer

a. helmet
b. shoulder pads
c. gloves
d. shinguards

d. All organized soccer teams require the players to wear shinguards. They are plastic molds that are worn to protect your shins from kicks by other players. There are no helmets or shoulder pads in soccer and gloves can only be worn by goalies.

 

2. Are the officials called Referees? True or False

True. The officials are called referees. Other sports that have referees are football, volleyball and basketball. Baseball, softball and cricket have umpires.

 

3. What is soccer’s international championship games called?

a. World Cup
b. FIFA
c. World Series
d. Superbowl

c. The World Series is baseball’s championship, the Super Bowl is football’s, and FIFA is the organization that oversees international soccer rules. The World Cup is played every four years.

 

pele_06

Pele, a 3-time World Cup winner, is considered the best soccer player in the world.


4. What soccer position, on average, runs the least?

a. midfielder
b. goalie
c. forward
d. defender

b. Goalies tend to stay very near their goals. They may come out a little if they feel they can get the ball before the attacking team arrives. Midfielders tend to run the most as they have the most ground to cover.

 

5. How is a soccer game started?

a. throw in
b. pitch
c. kickoff
d. punt

c. Kickoffs are used to start both halves of the game as well as after a goal is scored. A punt is used in football, a throw in is in soccer but it doesn’t start a game, and the first pitch is for baseball.

 

Soccer player Wayne Rooney with his bicycle kick

Footballer Wayne Rooney performs his bicycle kick.

6. What part of the body can’t touch the ball?

a. head
b. chest
c. inside the foot
d. palm of the hand

d. No part of the hand or arm can touch the ball. A hand ball penalty will be called and the ball is given to the other team. You can use your head (as you get older) to send the ball over the other team, you can control a wild kick to you by first bouncing the ball off your chest down to your feet, and you certainly want to use the inside of your foot to dribble the ball.

 

7. A typical final score for a game of professional soccer might be 38-27.  True or False

False. Soccer games tend to be low scoring games. You only receive 1 point for a goal and typically not very many goals are scored. Professional soccer games easily can end with a score of 1-0. Kid and recreational games tend to have a few more than that but definitely not 38-27 goals!

 

8. What size ball is considered full size?

a. 10
b. 3
c. 5
d. 1

b. Size 3 balls tend to be the size most kids start with around age 4 in organized soccer. Size 4 is recommended for ages 8-12 and the final size of 5 is for those aged 13 to adult.

 

9. When will an improper throw-in be called?

a. if you stand on the line
b. if you jump
c. if you use both hands to throw the ball
d. if you throw the ball over your head

b. A proper throw in requires both feet on the ground, both hands on the ball and the ball thrown over the head. You can’t jump, pick up a foot, throw from the side, use only one hand or toss underhand. While most coaches encourage you to be completely behind the sideline, your feet can actually be on the line, so long as you are not completely over it.

 

World Cup Quiz

While American football barely uses the feet during the game, soccer is played almost entirely with the feet, so “football” is a very appropriate name. The rest of the world refers to US-style football as “American football” or “gridiron.”

FIFA World Cup - BrazilRight now, people around the Globe are watching the World Cup 2014. How much do you know about football…or for Americans, soccer. Take the Quiz.

1.What is required of you to wear to play in an organized game of soccer?

a. helmet

b. shoulder pads

c. gloves

d. shinguards

 

2. Are the officials called Referees?  True or False

 

3. What is soccer’s international championship games called?

a. World Cup

b. FIFA

c. World Series

d. Superbowl

 

4. What soccer position, on average, runs the least?

Pele

A member of three Brazilian World Cup-champion teams, Pelé is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time.

a. midfielder

b. goalie

c. forward

d. defender

 

 

5. How is a soccer game started?

a. throw in

b. pitch

c. kickoff

d. punt

 

 

6. What part of the body can’t touch the ball?

a. head

b. chest

c. inside the foot

d. palm of the hand

 

 

7. A typical final score for a game of professional soccer might be 38-27.   True or False?

 

David Beckham

Bend it Like Beckham – David Beckham

8. What size ball is considered full size?

a. 10

b. 3

c. 5

d. 1

 

9. When will an improper throw-in be called?

a. if you stand on the line

b. if you jump

c. if you use both hands to throw the ball

d. if you throw the ball over your head

 

The Arnold Palmer drink

Golfer Arnold Palmer rising a glass of his signature drink.

Cheers! Golfer Arnold Palmer lifts a glass of his namesake: half tea, half lemonade.

The man himself sets the record straight in an entertaining new 30 for 30 short, “The Arnold Palmer.”

“My wife made a lot of iced tea for lunch, and I said, ‘Hey babe, I’ve got an idea.’ You make the iced tea and make a big pitcher, and we’ll just put a little lemonade in it and see how that works. We mixed it up, and I got the solution about where I wanted it and I put the lemonade in it. I had it for lunch after working on the golf course. I thought, ‘Boy, this is great, babe. I’m going to take it when I play golf. I’m going to take a thermos of iced tea and lemonade.’ “

Palmer goes on to tell the story about how he was in a Palm Springs restaurant, ordered the drink to his specifications and was overheard by a woman sitting nearby. “I want an Arnold Palmer,” she told the waitress. “I want what he ordered.”

With that, a mixed drink was named and a legendary golfer extended his influence beyond the course. Ten years ago, the rights to the drink were sold to AriZona Beverage Co. Sales exceeded $100 million in 2010.

This was featured in the USA Today article by Chris Chase.

2014 Winter Olympic Mascots – Coloring Page

Color the mascots of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia as illustrated below by Angry Squirrel Studio.

Sochi, Russia 2014 Winter Olympics mascots - coloring page

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