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April 2nd, 2016

How FIFA Decides Which Team Can Compete in World Cup

You may be among those who are enjoying World Cup, betting against favorite teams or simply enjoying the game. However, have you ever thought how FIFA decides which soccer team that is qualified for the game? There are hundreds of big teams in the world, and there are only 32 teams that can compete in the World Cup, so there must be a system to determine the formation. And yes, the process can be a long one.

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FIFA World Cup Team Qualification: Different Region Qualifications

There are 6 confederations that signify teams in FIFA: Oceania, Asia, Africa, Europe, America (North, Central, and Caribbean) and South America. Each confederation has different methods of qualification to select the team, depend on how many teams they have. Oceania, for example, only needs several matches that are started with South Pacific Games to determine the team. Meanwhile, Europe needs to divide the games 2 rounds, which are followed by 32 teams that will be reduced to 12.

However, nothing beats America, which requires 4 rounds to divide 35 teams to maximum 4 slots. Meanwhile, Asia needs 3 rounds to reduce 43 teams to 10. With such complicated preparations, it is not a surprise that World Cup becomes one of the most elaborate and biggest sport events that is enjoyed universally.

April 2nd, 2016

American Betting Trends See Shifting to Soccer

sport betting trend in United States shows quite a shift from sports like footballs and racing to soccer; here are a short look on that phenomenon.

Up until a decade ago, American football seemed to be the only sport Americans bet on. Now, the trend of sport betting in United States is starting to show small but noticeable shift to soccer. While United States never has noticeable fame in soccer, the game still has its universal appeal, especially after David Beckham moves to American Galaxy team. Plus, from betting point of view, soccer also has some advantages.

Sport Betting Advantages on Soccer

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Besides the universal appeal of soccer, betting on this sport is, in many ways, more convenient especially for intermediate and advanced bettors. In sport betting on footballs, hockey and baseballs (America’s favorite sports), the bets are created on spread points. However, in soccer, there are no spread points because of the point system. Therefore, you can only bet with money lines, although the scoring and tie result can also be wagered. Again, these are benefits of betting on soccer.

The popularity of soccer betting also makes many sportsbooks focus specifically on soccer, which means there are even more options for you to choose a sport betting platform. This means you have opportunities to choose betting platforms that have the best odds to suit your betting preferences.

April 2nd, 2016

Longest Lasting Wetsuit (Thread)

The Patagonia Wetsuits, Again thread just won’t die. It seems every few weeks someone finds the thread through a search or a link or written on a surfshop bathroom wall and stops by to leave a comment. 10 comments isn’t many, but add the fact that “patagonia wetsuit” is the fourth most searched term on 70 this month, and the Patagonia Wetsuits, Again thread is in the top 15 of all entry pages (out of about 500 or so) this month alone and you start to see what a hot topic these suits are.

It’s fantastic to see so many people with a passion for this particular type of wetsuit. Of course, no one’s complaining about he site traffic – it’s great to know that people are talking about it and recommending it avidly to their friends. And they’ll tell two friends, and they’ll tell two friends – you know how it goes, whether it’s a thread about Patagonia wetsuits or the games at http://www.partycasino.com/bokepoker88.comagen togel, Judi Poker. If something’s popular on the web, especially in a forum, it tends to stay that way for a while.

The latest comment on the thread is from Julie who’s man seems to have developed an allergy to neoprene. While this might result in more waves for Julie, it must suck for him. She wrote to ask if anyone knows if Patagonia’s rubber might help her share some waves with her beau without him turning into an inflamed strawberry of itch.

I have owned my Patagonia wetsuit since August. It is a bit more spendy than competitors, but I am familiar with Patagonia’s “Iron Clad Guarantee”, and that is why I chose to purchase it. Lasting under their guarantee does not become a concern, they stand behind their product. It is by far the most superior wetsuit I have ever owned. Patagonia thrives on their customer’s providing honest feedback, which ultimately leads to design improvements. Which is why I am interested in seeing what develops with their wetsuits over time, because the customer provided feedback will eventually lead to superior product development.

 

April 2nd, 2016

Patagonia Wetsuits, Again

Its almost impossible to find any info online about Patagonia wetsuits. It’s so hard, that a random customer created a wetsuit web site for them. The site is bare bones, but allows you to view a 360vr of both the outside and inside. It also offers some info on the materials. Like the  tops, these suits also mostly avoid petroleum and benefit from a resulting closed cell structure. A big thing missing from the site though, is a review. Everyone wants to know, are they worth the price? Do they rash you? How is it holding up?

I estimate the guy has $400 or so in the wetsuit and $400 to $800 dollars of billable time in making the site. That’s either some serious brand loyalty or a very sneaky guerilla marketing campaign. Given Patagonia’s stellar reputation and the fact the the photos on the site are pretty bad, I’m going with the latter former. EDIT: I fully ment the former here. Sorry!

I got on the waiting list for a 3/3 full suit months ago.
I’ve heard good things but they might be too warm so I’m hoping when they get their 2/2′s (eQual to a normal 4/3 I’m told)
There’s talk out there about the rubber splitting on the cuffs but this was explained to me as customer mistreatment.
The rubber is super soft high Quality Japanese smoothy, for the most part, and can’t just be ripped on like any other.
A little care has to go into putting on the suit.
In Japan all the surfers use a plastic bag on their foot before putting through, as not to tear the soft material.
In my opinion a wetsuit just can’t be soft enough.
I’m all about the comfort and flex as well as the enviroment.
Hopefully I’ll get my suit someday and I’ll have some mo info.

East coast surfer’s wife here… After 16 years of daily surfing, we think Hubby has developed an allergy to neoprene… We are pretty sure it is from the newer blend used to make the super stretch (though this is just my best uneducated guess) since his heavy upper-arm rash did not start until using the Elastomax suit purchased last fall. Rash guards haven’t been enough to keep the distance.

We decided to search for polartec, and finally settled on (what we think is) the US version: Thermocline. It is really meant for diving, but it has 3 layers: fleece, membrane, and nylon (warmth equivalent to 2mm). Since wearing it under his 4/3, the rash has gone, but I can tell he is somewhat uncomfortable with the bunching and heat.

He saw info about the Regulator suit on FuelTV, and so I looked it up and eventually landed here. Maybe someone can give some insight, since all I really know is how much time, effort, and money has gone into this “Search for Relief”. While this quest is worth-while, all I can see is dollar signs and disappointment. After all the effort he’s put in to date, I’d hate to see him drop another $500 on a lost cause.

Any ideas as to whether or not the ingredients in this particular suit would save him from further suffering? I’d love to hear from anyone on the subject, especially if you have experienced the same problem and have found a solution.

April 2nd, 2016

A Stinky Little Fish, the Menhaden, is Being Decimated

This New York Times story tackles the plight of an east coast bait fish, the Menhaden. The story is hits my family’s way of life so hard, I’m to dusting this blog off to launch into one of those rants I used to enjoy so much.

The situation boils down to this: one company, Omega Protein, is raping your ocean for profits.

This stinky little fish props up the entire east coast fishery and affects the abundance the food you eat and the health of the entire Atlantic ocean. The Menhaden filters algae from our water (1 adult filters 6 gallons of water a minute) and supplies every food fish from the piranha like bluefish to the massive Bluefin tuna with nutrition. The numbers of these valuable food fish have fallen dramatically from both overfishing and lack of a food supply – the Menhaden.

The author goes on to describe Omega Protein’s actions as an “egregious privatization of what is essentially a public resource”, and he’s right. I’ve seen their massive, brooding, battleship grey ships and netting practices first hand. Any fishermen on the east cast can tell you about the dwindling numbers of Menhaden in the water over the last 15 years.

The solution? Ban Menhaden fishing in federal waters. Ban netting for it in the last two east coast states that allow it. North Carolina and Virginia. Allow the Menhaden to return, water quality to improve and the vast array of food fish species that rely on the smelly little bugger to grow in population, fueling the recreational fishing industry which would more than make up for the loss of a single company in Houston.

A more immediately attainable solution? Stop buying omega 3 fish oil pills.