The Making of a Billiards Champion (Series II of V)

Written by Jackie "The Angel" Broadhurst

The Making of a Billiards Champion (Series II of V) Fundamentals Learningrepparttar proper fundamentals isrepparttar 138685 most critical aspect of a player’s pool game. Mechanics will affect every shot executed. By learningrepparttar 138686 proper techniques first, you will be able to build upon them easier and berepparttar 138687 best that you can be inrepparttar 138688 shortest amount of time. There is much to learn about having proper mechanics, this article is aboutrepparttar 138689 three most critical.

Bridges A bridge is used to holdrepparttar 138690 cue stick in place while your shooting. The purpose of a bridge is to allow for a smooth and stable place for your cue stick, so that you can make your intended contact withrepparttar 138691 cue ball. If it is not stable and smooth, you will hitrepparttar 138692 cue ball inconsistently, and therefore, will get random results of aim, english and “deflection”. An “Open Bridge” isrepparttar 138693 easiest to learn and has its advantages and disadvantages. It allows you to seerepparttar 138694 shot better because your index finger is not coveringrepparttar 138695 top ofrepparttar 138696 stick. And, by bending your knuckles, you can get more height with this bridge for a high/follow stroke. Atrepparttar 138697 Boys and Girls Club, this isrepparttar 138698 first bridge I teach. Once they see how easy it is to form that “little V” between their thumb and knuckle, they can quickly make more shots onrepparttar 138699 table. A disadvantage of an open bridge is that there is a chance thatrepparttar 138700 stick can move upwards because your index finger is not covering it. A “Closed Bridge” takes time forrepparttar 138701 muscles in your finger to wrap aroundrepparttar 138702 shaft ofrepparttar 138703 cue in a way that is tight enough that it doesn’t move around, but loose enough that it does not inhibit your stroke. In school, I used to practice this with my pen, until my muscles were trained to do it without thinking about it. Stroking Arm The purpose is to moverepparttar 138704 cue stick throughrepparttar 138705 ball while keeping it straight and level. Therefore, your arm should be at 90 degrees before contact. If you hold it closer torepparttar 138706 ball (less than 90 degrees), you won’t be able to follow through enough. If you hold it farther away fromrepparttar 138707 ball (more than 90 degrees), it is extremely hard to keep it level. To test to see if you have a consistent, straight and level cue. Place an empty pop or beer bottle on its side onrepparttar 138708 table. As ifrepparttar 138709 bottle opening wasrepparttar 138710 cue ball, do some practice strokes intorepparttar 138711 bottleneck without touchingrepparttar 138712 sides ofrepparttar 138713 bottle. You should be able to follow through allrepparttar 138714 way torepparttar 138715 bottom ofrepparttar 138716 bottle without touching it. Fantasy Football: Silver and Black Makeover

Written by Jason Clarke

Have you ever watched one of those home makeover shows whererepparttar ‘crew’ from whatever show it is, takes a seemingly ordinary house or room and makes it into some fantastic dream room thatrepparttar 138644 owner usually is ecstatic about? Al Davis must have watched a few of these shows while his team was sitting home forrepparttar 138645 playoffs and decided he could dorepparttar 138646 same for his offense. He followedrepparttar 138647 same basic premise but spent a little more thanrepparttar 138648 usual show and their ‘crew’ does.

The Raiders offense in 2004 had enough talent to be average, but never really made fantasy owner think, “I’m drafting some Raiders this year!” They finished ranked 18th inrepparttar 138649 league in total scoring offense, scoring an average of 20.0 point per game. They had an offense that could win some games if they played above average defense. Problem was, Oakland finished ranked 30th in total defense so more offense was needed in Raiderland and in a hurry.

The Raiders had some building blocks for a good offense like a strong-armed quarterback in Kerry Collins, a stud of a LT prospect in Robert Gallery, some athletic tight ends in Doug Jolley and Teyo Johnson and a playmaking WR in Jerry Porter. The biggest problem wasrepparttar 138650 fact thatrepparttar 138651 Raiders did not have a guy inrepparttar 138652 backfield that they could handrepparttar 138653 ball to 25 times a game and make a difference. They also needed another receiver to takerepparttar 138654 pressure and coverage off of Porter. Defenses could concentrate on shutting downrepparttar 138655 talented receiver and not worry about getting burned by any ofrepparttar 138656 other Raiders receivers. At times, defenses would drop seven defensive backs into coverage to stop Porter because they had no fear ofrepparttar 138657 Raiders ground game.

What a difference and off-season makes!

The Raiders head intorepparttar 138658 2005 season as, on paper, one ofrepparttar 138659 most improved teams inrepparttar 138660 NFL and possibly one ofrepparttar 138661 most explosive offenses inrepparttar 138662 league as well. Their biggest acquisition, by far, wasrepparttar 138663 trade of LB Napolean Harris and a first round draft pick for Minnesota WR Randy Moss. Moss isrepparttar 138664 biggest playmaker atrepparttar 138665 wide receiver position inrepparttar 138666 game today. He isrepparttar 138667 kind of player that is tailor made forrepparttar 138668 traditional Raiders downfield attack. Opposing defenses are no-longer going to be able to concentrate on shutting Porter down when they have to worry aboutrepparttar 138669 big play ability of Moss.

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