All Star Mania – The Best of The Best, With Some Worst Thrown In

“It’s all about the All Stars.”

It’s the sort of proclamation you’d expect to hear from Fox Sports baseball announcers Jack Buck or Tim McCarver during their coverage of the MLB All Star game. Each year around this same time in early July, baseball mania reaches a fever pitch, as the best baseball players – arguably, in the world – come together for two days to entertain fans with 450 ft. home runs, 100 mph fastballs and two dream teams comprised of the brightest young stars of the future playing alongside the biggest names of the past 20 years.

The All Star baseball stage is a unique one in all of professional sports, if for no other reason than it’s the only venue which gets to enjoy the sports spotlight in the absence of any other competing sports events. With basketball and hockey seasons mothballed for the summer, and football still several weeks shy of training camp, All Star baseball is the only professional game in town for sports enthusiasts in early July. Even Major League Baseball itself shuts down for almost a full week to acknowledge and shine a light on its own event. Thus for this brief period each year, it truly is all about the All Stars. But that’s not where I heard that statement.

Little Leagues, Big Expectations

If you’ve ever coached Little League baseball, as I have for many years, you’d be familiar with the annual process of “drafting” teams. Before the beginning of each season a group of presumably well-intentioned volunteer coaches – aka parents – meet at their local recreation hall after work and pick team rosters from a general list of enrolled players. I have found that it can be a stressful experience since I’ve usually entered this meeting with a few personal goals in mind: 1) I need to draft my kid’s best friend, 2) I need to make sure I remember to draft my own kid, 3) I need to draft a kid whose dad is known to help out, 4) I need to avoid drafting the rambunctious kid, 5) I need to avoid drafting the kid whose parents are jerks, and 6) It would be nice to draft at least one kid capable of throwing a few strikes. The game is less painful when we keep walks-per-inning under 10.

Fortunately, my own personal experience with “draft night” hasn’t been all that bad. I’ve seen the occasional disagreement over the selection of players (e.g., “Mrs. Smith asked me to pick Johnny, so we can car pool together.” Oh, are you sure it has nothing to do with Johnny being 5’11” and throwing 72 mph fastballs?). But for the most part the meetings were uneventful and just terribly long.

But I remember one specific draft night, which was attended and coordinated by one of our town’s Little League Committee members. At the end of the three-hour meeting, as we were exiting the conference room and still joking about who had picked whom, this committee member leaned over to me and whispered, “These regular season drafts don’t mean anything anyway. It’s all about the All Stars.” Bingo.

The Boys of Summer

As big as the MLB All Star extravaganza is, the Little League All Star season creates a mania that’s, quite literally, in a league all its own. The media attention and commercialism surrounding the Little League All Stars is unrivaled in youth sports. The Little League website even termed it, “one of the summer’s most popular sporting events.” And they may be justified in stoking the publicity with that claim. After all, Little League and ESPN are in the 6th year of an 8-year contract that will televise 66 games on either ESPN or ABC in August. Those are pretty big stakes, especially for a bunch of 11-and-12-year-old kids playing America’s pastime.

So it’s no wonder that in small towns and hamlets all across America, the mania begins in earnest several months earlier when some of the more overzealous “coaches” – dads – are already entertaining visions of ESPN grandeur even before the first child has been assigned to a roster for the regular season; a roster, by the way, that’s filled predominantly with kids who will never even think about their town’s All Star teams, let alone play on one.

If any of your town’s youth sports organizations are managed by a mentality that believes “it’s all about the All Stars,” or that equivalent thinking, then it’s time to advocate a change in that group’s leadership. To say “it’s all about the All Stars” is to say it’s all about a few kids, and not all of the kids. And this flies in the face of what the experts and prevailing wisdom on youth sports suggest, which is that below age 14, it should be all about inclusion and fun.

Two All Star Games – One Blowout, One Blowup

This year’s MLB All Star game was played in Kansas City on July 10th. That game ended in a blowout with the National League winning 8 to 0. Ironically, on that very same day, another All Star game was played in Columbus, Georgia between two Little League teams vying to advance in the tournament. That game ended with parents arguing, then starting a fistfight, and then two dads being arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. I guess to them, it was truly “all about the All Stars.” A little too much so.

The lesson for us all here should speak for itself. No, the majority of us are not so overzealous and unrestrained that we end up punching out the opponent’s parents at a Little League All Star game. But even the most restrained of us is probably dangerously close to losing perspective as we try and enjoy our child’s participation in youth sports. So just remember, even when you’re watching the Little League World series on ABC this August, youth sports should never be “all about the All Stars.”

Football Fun With Freekick Mania

If you love football freekick mania is the game for you. This is where you can experiment with different kicks of the football to make more goals. This can be played by almost everyone who loves soccer regardless of their sex or age. This has a very interesting theme where a parent sends their son to play soccer but they do not succeed. This is where the coach decides to train the boy so that he can improve on his game.

In this sense you are supposed to act as the coach and help the son with his kicks. Freekick mania is a very popular and you will find millions of people playing it at a given time. It is also very addictive and you need to save it on your computer so that you can access it easily and have fun with it. This helped to take football to another level as you can use fire and UFO’s as you play. There are also other exciting features that you can choose to make the game more fun.

This is one of the greatest inventions when it comes to paying with the ball. When you are playing you should look out for the weather elements like strong winds as they can cause you to lose control. This may in turn result to losing points on your side. This means that you have to be very keen when playing so that you can score as many goals as you can. Playing freekick mania is quite simple as all you have to do is click on the ball and drag it so that you can direct it and shoot it towards the goal point.

You should be very keen when playing as you cannot shoot the ball at certain times. You should also make sure you make use of the items that are found at the bottom of the field. This will help you have more fun when you are playing. If you want to advance to the next level you should make sure you score a goal so that you can proceed.

Each level has its own challenges and thus you should be keen to make sure you advance to the highest level. To make it more fun you can play it with a group of people so that you can get to see who has the greatest skills and who will get to the highest level of the game. To make it even more fun you can out money when you are playing so that you can be motivated to reach a high level.

Bike Racing Games – An Overview Of The Top 3 Online Bike Games

You may find numerous online bike racing games available today, and they are the best alternative for a lot of us who nurture serious passion towards motorcycles. These games can provide real life thrill for those who can’t afford to participate in real life racing. Thanks to video games, they can provide a better understanding on how our favorite riders control their motorcycles.

Here are top 3 online bike games that have gained high popularity:

· Moto GP – Moto GP has attracted a lot of customers towards it, as it is one of the most successful motorcycle sports in the world. However, a lot of gamers were disappointed later because controlling the bike was an extremely difficult task throughout the game. To build up the frustration, the game does not have a very good tutorial too! However, Moto GP is still one of the best racing games as it has a lot of breathtaking moments. Once you learn how to control your motorcycle, this game can become a pure addiction.

· Moto Racer – The graphics of Moto Racer may not be up to the mark for many hard-core gamers since there are many other video games with better graphics. However, the game boasts one of the best controlling systems in the lot. You will be surprised by the way you can control your motorcycle, and this is why Moto Racer is very popular. You also have plenty of racing options to try from. Options like motocross, street racing, dirt bike racing and track racing are few of them. One of the major downsides for the game is its lower number of tracks.

· Motocross Mania – Are you one of those bikers who prefer to have a little amount of fun while racing? If you are, Motocross Mania is probably the best game you can play because this game is not just about reaching your destination, but you also have to deal with your enemies and a lot of fighting is involved!

These are the top three bike games that have gained high popularity in recent years. For those who are hard-core fans of Moto GP, buying a Moto GP title is the best thing to do because controlling your motorcycle is very identical to that of the real-life one. The game really poses some serious challenges to hard-core gamers and even experienced players find it very difficult to keep their motorcycle steady once they cross a speed of hundred miles per hour. Moto Racer and Motocross Mania are relatively easy to control and these games are created with the intention of offering maximum fun to the player.