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How to Pick the
Winner of the World Cup
A bit of advice for those that are trying to decide who will win the World Cup and how to make those decisions and wagers pay off.
The World Cup is such a huge event that it has world implications in all aspects of its being. Bringing countries together from around the world just like the Olympics but bigger, that placing bets on the largest sporting event in the world can sometimes be a little tough. I am going to go over a few basic ideas of some of the best bets for the World Cup champion.
After such a long time the World Cup has returned to Germany. And many fans and sports books are anticipating this to be one of the most exciting World Cups in years. There are a couple of different favorites to win the World Cup, and making that wager correctly and winning big just takes a bit of patience.
This year there are many favorites to choose from, many teams are here but not all of them are up to the challenge of going all the way to take the trophy. Many people think of Germany being the favorite and will place a lot of money wagering on them. Because of the home field advantage and the outstanding World Cup record plus holding the most World Cup trophies that even though being a slight underdog to Argentina and Brazil, betting on Germany this year could be the key to success during this years World Cup.
Argentinas team this year is the overall powerhouse they always are. Maybe not entirely up to par this year with past World Cups, I don't feel that placing a wager on Argentina to win would be the best bet to place. But maybe betting that Argentina will make it to the semis would be a better bet to place.
Do not forget Brazil. Brazil is the team to beat this year during the World Cup. I feel that this is the surest bet you can make this year. Playing with the worlds best soccer player, Brazil appears to be undefeatable at this years World Cup in Germany.
I feel that if you are trying to decide which team will win the World Cup this year, try to look at the teams that have prior experience in the championship game and which team is raising the most hub bub around them. But it is definitely the best thing for you to do is read a little about each team and decide for yourself. Then you will have a bit of knowledge about each team and then you can make a more educated decision.
Learn from the
Olympics How to Organize your Events: Part 1 of 3 -
Planning Event Logistics
Learn valuable lessons from the olympics about how to manage the logistics of an event.
Events, Tickets, Planning, Logistics
With the Winter Olympic Games in Torino underway, on time and over budget, it feels like a good time to take a minute and look at the lessons the Olympics have to teach us about managing events. To be fair, the Olympics are a massive set of groups with multiple venues hosting simultaneous events with visitors from all over the world. To make matters worse, you only get to do it once, you prepare for years leading up to it, when it arrives you try the best that you can to control the chaos for just over 2 nonstop weeks and then, in a blink of an eye, it is over. While there is a chance that your children or grandchildren will be involved in hosting the Games again, for most people involved there is no next time.
It is still too soon to look closely at what has and has not worked for the Winter Games in Torino. It is not until all the smoke has cleared that they will know how the event really went. I did however, have the good fortune of being involved with hosting the Salt Lake Winter Games (2002) while I was a college student in Provo, UT. Those Olympics are now four years old and time has given us a great perspective to glean some valuable lessons from them and the way that they were managed.
For the sake of learning, let’s skip past the Olympic bid scandal and look at the things that were done right for those games.
Let’s start with logistics in this part of our series – I-15 was under construction for years before the Olympic Games were held, but more importantly, some one had clearly thought out the most popular routes to the venues and where people would be going within the venues. The roads were modified to accommodate the increased traffic and the venues were laid out with the fans in mind. I spent most of my time during the 2002 Olympics at Soldier Hollow, the Cross Country Ski and Biathlon Venue. You could tell that time was spent to design the venue in such a way as to give the fans the most access to the course while making it a great course for the athletes competing. Often times this is a detail that is overlooked for smaller events. The venue will be decorated in a manner that looks great, often times at the expense of functionality.
It is also important to take the time to think through how people are going to arrive and leave your event. Look for things that might make it harder for people to attend and try to handle those issues in advance. I was involved in an event once where there was construction on the primary route. Since the location was vaguely familiar to most of the people attending we sent out flyers warning people about the construction and advising them of alternate routes that were available. Printing little maps on the back of your tickets is also a great way to help people get to your event.
The goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to 1) get to your event and 2) do what you want them to do when they arrive.
Next: Planning a Profitable Event
How to Get Your
Kids to Be More Active
Mia Hamm, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and World Cup soccer star; Jennie Finch, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and Chicago Bandits softball star; and Vince Carter, U.S. Olympic gold medalist, NBA All-Star, and New Jersey Nets basketball star, are encouraging kids across the country to run, jump, skip, bike and dance their way to the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
How to Get Your Kids to Be More Active
Mia Hamm, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and World Cup soccer star; Jennie Finch, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and Chicago Bandits softball star; and Vince Carter, U.S. Olympic gold medalist, NBA All-Star, and New Jersey Nets basketball star, are encouraging kids across the country to run, jump, skip, bike and dance their way to the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. As national champions of the Get 60 program, these celebrity athletes are challenging five million kids to get the daily amount of physical activity recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new MyPyramid for Kids. Get 60, part of the Get Kids in Action partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and The Gatorade Company, is designed to identify proven solutions to encourage kids to be more active and reduce childhood obesity.
"There is no more important message that athletes can send to kids today than to get up, get active and enjoy what you're doing," said Mia Hamm. "As a former UNC student-athlete, I support Get 60 because I am as passionate about encouraging kids to get active as I am about winning on the soccer field."
Children everywhere can participate in the Get 60 program at www.GetKidsinAction.org. Mia Hamm, Jennie Finch and Vince Carter will serve as mentors to help children log their physical activity each day and will provide encouragement and ideas to help them reach their goal. Parents can also visit the resource-rich Web site to learn about how they can take a more active role in their child's health.
Get Kids in Action offers the following tips for parents to help their families lead a healthy, active lifestyle and inspire their children to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day:
• Encourage your child to try a new activity, such as dancing, karate or an organized sport.
• Provide your child with active toys and games.
• Allow time for active play with friends, especially time outdoors.
• Plan active family weekends to hike, bike or swim together.
• Involve your children in active household chores.
• Walk or bike with your child to and from school.
• Create weekly family physical activity and nutrition goals.
• Limit television viewing, video games and other screen time to less than two hours a day.
Student-athletes at universities across the country will work closely with children for six weeks to help them identify activities they will be good at and enjoy. The student-athletes will lead kids in a weekly physical activity session and help them log their physical activity on an Activity Tracker to monitor and recognize their progress.
Pilot studies have shown that Get 60 works. After six weeks of visits from UNC student-athletes, 82 percent of children reported achieving 60 minutes of physical activity per day, a significant increase compared to 14 percent at the beginning.