:OK, this isnt not fun...Dan Shanoff wri:OK, this isnt not fun...Dan Shanoff wri from 123's blog

LOUDON, N. Buccaneers Jerseys Outlet .H. -- Brad Keselowski is back on top of NASCAR. Well, for a race, at least. But hes quickly running out of time to make it back to the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship and defend his series championship. His first pole of the season might give his season the boost he needs to become a contender. Keselowski turned a lap of 135.922 mph on Friday to set a track record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Keselowski won only his third career pole and first since 2011. With eight races left until the 12-driver Chase field is set, Keselowski is winless and sitting in an uncomfortable 13th place in the points standings. "There is a sense of urgency but not a sense of panic," Keselowski said. "I think there is a strong difference between the two. We are eager to get going, we are hungry and feel like we can do it but I dont feel a sense of panic. There are still two months of racing essentially to get into the Chase." Keselowski led a fast day at the track as nine drivers topped the previous track record held by Ryan Newman, who went 135.232 in 2011. Ten drivers topped that lap until points leader Jimmie Johnsons second-fastest qualifying time was scrapped after his car failed inspection. His No. 48 Chevrolet, which had two issues in the pre-qualifying inspection, failed after his attempt because both sides of the front were too low. Hell start in the rear in 43rd. "We were able to get the car right," crew chief Chad Knaus said. "just not exactly right." Johnson will actually start behind 71-year-old Morgan Shepherd. Shepherd will become the oldest driver to start a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Shepherd, who went only 128.290 in qualifying, made his Cup debut in 1970 and won four times in NASCARs top series. He finished as high as fifth in the final standings in 1990 and hasnt started a race since 2006. Four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon had no problem with Shepherd competing on Sunday. "I think thats quite an accomplishment," Gordon said. "We talk about how amazing it is to see Mark Martin out there being competitive over 50 years old, but to just go out there and do what he does as far as Morgan is concerned at 71, thats amazing." Jim Fitzgerald when he was 65 years, 6 months and 20 days when he raced in 1987 at Riverside International Raceway. "At some point, I think you just have to trust that he knows what he can do and what he cant do," Keselowski said. Kurt Busch will now join Keselowski on the front row. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Gordon round out the top five. Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, and Jeff Burton all topped Newmans record. Keselowski won five races this season but lost his consistency this season in the No. 2 Ford. He has three straight finishes of 21st or worse and only one top-10 finish in his last 10 races. Whatever worked for Keselowski last season is gone. His team has been in a tailspin since a failed April inspection in Texas after NASCAR confiscated parts in the rear suspensions of his Ford. Keselowski knows a win or two can propel him back into the Chase and keep alive his bid for a second straight title. "I still have the same goal and that is to continue to be a winner and that is what fuels me inside," he said. "The competitive fire that burns inside of me is still there whether I was a champion or not. I probably have it with a little bit more confidence and I believe in myself and those around me a little stronger because of the championship." The long-expected Stewart-Haas Racing shakeup was finalized Friday. Kevin Harvick and his Budweiser sponsorship will join SHR teammates Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick in 2014. Ryan Newman is out of the New Hampshire record book -- and a job at SHR. Newman (15th) and Stewart (16th) actually start on the same row. Harvick starts 18th and Patrick is 32nd. There was at least one palatable shift with Harvicks move -- Stewart might have to crack open a cold Bud to celebrate. For years, hes been an open admirer -- and frequent chugger -- of low-budget Schlitz. "Yeah, Im finally upgrading to the good stuff," Stewart said. "I feel like The Jeffersons now. Ive moved up. Yeah, its the end of my Schlitz era. I cant say that its terribly disappointing. Now I get to drink the good stuff every day, guilt free." Cheap Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys . The FA rejected Wilsheres appeal that the length of his punishment was "clearly excessive" and said Thursday his suspension begins with immediate effect. He will miss league matches against Chelsea on Monday and West Ham on Dec. Cheap Jordan Whitehead Jersey . JOHNS, N. http://www.buccaneersjerseyscheap.com/cheap-m-j-stewart-jersey/ . Artturi Lehkonen, Joni Nikko and Ville Leskinen had the other goals for Finland (1-0) while Juuse Saros stopped 28 shots. Tim Robin Johnsgard had the lone goal for Norway (0-2). If you are a parent with kids aged 8-18, you are probably all-too-well aware of the latest meme/trend/fad, bottle flipping.Whether you are doing pick up at soccer practice, sitting on the sidelines at games or possibly just minding your own business in the house, if there is a plastic bottle nearby with, say, a quarter of its liquid still left in it, undoubtedly your kid or their friends have picked it up, held it by its top and flicked it out, attempting to flip it so that it delivers a Simone Biles-level stick-the-landing on the floor or tabletop.The issue isnt the flip itself -- the issue is the kids compulsive attempts to successfully pull off the trick. New York Times reporter Christopher Mele succinctly and accurately described the sound: Gurgle. Thud. Crunch. Paying attention to the coach at practice? Focusing on homework? Heck, even the kid-nirvana of Netflix has seemingly seen mindshare erode to the likes of Deer Park, Gatorade or Aquafina.Credit/blame high school trend-setter Michael Senatore, whose Charlotte-area talent-show bottle-flip video from a few months ago went viral and launched this frenzy:You can lose hours (and possibly your mind) on YouTube looking up bottle-flip videos, but we might have reached Peak Bottle Flip this past Saturday night at Duke basketballs annual Countdown to Craziness, where Chase Jeter stole the show:Earlier this week, my kids relayed a fascinating development: Kids at their elementary school were buying bottles of water using their lunch-money account (financed by their parents!), spilling out three-quarters of the water, then selling bottle flip-ready toys to their fellow students for 50 cents each. Discount Buccaneers Jerseys. While I admire their entrepreneurial zeal, I cant disagree with the schools principal, who shut down the flip economy before some mesmerized first-grader started pilfering from their familys spare-change jar.Lets be clear: The practice is, in fact, incredibly annoying. The sound. The block-out-what-else-they-should-be-paying-attention-to focus. The repetition -- if you as a parent can ignore it for more than a half-dozen tries before snapping, I salute your restraint.Are there any redeeming qualities? Well, its not screen time, so theres that. Hopefully the kids have actually consumed the water down to its requisite optimal flip level, so there is a modest health attribute to it. It is inherently social, even if it quickly devolves into battling over whose turn it is to flip. And, grade-school gray-market aside, as an activity, it is far more accessible to far more kids than, say, a travel sports team. Anyone can flip -- you dont need to be a Duke basketball player to successfully compete.To that last point, Im all for taking everyday objects or environments and turning them into play, whether its flipping a water bottle or leaping over cracks in the sidewalk or taking a piece of paper and launching into a game of paper football.So is there anything to it? Ill admit I tried it for myself:OK, this isnt not fun...Dan Shanoff writes about parenting for espnW. Connect with him on Twitter at @danshanoff or follow his sports-parenting adventures on Instagram at @danshanoff. Cheap NFL Hoodies Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Jerseys NFL China Wholesale NFL Autographed JerseysCheap Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '

Previous post     
     Next post
     Live Idea home

The Wall

No comments
You need to sign in to comment