ITIL V3 – Five Key Benefits

ITIL (the IT Infrastructure Library), now updated to version 3, has been around for quite some time and doesn’t show any signs of disappearing into the sunset as so many other initiatives have in the past. So what is it that keeps ITIL on top of the game and in the arsenal of many top IT organizations?

ITIL Keeps Evolving

One of the reasons for the success of the framework is hinted at by the version number. It’s not a static, one size fits all, solution to total quality management. It has adapted to the changing needs of business; and continues to do so.

It Is a Framework

Rather than presenting users with a fixed set of processes or procedures, ITIL is a framework into which organizations can build their own processes and procedures. This flexibility makes it adaptable to any business need.

It Is Modular

You don’t have to implement the whole of ITIL to get the benefit from it. Organizations, and particularly smaller businesses, can implement just those parts of the framework that are best suited to their needs. Even if you do want the whole thing, you can implement it in stages and start to see some immediate benefits as you roll out the framework.

It Is Scalable

ITIL can be scaled to suit just about any size of business since it is designed to be flexible.

It Is Business Focused

ITIL has always been about aligning the technology with the business need; this is especially true of ITIL 3. Have you ever felt like the technology could threaten to overwhelm the business? Sometimes it’s almost as if the business is only there to give the technology something to do. ITIL 3 is designed to keep everyone’s attention on the needs of the business. After all, the technology is really only there to support those needs.

So is ITIL v3 something that your organization needs? Check it out for yourself; it could be worth your time.

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"One For the Gipper" – The Original Story

President Ronald Reagan is tagged fondly as «The Gipper» as the result of his movie portrayal of Notre Dames’ legendary football player. The nickname is so firmly attached to the president that the real Gipper is nearly forgotten.

The true story is clouded by the mist of time. His hometown of Laurium, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, maintains a website devoted to their local hero. This much is certain: he was born Feb. 18, 1895 to Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Gipp.

He attended the Calumet public schools, but he never played high school football. However, he was an all-around athlete. He participated in track, hockey, sandlot football and organized baseball. The Laurium baseball team was the champion of the Upper Peninsula in 19l5, with George playing center field.

Gipp had not given any thought of going to college. He was, however, proficient in baseball, table pool, poker and dice. His greatest achievement was winning a gold watch for ballroom dancing.

The husky six-foot, 180-pound Gipp at age 21 was persuaded by a Notre Dame grad that he could have a baseball scholarship for the asking.

Beyond these statistics, we must rely on sports historians.

A colorful account of Gipp’s spectacular career is rendered by James A. Cox. It begins one autumn afternoon in 1916 with two freshmen playing baseball catch on the playing field of a Midwestern university.

Without warning, a football sails over the fence from a nearby gridiron where the school’s varsity was practicing. It hits one of the young men. He picks up the errant football and kicks it back over the fence 70 yards away.

On the other side of the field, a coach whistles in awe and races over. «Hey, You! You with the baseball. What’s your name?»

«Gipp,» comes the laconic answer.

«Where you from?

«Michigan.»

«Play high school football?»

«Nope.»

«Well, I think you’ll make a football player,» says the coach. «Come out tomorrow. We’ll suit you up and see what you can do.»

The young man shrugs. «I don’t know,» he says vaguely. «Don’t particularly care for football.»

Thus was the meeting of Gorge Gipp and Knute Rockne. A few days later Gipp shows up for a tryout.

* * *

There was no difficulty in switching scholarships when it was learned he could run 100 yards in ten seconds, throw pin-point passes half the length of the field and kick 60-yard punts with ease. He became an All-American halfback.

Gipp established a reputation in his first out-of-town game with the freshman team against Western Michigan State Normal. Wrote Cox:

«Playing halfback, Gipp piles up yardage. But the score is 7-7 as the fourth quarter grinds down with only a couple of minutes to go.

«The Irish have the ball. The quarterback calls punt formation – kick away and play for a tie.

«Gipp demurs. He wants to try a field goal. The quarterback looks at him as he would at a crazy man. From where the kicker will stand, to the opposing goalpost — which at that time was on the goal line — was more than 60 yards. Nevertheless, the quarterback orders, ‘Punt.’

«The ball is snapped, Gipp drops it end-first to the ground – as was the custom then — gets a perfect rebound and booms the ball through the uprights. It was a 62-yard-field-goal that earned an enduring place in the record book.»

* * *

In the spring of his freshman year, Gipp tried out for the baseball team and made it as an outfielder. He played only one game.

Ignoring a signal to bunt, he blasted the ball over the fence for a home run.

«Why?» the manager demanded. «Don’t you remember the signals?»

«Sure,» replied Gipp, «but it’s too hot to be running around the bases after a bunt.» The next day he turned in his baseball uniform and concentrated on football.

He earned his way by waiting tables in the university dining room for board and lodging. He picked up cash by playing in nearby semi-pro and industrial baseball leagues.

He also frequented the pool halls and other low joints of South Bend.

A hangout called Hullie & Mikes became his second home. He once said, «I’m the finest free-lance gambler ever to attend Notre Dame.»

His room mate, Arthur (Dutch) Bergman, explained:

«Nobody around South Bend could beat him at faro, shooting pool, billiards, poker or bridge. He studied the percentages in dice rolling and could fade those bones in a way that made professionals dizzy. At three-pocket pool, he was the terror of the parlors.

«He never gambled with other students, though his crap-shooting skills helped pay the way through Notre Dame for more than a few of his friends. I’ve seen him win $500 in a crap game then spend his winnings buying meals for destitute families in South Bend.»

Gipp cut so many classes in 1919 he was kicked out of school. He took a job as a house player at Hullie & Mikes gambling emporium.

Aghast, Notre Dame alumni sports fans deluged the college with complaints. The university gave him a special exam — which he passed – and reinstated him. Thereafter, Gipp came to practice when he chose, doing what he felt like doing. No one complained. Coaches and players knew he was fiercely devoted to winning. The team revolved around him.

The 1920 season established Gipp as «immortal.»

One Saturday afternoon, Notre Dame found itself down 17-14 to Army.

In the locker room, Rockne unleashed one of his famous half-time fight speeches. Gipp seemed bored. Rockne turned to Gipp and challenged him, «I don’t suppose you have any interest in this game.» Gipp responded, «Don’t worry, I have $500 on it, and I don’t intend to blow my money.»

At game’s end, Gipp had piled up 385 yards rushing – more than the entire Army team. He scored one touchdown by running back a kick-off, threw two pin-point passes setting up a touchdown. He almost single handedly led Notre Dame to a 27-17 comeback victory.

Gip paid a price for that day’s performance. He was weary, pale and a little bloody. His distress was so obvious, the West Point crowd stood and watched in awe as he left the field.

There were four games left in the season. A clean sweep would give Notre Dame a shot at the national championship.

Purdue went down 28-0. At Indiana the next week, Gipp suffered a dislocated shoulder that sent him to the bench with bandages. The Hoosiers shot to a 10-0 lead, which they held into the fourth quarter.

The Irish pushed to the 2-yard line but stalled. Gipp jumped from the bench and shouted to Rockne, «I’m going in!»

«Come back!’ roared Rockne.

Gipp ignored the command. On the second play, he crashed through for a touchdown. Then he kicked the extra point, and returned to his bench.

On the next Notre Dame possession, as time was running out, the Irish worked the ball to the 15-yard line. Again, Gipp rushed from the bench to take charge.

He dropped back for a game-tying dropkick to tie the game. The Hoosiers stormed to block him. Calmly Gipp tossed the ball to a receiver on the 1-yard line. On the next play, with the whole Indiana team converging on Gipp, he smashed off tackle with his injured arm tucked close. It was a ruse. The Notre Dame quarterback danced into the end zone with the ball for the winning touchdown.

While the team returned to South Bend, Gipp went to Chicago to teach a prep-school team how to drop kick. Icy wind brought on aches, fever and sore throat. Back at South Bend, Gipp took to his sick bed.

The next Friday, against Northwestern, Rockne kept feverish Gipp on the bench until the fourth quarter. Then, to chants from the crowd -«We want Gipp!» — he allowed his star to participate in a few plays – topped off by a 55-yard touchdown pass to pile up a 33-7 rout. .

* * *

On Thanksgiving Day, Notre Dame trounced Michigan State 25-0 to complete its second successive all-win season, but Gipp wasn’t there. He was in the hospital with pneumonia and strep throat – serious illness before antibiotics.

It was clear that Gipp was doomed. On Dec. 14, 1920, he converted to Catholicism and was given the Last Rites. His mother, brother, sister and Coach Rockne kept vigil by his bedside — while the entire student body knelt in the snow on campus praying for him.

While he was comatose, some one whispered, «It’s tough to go.»

Gipp heard it and roused. «What’s tough about it?» he said scornfully.

Beyond this we have only Rockne’s version.

Gipp turned to Rockne. «I’ve got to go, Rock,» he whispered. «It’s all right. Sometime, when the team is up against it, when things are going wrong and the breaks are beating the boys — tell them to go in there with all they’ve got and win just one for the Gipper.»

There is doubt that the usually modest Gipp actually made the dramatic death-bed speech, but Rockne always swore it was true.

It was eight years, however, before Rockne felt it necessary to invoke George Gipp’s last words.

It was at Yankee Stadium, New York City, Nov. 12, 1928. Notre Dame had lost two games. An undefeated Army team held the so-so Fighting Irish to a scoreless tie at halftime. In the locker room, Rockne stood up and addressed his weary players.

«Boys, I want to tell you a story I never thought I’d have to tell.»

Then Rockne related — in serious voice — George Gipp’s final challenge. When he reached the climax – «Go in there and win one for the Gipper» – it is said the players tore the locker room door ajar rushing to the field. The Irish played the second half as if the legend of Notre Dame led the way.

At game’s end the score was Notre Dame 12, Army 6.

The Gipper had scored one last time – from the grave.

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Championship Season Preview 2006/07 – Southampton

Southampton

Odds: 11/1

Last Five Seasons

2005/06 – 12 (Championship), 2004/05 – 20 (Premiership, Relegated), 2003/04 – 12 (Premiership), 2002/03 – 8 (Premiership), 2001/02 – 11 (Premiership).

2005/06 Cup Progress

FA Cup Fifth Round vs Newcastle United (a) – lost 1-0.

Carling Cup Second Round vs Mansfield Town (a) – lost 1-0.

Top Goal Scorer 2005/06: Ricardo Fuller (striker) – 9 goals.

Players In

Kelvin Davis (Sunderland – £1,000,000), Pele (Belenenses – Undisclosed), Bradley Wright-Phillips (Manchester City – Undisclosed), Jermaine Wright (Leeds United – Free), Marcelo Sarmiento (Cordoba – Loan).

Players Out

Paul Smith (Nottingham Forest – £500,000), Yoann Folly (Sheffield Wednesday – Undisclosed), Darren Kenton (Leicester City – Free).

Similarly to Coventry City last season, Southampton endured a torrid time at the beginning of the campaign. However, they enjoyed a good run of form towards the end which saw them win five of their last six matches and finished the season in twelfth position.

Manager George Burley pulled off a coup in signing Manchester City striker Bradley Wright-Phillips for an undisclosed fee. The 21 year old striker was prolific for City’s reserves, netting 32 goals in 46 matches, but managed just two in 40 appearances for the first team. Part of the transfer fee was funded by the £250,000 won by a fan in a Coca-Cola promotion.

After letting goalkeeper Paul Smith leave for Nottingham Forest in a £500,000 transfer and with only rookie Bartosz Bialkowski on the books and veteran Kevin Miller on non contract forms, Burley signed a new number one in Sunderland’s Kelvin Davis. The 29 year old former Luton Town, Ipswich Town and Wimbledon keeper signed a three year deal following his £1 million switch.

Midfielder Jermaine Wright, who spent four months on loan at St Mary’s last season from Leeds United has made his move to the Saints permanent, signing on a free transfer. The former Millwall, Wolves, Crewe Alexandra, and Ipswich Town midfielder made 14 appearances during his spell at the club last season.

Portuguese defender Pele joined for an undisclosed fee from Belenenses and signed a three year contract. The 28 year old central defender had also had interest from local rivals Portsmouth while the Saints also secured the signing of Argentine midfielder Marcelo Sarmiento on a season long loan from Racing Club de Cordoba.

Also this summer, young defender Gareth Bale marked his 17th birthday by signing a two year professional contract at the club. Bale, who made his senior debut for Wales against Trinidad and Tobago in May had been linked with potential moves elsewhere.

Verdict

Southampton’s end of season form was encouraging and it’s likely they will be challenging in the top half of the table rather than languishing at the bottom. They may miss out on a play off spot this time around but could break into the top 10.

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7 Ways to Use Website Audio in Your Marketing Arsenal

Most visitors to your website are using computers with audio capabilities. Recently introduced techniques make it easy to take advantage of this capability.

In the past, web audio was primarily decorative, consisting of musical fanfares or other clichéd sound effects. Now, you can use audio to multiply the impact of your message and create stronger bonds with your visitors.

Audio’s power comes from its ability to engage more of your visitor’s senses. The more senses you engage, the easier it will be to effectively communicate. Instead of just reading your words and looking at your picture, you can communicate with your voice – and the voices of your clients.

The power of audio can be appreciated by comparing the newspaper column version of Tom and Ray Magliozzi’s Car Talk with the program aired each week on National Public Radio. Although the newspaper column and radio program address the same topics, it’s far more fun to listen to Car Talk – where you can experience Tom and Ray’s intonations and phrasing – than to read the same words.

Here are some of the ways you can employ audio on your website:

– Welcoming messages. You can create closer emotional bonds with website visitors by personally welcoming them to your site and introducing some of the features they should explore.

– Testimonials. Audio testimonials are far more powerful that written testimonials, especially if you include a photograph of the individual speaking the testimonial. The next best thing to a face-to-face referral is a recording of a client explaining their satisfaction with your product in their own words.

– Guarantees. Your satisfaction guarantees gain impact when you deliver them in your own voice. Place them on your order form, at the point of sale. People are inherently cautious about ordering products and services from the Internet. Reassure them that their credit card and personal information are safe with you.

– Seminars and teleconferences. Short excerpts about upcoming events can make your event even more appealing. Snippets from past seminars can whet visitors’ appetites for more.

– Tips. Add interest to your site by describing an audio ‘tip of the day’ or ‘tip of the week’ in your own words. Be sure to offer access to previous tips, too.

– Audio postcards. You can include audio invitations and testimonials as links in email sent to clients and prospects. To arrange an audio testimonial, simply provide your client with a phone number and password, and invite them to call up and express their satisfaction with their purchase from you. Audio postcards are a great way to stay in contact with your clients and prospects with an announcement of an upcoming product or service. They are also a quick way to acknowledge a special occasion.

– Streaming audio can be used to allow visitors to playback longer events, like seminars or teleconferences.

When you add audio to your website, allow your visitors to maintain control. Don’t begin playing your message when the webpage loads. Instead, invite visitors to ‘click here’ to hear your voice. Keep your messages as short and concise as possible.

And avoid ‘scripting’ your introductions and guarantees. Write down the key ideas you want to communicate, but deliver them in your own words as conversationally as possible.

Web audio is no longer a futuristic luxury. Web audio is here now and it’s as close as your telephone. It is an affordable and easily added feature that can set you apart from the competition and help communicate your message with added impact.

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Investing in Coimbatore Real Estate, a Safe Bet!

Coimbatore, the textile and engineering city of India is the second-largest city of Tamil Nadu next to Chennai. It is one of the principal cities of the state that is immensely popular for both historical legacy and industrial heritage. Coimbatore has seen tremendous economic growth in past few years that has sky-rocketed its real estate sector as well.

‘Manchester of South India’, Coimbatore is known for its extensive textile industry, mills and factories, automobile parts manufacturing and engineering firms. These industries supply a voluminous two-third of India’s requirement of electric motors and pumps. Education and manufacturing industry have been the vital elements for growth of this city which is to continue even in the coming years. Since, there are a large number of reputed colleges and educational institutions, the demand for real estate in Coimbatore is always on a higher side. The need for residential spaces like apartments, flats or even hostels has been growing, thus, weaving opportunities for real estate developers and investors. It has been observed among trends followed by investors that they buy big buildings and convert them into a hostel that fetches them high returns readily.

Coimbatore, being a textile and industrial hub already has started attracting attention from various global companies and MNCs. Gandhipuram, Town Hall and Avinashi Road are some of the favourite commercial property preference for these companies. It has some of the best properties available in economical prices as the government is now shouldering the responsibility of promoting it as an upcoming Coimbatore property destination. The Government of Tamil Nadu has slashed down the property rates to encourage investors from other cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, etc. to consider pumping in money in Coimbatore also.

Also, it has superb connectivity in form of a modern airport, well-developed network of broad gauge railway, six arterial roads, and three highways. The service industry i.e. IT and ITes is developing at a staggering pace with coming in of corporate giants like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Cognizant, BT Infoserve, Ephronsys, Robert Bosch, Nous Infosystems, CG-Vak Software, Quattro, Pricol, Spheris and Sharp etc. Software Technology Parks, IT Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and IT parks by Presidium Constructions, Bannari Amman Group, Salzer Group, Span Ventures and KG Group are also to be developed in the city soon.

Coimbatore is also called the ‘Poor Man’s Ooty’ in regard to its pleasant and salubrious climate throughout the year. The great climatic conditions of the city have also become a source of attraction for many. Another sobriquet associated with Coimbatore is of the ‘Motor Sports Capital of India’ as motor sports play a very important role in the identity of this city. It is considered as a ‘Backyard of Indian Sports’ being the motor racing hub of the country.

The boom in Coimbatore real estate has led to its emergence as a city offering high-standard lifestyle.

The demand for property in Coimbatore has been witnessing a considerable rise leading to escalation in real estate investments. Both the residential and commercial properties of the city are selling like hotcakes which imply an increase in sales and revenue as well as in employment opportunities. This ‘city of entrepreneurs’ is, in fact, the highest revenue-earning district of the state of Tamil Nadu.

The property prices are definitely going to shoot up much further and reap positive benefits in the future. Coimbatore is surely a safe bet as a real estate investment destination with bright prospects and high potential shown. It has become a new cynosure that is set to generate limitless opportunities by opening high profit generating avenues in form of real estate.

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What Exactly Is League of Legends and What Are League of Legends Champions?

You’ve probably heard some of your friends mention it all the time, and if you’re on the internet it’s most likely that you’ve stumbled upon hundreds of people talking about «LoL», but what is this League of Legends so many people talk about? If you’re wondering that chances are you’ve been leaving under a rock for the past eight years.

League of Legends, or simply «LoL», as it’s commonly abbreviated, is one of the biggest multiplayer online battle arena (or MOBA, for friends) in the industry. In this game you control a character, or «champion» as they’re called in the game, and team up with other players against the enemy team. The goal is to destroy the other team’s Nexus, which is pretty much the core of their base.

What exactly are League of Legends Champions? League of Legends Champions are only another word use for a character. Each champion has its different set of abilities and role inside a team, so the team must keep good communication in order to stay organized and defeat the opponent team. The characters usually start at a basic level and they get stronger as players collect items and experience, of course this is restarted every match, meaning that you always start from zero, making it a most fair way of fighting. Another interesting thing about the roast of characters is that it is always expanding, introducing new characters every now and then, bringing new life to the game and giving you a chance to experiment new ways to play it, create new strategies, build a better team and overall have a lot more fun!

You can play it online or against bots (computer controlled characters), however if you’re playing online you can join the ranked matches, what are these? Basically, they check your record and experience and put you in an online match against players of your similar skill level, giving you great and fair matches. Building the hype for you to compete your way to the highest ranks, creating strategies and challenging your friends, teammates and yourself as you fight your way to the top. To play League of Legends is also to join the biggest online gaming community in the world, this ensures that you will meet people from around the world, make friends, exchange stat and as mentioned before, generally have a good time.

Or, if you want to step up you gaming to the next level you can give the eSports a shot. Since LoL’s community is the biggest in the world, it also has a huge feed on the eSports scenario. Get good enough to compete in professional matches, join a team and challenge the best of the best in global tournaments that bring people from all over the world together to enjoy a great match. If you get good enough, you can actually win huge monetary prizes in these competitions! Imagine that, making money out of playing an amazing game? What could be better?

Even though the online competition is most likely the most attractive aspect of LoL, gamers will find that the game has a rich and entertaining plot, where character have ling backstories and interactions between themselves, making it a more immersive experience into a new world.

So, if you want to have a great time, make some cool friends, compete in the biggest gaming community in the world and again, have a great time, join League of Legends, you can even download it and play it for free so, what are you waiting for? Adventure awaits!

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FC Barcelona Players – Alexander Hleb

Alexander Hleb is, of course, well-known amongst UK football followers because of his time at Arsenal, during which time Sky pundit Andy Gray described him as one of the Premier league's 'most skillful players'. Born in Minsk in Belarus in 1981, Hleb, whose brother is also an international footballer, initially made his name in the Bundesliga with FC Stuttgart, whom he joined from his first club, FC Bate Borisov, at the age of nineteen, with whom he had just won the Belarus national league. Arsenal were signing a player who had already made 172 first team appearances for Stuttgart, scoring 19 goals in total.

By the time Hleb joined Arsenal in 2005 he had already been voted Belarusian player of the year three times – he has added two more awards since then – and he became respected at Arsenal because of his versatility, energy and ability to fit into the team's smooth passing style of play. In his first season in North London, Hleb started 40 league games and scored 3 goals – figures that he repeated the following season.

It was during season 2007/08 that rumors started to link Hleb with a move to Barcelona; stories that gathered momentum after a particularly impressive performance against AC Milan in the Champions' League. The 'will he, won't he' saga kept the press occupied until July when the player signed for Barca in a deal reported to be worth about £ 11.8 million. During his time at Arsenal, Hleb made a total of 130 appearances, scoring 11 goals.

Alexander Hleb hardly made the most promising start to his career with his new club – picking up a series of injuries during pre-season which disrupted his progress considerably. Towards the end of the year, however, he was beginning to become a regular in the squad and to show signs of being able to integrate with the nimble, quick passing midfielders already at the club.

Internationally, Hleb made his debut appearance as a substitute in a defeat against Wales in 2001. His full debut followed, along with his first international goal, against Hungary the following April and he has been a regular in the team since then – captaining the side since August, 2007.

It is easy to see why Barcelona signed Alexander Hleb; he fits into their mold of being skillful, adaptable and pacy – with the ability to chip in with the occasional goal and, overall, an acute positional sense and an awareness of the runs of forward players. He should make a valuable addition to the squad – and his wife certainly should make an impact on the local media; in August, 2008 Alexander married Anastasia, a Topless singer. To be precise, Anastasia Kosenkova was a member of the Belarusian girl band, Topless.

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Why Players Prefer Football in Italy and Spain – Not in England

The exodus of so many great players from the English Premier League does force one to believe that perhaps it is not as appealing to world football stars as the football leagues of Spain and Italy. Despite the fact that it offers so much financial benefits and world-wide viewing as compared to other leagues, we have observed that more foreign stars have been found leaving the Premier League than joining. And whats more interesting is the fact that most of these players either opt for the football leagues in Italy, or Spain.

Here I look at some of the reasons why Premier League has been hit by the exodus of players like Ronaldo, Henry, van Nistelrooy and many others to the football clubs of Spain and Italy!

First of all, the style of football played in these two countries differs from that of the English. They provide players with much more time on the ball and matches and therefore feature more skillful moments.

Another reason for the preference given to Italy and Spain would be the fact that the foreign players are more comfortable in a Mediterranean climate than an English one.

Perhaps the players who are recognized worldwide do not like the media attention they get from playing in English League. Most of the foreign players, especially the ones from Argentina and Brazil, are from humble backgrounds and the media attention really bothers them. Such media attention is not a problem in other leagues as they don’t have much viewership but provide even a tougher atmosphere to hone your skills.

If you make a mistake in English Premier League, you will have to bear the media bombardment for at least a whole week. And that can really get to your nerves. People will always be babbling about the style of your game, or the lack of it.

The only thing perhaps that may bring in more foreign stars to the English Premier League is money. And believe me there is no dearth of it In the English Premier League. However, not everyone plays for money. And there are things even money cannot buy!

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No Man Is An Island, Including Darrelle Revis

When Darrelle Revis first pulled his green and white, #24 jersey over his shoulders to suit up for the New York Jets in 2007, he had no idea what he was in for. A four win season was far from what the talented cornerback had experienced to date in his career. On the other side of the coin, his highly touted defensive abilities, and accommodating confident swagger were expected to garner more than three inceptions from his defensive back position. His stats were promising for a rookie, but the fanfare of his arrival left everyone wondering until the following season. Life in the NFL swings like a pendulum, and Darrelle had only seen the beginning of what this tremendously demanding landscape was capable of.

Darrelle Shavar Revis was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, which seemed to be a veritable carving ground for sports’ standouts including NFL players Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, and Ty Law. Not to mention it being the hometown of NBA Hall of Famer Pete Maravich. Clearly there was something in the water, and Revis was lapping it up. As a high school football star, he received the honor of High School Player of the Year in 2003, as annually named by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He helped lead his team to a championship win by putting five touchdowns on the board alone: Three rushing, one returned punt and by returning a blocked field goal attempt. His football prowess did not go unnoticed, as it was hard to overlook the kid who had more interceptions than anyone else in any other high school — in the country.

In 2004, the amazing recruit didn’t stray too far from home, and began attending the University of Pittsburgh where the accolades would keep on coming. Darrelle Revis was named a first-team All-American as a freshman. His stats would tell the story of a kid who was turning into a man before the eyes of NFL scouts everywhere: 49 tackles, team-tying 12 broken up passes, second in defended passes at 14, and two interceptions. His sophomore year showed that the previous season was not a fluke, earning him first-team All-Big East honors. Only staying through his junior season at Pitt, his final year allowed the awards to pile up. He was a candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, while celebrating twice in the end zone that year as the result of interceptions. He was also granted the media frenzy of having the 2006 ESPN College Football Play of the Year, where he returned a punt 79 yards in a scoring effort, while breaking tackles at every turn.

In the 2007 NFL Draft, Darrelle Revis was taken as the 14th overall pick by the New York Jets. In his debut he played in all 16 games, as the playoffs were not in the offering that year, and recorded 87 tackles, one sack, three interceptions and a forced fumble. Not bad for a rookie, but not the game changing statistics Jets’ fans longed for, although they remain very hard to please.

In 2008 the New York Jets would finally get a glimpse of the guy they dreamed about, and found Darrelle to meet their demands like a champion! With all 16 games under his belt for the second consecutive year, Revis recorded 45 tackles, in addition to 13 assists, one sack, five interceptions and one forced fumble.

2009 led to flat out hysteria at the cornerback position, with Darrelle referring to his area of the field as «Revis Island» meaning no one could catch a ball where he stood. He was elected to the 2009 Pro Bowl as a result of his stellar performance that year, amassing a jaw-dropping seven interceptions, with one returned for a touchdown. He also had 47 tackles, and seven assists. The New York Jets made the playoffs as a Wildcard team, and continued to win until they reached the AFC Championship game, where they were ousted by the Indianapolis Colts.

The 2010 season bred resentment from the fans in the direction of their highly touted All-Pro cornerback. Darrelle Revis decided to hold out of training camp, and missed all four of the team’s preseason games while trolling for a newer, higher paying contract. He finally received his restructured deal for $32 million guaranteed, and he returned to the team one week before the regular season was to begin. He missed half of week two’s game, and all of weeks three and four with an inflamed hamstring, and didn’t record a single interception in the 13 games he played in. The Jets made it to the AFC Championship game again that year, despite his drop in numbers, and lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

2011 gave way to a few interceptions from Revis that were eye-catching and creatively concocted, allowing him to go down in the record books as having the longest interception returned for a touchdown in a single game at 100 yards. He finished the year with 52 tackles and four interceptions, on his way to a second Pro Bowl appearance. The 2012 season delivered a grim reminder that no man is an island, but they are all human. In October, Darrelle Revis was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL. With any luck, and without another contract dispute, the Jets will have him back in 2013. Only time will tell, as the team appears to be in shambles while it waits its final destiny of this unmentionable awful season.

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Manchecter United V Everton Preview (Monday Night)

United officially start their Premier league campaign on Monday night against Everton. After last season’s dramatic final day title loss to City, United must want to get a good start this time around.

United performed well in most of their pre-season games. Their only loss came against Barcelona in a curtailed penalty shootout. Most of the players looked in good touch. The defense looked weak however, and we leaked in a lot of silly goals throughout pre-season.

The good news is that most of the Squad is fit and available for the first match of the season. Darren Fletcher still remains absent with a stomach condition. He did play in the midweek testimonial but looked really thin. He will have to do a lot of fitness and strength training before he can step back up on the pitch.

With the signing of Robin Van Persie almost done, United arguably have one of the most potent strike forces in the premier league. What needs to be seen is how well he partners with Rooney up front.

Everton are always a tough opponent, especially at home. We need to be careful not to attack too much as we could get hit on the break. We need to keep a patient build up and try to break them down with our wing play. Steven Pienaar is big threat down the left wing and needs to be kept in check. They way he ran the show at Old Trafford last season really amazes me. Whoever of Rafael or Valencia starts at right back will have to do a good job.

Anderson looks set to start in midfield along with Cleverly or Carrick. Nani and Young should start on the wings with Welbeck and Rooney in attack. Kagawa looked really bright in the pre-season matches however I think he will start on the bench and come on later. United now have good strength and depth in their squad. Many fans are calling for a new signing in center midfield. I think Sir Alex is content with the midfield and might give a few chances to the youngsters throughout the course of the season

Really hoping to see a good game and a good result to start of the premier league season with.

Probable starting line up:

De Gea, Valencia, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Young, Welbeck, Rooney

My Prediction:

United to just nick this one with their superior attacking line up. Everton 1-2 Man Utd

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