Four Different Baltimore Pro Football Teams Have Won Championships

Winning the championship is the primary goal of any football team, or any sports team at all really. There is only one reason to go out and play and that is to win the championship. A championship season is not only rewarding to the players that duke it out on the field, but also to the fans that root them on. Cities and regions should be very proud of their championship winning teams.

Baltimore is a great football town and professional football has been present there in one form or another for more than 60 years. Many people don’t know this, but four different professional football teams have won championships while representing the city of Baltimore.

The Baltimore Ravens – 2000

The last Baltimore team to win a league title in pro football was the team that currently represents the city in the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens began as a franchise in 1996, having been active as the Cleveland Browns the previous year. They had a few tough years, but in 2000 everything came together behind a strong running game and an out of this world defense. They ended up defeating the New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV.

The Baltimore Colts – 1958, 1959, and 1970

The Baltimore Colts won championships three times. In 1958, they defeated the New York Giants for the NFL title in what many would refer to as the greatest game ever played. After trailing most of the 1959 title game, the Colts would eventually score 24 unanswered points and defeat the Giants in a rematch of the previous year’s championship game by the score of 31-16. The Colts won their third league title in 1970 when they beat the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl V by the score of 27-17. Technically, the Colts have a fourth title as they were champions of the NFL in 1968, but went on to lose Super Bowl III to the New York Jets of the American Football League before the two leagues merged.

The Baltimore Stars – 1985

The Stars franchise had played the first two seasons of their time in the USFL in the city of Philadelphia. The team was moved to Baltimore for 1985 and though they weren’t as successful as they had been in the past, they were able to make it into the playoffs. The magic was still there though and they marched through the post season and would win the last championship game in USFL history by defeating the Oakland Invaders.

The Baltimore Stallions – 1995

The Canadian Football League expanded into the United States in the mid 1990’s, and one of the cities that got a team was Baltimore. In 1995, their second season, the Baltimore Stallions not only won their division, but they became the first team based in America to win the Grey Cup as champions of the Canadian Football League. The team was gone the next year as they were moved to Montreal and renamed the Allouettes.

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Shy Guys – Attract Women With Attitudes of Gratitude

As the cold weather wanders in, warm up with your favorite beverage and get cozy with what you are thankful for. This is the perfect time to sit back and reflect on the past year. Knowing what you are grateful for is a real turn on. It shows a man with depth, confidence and a positive outlook on life. Being shy, it can be difficult to put yourself out there and know what to say next. Here are some exercises that will help you increase your reflection and personal awareness, in turn arming you with stories, topics and questions to use confidently throughout your day.

  • Put pen to paper and write down the three things you appreciate in five words or less every day for two weeks. The simplicity will challenge you to look for the core elements instead of dry data in addition to making it an easy commitment.
  • Think of three people that have made an impression upon you this year. What was the impact that you felt and the words you would use to describe your feelings for them? With the next opportunity share with them the impact they have had on you. Don't worry about their reactions and savor the feeling of empowerment brought on by your bravery.
  • The next time you are at a party, out with friends, or meeting someone one-on-one get curious and inquire about the things that they are most appreciative of. Asking what people are thankful for opens up the conversation and allows you to get a sense of their personality. Keep the connection going by sharing your own stories of gratitude.

Access your softer side with the next girl you meet. Explain your latest appreciation project and ask her what she is most grateful for in her life. You will be surprised by how responsive she is!

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Premier League Match Time: Chelsea Vs Blackburn

Premier League match time arrives at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea host Blackburn, in match week 23, on January 15.

This is the second meeting between the teams, this season; the first leg was hosted by Blackburn on October 30 and went 2-1 in the champions’ favour. The score-line doesn’t give a true indication of Rovers’ excellent showing on the day. Emerton and Miame Diouf gave great support to Benjani a stand out performer who put the home side ahead on 21 minutes. It can justly be said that Blackburn took the game to Chelsea, but in the end it was a tale of missed opportunities for Sam Allardyce’s squad, with Pederson wayward with his free-kicks.

Under the cosh in the first half, Chelsea made a better fist of it in the second, with Ivanovic, Zhirkov and Cole all standing up to be counted on a day Terry and Drogba looked off-colour.

Head to head, Chelsea have established a 12-2 lead over Blackburn in 20 league games played between the sides over the last decade.

Chelsea, who led the points table up to match week 15, appear to have come apart at the seams, in their last 10 games, winning just 2, while losing 4 and drawing the remainder. Those 4 defeats include a shock 1-0 loss at Molineux to Wolves in match week 22.

Blackburn have given a better account of themselves, by winning 4 while losing 5 and drawing 1 of their last 10 league games. They won their last game, at home against Liverpool, by a 3-1 margin.

Currently placed 5th in the table, Chelsea have won 7 of 10 games hosted by them while drawing 2, and losing just the one. Blackburn, in ninth place, have won just 3 of 11 games on the road, while losing 7 and drawing the remaining.

Though their current form appears impressive, Blackburn will find the going tough playing the champions away at Stamford Bridge. Ancelotti’s men will have a point or two to prove as they strive to catch up with Manchester United who have been moving farther adrift with every succeeding game. More importantly, Chelsea will try to prove their naysayers wrong, as the champions appear to have been written off as title contenders this season, by all but their most fanatic supporters.

Chelsea had the following men in their starting eleven against Wolves in match week 22: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Kalou, Drogba and Malouda. Kakuta, Sturridge and Anelka were used as substitutes.

Blackburn’s starting eleven against Liverpool in match week 22 comprised Bunn, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Hoillett, Dunn, Pederson, Olsson, Diouf, Mwaruwari. Goulon, Morris and Diouf were he substitutes who played in the game.

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Learn More About NYC Tee Times

Anyone who is familiar with the history of the Big Apple knows that it was a seaport and commerce center long before it was anything else. The geography of NYC has also played a large part in how the city developed. In short, unlike Los Angeles – which didn't even exist when New York was a bustling business center and port of entry – anything that came along later had to adapt itself to what was already there.

Case in point – nyc golf courses. Unlike Los Angeles, which has 144 of them, there are only 19 nyc golf courses located within the five boroughs – and 18 of them are owned and operated by the City, meaning that they are owned by the public.

This is actually a good thing, because it means consistent greens fees throughout the city, which are significantly lower than those charged at the private country clubs outside the metro area. The fees for tee times at 17 of the nyc golf courses are established by the NYC Parks Foundation, and are all the same.

The one exception is Moshulu Driving Range in the Bronx, which has slightly different fee structures – which are still quite low for NYC residents with an annual permit (only $ 6 per year for adults). This is a nine-hole regulation course, par 35, with 3,253 yards. Weekend greens fees are only two dollars more on the weekend, and include the use of a golf cart if available.

The one remaining private driving range within the city is Chelsea Piers. These are located on actual piers in Manhattan and are unusual in that they offer "Simulator Sessions" – a form of technology that was science fiction only a quarter century ago. Those who have seen the science fiction movie Outland that starred Sean Connery may remember Peter Boyle playing virtual golf on a similar device, that at the time was a Hollywood illusion. That technology is now real and available at Chelsea Piers, one of the most technologically advanced nyc golf courses.

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Student Letting Analysis For UK Residential Landlords

The student letting market is a niche market for landlords but one that can be very rewarding if a landlord gets it right but equally it's very easy and expensive if landlords get it wrong.

Landlords have been letting to students studying away from home for years. Originally the market was relatively small and concentrated in a small number of university towns. However, the explosion in higher education numbers since the 70's and 80's and now with the Government's aspiration to have 50% of 18-30 year olds in Higher Education by 2010 means that demand for accommodation has grown massively over the last 30 years.

The result has been the emergence of a "cottage industry" of student landlords in many towns. Many parents have helped solve their student off springs accommodation needs by financing the purchase of a single investment property to let out whilst their son or daughter completed their education. In this way they ensure that they have some where decent to live whilst also avoiding paying out dead money in rent and also potentially providing a good long-term property investment.

Demand for student housing

Data from the Office for National Statistics show that the higher education initial participation rate was 40% among 17 to 30 year olds in 2006/2007, down from the 43% achieved in 05/06 but still short of the Governments target of 50%.

According to Knight Frank the UK student population has grown consistently over the last 10 years. Total student numbers have grown from 1.8 million in 1997 to 2.5 million in 2007. Savills expect this to hit 3 million full and part time students by 2014. Growth has been driven in the main by domestic UK undergraduate demand. There is a trend to rising numbers of foreign student, with participation of overseas students at UK universities rising 67% over the past decade. Knight Frank research shows that in 1997 they accounted for 11% (international students) and 21% (postgraduates) of all students; by 2007 these figures had increased to 15% and 24% respectively. Both international students and postgraduates are more likely to opt for purpose built private student housing rather than shared houses. Foreign student numbers are expected to grow from 15% of all students in 2008 to 21% by 2018.

Current supply

Savills research estimates that there are:

* 459,000 student beds in halls of residence
* 680,000 full time students in Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
* 259,000 full time students live at home with their parents

The number of students living at home with their parents has risen from 13% in 1996/97 to 19% in 2005/06. The number of full-time students living in HMOs has risen from 37% to 46% largely as a result of student number not being matched by the number of student beds provided within purpose built student accommodation.

As a general trend the supply of accommodation by private landlords has been falling in the last couple of years. This is in part to the HMO licensing regulations that came in 2006 and also as a result of the increasing number of private operated halls. In 2005 this type of accommodation accounted for around 7% of all bed spaces with the figure growing to around 10% in 2007. The expansion of private accommodation has partly been as a result of the increasing demand form post graduate and foreign students who demand and are able to afford higher rents and demand a higher standard of accommodation.

Future supply of student housing

Analysis of planning application data shows that there are approximately 78,000 potential student bed spaces in the planning pipeline at the end of 2006. 26% are at the application stage, 42% are awaiting full planning consent and the remaining 32% have planning consent and are under construction.

Student housing rent levels

Research carried out by Savills show that student rental levels have continued to increase over the last 20 years. Their opinion is that:

"This implies significant performance benefits over both conventional residential lettings and the commercial market, where cyclical downturns have resulted in periods of negative income growth."

However they did express some words of caution.

"increasing levels of supply may also suppress rental growth which suggests that location and proximity to universities will be the key determining factor."

Over the last 4 years according to research conducted by accommodation for students average rent levels have increased 17% from £ 52.44 to £ 62.48.

There are as one would expect large variations in rent levels across the country.

London and the south most expensive; Chester, Exeter and Loughborough are the high flyers, according to latest accommodationforstudents.com research (May 08)

The average weekly student rent in the UK is now £ 61.48, a figure 1.5% higher than last year according to the stats which are based on over 44,000 properties in 76 cities across the UK (see full table below). Over the past 4 years the average student rent has risen 17%, from £ 52.44 in 2004.

London leads the way with an average weekly rent of £ 102.85, 67% above the UK average. Moreover, it is generally more expensive to rent student accommodation in the south of the country. Middlesex, Cambridge, Guildford, Surrey, Exeter, Oxford and Brighton are all 20% or more costly than the UK norm. Two notable exceptions are Scotland and Ireland. St. Andrews, thanks, perhaps, to the attendance of Prince William, has an average student rent of £ 82.29, 34% above the UK average and the highest by far in Scotland. Edinburgh and Glasgow are also above average, but only 14% by comparison, with average weekly rents of £ 70.26 and £ 70.08 respectively, the first time Edinburgh has been higher than Glasgow since the research began 5 years ago.

Dublin has been included for the first time. It is not obviously part of the UK but is still popular with students from here; rents are second only to London at £ 87.68 per week, 43% above average. Belfast, by comparison, can offer inexpensive student accommodation, with average weekly rents being only £ 51.79, 16% below the rest of the UK.

Some traditional English redbrick universities: Liverpool (£ 50.52), Birmingham (£ 54.28), Manchester (£ 56.65), and Sheffield (£ 57.12) are still below the average UK weekly student rent (£ 61.48). However others, like Leeds (£ 62.03), Nottingham (£ 61.60), and Newcastle (£ 58.90) reflect their popularity by rising rent levels. All three have shown rent increases well over twice the UK average of 1.5% over the last year; Leeds is up by 6.5%.

Best value locations in terms of student rental accommodation are the less fashionable student towns like Crewe, Middlesbrough, Stoke, Wolverhampton and Bradford, with average weekly rents of between £ 40 and £ 45.

There are a number of 'hotspot' areas, Exeter, for instance, which now have an average weekly student rent of £ 77.54, 26% above average, and higher even than Oxford. Yet five years ago average student rents in the city were only £ 58, 34% less. Rents in Loughborough have risen 28% in the last four years, from £ 52 per week to £ 66.81. But the real current high-flyer in terms of student rents is Chester, where rents have gone up 14% in the last year alone, from £ 67.83 to £ 77.12, putting it firmly in the UK Top 10.

London unsurprisingly is still the most expensive city by far, although student rents in the capital have remained stable. However, in comparison, the rest of the UK is catching up. In 2004 the average student rent in London was 95% above the UK average of £ 53.44. Today, at £ 102.85, the weekly student rent in the capital is just 67% above the average of £ 61.48.

UK Student Rent Analysis, April 2008 (76 cities / 44,185 properties)

City Average Rent Per Week (£) Index *
London – 102.85 167
Dublin – 87.68 143
Middlesex – 83.97 137
Cambridge – 82.98 135
Guildford – 82.37 134
St Andrews – 82.29 134
Surrey – 81.15 132
Exeter – 77.54 126
Chester – 77.12 125
Oxford – 74.71 122
Brighton – 73.71 120
Kent – 72.24 117
Canterbury – 71.96 117
Edinburgh – 70.26 114
Glasgow – 70.08 114
Bournemouth – 69.11 112
Bristol – 68.84 112
Warwick – 68.75 112
Eastbourne – 68.67 112
Bath – 68.29 111
Chichester – 67.08 109
Durham – 66.95 109
Reading – 66.89 109
Loughborough – 66.81 109
Hatfield – 66.35 108
Doncaster – 66.04 107
Winchester – 65.65 107
Colchester – 64.67 105
Portsmouth – 64.49 105
Plymouth – 63.26 103
Cornwall – 62.76 102
Leeds – 62.03 101
Newport – 61.68 100
Nottingham – 61.60 100
Leamington Spa – 61.38 100
York – 60.63 99
Worcester – 60.56 99
Luton – 60.35 98
Lincoln – 60.23 98
Southampton – 60.06 98
Newcastle – 58.90 96
Stafford – 58.43 95
Aberdeen – 58.22 95
Huddersfield – 57.87 94
Devon – 57.52 94
Sheffield – 57.12 93
Cardiff – 56.85 92
Northampton – 56.76 92
Manchester – 56.65 92
Hastings – 56.59 92
Norwich – 56.44 92
Cheltenham – 56.34 92
Swansea – 55.99 91
Preston – 55.06 90
Leicester – 54.90 89
Dundee – 54.82 89
Birmingham – 54.28 88
Bangor – 53.36 87
Derby – 51.89 84
Belfast – 51.79 84
Lancaster – 50.88 83
Liverpool – 50.52 82
Coventry – 50.42 82
Bolton – 50.15 82
Salford – 49.73 81
Blackpool – 49.34 80
Carlisle – 48.25 78
Stockton – 47.38 77
Hull – 47.11 77
Sunderland – 46.70 76
Pontypridd – 46.36 75
Bradford – 44.61 73
Wolverhampton – 43.49 71
Stoke-on-Trent – 42.04 68
Middlesbrough – 41.54 68
Crewe – 40.33 66

UK Average Weekly Student Rent 61.48 100

* Index compared to UK average student weekly rent of £ 61.48.
2007 Ave £ 60.58 (-1.5%)

Interpreting the figures

Landlords need to be aware that in viewing these figures that they are the average achieved across the accommodation types. These levels have in recent years been boosted by the upgrading of student accommodation brought about by the contribution of purpose built private sector student halls. This accommodation is frequently provided with ensuite facilities, which according to Savills generates rents that are on average at a premium of 19% to similar shared accommodation. Therefore a prospective landlord should ensure that they do their own local research by talking to local rental agents and University Accommodation Offices before factoring in their expected rents to their investment calculations.

Having looked at the demand and supply of rental accommodation and likely rents we go on in part two to look at the likely investment return and practical considerations of investing in student accommodation including looking at several case studies.

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Michael McIntyre Facts

Fun facts about Michael McIntyre the comedian

Currently the number one stand up comedian in the UK, Michael McIntyre is now enjoying fame and fortune with a sell out UK tour and bestselling DVD.

But actually he was not an overnight success and for many years played small gigs before his big break when he secured a live spot at the royal variety performance. He now regularly appears on hit TV shows such as the Jonathan Ross show and Mock the week but only a few years ago he was still performing at the Edinburgh festival.

Here are some facts for all you comedy fans…

Michael was born in Merton on 15th February 1976

He comes from a show business family as his father helped write the popular bbc comedy The Kenny Everret Show

He attended Edinburgh University for one year before dropping out.

Michael McIntyres debut comedy DVD «Live and Laughing» was the fastest selling debut DVD of all time.

His big break came on the royal variety performance in 2006 when his performance received rave reviews

Before making the big time he played many small clubs including an attic at the Edinburgh festival.

Michael McIntyre’s wife, Kitty is a qualified aromatherapist.

He supports the football team Tottenham Hotspur ( Spurs )

His latest DVD «Hello Wembley» is another success story as it instantly became a number one bestseller at Amazon

His live comedy shows are sold out throughout the country and he plays to arenas as big as the O2 arena in London.

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