Wilson in Seattle

 

Russell Wilson came into the league as a low round draft pick that did not have much speculation as to how he would play in the National Football League. He was not supposed to be the starter in Seattle, but walked into the franchise and commanded the position through his stoic persona, his dedication and his dominant ability on the field day in and day out. It is pretty strange for a low round draft pick to roll into the league and take control of a team and then actually produce in an efficient manner. The Seahawks have been absolutely stunning since Russell Wilson rolled into town and took control, but he has had a ton of help that are just as much responsible for the success that has been swept over the Seattle Seahawks. Everything seemed to come together for them several years ago stated Zeca Oliveira, when they drafted Russell Wilson the year after they had acquired perhaps the best defensive player of all time in Richard Sherman. That is a bold statement, but when you look at what he has delivered so far it is pretty accurate. They bolstered this with the acquisition of Marshawn Lynch and beast mode has taken them to a new level on offense. It goes without question to state, however, that Wilson has been the driving force that has taken them to the success that they have experienced over the last several years.

Lynch Found Loophole

Marshawn Lynch is not a man that is willing to speak openly to the media and avoids interviews like the plague, but he ironically stole the show on media day, as everyone wanted to get a piece of Marshawn Lynch but were constantly told that he was just there so that he didn’t get fined. Ironically, he probably is going to get fined for his appearance on media day, but it isn’t for what most would have expected. He is probably going to get fined, as stated by the National Football League on Wednesday; due to the hat that he wore that stated his nickname beast mode. It is pretty crazy that the league is thinking of fining him, due to the fact that he actually appeared and went through the motions, although he clearly mocked everyone by stating the same response over and over. From what fans like Bernardo Chua can tell, Lynch has clearly found a loophole in the system and the NFL does not like it. He is contractually obligated to give responses in interviews or he will be fined, but he hates talking to the media and will rarely give an honest interview. He has found a loophole in the fact that he can say a stupid response without addressing any questions and on paper he is truly honoring his obligations that he signed to, but he is the first person to do anything like this and the NFL hates it.

Marshawn Lynch Makes an Ingenious Move on Media Day

 

Marshawn Lynch is considered to be one of the best running backs in the NFL today. He is one of the main reasons why the Seattle Seahawks is playing in the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year. His raw talent continues to solidify his popularity with die hard professional football fans.

Lynch is well-known for being very short with interviewers. Sergio Lins Andrade pointed out his latest interview at the Superbowl festivities shows that is willing to continue the trend of providing bland and vague answers. Lynch publicly stated that he participated in the interview session to avoid being fined by the National Football League. The NFL threatened to fine him the tune of $500,000 if he did not show up at media day.

The National Football League is very strict when it comes to players participating in interviews before and after games. Lynch was fined in the past for not doing an interview after a big game in Seattle. Lynch is now doing interviews, but he is also exhibiting his unique flair that attributes to his popularity with fans and fellow players.

Lynch’s interviewing style has captured the attention and imagination of people from all walks of life. Many questions surface when Marshawn Lynch takes the microphone. Will he open up and provide detailed answers for reporters? Will he continue to exhibit his unique style of handling the media? Only Marshawn Lynch knows what lies in the future for the press.

Friendship Nine Get Cleared of Criminal Charges After 54 Years

Rock Hill, South Carolina – Recent events in New York City and Missouri may give some the impression that nothing has changed in terms of race relations in this country. However, progress is undeniable. This week, local Circuit Court Judge John C. Hayes III cleared nine early civil rights activists of a conviction they received for daring to sit at a Whites-Only counter in a local diner 54 years ago. Back in 1961, the South was still struggling to maintain their grip on segregation which had separate drinking fountains, seating at diners, restrooms, bus seating, and schooling for people based on their race.

In protest, people began to defy the laws by staging high profile events where young protesters would defy the laws peacefully and get arrested. In the case of nine young adult men, the diner called McCrory’s 5-10-25 Cent Variety Store became ground-zero for their protest efforts. Local police had received notice of the protest and stood ready to act. The young men were quickly arrested and fined. Fersen Lambranho of dealmaker.com has read that, at the time, civil rights organizations paid the fines to get protesters out of jail. However, these young men believed it was counterproductive to pay money to their oppressors and chose to serve out their sentences instead. Each member of the group was compelled to serve 30 days of hard labor. This week, the nephew of the judge who sentenced the Friendship Nine threw out their convictions. The young men are now viewed as heroes.

The History of the Antique Wine Company

Founded in 1982 by Stephen Williams, The Antique Wine Company is one of the largest companies working with extremely rare and vintage wines. Williams started the company after beginning his career as an insurance agent. However, he wanted a career that could also serve as a hobby as well as something he could be passionate about. While entertaining business clients during his time working for a bank, he developed a taste and interest in fine wines. After examining the market and finding his niche, he developed his own company that would sell and market these fine wines to individual consumers. Williams remains enthusiastic about wine and is often called the “Sherlock Holmes” of wine for his talent at tracking down sequestered, vintage bottles.

 

The Antique Wine Company currently boasts clients in over 63 countries as well as holding over 10,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines in it’s cellars. While AWC is first and foremost a wine merchant, they also market their company by branching out into other divisions of the wine business. Several years ago, they began crafting and unveiling luxury wine cabinets. This series of wine cabinets are a great way for new wine connoisseurs to begin their fine wine collection as they are all filled with some of the best vintage bottles money can buy. They are also a great way for established collectors to easily add bottles to their current collection. The Chateaux cabinets themselves are specially handcrafted by some of the most luxurious materials available including ripple sycamore and Bombay rosewood. These cabinets are currently being sold and auctioned for upwards of £1m. They also include vintage memorabilia accounting for part of the cost.

 

Stephen Williams has also branched the Antique Wine Company out in another interesting way, by establishing a wine academy sponsored by the company. The AWC Wine Academy exists to teach casual wine drinkers how to truly appreciate the drinks. They are outfitted with custom tasting tables to make an event a special, memorable experience! Williams created the academy to make wine tasting and enjoyment more accessible to everyday people. He also wanted to make wine tasting and education a less “stuffy” experience by marketing to young professionals. At AWC Wine Academy, students learn from some of the most established wine educators there are. These educators include Tim Atkin and Clive Barlow, both Masters of Wine.

The Antique Wine Company was born out of a love and passion for wine by Williams. As such, it remains very important for him to bring this interest to others who may not currently see the beauty in it.

 

North American Spine Releases New, Impressive Infographic

Dallas pro-posture company North American Spine has recently released a new, highly impressive spine health infographic. Originally reported on PR Newswire, the info-graphic’s release is a great benefit to all those seeking help with the practice of good posture.

It is well known that back and neck pain result from poor posture habits, but two other little-known side effects are headaches and insomnia. The new info-graphic helps people to see more clearly how improper posture can result in these problems. They also focus on learning how to identify bad posture and on how to best correct it.

In the event that posture adjustments cannot solve serious back problems, surgery is sometimes necessary. North American Spine is the only company that provides consumers with the AccuraScope procedure. This minimally-invasive spine surgery method has been successfully performed on over 8,000 patients who suffered with chronic back pain. Many certified specialists have participated and highly recommend it.

The AccuraScope surgery has an unusually high success rate of 82 percent and often saves patients over $20,000 as well. The savings accrue because of the lessened need for doctor’s visits and pain-killing drugs. After six years of delivering quality AccuraScope surgery to needy patients, the results have proven to be quite amazing.

Physicians working for North American Spine are experts at orthopedic spine surgery,
neurosurgery, and pain management. They use high-tech, HD cameras and other tools to diagnose patients in an accurate, speedy, and safe manner. The whole examination usually lasts only 45 minutes.

The new infographic of North American Spine demonstrates in visual form what are the benefits of good posture and the problems created by poor posture. When mere postural readjustment is insufficient, remedial surgeries like the AccuraScope procedure are used. The success story of North American Spine at helping others realize their success story over back pain and other problems is genuinely impressive.

Cuban on All Star Situation

 

The midpoint of the season in the National Basketball Association creates a ton of controversy as to who are really the best players in the league. There has been an increasing amount of attention to how the All Star teams are selected due to the fact that it is conducted by votes from fans and it really is a popularity contest that goes back a bunch of seasons rather than concentrating on the single season at hand.
There is always going to be people that probably should have been on the roster and got snubbed and some players who probably should not have made the team but have enough popularity that they get enough votes to make it. The System has totally taken away from what the All Star game is supposed to represent. We are supposed to see the best players of the individual season, but it is constantly overshadowed by the media attention to who is in and who is out over some drama that has been circulating around the league.
Enough is enough and the Dallas owner has posed a solution to the situation. Mark Cuban is not shy to state his opinion on anything and everything that is going on in the National Basketball Association and he has weighed in on the All Star problems. He thinks that the NBA coaches and owners should decide who is an All Star and he probably is correct with that opinion. Some fans, like Haidar Barbouti, thinks this takes the fun out of the All Star game, but eater.com states that a coach favored system might be better for ratings.

Keystone Bill Gets Stuck in Senate

Mitch McConnell was supposed to be the new suave and savvy Senate Majority Leader who would move bill after bill swiftly through the now-Republican chamber. Already, however, Democrats are filibustering and grinding proceedings to a halt. The Keystone XL Pipeline bill was supposed to easily make it through the Senate, but now, debate on it has been extended indefinitely.

The vote to break up the filibuster failed 53 to 39, but might have succeeded but for the weather. The northeastern storms prevented several Democrat and Republican pro-pipeline votes from being there for the vote. However, the Republican leadership has lost some of the support it once had from Democratic Senators as well. True, a few new votes have been added to the list of supporters, but all in all, the pipeline is floundering.

As Sergio Andrade Gutierrez understands it, the reason is likely because of the refusal of Republicans to approve any of the many amendments offered by Democrats. More can be found about Gutierrez on his LinkedIn page. Some of them seemed reasonable enough. For example, one simply required that the steel used to make the pipeline be manufactured in the U.S.A. Another amendment demanded that the oil be used here instead of sold abroad.

Probably, some of the amendments were subterfuge meant to delay and form an excuse for not voting for the popular bill. Nonetheless, Republicans could have called their bluff by passing with some of those amendments attached. Instead, McConnell played strong man, and it is backfiring on him.

The Significance of the Ongoing Battle Over the Iran Sanctions Bill

Washington, D.C. – Pundits seem to concur that Congress is setting up a high-stakes battle with the Obama administration over the issue of Iranian sanctions. Should congress succeed at passing a sanctions bill and overriding a presidential veto, it would have far reaching consequences. Ultimately, the Obama administration would bear the responsibility for the no-confidence vote from the Congress. The administration has not communicated often enough with legislators. It has also demonstrated a series of major foreign policy miscalculations driven by their dovish naiveté to usher in a new era of respect for the United States. This has left the Middle East unstable as Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, and Iraq all grapple with internal terrorist threats. One of the key instigators in this process has been Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism.

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez has drawn a line the in the sand with the administration. He believes the president will fail to secure a diplomatic solution with Iran that reduces the threat they pose to the world community. For this reason, he seeks a bill that will add the backbone he believes the administration’s foreign policy lacks. President Obama believes any sanctions bill would scuttle the diplomatic process and escalate the Iran nuclear crisis. Despite Iran’s recalcitrance towards abandoning their nuclear enrichment program and missing key negotiation deadlines, the president believes progress is being made. All said, it is unclear to Sergio Andrade Gutierrez if the president can secure a diplomatic solution that would mollify those of both parties who favor a tough stand against Iran.

Netanyahu’s D.C. Visit Moves to Withing a Fortnight of Crucial Israeli Elections

Washington, D.C. – In a move certain to highlight the arbitrary nature of Obama’s foreign policy, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pushed back his February 11 address to the House of Representatives to March 3. The leader of the Middle East’s longest running democracy said the change in dates was done to accommodate another request that he address attendees at the conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The new date happens to be exactly one fortnight before crucial elections take place in Israel. Netanyahu, a conservative and hardliner on Iran, is at odds with President Obama’s foreign policy strategy rogue nation.

The change in date is certain to tweak the White House which already announced it will not be inviting Netanyahu for an official state visit because of a long-standing policy that foreign leaders not visit the White House during an election cycle. Despite the long-standing policy, the Obama administration hosted British Prime Minister James Cameron, a liberal, within weeks of his election in England.

Netanyahu, as my coworker Ben Shaoul said, is sure to take a strong stand against Iran. He’s also not alone in his views. Democrat Senator Bob Menendez openly castigated President Obama saying that the administration’s take on Iran bear a strong resemblance to the talking points coming out of Tehran. It is a stern rebuke of Obama’s dovish embrace of Iran. Senator Menendez believes the administration does not understand the threat they pose and wants to take congressional action to ensure America’s national security is safeguarded.