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Sports is in All of Us

There are many sayings in the world of sports.  One of them is, "You win some, you lose some."  Today, Egypt both won and lost.  The people of Egypt happily lost a dictator, and won (what they hope to be) a newfound freedom.

 Today we have to step back from the world of sports and recognize the historic day that the youth of Egypt have given us.  It's not every day a dictator steps down, and it's definitely a sign of the times when social media plays such an important role in such a series of events.  It's exciting, revealing, provocative and unsettling all at the same time.

 But what caught my attention on the radio this morning were comments that we haven't seen this level of excitement and celebration in the streets of Cairo since the World Cup.  Don't misinterpret; I'm not comparing a soccer game to an historical change in the country's leadership.  What I thought was remarkable was how the correspondent on the radio used soccer as a means to relate the celebration and euphoria in Egypt.

You may think this is nothing, but I see the incredible influence team sports have in everyone's life – including a country's culture.  When someone mentions a soccer game celebration, a majority of the world’s population knows exactly what that means.  Don’t take the effect of team sports on our world lightly.  It’s more powerful than we realize.

There is No Age Limit for Pickup Sports

Greetings from sunny California!

I just can't get over this weather in the Bay Area, and it's definitely had a positive impact on my mood in recent weeks.  La nina, global warming, climate change, the Al Gore Effect, or whatever, it's made exercising and playing sports outside so much more enjoyable.  My apologies to those on the East Coast.

But today I realized there's no age limit to pickup games.  I met the guys from 5 Stones Fitness (http://5stonesfitness.com/) in the Marina this afternoon as they were loading up a tire with a kettlebell, some weight, spare clothes...and a baby.  (Don't worry, the kid did it on his own accord.)  As the tire was pulled around Marina Green, it reminded me that fun comes in all shapes and sizes - and ages.  The guys from 5 Stones were having a good time and getting a good workout, and the little guy in the tire was enjoying the ride too!

It doesn't matter how you do it, as long as you're having fun by staying active.  So get out and have some fun - and drag someone along with you...okay, that was bad.

Check out the quick video here:

Is Surfing a Pickup Sport?

If you're lucky enough to live in the Bay Area, you've been lucky enough to appreciate some of the unseasonably gorgeous weather we've been having recently.  Those of us inclined to brave the cold water in search of a nice ride found last weekend particularly special.  The waves were decent, the sun was strong and it was a great time out surfing.

 

But it got my surf buddy and I talking about the camaraderie and fellowship of surfers along the coast.  For the most part, surfers are pretty chill and accepting of beginners and visitors - because we've all been there.  But why can't surfing be a pickup sport?

It's more fun when you're with a few buddies or betties, and as many Ocean Beach surfers can attest, it's not always safe to be out by yourself.  So we figured surfing is another great sport that we can tell people about on Pickup Sports.  Just like other games on the Pickup Sports app, it passes the following criteria:

1) You can partake alone (but it's more fun with at least one other person)

2) Location is very important (since good surf breaks are found in many places)

3) If you're new to the area or sport, some local input is invaluable!

Let us know what you think, and if you're out to hang ten or thrash the lip, don't go it alone!

2011 NHL All-Star Game Adopts Pickup Game Format

According to the Fanhouse Staff (@fanhouse), it's hard to imagine the Fantasy Draft for the NHL All-Star Game not returning for a second year.  Why?  Because the fans and media loved it!  Over 2.5 million viewers tuned in, and ratings were up 36% from 2009.  (The Winter Olympics took precedence in 2010.)  The players loved it too, but not all of them: Phil Kessel was picked last (which is never fun), but he received a car for it and some good-natured ribbing from teammates.

The new selection format leaves final selection up to captains, much like you would do on the playground for recess.  How awesome is that?  It's also pretty cool that a major sports league like the NHL would embrace the new format, which is nothing but fun and entertaining for its fans.

Pickup Sports is obviously a big fan of this move by the NHL to bring excitement back to the game.  Nice work to all those at the NHL for opening a new chapter for the All-Star Game!

 

More information on the draft, how it works, and what happened at the game:

http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2010/11/10/nhl-makes-all-star-game-format-change-official/

http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2011/02/devils_patrik_elias_didnt_appr.html

http://nhl.fanhouse.com/2011/02/01/nhl-all-star-game-ratings-rise/

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/589304-nhl-all-star-draft-chill-out-hockey-fans-the-nhl-catered-to-you

Pickup Sports, Playing Pickup Games and Finding Activity Partners

This is the first blog post about Pickup Sports, below are the description for the application.

Pickup Sports makes finding pickup games, sports, fitness, workout and running partners in your local areas fun and easy. It is the grand prize winner of "Move Your App" challenge.

Team sports
Track & Field
Running Partners
Fitness Workout
Cardio Workout
Gym Workout Partner
Basketball
Baseball
Football
Soccer
Tennis
Football
Volleyball
Bicycle
Hockey
weight training workout
other sports

Pickup Sports are released on both iPhone, Android and Palm's WebOS, you can tell your friends with other phones to join you on those platforms.

To create a new sports or workout, click on Add button and it will take you right there.

To find other sports and workout activities, simply go into the application and you will find them. Since this application is still brand new, there might not be a lot of sports activities around, create one and share it on facebook and everybody will know.

The app was inspired by inspired by Jamie Oliver's TEDPrize wish, to make this world a healthier place.