Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Passes Away

Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Passes Away

Hey there everyone, welcome back to my sports and fitness blog. I have some rather sad new to talk about today, for sports fans and fans of human beings. The owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team has passed away at 84, a complete surprise to fans. Dan Rooney was involved in the team since a young boy, assisting his father at Pitt Stadium and Forbes Field. Rooney took over as President of the team in 1975 and implemented his own philosophy of an open, practical and efficient management style. The results speak for themselves as in the 42 years from when Dan Rooney took office of the Steelers until his death the Steelers won 15 divisional championships, 8 AFC championships and 6 Super Bowl Championships. He will be missed by fans, players, and of course his loving family

A Man of Many Hats

Rooney not only had a distinguished career as the President of a football team, but he also served as the US ambassador to Ireland from 2009 until 2012 . He had previously stated that he had intentions to continue as the ambassador past 2012 in order to help Obama in his presidential campaign however he returned to the US to spend more time with his football team. Dan Rooney will be most remembered for his work to help end the strike that lasted half of the season in 1982 and being an architect of the salary cap in 1993. Dan Rooney was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. Rooney was presented by fellow Steeler Hall of Famer Joe Greene. Greene emphasized Rooney’s commitment to the civil rights movement and his help in ensuring that players around the league felt safe no matter what race they belong to.

Dan Rooney

The All Blacks

Hi everyone! How are we all doing on this fine April day? Welcome back to my sports and fitness blog, Bedford ATH Rugby.  I’ve just recently booked my next adventure, a trip around New Zealand and Australia, and I’m so excited.  I’ve booked it so that I can follow one of my favourite Rugby teams; The All Blacks; play. I went online and found a cheap All Blacks rugby top to wear from; www.easyprices.com.  

 All Blacks

Brief History

You can’t be interested in Rugby and not be in awe of the New Zealand All Blacks. Out of 531 games that the All Blacks have played since the 1900’s, they have won 406 games, losing only 106.  And since the 2011 world cup, where New Zealand spectacularly defeated France, they have won 93% of their matches.  And since 2000, England and New Zealand have met on the field 16 times, with England being the victor in only 2 of these occasions. They are without a doubt the greatest Rugby team to ever exist, and there history

The Haka

And you can’t mention the All Blacks without discussing the Haka. Haka is the generic name given to all types and forms of Maori dance.  Nowadays it is more commonly used to describe the section of the dance where men stand at the front and women vocalise at the back. A new version of the Haka called the Kapa o Pango is now performed at the beginning of every All Black game.

All Black Sevens

Any of you who read my post on the Sevens finals knows that I like the fast paced game Sevens brings. I want to take in a couple Sevens matches during my trip, so I found a really cheap All Blacks jersey from www.easyprices.com/fashion/new-zealand-all-blacks-cheap that I hope to get signed by the eventual Olympic All Blacks Sevens team. If not, then it will be an awesome sweater to practice in when I am playing.

 All Blacks Jersey

Backyard Rugby

I am also really excited to be playing some amateur matches during my trip. I found some beer-league style teams that have drop in, so once I pick what sweater I want to wear from https://www.easyprices.com/fashion/rugby-sweater-best I will be ready to step onto the pitch when I am there. The sweaters are all really cheap, so I think I can probably buy a couple different ones so I can have more flexibility of what teams I can play on.

 Rugby Sweater

See you soon!

So that is why I am so so excited to go on a trip around Australia and New Zealand. I plan to see probably 4 matches in total between going to all the different teams and hopefully getting my jersey signed. I actually need to go and start doing more packing for the trip now, I have so much more to do! If you enjoyed this post and want to read another post that is like this one, but isn’t this one, then check out my post on Australian Super Rugby dropping a team soon. Take care everyone!

 

Super Rugby to drop a Team?

Whats up everyone, Christine here with some more rugby information for my sports and fitness blog. Do any of you watch the Australian Super Rugby League that has been going on for the past couple years? It has started to expand into more countries as of late, which I think is great. With this expansion the league needs to stay competitive though that could mean that one of Australia’s five teams may have to be dropped from the league.

But Who?

The Melbourne Rebels seem to be the obvious contender, being the least super out of any teams in the Super League. In two rounds this season the Rebels have let through 18 tries and only managed two for themselves. They haven’t scored many points from anywhere on the field at all, only conjuring up 24 points compared to the 127 points that were scored against them.

After the recent expansion and with deliberations over Super Rugby playoff format looming one would expect that most teams would be fighting for their spots on the ladder as if their lives depended on it, but the Rebels didn’t get that memo. Numerous players in their games against the Blues and the Hurricanes appear to be in a non contact walk through. Both losses had their stress-fully excruciating moments; players not even attempting to down their opponent or only half tackling. Then there are the straight up follies of star players running into their teammates.

With more countries joining Super Rugby, the teams will need to be distributed better and that means culling the competition. If the Rebels continue with this appalling play style after the break, they may easily see themselves on the losing end of that cull.

New South Wales Super Rugby Team

World Sevens Rugby in Vegas

Hey there sports fans, how is everyone doing today? The World Rugby Sevens Series finished up its leg in Las Vegas, Nevada on the weekend and South Africa extended their lead. The South African Blitzboks defeated Fiji to give themselves a 24 point lead in the series that has seen them win 4 out of the 5 tournaments this term. The game was a rocky affair for the Blitzboks, but managed to control the game in the second half and outscore Fiji three tries to two.

Blitzboks on the up

The Blitzboks have managed to get to second place in the series for the past four years, but this year they are leading the pack after victories in Dubai, Sydney, Wellington and as of last week, Las Vegas. Their only major loss unfortunately came in Cape Town during the HSBC Cape Town Sevens in December but other than that small blemish the team have a perfect start to the 2017 campaign.

Head Coach Neil Powell seemed very pleased with the way his team has been performing, noting that the players are believing in their system and working hard as a team and not as individuals. Powell also noted this as a great thing for the nation of South Africa as the players are showing a lot of pride in their jerseys and the fact that they can represent their home country. He also noted that their second half game was a much needed improvement over the first half, and that the team was able to compose themselves to secure this win.

The host country USA finished in third place after a narrow 19-15 defeat of New Zealand for the bronze medal, and Kenya manages a victory over Samoa 21-14 for the Challenge Trophy.

rugby world sevens

Welcome to my Sports Blog

Hey there everyone, welcome! My name is Christine, and this is my brand new sports and fitness blog! I am a rugby girl at heart, so expect to see a ruck load of rugby posts on here. I also spent a considerable amount of time in the weight room in the past decade, originally trying to maintain my build for rugby but after a shoulder injury that would keep happening when I contacted other players I started to get into bodybuilding. So in my opinion I have a lot to share about the worlds of rugby, injury rehabilitation and bodybuilding that I really want to share with everyone.

Like most (or hopefully all) of you I like to learn a little bit more everyday. Because of this, I  try to read up about a new and different sport at least once a week, and I really want to share that with you. This might be some strange type of fishing, a new style of rugby or even just some crazy even that people do once a year that seem athletic. So yea, this is my blog and I am really excited to share all my ideas with you. See you soon.