Over the past weekend, sport has yet again brought underwear into the open, into the limelight and into EveryMan’s living room. The sports news that overshadowed Tiger Wood’s return to golf after knee reconstruction surgery, was the revealing of Swedish golfer Henrik Stinson’s underwear during Friday’s competition at the Doral World Golf Championship in Miami, FL. .
All eyes were on Henrik Stinson as he stripped down to only Bjorn Borg white boxer briefs and golf glove to hit his golf ball out of a muddy section of the course on Friday. Claiming that the mud would have made a huge mess of his clothing, Stinson then decided to get down to basics rather than risk playing the rest of the round in muddy clothes. Stinson stated it was worth stripping down to save an extra shot and does not regret the unusual approach. Bloggers questioned the legality of playing without clothes as there are very particular rules for dress in golf. However, the circumstances were considered such that the necessity far outweighed any questioning of rules. Blogs erupted: with mostly positive comments of his physique. This is important considering his chosen sport is not noted for its athletic, toned participants. But the all apparent question of one blogger was: “Whiteys? Who wears whiteys anymore?” Considering, the world wide response to the occasion and the notable physique modeling the Bjorn Borg “whiteys”, it’s likely that plenty will soon be wearing whiteys to be just like Stinson. Although no formal agreement or contract exists between Stinson and Bjorn Borg, the serendipitous benefits to both sides cannot be argued. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words.
A second recent occasion with underwear joining the sporting limelight occurred in December 2008 and involved the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – a competition pitting one martial arts style against another. Cheick Kongo, considered a veteran of the Mixed Martial Arts ring at 33 years of age, yet still in peak condition, currently dominates the competition and was the sportsman sporting his underwear on this occasion. At the UFC 92 Pre-game weigh in, Kongo came out to face his opponent, Mustafa Al Turk, with his “French Sensation” stare and sporting Alenver boxer underwear with the gold/black “money” reversed message on the waistband. Also during the fight, the gold/black “money” waistband was visible peeping out from his boxing shorts – perhaps willing the win and the associated profits from the Championship. Although, there is no official advertising contract or association between Alenver and Cheick Kongo, Alenver must be undoubtedly proud of its increasing visibility in the world of personalities. It takes a special state of mind and body – both physically and mentally to succeed in Mixed Martial Arts and Alenver must be thrilled that Kongo personally chose their product even with no financial tie ins or partnerships.
A third and final sporting crowning moment for underwear harks back to the 1999 World Cup Women’s Soccer Competition. On July 10, 1999 at the Women’s World Cup at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, after scoring the fifth and game winning penalty kick to give the United States the win over China in the final game, Brandi Chastain celebrated by peeling off her jersey and falling to her knees in a Nike sports bra, her fists clenched. This image was featured on the covers of TIME, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated. According to Marlene Bjornsrud, general manager of the San Jose Cyber Rays, the team Chastain plays for in the Women’s United Soccer Association ”It was a crowning moment for women everywhere, a moment of freedom, of liberation,” said. ”It was casting off the burden of everything that kept us down and said, ‘You can’t do that because you are a woman.’ It was a moment that screamed, ‘Yes, I can.’ ” Chastain’s take on the incident was “Momentary insanity, nothing more, nothing less. I wasn’t thinking about anything. I thought, ‘This is the greatest moment of my life on the soccer field.’”. Nike also must have thought this was a great moment in their existence. Not having pre-arranged this event, Nike was as surprised as the viewing public, with the behavior. Although Nike had designed the uniforms for the team, no arrangements had been made for her individual “performance” and consequently no financial returns resulted from the display.
In a sports and fashion dominated era, with celebrity endorsements and brand name promotions, it is refreshing to experience situations that are as random and unintentional as these three events. Although, we are becoming neutralized to the appearance of underwear models on TV, in catalogs and roadside advertising billboards, the element of surprise in spontaneous and unexpected displays still amuse and impress as a little hiccough out of the hands of businesses and this is a welcome thing in a world of pre-arranged and orchestrated ways.
By: Mel Joelle
In 2006 a group of highly successful options and foreign currency traders took up a challenge that seemed insurmountable. Could they translate their proprietary math based formula’s and algorithm’s into consistent profit in the billion dollar sports trading arena?
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By: Jack Schrold, Esquire
Ford Cars – one of the best International passenger car maker yet to make a marked presence in Indian Automobile Sector
With a market share of 3.5% in Indian passenger car market, Ford India has 4 models – Figo, Fiesta Classic, New Fiesta and Ford Endeavour in its portfolio
With the entry level hatchback Figo in both Petrol and Diesel models – Ford India though has been able to increase the sales but yet to achieve a substantial share in Indian passenger car market. However, the class and technology of Ford cars are world class – one of the main reasons of low growth is a high concentration on entry segment hatchbacks in India. With a huge network – Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai along with Tata Motors captures over 2/3rd of the market share, rest car market is spread among various car manufacturers looking for a pie – Honda Siel Cars, Chevrolet India, Fiat, Nissan, Renault, Toyota, Skoda, Volkswagen, Mahindra & Mahindra and luxury segment of Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz
Ford India as per its future strategy seems to have an all aggressive plans with upcoming launch of Ford Eco sport along with Ford Endeavour in Indian car market. The proposed classification strategy of Ford cars seems to be –
a) Entry Segment will have Ford Figo
b) Mid Entry Sedan Segment will have Fiesta Classic
c) Mid Sedan will have New Fiesta
d) Entry Level SUV will have Upcoming Launch of Ford Eco Sport
e) High End SUV in budget of Rs. 20 Lac will see Ford New Endeavour coming in Indian Car market
Chevrolet India, the very next competition to Ford also has market share under 4% , but with higher number of models – Spark, Beat, Uva, Aveo, Tavera, Optra, Cruze and Captiva. Chevrolet India – another American car maker is yet to make a marked presence in Indian car market. However, the new Captiva and Trail blazer will change the dynamics of Indian automobile Industry in SUV Segment – which is been captured by Toyota Fortuner.
The dynamics of Indian Automobile Industry is poised to change with almost 50 new models or facelift models are expected in next 12 months. With the market share tilted towards Maruti Suzuki commanding over 40% of passenger car market in India. With new models coming in it will by sure make the presence of American and European car makers – Volkswagen and Skoda to see an enhance market share as part of business strategy.
Are you looking for a sport plane for sale? There are actually a lot of sport planes available in the market but you can try and check the Arion Lightning. This aircraft is one of those many types of kit aircraft. This home built aircraft, as they suggest, can be built in the vicinity of your place and can be built by people who are not licensed or not professionals but otherwise can still make the job done. The aircraft is a bit small and simple looking but it did meet the requirements of the National Aviation Authority and have passed the restrictions about the plane’s weight and performance.
This is one of the many types of sport plane for sale in the aviation market that belongs to the family that have fixed wings. The plane has a low-wing type which has lower surface level wherein the wing is located at the bottom of its fuselage. The designer of the arion lightning was the company jabiru aircraft. It is a company in Australia that has been manufacturing different types of aircrafts which are ready to be built. The jabiru company is situated in Bundaberg in Queensland.
Actually the plane was intended and designed to fly at very high speed however the jabiru company has many types of aircrafts available which were all made from composite materials that were all designed with low wing features. So, the company redesigned the plane and made into arion lightning LS1 or widely known as LS1 for it to meet the requirements of the American standard for light sport planes. The plane’s wings were all extended to have a lower stall speed and then the propeller’s features were changed into fixed pitch.
When you are looking for sport plane for sale then the arion lightning is indeed the first on the list because the aircraft is made with high grade materials. The plane is made with composite materials that are welded by the company’s welders with 30 years of experience and even much more in the aviation manufacturing industry. The materials used were all made from top companies such as in Windshield INC and the Matco Wheels and brakes as well as the Mcfairlane aviation company.
The plane arion lightning can accommodate a pilot and a passenger. The plane’s length is about 6.30 meters and has a wingspan of 9.30 meters. The plane can go up to a maximum speed of 260 km/h and has cruise speed of 2220 km/h while it holds a stall speed of only 70 km/h. no matter how the pilot will try the plane’s speed will never go more than 330 km/h. So, when you look for a sport plane for sale, it would surely be a must to check the arion lightning first.
By: A. James David