Anyone Up for Pocket Pool?

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Pocket Pool's unique setup sets it apart from many other billiard games.  No triangle or rack is utilized.   Instead, start by grabbing six billiard balls (numbers do not matter) and setting one immediately in front of each pocket.  For the first round, each ball should be no further than an inch or so from the pocket.  Player 1 then places the cue ball somewhere in the kitchen or behind the foul line, and basically shoots until he misses.  If he sinks all six balls before missing, then Round 2 begins.  For Round 2, take six new balls and spot them on the billiard table, but this time place the balls a balls-length away from the holes. The cue ball does not move.  It stays where it stopped after each round, with no respot.  Again, if Player 1 sinks all six of these, then Round 3 commences with all of the balls being set two ball-lengths away from the pockets, and so on (a good way to measure length from the pockets is to use other balls not in play as measuring devices).  As the balls are spotted further and further away from the pockets, the shots become harder and harder.  If Player 1 misses or fouls at any time, his turn then ends, and Player 2 begins with the billiard balls back in their starting positions an inch from the pockets. Usually in Pocket Pool, scoring is such that a player receives one point per ball sunk, although many alterations can be made.  For example, make Pocket Pool like a tennis match and give out one point per round of six balls sunk instead of a point per ball.  This will emphasize the importance of advancing by round rather than just making single shots.  Extra points can also be incorporated for a number of reasons, such as sinking multiple balls with one shot or dropping a ball in a pocket other than the one it was spotted in front of.  Determining additional point factors before game play allows players to relieve boredom by consistently mixing things up. I  play Pocket Pool quite often, and I never get bored with it.  Even if you are by yourself, this billiard game is a great drill for shot setups and consistency.  And to add to its advantages, Pocket Pool is a rather fast game, too.  A single game between two players should take about ten minutes, with a couple of minutes accounting for the setup alone.  So next time you want to add to your list of known billiard games, give Pocket Pool a try, and discover a more challenging and enticing game than you may think.

Since I have your attention now, let me show you one of my favorite billiard games of all time.  I call the game Pocket Pool, simply for the funny name, and it has provided me with multiple hours of rec room enjoyment. Pocket Pool, as I have deemed it, uses a point system to determine the victor.  Points are assessed for each ball sunk, and after everyone has had their turns, whoever has the most total points wins. Pocket Pool's unique setup sets it apart from many other billiard games.  No triangle or rack is utilized

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All About the Lexus Hoverboard

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The Lexus hoverboard It’s actually the closest thing to the one shown in the movies. The car manufacturer clearly spared no expenses in putting this dream into reality. For the first time, someone built a hoverboard that actually hovers. Unfortunately, you could only use the Lexus board on a specially built track. This is because the board runs using superconductors. The hoverboard rises from the ground using the same principles as the bullet or Maglev train. Here is all that we know about the Lexus Hoverboard. Superconductor and Liquid Nitrogen Lexus called it the SLIDE Hoverboard. Its engineering team use superconductors to raise the board an inch or two from the ground. The SLIDE’s superconductor reacts to the magnetic field by repelling it. This reaction is the reason why the board “lifts” of the ground. You will also need to cool down the superconductors by using liquid nitrogen. Once the liquid nitrogen is used up, the SLIDE loses its ability to hover. This limits the hovering time which only lasts from 20 to 30 minutes. Testers claimed that the SLIDE board can carry a rider weight up to 440 lbs. Don’t expect this kind of board to come out in the market anytime soon. The SLIDE Hoverboard Track The Lexus track was built specifically for the hoverboard. The hidden magnetic track was designed to pull the SLIDE board along the path. The track also has a combination of uphill and downhill slopes. The designers calculated that each possible route will have enough magnetic pull for the SLIDE to glide through. The SLIDE track used for the video demo was built in Barcelona, Spain. Physical Composition of Lexus Hoverboard The makers used bamboo and carbon fiber to construct the board’s body. The superconductor for the Lexus hoverboard is a combination of oxygen, yttrium, copper, and barium. The SLIDE is almost 30 inches in length and weighs more than 25 lbs. Limitation The SLIDE finally made the levitating skateboard a reality albeit a limited one. The traditionally wheeled hoverboards can take riders almost everywhere while the SLIDE rider is confined to the magnetic track. If this limitation is overcome, the SLIDE will attain the distinct title as the only true hoverboard. Nevertheless, it has given users a taste of how it feels to step on an authentic levitating board. Commercial Viability Lexus succeeded in making a truly levitating board. The SLIDE board took more than a year to construct. But its video teaser generated a lot of interest in the span of a very short time. Many are asking as to when Lexus will release this technological marvel to the market. The Lexus hoverboard finally made a levitating skateboard into a reality. It’s not perfect and riders can only use it on a specially constructed magnetic track. Still, many are eager to buy the SLIDE once it is up for sale in the market despite its limitation. Unfortunately, Lexus claimed that SLIDE was built as a concept product. It will take some time before customers can get their hands on these levitating skateboards.

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American Football or Football?

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The most popular sport in the world is football but in the United States it is football. What could be the difference? Football played in Europe and other parts of the world is all about the feet and the ball however I America, football is about hands, feet and the ball. American football is somehow more like rugby the only difference rugby players never wear padded uniforms.

Football and soccer differ because of one main thing: football is played mostly with the hands and less with feet and soccer is played with the feet and only one player, the goalkeeper is allowed to use his hands in the game. Also, the objectives of the American football and soccer are different.

The football offense has to score touchdowns; the defense has to stop the opposite team from scoring touchdowns while soccer teams are seen as a whole. The defensive part and offensive part of the soccer game depends on who has the ball as many midfielders play defense when the opposite team has the ball and many midfielders help the offense when their team has the ball. Sourced from:http://www.trophyleague.com/articles/differences-and-similarities-between-american-football-and-soccer/

American football and world football differ in many things for instance time, scoring and championship. Soccer players never touch the ball with their hands unless they are the goal keeper or are supposed to throw the ball from outside the field. American football does not have goalkeepers.

Time

Soccer play proceeds continuously through two 45-minute halves, while football consists of pauses of as long as 40 seconds between each play in the game, which lasts for four 15-minute quarters. In soccer, only goalkeepers can legally use their hands to touch the ball. Outdoor league soccer played under the rules of FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, only permits three substitutes per game, while football allows unlimited substitutions during stoppages in play. Tackles that are legal in American football would constitute a foul in soccer. Soccer players wear jerseys, shorts, shinguards and cleats, while football players wear uniforms, helmets and shoulder pads.

Scoring

Scoring in football requires the ball to break the plane of the end zone for a six-point touchdown or two-point conversion. The ball must go through the goalpost uprights for a kick to count as an extra point or three-point field goal. In soccer, the ball must fully cross the goal line between the goal uprights and under the crossbar to count as a goal. Soccer fans roughly equate a one-point soccer goal to a touchdown and extra point, such that a 4-2 soccer game translates into the same amount of offense as a 28-14 football game. Sourced from:http://www.livestrong.com/article/375126-similarities-differences-between-soccer-football/

As much as the fans of each sport are up against each other there are a few things that they agree on. First of all they all make use of a ball made out of leather. Secondly these balls have to enter a goal. They also have the same number of players.

There are many similarities among soccer and football such as the concept of two goals on the opposite sides of the field where the players have to kick the ball and score. The main idea of the game is either to defend or offense the ball with the help of team. The number of players in the team on the field for both games is eleven. Both teams are also allowed to have up to twenty two players on their rosters. The difference between the games is due to the different rules that are applied. As we go on there are many more differences and similarities between the two sports. Sourced from:https://sites.google.com/site/mbriglio15/compare-and-contrast-football-vs

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