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Can Vettel Deliver with a Ferrari?

With Sebastian Vettel’s move to Ferrari confirmed, talk will now begin to focus on whether he can be a success there.The move did not come as a surprise, with Vettel being a boyhood Ferrari fan. However, moving from Red Bull to Ferrari in the current F1 climate seems silly. Red Bull have won four of the last five constructors’ titles, and helped Vettel win his four drivers’ titles. Ferrari have floundered in that time.

However, Vettel believes that he can be the man to turn around the fortunes of the struggling Italian teams. He wants to make the same impact that Michael Schumacher made when he moved in 1996. Older Ferrari fans will recall that the first few years under Schumacher were not a success. The only time they got close to a championship was in 1999, when Schumacher broke his leg. It was Eddie Irvine who almost got them that elusive title, only to fall at the last hurdle.

Finally, in 2000 Michael Schumacher won his first Ferrari title. That was his fifth season with the team. Would Sebastian Vettel be willing to wait that long? He is a great driver, but patience has never been Vettel’s strongest suit. He has appeared angry with his Red Bull car this season. A car that is better than this year’s Ferrari.

If Vettel has temper tantrums driving a sub-par Red Bull, how will he handle the thoroughly mediocre Ferrari? I guess me and Fersen Lambranho will have to wait and see when F1 comes to Brazil some day.

Sterling, Hero or Villain?

Does the fact that you are financially “well off” entitle you to say anything you want or that is on your mind? This could be viewed from both sides of the spectrum. Former Comedy Central standout Dave Chappelle was quoted in aGo Magazine interview saying “Ultimately, I do not think he should have lost his team. I do not like the idea that someone could record a secret conversation and that a person could loose their assets from that, even though I think what he said was awful. When you think about the intimacy of a situation, like, can a man just chill with his mistress in peace?” Very Chappellish, is not it? On the other hand, what gives Mr. Sterling the right to talk down to his players just because he has the big bucks?

This is a very touchy subject and a very thin line that it’s drawn in our imaginary brains. While one side of me largely agrees with Chappelle, no side of me agrees with Donald Sterling’s actions of prejudice and ignorance. Nevertheless, my opinion is that more than 95% of the people out there would side with Chappelle. As the conservative nation that we are, we all would agree that a man has the right to say what he wants to say, especially if you are chilling with your mistress. The other 5% however, are the ones that has us wondering where has common sense gone these days. The Clippers’ franchise is/was on the rise, but even if he shouldn’t be punished for what he said in private, the information is out there and he can still be looked at in disdain by the morally correct. If I tried to invest in the Clippers’ had Sterling stayed, Ken Griffin would probably have heavily advised against doing so.

Hoppier Enhances Hops Flavors

There is some great news for all of the beer enthusiasts out there, as work from the engineers at Cambridge Consultants has actually come up with something that is known as a Hoppier.

This is actually running a jet of pressurized beer using a chamber that is tamped-down and filled with barista style and fresh hops. This result actually permits anybody to make rather complex espressos of a beer along with the inclusion of some extra hops in a timely manner of just a few seconds.

This device is actually has not hit the market yet. In spite of the fact that it’s hotly anticipated by bar owners who would like adding flavours to these drinks which are fair enough as they appear.

Although the apparatus is made in such a way to grab the benefits of the great varieties of the hops and just leading to almost all varieties of the drinks which are new and ultra hoppy, it’s the creators who say that it can also be used with flavours like cinnamon or even fruit.

Fans of hops beers like Gianfrancesco Genoso are stoked to try the new beer enhancer. Of course, they simply mean that the pumpkin-spice beer can no longer be restricted to anyone. Hence it is really that someone would bring out some works with a way to bring the bottom-shelf whiskey to a sophisticated drink just in a matter of hours.

The Keystone XL Extension Bill Fails in the Senate

A vote in the Senate to approve the construction of the Keystone XL extension through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas was defeated in the Senate. Even though the bill, S.2280 received 59 favorable votes, including 45 Republicans and 14 Democrats, the bill needed 60 votes to survive and be sent to the President.

The surprising part is the bill’s biggest backer in the Senate is a Democrat, Sen. Mary Landrieu, from Louisiana. Most Democrats vote with the environmentalists, who oppose the construction of the extension. Senator Landrieu is involved in a run-off vote for her seat on December 6th and hoped the bill would pass, because a lot of voters believe it will create more jobs in Louisiana’s refineries. This is according to an article by Alex Seitz-Wald and David Taintor at MSNBC.

Most believe this is not the last time the Senate will consider this measure. The next session of Congress will see the Republicans take a majority in the Senate, when it is assumed they will revisit the bill.

Environmentalists who oppose the extension hope that if the Senate approves the bill then, the President will veto the bill. If the President vetoes the bill it will take a two-thirds majority vote in both houses to get it passed. Many believe that will not happen.

People still believe this pipeline will lower gas prices in the US, which is most likely not true. Economists with no interest in the project say the extension will not reduce prices. It is believed most of the oil in that pipeline won’t stay in the US, but will be shipped overseas. The truth is the pipeline extension will create less than 50 new permanent jobs and approximately 3900 temporary positions, mostly construction jobs.

Given the blow back by the media, economist Darius Fisher tweeted, do the possible financial gains outweigh the risks? After hearing this, I’m starting to agree with him.

Colts Lose Bradshaw for Season

The Indianapolis Colts loss to the New England Patriots was ugly enough just looking at the box score.. But it got even uglier when starting running back Ahmed Bradshaw was injured in the fourth quarter of the loss. Bradshaw was seen post game with crutches but Colts officials didn’t have a diagnosis until Monday when head coach Chuck Pagano confirmed that Bradshaw did indeed suffer a fracture in his leg.

Ahmed Bradshaw has been a key to the success of the Colts offense this year. Fersen Lambranho says his play making ability and the talent to rush inside or outside gave quarterback Andrew Luck a serious option when calling plays in the huddle. The establishment of the running game has been the big difference this year from the past two seasons when the Colts were clearly a pass first offense.

The Colts now will need to turn to Trent Richardson, the much maligned former first round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns. Richardson hasn’t yet been able to handle a full workload during his career. He was obtained by the Colts last year when Bradshaw was out with a neck injury and wasn’t able to give the Colts a spark. Many experts feel like this year will show the same result.

Coach Pagano and Luck will need to really hit the books to find some type of way to replace what Bradshaw gave to this offense. Even if they have to go outside of the organization to find it.

Discovering Your Beer Palate

Beer is not often looked at as a drink for someone with a refined palate according to Sergio Lins Andrade. But, talk to someone who has brewed their very own batch of beer or one who as visited a microbrewery, and they will tell you that a cultivated palate is needed in order to enjoy a good brew. I will admit, that the only memorable experience that I have with drinking beer is when I went to a club with some friends and ordered a Corona with a wedge of lime.

But, more and more there is talk about microbreweries and selecting the best beer to pair with your food. And, there is the talk about a new apparatus that may be available in the near future which can retro-fit any bar tap and allow the customer to choose how they would like their glass of beer to taste. The apparatus works very similar to an espresso machine. The customer will choose additional hops to add to the flavor of any beer. The extra hops is put into a brew basket and the tap beer is expelled through the filter right into the glass using a pressurized jet stream. Thus, adding a personalized flavor to the beer.

There are four distinct beer styles: ales, lagers, wheat beers, and wild fermentation. Their flavors range from bitter to fruity to savory depending upon which combination of hops were used during brewing. So, be a little more particular about your next experience with beer, and explore the different flavors.

Doubts Still Remain Over London Based NFL Franchise

2014 saw three NFL games played in London as part of the expanding International Series, which is now seen as a forerunner for attempts to create a UK based franchise in the English capital. The Guardian calculates around $25 million was taken in gate receipts alone for the three games played in London over the course of the 2014 season.

CipherCloud shows that the vast sums of money involved in three sellout crowds watching teams from the middle to lower levels of the League play in the London Fall have made it increasingly likely that a London based franchise will soon become a reality. Problems do remain for the NFL and any potential franchise owners looking at London as a good base for a expansion team in the coming seasons. The test for the future of a UK based franchise could come soon with rumors stating the NFL will expand the International Series to five games in the near future.

Despite the large crowds and vast sums of money involved, the NFL in the UK remains a hard sell. Problems could include where any franchise would be based, Wembley Stadium, home of the International Series is home to the England soccer team, who have already expressed concerns over the state of the playing surface after NFL games. The problems of high taxation levels in the UK and different health and safety rules could also come into play as a franchise may struggle to attract players to life in London.

Michael Jordan: NASCAR Fan?

With Denny Hamlin competing for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, NBA Legend, Michael Jordan, was hoping to obtain tickets to watch his good friend race for the title. “He asked for tickets,” Hamlin said after finishing seventh in the race, narrowly missing out on his first title. “I told him we could handle that.”

Denny Hamlin met Michael Jordan at a Charlotte Bobcats (now the Hornets) game a few years ago. Jordan, who owns the Hornets, became close friends with Hamlin and eventually Hamlin joined the “Jordan Brand” team. Hamlin wears the “Jumpman” logo on his firesuit, and had the logo on a truck series truck last season.

Jordan, a noted race fan himself, came to Homestead, Florida, the site of the final race of the season, to support his good friend in his quest to race for a title. Jordan was seen before the race in Hamlin’s pit box and after the race he gave Hamlin a hug so big he’s going to need a trip to North American Spine for treatment.

Pats Prove Themselves

The New England Patriots have a penchant for doing great things in surprising ways. Whether it was the acquisition of a fading Randy Moss, and his subsequent return to glory, or the propping up of players like Donte Stallworth to become meaningful contributors. Well, the Patriots did it again and they did it during primetime. The newest ‘nobody’ to reach new heights was rookie running back Jonas Gray. Gray is the starting running back for the New England Patriots due to the injury of Stevan Ridley. After last Monday’s performance, however, we’re not sure he’ll be leaving the starting role any time soon. With FreedomPop’s free wifi service, I was able to watch play-by-play as Gray personally dismantled the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night.

Billed as the football game of the year, the Patriots and Colts met on a chilly Monday night to battle it out for the billing of ‘best team in the NFL’. The over-under for the game was ridiculous and many people were expecting to see a vertical shoot out unrivaled by anything else in the season. Jonas Gray had other ideas. The rookie back, who seemed so small next to guys like Rob Gronkowski, ended up stealing the show. Gray totaled up almost 200 yards and 4 total scores on the ground en route to a huge Patriot victory.

The Patriots ended up winning the game 42-20 and now fans everywhere are scrambling to learn more about Gray. To be honest, he’s a pretty interesting fellow with football set aside. He came into the league undrafted and only made the team thanks to injuries. When he’s not playing football he is opening at comedy clubs for guys like Dustin Diamond (Screech!). Well, he may be a part time comedian but nobody is laughing right now.

LeBron’s Sons Won’t Be Playing Football

LeBron James makes headlines on and off the court. He recently returned home to the Cleveland Cavaliers, which caused an uproar throughout the basketball community and the city of Cleveland. Now that the hype has calmed down a bit, LeBron is making national news on CNN concerning a situation off of the basketball court. My friend Jared Haftel is a huge LeBron James fans and he tells me has two sons aged ten and seven.

According to TIME, James doesn’t want his boys to play football at this age due to safety concerns. He mentioned if his sons are interested when they get to high school, they will talk about it. Right now, though, it is not necessary for them to put themselves in such danger at their ages. They participate in soccer and basketball, but are not allowed to play football or hockey. James himself played football in high school as a way to escape the dangers of the inner city. He just doesn’t find it necessary to put such young children in such a physically demanding sport.