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In North American football, the extra point is a single point short kick after a 6 point touchdown to give the full 7 point value a touchdown can give a team. The full 7 points also makes the touchdown more valuable than two field goals, at 3 points each, in not only concept but also score. Otherwise, the extra point is also a second chance to cheer loudly for the touchdown just scored if it were your team to have done so.

Once upon a time, the extra point used to require an actual effort so it was not a sure thing by any means. However, these days, it has a success rate of over 99% according to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. It has become too easy for the players playing to execute it that it not only becomes boring, it’s also a waste of time. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King feels the same way about it, calling it “the biggest waste of time in sports”. Nothing in sports should be that automatic, basically. What kind of competition is there if the outcome was the same more than 99% of the time?

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The 2012 NFL draft is tonight. Players will be drafted out of school. Players will be traded for positions and picks. Players will be kept or let go to free agency pending who gets picked up. It all generates a huge amount of hype, no matter which sports draft you’re talking about. And that got me thinking… what would that be like in the work force?

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This is a new type of Facebook tagging, and one that could get you in a lot of trouble, too! :-)

It’s not because this Facebook tagging is “inappropriate” with language, images or topic. No. It’s because this is going to bruise some egos!

It’s meant for judgmental people so if that’s you, and you’re not afraid to bruise some egos, then go for it! The trade off is that you’ll also praise some people, like giving them an award, so you can also win some favours!

In this Facebook tagging, you have to decide who are your 10 most athletic Facebook friends and tag them.

Those 10 are going to be happy. Those who felt they could have been in the top 10 based on who they saw you tag, cause they thought they were more athletic than at least one of those tagged, won’t! Depending on their personalities, they’ll react in a variety of ways, some of which won’t be pleasant.

Do you think you can handle that? If so, then let’s get on with it!

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(Great live video from spectator with only crowd reaction, includes receipt of marks!)

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Just days after setting the bar on the best 2010 Winter Olympics moment so far, Joannie Rochette came back out for an encore.

The crowd roared when Joannie came on to warm-up with the final flight, and did the same as she took to the ice fifth of six skaters by order of random draw. Just as on Tuesday, she took the full minute allotted to get ready. See official broadcast video of Joannie Rochette’s free skate (CTV Sports).

Dressed in a sparkling deep sky blue outfit, Joannie opened with a triple Lutz, double-toe, double loop and nailed it! However, she leaned and had to step out on her triple flip next, an element that has historically given her trouble, but brought it back with a triple loop next, one of her best elements. She also had to step out of the second double Axel in a two double Axel combination. However, the rest was perfect, jumps, very smooth poses and spins in between. The crowd was with her on every move. It was just beautiful, and, of course, there was an unbelievable roar and ovation after it all.

Appropriately, Joannie earned 131.28 points for the long skate and a total of 202.64 overall. It kept her in third place, as she was after the short program, with one skater to go. But it was well good enough as Mirai Nagasu of the United States, skating last, could not make up the gap after the short program, falling short with a 190.15 total.

Still dealing with the sudden loss of her Mother just four days ago Sunday, Joannie held her emotions in check better tonight after her skate than Tuesday night in the short program, when she performed in public for the first time since the death of her Mother. It was very nice to see her smile again, without tears sharing the same face. However, now will come the hard part, which will be dealing with the full impact with that loss without anything else on her mind. Joannie never got to see her Mother at these Olympics, her Mother passing away before she saw Joannie.

“I still don’t know how I could do this and not start crying before the music starts. But that was my goal and I’m just really proud that I could skate.”

“It was my goal coming here to be on the podium and even with what happened it was still my goal. It was more my goal than ever. But to be honest, when I stepped on the ice for the short program, I didn’t think about results. I didn’t think about anything because I didn’t know if I could do it. I stepped on the ice, my legs were shaking and I don’t know how I went through this whole program. I’m sure my mom was with me with every step and I’m really glad I could do it.”

“My mom always taught me to be very competitive with myself, with the others also, and I always was,” Rochette explained, “And it was almost like a relief going on the ice and seeing Yu-Na and Mao landing triple-triples, triple Axel, and I got so fired up and it kind of brought me back outside of reality for forty minutes.”

“I really want to thank all of Canada and everyone, the whole world – I got messages from everyone in the world – to support me and it really helped me, it will really help me get through this tough time and I’m really thankful that the fans and all the kind messages that I received in the past couple days.”

— Joannie Rochette, see video of her interview on CTV sports
(speaking to the media for the first time since the death of her Mother Sunday)

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(Joannie talks about her Mother with Brian Williams in another interview, very touching)

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Congratulations, Joannie! We’re all so proud of you, almost as much as your Mother. We will still be thinking of you in your difficult days ahead, but we look forward to seeing you again on the world stage soon.

Thank you so much for inspiring us all!

(please click on thumbnails below to see larger versions of photographs)

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Free Skate Recap

American Rachel Flatt opened the final flight with a good technically sound program filled with jumps, including a bunch in the second half of the program for the 10% bonus points. However, she had downgraded some triple jumps to double and lost points there. Consistent all year long, she did not waiver despite pressure of studying for a calculus exam a few days after the Olympics. Stanford would not give her an extension, which is nice to see the “no special treatment”, but how’s about the same for the football players? She should also sell some of those jumps to fellow American Evan Lysacek to make his program more challenging. ;-)

Miki Ando of Japan came out next with a clean program filled with a bunch of altered jumps from her plan. However, the altered jumps gave the program more difficulty as it paid off to leave her in first place at the time. The program was a little quiet otherwise, but very pleasant to watch.

Then came the Queen. In a land of short track speed skating and baseball players, Yu-Na Kim of South Korea is a rock star queen. She skated third and showed why. She put everything beyond reach with her dazzling array of triple-triple, triple and other combination jumps. This was in addition to her usual artistry and full ice coverage. She was simply spectacular in being flawless and in a league of her own. Definitely the best free skate I have ever seen, Olympics or otherwise. I’m glad the Canadian commentators didn’t say much during the free skate because it was just breath-taking. They were breathless for most of it, as well. Not surprisingly, she broke the world record score with a 150.06 and a 228.56 total! Finally, as a Canadian, I have to note she was coached by former Canadian men’s champion and Olympic silver medalist, Brian Orser. He finally got his gold. As for Yu-Na, goddess status awaits, I predict! See video of Yu-Na Kim’s free skate (CTV Sports).

Unfortunately for Mao Asada of Japan, she had to skate after that stunning performance. She was Queen of the Triple Axel, but she was following the Queen, period. However, Mao had two triple-triple combinations planned and executed them. All went well until a couple of uncharacteristic edge slips and one big downgraded jump after a fluke misstep leading up to it. When going up against perfection, unfortunately, you can’t afford those. Mao scored a season’s best 205.50, which was far behind Yu-Na Kim but easily good enough for second place in a very game competition with Yu-Na Kim. See video of Mao Asada’s free skate (CTV Sports).

Joannie Rochette skated fifth.

Mirai Nagasu of the United States was the final skater. She needed the skate of her life if she were going to medal from where she stood after the short program. That she gave with a near flawless program and a bunch of super jumps and among the best spirals in the group. However, it was not good enough as that 7.5 point gap to Joannie Rochette was just too much to make up. Mirai scored 126.39 for the long skate and a 190.15 total, after a long time taken by the judges. It left her in fourth, and gave Joannie Rochette the bronze!

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I created these tagging challenges for fans of North American professional football, or people who know lots of those fans. The tagging challenges can be done on Facebook, MySpace, LiveJournal or other platforms where you can tag people on pictures.

The idea is to see how diverse is the group of football fans you know, and how does that compare to your fellow football loving friends. It’s no fun if everybody supported the team you supported, you know!

  • Pick a Facebook tagging meme of your choice based on the leagues below: National Football League (NFL), Canadian Football League (CFL) and Arena Football League (AFL).
  • Tag one person you know whose favourite team is represented by the team logo. It has to be that person’s favourite team as you can’t tag a person twice on the same photo.
  • How many teams can you tag? And how does this compare to your friends who might have done this same challenge?

Here’s how to get these graphics for your tagging fun:

  • Click on a picture below to get it at full size.
  • Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
  • Upload it to your Facebook profile.
  • Tag your friends!

Fancy yourself quite the social sports fan, or this isn’t your sport? Try the same Facebook tagging challenges for:

Please click here for a complete list of over 100 Facebook picture tagging memes on this site with which you can use for fun with your friends.

Enjoy!

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