Love them or hate them, what the New England Patriots have been able to do over the past 15 years is nothing short of remarkable. In addition to their four Super Bowl championships, the Patriots have the best coach in the league, a smart and savvy front office, and a future Hall of Fame quarterback who is internationally recognized as the face of the NFL. The longer the Patriots continue to dominate on the field, as well as in the media and the American pop culture landscape, the harder it becomes for anyone to remember them as something other than a model franchise and the ultimate paradigm of success and accomplishment. Anyone, that is, except for Jerry Thornton. It wasn't always sunshine and roses for the Patriots; in fact, for the bulk of their existence, it was exactly the opposite. Though difficult to fathom now, the New England Patriots of old weren't just bad - they were laughably bad. Not so long ago, the Pats were the laughing stock of not only the NFL, but also the entire sporting world. From Darkness to Dynasty tells the unlikely history of the New England Patriots as it has never been told before. From their humble beginnings as a team bought with rainy-day money by a man who had no idea what he was doing, to the fateful season that saw them win their first Super Bowl, Jerry Thornton shares the wild, humiliating, unbelievable, and wonderful stories that comprised the first 40 years of what would ultimately become the most dominant franchise in NFL history. Witty, hilarious, and brutally honest, From Darkness to Dynasty returns to the thrilling, perilous days of yesteryear - a welcome corrective for those who hate the Patriots, and a useful reminder for those who love them that all glory is fleeting. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Andrew Ciulla. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009103/bk_blak_009103_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Civil and transnational conflicts continue to threaten peace in contemporary society, notably in Africa and the Middle East. When conflicts are resolved peacebuilding and social development serve as key challenges facing fractured communities. Some NGOs have responded to the need to stabilise social order, using a variety of mechanisms including sport. Football has proven useful in this regard due to its popularity, uniformity and suitability in local contexts. Football projects have been developed to encourage segregated groups and individuals to congregate in shared space to partake in communal sporting and social experiences. However, little is known about the value and implications of such projects. This book examines the use of football in building peace and promoting social development, focusing on case study projects in Liberia and Israel. The book is structured as a research project, which guides readers through the process of project investigation and implementation. It examines related literature, methodological theory and context-bound reflections on the focus, rationale, challenges and possibilities associated with implementing such initiatives.
Partnerships are the latest attempt by the English sports community to address the perennial problem associated with the fragmented system for delivering sporting opportunities and providing links between schools, clubs and their NGBs, and local authorities. The interaction of the different organisations in sport lacked effective coordination and it was intended that the introduction of ''partnership working'' would combine the efforts of all providers under a single umbrella to establish a sustainable infrastructure for people to benefit from sport and physical activity. This book provides a snapshot of how such a partnership came into being, evolved and developed to provide those opportunities in a joined-up system and should be useful to both practitioners and academics reviewing the partnership process.
The Monsoon Cup event is an international yachting regatta held annually in Terengganu, Malaysia.Since its inception in the year 2005, many issues and critics have been reported in the local newspapers.The local residents have not been informed about the planning and infrastructure development for the purpose of organising the Monsoon Cup.The government did not ask for their opinion, views, comments and sharing of information with regards to the event.In Malaysia,input from the host community is often not seriously considered and seen to be practically irrelevant to the planning process (Din, 1997).Therefore, it is vital to investigate the views,engagement and forms of collaboration between the key stakeholders involved in the staging of a sailing event.The qualitative data collected from the stakeholders revealed that examining residents needs, knowledge and participation in a sporting event,and power distance issues were seen to be important factors in supporting the collaborative organisation of the Monsoon Cup event.This book provides useful information about the forms of collaborative organizing to industry players,policy makers,sport event organizer and public society.
Health and sports scholars agree that participation in sports and physical activity contribute to and improve individual s health and well-being. Several health care professionals use it as a therapy for their clients. Despite the knowledge of its importance as a therapy, there is paucity of literature on the attitude of the recipients towards it, particularly among medical students. This book therefore, presents the attitude that Kenyan university medical students have towards sports participation. It analyzes the students attitude towards it, and the effect of, their participation, leisure time allocation, academic level, gender, and significant others on their attitude towards sports participation. The findings provide a basis for the use of sports participation as part of therapy and are useful in the designing of effective students counselling and sporting programmes.
It is often emphasised by coaches that scientific preparation of athletes includes participating in well-organised events. Many people do not plan to fail, but fail to plan. In her Masters degree at the Central University of Technology, Free State the author focused on key steps to plan and organise successful track and field events in terms of event sub-systems and IAAF standards. Many incidents of ineffective management in events have been reported where unprofessional, un-qualified track and field event managers caused major disappointment at events. Unsuccessful event managers seem unfamiliar with scientific principles in event planning and management. This book aims to provide a comprehensive track and field event planning and management framework based on IAAF standards. The book emphasises the pre-planning phase of events and the application of the pre-planning actions in using checklists that have been compiled and described. Track and field event managers inability to interpret the existing checklists is illustrated through examples. The book focuses on track and field events, but it could also serve as a useful tool in planning any other sporting event.
Why do older people compete in physically demanding sports? Competing in sport to win, achieve a personal best and push the body to its limit are practices commonly tied to the young and robust. Older people are expected to play sport to have fun, make friends and keep fit. In this book, Rylee Dionigi explores the motives, actions and experiences of 138 older Australian Masters Games competitors. She innovatively draws on qualitative interview and observational data using insights from post-structural theories, life-stage theories and postmodern understandings of identity. The findings simultaneously expose alternative ways of thinking about sport and ageing, and reflect a society that values competitiveness, youthfulness and physical activity. Dionigi argues that an investment in competitive sporting practices can paradoxically be both personally empowering and a sign of desperate resistance to (or fear of) the ageing process. This book is particularly useful to researchers, teachers, students, leisure service providers and health policy experts, or anyone interested in gaining critical and original insight into the growing phenomenon of older competitive athletes.
Previous efforts to depict sport development resulted in the participation pyramid. The participation pyramid, even though not empirically derived, has shaped the thinking, conceptualizing, and planning for sport development in various countries, including Australia. As practices have evolved to epitomize more dynamic processes than those reflected in the pyramid, this book examines national sporting organisations (NSOs) practices in Australia. The three models presented in this book are the attraction, retention/transition, and nurturing (ARTN) process and illustrate the generic processes and strategies reported by thirty five NSOs. The ARTN models show that each process requires human and financial input from various stakeholders who initiate/implement strategies, and each process has different outputs. The ARTN models demonstrate that sport development is more complex and encompassing than previously described. The analysis should shed some light on this complex environment that sport development takes place and should be especially useful to professionals in sport organisations, sport development officers, sport managers, researchers and students.
Children involved in sport often find that there are several demands made on them from many diverse sources, such as team expectations, coach's success and needs of the school or team. Particularly extremely talented children may represent their parent's hopes for achievement, or may be considered as future international stars. The main issue for parents is finding the proper balance of support and encouragement, as well as understanding the influence their behavior may have on the way their children experience sport. Parents should become increasingly aware of the fact that children perceive and interpret parental involvement in different ways, and consequently have the desire for involvement in a way they perceive positively in their sporting career. The purpose of this book is to examine how a group of competitive adolescent swimmers experience parental involvement. The focus is to create awareness regarding possible negative perceptions in relation to parental involvement in children's sport. Therefore, useful guidelines that may lead to positive involvement by parents and greater enjoyment of the sport by participants, the children,are highlighted.