" One thing that major American sports have in common is a -major off-season event. Baseball has its winter meetings [url= http://www.authenticmariner...]Authentic Randy Johnson Jersey[/url] , basketball has its Las Vegas summer league, and football has the NFL Scouting Combine, which begins Tuesday.
Derisively nicknamed ""The Underwear Olympics,"" the Combine appeals mostly to fans going through post-Super Bowl withdrawal. Players often dislike it because they feel like products at a meat market - poked, and prodded until even their tiniest flaws are exposed in front of a cable television -audience.
Perhaps some jittery general managers take comfort in the ""measurables"" determined at the Combine, hoping that any draft selection doesn't eventually pan out can be retroactively justified by some old stopwatch readings.
But even most casual football fans realize that there are lies [url= http://www.authenticmariner...]Authentic Nelson Cruz Jersey[/url] , **** lies and Combine statistics. How often in an NFL game does a player run 40 yards (36.6 meters), unimpeded and without a football, as fast as he can? How often does the same player use his arms and chest to lift 225 pounds (102 kilograms) as many times as he can without stopping?
Obviously, the answer to both questions above is ""-never."" Yes, eye-popping 40-yard dash times and bench press totals -indicate superior athletic abilities. But Tom Brady's historically slow 5.28 seconds in 2000 didn't prevent the New England Patriots from drafting him, nor has it prevented him from leading the team to five Super Bowl victories since then.
One of the more interesting stories surrounding this year's Combine is former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson's decision to participate in passing drills. Quarterbacks of his caliber often decline to do so [url= http://www.authenticmariner...]Authentic Kyle Seager Jersey[/url] , believing that their high draft stock has little to gain from a strong performance, but much to lose from a poor one.
Fans who tune in to watch Watson should remember that no matter how well he performs, professional football is not about straight-line sprints, bench press contests or simulated passing drills. And also that no player takes the field wearing only his underwear.
BEIJING, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- "A community with shared future for mankind" can help build a better world, freeing people from fear [url= http://www.authenticmariner...]Authentic Ken Griffey Jersey[/url] , poverty and isolation.
The Beijing Initiative document, released after the recent Communist Party of China (CPC) in Dialogue with World Political Parties High-Level Meeting, called for fostering and embracing the idea of a shared future in place of self-concerned mentality and dichotomic mentality.
In face of the complex and profound changes globally, war is not the only challenge threatening people's aspirations.
Aside from challenges such as hunger, North-South development imbalances, severe wealth gaps and a digital divide [url= http://www.authenticmariner...]Authentic Jean Segura Jersey[/url] , terrorism, cyber insecurity, infectious diseases, climate change and other non-traditional security threats are hindering our steps towards a better world.
No country can address the many challenges facing mankind alone and no country can afford to retreat into self-isolation. The old winner-takes-all mentality will eventually barricade the "winner's" path and impair the future of humanity.
New thinking on common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security will help promote world security governance in decades to come [url= http://www.authenticmariner...]Authentic Jarrod Dyson Jersey[/url] , while a Cold War mentality, power politics and zero-sum-games should be discarded.
Protectionism, exclusionism and isolationism should give way to multilateral trade, win-win cooperation and macro policy coordination.
It is the right approach to nurture healthy international relations with communication instead of confrontation.
Peace and development underpin and reinforce one another. Peace is the precondition for development, while sustained development holds the key to guarding against chaos, and safeguarding peace.
Over 700 million people worldwide are still living in abject poverty. China has lifted more than 700 million people out of poverty since its reform and opening up [url= http://www.authenticmariner...]Authentic Ichiro Suzuki Jersey[/url] , and aims to eradicate absolute rural poverty by 2020.
China will not export the Chinese model, but the country's successful experience can offer new options for other nations.
Differences among civilizations should be driving forces for development instead of the causes of conflict.
In a community with shared future for mankind, cultural barriers should be removed, and many civilizations can flourish and grow in harmony.
With no precedents or past experiences to draw from in building a community with shared future for mankind, courage and responsibility will lead us forward.
WASHINGTONSEOUL, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have launched a ballistic missile [url= http://www.authenticmariner...]Authentic Hisashi Iwakuma Jersey[/url] , the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) said.
assessments from both the U.S. Defense Department and the ROK's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) showed that the missile was launched at 1:17 p.m. EDT Tuesday, or 3:17 a.m. Seoul time Wednesday (1817 GMT).
There was no official confirmation from the DPRK yet.
The U.S. Defense Department said that an initial assessment showed the missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
The missile was launched from Sain Ni in the DPRK, and it traveled about 1,000 kilometers before splashing down into the sea of Japan, said Pentagon spokesman Robert Manning in a statement.
Meanwhile, the JCS said that "an unidentified ballistic missile" was launched from a site near Pyongsong in the DPRK's South Pyongan Province.