I've always had a strong affinity for bacon. At the present moment, I am campaigning for these delicious slices of pig. Bacon shouldn't need PR or any form of strategic marketing. After all, it is bacon. It cooks in it's own fat! Does it get any better than that? I think not.
But, for some reason, I feel the need to represent bacon and its unyielding greatness. First of all, it tastes magical. This we know. Fact. But did you know that bacon is good for you? That's right, bacon is good for you. It helps prevent prostate and breast cancer, strengthens the immune system, fights off hepatitis, prevents the development of cataracts, improves metabolism, and helps maintain a healthy nervous system. Even alcoholics and smokers can benefit from bacon!
How could this be possible? Well, bacon is an excellent source of selenium, thiamin and B12.
Selenium activates an antioxidant enzyme called glutathione peroxidase, which may help protect the body from cancer. Yeast-derived forms of selenium have induced "apoptosis" (programmed cell death) in cancer cells in test tubes and in animals. A double-blind trial that included over 1,300 people found those given 200 mcg of yeast-based selenium per day for 4.5 years had a 50% drop in the cancer death rate compared with the placebo group. Another study found that men consuming the most dietary selenium (assessed indirectly by measuring toenail selenium levels) developed 65% fewer cases of advanced prostate cancer than did men with the lowest levels of selenium intake.
Selenium is also essential for healthy immune function. Selenium supplementation has reduced the incidence of viral hepatitis in selenium-deficient populations, presumably by enhancing immune function. Even in a non-deficient population of elderly people, selenium supplementation has been found to stimulate the activity of white blood cells—primary components of the immune system. Selenium is also needed to activate thyroid hormones.
In a double-blind trial, selenium supplementation of infertile men improved the motility of sperm cells and increased the chance of conception.
Thiamine works with the other B vitamins to change protein, carbohydrate, and fat to energy. It is especially vital for changing carbohydrates to energy. It is a key factor in the healthy functioning of all the body's cells, especially the nerves. Vitamin B1 helps the body cells convert carbohydrates into energy. It is also essential for the functioning of the heart, muscles, and nervous system.
Supplemental thiamin can help protect against some of the metabolic imbalances caused by heavy alcohol consumption. It may help protect against Wernicke's encephalopathy and some other forms of brain damage seen in some alcoholics.
Vitamin B12 may help restrain pre-cancerous lung conditions in smokers. It also might help improve neuropsychiatric disorder symptoms in those with HIV and chronic fatigue. Breast cancer and some vascular diseases might be prevented by vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 works with folate to create building blocks for RNA and DNA synthesis and the synthesis of molecules that help maintain the proper functioning of the genome. The vitamin also helps the nervous system function properly and aides in molecule synthesis involved in energy production and in fatty acid biosynthesis.
So come on people, jump on the bandwagon and get bacon in your corner. You can find it at your local grocery store, or around the belly of your neighbor's oink oink. If you opt for the grocery store, I suggest the center cut. None of that maple sh*t. You can always put syrup on it later.
I don't spend as much time as I used to online tracking news, rumors, etc, but I still visit Ives Galarcep's site pretty regularly for US-related news, and still probably spend too much time tracking player values and other stuff on Transfermarkt. Occasionally check the Daily Mail (trash, I know) and Sky Sports for EPL stuff, usually on game day. Statto for basic stats and analysis. I don't play fantasy soccer, so I'm sure there are lots of good sites out there with stats and player ratings that I've never visited.
Just scheduled a last minute trip with the wifey for our anniversary. We'll be staying in San Juan (Carolina) near Old San Juan. Anyone been? Any recommendations - food in particular but also sights and other recommendations would be appreciated. We're winging it and don't have much time for research.
There have been numerous threads over the last few months examining the various OT prospects and many of them mention arm length. Zack Martin, Jake Matthews, Joel Bitonio, James Hurst among those often mentioned as having short arms, and Robinson, Moses, Kouandijo, Richardson, and Ja'wuan James among those whose stock is supposedly helped by their long arms.
Conventional wisdom is that arm length is among the most important measurements for a tackle - or really any player along the line. The logic is pretty obvious - length helps prevent rushers from getting to the outside and/or around a tackle.
There's no need to question the logic. It makes sense and coaches/scouts have studied and observed that long arms, all else constant, make for a better prospect. But therein lies the problem - "all else constant."
PFF takes a look at the impact of arm length on OT performance (overall PFF grades per snap, as well as run and pass blocking individually). Feel free tor read the entire piece here but suffice it to say, they have found absolutely no relationship between arm length and performance in recent years. Again, the problem here is that they are simply looking at correlation. Those with shorter arms may have many other qualities where they outperform the longer-armed prospects on average (if long arms really does matter, then it would be reasonable to assume that they need to be exceptionally strong in other areas to balance this out). This would also be reasonable to assume if scouts are willing to accept a less polished or less technically sound prospect if they have great measurements (arms, hands, height/weight).
So what's the point? Don't just discount a guy because he has short arms. As oft-cited as it is, remember that Jake Long and Joe Thomas both have absolutely tiny arms by NFL standards (less than 33 inches).
Would welcome commentary from some of the more knowledgeable football guys here, especially those of you that played on the line in college or otherwise. I know that there are at least a few of you here.