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New York Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck has gone through two frustrating regular seasons in 2011 and 2012, amassing a total of 9.0 quarterback sacks after putting up 11.5 in his All-Pro season of 2010. Tuck did play the game of his life in the Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI win over the New England Patriots at the end of the 2011 season, but more is expected of a man in the last year of a five-year, $ 30 million contract extension he signed in 2008. Giants general manager Jerry Reese recently said he had a conversation with Tuck about underperforming, and hoped that Tuck could “get back to his old form.”
Tuck’s held himself accountable about the whole thing, and to that end, he’s found an unconventional way to try and get back on track. In March, he looked up well-known performance coach Tony Robbins, the best-selling author and successful motivational speaker who’s perhaps best-known for his tactic of having people walk over hot coals to find a new level of potential.
“I realize I haven’t played my best the last two years,” Tuck told Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York. “Whether it be injuries or the circumstances surrounding this team. Who knows? I knew it was time for me to try something different. I’ve had people telling me to get my butt to Robbins for two to three years now. I finally said if I am going to be dedicated to my craft and to being the best that I can be, then this has to happen.”
So, Tuck and his wife, Lauran, attended one of Robbins’ “Feel the Power Within!” weekend seminars, and Robbins gave Tuck some advice about some things that may have been holding him back. Living up to the reputation of Michael Strahan as the Giants’ main man on the defensive line is no small task, and if you don’t approach it the right way, failure can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Robbins has worked with other notable athletes — everyone from Wayne Gretsky to Serena Williams — so he understands the surprising fragility of the athletic temperament.
Robbins to Youngmisuk:
“He’s a really responsible guy. He is not the kind of guy to swat that off. He feels it. He feels like he is responsible to carry things to some extent. So he fails and he’s down in that state of frustration and failure and then not feeling appreciated for what he doesn’t do. And all that gets in the way of just doing your job!”
“My expertise is the human psyche, which is the very thing that [fans] were complaining about with him. Being beat up by the very people that he wants to please was definitely a conflict for Justin. It is like, ‘I can’t win.’ That [becomes the] mentality. This happens to many athletes.”
Robbins, who says that Tuck’s passion for the game is now “off the charts,” believes that Tuck “won’t have some story [excuse] about whether or not he is appreciated or whether or not things are going his way or whatever the case may be.”
And yes, Tuck did the fire-walk — 12 steps over hot coals that registered at around 2,00 degrees.
“This ain’t no gimmick,” Tuck said. “They were hot. You felt the heat. Even when you come off of them, they spray you down and your feet are smoking and you feel the heat.”
After that, racking up another season with 10 sacks or more should seem fairly simple.
This video shows the last thing you’ll see if you tangle with a grizzly. Warning: It’s gross.
We’ve seen some pretty out-there limited-edition cars from luxury manufacturer Lamborghini, but its newest may have just taken the biscuit and sped off with it.
The Egoista, unveiled at the closing gala of the 50th anniversary Grande Giro tour, was designed by Volkswagen’s head of design, Walter De Silva, and it’s meant to be the ultimate in self-indulgence.
“This is a car made for one person only, to allow them to have fun and express their personality to the maximum,” De Silva said. “It is designed purely for hyper-sophisticated people who want only the most extreme and special things in the world. It represents hedonism taken to the extreme, it is a car without compromises, in a word: egoista (selfish).”
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Maybe the pre-draft pizza had just been delivered. Maybe area traffic was a little heavy. Maybe someone botched the Microsoft Exchange invite for the entire front office and told everyone the draft was scheduled for next week. Whatever the case, the war room belonging to the Jacksonville Jaguars looked light on both people and computer power when the NFL Network did a peek-in on Thursday night.
Of course, Jacksonville doesn’t have much to do in the first round of the NFL draft. The Jaguars own the second pick and are likely to select offensive tackle Luke Joeckel out of Texas A&M once the Kansas City Chiefs make Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher the first pick. If the Chiefs change course and go with Joeckel, then the Jags will go with Fisher. Jacksonville needs line help and it needs it bad.
Of course, if the Jags room looks this empty from round two on, then maybe Jags fans have a reason to worry.
On the afternoon of Sat., April 20, the logic of the first round of the NFL draft may have taken a severe beating. Less than a week before that first round actually takes place at Radio City Music Hall, Florida State defensive end Cornellius “Tank” Carradine completed his recovery from a severe knee injury suffered last Nov. 24 against Florida. Carradine, seen by some analysts (including this one) as the best pass-rusher in this draft class when fully healthy, ran a 40-yard dash that was timed between 4,75 and 4.85 at his pro day, which took place in Cincinnati. 11 NFL teams attended the event, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, and Reedy reported that Carradine was “very happy” with his workout.
135 days post knee surgery, FSU defensive end Tank Carradine runs a 4.75 in the 40 during a workout for teams
— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) April 20, 2013
Carradine had already put up 32 reps at the 225-pound bench press at the Seminoles’ pro day on March 19, so he skipped that part of the exercise this time around.
Just 135 days after he tore his right ACL on a non-contact injury, and after a great deal of rehab work with the same trainer that helped Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson complete his miraculous recovery from knee surgery, Carradine appeared to be all the way back — or very close to it. He was running in the 4.6 region before his injury, and at 273 pounds, his speed/power combination could easily vault him into the first round — and leave a few pro personnel guys re-doing their boards over the weekend.
“I am two months and three weeks into rehab” Carradine said at the scouting combine in late February. “I’m more than healthy, I actually have been doing a little bit of running, not that much, but I’m really going to start running this Monday, February 25. My knee feels good, I’m like a month ahead of schedule, actually rehab[ing] five days a week, two times a day from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m., so I’m like a month ahead of schedule with all the rehab I’m doing.”
Carradine, who amassed 11.0 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss in just 11 games in 2012, has an enticing skill set for those NFL teams in need of pass-rush help — which is to say, just about every team in the league.
“I would feel great about it,” Carradine recently told the Baltimore Sun about the possibility of a role in the Ravens’ defense.. “I would fit right in with those guys because they’re impact players. I can be that guy who has ability and can learn from those guys and bring a lot to the table. I like the 3-4 a lot because I’m able to do more, show more. I’m able to stand up. I can see more. I can recognize pass and run better when you stand up. I’m able to be in space, drop in coverage and play inside receivers. I feel real good about the 3-4. I’ve played in a 4-3, but I can play in a 3-4. I can play either scheme really good.”
If the Super Bowl champs want Carradine, they’re going to have to think about trading up from their current spot at 32nd overall. Because his stock may have just risen right through the roof.
Over at the Bunnie Studios blog, a $ 12 cell phone purchased from the Mingtong Digital Mall was given a complete (and relatively simple) teardown to see what exactly goes into making such an inexpensive cell phone. Unlike the ultra-cheap handsets that are available through various carriers, such as prepaid’s Net10 and Tracfone staples, the $ 12 cell phone – which has no name – is completely unbranded and unlocked.
As you can see from the pictures, this is about as basic of a cell phone as you can get; it looks like a toy, almost as if it came in a child’s playset or a novelty store. It is a fully functional cell phone, however, that isn’t tied to any carriers, services, or stores. Likewise, the blogger says that the $ 12 price tag is for a single unit, not a bulk discount rate, and that it isn’t priced as part of any sort of promotion. Just an ordinary, very cheap cell phone.
Word has it the actual construction price of the cell phone is in the single digits, meaning you’ve probably spent more on a movie ticket than it cost to make a simple cell phone. As the blogger points out, the cell phone without a name is less than half the price of the Arduino Uno while offering quite a bit more (relatively speaking) in terms of hardware. Such a conundrum prompted a teardown.
Opening the cell phone was as easy as popping its plastic apart, revealing a nearly connector-free board harboring a MediaTek MT6250DA and a Vanchip VC5276. Says Bunnie Studios, volume pricing for the MediaTek is less than $ 2. There’s a battery soldered to the board, as well as a Bluetooth antenna and a backlit keypad. While the teardown didn’t entirely solve the mystery of why it is so cheap, it was an intersting look nonetheless, showing that, in a perfect world with the right contacts, a simple cell phone without any plan subsidization or other factors can be assembled for about the cost of your last meal.
[via Bunnie Studios]
Teardown looks at what goes into making an ultra-cheap cell phone is written by Brittany Hillen & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Our cell phones go with us just about everywhere: at school, work, in our pocket, in bed. Those who have been around long enough will have heard ever-changing stances on the health safety of the handsets, with some claiming that the radiation causes brain tumors and others claiming that there are no health problems associated with phone use. All was quiet on the health front until last year, when the government said it was time to take another look at acceptable RF levels.
In 2012, the Government Accountability Office released a report after spending a year researching the health aspects of cell phone usage that stated the radiation limit needed to be reevaluated, the first time such a required had been made in nearly two decades. At the time of the report, the FCC had the SAR (specific absorption rate) set at 1.6W/kg.
The FCC reevaluated the radiation limit after the report was published, and has now published its own response, in which it states that the SAR limit is staying the same as it has been for many years. However, all is not staying unchanged. Per the report, the outer part of the ear has been reclassified as an extremity, a designation that legally allows it to absorb more radiation under current specifications.
The effects of cell phone radiation on humans is mostly unknown, but is typically regarded to be safe and to not cause some of the speculated conditions that populate conspiracy boards. Still, more research is needed on RF radiation and its potential health effects, something that could be prodded by the ever-increasing use of smartphones in our digital, mobile world.
[via The Verge]
FCC looks into cell phone radiation, decides to keep limitations same as before is written by Brittany Hillen & originally posted on SlashGear.
© 2005 – 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.
The recent glimpses we’ve been getting of the never-was Saab 9-3 Phoenix must be like rubbing salt on the wounds of all the Saab fans out there. If that’s the case, diehard Saab enthusiasts might want to look away from this. SaabWorld has uncovered a handful of shots of what was to be the next-generation 9-3 hatchback, and boy does it look sharp.
Revealing a clearer look at what we previously saw in grainy images or as a full-scale model, these new pictures show what Jason Castriota had in mind for the new car. The front end is obviously inspired by Saab’s Phoenix Concept, while the rear of the car pays homage to the Saab 900 hatchback.
We like the overall look. Let us know what you think in the Comments.
Hyperkin’s fourth RetroN console wants to be the perfect way to enjoy gaming’s past glories. Alongside the ability to play NES, SNES, Gameboy and Sega Genesis titles, it’s compatible with PAL and NTSC formats, with ports for your NES, SNES and Genesis controllers — you still have those, right? If not, Hyperkin’s own Bluetooth-connected controllers can fill in, while the console’s UI will allow you to reassign buttons as needed. There’s also HDMI output, so those 16-bit graphics will get the full glory of your HD plasma screen. Alas, following another notable games console, the company isn’t showing off the device just yet. You’re looking at its predecessor above, which should at least give your mind’s eye something to work with until it’s finally unfurled at Wisconsin’s Midwest Gaming Classic on March 23rd.
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This year during MBFW Madrid it was raining and cold, and so it definitely limited my wardrobe and hairstyle choices for the 3 days of shows I attended. I went with a wavy hair look to avoid frizz on straight hair and I wore tights to keep my gams warm in the cold.
Day 1: ETAM blue silk shirt paired with H&M silk patterned shorts with Nina boots, Vintage Ring and Cole Haan bag. Accomplied by the lovely Norma Galan of Papier de Norma. Also I ran into my friend Fernando from dance class, looking distinguished as usual.
Day 2: Sfera shirt paired with Mango skirt with Jeffery Campbell shoes,Vintage Ring, Gucci glasses and Cole Haan Bag. Accompanied by the lovely Paloma of The Berry Blues.
Day 3: TOPSHOP shirt paired with H&M crochet shorts, Calvin Klein boots, Viceroy Ring, Dolce and Gabana glasses and Sigrid Olsen Bag.
I´d also like to post some of the photos I was able to take backstage, of my tickets, press pass, Cibelespacio and more. This year fashion week was a total blast and I hope you guys enjoy the pics as much as I enjoyed taking them!