We’re just a little over an eighth of the way through theMLB season and Brewer fans are already panicking and criticizing their team,even though they have been over .500 the entire season so far.Yes, the Brewers haven’t been hitting to what they arecapable of as their .240 team batting average indicates, but they have shownsigns of coming out of it this last home stand, especially Prince Fielder andRyan Braun. Fielder hit three long balls last week and Braun hit .300 duringthe seven-game home stand.And despite the lack of hitting, Milwaukee has been prettymuch in every game, as they have only lost by three or more runs twice and havealready been in eight extra-inning games.The pitching has been pretty good so far this year with ateam ERA under four. Yes, Eric Gagne hasn’t been perfect with four blown saves(although his last one wasn’t his fault as he got the double play ball heneeded to end the game, it just was a bad throw by Rickie Weeks), but he hasstarted to pitch better and the bullpen is the main reason the Brew Crew hasbeen able to have a shot in pretty much every game this season.But with Ben Sheets missing a start last week and Mike Cameronserving a 25-game suspension, Ned Yost hasn’t had all the weapons to hisdisposal.So even though the Brewers have played 25 games, in my mind,their season truly starts today when they take on the Cubs at Wrigley Field.The reason I see the Brewers season officially startingtoday is because today is the first day that the team general manager DougMelvin and Yost envisioned will be complete as Mike Cameron ends his 25-gamesuspension. Ben Sheets will also avoid a stint on the DL when he takes themound tonight.So give it time Brewer fans. Let’s see if the addition ofCameron in the two-hole makes the impacted Melvin thought it would when hesigned the centerfielder to a deal this offseason.Is Cameron going to come in and change the entire team aroundimmediately? Probably not. But he might just be the spark the Brew Crew needsat the top of the order.Is Cameron going to be the savior for the season? No, butthe Brewers’ season doesn’t need to be saved. It is still early and a lot canstill happen.Look at last year when Milwaukee started the year out 24-10and had and eight-game lead but ended the year two games back and only twogames above .500. The Brewers are three games over .500 now and they have faceda lot tougher competition to start the year than last year (Carlos Zambrano,Johan Santana, and Aaron Harang twice, to name a few).If we are going to judge this team and the job that Melvinand Yost are doing, we can only judge when they have all the pieces theybelieved they needed to win. Well, starting tonight, the Brewers will have all thepieces so the judging can start now.If after 50 games, the team is still not hitting; if theyare falling further back in the division race and the pitching isn’t holding upanymore, then start to get worried that this season might be a waste.Until then, sit back and relax and let’s see if the teamMelvin thought the Brewers would win with turns it around now that it iscompletely together.?Greg is a seniormajoring in communication arts. Lethim know when you think it is time to start worrying about the Brew Crew at [email protected]
Of course, the Kings’ exclusion from the postseason – for the fourth consecutive season – has long since been a foregone conclusion, so they were able to enjoy a moment of California hockey history. With his first-period goal, winger Noah Clarke became the first California-born player to ever score a goal for the Kings. Clarke, a native of La Verne, was playing in his 15th NHL game. Kings goalie Mathieu Garon, winless in six starts since Jan. 6, earned the victory. Michael Cammalleri scored two goals as the Kings broke a five-game losing streak. Rob Blake, who had missed four games with a strained groin, returned and had a goal and two assists. The Oilers, expected to be a Stanley Cup contender this season, have fallen into 11th place in the West and have lost eight consecutive games, so they were the perfect prey for the young Kings. The Kings had some shining moments Monday. The first one came just 2:05 into the game. Dustin Brown whiffed on a shot from the left of the net but the puck slid to Clarke, who fired a shot from the middle of the faceoff circle. Clarke’s shot, to the far post, cleanly beat Edmonton goalie Jussi Markkanen to give the Kings a 1-0 lead. The Kings extended their lead at the 5:27 mark when Aaron Miller took a slap shot from near the right boards. The long rebound came to Alexander Frolov, who slapped in a one-timer for a two-goal lead. Cammalleri’s neutral-zone turnover led to Toby Petersen’s shorthanded goal in the first period, but Cammalleri scored his first goal of the game 9:39 into the second period to give the Kings a 3-1 lead. [email protected] (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Despite their 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, in front of an announced crowd of 16,954 at Staples Center, the Kings had officially been eliminated from playoff contention before the third period. By virtue of Calgary’s shootout victory over St. Louis, the Kings became the first team in the NHL to have their playoff hopes dashed this season. With 12 games remaining in their season, the Kings can finish with no more than 83 points, and the Flames, in eighth place in the West, already have totaled 84. LOS ANGELES – Do you believe in miracles? If you’re a Kings fan, don’t bother. At least not this season.
BY EMMET RUSHE: There are only 44 days until Christmas.That may excite some of you.It may also leave some of you rolling your eyes. Bah Humbug to you!Whether you like it or not, with Christmas also comes Christmas party season.Whether you are a man or a woman, you will always want to look your best when you meet for the seasonal gathering with your work colleagues.I am going to outline a few strategies below that may help you to shed a few lbs and leave you ready for the big night out in December. These are example programmes; if you want a more structured training program you can contact me through the link at the bottom of the page.I would strongly recommend that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program.You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercise.These are 2 different training varieties that I use with my personal training clients and I have found them to be very effective at shedding unwanted lbs.This is a beginner to intermediate training option. METABOLIC RESISTANCE TRAININGI liked M.R.T so much that I started a class of it when I worked for a leisure centre in Letterkenny.M.R.T is a form of circuit training where you will be training 3-4 of the major muscles together with little rest in between them.In my classes I used to do the exercises for time, but with clients I use reps so I can maximise their strength gains along with their fat burning. The way this will work is you will choose a weight that you can lift for each exercise between 12-15 times (reps). After your first exercise you will take between 15-20 seconds to change to the next exercise and then do the same for the last exercise.Once you have all 3 exercises completed you will rest for 60 seconds and then repeat for 2-3 more rounds.A1) Goblet squat 12-15 reps A2) Dumbbell bent over row 12-15 reps A3) Dumbbell Incline chest press 12-15 repsYou can put any 3-4 exercises together to make up an M.R.T workout, but try and choose exercises that work the larger muscle groups as this will maximise your calorie burn.This is an intermediate to advanced training option.DENSITY TRAININGI love Density training. My clients, not so much! (They do really…)There are differing types of density training, but I will be showing you a timed version.The type that I like to use and that I will outline here is a 3 exercise mini circuit.You are going to select a weight that you could do for 10-12 reps for each exercise.You will only be doing between 4-6 reps on each exercise with these weights due to the time period and to prevent fatigue setting in too quickly.Set a timer for 6 mins, (that’s right, 6 mins) you will transition smoothly between each exercise with little to no rest until the 6 mins is up.A1) Dumbbell Reverse Lunge 4-6 reps A2) Barbell Row 4-6 reps A3) Dumbbell Chest Press 4-6repsOnce you have completed the full 6 mins, rest for 3-5 mins, increase the weight of each exercise by 10% and repeat for an additional 6 mins.This type of training is really taxing on the body, preferably you would have some training experience before attempting Density training, but it is a simple but effective method for burning fat quickly.Again, you can put any 2-3 exercises together to make up a Density Training session, as with the M.R.T training, try and choose exercises that will tax the larger muscles to maximise your calorie burn.These are two options that when used with the right nutrition plan can get you really great results and leave you looking great at the Christmas party.If you have any questions on either of these types of training or you would like a personalised training or nutrition plan for yourself drop me a comment through the link below.#TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 9th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHristmasemmet rushefitness column