Trouble In Manhattan: What’s Going On With The New York Knicks?

The New York Knicks team has quite a rich history. It is one of the founding members of the National Basketball Association, and just one of the two founding teams that have remained in its original location. And after more than seven decades, Forbes reported in 2016 that Knicks are the most valuable franchise in the league, worth nearly $3 billion.

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From the 1950s to the 1990s, the Knicks consistently contended for the NBA championship year after year, successfully winning the titles in 1970 and 1973. They fell a few games short plenty of times, most recently in 1999.

However, that season saw the start of the franchise’s downfall. They failed to reach the playoffs 12 times during the last 16 seasons, placing near the bottom of the win-loss standings most of the time.

In 2014, optimism that the team would start competing for the title again was high because Phil Jackson, the winningest coach in league history, was hired as President of Basketball Operations. Unfortunately, Jackson’s unparalleled greatness in coaching has not translated so far to managing a basketball team.

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Almost everyone who watches the Knicks concur that the team is probably at its lowest point in the history of the franchise. Not only are they continuing to lose, but Jackson has alienated his best players, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, and the team experienced various embarrassing moments this season.

While an immediate turnaround is highly unlikely, fans hope that every step the management takes is a step toward improving the team.

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Get The Hang Of Hang Gliding

Hang gliding is an extreme sport in which pilots fly propelled only by wind and gravity. You cannot learn hang gliding independently; you must learn it under the direct supervision of a certified instructor. The following will give you an idea how hang gliders ride.

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The first step to learning hang gliding is to fly tandem with a certified instructor. The instructor will teach you the basics and give you a test to qualify you to receive a student hang gliding certificate.

Launching : Your inflation run must be smooth to get a good launch. You must maintain directional control and control of the pendulum. Your transition from running to flying must be smooth.

Gliding : This is actually easier than what it looks like. Your glider has some sort of thermal thruster to get you airborne longer. Just remember, the lower you are in altitude, the higher the bank angle you will need to thermal at, to stay in the thermals, because they are likely to be small. Better to over bank at first than to under bank.

Landing : Set the breaks as you point to your landing zone. As your height drop 1.5 meters, execute the second flare and run like your feet kiss the ground.

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Bennett J. Kireker here. Apart from being a passionate New York Jets fan, I am also a hang gliding enthusiast. For more on my interests, click here.

Rules For Starting Your Own Farm

We all want to be prepared when the stuff hits the fan. We want to have something to cling on when it happens. Food is historically recession-proof, but you need to be the one manning the driver’s seat if you want that inherent protection. Here are some guidelines if you want to start growing your own food.

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1. Invest in soil health

Soil health is financial health. You have to understand when farming, you are dealing with a living system and that everything you do will impact that system. Take care of your soil by giving it protection, fertilizers, and natural stimulants like fish, kelp, and humates.

2. Become a price maker

All that hardship producing high-quality fruits and vegetables will be wasted if you leave them unharvested because the market falls in a heap. You need to become a price maker rather than a price taker. Selling your produce is as important as growing it.

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3. Learn to have grace under pressure.

Relax through the hard times. Farmers play a critical role in our society. If you plan to be one of them, you’ll have to live through it, because in this industry, effort doesn’t necessarily equate to reward.

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VR: Helping Our Soldiers Defend The World

Virtual reality technology has indeed been a blessing to our kind. It gives off an exploration, unlike any experience we’ve ever had. Sure, there have been simulations in the past, but not quite like VR. It brings the sights and sounds of an experience to life without the potential dangers that come along with it. As the technology is continually evolving, the United States Armed Forces has found a new way of training its soldiers.

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Think of a chaotic battlefield situation wherein bullets are zipping past you, and all around you is a dense jungle. What do you do? If you stand in place for too long, you get shot. If you turn to the wrong direction, you get shot. So, you go for the closest cover, which is a tree, but you get shot anyway. In the real world, you’d bleed out, but in VR, you can replay the scene over, and find the best course of action (which is to drop to the ground and crawl.

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This is basically what VR does. It teaches soldiers the best courses of action in life-threatening situations in real-time, without endangering them. And as a bonus, it can be shown and practiced over and over until a soldier gets it right and is conditioned to do so in battle.

Hi. I am former New York resident Bennett J. Kireker. I find VR fascinating. Learn more about my work on Facebook.

New York Sports Legends: Babe Ruth’s Memorabilia

I’ll set aside my New York Jets articles to give homage to one true American legend: Babe Ruth. In my opinion, the Bambino is the undisputed king of baseball memorabilia, which is a testament to his status as the greatest star in American baseball history.

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To give you all an idea of just how much Babe Ruth is worth to people today, decades after his death, let’s take a look at some of the most expensive things related to him, that were sold in the market.

A Yankees jersey Babe Ruth sported in 1920 was sold in 2012. For how much you ask? Oh, for a little over $4.4 million. The bat the Bambino used when he hit a historical home run in 1923 – the first home run in Yankee Stadium, was one sought-after object, so sought-after in fact, that someone was willing to, and actually paid more than $1.2 million for it in 2004.

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It’s even more mind-boggling when you think about it, that even the Babe Ruth contracts would sell for over a million bucks. But yeah, that was the case with Ruth’s oldest player contract in existence – the 1918 Boston Red Sox contract. The 1919 contract that sold Ruth to the Yankees fetched a price that was only a tad lower. Outrageous.

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The Top Agricultural Concerns Of Today And Their Impact On Equipment

Agricultural practices have always played to the tune of the times. Its primary concern since time immemorial is how to produce the materials that make up the key products which a growing population of people demands. Coupled with the conditions of the present, agriculture shall once again make adjustments in terms of equipment.

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The first issue is climate change. Initially, agriculture will react in such a way that there will be a need to create equipment that can protect crops from torrential rains and the ever increasing temperatures being recorded on the planet. The most in demand equipment shall be the ones which can withstand the challenges of nature.

Secondly, the population of the world is going to drive agricultural equipment technology as well. From today until the next few decades, production will have to be done in volume, in order to address people’s needs. We will soon be seeing equipment which can produce the biggest amount of materials in the shortest possible time.

Finally, economic shifts in the world scale are also going to affect equipment. In the next years, most of the agricultural technology will be produced in Asia. The Asian companies will basically reign supreme in terms of agricultural equipment, as they are here to offer the most affordable technologies to the rest of the world.

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Hi. My name is Bennett J. Kireker. After taking up agricultural sciences, I ventured into selling agricultural equipment. I sell farming machines to farm owners as well as milk harvesting and processing equipment to dairy farms. Learn more about my work here on this page.

Knicks vs. Nets: Battle of the Boroughs

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Since the merger of the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1976, an acrimonious rivalry between the franchises Nets and Knicks, both located in New York then, developed.

Animosity began when the Manhattan-based Knicks argued that the New York Nets “encroached” on their territory, forcing the latter to pay an encroachment fee of $4.8 million and play across the Hudson River in New Jersey. The Nets had to sell the rights to the face of the franchise, superstar Julius Erving, to meet the financial obligations. Without the great Dr. J playing for the team, the Nets suffered mediocrity for many years.

Unfortunately, the rivalry never really blossomed into something more memorable. The two teams met just three times in the playoffs, when the games really mattered.

After the Nets moved to the state of New York in Brooklyn last 2012, many thought that the rivalry would be taken up a notch. Especially so when the Nets’ new owner, Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov started to talk trash to the Knicks, such that then NBA commissioner David Stern had to mediate to lessen the tension between the owners.

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However, the teams’ relative lack of success in the past four years had still not made the clash for New York supremacy, dubbed as “Battle of the Boroughs” by media outlets, much more exciting.

The past offseason though had fans optimistic as the franchises seemed to take a step to the right direction in improving their roster and team personnel.

Bennett J. Kireker here, an active supporter of New York-based sports teams, even if I had already moved to California, where I practice my profession as an agricultural equipment salesman. Learn more about what I do by visiting this Pinterest page.