NHL Players Will Not Play in 2018 Olympics


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2018 Olympics
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Leveraging over 30 years in billboard advertising, James “Jim” Neumann is president of Chicago’s OOS Investments. Beyond helping clients with static and LED-screen billboards, James Neumann enjoys watching a variety of sports, including professional hockey.

The National Hockey League (NHL) implemented a break in its season for the past five Olympic Games to allow its players to represent their countries, but that won’t be the case for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has repeatedly stated the league’s owners were adamantly against Olympic participation and that decision was made final on April 3, 2017. A poll conducted by the NHL among American fans showed that 73 percent of respondents were not in favor of the league taking a mid-season break to accommodate the Olympics.

Dick Pound, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee, recently scrutinized the NHL’s choice to skip the Olympic Games in an op-ed for the Montreal Gazette. In it, Pound attributed the NHL’s decision to its supposed lack of interest in growing its presence in Korea and stated “one would not have to be a prophet” to expect the league to do whatever it takes to make sure its players participate in the 2022 Games in Beijing, China. Since NHL players have been allowed to compete at the Olympic Games, Canada has won three gold medals, while the Czech Republic and Sweden won one each.


Golf Tip – Better Posture Yields a Stronger Swing

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Better Posture
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James Neumann began working with billboards as an installer at the age of 19. Now the chair and CEO of Optic Outdoor Signs, a leading outdoor media group, James Neumann oversees a portfolio of more than 300 billboards across North America.

To achieve a strong golf swing, the golfer must create enough rotation in the torso so that the unwinding motion puts power behind the ball. This rotation requires a straight back and a forward bend, hinged at the hips.

This bend at the hips is an essential component of the golfer’s posture. Too many golfers bend forward from the waist. Doing so rounds the back and curves the spine, which then cannot serve as a strong central column.

Golfers who are unfamiliar with the feeling of bending at the hips can practice in front of a mirror. While curving the fingertips into the joints at the front of the pelvis, the golfer gently sends the hips and rear backward and leans slightly forward with the back kept flat.

A golfer may also choose to practice this motion with a club. The club should extend forward from the navel, and the shoulders should be held back. Tilting from the hip joint, the golfer keeps the back steady as he or she lowers the club to the ground. The stance is correct when the knees are slightly flexed but not dramatically bent.

Basics of Off-Roading


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James Neumann serves as the president of Chicago-based OOS Investments. James Neumann enjoys a variety of sports and outdoor activities, including off-roading.

Off-roading refers to driving on unpaved ground, such as fields, riverbeds, beaches, and mountainsides. There are various settings and locations for off-roading, which appeals to people for both the scenery and the excitement of driving in a challenging environment. It can be done using trucks and SUVs, but the most popular off-roading vehicles are four-wheelers, dirt bikes, and all-terrain vehicles or ATVs.

An important factor for an off-road driver to take into account is traction, meaning the grip the vehicle’s tires have on the surface upon which he or she is driving. Traction depends not only on the type of tires but also on their size, air pressure, and the vehicle’s ability to use four-wheel drive. Tires with large treads provide better traction on muddy surfaces, and using four-wheel drive gives all four tires better traction in general. One can also increase traction by lowering the air pressure of his or her vehicle’s tires.

Momentum is also an important factor when off-roading, because the amount of speed a vehicle can gain depends on it. To prevent getting stuck, off-road drivers can increase the momentum of their vehicles, which they can manage by familiarizing themselves with three different angles: the approach angle, the departure angle, and the break-over angle. Proper planning and angle measuring can result in an extraordinarily positive off-roading experience.