Oral Hygiene Tips

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When it comes to dental hygiene, there are some of us, sadly, who, for one reason or another, don’t take good care of our teeth and gums. Whether it’s due to a mental illness like depression leading to lethargy and apathy or simply making a bad habit out of forgetting to brush, many of us could stand to do a lot better in this department. There’s even a nickname for bad oral hygiene in the south, “Mountain Dew mouth,” because of the excess consumption of soda and lack of oral hygiene contributing to an epidemic of serious dental problems. Therefore, it’s important to remind ourselves every once in awhile of the importance of dental hygiene, so here are some tips.

First and foremost, brush your teeth daily. While it’s said to brush your teeth after every meal, this is just flatout wrong. The acid content of most of our food can cause brushing after eating to actually be detrimental to the enamel on our teeth by rendering them more susceptible to erosion during brushing. Therefore, brushing before eating, or waiting at least half an hour after a meal to brush is ideal. Also, when we brush, we often brush too hard, so try softer strokes. And, don’t forget to lightly brush the gums and lightly scrape the tongue. Then, of course, there’s flossing and mouthwash. These two dental accessories are underrated, despite dentists and other oral hygiene professionals espousing their virtues regularly. Make sure to floss to get all of the excess food particles out from between your teeth and use mouthwash to ensure all of the loose debris makes it out of your mouth and is replaced by an all over clean. With these tips in mind, your oral hygiene will be the tops, and you’ll have a stunning look worthy of that Ulta Beauty haul you’ve been looking forward to.

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The Day of the Dead Art Hits the Slots

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The Day of the Dead has been a popular holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and the rest of the world for many years. It is a way to remember those who have died and pray for them. It is commonly characterized by skeletons wearing sombreros and other costumes. During this day, it is celebrated as a national holiday with banks and other institutions closed.

Dia de Muertos as it is often called, can be traced back to an Aztec festival that was dedicated to a goddess named Mictecacihuatl. The day has spread into Brazil, Spain and there are similar observances with a different name all over the world.

The holiday is celebrated on November 1 or 2 of every year. While not everyone wants to celebrate the holiday or can wait until November to celebrate, VirginGames.com offers the Day of the Dead slots every day of the year.

The slot machine game that is played online gives players 720 different ways to win real money. It will only cost 50 coins to play, spinning and making all 50 of the pay lines active. The amount of money for each coin can be anywhere from 1 pence to 1 pound.

The reels are then spun in order to submit the bet. There is an Auto Spin feature in jurisdictions where it is approved. This means that it will continue to spin until STOP is pressed or a bonus is triggered – or when there is an insufficient balance to continue.

The characters on the reels help to add to the festivities found in the Day of the Dead parades. Bright colors and fun skeletons make spinning the reels a whole lot of fun. With so many combinations, it’s easy to win cash. There are also some MultiWay Xtra payouts as well as Free Spins Bonus. Any time there is a Bonus symbol on the five reels, it will trigger a bonus –as long as there are 5 across the board. Free spins means the chance to win more without paying to fund the spins.

The Day of the Dead may be a time to remember those who have passed on, but it is also the chance to have a lot of fun. When parades and festivals cannot be attended, there is always other options. Anyone can play at any time of the year, which brings the excitement of the holiday to everyone’s living room, office, or anywhere else they want to step into an online casino.

The chance to win big is there and with all of the graphics and sounds, it offers entertainment even when there isn’t any big wins taking place. All it takes is 50 coins to get started and spin the reels inside of Day of the Dead to see if it’s going to result in a big payout or not.

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FCA Coaches Challenge

Written by Blaine Clemmens on .

The FCA Coaches Challenge will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend 2013 at the San Jose State Football Conference Room.

The FCA Coaches Challenge is a coach’s conference designed to elevate and equip coaches who want to capture the heart of their athletes and impart more of their faith into coaching.  Dr. Jeff Duke who coached under legendary football coach Bobby Bowden, will be the Key Note Speaker and equip coaches with the Three Dimensional Pyramid of Coaching Success. You will be inspired to be a Three Dimensional leader and capture the heart of your athletes.  We believe this weekend will equip you with practical tools on how to leave a lasting impact into the lives of the athletes you lead that will transcend the wins and losses.

Dr. Jeff Duke’s is a leadership expert whose Three Dimensional Pyramid of Coaching Success is revolutionizing the coaching landscape. Coaches are discovering a unique approach that produces ultimate athletic performances.  Dr. Duke’s coaching experience encompasses the youth levels to professional ranks with a wide array of knowledge in a variety of sports.  We invite you to join us at the FCA Coaches Challenge and connect with other coaches through fun and engaging fellowship and learn from one of the best leadership experts on coaching.


Attendees MUST be Pre-registered in order to participate in this coaches conference.


Please help us spread the word and pass this email on to other coaches who you think

would be interested or benefit from this event.






Rigo Lopez
Bay Area Representative
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
408-300-0744 office

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7th Annual FCA Pro & College Basebal Youth Challenge

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Hello Parents/Coaches/Teachers/Youth & Community Leaders:


The 7th Annual FCA Pro and College Baseball Youth Challenge will be held on Sunday, November 11th,  2012 from 1pm – 4:30pm at Santa Clara University.


This youth baseball clinic is fashioned for kids ages (6 -14) and will involve an assembly of talented professional baseball players and college student-athletes from various Bay Area universities including: Stanford, Cal, USF, Santa Clara University, Cal State East Bay, San Francisco State and San Jose State. This is a one of a kind experience as pro and college athletes unite to give back and make a difference, while teaching kids baseball and encouraging them to develop into leaders with character.


Professional baseball players from various professional baseball organizations will also be participating.

Continue for more details....

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Leukemia Fundraiser for Pioneer HS student-athlete

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I received this email from the father of a player who attended BAWS last June.  If you are in the South Bay area and like pizza, take some time and help out a family.


Hi Blaine,

I am writing to practically everyone I know in the baseball community to help spread the word about a fundraiser that is being held for Chris Bush, who is a student athlete at Pioneer High School in San Jose. Please consider forwarding on this message to anyone that you know that may be able to help the Bush family with the steep medical expenses they are facing. We are also looking for items for the raffle and auction that will be held. Below is the facebook page and flyer for the event.



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Jackson, Petaluma, Storen, Cousins

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Just some general observations, news, etc. on this Sunday, related to our local baseball players.

The biggest news is another local product reaching the big leagues.  Today the Cubs promoted former Miramonte HS and Cal star Brett Jackson.  He started today in centerfield for the Cubs against the Dodgers, hitting in the two-hole.  Jackson burst onto the recruiting scene after his sophomore year at the very first Bay Area World Series back in 2004.

UPDATE: Jackson grounded out to 1st base in his first at-bat (hough umps ALL missed the very obvious fact that the ball went off Jackson's shin then foot first), he walked then was forced at 2nd base, and in his third at-bat he stroked a clean single into right field for his first MLB knock!

For those who follow the Little League World Series, the Bay Area has a team that has a chance to advance to Williamsport.  Petaluma National has advanced in the Western regional down in San Bernardino.  So far Petaluma National is 2-0, with wins over Hawaii and Arizona.  They will play Southern California on Monday, followed by Nevada on Tuesday.  The top four seeds advance to the regional semi-finals, which start on Friday.  

In other news, the Nationals/Marlins game on Sunday had some news and notes of local interest.  Former Stanford closer Drew Storen got the save in the 4-1 Nationals win, it was his first save of the season after he missed most of the season due to having some bone chips removed from his right elbow.  The Nationals main closer this year has been Tyler Clippard but he had pitched the last three days so Storen got his shot and at some point I think the Nationals want to get him back in the role as their primary closer.  He did save 43 games last year. 

Also in that game, former USF (and North Valleys HS in Reno) star Scott Cousins went 2-4, including a double of Nationals' starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg.  As the Marlins have held somewhat of a firesale, Cousins figures to get a pretty significant amount of playing time. 

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NORCAL SB tournaments

Written by Blaine Clemmens on .

NorCal Select Baseball Upcoming Events   

July 4-8
ages - 14U - 16U 4 GAMES GUARANTEED



NorCal AABC State Tournament

July 12-15 Ages 13u Koufax, 14u Koufax, & 16u Mantle

James Logan HS & Irvington HS

3 Games Guaranteed




JULY 12-15 AGES - 16U & 18U


12 teams max per age group


In the month of June alone, we have had over 80 teams participate in our events! Our July schedule is filling up fast... Our 2013 Fall schedule will feature some of the most exciting events on the West Coast!!! Visit our website at - www.norcalsb.com to register for all events. We look forward to having your team participate in NorCal Select Baseball events! 


Gil Manzanares
(510) 552-5450
NorCal Select Baseball
NorCal AABC/CABA Baseball
All World Sports Co-National Director

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Former SJSU star Ryan Shopshire in terrible accident

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As the college season is about to get underway, today I bring you some tough news about a former great college pitcher from SJSU, Ryan Shopshire.  I got a call today from SJSU asst coach Jeff Pritchard, who I consider a friend, outside of our involvement in baseball.  He is aware of this blog and as he and his team/staff have been considering ways to get this message out, he thought of me as a way to help.  I am happy to be able to pass along the following information because it can only help a young man and his family in a very tough spot.  No doubt Ryan is humble and competitive and he likely would feel a little embarrassed that others are going to bat for him like this.  That being said, Pritch went to bat for him by contacting me and now I will do what I can to get the information out to anyone who reads this (make sure you read the release from the hospital)... feel free to do the same.



Here is the email that was sent to me by Ryan and his girlfriend...I really appreciate your help.  Ryan was the 2009 WAC Pitcher of the Year, All WAC, etc. He is an outstanding teammate and always thought of his teammates first before himself, in every situation.  He is an unbelievable representative of not only Spartan baseball, but college baseball in general. 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: danielle miller
Date: Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 7:46 PM
Subject: Ryan Shopshire
To: Jeffrey Pritchard

Hey Pritch,

Below is a write up of what happened in the accident. When the accident occurred, Ryan's church created a non-profit for any donations. This rocks because people are able to give a tax-deductible donation with a receipt mailed to them at the end of the year. The money he has received thus far has gone solely towards therapy.....but my hope is to raise more money so he can continue to go to rehab. I truly appreciate all your help in organizing something for Ryan.

With Baseball (according to doctors it is out of the question at the competitive level he played) Ryan is looking to go back to school to further his education. Baseball has always provided Ryan with an outlet, ability to go to school with a full tuition, and fulfill a childhood dream. With the blow to his right arm...furthering his education in a master's program seems to be the next goal in Ryan's new path without ball.

Again I thank you so much for all your support and help. Call me anytime. I would love to help in anyway possible!--- Attached is a pitch from the hospital.


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Nor-Cal All-Sports Clinic, Jan 27-29

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Information about an upcoming clinic, sent to me by John Goulding of James Logan HS...


Coaches, just a reminder about the upcoming quality clinics in the bay area Jan. 27-29. The Nor-cal All-Sports clinic in Burlingame at the Hyatt Regency the 27th and 28th. This has great speakers in all sports. Baseball has Bill Hutton (Mitty), Greg Moore and Nino Giarantano (USF pitchng and head coach), Bob Morgan (NCAA coaches Hall of Fame), Nate Trosky, and Jim Cleveland.

Sunday the 29th the California Baseball Coaches Association will be having their clinic at James Logan. This is a change from Mitty, due to a scheduling conflict at Mitty - 7:30-2:30. The new Santa Clara staff will be the main speakers at this one. Only 40$ gets you the clinic, food, and membership to the CBCA so you can nominate your players to the North-South tryout and be a part of your coaches association.

Hope to see you all - John Goulding

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San Rafael Pacifics tryout

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Get your spikes out, start tossing the ball around and get ready for your shot at pro baseball! 

Earlier in the fall I had a chance to sit and talk with the GM of the new independent team, the San Rafael Pacifics.  Hopefully it all goes well because I think an independent team in San Rafael, playing at Albert's Park could be a great thing for baseball fans, particularly in the North Bay.  I got the email about their tryout so here are the details...


To All Who Are, Or Know Somebody Who This May Interest: 

This is Riley Sullivan here.  Most of you may know me from Wine Country Baseball League.  As few of you know, I am now affiliated with a new independent league baseball team called the San Rafael Pacifics of the North American Baseball League (formally known as the Golden Baseball League).  The Pacifics are a brand new, expansion team that will begin its inaugural season this coming Spring! 

Unlike Major League Baseball, expansion teams in independent league baseball do not get the luxury of having an expansion draft.  To sum it up, WE NEED PLAYERS TO TRYOUT!!!! This is an opportunity to BECOME A PAID, PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE!!!!

There is a tryout fee of $150 due the day of tryouts.  If you pre-register by phone, the tryout fee is $100.  If this idea intrigues you, or somebody you may know, please follow the directions which are listed below:  

1) Call (415) 485-1563 to pre-register *save $50 off tryout fee by pre-registering!

2) Arrive ready to showcase your talents at 7:30am on Sunday, January 22, at Laney College (park in the big lot across the street from the field)

3) This may be an all day event as we want to provide all players the best possible chance to display their true skills, so come prepared!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).  I wish you all a very happy and successful new year!  Best of luck to all!!

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