Sports & Fitness

Behind The Scenes With The Mississippi Surge

38293Our beloved Mississippi Surge hockey team is hard at work preparing for their fifth season which will begin on Friday, October 25th right here at home against the Louisiana IceGators. Head Coach, Jeff Bes, works around the clock to train his team and keep them in top physical condition for the incredibly demanding schedule that lies ahead. This sport requires Herculean strength, lightening quick reflexes, and speeds up to 20 MPH on the ice. The men of the Mississippi Surge are consummate athletes, fiercely dedicated to their sport and to one another. The season consists of 56 games, 28 games are at home and the rest are played out of town. (more…)

ALAN “THE TALENT” BELCHER WILL FIGHT AGAIN IN AN UNPRECEDENTED NATIONAL TELEVISION EVENT

On the evening of May 5th at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Alan “The Talent” Belcher will fight Brazilian middleweight, Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares. It will be LIVE on FOX, and is expected to have over 15 million viewers. This is only the third FOX card that the UFC has done. Coast fans will be bursting at the seams with pride as their favorite son, Belcher, will undoubtedly annihilate this very worthy opponent. Palhares is known for his wrenching leg locks, knee bars and toe holds. Belcher commands his own arsenal of weapons, as well as standing head and shoulders above Palhares. (more…)

Mississippi Surge Hockey

The Mississippi Surge is heading into the meat of its season with 17 of its 28 home games this season in the 2012 portion of the schedule. But there have already been some tremendous accomplishments in the first thrid of the season.
  After opening the season with three straight road games, the Surge came home and posted consecutive 3-0 shutouts over the Huntsville Havoc, and the newest team in the Southern Professional Hockey League, the Mississippi RiverKings (based in Southaven, in north Mississippi). Nick Eno was the goaltender who recorded the back-to-back shutouts. 
On December 17th, the Surge held its annual Teddy Bear toss, presented by Teddy Bear Carpet and Restoration. The Surge fans didn’t disappoint the area children who will benefit from the bears that got tossed on the ice. Shawn Skelly of the Surge scored before the game was even five minutes old, starting the fur flying as teddy bears rained down onto the ice from all parts of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. The Surge collected an estimated 14 hundred teddy bears that have been distributed to various agencies helping area children.  (more…)

Skinny Doesn’t Mean You’re Fit

Remember when a total cholesterol reading of under 200 was the standard for judging cardiovascular health? Today, of course, we know that it’s the components of cholesterol (LDL, HDL, the size of those cholesterol particles, and triglycerides) that are much more predictive of heart health. Well, our understanding of total weight and its effects upon your heart has evolved in similar fashion. It’s not your total weight but the characteristics of that weight—how much is fat and where it’s deposited—that matter most. (more…)

Introducing Jeff Bes, the New Head Coach of the Mississippi Surge

Jeff Bes grew up in the beautiful city of Tillsonburg, Ontario. He was wearing ice skates from the moment he took his first steps. Hockey is the national sport of Canada, and Jeff never needed a push to play. He took to the sport like a duck to water. His inspiration came from his father and uncle who were both fine players in the minor league. On any given day Jeff was shooting pucks downstairs in the basement, or he was spending every possible moment at the local hockey rink. “I was a rink rat – Always watching the games, shooting pucks, and hoping to get that broken stick used in the game or catch the puck that flew over the glass. I have loved everything about hockey since I was a kid,” Jeff said. (more…)

Preparing for Your New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

No matter how many times people make resolutions to get fit for the new year and then quit by March or April, most of us continue to make them. The new year signifies starting fresh and getting another chance to do things right. There is nothing wrong with using the coming year as your start date to better health. What is important is actually getting started and doing so in such a way that you continue long past the time most people quit. (more…)

Tips For Running Your First Marathon – What every newbie needs to know before taking on a big race

Week 1-3: Find Your Stride
As a novice runner, the first obstacle to overcome is yourself. While training, everyone says that running a marathon is 80 percent mental so the biggest challenge is letting yourself fail. Just as you can’t start with a 250 lb. deadlift, you can’t jump into training at an 8-minute mile. Sure, your competitive nature would love to train at a 1:45 hour race finish time, but if you want to make it past a week of training you have to mentally and physically slow down. There are a bunch of running schedules you can find online but accept the fact that it’s OK to modify based on your ability and schedule, and set realistic, achievable goals in terms of mileage and pace. (more…)