Iker Casillas and Andrés Iniesta go around asking for autographs

Iker Casillas and Andrés Iniesta go around asking for autographs

Courtesy of fairly convincing acting skills, Iker and Andrés were able to strike sheer bewilderment into those walking down a typical street en España. Instead of being exposed to hundreds of fans begging for an autograph, the two Spain legends were the ones asking for autographs of the men and women they met in the latest Liga BBVA advest. The conversation between Casillas and the first woman he talks to provides the essence of the impalpable encounters these average fans experienced according to our raiders blog.

  • Iker asks, “Could you sign an autograph for me?”
  • The woman replies, “Me? But I’m not famous. You’re famous.”
  •  The idea behind the footage is a sort of ‘Yes, I’m famous. But can’t I still adore you?’. And for fans, that is a brilliant concept. It’s also probably a dream, but you never know right?

Henri Lansbury’s Wonderstrike for the England U21s

England’s U21s surprisingly demolished the Belgium U21s in an Under-21 European Championship qualifier on a day when games such as England vs. Holland, France vs. Germany, and Italy vs. the United States stood in the limelight. However, it was Henri Lansbury, the Arsenal youngster currently having a fantastic loan spell at West Ham, who decided to supply the golazo of the day from international fixtures. From 40 yards out, Lansbury put his head down, took a swing, a snuck his shot into the right corner of the Belgian goal. As unbelievable as it may seem, Lansbury claims that the goal was intentional. What do you think?

552 Bowflex Dumbbells and Stand

Bowflex Dumbbells

I am a workout fanatic and my husband likes to work out too – just not as much as me.

Over the years, he has been a bit perturbed by all the different dumbbells I would have strewn all over the weight room.

I must admit I had quite a few sets of dumbbells that took up a lot of space and they sometimes got a bit scattered around and in the way.

After getting the Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbells set – we were able to get rid of all the many other dumbbells and neaten up our workout area.

The 552 weight set is heavy enough to challenge my husband and also perfectly adjustable for my female lifting.

Bowflex 552 dumbbells weights adjust from 5 to 52.5 lbs. (2.5 lb. increments the first 25 lbs.)

The weights are easily adjustable with just a quick click to whatever weight you want to lift for each set.

We also have the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbell Stand so we don’t have to bend over to lift the weights. This protects my back and keeps me from muscle strain visit the website for more techniques.

Our 552 dumbbells get a ton of use and they have worked perfectly without fail and are in excellent conditon even after two years.

They are sturdy, space saving and work well for our home workout gym area.

When we first looked at the Bowflex home gym and dumbbells we hesitated to spend so much, but we have never regretted the decision.

The set is just so great at home for small spaces and so easy to use.

You can tell they are finely manufactured and good quality as soon as you begin using them.

You can save a lot of money too by buying this set rather than purchasing individual dumbbells.

So save money and save space and get free shipping.

We highly recommend the Bowflex 552 dumbbell set and stand. You will be pleased!

NFL Information

Are fans ready for some football? 2007 marks the 88th season played by the American Football league. Unfortunately, controversy has marred the start of the season – the most notorious being Atlanta Falcon quarterback Michael Vick pleading guilty to gambling and dog fighting charges. Vick stands to face a year to 18 months in jail, and has been suspended from the NFL as of August. “Pacman” Jones of the Tennessee Titans is in trouble as well, suspended for the entire ’07 season for his conduct off the field – a suspension not given to a player in the past 44 years. But Football goes on in spite of controversy, with the New Orleans Saints and Superbowl winners Indianapolis Colts kicking off the season in the RCA Dome.

The San Diego Chargers seem to be the AFC frontrunners in ’07, and they will open at home against Superbowl finalist Chicago. Then it gets interesting, as the Charges travel to meet the Patriots – and this is one huge game where bitter feelings definitely carry on after last year’s playoff loss. The Pats have done nothing but win recently – fans can expect them to be quite aggressive for that championship once again. The Colts are a favourite to be in the playoffs as well – but most Super Bowl champs take a hit the following season, and there is simply too much talent in the AFC. The Jaguars will be looking to prove themselves, and the Bengals have no choice but to improve their defense.

The Broncos will have a lot on their plate in ’07, dealing with two player deaths, and new coaching staff. What Denver will do in the field remains to be seen, but Denver is always a contender nonetheless, especially with the Steelers looking to come back strong after a mediocre ’06. Things look tougher for the Jets, as their schedule won’t be as easy in ’07 as it was last season. And will the Chiefs be as talented on the field as they seem in their reality TV show?

The NFC is hoping to have the potential the AFC teams do. How will the NFC fare in ’07? The Chicago Bears are not changing much from their SuperBowl team, and continue to have a fantastic defense. It is hard not to picture The Bears in the playoffs – although they do face a tough schedule, and their offence still needs a bit of work. And speaking of offence, the New Orleans Saints look to be playoff contenders as well, just on their offence alone – the saints are expected to be dangerous in ’07. Seattle is back in shape again, with Alexander and Hasselbeck in good health.

The Seahawks stand to face the 49ers twice this season. They comeback vastly improved after 7 win team in ’06 – and the critics hot pick in ’07. Things don’t look as good for the Eagles, however. There seems to be a pattern to McNabb and his injuries – and they need to pile on the wins in the early season, otherwise December won’t look good for Philadelphia. Dallas, in contrast, is pegged by critics to be the NFC East champ – and the Cowboys have the talent this year to make it to the playoffs. It remains to be seen how the New York Giants will do this season without Tiki. But the schedule looks good, and the talent on the team is responding well to Coughlin’s coaching style. Minnesota needs to make a bit of noise in ’07, and Arizona still needs to grow a bit in the West. Will Carolina and Tampa be a challenge for the Saints in the South?

Time will tell – but all considered, ’07-08 looks like an exciting and promising season for fans all across the board.

Johnson Model 1941 Rifle

Johnson Model 1941 Rifle


Type Semi-Automatic Rifle
Weight 4309.2g
Length 1156mm
Barrel Length 558.8mm
Rifling 4 grooves, RH
Magazine Capacity 10 rounds +1 in magazine feedway
Caliber .30-06 Springfield
Muzzle Velocity 807 meters/second
In Service Dates 1940-1944
Country of Origin United States

The Johnson Model 1941 semi-automatic rifle was designed shortly before World War II. It was an excellent military weapon, but timing is all-important; the Johnson was submitted for testing shortly after the M1 Garand Rifle had already been approved and put into mass production.

In 1936, Marine Corps Reserve Captain Melvin Maynard Johnson—who was connected to the Cranston Arms Co. of Providence—Rhode Island, had an idea for a recoil-operated semi-automatic rifle that he had hoped to sell to the military. He was by no means alone in his hope; the U.S. Ordnance department had been looking at semi-automatic rifle designs since the end of World War I, and Johnson was but one of many contenders.

Johnson’s design had some noteworthy and very admirable features. The Johnson rifle was very accurate. It’s ten round rotary magazine could be replenished at any time even with the bolt closed, by inserting new cartridges through a hinged door on the side of the gun. The built-in magazine was less prone to damage than a removable one. An overheated or burned out barrel could be replaced in seconds by the rifleman. In addition, Johnson designed his rifle so that it could be manufactured in small machine shops, without the need for expensive tooling.

On the deficit side, the Johnson’s barrel was relatively unsupported and was unsuited for use with the bayonet. Because the Johnson rifle had not had the Garand’s advantage of long-time testing and modification, it had some definite reliability problems.

Even though the M1 Garand was the standard U.S. Army rifle, the Johnson was called into active duty in 1941. With military rifles of all sorts being in short supply, the United States Marine Corps bought several thousand Johnson rifles for their rangers and parachutists. The Dutch bought a quantity for their forces in Indonesia and the Dutch East Indies, but most of these were undelivered because the Indies had fallen by the time they were ready.

America’s first semi-automatic rifle was known, for reasons of wartime secrecy, as the Automatic Pistol, Caliber .30, Model of 1918—more commonly known as the Pederson device. It consisted of a semi-automatic pistol mechanism that fit into a specially machined M1903 Springfield Rifle or you can also learn how to install an upper receiver, and fired a special cartridge from a 40-round magazine.