Important Affenpinschers of The Modern Era

Ch.Hilane’s Solar Eclipse was born May 9, 1991 and died September 11, 2004. Solar was bred and owned by Jerome Cushman and Frederickk Nuernberg. Solar was one of three puppies in the litter. His rather unique color inspired his name. On his neck, shoulders and flanks he had a dark red undercoat with a black overlay of hard coat. Many times he has thrown this characteristic coat color. He was Winners Dog under judge Sari Brewster Tietjen at the national specialty in 1992.

His brother Ch.Hilane’s Seth Thomas, owned by Carolyn (Garrity) Hamilton, won the national specialty in 1993 under judge Lois Wolf White. His sister Ch.Hilane’s Au Naturel was the first all-natural Affenpinscher to earn an AKC championship.

At about the age of two-and-a-half, Solar showed signs of stiffness and the veterinarian reported he had been infected with Lyme’s disease, which left him with severe arthritis. He was a stoic little dog who enjoyed life with only minor accommodations.

Though he was not used a lot for breeding, he has produced some great dogs. His offspring include national specialty winners Ch.Hilane’s Harpagon, later owned by Shirley Howard and Jim and Kathy Herman, Ch.Yarrow’s Lucy in the Sky (Moraina), owned by Jackie Stacy and Ch.Yarrow’s Super Nova (Cosmos), owned by Dr. and Mrs.William Truesdale.

«Moraina» and «Cosmos» hold the records for most Best in Show wins for their sex in the breed. Cosmos also was the top toy and number-five top-winning all-breed show dog for 2001. Ranked as the number-eight all-time top-winning toy dog, he was the first Affenpinscher to win the Toy Group at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. A brother of Cosmos is multiple group winner and top producer Ch.Yarrow’s Over The Moon. His sister is Ch.Kyleakin Maid At Yarrow, who has produced several top-winning champions. Ch.Yarrow’s Lucy in the Sky’s littermate is Ch.Yarrow’s Rocketman, who lives with Sharon Sapp in Georgia, and he too has sired some nice dogs.

Other of Solar’s sons who have done well in the show ring is Ch.Tamarin Trevor, owned by David and Pamela Peat. Trevor’s brother Ch.Tamarin Tanz, owned by Joseph Reinisch, also has been a fine show dog.

Another son, Ch.Hilane’s The Sun Also Rises, owned and exhibited by Rebecca Brandon and Babettta P.Veater in Alaska, has won several groups and a Best in Show. His littermate Ch.Hilane Spring’s Awakening has sired a number of fine champions including Ch.Hilane’s Just Look At Me, owned by Sandra Lex from Canada, and Ch.Hi-Tech Girlrilla Of My Dream, owned by Beth Sweigart and Letisha Wubbel. Two of Solar’s granddaughters, Ch.Hilane’s Betty Boop and Ch.Hilane’s Loose Cannon, also are group winners.

Solar also sired some quality belge bitches, including Ch.Hilane’s Molley Sugden, who has produced three champions for her owned Mavis Weatherwax of California, and Ch.Hilane’s Present, owned by Jerome Cushman. Solar sired Ch.Hilane’s Marlane, the first group-placing Affenpinscher with natural ears and tail.

While visiting Crufts Dog Show in England Beth Sweigart and Peter Green spotted a young female Affenpinscher owned by Rita Turner. They purchased her and brought her back to show and add to their breeding program. She finished her championship fast and won some large breed competitions. She is the dam and granddam of many of today’s top-winning Affenpinschers. Her name is Ch.Gerbraes Maid In Splendour, whose call name is «Doris,» and she is owned by Beth Sweigart and Letisha Wubbel. Her littermate Ch.Gerbraes Maid in Heaven at Zipaty, owned by the late Pat Patchen, was a top show bitch in England.

Bred to Solar, Doris produced other important Affens in addition to Cosmos and Moraina. These include Ch.Yarrow’s Over The Moon and Ch.Kyleakin Maid At Yarrow. Doris also has more champions bred to other males. Ch.Yarrow’s Mighty Joe Young won the specialty in 2004. Two more fine champions who are winning Bests are Ch.Bukany Streakmeister Tamarin and Ch.Yarrow’s Action Jackson.

After Moraina earned her championship, Beth Sweigart gave her to Jackie and Terry Stacy, who have used her to start their Tamarin lines. Doris’s other daughter, Ch.Kyleakin Maid At Yarrow, was also given to the Stacys and Doris Tolone of Calkerry Affenpinschers. These two foundation bitches along with Ch.Periwinkle Enla Ms.Munster, bred by Elizabeth Muir-Chamberlain, were the source for the Affenpinschers at Tamarin and Calkerry. These bitches were bred to Hilane, Periwinkle, Doch’s and Ceterra males to produce some highly campaigned Affenpinschers. Doris Tolone’s Ch.Tamarin Talullah (out of Ch.Periwinkle Godzilla and Ch.Kyleakin Maid At Yarrow) won the national specialty in 2001. Ch.Ceterra’s Little Black Sambo, bred to Ch.Tamarin Tulip, produced Ch.Tamarin Travis (2002 and 2003 national specialty winner) and Ch.Tamarin Tip-Off (2005 national specialty winner).

The future for Affenpinscher look bright. More good champions are placing in and winning Groups across North America. Let’s hope that the breed does not become too popular and that the new breeders stay focused on producing healthy, happy and well-adjusted dogs who fulfill the function of the fun-loving family pet.

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Liverpool (Premier League).
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Manchester City (Premier League).
Chelsea (Premier League).
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Atalanta (Serie A).
Bayern Munchen (Bundesliga).
Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga).
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U.S. Bank Championship of Milwaukee

The British Open wasn’t the reality show of last month’s U.S. Open many fans were undoubtedly hoping for, but Tiger put on a display of shot-making with a wise game plan that may rank as the best performance of all his now 11 major victories.

What was exciting for purists was that Tiger didn’t use driver last week (he used it once), opting instead for, yup, his 2 iron, and occasionally his 3-wood off the tee. The trusty and true 2 iron. It’s almost impossible to not hit a 2 iron straight. And impossible to hit it 300 yards, which is why he used it—to avoid those nasty pot bunkers. It worked all week because Tiger pretended his other long irons were eights or nines or wedges—what he’d normally hit into greens if he was using driver.

On his second hole Sunday, paired with Sergio Garcia, he was 100 yards farther back in the fairway than Garcia, who took driver off the tee. Garcia’s strategy may have seemed Lefty-like and stupid, but you could argue that if he got his second shots in closer than Tiger and gave himself more birdie opportunities on the par fours, he would have had a chance to catch Tiger. Here’s what happened instead: Tiger, again, from 100 yards farther back than Garcia, hit his second shot inside of where Garcia’s ended up. Then he lagged close for an easy tap in par. Garcia three-putted for bogey. The same thing happened on the next hole and Tiger’s one shot lead over Garcia was three just like that. He added an eagle on the 5th two holes later and the game was over, despite a decent and ever futile charge by Chris DiMarco. After those early three-putts, Garcia looked every bit the clown in his canary yellow get up. It was a substance over style kind of day, kind of tournament, and the biggest prude was Woods. A 2 iron?!?! Good on ya, Tiger.

Last week: Tiger’s win was nice but at 5-1 with 1/6 unit, I only made $833.33. Adam Scott, at 40-1 would have been much nicer, but he couldn’t do anything Sunday like the rest of them. In the head-to-head I got served, picking Monty over Sergio. That was 1/3 unit, or $333.33, lost, which brought the week’s total to plus $533.33. Now, close viewers of this page will note that I changed the betting structure recently. For most of the year we’d been putting 2 units on the H2H and one 1 (1/3, 1/3, 1/3) on the outright. Recently, I’ve cut that in half—from 3 total units to 1.5 (1 on the H2H, 1/6, 1/6, 1/6 on the outright). That means that my bottom line is not what it appears, meaning I’m down less than the $21,036 doing the math the old way. Obviously, it’s not half that figure because I’d have to look at the winning picks and losing picks, H2H and outrights, and of course the odds. In the spirit of the fight to get back on top, though, I’m not going to recalculate. Also, I’m going to refer to the season tally in units from now on, rounding the «,036» situations above. So, the bottom line is last week I finished up half a unit, bringing the season total to -21 units.

At this week’s U.S. Bank Championship of Milwaukee, Take Carlos Franco (100-1), 1/6 unit: Franco’s won this tournament twice, in 1999 when it was known as the Greater Milwaukee Open and in 2004 when it was the U.S. Bank in Milwaukee (did they add «Championship» to the name last year because people thought it was a big, gray, square building on a corner block in Milwaukee and not a golf tournament?). It’s a short course at 6,700+. Franco is a long hitter who hits greens. Putting, which was the strong suit of Ben Crane last year, is a big problem.

Take Ben Crane (16-1), 1/6 unit: Players rarely successfully defend titles in golf (unless their name is Tiger) but the timing looks good for this pick. Crane’s coming off a T11 at Hoylake and a T6 before that, at the Booz Allen. He’s still one of the best putters on Tour and his short length off the tee won’t hurt him here.

Take Bob Estes (100-1), 1/6 unit: He’s got a T10 and three T25s this year. He finished T26 in Milwaukee last year. He’s pretty bland as a player—doesn’t do anything exceptionally well or exceptionally badly. And that’s the kind of player who can win a weak-field tournament. Then again, anyone can win a weak-field tournament.

In the head-to-head, take Crane to finish higher than Kenny Perry (1-1), 1 unit: Perry is coming off a missed cut in Liverpool. He may be the most consistent hitter of greens on Tour, but putting is a problem. I’m going with Crane’s putter this week.

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Predicting the World Cup 2010 Winner

What does predicting the economy got to do with predicting the World Cup winner? A lot if you listen to Swiss Bank UBS.

In the World Cup 2006, the economists and analysts at the Wealth Management Research at UBS used the statistical model that enabled them to predict market trends and investment decisions and applied it to predict the World Cup winner.

They correctly predicted that Italy would be the champion. They also succeeded in getting six of the eight quarter-finalists correct. Their track record also included correctly forecasting three of the four semi-finalists.

UBS’s model is a purely quantitative analysis and the criteria used are past performance, home advantage and teams’ strength. Now let’s discuss the model:

For past performance, so far seven nations have won the championship. (Brazil five times, Italy four times, Germany three times, Argentina and Uruguay two times, France and England one time each). So according to UBS, if you pick one of these seven teams, it appears to be a safe bet.

As for the home advantage, a third of the past world cups was won by the host country. Now:

# The weather is mild winter in South Africa and it appears that the host nation may not have the climate advantage. This applies similarly to the African nations in the finals.

# Some matches will be played at venues at high altitude. This is a clear advantage to the host and the South American teams like Brazil.

# In every tournament, there is speculation of referees favoring the Home team. Will there be many controversial calls helping the host?

# This being Africa’s World Cup, there are many who wonder if an African nation will advance past the group stage into the quarter-finals for the first time. In every tournament, there will always be a team which will be the surprise package. Will this team come from Africa?

# And lastly, there is this «outside-of-Europe» syndrome. So far every World Cup had been won by either an European team or a South American side. No European team has won outside the comfort of their own continent. Now in South Africa, many pundits believe that the South American teams will have so-called ground advantage.

Regarding the strength of the teams, UBS took into consideration the FIFA ranking and the bookmakers’ odds.

So which team has UBS picked to be WC 2010 champion? Brazil.

Well, your guess is as good as mine on which team will win. My trusted crystal ball tells me it is Spain.

In every World Cup, betting wise, it is a true challenge. The tournament is held every four years and qualification ends months before the ball is kicked in the first game of the finals. During this time, a lot can change in the football world.

World Cup means patriotic fervor comes into play. We all have passionate feelings for a certain team or a certain player which will determine our decision.

There are 32 teams in the finals so technically there are 32 potential winners. It is interesting to note some characteristics of these teams:

* Some teams have a good striking department with tons of firepower, but lacking everywhere else.

* Some teams have great talented players but have insane coaches.

* Some are perceived as perennial underachievers like Spain and England who seem to choke on the big stage.

* Some are tournament teams like Germany and Italy who may be underrated before the finals, but know how to grind out the results. Well this is according to past performances.

* Experts have expected Spain to win the last two World Cups – but they never have.

* England are going to win it every time according to the English – but they never do.

And there are some interesting statistics:

# No team has successfully defended the WC for a long while. Would the 2006 winner Italy be the exception? But Italy has an aging squad and may not be expected to last all the way. It is easier to reach the top, but much harder to stay there!

# Only once in the last 21 group games has the WC host lost, so would South Africa be the surprise package?

Why Spain will Win

With one loss in their last 46 matches, Spain arrived at South Africa as one of the best teams. They are the favorites to lift the World Cup on July 11. They are ahead of Brazil in the eyes of the bookmakers and pundits.

Spain (Rank 1) play in Group H against Chile (Rank 17), Switzerland (Rank 18) and Honduras (Rank 38).

They have been dubbed by the media in the past as «perennial underachiever». But the faith of their fans may be justified this time as they have completely turned the corner after winning Euro 2008. They had built on this success and thereafter had won all of their qualifying games for WC 2010, the first team to achieve such a record.

The Talents

Spain is a team with polished gems. They boast the talents of Fernando Torres and David Villa up front, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso and Cesc Fabregas in the middle, Carles Puyol and Gerrard Pique at the back, and Iker Casillas in goal. The reigning European champion look a formidable bunch.

They are stacked with players from the elite leagues in Europe like Barcelona and Real Madrid. The squad has so much depth that even the impressive Arsenal captain Fabregas, whom many consider as one of the best midfielders around, has to warm the bench as a substitute.

A well balanced team is needed to have the consistency to get through such a high level tournament. Look at Argentina. The hope of the entire nation rests on the shoulders of young Messi. But Messi does not perform for his country like he does for Barcelona because he does not have the midfield marshals like Xavi and Iniesta behind him to pull the strings. And I shall leave the Argentina manager alone.

The Spanish squad has been largely unchanged from the team that won Euro 2008. Playing together for years can only foster better understanding on the pitch. The Spain of today exude calm and confidence. Wearing the European crown does such things to you.


Of course injury is a concern but this is the same for every team. Torres and Fabregas missed playing the tail end of the league due to injuries. To look on the bright side, this could actually be a blessing in disguise as they are totally rested for the World Cup.

Spain has a deep squad with comparatively able replacements. They are not a one or two men team like Ivory Coast relying on Drogba.

If injuries are inflicted on play-makers, any team will suffer like Rooney for England, Lucio and Kaka for Brazil, Messi for Argentina, Sneijder for Holland, etc. Serious injuries are a disaster for every team.


Being ranked No. 1 and as hot favorites, expectations are high. Will Spain crack under the pressure?

Much was made out of their 2-0 defeat in the Confederations Cup semi-final to USA last June. This ended their 35 match streak without a loss. Some said Spain buckled under the pressure in that match because they wanted so much to break Brazil’s 35 match streak of not suffering a loss. To many this is considered a great weakness to cave in to pressure.

A lot of teams lose matches that they should win. Most important is to learn a lesson from the loss. I believe the Spanish had indeed learned a valuable lesson. From then on, they had not lost again.

Mental Strength

Psychologists often stress that half of the battle is won in the head. Unfortunately, Spain have the unwanted tag of perennial choker on the big stage. In the past when the going gets tough, they have gone missing.

But now all the players pledged that they know their biggest enemy is themselves and they have developed greater self belief.


There is a great threat of complacency when facing the likes of Honduras, Chile and Switzerland. I am confident that with an experienced coach in del Bosque, the players will know in no uncertain terms that a place in the second round is not a formality.

Assurance and over-confidence is divided by a very fine line. The last thing they will think is they have already won the match even before the ball is kicked.

How To Beat Spain

Some said the way to beat Spain is to follow the tactics of Jose Mourinho whose Inter Milan succeeded where virtually everybody failed by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League. The tactic is to have the players defend deep in their own half, soaking up the pressure thrown at them and rely on swift counter-attack to score. Well, I am not sure whether there could be another «Special One’ around.


If Spain keep their heads they will win World Cup 2010. If they don’t, they are simply beaten by themselves.

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Barnsley FC – Neil Redfearn, A Midfield General

Arguably Barnsley's most influential and talented footballer, Neil Redfearn was instrumental in helping the Tykes achieve promotion to the English Premier League in 1997.

Redfearn's career stretched from 1982 to 2008, he played 851 games and scored 176 goals. He started is long career at Bolton Wanderers but it was a move from Oldham Athletic to Barnsley in 1991 that catapulted him to new heights. Redfearn had a great match day engine and having all the required activities of a good quality midfielder he was given the club captaincy as well as becoming the regular penalty taker for the club. In an era where drinking was not discouraged and an athletes diet was not as strict as it is today, Redfearn rarely missed a game through injury or illness.

Sat in the second tier of English football, manager Danny Wilson began to assemble a Barnsley team that was able to challenge for a place in English football's holy grail, the Premier League. Clint Marcelle, Andy Liddell, Paul Wilkinson, Matty Appelby and John Hendrie all came into Wilson's side in the search for promotion.

In the 1996/97 season Redfearn as ever lead by example. His superb attitude on and off the field was accredited by everyone associated with the club. Barnsley got off to a terrific start to the season winning their first five games. The Tykes would only win one of their next eight drawing five and losing two. The Midfield-General was setting his standards high on the pitch, talking with his feet he had already scored eight league goals going into the middle of November.

A double winning season over rivals Sheffield United and a 2-0 home win against Manchester City helped Wilson's men secure second place and automatic promotion to the Premier League. It was Redfearn's and Barnsley's finest hour. The club captain missed just one game all season and scored 17 goals, he was a club hero.

The Premier League was not a success for the Tykes, relegation lead to the departure of Wilson to rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Redfearn left for £ 1 million to Chartlton Athletic. Redfearn scored a brace in a controversialial 3-2 home defeat to Liverpool. He showed that he had the ability to play in the top tier of English football.

In what was a colorful career, Redfearn was a superb servant to the game. He knew where the back of the net was. There are plenty of managers up and down the country that would love to have a player of Redfearn's ability, commitment and professionalism along their ranks today.

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Artificial Grass in Europe

The artificial grass industry has expanded to international territories across the globe throughout the years, including Europe. With large sports industries like football (or soccer in America) and rugby, Europe has utilized artificial grass for many purposes. From Germany and the UK, to different parts of the Netherlands, artificial grass continues to be a growing trend and a popular alternative to real grass in Europe. The continent is booming with locals, tourists, and a history that dates back extensively. Traditional architecture and landmarks are of great significance to Europe. Thus, the use of artificial grass exhibits its ability to both blend in with and accommodate the European style.

Like the US, Europe takes an active approach on ecological awareness and going green. In 2007, it was noted as one of the leading continents in the global conservation movement by international media outlets. The installation of artificial grass in both public areas, as well as residential areas continues to play a large role in the continent’s going green. Its ability to save money on water and maintenance costs has helped in the financial sector, yielding its return on investment in approximately 10 years. With the aesthetic standard of natural European gardens, synthetic grass proves to look natural, and fits this clean and beautiful standard seen in many natural and historic gardens.

Artificial turf used for sports is one of the most commonly used turf products in Europe. With sports like rugby and soccer, which require a durable and safe pitch to play on, artificial turf has been a significant surface. Artificial turf for pitches has been recognized by global associations, including FIFA. The World Cup, UEFA, as well as the Champions League also recognize synthetic grass based upon extensive testing. Much like the pitches in the World Cup, a mix of natural grass, and intricately woven synthetic grass fibers make up pitches used by Liverpool FC, as well as Tottenham Hotsupur. Though not entirely made of artificial grass, this weave requires minimal maintenance, as the artificial grass blades prevent natural growth of the real grass. Athletic artificial turf thus proves to be sturdy for performance even on the professional level.

Landscaping for both private and public areas continues to increase in different parts of Europe. Many artificial grass suppliers in the UK have gained much business this summer for landscape jobs. Local gardeners and installers have been employed to do artificial turf jobs in residential areas. This is because word of mouth has boosted the trend of synthetic grass in UK neighborhoods. Aside from conserving energy, water, and money, many homeowners enjoy the versatility of synthetic grass. Landscapers this summer have worked on several jobs for households with children, customizing turf for child-friendly play. Public parks and playground projects are also increasing in popularity, as the controversy about possible health risks has been put to rest. Its adaptability and customizable aspect bolsters the popularity and boom of the artificial grass industry in Europe. From professional sports pitches to residential neighborhoods, Europe continues to benefit from the many advantages offered by modern artificial grass.

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