Monthly Archive: August 2015

Atlantic Hawks

Atlanta Hawks is pro-level basketball competing in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They form part of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference. All their home games are staged at the Philips Arena.

According to, they were originally known as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks back in 1946 and a member of the National Basketball League. The Blackhawks re-joined the league in 1949,after the amalgamation of NBL and Basketball Association of America to give rise to the National Basketball Association.

In 1951, this team relocated to Milwaukee and thus changed its name to Hawks. Hawks moved to St. Louis later on in 1955. They won the NBA Championship in 1958. In 1968, the Hawks moved to Atlanta. The Hawks are recognized to be the team with the second longest drought of winning the NBA Championship of about fifty-seven. While Hawks were in St. Louis, they happened to make it to the NBA final-showdown. Afterwards, they went forty-eight league years without making it past the second-round playoffs. They accredited this failure to the history of the NBA draft.

Since 1980, the Hawks have traded only four players who were chosen to play in all the All-Star game.They are Dominique Wilkins, Doc Rivers, Al Horford and Jeff Teague. Dominique played from 1982 to 1994, he won the Slam Dunk Contest of 1985 and 1995. While coach Mike Fratello became the Coach of the Year in 1986.

In 2007, there seemed to be some hope with the signing of Al Horford who brought quality into the team. He became a runner-up for the Rookie of the Year honors. He started the season by winning the first game against Dallas Mavericks. During the 2009-10 season, Hawks improved their game and won 53 games. They were swept off by Orlando Magic in the second-round. At the end of this season Hawks fired Woodson Mike from being the head coach.

The Hawks’ performance backtracked and finished the 2010-11 season with 44 wins only to be beaten again in the semifinals by Chicago Bulls. Hawks employed San Antonio Spurs as the Vice President of Basketball Operations and Danny Ferry as the President of Basketball Operations and General Manager in June 2012. Hawks finished with a 44-38 record and appeared for six straight seasons, and were unfortunately eliminated by the Indiana Pacers after six matches in the first round. On May 2014, Atlantic Hawks showed their new logo which is a modification of the “Pac-Man” logo.

Bruce Levenson announced his sale of his share of the team on 7th September 2014. His share was sold in a$850 million-bid. It was reported that he made about twenty-seven percent profit. It was stated that by Bruce’s investor overselling Hawks, they put off other bidders from placing their bids. The auction was won by a group that was led by co-founder Tony Ressler. NBA stated that Atlanta Hawks will retain its location as a condition for the sale. The NBA Board of Governors approved the sale of the team on 24th June, 2015.

Minnesota Dentist Kills Beloved Lion

Walter Palmer went on a hunting trip in Zimbabwe and killed beloved Cecil the lion. This Minnesota dentist paid officials in that country $55,000 to acquire the licenses and permits in order to take part in the hunt. As far as Walter Palmer knew, he had secured all the correct documents and he was only following the advice of his guides as they made their way into the park. After luring Cecil to the outer edge of the park, Walter Palmer killed Cecil with a bow and arrow. The lion was found beheaded and skinned, missing its park collar.

Cecil was beloved by many in the country, he has been a fixture in that preserve for over a decade. How a hunter from the United States can hunt and kill this animal by mistake is of great concern to officials said James Dondero. Investigations have begun into the way the process was handled, who gave the go on killing Cecil, and how Walter Palmer acted during that night. Protestors quickly took to the internet to voice their displeasure, flooding the dentist’s Facebook page and Yelp website, forcing the dentist to take down his website.

Investigators are looking more closely at his record too, noting they have already uncovered evidence he shot and killed a bear illegally a few years back and was cited and fined for not following proper protocol. This dentist is not without some serious baggage. In addition to the bear killing, he has a sexual harassment suit on his record that he settled for $150,000 with the receptionist that worked for him.

Reifler Takes Note Of Non-Accredited Investors Limited Options

Brad Reifler, the CEO of Forefront Capital has taken note of the troubles that middle-class investors have in terms of investment options. So many of these investors are not able to play the market the way that they want to. Reifler learned this first hand when his 80 year old father-in-law gave him his life savings to invest as he had retired. Reifler realized that there were not as many options as there are for those who are accredited.

To be accredited means to have a net worth of greater than $1 million and an annual income in excess of $200,000. These are the types of investors who have more options in the investment realm than the rest. For Reifler’s father-in-law though, the options were not nearly as vast. Reifler wanted to change that.

Forefront Capital started to offer more choices for those who are non-accredited. They began to take on more of these types of investors and have a wider scope of services offered. At the very least, investors who do not have as much money can still have some of the options that are available to those with much higher incomes.

Forefront is one of the only firms that has taken on these types of investors. They look at it as a market that is not being reached out to enough and want to change that. People like Reifler’s father-in-law at least have a place they can turn to at this point whereas they did not in the past.

The idea of people having the same access as one another to everything is a uniquely American idea. It is a value that most of us hold dear, and it is something that the investment world is finally starting to get on board with in some small way as well.

Jason Richardson and the Atlanta Hawks

Jason Richardson has been at it a long time for a pro basketball player. The NBA veteran player has made his name with five different teams throughout his career. Until last season, he was a small forward for the Philadelphia 76ers. For most of that time, he has averaged 17.1 points per game. In his early days, he was so good that in 2003 he won the Slam Dunk Contest championship. However, his point average has been slowly getting lower. During his time with his two most recent teams, Orlando Magic and the 76ers, Richardson saw his average drop to an average of 9.1 points per game. In part, this lowering was due to an injury. Two years ago in the January of 2013, the free agent suffered a cartilage tear which forced him off the court. This past February he finally returned to play for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Now the he is making another big transition. Just a few days ago, Richardson signed with the Atlanta Hawks. This is something the 34-year-old veteran player has desired for some time. Although Richardson’s average is down and he is currently still dealing with an injury, he is still considered a great basketball player and a very good offensive acquisition for the Hawks. Many NBA basketball players never even attain a 9.1 average.

This is still a very lucky break for Richardson who since returning to the court has missed 10 games due to continuing difficulties with his knee and has yet to be cleared by the doctors to play back-to-back games. Despite all of his present medical issues, Richardson still feels very optimistic about his future with the Hawks. He is committed to becoming the player the Hawks need. Before beginning his first season with the Hawks, he will be spending the rest of the summer getting his knee in tip-top shape so that he can play the entire season. The Hawks have determined to place him in the shooting guard position. This will be his 14th season playing basketball. He hopes to make it several more.

Just as Richardson is about to be living his dream through the Hawks, he is coming in the recent departure of an owner who also fulfilled his own lifelong dream through the Hawks. This man is Bruce Levenson. Since childhood, Levenson had dreamed of becoming the owner of a sports team. In 2004, that became a reality when he led a group of investors to purchase NBA team the Atlanta Hawks, NHL team the Atlanta Thrashers, and operating rights to Philips Arena. Up until selling his share of the team, Levenson remained an active owner, having a seat on the NBA Board of Governors and the Hawk’s Board of Managers. And he was great at what he did. Levenson led the Hawk’s to the NBA playoffs seven seasons in a row, the only team in the Eastern Conference to do so. The Hawks did so well during the 2014-15 season, that they had one of the best records in the entire NBA.

Purina PetCare is Still the Best Choice for Your PetCare Needs

Nestle Purina, the company that produces Purina Pro Plan, is the main sponsor for the fabulous 18th Incredible Dog Challenge that is held in July in Joe Moakley Park, Boston. If you love dogs and are anywhere near Boston on Saturday July 11, bring your kids and pets to this fun event by Purina.

Around the Community
Nestle Purina Petcare is an avid supporter of many pet events every year as seen in the Purina news section of their website. In countries around the world, the support pet adoption projects, supplying energy for the plant in Germany using solar power and even the first “Cat Cafe” in the U.S. There are several Cat Cafes already in Europe, which has been a success for cat lovers. Purina is a first-rate world-wide company that has factories in many countries.

Purina is Number One
In 2012, Nestle Purina Petcare became the top pet care company in America and the second globally. People love their pets and Purina Petcare combined the best of two thriving companies, Ralston Purina and Nestlé’s Friskies Petcare Company. This subsidiary of the Nestle Company is as crazy about your pets, dogs, cats and horses as Nestle is about chocolate. Their worldwide slogan is “Your pet, Our passion,” and their annual revenue of that reaches into the billios annually reflects that pet owners are putting their trust in Purina.

Origin of Ralston Purina and Their Products Today
Purina headquarters is located in St. Louis, Missouri and features such products as Beneful, Purina Pro Plan, Purina Dog Chow, Alpo and Purina ONE for canines and Cat Chow, Kitten Chow, Friskies, Fancy Feast, Deli-Cat and more for felines, and they still make Horse Chow, which was the very first product produced by Ralston Purina in 1894. Horse Chow produced before the turn of the century has been the foundation of Nestles Purina Petcare, and it has proven that Purina is a petfood company of sustainability and one that the population trusts.

Choosing Good Dog Food

Do you see the long aisles of pet food at your local retailer and despair of ever finding the right dog food for your pet. Many people go by the old standby of selecting the food with the highest protein level, which has merit since healthy dogs do need a protein rich diet but this is only part of the equation. Where that protein comes from is also a vital key to a healthy pet diet. Let’s look at a few things you want to pay attention to when it comes to purchasing the best dog food for your furry family member.


Canines are meant to eat meat, if you are ever in doubt just take a look at your dogs teeth. Carnivorous animals have pronounced canine teeth (see the correlation here?) while herbivores have flat teeth meant for grinding grains and such. This means a good dog food will have meat as its primary ingredient.

Now that we have that established let’s look at one popular dog food on the market today, Beneful. One ingredient you will find on the list for most Beneful dog food products is chicken by product meal, this may not sound appetizing but when you understand that by products contain meat concentrates that are 300% higher in protein than fresh raw meat you see why it is an essential part of good dog food.


Choosing a good dog food for your furry family member may seem daunting at first, but if you take the time to understand the ingredients and the nutritional needs of your pets the process becomes much easier.

The Important Information About The Bruce Levenson and The Latest Information Concerning Atlanta Hawks LLC

Bruce Levenson was born and brought up in a Jewish family based in Washington DC. He grew up in Chevy Chase in Maryland. He attended his college in St. Louis at Washington University. He is also a graduate of Law from the American University. Career-wise, in 1977 Mr Levenson and Peskowitz became co-founders of United Communication Group. UCG is a private-held business that specializes in data collection and analysis for healthcare, news, energy, technology and mortgage banking. UCG also owns the GasBuddy Mobile Application This Company was based in Gaithersburg in Maryland and was started in Levenson’s apartment.

The Atlanta Spirit LLC is an Atlanta partnership who owns the NBA Atlanta Hawks Basket Ball Team and based in Georgia. There are group of businessmen who collectively partners to own the professional basketball team of Hawks. These partners includes: Bruce Levenson who is the team manager and a member of the Team’s Board of Governors, Michael Gearon Jr, Ed Peskowitz, Todd Foreman, Beau Turner, Sr. and J. Rutherford Seydel. Atlanta Hawks LLC was formed in 2004 to buy the Atlanta Hawks Team from the Turner Broadcasting.

In 2012 Mr Bruce hired Ferry as Hawks general manager and the chief leader of its operations. Mr Bruce chose Danny Ferry because he had already been a player and a general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers and was also the San Antonio Spur’s vice president and therefore he had already acquired a lot of experience in handling issues related to any basketball teams operation.

In March 2014, Mr Bruce Levenson together with his wife and his mother-in-law madam Irene accompanied the Hawks NBA team and its officials to United States at Holocaust Museum in based in Washington DC. Mr Bruce utilized this time while they were out for trip to announce his plans concerning the sale of his shares of ownership in the Hawks website.

The Hawks Ownership team is working extra hard to tie up the deal for selling the team to Anthony Ressler. Mr Anthony Ressler and his group that comprises of the co-founder of Marquis Jet Mr Jesse Itzler and the former NBA player Mr Grant Hill have already settled the deal to buy the Hawks Basketball Team for 850 million U.S dollars but the NBa owners must first approve the deal.

In one of his statement Mr Ressler recorded that they feel quite honoured and thrilled to have been selected to steward the NBA Hawks Team. Foley and Lardner sports attorney Mr Irwin Raij, who strongly pushes the auction of other franchises of sport also recorded that the price is favourable. The price settled for the team auctioning reflected how the NBA product can be of worthiness. .

Falcons Move on After Shembo

The Atlanta Falcons cut ties with linebacker Prince Shembo after he was arrested on Friday for killing a dog. An ex-girlfriend of Shembo, Denicia William, called police in Atlanta on April 19 to report that he had killed her dog. She told police that she went to visit Shembo at his apartment on April 15th and took her dog Dior with her. She stated that she left Dior, a Yorkie, alone with Shembo and when she returned some time later she found the dog unresponsive.

An investigation into the allegations was concluded on Thursday and was found that the dog died from blunt force trauma. Shembo is being charged with Felony aggravated cruelty to an animal. The Flacons quickly released Shembo after learning of his arrest. Coach Dan Quinn stated that he believes the Atlanta Falcons made the right decision to waive Shembo. The Atlanta Falcons are all too familiar with animal cruelty. One time Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick was served 18 months in a federal prison eight years ago for running an illegal dog fighting ring. The incident involving Vick created a national uproar. Also in 2007, Jonathan Babineaux, Falcons defensive tackle was arrested for allegedly being involved in the death of his girlfriend’s dog. The charges against Babineaux were later dropped. One thing apparent though, the Falcons are taking animal abuse and cruelty seriously, which is a good thing for the organization to do.

Thanks to Stephen Murray CCMP Capital for showing me this!

Dallas Cowboys to Use Virtual Reality To Train Players

StriVR will soon the be the new term on the lips of many NFL teams. In a sport where copying the success patterns of other teams, every NFL team is taking notice of the Dallas Cowboy’s use of the technology to improve the play of its players. The technology, explains Dr. Jennifer Walden, uses a drone to fly over head of team practices and then a computer program can focus on an individual player and cast that player in a three dimensional world where that player can see how well they performed on each play. Cowboys Add Innovation to Training. This is a step up from film study and enables the player to focus on just their performance regarding a particular play from the perspective of them actually making the play. The Dallas Cowboys have always been at the head of innovation in the NFL. The shotgun has been one of the traits that the Cowboy’s introduced to the league that it used exclusively for several years until other teams realized how beneficial it was for their on field performance. The use of the StriVR technology is another measures employed by Jerry Jones to improve the quality of his team and provide his players with the tools that they need to succeed. The Cowboys are expected to make a push for the Super Bowl this year despite the fact that they lost their star running back, DeMarco Murray. Dallas expects their defense to improve greatly this coming year and many believe that if Dallas is able to apply a pass rushing attack against its opponents that it will significantly improve its chances of reaching the Super Bowl.

Tom Brady Dances Like A Fool

Tom Brady recently made a fool of himself, and it has nothing to do with “Deflate Gate.” For those of you that missed it, Tom Brady was recently given his Super Bowl ring at an NFL convention, and during the event, Brady was talked into dancing. TMZ recently posted an article about this story, and a video of Tom Brady trying to dance “Hip Hop Style” was included say my friends at Madison Street Capital. It should be noted that rap superstar Wiz Khalifa egged him on, and it seems that Tom Brady couldn’t help but be the center of attention.

Some NFL fans believe that Tom Brady shouldn’t have participated in such a celebration, and it’s most likely to do with his controversial cheating ways during the 2014 NFL season. It is widely known that Tom Brady was a part of the ”Deflate Gate” scandal, and he should have just accepted his ring without celebrating like a fool. However, there are certain NFL fans that feel Tom Brady can do whatever he likes, but his cheating history cannot be denied. I would have much rather seen Tom Brady accept his Super Bowl ring without dancing and celebrating. It seemed that Tom Brady was rubbing his victory into the rest of the world’s face, and that’s definitely a bad look for him.