But no matter what you call it, if you do any kind of yard work or gardening, you've probably rubbed up against this annual whose seeds germinate in the cool wet weather of late winter and then grow rapidly into swirly, sticky stems of green that glue themselves to your fence, your pets and your socks.
Last weekend, after two hours of nonstop weed pulling (henbit and chickweed as well as S. Willy), I removed strands of sticky Willy from my pant legs, my work boots and the back of my head. Ugh.
But before declaring war on this annoying, cloying thing, I http://www.officialbrownsfootball.com/WOMENS-JOHNNY-MANZIEL-JERSEY.html decided to take a closer look. Why is it in my backyard? Can I make it go away? And should I first consider what it might be good for? Every living thing has some redeeming value, Blake Bortles Women Jersey right? Right. So, here's what I've dug up so far on sticky Willy:
According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, sticky Willy is a native throughout North America. Under "benefits," it is listed as having a "conspicuous flower." Well, maybe if you're using a magnifying glass. The Wildflower Center entry also points out that the plant is sometimes called bedstraw because one of its sweeter smelling cousins (G. verum) was used to stuff mattresses in medieval times. It is used to boost the immune system, particularly to support and cleanse the lymph system. It is also quite useful as a urinary astringent as it assists with inflammation. It is a wonderful spring tonic, cooling for fevers and acts (in older herbal terms) as a blood purifier."
To prepare a spring tonic, she makes a tincture of sticky Willy by steeping crushed plants in a jar with vodka for about six weeks. Then she strains and dilutes it to make the tonic. Hmm. Add a squeeze of lime and a splash of simple syrup and this sounds like a tonic that could catch on at happy hours around town. A sticky Willy on the rocks?
Sticky Willy can also be Khalil Mack Authentic Jersey consumed as a tea, according to several other herbal sources. "The Handbook of Alternatives to Chemical Medicine" suggests steeping 1 teaspoon of crushed leaves in 1 cup of boiling water to promote weight loss and soothe irritation of the urinary tract. Or cook it with beans, to add flavor and reduce flatulence. Sticky Willy Beano?
Some enterprising folks dry and roast sticky Willy seeds and use them as a caffeine free coffee substitute, according to "Edible and Useful Plants of Texas and the Southwest."
Now that I know that sticky Willy is much more than a weed, am I finding it less annoying? Not really. I might consider keeping a small patch of it in a side yard, but I'm ready for it to be gone and, if possible, stay gone from my backyard.
I don't have much of a lawn, but for those of www.officialnflvikingsjerseys.com/Nike-Anthony-Barr-Jersey.html you who do, Daphne Richards, Travis County's extension agent, says you're having more weed problems this year (sticky Willy as well as others) because of recent heavy drought, high heat and watering restrictions. "Lawns were stressed and had no Khalil Mack Kids Jersey time to recover before the weather got cold and they went dormant. The dead patches in dormant lawns allowed space for the weeds to root and take off with all of the winter rain."
She says the important thing to do now is to get lawns healthy again, so that invading weeds won't find a welcoming environment.
And if you want to keep sticky Willy from coming back next spring, pull it (or mow it) as soon as you see it. Otherwise, after it blooms, it will throw off seed that Blake Bortles Green Jersey will turn into next year's sticky Willy problem.
Corn gluten meal is an organic pre emergent treatment recommended by many organic sources to help control annual weeds. Some gardeners swear by it, but others say it's not very effective. I haven't tried it, but I'm planning to before next spring. (Some of my sticky Willy is already blooming, so I might have missed my best chance to stop its spread by yanking it out.)
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Back in May I recommended buying shares of Madison Square Garden (MSG) as they represented the best publicly traded sports team ownership option. The company owns the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Liberty, and the world famous Madison Square Garden venue. Since that article I have become bearish on Madison Square Garden shares due to the NBA lockout (Original Aritcle Here). Earlier last week NBA commissioner David Stern cancelled all NBA games Morgan Burnett Green Jersey through the month of November and the season is in jeopardy of ever starting as players and owners seem further apart in negotiations.
Earlier in the year I wrote an article that listed companies that would be hurt the most by the NFL lockout and the possibility of losing an entire season. For fans and those companies they received good news that there would in fact be a season. Morgan Burnett Jersey It seems less optimistic that there will be a majority of a NBA season, if one at all. Today, I write this article to encourage and warn investors about companies that could be affected large and small by a partial NBA lockout or a full season lockout.
Affected the Most Companies with Team Ownership:Madison Square Garden (MSG) $26.22 The company owns the New York Knicks and the Madison Square Garden venue. A full season lost would hurt earnings and revenue and the company will likely redo estimates on these numbers once they know more about the season. The Knicks averaged almost 20,000 people per home game Julius Peppers Jersey during the 2010 2011 basketball season. The great momentum of several acquisitions and a playoff appearance is wiped away from the impending lockout. Madison Square Garden will be hit heaviest of any publicly traded company influenced by the NBA. Going into the lockout shares were downgraded by several analysts who predicted the company losses from ticket revenue could be extremely impactful on shares.
Comcast (CMCSA) $22.17 Comcast has a majority ownership stake in the Philadelphia 76ers. At last count the company owns over 60% of the NBA Philadelphia 76ers and the NHL Philadelphia Flyers through its subsidiary. The sixty billion plus (by market capitalization) Comcast is not dependant on the revenue from its sports ownerships. The company will however lose out on advertising and its media segment showcasing and cross promoting its Julius Peppers Womens Jersey own sports teams.
Affected Moderately Television ContentTime Warner (TWX) $34.18 Time Warner ownership of the TNT channel will bring a potential loss of programming and advertising revenue for its nflpackersofficial.com/Nike-Datone-Jones-Jersey.html cable network channel. TNT began airing NBA games in 1998 and since then has been airing some of the biggest games of the year. The network currently has the rights to the NBA All Star Game, certain marquee matchups and the majority of the NBA playoff games. Last year had great ratings during the Playoffs for the networks and it would be a big blow to the Time Warner subsidiary if the season does not at least play a shortened season.
Disney (DIS) $34.64 Disney ABC network is currently scheduled to air fifteen games beginning in December. There is a doubleheader of NBA games on Christmas Day featuring Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers. These games are usually great with advertisers as people are at home watching the games after the day present openings and celebrations. Disney ESPN brand airs over fifty games from December until the end of the season. ESPN has been one of the bright spots in Disney earnings as the sports network continues to post gains in advertising revenue and viewership and remains the dominant sports brand in the United States. ESPN has other sports it airs and will be able to plug in other content like Sportscenter and other sports talk shows. The missed out advertising revenue from NBA matchups will be felt though when the company reports earnings.
Affected Moderately Ticket BrokersLive Nation (LYV) $8.17 Ticketmaster, which merged with Live Nation last year, is the largest ticket broker in the United States. The National Basketball Association is one of the four major sports here in America and the lockout is already hurting arenas and their employees. No games means no tickets sold, no concessions at games, and no souvenirs sold at the games. Last year the Indiana Pacers were last in average attendance with just over 13,500 per contest. The Chicago Bulls were first in average attendance with a rate of 21,791 people per game. Thirty teams selling tickets for their forty one home games adds up to a nice amount of revenue for Ticketmaster through the fees it collects on each transaction.
Ebay (EBAY) $30.75 Ebay Stubhub website sells tickets to consumers from its users. The site charges fees for buyers and sellers to complete transactions together. Season ticket holders are frequent users of the site as they attempt to sell the tickets of games they cannot attend to recoup some of their money. Similar to Ticketmaster, Stubhub will miss out on hundreds of games being s old that could earn fees for the companies. Stubhub is a small part of the auction giant almost $40 billion market capitalization.
Affected Slightly AdvertisersPepsi (PEP) $62.96 Pepsi is the owner of Gatorade which is a major sponsor of several NBA stars and the official sports dink of the National Basketball Association. The lockout will not have a huge impact on Gatorade sales or Pepsi revenue. The company is listed here because they will lose out on television time, great advertising opportunities to fans, and free publicity of their drinks at games.
Coca Cola (KO) $67.39 Similar to Pepsi, Coca Cola will miss out on commercials and advertisements featuring the athletes that are sponsored by its Sprite and Vitamin Water brands. There will likely be no impact on the shares or revenue but they are a big part of the advertising market in the National Basketball Association.
Nike (NKE) $93.92 Nike is a major sponsor of athletes around the World. Being one of the major four sports the NBA has lucrative sponsors like Nike who put money into advertising during games, at stadiums, on jerseys, and for individual players. Nike already had a scare with the NFL lockout and the loss of a full NBA season could hurt their brand and sales especially of its Jordan subsidiary. Nike started as a shoe company and it is possible that the company will sell fewer shoes this year due to the lockout for the first time.
Under Armour (UA) $81.04 Under Armour is a growing sports apparel company that has expanded from the NFL and College Football markets into other sports. It is a small player in the NBA but it does have sponsorship deals with four NBA players. The newest signee of Under Armour is Derrick Williams, who was the number two overall pick in this year draft. If Williams sees no playing time this year it will be hard to make his sponsorship deal worth it for the small company. As Under Armour attempts to break into the footwear market it needs to continually sign athletes and attempt to get fans to emulate them.
Affected Slightly Video Game MakerTake Two Interactive (TTWO) $14.41 The most sold NBA video game is the NBA2k series put out by 2K Sports, a subsidiary of Take Two Interactive. Take Two is a smaller video game maker with a market capitalization of $1.25 billion currently. The company does not have a vast library of games and enjoys reoccurring revenue from its sports games when it is not making Grand Theft Auto games. The Grand Theft Auto games are of course the biggest moneymaker for the company but it is nice to have annual games that fans will play. This year game NBA 2K12 was released in October and does not future any players from the 2011 NBA draft but instead focuses on the legends of the game that users can play as.
Positively Impacted? Lingerie Basketball LeagueRick Cabaret (RICK) $7.54 Now hear me out before you laugh it off but the largest publicly traded strip club may actually benefit from this year lockout. Several days ago the company announced it was forming its own basketball league which would feature its dancers I mean employees. The company made headlines with this move and actually held a press conference to show off the girl uniforms which feature even shorter shorts than John Stockton had back in the day. The league will probably lack in the that the WNBA has but could generate viewers with male fans around the league. Currently ten teams will play around the country with no details being announced as far as venues. This company operates 23 gentleman clubs around the country and has a market capitalization of just over $75 million. Consider nflpackersofficial.com/Nike-Nick-Perry-Jersey.html watching the headlines about this basketball league. The fact that the company has been in the news will already positively impact the company as it will generate more visitors and website traffic.
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Most American boys grow up wanting to be professional baseball, basketball or football players. The National Football League is hands down the preeminent professional football league, and the NFL is where Nick Perry Youth Jersey young football fans aspire to play. The road to the NFL, however, is long and hard and means leaving behind other sports and focusing almost exclusively on football Nick Perry Womens Jersey as early as age 10 or 11. Most NFL players play high school and college football before one of the 32 teams in the league drafts them.
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Our prolonged national discussion is about to come to an end.
The start of the NFL draft is four days away. Now that everyone has had the chance to gorge on two additional weeks of speculation the draft was pushed into May because of scheduling issues with Radio City Music Hall we're about to witness the reality.
Will the Cowboys stay put and select the best player available at No. 16 on Thursday night, or will owner Jerry Jones embark on another trading frenzy? Will the team Davante Adams Kids Jersey keep the 11 picks it currently has or try to bundle some in an attempt to move up and select a player it has targeted? Can the Cowboys adequately address their most pressing needs in this draft?
Speculation on these and other questions will give way to assessment very soon.
Defensive line 5Assessment: The offensive Richard Rodgers Kids Jersey line has undergone an extreme makeover in the last three seasons. Now it's time for the defensive line. This draft won't replenish what the team lacks up front, but it must www.nflpackersofficial.com/Nike-Ha-Ha-Clintondix-Jersey.html produce at least one player who can step in and help immediately.
Draft history: The Cowboys have used one pick on this position the last three years. Tyrone Crawford will compete for a starting job in 2014. The question is where.
Potential optionsAnthony Barr: DE / UCLA / Projected round: 1st / Explosive, athletic linebacker who will move to defensive end in Cowboys' scheme.
Kony Ealy: DE / Missouri / 1st / Has good size but needs to improve strength and consistency.
Timmy Jernigan: DT / Florida State / 1st / Gets good push inside but plays 1 technique in Cowboys' scheme, which lessens value.
Demarcus Lawrence: DE / Boise State / 1st or 2nd / Nice burst and shows closing speed in getting to quarterback.
Scott Crichton: DE / Oregon State / 2nd / Quick, relentless in pursuit of quarterback and plays with an attitude.
Dominique Easley: DT / Florida / 2nd or 3rd / Jerry Jones likes to talk about quick twitch athletes. Easley is one of them.
Will Clarke: DE / West Virginia / 3rd / A tall player with the footwork needed to fight through double teams.
Caraun Richard Rodgers Womens Jersey Reid: DT / Princeton / 3rd or 4th / Quick off the ball and an ideal fit for the 3 technique in Cowboys' scheme.
Chris Whaley: DT / Texas / 6th or 7th / Light on his feet, yet lacks purpose and plan nflpackersofficial.com/Nike-Eddie-Lacy-Jersey.html in pursuit of Davante Adams Authentic Jersey quarterback.
Ken Bishop: DT / Northern Illinois / 7th / Good against the run and is active.
Safety 4Assessment: The Cowboys need to be better in coverage on the back end. They also need someone with the ability to make plays. Those qualities are in short supply here.
Potential optionsCalvin Pryor: FS / Louisville / Projected round: 1st / A big hitter who breaks quickly on the ball and has the speed to close in coverage.
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The 2011 Cincinnati season was the franchise's 44th season as a professional football team and 42nd in the National Football League (NFL). The entered the season coming off a 4 12 in 2010. Head Coach Marvin Lewis was re signed by the team; quarterback (QB) Carson Palmer officialnflvikingsjerseys.com/Nfl-Teddy-Bridgewater-Mens-Limited-Black-Jersey-5-Minnesota-Vikings-Nike-Usa-Flag-Fashion.html and wide receiver (WR) Chad Johnson left the http://www.officialnflvikingsjerseys.com/Nfl-Teddy-Bridgewater-Mens-Limited-Black-Jersey-5-Minnesota-Vikings-Nike-Impact.html for the Oakland Raiders and the New Men's Grey Teddy Bridgewater Limited 3X Jersey England Patriots, respectively. To replace the two, the organization drafted QB Andy Dalton and WR AJ Green in the 2011 NFL Men's Grey Teddy Bridgewater Limited 5X Jersey Draft. The start of the 2011 season was hindered by a lockout, which cancelled the teams' mini camp.
After going 1 3 in pre season, the started their season off with a win against division rival Cleveland Browns, en route to a 9 7 record their best outing since 2009. It received a Wild Card spot in the 2011 12 NFL playoffs where it lost in the opening round to the Houston Texans. Men's Lights Out Grey Teddy Bridgewater Limited XL Jersey In the first round, the picked AJ Green, a wide receiver (WR) from University, at overall selection number 4. In his last season at , Green missed the first four games, but he finished with a team high 57 receptions for 848 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. The selected TCU quarterback (QB) Andy Dalton in the second round, with overall selection number 35. These first two picks were replacements for starting WR Chad Ochocinco and QB Carson Palmer, respectively. In the third round, the selected defensive lineman (DL) Dontay Moch of University of . During the NFL Scouting Combine, Moch ran a 4.44 40 yard dash, making him the fastest DL to ever run the dash. The ' next pick was another player from University; it selected offensive lineman (OL) Clint Boling in the fourth round. Boling was a 3 time All SEC pick and, during his college tenure, was a versatile lineman who can play tackle or guard. Men's Teddy Bridgewater Limited Lights Out Grey Jersey In the fifth round, free safety (FS) Robert Sands was chosen with the 134 pick. The ' picked WR Ryan Whalen of University in the sixth round. The final two picks for the were cornerback (CB) of University and runningback (RB) Jay Finley of University. In July, the signed five draft picks to contracts.
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NFL Power Rankings Week 6. The sixth weekend of the NFL is over and things are starting to pan out. Things that looked like they might be temporary situations look like they might be something to watch this year, like the Patriots dominance and the Rams and Dolphins incompetence. It is now time for the sixth week of NFL Power Rankings on AC. The NFL Power Rankings are: Previous Rankings:The Patriots totally wholesale jerseys dismantled the Dallas Cowboys for their biggest win of the season and they are the only team currently 6 0. The Patriots are more than a mortal lock for the playoffs and division crown, but could an undefeated season be a reality?
2. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts were off this week and they will look to continue their undefeated season next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This will be a tough matchup for the Colts, but they will try to remain undefeated for a potential matchup of unbeatens against the Pats.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers were also on a break last weekend, but their strong season should continue in the Mile High City this weekend. The Steelers are now 4 1 and they look to be the best team without a quarterback named Brady or Manning.
4. Dallas Cowboys
Yes, the Dallas Cowboys just lost, but is there anyone better in the NFC? The Packers are good, but nobody has the cheap jerseys caliber of team that the Cowboys do. They should rebound next week.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars just continue to win and now that their running game looks to be out of the starting block this will be a very difficult team to beat. The Jags defense looks solid and they should give Indy a run for their money this weekend.
6. Green Bay Packers
The Packers won this weekend, but they didn't look all that impressive. Save for a Santana Moss fumble and a nice touchdown return, the Packers could have been staring a loss in the face. The Pack really need to find a running game, and soon, or they will have a difficult second half.
7. San Diego Chargers
The Chargers look cheap jerseys to be back to their winning ways of last season with their last two outings. LT has racked up a ton of yards on the ground and 4 touchdowns in last weeks game alone. It looks like Norv Turner has found that the right formula includes more LT and less Rivers. The Chargers will rest for a week before returning to the gridiron.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I didn't think much of this team for a few weeks, but I am starting to believe. In what looks to be a rather weak division, the Buccaneers may very well be one of the best teams in the NFC. The Bucs beat the Titans last weekend to help solidify their place in the top ten.
9. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens defense has certainly come around, even if they weren't playing the most offensively gifted teams. The Ravens offense has been efficient in the last few weeks, which is much better than could be said before. The Ravens still have to deal with the Steelers, but a wildcard could be a good bet.
10. Tennessee Titans
Would the Titans have won the game on Sunday if Vince Young hadn't gone down? Maybe. Did the offense look terrible either way? Yes. If VY is out for an extended period that could really hurt the playoff chances of the Titans.
11. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks looked pretty awful on Sunday night. Their offense couldn't move the ball until it was too late Cheap NFL Jerseys and they let the Saints come back to life on them. Holmgren's playcalling needs some help. Even the "12th Man" in Seattle didn't like what they were seeing and they rained down boos for most of the second half. The god news for the Hawks, they are still in first.
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