Why Portland Became Favorite Hockey Team in Sochi Olympics

There was a big surprise concerning of hockey game in 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi; Portland hockey team, which was originally an underdog and non favorite among bettors and fans alike, suddenly rose to quite good positions and showed entertaining as well as notable performance in the arena, surprising hockey fans and bettors. This is a country that only has 7 rinks and 2 millions of people, so why it could rise into top position during Winter Olympics?

Reasons Portland Hockey Team Won

Portland started with low favor from fans and even longer long shots: 1000/1 of odds to win the game. So, how come this underdog team that no one favored won the Wap Sbobet Casino? This could be because of several combinations, but Portland apparently chose to play with rather aggressive, offensive, no-nonsense style that stemmed from the root of nothing-to-lose principle. They were already the underdogs, so why hold back?

The ferocious playing style of Portland team managed to bring the team knocked down many competitive and more favorable teams, such as Russia, United States, and Germany. Many hockey game observers apparently also admitted that Portland showed high level of competitiveness that teams like USA, Germany, Belarus and Russia did not show at their own starting levels.

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Portland National Hockey League Bet with Money Line Method

Portland Ice hockey may not really a big hit in the US when it comes to popular sport betting, but National Hockey League events are still hot venues to place Portland hockey bet on Sbobet Casino. While NHL games may not be as popular as NBA and NFL games, they still provide fun experiences in watching and betting on sports, particularly the fiery and rather aggressive game like hockey. As for beginner bettors, it is important to start with something easy to understand, like money line method.

Straightforward Money Line Method in Hockey Bet
Money line is a perfect betting method for beginners who are just starting to get a grip in hockey betting world. This is a pretty straightforward method where the bettors simply bet on the winning or losing outcome, without putting any additional bet on point spread. While this may look intimidating for new bettors, this is actually helpful in its uncomplicated principle. You simply place your bet on a team that you believe will win, just as simple as that.

Many popular sportsbooks that offer money line hockey bet use a method called 20-cent line. In this method, you decide who will win and lose by looking at 20-point of differences between favorite and underdog teams.

Art and Community: Shovel-ready Investments

Two disparate events, one local, one national, just struck a deep resonant chord around the spaces and places we call home. The first was John Canda’s riveting piece on gangs and the need for youth/community cohesion in Portland; the second was the furor surrounding Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn’s amendment to the economic stimulus package, which would bar any fed funds from going to community amenities like parks, museums, and art centers.

Project Row Houses (PRH)—”the most impressive and visionary public art project in the country,” according the NYTimes’ Michael Kimmelman — is a neighborhood-based nonprofit art and cultural organization in Houston’s Northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American communities.

PRH began life in the early 1990s when (in the process of looking for a venue for African-American creators) artist Rick Lowe discovered 22 abandoned shotgun houses in a so-called blighted area of Houston. With help from the community and some seed funding, Lowe founded “Project Row Houses”—transforming the historic houses into a community art and education center offering programs that encompass arts and culture, neighborhood revitalization, low-income housing, education, historic preservation, and community service. What began as a kernel of an idea, grew and spread, essentially nurturing a context where “art could create real social change.”

Since 1993, PRH has grown from the original block and a half to six blocks, including twelve artist exhibition and/or residency spaces, artist residencies, office spaces, a community gallery, a park, low-income residential and commercial spaces, seven residences for young single mothers struggling to finish school—and in 2003 PRH launched a sister enterprise, the Row House Community Development Corporation (RHCDC)— “to develop housing for low to moderate income resident, public space and facilities to preserve and protect the historic character of the Third Ward. ”

Lowe’s vision for PRH was founded on an inspired melding of artist Joseph Beuys’ “social sculptures” (things like Energy Plan for Western Man, which viewed art as a socially transformative act), a Saul Alinsky-like grassroots approach to community organizing, and the spiritual energy of Dr. John Biggers’ ideas around community-building: that art and creativity should be viewed as an integral part of life; strong neighborhoods create social safety nets; architecture as a unifying force —meaning that housing not only be well designed, but that it be a link to preserving a community’s historic character and oral traditions.

Speaking to the Times in 2006, Lowe said: “We can approach our lives as artists, each and every one of us. . .It’s a choice people have. You don’t have to make houses the way people always have. If you choose to, you can make every action a creative act…People interested in housing and social services have a narrow focus.From a developer’s standpoint, the houses we’ve built are not cost-effective. But to me, they’re not just housing. They tell a story about a community.

Portlander and gang-outreach worker John Canda knows this full well:
“I remember times when it didn’t really matter what color your neighbor was. The fact that we lived in the same place gave us a common bond that transcended race and custom. When something happened on our block or in our neighborhood it affected us all. I remember the pillars in our neighborhood who protected us and kept us out of harm’s way as best they could. The pillars I speak of were our fathers, mothers, grandparents and extended family from various ethnic groups.”

If you want to find a concrete illustration of the valuable, positive connections that can arise through the collaborative partnership of the arts, community, and economic stimulus—look no further than the work that Lowe and Project Row Houses have been doing for 15 years.

Portland could learn a lot from bold community cultural developments like Lowe’s PRH. Sustainability isn’t just about stormwater and green buildings—it should also mean that our streets are safe and our kids aren’t shooting one another.

Wisdom of Solomon

Have you ever wondered what affordable housing and New Urbanism might learn from Coco Chanel, George Balanchine, Duke Ellington and Otto Wagner’s architecture of Red Vienna?

Architect Daniel Solomon, FAIA has—and his rich 40-year career positively radiates with these kinds of energetic “mixed-use” connections between modernist ideals and distinctive humanistic design for the real world.

Solomon, one of the co-authors of the Charter of the New Urbanism , is a principal with Solomon E.T.C., a Wallace Roberts and Todd Company, a San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) Housing Hero Award-winner and the author of a passel of books on the built environment, including ReBuilding, Island Press’ Global City Blues and Cosmopolis.

One of the nation’s leading thinkers around improved design/quality for affordable housing, Solomon’s in town to give a talk at U of O’s Department of Architecture Lecture series at White Stag called“Round and Round the Block.”

Portlanders interested in urban puzzles like Old Town/China Town should pay special attention to his recently completed Broadway Family Apartments —an SF project seamlessly nestled between surrounding historic waterfront, the fragmented remnants of a demolished freeway, a Chinatown and the transitional North Beach neighborhood. Sound familiar?

Sustainability Center Finalists Duke it Out at City Hall

Tonight (Thursday, Feb. 26 from 6-8 p.m.) at City Council Chambers (1221 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd floor), the public gets a qualified sneak-peak at the four finalist teams under consideration to complete a development feasibility analysis for the Sustainability Center of Excellence—the proposed “Living Building” to be located in downtown Portland. This isn’t a design review, but rather an opportunity to view the each team’s past/current projects, in an easily consumable 25 minutes each.

So who’s going to be at the table tonight? As might be expected it’s a formidably, red-carpet group of finalists from here and abroad:

  • Holst Architecture with bad-ass NY firm FXFOWLE (who worked with Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the Alice Tully Hall redevelopment and are currently doing the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society’s José E. Serrano Center for Global Conservation), Pettigrove Venture and Equity Community Builders LLC.
  • And Winkler Development Corporation with Perkins + Will (who are designing Vancouver BC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability , a stunning 120,000 sq. ft. “living laboratory” that is expected to surpass LEED Platinum Rating, be greenhouse gas-neutral, as well as be a net energy generator, utilizing a 250-kilowatt fuel cell, among other whizzy-green features) and LRS Architects Inc.