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The Three Worst Moments in NFL

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Since the merge of NFL and AFL on June 8, 1966, there are many unforgettable moments that are forever transcribed in the memories of football fanatics.

Who can forget Franco Harris and “The Immaculate Reception” in the 1972 AFC Divisional Playoffs, Joe Namath’s “Guarantee” in Super Bowl III and Dwight Clark with “The Catch” from Joe Montana in the 1982 NFC Championship Game? Undoubtedly, these moments show how great the game is and the players that made these events memorable.

On the contrary though, there are lots of moments in the NFL history that made fans cringe of dismay and frustration. There are lots of moments where you had to scratch your head in utter disbelief and horror or be terribly depressed due to sad circumstances. Below are some of the worst memorable moments in NFL.

  1. Chuck Hughes Died on the Field

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Chuck Hughes is the only player that faced his demise while on the field playing. October 24, 1971 is a sad date for the family, friends, colleagues and fans of Hughes.

Hughes was a 4th round pick in 1967 out of Texas Western College (now UTEP) where he still holds several school records, including most receptions in a game (17), most all-purpose yards in a single game (401), highest yards per reception in a single game, 34.9, which is also an NCAA record and most all-purpose yards per game for a season (204).

In 1971, The Lions were hosting the Chicago Bears at old Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Hughes was jogging back to the huddle in the final minutes of the game when he suddenly collapsed at the Bears 15 yard line. Some spectators were thinking that he was just faking an injury to stop the clock with his team down 28-23. Everyone realized what’s going on when legendary Bears linebacker Dick Butkus started to frantically calling for help.

Unknown to many, Hughes was suffering from advanced arteriosclerosis, and his coronary arteries were 75% blocked. The news of his death at the stadium was cascaded to his team.

He was buried in San Antonio and his player number 85 was retired by the Lions. The team’s Most Improved Player award is named in his honor and he was inducted in to the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

  1. Joe Theismann Broke his Leg

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This incident has been named as “The Hit That No One Who Saw It Can Ever Forget” by The Washington Post and has been voted as the   NFL’s “Most Shocking Moment in History”

This gruesome injury took place on November 18, 1985 in RFK Stadium, Washington D.C. Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was charging like a bull and it is quiet unfortunate that Joe Theismann’s career was over after “two pops”.

While Taylor was taking down Theismann, his knee went straight into Theismann’s lower right leg which resulted in the fracture of both the fibula and the tibia. Theismann’s leg from the middle of his lower leg down was flat on the ground, while the rest of his leg was at a 45 degree angle. Taylor began to scream wildly and asked for help when he saw Theismann’s injury up close.  The injury was completely captured on film.

During an interview with the New York Times in 2005, Theismann described the injury, saying “The pain was unbelievable, it snapped like a breadstick. It sounded like two muzzled gunshots off my left shoulder. Pow, pow!  It was at that point, I also found out what a magnificent machine the human body is. Almost immediately, from the knee down, all the feeling was gone in my right leg. The endorphins had kicked in, and I was not in pain.”

The injury caused Theismann’s career to end at a young age of 36. His bone was not able to properly grow while healing causing his right leg to be shorter than his left.

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  1. NFL Referee Lockout

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Many would never forget the NFL 2012 season because of replacement officials that were hired to officiate the game. This clearly showed how the league vulgarly displayed its power and unwillingness to spend money. It was obvious during the preseason that the replacement officials were not prepared yet the league has pushed through with them into the regular season.

September 24, 2012.  Monday Night Football.  National Spotlight.

With 8 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter, the Seattle Seahawks were trailing the Green Bay Packers 12-7 at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks had a 4th and 10 from the Packers 24.Russell Wilson, a Seattle quarterback, tossed a Hail Mary to the back of the end zone, searching for Golden Tate. What occurred next was the most repulsive show of officiating incompetence NFL fans had ever observed.

There were two different rulings made by two different officials who were both standing right on top of the play. The back judge signaled time out, seeking replay assistance while the side judge ruled touchdown. Therefore, the play on the field was authoritatively concluded a touchdown, with Tate and Packers guarded back M.D. Jennings keeping up simultaneous possession. Both overlooked the conspicuous push off by Tate that was clear offensive pass interference.

During the review, Referee Wayne Elliott made a conclusion that the replay was not enough to have the call overturned, let the incorrect call stand and allowed the Seahawks to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden did not hide his repulse during the broadcast, saying, “Golden Tate gets away with one of the most blatant offensive pass interference calls I’ve ever seen. M.D. Jennings intercepts the pass. And Tate’s walking out of here as the player of the game. Unbelievable.”

Warren Moon, a former Houston Oilers quarterback and current Seattle Seahawks broadcaster made his own speculation, saying, “This could be the game that gets a deal done. Something like this, on the league’s biggest stage, on Monday night, it’s just not good for the game. You could argue the officials had a hand in the outcome, that they cost Green Bay the game or would have cost the Seahawks.”

Turns out Moon’s words were prophetic, as the league came to an agreement with the NFL Referees Association on September 26.

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Four Best Head Coaches in the History of College Football

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What makes a great college football coach?

This question has been the topic of countless heated arguments and debate over the years. Though there are lots of different ideas about what skills a great coach should possess, most would agree that he should possess these key things:

  • A great coach wins. He leads his team in winning games, championships and that the winnings are consistent.
  • A great coach has staying power. With many good coaches out there, a great coach should still maintain being invaluable.
  • A great coach should be consistent in leading his team to greatness and success.

Below are some of the top head coaches in the history of NCAA football who possess these qualities.

  1. Paul Bryant

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Paul “Bear” Bryant has been in the business for almost four decades and it’s still apparent that he remains at the top of the list of college football’s greatest head coaches. Bryant found success at four different schools but it was in Alabama, his alma mater, where he accomplished his greatest work.

Bryant debuted his first head coaching job in 1945 at Maryland. He then jumped ship for Kentucky and led the Wildcats to what remains its only outright SEC football title when they went 11-1 in 1950.

In 1954, he went to Texas A&M and transformed the team into 9-0-1 Southwest Conference champions in just a short span of three years.

Due to his amazing work in College Station, Alabama offered him to revive a program that had just posted four straight losing seasons under Jennings Whitworth and Harold Drew. He led the team to its first national title in 1961 when Alabama went 11-0 and won the Sugar Bowl. 1964 and 1965 were great years as the team won back-to-back titles in a row.

He captured his fourth national title in 1973 and got his last two in 1978 and 1979 when Alabama went on a 28-game winning streak. His last game was on December 29, 1982, a win over Illinois in the Liberty Bowl and his retirement followed after this game. He passed away less than a month later.

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  1. Glenn Warner

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Glenn “Pop” Warner is known to be a great mastermind head coach of the game. He had more than four decades of coaching experience, where he spent innovating the sport of college football from coast to coast. Before taking his first coaching job at Georgia in 1895, Warner was a guard at Cornell first. He went 3-4 in his first season with the Bulldogs and engineered a perfect 4-0 record in 1896. He then returned to his Alma mater, Cornell Big Red, where he had a record of 15-5-1 in his first two-year tenure as head coach.

Warner transferred to Carlisle Indian School in 1989 where he spent 5 years being the head coach. He went 11-2-1 in his final season before going back to his Alma matter where he spent three more years. He returned back to Carlisle in 1907 and led the team to five double-digit winning seasons in eight years.

Warner made another shift at Pittsburgh where he had an impressive 30-1 record and three national championships in his first four years. He spent five more years with the Panthers before having relocation to Stanford. He led Stanford to a 10-0 regular season and a 7-7 tie against Alabama in the Rose Bowl and won a fourth national title in 1926.

  1. Nicholas Lou Saban, Jr

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Famously known as “Nick” Saban, this former defensive back at Kent State University wanted to pursue a career in automotive sale after his graduation in 1973. Automotive sale was not destined for him as he was hired as a graduate assistant by Kent State head coach, Don James and managed to work his way up the coaching ladder through various collegiate and professional assistant roles. His first head-coaching job was with the University of Toledo where he spent just one season and moved on as Cleveland Brown’s defensive coordinator under head coach Bill Belichick in 1991.

In 1995, he returned to the college game as Michigan State University’s head coach where he spent five seasons rebuilding the team. Following the 1999–2000 season, Saban resigned and jumped onboard of Louisiana State University as the head coach. During his five years stint at LSU, he made more accomplishments under his belt, including five appearances in bowl games.

He acquired his first college national title during the 2003–04 seasons when LSU won against the University of Oklahoma in the BCS national championship. He spent one more year at LSU befoe returning to the professional ranks as the head coach of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. He left Dolphins in 2007 and took over the University of Alabama. He led Alabama to national titles in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Thanks to Saban’s coaching prowess, Crimson Tide has been the only team to participate in all of the first three versions of the College Football.

  1. Jock Sutherland

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There is no doubt Sutherland should be on the list of the greatest coaches of all time, as he is one of the few head coaches in college football history to win a national title with more than one school.

He had his coaching debut at Lafayette in 1919 and on his second year with the team, he led the Leopards to a national championship going 9-0 with five shutouts. His amazing five years stint at Lafayette led to an offer from his alma mater, Pittsburgh, to take over for Pop Warner in 1924.

During his stint at Pitt, Sutherland made a slowly but steadily performance. In 1927, he led the Panthers to the Rose Bowl after an 8-0-1 regular season. In 1936, Pittsburgh had a breakthrough at the Rose Bowl when they shut out Washington 21-0. They got their share of the national title that year and followed up with a 9-0-1 title defense in 1937. Sutherland then went on to coach in the NFL however his career was interrupted by World War II.

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Your Step by Step Guide on How to Fill Out March Bracket

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As March is getting near in the calendar, sports fans are riled up not only because of the excitement March madness brings. Along with the anticipation of watching your favorite NCAA basketball teams play in the tournament, March madness also hypes up the exhilaration brought by filling out the March Madness bracket.

March madness bracket is a form of sports betting based on the yearly NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament each spring in the United States. You can complete the bracket online or print it out and complete by hand. The participants in this betting game make a prediction of the outcome of each game in the tournament. Whoever has the closest prediction wins the game.

It’s incredibly difficult to fill out a bracket with the winners of each of the 67 games in the tournament. Your odd of perfecting a bracket is estimated to be 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (9.2 quintillion).

Don’t get intimidated with this number though. You would need more skills than luck in filling out the NCAA Tournament bracket. If you are still struggling with this endeavor or has not tried this before, below are your step-by-step guide to joining your local bracket pool

  1. Search for a Bracket Pool and Join

You don’t need to search the whole archipelago to find a bracket pool. All you have to do is simply talk to whoever is running the pool. There are still some old school methods, like in your office for instance, where you have to print out two copies of the blank bracket. One copy is for you to submit while the other one is for your record.

Most of the office pools have an entry fee; in fact intra-office gambling is allowed and even encouraged. Most dues are not expensive – with $10 or $20 entry fee to join the pool. After you paid your entry fee to whoever is running the league, you will be given the name and password of your league. Use these details to log in online and begin filling out your bracket.

Thanks to technology, there are a lot of websites nowadays that are hosting brackets for the public. You can go to sites like CBSSports.com, ESPN.com or similar sites and join the public pool. If you have a Facebook account, you don’t need to create a new account since most of these sites have the option to “Sign in through Facebook”

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  1. Filling out Your Bracket

Don’t get carried away by the “madness” March madness brings. There is no wrong way to fill out your bracket so don’t get too crazy or stressed out.

The logic in filling out the brackets is quite simple, even for beginners. The higher seed (the team that has the lower number next to its name) is more likely to be the better team. It would be wise if you pick some of these teams to be on your side. Don’t fret though if you made an error, again there is no perfect way of filling out your bracket.

Don’t make the same mistakes that many of us commit – picking all the top seeds to make it to the Final Four. Pick probably from the higher seeds then fill out the rest with few other teams. You can’t go wrong with North Carolina, Duke and Michigan State as they have been good bets historically when it comes to building brackets. Here are some of the other teams that you should watch out for this 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Though you have to use some facts in filling out your bracket, make the bracket your own by doing what you feel is right according to your gut feel. There is no wrong way of doing it; some have even built their brackets based on mascot appearances or whimsical feeling.

Once you are done filling out your bracket, your next step is to pick a final score as a potential tiebreaker. You can generally go with what your heart feels, but 70-69 is usually a good number. There is nothing worst in the world than submitting a blank bracket so make sure that you save yours before the games tip off Thursday at noon EST.

  1. Watch the Tournament

Now here is my most favorite part of this process – watching the tournament. With all the stress and confusion this conundrum brings, it’s now time to breathe easily, relax and simply enjoy watching the game.

Now that you have your bracket, get updated all day Thursday and Friday with what’s happening in the tournament. When Friday comes, you can gather all your friends who also have brackets, go to your favorite hangout place and celebrate your wins and mourn your losses together. You will have your chance of winning your pool as long as most of your Final Four are still intact. The game comes at a less fast-paced run during the second weekend so it becomes easier to track what teams you need to come through for you.

You don’t need a cable subscription to watch the NCAA Basketball Tournaments. There are various sites on the internet that you can do live streaming. Click here to get the complete list of Livestream schedule for March Madness.

  1. Don’t Forget to Tip the Host if You Win Money

Congratulations in winning your bracket pool. Though others may point it to beginner’s luck, your winning did not just solely rely on luck. You have to take credit on your analytical and sharp bracket picking skills that made your first betting successful.

If you won on your pool, tipping whoever put the league together is always a nice gesture. What’s the acceptable amount that you can tip? Most players tip the amount of their own entry fee. Though most of the pool host will refuse the tip, it’s the nice gesture of thoughtfulness that will give you a good karma for the next March madness season.

Now that you have learned everything that you need to know on how to fill out your bracket, it’s time to put these learning into action and reap the result of your good luck and smart picking skills.

Who Will Be the Voice of the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four?

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Everyone gets riled up when as soon as the calendar hits March 1st.

March Madness welcomes the 2018 NCAA Tournament and basketball fans are getting a hard time containing their excitement.

The First Four games will kick off March Madness in Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday, March 13th and Wednesday, March 14th. The real first rounds will be on March 15th and 16th with the second round following on March 17th and March 18th.

San Antonio will host the Final Four on March 31st.

Below are the 2018 NCAA Tournament announcers who will deliver live updates and analysis during the Final Four:

  1. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play)

Kugler is the lead play-by-play announcer for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and has been the voice of the Final Four since 2008.

In addition, he is also the play-by-play voice of Sunday Night Football since 2012 and College World Series since 2003. He has covered 5 consecutive Olympic Games and has several other sports coverage such as the Masters and college football.

This nine-time winner of the Nebraska Sportscaster of the Year Award is also doing play-by-play events for Fox Sports 1 and the Big Ten Network.

  1. Clark Kellogg (analyst)

Kellogg has joined the CBS sports as a studio analyst since 1993. In July 2008, he was named the lead college basketball analyst for CBS Sports’ coverage of college basketball, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

He was also a former player in the National Basketball Association and former VP of player relations for the Indiana Pacers.

  1. John Thompson (analyst)

This former college basketball coach for the Georgetown Hoyas is known to be the first African-American head coach to win a major collegiate championship when his team defeated the University of Houston in the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship.

He continued to be visible in the world of basketball after retiring from coaching as a commentator for both collegiate and professional games.

  1. Bill Walton (halftime/postgame analyst)

Walton got his fame when he played for John Wooden’s powerhouse UCLA Bruins in the early 1970s. He led the Bruins into winning two Division I national titles while he grabbed three successive College Player of the Year Awards for himself. He had a successful career in the NBA, with two NBA championships and a league’s Most Valuable Player on his belt.

His saga of injury and failed rehabs caused his retirement from being a professional basketball player. He then transitioned into a successful and controversial NBA commentator.

  1. Jim Gray (courtside reporter)

Gray is not just your typical American sportscaster. He is also an Emmy Award-winning journalist, producer, report and executive producer of sports documentaries and features.

  1. Jason Horowitz (host)

Horowitz will host the pregame, halftime and postgame of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

He has several hosting gigs, including the NCAA Football, Lacrosse Final Four and Frozen Four. In addition, he anchored updates during the 2008, 2010 and 2012 Olympics. He has also hosted and produced several shows for CBS including their coverage of the College Football, NFL and the NCAA tournament.

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A New Name on The Airwaves and the Super Bowl 2018

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Wouldn’t it be nice to hear everything about the NFL updates on the radio?

Football fans, remember this name: Westwood One.

Westwood One, an advertising sales company and diverse radio programming, merged with NFL and will be the voice of the National Football League. Everything about the NFL and Super Bowl will be exclusively heard on the Westwood One Radio Network

Radio Home of the Super Bowl

Super Bowl is NFL’s annual championship game and serves as a culmination of a regular season. Interestingly, they use Roman numerals as the identification of the game instead of the year in which it was held.

For example, the first game that was played on January 15, 1967 was called Super Bowl I, which follows the 1966 regular season. The most recent Super Bowl which will be held on February 4, 2018 is termed as Super Bowl LII.

NFL and its then-rival league, the American Football League (AFL) had an agreement that the champion teams of these two leagues would play in the AFL-NFL World Championship Game until the merger was to start officially in 1970. Super Bowl was created as a result of this agreement.

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When is Super Bowl 2018?

Also known as Super Bowl LII, the game is set to play on Sunday, February 4 at U.S Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The stadium is created to accommodate 66,200 seats but can still be expanded to fit up to 70,000 seats.

The game between the Eagles vs. Patriots has kicked off at 6:30 PM Eastern Time.

It was an enthralling game as the Philadelphia nabbed their first Super Bowl title after they beat the New England Patriots.

This is one of the greatest Super Bowls ever played with a whopping 74 total points made, with the Eagles earning 41 points while 33 points for the Patriots. An unbelievable 1,151 yards of combined offense broke not just the previous Super Bowl record but also any game in NFL history, playoffs or regular season.

It’s one of the swiftest turnarounds for the Eagles as they finished 7-9 the year before.

How did they change from last-placer to Super Bowl champion in just one year?

First, they developed a running game. From 4.1 in 2016, the Eagles boosted their yardage to 4.5 in 2017. Their running back core is led by Jay Ajayi with 4.4 yards during the Philly’s playoff run and LeGarrette Blount who went for 4.5

They also upgraded their passing game from mediocre to elite. Though Carson Wentz was a solid rookie, he upped his passing rate from 79 to 102 and his yards per attempt from 6.2 to 7.5. Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor played as great receivers of the team. The team bounced from 30th to 14th in yards per throw and 27th to 7th in passer rating.

They have also improved their already-good defense into something that is a bit better, which resulted to a much better offense.

Composed of 26 team members, Philadelphia Eagles gave a game that NFL fans will never forget.

How to Play Your Best Picks in Basketball

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In every basketball game, you would often come across the word screen or picks.

If you are not familiar with the term, screen is a type of blocking movement made by an offensive player to free a fellow teammate to receive a pass, to shoot or drive in to score. It is also known as a pick in the field of lacrosse and basketball.

Great basketball teams know the importance of setting a very good picks as it opens up their offense in so many ways.  How to use a pick is as equally important as how to set a pick, these two should come hand in hand for a better defense.

How to set a pick?

If you are the person that is setting the pick, you should:

  • Establish a wide and strong base by positioning your feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart.
  • Create an athletic solid position by bringing your hips down and bending your knees. It will be difficult for your defender to knock you off or nudge you if you are on this position.
  • Point your back to the direction where you want the receiver of the screen to go.
  • You need to be stationary as your setting the pick. It is considered as an illegal screen and an offensive foul if you are moving as you set your pick.
  • Protect yourself by placing your hand across your chest (girls) or groin area (boys). Make sure that your arms are extended towards the defensive player though.
  • Make sure that you signal the offensive player that you are about to set a pick. You can do this by raising your hand or calling out the offensive player’s name.
  • After the offensive player has run off your pick, pivot 180 degrees towards the ball and find an open space on the floor. In many instances, the person who ends up being open is the one who sets the pick.

What are some of the basic screens?

  • Ball screen – this is where the offensive player sets a pick for another offensive player who is currently holding the ball. You can only do the ball screen when the offensive player still has his dribble.

Ball screens can be really good offensive sets if they were executed well because the make the defense communicate and negotiate the ball screen to action.

  • Down screen – this type of screen is set in the direction of the baseline. The person who sets the pick goes down towards the pick receiver to set the screen. This is good to use if you want to create scoring opportunities for shooters.

For the illustration above, player 5 will do the down screen near the lane for player 2. Player 2 will then come off the screen and pop out to the right wing area. Player 1 will pass to player2 to take the open jump shot.

  • Away screen – this type is when a player sets the picks away from the ball. This occurs when a player runs away from the ball after he passed it to another player and set a pick for another offensive player.

 

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3 Characteristics of a Great Football Player

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Have you always loved playing football and dreamt of becoming one of the most famous football players in the world?

Football is a game that does not only require your physical skills and strength but it also calls for your mental and emotional sharpness.

With many aspiring football players all over the world, only a few makes the cut.

What are the basic traits that every football player must have?

This article will show you what you need to possess to become a successful football player.

  1. Knowledge of the game

You should have a clear understanding of the positional play – how you perform your function as offensive or defensive on the field. You should also have an awareness of where you are on the field in relation to the position of your fellow teammates, the ball and the opposition.

You should also possess adaptability; football is a game where all players have the equal opportunity to be the playmaker. Because the scenarios on the field are constantly changing, you should be able to adjust and adapt well.

You should be able to maintain technical efficiency even under pressure. Despite the factors such as fatigue, bad weather and opposition that can cause a breakdown of your technique, you should still show composure under pressure.

  1. Mental ability

Though good physical skills are important, your mental aspect is as important in playing football. Every great player – such as David Beckham, Raul Gonzalez, and Ronaldo – has full confidence on themselves. You should believe in your own capacity.

Mental toughness is also another trait that you should possess. Football is not a game for the weak-hearted; there are many things that could happen in the game that may affect your concentration and confidence. No matter what situation may arise, you should endeavor to perform your best.

Whatever position you are holding – defender, goalkeeper, midfield player or forward – know that you have the ability to impact the game so it’s important that you are giving your best shot.

  1. Fitness

Fitness is another important component of a football player.

You should not only possess the ability to play for the entire duration of the game, but you should also be able to endure and recover your fitness while working in the game. Each football player runs up to 5-7 miles in a game (90 minutes). You should be able to develop stamina to last that long since it’s hard to make substitutions as the game gets harder.

Agility and balance are also important. You should have the agility or dynamic balance to control the movement of your body while moving with or without the ball and static balance to resist challenges.

Speed is another vital aspect in the game – especially the speed of thought. You should have a good perception of what’s going on in the game and a quick reaction towards it.

In addition, you must have strength to withstand any direct and indirect challenges in the game. Though size of a player matters to some position that he is playing, it is the tenacity of the player that wins the battle.

 

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Playing with Your Best Picks in Basketball

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Playing with your own pick of NBA (National Basketball Association) players is possible through fantasy basketball. Fantasy basketball allows a player (general manager) to pick players and form a team. A general manager competes with other general managers by drafting the players for their team and by earning points throughout the game. Points are accumulated through the actual statistics or field performance of the NBA players during a game. The general manager with the most points wins. ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is one of the sports portals that offer fantasy basketball to fans and players.

How to Play

There are categories to choose from, three at the minimum, and eleven at the maximum. Each category will be weighed to determine the winner.

3 category leagues: points, rebounds, assist

5 category leagues: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals

8 category leagues: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, three-point field goal percentage

And so on…

Then you proceed to choose to create a private team or join public teams. Private teams can have any number of players and are usually created by experienced players together with GMs that they know. Public teams can have 10 to 12 teams and are usually joined by new players or those who want to play with random GMs.

Next, a general manager (GM) will draft players. The most commonly used snake draft allows the first team to pick the players to be the last one to pick the players for the next game so that every team has a chance to be the first to pick. In an auction draft, teams bid for the players with their budget. The team must be careful not to exceed the limit of the team. The team who wins the bid gets the players.

Types of Scoring

The scoring is determined by ROTO, head-to-head, or fantasy points. In ROTO or Rotiserrie scoring, the first place in an 11-team league gets 11 points, second place gets 10 points, and third place gets 9 points and so on. This is done in every category and the team with the biggest aggregate points at the end of the season wins the game. Head-to-head scoring is used when a team has the same opponent for a week. Within the course of the game, the statistics are accumulated and the team who gets the most points wins. There are variations of the head-to-head scoring, but the common one is H2H Each Category. Fantasy points correspond to a specific statistic determined by a commissioner. For example, a 2-point shot will have 1 fantasy point, a 3-point shot will have 3 fantasy points or a turnover means minus 1 fantasy point. The team with the largest amount of fantasy points is the winner.

According to FantasySports.net, fantasy basketball or fantasy sports, in general, are not listed on the prohibited games list of Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. This means that fantasy basketball is legal and can be played free or with real money.

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Sam Mikulak Leads the 2018 Winter Cup Challenge

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The 2018 Winter Cup Challenge was held on February 15-17, 2018 at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

Who Are Expected to Compete?

Amongst the famous gymnasts who registered to compete are Alex Naddour of Gilbert Ariz./USA Youth Fitness, 2016 Olympians Sam Mikulak of Newport Beach, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Center, reigning U.S. champion and World bronze medalist Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma,  2016 Olympic alternate Akash Modi of Morganville, N.J./Stanford University and 2017 World team member Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee/Salto Gymnastics .

A separate junior and senior competitive division will be featured at this year’s Winter Cup Challenge.

In addition, the top three all around athletes from the 2017 P&G Gymnastics Championships in both the 15-16 age division and the 17-18 age division are expected to compete at the Winter Cup. These athletes are: Vitaliy Guimaraes of Arvada, Colo./5280 Gymnastics, Brody Malone of Summerville, Ga./Cartersville Twisters and Max Andryushchenko of Arlington Heights, Ill./Ohio State University from the 17-18 division while Paul Juda of Deerfield, Ill./Buffalo Grove Gymnastics, Garrett Brauton of Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy and Riley Loos of El Dorado Hills, Calif./Technique Gymnastics from the age group of 15-16.

The 12 men who will make up the U.S Men’s Senior National Team through the 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships that will be held in Boston, Aug. 16-19 will be determined by the performances at the 2018 Winter Cup Challenge. Those athletes who belong to the top six ranks will be automatically qualified for the 2018 senior national team while the remaining 6 will be selected by the Men’s Program Committee or will be petitioned by the team.

One session for the junior division and one for the senior division will make up the first day of the competition. During the final sessions, the top 14 juniors and the top 28 senior athletes will be featured.

Mikulak Leads after First Day of Competition

The athlete that is leading the all-around standings after the first two days of the competition is no other than the two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak of Newport Beach, Calif./U.S. Olympic Training Cente.

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He posted an impressive scores of 14.650, pommel horse; 14.700, floor exercise; 13.550, vault; 13.500, still rings;14.700, horizontal bar and 15.200, parallel bars. With four consecutive U.S titles from 2013-2016, Mikulak has returned to the national competition after tearing his Achilles tendon at last year’s Winter Cup.

The second spot was earned by 2017 World team member Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee/Salto Gymnastics with 83.500 points in the all-around. 2016 Olympic team alternate Akash Modi of Morganville, N.J./Stanford University,has earned the 3rd spot with  83.350.

Bennet Huang of Palo Alto, Calif./University of Iowa is leading the junior competition with an all-around standing of 77.600. Following close behind is Asher Hong, Tomball, Texas/Cypress Academy with 77.400. The third place is tied between Jeremy Bischoff of Canyon Country, Calif./Wallers GymJam and evin Penev of Penfield, N.Y./RGA in the all-around with matching 76.600 totals.

Yul Moldauer, a current U.S. National all-around champion, is automatically selected to be a part of the national team if he participates at the 2018 Winter Cup and qualifies to the finals.

The Exciting Season for NFL this 2018

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last updated 02/15/2018

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The 2018 NFL Season

The 99th season of the National Football League will begin on September 6 2018 in no other than the home team of the NFL Kickoff Game, the Super Bowl LII. The 2018 NFL season will conclude on February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 2018 NFL League year starts on March 9 at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Agents of players who become unrestricted free agents will be allowed to contact the clubs and enter into contract negotiations on March 7.

The 256 games of the 2018 regular season will be played over a 17-week schedule which will start on September 6. Each of the 32 teams who are participating in the league will play a 16-game schedule, with one bye week for each single team.

There will be featured games on Monday Nights while the National Football League Kickoff game will be played on September 6 in prime time. There will also be games played on Thursday and on Thanksgiving Day. The conclusion of the regular season will be on December 30, with a full slate games of 16 games which are all be an intro-division match-ups.

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Scheduling Formula

Thanks to NFL’s scheduling formula which has been implemented since 2002, we now have a clear knowledge of who the opponents will be for all the 32 teams this 2018 season.

Each team will play the other three teams in its own division twice. In addition, a team will also play against all four teams in one other division from each conference. The final two games will be against the two teams in the team’s own division that has the same rank in their division on the previous season (example, the team that bagged the first rank in its own division on the previous season will compete against the other team in its conference that also finished first in its respective division. )

Some of the highlights that you should be looking forward to this 2018 season include:

  • NFL Kickoff Game – The kickoff game will start on September 6 at 8:30PM Eastern Time which will feature Philadelphia Eagles, the Super Bowl LII champion, as the home team. NBC will be televising the game.
  • NFL International Series:
  1. NFL Mexico Game – One game will be played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, in accordance with an agreement that the league will play on this venue each year from 2017 through 2021. The date is yet to be determined, though it was announced that the Los Angeles Rams will be hosting the Kansas City Chiefs.
  2. NFL London Games – Three games will be played in London. The first game will be played at the new Tottenham Stadium on October 14, with Oakland Raiders as the host. The other two games will be played at Wembley Stadium on October 21 and 28, with the Los Angeles Chargers hosting the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars hosting the Philadelphia Eagles.