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Martellus Bennett Made his Retirement Announcement

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One of the most trending news in the world of sports recently is the retirement of Martellus Bennett.

After being released by New England Patriots on March 7, Bennett has made a final decision to say goodbye to his football career. He made the announcement on Friday night through social media, initially broke the news through twitter and then later on made a longer message on Instagram.

“To be honest I was never really a football player I’ve always just been a creative guy who played football,” he wrote in Instagram. “I’ve loved some parts of the game but never everything about it. The game of football has been a huge part of my journey but it has never been my final destination. Nor has it been my life’s work. I always knew that this roller coaster ride would end I’ve enjoyed every up and down twist and turn, as well as every scream and shout.”

Bennett, who is a 10-year NFL veteran, also did not fail to express his gratitude to his teammates and coaches in the note.

His Retirement Is Not a Surprised Though

Though all of Bennett’s fans were not happy with the retirement announcement, this news did not come as a surprise though.

The 31 year old made a hint that he will retire after the 2017 season. Bennett has always been an expensive luxury for the Patriots, with his $6.1 million cap hit making him one of the most expensive tight ends of the league. The franchise decided to cut Bennett with dead money remaining on its cap earlier this month due to injury and age concerns that are mounting up.

Bennett’s decision to retire was not as solid as of late February though. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport tweeted that Bennett still wanted to play, “Despite publicly contemplating retirement last season, #Patriots TE Martellus Bennett does want to continue playing, I’m told. He’s due a $2M roster bonus on March 14, so New England has a decision… but his $6.2M cap hit isn’t bad.”

This was confirmed by Bennett himself on The Rich Eisen Show via NFL.com, saying “Right now I’m just living life and trying to figure out what I want to do next. Is it to continue to play? Is it to explore other options? What is it that I want to do?”

Well, it certainly did not take long for Bennett to decide to leave his career in NFL and focus on his creative flair instead. He will now devout his full time to his production company, The Imagination Agency, which focuses on making children’s content including film, books, etc.

Read more on how Bennett’s creativity led to the establishment of his production company.

Bennett’s Contribution to NFL

Bennett has been a tantalizing prospect throughout his football career, thanks to his athleticism and massive size (6’7, 250 pounds).

He debuted his NFL career with the Texas A&M Aggies where he stayed with them for three seasons. During this stint, he only caught 105 passes for 1,246 yards and 10 touchdowns. With an average of 34.6 yards per game, many felt that his head coach Dennis Franchione was not maximizing his talent.

On April 2008, Bennett was invited to the Dallas Cowboys’ Valley Ranch headquarters for a pre-draft visit and he got picked up with the 61st pick of the NFL Draft. He finished his rookie season with 20 receptions for 283 yards and four touchdowns. He regressed as a receiver on his second season, with a compilation of only 15 catches for 159 yards and no touchdowns.

He was out of two of four preseason games and two regular-season games because of the injuries that he acquired preseason – a right high ankle strain and an injured hamstring. Bennett decided to leave Dallas before the start of 2012 season to start a new opportunity.

He signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the New York Giants on March 14, 2012. He recorded his first touchdown in several years in the season opener against his former team, the Dallas Cowboys. He recorded 55 receptions for 626 yards and five touchdowns in his lone season with the Giants despite playing through several injuries.

Bennett signed a four-year deal, $20.4 million deal with the Chicago Bears on March 2013. He continued to show a good performance, which results to his first Pro Bowl invitation and a 916-yard season in 2014.

Bennette did not hide his displeasure about his teammates and coaches so it’s not a surprise when he decided to leave the team.

Bennett was traded to the New England Patriots on March 2016. He was the most efficient Patriots receiver in his first five weeks, with 21 receptions for 314 yards and four touchdowns, including a three-touchdown. He was a part of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI where he corded five catches for 62 yards.

What Is The Reason of His Retirement?

The final season of Bennett in the NFL was not a nice ride. He became a commodity on the free agent market due to his good performance on the Patriot’s Super Bowl. He signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Green Bay Packers.

A shoulder issue created a fall out between Bennett and the team, with Bennett claiming that despite the pain of his acquired injuries, he was still pressured to play. This claim was denied vehemently by the doctors, executives and his teammates. Midway through a lost season in Wisconsin, Bennett was cut off from the team due to failure to disclose a medical condition designation.

He had his second stint with the Patriots on November 2017 and a day after he was claimed, he was required to undergo a physical before he can join the team legitimately. The Patriots put Bennett on injured reserve due to hamstring and shoulder injuries.

Bennett was released by the Patriots on March 7, 2018. He made his announcement to retire from the NFL on March 23, 2018 to focus on his multimedia production company.

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A Beginner’s Guide in Understanding Basketball

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Most of us grew up to watching basketball games on our living room television or playing basketball in our neighborhood. Needless to say, basketball is one of the most popular sports in the United States.

If you have just recently earned an interest in learning how to play the game, don’t be overwhelmed with its many rules and basketball-jargon terminologies. Below is your easy guide to understanding the basic rules and positions of basketball.

Understanding Basketball

According to history, basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith, Canadian physical education student and an instructor at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, USA in 1981. The game gained its popularity over a short period of time and has rapidly spread all over the world. The International Basketball Federation was established in 1932 by Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Latvia, Romania, Italy, Switzerland and Portugal. In 1936, basketball was introduced to the Olympics.

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So how do you play this game?

This game should be played between two teams, with each team composed of five players. The main objective of the game is to shoot the ball into the opponent’s basketball hoop to score a point. Here is a list of more interesting games.

Here are some of the basketball lingoes that you should know:

  • Box out or block out: Using the body to shield or block an opponent in order to gain better position to grab a rebound.
  • Alley-oop: Is an offensive play where one player throws the ball into the vicinity of the rim and another teammate jumps and catches it and dunks the ball into the basket.
  • Boards: Rebounds
  • Bury a jumper: To make an especially good jump shot.
  • Hoop or hole: A basket
  • T: Technical foul
  • Walk: To travel
  • Nothing but net: A shot where the ball goes directly in the basket without touching the backboard or rim.
  • Take it to the hole: When the player with the ball dribbles and drives directly towards the basket in an attempt to make a field goal, or score.

What Are The Basic Rules and Regulations of the Game?

The main objective of this game is quiet simple – shoot the ball through the hoop to score a point.

The player gets 2 points if he shots within the three point line while he earns three points if the shot is made from outside the three point line. A free throw, on the other hand, is worth one point. The winner of the game is the team that accumulated the highest points.

You should develop these key skills in playing basketball:

  • Passing
  • Shooting
  • Jump stops
  • Dribbling
  • Pivoting
  • Lay ups
  • Cutting
  • Screening
  • Rebounding
  • Defense

Basketball consists of offense and defense. When any player of the team has the ball, then all the other players from that team are on offense and they must shoot the ball into the opponent’s basket to score points. When the opponent team takes possession of the ball, then all the team members in the first team becomes the defense. They have to stop the offensive team from shooting the ball into their basket.

Rules for the Offense: The player should keep the ball bouncing by using one hand while moving both of his feet. Only one leg is allowed to move if he stops dribbling or touches the ball with just one hand. Pivot foot is the term referred to the other leg that is not moving and the offense player is given only one turn at dribbling. The player gets a “double-dribbling violation” if he restarted his dribble, as a result the opponent team gets the ball. Players are allowed to touch only the top of the ball while dribbling. “Carrying the ball” is tagged if the player touches the bottom of the ball and continues to dribble. If this violation is incurred, the ball is handed over to the opponent. Kicking or hitting the ball with the fist is not allowed.

Rules for the Defense: There is only one major rule for the defense team and that is not to foul. They should not have any physical contact with the opponents such as holding, pushing, striking or shouldering in any way. Player who violates this rule for the first time is called a foul while second violation is called for disqualification until the next goal is scored. The player is suspended from the game when he displays his intention to injure an opponent.

Understanding Player Positions in Basketball

The five players that compose the team have specific positions and responsibilities. The positions – which consist of two forwards, two guards and one center – call for different physical skills and requirements.

  • Point Guard – Though not primarily a shooter, point guard should be the best passer and ball handler of the team. He should be the fastest player in the team as his major role is to take charge of the team’s offense by controlling the ball. He is responsible for making sure that the ball is handed to the right player at the right time. Usually the shortest and fastest player on the team is selected as the point guard.

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  • Shooting Guard – Generally taller than a point guard but shorter than a small forward. Though he does not have to be necessarily great at ball handling however he should be the best perimeter shooter of the team. His main responsibility is shots on offense. He also guards the best perimeter player of the opponent team on defense.

 

  • Small Forward – He should be strong and aggressive; sufficiently tall to blend it up inside yet sufficiently coordinated to handle the ball and shoot well. His main responsibility is to score points via dribble penetration and cuts to the basket.

 

  • Power Forward – Should be at least a little bulky or muscled and he must be able to catch passes and hit shots near the basket. He must also be a good rebounder and quick enough to move around the lane on offense and defense. A power forward plays offensively with his back to the basket.

 

  • Center – He should be able to post up offensively and must know how to find the open player in the paint and grab offensive rebounds. Centers are usually the tallest player on the team.

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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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South Regional Final: (4) Michigan 79 – (3) Florida 59

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ARLINGTON, TX –

Hail to the Victors!

For the first time since the “Fab Five” era 20 years ago, the Michigan Wolverines are headed to the Final Four, after a dominant 79-59 victory over 3rd-seeded Florida in the South Regional Final. Michigan jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never looked back, at one point building a 41-17 advantage late in the first half from which the shell-shocked Gators could never recover. The Wolverines will take on Syracuse in the National Semifinals next Saturday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Michigan’s explosive offense was ignited by a rather unlikely source on Sunday, as freshman guard Nik Stauskas torched the normally-stout Florida defense for 22 points on 6-for-6 shooting from 3-point range. Trey Burke struggled shooting from the field (5-for-16), but contributed a solid all-around game with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Freshman Mitch McGary continued his stellar play in the Tournament, with 11 points and nine rebounds. Kenny Boynton and Will Yeguete each scored 13 for the Gators, but senior center Erik Murphy endured one of the worst games of his career, a scoreless performance on 0-for-11 shooting from the field, though he did pull down eight rebounds. The game was so stunningly lopsided that Michigan head coach John Beilein emptied his bench in the final minutes of regulation.

In a season where the Big Ten was considered the best conference in the nation, it took Michigan’s winning effort to prevent the league from being shut out of the Final Four, following departures by Michigan State, Indiana, and Ohio State. Similar to the Syracuse team they will meet in the National Semifinals, Michigan had their struggles down the stretch, losing five of their final 10 games before the Tournament, including an embarrassing loss to a Penn State team which was winless in the Big Ten. But the Wolverines re-discovered the rhythm that made them the #1 team in AP National Poll at one point this season, and are now two wins away from the school’s first national championship since 1989.

As for Florida, they were bounced from the Elite Eight for the third consecutive season. The Gators have failed to reach the Final Four since winning their second consecutive national championship in 2007.

Brad Sham and Fran Fraschilla called the action.

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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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last updated 03/05/2018

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.

Find out more about it here

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.

 

Get more information about National Football League here.