So You Want To Win In Fantasy, Huh?

Fantasy football predictions are not as easy as we think, are they?

By Emily Chae // @emgchae

This year I have three fantasy teams, two where I play with strangers and one with former co-workers. Regardless of PPR or standard league, there are some players being overlooked this season. This week we will review who were the top dogs on my teams and sleeper picks for week 3.

The off-season was a mess of trades, cuts and new recruits.  This can make fantasy picks a bit tricky this year.   Also, knowing who is injured is critical in a fantasy match up.  Team injuries are always updated here.

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Fowling – You Gotta Try It

Fowling: The New Sport Bringing Football and Bowling Together

There’s a new sport out there and this is one that brings two very different pastimes together. Fowling is the name of the game, which is taking the world by storm, as both football and bowling fans get their kick with it. Join us as we take a look at what’s making this sport such a success with players and spectators alike.

The Origins of the Sport

This sport was the creation of one man from Michigan, who wanted to combine his love for both sports into one game. You need a whole lot of space to play this game, so it’s best played in a warehouse or bowling alley. It’s something of a variation that has competitors launching American footballs down a lane of the alley.

If you’re looking for something similar then you can also play hybrid sports with bingo too for even more of the sports based experience. Sports seem to go well with lots of other hobbies, so it makes sense that they appear all over the place.

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Offseason Buzz: Is this (finally) the Jaguars Year?

By Our Turf Football Staff // @ourturffb

After their fourth consecutive losing season in 2014 (3-13), the Jacksonville Jaguars made some big moves in the offseason. The team drafted Dante Fowler Jr and TJ Yeldon and landed Julius Thomas and Jared Odrick, among others, in free agency. The additions were deemed a giant leap in the right direction. What followed, however, was yet another losing season (5-11).

That was followed by a second busy summer of transactions in 2016. Jacksonville acquired Tashaun Gipson, Chris Ivory, Malik Jackson, and Jalen Ramsey, and many pundits declared that the Jaguars had ‘won’ the offseason. They were widely considered the dark-horse of the AFC. What followed was yet another losing season (3-13), their sixth consecutive.

Now, ahead of the 2017 season, the team has spent big in free agency again, acquiring Calais Campbell, AJ Bouye, and Barry Church, and brought in another top draft pick in the form of stud running back Leonard Fournette. But there is some hesitancy to board the Jags’ hype-train. Optimism has been tamed because we’ve seen this movie before.

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GRILLING A BEER-CAN CHICKEN

Special Contribution by John Thomas

What says “grill master” more than grilling a whole chicken sitting on top of a can of beer that is infusing flavor and moisture into your bird? Beer-can chicken is often overlooked on the menu, but it’s a fun and proven way to grill a tasty whole chicken.

Grab a whole chicken from the grocery store and beer, or even some root beer or soda, and get that thing on the grill for a guaranteed successful meal. This is an easy method for grilling a flavorful and tender chicken that keeps all eyes on the grill, and provides that “wow” factor for any cookout you host.

Sure, it’s called “beer-can chicken,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to use beer. There are tons of flavorful canned beverages out there, if you are so inclined to something else.

Any soda will make your chicken pop, or even an empty can with a little water and garlic. Beers like imperial stouts, pilsners, or lagers are great, but some other fun ideas include orange soda, cola, or root beer. Continue reading “GRILLING A BEER-CAN CHICKEN”

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THE STAR AND THE COMMUNITY: HELPING TEXAS EXCEL

By Kimberly Bowman // @kimberlygrace__

Fans all over the country have their own unique reasons for why they became fans of the Dallas Cowboys. Whether it be a memory from childhood or just good old-fashioned Texas pride, most fans take their dedication to the team very seriously.

And the men and women behind the star take their famed position in society just as serious, seeing the need to give back to the community that supports them whole-heartedly. And while the holiday season can be difficult for a majority, America’s team does what they can both during the holidays and year-round to make life for some of our country’s less fortunate a bit more joyous.

For twenty years, the Cowboys have teamed up with the Salvation Army and have acquired just over two billion dollars in donations for the organization dedicated to helping the needy with their Red Kettle Campaign across the States. Spanning from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Eve, the Red Kettle Campaign works to provide the less fortunate with shelter, meals, and even toys to those who could otherwise not afford such luxuries.

Players giving back courtesy: dallascowboys.com

Partnering with the Cowboys, the Salvation Army gets the limelight every Thanksgiving day as they work to bring in the funds to make the holidays extra special for the people in their community, their world, and ultimately the country as we ring in the Christmas season. Many of the team members volunteer seasonally to serve Thanksgiving meals to the homeless and offer Christmas cheer in many avenues of need. Continue reading “THE STAR AND THE COMMUNITY: HELPING TEXAS EXCEL”

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Mock Draft 2017

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

It’s Mock Draft Time Again – 1st Round

Last year’s winner was Lisa Johnson. Who will it be this year?

Open to anyone who wants to submit (maximum one per person).

If you’re a veteran at this, you know how it’s done.

CALLING ALL ROOKIES: THIS IS FUN! Come give it a try. To be honest, luck is a huge part of winning this.

YOU COULD WIN ONE OF THESE COINS! (every team available)

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Devin and Jason McCourty Tackle Sickle Cell

By Kristen Parker @nepatsgirl87

Twin brothers, Devin and Jason McCourty began a campaign to tackle sickle cell in 2013.  They started this foundation to aspire to teach the public about this disease, increase blood donations and raise money and awareness to fight the disease. 

Sickle cell disease is a group of red blood cell disorders passed down from parent to child.  This group of diseases affects nearly 100,000 people in the United States.  Red blood cells contain a protein that carries oxygen in the blood to all parts of the body.  Normal red blood cells are round and flexible, which allow them to travel around and get oxygen to your body.  Sickle cell disease causes the red blood cells to form a sickle shape, which break apart simply, clump together more easily and only live 10 to 20 days instead of the normal 120 days. 

According to Devin, “sickle cell disease affected us at a young age because my father carried the trait.  I remember we took blood tests at 5 years old to see if we carried the trait as well and it was a relief when we learned we didn’t.  That didn’t end the journey with Sickle Cell because both our aunt and uncle had the disease.” 

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NFL Free Agency Update: Where Will Romo Roam?

By Our Turf Football Staff // @ourturffb

Sometimes the grass isn’t greener on the other side. That is the sad truth the Chicago Bears may soon realize, after the team chose to release Jay Cutler. The highly criticized quarterback spent eight seasons in Chicago, and though he only led them to a 51-51 regular season record in that time, Cutler leaves as the franchise’s all-time leading passer. He may not be Aaron Rodgers, but it does get a lot worse. (Ask Cleveland.)

My Top Sportsbooks saw the move coming, and also predicted another franchise’s all-time passing leader would be released: Tony Romo. Two days into the NFL free-agency period, the Dallas Cowboys have not yet parted ways with Romo, but it does seem inevitable. Dallas was forced to turn to rookie fourth-round pick Dak Prescott last year after Romo suffered a back injury just three plays into his preseason debut.

Prescott impressed from day one and led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record, while setting a new rookie record for passer rating (104.9). The Cowboys stuck with the rookie in spite of Romo being healthy and ready to play for the final few weeks of the regular season. The Mississippi State product fell victim to some late game heroics from Aaron Rodgers in his first playoff game, but he’s certainly not the first to suffer that fate. Prescott, who was named Offensive Rookie of the Year, played his way into the starting role, and deserves to keep it.

So where does this leave Romo?

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Happy New NFL League Year!

By Marcela Vargas @ethne88

The 2017 League Year is about to start with a blast after the Combine. Check out the most important dates of the year.

The 2016-2017 season was amazing and gave us much to discuss and ponder. With Tom Brady becoming G.O.A.T. after a thrilling Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons we said goodbye to an exciting year, and our wait began for the next to arrive. Now that it’s upon us, let’s check out the most important dates of the brand new league year, so far.

March 9th – The 2017 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time. Trading period begins after expiration of all 2016 contracts.

March 26th to 29th – Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.

Early April – Likely release of Preseason Schedule.

Mid-to-Late April – Likely release of Season Schedule.

April 27th to 29th – 2017 NFL Draft, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

May 22nd to 24th – Spring League Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.

Late June – Rookie Transition Program to be held at individual clubs. Mandatory attendance for all rookies.

Mid-July – Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the club’s earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players.

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