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Is this the best rookie class ever?

Is this one of the best rookie classes of all time? I can’t say for sure, but I know this rookie class definitely has the most Fantasy Football value I can remember in a long time. We have a quarterback who is playing like a seasoned veteran, a running back who is the No. 1 running back right now for fantasy and a receiver who is seventh in the league in receptions. I’m going to list some of the impact rookies and their fantasy value. The overall draft choice will be in parentheses.


Matt Ryan (3)- Has to be the top candidate for the ROY. Atlanta selected him with the third overall pick and he’s been better than advertised. The best part is that thanks to him, no one thinks of Mike Vick anymore. After week 10, he is 11th overall quarterback in standard fantasy scoring. He would be a GREAT backup and I wouldn’t hesitate to make him my starter if need be. He has some very nice weapons with Turner and Roddy White and I expect him to continue to progress throughout the season. Ryan is going to be a future stud.

Joe Flacco (18) – What a nice surprise this has been for Baltimore. Many Ravens players wanted Troy Smith to be the starter on opening day, but Baltimore opted for the rookie. In fact, the Ravens traded draft day to take Flacco with the 18th overall pick out of Delaware. They obviously saw something they liked. And they have to be happy with the results so far. With Flacco at QB, Baltimore actually has a vertical passing game that they haven’t had in years. (Ever?) He’s making good decisions and he’s doing more than just managing the game. Derrick Mason is clearly taking advantage of this and with Mr. Clayton as well. Flacco is currently the 15th overall quarterback and is available on most waiver wires right now. Choose it for the depth of it.


Matt Forte (44) – Forte is the #1 running back in standard PPR scoring. The Bears got a goaltender at Forte. He was probably drafted in the sixth round or later in fantasy football leagues. So anyone lucky enough to own it got an absolute steal. He also has great programming strength the rest of the way. So he continues to initiate it in confidence. The Bears will continue to get him the rock. He would list him as a close second to Ryan for ROY

Chris Johnson (24)- He and LenDale White have been a dynamic duo for Tennessee. Johnson is so explosive and he can take it home at any time. Even though he’s in a timeshare, Johnson is still the seventh overall fantasy running back. He looks like he may be a future superstar. The only question mark with him is whether he can handle being a distance runner. That remains to be seen. But he will remain very solid for the rest of this season based on the combination Tennessee loves to run the ball and the big lead he brings every week.

Steve Slayton (89): Slayton was drafted with the 89th overall pick out of West Virginia. In most fantasy leagues, he was either undrafted or very, very late. Both the Texans and whoever selected him for fantasy got great value. Most likely, he was drafted as your fourth or fifth running back, so you should have great depth. Hopefully, he traded one of his top underperforming runners to move up another position. He is worth starting out as an RB2 or a great flex option. Slayton will continue to be productive in this potent Texans offense. He is the 14th running back overall in the PPR leagues. The only question mark with Slayton is whether he can last the entire season. He is on the small side. We will see.

Tim Hightower (149) – Whoever ended up recruiting Edgerin James was hopefully smart enough to handcuff him to Hightower. The Cardinals have decided to roll with Hightower now and bench Edge. They will not look back. Hightower has a lot more burst than Edge and that’s what this potent offense needed in a running back. He also runs very hard, which is why Arizona decided to make him their goal line. Feel free to start him with confidence for the rest of the season. He is a decent RB2 or a great flex player for most. He is the running back of the future for the Cardinals.

Felix Jones (22) – Dallas went after Jones in the draft and it seems like a wise move. Marion Barber has been the Cowboys’ workhorse, but Jones is a huge change of pace. He has also been invaluable to his return game. Jones appears to be back from his injury soon, possibly even this week. Dallas could really use his speed. Jones is a must-have wife if you own Barber and has good goalkeeper value as well. He looks like he’ll be a solid backup going forward.

Jonathan Stewart (13)- He’s another rider who is in serious timeshare with Deangelo Williams. However, he seems to have a good future in the NFL. He has good speed and appears to be a well-rounded runner. Right now, though, the Panthers seem to be favoring Williams’ physical career more. Stewart still has good value for fantasy. He’s more of a filler/flex game right now, but that could change quickly if Williams were to stumble or get injured.

Darren McFadden (4), Rashard Mendenhall (23), Ryan Torain (139): These three running backs have been plagued by injuries. McFadden had 1 good game all season (against the Chiefs) and Torain only played half a game all season. Torain looked pretty good in that half and seemed like the Broncos’ choice backcourt. Overall the jury is still out on all 3. I have to say that McFadden has been seen as a dud. He doesn’t have a lot of speed and doesn’t really look special, like he should be a top 5 pick. He would rather have most of the backups listed above over McFadden. He was very excited about Torain and so were the Denver Broncos. They said he could have earned the starting job in the preseason before getting injured. Then when he comes back, he hurt his knee in the first game. Mendenhall looked fine before his season-ending surgery, minus his minor case of fumbles.


Eddie Royal (42) – Royal is the 10th overall wide receiver in the PPR leagues. He’s clearly been benefiting from all the attention Brandon Marshall demands, and he’s been thriving. Royal Flashes has a great combination of speed and good hands. He looks like he has what it takes to be the No. 1 wide receiver in the future. Royal was not drafted in many fantasy leagues, or very late. He deserves to start with you now. He is a very solid #3 receiver, with the potential for even more in the PPR leagues.

DeSean Jackson (49) – Jackson has blazing speed and playmaking ability that the Eagles lacked at wide receiver. He was great for them early in the season while the Eagles were without their top 2 receivers. He is still a good play as McNabb likes to spread the ball around. He also gets involved in setbacks and punt returns. Jackson will continue to be a decent #3 receiver or very good depth.

Donnie Avery (33) – Avery has been a very pleasant surprise for the Rams. He, too, is benefiting from the attention Holt demanded. He seems like he snuck into some teams, but now they’re aware. Avery has a very good future in the NFL. He has great speed and is another midfielder. He is a good replacement or matchup player for your fantasy team. He can also complete in the flexible position.

If I had a vote for Rookie of the Year; Here’s how I’d rank the top 5 as of now:

1) Matt Ryan

2) strong matte

3) Chris Johnson

4) Skinny Joe

5) Royal Eddie

Honorable Mention: Slayton, Hightower, F. Jones

5 ways commissioners can increase the fun and focus in fantasy football leagues

As the commissioner of your fantasy football league, it’s your job to make sure people play the game fairly and competitively, while having fun doing it. There are a couple of scenarios that really get to me when I do fantasy and can leave me bitter at the end of the season. First of all, I can’t stand it when people forget, or simply refuse, to log in every week and set up their headlines. Easy wins are easy and for me there is no gratification in that. Another thing that bothers me as a commissioner, mostly from the heart, is seeing people who really focus, do their research, make great moves on the waiver wire, and fall short on end-of-season pay.

Over the years I have tried to make my leagues as fun as possible for a couple of reasons; to attract new and interested players, and to maintain focus from week to week. I’ve compiled a short list of things I do to help keep people engaged, which will ultimately keep them connected week to week.

one. King of the Hill (KoTH) – Side games are a great way to keep focus for players in your league. KoTH is a fun game where players in the league pick a single game and then predict the winner of that game. As long as the player has chosen correctly, they will move on. The problem is that each player can only choose one team to win a game during the season. If the Patriots play the Broncos, and I pick the Patriots to win that game, I can’t pick the Patriots again for the entire season.

two. weekly challenge – This can be a wide range of topics or scenarios, it really depends on your creativity as a commissioner. I like to set up challenges that are simple, but have payouts every week. A challenge idea can be as basic as “Which kicker will get the highest fantasy points this week?” or narrow it down a bit and make it “Which kicker will kick the most field goals?”

3. pick them up – Another idea for a side game is a Pick ’em forum, where players submit their prediction for the outcome of each game throughout the season. Each victory can be worth 1 point and have a running total until the end of the season. He could even choose to do a separate one for the play-offs as well.

Four. generosity – A great way to keep people focused and having fun is to encourage people to keep track of rewards. A bounty is a select set of instances that can pay money or be just for fun. A reward can be “QB with the longest touchdown pass” or “TE with the most touchdowns scored”. This is different from the weekly challenges because they run for the entire season, not just for one week.

5. Credits/Debits – This is for the more aggressive fantasy leagues. It’s a method I like to use in higher paying leagues, to really keep my members’ attention. A credit can be if someone has a great login streak, perhaps adding a point or two to their weekend score or, in my case, adding money to payouts. A debit will be when someone doesn’t log in for a week and lose points or money for not doing so. In case you were wondering, most websites have a way to log in when people log into their fantasy team. I like to give everyone a $5 starting pot and add or subtract as needed. This really encourages everyone to pay attention and stay focused!

These are just a few ideas that I like to use, and each one can be expanded to suit your league’s style of play. “But Nate, I don’t like football and I only play Fantasy Baseball!” That’s fine, I say. You can mold these ideas to fit any other style of fantasy game. For baseball, you can do King of the Mound and maybe pick a series winner each week. For basketball you can do a Hoops Pick ‘Em. The concepts could go on and on.

If you think it may be difficult to get your league members to pay these additional fees, please coordinate your league’s entry fee to include money that can go into separate pools for these ideas (i.e. $50 entry will include a $50 entry fee). $5 Pick ‘Em, $5 weekly challenge fee, and $40 for league winners). One thing to keep in mind is that while I was using money as an example, it doesn’t have to be about money. Everything I mentioned can have a “for fun” aspect and there is no reason to feel compelled to pay to play this incredibly awesome game.

How smart are Pit Bull Terrier dogs?

People say a lot of things about pit bulls, but you never hear them talk much about the intelligence of this particular breed. The fact is that you will never hear anything about the intelligence of this animal, unless you are in the company of pit bull owners. Anyone who has owned one of these fascinating dogs will tell you bluntly that the Pit Bull is a highly intelligent dog.

Pit bulls are pretty quick learners, but they also have a bit of a stubborn streak that is a direct result of their intelligence. These dogs have a definite will of their own, and they like to get their way, but most humans do too!

This stubborn behavior that is displayed from time to time tends to make the Pit Bull a bit more difficult to train than other breeds. Some people confuse the dog’s independent will with the dog being untrainable, but nothing could be further from the truth! These highly intelligent dogs can be trained.

Training problems arise from owners who have no knowledge of the Pit Bull breed. As with any breed, prospective owners should always spend a little time learning about the particular quirks that all dog breeds have. Owners who get a Pit Bull and then complain about their training simply didn’t do their homework. That’s not the dog’s fault, is it?

As a Pit Bull owner, you need to understand that their stubbornness comes from their intelligence and you shouldn’t take it personally. Just because he doesn’t want to do what you want him to do at a specific time doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you. If you can just treat it for what it really is, stubbornness, then you’ll both be fine.

Always face your hard ways with patience and understanding. Certainly don’t give up on their training, just be a little more stubborn than them!

You may want to consider using a type of training called game training. This type of training appeals to pit bulls because they love to play. When a training task is presented as a fun game, the task will appeal to the dog’s inner desire to play. With this technique, you can circumvent the stubbornness you may have encountered with any other type of training.

When shopping for toys for your Pit Bull, keep in mind those strong jaws this breed is famous for. You’ll want to buy toys that are designed for long-term survival. Make sure you get toys that won’t break easily and won’t hurt your pit bull. Above all, enjoy your new friend!

A kicker with a ponytail

A tomboy at heart with her hair pulled back, Spotsylvania High School graduate Lauren Luttrell has her sights set on becoming a kicker for the Virginia Tech Hokies and, if that comes to fruition, the first woman to join to the college football team. Luttrell played football for the Spotsy Knights, but his passion for sports and athleticism made him a kicker for a varsity football team.

Last summer, before arriving on the Virginia Tech campus as a freshman, Luttrell’s supervisor at Famous Dave’s BBQ, David Turner, was intrigued by her desire and encouraged her to try out for the Virginia Tech team as a chaperone. Luttrell thought he was crazy, but Turner insisted, and before you knew it, Luttrell contacted the Hokies football department and they invited him to try out.

Luttrell showed up at Lane Stadium during his first week of school and saw head coach Frank Beamer standing on the field. There were a handful of kickers, a few punters and a few long snappers in the test. She was the only one with a ponytail, but once she started kicking, her nervousness subsided and she fit right in. He only failed once during training. While Beamer was impressed, he did not have a spot for Luttrell and asked him to try again in the spring.

Training for a second chance that winter, Luttrell worked diligently with his kicking coach, Dave DeArmas, who attended training camps with the St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers after playing college football at the University of Connecticut. Aside from practice and technique, DeArmas taught him things like the difference between the wind at the bottom of a two- or three-tier stadium and the wind blowing over the flag poles above the stadium. He took pictures of her form and showed her what needed to be fixed.

Luttrell is quite comfortable kicking field goals inside 42 yards, but he’s unfamiliar with a helmet and pads, not to mention the pressure of a game-winning kick in a stadium packed with cheering fans. Gaining experience in the true atmosphere comes with time invested.

Clearly, the Hokies needed a kicker. Redshirt sophomore Cody Journell was suspended indefinitely after being arrested for breaking and entering and charged with a Class 2 felony due to alleged use of a dangerous weapon. Before the Hokies’ Orange Bowl game against Michigan, senior kicker Tyler Weiss, a graduate of Courtland High School, was sent home for missing the curveball.

As a walk-on and one of ten kickers, Luttrell’s next test occurred on March 31. He made all four field goal attempts at the 20-25 yard range kicking his way to the second round at the 35-yard range making three of four attempts with one not hitting the crossbar and therefore not advancing to the third round. Impressed with her ability, trainer Frank Beamer thanked her for trying, encouraged her to keep trying, and explained that she just didn’t have the power to make the cut. Luttrell, discouraged, promised to keep kicking his goal; a goal to nail him between two posts, particularly at Lane Stadium at Virginia Tech, as a kicker for the Hokies.

If Luttrell had been part of the team, the media frenzy would begin. How could a young woman, with her hair pulled back in a ponytail, keep up and perform at the level expected in a “man’s” sport? Luttrell’s kicks on the field would definitely draw attention to the team both favorably by some and undoubtedly derisive by others. Although the social sacrifices and other possible ramifications for Luttrell to participate in a sport dominated by men are many; the benefits, if used well, can be relatively rewarding.

The tragic story of Eddie Gaedel

If you’ve had an interest in baseball for a while, you surely know the story of Eddie Gaedel. For those of you who haven’t heard of him and don’t know the story, Gaedel was a dwarf, all three feet eight inches tall, who played a Major League Baseball game.

Much is known about that day, August 19, 1951. Gaedel, 26, stepped up to the plate for the St. Louis Browns against the Tigers as the leadoff hitter in Game 2 of a doubleheader. Wearing number 1/8, he walked on four consecutive pitches by Bob Cain. He was hired by Jim Delsing and his career ended as abruptly as it began.

Of course, Eddie was not a career baseball player. He appeared in the game as a promotion invented by Browns owner Bill Veeck.

Normally, the story would end there. Stories about former major leaguers playing in only one game are not newsworthy, not even the story of one tiny player. Nobody bothered to find out much about Gaedel after his fifteen minutes of fame. Nobody could tell you about Eddie the man instead of Eddie the ballplayer who is forever inscribed in the annals of the game.

But the story of Eddie Gaedel the man is worth telling.

After his famous game, St. Louis baseball writer Bob Broeg found him and started asking him questions. The first questions were routine and Gaedel gave routine answers. Broeg then told him that he was what he always wanted to be, a former major leaguer. Then Eddie felt very proud of himself. The men shook hands and that was it.

Bob Fishel was the Browns’ publicist and spent a few days with Eddie before the game, the only baseball player who had the opportunity to meet him personally. “Veeck was looking for a dwarf, not a dwarf. When we saw him, there was no doubt he was right. I didn’t think much of him though,” without elaborating.

Eddie appeared on various television shows in the following weeks earning $17,000, a very large amount for those days. His gaming contract had been for $100.

Three weeks after the game, on September 2, Eddie was arrested in Cincinnati for yelling obscenities. He tried to convince a police officer that he was a major league player. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and released on $25 bond. According to an interview with his mother Helen in 1971, Eddie’s diminutive size had gotten him into trouble for much of his life.

Born in Chicago, his growth was stunted from the age of three by a thyroid condition. He was molested as a child according to his mother. He finished high school and was an errand boy for Drover’s Daily Journal, a Chicago newspaper. He worked as the shoemaker Buster Brown who appeared at store openings in Chicago and St. Louis. He also worked at the Ringling Brothers Circus in the 1950s and as a promoter for Mercury Records, but refused to go with the company in California because he was afraid to leave.

In 1961, Veeck, now the owner of the White Sox, hired Gaedel and other midgets as box salesmen. This was due to fans complaining that vendors were blocking their view.

However, the end was near. Eddie suffered from high blood pressure and an enlarged heart. On June 18, 1961, he was robbed on a Southside Chicago street corner for the $11 he had with him. After the assault, he apparently staggered home and died in his bed of a heart attack because paramedics were unable to revive him. The coroner reported that he had bruises on his face and knees.

His mother, penniless and without contact with her other children, was devastated. To add insult to injury, a man claiming to represent the Hall of Fame Museum scammed her out of Eddie’s bats and Browns uniform. All that remains of the Hall of Fame are photos from his brief career with catcher Bob Swift on his knees to receive a high pitch.

Gaedel’s death attracted little attention. The only baseball-related person to attend his funeral was Bob Cain. “I didn’t even meet him, but I felt compelled to go,” said Cain, who by then was retired from baseball after a six-year career. “I was taken aback that there weren’t any other baseball people there.”

Cain summed up Eddie’s life: “It was a pretty sad situation. It’s a shame he had to die the way he did, but I guess he got into some trouble from time to time. He ended up with the wrong crowd.”

Do pets increase school spirit?

A school mascot can be anything from an animal or insect to a type of person, flower, or other entity. Mascots have been associated with athletic teams since interscholastic team competitions began in the post-Civil War era in the late 19th century. The school mascot at its core is a symbol of pride in the school and a certain spirit. In many cases, the answer to the question of whether pets increase school spirit is self-evident. As Penn State’s Nittany Lion shrine has illustrated, it is part of school events and celebrations. There’s even a tradition that started in 1966 called Guard the Lion Shrine that takes place right after the Homecoming Pep Rally with guest speakers, food and drinks, and a DJ.

Part of the enjoyable experience of attending a school game is watching the mascots perform. A pet is serving its purpose when it wakes up its audience. Mascots are a recognizable face or personality for a school that builds popularity with fans and increases team spirit at games and other community events. They add to the school’s history, tradition and pride. It’s not just about putting on a suit. Pets even have training camps and manuals to help them play their role to the fullest.

The most memorable mascots embody a desire to support the school and are a visual representation of their affiliation with the school they are proud to call their own. In fact, many have been promoted by students like Penn State’s Joe Mason, who came up with the Nittany Lion symbol, or the students who selected Cy the Cardinal for Iowa State University, Sammy the Banana Slug pressured by students from the University of California. Santa Cruz.

The tradition of pets in the United States dates back to at least the Civil War, where many regiments kept live pets. In the post-Civil War era, intercollegiate and interscholastic competition began to use mascots as intercollegiate athletic games and rivalries emerged. Some schools do not have pets. One example is the University of Michigan which does not have a mascot to entertain at games. Its athletics department has maintained that there was no need for one and that one would not reflect the spirit and values ​​of athletics at the University. Refusing to penalize one even harshly over the years, mascots have been proposed in a variety of wolverine guises. The word pet came into the English language from a French word used to describe anything that brings luck to a home.

Pets can be chosen without much deliberation or care. They can also be selected by popular election as has happened more recently than over the years. No matter how they are selected, there is reasoning behind them. The selected mascots represent something that schools want to associate with the symbol that can become a promotional tool as the most identifiable mascots have been.

When it comes to school mascots, animal names predominate. Some are more common than others. A perceived image or quality associated with the animal makes some animals a more likely choice, as they are involved in supporting athletic teams. Therefore, an eagle is a more common emblem than a slug. The most common pets are animals associated with ferocity such as eagles, tigers, lions, bulldogs, bobcats, and panthers. Along the same lines, the most common human symbols are warriors, braves, chieftains, raiders, pirates. In addition to animal pets, warrior pets make up about half of human pets. A martial spirit is represented in most pet names. These mascots make the spectators associate that spirit with the determination and will to succeed of the teams.

Pets can have different uses. During games, they get the crowd excited and involved in the game. They bring smiles and laughs with their antics and are a mark of identification, a symbol of school pride, and a fellow cheerleader. The most identifiable mascots are the ambassadors of the schools and their sports teams with which they have been associated. An example is Penn State’s Nittany Lion mascot, which makes more than 200 appearances each year, only half of which are at sporting events, although the inspiration for the symbol came from a game between Penn State and Princeton in 1904. Be a mascot can turn into a career where one can earn six figures with a professional sports team, which is an illustration of their importance to the franchise they represent.

Pet selection has taken different paths. Many mascots have been selected because students, school officials, locals, or even reporters have given the university or college a nickname. At BYU in 1923, track coach Eugene L. Roberts chose the cougar as the official mascot of BYU athletics because it was native to Utah and embodied the traits of strength, agility, grace, quickness, and beauty that he hoped athletes from all over the world would see. BYU will exemplify. Today, Cosmo the Cougar is BYU’s official athletics mascot. Cosmo made his first appearance in front of BYU fans on October 15, 1953 when BYU President Dwayne Stevenson bought the costume for $73 and persuaded his roommate to wear it. In 1924, a sports reporter used the description of the Wildcats for a performance by the Northwestern University football team. That description became relatable to the team. Willie the Wildcat’s first mascot came to life in 1947 with a costume designed by the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity for their homecoming float. Mascots are a symbol of school spirit to bounce back from defeats and victories. Some students find it difficult to identify with or join a mascot attached to teams that do not inspire school pride with winning performances. However, as the Northwestern University football team has revealed, fortunes can change for the better. From the lean period to the current period of enhanced performance, Willie the Wildcat has been there for students to identify with while supporting their team.

Champ Bailey Biography – His Early Years

One of the most respected defensive players in the NFL today would have to be Champ Bailey. Often regarded as one of the best (if not the best) NFL cornerbacks in the country. As one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, he always puts in a solid effort and is known for his work ethic and leadership in the locker room. There are many things about this professional soccer player that people don’t know about. Since his youth, he has always shown potential as a top-level player and his brothers were by his side. Knowing a little about his upbringing could help you understand more about the person he is and how he got to where he is now.

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boss, champ and rum

Many Broncos fans have heard of Champ and Boss, one of the few brother combos to play for the Denver Broncos. The last time two brothers played on the same side of the ball for the Broncos was in the 92nd minute with Doug and Dave Widell. The story of the Bailey brothers is similar to Manning’s story with Eli and Peyton. The Bailey brothers also include three members, although in both situations their older brother’s career was cut short due to injuries. Bailey’s older brother, Ron, was a 2-year starting cornerback at the University of Georgia (the same college all the Bailey brothers played for). He also played for NFL Europe representing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, Ron’s career ended with a serious foot injury. Both Boss and Champ have credited Ron Bailey for his dedication and strong work ethic, Champ has explained several times how Ron’s guidance has been so influential to his own success, Ron set the tone for the rest of the family. Elaine Bailey (mom) explained that Ron was always talking about getting to the “next level”, whether in sports, education or career, which she says inspired Champ and Boss to achieve. All three brothers are highly respected in Folkston, Georgia, their hometown, of course, for playing soccer very well, but they were also considered good students. Boss and Champ visit their hometown frequently, sometimes hosting potlucks for the whole town, sometimes during holidays or other special events. To give you an idea of ​​the champions’ loyalty to home and family, when he entered his name for the NFL draft, ESPN offered him a free plane ticket and a hotel in New York City, instead, Champ chose to go home and watch the NFL. project with his family and hometown on television Another very close member of the family is Danielle Bailey, sister of Champs. He lives in Stockton, GA and hosts Bailey’s soccer camp. The parents of this distinguished group are Roland and Elaine Bailey who have separated but still remain very close to their children and are responsible for raising these fine people.

high school career

Champ Bailey attended Chalton County High, located in his hometown of Folkston, Georgia (a town with 3 stoplights). He played football, basketball (no problem with dunks) and track (Georgia high jump champion in 94′). While playing football, he showed immense potential on the field according to coaches and locals, playing quarterback and free safety. In his senior year, the coach moved him to running back and his QB was none other than his own brother Boss. Playing in the backfield on offense, Champ amassed more than 1,800 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns. Keep in mind; He achieved those stats in a 12-game season. So it’s understandable that colleges across the country wanted to get him on their own team. But in the end, Bailey decided to go with her older brother, Ron, to the University of Georgia.

Winning the Kentucky Derby Horse Racing System

If you’re looking for a great angle on the Kentucky Derby, you’ve found it. This simple tip can earn you a lot of money. It has worked quite well over the years and we hope it will work again this year. Why? Because this is the year the Kentucky Derby (in our opinion) doesn’t have a really standout horse.

A few years ago, we were unable to bet on the final winner Smarty Jones; instead, we endorsed Birdstone and were handsomely rewarded later at the Belmont.

But that is over and here is a potentially winning horse racing system for the 2007 Kentucky Derby. There are no Beyer numbers involved. No dosing index. Nothing like that. We’ve narrowed it down to just one thing: the incredible memories of horse players.

This is all you have to do:

Look at the Kentucky Derby Futures betting results. On the day of the race, compare the odds of closing to the actual odds of the horses as they approach posting time. The horses you want to bet on are overlays. In other words, he bet lower in the futures pot than he did on Derby day. For example, horse A was wagered at $ 16.00 in the futures pool (that’s a 7-1 probability) and will be posted on the day of the Derby with a probability of, say, 18-1.

That horse would be your bet in all areas and in exact with other horses that conform to the above parameters. (Remember, Derby day prices are grossly inflated due to all the misinformed money pouring into the mutual betting funds!). So that’s the horse racing system!

Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs is a Major League Baseball team that is based in Chicago, Illinois. They are owned by the Tribune Company and managed by Lou Piniella, with John McDonough and Jim Hendry serving as president and CEO, respectively. The Cubs and Chicago White Sox are the two Major League teams that are based in Chicago. Both clubs are authorized members of their respective leagues.

After the success of the Cincinnati Red Sox, the first professional team in history in 1869, several openly professional teams appeared on the scene around 1870. Each team aimed to achieve a victory against the Red Sox. Various teams adopted different colors and strategies. White was chosen by the Chicago Cubs. Around 1871 a professional league called the National Association was formed. It was the first of its kind.

Although the Cubs have had some good seasons overall, they haven’t won the World Series championship title since 1908.

In the 1984 NLCS, the Baseball Cubs played the San Diego Padres and posted two comfortable home field victories. However, the next three games would be held in San Diego. Of these, the Cubs only needed one win to reach the final. They lost the first of these games by a considerable margin. Game four was also lost after Steve Garey hit a winning home run. The fifth game was no different. But they managed to take a lead in the sixth game. But a small mistake led to the victory of the San Diego Padres that led them to the World Series.

Four years later, his opponents were the San Francisco Giants in the 1989 NLCS. History repeated itself. They won the first two games and despite having an advantage, they lost three consecutive games due to minor errors by management and players, which resulted in their departure from the NLCS.

However, they managed to emerge victorious against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS after 14 years. This victory made history, as it was their first victory in a postseason series since 1908. After this, they managed to beat the Florida Marlins with a score of 3-1. They were supposed to reach the World Series after 58 seasons.

A wild card entry got them into the 1998 playoffs. Two young players, Sammy Sosa and Kerry Wood were the main contributors to the team’s overall success. Their opponents were once again the Atlanta Braves, but they couldn’t repeat their previous magic and lost to the Atlanta Braves in three straight games.

Later in the 2006 season, the Cubs were back in great shape. But sadly, the injury to their star player Derek Lee, who was their point guard, put the team into a frenzy. They performed poorly and also set a record for scoring just 13 runs in 11 games.

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The four broncos: the story of the tragic bus accident that killed four hockey players

A deafening silence is felt throughout the hockey world and beyond.

On December 30, 1986 at 3:45 p.m. the unthinkable happened. Two days after the Christmas break, the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos were embarking on a two-and-a-half-hour trip to Regina, Saskatchewan, when their team’s bus, a 1968 Western Flyer, ran out of steam. off the freeway and collided with a sign. then it slid down the nose of an embankment first. It flew approximately 50 feet in the air, landing on its side as it skidded to a stop.

Four players were dead: Scott Kruger, Trent Kresse, Brent Ruff and Chris Mantyka.

The scene was chaotic. The ditch was full of sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, and personal items. Two ambulances were going to and from Swift Current Union Hospital, and police waved passing motorists to help transport the less seriously injured to medical attention.

The day before, temperatures were unusually warm, almost T-shirt weather, but there was a weather advisory in effect at the time of the accident: cold and snowstorm. The club’s regular coach, Gord Hahn, was in Winnipeg with Team Western, a pre-Olympic scouting program with player Dan Lambert. Ryan McGill also missed the trip due to a bout of tonsillitis.

The plan was to have the bus loaded and ready by 3:00 PM to reach the Regina track at 6:45. However, Scotty Kruger forgot her dress clothes and was ordered to go home to find her. (Players often traveled in comfortable clothing and then changed on the bus when they reached their destination.)

The bus itself probably needed repair. He still had the old green and blue from when he served the Lethbridge, Alberta team. There was no toilet on board, some of the windows were taped up, and the seats had tears and lots of stains.

Dave Archibald (who was acquitted of any negligence) had just caught the bus at the bend of the overpass onto the highway when he hit a patch of black ice. Next, inside the bus was a scene from a horror movie.

One of the players, dressed in shorts, a T-shirt and no shoes, was knocked out and woke up on top of another. The bus was on its side. In search of his shoes, he returned to where he was sitting, lifted a seat that had been ripped off, and saw the legs of a teammate, whose torso had been buried under the bus. He then discovered another player, whose upper body was pinned inside with his legs under the bus, his arms outstretched for help as he died in front of him.

Kruger and Kresse played on the same lines, they had adjacent lockers, they were friends and they were always together. They were found two feet apart. At the time, the two were tied for second in the team’s scoring, behind Joe Sakic.

Sakic exited the bus climbing over the broken windshield.

“He was sitting in the front of the bus. Sheldon Kennedy and I were probably talking about the Christmas break we just had.”

The four players were playing cards in the back of the bus. The coroner said they died of spinal cord trauma.

Regina’s game was canceled, as were three more.

“It was the middle of the year, so it was difficult to start the season again,” adds Sakic. “That was tough, the first game back. The following season, we did very well. I think we finished second or third and got knocked out in the second round.

“It brought the whole city even closer together. Everyone from day one was so good to all the players. It was our first year there. They tried to make us feel at home. Even after that, they bonded even more.” “

Memorial service

About 4,000 attended the service held at the Swift Current Centennial Civic Center on January 4, 1987. Each WHL division and team was represented by players and officials. Each player was buried in their hometown.

Sadly, the Kruger’s uncle Herman Kruger (67) suffered a fatal heart attack on the way to the funeral.

The consequences

Over the next two seasons, the Broncos set several team and league records and won the Memorial Cup in 1988-89.

According to one of the parents, there was no insurance or psychological help.

Many players had a hard time. Some became reckless and ran like crazy around town, quit hockey, got depressed, or held back their emotions. Everyone remains haunted by the experience.

Joe Sakic kept it to himself. He will seldom talk about it. “The best was during practice and games, that was the best time to escape. You only concentrated on hockey.

“It was the first time a tragedy had happened in my life. A kind of reality is reflected. You are a little more careful about the things you decide to do. You consider the options, I guess.”

This incident was the first fatal accident in WHL history, but not the first close call. Freezing rain caused the Kamloops Chiefs bus to crash in the mid-1970s and the Victoria Cougars bus to roll near Butte, Montana in 1980. Another bus carrying a group of Canadian Pacific rail workers crashed and claimed 22 lives near Swift Current, just six years before the Bronco crash.

Fortunately, teams are more cautious these days. Brad Curle, director of public relations for Calgary Hitmen, has spoken to some hosts about it. “The weight of the bus has almost increased to the point where it is virtually impossible for it to roll off the road. I guess from the way it is designed and structured, it just hugs the road.”

Equipment, for the most part, charter. Of the few teams that have buses, they are newer models, more than 2000 and renewed.

Since the Bronco incident, the Western Hockey League has placed a great emphasis on safety. “If the road is not good, the games are canceled,” adds Curle. “It is no longer absolutely necessary to trudge through the snow. Teams are more willing to cancel games.”

Accident victims

# 9 Scott Kruger: center, born on March 31, 1967 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan … played one year with the Prince Albert Raiders … in 36 games, scored 19 goals, 37 assists for 56 points and 32 minutes of penalty

# 11 Brent Ruff: Left Wing, Born February 17, 1970 in Warburg, Alberta … rookie season, in 33 games, scored three goals, three assists for six points and two minutes from penalties … a professional contract

# 22 Chris Mantyka: Left Wing, Born November 9, 1967 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan … rookie season, three goals, two assists for five points and 101 penalty minutes … held the Saskatchewan penalty shootout record Junior Hockey League for 502 minutes. .. had just returned from a 3 game suspension

# 8 Trent Kresse – Left Wing Born April 1, 1967 in Kindersley, Saskatchewan … Engaged to be married, played star-caliber baseball for the Swift Current Indians … first year with Swift Current but second at WHL, in 30 games, he scored 28 goals, 28 assists for 56 points and 27 minutes from penalties