How to Play Fantasy Football Confidence Pools

Mru0bvypaybe you’ve been playing fantasy sports for a while and you’ve been asked to play in your first Confidence Pool. Or perhaps you’re new to fantasy sport games entirely. In either case, a Confidence Pool is actually a pretty interesting way to bet on games. We say “bet” because you’re picking a team to win each of each week’s games, though you are not actually placing a wager.

The game is pretty simple. In a standard Confidence Pool, you’re asked to pick the winners of each NFL contest for the week (yep, all 16 games; less during bye weeks). Then you weight each pick with a number of confidence points between 1 and 16 (where higher is better). You can’t re-use a number, and you must use all numbers. When the team you picked to win actually wins, you get the points you assigned to that game.

Scoring and Payouts

So how do scoring and payouts work? Many pools will collect an entry fee. That fee is collected from all participants and dispersed in the form of weekly and/or season prizes. The weekly winner is the person whose coin flips yielded the most points from correct picks (as close to 136 points as possible). Those rankings are tabulated throughout the season to determine standings within your league. You can win one week to win money, and you can also win the aggregate scoring for the season.

This kind of award structure means that even rookie confidence poolboys can compete with experts. Even a novice who uses the “animal strategy” can pick the best during any given week. (The “animal strategy” is whereby you pick the winner as if it were a cage battle in the wilderness. For example, in a game pitting the Chicago Bears versus the Philadelphia Eagles, the Bears win every time. Of course, this strategy has a few pitfalls: see “Detroit Lions” or on the other end, “Arizona Cardinals.”)

Variable League Settings

A good fantasy sports site will allow pool commissioners to pick from a wide variety of customizable settings. We’ll address a few of the most common league options below. You will want to weigh the options and the cost amongst a few of the providers. There are some good websites out there that offer Free Confidence Pools. You just have to do a search for them.

Confidence Pools usually allow each team owner to discard a certain number of bad week’s worth of picks per season (say, your lowest 2 weeks out of the 16 weeks). These are often referred to as “Drop Weeks.” This feature allows you to forget about the week when you were heading out of town and didn’t read up, and it helps to brighten your spirits after an unusually bad week.

Another common option is to not rank weekly straight-up winners, but rather rank winners against the spread. This tougher option requires that if the Broncos – Raiders spread is 6 points (in favor of the Broncos in this …

Boxing Gyms and How to Survive Them – 3 Golden Rules


Golden Rules to Survive Them AND Learn How to Box!

Being an active, competitive boxer requires that you attend one of the many boxing gyms scattered throughout many towns and cities across many countries all across the world. Even in those countries where professional boxing is banned (for example Norway and Sweden), there are a wealth of well-run amateur boxing gyms where the skills and techniques of the noble art are taught for a very reasonable price. To learn how to box is really one of life’s cheaper pursuits (assuming the cost is not measured in blood, sweat and tears of course).

It being the case then that there are many boxing gyms and it will only be by a quirk of geography, a lack of desire to box competitively or some medical-type reason (for example acute agoraphobia) that might prevent you from joining one of the community boxing gyms to learn how to box, I wanted to write a short article to provide 3 simple rules to observe if you are about to cross the threshold of a local boxing gym in your area.

Without further ado, let’s go over the simple considerations that will allow you to cope with the new environment of the boxing gym and learn how to box in double-quick time.

Rule 1:

Don’t feel the need to go and spend piles of cash on sparring gloves, head-gear, boxing boots and so on. Keep it simple in the short-term. You will need as a minimum training clothes and shoes, boxing wraps and shower gear. That’s it. You don’t even need in the short term to buy bag gloves or a skipping rope as the gym will provide these. As time passes and you make a decision as to whether you like being around boxing gyms, you can spend your dollars on the bag gloves, skipping rope, boxing boots and gum shield. All other gear will continue to be provided by the gym.

It is worth understanding that you might want to avoid buying gloves for sparring as the coach will often want to assess their suitability to be used in his or her boxing ring. On a number of occasions I’ve had to disappoint boxers by refusing to allow them to wear their freshly imported and eye-wateringly expensive gloves for sparring because of the lack of padding in the knuckle area. A boxing coach’s primary responsibility is to the safety of the boxers, so they will not mind at all leaving you with a very, very expensive pair of bag gloves rather than allow those gloves into their sparring ring where the risk of injury to one of his or her boxers will increase.

Rule 2:

When you join, don’t feel upset that the coach does not immediately welcome you to the gym with open arms and spend every waking moment bestowing their knowledge upon you. The reality of most boxing gyms is that the coach is very, very busy and time is always a …

College Football Mini Helmet – Small But Trendy Gear

College football mini helmet is a cute memorabilia to have since they are half the size of the original helmets worn at matches. These are also innovative gift articles to a person fond of sports and of a particular team. In sports, most people are keen on having some form of memorabilia in their house, and the college football mini helmets are an affordable option to many. They are small in size, so take up less space in your house or apartment, and are as good as the big thing, so completely totally worth having one. And then, when you have made enough money to afford for a normal sized helmet, you can always buy that. There are many websites, from where you can buy your mini helmet and if you are interested in any other product, can purchase them as well. However, the price quoted by the sites could be different, so it is better to do some research before going ahead with your purchase. Also check on their authenticity and if the helmets are made using reliable sturdy plastic shells, else they will break by the time they reach you. Since the sites require you to make the payment online, be wary of scams or frauds.

For those who are into collecting of sports related products, they might go overboard at times with their hobby. For such people, there are offers available whereby if they are to buy more than 4mini helmets, they might get the 5th free or they could get a discounted deal on 5helmets. They normally take about 2 working days to deliver the products, if they don’t make sure to check with them on the same or ask for a refund. The graphics on the miniature helmets are pretty specific and very clear, and some have autographs by a player. Either the quarterback or their captain, these might be priced higher than others, so check on all these details while making your selection.

The NCAA teams and the others who play in the Big 12 matches are all teams favored on miniature helmets by fans. The vinyl coating on the helmets, the details on the straps and face mask, the kind of colors used will also reflect on the quality of the helmets themselves. For children who are passionate about sports, but are just learning to play, these college football mini helmets make thoughtful gifts, and this might be the beginning of a long journey playing the sport. Football is a sport that is worshiped in the United states and since there are numerous college teams, students and others alike enjoy playing, watching and possessing a piece of the sport. The college football mini helmets make for cute curio items and don’t require any sort of maintenance as they are small and just need to be dusted every now and then and last for nearly a decade. Make a dash for a sports websites and grab your mini helmet before it gets sold out.…

It’s a Small World – Satellite Technology

The most recent advances in satellite and fiber optic technology bring our amazing world to us without having to leave the comforts of home. Digital satellite television providers have mastered the science and have the capabilities to transmit international programming signals to and from all locations on our earth. From its inception, immediately after the Cold War period, television and satellite technology has advanced from black and white imagery to intense high definition crystal-clear pictures with sound clarity that is equally as exceptional and now brings viewers live broadcasts from around the world in real time. This enables peoples to learn about foreign cultures as well as stay in touch with native lands and be in the know as far as relevant news events develop. From India to the United States, Greece, China, Iran, and Russia – satellite technology provides the best in television and audio programming. News, sports, and family programming are available, including arts and languages, cuisine, fashion, music, drama series, current events, and children’s shows, at the touch of a fingertip. Experience life in other cultures and feel the excitement of knowing how others live in our world. International programming packages are provided in many different languages providing diversity at its best.

India offers programming in Urdu and Hindi with the best of Bollywood movies, news, family programming, and sports. Iran offers Farsi with excellent news, sports, and family channels. Tapesh offers movies, dramas, and sports 24 hours a day with arts, documentaries and classic films also being provided. China’s programming includes a variety of channels in Mandarin Chinese in addition to a channel called Videoland that features current events and news, entertainment, and children’s shows. One package includes live coverage from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other Asian cities and includes the latest in news and sports as well as music and children’s shows and movies. Specialty packages of international sports, including World Cup Cricket from India, Pakistan, and Africa, are available for enthusiasts to experience the wide world of sports entertainment. Broaden your horizons the easy and cheap way – digital satellite international programming. It is easy with specially designed packages of programming delivering the best each country, culture and language has to offer. Get live broadcasts as well as radio channels for round the clock entertainment.

There is actually life outside the confines of your home, and satellite and fiber optic technology bring it to you in style. You are in for a real treat with offers of diverse and sophisticated channels. As the technology advances, the spectrum of channels continue to expand – taking viewers to more exciting and exotic locations around the world. Choose your location and get ready for a trip around the world – sit back and enjoy!…

Bing Crosby, Lucy Ball And The Del Mar California Race Track

In the late 1930’s, famous movie star and singer Bing Crosby set out to follow his dream of building a horse track at Del Mar in the cool Pacific Ocean breezes. Bing wanted a club where he and his friends could bet the horses all day and party all night. Thus was the Del Mar Horse Track born and built.

When the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and race track opened, Bing himself took tickets at the gate and welcomed race fans to what was to become one of the most famous race tracks in the United States, visited by race fans, horse owners and sports enthusiasts from all over the world.

In August of 1938, the famous-to-this-day race that put Del Mar on the map took place – the match between Seabiscuit and Ligaroti. Remember, this was a time when only baseball was more popular than horse racing in the American sports psyche. The race was major front page news in the sports sections of major daily newspapers all across the country. Seabiscuit won this hugely important race in front of a record crowd. The Del Mar Race Track went on to become one of the most famous racetracks in the world.

The following years brought even more stars and celebrities to Del Mar and the race track: Red Skelton, Douglas Fairbanks, Lucy Ball, Desi Arnaz (“Lucy, you some ‘splainin to do!”) and Ava Gardner. The track was also frequented by Joe Frisco, a softly stuttering comic of the day, who would relate his success at “Bing’s” racetrack thusly: “I came by the racetrack yesterday but it was closed, so I just sh-shoved the money under the front gate.”

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Del Mar was closed for the duration of the war. The fairgrounds were initially used as a U.S. Marine training facility, then altered again and used to produce parts for the B-17 bombers that helped win the war. When the war ended, President Truman declared August 15, 1945 a national day of celebration. More than 20,300 horse racing fans showed up at the Del Mar track and bet an enormous (in those days) one million dollars.

Shortly thereafter the railroad started a special promotion. The “railroad/racetrack special” brought race patrons from Los Angeles to Del Mar. Meeting the train and “star watching” became popular sport for track patrons and locals. Today, more than 70 years (and nearly $60,000,000 in improvements) later, the racing season will once again begin on July 22, 2009 through September 9.

If you visit Carlsbad, Encinitas, La Jolla or Del Mar or one of the other lovely surfing towns along the coast of San Diego county, here are some resources to help you find wonderful accommodations : Del Mar Bed and Breakfasts, Carlsbad B&B and Del Mar hotel.…

Strengthening the Weaker Soccer Players – Article 8

Many young and other soccer players are timid and are afraid of some contact with the opposition. This may be most apparent and occur against some teams or towns where strong aggressive play is more common or even an accepted practice by their coaches. This is easily observed when players are seen slowing down and backing-off when simultaneously a more aggressive opponent is charging towards a "loose ball". This occurs more often with the more timid players yet may also be seen with one's stronger players when the opponent team intimidates them with a more aggressive behavior. Yet, good soccer players are aggressive in a sense that they usually end up with a ball when going up against another player; this does not mean however, fouling the opposition player.

The correct amount of legal aggression can be taught to all players with a certain drill called "The Shoulder Charging Drill". This exercise is not to be thought of as one that teaches illegal soccer-play or exceptional roughness; but one that is within the fair rules of the game. The international source is FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), the 2012/2013 LAWS of THE GAME states:

Law 12, page 113; FOULS AND MISCONDUCT:

Charging an opponent

The act of charging is a challenge for space using physical contact within

playing distance of the ball without using arms or elbows.

It is an offence to charge an opponent :

• in a careless manner

• in a reckless manner

• using excessive force

So within the legal limits of the law, it is permitted to make contact with an opposing player using the shoulder – this can generally mean to make shoulder to shoulder contact. But before I discuss the drill in more detail, I would like to present a little relevant history during my coaching experience with two stories:

Years ago, while organizing the Park Ridge NJ soccer league, I was approached by a middle-aged coach, coaching the house league team of an Under 10 team. It was in the middle of the season and his team had not won a single game. He also said that his players were not very soccer aggressive. So, I decided that I would personally teach his players the shoulder charging drill. For the next two practices I spent about 25 to 30 minutes with the drill, working with each player while doing the drill. About four weeks later, the same coach told me that his team had now won two games. He was happy and so was I. He attributed the wins to the new training exercise.

Years later while managing and coaching a RI Portuguese men's team with players from the Azores, our team lost the first four matches, even though early in each game we were ahead by two to three goals, believe this or not. Our players were highly skillful, yet were not accustomed to any or much contact. They were also accustomed to play against teams with their same approach …

Love Them Or Hate Them, Roxy Snowboards Are Deeply Entrenched in the Women’s Snowboard Market

You may not have heard of Roxy snowboards unless you’re a girl. And that is pretty rare among snowboard companies. You see, Roxy is a snowboard line dedicated entirely to the ladies. While every company out there makes boards for women, they don’t dedicate an entire brand line to it. Rome, Burton, K2, all these big companies offer women’s boards. Roxy sets itself apart by offering nothing else. But does this rare specialization mean a legit go-to company for girls or is it just an overpriced gimmick trying to pull in buyers with cutesy graphics?

In order to figure that out, you’ll have to delve into the history of Roxy a little. As a fashion line from Quiksilver, Roxy has definitely made its name in sports apparel. Two years after its launch, Roxy started making gear for snow sports. In 2003, they started putting out snowboards, all very similarly styled to their clothing line. It was a surprise for many people in the industry to see a company devote itself entirely to one gender, but their style and manufacturing credits, more on that in a bit, earned them enough buyers to keep going. Now, they have become entrenched in the marketplace and offer a full line from entry boards to boards pros would shred on.

But first, back to that manufacturing thing. Roxy isn’t a cheap brand churned out by the warehouse-load. They are made by Mervin Manufacturing, the same guys who give us some of the incredible technology behind hyper-popular boards like the Lib Tech Banana and top-end GNU boards. And the Roxy snowboard is getting the full treatment with all the Magne Traction technology that other boards produced by Mervin are getting. Of course, Mervin Manufacturing is doing this because they are owned by Quiksilver, a deal made back in the 90’s.

It doesn’t hurt Roxy that their pro riders aren’t too shabby either. Torah Bright is the premier name you might recognize. Her new Bright Series is just one of the lines that Roxy is expanding into. Alongside Torah are riders Sarah Burke, a two times X-Games Gold Medalist and Kjersti Buaas, an Olympic snowboarder. These girls have shredded parks and pipes that would have most guys shaking in their snowboarding boots. Whether or not you still doubt if Roxy is legit, you can’t argue that the girls who ride them certainly are. And it is always vital to a company to have great riders, because the feedback they provide can help the company really take it to the next level.

But the bottom line with snowboards, any company or line, is that it is the rider who determines whether or not the board is any good. You can make the argument that almost any snowboard company is good so long as they make boards that fit their niche. Roxy’s niche is the lady boarder looking for a quality board, maybe one with some appealing graphics. If you like the look, you have to ride one. That’s …

MMA Training For Those With Hiatus Hernia Symptoms

For those suffering hiatus hernia symptoms Mixed Martial Arts training can assist as part of a plan for natural treatment. However martial arts and MMA fans who have found themselves with a hiatal hernia need to be careful when and how they train to avoid triggering symptoms.

Those with acid reflux problems like GERD, acid reflux disease and hiatus hernias MMA training and diet can sometimes be a challenge. Though at the same time sufferers from these conditions can greatly benefit from martial arts training even if they never plan on jumping into the UFC octagon. Obviously the training, exercise and a healthy diet can even help prevent many other health problems from developing.

Hiatal hernia symptoms just like GERD and acid reflux include regurgitation of stomach acid and stomach contents (food and liquid), heartburn and chest pain. A large part of the battle with hiatus hernia symptoms involves diet and exercise which are also two of the biggest factors in Mixed Martial Arts training.

If you have been training heavily or have been taking part in MMA competitions and have been experiencing symptoms, you may have a hiatal hernia and not know it. Diagnosis can be performed by a doctor using an s-ay. A hiatus hernia occurs when part of the stomach and the lower esophagus slides up through the hiatus (hole) in the diaphragm. Or when part of the stomach squeezes up through the hiatus next to the oesophagus. Those with a hiatal hernia need to be careful not to do themselves further injury. But building strength in core muscle can help prevent getting a hernia and help with symptoms. The potential link between GERD and hiatus hernias means those with a hiatal hernia should spend extra time focusing on the center body and abdominal.

Part of the root cause of hiatus hernia symptoms is digestion. Exercise and training promote better digestion and a good metabolism. This will prevent food from sitting in the stomach too long and creating the potential for heartburn. This doesn’t have to mean grueling training for hours on end, but hitting a martial arts other workout class or the gym for 30-60 minutes 3-5 times a week can go a long way towards helping hiatus hernia symptoms as well as regular walks. If you suffer from gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), acid reflux or other hiatus hernia symptoms you need to be careful when you work out. Avoid working out after meals as bending over or laying down can trigger hiatus hernia symptoms.

Diet can often appear like an issue for those who are serious about their MMA training and that have hiatus hernia symptoms. It may seem like the goals you want to achieve and what it takes to avoid irritating symptoms requires two opposite diets. Because it is highly acid foods like eggs and meat that are the worst culprits for causing high production of stomach acid, but are the same foods that are favoured by those desiring to pack on muscle. …

Baiting Deer In Arkansas – Whitetail Bowhunting in Arkansas

Baiting Deer In Arkansas

Arkansas, known as the Natural State, is a prime destination for whitetail bow hunting. Herd conservation practices have resulted in a very large population of these illusive creatures that makes hunting them one of the highlights of the fall and winter months. Archery season opens the first day of October and ends the last day of February, providing hunters with the longest season for hunting of any game in the state.

Whitetail bow hunting can be done in a couple of different manners. The first involves wearing camo from head to toe and spending a lot of time in a tree stand overlooking a known trail that is used by whitetails on a regular basis. The hope is that one will eventually pass within range of a bow shot and be dropped by the waiting hunter.

The second method of whitetail bow hunting is more challenging. This method, known as “still hunting” involves very slowly moving through the woods in search of whitetails. The reason for the term “still hunting” is that it can sometimes take fifteen minutes to move five feet. The archer using this method of hunting is using every one of his senses to try and locate his prey. In a sylvan forest, this can be very difficult. Whitetails are known for their ability to hide and make use of even minimal cover to elude hunters. Baiting Deer In Arkansas

In addition, whitetails have all the advantages over the hunter. They have superior hearing and a keen sense of smell that allows them to become of the presence of man long before he is aware of the deer. Visual acuity in whitetails can be limited, however, making wise use of camouflage clothing and very slow movements the ideal method of stalking a whitetail. Even though the deer is aware that a man is close, he may be fooled about the exact location until it is too late if a hunter is careful enough.

In addition to the very long season offered for whitetail bow hunting in Arkansas, some cities have become so overrun with these animals that they have opened up hunting inside the city limits provided the hunter is able to pass a proficiency test with his archery tackle to assure a safe hunt. For avid bow hunters, this test is very simple and hunting within the city limits of a town that is overrun with whitetails is one way to practically guarantee fresh venison for the table.

Whitetail bow hunting in Arkansas is one of the most popular outdoor sports in the area. Whitetails are a favored target of many different hunters and the challenge of bow hunting is a favored way to spend some time in the great outdoors. The skills needed to be a successful bow hunter are generally passed down from generation to generation in the hope that our children will develop a healthy respect for the environment and a willingness to become a steward of the forest …