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

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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 …

NFL Football Helmet Wall Decals – Show Your Loyalty With Big Helmet Stickers of Your Favorite Team

One of the most loved sports in the United States is NFL football. NFL football helmet decals are great means to show your loyalty towards the great sport. The helmets are one of the most important accessories of the game and the players are never allowed to play without wearing them. Many Americans are crazy about the football helmets.

NFL football helmet stickers are a great deal to a die-hard football enthusiast. It is evident that the helmets protect the players while tackling and dodging in the game. Many players even get the helmets designed according to their own specifications. Chin straps of the helmet are made from good quality materials in order to hold the helmets in the right positions.

Decals of football helmets are designed exclusively to bring home the football season with their favorite team colors. The NFL helmets represent the football teams from all across the United States, including the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference. It almost ports the American loyalty towards the game and the nation itself. The game brings the nation together with the right sportsmanship spirits.

Many individuals collect NFL helmet decals because of a certain team they admire and support. They love the uniquely designed graphics which are printed on the NFL helmets. There are many collectors who have even managed to get hold of the helmets which were used by the sporting legends. The stickers bring back the thrilling moments of the game into your rooms.

NFL football stickers of helmets are available for all your favorite teams including the infamous Dallas Cowboys and other top teams like the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants Pittsburgh Steelers and many others. You can also collect them as a hobby and preserve them for the great memories. These NFL helmet decals display the exact replication of the ones which the players use.

NFL helmet stickers are really excellent for kids bedrooms or any sporting fans den, games room or even right in the living room. You can team a football helmet decal with a life size cut out of your favorite team star too, to really show your loyalty and make any room a talking point. This game of football has produced great teams and great players through the years, like legends Emmitt Smith, Jack Lambert and John Elway and current stars like Peyton Manning, Marion Barber and Ray Lewis.

You can not find better way of adding the team colors to your home or dorm than collecting your own NFL football helmet sticker. The decals are removable and made from quality tear resistance vinyl. So when you change your mind who you want to support, or your move house or dorm room, no worries, just take the wall graphics with you and there are no stains or holes left behind. …

The Reverse – Not a Miracle Football Play For Most Youth Football Teams

Miracle Football Plays- The Reverse is No Magic Bullet

Most of us think of reverse plays as ones where the flow moves to the outside in one direction then a handoff occurs to a wing, slot or end going in the opposite direction of the initial flow. These long developing reverse or end-around plays work well against poorly disciplined youth football teams. At the very youngest of ages like 6-7 where most of the teams and players are undisciplined, they often work against everyone. But the rule of thumb is the better coached the team you are playing is, the less likely the reverse will work. If your opponent has blazing speed and your team is slow, there is little chance that the reverse will be anything but a negative yardage play, as the defense has the speed to overcome an initial misstep.

In the last 6 seasons the teams that have played us and run reverse plays have had just one go for more than 10 yards and none went for touchdowns. I would guess 80% of the reverse plays run against my defense go for negative yardage. Our defense is designed to shut down sweeps and reverses and we only put our most patient and disciplined players at defensive end and of course we “fit and freeze” rep the heck out of reverses and bootlegs.

Before you call a reverse play in youth football, you must determine if the team you are playing is disciplined or not, if they are, the reverse is a terrible play call. You have to scout the defensive end and corner on the backside of your lead sweep plays to determine that. Why anyone would have bothered trying to run a reverse against us is beyond me, because if they had been watching those keys, they would have seen the play had no chance.

In Youth Football many of these reverse type plays are also run “naked”, they have no lead blockers and rely on all 11 defenders being fooled on the play in order for it to work. When just one player is not fooled, the play goes for negative yardage and if your ballcarrier fumbles in space behind the line of scrimmage there is the chance for a big play by the defense. The reverse plays in our playbook are very quick hitters, they are run very close to the line of scrimmage and have 3 lead blockers. We often average over 15 yards per carry with this play and rarely have negative yardage plays.

In order for this play to consistently work for us, we only have to fool 3-4 defenders as we pull linemen and have a lead running back blocking to gain numbers advantages at the point of attack. The flow looks like a sweep to the opposite side, the playside looks like a power play with 3 lead blockers. Back when I played youth football 100 years ago, we ran a wing reverse that we even trap …

The Best Fantasy Sports Resource Sites on the Web

Fantasy sports are growing in popularity year by year. They are great for any sports fan who dreams of building their own team and competing with other fantasy team builders. There are now plenty of resources for the fantasy sport fan online that can offer the same plenty of information that they may need to build a successful team. There are online web sites that offer useful information such as player rankings, stats, and even cheat sheets.

Yahoo Fantasy Sports is a popular online web site for fantasy sports enthusiast to visit and compile information from. The Yahoo main fantasy page offers a hosting on baseball, football, basketball, NASCAR, and even hockey pools. Most of these leagues are free of charge. Another great site is that of the Bio Soft Sports site. This web site is the ultimate in fantasy sport player selection service. It also includes sports handicapping and poker software. Another site is that of Dr. Fantasy Football. This site offers lots of news, player rankings, many cheat sheets, depth charts, statistics, transactions, injury reports, and a whole lot more. Next in line is the web site of Fantasy Baseball Hub. This site offers a free up to date compendium of baseball resources for its users. There are categories that are tailor to the users' needs. This site makes it simple to acquire the information and statistics you need in virtually no time at all. And do not forget popular sports site RootZoo, which is almost like a MySpace, social networking site for sports fans. On this site users earn points for their participation, which give it a competitive and addicting quality.

There are fantasy sports resource sites for any occasion one might need them for. There are sites that are dedicated to one particular sport, as indicated earlier, or sites that are dedicated to fantasy sports in general as were also mentioned before. Fantasy Football Bookmarks is a great site to visit that is dedicated to the latest stats and info. Another great site is the Fantasy Football Café. This site offers enthusiasts a place on the internet to tap into news resources about fantasy football, cheat sheets, sleepers, NFL player rankings, strategies and other tips, advice, forums, and even predictions. Another strictly fantasy football site is the Fantasy Football Draft Cheat Sheets web site. The site is actually named Fantasy Draft Edge and it offers personalized cheat sheets for the enthusiast.

These cheat sheets can keep you ahead of the curve from draft day to beyond. Cheat sheets are great resources for anyone caught up in the world of fantasy sports. The Fantasy Football Hub is a great site to link you with information and other well-respected and liked fantasy sports sites. This site makes it very simple for the user to navigate through its extensive list of sites and other resources. The site Fantasy Sports Drafts has been offering its users comprehensive and in depth information since 1993. On this site you will find baseball, …

How to Increase Punching Speed

In this article, I’m going to tell you what you need to do to increase your punching speed whether it’s for boxing, Thai boxing or MMA. One thing to keep in mind is that punching speed is much more than the time it takes for your fist to go from A to B, anyone with experience knows this. To increase your punching speed you have to look at your overall game, there are no quick solutions and the painful truth is that anything gained in the art of combat involves a lot of hard work. Now, hard work doesn’t mean you have to discount being smart, and it is possible that you are currently focusing your efforts in the wrong way. So, read what I have to say, make the adjustments that are required, and I guarantee that you will increase your punching speed.

1) Throw twice the amount of punches you are currently throwing per workout – to punch quickly you need to punch efficiently, and throwing lots of punches is the only way to communicate with the muscle fibres that perform this action. It’s too bad you couldn’t just send them an email telling them to pick things up, but unfortunately, in order to become more efficient you have to throw thousands of punches. In order to punch efficiently, you need the least amount of muscle fibres to activate in order to execute the action, and you need the surrounding muscle fibres to relax so that the necessary fibres can function without restriction. Repetitive sport specific movement is the only way to accomplish this.

I would say that most good amateur boxers throw about 200 punches per 3 minute round, some of the best can crank it up to 300 punches per round. If you’re putting in 6 rounds on the heavybag, some double-end bag work, speed bag, shadowboxing, and focus mitts, then you are probably going to hit somewhere in the 2500 punch range. Now consider that some top pros are throwing 5,000 – 6,000 punches per workout. If you want to punch fast, throw a lot of punches. At the end of the day, efficiency = speed

2) Punch fast when you train – Imagine running four sets of 400m against a few of your friends. Let’s say they consistently run it in 1:15s and even though you could run it in 60 secs, you opt to run each set at 85% and come in under 1:10 secs. You could probably do this all day long and not get tired. Now, throw in a guy who runs it in under 55 secs and watch what happens to your energy levels as you try to catch him. I guarantee you’ll tire out in a couple trials. Everybody has their threshold for speed, and if you consistently train at 85% of your max punch speed then you can expect to punch at 85% of your potential. Too many fighters punch at 85% in the gym, and gas out …

How Did Michael Jordan Become the Best Basketball Player of All Time?

Michael Jordan was not only the best basketball player, he was also considered as an American icon in different ways. Jordan was one of the leading basketball figures during mid-80s until the late ’90s, and remained as one of the most prominent sports figures until now. But the road His “Airness” took, was never an easy one.

All of us have experienced disappointments and rejection, Michael Jordan was no different. Jordan tried out for the high school basketball team but was rejected because he was considered short to play for the varsity level. But Jordan did not back down from his dreams. He joined the junior varsity squad where he showed his basketball skills. Eventually, he moved to another level during his junior and senior year in high school.

Early in his life, Jordan showed his tenacity in being the best basketball player he could possibly be. This was the first lesson that Jordan taught us, how to recover from failure and rejection. There are other college and professional games which tested his resolve, but he continued pushing through until he was able to etch his name on athletic history journals.

Jordan’s recipe to become the best basketball player was actually simple and essential lessons in both inside and outside of the sports world.

• Responsibility. Jordan took responsibility for his actions, both inside and outside the basketball court. This is obvious from one of his popular quotes, “some people just want to make things happen, others hopes it happens; while the rest make it happens.”

• Taking risks. Jordan is not just known as the best basketball player, but he was also a known figure in different fields. He is also known as an Olympic athlete, actor, and a business man. Jordan would have never excelled in this field if he did not take the risk just played in his comfort zone.

• Commitment and dedication. Jordan was an epitome of hard work and practice.

• Enjoy the game. The reason why there are people successful in their chosen craft is because they love what they doing.

• Humility. Star players or athletes would often forget their humble beginnings and would sometimes display an air of arrogance.

• Goal setting. Goals motivate both adults and children which is why it is essential to set achievable or workable goals.

• Seizing the moment. Jordan believed in doing things that he can do now. Opportunities should never postponed, rather it grabbed with both hands.

Amazingly, what we thought were just spectacles in Jordan’s life were important life skills/ lessons which we tend to forget or underestimate. Michael Jordan’s recipe for success was not really a secret, rather it was a concoction of determination, hard work and passion.

Of course, Jordan has skills that we may never possess. We may never be able to make that same vertical leap or same speed, but when we do something we are good at or something we love or passionate about, then we can certainly …

What is the Difference Between Lifetime Basketball Double Shot and Spalding Basketball Pop-a-Shot?

What are the Lifetime Basketball Double Shot and Spalding Basketball Pop-A-Shot Arcade Games?

These games are meant to bring the carnival-style arcade games into your own home. Both of these games allow 2 players to go head-to-head in a timed basketball shoot-out. These systems both feature smaller-than-standard basketball rims and several mini basketballs. The game begins when a player scores a basket on either side of the game; a timer then begins a count down and the players try to score as many points as possible before the timer runs out. While a single player can play the game, it is much more enjoyable to try to beat out an opponent.

If players score a sufficiently high amount of points by the end of the initial timer, a bonus round commences where a shorter time clock begins and the victorious player or players continue shooting. These bonus rounds will continue if players continually score a sufficient amount of points during the bonus rounds. Another fun facet of the game is that during the final seconds of the game, made baskets change from 2-pointers to 3-pointers, which makes point tallies increase at a far quicker rate.

What are the main differences between these 2 systems?

As mentioned above, the game play is pretty much the same. Where you really see the differences is in the construction of the units.

Arcade Basketball Rim Comparison:

In these games, a score is made when the ball goes through the hoop; the difference comes in how the score is tracked. On the Spalding Pop-A-Shot game, the score is tracked by a plastic component that moves down when the ball lands on it, making a “clicking” noise. This type of tracking mechanism would be considered a traditional design. Where problems come with this type of mechanism is the likelihood of breakage of the plastic clicker due to repeated use.

Lifetime Products tried to improve on this design by removing the clicker all together and using a sensor to detect the ball going through the hoop. This design not only removes the worries of breaking the plastic tracking piece, but also tracks scores more accurately. As the Spalding Pop-A-Shot grows older, the system tends to have more shakiness; thus, when a ball hits the rim without going in, the movement of the system will sometimes track a score inadvertently. The sensor on the Lifetime arcade basketball system effectively eliminates this problem.

Construction Comparison:

Both of these systems can be pretty hard to fit into most homes. This problem is typically caused by lower ceilings. At standard height, the tops of both of these systems reach as tall as 90″. If your ceiling is the typical 8 ft. (96″), that does not leave you with a lot of room to shoot the ball. Lifetime Products tried to improve on this design by creating a height adjustment mechanism that can lower the overall height of the system down to 82″. This ads a lot more space to shoot the …

Chase Betting Systems (Also Known As Dog Chase Betting)

If you are an experienced sports gambler you know the old adage, that if you chase your loses you will lose your shirt and be certain to bust your account. It is time to throw all that non-sense out of the window and learn for the first time, that chasing your loses is the best possible scenario. In order to make money using a chase betting system you need three items at your disposal:

1. A decent bankroll (or account balance)

2. A Plan

3. A strong stomach to carry out the plan

The old adage states that: he who chases his losses will burn through his bankroll. This is true, only if you do not have a true plan, a strong stomach and a decent bankroll. Let me explain. The old adage comes from the gambler who bets $100 on Team 1 to win today. Team 1 loses, thus tomorrow the gambler bets $200 on Team 2 to win (he thinks he can not lose twice in a row and plus Team 2 is a sure thing). Team 2 loses, then on day 3 he bets his remaining bankroll on Team 3, he loses and within three days his bankroll busts. The old adage is true, for this gambler…not for you.

You see a chase system uses simple mathematics to ensure that you do not ever lose money. However, you must make sure you bet the correct amount and you must have the guts to follow through with this program. The system is easy to follow regardless of which sport you bet on and regardless of if you are chasing a specific team or a general sport. In 2007, AFSB completed a study of the chase system in the NHL focusing on the Montreal Canadians. The system worked like this: On day 1, $25.00 was bet on Montreal, if Montreal lost, then the next time that Montreal played $50.00 was bet on Montreal, if Montreal lost again, then in the next game $100.00 was bet on Montreal, if Montreal lost that game then $200.00 was bet on Montreal and so on until Montreal wins or you run out of money. Once Montreal wins then the system resets and the next time Montreal won $25 was bet on Montreal in their next game, if they lost then in the next game $50 was bet on Montreal, however, if they won, then in the next game $25 was bet on Montreal.

This simple system made us $1,210.00 in the NBA Playoffs in 2007 (see our Article on Absolutely Free Sports Bets regarding the NBA Dog-Chase System). We again used this system in the 2008 MLB playoffs and picked up a nice $1,373.00.

In the 2010 NCAA Basketball season we are utilizing this system in a more generic manner. We are playing one Dog-Chase and one Favorite-Chase that is not team specific. Click on our Free Picks link to see the details of the 2010 NCAA Basketball Chase System hard at work.…

Sports Merchandise Makes Unique Christmas Presents

If you're looking for some fun and unique Christmas gifts for friends and family members this year, consider sports merchandise. You can find sports decor that is perfect for any room of the house or for the office.

If you're interested in a complete bedroom makeover for yourself or for your child this holiday season, then sports bedding is the way to go. You can find comforters, sheet sets, bedskirts, and pillow shams featuring many of your favorite NFL, NHL, and NCAA teams.

Maybe you only need a few accent pieces to give a bedroom the ultimate fan look. Consider items like toss pillows, bedrests, wall border, and window coverings with your favorite team's logo for that extra something special.

You can even bring the sports fan look into the bathroom with a jersey mesh shower curtain showcasing your favorite NFL, NHL, or NCAA team colors and logo.

How about some items that the sports fans in your life can hang outdoors to let all the neighbors know who they are rooting for? You can find a huge variety of flags and banners for NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, and NCAA teams, as well as for many NASCAR drivers.

Everyone could use something to snuggle under during the cold winter months. Extra soft and plush sports throw blankets are the perfect gift for anyone who is a fan of the NBA, NFL, NCAA, NHL, MLB, or NASCAR.

There are even some great sports decor items available to make a statement in a home office or corporate office. Waste baskets and wall clocks featuring favorite sports teams make great additions to the office. For football fans, Riddell mini helmets are a great item to display on a desk or shelf.

Another unique memorabilia item for the football fan is an NFL Photomint. The NFL photomint features photographs and collectible coins from some of the most memorable moments in NFL history.

There is a great variety of sports decor items that make perfect gifts for the sports fans on your list. Your friends and family members, both big and small, will be facilitated when they unwrap a treasure featuring their favorite sports team or college. You can find the perfect sports gift for your friend, loved one, coworker, or boss to treasure for many years to come. …

Wear a Football Helmet on a Wakeboard

Anytime one thoughts of extreme sports the first thing that comes to someone's mind is bungee jumping, snowboarding, surfing and sky diving. Very few people think that extreme water sports require anything beyond a life jacket and deep water diving gear. However, despite the common believe water sport athletes who prefer to relax doing water boarding usually put on some head protection gear like football helmets.

This is because this extreme water sport involves high speeds with hard water impact that can cause serious head injuries. The helmets have a hard top and a soft inside cushion that shields the head but does not guarantee user that they can not get skull injury upon serious impact.

Wakeboardsson the other hand are the life line of water boarding sports. They have a unified design that combines extreme water and snow sports technique in to a single board. Wakeboarding can achieve top speeds thirty eight kilometers per hour when directed behind a high speed vehicle using the attached cable. Some of the major wakeboards brands online include those produced by HO Sports, Hyperlite, Ronix and liquid Force. In term of cost their prices typically range between US $ 130 and US $ 400 depending on quality and design.

You know if it were not for the weight that the full protection football pads give I would suggest everyone wear football pads while wakeboarding. But that helmet is sure going to protect you I fall and hit your head on a rock. Even a leather football cap from the old days would do more than the head on your head. …

Effective Tips on Winning Football Betting – Odd Or Even Goals Score Line

This method will help you take advantage of the scoring game to win some money on betting football match. From the name indicates, you could bet on team to score a total goals of odds numbers which the results end with 1-0, 0-1, 2-1, 1-2, 3-0…etc.

You can start to monitor the progress of the tournament when a new season get started. Choose a football match  where it looks lopsided. You can check the odds at various bookmarkers to confirm if the match are really lopsided. For such game, favorite usually comes with unanimous low odds such as below 1.30. Do remember to confirm with various online bookmakers and choose the best possible odds at even or odd goals’ market. The ideal odds for this market should be 1.90 or nearer to 2.0 odds. If you lose the first bet, simply multiple the stakes by 2.25 after every lose, and that finished with an odds goals. In fact, based on the law of average, the probabilities of having a total scoring goals with an odds number should be closed to even number. 

To make this football betting system perfect, choose a team that had at least four game with an even goals, and then back them the odd goals in every next game they played. It will usually happen between 1 to 5 games after you have started the system, so wait for the profits to roll in. Then stop using the team, and start sourcing for the next available which match the criteria. The odds are hugely in your favor. One important point to note: you should have a relative large betting bank to succeed. The recommendation is 20 units to see you through the bad time.…