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Ken Becks of 1stdownscouting joins us to talk about the Browns loss and the game against Chicago.

Brent Sobleski of ESPN and Draftinsider.net joins us to preview the SEC and ACC.

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Lawton Swann of TigerNet Talk joins us to talk about the ACC and Clemson football.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com and was a senior writer for .  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

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4 Ways to Enhance Your Spring Training Baseball Experience

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It’s that time of year again! It might still be snowing in some parts of the country, but residents in Arizona and Florida are pulling out their short sleeves and flip flops for another round of Spring Training baseball. The regular season won’t start until the end of March, but in the meantime, players and fans alike are warming up in the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues.

If you’re planning a trip to either of these locations to take in a game or two, here’s some tips to maximize your experience:

Pick a team. Sure, it can be argued that a baseball game is largely about the experience and not so much about the slow-moving game in front of you. But even if that’s true, it’s more fun when you’re invested in one of the teams playing. If you’re stuck in Florida and your team is in Arizona, go ahead and pick a second favorite for the time being! Unless you’re feeling antagonistic, your best bet is to pick the team of the stadium you’ll be attending — wouldn’t want to cause any of the stalwart fans to get feisty!

Buy some gear. Whether you just picked a team to root for or you’ve been cheering for the same one since before you could walk, you need to look the part of a true fan. The good part about Spring Training tickets is that they are often cheaper than regular season tickets, so you can afford to splurge on an overpriced jersey and official hat. Not ready to drop that extra cash? Check out local grocery stores or do some shopping online. You can often find look-alikes without the official label, which works just as well for most people.

Get the hot dog. This one goes without much explaining — a baseball game isn’t a baseball game without a hot dog. So bring some cash with you, flag down that vendor and get the works! Your heartburn might regret it later, but you’re bound to love every bite of it in the meantime. And you’ll always have the good memory of a true American experience!

Lodge strategically. If you’re coming from out of town just to attend some games, don’t waste more time than necessary with public transportation or car rentals. Instead, pick a hotel near a stadium so you are within walking distance. If you want to attend games at multiple locations, scout out a hotel somewhere in the middle. If you plan to spend an entire week and want to bring the family or a few friends, it might be your best choice to look into local timeshare properties. Contact local property managers in AZ or FL to get a feel for some of your best options.

Katie Hawkes is a freelance blogger for Real Property Management East Valley, a property management company in Gilbert AZ and all nearby cities.

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Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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Zack Pumerantz and Jake Silver from JZ Sports join me to talk about the NFL and the NBA lockout.

Then we will discuss the Browns Jags game with former Cleveland resident David M. Levin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the NFL and the Jaguars.  He
has spent the past twenty years in the newspaper industry in writing, advertising, marketing and multi-media.   He currently lives in Florida as a free-lance writer and is owner of B & T Media Solutions.

Also be sure to join Dactar for his Browns Pre-game show 45 minutes before kickoff.  Then for in game chat, join Mr. Moohead and me on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/ and stay tuned for his half time and post-game analysis (and rant if the team loses or plays poorly which is too often the case).

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com and was a senior writer for . He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.
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Cornhole: It’s a Serious Outdoor Sport

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When many people hear about the game cornhole for the first time, the first reaction is often snickering or laughter. While this might seem like just another bean bag toss game with a silly name from the Midwest, cornhole is actually gaining strong momentum as a very serious game. The history of cornhole is a little muddled as no one is quite sure when exactly it started for the first time. Some stories say the original version of this game came from German immigrants in the 1400s, while others have the game as being created in the Midwest around Indiana and Kentucky about a century ago. Whatever the true nature of this game’s history, it doesn’t change the momentum that cornhole has created for itself as a serious pastime.

You might be surprised to know that there is even an additional governing body for the sport. The ACA, American Cornhole Association, is the official governing body of cornhole and creates the standard regulations for the game as well as sets up official tournaments for professional corn toss players. That’s right, there is an official set of rules for informal games as well as an official set of cornhole rules for professional matches. Sponsored cornhole tournaments are not just found in one or two states, either.  It’s not at all unusual for the ACA website to have over a dozen tournaments located in over 10 states at any given time. Stretching from Minnesota down to Florida, the reach of cornhole seems to be growing with each passing year.

The ACA acknowledges in its mission statement the goal of continuing to promote and encourage the game of cornhole until it is a mainstay in all 50 US states. They also stand to serve as a resource for disagreements on rules scoring, since they are now creating the standard rules and regulations that all professionals are using in their tournaments.  This commitment is starting to pay off, and there’s little question that curiosity about the sport continues to rise.

One of the reasons the sport of cornhole is likely to continue to gain in popularity and support it because it is a very easy game to learn and actually makes sense for outdoor get-togethers as well as making a great family game. Add in the natural competitive nature of all the professional teams competing with one another, and you can bet that these competitions are going to continue for years and probably find more more new members along the way.

There is a lot to like about the sport. Cornhole bags are certainly a heck of a lot safer than lawn darts, the simplicity of the game allows virtually anybody to play, and you still have fun as a group while remaining competitive in a good-natured way with one another. Having the actual organization to create a governing body just shows how popular the sport of cornhole has already become. While the name might be funny to some, there’s little question that cornhole is here to stay and that the game will only become more popular over time.

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Fishing Kayaks Are Great Alternatives To Motorized Vessels

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Fishing from a kayak is a great alternative to using motorized fishing vessels. Kayak fishing is a very popular hobby in certain parts of the country such as North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. Part of the appeal of using a kayak is that you do not need to worry about the maintenance expense compared to owning and operating a diesel or gasoline powered fishing boat. There are also less rules and regulations because kayaks are not motorized. You do not need to obtain a boating license, or expense permits for the purpose of kayak fishing.

Kayak fishing can be done in canals, lakes, ponds, swamps and other types of tributaries. In certain parts of the country people also fish from the ocean as well with Kayaks. Saltwater fishing is also very popular because of the more diverse fish species in ocean environments. If you haven’t tried fishing kayaks before, it can be a great way to spend a day relaxing on the open water.

One of the best ways to experience kayak fishing is by joining a fishing vacation tour. This is especially convenient if you do not have your own equipment. Kayak fishing tour operators usually have great package rates which include all your equipment (i.e. safety jackets, emergency radios, kayak boat, and transportation) for less than $100 per day. This can be a good way for you to try out this hobby, without having to purchase all of the fishing gear and equipment. Another benefit to joining an organized fishing tour is that you can minimize your chances of spending an entire day without catching fish.

Kayak fishing tour operators are very experienced and know exactly where to go when it comes to finding the best available fishing spots. You can fish for various kinds of species include sun fish, striped bass, salmon, and trout.

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Bass Fishing Game

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One of my favorite hobbies is fishing.  I love to just get out in the outdoors and enjoy nature while fishing.  I am open to all types of fishing, and have pretty much done them all.  From catfish jugging in the midwest to deep sea fishing off the Florida coast to salmon fly fishing in Alaska, all of these fishing activities have the opportunity to bring me joy, and help me to find peace in nature.

Bass fishing is one type of fishing that I am particularly fond of.  Growing up in the midwest, I was surrounded by ponds, rivers, and lakes full of small and large mouth bass and striped bass.  Early on, I made friends with others who also loved to fish.  Our fishing adventures started out as explorations.  We experimented with methods and baits and lures, and found out new ways to catch bass.

Eventually, the competitive nature in us led to fierce competition.  Each fishing trip turned into a bass fishing game:  catch the most bass or catch the biggest bass.  The nature of our competition evolved from bragging rights to full on bets:  win one of the bass fishing games and win lunch or dinner from the others.

This competition added a lot of fun to our fishing trips.  It pushed our skill sets to the max.  We were constantly put in situations where we needed to evolve and adapt to win the game.  These experiences have partly shaped who I am today, and have helped me land a competitive, lucritive job.  And aside from the learning experiences that I gained, I also grew to appreciate fishing more and more.

If you too are involved in fishing, and like myself, engage in friendly or even cut-throat competition on the water, remember to always be safe, and to first and foremost have fun!

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