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How to start your own sports team in five easy steps

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Sometimes, it has to be said, organizing team raiding sessions in World of Warcraft doesn’t really fulfill all your social needs. You love the taste of victory, or crushing an enemy and leading your comrades to triumph, but it somehow seems hollow when, afterwards, you’re still sat at your laptop with only half a bag of Doritos and a 2 liter bottle of Mountain Due to celebrate.

If you want to combine that feeling of victory and comradeship with being in the same room as other people, it may be that starting your own sports team is the thing for you. Starting a sports team, whether it’s for a five-a-side football tournament, beach volleyball, bowling or even motorsports is a great way to spend some time with your mates and get a bit of exercise.

To do this, however, you must first complete several important steps, and they will all be (slightly) harder than the montage in that underdog sports movie you love so much.

Step One: Assemble the guys!

You can recruit players from a bunch of different places. Once you’ve press ganged everyone you can from you World of Warcraft guild and your drinking buddies at the bar, you can also recruit players at the local park and stick posters up at the leisure center, town hall and local businesses for tryouts.

It’s not essential, but if you can find a once legendary player who’s since fallen on hard times and hit the drink, for whom this team might be his one last shot at redemption, then that’s definitely a plus.

Step Two: Financing!

Yes, the chances are everyone will have to pay money to join your team of sports legends. Most leagues will charge you an entry fee to take party. You’ll also need to buy equipment and uniforms. Once you’ve worked this out it will be the last bit of maths you have to do for this project, I swear.

Step Three: Pick a name!

The name of your team should strike fear into the hearts of your enemies, while inspiring your supporters. It will be a name whispered down the generations as people tell the tales of your team’s mighty exploits. So try not to make it too silly. When it comes to picking a team name, there are two main schools of thought.

School one is to think of an animal, then prefix that animal’s name with the verb “Fighting”. The Fighting Badgers, the Fighting Iguanas, the Fighting Anteaters- it works for literally anything.

School two is to take the name of the place you live in, and suffix a noun verb that sounds vaguely threatening. The Cambridge Destroyers, the Leicestershire Usurpers, the Southampton Shouters. I’m sure your suggestions will be better than mine.

Step Four: Get a uniform!

The uniform is what brings you together, turning you from a ragtag bunch of misfits into an actual team.  Think what the Storm Troopers in Star Wars would be without their distinctive white robot suits, or what Hipsters would be without their tiny mustaches and thick rimmed spectacles.

You needn’t go quite as extreme as full body armor or irritating facial hair however. It’s surprisingly cheap to get specially embroidered polo shirts, for instance. To bring your team colors to perfection, however, you’ll need a team logo. A symbol that describes everything your team is and aspires to be. If you went with School One of team name, this will be extremely easy. Just a picture of your animal of choice, fighting or looking like it’s about to fight. At this point, it’s a good idea to find your friend who’s a graphic designer and get them to help you out.

Step Five: Train!

This is the really hard bit. Now that you’ve assembled your team, picked an intimidating name and designed some really stylish uniforms, you’re actually going to have to get good at the sport you’ve chosen to play. So, good luck with that!

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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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Top 5 Reasons to Hate A-Rod

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Seeing how the media was treating A-Rod in his entrance to Spring Training inspired me to write about him.  The fact that there is no drama for him entering this season was a headline story on ESPN earlier this week, and that just goes to show you what type of person he is.  There is always something going on with him, whether he’s injured, complaining about his contract, or linked to performance enhancing drugs.  Here are my top 5 reasons to hate him, and I would love to hear what you think!

5.  Yelling “Got it” when running past the Toronto third baseman is Busch League.
4.  One word:  A-ROID! (It’s amazing how fast the media forgets)
3.  I would have probably loved you if you came to the Red Sox, but you didn’t.
2.  Slapping the ball out of Bronson Aaroyo’s glove and whining about being called out shows that you’d cheat to win.
1.  Announcing that you are declaring for free agency in the 9th inning of the Red Sox World Series game shows us how much you crave the attention.

Written by Steve Dade, author of Steve’s Boston Sports Blog http://stevesbostonsports.blogspot.com

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Bill Smith’s College Player Rating System

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By Bill Smith

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We all like to evaluate how badly our favorite teams have screwed up the draft. I though you might like to see how I evaluate players. I will be doing a draft rap up here on the Browns and other teams after the draft.

This outlines the system I have used for more than 40 years in evaluating college players for the NFL draft. The system is based on a point system. A number of years ago, I was in Indy the week of the Combine. I ran into a couple of Colt scouts in the hotel lobby. I suggested that they look at a C that I really liked but would probably not be drafted. He wasn’t drafted but the Colts signed him as a rookie undrafted free agent. The player was Jeff Saturday. All he has done is become an all pro for many years and the captain of the O line for Payton Manning. I found him using this system.

To use it, there are a few rules that must be followed.

Rules:

Only use the first half of games except for all star games. That eliminates players taking quarters off or taking unnecessary risks from a blowout.

The point system is used. A single play can generate no more than 5 points for any player.

It is impossible to effectively grade O and D line live. Slow motion is necessary to evaluate plays in these areas.

To get a reliable grade for a player, you must see at least 8 quarters of play. With 4 quarters you can get a good idea but to be sure the more games the better. That also balances the quality of opponents.

Only grade the seniors and probable juniors entering the draft. It is almost impossible to evaluate all 22 players on every play unless you have no life what so ever. Most seasons I wait until the under classmen have declared to do my detailed study of players.

Only award positive or negative numbers for above (or below) average plays. An average player is expected to make average plays regularly. This is one subjective area of the evaluation. However, if you are consistent with your grading, you can compare players in the same position on different teams.

Up to 2 pluses or minuses can be awarded for a play. For example a 5 yard penalty is -1 (pn-) while anything more than 5 yards is -2 (pn=). These are still within the 5 point rule.

Credit the player that deserves credit. An interception that bounces off a players hands and is picked is charged to the receiver not the passer. The D player that forces a QB into the arms of another gets half a sack as does the tackler.

Scoring:

OL 1 point each—p-Pass block r-Run block (lineman pulls or blocks down field and makes the block) d-Drive block NOTE: If a lineman pulls and misses the block he gets 0 on the play not a -.

Scoring for “skill” players (includes the above plus the following):

QB 1 point each as am al (accuracy in short, medium and long passes) tou (touch) xr (avoid rush) r(run)

QB 2 points each aw (awareness/looking off the safety) rd (reading D finding open receiver)

QB -3 points each x(interception) fl (fumble)

RB/WR 1 point each c (catch) r (run) v (vision) add a + for each tackle broken b (block) a (attempted catch of a bad ball) o (get open) d- (drop)

RB/WR 2 points each yac (yards after catch/contact) e (effort) aw (awareness) fl (fumble) fr (fumble of another recovered)

Miscellaneous (Defense or offense)

1 point each t (tackle) ms mm ml (man coverage short, med, long) z (zone) pb (pass blocked) pd (pass defended down field) r (run d) p (pass rush)

2 points each h (hurry QB to inc. pass) aw rd (read play) s (sack) fr (fumble recovered)

3 points each x (interception) xc (interception caused by rush or tipped ball) fc (fumble caused) bkp (blocked punt) bkk (blocked kick)

Only for those that are really into evaluating DBs: If a sack occurs after 4 seconds of the snap, each DB gets a G (group sack) worth one point to each.

In addition, the pn is a minus as described above but if a player causes a penalty he gets a pc (penalty caused) worth one point for a 5 yard and 2 pts for more than 5 yards.

Now I am sure that everyone wants to know what is a good score and what is a bad one. That like beauty is in the eye of the evaluator. O line and D players should average more than 8 points in a half. QB and RBs should get 12+ to be considered very good. WR vary a lot depending on how many times they are thrown to. Those are scores according to my evaluations. Yours may well differ depending on what you call an above average play. It is a tool to rank different players in the same position. However, if you see a player that is not well thought of that scores very high in all games seen, he is probably going to be a steal in the draft.

One last thing. The scores for each player should be listed in order that the games were played. A good player that shows consistent improvement from 5 to 7 to 9 to 11 points during the season moves ahead of a player that is level or moves down from early to late. When you have players with different numbers of games evaluated, use the average score per game for each.

This is a lot of work and not many will want to do it. However, it also works for evaluating pro players but their scores should be a little higher to be considered above average. I hope you at least try this system and would love to know what you think after you have.

This system is copyrighted by W.E. Smith. It is posted here for the private use of our readers and may not be reproduced in any other forum, form or on the net without the written permission of the author.

Please join me for the best Sports Talk anywhere on the Internet and hear his sports show Monday-Friday 8-10 EST on http://www.cleveland.com/dsn/index.ssf/2010/11/dsn_video_live_stream.html

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 is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

My email is [email protected]

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Happy Thanksgiving to all and a hope for no turkey games.

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Last week in college games I went 6-1 which leaves me at 37-16.

In pro games I went 3-0 bringing me to 23-12.

Key College games:

#17 Texas A&M @ Texas – A&M had a big upset last week over Nebraska in a 9-6 win. The D did a great job. A&M gets another win to break a long losing streak this week against the Horns.

#21 Arizona @ #1 Oregon – If the game was at Arizona they would be a better challenge for the Ducks. But no duck hunters here, Oregon wins.

#2 Auburn @ #12 Alabama – Despite all the smoke around Tiger QB Newton, the NCAA is silent. They will likely make a ruling early in 2017. Bama wins in a close tough game but Auburn still plays for the national championship.

#4 Boise State @ #19 Nevada – This is a big game for Boise against a good team on national TV. Boise wins only if they can keep Nevada QB Kapernick under control.

Northwestern @ #7 Wisconsin – If the game was away there might be a chance for an upset but the Badger O line will punish the Cats and win the game.

Michigan @ #8 Ohio StateThe Bucks need a big win and at least a close win by Wisconsin to have any chance to climb over the Badgers in the BcS ratings. They get a 10-12 point win but won’t move in the standings.

#13 Oklahoma @ #9 Oklahoma State – The Sooners play much better at home. OkS plays well everywhere except against Nebraska. State wins with the passing game.

#10 Michigan State @ Penn State – Michigan State will win this one and end up in the 3 way tie for the Big 10+1 title.

NFL:

Falcons (8-2) – 2.5 @ Packers (7-3) – The Pack has had a lot of injuries particularly on D. The Falcons are healthy and win in close game.

Jaguars (6-4) @ Giants (6-4)-9.5 – The Giants looked good last week against the Eagles and the Jags gave 6 TOs to the Browns and still won. The G-Men win but won’t cover.

Bucs (7-3) @ Ravens (7-3)-8.5 – The Bucs are a fraud but the Ravens are struggling on D due to problems in the DBackfield. The Ravens win but I wouldn’t touch that number. Both teams are too inconsistent.

Eagles (7-3)-3 @ Chicago (7-3) – I like the way QB Vick is playing and do not like the way that Bear QB Cutler is playing. The Eagles win and cover.

Frankly, there are no other key games this week.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

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 is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org.

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What to look for in this weekends college and NFL games

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UCLA @ #2 Oregon (Thursday) – The question here is which UCLA team will show up. If its the one that went to Texas and thumped them 34-12, this could be a real game. If it is the one that folded like a cheap suit at home against Stanford and lost 35-0, then you can be in bed by 10 PM. UCLA is better but they have not seen a RB with the speed of James. Some strange things happen on ESPN on a night game. This could be a Gotcha game with the always tough visit to USC coming up next week. But I think the Ducks win but it could be close.

#7 Michigan State @ Northwestern – NW may be 5-1 but they are a fraud. MSU wins easily.

Purdue @ #10 Ohio StatePurdue is a fraud at 4-2 despite being 2-0 in the league. OSU remembers a loss last year against the Boilers and will take out their frustrations on the improved but still not effective Purdue D.

Iowa State @ #18 Texas – Texas has two weeks to get their team ready for the tough games against #22 Kansas State and #14 Oklahoma State back to back. Texas has no problem with IS.

The Biggest games of the week

#1 Oklahoma @ #11 Missouri – The key to this game is the O of Missouri being able to run the ball. Their running game has been almost non-existent but they will need offensive balance against the Sooners. If they can not run the Sooner D line will be playing toss with Tiger QB Gabbert. Missu can’t run and the Sooners win.

#6 LSU @ #4 Auburn – Most people are looking at the running game of Auburn (6th overall) vs the D of LSU (11th in points allowed) but that is not the key. To win LSU has to be able to pass the ball. QB Jefferson threw for only 104 yards at home last week against McNeese State. He will have to do better because Auburn will do their best to keep control of Jefferson and keep him in the pocket. Auburn has played by far the tougher schedule and should win this game.

#13 Wisconsin @ #15 Iowa – After beating Ohio State last week, the Badgers have to go on the road to play a very solid Iowa team. The Badgers play much better at home. Iowa wins this game is a real slug-fest.

#16 Nebraska @ 14 Oklahoma State – The Husker O had been averaging almost 500 yards per game. Last week drops by WRs cost them the win and led to pulling Freshman QB Martinez. While the Husker O depends primarily on rushing (4th) they need to be more balanced to beat Ok St. The Huskers need to score often to keep up with an outstanding OK St. O which is 3rd in passing and 2nd in scoring. Ok St. has run up those numbers against some pretty weak competition. Even so, the pass D of the Huskers will be challenged. I predict Nebraska will win in a mild upset.

NFL Key games:

Steelers (4-1) -3 @ Dolphins (3-2) – The top ranked Steeler D (1 in scoring and rushing) will clamp down on the running game of the Fish. That will put pressure on QB Henne to throw against the only weakness of the Steelers (24th against the pass). Henne is steadily improving but the Dolphin O line is beat up a bit and that is not good against the Steelers front 7. The Dolphins are getting better but the Steelers are for real. Pittsburgh wins and covers.

Eagles (4-2) @ Titans (4-2) -3 – It looks like Titan QB Young will be able to play but Eagle QB Vick is still out. The Eagles looked very good in beating a solid Falcon team last week while the Titans blew out the Jags. The key is the Eagle D stopping the running game of the Titans. Young is going to have to run because the Eagle D did very well stopping the powerful running game of the Falcons. I don’t bet on Monday night winners so for the sake of argument I’ll take the points.

Cowboys (1-4) -3.5 @ Giants (4-2) – The Cowboys are playing like Cowgirls. This team is a loss or 2 away from imploding. Vegas thinks the desperation of the Boys is worth a TD. I don’t. The Giant D line is beginning to get back to their form and are really putting pressure on QBs. Boys QB Romo doesn’t handle pressure well. I’ll take the points and say thanks.

Best Bet: Pats +3 @ Chargers

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

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 is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org.

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