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Joe Haden Reveals His Next Move

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Joe Haden commits to Steelers for three years, $27,000,000 and will play Browns in opening game

Now, this ought to be a fascinating opener.

Joe Haden, the Pro Bowl cornerback, released by the Browns on Wednesday, has agreed a three year contract with arch rivals the Steelers. This deal is worth $27,000,000, including $7,000,000 assured for this season, reports profootballtalk.com.

No longer do the Browns have to pay the $4,000,000 Haden was due to receive from them this season.

On September 10, the Browns will play hosts to the Steelers at the FirstEnergy Stadium. This particular run of events should add some extra fascination to the match.

“A tough competitor” according to receiver Antonio Brown. “He is a ruthless opponent. Certainly someone you need to be prepared and ready for. He is quick and strong”.

Originally, Haden was meant to enroll with the Steelers on Wednesday evening in Charlotte, NC, which is where the Panthers and Steelers play tomorrow evening in the preseason finale.

Released by the Browns on Wednesday morning, Haden could enroll with his new team after 16:00, and his next deal was revealed within minutes.

Adam Schefter, from ESPN, said that Haden had been offered more by other teams, however he chose to commit to the Steelers.

For the last six years, Brown has faced Haden as an opponent, however he used his influence at the club to get him signed. The NFL Network reports that Brown told his coach that Haden still has lots of fire left in the tank.

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ESPN Should Suspend Stephen A. Smith

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Monday more on the Rice suspension plus Top questions in AFC North & South going into training camp 6 PM EDT onNNR or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Friday ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith said that sometimes women “provoke” spousal abuse. He then double-downed his comment on Twitter. Today he read a statement clearly written by the top brass that apologized for his comments. The problem is that his comments Friday echoed his position a couple of years ago about women provoking abuse.

This is clearly a guy that doesn’t get it. ESPN should at least suspend Smith for a month without pay for his comments on air and on twitter. Athletes have a particularly bad record with abuse of women. While it is in my opinion never justified, it must be punished. We will see exactly how ESPN feels about the issue based on what they do. My guess is they will do nothing.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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The Social Force Of The National Football League

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NFL Fans Among Most Social

American football as it is widely referred to in many quarters is one of the most celebrated sport in America and the National Football League (NFL)  is arguably the most profitable sports business on this planet. The American population is widely renowned  for the love of football, if it is not watching an NFL game on the television with a couple of friends or family then you will probably find them on the stadium cheering  on their favorite NFL team. That in itself goes a long way to show the social impact NFL has on the lives of many people.

Well, a number of factors come into play when you consider NFL fans among most social. Firstly, the NFL is usually associated with a lot of fun fare that goes a long way in attracting large audiences. Talk of the color and pomp usually seen on the game day inside and outside the stadiums, the cheering squads and the entertainment the fans get to enjoy inside the stadium during recess period. Those who opt to enjoy the game at the comfort of their living rooms are not left out as well, they get to  bond with friends  as they enjoy a game of football. All this activities go a long way in creating a socially conducive environment for the  interaction of fans.

And although the league has recently put some limits on players, coaches and referees using Twitter during the games and 90 minutes prior to the games, players are widely followed on social media and interact regularly with their fans.

In a nutshell, the NFL has cemented its place as one of America’s most  popular sporting culture and as such it is inevitable that it has grown to be a social force to reckon with. The passion it commands within its ranks certainly aids in the understanding of why we find NFL fans among most social.

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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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What makes the Masters so Unique?

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I was in my local watering hole the other day for a pleasant Friday afternoon pub dinner, only to find a golf tournament being shown on the big screen slightly surreal but none the less enjoyable. It seems that every time the PGA or European tour come through, not too much attention is paid to these relatively high stakes competition but when the Masters comes along even the most passive of a Golf enthusiast are truly engrossed in the four day tournament this year held in Augusta.

As I found myself enthralled by the amazing shots and the drama of the game at hand it caught me unaware that an hour had passed and I hadn’t taken my eyes off the screen, watching each and every lusciously carved shot by Schwartzel.

Obviously it is a Major Tournament and the golfer is judged on how many Majors they win over the course of their career, but there always seems to be an extra feeling of urgency when it comes to each player’s shot. On paper it is just another major and the money would pale in significance to what I feel is the major factor that inspires the pressure and excitement.

The competition itself is steeped in tradition and has many different awards for the players that happen to perform exceptional feats during the tournament. The main privilege of winning the Masters is that you are presented with the hallowed Green Jacket, the symbol of Golfing stardom.

As a casual golfer and a “part-time” of golf tables, the controversy surrounding some well known wild cat named golfers and the fresh faces of the European golfers has stimulated a world wide interest in the game and long may it continue.

Europeans such as Lee Weswood and Rory McIlroy have gone a long way to stimulating the interest in the sport, with McIlroy leading the standings after the first day it was thought that a European might find himself wearing the green jacket, being the first European to win the tournament for 15 years, since Nick Faldo won his third Masters Title since 1996. This would have gone a long way to re-igniting the spark for European golfers but like all competitions talent needs to be weighed in relation to keeping a calm head and the tournament favorite McIlroy failed to capitalize on his leading position and dropped to seventh at the closing of the competition, instead handing the competition to South African Charl Schwartzel after some stunning shots on the final day, including a 20 foot sink on the last hole to finish the day six under par.

Overall the competition this year was an exciting spectacle of grit and determination and as golf tournaments go, one of the best in recent years with its fair share of ups, downs, birdies and the odd eagle.

Andy is more enthused with the technology in place on the golf course and works on behalf of a golf trolley battery shop selling a variety of golf batteries and other leisure batteries. Follow him on Twitter @andym23.

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