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Fantasy Football Week 8 Start 'em, Sit 'em (Quarterbacks)

October 22, 2014

Is it me, or has this NFL season literally flown by? Week 8 already? We are officially at the halfway point of the season, and the next few weeks will determine if you are headed towards your league's playoff bracket. 

For those who haven't read my fantasy football stuff in the past, I'm not here to waste anyone's time by stating the obvious, that's not what I do. Before you set your lineups, take a look at my week 8 fantasy football start 'em, sit 'em for quarterbacks. There's some value to be found, and some heavily-owned QB's that you should be shying away from this weekend. 

Good luck in week 8, folks.

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Fantasy Football Week 8 Start 'em, Sit 'em (Running Backs)

October 22, 2014
Slideshow: Hard to believe we are now halfway through the fantasy football season as we approach week 8. Sort of depressing if you ask me. Backfields have been turned upside down this season, causing some owners to rip their hair out as they tirelessly scour the waiver wire looking for help.

Running back has certainly been one of the toughest positions to figure out this fantasy football season. Suspensions and injuries have turned some backfields, and probably some fantasy players, upside down. 

For those who haven't read my fantasy football stuff in the past, I assure you, I'm not here to waste your time and state the obvious. I look for value and usually fade public perception when I think someone is being overvalued. Good luck in week 8, and don't hesitate to ask any fantasy-related questions that you may have.

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Floyd Mayweather Finally Posts a Losing Ticket, Lost $20K on Texans

October 20, 2014
Texans cost Floyd $20,000 on Monday night.

Floyd Mayweather loves to flash his money and post his winning tickets, but it's rare to see him post a losing ticket. 

This past Sunday, Floyd collected $1.56 million on the Arizona Cardinals -3.5 over the Oakland Raiders. He boasted over social media, posting the ticket and the caption "$1,561,904.76." 

It wasn't 1.5 million, but Floyd did indeed give some of his weekend winnings back to the bookies in Vegas on Monday night. Floyd wagered $20,000 to collect $45,000 on the Houston Texans moneyline of +125 over the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

For those who aren't hip to gambling, a moneyline wager is a straight up bet, no spread involved. The Texans were 3-point underdogs in Las Vegas Monday night. Wouldn't have mattered either way, as the Texans lost 30-23.

The Texans were up 13-0 in the first half before the Pittsburgh Steelers exploded for 24 straight points in less than 3 minutes. I would have loved to been a fly on the wall watching Floyd witness the first half meltdown by the Texans. Then again, $20K to Floyd is like $20....at least he posted a losing ticket for once.

In other news, shoutout to Cousin Sal for hitting his fifth best bet in a row! Let's see if he can make it six next week.

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Shock Video: Indian Soccer Player Dies after Celebrating Goal

October 20, 2014

Ran across a truly upsetting video this morning about a soccer player dying after scoring a goal. His name was Peter Biaksangzuala. A defensive midfielder for India's Bethlehem Vengthlang FC, which plays in India's Mizoram Premier League..

Biaksangzuala's game-tying goal occurred in the 62nd minute, after a free kick bounced off the crossbar, he was able to tap it home from point-blank range. Excitement and happiness ensued directly after the goal, with Biaksangzuala cartwheeling and attempting to do what looked like a flip.

His teammates surrounded him, but the joy quickly turned into concern, as medics were called onto the field. Something was terribly wrong with the 23-year old kid who just scored a big goal for his club.

Biaksangzuala landed on his head when he was celebrating, resulting in severe spinal damage. The 23-year old spent five days in intensive care, but sadly he eventually passed due to his injuries. 

The soccer club released a statement on their facebook page and retired his jersey (#21). 

-Michael Lalremtluanga
Bethlehem Vengthlang FC midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala lost his fight for survival after he suffered a fatal injury while celebrating his goal. It has been a sad day for Mizoram football and the demise of the footballer shook his teammates, footballers and fans alike all over Mizoram. Peter's club Bethlehem Vengthlang FC will retire his jersey no. 21.
On Sunday at around 7:00am in Aizawl Civil Hospital, Peter was pronounced dead five days after that fateful night while playing for his team in the Mizoram Premier League. The Club and fans paid their last respect for the lad from Khawzawl at Bethlehem Vengthlang YMA Hall. Then they moved on to Peter's current residence in Aizawl Venglai before they left for his hometown, Khawzawl in the evening.
Peter was a defensive midfielder who had always been aggressive and hard working, a true team player. Like most defensive midfielders, he was excellent at reading the game, breaking up attacks and protecting his defenders. He was not known to score many goals. In the first season of the Mizoram Premier League in 2012/2013, he was the key player for FC Kulikawn and his talents were recognized by that season champions Dinthar FC who he signed for in the second season. Peter played his role in helping his new club reach the 2013 Independence Day Football final. He signed for a Shillong club Nangkiew Irat before he finally joined the new boys of the third and current season of the Mizoram Premier League team Bethlehem Vengthlang FC.
Bethlehem Vengthlang FC started the campaign better than most expected and after four rounds they have six points and third on the table. On October 14, they faced Chanmari West FC and Peter scored his first goal in the league at 62 minutes which was also the equalizer. He was delighted to score an important goal and celebrated his goal by flipping but unfortunately made an awkward land. He was rushed to Aizawl Civil Hospital.
Peter's injury and his condition was one of the most talked about news in the social media such as Facebook and Whatsapp. Fans, players and everyone who knew about the incident were deeply moved by his unfortunate accident and prayed for his recovery and survival. A CT Scan was done right after he was taken to the hospital and the result showed that the injury inflicted on the spinal cord was quite serious. The doctors did their best to help him fight for his life.
The residents of Bethlehem Vengthlang supported Peter during that past few dark days. The club officials, his teammates as well as caring fans constantly visited him in the hospital and prayed for him. Many players from Mizoram Premier League clubs, the officials from Mizoram Football Association and many people who care about him and local football were there for Peter till his last breath. Mizoram Football Association hired two buses for the friends, families and closed ones of Peter that had taken them to Khawzawl for the funeral.
Bethlehem Vengthlang coach Danny Lalduhawma said, "Peter was a lad with good manner who always maintained his discipline on and off the pitch. I don't think there are many like him". The words of praise from the coach was chorused and echoed by the players who were lucky enough to play with him and the other coaches who worked with him.
In this life, one is required to make many very worldly decisions. Sometimes we take risks and sometimes we take opinions of experienced people. But the only fact on which you will rely when you decide to donate your eyes to the blind, is a good heart. And Peter had a good heart. He donated his eyes for a suffering blind person and he had that desire to help him or her see the world and lead and enjoy a normal life. Peter while he was in the hospital bed told Bethlenhem Vengthlang secretary Lalruatfela ''Sir, I'll be with God'' and the last entry in his diary was from the Bible -2 Chronicles 16:9 - "For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His."
Peter's father Mr. P. Vanlalchhuana said, "I wanted my son to serve God since the day he was born. His interest in football was undeniable so I allowed him to pursue his career in the sport that he loved. I feel he did a fine job and through football he somehow managed to speak to the heart of the people concerned . He maintained his discipline and stayed away from all the bad habits as far as I'm concerned and he set a good example for sportsmen which is important,". Mr. Vanlalchhuana was thankful to the people who mourned the death of his son. Bethlehem Vengthlang FC President R. Lalthatluanga was also thankful to the officials of Mizoram Football Association, the officials and players of the eight Mizoram Premier League clubs, the residents of Bethlehem Vengthlang and all those people who cared about Peter.
As Peter sleeps, the world can rest in the knowledge that someone out there would be able to see and the football pitch will always be one man down. And heaven has gained a defensive midfielder; apart from the hard tackles and the breaking up of attacks, goal celebrations will never be painful anymore. Goodbye Peter.

May that young man rest in peace. Prayers go out to his family and loved ones.

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Peyton Manning Throws 509th Career Touchdown; Breaks Brett Favre's Record

October 19, 2014
Peyton Manning now holds the NFL record with 509 career passing touchdowns
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The quest for 509 is now complete. Peyton Manning came into Sunday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers needing three passing touchdowns to surpass Brett Favre in the record books. It didn't take very long, as Peyton threw three touchdowns in the first half.

The first touchdown came early in the first quarter, as Peyton connected with Emmanuel Sanders on a crossing route on 3rd and goal for #507. 

The second touchdown, which tied Brett Favre's record of 508 passing touchdowns, came late in the first quarter when Peyton found Wes Welker open down the sidelines. Welker made a fantastic effort to reach the end zone, and after a review the touchdown was confirmed, officially making Peyton a co-owner of the record.

Then the magic happened. Coming off a long 49ers drive that resulted in a field goal, Peyton drove his team down the field and connected with Demaryius Thomas for his 509th career touchdown. 

Watch the historic touchdown below:

Also, Brett Favre showed Peyton some love on twitter after breaking his record:

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Breaking: Seahawks Trade Percy Harvin to the New York Jets

October 17, 2014
Percy Harvin's stint with the Seattle Seahawks is now over.
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Breaking news out of the NFL, as Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, has reported that the Seattle Seahawks have traded WR Percy Harvin to the New York Jets. There hasn't been much talk about what the Jets actually gave up, but Glazer and numerous media outlets are reporting it's for a conditional mid-round draft pick.

Less than two years ago, the Seahawks acquired Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings. Seattle gave Minnesota a package of draft picks, including a first-rounder. This will be Harvin's third team in less than five years. He's certainly a playmaker, but Seattle won the Super Bowl last year with Percy on the sidelines for pretty much the entire regular season. Sources say Harvin had trouble "fitting in," so I guess they figure they can have same success without him. They must be trying to recoup their losses from the original deal with the Vikings.

The Jets on the other hand, just suffered their sixth consecutive loss of the season, and are now 1-6 and dead last in the AFC East. Harvin will give the Jets offense a much needed boost, but it certainly won't save their season. It will be interesting to hear what Harvin has to say about being traded. We will update the story as it develops.

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The Hypocrisy of the NFL's Pink Cancer Awareness Campaign

October 03, 2014
The NFL goes pink every October to boast their "A Crucial Catch" breast cancer awareness campaign. (USA TODAY Sports)

So, we witnessed another non-competitive, boring blowout again on Thursday night football courtesy of the NFL. The Packers demolished the Vikings 42-10 behind three touchdowns by Aaron Rodgers, who took the fourth quarter off due to the blowout.

Christian Ponder somehow found his way under center for the Vikings thanks to a Teddy Bridgewater injury, and that was pretty uneventful. The kid stinks. Put him in the same category as Joey Harrington, Tim Couch, Ryan Leaf, Kevin Kolb, Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn,  and all other busts who seemingly resemble more of a deer in headlights than a professional quarterback.

We have now crossed into the month of October. Not only is summer officially gone, but the NFL's infamous pink cancer campaign is once again underway. For roughly six years now, the NFL has used the month of October as a way to market and sell their pink NFL apparel to women and men all in the name of breast cancer awareness and research. 

The players, coaches, and officials don pink ribbons in support of breast cancer research and its survivors. Most players sport nifty pink spikes, gloves, chinstraps, towels, the captain emblem, helmet decals...the list goes on and on. And all of these items are of course for sale to the public. They auction off game-worn merchandise and autographs on the NFL's own website. 

Then they partner up with corporations such as Nike, NewEra, and Dick's Sporting Goods to sell "special pink merchandise" to the fans.  Thanks to humbled soul of Roger Goodell and his non-profit billion dollar enterprise, 100% of the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Or do they?

The NFL struck this cancer awareness deal with the American Cancer Society in 2009. They dubbed the operation, "A Crucial Catch," urging women over 40 to go in for an annual breast cancer screening. Since then, the NFL has bragged about the millions they have given to cancer research. During all the games this month, you will catch the broadcasters boasting about how each and every dollar the NFL produces from their pink promotion, is donated to breast cancer research. That claim is false.

The reality is this...the NFL donates roughly 5% of the proceeds because they sell the products at a 100% markup. Let's give the NFL outfit some credit, and say the number is really 10%, that's still a pretty staggering number. And the American Cancer Society has already admitted they take a little off the top as well, as only 70% of donations go towards the actual research for the cure for cancer. So if you spent or donated say $10, around 35 CENTS actually goes towards research aimed at curing this disease. The rest goes into the pockets of the NFL and it's corporate cronies. 

We are literally, in a sense, celebrating cancer, not fighting it. We dedicated a month to a disease that kills our relatives and friends. Meanwhile, the NFL, a non-profit organization (I know, I don't get that either), which revenue goal is $25 billion dollars by 2027, makes money hand over fist in the month of October. Not only do grossly overpriced products get sold by the boatload for massive profits while actual research for a cure for cancer gets the crumbs, but the NFL also exploits breast cancer as a way to boast it's female audience.

Does that sound like a noble cause to fight a disease that pretty much affects every family some way or another? Are we putting profit over people? The answer is simply yes, whether we intended for that to happen or not. The facts are, people would still be aware of breast cancer without the efforts of the NFL each October, let's not kid ourselves.

Please don't take my words as hostile towards campaigns for research for cancer. I'm not a monster, and I'm absolutely not against the fight to cure cancer or help raise awareness for this horrible disease. However, I certainly have an issue about the way we are approaching the issue and how we are openly allowing a guy like Goodell and his less-than-perfect league profit massively off something that should be taken so much more seriously. This shouldn't be about 90% profit margins and increased tv ratings, it should be about helping (wo)mankind and taking a more direct approach of the root of the problem. Which is CANCER. Not pink hats.

Also, the month of October also happens to be domestic violence awareness month. Um, hello? Goodell? Where's the purple decals and spikes? 

The NFL has been under immense scrutiny after numerous players, particularly Ravens RB Ray Rice, were involved in domestic violence disputes this year. Rice was released from the Ravens because of his actions. Adrian Peterson, who was indicted after he was caught beating his son with a switch, is also not playing football on Sunday's.

Goodell promises to take each and every measure possible to educate the players and organizations about domestic violence, but we aren't seeing any purple (official color for domestic violence awareness) on the field. I don't see him pushing purple jerseys and hats, or helping raise awareness for domestic violence victims, do you?

Is breast cancer a serious problem? Yes. Is it a major issue in the NFL? NO. Men play in the National Football League, and although it is possible for a man to get breast cancer, it's currently not an epidemic within the league. But domestic violence sure the hell is. But Goodell doesn't want to celebrate that, it's been a PR nightmare for him, and he wants nothing to do with it. So breast cancer and pink cleats are the move for Goodell. It keeps his pockets heavy, his corporate partners happy, and it keeps the all important female demographic interested in the game of football.

A little personal background on me before I close this out. I, like so many other people, had to witness a family member go through the agony and suffering of cancer. My little sister was diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 20 years old. Doctors said her immune system was weakened due to an illness when she was younger, which helped the cancer fight it's way into her body. 

After what seemed like endless treatment sessions, the doctors finally told us that my tough, resilient little sister beat it. She's been in remission for 8 years now and even miraculously had a child despite doctors telling her the chemo treatments would unfortunately not allow her to bear children. I know not everyone is as lucky, and that's why I'm so passionate about real research, and real causes to fight this horrible disease. Not fake ones like the NFL operates every October.

Cancer is a very serious issue, and it has impacted nearly every family at some point in time. The NFL isn't going to help cure cancer anytime soon, but they will continue to celebrate it, and deliver you pink merchandise as long as you're shelling out the dough and keeping your wife, girlfriend, sister or mother interested in football. That's the sad reality of this whole farce. It's hypocritical, it's shady, and it's impractical. Just like Roger Goodell.

I'm all for the raising of funds for research and making sure people everywhere are aware of the steps and procedures that are available to eradicate this disease. Free screenings are very good as well. But peddling pink stickers and pom pom's aren't going to change anything. Giving the tam-exempt NFL 90% of the proceeds isn't going to change anything.

If you truly want to feel good about yourself, or want to make a contribution to actual cancer research, donate directly to The American Cancer Society. The Breast Cancer Charities of America and several other non-profit charities are other avenues you can explore, instead of "raising awareness" for the NFL and it's middlemen. 

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Video: Devin Hester Breaks NFL Record with 62-yard Punt Return

September 18, 2014

Devin Hester returned a punt 62 yards in the 2nd quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to make NFL history. It was the 20th return TD for Hester, breaking the old record of 19, held by Deion Sanders.

Deion just so happened to be at the game, and I think Hester knew. After juking the punter, Hester went down the sidelines, hand behind his head, legs kicking in the air, as he strutted into the endzone, a la Deion Sanders. The play cost him a 15-yard taunting penalty, but I don't think anyone seemed to mind.

The Falcons are crushing the Bucs, 35-0 at halftime and Hester is having the game of his life with a fumble recovery, a rushing touchdown, and a punt return touchdown. Congratulations Devin, I just wish you could have accomplished the record TD with the Bears.

Watch the historical punt return below:

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Breaking: St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam

August 30, 2014

The Michael Sam saga in St. Louis has come to an end. Per Adam Schefter, the St. Louis Rams released Michael Sam earlier today. Sam was one of the final cuts as the team had to get under the 53-man deadline before 4pm.

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, has made headlines across the nation since being drafted in the 7th round by the Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Sam performed pretty well in the preseason, recording 11 tackles and 3 sacks. According to Schefter, Sam is a prime time candidate for the practice squad. It's also very possible another team picks Sam up off waivers.

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The Rapid Expansion of Sportsblog.com: New Site Launch Set for September

August 15, 2014

Hold onto your keyboards fellow SportsBlog members, a site relaunch is coming to a blog near you this September. As if this place wasn't awesome enough, there are many new, exciting features and tools that are included in the relaunch, all for you the blogger to utilize.

Before I get into all the relaunch stuff, let me just say a few things about Sportsblog.com. Sportsblog is rapidly growing, and it's because of all the great talent and work that all the bloggers put in on a daily basis. 

You can be a professional athlete, past or present, an inspiring writer trying to get his or her name out there, or just a simple sports nut who likes to voice his/her opinion. We strive to give all bloggers a good experience and a chance to be heard in a growing community of over 20,000 blogs.

I'm going to assume there are some out there reading this who are not Sportsblog members or first-time visitors to the site. Here's a glimpse of what Sportsblog.com is about:

As mentioned above, Sportsblog.com is home to 20,000+ blogs. And you should see some of the names on our roster! The list is truly endless, but here's just a sample of some of the athletes we currently have blogging here at Sportsblog.com: Mitch Richmond, Tim Hardaway, Dale Ellis, Derek Carr, Kyle Long, Brady Quinn, Blaine Bishop, Warren Sapp, Swin Cash, Cappie Pondexter, Matt Fish, etc. The list of both former and current athletes goes on and on here at Sportsblog.com. It is truly astonishing and is what really makes this place unique.

Ever heard of a guy named Charlie Villanueva? NCAA national champion, lottery pick in the 2005 draft, and 2006 NBA Rookie of the Year runner up (behind Chris Paul)? Yea, that guy. 

Well, he's chronicled his entire free agency trek right here on this very site. He's literally shown us a first-hand account of what it's like to be in NBA free agency limbo in his weekly "Crossroads" webisode. It's truly great stuff, check it out!

Ever watch or hear about Atlanta Dream WNBA rookie sensation Shoni Schimmel? Of course you have, she's awesome. But if you haven't, she's here blogging as well, showcasing every step and memory she makes in her rookie season for all fans to see. 

How about a google hangout with a former NBA player? We got those as well! Jim Mcllvane did a google hangout with fellow bloggers Rich Winter of the Panic Button, Jake Elman of Sportsmix, and Sportsblog's social media guru Vaden Hoffman. Oh, and more former and current athletes will be doing these hangouts in the near future, geez is this place awesome or what?!?

Now for the juicy gossip...coming this September, the relaunch of Sportsblog.com will feature a complete makeover of the site itself. It will be user-friendly, and provide new, snazzy themes for the layout of your blogs. Not only that, but all bloggers will have a video and image library at their disposal.

PLUS, you will be able to see advanced stats on your posts so you know where your coveted traffic is coming from! I know some of you will like that one. So, are you excited yet? Hang on, there's more...

Bloggers will have the option to team up with other bloggers and do group blogging. Want to make a video, or have some sort of roundtable discussion with fellow bloggers? No problem! We got it covered in the upcoming relaunch coming to you this September!

First football comes back and now this? Life is good. Sportsblog.com has spoken, we are the #1 destination for sports bloggers worldwide and encourage you to welcome the relaunch with open arms. 

If you would like to open up an account with Sportsblog.com and join our awesome community, please click HERE to fill out the registration. It takes two minutes and it gives you access to your very own customized blog and a chance to be a part of one of the most epic relaunches in the history of relaunches. I'm not even sure what that means; I just want September to be here already! Blog on!

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