Tips for First Time Fishers: Guide to Your First Purchases

April 18th, 2016

Cree-Lake-Lodge-Sunset-with-people-fishingFishing can be a terrific hobby, but if you’ve never fished before, it can seem a bit daunting. You don’t have to start with expensive equipment. Beginners can start with a rod, fishing line and a few accessories. Your new hobby doesn’t have to be expensive.

Starter Gear

Rod and Reel
For a beginning fisher, you’ll need to purchase a rod and reel. You can purchase one at a local department store, bait shop or a sports store. They can range in price from a little over $10 to $30. You don’t need to pay an excessive amount of money for the first rod and reel. At this point, you shouldn’t worry about the kind of rod. There are choices between cane, graphite and fiberglass, but for a starter rod, you can choose one that feels comfortable for an affordable price.

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Best College Towns on the East Coast to Visit

April 5th, 2016

wellesley collegeCollege towns are often known for the university or college they are home to. But often times, these cities are more than just a home to students and faculty. They have historic charm that is worth visiting! Here are a few college cities to visit on the East Coast:

Burlington, Vermont

Ben-Jerrys-ConesBen and Jerry’s ice cream — need we say more? How about coffee and breweries? This little town has a lot to offer. Not only does it have a lively downtown with a lot of food options, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking.
Hop on a bike and travel along their trails to take in the sights and also stop at one of the many breweries or take a spin around the University of Vermont.

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How to Win Your Office’s March Madness 2016 Pool

March 11th, 2016

static1.squarespaceIt’s that time of year again, folks. We’re gearing up for another March Madness. And if you think you have a shot at creating the perfect bracket, well, your chances of that are (at least some believe) 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. Don’t let that get you down. If you’re partaking in an office March Madness pool (or maybe even with just a set of friends), here are some tips to creating a (somewhat) promising March Madness bracket.

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QB’s of the NFL Combine

February 25th, 2016

qb-handAs the NFL Scouting Combine continues to progress throughout the week players are closely compared and contrasted. No other position is evaluated more closely than QBs and the media loves drawing up measurements and stats on each of the top QBs, so we’ll do the same.

Christian Hackenberg

  • Hand span: 9″
  • Height: 6′ 4″

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Who Goes First In The 2016 NFL Draft?

February 15th, 2016

This is a guest post from Robert Harris of NFL Wonderlic Test Scores.

nfl draft imageWith the Super Bowl out of the way the next major news item for the NFL is definitely going to be the upcoming draft. Unlike a few of the previous drafts there seems to be far more uncertainty at the top of the first round. Just take a look at the QB position right now, which many draft experts have North Dakota State signal caller Carson Wentz.

Without that “can’t miss” number one pick, it would seem the top picks are going to be very much need oriented, and may lead to some moves near the top of the first round as several teams may be able to fill their need further down in the round. As it stands right now, Tennessee will likely draft an offensive lineman with the first pick as the line has been a major source of trouble in recent seasons. To prove that point, Tennessee has been burning through top picks at quarterback and watching them fall prey to injuries. First it was Jake Locker and last year’s top pick Marcus Mariota also spent much of his rookie season injured. They can’t continue tying this much money up in quarterbacks and not being able to protect them. That’s just bad business.

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Preparing For Your Next NFL FF Draft

February 10th, 2016

Whether you’re a seasoned fantasy football champion that puts a great deal of time and effort into your fantasy football season or a casual fantasy football fan who’s looking to earn some bragging rights among your friends, it’s important to properly prepare for your fantasy football draft.

While you may make many trades through the season, and you will undoubtedly pick up and drop many players throughout the season, who you draft at the start of the season will have a strong effect on the end result of your fantasy football season.

Get Organized

Putting together a simple excel or Google doc spreadsheet is a good place to start. List out news sources, stats, strengths of schedules, expert rankings and any other information that helps make your information easy to access and use. To cut down on the amount of prep time you can use draft software. Fantasy Football Mastermind provides fantasy football draft software that makes planning for your fantasy football draft a whole lot easier.

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Athletic Activities You Can Find in Myrtle Beach

February 4th, 2016

Beach RunSome people go to the beach to relax, some go to enjoy the views, and then there are some who go because there’s really no better place to exercise than on the beach. What makes Myrtle Beach, South Carolina so different than any other beach is its athletic atmosphere. Myrtle Beach is home to some of the best activies for athletes and adventure seekers, giving families with kids something to do, as well. Here are few complexes and active things to do around Myrtle Beach if you want to do a little more than simply relax.

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NCAA Men’s Hockey Update

January 27th, 2016

It’s been an exciting season for Men’s hockey this year with many expected teams performing well and a few unexpected teams in the mix as well. The current NCAA DI Men’s top ten rankings are as follows according to USCHO.com

  1. Quinnipiac
  2. North Dakota
  3. St. Cloud State
  4. Providence (Last year’s national champs)
  5. Boston College
  6. Michigan
  7. Harvard
  8. Massachusetts-Lowell
  9. Boston University
  10. Notre Dame

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What Leaders Can Learn From Runners

January 19th, 2016

RunningDr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter has identified what she calls the “seven traits of mentally tough runners,” which are a series of mental attributes that allow runners to push past mental and physical distractions during runs. These traits are resilience, focus, strength, preparation, vision, openness and trust. Runners who have these traits are able to succeed far more often than those without, and they can teach us valuable lessons about ourselves and the ways we approach our jobs. Those of us employed in leadership positions can especially benefit from the “mentally tough runner” mindset – here’s how:

  1. Resilience: You’re at the helm, and you need to be able to deal with any problem that comes your way. As a resilient leader, you’ll be able to bounce back from any tricky situations, and show your staff in the process how to conquer difficult scenarios with grace and ease.
  2. Focus: Believe it or not, having the ability to focus can help you save your company money. If you understand what needs to be done, and are able to do exactly that without wasting time, you’re saving your company tons of money through productivity.  Focus is also important when it comes to your vision (#5 on this list) – you’ll need unwavering focus in order to follow your vision and achieve your goals.
  3. Strength: You have to know when to say no, and you have to be able to say no. You have to be able to fight through hard days. Being strong – physically and mentally – is an essential trait of a good leader.
  4. Preparation: If you show up to a meeting with nothing prepared, you have missed out on an opportunity. Preparation is an important tool for gaining respect from those around you. Your peers and staff will admire you for being so “on top of things,” and your superiors will take notice of your advance preparation.
  5. Vision: Know where you want your team to go! Have goals and dreams! Whether your goals are team-oriented or personal, they will help you (and possibly your team) gain momentum and keep driving you forward.
  6. Openness: Be transparent with your staff. If something is not going the way you expected, tell them. If you are not happy with their work, let them know. If you want to change their focus or the direction a project is headed, be open about it. Transparency is key for leaders: those who follow you want to know what’s up, and you need to tell them. Otherwise, if they feel you are trying to hide something from them, they may lose respect for you.
  7. Trust: Believe in your staff, and know that they will use your training to succeed. There are two parts to trust in the workplace: trust that you did an excellent job training your staff, and trust that they will do what is expected of them.

Thank you to the Michigan State University Broad College Of Business for providing this guest blog post. 

Two New Sports Will Debut in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio

January 7th, 2016

Khadim Boye (SEN) - ParacanoeThe Paralympic Games began in 1948 when Ludwig Guttmann, an England native, decided to organize sporting events for World War II veterans and injured ex-service members, which eventually grew into the global sporting event known today for athletes with disabilities. This year, the 2016 Summer Paralympics will take place in Rio from September 7 to September 18 in Maracana Stadium. This will be the first time that the Olympics and the Paralympics will take place in South America. This year, there will be more than 4,000 athletes representing 176 nations in a total of 528 medal events. As of 2016, the Paralympics will include 22 sports with two new sports debuting in the Games: triathlon and canoe sprint.

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