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. Continue reading “Tips for First Time Fishers: Guide to Your First Purchases” »

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. Continue reading “Best College Towns on the East Coast to Visit” »

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. Continue reading “How to Win Your Office’s March Madness 2016 Pool” »

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″

Paxton Lynch

  • Hand span: 10 1/4″
  • Height: 6′ 6 5/8″

Conor Cook

  • Hand span: 9 3/4″
  • Height: 6’4″

Carson Wentz

  • Hand span: 10″
  • Height: 6′ 5 1/4″

Jared Goff

  • Hand span: 9″
  • Height: 6′ 4″

For more information and stats on the combine follow Krusty Sox Sports

Jared Goff and Carson Wentz seem to be the top two rated QBs at the moment. One of the negative things people say about Goff is that he has smaller hands than other QBs and with that comes ball security issues. Because Goff played in sunny California there isn’t much film of him playing in wet or cold conditions.

Most people believe the Cleveland Browns are going to pick a QB with the second pick and will likely have the luxury of choosing any quarterback they want. Depending on who they pick might say a lot about how much teams should value the hand size of their quarterbacks.

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. Continue reading “Who Goes First In The 2016 NFL Draft?” »

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.

Understand the Scoring System

Pretty self explanatory and usually not necessary, but if the commissioner made any tweaks to how points will be scored throughout the season it is important to be aware of them.

Get Up To Date on Trades

Off season trades can shake up performances of NFL players in a big way. A great example would be Eric Decker who had a fantastic 2014 season with the record breaking Denver Broncos offense but had no chance of putting up the same numbers with the New York Jets. On the other side of the coin players flying under the radar can have a huge future depending on the new players surrounding them. The Dallas Cowboys have a great offensive line, perhaps the best run blocking OL in the NFL. Any running back the Cowboys acquire in the off season should draw attention.

Participate in Mock Drafts

Mock drafts are great if you’re not familiar with the layout of the fantasy football drafting platform that you’re using, but there’s another really big added bonus.

Mock drafts give you a sense of a fantasy football player’s perceived value. There’s always a difference between how experts rank players and how they are actually drafted. While Jonathan Stewart might be the 17th ranked RB for the 2016 season, many people may have him in their list of top 10 or top 5 running backs. Figuring out when people draft who you would consider underrated or overrated players can be valuable information that you can capitalize on during your draft.

Look Up Schedules

While it’s easy to see when fantasy football players have byes, you should take it a step further and evaluate toughness of schedules during important weeks. You may have the lucky pick of either Todd Gurley or Devonta Freeman. While their projections may be very similar, if the Rams are going to be playing the Denver Broncos defense during the first week of the fantasy football playoffs and Atlanta will be matched against the bad New Orleans Saints defense then it should be a no-brainer.

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. Continue reading “Athletic Activities You Can Find in Myrtle Beach” »

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

If you haven’t heard of Quinnipiac before you’re not alone. They are definitely a team you should be paying close attention to. In 2013 they made it to the national championship but lost to Yale 4-0. This year they are looking quite dominate with a 19-1-5 record.

The 2016 Division I hockey championships will begin in late march and run through mid April – just about the same time that the NCAA basketball tournament will be taking place.

Are you involved in a fantasy hockey league? The Fantasy Hockey Journal has a bunch of different resources and tools to help you research and refine your fantasy hockey team.

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. Continue reading “Two New Sports Will Debut in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio” »

Future of Sports Betting

December 15th, 2015

Sports BettingESPN estimated that $95 billion will be bet on NFL and NCAA college football in the 2015-16 season. In comparison, NFL as a whole, which is more powerful and more profitable than it has ever been before, will make roughly $12 billion this year. While $95 billion is a staggering number, what might be even more staggering is that 96% of that 95 billion will be gambled illegally.

That’s a tremendous amount of unregulated gambling going on in the United States and a potential industry ready to flourish. Just looking at explosion of websites like FanDuel and DraftKing, which have recently run into legal issues of their own, there’s no doubt that there’s an incredible demand for organized betting.

This huge potential of legal betting from many different sources could lead to an increase in sports betting in other forms. Arbitrage sports betting takes into account the fact that bookmakers place different prices or odds on a sports event. Finding these differences can lead to making bets for all potential outcomes while still making a profit. Some websites like Sports-Tipping post examples of these kinds of opportunities.

Sports betting is currently only legal in the state of Nevada, but New Jersey has been aggressively pushing to make sports betting legal, and many other states have considered sports betting bills in their legislature.

While it may seem like a no-brainer to make sports betting legalized, most professional sports organizations are opposed to legalized sports betting. The NFL and the NCAA in particular are worried about games being thrown and the quality and integrity of their games and brand being jeopardized. The NBA’s Adam Silver is one of the few that has actively supported professional sports betting and called on Congress to put into place a structure for states to implement sports betting, and MLB’s Rob Manfried has called for a “fresh approach” to sports betting.

While there are many issues and obstacles to getting sports betting legalized, there is clearly a huge market for it. In the meantime, I expect under the table sports betting to continue to flourish and online betting services to flood the market with every legal opportunity or loophole they can find.