Crazy Fantasy Leagues

Mar 20, 2009
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Crazy fantasy leagues If you’re just here for the PDF of the league rules for the Alphabet Soup League, Download here I enjoy oddball fantasy leagues. In my experience, they tend to draw a crowd that enjoys a bit more of a challenge, and I definitely enjoy a competition. Winning is great, but I live […]

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Murder, incest, money, sports

Mar 20, 2009
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Josef Fritzl Josef Fritzl of Austria was sentenced to life in a psychiatric prison. Fritzl is the man who kept his daughter imprisoned in a secret basement in his house for 24 years. He repeatedly raped her and fathered seven of her children. One child died after Fritzl refused to allow medical attention. He later […]

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Nebraska gets killed in NIT

Mar 19, 2009
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Come on Husker fans … have a sense of humor :) The score you saw in the papers was New Mexico 83, Nebraska 71. This was not, however, the actual score of the game. Some wealthy Nebraska alums quietly negotiated with the media (and the New Mexico coaches) and the media took the cash and […]

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Why is the NCAA tournament so much fun?

Mar 19, 2009
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It’s finally here – the day you have all been waiting for. The NCAA tournament begins today. While fans rejoice, corporate America groans under the weight of millions of hours of lost productivity. I don’t think any other single sporting event during the year generates as much buzz. This weekend, we will experience wall-to-wall tournament […]

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World Baseball Classic Update

Mar 18, 2009
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Pool 1 Game 1: (Sunday) Japan vs. CubaJapan beat Cuba 6-0 behind the arm of Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka threw 61 of his 86 pitches for strikes, allowing five hits and no walks over six innings of work. Although Matsuzaka had a great year for Boston last year, there had been some concerns that he had […]

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Book review: The Lion’s Game

Mar 17, 2009
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The Lion’s Game by Nelson DeMille John Corey, former NYPD detective and current member of the anti-terrorist task force (ATTF) has a rather straightforward task to complete on April 15th. He and his team are to take custody of a terrorist who has turned himself in and transfer the terrorist from LaGuardia airport to a […]

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Evolution of a fan, part 2

Mar 16, 2009
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Evolution of a fan, part 2 Finding my way This is the second installment in a three part series. Catch the final installment next Monday. Like most dramatic changes, it began as a trickle. Walter Payton retired from the Bears after the 1987 season. My heart simply wasn’t with the Bears any more, and I […]

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Iowa’s sports Mount Rushmore

Mar 15, 2009
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ESPN recently had people vote on their state’s sports Mt. Rushmore. For my version of Iowa’s Mt. Rushmore, I took the ESPN requirements a bit further and required the people to actually be native Iowans. This eliminates guys like Cael Sanderson and Chuck Long. Bob Feller – “Rapid Robert” won 266 games (162 losses). He […]

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World Baseball Classic Update

Mar 14, 2009
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Pool B Game 4: (Tuesday) Cuba / Australia (winner clinches a spot in next round)Cuban pinch hitter pinch-hitter Yosbany Peraza hit a 2 run home run in the 8th inning that ended up being the difference-maker, 5-4. Cuba joins Japan and Korea as teams that have qualified for second round action in pool 2. Game […]

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Baylor finds success without Bliss

Mar 13, 2009
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Prior to the 1999-2000 basketball season, Baylor University hired Dave Bliss to coach the team and breathe life into a floundering program. Baylor had just completed a 6-24 season that included an 0-16 record in Big 12 conference play. Bliss had spent the previous eleven years at New Mexico. His Lobo teams had made seven […]

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