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Fantasy Football is BACK!
Despite being English, I have found myself becoming more and more enamoured with the sport that the Americans call “football”. Watching American Football in the UK used to be a most difficult proposition, aside from the Superbowl the only way to watch any action was a highlights show at 1am on a Wednesday morning. During the nineties and early 2000’s I was school aged, but after that coverage started to improve. In recent years Sky Sports have added the Thursday and Monday night games, as well as three Sunday matches. Even then, the absolutely baffling decision to host games only on nights when most people have work confuse me no end. But as my interest has grown, I’ve put additional effort into trying to keep up with the games when I can. My wife has since joined me in this interest, but unlike me she is a reasonable person, who goes to bed at a sensible time rather than staying up into the night watching foreign sports and typing up nonsense for strangers to read (4th wall break! Hi, thanks for reading).
NFL Week 1 Recap: A New York Minute
The NFL is back, and this fan was ever so eager for the season to start. My reasons were simple. One, I had a good feeling about Fantasy Football this year, and two, I'm a Yankees fan who wants to forget about this disaster of a season. With every new NFL season comes new storylines and new questions, and one of the biggest new storylines of the debuting 2023 NFL season had to be Aaron Rodgers making his New York Jets debut on Monday Night Football.
I lay on the ground flat on my back after the hit. I could literally feel the pain shoot down from my chest right out my butt; it was like I was trying to pass a knife through my digestive tract. It was, without a doubt, the most painful thing I had ever experienced.
The lioness has laid to rest
The double champ has officially retired as of this weekend. It's never been a secret my favorite female fighter is Valentina Shevchenko, so Amanda Nunes is always a sore subject for me. I would have loved to see Valentina redeem her losses. But it is what it is and this article is for Amanda. My goodness what an amazing career she has had.
Finals Game Five: Joker's Wild
When the Denver Nuggets took Games Three and Four so so easily in Miami, I knew that it would be over. I was looking forward to Game Five, because it was back in Denver's Ball Arena, and the Nuggets have a good chance to clinch their very first NBA Championship on their home court. To be honest, I expected the Nuggets to flat out demolish the Miami Heat--you know, just get it over with and celebrate.
Peanuts & Crackerjack
Cleveland Stadium 1948 The ninth inning stretch. The ball game is tied with two outs, two strikes and a man on second. I tap the bat on home plate. Its dead weight lumbers as mental exhaustion takes its toll. Man on second, willing to chance it. Pitcher eyes him but doesn't give in to the dangerous bluff. I kick up dust, readying my stance, the bat lays stiff upon my cramping shoulder. It's daylight still, but the stadium lights are on anyway. They trick my brain into believing they are causing the sweltering heat. The roar from the crowd intensifies. Sporadic clouds are motionless as if they don't want to miss this exhilarating predicament. The crafty catcher adjusts his stance and spits to the dry dirt. The staunch umpire doesn't flinch or even blink; he knows how important his call will be. The pitcher winds up, his grip tells me its gonna curve. The release is fierce. Beads of sweat from his hair and face disperse in every direction as the force of his might is unfailing. My left leg lifts - an instinctual move that will increase the power of my swing. My eyes lock on the speeding white dot as it instantly becomes the target I intend to destroy. The swing is late, but I manage a solid tip. The ball is taking a fast bounce toward the pitcher who is recovering from the almighty throw. The man on second leaves in a desperate rush. I drop the bat and focus my sprint on the only destination I have - first base. Three defenders race inward to be the first to retrieve the skidding ball. Man is now on third! I watch the open glove of my adversary, wondering if I will win this race. I switch my attention to his eyes, looking for a clue, some kind of reaction that tells me the ball is in the air and heading his way. All I see is frustration. The roar of the crowd spikes, something happens that I can’t see. The first baseman takes off right as my left stride touches the bag. I waste no time turning my head to see the pitcher laying on his stomach, pounding the turf with an open glove. He misses the opportunity to out me and the ball has quickly bounced past him. Excitement grows. This isn’t over yet... It has become a fight to tag out the runner heading homeward. The catcher falls to his knees in obvious desperation as he watches my teammate make the run of his life. He knows it’s going to be close when he sees the shortstop fumble the ball for a second too long. I jump up and down with no plans on leaving first base. All my chips are on the speed and agility of the active runner. His cleats dig into the dirt, creating a dust storm in his wake. He dives into the air and lands on his chest to begin the crucial slide to home plate. The shortstop fires the ball to the catcher. It immediately begins closing the gap. The crowd's roar decreases as everyone awaits this gut-wrenching outcome. The bench begins to celebrate even before he reaches the plate. The crowd goes nuts. Everyone knows how this story will end… The runner is met by the entire team as his fingers inch across home plate. The sound of the ball making contact with the catcher's glove is milliseconds too late. The ump swings his arms outward, officially calling him safe. We won! We won this hard-fought game to advance! Emotions sink in.
First comes the searing shock of mind-numbing agony from flesh-to-flesh contact. Barely clothed bone against barely protected muscle. Anything impacted with enough force can go flying. Vaseline, hair, blood, sweat, fragments of skin, mouth piece, shoes. Everything is fair game.
Maple Leafs, You Have One Job!
On Sunday, March 26, 2022, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Nashville Predators, 3-2, behind two goals from their captain, John Tavares. On the following day, the Leafs were off, but they could clinch a playoff spot during their idle day with a loss from the Florida Panthers. Even better, because the Leafs picked up two points, Florida's loss didn't have to be in regulation. In a crazy scenario, the Panthers were in Ontario, but against the province's other franchise, the Ottawa Senators. This meant that the Leafs and their fans had to (for that night) pull for their provincial enemies to pull out the victory. The Sens did just that, winning 5-2 over the struggling Panthers, and that gave the Leafs another playoff appearance.
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2023 Postseason Field Complete
Entering the final day of September, and the penultimate day of the regular season, five postseason slots were open. The Miami Marlins got one of them; defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to join the October party. Even so, four spots remained. However, a funny thing happened. All of the other remaining slots? All filled, bit by bit. I thought we would see one, maybe two slots still open entering the final day, but nope. The remaining postseason slots are all filled in, with some slight positioning still left to be decided. More on that later.
Marlins Clinch on Penultimate Day
For so long, the National League's Wild Card race has been absolutely insane. It had been a logjam for the longest time, but eventually, numbers get thinned out--such is life in sports. For the most part, it had been the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Chicago Cubs, the Miami Marlins, and the Cincinnati Reds vying for those two vacant spots, though for the most part, the Marlins had been behind that magic playoff line. However, they started winning at the right time--during the Cubs' sudden inability to hold a lead.
Clash of Titans
As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting long shadows across the pristine soccer field, the anticipation in the air was palpable. Inter Miami and Houston Dynamo were about to face off in a high-stakes match that had fans on the edge of their seats. Each team had its own reasons to believe in victory, and the players wore the weight of expectation like a second skin.
NFL Power Rankings
10. Steelers There are a lot of similar 2-1 teams, which made the tenth spot particularly difficult to choose. However, when I measured the Steelers against all the teams that didn't make this list, the Steeler's defense stood out. The Steelers defense is one of the best in the league. It's so good that it would be enough to rip through most teams. In addition to that, the Steelers showed progress on offense. If the Steeler's elite defense can be combined with an above-average offense, then everyone else better watch out.
Thousands of Apple customers complain latest iPhone models are overheating
Huge number of Apple clients have grumbled that the most recent iPhone models are overheating, seven days after they appeared with state of the art chips. A few purchasers of the new iPhone 15 Expert and its bigger Ace Max kin have vented on internet based discussions — including Apple's client care pages, Reddit and other virtual entertainment stages — that their gadgets are too hot to even consider contacting. In excess of 2,000 individuals on Apple's people group discussion said they had encountered the overheating issue. "I just got the iPhone 15 Star today and it's so hot I couldn't hold it for extremely lengthy!" thought of one analyst. "Paying attention to Spotify while utilizing iMessage and it's awkwardly hot in my grasp caseless," said another post. "Indeed, even with a case it's very warm. This is really disturbing as I've claimed each iPhone since the 6 and never encountered this kind of issue." Nonetheless, other iPhone 15 purchasers have denied encountering the issue, which some analysts credited to modest charging links, exorbitant utilization of video or gaming applications, or a transient ascent in handling that closures after another gadget's underlying set-up. Apple declined to remark on the reports. Its client care pages recommend that iPhones "could get warm" while setting up interestingly, utilizing remote charging or playing "illustrations escalated or processor-concentrated applications". The iPhone 15 Star is the principal mass-market purchaser gadget to be worked around new 3nm chip innovation from Taiwan Semiconductor Assembling Organization, the chipmaker that provisions Apple as well as Nvidia and numerous other Silicon Valley organizations. Apple portrayed the A17 Star chip as "game-changing", including the "greatest overhaul in the set of experiences" of its custom processors for delivering designs and computer games. The higher-level models, which cost no less than $999, are likewise the principal iPhones to include titanium cases rather than aluminum or steel.
CFL Week 16 Recap: Kings of the Jungle
Detroit's Lions aren't the only ones making an impact. Week 16 featured a pair of clinching scenarios, with one of them involving the British Columbia Lions. They had the simplest of scenarios: win and in. Even better for BC, they were facing the Edmonton Elks on the road, which seems quite easy. After all, the Elks had severe problems winning at home, even though they did end their long home victory drought this season. The Elks didn't make it easy on their West Division foes, it was pretty close throughout, but in the end, the Leos emerged victorious. 37-29 was the final score.
Introduction Colin Kaepernick is not just a former NFL quarterback but also a symbol of athlete activism and social change. His journey, from being a rising star on the football field to becoming a prominent advocate for racial justice and equality, has left an indelible mark on American society. In this essay, we will explore the life and legacy of Colin Kaepernick, examining his early career, the catalyst for his activism, the impact of his protests, and his continued advocacy for social change. Through his story, we gain insight into the power of athletes as agents of change and the ongoing struggle for racial justice in the United States.
Phillies Look to Defend Their Pennant
Red October is back for another go-around! The Philadelphia Phillies entered their meeting with the Pittsburgh Pirates needing just one win to clinch their second straight postseason appearance. They would need extras in this game, but it was a quick finish for the Phils. A walk-off RBI single giving them a 3-2 win, as well as another trip to the postseason. The Phillies' mission, now that they will be playing October baseball, is a simple one: win two more games than they did last season.
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