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80 Years Ago: NFL Action on “A Day That Will Live in Infamy”

Posted on December 07, 2021 by Dean Hybl

The first Sunday in December of 1941 began much like Sundays have for years prior and for the 80 years since.  The morning for many included a church service and then was followed by Sunday afternoon National Football League action.

December 7, 1941 was Tuffy Leemans’ Day at the New York Giants football game.

Though the NFL in 1941 was not the Sunday national obsession that it has become over the past 80 years, there was still excitement for the final three games of the regular season.

In New York, a crowd of 55,051 packed the Polo Grounds for “Tuffy Leemans’ Day” as the New York Giants were recognizing their All-Pro running back in the final regular season game of his sixth NFL season. Leemans had led the NFL in rushing with 830 yards as a rookie in 1936 and as was common during the era, he was a multi-threat who also could be a passer, receiver, punt returner and play defense. He would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978.

The Giants entered the game with an 8-2 record and having already clinched the East Division title. Their opponents, the cross-town rival Brooklyn Dodgers (yes the Brooklyn Dodgers was also the name of an NFL team from 1930-1943) entered the game with a 6-4 record.

Brooklyn had defeated the Giants 16-13 earlier in the season, but a recent loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers had knocked the Dodgers out of contention for the division title.

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Smart Ways to Eat When You Decide to Get Fit

Posted on December 04, 2021 by Ashley Andrews

Striving to stay fit is one of the most important decisions in life. However, the decision requires discipline and commitment to achieve the set goals. Consequently, healthy eating habits and exercise are the two of the top ways to achieve mental and physical fitness. The two ways do not work like magic; they demand effort. Since many people find exercise exacting, you can begin with eating habits. However, incorporate exercise into your fitness schedule later.

Healthy eating has many benefits. It helps in reducing body fat, invigorating the mental faculties, and reducing the risk of lifestyle diseases. Consequently, it is the primary focus for all people who are pursuing fitness. Therefore, do everything to support the decision, even if it is changing your kitchen cabinets to make more room for healthful foods. Besides, it is prudent to adopt the eating habits below.

1. Cook for Yourself

Cooking at home has many benefits. Apart from helping you in your fitness endeavors, cooking at home will save you money and make more time for your family. Making your meals allow you the flexibility of choosing the best ingredients and portions, thus ensuring wholesome and nutritious meals. Interestingly, it is likely that what you cook will exceed the processed foods in terms of nutrition.

Avoid fast foods at all costs. In case you are going on a trip or during long office days, you can make your food at home and pack it for your lunch. Consequently, this will help you stay more healthy and fit.

2. Have a Working Plan

A realistic vision must have a plan. The plan must have the foods you have chosen, the eating schedule, and the portions.

Healthy Foods

A good eating plan must have healthy and nutritious foods. For instance, you should include whole grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. You can add low-fat dairy products and small quantities of lean meat. It is paramount to avoid junk and processed foods because they have high amounts of fat and calories. Natural and unprocessed foods have high fiber that will make you feel full for a long time. Consequently, you will not snack unnecessarily.

For instance, oats are preferred by fitness coaches because they have superior carbohydrates and fiber alongside other nutrients. Fiber is the ultimate target for fitness because it improves satiety. In addition, you can consider fish like salmon, which have omega-3 fatty acids that have high satiety potential.

In case you do exercise, eggs will be of benefit to you. They are loaded with proteins, minerals, and vitamins that aid in muscle recovery. Remember, fitness cannot be achieved without vegetables. The nutrients, especially antioxidants, in vegetables such as spinach and broccoli are needed for boosting your immunity and shaping your body.

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Great Advice for a Weekly Fantasy Baseball Beginner

Posted on December 04, 2021 by John Harris

To be able to compete effectively in a weekly fantasy baseball league, here are some friendly nuggets of advice that can be of help in order for you to surprise your more experienced friends with your fantasy acumen.

Which strategy is the strongest for Weekly Fantasy Baseball?

The most frequently used method is to draft hitters early, closers late, as well as pitchers when their worth is greatest and with this, a lot of experts frequently draft around the average draft position or ADP.

While any logical, deliberate plan is capable of winning a league, I choose the standard strategy since it capitalizes on a number of elements.

  • To begin, saves are the most frequently used statistic in the league. With a few notable exceptions like Papelbon, K-rod, or Nathan, many clubs’ closer positions are in flux or pose injury risks.
  • Second, pitching has a greater degree of volatility than hitting. This is partly owing to the heightened risk of injury that pitchers confront, and partly due to the nature of pitching. Pitchers are frequently injured or experience periods of lack of effectiveness or bad luck.

There are very few reliable pitchers available early in the draft like Johan Santana as well as Tim Lincecum instantly comes to mind, although Johan has struggled with elbow issues and velocity reduction in recent seasons.

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4 Practical Gifts That Golfers Love

Posted on November 21, 2021 by Brooke Chaplan

Summertime means golf courses are getting greener and golfers are getting ready to head for the hills. If you are trying to find the perfect gift for a golfer in your life, there are a lot of options available. Here are four practical gifts that are perfect for golf lovers.

1. LED Glow Golf Balls

What could be better for the friend in your life who carries around golf clubs all the time than golf balls that will allow them to practice at any time of the day? Glow-in-the-dark LED golf balls will let any golf fanatic in your life practice at the putting green, in the backyard, or out in the field at all hours of the night. They don’t have to worry that they are going to lose their balls in the dark.

LED golf balls look, feel, and play like typical golf balls. The difference is that when they are struck, the LED light activates and stays activated for 10 minutes. This will give your loved one enough time to track the ball down and are especially useful during foggy weather. These balls have a runtime of approximately 50 hours per ball.

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12 Fun Winter Sports For The Whole Family

Posted on November 07, 2021 by John Harris

Winter is here! And so is the fun white stuff. Snow. So what better time than the present to get the family together and try some new activities for this holiday season? You can have so much fun with snow, from snowball fights to building a snowman. 

Snow activities are wide and diverse – you can go skiing/snowboarding, play in the snow, ice skate, or even make a snow angel! Winter sports can be a ton of fun – while some might not be for everyone (like skiing), others will leave you wanting more. 

There are many sports that can be enjoyed during this time of year, though you’ll want to make sure your kids are ready for them before attempting any.

Before listing all of the awesome winter activities that you and your family can enjoy this season, what good would it be if those precious memories were not caught on film?

Therefore, 

Here Are The Best Camera Equipment To Use 

Drones:

The DJI Mavic 3 is a game-changing drone in every sense of the word. With its omnidirectional obstacle sensing and 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad camera, you can capture legendary photos or high-quality videos while flying smoothly without crashing! 

The best part? You get 46 minutes out of one charge thanks to a 5000mAh capacity Intelligent Flight Battery that gives it long flight times between charges.

GoPro:

Thanks to GoPro, action cameras have been a huge success. The GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition lightweight and compact design of the camera allows them to be mounted on different objects from helmets to boards of all kinds that can easily be used for a variety of sports, including surfing, kayaking, skydiving, and BMX biking.

Sony FDR-X3000R:

Great for those looking for a cheaper option than the GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition and with more features, including SteadyShot and wireless compatibility through an app. 

Here Are 12 Fun Sports You Can Try Out With Your Loved Ones 

(and yes, some of these sports do require good gear):

  1. Ice Skating

A fun and low-cost activity for everyone, ice skating has been around for centuries and continues to thrill thousands of people each. You can choose to either rent or buy skates for this one – both of which are easily available at most sporting shops.

Everyone’s heard of ice skating at least once in their life. However, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to this popular activity

Ice Skate America suggests looking for skates with a low center of gravity (to ensure safety) and comfortable insoles made from memory foam or spongy material. 

In addition, you might want to invest in a helmet and knee pads for younger children if they’re not used to the activity already.

Ice skating is a fun activity for children and adults alike – it’s great exercise and, depending on where you go, ice skating can be quite an enjoyable occasion.

  1. Snowshoeing

Walking through large piles of powdery snow can be quite an exhilarating experience that most people will enjoy – many families have been going on walks like this for years now. 

It is a healthy way to get some fresh air during winter without having to spend any money on expensive gear or sports equipment. However, parents should make sure their child is capable of walking long distances before attempting this activity, as well as look into what type of terrain they’ll be walking over beforehand. 

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Everything You Need to Know About PKV Games: What They Are, How They Work, and Why You Should Play Them

Posted on November 03, 2021 by John Harris

We have many options for entertainment, and in this digital age, it is simple to locate online games. If you enjoy gambling, you should check out PKV Games.

It is built for the platform, and there are many fantastic games for betting, and we may begin it at any time and from any location. Earning money on live gambling platforms is the ultimate way to make money, but players must be familiar with it.

For online games, trusted agents function well, and the server makes all awards simple for us. In online gaming, real money is used to deliver the finest experience.

Anyone may begin gambling by using a safe platform. Investing in gambling is a simple technique, but you must choose a trustworthy agency.

The server contains your deposit account, which the gamer may utilize anywhere in the globe. The following are some special benefits of the game that are beneficial.

Compatible With Different Platforms

The site is created for a variety of platforms, and there are no restrictions on how to use it. You may just connect to the gambling site on a PC. For mobile, the user can access mobile applications, which are beneficial to all participants.

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Drew Pearson: Mr. Clutch
      August 7, 2021 | 6:59 pm

      Drew Pearson

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month is a former NFL wide receiver know as “Mr. Clutch” for his penchant for making big receptions at crucial moments of the game. After waiting for more than 30 years, he is finally earning his rightful place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2021 Hall of Fame Class.

      During his decade with the Dallas Cowboys, Drew Pearson had a habit of making the big catch at the right moment to help the Cowboys time and again snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

      The favorite target of Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, Pearson was widely recognized as one of the great receivers of his era. Though at the time of his retirement many expected Pearson to easily breeze into the Hall of Fame, his enshrinement was derailed by changes to the game which artificially inflated receiver stats and made the numbers he produced during a time when wide receivers weren’t catching 100 passes a season seem inferior.

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