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The NFL Today – One of a Kind

Posted on May 24, 2020 by Dean Hybl

In the world of television and entertainment, every show likes to claim that it is unique and different, but the reality in a world where most programming follows successful formulas is that very few are actually unique and different. One program that was definitely unique and different was the CBS NFL Today Pregame football show that hit the airwaves in 1975.

In 1975 CBS reinvented the NFL pregame show with The NFL Today featuring Brent Musburger, Phyllis George and Irv Cross.

Officially, CBS began airing a pre-recorded pregame show called the NFL Today in 1961 and over the next decade and a half the pregame show had a number of iterations and hosts, including Johnny Lujack, Frank Gifford, Pat Summerall and Jack Whitaker. It also featured during 1970 a pair of groundbreaking women as journalist Marjorie Margolies, who would later serve as a member of congress, and actress Carole Howey were brought on-board to provide weekly features.

In 1974 CBS went to a wraparound pre and post game program known as The NFL on CBS that included a live pregame show hosted by Whitaker.

After one year of that formula, CBS went back to the name The NFL Today for their pre-game show in 1975 and ultimately created a formula that would prove to be magical.

Serving as the host for the new NFL Today program was veteran sports anchor and play-by-play announcer Brent Musburger. Musburger was the sports anchor at WBBM-TV in Chicago and also had become a play-by-play announcer for CBS’s NFL coverage in 1973. He would serve as the lead host for the program and anchor of the weekly half hour live broadcast (which actually for several years was three different live broadcasts aired for the different time zones).

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Blackjack Bets That People Tend To Use

Posted on May 24, 2020 by Lisa Turnbull

You might think that you don’t really need to think about the different types of betting that people use in blackjack; after all, you’ll win if you beat the dealer and lose if the dealer beats you. That’s really what’s at the heart of the game when you play at Slotzo. However, there are, perhaps surprisingly, different types of bets that people can use to enhance their fun while playing. We’ve paid out some of the most popular below. Remember, as with every type of gambling there is no guarantee that you will win using any of these methods, and it is a good idea to only bet with money you can afford to lose. 

Flat Betting

When you try flat betting it means you are betting the same amount for every hand, no matter what else might be happening. There are both benefits and disadvantages to this strategy, and it is down to each individual player to determine which is the best option for them. 

The first benefit is that you won’t lose a huge amount over the course of the game. If you be £5 on every hand with the house edge of 0.5 percent (which is usual) then you will break even or make a small profit if you win more than you lose over time. The disadvantage is that small profit – it really will be small. So although you won’t lose much, you won’t win much either. 

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Joker’s Jewels Slot Game Guide

Posted on May 24, 2020 by Lisa Turnbull

Joker’s jewels is an online video slot you can play at 666 casino inspired by traditional five reel slots, brought to you by Pragmatic Play. As with most of Pragmatic Play’s creations, you can enjoy this slot on the go.

Features

Joker’s Jewels features five reels, each containing three symbols, set against a rich purple background. Unlike with most online slots, the pay table stipulating the payouts for each winning combination is situated just above the reels. Players can thus access the paytable without any trouble.

Joker’s Jewels contains eight symbols in total: Joker himself, a bonus crown symbol, a pair of booties, a set of three juggling clubs (blue, red and orange), a lute, and three jewels (a red diamond, a light blue ruby, and a dark blue pearl).

Cash prizes

In order for the slot machine to pay out, three or more identical symbols should occur across the reels from left to right (well mostly). There is one symbol that pays out for a combination of only two matching symbols.

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Who Are The Best Players From New Zealand To Have Played In The Premier League?

Posted on May 20, 2020 by John Harris

The Premier League has been glittered with some of the best footballers from around the world, with 111 of the 2017 foreign FIFA-affiliated countries represented over the league’s 28-year history. Included in that are six players from New Zealand that have enjoyed successful stays in the top-flight in England.

Gambling on the sport has always been popular, with bettors able to wager on their favourite players to score the first goal. However, it isn’t just football that gamblers can bet on as they can also play at Casino Dreamz and find all their favourite slots, poker and blackjack titles. However, which Kiwi players have enjoyed more success than others in the Premier League?

Chris Wood

The only active player in the Premier League to have been born in New Zealand is Chris Wood. The striker has only got better with the more experience he has had in the top-flight throughout his career.  His talents were quickly noticed by Burnley, who paid a then-club record fee of £15 million to take him to Turf Moor in the summer of 2017. He scored on his debut for Burnley as they drew 1-1 at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur.

Since then, he has scored at least ten goals in each of his last two seasons in the Premier League. Wood is currently on course to set his best-ever goals return in the Premier League this season having scored eleven goals in 26 appearances. Before having success at Burnley, he had finished the 2016-17 season as top scorer in the Championship for Leeds United.

Ryan Nelson

Ryan Nelson played in the top flight in England for eight years. His career in England spun across three different clubs, with the majority of his success coming during his seven-year stay with Blackburn Rovers. He made 208 appearances for Rovers during his stay and scored eight goals. During his time at Ewood Park, he helped Blackburn maintain their Premier League status and also played a part in the club finishing in the UEFA Cup spots.

He left Blackburn on transfer deadline day in January 2012. Nelson was released on a free transfer after sustaining a knee injury, but Tottenham Hotspur were quick to add him to their squad. He went onto play eight games for Spurs before being released at the end of the season. His final season in England came in the 2012-13 campaign, as he played 24 times for Queens Park Rangers.

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The 6 Best Cars for Drag Racing

Posted on May 19, 2020 by Martin Banks

Drag racing is a unique sport. Instead of focusing on things like handling, a dragster’s sole purpose is to generate as much torque and speed as possible. These aren’t the kind of cars you take to the track on the weekend and use for your daily driving during the week. If you’re looking to break into the world of drag racing, the first thing you’ll need is an automobile. What are the best vehicles to use on the drag strip?

1. Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

You can’t go wrong with the car Ford designed for the drag strip. The Mustang Cobra Jet debuted on racetracks in 1968 and then appeared again for its 40th and 50th anniversaries. Each of these incarnations saw a limited run. However, you might still get your hands on one if you’re looking for something made for the strip. Ford is even working on a new all-electric prototype — the Cobra Jet 1400 — that should debut sometime later this year.

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How to Get Started in Autocross

Posted on May 15, 2020 by Martin Banks

If you’ve ever wanted to hurtle at high speeds around a track, but didn’t have the skills or the connections to become a NASCAR or Formula One driver, you might feel like your calling is passing you by. Why not give autocross a try? It’s essentially amateur racing and is the perfect place for anyone who dreams of racing cars but can’t do it for a living. 

Find an Event

Before you start buying race gear and a new car, find an autocross event near you and head out there as a spectator. This can be an incredible opportunity for information gathering. Learn what the requirements are, what you need to do to enter a race and what could help set you apart from other drivers. 

See what you’re getting yourself into before you start spending money on your autocrossing career. Check out the SCCA website, put in your zip code and see what’s available in your area.

Choose Your Car

Once you’ve resolved to head to the track, you need to start looking for your car. Are you planning on using your daily driver to race, or are you going to buy a dedicated racing vehicle? This is where your first step also comes in handy. Take a close look at the makes and models people are driving, especially those that are coming out on top. 

The new 2020 Mustang is a good choice for new drivers. In addition to being affordable, the 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission is great for anyone who needs a bit of extra control but isn’t quite ready to make the jump to manual transmissions yet. 

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Rocky Colavito: Super Slugger
      March 30, 2020 | 7:24 pm
      Rocky Colavito

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was just the fifth player in Major League Baseball history to have 11 straight seasons with 20 or more home runs, yet could not sustain that greatness long enough to earn a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

      In some sense, the legend of Rocco “Rocky” Colavito Jr. began long before he ever started pounding home runs at the major league level.

      Born and raised as a New York Yankees fan in The Bronx, Colavito was playing semipro baseball before he was a teenager and dropped out of high school at 16 after his sophomore year to pursue a professional career. The major league rule at the time said a player could not sign with a pro team until his high school class graduated, but after sitting out for one year, Colavito was allowed to sign at age 17.

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