Get Ready For Fantasy Baseball Season

The time has come to figure out what players have found a new home, what teams are shaping up to be quality contenders and who the hotshot rookies are. Just recently, I learned from my brother that the Mets are on the verge of signing Tim Redding. As he said when he broke the news to me, “Start printing the playoff tickets.” We had a good laugh, but then again, even a bad pitcher on a good team…

To keep from embarrassing yourself on draft day, now would be a good time to find out who retired in the off-season and who is already ruled out for the year. Don’t get caught calling Greg Maddux, Salomon Torres, Todd Jones or Chad Cordero or your gaff will be remembered and brought up by your unsympathetic league mates for years and years to come.

If you are a complete fantasy baseball lunatic (or nerd) like I am and you belong to several leagues, it is also time to ponder basic league specific strategy ideas. Between straight drafts, auctions, 4×4 scoring systems, 5×5 scoring systems, points leagues, leagues with daily transactions vs. leagues with weekly transactions, AL or NL only vs. both AL and NL player pools, keeper leagues, leagues with salary caps, etc., you really need to get mentally square way before the season starts. With a basic understanding of the architecture of the leagues you are competing in, the real pre-season fun can begin!

Keeper leagues should be dealt with first. You need to know who will be on those teams to begin with so you know what your strengths and weaknesses are. A good keeper league team builder should also target a fantasy stud to fill the most glaring weakness of the team. For instance, if you need home runs desperately, target Ryan Howard. If you need steals, look at Jacoby Ellsbury. If you are pretty balanced and need to bolster all categories, Grady Sizemore should be in the center of your bulls-eye. The same principles apply to pitching stats, but keep in mind that pitchers are harder to predict. Saves is perhaps the most predictable pitching category but even bad closers can post inflated saves numbers so don’t overvalue this category.

After all of these preliminary issues are dealt with, you can begin in earnest to scout players. The best way to approach it is to read a few fantasy baseball articles on Sportsline.com or any other reliable fantasy sports source. Doing so will get you up to speed on what the experts think and will get you pointed in the direction you need to head. From there, research the players you find interesting to determine their value to their current team and look for year to year trends to determine if they are likely to maintain, grow or slow their pace. You also need to scout all the players, not just the top guys. Oftentimes, leagues are won late in drafts or on the waiver wire! Always remember, fantasy baseball is more of an art than a science.

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Sports Betting Thrills Mlb

Sports betting can be both thrilling and lucrative. However, for many players it is depressing and costly. Did you lose by one point against the spread yet again? Or, alternatively, did you bet the “under” and an additional point will painfully and mercilessly take you the into the abyss of a hard bet loss? It is a shame isn’t it , you were winning 99% of the game but being close only counts in horseshoes and you might have lost some money there also.

Whether it is NFL betting , NBA , MLB and yes NHL there is a vast array of choices and considerations for the discerning gambler. This is not to mention a variety of other sports that receive avid prognostication and investment. The king of course being Horse Racing and betting “paramutuals” which is the granddaddy of sports betting but still does not compare to the popularity of NFL betting along with it’s little brother College Football .

If you are someone that is a sports enthusiast , sports gambler or even just a casual fan there is no doubt you have heard the touts of the “experts” selling their betting systems, selling their picks, and selling their wisdom. Have you wondered to yourself if this true ? Do they have a system that can make me so much money I can quit my job?

Bottomline is don’t quit your job just yet , but it is a fact that while the majority of sports betting systems and companies selling “picks” are making more money off of you than their net winnings. There are legitimate sports prognosticators that have proven over time that they can back up their hype. Typically there is no shortage of hype in this arena.

Bettors and wannabe bettors need to understand that unless they view their “book” or “bettting establishment”, whether it be overseas or over the bridge, as their favorite “charity” that they plan on perpetually donating in , they need a system that works. The true gurus in the industry know that it takes years and years of studying trends and patterns to recognize how Vegas oddsmakers slowly but surely take your money over time. In many cases time may only be the length of a Major League Baseball season. The daily ‘sportsline” is littered with “traps” everyday for every sport including but not limited to even the Olympics.

Todays technology can run thousands of statistical analyses in the blink of an eye. Only a sophisticted tool is able to interpret it . This combined with a money management system over time makes it paramount that a bettor incorporate the apex of the two because you would hate to go 5 and 1 on a Sunday but have little to show for it since your 1 loser was tied up in 3 losing parlays.

The proven experts have already invested the money in software and high tech probability studies spit out by neural networks . The smart bettor needs to simply seperate the “yellers” from the “players” .

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A Pedometer Log Can Help You Maintain Fitness

A pedometer is a device measuring the steps a person makes. It has the size of a pager or even smaller. The pedometer works by using a pendulum that senses hip movements and transfers that information to a readout display. Pedometers were initially used by pro athletes, but they are now becoming popular amongst regular fitness people as well. A pedometer can be worn on the belt, during the workout, or even for the whole day, so that the individual can measure how many steps he or she has walked that day. People use pedometers as a motivator in the battle against themselves, because pedometers can give encouragement to compete with oneself in getting fit and losing weight. 10,000 steps a day are considered as a sign of a healthy and active lifestyle, as this number of steps is equivalent to almost eight kilometers.

Pedometers can in different models with different features. Yes, they all count steps, that is their main function. But aside from showing the step/distance total, some pedometers have other features like calorie estimate, clock, timer, stopwatch, speed estimator; pulse rate readers and can even memorize this data for seven days. Some even come with some tracking software you can use on your computer. A setup is required so that the pedometer can measure distance. Basically, you have to enter the step length so that the calculations can be accurate.

One thing to remember is that the pedometer’s accuracy largely depends on where you wear it, so you would probably have to experiment a bit, or check the manual. You have to know how to wear a pedometer. A pedometer can be worn on the hip, on your waistband right over your front pocket, clipped to the top of your shoe, right below the ankle, or even in your back pocket. Its display should be easy to read and protected at the same time. It must be kept in a straight position, not tilted. The distance accuracy depends on setting your stride length correctly. Typically, the distance recommended for keeping good shape is 6,000 steps a day, while for weight loss you should be doing about 10,000 steps a day.

Nowadays, the large number of companies producing pedometers has made the choice for the buyer quite difficult. Finding the best pedometer is a challenging task and getting the most expensive one does not necessarily mean that you have made the best selection. The price of a pedometer varies between $10 and $200. A basic model will do just fine, as long as the calculations are accurate. Search the Internet, read reviews and what other customers have posted. When buying one, make sure that there is a money back guarantee period so that you can test before making your final decision.

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The Top 5 Sports News Web Sites

There are literally thousands of places on the web to get your sports news information. Whether you want the latest headlines, up to the second scores, editorials, or in depth analysis, there are a myriad of choices for you. While some sites only offer one or two of those things, there are several that offer all of those and more. My Top 5 are below:

5. Yahoo! Sports (sports.yahoo.com) – this site is all substance and no flash. It looks essentially the same as it did five years ago. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just doesn’t knock your socks off. Any information that you need is readily available and up to date. Columnists aren’t as well known as the top sites, but they are solid.

4. FOX Sports (msn.foxsports.com) – a few years ago this site was a mess. It was the anti-Yahoo! – all flash and no substance. In the past few years they’ve toned down the flash and increased the substance. The live gamecasts at the top of the page are extremely innovative. For example, for a baseball game you not only see the score, but also an overview of the diamond and what runners are on base. If you are interested in a specific game you can roll your mouse over it and get more details. If FOX keeps innovating like that, they won’t be number 4 for long.

3. Sports Illustrated (sportsillustrated.cnn.com) – this site excels in two things – editorials and rumors. They have THE best writers (they are Sports Illustrated after all) and they do an excellent job of providing tons of content. Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column is absolutely priceless. They also compile a ‘Truth and Rumors’ section for each of the major sports. It’s essentially a compilation of all of the rumors from local newspapers across the country. The best part about it is it’s free, unlike ESPN’s rumors.

2. CBS SportsLine (cbs.sportsline.com) – everything is great about SportsLine – they are often the first to break news, gamecasts are innovative and effective, and for what it’s worth the fantasy sports are the best on the web. Well, they are great at everything except editorials and analysis, and they are horrible at that. Tony Mejia, Dennis Dodd, Pete Prisco, and Greg Doyle are the worst group of sports writers on the web. Where are the editorials from their on-air personalities like Jim Nantz and Billy Packer? ESPN and FOX manage to get their on-air personalities to write, maybe CBS should consider it. Read the comments at the bottom of any article by any of the aforementioned writers and you’ll realize that I’m not the only one that thinks they are horrible.

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Finding the Most Diverse Sports Store

Odds are, if you enjoy one athletic activity, you probably enjoy a few others as well. Finding people to keep up with your active lifestyle can sometimes be challenging, but finding gear doesn’t have to be. If you are determined to buy all of your sporting goods in one place, you will find that there’s a sports store for you.

Health and fitness are becoming a much more regular part of the society today, and with this increased interest in physical fitness, there are more stores selling the right equipment. Many chains are popping up around the country that offer all of the usual gear: running shoes, compression shorts, jump ropes, and all other varieties of equipment. Despite this, not every sports store carries everything that you need, especially if you are interested in more extreme outdoor activities.

When you have a real drive for that active lifestyle, you know that there is simply no good time to have down time. You have an activity for every season and for every occasion, always working to keep your heart pumping. During the summer, you might be caught playing some disc golf and during the winter your friends will find you skiing on the slopes. If this describes you, then you need more than the run of the mill sporting goods retailer.

Fortunately, finding a sports store that can keep up with your lifestyle is not a fantasy. In fact, many cities around the country have one or more all-purpose stores that offer this type of equipment. Rather than having to go from shop to shop hoping you find what you need, this helps eliminate your trips and allows you to get everything in one place.

Of course, the last thing you want to do is trade convenience for quality or price. In other words, you need to be careful when you find an all-purpose sports store to ensure that you are not purchasing inferior quality goods. Fitness and activity may be important, but inferior products could lead to injury, which is something you never want to endure. Similarly, buying your products in one place should help lower your overall cost, so don’t waste time shopping at a place that will inflate prices just because of the convenience factor.

Ultimately, a good sports store will offer equipment and apparel for a variety of different activities. Whether you are looking to get gear for your competitive sporting event or simply looking to prepare for another outdoors adventure, having the right store in mind can make your supply run that much easier. This will help ensure you always have the right equipment when you need it, and that you will never have a dull moment.

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