Have a nice (goal) weekend! 😁
Have a nice (goal) weekend! 😁
Fantasy football is the best thing to happen to the NFL, and other organisations too! it is really fun and has gotten me back into NFL football as a fan. There are loads of different opportunities for you to play the game whether you’re a first time player or an experienced fantasy addict.
Fox Fantasy Football is a complete package which ties together TV, the Internet and powerful free online software. And remember that this coming Summer, UEFA EURO 2008 will have it’s own league. It will be free to enter and there are superb prizes for matchday and overall winners. According to PC magazine, the game is the most popular online game in the world.
Yahoo’s fantasy football site attracted more people than ESPN’s last season but ESPN hopes to close the gap this year. The game is free on a lot of websites, but there are a number in which you will have to make a payment. So what is the fuss all about? Well the game is fun, don’t be scared of it and on the right websites, it can win you prizes as well. Fantasy football maybe one of the all time best marketing tools for the NFL. Fantasy Sports (YAHOO), and CDM Fantasy Sports, prizes range from a T-shirt and virtual trophy to $25,000. Overall the game has a good combination of luck, skill, and (the appearance) of strategy.
Playing multiple teams in Fantasy Football is a great and fun way to try out different strategies and compete with different people. This can be done either through submitting more than one team in the same league or having teams in different leagues. For example you could have a team in an NFL Fantasy League and one in the UK Telegraph Fantasy Football League. The only thing better than playing is winning, and the only thing that might be better than winning is having the tools to do so for free so check around on the internet for tools to help you. The only way to win the long marathon is to make sure you, not your competition, is picking up the top free agents, this will help you go a long way to winning the top prizes.
This topic garners a lot of attention on football coaching forums and sites related to football drills. There is a lot of debate about which system of blocking is preferable for youth boys playing football. I have my opinion.
Both systems contain basic “tenets” or “rules” to be followed to make sure the EFFECTIVENESS of the system. So either system can be used. The issue becomes one of implementation – practice time with the techniques required, coaching preference, what the kids that you have on your team can do. Let’s discuss these issues.
Practice Time & Required Techniques
GOD – Gap, On, Down
This system is more focused on “what you do to who at a specific place” not details on “technique”. This is a big difference when considering practice time. In the GOD system an offensive lineman is literally asking himself, “what is the placement of the defensive lineman or linebacker so I know where/who to go block?”. So you may be asking what is Gap, On, Down? I will explain.
Inside Gap Defender
We first ask our offensive lineman to FIRST see if he has a defender aligned in the “inside gap”, within 1 yard of the line of scrimmage, to his place on the offensive line. If he does, he must block him after the snap – of course emphasizing quick first two steps and getting low. If he does not have a defender aligned in the “inside gap”, he simply moves on to the SECOND blocking rule.
If no defender aligns in the “inside gap”, then he moves on to his SECOND rule – Is the defender aligned “on/over” me, within 1 yard of the line of scrimmage? If he is, then the offensive lineman must block him after the snap. If he does not have a defender aligned “on/over” him, he simply moves on to the THIRD blocking rule.
Down the Line Inside Defender
If no defender aligns on/over him, then he moves on to his THIRD rule – I must look for the defender located inside down the line – either on/over my offensive neighbor OR in a gap INSIDE my offensive neighbor. I HELP my neighbor to block him! This is a double team block ALWAYS!
What We NEVER Have As a Rule
We never have our offensive linemen looking to block a defender aligned outside their body. In other words, we NEVER ask our offensive linemen to “reach” block. This is a very hard block to execute. We have our backs in the backfield handle these more “athletic” blocks. At most, a pulling guard may be asked to execute a “reach” or “kick-out” block, but never any other offensive lineman. This is because we know our pulling guard is able to execute this block.
Also, we never have our offensive linemen going to the “second level” to block linebackers – except our pulling guard. Linebackers are more athletic and linemen have a hard time trying to get to “moving” linebackers that are often located 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage.
Blitzing Linebackers & The “Down” Double Team Block
I should explain that defensive teams do blitz – oh, shocker! So how would you handle this with the GOD blocking scheme where a linebacker could “penetrate” your offensive line on a blitz? Here is what we teach. If an offensive lineman is simply executing a “one-on-one” GAP or ON block, they would NEVER come off that block to “get” the blitzing linebacker; this would let their defensive lineman go free – not good! So they only situation where we “get” a blitzing linebacker is on a “down-double team” block. Which one “gets” the linebacker? ALWAYS the inside lineman of the double team & ONLY if the linebacker blitzes to the INSIDE of this double team block; if he blitzes to the outside – trying to fight over our offensive line wall – we will have one of our backs, by play design, block him in the alley/funnel! Obviously, you will have to work on this recognition with your offensive linemen that execute double team blocks so they know that ONLY the “inside blocker” releases to block a blitzing linebacker when he tries to blitz to the inside gap. Again, this is all about practice, practice, practice!
Summary of GOD
Now you may be thinking, “how is my offensive line going to really know who to block?” in a real defensive front situation. Well, like anything else in football you have to practice things over & over. Specifically, the best tactic is showing your offensive line the most common and likely defensive fronts they will see in games – including likely linebacker blitzes. Set these up in practice for them; talk about the front, ask them who they would block for each front, have them walk to each person they would block, then run through it at half speed, then at full speed. Do this for every defensive front they would likely see. Make sure they really get it! Of course you will be checking for proper blocking fundamentals too – explosion off the cadence/snap, quick feet, proper pulling of the guard, and staying low. The GOD rules really are simple and the specific “play tags/line calls” take only 1 week to install – no matter what offensive system you chose to run.
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Football boots sale can make it possible for you to get high quality footwear at discounted prices. Every player understands the importance of having a quality pair, especially one that is comfortable as a way of improving on performance during play. Online stores offering football boots often hold sales on popular brands and from such sales you can get the pair that you have been looking for to help you put your best skills to work. But how then do you choose the best from such sales?
Tip 1 – Buy only from reputable sites
Online stores that deal exclusively with football boots may be the best when thinking of making discounted offers work to your advantage. This is because such stores will have a huge variety to choose from and will not limit you to only a few. The larger the variety the higher your chances of finding one that you actually like at an affordable price. It is also important to remember that you will only get genuine ones from reputable dealers hence the importance of choosing only sites that have a good reputation.
Tip 2 – Check out sales
Football boots are from different brands and there are top brands known for their top quality craftsmanship. There is really no use of saving money on one that will not serve your playing needs appropriately. For this reason, when thinking of a sale, it is important that you check out what football boots are actually on sale. You might be surprised to find sales that feature the latest designs from the top brands thus giving you a chance to enjoy superior quality at a very affordable price.
Tip 3 – Think quality
Prices should not compromise the quality that you get to enjoy at the end. Just like buying any other item of footwear, ensure that you pay attention to what matters most even when buying football boots that are on sale. The design, materials used and added comfort features can guide you to the best pair for your play. If possible dig deeper into those on offer so you do not end up paying for football boots that have functional defects or manufacturing defects that could interfere with your overall play out in the field. It may be a sale, but you should still enjoy good value in the end; don’t settle for just any football boot because of the low price.
Tip 4 – Let your individual preferences guide you
Apart from getting functional, it is important for players to play in football boots they love. If the prices are enticing but you cannot seem to find a pair that you actually love, then it would be best that you do not make the purchase just to enjoy the low prices. Let everything that matters to you play a role in helping you make the perfect decision from the sales.
Football betting is not easy. There are so many things that are concerned about it that you will really find it difficult to understand. The types of bets are 90-minute bet, single bet, double bet, accumulator bet, trebles, etc. these are simple to play than the Yankees, Trixies, Lucky 15’s, Correct Score Parents, etc. read all the points to understand what are they.
90 minutes betting
The most common form of betting is this one. It is generally about the team that will win the match. One can also predict a draw but to win the bet the game has to be a draw. Thus, there are three betting outcomes a win, lose or a draw. You have a single wager in which you have to predict the chances.
A double wager is similar to a single 90-minute bet game. In this one is allowed to wager on two different football matches. This will count your winning chances in the final place.
Like the double wager, it requires picking three teams instead of two in the double wager. If all these teams win, that is if you bet for winning, then that would make you win.
When there are more than three teams, it is called an accumulator wager. Thus a four team, five teams, six team wager is called an accumulator bet or three-fold, four-fold, six-fold bet respectively. The odds of all these selections are multiplied and then your winning amount is determined. The risk is that any one of the team not matching your prediction can make you lose as a whole.
Saturday afternoon accumulator bet
An accumulator wager is common on Saturday afternoons. There can be numerous teams in the wager. The more the number of teams the more is the winning amount. But the difficulty of winning is also greater.
Long odds accumulator bet
In this kind, you can wager around a lower amount say £2 and then stand a chance of winning around £100, which is a huge amount in comparison to your betting price.
Short Odds Accumulator bet
If you are betting on the famous teams like Barcelona, Manchester City, Real Madrid and the like and if they are playing with average to low teams then you stand out a chance to win. Thus if you are betting a win for all your 5 teams then you might get £6 for a £2 bet for at odds of 3/1.
Hence, it is very much evident that the betting can be simple as well as complicated. It will all depend on the bet you want to place.
If you’re a football fan, no doubt you’ll know lots about Glasgow Rangers FC, but I’m sure there’s loads more you don’t know about this Scottish Premier League team! Get to know the Gers better with these footie facts!
Did you know?:
Rangers were first established in 1873 by the Moses brothers, William McBeath, Peter Campbell and Peter McNeil.
Their team name was copied from an English rugby club by the same name after they found it in a book.
The first match Rangers ever played was against Callander FC on Glasgow Green. It was a friendly and no goals were scored by either side.
Their second ever match scored a momentous win, with Rangers beating Clyde (not the current Clyde team) 11-0.
Rangers were one of the first ten teams to join the Scottish Football League in the 1890-91 season. Their first league match was played on 16th August in 1890.
Their stadium is the Ibrox and it has a seating capacity to hold more than 50,000 rowdy football fans.
Rangers won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1972 when they thrashed Dynamo Moscow 3-2.
The most capped played Rangers has managed to turn out was Ally McCoist who collected 57 caps for Scotland.
Ally McCoist was also the highest goal scorer in Rangers’ history, clocking up a spectacular 335 goals.
Glasgow Rangers is not to be confused with Glasgow Celtic, formed in 1888 by Brother Walfrid Kerins who were set up to give something back to Irish immigrants in the community.
The average home attendance at a Rangers match is around 49,000 fans.
Rangers’ team mascot is Broxi Bear, a brown teddy bear with blue ears and nose.
Sir Alex Ferguson played for Glasgow Rangers between 1967 and 1969, where he scored 44 goals.
The Rangers stadium was the location of the Ibrox disaster on 5th April 1902 when the West Tribune Stand collapsed due to heavy rainfall and killed 25 people and injured over 500.
From the 1988-89 season to the 1996-7 season Rangers won the league title every year, with a staggering nine in a row by the end. The team was managed by Graham Souness and Walter Smith.
Rangers’ strip is light blue and white.
The current chairman of Rangers FC Glasgow offices is David Murray.
Famous Rangers supporters include chef Gordon Ramsey, Ultravox star Midge Ure, news presenter Kirsty Young, golfer Colin Montgomerie and actors Kenneth Branagh and Robert Carlyle.
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Like everything in this world, football boots also underwent a huge change over time. According to records, such boots were first introduced in 1526 by King Henry VIII. Cornelius Johnson, the personal shoemaker of the king, made a pair of boots for him and it cost 4 shillings. The royal boots were made of strong and high quality leather. The ankle high boots were heavier than the normal shoes of that time. Let us now take a look at evolution of football boots over time.
We will now move forward 300 years to find out how the boots looked like in the 18th century. The game started gaining tremendous popularity throughout the UK. However, the game did not emerge as a serious profession and was considered something for recreation. Players used to wear leather-made and hard boots. Those boots had long laces and steel toe caps. Those also had metal spikes as such design helps increase ground stability and grip.
Following the introduction of rules and regulations in the late 18th century, slipper style shoes were introduced for the players. Studs were allowed but those were round in shape. The leather studs were also called cleats and used to be hammered into the boots earlier. Those boots had a weight of 500 gm. The boots were up to the ankles to increase protection for the footballers. They had six studs on the sole.
Evolution between 1940s and 1960s
We will now try to understand the revolution in the design of football boots during the era. Its design underwent remarkable changes after the World War II due to cheap air travel and more international matches. The South American players started using flexible boots that got increasingly popular among others. The football boot manufacturing companies shifted their attention to production of lighter boots as those helped the players improve their skill of ball control and kicking. These boots were more than just protective footwear..
Variations in 1970s
Technological developments during sixties made a significant change in boot design that saw introduction of lower cut in the football history. This design helped the players to pick up high speed. Football king Pele started wearing famous Puma boots in 1962. However, Adidas became the leader in the industry manufacturing football accessories. Majority of the players wore Adidas football boots during the FIFA World Cup in 1966.
Changes in 1990’s
Adidas came up with revolutionary design during this period by introducing Predator that made a fine blend of technology and styling. The design earned immediate and worldwide success. Polymer extrusion technology added more flexibility to the sole whereas a bladed structure covering the entire sole replaced conventional studs. Those changes ensured more stability in the boots.
Advanced Look in 2000’s
With continuous development in technology, the football boot manufactures started shelving off more advanced designs. It led to fierce competitions among the three big brands namely Nike, Puma and Adidas. The modern-day boots are designed to give the footballers enhanced protection while helping them feel relaxed during the games.