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Let’s take a trip to the Portal

College football free agency is here! With this being the first year of the NCAA “transfer portal”, we have already seen players move from even the biggest and most successful schools this past year. We saw Jalen Hurts leave Alabama and go to Oklahoma. We’ve seen Kelly Bryant go from Clemson and head to Mizzou. Jacob Eason moved from Georgia to head to Washington.

So how long will this last? How will the NCAA change the rules after this year? Well thus far, the portal seems like a great asset for the players because they have the choice to transfer as many times as they want in order to find the right team for them. I’m sure as time goes on, the NCAA will change the rules to the limit the number of times a player can transfer throughout their career.

For the time being, let’s enjoy the portal!

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Should the College Football Playoffs expand to 8 Teams?

For the past 5 years, we have had the college football playoffs. These playoffs only consist of 4 teams. With that being said, should they go from 4 to 8 teams? Many, many people have this opinion. Let’s look at a few pros and cons of this system.

Pros:

-More opportunities for other teams to win a championship.

Having 8 teams gives more teams a chance to win a championship. That gives teams who are currently on the border of getting in (this year Ohio State & Georgia) a chance to prove that they are the best team in the country. Without only 4 teams available, it seems that there is some type of controversy with the #4th and final spot. Moving from 4 to 8 teams help to eliminate this issue.

-More college football games.

If you love college football, why wouldn’t you love this?! More games equals more fun. With the playoff system expanding to 8 , we are more likely to see more exciting games

Cons:

-More percentage of players getting injured and/or electing not play.

With more games comes the chance of more players getting injured. This could effect how the playoffs turn out depending on the players injured. With that being said, we see an upward trend of players electing not to play in order to risk injury for the NFL draft. We will see as time moves forward how players will approach these decisions.

-Less likely to be effective.

To be 100% honest, the college world is dominated by two teams: Alabama and Clemson. These two teams are simply better than everyone else based on talent and depth. There are two teams are kind of close: (Georgia and Oklahoma, and maybe Ohio State) can challenge the top two, but that’s about it. I’m not sure if expanding the playoff to 8 teams would really change the outcome that we have seen the past few years.

Andddd there you have it. Here are our pro’s and cons of expanding the college football playoffs. What do you guys think?

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Sports Illustrated Names NCAA Football All-Americans

Yesterday, SI named their all-american teams. Here are the following players:

First Team:

QB: Kyler Murray, Oklahoma RB: Darrell Henderson, Memphis RB: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin WR: Marquise Brown, Oklahoma WR: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama TE: Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M OT: Andrew Thomas, Georgia OT: Jonah Williams, Alabama G: Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin G: Dru Samia, Oklahoma C: Michael Jordan, Ohio State,

Defense:

DL: Clelin Ferrell, Clemson DL: Quinnen Williams, Alabama DL: Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame DL: Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois LB: Josh Allen, Kentucky LB: Devin White, LSU LB: Devin Bush, Michigan CB: Deandre Baker, Georgia CB: Julian Love, Notre Dame S: Grant Delpit, LSU S: Deionte Thompson, Alabama

Special Teams:

K: Andre Szmyt, Syracuse P: Braden Mann, Texas A&M All-Purpose: Rondale Moore, Purdue Returner: Greg Dortch, Wake Forest 

 

Second Team:

QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama; RB Travis Etienne, Clemson; RB Alexander Mattison, Boise State; WR Andy Isabella, UMass; WR Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State; TE Alize Mack, Notre Dame; OT Andre Dillard, Washington State; OT Dalton Risner, Kansas State; G Terrone Prescod, NC State; G Bunchy Stallings, Kentucky; C Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama.

DL Ed Oliver, Houston; DL Jachai Polite, Florida; DL Montez Sweat, Mississippi State; DL Gerald Willis, Miami; LB Joe Dineen Jr., Kansas; LB Benn Burr-Kirven, Washington; LB Jordan Kunaszyk, Cal; CB Hamp Cheevers, Boston College; CB Byron Murphy, Washington; S Taylor Rapp, Washington; S Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State.

Special Teams:

K Cole Tracy, LSU; P Will Hart, Michigan; All-Purpose Darrell Henderson, Memphis; Returner Mecole Hardman, Georgia.

Congratulations to all of the players selected!

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Finding the right sports items online for a gift.

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Each and every year men, women, and children have to this a minimum of once a year: find a gift for someone they love. Whether it be for a birthday, graduation gift, or an anniversary, finding that unique and special sports gift could be difficult: especially if you don’t know much about sports.

What kind of gift should I buy?

When it comes to buying a sports gift when you’re not sure exactly what to buy can be difficult. When buying sports gifts, people tend to think about buying:

  • Jerseys
  • Tickets
  • Mugs

While these are good gifts to buy when you know what the person wants, but if not, a few questions could come to mind: Does this person like the color/size jersey I’m buying? Why are jerseys so expensive?Will this person really be interested in these tickets? Will they use this mug if I buy it? Do they like this team?

With these thoughts in mind, one item that you can be the perfect gift is: art. While I know it wasn’t the first idea to come to mind, here are a few reasons that art is a great gift give.

1) It’s Unique.

Art is something that is seen as unique, simply because in most cases you won’t see the same piece of art twice. This makes the product special and unique. In addition, it makes you look very thoughtful.

2) It’s special.

Getting a piece of art will be special for anyone. It’s an item that someone could hold onto for years and years. By getting a piece of art as a gift, it’s something that people will always remember.

3) It’s affordable (sometimes)

With art being so abstract, art can range from $2 – $2,000,000. On our site alone, there are pieces on sale for $40, and that goes up to $2750. With that being said, we are one of the few places that have a large amount of quality art within the $40 – 60.

If you’re ever looking for a special sports gift, you should consider purchasing art.

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Top 5 College Football Players

The Top 5 College Football players this year are (via ESPN.com):

1. Ed Oliver DT, Houston

Having an estimated 50 tackles and 4.5 sacks last year while being double teamed, it’s easy to see why he is considered number 1. Oliver has been a force since his freshman year and looks to continue that this year.

2.Bryce Love RB, Standford

Last year, Bryce Love rush for over 2,000 yards. Yes, you read that right. While it may be hard to top that this year, he has a great chance to win Heisman with a remotely-close performance this year.

3.Will Grier QB, West Virgina

Grier was absolutely balling last year before he got hurt. With a strong group of receivers to throw to, look for him to ball out this year again as long as he stays healthy.

4.Christian Wilkins DT, Clemson

Wilkins could have arguably been a 1st rounder this past draft, but he chose to stay. Him and his counterpart Dexter Lawrence will be a terror to everyone they face.

5.Dexter Lawrence DT, Clemson

He is expected to reach to reach his peak this year which is a scary thing, as he has already produced big plays for the Tigers. If he can stay healthy for his junior year, looking for him to be a 1st round pick next year.

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Best Fantasy Draft WR to Draft

This is a close call: Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr. , and Antonio Brown are seemingly the best receivers in the league. From a statistical standpoint, we will do a quick review of the three and see which one to draft.

Julio Jones

Jones is simply a beast. He’s strong, fast, can jump, and doesn’t drop many balls. Jones has 5 seasons of over 1,400! That’s simply crazy. From a fantasy standpoint, that solid top notch contribution. With that being said: Does that make him the best receiver?

Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham is the darling receiver of the league. Easily potentially one of the best receivers to play the game when healthy. In his 3 seasons, he had at least over 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns. This makes his extremely valuable in fantasy due to the amount of touchdowns he produces and the yardage.

Antonio Brown

Brown is one of the quickest guys on the field every time he steps on it. He has the ability to create separation from anyone in the league. In his last 4 seasons, he’s had at least 1,280 yards and 9 touchdowns. Each of the last 5 years, he has had at least 100 receptions.

 

Who is the best?

From my experience of having Julio Jones and Antonio Brown, I will say this: Antonio Brown gives you a little more points due to touchdowns. I believe that Odell could produce the most points this year even though he’s coming off an injury. With that being said, Antonio Brown is the most consistent and best bet.

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Best Rookie to draft for Fantasy Football Series: WR

DJ Moore – Carolina Panthers

Our projected best rookie WR to draft for Fantasy football series is former Maryland receiver DJ Moore. The major reason we selected Moore is because of his opportunity to ball out and be an integral part of the Panthers’ team this year. With Kelvin Benjamin gone, the receiving core will look for others to step up. Outside of Futchess and Greg Olsen, Cam Newton will need others to step in order to create a dynamic passing game. With Moore’s ability to gain yards after the catch, he possesses big play potential which could make for some big weeks this year in fantasy.

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Best Rookie to draft for Fantasy Football Series: RB

Saquon Barkley – New York Giants

This should be a consensus for best rookie to draft at running back. At this point, Saquon might not only be the best rookie running back to draft, but he might be one of the best running backs. Here are a few reasons why:

Need

The Giants NEED a strong running game this year. With the return of OBJ, the passing game should be much improved. Using Barkley to run the ball will create a balance for the offense. In addition, it should take the pressure off of Eli Manning and the rest of the offense.

Opportunity

With Barkley’s skill set of being able to run and catch the ball very well, expect the Giants to use him in a number of ways. They will use him for screens, and in the passing game as a safety blanket.

Barring injury, fantasy owners can’t go wrong by selecting Saquon Barkley.

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Best Rookie to draft for Fantasy Football Series: QB

Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills

In our opinion, the best rookie quarterback to draft for your fantasy team is Josh Allen. While there are other rookie quarterbacks who are arguably better, we believe that Allen will have the best stats by the end of the 2018 season. Here are a few reasons why:

1)Competition

Although there are more NFL ready players such as Baker Mayfield or Sam Donald, they will have a harder time getting on the field than Josh Allen. In Cleveland, Tyrod Taylor is the starter for at least the start of the season. If things go well, he may remain the starter for at least this season. In Donald’s case, he will have competition between Teddy Bridgewater and Josh Mccown. We believe that Mccown will start for at least the first few games this year. For Josh Rosen, the situation is similar with Sam Bradford there. For Allen, the only threat for the starting position is Aj McCarron, who probably won’t win the starting job.

2)Opportunity

With the least amount of competition between the 4, Allen should have the most opportunity to play. Since he has that opportunity, he will have more time and chances to rack up stats.

3)Game strategy

While the Bills will more than likely be a run first team, they will have to pass to keep defenses on their heels. In addition, teams will have to pass because defenses will force them to do so.

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Two Ways to Make Money in Sports from your Couch

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Today, more than ever, it’s important to have multiple streams of income. With things getting more and more expensive, many people are looking for that 2nd job or way to make money without having to go crazy to find it. For may, it would be even better to make money pertaining to something that they enjoy. Although sports is mostly an outdoor activity, I’m sure the question you’re asking is: How can I make money from my house?

Online Coaching

Believe it or not, Youtube is the most used social media site by adults in the US. People using this site more than ever for a number of reasons. It’s used to look up information, see other’s perspectives on different subject matters, and to make money.

Every athlete/coach is looking to find an advantage on their field of play. What better way to make money by giving your take on how your favorite sport? If you put a special twist on how teams or players can improve their games, you can create a nice passive income for yourself. If done properly, this may turn into a full-time job.

Quick steps to starting a page:

1)conduct research on others who are doing online catching videos

2) start a YouTube page

3) create videos breaking down film of players or displaying plays that work and explain why

Reselling Gear

Each and every year, online spending goes up. The beautiful thing is that there are alot of  people making money from finding vintage gear, and reselling it. According to IBIS World, the sports industry is going to make 57 billion this year as a whole, with a growth rate of 2.8% in the future.

With many marketplaces online, it’s easy to find sports gear if you don’t have any (such as alibaba.com), and resell them. The next step in this situation would be to find the right place to sell these items on. In this case, SportsWatcherss is the recommended place because buyers are only looking for sports and nothing else. This gives sellers a better chance at selling product quicker.

Here are two ways of making money right from your couch. Good luck!