Encouraging Your Daughter to Love Sports

Many little girls are just as interested in learning about — and playing — sports as their brothers are. So if you want to raise your little girl with a love for sports, you can play a big role in encouraging such a fondness. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Get Playful at Home

There’s an entire philosophy of child-rearing called playful parenting, and the main point of it is to connect with your child while having fun. When you’re the parent of a son, this sometimes comes more easily. After all, it’s second nature to roughhouse with him or be more raucous and silly. Boys are seen as rough and tumble, with energy oozing from them at all times. So ideas for activities often include things like throwing a ball or playing your own version of water polo. But there’s no reason to count out the very same pastimes for your pint-sized princess. When given the chance, most girls will have a blast tossing a football with you or sharpening their ping-pong skills. Need extra ideas for play? Check out discount websites like Groupon to find affordable activities in your area, from miniature golf and rock climbing to bowling and beyond.

Consider Organized Sports

When you have a little girl, it’s often assumed that she’ll participate in dance classes or gymnastics. While these activities are great outlets for a young one, it’s important you don’t limit your daughter’s choices. She may never have asked if she could play basketball, but maybe that’s because she was never offered the option.

Whenever you and your spouse sit down to talk through decisions that impact your children, discuss the costs and logistics of all programs you’re considering. Once you’ve agreed upon which ones you can afford (and those that make sense as far as time commitments are concerned), have a chat with your young one. Tell her the five to 10 choices you would be happy to pay for (and drive her to and from), and ask her what interests her most. Be sure to include a varied list of activities, with organized sports in the mix. She may choose violin classes or a writing workshop, but she also may decide to try soccer. Giving her the ability to choose — and supporting her ultimate wishes — will make her feel empowered and will foster a potential love for that pursuit.

Take Her Out to the Ball Game

Sometimes there’s no better way to induce enthusiasm about sports than to take your daughter to a professional sports game. There’s something magical about stadiums, crowds, lights, food, camaraderie and competition that makes the whole experience larger than life to kids and adults alike. Now is the perfect time to catch an NFL game together, and down the road when other sports seasons pick up, you can make a date out of attending a basketball or baseball game. Make sure to get your tickets through a legitimate vendor, though, so you can be sure of authenticity. Then root, root, root for the home team! This type of activity will strengthen your bond and help your little one catch some of the excitement around professional sports.

As you aim to develop your daughter’s love of sports, make sure she’s getting plenty of exposure to all different types. Be playful at home, offer her the option to participate in organized athletics and take her to live events. She’s sure to catch at least a little bit of a sports fever and, if nothing else, you’ll have fun and make awesome new memories.

Computer Forecast: Green Bay Packers To Win Superbowl 50.

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Who will win Superbowl 50? Our computer Beardog is picking the Green Bay Packers over close rivals New England, Seattle and Dallas.   Sportsbooks have set the betting odds  at 6.5-1.

It will be inspiring and poetic for the Packers to win the prize after being derailed in last year’s NFL Championship game. Once again, the NFL’s smallest market cap team, will prove to be the best. Some teams would never recover from the trauma of blowing a 19-7 lead with 4 minutes to go as the Packers did in Seattle. The Hawks comeback from down 16-0 at one point was the largest ever in a conference title game. Such a breakdown is not consistent with the heart Green Bay has shown over the years and we are sure they will bounce back strong and determined.

Let’s state the obvious: in a quarterback driven league, Aaron Rodgers is the most effective and most consistently lethal at his position. The Packers ensured he did not lose his vital receivers and strong offensive line in the off season. We don’t think the loss of Jordy Nelson to injury will be a large negative. Furthermore, running back Eddie Lacy is one of the very best in the game. Astute readers will know that we like to see the quarterback to also have a strong running option. The Green Bay defense may only be a little above average but by coupling Clay Matthews with Julius Peppers they have their share of play makers.

The key to this year’s success is to simply play as well as they did last year but to gain the home-field advantage for the Championship game. Played on the frozen tundra of Lambeau field, the Seattle crowd will obviously not be a factor in the game. As the strongest team in the NFC North, they are in position to have the best win-loss record.

Reaching the Superbowl in Santa Clara, California will be very exciting, especially if Rodgers plays New England (winner of Superbowl 49) with Tom Brady since both quarterbacks grew up in Northern California and are considered the best in the game. Green Bay won the first two Superbowls at a time before it became a national holiday. It will only be fitting for them to win the 50th Superbowl as well!

Workout Guide: Football Season Edition

The 2015 NFL season is finally here. And that means instead of hitting the gym like usual, you’re going to be spending a lot more time on couch with your buddies in front of your flat screen, rooting for your favorite teams and fantasy players. The face-stuffing, beer-drinking, sedentary lifestyle that comes with every football season might leave you feeling a little heavier than pre-season. But the guys who follow winning teams might have an unfair advantage. And no, we’re not talking about Tom Brady’s balls and Deflategate.

A new study has shown that fans of losing NFL teams are more likely to be fat. According to a study from the Journal of Psychological Science, after a loss, losing fans eat 16 percent more saturated fats and 10 percent more calories, while fans of winning teams are more likely to eat healthy. If your team’s coach is in the hot seat this year, like the Eagle’s Chip Kelly or Jeff Fisher from the Rams, you better hide chips and dip. If you’re all about college football, prepare for this season’s biggest matchups. Whatever the outcome, win or lose, you should still be getting in some reps and staying fit this season. Here’s how:

Commercials: Push Ups

When it comes to hanging with the guys, even the littlest things can turn into a competition. Who can pick up that girl? Who can drink more beers? Who has the nicest car? A little competition is healthy, so bring that same competitive spirit to your living room while you’re watching the game with your bros. During each commercial break, challenge your friends to a push-up contest. See how many you can do. Whoever does the most reps wins. There’s not exactly a prize, just bragging rights.

Halftime: Touch Football

If you’ve got a crowd at your place, take everyone outside during halftime and toss-around the ol’ pigskin during halftime. Split everyone up into even teams and play a game of touch football. Moving a little bit, getting your heart rate up and breathing in some fresh air after two long quarters of sitting inside is good for you. Just don’t go too hard, you don’t want to pull something.

Timeouts: Planks

Work your core and pass the time during each timeout of the game. Like pushups, this exercise will spark a little competition between all the guys. See who can hold the pose for the longest time, with proper form, until play resumes. A little ab work never hurt anybody. Exercising during time out breaks will also help you cut back on snacking

Catch the Game at the Gym

For fitness junkies who are serious about breaking a sweat on game day, head to the gym and flip on the TV. Whether you’re using your home gym or you belong to a member’s only club, breaking a sweat and getting some cardio in while watching TV actually makes the exercise feel easier. A study from the University of North Carolina found that people who watched a video while working out had perceived less exertion. And, another study from the Journal of Behavioural Science showed that people who worked out in front of a TV actually exercised longer than people who weren’t watching. 🙂

Chicago Bears Bad News Again In 2015-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many games will the Chicago Bears win this year? Sportsbooks have set the betting line at 7.0.

 

 But our artificial intelligence computer Beardog has the Bears ranked 29th of 32 teams with only Washington,  Oakland and Tennessee ranked lower. With Green Bay, Detroit and Minnesota ranked 4th, 11th and 19th ,respectively, Chicago is simply outmatched in their division. The bottom line is that the Bears are very weak on defense, careless and aging on offense and  face a  tough schedule in 2015-6. Newly acquired coach John Fox is in for a long season.

 

Despite a lot of offensive talent on the roster, 2014 was a disaster for the Bears.  They only won 5 games and averaged less than 20 points per game. This led to the firing of coach Marc Trestman and the trading away   of wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets. In 2015 Alshon Jeffery will assume the top wide receiver spot and be paired with  rookie WR Kevin White out of West Virginia. We also see newly acquired Eddie Royal and TE Martellus Bennett being targeted. This is only an average group of receivers. Last season, QB Jay Cutler had the highest completion percentage and most touchdowns thrown in a season in his career. But sadly, Mr. Cutler simply did not deliver at critical moments. He was responsible for 21 turnovers!

 

If Cutler, does not improve, look for him to be yanked early in the season and the tumultous process of finding a suitable replacement beginning. Although he rushed for more than 1000 yards last season, Matt Forte  carried the ball less than in recent previous years. In 2015, we see Forte possibly having a big year with increased workload as the play calling will be more run-oriented with  coach  Fox. But it is equally possible his durability will start slipping at this point in his career. The Bears offense is also crippled by a poor offensive line.

 

On top of these troubles the once feared defense gave up 27.6  points per game. The defense has not been significantly upgraded in the offseason.  As evidence, in the third preseason game against Cincinatti the defense was completely flat and listless in a 21-10 loss in which the Bengals completed their first 13 passes.

 

And, unfortunately, The Bears schedule is brutal with their opponents having a combined .531 winning percentage, 5 of their first 8  are against playoff teams from 2014! Specifically, they play Green Bay, Arizona, at Seattle, Oakland, at Kansas City, at Detroit, bye, Minnesota, at San Diego, at St. Louis, Denver, at Green Bay, San Francisco, Washington, at Minnesota, at Tampa Bay, and finish with Detroit at home. With Jay Cutler, a weak defense  and a challenging schedule it is very hard to envision where 7 or more wins will come from.

Don’t Overlook These NFL MVP Candidates for 2015-6


It is fun and potentially lucrative to bet on the NFL MVP award winner.

It seems like all we hear about these days is Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson. Bla-bla-bla….But we give you four other  NFL offensive players who are rated as longshots but have a decent chance to win the award:

 

 Adrian Peterson, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings at 8-1:

A lot of people are overlooking Adrian Peterson due to his off field issues. They are forgetting that he is one of the most talented running backs of all time!

The Vikings lost four of  nine games last season by a combined eight points! With Peterson now back in the fold and additions on both sides of the ball, Minnesota can do some serious damage. At age  30  he has nearly 2,300 total touches under his belt. However, he’s had an entire season to rest! He’s  averaged nearly 1,700 total yards and 13 touchdowns in his first seven NFL seasons.  If he performs similarly he could  easily walk off with the MVP trophy!

 

 Tony Romo, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys at 15-1:

Tony Romo can be a very effective and dangerous quarterback. Last season with the assistance of Demarco Murray , Dez Bryant and a strong offensive line he led the Dallas Cowboys to a 12-4 record. He led the league with a 69.9 completion percentage and a 113.2 quarterback rating. He threw for over 3,700 yards with 34 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.

If Dallas and Romo have another great season, he will have arrived into the elite category and will surely be a hot MVP candidate.

 

Antonio Brown, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers at 15-1:

By now everybody recognizes the extraordinary productivity of Antonio Brown. If anybody is a potential dark horse candidate for the MVP award it is surely him. Last year’s season was simply phenomenal.His 129 receptions were second-most in league history. The 1,698 receiving yards Brown put up were sixth in league history. What if he improves on these numbers? How could voters ignore him as they did last year?

 

 Philip Rivers, Quarterback, San Diego Chargers at 20-1:

OMG! Phillip Rivers seems to get better with age!

He put up nearly 4,300 yards with 31 touchdowns last year. Unfortunately the Chargers lacked a running game. They ranked 31st in the NFL in yards per rush at 3.3 and 30th at 80.4 yards per game. Hopefully, now that the Chargers added Melvin Gordon in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, Rivers should have more support on the ground. Throughout history the elite quarterbacks have typically had such a solid running option to go to. San Diego is loaded in the passing game and has one of the most underrated offensive lines in the NFL.  If San Diego wins the AFC West over Peyton Manning’s Broncos don’t be surprised if Rivers is getting lots of MVP love!

 

Why Smart Bettors are Flocking to the Buffalo Bills for 2015-6

 

 

How many games will the Buffalo Bills win this year? Sportsbooks have set the betting line at 8.5.  Surprisingly, our Artificial Intelligence computer Beardog has the Bills ranked 5th behind New England, Seattle, Dallas and Green Bay due to its strong defense.

 

Buffalo has a new coach in Rex Ryan whose unusual formations, blitzes and overall defensive expertise should further strengthen the defense. We project the defensive line to have about 62 sacks this season. Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and Jerry Hughes are as deadly a unit as any in the NFL. They forced 6 fumbles last year.Last year Buffalo was fourth in yards and points given up. There is absolutely no reason that prowess shouldn’t continue this season.

 

If Tom Brady’s suspension is upheld the Bills and their awesome defense will face a green Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 2. Ralph Wilson Stadium is one of the most difficult stadiums for opposing teams to play in due to the rowdy fans and bitter weather.Most of the Bills strong opponents in the next season will be played at home.

 

Hopefully Rex Ryan is smart enough to not play E.J. Manuel. With Manuel on the bench, Tyrod Taylor or Kyle Orton will be in, thus their quarterback problems should dissipate especially if Taylor plays the first game. But in any event Sammy Watkins is a highly talented receiver who we project to have 70 catches and 1000 yards in 2015.

 

Finally, the running back by committee should keep the backfield healthy for what looks like a productive season. LeSean McCoy, recently acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles, is expected to have  recovered  from a hamstring pull and will be supported by capable veteran Fred Jackson. In addition, the Bills also have Boobie Dixon as well as Karlos Williams the impressive rookie from Florida State. Look for Ryan to pound the ball on the ground, attack with his defense and roll easily to 9 victories or more!

 

Fastest NFL Players

Having speed in the NFL is one of the best physical tools. It is especially important for wide receivers to have speed to get separation from the defense. A lot of different players claim to be the fastest in the league right now, and it is not an exact science when it comes to determining who holds that title. Here is the best guess when it comes to the very fastest in the league.

Mike Wallace

The production has been a little lackluster in the last few years, but no one is going to deny the fact Mike Wallace has plenty of speed. The wide receiver is now on the Vikings, and back in May he was not shy in stating that he’s the fastest in the NFL. With a proclaimed 40-yard dash time of 4.21 seconds, that would certainly put him in elite company.

DeSean Jackson

Like Wallace, Jackson is getting a bit on the older side at age 28 in the NFL. That is old to be considered one of the fastest in the NFL, but plenty point to him as the current title holder. He was solid in his first season with Washington, but he will need to do more to become elite in fantasy football money leagues again.

Sammy Watkins

Watkins went into the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine trying to break Chris Johnson’s 40-yard dash time of 4.24. He came up short, but one race before entering the NFL is not going to stop people from claiming him to be the fastest receiver in the game. He is looking for a big year with Buffalo in 2015, and those in fantasy football money leagues feel like he is just scratching the surface of his potential.

Ewwwww! Don’t draft these fantasy busts!

 

From yahoo.com:

Peyton Manning, Den, QB
ADP (From Fantasy Football Calculator): 38.6 (QB3)
If I’m going to use my late-third or early-fourth round pick on a QB (the average price tag for Peyton), it’s not going to be on a 39-year-old with a recent history of quad and neck injuries, the former being used as the excuse for an ugly performance stretch over the final five weeks of ’14 (though the injury occurred at the mid-way point of that slide) . And, if the guy is also losing a Red Zone Hoover like Julius Thomas, a velcro-handed chain mover like Wes Welker and three starting offensive linemen from last season, then I’m definitely going to look a different direction. And let’s not forget that we also have to take into account a change at head coach (Gary Kubiak), which also means a change in offensive philosophy, one that should be decidedly more ground heavy if history tells us anything. If the early rounds are about minimizing risks, then avoiding Elder Manning as his career nears the cliff’s edge is the prudent course of action. (Brandon Funston)

Arian Foster, Hou, RB
ADP: 8.4 (RB6)
Every featured back in the NFL comes with risk – it’s tackle football, after all – but I see more warning signs with Foster than the ordinary player. He’ll turn 29 right before the season, and there’s a fair amount of tread on the tires – he’s missed 14 games over the last four years, battling a laundry list of physical problems (last year it was hamstring, knee, hip and groin injuries). Only Marshawn Lynch has more rushing attempts than Foster over the past five years (a 46-carry edge), and consider Lynch has played in 13 more games than Foster. Houston’s bell cow takes on a lot of contact at 6-feet-0, 232 pounds, and I’d like to be more floor driven with my early picks, especially at the running back position. (Scott Pianowski

Kelvin Benjamin, Car, WR
ADP: 36.1 (WR15)
Last year, the scintillating performances of Odell Beckham, Mike Evans, Jordan Matthews and Benjamin left the fantasy community thirsting for more. Their break out rookie campaigns, unsurprisingly, have raised expectations to near unprofitable levels. However, of all the second-year targets likely to experience a sophomore slump, Benjamin tops the list. To be fair, he’s a preeminent red-zone threat. Tight end-like at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds and blessed with plus leaping ability, he’s a menace near the goal-line. In one more game he enticed the same number of red-zone targets (17) as Rob Gronkowski. He should again be a preferred weapon of Cam Newton, but red flags are flapping in the wind. Benjamin missed 10-of-14 summer practices due to hamstring problems which caused him to pack on 10 pounds of unnecessary weight. The wideout said recently he’s already shed the extra baggage and is healed, but I have my doubts. Hammies can flare up at a moment’s notice. Just ask the dude who owned Miles Austin a while back. Couple that with adjustments defenses are bound to make, Carolina’s conservative approach and Devin Funchess increasing competition for targets and it’s plain to see the increased downfall probability. At best, you’re hoping for a repeat of 2014 (73-1008-9). At his WR15 price, the margin simply isn’t there.  (Brad Evans)

Jonathan Stewart, Car, RB
ADP: 43.4 (RB21)
Coming off his most productive year since 2011, Stewart is going all Lisa Kudrow and attempting to make a fantasy comeback. With DeAngelo Williams soon to be suiting up for the Steelers, Stewart has been loosed from RBBC bondage and will assume Carolina’s workhorse duties. His ADP has soared accordingly. However, this volume that everyone is predicting is far from guaranteed. Head Coach Ron Rivera has never leaned on a single back. Not even in the Divisional Round of the playoffs where Mike Tolbert was tapped over Stewart on a crucial third down play. Speaking of Tolbert, the human bowling ball is back to full health and ready to vulture the end zone. And he’s not the only one. Fozzy Whitaker and rookie Cameron Artis-Payne are also in the mix. Still, the biggest threat to Stewart’s production is his quarterback. Cam Newton rushed the red zone twelve times and scored three touchdowns in 2014. J-Stew had nineteen attempts from the goal-line, but only managed two scores. Throw in Stewart’s obvious durability concerns and his current price tag seems a bit bloated, especially in standard scoring formats which are so touchdown dependent.  (Liz Loza)

Travis Kelce, KC, TE
ADP: 54.8 (TE3)
I challenge you to go find a fantasy analyst — anyone, anywhere — who isn’t extremely bullish on Kelce this season. Go ahead, take a minute to search. We’ll wait. Nothing, right? It’s amazing, really. We have never agreed on anything the way we seem to agree on the greatness of Kelce. Kansas City’s tight end is carrying a fifth round ADP these days, and I’ve seen him selected much earlier than that — and everyone who picks the guy takes an immediate victory lap in draft chat. While I have plenty of respect for Kelce’s talent (and we’re all impressed at his recovery from microfracture), I really hate these situations where we price a player at a level where he needs to make a significant value leap. Let’s not pretend the team context in KC so great; this team’s passing offense ranked No. 29 last season and No. 24 the year before. When the Chiefs visit the red-zone, Jamaal Charles is basically the entire show. If you’re counting on Alex Smith boosting the value of any member of his receiving corps, well, I mean … c’mon. We’re talking about a hyper-conservative quarterback and a low-yield passing game. KC only put the ball in the air 493 times last season, finishing with only 18 touchdown passes. No need to pay a premium price to get a share in this passing game. I’ll take Zach Ertz in the eighth or Josh Hill in the eleventh, thank you very much. Kelce is all yours. (Andy Behrens)

Andre Ellington, Ari, RB
ADP: 45.0 (RB22)
Andre Ellington got 5.5 YPC during his rookie campaign, but he was one of the biggest busts as a sophomore last season, when that number dropped to 3.3. Pro Football Focus graded him as the No. 56 runner out of 57 qualified backs, as Ellington got just 1.8 YPC after contact, which was the second lowest in the NFL. He played hurt, which undoubtedly contributed to his lackluster season, but there’s reason to be concerned about the 5-9 back’s durability moving forward, which is evidenced by the Cardinals spending a third round draft pick on David Johnson. Moreover, did you realize he’s already 26 years old? LeSean McCoy just turned 27 two weeks ago. Given his health risk and coming off last year’s truly dismal performance, I can’t see drafting Ellington as a top-25 fantasy back in 2015. (Dalton Del Don)

Don’t Sleep On The Falcon’s New Running Back!

Tevin Coleman

Tevin Coleman

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Tevin Ford Coleman is an American football running back for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Falcons in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Indiana University, where he was a unanimous All-American.

These Harvard NFL Season Predictions are Weird!

Judge for yourself :

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