NFL Week 9: Power 32

Power 32 has been my segment of the NFL power rankings during the season.  I feel now is an appropriate time to reveal the first edition of "Power 32" as we have reached the midway point of the 2015 season.  Needless to say at this time every year we have teams we expected to be ranked higher and are surprised at how well some of the underdogs are doing halfway through the season.

If I compared my pre-season rankings to my week 9 power rankings, well let's say it doesn't look the same.  There are the obvious teams you know are going to be at or near the top as long as their quarterback stays healthy.  Then you have teams you thought would be on the rise but but have already risen and could be playoff bound.  Let's see what The Sports Prophet thinks about all 32 organizations up until now:

1. New England Patriots - At the ripe old age of 38, Tom Brady is playing as good as ever.  When Gronk is healthy the Pats are the toughest offense in the league to stop.  This season reminds me of the one after "Spygate" when New England went 18 - 1 and Brady broke all kinds of records.  Seems we have the same thing here after "Deflategate" where The Brady Bunch is out for blood.

2. Cincinnati Bengals - These are regular season rankings, not playoff rankings!  And right now the Bengals are playing great football on both sides of the line of scrimmage.  They've proven they can score a bunch of points on a good defense like when they racked up 36 against Kansas City.  They've proven they can shut down a top offense like the Steelers and have even been able to come back against the reigning two time NFC conference champs in the Seahawks when Cincy scored 17 in the 4th quarter comeback.  Let's see if their fortune turns for the better in 2015 and Andy Dalton can finally come through in a playoff game.

3. Denver Broncos - It's hard for me to put the Broncos at #3 but after what their defense did to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers I simply have no choice.  I never thought a team led by Peyton Manning would be winning despite his poor play in the first half.  It's mind boggling that the Broncos are undefeated but you have to give them credit.  If Peyton can improve, and that's basically all he can do after his horrific start, then Denver can beat anyone, anywhere...

4. Green Bay Packers - Speaking of the devil, just because they got thumped at Mile High last weekend doesn't mean the Packers aren't one of, if not the best team in the NFC.  The defense has played much better than expected and Rodgers is still perhaps the best player in the entire league.  They may not be undefeated anymore but that won't matter if they can grab home field advantage in the post season.

5. Carolina Panthers - Many would argue that Carolina should be ranked ahead of Green Bay.  Not in my opinion.  I give the Panthers great respect for beating Seattle but so did the Packers.  The Panthers defense is the reason why Carolina sits on top the NFC South with a perfect 7 - 0 record.  Oh yea and there's that Cam Newton guy who seems to put the offense on his back every game and has become an MVP candidate in the process.

6. Arizona Cardinals - You may have them ranked a bit higher but I'm not completely sold.  True they have a top 3 defense and an offense that has come alive since Carson Palmer came back.  Nobody was happier about his return than Larry Fitzgerald who has rejuvenated his career as well.  This team has talent all over the place and are a legit contender in the NFC.  They even have great Special Teams play!  Nobody is gonna want to play this team come the post season.

7.  Atlanta Falcons - This team started fast and will need to finish fast with the Panthers holding the lead in the division.  The Falcons at least seem Wild Card bound for the playoffs.  Matt Ryan to Julio Jones may be the best 1 -2 combo in the league.  Now they've added a legit running game with Devante Freeman and a defense that has woken up under the tutelage of new head coach Dan Quinn who masterminded those great Seahawks defenses over the past few years.

8. New York Jets - What?  Yup!  This defense is excellent!  Granted they just went on a west coast trip to Oakland and got crushed but we see that all the time when an east coast team goes west and vice verse.  Not to mention that the Raiders aren't your older brothers Raiders anymore.  Oakland is a legit team but so are the Jets.  Here's the problem though.....what's going to happen at quarterback?  If it's gonna be Geno Smith then I have no doubt that the Jets will be out of the top five by next Tuesday.

9. St. Louis Rams - Whoa look who cracked the top ten!  Letterman would be proud!  Why do I rank this team 9th overall?  Glad you asked!  Maybe you've seen this rookie named Todd Gurley.  They're already giving him the Rookie of the Year award.  However, Amari Cooper may have something to say about that.  Experts are already calling Gurley one of the best RB's in the NFL.  This makes Nick Foles job much easier and be able to get the ball in their other play-makers hands in Tavon Austin who reminds me of Percy Harvin.  We all know the defense can get to the QB and cause turnovers.  They have the old school combination of a tough run game and a solid defense.  That's a pretty sweet formula.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers - Rounding out my top 10 is the Pittsburgh Steelers.  They fell short in Big Ben's return vs. the Bengals last Sunday and even worse lost part of their 3 headed monster in LeVeon Bell, who many say is the best running back in the league.  I know DeAngelo Williams is no LeVeon Bell but Williams fit in very nicely in Bell's absence earlier this season.  The Steelers still have a top notch passing game between Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant.  Surprisingly the defense is playing better than expected and this team has plenty of experience.  I'm a big fan of Mike Tomlin and I believe he'll rally the troops for a playoff run.

Here's the remaining rankings:

11. Seattle Seahawks
12. New York Giants
13. Oakland Raiders
14. Minnesota Vikings
15. New Orleans Saints
16. Miami Dolphins
17. Buffalo Bills
18. Indianapolis Colts
19. Kansas City Chiefs
20. Philadelphia Eagles
21. Houston Texans
22. Dallas Cowboys
23. San Diego Chargers
24. Baltimore Ravens
25. Tampa Bay Bucs
26. Washington Redskins
27. San Francisco 49ers
28. Cleveland Browns
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Chicago Bears
31. Tennessee Titans
32. Detroit Lions
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Rugby Great Andy Goode Announces Retirement

Andy Goode has just announced his retirement after a plague of injuries has prevented him from continuing his professional rugby career.

Goode, who played for Wasps Rugby Football Club, ends his career with London Irish, having played seventeen tests for the England national team. It was announced in February that Goode would join London Irish at the end of the season on a one year contract, but sadly his spell at the club will end much sooner than expected, commenting, “they have a fantastic Training facility at Hazelwood and I wish them every success in the future under their new coaches and leadership”.

In a statement made by Goode, he said, "I'm really disappointed I can't continue my career at London Irish and I've really enjoyed my short period with them”. The news comes as Goode struggled to recover from persistent injuries, which he sought surgery to correct in the summer, but sadly full recovery was not made. At 35 Goode leaves a great mark on English rugby. Aside from being a professional rugby player, Andy Goode is available for public appearances, and brand opportunities through the London based MN2S, a celebrity talent booking agency. 

Reflecting on his professional career, he said, “I can honestly say I've loved playing for every team and I feel immensely proud to have achieved what I have at each club". In an emotional retirement announcement, he went on to say, “It’s with a heavy heart that I have to announce my retirement from rugby, after 17 years of playing the game I love, my mind is willing, my body, after two operations in the summer, unfortunately isn’t. Rugby has been unbelievable to me over my career and I’ve enjoyed some incredible highs and always tried to play, train, talk and live it with a smile on my face.

The first of a veritable plethora of accomplishments is the impressive feat of being the second highest scorer in rugby Premiership history. Goode’s seventeen year career first began with Leicester Tigers, where he made a major contribution to four successive Premiership titles and two European Cup triumphs, amassing 199 appearances between 1998 and 2008.

Goode won seventeen caps with the England national team, making his debut in 2005 in the Six Nations, where he scored against Italy. The former England no.10 appeared again in the 2009 Six Nations, scoring the opening try and sixteen points overall.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, after announcing his retirement, Goode reflected on his career, saying, “To represent England seventeen times is such an honour and something I'll look back on with pride,' said Goode. Winning the Premiership five times, the Heineken Cup twice and the Anglo Welsh Cup, were more than I could ever have wished for”.

As well as being a great rugby professional, Andy Goode is also a dedicated and established celebrity speaker, available for booking at corporate entertainment events or as a guest after dinner speaker. If you are interested in booking Andy, please contact one of MN2S’s experienced talent agents.
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NFL Week 3 Predictions

The picture is not yet painted as to which teams are the contenders and which are the pretenders.  Are the Jets, Panthers and Falcons early season flukes at (2 - 0)?  Can the Cowboys sustain their perfect record much longer without their two best players in Tony Romo and Dez Bryant?

How about a popular Super Bowl pick by many with the Colts and Seahawks both at (0 - 2) going into week 3!  Nobody saw this coming and if either were to fall to (0 - 3) then the season could end before October begins.  We're still waiting to see if Chip Kelly can get his offense moving forward in Philly.  The Eagles are off to a miserable start and the only upside is that their is no downside.  It can't get worse on the field for the Eagles so the arrow can only point up.

I think after a quarter of the season has past is a reasonable time to put out legit power rankings.  So I'll wait til after week 4 before The Sports Prophet reveals his "Power 32" weekly rankings.  For now, The Prophet must make his predictions.  As I stop writing in 3rd person, here are your winners for week 3 in the National Football League.

Raiders vs Browns (-4.5) - As of now the Browns are prone to turnovers and are forced to leave their defense on the field too much too often due to those turnovers and 3 & outs.  The Raiders have a young offense that has some pop between Derek Carr improving and weapons like Murray, Crabtree and rookie sensation Amari Cooper.  Oakland doesn't exactly have a top notch defense but they won't need it against a confused Cleveland offense.  Raiders 23 - Browns 14

Bengals vs Ravens (-1.5) - It's simple right!  The Ravens wings have been cut off to start the season win less and motionless while Cincinnati looks impressive on both sides of the ball and lead the AFC North at (2 - 0).  Well it's not so simple when it's a division game and one that has very early season implications as Baltimore seeks their first victory.  John Harbaugh is a heck of a coach and will not allow his team to lose at home and go (0 - 3).  He may need to bring in Ray Lewis for some emotional inspiration.  But look for Flacco to have a nice day throwing the ball and the defense taking advantage of Andy Dalton's mediocrity.  Ravens 26 - Bengals 23

Jaguars vs Patriots (-14) - This one is simple.  No strings attached in this match up.  It's basically the best team in football vs the worst.  Can the Patriots cover 14 points though?  Oh yea!  Remember after "Spy Gate" when the Patriots were accused of video taping opponents practices and other violations!  Yea well the next season New England went (18 - 0) until losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl, but Tom Brady and Bill Belichick went college style while piling up the points on their opponents by throwing the ball in the 4th quarter with 2 minutes left having a 35 point lead.  The organization was angry from top to bottom and I believe we have that same thing happening again.  The Patriots will blow out Jacksonville.  Patriots 49 - Jaguars 16

Bucs vs Texans (-4) - The Texans have quarterback problems and although they have amazing individual players on defense like J.J. Watt, they aren't a cohesive unit.  The team can't score, can't figure out who their QB is and until Arian Foster comes back healthy this team won't go anywhere.  I do like the Bucs this season.  People were premature about Tampa last year but this team is different.  And their QB situation is very stable.  No controversy here as Jameis Winston is showing early signs of promise and if you saw him play in college you know he gets better as the games and the season overall progress.  I'll put my money on the road team here because they are better coached and have many more weapons.  Bucs 18 - Texans 13

Steelers vs Rams (+1.5) - I don't like going against home dogs.  Especially those who have an excellent defense and sneaky good special teams.  Le'Veon Bell does return today for Pittsburgh and that's huge as he's one of the most dynamic players in football.  Pittsburgh wins games on offense with Big Ben, Bell and the amazing Antonio Brown.  This is one heck of a trio and they have other players to help them.  Their issue is defense.  No Dick LeBeau, no good!  The Rams are no offensive juggernaut but I see them making enough plays with guys like Tavon Austin and a healthier backfield coming through today as Tre Mason returns and Todd Gurley makes his NFL debut.  Rams 22 - Steelers 21

Eagles vs Jets (+2.5) - The odds on this game are very odd to say the least!  You have an undefeated home team in the Jets against a defeated road Eagles team that can't score going against one of the leagues top defense.  So what does Vegas know that we don't?  Is it that the Eagles have an offensive line that can pick up the Jets various blitzes?  Do the wise guys know that DeMarco Murray is going to have a 100 yard rushing game or somehow miraculously DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are back on the squad?!  If I were a betting man I may want to stay away from this game, but logic tells me that the team that's playing well with the home crowd behind them against a team that can't get out of their own way will reign victorious.  But take the points.  Jets 14 - Eagles 13

Colts vs Titans (+5) - While the Colts haven't found their groove yet, I do understand this line and it makes sense.  People believe the Colts offense can get it done and Andrew Luck will get back to normal.  Nobody knows what Tennessee is yet but they do show promise.  It's never a good thing to bet against a home underdog but if there is a game to do it then it's this one.  Look for Indy to take control sometime in the 2nd quarter and not look back.  Colts 45 - Titans 21

Chargers vs Vikings (-2) - This has potential to be one of the better match ups of the weekend.  To me it comes down to Adrian Peterson vs Phillip Rivers.  I expect Peterson to return to form and have a 100 yard rushing day with a TD or two.  If Rivers can control the football and use the game clock to his advantage then I believe San Diego can win this one because they can simply score quicker and easier given the weapons around Rivers.  Bridgewater is a good player with plenty of potential but he and the Vikings offense haven't found their identity yet.  Chargers 33 - Vikings 23

Falcons vs Cowboys (PICK) - This is a tough game to pick.  People immediately say Atlanta since they're a healthy (2 - 0) as opposed to the Cowboys who don't have the deadly combination of Romo and Dez.  I doubt Brandon Weedon can step in this week and out-duel Matt Ryan in the passing game.  If Dallas has any shot to win then they'll have to run for about 150 yards and control the game clock.  Expect Dan Quinn's defense to stack the box and apply pressure to the running game and Weedon in the pocket.  Falcons 27 - Cowboys 12

Saints vs Panthers (-3.5) - Without Drew Brees the Saints basically have no shot to go into Carolina against that tough Panthers defense and come out with a win.  Just not going to happen.  Honestly I'm not quite sure they'd win if they had Brees right now.  The Saints defense is miserable and Cam Newton is going to eat them alive.  If you need a fantasy QB this week and Cam is available then you better start him because he's gonna run, he's gonna throw and touchdowns will be plentiful.  Panthers 31 - Saints 6

49ers vs Cardinals (-6) - The Cardinals picked up where they left off before Carson Palmer went down for the season last year.  He's actually one of the top fantasy QB's in the NFL.  We all know the Cards defense is one of the best in the game but with their offense playing the way it is, you have to call Arizona legitimate contenders.  However, 6 points is too much against a 49er team that is very familiar with them and can match their toughness.  The Niners aren't whole yet as they are recovering from injuries, trades, retirements, players being released and a coaching change.  But they are good enough to keep this game close.  I see Arizona winning with a late field goal.  Cardinals 26 - 49ers 23

Bills vs Dolphins (-2.5) - This is a pretty even game considering the home team automatically gets 3 points on the betting line.  The Phins are guilty of playing to the level of their competition.  This explains the embarrassing loss to Jacksonville last week.  Buffalo is none too happy either as the Patriots embarrassed them in their own stadium.  Both teams are looking to come back strong after bad losses in week 2 but only one can prevail.  If the Bills get a pass rush on Tannehill then forget about it.  Buffalo will get defensive touchdowns all over the place.  The Dolphins only chance to win this game is to be able to run the ball successfully and keep the Bills defense guessing.  And when it comes down to it, Buffalo has the better D and more talent on offense although it's close.  This could be LeSean McCoy's breakout game if he's healthy enough.  I like the Bills to win outright.  Bills 24 - Dolphins 20

Bears vs Seahawks (-14) - That's a huge line and a scary one for an (0 - 2) team.  Oh yea the Bears haven't won yet either and they have looked awful.  Now Jay Cutler is down and Jimmy Clausen is up.  Nobody in Chicago is excited for the Bears.  Thank goodness for the Cubs.  My how things have changed.  Chicago's defense is absolutely pathetic and John Fox's presence hasn't helped one bit.  The two time defending NFC champs are angry and the Lord of the Seahawks is shedding tears in rainy Seattle.  Whether the field is wet or dry, it will be covered in the Bears blood because Kam Chancellor is back and he's looking to put the Legion of Boom on those Bears skilled players.  This game will be a complete blowout.  Don't bother watching.  Seahawks 38 - Bears 13

Broncos vs Lions (+2.5) - Detroit hasn't won yet.  They will tonight!  The Lions aren't that good but neither is Denver.  They got outplayed in both their games this season despite them being (2 - 0).  The Lions are (0 - 2) but they are better than that.  Stafford needs to get Golden Tate going and find a running game to compliment Megatron and others.  The Lions have the weapons but they aren't being used properly.  I believe they make those adjustments tonight.  I will say that it's going to be a tough task because the Broncos defense has stepped up and whenever Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are catching wobbling passes from Peyton Manning then they'll be in good shape.  Although if you read my pre-season predictions than you know I don't think highly of Denver.  They get a taste of their own medicine tonight.  Lions 31 - Broncos 28
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2015 NFL Predictions

The leaves are changing color, the sun sets earlier, the kids are back at school and summer time comes to a close.  That means football season is open!  The only thing that keeps us warm in the winter is the NFL.  Well that and blankets, your thermostat, heavy coats, soup and okay whatever, you can stay warm but you aren't warm and fuzzy until the first kickoff in this 50 year anniversary of the Super Bowl.

So who's going to the big show this year!?  Who will win Super Bowl 50?  I doubt it will be my 49ers who are hosting the championship game in their new home stadium in Santa Clara, California.  Maybe it will be their hated rivals in the NFC West, the Seattle Seahawks who have represented the conference for the past two seasons.  People are high on the Hawks as usual but the Packers, Cowboys and Eagles are getting some votes to come out of the NFC.

The AFC has the reigning champion New England Patriots looking to repeat as the top contender in their conference.  Any time the Patriots are accused of breaking the rules it seems they play that much better the following season as if they have something to prove.  The infamous 18 - 1 season where the Pats lost to the New York Giants in the season finale was a season basically unparalleled to any other year in the league as the Brady Bunch annihilated every team in sight and ran up the scoreboard as if they were playing for the #1 ranking in the NCAAF.

Besides New England not many other teams are expected to represent the AFC.  The only other candidates appear to be the Colts and Steelers with Denver and Baltimore on the bubble.  You really never know if a team can emerge from mediocrity and become the best.  It happens all the time but for the most part we see many of the same teams in the tournament year after year.  This was a tough choice for me, after going through team rosters, checking their schedules and evaluating the key positions like Quarterback, Offensive Line, D- Line, Cornerbacks and the head coach, I have finally come to a conclusion as to who will hoist the Lombardi Trophy when the 2015 season ends.

Below I have predicted each teams record, playoff teams, Super Bowl champs, MVP awards and coach of the year.  Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment with your prediction.


- Patriots (12-4) *
- Dolphins (10-6) *
- Bills (8-8)
- Jets (4-12)

- Steelers (10-6) *
- Ravens (9-7)
- Bengals (9-7)
- Browns (5-11)

- Colts (12-4) *
- Texans (9-7)
- Titans (6-10)
- Jaguars (4-12)

- Chiefs (10-6) *
- Chargers (10-6) *
- Broncos (8-8)
- Raiders (6-10)


- Eagles (11-5) *
- Cowboys (10-6) *
- Giants (9-7)
- Redskins ( 6-10)

- Packers (10-6) *
- Lions (9-7)
- Vikings (9-7)
- Bears (7-9)

- Bucs (10-6) *
- Falcons (9-7)
- Saints (9-7)
- Panthers (8-8)

- Seahawks (11-5) *
- Rams (10-6) *
- Cardinals (9-7)
- 49ers (7-9)

*playoff teams

Super Bowl: Colts 27 vs Seahawks 20

MVP: Andrew Luck
ROY: Amari Cooper
OFF: Andrew Luck
DEF: Ndamukong Suh
COY: Lovie Smith
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Fantasy Football - 10 Things You Need to Know

As far as I'm concerned the draft is the most fun part of the entire fantasy football season.  No wonder why Draft Kings and Fan Duel do so well.  So if you have an upcoming draft or you have a weekly draft please remember these 10 very important things in order to have a successful season and hoist that trophy or flash that cash.

1.  The Denver Broncos will NOT be the scoring machine they have been over the past two seasons.  That means don't draft their offensive studs too quickly as the clock ticks.  There's no need to go after Peyton Manning early because he has less weapons then he's used to in previous seasons.  Not to mention the clear decline in his own game.  Peyton loves the Tight End and he lost one of his favorite targets in Julius Thomas to the Jaguars.  Some are very high on C.J. Anderson at Running Back.  Not so fast.  He's a good RB but not a first rounder.  For all you know Ronnie Hillman or even Montee Ball will be getting the majority of the carries come week 4.  The only reliable source on this offense is Demaryius Thomas, otherwise beware as the Broncos are getting bucked!

2.  Justin Forsett will NOT have a repeat great season.  Last year was the first time Forsett was given a chance to show his ability and he took advantage of it.  Too bad it's a bit too late as the breakout RB from California will turn the magic 30 years of age in October.  We know what happens to the majority of backs when they hit the age of 30.  Torrey Smith who was Flacco's top receiving threat is now playing with the 49ers leaving the Ravens with a 36 year old veteran as their new top target in Steve Smith Sr. who by the way has announced his retirement following this season.  With an average offensive line and less weapons to give Forsett room to run and catch passes out of the backfield, it's safe to say that he's at best a #2 RB in fantasy leagues.

3.   Le'Veon Bell is not a first round pick.  He would be if he weren't going to miss the first 2 games of the regular season plus a bye in week 11.  Missing 3 full weeks of fantasy football is a very bad thing especially when most leagues begin their playoffs in week 14,  As great of a player he is and a guy who personally helped me win a championship last season, he's not worth a 1st round pick due to the simple fact that he won't be available for 3 games during the fantasy football season.  It's just too much.

4.  Jimmy Graham is not worth the early pick.  Gronkowski is worth it!  Why you ask?  Because Graham is going into a new offense that never featured the Tight End and is geared toward ball control offense by sustaining a solid run game to keep the clock moving and the defense fresh.  Fred Jackson reunites with Marshawn Lynch in Seattle's backfield to keep that ground game going.  Graham is an amazing athlete and he will get his share of plays, but not enough targets to where you want to draft him in the first 2-3 rounds.  At best Graham will have 800 yards receiving.  His best chance to score big in fantasy are fade passes in the end zone.  We all know it won't be a slant pattern!!!

5.  DeMarco Murray is going to disappoint his fantasy owners.  Murray is a great running back.  Unfortunately he is extremely injury prone, he'll be sharing touches with Ryan Mathews and he just came off a season in which he carried the ball more than a squirrel with a nut in winter.  There's no way Murray can even come close to the numbers he put up last season when he led the league in rushing.  He and Bell were both my fantasy work horses during my title run last season.  Don't think for a second that DeMarco Murray is going to be the best player on your team.  He's a late second round pick, early third.

6.  Wait to draft your Quarterback.  There is no need to use your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th pick on a quarterback even if his name is Rodgers or Luck.  I personally wait until around the 8th or 9th round to draft my QB.  Picking up Eli, Rivers, Big Ben or even Matt Stafford in late rounds will give you the opportunity to build the bones of your team at the RB and WR positions.  You need to load up on
those positions because they are the most frequently hurt and less of a guarantee that each one of them will perform to the best of their ability.  Plus there are so many bye weeks to fill your RB's and WR's and you'll only need to replace your starting QB once throughout the season.

7.  Jarvis Landry is a stud!  If you can get him as somewhat of a sleeper then go for it!  He'll be the top receiver for the Miami Dolphins this year as he emerged as the number one guy last season.  Ryan Tannehill keeps getting better and he and Landry have developed a great chemistry.  Miami is a passing team which means their receivers will see plenty of action and Landry will get the majority of targets.  He can go for about 1,000 yards and possibly 8 - 10 touchdowns.

8.  Carlos Hyde will be a top 10 Running Back this year!  He may not be drafted as a top tier RB but he'll play like one.  The 49ers will bring back the Read Option more this year than last and Hyde will benefit from that.  Not to mention a very good offensive line to help create holes for the second year stud out of Ohio State.  When he spelled Frank Gore last season he looked fantastic.  He is a strong back who can run over you or around you.  Hyde has surprisingly fast feet and can explode through the line with force.  Hyde is a 3 down back and the fact that Reggie Bush is now with the Niners shouldn't deflect you from drafting Hyde.  You can get him easily in the 4th or 5th round and he's more than worth it.  The 49ers are going back to their ground game since Colin Kaepernick has not been able to progress as a pocket passer.  On another note, this may be Kap's last chance to prove he belongs under center for San Francisco.

9.  Golden Tate III is still the best kept secret in fantasy football.  We all know he's got the goods but he doesn't get the respect playing opposite the great Calvin Johnson.  Tate is an absolute playmaker.  When he catches the ball there's always potential for a touchdown.  He's fantastic with (YAC) Yards After Catch with his big burst of speed and knack for finding the right path to pay dirt.  Keep Tate in your queue as you draft because he can give you #1 receiver type numbers.

10.  Don't draft anyone on the Jets, Jaguars, Titans or Redskins!  I'm not trying to be funny here.  These teams have tremendous difficulty scoring.  That means NO fantasy points.  Brandon Marshall is a great WR, but who's gonna get him the ball on the Jets?  Blake Bortles is still a wild card and their lack of play-makers at the skilled positions takes the Jags players off the board.  I'm not ready to believe in Marcus Mariota.  He has plenty of potential but it will take some time for that offense to get going.  They also lack skilled players at WR and RB so you can basically take anyone in a Titans uniform and forget about it.  Then the Redskins.  Oh hail has fell on the Redskins.  Maybe you'll draft DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon and most likely will draft Alfred Morris to start somewhere in your line up.  At best these guys are bench warmers since they've given up on RGIII and Kirk Cousins is not as good as he appeared briefly two years ago.  Last season Cousins had issues.  I don't think he's a starting QB in the NFL and given that opinion I doubt that Morris, Jackson and Garcon will be scoring many points on a weekly basis.

I hope these tips help you win your league unless you're in one with me!  Good Andrew Luck to you this fantasy football season.  Oh, and The Sports Prophet says Luck will be the top fantasy points scorer in 2015.

Next article will be predictions from regular season record, awards and playoff teams with the Super Bowl winner.  The suspense builds!
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Jake LaMotta "The Raging Bull" Meet & Greet

This Labor Day Weekend all of you Boxing fans are in for a real treat!  The oldest living world champion Jake "The Raging Bull" LaMotta is coming to Sinbad Sports at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in South Florida for an exclusive autograph signing.  Route 4 Sports along with Prime Time Collectibles and Sinbad Sports are teaming up to bring you a meet and greet with this great boxing legend.

As many of you know Robert De Niro played the part of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 movie classic "Raging Bull."  LaMotta is a former World Middleweight Champion who is one of the few to defeat Sugar Ray Robinson.  The two went toe to toe 6 times in the boxing ring.  The Raging Bull has an astonishing record of 83 wins, 19 losses and 4 draws.  LaMotta fought in an era when fighters went 15 rounds and fought several times a year.  This was when boxing was at its greatest.  You do not want to miss the opportunity to meet the legend and get his autograph on sports memorabilia.  Click this link for all the information

This event is not to be missed as other boxing greats will be in attendance at The Hard Rock in South Florida that weekend of September 5th.  Former Heavyweight Champions like Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones Jr. and reigning champ Wladimir Klitschko will be on hand as well as 25+ former champions.  The link above has all the information you need.

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Hulk Hogan Publicly Shamed After Controversial Racist Remarks

Hogan is widely accepted and embraced universally as the Muhammad Ali of sports-entertainment. A globally recognized multimedia maven who shrewdly evaluates business decisions into extensive account in the definitive favor of the individual that is the be-all and end-all in his very own notion - Hulk Hogan.

First and foremost, Hulk Hogan is the quintessential reason as to why many fans became attached to sports-entertainment. Be that as it may, during a relatively naive first impression prior to fathoming what had transpired, WWE and Hulk Hogan officially parting ways on July 24 had come as a major shock to many who remotely recognize or idolize the muscle bound, blond fu manchu-sporting, red and yellow-wearing icon. Initially, many believed thought it was a late April fool's joke until reading beyond merely the controversial headline. However, afterall understanding that the iconic pop culture figure had been released from globally popular sports-entertainment company WWE due to insensitive racial comments, it had become fully justified as to why the shamed Hogan had received reprimandation as such.

"It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it. This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs" Hogan apologized in a public statment relating to the bigoted comments for his infamous sex tape scandal remarks where he said "
If she (Brooke Hogan) was going to f**k some n****r, I'd rather her marry an 8 foot tall n****r worth a hundred million dollars". Brooke Hogan is the daughter of the legendary professional wrestler.
Historically speaking, Hogan is not the only individual in the uber-shady sports-entertainment business or entertainment industry for that matter to have made insensitive race-related comments (see: Mel Gibson), as Teddy Long - an African-American - whose racial abuse from Ric Flair behind-the-scenes in the past, often went undocumented until Long exposed Flair's bigotry in a revealing shoot interview subsequently. Sports-entertainment has perennially held down minorities and utilized subliminal racism, particularly WWE's billionaire Chairman Vince McMahon openly using the N-word in a shocking segment involving an African-American in Booker T at WWE Survivor Series 2005.

Furthermore, the deep history of racism lies within the business of sports-entertainment, where caucasian performers have performed a degrading blackface-esque segment (Degeneration X) to mock an group comprised of African-Americans (The Nation of Domination). This is a problem with the foundation of racism in the United States opposed to the so-called racial hatred in the professional wrestling industry. In the grander scheme of things, WWE is a certified billion dollar public company that trades on Wall Street in New York and needs to protect its positive image at all costs in an era that has seen the company clean up its act in toning down on violence, denegration to woman and profanity. Linda McMahon - who ran for senate of Connecticut - was chiefly responsible for amending the once distasteful actions associated with the Attitude Era due to her campaign.

More importantly in the aftermath of the Hulkster's insensitive comments, Hogan has been officially removed from the prestigious WWE Hall of Fame and television hit show Tough Enough, whilst WWE has removed all Hogan merchandise, videos, profile(s) and Hogan-related products. In addition, WWE has terminated Hogan from his contract. With that said, when was the last time WWE had an African-American WWE Champion? Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson? Johnson is Black only when convenient to defend WWE's guilt of never having a Black WWE champion; WWE slyly plays up his Samoan heritage more than the aforementioned. Fact.

Hogan's actions are not correct and should not be endorsed in any way, shape nor form. Boxing legend George Foreman and NBA legend Dennis Rodman are notable African-Americans who have defended Hogan post-comments, whereas Mick Foley - who is Caucasian - has also supported Hogan. Incidentally, in Hogan's public-owned restaurant, he had singularly prohibited the general public from sporting do-rags and baggy clothes inside the premises; both of which are associated with hip-hop culture ( see: African-American culture).

Vince McMahon's tyrannical, unmerciful, vindictive ways will indeed ensure that he will break Hogan - a man who he essentially helped create - until the remnants of Hulkamania are nothing more than a pile of ashes left on the wayside. Rumors are now officially circulating that Hogan will appear on British hit television show "Celebrity Big Brother 2015" in August. TNA Impact Wrestling have also seperated themselves from their former employee in deleting all material of Hogan on their official website.

All of the WWE WrestleMania moments, travelling, tickets sold and money Hogan made for McMahon now amounts to zero. Hogan was rumored to appear in "The Expendables 4". Will this materialize? Stallone and Hogan are close friends, but even this is not a realistic move for both parties. Hogan suffered back pain and numerous hip injuries to become a pop culture legend. Is this race-related incident comparable to the heinous Chris Benoit incident? Hogan never killed anybody, yet seemingly shot himself and his reputation down in one fell swoop.

Lastly, cerebrally manipulating company officials and mainstream media members and outlets has been a recurring theme for the 61-year-old star who infamously released a steamy sex tape with radio personality Bubba The Love Sponge's former wife Heather Clem, whilst suing ex-wife and "Hogan Knows Best" co-star Linda Hogan for defamatory comments alluding to homosexuality and defamation of character in her autobiography 'My Life Against The Ropes'. Hogan is also currently going through the rammifications of a $100 million court case against Gawker, which bodes not positive for the icon based on his racist remarks. Oh brother.

Written by: Dean Perretta
Twitter: @DeanPerretta
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Autographed Legends

Sports is something many people love all around the world.  We have childhood heroes that we grow up with as if they were part of the family.  They bring back memories to when you were at a ball game with your father sharing a hot dog or with your friends toasting a few beers to the home run their team just hit to win the game.  Or the touchdown pass thrown for 50 yards in overtime.  Or even the 3 pointer to beat the buzzer as you watch your favorite team embrace each other as you embrace your loved ones.  These are cherished moments and sports brings them together often.

We relate memories that we have with friends and family to a particular game they saw or perhaps a ball player they met.  When big moments happen you tend to remember where you were when it occurred.  I bet you have a better chance remembering where you were 3 years ago during the Super Bowl but somehow have forgotten what you did on your birthday 3 years ago.  Funny and true.  That's what sports and certain players mean to us.

We go to stores and buy jerseys of our favorite player, or a picture frame of a World Series championship team, or a baseball shining through the glass plated window and immediately want it because it's like a piece of your own personal history.  Heck, you're a fan for your entire life - these players spend maybe a decade with a particular team.

Memories of events last forever.  At Autographed Legends we make those things happen with signed and certified sports memorabilia ranging from legends like Muhammad Ali, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Dan Marino, Shaquille O'Neal all the way through today's stars such as Mike Trout, Aaron Rodgers, Clayton Kershaw, Dwyane Wade and so many more.  Basically if you want it we either have it or will get it as long as they're available.

Email or call 954-306-2705 or Mark Calamusa at 770-355-9400.  All of our signed memorabilia come with certificates of authenticity.  We also have a large variety of cards in stock from older vintage cards to graded cards in great to mint condition.  Let us know what you want no matter what state you're from (except Hawaii with exceptions) and we'll give you a better price than you'll find almost anywhere.

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New Sports Items For You

Autographed Legends keeps bringing in the top quality signed sports memorabilia from legends like Mickey Mantle, Jerry Rice and Muhammad Ali to today's stars in the game such as Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant and Mike Trout.  We have jerseys, mini helmets, framed autographed pics, baseballs, footballs, vintage cards and so much more!  Email for more info and to speak with our staff please dial 954-306-2705.  Below are just a few items we have in stock among the thousands of items in our warehouse.

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IAAF: "The Next Bolt" Zharnel Hughes To Represent Team GB

Anguilla-born 100m sprint prodigy Zharnel Hughes, 19, has officially been cleared to represent Great  Britain. Hughes - who had drawn significant interest from Jamaica where he relocated to study and train alongside Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake - eclipsed the Jamaican High School Championships 100m record with a recorded time of 10.12.

"I have always known if I was to run at the Olympics it would be in a British vest, and that is how I have always dreamt it would be" stated  Hughes

Hughes' 6"3 slender physique has also seen observers liken the gifted teenager to Bolt. Hughes commenced  the season in exquisite fashion, finishing three-hundredth of a second behind Usain Bolt in the 200m sprint at the IAAF Diamond  League meeting in New York; Bolt registered a time of 20.29 in the race.

Hughes is eligible to compete for Great Britain on the grounds that the British overseas territory of Anguilla is not recognized by theInternational Olympic Committee. Elsewhere, it  has also been  confirmed  that Cindy  Ofili - the younger  sister  of Tiffany Porter  - will also represent Great Britain.

Written by: Dean Perretta
Twitter: @DeanPerretta
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