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Better Options For Sports Fans With Television Sets – Staying in the Game

What’s a boy (or girl) to do in the off-season? This might not be a question that resonates particularly hard with countless Americans, but for anyone who is serious about a particular sport or team, this can be serious business. After all, once the playoffs are over and there’s nothing else to be working on, it makes sense to consider whether or not there are suitable options out there. And for a whole lot of people who are serious about a particular team or sport, sometimes watching endless game highlights online or waiting for ESPN Classic to play a beloved match simply won’t cut it.

One solution for sports fans is to develop an interest in a different type of game that runs at different times of the year. This means that those who are die-hard about basketball might consider getting into something like swimming or baseball, to at least have something else to focus on once everything is over. It’s also helpful if it’s impossible for someone to get interested in curling or boxing to simply switch allegiances from exclusively professional teams to college teams or bush-league players. There are plenty of different teams out there playing on television and in real life, and deciding to widen one’s net might be the simplest way to figure out a better option.

However, sometimes that’s just not a feasible option. Enter the wide world of movies about athletics, something that is able to keep even the pickiest of fans interested and glued to the television set. With satellite tv offering up countless different made-for-TV films as well as big-name biopics about everyone from 1970s runners to lovable underdog football teams, there is truly something in the world of fictional athletics for everyone to love. And sometimes the sequences in big-budget blockbusters are so inspiring, even the most serious of viewers might find themselves legitimately caught up in the moment, adrenaline pumping and sights on the prize. A lot of the time, historically accurate films about particular teams or players are also a great way to learn more about one’s favorites, and that in itself can be just as exciting as catching the big game in person or seeing an incredible game-winning touchdown scored from the 50 yard line.

Of course, when the season finally does begin, making sure that every living room is properly equipped is another big part of the equation. For those fans of the NBA, making sure to invest in the special sports packages that bring all the games no matter what is a great way to stay in the loop, while being able to support a favorite team no matter what city might currently be one’s home city. Since sometimes networks don’t happen to carry the game you want to watch, investing in special packages is par for the course when talking about serious athletic fanatics. Likewise, those who are into the world of football often do the same when it comes to NFL Sunday Ticket, which brings every single game happening in the NFL to living rooms across the country. Whether it’s saving money on season tickets or simply getting to watch a favorite team even if they happen to be playing far away, this is a great way to keep up on all of the action in one’s chosen field of athletics.

Sports Social Networks and the Modern Sport Celebrity

There is still an incredible buzz that surrounds social networking and the latest thing to hit the social network is the introduction of direct communication from celebrities and sports athletes. The rich and famous now take to their Twitter to ‘tweet’ out against the press with stories that have been written about them and to confirm or deny the latest gossip. It is the same for the sports social network world. One good example would be Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, as he has one of the most popular Facebook Fan Pages in the world.

Phelps uses his fan pages on Facebook as an online diary, as a forum to communicate with his millions of fans. He talks about his personal experiences, shares videos of himself and uploads pictures of himself and pictures of sponsorships he is involved with. Recently, when controversy struck Phelps and he made the headlines, he took to his Facebook to apologize to his fans.

It just shows how this new social network generation wants to be able to communicate with their sporting heroes, something that was never possible in the past. The sports social network also presents a new real time form of communication that can react faster than the press. If a piece of real time news appears on someone’s Twitter or other sports social network then it can quickly spread across the internet before the press has even found out.

Not only sports news, but recently the personal news of sports personalities has also been appearing, directly from the personality themselves. Not so long ago Lance Armstrong informed his million fans worldwide that his girlfriend had given birth to their son, Max. The proud father then went on to show off pictures of his newborn and all this has been made possible with social networking.

Although online social networking is only in its infancy, it is easy to see how quickly it has adapted and how a sports social network can now bypass the media completely and allow for sport athletes to communicate directly to their fans in a way they want to.

Shaquille O’Neal a player for Cleveland Cavaliers is also another athlete who is not shy to sport social network sites. With over two million followers on Twitter, this sport celebrity speaks daily about his thoughts on news in the sport world. A few months ago he even shared his thoughts with the online world regarding an NBA trade and even answered questions directly to his fans.

Overall it is interesting to see where social networking technology will end up taking us, especially within the sports industry. For now it offers a fascinating window into the personal lives of our celebrity -obsessed culture and shows no signs of slowing down just yet.

Sports Betting Analysis: Colts over Broncos and Bears over 49ers

It’s no secret that there are many “smart money” players make money with sports betting every week. How? Many use sports handicapping services to find the games that have the best chance of winning. The following are two examples taken directly from my sports handicapping service at David James Sports.

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears -16

Wow… this a lot of points to be giving up in an NFL game. Of course when you start to look at the two teams, you can understand why the 49ers are getting so many points. With the exception of the Monday Night near-disaster in Arizona against the Cardinals, the Bears have been totally dominating all season long. In four of the Bears wins they outscored their opponents 137-20.

Think about that stat for one second. These are NFL teams we’re talking about, not some over-powered small college teams playing against powerhouses. 137-20 over 16 quarters of football, which included last year’s NFC champs, the Seattle Seahawks. With pro games even more weight is put on the here and now as opposed to historical stats.

The here and now says that the Bears have the potential to be a team for the ages. The only reason they came close to losing in Arizona was because their offense turned the ball over 6 times. And yet the Bears still found a way to win. On the other hand, the 49ers are just another lousy football team. They somehow managed to beat St. Louis and Oakland this season, but they’ve given up over 40 points per game in their four losses. This is the key stat of this game. The 49ers defense is likely to let Chicago score in the mid, to high 30′s this game.

With the line being at 16 points, the question becomes, can the 49ers score 20 points against the Bears defense? I highly doubt it. Forget records against the spread, etc., in this game. What this game comes down to is the 49ers are overwhelmingly mismatched on both sides of the ball, and their going into a very amped up, very hostile environment. The Bears are going to be trying to pour it on in front of their home fans.

I look for the Bears to crush the 49ers in this one, 37-10.

As you can see by this example, a good sports handicapper can cut through all the nonsense and get right to what’s most important about a game. Namely, the Bears have a much superior team and will be able to destroy the 49ers. The actual final score in this game was 41-10.

The second game was the top match-up of the day. You can see when you read this analysis that the professional sports handicapper is again able to zero in on what’s most important about the game:

Indianapolis Cots +3 at Denver Broncos

This game is the marquis match-up of the week. This game could very well be a preview of the AFC Championship game… which is why we’re going with the Colts in this one. Let me explain. Tony Dungy is a great coach, and a great man.

However, he’s not quite so great in the playoffs. Why? One, his teams can beat up on lesser teams during the regular season because they have more talent, but when playing opponents who are more evenly matched, it’s a lot harder to go up and down the field -especially in the playoffs. But the second reason is that Dungy is not quite as savvy as some of the more experienced coaches… for example Mike Shanahan.

What that translates to is that the Colts are going to pull out all stops to win this game, even if it means showing the Broncos some twists and wrinkles that they should be saving for their likely match-up in the playoffs. More importantly, Indy knows that the pressure is on them to win the Super Bowl again. They know that a loss to Denver might mean coming back to Denver in a blizzard in January to get to the Super Bowl.

Peyton Manning does NOT want to play in another blizzard in the playoffs and be embarrassed again. Plus, just looking at the two teams, this game really is a mismatch. Denver hasn’t scored more than 17 points in a game this season. Actually, they only scored 17 points TWICE this season. All their other games were under 13.

Denver’s defense is playing great, but in my opinion, is over-rated. Their last three games were against Cleveland, Oakland, and Baltimore. Look back to how the Steelers destroyed their secondary in the AFC Championship game last January. Manning is going to do the same. With all this in mind, in my opinion it’s crazy that the Colts are actually GETTING 3 points in this game.

Like the Kansas City game, I think the Colts chance of winning this game outright is at least 50/50. With the added three points, the odds of winning this bet go up dramatically. Look for the Colts to win going away, 28-13.

What actually happened in this game is very close to what was predicted, with the Colts winning by 3 points. The Broncos, knowing that they’ll be playing Indy again in the playoffs, stuck to their soft zone defense all game. This allowed Indy to score every time they had the ball, but it allowed to Broncos to keep some tricks up their sleeve for their next game.