Get Outdoors in Helen, Georgia

There is no better way to spend the last seconds of summer than to spend them outdoors. The seasons are soon to change, and there will no longer be hot days consecutively, depending on where you live of course. Helen, Georgia is the best place to get in the last cravings of outdoor activities. Here are some outdoor sports and activities that you and your family could partake in at this end of the summer.

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5 Outdoor Activities to Do on Johns Island, S.C.

boat-913576_960_720Located in South Carolina’s Charleston County, Johns Island is the state’s largest island and the 4th largest on the East Coast of the U.S. Named for historic Saint John parish in Barbados, the island encompasses 84 square miles and its population is approximately 14,000. Johns Island history includes significant roles in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars due to its proximity to the Confederate stronghold city of Charleston, which over time has annexed roughly 1/3 of the island into its city limits. Native wildlife and fauna are in abundance, especially among the surrounding marshlands and rivers, most notably in shellfish and dolphins. A popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts, Johns Island also offers plenty of other fun-filled outdoor activities for visitors. Continue reading “5 Outdoor Activities to Do on Johns Island, S.C.” »

Get Outside in Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe, New Mexico is know for being rich in culture, heritage and art. But Santa Fe is more than that. It has beautiful outdoors, and it has a unique climate for endless outdoor activities. Did you know that you can do outdoor activities that involve snow in Santa Fe, New Mexico? No matter what time of the year, there will always be some outdoor sporting event to partake in. Keep reading to find out what other outdoor sporting activities you can do in Santa Fe!

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Surfing Tips for First Timers

abeginningSo, you’ve finally decided to make the leap from casual beach bum to all out surfer guru. It might not be as easy as you think, but with a little patience and a lot of practice, you’ll get there in no time. Along the way, follow these helpful tips and tricks that will make anyone believe you were born to ride the waves. Continue reading “Surfing Tips for First Timers” »

3 Best Places to Golf in Walla Walla, WA

Walla Walla Golfing Article

The passing of Memorial Day means that most water parks and golf courses are opened back up for the summer. Golf players simply love the game of golf because of the few rules, an open range, amazing scenery that is the best of any sport, and the intensity of getting a hole in one. Walla Walla, Washington is every golfer’s paradise. If you live in Walla Walla, Washington or want to visit Walla Walla soon, here are the three best golfing places in that area.

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Outdoor Sporting at South Haven

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Michigan in the summer is beautiful. One reason for that could possibly be that it is surrounded by five beautiful great lakes. A particularly beautiful spot is in South Haven, which is on Lake Michigan. With beautiful weather throughout the summertime and close access to beach areas, South Haven is a perfect spot for a ton of outdoor activities. If you are planning a trip to South Haven, here are a few outdoor sporting activities that you might want to give a try on your next visit.

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Newbie Card Maintenance & Some Fabulous Finds

After a move recently I discovered a box labeled “Sports Cards”.

Woops.

jaromir jagr rookieThis was a collection of long forgotten cards that I didn’t even remember existed. It turns out many of these cards were cast offs from my teenage years when I began losing interest in card collecting. A lot of cards and random autographed prints were put together in cheap sleeves and a few good ones were kept in an 8 pocket folder. The cards were kept out of light and fortunately were fairly well maintained considering how flimsy the material was that they were being kept in. So what was found within this old container? Some interesting treasures.

  • Roger Clemens Fleer rookie card
  • Jaromir Jagr Upper Deck rookie
  • Sergei Fedorov Upper Deck rookie
  • Eric Lindros minor league Oshawa Generals card

The value on all of these cards is fairly negligible at this point, but as a sports fan they’re still cool collectibles that I will find a better, more secure home for – something better than low quality three ring binders at the very least.

In terms of the prints that I came across I had some real dandies there as well. One of my favorites was a 1991 Indianapolis Colts team poster. Prior to the Detroit Lions recent 0-16 dumpster fire, this was possibly the worst team in modern football. As I recall, only kicker Dean Biasucci was a Pro Bowler on that squad. Looking through the roster (conveniently printed on the bottom of the poster) it’s a veritable who’s who of nobodies. Duane Bickett was the only other player to have a career of any notability. “I would at least remember the quarterbacks” you say. Well, if you remember Gary Hogeboom and Jack Trudeau then you need to find your way onto a sports quiz show ASAP because you’re going to be tough to beat.

Now, to find somewhere to hang these things in my bar…

Water Activities to Try on Vacation

snuba-benefitsWhen you head to the beach this summer, make sure you get up and try something new. There are so many fun water activities to try, and ones that you either have never done or have never heard of before. Water sports and other aquatic activities are exhilarating. While laying on the sand and getting soaking up the rays can be relaxing, get out on the water and try one of these thrilling water sports. Continue reading “Water Activities to Try on Vacation” »

MLB Rule Change

Utley-Tejada-slideThis just in, we have a new rule change to Baseball

Under the new rule, slides on potential double plays will require runners to make an attempt to reach and remain on the base. Changing direction or trying to initiate a roll block for the purpose of initiating contact.

Runners can still make contact with fielders but only if they are going towards the base and the fielder is in their way. Runners also have to make contact with the ground before making contact with a fielder. You can review the finer details of the rule change here.

This was nothing of a surprise rule change and for the most part it seems to have been a bit of a compromise between the MLB and players.

The infamous Chase Utley that took Ruben Tejada out of the playoffs was almost certainly the catalyst for creating this rule. Plenty of injuries to second basemen and shortstops have occurred over the years due to slides intending to disrupt double plays. The fact that the Utley slide took place during the playoffs and had millions of eyeballs watching created a bit of a PR crisis for MLB. In a way, they had to respond to this incident.

At the same time players were worried that this rule would take away from the physical nature of baseball and affect the way players prepare and play the game. The MLB players association was greatly involved in helping MLB adopt this rule.

This rule is in some ways a delayed rule to the home plate collision rule that aimed to reduce the number of home plate collisions and injuries associated with those collisions.

What do you think? A move in the right direction for baseball? Does the rule take away from how baseball was meant to be played? Who do you think is going to be the first player convicted by this rule? My money is on Matt Holliday.

Getting Ready for the 2016 NFL Draft

nfldraftThe 2015 NFL draft is officially in the books. Congrats to the Denver Broncos! Peyton Manning, the General, the Sheriff, the future Hall of Famer, threw for 12/22, 123 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. If you haven’t learned already, defense wins championships.

So football is over for the year right? There’s nothing else to talk about NFL related until the season kicks off again in August? Nope! The NFL Draft is about to commence!

The Timeline

Prospective NFL players will be invited to the NFL combine where they will participate in drills and tests that will be helpful for scouts. The NFL Combine will take place February 23-29 in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. While many people have a clear idea of the draft order by position, players can put up impressive or disappoint stats during the NFL Combine that gain the attention of scouts or scare them away.

The NFL draft will start April 28 in Chicago and will last until the 30th.

Notable Quarterbacks

Quarterbacks are always a players to pay attention to leading up to the NFL Draft:

Paxton Lynch

The Cleveland Browns will likely cut Johnny Manziel on March 9th. The question is if they’ll go for Paxton Lynch or the other two quarterbacks on this list. Lynch has proven to be an outstanding quarterback at Memphis and has all the qualities of a pocket passing NFL quarterback. Lynch was the top rated quarterback throughout most of the college football season, but following a poor performing bowl game and a fantastic performance by Jared Goff his draft stock has fallen slightly. Will Cleveland wait and try to get Lynch later? Or do they have their eyes set on Wentz or Goff? This will be one of the top stories leading up to the draft.

Carson Wentz

Wentz was flying under the radar prior to the 2015 season but lit it up at North Dakota State. Carson Wentz is a great all around quarterback with good accuracy, arm strength and mobility. It will be interesting to see his role once he makes it into the NFL. Expect to see him drafted in the middle of the first round, possibly to the Cowboys, 49ers, Bears or Eagles.

Jared Goff

Jared GoffJared Goff has all the tangibles to be a great future NFL quarterback. Jared Goff broke the Pac-12’s single season passing touchdown record this past year with 43 passing touchdowns. That record was previously held by Oregon’s Marcus Mariota with 42 in 2014. Expect to see him drafted in the middle of the first round. If Cleveland doesn’t pick up Goff with their 2nd pick expect to see a mad amount of inter-team trading up to snatch him up.

Will These QBs Be Fantasy Contenders?

Regarding your own draft it’s never too early to start thinking about fantasy football. Fantasy Football Mastermind has a bunch of great tools and information on their website that can be useful prior to draft and throughout the season. Read up on their eye in the sky fantasy scouting reports, depth charts and more.

It will be very interesting to see where these star quarterbacks will end up and if they will be starting quarterbacks. It seems certain at this point that the Cleveland Browns will select a quarterback early on, but who? And will they throw him into the fire or bring in a more seasoned quarterback and let him sit and learn?

One thing we learned in 2015 is that NFL rookies can score big in fantasy. I often forget that Todd Gurley was a rookie this past year and he was the 5th most valuable RB in 2015. There were plenty of other great players like Amari Cooper, Tevin Coleman and Melvin Gordon that all had an immediate impact.

Many players being drafted this year will be on our fantasy football rosters next year. Most notably Laquon Treadwell, Ezekiel Elliott and Corey Coleman.