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Newbie Card Maintenance & Some Fabulous Finds

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


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” »

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.

Adaptive Fitness Equipment for Rehabilitation & Everyday Workouts

arm-pedal-exerciserAbout 10 percent of the world’s population, or 650 million people, live with a disability. Despite living with a disability, people still get out and work out or enjoy fitness activities. Disabled people might also practice fitness during rehab perhaps after an accident. Many people often ask what the best exercise equipment is for a disabled person, whether for rehab or simply to continue working out. Continue reading “Adaptive Fitness Equipment for Rehabilitation & Everyday Workouts” »

The Best Beach Sports Ranked

Group of People Playing Volleyball on the Beach --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

What does one do when they go to the beach? Most people relax with a book and try to get a decent tan. Then there are those who go to the beach to be active. The beach is a great place to play some beach sports, as there are endless options. Kids might make up their own games while adults play a competitive match of beach volleyball.

Here are the most popylar beach sports ranked, with #1 being the best and most popular. Continue reading “The Best Beach Sports Ranked” »

Safety Tips for a Great Mountain Hiking Experience

hikingMountain climbing or hiking is a fun experience, both for new timers and experienced hikers. Travelers each year strap on a backpack and take to the mountains to explore the wilderness. Whether you’re a new hiker or a someone who has been doing it for years, any bump in your plans can make for a bad experience so it’s best to be prepared and ready to take on anything Mother Nature throws your way. Continue reading “Safety Tips for a Great Mountain Hiking Experience” »

Football Themed Wedding Ideas

So the Super Bowl is only a few days away and that means mega food, fun, and family. When planning a wedding you would want the same elements to be present, right? So in honor of the best Football Sunday of them all, I’ve compiled some awesome ideas of how to combine the two: a football themed wedding!  Continue reading “Football Themed Wedding Ideas” »

Get the Most out of Your Park City Vacation With the Epic Ski Pass

Whether you’re a first time rider or a seasoned snow veteran, there is no better way to hit the slopes out west than with an Epic ski passThe epic pass gives riders access to over 32,000 acres of  winter fun and features 22 of the world’s best known mountains.

Participating Mountains and Resorts

Hit the slopes all winter long and enjoy unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, and Arapahoes Basin. Traveling abroad? The pass also includes 5 days of riding at Niseko United in Japan, and and 5 days in Verbier and 3 Vallees in Switzerland and France. Continue reading “Get the Most out of Your Park City Vacation With the Epic Ski Pass” »

Christmas Gifts for Bowlers

Tis the season for gift giving! While Santa is busy making a list, checking it twice, and finding out who’s naughty and nice, you should be making a list and checking it twice for bowling enthusiasts because we’ve compiled a list of gifts they would love to find under the Christmas tree or in their stocking! Since everyone else on your list won’t be as fun to shop for, make your life easy and give them an e gift card!

Bowling Pin Cocktail Shaker


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5 Most Popular American Gymnasts

American women gymnastsOne of the most-viewed sports in the Olympics, women’s gymnastics have always stunned audiences because of the difficult but graceful performances by young gymnasts. Let’s revisit the past Olympic Games and look at the five women who shook the balance on earth because of their powerful acrobatic moves.


1. Mary Lou Retton

Competing at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Mary Lou Retton is the first female gymnast outside of Eastern Europe to win the competition’s all-around title. She won the gold medal after achieving a perfect score of 10 in the vault, the competition’s final event. She also competed in individual and team competitions and won two silver and two bronze medals.

With her wide and welcoming smile, she soared to stardom and became America’s sweetheart. She appeared in many commercial endorsements, making her a household name.

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