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October 10, 2014 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
ABOUT THE only thing fantasy owners can count on this year is that hardly anything is worth counting on. Philip Rivers is up, Matthew Stafford is down and if Nick Foles throws one more pass off his back foot, people are going to start picking up Mark Sanchez. This week was particularly dreadful for fantasy owners. Two of the top wide receivers got hurt and one of the best running backs had a court hearing. It's so dire that Jimmy Graham's shoulder injury is mitigated by the Saints having a bye. Yay!
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December 19, 2014 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
FANTA CLAUS doesn't enjoy doing this, but there are a lot of little boys who are getting coal in their stockings. Obviously, there is plenty of blame to be spread around when players face-plant on the field and ruin the visions of fantasy championships that have been dancing in our eyes like sugarplums. It could be the offensive coordinator, the head coach, the other team's defense, or - in the case of Demaryius Thomas - the unidentified teammate who stepped on his ankle in a practice leading up to a Week 14 game against the Bills.
SPORTS
November 29, 2013
THE REST of the country regards this as Thanksgiving weekend when the turkey, the shopping, and the (urp) antacid tablets become all the rage. But to most of us nuts in fantasyland, this either is the final week of the regular season or the first week of the playoffs. Forget Myles Standish and the Pilgrims, this is the time of year to give thanks for plucking Keenan Allen off the waiver wire. We put out a note last week asking what fantasy football owners were most thankful for this season.
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October 26, 2012 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
YOU WOULD NOT consider watching an NFL game without the accompaniment of your cell phone. Neither would you even think about watching an entire game from beginning to end - unless it is the Eagles' game, or on Sunday and Monday and Thursday night, when you have no choice. Your channel is the Red Zone. Your faithful guide is Scott Hanson. He provides you with the ammunition you need to disparage either your friends or yourself, depending upon the quality of your lineup that week (and, perhaps, the depth of your hangover)
SPORTS
September 27, 2011
Remember the scene in The Empire Strikes Back when Han Solo is frozen in carbonite in mid-scream? That's how I pictured Michael Vick's owners, myself included, upon hearing that he'd broken his hand while taking another pummeling on Sunday. Now, I realize the Star Wars reference only reinforces the image of the stereotypical fantasy "geek," but I'm not worried about being bullied. It's Vick's broken bones that could hurt me. Fortunately, the news isn't as bone-chilling as first reported.
SPORTS
December 13, 2013 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
DR. JOHN LEE divides his time chasing a cure for cancer and figuring out the best fantasy football team to trot out. As it turns out, the two pursuits have more in common than you might think. Lee, of North Wales, Pa., has a chance this weekend to turn the meticulous nature of his occupation as a research scientist into $1 million by winning a championship sponsored by the website DraftStreet.com . If nothing else, Lee already has earned himself a paid trip to Vegas. He was set to leave this morning.
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December 19, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
A LITTLE unconventional thinking and a lot of Jamaal Charles made for a spectacular early Christmas gift for Larry Seigle, of Newtown. Seigle had two qualifying spots in the DraftStreet.com fantasy football championship over the weekend and captured the grand prize of $1 million, thanks largely to Charles' five-touchdown performance on Sunday. While all the other contestants took advantage of DraftStreet's offer to fly to Las Vegas for the weekend, Seigle, 25, declined. "I don't drink or party or anything like that," said the 25-year-old.
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September 4, 2013 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Now that our drafts are behind us, all we can do now is wait for Thursday night . . . and dream up scenarios in which our late-round fliers evolve into next year's elites. Here are 10 burning questions that should be answered as opening weekend unfolds: 1. How healthy are Robert Griffin III, Arian Foster, Maurice Jones-Drew, Brandon Marshall, Victor Cruz, Jordy Nelson, Roddy White, Wes Welker and other nicked-up stars? An all-pro cast of walking wounded is expected to suit up for the first significant action of the season this weekend, with lingering concerns hanging over assorted body parts.
NEWS
August 8, 2011
William Sleator, 66, a writer for young people whose books pitted their heroes against aliens, ghouls, and slimy things, not to mention the most malevolent rivals of all - siblings - died Wednesday in Bua Chet, Thailand. The cause had not been determined, his brother Daniel said Friday. He added that Mr. Sleator, who had struggled with alcoholism for many years, had been having seizures recently. Working in a genre that straddled fantasy, science fiction, horror, and suspense, Mr. Sleator (pronounced "Slater")
NEWS
November 28, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
It's a neat trick. Fulfill retrograde girlish fantasies (tall, handsome, rich prince whisks you away from your dreary chores and your lousy dresses), while also pandering to the demands of contemporary gender politics: offer empowerment, self-actualization, and any other politically correct goal on the current curriculum. And this touring production of the Broadway show Cinderella , at the Academy of Music for the Thanksgiving holiday week, adds to the PC effect with a veritable rainbow of actors in the ensemble.
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April 5, 2015 | By Mason Levinson, Bloomberg News
The rapid evolution of fantasy sports from casual season-long recreation to high-stakes daily Internet games has given U.S. professional sports another source of revenue as well as a headache in determining player-participation policies. Over the last year, all four major sports leagues signed sponsorship deals with daily fantasy websites through players, teams, or the league itself. They are now promoting a business that, while legal in most of the United States, resembles sports gambling because participants profit by correctly predicting success.
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January 25, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
COLUMBUS - Alex Ovechkin has the richest contract in NHL history at $124 million. That didn't prevent him from pretending he needed a new car last night, begging and pleading to be picked last in the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft to win a 2015 Honda Accord. At one point, he held a sign over his face in front of the camera, saying "I want to be last, I need a car. " Perhaps, Ovechkin played his hand a little too strongly, as he was nabbed with the second-to-last pick by the team captained by Columbus forward Nick Foligno.
FOOD
January 22, 2015
Rex 1516 has become something of an open mic for burgers since July, when chef Justin Swain began inviting a new chef pal each week to concoct a Tuesday-Wednesday burger fantasy for the City Wide Burger Special. Paired with a shot of Buffalo Trace and a pint of Newbold for $15 (a nod to the actual "citywide" drink special offered in local bars), it's a tremendous value. From "Choucroute: There it is!" (topped with sauerkraut and apple jam) by Will BYOB sous-chef Craig Russell to "New Pigs on the Guac" (Chihuahua cheese and pork belly al pastor)
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December 26, 2014 | By ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
IT WAS that seven-game stretch starting in late September that probably clinched this year's fantasy football MVP award for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The man was a mountain of consistency the first 3 months of the season. Three touchdowns and 300 yards were as predictable as Packers players leaping into the stands after scoring touchdowns. In those seven games, Rodgers threw for 23 touchdowns and two interceptions. Rodgers garnered nearly 70 percent of readers' votes to win fantasy MVP for the second time in 4 years.
NEWS
December 20, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 16 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons at Saints. Julio Jones (hip) should be back, but even if he's not, Ryan will take full advantage of New Orleans' generous secondary with the other weapons at his disposal. He tore up the Saints in Week 1, as has virtually every other offense that faces this defense. Even Jay Cutler managed to toss two TDs against this bunch. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers vs. Browns.
SPORTS
December 19, 2014 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
FANTA CLAUS doesn't enjoy doing this, but there are a lot of little boys who are getting coal in their stockings. Obviously, there is plenty of blame to be spread around when players face-plant on the field and ruin the visions of fantasy championships that have been dancing in our eyes like sugarplums. It could be the offensive coordinator, the head coach, the other team's defense, or - in the case of Demaryius Thomas - the unidentified teammate who stepped on his ankle in a practice leading up to a Week 14 game against the Bills.
SPORTS
December 12, 2014
IF THE Heisman Trust people hand their famous award to Oregon's Marcus Mariota on Saturday night, he might want to give it right back. It's bad luck. Eagles fans pining for Mariota take heed: Heisman winners lately, particularly quarterbacks, are generally clipboard holders at best in the NFL. In fantasy, they are mostly invisible. With Mariota favored to pick up this year's trophy, and 2012 winner Johnny Manziel poised to make his first NFL start on Sunday for Cleveland, we wanted to take a look at the Heisman winners since 1989 - the year after Hall of Famer Barry Sanders won it - and celebrate all those players who went on to make meaningful contributions to fantasy leaguers.
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December 6, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 14 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks at Eagles. Wilson leaves a lot to be desired in the aerial department, but his running prowess often makes up for the lack of touchdown passes. The Eagles just shut down Tony Romo and company, but they are typically very generous to opposing passers. Look for a better-than-normal day at the office for Wilson, and better than normal is pretty darn good. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets at Vikings.
NEWS
December 3, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
It's playoff time, my friends: The culmination of an embarrassing amount of draft prep and research, weekly angst over start/bench decisions and waiver-wire bids, and countless zombie-like viewing sessions of the Red Zone Channel. The grand prize awaits, whether your payoff is counted in dollars, your name etched on the side of a traveling trophy, or a year of bragging rights over your fellow owners. So this is no time to get cute. The old fantasy axiom remains: "Dance with the ones that brung ya. " Ask any Calvin Johnson or Drew Brees owner.
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November 28, 2014
IT'S ALWAYS CUTE when the little kid at the table says Grace before the Thanksgiving meal. The child will recite the usual blessings of health, family and togetherness. It's a shame they don't ask fantasy leaguers to come up with the annual prayer. We would give thanks for such things as Emmanuel Sanders shaking off a violent hit to register nine catches for 125 yards last week. Or we might thank Golden Tate for taking advantage of Calvin Johnson's injury to post a pair of 150-yard games in Weeks 7 and 8. Remember that Andrew Luck garbage-time touchdown at about 11:30 on Sunday night of Week 1?
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