6 Things You Need to Know About "The League"

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The League


You Don’t Have To Like Football to Watch - Contrary to common belief, you don’t actually have to enjoy watching football to enjoy watching The League. Yes, some of the dialogue is based on football players, which team is playing well, which quarterback has an injury, etc., but it’s not everything. Between Taco’s shenanigans, Andre’s bad jokes (really, you just love to hate his character sometimes), and Jenny’s kick-ass girl power, there’s so much to love about the show!



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Online fantasy sports have been around since Yahoo! began offering free fantasy football leagues in 1999, and ever since these virtual leagues have grown in popularity year after year. Today, people can participate in fantasy leagues for almost every sport on sites such as ESPN and Yahoo!. And why wouldn’t a sports fan like fantasy sports? It gives the average Joe the ability to become a team general manager and have draft parties with their pals. Although, there is one enticing reason people like fantasy sports that trumps the rest: many league creators often require members to enter money into a pot that the league’s winner collects at the end of the season.

With money becoming such a large part of fantasy sports, a new type of league was invented in 2009 by the startup company FanDuel. Instead of offering season long fantasy leagues, FanDuel offers daily fantasy games. This differs from traditional fantasy sites because users draft a new team each day and are required by the company to enter money, which isn’t the case with traditional fantasy sports sites.

NFL Stocks

As some teams reached the halfway point of the season and others one game shy if they’ve had their bye week already, it’s a good time to take a step back and take stock of NFL.

While this can change drastically based on results of the Week 9 NFL games, below we play “Stock Rising, Stock Falling” for a select few teams in the NFL.


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6 Things You Need to Know About: Tailgating



1. Plan The Menu

Keep it quick and easy! Choose food that can be cooked in no more than 15 minutes like hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, and kebabs. You'll need sides to pair along with your meats. Potato salad, coleslaw, and baked beans are all classic side dishes everyone will enjoy! Chips, dips, and appetizers are a must for snack lovers. Don't forget the cooler for all your beverages like soda, Juice, water, alcohol. Nothing is worse than warm beverages on a hot day so be sure to have plenty of ice. In the cold weather, hot drinks are just as important. Bring a thermos to keep your hot drinks such as coffee and hot chocolate warm on those cold days. Planning the menu in accordance with the weather will improve your tailgating experience!
Tip: Pre-cooking your favorites like buffalo wings, chili, and baked potatoes will save you tons of time on game-day.


Failgating 101


I am not, as it were, a sports "fan" in any legitimate meaning of the word. While I played numerous sports in my youth – softball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse – I cannot now say I follow any sport closely. Casual fandom is probably a stretch, even though I maintain that watching a bit of rugby or soccer is usually enjoyable. And I do love a live baseball game from time to time. All of these factors make it all the more interesting that my fiancé and I were a season ticket-holders for UConn Football up until very recently.

No one would accuse me of being a football fan in particular, unless you're talking about the type played with a round ball. I’m not even a UConn fan (though I will forever appreciate the denizens of Horse Barn Hill because I am a Connecticuttian). I am not even an alumna of UConn, though as I am from CT, about half my social circle is. And yet, there we were: ticket holders. And I have gotten really good at not necessarily faking my fandom, but nailing down the tailgating like a bloody professional. Because, let's be honest here, I am an enthusiast not of any sporting activity, but of eating and drinking outdoors with purpose. And with minimal effort, you, too, can take your weekend sports outings to tailgating success!

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