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4 ways to save money during football season

first_imgIf you love football like I do, you’re pretty excited when this time of year rolls around. As fun as it is, it can be expensive. Here are a few things you can do to enjoy yourself and save a few bucks.1. Fund your football addictionIf you’re going to spend a lot of money this football season, try figuring out a way to raise some dough before the season starts. Having a yard sale could be a great way to raise some pocket cash for a ticket you want or that party you want to throw. Have an old guitar or piece of workout equipment you don’t use anymore? Throw it up on Ebay or Craigslist and turn it into cash.2. Go big or stay homeWe all love the big games, especially when our team is involved. When those weeks roll around, do it big! If you’re throwing a party, grill it up and stock up on beer. Having a big event is always fun. If you’re going to the game, plan out an exciting tailgate and do it up right. When your team is in a less exciting matchup, watch your game, but keep it light and try not to spend any more cash than you would on a non-football Saturday.3. Split those season ticketsFeel the need to be at the stadium as much as possible? Trying splitting those season tickets with a buddy. You can go to games together or divide the games and take other friends and family. Even that way, you’ll get to see 3 or 4 games for a decent price.4. Involve everyone in your party plansIf you love to constantly have people over on game days, just make sure you’re not footing the bill every weekend. Make it a potluck and get your friends to all contribute to the spread. It’s a lot easier to have a great party week after week if it’s not costing you hundreds each Saturday. 233SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Dodgers notes: Carl Crawford miffed by All-Star ballot snub

first_imgCrawford was not only an All-Star in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010, he was the All-Star game’s Most Valuable Player in 2009.The Dodgers on the All-Star ballot were chosen by general manager Ned Colletti along with representatives from Major League Baseball, a Dodgers official confirmed.The team will promote Crawford as a write-in candidate.Puig is technically on his first ballot, but was nearly voted in by the fans last season courtesy of the NL All-Star final vote. Puig received more votes than anybody in Final Vote history except Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who beat him out with 19.7 million.The rest of the Dodgers’ All-Star ballot representatives were predictable: Adrian Gonzalez (first base), Dee Gordon (second base), Hanley Ramirez (shortstop), Juan Uribe (third base) and A.J. Ellis (catcher). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The three outfielders on the ballot aren’t exactly attractive All-Star candidates at the moment. Neither is Crawford for that matter.Puig is hitting .254 with a .338 on-base percentage and a .437 slugging percentage. Kemp’s slash line is 211/.297/.456, Ethier’s is. 194/.247/.284, and Crawford’s is .222/.231/.317. New set-up for Wilson?The Dodgers are considering a removal of reliever Brian Wilson from his current set-up role, according to manager Don Mattingly.Wilson surrendered four runs in the ninth inning of Thursday’s 7-3 loss to the Phillies, giving him two losses in just six appearances this season.After spending 17 days on the disabled list with elbow irritation earlier this month — and not allowing a run in 24 outings last season — one can’t help but wonder if Wilson is healthy.“I think he’s healthy. If he’s not, he’s not telling us,” Mattingly said. “I feel like it’s just execution. He says possibly getting him regular work will get him back in a groove.”Wilson faced six batters Thursday, gave up three hits, hit one batter and intentionally walked another before he was relieved.He only hit 94 mph on the radar gun with two of the nine fastballs he threw Thursday. One was fouled off by Tony Gwynn Jr. and the other hit Ryan Howard. Last year, Wilson’s fastball was averaging between 93 and 94 with a high of 96 mph. Puig to the big screen?Just as the waters were calming after a Los Angeles Magazine story chronicling Puig’s defection from Cuba was published, it made another wave.The film rights to Jesse Katz’s story have been sold to “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner’s production company, RatPac Entertainment, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The magazine story details Puig’s attempts to escape Cuba and eventually his successful defection courtesy of smugglers working for a Mexican drug cartel. Puig was then held captive by the smugglers for three weeks when the man who sponsored his defection didn’t pay them before he eventually crossed the U.S. border and was signed by the Dodgers to a seven-year, $43 million deal. center_img The irony of being left off the All-Star ballot wasn’t lost on Carl Crawford.The Dodgers outfielder’s four All-Star selections are tied with Adrian Gonzalez for the most of the team, but he was passed over in favor of Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig when the ballot was released Friday.“To not even have a chance, I mean, I’ve got the most All-Stars of anybody on the team,” Crawford said. “Now there’s not even a chance. I don’t know how I’m supposed to take that.”Only three outfielders per team are allowed on the ballot. The Dodgers’ request to add a fourth was denied, according to a Dodgers official.last_img read more

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Wyndham Championship picks, sleepers, betting advice

first_imgBefore we get into this week’s picks, here’s a reminder to check me out on Twitter ( @DFSBenj ) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy content and gambling advice. The PGA Tour season is quickly coming to an end with the FedEx Cup Playoffs kicking off next week. This week, the tour heads to North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship, which will be the final chance for players to finish within the top-125 in the FedEx Cup standings and qualify for the playoffs. Those players with the most to gain could be options to fill out your betting card.The Wyndham Championship is held at Sedgefield Country Club and measures out to a modest 7,130-yard, par-70 layout. Sedgefield is one of the most straightforward courses that we see all season long. Players have a variety of options off the tee, and many will choose to go less than driver to put the ball in the fairway and set up short-to-mid iron approaches. MORE: RotoQL Lineup BuilderThe majority of approach shots will fall in the 150-175 yard range, but longer hitters will be left with just a wedge on plenty of the par 4s. While Sedgefield only has two par 5s, they are both extremely short and will be reachable for the majority of the field. Expect to see boatloads of eagles and birdies on those holes, and anyone who is making pars on the par 5s will be losing strokes to the field. Targeting the prototypical ball strikers will be your best angle of attack this week, and it’s not surprising to see elite ball strikers such as Webb Simpson having an elite track record at this event. Sedgefield plays as one of the easiest courses on tour, with winning scores frequently in the 20-under par range. Think of it as the East Coast’s John Deere Classic with a slightly better field, albeit still one of the weakest fields we see all season.  Key Stats for Sedgefield CCBall Striking Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee Birdie or Better Percentage Strokes Gained Approach: 150-175 Yards Wyndham Championship betting adviceOutright Bets to Consider*odds via DraftKings SportsbookJordan Spieth 20/1 It’s been a rough year for Jordan Spieth, and he needs a solid few weeks to qualify for the Tour Championship. His ball striking has been a mess, and his good results have mostly been made up through his short game and excellent putting. With that being said, his results have been trending in the right direction after finishing T20 at The Open Championship and T12 last week at the WGC FedEx Invitational. Spieth’s number of 20/1 is a great value in a field that is extremely weak, and this is likely his best chance to get a win this season. Nothing about his ball striking makes me feel good about this bet, but Spieth is too talented of a player to be held down for much longer.Alexander Noren 50/1 I really like the 50/1 and over range this week, where there’s a ton of value to be found. Alex Noren is a class player who has a pedigree of winning events on both the PGA and European Tour. Noren is an elite ball striker at his best, and he has played his best golf of the season over the last month. Noren has posted finishes of T26, T11, and T12 over his last 3 events, all of which came in elite fields (BMW Championship, The Open, WGC Invitational). This is crazy good value for a player with the long term quality that Noren has, and I’ll gladly jump on him in such a weak field.Joaquin Nieman 55/1 I’ve been on Joaquin Niemann a ton over the second half of the season, and he could become the next young gun to grab his first career win after watching Matthew Wolff and Colin Morikawa win within the last month. Niemann is a class ball striker and has every bit the amount of talent of Wolff, Morikawa, and fellow youngster Viktor Hovland. His results have been excellent his summer, with seven finishes inside of the top-31, including two top-fives and another top-10 since the PGA Championship. He missed the cut in his last appearance at The Open, but I won’t hold that against him, as that was his first tournament on a British-style links course played in brutal conditions.Sungjae Im 80/1 Sungjae Im has quietly been one of the best rookies on the PGA Tour this season, and he has been one of the most active golfers on any tour, playing in 30 events. Im had racked up five straight top-26 finishes before missing the cut at The Open. However, his second round 80 can somewhat be attributed to the worst possible tee time draw. The Wyndham Championship is a prime event for a ball striker like Im, who stripes it better than most players in this field. We’ve seen Im in the 50/1 range a few times in the second half of the season, so we are getting a steal at 80/1 in a weak field event that will be a birdie fest. He has finished T21 and T31 in his last two events coming off of a rest week.last_img read more