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The world of Fantasy Sports is a trillion dollar business these days. The world of Fantasy Sports has changed dramatically down through the years and has become a very common facet in the public today. Fantasy Sports crosses the line between gambling and fun. These days there are pretty much every sport included in the fantasy realms including NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, NASCAR, HOSRSE RACING, Volleyball, Tennis, etc. and the list goes on. It is amazing how fantasy sports has evolved through time. The first fantasy sports entity came in the National Football League when a few old timers got together to form the very first fantasy plateau.
As time has went on and as the decades have come and gone, fantasy sports has become more and more popular. In the modern day faction, Fantasy Football is the most popular. I have participated in Fantasy Football for years, ever since I was a young teenage boy at the age of 15. However, this is the very first year that I have participated in Fantasy Baseball. I am actually enamored fifth Fantasy Hockey, but yet to take the plunge. I must admit, I had no idea what to expect when joining the Fantasy Baseball League. I mean, it was a bunch of co-workers and limited pressure as the league fee was only 30 Dollars $30.00. I mean, I have been in Fantasy Football leagues where the league fee is 200.00$. So, this was a minor blip in my mirror. However, Fantasy Baseball is so much different than Fantasy Football. Of course, the logical reason for this is that the NFL season is only 16 games while baseball is 162 Game Marathon.
I am an expert i n Fantasy Football and I know all of the tricks of the trade. However, Fantasy Baseball is so much more involved. The first huge difference is that there are only 16 Football Games throughout the season. While in retrospect, there are 162 Games in the MLB season. Usually in the NFL fantasy season, i have a real good idea of what players I would like to sign and in which round. However, the strategy with Fantasy Baseball is so much different. One would think it may make sense to take the best player available on the board just like in Football. However, this is not always the case because baseball has more positions...some that are weaker than others. For example, Troy Tulowitzki (SS) from Collarado is heads and shoulders better than the next available shortstop so he went high in many drafts. The same holds true for pitching. When the to Pitcher went in the draft, there was a run on pitching as everyone wanted a piece of the pie.
I must admit, in my league I have made over 40 moves right now. This breaks down to 6 per week. I think the object in Baseball is long term preservation, however, I seem to be stuck on the Football mentality where only certain players dominate the entire season. This has been a learning experience for me I want to say. I would like to try the other fantasy sports like Hockey and NBA. No matter what the case, no matter how young or old you are, no matter if you are a die hard, or just an occasional fan, no matter if you can get up or are stuck down, no matter what age you are, Fantasy Sports enables a person to enjoy an entire sports season, even if your favorite team stinks. In conclusion, check out Fantasy Sports if you have not yet. You will be blown away by the atmosphere! This is Jason Voorhees reporting for Phillyrockradio.com. Until next time... rock on droogies :_)
Former NFL Player Jeremy Newberry is facing stage 3 Kidney failure after team doctors and trainers pushed him to take painkillers that allowed him to play with injuries.
Newberry and his lawyer Steven Silverman have filed a lawsuit against the NFL that alleges that the league pressured athletes to take powerful pain medications and injections that caused serious health complications for many players. Not only were these medications dispensed carelessly, but they were actually provided illegally according to the Federal Narcotic Administration and the laws regarding these narcotics. Newberry is one of eight NFL players named in this lawsuit, which also includes former Chicago Bears playersJim McMahon, Richard Dent, and Keith Van Horn. On Thursday morning, former Defensive End Marcellus Wiley also joined this lawsuit.
Newberry says, "I played with broken bones, I played with separarte shoulders, I played with torn ligaments. I played with about everything under the sun--anything they could shoot up and numb." He claims that it was common for more than half the team to drop their pants before games and take an injection of the painkiller "toradol", which was prescribed by a doctor. Newberry also went on to say that the absolute "worse" side effect he was told about from taking this drug would be body bruising. Newberry was never told that longterm use of Toradol will destroy a person's kidneys, and the doctors consistently gave him a clean bill of health, so he never questioned it. However, the doctors behind the scenes documented his decline in renal failure.
Newberry said, "There were signs of deterioration in my kidneys back to 2004, in my blood work and physicals every year and every year it got a little bit worse. The first time I learned about it was when I ended up in the Emergency Room for five days, getting treatment, trying to SAVE MY LIFE and bring my blood pressure down." Numerous players were polled on wether or not they knew that Toradol could cause serious side effects and the majority answer was "NO!!!". According to the lawsuit, "...the NFL has intentionally, recklessly, and negligently developed a culture of drug misuse, substituting players health for profit." Of course, the players are seeking financial compensation for long term health care for problems that they have developed. To me though, this issue is less about money and more about human quality of life.
There is evidence that doctors and trainers, many of whom were never licensed to give out prescriptions, wether narcotic or controlled substance. These trainers were handing out sleeping pills, painkillers, energy boosters like candy. The more important goal of this lawsuit is to seek changes in the way the NFL distributes painkillers, including Toradol, an anti-inflammatory drug that is most commonly used in emergency rooms during operations or post-ops to help with pain management. This lawsuit is the second major of it's kind and follows the lawsuit in 2013 regarding the NFL's mismanagement of concussions.
I think there is responsibility on both sides of this argument, and in no way can the player lack some type of responsibility, especially considering that professional athletes play with the knowledge that they risk many health problems. However, I don't think ANY athlete signed up for a career that will end with them needing a kidney transplant. I am pretty sure that if Jeremy Newberry was aware of the potential side effects and that his life would be on the line due to usage of these drugs in order to remain on the field that he would have made a different decision. C'mon, this guy is 38 Years Old and he is facing a life or death health problem. This is where I think there is a problem in the NFL and where I feel that the leagued is more worried ab out the game and not the player. I also believe this filters down to team physicians and trainers due to the enormity of the NFL.
An even more disturbing fact is that there is medical records regarding Newberry's blood levels that showed a direct trail to his kidney failure. There are also countless stories of these horror stories in the NFL, and I am sure that these issues are not just relegated to the NFL, but also all other sports. These stories portray a culture of the NFL that puts profits ahead of the players in their league and their health. On ESPN today, Marcellus Wiley was interviewed about the problems that are being raised by this lawsuit. During the interview he made a few very important statements. Wiley described one year that he was receiving painkillers for an injury that was diagnosed as two groin strains. Well at the end of the season, during a routine physical, doctors diagnosed Wiley with a torn abdominal muscle. Wiley never fully recovered and ultimately retired. He went on to say that the doctors informed him that his injury was the worst abdominal tear they had ever witnessed. He cited the fact that Donovan McNabb had the same type of injury, sat out a full season and went on to still have a productive career.
In conclusion, this lawsuit definitely brings up many issues that need to be researched and addressed. First and foremost, there should be more exclusive rules regarding painkillers and narcotics and other pain medications in the world of all professional sports. Secondly, if trainers are going to be the ones that do dispense these drugs, they should have to be certified and also educated on all of the possible side effects of each drug. Thirdly, these side effects and any long term health problems must be communicated to the player. Have the player sign a waiver giving up their right to sue if they have injuries or side effects from taking these drugs. Put the responsibility on the player. I am sure that there will be much more that comes out from this story. However, me not being an athlete would like to raise the question: Would you sacrifice 30 years of your life for a little bit of fame? Until next time, this is Jason Voorhees reporting for phillysportsradio. Make sure to tune in on Thursdays for the Saloon Rock Club w/ Johnny E and Kevin L. Also, make sure to check out the HairMetalMansion with Andrew the Axeman. Finally, if you are looking for all things sports...check out intheneutralzone.com.
Tuesday marked the release of the Brand New DVD: DIO LIVE IN LONDON...
Hammersmith Apollo 1993. This is the second DIO material to be released this year. Back in March, DIO: This Is Your Life was released by DIO's widow. This iconic album features some of the best in Metal today covering their favorite DIO classics. Metallica even does a 3 Song Symphony. All of the proceeds of this album are going towards cancer research and other cancer charities.
The new DIO DVD is the first live material released in some time now. As all Metal Maniacs know, DIO passed away on May 16th, 2010 of stomach cancer. So Friday will be the fourth anniversary of his passing. There are not too many musicians that have touched the Heavy Metal and Rock community quite like Ronnie James DIO. DIO is iconic and will always be remembered for his glorious vocals and extreme lyrics. Ronnie may be one of the best song writers of all-time and his voice was equally magnificent. This new live album features a live concert that was previously unreleased.
DIO LIVE IN LONDON occurs on December 12th, 1993 and captures the newly reformed DIO on the last night of their European Tour in support of the "Strange Highways" album. This DIO lineup consists of Ronnie (Vocals), Vinny Appice (Drums), Jeff Pilson (BASS), Tracy Guns (Guitar) and Scott Warren on keyboards. The concert captures a blistering performance by the iconic metal band and spans Ronnie's career with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and his solo material. There are 18 Tracks on the DVD along with bonus material that takes you on a ride backstage with the band.
Here is the setlist:
1) Stand Up And Shout
2) Strange Highways
3) Don't Talk to Strangers
6) The Mob Rules
7) Children of the Sea
8) Holy Diver
9) Heaven and Hell
10) Man on the Silver Mountain
11) Drum Solo
12) Heaven and Hell (Reprise)
13) Jesus Mary and The Holy Ghost
14) Hollywood Black
15) The Last in Line
16) Rainbow in the Dark
17) We Rock
18) Heres to You
The live performance begins with the fast paced Stand up And Shout and then a few solo songs before delving into the Sabbath material. The Heaven and Hell performance brings chills to anyones spine that was a Sabbath fan of the DIO era. 1993 was a pivotal year for Ronnie James Dio. He had rejoined Sabbath but his stay was short lived. He then came back with a new DIO lineup featuring new musicians besides Vinny Appice. The concert takes you through the entire DIO catalog and alternates back and forth between Sabbath, Rainbow, and DIO. They also played some new material from Angry Machines. I highly recommend the DVD to any DIO enthusiast, wether with Sabbath or Solo. I give the DVD a 9/10 Rating on the Voorhees Scale.
As the anniversary of DIO's death fast approaches, I am sure that radio stations and music channels throughout the world will be featuring tributes and specials featuring Ronnie James Dio at every stop in his career. This DVD is an awesome microcosm of DIO's talent and the legacy that he left on the music community. Ronnie James Dio was more than a musician. He was more than a lead singer. He was more than a fantastic voice. He was more than a legend if that can be possible. Ronnie James Dio is and always will be remembered as one of the Heavy Metal Giants of our time. As we remember his life...we keep on with his mantra...\m/\m/\m/\m/!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE NFL DRAFT CAN SOMETIMES BE COMPARED TO PLAYING POKER...SOMETIMES A TEAM CAN BE RIGHT AND OTHER TIMES THE PICK CAN TOTALLY NOT PAN OUT>>>>>>>>>
In the 2003 NBA Draft, LeBron James was selected Number #1 by the Cleveland Cavaliers, which at the time was the most highly anticipated draft prospect in the history of the sport. King James has went on to win multiple MVP Awards and multiple Championships. LeBron will one day be in the NBA Hall of Fame. One could say that LeBron was a surefire pick. He was only the second high school draftee to be drafted #1, the first being Kwame Brown in 2001.
Fast forward to 2007. Greg Oden, a 273 Pound Center for Ohio State, which went on to win the Big Ten Championship and lost in the NCAA Finals as the runner up. Oden played only one season and he was the next LeBron James everyone thought. Well, on June 28, 2007 Oden was selected Number One by the Portland Trailblazers, who thought they were getting the second coming of James. My how wrong they were! On September of that same year, Oden underwent micro fracture surgery and missed the entire 2007-2008 Season as a result. He recovered and made his NBA debut on opening night of the 2008 Season. Then in March of 2012, Oden was waved by the Blazers after an injury plagued career. He did not play in a game for over three years until he was signed by the Miami Heat in August of 2013.
There are many other stories like this in the NBA. Well, the NFL is no different. The NFL Draft features seven rounds and most teams get one pick in each round, with some getting more and some getting less due to trades. There have been so many players that have been highly touted coming into a draft, only to see their hopes and dreams dashed as they fail miserably. Yes, there are those rare occasions when a Player is a star in College, drafted high by an NFL Team, and then goes on to enjoy a Hall of Fame Career in the NFL. However, these stories are few and far between. Thursday marked the 2014 NFL Draft Day. This Draft actually set a record for air play and is one of the most anticipated drafts in sometime for the league. Especially on the offensive side of the ball, namely wide receiver which saw a record 12 Receivers drafted in the first two rounds.
The 2014 Draft also marked the first time a Running Back was not drafted in the First Round and set a record for the latest draft spot where a running back was chosen. Bishop Sankey from Washington went to the Tennessee Titans at Pick #54. This was the latest that a running back has ever been drafted. The Houston Texans took Jadeveon Clowney (DE) from Southern Carolina. At pick #4, the Buffalo Bills started the run on Wide Receivers by taking Sammy Watkins (WR) from Clemson. Coming into the draft, Watkins was the #1 Wide Receiver Prospect. Blake Bortles was the First Quarterback taken with the third pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars who need a Franchise Quarterback in the worst way. Johnny "Football" Manziel, went to the Browns at pick #22 and was followed by Teddy Bridgewater who was taken by the Minnesota Vikings with the last pick of the first round.
The very first NFL Draft occurred at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia on February 8th, 1936. Ok...so let us take a look at the Number One Picks of the Last 30 Years:
1984- Irving Fryar (WR)
1985- Bruce Smith (DE)
1986- Bo Jackson (RB)
1987- Vinny Testaverde (QB)
1988- Aundray Bruce (LB)
1989- Troy Aikman (QB)
1990- Jeff George (QB)
1991- Russell Maryland (DT)
1992- Steve Emtman (DT)
1993- Drew Bledsoe (QB)
1994- Dan Wilkinson (DT)
1995- Ki-Jana Carter (RB)
1996- Keyshawn Johnson (WR)
1997- Orlando Pace (OT)
1998- Peyton Manning (QB)
1999- Tim Couch (QB)
2000- Courtney Brown (DE)
2001- Michael Vick (QB)
2002- David Carr (QB)
2003- Carson Palmer (QB)
2004- Eli Manning (QB)
2005- Alex Smith (QB)
2006- Mario Williams (DE)
2007- JaMarcus Russell (QB)
2008- Jake Long (OT)
2009- Matthew Stafford (QB)
2010- Sam Bradford (QB)
2011- Cam Newton (QB)
2012- Andrew Luck (QB)
2013- Eric Fisher (OT)
2014- Jedeveon Clowney (DE)
*****Ok so a few things jump out at you in this list. A Quarterback has been drafted with the #1 Pick 16 Times, which is more than 50% in the last 30 Years of the Draft. 4 Defensive Ends have went #1. 3 Defensive Tackles. 3 Offensive Tackles. 2 Running Backs. 2 Wide Receivers. In the past 30 Years, there have been 3 Hall of Fame Players from the #1 Pick. 10 of the 16 Quarterbacks have went on to have decent careers with Troy Aikman, Drew Bledsoe and Peyton Manning, and Eli Manning seeing the most success. 12 of the 30 Picks can be considered busts. So this is almost 50%. This statistic tells you something. You cannot predict the future. I have two words. Tom Brady. Brady was a sixth round pick of the New England Patriots in 2000 and has went on to win 3 Super Bowls and has become one of the Greatest Quarterbacks in history.
Terrell Davis is a sixth round running back drafted by the Denver Broncos that went on to have a Hall of Fame Career and win 2 Super Bowls. Then of course we have sure fire picks such as Emmit Smith, Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson, and many others that have went in the Top 5 and became stars. The point is, no one really can predict wether a draft pick will be the next budding superstar. I mean, there is some common sense and facts that lead to these choices. However, many players that are drafted high never make it past one season. Sometimes it may be an injury, sometimes its that they get in trouble with the law. And then other times, these players just flat out stink. I can remember other past picks such as Rodney Peete and Tim Couch who ended up on the couch instead of the sidelines.
The same trend that occurs in the league also occurs on an individual team basis. Not being a homer, let us take a look at the Philadelphia Eagles. The worst pick by the Eagles ever was Jon Harris, a #1 Pick. One of the best Draft Picks of the Eagles was Trent Cole and he was a fifth round pick. So one can see the disparity. This is why all of the hype in the draft is nonsense in my opinion. I mean, the Eagles do not have a good track record of drafting. However, this does not mean that one of their picks could eventually be a Tom Brady. Believe me, there are not many Tom Brady's. However, I would be willing to bet that there are as many Tom Brady's as First Round Success Stories. So as we ponder the final day of the 2014 Draft...who will be this years bust. Who will be this years Boom. Who will be this years diamond in the rough. Every draft really takes at least three years to get a true grade. So Football Fans, just enjoy the stories and drama of the draft and remember that this is a crapshoot. Good Luck to all of the NFL teams. I really hope you drafted well. Until next time...this is Jason Voorhees reporting for Philly Rock Radio.
Well all of you die hard Flyers fans, I know everyone is really upset and hurt about the Flyers loss to the Rangers in Round 1 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Quarter Finals. Hopefully no one jumped off of the Walt Whitman Bridge. Well, there were many reasons why the Flyers lost this series to New York. Sloppy play in the neutral zone, turnovers, poor defense, inability to capitalize on Ranger mistakes, lack of offense, the list can go on and on. However, there is truly only one reason why the Flyers almost pulled off a seven game defeat of the Rangers. It begins with an "S" and ends with an "M". Whats that you ask? Shots and minors. No way. Its STEVE MASON! Who? STEVE MASON!
Well I think it is safe to say that the Flyers have finally found their goaltender of the future after years of inadequacy at the position. Steve Mason had an excellent regular season going 33-18-7. Mason allowed 145 Goals on 1,751 Shots. He made 1606 Saves en route to a 2.50 Goals Against Average and a .917 Save Percentage. He chipped in 4 Shutouts and had 10 Penalty Minutes. Not bad for a 25 year old goalie who used to play for a porous Columbus Blue Jackets where he actually won the rookie of the year award. However, since coming to the Philadelphia Flyers at the trade deadline last year, in what seemed like a minor deal, Mason has been nothing less than spectacular. That is until the first round of these playoffs. Mason had to sit out the first two games against the Rangers due to a concussion from the cheap shot artists Pittsburgh Penguins.
However, Mason played the rest of the series and he was even better than spectacular. "STONE COLD STEVE MASON." He was lights out in this series. He was out of this world. He was Dominik Hasek. He was Patrick Roy. He was Martin Brodeur. Hell, he was Bernie Parent. Steve Mason stood on his head the entire series and almost single handedly carried the Flyers on his back to a Round 1 Win. If not for Mason in the final games, the series would have never made it to seven games. The numbers only tell half of the story. Mason was 2-2, and allowed 8 Goals in Five Games, sporting a 1.97 Goals Against Average, a .937 Save Percentage and stopped 123 of 131 Shots. These are unbelievable numbers. However, they do not come close to the statement that Mason made in these playoffs. He was Dominik Hasekesk. He was Patrick Royesk!!!! Steve Mason was literally a one man wrecking crew and almost ship recked the New York Rangers. He made one spectacular save after the other and somehow got better with each game. I would say the Rangers had at least 25 Quality Chances in Game 7 and Mason stopped everything but the kitchen sink.
So now when you are watching the Rangers and Penguins, you can find solace in our goalie of the future. Steve Mason, you stole our hearts. You almost took the New York Rangers hearts. Your Glove was made of steel. Your stick was made of iron. All the while, you did your best impression of Super Man. You emulated Bernie Parent. You reminded Hockey fans of Patrick Roy or Dominik Hasek. You were the ultimate weapon. I don't know about you but I can't wait until this team can assemble a playoff defense in front of Mason. The Flyers will surely win a Cup. Steve Mason, thanks for all of the memories. You made enough saves in one series to compare to many goalies entire careers. Steve Mason, we thank you and GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have arrived. The Flyers Stud Goaltender has finally arrived. I never thought I would live to see the day. And somewhere, Ron Hextall is watching YouTube and getting very excited. Until next time, this is Jason Voorhees for Philly Rock Radio.
Jason is an associate of Philly Rock Radio. He is an avid fan of professional sports and Heavy Metal who writes about local sports and reviews new music.
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