How To Have the Best Fantasy Football Team Next Year

One of the most popular past times in America is sports. From football and baseball, to basketball and hockey Americans will fill bars, crowd living rooms, and show up in impressive numbers to root for their favorite teams and players.

In addition, we love to find ways to make sports even more competitive for the viewers. One of the ways this is done is through gambling. Putting money on a sporting event allows us to raise the stakes. However, fantasy sports allow the opportunity to make money and to compete directly with friends, family, and co-workers. The most popular fantasy sport is football, with the popularity of the NFL at an all-time high.

Fantasy leagues can vary greatly in their style. Traditional fantasy leagues are usually free, have a draft at the beginning of the season, and offer the ability to add or drop players throughout the season. Recently, there has been a growing popularity with one-day fantasy leagues that allow you to draft a new to team every time you play. While they do require a cost to play, they also offer immediate cash payouts for winning. Being a successful fantasy football owner requires a little research, a strong draft, and access to stay up to date on the latest league news.

Research and Drafting

The first part of having a successful fantasy football team is doing your research. Every offseason players change teams, and new ones are drafted into the league. This causes changes in chemistry, playing time, and situations where certain players receive the ball. All these things can affect how a team or player will perform, which could affect your fantasy team. Additionally, injuries and legal issues can also affect how much a player is expected to produce.

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Top Tips for Your Health

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If there’s one thing that everyone should take seriously, no matter what their age is – it’s their health. Looking after your health is the best way to make sure you feel good, look great, and stay happy for years to come. Sometimes, caring for your health can be something of a difficult feat – especially if you have issues to deal with that most people don’t. But sometimes it’s as simple as eating right, attaining enough rest, and visiting the doctor when you need to.

Stay Active

One top tip for looking after your health is that you should never just sit around and let life happen to you – so get active! Every time you slide into the seat of a car, think about whether you could get to the same place on foot. Walking for ten minutes a day could be enough to improve your well being substantially. Try starting out by parking a little further away from work than usual and walking the rest of the way–you may be surprised at the results.

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Drink of the Week: The Portly Blackberry

the Portly Blackberry.Let me tell you, folks, sometimes putting on this here cocktail blog is anything but a cocktail party. Sure, making outstanding drinks and occasionally getting free booze delivered by FedEx and UPS is the opposite of torture, but sometimes, well, it’s not the complete opposite.

That’s the feeling I experienced when I attempted to open a gorgeous free bottle of Alberta Rye Dark Batch. As I attempted to pull up the cork stopper, the plastic thingamajig on top broke off, leaving the bottle fully corked. When I actually went out and bought a fancy corkscrew (which I should have around anyway, though I’m no oenophile), all I managed was to push the cork inside the bottle. In fact, I’m still not sure how I’m going to store the remainder of this very good, and very interesting, whiskey.

What’s so interesting? As we learned from the first episode of “Mad Men,” the whiskey called “rye” was at one time more or less synonymous with Canadian whisky. In fact, Wikipedia tells us it’s still that way in Canada despite the fact that only a token amount of rye is in your typical Canadian whisky recipe. However, here in the U.S., rye whiskies by law have to have a much higher proportion of rye grains and the ryes that have been proliferating since the start of the ongoing cocktail renaissance would never be mistaken for Canadian Club, Crown Royal, or Seagram’s V.O. They often have a slightly peppery flavor and are a tad less sweet than bourbon, their close relative.

Alberta Rye Dark Batch is, therefore, of special interest as is passes U.S. rye muster but is manufactured by our friendly neighbors to the north and sold stateside with a little help from Beam Suntory. It is, however, no retread of your basic U.S. ryes because, like ordinary Canadian whiskys, it’s blended. In this case, however, a strong rye brew is combined with good old Old Grandad bourbon and 1% of sherry wine. Canadian whisky, often maligned by cocktailians but beloved by me, is just never going to be for fanatical purists.

Alberta Dark Batch might be using the American “whiskey” spelling on its bottle rather the traditional Canadian “whisky” spelling, but it’s not quite the same as U.S. bred ryes. It’s smoother and a bit sweeter. It’s not super complex — you won’t catch any rye bread notes — but it earns its super premium status with a flavorful depth and smoothness. It also very good in an Old Fashioned. (Also, if you buy yours and the top breaks off the way mine did, I’m pretty sure most retailers will let you exchange it for another bottle. Getting things for free has its drawbacks!)

The Portly Blackberry — I’ve shortened it’s name from the Alberta Rye Dark Batch Portly Blackberry — is a nice, sophisticated spin on many of the improved whiskey sour recipes that have been floating around for forever. (I usually won’t have any sour that doesn’t have egg white.) It builds on that 1% of sherry wine by taking up a convenient port in the cocktail storm and throws in some fresh berries for good measure.

The Portly Blackberry

2 ounces Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky
1 ounce port wine
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
1 dash rhubarb bitters
1 large egg white (three tablespoons of packaged egg white)
4 blackberries

Combine the lemon juice, syrup, bitters, and two of your four blackberries into a cocktail shaker. Muddle the blackberries, liberating all the juice you can. Next, dry shake (i.e., shake without ice) to emulsify the egg white, which will be easier (and arguably safer) if you use one of the many prepared pasteurized egg white products on the market.

Next, add the rye whiskey, port wine, and plenty of ice. Shake vigorously for ten seconds or more. Then, double strain it into a chilled, and quite large, coupe or cocktail glass — ideally using a standard bar strainer and a food strainer — to get rid of both the ice and blueberry pulp. Finally, add the remaining two blackberries as garnishes. Toast the difficulties of life; without them, how would we appreciate it when things were easy?

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Speaking of life’s travails, I actually came down with a small bug of some sort as I was working on the Portly Blackberry. I decided to keep going with it, but I didn’t get to try the drink as many times as I normally like to. That means, I didn’t experiment with using a Brand X rye brand.

I can tell you, however, that while I usually allow a substitution of superfine sugar for simple syrup, in this case, I can’t endorse that. Often, drinks can taste slightly sweeter in a good way when you use straight sugar as opposed to the 50/50 combination of sugar and water. Not so with the Portly Blackberry; an already fairly tart drink became excessively so. On the other hand, if you want to boost the sweetness, doubling up on the simple syrup to an entire half ounce might work for you.

Also, though I had to drive across town to find one, it’s worth it to get yourself a bottle of rhubarb bitters. I actually forgot to use them on my first go round, and the drink was definitely much improved by that very small dash. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where such things can be found, you’ll probably end up using Fee Brothers’s bitters like I did. However, if you’re a true DIYer with more time (and cooking skills) than yours truly, you can explore making your own.

Sometimes, one way or another, you gotta work a little for your high-end cocktails.

  

Product Review: Dreadnought Post Shave Balm

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I know shaving your face is being marketed as an “experience,” a “moment for yourself.” But out of 100 shaves, how many times do you treat it like a spa day the way hot babes and high-rolling Atlantic City sweathogs do? Exactly.

This review was eight months in the making. I initially reviewed the Post Shave Balm from Dreadnought Shaving over a year ago (Jesus, look how distorted that image is. You’ve come a long way, baby).

At the time, I loved it. So much in fact, that I babied my supply, even cutting it with water when I ran low, the way you fill up your parent’s vodka from the liquor cabinet in high school.

In that eight months, I tried every conceivable aftershave and post shave incarnation, some high-end, though mostly sleazy and easily accessible. And all that time, I was really longing for Dreadnought.

I tried to deny it, but nothing was as good in the interim, or even now. Finally, tail between my legs, I reached back out to Dreadnought.

I was going to publish the actual email, but it was so #WeakSauce, so sappy, it was embarrassing, and it still is. I’d prefer you continue to think of me as a man, not some blathering, near-woman idiot, gassed up on chardonnay and scorn.

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Don’t neglect maintaining your car

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Your car is a very large investment. Because of this, you need to make sure that it is always kept in superb working order. If you neglect the maintenance that your car requires on a regular basis, there are a great deal of bad things that could happen as a result. If you take care of your car, it will take care of you. Cars that receive regular maintenance performed on them will not break down as often as neglected vehicles. This means you can avoid those dreaded trips to the mechanic that usually end up costing a great deal of money. Here are some examples of routine maintenance tasks you can do yourself.

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