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Approach of playoffs means time to start your studs

With playoff time upon us in fantasy football land, it’s time to bear down and get it right because there may not be another chance in 2013 if you don’t. One of of the philosophies I’ve long preached is “Always start your studs.”  But what exactly is a stud? Stud players are rare. They’re elite. Usually each team in your league will have two or three. Four at most.... 

Streak will continue until Swinney puts emphasis on rivalry

For the last few years during the ACC Football Media Day, I’ve asked Dabo Swinney and his designated players the same question, “How important is winning the South Carolina game?” I started asking the question after his second straight loss to the Gamecocks, and I was really doing it because I wanted to egg him on a bit.  Sure, it’s unprofessional, I know. But, I couldn’t help myself. The... 

Fantasy waiver wire becoming a zombie nightmare

If you’re a fan of the zombie apocalypse trope so often utilized in pop culture, then you likely watch The Walking Dead. I know I do, anyway. As I watched Sunday night’s midseason finale — no spoilers, I promise — it dawned on me that most of the intriguing fantasy football adds for Week 14 could be considered “fantasy zombies” in some way, shape or form. And, also... 

Take a timeout from fantasy land to be thankful

Please allow me to begin by saying that when I talk it, I walk it. So, in honor of last week’s rant about honoring the Thanksgiving holiday, this will be my lone post this week. I plan to be knee deep in turkey and dressing, family and football from Thursday through Sunday with little time or desire to step away from that little slice of heaven to hammer out a fantasy football column. But —... 

Dabo in danger of becoming Spurrier’s new Fulmer

I’ve lived in the Palmetto State a good chunk of my life, but I still don’t have a dog (or a tiger or a rooster, for that matter) in the Clemson-South Carolina fight. I admire and respect the rivalry. I’ve been to about a dozen of them for football, albeit as a neutral media observer, and many more for baseball, basketball and the debate club (if you count drunken tailgaters exchanging... 

Thanksgiving is a football, food fantasy come true

One thing that sticks in my craw this time of year is the continued minimization of the Thanksgiving holiday. For years and years, Turkey Day — which I’ve always viewed as one of America’s major holidays — has become increasingly overlooked in everyone’s rush to get to Christmas. Maybe I’m just partial to Thanksgiving because it’s a combination of NFL football... 

Upon further review, instant replay needs a tune-up

Upon further review … The NFL’s instant-replay rule needs further review. Before you roll your eyes and click on something else, this is not one of those reactionary cries that come every time a controversial call costs a team a ballgame, or a pitcher or no-hitter, or my fantasy man Buddha (“fantasy” as in league, not as in dreams) some points in one of his 87 leagues. This... 

A moment I’ll never forget, caught in a picture

Once in awhile, because of my job, I find myself viewing a scene that will live on forever in my mind. Usually, it’s a split second moment that’s an incredible image and screams for my camera that is usually tucked away in a bag or pocket. I encountered one of those images this past week, except this time, I was ready. Just a little back history for you. North Myrtle Beach volleyball, and really... 

CCU football fans looking forward to cockfight with USC

Football coaches are fond of reminding us that the games are played one at a time. The implication, of course, is not to look past one opponent for another, and they’re right. They shouldn’t do that. But for fans and the media, it’s OK to take a sneak peek down the schedule, especially since Coastal Carolina followers have been waiting for the Chanticleers’ Nov. 23 meeting at... 

Boom goes the dynamite for future fantasy stars

There’s an old viral video of an aspiring student sportscaster at Ball State University stammering and stumbling through his shot at the big time. The poor kid gets lost throughout his segment, but manages to drop a moment of genius on us all during a Pacers-Nets highlight. “Boom goes the dynamite.” And with that, another YouTube legend was created and a new phrase entered into our... 
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