Fantasy Football Tips to Play Fantasy Football Like a Pro

The best way to learn any subject is to experience it first hand. No amount of cheat sheets, checklists, advice from friends, or new ideas can replace the wisdom that comes with years of experience.

The good news is that it is possible to gain some insights from those who have been there before. Our science is built on the shoulders of giants, and our games are the same way.

The following are tips that every fantasy football professional learns from experience.

1. Understand what type of league you are in.

The type of league is a factor in a player’s worth. Brandin Cooks is a good example; Cooks was a big win in the dynasty leagues last year, but he was nothing more than a dormant option in the rework leagues until this year. After gaining some experience, he projects himself as a potential stud.

2. Know the rules of your league’s roster.

Sure, it would have been great to have Marshawn Lynch, DeMarco Murray and LeSean McCoy as your top three picks, but if the starting lineup can only include two running backs, a lot of points will be wasted as another position suffers. A professional always has a complete staffing plan in mind.

3. Vary the selections based on the scoring system.

Having a great quarterback is nice, but most leagues weaken your scoring ability by reducing the number of points earned from passing stats. Aaron Rodgers is worth a high draft pick with six points per TD and one point per 20 passing yards. Four for TD and one point for 30? Not that much.

The most common example is PPR (points per reception). Wide receivers gain value and running back rankings are mixed. Matt Forte is a mid to low range RB1 in traditional scoring, but in a league that uses PPR, he’s a stud. One point per reception adds 100 points to your total in 2014 alone.

4. Make safer selections ahead of time.

Not all “safe” players can play the season, but risk can be reduced. Every player available early is a great player. Aside from last year, casting Adrian Peterson over Darren “Glass Man” McFadden was a no-brainer for any professional. Early picks are the cornerstone of a team, and there’s no need to pick injury or legal risk in the first round.

5. Draft for hike after starters and alternates are established.

Having a decent middle starter as a second or third backup receiver might sound great, but it’s a terrible idea. Players can and will go down during the season. More importantly, players can and will appear in a given year. Arian Foster the year it blew up, Kelvin Benjamin last year, and Alfred Blue and Davante Adams this year are great examples of “sleepers,” players who surprised most owners and put up high-level fantasy scores. The league champion will likely have one or two starters no one expected, and unless a league uses 20 replacement-level players to cover bye weeks and injuries, they will be readily available.

6. Never write a kicker or defense early.

Every rule has exceptions, but think about the advice above. Acquiring a top kicker or defense requires a pick somewhere between the eighth and the tenth rounds – a good range to pick from those who sleep on the top end. Kickers vary wildly from year to year, and many professional fantasy players use a different defense each week to chase down easy matchups. A “broadcast defense” can outperform even high-level defenses. That doesn’t mean the Seahawks aren’t worth picking – there’s just more value in waiting on superior defense.

These are just the beginning. Entire novels about fantasy football can be written, and each and every rule can occasionally be broken. The key is to remember this one word: value. The best fantasy football owners find ways to generate additional value and acquire better players for less cost.

Follow these tips, play like a pro, and win your league if you can. Good luck!

Crazed metaphors: quarterbacks and decisions

“If you’re a quarterback,” argues Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, “you want everything on your shoulders. You want to be the decision maker.” Quarterback or ordinary decision maker, we’ve all felt the burden of decision making. Metaphorical football achieves touchdown status only through a combination of the right people, the right conditions, and the right decisions.

Excitement about a decision can get in the way of clear thinking. Just think of what Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John McKay says about emotion: “Excitement is highly overrated in soccer. My wife Corky is very emotional, but she can’t play soccer at all.”

A more analytical approach, but one that does not rely too much on numbers, can help you, whether you are making decisions alone or as a team.

THE McKINSEY SEVEN “S” APPROACH

Data alone shouldn’t be the only thing we depend on when making important decisions. McKinsey and Company urges moving beyond relying solely on quantitative information. The world-renowned management consulting firm emphasizes the value of examining style, skills, systems, structure, people, strategy, and shared value.

Other experts recommend identifying the long-term problems facing the organization. This critical first step has far-reaching implications. Identification may mean having strategic review meetings that involve frank conversations with final decision makers.

Clearly, there are numerous approaches to making the right decisions. However, identification is vital: many experts believe that it is better to have the wrong answer to the correctly defined problem than to have the correct answer to the wrongly identified problem.

HOW GOOD IS YOUR WHEAT?

Many decision makers pride themselves on having a “golden instinct”, that is, they make decisions based on their intuition. There is nothing wrong with doing that if you know for sure that your intuition is more than 90% accurate.

The best decision makers can avoid the “certainty” that often turns out to be false. They give credence to the estimates that 50% of the assumptions we make are wrong. Here’s an easy way to test the accuracy of your intuition. Simply answer “true” or “false” to each statement on the next page using only your “knee-jerk reaction” as a guide.

1) The tiger is the second largest species in the cat family.

2) Tigers can reach a length of up to 9 feet and weigh up to 400 pounds.

3) Among the many subspecies are the Malayan tiger, the Siberian tiger, the Bengal tiger, the South China tiger, the Sumatran tiger, and the Indochinese tiger.

4) The tiger is no longer in danger, thanks to human effort.

5) Most (about 80%) of tiger cubs live to become adult tigers.

6) When the tigers congregate, the group is known as a flattering of the tigers.

7) Tigers are afraid of water.

8) White tigers are figments of the writers’ imagination.

9) Tigers have their most successful hunts when they run together during the day.

10) Most of the tigers in the world today are in the wild.

Give the questionnaire to your team. Their answers will help you when you are making decisions as a group. If there are truly intuitive people on the team, someone with a perfect score, take your “knee-jerk reactions” seriously. If the team has wildly diverse responses, this same lack of unanimous thinking suggests that a more unified approach may be necessary. Rather than voting as a group on the best decision, there are more structured decision-making approaches available to teams.

Here are the responses to the tiger quiz:

# 1 False (The tiger is the biggest cat).

# 2 False (can grow up to 11 feet and weigh 660 pounds).

# 3 True

# 4 False (It is in danger due to hunting and the destruction of its habitat).

# 5 False (Half of the puppies do not live more than two years).

# 6 False (They are known as a tiger “ambush”).

# 7 False (they’re actually pretty good swimmers).

# 8 False (they exist, one in 10,000 genes will produce a white tiger).

# 9 False (They are most successful at night, when hunting individually).

# 10 False (most are kept as pets and in zoos).

DO YOU WANT TO BE A TIGER FOR A DAY?

The African proverb that states, “I would rather be a tiger for a day than a lamb for a hundred days,” suggests an aggressive approach to decision-making, not a haphazard or condescending one. Keep the seven “s” words in mind when, working alone or collectively, you have to make important decisions.

Gigantology: reflections on discipline and methods

When an idea comes to fruition, there is little that can be done to stop it. As such, it is safe to say that with all the research being done on giants, “gigantology” has become its own field of study. Certainly there are qualified researchers, academic and otherwise, doing great work in a multifaceted field employing mythology, history, languages, archeology, and anthropology. So there we have it: his own -ology, the study of giants.

However, the field is not without people without experience or without training in scientific processes, tests or logic. It is an already sensational field by the nature of its subject matter, but there seems to be a tendency to sensationalize the themes of the giants, which only serves to satirize gigantology. So there are right ways to do it and wrong ways.

There are all kinds of qualifiers that can be attributed to discipline. “Biblical” is generally the first thing that comes to mind, due to the Old Testament giant traditions in the text. “World-” or “Mythological-” are others, and they tend to focus on the ethnological breadth of traditions around the world in space and time (Gigaanthropology, so to speak). “Historical” is another, which is based on the documented accounts of giants in the ancient and modern worlds. As part of the gigantology family, for material evidence archeogiantology would be the recovery of physical remains and artifacts of giants.

Species also need a proper taxonomy, if gigantologists are to place giants within the biology of fauna. In the most nominal and general terms, they are hominids of gigantic stature. Hence the scientific name Homo colossicus (“giant man”) or the more immediately recognizable as Homo gigantis (man of / of the giants) could suffice. Tribal divisions as described in the Bible would have little to do with taxonomy, but geography would. So the oldest giants could be Homo gigantis antediluvensis, or the giants originating from the Holy Land could be Homo gigantis Levantinus, or the giants from North America showing physiological uniqueness could be Homo gigantis americanus, and so on. However, there is the question of satisfying the supernatural pedigree of giants in the taxonomic designation. In this scenario, Homo titanus (titanic man), addresses supernatural origins (as Josephus equates the Nephilim with the Greek titans) and satisfies the taxonomic criteria without being overly ostentatious.

Basically, giant research develops along one of three axes, or a combination of them. First, the mythological / oral tradition / anthropological evidence comes to us from the mythological traditions of cultures around the world. Second, the historical evidence for the giants resides in written records preserved by ancient, medieval, and modern writers. Finally, the material axis turns to archeology and paleontology to recover the physical remains of giants and the artifacts and features that they left behind. As a general rule of thumb, in the order I’ve described, the evidence gets sparser. Genetics, epigenetics, physics, geology, and biochemistry also have the potential to provide new insights.

Research ethics should also be a high priority for any giant researcher. A comprehensive scientific methodology must be applied to each project. Any original research in the form of magazine articles and books must take sources into account. This practice is responsible and allows others to follow and corroborate or amend the work of scholars. There are many posts on the subject of giants without footnote citations (too many, in my opinion). In order to present a case to the world, research must be presented in the language of science, in an ethical and responsible manner. The dissemination of the results of research projects must also take such ethics into account and must be carried out in a timely manner. Most journals will likely be reluctant to publish, which means that other venues and even original peer-reviewed journals dealing with giants should eventually materialize through the efforts of (much-needed) academic societies and professional organizations that study the giants. giants.

The above statements are anything but a summary of the field of gigantology. It is changing daily. There are many other questions to develop, but for now, here are the rudiments for a discipline of gigantology, each of which must be considered.

The most popular sports in the world

All types of sports are popular worldwide, but what sports can we call THE most popular in the world? Some of the answers may surprise you.

It’s no wonder that soccer, or what Americans call “soccer,” is the most popular sport in the world to play and watch. An estimated 3.5 billion people watch or play soccer. The World Cup is the world championship of this sport and this tournament is played every four years. The World Cup itself is one of the highest-rated sports on television, with many countries tuning in in droves to watch their country’s team play. Soccer is popular throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and South America. However, with so many other sports being popular, the United States still lags behind in its interest in “soccer.”

Next, we have cricket. This sport, consisting of a bat and a ball, has existed for hundreds of years and originated in England. The sport is popular in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, some African countries, some Caribbean countries and is the most popular sport in the countries of India and Pakistan. An estimated 3 billion people watch or play cricket each year.

The next most popular sport is a sure surprise, and that is field hockey, with an estimated 2 billion players or spectators, mostly in Asian countries, European countries, Australia, and around Africa. This sport tends to be played in high schools in the United States, usually only by girls.

Next is tennis. It’s not that surprising, but there are an estimated 1 billion tennis players and spectators around the world. Tennis tends to be popular in the richest countries, including the United States, Asian countries, Australia, and Europe. There are four main tennis tournaments, called “Grand Slams” in which players from many countries play. The first is the Australian Open, then the French Open, Wimbledon, and then the US Open in late August. Grand Slam tournaments tend to receive the most attention during the tennis season.

Next we have volleyball. Yet another surprise, with an estimated 900 million viewers or players worldwide. Volleyball is popular in the United States, where the sport originated, as well as in Brazil, throughout Europe, Russia, China, and Japan. Volleyball is a popular high school sport in many countries due to its team-focused play and lack of specialized equipment requirements.

Table tennis, also known as Ping Pong, is also popular. This is another surprisingly popular sport around the world, with an estimated 900 million viewers or players. Table tennis originated in England as an after-dinner activity for Victorians in the late 19th century. Table tennis as a competitive sport is popular in many countries, but it is especially popular in China, Korea, and Singapore.

After these sports, we have a triumvirate of the more mainstream American sports, such as baseball, golf, football, and basketball, with each sport attracting between 400 and 500 million players or spectators worldwide.

A content marketing strategy to improve your site’s SEO score

The Golden State Warriors basketball team has already broken several NBA records in its quest to break the longest winning streak in NBA history. However, even if you’re not a fan of the NBA or the Warriors, there are lessons to be learned from the team’s tremendous feat. Our team sat down this week to discuss content marketing, a popular marketing strategy, and how website owners can learn a lesson from the Warriors in improving their content marketing … and SEO score.

SEO is a strategy that requires a bit of effort, and contrary to some people’s beliefs, just because you rank for a keyword today (especially a keyword or keyword phrase that is competitive) doesn’t mean your competitors won’t. they will put their own strategy. instead to “steal” its relevance through a more consistent and persistent SEO effort. Like the Golden State Warriors, if your team (or you, if you’re the owner or sole proprietor) doesn’t show up every day and produce quality work, you’ll eventually have a hard time competing with those “teams” that are. day after day. But what do you do when you’re just starting out and / or operating on a tighter budget, and you don’t have a lot of money to spend on a professional to take care of SEO for you? We suggest that you start by posting relevant content. And often.

This may seem obvious enough, but when we speak to many of our clients, we almost always advocate for them to do so, even if we are writing some of the content for them. Why?

• Your content will be unique and Google LOVES unique.

• It allows you to show a bit of your experience to potential clients and partners, and it can keep people coming back to your website for future ideas.

• If your specific keywords are part of the content, it will help increase your page rank over time.

• You control the quality of the content. No third party can care as much about your business and industry as you do, so your own content will help that enthusiasm shine through.

• You can be timely and relevant to the topics you talk about, which is an easy way to stay on top of trends and increase your chances of your content ranking.

So how does your company become the Golden State Warriors of content marketing and SEO? Here is a process we suggest:

1. Explore Google Trends and extract ideas that have been popular in recent weeks. People always ask us why we advocate this, and it usually comes up with this question: “None of the trending topics are about my industry, so why should I use this?” First of all, trending topics don’t have to be about your industry. Take the article you are currently reading, for example. As we write this, the Golden State Warriors are trending as a result of their (currently) undefeated season in the NBA. So what if our article title was “How Content Marketing Can Be Improved By Analyzing Golden State Warrior’s Winning Streak”? What would we write about? Perhaps we could draw parallels between a team-written blog with consistently well-written and detailed articles and why not relying on a single player to win a game is why Golden State continues to beat its opponents. The reality is that it doesn’t matter. You just want to attract readers and take advantage of what people are already searching for on the internet.

2. Once you’ve found an idea for your latest post, just start writing. Writing about what, you ask? Anything! It is not necessary to research and retrieve all articles, and all articles do not have to be 3000 characters long. Just look at Twitter. Twitter gives you 140 characters to convey a message, but how many people see these tweets and act on them in some way? Millions! The point is, don’t worry about the length. Worry about the quality and integrity of a thought and whether it will get your readers to act.

3. Now that you have written your article, it is time to maximize the benefits for your website through internal and external links. Internal links have a great SEO benefit because they allow readers to easily jump from one page to another based on what they are reading and what actions you want them to take. They also prevent people from “bouncing” or going to your website and leaving immediately, and they increase the amount of time they spend reviewing the rest of the content on your website. So, read your article and look for words or phrases that can be used to link to other parts of your website. External links, on the other hand, are links that take readers to another website. For example, above I linked to Google Trends. Why? Google regards you favorably when you are not constantly linking to your site only, and it also gives you the opportunity to exchange links with another website. Let’s say there is a complementary product (but not direct competition) that you referenced in your article. You can reach out to that other company to let them know and ask if they would mind putting your link somewhere on their website. What is the benefit for you? It’s free advertising for your readers, and if your page rank is higher than yours, it will give your website an SEO boost if visitors access it through the link on that higher page ranking site.

4. With your article written and embedded links, you are probably wondering where to post your content. Before Google’s Panda update, where we saw a higher penalty for duplicate content, people who spent time creating quality articles thought it best to post it to as many websites and social media accounts as possible. We no longer believe this is optimal. While we know you spent all that time writing a great article and you want to make sure you maximize the number of eyes on it, it can actually do you more harm than good to republish your content in multiple locations. This is why we suggest that you put the content in a single location, or make sure that any of the publishing websites you use (for example, Search Engine Journal) allow you to use a rel = canonical reference to ensure that Google don’t penalize yourself for duplicate content!

5. Lastly, if you want to go further with your content marketing, forum discussions and the like can be a great way to increase the number of backlinks to your article. Reddit, for example, has become a really powerful social medium for experience in certain areas. If you join groups relevant to your industry, chances are you’ll find tons of user-generated questions you can answer (and reference your article) that will give you a static link to your article for future Reddit users with the same question. . . For the record, it doesn’t have to be Reddit. You can do this same strategy on all social media websites.

So if you are looking to improve your content marketing strategy and also want to save some of your SEO budget, we suggest that you start with the process outlined above. The Warriors didn’t become the team they are today overnight, so keep doing the right things week after week and you’ll eventually dominate your competition. And if you don’t know how your website is currently ranked, or just want a second opinion, we suggest you check out our free SEO Report.

Good luck and good writing!

The different types of Wilson baseball gloves

Like the other top brand baseball glove manufacturer, Wilson also has one of the most popular gloves in the Major Official Baseball League. Manufacturing baseball gloves since 1922, Wilson offers around 13 series of baseball gloves, including 8 for adults and 5 for youth. Their top-of-the-line gloves cost around $ 200, while some youth ball gloves can be purchased for as little as $ 15.

Try searching for Major Baseball League and you are sure to see a high percentage of athletes wearing premium Wilson gloves. In fact, some of the star players like Vladimir Guererro, Barry Bonds, Kerry Wood and Jose Vidro are wearing the same Wilson gloves for their game. The reason is that these Wilson baseball gloves are created using advanced technology combined with skilled craftsmen to produce gloves for both professionals and amateurs.

Many Wilson leather gloves are offered. From youth baseball gloves to gloves for the next baseball player dreaming of turning pro. Wilson has a variety of gloves, unique patterns, and durable material tested by time and the best players in the game. We have various types of patterns, such as pitcher, catcher, infield, outfield, and first base. The most popular models and series include the following:

A2000 Baseball Gloves – These are simply the most famous of all Wilson gloves. The Wilson A2000 series is made from hand-selected, durable cowhide. It comes with a field utility and various frame sizes. Available in left- and right-handed models. This powerful line of quality gloves is the best to wear during the game and has set the standard for some major well-known professional baseball leagues.

A2k Series – The Wilson A2k Series was created with the same features as the famous A2000 gloves, but used finer materials. A2k is carefully designed to fit like the most famous gloves, leaving the athlete in total comfort and control. These stylish looking, best performing gloves are meticulously crafted with leather embroidery.

A3000 Series – The newly innovated Wilson A300 gloves feature an exactly durable exoskeleton. It was made in a patent way that allows the glove to easily flex inward while providing the best pocket stability and finger strength. All A3000 gloves are made from pro stock kip leather, which gets the attention of every major league player. It features an ultra-breathable Dri-lex wrist liner, which keeps your hand cool and dry. The shock absorbing sooty index pad is also designed to lessen the impact of the ball when you catch it for less pain.

Be a pro in choosing new baseball gloves. If you do, then you should consider buying Wilson baseball gloves and you will be a true player. Paste! To run! And score! Be a winner in your glove selection and be a winner in the real game!

Time to place your bets, even on some strange bets

It is commonly known that Las Vegas is the place where one can legally bet on almost anything, as long as the books offer the proposed bets. Players love putting their money on odd bets, especially around Super Bowl time. Now that the Supreme Court has struck down the sports betting ban, we may see more bizarre bets being offered in states competing for sportsbooks. Weird bets are not exclusive to Las Vegas. The UK is also in on the action.

Here is a collection of some of the weirdest, strangest and most outrageous bets ever made:

  • 1979: The late Jackie Gaughn, owner of the El Cortez hotel in downtown Las Vegas, published probabilities when the US satellite. Skylab, it was about to crash into the earth. Odds were settled on where it would crash: 5/1 for one of the five oceans, 12/1 in the Soviet Union, 100/1 on California soil, 2,000 / 1 for a hit in tiny Rhode Island, and even 10,000. / 1 that would crash into El Cortez! Turns out it landed in Australia on 1/30.

  • 1980: from the popular television show Dallas: “Who shot JR?” Bets were taken at the Castaways Hotel with odds from each cast member prior to the season-ending cliff suspension episode, but the Gaming Control Board ordered to stop all bets because someone had to have a script that knew the answer. .

  • 1981: In the midst of the ongoing controversy over the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the grave of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was about to be exhumed to confirm his identity. The Union Plaza sportsbook was quick to jump on the proposal train of who would be in the coffin. Odds were posted of: a Soviet agent, Jack Ruby (Oswald’s killer), or an empty coffin. Due to concerns about the virtue of such a bet, the gambling commission terminated it. Turns out it was Oswald after all.

  • In the UK, it was 500/1 that the FBI will confirm that Elvis is still alive and another 500/1 that Michael and LaToya Jackson are one in the same.

  • UK sportsbooks also offered 1,000 / 1 that Tiger Woods would become president of the United States and 5,000 / 1 that Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky would marry.

  • A London resident named Matthew Drumbell made a 1,000,000 / 1 bet that the world would end before the year 2000. Of course, who would be left to pay him if he survived? No pun on the man’s name.

During Super Bowl week in Las Vegas, millions of dollars are tossed through the betting terminals to bet on one’s favorite team, and some odd bets as well. Here are some of the previous Super Bowls prop bets:

Will singer Kelly Clarkston omit or spoil one or more words from the National Anthem? How long will it take you to sing it? Over / Under 1 minute, 34 seconds. Will your belly show bare when you sing it?

If quarterback Tom Brady’s son appears on television during the game, will he wear a Tom Brady jersey?

How many times will Patriots owner Robert Kraft be shown on television during the game?

What will be the celebration of the first touchdown? A ball spike, a dance, lying on the floor, a pole dunk, a kneeling Tim Tebow, or kissing a cheerleader?

What color Gatorade will be thrown on the head coach of the winning team? Yellow, orange, clear, red, green, blue? (Yellow was the favorite).

Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first in his postgame interview? Teammates, God, Owner, Coach, Family, Anyone? (Teammates were the favorites.)

So there you have it. I wonder what weird bets await us for the next Super Bowl. I guess we’ll have to wait to find out.

How to use the news to appear in the news

Why wait for media coverage? Don’t wait, believe! Most companies and organizations send out press releases to the media only when they want to publicize an event, a new product launch, a stock offering, an expansion, or an innovation, to name just a few. But these things don’t happen very often over the course of the year, which means you only make a couple of media contacts each year. Also, with such limited contact, the odds of media coverage of your events are not in your favor. So instead of waiting for something to happen in your company or organization that you think is worth alerting the media to, why not create an endless stream of ideas for stories and press releases that you can send out to the media. at least twice a month? Twice a month would mean twenty-four contacts with the media per year instead of one or two today, which would certainly increase your chances of getting coverage. So where do these story ideas come from? Quite simply, they come from stories you read and hear every day on the radio, magazines, newspapers, and even your own company newsletter, as well as your industry trade publications. Just look for stories that make national news and find the angle that connects your company to the story. Local news organizations love local angles on national stories. The following Associated Press news article serves as a perfect example:

MILWAUKEE (AP) – In his youth, Jason Heiman used to play basketball at Edgewood College in Madison. Today he still knows his way around a basketball court, but in a very different way. As president of Waukesha-based Jason Thomas Flooring, the Heiman company recently completed the fabrication and finishing of three of the 16 portable basketball floors that the NCAA has commissioned for this year’s national men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

Local news organizations, in this case in the state of Wisconsin, love these things! A local business with a direct connection to what is arguably the most watched sporting event in America. When wildfires, floods, or tornadoes cause death and destruction in parts of our nation, did the local bottled water company increase production and send emergency shipments thousands of miles away? Did the local paper products company get the contract to make napkins for the president’s inaugural ball? Are there one or more people in your company training together to run the Boston Marathon, a national event that certainly millions of people are interested in?

Don’t miss out on these opportunities. The reason many companies and organizations get lost is because they don’t normally think about these things. They are too busy doing what they do! Few people think in terms of the national impact of their everyday, mundane jobs. Turn mundane into media coverage. Don’t wait, believe!

Five Little Known Facts About the Pittsburgh Steelers Great Ben Roethlisberger

The great quest that almost every team in the National Football League participates in at one point or another is the search for the next great quarterback. This doesn’t even have to mean the next great quarterback of all time, it can sometimes mean the next great quarterback in a team’s history. Finding that diamond in the rough is for fans, a dream come true. Having a great quarterback means that a team will almost certainly be competitive, if not successful. The Pittsburgh Steelers became one of those teams in 2004 when they selected Ben Roethlisberger from the University of Miami in Ohio.

For such a young quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger has already accomplished a lot, including multiple Super Bowl victories, Pro Bowl appearances and becoming the leader of a franchise rich in history. However, not much is known about him, and here are five interesting facts any fan should know about Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

-In four of the first seven years of Ben’s career, he finished the season with exactly the same number of touchdown passes thrown for the season. His statistics for 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2010 show that he has 17 total touchdown passes.

-As of the 2010 NFL season, Ben Roethlisberger had thrown more touchdown passes, 19 in total, against the Cleveland Browns than against any other team in the league.

-Throughout the 2010 NFL season, the only players to have caught ten or more touchdown passes during Roethlisberger’s career are Hines Ward (39), Heath Miller (26), Santonio Holmes (17), Mike Wallace (13) and Nate. Washington (11).

-Ben’s first career TD pass came in a 30-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in 2004. He came in the fourth quarter and went for three yards. It was Pittsburgh’s first score of the game and he was caught by Antwaan Randle El.

-Throughout the 2010 NFL season, Ben Roethlisberger had thrown 144 touchdown passes during his career. He pitched 88 of those during the first half of the games he played and only 56 of them in the second half.

American Gangsters – John Morrissey (Old Smoke)

Johnny Morrissey started out as a dreaded bare-knuckled boxer, but later became a gang member and broke legs for the Tammany Hall politicians.

Morrissey was born in Templemore, County Tipperary, Ireland in 1831. The famous potato famine was in its infancy, but his parents saw the writing on the wall. They immigrated to the United States in 1833 and settled in Troy, New York. Unpolite, but good with his fists, Morrissey was relegated to working as a collection agent for local Irish crime bosses. While working as a janitor at a Troy brothel, Morrissey taught himself to read and write. Realizing that his future was limited in Troy, Morrissey made the short trip to New York City. There he made a name for himself as a badass hooligan who often fought in various bars and docks, just for sport.

One day he got into an impromptu fight with Tom McCann, in the indoor gun gallery of the St. Charles Hotel. McCann was getting the better of Morrissey when a powerful blow pushed Morrissey over the embers of a hot stove, which had been overturned. Morrissey’s clothing and flesh were badly burned, and with smoke billowing from his butt, he leapt forward and struck McCann senseless. Hence the nickname “Old Smoke”.

After winning a few more battles in and out of the ring, Morrissey challenged world champion Yankee Sullivan for the world title. The fight took place on October 12, 1853 in Boston Corners, on the border of Massachusetts and New York. Morrissey was hit throughout the fight, but won by disqualification in round 37, when Sullivan hit him while he was on the ground.

Encouraged by his newfound fist fame and now a member of Dead Rabbits, a feared street gang, Morrissey was hired by Tammany Hall to protect polling places from the Bowery Boy gang, led by Butcher Bill Poole. Poole and his friends terrorized the polls on election days in favor of the Native American political party, or Know-Nothing. On Election Day 1854, Poole announced that he and thirty of his Bowery Boys were heading to a certain local polling place to destroy the ballot boxes. Tammany Hall asked Morrissey to protect their interests, and together with John A. Kennedy, who later became the New York City Police Superintendent, they formed a gang of more than fifty dead rabbits. They and waited at the polling place for Poole to arrive.

A man of his word, Poole arrived at the polling place and he and his gang entered, seeking to do as much damage as possible. Poole immediately realized that Morrissey and the dead rabbits outnumbered his group. Poole met Morrissey in the center of the room, and after looking menacingly at each other for a few moments, without saying a word, Poole abruptly turned and left, taking his gang with him. Tammany Hall was so happy about Morrissey’s heroics that they gave him a free gambling house, under the protection of the police, of course.

In 1855, Morrissey traded Poole to a fist fight on a pier near Christopher Street. Poole agreed, but instead of fighting with his fist, he tried to crush Morrissey to death, which he almost did. A few months later, Poole was shot and killed by Lew Baker, a close friend of Morrissey’s, at Stanwix Hall, a Broadway bar near Prince Street. Both Baker and Morrissey were arrested for Poole’s murder, but after three failed trials (Tammany Hall was rumored to have swayed some jurors in favor of Morrissey and Baker), the charges were finally dropped.

In 1857, after retiring from boxing, Morrissey opened 16 gambling dens, including an exceptionally profitable one in Sarasota Springs. With the backing of Tammany Hall, he was elected United States Congressman from New York from 1867 to 1871. In 1873, tired of Tammany Hall’s illegal tactics, which were only surpassed by the illegal tactics Morrissey employed in Congress, Morrissey testified against Tammany Hall boss Boss Tweed. Tweed was convicted and sent to prison, where he later died. As a reward for his service to his country, Morrissey was elected to the New York State Senate in 1875. He was still a senator when he died of pneumonia in 1878, at the age of 47.

In 1999, Morrissey, also known as “Old Smoke”, was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.