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FightClub.com, Now the Official Fantasy Football Game of Sports Media 101; Sign-Up Free, Win Big

September 28th, 2013 at 10:12 AM
By Sports Media 101

Sports Media 101 Inc. is proud to announce an official, and exclusive, fantasy football partnership with FightClub.com.

FightClub offers weekly fantasy football games suited for both the novice and professional fantasy football player, encompassing NFL football and NCAA football.

Sign-up is free and all new participants receive an immediate $5 credit. Additionally, if you sign-up through Sports Media 101 or any of our subsidiaries, you have a chance to win an additional $25 bonus each week. The $25 bonus will be awarded to whoever scores the most points. In other words, whoever proves to be the top dog.

In addition to the weekly games, $5 in free credit and the potential $25 bonus, everyone who signs up will have an opportunity to play the Sports Media 101 experts, as well as fellow fans and readers.

Players can win money each and every week, and do not have to worry about forgetting to set lineups, make waiver wire moves or trades. Your roster is set uniquely each week without a draft based solely on who you feel has the best match-ups. Ultimately, it's a true test of your Football IQ.

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The Chicago White Sox Trade Sergio Santos in Step One of the 2012 Rebuilding Process

December 6th, 2011 at 6:30 PM
By Steve Tonsul

It was widely known that the Chicago White Sox were going to make moves during the MLB winter meetings but whether they were attempting to rebuild was unclear. Today, GM Kenny Williams showed his cards as he traded White Sox closer Sergio Santos to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitching prospect Nestor Molina. Williams then told reporters what most Chicago White Sox fan didn't want to hear.

“It is the start of a rebuilding,” Kenny Williams said. “You guys know I have not used that word in 12 years. It's the start of a rebuilding now. Is it the start of a falling-domino-type rebuilding? No. Absolutely not.”

 

'White Sox Opening Day 2008' photo (c) 2008, Tony - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The rebuilding process has officially begun and Santos is the first to go. There is a very good feeling out there that Matt Thornton, Carlos Quentin, John Danks and Gavin Floyd will be following Sergio out out of town very shortly. 

Sergio Santo started 2011 as a reliever but was given an opportunity to close after Thornton blew four straight saves in April. Sergio recorded his six save in a row on May 17 and took over as the White Sox number one closer. 

Santos ended the season with 30 saves, 92 strikeouts and a 3.55 ERA. However, there was criticized after he blew two crucial late season games to the Detroit Tigers. At the time the White Sox were in a tight race for the division crown and seemed to crumble with those losses. 

The 28-year-old right-hander has a lot of upside considering how well he did in his first year as a closer. Santos showed that he can overpower hitters with his fastball and catch them off guard with the off-speed stuff. 

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The Chicago White Sox are Ready to Trade Big Names

December 1st, 2011 at 9:01 PM
By Steve Tonsul

As the MLB winter meetings approaching, the Chicago White Sox seem to be the most willing to trade away big names and free up some money. They have so many players on their roster with big contracts which is essentially dead money and is hurting future of the club. The White Sox are said to be more active in the business of getting rid of players than adding them.

 The big contracts that are holding the Chicago White Sox down are from Adam Dunn, Jake Peavy and Alex Rios. Dunn and his strikeouts are owed $44 million through the 2014 season. Jake Peavy and his injuries are owed $22 million plus either a club option or buy out through the 2014 season. Alex Rios inconsistent bat is owed $38 million through the 2014 season. 

That is over $100 million that is acting like a anchor on the ball club through the 2014 season. The only good game play is to try to move some things around. There are four Chicago White Sox that are prime to move this off-season; Carlos Quentin, Gavin Floyd, John Danks and Matt Thornton.

If you need a big bat, come and get it. Quentin was an All-Star in 2011 and is a big time run producer. There aren't too many big bats out there this year that are open for trades. Sure you've got free agents like Pujols and Fielder but unless you have the right money and location, you'll never touch them. With Quentin you can give up what you already have and instantly improve your ball club.

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Chicago White Sox Paul Konerko Looks to Reach Some Milestones in 2012

November 19th, 2011 at 10:22 PM
By Steve Tonsul

Chicago White Sox fans have shared a lot of moments with Paul Konerko in the 13 years that he's wore the black and white. They have seen his 100th, 200th and 300th career home runs. They have witnessed Pauly's 1,000th and 2,000th career hits. Last but not least, they have watched Konerko and the 2005 ball club bring home a World Series Championship. 

Konerko has had a great MLB career and will be able to add to his milestones when he suites up in 2012.

In just the second game of the 2012 season Paul Konerko will have played in 2,000 career games. The White Sox captain is currently at 1998 games, 1,923 of them with Chicago.

Pauly played his first six games with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1997. Konerko would play his first 26 games of the 1998 season with the Cincinnati Reds before getting traded back to the Dodgers to play 49 more games. Pauly was acquired by the Chicago White Sox in 1999 as has played in at least 122 games per season since then.

Another milestone that won't take that long to achieve is career home run number 400. Paul Konerko is currently at 396 and has averaged 33 home runs since 2004. His best power years were in 2004 and 2005 when he hit 41 and 40 home runs respectively.

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Chicago White Sox Think About Moving Eduardo Escobar to Second Base

November 19th, 2011 at 3:09 PM
By Steve Tonsul

Normally a short-stop, minor leaguer Eduardo Escobar could be moved to second base and compete with Gordon Beckham. The White Sox 2010 middle infield made it virtually impossible for Escobar to make it to the bigs in 2011 but Beckham's down year has opened up a new door.

Beckham struggled at the plate and fished the season hitting .230 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI's.

Gordon was pretty solid in the field but his third year slide has got a lot of people thinking. Just incase the 25-year-old Beckham stumbles again the Chicago White Sox want to have a polished second baseman to replace him.  

Eduardo Escobar still has no shot behind everyday short-stop Alexei Ramirez, however, his presence at second could be interesting. Beckham might acknowledge that his spot isn't guaranteed and be push to work harder in the off-season. It's still Gordon's spot to lose but Escobar could give him a run for his money. 

Escobar has been in the minors for five season and played at Triple-A Charlotte for 30 games last year. He is primarily a short-stop and has only played 12 games at second in the minors. In the last month of the season Escobar played five games in the middle infield and two of those were at second base.

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