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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 8:45 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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What Really Makes an MVP: Part Two

October 18th, 2012 at 5:00 PM
By Brian Cheli

'Miguel Cabrera' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ Welcome back baseball fans to the ongoing debate over this year’s American League MVP. This second feature on the AL MVP race focuses on more advanced baseball metrics, specifically “Wins above Replacement”. While this statistic has validity in certain discussions, it should not have as much bearing on the deliberation of the Most Valuable Player as it currently does. Instead, alternative sabermetrics and other factors should be used in place of WAR that are much more justified in baseball.

Since the innovation of sabermetrics in the mid 1990’s, the theory of “new school” has opposed traditional thinking to create an ongoing “war” in the baseball world. The most recurring statistic that "new school" pundits have adopted in order to evaluate the Most Valuable Player is Wins above Replacement (WAR). The idea behind the WAR framework is that people would like to know how much better a player is than what a team would typically have to replace that player. One starts to do this by comparing the player in question to an average Major League player at their position in a variety of situations. They are then compared to a theoretical Triple-A player and the two results are added together. WAR attempts to measure every aspect of the game that a player is involved in and is broken down in to six categories. The categories of WAR are weighted relatively equally and include:

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Battle for American League MVP: What Defines Value? (Part 1)

October 15th, 2012 at 6:32 PM
By Brian Cheli

'Miguel Cabrera' photo (c) 2010, WEBN-TV - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
In a game that is centered around statistics, baseball pundits have always had a hard time determining the true make-up of an MVP. That may be because there isn’t a perfect indicator of a player's value in baseball: some will argue batting average and runs batted in, others will claim the importance of being a five-tool player, and still there will be those that have other intangibles mixed in to their thoughts. As it happens in the American league, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers are vying for the American League MVP and are representing each approach to a tee. Trout is lobbying a convincing case for the “new school” MVP winner, while Cabrera represents the “old school” winner. Both have an incredibly strong resume’ for the season, but after careful consideration, Miguel Cabrera should be the clear cut favorite to be the American League Most Valuable Player because of what both “schools” of thought can offer. The first piece in this two-part special looks at the history of the game to determine why Cabrera should be the MVP, and the latter part consists of the questioning of WAR (wins above replacement) and attempts to use different statistics of sabermetrics to further prove the case for Cabrera. 

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Los Angeles Angels Must Finish Strong with Postseason Looming

September 17th, 2012 at 3:45 PM
By Charles Pollock

 'Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia (14)' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ The A.L. Wild Card playoff game is on Friday, October 5th. If the Angels are going to be playing in that game, they need a strong finish over their remaining fifteen games.

The Angels enjoy their second to last off day today, a welcome rest as they take on A.L. West leading Texas tomorrow. They begin a nine game home stand with three games against Texas, Chicago, and then Seattle. These nine games will be the last home games for the Halos this season. 

As of today, the Angels trail Baltimore by 2 1/2 games for the second A.L. Wild Card spot. The Orioles start a three game series at Seattle tonight.

The Angels have no remaining games against Baltimore and must rely on other teams like Seattle to beat the O's. All the Angels can do is keep winning and hope for the best. Halos manager Mike Scioscia understands the importance of winning these last two weeks.

"The only thing we can control is how we play. I think these last 25, 30 games, we've seen glimpses of the way we can play, but we need to bring it for the last fifteen. As we get down into these last couple weeks, we might be in a situation where we need some help, but the best way for us to pressure other teams is to keep winning. Hopefully, we're going to keep doing that."

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Los Angeles Angels Lose Consecutive Home Games to Oakland Athletics

September 12th, 2012 at 4:00 PM
By Charles Pollock

It always hurts to lose, but Tuesday's loss was gut-wrenching for the Los Angeles Angels. They lost to the division rival they are trying to catch in a tight playoff race. Not only that, the Halos had every opportunity to win the game but couldn't manage a clutch hit when it mattered most.

'Oakland Athletics' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Down 6-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Angels catcher Chris Ianetta drew a leadoff walk from Oakland A's closer Grant Balfour. Mike Trout then fouled off a few tough pitches before walking as well. Torii Hunter and Albert Pujols proceeded to hit back to back RBI singles, knocking Balfour out of the game.

With a 6-5 ballgame and runners on first and third with nobody out, A's manager Bob Melvin relieved his closer. Jerry Blevins, who had only one career save, stepped on the mound in a seemingly dire situation. He kept his cool though, striking out Kendrys Morales and then inducing a game ending 5-4-3 double play with Howie Kendrick at the plate. 

It was a rare save opportunity for Blevins and he made the most of it.

"So far, it's the best moment of my career, and the most exciting," Blevins said. "It even triumphs my debut."

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