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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 9:35 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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Summer League Observations Through Two Games

July 15th, 2013 at 12:21 PM
By Hunter Field

Coming into the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, the Memphis Grizzlies had four main players they were focusing on: Tony Wroten, Janis Timma, Jon Leuer and Jamaal Franklin. The other members on the team were thrown together to fill out the roster in hopes that maybe one or two rise up and possibly make the regular season roster. However, the team has performed very poorly through their first two games.  

Jon Leuer and Jamaal Franklin have both been sidelined with minor injuries, and it remains unseen whether Grizzlies' fans will see them at all over the summer. On the other hand, Timma and Wroten have gotten their fair share of playing time. Both players started both games and have had a majority of the offense run through them. First, Timma plays a perimeter based game. He likes to catch and shoot but has the athleticism to go to the hole and finish. Unfortunately for Timma, he lacks the aggressiveness and tenacity to mix it up inside. This prevents him from being a great defender or rebounder and even affects his ability to drive to the basket. Since he doesn't perform so well in these areas, that leaves Timma with his shooting, and he has shot ball abysmally through two games. Several of his jumpers have been blocked, and he seems nervous every time he shoots the ball, leaving several shots at the front of the rim or worse. Coming into summer league, some fans hoped he could prove himself and stay in the U.S. for next season, but summer league has made it clear he needs to return to Europe and continue to polish his game.

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NBA Summer League Game 1 Preview

July 13th, 2013 at 1:13 PM
By Hunter Field

'Jimmy Butler' photo (c) 2013, Shinya Suzuki - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
The Grizzlies tip off their first summer league game at 7 p.m. CST tonight. They will take on the Chicago Bulls. It will be a great opportunity for the Grizzlies to see what they have in some younger players.

The Bulls have a pretty solid summer team that incorporates several players from last season's playoff roster. Marquis Teague and Malcom Thomas both were on the bench during last year's playoff, although they each saw spot minutes here and there. They will join another playoff veteran in Andrew Goudlock.  Goudlock has been a rotation players for the Los Angeles Lakers for a couple of years now. He is likely the best player on the Bulls' summer league squad. It will be good for Tony Wroten and Jamaal Franklin to see time against NBA level guards, and Jon Leuer will get to try his luck against Malcom Thomas an NBA caliber big man.  The roster also has THE Ryan Allen, younger brother to Tony Allen.  He will be a fun watch for Memphians. Carlos Boozer's younger brother Charles will also play.  The roster rounds out with Champ Oguchi, Andy Rautins, Kyle Gibson, Matt Janning, Tony Snell, Deon Thompson, Erik Murphy and Matthew Bryan-Amaning.

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Getting Ready for Summer League: Schedule and Roster

July 11th, 2013 at 11:49 AM
By Hunter Field

'Matt Howard' photo (c) 2009, Bryan Horowitz - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ It's that time of year again. Yes, the Memphis Grizzlies have set their summer league roster and action begins on Saturday July 13. Both of this year's draft picks (Jamaal Franklin and Janis Timma) will be attending alongside a few other guys from last season's roster: Jon Leuer, Tony Wroten, Willie Reed and Donte Green. The roster rounds out with some well-known college players and some guys from overseas: Vander Blue, Matt Howard, Laurence Bowers, Jack Cooley, Darington Hobson and Gerald Robinson. The team will play in pool to start, then they will be seeded and play in a playoff type of tournament, which will end with a summer-league champion. This is the first year some team will actually win the summer league. Here is the schedule so far:

July 13 – Chicago vs. Memphis (7:00pm CT)
July 14 – Cleveland vs. Memphis (7:00pm CT)
July 16 – Phoenix vs. Memphis (7:30pm CT)

It will be good to see the two new guys play. Jamaal Franklin is an elite athlete and will be exciting to watch, and Timma can supposedly really play. Throw in the guys from last year's team, Grizzlies' fans will be able to get a good look at some guys they're not accustomed to seeing play. 

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2012-2013 Memphis Grizzlies Season Grades: Austin Daye

July 10th, 2013 at 12:17 PM
By Hunter Field

'Austin Daye' photo (c) 2008, SD Dirk - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ After spending his first three and a half seasons in Detroit, Austin Daye came to Memphis as part of a package in exchange for Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi. However, his stint as Grizzly would be short lived. He played the second half of the 2012-2013 season coming of the bench, and the Grizzlies declined to re-sign the 6'11'' 200 pound forward.

Daye failed to contribute anything significant to the Grizzlies. He scored four points a game in 10 minutes off the bench. Unfortunately, anything positive Daye provided offensively he canceled out on the defensive end. Too weak to guard power-forwards and too slow to guard small-forwards, Daye finds himself in between positions. When he was traded to Memphis, Grizzlies fans thought they may have found a solution to their 3-point shooting problem, but Daye shot a measly 34 percent from long range. Unable to provide anything else, Daye's minutes slowly dwindled until averaging only five minutes per game in the playoffs. 

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