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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 8:55 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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Matt Holliday Beginning to Surge as Cardinals Avoid Sweep by Cubs

August 11th, 2013 at 11:35 PM
By Brandon Hunter

'Matt Holliday' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ It is no secret that the St. Louis Cardinals have been in a bit of a funk lately. They narrowly avoided a sweep at home by the less than mediocre Chicago Cubs. Much of the recent criticism by Cardinal Nation has been unduly directed at left field slugger Matt Holliday. In fact, Matt Holliday is currently riding a nine game hitting streak.

Much of the recent criticism for Holliday began because the Cardinals started their recent skid on July 27th, the day the slugger returned from the DL. However, Holliday has a batting average above .390 since that day with 12 RBIs in just 16 games. In the Month of August, he is batting well over .400 with an other-worldly OPS of 1.189.  Not to mention he blasted two homers on Saturday, accounting for four of the Cardinals five runs in their loss to the Cubs. 

He draws the criticism for a couple of reasons. First, he is the highest paid player in Cardinal history and fans look to such a player to put up early-Pujols type numbers; a standard to which maybe only Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers can live up to. Secondly, he has not a standout moment in which he came up clutch in the late innings for the ball club since he dropped a fly-ball in the ninth inning during the 2009 NLDS.

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Matt Carpenter and St. Louis Cardinals Bust Out of Slump in a Big Way

August 4th, 2013 at 11:25 PM
By Brandon Hunter

Prior to Thursday's finale with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the St. Louis Cardinals had lost seven straight games. Since that time, however, they have scored 44 runs over four games, winning three of those four. They capped this off with a series victory against the Cincinnati Reds, winning 15-2.

Thursday's 13-0 victory prevented a five game series-sweep of the Cardinals which would have been the first since 1916. The fifth starter in the rotation, Joe Kelly, became the stopper. Rookie Shelby Miller got the following win in game one against the Reds as the Cardinals again scored 13 runs. Unfortunately, Jake Westbrook struggled on Saturday as the Cardinals only put up three runs, losing 8-3. Sunday, however, the Cardinals came back with a vengeance again scoring double-digit runs to cap a series victory against the Reds who are chasing the Cardinals for an NL Wild Card spot in addition to the Pirates for the NL Central title.

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Yadier Molina to the DL in Midst of Current Seven Game Losing Streak

August 1st, 2013 at 5:50 PM
By Brandon Hunter

 'Yadier Molina' photo (c) 2008, Barbara moore - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Wednesday that perennial All-Star catcher Yadier Molina would require a DL stint. Molina has been one of the front runners in the conversation for National League MVP this season and has led the league in batting average for most of the season. He was named best Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. The Cardinals also placed backup outfielder Shane Robinson on the DL.

In their place, the Cardinals have called up speedy outfield Adron Chambers, who was a spark-plug for the team in their 2011 miracle dash into the playoffs, and 1B/OF Brock Peterson who was sent down on Saturday to make room for Matt Holliday's return. The Cardinals carry two catchers in Tony Cruz and Rob Johnson who will share playing time in Molina's absence. It was rumored General Manager John Mozeliak was in talks with the Chicago Cubs to acquire catcher Dioner Navarro but nothing materialized before Wednesday's trade deadline. However, a move could still be made if Navarro or another catcher clears trade waivers.

Fortunately, it appears Molina likely won't require an extended stay on the DL. His MRI on Wednesday revealed no structural damage which means he will only require some rest, ice, and physical therapy. It is very possible he could be activated as soon as he is eligible.  

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Matt Holliday Returns to Lineup, Brock Peterson Sent Down

July 28th, 2013 at 11:14 PM
By Brandon Hunter

Cardinals' left field slugger Matt Holliday returned to the lineup on Saturday. Brock Peterson, who spent nine days with the big club, made his MLB debut after spending 11 years in professional baseball. Peterson returned to Triple-A Memphis to clear a spot for Holliday on the 25-man roster.

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

"I'm hoping this opens doors," Peterson told reporters. "If something happens again where they need to make a move, I'm hoping I'm the guy at the top of the list. Hopefully, in September if it gets that far, that I'm one of the guys that they think they can use. I waited a long time just to get to take the field in a big league game. The wait was worth it."
 
He finished 1-7 with the Cardinals driving in two runs. Playing exclusively at first base in Memphis, Peterson hit .306 with 66 RBIs and league leading 22 homeruns. He started a game in left field for the Cardinals and was instructed to work on fielding flyballs in his return to Triple-A where he will likely see more playing time in the outfield.
 
Holliday returned to the lineup Saturday and accounted for one of just two Cardinal hits. The hit came in his first at-bat as he smashed a one-hop line drive off the left field wall and legged out a double. His hamstring injury was further tested in the bottom half of the first inning as he ran a long way to flag down a flyball.
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