Long arm, is long

I don’t know why this makes me laugh so much, but it just does.

Maybe it’s because I didn’t see it for a couple of seconds (I know, I’m slow, right?). But now I can’t stop laughing every time I see looooong arm 🙂

football-lotterySometimes picking your fantasy team can feel like a total lottery. You just don’t know enough about the players or their skills to know who you want on your side. There’s no real shortcut though, you’ll just get more knowledgeable and therefore better at it over time. You can do lots of research too of course and use sites like WhoScored to get better data to work with.

Lottery games are also sometimes a bit like playing fantasy football – as long as you accept that nothing is perfectly random and that getting the stats and knowing the players will help give you an edge there too. I don’t mean you’ll be able to ‘instantly predict the next 6 numbers out of the drawn machine’ kind of an edge. But a small edge that lottery players who can’t be bothered to do the work won’t have.

There’s lots of ways you can get that edge too. Lots of different software and systems to try out. It’s also a bit of a minefield though as there is a ton of trash out there too (I’ve bought a lot of it I can tell you!). So to start out you want to read up on the reviews – check out places like the RivRapp lottery system reviews, which give you real in-depth reviews from someone who has genuinely dug into these things. They cover the big name products out there like the ever popular Silver Lotto System as well as some of the more wacky lottery software I’ve never even heard of before. At least it gives you somewhere to start anyway. Particularly if you’re trying to snag that big old EuroMillions jackpot as the odds on that one are tough as hell.

But just like every game, it pays to put a bit of research and time in to get the most fun (and best results) out. Fantasy football games or lottery games alike.

dreamingfootballI admit it, I do end up dreaming about football a lot. When you play it live, play fantasy football (what’s that again?), watch it on TV and talk about it at the pub – then it’s pretty much on your mind during all your waking hours. Although you might think your brain would shut off and think about something else instead while you’re asleep, but mine seems to prefer reliving the highlights reel 🙂

But one thing I haven’t really done yet is combine a holiday with a game. Sure, I’ve done the whole coach trip thing, and an expensive world cup trip with mates. But that’s not quite the same as trying to sneak an awesome match into the family holiday trip to Spain. But I was reading what Jim was saying on his website and now the idea is firmly planted. Why not combine the two together. I don’t mean be sneaky about it or anything – it’s just making sure everybody in the family gets to do something they love on holiday, right? So I’m thinking if I make up an itinerary with all the usual days on the beach, visit this, visit that, day here, day there — plus, day at the football. Sounds good, right?

Jim’s also got some useful football travel tips I was reading through too. Stuff to save you money and hassle when travelling to games. Some of it is obvious – in fact, most of it is obvious, but having read his tips it made me embarassed as to how much I didn’t do. He’s on Facebook too if you want to check him out there, or ask him for some travel help – I’m sure he wouldn’t mind.

Right then, off to check match schedules to see where the next family holiday is going to be – you have to set that seed of an idea early 🙂

fantasyfootballFantasy football gives you a chance to be in control of and manage your own soccer team. It’s slightly geeky but it is a lot of fun. So how does it work?

1. Pick Your Team

The first thing that you do in fantasy sports is pick your own team. You do this by either entering a live draft where you can choose exactly who you want or you can have the computer complete your draft for you automatically. This is a lot of people’s favorite time of the year because you get to choose your own team and be in control of your own destiny. There are many different places where you can play fantasy football/soccer. Some of the most popular are Yahoo and ESPN.

2. Choose Your Active Roster

The next thing that you are going to need to do is choose your active roster. This means that you will need to choose who to start and who to leave on your bench. This is an important decision because you are in control of the fate of your team.

3. Make Trades Or Aquire Free Agents

You can also make trades and/or acquire free agents. You can do this by logging into your account and discussing deals with other owners in your league. This is where a lot of people either win or lose their Championships. You are going to be able to make a lot of good and bad moves depending on the different skills of the owners in your league.

4. Continue To Improve Your Roster

The last step is simply to continue to improve your roster throughout the season. It is your job to set your roster whenever your players are playing and to make the necessary changes to make your team better and better. There are different scoring settings that you can use. Depending on the scoring settings for your league, you might make different types of changes accordingly.

As you can see, fantasy sports can be a ton of fun and particularly rewarding if you are already a fan of that sport. Give it a try.


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