ESPN is sticking college football fans on a billboard to live for 12 days – For The Win


If you love college football and reality television, ESPN has devised a wild binge-watching option for you this holiday season. The network chose one fan of each of the four schools qualified for the College Football Playoff and plans to have each of them live atop a billboard in San Jose until a national champion is crowned and only one fan remains.

The entire stunt will be broadcast on Watch ESPN. The four fans will take their positions on the billboard on December 27th, two days before the College Football Playoff semifinals.

Via ESPN:

“ESPN’s College Football Playoff “Who’s In” campaign is coming to life this year, through a once-in-a-lifetime experience for four adventurous fans, where they will live atop a billboard together in downtown San Jose, near the site of the National Championship game at Levi’s Stadium. The experience will be livestreamed on ESPN3 and integrated into regular ESPN programming for the 12 days of the project

…. Throughout their time on the billboard, the fans will participate in activities and challenges to earn cash and prizes, many of which will be based upon fan engagement on social media. After the semifinal matchups, the two fans whose schools faced defeat will depart, and the two finalists will remain on the billboard until Jan. 7. Their devotion will be rewarded with prizes and the opportunity to support their team at the National Championship game, not to mention being named their team’s most adventurous and dedicated fan.”

It remains to be seen just how hardcore ESPN intends this billboard challenge to be, and if the fans will be allowed to leave periodically. We hope they bring some great reading material.



Dodgers Fantasy Football League new winner – MLB.com


Like many friend groups across the country, the Los Angeles Dodgers also participate in a high-stakes fantasy football league every year. Heading into this season, the narrative was focused squarely on whether Farhan Zaidi, GM and apparent fantasy football wizard, would capture his fourth straight league title. It’s no secret that Zaidi is a pretty smart guy — the MIT alumnus has been a very successful front office executive more than a decade. But winning fantasy football — one of the most random and unpredictable ventures — three years in a row? That takes a special kind of smart.  

During a road trip to Texas in August, Ellen and Clayton Kershaw hosted the annual draft at their home and you can tell how seriously everybody took it:

Dodgers fans weren’t the only ones excited for the new fantasy season. Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley was honored to be the No. 1 overall pick:

Of course, a lot has changed since the team held their draft. The Dodgers made it to the World Series for the second year in a row. Zaidi — the reigning champion — left the Dodgers to become the president of baseball operations for the rival San Francisco Giants. Alex Wood — one of the most passionate members of the league — was traded to the Cincinnati Reds. 

Oh, and one more thing: Zaidi is no longer champion.

Yes, it’s true: A team co-managed by Ross Stripling and Clayton Kershaw finally took down the dynastic powerhouse that Zaidi had seemingly built. One may assume that once Zaidi left the Dodgers to join the Giants organization, he would become less invested in winning the Dodgers fantasy football league. However, that was apparently far from the case — Zaidi stayed very involved and made it all the way to the championship once again. 

It sounds like Zaidi will be looking for a spot in the Giants’ fantasy league next year. Perhaps it’s Stripling and Kershaw’s turn to build a fantasy dynasty. 

Jordan Shusterman is one half of Cespedes Family BBQ. He enjoys overpaying for Mike Trout in fantasy baseball leagues and convincing the masses that Mike Zunino is good.



Final 2018 MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings – MaxPreps


Following a miracle victory Saturday night, the final No. 1 ranking will go to North Shore.

The Mustangs finished 16-0 while beating some of the best teams in the Lone Star State and running the gauntlet in the nation’s toughest postseason bracket.

North Shore outscored opponents 854-199 and won by an average margin of 41 points per game. The Mustangs won 15 of 16 games by double digits and captured the state title Saturday at AT&T Stadium on a Hail Mary as time expired against then-No. 3 Duncanville (Texas).

Among the Houston program’s playoff wins were Katy, Cy-Fair (Cypress), Lake Travis (Austin), Dickinson and Duncanville, five teams that combined to go 59-4 against teams not named North Shore.

See the video for a complete look at this week’s final Xcellent 25 rankings presented by the Army National Guard.

Deciding between a one-loss Mater Dei team, which played a national schedule, and an undefeated North Shore squad that didn’t face out-of-state competition but ran through one of the toughest states in high school football was a difficult task.

The Monarchs were close to repeating as national champs but the 23-point loss against league rival St. John Bosco in October was a major factor — even though Mater Dei avenged that loss with a 17-13 victory to win the CIF Southern Section Division I championship.

The final rankings include teams from a dozen states. California and Texas each had three teams in the Top 10 and both states had two Top 5 representatives. California and Florida had the most teams in the final rankings with five teams each.

Past MaxPreps National Champions
2008 – St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
2009 – Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
2010 – De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
2011 – Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
2012 – John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.)
2013 – Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.)
2014 – Allen (Texas)
2015 – Katy (Texas)
2016 – Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
2017 – Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)

Graphic by Ryan Escobar

North Shore celebrates after winning the Texas Class 6A Division I state title on a Hail Mary as time expired.

Photo by: Robbie Rakestraw

North Shore celebrates after winning the Texas Class 6A Division I state title on a Hail Mary as time expired.



Another year showcasing the magic of women's football – FIFA.com


  • We interviewed numerous current and former players and coaches in 2018
  • Their answers show that football is much more than just a sport
  • A selection from our extensive portfolio of interviews

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ may have shaped the past year, but there were plenty of highlights in women’s football as well. Two tournaments offered players the chance to showcase their talents on the global stage and demonstrate just how quickly the women’s game is developing. The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France provided a view of what is to come in the senior competition next year, while Spain were crowned champions at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay. On top of that, the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ qualifying campaign drew to a close and the participating teams discovered who they will face in the group stage at the Draw on 8 December.

However, tournaments were not the only aspects of women’s football to feature on FIFA.com. We also conducted numerous interviews with current and former players and coaches, as well as important figures from the global game.

Transforming IR Iran’s women’s football

“The strength, the tenacity and the vibrant culture of these women here is what caught my attention. They were so fierce, so strong and I wanted to be one of them.”
Katayoun Khosrowyar is the first Iranian women to hold a FIFA ‘A’ coaching license

New role as Germany coach

“I’m well aware of how big a responsibility it is and I know it’ll be an incredible opportunity. I’m looking forward to getting to know the players. I already know a few of them, but there are so many new, young, exciting players I can’t wait to meet. I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with people I’ve worked with in the past.”
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, who took charge of Germany’s women’s team following the conclusion of the France 2019 qualifying campaign

Nothing is impossible

“My opinion is that disabilities can’t be an obstacle for someone who wants to play football.”
Ivana Vlajic, women’s football coordinator for the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Federation

Bigger picture

“I had to relearn to walk three times in two years, so that was tough. I spent months in a wheelchair, crutches, the lot. It’s just difficult because you build up and need a new surgery, then build up again before another one.”
Belgium’s Yana Daniels was sidelined for two years with a serious knee injury

The magic of football

“To be honest, football is something that I simply find wonderful. Being a player in the stadium was my whole world. I felt free-spirited and liberated, and it was a feeling that I wanted to keep hold of. As a referee, I can sense the excitement and the emotions of the players, and feel what the spectators are feeling. It’s really special.”
Korea DPR’s Ri Hyang Ok has experienced World Cups both as a player and as a referee


Eyes on the prize

“I handled my situation of being homeless pretty easily. I had football to focus on. I wanted to represent my country and I wasn’t going to let anything get in the way.”
England’s Fara Williams was homeless for over six years

Winning trophies never gets old

“When the day comes where I no longer feel the emotion that I feel, that will and desire to want to be here every time, to be nominated among the best players, to compete for a prize that represents the ultimate level, if I don’t feel this desire anymore, if I don’t get nervous before coming to be interviewed here at the awards, or emotional during them, maybe it will be because the hour will have arrived for me to stop, and for football to stop being the centre of my being. But if I still feel all this on every occasion, it’s because I really feel it. It’s my life, ever since I was six years old.”
Marta was named the best women’s player in the world for a sixth time

Special moment for South African football

“There are so many footballers in South Africa who look up to players in the national team. We want to open doors for them. We want the world to see that South Africa has talent, and have the players to compete on the world stage.”
Refiloe Jane helped the Banyana Banyana qualify for the Women’s World Cup






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“For so many in our squad, this will be their first World Cup and those new players bring a youthful energy that, speaking as a veteran, is really contagious. I can see the concern but, while the public and media might see us as ‘defending’ this title, for us it’s a totally new challenge with a new team and a new dynamic. Hunger won’t be an issue.”
USA captain Alex Morgan on her team’s motivation ahead of France 2019



Dying Newton High School Football Coach Lives To See His Team Become Champions – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth


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