Articles By Rich Mcvey

All taxonomy terms: Fantasy
Path: /125-funny-fantasy-football-team-names-new

As the 2016 NFL season approaches, it's time to prepare for America's favorite pastime, fantasy football. While it's hard to control how well you do in your draft, there's one thing you can control—your fantasy football team name. Coming up with a funny, silly, crazy, great, clever, cool or even slightly crude  team name is a must-have to stand out in your league. With that, here are some absolutely awesome choices for 2016:


Golden Tate Warriors


When the Le'Veon Breaks


Le'Veon la Vida Loca


Le’Veon a Prayer


Game of Jones, Fantasy Football Team NamesGame of Jones


Julio Think You Are?


Julio Let the Dogs Out


Goff Balls


My Ball Zach Ertz, cool fantasy football team namesMy Ball Zach Ertz


My TE Ertz When Eifert






Fatt Morte


Drinkin' Fortes


Winning Is My Forte


Forte Shades of Grey


Forte Year Old Virgin, funny team namesForte Year Old Virgin


San Francisco 4th & 9ers


Stairway to Evans


Knockin on Evans Door




2 Gurley's 1 Cup


Runs Like a Gurley


The Gurley Gates




Wilfork on 1st Date


Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood


Eat, Drink and D. Murray!


The Walking Dez


Dez Nuts


Dez Does Dallas


Dez-ed & Confused


From Wentz You Came


Wentz, Twice Three Times a Lady


Dude, Where's Derek Carr?


Forte inch Ditka


Inglourious Bradfords


clever fantasy team namesChronic Masterdeflater


Check My Balls


Discount Belichick


Yo Belichick Yo Self

Super Mario-ta



Jamaal About That Bass


Charles in Charge, fantasy football team namesJamaal Charles in Charge



JJ S.W.A.T.T. Team





You Down With JPP?


Hernandez Hit Men


Wham! Bam! Thank you Cam!


You Kaepernick the Future


Erect Dicker


Geno 911!



Multiple Goregasms




Ladies and Edelman


Backfields and McCoys


Inglorious Staffords


Stafford Infection


Mike Vick in a box


Montee Can Buy you Happiness


My Percy’s on Broadway



Cry Me a Rivers


Pitch a Trent


50 Trent


Drake's New Favorite Team



Waka Flacco Flame


U Mad Bro?


Abdullah Oblongata


Kyle Rudolph Reindeer, funny fantasy team namesRudolph Redzone Reindeer


Trolling Crabtree


Kung Suh Panda


Suh Girls, One Cup


Boy Named Suh



Party Like a Gronk Star


Big Gronkowski, funny fantasy football team namesThe Big Gronkowski


We Wilfork You


Wilfork Dance Party


Keyshawn Beliebs


No Money Manziel


Evil Empire


Revis' Vineyard


Bend it Like Beckham Jr.




Jay-Z's My Agent


Off to Tennessee the Whiz


Remember the Titans


Kissing Suzy Kolber


Smokin' Jay Cutler


Bortles, clever fantasy football team namesTeenage Mutant Ninja Bortles


Dirty Sanchez Butt-Fumblers


Kaepernick Swag



Sherman's Last Rant


The Boldin the Beautiful


Gisele's Bundchens


Mr. UGG Boots


Brady Gaga, Funny Fantasy Team Names Brady Gaga


The Brady Bunch


Luck Beat A Brady Tonight


Call Me the Brees


No Romo


80% Mental, 40% Physical


Laces Out


Show Me the Money


Big Ol' Bortles


Not Racist Redskins


Hard Knocks Life


Turn Your Head and Coughlin



It's Always Runny in Philadelphia


Favre Dollar Footlong


Crab-leg Bootleg


Makin' It DWayne


Luckness Monster


Up All Night to Get Luck-y


Red Hot Julius Peppers


Slow White Bronco

Post date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 09:15
All taxonomy terms: Life
Path: /life/homebrewing-101-tips-beers-best-brewmasters

More than 1.2 million Americans brew beer at home, according to the American Homebrewers Association. If you’re not among those who have taken the plunge into the sudsy waters of do-it-yourself brewing, you should be. To get you motivated, we spoke with three brewing greats who started small and turned their passion into a career. 


Jim Koch, founder & brewer of Samuel Adams

Jim Koch, Sam Adams

How does someone get started brewing?  
The bible for every homebrewer is "," written by Charlie Papazian. 


What’s the most experimental flavor you ever brewed? 
Over the years, we’ve experimented with thousands of different ingredients, including things like rocks from our backyard, chickens, beef hearts, and Japanese yuzu wood.


Any fun stories about your brewing successes? 
When it was announced (in 1985) that Boston Lager was selected as the “Best Beer in America” (at the Great American Beer Festival), we were shocked. A family recipe that was first brewed in my kitchen was declared the “Best Beer in America!”


Biggest rookie mistakes? 
While your bottles are fermenting, cover them with a box or a towel. Nothing’s more alarming than bottles exploding because they’re over-carbonated. It sounds like grenades detonating! 


What are your three best tips for brewing a great beer?
1. Brew a beer you’re sincerely passionate about brewing.
2. Brew with the best quality ingredients you can find.
3. Be patient and keep brewing until you perfect your recipe.


What do you love most about brewing beer?
I’m a sixth generation brewer, so brewing is in my blood - .06 so I’m legal! And I am still as passionate about brewing today as I was when I first started 32 years ago. 


Anything else we should know? 
We’re celebrating 20 years of our Sam Adams LongShot American Homebrew contest (). Homebrewers across the country can submit their best and most innovative beers. Two winning homebrewers will be featured in the Samuel Adams LongShot variety pack in 2017.


(Editor's note: To learn more about Koch's rise to success, we highly recommend his entertaining and inspiring new book ".")


John Legnard, brewmaster of Blue Moon Brewing Company

John Legnard, Blue Moon

How does someone get started brewing? 
The  is a great place to start. 


Where can first-time brewers get their ingredients?
I’d start with your local homebrew shop if you have one in your town. The local shop will likely have knowledgeable folks to answer questions. Chances are the shop is also associated with some homebrewing clubs they could connect you with.


Biggest rookie mistakes? 
Keep things clean. And don’t let your dog in the kitchen when you’re brewing. 


Are there any life lessons you learned from brewing? 
I did my senior college project for my industrial fermentation class on beer brewing and I brought in samples. That was when it clicked for me that people love beer and the guy that makes it. 


What are your three best tips? 
1. Don’t worry if you mess something up. The beer and your friends won’t know.

2. Don’t get stuck on one style or recipe.

3. Use good yeast.


What do you love most about brewing beer?
I love experimenting and making a beer that completely surprises somebody. I love it when somebody says, “that’s my favorite beer I’ve ever tried.”


Anything else you think we should know?
When I started homebrewing in 1989, the craft brewing industry was in its infancy. After college graduation I had to tell my parents I wasn’t going to school for veterinary medicine but I was going to help start a new brewery. My mom said, “Is that even legal?” That hobby has now turned into 25-plus year career with Blue Moon Brewing Company that has led me all over the country and world visiting great breweries and sampling great beers.


Nick Crandall, brewmaster of Redhook Ale Brewery

Nick Crandall, Redhook

What type of equipment do homebrewers need? 
You can get started with some pretty simple equipment and upgrade as you go. Basics that you need are a kettle — maybe what you’re making spaghetti in already — and a fermentation vessel, a large container that holds the beer while it’s fermenting: glass carboys, food grade buckets and stainless fermenters are all good options with different benefits to each.


Biggest rookie mistakes? 
Remember that the kettle is hot. I might have learned that one the hard way.


How long does it take to get good at homebrewing?
It’s kind of like cooking or barbecue, some people are going to hop in and get good real quick and some are going to keep making burnt toast for years.


What are your three best tips? 
Sanitation, sanitation and sanitation. 


Anything else we should know? 
You’re opening Pandora’s box once you start your first homebrew. It might be just a hobby or it might be the start of a new career.

Post date: Friday, June 17, 2016 - 16:45
All taxonomy terms: Life
Path: /life/pick-6-our-favorite-things-june-july

In each issue of Athlon Sports & Life, we pick six of our favorite things. They may be books, automobiles, games, gear, booze, apparel or whatever happens to be awesome. Here's what made our short list this issue: 


2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

There's one good reason this track-bred beauty has been making the rounds on automotive magazine covers recently: it's fast...really, really fast. It travels 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and handles the quarter-mile in 11.8 at 118 mph. Power comes courtesy of a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine, capable of 460 goosebump-producing horsepower. Buyers can choose between a 7-speed manual or 8-speed paddle-shift automotic, and can keep this naturally-aspirated beast in check thanks to a Brembo braking system—adapted from the Corvette Z06—that takes it from 60-0 mph in less than 100 feet. All hail the new king of the road!
, $66,445


LifeStraw Go

This 22-ounce capacity refillable water bottle is a must-have for any hiker or outdoorsman. If you need water, simply stop by any water source (note: it doesn't filter salt water), fill it up and drink with the peace of mind knowing that it's not going to make you sick. We also love that there's no weird aftertaste. The secret to what makes it unique is the two-stage filtration that removes 99.9% of waterborne bacteria like E-Coli and 99.9% of waterborne protozoa parasites. We also recommend this for frequent travelers who may not always have access to filtered water. Expect to get about 264 gallons of water filtered through the bottle before you need to order a new filter. 
, $50


Etymotic’s mk5 Isolator Earphones

There's a lot to like about these earphones. Let's start with the fact that they fit snug in your ear, canceling out ambient noise. The headphones come with three choices of earware: two are rubbery (coming in different sizes to fit small or large ear canals) and one set has foam eartips. Our favorites were the foam, which expand to fill the ear canal completely, keeping outside noise out and music in. One thing we realized quickly, if you don't get a good seal on the earpiece, the sound gets lost. In other words, make sure you have them in snug. Speaking of sound, the highs and mid-range are fantastic, making it ideal for audio books and podcasts. The lows (aka, the bass) was lacking, but certainly not enough for us to enjoy 90% of our music selection. We can't recommend these enough for commutors or frequent flyers who are looking to drown out the outside world. 

, $59 


Louisville Slugger MLB PRIME Bats

Produced by the legendary bat maker, this new wood bat line features a proprietary finish called EXOARMOR, which makes the bat two times harder that their traditional performance wood bat. That means more pop and distance to hitters. Beyond that, Louisville Slugger also allows players to customize their own via We tried it and found the options (color, size, fade, lettering, etc.) to be engaging and addictive. Better yet, you can see how the bat will look before you buy it, allowing you to experiment with crazy color combinations and finishes. It would make a perfect gift for any baseball fan, whether they use it on the field or as decoration for an office.
, $170


Camerons/Budweiser Indoor Outdoor Stovetop Smoker

For those who love smoked BBQ and other meats, but don't have the space or want the hassle of a large outdoor smoker, this is the answer to your prayers. The metal container comes with a rack to place the meat on, along with flavored wood pellets and/or chips to infuse a distinct flavor into your meat. The lid keeps the flavor trapped inside the container, so there's no need to worry about a smoke-filled kitchen, if you choose to cook it on your stovetop. We put it to the test with a large rack of ribs and the results came out great. There was no smoke in the kitchen and the flavor worked as promised. We found the smoked flavor to be moderate in taste that complemented but didn't overpower the meat. 

, $50  


Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling

We were interested as soon as we read the title. Inside Meathead Goldwin (check him out at ) and physicist/food scientist Greg Blonder take readers through the chemistry, physics and meat science behind barbecue, grilling, marinades, searing, and more in this must-read for every Man-Card carrying guy who loves to helm his outdoor grill. Better yet, this beautifully designed book comes with more than 100 tested recipes. A true bible for every barbecue and grilling nerd. 

, $35 

Post date: Friday, June 17, 2016 - 10:00
All taxonomy terms: NFL, Overtime
Path: /overtime/super-bowl-50-bingo

Let's face it, there are times when the Super Bowl can get boring. To keep things interesting, we put together this Super Bowl 50 Bingo card. As each thing happens (and it will), celebrate with an adult beverage, or whatever spices up your big game gathering. 


Super Bowl 50 BINGO


Post date: Friday, February 5, 2016 - 11:58
All taxonomy terms: Super Bowl 50, NFL
Path: /nfl/super-bowl-salaries-and-bonuses-what-players-earn-big-game

We understand that the Super Bowl is football's biggest game of the year, but it's amazing to see just how much money players can earn (not including their regular salary) for one 60-minute game. 


For example, in Super Bowl 50 the winning players will each earn a whopping $97,000, while each player on the losing team will earn $49,000. How does that stack up hisotrically? Here's a look at the winner's and loser's share from Super Bowls I-XLIX from the past 49 years. 


Super Bowl Date Winner (Share) Loser (Share) 
XLIX 2/1/15New England ($97,000) Seattle ($49,000) 
XLVIII 2/2/14Seattle ($92,000) Denver ($46,000) 
XLVII 2/3/13Baltimore ($88,000) San Francisco ($44,000) 
XLVI 2/5/12N.Y. Giants ($88,000) New England ($44,000) 
XLV 2/6/11Green Bay ($83,000)Pittsburgh ($42,000) 
XLIV 2/7/10New Orleans ($83,000) Indianapolis ($42,000) 
XLIII 2/1/09Pittsburgh ($78,000) Arizona ($40,000) 
XLII 2/3/08N.Y. Giants ($78,000) New England ($40,000) 
XLI 2/4/07Indianapolis ($73,000) Chicago ($38,000) 
XL 2/5/06Pittsburgh ($73,000) Seattle ($38,000) 
XXXIX 2/6/05New England ($68,000) Philadelphia ($36,500) 
XXXVIII 2/1/04New England ($68,000) Carolina ($36,500) 
XXXVII 1/26/03Tampa Bay ($63,000) Oakland ($35,000)
XXXVI 2/3/02New England ($63,000) St. Louis ($34,500) 
XXXV 1/28/01Baltimore ($58,000) N.Y. Giants ($34,500) 
XXXIV 1/30/00St. Louis ($58,000) Tennessee ($33,000)
XXXIII 1/31/99Denver ($53,000) Atlanta ($32,500) 
XXXII 1/25/98Denver ($48,000) Green Bay ($29,000) 
XXXI 1/26/97Green Bay ($48,000) New England ($29,000) 
XXX 1/28/96Dallas ($42,000) Pittsburgh ($27,000) 
XXIX 1/29/95San Francisco ($42,000) San Diego ($26,000) 
XXVIII 1/30/94Dallas ($38,000) Buffalo ($23,500) 
XXVII 1/31/93Dallas ($36,000) Buffalo ($18,000) 
XXVI 1/26/92Washington ($36,000) Buffalo ($18,000) 
XXV 1/27/91N.Y. Giants ($36,000) Buffalo ($18,000) 
XXIV 1/28/90San Francisco ($36,000) Denver ($18,000) 
XXIII 1/22/89San Francisco ($36,000) Cincinnati ($18,000) 
XXII 1/31/88Washington ($36,000) Denver ($18,000) 
XXI 1/25/87N.Y. Giants ($36,000) Denver ($18,000) 
XX 1/26/86Chicago ($36,000) New England ($18,000) 
XIX 1/20/85San Francisco ($36,000) Miami ($18,000) 
XVIII 1/22/84L.A. Raiders ($36,000) Washington ($18,000) 
XVII 1/30/83Washington ($36,000) Miami ($18,000) 
XVI 1/24/82San Francisco ($18,000) Cincinnati ($9,000) 
XV 1/25/81Oakland ($18,000) Philadelphia ($9,000) 
XIV 1/20/80Pittsburgh ($18,000) Los Angeles ($9,000) 
XIII 1/21/79Pittsburgh ($18,000) Dallas ($9,000)
XII 1/15/78Dallas ($18,000) Denver ($9,000) 
XI 1/9/77Oakland ($15,000) Minnesota ($7,500) 
1/18/76Pittsburgh ($15,000) Dallas ($7,500) 
IX 1/12/75Pittsburgh ($15,000) Minnesota ($7,500) 
VIII 1/13/74Miami ($15,000) Minnesota ($7,500) 
VII 1/14/73Miami ($15,000) Washington ($7,500) 
VI 1/16/72Dallas ($15,000) Miami ($7,500) 
1/17/71Baltimore ($15,000)Dallas ($7,500) 
IV 1/11/70Kansas City ($15,000) Minnesota ($7,500) 
III 1/12/69N.Y. Jets ($15,000) Baltimore ($7,500)
II 1/14/68Green Bay ($15,000) Oakland ($7,500) 
1/15/67Green Bay ($15,000) Kansas City ($7,500) 
Post date: Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 11:04
All taxonomy terms: NFL
Path: /nfl/super-bowl-mvps-complete-list-super-bowl-i-xlix

Being named the MVP of the Super Bowl is one of the highest honors an NFL player can ever hope to receive. As Super Bowl 50 prepares to play out on Feb. 7, 2016, we look back at every MVP Trophy (known as the Pete Rozelle Trophy since Super Bowl XXV) in the history of the big game. Here is a complete list of every Super Bowl MVP, from I to XLIX. 


Super Bowl XLIII — WR Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh

Super Bowl I — QB Bart Starr, Green Bay
Super Bowl II — QB Bart Starr, Green Bay
Super Bowl III — QB Joe Namath, N.Y. Jets
Super Bowl IV — QB Len Dawson, Kansas City
Super Bowl V — LB Chuck Howley, Dallas
Super Bowl VI — QB Roger Staubach, Dallas
Super Bowl VII — S Jake Scott, Miami
Super Bowl VIII — RB Larry Csonka, Miami
Super Bowl IX — RB Franco Harris, Pittsburgh
Super Bowl X — WR Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh
Super Bowl XI — WR Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland
Super Bowl XII — DT Randy White and DE Harvey Martin, Dallas
Super Bowl XIII — QB Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh
Super Bowl XIV — QB Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh
Super Bowl XV — QB Jim Plunkett, Oakland
Super Bowl XVI — QB Joe Montana, San Francisco
Super Bowl XVII — RB John Riggins, Washington
Super Bowl XVIII — RB Marcus Allen, L.A. Raiders
Super Bowl XIX — QB Joe Montana, San Francisco
Super Bowl XX — DE Richard Dent, Chicago
Super Bowl XXI — QB Phil Simms, N.Y. Giants
Super Bowl XXII — QB Doug Williams, Washington
Super Bowl XXIII — WR Jerry Rice, San Francisco
Super Bowl XXIV — QB Joe Montana, San Francisco
Super Bowl XXV — RB Ottis Anderson, N.Y. Giants
Super Bowl XXVI — QB Mark Rypien, Washington
Super Bowl XXVII — QB Troy Aikman, Dallas
Super Bowl XXVIII — RB Emmitt Smith, Dallas
Super Bowl XXIX — QB Steve Young, San Francisco
Super Bowl XXX — CB Larry Brown, Dallas
Super Bowl XXXI — KR-PR Desmond Howard, Green Bay
Super Bowl XXXII — RB Terrell Davis, Denver
Super Bowl XXXIII — QB John Elway, Denver
Super Bowl XXXIV — QB Kurt Warner, St. Louis
Super Bowl XXXV — LB Ray Lewis, Baltimore
Super Bowl XXXVI — QB Tom Brady, New England
Super Bowl XXXVII — S Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay
Super Bowl XXXVIII — QB Tom Brady, New England
Super Bowl XXXIX — WR Deion Branch, New England
Super Bowl XL — WR Hines Ward, Pittsburgh
Super Bowl XLI — QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis
Super Bowl XLII — QB Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants
Super Bowl XLIII — WR Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh
Super Bowl XLIV — QB Drew Brees, New Orleans
Super Bowl XLV — QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Super Bowl XLVI — QB Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants
Super Bowl XLVII — QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore
Super Bowl XLVIII — LB Malcolm Smith, Seattle
Super Bowl XLIX — QB Tom Brady, New England

Post date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 10:00
All taxonomy terms: super bowl, Super Bowl 50, NFL
Path: /nfl/when-time-and-where-super-bowl-50-2016

is set to take place on Sunday, February 7, at 6:30 PM (ET) on CBS. The game will take place at (home of the San Francisco 49ers) in Santa Clara, Calif., in the Bay Area.


CBS Sports’ coverage begins at 11 a.m. ET on Feb. 7, with a whopping seven hours of pregame, followed by the actual Super Bowl and a post-game show. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call the game, with Tracy Wolfson as the sideline reporter.

The full CBS/Super Bowl 50 schedule is as follows (all times Eastern).


• 11:00 a.m. — “Super Bowl 50: Before They Were Pros”
• Noon — “Road to the Super Bowl”
• 1 p.m. — “Phil Simms All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition”
• 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. — “The Super Bowl Today”
• 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. — “Super Bowl on CBS Kick-Off Show”
• 6:30 p.m. — Super Bowl 50 kickoff


Post date: Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 01:30
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Pick 6, Life
Path: /life/pick-6-our-favorite-things-december

Each month, we pick six of our favorite things and tell you about them. They may be books, automobiles, video games, sports gear, outdoor apparel or whatever happens to be awesome.


Bushnell Tour X Golf Laser RangefinderBushnell Tour X

If you're like us, you need every advantage you can get on the golf course. Say hello to golf's ultimate laser rangefinder. We especially love the slope compensation, which calculates and adjusts yardage depending on the degree of slope. Truthfully, they had us at "laser." $499


Above the Line

Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer talks leadership and life in this insightful book subtitled "Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season."




Mizuno Nighthawk Hybrid Bat 

Mizuno claims that this bat is "precisely engineered with patented 2-piece LINK construction that combines an innovative multi-thickness alloy barrel with a composite handle to create a massive sweet spot with significantly reduced vibration." All we know is that it we took it to a batting cage and hit balls like a beast. $300



Coleman Fold N Go Portable Grill  

This portable propane grill folds down smaller than a briefcase, but still offers 105 square inches of cooking space. It blasts 6,000 BTUs of power on a single burner, and the matchless start means you won’t have to bum a lighter. $63.99




Chaheati Heated Add-On  

Being outdoors doesn’t mean you have to be cold. This portable, rechargeable heating unit rests snuggly on top of folding chairs, stadium seats, deer stands or wherever you need your backside warmed. $99.99


YETI Collegiate Cooler (Roadie 20)

Just like us, it's nearly indestructible and can comfortably accommodate 14 cans of beer with ice. $299


Post date: Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 16:05
All taxonomy terms: College Football
Path: /college-football/40-funny-college-football-bowl-pickem-team-and-group-names

The 2015 regular college football season is over. That can only mean one thing: it's time to fire up a


Of course, who has time to come up with a clever, witty, or even stupid group or team name to impress your bowl-picking buddies? Well, we've got you covered. Check out these funny (and we use the term loosely) names for your bowl-picking pleasure. 


The Glory Bowl

I Came In Like a Wrecking Bowl

Muschamp's Temper Tantrums

I Shaved My Bowls for This?

Bowl Cloggers

Bowl Busters

Tupperware Bowls

The Bowling Stones

Bowls O' Jelly

Kicked in the Bowls

Jingle Bowls

Power Bowl

Connor's Gonna Get Cooked

Sooners Than Later


Bowls Deep


Magic 8-Bowls


Blue Bowls


We've Got a Nick Chubb-y


Keeping Up with the Cardale Joneses


Bowl Cut


Scooby Doo Wright


Two Many Connor Cooks in the Kitchen


2 Much Johnson For You


Myles Jack in the Box


Driving A Dodge Drango


Andrew Billings Department

Kingsbury Skinny Jeans


Neon Nike Ducks


Show Me Your TDs


USC Sweater Puppies


Nkemdiche M'kay


The Blitz


Notre Shame


RickRolled Tide




Toilet Bowl Bound


Smoke a Fat Bowl


Bowled Over


Sumlin's Gotta Give


Any variation of Deez Nutz

Post date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 11:00
All taxonomy terms: Life
Path: /2015giftguide

Forget the blinking Christmas tree tie. Buy something your friends and family (or yourself) will actually use. Here’s our rundown of the holiday season’s best gear, gadgets, apparel and more. 


Wilson X Connected Basketball

Sync it to a mobile device to track shooting performance (unfortunately for us, it’s very accurate), and enjoy game modes such as Buzzer Beater that turns your driveway hoop into a mega-sized Pop-a-Shot. $199



2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang

If the sound of this muscle car firing up doesn’t put a smile on your face, just turn in your Man Card. It’s powered by a 5.2L V8 engine that produces 526 tire-smoking horsepower. Plus, it looks like it’ll eat your wife’s sedan.

Starting at $48,000


NHL 16

This year’s installment of the popular hockey video game has some much-needed improvements, including a “Season Mode” and greater overall customization. Our verdict? It’s game on!



Easton Power Sensor

Slip it over the knob of a baseball or softball bat, sync it to a mobile device and find the flaws in your swing. We had high school baseball players test it. Their reaction? A big thumbs up.  



Withings Activite Smart Watch

Let’s face it, fitness trackers are anything but stylish. Until now. Connect it to your phone to track walking/running distance as well as time swimming laps in the pool. Better yet, it doesn’t need recharging.



Prinstant Replays

Most football fans have that one play they’ll never forget: think Titans’ “Music City Miracle” in 2000, or 1982’s “The Catch” by the 49ers. Now you can bring it to life on a poster or t-shirt.

Starting at $28


Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 Running Shoes

Colorful options abound for these lightweight road runners that grip your foot, providing a secure base but without the stiffness of many shoes. Unlike your ex, they are incredibly stable.



TaylorMade M1 Driver

Used by our cover boy by Dustin Johnson, this beauty is built for booming drives with greater control off the tee. It’s so impressive that one tester, following a particularly amazing drive, remarked, “Wow, I’m really not this good.”



Mizuno JPX-EX Forged Irons

A thinner forged face construction (made with super strong boron) increases ball speed while a large sweet area makes for better control. The combination is what every golfer needs in their bag.  



Templeton Rye: The Good Stuff

If you’re looking for a great whiskey to serve at your next tailgating party, we’ve found it. Perhaps the smoothest whiskey we’ve ever tasted. And we’ve tasted a lot of whiskey.





Icebreaker IKA LS Half Zip Base Layer

Icebreaker’s new sports camo prints are ideal for hunters. Made with merino wool, it keeps you warm, dries quickly, and naturally stays stink-free. Off-set shoulder seams let you carry a pack or rifle without chafing, and the half-zip collar lets you regulate your temperature.



Therm-a-Rest Antares HD Three-Season Down Sleeping Bag

This two-pound sleeping bag uses 750-fill goose down and a reflective liner to keep you comfortable in temperatures down to 15F and alive down to minus 18F. Just hope you never have to find out.



REVO Baseliner Sunglasses with Blue Water Lenses

Fishermen, take note: REVO’s Blue Water polarized lens sports a blue mirror coating that cuts down glare from bright days on the water, so you can keep your eyes on the prize.



Gerber Gator Sheath Folder Clip Point Knife

This folding knife’s 3.6-inch steel blade offers a sturdy locking system while the textured rubber Gator gripping on the handle helps you stay in control whether you’re gutting dinner or just really into whittling.



Columbia Sportswear PFG Bahama II Long Sleeve Shirt

Designed specifically for fishermen, the PFG (for Performance Fishing Gear) Bahama II’s long sleeves keep the sun off your skin, while vents keep you cool. Sorry, it won't help you catch more fish.



Post date: Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 18:00
All taxonomy terms: Life
Path: /life/pick-6-our-favorite-things-november

Each month, we pick six of our favorite things and tell you about them. They may be books, automobiles, video games, sports gear, outdoor apparel or whatever happens to be awesome. 


2016 Chevy Colorado Duramax  

A torquey, new 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine comes to this popular midsize truck. Starting at low-$30k.


Pudge: The Biography of Carlton Fisk 

Old-school Red Sox fans won’t be able to put it down as they relive the glory days through the eyes of one of baseball's greatest catchers. $26.99


Patagonia Rio Azul Waders

You expect waders to be waterproof and tough, and the Rio Azuls deliver that and more. A moisture-wicking interior lining pulls away sweat on hot days, the chest-mounted tool dock station keeps you organized, and the neoprene booties are specifically designed for right and left feet. Bonus: Despite its four layers, the fabric is lightweight so you won’t overheat. $299


Blue Moon Winter Sampler Pack 

Two words: Seasonal beer. $16.99 



Ray Lewis: I Feel Like Going On: Life, Game, and Glory

The legendary linebacker gets candid, talking about the state of football as well as his troubled childhood, his rise to athletic greatness, the storm that threatened to ruin his NFL career, and the devastating injury that nearly cost him a final moment of glory. $26.99

Post date: Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 14:00
All taxonomy terms: Life
Path: /life/pick-6-our-favorite-things-october

Each month, we pick six of our favorite things and tell you about them. They may be books, automobiles, video games, sports gear, outdoor apparel or whatever happens to be awesome. 



Gaming’s greatest soccer game returns. Play as the legendary Lionel Messi or women's national team star Alex Morgan. ()  




Qore Performance Slider Short System

These super comfortable base-layer shorts feature two slots to insert cold packs that keep you cool and, in turn, hydrated during the most grueling workouts. ()


Montana—The Biography of Football's Joe Cool 

Coming Oct. 27, this bio follows the life and career of the Hall of Fame QB. ()



Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

The carmaker took a video game car and actually built it. Its estimated top speed? 250 mph. Sorry, it's not for sale…yet. () You can't afford it.


Coleman Weathermaster 6 Person Tent

Camp in style. At 17-by-9-feet, it’s big enough to fit two queen size mattresses. ()



Wilson DUO golf balls

Billed as the “world’s softest golf balls,” they’re ideal for getting more distance off the tee. ()


Post date: Friday, October 16, 2015 - 16:18
All taxonomy terms: Funny, Video, videos, NFL
Path: /nfl/marshawn-lynch-sells-skittles-infomercial-video

It's been well documented that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch loves Skittles. Of course, we didn't know he loved them this much. Lynch surprised viewers when he shared his passion for the colorful candy during an infomercial and did not disappoint. Watch as Lynch goes into full pitchman mode during this 5-minute segment on the EVINE Live shopping show.


But don't try to order your brick of Skittles. According the show's website,

Post date: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 17:12
All taxonomy terms: College Football
Path: /college-football/arizona-state-unveils-new-desert-ice-alternate-football-uniforms

Arizona State is at it again. The team unveiled new “Desert Ice” alternate football uniforms, which will be worn Sept. 5 when the Sun Devils take on Texas A&M at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.


According to uniform maker adidas, the new special-edition uniform pays homage to the state’s nickname and identity as the “Copper State.”



Arizona State Unveils New 'Desert Ice' Alternate Football Uniforms


Arizona State Unveils New 'Desert Ice' Alternate Football Uniforms


Arizona State Unveils New 'Desert Ice' Alternate Football Uniforms


Arizona State Unveils New 'Desert Ice' Alternate Football Uniforms




Post date: Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 10:22
All taxonomy terms: drink, food, Life
Path: /life/drink-fan-qa-redhook-ale%E2%80%99s-brewmaster-nick-crandall

With football season set to kick off, now is a good time to talk about another favorite pastime — drinking a beer while watching the game. We sat down for a cold one with ’s Nick Crandall, who gave us his expert opinion on everything from tailgating tips to Andre the Giant drinking 150 beers once upon a time. (And don’t forget, always find a designated driver and tip your bartender.) Cheers!


[Q] Do you have any tailgating tips?

Plan ahead and always start early.


[Q] What’s the best drinking game to play while tailgating?

I’m a big fan of cornhole, especially drinking when your opponent scores or whenever either of you score. The more drinking, the better.


[Q] What’s the optimal temperature for beer? It depends on the style.

But generally, lagers are around 40°F and ales are around 50°F. But each beer sort of has a sweet spot.


[Q] Which is the best way to serve beer: can, bottle or draft?

I prefer draft, since you’re automatically putting it into a glass, allowing you to smell the beer and appreciate the flavors more.


[Q] What is the proper technique to pour a beer?

Hold your glass at a 45-degree angle to start. Pour onto the side of the glass to reduce foaming. As the glass fills, slowly bring your glass back to vertical and create a little foam by giving some distance to the glass to create a nice thick head.


[Q] Why do some beers have fruit garnishes and others do not?

Some beers don’t need them.


[Q] What’s your personal favorite beer that your company brews?

Winterhook. Our winter seasonal changes a little each year, giving us a fresh new malty and hoppy beer each winter.


[Q] What’s the fastest way to make hot beer cold enough to drink?

I’m going to say liquid nitrogen, but I wouldn’t recommend that for safety reasons.


[Q] There’s a tall tale that Andre the Giant once drank 150 beers in one sitting. Do you believe that? Is that what it would take to get buzzed if you’re 7'4" and 500 pounds?

I do believe that the 8th Wonder of the World drank 150 beers, but I also believe that he was a little more than “buzzed” after that.


[Q] What question are you asked most about beer?

No doubt, how much beer I get to drink while I’m at work.


[Q] How much beer do you get to drink while you’re at work?

Depends on if the boss has gone home already.


[Q] What food goes best with your Winterhook beer?

Burritos. But I kind of just really love burritos.


[Q] How many beers are too many for one sitting?

I don’t know. I usually just end up standing.

Post date: Friday, August 14, 2015 - 12:09
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy
Path: /fantasy/fantasy-football-mock-draft-simulator

drafts are just around the corner, so it’s best to start prepping now. To get that extra advantage come draft day, there’s no better way to practice than with a mock draft simulator. Fortunately, our friends at have one of the best. Click or below to start.



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Post date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 14:03
All taxonomy terms: Overtime
Path: /overtime/surfer-mick-fanning-survives-shark-attack-during-competition

Australian surfer Mick Fanning fought off a shark attack during the J-Bay Open in South Africa on Sunday. Not surprisingly, the competition was suspended following in incident. The entire ordeal was captured on live television. 


Fortunately, Fanning was uninjured. Here’s a video of the event as it unfolded. 



Following the incident, Fanning explained: “I was just sitting there, I was just about to star moving, and then I felt something grab, just get stuck in my leg rope. I instantly just jumped away, and then it just kept coming at my board. I was kicking and screaming.”

Post date: Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 13:18
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy
Path: /115-funny-fantasy-football-team-names

The 2015 NFL season is nearly upon us, which means one very important thing — . While only one person will take home the league championship, you can automatically win over the hearts of your fellow players by having a truly funny, silly, crazy, cool or dirty . With that in mind, here are a few suggestions for the season:


DeflateGateChronic Masterdeflater

Check My Balls

Discount Belichick

​I Spygate


Marcus Mari...otto


Jamaal About That Bass

My Ball Zach Ertz


JJ S.W.A.T.T. Team





You Down With JPP?

Hernandez Hit Men

Wham! Bam! Thank you Cam!

You Kaepernick the Future

The Walking Dez


Dez Does Dallas

Erect Dicker

Geno 911!


Multiple Goregasms


Ladies and Edelman

Julio Think you are?

Backfields and McCoys

My Favorite Marshawn

InGorious Staffords

Mike Vick in a box

Montee can buy you happiness

My Percy’s on Broadway

Beats by Ray

Le’Veon a Prayer

Pitch a Trent

Drake's New Favorite Team

Waka Flacco Flame

U Mad Bro?

Taste My Rainbow

12th Man Records

Bout That Action, Boss

Trolling Crabtree


Kung Suh PandaKung Suh Panda


Suh Girls, One Cup


Boy Named Suh

Vince Young's Steakhouse

Cry Me a Rivers

Connecticut Cholos

Party Like a Gronk Star

We Wilfork You

Wilfork Dance Party

Keyshawn Beliebs


No Money Manziel


Brown-out Drunk


Touchdown Germany

Evil Empire

Revis' Vineyard




Jay-Z's My Agent

Off to Tennessee the Whiz

I Don't Want Your Life

Kissing Suzy Kolber

Pouncey Bouncers

Smokin' Jay Cutler


Teenage Mutant Ninja Bortles

Dirty Sanchez Butt-Fumblers

Purple Jesus Juice

Kaepernick Swag

Peyton Manning's 5-Head

Omaha! Omaha!

Mile High Manning

Welker, Texas Ranger

The Boldin the Beautiful


Gisele's Bundchens


Mr. UGG Boots


Brady Gaga

Call Me the Brees

No Romo

Monte Kiffin's 401K

80% Mental, 40% Physical

Laces Out

Show Me the Money

Four Horsemen

Titletown TDs

Titletown Cheeseheads

Big Ol' Bortles

RG 3000

Not Racist Redskins

Hard Knocks Life

Motown Megatrons


Somewhere Over Dwayne Bowe

K.C. Kool-Aid Man

Drinkin' Fortes

Turn Your Head and Coughlin

Tampa Bay Terminators

Polk High Panthers

Jim Haslem's Accountants

Forgetting Brandon Marshall

It's Always Runny in Philadelphia

Favre Dollar Footlong

Van Buren Boys

Makin' It Wayne

Irsay's $29K

Red Hot Julius Peppers

Slow White Bronco

Going Incognito

Wham, Bam, Michael Sam

Straight Cash Homey


Post date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 09:00
All taxonomy terms: NASCAR
Path: /nascar/spectacular-austin-dillon-crash-daytona-video

During the final lap of the rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 NASCAR race, driver Austin Dillon—behind the wheel of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet—was involved in a spectacular crash that sent his car flying into the catchfence at Daytona International Speedway. 


While Dillon walked away from the accident, debris from his car flew into the stands hitting a handful of spectators. According to reports, fours fans were treated at the track, while one spectator was taken to the hospital. 


The incident occured as Dale Earnhardt Jr. took home the checkered flag. 

Post date: Monday, July 6, 2015 - 09:01
All taxonomy terms: Boston Red Sox, College Football, Overtime
Path: /overtime/red-sox-fan-wreaks-havok-fellow-fans

The next time you're at a game, keep an eye out for the guy in the blue and red shirt. While his intensions may be pure, his exuberant reactions resulted in havoc for his fellow fans.


We're guessing this was his checklist:

1. Do not actually help player.
2. Knock phone from girl's hand.
3. Knock beer onto girl's face. 
Mission accomplished!


Post date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 12:20
All taxonomy terms: NFL
Path: /nfl/little-girl-devastated-jimmy-graham-trade-seattle

Yes, New Orleans Saints fans were shocked and sad when news broke that their star tight end Jimmy Graham had been traded to the Seattle Seahawks. But perhaps no one was as upset as this 7-year-old girl, who sadly explains the devastation this has brought upon her world. 



Post date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 11:53
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Overtime
Path: /college-football/chicago-blackhawk-player-helps-little-girl-skate-first-time

The Chicago Blackhawks' What’s Your Goal? campaign made one little girl’s dreams come true. The girl named Cammy, who was born unable to walk or speak, has a love for hockey. Her “goal” was to score a goal with the help of her favorite player, star defenseman Duncan Keith. 


Get ready to break out the tissues. 

Post date: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:37
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-may-21-2014

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 21.

• It's become more common for teammates to pester MLB players doing in-game dugout interviews, but that doesn't make .
• If you haven't seen UFC Octagon Girl Vanessa Hanson, you really should.
• In one of the most groan-inducing moments in recent NBA history, the Cleveland Cavaliers scored the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft on Tuesday, marking the second straight year and the third time in four years they will select first. .
• Keeping with the tradition of rewarding teams with new stadiums, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday that .
We're looking at you Tampa Bay. 
• There's something truly great about . Truly great. 
• If you love to hate, then you'll love this list of the s. 
• The Charlotte Bobcats officially adopted the “Hornets” moniker on Tuesday, and social media accounts to reflect the name change. 
• There's a reason I don't play rugby.
Post date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 08:38
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-may-19-2014

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for May 19.

• If you haven't checked out . Like you really, really should.


• Wonder if they can get that many for the last game of the season? 


• Some truly sad news. outside a James Island, S.C., nightclub early Saturday.


• The photo (see above) included Tom Brady and Kliff Kingsbury.


• Speaking of selfless, .


• An — concluding a 55-year association with the Razorbacks.


• For just the second time in collegiate baseball history, Friday.


• Poor Vols fans.

•  (Kenan Thompson) and his heated relationship with Donald Sterling.


• Watch as a . He seems much happier about it than we would be. 


• Watch as a young fan switches out his foul ball souvenir and gives the decoy ball to a pretty girl behind him. Smooth kid. Sma-ooth. 

Post date: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 07:00
All taxonomy terms: videos, College Basketball
Path: /college-basketball/wyoming-guard-josh-adams-has-amazing-dunk
During yesterday's game against UNLV, Wyoming guard Josh Adams supplied some serious excitement with a sweet double-clutch dunk. Unfortunately, Wyoming lost. But that doesn't diminish the sophomore's athletic slam that keeps us fired up for more March Madness.

During yesterday's game against UNLV, Wyoming guard Josh Adams supplied some serious excitement with a sweet double-clutch dunk.
Post date: Friday, March 14, 2014 - 08:34