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Five of the Best Footballers from the mid-20th century

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Betting on Football |

1. Alredo di Stéfano. On any list of the talented footballers it seems that Brazilian and Argentinean players dominate the numbers. This particular Argentinean played for Real Madrid throughout the 1950s and was a part of what was the most successful side in the entire history of football in Europe. It was partly his ability as forward to set-up the attacks mid-field and as often as not finish them himself that led Real Madrid to five consecutive European Cup title wins.

2. Stanley Matthews. Matthews was a nonpareil dribbler and in the UK was known as the Wizard of Dribble throughout the 1940s when he was at the peak of his career. He was most famous for playing for Stoke City and Blackpool, but at that time he was the national treasure of the UK and where international tournaments are concerned he was the hope and glory of England.

3. Ferenc Puskas. The Galloping Major was was Ferenc Puskas was called when he took Hungary to the World Cup final in 1954, where, to the surprise of fans the world over, they were defeated by West Germany. That defeat wasn’t a function of Puskas’ lack of skill however as he was one of the best known and most well-respected ballers of his day. He played for Real Madrid for much of his non-national career and was rewarded for his talent with numerous wins for them. In a now famous match he even scored 4 goals in one match against Frankfurt.

4. Lev Yashin. Goalkeeping as we know it today is owed to the innovations of Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin who played in the 1950s and early 1960s. He was one of the first keepers to rush out of the goal to attack the forwards and to come off the line to catch knock off course crosses. Before him goalkeepers were far more conservative. He dressed in all black and earned the nickname of The Black Panther. Over the course of his career he managed to block 150 penalty shots and in 1963 he was named Footballer of the Year.

5. Garrincha. This right-winger (not talking politics, but football) played for Brazil in the 1950s and 1960s, at a time that (unfortunately for him) meant he was almost always overshadowed by Pelé. Impressively, he was born with deformed knees and surprised everyone by going on to be such as master of the sport and it likely to be one of the best dribblers who ever played the game. However, he was notoriously self-indulgent, trained only when we wanted to and was often found womanising and drinking heavily off the pick.

History of early college football

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized |

On November 6th 1869 in New Brunswick, New Jersey the first ever college football game was played between Rutgers and Princeton (known at the time as New Jersey). They used a soccer-style round ball and played on a field much bigger than today’s that was 120 yards by 75 yards and with an extra 10 players by todays standards. A few years later, in 1875, the crossbar was added to the goal post and the size of the field and the number of players was reduced.

It wasn’t however until the 1880s that the game took on it’s more or less modern form..Former Yale player Walter Camp revised the rules in the early 1880s: limit players to 11 on a side, establishing a scrimmage system for putting the ball in play, and he instituted a system of downs for advancing the ball, requiring a team to make 5 yards in 3 downs (the current system of 4 downs to make 10 yards was not adopted until 1912). The first-down rule of 1882 required the marking of yard lines on the field and led to the term gridiron. With these changes the game spread more rapidly, and some 250 colleges were participating by the beginning of the twentieth century. The nineteenth century game was primarily one of brute force.

By 1903 one could see that the game was becoming extremely popular with Harvard completed a special, purpose-built concrete stadium. However despite all the game was not universally loved as some thought it was too violent, with too many injuries still occurring on a regular basis. Many schools limited who could play or even banned the sport outright and several prominent figures of the day got involved in a pressing for a reform campaign. Finally, in 1910 the National Collegiate Athletic Association was established. The NCAA since has been the major power in formulating rule changes and in setting up and policing the procedures under which members operate their football programs.

From then on the game began to take more and more of its modern rules and the player or spectator of today would begin to recognise it outright. For example, the forward pass came into existence, being previously illegal, and the points system was overhauled. Scoring a touchdown, for example, now gave the team more points than it did previously. Kicking, too, took on a more crucial role in the game.

Hampton Pirates vs South Carolina State Bulldogs Preview

Posted by on Mar 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The Hampton Pirates (20-10) get together with the South Carolina State Bulldogs (19-13) in the fourth round of the MEAC tournament at Norfolk Scope Arena. The game gets underway at 1:00 pm ET on Saturday, Mar. 12 and will air on ES2 and ES3. Winner will play in the championship and can punch their ticket for the NCAA Bracket Contest.

The Pirates won big over Savannah State 89-55 in the 3. Quinton Chievous played a key role, recording 15 points and 13 rebounds to notch his 12th double-double this season. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are coming off a 67-65 win over Norfolk State in the 3. Greg Mortimer played well, posting 14 points, four rebounds, and two assists.

This will be the second matchup of the season between these two teams. The Bulldogs won the first game 67-65. Chievous recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.


Hampton sits at 15-3 SU against its conference, while South Carolina State is 14-4 SU.

In its last game, South Carolina State won by a margin of two points. Hampton is 7-2 in games decided by a margin of three points or less. South Carolina State has a 1-2 record in close games.

The Hampton Pirates have a defensive rating of 102.0 (ranked 48th), while the South Carolina State Bulldogs have an offensive rating of 107.2 (ranked 147th).

South Carolina State has an average field goal percentage of 45.2%. Hampton is a poor 3-7 when opponents have a similar or higher field goal percentage.

The Hampton Pirates and the South Carolina State Bulldogs both rank higher in average field goal percentage when compared to their effective field goal percentages. Hampton is 302nd and 295th in the nation for eFG% and FG% respectively, while South Carolina State ranks 162nd and 120th in these categories.

The Hampton Pirates are one of the top rebounding teams in the nation with an average of 41.7 per game (ranked eighth). The South Carolina State Bulldogs are outside the top 100 with 33.8 rebounds per game (ranked 288th).

South Carolina State ranks 227th in offensive rebounds, while Hampton ranks at 37th in defensive rebounds.

On average, South Carolina State forces a turnover rate of 18.1%. When Hampton turns over the ball at a similar or higher rate, the team has a fantastic 17-3 record.

Top Tips for Betting on Football

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Betting on Football |

Wagering on football games; whether it’s through a nearby bookie,
a seaward Internet webpage or a Nevada gambling club (still the main lawful spot in America to make football wagers), a large portion of us have done it or know of somebody who has.

Daily papers and prevalent games destinations routinely distribute the lines or point spreads for recreations, and football insiders offer their picks to viewers every week on ESPN and other link systems.

Be that as it may, despite the fact that the math says it’s for all intents and purposes difficult to win on a predictable premise, Americans keep on wagering on football. Also, why not? We have unequivocal adoration for the game and wagering $50 or $100 on an amusement includes an additional surge of adrenaline. Additionally, being “in real life” can make a dull late-evening diversion (Buffalo versus Oakland rings a bell) appear like the Super Bowl. Yet, that doesn’t mean you need to wager like a “square” and discard you’re hard-earned cash.

1. Cash Management – “This is doubtlessly the most critical part of wagering on games and potentially the most disregarded,” says Morey “Doc” Moseman, an cropped-image2expert card shark and games advisor with for about 40 years. “The way to fitting cash administration is to make certain not to wager more than you can bear to lose.”
All in all, what amount would it be a good idea for you to wager a diversion?
“A great many people with a comprehension of football betting wager between 3 percent and 5 percent of their bankroll, expanding when they win and diminishing when they lose,” Vaccaro says. “For instance, in the event that you have a $1,000 bankroll for the season, you ought to for the most part wager close to $50 an amusement.”

2. Consider Underdogs – “Over the long haul, it’s less demanding to win wagering on the underdog,” Konik says. “A great many people like to wager on the “better” group, the particular case that will presumably win. So underdogs have a tendency to be somewhat underestimated – aside from by the sharps.”
Moseman concurs and particularly likes home, underdogs.

There is most likely no preferable wager in games over playing an underdog at home

Moseman says. “Groups play roused ball at home. Thin underdogs consistently win by and large. Enormous underdogs frequently discover approaches to cover the spread and they seldom surrender toward the end of an amusement before the home group.”


3. Research Football Services – “Most games administrations understand that a great many people who sign up with them are frail,” Gordon cautions. “In attempting to swindle potential clients, numerous administrations make claims about having scouts everywhere throughout the nation that give them inside data and guarantee 70 or even 80 percent champs, as though the bookmakers were the greatest suckers on the planet. The main touts bettors ought to consider are the ones who discuss the whole deal and practical winning rates, which are in the upper 50 percent to bring down 60 percent range.” Our recommendation is to check out free sites like,, Profootballtalk for free picks and betting information.