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Author: Aaron Eldredge

Tom Clancy, Literary Icon Dies at 66

Tom Clancy, the literary icon, has passed away at the age of 66. The Baltimore-born Clancy was known for his meticulous attention to detail in his writing, especially concerning military procedure and technology. His 1984 classic “The Hunt for Red October” shot him into the forefront of American military storytelling. Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin helped turn the gripping Cold War drama into a hugely-successful blockbuster film. “The Hunt for Red October” was not Clancy’s only venture into Hollywood. “Patriot Games”, “The Sum of All Fears”, and “Clear and Present Danger” found success in both the literary and film worlds. 17 of Clancy’s books made it onto the New York Times best-sellers list, with many of them getting to the number 1 spot. The prolific American novelist died in a hospital in his native Baltimore yesterday. Find Aaron on...

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The Beginner’s Guide to Fantasy Football: Don’t Get Left Behind

Are you sick of constantly hearing your friends and colleagues talk about their fantasy football teams, making you to feel left out? Wondering what all the fuss is about? Give it a try this season and find out. It’s free, it’s fun, and it will add excitement to otherwise lackluster games. The basis of fantasy football is individual on-field performance equals points. There are many different systems of point or scoring variations, so you will have to look at your league’s scoring breakdown to get the details. Basically, a player earns points by gaining yards and scoring touchdowns. The leagues we will be discussing all involve drafting a team at the start of every season. More advanced fantasy players might choose “keeper” or “dynasty” leagues, where players are retained from year to year. I strongly advise starting out with draft or re-draft leagues before jumping into a league where you are stuck with the players you draft for years to come. Fantasy football comes in all different levels of engagement and difficulty; ranging from very beginner-friendly leagues, to expert leagues where you had better be able to devote hours and hours of each week to your team. We will be focusing on the easier-to-approach, beginner-type leagues here. There are 3 types of leagues you should consider: Standard Draft (Total Points)- These leagues keep a running tally of points accumulated...

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Honda Helps Save The Drive Ins as The Film Industry Switches To Digital

All across America, drive-in theatres are facing a challenge that could potentially put them out of business: the movie industry’s switch from film to digital. By the end of 2013, 35mm film distribution will no longer be available, everything will be digital. This means that drive-ins must purchase a digital projector if they want to stay afloat, a steep order seeing that digital projectors run upwards of $75,000. Unfortunately, most drive-in theatres simply do not have the extra funds to go out and get a new digital projector. This is where Honda’s new campaign to help save a piece of American history comes in, Project Drive-In. Project Drive-In is an effort by Honda to not only raise awareness about the dire situation drive-ins are finding themselves in, but also to help put digital projectors in these theatres. Honda is giving away at least five digital projectors, as well as helping find ways to get people involved in the fight to save this historic part of American cinema. People can visit and cast a vote to help determine which five drive-in theatres will receive the new digital projectors from Honda. Voting started on August 9, and will end a month later, September 9 2013. Each of the five winning theatres will be revealed in September, with each hosting a celebration featuring a special screening of Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy...

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Fox Sports 1 Launches Tomorrow – What to Expect from The New Mega Network

Life just got better for sports fans who have cable TV. The new mega-sports network, Fox Sports 1, will launch tomorrow, kicking things off with a matchup of big names from the UFC(Mauricio “Shogun” Rua VS. Chael Sonnen) facing off in the octagon. People have already started to discuss Fox Sports 1 as being a major challenger to the televised sports throne, currently held by ESPN. While Fox Sports 1 is a little while away from making ESPN executives sweat, cable viewers can rejoice because competition is always good for the consumer. FS1’s crown jewel is the UFC. They hope that the UFC and its die-hard fanbase will provide a solid foundation to build on. Given the growth-rate the UFC has experienced over the past decade, that seems like a pretty good bet. The channel will also  air Pac-12 and Big-12 football, NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races – including the Daytona 500, regular and post-season Major League Baseball – including the World Series, Champions League Soccer, the U.S. Open, the Cotton Bowl, the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and 2022, and much more. Most of the major cable networks have picked up Fox Sports 1, to check if your cable provider has check here. Find Emiah on...

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Top 10 Most Valuable Franchises in the NFL

The Dallas Cowboys top the Forbes NFL Franchise Valuations list for the seventh consecutive year, once again making them the most valuable team in the league. The Cowboys are worth a jaw-dropping $2.3 billion dollars, not bad considering owner Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989 for $150 million. Not that they really needed it, but the $500 million dollars AT&T paid them for the naming rights to their four-year-old stadium helped widen the gap between them and the rest of the league. The New England Patriots come in second, with a value of $1.8 billion. Five conference championships and three Super Bowl rings since 2000, combined with having sold out every home game since 1994 no doubt helps. Something that is very clear from looking at the list is that it’s good to be in the NFC East. All of the conference members are ranked seventh or higher: (1) Dallas Cowboys – $2.3 billion, (3) Washington Redskins – $1.7 billion, (4) New York Giants – $1.55 billion, (7) Philadelphia Eagles – $1.31 billion. The Houston Texans are a team on the rise, coming in at fifth place on this year’s list with a value of $1.45 billion. While things on the field have not been good for the Jets lately, they still are in the sixth spot with a value of $1.38 billion. The rest of the top...

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