Posts Tagged 'Arizona'

Illegal Fantasy Football?

With the passing of Labor Day, fall is now upon us and so is football season. For millions of Americans the start of the NFL’s regular season means the beginning of millions of fantasy football leagues. By this point most fantasy drafts are done and rosters are being set for Thursday’s games. However, it turns out that in some states some fantasy football leagues are illegal. It turns out that certain states have gambling laws that would technically make playing fantasy football for a cash prize illegal. Those states define illegal gambling as betting on an event where random chance can possibly play into the result. As a result if you’re playing in a fantasy league with money involved and you live in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Iowa, or Tennessee keep the money part of your fantasy league quiet because you’re probably breaking the law. I wish the best of luck to all of your creatively named fantasy teams this season.

As an aside back when I played fantasy football regularly, I think I got the greatest fantasy draft steal of all time. In the summer of 2007 I drafted Tom Brady in the fifth round in my league. He went on to throw 50 touchdowns that season, a feat no quarterback has achieved before or since. I then lost in the first round of the playoffs in part because the Patriots had already locked up home field advantage and Bill Belichick sat Brady in the second half of the game to keep him healthy for the playoffs.


Bill Belichick: He admitted to cheating and screwed me out of a fantasy title.

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10 Best Cities for Finding Employment

In need of a new job? Forbes.com has listed the 10 Best Cities for Employment. These cities were chosen by Adecco Staffing US, a Human Resources firm. They have the fullest employment, according to the Department of Labor, as well as internal data around job growth and demand. They then determined which areas in the US are the best for finding a job.

  1. Bethesda, MD
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Jacksonville, FL.
  4. Grand Rapids, MI
  5. Columbus, OH
  6. Seattle, WA.
  7. Phoenix, AZ
  8. New York, NY
  9. Richmond, VA
  10. Oklahoma City, OK

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Bethesda, MD

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The Best Places to Visit in 2013

LonelyPlanet.com compiled their list of the ten best places to visit in 2013. If you’re looking into planning your next vacation, check out these places and see what all the fuss is about!

  1. Louisville, Kentucky– Considered a “lively, offbeat cultural mecca on the Ohio River.”
  2. Fairbanks, Alaska-The place to be to see the unique & exquisite Northern Lights.
  3. San Juan Islands, Washington– Home to 250 days of sunshine each year plus tons of fresh food and locally grown produce, seafood, and more.
  4. Philadelphia, PA– Philly is quickly becoming the art capital of the world with the renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art and amazing galleries.
  5. American Samoa– Has some of the most stunning & untouched beaches of the Pacific and an awesome national park. It’s US territory too!
  6. Eastern Sierra, CA– An overlooked part of the Sierra Nevada range with other great natural attractions like the Travertine hot spring, the Gold Rush ghost town of Bodie, and more.
  7. Northern Maine-Besides lobster, lighthouses, and a rocky shoreline, Maine’s top half which reaches to the Canada border makes for a true wilderness adventure with moose, white water rafting, and hiking.
  8. Twin Cities, Minnesota-Minneapolis is often called the country’s best bike city. St. Paul is quitter but has an awesome must-see marketplace and the Fitzgerald Theater.
  9. Verde Valley, Arizona-Located between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon, Verde Valley is taking off as Arizona’s go-top location. Food, art, and mining lore combine with beautiful green canyons rimmed by red rocks.
  10. Glacier National Park, Montana– One of the country’s wildest, most remote and pristine national parks. Jagged, snow-topped ridges and glacier sculpted horns loom over aquamarine lakes and meadows that are blanketed with wildflowers.

Which one of these places are you most likely to visit? They all sound fantastic to us!

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Seven of the World’s Most Massive Meteor Craters

Most have heard the news reports and seen footage of the meteor that recently streaked across the sky of Russia’s Ural Mountains on February 15th injuring many people and causing sharp explosions. Weather.com takes a look at seven more of the world’s largest meteor craters.

1. Barringer Meteor Crater, Arizona

This crater was created 49,000 years ago when a nickel-iron meteorite weighing in at several hundred thousand tons & traveling at of 40,000 miles per hour hit Earth. It’s the best-preserved impact crater in existence. The crater is ¾ of a mile wide and 575 feet deep!

Barringer Crater, Arizona

 

2. Lake Bosumtwi, Ghana

Lake Bosumtwi is Ghana’s only natural lake and it was created when a meteorite his Earth about 1.3 million years ago. It created a hole in the ground with a six-mile diameter! The crater slowly filled with water to form the lake which is a vital source of life for the area. The lake is considered sacred by the Ashanti people of Ghana.

Lake Bosumtwi, Ghana

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Clearwater Lakes, Canada

About 290 million years ago, a pair of asteroids hit Quebec on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay. Their impact created what is now known as Clearwater Lakes. The larger lake is a whopping twenty-mile in diameter while the smaller one is 13.7 miles in diameter.

Clearwater Lakes, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Wolfe Creek, Australia

Wolfe Creek is also a well-preserved crater thanks to its approximate age of 300,000 years and the desert environment of Australia’s Outback. It has a diameter of approximately half a mile wide and its center is dotted with trees and shrubs.

Wolfe Creek, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Aorounga Impact Crater, Chad

This eleven-mile wide crater is located in the Sahara Desert. Approximately 200-300 million years ago, a comet or asteroid with an estimated 1-mile diameter slammed into the earth and created the Aorounga Crater. According to scientists, impacts of this size only occur about once every million years.

Aorounga Impact Crater, Chad

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Pingualit, Quebec, Canada

This crater is located in Pingualuit National Park. It was created about 1.4 million years ago and is known to natives as the “Crystal Eye of Nunavik.” Today the crater is filled with water from rain and melting snow. It’s so pure that the salt content of the water measures only 3 parts per million.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Oldest Asteroid Impact, Greenland

This 62-mile wide crater is possibly the oldest asteroid impact crater known to man and was created more than two billion years ago. Finnefjelf Moutain which stands more than 3,000 feet high is believed to be the crushed core of the structure.

Oldest Asteroid Impact, Greenland

 

 

 

 

 

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Real Estate – What you can buy — new — for $250,000

If you are in the market for a new home, as in brand new never lived in by another, MSN Real Estate has some great options available in their article, What you can buy — new — for $250,000. While some of these homes may require a bit more relocation then you were considering, it could be worth it for the value. Take a look at diverse markets such as Oregon City, Oregon; Vail, Arizona; or sunny St. Augustine, Florida where you can buy the house pictured below; all 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and 2,917 square feet of it for only $247,900! Good luck finding a home that size and price in New Jersey or California! Now may be the perfect time to find your brand new dream home for a more affordable price than you had ever imagined.

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The Tucson Culinary Festival

The Tucson Culinary Festival, a four-day celebration of food, wine and fun, will be taking place in Arizona from October 28th to 31st. The festical will feature The 5th Annual World Margarita Championship and Copper Chef BBQ Challenge. The festival, in it’s 8th year, donates proceeds to charities such as New Beginnings for Women and Children, Diamond Children’s and The Tucson Originals.

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Arizona Decides to Close 13 State Parks

On January 15th, 2010, the Arizona State Parks Board has decided to close 13 State Parks due to budgetary reasons. The remaining parks will have revised fees and hours of operation.

The first wave of closures will start on February 22 and will include Homolovi Ruins State Park in Winslow, Lyman Lake State Park in St. Johns and Riordan Mansion State Historic Park in Flagstaff.

Other parks that will close in later waves include Fort Verde State Historic Park in Camp Verde, Roper Lake State Park in Safford, Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park near Payson, Alamo Lake State Park in Wenden, Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction, Picacho Peak State Park and Red Rock State Park in Sedona.

If you are staying in one of Churchill’s temporary corporate apartments in Arizona, it would be a great time to see these parks before they are shut down.