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Day: November 18, 2012

How to keep up to date with The Rambles of Neil Monnery

As The Rambles of Neil Monnery closes in on half a million views in it’s short 18 month life (on this server – I didn’t transfer the old stats over – doh) I thought I would post a blog just to point out the many ways you can keep up to date with the goings on here on the blog:

The easiest way to keep up to date is to subscribe to e-mail alerts. You can do that on the top right-hand corner of the screen. Just enter your e-mail address and you’ll get an e-mail whenever a blog is published (unless I override which I do every so often, i.e. if it is a guest blogger or other circumstances).

You can follow me on twitter. I tweet a fair bit mostly about politics or sport or TV – so pretty much like i do on this very blog. I will also tweet whenever I have uploaded a new blog post. You can follow me @neilmonnery

Another easy way is to like the blog on Facebook. If you do this whenever a new story is uploaded it will come up in your timeline like the below graphic. You can like the blog by clicking on the ‘The Rambles of Neil Monnery on Facebook’ box on the right-hand side of the page or by going to The Rambles of Neil Monnery page on Facebook and liking it there.

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Example of Facebook timeline entry if you like the blog on Facebook.

I (like most other blogs/websites) also offer an RSS Feed service. You can add our raw RSS Feed to any RSS reading service. This is yet another way you can use to keep up to date on my latest pieces.

Of course the other way is to just keep logging on to the website. It is updated often with various rubbish that hopefully you’ll either find semi-interesting or worthwhile reading. I hope you enjoy the blog and I’ll endeavour to keep writing and hopefully entertaining or at the very least thought-provoking.

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Why quitting fantasy NFL has renewed my love of the sport

For many years I have been a fantasy sports junkie. I have had fantasy football teams obviously but never was able to stick at it due to my terrible initial selections and I just couldn’t be bothered. Throw in Fantasy F1, Fantasy Basketball, Fantasy NFL, Fantasy Baseball etc… and you’ll see a deep rooted pattern.

However I made a decision this year to change this up and cut my teams down to just one – the Fratton Yankees in a fantasy baseball league that I have been a member of for now seven years and that would be that. I won a fantasy NFL league last season which was good fun and all but fantasy games are there to make the game more exciting they say – just like betting. Incidentally you can click here for online betting at Top Bet.

My issues with fantasy sports though are I found myself watching the players and fantasy stats more than I did the game itself. This season I have been able to just enjoy the games and root for the teams that I want to root for. I don’t have to think ‘oh I want the Broncos to win but I hope Peyton Manning stinks as my opponent has him’ and that is the type of issue you have fantasy wise.

With my fantasy baseball team practically all the games are in the early hours so I see so few live so it doesn’t ruin my enjoyment of the game but also I have been part of this particular league for as I said seven seasons. That is one of the main reasons I have stuck with it. I even have kept the same original name even though deep down I wanted to change it to the Fratton Yankee Posada’s in homage to the now retired and borderline Hall of Famer Jorge Posada.

Going back though to the original concept of this blog post I can now sit back and enjoy a game of American Football for what it is. I’m not concerned about those stats and whilst I can see why many believe it enhances their enjoyment of the game – remember this is a multi-billion dollar industry in the States – for me I can be more of a purist and just watch and enjoy a game.

Last year was a strange year for me as I had no real rooting interest. My team stunk (and still does) and after a few years of rooting for the old man quarterback (Kurt Warner, Brett Favre) last year I had nothing. At least this year Peyton Manning is back and looks like he can do something and I have been rooting hard for him and the Broncos. Apart from that though there aren’t any storylines that are grabbing my attention and yet I did don’t miss the fantasy aspect of the game. Maybe it is just a down couple of years for me NFL wise (although the Jags are coming to the UK next season) but at least the college game has been insane. Notre Dame being the only undefeated team in the country? Not sure anyone saw that one coming…

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