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LBS crashing ‘The Dan Patrick Show’ and we need your help!

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LBS is very excited to say that we will be crashing “The Dan Patrick Show” next week and we need some help from you!

Yes, LB will be traveling to Milford, Conn., in connection with DP Show sponsor Ram Trucks. I’ll be sitting in on Monday’s edition of the world-famous show and will conduct an interview with the host himself after the show is over.

And that’s where you come in.

Do you have any questions you’d like me to ask Dan? Want to know any inside secrets about the illustrious man cave? Anything about one of the Dannettes been on your mind that you need answered?

Simply leave a comment on this post with a question you have or send an email to me larry at larrybrownsports dot com and we’ll see if we can work in your question. Ram Trucks will be providing some cool swag that we will give away to those who send in a question, so be sure to participate!

Join the LBS March Madness Pool

Scrooge McDuck money

For the eighth year in a row (or is it third? or fourth?) I have no idea, I’ve lost count — whatever — LBS is running a March Madness Pool. You know what that means? It’s your chance to beat Doc Brown and Del at some more picks! And I promise you that you will be able to win. I am by far the worst March Madness Pool picker of all time. All time. I dunno if I over-analyze things, get caught up on a Pac-10 bias or what, but I promise that if you join the pool, you’ll at least beat me.

So here’s the deal: we’re running the pool through Yahoo! like last year, though, based on the change in their layout, we may have to switch in the future because the new layout stinks.

Here’s the link to the league.

You can also follow this link on Yahoo! Fantasy and click “Join a private pool.”

The pool ID is 99335
Password onions

There will be prizes for the top three finishers.

Good luck on your picks!

And remember … Duke still sucks.

Congratulations to BK Picks for winning the LBS Pick ‘em Pool

Big congratulations are in order for Bryan K, whose BK Picks won the LBS Pick ‘em Pool. BK Picks finished with an impressive record of 131-89 (59.5% when you count his lowest two weeks being dropped).

BK Picks impressively picked 14 of 16 games correctly against the spread in Week 14, and 11 of 16 games correctly against the spread in Weeks 15-17 to win the league.

Congratulations are also in order for scBslug/Mike22, who missed winning the league by one point. He still had an excellent season and nearly pulled it out by posting 11 correct picks in Week 17.

Bring em’ Back!/Paul finished in third with 126 correct picks. Paul wasn’t able to get over the hump in the final three weeks, posting a five that got dropped, and back-to-back nines, but he still had a great season.

Play Action finished in fourth with 123 points. He started the season by winning Week 1 and kept up a strong pace after that.

Congratulations to all on a fun season and thank you very much for playing. If you were one of the top three finishers, please email me to collect your prize. And if you feel like you deserve a prize for participating all season, winning a week or just because, send me an email as well.

Oh, and as the cherry on top of the terrible season for Doc and Del, below are our results for the full year of picks. This was by far the worst we’ve ever done. Doc is in shame.

LBS final picks

See you again next season.

Last chance for LBS College Bowl Pick ‘em Pool – win Monster headphones, EA Sports prize pack

EA pack

LBS is doing another pool, which is great news for two reasons. One, it’s another guaranteed way for you to beat Doc and Del on their sports picks (seriously, have you seen our NFL picks this season? We’re terrible). Two, we have some awesome prizes to give away to the winner. Today is the last chance to sign up. You’ll miss out on picking the games that were already played, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still win the pool.

Here’s how to enter:

Follow this link to our private group on Yahoo! Sports.

Group ID: 23742
Password: bradyhokelunch

We’re also making the pool super simple (Doc and Del need any advantage we can get). No spread, no confidence pools, all you have to do is pick straight winners, baby.

So now that you have the 411 and signup info, here’s what you’ll be playing for.

The winner of the pool will receive a sweet prize pack from EA Sports. The prize pack is highlighted by a pair of SICK Monster gaming headphones. The headphones are the MVP Carbons model and have high def surround sound. These are the perfect headphones for gaming and listening to your music.

Here’s what you’ll receive in the prize pack (pictured at the top):

1. A Pair of MVP Carbon Ultra High Definition gaming headphones
2. EA SPORTS 16 Bit Collection T-shirt
3. EA SPORTS Exclusive Headwear

Now sign up and kick some bowl game ass, and make sure to join by Saturday, which is when the bowls begin!

Join the LBS College Bowl Pick ‘em Pool, win Monster headphones, EA Sports prize pack

EA pack

LBS is doing another pool, which is great news for two reasons. One, it’s another guaranteed way for you to beat Doc and Del on their sports picks (seriously, have you seen our NFL picks this season? We’re terrible). Two, we have some awesome prizes to give away to the winner.

Here’s how to enter:

Follow this link to our private group on Yahoo! Sports.

Group ID: 23742
Password: bradyhokelunch

We’re also making the pool super simple (Doc and Del need any advantage we can get). No spread, no confidence pools, all you have to do is pick straight winners, baby.

So now that you have the 411 and signup info, here’s what you’ll be playing for.

The winner of the pool will receive a sweet prize pack from EA Sports. The prize pack is highlighted by a pair of SICK Monster gaming headphones. The headphones are the MVP Carbons model and have high def surround sound. These are the perfect headphones for gaming and listening to your music.

Here’s what you’ll receive in the prize pack (pictured at the top):

1. A Pair of MVP Carbon Ultra High Definition gaming headphones
2. EA SPORTS 16 Bit Collection T-shirt
3. EA SPORTS Exclusive Headwear

Now sign up and kick some bowl game ass, and make sure to join by Saturday, which is when the bowls begin!

LBS gets a makeover – explaining the new design

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably noticed that the site has undergone a re-design. We hope you like it. Let’s talk a little bit about it since this is a pretty big change.

After having the site look the same for several years, we figured it was about time to upgrade and update. You have no idea how old some of the code on the site was. The first time I installed a theme on this site was 2007. I upgraded to a newer version of that theme a few years later and just made several customizations over the years as I saw fit. To give you an understanding, think of an older car that was in good shape and a little souped up. That’s kind of how the old site was.

As cool as the old site was, it lacked many of the features that are standard in new sites. The new site has cleaner code and should help pages load much quicker. Another big feature with the new layout is that it’s mobile responsive, meaning the site should look great on your phone or tablet. Because a lot of our traffic now comes from mobile devices, we wanted to transition to a design that would look nice on your tablet or phone.

We also wanted to try giving you a site that looks familiar and still resembles the old LBS despite having newer features. We hope we have achieved that, though we know the new homepage layout may have thrown you off. We also know many of you liked the simplicity of the old homepage and are here to help.

As you’ve seen, the new layout actually has a homepage with featured stories and whatnot rather than just taking you straight to the blog. But, for those who liked the old simple layout, we do have a link that will take you to the old blog look. In the black “nav bar” in the header, you can see a link to “old blog view.” Similarly, at the bottom of the homepage, you will see a link that says “SEE ALL POSTS.” Both of those links takes you to this page: http://larrybrownsports.com/blog

If you prefer to see all our posts in reverse chronological order like the old homepage, you can click on either of those links from the homepage, or just bookmark this link: http://larrybrownsports.com/blog.

Now for an explanation about how the homepage works. The black nav bar will take you to all our stories on the featured sports or categories at the top. Below the navbar are five categories (currently NFL, MLB, NBA, WAGs and Gossip). The most recent story from each category is featured. You can click on each tab to see the most recent story in those featured categories.

Below that on the left is the most recent story from the police blotter category. Below that to the right is our featured stories section. Those are handpicked by the LBS editors because they are ones we’d like to feature. Hopefully this will give more visibility to certain posts so they’re not buried.

Then below that are the six most recent posts at the site. You might see duplicates here. Say the most recent story we published was an NFL story, that story will appear in the NFL tab at the top, and also in the top spot in “latest posts.” There are only previews on each story, so if you want to read the full story you have to click on the headline or link that says “continue reading.”

After you’ve gone through the most recent posts and want to see older posts, you can click on “SEE ALL POSTS.” That will take you to the old blog view. You’re then going to see the 7 most recent posts from the homepage, but if you keep scrolling you’ll see all the older posts. From there you can click to page 2 and 3 just like the old site.

Hopefully this explains the new layout so you can get exactly what you want out of LBS.

Thank you very much for reading the site. You have no idea how much Del and I appreciate it. We really work hard to give you a product we think you’ll enjoy and we thank you for reading and spreading the word.

Also, if you have any feedback on the new layout, please share it with us. If you have recommendations, complaints or even praise, we’d like to hear it. And if you’ve noticed something that isn’t working properly, please send us an email. We take everything into consideration and aim to please.

Thank you very much for reading and supporting the site.

Spartan Race entry giveaway to LBS Week 2 pick em pool winner

It’s not too late to join the LBS weekly NFL pick ‘em pool! If you haven’t joined the pool yet, you still can enter without being penalized! We drop your lowest week, so if you join now and play from Week 2-17, your Week 1 score will be dropped and you won’t be behind. Follow this link to Yahoo! Sports’ page and join the group. The group ID 52873 is password: sanchize

As another incentive to join, we will be giving away a free Spartan Race entry to the winner of Week 2. We’ve had many friends of LBS participate in Spartan Races, and they’ve all loved them. There are four different Spartan Races available — entry level Spartan Sprint, intermediate level Super Spartan, the advanced Spartan Beast, and the ‘99.9% need not apply’ extreme level Death Race.

Spartan Race

Unlike marathons, long-distance runs, or even triathlons, Spartan Races require total athleticism for their obstacle courses. Participants are asked to jump, dive, crawl, climb, dodge, carry and think on your feet as you do the race.

Spartan Races also now have a partnership with GovX and are offering a special $30 discount off all U.S. race registrations to verified active, reserve and veteran U.S. Military service members along with active first responders.

You can follow this link to receive 15% off any Spartan Race. Here is the link to the full Spartan Race schedule.