Think you can beat Doc and Del? Join the LBS NFL Pick em Pool

NFL footballAfter a one-year absence, the LBS Challenge is back! Think you know football? Think you can pick NFL winners like you’re Ace Rothstein? Then join the LBS Pro Football Pick ‘em league.

All throughout the season, Doc Brown and Del will be posting their weekly NFL picks. Just a reminder that the Doc is a flawless picker and guaranteed money-winner. The former NFL handicapper at AOL FanHouse, Doc Brown has picked at a success rate above 55% on NFL games against the spread every year since he began doing his picks in 2008. And we don’t mess around, either. All picks are posted on the site ahead of time, with no switcheroos, so you know what we’re doing is legit.

The last time we did the Pick ‘em pool was in 2011. Doc Brown finished 5th of 71 in the league. All those who were able to beat both Doc and Del received a gift certificate.

We haven’t determined the prize system yet, but we promise that there will be prizes for the top finishers. Good prizes. Not some plastic kazoo that you get as a party favor at a 5-year-old’s birthday, we’re talking big-boy prizes.

So what are you waiting for? Join up!

Follow this link to Yahoo! Sports’ page and join the group. The group ID 52873 is password: sanchize

You’ll know you’re in the right place after you’ve signed up when you see the name “Doc Brown” at the top of the list. Just get used to that, because that’s where the Doc will be all season!

LBS tournament bracket champ James finishes in top 99.8 percentile

As the NCAA Tournament has come to a close, we would like to take some time to recognize the winner of the LBS March Madness pool. Our winner was James, who absolutely destroyed the pool by picking 45 of 63 games correctly. James racked up 141 of a possible 192 points. He finished an incredible 6,926 out of 3,329,637, which places him in the top 99.8 percentile of all Yahoo! Sports Pick ‘em participants. At one point, James was ranked No. 238 out of every single participant. That was crazy.

James had Michigan, Syracuse, and Louisville in his Final Four, and correctly predicted that the Cardinals would win it all. We asked him for his key to success.

“Actually I had a Big East bias,” James told LBS regarding his picks. “I wanted it to be a Big East team, and I knew we had a couple of contenders in the tournament.

“It was an up and down year in college basketball, upsets left and right, so I didn’t think it was a longshot for the Cardinals.”

Not many people had Michigan facing Florida in the finals of the South Region, but James did. We wanted to know how he picked that.

“Michigan had a much tougher draw but I knew they could pull through. Florida, on the other hand, didn’t really play anyone up until Michigan.”

Getting as high as 238th out of over 3.3 million is an incredible accomplishment. James put that feeling in context for us, saying it was “pretty epic, but I’ve reached greater heights in my life.”

His favorite pick was choosing Louisville to win it all. He was also proud of correctly predicting Iowa State over Notre Dame and Minnesota over UCLA. Once he got those picks rolling, the success kept coming.

Wondering what his winning bracket looked like? See it below:

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Join LBS March Madness pool, win prizes

LBS is running its annual March Madness pool and would like you to join. We’re running the pool through Yahoo! pick’em, so just sign into Yahoo!, go to Tourney pick’em, click on “join group” and enter Group ID: 85182, password: onions.

Prizes include:
1st place – $75 Amazon gift card
2nd place – $50 Amazon gift card
3rd place – $25 Amazon gift card

Let’s see what you got. And, no, you don’t get a bonus for beating me or Del in the pool. That is fully expected. Please email us if you have any problems entering the group.

Ravens, Patriots fans exchange trash talk (Video)

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The Patriots and Ravens have developed quite the rivalry. The teams met in the AFC Championship Game for the second season in a row, but the outcomes have been split. The Pats won last year while the Ravens took it this year. Before the game, the fans exchange plenty of trash talk. Several Baltimore fans were claiming that they had turned the game into a home contest for the Ravens. Check out the video below:

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Dhani Jones advocates tailgating at home (video)

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Former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones knows all about tailgating. Take a look at the video below to see why Jones thinks it’s a good idea for fans to tailgate at home:

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Larry the Cable Guy hits Green Bay on Prilosec OTC’s Wild American Flavor Tour

Larry-GilbertYardbarker has partnered with Prilosec OTC to promote the new Prilosec OTC Wildberry, which is the same Prilosec OTC but in a candy shell. Prilosec OTC national spokesperson Larry the Cable Guy has been touring different cities for the Wild American Flavor Tour, and he recently made his final stop in Green Bay to watch the Packers defeat the Detroit Lions for the second time this season. Larry spent some time tailgating with Packers legend Gilbert Brown before the game.

Larry and Gilbert picked a good time to promote Prilosec OTC Wildberry, as Packers fans were likely in a fine mood coming off a stretch in which the team won six out of seven games. Their 27-20 win over Detroit helped further cement their dominance in the NFC North, en route to locking down the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs and a home game in the wild card round.

Contest Details

From now until January 7, 2013, enter at WildberryFlavor.com for a chance to win trips to three of America’s most flavorful cities, including tickets to some of the country’s biggest sporting events courtesy of new Prilosec OTC Wildberry. One winner will be chosen at random to receive the prize pack, including tickets to the big football game in New Orleans (February 3, 2013), the first big auto race of the year in Daytona Beach (February 24, 2013) and the basketball championship game in Atlanta (April 8, 2013), travel and accommodations (a two-night hotel stay and air transportation for each destination), and one $5,000 check to be used in any of these flavorful cities.

LBS back from vacation (and one of us is now married)

If you read the site regularly, you probably noticed the lack of content over the past few days. That’s because your two main writers were both out of commission for the weekend.

I traveled to Boston on Thursday and was in town for the weekend to celebrate with Steve DelVecchio, who got married to his longtime girlfriend on Saturday. Despite working together and talking with each other nearly every day over the past two and a half years, this past weekend was actually the first time Del and I met. Yes, I know it’s kind of weird that we had been working together for so long before meeting, but that’s how it went.

The wedding was great and we had a fun weekend. Del may take a day or two to wind down from his wedding, while I’m so jet-lagged I feel like my head was slammed into a brick wall about two dozen times. The point is LBS will be back and humming like usual before too long, so thanks for patiently sticking with us.

Anyway, in true, old-school blogging style, I’ve included a few pictures from my trip below. (Of course we all know I’m just including these pics so I can write off my ridiculously costly Celtics tickets as a business expense).

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