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Ron Jaworski Talks Football And How He Is Raising Awareness For Prostate Cancer

Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the National Football League Alumni Association have built a new partnership to raise awareness among NFL Alumni, and fans around the country about screening, diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer. This year, the American Cancer Society estimates 161,360 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and 26,730 men will die from the disease. Today, a variety of treatment options are available to men diagnosed with prostate cancer, including radiation and active surveillance. However, the critical first step is to get screened.

Now through Oct. 15, 2,000 men, ages 40 and older, who meet eligibility requirements, may sign up to receive a free Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening by LabCorp at any of its 1,750 locations throughout the U. S. After the first 2,000 free PSA screening spots are filled, eligible men may still schedule a screening at the discounted price of $25 throughout the sign-up period. Screenings must be performed within six months of the sign-up date.

“Routine screening has significantly improved the outlook for men with prostate cancer, which is very treatable when diagnosed early. And innovative technology has helped minimize the side effects of treatment,” says Maurie Markman, MD, President of Medicine and Science at CTCA. “We at CTCA are looking forward to working with the NFLA to bring a broader awareness of the latest clinical advances in prostate cancer treatment and deliver those to their membership.”

As part of the Prostate Pep Talk campaign, public service announcements featuring legendary former NFL head coaches Herm Edwards, Dick Vermeil, and Bill Cowher will raise awareness of prostate cancer risks and encourage men to get screened for the disease. The public service announcements will air nationally throughout September, which is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

I talk with former NFL QB and now analyst, Ron Jaworski about the work he is doing with the NFL Alumni and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America as well some football.

For more information visit Prostate Pep Talk.

Click here to listen to my interview with Ron Jaworski.

Go Beast Mode On Your Wardrobe

Who is excited that Marshawn Lynch is back in the NFL? Lot of Raiders fans and fantasy football owners for sure. Well to keep up with the Beast Mode momentum DraftKings just announced the launch of the DK Shop, its new online store with custom gear, branded apparel and curated collections from top athletes. The first collaboration is with Marshawn Lynch’s Beast Mode line and available only at the DK Shop, featuring eight, limited-edition pieces with the “Ride with Me” slogan made popular by Lynch upon announcing his return to the NFL for the ‘17-‘18 NFL season.

The new collection celebrates Lynch’s return to Oakland and his incredible story, showcasing how powerful community is for him and for football fans around the world.

“Oakland helped define who I am overall as a person,” said Marshawn Lynch, Running Back for the Oakland Raiders. “My collaboration with DraftKings has been a dope experience and it helped me show them my love for Oakland.”

The partnership with Marshawn Lynch is the first play for the DK Shop which will be one of many exclusive partnerships with athletes across major sports. At launch, the DK Shop will feature fantasy and football-focused apparel with plans to include other sports down the line to coincide with active seasons across the 10 sports that DraftKings offers. The online store will also offer custom trophies, belts, draft boards and more for DraftKings player’s fantasy leagues.

“Marshawn Lynch has established himself as one of the most accomplished players in the NFL and we’re honored to collaborate with him on our first collection,” said Michael Meltzer, Director of Strategic Ventures at DraftKings.  “Customers are at the core of everything DraftKings represents and we believe the DK Shop will offer these passionate sports fans an exclusive way to bring them one step closer to the athletes they love.”

Where Are You Watching The Fight Saturday Night

Lot of people say they are buying the Mayweather/McGregor fight. Are you? In preparation for Saturday night’s fight, AT&T is promoting the fight, which will be available to DIRECTV and U-verse customers.

Cross-country building projections w/ real time polling – Fans in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and New York will be able to get in on the action from their hometown. Select buildings in these cities will project massive videos on their structures promoting the fight, along with LIVE polling of Mayweather/McGregor fight winner projections.

Below is a list of where projections will take place in each city. So if you live near one of these areas you might want to take part in the action.

Atlanta: Peachtree Center Ave & Auburn Ave

Chicago: 830 S Wabash Ave

Dallas: 2201 N Field St

Houston: 1410 Pease St

Los Angeles: W Olympic Blvd & S Flower St

Miami: 5th St & Ocean Drive

New York City: 8th Ave & W 27th St

There is a Fight Microsite for fans looking to enjoy the fight from the comfort of their own home, they can order it on DIRECTV and U-verse  through our dedicated microsite which breaks down the matchup and also includes real time polling from twitter. There is also a Sports Bar Finder app – The DIRECTV Sports Bar Finder app on iOS and Android devices helps fans to figure out which locations near you will have the fight available.

Michael Rapaport Talks Fantasy Football, Draft Kings & How You Can Meet Rob Gronkowski

As the commissioner of a few fantasy football leagues I am getting psyched that football is back. I know a lot of you like me are looking to plan a great party for your league. Still nothing we all look to do will compare to what Draft Kings is doing later this month.

DraftKings, the world’s largest daily fantasy sports company, will be hosting its second annual Fantasy Sports Fest bringing fans closer to the sports and athletes they love. The experience will prepare fans for the upcoming NFL season with fantasy insiders and entertainers, the opportunity to play on the Gillette Stadium field and celebrate with friends throughout activation areas.

This year’s event will be hosted by actor, comedian and fantasy sports fanatic Michael Rapaport, with appearances from Rob Gronkowski, Matthew Berry, Trey Wingo, Jim Breuer and Patriots alumni. Fans will receive access to Gillette Stadium and a chance to participate in on-field drills and activities, including a chance to run out of the tunnel – just like the Patriots on game day.

I got to chat with Michael Rapaport today to talk about the event, how you can Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski, fun activities at Gillette Stadium, how long he has been playing fantasy football and more. Here is my interview with Michael below.

Tickets are available in four package offerings. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit fantasysportsfest.com.

Do You Want To Ride With Dale Earnhardt Jr

Hey NASCAR fans! MTN Dew is looking to hook you up with a ride with Dale Earnhardt Jr.. As he approaches the final races of his epic career this fall, Dew is inviting fans to help celebrate Dale Jr.’s final race at Talladega Super Speedway in his last No. 88 Mountain Dew Chevrolet this fall (Oct. 15), giving DEW Nation and Jr. Nation the chance to ride along with him at Talladega via a customized DEW paint scheme.

You can enter to have your name placed on the paint scheme through a customized site – www.RideWithJr.com. Registration will be open for up to 100,000 fans to have their names on the car, and fans will receive an email and be able to check the site this fall to see where their name will be placed on the No. 88 Mountain Dew Chevrolet.

Catch Up On This Month’s Sports Crate

This month I received my second Boston Red Sox Sports Crate. Just like the first one, this crate did not disappoint. This one featured Sandy Leon, who is a catcher for the Red Sox. Not only did this month’s crate have a mini figure of Leon, but it came with a baseball card of him too. The catcher is there to protect the plate and I was loving the fact that I got two home plate bottle openers with the Sox logo on them!

When a pitcher throws the heat you know the catcher can take it so it was only natural for Sports Crate to add a baseball glove oven mitt into the mix for this month. The shot glasses are great will go next to my Red Sox collection in my office. The Boston Homestand flag is pretty big and will be great to display inside or outside your home.

With licenses from Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, Sports Crate is now the Exclusive Licensed Subscription Box of MLB. The new division of Loot Crate, Sports Crate will launch with 10 teams initially, providing fans of the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers with exclusive apparel, collectibles, experiences and more every month. Sports Crate will roll out additional teams later this year.

The monthly subscription service will feature exclusive team-focused products and VIP one-of-a-kind experiences. The first Sports Crate will feature a “Bringing the Heat” theme, stocked accordingly with a highly collectible, exclusive action figure of the respective team’s starting pitcher, along with everything a fan needs to “bring it” on Opening Day.

Sports Crates are currently available on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be limited to ensure their collectability. For more information, please visit www.sportscrate.com or MLB.com. Fans can also visit the website to submit the team they’d like to see made available in the coming weeks and months.

MTN Dew Honors Russell Westbrook’s MVP Season

This week during the NBA award ceremony Russell Westbrook won this year’s MVP trophy. With a newly minted MVP trophy now adorning Mountain Dew athlete Russell Westbrook’s trophy room, the brand is honoring him with a truly unique fashion outfit for his wardrobe: the first ever Triple-Double Breasted Suit.

Created by American menswear designer Mark McNairy, the Triple-Double Breasted Suit pays homage to Russ’ record breaking season and “Don’t Do They” mentality – whether on the court dropping 50 point triple doubles, or off the court sporting flashy post-game outfits.

The suit includes several unique style elements that pay tribute to his historic campaign, including:

Don’t Do They: Russ’ iconic rallying cry from his ASW commercial is featured on the underside of the jacket collar as a bold “THEY” crossed out in red

42: Russ’ season-defining tripe double record is emblazoned on the jacket breast pocket

Shot clock with 1 second left: Russ was a king in the clutch; to highlight this, :01 is shown on the inside breast pocket

Camo Pattern: DEW has a history with camo as does McNairy which made camo an obvious color choice.

Along with the triple-double breasted suit, Dew will also release commemorative 12oz. cans made to honor Russell’s MVP win, which will be available exclusively in the OKC market.

Look Who Is On The Cover Of WWE 2K18

Earlier this week 2K announced Seth Rollins as the cover Superstar for WWE 2K18, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE video game franchise. Rollins will personify WWE 2K18’s worldwide marketing campaign – BE LIKE NO ONE – which invites players to explore Rollins’ identity, as well as those of several other WWE Superstars, while learning more about the game.

In addition, 2K announced the game’s new Early Access initiative, which invites players to purchase the WWE 2K18 Deluxe Edition or the WWE 2K18 Collector’s Edition and receive the game before its worldwide release on October 17, 2017 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One.

These four simple words likely generate several reactions, but for WWE Superstar Seth Rollins™, they are a master class in describing his unmatched work ethic, disruptive mindset and definitive WWE career.

Since joining WWE in 2010, Rollins has done things on his own terms. Like many claim but never accomplish, he was destined to be different, blaze his own trail and take no prisoners along the way, even if it meant disrespecting history. The first move on Rollins’ chess board: become the inaugural NXT® Champion in 2012 and put everyone on high alert. The second move: make his WWE main roster debut at Survivor Series® later that year, align with WWE Superstars Roman Reigns™ and Dean Ambrose™ to form The Shield™ and rally against authority. As the pieces continued moving, the accolades followed: two-time WWE Champion, United States Champion, WWE Tag Team Champion and “Mr. Money in the Bank®,” to name a few. And now, “The Kingslayer” stands tall after a definitive checkmate: defeating Triple H® on WWE’s grandest stage at WrestleMania® 33.

Marc André Fleury Does His Best Captain Morgan Impression

How do hockey players celebrate winning Lord Stanley’s Cup? They each get to hang with the trophy and do some fun and crazy things with it. As the Penguins return to Pittsburgh as champions of the city, goalie Marc-André Fleury showed his love for the moment by striking the legendary Captain Morgan pose during his celebration with the best piece of hardware across sports.

As the city continues to celebrate, Marc-André had the following to say about their accomplishment, “This was an awesome team to be with this season. It was special to win back to back. We shared a tremendous work ethic and commitment to each other. Now, we get to enjoy the moment, raise the Cup and have some real fun.”