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Mon, 08 Aug 2011 16:02:04 GMT
Don't Report Nice Stuff

I waste a few minutes everyday of my life reviewing comments like the following.

Mikel u are a talented and lucky player,love ur style of play keep it up

Seriously, if your an athlete and report stuff like this, then it's hard for me to take your abuse reports seriously.

Sat, 18 Sep 2010 02:50:50 GMT
Today Tonight Slander?
On July 16th, an australian TV show called Today Tonight supposedly did a show on Talk-Sports.com.   According to some people that I’ve chatted with, the show reporter Jonathan Creek called me an Internet Conman.

I reviewed my emails and prior to the show I received one email from Jonathan where he asked if there was a complaint process for the website and I told him that  “There's a report abuse link aside every single comment. Please click that link and submit a complaint and we will review it.”

Around the same time I received that one email from Jonathan, I also received emails from the Australian Football League Players Association asking for comments to be deleted, which I did. I suspect that Jonathan and the association were in contact at the time, possibly to interview people for the show.

I’ve attempted to contact the show to get a copy of the episode and find out what was said.
Mon, 09 Aug 2010 08:56:42 GMT
Jillian Domani is a Fake

Of late, someone calling herself Jillian Domani has been posting on Facebook, Formspring and Talk-Sports that she was dating several high profile athletes. She often posted on the Jonathan Toews girlfriend forum [http://www.talk-sports.net/nhl/girlfriend.aspx/Jonathan_Toews] that she dated Toews and his teammate; Patrick Kane. She appears to have created an elaborate network of friends who like to discuss the relationship status of athletes on Talk-Sports. She also befriended me and created fake profiles for her boyfriends and close friends. She even texted and called many of her Facebook friends from a 312 area code.

Some posters investigated and found that she had stolen her pics from a girl living in Austin, Texas. The girl, whose identity was stolen, contacted me on Facebook. I asked her to accept my FB friendship so that I may determine if she was a fake. I reviewed her FB account. She has pics and wall posts dating back more than a year. She has an elorate connection of real friends who have been tagged in a very large set of photographs. It's impossible for me to believe that this Texas girl could have created such a detailed FB account for more than a year, simply to discredit Jillian. As such, I have believe that Jillian stole her identity and created a completely fake profile.

When it became public information that she may have stolen the pics she claimed were her own, Jillian changed her FB profile name to Jillyun Ruhnay. She once told me that Rene was her middle name. You can still find her FB profile [http://www.facebook.com/saeeeglopur], but it is now completely private and she has unfriended myself and nearly all others. About two dozen girls have now contacted me and told me similar stories about their relationship online with Jillian. Many of the girls claimed to have established a very close relationship with Jillian online and over the phone. When pressed to meet her online friends, she always devised an excuse not to meet up. She claimed she had cystic fibrosis and was a medical student.

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 13:47:48 GMT
2010 Playoffs Update

Review of the series to date.

Avalanche v Sharks

Sharks are looking at another early exit from the playoffs. I blame Joe Thornton. It's hard to believe that one of the largest players in the league, plays one of the softest games in the league. Can Craig Anderson do it two more times?

Kings v Canucks

The Sedin's took over in the 3rd period to tie the series. This series is gonna come down to Luongo and the Sedin's will. Once again the NHL looks stupid by screwing up the kicking the puck into the net rule.

Preds v Hawks

Preds are surprising. I thought they might have a chance if the Hawks goalies fail, but other than one bad goal, Niemi has been primed. The Hawks offense appears to be on empty.

Wings v Yotes

Can one goalie defeat an entire team? Only in hockey. Illya Bryzgalov is the series. If he plays awesome, then the Coyotes win. If he plays great, then the Coyotes lose.

Habs v Caps

Habs are completely outclassed. Don't blame the goalies here. OK, maybe Theodore for blowing game one and almost blowing game two. The Caps are going deep. Only a goalie can stop them now (or maybe a Kid).

Bruins v Sabres

And I thought the Bruins couldn't score. With Vanek, the Sabres appear to have no offense. Their season is done. They need to shop for scoring depth to support the franchise; Ryan Miller.

Flyers v Devils

Flyers stunk down the stretch. WTF!? This series looks like a couple AHL teams. Devils are done. Flyers are done next rounds.

Sens v Pens

If the Ottawa citizens are really lucky, then they will be able to catch the Sidney Crosby show one more time. I can't wait for the Pens v Caps semi-final. This'll be a classic.

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 18:04:58 GMT
Talk Sports Athlete FAQ
  1. How do I get a premium membership?
    All athletes with forums on Talk-Sports can get a free bronze membership. Simply send us an email (webmaster@talk-sports.net) for instructions. To get a silver or gold premium membership, please visit the upgrade webpage and review your options.
    http://www.talk-sports.net/upgrade.aspx
  2. How do I get abusive comments deleted?
    You can get comments deleted, by clicking the report abuse link below every comment. This will send us an email, so that we may investigate. You can also buy a premium membership to delete comments yourself and help us moderate forums. All athletes with forums on Talk-Sports can get a free bronze membership.
  3. How can I monitor my forums without having to remember to visit Talk-Sports everyday?
    Every forum has an email subscription widget from Reblinks. You'll find the widget down the right sidebar. Reblinks will send you an email everytime your forum is updated.
  4. The report abuse mailto link doesn't work on my computer?
    Your computer's mailto link handler needs to be fix. See the following webpage for helping setting up your computer.
    http://www.kbcafe.com/csharp/?guid=20090405105849
  5. I just purchased a membership, how do I?
    You just signed up for a paid Talk-Sports membership? It can take 5 minutes and sometimes several days to get your account activated. You can help speed this up, by creating a Talk-Sports password, if you don't already have one.
    http://www.talk-sports.net/join.aspx
  6. How do I delete comments?
    If your Talk-Sports account is activated, then you should see a delete link on the left of every comment, that allows you to delete the comment.  Each membership level can delete a fixed amount of comments per calendar month. You can check how many deletes you have left from the profile webpage.
    http://www.talk-sports.net/profile.aspx
  7. How do I get IP addresses?
    If your silver or gold Talk-Sports account is activated, then you should see the IP address on the left of most comment. Note that bronze memberships cannot see IP addresses.
  8. How do I upgrade my membership?
    If you already have a paid Talk-Sports membership and want to upgrade the level, then simply buy the new membership from the upgrade page and cancel the old subscription. We may choose to refund a portion of your new membership.
    http://www.talk-sports.net/upgrade.aspx
Mon, 08 Jun 2009 02:17:23 GMT
God Calls Mike Ford Number

Yesterday, NASCAR.com published an article where Denny Hamlin's crew chief, Mike Ford, disputes Denny Hamlins claim of bad luck. God himself disputed Mike Fords claim, as 24 hours later Hamlin's engine folded when he geared up on lap #1 at Pocono. He returned to the track a few laps into the race and his engine folded once again when he geared up. If Denny Hamlin isn't the unluckiest racer on NASCAR, then I don't know what luck is. BTW, Joe Gibbs, you might want to fire Mike Ford for created a rift on his team and looking like an idiot.

http://www.nascar.com/2009/news/headlines/cup/06/06/preview.cup.pocono.dhamlin/index.html

Sun, 05 Apr 2009 16:05:15 GMT
Talk Sports FAQ (v3)

General Questions

  1. How do I get a premium membership?
    To get a premium membership, please visit the upgrade webpage and review your options.
    http://www.talk-sports.net/upgrade.aspx
  2. How do I get abusive comments deleted?
    You can get comments deleted, by clicking the report abuse link below every comment. This will send us an email, so that we may investigate. You can also buy a premium membership to delete comments yourself and help us moderate forums.
  3. How do I get a free membership?
    Talk-Sports offers free bronze memberships to athletes, bloggers and anybody that adds us as friend in Facebook or MySpace. Athletes should send us an email (webmaster@talk-sports.net) for instructions on getting a free membership. If a blogger adds us to his sidebar-blogroll, then they also get a free membership. They can apply every 3 months for another free 3 month membership. Anybody that adds Talk-Sports as a friend in Facebook or MySpace gets a free one month membership.
  4. I am being cyberbullied, how do stop them?
    Please click the report abuse link below any comment that you consider cyberbullying. This will send us an email, so that we may investigate.
  5. Your website says that I was banned. Why was I banned and how do I get unbanned?
    We ban any users who repeatedly are involved in cyber-bullying or post inappropriate content on the Talk-Sports website. The ban typically lasts for 3 months, but we have banned some members for life. We will consider unbanning you, if you purchase an upgraded membership and promise to be nice.
    http://www.talk-sports.net/upgrade.aspx
  6. How do I post pics on Talk-Sports?
    If the image is already on another website, then simply right-click on the image, select Copy, then right-click in the posting area and select Paste. If the image is not already on another website, then you'll have to upload it to Photobucket, Flickr or another photosharing website before you can post it to Talk-Sports.
  7. The report abuse mailto link doesn't work on my computer?
    Your computer's mailto link handler needs to be fix. See the following webpage for helping setting up your computer.
    http://www.kbcafe.com/csharp/?guid=20090405105849

Member Questions

  1. I just purchased a membership, how do I?
    You just signed up for a paid Talk-Sports membership? It can take 5 minutes and sometimes several days to get your account activated. You can help speed this up, by creating a Talk-Sports password, if you don't already have one.
    http://www.talk-sports.net/join.aspx
  2. How do I delete comments?
    If your Talk-Sports account is activated, then you should see a delete link on the left of every comment, that allows you to delete the comment.  Each membership level can delete a fixed amount of comments per calendar month. You can check how many deletes you have left from the profile webpage.
    http://www.talk-sports.net/profile.aspx
  3. How do I get IP addresses?
    If your silver or gold Talk-Sports account is activated, then you should see the IP address on the left of most comment. Note that bronze memberships cannot see IP addresses.
  4. How do I upgrade my membership?
    If you already have a paid Talk-Sports membership and want to upgrade the level, then simply buy the new membership from the upgrade page and cancel the old subscription. We may choose to refund a portion of your new membership.
    http://www.talk-sports.net/upgrade.aspx
Send other questions to webmaster@talk-sports.net
Tue, 25 Nov 2008 14:56:31 GMT
Talk Sports FAQ

General Questions

  1. How do I get a premium membership?
    To get a premium membership, please visit the upgrade webpage and review your options.
    http://www.talk-sports.net/upgrade.aspx
  2. How do I get abusive comments deleted?
    You can get comments deleted, by clicking the report abuse link below every comment. This will send us an email, so that we may investigate. You can also buy a premium membership to delete comments yourself and help us moderate forums.
  3. How do I get a free membership?
    Talk-Sports offers free bronze memberships to athletes, bloggers and anybody that adds us as friend in Facebook or MySpace. Athletes should send us an email (webmaster@talk-sports.net) for instructions on getting a free membership. If a blogger adds us to his sidebar-blogroll, then they also get a free membership. They can apply every 3 months for another free 3 month membership. Anybody that adds Talk-Sports as a friend in Facebook or MySpace gets a free one month membership.
  4. I am being cyberbullied, how do stop them?
    Please click the report abuse link below any comment that you consider cyberbullying. This will send us an email, so that we may investigate.
  5. Your website says that I was banned. Why was I banned and how do I get unbanned?
    We ban any users who repeatedly are involved in cyber-bullying or post inappropriate content on the Talk-Sports website. The ban typically lasts for 3 months, but we have banned some members for life. We will consider unbanning you, if you purchase an upgraded membership and promise to be nice.
    http://www.talk-sports.net/upgrade.aspx
  6. How do I post pics on Talk-Sports?
    If the image is already on another website, then simply right-click on the image, select Copy, then right-click in the posting area and select Paste. If the image is not already on another website, then you'll have to upload it to Photobucket, Flickr or another photosharing website before you can post it to Talk-Sports.

Member Questions

  1. I just purchased a membership, how do I?
    You just signed up for a paid Talk-Sports membership? It can take 5 minutes and sometimes several days to get your account activated. You can help speed this up, by creating a Talk-Sports password, if you don't already have one.
    http://www.talk-sports.net/join.aspx
  2. How do I delete comments?
    If your Talk-Sports account is activated, then you should see a delete link on the left of every comment, that allows you to delete the comment.  Each membership level can delete a fixed amount of comments per calendar month. You can check how many deletes you have left from the profile webpage.
    http://www.talk-sports.net/profile.aspx
  3. How do I get IP addresses?
    If your silver or gold Talk-Sports account is activated, then you should see the IP address on the left of most comment. Note that bronze memberships cannot see IP addresses.
  4. How do I upgrade my membership?
    If you already have a paid Talk-Sports membership and want to upgrade the level, then simply buy the new membership from the upgrade page and cancel the old subscription. We may choose to refund a portion of your new membership.
    http://www.talk-sports.net/upgrade.aspx
Send other questions to webmaster@talk-fsports.net
Fri, 31 Oct 2008 17:52:00 GMT
Gambling Review
This is a paid review
 
Gambling Review specializes in Online Casino reviews and aims to become the most comprehensive source for gambling related information.  The site has been offering reviews since 1998, but has recently been re-launched. The reviews are the personal opinion of the reviewer, but casinos can apply to have their website re-reviewed when they have improved areas of noted weakness.  Check out their top ten online casinos, as well as their featured online casino bonuses. Each of the top ten rated online casinos have lengthy reviews to help you better experience each.
 
They have very good introductions for all the more popular casino games including Baccarat, Backgammon, Bingo, Blackjack, Caribbean Poker, Craps, Keno, Pai Gow Poker, Poker, Roulette, Rummy, Slots, Texas Holdem and Video Poker. These introductions should be required reading for anybody just getting started with online gambling. They also have beginner guides that apply equally to most casino games. I found the Do's and Don'ts guide particularly valuable for newbs. Sometimes new players can be overwhelmed by the Internet, this guide will help you cut thru confusion and increase your enjoyment of the games.

This portal is quite new and I suspect it'll get much better quickly. They even have a brand new gambling blog where I'm sure you'll find great information in the coming months.
Wed, 29 Oct 2008 18:16:24 GMT
Talk Sports FAQ

General Questions

  1. How do I get a premium membership?
    To get a premium membership, please visit the following webpage and review your options.
    http://www.talk-sports.net/upgrade.aspx
  2. How do I get abusive comments deleted?
    You can get comments deleted, by clicking the report abuse link below every comment. This will send us an email, so that we may investigate. You can also buy a premium membership to delete comments yourself and help us moderate forums.
  3. How do I get a free membership?
    Talk-Sports offers free bronze memberships to athletes, bloggers and anybody that adds us as friend in Facebook or MySpace. Athletes should send us an email (webmaster@talk-sports.net) for instructions on getting a free membership. If a blogger adds us to his sidebar-blogroll, then they also get a free membership. They can apply every 3 months for another free 3 month membership. Anybody that adds Talk-Sports as a friend in Facebook or MySpace gets a free one month membership.
  4. I am being cyberbullied, how do stop them?
    Please click the report abuse link below any comment that you consider cyberbullying. This will send us an email, so that we may investigate.

Member Questions

  1. I just purchased a membership, how do I?
    You just signed up for a paid Talk-Sports membership? It can take 5 minutes and sometimes several days to get your account activated. You can help speed this up, by creating a Talk-Sports password, if you don't already have one.
  2. How do I delete comments?
    If your Talk-Sports account is activated, then you should see a delete link at the base of every comment, that allows you to delete the comment.
  3. How do I get IP addresses?
    If your Talk-Sports account is activated, then you should see the IP address at the base of most comment.
  4. How do I upgrade my membership?
    If you already have a paid Talk-Sports membership and want to upgrade the level, then simply buy the new membership and cancel the old one. We may choose to refund a portion of your new membership.
Send other questions to webmaster@talk-sports.net
Wed, 22 Oct 2008 03:02:31 GMT
I Earned My Stripes

Today, I won both the Nextel Chase for the Cup and the Daytona 500 on EASports' NASCAR 08. This game got horrible reviews, but it's the only video game to catch my fancy in the last decade. 

In the my first year of Earning Your Stripes, I started in Whelen, although I had qualified for Craftsman (the 2nd level). I wanted to experience the entire game, but after winning by first 7 Whelen races, I decided to move up. Although I missed a couple of early season Craftsman races, I still won the entire series in my first year. Moving up to NNS proved difficult and took me about a year. This allowed me to win my 2nd Craftsman Truck Series title running away. In my 3rd year, I started in NNS and again won this series running away. The game didn't allow me to qualify for Nextel until the last 12 races of the season. I easily and quickly qualified. My teammate was Mark Martin and I was able to share draft him into winning the last couple races of the season and qualify for the Chase. I then share drafted him to victory a few times in the Chase, while putting Kurt Busch into the wall a half dozen times as he was winning enough to compete with Martin. Martin won the Chase with me pushing him across the finish line. 

I was excited with the start of my 4th year with a chance to win the Nextel Cup and Daytona 500. I used my winnings to upgade my engine for the Daytona 500. Oops! The upgraded engine caused my tires to overheat and I had to pit earlier and more often than I had hoped. It took another race before I realized my mistake and corrected it by reducing my gear setup. I went on to win 23 of the 36 races. I then won the Daytona 500 in my 5th year and retired. I also won the NNS in my 4th year giving me 5 titles (2 Craftsman, 2 NNS and 1 Nextel).

Here's hoping NASCAR 09 is more challenging. NASCAR 08 is very intense and the career mode is awesome, but I found the game rather easy. The reviews of 09 seems to indicate I might get my wishes.

Tue, 21 Oct 2008 02:12:33 GMT
Ski Butlers
This is a paid review.
 
Need skis? Need them near Vail Valley, Beaver Creek Mountain or Arrowhead Village in Colorado? Book them in advance and don't waste your precious vacation time. Try beaver creek ski rentals with Ski Butlers. You can rent skis from Ski Butlers either online or you can call their toll-free reservation phone number. Rental fees range from $28 to $59 per day. They will deliver the ski or snowboard equipment and accessories to you, rather than having to pick it up yourself. They even bring extra boots to make sure you get the right fit. When you are done, they will even pick it up. If you have problems with the equipment, then Ski Butler will send someone to meet you on the mountain or back at your accommodations. Ski Butlers was featured in several magazines including the Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast Traveler, SKI and Outside. It's recommend that you book at least two weeks in advance during holiday and vacation periods. They don't charge your credit card until after they delivery the skis and you can cancel at least 72 hours before delivery was scheduled. You can also create an account on their website for easier follow-up rentals. If you like your skis, then you can buy them as well.
Mon, 20 Oct 2008 16:40:09 GMT
Online Casino Suite
This is a paid review.

Online Casino Suite is a directory of the best Online Casinos, gaming software, videos and books. The reviews at this website have been compiled by real online players with 7 years of experience gambling online. The site only reviews online casinos that meet their fairness, payout, secure, payout, bonus, reward and customer service criteria.

They have pages reviewing UK Casinos, Slots, Poker, Video Poker, Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette, Craps, Keno, Bingo, Sweepstakes, Books, Magazines, Movies, Software and much more.

Beyond their comprehensive reviews, they also have sections where they list casino bonuses and free games. I always check out the casino bonus sections of these gambling portals for bonuses that I wasn't already aware of. They had quite a selection. They als had a few free casinos listed, which I appreciate as I enjoy the game more than gambling.

Don't forget to check out their blog, casino news and subscribe to their RSS feed and newsletter. Their newsletter has over 1000 subscribers and growing.

The most original part of this site is their casino blacklist. They list the casino companies and all their properties for many reasons including nonpayment of player winnings, corrupt software resulting in fixed percentage payouts and non-random gaming, copyright and/or licensing violations, lack of security with private and financial information, shared databases, and non-response to inquiries. I really appreciated this section and dropped a lot of online casinos from my own rotation.

Thu, 16 Oct 2008 01:37:20 GMT
TicketFeeder
This is a paid review.
 
TicketFeeder.com is a great source for sold out and premium Concert Tickets. They have lots of tickets for all the locations on the current Madonna tour. They appear to have tickets for every major North American concert tour venue; Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, En Vogue, Tina Turner and much more. Beyond concert tickets, they also have tickets for all the major sports events and even Broadway theatre plays like Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Grease. I looked up tickets for the November 2nd Colts-Patriots game, which I'm considering attending and they had great tickets at better prices than StubHub. For the November 1st Notre Dame versus Pittsburgh game, they also had tickets in almost every section of the stadium. I also found tickets for this weekend's Toronto FC Major League Soccer game versus the Chicago Fire. That's a tough find.
 
You can chat online or call their 1-800 number, if you need help or have special needs. You pay for the tickets by using you credit card number, but don't worry, they have a secure website to make certain nobody is stealing your credit card information. TicketFeeder gets their tickets from season ticket holders and individual ticket owners. They also guarantee that all tickets are authentic. Check it out!
Sun, 25 May 2008 05:08:51 GMT
CAA Sports
In early April, CAA Sports sent me a PDF. I don't open attachments from strangers, so I simply replied such and asked them to send me text. They never did. Today, while reviewing my emails, I decided to convert the PDF to text myself and read it. CAA Sports has demanded that I stop using their client's names and pictures. They claim "The unauthorized misappropriation of an individual's name and likeness for a commercial purpose is an infringement of his personal rights, privacy rights and common law trademark rights". Wow! Sounds like some pretty phony claims. I'm just wondering what the fans think of their heros threatening legal action for using their names. This letter was specific to Warrick Dunn, but CAA also asked me to remove their other clients; Brady Quinn, Tony Romo, Cadillac Williams, Mark Clayton and Malt Stover.
Tue, 20 May 2008 19:41:37 GMT
Online Casinos

The following is a paid review.

Casino Scrutiny is a high quality online casino portal with honest reviews and opinions about online casinos. The owner is a gambler and poker player with extensive knowledge of online casinos. The website contains reviews for many online casinos; Golden Casino, Rushmore Casino, English Harbour and many more. Unlike other gambling review sites, not all the reviews are positive. The author actually recommends against some sites with clear reasons. The reviews are often a very thorough run-down of the authors experience with the site. They also reveal various sign-up bonus dollars that you can earn as a player. These are gold. You can simply sign-up at all the casinos they have enumerated, drop a few pounds into your account, get the free sign-up bonus and play until either you go broke or you hit a jackpot. This is plenty of entertainment for your coin. There are also countless web pages on online poker strategy, with a focus on roulette, craps and blackjack. There's a section on recent poker news and another with a categories list of links to other gambling websites. Many of these links are to other education web pages about online gambling. The site is supported using affiliate links, rather than ads, which I think is a good idea, as it removes a lot of the clutter you see in other similar sites.

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