This week as I was researching for this blog, I found several articles about NASA that were simply fascinating. First did you know that NASA is going to have their own taxis? Partnering with Boeing and SpaceX, NASA is creating their own "space taxi" fleet which will serve to end dependence on hitching a ride with Russia to the International Space Station. SpaceX is run by CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk.
Along the same lines of space travel, NASA's Maven spacecraft arrived at the orbit of Mars after nearly a year of traveling the 442 million mile journey. The craft will study the planet's upper atmosphere beginning in November and is not meant to land on the planet itself. Initially Maven's flight controllers will be checking and adjusting altitude, monitoring instruments and observing a comet that should be streaking by at fairly close range. Maven is now one of four crafts orbiting Mars with India's Mangalyaan set to reach in the next couple days. Maven will be collecting data for at least a full year.
Finally, NASA has developed a device called FINDER (Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response). Inspired by the earthquake in Haiti, the Department of Homeland Security went to James Lux. Lux created a device for the US military which could determine if a downed soldier was dead or alive. The technology is able to pick up the human heart beat through up to 40 feet of debris. The device is compact and extremely easy to learn how to use. Using a low power radio signal to detect motion, which your heartbeat creates every time, it will detect the heartbeat on the radar. The unique element is the software that can discern between movement and signs of life. It's able to find heartbeats within a 100 foot radius. The software has been tested by FEMA. Lux is currently working to get the FINDER hardware onto drones or helicopters to fly into a disaster area that is unreachable by foot. He is also working on a similar device to assist firefighters.
As NASA continues its space exploration, the fascinating by-products of their technology continue.
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Like it or
not, it’s “seasonal transition” time in Chicago this weekend so you might as
well make the best of it as the City’s neighborhood fests help with that
better way to close out summer than at the 7th annual Rib-a-Que Smoke Out Contest being held in the parking lot of Moonshine Brewing Company (1824 W.
Division St.) in the Wicker Park neighborhood on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to
6:00 p.m. Featuring amateurs going head-to-head against pro BBQ chefs, the
culinary gauntlet is being thrown down for the coveted Gilded Grill trophy as
well as cash prizes as the public and a panel of celebrity judges will choose
this year’s winner! One ticket samples all the contestants – up to 16 competitors
– so you better be hungry!!
off the official start of the autumn season, the Sam
Adams’ Lakeview Taco Fest is celebrating its
second annual fest in the Southport Corridor on Southport Avenue between
Addison and Roscoe Streets in the Lakeview neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday
from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Needless to say, this fest features tacos from
various local vendors such as Café El Tapatio, Flaco’s Tacos, Garifuna Flava,
Taco Joint and many others, as well as a variety of Sam Adams beers on tap,
some professional wrestling by Lucha Libre and other Mexican wrestlers, kids’
activities and live music with the 10,000 Maniacs closing out Saturday and 16
Candles closing out Sunday! And, don’t forget to vote for Chicago’s “Best Taco”
– all you need to do is text-to-vote!!
autumn favorite fest now in its third year is the Goose
Island 312 Urban Block Party taking place outside
the Goose Island Beer Co. (1800 W.
Fulton St.) at Fulton and Wood Streets on the Near West Side this Saturday from
4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and hosted by Goose Island and 93-XRT. This evening
block party not only features two stages of live music but also a variety of
food trucks as well as a pig roast provided by Goose Island Brewpubs! Be sure
to check out the website for the “Pouring Schedule” of this year’s special
craft beer new releases!!
The Andersonville City Made Fest
returns for its second year to 5000 N. Clark Street in the Andersonville
neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It’s the ONLY local-only craft brew festival in the
City that showcases even the smallest scale brewers and makers. It’s a
celebration of all things local as this year’s theme “City Made” will feature
Chicago artisans, Chicago beers and Chicago music! So come on out and support
the 13th annual Les Turner
ALS Walk for Life takes place Sunday (9:30 a.m.)
at Soldier Field (1410 S. Museum
Campus Dr.) in the South Loop for a 2-mile walk along Chicago’s lakefront to
support those affected by Lou Gehrig’s disease. This year’s event features
entertainment by a balloon artist and stilt walker, music provided by 101.9FM
The Mix, children’s activities such as face painting, yard games and an
obstacle course, refreshments from a variety of vendors and your hosts Phil
Schwarz (ABC7 meteorologist) and Kathy Hart (The Mix 101.9FM)! Come on out and
support this great cause!!
I’m Ready to
Transition – Are You?
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It's time to mark your calendars for the St.
Cornelius Catholic School 6th Annual Fall Fest. On September 28 from 12-5pm, the festival
starts with 11am mass at the church. Getting into the spirit of Halloween, there
will be a pumpkin patch and a build-your-own scarecrow workshop. Other kids
activities include a craft market, Scholastic book fair, free-throw
contest. Adult activities include a baggo
tournament and a food/beer tent where the Chicago Bears/Green Bay Packers game
will be show.
Oktoberfest on your mind yet? It's definitely getting close and beginning
this Saturday, Taco Joint has added a bratwurst taco to its menu to celebrate. It's called a Jalisco
bratwurst taco which includes a tequila-spiked brat with "serrano-kraut"
and ground arbol chile-mustard. Not to be missed is Revolution Brewing's
Oktoberfest brew on tap to accompany this unique taste. Don't wait though, it's
off the menu on October 5.
Have you ever found something of interest like an artifact
that you just can't quite figure out? The Field Museum is hosting its first "ID
Day." Except for roadkill or live animals, you can bring in just about
anything you want including a skull or rock or seashells or dead bugs (as long
as they're sealed in a container). For
any animals live or dead, the Field suggests bringing in photos for the
scientific team to analyze.
Would you be, could
you be mine, won't you be my neighbor? This Saturday afternoon in Bauler
Park, 510 W. Wisconsin St., come celebrate the 90th birthday of Ella
Jenkins, known as The First Lady of Children's Music. Jenkins has been
recording music for over 50 years and has over 40 releases on the Smithsonian
Folkways label. Tim Ferrin, Chicago independent filmmaker, has been documenting
Jenkins' life which includes appearances on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" to
receiving a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
The beer fests are heating up this weekend! And it's not
just beer but also root beer floats by Cold Stone Creamery. Come see the Oaktoberfest
in downtown Oak Park. You can expect to taste 14 craft beers, 13 food vendors
from local downtown restaurants and 8 different bands. While the adults are
having fun, the kids can enjoy the "Root Beer Garden," which includes a ninja
obstacle course, karaoke and "zucchini cars." Be sure to take public
transportation if possible as parking will be limited.
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Fall is a great time for planting a
variety of things around the lawn and garden. Trees especially do great
planting in the fall. Plants
do better establishing themselves in the gentler and cooler weather in the
fall. Heat will stress newly planted trees. Most nurseries and home centers
will often discount trees in the fall in order not to keep them over the
winter. Choose a tree that will
complement the space you are planting it. I’ve seen too many times people
planting trees too close to their homes or fences. You need to research trees
you are interested in. Check out how tall and wide the tree gets as it matures.
Place properly for optimal shade benefits.
Planting trees is relatively easy but
you need to follow some simple guidelines.
The hole should be twice as large as the root ball. The root ball size will be
commensurate with the size of the tree or shrub. Throw fresh topsoil and manure
in the bottom. Cut the material surrounding the root ball with a razor to help
root growth. Fill in the hole with soil and augment with fresh topsoil if
needed to mound soil around the base. Make a small trench surrounding the tree
or shrub about two or three feet in diameter. This will keep the water around
the plant. Water very well, soak it thoroughly! Sometimes there will be air
pockets after replacing the soil. Watering will settle down this soil. Keep on
watering very well until the ground freezes. This will encourage root growth
and establish the tree or shrub before winter sets in. When spring comes watch
them take off!
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You're reading it now. It's social media and it is woven into the fabric of our lives on a daily basis. If you use Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest (just to name a few), then you are clearly a social media user.
Each year Microsoft sponsors, in part, this sharing of ideas, sites, apps and other online items that should make your life better. The event lasts the entire week from September 22 through September 26. There are 220+ speakers scheduled and over 130 events. There will be Masterclasses available for those who want to learn more and do more with their social media than post cat videos. You can purchase an Insider Pass to gain priority admission to any event. And if you really want to get in depth, plan to attend the Digital Marketing Summit. You will experience Chicago's local marketing professionals as well as thought leaders talking about today's important topics. Throughout the entire summit don't miss the expo area to experience new technologies and perspectives.
For those of you looking to go but not sure you can afford it, there is a contest to win passes. Starting today through Wednesday, send a Tweet to @SMWchicago using the hastag #SMW4Pass about why you should be selected for a free pass. The winners will be picked on Thursday. How creative can you get with 140 characters?!
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down the temps below 75 degrees? You’ve got some nerve!
despite the autumn-like temps this weekend, Chicagoans are not ready to give up
on summer yet, especially after the winter we had! Are you with us?
One of the
most popular and unique art festivals in the Chicagoland area, Lakeview East Festival of the Arts,
takes place Saturday (10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
at 3200 N. Broadway Street (between Belmont Ave. & Hawthorne Pl.) in the
Lakeview neighborhood. This 10th annual festival features over 150
juried artists showcasing and selling their works in a wide range of price
ranges from furniture to jewelry to paintings to photography to sculptures and
more, as well as featuring live music, beer & wine, local cuisine, cooking
demos, a landscape oasis, family activities and a 3D projection show on
the Ethiopian culture and heritage at this year’s Chicago Ethiopian
Festival on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at Senn High School (5900 N. Glenwood
Ave.) in the Edgewater neighborhood. Try some authentic Ethiopian cuisine from
Chicago’s top Ethiopian restaurants, then enjoy some Ethiopian-inspired music
and dance throughout the event, or even take home a piece of Ethiopia as you
browse through the many local vendors showcasing and selling Ethiopian arts
& crafts, spices and much more!
Mexican independence and culture at the 25th annual Festival de La Villita this
Saturday and Sunday (2:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.) at 2600 S. Kostner Ave. in the
Little Village neighborhood. This festival offers something for every family
member from live music to games for kids & adults to carnival rides to merchandise
to authentic cuisine from local restaurants and so much more! Then on Sunday,
the annual Mexican Independence Day Parade
kicks-off at Noon at 26th St. and Albany Ave. ending at the festival
as the celebration of Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule continues!!
Chicago Beer Festival returns to Union Station (225 S. Canal St.) on the
Near West Side this Saturday for two sessions (1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. & 6:00
p.m.-9:00 p.m.) featuring dozens of domestic and international breweries with
their fall seasonal beers! Tickets will not be sold at the door so you’ll have
to go online to purchase your ticket which includes 30 taster vouchers. Also,
Uber will be offering two free rides up to $15 so there’s no need to drive!!
two events are being held this weekend in honor of our “furry, four-legged”
family-members, which include:
The 11th Annual Mutt Strut,
hosted by Chicago Canine Rescue, takes place Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00
p.m. at Newport and Southport Avenues in the Lakeview neighborhood to help save
homeless pups! This family-friendly event begins with a 1.5 mile walk through
the Lakeview neighborhood and finishes with a fun-filled block party featuring
food and refreshments, music, contests, activities such as a doggy obstacle
course, give-a-ways, a silent auction and so much more!
The PetSmart Charities Fall Adoption Weekend
takes place on Saturday and Sunday at various locations throughout the
Chicagoland area with plenty of animals available who are hoping to find their
forever home! So contact or visit your
local PetSmart store for participation times (dogs may not be
available in all stores) and give a “furry-one” their forever home!!
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Despite the Autumn Temps?
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Here they come. They're back in town. It's the greatest show around. Cause the circus is coming to town. Check out Circus in the Parks at Hostein! Friday 9/12 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for $15 per person at Holstein Park located at 2200 North Oakley Avenue. Click here to purchase tickets. Please call 312-742-7554 for more information.
They say summer is over. We say one more awesome Chicago block party! Check out Lakeview East Festival of the Arts which features more than 150 artists, live music, kids’ activities, food and wine. Saturday 9/13 and Sunday 9/14 at 10:00 a.m. for $5 per person (suggested donation) at 3200 North Broadway. Please call 773-348-8608 for more information.
Calling all beer lovers! The Chicago Beer Festival is back featuring Chicago craft beers, fall seasonal beers and international brews. Saturday 9/13 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. for $40 per person at Union Station located at 225 North Canal Street. Click here to purchase tickets. Please call 312-322-6777 for more information.
A night of fusion music! Check out the Malaysian band, The Diplomats of Drum, along with the Grammy award winning trio, Masters of Hawaiian Music. Wednesday 9/17 at 8:00 p.m. at the Old Town School of Folk Music located at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. This event is FREE but it is highly recommended to reserve tickets. Please call 773-728-6000 for more information.
A salute to all our men and women in uniform! Check out Airborne Day 2014 featuring a full picnic spread including a pig roast, military demonstrations, military vehicles, memorabilia and games. Proceeds to benefit the Chicago Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association. Sunday 9/14 at 11:00 a.m. for $12 per person at the Naperville VFW Post 3873 located at 908 West Jackson Avenue. Please call 630-561-2139 for more information.
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Along with everything else, these days’
grocery prices are rising. Here are a few hints to help with meal planning and
grocery shopping. I usually shop at the same store every week. I do know people
that check out all the sale papers and go to several to get the best bargains.
Personally, my time is worth money too. You can plan enough with sale items at
So that’s your first step. Grocery
store flyers in our area come on Wednesdays (most large chain stores have them online
also, you can even print out a shopping list). Plan your week using meals
planned with all sale items. Say chicken is on sale. You can bake or grill
chicken pieces and pair with veggies on sale and mashed potatoes (you bought
five pounds on sale last week). Always cook a meal to get two. Leftovers can be
used in a variety of ways. Chicken works great in meals in the next day or two.
Make tacos or combine with some canned broth, leftover veggies and noodles for
quick homemade soup.
Prevent overbuying by knowing your
store and sticking to your list. Make your list according to the aisles in your
store. Most stores have printed maps of the aisles. Avoid the ends of the
aisles at stores. These are called the endcaps
in the business and are designed for impulse buying. Sometimes there are sale
items here but be aware. Stores will often put higher priced items at eye level
to further encourage purchase, and put larger packages near the floor. Only
bulk buy if you are certain to use all the product. Throwing out half a bargain
sized package is not saving. Also familiarize yourself with all the information
on the shelf tags. This will give you price
per ounce or serving. The larger package is not always a bargain.
Cheese packaged in the dairy aisle is
often a better bargain and just as good as the cheese by the deli. Buy and plan
meals with produce in season. Not only is the quality better but prices are
also. Produce is different from other store items in that it is usually lesser
quality as the price goes up.
I’m not a big coupon clipper. I’ve
found myself too often buying something I really didn’t have a need for simply
because the coupon savings were so enticing. I’m also a good one for forgetting
to give them to the cashier! Most stores will redeem your coupons if you bring
your receipt later. I always keep my grocery receipt for a few days just in
case something is bad or needs to be returned for some other reason.
With a little strategy we can all save
money and time with our weekly meal planning and shopping.
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This year Apple has been pretty quiet about what will be announced at their live event on September 9 this year. According to a an exclusive announcement by ABCNews, here are some things you can expect to learn.
First, there is going to be a new iPhone 6. This is a yearly refresh and it's all speculation at this point how different the new phone will be. In addition it's expected that Apple will be announcing a larger screen phone ("phablet") that is set to compete with the Samsung Galaxy. These should be pretty similar to the previous versions of iPhone and are expected to be offered with sapphire glass screens.
The big announcement is actually going to be the iWatch. The watch will be used similarly to the other watches out there with one caveat. The Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente have already discussed offering apps to support this device specifically. You can track the data via your phone or the cloud. The far reaching aspects of this is that you can share your data with hospitals and doctors.
With the recent security breach that has been all the news lately, there is likely to be some discussion of security to assure users.
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prepare for the fall season here in Chicago as it’s quickly approaching
unfortunately, it’s only appropriate that we celebrate the end of summer in grand
The Chicago Turkish Festival
returns for its 12th year to Pioneer
Court (401 N. Michigan Ave.) in The Loop this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to
9:00 p.m. The local Turkish community brings Turkey to Chicago featuring the
aromas and tastes of rich Ottoman Turkish cuisine and other Turkish culinary
delights such as simit (Turkish style bagel), Kahraman Maras (world-famous
orchid ice cream) along with a Turkish beer garden by Efes, Turkish wine and
Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi’s amazing Turkish coffee! But it’s not all about the
food. Attendees will have the opportunity to browse and/or buy Turkish
products, souvenirs, art and handicrafts; enjoy authenticate demonstrations and
performances while the kids can enjoy the many activities such as the Turkish
shadow theater, face painting, games and so much more. It’s a journey you’ll
there’s the Shock Top
Oyster Fest with its 16th annual
end-of-summer street party at 2000 W. Roscoe St. (Damen Ave. and Roscoe St.) in
the Roscoe Village neighborhood this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. This
fest not only features tents of fresh seafood and other culinary delights from
local restaurants but also live music on two stages (Main Stage at Leavitt and
Damen Stage) with a stellar lineup of eclectic music and top Irish music acts
along with arts & crafts booths for your browsing and/or buying pleasure! You
know fall is near when the oysters arrive!!
The Windy City Wine Festival
sets up at Buckingham Fountain (500 S.
Columbus Dr.) in the South Loop this Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with
over 300 wines from around the world for your sampling pleasure. Wine seminars,
cooking demonstrations by event sponsors, area chefs, restaurateurs &
caterers selling their signature dishes, live music and more can be enjoyed at
this fest as well!
up this weekend is the Chicago Fringe
Festival 2014 in the Jefferson Park neighborhood
this Saturday and Sunday with The Kiss Kiss Cabaret (a Chicago staple for the
city’s best in burlesque, comedy, music & variety) presenting “Girly Burly”
(Saturday, 10:15 p.m.) and the Closing Night Awards Ceremony (Sunday, 9:30
p.m.) in celebration of another great festival with both earnest and silly
awards! Fringe Central is located at Fischmann’s
Liquors & Tavern (4780 N. Milwaukee Ave.) along with 5 other venues
throughout the Jefferson Park neighborhood so be sure to check out the website
for further details and purchasing of tickets!
to say, I have saved the best for last as we celebrate the end of another
summer! The Chicago Yachting Association
along with Navy Pier bring back a longtime Chicago favorite festival that
started in 1958 -- Venetian Night
at Navy Pier, which is being held at Navy Pier’s South Dock (600 E. Grand
Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood this Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00
p.m. The evening begins with the traditional lighted boat parade along the
lakefront where you can watch illuminated boats decorated in the theme of your
favorite Broadway musical(s), such as “Wicked,” “Chicago,” “Annie,” “The
Phantom of the Opera,” and many, many others accompanied by music for their
final journey! A spectacular Navy Pier fireworks display will mark the
conclusion of the parade at 9:30 p.m.!!
wondering where the Sunday action is, it’s the beginning of Chicago
Bears Football! Game time is
12:00 p.m. and we’re hosting the Buffalo Bills. GO BEARS!! Oh how I love the fall!!!
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Where can you taste 50 wines or 50 beers? Check out Norwood Park Historical Society's Stems & Steins. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Saturday 9/6 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for $60 per person ($70 for premiere tasting) at the Norwood Park Historical Society located at 5624 North Newark Avenue. Please call 773-631-4633 for more information.
What do cupcakes, pretzel sandwiches, ice cream and hot dogs all have in common? They are on your foodie scavenger hunt! Bring a camera to document your adventure. Saturday 9/6 at noon for $19.50 per person (plus the cost of food) meeting up at 2045 North Lincoln Park West. For adults only, click here to purchase tickets. Please call 877-946-4868 for more information.
It is a twofer! Kick off Oktoberfest with Berghoff’s Tapping of the Keg and then the 29th Annual Oktoberfest next week. Seasonal beer, wine, bratwurst, pretzels, bands and giveaways. Prost! Oktoberfest Beer Tapping on Thursday 9/4 at 6:00 p.m. at Berghoff located at 17 West Adams Street. Followed by Berghoff Oktoberfest on Thursday 9/10 to Saturday 9/12 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at John C. Kluczynski Federal Building located at 230 South Dearborn Street. This event is FREE! Please call 312-427-3170 for more information.
The King of Maputo, Mozambican rock star Chico Antonio, takes the stage for World Music Wednesday. His sound is a blend of afro rock and pop with a strong jazz influence and African rhythms. Wednesday 9/10 at 8:00 p.m. for $10 per person (suggested donation) at the Old Town School of Folk Music located at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue. Please call 773-728-6000 for more information.
It’s alive! It’s ALIVE!!! Check out the annual Evanston Streets Alive! It is a mile long outdoor festival featuring live music, food, yoga, community outreach, art and so much more. Sunday 9/7 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.at Chicago Avenue and Main Street. This event is FREE! Please call 617-460-6338 for more information.
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It is always
easier to prevent mold than to clean it. Remember the most favorable conditions
for mold growth is moisture. Mold spores naturally occur outside and are
helpful in natural decomposition. They are looking for a moist spot to cling to
and grow. There are a few ways to keep mold at
outdoor areas where water can collect clear and open. This includes gutters and
drains. Keeping them clear also preserves your foundation and roof. Keep outside
drains clear to prevent moisture problems inside during heavy rains.
If you have a
leak indoors you must act quickly. If you repair and thoroughly dry the area
within 48 hours generally mold will not grow.
All air conditioners
should be well maintained and checked frequently. Make sure all drain lines
are flowing freely. In addition to preventing mold growth this will increase
the life of your appliance.
If it is
possible keep the humidity in the house below 60 percent, ideally less than 50.
Using your air conditioner will keep the humidity down in the summer when
humidity is higher. Dehumidifiers are useful in areas like basements where
moisture is frequent. They must be monitored and emptied when necessary to
dryers, heaters and stoves all produce moisture and should always be vented to
the outside. If you are cooking or running the dishwasher use an exhaust fan or
open the window. This is especially important when showering or bathing.
With a little
thought, preparation and maintenance we can keep moisture in our homes at a
minimum and therefore prevent mold growth too!
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So I'll admit that I'm part of a football pick 'em league. For me it's all about the fun of beating those people on the roster who I know personally. If I win anything else, it's a big high five!
If you are a little more serious about your fantasy football though, there are a couple quick sites to use when putting together your team without having to find a league to join. You would play week to week with each and they both offer some really good gaming.
The first is called Skyllzone. You are playing against 9 computer teams and you draft your team each week you play. You can play the free version. Or you can also participate in the paid version for a chance to win cash. Win any Points or a Cash game (1st place) to earn an entry into the $100,000 Tournament for Week 15 (Max 7 entries). One cool thing about this service is that you can download the app on your iPad or iPhone.
The second is called FanDuel. You are also playing week to week with this site. This one is a little more intense in that you'll be competing against other users and you'll pay to get into the league. You have a salary cap on the players you can choose and winners are paid out on the same day as the game. You can also withdraw your funds to a PayPal account. One interesting thing about this site is that football is not the only league you can join. There is also baseball, basketball and hockey.
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