Fantasy Football with Yahoo

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Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football

Holding a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri with a concentration in communications, business and financial planning, Kevin Waida graduated with honors in less than four years. With Kevin Waida’s passions surrounding financial planning and professional sports, he used his analytical skills to win prize money for two consecutive years in his fantasy football league.

The Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football online portal allows members to create free profiles and manage their own NFL football teams. When creating or joining a fantasy football league, the user grows and maintains their team just like a general manager. After a team is built and the football season begins, members start earning points based on their players’ performance in real life. As the team progresses throughout the season, Yahoo Sports records the stats, point totals, and how someone is performing against the rest of the league.

The NFL football season usually starts the first week in September and concludes in early February with the Super Bowl.


The Length of the Average NFL Game

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NFL Games

Kevin Waida, a business and financial planning graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, is a former financial intern at PFS Investments. Outside of his professional activities at the Gustin Golf Course, Kevin Waida spends his time following professional football and competing in fantasy football leagues.

Official American football games consist of four periods of play, or quarters, which are further broken down into two halves. Each quarter lasts 15 minutes, with breaks between quarters and a longer intermission between halves, more commonly known as halftime. While all regulation games run for 60 minutes of play, the actual length of a game can vary widely due to various stoppages.

As recently as 2013, the average National Football League (NFL) game lasted about three hours and 12 minutes. Stoppages occur most frequently when a play ends with an incomplete pass or with the ball carrier being forced out of bounds. In either event, the game clock stops running and the offensive team has 40 seconds to line up and begin another play, at which point the game clock resumes.

Teams can also stop the game clock by calling a timeout. Each timeout is good for 30 seconds, though a timeout may last as long as two minutes to allow for commercials and other media breaks. Additional stoppages include injury timeouts, official timeouts and reviews, and a two minute warning break before the end of the second and fourth quarters.

A Snapshot of the Hip-Hop Group Snowgoons

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Receiving a communications degree from University of Missouri with a double minor in business and financial planning, Kevin Waida serves on the Ukirk Ministries Financial Planning Association. Along with cooking and competitive online sports betting, Kevin Waida also enjoys listening to the German hip-hop group Snowgoons.

The Snowgoons team based out of Europe is comprised of Det Gunner, DJ Illegal, Sicknature, and J.S. Kuster. With influences like the Wu Tang Clan and Big Daddy Kane, Snowgoons have progressed their music to offer gritty, authentic beats, gaining fast recognition in the American and European rap/hip-hop scenes.

Releasing their music on the Goon MuSick record label, they have released five albums, two of which included collaborations with US-based group M.O.P. and Onyx. DJ Illegal and Sicknature have toured through Europe, the US and Canada with other rap artists like La Coka Nostra and Sabac Red. In 2015 Snowgoons released two albums: Gebruder Grimm, and another with N.B.S. called Snowgoons – Trapped in America.

Kevin Waida – Achieving Victory in 2015-16 Fantasy Football League

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Adrian Peterson

A recent graduate of University of Missouri in Columbia, Kevin Waida earned his bachelor’s degree in communications. Kevin Waida is a longtime basketball and football fan who has achieved success in the fantasy football arena in recent years. In early January, 2016, he earned his second consecutive league victory, with a 146-112 blowout in week 16 against the Honey Badgers.

Mr. Waida’s success was due, in part, to the acquisition of Adrian Peterson and Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham, an emerging talent who plays wide receiver for the Giants, broke through in a big way by catching a dozen touchdown passes in as many games and achieving distinction as the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. Beckham’s successful season was capped by a selection to the Pro Bowl, where he played as one of four 2016 captains.

However, Mr. Waida was not error-free throughout the fantasy football season. He traded Mark Ingram for Jeremy Hill, a move that ultimately hurt him, as Ingram outperformed Hill week after week. Despite the error, Kevin Waida was able to achieve victory in the Columbia-based fantasy football league for the second straight season, providing him with a cash prize of $125, in addition to prizes accumulated throughout the NFL season.

Differences Between NBA and NCAA Basketball


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Kevin Waida studied communications and financial planning at the University of Missouri-Columbia. When he is not serving as a staff member at the Gustin Golf Course Kevin Waida enjoys following college basketball.

There are a number of differences between professional and collegiate basketball. Arguably the most obvious difference between the two involves the length and structure of games. National Basketball Association (NBA) games consist of four 12-minute quarters, with breaks between quarters and a half time. Collegiate basketball games, on the other hand, are broken up into to a pair of 20-minute halves. Both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and NBA use five-minute overtime periods.

Differences can be seen at the play-by-play level as well. Professional basketball games feature a 24-second shot clock, while college games implement a 35-second shot clock. This small difference results in a faster pace of play in the NBA compared to a heavier emphasis on defense for college teams. NBA teams routinely break 100 points, while successful college teams may score only 50 or 60.

While both professional and collegiate basketball players contest games on a court measuring 94 feet by 50 feet, court dimensions vary as well. For example, professional basketball players must shoot from just under 24 feet, or 22 feet in the corners, to make a three point shot. The college three point line measures just under 20 feet along the perimeter. Similarly, the NBA painted area measures 16 feet wide compared to 12 feet in college games.

Fitness Trends for 2016

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Streaming Fitness

Kevin Waida is studying toward his MBA at Colorado State University. As a self-professed fitness enthusiast, Kevin Waida carries a strong personal focus on working out daily and keeping fit.

The exercise landscape lives in a state of perpetual flux. Whether it’s Sweatin’ to the Oldies, Buns of Steel, Tae Bo, P-90X, or Hot Yoga, the one constant in the fitness industry is change. There’s always some new workout or piece of technology that purports to revolutionize everything. Fitness trends for 2016 include:

A rise in wearable fitness tech. As the technological curve continues to skew upward in modern society, the fitness industry is also incorporating these advances. Both the Apple Watch and the Fitbit (the latter more so than the former) offer users the ability to track fitness goals by wearing a device on a wrist. Experts expect both companies, as well as one or two new players, to further explore the potential of wearable fitness technology. According to Men’s Fitness magazine, this is one of the biggest trends to watch for 2016.

Streaming workouts. While the notion of streaming a workout might not seem all that different from popping in a video, the concept actually does offer some new possibilities. Providers such as Daily Burn have plans to increase their offerings throughout the year, and it’s not a stretch to imagine other fitness companies getting into the mix. One of the major benefits of streaming/online-based fitness programs, beyond convenience, is the idea that they can evolve in real time based on current trends and discoveries in exercise science. A DVD can’t do that.

Faith-based fitness. With nutrition-focused books like Made to Crave and The Daniel Plan moving into the mainstream faith conversation over recent years, the next step seems to be faith-based fitness as a comprehensive program. According to the American Council on Exercise, faith-based fitness communities will gain traction because they allow like-minded people to work on their physiques in a safe environment.

Moving a Golf Ball from the Cart Path

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Moving a Golf Ball from the Cart Path

A recent graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia, Kevin Waida is now matriculating in the Colorado State University master of business administration program. Professionally, Kevin Waida has served as a staff member at golf courses and as an intern with the Columbia Golf Foundation.

Many public and private golf courses make golf carts available to players and staff, allowing individuals to move more effectively throughout the course. However, the paths on which the carts travel present golfers with an unusual obstacle. While many rules dictate that golfers must play a ball where it lies or suffer a one stroke penalty, the game prioritizes player safety and permits individuals to move their balls from cart paths without penalty.

In the event that a ball lands on a cart, golfers have a few options. To begin, players should search for the nearest point of relief, or the closest area that provides enough distance from the path so that golfers can assume their stance and swing unhindered. Players can further adjust the ball’s positioning to within one club’s length of the point of relief. Finally, when players drop their ball, it may roll up to two club’s lengths but should not move any closer to the hole.