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Can You Mix Football With Basketball and Survive UFA?

The football season, NFL and college, has just about wound down and, in the midst of spirals filling the air, along comes basketball, NBA and college versions. You begin to hyperventilate and you wonder whether you can survive the world of hoops while still agonizing over the one on the turf that covers 100 yards.

Can you really juggle a couple of sports at the same time? Why not? At this stage of the game there is little to determine in football concerning the capabilities of various teams and who you see as the odds on winner for a given game. Besides, football is easier to follow. You should have analyzed the parity ridden NFL early on and sorted out the better teams from the lesser ones. A few upsets aside it had to be a simpler matter than ever before, analyzing whether one team would beat the other by the Las Vegas driven point spread. Sure, any team could have beaten any other team on any given Sunday but there were assuredly teams that never should have lost—and did not—absent a complete breakdown of their offense and defense.

That, by the way, took place when Denver traveled to Baltimore for a Monday night game and decided to leave their game plan back in Mile High instead of bringing it with them. They simply did not show up and left the Ravens believing that they were, once again, a Super Bowl contender. Can it happen? Of course! The Broncos were an embarrassment that night. But it was an aberration; you live with it and then prepare for the next weekend.

UFA takes the same studied effort and analysis we have always suggested as necessary for football. With football solidly in place that will not be difficult. You can mix the two sports at this incredibly busy time of the year. There is, however, a particular difference when it comes to the world of hoops.

You should have selected certain leagues in college football and become thoroughly familiar with them, to the point of being able to replace the entire scouting …

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