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    The fantasy fraternity
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Fraternity is kind of a funny word.

    It's a word athletes throw around all the time.

    "It feels like I'm finally part of the fraternity."

    "Playing for the Giants is like being in a fraternity."

    But what if a group of athletes, say the NFL's top running backs, were part of an ACTUAL fraternity. You know, the kind with Greek letters and toga parties.

    Can you imagine Maurice Jones-Drew and Chris Johnson sharing a cramped bedroom and listening to Dave Matthews? Or Reggie Bush and Darren McFadden walking around hazing freshman?

    Suddenly Hard Knocks with the Cincinnati Bengals doesn't seem quite as interesting.

    Thinking of pledging next semester? I'll give you the tour.

    The godfather (Adrian Peterson): A stud in every sense of the word.

    Peterson is someone everyone else in the frat looks up to. He's the best back in the NFL and he makes it look easy. If you need something done in a pinch (touchdowns, rushing yards, getting sororities to come to that mixer on Thursday night), he's the guy you can count on.

    Think Luke Wilson from Old School, but with a faster 40 time.

    The pledges (Doug Martin, Alfred Morris, Trent Richardson, Stevan Ridley, C.J. Spiller): These guys impressed during rush (all except Richardson ran for 1,000 yards last season) and now they're only a semester away from being brothers in the frat.

    You can bet the seniors will put them through the ringer, but if they make it to initiation, you're going to have a pretty good-looking fantasy team.

    The question is, can they last the whole semester?

    The transfer students (Reggie Bush, Chris Ivory, Steven Jackson, Rashard Mendenhall): None of these players started their careers where they are now.

    Some of them have pretty nice resumes (10,135 career rushing yards for Jackson, 13 touchdowns for Mendenhall in 2010), but we won't know exactly what to expect until we see them in uniform.

    It might take these backs a while to fit in, but they still deserve a chance.

    The wild cards (Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Ryan Mathews, Darren McFadden): These guys are on double-secret probation.

    Whether it's fumbles, injuries or too many late nights with Frank the Tank, somehow these players have lost their way.

    He's fun to watch, but do you really want a guy like Darren McFadden representing your team? He's never played more than 13 games in a season.

    And what about Ryan Matthews? His stats last year (one TD, career-worst 3.8 yards per carry) were messier than the Faber College cafeteria after a food fight. And who wants to clean that up?

    The Van Wilders (Peyton Hillis, Fred Jackson, Willis McGahee, Michael Turner, DeAngelo Williams): Can't these guys just graduate already?

    Williams is 30 and he hasn't had a 1,000-yard season since 2009.

    Hillis is playing for his fourth team in five years and these days Turner (still a free agent) moves around slower than Will Ferrell after a keg stand.

    Do us all a favor. Get your diplomas and get out of here.

    The freshmen (Montee Ball, Le'Veon Bell, Giovani Bernard, Eddie Lacy): I never joined a frat during my three and a half years at Syracuse, but I did try to go to their parties on occasion. Most of my frat encounters as a freshman went like this:

    (Waiting at the front door)

    Frat guy: Do you know anyone here?

    (Stares condescendingly)

    Me: Uh ... no.

    Frat guy: Did you bring girls?

    Me: I think my friend Rachel is back there somewhere.

    (But not really)

    Frat guy: That's not enough. Do you have ten bucks?

    (Fumbling for my wallet)

    Me: Uh ... I've got five.

    Frat guy: Get out of here.

    I really hope things go better for Ball, Bell, Bernard and Lacy than they did for me when I was a rookie, but remember this is the NFL. Even the good running backs are lucky to last five years in this league.

    My advice to rookies: know plenty of girls and always have $10 on you. And if that doesn't work, well I guess you're on your own.

    I think I just figured out what to call my fantasy team. TOGA, TOGA, TOGA!




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      Great 38: Win tickets to Daytona 500

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      Here's your chance to win tickets to the 2015 Daytona 500. Entering is easy, simply fill out the entry form included. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

      Updated:

      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

      Updated:

      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
      More>>

      How this guide dog helps one blind triathlete chase her Paralympic dream

      Updated:

      Every time Paralympic hopeful Amy Dixon makes it to the end of another grueling triathlon, she knows her trusty companion will be waiting for her at the finish line. Sixteen years after she lost vision in her right eye, which she says she viewed as "a death sentence" at the time,  More>>

      Legoland Florida hotel to open in spring; built for kids

      LEGOLAND Florida photo LEGOLAND Florida photo
      Updated:

      Legoland Florida Hotel will welcome its first guests a month earlier than previously expected.During an announcement Thursday, Legoland executives announced May 15 as the revised opening date.  More>>

      3 rhinos escape from safari zoo, return safely Video included

      Updated:

      Three rhinoceroses escaped from their site at a safari zoo in Israel this week, NBC reported.  More>>

      VIRAL VIDEO: Bossy 4-year-old girl feeds 6 pit bull dogs

      Little Girl Controls Pit Bull Dogs | Future Dog Trainer, Jukin Video on YouTube Little Girl Controls Pit Bull Dogs | Future Dog Trainer, Jukin Video on YouTube
      Updated:

      A video of a very authoritative 4-year-old girl feeding six very obedient pit pulls in the middle of a kitchen has gone viral on the web and is prompting a heated debate about the pit bull breed.
      More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | January 17-18 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
      More>>

      'Birdman,' 'Budapest' top Oscar nominations with 9 nods each

      Updated:

      Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture. More>>

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