Articles by Ken Crites

Ken was an early RotoWire contributor back in the 90’s. He now returns with the grace of Gheorghe Muresan and the wisdom of Joe Gibbs. Tweet him at @KenCrites or e-mail him at

GM Genius: Teaching High School Students via Fantasy Football & Scholarships

RotoWire is proud to partner with non-profit How I Decide’s GM Geniusa program that teaches useful life lessons to high school students, in exchange for the chance to win college scholarships via fantasy football.  Yes, it’s true, fantasy football is helping educate kids.  The non-profit’s real goal is to train teenagers how to make better life decisions.  And they’ve decided that fantasy football, is the perfect vehicle for helping kids learn.  We at RotoWire, of course, love this idea, which is a major reason for why we are supplying our content for their GM Genius game. Read below to learn how your favorite high schooler can have a shot at a scholarship by playing fantasy football.

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RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship – 5th Qualifier

Are injured studs like Mike Trout, Madison Bumgarner or Zack Britton killing your season-long fantasy baseball squad?  Heck, is Steve Pearce’s calf injury annoying you?  Either way, let go of your season-long rotis blues and enjoy another fun daily fantasy FanDuel Baseball Championship Qualifier.  There are only two more qualifying events left to make it to the cash prize round.  Now is the time to hop to it!

Our joint RotoWire-Fanduel event is a bi-weekly competition that allows participants to compete for cash prizes while attempting to qualify for the championship contest.  The tournament has been running since April 5th, with the two remaining qualifying events occurring today and June 14th.  Make it to the June 28th championship round and you’ll compete for an extra $2,000 in cash prizes plus RotoWire subscriptions.  How do you make it to the champ round?  CLICK HERE to learn all the details.

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Pop-A-Shot Rebirth

At RotoWire, we like to watch and play a lot of basketball. We also enjoy all that sports bars have to offer. So, naturally, we’re all Pop-A-Shot fanatics, the classic sports bar vending machine game that challenges ballers to drain as many shots as possible within a short amount of time, usually with a beer in your hand.

When we heard the company not only still existed, but is going through a rebirth, we reached out to new owner Tony Stucker to learn more. Here’s the results of our sports bar interview (without the clanging of beer mugs) —

RotoWire –  I was giddy when I heard Pop-A-Shot not only still exists, but is going through a rebirth.  What compelled you to buy the company?
Tony Stucker
– I had spent the past 20+ years in advertising, most recently selling digital advertising, and I was ready for a change. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to do something entrepreneurial. I was on an online business buying site when I saw that Pop-A-Shot was for sale. I didn’t even know there was an actual Pop-A-Shot company. But I pretty quickly decided this was what I was looking for.

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Radio Haze

Radio Work

With Jeff Erickson on the road this week, I got to fill in for him on many of his regional radio show guest spots. That meant five shows in 24 hours, a whirlwind media blitz for this relative newbie (4 years at RW versus Jeff’s 19). In a fit of shameless self-promotion, let’s begin the tour!  Hopefully you’ll find some nuggets of good advice.

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