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DocuSource Visual Communications / Tampa Bay Lightning Partnership: News Release

August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

For Immediate Release: August 31, 2010
Media Contacts: Ben Delanoy

DocuSource Visual Communications of Tampa, FL. and the Tampa Bay Lightning today announced a new partnership for the 2010-2011 season.  The Lightning named DocuSource Visual Communications as their Preferred Print and Signage Partner, and the two organizations will kick off a season-long promotional campaign.  The agreement, effective immediately, creates a partnership between two organizations for visual communications that shares a vision to extend their reach throughout the Tampa Bay region.

“We feel that the partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning creates a great synergy with DocuSource” stated DocuSource owner Travis Masters, “The Lightning, their partners, and their community initiatives strongly mirror what DocuSource represents as a company.”

Throughout the season, DocuSource Visual Communications will feature the opportunity to win unique Lightning prizes and experiences, both in-store and online, to interact with fans for game day, both home and away.  The partnership includes DocuSource’s active participation and presence at hockey games and DocuSource will be featured through multiple media channels, to include internet as well as other advertising and event assets, including the St. Pete Time Forum.

About DocuSource Visual Communications

DocuSource, founded in 1988, has built strong roots in the visual communications industry. DocuSource is a one stop solution for the visual communications companies need to get noticed in a busy world. Utilizing the latest technology, DocuSource offers a wide variety of valuable products and services to meet your business and professional needs. For more information,  visit www.DocuSourceVisualCommunications.com.  

About Tampa Bay Lightning

Entering their 18th year of existence, the Lightning have reached the NHL playoffs five times with one Stanley Cup Championship. Under new GM Steve Yzerman and head coach Guy Boucher, the Lightning are embarking on another run to the Cup during the 2010-11 season. For more information, visit www.TampaBayLightning.com.

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Mike Rucker Interview

August 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Interview with former Carolina Panthers DE Mike Rucker for the July issue of Premier Players Magazine.

Ben Delanoy: So Mike, What have you been up to since retiring from the NFL?

Mike Rucker: We’ve stayed in the Charlotte area for 11 years. Just love it here.

Ben Delanoy: What are you involved in…work, sports, charity?

Mike Rucker: I run a real estate firm in Charlotte, Vision Group realty. We specialize in relocation real estate for professional athletes, entertainers, corporate execs, basically everyone. I am also the preseason color commentator for the Panthers. I still attend Panther community functions and appearances.

Ben Delanoy: What is Ruckus House?

Mike Rucker: The Ruckus House Foundation provides scholarships for students pursuing education and teaching as a career.

Ben Delanoy: Do you get any “off-time”? What do myou do in between all of that?

Mike Rucker: Spend time with my family! We enjoy all that North Carolina has to off….camping, fishing, boating.

Ben Delanoy: What do you miss most about playing football?

Mike Rucker: The comraderie amongst the guys and all of the practical jokes. Some of the same jokes we’d play in the lockerroom on eachother don’t go over well with the wife or the kids!

Ben Delanoy: What did you think about the Panthers draft?

Mike Rucker: They did a good job addressing needs. Didn’t do much with high profile free agents.

Ben Delanoy: What about the QB situation? I like the (Tony) Pike pick?

Mike Rucker: With Delhomme, Pike, and Claussen, they got some good QBs.

Ben Delanoy: Your thoughts on the Steve Smith situation?

Mike Rucker: People don’t realize he does a lot of work in the community. The flag football thing was just a freak accident…..it happens.

For more information on Mike or the Ruckus House, please visit www.mikerucker.com .

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2010 Walter Camp Player of the Year “Watch List”

August 11, 2010 Leave a comment

College Player of the lists were announced yesterday, and features a few surprises. The photo on the left displays my pick.  Here is the watch list:

Donald Buckram, RB, Senior, UTEP

John Clay, RB, Junior, Wisconsin

Adrian Claybron, DE, Senior, Iowa

Jared Crick, DL, Senior, Nebraska

Andy Dalton, QB, Senior, TCU

Dwight Dasher, QB, Senior, Middle Tennessee State

Noel Devine, RB, Senior, West Virginia

Ricky Dobbs, QB, Senior, Navy

Michael Floyd, WR, Junior, Notre Dame

A.J. Green, WR, Junior, Georgia

Mark Ingram, RB, Junior, Alabama @

LaMichael James, RB, Sophomore, Oregon

Greg Jones, LB, Senior, Michigan State $

Colin Kaepernick, QB, Senior, Nevada

Case Keenum, QB, Senior, Houston $

Dion Lewis, RB, Sophomore, Pittsburgh

Jake Locker, QB, Senior, Washington

Andrew Luck, QB, Sophomore, Stanford

Ryan Mallett, QB, Junior, Arkansas

Kellen Moore, QB, Junior, Boise State

Rahim Moore, DB, Junior, UCLA $

Chris Owusu, WR/KR, Junior, Stanford $

Patrick Peterson, DB, Junior, LSU

Bernard Pierce, RB, Sophomore, Temple

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Junior, Ohio State

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Junior, Oregon State $

James Rodgers, WR/KR, Senior, Oregon State

Evan Royster, RB, Senior, Penn State

Quad Sturdivant, LB, Senior, North Carolina

Ryan Williams, RB, Sophomore, Virginia Tech

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Dick Drago Interview

August 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Interview with former Red Sox pitcher Dick Drago for content in the July issue of Premier Players Magazine.

Ben Delanoy: Why do you think pitchers are dominating batters all of the sudden with the rate of no-hitters and perfect games? 

Dick Drago: I don’t know the answer to that one. Just goes that way sometimes. I had the chance to witness some of the best pitchers in the game do the same in Nolan Ryan and Dennis Eckersley. There is no explaining the timing for it. 

Ben Delanoy: Don’t you think it’s odd that we’ve had, let’s call it (3) perfect games and several no-hitters? 

Dick Drago: There are some good young pitchers nowadays, and there were some good plays made during those games to get them there. 

Ben Delanoy: What pitchers do you see great things in now? 

Dick Drago: Strasburg is just phenomenal to me. You’ve got Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Phil Hughes….Linecum got great stuff but a crazy delivery. Look at what Ryan as going on in Texas….getting guys to go deep into games. 

Ben Delanoy: Pitching aside, what do you miss about the game? Tell me about the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry. 

Dick Drago: Oh, that’s a great atmosphere to be in. You know you’re going into a hostile place….it’s intense. I was witness to the ‘78 playoff game with the Dent homer. It was just crazy. The fans and players both enjoy it. We all still get together at a reunion game in Scranton (Pa). All the guys from both teams are there.

Dick is a huge supporter of A Glove of Their Own. Please visit http://www.agloveoftheirown.com. Thanks to Bob Salomon for setting up this interview.

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UFC Can Do No Wrong

August 8, 2010 Leave a comment

So, you grew up on Jean Claude Van Damme and Stephen Segal (before he became a bloated caricature of himself standing in Anderson Silva’s corner), kicking the snot out of the bad guys in a way that your father’s Rocky Balboa never could have imagined and now you find yourself in the 18 to 24 year old demographic and hungry for more? Chances are you made the easy slide from movie goer to Mixed Martial Art fan quicker than you can say Tyler Durden. 

Call it what you will: Mixed Martial Arts, Ultimate Fighting, Attack of the Terminally Testosteroned. It all ends up the same with some guy kicking the bejesus out of another for fame and glory. What ever happened to the kinder, gentler days of toe-to-toe slugfests that coined such phrases as “toe the line” and “Hey, did you see Boom Boom Mancini kill that guy in the ring?” Boxing was an evolution of man’s violent tendency to raid, pillage, and plunder; a tightly regulated venue for us to vicariously partake in senseless, bloody mayhem, safe in the knowledge that genitals will stay in tact and eyeballs will, for now, remain in their current location. It was a true love story of art imitating life. Two athletes would act out war; confined by ropes, refs, and a strict point system. Recently however, with the rise of MMA, we see the different story of life imitating art. From Enter the Dragon to the insane anarcho-terrorism of Fight Club, a growing base has devolved back into the brutality of true war. It’s an ends of the means that even the movie industry couldn’t have predicted. Although Hollywood has always known that the masses are still enamored with the Roman Coliseum and the spectacle of gore, they never knew the feeding frenzy would distill into made for TV bloodsport. 

In comparison, there is really little wonder why MMA is toppling the world of boxing. In boxing, young fighters are discovered and nurtured by agents. The lucky few go on to wait in line to get a shot at moving further up the ladder. Again, if fate smiles upon you, you may get a shot at the top. Well, if you’re really lucky, you get hooked up with a great promoter and manage your winnings better than Leon Spinx (I think he literally became a janitor when his career ended).  Mixed Martial Arts, on the other hand, broke into the mainstream in the days of reality television. No longer content to follow the rise of the hometown favorite, viewers were able to watch the spectacle of tournament style fights. Don’t want to sit through ten rounds of carefully placed punches? You can always tune in to watch a parade of guys quickly dispatch each other with surgical precision. Sometimes it looks like a roadhouse brawl, sometimes a Hollywood plot device where even the ancient Egyptians knew martial arts (The Mummy movies! I’m not alone here, am I?) but the images keep changing as the crowd is allowed to work themselves into a froth a la “professional” wrestling. Wrestling, however dubious as it is, provided years as a proving ground for real fights. It’s the perfect storm of over the top fans, blood, and brawling that is quickly earning MMA the sponsorship it needs to be a real, legitimate, powerhouse. 

For those corporate sponsors early to jump onboard with MMA, the benefits are tangible. The demographic that follow the sport are the biggest spenders out there. Want to sell beer, burgers, and Harley’s? Investing in MMA is the biggest bang for the buck. Early reluctance by some sponsors to get on the bandwagon has resulted in premium ad space for those daring enough to cash in on uber machismo; and why not? Again, look to the wrestling model. If it doesn’t hurt your company’s credibility to invest advertisement dollars in a fake sporting event, why draw a shameful line at legitimate martial arts? 

At the end of the day, if the coliseum were still open for business, we would not only watch it, but it would garner more advertisement dollars per minute than the Super Bowl. Ask me for proof? Sit there with a straight face and tell me you haven’t watched a match, a youtube clip of one, or at least a Jackass episode. It’s what the Germans call Schadenfreude and it’s the delicious joy we take in the misfortune, or in this case, pummeling of another. Think of it as slipping on a banana, over and over again. Corporate America is coming around, though, and as the economy rebounds and frees up advertising budgets, audiences will reap the benefits of over-funded venues as well as the evils that come with the mainstream:  overpriced tickets, corporate control, and the fight for new celebrity endorsements.

I recently read an article by a “blogger” and “alleged MMA guru” stating how the UFC made a horrible mistake with their recent UFC 117 card. The “expert” ranted and raved at how the 117 card (of majority US based fighters vs. Brazilian fighters) was a terrible marketing decision, simply due to the fact that it excluded the rest the of the world. Really? Unless I ate a retard and egg sandwich for breakfast, those two countries are where the best fighters hail from!

I’ll admit that wasn’t to enthused to watch this card. Looking at the card up and down, I really only wanted to see the Fitch v. Alves matchup, but the fact is that it is MMA and anything can happen at anytime, which makes it a no fail marketing machine. People will tune in to watch a fighter “shock the world” if you may. Chael almost did it….despite people growing to hate him over the past month through his “smack talk”….but hey, he is doing exactly what a fighter is supposed to do to get us to order that PPV….and he did.

So, let’s not overanalyze the UFC or MMA in general. The fact of the matter is that people are going to keep watching and keep paying top dollar to do so. I know I will be watching along with the millions of others who are as well….despite cameos from MC Hammer or a sodium infused Seagal.

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Alex Tanney (Monmouth State) Interview

August 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Interview with Monmouth Quarterback Alex Tanney from May of 2010 for Premier Players Magazine.

Ben Delanoy: So how does it feel to be headed in to the NFL Draft next year?

Alex Tanney: I’m excited about the opportunity that I might be given to continue to play after I graduate. There is still a lot of time before then so I have to continue to train and work to get better. But I’m not thinking too far ahead, right now I’m focused on this upcoming season and making a deeper playoff run.

Ben Delanoy: What’s been going been the biggest obstacle in your career thur far?

Alex Tanney: Size, in a variety of ways. I weighed 175 lbs in high school and was very skinny because I was a long distance runner on the track team, so I had a tough time keeping weight on. Also, the size of high school I went to. I grew up in Lexington Il, which has about 1,800 people in it. I never got much Division I attention because I was a skinny kid at a small 1A school. That has kind of carried over to Monmouth. Although I weigh 210 now, people are questioning if I can play at the next level because Monmouth is a small Division III school that plays small Division III teams.

Ben Delanoy: Favorite gym to train at? 

Alex Tanney: Trotter Fitness Complex

Ben Delanoy: What’s your off-game snack?

Alex Tanney: My mom’s brownies and milk

Ben Delanoy: If you could throw a pass to anyone past or present, who would it be and why?

Alex Tanney: Randy Moss. I would love to air one out on a post and watch him run under it.

Ben Delanoy: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Alex Tanney: I honestly don’t know. My career could go in a variety of directions after I graduate. I hope I’m still playing the game I love, but if my playing career comes to an end before I want it to, I will have my college degree in business administration and economics to fall back on.

Ben Delanoy: Favorite restaurant to eat at?

Alex Tanney: Much rather have a home-cooked meal from my mom than eat out.

Ben Delanoy: What gets you out of bed every morning?

Alex Tanney: Alarm clock to go workout at 5:45 every morning in the off-season.

Ben Delanoy: What’s the one misconception people have about you?

Alex Tanney: Players from small 1A high schools can’t compete at the highest level in college.

Ben Delanoy: If you could have one super power, what would it be?

Alex Tanney: Reading other people’s minds. I think it would be beneficial on and off the field.

Ben Delanoy: What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid?

Alex Tanney: Each year I dressed up as the best player on our high school team at Lexington.

Ben Delanoy: How has your football career made you a better person?

Alex Tanney: Its really helped me develop a strong work ethic that I use in other areas of my life. Building strong work habits to be dedicated in the weight room and on the practice field carries over to the classroom. Its also really enhanced my leadership skills. Ever since second grade I have been the QB and being a quarterback, you have to be the leader on the field and the person that always keeps their composure.

Ben Delanoy: One thing not many people know about you?

Alex Tanney: I ran a 4:22 mile in high school.

Ben Delanoy: Who is your favorite football player right now?

Alex Tanney: Peyton Manning. He is the best in the league right now and I enjoy watching him call the game and have total control of his offense.

Ben Delanoy: If you could be any athlete for a day…who would you choose and why?

Alex Tanney: Lebron. I cant imagine being that athletic and getting up that high on the basketball court.

Ben Delanoy: What’s in your Ipod right now that you listen to while training?

Alex Tanney: Dierks Bentley – Sideways

Ben Delanoy: Favorite thing to do when not playing ball?

Alex Tanney: Hangout with my buddies and my girlfriend.

Alex’s closing interview statement:

“Whoever goes out on a limb to take a kid from a small DIII school is going to get the hardest working player on their team. Ill be the first one in and the last one to leave everyday and do anything it takes to win. I have been around the game my entire life with my father being a high school football coach and I truly have a passion for the game.”

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Texans’ David Anderson Partners with Premier Players

August 4, 2010 Leave a comment

For Immediate Release: July 31, 2010
Media Contacts: Ben Delanoy

Premier Players, Inc. is pleased to announce a creative partnership with Houston Texans Wide Receiver David Anderson. David will be adding his offbeat humor to Premier Players Magazine’s Product Review Section. Anderson was selected by the Houston Texans in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. In 2006 he played nine games for the Texans, hauling in one pass reception and three kick returns. The Texans released Anderson but then re-signed him 4 weeks later. He has had several catches in the 2007 season as well as one touchdown. An exclusive-rights free agent in the 2008 offseason, Anderson signed his one-year tender offer on April 23. David was featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien when he performed the host’s original string dance after catching a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals on October 26, 2008.

About Premier Players, Inc.

Premier Players is a sports information company connecting people from around the world to sports around the world.  Whether a fan, amateur or pro, current or past athlete, Premier Players offers everyone a media platform to showcase and share their love of sports. 

For more information, regarding David Anderson’s partnership with Premier Players Magazine, or to submit your product for David to review, please contact Ben Delanoy at 1-800-920-1537 or ben_delanoy@premierplayers.com .

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