You Want to Retire, Right? It's Time You Developed a Savings Strategy

When it comes to saving money, it's often not a lack of ability that prevents us from getting started, but feeling unsure about where to start — a recent survey found that approximately 36 percent of workers have less than $1,000 in savings and investments. Yikes. But you don't have to be one of the 36 percent: use… » 9/24/14 11:59am 9/24/14 11:59am

Ready to Buy a Home? Use this Infographic to Avoid a Stress Overload

Buying a home is about much more than finding a place to live. It symbolizes your square footage of the American Dream and the security that comes with it. While home ownership is a common goal — almost 67 percent of Americans owned their homes in 2010 — buying real estate is no small matter. Gathering information… » 9/16/14 11:59am 9/16/14 11:59am

How To Cook And Eat Like The Adult You Are

Hey, Guy on a First-Name Basis with the Drive-Thru Guy (and, Guy Staring into the Supermarket Freezer — this is for you, too). Stop with the frozen dinners, the greasy bags of processed "food," and the nightly takeout. You're an adult. Eat like one. You can and should be cooking more of your meals. If that thought… » 9/10/14 3:59pm 9/10/14 3:59pm

Ask Three Professionals How They Created Their Ideal Careers

Whether you've recently been thrust from the comforts of college into the harsh world of entry-level job listings, or you just woke up to the realization that life is too short to spend it working an unfulfilling job, finding a career that makes the most of your personal skills and satisfies your interests can be… » 7/21/14 11:50am 7/21/14 11:50am

Here's How To Enjoy The Playoffs When Your Team's Season Is Over

When the Novocain of March Madness wears off, a significant portion of basketball fans will be left facing the painful reality that their pro team's season is over. Fear not, fans! Embracing a multitude of teams and narratives is now a perfectly acceptable alternative to the tribalism of yesteryear. If your team is on… » 4/24/14 11:59am 4/24/14 11:59am

A Valentine's Day Playbook For The Multitasking Basketball Fan

Are you one of those long-term-relationship guys with delusions of Valentine's Day laziness? Do thoughts like, "She regularly sees me in my laundry-day underwear; the romance is gone," or, "A night of leftover takeout and a Breaking Bad marathon is romantic" float through your brain? Well, you're wrong. Despite the… » 2/13/14 5:58pm 2/13/14 5:58pm

10 Ways Diehards Can Help Basketball Rookies Appreciate The Game

I'm a New York City transplant by way of Massachusetts, so sometimes I join a diehard group of New Englanders at a local bar to watch a game. Normally, it's a good time. Until, that is, the "casual fan friend" shows up. You know the type — they can't tell the difference between the mid-court circle and the charity… » 2/11/14 11:59am 2/11/14 11:59am

An Illustrated Guide to Hosting a Non-Sucky Football-Watching Party

When it comes to hosting game-day parties, you have two options. You can go the jayvee route, where people sit around a cramped living room watching one TV that may or may not be showing an entertaining game, eating boring food and generally wishing that they had stayed home. The hosts of such parties get an… » 12/12/13 2:58pm 12/12/13 2:58pm

Ask Two Fantasy Experts How to Perfect Your Week 14 Lineup [Updated]

[Update: comments are now closed.] Micah James here with my colleague Russell S. Baxter, and we, along with State Farm, want to welcome you to Week 14! At this point, you probably have a good idea of whether your fantasy team has made the league’s playoffs or not. We’re guessing that if you’re here today it is because… » 12/08/13 11:59am 12/08/13 11:59am

It's Lucky Week 13, So Here's Some Help For Your Fantasy Team

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[Update: comments are now closed.] Fantasy football owners, it's win-or-go-home time. Week 13 might be your last shot to make the playoffs. To help you get closer to that goal, I, Micah James, the Fantasy Football MagicMan, am here in the comments, along with Russell S. Baxter, the Pro Football Guru, to help you… » 12/01/13 11:59am 12/01/13 11:59am

Ask Two Fantasy Experts How To Improve Your Week 11 Lineups

[Update: comments are now closed.] I'm Micah James, the Fantasy Football MagicMan. Thanks to the good people at State Farm®, I’m here in the comments with one of the smartest pro football guys around, Russell S. Baxter, the Pro Football Guru, to help you double check your fantasy lineups so you can notch another win… » 11/17/13 11:59am 11/17/13 11:59am

The Fantasy Football Magic Man Is Back To Guide You Toward The Playoffs

Greetings! I'm Micah James. You may know me as the Fantasy Football MagicMan, and perhaps some of you even participated in the exclusive preseason chat hosted here on Deadspin a few months ago. I live and breathe fantasy football, and am here to help each of you double check your team and qualify for your league's… » 11/03/13 11:59am 11/03/13 11:59am

Ask Major League Gaming's VP of Programming How to Go Pro

As a former Major League Gaming (MLG) competitor, tournament organizer, producer, director, and now commentator and VP of programming, I’ve been part of every aspect of the eSports industry. The most common questions I get are from aspiring players who want to know how to get started and perfect their game. Here are… » 9/30/13 11:59am 9/30/13 11:59am

Ask Pro Gamer "Mr.X" How He Helps Lead His COD Team to Success

For me, pro gaming has always been about the competition. Playing online for years, dominating multiple games, I never got bored or complacent. Now, with the start of the Major League Gaming circuit — and with titles like Gears of War, Shadowrun, Rainbow Six, and now Call of Duty rising in popularity — it has become… » 9/25/13 12:00pm 9/25/13 12:00pm

Ask 2012's Most Accurate Fantasy Football Guy How to Improve Your Draft

Hi! My name is Micah James, but you might know me as the Fantasy Football MagicMan. In 2012, I defeated 60 other experts in the Fantasy Trade Sports Association’s Accuracy Rankings Challenge. What I am most proud about is that I finished inside of the Top 9 for each of the four positions (QB #3, RB #1, WR #9, and TE… » 8/14/13 11:59am 8/14/13 11:59am

Ask a Professional Party Planner How to Host the Perfect Event

Does the idea of throwing your own party give you heart palpitations? Make your head totally spin? Yeah, you’re not alone. No one wants to host a meticulously planned summer soirée only to run out of ice before 9 pm, spend the night indulging a DJ with an EDM obsession, or — worst of all – have no one show up. But… » 7/25/13 11:59am 7/25/13 11:59am