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Brooks Bollinger on being ready to play

Orlando Scandrick gets some love

Most previews that I've read the past few days sound a lot like this one

A little bit of off-topic news. SB Nation, the company I work for and the provider of all the technology and upkeep for this here blog, has grown up a little. We've managed to snag some major funding for the company.

Former AOL programming chief Jim Bankoff has secured a mid-seven-figure sum of venture capital for SB Nation, a startup network of sports blogs, from a group of digital media and technology luminaries

The round of funding was led by Accel Partners, the Silicon Valley private equity firm best known for its backing of Facebook and led in part by Boston Celtics minority owner Jim Breyer. Additional funding came from Allen & Co.; AOL vice chairman emeritus and Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis; Brent Jones, former San Francisco 49ers player and now managing director of private equity firm Northgate Capital; former Yahoo! senior executives Dan Rosensweig and Jeff Weiner; and several executives from Providence Equity Partners, the venture capital shop where Bankoff remains a senior adviser.

This is great news for me and for the blog, it not only should assure you guys that BTB and its brethren will be around for a while, but that we'll be able to continually upgrade our platform and aggressively market all of our blogs.

SB Nation co-founder Tyler Blezsinski, who also runs the Athletics Nation, our Oakland A's baseball blog, comments further here. There's another short article about the funding here. 

Our own Tuna Helper, masquerading for Halloween under his own name, makes an appearance on the NY Times Fifth Down football blog. 

I'm posting this link just to drive some blog members up the wall. 

Oh yeah, I got sent an email about a contest with Terence Newman. Click below where I've posted the contents of the email they sent me.

Dreams do come true! Direct Energy just launched an online sweepstakes for one lucky DFW resident to win an Ultimate Cowboys FAN-tasy Experience with Terence Newman. This ultimate prize package includes getting a peak inside the new Cowboys stadium, watching a private practice at Valley Ranch, and passes to hang out at the sidelines before the December 14th game against the Giants. To top it off, the winner and 15 friends will gather for a private party in the Direct Energy suite at Texas Stadium, tour the stadium, then toss a football and run some routes with NFL's leading cornerback, Terence Newman.

The online sweepstakes is open to all Texans living within a 40-mile radius of Texas Stadium. There is no purchase required and you do not have to be a customer of Direct Energy to enter. For entry form, contest rules and details, fans can visit directenergy.com/cowboys.