Bengals Take One
April 29, 2017
The Cincinnati Bengals, never a team to shy away from taking guys with off-field issues (see Jones, Adam) and on-field problems (see Burfict, Vontaze), took Joe Mixon off the board in the middle of the second round. The other guy with similar issues, Caleb Brantley, has yet to be selected in the first three rounds, although his on-field talent was not quite as high as others.
NFL Cincinnati Bengals Desk Calendar
According to reports after the fact, there were only four NFL teams willing to draft Mixon. This doesn't square with 26 teams previously reported as willing to take him. Sounds like revisionist history. Regardless, you can still get this Cincinnati Bengals calendar, which focuses on their history that is far more respectable than their more recent moves.
Who Takes These Guys?
April 27, 2017
The first round of the NFL Draft is tonight and more than a couple disreputable college football players are expected to be drafted high. Among the athletes with off-field issues are running backs Joe Mixon from Oklahoma and Dalvin Cook from Florida State, linebacker Reuben Foster from Alabama, cornerback Gareon Conley from Ohio State, defensive lineman Caleb Brantley, and safety Jabrill Peppers. All of these players were projected to be first round picks on talant alone. However, it remains to be seen how many will get selected where their talent suggests they should be taken.
The worst of the bunch appears to be Joe Mixon and Caleb Brantley, both of whom punched women in the head. Brantley knocked his girlfriend unconscious and knocked out a tooth that required a root canal. Mixon is on video hitting a woman, which broke several bones in her face. Six teams have taken Mixon completely off their draft boards, but that just means 26 teams are still willing to draft him.
At least one of these guys will be taken by an NFL team in the first round, which comes with millions in guaranteed money. Which team will it be?
NFL Draft Upcoming
April 24, 2017
Thursday night kicks off the 2017 NFL Draft, with the stumbling and bumbling Cleveland Browns on the clock with the first overall selection. The Browns also hold the number twelve pick in the first round, but they are rumored to be looking to trade up in order to grab yet another quarterback. At the moment, Brock Osweiler looks to be their starter, but they could draft Mitchell Trubisky, Pat Mahomes II, Deshaun Watson, or Deshone Kizer.
Cleveland Browns Wall Calendar
They could also trade for Jimmy Garappolo of the Patriots or A.J. McCarron of the Bengals. Jimmy Garappolo is clearly the most NFL-ready quarterback, especially considering the weak current draft class. The Patriots claim he's not available, but we all know everyone has their price. Part with the #12 pick and a couple second rounders and I'm sure Bill Belichick will say goodbye to Jimmy. Cleveland would be wise to meet the price, rather than waste another pick on a college quarterback. Remember, this is the team who moved up to draft both Johnny Manziel and Brady Quinn in the first round, and picked Tim Couch #1 overll. These are three of the biggest draft busts in history. Cleveland could have Myles Garrett, the consensus best defensive player in the draft and a legitimate starting QB by Friday. They could have them, but if we know the Browns, we know they will screw it up. They always do.
French Election This Weekend
April 21, 2017
Despite another terrorist event yesterday in Paris, the election to choose the next leader of France is set to begin on Sunday. There are four candidates for their respective parties and the top two will advance to a run-off election on May 7th. The most well known and controversial of the four is Marie Le Pen, leader of the far-right, National Front Party. Le Pen has been likened to Donald Trump, as she takes a hard-line against mass immigration to her country.
Paris 2017 Wall Calendar
Le Pen is currently running in second place in most polls, but the race is tight between all four candidates. If she makes it through to the final round, she is expected to lose by a wide margin to centrist Emmanuel Macron in a head-to-head race. However, the mainstream media said the same thing about Mr. Trump many times, and he later became President.
Blackhawks Down to One Last Game
April 18, 2017
The Nashville Predators have taken a commanding 3 games to zero lead on the mighty Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the NHL playoffs. The Blackhawks are the number one seed in the Western Conference and the Predators are the eight seed, but that has meant nothing as Chicago is about to get dismissed from the postseason.
Chicago Blackhawks Desk Calendar
While we don't offer any products from the Nashville Predators, we do have the 2017 Chicago Blackhawks calendar. Jonathan Toews is their leader, but even he is struggling to keep up with the pesky eight seed. They play again on Thursday night in Nashville, so Chicago will have to win on the road just to keep the series going.
World War III Trends on Google
April 15, 2017
The Democratic People's Republic of North Korea celebrated on Saturday with a parade to demonstrate their military strength, all while a U.S. military aircraft carrier is churning toward the Korean peninsula. The American President has threatened the sovereign nation, while North Korea continues to threaten the United States in a desparate plea for attention.
Warbirds of WWII 2017 Wall Calendar
Throw in the conflict in Syria that includes Russia and it's no surprise that people are thinking of another world war. The last world war featured fighter jets in these 2018 WWII fighter calendars. Times have changed as wars are now fought from computers, drones, and from firing GPS-guided missiles from ships. Tensions will likely calm and we'll shortly be able to return to our daily lives.
Celtics Secure #1 Seed
April 13, 2017
With Lebron James 'resting' for the last two games of the regular season, the Cleveland Cavaliers slid back to the two see and the Boston Celtics overtook them to capture home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Clevelend obviously did not believe home court was as important as sitting Lebron and their key players, despite history showing that the home team has an edge.
Boston Celtics 2017 Desk Pad
It also bears mentioning that NBA playoff games are spaced so far apart that rarely does rest ever come into play. That said, the Celtics don't appear to have the same talent level as Cleveland. However, you can follow along with Boston's season with the 2017 Celtics calendars. If they do meet in the conference finals with the first game being in Boston, the Lebrons still have the advantage. Either way, Boston should be back strong next year, as they own the best lottery odds in the upcoming draft and will again pick in the top four. They also have room to add free agents.
NHL Playoffs Start
April 11, 2017
The second season in hockey gets under way tomorrow night with the Division Semifinals on tap. More than half the teams in the National Hockey League make the playoffs, with eight teams from each conference and only thirty teams in the league. The number one seeds are the Washington Capitals (Eastern) and the Chicago Blackhawks (Western).
NHL All Team Desk Calendar
Every team is represented in this NHL 2017 calendar, with information and trivia about the regular season and the playoffs. The first two games to kick us off this postseason will be the Boston Bruins against the Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers versus the Montreal Canadiens. The playoffs will last nearly two months as the Stanley Cup Finals will likely not start until June.
Sergio Wins Masters!
April 9, 2017
At long last, Sergio Garcia has won a major championship with his victory in sudden death at The Masters! He has been wearing the label of the best player not to win a major for some time now but the drought is now over. The thirty-seven year old Spaniard held off Justin Rose to win the heralded green jacket and his first Masters.
With the victory, Garcia takes home a cool two million dollars for his trouble, up two hundred thousand from last year. Even though he lost, the runner-up, Justin Rose, will still receive a solid $1.1 million. Garcia has now won twenty-eight time on the professional tour, including this title. Previously, he had finished second or tied for second on four different occassions between the British Open and the PGA Championship.
U.S. / Russia Tensions Rise
April 7, 2017
Donald Trump's decision to bomb Syria has greatly heightened tensions with rogue nation Russia. While nearly every civilized country approved of the military strike of cruise missiles to take out the Syrian airfield that had used chemical weapons on their own people in a brazen attack earlier this week, Russia was not one of them.
This Day in U.S. Military History 2018 Calendar
In response, the Russian government threatened to disconnect their two-way communication setup with the United States that helps military planes avoid crashing into each other. Despite their complaints, this could mark a turning point in the war if more is done to push Assad out of power. Historic moments like these are chronicled in the 2018 This Day in U.S. Military History calendar. It features significant events since the dawn of the Revolution and reflects that only a handful of decisions changed the course of history.
Live from Augusta,
April 6, 2017
The Masters golf tournament is officially under way from the Augusta National Golf Club. Like nearly all golf at the professional level, the tournament will last four days, culminating with the final round on Sunday. Those expected to compete for the green jacket are Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, and Dustin Johnson.
Bill Kroen's Golf Tip-a-Day 2017 Desk Calendar
If you're a weekend golfer and not a professional like those guys, you may want to grab Bill Kroen's daily golf tip calendar. It will help you master your game with a different piece of advice or knowledge each day. Kroen is a great teacher of the game and his calendar has sold over a million copies. He has a Ph.D. from Boston College and resides in Stuart, Florida, where he continues to educate fellow golfers.
Goes to Florida
April 5, 2017
President Xi JinPing of China is set to meet with Donald Trump tomorrow and Friday at his resort in Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. Among other things to be discussed between the powerful world leaders is the situation in North Korea. The United States is supposedly done talking about the rogue country and is keeping all options open, including military action, but China does not want tensions inflamed any higher with their crazy neighbor.
Scenic Florida 2017 Wall Calendar
Trump will feel right at home at his luxury country club in Florida, with the clear homefield advantage for their first ever meeting. Although he has personally increased tensions with China with his Twitter musings, it leaves China unsure of what Trump will do. Like the rest of the world, Trump's erratic behavior is keeping everybody guessing.
Harper Goes Yard
April 3, 2017
Bryce Harper, the young slugger from the Washington Nationals, hit a home run on opening day to lead his team to a victory over the Miami Marlins. Harper has now hit a HR on five separate opening days and he's only 24 years old. He's hoping to bounce back after a lackluster season in 2016 where he batted .243 and had lower power numbers.
Bryce Harper has done well enough though in his first five years in the league to get his own 2017 calendar. He was incredibly hyped as a teenager after dropping out of high school and getting his GED in order to play baseball at the college level sooner. The unusual move paid off as he was drafted with the first selection by the Washington Nationals in 2010 and advanced to the major leagues within two years. He has since gone on to win the MVP in '15.
April 2, 2017
The Major League Baseball season is finally here, with three games kicking it off today. In the American League, the Yankees are playing the Tampa Bay Rays and in the National League, the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs are taking on the St. Louis Cardinals, and the San Francisco Giants travel to Arizona to battle the Diamondbacks.
While we don't have a Cubs calendar available to commemorate their first championship in over one hundred years, we do have a checkers board game. In most years and most sports, not every team puts our a calendar, but we hope to have one for January. The Cubs are favored to get back to the Series for the NL, as they're led by Kris Bryant, Jon Lester, and Anthony Rizzo. The Boston Red Sox are also favored to get there on the AL side. However, spring training rankings and predictions generally don't mean too much, as they're typically way off the mark.
Lebron Sets Another Record
March 31, 2017
He's only 32 years old, but Lebron James just moved into 7th place on the all-time scoring list last night, passing Shaquille O'Neal with his 28,597th point. You can follow along with his progress over the year with your very own Lebron James 2017 calendar. Next up on the list is Dirk Nowitski, who is still active, with 30,181 points.
The record is held by the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 38,387 points during his career. Lebron has been averaging roughly two thousand points per season, so he would likely need to play five more healthy and productive seasons to catch Kareem for the NBA record. Not a small feat to be sure, but one that could be accomplished.
Brexit Finally Comes to U.K.
March 29, 2017
The Brits have officially decideed to withdraw from the European Union! After nine months of wrangling, the politicians triggered Article 50, which gives them permission to leave the multi-country economic bloc. Despite needing to renegotiate trade deals with dozens of countries and a break from the economic safety and security of the EU, the people of the United Kingdom believe they'd be better off on their own.
This withdrawal has emboldened other countries to consider a break. Scotland is now threatening to separate from the U.K. Scotland, the way it once was, is seen here in the 2017 calendars. For it's part, the European Union leadership in Brussels was not happy about the Brexit. Donald Tusk, the EU Council President, was holding out hope that everyone would stick together, but it was not meant to be. Now, the British must forge a new path.
Climate Change Regulations Rolled Bank
March 28, 2017
The Donald has signed another executive order today, this time to reverse former President Obana's policy of reducing greenhouse gases through regulation of the utility sector. Donald also removed the ban on coal companies wanting to lease federal lands. The emphasis on job creation over climate change is a stark difference between the two administrations. While President Obama focused on reducing our carbon footprint, Trump wants to protect jobs.
With climate change as the hot news topic of the day, we feature the Sierra Club 2017 calendar, the environmental organization whose mission is to protect the planet. The group was founded by John Muir over one hundred years ago, boasts a membership of 2.4 million people, and employs a staff of six hundred. The Sierra Club hopes to capitalize on the current President as they implore you to "join the fight" against Donald Trump.
March 27, 2017
It's offical: The Oakland Raiders are heading to Las Vegas. The NFL finally approved a team to move to the Nevada gaming mecca. Every major professional sports team has avoided placing a team in Las Vegas due to the conflict of interest, what with everyone gambling on sports and all. However, the National Hockey League did agree to place a team there next year. Major League Baseball and the NBA are also discussing the possibility.
The reason everyone is looking at Las Vegas is because the city is no longer just a desert town with casinos. It has grown into a large and prominent city, with a metro population approaching 2 million. Las Vegas proper has gone from a population of 64,000 in 1960 to 623,000 as of 2015, as these calendars demonstrate. The move by the Vegas Raiders will not take place until 2019 as the city needs to build a stadium first, but they will be there before long.
South Carolina Makes First Trip to Final 4
March 26, 2017
The Gamecocks from South Carolina had never been to the Final Four in their entire history. That all changed this afternoon when they knocked off the Florida Gators and punched their ticket to the semifinals. The 2017 South Carolina Gamecocks calendar showcase their storied athletic history. Two more wins and they'll have the title!
Although the basketball team hadn't previously made it to the Final Four, their other sports have been successful. Their football squad has been to numerous bowl games, the women's track and field team won the title in 2002, and the men's baseball team won the national championships in 2010 and 2011. Next up for South Carolina is the number one seed Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday night.
Half-Way to Final Four
March 25, 2017
The Gonzaga Bulldogs easily defeated the underdog Xavier Musketeers earlier tonight, while the mighty Kansas Jayhawks were upset by double-digits by the fiesty Oregon Ducks. Still on tap for tomorrow afternoon are the South Carolina Gamecocks against Florida Gators and the Kentucky Wildcats versus the Tar Heels of North Carolina.
The storied program at Kentucky has yielded multiple titles for the men's basketball program, as documented here in the 2017 Kentucky monthly pocket planner calendar. While UNC is expected to prevail, the Wildcats have three freshman stars that are expected to be high picks in the upcoming NBA draft. With nearly a season under their belt, they have excelled and thrived in this higher level of competition. This Kentucky team is one of the strongest left.
Voting on Health Care to Begin
March 24, 2017
The American President issued an ultimatum to Congress to vote on his health care bill or be stuck with Obamacare for good. It appears these GOP politicians don't have enough votes to pass their version of health care. Not everything in the district is this dysfunctional, as the 2017 Washington, D.C. calendar shows. A view of the Capital seems appropriate as that's where all the action on the future of Obamacare will be today.
The city has much more to offer than just politicos. There are dozens of museums, memorials and historic homes, all seen here in this calendar. The White House, the Supreme Court, and the Capital are shown, but they represent just a portion of what is available in the majestic city. The museums alone would take you weeks to visit them all.
March Madness on Tap Tonight
March 23, 2017
A full slate of college basketball games are scheduled tonight with Michigan vs. Oregon kicking us off, followed by West Virgina against Gonzaga, Purdue v. Kansas, and the late night game of Arizona v. Xavier. While we don't favor any team specifically, we do have the 2017 Oregon Ducks desk calendar available with 365 days of team action.
The Ducks are underdogs to the Wolverines, despite being the lower seed. Michigan is the seven seed, while Oregon is the three. However, the Ducks lost a star player in their conference touranament and have been adjusting their play as a result. Michigan, however, is battle tested with wins over Louisville and Oklahoma State in the first two rounds.
Stage Set for World Baseball Classic Final
March 22, 2017
The United States defeated Japan last night to advance to their first ever WBC final. They will play against Puerto Rico on Wednesday night. Did you know the World Baseball Classic has been running since 2006 and this is the fourth time the event has been played? Questions like that are in the 2017 Baseball Trivia calendars seen below.
You need to be a baseball fanatic to know the answers inside here. Perhaps you'll find out that while Puerto Rico is a territory of the U.S., they have their own national baseball team comprised of many MLB stars like Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina, and Angel Pagan. Not to be outdone, the U.S. has Jonathan Lucroy, Giancarlo Stanton, and Andre Miller to name a few.
Merkel Comes to Washington
March 20, 2017
In the news this past weekend was the visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the United States to speak with the newly elected President. While the meeting was a bit unusual, the 2017 Germany calendars demonstrate deep appreciation for the magnificent country as it shows the historic architecture and beautiful landscapes.
As this visit was to Washington, D.C., perhaps the next meeting between the two leaders should be in Germany. This calendar shows a nation rich in history and anyone traveling to this great land would be in awe of the waterways, buildings, and structures that have lasted for hundreds of years and two world wars.
Super Bowl Calendar Now Available
March 19, 2017
Just released is this special edition 2017-2018 calendar of the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI victory over the NFC champions Atlanta Falcons. Chronicle their championship season and stunning comeback in the final game led by Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and a team-first approach to winning it all.
Unlike most annual versions, this special calendar runs from April, 2017 thru March, 2018 in order for you to follow the New England Patriots as the strive for their sixth Super Bowl victory. With the greatest coach of all time and the greatest quarterback, who would bet against a repeat. In fact, even Las Vegas has already placed them as the heavy favorite to win Super Bowl LII. With Rob Gronkowski expected back, they could be even stronger.
Wiretapping Claims Debunked
March 18, 2017
In light of the wall-to-wall news coverage of the new American President and his dubunked and nonsensical claims about wiretapping, the new Out of Office Donald Trump 2017 calendar is already available. The countdown is on until January 20, 2021 when he possibly could be voted out. We have less than four years to go.
Of course, he could always get re-elected for a second term in which case we'd have to wait a full eight years. Either way, it's a temp job and he'll be out eventually. President Trump has stirred up much controversy already in his first fifty days in offices. The United States is arguable more divided than ever, but we can all unite to buy this 2017 Trump Out of Office calendar. Let's hope the American democracy still exists by the end.
Happy St. Pattty's Day!
March 17, 2017
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! In honor of this special day, we felt it appropriate to showcase this Irish Pubs calendar from our European category. The celebration marks the date of death for Patrick, the leading patron saint of Ireland from the fifth century.
Irish Pubs 2017 Wall Calendar
While not an official holiday in the United States, it is in Ireland and parts of Canada. It's typically a tradition to wear green clothes, and of course imbibe on a few adult beverages. That makes this 2017 Irish Pubs calendar perfect for this occassion. You'll find a dozen different pubs from around the world, along with plenty of space to write down important events. Enjoy this festive Irish holiday with all your friends and family!
Spring Training in Full Swing
March 16, 2017
With spring training in full swing, we bring you the Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox 2017 calendar. The unquestioned leader of the team, the diminutive Petie will help lead the squad to the promised land again. He has a young group of position players around him like Betts, Swihart, and Bradley Jr., so they'll need his leadership.
Dustin Pedroia 2017 Wall Calendar
Right now, all the MLB teams are down in Florida and Arizona for spring training, but the season will kick off in a couple weeks. This Pedrioa calendar will help you follow along. The Sox are heavily favored to win the American League East this year with a strong pitching staff of Chris Sale, David Price, and Rick Porcello.
The Ides of March are Upon Us
March 15, 2017
The Ides of March is a date that will live in infamy as it represents the day of the assassination of Julius Caesar, the leader of the Roman Empire. With that in mind, we bring you the 2017 Italy Calendar. In many years, a calendar of the magnificent city of Rome is available, but it was not produced this past year
Italy 2017 Wall Calendar
Perhaps when the 2018 calendars arrive, Rome will be included. This particular Italy calendar showcases the exquisite landscape of the region and historic structures around the nation. From Tuscany to Rome to Venice, the country has much to offer. It has come a long way since the days of Caesar, whose reign ended this day in 44 BC when he was stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus.
Want to Get Away?
March 14, 2017
Sticking with the tropical theme in the midst of the blizzard, we bring you this Beaches 2017 Calendar from Trends International. This is a sixteen month version that takes you all over the world to see the best beaches in existence.
Beaches 2017 Wall Calendar
The cover photo of this 2017 Beaches calendar features two chairs on the sand with a palm tree hovering above. Inside, you'll see a continuous theme of sunsets, palm trees, a calm ocean, and perfect beaches. Whether you're in the Caribbean, the South Pacific, or stateside in Florida, you'll appreciate the sunny, tropical days; especially if you're typically stuck in the winter. This 2017 calendar is wall vailable now at a discount and it observes all the major holidays.
Nor'Easter On the Way
March 13, 2017
With a major winter storm bearing down on the Northeast, we feel it only appropriate to feature Paradise as our 2017 wall calendar of the day. The cover picture shows pristine blue water, a white sandy beach, and beautiful green palm trees. A small sailboat floats off in the distance.
Paradise 2017 Wall Calendar
Inside, you'll find a dozen pictures much like the cover photo. This calendar is now on sale for $11.24, a reduction from the orignal $14.99 price. You can stare longingly into the tropical paradise as the snowpocalypse bears down upon us. Up here in New England, we're expecting blizzard-like conditions with 16-20 inches of snow, so this Paradise calendar gives us hope that we can escape to a tropical island and miss all the white stuff. With this 2017 calendar, you can even dowloand an app called Travel Days for you mobile deveice. Travel Days is a program from Browntrout that lets you chcek out more images, puzzles, and more.