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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

Named the No. 1 Sports Technology writer in the U.S. on Oct 1, 2014.

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College Football Hall of Fame to Honor Goodyear Blimp

To celebrate its legacy in the sport, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame will induct the Goodyear Blimp as an honorary member of the College Football Hall of Fame. The blimp will be the first non-player or coach to be inducted.
What started as a request from network television to provide aerial coverage for the 1955 Rose Bowl Game telecast has turned into a long-standing commitment to college football coverage. Since then, the blimp has covered more than 2,000 games from the Rose to the Cotton Bowl and everything in between. For players and fans, the blimp has come to signify the magnitude of games and the superior performances that take place on the field.  
"College players and fans know that when the Goodyear Blimp shows up, it's a big game. Its presence is intrinsically known and tied to the traditions that make college football so great," said Archie Manning, National Football Foundation chairman. "As the eye in the sky to college football's greatest coaches, players and moments, it's only fitting that the Goodyear Blimp joins the College Football Hall of Fame in a year when the game celebrates its 150th anniversary."
"I've been lucky enough to both play and broadcast underneath the shadow of one of sports' biggest icons, and each time it's special," said Kirk Herbstreit, former college football player and ESPN analyst. "For me, playing under the blimp felt like a payoff for the hard work that goes into game day, so I'm excited it's getting recognized for its contributions to college football."
In its sports history, the Goodyear Blimp achieved major broadcast "firsts," including the first to provide aerial coverage of a major sports event and the first to deliver high definition live video to a national sports game. The spirit of innovation to enhance the players and fans' experience continues to this day with a Blimpcast on Jan. 7 when ESPN will stream the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship from inside the Goodyear Blimp.
"Goodyear is proud that our iconic airship is an honorary member of the College Football Hall of Fame and will live in the company of college football legends," said Todd Macsuga, general manager of brand marketing at Goodyear, North America consumer. "The Goodyear Blimp has established itself as a symbol of the greatness that takes place on college football fields each Saturday."
Fans will be able to experience the blimp's history in college football with a new exhibit set to open later this year at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The exhibit will showcase historical blimp artifacts, video footage, pictures and more.


Opening Odds to Win Super Bowl

Odds to win the Super Bowl
New Orleans Saints +245
Kansas City Chiefs +470
Los Angeles Rams +536
New England Patriots +604
Chicago Bears +1104
Baltimore Ravens +1205
Los Angeles Charges +1558
Houston Texans +3181
Indianapolis Cots +3181
Seattle Seahawks +3181
Dallas Cowboys +3232
Philadelphia Eagles +4000
Odds to win the AFC
Kansas City Chiefs +171
New England Patriots +206
Baltimore Ravens +516
Los Angeles Chargers  +766
Indianapolis Colts +1382
Houston Texans +1329
Odds to win the NFC
New Orleans Saints +100
Los Angeles Rams +233
Chicago Bears +595
Seattle Seahawks +1550
Dallas Cowboys +1600
Philadelphia Eagles +2000



AT&T 5G Live in Atlanta and Devices Coming

Today, AT&T announced that their mobile 5G network is now live in 12 cities, including here in Atlanta. They will also offer a limited amount of mobile 5G devices to select customers beginning Friday, Dec. 21.
The full list of mobile 5G cities includes: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, San Antonio and Waco.
This initial device offer will provide select business customers and consumers with AT&T's first mobile 5G device, the NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot, plus mobile 5G data usage at no cost for at least 90 days.  Consumers can express their interest in mobile 5G by visiting Business customers can visit  
The NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot will run on our mobile 5G+ network (For background – 5G+ is the name of our mobile 5G network using mmWave spectrum.).



My Appearance on 'The Crush Sports Talk' in Atlanta on 12/3//18

First time on The Crush Sports Talk, but I'm a big fan. Joined E and Sam Crenshaw was pinch hitting for Maceo this week.

Talking sports gadgets and tech for the #holidays.

Have a watch. I come in about 8 mins into the show for about 45 mins ot talk and show and tell.

Among the things we talked about:


1. Card Fool cards - make giving your holiday cards easy and fun    - Order online, put in your own message and the card is delivered right to the recipient
Card Fool are the experts in hilarious greeting cards, are helping everyone channel their funny bone and celebrate the lucky individuals on your naughty list. With a variety of Christmas and Hanukkah cards to choose from, this holiday season let that special person know you’re thinking of them the only way you know how –  humor, why not!?
2. Mixcder - E7 Active Noice Cancelling headphones 
On Amazon $59.99 for noise cancelling headphones, wireless, 12 hour playback life
3. KICHGO  $65 for bag of goodies and videos
Famously known for being Jennifer Lawrence and Kesha’s secret weapon, there’s nothing better than having celebrity trainer, Kit Rich, by your side. With her new product, KICHGO, a big gym in a little bag that weighs less than 2 pounds, you can whip your body into shape in no time. The bag packed full of tried and true equipment that can be used for Pilates, Circuit Training, HIIT, Tabata, and Yoga routines. In addition, customers receive 20 downloadable videos of varying lengths and styles. KICHGO makes fitness attainable for everyone, by keeping it simple and helping everyone achieve consistency with their workouts ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE. 
4. RAD Roller  Roll out those aches and pains. Makes a great gift.
5.  Nikon D3500  DSLR  - Smartphone cameras are great, but some shots deserve a DSLR
Nikon has officially announced a brand-new entry level DSLR camera, the D3500,which is our lightest and most portable DSLR yet and the ultimate travel camera! The D3500 is perfect for on-the-go shooting with its compact and durable build, making it especially perfect to step up your insta game on your next vacation.
Capture those fall images!
Some other notable features of the camera include:
Upgraded 24.2 MP image sensor (15 times larger than a typical smartphone) for higher-res images
HD video recording that is as easy as snapping a photo
Auto Mode and Guide Mode to easily capture amazing shots in any setting
Bluetooth connectivity with Nikon SnapBridge for instant image transfer to your smartphone
Affordable price tag – camera and lens is only $499
6. Babolat Pure Aero
Babolat has refreshed their popular Pure Aero model. More spin means more wins!

7. iGrill Mini -
iGrill products from Weber. 
Get your meat cooked the way you want it and get notified through an app.
8. C64 Mini  - Commordore 64 Mini
One of Rick's fave items of 2018  - $79.99
If you were a fan of the Commodore 64 in the 80's it's back in this mini form and you can play all your favorite games.
THEC64® Mini, a 50% replica of the of the world’s bestselling home computer that launched in 1982, comes pre-loaded with 64 classic games and THEC64® Joystick. Originally designed with fans of the original machine in mind, THEC64® Mini is also attractive to kids and families thanks to its simple plug and play action. Aspiring gamers of yesteryear can revisit the past and program their own games – just add a keyboard, and THEC64® Mini becomes a fully functional home computer complete with C64 BASIC.
THEC64® Mini comes with 64 classic titles already installed, including: California Games, Winter Games, Impossible Mission II, Boulder Dash, Jumpman, Pitstop II, Speedball II: Brutal Deluxe, Street Sports Baseball, Summer Games II, Temple of Apshai Trilogy, Uridium and more.

9. Tifosi Sports Eyewear

I can't say enough good things about the entire line of Tifosi eyewear.

Even E looks good in them. And we even did a Tifosi giveaway on the show. High performance eyewear.

The greens are greener, the blues are bluer. For an athlete, they bring eveything into focus.

10. The Northwest Company

Makes great products so you can represent you favorite team. I brought on the Falcons foldable duffel bag.

We also did a giveaway!

Loved being on. Follow The Crush Sports Talk on Facebook and Instagram.




SAC 2018 in Atlanta

Great to have SAC 2018 in Atlanta this week.

The South is the fastest-growing region in North America for automobile manufacturing and has the third largest gross domestic product in the world.

The Southern Automotive Conference (SAC) Oct. 3-5 at Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta is aiming at becoming an unforgettable experience. The event will provide networking opportunities, world-class speakers and breakout sessions designed to fuel careers and drive business forward.

Organizers expect more than 1,800 attendees, 300 exhibitors and a dozen-plus foreign manufacturer pavilions, which would make the event the largest SAC conference to date. The 2017 record-setting conference in Birmingham, Alabama, attracted 1,200 registered attendees and more than 180 exhibitors.

The event’s goals call for building on the success of previous Southern Automotive Conferences by adding new features and continuing to improve the experience for attendees.