'Create Your Play': 5 Reasons Why Every College Student Should Download This New & Upcoming App

'Create Your Play': 5 Reasons Why Every College Student Should Download This New & Upcoming App

Legal sports betting has arrived and it's here to stay.

When you think of sports betting you mostly think of the illegal aspect, the debt, and the risk that goes along with it. However, now those notions are a thing of the past with the development of 'Create Your Play'. 'Create Your Play' or 'CYP' for short is the new and upcoming app that allows for legal sports betting, and yes I did say legal. Sports betting is an extremely popular activity for sports lovers and thrill seekers everywhere and is especially prominent amongst college students.

Michael Gillman and Matt Geller, two young men who are currently enrolled at Indiana University as finance majors at the Kelley School of Business, took notice of the vast majority of students who participate in sports betting and the dangers that go along with illegal sports betting. Gillman and Geller are familiar with the industry due to their education at IU and previous experiences and recognized that there wasn't a product that offered legal sports betting anywhere.

Thus, Gillman and Geller co-founded the app 'Create Your Play'. With the help of Yash Mittal (the head of product design with a background in technical expertise) and Josh Bromberg (an expert in media marketing and graphic design) the young men developed a social, fun, and innovative app that allows college students everywhere to partake in a safe and legal way of sports betting.

Here are five reasons why 'Create Your Play' is an app anyone interested in sports betting should download!

1. The only LEGAL way to bet on sports.

First and foremost, 'Create Your Play' is the only app available that allows for legal sports betting. As young adults we have our whole futures ahead of us, meaning we shouldn't be participating in activities that have the possibility of ruining those bright futures, am I right people?

2. Can enter contests for as low as $1.00 and win unlimited prizes.

You don't have to take a huge hit to your bank account in order to participate in the contests, which let's admit is pretty convenient for broke college students. You also have the chance to win unlimited prizes, so as a recap you're not breaking the bank but you still have the chance to gain winnings?? Yeah, sounds pretty good to me too.

3. Customized contests similar to DraftKings and FanDuel.

The contests are customizable, similar to the format of DraftKings and FanDuel, which are two of the most popular daily fantasy sports applications with over 10 million users on each. The contests are customizable; sports included, entry size, payout structure, private or public. You’re also able to compete with your friends in these contests for any sports (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, Soccer, NCAAB, and NCAAF) and I’ll mention it again you’re able to do so LEGALLY.

4. Bragging rights.

Let's admit one of the largest pros of betting is the bragging rights that go along with it. Maybe it's not the best quality of a person, but everyone has a little bit of a braggadocios quality in them. You're finally able to truly see who is the best bettor in your group, and who doesn't love a little friendly competition.

5. Guaranteed Payouts.

The uncertainty about getting paid out for your winnings is diminished because with ‘Create Your Play’ payouts are guaranteed! “Instant cash prizes” music to any student loan bearing student’s ears.

'Create Your Play' is part of Indiana University's Innovation Incubator, "The Shoebox" and is aiming to launch full scale nationwide in colleges Fall 2018. If you're interested in testing out the wonders of 'Create Your Play' yourself, then just head to createyourplay.com for exclusive access to private beta testing. Be apart of the movement. Keep calm and (legally) bet on.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.

I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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The 2019 Superbowl's Halftime Show And Boring Game Takes The Trophy For Being The Worst In A Decade

A game without a touchdown until the fourth quarter and a halftime show without much flair was a formula for a ratings disaster.


The numbers are in, and Super Bowl LIII was the worst Super Bowl in over a decade with a household rating of 41.1. The last Super Bowl with a lower rating was Super Bowl XXXVII between the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a rating of 40.7.

Without a doubt, most people who spent their time on Sunday night watching the Super Bowl did not enjoy the action. I would even go as far to say that some Patriots fans did not enjoy the game, despite winning it all. I personally did not enjoy the Super Bowl one bit, especially as an avid NFL enthusiast, so I cannot even imagine how boring the game was for non-NFL fans who felt an obligation to watch.

I watched every single postseason game this year, and I can guarantee that the Super Bowl was the least exciting out of all of them. If only the Chiefs made it through for a rematch against the Rams, because the Rams vs Chiefs game in the regular season was the best game I have seen in years, ending 54-51 Rams.

In the entire first half, only three points were scored, and the only touchdown of the entire game came in the 4th quarter. Neither team was able to get any offense going, and neither Jared Goff or Tom Brady threw a single touchdown. The Rams literally punted eight times to start the game. They have not even punted more than seven times in a game all year.

I am not complaining, because one of these punts was the longest punt in Super Bowl history, my highlight of the game. Thank you Johnny Hekker, for getting that lucky bounce and an extra 20 yards. I don't think I need to say anymore to paint the grim picture of a measly 13-3 final score.

Plus, the halftime show was a massive failure. Maroon 5 has gotten a bit outdated, the Travis Scott performance was very short and uninteresting, and I love Big Boi and OutKast, but Big Boi really did not do much onstage. I basically sat through the entire halftime with no emotions at all, as if I was not bored enough by the uneventful first half of the big game.

In addition, many Sponge-Bob fans are upset that the NFL teased the "Sweet Victory" for a few seconds when in reality it was bait for a transition from Maroon 5 to Travis Scott. Seriously, NFL? And if you think my opinion of the poor execution of the halftime show is unpopular, the upload of it on YouTube currently has seven times as many dislikes as likes. So there's that for your affirmation.

Seriously, in my opinion, this is the worst Super Bowl I have ever seen, and I've watched the last 10. Maybe we could have a team from the AFC besides the Patriots next year in the Super Bowl to spice things up.

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