Summary of “Inside the Cleveland Indians clubhouse during their historic 22 game win streak”

Only the rare team can be like the 2017 Indians; nearly every other team would let the streak consume them, including last year’s Indians.
The Indians say the streak brings lightness and air to the room.
So they’ve spent six months in present tense, taking cues from their manager, who conducts 22 postgame news conferences while sidestepping and tap-dancing and refusing to say the streak carries any significance.
Down the hall, Francona sits in his office behind a huge framed picture of himself as a child, in the Indians dugout with his dad. He is, perhaps more than anyone else in the game, a creation of this weird, subterranean clubhouse world.
During the streak, as more reporters arrive every day in the small interview room to talk about the streak, he’s more interested in finding out why the Browns released Pro Bowler Joe Haden, refusing to engage in record-chasing narratives, talking about how a season is fluid and how only today exists.
A year ago, the Indians took 14 in a row, rolling through opponents, and they still came up a game short in the World Series.
Last year’s streak took on meaning and affected the clubhouse dynamic in small but real ways.
“You come to the field and it doesn’t feel like we have a winning streak going. We had a streak last year, and the intensity ramped up and then it got to the point where it just caught up to us. This year it feels completely different.”

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Summary of “The 100 Hardest Video Game Bosses, Ranked By Difficulty”

Not only was it not like any other part of the game preceding it, but it required a ton of trial and error on what was probably the least fun part of the game.
Wolfenstein 3D signaled the early ’90s move of video games into ultragore, and while its blocky 3-D graphics look dated 25 years later, at the time its fast, violent Nazi-killing action was unmatched by any other game out there.
On top of that, the shovel jump technique that you’ve spent most of the game perfecting can also cause the ground to crumble, meaning that one wrong move – which the game has been training you to use – can send you plummeting to your doom.
So close to the end of the game, a game meant for stealth sticks you with a fist fight and a timer that feels unforgiving.
The Grim Reaper cemented Castlevania’s reputation for being a game that forces you to prepare properly, and its later sequels spawned a whole genre for 2-D exploration action games: Metroidvanias.
Then there was Goro, the game’s penultimate boss and by far the hardest in the game.
Encountered relatively early in the game, in the second level of the game’s second world, Flamelurker is immediately intimidating, an aggressive tank of a demon that deals tremendous damage and overwhelms with its fire attacks.
Blizzard added the Old God to the game in 2006, and at that time he was considered its hardest encounter.

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Summary of “An Entirely Premature 2018 NBA Lottery Mock Draft”

He’s a player who can take on different roles on his team.
Doncic will need to answer questions about his athleticism and defense once he reaches the NBA. But at every level, he’s elevated his game to match the play of his opponents.
Ayton has been known to drift through games and not make the impact you would expect for a player with his skill set.
NBA trends may be dictated by style of play, but there will always be room for the game to be altered by unique players who are literally too big to fit inside a box.
Bamba will have to show that he can commit to playing hard every second he’s on the court, but his physical gifts are more than enough to make him a top-five talent.
Brown has prototype size for a wing, and he played some point guard at the high school level.
He’s an intelligent player with a high basketball IQ who can threaten a defense as a shooter, passer, and driver.
Tjarks: Kentucky’s season will depend on Knox, one of its only incoming players with the ability to play on the perimeter and threaten a defense from behind the 3-point line.

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Summary of “How Football Stopped Being Fun”

In the past five years of the NFL, offenses have reached unprecedented levels of scoring, quarterbacks have become more accurate than ever, turnovers have plummeted-and yet, it’s not fun.
“If you show me a team with a great completion percentage, I automatically think, ‘Your offense probably sucks,'” said Chris Simms, a former NFL quarterback and now an analyst at NBC Sports and Bleacher Report.
“We’ve rewarded too much bad quarterback play,” Simms said.
“Offenses are adjusting to quicker-hitting throws and not having the quarterback do seven- or eight-step drops,” said Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman.
“I’m amazed at how poor the technique is for the young players,” said former Giants offensive lineman Shaun O’Hara, now an analyst at the NFL Network.
If all 32 quarterbacks will get rid of the ball quicker, playing defense will likely become more about pushing the pocket and trying to bat down the ball rather than getting to the quarterback.
Matt Nagy, the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator, said that he wishes all players could get more reps, particularly quarterbacks.
Today, anyone can access any play from any sport anywhere in the world on a phone, and football does not, at the moment, look as fun as Messi scoring a goal.

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Summary of “Can Baseball Turn a 27-Year-Old Into the Perfect Manager?”

Along with his father’s baseball intelligence, Justin Jirschele has inherited the deep perfectionism that runs through his family.
Watching baseball with Justin, going over his games with him in the quiet of his office, is an ongoing lesson in mindfulness.
On the afternoon before their third game, Jirschele held a little conference with his position players.
He reminded them that baseball isn’t a game that allows even the best to be perfect very often; it’s a game of try.
In Justin Jirschele’s first series as a manager, he had also endured his first sweep.
In their first meeting with the Rome Braves, they played close to a perfect ballgame and carried a 5-1 lead into the ninth.
His most consistent pitcher, a towering 22-year-old named Dane Dunning, was promoted after just four brilliant starts; Jirschele lost another seven players in a mass promotion after the All-Star break, when his team was in first place.
In his first game this season he drew his players in-between, and by the third game, he was bringing them all the way in.

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Summary of “NFL quality of play isn’t worse in 2017, but Colin Kaepernick might make it better”

The problems so far in 2017 have been concentrated on offense, and while it might be reasonable to interpret that as defenses doing a better job of employing personnel, rotating pass-rushers and employing smarter coverage concepts, the argument instead seems to be that offenses – and quarterbacks, in particular – are playing worse than ever.
The only reason anybody would be nostalgic for the quarterback play of 20 years ago, relative to now, would be that they remember the stars of 1997 as compared to the full breadth of NFL quarterback play today.
As Jason Lisk of The Big Lead noted last year in a must-read story, people have been complaining about the decline in both the quality of NFL play and the abilities of quarterbacks for 25 years now.
For whatever flaws Kaepernick has as a quarterback, a look at history suggests that there hasn’t been a single quarterback in the post-merger modern NFL to play like Kaepernick did in 2016 without getting another shot at a job afterward.
Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick told Shaun King of the Fair Punishment Project that he is working out and ready to play if a team comes calling.
The Patriots quarterback says he’s admired Colin Kaepernick’s game and that the QB is “Certainly qualified” to play in the NFL. Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills is asking why the NFL and its players failed to support Colin Kaepernick and his national anthem protests last season.
Teams might want a quarterback who knows their system having gone through camp, but in a league in which Jacoby Brissett can go from Patriots third-stringer to Colts starter in eight days, it’s hard to believe Kaepernick can’t even make his way onto a roster whatsoever.
Watching so many NFL teams willfully make ignorant choices and then complain about the lack of quarterback options while leaving a clearly qualified candidate on the sidelines makes it seem like the quality of decision-making in the modern NFL is far worse than the quality of play.

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Summary of “The Winners and Losers From NFL Week 2”

Every week, we will celebrate the electric plays, admonish the colossal blunders, and explain the inexplicable moments of the most recent slate.
Everybody should’ve known something was amiss because the play featured a New Orleans Saint intercepting Tom Brady.
Brady began holding the number 12 up with his fingers-he could’ve pointed at his jersey-and let the refs know he’d only made the throw because he thought he had a free play.
Hunt never fumbled in college, but fumbled against the Pats; Hunt rarely had big receiving plays in college, but had his biggest plays through the air.
The Steelers forgot about the second part of the NFL’s rule tweak-that the 40-second play clock for the point-after touchdown now begins immediately from the moment the official signals touchdown.
Loser: Joe Thomas Thomas might be the most consistent player in NFL history.
It’s so easy to get injured; every player is at risk of being benched at any time; most players rest for a few snaps per game.
Thomas managed to have none of that happen to him while maintaining a high level of play for a period of time significantly longer than the average NFL career.

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Summary of “Marshawn Lynch dances for Oakland Raiders; NFL Week 2”

Come home to Carolina, where Peppers played the first eight years of a starry career, collect the gold watch, play a few snaps, teach the kids how to be great.
At the two-minute warning of the first half, with the Jets hanging around and Josh McCown making some plays and the New York defense holding its own, Oakland led 14-10 and was punting to the Jets.
Berry will be 29 years and 8 months old when he next plays a football game, assuming he plays opening day 2018.
On the day Vinatieri debuted in the NFL, Sept. 1, 1996, the Baltimore Ravens played their inaugural game, and the Cleveland Browns did not exist.
II. Until the other day, I had never seen this in my years covering the game: an NFL game book with only 10 players in a team’s starting lineup.
It happened a week ago, New Orleans at Minnesota, when the Saints defense played the first snap of the season with 10 men on the field.
I. II. III. IV. V. This sentiment is from the former NFL guard, who would know about how amazing it is that Joe Thomas played his 10,000th consecutive NFL snap on the offensive line Sunday in Baltimore.
Taylor Lewan on his game-day mindset: “As far as the anger goes, I am not an angry person, but something about when I play football, I just feel the need to hurt everybody I play … badly. And I don’t care about them. I don’t care about who their parents are, how they grew up. I don’t give a s– what you did in your life up until this point. I just really care about making sure you never want to play against me again.”

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Summary of “Build, gather, brawl, repeat: The history of real-time strategy games”

The rise and fall of real-time strategy games is a strange one.
They emerged gradually out of experiments to combine the excitement and speed of action games with the deliberateness and depth of strategy.
One of the most popular competitive games in the world today is an RTS, and three or four others are in a genre that branched off from real-time strategy.
Before I start recounting the history of the genre, some quick ground rules: as in all of these genre histories, I’m looking to emphasize innovation and new ideas, which means that some popular games may be glossed over and might not be mentioned at all.
Real-time strategy usually includes some element of tactics, but real-time tactics rarely includes strategy mechanics.
Prior to the mid-1990s, strategy games were turn based, while action games were real time, never-nay, seldom, as you’ll see-the twain shall meet.
Other “Action-strategy” games soon followed, each with its own idea of how these two types of games could combine.
Another Dan Bunten game, Modem Wars, had more of a tactical emphasis but possessed many of the elements that eventually became central to real-time strategy.

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Summary of “How a teenage gamer became a reluctant icon for South Korea’s feminist movement”

Geguri’s coach contacted Blizzard, the company that makes Overwatch, hoping to clarify what had happened.
After Kim introduced her, Geguri apologized for the accusations and said she didn’t even know how to cheat.
After Geguri bowed and dipped out of sight, the feed switched to her computer screen, where she was playing her signature character, Zarya.
Geguri started playing video games when she was 5 years old.
Geguri famously plays with an unusually high level of mouse sensitivity; when she navigates a map and fires her weapons, she barely moves her hand.
“Hey, it’s Geguri,” writes one player in the chat thread. Another adds: “You’re that girl!” As Geguri toggles screens to check her stats, she mentions that she’s often recognized online.
While Geguri hasn’t competed for a couple of months, she is still practicing for several hours a night, hoping to find a new team.
Geguri finds a seat in the front row, where she stares at the screen, her mouth set in a grim line as she watches the competition, relegated to sitting alongside the other female fans.

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