Summary of “Tampa Bay GM Jason Licht owns Roberto Aguayo mistake”

Huge news dump late in the week: Ezekiel Elliott suspended six games for domestic violence, the Rams trading for the disappointing Sammy Watkins, the Bills making moves to own the 2018 draft, and the Saturday whopper: the sacking, after one lousy preseason game, of one of the most controversial draft picks in recent history.
The NFL draws a line and says “a baseline suspension of six games” for league employees found to have engaged in domestic violence.
MMQB: So many are asking: How can the NFL suspend a guy for six games when he was never charged with a crime by investigating authorities in the case?
The absurdity of paying legitimate NFL prices for preseason games cannot be overstated.
By the way, if you attend home games in Green Bay or Foxboro, and you go to preseason games, there’s a good chance you won’t see Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers play in person this summer.
II. If Adam Vinatieri stays healthy and plays the first two games of the season, he will wake up on Sept. 18 having played 177 games in his NFL career for Indianapolis, and 177 games in his career for New England, including playoffs.
On the evidence of the first preseason game, and nothing else, it would be surprising if Kizer doesn’t start more games than any other Browns quarterback in 2017.
e. Purdy on the NFL: “The NFL once consisted of 16 football games with a little sizzle wrapped around them. Now the league seems to be 16 marketing opportunities with a little football wrapped somewhere deep inside.”

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Summary of “Action Video Games May Affect The Brain Differently”

Action Video Games May Affect The Brain Differently : Shots – Health News Millions of people play video games, but there’s plenty of disagreement on whether they’re good or bad for brains.
People who played action video games that involve first-person shooters, such as Call of Duty and Medal of Honor, experienced shrinkage in a brain region called the hippocampus, according to a study published Tuesday in Molecular Psychiatry.
They scanned people’s brains using MRIs, and found that the action video game players, who reported spending an average of 19 hours playing action video games each week, had less gray matter in the hippocampus than non-video game players.
Then the researchers asked 43 other people who don’t usually play video games to spend 90 hours over about 10 weeks playing either action video games or Super Mario games in a controlled setting.
People in the group that played action video games lost gray matter in the hippocampus, according to Gregory West, the study’s lead author and an associate professor of psychology at the University of Montreal.
Simone Kuhn, a professor of neural plasticity at the University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany, says people who play action video games shouldn’t be too concerned.
Why did action video games seem to shrink the hippocampus, while a different type of game seem to have caused it to grow? West and his colleagues have some ideas.
“In the majority of action video games, there’s an onscreen GPS overlaid on the screen,” West says.

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Summary of “Bill Belichick Will Teach You His Football Secrets If You Ask the Right Questions”

There are 72,084 move combinations after each player’s gone twice, and after each player has moved four times each? Over 288 billion possible scenarios.
As Belichick explained, “I’ve always felt like going for it on fourth down had a lot more to do with how confident I was in the play that we were calling as opposed to really anything else.”
The play clock between snaps moves nearly as fast-and considering there’s often barely enough time for a team’s offensive or defensive play-callers to get the next scheme or play communicated to their players, imagine the difficulty of doing so while evaluating what has just happened on the previous snap.
The 819-Word Explanation on the Difficulty in Teaching Players the Rules ” Once you get into the kicking game, you can multiply everything that happens on offense and defense exponentially, because you not only have the possession plays, but then you have all the plays that happen when the ball is kicked, and those rules are sometimes different than plays of possession, like a runner or a receiver or a returner who’s carrying the ball.
More surprising might be how many players are fuzzy on what they can and cannot do in certain situations, especially if the plays in question are relatively rare.
It’s up to coaches as Belichick points out, to constantly drill their players on the rules of every imaginable scenario.
The Patriots remain a last bastion for the position, and trotted James Develin out there on 31 percent of their offensive snaps last year while running with at least two backs on 346 plays, second most in the NFL. Belichick’s quote stood out because it highlights just how much is happening on any given run play: Defenders are rarely static, both before and after the snap, and often the defender an offensive player is assigned to block is not where the play calls for him to be.
As Belichick explains, a linebacker can feign a blitz in order to keep a running back in the backfield in pass protection next to the quarterback-a strategy that essentially takes the running back out of the play as a receiver.

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Summary of “Bill Belichick Will Teach You His Football Secrets If You Ask the Right Questions”

There are 72,084 move combinations after each player’s gone twice, and after each player has moved four times each? Over 288 billion possible scenarios.
As Belichick explained, “I’ve always felt like going for it on fourth down had a lot more to do with how confident I was in the play that we were calling as opposed to really anything else.”
The play clock between snaps moves nearly as fast-and considering there’s often barely enough time for a team’s offensive or defensive play-callers to get the next scheme or play communicated to their players, imagine the difficulty of doing so while evaluating what has just happened on the previous snap.
The 819-Word Explanation on the Difficulty in Teaching Players the Rules ” Once you get into the kicking game, you can multiply everything that happens on offense and defense exponentially, because you not only have the possession plays, but then you have all the plays that happen when the ball is kicked, and those rules are sometimes different than plays of possession, like a runner or a receiver or a returner who’s carrying the ball.
More surprising might be how many players are fuzzy on what they can and cannot do in certain situations, especially if the plays in question are relatively rare.
It’s up to coaches as Belichick points out, to constantly drill their players on the rules of every imaginable scenario.
The Patriots remain a last bastion for the position, and trotted James Develin out there on 31 percent of their offensive snaps last year while running with at least two backs on 346 plays, second most in the NFL. Belichick’s quote stood out because it highlights just how much is happening on any given run play: Defenders are rarely static, both before and after the snap, and often the defender an offensive player is assigned to block is not where the play calls for him to be.
As Belichick explains, a linebacker can feign a blitz in order to keep a running back in the backfield in pass protection next to the quarterback-a strategy that essentially takes the running back out of the play as a receiver.

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Summary of “Aaron Rodgers on Packers pressure; Jay Cutler a Dolphin”

“I want to play another seven, eight, nine, 10 years,” the 33-year-old Rodgers told me in a quiet locker room Friday afternoon.
The Dolphins told Cutler either late Thursday or early Friday that they wanted him to replace Ryan Tannehill, who suffered a likely season-ending knee injury at practice Thursday.
So two questions persist: Isn’t Cutler a bad locker-room guy? And why not Colin Kaepernick ahead of Cutler? On the first question, Cutler does not have a more passionate ally in the NFL right now than Gase.
Three months ago, after Cutler signed a deal to do the FOX games, Gase was asked in a press conference if he thought Cutler would do well on TV. “I wouldn’t be surprised,” Gase said.
Cutler will start because he’s played well under Gase, and because Gase would trust him more than Moore.
Hoyer landed in Chicago to back up Jay Cutler, and he was actually pretty good in the six games he played: 67 percent passing, six touchdowns, no interceptions.
Every year, FO impresario Aaron Schatz and his staff mine a slew of data to tell you things you didn’t know about even your favorite team.
That’s a metric that accounts for injuries to starters and important situational players by counting not only games missed but also games where players were at less than 100 percent because of injury.

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Summary of “LaVar Ball has crossed the line from a funny carnival barker to a misogynist”

The sneaker company replaced a female referee after LaVar Ball threatened to pull his team off the court.
I enjoyed many of the antics of LaVar Ball, and from the beginning, I likened him to a carnival barker, snake oil salesman and basketball Kardashian who is taking advantage of the undeniable talents of his children to elevate himself into the spotlight and make the most of an undiscerning public that will be mesmerized by any shiny object.
To whatever extent I enjoyed LaVar Ball and his antics at first, I now find him close to intolerable.
That the official was removed is also on the organizers of the event, but LaVar Ball is equally to blame, in my view.
After the official was removed, Ball received a technical foul from the replacement official and was ejected.
Ball essentially bragged after the game about getting an official removed, an egregious act he should be embarrassed about.
The removed official is a female college referee, and Ball had the audacity to claim that this woman, like Kristine Leahy, should “Stay in her lane.” Well, exactly what lane is that? The female official was in her lane.
I will no longer laugh at the behavior of LaVar Ball, nor will I participate in the coverage of his prattle and hot air.

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Summary of “Isn’t Kyrie Irving Doing Exactly What We Want NBA Stars to Do?”

Kyrie Irving: Parental role? I don’t know how to really answer that question.
Kyrie Irving has demanded to be traded from the Cavaliers and LeBron James to a team where he can be The Man.
Irving is one of the most mesmerizing scorers in the game.
Many of the players Irving matches up against are bigger than him.
James arrived in 2014 and Irving got the requisite henpecking from one of the greatest to ever play: James aired him out to the press while Irving was sitting right there.
Three straight Finals appearances and the historic, 52-year-drought-ending chip in 2016.On the face of it, Kyrie Irving has the best of all worlds.
With two years left on the contract extension he signed in 2014, Irving has to countenance another season of getting bitched at by LeBron, followed by a season holding the bag for an organization that’s in the midst of executing one of the most amazing self-owns in league history.
Irving already has a championship, the one, argument-ending detail without which an NBA career is incomplete.

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Summary of “How to Make a Movie Out of Anything”

Following the trend of taking successful movie concepts to TV, Vinson has started on a serialized version of the Martin Scorsese film ”The Departed.
Vinson started looking for undervalued I.P. to guide his next movie.
This year there is more of the same – the third installment of ”XXX,” the Smurfs, ”Pirates of the Caribbean”, a King Kong movie, Thor, the sequel to ”Blade Runner,” a remake of ”Beauty and the Beast,” ”CHIPS,” ”Power Rangers,” another ”Star Wars” movie, a ”Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel, two Stephen King adaptations, ”Wonder Woman,” ”The Mummy,” ”The War for the Planet of the Apes,” a retelling of Agatha Christie’s ”Murder on the Orient Express.
Domestic box office returns were weak, and the movie was saved only by the nearly $250 million it made internationally.
The film’s director and co-­writer, Tony Leondis, told me that ”The Emoji Movie” actually began with a quest for some other form of I.P. About two years ago, he was thinking about what his next project should be, and he asked himself: ”What are the newest and hottest toys out there in the marketplace?” He looked down at his phone and realized they were right there in front of him: emojis.
The movie ended up being made, but not based on their script.
Warner Brothers enlisted them to write a screenplay for another comic-­book movie called ”Capeshooters.
” Lavin told me, ”Whatever movie we wrote, it had to be an extension of that energy, that desire to tear up everything in your path and take charge.

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Summary of “Let’s Look Back at Ndamukong Suh Totally Wrecking People in College”

“I got a little disappointed when Ndamukong Suh didn’t win ,” Herman said.
Any person even casually familiar with college football remembers the destruction Suh wrought in the 2009 Big 12 championship game against Texas.
Though the Cornhuskers lost to the Longhorns 13-12, Suh turned in the most physically dominant performance I’ve ever seen from a college player - he finished with 12 tackles, including six for loss and 4.5 sacks - and his ridiculous stat line doesn’t come close to conveying what a force he was in that game.
On a second-and-23 from the Texas 24-yard line, two plays after the Longhorns had been penalized for chop-blocking Suh on first down, Suh shrugged off a double team, torpedoed into the backfield, got his claws on McCoy, and tossed the quarterback like a discus for a 7-yard sack.
Like all transcendent athletes at the peak of their powers, Suh looked like a grown man playing against middle schoolers.
The sheer number of bodies involved in a football game should make it impossible for any non-quarterback to single-handedly keep his team competitive, but Suh did that all the time during the ’09 season.
The Cyclones visited Suh and the Huskers in October of that year, and forced Nebraska’s offense to turn the ball over a whopping eight times.
Playing quarterback against Suh in 2009 was like being lowered into a swimming pool with a great white shark.

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Summary of “Mario Kart director philosophical about need for the blue shell”

Since its introduction in Mario Kart 64, the blue shell has become a universal shorthand for the perils of video game rubber-banding; an item I called “Scourge of the skillful and the great white hope of the novice” in my own Mario Kart 8 review.
Love it or hate it, the blue shell is a necessary part of the game, according to Mario Kart 7 and 8 director Kosuke Yabuki.
In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Yabuki said Mario Kart just doesn’t feel like Mario Kart without the item.
This isn’t the first time a member of the Mario Kart team has defended the blue shell from its detractors.
In a 2011 Kotaku interview, Mario Kart series director/producer Hideki Konno said the item was originally created as a way to “Create a race where everyone was in it until the end.” The blue shell was a kind of shortcut way to do that without forcing all eight racers to be on the screen at all times.
In the interview, Konno suggested the developers might look for new balance solutions to get around the blue shell “Problem” for the then-upcoming Mario Kart 7 on 3DS, including a possible item-free racing mode.
A perfectly timed mushroom can also dash away from a blue shell explosion in Mario Kart 8 as well as previous Mario Kart games.
Eurogamer’s full interview with Yabuki contains more about the need to balance frustration with joy in Mario Kart, as well as extensive discussion of Nintendo’s new fighting game Arms.

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