Summary of “Tony Romo on CBS NFL TV broadcast, Dallas Cowboys, more”

The first Cowboys game you called this year was obviously an emotional day given the team honored you in a pregame ceremony and your family was there.
For you, there will never be another Cowboys game like that, but as you move on in your broadcasting career and call more Dallas games, how do you anticipate your work will be on those games versus the experience this year?
The first Cowboys game for me was difficult for many reasons.
If you listened to the second game, I let it go a little more, and in the future I am pretty sure I will treat it like every other game.
If you love the game, hopefully you will enjoy learning it.
The way I think about the game, I wanted to show viewers that there is a whole bunch of things that they don’t know.
So I want to start something early in a game and it unfolds before your eyes as you are watching it.
Then it is like, Are you still going to stick with this after you have rushed for 1.0 yard per carry over nine carries? Are you going to keep going with three tight ends and running the football because that was your game plan coming in? Will people change their mindset or stick with their guns? A lot of that is really fun to see how that unfolds.

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Summary of “The Ringer’s 2017 Sports Awards”

We’re ready to hand out our sports awards, but these aren’t for MVPs and championships-they’re for the weirdest, funniest, or most interesting players, teams, and moments that captured our hearts.
Best First Impression: Nathan Peterman Miles Surrey: Have you ever played someone in Madden who’s never touched the game before, and that person just lobs the ball to a receiver in the hopes they catch it? I’ve played with first-timers who did better than Peterman-the difference is, one is playing a consequence-free video game in which John Madden lays out the minutiae of the sport, and the other is an NFL quarterback starting for a team with a legitimate shot at the playoffs.
Bills HC Sean McDermott on Peterman: There were some plays he’ll want back, but there were also some plays where you said, ‘Hey, that was pretty darn good’.
Joe Buscaglia November 20, 2017 Peterman’s terrible debut should’ve been the last we’d seen of him, but a Taylor injury led the rookie to start another game: a 13-7 overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts, ostensibly played on the ice planet Hoth.
We can talk all we want about guys like Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring an extra point or two per game, or Judge hitting a few more dingers, but there was no more impressive feat in sports than what Vinay did in June.
Best Costume Design: Cam Newton Danny Heifetz: Cam Newton, who dresses like a Batman villain in an Austin Powers movie, is the only nominee in this year’s Ringer Sports Awards to run uncontested.
Newton is the best-dressed person in sports, if not the world.
Stephen J. Nesbitt April 19, 2017 Jaso, a dreadlocked Southern Californian, was the antithesis of the archetypically ultra-intense and occasionally combative athlete; according to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, the Zen lefty was the one player whom he’d never seen complain about a call at the plate.

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Summary of “LeBron James Could Form the Superteam to End All Superteams in Houston”

There’s a new contender in the LeBron James sweepstakes.
With Los Angeles in the midst of another disappointing season, chatter about LeBron going to Houston has been growing around the league.
James Harden would be the best player LeBron has ever played with.
Dwyane Wade’s prime years playing with LeBron James were beset by injury, and Kyrie Irving had yet to enter his in Cleveland.
In 15 seasons in the NBA, LeBron has averaged fewer than 37 minutes per game only twice.
LeBron may be able to build a superteam with some combination of Paul, Paul George, and DeMarcus Cousins, but the Lakers wouldn’t have the money to sign any role players.
LeBron in Houston is way scarier for Golden State than anything he could do in Los Angeles.
The NBA needs someone who can challenge them, and LeBron has only so many years left that he can play at his current level.

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Summary of “Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid is bringing his team to life”

Embiid didn’t speak English and had never played organized basketball, yet he knew he wanted to be like Kobe someday.
In another life- or another body- Embiid would probably be out running sand dunes like Bryant did at 4 a.m. as a way of channeling the restless id inside him.
Embiid says he’s reached out to Bryant on several occasions, drawn to Kobe’s supreme confidence.
“Bryant didn’t take all those shots because he had no conscience. He took them, Embiid says, because he knew he could make them.”He was always working on his shot, so that’s why he felt like he could.
Simmons’ game is limited by his lack of outside shooting, which collapses the space Embiid has to work inside.
For Embiid to take this team to its full potential, he has to do it with Simmons, which means they need to foster a relationship that has at times been distant.
“Having your teammates’ backs- that’s what I feel being a leader is,” Embiid says.
The kidding-not-kidding wink that masks why Embiid likes to play so close to the fire.

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Summary of “A Blizzard Made the Unwatchable Colts-Bills Matchup Watchable”

The Bills-Colts game is how football is meant to be played.
The Colts got the ball for their first possession of the game after a failed Bills fourth down attempt.
Punts looked like this, and the game only got loonier from there.
Jacoby Brissett promptly engineered a 19-play, nine minute and 53-second drive that ended with a touchdown pass to tight end Jack Doyle to make the game 7-6.
With Vinatieri already having missed an extra point-length kick, Colts coach Chuck Pagano opted to go for a two-point conversion that would likely decide the game, something coaches should do way more often, not just when the weather forces their hand.
With Vinatieri’s spot cleared the soon-to-be 45-year-old kicker kicked a curveball that broke perfectly into the uprights.
Vinatieri’s kick sliced in so dramatically and broke so late that Bills players were initially celebrating after the kick.
Two plays later, the Colts intercepted Webb in Bills territory and gave Vinatieri a shot at a 43-yard field goal with six seconds left and a chance to go down as the SOAT, but he missed.

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Summary of “Ars Technica’s ultimate board game buyer’s guide”

The holiday gift-buying season is upon us, and that can mean only one thing: it’s time to buy way too many board games.
For this year’s board game buyer’s guide, we went big-close to 10,000 words big.
We split the guide into categories for easy reading, with around five solid choices for each type of gamer.
We couldn’t include all of our favorite recommendations, of course, but we love all the games on this list.
Whether your giftee is a new gamer, a grizzled veteran, or someone who doesn’t know the first thing about board games, we’ve got you covered.
Maybe you’re in the market for a new game or two for yourself-let us be your guide.
Be sure to tell us your go-to or off-the-beaten-path recommendations in the comments.

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Summary of “Nintendo’s Resurgence Was the Best Tech Story of 2017”

Couple the Switch’s success with the highly sought-after SNES Classic, and Nintendo is clearly having its best year in a long time.
In an era filled with cynical IP cash-ins across entertainment, Nintendo used a formulaic, nostalgic franchise to deliver a fresh reinvention of open-world gaming mechanics.
The gushing praise for the game, the best-reviewed title of the year, proved that endlessly cynical gamers will always have a soft spot for a Nintendo classic done right.
“It’s been a while since I’ve had a Nintendo product but I’ve always been a follower in terms of the latest games,” Torres says.
The Switch’s success has surprised not only industry watchers but Nintendo itself.
During its years in the Wii U wilderness, Nintendo talked a lot about diversifying its business across multiple platforms, including smartphone games and a vague “Health-based platform”.
For gamers who don’t care about the latest Mario or Zelda title, Nintendo has offered the SNES Classic as a go-to holiday gift.
The Switch is likely to draw less scrutiny and ire if it’s not looking to reshape the way we play games and instead humbly presenting the very best of what Nintendo has to offer, in the living room and on the go.

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Summary of “He’s 22. She’s 81. Their Friendship Is Melting Hearts.”

Their friendship began entirely at random when Words With Friends, a Scrabble-like phone game, assigned the two strangers to play each other last summer.
In the earliest games they didn’t use the app’s chat function, which is often used for banter about the game.
The demands of life would eventually interfere, and he couldn’t find time to keep up with their games.
In October, a few months after moving to New York, he decided to reinstall the game, and immediately reconnected with Ms. Guttman, he said.
Ms. Butler, senior minister at Riverside Church in Manhattan, wanted to tell the story of their friendship, so she asked if he would put her in touch with Ms. Guttman.
After the women talked on the phone, Ms. Butler decided an in-person meeting “Would really finish the story off,” she said.
According to Ms. Butler, Ms. Guttman doesn’t know what all the fuss is about, since “People should be behaving this way with each other all the time.”
Ms. Butler read the email during her sermon at the church on Sunday.

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Summary of “How Reddit Watchdogs Are Battling Exploitative Video Game Pricing”

The first thing that raised red flags for Rust, who browsed through Battlefront’s menus before he hopped into the game, was the fact that “Quite a few” of the playable characters from the original film trilogy - including game changers Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader - were locked.
To understand the Battlefront backlash, you have to understand why microtransactions make gamers so mad. For most of their hobby’s history, playing a game on a home computer or console meant forking over a onetime fee.
“Free to play” or not, games that include the latter type of purchase are often described as “Pay to win,” reflecting the fact that money can propel free-spending players to heights that they would have a hard time reaching simply by grinding or by being good at the game.
In a prerelease effort to build goodwill among gamers who’d felt burned by Battlefront’s short shelf life, EA announced months before Battlefront II’s release that it wouldn’t sell season passes for the game, and that all DLC would be free.
In the weeks since, the company’s stock price has taken a hit, sales of the game seem to have suffered, and some industry analysts have warned that other publishers may be cowed into implementing more modest microtransactions in other games, as EA already has in another November 2017 title, Need for Speed Payback.
Three days later, “Bystander007″ - an alias of 23-year-old Arkansas college student Carson Hawkins - authored a post on /r/forhonor entitled “Logical Look at Steel.” Much like Rust would later, Hawkins argued that the game’s unlocks took too long, estimating 2.5 years of casual play to open up everything and close to a year even for hardcore grinders, whose progression the game subtly throttled the more they played.
After Hawkins’s math garnered attention outside Reddit and helped fuel a Reddit-driven boycott, Ubisoft tweaked the game to make steel much more plentiful.
“Their statement came across as very disingenuous, with carefully worded spin, but also stating that they were aware of the system, ‘weren’t happy with how it was performing,’ and yet hadn’t taken action over the months that the game had been out,” says Energiserx.

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Gallegos is just one of dozens of Gazillion employees who were laid off the day before Thanksgiving, weeks after being told they had to go on unpaid leave.
Now, two weeks after Gazillion’s abrupt shuttering, employees have told Kotaku that they’re updating their resumes, meeting old contacts for coffee and applying for unemployment.
Employees say during one of Gazillion’s hands-on meetings in early fall, they were told that Marvel Heroes’ console release had underperformed compared to executives’ forecasts.
In October, employees learned that Gazillion had lost the Marvel license and may no longer be able to operate Marvel Heroes.
Former employees say that they had been gagged because Gazillion was figuring out its next steps and still negotiating with Marvel, so they couldn’t tell players what was happening.
“The company has always struggled,” one employee, who had worked at Gazillion for over half a decade, told Kotaku.
In between binging on recent AAA releases like Star Wars Battlefront II and updating their resumes, three former Gazillion employees interviewed said they were fuming.
Two employees say Gazillion owes them around $5,000, after taxes, in PTO. Another employee said they’re owed several weeks in paid time off, but declined to give a specific number.

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