Summary of “Rewriting the NFL’s Positional Lexicon”

The fullback, halfback, and quarterback designations all trace back to American football’s progenitor, where each position specified where a player lined up behind the scrum.
Many outside linebackers play up on the line of scrimmage, wide receivers no longer only play out wide, and tight ends line up tight, on the end, less often than ever.
New de facto positions have emerged, and many of the old positions have become hybridized - think slot receivers, nickel corners, safety-linebackers, versatile pass rushers that play both inside and outside, dynamic tight ends that line up everywhere in the formation and run routes just as well as receivers, and running backs that do it all.
Most receivers line up all over the field these days, moving from the X spot one play to the Z position the next.
Running Back/Receiver Hybrid Rook Football is often compared to chess, a game that requires a complex strategy before a player begins moving his or her pieces around the board.
The required skill set at the position differs from a traditional outside cornerback - nickel corners play closer to the middle of the field, which means they must be ferocious enough to mix it up in the run game and take on blocks from offensive linemen or fullbacks, yet shifty and agile enough to cover extremely quick pass catchers running two-way option routes in space.
None play in the same scheme, but designations aside, their roles as undersized midlevel players are all pretty similar: All three must bring enough power to take on blocks and tackle ballcarriers in the run game while, at the same time, possessing enough speed to blitz from any angle or run with tight ends and backs in coverage.
Sure, the former often play standing up, and the latter rush from a three-point stance - and yeah, there’s some differences between guys that play on the strong side and weak side spots.

The orginal article.

Summary of “When Will the Premier League Have Another Great Team?”

In 2015-16, the Premier League brought in €4.9 billion in overall revenue, while no other league made more than €2.7 billion.
Of the 28 Champions League semifinalists this decade, only four have been from the Premier League.
With great power has not come a great Premier League team.
There was Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United: six Premier League titles, a Champions League trophy, one runner-up medal, and two more semifinal appearances before 2010.
Arsenal’s Invincibles didn’t lose a Premier League game in 2003-04, giving Arsène Wenger his second title of the decade, as the Frenchman’s now-widespread progressive philosophies overwhelmed the league.
Premier League clubs often have to recover from a Saturday slugfest in time to travel to, say, Portugal for a Champions League match, and then play another game three days later.
Without as many true game-changers across the league, the past two Premier League winners have been teams that finished 14th and 10th in the seasons prior to their championships.
From a points-accrued standpoint, Chelsea and Tottenham were the class of the Premier League in 2016-17-but Tottenham lost one of its starting fullbacks this summer and has yet to bring in any new players, and Chelsea’s summer recruitment doesn’t seem like it’s improved the squad enough to cope with the increased demands of the Champions League.

The orginal article.

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.”

The orginal article.

Summary of “The Five 2018 NBA Draft Prospects You Need to Care About”

Over the past three years, the NBA has made it clear that players need versatile traits to thrive in the future.
It’s the league’s job to find out whether the top of the 2018 crop is good or great, and it’s the players’ jobs to prove it.
More importantly Bamba will need to play with more intensity.
Not every top NBA player leaps like they’re going into orbit.
There’s typically a steep learning curve expected of a player entering the league in his teens-the practice, the travel, and the extra effort you need to survive in the league can all be a bit daunting.
These are all redeeming qualities, but his hallmark traits will need to translate for him to be more than a high-end complementary player.
Would the Spurs be the Spurs if they didn’t bottom out in 1997? What if the Cavaliers decided to make a playoff push instead of tanking for LeBron James in 2003? How much less optimistic would the Sixers’ future be if it weren’t for their extreme tanking? Teams don’t need to have a top pick to add championship-caliber players, but it certainly can help.
While it’s too soon to say if any of them are transcendent prospects, it’s nice to be able to say there are about five players who at least have a chance to be special enough to help define the next decade of basketball.

The orginal article.

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.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Sam Darnold: USC QB has Heisman, NFL draft in his sights”

All that’s left is the white antique stove in the kitchen, where Sam Darnold builds tuna rolls from baggies of fresh-caught bluefin.
Sam Darnold was the perennial champion of the Triton Toss, a distance-plus-accuracy throwing competition held at halftime of a high school game.
On a sun-soaked afternoon in late July at Heritage Hall, Sam Darnold is wearing his San Clemente High basketball shirt and riding a homemade skateboard carved by San Clemente High student Trey Russell.
Life in the duplex can also be “Super hectic,” with Smith finding photoshopped pictures on Instagram of Darnold in a 49ers jersey, a sign of draft hype to come.
Darnold hasn’t blitzed anybody since his sophomore year at San Clemente, when he replaced an injured QB and lofted a game-tying 40-yard fade down the sideline.
Southern California produced two far more prominent passers in the year Darnold graduated from high school: Josh Rosen, who went to UCLA, and Ricky Town, who signed with USC. It is unusual for highly rated quarterbacks to choose the same college, but Darnold was either unfamiliar with protocol or undaunted by it.
“You may be unproven. You may be untested. But your status is never permanent. You’re no backup, and you can’t label yourself that way.” Boras does not represent football players, but he understands athletes, and for the next 45 minutes he sat with Darnold inside Annenberg Auditorium, explaining the importance of thinking, preparing and identifying as a starter.
The only college game Sam Darnold lost was his first one, late last September at Utah, and afterward he called the guy whose jersey he used to wear.

The orginal article.

Summary of “The NBA Vengeance Games We’re Most Looking Forward To”

Locking in on defense isn’t the specialty Russell is known to serve up; when looking at all players who logged more than 25 games, last season’s Lakers experienced their worst defensive rating with DLo on the floor.
He’ll try when the Nets play Los Angeles, and he’ll be matched against his replacement, Lonzo Ball.
“D’Angelo is an excellent player,” Magic said after the trade.
“He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us, but what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody also that can make the other players better, and also that players want to play with.”
DeMarcus Cousins vs. the Kings A 6-foot-11, 270-pound man known for showcases of passion and technical fouls wants closure; we want to watch.
Cousins found out he was traded minutes after participating in the All-Star game, which is like playing in the Employee of the Month softball game only to find out Craig from HR wants to “Touch base” on Monday.
LeBron James vs. Whatever Team Kyrie Gets Traded To Quick question: If Kyrie doesn’t want to play with LeBron anymore, does he realize that means he has to play against LeBron?
Because of who he is, LeBron can recruit like Tom Herman; because of his short-term contracts, LeBron can, also like Herman, leave those commitments behind.

The orginal article.

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.

The orginal article.

Summary of “The Near-Perfect Football Team”

The 2007 Patriots were not the first team to put players in the slot, use shotgun, or spread out defenses, but they molded the modern NFL offense by doing it flawlessly and all at once.
High-lows are common in all levels of football; they are routes designed to put players near each other at different depths on the field.
Evans had played fullback admirably for the Patriots since 2005 and had helped the 2006 team score the fourth-most rushing touchdowns in the league.
“What was the biggest difference with the 2007 team? My playing time.” -Former Patriots fullback Heath Evans “When I first got to New England [in 1993], our third-down package didn’t have a slot receiver. It was [fullbacks] Kevin Turner or Sam Gash,” Brown said.
Players generally agree that the best play the Patriots could run was Welker employing an option route over the middle toward the first-down marker while Moss and Stallworth ran 16-yard routes that cut inside behind Welker.
The team had two plays called in the huddle, then they would pick one at the line of scrimmage.
The problem, opposing coaches and players said, was that even when teams threw “Bracket” coverage at Moss, which is a type of double coverage down the field, or put two bodies on Welker, the player would still sometimes get the ball.
Brown said Moss often remarked that any team leaving just one safety deep was “Playing with fire.” Yet leaving players back in coverage to prevent the deep ball would then leave huge chunks of open space available for Welker to keep moving the sticks by running into the undercovered underneath areas.

The orginal article.

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.

The orginal article.