Summary of “Remembering the Ads From the ‘Dot-Com Super Bowl'”

Trump’s explanation for why he wants to keep U.S. troops in Iraq was news to Iraq.
Iraqi President Barham Salih said on Monday that President Donald Trump did not ask Iraq’s permission for U.S. troops stationed there to “Watch Iran.”.
Trump’s nominee for ambassador to South Africa wowed the president by throwing the perfect Mar-a-Lago wedding.
Speaking for nearly a half hour before a few hundred people on the Great Lawn at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Gabbard also called President Donald Trump’s administration a “Cesspool of corruption” and laid out her support for a progressive domestic agenda that includes Medicare-type health insurance coverage for all and legalization of marijuana.
Gabbard criticized Trump for campaigning against “Regime change wars” when he ran for president in 2016 and then reversing course and bowing “To the wishes of neo-cons that surround him.”
The official line from the White House, as with other matters surrounding the president’s physical health and appearance, is that Mr. Trump’s glow is the result of “Good genes,” according to a senior administration official who would speak only on the condition of anonymity.
Mr. Trump’s former boarding school classmates have described him as a fan of ultraviolet rays, someone who would pop a tanning bulb into a light socket to go “To the beach.” Even James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director turned presidential foe, speculated on Mr. Trump’s glow.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I’m not telegraphing anything.

The orginal article.

Summary of “The 50 Best Sports Movies of All Time”

The best sports movies are independent of the sport they’re depicting, with universal stories that should appeal to anyone whether they love the sport or not.
This is to say: Our favorite sports movies tend to avoid the traditional “Meet hero, see hero overcome adversity, see hero win big game” sports movie structure, or at least deconstruct it enough to justify themselves.
For some reason, many sports movies insist on being predictable, adhering to the formula.
Those are not the sort of sports movies you will find on our list of the 50 best sports movies of all time.
The best sports surprise us: These great sports movies do the same.
At the same time Rush isn’t a sports movie where we’re meant to admire both men equally – these competitive, closed-off men both seem to be striving for something bigger than victory, and both seem incapable of finding it.
Tin Cup suggested that Shelton would make various versions of wonderfully grown-up, sexy sports movies for years to come.
Many sports movies are sad or touching, but few are as profoundly pathetic as Foxcatcher, which finds director Bennett Miller further exploring the role that sports has in people’s lives.

The orginal article.

Summary of “In Search of Emiliano Sala”

He and Roussel became close over the years – Roussel invited Sala to join his family at Disneyland two Christmases ago – and Roussel sensed Sala felt conflicted about his transfer.
Sala was not completely sure he wanted to leave France, but Nantes reportedly sold him for £15 million, and soccer is a business, Sala said.
After Roussel finished with Sala’s standard tapered trim, Sala reached to pay and Roussel told him to put away his wallet.
While in flight, Sala sent an audio message to a group chat that includes other Nantes players in which he said, relatively calmly, that he was tired from all he had done in Nantes and was headed to Cardiff for training with his new team.
From the beginning, Sala and Miazga practiced their languages on each other – Miazga learning French, Sala learning English – and inevitably ended up in a fit of cackling.
Instead of “Emiliano,” Warnock said, he hoped it would be all right to call Sala “Emil,” because, he explained, “I get all the names wrong and it’s a bit too long for me.” Sala agreed.
Sala was grateful, and pleased when McKay told him it would not cost Sala anything “If you help me to score goals.” Sala replied, “Hahaha with pleasure.”
The stadium announcer made sure not to use words like “Remembrance” or “In memory” when he talked about Sala, being sensitive to the idea that Sala’s family is pushing on with the search.

The orginal article.

Summary of “The Play Deficit”

In a book called The Play of Animals, Groos argued that play came about by natural selection as a means to ensure that animals would practise the skills they need in order to survive and reproduce.
It explains why young animals play more than older ones and why those animals that depend least on rigid instincts for survival, and most on learning, play the most.
Lion cubs and other young predators play at stalking and pouncing or chasing, while zebra colts and other prey species play at fleeing and dodging.
Groos followed The Play of Animals with a second book, The Play of Man, in which he extended his insights about animal play to humans.
In hunter-gatherer bands, at Sudbury Valley School, and everywhere that children have regular access to other children, most play is social play.
Preschoolers playing a game of ‘house’ spend more time figuring out how to play than actually playing.
Social play is by far the most effective venue for learning such lessons, and I suspect that children’s strong drive for such play came about, in evolution, primarily for that purpose.
We think of play as childish, but to the child, play is the experience of being like an adult: being self-controlled and responsible.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Baltimore’s St. Frances Academy has a football team so good, no one in its league will play it”

The best high school football team in Maryland, and maybe the nation, plays its games in a public park in Baltimore.
No one in their private-school league would play them.
“We’re going to make it no different for a kid to go to St. Frances than we are for a kid to go to any great school.” Other prep schools had big endowments and rich alumni.
The school would no longer play St. Frances in football because, officials charged, the two institutions did not share the goal of “a safe and healthy competitive environment.” A day later, Calvert Hall followed suit, citing the “Size and athletic disparity” between the teams.
Another countered in support of the boycotters: “I don’t blame ’em. St. Frances recruits grown men to play against kids.” References to the players’ “Size” and jabs about their being “Grown men” sounded racially coded to the supporters of St. Frances, whose team, like the school, is nearly all black.
The school’s coaches had wanted to play some nationally prominent football teams while remaining in league competition.
He couldn’t play football until he paid tuition, so St. Frances offered him a scholarship.
The MIAA’s Dove hopes that he and the board of directors can come to a decision soon, so that member schools can “Get back to normalcy next year without all the distraction.” The goal is to have St. Frances continue participating in other MIAA sports but let the varsity football team be independent.

The orginal article.

Summary of “‘Heroin for middle-class nerds’: how Warhammer conquered gaming”

In 2017, the same company was the publicly traded British stock that outperformed every other: Games Workshop, a high-street retailer of science fiction and fantasy miniatures, now carries a market capitalisation of more than £1bn. But how did a company founded 40 years ago with one shop in Hammersmith, west London, become so successful? The answer lies in Warhammer 40,000 – 40k, as it is usually known; a sprawling tabletop conflict game in which two players fight with collectible armies, including the space marines of the fascist human Imperium and the ancient fallen angels of the Eldar, using rules found in a library of 30 or so source books.
The first is the motto of Warhammer 40,000: “In the grim darkness of the 41st millennium, there is only war.” In other words Games Workshop is a serious business, but it is not to be taken seriously.
Warhammer Fantasy Battle, a goblins-and-gnomes war game, and Warhammer 40k are ridiculous, over-the-top pastiches, created by people who were bored and angry under Margaret Thatcher, and channelled that rage into worlds where everyone is the villain, and hope has been extinguished for millennia.
That’s because the second thing to know about Games Workshop is, as Gillen says, that Warhammer was what middle-class nerds did instead of heroin.
Whose latest book, Die, is loosely inspired by his own experience playing the Warhammer role-playing game in his teens, says things have changed.
In 2015, the company abruptly discontinued its oldest game, Warhammer Fantasy Battle – even publishing in-game fiction that destroyed the world.
As well as the core Warhammer games, it has been releasing spin-offs at a steady clip.
Games Workshop had its own answer, in an FAQ it published before the launch of the latest edition of Warhammer 40,000.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Steven Adams is the NBA world’s strongest man”

Actually, Steven Adams loves the sow-nah, which is how he makes sure to pronounce it, overemphasizing his Kiwi accent.
There’s no “NBA’s Strongest Man” contest where players lift Jumbotrons or heave backboards onto the upper concourse, but among peers and people around the league, Adams is widely considered the NBA’s strongman, a walking concrete wall of power and physicality.
Russell Westbrook fouls Willie Cauley-Stein on the way to the basket, but the two then jaw at each other, resulting in two technical fouls, including one for Steven Adams.
It’s all about angles and opportunity, and taking advantage of a lost art in the NBA. “One of the reasons I’ve found a little bit of success down low is no one plays low-post defense anymore,” Adams says.
Adams draws a distinction in opposing strong players in the current NBA. There are “Strong” players and there are “Heavy” players; Nene is a strong, Marc Gasol is heavy.
Then-Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph punched Adams in the face and was suspended for Game 7, but no one knew about the hit because Adams never reacted to it.
Adams has noticed his big man contemporaries stepping out beyond the 3-point line.
Spacing is the rage in modern basketball, but while the NBA tries to play farther from the basket, Adams wants to get as close to it as he can.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Want to ‘Train Your Brain’? Forget Apps, Learn a Musical Instrument”

While brain training games and apps may not live up to their hype, it is well established that certain other activities and lifestyle choices can have neurological benefits that promote overall brain health and may help to keep the mind sharp as we get older.
Playing a musical instrument is a rich and complex experience that involves integrating information from the senses of vision, hearing, and touch, as well as fine movements, and learning to do so can induce long-lasting changes in the brain.
Together, these studies show that learning to play a musical instrument not only increases grey matter volume in various brain regions, but can also strengthen the long-range connections between them.
Importantly, the brain scanning studies show that the extent of anatomical change in musicians’ brains is closely related to the age at which musical training began, and the intensity of training.
What’s more, the benefits of musical training seem to persist for many years, or even decades, and the picture that emerges from this all evidence is that learning to play a musical instrument in childhood protects the brain against the development of cognitive impairment and dementia.
Unlike commercial brain training products, which only improve performance on the skills involved, musical training has what psychologists refer to as transfer effects – in other words, learning to play a musical instrument seems to have a far broader effect on the brain and mental function, and improves other abilities that are seemingly unrelated.
Learning to play a musical instrument seems to be one of the most effective forms of brain training there is.
Musical training can induce various structural and functional changes in the brain, depending on which instrument is being learned, and the intensity of the training regime.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Drew Brees turns 40: Untold stories of an ultracompetitive QB”

Talk to anyone about Drew Brees, from family to longtime friends to past and present teammates – and you’ll get some awesome stories about his legendary competitiveness.
As Brees turns 40 on Tuesday – and the Saints prepare for the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. ET – we gathered some of the best behind-the-scenes stories on the future Hall of Famer.
To be fair to the former US Open champion, Brees is nearly four years older than Roddick, who was good enough to play up a few levels with the older kids.
Brees admitted he used his size and power to his advantage when he played Roddick, and said Roddick finally got him in their last meeting before Brees moved on to other sports and Roddick moved to Florida for more serious training.
As impressive as Brees’ jump-roping display was, Gleason said the moment when Brees truly cemented his leadership came six weeks later.
Former Saints receiver Lance Moore also talked about the great first impression he got from Brees that offseason, when he was still just a practice-squad player who had returned after suffering an injury while playing with the NFL Europe league.
Strief and Moore also laughed at the memory of Brees and Meachem debating over who would play point guard – and Strief recalls everyone guarding Brees as if he were inside of a “Snow globe” because nobody wanted to hurt the QB. “We were terrified of touching him, because he’s going 100 percent,” Strief said.
“He’s one of the best dudes I ever met,” said Daniel, now a backup with the Chicago Bears, though he still trains with Brees and Brees’ trainer Todd Durkin in the offseason.

The orginal article.

Summary of “James Harden’s dominance is unprecedented and undeniable”

James Harden is having a moment, smack-dab inside one of the great individual stretches of professional basketball we’ve ever seen.
Harden leads the NBA in isolation plays by a massive margin for a good reason.
James Harden is disrupting the 3-point shooting space by riding the unassisted triple to brand-new heights.
James Harden goes behind the back to break down Jamal Murray and follows up by splashing a 3-pointer.
Harden the rim-attacker is also a ferocious beast, and if defenders dare to overplay the step back, they’ll find out the hard way that Harden is ready and able to blow past them.
The James Harden Experience is a novel motif, but not everyone is smitten with the Rockets’ blend of heroball and moneyball.
If you dislike the Harden aesthetic, your problems aren’t with Morey or Harden himself, they’re with the league office and the rules that don’t just tolerate his quirky life hacks on the court but tacitly encourage this.
James Harden is just the first superstar to cash in.

The orginal article.