Summary of “The History of the Wildcat, 10 Years Later”

Ten years ago, the wildcat ripped the league in half, Aaron Rodgers made his first start for the Packers, Brett Favre played 16 games for the Jets, the Patriots missed the playoffs, and most shocking of all, Jeff Fisher coached a team that won-you’re really not gonna believe this-13 whole games.
Lee, with Sparano’s and Henning’s blessings, talked to the running backs with an idea for the wildcat as an occasional trick play: Williams would play quarterback and Brown would be in constant motion as a threat to run horizontally across the field on any play.
The offense built on itself until Brown was comfortable enough to read plays and run what is effectively a zone read. Cobbs said that against Seattle in Week 10, Brown was running an advanced form-over two years before the so-called zone-read revolution with quarterbacks like Tim Tebow, Colin Kaepernick, and Russell Wilson.
Parcells told coaches long before the wildcat launched that he envisioned both running backs playing simultaneously, similar to when he was an assistant at Florida State in the early 1970s and the team employed the split-back offense.
Polite said Williams was one of the smartest running backs in history and a player who simplified the sport more than any player he’s been around.
During their tenure as teammates, one moment against the New Orleans Saints sticks out: a toss play, which Polite explains, is among a running back’s least favorite plays because the toss is usually so wide that it leaves him with little room to operate.
Most wildcat offenses are not looking to throw, and pressure off the edge can wreck the play.
Henning still thinks the wildcat could work if an ex-quarterback who now played another position could run it with an athletic quarterback who could play receiver.

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Summary of “How “Mindful Running” Can Help You Run Faster, Farther, and More Peacefully”

How dark? If it weren’t for the presence of a small traveling spotlight, runners wouldn’t be able to see more than a few feet in front of them at any given moment.
In a study published in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, researchers examined 15 cyclists through four 20-kilometer cycling trials, paying attention to how “Optic flow” affected “Perceived exertion”-in other words, the ways in which visual cues influenced how hard athletes thought they were working.
“On the dark track, runners felt less time pressure, which is clearly a good thing for people that run for relaxation purposes.”
How hard can you go, and how fast, and how far? “This aspect of training often neglects the importance of the mind and of mental conditioning in our preparation, performance, and recovery.”
The “Mindful running” school of thought dictates that if you can focus on how you feel while running, unencumbered by the compulsion to set a new personal best every time, that sentiment should factor more into the way you exercise.
Once you start integrating this mindfulness training into your running workouts, you’ll come to realize that the lessons you learn can help you during those more intense runs, too.
Hey, that’s progress! The more often you practice running mindfully, the more you’ll see full-body benefits.
If you don’t have a private blackout track at your disposal, a few gyms now offer dimly-lit treadmill-based classes in which you can give mindful running a shot.

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Summary of “Major League Baseball’s aging cycle”

As a rookie, he has hit a ball 513 feet in batting practice, thrown a pitch 102.5 mph from the mound and reached a top sprint speed – nearly 30 feet per second – faster than three-quarters of his peers can touch.
He’s having, by most measures, the best season of his career, and he’s the easy front-runner for American League MVP. It’s an odd quirk of aging patterns that ability declines before performance does: Exit velocity declines years before home runs do; speed declines years before stolen bases do.
The 26-year-old runner is a few steps off third base as the pitch is delivered, and the batter pops it 230 feet to right field – too shallow, it seems, to get him home.
A year ago, he was considered, more or less unanimously, the best starting pitcher in the world, with a stretch of more than 1,300 innings – the equivalent of six full seasons! – with an ERA below 2.00.
If that’s what we wanted to see, we’d let the pitcher get a running start, we’d let the hitters use aluminum bats, we’d let them all drink Deca-Durabolin and we’d only make them play one game a week.
He’s still very good, but baseball has become, for this pitcher, hard.
Not long ago, Verlander had gone years without throwing a pitch so hard.
Batters swing at the fewest pitches out of the zone in their early 30s. Batters draw the most walks in their late 20s, and pitchers issue the fewest walks at about 26.

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Summary of “What does running do to your brain?”

Their findings confirm what many runners know from their own experience: we can use running as a tool to improve the way we think and feel.
For obvious reasons, you cannot run while you are inside a brain scanner, so the neuroscientists studied the brain at rest.
Brain scans show that meditation and running can have a somewhat similar effect on the brain; simultaneously engaging executive functions and turning down the chatter of the default mode network.
Too, are cottoning on to the therapeutic effects of running: I recently worked with running-shoe company Saucony to create a podcast about the effects of running on the mind.
Running has never quite done that for me, but we do now know more about the potent chemical rewards that running triggers in the brain.
They used functional brain imaging to show that, in trained runners, beta-endorphin levels do indeed spike in the brain after a two-hour run.
It is definitely the case that your gender, genetic profile, fitness, expectations and many other factors besides will influence the way your brain responds to running.
While the physical benefits of running and aerobic exercise are well established, we are starting to see why running can have profound benefits for mental health, too.

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Summary of “Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is on pace for the greatest season in MLB history”

Mike Trout started the game on the bench – his first day off of the season – and finished it with 3.51 WAR. The game’s best player was on pace to produce 14.2 wins above replacement.
It’s almost unimaginable – nobody has cracked 12 WAR in a half-century, and no active player has ever WAR’d higher than 2016 Trout’s 10.5 – but it’s time to take seriously the possibility that we’re watching the greatest season of all time.
Trout is on pace to draw 143 walks, which would match Joey Votto’s 2015 season for the most since Bonds.
Only two batters have chased fewer pitches out of the strike zone than Trout has this season.
Probably my favorite hitless Trout game of the season so far.
Just how good is Mike Trout? He’s so good, it took three rounds of swapping astounding stats to decide which numbers best cement his growing stature in baseball history.
If not for that double play or that fly out, Trout very well might have batted as the winning run, the best hitter in baseball getting the chance to win it, the best-case scenario for the Angels.
Mike Trout is to every other inner-circle baseball superstar what Babe Ruth’s 1923 season was to Babe Ruth’s discography: the best and somehow also easy to overlook.

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Summary of “Extreme Athletes an Human Endurance”

Jurek joins a tried-and-true literary tradition: the extreme athlete telling a harrowing tale of making it to the edge and back.
Jurek gives the impression that doubting his commitment hardly ever even occurred to him-until he hit the Appalachian Trail.
Jurek felt buried under medical bills and a new mortgage, and he glimpsed salvation in running 84 consecutive marathons over “The gnarliest and oldest mountains in the world.”
Breaking through his own limits makes Scott Jurek Scott Jurek, for whom the mantra served to help reaffirm the value of his long-guarded myopia.
In her own more reflective way, Jennifer Pharr Davis-the very person whose record Jurek set out to break-ends up confirming the power of compulsive determination in her book The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience.
Though Davis’s ultrarunning credentials pale in comparison to Jurek’s, she’s no slouch: She’d already completed the trail twice and set the fastest time for women.
“Endurance isn’t a human trait; it is the human trait,” she writes, giving Jurek’s borrowed mantra more philosophical sweep.
In detailing the loss of her competitive drive, Davis converges with Jurek, for whom extreme endurance is more a calling than a choice: Trail feats could no longer define her when something else did.

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Summary of “the secret behind the Warriors’ dominance”

In 25 of the 27 games in which the Warriors have gone on a 15-0 run since 2014-15, their opponents used a timeout – on average, opponents called 1.44 timeouts during those Warriors runs – and every time Curry ignited such a run, the opponents called a timeout.
In the 25 games in which the Warriors went on a 15-0 run and their opponent called their first timeout, the Warriors’ run continued each time.
Do the stops lead to the runs, or do the runs lead to the stops? But what is true, by and large, is that the Warriors believe it’s the former.
There are also quick-strike runs – we’ll call them “Bursts” – 30-second runs that skyrocket a team’s chances to win, and the Warriors are the masters of these.
During these, the Warriors’ opponents move at an average on-court speed of 4.8 mph, but once the Warriors land the knockout, they slow down by over 10 percent, averaging just 4.2 mph.
Kerr, for his part, preaches singles, not home runs – make the simple, routine play – and after a few of those? “That’s when the home run hits,” Thompson says.
What starts as a spark becomes an inferno – the Warriors hitting 3-pointers, defenses spreading out to cover the perimeter more to try to stop this gusher, the Warriors in turn slashing, moving, shifting, cutting backdoor.
If they’re home, where they’ve gone on 142 10-0 runs, the Warriors and their bench are going wild; their crowd too.

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Summary of “Hip Stretches: 5 Unique Moves That Loosen Up Tight Hip Flexors”

That’s because hip flexors-the muscles that allow flexion at the hip joint-play a huge role in fluid running, and a set of tight ones can really mess with your mechanics.
In order to run more efficiently, strategically opening and strengthening your hip flexors needs to be part of your running routine.
“You can’t have good hip flexion if your glutes are tight or weak,” Nurse says, “So it’s super important that you’re always stretching and strengthening the front of your hip flexor and the back, which are the glute muscles.”
Whether you’re at the gym or heading out for a run, these five moves will strengthen and open your hips, keep them loose long-term, and not only make you a better runner, but make running feel better to you.
Below, Nurse shares her five favorite hip stretches for runners.
What it does: Opens hip joints and stretches glutes.
What it does: Activates glutes and lengthens and strengthens hip flexors.
What it does: Strengthens glutes and strengthened hip flexors.

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Summary of “The Marathon World Record Holder the World Forgot”

Maybe it’s the fact that she was a tiny 13-year-old running her first marathon and stepped unnoticed onto the unpaved Eastern Canadian Marathon Championships course.
Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon and a former Runner’s World editor, says it’s crucial to put Mancuso’s run in historical context.
Prior to lining up that morning, Mancuso was a devoted and talented cross-country and track runner, training five or six days a week with her brother and the local running club.
Mancuso went into the race knowing she could break the world record by running 7:30-mile pace.
Despite her showing that day, she says the officials didn’t even name her run a world record at the finish line, because she was too young to qualify for records.
While the marathon already wasn’t her favorite distance, Mancuso says the controversy over her race didn’t help.
Mancuso returned to her track and cross-country training and competed at the World Cross-Country Championships in Scotland when she was 15.
She gave the marathon two more shots in 1968, but because they weren’t a priority for her, Mancuso didn’t properly train for them and didn’t come close to matching her previous performances.

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Summary of “The 2018 NFL Draft First-Round Grades”

The only question with this pick is whether or not Cleveland is making a mistake in passing on the best pass rusher in this class, Bradley Chubb.
Guard is not generally considered a premium position in the NFL, so taking one this early may raise some eyebrows, but interior linemen have narrowed the pay gap on the tackle position over the past few years, and they’re more important than ever with the influx of highly athletic interior pass rushers like Aaron Donald and Fletcher Cox.
Chicago Bears: OLB Roquan Smith, Georgia Smith is the prototype of the modern linebacker: Sure, he’s a bit undersized, but his range to run sideline to sideline and cover vast swaths of the field in the passing game trumps any concerns over a lack of bulk.
Middle-of-the-field defenders of Fitzpatrick’s ilk can run with slot receivers, mismatch-creating tight ends, and running backs in the passing game, and are more important than ever.
To live up to this draft slot, Vea must unlock his potential as a pass rusher.
Even if he’s double-teamed, he’s going to be opening things up for the pass rushers around him.
Davenport scored well in Football Outsiders’ SackSEER metric, but with the ludicrous amount of draft capital the Saints gave up to make this pick, he’s a huge risk.
Due to legal issues, Hughes left the University of North Carolina for Garden City Community College before eventually ending up at UCF. The athletic defensive back surrendered a measly 35.5 passer rating in coverage with four picks and 11 pass breakups for UCF in 2017.

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