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.

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Summary of “Does David Griffin Know Something About Kyrie Irving That We Don’t?”

Former Cavaliers GM David Griffin is no longer in Cleveland’s front office, where he spent seven years and three Finals appearances and the franchise’s only championship, but he spoke with credence about Irving’s future Monday on ESPN’s The Jump.
Griffin vouched for the point guard’s decision to ask for a trade, saying Kyrie “Just wanted to put himself in a position where he could find out exactly what he has as a 25-year-old entering his prime.”
Kyrie’s ask has been painted as foolish and overconfident, but Griffin disagreed, and then teetered toward the whiteboard.
” list included really good coaching situations,” Griffin said.
I’m not saying this is a shot at Tyronn Lue, whom Griffin promoted during his time as GM from assistant to head coach.
The phrasing is questionable, and the rationale at least partially untrue: Boston wasn’t even on Irving’s reported “Wish list” of teams, which featured Miami, San Antonio, New York, and Minnesota Maybe he has some insight about Kyrie also eyeing the Celtics.
Either way, Griffin is right – a talented coach is another valid reason to leave a team for someone approaching his prime – but isn’t just bringing that up insinuating that Lue is not?
Griffin himself saw a disloyal side to the organization more than once, with Gilbert first refusing to grant him an extension after the 2016 title season, and ultimately departing the Cavs just hours after he was reportedly working on trades for the team.

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Summary of “Build, influence and legacy of 2007 New England Patriots”

Ten years ago this week, the 2007 New England Patriots took to the field for the first time and lost 13-10 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their preseason opener.
The Dolphins were linked to free-agent wideout Donte’ Stallworth as a possible starter, but six days later, the Patriots added the former Saints first-round pick to their roster instead. Stallworth had been traded to the Eagles just before the 2006 season and put together a disappointing season, so in an attempt to rebuild his value, Stallworth signed a six-year, $33.1 million deal with New England that really amounted to a one-year contract for $3.6 million with a huge unguaranteed bonus in Year 2.
Dennis Erickson had implemented the spread in Seattle with limited success, and the Patriots were implementing it with Brady, as opposed to Rick Mirer and John Friesz, but the Patriots fundamentally introduced a concept and an offense at odds with almost every other NFL team.
Although the Patriots were comfortable leaving Brady in the shotgun in the years before 2007, they really upped the ante during that fateful season.
New England finished 6-0, of course, but its plus-61 point differential over those final six games is the 138th-best of all time and is topped by nine other editions of Belichick-era Patriots.
The Patriots were the best DVOA team ever during the 2007 campaign, but that was before Football Outsiders tracked DVOA going back through 1991.
The Patriots posted a 52.9 percent DVOA in 2007, but even they were topped by the Washington team from 1991.
We can see a world in which these Patriots are absurdly dominant, and that’s because we’ve already seen the 2007 Patriots.

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Summary of “Projected records, win totals, standings for every NBA team’s 2017-18 season”

Newcomers to the league and players who played too little for an RPM rating are rated using their projected offensive and defensive ratings from my SCHOENE projection system, which incorporates translated performance in the NCAA and professional leagues besides the NBA.Western Conference.
Despite being projected for four fewer wins than in last year’s RPM projection – which was the best on record and nearly matched their total of 67 wins – Golden State is still projected seven games ahead of any other NBA team.
Still, RPM backs up the notion that the Warriors are heavy favorites to win their third championship in four years.
Despite adding veterans Vince Carter, George Hill and Zach Randolph as free agents, the Kings are projected as the league’s second-worst offensive attack by RPM. Although this isn’t part of the projection, few teams will have more incentive to improve their draft pick, as Sacramento won’t have its first-rounder in 2019 due to trade.
Milwaukee has the youngest rotation of any projected playoff team; the Lakers and Suns are the teams with a lower average age weighted by projected minutes.
RPM has them dropping from a league-average offense last season to 27th on a per-possession basis in 2017-18.
The Bulls are ahead of only the Knicks when it comes to point guard options, and newcomer Zach LaVine is projected by RPM to be worse than replacement level.
Remarkably, Atlanta has just two players projected to be better than league average by RPM: likely starting big men Dewayne Dedmon and Ersan Ilyasova.

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Summary of “Which NBA Coaches Are on the Hot Seat?”

Last season was the first in 46 years that no team in the NBA fired its head coach.
Regression to the mean makes us wonder: Who could go this season? Listed below are the coaches who might need to manifest greatness next season, broken up into categories.
Jeff HornacekO’Shaughnessy: Before Hornacek’s first season as head coach of the Knicks could even finish, Vegas had him as the third most likely to be fired in that same season.
Fred HoibergO’Shaughnessy: In May, the Bulls front office felt the need to confirm that Hoiberg will be welcomed back for a third season.
In Hoiberg’s two seasons, Chicago finished with worse individual records than any in Thibs’s five-season tenure.
The star just got injured for the season and Peter Parker is being forced to step in and lead the team to the title.
Above all, it’s crucial that they’re competent on defense - the Wolves were bottom-five in the league last season.
The light turbulence of last season is getting bumpier with Kyrie Irving asking for an out.

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Summary of “Three Potential NBA Lineups We Can’t Stop Thinking About”

It’s nice to know Thibodeau is thinking outside the box: Despite investing so much money in power forwards, he doesn’t need to play big and beefy with Taj Gibson alongside Towns or Gorgui Dieng in lineups that’ll suffocate floor spacing.
The writers at Wolves blog Canis Hoopus have done remarkable work covering the development of Wiggins, who after his third year is still an inefficient, high-usage player who plays apathetic defense.
A smaller role will mean fewer inefficient plays and more efficient chances for Wiggins, while his pick-and-roll opportunities won’t be forced on him.
Maybe the best version of Andrew Wiggins is one that allows him to shine within his defined role instead of as a do-it-all player; he might not meet the “Maple Jordan” hype he had in high school, but he can still excel as a two-way player.
The Celtics can play more traditional lineups with two bigs like Aron Baynes and Al Horford, or they can go small with Marcus Morris at the 5 and a trio of guards like Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, and Terry Rozier.
The additions of Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, and Semi Ojeleye created a stockpile of versatile wings alongside Jae Crowder and Jaylen Brown, which will allow the team to play jumbo packages with five players all standing between 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-10.
It’s a relatively basic play, but it comes at a crucial time in the game, with the Jazz down four points with about three and a half minutes remaining.
Houston RocketsMost Intriguing Lineup: Zhou Qi, Luc Mbah a Moute, P.J. Tucker, James Harden, Chris Paul.The James Harden-Chris Paul backcourt ignited debate on NBA Twitter as soon as news of the trade was announced; putting two ball-dominant players on the court at the same time seemed like a recipe for disaster.

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Summary of “The Winners and Losers From Comic-Con 2017”

Trailers for basically everything premiered this past weekend at Comic-Con 2017: a newer, brighter promo for Justice League, a Walking Dead trailer featuring Rick with an old-man beard, and even teasers for multiple Nickelodeon revival projects.
The bulk of the lengthy trailer for Season 8 concerns the advent of all-out war between Negan’s Saviors and the militia formed from the union of Alexandria, the Hilltop, and the Kingdom, but the most revealing moment occurs in the final few seconds, when an older, white-bearded Rick awakens in bed, looking like a Just for Men “Before” photo.
The Stranger Things cast came to Comic-Con like conquering heroes, and their Season 2 trailer gives no indication that the show will wilt in the face of expectations as steep as any awaiting the return of a series not named Game of Thrones.
The first action that we see in the trailer shows Bernard, with extremely symbolic flies crawling all over him, staring at what looks to be a tiger.
Since literally zero people, even at Comic-Con, are going to see Pacific Rim for “Plot” or “Character motivation,” the only conclusion I can draw is that none of the fight scenes have been CGI’d yet, but some poor creative team still had to make a trailer for Comic-Con.Winner: ‘Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling’Lindbergh: The original Rocko’s Modern Life used its cartoon visuals and kid-friendly slapstick as a delivery system for satire of America’s materialistic, corporate culture, which hasn’t grown any less ripe for ribbing in the decades since the show went off the air.
Loser: Trailers in GeneralAndrew Gruttadaro: The worst trend in movie trailers is not the dark cover of a popular song from the ’70s, or the canned, ominous establishing shot of a city accompanied by a voice-over - it’s the teaser for the trailer within the trailer.
I’m sure several other trailers had them as well, but I decided to stop counting because so many trailers had already stolen so many seconds of my life.
What are we doing here? Running ads for a movie trailer inside that same movie trailer? Interesting strategy - maybe grocery stores should start training their cashiers to advertise potato chips after you’ve already bought them.

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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 “Does Kyrie Irving have a Kobe Bryant or LeBron James problem?”

It’s the one in which LeBron James is shouting at Kyrie Irving on the bench in an overtime timeout while forcefully poking the shoulder of the point guard seated two chairs away.
In the past three seasons, Irving has spent exactly 2,000 minutes on the floor without James, which amounts to basically a full season of action.
Keep in mind, Love shared the floor with Irving in all but two of those games, so it wasn’t like Irving was going at it alone out there.
With Irving off the court and James on the court, the LeBron-led Cavs outscored opponents by 585 points in 3,074 minutes, or plus-9.1 per 48 minutes – a point margin that would have been good for second in the NBA behind the Golden State Warriors last season.
What’s clear is that when it came to winning basketball games, Irving needed James more than James needed Irving.
The Cavs scored a paltry 103.1 points per 100 possessions with Irving on the floor and no James last season, down from 117.5 with James and Irving both on the court.
Kyrie Irving expressed a willingness to return to the NBA Finals with LeBron James just two months ago.
Irving might fancy himself as the next Kobe or Westbrook – alpha dogs who became MVPs after their co-star left the picture – but you can’t just ignore Irving’s losing track record as the No. 1 guy.

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Summary of “The Cavs Are Standing Idle, and It Might Cost Them LeBron James”

Dan Gilbert decided not to re-sign general manager David Griffin, who had been with the team since 2010 and had masterminded the strategy to bring LeBron James back to Cleveland and build a championship team around him.
With LeBron James set to be a free agent next summer, Cleveland’s complacency is baffling.
He’s an average-at-best defender and an inconsistent shooter whose only NBA skill is creating inefficient shots off the dribble, and the Cavs will have to hope playing with LeBron will allow him to tap into potential that has been unrealized in his previous nine seasons in the league.
Osman is exactly the type of young player the Cavs have not developed in LeBron’s three years in Cleveland, a philosophy which came back to bite them last season, when their bench stocked with aging veterans was run off the floor by Golden State.
While the Warriors gave minutes to Patrick McCaw, a rookie second-round draft pick, the Cavs sent out 36-year-old goon Dahntay Jones, for whom they cut DeAndre Liggins, an athletic wing in his late 20s.The Cavs seem to be falling into the same traps the Heat did by the end of LeBron’s time there.
Remember Shabazz Napier? The Heat drafted the UConn point guard because LeBron said he was one of his favorite players, and LeBron still ended up leaving a few weeks later.
The Warriors are raising the bar, while the Cavs are standing still.
LeBron has already won a championship in Cleveland, so there’s nothing holding him there if he doesn’t think the Cavs give him the best shot at winning.

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