Summary of “How IMSA Did the Impossible: A Sports-Business Success Story”

Speaking of “Up,” 2018 will see the full-time addition of Team Penske to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series.
Team Penske debuts this weekend at the season finale-Motul Petit Le Mans-in preparation for the team’s full-season campaign next year.
Teams make huge investments in equipment, and we wanted them to have a high degree of confidence in our commitment to technical details, and to what would be allowed.
In the GT category, the cars and teams are definitely impressive, but what’s almost equally impressive are the car corrals filled with fans who have driven their personal vehicles to the track.
We’ve been fortunate to have top-level teams, but the new teams coming in definitely raise the bar.
Keeping the welcome mat out, not just figuratively but with real substance, for our independent teams is extremely important.
We’ve always had a mix of professional teams and drivers with independent teams that are pro-am combinations.
The pro-am teams also serve as the cultural bedrock of the sport.

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Summary of “Inside the Most Exclusive High-Powered Rocketry Event in America”

Allen and his peers from Oregon State University had just launched their homemade rocket at Big Ass Load Lifting Suckers, an annual gathering of rocketeers that showcases the most powerful amateur rockets in the US. It was their first time at the event, held late in September, and they hoped that their two-stage rocket would fly to 100,000 feet, about one-third of the way to space proper.
Every September for the last 27 years, the Tripoli Rocketry Association-one of the two amateur rocketry groups in the US-has hosted BALLS as a showcase of the rockets built by people like Allen that are too powerful to be safely flown anywhere but the middle of the desert.
After they registered the rocket for flight with BALLS officials, most of the team hung around the campsite while Allen and a few other members trucked the rocket to the away cell, a launch pad a few miles off from the spectator area that is reserved for the most powerful rockets at the event.
Although any rocketeers hoping to demo their rocket at BALLS must show that it’s flight-worthy on paper, the gap between theory and practice is readily seen at the event, where it’s not uncommon for a rocket to tear itself apart on ascent.
For every unsuccessful launch, dozens of other rockets are sent screaming toward the stratosphere in an attempt to push the boundaries of what’s possible in amateur rocketry ever farther.
Despite Blazanin’s reluctance to allow media coverage of the event, all of the attendees I spoke to were happy to discuss their rockets with me when I identified myself as a journalist.
The avionics inside the sustainer would tell the team the maximum speed reached by the rocket as well as its apogee.
Only a few months before BALLS, the Oregon State team had demoed this same rocket at Spaceport America in New Mexico during a collegiate rocketry competition.

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Summary of “This Recruiter Shares The Questions The Smartest Job Candidates Asked”

To help get you started, here are some of the super-smart questions I’ve been asked during actual interviews by real-life candidates-and the reasons they got my attention.
I’ve been asked this a few times-especially more recently-and it’s a great question.
Equally, stay alert and if you sense it’s time to move the conversation on, gently change the subject to something else, or ask a new question that’s easier to answer.
As a candidate, it’s the perfect question to catch the recruiter a little off-guard and get an honest answer.
A seriously gutsy question! So gutsy that I was impressed by the confidence of the candidate who asked it.
A question like this gives you the chance to address any concerns the recruiter may have about your fit for the role head-on, in person.
This is another question that shows a recruiter they’re talking to a candidate who cares about team dynamics and understands that how a team works together can make or break the success of its projects.
The hiring manager knows you want to figure out if the role is right for you so they’ll be expecting questions.

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Summary of “Facebook’s VP of Product on Mastering Focus and Intentional Work”

As Vice President of Product at Facebook, this emphasis on intentional work has helped her team of more than 400 product managers and engineers develop countless innovative products for News Feed across video, news and advertising, including Facebook Live.
By cutting out anything nonessential she was able to focus on the most strategic priorities, not only for the product team, but for herself.
Simo asks these questions during weekly product reviews, when teams come in to present their plans.
To maintain collective focus and maximize the odds of successful product development, her Facebook product team is now organized and mobilized by the intention of their work, instead of the initial name of or label on a specific project or even the proposed product vision.
“One of the main things that team was working on was a Q&A product that helped celebrities respond to fans via text in comments. But in talking with actual celebrities, the team realized most of them found it more fun and efficient to respond with video. That became the impetus behind Live.”.
“Had the team been defined by its product, calling themselves ‘the Q&A team,’ they probably would have been much less open to shifting toward the much better solution: live video,” Simo says.
All the data Simo and her team were gathering pointed to Live as a critical product – the most social form of video they could put out into the world.
What to say when someone else can handle it: “This week, I need to focus all my time on X, but if you need an urgent answer, you can reach out to my team lead, Z, who is focused on that issue.”

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Summary of “How to Improve the Presidents Cup? Bring On the Women”

Although there are more youngsters in the pipeline – 20-year-old Marty Dou, for example, recently became one of the first Chinese-born players to earn PGA Tour playing privileges – the Presidents Cup is in need of some radical rethinking to salvage it from the shiftless waters lapping its hull.
“Anything we can do that would give us the type of exposure that the Presidents Cup has is a good thing,” said Kerr, who marveled at the corporate tent city built on the course for the event.
A combined-gender Presidents Cup would help resolve the issue that Juli Inkster, the U.S. captain for the Solheim Cup, gave voice to after that event in August, which featured sublime golf by both sides.
Will the PGA Tour, which has the power to effect change – and, since it formed a strategic alliance with the L.P.G.A. last year, the mandate – respond? It’s not as if combined-gender events are unheard of in golf.
From 1960 to 1966, and again from 1976 through 1999, the PGA and L.P.G.A. tours sponsored a mixed team event in the fall.
The PGA Tour runs the Presidents Cup, and it did not totally overlook the women.
As society changes, the PGA and L.P.G.A. Tours need to work together to anchor the Presidents Cup.
The time for women to perform as equals alongside men on one of the grander stages in golf is now.

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Summary of “Last Year, the Cubs Finally Celebrated. Is It the Indians’ Turn?”

The Indians will play the winner in a best-of-five division series, with the first two games at home on Thursday and Friday.
The Indians improved by eight games over last season, finishing 102-60 to earn home-field advantage through the American League Championship Series.
The end of the Cubs’ drought has made the Indians the sad stewards of baseball’s longest active streak without winning the World Series.
While the Indians still ranked near the bottom in A.L. attendance, they sold more than two million tickets for the first time in nine years.
After a lackluster first half, the Indians have soared through the last two and a half months.
The Indians’ front office – which has served for years as a feeder system for envious rivals – has always been keenly aware of its competitive window.
Now the Indians are the A.L.’s best team, perhaps the best in baseball, with expectations to match.
The best team does not always win it all – and for almost seven decades, the Indians have not, either.

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Summary of “Can five preseason Super Bowl favorites fix issues? Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks”

The Patriots’ Super Bowl odds are still second best in the league behind the Chiefs, but they’ve been cut nearly in half after a rough start to the season.
New England returned a pair of Pro Bowl caliber players in Malcolm Butler and Devin McCourty, alongside a veteran stalwart in Patrick Chung while making a rare foray into the top of the free-agent market to come away with Stephon Gilmore, who made his first Pro Bowl with the Bills last season.
Injuries to the receiving corps have left New England relying on Danny Amendola and Phillip Dorsett more than they might have liked so far this season, but I wouldn’t be concerned about the receivers as long as the Patriots have their core three of Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Even worse is that the Seahawks haven’t had much of a pass rush since the first half of the season opener against the Packers.
Since his breakout season in 2014, Bell has turned 6.9 percent of his touches into plays of more than 15 yards, which means we already would expect him to have four or five big plays on his first 65 touches this season.
Atlanta still deserved to win, and the score was only close after a pair of relatively meaningless fourth-quarter touchdowns, but the Falcons beat a watered-down version of the team they dominated in last season’s NFC Championship Game.
While the Falcons’ defense has improved a bit on the unit we saw during the 2016 regular season, it’s not coming close to the sudden juggernaut that beat down the Seahawks and Packers and gave the Patriots fits before gassing out in the second half of the Super Bowl under the stress of a nearly unprecedented workload of snaps.
Atlanta ranked 28th in rush defense DVOA last season and has fallen even further to 31st this season.

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Summary of “Carmelo Anthony Makes The Thunder Whole”

At first glance, Sam Presti and the Thunder pulling off yet another surprising trade – this time swapping Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round pick for 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony – seems like fool’s gold.
There’s only one ball, and Anthony, Paul George and reigning MVP Russell Westbrook all used prolific amounts of it last season: Anthony had a usage rate of 29.1 percent, his lowest in a decade but still a top-20 figure in the league.
Anthony isn’t what he once was and his Knicks haven’t made the playoffs since 2013; George’s Indiana Pacers and Westbrook’s Thunder washed out in the first round.
Unlike most teams adding star players to a modest roster, there’s a template in the team’s recent history for how the fit might go: The Kevin Durant-led 2015-16 Thunder went up 3-1 on the Golden State Warriors in the conference finals.
Anthony had an effective field goal rate of 58.6 percent on catch-and-shoot jumpers last season, better than known sharpshooters like Kevin Love and in the top half of players with at least 200 attempts.
The Thunder didn’t just address their need for shooters – they course-corrected their recent tendency to address shooting deficiencies with players who can only shoot, Anthony Morrow or Alex Abrines.
The Thunder rotation was already perilously thin, and trading Kanter and McDermott for Anthony replaces two young players with a 33-year-old forward.
So the fact that Anthony and George carried their respective offenses with fairly limited rosters should mean that Roberson, Grant and other role players can focus on their strengths rather than their deficiencies.

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Summary of “Steve Ballmer Was My Youth Basketball Coach”

Three years ago I heard that my old basketball coach was getting back into the sport.
Under most circumstances, this wouldn’t be something worth discussing, but in third grade, my Boys & Girls Clubs basketball team in Bellevue, Washington, was coached by Clippers owner and then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Ballmer initially signed on to coach his son and his son’s friends, but he’d soon realize he’d stumbled onto a superteam.
I’ll never forget it because my dad leaned forward from the stands, tapped Mark Mennella, coach Ballmer’s assistant, on the shoulder and said, “It might be time to sub out the starters. This is getting ugly.” The assistant coach relayed the message to Steve.
Coach Ballmer scanned the floor, gazed up at the scoreboard, looked back at my dad, and said, “Are you sure it’s not too soon?” We were up by 30.
My own parents’ plans to hide our coach’s identity got thrown a curveball when I found my basketball coach on the front cover of a business magazine.
He’s a Nickname Kind of Guy Steve was the first coach that gave us badass nicknames.
Steve took coaching seriously and even brought in an NBA shooting coach to help us with our form.

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Summary of “Lionel Messi Is Doing His Best 2015 LeBron James Impression”

Without his two best teammates, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, James scored the second-highest percentage of a team’s points in Finals history and became the first player to ever lead a Finals series in points, assists, and rebounds per game.
Superstars always take on a heavier load come playoff time, except this was something else entirely: Gone was any of the ball movement or positional interchange that defines the NBA’s best teams, and in its place was the best player in the world, pounding the ball into the court, running each iteration of the shot clock down to its last second, and deciding how every possession was going to end.
Messi has scored nine goals, while his teammates have combined for just seven.
In Barcelona’s first Champions League game, a 3-0 win over 2016-17 runners-up Juventus, Messi took five of the team’s nine total shots and scored two of the three goals.
Lionel Messi is scoring a goal every 52.2 minutes of La Liga play.
The main difference between the two teams is that one of them has the supernova version of Messi and the other doesn’t: Real’s underlying stats are better than Barça’s, but Messi is one of the few players in the world for whom concepts like expected goals don’t apply.
Messi has something like 50 more games to play this year.
If there’s one player in the world who can keep this up over an entire season, it’s Messi.

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