Video: Ohio State pulls the dummy prank, and Cardale Jones wipes out
Ohio State pulled the dummy prank on a few Buckeyes today.
Make sure you stay until the end.
If only Nick Saban had known it was that easy to bring Cardale Jones down.
Photos: Air Force’s new uniforms have an impressive amount of new details
At first glance, Air Force’s new uniforms may not seem all that different from what you’re used to seeing on Saturdays in the fall. But you’d be wrong.
Take a look and see for yourself.
After a closer inspection, the new unis have an impressive amount of cool new details added to them, as this tweet points out. Everything piece was cleary very carefully thought out on these new additions.
(The picture has been blown up to make reading it easier on the eyes)
Each element of our new uniforms were carefully picked to give meaning for those who wear it. pic.twitter.com/fdL58wVcbT
— Air Force Football (@AFFootball) July 27, 2015
Overall, a nice move by Troy Calhoun’s program in adding some fresh details to an already crisp looking uniform combo. Although subtle, it’s a change that recruits should enjoy.
Disney CEO says ESPN could be sold directly to sports fans
Let’s start with this premise and work backward: if not for live sports, why would you have a cable subscription in 2015? With content vehicles like Netflix and Hulu and HBO Now and YouTube and highways like Apple TV and Roku and Chromecast to bring them to you, there’s no need to cut a cable check every month if not for your crippling, mood-altering, soul-crushing, life-changing addiction to live sports.
At $6-plus per subscriber per month for ESPN (and that’s just the mothership) many non-sports fans are reaching for their scissors and cutting their proverbial cords – and fast. According to Sports Media Watch, ESPN is currently in 92.9 million homes, more than seven million fewer than 2011 and its lowest total since 2006. Now multiply that by 7.2 million exodus by six bucks a month by 12 months a year and you see why Bill Simmons, Keith Olbermann and Colin Cowherd no longer appear on the Worldwide Leader’s airwaves.
Still, that’s a drop in the bucket from the $100 million Disney reportedly wants cut from ESPN’s 2016 budget and $250 million from the 2017 budget. With Disney chomping into its expenses and its revenue stream not quite as overflowing as it used to be, its easy to see why cord-cutting is a problem for ESPN. (And if it’s a problem for ESPN, it’s a problem for college football as well.)
Which is why ESPN could, smartly, follow the crowd and start selling itself directly to consumers. Disney CEO Bob Iger told CNBC Monday, “I think eventually ESPN becomes a business that is sold directly to the consumer,” Iger said, via CNN. “I think there’s an inevitably to that, but I don’t think it’s right around the corner. I have very bullish feelings about ESPN long-term, but I’m a realist in terms of the disruptions of the business. I happen to believe that if we end up seeing more erosion in terms of the so-called multi-channel bundle, quality will win out and popularity will win out.”
HBO recently beat ESPN to the bunch, breaking away from the cable model to offer HBO Now in April, and Showtime followed suit thereafter.
A bit of armchair analysis: Fox Sports 1 and TNT would be wise to beat ESPN to the punch or risk losing subscribers as people follow ESPN away from cable. And while we don’t know exactly what the future will look like, here’s an educated guess – you’ll still pay Comcast or Verizon or AT&T every month 10 years from now, and it’ll be equal to or above your cable and internet bill today. And I’d bet on the latter.
Video: Arena team celebrates touchdown with the People’s Elbow
The Rock is everywhere right now. Furious 7. San Andreas. Ballers. Right behind you as you read this sentence. He even showed up at an arena football game over the weekend.
Not really him, per se, but his presence was there as the Jacksonville Sharks celebrated a touchdown late in a 63-16 rout of the Tampa Bay Storm by doing the People’s Elbow.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 26, 2015
That wasn’t the Sharks only, ahem, festive touchdown celebration of the evening, either.
I could make an awful joke here along the lines of “Well, at least the Sharks are giving the people of Jacksonville a reason to see a professional football game,” but I will not.
(Photo credit: Jacksonville Sharks)
Pete Carroll teaches the tackling philosophy of the Seahawks (including drills)
Last year at about this time, Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks were coming off an absolutely dominant Super Bowl performance against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
The star of that game, on the nation’s biggest stage was the efficiency in which the Seahawks tackled, which prompted head coach Pete Carroll to share his staff’s philosophy on tackling. The philosophy, which is rooted in rugby fundamentals, takes the head out of the tackle and is focused on making tackling safer.
Now, coming off their second straight Super Bowl appearance, the Seahawks recently put out an updated 2015 version of their tackling video complete with game cut-ups and drills (complete with explanations) that the defensive staff use on a daily basis. The video isn’t embeddable, but it is definitely worth heading to their site to view in its entirety.
“Our tackling system has been inspired by those who play rugby around the world. Rugby players have done a tremendous job at taking the head out of the tackle in their game, and they truly exemplify shoulder tackling.” Carroll explains in the clip.
“The basis of our passion in this video, is to maintain the physical integrity of the game, while developing safer tackling techniques. We desire to play the game as tough as it is meant to be played, while also making it safer.”
The detail that Carroll goes into makes for some great coaching content for your defensive staff and youth programs. Below is a cliff notes version (including where in the clip you can find each emphasis), but to really get a feel for the whole thing, head to their website and watch the instructional video.
TRACKING (1:44 mark)
“We are a shoulder tackling team based on leverage. so we must own and maintain our leverage. To do this, we track the near hip of the ball carrier. Our tackling system begins with tracking because we focus on shoulder tackling based on leverage.”
“We focus on a technique called ‘run and gather,’ where a player tracks the near hip of the ball carrier as he closes in on the tackle.”
“A new emphasis in this video is the near foot concept (2:57 mark). As we track the near hip, we like to get in a near foot swoop position.” Carroll explains as he cues up game cut ups of what the near foot concept entails. “Maintaining the near foot swoop position allows you to maintain your leverage and also puts the tackler in the best, and strongest position to deliver a forceful strike on the ball carrier.”
COMPRESSION TACKLES (3:51 mark)
“Compression tackles are all about ‘OWNING THE HIP’ as we like to call it. Owning your hip means dominating your leverage. We will hit with our leverage shoulder and keep the ball to our leverage side.”