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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Smart Links - July 21, 2009

1. Ben Cahoon gets all Tyrone Prothro on things. Great catch from the Montreal Alouettes' Ben Cahoon. Love the CFL's motion and super spread with the 12 men -- nothing like four wide while still two-backs in the shotgun. (Ht Shutdown Corner.)

2. "Out of the Blue." A documentary about the Boise State team that wound up upsetting Oklahoma. Quite good.

3. Three plays that shocked the world. Always worth a repeat view.

4. Brian Cook wants to pull his eyes out. ESPN's Lester Munson gets all hysterical and apocalyptic about the Supreme Court's upcoming decision in the American Needle case. The question involves whether the NFL -- composed of 32 different franchises under one umbrella -- should be treated as a "single-entity" for purposes of some of the anti-trust laws. If the NFL the Court deems the NFL a "single-entity" rather than a joint venture (as the lower courts did), it will be immune from some of this anti-trust liability. Munson thinks the world is ending; Cook takes a slightly more reasoned and calm approach, noting that the Supreme Court's ultimate decision is far from knowable (likely at this point even by the Justices). I'm with Brian, and for more insight check out SCOTUSBlog's explanation of the legal issues involved.

5. "A Beautiful Mind." Profile piece by Rob Moseley about Oregon's Chip Kelly. A good, thoughtful piece. Kind of buys into the "coach as genius" meme -- football is pretty simple, and players can always make you look smart -- but a good read.

6. Dutch Meyer on the spread:

In an interview Sammy Baugh gave to the Washington Post, years after he’d gone on to a Hall of Fame NFL career with the Redskins, one can even see a little of Dutch Meyer’s influence on today’s West Coast Offense:

“Dutch Meyer taught us. All the coaches I had in the pros, I didn’t learn a damn thing from any of `em compared with what Dutch Meyer taught me. He taught the short pass. The first day we go into a room and he has three S’s up on a blackboard; nobody knew what that meant. Then he gives us a little talk and he says, `This is our passing game.’ He goes up to the blackboard and he writes three words that complete the S’s: `Short, Sure and Safe.’ That was his philosophy — the short pass. “Everybody loved to throw the long pass. But the point Dutch Meyer made was, `Look at what the short pass can do for you.’ You could throw it for seven yards on first down, then run a play or two for a first down, do it all over again and control the ball. That way you could beat a better team.”

Courtesy of Richard, one of the blog readers, and I believe the write-up is by the inimical coach Hugh Wyatt.

7. Dan Shanoff on the inevitability of ESPN's taking over local sports coverage. Also check out the front-page NY Times article he addresses.

8. Why are we so fat? Elizabeth Kolbert weighs in (zing!) in the New Yorker, and Jonah Lehrer tells us that our brains are biologically wired to prefer more calories over fewer, even when the taste is the same. (P.S. That's not a good thing.)


Mark said...


If interested, in 1959, a Long Island Legendary HS Coach-Lou Howard-from Amityville HS wrote a book about "The Shotgun" and "The Modern Short Punt". An outstanding early version of what we are seeing today. Here are some links:

The Book in pdf:

The Book:

Take a look, you'll dind it interesting.


4.0 Point Stance said...

Great link on the obesity article. SI had a piece a couple weeks ago about two former Oregon offensive linemen and their battle with losing football weight. It seemed a little puffy to me - I know there are a whole lot of ex-football players who aren't as successful on this front as the guys they profiled.

Ted Seay said...

Chris, Chris, Chris:

and I believe the write-up is by the inimical coach Hugh Wyatt.

Main Entry:
Late Latin inimicalis, from Latin inimicus enemy — more at enemy
Date: 1573

1: being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence [forces inimical to democracy]
2 a: having the disposition of an enemy : hostile [inimical factions]
b: reflecting or indicating hostility : unfriendly [his father's inimical glare]

Main Entry:
Middle English, from Latin inimitabilis, from in- + imitabilis imitable
Date: 15th century

: not capable of being imitated : matchless [her own inimitable style]