Seven Lakes - Uniform reveal

The Seven Lakes football team in Katy, TX revealed new uniforms yesterday and was nice enough to send us a link to the video. 

Have to think the team was pretty juiced when they saw these for the first time. Good look.

Each NFL team will bring in at least $181 million by 2016 on TV alone

As it sits right now, the Big Ten Network is the measuring stick of major college conference TV deals. However, recent numbers that were brought to light regarding the NFL's television deals make the estimated $45 million per university in earnings from the new Big Ten Network TV deal look like chump change.

During 2013, the NFL distributed an impressive $131 million per team in TV money. According to the Sports Business Journal, each NFL team will get a 20% increase in national TV money this year compared to 2013, which shakes out to around an additional $27 million per club. The resulting increase is due to new TV contract figures for the league that begin next month.

The article goes on to explain that over the next two seasons the increases will total $23 million per club...minimally. So by 2014 the minimum amount that the NFL will distribute is $181 million per team...and that doesn't include a reworked DirecTV deal that's entering its final season. That reworked deal could push the total split per team well over the $200 million mark.

Think about that for a second. Between CBS, DirecTV, ESPN, NBC, Fox and CBS the NFL is raking in some serious coin.

Just to help put things in perspective, the Packers reported earlier this month that of their $187.7 million in revenue that they earned in the fiscal year ending at the end of March, $131 million of that money came from TV deals.

SEC Media Days had a great showing last week, and I'm certainly interested to see how the SEC Network benefits each university, but this is a great reminder that the NFL is still king. No doubt about it.

Read the full piece here. 

Video: You've got to see the new Atlanta Stadium in action

By now you've seen all the renderings of what the new Atlanta stadium is going to look like. Breathtaking and modern would be an understatement. 

The only stadium it could compare to would be the Cowboys' AT&T stadium, and even compared to that, it's still very impressive.

To get a better idea of what fans in Atlanta are in for, the Falcons released this video explaining their vision as the plans became a reality, and everything looks relatively normal until about the one minute mark. That's when the stadium opens up (and then subsequently closes) like a high tech piece of origami like you've never seen before.

The sheer size and mechanics involved are enough to make your eyes pop wide open and force you to say "Wow" out loud. Well played Atlanta...well played.. 

Charlie Weis: "If you don't have a mobile QB, you're playing 11-on-10 football"

A year after his still-hard-to-believe-he-actually-said-that "pile of crap" comment at 2013 Big 12 Media Days, Charlie Weis' Kansas Jayhawks still look like a pile of.... the same stuff they looked like last year.

"We haven't done a thing since I've been here," Weis said Monday. Four wins against 20 losses. One Big 12 win in 18 tries. Zero wins away from Lawrence. Weis knows all the stats. He also knows that has to change, soon, or change will be forced upon him. 

Asked if he had any expectations for his third season as Kansas' head coach, Weis said, "I think it's really, really important that your team's expectations must be clearly defined.  For me to get up here and say 'this is what my expectations are for you' would not be smart. But our team clearly knows what our expectations are."

Weis went back to the drawing board this off-season, hiring John Reagan away from Rice to serve as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, and naming Montrell Cozart as his team's starting quarterback well in advance of fall camp all in hopes of igniting an offense that placed last in the conference in total offense, yards per play, scoring offense, total touchdowns (a whopping 15 less than ninth-place Iowa State, and 69 fewer than league leader Baylor), passing offense, passing efficiency, first downs and red zone offense.

Weis will still be involved in the day-to-day of the Jayhawk attack, but more in a consulting role. "My involvement with the offense will take place during the week," Weis said. "I will not be involved in game day. I'm in a different route. I'm more of an advisor right now. I like to think I'm a good person for him to use as a sounding board. I'll stay out of the way on game days." His only role in play calling, Weis says, will be to jump in with suggestions if Kansas is getting hammered in the run game, for example. 

Cozart, a true sophomore that threw just 63 passes against 66 rushes last season, appears entrenched as the Jayhawks starter, mostly because Weis sounded like a coach that has played his last drop-back quarterback. Part of that is philosophical: "Anytime you don't have a mobile quarterback, you're playing 11-on-10 football. The quarterback being one of the guys that can carry the ball puts much more stress on the defense."

But mostly, it's out of necessity. Kansas just isn't good enough anywhere else. "I think the true dropback quarterbacks have gotten exposed. The only position you could say have been a true Big 12-caliber have been running back," he said. "When you're playing with marginal talent everywhere but running back, you get exposed. A mobile quarterback hides a lot of sins. We've got to score more points to win more games."


Underdogs no longer, Art Briles and Baylor are embracing life as a favorite

It's an odd juxtaposition, really. You build your team around chasing a goal, one that seems impossible at the outset. The impossibility of it is what makes it all so fun in the first place. You're a dog sprinting after a speeding car. Well, what happens when you catch it?

That's the reality in which Baylor lives now. After winning the 2013 Big 12 title, Baylor is now an underdog in no one's eyes but their own. "We see ourselves as a guy fighting hard, scratching hard, trying to get some recognition and respect," Briles said Monday at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. "That's something a little different. We have to learn how to prepare as the hunted rather than as the hunter. That's something we're working hard to prepare for. We certainly don't feel like (a heavyweight) as a program."

In April, Baylor staff members admitted one factor contributing to their upset loss to Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl was the simple fact of being such a heavy favorite. It wasn't as if they sought out their own press clippings, it was a simple fact of life in 2013. When ESPN's BottomLine scroll reports for a solid month that more than 90 percent of America picks you to win your bowl, it's hard to shield that from your subconscious. 

The Bears have now had seven months to prepare for life as a favorite beyond September games with Buffalo and Louisiana-Monroe.

"Our guys have learned how to win at the highest level and have worked diligently on and off the field to keep our name good. How can you defend and protect something that nobody will ever take? 2013 is over and gone," Briles said. "No one can ever take that from us. We're attacking 2014 just like everybody else."

Briles' success as a player and coach originates from the chip surgically implanted into both his shoulders, which isn't something that goes away just because someone hands you a trophy. Picked second in the conference to start 2014 (the program's highest preseason-Big 12 rank since the conference's inaugural season of 1996), Briles can't credibly play the "no one respects us" card, so now he's out looking for slights. Briles is still ticked his quarterback Bryce Petty wasn't invited to New York for the Heisman Tropy ceremony last December. 

While the intrinsic benefits of life as the overlooked are now gone, Briles appreciates the immediate perks that his newfound favorite status offers.

"It's entirely different," he said. "The thing that's really good about it. The advantage of that, last year I don't think we started in the top 25, if you get on a hot streak and you start at 8 to 12 and win eight in a row, next thing you know you're number 2. You may be number 1. If you start at 27 and win eight in a row, you're number 13. The advantage is we have the chance to get there faster. That gives us a better opportunity to get there (to the College Football Playoff)."

"It's like I tell our players, 'If you want to be heard, produce,'" Briles added. Baylor can be heard now.  

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