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Three and out - A perfect line, an interesting take, and 24 names for your fantasy team

Zach: "Jared Lorenzen and I are in love with the same woman. Her name is Little Debbie," is an absolutely perfect lede. And this line, from Hal Mumme, is perfectly Hal. "I just said, 'Eh, nobody made Babe Ruth train.'" ESPN has a touching read on Jared Lorenzen, something of a cult figure to me and my friends (and perhaps you and yours) but a tragic figure in real life, written by Tommy Tomlinson. Check it out.

Scott: Here's an interesting way to do the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Doug: Fantasy sports are a multi-billion dollar industry. In 2012, $1.67 billion was spent on fantasy football alone, and in 2013 25.8 million people played fantasy football. Since it is such a staple, I thought this tweet from Buffalo Wild Wings listing 24 clever fantasy names was worth bringing to your attention. 

My personal favorite? Fumble Bees.

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The Power 5 conference head coaches describe their team in one word

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reached out to the head coaches at the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac 12 and SEC) and asked them to describe their team in one word.

The most used response among coaches was "hungry", used by nine coaches. All told, the 65 coaches gave 44 different responses according to McMurphy.

You can read the full piece here, but just for fun, I split them into some different categories to bring you the best responses.

Coaches entering their first year with their program:

Bobby Petrino (Louisville): Unknown
Dave Clawson (Wake Forest): New
Steve Sarkisian (USC): Tough
Chris Petersen (Washington): Unknown
James Franklin (Penn State): Perseverance
Charlie Strong (Texas): Hard work
Derek Mason (Vanderbilt): Audacious

The "couldn't possibly fit the description into one word" category:

Charlie Weis (Kansas): Quiet confidence
Bob Stoops (Oklahoma): Hard Working
Charlie Weis (Texas): Hard work
Scott Shafer (Syracuse): Hard-nosed
Mike MacIntyre (Colorado): More Confident

My personal favorites of the whole bunch:

David Shaw (Stanford): Underappreciated
Steve Spurrier (South Carolina): Decent
Larry Fedora (North Carolina): Ravenous
Kyle Whittingham (Utah): Warriors

See the full article, and each of their takes here.

Dana Holgorsen's house is one of a kind. Literally.

Whatever you imagine Dana Holgorsen's house to be - made completely out of Red Bull cans, built entirely underground, a replica casino - it's better than that. His house is indeed mind-blowing, but not in the way you might suspect.

Morgantown magazine recently profiled Holgorsen's domicile, and to write about Dana's house is to write about the other Holgorsens - father Steve and brother Nick. Together with German native Ralf Meier, their company LignaTerra has turned Dana's house into the first cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure in the United States. Checking in at 8,000 square feet, the house is ferociously efficient. The timber used to construct the house was made in a factory over a period of two days, and built in 15 days. The guest suite was constructed in one day. "Because most of this process is done in a factory, it’s very precise. There is zero tolerance in the wood elements. You can pre-order all of your windows and doors, your cabinetry, and all of that can be done at the same time. When you ship to the site and you piece it together, it’s exact," said Nick. "It’s like Legos for adults."

Holgorsen's aggressively modern, custom-built home was also designed to work seamlessly with his job. The highlight of the home is the bottom floor, which Dana says can host 300 people comfortably. "(Recruits) absolutely love it. On one of the last big recruiting trips (last year) just prior to signing day, some of them we got to commit said the highlight of the weekend was being able to go to Coach’s house," said Steve.

"I’m so happy with the quality, the efficiency, and performance of the house, and the design functionality for when it comes time to entertain friends and family, alumni and boosters," added Dana.

Photos courtesy Morgantown magazine:

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Holgorsen requested three TVs at no less than 55 inches for his basement. He got six.

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Many of the interior design pieces were provided by Morgantown-based Hardwood Interiors.

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Holgorsen says his utility bills at his 8,000-square foot home are less than the home he owned in Houston that measured in at one quarter of the size. Its system for churning old air for clean air was described as an "energy-efficient envelope." 

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The guest suite was built in one day.

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Read more here.

Brand new Levi's Stadium is already on its second playing surface

Jim Harbaugh's team has been outscored 57-3 through two preseason games thus far, but that jaw is undoubtedly clinched over another issue at the moment: the field at brand spanking new Levi's Stadium is atrocious. After only three events, including one 49ers home game, the new $1.2 billion facility is already working on its second playing surface.

According to CSN Bay Area, the field was so shaky that Jim Harbaugh had to halt practice out of concern for his players' safety.

"Several players lost their footing and large divots were created on seemingly every play. There were small patches of replacement sod that were discolored and looked uneven," writes Matt Maiocco. "Finally, when wide receiver Stevie Johnson hit the ground hard after slipping on a routine out-route, Harbaugh stopped practice."

As you can see below, the grounds crew spent Thursday morning ripping up the bulk of the field, stretching beyond the hashmarks and from goal line to goal line. 

Levis Stadium dirt

The original surface was put down in April, and apparently didn't have time to properly take root. Optimistically, the 49ers will have new sod down by Thursday afternoon. San Francisco hosts its second preseason game on Sunday. In the three weeks between the Niners' final home preseason game and regular season home opener, Levi's Stadium also hosts two high school football games on Aug. 29, and a Mexico-Chile soccer match on Sept. 6. And then the real stuff starts.

Thankfully there isn't much scheduled beyond 49ers games between September and February. Cal and Oregon play there on Oct. 24, and the stadium hosts the Pac-12 Championship on Dec. 5 and the San Francisco Bowl on Dec. 30. 

There's also this, from CSN Bay Area: "The Levi’s Stadium sod, known as Bandera Bermuda, was selected for its ability to hold up under frequent usage, the team announced at the time of its installation."

Chances are the 49ers this isn't the last time the 49ers will have to truck in that Bandera Bermuda this season.

If you can't create a safe, secure football field in four months when no one's using it, what hope do you have of installing a stable playing field for the duration of the season in two days?

Read more here.

Dear football coaches: Don't ever do this

Somehow, New York sports radio titan Mike Francesa got to debating the merits of college basketball coaches on Wednesday. The Yankees must have had a rain out the night before. Anyway, Francesa was discussing how he believed Kentucky head coach John Calipari is a great recruiter, a great motivator, and an average tactician.

Francesa then went to the phones, where - lo and behold - John Calipari was waiting to debate him. The exchange then devolved into sports radio banter you hear in every market in America, and then Francessa dropped John from Kentucky like he was no different than Jimmy from Long Island. And then he went back to talking about Calipari's mediocre ability as an Xs and Os coach, took another call and moved on like the most high-profile college basketball coach in the country hadn't just randomly called in and tried to disguise his voice.


Zach's take: Calipari doesn't even redirect Francesa's talking points. Francesa's mind isn't changed at all. Francesa goes right back to talking about Cal's perceived deficiencies like nothing ever happened. I don't like this at all.

Scott's take: I love that Calipari called in to speak up for himself. Clearly he and Francesa have some rapport and Cal had recently been on the show. I love when coaches speak up for themselves and don't act like they don't hear the public voices on radio, TV, the internet...and even in the local papers. Cal's a master at this stuff. The fact that Francesa just hung up on him is pure radio gold. Amazing radio interaction. 

(HT Sporting News)

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