Video of the Day - I play for Nebraska
- Published: Friday, 01 August 2014 08:44
- by Doug Samuels
Doug: I'm a big fan of Oakley sunglasses. In the summer, and coaching throughout the fall I wear my sunglass tan lines like a badge of honor. Since I know I'm not the only who enjoys these things, I felt like this experience was worth sharing.
Needless to say, I'm not a fan of the ugly safety googgle / rifle shooting lense that Oakley calls Yellow H.I. Iridium (and I can't believe that anyone else is either). Lesson learned: Regardless of what you've heard, don't believe everything you see on the internet.
Zach: The college football schedule for Friday, Nov. 7 says that Memphis will visit Temple and Wyoming will host Utah State. Well, apologies to the Tigers, Owls, Aggies and Cowboys, but I've got plans that night.
Zach: She went home without imbibing on her $6 beer, her clothes were soaked, but this poor woman can take solace knowing this Vine will live forever online.
When you talk about some of the best football facilities and locker rooms in the country, Oregon may be the first program that comes to mind, but Texas A&M's new and improved locker room is doing its part to make sure that the Aggies are among the programs in the conversation.
And if I'm were the definitive judge on the subject, I'd say there isn't much separating the two facilities...and you could make a solid argument for each one as the top dog. On second thought, I'd give the crown to A&M for finding a way top one-up Oregon. Both Zach and I are both at a loss with how to improve on this particular design.
According to 12thman.com;
"The facility has undergone more than 36,000 square feet of renovations to modernize the entire complex and create the most forward-thinking, technologically-advanced football training facility in collegiate athletics. The renovations include a new entry atrium and an updated, fully renovated locker room, players’ lounge, training rooms, meeting rooms and coaches’ offices.
A $20.8 million project, the renovations have included the $4 million Lohman Center and a whopping $16.8 million for the team areas, including locker room, hallways, meeting rooms, sports medicine facility, hydrotherapy pool and much more."
Graphics, lighting, modern finishes, barbershop, hot tubs, flat screens everywhere, HD nameplates and pictures on the lockers...this place has it all. It's sick from top to bottom with the "Wow" factor fit for a king (or five star prospect).
See more pics, and players react to the updates below.
New team meeting room
This is what players see before entering the locker room.
Two frameless LED screens are placed on each locker and can display everything from player info, to motivational content, and the string of screens can also serve as a ribbon board to convey custom messages to the team
Players Twitter handles are included in their locker room bio info (upper right corner)
The private, custom barbershop in the facility
The coaches locker room
Hydrotherapy pools (both hot and cold) with eight HD TV's mounted inside the walls and a floor to ceiling water wall
The NFL will outfit every player with two sensors inside their shoulder pads that will track where players travel, how fast they travel and the force they arrive with, beginning this season.
USA Today reported that the NFL has partnered with Zebra Technologies to connect 17 stadiums that will provide a near real-time mapping of players' movements. As you'll see below, within one second we'll be able to know a wide receiver running 20.07 miles per hour blew past a cornerback puttering around at 18.78 miles per hour, or that a linebacker ran 15.6 yards to sack a quarterback.
"What you're going to see is touchpoints that happen throughout the league," NFL vice president of domestic media and business development Vishal Shah told USA Today. "Certainly, the most comprehensive and impactful might be to the fans themselves. But it's going to touch areas of our league and give us a deeper understanding of our game."
While the roll out for the 2014 season will be restricted, the possibilities here really are endless. Eventually, the data could be uploaded almost immediately and integrated into game broadcasts, shown inside the stadium, dropped onto apps on phones and tablets, and shared with teams as it happens. While teams won't be given access to this data for the 2014 season due to competitive concerns, Shah says that could change in the future.
"But as you imagine, longer-term, that is the vision," Shah said. "Ultimately, we're going to have a whole bunch of location-based data that's coming out of live-game environment, and we want teams to be able to marry that up to what they're doing in practice facilities themselves."
As for this season, look for a heaping helping of data integration with the NFL's Thursday Night Schedule. USA Today reports that all 15 stadiums slated to host Thursday night games are being equipped with sensors that can manage the technology, along with Detroit's Ford Field and New Orleans' Superdome.
"That'll be cool to know how fast people accelerate, how far they've gone on each route," Arizona Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd said. "We don't really think about it, but to get everyone's thoughts on it, everyone outside of football, it's pretty interesting."
The future is here, folks. We're living in it.
Like most staffs around the country, Ball State's staff is getting ready to get camp started, which means hunkering down in the cafeteria for a few weeks and ordering late night takeout / delivery during late night film sessions. Except things are probably going to go down a little differently this year in Muncie, IN.
Cardinal's strength coach David Feeley and the rest of the football staff decided to have an "anti-weight gain" competition to see who could be the most disciplined during the grind of preseason camp. The initial weigh in took place today, and an official weigh out will take place at the conclusion of camp on the 17th of August. The winner gets bragging rights and the right to wear the illustrious WWE (lookalike) belt.
Offensive line coach John Strollo stole the show by stripping all the way down to his birthday suit for the weigh in (thank goodness for that "Cops" inspired blur spot and crafty editing). Strollo is taking no prisoners.
Just for fun, if I had to put my money on one guy, it would be the coach with coaching roots at my alma mater (Defiance College); tight ends coach Pat Dougherty. Don't let me down Pat!