J.J. Watt's quote that your team needs to see

This has been passed around the Internet for the better part of a week now, but for those of you who have yet to see this yet - you need to. 

Especially with fall camp around the corner, let this be a nudge to your players to bump football up their priorities list if it happened to slip in the off-season.

JJ Watt letter

Three and out: Afraid of success?, LSU's staff is decent and things that can't be unseen

It's Summer, things are slow. We figured we'd drop an article every now and then showing some quick things that we found around the web (or in real life) that we thought you might enjoy. 

Doug - Former NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor accepted a position in the athletic department at Iowa back in mid-June, since then only 6 candidates have applied for the NDSU vacant AD position, according to the Jamestown Sun.

It seems like this would be a great situation for an athletic director to walk into. You've got an outstanding football program with three straight national titles and an immensely passionate fan base, a basketball program with numerous NCAA Tournament appearances, and numerous other sports at the top of the conference standings. Nine of NDSU's 16 programs won the conference title this past year.

What's the catch? Why so few applicants? Is the level success intimidating to potential candidates? I simply don't understand.

Scott - I chuckled when reading this tongue in cheek look at LSU's staff and the success they have had from SBNation's "And The Valley Shook".


Zach - I am a complete logo and uniform nerd. I'm loco for logos. Hogwild for helmets. Upside down for uniforms. 

So I got a big kick out of this USA Today article pointing out nifty tricks designers have done with logos from around the sporting landscape. Some you may already know, others you most certainly won't.

See if you can spot a few before clicking over to find the answer. 


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Here's your cheat sheet.

Photo: Jimbo and the family went fishing yesterday

Who knew the Fisher clan took their name so literally? 

I'll show myself out now.


(via @canfish16)

ESPN and Nike are hyping "freakish athleticism" of high schoolers at The Opening. Should we buy this?

Before becoming Louisiana Tech's strength coach 13 months ago, Kurt Hester spent a decade and a half training athletes as the owner and director of HS2 Athletic Performance in Mandeville, La., and then as the national director of training for the D1 Sports Training Center in Nashville, Tenn. Essentially, Hester made his living helping high school athletes reach college sports, and college athletes reach the professional ranks. 

Naturally, Hester spent his Tuesday evening watching ESPN's coverage of The Opening. The biggest recruiting event on the schedule, paid for by Nike and hyped by ESPN, The Opening attracts 162 of the best college prospects in America for 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 competition and combine-like training measurements. 

The players run 40's, compete in an agility shuttle, do a vertical leap and complete a kneeling kettle bell toss, and then have those scores combined into a SPARQ rating. 

The entire event is designed as one massive competition, so scores are ranked and then publicized on ESPN and on Twitter.

Problem is, many of these scores are inflated - unless you really want to believe that rising high school senior Taj Griffin would have really been the third-fastest person at the 2014 NFL Combine. As a seasoned strength professional, Hester knows an artifically-inflated score when he sees one. 

Measurement exaggeration exists on every level of football in varying degrees. College coaches see through these numbers for the same reason NFL personnel people conduct their own measurements at the Combine and during on-campus pro days. But it's something different when ESPN and Nike combine their colossal hype-building power to turn high school athletes into something they're not - unless you truly believe Griffin is nearly a full tenth of a second faster as a high school senior than Sammy Watkins was after three years in the Clemson program. 

This can't possibly lead to any unintendend consequences later on down the road, can it? 

You never know who is drawing inspiration from your tweets

If you've ever needed a quick dose of inspiration to start your day, you may want to bookmark Virginia receivers coach (and former quarterback) Marques Hagans' feed on Twitter. His feed is full of great stuff.

That's just a small sampling of what Hagans pushes out to his followers, and it's easy to see why he has become known for his daily doses of wisdom. In fact, guys like NFL veteran Michael Vick have taken notice with a tip of the cap on Twitter. Vick gave Hagans a little shout out to let him know that his tweets are making a difference.

This is a great example of using Twitter to make a difference. Coach Hagans, who actually went to high school just down the street from where Vick played his high school ball, has found a way to be a positive role model while demonstrating how to use social media to inspire and motivate followers.

Twitter is a powerful tool that can not only inspire, but can also provide hope, happiness, sadness, and every other human emotion imaginable. Be mindful of what you're putting out there and make sure it's a reflection that you can look at and be proud of.

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