This is real simple. We have two, first level Eagles-Redskins tickets to give away for Sunday. We’ll have more throughout the season, too. They will all come courtesy of NRG Energy, the Green Energy company that powers Lincoln Financial Field. All those solar panels and wind turbines? Yeah, they’re responsible for them. We all like to poke fun at Jeffrey Lurie for sometimes focusing his attention away from the field, but it’s hard to argue that the Eagles and Lincoln Financial Field, with the help of NRG, are leading the way among sports teams for producing and using their own clean energy. It’s obvious from the moment you approach the parking lot.
Earlier this summer, the folks at NRG reached out to us and offered a different kind of partnership. Instead of just giving us money to throw an ad up over there on the right, they offered to give you, the CB reader, a whole bunch of good stuff – autographed items, Eagles gear, and tickets (and, full disclosure: a few for us, too) – in exchange for us occasionally telling you about their company. I’m usually wary of this sort of sponsorship (you’d be surprised how many we’ll give you free stuff in exchange for promotion emails I get… and delete), but after talking with NRG, learning about their partnership with the Eagles and Connor Barwin (one of the good guys), and realizing how rare it is to find a big corporation that’s not trying to screw the world and its customers, the decision to work with them this season was an easy one.
Now, about those tickets.
Here’s all you need to do: Follow both me (@CrossingBroad) and NRG (@NRGEnergy) on Twitter* and Tweet or retweet the following: I just entered to win 2 Eagles-Redskins tickets thanks to @CrossingBroad and @NRGEnergy. Follow them and RT to enter. #EaglesNRG
We’ll be picking the winner tomorrow and you’ll get your tickets (emailed) in plenty of time for the game on Sunday. That’s it. No strings, no hoops, no nothing. A pair of lower level Eagles-Redskins tickets. We’ll have more throughout the season.
*If you’re already following me or them, there’s no need to un-follow and then re-follow. The winner must simply be following both accounts.
Why shouldn’t he have full confidence? One million reasons, the funniest of which being this .gif from Monday night’s game, via Dan McQuade:
Get better Mychal.
It’s Sproles’ first Offensive Player of the Week Award. The Chip Kelly effect. MY ANACONDA DON’T, MY ANACONDA DONT.
Video highlights here.
I’m imagining a room in which three monkeys sit around a circle, staring quizzically at the oblong object – a football, to humans… mom, to cows – that they’ve spent the last 10 minutes trying to fuck. That’s the Minnesota Vikings. Their statement:
This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.
We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role – and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.
While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.
We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision. – Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf
We firmly believe and realize this is the right decision… until we change our minds again because we have no idea what we’re doing and, at this point, we’re just completely reacting to public pressure, and we’re trying to find the delicate balance between angering the general public and pissing off our numbskull fans, whose reaction to our latest reaction can be found after the jump. Continue reading
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Chip Kelly. Unconventional. Etc.: According to the Wall Street Journal, when Chip Kelly needs some outside help, or has some questions, or is wondering if something can be done a different/better way, he consults a network of college professors. Meanwhile, you lost every syllabus you were ever given. Here’s a quote from a professor he’s consulted with, and please pay special attention to what he’s an expert on:
“Chip says, ‘This guy, with his social sciences or psychology or statistical model or his understanding of African-American history, let’s bring him in and see if there’s even one idea or one sentence that is a piece of trying to get done what I’m trying to accomplish,’ ” said Harry Edwards, a professor emeritus at the University of California-Berkeley and expert on race relations who has advised Kelly. “He is always searching for the missing piece and he realizes it could be a piece you can’t find in the athletic arena.”
Hmmm, wonder what it could have possibly been that Chip consulted with an expert on race relations about. I guess we’ll never know (the Journal actually reports that Edwards was consulted on both the Riley Cooper and DeSean Jackson situations). The WSJ piece continues on, introducing us to another academic named K. Anders Ericsson, who I assume looks just like a nerdy Thor (I am very wrong). Ericsson is a memory expert from Florida State’s cognitive psychology department who was the source — righty or wrongly — for Malcolm Gladwell’s famous “10,000 hour rule.” But how did Ericsson specifically help the Eagles?
The Eagles use memory devices to get players to memorize formations. Safety Malcolm Jenkins said that during meetings, coaches will show an opponent’s formation on a screen, and players will attempt to remember it and yell the play call they would use against it. Then, Jenkins said, snapping his fingers, “They start to flash it quicker and quicker. There’s less time to process. And so you build those same cognitive skills where it’s the same as getting a mental rep on the field.”
Ericsson thought this a noble effort, but in his opinion, it wasn’t enough. He recommended that the situations be harder to understand—to go beyond the formations and “get them to respond to video clips of more complex scenarios instead of simple, fast recognitions,” he said. “You want to encourage players to be more analytical and open them up to more feedback on what they aren’t paying attention to.”
What, exactly, Kelly took from these meetings isn’t yet clear. He declined to speak on the matter, as did a team spokesman and Kelly’s chief of staff, James Harris, who is in charge of the program, which Ericsson said features “weekly seminars to stimulate thinking.”
The rest of the Wall Street Journal piece can be read over here, and it’ll probably change your thoughts on Chip again. Or, it could just make you feel dumber.
Dave McKenna, writing for Deadspin about the elite NFL media being stooges:
“It’s fascinating,” [the agent] said, having watched enough of the aftermath of Ray Rice’s left cross to his fiancée’s chin to feel validated in his cynical view of how information is disseminated to football fans from up high. “It shows you’ve got this small group of influential commentators and writers making more money then they ever dreamed of, living a lifestyle they never dreamed of, and they don’t wanna upset the applecart.”
As the agent and many others see it, the Rice fiasco has been a clarifying moment for the top tier of NFL beat reporting, which today looks like nothing so much as a well-appointed kennel for obedient lapdogs. Because access is the coin of the realm in a media age that demands an ever-replenishing supply of what one NFL beat guy called “nuggets”— Green Bay-Seattle will kick off the season!—the star reporters to one extent or another all belong to the league. “I’m not in bed with the league,” said the reporter. “Sometimes I wish I was because a) there’s a lot more money it and b) if you’re going to be in bed with anybody, it should be the people in the league office.”
The chosen few disseminators of football intelligence are multimedia stars today, with gigs in print and online and on TV and radio, and with huge Twitter presences—Schefter, King, and Mort have a combined six million followers. The NFL need only filter the message of a very few folks to shape the entire national discussion.
This reflects back on those media stars, for whom the rewards go well past money. One NFL reporter told me that among the most striking scenes he witnessed while attending various training camps this summer was Schefter “getting hounded for autographs as much as the quarterback.” Why wouldn’t those not in the NFL’s influencer club aspire to be?
Exactly what I was saying last week– upset the status quo, lose access and by extension, money.
Good article on Deadspin.
We’re so quick to find the bad in everything, but the fact is, every team in the NFL has struggles. No team wins 42-0 every game and is three-deep at every position. Watch any of the best teams – Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers – and you’ll see things they could do better. We’re all hesitant to be all-in on the Birds, and yet, even with their struggles, they’re 2-0 and among the most proficient offensive teams in the league (after taking off the first half in the first game).
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Hey, finally somebody posted Merrill Reese’s call of Cody Parkey’s game-winning field goal online. JoeMontanasRightArm.com dug it up, and it’s glorious:
Gotta love Mike Quick completely ruining the call.