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Crossing Broadcast: Sixers Trade, A Secret Meeting, Sports Talk Radio

Russ Joy - February 7, 2019

Kevin and Russ dissect the Sixers’ trade for Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott. The guys then recap the “secret meeting” between six Eagles reporters and Carson Wentz, the Phillies’ interest in JT Realmuto, Mike Missanelli’s hockey take, and the Union’s rumored target.

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NHL All-Star Game and NFL Pro Bowl to Provide Real-Time Player-Tracking Data

Russ Joy - January 26, 2019

This is really, really cool. During tonight’s NHL All-Star Game and Sunday afternoon’s NFL Pro Bowl, all nine fans watching both games will be treated to data-tracking technology previously tested in restricted settings. The user experience will be drastically different in terms of presentation, however it’s worth taking advantage of the unprecedented access on a few levels. If you’re a fan of either sport, you’ll be treated to tracking data that’s been limited in scope (NFL) or has never been seen in any live setting (NHL). If you’re into sports betting, welcome to the advent of a new level of prop betting.

The NHL’s technology is so much more innovative and engaging it’d be doing it a disservice to supplant it as the lead, even though the NFL is exponentially more watched. Available via a digital-only broadcast, every player and puck will be fitted with a microchip that will track every player’s skating speed, shot speed, and time on ice. Not to be confused with FOX’s glowing puck of the 90’s, NBC will experiment with the live usage of a small trail behind the puck to aid viewers in tracking the small rubber disc.

NBC Sports producer Steve Greenberg said to the Associated Press:

“Eventually it’ll go to possession time and more advanced (data), but right now it’s mainly focused on speed, shift time, distance traveled, mph on the shot and virtually connecting players on a goal. We’re scratching the surface here, and what we’re able to display this weekend is not what we’re going to be able to display next year and in the future, but it’s going to be able to be a really good first look at what these chips are going to be able to give us.”

In terms of something fans are somewhat used to seeing, the graphics – specifically player bubbles with names and speed – will likely look like this:

The initial graphic on the lower third of the screen is as traditional as it gets, but 35 seconds into that clip, you see something akin to what a player in NHL 19 would see. It’s important to point out that the live digital broadcast could overwhelm viewers, especially with every skater on ice having his own bubble. That’s part of the reason the NHL chose to debut the technology for public consumption during the 3-on-3 All-Star Game rather than normal 5-on-5 play.

In an interview with the Associated Press, NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood said of potentially overwhelming viewers with new technology:

“It’s a balancing act. Think about years ago when the yellow line came in for the first down in football. It’s now universal. There are going to be elements that’ll become universal in hockey telecasts based on what we learn over the next period of time.”

When you parse together Greenberg and Flood’s comments, along with previous statements by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and other high-ranking officials, it’s clear that there’s more to the implementation of the technology than just improving the broadcast experience. The potential live-betting possibilities seem endless. Imagine watching a seemingly meaningless game between the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets. One one side, the league’s fastest skater Connor McDavid is squaring off against Columbus’ Cam Atkinson, who in his own right is one of the league’s fastest skaters. McDavid would likely be installed as the odds-on favorite to reach top speed in the game, but with 30 seconds left, Seth Jones finds Atkinson on a breakaway. While he misses the game-winning shot, he edges out McDavid’s top speed by 0.1 mph. That’s the future of prop betting, and the NHL is at the forefront of what’s possible.

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Crossing Broadcast: Five for Five

Russ Joy - January 23, 2019

Kevin and Russ break down the Carson Wentz report, vetting sources, Mike Conley’s fit with the Sixers, Roy Halladay’s Hall of Fame induction, the NFL’s overtime rule, Claude Giroux’s all-star week, and Ernst Tanner’s view on the U-20 World Cup.

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Larry Fedora Said Some Unpopular Stuff

Kevin Kinkead - July 19, 2018

Larry Fedora, who wears a visor, gave a weird press conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference’s football media day.

The North Carolina head ball coach was asked about a variety of topics and spun off on a stream-of-consciousness discussion about the state of the game in the United States.

From Raleigh’s ABC11:

Fedora also spoke specifically about how rule changes in college football are changing the game, and not for the better. As football goes, Fedora said, so goes our country.

“Our game is under attack,” Fedora said. “I fear that the game will be pushed so far from what we know that we won’t recognize it 10 years from now. And if it does, our country will go down, too.”

Fedora also relayed the following anecdote: He spoke with a general – military branch unknown – and asked what made America’s forces the strongest in the world. It’s because the U.S. is the only country that plays football, the general replied, per Fedora.

“I think because of the lessons you learn in the game of football relate to everything you’re going to do for the rest of your life,” Fedora said. “When we stop learning those lessons, we’re going to struggle.

Okay, well, I agree that football teaches life lessons, but it’s certainly not the only source of wisdom and knowledge. You could probably learn the same lessons from basketball or baseball or marching band or debate club. And I don’t know if our military is the strongest in the world because we play football, it could also be that we spend 600 billion dollars on it.

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Penn State Dug a Hole in their Practice Field and Buried the Temple Game Tape

Jim Adair - September 8, 2015

Maybe they should have buried their offensive line with it.

All joking aside: When humanity perishes and the Earth is a barren wasteland, maybe alien explorers will come to Earth and discover the tape, allowing them to experience a lot of human culture. Like fandom, community, and how not to play football.

NFL RedZone Could Be A Year-Round Channel, Here’s How

Kyle - June 9, 2015


This post is part of The Crosswalk, Crossing Broad’s reader submitted section. While checked for basic quality and readability, it is not edited by Crossing Broad, and all opinions expressed are those of the author, for better or worse. If you’re interested in having your work appear on Crossing Broad, fill out the short sign up form here.
NFL Films has always been the perfect combination of sports and history. The narration of the game by such legendary voices as John Facenda and Harry Kalas, along with the music composed by Sam Spence, changed the way sports could be viewed and presented. NFL Films has never failed in bringing the game to life whether it was the 1960s or this past season. And since the NFL season is so short when compared to other professional sports, the history of the game can take on greater significance in the long offseason. When I’m watching games from the past, it sometimes has nothing to do with what is happening on the field. It could be the crowd or the announcers that has my attention, or the overall television presentation of the game. It’s very interesting to see the evolution of not only the actual game, but the style of it as well. This is why I believe a weekly historical RedZone program – RedZone Classic – would be something all NFL fans would love. Continue Reading

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Byron Maxwell Says the Eagles’ Scheme “Definitely Fits” Him

Jim Adair - March 6, 2015

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent cornerback Byron Maxwell is reportedly on the Eagles’ radar. But even more importantly for an unrestricted free agent, the Eagles are on Maxwell’s radar. He’s been popping up on ESPN with Brian Dawkins, talking to Gonzo and Gunn on CSN, and all in all running his mouth in the best way possible.

He was all chummy with B-Dawk. He told Gonzo and Gunn that he only hears good things about Philly and that the Eagles “allow their corners to play and get physical … their scheme definitely fits me.” [Editor’s note: Their current scheme is burnt toast, so let’s just assume this was a canned response.] But even more exciting than that — this is what passes for excitement these days — Maxwell said on SportsCenter that he would “definitely” consider joining the Eagles. “They’re committed to winning,” Maxwell said. “If they were to come at me, I would have to consider them.”

But this is all just speculation, right Eliot Shorr-Parks?

Speaking on the phone to an agent of another top-end free agent cornerback, the idea was brought up of his client possibly coming to join the Eagles.

“Nope,” the agent replied, “They are getting Byron Maxwell.”

Well, that settles that.

Bruce Arians Takes a Swipe at Chip Kelly, Says His QBs Aren’t Real QBs

Jim Adair - February 20, 2015

Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that’s not a real hat, Bruce.

Though the Eagles aren’t (pointlessly) talking to the media at the combine, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians did, and he had some stuff to say about up-tempo offenses.

The question was posed to Arians — in regards to Marcus Mariota never running a “pro-style” offense — if pro vs. college offenses even matter at this point. His answer? Uh … yeah:

“So many times you’re evaluating a quarterback who has never called a play in a huddle, never used a snap count. You hold up a card on a sideline and he kicks his foot and throws the ball. That ain’t playing quarterback. There’s no leadership involved there. Now, there might be leadership on the bench, but when you get them now and you give them verbiage and they have to spit that verbiage out, use a snap count, change a snap count, they are light years behind. Light years behind.”

To be fair to Arians and his stupid hat [Editor’s note: and glasses], some of what he says makes sense. A lot of the playcalling and leadership does come from the sideline. There are no Peyton Mannings in these offenses. But also, “you hold up a card on a sideline and he kicks his foot and throws the ball”? That’s football. If you substitute “hold up a card” for “call in a play on the headset,” it’s the same thing. It’s just done faster and a little bit gimmicky, but it’s really not all that different. How often do quarterbacks come out of college with tons of experience using and changing the snap count anyway? These aren’t fully-formed game managers. What you need is a talented passer and a smart guy who you can mold into the best quarterback for your system. If anyone knows that, it should be the dude who started Ryan Lindley and Drew Stanton last year.