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daily 01/21/2015

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  • Haruki Murakami’s Advice Column Is Now Online. Read English translations of his suggestions http://t.co/DKha35prVB http://t.co/YWaCX1IhrN

    • USC has been fined and reprimanded by the Pac-12 after it was discovered that one of the Trojans’ student managers had intentionally deflated game balls during the first half of Saturday’s loss to Oregon.
    • But in a general sense – just taking USC out of the equation – there are few college-football tricks more duplicitous and underhanded than tampering with the football itself.
    • USC changed backup quarterback Cody Kessler’s number from 6 to 35 before a game against the Buffaloes on Oct. 20, with No. 35 the same jersey number as punter Kyle Negrete. Kessler was then used on a two-point conversion in the first half while wearing No. 35 before moving back to No. 6 for the second half.
    • The referees inspect the dozen game balls that each team selects 2 hours 15 minutes before the game. In inclement weather, teams also bring a dozen backup balls to be tested as well. The balls remain in the referee’s possession until just before the game, when they are delivered to the ball boys on the sideline.
    • To prevent teams from overinflating balls to make them more buoyant — an advantage for kickers — special “k-balls” are shipped from Wilson directly to the stadium and opened by the referee before the game. The k-balls are used exclusively for kicking plays.
    • With all the procedures they take, I find it hard to believe that someone could take two bags of 12 balls and deflate them. I don’t see where you could go with this large bag of balls. Do you lock yourself in a room? It’s not very feasible.
    • The only advantage is when it’s 12.5 to 13.5 pounds of pressure and someone puts it down to 11.5, supposedly it’s easier to throw. But it seems so far off the charts that someone would do that and not get caught beforehand.
    • Sometimes balls can have a bladder problem
    • It’s by no means a perfect fit, but an R-squared of 0.2 definitely points to at least a little bit of a relationship. And the trendline is sloping downwards, indicating the more complex an offense, the worse it does on average. (Kansas fans, I hope you find this a little validating.)
    • Sure, they’re fun to watch when they work, but asking 19-year olds to memorize 300 pages of your glorious tactical vision is always a tall order.
    • They’re on the opposite end of the spectrum, espousing well-executed simplicity over tactics.
    • What generally works better, a complex offense that keeps the defense on its heels, or a simple offense that can be boringly practiced to near-perfection? Using the data from the 2013 charting project, we can begin to answer that question.
    • Formations are defined by three attributes: number of backs, number of wide receivers, and where the quarterback lines up (under center, pistol, shotgun).
    • The basic assumption is the greater diversity in the number of formations, the more complex the playbook.
    • Sure, it’s more complicated than that, but the line blocks the play the same every time. The RB makes the same motion every time, the WR’s save the slant/sluggo guy run the same routes every time, and you’re asking the QB, a straight ahead brute with a cannon arm and defensive illiteracy, to read very little coverage. You can do this with any number of packaged plays and build execution via repetition while punishing the defense for getting too nosy. Then maybe add tempo.
       
       Or you can have a four inch thick playbook and play dartboard football in an era of practice time constraints. I know which direction I would go.
    •  We even created some movement early in our abomination of a bowl game. I just think we were asking our limited offensive players to do too much instead of mastering a few plays and adding counters as the season progressed.
    • Sluggo is an acronym for slant and go
    • Earth-616 is the established main universe where the majority of Marvel books take place.

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