Right after Odell Beckham Jr.’s amazing catch last Sunday night, Twitter started mentioning a photographer that could be seen in the background missing the catch. Andrew Mills, the photographer, responded on Monday:
As the ball left his hand, I switched cameras to the 70-200 hanging over my right shoulder and immediately swung to the center of the field, hunting for the intended receiver, but I couldn’t find one. I swung back toward the bench and spotted Beckham blazing down the sideline right at me, ball in the air.
This is the “Oh, no” point.
I am tracking him, and Beckham is closing fast. Too fast. And I am too close. Way too close. And there’s nothing I can do.
Sometimes, all the skill, talent, and experience mean nothing without a little bit of luck.
Vlad Savov at The Verge wondered what it would cost to buy every product advertised during an NFL game, so, he compiled a list.
The purpose of this undertaking was to articulate how saturated in advertising every game broadcast has become. Analogous numbers could be drawn from the typical NBA or MLB game, but the NFL is the clear leader both in popularity and ad density. For every three-hour contest that an NFL fan spectates, 50 minutes (or around 25 percent) is spent irradiated in the ember glow of brand messaging. Buy, drive, invest, consume, insure, consume some more, buy again. I can’t help but wonder if the real price we pay for this entertainment isn’t greater than the fictional bill I have compiled herein.
Artist Max O’Brien has redesigned the logos for the NFL’s 32 teams.
32 different teams, 32 different sets of fans, 32 themes, 32 personalities, 32 stories and 32 lines of history. 32 different cities and landmarks. 32 different names. If I was going to do this right by me I would have to do it right by the 32 legacies of the league and stay true to their roots and do right by their followers.
Nike has pulled a Carolina Panthers t-shirt after using a picture of South Carolina instead of North Carolina, where the Panthers play.
“A small quantity of incorrect Carolina Panthers T-shirts were recently made available for sale,” said Nike spokesman Brian Strong. “The product should not have been sold. We have removed it from sale and apologize for the error.”
How does something like this get all the way through design, production, QC, and out on to the selling floor before someone notices something might not be right?
The Times details how many University of Oregon football players are taking American Sign Language to fulfill their foreign language course requirement. When one of them scores a touchdown, they put their hands together in the shape of the letter “O”. Now that they know what that symbol means, they won’t do it anymore.
“I did the ‘O’ once, and I never did it again,” said LaMichael James, the team’s star running back, who recently injured his right elbow. When discussing this, James spoke quietly so that those nearby would not hear. He would not make the sign. His elbow hurt, he demurred.
So…I now know one word in sign language. Probably won’t come in that handy.
Malcolm Gladwell at Grantland takes a look at owning a professional sports franchise and ‘psychic benefits’:
The best illustration of psychic benefits is the art market. Art collectors buy paintings for two reasons. They are interested in the painting as an investment — the same way they would view buying stock in General Motors. And they are interested in the painting as a painting — as a beautiful object. In a recent paper in Economics Bulletin, the economists Erdal Atukeren and Aylin Seçkin used a variety of clever ways to figure out just how large the second psychic benefit is, and they put it at 28 percent. In other words, if you pay $100 million for a Van Gogh, $28 million of that is for the joy of looking at it every morning. If that seems like a lot, it shouldn’t. There aren’t many Van Goghs out there, and they are very beautiful. If you care passionately about art, paying that kind of premium makes perfect sense.
Brett Favre’s consecutive starts streak ends at 297 consecutive NFL regular season games. The streak started in 1992. George Bush was President of the U.S. (the father, not the son); I was in high school; The Silence of the Lambs won the Oscar for Best Picture; “Unforgettable” by Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole won the Grammy for record of the year; Johnny Carson retired from The Tonight Show, and Jay Leno took over (Favre outlasted him and Leno doesn’t get sacked every show!); and Tarvaris Jackson, the QB who started in place of Brett, was 9 years old.
The roof of the Minneapolis Metrodome “collapsed”, and Fox, who was scheduled to broadcast the Giants vs. Vikings game Sunday, had cameras rolling when it happened early Sunday morning. A snow storm dumped 17 inches of snow in the area.
The Metrodome is an inflatable bubble, so they just need to get some spare fabric and patch it up.
What is that thing sprinting along the sideline during the first few seconds of the video when the roof starts to deflate?
UPDATE: Yahoo! has a good before/after picture of the Metrodome, and word from the Fox engineers that they left the cameras on on purpose because they were hoping for expecting a roof collapse.
In mid-January, the Wall Street Journal analyzed the actual amount of play time of the average football game. They added up the amount of time the ball was actually alive and in play in four different games, and it averaged out to about 11 minutes. They concluded that the average game broadcast on TV shows 17 minutes of replays and 67 minutes of players standing around. With the biggest game of the year coming up, I decided to do my own analysis of the actual play time. Here are the results: