Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
You can read more about it http://www.displacedfansearch.com/
Displaced, die-hard NFL fans who maintain a nearly obsessive allegiance to their favorite team despite being far removed from its local market, will always have a home at DIRECTV. To honor those stalwart fans, DIRECTV has unveiled the first official list of the top displaced-fan cities in America and is also launching a national search for the Ultimate Displaced Fan.
DIRECTV analyzed data from more than one million NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ subscribers to identify the cities that hold the highest percentage of fans for each NFL team. In addition, the nation's digital satellite television leader is setting out to crown one lucky NFL fan as America's "Ultimate Displaced Fan," and send him or her to Tampa for Super Bowl XLIII and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Notable among the list of top displaced-fan cities were Las Vegas and Orlando, the only cities to house the highest percentage of displaced fans for more than two different teams. Las Vegas led in displaced fans for the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers, while Orlando played home to the highest percentage of New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions fans. The list revealed several notable city/team relationships such as Washington D.C. housing the highest percentage of displaced fans for its most storied rival, the Dallas Cowboys, or Minneapolis housing the highest percentage of fans for its biggest rival, the Green Bay Packers.
The DIRECTV Ultimate Displaced Fan Search will allow NFL fans throughout the country to enter submissions on the DIRECTV Ultimate Displaced Fan Search page at DIRECTV.com/NFL between Sept. 11 and Nov. 30, 2008. There, fans can stake their claim to this unique title through written essays/blogs, photos or video submissions that illustrate exactly why they should be crowned the Ultimate Displaced Fan. One winner will be selected by a panel of judges, based on the example of dedication they display to their favorite team and the creativity of their submissions.
The winner will receive a dream prize package, including a trip for two and two tickets to Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Fla. In addition, the winner will get to meet Super Bowl XLII MVP and New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning, as well as a player from their favorite NFL team (if it's not the Giants), and play side-by-side with celebrities and star athletes in DIRECTV's Celebrity Beach Bowl flag football game, also held in Tampa during Super Bowl week. Finally, the winner will participate in their own media tour where they'll rub elbows with NFL stars while doing interviews on "radio row" at the official Super Bowl media center.
Below are the U.S. cities featuring the largest out-of-market fan base for each NFL team (based on percentage of NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ subscribers in the DMA that have listed the specific team as their favorite). The results exclude all cities that are within the home territory of the local team.
1. Arizona Cardinals – St. Louis, MO
2. Atlanta Falcons – Greenville-Spartanburg, SC / Asheville, NC
3. Baltimore Ravens – Harrisburg-Lancaster, PA
4. Buffalo Bills – Orlando-Daytona, FL
5. Carolina Panthers – Norfolk, VA
6. Chicago Bears – Las Vegas, NV
7. Cincinnati Bengals – Charleston-Huntington, WV
8. Cleveland Browns – Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL
9. Dallas Cowboys – Washington, DC
10. Denver Broncos – Las Vegas, NV
11. Detroit Lions – Orlando-Daytona, FL
12. Green Bay Packers – Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
13. Houston Texans – Fresno-Visalia, CA
14. Indianapolis Colts – Knoxville, TN
15. Jacksonville Jaguars – Norfolk, VA
16. Kansas City Chiefs – Des Moines, IA
17. Miami Dolphins – Atlanta, GA
18. Minnesota Vikings – Des Moines-Ames, IA
19. New England Patriots – Orlando-Daytona, FL
20. New Orleans Saints – Jackson, MS
21. New York Giants – West Palm Beach, FL
22. New York Jets – West Palm Beach, FL
23. Oakland Raiders – Las Vegas, NV
24. Philadelphia Eagles – Baltimore, MD
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Cleveland, OH
26. San Diego Chargers – Las Vegas, NV
27. San Francisco 49ers – Portland, OR
28. Seattle Seahawks – Portland, OR
29. St. Louis Rams – Fresno-Visalia, CA
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Greenville-Spartanburg, SC / Asheville, NC
31. Tennessee Titans – San Antonio, TX
32. Washington Redskins – Raleigh-Durham, NC
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Dol-Fans show your support and help two Dolphins win major NFL weekly awards. On the heels of Miami's 21-19 victory over the Seattle Seahawks this past Sunday, safety Yeremiah Bell and tackle Jake Long have been nominated for weekly NFL honors.
Bell is a nominee for the GMC Sierra Defensive Player of the Week for Week 10. He led the Dolphins with nine tackles and defensed a two-point conversion attempt by Seattle to secure the Dolphins' 21-19 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter. Voting is now open, and will remain open until this Thursday at 4:00 p.m. (ET). To vote for Bell:
Long is a nominee for the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week for Week 10. He was part of an offensive line that led a running game that amassed 155 yards and two touchdowns on 27 attempts (5.7-yard average) and allowed only two sacks in the Dolphins' 21-19 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Voting is now open, and will remain open until this Friday at 12:00 p.m. (ET). To vote for Long:
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
On Miami's first TD, they ran the "flea flicker." In this play, the offense essentially executes a basic running play (in this case off right guard), and then the running back suddenly turns around and shovels it back to QB. He then will throw it long to a receiver streaking down the field.
The key here is to "sell" the run. You have to make the defense assume that its a running play so the saftey will come up, leaving the receiver in (at worst) one-one coverage.
In Miami's case, the safety did come up, but recognized the play and returned to coverage, thus putting Ginn in double coverage. But the pass was so perfect, and Ginn made a one handed catch that negated the coverage.
On Miami's second TD, they unveiled another wrinkle to the wildcat. This time, they lined up Ronnie as the ball handler, and flanked him with Cobbs and Ricky. And they did not use the unbalanced line we saw on other ocassions.
And at the snap, it was straight up blocking with no pulling guard. Ricky went one way with Ronnie and Cobbs going the other.
Ricky got the handoff, and went toward the right side, while Ronnie and Cobbs went left. Ricky simply followed his block and went through the line, all the tacklers were occupied, except one, and Ricky blew past him for the TD.
And finally, Miami ran basically the same play again later. Except this time, Ronnie kept the ball and went left. The defense clearly was expecting Ricky to get the ball, but he didn't.
Now the question I had was about what else they were setting up. Cobbs stayed behind Ronnie for just long enough to make me think that he might have been running a wishbone; possibly it was a "check with me" where if he was bottled up he might have pitched it back, but otherwise the call was to have him block.
It was well-conceived, and well executed.
See? There is more to the wildcat.
So, now its second and goal at the 4 with somewhere around 30 seconds left. Its a handoff. Gore runs left, and a player gets a hand on him, but he takes two more steps, stumbles and puts his knee down. Then, he crawls across the goal line before he's touched again. He's ruled down, and San Fran quickly lines up to spike it again. They get the play off....
As he cuts, I see 53 grab a jersey, and pull it. I look at the ref and start thinking "don't call it. don't call it." And out comes the flag. Ginn naturally makes it all the way to the endzone, only to have it called back - on a penalty I saw happen.
Monday, November 10, 2008
In the 70's, disaster flicks were huge business, and Universal Studios was eager-beaver to take it to the next level. This next level was called "Sensurround", and it was used for a handful of movies including 1974's Earthquake and 1976's Midway.
You know how you get a funny feeling if you hold a subwoofer up to your belly and crank the tunes? This was the basic idea behind Sensurround. They equipped theaters with giant speakers that would rumble out the bass at certain points in the movie, so that moviegoers would actually feel their insides quivering due to the sonic attack.
The funny thing was, Sensurround was somewhat of a hit, and helped to make these films legitimate event tickets. Unfortunately, there were a few hitches with the system: it caused several patrons to become physically sick, it damaged the actual theater it was in (cracks were quickly seen on the walls and ceilings, and one theater saw a huge chunk of roof come down and flatten 10 empty seats), and people sitting in the next theater over couldn't hear their own movie. This, coupled with the cost of the equipment, saw the early end of Sensurround.
I can only imagine if these were still in operation in today's extreme sports culture - who wouldn't want to go to a movie where you could potentially get a nose bleed or hit by a ceiling tile for just showing up?
We started off with a little reception over at Bokamper's place. I had wanted to ask Bo about his new place when we interviewed him early in the season, but we didn't get to it. Its hopping, and a lot of fun. And best of all, Bo is often there. Its definitely worth a visit.