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Blind Sided?

The next bout is scheduled for early June… right about the time the whole world forgets about football for a few weeks. The draft will be a month and a half old, the myriad mini-camps will be winding down, and training camp and the pre-season will still be a month or two away. Even one of my favorite and devoted football columnists, Peter King of SI, turns his attention to other things every June.

Not us. Not this Fight Club. We’re going to dive in and dissect the game while the rest of the world sleeps. Our guideline? The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, by Michael Lewis.

There are really two stories in this one book. One is an examination of the evolution of the game of football from about the time of the NFL-AFL merger to present with special attention paid to the position of left tackle. The other is a personal story of a young, prospective, immensely talented and naturally gifted athlete, Michael Oher, who hopes to play the position of left tackle in the NFL someday.

The timing for reading this book is nearly perfect, IMHO. We’ll get Oher’s back-story just prior to his last season of college football and his subsequent entry into the 2009 NFL draft. And, with this year’s draft just past us, the pundits are already looking forward to next year. So, where does Michael Oher project to go, or, in other words, how many millions of dollars can he expect to have in his bank account in one year? A few projections:

Just to get an idea for what his bank account might look like in a year, the top ten picks from the 2007 NFL Draft averaged $18.7 million in guaranteed money.

Michael Oher will very likely live comfortably for the rest of his life, thanks in large part to his hard work, determination, the love and support of his adopted family and… Lawrence Taylor. To understand this reference, read the book. But, suffice it to say that this man is nearly solely responsible for the position of left tackle becoming the second-highest paid position in football after QB. For the last twenty years, teams have been adapting and investing in protection for their most prized position, and Oher will reap the benefits.

But, for how long?

The very fact that the game has evolved like it has over the last 20 years suggests that evolution will continue. And where will the LTs (left tackles… or the Lawrence Taylor’s for that matter ) of the game fall in this process? One very unique and innovative approach to the game that is starting to gain some traction suggests that left tackles, in fact offensive linemen altogether, may become nearly unnecessary!

Introducing, the A 11 Offense:

Talk about evolution of a game! Though only time will tell how it truly does evolve.

In the meantime, Oher will prep for his last unpaid season, America will enjoy a football-free June, and we will discuss and prognosticate the evolution of America’s game.

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He’s gone but not forotten…

Thank you all for your letters of concern but we are hopeful that Dave K. has not passed away, gone missing in a Minneapolis airport bathroom, or been abducted by aliens!  We have received a coded message from him and believe that he is alive “Thought you might find this helpful…”  We have heard word through Halo 3 Xbox Live back channels that Dave K. has been spotted in Seasoned Gamers deathmatches.  Our source is sketchy so we’re hopeful but not certain.  Dave K. if you can hear us please send us another sign that you’re ok… remember your wife and child… come back to the “light” Dave K.

When Kissing Won’t Do… Universal Spanks The Baby!

Thank god for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)!  A loving mother recently posted a 30-second video of her toddler dancing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy”… to make a long story short… Universal threw a “temper tantrum” and sent YouTube a standard-issue Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice.  So YouTube took down the content.  Now to the good part… EFF has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family to restore the video and asking for damages plus the kicker of injunctive relief restraining Universal from bring further copyright claims against the family!

Now what to do with these rabid copyright holders?  “Universal’s takedown notice doesn’t even pass the laugh test,” said EFF Staff Attorney Corynne McSherry. “Copyright holders should be held accountable when they undermine non-infringing, fair uses like this video.”

Read the full article on WebProNews.com.  And make sure to see the video of the dancing baby for yourself.

MLB Brushes Off Sling With An Inside Pitch

While Major League Baseball claims that SlingMedia’s “place shifting” technology is illegal they aren’t ready to throw the heat just yet.  In an article from today’s WSJ, Major League Baseball has said that it will not sue SlingMedia (yet) but will win the battle “through good content and good technology.”  Another example of media companies trying to squeeze every dime out of their customers… I pay for my cable service, I pay for my set top boxes (or Cable Cards)… to the tune of $150 per month with Internet access.  Where does MLB get off saying that I can’t watch it when and where I want to?

Free Culture follow-up

As part of our discussion during the last bout on Free Culture, we touched on the current issue of saving Internet radio. On my drive home today, I listened to a fantastic podcast regarding this- This Week in Media (TWiM), Episode 52. The five-man panel made up of industry insiders, including a big wig at Pandora, does a great job of explaining the history and reasoning on all sides of the issue.

If you have any interest in this subject, want clarification, or enjoy insightful discussion in the form of a podcast, I highly recommend this one!


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