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Organize Like A Chef — Dan Charnas — As a guy who depends heavily on organization to feel stable enough to work, this article hit me in the right spot.

The Political-Messaging Huckster Behind Roger Goodell’s Awful Presser — Dave McKenna – Shocking to believe that Frank Luntz could be behind such shoddy PRmanship.

Leaving Free WP All Over the Field — Brian Burke – Clock-bleeding teams often don’t start bleeding fast enough, per Burke.

MLB’S Metal Detector Policy Is What “Letting The Terrorists Win” Looks Like  — Neil DeMause  — I wonder how skewed the ratio of TV fans to attending fans has gotten in baseball. I never see a packed house outside of a few specific stadiums.

Watching Tape With … the Chargers’ Dwight Freeney — Peter King – Here is, for example, an actual good thing you can do with access, Peter.

The Wage Gap Starts With Less Knowledge and Lower Expectations — Ron Lieber — Society just doing it’s job by reinforcing the roles of people to them early.

The Biggest Reasons You Haven’t Changed Your Habits — Leo Babuta – Very nice correlation to what we were talking about on the podcast this week.


The Classic Link

Chip Kelly does segments with Eagles TV. Some kind soul put them on YouTube, away from the evil NFL.com video lair that I can only seem to penetrate if I use Internet Explorer.


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Bleacher Report Pieces This Week

Colts Rediscover Their True Winning Philosophy: Crushing Other AFC South Teams

Game Too Fast for Jaguars Rookie Blake Bortles In First NFL Action

Can Alfred Blue Save Houston’s Run Game in Arian Foster’s Absence?

Bishop Sankey’s Weaknesses May Keep Him From a Bigger Role in Tennessee

The Texans Should Learn to Embrace the Spread Offense


Writing on Other Sites

Audibles at the Line — Football Outsiders

Any Given Sunday: Cardinals over 49ers— Football Outsiders

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This is Episode 4.0 of the Three-Cone Drill podcast, with guest Mike Tanier. You can check out Mike’s work at Bleacher Report and on Twitter at @MikeTanier.

You can download it here. Or listen on Libsyn’s page.

Our RSS feed is here, and our iTunes page is here. If you enjoy our podcast — a real labor of love on a daily basis that we actually pay money to create — please subscribe and rate it highly. We don’t have huge ambitions, we just want to be the No. 1 explicit sports podcast.

Speaking of: We should note that this is being given the “explicit” tag in iTunes. There is cursing. Don’t listen if you have delicate ears or are in a workplace environment.


SHOW NOTES

00:01-17:45 — Mailbag segment: How we would change reviews in the NFL if we could? How would we change NFL overtime if we could? Do we think either of them should change?
17:46-44:00 — Segment 1: Should we still like football? Rivers and Danny discuss how concussions and the big business of the NFL have impacted their ability to watch the game. Which one of us had a moral crisis with the NFL that stopped him from immediately becoming a sports writer?

44:20-1:46:50Guest Mike Tanier! We ask Mike about “Points of Emphasis,” the Patriots, how the NFL should handle the Ray Rice situation, and advice for aspiring writers. We also talk about his transition from Sports on Earth to Bleacher Report. Plus! Learn what Mike would rant about to earn a three-week suspension if he could!

Pieces we talk about in this segment: Brady’s Inability to Throw Deep Reveals Deeper Patriots Problems

1:47:15-end — Segment 2: The idea of just fucking doing it. What are the barriers and demons that have kept me and Danny from doing things we’ve wanted to do in the past, what are we trying to do to get past those now? What habits are important? Plenty of real-life experience fuck-ups explained as well.

Pieces we talk about in this segment: Taming the Mammoth, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beno%C3%AEt_Lecomte

Musical credits: Opening song credit is: “Floss Suffers From Gamma Radiation” by Blue Ducks (http://recordsonribs.com/artists/blueducks/), The Incredible Singing Robot, The Ken SongSurvival Instinct


EMAILS, SUGGESTIONS, MUSIC, COMMENTS, ETC.

We would love the opening segment of the show to permanently become an e-mail segment. To do this, we need a steady stream of questions. Please send us questions for next week’s show at threeconedrill (at) gmail (dot) com

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and should be taken serious.

our standards and the consequences of falling short

must be clear, consistent and current.

 

we are looking at every aspect of how we gather information to make a decision.

Friday there was a significant amount of uncertainty and information coming in.

we gathered as much information as we possibly could.

we gather almost entirely all of our information through law enforcement.

should all of our information be gathered simply through law enforcement?

we did not have all of the information on Friday.

it’s different.

we have a lot more information today.

And that is something else we are going to look at, Rachel.

I can’t explain how you got the information.

Only you can do that.

 

Let’s figure out how do do that again in a consistent and fair way.

I won’t get into the details of what we knew and not knew.

You’ll have to speak to the NFL on that.

The appeals process is not about details.

 

We are like a microcosm of society.

We will continually evaluate,

do we need other resources?

Do we need other individuals?

Do we need other organizations?

We are not disclosing or involving.

 

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Where Does The NFL Go From Here? — Chase Stuart — Never a good sign when your league’s off-field issues are making your most devout fans question their motives.

Will The Elite NFL Media Still Be Stooges After Ray Rice Scandal? — Dave McKenna — Well, no, Dave. Probably not. They get plenty of benefits from maintaining the status quo. But this piece has a great underlying point that Danny and I talked about this week on the podcast: if you’re not devoted to the truth of the story, you’re going to eventually look like a clown.

Violence is Violence: Adrian Peterson and the Science of Spanking — Mike Tanier – Excellent, excellent piece from a former teacher on what hitting actually solves.

Can A Vine Behave Like An Olive Tree? No — Gretchen Rubin  — I wind up trying to fight my disposition too much sometimes. This post was a nice reminder of why I’m pretty much always going to be up at 1 a.m.

Here’s Tom Brady’s Resume From 2000 — Christmas Ape – Again, in light of the podcast discussion we had this week. Where would Brady have gotten with this resume?

All The Comments on Every Recipe Blog – Mallory Ortberg — If my disdain for most internet commenters hasn’t already become apparent, the fact that this made me laugh more than anything else this week probably will make said disdain even more apparent.

Erotic Poetry About the IPhone 6 — Chris Plante – That seals it; I’m making it my mission to bring back Found Poetry.


 

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NFL 101: Introducing the Basics of Cover-2 -- Matt Bowen —  This whole series will make you a smarter football fan.

Missed the write-up section, still worth your time: Sammy Watkins on Early Track to Impressive Rookie SeasonNo-Huddle Series: Yabba Dabba YeldonThe most important thingWhat Should A Commissioner Be?, Here’s a tip: don’t lie, cheat, or scam people (see the full story)Vince Lombardi Breaks Down His Offense: Part 1


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Bleacher Report Pieces This Week

Texans Can’t Win AFC South on Running and Defense Alone

Colts Internal Philosophy Fails Even When it Works

All Not Lost for Colts in Weak AFC South

Jaguars O-Line, Receivers, Will Continue to Fail Chad Henne

Texans Need More From Clowney Replacement Whitney Mercilus


 

Writing on Other Sites

Audibles at the Line — Football Outsiders

Any Given Sunday: Browns over Saints— Football Outsiders

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This is Episode 3.0 of the Three-Cone Drill podcast, with guest Steph Stradley. You can check out Steph’s work at StradleyLaw.com, Ultimate Texans, and on Twitter at @StephStradley.

You can download it here. Or listen on Libsyn’s page.

Our RSS feed is here, and our iTunes page is here. If you enjoy our podcast — a real labor of love on a daily basis that we actually pay money to create — please subscribe and rate it highly. We don’t have huge ambitions, we just want to be the No. 1 explicit sports podcast.

Speaking of: We should note that this is being given the “explicit” tag in iTunes. There is cursing. Don’t listen if you have delicate ears or are in a workplace environment.


SHOW NOTES

Email segment: Advice for aspiring NFL writers, talking about how “sticky” turnovers are in the NFL, which NFL players we’d turn into (non-Toronto) Argonauts, taking on a Matt Waldman critic, and what would it take for us to give up the NFL?

Pieces we talk about in this segment: So You Want To Be A Writer, 11 Years And CountingA Statistical Look At How Turnovers Impacted The 2013 SeasonMatt Waldman’s piece on Rice,

Steph Stradley Interview (1:13:45): Sensible discipline for Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, NFL Bag policy, is Steph sick of having to speak for her entire gender? Plus, Texans and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Talk.

Pieces we talk about in this segment: What Is Sensible Discipline for NFL Player Misconduct? — additionally, Steph was asked to spin that forward on to MMQB today, so check out that piece as well.

Thursday Night Wrapup (2:11:05): Rivers and Danny, briefly, on how stupid the Josh McCown signing was for Tampa, plus a discussion on why the Jaguars aren’t starting Blake Bortles yet.


EMAILS, SUGGESTIONS, MUSIC, COMMENTS, ETC.

We would love the opening segment of the show to permanently become an e-mail segment. To do this, we continue to need a steady stream of questions. Please send us questions for next week’s show at threeconedrill (at) gmail (dot) com

This is the first time I’ve ever attempted a podcast. I have the technical know-how of a beached whale. If you have suggestions, comments, or ideas to improve the show, send them to threeconedrill (at) gmail (dot) com

Additionally, if you have material we can use for free: logos, music for intros and outros, and so on, please send those to threeconedrill (at) gmail (dot) com

Thank you for listening.

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Ray Rice Made Himself Unwatchable — Mike Tanier — That’s just Mike Tanier, in the midst of all the bloviating (some by me!), dealing slices of truth out. The worst thing you can do for yourself is corrupt the brand of you to the point where nobody wants to hear from you again.

Mortal Kombat II 20 Years Later Shea Serrano — My favorite thing about Mortal Kombat II was that it was right before the barrier to entry was raised on fighting games — soon after, you had Killer Instinct and you had to learn how to joystick 30-hit combos to be effective. Also, Liu Kang is the best character in MKII.

Functional Jewelry – Seth Godin – The psychology of these pieces is always fascinating to me. I am not a huge talker, but whenever I see someone pull out an iWatch or something of the sort, I always ask why they bought it.

Student Loan Debt Hurts Older People, Too —  Ah yes, but it’s all the millenials. We should force them to deal with the consequences! No other groups are struggling with this!

The Only Thing Unusual About Ray and Janay Rice Is That Somebody Noticed — Diana Moskovitz – Excellent summary of the damaging psychological and long-term effects abusive relationships create.

When Is Quitting The Right Thing To Do? – Ramit Sethi – During the season I have so many projects that I just have to backburner for awhile. It’s nothing personal, and it’s not about what I’d rather be doing. It’s just … there’s only so much one person can do without hating himself.

The Definitive NBA Court Design Power Rankings — Zach Lowe — Oh god that old Rockets monstrosity takes me back.


 

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NFL 101: Breaking Down The Route Tree -- Matt Bowen —  This was hugely helpful to me when I was writing the Factors series over at Football Outsiders.

Missed the write-up section, still worth your time: Forget The FlagsScouting Explained: The Mysterious Hit Tool, Pt. 2Q&A: Cardinals GM Steve KeimHow a password changed one man’s life for the betterJune Jones’s Retirement, and the Lasting Influence and Likely End of the Run-and-Shoot OffenseRoger Goodell failed, just like he was supposed to


 

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Bleacher Report Pieces This Week

Jaguars Have No Reason To Rush Blake Bortles On to Field

Colts Front Office, Coaching Staff Wasting Andrew Luck’s Generational Talent

Robert Mathis Injury Leaves Colts Desperate for Pass-Rushing Help

Allen Hurns Shows Promise In 1st Regular Season Game for Jaguars

Titans’ Jake Locker Is Still Flawed Quarterback Under Pressure


 

 

Writing on Other Sites

Audibles at the Line — Football Outsiders

 

Any Given Sunday: Dolphins over Patriots — Football Outsiders

Want to submit something for my attention? Try rivers (dot) mccown (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you!

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I’ve launched a podcast with my former Football Outsiders colleague Danny Tuccitto. You can download it here. Or listen on Libsyn’s page.

Our RSS feed is here, and we have submitted to iTunes. Fingers crossed, that’ll pop up next week.

We should note that this is being given the “explicit” tag in iTunes. There is cursing. Don’t listen if you have delicate ears or are in a workplace environment.

SHOW NOTES

Housekeeping: Three e-mail questions, three more than we thought we’d get!

Segment 1: Discussion of Ray Rice and the NFL’s attempted coverup thereof. Hot takes ensue!

Pieces we talk about in this segment: Matt Waldman’s piece on Rice, Katie Nolan’s video.

Segment 2 (49:25): Discussion of the red barn analogy. Do you have your own red barn ticks? We all do.

Segment 3 (1:22:05): Discussion of Pro Football Focus’ ratings and position in the football analytics marketplace. This segment is basically me listening to Danny and saying “uh huh” a lot.

Pieces we talk about in this segment: James Keane’s Bleeding Green Nation posts (as of this post being published, they’re second and third in his list of posts.)

EMAILS, SUGGESTIONS, MUSIC, COMMENTS, ETC.

We would love the opening segment of the show to permanently become an e-mail segment. To do this, we continue to need a steady stream of questions. Please send us questions for next week’s show at threeconedrill (at) gmail (dot) com

This is the first time I’ve ever attempted a podcast. I have the technical know-how of a beached whale. If you have suggestions, comments, or ideas to improve the show, send them to threeconedrill (at) gmail (dot) com

Additionally, if you have material we can use for free: logos, music for intros and outros, and so on, please send those to threeconedrill (at) gmail (dot) com

Thank you for listening.

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Apologies, folks. Between a myriad of blowout prediction posts and the launch of the podcasts, this post is three days late and three dollars short. But, I’d rather get it up than not. So here we go…

A Defense To Match — Chris Brown — Honestly, I thought Michigan State held their own considering the Autzen homefield and their lack of speed. Chris Brown breaks down their defense, which is one of the very few that I’d classify as “cutting edge” in a mostly offensive game.

Ted Talks Peter King — I do wonder if the Brett Favre trade would be viewed more like the Trent Richardson trade or more like the Kevin Kolb trade if it happened today. Seems absolutely absurd in retrospect.

Quarterbacks Illustrated – Kirk Goldsberry – As someone who has dabbled in trying to create his own charts and maps, I can’t tell you how awesome it is to see Kirk Goldsberry doing NFL stuff.

Twitter: Facebook-Style Filtered Feed Is Coming — Mathew Ingram — Okay, on one hand, this is profoundly annoying. On the other hand, well, if they want to ruin their website, I’m sure somebody else can provide a chronological timeline service. So many companies in these tech fields just don’t seem to know when to stop.

Taming The Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think — Tim Urban – Excellent, excellent way to think of the opinions of other people. Especially handy to me this week as my hits went way up.

Corporate Deadbeats — David Cay Johnston – There is practically no reason to ever have sympathy for a corporation.

The Next Great Quarterback — Albert Breer — My guess is that it’ll be Tom Savage.

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Glossary of Football Terms —  Field Yates -- There were some that I hadn’t even heard of in here. Very relevant for the more analytically-focused fans who don’t know quite as much about the X’s and O’s of the game.

Missed the write-up section, still worth your time: The Greatest Upset Of Them All, Our Use Of Hidden Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests, What French Kids Eat For School LunchTipping Their Hand: WRs Jaelen Strong and Ty Montgomery

Bleacher Report Pieces This Week

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Texans Deal For Ryan Mallett a Low-Risk, Low-Reward Proposition

J.J. Watt Contract Extension An Enormous Coup

Bishop Sankey Will Start When He Reads Like An NFL Back

Offensive Line Woes Leave Colts With Serious Questions About Running Game

Preseason Award Predictions — Bleacher Report

Writing on Other Sites

Hereeee come the pretzels. Err, I mean, predictions.

Staff Predictions — Football Outsiders

Staff Predictions — Battle Red Blog

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Want to submit something for my attention? Try rivers (dot) mccown (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you!

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I’ve launched a podcast with my former Football Outsiders colleague Danny Tuccitto. You can download it here. Or listen on Libsyn’s page. We’ll eventually have iTunes and all that in place — right now we just wanted to get it up before Week 1 concluded. We should note that this is being given the “explicit” tag in iTunes. There is cursing. Don’t listen if you have delicate ears or are in a workplace environment.

SHOW NOTES

Segment 1: Discussion of the “points of emphasis” penalties in the NFL this season. Danny brings the statistically-nuanced point of view. I do not.

Segment 2: Discussion of the ice bucket challenge. Confirmation that we are both cynical assholes. We talk about how altruistic you can really be in five-minute chunks of video.

Segment 3: Discussion of the Green Bay-Seattle NFL kickoff. We discuss how amazing Eddie Lacy looked, how valuable Richard Sherman is (in comparison to J.J. Watt), and how our earlier discussion on the increase of penalties played out.

EMAIL SEGMENT

We would love the opening segment of the show to become an e-mail segment. The reason this didn’t happen this week was because debutant podcasts have no email base. Please send us questions for next week’s show at threeconedrill (at) gmail (dot) com

SUGGESTIONS, MUSIC, COMMENTS, ETC.

This is the first time I’ve ever attempted a podcast. I have the technical know-how of a beached whale. If you have suggestions, comments, or ideas to improve the show, send them to threeconedrill (at) gmail (dot) com

Additionally, if you have material we can use for free: logos, music for intros and outros, and so on, please send those to threeconedrill (at) gmail (dot) com

Thank you for listening, and as always, we’ll try to do better next week.

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What is the NFL’s Corner 3? — Robert Mays — One of the bigger problems I thought the Houston Texans had last year was their lack of play-action passing. And hey, here’s this excellent Robert Mays piece that argues that it’s the most effective play in the league! Who knew?

Go Fucking Do It – I have successfully incentivized myself on my goals with money before. Here’s a good structure to use if you’re looking to do that.

The Strange And Curious Tale Of The Last True Hermit – Michael Finkel – And you know it’s a good piece, because I truly loathe titling pieces with “the curious tale.”

The Different Breeds of Nickelbacks — Ian Boyd — Ian is kicking out a series of excellent scouting-heavy pieces on college football. Always worth your read.

Mike Zimmer Skeptical of Pro Football Focus — Doug Farrar — Doug makes some excellent points in this piece. Where I’ve settled on Pro Football Focus grading is that they are best thought of as educated guesses. And those guesses can have some value, as long as you don’t treat them as gospel. Why Zimmer would try to bury them, just giving them more publicity in the process, is strange to me.

Six Head Coaches on How to Rebuild a Program — Bill Connelly — Here’s a formula for any aspiring sports writer: sound statistical background + access to coaches = great pieces.

What’s Wrong With Baseball? — Tim Marchman — I don’t think there’s anything wrong with baseball. But if there is, it’s probably related to the puritanical crusade the game has launched on itself.

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The Tim Tebow Chronicles — Jon Bois — I haven’t even finished reading this yet. But what I’ve read has been so good that I have no choice but to recommend it.

Bleacher Report Pieces This Week

Ray Horton’s Titans Defense Doing Nothing To Quell Concerns In Preseason

Texans Quarterback Situation Caps Team Upside

Colts Need Bjoern Werner To Step Up While Robert Mathis Is Suspended

Preseason Proves Bill O’Brien’s Texans Have QB Problems In The Now And In The Future

Titans Smart To Extend Jurrell Casey Before Contract Year

Writing on Other Sites

Jaguars Q&A on Big Cat Country

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