For your consideration, a curated list of articles I read recently that helped me understand and/or enjoy football more.
All NFL players are getting RFID chips this season via WIRED
I am drooling over this reality and the data that comes with it.
3 Overrated College Football teams for 2015 by preseason analytics by Ed Feng
Ed has produced so much interesting and valuable content lately that I could have picked anything, but I especially liked this because of the transparency and the programs in question.
Over The Cap podcast – Russell Wilson and the Seahawks strategy from Jason Fitzgerald
Yea, so this isn’t reading material, but it taught me a heck of a lot. Get past the first few minutes of intro and the content on this podcast is pure gold! If you want to understand how a shrewd front office builds its team, listen to this.
7 Breakout RBs you must own in 2015 by Shawn Siegele
The creator of the Zero RB approach to Fantasy Football unleashes his top late round running back targets for 2015. Personally, for redraft and dynasty, I love the Zero RB approach of loading up on elite pass catching assets early and taking calculated gambles late.
Film Study: Arkansas’ Jonathan Williams is the most complete RB in the country by Murf Baldwin
On a team with another highly touted runner (Alex Collins) and in a conference that features Nick Chubb, Leonard Fournette and Derrick Henry, it would be easy to underappreciate Jonathan Williams. Reading this helped me understand the running back position more and how to “watch smarter” in the future. Oh, and Williams is darn good too.
And one thing that made me laugh…
Dear Shawn Oakman, please do not get an Octopus! by Spencer Hall
Baylor DE Shawn Oakman is a large and imposing man who, apparently, is heading down a path to challenge Rob Gronkowski for the title of “baddest, craziest dude in football.” This was a hilarious read.
In case you were wondering…
My world tour has now arrived in Prague. Not much to report about here yet, but my last stop in Krakow (more specifically Auschwitz) was incredibly profound. To see the horrifying exhibits – thousands of pounds of human hair in a pile as tall as me that was collected from the pre-gas chamber processing room – and walk the grounds left me with a tremendous sense of sorrow for the crimes committed and gratitude for the limitless life into which I was born.