Reads Listens Views 9/26/2014

Grey Wolf Rescued. Drawing By David Zinn.
Grey Wolf Rescued. Drawing By David Zinn. See more of Zinn’s work at

Street Art in Ann Arbor; RSP Film Room Hangouts; Inches, Milliseconds, and Jamison Crowder; and Writing Advice From Two Greats

What is Reads Listens Views?

If you’re new to the Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog, welcome.  I post links on Fridays to content I’m saving for later consumption or pieces that I found compelling. You may not like everything listed here, but you’re bound to like something.

RSP Film Room Google Hangouts

Here’s a two-hour hangout that Ryan Riddle and I did last night: One hour devoted to Washington LB Shaq Thompson and another to Boise State RB Jay Ajayi. Riddle’s takes were fantastic and the time flew. Bookmark this page so you can view this in snippets if you don’t have a couple of hours. You’ll learn a ton and the joy we share for the game really shines through.

Future guests will include Draft Breakdown’s Ryan Lownes, Optimum Scouting’s Alex Brown, and Footballguys’ Cecil Lammey.

You can subscribe to my YouTube channel or this blog to see the Film Room sessions with Rotoworld Josh Norris and Sigmund Bloom of Footballguys.

Download the 2014 Rookie Scouting Portfolio + Post-Draft Update!

Friday’s are also my chance to thank you for reading my work, encourage you to follow the RSP blog, and download the Rookie Scouting Portfolio publication.

The 2014 Rookie Scouting Portfolio Post-Draft Add-On is ready for download.  If you’re in a dynasty league, the combination of the 2014 RSP and the RSP Post-Draft will have you prepared for this year and beyond. Want details? Need details? I have ’em right here:

  • 84 pages
  • How to use the RSP and RSP-Post Draft together
  • Overrated/Underrated
  • Good/Bad post-draft fits
  • UDFAs to watch
  • Long-term dynasty waiver wire gems
  • Strategic overview of 2014 rookie drafts
  • Tiered Value Chart Cheat Sheet across all positions
  • Post-Draft rankings analysis and commentary–including notes about impending contracts years of competition on the depth charts
  • Average Draft Position (ADP) Data of 19 dynasty drafts
  • RSP Ranking-to-ADP Value Data
  • Raw Data Worksheets to continue calculating additional ADP data for future drafts

Hell, take a video tour of the 2013 post-draft to see what I mean:

Seriously, this analysis is worth the price of the 2014 RSP package alone, but you get this as a part of your purchase with the 2014 RSP. Remember 10 percent of each sale is donated to Darkness to Light to prevent sexual abuse in communities across the United States. While that alone should get you to download the RSP package, do it because you will be blown away with the detail and insight of the analysis and content. It’s why the RSP has grown so much in the past nine years.

Best yet, 10 percent of each RSP sale is donated to Darkness to Light, a non-profit devoted to preventing and addressing sexual abuse through community training in schools, religious groups, and a variety of civic groups across the U.S.

Download the 2014 RSP and RSP Post-Draft here

In Case You Missed It/Coming Soon

Reads/Views (Football)

"A faster Todd Gurley" and "the next Adrian Peterson" are two players mentioned when speaking of LSU frosh Leonard Fournette. Photo by Joe Bielawa.
I’m still processing my feelings about Adrian Peterson and fantasy football, but Matthew Berry does a fine job expressing his in the link below. Photo by Joe Bielawa.


Light Reading. Drawing by David Zinn.
Light Reading. Drawing by David Zinn.

David Zinn has made these drawings around the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan. You can see more at thisiscolossal as well as his Facebook page. Zinn also has a book Lost & Unfounded: Street Art. Looking to get your kid (or the person in your life in touch with his or her inner child? Supporting an artist like Zinn is a nice way to do it.

 Reads (Life In General)


Listens – A Neuroscientist Debunks Common Beliefs About Drug Addiction

Listens – Senor Blues

Listens –  Galactic, featuring Irma Thomas

6 responses to “Reads Listens Views 9/26/2014”

  1. when i was studying jazz performance at university of north texas, phil woods came in to do a clinic. the place was PACKED and here comes phil woods, ancient, barely able to speak above a whisper (he needed an oxygen tank at the time) and i’ll never forget it in my life. alto sax has always been a lighter, more agile, more nimble blade compared to the tenor sax’s broadsword and i’ll never forget just how rich, full and complex phil woods’ tone was. it completely filled up the auditorium. one of the greatest musical moments ive ever witnessed.

    i’ll also never forget it because my roommate (bit of a drinker) brought a gas station soda cup (with no lid) filled with some unholy concoction of booze with him, stinking up the whole section. a fly landed in his drink and almost immediately died and he just kept on drinking.

    ah, college.

      • i was at UNT from 2004-06 but finished up back home at cleveland state. jim white doesnt ring a bell, but if he went thru the ringer there, he’s gotta be a certified badass (that vid below’s pretty good proof). my time at UNT was some of the best times of my life. practicing 8 hours a day, that intense competition…i wouldnt have the brain i have today without it. i work in finance now (paycheck!) but going thru that program prepares you for anything intellectually.

        kudos again on the great taste brotha.

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