Reads Listens Views 10/10/2014

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Photo by Abraxas3d

Central Park North; Creepy Clowns in Deserted Town; Matt Bowen, Andrew Healey, Great Punt Returns; Color Blind or Color Brave, and more…

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.

Views-Color Blind or Color Brave

I interviewed the Chief Diversity Officer of AT&T last week. AT&T has a sterling track record of diversity and inclusion and I know she would approve of this TED Talk. Well worth your 14 minutes if you’re into doing the smart thing. Studies show that diverse teams – race, culture, gender, orientation, background, and educational experience – out-perform homogeneous teams.

Best Punt Returns Ever in College Football

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)

Zierlein jumps off the QB train  with his selection of J.J. Watt as his No.1 pick. Photo by The Brit_2.
Chris Baldwin, your pizza his here . . . Photo by The Brit_2.

Listens – The Three-Cone Drill Podcast

Rivers McCown and Danny Tuccitto host the Three-Cone Drill Podcast. It’s a fine show (adult language is a factor so keep that in mind where and when you’re listening) and one I hoped to join as a guest. The duo was kind enough to have me on last week.

They split the show into two episodes. You can find them here. I would have embedded them, but WordPress doesn’t like the normal embed procedures.  Here are the combined show notes:

Part I

  • Why did Teddy Bridgewater fall in the draft? What are scouts telling Matt about why they don’t consider quarterbacks higher in the draft right now? Is the industry too risk-averse? Is the pre-draft process overblowing criticism?
  • How do the draftnik outsiders and the NFL insiders have such a wildly divergent opinion on players?
  • What Matt watches for when he’s watching a regular game, and what Matt watches for when he’s watching for the RSP.
  • How does Matt decide who should be in the RSP? Who does he double-check his list for? What systems does he employ?
  • The “grimy” side of football writing. The kind of effort necessary to be the best. (Praise for Mike Tanier.)
  • How being a football writer is simultaneously like eating chocolate-chip cookies everyday and like the song “Moon River.”

Part II

  • What schemes and coaches does Matt admire? Why will I be saying Dick Bumpas for the rest of time?
  • How situational awareness separates great players from good players.
  • What was Matt’s background? How did Matt get into the “internet scouting” game?
  • There are a ton of scouting sites. A ton of stats-based sites. How do we discern which ones we should pay attention to in an age where there’s so much data?
  • Why did Matt stop venturing into the land of stats and find his niche in scouting?
  • We go back and ask Matt Waldman a reader question about the victimhood in his Ray Rice column, leading to a larger discussion on victimhood and writing from perspective.

Reads (Life In General)

Listens/Views – Polyphonic Overtone Singing

Listens – Kandace Springs “Love Got In The Way”

Listens – Central Park North – Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra

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