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If football were not a part of the equation, then Michael Sam might hope to be drafted by the Giants, Jets, Rams or Bears.
Sam might also pray he’s not taken by the Titans, Raiders or Packers.
For the past month, Sam’s sexuality has dominated sports debate, through the lens of where Sam might end up playing next season and whether he’d be “accepted” as a gay man by his future teammates.
A recent study at Emory College (h/t to outsports.com) has taken this a step further, trying to figure out which NFL city’s fans might accept Sam based on the negativity or positivity of messages on Twitter, broken down geographically.
The interesting results shows that the most accepting fans would be from, in descending order, New York, St. Louis, Chicago, San Francisco, Kansas City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Tampa and Seattle.
The least-accepting fans, based on their study, would reside in Nashville, Oakland, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Jacksonville and Cleveland.
Sam had a standout career at the University of Missouri, being named co-SEC defensive player of the year in 2013, which is located in Columbia — nearly equidistant from both St. Louis and K.C., which could, in part, explain why he received such favorable responses there.
Why so negative in Nashville? Hard to say, but Sam and Mizzou did thump the local team, Vanderbilt, by 23 on their field last season. Oh by the way, Sam had three sacks in that game.
Clearly, NFL teams aren’t likely to pay this study much attention, and the overwhelming response from NFL coaches and general managers was, as you’d expect, that the teams will be evaluating Sam as a football player, and not with his sexuality. But it might be something we look back at after Sam lands on an NFL roster and then see what the fan response is in that team’s city.
You’d like to think it would be positive no matter where he goes, assuming Sam is the good person he was in college and if he can make himself into a good pro. But you never know, even in this day and age.
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The Super Bowl you watched on Fox might not have been that exciting. But hearing the players miked up provides a completely different and fascinating lens through which to view the Seattle Seahawks 43-8 dismantling of the Denver Broncos.
Check out a few of the highlights from Sound FX, and even before the game started, we should have known it would be a kooky night. Above, you’ll get to relive a chinchilla-wearing Joe Namath false starting on the coin flip. Decent interception from referee Terry McAulay, too.
You also can watch and read about the game’s first-snap safety here, and it clearly set the tone for the evening as the Seahawks began their wall-to-wall domination. There’s some really good stuff from a miked-up Peyton Manning on what went wrong.
Here are the rest of the goodies …
Right before the half, the Seahawks pulled a stunner. The pick-6 after the Broncos were in the middle of their best drive of the game was a gut shot. But just to make sure his team wasn’t going to get conservative, Marshawn Lynch implores Pete Carroll to keep his foot on the gas. This is good stuff.
When did the Broncos throw in the towel? Not at 15-0, or 22-zip. No, they seemed determined to make a comeback in the second half. But watch the players’ and coaches’ reactions to Percy Harvin’s kickoff return. That did it. By the time Jermaine Kerse pinballed his way off four Broncos to get to the end zone, they were completely shot.
And, naturally, the Seahawks’ celebration after the game. No team does it like these guys do.
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Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best’s career ended prematurely due to head injuries.
His legal battle against the NFL has just begun.
Best has filed a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming the league knew about head injuries and did not do enough to protect him, according to USA TODAY Sports. The lawsuit also names helmet manufacturer Riddell as a defendant and seeks unspecified “economic and noneconomic” damages, while Best reportedly has worker’s-compensation claim pending against the Lions.
“In Michigan, you plead in excess of $ 25,000, but we’re not prepared to give a specific amount at this time,” Bret Schnitzer, Best’s attorney, told USA TODAY Sports. “Unfortunately, with these types of injuries, as has been documented, the long-term effects of the injuries to the brain may not manifest themselves for a number of years. Jahvid, obviously, had some manifestation of concussion syndrome, which is well-documented in the media.
“But in terms of the full extent of the injury to the brain, as we can see from other players and from the science, that can’t always be determined in a 25-year-old. It’s just like mesothelioma or asbestos type of case … it sometimes takes decades to see the full ramifications of the injury.”
Best had a history of concussions prior to entering the NFL, and it will be interesting to see if his attorney can prove the league is negligent.
Despite a concussion history, Best was a first-round pick by Detroit in 2010. Best rushed for 555 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie, plus had 487 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He had 390 rushing yards and two touchdowns, plus 287 receiving yards and one touchdown, before sustaining a concussion in 2011. Best was never medically cleared to play football, and Detroit released him in 2013.
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The standard feature set and map quality of many of the leading navigation apps on iOS has increased dramatically over the last twelve months. Simply getting from point A to point B is no longer the goal: Many have branched out to include some unique and useful features like the sharing of route position updates and even a nighttime heads-up display.
A few things have changed since the last time I took a serious look at turn-by-turn navigation apps. Looking beyond the full iOS device integration of Apple’s own Maps app, the access from anywhere Google Maps, and the community-based live updates of Waze, there are times when being online constantly won’t do. You need to be prepared for when you are disconnected, especially when you get lost.
Here some alternatives to these three leaders in online turn-by-turn navigation in an effort to see which offline app has the best feature set you are looking for.
Fully featured and innovative mapping
Navigation apps like TomTom and Garmin certainly come from GPS powerhouses. And even though TomTom has made a lot of improvements over the last two years by adding support for the iPad and integrating Foursquare, the company has not pushed things as far as some of the more innovative apps on the higher end of the price scale.
Share a Glympse of your trip - One of the more expensive navigation apps that I have had the pleasure to own, NAVIGON ($ 49.99 Universal), is also one of the most feature-full. A brand of Garmin, NAVIGON has many features that the similarly priced Garmin app does not. To start, NAVIGON has gone all in with their support of Glympse, the online social tracking solution. With Glympse you can send live updates of where you are located to your friends and family. Additionally NAVIGON has implemented Google’s Street View to enhance their Pedestrian Mode and the ability to quickly see the weather forecast along your route.
Heads-up display - Sygic’s (Free Universal) must have feature is its ability to display your turn by turn directions on your windshield by unlocking their heads-up display via an in-app purchase for $ 4.99. When it comes to downloading maps, you can choose individual states one at a time and save some storage space on your device. It also has one of my favorite routing features: the ability to tap and drag your route in order to choose an alternate route or avoid an unpleasant intersection. Another great feature is Sygic’s focus on fine tuning the app for better battery performance. You can turn off background operation and choose between High performance, optimized, or power-saver modes. Just keep in mind that you will have to pay $ 29.99 to keep the voice navigation feature after the seven day trial has ended.
Built-in voice recognition - Scout by TeleNav (Free iPhone) has a great new interface that makes exploring places nearby while driving a breeze. The latest release includes the ability to speak to Scout and issue a collection of commands that make navigation more of a hands-free operation. Navigation within the app is streamlined, when it comes to finding out what there is to do around town. The company has also done a great job at improving the speed of the auto complete search fields within Scout’s OneBox search. Its list of nearby gas stations can be sorted by either price or distance. Based on real-time traffic information, Scout’s location sharing feature can be set up to automatically notify your family and friends with updates on when you should arrive at your destination. Like Sygic, there is an option to purchase voice navigation and offline maps beyond the trial period with a $ 24.99 per year subscription.
Budget minded no-frills mapping
While MotionX’s GPS Drive may be a favorite to many as a low-cost alternative, it just does not perform very well when it comes to offline navigation. And when it comes to searching for interesting locations nearby, the afore-mentioned Scout is the new king of that hill. There are perhaps two other low-cost alternatives that can handle offline situations a little better.
Drag and drop routes - The last time I discussing mapping apps, it was the ease of modifying routes using CoPilot Premium HD’s ($ 14.99 Universal) drag and drop feature that really grabbed my attention. While CoPilot has not been adding many of the more innovative features to their app, they do include downloadable maps and voice navigation for just $ 14.99.
Almost free downloadable maps - GPS Nav ($ 0.99 Universal) by skobbler uses OpenStreetMap, which is like the Wikipedia of community supported mappers. This means that you can download entire countries at $ 2.99 each or continents for $ 4.99. If you like you can even buy the entire world for just $ 7.99. As a sort of no-frills version of a turn-by-turn navigation app, GPS Nav is a low-cost alternative that provides offline routes and maps that are easy to use. For $ 8.98 you can carry the whole world in your hands.
More than just maps
This is where things get interesting. Rather than look towards the higher priced, fully featured navigation apps, consider augmenting your turn-by-turn experience with some third-party alternatives that can improve your driving experience on their own.
Route-based weather reports - When you are getting ready to make a long trip, you can easily check the weather forecast for your departure and arrival locations, but what about all of the places in-between. Road Trip Weather ($ 1.99 Universal), from the makers of GPS Kit, will do just that, display the weather for all of the locations along the way. It even calculates the approximate time of arrival for each of the locations you will be passing through to provide forecast information based off the preset departure time of your trip.
Upcoming exit information - Have you ever wanted to know what restaurants, hotels and gas stations were going to be at the upcoming exit? What about the exit after that? Sometimes you just want to plan the best time to make a pit stop and often find your self either passing the exit you wish you stopped at, or stopping just one exit too early and having to settle for a second-rate meal. With iExit ($ 0.99 Universal) you can quickly see what lies ahead and more importantly, how far ahead.
Share your time of arrival - More and more navigation apps are starting to feature live updates to your friends and family along your route. Glympse (Free Universal) can add this feature to your iOS device even when your favorite navigation app can not. While your turn-by-turn app is keeping you from getting lost, Glympse can be updating your followers where you are at in the background.
Speak to your destination - Another common feature that is starting to make its way into more navigation apps is the ability to use speech recognition to discover the target location. Drive Mode ($ 1.99 Universal) will let you add this feature to TomTom, Sygic, Navigon, and even skobler’s GPS Nav. All you need to do is speak the address or point of interest that you are looking for and Drive Mode will look it up for you. Once identified, Drive Mode will then pass that location over to your selected GPS navigation app.
iOS map integration - So much of iOS is integrated into Apple Maps you may think that using a third-party navigation app is not a convenient alternative, but that is not true. Once you have found the destination location you are looking for in Apple’s Map app, simply tap on the “Transit Directions” which is located next to “Directions to Here” which will bring up a list of registered navigation apps that can quickly create a route from the destination selected in Apple’s Map app.
If you take advantage of Apple’s iOS Maps integration through the Transit Directions feature, and install a few additional apps to add speech recognition, route-based weather reports, exit information and social ETA sharing, you can create your own state-of-the-art navigation app suite.
For just $ 8.95 you can have the OperStreeMap for the U.S. with GPS Nav or for $ 19.96 you can have a slightly better multidestination drag-and-drop routing system with CoPilot Premium HD. Either way you are still getting just about all of the features of the higher priced alternatives that are included within one app.
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