From the NFL to MIT: The Double Life of John Urschel

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This graphic was also used in Week 5 of the season in a game between the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis and Tampa and three satellite markets Austin , Greensboro and Milwaukee , adding to the three that the network had before the deal. The NFL on Fox logo was also repositioned to the far left instead of the far right. Additionally, the scoreboard next to the Fox Sports bug for other ongoing NFL games was replaced by a traditional ticker; the bug was made slightly smaller and rounder as well. The new affiliates in St.

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Instead of being a large black rectangle consistently, the score banner alternated between a large black rectangle and several small, black parallelograms, and the shaded area above it was removed. Team logos were now used, in place of their abbreviations. During the NFL playoffs however, the logos were removed and the team abbreviations were rendered again in white lettering in the team's main color.

The banner returned to a large black rectangle at the start of the season. The team logos returned, this time looking more "three-dimensional" in appearance and with their respective abbreviations beside the logos. Electronic eggcrate in the team's primary color was used whenever that certain team calls timeout, scores a touchdown, or a field goal. It would be shown in red whenever the team challenges a play. Midway through , the team logos were once again replaced with the abbreviations.

First seen on the network's Major League Baseball postseason broadcasts that year, this time, they were rendered in electronic eggcrate lettering in the team's main color. When team-specific information was displayed in the banner, such as the hang time of a punt or a touchdown, the abbreviation would revert to the team's logo. During the holiday season, for the Week 15 Saturday game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots , a new white banner, resembling a chrome finish first introduced at the start of Fox's coverage of the World Series debuted, with animated snow accumulating on top with an animated snowplow periodically clearing the snow from the screen.

The following week, the new banner was adopted for all games, however without the snow animation. The team abbreviations became white letters against the team's main color.

This banner was used for Major League Baseball on Fox broadcasts through the season. Fox Sports again unveiled a new graphics package for its NFL coverage at the start of the season. The score banner began featuring the real-time scores as a permanent fixture on the extreme right side, while the coloring of the banner changes to the colors of the team currently possessing the ball.

The bar was also enhanced for high definition and is thinner than previous versions, with little translucency. The NFL on Fox logo was also repositioned to the far left instead of the far right. During high definition broadcasts, the area above the banner features a translucent slanting pattern going from left-to-right across the screen. During the preseason telecasts, the quarter was indicated by four illuminating buttons the number of buttons that were lit indicated the quarter being played , but due to difficulties in visibility, the quarter returned to being numerically represented for the regular season.

On the rare occasion during a game in which the field lines are not visible such as those dealing with snow or rain , a small bug pops up on the bottom left side of the screen with the logo of the team that is currently in possession as well as text indicating where the ball is e.

Beginning on November 15, Week 11 of the season , scores from other ongoing NFL games that appear on the right side of the banner would have an arrow indicating which team was in possession of the ball; a red arrow indicated that the team is at the red zone.

Fox's NFL telecasts were the only major telecasts of the league's games to not feature timeout indicators until the season , save for the number of timeouts that each team has on the right side of the banner. There was one exception to this package for the season, as Fox had to revert to the then-current scoring banner and graphics package used by Fox Sports Net and formerly the main one used by Fox Sports for its final regular season game of the year, the San Francisco 49ers vs.

This graphic was also used in Week 5 of the season in a game between the Arizona Cardinals and St. A new graphics package for Fox's NFL telecasts debuted during an August 19, pre-season game, as the network began to broadcast its sports programming with graphics optimized for This was promoted during that first game by the Fox broadcast team as giving a "widescreen viewing experience" to standard definition viewers, using the usual examples of more video information on the screen to demonstrate the new presentation such as two cheerleaders off to the side displayed in a widescreen shot, but cut out of a 4: The graphics package is an upgraded version of the design with a "much more colorful 3D look", implemented using a new infrastructure using products developed by Vizrt , which was also rolled out to other Fox Sports networks in subsequent months.

Initially, the play clock also appeared within the center area with 10 seconds remaining, sliding the time remaining in the quarter upward. However, the play clock indicator was soon moved to the bar sliding out of the bottom to show downage. Due to issues with some cable providers and Fox affiliates particularly those carried by digital subchannels or low-power analog television stations in implementing the AFD 10 widescreen mode, or for other broadcasters that still broadcast with content framed for 4: Small tweaks were made for the season , including the timeout indicators counting upward instead of downward, and the possession indicator now appearing alongside the team that currently is in possession of the ball.

Additionally, the scoreboard next to the Fox Sports bug for other ongoing NFL games was replaced by a traditional ticker; the bug was made slightly smaller and rounder as well. Special holiday animations also appeared with the banner package; digitally animated leaves fell on top of the FoxBox on Thanksgiving , while falling snow piles on top during the last two weeks of December in observance of the Christmas and holiday season , with the timeout indicators being changed in the latter instance to resemble strings of Christmas lights.

After two years of using the unconventional layout, for , a more traditional FoxBox was introduced; team abbreviations in the team's primary color are stacked on the left side of the box, with timeout lights positioned underneath each team abbreviation, and a possession indicator to the left of it. Also for the season, Fox began providing play-by-play commentary of all games in Spanish on its second audio program channel.

In , in observance of the holiday season , Christmas lights returned to the FoxBox along the sides of the graphic, but they no longer correspond to timeouts. When a team scores, calls a timeout or gets called on a penalty, the lights change from red, green and blue to the corresponding team's color for the duration of the graphic, before returning to the normal colors.

The graphics package itself is similar to the previous look, however with a more boxy appearance, and the fonts used are rounder and have less of an athletic appearance than previous packages used by Fox. The layout of the score box is essentially a mirror image of the already-introduced MLB graphic, except that the NFL version is on the top-left of the screen, while the baseball version was originally on the bottom-left it was moved to the bottom-right beginning in Like the MLB graphic, the box has two components: The main box contains the team abbreviations, stacked on top of the team scores.

The possession indicator is a line above the team holding the ball; timeout indicators, which are counting downward, are stacked next to the scores. This unconventional layout of displaying the scores also used in and is only used for NFL coverage; college football and MLB coverage use the traditional layout with the team abbreviations to the left of the scores.

The dynamic strip normally shows the next down that will occur, such as "3rd Down". It changes to show down and distance and the play clock, and turns yellow if a flag is thrown. For a penalty, the main box shows the logo of the offending team, while the dynamic strip turns yellow and displays the type of penalty.

When a timeout is called, the dynamic strip turns to the color of the team taking the timeout and displays "Timeout", while the main box displays the team's logo over a neutral gray background. After a few seconds, the main box returns to the scores and a small gray box with the team logo appears next to the word "Timeout" in the dynamic strip. For a review or a challenge, the dynamic strip moves from the bottom to the right side of the main box and turns red, displaying whether it is a challenge, an official review, or a scoring review.

When the decision is announced, the strip expands to show the result of the review on a yellow background. After a few seconds, the strip shifts back to the bottom of the main box and if a timeout is charged on a lost challenge, the strip shows the team charged with the timeout. For regular season games only, beginning with Week 3 of , the record for each team was added to the box, making the team abbreviations of each team smaller. Fox gradually worked elements of a new square-edged graphics package with thinner fonts into secondary situations during the season.

This package in white instead of black was used for Fox's Super Bowl LI pregame, halftime, and post game shows, but the game broadcast itself continued to use the package. However, the translucent shading around the scoreboard was removed for the Super Bowl. Starting on August 27, , after three years of using the unconventional layout from the previous graphics package, a new, traditional score bar was introduced. The score bug was moved from the top left to across the bottom of the screen and is now horizontal.

Additionally, team names are displayed instead of their abbreviations and the clock is located towards the right of the bug and the down and distance is displayed on the far right. Also, timeout indicators are shown below the team names and the possession indicator, which was originally shown below the team's score through Week 4 of the NFL season , is now shown above the team's score.

When showing stats or player info, the score bug briefly moves to the bottom left of the screen then returns to its previous position. Fox NFL Sunday had been the ratings leader among network pregame coverage from its debut in as it was the only network pregame show at the time to air for one hour prior to kickoff.

The swing in ratings dominance was said to be correlated with the move of original Fox NFL Sunday host James Brown back to CBS, where he had been serving as a play-by-play broadcaster before his jump to Fox in The network's NFL game telecasts have generally posted strong viewership. For the season, in particular, the network's NFL games scored an average rating of With an average U.

The game drew an estimated It drew a Three days after the broadcast, the network apologized for the incident. The Saints fan, Heather Rothstein, was contacted by Maxim and was given a photo shoot that appeared in the men's magazine.

During the NFC Championship between the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field , in a shot taken from the overhead camera angle of the crowd, three Bears fans were seen giving an obscene gesture towards the field. On October 14, , Mike Goldberg who mainly served as an announcer for the network's Ultimate Fighting Championship coverage at that time voluntarily pulled himself from commentating duties for the October 19 Minnesota Vikings — Buffalo Bills game telecast, after engaging in a series of arguments, some laced with profanities, with various Twitter users.

The impetus of Goldberg's response was the heavy criticism that he received on social media for committing verbal gaffes and other issues — including misidentifying and mispronouncing names of players and coaches from both teams — after commentating the October 12 game between the Vikings and Detroit Lions , which was the first time that Goldberg had called an NFL game for Fox.

A spokesperson for Fox Sports said that Goldberg "was quick to apologize for this unfortunate and regrettable situation and understands he made a mistake" and would not call any NFL games for the network for the remainder of the season, as he was originally scheduled to conduct only those two games Tim Brando crossed over from Fox College Football to fill in for Goldberg on the Vikings-Bills broadcast. Goldberg tweeted that the decision was mutually agreed upon between him and Fox Sports management, stating that he did not want to be "a distraction on the upcoming broadcast".

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This work can be applied to logistics or operations: But whatever subfield of math Urschel pursues, he is likely to bring his characteristic doggedness. If getting ahead in math requires untold hours of deep effort, though, Urschel says that achieving a publishable result is gratifying because of all that labor.

As much as he enjoys discussing math, Urschel can quickly shift to talking about the toughest opponent he has faced on a football field: Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

The dude is like—I think he weighs pounds, and he is tall, and he is big, and he is fast. Much of the media coverage Urschel receives emphasizes the disparity of his interests. But his two vocations have similarities.

After all, both require years of intensive training and a strong competitive drive. In both academia and football, Urschel has advisors and coaches who want him to succeed but are obligated to tell him when he must perform better.

Urschel grants a few parallels between studying at MIT and playing in the NFL, but he says the comparisons go only so far. And finally, maybe, you get it.

That is certainly a better feeling than the one Urschel experienced two summers ago during Ravens training camp, when he suffered a concussion that kept him out of action for nearly two weeks. And it may seem irrational for a star scholar to expose himself to potential brain damage. That attitude may also be informed by the fact that his father, a college football player, became a surgeon without evident problems.

That pleasure is evident as Urschel pauses, smiles, and circles back to the topic of his MIT studies. Although his announcement came two days after the release of a study linking chronic traumatic encephalopathy CTE to playing football, he did not mention the study when writing about his decision on Twitter: Become an Insider to get the story behind the story — and before anyone else. Neuroscientist Kay Tye tackles the physical basis of emotions and behavior.

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