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The Morning Stake | 2020.07.23

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Do you sort of want to get lost in something fun? Me too.

This re-telling of how the football scene from the movie Wedding Crashers came together from The Ringer’s Danny Emerman. Bradley Cooper being an absolute dick is terrific and Vince Vaughn, “I was first team all state, I can put the ball wherever I want to. I can make it rain out there.” I’m here for all of that.

To get all the action on screen, Dobkin had to film strategically. He set up four cameras—including handhelds and a steadicam—and instructed the actors to sprint in certain directions. This way, you get to see every actor’s perspective, their body language and interactions. It feels like we’re playing in the caricatured backyard football game with them.

Every couple of takes, the crew had to adjust the cameras to get Vaughn and Wilson’s two-shot, Dobkin says. And for every reset came another taxing sprint. Dobkin called everyone involved with the scene a serviceable athlete, though Walken’s awkward, elbows-out throwing form on his touchdown pass might beg to differ.

CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd write sthat the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 are considering a ‘plus one’ scheduling model:

“Playing only conference games certainly doesn’t help us,” Stokan said. “When I saw that, I said, ‘I should get to work here seeing if it’s even possible.’ … We’ve got three games to put on. I don’t want to lose them.”

With all Power Five conferences seemingly trending toward a shortened regular season amid COVID-19, Stokan said he “promoted” the idea of a “plus one” schedule to commissioners of the SEC, ACC and Big 12. In other words, a standard conference schedule with one additional nonconference game. That would add up to nine regular-season games for the SEC and ACC. For the Big 12, it would be 10 games.

The “plus one” structure would preserve traditional SEC-ACC rivalry games this season in a limited schedule — Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech, South Carolina-Clemson, Kentucky-Louisville — that would otherwise be lost in a conference-only format.

Dallas Morning News’ Chuck Carlton talked to Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby who said that the Big 12 (like the SEC and ACC) still want to play 12 games, which incorporates the plus-one idea mentioned above:

And if that changes, conference schools have plenty of other possibilities to consider from months of planning since COVID-19 radically changed the sports landscape. One that surfaced this week is a “plus-one” model to preserve one non-conference game along with nine full league games.

“Yeah, we’ve talked about that,” Bowlsby said, “and any other model you could name.”Bowlsby said an advantage for a “plus-one” could be leaving more flexibility in a schedule to deal with COVID-19 related complications.

With an NCAA waiver, games could be played from Week 0 in late August to early December if the Big 12 moves back its championship game.

One possible partner for such a matchup could be the SEC. Four Big 12 teams already have games with SEC opponents – Texas at LSU, Baylor vs. Ole Miss in Houston, Tennessee at Oklahoma and Vanderbilt at K-State.

CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander writes about the ridiculous strength of the Big 12 (in basketball), and if you don’t think that Baylor is kicking ass right now, you’re not paying attention (perhaps intentionally).

Sports bras/bros for men are a thing and you are going to have to be okay with that. They’ve been doing this sort of stuff in the Premiere League for quite some time and these bros help measure some biometric stuff that can be important in monitoring how players are doing.

Here are some tweets.

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