In case you miss the links I send out on Twitter, Deadspin’s sub-site Regressing is running a series on the biggest plays of the week. I created a tool for them them lists the biggest plays in terms of Win Probability Added (WPA).
The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN, hosts the 94th annual AFCA showpiece event from January 8-11 and Global Football President Patrick Steenberge will be available to meet coaches and visitors to the Convention at Booth 304-306 in the exhibit hall.
Since 1996, only Global Football has consistently provided amateur football players, coaches, families and fans the opportunity to travel and compete internationally with people of differing cultures, producing games and tours in 25 countries on 6 continents. More than 350 teams and 15,000 curious travelers have encountered a positive life-changing experience, while enjoying the ultimate team-building opportunity.
The American Professional Football Association was formed, a little bit later National Football League was established. The two organizations were competing for players which drove up salaries.
In 1966 they merged and agreed that each league champion would meet in a game called the Super Bowl. In the ensuing years, football has become the most popular sport in America – a billion-dollar business and a vital part of American Thanksgiving and New Year celebrations. The Super Bowl is now unofficial holiday and a worldwide phenomenon. Last week, the Denver Broncos sacked head coach, Mike Shanahan, after the club failed to reach the play-offs following a poor run of form. Shanahan joined the club as head coach in 1995 after being associated with them in one way or another for many years and he experienced some success during his reign.
The Broncos won the Super Bowl in 1998 and managed to defend their title the following year. Although the club won half of their matches this season, several bad results towards the latter stages left them unable to be a part of the play-offs. During his time at the club, Shanahan won 146 matches and lost a total of 89.
Shanahan’s sacking has come as a shock to many, especially since he was such an experienced coach. Only Jeff Fisher, who became head coach of Tennessee in the early 1990s, had been serving as a coach for longer than Shanahan.