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NFL 2019 as the Year of Backup Quarterbacks

Football is the #1 sport with most injuries. 

Every year, quarterbacks account for 5.8% of the total number of injuries. If there was no Plan B, the club would succumb to a losing streak. 

And 2019 is no different wherein 1 in 5 quarterback situations is panic-inducing

According to one study, QBs are disproportionately impacted by shoulder injuries compared with other playing positions. The high risks of shoulder and elbow injuries, however, are caused by direct contacts, not by the throwing motions.

That’s how valuable a QB is—a club cannot do without one.

Enter Plan B or the backup quarterbacks.

Backup QBs are a necessity, not a luxury

The reserve role may not be as prestigious as it seems. Definitely, not at the level of the true QBs (looking at you Tom Brady).

In retrospect, the names of the best backup QBs popped up intermittently. These are Earl Morrall, Jim Plunkett, Doug Williams, and Jeff Hostetler.

Nick Foles is the backup QB that led the Philadelphia Eagles into a Super Bowl showdown against New England Patriots. Foles, who replaced Carson Wentz, went on to receive an MVP performance with a 41-33 win.

In the NFL today, there are just two QBs—the starter and the backup.

However, seven weeks into the 2019 NFL season, six starting QBs already missed the games following an injury. But only two teams have used their backup QBs to full advantage.

The majority of the teams who lost a starter QB relied on the assistance of Ordinary Joes off the bench. So unlikely.

About 107 games have already been played, but there are 214 more to go, which means the high chance of more QBs getting hurt during the game.

In the years to come, the competence of an NFL team will depend on both the starter and the backup QB. Having one isn’t a luxury anymore, but a necessity.

Teams with backup QBs have a winning record

In what can be considered as the year of the backup QB, the teams are [ever too] slowly turning their heads to the role of backups.

The sentiment is clear: if number 18 or 12 got injured in the pitch, the team is f***ed!

This was epitomized when Patrick Mahones was sidelined with ligament damage due to dislocated kneecap recently. A backup QB has to step in for Mahones while he was away for at least a month.

So each NFL team today has a backup QB. Having one is still a game plan.

The teams playing with a backup QB is not at all screwed.

In about 25 games that a backup QB started, the teams have 20-15 upper hand. Teddy Bridgewater, for instance, led the New Orleans Saints with 5-0 as a backup for Drew Brees. 

Same with Kyle Allen who filled in Cam Newton when he had to miss a game where Allen had gone 5-1 for the Carolina Panthers.

Not just as replacements for the injured starter QBs, but backup QBs can be the driving force when the starters struggle with the offence.

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4 Touching Moments of Respect in Football History

Football is not all about trophies, medals, and honours of sorts. Football is a refuge where humans are being humane as they are. After all, the teams, players, fans, and casual spectators are in it for the disparate display of compassion.

A Quora user asked, “What are some famous gestures of respect in football history?” One user answers some moments that will leave you teary-eyed.

Enjoy the most heartwarming moments of respect in football history.

1) A.S. Roma honouring their father-and-son fans who died after watching their game

Stefano and Cristiano had a blast watching their favourite football club against Bayern Munich in October 2014. 

Riding a scooter on their way home, the father and son met with an accident that took their lives. Luana and Michelle, Stefano’s wife and daughter, respectively, were left behind. 

The tragic news reached the players as they were given a shirt with the father and son’s picture printed on each, minutes before their next game. 

Wearing the shirt as they head onto the pitch, the players honoured both Stefano and Cristiano and Luana and Michelle who were in the audience and shared with the latter’s pain.

2) Oliver Kahn consoling Santiago Cañizares who was crying profusely after the match

In a 2001 Champions League Finals game between Bayern Munich and Valencia, Cañizares was seen crying on the pitch right after the game. But it wasn’t because of the club’s lost or the fact that they lost for two consecutive finals matches.

He learned during half-time that his mother had died. He continued playing only to broke down to tears right after the match. 

Instead of celebrating his team’s victory, Kahn, Bayern’s then captain, went over to Cañizares to console him. Kahn lent his shoulder for Cañizares to cry on.

3) Carles Puyol calling Ronaldhino for a team photo a year after leaving Barcelona

Ronaldhino left the Blaugrana club in 2008, signing up with A.C. Milan. 

In 2009, during a preseason match in honour of Barcelona’s founder Joan Gamper, Puyol invited Ronaldhino over for a team photo. It signalled that the players still consider him as part of the Barca family.

Puyol’s sportsmanship was a legend. In 2005, Sergio Ballesteros, Mallorca’s defender, slapped as he was sent out of the pitch for a rash challenge. Ronaldhino saw this and strongly reacted by aiming at Ballesteros.

Puyol pushed him back, stopping Ronaldhino purposefully who was about to attack Ballesteros because of what he did. 

4) Carles Puyol removing his armband and putting it on Eric Abidal

Abidal wasn’t performing well—he had liver cancer. Barcelona also decided that his 2012-ending contract won’t be extended because of health issues.

In May 2011, Puyol had another touching moment and this time involving Abidal when the team won their fourth Champions League Finals match against Manchester United.

Abidal was able to play the full 90 minutes of the game. To celebrate his recovery, Puyol removed his armband and put it on Abidal so he could lift the trophy first amidst an 85,000-packed Wembley Stadium.

Abidal was diagnosed with a tumour in March 2011 and underwent surgery two days after. 

During the round-of-16 matches, football players wore t-shirts saying “Animo Abidal!” (Get well Abidal!). The message was also displayed in the scoreboard.

On March 19, 2011, the fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium clapped for 22 minutes in his honour. It was his jersey number.

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20+ Interesting, Fun and Worth-Knowing Facts About Tennis

What is interesting in tennis? Well, everything!

Tennis is a racket sport with a fascinating history. Even today, the sport is a gift that keeps on giving.

Here are some of the most interesting tennis facts.

  • The word “tennis” originated from an Anglo-Norman term “tenez” which means “to take heed.”
  • Tennis was used to be played using the palm. Thus, it was called “jeu de paume” or game of the palm. The racquet was first used in the 16th century.
  • Players can only wear white tennis wear, but in the 1960s to 1970s, colours and styles were introduced. When it was played Great Britain originally, men wore long white flannels while women wore whalebone corsets paired with starched petticoats.
  • The oldest tennis court, the Royal Tennis Court found at Hampton Court Palace, was still used today. The court was Henry VIII’s favourite court for playing tennis. It was built from 1526 to 1529.
  • Tennis courts have initially been in hourglass shape before the standard rectangular court was adapted.
  • Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament. It was first Lawn tennis, which later became simply tennis, was originally played on grass courts. Today, Wimbledon is the only major tournament played on grass cut at precisely 8 mm height during the tournament.
  • The Open era began in 1968, and the French Open was the first tournament to be played.
  • The term “love” in tennis’s scoring system originated from the word “l’oeuf,” a French term that means “egg.” Its shape resembles zero on the scoreboard.
  • In tennis, when the ball hits any body part of the opponent or his or her clothing, the point is awarded to the opponent. The rule is also upheld if the ball went outside.
  • Tennis balls are either yellow or green, but for some, it is greenish-yellow or yellowish-green. In1986, yellow tennis balls were used for the first time at Wimbledon.
  • Tennis balls were originally a ball of rubber covered with white flannel. JM Heathcote, a real tennis player, developed that design.
  • Today, the tennis ball must weigh from 56 to 59.4 grams while the length of tennis racquet must be 29 inches.
  • Every year, about 54,250 tennis balls were used during Wimbledon.
  • The longest tennis match, which John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played, took 11 hours and 5 minutes; Isner won the game.
  • The shortest Wimbledon match was played for 34 minutes. It was between Steffi Graf and Natasha Zvereva in 1988 where Graf triumphed 6-0, 6-0.
  • Tennis was reintroduced into the Olympics in 1988. The sport was first introduced in 1986 but was removed in 1924.
  • Men’s winners are given the golden cup while women’s winners are given the salver.
  • Sam Groth, an Australian, is the fastest server in men’s tennis at 263.44 km/h while Sabine Lisicki, a German, holds the record for the fastest women server with 211 km/h.
  • Arthur Ashe won the US Open for the first time in 1968; he was the first African American to do so.
  • Venus and Serena Williams were the first sisters ever to win Olympic gold medals.
  • Roger Federer holds the highest career prize money at $93.4 million as of June 2019.
  • Tennis grunt is a thing, and Maria Sharapova holds the record for the loudest grunt at 105 decibels.
  • A Harris hawk was stationed at every Wimbledon match to help in keeping the sky clear from any local pigeons. His name is Rufus. Rufus has a Twitter account with more than 5,000 followers.

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