Super Bowl LII is almost here, a matchup between one team everyone knew would be here and one that was presumed dead two months ago. The New England Patriots will vie for a sixth league championship, while the Philadelphia Eagles, sans Carson Wentz but sporting the resurgent Nick Foles, will try to win their first.
“The first half, offensively, was as good as we’ve played all year,” said Orlando coach Frank Vogel.
Head coach Bill Belichick is a special teams savant, and as a man who keys on the details to create the winning edge, trying to get cute with the kickoff is a way to steal yards or even points.
In the event that the Eagles were observant enough to notice where Burkhead was, maybe they recognized that something was afoot.
Either way, because of the play’s result, it looks like a miscalculation by the Patriots. It’s not the reason why they lost the game, but maybe they would have liked the 10 or so extra yards they probably would have gained on a regular kick return compared to the one yard they lost on this lateral.
Six Australians were selected to play this year in Los Angeles, including Kody Stattmann, Alex Ducas, Anyang Garang, Jazmin Shelley and Kobe King-Hawea. The list was higlighted, though, by Josh Green, who is being touted already as Australia’s next star in the making when he becomes NBA draft eligible in 2020.
The 6’6 (198cm) Green, who is currently the 19th-ranked high-schooler in the U.S., took advantage of the opportunity the Basketball Without Borders camp offers to showcase his skills with some of the weekend’s highlight plays. The camp featured 65 boys and girls from 36 countries, and the Sydneysider, who was named on the All Star team, described the experience as “awesome”. He said it was great to be able to compare his game with that of other top recruits from around the world.
“You learn a lot playing with kids from around the world as well,” Green said at Basketball Without Borders. “It was a really great experience. It’s a blessing … this opportunity, I’m really thankful for it. Everyone here was athletic so sometimes you need to find your way around and see what you can really do.”