Black took a heavy load of classes the summer before his rookie NBA season

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A favorite complaint of Ranadive’s critics is that the credit for the killer revenue projections rightfully belongs to Chris Granger, the Kings’ president and an NBA veteran. “The success on the business side is despite [Ranadive], not because of him,” says a league powerbroker with an intimate knowledge of the process in Sacramento.

Matt Darr Youth Jersey Then there is the gripe that feels sharper, more personal: that Ranadive is obsessed with his former team, the Warriors. One league source who knows the owner well says Ranadive, who still lives in the Bay Area, has an “unhealthy fixation on the Warriors.” Sources close to the Kings partnership say that Ranadive “can’t help himself” from claiming credit for innovations in Golden State. Ranadive hired a former Warriors assistant coach (Mike Malone), insisted the team run a Warriors-like offense (despite having few shooters who can fan out to the wings in transition and virtually no frontcourt players who excel in pushing the ball) and, sources say, determined that Malone would have two seasons to make the playoffs. Why two? Because the Warriors’ Mark Jackson made the playoffs in that amount of time. Kings business executives use catchphrases, calling the team a “real estate company” or a “technology company,” that were popularized in Oakland during Ranadive’s time there.

Ranadive lobbied hard to be the controlling governor in Sacramento based on his experience as a Warriors minority partner and his ties to India, a market that’s a prime focus of the NBA. There’s a running joke in the NBA that the Warriors led Ranadive’s Kings campaign as a means of ridding the partnership of its most abrasive owner.

Black took a heavy load of classes the summer before his rookie NBA season. He took more classes during the summer of 2015. He completed and turned in his thesis during the 2015-2016 season. Black’s academic adviser gave him the final word via a phone call. Kansas paid for it all and offered a great academic supporting cast.

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Falcons: Speed and physicality. When Dan Quinn left his defensive coordinator job in Seattle to become the head coach of the Falcons, his signature phrase was “fast and physical.” It took a bit, but Quinn eventually established such an identity within his defense. It started with NFL sacks leader Vic Beasley Jr., who used his devastating speed off the edge to record 15.5 sacks to go along with six forced fumbles. Then rookie middle linebacker Deion Jones, one of the fastest linebackers the Falcons have had in years, put his stamp on the defense with a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown against his hometown team, the New Orleans Saints, in his first game inside the Superdome.

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In the Super Bowl’s early years, the halftime show was about filling time while fans and TV viewers went to the concession stands or their refrigerators to get more beer — or took care of other necessities. As former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle once said about halftime: “That’s when everybody goes to the bathroom.”
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For instance, the first time Houston, the site of Sunday’s game, hosted the Super Bowl was in 1973, and the halftime show featured the University of Texas marching band and Miss Texas playing the fiddle. Yes, the fiddle! That’s a far cry from the next time it was in Houston, in 2004, when Justin Timberlake briefly exposed Janet Jackson’s nipple in the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” that is probably remembered by more people than the actual game. (Reminder: The New England Patriots edged the Carolina Panthers 32-29.)