Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs USA TODAY Sports’ Week 2 NFL predictions Staff report, USA TODAY Sports 12:09 a.m. EDT September 12, 2013 Russell Wilson’s (3) Seahawks trounced the 49ers in Week 16 of the 2012 season. (Photo: Joe Nicholson, USA TODAY Sports) SHARE 5 CONNECT 4 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Week 2 of the 2013 NFL season will provide quite a bit of fuel to lovers of rivalries. You’ve got the sibling showdown, Manning vs. Manning; the resumption of longstanding divisional battles, such as Jets-Patriots and Vikings-Bears; Chiefs-Cowboys is a meeting of the teams that fought for the allegiance of Dallas fans in the 1960s (the Dallas Texans ultimately relocated to Kansas City to become the Chiefs); and the former Houston Oilers are visiting the current Houston Texans, and Houstonians love rooting against Bud Adams’ Titans. SEASON PREDICTIONS: Who do our experts like to reach Super Bowl XLVIII? But the most compelling matchup may occur between two rising Pacific Coast powers in what is fast becoming one of the best feuds in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers represented the NFC in Super Bowl XLVII last season, but they endured a 42-13 thrashing at the talons of the Seahawks in Seattle last December. Both clubs feature blossoming stars at quarterback, tough running backs and bruising defenses. Best of all, head coaches Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh have been trying to one-up each other since their Pac-10 days. The winner strikes an early blow for NFC West and maybe conference bragging rights.
2013 Team USA roller derby try-outs: The roller derby of exclusion (Photos)
One, as they say, is location location location. Ever wonder why roller derby is always found in the dangerous abandoned dregs on the outskirts of the city? Why are the women sent past abandoned buildings with undesirables lurking in every corner? When directions to the space include things like behind the rubble pile, past the hazard sign, and don’t go to or from your car alone, be assured that derby is close. Some might suspect that They (the powers that be) don’t want women organizing in safety. Regardless, Team USA try-outs weren’t a step up, even in the name of America. Try-outs were held in a warehouse on the dock and the concrete floor wasn’t flat. The questionable locale and imperfect facility is nothing new to roller derby. In fact, its the status quo. Most indicative of what a derby girl is happy to endure is that the 120 some-odd girls who showed up for open tryouts noted and joked at the banked track they would be skating on shortly, but none guffawed or declared the conditions untenable. After all, the Rat City Rollers, currently ranked 12th on their way into Division 1 playoffs, skate on that same floor every day. Organized chaos in derby time The other expected phenomena in roller derby gatherings is derby time, aka lateness. As usual, things were moving a little behind schedule and skaters waiting to sign in were encouraged to do stretching and off-skates warm ups while in line, as there would be little time to gear up and no group warm-up once things began. The estimated 120 girls were split into three groups, black/white/red, and either 1 or 2. These distinctions soon proved relatively meaningless as all 120 were on the track at the same time, first doing narrow, right-footed snow plows, then narrow left-footed snow plows in the opposite direction.
USA TODAY Sports Launches “The Q”– A New Quick-Hit News And Analysis Platform For On-The-Go Fan Consumption
Markets open in 2 hrs 4 mins USA TODAY Sports Launches “The Q”– A New Quick-Hit News And Analysis Platform For On-The-Go Fan Consumption Curated, mobile-optimized platform will initially focus on NFL news, with expansion of coverage throughout the year Press Release: USA TODAY Sports Media Group Tue, Sep 10, 2013 3:03 PM EDT GCI 25.31 MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –The USA TODAY Sports Media Group today officially announced the launch of ” The Q ” ( q.usatoday.com ), a platform that delivers sports news to fans through a quick-hit, near-real-time stream of curated analysis designed specifically to provide on-the-go consumption and context. The Q is initially focused on serving NFL fans, beginning with a preview of the product that launched with the first Sunday of the NFL regular season. “The Q platform helps fans keep up with the big stories they care about, in the quick-twitch way they want to do it,” said Dave Morgan, SVP of Content and Editor-in-Chief of USA TODAY Sports Media Group. “From game days to the storylines everyone is talking about during the week, The Q is designed to keep fans out in front.” USA TODAY Sports Media Group is putting The Q at the center of its NFL coverage on Sundays, Monday nights and Thursday nights as an optimal second-screen companion for fans following NFL games, filtering out everything but the best real-time analysis through editor-led curation and exclusive, original content. Throughout the rest of the week, The Q service tracks the biggest storylines and connects fans to the most interesting analysis, whether they are waiting for an office meeting to start or waiting in line for coffee. The Q editorial team includes longtime digital sports media veteran Dan Shanoff (@danshanoff on Twitter), whose company Quickish was acquired by USA TODAY Sports Media Group in 2012; Chris Korman (@ChrisKorman), most recently a reporter and NFL editor at the Baltimore Sun; Maggie Hendricks (@maggiehendricks), most recently an NFL, MMA and Olympics writer for Yahoo! Sports; and Brent Sobleski (@brentsobleski), most recently an “Insider” contributor for ESPN.com. Other original contributions will come from USA TODAY Sports’ NFL team, including Lindsay Jones, Jarrett Bell, Tom Pelissero, Jim Corbett, Kevin Manahan, Pete O’Brien and Nate Davis; the staff of the fastest-growing digital sports property in the country, For The Win , including Chris Chase and Chris Strauss; and talent from across USA TODAY Sports’ portfolio of NFL-focused properties, including Sports On Earth , The Big Lead , and KFFL , among several others. Expanded plans for The Q in 2014 include dedicated coverage of the biggest live events, including Super Bowl XLVIII, the Olympic Games in Sochi, the World Cup, the NCAA Tournament, the NBA Playoffs, the NASCAR Chase, the major golf championships and full-time coverage of the biggest events in sports. About USA TODAYSports Media Group: The USA TODAY Sports Media Group encompasses all sports initiatives across USA TODAY Sports and Gannett’s more than 100 well-known local media brands. It also includes the sports photography wire service USA TODAY Sports Images , leading high school sports destination USA TODAY High School Sports ; For The Win , the first mainstream sports media property focused exclusively on “social news,” and designed specifically to resonate on social networks and non-traditional media channels and platforms; Sports On Earth , a joint venture withMLB Advanced Mediadedicated to great sports writing in all its forms; and the hundreds of sites within USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties, such as Hoopshype.com and mixed martial arts site MMAjunkie.com , among others. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. ( GCI ).