There are many ways for the quarterback to communicate with the center in order to get the ball snapped. The standard type of communication is a verbal cadence. Some teams use a visual marker when in shotgun, such as an arm or leg motion.The craze that has been sweeping collegiate football, though, has been the clap cadence, where the quarterback’s clap replaces the traditional vocal snap count. Urban Meyer, head coach of Ohio State, was one of the first to use the clap cadence. Now just about every team in the Big 12, including Oklahoma State, uses it.Rudolph to Sheperd for the TD right at me! Watch my story on #okstate win on @FOX23 at 11:05. @Rudolph2Mason @bshep10 pic.twitter.com/BKVjq24nh9— Nathan Thompson (@NathanDThompson) October 4, 2015The clap cadence, just like any other snap call, has its advantages and disadvantages. Its biggest advantage is that it is audible in any situation. The clapping noise cuts through sound, allowing all eleven players to hear it at once. Additionally, because it is an aural cadence, all eleven players can keep their heads up and forward, including the center as opposed to everyone looking at the center to watch for the snap.There are ways to keep the defense from jumping the snap count, by either faking the clap motion or going on two. Many centers will snap the ball a couple of seconds after the clap, and use a “one” or “two” call to call for the snap that many seconds after they hear the clap (one is one second, two is two seconds, etc.) Aaron Rodgers talks about a variation of that at 1:40 here.Many people question the effectiveness of the clap count. Yes, the noise is louder and more audible than a standard vocal cadence, but it can get predictable unless teams truly utilize a variety of snap counts. Additionally, unless a quarterback is really good at selling it, faking the clapping motion really doesn’t do anything.Just like anything in football tactics, you have a trade-off; in this case, everyone can hear it, but the predictability is higher. Looking at the popularity of the clap cadence, it seems that the former is more important.Do you think this is an effective cadence? Or would you prefer a signal or vocal count? Leave your opinions below in the comments!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
February 1, 2012 Letters Letters Foreclosures I am a 45-year member of The Florida Bar. I am now retired, and my only legal work concerns my subprime mortgage investment portfolio. With the collapse of the real estate market, many of the properties are worth half or less than what I have invested in them.Unfortunately, the legal system is not working for foreclosure plaintiffs. I am being told that I must wait up to six months to get a summary judgment hearing for an uncontested matter which will take all of five minutes. During that extended time, I am receiving no return on my investment, and, in many cases, the property is vacant, is deteriorating at a rapid rate, is subject to vandalism, and I am powerless to cut my losses. My assertions that I need an early hearing date to stave off disaster are met with a remarkable level of indifference.The mediation program only serves to further the delay and debit the plaintiff for an additional $750. The fact that the expense can be added to the mortgage amount due is utterly worthless. I read that only about 3.5 percent of the mediations result in an agreement. One hundred percent of the mediations result in greater losses for the plaintiffs.The Florida Bar has publicly taken the view that the defaulting homeowners are victims and that attorneys should provide pro bono work to keep them in homes they cannot pay for by almost any contrivance. Give The Florida Bar an “A” for not protecting the rights of all litigants.I understand that the current practices may work for the court system, but they do not for the plaintiffs. Some of those plaintiffs are struggling to protect their life savings.What state agency should people like me contact to seek compensation for the enormous losses which can be sustained by the mind-numbing delay?I am 70 years old this June. Is it too much that I would like to complete my foreclosure cases before I die?Richard J. Wiley Highland City Lack of Jury Trials Being an expert on all things like the “Modern Major General” of “HMS Pinafore” fame, I shall explain the ugly reasons people avoid trials like colonoscopies.The federal law and order patriots have 18 month go to trial and lose tax that is always levied and with great glee, I might add. Only the demented, desperate, or those who believe mistakenly that innocent until proven guilty means something, roll the loaded dice facing those odds.Just crossing off that tryant`s dream box would triple federal jury trials. If we have a law that says if a state attorney files a first degree murder charge and notifies the adoring public that death is on the line, there should be no turning back. He can`t use our holy death penalty as a hammer to beat out pleas for getaway drivers and crazy teenagers.We would have more trials and fewer farces, like seeking the death peanlty for a woman who kills her child, something that has not happened anywhere in this country for over 100 years. We should have no “ nolo contendre ” pleas for crimes that do not have civil consequences. Allowing some character to deny he broke the law on the courthouse steps after copping a deal would come to an end when he or she had to admit to being a perp or degenerate.One other thing, all these clowns who brag about being trial pros or have had helped 100,000 accident victims should have to go to court for real at least once every five years or pull down their ads.Charles B. Tiffany Kissimmee Death Penalty Five years ago, the ABA released a report developed by a team of Florida-based experts that included an elected state attorney, a former public defender, and a former Supreme Court chief justice, which raised serious concerns about Florida’s death-penalty process.The report neither supports nor opposes capital punishment; it focuses upon improving the administration of justice.But for the Florida Supreme Court’s adoption of the report’s findings and recommendations relating juror confusion in late 2009, with few exceptions, state officials have done little to remedy the problems.The alarming backdrop is that the Death Penalty Information Center, an independent Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, reports that since 1973, Florida has resentenced or exonerated more death-sentenced inmates than any other state.For example, Frank Lee Smith was exonerated posthumously after the actual perpetrator was identified. He died of cancer after languishing on death row for 14 years. Juan Melendez was exonerated after almost 18 years on death row after a taped confession by the real perpetrator was discovered.One of the report’s key findings notes that Florida is the only state that allows capital-case jurors to find an aggravating circumstance and recommend a death sentence by a simple majority vote, e.g., 7-5. All others require some form of unanimity.Writing for the majority in a strongly worded opinion in 2005, then-Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero called upon the Legislature to require unanimity insofar as any jury recommendation of death. Then-Gov. Jeb Bush said the issue was “definitely worth consideration” and cautioned legislators not to ignore the court. To date, the Legislature has been unresponsive.Last summer, U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez declared related aspects of Florida’s capital case sentencing scheme unconstitutional in Evans, a case out of the Southern District that is under appeal by the state.We may have reached a tipping point of sorts.Sen. Thad Altman, R-Melbourne, and Rep. John Patrick Julien D-North Miami Beach, filed a bill in anticipation of the 2012 regular session, incorporating feedback from Cantero, which would require unanimity for both jury recommendations of death, as well as for findings regarding the presence of specific aggravators. It has received considerable editorial board support.Simply put, enactment of their bill would represent a significant step forward in terms of improving the administration of justice. The immediate challenge is to get it calendared.Mark R. Schlakman Tallahassee Advertising With respect to Mr. Forman’s January 1 letter objecting to the ad by the “Small Christian Family Law Firm,” I have to wonder whether he would have been equally offended by a “Muslim Religious Liberties Firm.”More to the point, the Constitution guarantees both free exercise of religion and freedom of association. Therefore, an “association” of “Christians” for any particular legally sanctioned purpose cannot be constitutionally taboo.Mr. Forman objects that this is like “Whites Only.” Christianity is an ideology, not a skin color. Perhaps the firm prefers a particular approach to family law matters which is consistent with that ideology.Finally, Mr. Forman seems to imply that the News’ willingness to run the hiring ad is objectionable because it has a hint of religion to it. At some point, the specter of “establishment of religion” has to be reined in by common sense and reason. The News is not advocating or mandating anything — it is just running a legitimate advertisement in the same neutral fashion that it runs any other hiring ad.Thomas F. Harkins, Jr. Fort Worth, Texas_________________________Your Editor’s Note to Gerald Forman’s letter misses the point. Suppose the ad stated “Small white or male family law firm”? I believe African-American lawyers or women would take umbrage at the ad. The logical conclusion would be that only white lawyers or male lawyers apply. The same could be said for any reference to any implicit but not veiled exclusionary reference.The News need not accept all advertisements simply because they are legal. Rather, basic decency should also be applied in the judgment to accept the lucre from obviously prejudiced lawyers.In my opinion, this matter should be a subject of discussion at the next Florida Bar Board of Governors meeting.Richard N. Friedman Miami Errata A story in the January 15 News gave the wrong number of cases electronically filed with the court system in the past year. The correct number is almost 35,000. February 1, 2012 Letters
AFTER taking what seemed an unsurmountable lead, Halley’s 6 stumbled in the third and final leg of the Trophy Stall-sponsored three-way dominoes tournament which climaxed at the Everest Cricket Club pavilion on Tuesday night.Entering the leg on 158 games, seven ahead of Marshall’s 6 and 21 clear of Dass’ 6, Halley’s 6 were relegated to the third position as the other two teams completely dominated the night’s proceedings.In the end, Dass’ 6, who suffered two loves in the first sitting still managed to emerge winners of Tuesday night encounter with 82 games with Marshall’s 6 taking the first runners-up spot on 75 and Halley’s 6 in the cellar on a disappointing 56 games.This meant the overall scores read: Marshall’s 6 – 226 games, Dass’ 6 – 219 and Halley’s 6 on 215. It should also be noted that Marshall’s 6 came out tops despite not winning any of the three legs, quite a remarkable achievement.Selwyn Prescott led the way for Dass’ 6 with the maximum 18 games while Hardyal supported with 16, Manniram Shew 15 and Peter Ramroop 15. For Marshall’s 6, skipper Vackacy Joe led with 16 games while there were 15 each for Brian Allen and Alex Culley.Intikab Ali was the lone shining light for Halley’s 6 with 14 games. Skipper Rishi Dass and Prem Basant were the two lovebirds for Dass’ 6.Apart from copping the winning trophy, the three top players for Marshall’s 6 – Vackacy (43 games), Culley (39) and Allen (36) – were recipient of cups. Shew (45) and Prescott (43) collected for Dass’ 6 while Intikab Ali, with 47 games, the most by any player, was the leading player for Halley’s 6. Dexter Sue of Halley’s 6 received a prize for sharing the first love in the tournament.The tournament was held in honour of former Guyana Chronicle senior sports reporter Frederick Halley who still freelances from Toronto, Canada and was vacationing in Guyana. It was organised by Shew and sponsored by Trophy Stall of Bourda Market.
Image Courtesy: Zee NewsAdvertisementIn the wake of India being the first country to attempt a landing on the Moon’s south pole, Gautam Gambhir used it as an analogy to sell Sanju Samson’s skills with a witty tweet after Harbhajan Singh praised the Rajasthan Royals batsman for his match-winning knock.Image Courtesy: Zee NewsSanju Samson played a sensational knock of 91 off just 48 balls to steer the India A side to victory against South Africa A in his home town of Thiruvananthapuram. The batsman also proceeded to donate his match fees to the groundsmen who worked hard to ensure play during the rain-affected series.After seeing his display, Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir united to praise the flamboyant batsman and even pushed him as a potential No.4 candidate for India. The Turbanator was the first to put out a tweet for Samson which was soon followed with a response from the former Indian opener.Check out what they tweeted:“Why not @IamSanjuSamson at number 4 in odi.. with good technique and good head on his shoulders.. well played today anyways against SA A.” “Yes @harbhajan_singh on current form and his skills this Southern Star, @IamSanjuSamson can bat even on Moon’s South Pole!!! I wonder if they had space on Vikram to carry this marvel of a batsman. Well done Sanju on scoring 91 off 48 balls against South Africa A side. Yes @harbhajan_singh on current form and his skills this Southern Star, @IamSanjuSamson can bat even on Moon’s South Pole!!! I wonder if they had space on Vikram to carry this marvel of a batsman. Well done Sanju on scoring 91 off 48 balls against South Africa A side. pic.twitter.com/MwTZj6JaWh— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 6, 2019Read Also:Crunching the numbers: Virat Kohli reveals his loathe for maths after getting 3/100Watch: David Warner’s hilarious response to an English fan calling him cheat Advertisement