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• Winter Games Brand Awareness
Which of the following brands have you seen an ad for in the past two weeks during Winter Olympics?
1. Coca-Cola 45.4
2. Liberty Mutual 25.3
3. Samsung 24.5
4. NBC 23.7
5. Chobani 16.3
6. United 14.4
7. NBCSN 10.9
8. Intel 9.1
9. Dow 3.2
10. Panasonic 2.9
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• This wknd all 30 MLB teams (including players, coaches, managers and umpires) will wear caps to honor before games, with option to wear the caps  in-game. Players will sign caps and auction them to raise money for Broward Education Foundation to benefit the official Victims' Fund.

• Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists Class of 2018: Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Hugh Evans, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Rudy Tomjanovich, Chris Webber, Kim Mulkey, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, Wayland Baptist University. Class of 2018 will be named during the NCAA Men’s Final Four weekend in San Antonio March 31-April 2.

KEEPING SCORE

Most Exciting Sports Worldwide
1. Athletics (i.e. Olympics) 47% Very/Quite Exciting
2. Tennis 43%
3. Football (soccer) 43%
4. Rugby 41%
5. Gymnastics 36%
6. Boxing 32%
7. Formula 1 32%
8. Swimming 26%
9. Horse Racing 25%
10. Cycling 25%

Most Boring Sports Worldwide
1. Golf 70% Very/Quite Boring
2. U.S. Football 59%
3. Cricket 58%
4. Darts 58%
5. Snooker 57%
6. Basketball 52%
7. Horse Racing 52%
8. Cycling 50%
9. Formula 1 49%
10. Boxing 46%

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Top Selling MLS Player Jerseys
1. Miguel Almirón Atlanta United
2. Bastian Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire
3. Josef Martínez Atlanta United
4. Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders
5. David Villa NYCFC
6. Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders
7. Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
8. Kaká Orlando City FC
9. Andrea Pirlo NYCFC
10. Nicolás Lodeiro Seattle Sounders
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Thursday
Apr202017

ESPN’s Jon Gruden: Saints, Cards, Giants Need To Draft Young QBs, Plan Ahead

By Barry Janoff

April 20, 2017: Jon Gruden may not be the foremost expert on quarterbacks, but after heading up ESPN’s Gruden’s QB Camp, now in its eighth season, plus working as an analyst on Monday Night Football since 2009 — which followed 11 years as a head coach in the NFL — he certainly has seen a lot of them up-close and personal.

And he had a message for teams as they head toward the NFL Draft next week: Even if you have an established quarterback, take one of these young guys and get ready for the future.

"These guys are very talented. Some of them might be a year away," said Gruden during a media conference call on Wednesday (April 19). "But you have to start the developmental process quickly if you need a quarterback.

"When you look at some of the NFL teams, the New Orleans Saints, for instance, who is the heir apparent to Drew Brees? Who is the heir apparent to Carson Palmer (Arizona Cardinals)? Eli Manning (New York Giants)? You have to look at it from that regard.

"Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get one of these guys you really like and put him in (your) program where they can watch a great player play for a year and then potentially take the keys and run with it," said Gruden.

Gruden talked about the next crew of quarterbacks ready to enter the NFL, breaking off from the majority of draft pundits by claiming that three and as many as four quarterbacks would be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft on April 27 in Philadelphia.

"I’ve had a lot of fun with these quarterbacks, five of them are underclassman. An interesting group. A very under-estimated group. We’ll see four of them go in the first round," said Gruden.

"The four quarterbacks I like in the first round potentially are Deshaun Watson (Clemson, pictured above), he’ll be gone. Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech). Mitch Trubisky (North Carolina). Who’s the fourth? There will be a sleeper somewhere along the road. Could be DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame), could be Nathan Peterman (Pittsburgh)," said Gruden.

All five of the players named have appeared or will appear on Gruden’s QB Camp this season, along with Joshua Dobbs (Tennessee) and Brad Kaaya (Miami, Fla.).

Gruden has worked with nearly 60 quarterbacks during the course of the ESPN show, including the likes of Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr and Tim Tebow.

Gruden said that of the incoming group, he has been most impressed with Watson, the two-time Heisman Trophy finalist who led Clemson to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship after losing to Alabama in 2016.

"Who is the heir apparent to Drew Brees? Who is the heir apparent to Carson Palmer (Arizona Cardinals)? Eli Manning (New York Giants)?"

"Deshaun Watson’s body of work impressed me the most,” Gruden said during the media call. "Back-to-back national championship games. He beat the best teams in college football. I love his poise. He plays his best football when he’s behind and all the chips are one the table. He’s got thick skin. He’s mentally tough. I like his overall game. He’s athletic. He’s got the intangibles everyone craves."

Gruden said that there will be a lot of teams looking at the incoming class of QBs, and not just those in immediate dire need of filling the position.

Gruden, an NFL head coach for 11 seasons with the Oakland Raiders (1998-2001) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-08), with a career record of 100-85, five division titles and a win with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, offered some advice to teams who might consider the crop of QBs to be under-developed.

"You have to have the foresight, the confidence and the coach in place to help get this done," he said. "But I’m all for taking some occasional risks in the draft. You don't know which players will turn it around."

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