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Nov 5 / King Kaufman

Shoutouts: Wild NFL weekend, “perfect” NBA season, MLB awards time

This week’s Shoutouts start with a wild few days in the NFL.

In the wake of two head coaches collapsing within the space of a few days, Lead Writer Mike Freeman‘s NFL Coaches: ‘You Have to Be Certifiable to Do What We Do’ looked at the factors that may have led to the health problems for John Fox and Gary Kubiak, and certainly affect the health of all 32 head coaches and many of their assistants. Freeman also weighed in on the ugly situation in Miami with Sources: ‘Rookie Tax’ at the Heart of Miami Dolphins’ Jonathan Martin Hazing. 

A Week in the Life of Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden by Dan Pompei, publshed before either of the health scares, offered more insight into the coaching life.

A question: What are the 20 things that, if they all happened, would make for a perfect year? In The Anatomy of a Perfect 2013-14 NBA Season, Josh Martin offers a fun read by identifying those things and then finding examples of them from previous seasons.

More NBA pieces: 12 Takeaways From Friday Night’s NBA Action by Adam Fromal was a fine example of how to wrap up the day’s news effectively for readers. And What Some People Are Forgetting About the Chicago Bulls gets Kelly Scaletta acronym of the week honors for his theory about why people are overlooking the Bulls: “This is because of an epidemic that exists in today’s sports media: the oft-ignored and underreported ‘Postseason and Offseason-Induced Neurally Transmitted Logical Evaluation Suppression Syndrome,’ or POINTLESS for short.”

Briefly noted:

How the Chinese Basketball Association Became the Hot Destination for NBA Talent by Jared Zwerling.

Meet Synergy Sports Technology, the Company Revolutionizing College Basketball by C.J. Moore

Post-World Series Predictions for Every Major 2013 MLB Award Race by Adam Wells

MLB Free Agency 2014: Clues to Where the Top 10 Players Will Land by Ely Sussman