👋 Good morning! Ever wondered what it's like to be a long snapper in the NFL? You're about to find out.
Today's word count: 1,569 words (6 minutes).
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On Sunday, Justin Tucker kicked the game-winning field goal to give the Ravens a thrilling 20-17 win over the 49ers.
Interview: I spoke with Cox about life as an NFL long snapper.
1. How does one get into long snapping?
2. What's unique about playing long snapper in the NFL?
3. What's the best and worst part about the gig?
4. Who is your backup?
5. Who is the best NFL long snapper ever?
6. Do you have a favorite memory as a football player?
7. How do you describe what's happening with your team right now?
Louisville became the fourth team in five weeks to claim the top spot in the men's AP poll, receiving 48 of 65 first-place votes.
Coming up: We've got a epic doubleheader on tap for this evening. Both games on ESPN.
Stanford took the top spot in the women's AP poll after a weekend that saw the previous No. 1 Oregon and No. 2 Baylor both lose on the same day.
Coming up: Thursday should be fun.
Worth a read: A welcome funding source for college athletics: Women (NYT)
SEATTLE — The Seahawks held off the Vikings, 37-30, to improve to 10-2 and move into a tie with the 49ers atop the NFC West.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jack Eichel (1 G, 2 A) and the Sabres scored five goals in the first period en route to a 7-1 victory over the struggling Devils.
MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo (29 pts, 15 reb in 22 mins) led the Bucks past the Knicks, 132-88, marking the fifth time in league history — and the second time in two weeks (Mavericks) — that a team has won consecutive games by 40 or more points.
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Washington coach Chris Petersen will step down after the Huskies' bowl game and be replaced by defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake, the school announced yesterday.
What they're saying: "[Petersen's announcement] came as shocking news. But maybe it shouldn't have been," writes The Athletic's Stewart Mandel (subscription).
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Astralis, a Denmark-based esports group that includes the world's top-ranked Counter-Strike team, is planning to go public next week in Copenhagen, writes Axios' Dan Primack.
Why it matters: This would be the first-ever public listing of an esports group, possibly priming investors for future floats from larger organizations.
Details: Astralis is set to list on the Nasdaq's Copenhagen exchange for small companies, raising between $18 million and $22 million.
The bottom line: "The global esports market will generate almost $2 billion in 2022, with global esports viewership expected to reach 595 million that year," writes Bloomberg's Nick Rigillo.
Go deeper: Esports deep dive (Axios)
63 years ago today, sophomore Wilt Chamberlain made his much anticipated varsity debut for the Jayhawks, scoring 52 points and grabbing 31 boards (both school records) in a 87-69 win over Northwestern.
Must-see highlight: Chamberlain led Kansas to the national title game that season, where they fell to North Carolina in triple-OT. Please watch these highlights. 7-footers aren't supposed to be able to move like that.
Go deeper: From a 1956 Sports Illustrated story:
"The University of Kansas campus comprises for the most part a singularly unimpressive hodgepodge of local limestone and brick ... These days, however, Kansans only have eyes for another — human — variety of architecture: Wilton Chamberlain, a 7-foot sophomore who strides the Jayhawk campus like a Gulliver among the Lilliputians."
The Pirates hired Twins bench coach Derek Shelton as their new manager last week, meaning all MLB managerial vacancies have been filled.
Answer at the bottom.
Kendall "Door 4" Baker
Trivia answer: Oakland's Bob Melvin