Monday, April 17, 2006

Cool Toys!

Columnist Rick Maese of the Baltimore Sun writes about the newest toy, er tool that University of Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen has picked up. It can be yours too, if you have $240,000.

The Pro Simulator is essentially a John Madden video game on steriods (fortunately there is no testing for video equipment). It is programmable with an entire offensive and defensive playbook and also detail size, strength, and speed of the players at each position. This tool allows players to use something they are familiar with (video games) to learn how to read defenses. This should be particularly valuable for reserves that don't get as much practice time as the starters.

Coach Friedgen has always been known for being on the cutting edge of technology, going back to when he was an NFL assistant coach for San Diedo in the early 1990's, and he's there again with this system.

Now I know what to put on my Christmas list-I'm sure the CourtMrs would love to learn how to throw against a two-deep zone.


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