Rising TV talent Nate Burleson poised to become next sports, entertainment ‘crossover’ star

first_imgThink Michael Strahan, Erin Andrews and Charissa Thompson of Fox Sports or Robin Roberts of ABC. This small but exclusive group could be joined by another up and comer: Nate Burleson of CBS Sports and NFL Network.MORE: Wanted: A Romo-like defensive mind on NFL telecastsOnly two months ago, the 37-year old Burleson was a ubiquitous TV presence during Super Bowl week. On Super Bowl Sunday, he co-starred on “The Super Bowl Today” pregame show with James Brown, Bill Cowher, Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason. All week from Atlanta, he co-hosted his popular “Good Morning Football” morning show on NFL Network with Kay Adams, Peter Schrager and Kyle Brandt. The offseason typically means a dry spell for NFL analysts like Burleson. Right? Wrong.Instead, the former wide receiver/kick returner appeared last week as a “special correspondent” on the entertainment show “Extra.” Sporting a two-tone jacket and ripped jeans, the stylish Burleson  interviewed actor/comedian Tracy Morgan about his TBS show, “The Last O.G.”During their sitdown, Morgan told Burleson how “Us” director Jordan Peele helped him recover from the horrific 2014 car crash that killed his friend James McNair.McCARTHY: ESPN looks to save millions by slowing growth in talent salariesSaid Morgan: “That man was a part of my healing process, a big part of the healing process after I got hit by that truck. My youngest son turned me on to ‘Key & Peele’ and I watched it every day and I wanted to meet him — that’s how it connected.””So laughter was healing for you during that process?” asked Burleson.”It’s healing for all of us,” Morgan answered.It’s been a meteoric TV rise for the Calgary, Alberta native. Only five years ago, Burleson was pondering his next move after playing 11 years in the NFL for the Lions, Vikings and Seahawks. Now he’s co-starring on two of the biggest NFL studio shows. Mark Lepselter, the MAXX agent who represents Burleson, told Sporting News he believes he has the “appetite, the ability and the gravitas to do whatever he wants in the sports and entertainment broadcasting world.”One of the smartest things the NFL does for ex-players is hold an annual “broadcast boot camp” for players looking to move from the playing field to the media.While still playing for the Lions, Burleson attended the camp and landed local TV/radio gigs. When the locker room leader was cut by the Lions in 2014, he was ready for life after football.FROM MONOPOLY TO MONOTONYInside ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’ mid-life crisisHis big break came when NFL Network tabbed him for the debut of “Good Morning Football” in August 2016. Like other former players/coaches turned TV analysts, Burleson was reluctant to rip his former teammates and pro athletes.”When I first got to the NFL Network, I was just like every other player protecting brand, protecting the fraternity,” Burleson recalled to Jimmy Traina on the Sports Illustrated Media podcast. “I was always complimenting guys and I never wanted to step on people’s feelings.”I remember, one of my mentors was like, ‘Say something.’ I was like, ‘What do you mean? I am saying something. I was clever. I’m clever, I make people laugh, I smile.” He was like, ‘You did that in the locker room, but say something, man. You know the game. Take a risk and criticize these players. They’ll respect you more when they see you.’ I was like, ‘Damn, this feels so awkward.'”It literally was a cringeworthy feeling when I had to criticize a guy, even when I knew the player was in the wrong, like he dropped the ball or said something stupid.”As the only ex-NFL player on the show, Burleson quickly stood out. TV big shots took notice.MORE: ESPN could MegaCast ‘MNF’ the way it does college footballWithin a year, Burleson landed a national broadcast role on CBS’s “The NFL Today,” the granddaddy of all football pregame shows. Burleson is decades younger than the show’s other stars. He injected a youthful vibe to a show’s graying cast.More importantly, he added a just-off-the-field insider’s knowledge of today’s pass-happy NFL. It was the same quality that helped make Tony Romo an instant hit in the CBS broadcast booth with Jim Nantz.Talking NFL football five mornings a week with the league’s top stars, coaches and GM’s has turned Burleson into a walking encyclopedia.”I think he’s got a lot of credibility having retired fairly recently from the game,” CBS Sports boss Sean McManus  said in an interview with NJ.com . “His credibility and his perspective on the league and its players is first rate. His presentation is smooth yet he can be very passionate about what he’s talking about and he feels strongly about his opinions. The fact that he lives and breathes NFL football seven days a week gives him a really solid perspective and a really good foundation of knowledge that he presents to an audience.” Burleson has a long-term contract with NFL Network to continue hosting “Good Morning Football,” sources told SN. But his initial deal with CBS expires after the 2019 season, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.That means Burleson could become a sought-after free agent at the same time as Romo. Romo’s reps are seeking a contract extension that would make him the highest-paid sports TV analyst in history at an annual salary of $10 million or more. Like Romo, CBS is interested in extending Burleson’s contract, sources said. Like Romo, Burleson will have to think twice before leaving a network that’s put him in his best light. CBS declined to comment. Every once in while a sports TV personality “crosses over,” as they say, into the world of entertainment.They have the talent, the style, the chops to relate with Hollywood stars as seamlessly as they do pro football or basketball players. They’re as comfortable on a red carpet as they are on a sideline. As dual threats, they get more opportunities. On Super Sunday, some critics like Marchand thought Burleson was the “star” of CBS’s pregame show. His performance on TV’s biggest stage indicated he’s ready to host entertainment shows. The best example is Strahan, the Super Bowl-winning former Giants star who hosts ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “The $100,000 Pyramid,” while retaining his sports gig on “Fox NFL Sunday.”Don’t be surprised if “Extra” is just the first step into entertainment media for Burleson.“I’ve said for some time now that I truly really believe Nate is going to cross over into the lifestyle/entertainment-hosting world in a significant way,” Lepselter said. “We’re in the process of that happening. It’s something we‘re going about in a methodical way. We’ve had some high level meetings in LA and New York. I will leave it at that.”last_img read more

Raiders mailbag: On the futures of Derek Carr, Tom Cable and more

first_imgWelcome to the Week 13 mailbag. God bless those of you who are still reading these with your team at 2-9.Several of you asked if/when Jon Gruden will fire offensive line coach Tom Cable and if quarterback Derek Carr will be back next season. I condensed those answers to one question, so apologies to those who asked about Cable and/or Carr who don’t see their names.Without further ado, let’s get rolling. @jsmk20raiders: Should the Raiders ask Carr to take a pay cut? He currently …last_img read more

Share Your Favorite iPhone Apps by Email; There’s An App (Submitted) for That

first_imgJust 46% of iPhone users discover new apps via recommendations from friends, but that number could take a big jump if a new app just submitted to Apple gets approved for placement in the iTunes App Store.Israeli and French project AppsFire has submitted a new app that will allow anyone to select from the list of apps they have on their phone and send links to those apps to anyone else by email. Exploring the App Store is maddening, sharing App suggestions with friends is enough fun to make almost anyone jump up and down, clapping like a little school girl. Now AppsFire aims to make that easy to do – and that’s just the beginning of the company’s vision.The company already offers a service for sharing lists of your favorite iPhone apps, but its software requires a desktop download and is not being used by very many people. We’ve tested a new version of the downloaded software and it’s a breeze, but not publicly available yet. The first fifty RWW readers who click can download the Mac version via this link and anyone can register for Beta access, including Windows users, via this link. The mobile version is still awaiting approval from Apple.Sharing apps by mobile email could be the killer meta-app.Company co-founder Ouriel Ohayon told us today that the app will be free and will be monetized through affiliate app links and other mechanisms. Here are the favorite apps of founders Ohayon and Yann Lechelle. I’ve posted an AppsFire widget of my own favorite apps below, RSS readers can click through to the full post to see it. Note that AppsFire has only indexed about 10,000 apps so far (!) and there are a number that you may have on your phone but won’t show up right away. (Breaking News Online and PDX Bus for me.) BoomBox Pro, by the way, is super hot. It’s a Blip.fm player and oh my do I love it!“The vision is to provide many discovery mechanisms,” Ohayon told us by Skype, “there are many more coming. For example, in our app we have a VIP section, a way to check Twitter and ask how many recommendations an app has, what the best app for this or that purpose is. Allowing influencers to show the world what apps they use, we’ll have a top ranking of shared apps (something Apple does not provide) including geo targeting (top shared in your region). Think of it as a Connected Genius with several layers of discovery for apps with zero data input required since we read your iTunes.”Ohayon says the app was submitted about a week ago. Our fingers are crossed that it will be accepted soon. We’re quite excited about it. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#mobile#web Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

AR Textbooks, Virtual Chemistry Sets & the Future of Learning

first_imgThough augmented reality (AR) as a technology has existed for roughly two decades, it has only just begun to break into the mainstream by way of immersive desktop and mobile experiences. Much of what has been seen so far has been either in the entertainment, marketing and location-based sectors, but one area that is sure to benefit from AR is education. One of the most obvious ways AR will impact education is by enhancing learning materials for students, and a new demo from a Bangkok-based organization shows just that.Perhaps providing a glimpse into the near future of learning, the video (embedded below) from Thailand’s Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) shows how augmented reality could help students open a whole new dimension from their textbooks. In this example, a student flips through a geology book meant to teach her about the layers of the earth. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… chris cameron Using quick response (QR) codes, a camera is able to detect which page the student is on and can display supplementary 3D materials. The student controls the experience by presenting one of three business card-sized QR codes that either activate or advance a sequence of models for each page. They can get a closer look or a different angle on the models by simply moving the book closer to the camera or rotating it. The experience is pretty compelling as it is. Animations play on some of the pages, explaining how signals travel differently through the various layers of the earth. The visuals are nothing new, but the fact they could theoretically be viewed by a student holding a smartphone would fundamentally change the way students use textbooks. I hope, however, that the use of QR codes is reduced when a product like this goes to market. The codes, while big and easy to recognize for computer vision software, are clunky, obtrusive and rob publishers of page real estate. Sufficient image recognition technology exists that should allow smaller imaged based markers to be used to activate the experience (or the entire page could be used as a marker).Using the handheld markers to activate and change the models shouldn’t be necessary either, as previous AR experiences – as seen in this example from Total Immersion – have let users control 3D models by placing fingers on top of specific parts of a marker. Qualcomm, which announced its new AR SDK last week at Uplinq 2010, said the kit would include support for this functionality, which it calls “virtual buttons.” Needless to say, it can be done, and in the case of augmented textbooks, should be done. The possibilities for education and augmented reality go far beyond just textbooks. In fact, augmented reality could make learning safer for kids. Why place dangerous chemicals in the hands of children when virtual chemistry sets could eliminate any dangers? Kids can swap protective goggles for head-mounted displays (HMDs) and beakers and bunsen burners for virtual test tubes with 3D chemicals – all of which could be done from the comfort of the student’s desk, or even at home.Augmented reality has enormous potential in the education space. Earlier this year, the New Media Consortium reported in its 2010 Horizon Report that simple augmented reality is just two to three years away from having a significant impact on education. Augmented books and virtual chemistry sets are likely only a fraction of the way the technology will revolutionize the way students learn.Photo by Flickr user Neys. Tags:#Augmented Reality#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Police to Benefit from Energy Efficiency Project

first_imgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is set to benefit from the implementation of an energy efficiency project, aimed at cutting energy costs in the public sector. The pilot project, which forms part of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining’s (STEM) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, will see conservation strategies being carried out at selected police stations and departments across the island. Speaking atthe first in a series of energy efficiency and conservation workshops for members of the JCF held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston on February 28, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Leon Rose, said the programme is designed to reform energy management in the force. He said the initial stage of the project will see approximately six police departments, including the Mobile Reserve Unit in Kingston, being retrofitted with a number of energy saving measures, such as lighting fixtures and insulated windows and doors. He noted that following this exercise, the entities will be monitored by the JCF’s Conservation Unit and the Energy Ministry to ensure effective use of the strategies. ACP Rose said the long-term goal is for all JCF facilities across the island to benefit from the programme.“This will involve retrofitting, and in some instances, where necessary, refurbishing of selected police buildings,” he said.Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington said the JCF embraces the project and is committed to partnering with the Ministry to reduce the country’s energy bill.He noted that in recent years, the organisation has worked to strengthen its management capabilities in the area of conservation, pointing out that every police formation now has an energy officer.“For us to be chosen as the pilot organisation in this regard, is a signal of recognition of the effort which has been made in the JCF over the last few years and our continuing commitment to this strategy of conservation and exploiting alternatives for energy supply,” he stated.The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, which was launched in May 2012,is an initiative of the Government of Jamaica, through funding support of some US$20 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The main objectives of the project are to: enhance Jamaica’s energy efficiency and conservation potential through the design and implementation of cost saving measures in the public sector; to strengthen the institutional capacities of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining for implementing energy efficiency measures; to invest in energy efficiency and conservation measures in the public sector; and to increase awareness among key public and private sector stakeholders.last_img read more

A severe economic andor political crisis can snea

first_img A severe economic and/or political crisis can sneak up on you before you know it. Learn from the three harrowing stories of international crisis survivors—and the insightful comments of experts like Doug—how to recognize a crisis in the making. You may need those skills soon because it can, and will, happen here… Watch Meltdown America, a 30-minute free documentary that predicts the economic and political unraveling of the US. “America is a marvelous idea, a unique idea, fantastic idea. I’m extremely pro-American. But America has ceased to exist,” says Doug Casey. Watch him in this fascinating interview with Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie discuss the political, social, and economic challenges the US must conquer as well as lessons we can learn from failed states.last_img read more

On the third floor of a big Sovietera apartment b

first_imgOn the third floor of a big Soviet-era apartment building in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the mother of one of the world’s first babies created with DNA from three different people cracks open her door.”Hello; my name is Tamara,” she whispers, to avoid waking her son from his nap.Her name isn’t really Tamara. She asked me to call her that to protect her family’s privacy. She knows how unusual — and controversial — her baby might be to some people.Doctors at the Nadiya Clinic in Kiev, which created her baby, arranged for Tamara to become the first mother of a “three-parent baby” to give an interview to a journalist.After settling down at the kitchen table in her cramped, tidy apartment near the Russian border, Tamara starts telling her story. She’s 31 and always wanted kids.”Six years ago, I met my husband and in six months we started our tries to bring a child,” she says, speaking through an interpreter.But she couldn’t get pregnant. So she went through round after round of in vitro fertilization, year after year. It was a grueling, emotional roller coaster. And nothing worked.”I was quite sad. And at some moments I even lost my hope,” she says. “But then you find some forces in yourself and some emotions. Because to have a child is a goal which you couldn’t drop.”Then she heard about the clinic in Kiev. Doctors there told her about something new. “They showed us pictures for how many genes the child would have” from the three parents, she says.The doctors would fertilize one of her eggs with her husband’s sperm. Next, they would use her husband’s sperm to fertilize an egg from another woman paid to donate eggs. And then the scientists would remove most of the DNA from the other woman’s fertilized egg, and replace it with Tamara’s and her husband’s.”My first reaction was: ‘Whoa! How [has] science got so far?’ ” she says. “It’s unbelievable that they can make such a stuff. It’s wonderful and unbelievable.”The idea is that something in the egg from the other woman might make the difference. That something could be a tiny bit of genetic material known as mitochondrial DNA. These 37 genes provide the blueprint for mitochondria, the powerhouses inside cells that provide energy for the egg and embryo.The technique was originally developed to help women who are carrying devastating genetic disorders caused by defects in mitochondrial DNA avoid passing those genes on to their offspring.Tamara’s baby would have DNA from three different people: Tamara, her husband and the woman who donated the egg. But that didn’t bother the couple.”I knew that that tiny little bit of DNA is not responsible for such crucial stuff as your eyes color, your hair, your character and all [the] other important stuff,” she says of the donor’s DNA. It seemed, she says, “not very important for [the] child’s appearance and his character, his mentality.”So the couple decided to do it. And it worked. For the first time in her life, Tamara was able to create a healthy embryo, get pregnant, hear her baby’s heart beating in her womb and eventually give birth to a baby.”It was a lot of smiles. A lot of tears of happiness. I can’t describe it,” she says. “It’s how … happiness feels.”Her son is now 15 months old.”I’m so excited. I have a child. And he’s so beautiful. He smiles to me. He’s so cute. He’s so smart. He looks like my mom,” she says.While Tamara is thrilled with the outcome, there are big worries about the procedure and its long-term effects. The biggest one: Is it safe? Her son seems perfectly healthy so far. But who knows what might show up months or years from now? Where might routine use of this method lead?”This is the first time a human being is being created this way,” says Jeffrey Kahn, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Kahn chaired a U.S. National Academy of Sciences panel that examined the science and ethical issues raised by the three-parent procedure.”We just don’t know if it’s safe,” he says. “This is an uncontrolled experiment in which women are being offered a new technology that’s never been tried before. That’s why it’s a concern.”Kahn’s panel concluded it could be ethical to try the procedure to try to prevent mitochondrial disease. But it is prohibited in the United States. So a doctor from a New York clinic traveled to Mexico to help a Jordanian couple conceive a child this way.Britain has just started letting doctors try it very carefully, one baby at a time, but only to see if this might be a safe way to avoid the genetic disorders.Tamara is one of four women at the Nadiya Clinic who have given birth this way, according to Dr. Valery Zukin, who heads the clinic. Three more women are pregnant, including a woman from Sweden, he says.The procedure also raises deeper questions.”What is the importance of the contribution of mitochondrial DNA from a stranger? Philosophically it’s an interesting question,” Kahn says. “It changes your ancestry in a way.”But that’s not the only concern. The egg donor’s mitochondrial DNA could be passed down by any girls born from the procedure. So any problems inadvertently created could be passed down for generations too.”That’s crossing what had been a bright-line prohibition all across the globe that we would not introduce genetic modifications that would be passed on to future offspring in perpetuity,” Kahn says.In fact, one of the four babies produced so far with the help of the clinic was a girl, Zukin says.And some worry that allowing scientists to make inheritable genetic modifications for this purpose could open the door to letting them do it for other reasons.”There are fears that we are moving down the slippery slope towards designer babies,” says Naomi Cahn, a professor of law at the George Washington University School of Law, referring to parents picking and choosing the traits of their children.Zukin, the head of the Kiev clinic, dismisses those concerns. He says every baby born so far this way appears to be perfectly healthy.Ukrainian women pay about $8,000 to the Nadiya Clinic for the procedure. The clinic is charging women from other countries about $15,000. And the clinic has partnered with the New York clinic to market the procedure to U.S. women.Tamara says neither the cost nor the newness of the approach mattered. “I had no doubts,” Tamara says. “We had no doubts. I wanted a child so hard that I didn’t care about how … experimental the procedure would be.”She is just thrilled to have a baby. “In my point of view, if you can fix something you should fix it,” she says.Just as we’re leaving, Tamara’s son wakes up from his nap. My microphone scares him.”He’s always afraid of new people,” Tamara says. “I’m sorry, but we’re shy for now at this age.”I can’t help but wonder whether Tamara ever thinks about the fact that her son is one of the first human beings in the world who have DNA from three different people.”Yes, of course it’s still important,” she says. “But at the end, we are all children of Adam and Eve. So we are all connected.” Copyright 2018 NPR. 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