Harvard’s Little Red Flag

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A senior director at Congruity, an information technology solutions company based in Massachusetts, Evan Loring works to grow the firm’s enterprise business segments. Prior to his position at Congruity, Evan Loring served as the receivers coach for the Harvard football team. Harvard, an American university with a rich history, has many traditions, one of which appears at every Harvard vs. Yale football game.

Harvard and Yale have one of the oldest sports rivalries in the nation, making the Harvard-Yale game an annual expedition for many alumni. At each game, fans can count on seeing the “little red flag,” a crimson flag on which an olive green “H” is embroidered.

Just like Harvard, the flag has a rich history, stretching all the way back to 1884 when Frederick Plummer, at freshman at the time, attached it to the end of a walking stick and took it to the Harvard-Yale game. It reappeared at every Harvard-Yale game for many years until Plummer died in 1949.

After Plummer’s death, the Harvard fan with the distinction of attending the most Harvard-Yale games began carrying the flag. It changed hands several times until 2001, when Friends of Harvard Football bestowed the honor on William Markus, an alumnus who was designated a “superfan” and has diligently supported Harvard and its athletic program. These days, the original flag is kept in a secret location on Harvard’s campus until the annual Harvard-Yale football game.

Pearl Jam Chosen for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017

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Pearl Jam
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As a senior manager at Congruity, Evan Loring has played a leading role in growing the IT consultancy’s enterprise business revenue to over $10 million per year. A former collegiate athlete and wide receiver coach for university football programs, Evan Loring enjoys spending his free time staying active and listening to his favorite bands, which include Pearl Jam.

As December 2016 drew to a close, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the newest inductees into its collection of globally influential musicians. The artists poised to join the Hall of Fame in its 32nd annual induction ceremony represent a wide range of musical styles, time periods, and locales. As described by Rock and Roll Hall of Frame CEO Joel Peresman, “Rock and roll means so many things to so many different people,” and the 2017 Hall of Fame exemplifies this by highlighting artists from all corners of the rock genre.

The 2017 class honors Pearl Jam, who helped to spearhead the Seattle grunge genre and are joining the Hall of Fame in their very first year of eligibility. Recognized alongside Pearl Jam are 1960s folk rocker Joan Baez, Great Britain’s Yes and Electric Light Orchestra, and Journey, the San Francisco-based purveyors of 80s rock anthems. Branching out into hip-hop as an offshoot of rock and roll, the 2017 Hall of Fame class also features the late Tupac Shakur, the iconic rapper whose verses helped to define the early hip-hop movement.

Three Skills Scouts Look for in Wide Receivers

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Evan Loring – Wide Receivers Coach at Harvard

Based in Pembroke, Massachusetts, Evan Loring serves as a senior manager with Congruity, where he manages annual IT budgets for large enterprise businesses. Before taking up his current responsibilities, Evan Loring spent two years as a wide receiver coach at Harvard University.

From college football up through the NFL, scouts look for specific qualities in their wide receiver prospects. Here are three receiver skills commonly sought after by scouts.

1) Athleticism – Although the exact definition of athleticism is hard to pin down, every successful wide receiver must be able to excel at the physical aspects of the position. Soft hands rank at the top of the list for players whose job it is to catch the ball. Receivers must be able to run fast, jump high, and move their bodies in space. Strength is also important, as it enables receivers to get off the line and win battles against defensive backs.

2) Route-running – Not only must receivers have technical ability, but they also must be able to find open spaces on the field. Less-athletic wide receivers often outpace elite athletes due to their superior route-running ability, which translates into more reliable yardage on a given play.

3) Blocking – Often considered a secondary requirement of the receiver position, blocking can play an incredibly important role in the offense. Particularly in field-stretching plays such as sweeps and screens, blocking can spell the difference between no gain and a first down or more.

Three-Pointers Have Changed Basketball

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Three-Pointers
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Evan Loring, a senior director at Congruity, based in Pembrooke, Massachusetts, manages IT budgets for enterprise corporations, by identifying cost savings strategies for their support and maintenance costs. A former assistant coach with the Harvard University football program, Evan Loring enjoys several different athletic activities including football and basketball.

When the three-point line was added during the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) 1979-80 season, officials had no idea that it would completely change the face of the sport. Games that were generally centralized and featured a rare long shot, have changed into contests that can easily cover a much wider area. As a result, both offensive and defensive strategies have been forced to adapt.

Experts have analyzed the benefit of the three-point shot and determined that it has become an important fixture in the game of basketball. For instance, the teams that shot the most three-pointers with the best success rate were the teams that played in the NBA conference finals during the 2015-16 season.

Steph Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, has made a name for himself as a three-point shooter. In the 2015-16 season, he broke his own record with an astonishing 402 three-point shots. His technique has been so effective that his pull up three-pointer has been analyzed and incorporated into the technical instruction of other teams.