Big 12 mailbag: Championship game format, West Virginia’s playoff chances

Big 12 mailbag: Championship game format, West Virginia’s playoff chances

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MeFi: I wandered lonely…

After being used to describe boring games (and remaining as a controversial term), the walking simulator is finally getting its due. Recently there have been many great free examples of pure, procedurally-generated walking simulators: no puzzles, no goals, no crafting, no enemies… just walking in a space that was created just for your game. Bernband gives you the feeling of walking through a bustling alien city/mall/something and observing its inhabitants. The ominous TRIHAYWBFRFYH lets you wander around a setting as the apocalypse begins. Secret Habitat creates an island full of art galleries. Sanctuary features a strange, creepy walk among mysterious obelisks. Sacremento is a stunning walk through a watercolor world. If you like realistic walks, Outerra is an amazing engine producing procedurally-generated landscapes using Google Earth data that lets you wander anywhere on the planet, zooming out from a blade of grass to outer space, at which point you probably want to shift to the equally amazing Space Engine to explore other worlds. [all games downloadable, most for Windows and Mac]

Dolphins dominated by Titans, 30-17

Perhaps the job of turning around the Miami Dolphins is a bit more complicated than first-year coach Adam Gase anticipated. Sunday’s 30-17 home loss to the Tennessee Titans shows there are still plenty of things to fix on both sides of the ball.

It was complete domination. The Titans, not to be mistaken for the New England Patriots, limited the struggling Miami offense to 200 yards of total offense and just eight first downs. Tennessee hogged the ball for nearly 37 minutes to Miami’s 23.

Tennessee’s defense intercepted Dolphin quarterback Ryan Tannehill twice and sacked him six times. They held Miami to only 51 yards rushing while amassing 235 rushing yards of their own. The Dolphins were also flagged eight times for 83 yards in penalties.

Miami gave their fans a glimmer of hope in the first half. When Jakeem Grant took a punt 74 yards for a touchdown with 12:33 left in the second quarter, the game was tied 7-7. The Titans responded with a 12-play touchdown drive featuring strong doses of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry on the ground.

Miami answered back with their only touchdown drive of the day that included a 58-yard pass from Tannehill to Damien Williams. From that point, the Dolphins offense would be on the field for only 22 plays the remainder of the game, while Tennessee would outscore them 16-3 the rest of the way.

Tannehill finished with 191 yards passing and no touchdowns. Half of his total came on just two throws; the 58-yarder to Williams and another for 50 yards to DeVante Parker.  Jay Ajayi gained 42 yards on the ground and scored the lone offensive touchdown.

Murray led the Titans with 121 yards on the ground while second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 163 yards and three touchdowns.

Miami, now 1-4, got off to a bad start to their four-game, 44-day home stand, an NFL record. It doesn’t get any easier as the 4-1 Pittsburgh Steelers come to Hard Rock Stadium next Sunday.

 

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