Mike Sorensen: Utah Jazz: At least pick didn’t get booed

first_img Related All of a sudden we have a little bit of everything going on in the world of sports …It’s probably a good thing the Jazz didn’t invite the fans for draft night at the EnergySolutions Arena like they have in the past. The reaction to the pick of Kosta Koufos would likely have been similar to the reaction at Madison Square Garden when the Knicks chose Italian Danilo Gallinari. Which was similar to the one at my house by my Jazz-fan son when the Jazz chose Koufos …There’s something about unknown big guys with funny names that makes fans wary. Sometimes they work out (Dirk Nowitzki, Manu Ginobli) and sometimes they don’t (Darko Milicic, Niciloz Tskitishvili, Oleksiy Pecherov, Greg Ostertag) …The Jazz brass certainly were excited to get a player projected to be picked as high as 13 or 14 at No. 23. However, the simple fact is, Koufos fell to 23 for a reason or else a bunch of teams would have taken him. You can’t say the Jazz got a lottery player. He’s still a No. 23 pick …I’m not saying Koufos won’t be a good player. He’s been compared favorably by some to Mehmet Okur, so perhaps he can take the Turk’s place in four or five years. By then he’ll only be 23 or 24 …Good for BYU’s Trent Plaisted to get drafted after a lot of folks thought he wouldn’t. I’ll still be surprised if he sticks on Detroit’s roster, but then again I’m still surprised former BYU center Greg Kite lasted for 12 seasons in the NBA …Speaking of Kite, did you know he started 225 games during his career, including all 82 in 1990-91 with Orlando? At least Plaisted is a slightly better free-throw shooter than Kite, who shot an abysmal 48.6 percent from the foul line in his NBA career …Once again, no American male players made it to the second week of Wimbledon. This year was one of the worst ever, however, with only one American male player making it as far as the third round, the worst U.S. showing since 1926. With Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova both eliminated last week, the Williams sisters are on a collision course for the finals, unless they start playing like the American men …How about former Salt Lake pitcher Jered Weaver becoming just the fifth pitcher in Major League history to be the losing pitcher in a no-hitter pitched by his own team. Weaver pitched the first six innings of the Angels 1-0 loss to the Dodgers Friday, but his error contributed to L.A.’s only run in the fifth inning …Just when local fans were getting excited about the Blaze, they go and blow a lead and lose a playoff game at home. While it was disappointing, give Danny White and the Blaze credit for recovering from that awful 0-9 start all the way to hosting a first-round playoff game …Just when local fans are getting excited about Real Salt Lake after five straight games without a loss, the team goes and loses in the worst possible way — an own-goal in the 89th minute to one of the league’s worst teams. At least RSL still has more than three months left on its schedule, unlike the Blaze, who are done for the year …Not that an American has to win the U.S. Women’s Open, but it was too bad to see Stacy Lewis fade badly Sunday with a 78. The winner, in case you didn’t see, was 19-year-old South Korean Inbee Park, not to be confused with Angela Park, a 19-year-old Brazilian-born 19-year-old of Korean descent, who lives in California. She finished in a tie for third place with Lewis and In-Kyung Kim, not to be confused with Mi Hyun Kim, who finished in a tie for sixth, and Song-Hee Kim, who tied for 24th …Who’s the best player on the PGA Tour now that Tiger Woods is out for the season? It’s got to be 47-year-old Kenny Perry, who won for the second time this year at the Buick Open and moved into third place on the FedEx points list. Kenny Perry? Yikes … Finally, for all you diehard college football fans, the season begins exactly two months from today for BYU, Utah and Utah State (Weber State starts two days earlier), with training camps a little more than a month away. Utah Jazz notes: Williams making himself at home in Utah — all yearcenter_img E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Diego Simeone has prepared Atletico Madrid’s battle-plan

first_img CEST 10/04/2016 Upd. at 19:42 Simeone’s intentions come supported by the ban of Fernando Torres. Antoine Griezmann, who was substituted against Espanyol for a rest, could play up front by himself. Atletico’s players know they are playing for half their season here and are convinced they can do it. “We are sure we’ll go through.” And a look at the league table shows their calendar is managable and they can fight for that, too. Atletico know that if they win 1-0 they will progress, meaning that will be their strategy as their priority is stopping Barcelona’s attackers. Asphyxiating pressure, little space and maximum intensity, while they while away the minutes looking for a chance to strike a definitive blow. The Rojiblancos have the physicality to bear it out, waiting for a game to win the game. Barcelona know they will face their trickiest game of the season so far at the Vicente Calderon. Atletico Madrid are convinced that now is their time. They had a phase of the season where they were in doubt, but now the conviction of hitting their best moment has arrived, at the ideal time – the final stretch of the season, where titles are won. The dressing room is breathing with optimism after beating Espanyol. Optimism which as them convinced they will beat Barcelona to progress to the Champions League semi-finals. Diego Simeone didn’t even make rotations at the weekend. The coach has his battle plan ready to welcome Barcelona. Because it will be just that, a battle. With one tilt the game could turn into an inferno. Lluis Miguelsanzlast_img read more

Eagles, Nitros edge Leafs in KIJHL weekend action

first_imgLeafs fans are going to need to wait at least one more game before they can celebrate a win for the Green and White.A second period goal by Trysten Brookman proved to be the winner as the Sicamous Eagles skated to a 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.The loss was the second during the weekend for the Leafs. Friday, Nelson played well enough to win, but lost 4-3 in overtime to the Kimberley Dynamiters in the Bavarian City.Kimberley, undefeated in four games, is tied for first in the Eddie Mountain Division with Creston while Sicamous is tied for first in the Doug Birks Division with Revelstoke and 100 Mile House.Sunday, despite out shooting the Eagles 11-9, it was the Leafs concluding the opening frame trailing by a 2-1 margin.Goals six minutes apart by Brayden Haskell and Brandon Pelletier staked the visitors to a 2-0 lead before Reid Wilson scored on the power play for Nelson.Frazier Mohlar and Bookman increased the Sicamous lead to 4-1 midway through the second frame.However, Jackson Vyse and Wilson, with his second of the game, pulled Nelson to within a goal of the Eagles after 40 minutes.In the third period Nelson tried frantically to find the equalizer. But Sicamous goalie Koltin Dodge was equal to the task, securing the win for the Eagles.Nelson finished the game out shooting Sicamous 38-28, including a margin of 18-8 in the second period. Josh Bond started the game in goal for the Leafs before giving way to backup Curt Doyle. Nitros steal points from Leafs in OTFriday, in Kimberley, once again the Leafs needed to battle back to earn its second point of the season.Trailing 3-1 after two periods, Nelson scored twice to pull even with the high-flying Nitros.Lane Goodwin, on the power play, and Bryden Pow in the final two minutes of the game, evened the score at 3-3 after regulation time.However, Tyler Cheetham scored three minutes into overtime to give Kimberley the 4-3 victory.Jackson Bauml and Beau Larson also scored for Kimberley. Reid Wilson scored the other goal for Nelson.Curt Doyle face 42 shots in goal for Nelson while Brad Nyen made 28 saves to register the win for Kimberley.Wilson tops Leafs ScoringForward Reid Wilson has points in three of the four games for Nelson to lead the team in scoring with six point.Forward Lane Goodwin is tied with defenceman Logan MacDonald for second, each with three points.Nelson, struggling out the gates this season, currently sits last in Murdoch Standings with two points. Beaver Valley and Spokane are tied for first, each with six points.Castlegar and Grand Forks are both tied for third at four points.Nelson, 0-2-0-0-2, takes to the road for a trip to the Okanagan to face Kelowna Chiefs Friday and North Okanagan Knights Saturday in Armstrong.Next home game is Saturday, October 5 against Murdoch rival Grand Forks Border Bruins.last_img read more

MSM to pay Rs 425 crore to BCCI as rights fee

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will recover Rs 425 crore from IPL’s sub-continent media rights holders MSM Satellite as part of the amended media rights agreement which was approved by the T20 league’s governing council here on Friday.The BCCI successfully contended that the Rs 425 crore facilitation fee paid by MSM to Mauritius-based World Sport Group rightfully belonged to the board, said BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan in a media release after the IPL meeting.Srinivasan also said MSM, who have agreed to pay Rs 300 crore now, were also taking steps to recover the balance amount of Rs 125 crore from WSG and, once this is done, this amount too would be handed over to the BCCI.”Today, the governing council-IPL had approved an amended Media Rights Agreement with MSM Satellite (Singapore) Pte Ltd in which MSM would agree to pay the balance payable under the Facilitation Fee Agreement to the BCCI,” the board secretary said in his media release.”Thus, they have agreed to pay Rs 300 crore as part of the Rights fee to BCCI. MSM Satellite (Singapore) are taking steps to recover Rs 125 crore already paid to WSG Mauritius and on recovery, will pay the same to BCCI,” Srinivasan said.The board had contended that once it became aware of the Rs 425 crore payment by MSM to WSG, they informed MSM it was “an improper payment”, according to Srinivasan.”M/s MSM Satellite (Singapore) Pte Ltd, the Media Rights holders for Sub-continent, had agreed vide an agreement dated 25.3.2010 to pay facilitation fee of Rs 425 crore to WSG Mauritius Ltd. On becoming aware of this, BCCI contended that this money belonged to the Board and should have been part of the Rights fee,” Srinivasan said.advertisement”BCCI had also informed MSM Satellite (Singapore) Pte Ltd that this was improper payment. MSM Satellite agreed to pay the said amount to BCCI as part of the Rights Fees,” the BCCI secretary said.The IPL GC reviewed the status of all matters relating to its suspended commissioner Lalit Modi and was also briefed about the three show cause notices issued to the latter and his replies, Srinivasan said.The Board has found his replies unsatisfactory and a Special General Meeting has been convened on July 3 to decide Modi’s fate.Srinivasan also said the governing council members were briefed about the investigations by government authorities into IPL and the outstanding dues from several vendors who were part of season 3.”Members of the governing council were briefed in detail about the investigations into IPL and outstanding payment to BCCI from several vendors who were part of the IPL-3. The vendors included Ticketgenie, the ticketing agency,” he said.last_img read more

Harbhajan Singh makes a comeback to ODI squad after four years

first_imgIt’s been an exciting last two months for Harbhajan Singh following a return to Test cricket and the senior off-spinner is now looking forward to the challenge of bowling in the limited-overs format.The veteran off-spinner on Monday staged a comeback to India’s ODI squad for the tour of Zimbabwe after a gap of four years. “Obviously can’t tell you how happy I am that I will be wearing this blue jersey again. I don’t know anything apart from playing cricket. This is all I have done in my life and I am happy that I can again try and give my all for India,” an excited Harbhajan told PTI.  Asked if his decent outing in the one-off Test against Bangladesh has prompted the one-day recall, Harbhajan said, “For me, the aim was to give my 200 per cent in India jersey after a comeback. I had prepared hard for that match. “I believe cricket has a similarity with academics. A student studies day and night for his exams after 10 months.The only difference is for a cricketer, there is an exam every third day and you have to be well prepared for every exam. I feel that Zimbabwe series is another exam and I am studying hard to excel,” the Turbanator said from his Jalandhar residence. “If you ask me, there is always pressure when you are making a comeback. As you cross different levels, the pressure increases. That’s what happens from junior cricket to first class to international cricket.”advertisementFor Harbhajan, this tour will also be a chance to exchange ideas with newer crop of cricketers. “I have always believed in exchange of ideas. I believe that it is my responsibility to help the new crop of cricketers, guide them with my experience and also at the same time learn from them. Cricket is like life. You never stop learning. Till the day, I would play this game, I would not like to stop learning,” said the veteran of 102 Tests and 228 ODIs.last_img read more

Skeptical Football The Aaron Rodgers Enigma

In 1994, I had only been watching the NFL for a couple of years. I lived in Hawaii, where the closest thing to a home team we had was the Pro Bowl — which pretty much made me a Dallas Cowboys fan. I griped when it seemed like the Miami Dolphins were on TV every week.But that changed on Nov. 27, when I watched the Dolphins come back from a 17-0 third-quarter deficit against the New York Jets, culminating with Dan Marino’s legendary “Clock, Clock, Clock” play with 30 seconds left that led to the game-winning touchdown. It made me a Dolphins fan for life.1In fairness, looking back on this it seems pretty antiquated. There were 22 seconds left on the clock when he made that pass — teams would never let up in that spot today. It blew my young mind. Marino’s fake-spike and pass to the end zone was thrilling and unexpected, but it made so much sense! After getting a first down with little time left, teams always spiked the ball. This is something that an ideal team would never do, as it would always have its next play ready. Yet it was so routine that defenses mostly took the play off, something the Dolphins eagerly exploited. This was the moment at which my long journey toward skeptical sports analysis began.2Until that moment, I never knew myself.As my obsession with football increased, my passion for the Dolphins did as well.3In 1996, Miami hired Jimmy Johnson, one of the architects of the Hershel Walker trade, and an innovator (sometimes for worse than for better) in economic-style draft analysis. But in the decades since, I’ve had my heart broken one too many times, and I’ve become numb to Dolphins results.For a few minutes on Sunday, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers brought those feelings back. With 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter and trailing by four points against the — my! — Miami Dolphins, Rodgers completed a pass inbounds. He rushed to the line and snapped the ball with 13 seconds left, on what everyone seemed to think was going to be a spike — he was selling it so hard he deserved a Razzie4Seriously, why defenses aren’t assuming every “spike” play is a fake is beyond me. Also, the more emphatically the quarterback gestures that he is going to spike, the more likely the fake is on! — but it wasn’t. Rodgers flung the pass down the right sideline to Davante Adams, and Adams ran it out of bounds at the 4-yard line. First-and-goal, seconds remaining.The Dolphins took a timeout, and in the minute or so between that completion and their final play, I was a young Dolphins fanatic, hoping that I wouldn’t have my heart broken again. On the next play Rodgers threw a game-winning touchdown.Aaron Rodgers is something of an enigma. I’ve written about him several times before, pointing out that he’s statistically one of the best quarterbacks in football — maybe ever — but he takes few risks when his team is down and rarely leads the Packers to comeback victories.But with this win against the Dolphins, along with his Week 2 comeback against the Jets, it appeared my theory of Rodgers was on shaky ground. So I decided to look into his comeback conundrum more deeply — was it due to bad play? Or bad luck? Bad defense? Something else? Nothing at all?In a surprise, I found that Rodgers actually has a history of being great in comeback situations like the one he faced against the Dolphins. In the fourth quarter, with his team needing a touchdown to tie or take the lead (that is, down 4 points to 8 points), only Peyton Manning has led his team to a higher percentage of touchdown drives:So bravo, Aaron. The Hacker Gods, who rule over this terrestrial simulation from their higher order reality much as Odin rules over Midgard from his perch in Valhalla, did everything in their power to get me to recognize your brilliance. They’ve sent me the ravens Huginn and Muninn to change my thought and mind. Perhaps they’re even daring me to eat them. And perhaps someday I will, but not today.Chart of the weekWhile I applaud Rodgers’s fourth-quarter driving efforts, breaking down his game more thoroughly has made me more convinced that he’s too cautious.For this chart, I’ve taken quarterback drives in the second half of games and broken them down into four categories: 1) games in which the quarterback’s team is more than a touchdown behind (down 9 or more points); 2) games in which the quarterback’s team needs a touchdown to tie or take the lead (down 4 to 8 points); 3) games in which the two teams are within a field goal of each other; and 4) games in which the quarterback’s team is ahead by 4 points or more. I’ve then plotted the percentage of such drives that end with a touchdown versus the percentage of those games won. (The bubble size is the number of drives.) I’ve highlighted the results for Rodgers and Manning, and noted their interception percentages.A few things pop out of there:When leading by 4 or more points in the second half, both Rodgers (6.2 percent) and Manning (7.9 percent) throw a pretty low percentage of interceptions. About 30 percent of their drives end in touchdowns (29.8 percent and 29.5 percent, respectively) and both win at a very high rate (90.9 percent and 92.9 percent of the time, respectively).When the game is close — up or down 3 or fewer points — Manning’s interception rate drops a little (to 5.8 percent), while his touchdown percentage goes up a little (to 31.4 percent). Overall, Manning is still winning 77.7 percent of these games, while Rodgers’s (8.3 percent interception rate, 26.6 percent TD rate) winning percentage drops all the way down to 55.1 percent.When their teams are down 4 points to 8 points (i.e., they need a touchdown to win), both Rodgers’s and Manning’s TD rates shoot way up (Manning: 45.7 percent, Rodgers 40.0 percent). Manning’s interception rate also climbs (10.9 percent), while Rodgers’s drops (7.3 percent). Rodgers is winning a smaller share of these games (31.3 percent vs. Manning’s 44.9 percent), but it’s one of his best showings overall (and includes the scenarios in the intro above).It’s when the quarterbacks’ teams are down 9 or more points in the second half that you really see the difference. Peyton Manning throws interceptions on 15.6 percent of his drives, compared to Rodgers’ 8.1 percent. And for that, Manning is punished … by winning 28.6 percent of these games. Rodgers, meanwhile, wins 0 percent. That’s right, Rodgers has zero comebacks of 9 or more points in the second half. Ever.Judging any QB in relation to Peyton Manning is setting him up for failure. But the starkness of the difference is pretty amazing. Rodgers has zero wins in 21 games while Manning has 14 wins in 49 games, with Manning throwing interceptions nearly twice as often. If you need one stat to demonstrate the gunslinger hypothesis (i.e. that you can throw too few interceptions as well as too many), that would probably be it.Twitter question of the weekLast week, I introduced a chart meant to show how second-and-1 is basically preferable to first-and-10, even if it means sacrificing a couple of yards to get it. This has tactical implications (if a running back can’t get at least a couple of yards past the first-down marker, he should go down just before it), and can even affect how we evaluate players (for example, I love to see a running back get a lot of 9-yard runs).So this week’s question is brought to you by a number of tweeters, emailers and Facebook commenters, but here’s the one I thought put it most explicitly: It’s a very fair question. If stronger teams attempt a disproportionate share of second-and-1s, they would inflate the value of second-and-1 in my analysis.This is something I’ve looked into before, and indeed, stronger teams do account for a larger share of second-and-1s. However, they also take a larger number of first-and-10s. The net difference is negligible, and my result holds: For a typical team, second-and-short is still a few yards preferable to first-and-10.For those interested in how I got there: I projected expected points per drive based on down, distance to first down, and distance to the end zone.5This was done with a regression to points scored that used goal distance and “down/distance,” the latter as a single categorical variable. I’ve plotted the results of this for second-and-x at midfield as the top line below, and marked the value for a first-and-10 at midfield as the top dashed line.Second down becomes about as valuable as first down when it’s second-and-3, and is up to a third of a point better at second-and-1.I then used the same model, except I adjusted for team strength bias and calculated the results based on what we would expect for an average team,6By including team season as a categorical variable and then setting its value to 0. and plotted those the same way.Sure enough, our second-and-short expectation drops by more than half a point when adjusted for what kinds of teams are likely to be in second-and-short positions. But so does our expectation for first-and-10. Thus, in the adjusted results, though the average points per drive are lower, the break-even point is still around second-and-3, and second-and-1 is still about a third of a point better than first-and-10.7All in all, the first down line drops slightly less than the second-and-short line: The gap between second-and-1 and first-and-10 drops from 0.32 expected points to 0.27 expected points.We can then repeat this process to adjust for strength of defense, but it follows exactly the same dynamics: Teams are more likely to give up second-and-short by just about the same amount they’re more likely to give up first downs.Gunslinger of the weekOur winner this week is Ryan “He was a first-round draft pick?” Tannehill, who threw two interceptions in the second quarter against the Packers, both with his team trailing, yet managed to claw his way into the lead before the Dolphins succumbed to Rodgers’s dirty trickery.Also, following that fake-clock debacle, Tannehill kept his composure well enough to complete two passes on a last-ditch, lateral-laden desperation play.I love those plays, though they obviously never work. A well-executed lateral play can double a team’s chances of winning — OK, maybe from half a percent to 1 percent, but still. Not going all-out on a last-minute play is just throwing away fractions of a win.Kicking awards for Week 6This week I used an algorithm8OK, it just sums the standard deviations of points vs. expectation and contribution to margin of victory. to pick the most and least valuable kickers, and I thought its results were pretty good.9I’ve changed up my most/least valuable kicker chart a little this week by capping the margin of victory contribution at 100 percent.For least valuable, a case could be made for Matt Prater, who went 1-in-3 in his first week back from suspension and his first week with the Detroit Lions. Detroit’s ice-cold kicking continues, and its season total of 20.0 points below expectation is now just a sliver behind San Francisco’s 2012 record of 20.6. But, fortunately for Prater, the Lions didn’t need his kicks in their comfortable win against the Vikings.The most dramatic miss of Week 6 was by the Cincinnati Bengals’ Mike Nugent, who shanked a 36-yard field goal as time expired in overtime against the Carolina Panthers, leaving the two teams tied. But perhaps lost in that drama is the fact that the Panthers’ Graham Gano also missed a 38-yard attempt in the third quarter. Both Gano and Nugent made three of four field goals in a game where four would have gotten them the win, but because Nugent’s attempts were slightly harder (made FGs of 44, 38 and 42 yards), Gano (made FGs of 39, 44 and 36 yards) wins least valuable kicker of the week.For most valuable kicker, the Dallas Cowboys’ Dan Bailey narrowly beat out the Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Bryant (Bailey’s three made field goals contributed more to his team’s margin of victory than Bryant’s two). Bailey is now the NFL’s all-time FG percentage leader for someone with a minimum of 100 kicks. Moreover, 20 of his attempts have been for 50 or more yards — of which he has made 14.10Recall Mike Vanderjagt had only one attempt of 50+ yards in his perfect season. This makes Bailey 28.2 points above expectation on just 112 attempts. Here’s how that stacks up to other kickers since 2001 (adjusted for era):Dan Bailey (class of 2011), Justin Tucker (2012) and Blair Walsh (2012) are this generation’s golden triad of kickers, and their infiltration of the record books has likely just begun.Rookie QB watchAfter limited action last week, the rookie QBs really got to work in Week 6. My ranking of their career prospects:The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles had 336 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He keeps the top spot by virtue of yardage and still being the top draft pick.The Oakland Raiders’ Derek Carr had a stellar day in his first action since his coach got fired. In the Raiders’ loss against a strong Chargers team, he managed 282 yards and four touchdowns. As I’ve mentioned repeatedly, yards and touchdowns are the main predictors of rookie success, so this was a good game for Carr regardless. But a rookie who throws four TDs is standing on pretty hallowed ground, let alone four TDs in a game by Week 6 of his rookie year11Counting “true rookies” only. Meaning quarterbacks drafted in the same year they played.: The last (and to Pro-Football-Reference game-finder’s knowledge only) player to do so was Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton in 1961.The median career Approximate Value for a (retired) QB on this list is 92! For comparison, when evaluating draft prospects, I sometimes use a “success” line of 32, which so far nine of the 12 QBs on this list have surpassed. From Carr’s draft position, his chances of being “successful” were about 28 percent. Is it silly to read so much into one crazy performance? Maybe a bit, but there’s such uncertainty with rookie QB prognostication that Bayesian reasoning comes into play. Carr’s four-TD game as a rookie is extremely rare, but it’s less rare among great quarterbacks. Rapidly updating beliefs in light of new information is what Bayesian inference is all about. So the question is: Which is more unlikely, that Carr is bad and had a freak performance, or that Carr is good and had a very good performance? The Minnesota Vikings’ Teddy Bridgewater had 188 yards with no TDs and three interceptions in the Vikings’ game against Detroit. As usual, the interceptions don’t mean much for a rookie, but the lack of yards and TDs do. In three games, Bridgewater has yet to throw a touchdown (though he has one TD on the ground).The New England Patriots’ Jimmy Garoppolo did not play, but the news for him is that Tom Brady had a stellar week with over 300 yards and four TDs. This is bad for Garoppolo’s chances of getting into the game anytime soon, as Brady might have more left in the tank than we thought. On the other hand, the Patriots recovering from dire straits to their present 4-2 record may also be good news for Garoppolo: If the Belichick-led Patriots are able to maintain their high level of performance indefinitely, that means Garoppolo’s chances of having a good career will converge with his chances of being the Patriots’ heir apparent.The Cleveland Browns’ Johnny Manziel did not play. And his starting competition seems to be getting better and better. Journeyman quarterback Brian Hoyer — who had only started four games in his five-year career prior to 2014 — is now 3-2 this year with an NFL passer rating of 99.5 and a Total QBR of 75.4 (good for seventh in the league).Most empirically significant game of Week 7I’m taking the New Orleans Saints (2-3) vs. the Detroit Lions (4-2).This is an extremely high-leverage game for both teams. Per the charts from Week 1, having a record of two wins and three losses is the second-highest-leverage game for a team that won 12 or more the previous season (the Saints won 11).12The highest is the last game of the season for teams that are 9-6. Of 2-3 teams that won their sixth game, 61 percent made the playoffs. Of those that lost their sixth game, only 6 percent made the playoffs. On the Lions’ side, looking at the charts for all teams no matter their previous season, 4-2 teams that win their next game make the playoffs 75 percent of the time, teams that lose it just 50 percent.But these are also two franchises and two quarterbacks at a crossroads.Drew Brees and the Saints have five 10-win seasons together, including three straight 5,000-yard seasons prior to this year and a Super Bowl win. Matthew Stafford has put up big numbers but not a lot of wins. Collectively, they hold six of the top nine spots on the leaderboard for most passing yards in a season.Other interesting angles include: Can Brees defy concerns about his age as deftly as he defied concerns about his height? Are Stafford’s numbers soft, or is he the next big thing? Can some coach not named Bill Belichick keep a franchise competitive for more than a few years?I’ll be watching.Reminder: If you tweet questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them here.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum.CORRECTION (Oct. 16, 11:36 a.m): An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated which team took a time out during a fourth-quarter Green Bay Packers drive in their Sunday game against the Miami Dolphins. It was the Dolphins, not the Packers. read more

Solange To Dance It Away At Afropunk 2017

first_img Email News GRAMMY winner joins stellar line-up of hip-hop, R&B and EDM artists, including Gary Clark Jr., Anderson .Paak and moreRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 3, 2017 – 12:04 pm GRAMMY.comOne of the summer’s hottest festivals has announced its headliner, and she is … Solange!The GRAMMY winner will headline the Brooklyn, N.Y., iteration of Afropunk, a two-day music festival taking place Aug. 26 and Aug. 27 that features the biggest names in R&B, hip-hop and electronic/dance music. Solange will perform on her label Saint Heron’s stage during the first night of the festival.She joins esteemed GRAMMY winners Gary Clark Jr., Thundercat and Macy Gray, GRAMMY nominee Anderson .Paak and SZA, among more than 40 other live performers. The release of Afropunk’s full line-up also revealed that British singer Jorja Smith will also be joining the festival.Afropunk is a festival geared toward millennials looking to express their creative selves through music, dance, fashion, photography, film and more. The festival grew out of “the 2003 documentary that highlighted a black presence in the American punk scene,” and has since become a hub to celebrate alternative and experimental black culture.”We are the largest integrated media platform giving voice to the unwritten, unwelcome and unseen, we are redefining the modern multicultural experience globally,” says the festival’s website. “Our mission is to unleash freedom of expression, and honor the power of individuality while strengthening our community.”More Festivals: Global Citizen Festival Announces Lineup Solange To Dance It Away At Afropunk 2017 Twitter Who Will Headline Afropunk 2017? solange-dance-it-away-afropunk-2017 Facebook last_img read more

Kelsea Ballerini Leon Bridges Luke Combs BTS More To Present At The

first_img Kelsea Ballerini, Leon Bridges, Luke Combs, BTS & More To Present At The 2019 GRAMMYs 2019 GRAMMY Awards Presenters Announced kelsea-ballerini-leon-bridges-luke-combs-bts-more-present-2019-grammys News Facebook Twitter Email Additional 2019 GRAMMYs presenters include Charlie Wilson, Alessia Cara, Julian Edelman, Eve, John Mayer, Bob Newhart, Smokey Robinson, South Korean pop sensation BTS and moreRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Feb 7, 2019 – 6:35 am An eclectic all-star lineup of artists, musicians, actors and comedians will take the stage as presenters at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards.This year’s presenters include current GRAMMY nominees Kelsea Ballerini, Leon Bridges, Luke Combs and Charlie Wilson; GRAMMY winners Alessia Cara, Julian Edelman, Eve, John Mayer, Bob Newhart, Smokey Robinson, Swizz Beatz and Meghan Trainor; recording artist Kane Brown, South Korean pop sensation BTS, past GRAMMY nominee Cedric The Entertainer, actress Nina Dobrev, actress Anna Kendrick, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and actor Wilmer Valderrama.This is all in addition to the 61st GRAMMY Awards performers, featuring current nominees Chloe x Halle, GRAMMY winner Lady Gaga, GRAMMY winner Mark Ronson and GRAMMY nominee Travis Scott. Current nominee Dua Lipa will also perform with GRAMMY winner St. Vincent. And in what is sure to be a GRAMMY Moment to remember, GRAMMY winners Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and past GRAMMY nominee Andra Day will honor the legendary Aretha Franklin.They all join previously announced performers J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Little Big Town, Post Malone, Ricky Martin, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Dolly Parton, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Diana Ross, Arturo Sandoval, and Young Thug.Live from STAPLES Center, and hosted by Alicia Keys, the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.2019 GRAMMYs Viewer’s Guide: Where To Watch Music’s Biggest Nightlast_img read more

Star Wars thermal detonator Coke bottles banned by TSA

first_img 20 weirdest items confiscated by the TSA, in pictures TV and Movies Originally published Aug. 28, 11:57 a.m. PT.  The thermal detonators from Star Wars are powerful weapons within the fictional universe, but the Coke-branded replicas aren’t dangerous unless you shake up the fizzy contents inside. And even then, you’re really only in for a big mess. Still, the TSA takes anything that resembles a dangerous device seriously.Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, an immersive land filled with theme rides and merchandise, launched at Disneyland in California earlier this year. The Disney World Resort version in Florida opens this week. 15:04 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Galaxy’s Edge from every angle: We take you along for… Share your voicecenter_img 20 Photos Enlarge ImageFans can drink Coca-Cola from containers that look a bit like thermal detonators at Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Coca-Cola Thermal detonators may not be as famous as Star Wars lightsabers, but they’re a fun and recognizable prop for fans, who’ve been snatching up the collectible Coca-Cola bottle versions available at Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction. Just don’t try to fly back to your home planet with one of them.The Transportation Security Administration has the grenade-shaped thermal detonator bottles on its no-fly list. A Star Wars fan on Twitter asked the TSA if the bottles could be packed in a suitcase for a flight. “Thanks for asking! Replica and inert explosives aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags,” the official AskTSA account replied earlier this month. Thanks for asking! Replica and inert explosives aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) August 13, 2019 Post a comment If you do accidentally try to carry a thermal detonator Coke bottle through security or pack it in your luggage, you probably won’t face any serious consequences. After all, the TSA let a man who packed a missile launcher in his luggage go ahead and catch his flight.If you desperately want to keep your empty Coke thermal detonator, maybe just take the time to mail it back home instead. 0 Star Warslast_img read more

Death by stoning Heres how gay sex is punishable now in Brunei

first_imgBrunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Queen Saleha ride in a royal chariot during a procession to mark his golden jubilee of accession to the throne in Bandar Seri Begawan on October 5, 2017. Brunei’s all-powerful sultan marks 50 years on the throne on October 5 with lavish celebrations including a glittering procession, a 21-gun salute and a ceremony at his vast, golden-domed palace.ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]Brunei on Wednesday introduced strict laws in the country that recommends cruel punishments like stoning to death for homosexuality and amputation for theft. This forced move by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah-led government has received major international criticism by many celebrities, politicians, rights groups and the United Nations (UN).Describing the new laws as cruel and inhumane, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said, “I appeal to the government to stop the entry into force of this draconian new penal code, which would mark a serious setback for human rights protections for the people of Brunei if implemented.”The law was implemented after the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said that he wants the Islamic teachings in the country to grow stronger in a nationally televised speech at a convention centre near the capital Bandar Seri Begawan. “I would like to emphasize that the country of Brunei is a … country that always devotes its worship to Allah,” the Sultan said.Homosexuality was already illegal in the country and punishable up to 10 years in prison, but no one had to face such extreme tortures ore death penalty over these issues in the country.In the tiny nation on the island of Borneo, Muslims make up about two-thirds of the country’s population (78 per cent) with Buddism (8 per cent) and Christianity (7 per cent) as the next two major religious practises in the country.The new punishments implemented by BruneiRape, adultery, sodomy, gay sex, robbery can amount from anything to death.Defamation of the prophet Mohammed will also carry the penalty of death.For crimes involving theft, the punishment will be amputation.Whipping in public for abortionEncouraging minor Muslim children to take up other religion are liable for a fine or jail sentence.And for other petty crimes, the person involved will have to face severe public flogging.How Brunei’s LGBT community reacted”The gay community in Brunei has never been open but when Grindr (a gay dating app) came that helped people meet in secret. But now, what I’ve heard is that hardly anyone is using Grindr anymore,” said Shahiran S Shahrani Md, reports BBC.Another male Bruneian, who is not gay but has renounced Islam, said he felt “fearful and numb” in the face of the laws being implemented, adds the reportThe international reactionBrunei’s new criminal code has faced severe objections from all around the world. Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phil Robertson in a tweet said that there is no place for this kind of penal codes in the 21st century. twitterHe said that the code was “barbaric to the core, imposing archaic punishments for acts that shouldn’t even be crimes”.The United States has also strongly opposed the new penal code stating that the punishments run counter to Brunei’s “international human rights obligations”, reports Al Jazeera. twitterCelebrities including George Clooney, Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres has now called to boycott the luxury hotels including The Beverly Hills Hotel in the US and The Dorchester in London, that are owned by the Brunei royal family as a mark of protest against the newly enforced penal code.last_img read more