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Giants’ Eli Manning is the same QB he has always been — for better or worse

first_img As is the case for many QBs, Manning is and always has been a player whose success depends upon his surroundings. That’s the only reason a 28-year-old Manning in 2009 could not complete the pass a 37-year-old Manning completed with ease in 2018. Gettleman referenced this point, too.”Take a look at what happened last year once we got that O-line fixed,” the GM said. “We’re going to continue working on that.”The Giants’ personnel issues are too plentiful for so much blame to be falling on a QB who statistically has not regressed. Gettleman referenced the offensive line. He also is working to rebuild a defense that ranked 23rd in points allowed per game this season, and the trade of Odell Beckham Jr. leaves an obvious playmaking void.NFL MOCK DRAFT 2019:Giants begin rebuild without new QBBut if you think Manning is the culprit now, ask yourself this: Did you think that was the case in 2013, when he posted career-worst figures in QBR (39.3) and INTs (27) following consecutive Pro Bowl seasons, and the Giants went 7-9? MORE: What Gettleman has done right, wrongThis is the problem with the idea that Manning, now 38 and entering his 16th NFL season, is suddenly washed up, and that the Giants are making a mistake in retaining him as their starting QB in 2019.There is no evidence to support the notion that Manning is any worse now than he was one, two, five or 10 years ago, or in either of the two seasons that ended with a Super Bowl ring on his finger.Or ever.The plays referenced above are just a couple visual examples. The first is from the Giants-Cowboys game in New York in December of 2009. The second is from the Giants-Cowboys game in New York in December of last year.The only differing factor in the two plays, which occurred nine years apart and ended with opposite results, is the presence of pressure from the defense. Certainly not Manning’s age or ability to throw a football.  Manning a decade ago was prone to the same kind of frustrating plays that have Giants fans clamoring for a new QB today. At the same time, he is still capable of producing the kind of plays that have some of the same people believing he is worthy of Hall of Fame consideration.Manning in 2019 is the exact same player he has been for the entirety of his career. One’s opinion of him now, after the Giants’ second consecutive losing season, should be no different than it was after, say, the team’s 2016 run to the playoffs.Or ever.IYER: A plan for Giants’ rebuild process”This narrative that Eli is overpaid and can’t play is a crock,” Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said this week when asked how he can justify employing Manning in 2019, the final year of the QB’s contract, with a cap hit of $23.2 million. “If you turn around and take a look at what he’s making right now, and look around the league and see what quarterbacks are making, if you were in my shoes, you would say, you know what … there really wasn’t a decision to make.”Criticism of Gettleman’s words regarding Manning’s pay compared to other NFL QBs is fair. Manning’s cap hit in 2019 is tied for the seventh biggest in the league. Yet last season he ranked 21st in QB rating and, among 38 qualifying QBs, 35th in Pro Football Focus’ overall rating. The bang for the buck is not great.But criticism of Gettleman’s words regarding Manning’s play is unjust. The QB’s numbers last season were actually better than his career standards in almost every statistical category.Manning completed 66 percent of his passes last season, a new career high. His career average is 60.3 percent.He threw for 4,299 passing yards. He has thrown for more yards in a season just three times in his career. His average is 3,732 yards per season.He threw 21 touchdown passes, slightly below his career average of 24 per year, but he only threw 11 interceptions, a new career low for a full season. His INT percentage also dropped to a career-best 1.9. His average percentage is 3.0.His yards per attempt figure reached 7.5, the second best of his career and well above his average of 7.0.He averaged 268.7 passing yards per game. He has thrown for more yards per game in just three seasons. His career average is 241.3 yards per game.His QB rating for the season was 92.4, the fourth best mark of his career and easily above his average of 84.1.And, yes, he took 47 sacks last season, easily the most of his career. Which brings us back to the game tape. Did you consider him a bad QB in 2007, when the Giants made their upset Super Bowl run even though Manning’s numbers that year were largely inferior to the figures he just posted in 2018?If you think Manning is hurting the Giants today, how can you figure the role he played in two championships entitles him to Hall of Fame candidacy?His play — for better or for worse — has been the one constant in New York for 15 years. There is no reason opinions of Manning’s abilities in 2019 should not match opinions of his entire NFL career.center_img Consider this play: With the Giants near the red zone and looking to score against the Cowboys, Eli Manning drops back to pass. He feels a little pressure but notices man coverage on a go route down the left sideline. He uncorks the ball, but it’s an underthrow, and the covering corner intercepts his pass in the end zone. Touchback.Now consider this play: With the Giants near the red zone and looking to score against the Cowboys, Manning drops back to pass. He immediately notices man coverage on a go route down the left sideline and uncorks the ball. A perfect pass lands in the left arm of the receiver, just out of reach of the covering corner and in a pocket of the end zone the deep safety can’t reach in time. Touchdown.last_img read more

Joy for Bees chairman after council approve new stadium plans

first_imgBrentford chairman Cliff Crown reacts after Hounslow Council give the club the green light to build a new 20,000-capacity stadium at Lionel Road.See also:The moment Brentford’s Lionel Road plans were given the green light Brentford get green light for Lionel RoadFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

When Scientists Go Wrong

first_imgScientific studies on scientists are not always encouraging.You probably shouldn’t rely on yesterday’s scientific guidelines about diet. The Guardian begins a critique of scientific consensus about nutrition with these words:In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?Flawed conclusions taught as fact for 40 years cannot be laid at the foot of corporations, Ian Leslie says. Nor does it show that scientists are open to new ideas as more evidence becomes available. Instead, this incident proves Planck’s maxim that science advances one funeral at a time. So how confident can we be about their advice today?At The Conversation, Jeremy Gibbons teases with the headline, “Science relies on computer modelling – so what happens when it goes wrong?” We don’t do science the old fashioned way, verifying the properties of nature by hands-on experiment. Gibbons, a professor of computing at Oxford, warns that computer models are simplifications of nature that cannot be precise:Modelling is used across scientific fields – ranging from astrophysics and climate prediction to bioinformatics and economics. But there is increasing debate about the fact that this science is difficult to validate through reproduction.It turns out that simply describing experimental methods in words is not enough. That’s partly because natural languages such as English are simply too vague for describing computations precisely. There is, after all, a reason why programmers use programming languages. One of the biggest challenges in software development is in converting vague requirements into precise specifications of behaviour.He points to clear cases of bugs in inputs and outputs. Often, results are not reproducible because other scientists may not understand what the authors did, what they meant, or even because of the way different programs handle the same numbers.Oh, but science is truth. Don’t be misled by facts! —Finagle.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Taking the plunge for our rhinos

first_imgSince the start of 2012, a shocking 281 rhinos have been killed by poachers in South Africa.(Image: Hartford House) South African celebrities will journey to Rustenburg to skydive in the name of rhinos.(Image: Skydive Robertson) Shamwari Game Reserve opened the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre in early June this year, with Player as a guest of honour.(Image: The Wilderness Foundation)MEDIA CONTACTS • The African Conservation Trust+27 33 342 2844RELATED ARTICLES• Musos pitch in to save rhinos• Team South Africa gets rhino mascot• New Kenyan home for black rhinos• Rhinos to get revenge on poachersCadine PillayAn anti-poaching campaign will see South African television stars jumping out of a plane in the North West town of Rustenburg on the last weekend of July. The aim is to raise R10-million (US$1.2-million) for the protection of the country’s rhinos.Some cast members of popular series The Wild, including Michelle Bradshaw, Faye Peters and Ty Keogh, will participate, along with evergreen rock band WONDERBoom’s frontman Cito.Since the start of 2012, a shocking 281 rhinos have been killed by poachers in South Africa. The hardest hit regions are the Kruger National Park (164), Limpopo (40), KwaZulu-Natal (30) and the North West (26).Skydive for Rhinos is a year-long campaign by the African Conservation Trust that aims to improve anti-poaching strategies across the country. All profits from skydiving will be donated to the trust. In a few days’ time, 61 people will take their first dive in the name of rhinos. They will be joined by 30 members of the skydiving community.“When I was approached a little while ago to get involved with the project, I jumped at the chance.” said Cito.  “I’ve always had a deep love and respect for rhinos and am appalled at the ongoing desecration of this incredible creature.”While the government has criminalised poaching, he added, they are ineffective in enforcing the laws, and this is where action should come from.Bradshaw shares his sentiments: “A beast that has survived 50-million years is about to be eradicated by human greed, leaving us bereft of an icon of Africa.“This is an assault on everything I hold dear,” she said.Ordinary people doing extraordinary thingsThe campaign, according to its organisers, is based on the ideal of ordinary people doing something extraordinary to protect the country’s rhino population and encourages even the business community to get involved.“I believe we can become a lot more pro-active by getting involved with wonderful organisations and projects that are doing their best to respond to the rhino poaching crisis,” said Cito.“I am an adrenalin junkie, and now I will link two of my passions together – skydiving and rhinos – what a combination! I can’t wait!”After the first run on 28 and 29 July, the campaign moves to KwaZulu-Natal in August and then on to Port Elizabeth for the first weekend of September. It concludes in the Western Cape on World Rhino Day, 22 September.By the end, 448 people will have dived – one for every rhino killed by poachers during 2011.Members of the public who would like to take part in the skydiving campaign can contact the African Conservation Trust on +27 33 342 2844.Ian Player Rhino Awareness CentreWhile celebrities take to the skies to show their support, another effort is taking shape on the grounds of Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape town of Port Elizabeth, thanks to the hard work of Dr Ian Player, a veteran in conservation circles and founder of the Wilderness Foundation.Shamwari opened the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre in early June this year, where Player was a guest of honour.The centre, which is open only for Shamwari guests, educates them about the growing problem of rhino poaching. It also complements the Born Free Foundation, which has a rehabilitation centre at the reserve.The awareness centre was launched as part of the Forever Wild campaign, which was started in 2011. The campaign aims to gather support from the public and various stakeholders to help fight rhino poaching in South Africa and save the rhino from extinction.“It is only through a global campaign and political will that we can save this remnant of the dinosaur age – the rhino,” said Player.Guests staying at the Shamwari game lodges donate R100 ($12) per person and in return receive a special lower rate for each night’s stay. In turn Shamwari will donate R500 ($60) to the Wilderness Foundation for every room night sold.The micro-chipping revolutionThe opening of the centre coincided with a rhino micro-chipping and DNA capturing exercise led by veterinarian Dr Johan Joubert.The animals were darted for the collection of DNA samples and ear notching for easy identification. DNA samples were then taken from the tail hair and horns. Guests got involved in collecting the samples, measuring the horns and extracting keratin samples from them. They also got to insert microchips in the horns for accurate tracking, before the samples were taken off site for safe keeping.Shamwari experienced one of the first rhino poaching incidents in the country in 2008 and since then has taken all measures possible to prevent it from happening again.“That first rhino was named Junior, and I was working for the reserve when he was born,” said Joubert.“I watched him grow into a very large, strong bull, and he was like one of my own kids. Getting the call to say that Junior was dead was devastating.”At the launch of the centre, a cheque for R182 800 ($21 600) was presented by Shamwari to the Wilderness Foundation. The money will be used by the foundation to raise public awareness on the on-going rhino poaching crisis.last_img read more

Ohioan scores a Top 10 in American Farm Bureau’s Excellence in Ag Award

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Marlene Eick of Radnor, the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2015 Excellence in Agriculture Award, finished in the Top 10 this week for the same honor at the National level at the 2016 American Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. The award recognizes successful young agricultural professionals who are actively contributing and growing through their involvement with Farm Bureau and agriculture.“My application for the award was based around the way in which I help others tell their agriculture stories, both in my professional and my personal life,” Eick said. “Other activities I am involved in with the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Pork Council and the Ohio FFA Foundation really develops opportunities for young people to tell their story as well.”Eick and her husband, B.J., own Herdmark Media, a visual media company where Eick serves as client lead. They also own a small show pig operation. She has served on the Delaware County Farm Bureau board of trustees, participated statewide in Young Agricultural Professionals programs, is co-leader of the Delaware County Young Agricultural Professionals and is a graduate of AgriPOWER Institute Class VI. She also serves on the Ohio Pork Council’s Showpig Committee, Ohio FFA Foundation’s Sponsors Team, is a member of Shepherd of the Peace Lutheran Church and is a recipient of the Honorary State FFA Degree.“It was so great to participate with all of these other contestants from other states and to learn all of the things that are happening across the country every day,” Eick said. “There are so many great young professionals in agriculture doing good things for our industry and just to be recognized as part of that group is a real honor and this process has been a lot of fun.”last_img read more

Despite Economic Recession, Entrepreneurial Activity Reaches Highest Point in 14 Years, Says Kauffman Report

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#start audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A recent report issued by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation points to an increase in entrepreneurial activity over the last decade and a half. Despite – and perhaps as a result of – the economic downturn, entrepreneurial activity in 2009 reached its highest point in 14 years, according to the Kauffman report. The increased rate of entrepreneurship occurred across most demographic categories, with the largest increase coming among African-Americans and older individuals. According to the report, men are substantially more likely to start businesses each month than are women, but the level of entrepreneurial activity increased for both men and women over the past two years.The entrepreneurial activity rate among African Americans increased in the last year, reaching its highest level over the past decade and a half. In the same time span, Latino and Asian entrepreneurial activity rate decreased.Entrepreneurship rates increased the most for high school and college-educated individuals.Those aged 55 to 64 experienced the second-largest increase in business-creation rates from 2008 to 2009. Among this group, entrepreneurial activity rose from 0.36% to 0.40%. Although those in younger age groups also saw increased levels of entrepreneurship, that occurred at much lower levels. Those age 20 to 34, for example, have an entrepreneurship rate of .24%. While the West continues to have a higher rate of entrepreneurship than other parts of the country, it showed a sharp decline in 2008, from 0.42% in 2008 to 0.38% in 2009. The states with the highest rates of entrepreneurial activity were Oklahoma, Montana, Arizona, Texas and Idaho. The states with the lowest rates of entrepreneurial activity were Mississippi, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Minnesota.Among the fifteen largest metropolitan areas in the United States, the highest entrepreneurial activity rate in 2009 was in Houston. The area with the lowest was Seattle.The increased entrepreneurial activity may be a promising indicator for an economic comeback. “Challenging economic times can serve as a motivational boost to individuals who have been laid-off to become their own employers and future job creators,” said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. “Because entrepreneurs drive the economy, the growth in 2009 business startups is encouraging and hopefully points to a hopeful trend in terms of our economic recovery.” last_img read more

10 months agoFonte asks Arsenal target Pepe: Will you get a game at Man City?

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fonte asks Arsenal target Pepe: Will you get a game at Man City?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille defender Jose Fonte has urged teammate Nicolas Pepe to think carefully about his next move.Pepe is being linked with Arsenal and Barcelona ahead of the January market.But former Southampton captain Fonte says, “If you go to Manchester City and it does not work, you come out of the team. “And that’s not a problem for (Pep) Guardiola who has another player with the same talent, and he will continue to win. “So if you want to be in City, Barcelona or another big team, you have to work hard.” last_img

Big 12 Basketball Tournament: Start Date, Game Times, Bracket, Location

first_imgA general view of the Kansas Jayhawks basketball court.LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 24: A general view during the game between the Rider Broncs and the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on November 24, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Get ready college basketball fans. It is March, which means Madness is right around the corner. Before it’s time to fill out our NCAA Tournament brackets, however, we have the conference tournaments, which can be amazing events in their own right.The Big 12 has been arguably the best and most competitive league in college basketball this year, and the conference tournament kicks off next Wednesday, March 9, at 6 p.m., with the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds playing on ESPNU. Seeding for the tournament isn’t set yet, but we have an idea of how things will shake out when the Big 12 standings are set on Saturday.With Monday night’s domination of the Texas Longhorns, Kansas has clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Jayhawks face the winner of the 8 vs. 9 game, currently slated to be Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State.There is a large gap between the top seven teams in the conference, and the bottom three. Texas Tech, currently No. 7, is 8-8 in the league, four games ahead of Kansas State. Oklahoma State and TCU each have 14 conference losses.The tournament will take place at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.Wednesday’s first round games will be broadcast on ESPNU. On Thursday, the first two games will be on ESPNU, and the second two will be on ESPN2. Friday’s games are on ESPN2, and Saturday’s championship game will be broadcast on ESPN at 5 p.m.Here is the bracket, which includes the tournament schedule, via the Big 12’s official website. The Big 12 standings won’t be finalized until after Kansas plays Iowa State at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.More Big 12 Tournament notes:Iowa State won the 2015 Big 12 Tournament, defeating Kansas 70-66 in the final. The Cyclones also won the 2014 tournament, topping the Baylor Bears in the final.Kansas, winner of 12 straight Big 12 conference regular season titles, last won the tournament in 2013, blowing out Kansas State 70-54.Big 12 Tournament tickets are available at StubHub.Kansas will enter the tournament as a favorite, but Baylor, Iowa State, Texas, and West Virginia have all been very strong this year, and will vie for the Big 12 championship. We can’t wait for things to kick off from Kansas City.Information on the ACC Tournament is available here, and learn about the Big Ten Tournament here.last_img read more

Ambassador Highlights Significance of Ties with the USA

first_imgAmbassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, says the Government attaches great significance to the country’s relationship with the United States of America (USA). “Our long-standing ties with the USA are reflected not only in the presence of many Jamaicans in this country…it is reflected in our shared values, our commitment to human rights and personal dignity, to fairness and democratic government,” he said. The Ambassador was delivering the opening remarks at a Jamaica 50 Lecture, at the Silver Spring Civic Centre, in Maryland, last week.He also pointed out that Jamaica and the United States have joined efforts to improve security and to reduce crime.“The relationship remains strong and of benefit to our respective countries,” Mr. Vasciannie said.As it relates to human rights, which both countries promote aggressively, the Ambassador told the audience that Reporters Without Borders had recently ranked Jamaica 13th in the world for freedom of expression, the highest ranking of a developing country, and the highest ranking for a country in the western hemisphere. The Ambassador explained that the Jamaica 50 Lecture series are designed by the embassy to disseminate information about the achievements of Jamaicans since independence and to encourage analysis of the challenges and opportunities.These lectures, he added, are also intended to promote links within the Diaspora and to encourage solidarity among Jamaicans living at home and abroad.Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting and Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, were the featured lecturers.Senator Golding presented on ‘Justice and Human Rights Issues since Independence’, while Mr. Bunting spoke on ‘National Security in Jamaica since Independence’.The event was sponsored by Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), which was represented by General Manager, Earl Jarrett.last_img read more