Podcast NFL Preview Walt Hickey Quarterback US Open Week Two

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Sept. 8, 2015), we offer a preview of this year’s NFL season now that Tom Brady is playing a full slate of games. Plus FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey helps launch our newest crowdsourcing project — challenging you to win the Super Bowl using his avatar in Madden. Then we bring you the latest in our U.S. Open mini-podcast, Baseline, with host Carl Bialik. And to close out the show, a Significant Digit on the weirdness of this year’s Premier League season.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below are links to some of the articles we discussed on the show.FiveThirtyEight’s comprehensive NFL preview coverage, rolling out all this week.Walt Hickey and Neil Paine go behind the Madden ratings.Want to win Madden with Walt as your quarterback? Here’s how to take part in our crowdsourcing project.The full archive of Baseline podcasts from Carl Bialik.Significant Digit: 0.8. Soccer journalist Michael Caley recently created an “Early Season Weirdness Rating” for the Premier League. This year’s early weirdness is only 0.8 standard deviations above the average weirdness at this point in the season. In other words, just a little bit weird! Video: Win the Super Bowl with Walt as your QB Hot Takedown read more

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2015 Really Was The Bizarro Peyton Manning Season

Terry Bradshaw48788643616282 Donovan McNabb45677285457972 Jim Kelly76647947656456 Roger Staubach79707983407375 Dan Fouts81697160875530 After breaking down the characteristics of Manning and his teams over the years, it’s amazing to see how sharply the usual tendencies were inverted along Denver’s path to the championship. On average, Manning’s teams were middle-of-the-pack on defense, and a shade better than that at running the ball. That was more than enough to rattle off an absurd string of 10-plus-win seasons, because Manning was very good — if not completely and totally great — in every facet of passing the football. His average defense was worse than that supporting Brett Favre, Joe Montana or Steve Young, and the running game was less efficient than what Tom Brady, Drew Brees or John Elway was working with.Manning did have a lot more help than Dan Marino, but he also bested him across every passing category — like a more accurate, deeper-throwing version of the Dolphins great, who got the ball out just as fast but was more careful with it. And since we’re looking at percentiles instead of raw output, the differences between eras soften, though they don’t completely disappear.That was prime Peyton, however. This year’s version was far, far worse, particularly in categories where he once excelled. To wit: His rates of completions, touchdowns and interceptions, each typically among the top 30 percent of regular QBs, all dipped into the bottom quarter of passers this season. Meanwhile, his defensive support, usually in the middle of the pack, zoomed up to the best in football. Peyton Manning91648870956052 Sources: pro football reference, football outsiders Tony Romo80778259606954 Joe Namath42886839924930 Kurt Warner93828944676061 From a lot of angles, Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time. His second Super Bowl win, however, came in decidedly un-Peyton-like fashion, with Manning riding in the wake of an all-time defense while doddering well below replacement level for most of the season. Perhaps this is karma, a just reward after a career of — with a few exceptions — being shackled to some of the worst defenses ever to run deep into the playoffs. It’s the popular line of thinking, at least, and popular enough to dig a little deeper. So: Just how bad were Peyton’s defenses in his best years?Here’s a look at the statistical profiles of Hall of Fame and near-Hall of Fame QBs from the modern era — this includes the defensive and rushing support each received throughout his career, but especially his prime. To find this, I took each passer’s performance in a few categories — completion percentage, yards per completion, touchdown percentage, interception percentage, sack percentage — and sorted them by their percentile relative to the league in any given season. I then weighted each season to give more weight to a player’s best years according to value over replacement (like I did with Ken Griffey Jr. here). Then, I did the same for Defense-adjusted Value Over Average for both rushing offense and defense. It’s been a stunning reversal, the likes of which we haven’t really seen from such a good QB before; the only possible exceptions were the final full seasons of Marino, Ken Stabler and Joe Theismann’s careers. Those performances all came in the service of mediocre teams, though. Somehow Manning actually turned an even more extreme version of this formula into a championship.We aren’t sure if the Super Bowl was Manning’s final game, and it’s hard to speculate about how this changes Manning’s legacy (not that a paltry two titles will ever satiate the “Count The Ringz!!!” crowd anyway). But even if Manning happened to be dragged to a championship in the final throes of his senescence by Von Miller and Denver’s ferocious defense, it’s hard not to appreciate the strange symmetry after Manning spent a career elevating middling and worse teams with his brilliance. Troy Aikman88384677788056 Ben Roethlisberger81797157355968 John Elway59646367637649 Philip Rivers82738167644333 Brett Favre78558257704763 Dan Marino74577866945030 PERCENTILE VS. LEAGUEDVOA FROM… QUARTERBACKCMP%YD/CMPTD%INT%SK%RUSHING OFFENSEDEFENSE Ken Anderson83526784486945 Joe Montana93327484717369 Drew Brees90528267887031 Carson Palmer69597551775547 Aaron Rodgers82799388367759 Bob Griese86558756458750 Tom Brady77688485787852 Steve Young98719078428267 Warren Moon74537159705259 read more

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Michael Hartfield jumps his way into Ohio State track and field lore

After 77 years, Jesse Owens, the former Ohio State track star and the man who thumbed his nose at Adolf Hitler and the idea of “Aryan Dominance” at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning four gold medals, has been supplanted in OSU outdoor long jumping lore. Redshirt senior Michael Hartfield set the new OSU record on March 29 at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, with a personal-best jump of 8.15 meters (26-9.00), edging Owens’ mark of 8.13 meters (26-8.25) set in 1936. “That accomplishment was the biggest one I’ve done,” Hartfield said. “To break a legend’s record, he’s one of the greatest athletes of all time … and it’s been really awesome to put it all together my senior year and break that record which has been my goal since I got here.” Hartfield has been one of the most decorated athletes in OSU track history, garnering three second team All-American honors in the long jump, five All-Big Ten selections for the long and triple jumps and earning the titles of 2011 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and the 2011 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Great Lakes Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. On Wednesday, Hartfield was also named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week, his second time earning the honor this season and the fourth time in his career. His performance at the Jim Click Shootout Saturday, where he earned first-place with a mark of 8.10 meters (26-7.00) in the long jump and first-place in the triple jump with a 15.84 meters (51-11.75) mark, garnered him the honor. But even with all of the accolades and breaking Owens’ record, Hartfield said he isn’t done just yet. “I’m going to keep pushing for another record, try and push a world record,” Hartfield said. “You never know, I just gotta keep working hard and keep pushing the limits and see where it takes you.” The current long jump world record is 8.95 meters, set by Mike Powell from the U.S. in 1991. His jumps coach, Brian Brillon, said when he first met Hartfield, he saw potential for him to break Owens’ record. “When I first met him and we first did some drills, Mike just had that ‘it’ factor,” Brillon said. “And you know when you see ‘it.’ Each year he’s been progressing, and he’s one of those guys determined to get better. He’s a blessing to coach.” Hartfield is already looking ahead to the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track Championships, which are set to be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on May 10. He said he has a goal to win a conference title as a senior on the Buckeyes’ home track. “I want to help the team toward a Big Ten Championship, that’s still the goal,” Hartfield said. “Let’s try and get a championship … let’s just keep pushing to get better, that’s basically the team goal always.” Brillon said Hartfield’s work ethic doesn’t just inspire the team, but also his coaches. Brillon said Hartfield’s leadership might be his biggest asset. “I think (Mike’s) helped all of us get better,” Brillon said. “He’s helped me be a better coach, he’s helped the other athletes be better just having him on the team, and he brings an atmosphere of competitiveness and excellence.” Hartfield’s jumping career won’t end once he removes the Scarlet and Gray track suit. Hartfield said his personal goals stretch far beyond the confines of the aptly named Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “I plan to go on the pro circuit and to try and make the world team,” Hartfield said. “Everyone wants to be an Olympian, that’s the peak. I want to make the Olympic team and say I’m an Olympian.” Hartfield and OSU’s next home meet is the Jesse Owens Track Classic, which is scheduled to begin April 19 at 4 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Womens Basketball No 18 Ohio State looks to build on Michigan State

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles past defenders in the second quarter against Michigan State on Jan. 27 at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes beat the Spartans 78-62. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorOn Jan. 15, the No. 18 Ohio State women’s basketball team sat atop the Big Ten with no conference losses and winning margins of at least seven points in every game. But a little more than two weeks later, the season’s outlook has drastically shifted. The Buckeyes dropped three games in a row — to Michigan, Maryland and Iowa — and fell to fourth in the conference. Ohio State (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) bounced back with a 78-62 home win against Michigan State on Saturday and will search for its second straight win when it plays Penn State (13-9, 4-5 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center.Projected StartersOhio State:G — Asia Doss — Senior, 5-foot-7, 9.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.4 apgG — Kelsey Mitchell — Senior, 5-foot-8, 24.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apgG — Linnae Harper — Redshirt senior, 5-foot-8, 15.6 ppg, 9 rpg, 2.4 apgG — Sierra Calhoun — Redshirt junior, 6-foot, 12 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1 apgF — Stephanie Mavunga — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-3, 15.4 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 0.7 apgPenn State: G — Teniya Page — Junior, 5-foot-7, 18.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apgG — Amari Carter — Redshirt sophomore, 5-foot-8, 14.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.6 apgG — Siyeh Frazier — Sophomore, 5-foot-9, 7.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.9 apgG — Jaida Travascio-Green — Sophomore, 6-foot-2, 12.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.7 apgF — De’Janae Boykin — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-2, 7 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.7 apgScouting Penn StateA middle-of-the-road Big Ten team, the Nittany Lions fell to Purdue 88-73 on the road Sunday afternoon, ending their three-game win streak. In that game, the Boilermakers took advantage of Penn State’s defense, one of its most glaring flaws. Purdue hit 73.5 percent of its shots and went 5-for-8 from 3-point range. This season, the Nittany Lions have allowed opponents to shoot 41.6 percent from the field, hird-worst in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes — who have the highest-scoring trio of players in the nation in forward Stephanie Mavunga (15.4 points per game) and guards Kelsey Mitchell (24.8 points per game) and Linnae Harper (15.6 points per game) — are primed to take advantage of Penn State’s lacking defense. They shoot 44.6 percent from the field, the fourth-best in the conference, despite taking more 3-pointers than any other team in the Big Ten.However, Penn State’s offense also has struggled, hitting 40.1 percent of its shots, the second-lowest average in the conference. It averages just 12.3 assists per game, which also ranks second-worst in the Big Ten.But the Nittany Lions have a prolific scorer in junior guard Teniya Page. She dropped 32 points in last season’s matchup between the two teams in what Ohio State redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman called a “career game.”“She’s incredibly quick,” said Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff. “Really crafty with the ball. She can shoot from the perimeter. Can also put the ball on the floor and drive it. Just all-around a great player.”Penn State needs her to repeat last year’s performance to have a chance in the game, since it does not have the advantage in many areas of the court. Page will needhelp from redshirt sophomore guard Amari Carter, who averages 14.8 points per game. Carter is tied for first in the Big Ten with 2.7 steals per game, but Ohio State ranks first in the conference in turnover margin.Redshirt sophomore forward De’Janae Boykin pulls down 8.9 rebounds per game, but Penn State holds the second-worst rebounding margin in the Big Ten (-2.2). Ohio State believes it still has a “target on our back”The Buckeyes entered the season with extremely high expectations. They were voted the top team in the Big Ten by both the media and coaches, earned a top-10 preseason spot in the Associated Press preseason poll, and Mitchell was named preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.Ohio State still ranks 18th in the nation — and will likely be a top-four seed in the Big Ten tournament with a chance to be a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament — but it has not fulfilled the sky-high expectations, especially recently. But despite the three-game skid, the Buckeyes still believe they have a “target” on their back.“I think so, just with the success we’ve had in recent years,” McGuff said. “I think we definitely have it. That’s part of the responsibility of being at Ohio State.”That success has placed Ohio State in the top three in the Big Ten the past two seasons. The Buckeyes currently sit fourth in the conference, but they play a group of middling teams the remainder of the season and have a chance to run the table.Waterman believes her team’s Big Ten success since McGuff was hired outweighs the recent struggles.“I think that just being at Ohio State, you have that [target],” Waterman said. “We’ve been pretty successful in the past, pretty successful this year. People want to do well against us, they want to beat us. When we hit that losing streaking streak and we feel like they’ve hit that target, we’ve just got to rebuild and just stay focused.”Penn State has played inconsistently against the conference’s best teams. It has not beaten a team with less than four losses in the Big Ten, though it nearly knocked off No. 11 Maryland Dec. 31, but lost 69-65. The Hawkeyes, Wolverines and Terrapins showed Ohio State’s target can be hit. But this season, the Nittany Lions have been unable to beat teams as well-regarded as the Buckeyes. read more

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A dolls house

first_imgNew Delhi Players is excited to bring their newest production, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in Hindi as Gudiya Ghar at Akshara Theater. It’s designed and directed by the celebrated director Basab Bhattacharya whose last production Sandhya Chhaya was warmly received by critics and the audience.It’s a play that is perfectly timed for today as it has been in any time that it has been performed in since 1879. In the century and more since, the play and the role of Nora have taken on iconic status; UNESCO’s Memory of the World register calls Nora ‘a symbol throughout the world, for women fighting for liberation and equality’. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The play’s director, Bhattacharya, works with a Government organisation and has directed many plays such as Kissa Hakeem Sahib Ka, Khubsoorat Bahu, Sandhya Chhaya and many more! He has a knack for giving a lot of new comers a chance and let them grow and learn with his free style of directing. He also has an uncanny sense of aesthetics with a minimal approach while designing plays. He has also been an actor in some of the very successful plays such as Mahim Junction, Death of a Salesman and began with acting workshops with Yatrik in the 90s. Before going for the play, you’d want to know about the actors and others! Animesh Singhal is the asst. director of the play who has been a loved actor with most of NDP’s productions and is also the President of the group. He makes is directorial debut with Gudiya Ghar.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPriyanka Sharma is A spontaneous actor and performer who loves the fact that she gets to be so many people and live varied emotions through Theater. She is a professional with the largest media house in the country and has played almost all characters that a woman can be imagined in, on stage. Sahil Mittal is a young entrepreneur who is part of theater for the love of acting. Started with Ramleela at Lal Quila, went on to attend a workshop with Sahitya Kala Parishad for 2 years, has been a part of Dinesh Thakur’s Ank in Mumbai. Sunil Rohtagi is an entrepreneur and an actor with a natural comic timing. He attended acting workshop with Yatrik in 2008 and has been acting in plays such as Devdas, Jaati  Na Poocho Sadhu Ki, Sandhya Chhaya, Beganey Deewaney. Suman is a young actor, has done few plays and emerging as an actor to look forward to. When: 4-5 JulyTIMING: 3.30 pm and 7.30 PMWhere: Akshara Theaterlast_img read more

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UNESCO fellowship applications extended till July end

first_imgThe deadline for applications for the Sahapedia-UNESCO Fellowship programme, a pioneering project to advance research into Indian art, culture, tradition, and heritage, and its systematic documentation has been extended to July 30.Sahapedia, the open encyclopaedic resource on Indian arts which has instituted the fellowship with the support of UNESCO, said the last date for applications had been extended from July 15 to July 30 in view of repeated requests from a large number of potential applicants for more time to submit their proposals. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe fellowships, available to post-doctoral scholars, doctoral candidates, post-graduates, and graduates (including those students due to graduate in the summer of 2017), are expected to generate critically researched, engaging content in multimedia formats that will be hosted on the Sahapedia website for wider public access.Applicants selected as Sahapedia Project Fellows will be granted an award of Rs 40,000, and Sahapedia Research Fellows will be offered an award of Rs 15,000. The SPF project is expected to be completed in 12 weeks, and the SRF assignment in 8 weeks.”Since this is the first edition of the programme, we have extended the deadline to ensure that we don’t lose out on projects with potential,” said Vaibhav Chauhan, Director at Sahapedia.last_img read more

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Whats Wrong With the Modern Conference Call and the Man Whos Trying

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 6 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img Entrepreneur:This technology is also being tested at the enterprise level, for sales and customer service call centers. How does that work?Mings: In contact centers everyone is recording everything but they can only listen to about 1%, and the way they target that 1% is very arbitrary. What we do is record everything, transcribe everything in real time, score it and help people determine what they should listen to. Executives can build a word bank and choose from words or phrases to alert them based upon what metric they’re trying to solve for, whether compliance or top-line growth.If I’m a chief executive or marketing officer, for example, I now have insights into what is the actual voice of my customer. Looking at that data with other data, like sales data. Now for the first time executives can say now I know why this campaign was effective versus others or why this customer service agent was more effective.Entrepreneur: We’re used to recording and sharing words and pictures, but cataloguing conversations takes things to another level. Why is this important?Mings: I see a world without communications boundaries, giving the hearing impaired new tools to collaborate, bridging the communication gaps between cultures and languages, and providing business leaders a means to truly respond to customers. To do this, we want to enhance behaviors that already exist. People are used to typing. They’re used to multi-tasking. They’re used to sharing. We’re all about connecting people, data, systems and the tools people already love and bringing them all together. You can take what’s said and turn it into powerful insights – and share it. Mike Mings, chief executive officer and co-founder of Tethr’s parent company, CollabIP, has sat in on more than his share of conference calls. He started his career as an entrepreneur – focusing on hosted services and digital games – and, after a couple acquisitions, ended up as director at Best Buy overseeing digital distribution for entertainment and productivity software.Along the way, Mings saw how technology was improving communication and collaboration. Yet, there was still no good solution for capturing the spoken word in a way that it could be easily searched, shared and revisited. More often than not, important messages would be lost forever to bad note taking or worse listening skills, leading to confusion and misunderstandings.In 2012, Mings and some of his former colleagues at Best Buy started their own company, CollabIP. Last spring they launched their first product, Tethr, at SXSW in Austin, where the company is now headquartered.Entrepreneur chatted with Mings, 37, using Tethr’s platform. (Editor’s note: The transcription wasn’t always perfect, but it made it easy to go back and pinpoint important parts of the conversation.)Entrepreneur: What’s wrong with the conference call as most people know it?Mings: First of all, it’s just a hassle to set up. To get into a conference call you have to enter all these codes. It stinks if you’re driving. Do you have to hit the pound sign? I don’t know.The second thing is you can’t really recall everything because you’re frantically writing notes. ‘He said something about a something, and I have to remember to do something.’ When the call is over, there’s no easy way to recall or share what happened with your team.Entrepreneur: Most conference calls have the record option, but it requires listing to the entire call or paying a human to transcribe it. What’s different about Tethr?Mings: Because we’re transcribing conference calls in real time you can drop bookmarks any point in time and share the bookmark, or the entire meeting, with other people. You can send your bookmarks or export parts of your meeting to, say, Salesforce.com. When you do that, you’re allowing the individual to search and play back the important parts of a call.Entrepreneur: In other words, the transcription is linked directly to the audio. It resembles a chat history, but with playback of the conversation.Mings: Exactly. You can speak into the platform through the phone or through a browser, and that goes into the cloud. The machine listens and transcribes. It learns who the individual speakers are, their individual dialect and how they speak.The transcription is a valuable tool to search and playback all parts of the meeting. I can search for a point in the conversation or by speaker, key word or phrase. Prior to our technology you had to write notes furiously, maybe time stamp them using your watch and then go back and find it.Related: The Apps That Help This Yoga Instructor Run Her Business from Half a World AwayEntrepreneur: How does this change the dynamics of the call itself? Many of the features make it easy to multi-task during the call – and maybe not pay attention. Is that a bad thing or just the nature of conference calls?Mings: Not everybody who is on a call needs to be on the call for the whole thing. A lot of people are driving during a conference call, on another call or with their kids at a soccer game. With Tethr, you can be alerted to the important parts of the call or go back and listen to it at specific bookmarksEntrepreneur: People can also participate in the call by text. What inspired that?Mings: There are ways to get in directly without calling in, like through a text message. We found that customers are often in back-to-back meetings. They can text message their conference bridge and send comments directly into a meeting. If I’m in the meeting but not joined by audio, you can direct something to me and send it in a text, and I can reply back.Entrepreneur: So, you can be on two conference calls at the same time?Mings: Yes, you can, though I wouldn’t recommend it. One of our customers says he listens in on one meeting and gets alerted to what’s happening in another meeting. You can also follow along with the transcription, which happens very quickly, with just a one- or two-second delay.Related: Keeping Staffers Without Email (Half the Workforce) In the Loop. September 4, 2014last_img read more

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