Court clears journalist in case brought at interior minister’s behest

first_img News CroatiaEurope – Central Asia News News CroatiaEurope – Central Asia to go further Follow the news on Croatia Reporters Without Borders hails a Zagreb criminal court’s decision on 31 January to dismiss the charges that prosecutors had brought against the journalist Zeljko Peratovic at interior minister Tomislav Karamarko’s request (see the 26 November release.) For the past two years, Peratovic has been target of several prosecutions initiated by Karamarko accusing him variously of defamation, violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation and divulging information liable to disturb public order (see the release of 15 January 2009).We hope that the criminal court’s logical and independent decision marks the end of the campaign to harass Peratovic. Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union RSF_en December 2, 2020 Find out morecenter_img November 23, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU February 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court clears journalist in case brought at interior minister’s behest Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Does your overdraft program leave you open to a lawsuit?

first_imgWhat’s the difference between a service-oriented, fully disclosed overdraft program that is clearly and responsibly presented to account holders … and one that is used solely to earn revenue, at all costs? In the case of TCF Financial Corp., it’s $30 million dollars and a major blow to its reputation.You may have heard that TCF recently agreed to the large payment to resolve accusationsthat it misled its account holders about its overdraft program.But here’s the interesting part: the bank did not technically break any compliance rules with their overdraft services. They did admit, however, that from 2010 to 2013, their account holders may not have fully understood their options for accepting or rejecting the service.Misleading Instead of Serving According to reports, TCF employed questionable tactics to get account holders to sign up for its overdraft program. The company allegedly asked new customers to accept the overdraft program at the same time they were accepting other mandatory terms and conditions related to opening an account. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Mariners Host Special Olympics Event

first_imgCASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy’s Department of Athletics hosted a Special Olympics Bocce Tournament on Ritchie Field Thursday afternoon. The Academy partnered with the Penobscot, Piscataquis and Hancock Counties Chapter of the Maine Special Olympics to bring the event to Castine for the second time in as many years.Maine Maritime Academy competes in NCAA Division III, which launched a Special Olympics initiative during the 2010-2011 academic year. The partnership provides the opportunity for student-athletes to engage with Special Olympics, fostering a mutual learning experience between Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes.This year’s tournament saw 12 teams and 48 competitors from the chapter’s footprint competing. Over two dozen Maine Maritime athletes and eight members of the department staff volunteered to make the program a reality on a picture perfect afternoon.“Maine Maritime has been a great host,” said Special Olympics Program Director, Mark Capano. “The events here have been a wonderful success.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEach of Maine Maritime’s 11 programs had at least one representative, and a number of student-athletes also stopped in to cheer on the competitors in between classes.“Our students and staff have really embraced the Special Olympics program,” said Director of Athletics, Eric Sabean. “We are all looking forward to expanding our partnership in the future.” Latest Posts Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Fenceviewer Staff For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Biolast_img read more

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Pirates savoring another playoff push

first_imgA Pittsburgh Pirates fan holds up a towel handed out at a Pirates pep rally in downtown Pittsburgh Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The Pirates face the San Francisco Giants in the wild card game in Pittsburgh Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Clint Hurdle greeted each member of the Pittsburgh Pirates as they walked off the field in Cincinnati on Sunday, telling them he “liked the fight” even after their chances of winning the NL Central evaporated in a loss to the Reds.It was Hurdle’s way of saying thanks to mish mashed roster of stars and role players who have produced another unlikely postseason run.“That’s who we are,” Hurdle said. “We’re all in this together. We’re all one-minded. We’re ready to go.”A punchline for a generation, it’s back to Buctober once again.The Pirates host San Francisco on Wednesday night in the NL wild card game. A year ago, Pittsburgh capped a remarkable turnaround season by winning 94 games and beating Cincinnati in the same round before falling to St. Louis in five taut games in the division series.The victory over Reds was a watershed moment for a franchise that spent two decades in baseball purgatory while setting a North American professional sports record by reeling of 20 straight losing seasons. Andrew McCutchen won the MVP. Hurdle was named NL manager of the year and the Pirates captivated the city for the first time in a generation.Edinson Volquez, left, is congratulated by teammate Russell Martin after throwing a complete baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals July 10, in St. Louis. The Pirates won 9-1. Volquez will be the Pirates starting pitcher in Wednesday’s National League Wild Card game against the San Francisco Giants in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Their run this time around might have been even more impressive. Pittsburgh watched A.J. Burnett sign elsewhere in free agency and nibbled at the open market, the marquee signing – if it can be called that – the decision to take a $5 million flier on reclamation project Edinson Volquez, a former All-Star who washed out in San Diego and Los Angeles in 2013.The right-hander repaid the Pirates by starting going 13-7 with a 3.09 ERA in a team-high 32 starts. He was even better down the stretch, going 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA since Aug. 1. His renaissance is symbolic of a team that kept finding ways to win despite a restructured lineup that hardly looks like the group Hurdle sent out on opening day six months ago.Josh Harrison evolved from 25th man to an All-Star who replaced erratic slugger Pedro Alvarez at third base. Rookie rightfielder Gregory Polanco provided a jolt after his call-up in June only to head back to the bench after Travis Snider rediscovered the power stroke that had seemingly disappeared.Starting pitchers Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton made multiple trips to the disabled list. Slumping closer Jason Grilli was shipped to the Los Angeles Angels, replaced by the stoic Mark Melancon. Vance Worley began the spring in Triple-A only to thrive in the heat of a pennant race, shutting out Milwaukee for eight crisp innings on Sept. 21 to virtually assure Pittsburgh of a second straight playoff berth.The team that started 12-20 finished 88-74, catching the fading Brewers and taking St. Louis all the way to game 162 before ceding the division title.It wasn’t as emotional as 2013. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been any less special, though last fall’s success gave them valuable experience they relied on after slogging through April and May.“When we have somebody go down, we have someone to take their place who’s been there,” McCutchen said. “In years past we didn’t have that. We had guys that could take their place but they were young guys, first-year guys who haven’t been here. It’s the same nucleus of guys. These guys all know what to expect. They all know what to do and that’s why we’ve been doing what we’re doing this year.”Pittsburgh relied heavily on a pitching staff that overachieved a year ago. The rotation patchwork at times this summer, the Pirates became a better offensive team. They finished second in the NL in on base percentage (.330) led by the electric McCutchen and the relentless Harrison.Pittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Harrison (5) drives in two runs with a double off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Jacob Turner during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Harrison provided a needed shot of adrenaline atop the batting order. He hit .315 to finish a close second to Colorado’s Justin Morneau in the NL batting race and thrived wherever he worked defensively, be it right field or second base or third, where he moved permanently as the errors and strikeouts piled up for Alvarez.Harrison is an unlikely success story on a roster filled with them. Yet he brushes off the idea Pittsburgh’s rise to respectability is a combination of a mediocre league in which only six teams finished above .500 and some aberrational years by average players.“We don’t listen to any of that,” Harrison said. “In this clubhouse, we know what we have. We always expected to be here.”The Pirates will be there once again on Wednesday night when they face one of baseball’s marquee franchises, one with designs on its third World Series title in five years.That’s fine by Hurdle, who took over one of MLB’s toughest jobs in December 2010 and has orchestrated a revival no one saw coming.“I like our team,” he said. “I like the fight. I like the grit. These guys love to play for one another and they love to celebrate each other’s successes. So it’s going to be an exciting time for us (on Wednesday).”It always is in Buctober.___AP Sports Writer Joe Kay in Cincinnati contributed to this reportlast_img read more

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Entering Coliseum, USC loaded for bear

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals No. 1 in the country. The Trojans were simply in another class Saturday, at a level the rival UCLA Bruins and precious few others could even imagine. USC played with the Bruins, did as they willed throughout a gorgeous fall afternoon before finally leaving the Coliseum with roses in hand and a 66-19 victory over 11th-ranked UCLA. “This game was an exclamation point for our 12-game season,” said USC coach Pete Carroll. The victory leaves the Trojans 12-0 and headed to the Rose Bowl to meet unbeaten and second-ranked Texas in the BCS national championship game. Here they are, right where they were expected, right where we left them. On top of the college football world. Taking on all challengers. One step from laying claim to a record third consecutive national championship. The USC Trojans have been No. 1 longer than Microsoft. The Ming Dynasty didn’t last as long. They have dominated in an era when such a thing was no longer thought possible. They have rolled and dodged and overwhelmed. They were at it again Saturday, completing their regular season the same way it began, the same way it has been for the past 32 consecutive weeks in the Associated Press football poll: Back in the center ring, back in college football’s main spotlight, back for another game of the ages. “This is the type of season we pictured in our minds from Day One,” said tailback Reggie Bush. Texas destroyed Colorado 70-3 in the supposed Big 12 championship, a game whose lone purpose is to generate additional revenue for the conference. Texas has been No. 2 all season in the AP poll to USC’s No. 1. Aside from one week when they flopped positions, USC and Texas also have been first and second in every Bowl Championship Series poll. It’s the game anticipated since the first rankings came out last summer, but only the second time in AP history teams remained No. 1 and No. 2 the entire season. The first time it happened was last season. Back then, USC and Oklahoma managed it before meeting in the BCS title game in the Orange Bowl. That would be the game USC won 55-19. USC and Texas are the only unbeaten teams remaining, the survivors of long and uncertain seasons. The Trojans have traveled this path before, and even if expected to return, their current 34-game overall winning streak is so remarkable as to defy believability. This season offered several peaks, and, if no real valleys, a few dips that caused the heart to skip. An anticipated finale still arrived via its own path. “I didn’t know for sure how it would go,” said center Ryan Kalil. “We had a lot of guys back, but every year it’s a different team. Every team has a different story.” This USC team was heavily favored Saturday, but given how explosive UCLA’s offense had been, there remained some uncertainty. It was unfounded. Even with Heisman winning quarterback Matt Leinart, emotional in his final game at the Coliseum and out of sync in the first half, USC simply ran away from the 9-2 Bruins. USC scored on five of its first six possessions. It never did punt. It unleashed Bush in the first half, and the Bruins – soft against the run all season – had no answer. Bush had 228 yards rushing and two touchdowns – by halftime. The Trojans might as well have presented him the Heisman at the half on the way up the Coliseum tunnel. By halftime, USC led 31-6 and all the air had gone out of an early awaited game. The Trojan Horse wore out from touchdown laps. Leinart completed 8-of-20 passes in the first half, and it was still a blowout. USC was expected to field one of the greatest offenses college football had ever seen, and it did not disappoint. If the passing game stalled, there was always the running game. “It was beautiful,” Carroll said. “It was a beautiful day. It played out so well. “We have done everything we could to this point.” USC opened the game with a simple field goal, and UCLA answered with a drive that left it facing a fourth-and-5 from the USC 35-yard line. UCLA coach Karl Dorrell elected to punt. Facing a high-powered offense like USC and knowing it would likely rain points, he punted. The Bruins were never in the game again. “We knew from the beginning of the game we would be able to do almost anything we wanted,” Bush said. Bush carried the ball only six more times in the second half and finished with 260 yards on 24 carries. Len Dale White added 154 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Leinart, who elected to return for his senior season despite last year’s Heisman and the lure of NFL millions, rebounded from his off first half to finish 21 of 40 for 233 yards and three touchdowns. “This is everything I dreamed coming back,” Leinart said. Back in the BCS title game, for a battle projected since the season began, back where they left off. Their season was only expected to be perfect. “Now we have one more game,” Leinart said. It all played out as anticipated. USC and Texas, two storied programs, the two most explosive offenses in football, now left with one game to decide it all. For USC, it’s an old story that never gets old. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Half-time: Fulham 1 Cardiff 0

first_imgTim Hoogland nodded in Fulham’s first home goal of the new season to give them a thoroughly deserved lead at the break.The German timed his run perfectly to guide Ross McCormack’s cross beyond Cardiff keeper David Marshall midway through the first half.Fulham were on top throughout the opening 45 minutes as they hunt their first points of the Championship campaign.Scott Parker was dominant in midfield, Chris David looked lively and McCormack threatened throughout from the left-hand side, while Dan Burn and the impressive full-backs snuffed out Cardiff’s much-vaunted attack.Parker and McCormack both sent efforts wide early on before Hoogland – who had also netted on the opening day at Ipswich – broke the Fulham home drought when he glanced the ball home.Emerson Hyndman drilled a shot wide and David put a free-kick past the angle of post and bar as the Whites continued to force Cardiff on the back foot. Fulham (4-2-3-1): Bettinelli; Voser, Bodurov, Burn, Stafylidis; Hoogland, Parker; David; Hyndman, McCormack; ; Woodrow.Substitutes: Kiraly, Hutchinson, Eisfeld, Roberts, Dembele, Chihi, Williams.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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COP17 starts in Durban

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma, Minister of Inter-national Relations and Cooperation MaiteNkoana-Mashabane, Minister of Water andEnvironmental Affairs Edna Molewa, andDeputy President Kgalema Motlanthe wavetheir caps in support of COP17.(Image: GCIS) Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthecompleted a three-kilometre walkalong Durban’s beachfront to raiseawareness about rising sea levels.(Image: GCIS)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sifiso JacklasAccount Manager, COP17The Communications Firm+27 82 302 9990Wilma den HartighThe much-anticipated COP17 climate change conference, considered one of the world’s most important events, got underway in Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province this morning.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) starts today and ends on 9 December.The conference has brought together experts from around the world to discuss solutions to the increasing threat of global climate change.About 20 000 people are expected to gather in Durban to take part in the climate talks, among them heads of state, government representatives, international organisations, entrepreneurs, businessmen, academics, activists and NGOs.Conference outcomesThe main goal of the discussions is to advance the implementation of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the Bali Action Plan, agreed on at COP13 in 2007, and the Cancun Agreements, reached at COP16 last year.“We have come a long way since Copenhagen and Cancun. Durban must take us many steps forward towards a solution that saves tomorrow today,” said President Jacob Zuma, welcoming the delegates to COP17.Many expect that the Kyoto Protocol is likely to dominate the talks, as 2012 marks the end of the first commitment period for the treaty that was signed in 1997.The Kyoto Protocol currently places legal obligations on nations, with the exception of the US, China, India and Brazil who are not signatories to the treaty, to reduce greenhouse emissions by 5.2%.Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UNFCCC, is confident that governments have come to Durban understanding the importance of the Kyoto Protocol.“I therefore strongly believe that there will be an effort to move into a second commitment period,” Figueres said, speaking at a media gathering in Durban ahead of COP17’s opening day.Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa said that the need to renew and revise the Kyoto Protocol has become urgent.Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who completed a three-kilometre walk along Durban’s beachfront over the weekend to raise awareness about rising sea levels, said South Africa was hoping to get a legally binding agreement during the COP17 negotiations.In a statement, Motlanthe said that solutions to climate change require global input.“The Kyoto Protocol can come to an end and that’s a good reason why there should be another endorsement. No single nation can tackle climate change, we need a coordinated effort,” he said.Southafrica.info reports that President Jacob Zuma said it was crucial for COP17 to ensure that the Cancun Agreements, which included the establishment of a Green Climate Fund, became operational.Important for AfricaMolewa said although Africa has contributed least to the build up of greenhouse gases globally, the adverse effects of climate change would be felt most severely on the continent.According to Molewa, the average African generates about 13 times less greenhouse gases than his counterpart in North America. In 2007, the continent accounted for less than 4% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions.However, without mitigation and adaptation measures these figures could increase.She said that Africa needs more sustainable development with new, clean technologies to avoid the environmental mistakes of the developed world.“Considering that 550-million people in Africa do not have access to electricity, there is enormous scope for Africa to become a world leader in renewable energy sources,” she said.Such developments can reduce the vulnerability of African societies, and even ensure that Africa becomes climate resilient.Global cooperation and accountabilityMolewa said that a response to climate change requires global cooperation and accountability.“The South African government recognises its role as the major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions on the continent. We are responsible for 38% of Africa’s total emissions,” she said.South Africa intends to change this.The National Climate Change Response White Paper outlines government’s commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 34% below a business as usual trajectory in 2020, and by 40% in 2025 before stabilising emissions in absolute terms, and ultimately reducing them.The African Union has partnered with South Africa to ensure that the African Pavilion at COP17 effectively presents the issues of climate change that Africa is grappling with.“The impacts of climate change know no border, and it has been a driving force for cooperation between African governments,” said Molewa.More climate change awarenessThe UN’s Figueres told reporters that there is growing momentum amongst rich and developing nations to take action against global warming.Developed countries have passed more legislation and governments are businesses are also raising awareness about climate change.In a BuaNews report, Figueres said it is encouraging to see governments and civil society taking action.“Durban should mark the next milestone in the climate talks. We expect that many of the issues that leaders agreed on in Mexico will find a way of being implemented here,” she said, “and these include the Green Climate Fund and other matters.”last_img read more

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An ISP Offers A Cloud for India – More Like AOL, Less Like the Open Web

first_imgRelated Posts We are winding down the long holiday weekend here in the United States but on the other side of the world, the news cycle is in full gear.And so the story about a new cloud service in India caught our attention as it demonstrates how the cloud is reaching millions of people who have no access to a computer nor a credit card. It also is illustrative of how the cloud will be more for a global community of mobile users who access a service that is more like AOL than the open Web.Sify Technologies is a a large Indian Internet service provider. It’s so large that it is planning to lay undersea cable between Delhi and Singapore for better connected networks between India and the economically powerful city state.The company is a powerhouse on par with our very largest telecommunications companis in the United States. But its customers do not live in suburban tract houses with desktops and laptops for Mom, stepdad and the kids. The Sifi customer has a mobile phone.They go to cyber cafes to connect to the Internet. They live in rural communities.And so that is why Sifi is launching “Sify mylife,” a suite of cloud-based applications for the millions of people in India who do not own computers nor have Internet access. It’s an interesting play as the service leverages the cloud but in many ways is more akin to the American Online we knew in the mid-1990s. It seems fitting that millions of people would be drawn to a service that give them access to the Internet. Just like AOL did, millions of people can get access to the Sify service. But now the availability is of a different flavor with SaaS type services such as spreadsheet applications and word processing.Sify will offer the service through its network of 1,200 cyber cafes. The cafes are operated as a franchise. They use the company’s broadband connections for Internet access. Sify will also offer a hardware device to other cyber cafes in India that will be equipped with the software. That gives the service additional significance. Again, as we have seen before, hardware is becoming so affordable that to create a branded device makes sense as a way to create a controlled experience in the cloud. We’re in the first generation of cloud-based devices that will serve as ways to conduct commerce all within the network of one provider, not the open Web.According to Computerworld, the cloud service will offer applications that allows people to purchase travel tickets, entertainment and educational services. People may use Sify to pay bills online without using credit cards.. How? Customers will pay cash to the people running the cyber cafe, making it a viable service for the millions of people in India who do not have credit cards or do not feel comfortable with paying online a credit The service is targeted at the large number of people who do not have credit cards or aren’t comfortable making credit card payments online.Computerworld:“About 52 million urban Indians were active internet users in September last year, according to a report released jointly by the internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), and research firm IMRB International. Active users are defined as those who used the Internet at least once a month. About 37 percent of these users accessed the Internet through cyber cafés, according to the report. The percentage of people who use cyber cafés is expected to be higher in rural areas.” Sify will also team with software developers to launch storage services and applications on the platform.The Sify mylife service is a contrast to how the cloud is being marketed in the United States. Consumer services like Sify became obsolete with the advent of the open Web. But in India, the Internet is not as widely accessed as it is here in the United States. But people still do want to use online services. Sify may very well fill that gap. alex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#news#saas last_img read more

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Passivhaus Crosses the Atlantic

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Last weekend I attended the Fourth Annual North American Passive House Conference in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. The conference offered a great opportunity to learn more about the Passivhaus standard and to discuss low-energy buildings with an experienced group of architects, engineers, and builders.Among the most valuable sessions offered at the conference:The Passivhaus advocates I met at the conference are responsible for some of the best new buildings in the country — buildings with extraordinarily low energy budgets. These exemplary buildings can inspire all designers of low-energy buildings to sharpen their pencils.Unfortunately, the launch of the Passivhaus movement in North America hasn’t been particularly smooth. Some Passivhaus advocates have reacted defensively to legitimate technical questions from knowledgeable American builders. On the other side, the chance for fruitful dialogue has been hampered by a few Passivhaus critics who have adopted an unnecessarily adversarial tone. Fortunately, these bumps are only public relations problems; they shouldn’t seriously detract from the great accomplishments that Passivhaus builders have achieved.Clearing Up MisconceptionsIn my opinion, the Passivhaus movement in North America needs to do a better job at disassociating its message from a package of misconceptions. It’s important to emphasize the core strength of Passivhaus — namely, the fact that PHPP software provides a sophisticated method for designing and constructing buildings that use very low levels of energy — and to clearly separate this message from a collection of red herrings originating in Europe:Red herring number one: Very low U-factor windows (U-0.14) are necessary “for the comfort of the occupants.” It’s true that occupant comfort is one of the benefits of high-quality triple-glazed windows. It’s also true that windows with a very low U-factor may be necessary to meet the Passivhaus goal of 15 kWh/m2. But a very high level of occupant comfort… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img 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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