Employee steals packages worth more than $100,000Port Arthur Police in Texas say a man working at a UPS Hub stole packages worth over $100,000. According to a probable cause affidavit, Matthew Thai Pham is accused of taking cargo destine for a local AT&T store. Pham is accused of taking multiple boxes; some containing Samsung or Apple phones valued at between $400 and $1,100 each and other stolen boxes had accessory watches. In all, the stolen cargo is worth $100,193. The affidavit says Pham admitted to stealing and selling the items. Pham was indicted by a Jefferson County Grand Jury on a charge of second-degree felony theft. [Source: ABC12 News]Prolific thief jailed for shoplifting spreeWhen David Peterson made more than 30 trips to Lower Bucks hardware stores in 2017, he wasn’t stockpiling $20,000 in weed-wackers and leaf blowers for a backyard-landscaping project. The 37-year-old New Jersey man was stealing the items, along with generators, hedge trimmers, drills and other pieces, and pawning the equipment in the Garden State. Peterson, of Trenton, pleaded guilty to the string of thefts Wednesday in Bucks County Court, admitting that between May and October of last year he stole from three Home Depot and two Lowe’s stores in Bensalem, Falls and Middletown on 36 occasions.He also admitted to a 2015 theft from a Bensalem Kohl’s, where he made a return for bedding he had never purchase, according to Assistant District Attorney Vanessa Konoval. His new pleas add to a long history of convictions for thefts, drug offenses and robbery, according to court records. In addition to stealing a “hardware store’s worth of merchandise,” President Judge Jeffrey L. Finley wondered aloud how many times Peterson stole and didn’t get caught. “You’re a career criminal. It’s what you do,” Finley said. “You’re a professional.”- Sponsor – Finley ordered the man to serve 1½ to five years in state prison for the thefts consecutive to a five-year sentence he is already serving in New Jersey. The judge said he fashioned the sentence in part to balance the impact of the man’s numerous crimes against his already lengthy incarceration. Asked what he did with the tools he snatched, Peterson explained to the judge that he took them to a pawn shop, usually one in Bordentown, New Jersey, where he was paid about half the retail price for items still in their original packaging. He said the shop has since closed. Peterson pointed to a Percocet addiction that spiraled out of control in the wake of his mother’s death as the driving force behind his prolific shoplifting spree. “I never though it would happen to me,” he said. “I was always the athletic player.” Peterson’s attorney Suzette Adler noted that the man has been largely cooperative since he was caught, waiving court appearances to speed along the process of closing his cases. When Peterson is eventually released from prison, he will have 60 days before he must begin making payments of at least $100 a month toward his $20,518 in restitution costs. [Source: Burlington County Times]Police searching for thieves accused of shoplifting ring [Viral Video]Police in Centralia, California, are hoping surveillance video will help catch a group of five young men believed to be tied to a shoplifting spree at the outlet malls next to Interstate 5. At least three stores were hit on Tuesday. Police said the five are brazen because of their attitude of not caring if clerks see what they are doing. Surveillance video shows them walking in and simply walking out with goods.At the Polo Ralph Lauren store, police said the group was hanging out just feet from the store clerks and then they all leave with the last one grabbing clothes and tossing them over his shoulder, and walking out as if nothing is wrong. None of the stores involved would speak about it the thefts, but in general, stores across the country are often not willing to risk the safety of their employees over the loss of merchandise. However, employees did provide a car description of a white VW SUV, which a police officer saw and chased towards downtown. But the officer was told to break it off when speeds reached 90 miles per hour. Hitting two stores is a misdemeanor, but police say three stores makes it a felony. [Source: KOMO News]Five-time convicted shoplifter arrested for sixth offenseA Warner Robins, Georgia, man was arrested Sunday for his sixth shoplifting offense, according to a Bibb County police report. A deputy responded to a call at the Kroger on Forsyth Road in Macon on Sunday. Upon arriving at the scene, an employee described the shoplifting suspect who started walking south on Forsyth Road. The deputy found the suspect who identified himself as JaRodney McCoy, 43. McCoy was transported back to the Kroger where employees confirmed he was the shoplifter. The report says McCoy stole four packages of shrimp and five steaks, worth a total of $125.87. McCoy was previously convicted of theft by shoplifting five times, and was taken into custody at the scene. [Source: WMAZ13 News]Shoplifting suspects with children arrested after high-speed chaseDiona Murray has had her child endangering charge cleared, according to Miami Valley Ohio Jail records. She is awaiting court action for her failure to comply charge. Murray’s bail is set at $50,000. Englewood police pursued a 43-year-old woman, her daughter and her 7-year-old grandson during a high-speed chase into Trotwood after the woman stole items from a Walmart on Tuesday afternoon, police said.Officers were dispatched to the business, located on Hoke Road in Clayton around noon, and were told by a store detective that two females and a child paid for some items at a self-scan but attempted to sneak several out the door, according to an Englewood police report. The detective confronted the suspects, but they resisted and began their escape in a black Hyundai Tucson. Officers spotted the vehicle in their cruiser and pursued the suspects. The suspects drove south on Hoke Road, exceeding 75 mph at several points, repeatedly swerving into oncoming traffic before crashing into a barbed wire fence on Moss Creek Boulevard, according to the report.The driver, Diona Murray, 43, and her daughter fled the scene on foot toward Moss Creek Golf Club; and in the process, left the 7-year-old boy behind. The boy, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt, provided officers with information about his grandmother and aunt. He was later transported to his mother. Murray and her daughter were found hiding in weeds in the 6500 block of Westbrook Road, and were placed in handcuffs. Murray was arrested for failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, child endangering and receiving stolen property for a license plate and a stolen car, according to the report. Murray’s daughter was arrested for failure to comply and theft, according to the report. Murray was processed Tuesday at Montgomery County Jail and charged with failure to comply but has not been formally charged with child endangering, according to Montgomery County Jail records. [Source: Dayton Daily News]Police take ‘zero tolerance’ stance on shoplifting, shame suspects on FacebookThe Auburn Maine Police Department says they are embarking on an anti-shoplifting campaign due to skyrocketing shoplifting numbers. “In the first five months of 2018, we have seen an 84% increase in shoplifting thefts as compared to the first five months of 2017,” said Chief Phil Crowell in a press release. “Local businesses are looking to us to help find solutions.”In 2017, police say only 25 percent of the adults arrested for shoplifting were Auburn residents, 40 percent of the arrested adults were from Lewiston and 31 percent were from other Maine towns. The remaining 4 percent were from out of state. “These retailers are willing to work with us to try and lower the occurrences,” said Deputy Chief Jason Moen. “So, moving forward, businesses will be taking preventative measures and the Auburn Police will be taking a ‘zero tolerance’ stance on shoplifting.”Police say anyone caught shoplifting in Auburn stores will be arrested and taken to the Androscoggin County Jail. Once a week, Auburn Police say they will post booking photos on their Facebook page “for the world to see.” “Shoplifting is not a victimless crime. Millions of dollars in property is lost every year to shoplifting and we will do our best to prevent it,” said Crowell. “We want people to know that Auburn is open for business but closed to shoplifting.” [Source: WGME13 News] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-US star Martino says Pulisic will need time to settle at Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer US international Kyle Martino says Christian Pulisic will need time to settle at Chelsea.Martino has followed Pulisic’s career, and he talked to Sky Sports about the 21-year old.He said, “This move has more implications and more at stake than most. There is a genuine interest here in the US that measures higher on the excitement scale than any American playing abroad ever before. For Christian, I would imagine that has got to wear on him.”Martino added: “If success is him replacing Eden Hazard, then he is not going to succeed because maybe only a handful of players in the world can actually replace Eden Hazard.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City join interest in Red Bull Salzburg star Erling Haalandby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City have joined the interest in Red Bull Salzburg star Erling Haaland.The Norwegian striker has caught the attention of top clubs after a staggering 18 goals in 11 games this season.The 19-year-old is also wanted by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United among a number of others.And City have joined them after sending scouts to watch the forward against Liverpool in the Champions League, says The Sun.It is understood Salzburg are looking to get around £50m for Haaland, but would be reluctant to sell in January.
Penn State is notorious for its THON marathon, which is an annual fundraiser for children who are battling cancer. Participants, who are not allowed to sit for 46 straight hours, dance to raise millions of dollars for this great cause. It looks like Penn State’s football team got in on the action this year. And the Nittany Lions did not disappoint.PSU’s football squad put on an incredible performance, kicking things off with an old school 70s classic, the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.” A number of players – including Jason Cabinda, Cole Chiappialle and Brandon Johnson even wore wigs during the routine. The best part is probably the breakdancing portion of the clip.Enjoy, Penn State fans:
Story Highlights Ms. Fraser-Binns, in her contribution, pointed out that heavy-duty vehicles operated by construction companies contribute to the deterioration of roads. She argued that it should become a requirement for developers to return these damaged thoroughfares to the condition they were prior to development. “The matter of a bond can be looked at; some structure for enforcement can be looked at or levy, a fee as you (Senator Fraser-Binns) have indicated,” Johnson Smith said. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has supported a proposal for the establishment of a fund to repair roads that have been damaged as a result of construction projects. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has supported a proposal for the establishment of a fund to repair roads that have been damaged as a result of construction projects.Opposition Senator, Sophia Fraser-Binns, who made the recommendation during her contribution to the debate on the Building Bill in the Senate on Friday (January 26), said the fund could be resourced from the collection of a special fee or levy from developers as part of their application fee.“The matter of a bond can be looked at; some structure for enforcement can be looked at or levy, a fee as you (Senator Fraser-Binns) have indicated,” Johnson Smith said.Ms. Fraser-Binns, in her contribution, pointed out that heavy-duty vehicles operated by construction companies contribute to the deterioration of roads. She argued that it should become a requirement for developers to return these damaged thoroughfares to the condition they were prior to development.“I am in full support of development, and I support the work of these developers, but there has to be a balancing act between the developer and the condition of the road that he leaves at the end of the development,” she stressed.Senator Fraser-Binns further noted that if the proposal cannot be taken on board now, that it be given consideration when the Act comes up for review in another three to six years.The Bill, which seeks to establish a modern legislative framework that will serve to reduce the vulnerability of Jamaica’s built environment and ensure public safety, was passed with 30 amendments.The legislation will also streamline the permit application system to eliminate unnecessary referrals and expedite responses; facilitate the introduction of special express services; and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities regarding accessibility, safety and user-friendliness.It also provides for the establishment of the National Building Code, and identifies the Bureau of Standards Jamaica as the agency that will set the acceptable local and international standards for construction.In addition, the legislation establishes that the municipal corporations are to be the local building authorities and will be responsible for inspecting, certifying and taking the actions necessary to approve new structures, change existing buildings, or destroy dangerous structures.
BANGKOK — Share prices were mixed Friday in Asia ahead of the planned meeting by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 major economies summit this weekend.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index climbed 0.4 per cent to 22,351.06 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 0.5 per cent to 26,586.53. The Shanghai Composite index jumped 0.8 per cent to 2,587.72 and India’s Sensex gained 0.2 per cent to 36,235.61. South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.8 per cent to 2,096.86 while the S&P ASX/200 in Australia tumbled 1.6 per cent to 5,667.20 on heavy selling of financials and consumer goods companies. Shares rose in Taiwan and Singapore but fell in Indonesia.G-20 SUMMIT: The working dinner meeting between Trump and Xi could bring a breakthrough in a bruising trade war that has the U.S. and China imposing punitive tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of each other’s exports. Or not. Analysts are not optimistic about prospects for improvement a month before U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods are due to ramp up.ANALYST’S VIEWPOINT: “As investors shift their attention to the upcoming G-20 Trump-Xi meeting this weekend, Trump has hinted that he is very close to ‘doing something with China’ on trade,” Mizuho Bank said in a market note. “Though a comprehensive agreement is still unlikely, agreeing on a framework for future talks together with a delay in implementation of a 25 per cent tariff hike on $200 billion of Chinese imports” would “constitute a good outcome.”CHINESE MANUFACTURING: A measure of China’s factory activity slipped to its lowest level in more than two years in November, adding to pressure on Beijing amid the tariff battle with Trump. The China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing said Friday its monthly purchasing managers’ index declined to 50 from October’s 50.2 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 indicate activity is increasing. It blamed weak domestic demand for the latest decline. But investors often see such news as a signal more market-boosting stimulus may be coming.KOREAN RATE HIKE: South Korea’s central bank lifted its benchmark rate by a quarter of a per cent to 1.75%, in line with expectations. The first increase by the Bank of Korea in a year, it reflects concern over rising household debt and property prices.WALL STREET: U.S. stocks finished lower Thursday after an afternoon rally faded. Banks and technology companies fell after the market pulled off a huge rally the day before when Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell suggested in a speech that the Fed might be almost done raising interest rates, and is willing to stop raising rates at least temporarily so it can assess the effects of the last few years of increases. The S&P 500 index shed 0.2 per cent to 2,737.76. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.1 per cent lower at 25,338.84. The Nasdaq composite slid 0.3 per cent to 7,273.08 and the Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 0.3 per cent to 1,525.39.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude added 2 cents to $51.47 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It rose 2.3 per cent to finish at $51.45 a barrel on Thursday. Brent crude gained 11 cents to $60.02 per barrel. It edged up 1.3 per cent to $59.51 a barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar slid to 113.39 yen from 113.48 yen on Thursday. The euro was flat at $1.1391.Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press
The Bears have a rich 30-year history, dominating the game under George Halas, winning the very first NFL championship in 1933, drubbing the Washington Redskins in 1940 by a record score of 73-0, and amassing four championships under star quarterback Sid Luckman. But in the 60-plus years since, the Bears have struggled. Since 1950, they’re down in cumulative point differential overall, and in 2011 they gave up their all-time margin of victory throne to the Green Bay Packers.The Lions had a promising start in the NFL, winning a famous “iron man” game in 1932 (in which they beat the Packers with only 11 men playing and with no substitutions), and winning a championship with QB Dutch Clark in 1935. But since the 1940s, the Lions have mostly tread water or gone downhill.Things have looked a bit better for the Lions in the Matthew Stafford era, and this season started out very well. Although they have lost their past two games (to conference leaders New England and Arizona), they enter this matchup two games ahead of the 5-6 Bears, they’re playing in Detroit, and they have an SRS2“Simple Rating System,” or average margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule advantage of 6.8 points (meaning they’ve been nearly seven points per game better). But it’s hard to know that much about the teams after only 11 games, and their franchise histories have been average for the past few years. So, to get some more insight into Thursday’s game, let’s focus on the QBs.A few weeks ago, I introduced my experimental QB “win curves,” which compare a QB’s expected win percentage to his actual win percentage at any given point in the game. One of the craziest of these win curves was Matthew Stafford’s — which indicated that he won way more than he was expected to when his team was trailing, but lost way more than he was expected to when his team was ahead — and he had easily the most extreme such effect in the league.But as I’ve also discussed in past columns, Stafford has gotten pretty terrible support from his defense and special teams. While I like the purity of the original win curve, I thought it might be interesting to see what happens if we try to remove non-offensive contributions from the picture. So I came up with “adjusted” win curves, which are basically the amount that each QB would have won if his defense and special teams had no positive or negative impact on their chances of winning at any time.3 OK, here’s the nitty-gritty: To do this, I took the win percentage added from all of a QB’s subsequent offensive drives and then added them to the win percentage he had at the start of the present drive (on a drive-by-drive basis). So, if his chances were 40 percent at the start of a drive and he added 30 percent between that drive and all future drives, it would count as an expected win percentage of 40 percent and an “approximated actual win percentage” of 70 percent. Note that technically these numbers can go higher than 100 percent or lower than zero percent for a given drive and situation (for example, if a QB’s defense keeps trying to give the game away, but he keeps bringing them back), but they typically don’t. I’ve also tweaked the curves to make them a little less sensitive to deviations.4I did this a couple of ways. First, as mentioned in the previous footnote, I did the analysis on a drive-by-drive basis instead of a play-by-play basis. This cuts down on the amount that a single crazy game can affect the overall analysis, because the number of drives per game is much more constant than number of passing plays. I also forced the smoother to use a “loess” (local regression) fit, so that larger samples would be treated the same as smaller ones. Also, by virtue of using win percentage added instead of binary wins/losses, we get a little additional granularity.Here’s how the new Stafford curve compares to the old:The magnitude of the curve is a bit less extreme (particularly Stafford’s habit of losing in what should be winning spots), but the basic phenomenon remains: Stafford appears to be much better at coming back than he is at holding on to wins. But more importantly: Stafford’s “adjusted” curve increases continuously, meaning the Lions no longer have to consider falling behind just so they can win.Now, using these adjusted win curves, let’s compare Stafford and Jay Cutler, Chicago’s QB:Get ready for some excitement, as both of these guys have been better at digging out of holes than at burying their opponents.Philadelphia vs. DallasThe Dallas Cowboys began playing their traditional Thanksgiving game in 1966 not long after joining the league as an expansion team in 1960. This was right about the same time they started getting good. Really good:During the Tom Landry/Roger Staubach era, the Cowboys had one of the most dominant runs in the post-merger NFL. Then, after a brief slump in the late 1980s, Jerry Jones seemed to have the team back on its winning track under coaches Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, and the potent QB/RB combo of Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith.5The Cowboys were also generously aided by the infamous Herschel Walker trade/outright larceny. Since Aikman’s retirement in 2000, however, Jones’s squad has struggled to recapture its old magic.And that’s despite Tony Romo. Although I love watching Romo play and usually I’d wager that he is a very good quarterback, the Cowboys experienced only a modest bump in their historical chart since Romo has been under center. And though judging an individual based on team performance is somewhat unfair, having pored over these charts repeatedly for weeks, I’ve noticed that the arrival or departure of a top QB normally has a pretty noticeable effect on his team. It may not be enough to make an awful team a winner, but there is usually some kind of turn (like with Stafford).Or, for example, with Donovan McNabb and the Eagles. Or Nick Foles,6And yes, I’m aware that a lot of these turns also correspond to head coaching changes, but that entanglement question is a constant issue in the NFL. We can think of them as two-headed QB/coach monsters, and the analysis is mostly the same. my gunslinger of the first quarter. In Foles’s short tenure, the Eagles have been on a nice upturn, but unfortunately he will be out of this game.So, the Eagles will rely on Mark Sanchez (someone who didn’t move the New York Jets’ chart much) to take on the enigmatic Romo, our gunslinger of the first half of the season.How do these two stack up on the win curve scale?Sanchez came out looking surprisingly OK in the chart’s non-adjusted version but ends up a little Stafford-y in the adjusted version. Romo — as expected — is a lot like Peyton Manning when behind, but is average or below average when ahead.Philadelphia has a slightly higher SRS (3.7 vs. 1.6) – and, very marginally, the better recent history to corroborate that, while Dallas has home-field advantage and more of a known quantity at QB. But again, be prepared for potential comeback-y goodness when either of these teams falls behind.Seattle vs. San FranciscoSince 2006, the NFL has added a prime-time game to the usual Dallas-Detroit fare, and this year it’s showcasing a rematch of last year’s NFC championship game, featuring divisional rivals Seattle (the dynasty hopefuls) and San Francisco (the original modern NFL dynasty). Presently, the two teams are battling for the NFC’s wild card spots (with Arizona their surprise divisional leader), but they’ve both been on strong trajectories the past couple of years, since the arrivals of Jim Harbaugh/Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco and Pete Carroll/Russell Wilson in Seattle.While the most dramatic effect is the amazing 1980s and 1990s 49ers run (which I discussed last week), the Seahawks trend is a great example of why I love these historical charts.From the Seahawks’ record, we know that they’ve lost more games this year (four) than all of last year (three), leading to a slight deceleration in their chart. But it’s barely even a blip in their multiyear trend. As discussed earlier, most major shifts on these charts happen for pretty transparent reasons: the departure/arrival of a great QB or coach, major injuries, etc.7In fact, the more I contemplate these histories, the more I suspect that QBs may be even more important to their teams than even I previously thought. We have no such event in Seattle and every reason to think they should stay good for awhile.But San Francisco has a solid trend and a dynamic young quarterback as well. In fact, these two have been such consistent winners that I also plotted Peyton Manning (generally the gold standard for these things) curve for comparison:Wilson’s unadjusted curve, which I showed last week, looked otherworldly, but I warned that it might be partly due to the strength of the team around him — especially the Seahawks’ defense, which crushed the league in yards allowed per play in 2013.But with the defense-adjusted curves, he comes down to earth a little — to excellent but not-quite-Peyton-esque levels (note that Wilson’s curve is impossibly high on the far left as the odds ought to be approaching zero, but that’s because bad losses have been so rare for the Seahawks that the data is unreliable). He’s in a fierce competition with Andrew Luck for best win curve of the 2012 quarterback class.Kaepernick’s curve is more Romo-esque. That makes sense considering he has been featured as my Goatslinger of the Week8Though not a fixture, I must note that the Goatslinger Award for Week 12 goes to Cleveland’s Brian Hoyer, who threw three interceptions with his team up less than a touchdown while his team still eked out the win. I’m going to covertly give the week’s Gunslinger Award to Peyton Manning, who did not have any interceptions but did futilely try and connect with some wide open receivers who could have scored him touchdowns. If you never miss a wide open receiver downfield, you probably aren’t throwing downfield enough! Too many open receivers go streaking down the field only to see the ball dumped off to some running back for a -2 yard screen. At least Manning was trying. for making the kinds of mistakes I like (interceptions!) at times when I don’t like them (when his team is ahead).Seattle has the far stronger SRS in this game (5.6 vs. SF’s 0.5), but it’s playing on the road. San Francisco is apparently the slight betting favorite in this one (-1 — I probably would have made it a slight underdog). I won’t say the game will be close, but it could go either way.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. On Thanksgiving Day 1892, the Allegheny Athletic Association — featuring the world’s first professional football player, William Heffelfinger — beat the Cleveland Athletic Club with a single touchdown, by a score of 4 to 0. Back then, field goals were worth five points — meaning, yes, a field goal was worth more than a touchdown — and the forward pass was illegal (it wouldn’t be allowed for an additional 14 years). In other words, teams have been playing football on Thanksgiving since long before it was football as we know it.The NFL has embraced that tradition since its inception. The NFL played six Thanksgiving Day games in its inaugural year of 1920 and has played games on the holiday every year since (except from 1941 to 1944, during World War II). So, as we prepare to stuff ourselves with turkey and ham, and sneak away from relatives to watch some gridiron on the big screen in our uncle-in-law’s den — we’ll be doing Skeptical Football a little differently, with historically oriented previews for each of the day’s games.Let’s get started.Chicago vs. DetroitThe Detroit Lions have been playing home games on Thanksgiving since 1934 and haven’t taken the holiday off since 1945. Their inaugural home game was against these same Bears, who won 19 to 16. Eighty years later, the two teams are back for more.They’ve come a long way since then. Here’s what their franchise histories have looked like, based on their cumulative regular-season margin of victory/defeat:1These charts come from the interactive graphic we introduced in last week’s Skeptical Football, which has been updated to include the latest games.
Hot Takedown 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. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS 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 (Oct. 20, 2015), Chadwick Matlin is on vacation, so Slate’s Mike Pesca sits in as we discuss what our new CARMELO basketball projections can tell us about the upcoming NBA season, why only 10 NFL teams have winning records and what that says about parity, and whether the National Women’s Hockey League will learn the lessons of other startup leagues. Plus, a Significant Digit on the Mets’ Daniel Murphy and his postseason hot streak.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Are NFL wins weirdly bunched?
Big Number(s)46 percentThere are only six teams who are on the bubble for a playoff spot in the NBA right now. Three of them are effective locks; the Spurs, Jazz and Thunder each have a higher-than-97 percent chance of making the postseason. This leaves three teams jockeying for two playoff spots. The Pelicans and Timberwolves are in the best position, each projected to finish 47-35 and each with just over an 80 percent chance of getting in. But there’s still hope for the Denver Nuggets, who have a 46 percent chance of making the postseason. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slackchris.herring:Shoutout to @kyle’s timing this year. He’s had at least 3 stories in which a team or a player had a huge win that same night. Jokic last night, Blazers a couple weeks back. Good stuff, man.Predictions NBA Things That Caught My EyeWoods and Nicklaus are the only draws in golfTiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are the only two players where high finishes have a statistically significant effect on Sunday ratings for the Masters tournament. When Tiger finished in the top 10, the average rating was a 10.0, and when Jack finished in the top ten the average rating was a 9.5. [FiveThirtyEight]When Dinosaurs Ruled The EarthThe fullback position is a tough one in the NFL these days. For college fullbacks, they’ve got to make an argument they can also contribute considerably on special teams lest teams overlook them in the draft. This is just part of the position; fullbacks averaged 182.4 plays per season last year, while offenses averaged 1,015.7 snaps per season, meaning you’re only going to see a fullback on offense 18 percent of the time. With a 53-man roster, that’s a tough sell. [ESPN]Sleep; it’s important!I don’t mean to blow your mind with science, but athletes need adequate sleep in order to perform at their peak performance levels. Due to the nature of the NBA schedule and also the width of America, that isn’t always feasible. There were 54 games this NBA season where one team faced a significant competitive disadvantage because of scheduling. For instance, the Denver Nuggets played in Memphis, then left immediately and traveled overnight, then lost an hour en route to Cleveland where they played their third game in five days. Indeed, the Nuggets have been the victims of these “schedule alert” games more than any other team, six of the 54 total games. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Big Ten lost in Frozen FourThe Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs best out Notre Dame this past weekend to win the Frozen Four NCAA men’s hockey tournament. They were the distinct underdogs; Minnesota Duluth spent just $655,000 on men’s hockey to Notre Dame’s $1.6 million. [ESPN]College Football Playoff probably happens without a Big 12 teamWith Oklahoma sending Baker Mayfield to the NFL, the Big 12 will see its chances of sending a team to the College Football Playoff slashed to 26 percent, lower than any of the other Power 5 conferences. Part of this is that the Big 12 lives and dies based on Oklahoma’s disproportionate performance. The SEC has an 84 percent chance of sending at least one team to the playoff, the Big Ten has an 80 percent shot and the ACC has a 65 percent chance. [ESPN]Cavs should consider preventing the other team from scoring so muchThe Cleveland Cavaliers would ideally prefer to make the NBA Finals, but they have a tough time preventing the other team from scoring the ball a lot, a strategy that other teams have taken to calling “defense.” Yes, interfering with the capacity of opponents to score is, for 28 other teams, a higher priority than for the Cavs and their 29th ranked defense. If they want to beat the Raptors, Celtics or Sixers — again, all who make any attempt, however small, to stop the other team from getting points — LeBron James should consider it! [ESPN] See more NBA predictions All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetThis is a pro-Nikola Jokic zone haters go elsewhere We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe
Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Feb 2015 – New white boards for Clement Howell High School were the gifts yesterday presented to some students and Minister of Education by the Ladies Hat Luncheon organization. The Ladies Hat Luncheon saw the need and answered the call. “…two to three years we’ve been doing these fundraising efforts. Last year, November, we opened up to the public school system because we heard there was a need. The overcrowding in Clement Howell High school and the facilities needed up grading so we thought, how great, we’ve done some successful events in the past and hence this is why we are where we are now.” The luncheon, which was held at Fire & Ice at Blue Haven Resort is expecting around 400 ladies at the next event, usually held in November. Related Items:clement howell high school, white boards National Heritage Month ends Recommended for you Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp