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Why Griffin Over Weeden Is Dumb

first_imgPhoto Attribution: Icon SMIAh, it’s an easy narrative for all 870 Heisman voters plus the 54 former winners who have a vote (or 53, that Reggie Bush ballot probably gets a little awkward this time of year).That narrative is: uber-talented dual-threat QB rises from the ashes in Waco, Texas to drag one of the country’s worst football programs back to prominence.In fact, it’s almost too easy. But is it really that simple?The nation is drooling over #10 right now and what he’s done for what used to be a horrendous football program, but does he deserve the Heisman? Let’s take a closer look.Nolan sent me this email the other day:QB #1: 273/404 (67.6%) for 3,105 YDS, 33 TDs, 9 wins (6-2 in conference)QB #2: 245/336 (72.9%) for 3,572 YDS, 33 TDs, 7 wins (4-3 in conference)QB #3: 241/343 (70.3%) for 2,937 YDS, 31 TDs, 10 wins (8-1 in conference)QB #4: 355/486 (73.0%) for 4,111 YDS, 34 TDs, 10 wins (7-1 in conference)Those quarterbacks in order are: Matt Barkley, Robert Griffin, Andrew Luck, and Brandon Weeden. And somehow, inexplicably, the one with the worst stats and worst record is being lauded as the country’s best.To be fair, Griffin has 550 yards rushing and 5 TD and has a pair of Heisman moments. I’m not saying he’s not good (because he is), but how quickly we forget about who the frontrunner was just five days ago purchasing his plane ticket to JFK International (and such is the epic trolling of bloggers and sites everywhere).A few points to accentuate why Weeden shouldn’t be forgotten.1. If you’re a national pundit and you say OSU’s defense has sucked all year (and if you’re a national pundit, you have said this all year), then you also have to have a reason for their 10-1 record. What is it?2. Weeden has had two Heisman second halves that have been overshadowed by other stories. He put up a school record in passing yards with 2 TDs and 3 breathtaking drives in College Station which all got overshadowed by the fact that A&M fell apart. He also buried Kansas State repeatedly with an absurd 16-19 for 252 and 2 line in the second half, but 90% of the country was watching a punt, pass, and kick contest down in Tuscaloosa.3. If Griffin and Weeden switched teams, what would their respective records be? Serious question there.4. How about the fact that Weeden has more passing yards, more passing TD, a higher completion percentage, more wins, and embarrassed Griffin when they went head-to-head? Oh, but that was luck, right? And I’m not talking about Andrew…Granted, we’re still two weeks out and nobody knows what’s going to happen. But if OSU beats OU and Weeden has a great game, there’s nothing you can do to convince me that Griffin deserves to go to NYC over him. Nothing.And while we’re here – how about nobody really mentioning how much the plane crash played into OSU falling on Friday night? It’s not an excuse (and shouldn’t be used as one), but it seems like everybody just glazed over the fact that four people (two of which everybody on the football team probably knew) died the morning of what, to that point, was the biggest game of the year.Obviously death, and this situation, shouldn’t be used as a crutch (and should never be put on the same plane as winning a stupid bronze trophy), but I also don’t understand why people seem to separate those two events, as if they aren’t inextricably intertwined.I know the Heisman is very much a visceral award, often given to the nation’s most exciting player and that Weeden is not as exciting as Griffin. But he’s taken shot after shot this season and answered the bell every week until that perfect storm in Ames last Friday. He might not elicit the hyperbole in the blogosphere and Twittersphere that Griffin does, but he’s definitely every bit as worthy of the Heisman trophy.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Al Boum Photo wins Willie Mullins his first Cheltenham Gold Cup

first_img Willie Mullins and jockey Paul Townend with the Gold Cup. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Better by far to savour the moment, if or when it finally arrived, and this success was a testament, too, to Mullins’s loyalty to his jockey. Townend and Al Boum Photo were involved in a bizarre incident at Punchestown last spring where horse and jockey suddenly veered off at the final fence with a Grade One race seemingly at their mercy. There was never any question, however, that Townend, the long-standing number two to Ruby Walsh at the stable, would keep the ride.“The early [Gold Cups] were probably disappointing but you get used to it,” Mullins said. “I had probably resigned myself to never winning a Gold Cup, so I didn’t really obsess about it or get too disappointed about it. Racing has been very good to me. I have a fantastic life in racing and I resigned myself to thinking, ‘If I never win, so be it.’ You only get one chance to win it each year and, when three of them were gone, I thought it was another year like that and so I probably had all my disappointment out of me early in the race.” Read more Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest With a circuit of Cheltenham still to run here on Friday Willie Mullins’s hopes of filling the infuriating, Gold Cup-shaped hole in his record-breaking career at the Festival were hanging by a thread. Three of his four runners in this season’s race, the latest of more than two dozen Mullins had sent to the start over the years, were already out of the running. Kemboy, the best of them according to the betting, got no further than the first.Having saddled the runner-up no fewer than six times, Mullins feared the worst. But when he trained his binoculars to Al Boum Photo, the last member of his squad still standing, he quickly realised that 2019 might finally be his year after all. Willie Mullins Share on Messenger Cheltenham Festival 2019 Two fatalities on Gold Cup day dampen spirits at Cheltenham Festival View gallery “With three of them out before the first circuit had finished I was just thinking, another year of disappointment,” the trainer said afterwards. “But looking at the field, every time I came to Paul [Townend], I realised he was so well-balanced on the horse, with a loose rein and the horse just going along in a rhythm, fence by fence. I thought, we have a life here.”There was still a good deal of ground to cover. Native River, last year’s front-running winner, was at the head of the field once again and apparently still full of running. Clan Des Obeaux, the King George winner, was hugging the rail under Harry Cobden and tracking the leaders going well, while Presenting Percy, the favourite, was still close enough to make an impression if he could find his Festival-winning form from 12 months ago.Yet Al Boum Photo, unraced since winning at tiny Tramore on New Year’s Day, was going best of all. “About the fourth or fifth last he needed a jump,” Mullins said. “You could see a long stride coming and Paul asked for it, and he got it. I thought, wow, there’s plenty of petrol left in his tank. And I know Paul’s body language, so I knew he hadn’t at all gone for anything and he still thought he had plenty left.” Cheltenham Festival Share on LinkedIn There was so much left that Al Boum Photo hit the front turning in and quickly opened a useful lead. Native River dropped away while Clan Des Obeaux could find no more inside the final quarter-mile and another Irish-trained runner, Anibale Fly, was the only danger at the last. He stayed on strongly up the hill but, while the gap was slowly closing, Al Boum Photo had more than enough left to get home by two and a half lengths.“He met the last perfectly and I looked up at winning post and what was behind,” Mullins said. “I knew that 99 times out of 100 he was going to make it this year.”He did, and two decades of disappointment and frustration for Mullins melted away in a moment. His first runner in the race, Florida Pearl, was the 5-2 favourite in 1999 but finished only third. A year later he was the first of the trainer’s famous half-dozen runners-up while in 2014 the agony was played out over the course of a 15-minute stewards’ inquiry after On His Own was short-headed by Lord Windermere, who had impeded the second on the run-in. The stewards, in what must have been a marginal decision, allowed the result to stand. Mullins, ever the sportsman, did not press the owners to appeal. Horse racing Share on Pinterest Share via Email Paul Townend repays Al Boum Photo’s owners in gold for mistake Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Mud, beer and cheers: Cheltenham Festival 2019 – in pictures news Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Topics The one sadness in the race for Mullins was that Invitation Only, a faller approaching halfway, suffered a fatal injury. Bellshill, whom the trainer expected before the race to “take a lot of beating”, was pulled up but uninjured, while Kemboy unseated Danny Mullins, the trainer’s nephew.Al Boum Photo’s victory came 33 years after Dawn Run, trained by Mullins’s father Paddy, recorded one of the most famous Gold Cup victories of all. “I didn’t get home for three or four days after that,” Mullins said. “It might take a bit longer this time.” Share on Facebook Facebook Cheltenham Gold Cup Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Klopp anxious to welcome back Liverpool stars

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp cannot wait for his team’s star men to return to the fold at Anfield as the Reds’ ‘strange’ pre-season came to an end with another defeat on Sunday against Napoli.The 3-0 to reverse to the Serie A club at a sold out Murrayfield in Edinburgh made it four winless friendlies in a row for a Reds side missing several vital pieces.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Alisson are all missing because of extended holidays after international commitments. Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita have been absent through injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The German coach admitted that being without those players had caused problems for pre-season but did find a silver lining.“Finally, this period is over,” the 52-year-old told LFCTV after the game.“I never had a preseason like this, without six players missing a complete pre-season. It’s just strange.“Tomorrow a couple of them come back, it would be better if they had come earlier, but that’s how it is.“The best news is [Manchester] City have no idea who they face next week because we will surprise ourselves probably!”Insigne Liverpool NapoliKlopp’s side face City in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 4.The traditional curtain-raiser to the English season will be a chance for the Merseyside club to make a statement against the side that beat them to the Premier League title by one point last season.They are expected to welcome back five of the six absentees this week, with only Mane, who helped guide Senegal to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, remaining away from the group.Keita and Shaqiri have resumed training and may play a part in Liverpool’s final warm-up game on Wednesday against Ligue 1 side Lyon.“Shaqiri and Keita as well, they trained already with us once, one session. They will come tomorrow and they should be a step further,” Klopp said.“We will see, hopefully they can play a couple of minutes on Wednesday. Five of six back, which is good.”After the Community Shield, Liverpool open the Premier League season with a game against newly promoted Norwich City on August 9. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Facelift for Roaring River Early Childhood School

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – The Roaring River Early Childhood Institution has been selected as the Westmoreland parish project for Labour Day 2013.The school will see major upgrading of its bathroom facilities, ceiling, as well as the painting of walls and other refurbishing work.Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, Councillor Bertel Moore, in welcoming the project, told JIS News that he is expecting to see a large turnout of persons giving valuable service to the school and their community on Labour Day.For her part, Principal, Lucretia Burt, expressed gratitude that her school was chosen as the parish project, noting that the refurbishing work will lift the morale of the teachers and make learning easier for the 30 students in attendance.“We are looking forward to have the improvement done on the school, and we are happy that it is the Labour Day project for the parish. It is very important to have a school like this in the community. It is the only school in the community that hosts so many children and the parents are part of the school’s work in progress and their input will be greatly appreciated,” Ms. Burt said.In the meantime, Mayor Moore informed that there has been a steady stream of persons and organisations who have been registering Labour Day projects with the Westmoreland Parish Council.The Mayor said that several pedestrian crossings will be painted throughout the parish. This, he said, will aid in the safety of children and other persons on the roadways.He further informed that a bus shed will be erected on the Llandilo road, in front of the School of Hope, and the team will finish one that was erected last year at the Sheffield All Age School.“I want to encourage all the residents in the areas that we are doing projects to come out and get involved,” he urged.“Wherever we do a project, it is for the people of the community, so we want all the communities to get involved wherever we are working on Labour  Day,” the Mayor said.He explained that the projects are geared towards protecting the most vulnerable in the various communities.  The theme for Labour Day 2013 is “Lend a Hand…Build our Land.CONTACT: GARFIELD L. ANGUSlast_img read more

China Whitelists Seven Offshore Shipbuilders

first_imgzoom The Chinese government has issued a list of companies involved in offshore shipbuilding that made it to the so called “White List”, local media report.The companies that make it to the list have a better chance of receiving financial loans from Chinese banks.In the first batch, the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) selected seven shipyards, all state-owned, those being: CIMC Raffles, China Merchants Heavy Industry, Cosco Qidong Shipyard, Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore, and Cosco Nantong Shipyard.The announcement follows a period of revision of the shipbuilders’ applications that was launched in July this year.Previously, the Chinese government said that the list would aim at consolidation of offshore businesses, along with encouraging of technological progress and innovation. The specific benefits that offshore shipyards that make it to the list would enjoy are yet to be disclosed.The list is similar to that of China’s “White List” of conventional shipyards that were made eligible for restructuring within China’s reform of the sector aimed at boosting competitiveness by cutting overcapacity.The ‘White List’ was announced in 2014 by China’s government, as an additional incentive for shipyards which comply with the country’s requirements in areas such as ship emissions, offering the rule-abiding shipyards benefits such as tax rebates and bank credits.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Iqaluit mayor will not run in fall municipal election encourages more Inuit

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsIqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern will not run for another term in the Nunavut capital’s upcoming election this fall.The outgoing mayor made the announcement Tuesday at a council meeting and then posted her statement to social media.She referenced Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo’s fall from power as a Liberal cabinet minister to an independent MP as one of the big challenges she and her city faced, saying she had to learn to lobby the federal government herself.For much of her time as mayor Redfern has been the only woman on council.In her message to council and to her constituents on Tuesday, she urged more women to run for public office.“Our views matter,” she told APTN News. “We have a lot of very smart, capable Inuit and especially a lot of very smart capable, educated Inuit women, that should feel confident and comfortable being able to step up.“We need to make sure that this is a safe place — as well that you’re not going to come into this room and be bullied…or receive sexist or misogynistic type of comments.” read more

Man pleads guilty in scheme to sell phoney military clothing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A New York City man has pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme that sold $20 million worth of counterfeit Chinese-made clothing and uniforms to the U.S. military and government in violation of federal law.The U.S. attorney for Rhode Island announced that 49-year-old Ramin Kohanbash pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and trafficking in counterfeit goods.Authorities say Kohanbash and others had phoney reproductions made in China that were then distributed to suppliers that sold them to the U.S. government as American-made products.The clothing included phoney brand name labels and tags that falsely represented the clothing’s abilities.That included parkas falsely represented to be made of a fabric that made them difficult to detect with night-vision goggles.Kohanbash faces 15 years at prison at sentencing Jan. 17.The Associated Press read more

Ban welcomes reunification accord signed among opposing South Sudanese factions

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, the Secretary-General welcomed the Agreement on the Reunification of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) signed on 21 January by the South Sudanese parties. “He calls for its immediate implementation, particularly the recommitment of President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to respect the cessation of hostilities agreement, and encourages the signatories to resolve the leadership issues of the SPLM,” said the statement.Political in-fighting between President Kiir and Mr. Machar, his former deputy, started in mid-December 2013 and subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to bases around the country protected by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The crisis has uprooted an estimated 1.9 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease. Though fighting has continued, an initial ceasefire was agreed on 23 January 2014 between the two sides in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. That deal was reaffirmed in early May. According to media reports, under the deal signed yesterday, the parties agreed to ‘reunify and reconcile’ the three factions within the SPLM.In his statement, the UN chief reminded the parties that ‘time is running out,’ and urged them to use the opportunity of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Summit, set for later this year, to reach a final agreement on the end to the conflict, including a power-sharing formula and measures to address its root causes and ensure accountability. read more

Parliament shooting eyewitness man plunged big knife into policeman

first_imgAt least two people have died after a knifeman brought terror to the heart of Westminster, mowing down pedestrians then stabbing a policeman before being shot by armed officers.Eyewitnesses described scenes of terror as the attacker was shot several times as he approached a second officer within yards of the Houses of Parliament.Paramedics fought to save his life and that of his victim on the floor of the cobbled courtyard in front of Parliament with Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood among those who rushed to help.Eyewitness Rick Longley described the attack. “We were just walking up to the station and there was a loud bang and a guy, someone, crashed a car and took some pedestrians out.”They were just laying there and then the whole crowd just surged around the corner by the gates just opposite Big Ben.”A guy came past my right shoulder with a big knife and just started plunging it into the policeman.”I have never seen anything like that. I just can’t believe what I just saw.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Man charged for discharging stolen rounds on elderly woman her grandchild

A Corentyne man, who late last month reportedly stole a gun and ammunition then allegedly discharged the rounds at an elderly woman and her grandchild, was on Tuesday brought before the Whim Magistrate’s Court.Suraj SinghSuraj Singh, 26, of Number 72 Village, Corentyne Coast appeared before Magistrate Charlyn Artiga and denied the allegations brought against him.He pleaded not guilty to the first charge which alleged that between November 22-23, 2017, he stole one gun and ammunition property of Booraj Surajbally.Singh also denied discharging rounds with intention to cause injuries to 5-year-old Renuka Singh and Savitree Hassan, her grandmother.According to the Police Prosecutions facts, on the day of the incident, a loud explosion was heard and when inspections were made, the child who was at the time screaming and her grandmother were both attacked while sleeping and were found to have received injuries.The two were rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where they were treated for gunshot injuries.Singh, according to the Police, was seen escaping from the scene of the crime.Despite his not guilty plea, the accused when questioned, told the Court that he carried out the act because of a previous incident involving the husband of the elderly woman who he is accusing of raping his relative.He was remanded to prison to return on January 4, 2018, at the Springlands Magistrate’s Courts.Police, this publication was informed, are investigating the allegation made by Singh against the husband of the elderly woman. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan remanded after caught with illegal gun, ammo – says weapon is for ‘protection’September 20, 2016In “Court”Licenced ‘Granny’ charged with discharging loaded firearm, gets $100,000 bailMarch 31, 2017In “Court”‘Popcorn’ Shooting: Ammo, mask among items recovered by PoliceApril 7, 2014In “Crime” read more