New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, right, celebrates his touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)Raise your hand if you thought the Steelers were going to win this game before kickoff even happened. Anyone? Anyone? If you’re raising your hand right now, you’re either an extreme optimist or a liar.The truth is, the Steelers were never going to win this game. They never beat the Patriots, especially on the road, they never beat Brady and the Patriots rarely falter when they come out of a scandal and are anxious to show the world how good they are. Add in the fact that the defending Super Bowl champ typically wins the Thursday opener and this smelled of trouble from the minute the schedule makers handed this game to the Steelers.I’m ok with that. I’m ok with the loss. I’m actually pretty happy with the offense too. They moved the ball relatively well. Big Ben made some tremendous throws, Antonio Brown was Antonio Brown, with another massive game (9 catches, 133 yards, 1 TD), DeAngelo Williams was very impressive, gaining 127 yards on the ground and the offensive line played fairly well too. So the notion this offense can move the ball was confirmed this evening. The issue that arose was clock management at the end of each half as well as the inability to put points on the board with two missed field goals and the inability to score from the one yard line.Those issues should resolve themselves however.While I’m ok with the offensive performance, I’m not pleased with the defense, in particular the secondary. Tom Brady did what he always does, torch the defense but I don’t think it’s just Brady that can do that against this squad. By the end of the year, everyone will be very familiar with William Gay, we all saw the back of his jersey many times. Additionally, it’s no secret that Rob Gronkowski is the best tight end in football but it must be to the black and gold. How many times did they leave him completely open? The coverage on him was unacceptable. The pass rush was limited, gaining only two sacks and four quarterback hits and once again the team failed to gain a turnover.Conspicuously awful was Jarvis Jones. He had one tackle. It’s time to wonder, is time running out on the former first round pick being anything worthwhile? It’s only one game in to his third year but one must begin to ask the question.One must also question why Mike Tomlin continues to put Antonio Brown back to return punts? It’s absolutely moronic to have the best receiver in the NFL returning punts, which is arguably the most dangerous thing to do in sports. I’d rather put Dri Archer back there and have him fair catch every punt all year long than risk an injury to AB. It’s mind boggling to think that Tomlin is willing to take that risk, it’s very interesting.Also interesting is the fact the Steelers had head set problems where they picked up the Patriot radio broadcast. It’s completely unacceptable and it’s sad to say, it needs to be investigated. You just can’t trust the Patriots in any facet of the game.The headsets, however, were not the reason for the outcome and all in all it was a loss, an expected loss at that and just like we could have predicted the loss, we could have predicted the offense would play well and the defense would falter. It’s now time for the black and gold to take a few days off, rest up and move on to San Francisco.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]
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Frank Burke confirms he is running for GAA Presidency Galway Bay FM Sport Forward 60 seconds Frank Burke’s achievements at National level include Chairman of the National Referee’s Committee, Chairman of the Central Review Committee, a Member of the National Finance Committee, Chairman of the Hurling Development Committee and he currently holds the office of Chairman of the National Coaching and Games Development Committee. Frank Burke confirms he is running for GAA Presidency Galway Bay FM Sport Back 15 seconds 更多 In addition to all of these positions Frank Burke’s leadership and drive was instrumental in the fundraising for, and the successful redevelopment, of Pearse Stadium.“Frank Burke’s record of service to the GAA at Local, Provincial and National levels makes him the most experienced candidate for the position of Uachtarán, Cumann Luthchleas Gael and on behalf of Galway GAA I pledge our full support to Frank in his bid to be elected President of the Association” said Galway County Board Secretary John Hynes.The President of the Association will be formally elected at the GAA Annual Congress on 24th/25th February 2017 in Croke Park. The last Galway man to hold the highest office in the Association was the late Joe McDonagh who served as GAA President from 1997 to 1999.Frank Burke spoke to Keith Finnegan about his decision to run for the Presidency of the association and Keith then got the thoughts of Hurling Commentator Sean Walsh Forward 60 seconds Galway GAA have announced that Frank Burke has confirmed his candidacy for the position of Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael. Frank is a native of Ardrahan and he has a distinguished record of service to the GAA at Club, County, Provincial and National levels. Having served as Secretary of CLG Ardrahan, Frank Burke was elected as Secretary of Coiste Iomána na nÓg and Féile na nGael before taking up the position of Secretary and then Chairman of the Galway County Board. At Provincial level, Frank was elected President of Connacht Council (2012-2015) during which time he represented Connacht on the GAA National Management Committee. Back 15 seconds https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/FRANK+BURKE+AND+SEAN+WALSH.mp3print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Currently Playing Galway Bay FM Sport Frank Burke confirms he is running for GAA Presidency
PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK The seven-time trainer of the year feels Pacquiao, the eight-division world champion and current World Boxing Organization welterweight titlist, will be thoroughly tested by the unbeaten Crawford (30-0 with 21 knockouts), the unified light welterweight king.“It’s a tough fight, yes,” Roach told badlefthook.com. “But it’s one that we have to say yes to… because we don’t wanna just be fighting nobodies. We still want to be the best.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngCrawford, nine years younger than Pacquiao at 29, is certainly one of the best. He is favored to be named 2016 Fighter of the Year after defending his 140-pound crown thrice this year, the last via an eight-round stoppage of the overweight John Molina Jr. in April.Roach even likened Crawford to a “young Mayweather but he probably has a better punch than Mayweather.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford is declared winner over John Molina Jr. after a WBO junior welterweight boxing bout at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Crawford won by TKO in the eighth round. APWhen Manny Pacquiao fought against Jessie Vargas last November, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach felt certain of a dominant victory. He was right.Now that Terence Crawford looms as a prime candidate to tangle with Pacquiao this year, Roach has some reservations.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA This week’s #KicksStalker pick: Jio Jalalon’s Lillard 2 Easter Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement00:50Trending Articles01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young
The South African Sasol Orchestra played a tune, and what an astonishing group those young fellows are! They owned the instruments and delivered a groundbreaking performance. I remember thinking, “They should definitely be invited to the president’s inauguration next time” (oh well – anything to showcase their talents, of course).About 8 000 pupils from schools in Soweto were at the ceremony and enjoyed themselves at the stadium. Thanks to the 2010 World Cup that was hosted in our national grounds, when you bring “South Africans” and “stadium” together, you get “vuvuzelas” – and those could be heard throughout the opening delivery. Well enough – Kate Robertson and David Jones knew how to keep them silent. Everybody sure did have a joyfully fantastic time.The break-out sessions were held in different communities across Gauteng, addressing pressing socioeconomic challenges and strategically finding new ways of steering change within existing and possibly potentially new systems that exist around the world.Furthermore, I must say I used the networking sessions to my best benefit. I got the opportunity to engage in open discussions with young leaders from around the world who are doing amazing things in their countries of residence. Happy to say, I believe, I have new friends from over 100 countries who share the same ambitions and global vision as myself.Collaboration was one of the most reiterated topics during the summit, and since then, collaborations, merging and the creation of new projects has increased. Young leaders are keeping in contact through the summit’s Facebook group created by One Young World Ambassadors, with over 800 members.Well, there is a lot else that happened that you can reflect on by following One Young World on Twitter and to watch the videos posted on the summit, there are more videos on One Young World Youtube Channel.The last day was filled with excitement, with Winnie Mandela delivering a keynote speech on the history, present and future of South Africa and the possibilities there are for determined young people with the drive, zeal, commitment and motivation to succeed. Changing the world is set to be done, especially after having had a session on “knowing Nelson Mandela” with leaders who knew him well.Winnie’s presence was certainly eye-opening and inspirational for all who listened in and chanted “Amandla!” at the end of her speech, which is a Xhosa and Zulu word meaning “power”. The word is still associated with struggles against oppression, however at that moment, the chant signified unity! With youth from around the world in one dignified space, we certainly were unified and formed – a One Young World!The fifth annual One Young World Summit will be in Dublin, Ireland in 2014.Thanks to Brand South Africa for sponsoring myself and three other exceptional young leaders who are making a difference in our homes, communities and greater societies.Follow One Young World on Twitter: @OneYoungWorldRead Zanele Mabaso’s blog for more: zanelemabaso.blogspot.com
African soccer is unique Abedi Pele has said, talent is as important as juju when it comes to winning. (Image: Jake Brown). Sulaiman PhilipFootball is a game controlled by rules: 17 immutable laws that govern everything from the size of the goals to the equipment that can be used. Despite these edicts, the game remains one of exciting chaos barely contained within them.Some of this anarchy is down to the superstitions competitors bring to the game. Superstition, of course, is not restricted to European players who put on their shorts last; we Africans just do it better, with more colour, spirit and panache. Africa is different.The African Cup of Nations will be upon us soon; 16 nations will hold their breaths, pray to ancestors and pay their chosen marabout – or juju man – to bestow their strongest magic on their heroes. Charms, amulets, spells and even animals buried in the vicinity of a stadium have all been used by African teams to bring them success on the field.Rituals on show during the tournament, and in football leagues the breadth of Africa, are based in Africans’ deeply held religious beliefs. Reverend Emmanuel-Kenneth Goode, official chaplain of Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko, doesn’t believe in juju but he does accept that belief in something enhances a team’s luck. “Almost everything an African does he wants to believe in something. So they want to believe that some deity or power can help them to win matches,” he told journalist Kent Mensah of Goal.National teams visit men like Gbass of Dabu, a medicine man who helped Ivory Coast win their one and only continental title. A dispute over an unpaid bill for his services resulted in him putting a curse on the Elephants; they would never win another title until things were made right.Gbass had been hired by Michel Zoah, then the country’s minister of sport, who earnestly claimed the subsequent failures were down to one simple fact: the juju men that followed Gbass did not possess magic as strong. Performance enhancingMohammed, a Cameroonian diviner, claims that he has been consulted by players and team managers searching for an edge. He explained to the BBC: “European players take drugs to improve their performance. We Africans do not have access to drugs. We’ve got a third eye and traditional concoctions that scientific tests cannot detect.” “Almost everything an African does he wants to believe in something. So they want to believe that some deity or power can help them to win matches,” says Reverend Emmanuel-Kenneth Goode (Image: JBDodane).Manyanga – or palm oil – is the most common ingredient of most of these concoctions. They are rubbed into self-inflicted cuts; players may be given kola nuts to eat or made to jump over a bonfire before a game. They have been known to refuse to shake hands with opponents out of fear that their rivals will transfer their own black magic.Some teams have gone to even more extreme lengths to win the esteem of the spirits. A team from Zimbabwe, for example, lost a player after they were ordered to jump into a crocodile-infested river as part of a cleansing ritual.In an effort to harness the spirits of the departed, some club teams have been known to camp out in graveyards before a big game. They do so with the words of their juju ringing in their ears – any bump in the night is just the departed filling their boots with otherworldly power. Expertise takes a back seatGhanaian and African football legend Abedi Ayew Pele believes that to an extent, the practice of juju has held African football back. Pele told website Goal.com that juju permeated the beautiful game in Africa to such an extent that technical expertise, discipline and tactics had been subjugated.“I think we must acknowledge that juju is part of the African tradition, and we shouldn’t forget our tradition. I don’t think any such thing like juju works in football, because it has been proved worldwide that we Africans have more juju than any other people, but we cannot win the World Cup,” he said.Whether out of habit or routine, football is rife with superstitions players believe will give them the upper hand every time. World Cup-winning French captain Laurent Blanc believed his country’s 1998 success was down to the kiss he planted on the bald head of goalkeeper Fabien Barthez before the start of every game. Rituals – from not cutting you hair until you score to wearing the same underpants for an entire winning season – have been adopted by players in Europe.Argentinean goalkeeping legend, and male model, Sergio Goycochea earned fame as a master penalty stopper. His secret was his discreet habit of emptying his bladder before facing the dead ball. He told his biographer: “It was my lucky charm and I went before every shoot out. I was very subtle; nobody complained.”Barry Fry, one time coach of English club Birmingham City, believed the club’s lack of on-field success had something to do with the evil spirits inhabiting the club’s St Andrews home. To ward off the evil he urinated at all four corners of the ground. But his juju was not strong enough to fight the curse, apparently, and he lost his job. Stress relieverIn elite competition the margin between victory and defeat is so slim that every avenue to build confidence and self-belief matters. So if juju or rituals build that confidence, that is all that matters, or so Western sports psychologists will tell you. Studies by European universities have shown the positive effect of superstition on performance, especially in high-pressure events. Those studies have found that magical rituals or repetitive behaviour help to focus the mind and relieve the stress of competition.Sports psychologists – ask some people and they will tell you that psychology is voodoo science – warn, though, that reliance on magic or ritual is fleetingly shimmery. Psychologists like Brad Busch, who works with footballers in the English Premier League, counsel their clients to concentrate on the proven. “The brain craves control and if it does not have a sense of certainty then superstitions might help to introduce a better sense of control. This is invariably a placebo effect but the feeling can be a powerful one.”In the end, no matter the magic drizzled over their performance, one nation will praise their juju man and 15 others will be throwing out their concoctions come 8 February.
So what about rich clients? We happen to think that they are perfectly suited to cloud computing. Maybe our latest whitepaper on Better Together: Rich Clients and Cloud Computing can help set the record straight – or at least prompt some alternate thinking. In a recent TechRepublic article, Jason Hiner asks: Are Netbooks quietly driving us to Thin Clients and Cloud Computing?Of course, the article is primarily about netbooks and how wonderful they are. No argument here. But the question of thin versus cloud has popped up in an interesting way. Thin is important because of the nature of the netbook but what does that have to do with cloud computing? Not all cloud applications are thin. Perhaps the logic is as follows:If cloud then we are delivering services over the internetIf internet then we must be using a browserIf browser then the computing must be taking place in the backend with only the UI distributed to the client deviceTherefore all cloud devices must be thin
“The biggest lever that could be used is to say: ‘We as American parents do not believe the safeguards are in place to protect our kids and therefore they’re not playing,’” he said. “Those are the forces in my mind that will really push this forward.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Savage #3 of the Houston Texans heads to the locker room in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at NRG Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — The NFL and the players’ union announced a series of changes Friday to the way potential concussions are handled during games following an ugly incident in which Texans quarterback Tom Savage was allowed to return to the field after a hit left him on the ground, arms shaking.Among the changes is the addition of an expert watching games from a central location with the authority to alert sideline medical teams to look into an incident. And if a player shows signs of a seizure or similar responses, as Savage did, they will be removed from the game and cannot return.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais — Using a centralized, unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant at the league office to monitor feeds of all games and contact the team medical staff on the sidelines if they see anything that deserves further evaluation.— If players show signs of a seizure or fencing responses, like Savage did, they will be removed from the game and cannot return.— Players who stumble or fall when trying to stand will require a concussion evaluation in the locker room.— Officials, teammates and coaches have been told to take injured players straight to the medical staff for evaluation if a concussion evaluation is warranted.— All players who are evaluated for concussions on game day must have a follow-up evaluation the next day by a member of the medical staff.— A third, unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant will be added to all playoff games including the Super Bowl to step in if one of the other two are away from the sideline tending to an injured player.Dr. Hunt Batjer is a neurosurgeon and a former co-chairman of the NFL committee on head, neck and spine injuries who currently serves as the chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He said that the addition of the consultant watching all games and the move to immediately take any players who show signs of seizures or fencing responses out of the game were positive steps.He said he still believes more should be done to protect players.“When a player has a suspicious either helmet-to-helmet or helmet-to-playing-surface hit and he’s down on the field and play is stopped because of that play then that person should be escorted to the locker room for a full exam,” Batjer said. “So that should be added to this.”Batjer believes that the game will eventually be made safer when parents decide that it’s too dangerous for their children to play. View comments LATEST STORIES The NFL has been under increased scrutiny the past several years over player safety when it comes to head injuries. A $1 billion settlement of concussion-related claims from more than 20,000 former players took effect earlier this year, resolving thousands of lawsuits that accused the NFL of hiding what it knew about the risks of repeated concussions.The jarring injury to Savage prompted a joint review of concussion protocol by the NFL and the NFL Players Association. He was hurt in the second quarter of Houston’s 26-16 loss to San Francisco on Dec. 10 when he was driven to the ground on a hit by Elvis Dumervil. Replays showed Savage looking dazed after his head hit the ground with both of his arms shaking and lifted upward. He was taken to the medical tent where he stayed for less than three minutes before returning to the bench and going back in for the next series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSavage threw two incompletions on that drive, and Houston’s team doctor approached him after he returned to the sideline at the end of that possession. He was evaluated again and taken to the locker room after it was determined that he did have a concussion.The NFL said the Texans would not be fined for the incident. The review determined that the medical staff followed protocol but his return to the game was “unacceptable.” Medical staff didn’t see slow-motion video where Savage’s “fencing posture,” indicative of a concussion, until after they did their initial evaluation, the review found. Texans medical staff later identified symptoms that weren’t present during the first evaluation. Gavina resigns, Dandan steps in as Kia head coach Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte “I think we handled it the way it was supposed to be handled,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “I think just speaking for us here at the Texans it’s always about trying to do the right thing, doing the right thing by the player, doing the right thing by the rules. That’s what we try to do.”O’Brien said he was glad to see that improvements to the protocol were made in the wake of Savage’s injury.“I think there’s a lot of things that can be improved,” he said. “I think anything where you can help — obviously the safety of the player in this game is the most important thing (and) I think anything like that helps when you try to improve that process.”The Seattle Seahawks were fined $100,000 earlier this month for not properly following protocol with quarterback Russell Wilson during a game in November. Seattle was the first team to be fined for a violation of the protocol. In addition to the fine, Seattle’s medical staff and coaches were required to attend training on the protocol.Among the changes detailed by the NFL and NFLPA (all of them already implemented):ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus striker Dybala: Liverpool and Atletico Madrid the ‘worst’by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Paulo Dybala admits winning the Champions League is their priority this season.Juventus face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 next month.“The Champions League is the main objective for us this season and we’ll do everything we can to win it,” said Dybala. “Atletico Madrid are, along with Liverpool, the worst side we could’ve picked in the draw.”