Typical Knicks Bickering Losing Giving Derek

When the New York Knicks were a force in the mid 1990s, with Pat Riley as coach and Patrick Ewing leading the way, there was dissension within the locker room. Anthony Mason wanted more shots. Greg Anthony wanted more playing time. Charles Oakley wanted more money. And that was just the half of it.John Starks wanted the ball at the end of the game. Ewing wanted Charles Smith to play stronger. Smith wanted plays called for him. Derek Harper wanted to fight, or at least was willing to at any moment. They were a collection of egos with separate agendas. And yet they won.The difference between the Knicks of the mid-’90s and the Knicks of today who are losing, bickering and apparently clueless on how to extract themselves from the malaise? The coach.Riley was a street fighter as a kid growing up in upstate New York, not the polished model always runway ready. By the time he got to the Knicks, he had less interest in stylish clothes (although he still put it together), and more excitement about the challenge of meshing the collection of misfits into a unit that came together once the ball was thrown up.And he did it because he had their respect. He  had won with the Lakers of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which gave him immediate cache in the locker room. But Riley, truth be told, was the toughest of all the Knicks. He instilled a fighter’s mentality into his team, starting in his first practice, when he allowed Xavier McDaniel and Anthony Mason to fight it out, MMA style, while teammates stood around in a circle and watched.Message delivered. The Knicks were going to be tough. Fighters. That mentality got them to the Eastern Conference finals and one game from the NBA championship in 1994.Derek Fisher, another smart, tough guy, has to impose his personality, playing style and will onto his team. It’s tougher for a first-year coach to do so, especially when some of the players make more money and believe they are beyond reproach. But enough about Carmelo Anthony.Seriously, though, Fisher faces perhaps the biggest challenge of any coach in the NBA. He’s breaking into the ranks in New York, where the scrutiny is more intense than anywhere else. He’s doing it with a few players who have been borderline malcontents elsewhere and he’s doing it with his star player at the center of the tumult.Ewing almost always was above the fray during his Knicks glory years. He became more assertive as a leader as he aged, and when he spoke, the team took heed. He had respect.Does not seem as if Anthony is looked at in a similar fashion. Losing magnifies any blemishes within a team, so it’s prudent to not take what’s going on now as Armegeddon (one of Riley’s refrains). But the word that Anthony and teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. got into an argument on the court that carried into the locker room is emblematic of a team that is losing and does not know how to handle it.Not that they should be gracious losers; show me a gracious loser and I’ll show you a perennial loser. But Fisher, a five-time champion who made significant shots in those title runs, has to shelve the “Triangle offense,” shake up the lineup, sit down the non-producers, challenge each individual and hypnotize them, if necessary. The Knicks have lost nine straight games, most in ugly fashion. They are 4-20, the worst start in franchise history. Their talent, especially in the Eastern Conference, should reap more. Much more. And in sports, it always comes back to the coach, fair or not.“Maybe (we should) have another meeting if it is somebody in here that’s putting the stuff out there,” Anthony about the turmoil. “We need to figure that out and diffuse that because we don’t need that right now, especially when we’re losing basketball games.”Adding to the mess is that Anthony suffered a knee injury and reports surfaced that he might require knee surgery. That means it could get even worse for Fisher and his team before it gets better. A lot of any turnaround will fall on Fisher. And to think: If Steve Kerr had accepted Phil Jackson’s offer, he’d be suffering through this madness. Surely, somewhere in the recesses of his mind, Fisher wishes Kerr had. read more

How Good Or Bad Does A QB Need To Be To Land

Being a well-known, good NFL quarterback is such a reliable path into the announcing world that 81 percent of retired QBs who threw at least 3,000 passes and were at least a half-standard deviation better than average4PFR’s passing indices are set up so that every 15 points represents a standard deviation in performance, so these would be QBs with a career index of 107.5 or better. eventually made their way into a broadcast booth. (The only notable holdouts in the modern era are Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and — yes, he was that good — Jeff Garcia.)Few quarterbacks-turned-announcers had outright bad careers. For instance, former New York Giant Jesse Palmer — who worked as a Fox NFL analyst in 2006 — hardly played, and was terrible when he did see the field, but Palmer was the exception (this chart does not account for the name-recognition he gained by being on the “The Bachelor”). For the most part, ex-QBs are tapped for broadcasting jobs after playing at an above-average level, usually over the course of a career that spans a decade or more. (The average QB/announcer in my sample threw about 3,200 passes in 11 pro seasons, with a lifetime passing index of 104.)Romo more than qualifies to join that group — he had a career passing index of 116 over 4,335 attempts. And although Cutler was more average (literally so: his career passing index was exactly 100), he also maintained that level of performance over a long enough career to fit within the general sweet spot for ex-QBs who announce.In other words, it would have been surprising if Cutler and (especially) Romo hadn’t gone into broadcasting. And, given what we know about the “announcer belt” of quarterbacks clustered above average in the chart, we can even make some educated guesses about other current QBs who might trade in their cleats for a microphone someday. For example, with a career passing index of 106, Carson Palmer is well within the statistical profile of a future announcer. The same goes for Matt Schaub (108), Matt Ryan (110) and Philip Rivers (112). But there is a point at which a QB can be too good for us to know whether they’ll accept a broadcasting role in retirement. Active adjusted efficiency leader Aaron Rodgers (120) may fit into that category, as might Tom Brady (118); at 115, Drew Brees is right on the fence.Romo and Cutler, though, have already committed to that path. Now the only question left is whether their announcing careers will be more like Dan Fouts and Troy Aikman’s — two former QBs generally regarded among the best commentators on TV — or like that of Joe Montana, who lasted only one uncomfortable season as an analyst before leaving the stage. In about three months, we’ll find out. It seems as if quarterbacks are fleeing the hazards of the NFL for the announcing booth en masse this off-season. First, there was CBS’s surprising move last month to replace longtime lead analyst Phil Simms (himself an ex-QB) with Dallas Cowboys signal-caller Tony Romo, despite Romo’s having no broadcasting experience. Then, just last week, notoriously reticent Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler announced he was retiring to join Fox as a commentator.Romo and Cutler will face a steep learning curve in their first seasons behind the mic. But they do have one thing going for them: Each fits the profile of the ex-player-turned-broadcaster very well. For starters, they played quarterback, a position that’s disproportionately represented among NFL announcing rosters; of the 507 people listed by Wikipedia as current or former major-network1This includes all networks that broadcast NFL games: Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN (Monday Night Football, plus Sunday Night Football prior to 2006) and the NFL Network. NFL broadcasters, 53 (or 10.5 percent) were former QBs. (For comparison’s sake, only 3.6 percent of all NFL players were quarterbacks in 2016,272 of the 1,996 players who logged at least one game last season. and that’s not even considering the nonplayers vying for announcing gigs.)And even among quarterbacks, Romo and Cutler are in the sweet spot for commentators, combining the right amount of success and longevity to fit the second-career-in-television profile. In the chart below, I plotted out every quarterback to throw 120 or more passes in the NFL and AFL since 1945, according to their adjusted net yards per attempt index,3For seasons prior to 1969, when QB sacks were first recorded, I used adjusted yards per attempt index, which includes all nonsack statistics. (Pro-Football-Reference.com’s pet metric for measuring passing efficiency relative to the league, where an average passer has a score of 100) and their lifetime passing attempts: read more

Plastic plagued Purdue Nuggets taken off TCI store shelves

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:perdue chicken nuggets, recall Salmonella contamination forces Dole Spinach recall Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Mar 2016 – If you have the recalled Purdue chicken nuggets then return them to local supplier, Graceway Supermarkets. The Animal Health Service Division of the Department of Agriculture has advised that some of the chicken nuggets contaminated by plastic materials did come to the TCI. Nearly 4,500 pounds of the tainted nuggets have been recalled in the US; they were issued by Perdue Foods, in Gainesville, GA which were produced for Applegate Farms. Agriculture has already seen that the Purdue Chicken nuggets were removed from local store shelves, but issued the warning to return the item for those who may have bought them before the March 6th recall. NIAGARA bottled water recall Health Department gives dangers on Stomach Flu & Kraft Mac & Cheeselast_img read more

VIDEO Watch 2019 Wilmington High Culture Festival

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School hosted its bi-annual Culture Festival on Thursday, March 17, 2019. Students displayed food, facts, costumes and other wonderful things from other countries they learned about. The evening also featured cultural dance and musical performances from students.Watch the highlights, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Band FestivalIn “Videos”News & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”VIDEO: Watch ‘The Back Track Band’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”last_img read more

Govt clears Rs 4722 crore worth FDI proposals

first_imgIn an attempt to cement India’s position as the world’s top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI), the government has approved another 16 foreign investment proposals worth Rs 4,722 crore.Approval for the FDI proposals, including those related to HDFC Capital and Ageon Religare Life Insurance Company, were given after a recommendation by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), headed by Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.”The government has approved 16 proposals of foreign direct investment amounting to Rs 4,722 crore,” PTI quoted a statement from the Finance Ministry as saying.India emerged as the top destination for FDI in the first half of the year, surpassing China and the US. The country saw capital inflows to the tune of $31 billion during January-June period, while China and the US attracted investments of $28 billion and $27 billion respectively, according to a report by The Financial Times.FDI proposals of Cipla Health Limited and Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited were among 8 proposals rejected by the government.The FDI proposal related to HDFC Capital Advisors Limited is alone worth Rs 2,400 crore of the total FDI cleared by the investment board.”HDFC Fund proposes to make investments in equity, equity linked instruments, redeemable preference shares, non-convertible debentures and other debt securities of listed or unlisted investee companies engaged in real estate construction development projects which are permitted under the SEBI AIF Regulations as a Cateqory II AIF,” it said.FIPB also cleared FDI proposal worth Rs 559.96 crore related to Ageon Religare Life Insurance.The foreign investment proposals of Sun Pharma Research Advanced Company Ltd worth Rs 250 crore, Synergia Life Sciences Pvt Ltd’s worth Rs 40 crore and Aditya Birla Nuvo’s Rs 377 crore were among those that were approved by the board.last_img read more

Farhad Mazhar brought to Dhaka

first_img‘Abducted’ poet and columnist Farhad Mazhar was brought to Adabar police station in Dhaka on Tuesday morning, 18 hours after he was rescued in Noapara of Abhaynagar upazila in Jessore.Meanwhile, Farhad’s wife Farida Akhtar and relatives went to the police station to meet him.Adabar police inspector (operation) Sujit Kumar Saha said a team of senior police officers brought Farhad Mazhar to Dhaka.He is now at Adabar police station, the inspector added.Rapid Action Battalion (RAB-6) director Khandker Rafiqul Islam on Monday said Farhad Mazhar was rescued around 11:30pm when he was returning to Dhaka from Khulna in a Hanif Paribahan bus.Earlier in the day, Farhad Mazhar was reportedly abducted by unknown miscreants from his Adabar residence in the capital.Having failed to know the whereabouts of Farhad Mazhar till 10:00am, his family members then went to Adabar police station and informed the police.Read more:Farhad abduction another ugly act of rulers: KhaledaGovt agencies involved in Farhad abduction: BNPFarhad Mazhar ‘abducted’ from residence: FamilyFarhad Mazhar rescued in Jessorelast_img read more