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. (’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

Slap on the wrist charge for exEMS consultant says some

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp No Case against Athenee Harvey as corruption charges are tossed out Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Nov 2015 – Today Patrick Riel and his wife got a lucky break according to some as the court determined that they were only guilty of overstaying in the Turks and Caicos. It had been widely talked about that Riel was trying to start up an air ambulance company in the country but failed due to a denial by TCIG for the requisite permissions. It was believed Riel was working without a permit. Riel was fined $1,000 and his wife, $500 and the pair with their children have to be out of the country and en route to Canada by Wednesday. Nearly two weeks ago, Patrick Riel was arrested and jailed for overstaying and allegedly working illegally in the TCI but a call saw the former EMS consultant with the government, released. Magnetic Media was told Riel has been enjoying a lot of preferential pardons for his alleged illegal behavior including the final charge against him. John Masters is the Director of Public Prosecutions and said if Riel and his wife fail to do what the court has required of them, they will be re-arrested. Both Patrick Riel and his wife, Jacqueline Nicole Bassard entered a guilty plea in the court of Magistrate Clifton Warner. Recommended for you Related Items:Jacqueline Nicole Bassard, john masters, overstaying, pat riel Ex-Govt Consultant ordered to leave TCI Canadian resident arrested for working illegally in TCIlast_img 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

Ramsey Next chapter at Juventus

first_imgAaron Ramsey has officially said goodbye to Arsenal fans after 11 years of service to the club.The Wales international’s contract with the Gunners expires in June and he has already signed a new deal with the Bianconeri.Ramsey joined Arsenal from Cardiff FC back in 2008 and has gone on to win trophies with the club.“As you may have already heard, I have agreed on a pre-contract with Juventus Football Club,” wrote Ramsey on Instagram and cited on Football Italia.“I wanted to issue a personal statement for all the Arsenal fans who have been extremely loyal and supportive.“You welcomed me as a teenager and have been there for me through all the highs and lows I’ve encountered during my time at the club.“It is with a heavy heart that I leave after 11 incredible years in North London. Thank you.English Premier League flops of the week Taimoor Khan – August 25, 2019 The third round of English Premier League football is pretty much over and we need to take a look at players and coaches who…“I will continue to give the team 100% and hope to finish the season strongly, before heading on to my next chapter in Turin. Kind regards, Aaron.”His contract with Juventus runs to June 2023 and there is a €3.7m signing on fee.Arsenal are currently in a fierce three-horse race with United and Chelsea for a Champions League position.last_img read more

Its time to upgrade to a smart sprinkler

first_img Share your voice Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot 1:23 Time to smarten up your sprinkler. Tyler Lizenby/CNET For many smart home devices, deciding whether or not you need them is a matter of preference. I understand if you’d rather get up and flip off a light switch instead of pulling out your phone and doing the same thing with an app. But a handful of categories offer so many benefits, that they’re worth the upgrade for all — think smart thermostats and their energy savings along with their significant improvements to ease-of-use.I’m here to tell you that smart sprinklers belong in the no-brainer category of smart home upgrades. Seriously. Smart sprinklers might not be anywhere near the top of your list when you think of connected devices, but if you have an in-ground sprinkler system, you need one. Here are six reasons why. Read more: Everything you need to know to grow a healthy garden.App controlsThis part’s obvious. Like most connected devices, you can control smart sprinklers with an app. Smart sprinklers are designed to replace the existing sprinkler controller for your in-ground sprinkler system. Some can screw onto an ordinary faucet, and I quite liked the Orbit B-hyve Faucet Timer, but you’ll get the most benefit from a smart sprinkler if it’s powering the existing watering system that covers your yard. Replacing an existing controller is usually easy enough. Then you just need to use the app to connect your new smart sprinkler to Wi-Fi and you’re up and running.The apps for the Rachio Smart Sprinkler (both the second- and third-gen sprinklers) and the Orbit B-hyve are particularly intuitive. You can set up schedules, see a watering calendar, and turn your sprinklers on or off with the push of a button.screen-shot-2017-08-22-at-3-58-26-pmOrbit’s app is detailed and helpful.  Screenshots by Andrew Gebhart/CNET All of these app-enabled features are a significant upgrade from walking to the shed and fussing with the tedious buttons and knobs of old-school controllers. Weather awarenessThe app’s an even bigger upgrade when it’s raining. Instead of heading out into the elements yourself to reach your shed and flip off your sprinkler, or deciding you don’t want to bother and letting the water go to waste, you can quickly shut them off with the app. With the best smart sprinklers, you won’t even have to do that. Most smart sprinklers monitor the weather for you, so they’ll automatically be on top of the fact that it’s raining and you won’t see your sprinklers start running in the first place. They’re generally aware of rain in the forecast, and they’ll adapt your watering schedule accordingly. Auto schedulingIn fact, not only will your smart sprinkler adapt your schedule to the weather before you even need to think about it, but they can also set up your whole watering schedule for you from scratch. Many of the best smart sprinklers offer a variety of scheduling options. My favorite is Rachio’s approach, which ranges all the way from fully autonomous to moderate and predictable smarts to letting you handle everything. screen-shot-2017-08-07-at-3-57-48-pmRachio offers a variety of scheduling options. Screenshots by Andrew Gebhart/CNET With both Rachio and Orbit, you can tell the app about your yard, and then you can let it decide when it’s best to water and for how long. Even with these fully autonomous schedules, you can block off days if you have local watering restrictions, and the app will work the schedule around those limits. You don’t have to think about when it would be best to water and how often. The app will handle it all and water when necessary.Smarter than youYou might want to listen to your smart sprinkler’s advice, even if you do traditionally like to set your sprinkler schedule. Smart sprinklers use a variety of metrics to determine how fast the water will evaporate from your soil given the info you tell it about your yard. They can break up watering times into smaller segments automatically to help the water soak in and reduce run-off. They can automatically calculate how to fit all of this in before sunrise and adapt the schedule as that time changes over the course of a season. At least when it comes to how best to water your lawn, your smart sprinkler is likely smarter than you — unless you’re a gardening or lawn expert. If so, you’ll be happy to know that the best of the bunch also allow you to finely tune the details of your yard such as root depth, the precise area of your zones and inches of water delivered per hour. Your smart sprinkler can be your lawn care expert, or it can collaborate with you if you are one.Water savingsrachio-sprinkler-2The Rachio Smart Sprinkler can help save you money.  Chris Monroe/CNET All of the smarts, scheduling, and weather awareness add up to the biggest reason to upgrade to a smart sprinkler — it’ll save water and in turn save you money on your water bill. Smart sprinklers can cost anywhere from $100 to $280, but they’re likely to pay you back over the course of the next couple of summers.Most are certified by the EPA’s Watersense program, which allows you to get rebates on your utility bill for using a smart sprinkler. The EPA gives those rebates because all of the smarts — from calculating how quickly water evaporates to monitoring when it’s going to rain — help smart sprinklers keep your lawn healthy with less water wasted in the process. Voice controlsb-hive-sprinkler-6Orbit’s smart sprinkler works with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Chris Monroe/CNET The practical advantages of saving water while spending less time fussing with your sprinkler comprise the main reasons to upgrade your old controller to an internet connected option, but smart sprinklers can be fun too. If you want to show off to your guests, try a voice-powered waterworks show. Rachio works with both Amazon’s assistant Alexa, so you can control it with smart speakers like the Amazon Echo. Rachio also works with Google’s Alexa competitor called Google Assistant, so you can control your sprinklers by talking to your Google Home as well. Orbit’s smart sprinklers also work with both popular digital assistants, so you can start or stop your various zones with a voice command.Which sprinklers do we recommend?Part of the reason I’m so enthused about smart sprinklers is that a couple of options stand out as highly competent connected gadgets. The second-gen Rachio smart sprinkler is my current favorite at $200 for an eight-zone sprinkler and $250 for 16 zones. Rachio offers the most scheduling options of the bunch and has an intuitive app that mixes a simple setup with detailed control options if you want them.The third-gen Rachio is a great option too if you want to integrate your sprinkler with a flow meter to detect leaks. It’s only $30 more. If you want a great budget option, the Orbit B-Hyve is only $100 for six zones and $120 for 12. The six-zone controller is £150 in the UK and AU$320 in Australia. Orbit’s sprinkler doesn’t have quite the flexibility of Rachio, but it’s almost as smart for a lot less.Either way, make the upgrade and you won’t need to curse your stupid sprinklers for running in the rain anymore. $99 Walmart How To • Make Google Home get your groceries See it Smart Home 20 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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The Second Presidential Debate In 100 Words And 6 Videos

first_imgWatch Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump name a quality they respect in one another at the #debate— Bloomberg (@business) October 10, 2016 View NPR’s Debate Fact Check Below:  Rick T. Wilking/APDemocratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, on Sunday.The second presidential debate was a no-holds-barred affair. Trump and Clinton did not shake hands at the outset — and it quickly turned nasty. Trump dismissed his comments on women as “locker room talk,” and then attacked Clinton for her husband’s transgressions. Clinton talked past the attacks, defending her record, and tried to prosecute Trump for not having the temperament to be president. She said his latest comments on women “represents exactly who he is.” Trump stayed on the offensive, attacking the moderators and disagreeing with his running mate on Russia. With that, here are the six must-watch moments:Trump on comments from leaked video: “Certainly I’m not proud of it. But this is locker room talk.” #debate Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016— Vox (@voxdotcom) October 10, 2016 .@HillaryClinton: “I’m reminded of what @FLOTUS said: ‘When they go low, you go high.’”— POLITICO (@politico) October 10, 2016 Donald Trump: “Bill Clinton was abusive to women. Hillary Clinton attacked those same women.” #debates #Debates2016— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) October 10, 2016center_img Share Clinton: “Good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law.” Trump: “Because you’d be in jail.”#debate— New York Times Video (@nytvideo) October 10, 2016 Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit read more