How will your favorite NFL team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season » Best rookie QB seasons by yards per attempt, 1970-2015 1989-96 (D. Robinson era).6671998-2010 (P. Manning era).678 1996-97.2442011.125 It wasn’t always so dire. Back in the late 2000s, Peyton Manning was still a Colt, the Tennessee Titans had a 13-win season, and even the Jacksonville Jaguars were pretty good. The AFC South was one of the best divisions in the NFL: SPURSCOLTS 7Marcus Mariota2015TEN7.62 Since 2010, Manning’s final season playing for Indianapolis, the division has taken a nosedive. But the AFC South can still be saved. The NFC West was the worst division in football for five straight seasons, from 2006 through 2010, but in 2013, it was on top and one of the best of all time. Can the AFC South manage the same kind of revival?Houston TexansHouston’s defense — led by the extremely talented and extremely corny J.J. Watt — allowed just 19.6 points per game last season, tied for 7th in the NFL (and just a hair behind the Carolina Panthers at 19.3). Unfortunately, four quarterbacks made starts for Houston’s offense. That’s never a good sign, but it’s especially bad when those four quarterbacks are as dispensable as these guys:Brian Hoyer: Has played for New England, Arizona, Cleveland and Houston.Ryan Mallett: New England, Houston, Baltimore.T.J. Yates: Houston, Atlanta, Houston again.Brandon Weeden: Cleveland, Dallas, Houston.As a unit, these mediocre journeymen averaged just 6.6 yards per attempt, good for 29th in the NFL,2They did throw 28 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions. Good work! while somehow still feeding DeAndre Hopkins enough (192 targets!) to have him finish third in NFL receiving yards. They were good enough for Houston to make the playoffs at 9-7, before being humiliated by the Kansas City Chiefs. The Texans will now put their offense in the hands of Brock Osweiler, a very tall man with seven career starts. He can’t be expected to dominate out of the gate, but some consistency would be nice. If he starts at least 13 games, he’ll be the first Houston QB to do so since 2012.Indianapolis ColtsThe mid-1990s San Antonio Spurs were masters of timing. After a solid stretch under David Robinson, San Antonio had a single terrible season at the perfect moment, capturing the consensus No. 1 draft pick. The Spurs then rode that pick — Tim Duncan — to a new era of even greater success.Through 2014, the Colts looked (to the untrained eye) like they’d pulled off the same trick. Peyton Manning’s absence in 2011 meant the Colts were terrible enough to draft his replacement, Andrew Luck: 1997-2016 (T. Duncan era).7102012-14 (A. Luck era).688 There are a lot of great quarterbacks on that list, but a few flameouts as well. RGIII and Dennis Shaw never matched their rookie seasons, and Rodney Peete became a successful but unexceptional journeyman. The Titans are making a big bet that Mariota is the real deal. If he is, Tennessee could start contending sooner rather than later.VIDEO: How one spurned Rams fan found a new team 1Ben Roethlisberger2004PIT8.88 6Dennis Shaw1970BUF7.81 And then they hit a wall in 2015. The Colts went 8-8, but were lucky to have done so well. Over the course of the season, their -75 point differential was worse than that of the Baltimore Ravens and Jaguars, who both went 5-11. The Colts have been propped up by their division, going 20-4 against the AFC South over the last four seasons and 21-19 against everyone else. The Colts’ roster is weak once you look past the QB, and it’s suddenly not so clear that Luck is the next big thing.This offseason, the Colts added very little. It could still be enough to win the AFC South — we give them a 36 percent chance of doing that — but don’t expect much past that.Jacksonville JaguarsThe Jaguars have not had a lot of success recently. The last time they finished above .500 was in 2007, and the 2013 squad had a real shot at being the worst team in NFL history. At the Jaguars’ low point that season, Vegas set them as 28-point underdogs against the Denver Broncos.But in the past couple of years, the Jaguars, while still definitely bad, have become kind of exciting. In 2013, they listed draftee Denard Robinson’s position as “offensive weapon,” which was stupid, but in a fun way! In 2014, they had their biggest comeback ever, and in 2015, two Jaguars reached 1,000 yards receiving (after none did in the previous nine seasons). Jacksonville’s defense is still a disaster (31st in points allowed in 2015), but this has become a non-depressing team that lost close, watchable games.Add to all that one of the best draft classes in both 2015 and 2016, and the confidence of Jaguars fans may soon be rewarded: Tennessee TitansThe Tennessee Titans had a big offseason, bolstering their offensive line by drafting tackle Jack Conklin (No. 8 overall) and signing center Ben Jones. They also added weapons in running back DeMarco Murray and wide receiver Rishard Matthews. They appear to be sort of going for it.All these moves hinge on Marcus Mariota. The rookie QB had one hell of a first game in 2015 and a solid season overall. His 7.6 yards per attempt is the seventh-best mark for a rookie QB since 1970. RANKPLAYERSEASONTEAMYARDS PER ATTEMPT Source: Pro-football-reference.com, Basketball-reference.com 3Matt Ryan2008ATL7.93 10Jim Kelly1986BUF7.49 5Cam Newton2011CAR7.84 Minimum eight startsSource: pro-football-reference.com 8Rodney Peete1989DET7.58 SEASONSWIN %SEASONSWIN % 4Russell Wilson2012SEA7.93 It once looked like the Colts were pulling a Spurs 9Jameis Winston2015TB7.56 2Robert Griffin2012WAS8.14 To go with our 2016 NFL predictions, FiveThirtyEight is previewing each division.The AFC South has been the punching bag of our NFL preseason previews. In 2015, we called it “perhaps the most imbalanced division in football,” and in 2014, we wrote that the division “can’t be any worse than it was last year.” (We were correct: The division won 25 games total, up from 24 the year before.)Going into 2016, the AFC South is still awful — awful enough that our Elo-based projections put the division’s best team — the Houston Texans — at just 8.3 wins for the season.1If you haven’t encountered them on our site before, Elo ratings are a measure of overall team strength that update after each game. At least those strength of schedule ranks look good — these bad teams get to play each other twice.
Patrick Ewing is the most prominent athlete to come out of Georgetown University, a player for the ages that helped solidify the Hoyas, along with coach John Thompson, as a national powerhouse in the 1980s.Now Ewing is giving back to Thompson and Georgetown.Ewing and longtime agent David Falk are donating $3.3 million to the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Facility, a $60 million, 144,000-square-foot building on Georgetown’s Washington, D.C., campus. It will house practice courts, training facilities, meeting rooms and offices. The facility will serve all 29 of the Hoyas’ scholarship sports.Georgetown is expected to break ground on the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Facility this summer.“Coach Thompson was my coach, mentor and friend,” Ewing said in a release. “He guided me through a very formative period in my life and helped me prepare for success on and off the court. Giving back to the university in his honor is special.”Ewing and Thompson led Georgetown to the 1984 national title and reached the Final Four three times in four years. Falk, a prominent NBA agent who also represented Michael Jordan’s NBA career, once called Thompson “the most influential person in my life — other than my mother.”“This is a very special opportunity for me to honor a man I love and respect,” Falk said in a release. “To do it together with Patrick Ewing, who was a dominant figure in both John’s basketball program and in my career, makes it even more rewarding.”The donation amount of $3.3 million is an intentional callback to the No. 33 uniform Ewing made famous at Georgetown. In 2011, Falk, a Syracuse alumnus, pledged $15 million to his alma mater, helping to create the David B. Falk Center for Sports Management.
FacebookTwitter Posted: October 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News October 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The US Navy is honoring the heroism of the late American War Veteran Patrick Gallagher in a very special way. United States Marine Corps Retiree, Mike Neil, and Patrick Gallagher’s sister, Pam-Pauline Gallagher were in studio to tell us all about tonight’s ‘Songs of Irish Heroes’ event.Songs of Irish Heroes will feature performances by the Three Irish Tenors and San Diego Irish musicians as well as dance and other cultural performances. Irish Ambassador to the United States, Daniel Mulhall, will guest. The event will honor Cpl. Patrick Gallagher USMC, Navy Cross recipient, a native of Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, Ireland, killed in action in Vietnam. We will be joined by members of Cpl. Gallagher’s family from Ireland following the announcement in March of this year by the Secretary of the Navy of the naming of the Navy Ship, The USS Gallagher in honor of his heroism. US Navy names ship in honor of USMC Corporal Patrick ‘Bob’ Gallagher
For the first time ever, Delhi will witness Yakshagana performance, a theatre form that combines dance, music, dialogue, costume, makeup and stage techniques with a unique style and form, which is popular in coastal Karnataka. The night-long performance will be held on July 11 at Delhi Karnataka Sangha auditorium. The show is organised by Delhi-based South Kanara Club in association with some local organisations. Yakshagana has been traditionally performed from dusk to dawn, but recently, it was reduced to a
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read May 31, 2016 When it comes to hackers and cyberattacks, the name of the game is staying ahead of these people and programs that can sabotage a company, especially if you are a small-business owner. While larger companies can bounce back from data breaches (even if it will cost them a fortune), small to midsize business don’t always have the resources.To make sure small-business owners are equipped with the tools and resources needed to stay protected, we asked a number of experts what security threats SMBs face and how to remain safe.Here is what they had to say:It is an industry-wide issueSMBs should stay on the lookout for what is happening in their industry. If, for example, a software manufacturer has a large part of your industry’s market share, you have to assume that application is a target, because when hackers find a way in, they can find it broadly. If a hundred hospitals are running the same version of the same patient information system, they all have the same risk.Related: The Major Security Risks Small Businesses Face and How to Defend Against ThemEveryone remembers the Target and Home Depot hacks, but not everyone may know that it was the same virus, a virus designed to swipe card data specifically from point-of-sale terminals, running Microsoft Windows. This same scenario can play out in nearly any vertical that has valuable data — healthcare, education, government, retail, ecommerce.– Cortney Thompson, Chief Technology Officer of Green House Data, an environmentally conscious data center serviceRisks will move across all your networkSMBs should focus on the many ways the business is networked and connected to outside organizations and people — from third-party providers to clients, employees and customers. We have never been more networked and that means we have never been more vulnerable. Small and mid-size businesses need to carefully watch trends around data sharing and access because this is what cyber criminals are after: data. It’s critical to always know exactly who has access to company data and how it is being protected whether it’s on in house servers or somewhere in the cloud. Keeping up with the trends and best practices for managing and monitoring data access is critical to the success of any business today.– Anna Frazzetto, Chief Digital Technology Officer and SVP at Harvey Nash, an IT recruiting firmRansomware and spear-phishing scams are getting more advancedWe are seeing more carefully crafted, well researched spear-phishing and ransomware attacks.For instance, businesses have been targeted lately by scams attempting to get employee tax documents and company financial data. In these cases, someone might pose as the company CEO (or CFO) and then gets a copy of everyone’s W2 or order the execution of a wire transfer.On the other hand, ransomware is when a virus gets installed and the users get completely locked out. There is no way to access the data, as it all becomes encrypted by the attacker. In exchange for money, the attacker will unlock the computer and give users access again. Depending on how important the affected computer is to the business, this could cripple a company. There are services that can help fix some types of ransomware.– Arne Josefsberg, Chief Information Officer of GoDaddy, an Internet domain registrar and web hosting companyRelated: Here’s How to Build a Strong Security Team to Keep Your Company Safe and SoundSecurity vulnerabilities are going to spreadBig data, data analytics and business intelligence have transformed marketing, sales and the bottom line. These same trends are going to take off very soon in security.We are collecting all this data. Now we have to be able to sift through it and make it valuable. Unless we learn from it and use it to make our organizations safer, why collect it in the first place?Connected to this is the idea of machine learning. There is so much data that a single employee can’t possible track all network events. A single person can look at about 100 events per day. Most small/midsized businesses have 100,000 – 500,000 events per day. We need machines to be able to analyze the network and alert us when they register an abnormality that we can investigate.– Greg Kushto, Director of Security Practices at Force 3, a network security company.Related: 7 Cybersecurity Layers Every Entrepreneur Needs to UnderstandBYOD devices will continue to be vulnerableAll businesses should be focusing, in part, on their porous networks. BYOD and wireless connectivity dominate the end-user requirements. As such, these pose an enormous risk that needs to be managed. SMBs should be focused on implementing security programs consistent with how users work. If not, users will circumvent controls.– Rick Orloff, Chief Security Officer of Code42, a data-protection company Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now World Wide Web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee just chalked up another accolade, and it’s one of his greatest yet. The Association for Computing Machinery has given him the 2016 Turing Award, frequently considered the Nobel Prize of the computing industry. He’s receiving the award not just for inventing the basics of the web, but designing them in an elegant way. His concepts for links (URLs and URIs) were simple and easy to implement, while making HTML the heart of the web helped anyone publish info in a practical format.The award also pays tribute to Berners-Lee’s efforts in the years after getting the web off the ground. He fostered the early web by distributing open source code, and he shaped groups like the World Wide Web Consortium (the standards body), World Wide Web Foundation (promoting the web as a basic right) and Web Science Trust (which studies the web’s social effects). The web “is what it is today” because of him, according to the ACM, and he’s still involved in supporting it.The prize isn’t just about the honorifics — Google also offers $1 million. And it’s safe to say that it’s well-earned in this case. While the internet certainly existed before Berners-Lee fired up the first public web server in 1991, it wasn’t until then that it found a simple framework that could catch on with the mainstream. Modern commerce, news and politics almost certainly wouldn’t be the same without him. This story originally appeared on Engadget April 5, 2017 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free