At the end of April this year, Sandra Babac launched an initiative to paint the pedestrian crossing in Zadar in the colors of Dalmatians – Dalmatian zebra.Why? Logically and naturally because the world-famous dog is Dalmatiner, an autochthonous breed from Croatia. In short and clear, as are the tie, pen, parachute and many other innovations that have world fame and significance, and are a Croatian product. The problem, of course, is that no one knows.The idea for “Zebra Dalmatian” has existed for a long time, and it came from two facts. As Babac points out, the first is that there is no zebra drawn on that stretch, ie the pedestrian crossing, and the second is the tourist promotion of Dalmatia as well as Croatia “As a tourist guide who occasionally guides tourists around Zadar, it has been shown that tourists pass this way most often, in order to shorten the way to the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun. On the other hand, there is a chronic lack of time, especially with Asian guests who therefore choose shortcuts to stay longer in those locations such as Sun Salutation and Sea Organ. There are parks that, when done, do not initially pave the roads, ie paths, but first make a park and then see which way people move, and accordingly only then do the paths. So in this case, there is certainly a need for a pedestrian crossing at that location because that’s how groups move naturally, and then why not combine the story with the Dalmatian zebra and use it to promote Dalmatia and the whole of Croatia”Points out Sandra Babac.The whole initiative has raised a very positive reaction from the profession and the public, because it is simply about branding the State on the global stage. Every man in the world puts on a tie at least once in his life, and he doesn’t know that it is a Croatian product. We have the holy grail in marketing and branding, just a tie, and where all the other facts, innovations are… Insane and funny, especially in today’s context of time.However, the enthusiasm was short-lived, as usual in Croatia, the matter got stuck on the system, which is above the citizens, instead of at the service of the citizens.It is not possible, because it is not according to the Rulebook – the summary of the answers of the competent services is short.”The presented solutions are not in accordance with the Ordinance on traffic signs and signalization and equipment on roads (Official Gazette nos. 33/05, 64/05, 155/05 and 14/11) and as such cannot be applied on roads in the Republic of Croatia”They pointed out in a letter from the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, upon request from the City of Zadar, the Administrative Department for Communal Services.And that’s the end of the whole story. Let’s move on, the goal is just to find the answer that something can’t be done within one Law or Ordinance, just to justify it and transfer the ball to another.It can’t because it is not provided by the Ordinance. So let’s change the Rules! And in an urgent procedure, in order to be competitive and follow technological trends. But that is unthinkable in our public service. Market changes are faster today than ever, and we are sluggish, slow and inert. The fact that Poland, the Czech Republic and even Romania have overtaken us in terms of purchasing power speaks for itself, only Bulgarians still have a lower standard than us, the data show. Eurostat for 2017.Source: EurostatI am free to draw a parallel with the slogan “Cannot be”.While we do not want development, we stagnate, that is, we fail, others grow, develop and raise the ladder more and more. Continental tourism cannot be developed, tourism cannot be developed 365 days a year. And you really can’t do it in Croatia, not because we don’t know it, but because we don’t want it. But that is why it is possible in Austria, Bavaria and Switzerland. Austria has no sea, but that is ONLY during the summer months, not the winter months, it earns more from tourism than Croatia in the whole year.When you’re small, then you have to be fast, agile, creative and innovative to stand out in the crowd and fight the big ones. We are small because we want to be small, because we do not respect ourselves, and that is why others do not respect us either.The biggest problem of Croats is the sentence “You can’t”. There’s a problem in the mindset, you can’t do this, you can’t do that… as if their life and spiritual guru Charles H. Duell, the director of the U.S. Patent Office, said back in 1899:”EVERYTHING THAT COULD BE INVENTED HAS BEEN INVENTED,” CHARLES H. DUELL SAID.To emphasize once again, we are talking about 1899. Funny from today’s perspective, right?We stick to the status quo and that famous saying of ours: “Don’t wave.” Mankind has made today’s progress precisely thanks to the overthrow of the status quo and in the eternal search for new solutions to the problem, not the philosophy of Mr. H. Duell.One cannot – it is simply a mental circuit, totally the opposite of what one should strive for, and that is the paradigm of all entrepreneurs and innovators – how to find a solution to a problem. Because no one asks the entrepreneur if it is possible or not, at the end of the month one should pay taxes, salaries… there is no paradigm “It is not possible”. , creativity, innovation… that’s why we are where we are, because you can’t, that is, you don’t want to.Well, let’s go back to the story of the Dalmatian Zebra. While the code is not possible, in Spain it is possible.Namely, after the report on HRT about the initiative launched in Zadar about the “Dalmatian Zebra”, the same news was broadcast by Spanish television, as well as many other Spanish media.Now we return to the middle of the article, it is not possible why we are small, and others are growing and developing. After only three months, in the Spanish city of A Coruña in the region of Galicia, an unusual zebra appeared with patterns associated with a cow. Yes, a cow, which they are very proud of in that region.There are thousands of cows in the region, and a new sign at the pedestrian crossing in the shape of a cow pattern appeared overnight at the initiative of the farmhouse (OPG) Casa Grande de Xanceda in Messiah, which is home to 380 grazing cows and produces organic yogurt for the national market. Of course all with the approval of the city, which reacted immediately and that’s it. “Zebra – Cow” is here.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”Is Van known? Same story, but a totally different outcome. You can’t do it in Croatia, but you can do it in the world. Of course where they are proactive and eager to develop.Since half of Spanish milk is produced in this region, cows are very important for the whole economy and the region. Thus, in as many as 63 villages in rural Galicia, they have more cows than humans, over 8,400 family farmers engaged in agricultural production in the dairy business, and with almost a million cows, the ratio is 2,7 cows per capita.The whole economy is based on the breeding of “happy cows” on small family farms, organic and organic dairy products, of course branded, and this dairy “industry” is the source of employment, development and the rest of the population in rural areas.This story speaks a thousand words. No one is smarter than us. No, the problem is that we cannot, ie we do not want development, while others want it. Slowly but surely we are all prestige, evolving and growing and increasingly setting high the scale of development, standards, production, added value… while we sleep and stick to the status quo, the scale will be set too high, as is currently the case in agriculture. While we have been systematically destroying agriculture, others have grown and developed for 20 years and today are too strong, and we are not and cannot be competitive.But it is still possible to change direction, it’s all up to us, it’s just a question. Do we want market development or not?As Seth Godin, marketing guru and author of the world bestseller Blue Cow would say. “The thing is simple: you have to be special, different, special. You have to have what others don’t have. You have to know how to inspire, and you will only be able to do that if you inspire yourself. Something that especially deserves to be talked about, to be noticed. That is something extraordinary. New. Interesting. It’s a blue cow. Boring is invisible. Boring is a brown cowSeth Godin points out.It is fascinating how hard we try to be a brown cow, and absolutely everything we have can be synonymous with the Blue Cow. We have all the predispositions from innovation, creativity, success, natural beauty, diversity, authenticity – we have it all. What else do we want and need?The paradigms “You can’t”, “Don’t wave” and keeping the status quo, pulls us to the bottom, the whole country in every segment, including tourism, and that is why people leave Lijepa naša.I know how it is still impossible and incomprehensible to the vast majority that Uber is the largest taxi carrier today and does not own a single taxi. That Facebook is the largest medium today, without any produced content, ie articles. that it is the largest retailer in the world, the company Alibaba, which has no inventory, while Airbnb is the world’s largest provider of accommodation, and does not own any real estate, ie an apartment. Yes it is possible and the Earth is not flat. I know that no one from Zagreb will go to lunch in Baranja, but somehow it is possible. Some even pay to look after the sheep and be shepherds for seven days of their annual leave. Others, pay 30% more to consume organic tomatoes, you know the wrong and ugly one. I know, not possible, but you lunatics, right?For the end for all the lunatics fighting the status quo. Long live the Dalmatian Zebra.RELATED NEWS:
O’Neill said: “International football is a wee bit like that these days, teams not running away with matches much. “It would be nice to be hard to beat because you feel you would have enough ability to create something. “[Aiden] McGeady in the final third has terrific feet and is a genuine danger. His own attacking instinct, he wants to think he can dribble himself out of any position on the park.” Poland represented a significant step up in class after Latvia, but Ireland took the game to them in the early stages and might even have gone ahead when defender Stephen Kelly saw a 21st-minute header loop up off the ground and over the bar. But the Poles stepped up a gear as the game wore on and exerted sustained pressure, although keeper David Forde did not have a save of note to make. O’Neill said: “That’s true, and I should look at that as a positive. The level of opposition was not in question. Poland are a wee bit unlucky not to be involved in play-off games. “It was tough and was always going to be. I made seven or eight changes, getting players into the fold and feeling they are part of it.” The manager, his assistant Roy Keane and their players flew back to Dublin in optimistic mood after a more than satisfactory first get-together, although they will not reconvene until March next year ahead of a home friendly against Serbia. Press Association That is something to which O’Neill, who has spent the past 23 years working day-to-day in club management, will have to get used in between international breaks. He said: “We will get back in the early hours and we are going to a hotel, and I won’t see them for some time. “I’ll have withdrawal symptoms – I’m not so sure it will be the same for the players. “I might be on the phone to them, but I’m not sure they are looking forward to that.” Martin O’Neill is confident Ireland have the firepower to win games if they continue to be hard to beat. The 61-year-old saw his team fight its way to a 0-0 friendly draw in Poland four days after launching his reign with an impressive 3-0 victory over Latvia. Where flowing football was the order of the day against the Latvians, Ireland had to show their once traditional grit at the INEA Stadium in Poznan to keep Robert Lewandowski and his team-mates at bay, and that was a source of contentment for their manager.
Katie Chin | Daily TrojanThirteen seconds. That was all the No. 2 men’s water polo team needed to prove that they are going to be a force to be reckoned with this season as freshman Driver Marko Vavic scored, sending the crowd into a frenzy of excitement. In those 13 seconds, the team established a lead it would hold for the entirety of the game before finishing in an 8-6 victory over No. 3 Stanford.“It set the tone for the rest of the game” senior goalie McQuin Baron said, “especially as a freshman, hitting that shot. I think it gave him that confidence for the rest of the game. Marko had two or three other shot blocks and two or three goals.”Vavic, who was actively present both on offense and defense, was not the only player to make a mark. Baron, who finished the game with 12 saves, is climbing closer to taking the title of most career saves at USC, only needing 18 saves to tie it. However, the veteran player is continuing to push himself and has his sights set on improving.“I set a goal limit for how many goals I want the other opponent to score, which is usually four, so I failed that obviously, but that’s okay,” Baron said. “I think the biggest thing with sports is watching film on your opponents. That’s my biggest preparation when coming into a big game like this.”The Trojans are now 3-0 for the season and1-0 at home and in conference play. The victory on Friday not only was a confidence booster for the team, but also established that the Uytengsu Aquatics Center will be a place that opponents can always expect a battle for the victory. “It is everything. You never want to lose at home,” Baron said. “You never want to give them that advantage, especially when you play them down the road and you play them at their house and they beat you at your house already. You never want to give them that.”As the first MPSF game of the season, the Trojans had been preparing for this game for a long time. The program has a long history with Stanford, with an overall record of 65-60, including both times the team met last season. However, USC did not let last year’s result change the way it approached this game.“It was a great game,” Baron said. “I mean, they’re a wonderful team. They red-shirted five or six seniors, so this was a big win for us going into the rest of our season, especially this early in our season knowing that we are a competitive team and that we have what it takes.”“We have just been waiting for this game to finally come,” Vavic said, “so to actually just get a win was awesome.”
Ice-cream lovers across Donegal have helped bring this year’s HB Fundays total to over €250,000.More than 250 families of babies and young children with Down syndrome have been directly supported thanks to funds raised as part of this year’s HB Fundays campaign with HB Ice-cream, Down Syndrome Ireland has announced.Some €251,648 was raised as part of this year’s campaign, with many of the ice-cream parties held in schools, workplaces and community centres around Donegal. The funds raised has allowed the charity to accelerate funding for the roll out of a vital language development programme for young children with Down syndrome called See and Learn and Parent-Link, a local support service for new parents of babies with Down syndrome, provided by parent volunteers who will be trained and supported by Down Syndrome Ireland.HB Fundays 2019 ambassador, Rachel Allen with Siún Lundberg (5), from Donabate enjoying delicious HB Hazelbrook Farm ice cream in Tigers Childcare, Blanchardstown at the launch of the 2019 HB Fundays campaign in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI). Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandSpeaking about the 2019 Fundays campaign, Down Syndrome Ireland CEO Gary Owens said: “We are so grateful to all the ice cream lovers out there who held a HB Fundays party this year – you are helping young children with Down syndrome develop vital speech and language skills and also helping new parents receive the support they need directly from other parents who are sharing the same journey. Thank you.” Ice-cream days raise a sweet €250,000 for Down Syndrome Ireland was last modified: October 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, product manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.For much of the eastern Corn Belt, it has been too wet to plant this spring. However, in some areas corn has been planted is emerging or in the early growth stages of development. One phenomenon that commonly occurs at the early stages of the growing season is the appearance of purple corn plants. Corn plants can turn purple for several reasons related to environmental factors such as:Sunny days and cool nights (temps in the 40s to 50s F)Soil pH lower than 5.5Cool temperaturesWet soilStresses that hinder the uptake of phosphorusHerbicide injurySoil compaction.Because many fields have saturated soils and the forecast includes cooler nights and continued wet weather, producers may see some purple plants in their fields. Purpling in corn due to cooler weather most often occurs when plants are in the V2 to V5 growth stages. Because of diverse genetics, hybrids react differently to early stress and some will exhibit purpling while others will not. Anyone who has walked a test plot to observe early plant vigor or has split their planter between two hybrids has probably seen a side-by-side comparison where one hybrid turned purple while the other did not.The biggest concern for corn growers is usually about whether or not plants that turn purple will diminish corn yields. If the purpling is caused by a temporary stress (sunny days and cool nights, cool temperatures, wet soil, etc.) it will disappear when soils dry out and temperatures increase allowing for normal corn development. Temporary stresses generally do not affect yield. However, if the purpling is symptom caused by a problem that doesn’t go away with a change in the weather (soil compaction, herbicide injury, etc.) yield could be negatively affected.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “The way we approach this is from the standpoint of what developers want, within the platform,” said Rob Mauceri, Microsoft’s group program manager for Internet Explorer. “When there are standards being developed with the W3C [World Wide Web Consortium], often time we are directly involved with those standards. We work with others in the community to define and then implement those standards, as they’re ready and mature enough to implement, and as developers are actually interested in them.”In IE10 Microsoft implemented 30 new standards, including HTML5, CSS3 and Web applications, Mauceri said. IE10 adds new rich visual effects to the page with shadows, 3D transforms, CSS3 gradients, sophisticated page layouts with CSS3 grids, flexbox and multicolumn support. Plus, there are enhancements to the Web programming model like LocalDB, per-application caching, WebSockets, Web workers and more.“These are just a few examples, but they really cut across things… developers look for as they’re building new experiences on the Web,” Mauceri said.Leading From Behind?“There are two aspects of what Rob called out: what developers want, and what developers are coding to,” said Ryan Gavin, the general manager for IE within Microsoft. “Is the spec ready for the browser? And then there’s the thing that you lose when you go to an HTML5test.com that generates a somewhat arbitrary score and tries to put the thing down into a numerical value. In some cases we have a point of view unlike some of the other browser vendors: implementing a spec too early actually causes developers a lot of pain.”“And so it’s really not a race to throw as much crap as you can into the browser,” Gavin added. “If you implement a spec too early and it changes, as these things do, sometimes on a weekly basis, the developer ends up writing and rewriting and writing their site, and testing it, because they’re always in break-fix mode, because that spec is always evolving.”Microsoft tries to add support for a standard when it’s “site-ready”: defined as a state that when developer writes to a spec, there’s a high degree of confidence that it’s going to work and persist over time, Gavin said.Commercial BlitzMicrosoft plans to launch a commercial blitz around the new IE10 platform, made by the same agency that developed the “Beauty of the Web” spot and the Lewis song. The new commercial will go live on Tuesday, pushing – naturally – the aspect of touch. (Gavin took the high road when asked about the touch-enabled Chromebook Pixel, applauding Google for following Microsoft’s lead.)Most would agree that the “Beauty of the Web” spot does an excellent job of showcasing Internet Explorer, and the new commercial goes a step further, adding touch to the equation. As Microsoft moves forward, its challenge is to persuade third-party developers to continue making the Web beautiful, too. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Browsers#Internet Explorer#Microsoft A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 on Tuesday, providing a substantial speed increase over Internet Explorer 9 as well as more support for modern Web standards. But Microsoft added that it will continue its conservative approach to supporting Web standards – no doubt disappointing some in the Web community.For those Windows 7 users with Windows Update turned on, IE 9 on Windows 7 will begin self-upgrading around the world, Microsoft said, within the 95 different languages supported by the Microsoft browser. To help mark the occasion, Microsoft launched ExploreTouch.ie, where users can explore singer Blake Lewis’ song, “Your Touch.” The site is designed to showcase the use of touch, IE10 and Windows 8, Microsoft said.Better, Faster, StrongerIE10 is designed to improve performance, privacy and compatibility compared to IE9. Specifically, Microsoft claimed that IE10 users would load websites 20% faster than in IE9 – giving the new browser what company executives characterized as market-leading real-world site performance. In tests of eight common browsing tasks by independent researchers at Principled Technologies, IE10 was up to 63% faster than Chrome on Android and Safari on iOS, the firm found, and Microsoft also cited real-world tests of site performance that found IE10 came out on top. (Of course, it always makes sense to take browser makers’ speed claims with a bit of salt.) The performance enhancements could be a factor helping IE climb to more than 55.14% share of browser usage, as measured by Net Applications, its highest share ever among desktop browsers. (At the beginning of February, NetApps said that 2.3% of desktop users used Windows 8, which ships with its own version of IE10.)From a privacy standpoint, Microsoft has left a feature called Do Not Track on by default, asking websites not to track IE10 users. Advertisers have howled in protest at this feature, but IE10 also includes Tracking Protection, which actively blocks personal information from being transferred. (Still, Australia has expressed concerns about Microsoft’s suggested approach to privacy and data collection, wondering if incidental data provided by routine transactions could be used without consent to build a user profile.)Slow And Steady On Web StandardsMicrosoft has long taken a more deliberate approach toward implementing Web standards than other browser vendors, which has earned the company some criticism – perhaps due to the legacy of browsers like IE6, whose insecurity and lack of standards support has collected widespread scorn, and a place in PC World’s list of the 25 worst tech products, among others. (Microsoft later created IE6countdown, a concerted effort to kill off IE6; today, just 0.2% of U.S. users still rely on it, the site claims. It has a much higher market share in some overseas markets.)Some critics haven’t given up the fight. “We are filing this complaint on behalf of all consumers who are tired of having a monopolist make choices for them,” said Jon von Tetzchner, chief executive of Opera, which asked the EU to prevent Microsoft from bundling Internet Explorer with Windows. “In addition to promoting the free choice of individual consumers, we are a champion of open Web standards and cross-platform innovation. We cannot rest until we’ve brought fair and equitable options to consumers worldwide.”That was in 2007, however. Criticism has tapered off in recent years, although Microsoft has fallen on its sword a time or two: markhachman
When NU committed several four straight errors that allowed UE to trim the deficit to six, 23-17, in the fourth set, it was Santiago, who stopped the Lady Warriors’ fun with a well-placed kill that put the Lady Bulldogs in match point, 24-17.Santiago led the Lady Bulldogs’ charge with 23 points while Roselyn Doria added 12 points.Shaya Adorador and May Ann Mendrez led UE with 11 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES After going back and forth against the Lady Warriors and trailing, 11-10, midway through the fourth set, the Lady Bulldogs upped the ante and went on a 13-2 run to take a 23-13 lead with Aiko Urdas finishing it off with a through-the-block kill.NU head coach Babes Castillo said they had a good win, but after seeing his team falter in the second set he knew his players could do better.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The win earlier was a good win, but it was not a good performance,” said Castillo in Filipino. “I told them to forget about the second set and let’s move on, it’s already marked on the card.”“My players’ captain responded on the dot on what the situation needed and the team will go with the captain,” Castillo said, referring to Jaja Santiago. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t mention the score: North Korean media silent on 8-0 loss AFP official booed out of forum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University recovered from its dismal second set to beat University of the East, 25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, and stay undefeated in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Bulldogs streaked to their third straight win to take sole possession of the top seed while the Lady Warriors are at the bottom with a 0-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
Fresh talent and new ideas – that’s what the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 kicked off with here Friday. As many as seven new designers wowed fashionistas at the opening of the five-day gala with distinct collections.The ‘Gen Next’ show included new designers like Aniket Satam, Sneha Arora, Asa Kazingmei, Kavita Sharma, Richa Aggarwal and a group of three called Threesome.All collections were mainly based on an array of colours and textures, with designs which were quirky and the garments, innovative.The show started with Ashta and Sidharth’s collection, which was dominated by colours like bright yellow and navy blue.It was followed by a line by the Threesome – Mehak Pruthi, Kanika Seth and Ankit Sharma. Their collection was based on ‘Avatars’.”We based it on self-avatars, displaying the true emotion of clandestine. We all have something hidden in us which we never let out,” they said of their line, after the show.The group also emphasized that they didn’t want to do away with the true flavour of India, and so tried to “promote what we are”.Another newcomer Richa Aggarwal’s collection could be best described as “earthy”.”I tried to represent the streets of India through my collection. It was very colourful with textures. The clothes were simple yet wearable,” she said.Kavita Sharma showcased a collection ‘It’s a beautiful life’. “It was based on the idea of rebirth depicted in the Bhagwad Gita. It’s about a small child who is amused by his surroundings, and all my garments had a different story behind them,” she said.Sneha Arora’s line had a completely different look with her models sporting intellectual looks.”My theme was once upon a time in paradigm. The monotony of black and grey were broken by colour and digital prints,” she said.Asa Kazingmei’s theme was ‘immortal’. The collection had simple silhouettes along with well constructed structures. There were motifs depicting the bravery of the soldiers.The last collection of the show was by Aniket Satam, who was inspired by the prediction that the world will come to an end in 2012.The ongoing extravaganza is in its 13th edition, and is being held at the Grand Hyatt.advertisement
Well, that was quite a game. Despite a 10-point fourth quarter comeback, the New England Patriots looked like they were headed for another gut-wrenching defeat at the hands of a circus catch (this time with the Seattle Seahawks’ Jermaine Kearse playing the role of David Tyree), before undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler stepped in front of a Russell Wilson pass and sealed the Patriots’ fourth Super Bowl crown since 2001.Much will be made of the Seahawks’ decision not to run the ball from the Patriots’ 1-yard line, instead opting for the fateful pass that Butler intercepted. During the 2014 season, 57.5 percent of all rushing plays from the opponent’s 1 yard-line ended in touchdowns — and, as Harvard Sports Analytics Collective pointed out Sunday night, you could make a strong case for Seattle’s probability of scoring being even higher against New England’s defense: But I’ll leave most of the second-guessing to others for now. In the moment, I was mainly interested in where this game ranked among all classic Super Bowls in terms of excitement. (After all, it featured an impressive comeback and some wild swings in win probability late in the game.) To quantify how thrilling the game was, we once again turn to the Excitement Index, which we wrote about in our Super Bowl preview Friday. The Excitement Index measures the sum of the absolute changes in win probability throughout a game, which theoretically captures how many extreme ups and downs there were in a given Super Bowl.Perhaps surprisingly, though, this year’s game only ranks 12th all-time if you use the data from NumberFire’s in-game Win Probability tool:(Consider this an unofficial early return; the numbers we used last week were from Pro-Football-Reference, which won’t post Super Bowl win probability until Monday. It’s worth noting that some of the NumberFire probabilities don’t completely match what Brian Burke’s model lists.)Certainly, there were some plays that moved the probability needle dramatically. According to NumberFire’s model, Wilson’s interception dropped Seattle’s chances of winning from 64 percent to essentially zero. The bobbled completion to Kearse several snaps earlier raised the Seahawks’ probability by 30.8 percentage points. But most of the changes before that sequence were more gradual. The Patriots built a modest cushion for most of the first half before the Seahawks tied the game; likewise, the Seahawks rise to 91 percent win probability early in the fourth quarter was a slow march.At the same time, models like the Excitement Index are, well, just numerical representations of football reality. No index can really capture the craziness and excitement of what just transpired on the field — and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
As if Evan Turner didn’t do enough already.In the game of basketball, guards typically handle the ball and pass, forwards shoot and score and centers rebound and block shots. So what position is Turner, who led Ohio State in points, rebounds, assists, 3-point percentage and steals a year ago?“He would be your hybrid point forward, whatever those announcers call those guys,” coach Thad Matta said. “He’s a guy that can do a lot of different things.”Technically speaking, Turner started all 33 games last season at shooting guard, with juniors Jeremie Simmons and P.J. Hill splitting the point guard duties. But the 6-foot-7 swingman handled the leather as much as any point guard would, as evidenced by his team-high 7.1 assists per game.As the Buckeyes turn the page on a new season, Matta will present Turner with a new role to add to his arsenal: the team’s true point guard.“I think I’m going to do a little bit of everything,” said Turner, a First Team All-Big Ten selection last year. “I’m going to start off at point guard, trying to orchestrate the team. I always prefer to have the ball in my hands and try to have control over the game.”While his all-around statistics impress, Turner’s passing ability caught Matta’s eye, triggering the idea to start the junior at the point.“One thing I’ve seen a lot of improvement in is Evan’s passing,” Matta said. “That’s something that we talked about in the offseason. From that standpoint, we’ve got to get him the ball in certain situations because he finds guys, and it’s advantageous for us where he is when he catches it. The defense has a lot of decisions to make. When we have guys around him that can shoot it, that’s good for us.”The switch means that Hill and Simmons will both come off the bench, a demotion they refuse to scoff at, knowing full well that the team excels best when Turner possesses the ball.“It benefits us a lot because Evan is such a great player that he can not only create for himself, but he can create for others,” Hill said. “That makes the game easy when a guy can drive. Everybody is all eyes on him, they help, we move into position, and he gets us the ball on time every time where we want it.“And even if they don’t help, then he scores. Good things happen when he has the ball. He’s a very special player.”Matta hopes that the move will enable Turner’s teammates to contribute more for a team that won 22 games and lost in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.While defenses concentrate on Turner setting up the offense, forward David Lighty expects the rest of the players on the court to get less attention, and open shots as a result.“He creates for everyone out there on the floor,” said Lighty, who missed the majority of last season with a broken foot. “You have to double-team him because if you don’t, he’s going to hurt you. Whatever defenders have to do to stop him, it’s going to help us out because they have to read him.”He might not match his league-high 17.3 points per game average from last year, but Turner should find plenty of open teammates.“I score in other ways,” Turner said. “We have an equal balance of scoring, and it makes it even easier for everyone else on the team. If [his scoring] takes a hit, it takes a hit. We’re just trying to get some more wins in the win column.”In all, both coaches and players feel that placing Turner at the point puts him — and the team — in the best position to exceed the predicted preseason finish of third in the conference.“Coach Matta is helping me understand the system more and putting trust in me to carry out what needs to be done,” Turner said. “I think that I can make plays, and I have a lot of teammates who can make shots. Whichever way we go, we’ll try to be successful with it.”