Jets Could Use Tim Tebow At Running Back

The running back-deficient New York Jets could use Tim Tebow in the position, coach Rex Ryan said, although the team had not practiced him at the spot a few days before its game Sunday against New England.Backup running backs Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight missed two practices this week because of injury, opening a question to Ryan about the option of using Tebow as a ball-carrier.“That’s a possibility,” Ryan said. “The thing about Tim, with him being a football player like we’ve always talked about, by playing quarterback he knows all the positions and so, can you plug him in at running back? Can you plug him in at tight end, whatever? I think the answer is yes.”Powell injured his shoulder in Sunday’s win over the Colts, and McKnight hurt his ankle soon after.Tebow, officially the team’s backup quarterback behind Mark Sanchez, has 64 rushing yards this season, but almost all out of the Wildcat formation after a direct snap. He gained muscle mass over the offseason to help block in his new role with the punt-protection team. So although technically a quarterback, Tebow has acquired the physique for contact and has been used to block on offense as well.Tebow has played running back already this season, taking a couple of snaps at the position against the 49ers, but none of his carries have come as a back. They’ve all come from the shotgun as part of the Wildcat and read-option package.“I would be ready for whatever I would be asked to do, absolutely,” Tebow said Wednesday.But to be exclusively a running back?“I don’t know,” Tebow said. “It’s not something that’s been talked (about) or planned or worked on at all, so probably not.”Belichick, speaking Wednesday, said Tebow is “really another running back for them.” read more

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Mike Trout Somehow Found A Way To Get Better

201725.350.466.757.487.40717%19%7.0-6.211.0 PER SEASON 201119.220.281.390.296.1717226.0+7.20.7 Trout is on pace for new career bests in almost every offensive category, from the conventional (batting average; slugging percentage) to the wonky (isolated power; walk and strikeout rates3If Trout ended the season with his current stats in the latter two categories, they’d be tied with Trout’s 2016 and 2013 seasons, respectively.). And while Trout’s batting average on balls in play is outrageously high — currently at .368, a number that would be unsustainable for most players — it’s not too much higher than his career BABIP of .360. The man is simply the best at hitting ’em where they ain’t.At a more fundamental level, Trout’s plate discipline is approaching early-2000s-Barry-Bonds levels. (Maybe it’s no coincidence that Mets manager Terry Collins considered walking him with the bases loaded over the weekend.) He’s swinging far less at balls outside the zone but offering much more at balls inside the zone. He’s attacking the first pitch more than ever but working his way into some of the league’s highest rates of 2-0 and 3-0 counts. This strategy of selective aggression has only made the game’s top player even tougher to get out.However, there are also some signs that Trout’s hot start will eventually cool off. Despite the incredible power numbers, his exit velocity is down pretty substantially from the previous two seasons, and he’s making the best kind of contact4As measured by “barrels,” MLB’s designation for batted balls with a combination of exit velocity and launch angle that is associated with a batting average of at least .500 and a slugging percentage of 1.500. less than he did last year. Trout’s rate of home runs per fly ball — which measures how fortunate a player has been for his deep flies to find the stands (and not an outfielder’s glove) — is far above his career average. Even a player as great as Trout needs a dash of luck sometimes.To surpass his epic 2012 coming-out party, Trout was always going to need some lucky breaks. But considering that some of the luck he received as a fresh-faced youngster is offset by his improved hitting skills, Trout really only needs a little bit of good fortune to put up career-best numbers. And so far, that’s exactly what he’s gotten. 201422.287.377.561.402.27412267.0-6.47.9 201523.299.402.590.415.29014235.0+4.49.2 201624.315.441.550.418.23517206.6+3.910.0 201321.323.432.557.423.23415196.8-2.69.9 201220.326.399.564.409.23811228.6+16.310.5 In almost every category, Mike Trout is playing better than ever SEASONAGEAVGOBPSLGWOBAISOBBSOSPEEDDEFWAR WAR and DEF (defensive runs above average) are an average of FanGraphs’s and Baseball-Reference.com’s metrics. SPEED is Bill James’s Speed Score, an approximation of a player’s running speed (using his rates of stolen bases, triples and runs scored), scaled where average is around 5.0. Per season numbers are scaled to a full schedule (1,200 defensive innings and 162 team games).Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs.com As a general rule, baseball players — specifically, the non-pitching variety — tend to break into the majors in their early 20s, improve pretty rapidly over their first handful of seasons, peak around age 271Or possibly older. But probably not. and then begin the inexorable decline toward mediocrity (and retirement). But some special players begin their careers with such a bang that it’s difficult to imagine how they could get better, at least without breaking the game as we know it.Twenty-five-year-old Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout is one of those players. During his first full MLB season in 2012, Trout burst onto the scene with 10.5 wins above replacement (WAR),2Averaging together the competing versions offered at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. a tally that not only led the majors but also ranked as the 14th-best season by a position player since World War II. He was only 20 at the time; if he followed the typical aging curve, a 27-year-old Trout would make Babe Ruth look like B.J. Surhoff. Or maybe Trout’s sky-high WAR meant he’d already peaked (in production, if not skill), simply because such a year requires a ton of good fortune and might not be repeatable in future seasons.And through last season, even as Trout continued to build his case as the potential G.O.A.T., the 2012 campaign still stood as his greatest performance. But that might not be true anymore. Just a third of the way into the 2017 season, Trout is tracking for his best campaign yet. read more

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In 10 years at OSU Tressel has given new life to Buckeyes

A lot can change over the course of a decade. Ten years ago, current Ohio State students were unassuming preteens, in awe of some newfangled MP3 device, the awkwardly capitalized “iPod.” In 2001, the Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the worst teams in the NBA, Britney Spears was on Billboard’s Top 100 charts and The Rock was still in pro wrestling. OK, maybe the world hasn’t changed that much — but the landscape of OSU football has. Coach Jim Tressel was introduced Jan. 18, 2001, as the new leader of one of the nation’s most-potent football programs. In many ways, when he took over, the program was a sleeping giant. The departed John Cooper, in the two years prior to Tressel, led the Buckeyes to consecutive seasons of mediocrity. In 1999, OSU didn’t even make a bowl game, a moral sin by Buckeye standards, and finished with a record of 6-6. In 2000, Cooper triumphantly returned to the postseason, with an 8-4 squad and, naturally, lost the bowl game. The caliber of talent was there but the winning mentality wasn’t. Those teams were known for wide receivers Ken-Yon Rambo, whose leadership was publicly questioned by linebacker Matt Wilhelm, and Reggie Germany, whose 0.00 GPA fell just short of dean’s list standards. Most importantly, Cooper was 2-10-1 against Michigan. For all of the talent he recruited, he fell short in the biggest game almost every season. So, when Tressel took the microphone at halftime of an OSU-Michigan basketball game the day he was hired, he knew what Buckeye fans wanted to hear. Without even donning the sweater vest on the sidelines for the first time, Tressel was an instant legend. Buckeye fans can still recite his speech word for word. “Three hundred ten days” later, in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tressel’s team didn’t disappoint — it beat the Wolverines in Tressel’s first year on the job. Back then, it wasn’t an automatic win. The next season, Tressel delivered a National Championship, OSU’s first since 1970. As a Cleveland fan, knowing that I won’t see a title from my professional teams in my lifetime, I see no problem deifying Tressel on one title alone. On the field, Tressel is 106-22 at OSU, and his teams have won 10 or more games eight times. Off the field, the Buckeyes have had about as many problems as any other major program, yet Tressel isn’t a Jabba the Hut-sized slimeball like Alabama’s Nick Saban or USC’s Lane Kiffin. Former Florida coach Urban Meyer recently said, on Indianapolis radio station ESPN-1070 The Fan, “What I’ve seen the last five years is a complete turn in the integrity of the college coaching profession.” He meant that in a negative fashion. Plus, I can’t imagine he’s talking about Tressel. There’s a reason why ESPN’s Chris Fowler calls Tressel “The Senator.” He handles himself with the tact of a well-respected politician. Just look at the aftermath of Tattoo-gate. Telling players they can’t play in the Sugar Bowl unless they promise to return next season? Ingenious. In hindsight, I would feel different if the Buckeyes weren’t perennial national title contenders. Yet, under Tressel, they are, and the momentum of the last 10 years feels like it will carry on for decades to come. read more

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Money matters and artistic concerns

first_imgThe basic concept was to engage and entertain day to day basic human needs to project the upcoming Budget 2015.The material which has been used includes telephonic wires, cylinder, film roll, CPU, monitor,  etc. The budget is scheduled to be announced on February 28 by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.On congratulating students, RC Dalal, Executive Director of Fashion Technology said, “As the date of Budget comes around, our expectations arose and our students have perfectly shown this through the use of materials which we all use in our day to day basic needs.” A team of eight students prepared the whole installation which was headed by Kappil Kishor, Senior Faculty Member of JD Institute of fashion Technology. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The institute has been a distinctively eminent name in the design fraternity of India for two and a half decades now. Founded in 1988, the institute is more often than ever, looked upon as a nationwide cornerstone for all the fervent aspirants who endeavor to make a lucrative career in the disciplines of either fashion, interiors or jewellery.The institute focuses on creating the designers of tomorrow.  The institute is committed to anticipating and fulfilling the ever-changing requirements of the design industry by producing world-class designers. JD provides the perfect setting for aspirants to become professionally competent, confident and translating talent into a rewarding career. This provides young JEDIIANS an optimum exposure to the real world of fashion by taking assignments with choicest of brands, participating in selected shows, exhibitions and competitions, while pursuing their education.last_img read more

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Student unrest has led to vacant seats in JU Partha

first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday attributed the vacant seats of Jadavpur University to the recent student unrest in the campus. “23 percent of the seats of Jadavpur University are vacant because of student unrest,” Chatterjee said during a discussion at the state Assembly, while tabling five Bills, including setting up of four new universities and renaming one.It may be mentioned that the admission process has come to an end at JU and still, 70 seats in engineering in the varsity are lying vacant. Chatterjee’s remarks came after CPI-M MLA Tanmoy Bhattacharya alleged that there is poor infrastructure and dearth of faculties in the newly set up universities across the state. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Your government (erstwhile Left Front) had not set up such a huge number of universities during your tenure and so your MLAs are jealous of the our government’s success. Academicians from other states are coming to teach in the colleges and universities of Bengal,” Chatterjee retorted.It may be mentioned that the Education minister was referring to the student movement in the varsity against the university’s decision to scrap admission test for six Humanities subjects in the undergraduate level. The university has subsequently yielded to the pressure from students and brought back admission tests. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe minister said that apart from a huge rise in budgetary allocation in the education sector, the enrollment has been raised from 12.5 lakh in 2011 to 18.5 lakh, due to the various student-centric schemes and scholarships.The Murshidabad University Bill, The Alipurduar University Bill, The Greenfield University Bill and The Dakshin Dinajpur University Bill were passed in the state Assembly.”The universities will help in bringing the economically backward classes under the ambit of higher education. All colleges of the concerned districts will be affiliated under the respective new universities,” Chatterjee said.The Purba Medinipur University (Amendment) Bill was also passed. The university has been renamed as Mahatma Gandhi University, to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.last_img read more

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Successful Spanish auction… German investor c

first_img* Successful Spanish auction… * German investor confidence rises… * Current account deficit narrowed… * Currencies traded in a tight range…And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!The spotlight resides in Europe…Good day.and welcome to another Wednesday. I’ll start the day off with a note from our fearless leader, so take it away Chuck!“Hello! It’s good to talk to you all dear readers again! Yes, I’ve been in touch from time to time with Chris, but I was going through the Pfennig email box and saw that Mike was getting asked to say something about my status.  So, being of sound mind (my beautiful wife would question that!) but not body.  Here goes.  Well, this journey began with me waking up in the middle of the night on Labor Day weekend with my left leg swelling and very painful.Having experienced two blood clots in that leg in the past 5 years, I immediately thought, oh no! Another blood clot. It got so bad that by morning, we headed to the hospital. Yes, the two blood clots were still there, but  no new ones. Instead, was the nastiest infection in the whole lower leg called cellulitis.   This was 3 days before my scheduled jaw surgery, so the surgery had to be postponed, for no surgeon would perform surgery with that kind of infection in my body.  But, what then happened had to be considered sort of a miracle.  I left a week later to see a renal cell specialist at the MD Anderson Cancer Clinic.  After reviewing all of my pathology, scans, MRI’s, and so on, they decided that they thought they could save my jaw from being removed!  YAHOO!So, I’m on a new drug to shrink the tumors in me. Yes, there’s one in my mouth, and one in my chest,  and I’ll be monitored here, and return to MD Anderson in two months. So, now it’s all up to the medicine. I’ve been taking it for 5 days now, and on the 7th day, it’s supposed to “kick in”. I truly expect to be back at work next week, but I’ll have to see how I tolerate the medicine. My leg is still very painful, but tolerable, and I still need to keep the infected area above my heart for much of the day, and all night. So, there you go! I want to thank all the dear readers for their thoughts and prayers, for I think that’s why the infection showed up 3 days before my surgery! Call me crazy, but it’s what I believe so, I’ll talk to you all next week.”It’s definitely good to hear from Chuck and its certainly good news that he’s making strides in the right direction. Moving on to the task at hand, residual concern over the European debt crisis remained in control of the markets and it looks as though this trend has sprouted some legs. Until we get something out of Europe or the US that is able to steal the spotlight, investors will most likely keep the focus in place with bond yields at the top of the list. The markets also seem hesitant to move too far in one direction or the other until we see more action by the ECB, but the bandages are currently holding things together.Spain did have a successful auction of shorter term bills yesterday and ended up selling more than the maximum target, which is exactly what officials want to see, and had the desired effect of lower yields. We’ll see another auction tomorrow, but the all important 10 year yield ended the day at 5.91%. Spanish officials have been going back and forth about seeking a bailout, but it looks like both sides agree that additional austerity measures on top of what’s already in place isn’t exactly the desired course of action. As bad debt in their banking system rose to a record 9.86% in July, it’s looking more likely a bailout would take place at some point but I think we’ll see a lot of negotiating from both sides before that takes place. The problem going forward, however, is that investors could force the issue much sooner if bond vigilantes begin to smell blood.Focusing on Germany for a moment, we saw domestic investor confidence in September increase for the first time since April, albeit still in negative territory, and is primarily due to the announcement of the bond buying program at the beginning of the month. The fact that the German constitutional court is on board with the rescue also added to sentiment as German stocks were trading near a 1 ½ year high. As always, if we drill down a bit, the gauge of current happenings has fallen to a June 2010 low so we’re still looking at a fragile and challenging situation. I saw a projection that’s calling for economic growth to come in at 0.8% this year, which is considerably lower than 3% growth in 2011, but the global environment could knock that figure lower by the time it’s all said and done.While the market kept the focus on Europe, we did have a couple of economic reports in the US that we’ll talk about. First, the current account deficit, which is the broadest measure of international trade, fell more than expected by coming in at -$117.4 billion. It does mark an improvement from the revised figure of $133.6 billion in the first quarter, but prospects of slower exports have some calling for continued widening of this number. If we look back a couple of weeks, the larger trade gap in July isn’t a good start to the third quarter, as the deficit with the European Union widened to a five year high. But like I mentioned yesterday, there aren’t too many headlines that follow this report anymore.The TIC flows, or international purchases of US financial assets, did rise but blew the expectations out of the water as they increased over seven times the original estimate. The net long term flows amounted to $67 billion in July, much more than the $9.3 billion we saw in June and the $27.5 billion estimate, as investors sought protection from the European financial markets. A testament to this movement can be seen as France gobbled up 32% more Treasuries than previously, but China retains its top spot as the largest foreign owner of US Treasuries with $1.15 trillion in holdings. It looks like this trend should be present when we see the August results as tensions were still elevated.The last report from yesterday revealed higher confidence among US homebuilders during the month of September. The National Association of Home Builders index rose to 40, which marks the highest level since June 2006. Keep in mind that readings below 50 indicates more pessimism than optimism, but lower real estate prices and interest rates at record lows were enough to tip the scales and has kept things well above the record low reading of 8 back in January 2009. As I mentioned yesterday, it’s going to be an intensive day of housing so we’ll see how enthusiastic buyers really were in August as we see the results of existing home sales.The Fed is trying to go all in with the housing market as they aim to keep interest rates at rock bottom levels for as long as possible. While it sounds good in theory, there are still way too many headwinds from having any type of significant impact in the near term. We’ve covered the unintended consequences over the past couple of weeks but lower interest rates aren’t very useful for all of those stuck in upside down properties or whose credit situation or joblessness is preventing a refinance or purchase. With that said, the experts are calling for a 2% rise in home sales during the month of August.Moving on to the currency market, it was kind of a mixed bag type of day as most of the currencies traded within a tight range. It was pretty much the US dollar/euro story all day long. The euro ended the day in last place with a 0.50% loss and was trading around 1.3045 as I left the office last night. When I said a tight range, the euro was a perfect example as it held firm between 1.3060 and 1.3030 during US trading, so most of its fall occurred before we even had our morning cup of coffee. I already addressed the reasons for its fall, but the Swiss franc broke away slightly and finished the day with a fractional loss.Taking a look at the leader board, the South African rand finished in first place with nearly a 1% gain. You would think with investors walking on eggshells that this isn’t exactly conducive to a higher risk currency such as the rand, but we did see some good news as striking mine workers came to an agreement and headed back to work. Since mining is important to the domestic economy, it was certainly welcomed news. The state of the economy still isn’t in the best of shape as consumer confidence remained near a four year low, but the news from the mining industry was enough to offset. Much like Brazil, the rand is one of the more volatile currencies so not exactly what you would consider a core currency.The Swedish krona finished in second place as policy makers indicated they won’t take active steps to weaken the currency. Investors became a little skittish after the surprise rate cut, but minutes of that meeting uncovered the fact that officials aren’t calling the currency appreciation a remarkable event given the nation’s economic outlook. The central bank governor went on to say the krona is at a level which is stronger than many times before, but it’s not an extraordinary or different krona strength since they have a large current account surplus and sound public finances.Another currency whose central bank released minutes of the previous policy meeting was Australia. The RBA said currency strength and slowing Chinese growth could pose risks to the economy. The minutes also conveyed investment plans that could substantially increase investment over the next year, so the case can be made to cut rates or leave them on hold at their next meeting. With that said, investors are currently pricing in a 72% chance that interest rates will be cut to 3.25% next month but I think any additional signs that China is continuing to slow would be the final nail.Investors were also anticipating the results of UK inflation in August, which held steady on an annual basis at 2.5% and was lower than July’s 2.6% figure. As inflation remains above its 2% target, the debate remains as to continue the stimulus program or cut back in an attempt to steer it close toward the comfort zone. While slower economic growth is expected to naturally take inflation lower, the fact its outpacing wage growth by 1% is what makes this a challenging environment. Eyes will be focused on the minutes of September’s policy meeting to get a better understanding on how officials voted with respect to their bond purchases.There wasn’t really any market moving news from the other major currencies, so I guess we could throw the rest of the field into the peleton. Except for the currencies mentioned above, they all finished plus or minus by a fraction of a point. The Swiss government cut its economic growth forecast this year down to 1% and home prices in China have moderated. The Chinese property market has been a concern since any type of sustained increase most likely would translate into additional tightening measures from the government. Other than that, I saw where some economists are expecting the Singapore government to tighten the pace of its currency appreciation band a little bit since inflation is forecast to slow heading into next year.Chuck also sent me some thoughts on gold, so here you go. “A chartist friend of mine, sent me a note yesterday, and pointed out that the price of Gold’s 55 day moving avg. was getting very close to crossing the 200-day moving average. If this happens, and I believe it will, it could generate a ton of technical buying. I know, it’s not fundamentals, but every now and then I like to mix the fundamentals with the technicals and this is one of those times!” I also came across an opinion from Bank of America where they see gold rising to $2,400 by the end of 2014 if the Fed continues monetary easing over that time frame.As I came in this morning, there wasn’t much conviction in the markets either way during the overnight trading sessions so things are pretty much right where I left them last night, with the bias pointing toward a stronger dollar at the moment. The euro was able to hold onto the 1.30 handle and the Japanese yen showed some weakness as the Bank of Japan joined the ECB and Fed with additional stimulus efforts. Other than that, not much happened overnight, so we’ll see what kind of impact the housing data in the US will have right off the bat this morning.To recap..Chuck gives us an update and it sounds like things are progressing. Concerns over in Europe were in control once again but Spain did have a successful bond auction which brought about lower yields. Investor confidence increased in September but remained in negative territory. The current account deficit along with the TIC flows in the US both fared better than expected and a gauge of homebuilder confidence increased again. All in all, it was a fairly quiet day in the currency market and the rand held the top spot as miners returned to work. The Swedish government indicated no active intervention measures and Australian policy makers could be kicking around a rate cut.Currencies today 9/19/12. American Style: A$ $1.0443, kiwi .8275, C$ $1.0262, euro 1.3014, sterling 1.619, Swiss $1.0766. European Style: rand 8.2353, krone 5.7157, SEK 6.5483, forint 217.67, zloty 3.1678, koruna 19.0977, RUB 31.0601, yen 78.97, sing 1.2255, HKD 7.7524, INR 53.9950, China 6.3098, pesos 12.8094, BRL 2.0234, Dollar Index 79.29, Oil $95.03, 10-year 1.79%, Silver $34.68, Gold $1,773.50, and Platinum $1,635.50That’s it for today.I’ve been forgetting about this all week, but I wanted to remind everyone that you can check out the special Pfennig and Pfriends report every Sunday on the website at www.dailypfennig.com. It offers some extra commentary on various topics, so check it out in the archives. It was actually cold this morning walking across the bridge that connects our office to the parking garage, so I definitely could have used a jacket. I used to be that guy who never wore a coat, even in the middle of winter, but I like to think that I’ve gotten wiser with age. Anyway, the Cardinals pulled out a win last night but they need to keep it up to secure a wild card spot. I’ll let you go for today, so until tomorrow. Have a Great Day!Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

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