BCS system still sucks

first_imgIt’s a pretty common fact the BCS ranking system isn’t exactly ideal. But over the past couple of weeks I’ve been attempting to make sense of it and accept it for the imperfect system that it is.Since the working relationship has only lasted three weeks, I haven’t quite reached a happy ending yet.In a system where a win over a Notre Dame team that isn’t all that impressive this year seems to automatically launch the victor into a top 25 spot or a loss to a lesser ranked or unranked opponent spells disaster for the loser, it’s getting increasingly difficult for me to make sense of anything.I know that right now what I’m really upset with is the AP Top 25 Poll, but in the end it’s a good reflection of the BCS rankings. Lately it just looks like teams are being ranked on a combination of their record and the legacy of their program in seasons past instead of how the team actually performed on the field.For instance, the Badgers are 3-0 – yes, they have won three games and are still ranked No. 11 in the nation – but those three wins weren’t exactly pretty. If it weren’t for Jay Valai’s hand, Saturday night could have been a very depressing – or dangerously drunken – night for those Badger fans who take their football seriously (maybe a little too seriously). If anyone else failed to notice, Arizona State’s special teams was basically running all over Wisconsin on returns. I wouldn’t exactly call the Badgers performance worthy of a No. 11 ranking.The AP Poll is a combination of votes from 60 sportswriters and broadcasters from across the country. Each voter ranks their top 25 then all the lists are averaged out into one final poll.While the process is pretty simple, it’s still flawed. It’s a fairly objective method to vote on the top 25 teams in the nation, but it only considers the big schools. This is one of the first years Boise State is seriously being considered in the BCS standings, yet they’ve been a good football program for several seasons now.Also the rankings do reflect some bias – for lack of a better word. In the last two weeks both Michigan and Michigan State have moved into the Top 25 after their respective wins over Notre Dame. ND has a legacy of a strong, tough team, but this season doesn’t seem to be quite the same. Plain and simple, the Fighting Irish just aren’t that good.With this fact in mind, how is it that after beating Notre Dame, both Michigan and Michigan State are Top 25 material? Is that really all it takes to be considered one of the best in the nation – a win over a historically elite program that’s forgotten how to win? I mean let’s face it, Michigan has Denard Robinson, and that’s about it. He is their offense. Robinson is currently the leading rusher in the nation with 559 yards… and he’s a quarterback. If it wasn’t already obvious, when the quarterback is the team’s leading rusher, it’s probably not a good sign for the offense down the road.Trust me, although Robinson is now the favorite in most Heisman watches right now, in an offense that relies heavily on one man to score, they just aren’t a top 25 team.Mainly I guess I just disagree with how the rankings are done. I understand that it is these voters’ jobs to remain objective and really look into how the teams are playing over the season, but I guess I would be happier if the rankings weren’t a major issue, or factor in the BCS standings.While I would much rather have an objective source rank the teams – most likely a computer program – I have to admit I would probably be upset with it as well, mostly because the talent a team has would go unaccounted for (insert Boise State here).So I may never win when it comes to rankings, but to finally address the elephant in the room: the BCS system just isn’t the answer.In a combination of computer rankings, the Harris Interactive Poll and the USA Today Coaches poll, the weird, not exactly accurate rankings, ultimately help decide who gets to be the national champion each year.What we really just need is a playoff system. It may add more games to the season, but it’s the right thing to do.It’s simple. The conference champions will play off until two are left for the national championship (in this case, kind of like the Superbowl). Matchups can be determined by each team’s record. In instances of a tie or multiple ties, or some annual system could be set up where the Big Ten champion always plays the Big 12 champion or an Independent. I’m not the NCAA so it’s not up to me to figure it all out, but these are just some ideas.Don’t worry, all the bowls can still be played. That would be easy enough to figure out.But something does need to change.last_img read more

Local museum to open ahead of first official day of summer

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis  ALPENA, Mich.— As the first official day of summer rolls in this weekend, the Besser Museum will open its doors to the public Friday. Guests will need to make a reservation before entering the museum and only 25 people are allowed in the facility at one time.Museum staff and visitors are required to use social distancing as well as wear a face covering. Guests will have an hour to tour the museum and staff will disinfect all areas during a thirty minute close time  between each tour.Hand sanitizer and masks will be available and visitors are asked not to touch exhibits and artifacts. Planetarium presentations will be shorter and the show time schedule is limited.To make a reservation please call 989–356–2202. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Free drive-thru Coronavirus testing this Friday in AlpenaNext Summer reading program is available to area familieslast_img read more

Nigeria’s Super 7 shocks Multichoice Ghana to win 2017 Standard Chartered trophy

first_imgNigeria’s Super 7 defeated Multichioce Ghana 3-1 on Saturday to win the 2017 Standard Chartered trophy tournament at the Lizzy Sports Complex.The West African regional event saw Multichioce Ghana, Super 7 Nigeria and Guinness Cameroun competing for the sole ticket to represent the sub region in London in May.The Nigerians recorded wins over Cameroun and Ghana to book a place at the final tournament in Anfield.Liverpool Legend Jason McAteer joined the regional event in Ghana and provided tips to the finalists and hosted a soccer clinic for children and engaged clients. The Super 7 team will receive a professional training session with LFC legends and coaches to help them prepare for the Final tournament including an all expensive paid trip to the UK.Speaking after the event, Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing at Standard Chartered, Akosua Asiedua Addae said “we are pleased with the successful organization of this year’s event and we are hoping that they bring the cup because last year Kenya won and its time for West Africa to also win it”“ Unfortunately as a Ghanaian we would have loved to team Multichioce Ghana who represented us but all the same we wish team Nigeria ‘’“We believe that team Nigeria will make us proud when they square it off with seven other markets in the global event in London “she added.last_img read more

Jared Dudley hopes to add veteran leadership to Lakers

first_imgHe’s used to being the adult in the locker room.For the last several seasons, Jared Dudley has carved out a niche as the sherpa for incoming rookies, the gel to fuse chemistry among young players, the sage waiting with advice. But next season, there’s going to be a little relief from looking around and seeing other players his age.“It’s definitely different. It’s easier on a vet team,” he said. “I’ve been able to do both throughout my career, but I think every player loves to have more of a championship contender team to be able to play with.”Dudley, 34, has never been a star and infrequently been a starter on six teams throughout his 12 years in the NBA. His career has been structured around being an accountable, sociable veteran who understands his role and stays within it. Teams in the past have praised his chemistry-building and leadership. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat played out in Brooklyn last season, where Dudley averaged 4.9 points and shot 35 percent from 3-point range but was valued on a Nets team that made the playoffs following a lengthy rebuild.“For me, I wasn’t really built for athleticism or speed, so I always had to rely on my mind, my instincts,” Dudley said. “When you look at my game, and look at someone like myself being in my 13th year, that surprises a lot of people because of what you see.”What you don’t see is the locker room conversations, the bench adjustments, the spirit at practices, and every other detail that Dudley prides himself in covering well.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img While there are a limited number of young players on next season’s Lakers roster, Dudley thinks he can help mentor Kyle Kuzma, who plays his position.“I see so much potential in him, as a guy we’re going to need to be able to reach our goal,” Dudley said. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years The furthest Dudley has been is the 2010 Western Conference finals, when his Phoenix team lost to the eventual champion Lakers. Dudley is a SoCal native himself, growing up in San Diego, but he said the Lakers brand had more appeal than the location – had the Clippers been interested, he wouldn’t have opted for them over the Lakers (in contrast with at least one other notable free agent small forward).“I think it was the opportunity to compete for the championship, the opportunity to compete with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and beyond that, the Laker brand,” he said. “It’s probably the biggest brand in all of sports.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

Klay Thompson injury update: Warriors guard tore ACL in Game 6, agent says

first_imgKlay Thompson tore his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors, his agent told ESPN.Thompson suffered the injury in the third quarter on a breakaway. Danny Green went up to contest a shot and Thompson was thrown off balance on his way down before his knee twisted awkwardly. Toronto went on to close out the Warriors with a 114-110 victory to earn its first championship in franchise history. He stayed down for a minute and initially went to the locker room. But, because he had been awarded two free throws he couldn’t go just yet. Had he left he would have been ineligible to come back in the game.Some staffers went and stopped him from leaving and brought him back to the court to take the free throws. He hit both attempts and then went to the locker room after DeMarcus Cousins fouled to give him a chance to get off the court. He did not return. He was seen leaving the arena on crutches.Thompson scored 30 points in the game before exiting. last_img read more

Avans, Gray Voted Baseball Players of the Week

first_imgHitter of the Week: Drew Avans, Southeastern Louisiana – Sr. – OF – Alabaster, Ala.Avans rebounded from a slow start to the season with three multi-hit games as the Lions defeated Toledo, Tulane and took two of three games from New Orleans in their conference opener series last week. He posted a .474 weekly batting average and a .524 on base percentage. 2018 Southland Conference Baseball Week Five Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana senior Drew Avans and Central Arkansas senior Tyler Gray are the Southland Conference Baseball Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. The Lions (11-6, 2-1 SLC) host Purdue tonight at 6 p.m. CT before heading to Biloxi, Miss., for a neutral site matchup with No. 19 Mississippi State at MGM Park at 6:35 p.m. Southeastern then travels to Beaumont, Texas, for a three-game conference series at Lamar, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. Honorable Mention: Gabriel Sequeria, Sam Houston State; Carlisle Koestler, Southeastern Louisiana. Honorable Mention: Jared Martin, Stephen F. Austin; Trey Ochoa, Sam Houston State.center_img Pitcher of the Week: Tyler Gray, Central Arkansas – Sr. – RHP – Fort Smith, Ark.Gray tied a program record by striking out 14 batters in just seven innings in UCA’s win over McNeese on the road. He allowed just three hits while the Cowboys hit just .136 against him. The Fort Smith, Ark., native now has 35 Ks in four games, ranking second in the conference. UCA (7-8, 1-2 SLC) hosts Southeast Missouri State tonight at 6 p.m. and tomorrow at 3 p.m. before hosting UIW for a three-game series starting Friday at 6 p.m. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Djokovic tops Nishikori for 8th US Open final

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The No. 6-seeded Djokovic missed last year’s tournament with an injured right elbow.He will face Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday’s final. Del Potro advanced when Rafael Nadal retired after the second set with a knee injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Woodley to defend title again after UFC boss ripped last win Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, celebrates after defeating Kei Nishikori, of Japan, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Novak Djokovic reached his eighth U.S. Open final by beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.Djokovic is bidding for his third title at Flushing Meadows and 14th Grand Slam trophy overall.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIEScenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READlast_img read more

PYJ Prepares for Victory in October

first_imgMr. Porte speaking in an exclusive interviewMany Liberians continue to limit or confine the political influence and activities of Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson (PYJ), who is also the political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), to his native county. But this no longer seems to be the case as Johnson has appointed a very eloquent and articulate son of Montserrado County (specifically Croizerville), Togba R. Porte, to head his campaign team.The veteran union organizer, who has over 15 years of union organizing experience under his belt as an executive member (second in command) of the Healthcare Union of New York City, has been charged with the responsibility to ensure that the MDR, “a fast growing progressive political institution,” wins at the polls in October.Mr. Porte told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview that the 2017 elections is the ideal time for transformation in Liberia. “We need to create a better Liberia and a good atmosphere for the citizenry of this country. The leadership of this country owes it to them. And because we want to commit ourselves to this cause as a party, this is why the requisite people who will ensure that these things are done are being recruited by our political leader,” he said.“I come with a wealth of experience to this post and I think with my team we would do a very great job for the MDR, ensuring that we liberate our people from these leaders, who instead of serving our people continue to marginalize them.”He indicated that the entire country needs a total overhaul, including its infrastructure and institutions.Porte said many partisans and supporters of MDR know Senator PYJ as a man of his word and of principles, adding: “He is a man who does what he says and says what he does. Senator Jonson strongly believes that we need to make our people comfortable in their own country—and this is what we are endeavoring to do upon ascending to state power.”Porte said the MDR platform is built around the acronym: SHARE – Security, Health, Agriculture, Reconstruction and Education. “Included in our platform is all the solutions that this country needs to be transformed, and the MDR has committed itself to these,” he added.“I have known PYJ for over 20 years now but we only became close in the past six years and a half; and I have known him to be a very straightforward leader. He is the kind of leader that Liberians need currently. He is a man of his word and a straightforward person. This is why we are coming on board to ensure that his vision for this country is brought on the national scene.”The MDR campaign manager, who is the son of E. Julius Porte, Sr. of Croizerville—a cousin of the legendary constitutional analyst and pamphleteer, Albert Porte, noted that he and his team are now drawing up their strategies that will ensure that MDR is victorious at the polls, which is just under eight months away.“We will ensure that our party is victorious and we are employing all the requisite strategies to make it happen. We are good at organizing and we will use these skills to command victory,” he noted.He said the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration has failed the Liberian people and there is a need for a paradigm shift in the governance structure of Liberia. “Leaders need to be servants of the people and not masters. Leaders need to learn how to stick to their promises. We need to be serious in this country,” he said.After refuting claims that PYJ’s only stronghold is his native Nimba County, Porte used the occasion to disabuse every critic who feels that way by saying, “We attract our membership from all across the country. People are attracted to our political leaders from all fifteen counties of this country.”Meanwhile, Porte’s claim that Senator Johnson’s influence or political persuasions are not only restricted to Nimba County was clearly proven  in the 2011 general and presidential elections when he surprised the nation by accumulating the third highest votes in the presidential election—making headways for himself, particularly in Lofa, Bong, Margibi and Grand Bassa counties.PYJ was third behind Madam Sirleaf of the Unity Party and Winston Tubman of the CDC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nabbed taxi driver remanded on illegal gun, ammo charge

first_imgPolice high-speed chaseDevon Porter of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, who was nabbed by Police during a high-speed chase, was on Friday hauled to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to firearm and ammunition possession charges.Porter, who claimed he was a taxi driver, denied both charges when they were read to him by Magistrate Judy Latchman.The court heard that on August 9, 2018, while he was in the vicinity of Howes Street, Charlestown, Georgetown, he had in his possession a .38 revolver without being a licensed firearm holder.The second charge alleged that on the same day he also had in his possession one live matching round.The prosecution informed of the court that the 38-year-old man was arrested after a high-speed chase with Police through the Charlestown, Georgetown area.According to Police, upon observing the “suspicious movements” of motor car PWW 149, the lawmen signalled the driver to stop the vehicle, but instead, the accused accelerated and ended up crashing into a lamp post in Lying Street, Charlestown.As Police approached the car, Porter was allegedly seen throwing the said firearm through the window into a nearby drain. The car accelerated and eventually crashed into a light pole.Porter was remanded to prison until September 7.last_img read more

Several seriously injured in Enmore accident

first_imgSeveral passengers of a minibus and a motor car were seriously injured following an accident on Thursday night on the Enmore Public Road, East Coast Demerara.This was confirmed by Traffic Chief Dion Moore Thursday night via telephone.The mangled vehicles involved in the accidentHowever, at the time that Guyana Times made contact with Moore, he had explained that he had not received a full report of what transpired.Nevertheless, this publication made contact with a few eyewitnesses who relayed that the accident occurred around 19:00h.According to information, the route 44 minibus involved in the accident was heading to Georgetown, allegedly at a fast rate, when it collided with the motor car travelling in the opposite direction.This resulted in both vehicles spinning many times before coming to a halt facing West.Owing to the impact, a woman was allegedly tossed out of the minibus through the windscreen onto the public road, several feet away.This newspaper was unable to ascertain the exact number of injured persons, who were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital for emergency treatment. However, several persons were said to be unconscious.There were no reported deaths up to press time.Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more