Woman IPS Officer’s Sexual Harassment Complaint- “Take Positive Step And Suspend Accused Special DGP”: Madras High Court To Govt.

first_imgNews UpdatesWoman IPS Officer’s Sexual Harassment Complaint- “Take Positive Step And Suspend Accused Special DGP”: Madras High Court To Govt. Sparsh Upadhyay16 March 2021 9:02 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court on Tuesday (16th March) asked the Tamil Nadu State Government to suspend the Special DGP who has been charged with sexual harassment of an IPS cadre woman officer. Significantly, the Madras High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of alleged sexual harassment of an IPS cadre woman officer by her senior, a Special DGP, and has decided to monitor the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court on Tuesday (16th March) asked the Tamil Nadu State Government to suspend the Special DGP who has been charged with sexual harassment of an IPS cadre woman officer. Significantly, the Madras High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of alleged sexual harassment of an IPS cadre woman officer by her senior, a Special DGP, and has decided to monitor the investigation into the case itself. Having perused the Status Report which was filed explaining the progress made in the investigation till date, the Bench of Justice N. Anand Venkatesh noted that the government had placed the second accused (then Chengalpattu SP) in the case under suspension. However, the Court also noted that Accused number 1 (ex-Spl. DGP) had not been suspended and that he had been kept under compulsory wait. To this, the Court said, “Placing an officer under compulsory wait does not attach any stigma to it…The concerned government servant will be entitled for all the service benefits including allowances during this period of compulsory wait. It is, therefore, clear that keeping an officer under compulsory wait can never be construed as a punishment.” Further, noting that A-1 is holding the rank of Special DGP- Law and Order, the Court also noted that the investigation is being conducted by an officer who is in the rank of Superintendent of Police. The Court made an observation that when such a superior officer who has been kept on a mere compulsory wait, is interrogated by an officer of a subordinate rank, the same will psychologically intimidate the officer from carrying on with the interrogation in a free and fair manner. “This is where the suspension of A-1 assumes significance. A-1, coming with his official paraphernalia, even though he is kept under compulsory wait, will jeopardize the investigation from being carried out effectively”, added the Court. Therefore, in light of the seriousness of the matter, prima facie evidence and the status report, the Court remarked, “Taking a positive step by suspending A-1, pending the investigation will bring in more confidence in the perception of the general public that the issue has been taken up with all seriousness and the investigation will progress in a free and fair manner.” Lastly, expressing the hope that the State of Tamil Nadu would consider the sentiments expressed by the Court seriously, the Court directed that further development be reported before the Court and with this, the matter was posted for further hearing on 23rd March 2021. Background On 01st March, while taking the suo moto cognizance of the case, the Court had minced no words in criticizing the alleged incident and also expressed displeasure at the manner in which the Special DGP allegedly used his contacts and power to prevent the victim officer from even filing a complaint against him. The Judge had expressed his concern regarding the fact that if an officer holding a high rank in Indian Police Services can be harassed and be forced to not file a complaint, what must be the state of ordinary women who are victims of such acts. Further, yesterday, the Court was hearing a plea seeking issuance of directions to the CB-CID to effectively conduct the investigation in the matter, duly monitored by the HC. The Plea further sought a direction to submit a periodical status report on the progress made in the investigation before this Court and to complete the investigation as expeditiously as possible. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Inside Conditions…Tempered Steel

first_imgMike Tyson and Aubrey Bruce (Photo by Julio Torres)To define former boxer turned promoter Mike Tyson as an “enigma” would be at the least an understatement. He has evolved from one of the most powerful punching machines in boxing history to possibly one of the most visible athletic personalities in the 20th century.However, at the conclusion of his career, he was looked upon as one of the most reviled and feared athletes in sports history. From a high profile marriage and divorce to actress Robin Givens, to being charged and convicted of rape, to an act of what many laughingly look at as an act of “cannibalism” while in the heat of battle during a bout versus Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson in his limited time on earth has seen and lived, “9 lives.”Through it all Tyson has now reinvented himself and reclaimed a popularity that just a short time ago many would have thought to be next to impossible.Recently,Tyson was in town to promote The Pride Of Pittsburgh, part of his Iron Mike Productions boxing series. It appears that Mike Tyson and his partners have found a niche to profile and profit from his persona and celebrity.The day before the fights took place, a meet and greet took place at ‘Smoker Friendly,’ a cigar aficionado’s establishment, located in Pittsburgh’s uptown section just a stone’s throw from the Consol Energy Center where the fights were held on August 8, 2014.As I approached the venue there was a line of Tyson fans at least 3/4 of a block long lining the outside of the store waiting to be admitted to see, be photographed with and get personal articles autographed by the boxing icon.As I entered I was ushered to a room at the rear of the store. When I entered the designated V.I.P. area it seemed as if I had boarded a time machine and had been transported to the ‘golden years’ of boxing.There were a few men puffing and chomping on cigars seated comfortably on expensive leather chairs. There were not any boxing deals being crafted, at least as I could tell but nevertheless the “champ” was surrounded by his “handlers,” and the room had a “aroma of tobacco.”I can’t say smoke filled room because “Smoker Friendly” had one of the better ventilation systems that I have seen in quite a while. I was also pleasantly surprised to see two of my childhood friends from Lawrenceville, Cornell Royster and his brother “Jones,” as part of the Pittsburgh “Iron Mike” inner circle.The Royster brothers were the purveyors of fine cigars long before it was fashionable.After I was seated, I witnessed fan after fan enter the room with objects to be signed, no not just signed but sanctioned. Tyson also seemed to validate periods of the lives of these fans through osmosis, just the simple act of “rubbing of elbows” with the “champ.”During my chat with Tyson he was raw yet sensitive in regards to the positives and negatives of his life.“I don’t know whether you can say my career was revitalized but I just grew up and now I am dealing with responsibilities. Responsibility was hard to deal with because I never had to deal with responsibility before. Now I have to deal with my kids making sure that they get to school on time, things I did not have to deal with before.”Tyson also pointed out that focusing on his children helped to increase the focus in other areas of his life. “Focusing on my kids also helped to keep me from backsliding into my old habits like the drugs because there were things that are now more important. I’ve become more humble, I know that if you even mention the word “humble” it might mean that you’re not, but kids will humble you as well as having to think about doing things for other people. You know buying presents for my family and friends and just doing things for other people, has helped me get away from selfishness.”Tyson also pointed out that he didn’t deal with success as a young kid very well. “I come from the sewage of Brooklyn, New York,” he says matter-of-factly, “and the next thing you know by the time that I am fourteen I am an internationally successful fighter. Only the Lord knows how you can handle that because just like a lot of these pro football athletes come from broken homes and all of a sudden they are famous with all of this money.”Tyson got a little shimmer in his eye when I asked him, What would Cus D’Amato be saying to him [Tyson] if he was still alive?“He would have me fighting. He would say “you should be fighting. There is nothing wrong with you, get in the gym and lose some weight, you should be fighting.” He would take my son, my daughter who trains in the gym with us. With Cus everybody would have to fight.”Mike Tyson has won and lost many battles, admitting that he; “sniffed cocaine off of the butts of strippers” something many men would secretly love to do, to battling and defeating drugs, volatile relationships and quite simply periods of self destructive behavior, but the biggest victory that Tyson seems to have achieved is having won the battle with himself.Aubrey Bruce may be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741Follow him on Twitter @ultrascribelast_img read more

Specialty diagnostics company acquired

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Our shareholders will receive compelling value and liquidity. Our customers will benefit from an expanded breadth of services and the efficiencies from testing facilities on both coasts. Our employees will enjoy the greater advancement opportunities and security associated with a larger, well-financed organization with a significantly improved competitive position.” Don Steen, chairman and CEO of AmeriPath, said the companies will complement one another. “The merger offers the opportunity to build on both companies’ leadership positions, provides us access to each other’s medical and scientific expertise, expands our geographic presence and allows our companies to better support community-based medicine for enhanced patient care,” Steen said in a statement. Chairman of the board Richard E. Belluzzo resigned in February; Douglas S. Harrington resigned in March as chief executive officer. Specialty will continue operating at the Valencia Corporate Center, overlooking the Valencia Country Club golf course. The company completed its relocation there from Santa Monica last year. VALENCIA – Specialty Laboratories, Inc., a diagnostics firm that relocated last year to Valencia then waded through a management upheaval, was acquired by a Florida pathology company. AmeriPath, Inc., of Palm Beach Gardens will acquire all outstanding common shares of Specialty for $13.25 per share. As part of the transaction, a portion of shares owned by Specialty Family LP, the majority shareholder, and related parties will be exchanged for about 20 percent of the combined company, which will be privately held. The deal – worth roughly $314.7 million – was approved unanimously by Specialty Lab’s board of directors. “We are pleased to announce this combination with AmeriPath because of the significant benefits to each of our constituents: shareholders, customers and employees,” Specialty chairman Richard K. Whitney said in a statement. “We intend to maintain the companies’ existing laboratories on both coasts to enhance client service and avoid the disruptions for clients that typically result from relocations. We believe this combination represents a rare opportunity to leverage the strengths of both companies while enhancing their special identities,” Steen said. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2006. Specialty Laboratories performs highly advanced clinical tests used by physicians to diagnose, monitor and treat disease. AmeriPath is a leading national provider of physician-based anatomic pathology, dermatopathology and molecular diagnostic services to physicians, hospitals, national clinical laboratories and surgery centers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Los Angeles kicks off longdelayed licensing for pot growers

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Los Angeles will kick off the process for licensing marijuana cultivators and manufacturers on Aug. 1, but it’s likely to be many months before any of those companies open their doors for business.The announcement Monday was greeted with a mix of anticipation and frustration by growers and other businesses awaiting licenses that have watched the illicit market flourish.California broadly legalized cannabis on Jan. 1, but Los Angeles has moved cautiously with licensing. Growers and others seeking licenses will have to go through a tiered review in which applicants must show they meet a range of legal requirements, as well as pass inspections.About 150 retailers have opened in the city, but the rest of the supply chain has been on hold.Donnie Anderson, a Los Angeles cultivator and dispensary owner, said he’s been paying rent for months on commercial space he can’t use without a license, straining his budget.He told the city Cannabis Regulation Commission “we don’t want to wait too much longer.”The announcement was made by the city’s top pot regulator, Cat Packer, who said rules continue to change as the city refines the new system.When might the first cultivator licenses go out?“There are many steps that have not even been solidified,” she said. “I cannot commit to a timeline at this point.”The commission heard a long line of now-familiar complaints about the uneven state of the L.A. market, which was once expected to be a model for the rest of the state but has developed more slowly than San Diego, Oakland and other major cities.The concerns ranged from a robust illegal market that is undercutting the legal one, hefty tax rates and questions about who would be eligible for licenses.Commission President Robert Ahn indicated that the industry would need patience as the city continues to transform the long-established industry into a multibillion-dollar, regulated marketplace.“We have tremendous challenges,” Ahn said. “It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to take time.”last_img read more

91 percent of fatal overdoses in Northern BC involved fentanyl

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Coroners Service has released the latest statistics looking at the ongoing fatal drug overdoes epidemic which shows a large spike in the number of illicit drug overdoses across the province in March.Preliminary data indicates that 161 B.C. residents died of a drug overdose in March, a jump of 59 compared to February. That’s a 58 percent increase compared to the 102 deaths that occurred in February, and a 24 percent increase over the number of fatalities in March 2017.The overdose death rate in Northern B.C. surged in March after trailing the rest of the province. After recording nine deaths in the first two months of the year, Northern Health recorded 13 deaths in March alone, bringing the yearly total to 22.  Of the 22 fatal overdoses so far this year in Northern Health, 20 were recorded as fentanyl-detected overdoses, which works out to 91 percent of deadly overdoses.The BC Coroners Service is urgently reminding anyone using illicit drugs not to use alone. Those using substances should have someone nearby equipped and trained to administer naloxone or able to call 911 immediately if an overdose occurs. Photo by BC Coroners ServiceThree of last month’s deaths occurred in Northeast B.C., while eight occurred in the Northern Interior, and the Northwest region recorded its first fatal overdose of the year. The Northern Interior now has the second-highest rate of fatal drug overdoses of any region in the province, with 45.8 deaths per 100,000 residents. The fatality rate in Northeast B.C. is below the provincial average at 27 deaths per 100,000, while the Northern Health rate as a whole was the second-lowest in B.C. at 30.8 deaths per 100,000. Photo by BC Coroners Service Photo by BC Coroners Service Photo by BC Coroners Service Photo by BC Coroners Service The Coroners Service also released its quarterly statistics on the number of fatal overdoses in which fentanyl was detected. Of the 161 people across the province who died from an overdose, 129 had fentanyl detected in their systems, which works out to just over 80 percent. The number of fatal fentanyl overdoses across B.C. in March was higher than the 82 seen in February, and the 112 in January. The rate of fentanyl overdoses was even higher in Northern B.C. Eleven of the 13 people who died last month in the North had fentanyl detected, while all of the fatal overdoses in January and February involved fentanyl. Four of the five fatal overdoses in Northeast B.C. were fentanyl overdoses. last_img read more

Local resident warning locals selling goods online to be aware of overpayment

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Fort St. John resident is wanting to alert members of the public who are selling goods online about a new scam that could cause them to lose a decent amount of money.Justin Thomas said that he was contacted by someone claiming to be interested in the motorhome he was selling online.He explained that the potential buyer claimed to be from out of town and was purchasing the motorhome on their clients’ behalf, adding that the buyer’s financial secretary had mailed a cheque for RV. Thomas said that around a month later a cheque showed up, but it was issued in U.S. dollars for much more than his asking price for the RV.When he texted the buyer back saying that the cheque was for more than the asking price, he received a response saying that the financial secretary had issued the cheque for a number of items that the client was supposedly buying in Fort St. John, and accidentally issued the cheque for the cumulative total.“I knew then that, to me, it was a scam.”He said that he went in to speak to his bank manager, who told him that the cheque definitely looked legitimate but that she knew about the scam, which has also been reported in the Metro Vancouver area.The scammers will send the cheque to a seller for a much greater amount than their item’s asking price, and will ask the seller to then deposit the cheque and then transfer the remainder back to the buyer.Since the cheque has been issued in American dollars, Thomas said that his bank told him it would take at least 15 days for the cheque to clear. Instead of clearing, the cheque will bounce, leaving people scammed potentially out of a large sum of money. A similar scam was reported by the Dawson Creek RCMP six years ago, when a mail scam asked residents to cash a cheque and then wire $4,000 through Western Union to residents in the States and keep the remainder.Anyone who suspects a scam is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100, their local police, or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm.With files from CTV Vancouver: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/selling-online-beware-of-the-overpayment-cheque-scam-1.4038297last_img read more

Modi biopic: SC asks EC to watch movie, take call

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Election Commission to watch the movie “PM Narendra Modi” and then take a call on its screening. Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, arguing for the producer, said that the Election Commission took a cue from the apex court’s order and curbed its release without even watching the movie. The matter was adjourned to be taken up on a later date.last_img

Kickers Are Forever

In football, there are constant power struggles, both on and off the field: players battling players, offenses battling defenses, the passing game battling the running game, coaches battling coaches, and new ways of thinking battling old ways of thinking. And then there are kickers. Battling no one but themselves and the goalposts, they come on the field in moments most mundane and most decisive. They take all the blame when they fail, and little of the credit when they succeed. Year in and year out, just a little bit at a time, they get better. And better. And better. Until the game is completely different, and no one even noticed that kickers were one of the main reasons why.If you’ve been reading my NFL column Skeptical Football this season, you may have noticed that I write a lot about kickers. This interest has been building for a few years as I’ve watched field goals drained from long range at an ever-increasing rate, culminating in 2013, when NFL kickers made more than 67 percent of the kicks they took from 50-plus yards, giving them a record 96 such makes. There has been a lot of speculation about how kickers suddenly became so good at the long kick, ranging from performance-enhancing drugs (there have been a few possible cases) to the kickers’ special “k-balls” to more kick-friendly stadiums.So prior to the 2014 season, I set out to try to see how recently this improvement had taken place, whether it had been gradual or sudden, and whether it was specific to very long kicks or reflected improvement in kicking accuracy as a whole.What I found fundamentally changed my understanding of the game of football.1And possibly offered insight into how competitive sports can conceal remarkable changes in human capability.The complete(ish) history of NFL kickingPro Football Reference has kicking data broken down by categories (0-19 yards, 20-29, 30-39, 40-59 and 50+ yards) back to 1961. With this we can see how field goal percentage has changed through the years for each range of distances:It doesn’t matter the distance; kicking has been on a steady upward climb. If we look back even further, we can see indicators that kicking has been on a similar trajectory for the entire history of the league.The oldest data that Pro Football Reference has available is from 1932, when the eight teams in the NFL made just six field goals (it’s unknown how many they attempted). That year, kickers missed 37 of 113 extra-point attempts, for a conversion rate of 67.3 percent. The following year, the league moved the goal posts up to the front of the end zone — which led to a whopping 36 made field goals, and a skyrocketing extra-point conversion rate of 79.3 percent. With the uprights at the front of the end zone, kickers missed only 30 of 145 extra points.For comparison, those 30 missed extra-point attempts (all with the goalposts at the front of the end zone) are more than the league’s 28 missed extra-point attempts (all coming from 10 yards further out) from 2011 to 2014 — on 4,939 attempts.In 1938-39, the first year we know the number of regular field goals attempted, NFL kickers made 93 of 235 field-goal tries (39.6 percent) to go with 347 of 422 extra points (82.2 percent). In the ’40s, teams made 40.0 percent of their field goal tries (we don’t know what distances they attempted) and 91.3 percent of their XPs. In the ’50s, those numbers rose to 48.2 percent of all field goals and 94.8 percent of XPs. The ’60s must have seemed like a golden era: Kickers made 56 percent of all field goals (breaking the 50 percent barrier for the first time) and 96.8 percent of their extra points.For comparison, since 2010, NFL kickers have made 61.9 percent of their field goal attempts — from more than 50 yards.In the 1960s, we start to get data on field goal attempts broken down by distance, allowing for the more complete picture above. In 1972, the NFL narrowed the hash marks from 18.5 yards from 40, which improved field goal percentages overall by reducing the number of attempts taken from awkward angles. And then in 1974, the league moved the goal posts to the back of the end zone — but as kick distances are recorded relative to the posts, the main effect of this move was a small (and temporary) decline in the extra-point conversion rate (which you can see in the top line of the chart above). Then we have data on the kicks’ exact distance, plus field and stadium type, after 1993.2This info is likely out there for older kicks as well, but it wasn’t in my data.So let’s combine everything we know: Extra-point attempts and distances prior to 1961, kicks by category from 1961 to 1993, the kicks’ exact distance after 1993, and the changing placement of goal posts and hash marks. Using this data, we can model the likely success of any kick.With those factors held constant, here’s a look at how good NFL kickers have been relative to their set of kicks in any given year3This is done using a binomial probit regression with all the variables, using “year taken” as a categorical variable (meaning it’s not treated like a number, so 1961, 1962 and 1963 may as well be “Joe,” “Bob” and “Nancy”). This is similar to how SRS determines how strong each team is relative to its competition.:When I showed this chart to a friend of mine who’s a philosophy Ph.D.,4Hi, Nate! he said: “It’s like the Hacker Gods got lazy and just set a constant Kicker Improvement parameter throughout the universe.” The great thing about this is that since the improvement in kicking has been almost perfectly linear, we can treat “year” as just another continuous variable, allowing us to generalize the model to any kick in any situation at any point in NFL history.Applying this year-based model to our kicking distance data, we can see just how predictable the improvement in kicking has actually been:The model may give teams too much credit in the early ’60s — an era for which we have a lot less data — but over the course of NFL history it does extremely well (it also predicts back to 1932, not shown). What’s amazing is that, while the model incorporates things like hashmark location and (more recently) field type, virtually all the work is handled by distance and year alone. Ultimately, it’s an extremely (virtually impossibly) accurate model considering how few variables it relies on.5So how accurate is this thing? To be honest, in all my years of building models, I’ve never seen anything like it. The model misses a typical year/distance group prediction by an average of just 2.5 percent. Note that a majority of those predictions involve only a couple hundred observations — at most. For comparison, the standard deviation for 250 observations of a 75 percent event is 2.7 percent. In other words, the model pretty much couldn’t have done any better even if it knew the exact probability of each kick!While there is possibly a smidge of overfitting (there usually is), the risk here is lower than usual, since the vast majority of each prediction is driven solely by year and distance. Here’s the regression output:I wish I could take credit for this, but it really just fell into place. Nerds, perk up: The z-value on “season” is 46.2! If every predictive relationship I looked for were that easy to find, life would be sweet.This isn’t just trivia, it has real-world implications, from tactical (how should you manage the clock knowing your opponent needs only moderate yardage to get into field goal range?) to organizational (maybe a good kicker is worth more than league minimum). And then there’s the big one.Fourth downIf you’re reading this site, there’s a good chance you scream at your television a lot when coaches sheepishly kick or punt instead of going for it on fourth down. This is particularly true in the “dead zone” between roughly the 25- and 40-yard lines, where punts accomplish little and field goals are supposedly too long to be good gambles.I’ve been a card-carrying member of Team Go-For-It since the ’90s. And we were right, back then. With ’90s-quality kickers, settling for field goals in the dead zone was practically criminal. As of 10 years ago — around when these should-we-go-for-it models rose to prominence — we were still right. But a lot has changed in 10 years. Field-goal kicking is now good enough that many previous calculations are outdated. Here’s a comparison between a field-goal kicking curve from 2004 vs. 2014:There’s no one universally agreed-upon system for when you should go for it on fourth down. But a very popular one is The New York Times’ 4th Down Bot, which is powered by models built by Brian Burke — founder of Advanced Football Analytics and a pioneer in the quantitative analysis of football. It calculates the expected value (either in points or win percentages) for every fourth-down play in the NFL, and tweets live results during games. Its 19,000-plus followers are treated to the bot’s particular emphasis on the many, many times coaches fail to go for it on fourth down when they should.A very helpful feature of the 4th Down Bot is that its game logs break down each fourth-down decision into its component parts. This means that we can see exactly what assumptions the bot is making about the success rate of each kick. Comparing those to my model, it looks to me like the bot’s kickers are approximately 2004-quality. (I asked Burke about this, and he agrees that the bot is probably at least a few years behind,6I don’t blame Burke or others for not updating their models based on the last few years. It’s good to be prudent and not assume that temporary shifts one way or the other will hold. Normally it is better to go with the weight of history rather than with recent trends. But in this case, the recent trends are backed by the weight of history. and says that its kicking assumptions are based on a fitted model of the most recent eight years of kicking data.7Here’s his full statement: “The bot is about 3-4 years behind the trends in FG accuracy, which have been improving at longer distances. It uses a kicking model fitted to the average of the recent 8-year period of data. AFA’s more advanced model for team clients is on the current ‘frontier’ of kick probabilities, and can be tuned for specific variables like kicker range, conditions, etc. Please keep in mind the bot is intended to be a good first-cut on the analysis and a demonstration of what is possible with real-time analytics. It’s not intended as the final analysis.”)But more importantly, these breakdowns allow us to essentially recalculate the bot’s recommendations given a different set of assumptions. And the improvement in kicking dramatically changes the calculus of whether to go for it on fourth down in the dead zone. The following table compares “Go or No” charts from the 4th Down Bot as it stands right now, versus how it would look with projected 2015 kickers8The exact values in the chart may differ slightly from the reports on the Times’ website because I had to reverse-engineer the bot’s decision-making process. But basically I’m assuming the model gets everything exactly right as far as expected value from various field locations, chances of converting a fourth-down attempt, etc., then recalculating the final expected value comparison using 2015 kickers.:Having better kickers makes a big difference, as you can see from the blue sea on the left versus the red sea on the right. (The 4th Down Bot’s complete “Go or No” table is on the Times’ website.)Getting these fourth-down calls wrong is potentially a big problem for the model. As a test case, I tried applying the 4th Down Bot’s model to a selection of the most relevant kicks from between 25 and 55 yards in 2013, then looked at what coaches actually did in those scenarios. I graded both against my kicking-adjusted results for 2013. While the updated version still concluded that coaches were too conservative (particularly on fourth-and-short), it found that coaches were (very slightly) making more correct decisions than the 4th Down Bot.The differences were small (coaches beat the bot by only a few points over the entire season), but even being just as successful as the bot would be a drastic result considering how absolutely terrible coaches’ go-for-it strategy has been for decades. In other words, maybe it’s not that NFL coaches were wrong, they were just ahead of their time!Time-traveling kickersHaving such an accurate model also allows us to see the overall impact kicking improvement has had on football. For example, we can calculate how kickers from different eras would have performed on a common set of attempts. In the following chart, we can see how many more or fewer points per game the typical team would have scored if kickers from a different era had taken its kicks (the red line is the actual points per game from field goals that year):The last time kickers were as big a part of the game as they are today, the league had to move the posts back! Since the rule change, the amount of scoring from field goals has increased by more than 2 points per game. A small part of the overall increase (the overall movement of the red line) is a result of taking more field goals, but most of it comes from the improvement in accuracy alone (the width of the “ribbon”).How does this compare to broader scoring trends? As a baseline for comparison, I’ve taken the average points scored in every NFL game since 1961, and then seen how much league scoring deviated from that at any given point in time (the “scoring anomaly”). Then I looked at how much of that anomaly was a result of kicking accuracy.9The scoring deviation on this chart is calculated relative to the average game over the period. The kicking accuracy is relative to the median kicker of the period.:Amid wild fluctuations in scoring, kicking has remained a steady, driving force.For all the talk of West Coast offenses, the invention of the pro formation, the wildcat, 5-wide sets, the rise of the pass-catching tight-end, Bill Walsh, the Greatest Show On Turf, and the general recognition that passing, passing and more passing is the best way to score in football, half the improvement in scoring in the past 50-plus years of NFL history has come solely from field-goal kickers kicking more accurately.10Side note, I’ve also looked at whether kicking improvement has been a result of kickers who are new to the league being better than older kickers, or of older kickers getting better themselves. The answer is both.The past half-century has seen an era of defensive innovation — running roughly from the mid-’60s to the mid-’70s — a chaotic scoring epoch with wild swings until the early ’90s, and then an era of offensive improvement. But the era of kickers is forever.Reuben Fischer-Baum contributed graphics.CORRECTION (Jan. 28, 2:22 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly gave the distances from which extra-point kicks were taken in 1933 and in recent years. Actual extra-point distances aren’t recorded. read more

Giroud hailed Wengers career

first_imgOlivier Giroud managed to score the winning goal of his Chelsea against Liverpool in their 1-0 narrow win – meanwhile, Arsene Wenger coached his last home game as the Arsenal coach and Giroud was aware of it…The French striker used to play under the legendary manager for a long time until he moved to Chelsea this winter – but he still admires his former coach and admitted that he has had a fantastic career.The former Gunners’ striker spoke about Wenger and his goal celebration with David Luiz, according to fourfourtwo.com:Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Arsene Wenger deserves a great tribute for all he has achieved in his Arsenal career.”“I hope he finds a new challenge too because I know he is still hungry to win competitions. I just want to pay tribute to him.”“David Luiz is a good friend, so I was very pleased to dedicate him this goal because he is going through a tough period and he is coming back.”last_img read more

Dalic Argentina is the easiest game for us at the World

first_imgCroatia boss Zlatko Dalic is certain that they can defeat Argentina today in what will be their “easiest” game at the World CupThe Group D leaders are hoping to secure back-to-back wins in the World Cup for the first time since their impressive debut campaign in 1998, where they secured a third-place finish.With the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Luca Modric forming part of a star-studded midfield, Croatia head into today’s game at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium hoping to book their place in the knockout stages by beating Argentina.And Dalic is confident that his players can do it after defeating Nigeria 2-0 in the World Cup opener.“I infinitely and endlessly believe in my team,” said Dalic, as stated on Complete Sports Nigeria.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“We will have to play well if we want to win, as always some luck will be needed as well.“We have to show our quality and this is a real test for this generation.“The match against Argentina is the easiest game for us at the World Cup, because we have three points and we play against big opponents.“We have nothing to lose in that game. I’ll tell my players before the start of the game just to enjoy the spectacle.”The match will begin at 20:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more