Cowboys don’t need Ezekiel Elliott, Titans should bench Marcus Mariota and more Week 2 preseason overreactions

first_imgWeek 2 of the 2019 NFL preseason doesn’t come with the same hype of Week 1, but there are still plenty of storylines coming out of the weekend’s game results — most of which tend to be overblown. It didn’t take long for the buzz of the openers to abate when teams added a dose of reality to the situations.Here’s making sense of the latest fallout from games that don’t count, as Sporting News once again examines the greatest overreactions. 3. Case Keenum has shut the door on the Redskins quarterback job.Colt McCoy is having more issues with his leg injury, making Keenum the default favorite to start Week 1 (which he already was when the team traded for him as a bridge QB option with Alex Smith shelved). Now it comes down to Keenum and rookie first-rounder Dwayne Haskins.​Haskins rebounded nicely from his rough, two-interception debut against Cleveland to look more comfortable against Cincinnati, going 7-of-14 for 114 yards and a TD, averaging 8.1 yards per attempt and rating a hearty 101.5. Keenum, meanwhile, continued to look ho-hum (3-of-7, 52 yards).Washington’s best argument is more anti-Haskins — that he’s not quite ready to be thrown in the fire — than it is pro-Keenum. Should Keenum fail to play well in the critical third preseason game in Atlanta, and should Haskins deliver with more improvement, coach Jay Gruden might be convinced the rookie gives Washington its best chance to win games early in the season.4. The Seahawks’ passing offense is in trouble without Doug Baldwin.Rookie D.K. Metcalf is having knee surgery, making his status for Week 1 cloudy. He didn’t play against the Vikings, and the Seahawks didn’t have many receiving highlights.But Seattle has been using the preseason as a tune-up for its run-heavy offense more so than its passing game. In that regard, Chris Carson has proved worthy of being both the lead back and the preferred passing-down option over Rashaad Penny.Also, when have so-called limitations at wideout hurt Russell Wilson? Tyler Lockett is being kept under wraps as the new No. 1, adding key possession slot duties to his big-play habits. Jaron Brown and David Moore have been used well by Wilson when needed, too.Metcalf can be special working opposite Lockett, but while that may be on delay, the Seahawks have plenty to help Wilson get the job done downfield. 2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:Standings, playoff projections, Super Bowl pick1. The Cowboys don’t need Ezekiel Elliott after seeing what rookie Tony Pollard can do.The rookie from Memphis didn’t treat his trip to Honolulu as a vacation. Pollard was all business running against the Rams’ backups, and business was good. He had two chunk runs and a touchdown as part of 42 yards rushing on five carries. He also added a reception.Around the same time, regardless of whether the team was trying to send a subtle hint to Elliott that he better return soon, Zeke reportedly was leaving Cabo to return to Dallas.Pollard is a talented back who will have a key role mixing in behind Elliott, and for that role, he’s looking great. But remember he shared time in college with Rams rookie Darrell Henderson; there’s no guarantee Pollard would hold up with the massive volume Elliott handles. There’s also too much in the Cowboys offense that’s Elliott-specific.But if Elliott returns soon, it looks like a losing situation for the Cowboys will become a win-win.MORE: Predicting how much Zeke will be paid2. The Titans should consider benching Marcus Mariota in favor of Ryan Tannehill.Titans coach Mike Vrabel has not publicly indicated there is a quarterback controversy in Tennessee. Yet there’s a perception that Tannehill can push Mariota given some of the 2015 first-rounder’s struggles.But the biggest thing that has hurt Mariota in his effort to earn a contract extension is health. And so far in 2019, he has looked good and has outplayed Tannehill in his short outings.With Corey Davis in Year 3, Delanie Walker back healthy, Adam Humphries now in the slot, Dion Lewis still out of the backfield and rookie A.J. Brown set to be in the mix soon, this is Mariota’s best receiving corps yet. This is a critical year for Mariota’s future with the Titans, but the only way to figure out if he can remain the franchise QB is to play him.Tannehill already hit his ceiling in Miami, and we know it’s much lower than that of Mariota. 8. Taysom Hill is Saints’ best backup — to both Alvin Kamara and Drew Brees.The love affair with the speedy quarterback/running back continues in New Orleans. The game against the Chargers turned into the Taysom Hill Show, as he lit it up both passing (11-of-15, 136 yards, 2 TDs, 140.6 rating) and rushing (5 carries for 53 yards to lead the team).Hill already has his role on designed runs behind Kamara and now Latavius Murray, often out of the direct snaps Brees would take. But some think he might be a better backup QB than Teddy Bridgewater, who picked a bad time to struggle (5-of-12, 40 yards, INT) in LA.Brees, though, is in great shape. He remains extremely durable, and he is not hanging it up soon. So the Saints can have some fun with their QB usage in the preseason. Hill, who turns 29 this week, is too valuable as a return man and gadget player to preserve him as a true No. 2. 5. The Patriots’ rushing offense is turning to rookie Damien Harris.With no Sony Michel or James White against the Titans, the rookie from Alabama dominated touches and was productive. Harris rushed 14 times for 80 yards, including a 20 yard burst. He also showed his well-rounded skills with four catches for 23 yards.There’s reason to believe Harris will be busy in New England because of Michel’s durability issues, but assuming anything about the Patriots’ backfield over the years has proved to be a mistake.White is locked into a key receiving role, which is more critical now for the Patriots given their concerns at wide receiver. The team could either roll with Michel as the early-down power guy while making Harris a backup to both backs, or it could roll with a three-man committee.Anything is possible, but Harris just gave the Patriots’ offensive coaches a little more to consider.MORE: Ranking the NFL’s best rivalries in 20196. Jets are playing it too safe with Le’Veon Bell.Bell won’t play at all in the preseason, and it’s not because he has helmet issues with his new non-Steelers team (sorry, AB). Coach Adam Gase is wise not to risk the focal point of his running game (and offense at large) in meaningless action.Bell doesn’t need to be on the field to prove he’s committed to New York’s cause. After his time off last season, he will hit this season running with the freshest of legs to handle a high volume of touches.7. Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers need to play.Newton knows Norv Turner’s offense and has been getting plenty of intense work in practice. He is also trying to avoid overworking his recovering shoulder with the intent of it being close to full strength for the real Week 1. Besides, in the meantime, the Panthers are figuring out that Kyle Allen remains the better insurance policy for Newton (for now) over rookie Will Grier.Rodgers didn’t play against the Ravens after experiencing some tightness in his back. The Packers don’t need to rush him out there against the Raiders in Week 3 should he not feel like his loose self come Thursday night.The length of the preseason preaches precaution above all else.MORE: NFL quarterback rankings for 2019last_img read more

Scientific Institutions Engage in Leftist Advocacy

first_imgFor an enterprise supposedly as unpolitical and bias-free as science classically is supposed to be, conservatism is surprisingly rare.Since we last reported the leftist bias in scientific institutions (Jan 19, 2012), has there been any shift to the right?  any penitence for embracing and promoting one political party?  No; it has gotten worse.   Here are just a few of the most egregious examples in recent days.  These not only state leftist positions, but openly advocate them.Anti-Israel:  The only redeeming feature of this example is that at least Science magazine published a protest letter by John R. Cohn of Thomas Jefferson University.  The Science May 18 cover story was a special feature on “Human Conflict.”  Out of all the possible pictures of human conflict imaginable, what did the editors of Science choose?  It was a photo of a bombed-out building attributed to the Israeli Defense forces.  Cohn’s letter, published two months later, accused the editors of politicizing science:I am writing in reaction to the cover photo and accompanying caption selected for the 18 May special issue on Human Conflict. It seems disingenuous to claim that of all the world’s conflicts, a building identified as destroyed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) was “not [chosen] for any political message or endorsement.” Nobody eschews war more than Israelis, who, unfortunately, also know the consequences.If the editors wanted striking visual impact and gruesome evidence of inhumanity, there were better choices: the killing fields of Cambodia, the destruction of the World Trade Center, Rwanda, Dresden, Hiroshima, Bataan, Darfur, Armenia, Normandy, Auschwitz… unfortunately, the list of greater carnage is nearly endless.By identifying the IDF as perpetrators, the caption undermined the photo’s role as a generic illustration of the consequences of conflict. Indeed, there was no need to identify the details. They were a distraction. The photo no longer represented abstract human violence, but rather one more illustration of Israel, taken out of context. Portraying Israel as the aggressor obscures the fact that the country is trying to defend itself against decades of assaults provoked by ethnic hostility—attacks still taking place. That is politicized science, which serves to encourage—not discourage—conflict.Scientists advising Obama:  What should a science news site have to do with presidential politics?  Nothing, really.  But PhysOrg published the views of two UK scientists taking it upon themselves to act as his campaign advisors: “Obama needs to show Americans he’s still ‘one of them’,” the headline reads, followed by PhysOrg’s summary, “To win a second term in office, President Obama needs to persuade voters that he is still one of them – and recapture some of the charisma that help [sic] propel him to the top four years ago.”  No such advice was found anywhere on PhysOrg advising Romney how to win.Scientists advocating for leftist NGO’s:  It is common knowledge that environmental groups, particularly non-governmental agencies (NGOs) such as the Sierra Club, are predominantly (though not exclusively) leftist in ideology – particularly those lobbying for government intervention in private property rights and action against global warming.  Another PhysOrg article advocated this in its headline: “Environmental groups should pool efforts to reach the public.”  One would think a science news site would stick to the facts about the environment, not provide advice on how to sway public opinion.Unhealthy theists:  Another prominent science news site promulgated a highly questionable psychological study that materialists are healthier – questionable because such studies are loaded with untestable variables.  In “Mind Vs. Body? Dualist Beliefs Linked With Less Concern for Healthy Behaviors,” Science Daily uncritically promoted the idea that those who believe the mind is separate from the brain are likely to engage in unhealthy behavior, calling the research “findings” instead of suggestions or opinions.  Without doubt, hard-core secular Darwinists are likely to be materialists, not attributing the mind to a soul or spirit.Same-sex marriage and the church:  A particularly egregious example of leftist ideology masquerading as “science” is found in a PhysOrg story entitled, “College students likely to disagree with religious teachings that homosexuality is a sin.”  Saturating this report about University of Michigan Michael Woodford’s views on how to overcome student’s parental and church teachings about marriage are biased words intended to show conservatives as backward and liberal churches as open-minded.  PhysOrg joined left foot in to the leftist professor’s advocacy of same-sex marriage: “College students’ beliefs about same-sex relationships can be shaped by their church’s teachings, but some are willing to oppose their religion’s position on the issue, a new University of Michigan study indicated.  And this can influence students’ views about same-sex marriage.”  Topics like sin and marriage have no place in a science news site, but PhysOrg’s complicity in Woodford’s anti-conservative advocacy that seeks to undo what parents and churches have taught their children echoes intolerant rhetoric this week from certain politicians attacking the Chick Fil-A food chain for its president’s vocal stand for traditional marriage (see Family Research Council article).Burn the heretics:  What happens when a scientist goes rogue and steps outside the leftist consensus?  He or she had better wear armor and combat boots, if not a flame-proof fireman’s suit.  Look at the case of Mark Regnerus (U of Texas), whose politically-incorrect research (reported here 6/10/2012) indicated that traditional families are better for children than same-sex parent homes.  All fury broke loose against him from the sociological science community, according to Christian Smith at the Chronicle of Higher Education, who likened their response to an “academic auto-da-fé” (a reference to Spanish Inquisition celebrations of burning heretics at the stake).  Regnerus’ attempt to state his findings in the gentlest, fairest, most tolerant manner possible were no protection.  See also “Science Lies Bleeding: A Ballad for Honesty” by Kathryn Jean Lopez at National Review.Wait a minute, the reader hesitates … I’m confused.  Aren’t liberals supposed to be the champions of tolerance?  Aren’t these the ones promoting diversity?  Isn’t their favorite word inclusion?Now you understand the mindset of the Darwin Party.  With few exceptions, they are cut of the same cloth.  Leftists whimper for academic freedom when in the minority.  But once they get power, they become  intellectual bigots and bullies, with no tolerance for the inclusion of diverse views outside of those that are progressive, leftist, liberal, and even radical.If you find any politically conservative Darwinists who support traditional marriage, the US Constitution, private property rights, the free market, individual liberty, limited government, free speech and scientific integrity, send him to the embassy for protection from the next academic auto-da-fé. 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Be Thankful for Nature

first_imgThe health benefits of nature should encourage us to step outside and take it in.It’s Thanksgiving Day in America. What better time than to take a walk under the trees? Science journals and websites continue to tell us that outdoor exposure is healthy for both mind and body.Improving city parks may be one path to help make residents more active (Science Daily). City planners should aim for a high ParkScore – that is, the availability of places for residents to enjoy nature. The more available a park, the more people will become physically active. “What we found was that the higher the ParkScore — which is a way of saying the better the park system — the larger the proportion of the population that was engaged in physical activity and just a small positive change in that score can mean quite a bit as far as helping residents taking part in physical activity.”Girls and women need more time in nature to be healthy (Rebecca Spencer and Sara Kirk, The Conversation). Parks aren’t just for boys. “We learned that nature provided important context for these girls and young women to feel comfortable, safe and confident to navigate the complex gender norms around physical activity.”Citizens prefer landscapes that combine nature with built infrastructure ( It’s OK to have some buildings and roads in natural settings, researchers found at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, after searching through thousands of nature photos posted on social media. A forest or coastline doesn’t have to look like “pristine nature” as long as the structures fit in and make nature more accessible to citizens. Planners are becoming more aware of “the benefits that nature brings to society and that improve health, economy and people’s quality of life.”Why natural depression therapies are better than pills (Matt Strauss, The Conversation). Feeling depressed? Taking a walk may be just what the doctor ordered. Among the natural therapies Strauss finds more helpful than medications are (1) Exercise (go take a hike), (2) Bright light therapy (try some sunshine), (3) Mediterranean diet (put some carrots in your daypack), and (4) Cognitive behavioral therapy.On that last suggestion, don’t trust a shrink. They don’t know what they are talking about most of the time (19 Nov 2018). Instead, walk in the park with a godly mentor, who can help you get your eyes off yourself and your problems and teach you about gratitude (27 Nov 2014). (Visited 351 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Nest

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has partnered with etrainu (ETU) to deliver a Learning Management System (LMS) which we have officially branded as ‘The Nest’. The Nest can be accessed via: the first time as a sport, The Nest will give TFA the ability to talk to our accredited volunteers and target ongoing education opportunities to our membership. This system will let us streamline administrative processes for our course Facilitators and Referee Coaches across the country, allowing us greater reach than ever before. TFA intends for The Nest to be a hub where all members of our sport go to develop their knowledge of the game. This platform will also provide a whole-of-sport education profile.The name ‘The Nest’ comes from the fact that the Australian teams are now known as ‘The Emus’, and we want our Sport Education platform branding to align. For emus, their nest is their ‘home’, where development is fostered for both young and old.Click here to read more.last_img read more

10 months ago​Chelsea assistant Zola lauds Loftus-Cheek improvement

first_img​Chelsea assistant Zola lauds Loftus-Cheek improvementby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola is happy with Ruben Loftus-Cheek.The club legend has been impressed with what he has seen from the English youngster this term.And he believes that if Loftus-Cheek can keep improving, he has a big future at the club.”I think Ruben has gone a long way from the beginning,” he said during a press conference.”He has improved a lot. “You can’t doubt his abilities, to play as a midfielder he is learning duties. I am very pleased with him. “He is an impact player, he was suffering when he didn’t play and being recognised is good for him.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSarri delighted with ‘reaction’ for Chelsea win at Watford

first_imgSarri delighted with ‘reaction’ for Chelsea win at Watfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased with their victory at Watford on Wednesday night.Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea gained a hard-fought win at Watford to reclaim fourth place in the Premier League table.The Belgian opened the scoring when he collected Mateo Kovacic’s pass, took the ball around goalkeeper Ben Foster and calmly finished for his 100th Blues goal.Chelsea’s lead only lasted two minutes until Roberto Pereyra volleyed past Kepa Arrizabalaga from the edge of the 18-yard box.But Hazard grabbed his second of the match in the second half when he converted a penalty after Foster had bundled him over.Sarri told Sky Sports: “I think we played a good match with a good level of determination and attention for 90 minutes. We could have won with another result. we missed three or four good opportunities but I’m happy with the reaction. It was dangerous for us when they conceded, but we reacted well and we didn’t stop playing our football.”On Eden Hazard’s performance, he added: “I think he played very well, not only for his two goals, but he was good with his teammates and in open spaces. I like him in every position he is a great player.”In this moment we need this solution because we need to be more solid defensively and with this system we can score and become more solid in the defensive phase. Maybe in the last match, we played better in the first half than we did tonight, but today the application was very good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

16 days agoMan Utd planning offers for Rice and Koulibaly

first_imgMan Utd planning offers for Rice and Koulibalyby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will pursue Declan Rice and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, regardless of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future.The Norwegian is under to pressure to keep his job, with reports stating he could be sacked if United are pummelled by Liverpool after the international break.A poor start to the season which sees them lie in 12th has prompted the club’s board to plan transfers for January, with Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen considered.Goal says the transfers of West Ham youngster Rice and Napoli defender Koulibaly are being targeted for the summer.Both players could cost a combined total of over £200m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Bret Bielema May Have Also Bumped Into Kenyan Drake On Purpose

first_imgbret bielema kenyan drakebret bielema kenyan drakeEarlier Monday morning, we showed you a video of Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema pulling what can only be described as a questionable move on Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson. It turns out it may not have been the only time the Razorbacks coach got physical with a member of the Crimson Tide.In the below video, also taken from Saturday’s contest, Bielema appears to bump Alabama running back Kenyan Drake out of bounds near the end of a play – again. Judge for yourself.Was it intentional? Regardless, it’s about to be the second viral video involving Bielema’s conduct during Saturday’s game.last_img

Video: Georgia Basketball Ran A Football Play For Quarterback Recruit Jacob Eason, It Didn’t Go Well

first_imgAn aerial view of Kentucky players on Georgia's basketball court.ATHENS, GA – MARCH 03: Aaron Harrison #2, Andrew Harrison #5, Willie Cauley-Stein #15, Karl-Anthony Towns #12 and Tyler Ulis #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats rush down the court to get back on defense against the Georgia Bulldogs at Stegeman Coliseum on March 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Georgia locked up five-star quarterback commit Jacob Eason during his official visit, and the entire athletic department tried to do its part to ensure that he would stick with his commitment. Head basketball coach Mark Fox tweeted out video from last weekend, when Eason was on campus, of his team proving that it needs a quarterback. The basketball team runs a play, and a deep ball almost leads to disaster for one receiver. We tried to show a certain recruit we needed a QB at practice last weekend…— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) December 16, 2015The hedges at Sanford Stadium are probably a bit more forgiving than that wall, and they’re not so dangerously close to the end zone. We’re not sure if Eason, who we can’t quite identify in the blurry video, was impressed with the display, but he re-upped with the Dawgs either way.last_img read more

Canadian writers actors join Twitter boycott amid Weinstein sex scandal

first_imgCanadian writers, actors and women’s rights advocates joined a contentious international boycott of Twitter on Friday after the social media platform became mired in the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal.The women’s boycott started at midnight Thursday in New York and was to last 24 hours.It stirred intense debate, however, about whether silence even for a day is the way to fight abuse — a discussion that played out as women of colour refused to participate, noting it took a white celebrity’s issue to finally prompt such action.It all began after actor Rose McGowan, a vocal critic who has accused “HW” of raping her, was briefly suspended Wednesday for tweeting a personal phone number.Actors such as Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have joined a growing list of women accusing Weinstein of sexual harassment over the last two decades. He has denied through a spokeswoman any allegations of non-consensual contact.Twitter’s move to briefly freeze McGowan’s account incensed users who said far more serious breaches, including threats against women, are ignored.“Count me in!” posted Canadian-born actor Anna Paquin, who welcomed any men wanting to show their support under the trending hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter.American actor Alyssa Milano tweeted Thursday it would be her first day in over 10 years off Twitter. “Join me,” she added.Model Chrissy Teigen told her almost 8 million followers that she was “boycotting for many reasons.”“To stand with the victims of sexual assault, online threats and abuse. And to boycott the fact our demented … president can tweet nuclear threats of war I can’t even see,” she posted Thursday.Cam Gordon, a spokesman for Twitter Canada, said Friday the company wasn’t commenting. Instead, he referred to prior posts from Twitter’s safety branch, explaining McGowan’s account was temporarily locked “because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates our Terms of Service.”Canadian television writer Emily Andras, known for the series Wynonna Earp, said the boycott is about respect.“The only thing I like more than tweeting is knowing women’s voices are respected — on Twitter. So bye for now,” she posted.Still, the boycott raised awkward issues for many social media users.“I’m really torn because women going away and leaving platforms, leaving various spaces, is the goal of misogynists,” said Julie Lalonde, an Ottawa-based sexual violence prevention educator with 15,200 Twitter followers.“They would love nothing more than for women to shut up and go away. So, I think what would have been more effective was if men had boycotted Twitter — if men would have used their collective privilege and power to say: ‘We’re going to leave the platform until (it) takes violence against women seriously and treats all users in the same way.’”Still, Lalonde stressed Friday the boycott had already succeeded for the discussion it sparked. What she called Twitter’s “hypocritical” suspension of McGowan unleashed simmering outrage over online abuse, she added in an interview.“This is the same platform that harbours white supremacists. It’s the same platform where people can create multiple accounts to target a user like myself and not have it be a violation of its policies.“It’s that double standard that’s really, really frustrating.”Rather than take the day off Twitter, women of colour and their supporters used the hashtag #WOCAffirmation to promote each other and lambaste how often they’re overlooked.Tanzina Vega, a national reporter on race and inequality for CNN, said women of colour “are silenced regularly” and that it has happened to her.“That has to be recognized,” she tweeted Friday.Former NFL wide receiver turned filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry tweeted in support of “black women on here who deal w/ harassment daily & never get the same support.”Other men joined the boycott, including American actor Mark Ruffalo, who tweeted Thursday that “Tomorrow I follow the Women.”The office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a self-described feminist, declined to weigh in on the protest. But Trudeau included a pointed line Friday in his speech to Mexico’s Senate.“Violence against women and girls is prevalent in all facets of life, from the studios of Hollywood to the digital public squares to our halls of Parliament,” he said in Mexico City.“As a gender balanced Senate, I challenge you to use your position and power to strongly push for the rights of women and girls in Mexico and around the world.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more