Semaje Perine, still a man (USATSI)I thought this was actually fairly obvious but I was listening to the Dan Patrick Show on Monday and he had Paul Finebaum on and he said something really dumb.When Dan asked him who was in trouble after this weekend his first response was “Oklahoma, because the Big 12 doesn’t have a championship game.”Eh?(start it at the 2:00 mark) Oklahoma’s loss to TCU means absolutely nothing in terms of them winning the Big 12 Championship and getting into the playoff unless you believe TCU is going to lose zero games or one game the rest of the way.[1. I don’t, and neither should anybody else.]OU’s loss to TCU is equivalent to OSU’s loss to Florida State. Win the rest and you’re still in the playoff.That’s the great part about getting upset by a team that’s probably not going to win the conference (especially early on): As long as you beat the other heavyweights in your conference you can still win the league and (now) get in the four-team playoff.[1. Where was this in 2011?]I talked an unreasonable amount of smack on Twitter on Saturday because that’s what Twitter is for but the reality is that OU is still in the driver’s seat.Why? Because these two formulas for winning the Big 12 and getting into the playoff are equivalent:1. Beat Baylor at home and win your other 11 games2. Beat Baylor at home and win 10 of your other 11 gamesThe formula is true for Baylor, too. It gets one non-OU slip-up along the way. As long as you’ve got that head-to-head advantage against the other legitimate contender then you’re good.You don’t really think OSU, TCU, or Kansas State[1. I presume these are the only other three reasonable contenders] is going to only lose one game in the conference (especially when two of those teams have to go to Norman all three to Waco), do you?They aren’t.Baylor or OU is going to win the Big 12 and one loss to a team other than each other won’t change that. Whoever wins their November 8th meeting will take the crown and likely dance into the college football playoff.[1. Forget I said any of this when TCU beats Baylor this Saturday.]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Will the Dodgers break the all-time wins record?Current record is 116 wins WINSAT LEAST THIS MANY WINSEXACTLY THIS MANY WINS 11073.48.1 Elo still doesn’t quite think the Dodgers are the greatest team of all-time. Their 1608 Elo rating (through Sunday’s 8-0 rout of the New York Mets) only ranks sixth-best for a team through 111 games since 1901, trailing the 1944 St. Louis Cardinals, 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates, and the 1938, 1939 and 1998 New York Yankees. But if L.A. does end up smashing the wins record, they’ll be on the short list of greatest teams ever — particularly if they can finally get over the hump in the playoffs.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 10886.05.7 1195.12.2 11347.19.6 10980.36.9 11256.39.3 10596.2%2.2% 11165.49.0 10694.03.0 Move over, 2015-16 Golden State Warriors: There’s a new team chasing a sport’s all-time single-season wins record. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been on a tear — 43 wins in 50 games since June 9, the best 50-game stretch in MLB history — and they now stand at 79-32, which puts the team in a position to win more games than the 2001 Seattle Mariners and 1906 Chicago Cubs, who each won 116 games, the most ever by a baseball team in a season.According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo model, which simulates the remainder of the season using power ratings and each team’s probability of winning every game, the Dodgers are on pace to win 112 games. But that’s just their average outcome — in some simulations they win more, and in some they win less. In a shade over 20 percent of our simulations, they win at least 116 games, which would tie the all-time mark. And 13.5 percent of the time, they finish the season with at least 117 victories, setting a new single-season record for greatness. 11437.49.4 10791.05.0 11620.16.5 11713.55.1 11528.07.9 1188.53.4 CHANCE DODGERS FINISH WITH… 1202.91.4
BSE closes points 193.74 up on May 19496 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 193.74 up on May 19496 viewsBusinessNew Delhi, May 19 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 193.74 points up to stand at 24,315.48. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 50.80 points up to stand at 7,253.05. JP POWER and MMTC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 31.45% and 19.97% along with Suzlon Energy and JP INFRATEC with an increase of 19.95% and 19.90% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Wockhardt and IPCA Lab with a decrease of 7.72% and 6.75% along with TCS and Dr Reddys Lab with a decrease of 6.38% and 5.77% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 5.38 points at 14,236.00 while the banking sector is up 443.72 points at 17,438.08 and the realty sector is up 110.90 points at 1,716.47. The Indian currency is down 0.34% at Rs 58.59 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 193.74 points up to stand at 24,315.48. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 50.80 points up to stand at 7,253.05. JP POWER and MMTC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 31.45% and 19.97% along with Suzlon Energy and JP INFRATEC with an increase of 19.95% and 19.90% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Wockhardt and IPCA Lab with a decrease of 7.72% and 6.75% along with TCS and Dr Reddys Lab with a decrease of 6.38% and 5.77% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 5.38 points at 14,236.00 while the banking sector is up 443.72 points at 17,438.08 and the realty sector is up 110.90 points at 1,716.47. The Indian currency is down 0.34% at Rs 58.59 per dollar.
BALURGHAT: Following Trinamool leader and Balurghat MP Arpita Ghosh’s initiative, Ministry of External Affairs will introduce a new Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) in Balurghat shortly. It has been decided that the PSK will start functioning through the Post Office in Balurghat. It was a long-standing demand of the Balurghat residents.Notably, the city people had urged Ghosh to raise the issue in Parliament and to talk to External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, so that the demand could be materialised. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn a recent letter to Ghosh, Swaraj had delivered the news of introducing the service in Balurghat.Meanwhile, a similar service has already been introduced in the neighbouring Raiganj and Malda.PSKs are extended arms of Passport Offices and they can cover the tasks of receiving application from the applicant for the issuance of passport and related services. It has been a part of e-governance for the betterment of public services, while MEA had launched Passport Seva Project in 2010, with best in class amenities throughout the country in PPP mode.Ghosh said: “I received information from MEA that Balurghat will soon get a Passport Seva Kendra, thus getting a long-pending demand from the locals, fulfilled. I had raised the issue in Parliament too and talked to the concerned minister for introducing a PSK in my Parliamentary constituency.”