WhatsApp Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Local NewsBusiness Twitter Pinterest Pinterest TAGS Previous articleMaking strides in GVHD patient care: The power behind a winning ideaNext articleChampionship pedigree: Chiefs rarely falter in tense moments Digital AIM Web Support Nearly 9 out of 10 members (ranging from 85 to 94%) reported making gains in the five common characteristics of a successful recovery process (connection, hope, identity, meaningful life and empowerment).Of members who were new to recovery, 70% reported they were more motivated to stay sober.Of members who were new to recovery that experienced relapse, nearly three-quarters (74%) had returned to sobriety and reported that The Phoenix helped them get back on track. DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– As substance use disorder claims the lives of more than 150,000 Americans annually, new research demonstrates that being part of a healing community that leverages meaningful activities and a sober active lifestyle play a significant role in recovery. The Phoenix, a nonprofit organization that fosters a supportive, sober active community for individuals recovering from substance use disorder, has released a white paper that showcases the critical importance of affiliation with a healing community and friendships derived from engagement in meaningful activities such as fitness, mindfulness and music as pathway to sustained abstinence. The white paper, titled “ Theoretical Framework and Impact of The Phoenix Sober Active Community Model,” showcases positive impacts associated with participation in The Phoenix community. The white paper is authored by The Phoenix’s lead researchers, Jacki Hillios, PhD and Brett Wyker, MS, and presents findings from analysis of internal data sourced from member evaluation surveys completed between May 2018 – October 2019. “Multiple studies have concluded that positive social connection, purpose and active forms of coping are directly correlated with sustained recovery for individuals with substance use disorder,” said Jacki Hillios, PhD, Deputy Executive Director for The Phoenix. “The Phoenix leverages the social benefits of group activities to introduce individuals to a supportive recovery community. With this approach, we create an environment where our members can explore a sober lifestyle and experience self-directed growth.” The research detailed in the white paper finds that supportive and healing social network engagement is critical to relapse prevention and sustained recovery. The Phoenix theory of change focuses on two key strategies: 1) Providing access to active and meaningful group activities and 2) Building a restorative social network of peers in an emotionally safe environment. Key findings from The Phoenix’s data in the white paper include:After three months of active engagement with The Phoenix community87% of members remained sober. Within this group of members:81% of those new to recovery report maintaining their sobriety.94% of members who identified as being in long-term recovery report maintaining their sobriety. WhatsApp Leveraging this unique sober active community model, The Phoenix is poised to help millions of people heal from substance use disorder and thrive in recovery. The Phoenix offers in-person and virtual programming, including CrossFit ®, group fitness, yoga, meditation, music and other social events free for anyone with a minimum 48 hours of continuous sobriety from alcohol and nonprescription medications. A full schedule of programming is available at thephoenix.org/find-a-class. “We are proud of the impact being made by The Phoenix, but we know that there is much more work ahead to support the more than 23 million Americans in recovery,” said Scott Strode, Founder and Executive Director of The Phoenix. “As we set our sights on impacting one million lives over the next five years, The Phoenix is committed to building a sober active community that is inclusive and empowers members to leverage social connectivity and physical activity to continue on their recovery journey.” Since 2006, The Phoenix’s free sober active community has inspired more than 42,000 people across America to believe they have the strength to rise from the ashes of addiction through the support of those who are walking that very same path. Through its brick and mortar locations in major municipalities across the U.S., such as Boston, Mass., Denver, Colo., and Costa Mesa, Calif., along with an extensive online offering through live-stream and virtual programming, the nonprofit organization aims to redefine the addiction recovery process through its innovative model that is designed to facilitate human connection in a supportive environment and eradicate the stigma of addiction. Physical and other group-focused activity is the mechanism through which The Phoenix introduces individuals to the safe and supportive ‘sober active community’ at the heart of the program’s success. For a free download of the white paper, please visit www.thephoenix.org/whitepaper. About The Phoenix The Phoenix is a nonprofit organization that fosters a free sober active community for individuals recovering from substance use disorder and those who choose to live a sober life. Since launching programs in Colorado in 2006, more than 42,000 people have walked through their doors nationally. By leveraging the intrinsic power of physical activity and social connection, participants build confidence and find the support they need to live productive and fulfilling lives in recovery. The Phoenix events are free to anyone with at least 48 hours of continuous sobriety from alcohol and nonprescription drugs. Instructors are either in recovery themselves or supporters with a strong tie to the mission and desire to make a difference. The Phoenix helps individuals rise from the ashes of addiction and pursue lives full of hope. For programming, follow The Phoenix on Facebook or visit www.thephoenix.org for more information. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005888/en/ CONTACT: Media Kevin Flight, Elevate Communications:[email protected] 617-861-3657 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA COLORADO INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HOSPITALS FITNESS & NUTRITION HEALTH MENTAL HEALTH SOURCE: The Phoenix Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 03:11 PM/DISC: 02/03/2021 03:11 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005888/en Twitter Facebook The Phoenix Releases New White Paper on the Critical Importance of Positive Social Connections, Community and Active Lifestyle
Tokyo has been named host destination for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.The Japanese capital was selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members on Saturday beating off competition from Istanbul and Madrid.Tokyo beat off Istanbul by 60 votes to 36.Princess Takamodo addressed the IOC, speaking of her own passion for sport as well as the aftermath of the Japanese tsunami in 2011, according to reports.Tokyo, which first hosted the event in 1964, will become the first Asian city to host the Games twice.
Road graders were shown moving dirt earlier this week west of Wellington Wal-Mart.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The dirt work you are seeing south of McDonalds and west of Wellington SuperCenter appears to be a development that was originally proposed four years.TAPP Development, based in Edmond, Okla., is in the process of building a strip-mall type retail center on the 5.8 acre lot behind McDonalds.What could go into that development and a list of stores has yet to be announced.TAPP Development received a building permit to the city of Wellington on Wednesday. They have been doing dirt work at the complex since Monday.Sumner Newscow had contacted the corporate office this afternoon, but has so far not received a return phone call.TAPP had originally bought the property west of Wellington with McDonalds owning the north section.In late 2011, TAPP Development had announced that it was building four specialty stores which could possibly include a restaurant with a drive thru on the 5.8 acre lot. Whether that is in the plans now is not known publicly.Originally, the construction was to start in December, 2011 but it fell through for whatever reason.In a Sumner Newscow interview that was published in Nov. 3, 2011, Tim Clarke of Tapp Development Corp stated the company typically develops property with Walmart Super Centers as anchor and outer retails around them. The plans in 2011, was the new Wellington outlet would be considered a â€œshadowâ€ retail center.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? 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Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 207 weeks ago I am so glad we have not lost many residents waiting for the hotel to be built across the highway. Holding your breath would have killed many of us. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down I.B. Well · 207 weeks ago Exactly how is this going to help bring more business to downtown Wellington? Report Reply 2 replies · active 207 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down I. B. NotWell · 207 weeks ago Downtown is nearly a lost cause. Sad, but true. The reason I say that is the state of most of the buildings and the cost to update them and bring them up to code. It is generally cheaper to start from scratch. New business on the East side is what we need. We need investors to put up business there that can attempt to pull from I-35 traffic. That is our best bet at getting more traffic into Wellington. Report Reply +5 Vote up Vote down I.B. Well · 207 weeks ago Tom McAlister was doing wonders with many of the buildings downtown, but he got no from the city. So now our only option is to let our downtown district rot and fall down around us? In the meantime, we should bet on catching whatever business that may wander in off the interstate? It sounds to me like Wellington is on it’s way to becoming the little Detroit of Kansas. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down U.B. NotWell 4Sure · 207 weeks ago Moving closer to the interstate is not going to fix what is wrong with Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Sharon Short · 207 weeks ago Negative comments such as these are exactly what is wrong with Wellington. Come on, people! This is good news! Report Reply 1 reply · active 207 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down I.B. Well · 207 weeks ago I hate to spoil your utopian view of life, but the truth isn’t always positive. Denying the truth certainly isn’t productive. Awhile back, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce had an agenda to bring more business to downtown. What happened? I hear people say how sad it is to see downtown Wellington in such a slump. Where’s the concern now? Downtown used to be the hub of this community. Show me a thriving downtown business district, and I’ll show you a strong, thriving community. The type of strong community that industries take a hard look at for their expansion efforts. When industries consider opening a plant in Wellington, they see a decaying downtown area and they move on. Okay, so the downtown buildings are deteriorating. Why not tear them down and rebuild? Wellington needs to get back to the basics. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down Phil White · 207 weeks ago I also see this as positive news for Wellington. I’ll welcome any new business to Wellington, no matter where in the city it may choose to locate. Many of the retailers who build this type of development will only come to a community in this type of development. They won’t even consider a downtown business district as a location; they prefer a high-traffic big-box retail location (i.e., next to Walmart). The choice is either have those businesses (and sales tax revenue) there or not at all. Other communities with a Walmart-other retail complex also have improving, revitalizing downtown areas. This can be a rising tide lifts all boats type of situation. I know of investments being made in our downtown and exciting things coming there as well. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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SAN DIEGO — Free agency has been a much hotter topic than the trade market at this year’s Winter Meetings, but the San Francisco Giants have been involved in both aspects of the player acquisition process in San Diego.The Giants added three players to the organization on Tuesday, trading for infielder Zack Cozart and shortstop prospect Will Wilson in a swap with the Angels before announcing a one-year deal with free agent starter Kevin Gausman.Tuesday’s trade with the Angels is essentially …
Science journals and websites continue to act as if religion is a subcategory of the science department. If Stephen Jay Gould thought that NOMA was a good idea to keep peace between science and religion (see 11/05/2006), nobody paid any attention. Scientism has taken over the world. Here’s how it happened. Churches in the 19th century made a devil’s bargain: “You scientists can have all the natural stuff; we just want to focus on the salvation of souls.” Sounds so attractive a deal. After all, what did D. L. Moody and Charles Spurgeon know about boring stuff like pig embryos, fossils and geological strata? “You can have it.We don’t want it; we don’t need it.” And so the church gave away Nature to “Science”. Yeah, you’re just a phenotype, performing all the genes inside / Living things only seem designed, ’cause you can’t see how they’ve been revised / And the feedback lies in evolution’s brutal gaze / Either you have babies who have babies or get booed off stage. Was this attack against design criticized? Not in the least. Brinkman was allowed to preach a salvation message and hortatory sermon to the journal’s readers: “Converting people to looking at how evolution works and accepting it as a reality is an intellectual battle that is worth fighting.” Rap against ID: Nature raved about Baba Brinkman, “a Canadian rap artist whose award-winning show The Rap Guide to Evolution wowed UK crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival during Charles Darwin’s bicentenary year.” The interviewer provided a sample of his materialistic, Spencerian-Malthusian-Dawkinsian lyrics: Next thing you know, the conspirators Huxley, Tyndall, Haeckel and others were redefining Nature. Nature is all that exists. Nature is all that is Real. Since Science now owned Nature, Science owned everything that is Real. By implication, churches dealt with things that are Unreal. Anybody living in an unreal world must be mentally ill. Religious people, therefore, became the patients of psychological scientists, who treated them like lab rats. Happiness science: Another scientific article on happiness appeared on Medical Xpress June 14 (cf. 05/19/2011, bullet 1). But do people need science to confirm that “Money can’t buy happiness”, like some New Zealand psychologists produced in “findings” published in a psychology journal? To whom should a reader look for happiness: a psychological study, or Matthew 6:33? What if the psychologists had found that money could buy happiness? Would that make it right? Can science answer such questions? Theology therefore reclaims Science from those mentally ill materialist scientists who deny Reality. Science is once again the property of the Creator. We learned our lesson. Never again will we cede our rightful territory to the conspiratorial bigots whose pilfering of Christian concepts led to intellectual atrocities like those listed above. From now on, you will practice science within the will of your Creator, and for His glory alone, like Newton and Kepler did. We will suffer non-Christians limited operation on scientific questions, provided they are observable, testable, and repeatable, and have as their goal the improvement of human life or good stewardship of the Earth (see Francis Bacon). Any time one of you tries to steal our assumptions or moral categories to deny your Creator, though, we are going to expose your irrationality and embarrass you publicly. This is for your own good. It is a form of tough love for sinners who trade in self-refuting fantasies, the outcome of which leads to evil and chaos. Now, let’s get back to the beginning of wisdom and clean up this mess.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 It is abundantly clear that scientists and academic experts view no subject, no issue, no controversy as out of bounds. It is also abundantly clear that science journals and news sites feel no obligation to ever include the opinions of religious experts or conservatives. They have become echo chambers for godless liberals who pretend their critics do not even exist, except maybe as lab rats or targets for mockery. One can only shudder at the thought of a “marriage pantheon.” The Roman pantheon was a shrine to pagan gods. Science has its pagan gods, too: moral relativism, materialism, and evolution. What kind of marriage(s) will come out of that toxic brew? Historic marriage was instituted by our Creator. The denial of the Creator puts Man, with his Science, in charge. And now that the “gay rights” special-interest groups have co-opted so-called “scientific” experts with their presumptive authority, don’t even try to imagine what permutations of 1 + n entities will be enshrined in the “marriage pantheon.” Gay marriage advocacy: In a shocking display of NOMA violation, Science Daily advocated abandoning Father’s Day and Mother’s Day and replacing them with “Co-Parent’s Day.” Why? Because “a second parent doesn’t have to be a dad. It can be a same-sex partner, a grandparent or another caregiver.” Even though most of the article affirmed the value of fathers, clearly the program featured in the article, advocated by Philip Cowan, a UC Berkeley psychologist , is in line with the “gay agenda” of redefining marriage and family. Once again, psychologists were presented as experts with “findings” deemed scientific, therefore more worthy of reporting than the views of Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, or other institutions who specialize in family issues. The science sites always give the edge to academics and psychologists because they are assumed to be scientists. Church blame: Medical Xpress accused churches of ignoring mental illness in their congregations. “Mental illness of a family member destroys the family’s connection with the religious community, a new study by Baylor University psychologists has found, leading many affected families to leave the church and their faith behind.” The article begs the question whether mental illness even exists, or whether conditions could be divided into sin problems and physical problems. Many churches have active counseling programs for those suffering depression, stress, guilt, despair and other ailments. They already cooperate with medical institutions that specialize in mental symptoms caused by physical conditions, but deny that “mental illness” is some kind of sterile category that can explain behavior apart from spiritual factors, considering the mish-mash of theories in psychological “science” and the wayward history of psychology (cf. 04/21/2011, 02/17/2010, 10/15/2009) . Would a psychologist ever diagnose any behavior as caused by sin? Who is to decide? Moral motives: One would think religious counselors would be in the business of determining the motives of sinners and saints, but psychologists made it their business. According to Medical Xpress, “People are more likely to condemn the bad behaviour of others when they sense someone else may be watching, research by a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney shows.” This conclusion was published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology. Whether or not the psychologists’ conclusions coincide at any point with those of a preacher, priest or rabbi, it is clear from the article that the “scientific” study by psychologists intruded into non-scientific domains. “The relevance of these findings is broad including shedding light on both politics and religion,” the article said. One of the psychologists made it clear who’s in charge: “”The research is also part of Explaining Religion, a three-year, multinational project looking at religious practice and the kinds of behavior, involving moral judgement, that religion often claims to control.” While claiming that “The findings do not prove belief in the existence of a judgmental god plays a role in cooperation,” the clear message is that psychologists need no such god for their theories. They can explain human behavior simply in terms of behaviors and mental processes “While there was a significant decline across the high school years, it’s possible that teens were simply busy doing other things, perhaps a part-time job, taking part in extra-curricular activities or simply socializing with peers,” he [Andrew J. Fuligni, a UCLA professor of psychiatry] said. “Plus, kids are beginning to make their own decisions, and where attendance at religious services and activities is driven by parents earlier in childhood, parents may be allowing their teens to make their own decisions about participation as they progress through high school.” This lesson from history is disturbing and far-reaching, but there is a solution. Let’s go back and redefine Nature again. Actually, since the term is so ambiguous it is virtually meaningless, let’s define all of reality as Supernatural (we can play their word game, too). There’s even observational support for it: lifting your arm is a supernatural act, could it not be argued? Mind over matter–wow! Spooky action at a distance in the fundamental particles, fine-tuning in the universe, arguments in the conceptual realm–don’t you see? The supernatural is everywhere! Everything is supernatural. (What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.) Teen religion: In “Teens Maintain Their Religion,” Medical Xpress went beyond just stating poll results. It interpreted them as “not surprising,” and actually pretty normal that teens abandon the religious practices they were taught: Beyond gay marriage: If same-sex marriage continues its sweep, now that New York’s legislature adopted it by the narrowest of margins, what’s to stop other definitions of family? Indeed, PhysOrg asked, “Can U.S. Law Handle Polygamy?” The very question suggests it might. The press release from Washington University in St. Louis gave honor to “Adrienne Davis, JD, an expert on gender relations and the William M. Van Cleve Professor of law” to give her “expert” opinion at the PhysOrg pulpit. To Davis, whether you agree polygamy is right or wrong is beside the point. She “approaches polygamy as a problem of bargaining, cooperation and strategic behavior.” She acknowledged that “Proponents and detractors of polygamy use same-sex marriage to support their arguments,” but was only concerned whether U.S. laws can handle plural marriages. She even excused it by comparing it to families that have undergone multiple divorces, a form of “serial polygamy, or polygamy on the installment plan” (see Analogy). It was not her moral concern whether two wrongs make a right. But aren’t children harmed by polygamy? The article threw in some doubt: “it is unclear that polygamy generates more problems for children than the standard alternatives.” And aren’t women abused by it? Science and law can work it out: “She proposes some default rules that might accommodate polygamy, while ensuring against some of its historic and ongoing abuses.” There was not a tinge of moral outrage in this article at the idea of polygamy, long detested by most Americans and civilizations. Science has arrived to tell us what is moral. “Is it better to channel legal energy into continuing to root out, repress, and punish polygamy, or into admitting it into the marriage pantheon?” Davis ended this “scientific” article loaded with moral terms like better, best, rules, and fairness. “The answer may hinge on whether polygamy could be effectively regulated.” Next question: who regulates the regulators? Atheist pulpit: New Scientist, an ostensibly scientific media site, gave a very friendly interview to atheist evangelist Robin Ince. Reporter Roger Highfield appeared to enjoy it: “The UK’s funniest rationalist celebrates the world seen through godless eyes” [italics in original]. Ince characterized his views as rational while denigrating his opponents as otherwise. An avowed humanist and Carl Sagan disciple, he spoke of “looking at the universe rationally and avoid coping mechanisms like mysticism or religion”. With a sweep of the hand Ince wrote off scholars who disagree with him, mocking, “I think it is a pity to live your life in ignorance and embrace that ignorance – for instance with ideas like intelligent design.” Observers of Medical Xpress (a branch of PhysOrg) over the years know that it is practically inconceivable to imagine the site granting a comeback argument to any leader in the intelligent design community, such as William Dembski, Jonathan Wells or Stephen Meyer, all of whom have multiple PhDs. Ince was given a chance to choose his hero between Einstein and Darwin. “I love the Englishness of Darwin, the sweetness of his character. He was a man without arrogance who overturned our view of how all living things came to be as they are,” he said. There were no references to Gerald Bergman’s new book The Dark Side of Darwin, obviously. (Bergman also has multiple PhDs.)
Hyderabad’s 169-run target proved to be too tough for Delhi as they lost this IPL match by 16 runs at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday. Score | PhotosThe bulk of scoring from the Hyderabad camp was done by opener Sunny Shohal (62) and Kumar Sangakkara (49) who put on 92 runs for the second wicket.Delhi started their chase poorly looking wickets early. In fact, they lost their first wicket in the fourth over when the total was 28. Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag wanted to cut loose and he made room for that in Hyderabad medium-pacer Harmeet Singh’s over but ended up getting caught at point by Daniel Christian on 12.The last ball of the next over saw Naman Ojha too walk back. Christian trapped him leg-before on 2 to reduce Delhi to 33/2. New man Aaron Finch too did not stay at the crease for long and was sent back to the dugout by Harmeet on a nought. Delhi were 38/2 at the stage.Then David Warner and Venugopal Rao put on 52 runs for the fourth wicket and they were quick in their pursuit, scoring in boundaries, but Hyderabad leggi Amit Mishra ensured that their partnership did not last long. He got the better of Rao in the 13th over with Christian performing the final honours near the boundary. Rao fell for 21 and Delhi fell to 90/4.David Warner, who was going steady till now too departed. And it had to be Hyderabad part-time bowler Shikhar Dhawan who scripted his departure in the 15th over. Warner played a pull shot off him and D Ravi Taje pouched him at deep mid-wicket on 51. Delhi were reduced to 99/5 post his wicket.advertisementOn the first ball of the 16th over Irfan Pathan played a sweep off Hyderabad left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha and the ball took the aerial route to land in Bharat Chipli’s hands at deep mid-wicket for 5. Delhi were 112/6 at the stage and were looking in trouble.Yogesh Nagar, who scored 22 before being bowled out by Christian in the last over, and James Hopes tried hard for a revival but failed as the team ended up losing the match by 16 runs.Hyderabad innings Opener Sunny Shohal and Kumar Sangakkara scored 92 runs for the second wicket as Hyderabad posted 168/4 in 20 overs against Delhi on Tuesday’s first IPL match.Earlier, Hyderabad won the toss and elected to bat against the hosts at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium pitch and ended up losing their opener Shikhar Dhawan in the second over of the innings to Delhi paceman Irfan Pathan. Hyderabad were 14/1 at the stage in the 19th match of the IPL.But, post that wicket captain Kumar Sangakkara and Sunny Sohal got on with a partnership to frustrate the opposition bowlers. The two put on 92 runs for the second wicket before a rush of blood saw Sangakkara taking the aerial route off Ashok Dinda on the last ball of the 12th over and Aaron Finch took a fine catch moving backwards. He didn’t move his eyes of the ball and pouched the ball nicely. Sngakkara fell on 49 and Hyderabad were 106/2.After his wicket, Sohal too lost his rhythm and fell to Shahbaz Nadeem in the 15th over. He scored a fien 62 that came off just 41 balls. Daniel Christian was the last wicket to fall for Hyderabad as Cameron White and Bharat Chipli scored an unbeaten 12 runs for the fith wicket as Hyderabad finished with a fine 168/4 on board in this IPL match against Delhi.
8/31/075135-16 4/17/064836-12 POLL DATEYANKEESMETSMETS MARGIN 3/24/146127-34 Move over, New York Yankees — there’s a new baseball boss in town. For the first time since at least 1998, Quinnipiac University has found, more New York City baseball fans liked the Mets than the Yankees. Although it was a narrow victory — 45 percent to 43 percent, well within the margin of error — it shows that winning ballgames remains the key to winning the hearts of Big Apple sports fans.The Yankees usually hold a hefty fan advantage over the Mets in New York. Over the last 20 years, the Yankees have averaged a sizable 55 percent-to-31 percent lead over their crosstown rivals. Just three years ago, the Yankees led the Mets 61 percent to 27 percent on the same question Quinnipiac asked this year. 3/25/095655-133429 3/16/005235-17 10/19/004337-6 Average5554-1334310 6/1/126221-41 The Mets do much better when baseball fans are forced to choose between the Mets and the Yankees. While the Yankees lose a statistically insignificant 1 percentage point of support on average, the Mets pick up 10 points of support. This seems to confirm the finding of a nonscientific Reddit poll from three years ago that found the Yankees were the most hated team among baseball fans. In other words, non-Yankee and non-Met fans may pick the Mets when forced to choose between the two of them, simply because they dislike the Yankees more.This year, though, the Mets beat the Yankees on the open-ended version of the question — the version in which they have always done worse. If we take this year’s result and apply the same boost the Mets typically receive in the other version of the question (where fans were forced to choose between the two teams), they would probably hold a 10-point head-to-head advantage over the Yankees. That’s pretty mind-boggling, considering the Mets were down 22 points on that type of question just three years ago.The Mets need to keep winning, however, if they want to maintain an edge over the Yankees. As I wrote about three years ago, the Mets seem to pick up fans when they win and shed them when they lose, but the same didn’t hold true for the Yankees. Now, it seems the Yankees may also gain or lose fans depending on their record. (Before this year, Quinnipiac had never polled after a season in which the Mets made the playoffs — or World Series — more recently than the Yankees.) In the chart below, I’ve plotted the difference between the percentages of Met fans and Yankee fans in New York City against the difference in how long it had been since each team had been in the playoffs.1For the sake of simplicity, I’m using the version of Quinnipiac’s question that allows baseball fans to choose any team, not just the Mets and the Yankees. However, there’s a clear correlation with either question. 3/24/1459%37%-22 3/25/095542-13 Fav. in a Subway Series Average5531-24 4/1/024738-9 Indeed, the Yankee lead climbed as high as 41 points five years ago. That survey was taken after a season in which the Yankees had made the playoffs, while the Mets hadn’t appeared in the postseason in six years. Now the tables have turned: The Mets have made the playoffs two years in a row, even appearing in the World Series in 2015. Meanwhile, the Yankees didn’t make the playoffs last year and they haven’t made a World Series since 2009.Before this year, the only time the Mets ever came close to the Yankees was in May 2007. That year, 49 percent of New York City baseball fans said they’d root for the Yankees in a Subway Series against the Mets, while 48 percent said they’d root the other way. Recent results had an influence then, too — the Mets made it to the National League Championship Series (before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals) in 2006, while the Yankees were knocked out in the American League Division Series.The Mets’ triumph in this year’s poll, however, is far more impressive than when they nearly overtook the Yankees 10 years ago. You’ll notice in the table that there are two types of questions Quinnipiac has asked on this subject in the past: Sometimes they asked baseball fans who they’d root for in a World Series matchup between the Mets and the Yankees, as they did when the Mets came close to the Yankees in 2007. Other times, fans are asked who their favorite baseball team is overall. (That is, fans can choose teams besides the Mets and Yankees.) And in four surveys, Quinnipiac asked both versions of the question. 7/26/015432-22 3/24/146159-2273710 5/28/074948-1 POLL DATETEAM IN MLBIN SUBWAY SERIESDIFFTEAM IN MLBIN SUBWAY SERIESDIFF 5/28/0750%49%-136%48%12 Source: Quinnipiac University YANKEES ARE FAVORITE …METS ARE FAVORITE … 5/28/075036-14 NYC baseball fans like the Mets more than the Yankees for the first time in 20 years Among New York City baseball fansSource: Quinnipiac University Average5138-13 8/31/075152135449 7/28/986028-32 3/25/095633-23 3/31/1743%45%+2 7/29/115926-33 The Mets are more popular when they’re pitted against the Yankees 4/1/055136-15 7/18/064637-9 8/31/075244-8 Poll DateYankeesMetsMets margin Perhaps what’s most interesting about the chart is that, based on prior trends, we would have expected the Yankees to have more fans than the Mets even now. That is, in an environment where the Mets were doing slightly better than the Yankees, the pattern would have been for the Yankees to still have a larger fan base. That might mean Quinnipiac’s new poll is too friendly to the Mets — certainly a possibility, given the margin of error. It could also be the case that the Mets are receiving a “bonus” because they were in the playoffs last year and the Yankees weren’t. Again, we can’t really test that phenomenon because in every previous survey, the Yankees had been in the playoffs as recently (or far more so) than the Mets had been.Either way, it’s clear that New York City is a two-baseball-team town right now. The Mets have caught up to — or perhaps even surpassed — their older brother. Yankee fans need their team to start winning again, or they’ll have to get used to seeing a lot more Mets caps on the subway as they make their commute. 8/15/136223-39 FAVORITE TEAM IN MLB
It’s appropriate that the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever saw an interception on the first pass and set a record for the longest punt in a title game. In a season with the second-most points scored per game in NFL history, it was defense, not offense, that ruled the day.Throughout the 13-3 New England victory, the Patriots frustrated the Rams’ offensive plans, pressuring quarterback Jared Goff into off-target throws, ill-advised scrambles and finally — when it mattered most, with 4:19 left in the fourth quarter — a game-clinching interception. In holding Los Angeles to 3 points — which tied the 1971 Dolphins with the lowest point total in a Super Bowl — the Patriots were relentless in their pass rush. They blitzed an incredible 41 percent of the time, and Goff was pressured on 39 percent of his dropbacks, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. And it wasn’t just the Patriots front six that made life difficult on the Rams; the Patriots secondary blanketed Los Angeles all night long. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Rams receivers had the worst separation when targeted by Goff since Sean McVay was named head coach.But this wasn’t a case of the Patriots defense — one that was middling most of the regular season — suddenly morphing into the 1985 Chicago Bears or the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.1Both of which, incidentally, gave up more points in their respective Super Bowl wins. The Rams’ execution and play-calling were suspect as well. The Patriots held C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley to 57 yards on the ground, and they did it without stacking the box. The Rams never faced a defensive front with more than seven men near the line of scrimmage — not even once in the game. Against a light box of six or fewer defenders, the Rams offensive line was able to generate only 21 rushing yards on six carries — a 3.5-yard average. That was 2.2 yards worse than their regular-season average of 5.7 and just a 10th of a yard more than the 3.4 yards per carry2On 12 carries. they averaged Sunday against a seven-man front. The Rams went from being the third-ranked rushing team in the league against these light and neutral defensive fronts — averaging 5.4 yards per carry in the regular season — to one that could muster only 3.4 in the biggest game of the year.Goff, who was hit five times in the game, was never able to find a consistent rhythm and frequently missed his target. Most notably, he was late on a pass in the third quarter, allowing safety Jason McCourty to break up a sure touchdown to a wide-open Brandin Cooks in the end zone. McVay, meanwhile, failed to aggressively push small edges, never going for it on fourth-and-short. The Rams also played sloppily, earning nine penalties for 65 yards to New England’s three for 20. Much was written about the experience gap between the two teams at coach and QB, and it showed. At one point, Goff forgot the snap count he called in the huddle and was flagged for a false start, an incredibly rare feat for an NFL quarterback.The net result of the Rams’ offensive futility was historic: They became only the second team in Super Bowl history not to score a touchdown, wasting a defensive effort that held Tom Brady and the Patriots to 13 points. And while there may be more to football than scoring points, it’s hard to argue that this Super Bowl was a shining example of compelling low-scoring football. Neither team was efficient on third down, with each converting just three opportunities into a new set of downs. A total of one play was run in the red zone by either team. The first half of the game was so uneventful that the two plays with the highest impact as measured by positive win probability3Using the nflscrapR win probability model. added were punts by Johnny Hekker.In a season defined by high-scoring excitement, this Super Bowl could have been a showcase for explosive offensive efficiency. Instead we got nine Hekker punts and Maroon 5 in the halftime show. In short, it was one of the worst Super Bowls ever.
Ohio State guard Carmen Grande (1) dribbles the ball up the court in the second half of the game against Indiana on Jan. 10. Ohio State won 55-50. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team (14-12, 10-7 Big Ten) continued its hot streak, winning 10 of its past 14 games, with a 61-50 win against Wisconsin(13-16, 4-13). Thursday’s game saw four players score 10 points or more, with redshirt senior guard Carmen Grande leading the way for Ohio State. Her 17 points along with three rebounds and five assists were key in giving the Buckeyes a substantial lead for most of the game. Also getting in on the action were freshman guard Janai Crooms, redshirt senior guard Carly Santoro and freshman forward Dorka Juhasz, who combined for 32 of the team’s 61 points. Crooms was hot early on helping the Buckeyes get off to an early lead in the first quarter. She was 4-of-8 from the field for 11 points to go with six rebounds. Moving into the second quarter, Santoro and Juhasz stepped up to take control of the game and get a 13-point lead heading into halftime. Santoro scored 11 points with two rebounds and two assists. Juhasz had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds to contribute not only on the offensive side, but also being a key figure on the defensive side as well. Wisconsin could never quite get it going on the offensive side early on, but senior forward Marsha Howard kept the Badgers in the game with a 15-point performance along with seven rebounds and two assists. The second half was a bit of different story, as a 10-point Wisconsin run in the third quarter cut an 18-point Ohio State lead back down to a single-digit game. However, the Buckeyes countered with a nine-point run of their own to take a firm hold of the game again. Despite a nine-point run by Wisconsin in the fourth quarter, Ohio State burned enough clock to limit Wisconsin’s options. The Badgers were forced to foul to stay in the game, and the Buckeyes made enough free throws to get away with the win. The Buckeyes will close out the regular season with a rematch against Rutgers on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.