Bankruptcy court addresses Detroit water shutoffs

first_imgAt march in solidarity with Palestine, July 13.>br />WW photo: Kris HamelJuly 16 — A dog and pony show put on by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Detroit municipal bankruptcy proceedings took an unexpected turn on July 15 when Moratorium NOW! Coalition activist Kris Hamel, who is also a WW managing editor, told the judge he needed to put a moratorium on mass water shutoffs and ameliorate the suffering of the poorest Detroiters.The hearing was for objectors to the city’s emergency manager’s “plan of adjustment,” which outlines deep cuts in health and pension obligations to city retirees and the “clawback” of workers’ annuity funds in order to pay the city’s alleged debt to the banks. Out of more than 600 objections that were filed by rank-and-file workers, residents and retirees, 100 objectors were chosen to appear at the hearing and given five minutes each to address Judge Steven Rhodes. Because the austerity plan is essentially a done deal according to the EM and corporate media, many objectors did not bother to show up. But several dozen testified as more than 100 spectators watched from another room.Poignant and heart-wrenching testimony was given by retirees, especially regarding the now high cost of their health care. A cancer patient told of skipping her appointments because of high doctor visit co-pays, while another said his health care costs have gone from $152 to more than $1,000 per month since draconian health care cuts became effective in March. Moratorium NOW! organizer and city worker Andrea Egypt also addressed the court, saying the situation in Detroit “parallels the austerity measures imposed on the public workers in Greece by the officialdom, the banks and the corporations.”Mass water shutoffs an ‘international disgrace’But it was when Hamel, the last objector of the morning session, took the podium that for the first time the mass water shutoffs were brought into the city’s bankruptcy case.“The Detroit Free Press reported [EM Kevyn] Orr’s office calling the water shutoffs, quote, a necessary part of Detroit’s restructuring, close quote. The real agenda,” continued Hamel, “is to make the water department more attractive for privatization to union busters like Veolia Corporation, known worldwide for its crimes against humanity, especially against the Palestinian people.“While the poorest Detroiters have their water cut off for owing $150, JPMorgan Chase, UBS [United Bank of Switzerland], Loop Financial and Morgan Stanley were paid $537 million in termination fees on interest rate swaps out of $1 billion in bonds issued from 2010 to 2013, bonds that were earmarked to fund repairs of the water infrastructure system, not line the pockets of these four banks. Orr, while cutting off water to the poor and raising water rates, has not taken one step to recover this $537 million giveaway to the banks.”Hamel challenged the court: “As you have stated on prior occasions, Judge Rhodes, the buck stops with you in these bankruptcy proceedings. It is up to you to stop the national and international disgrace and humanitarian disaster of mass water shutoffs in the city of Detroit. You must immediately enjoin these shutoffs by placing a moratorium on them today and ordering Orr to implement a real water affordability plan for the poorest Detroiters.“And it is up to you to order Orr and his cronies to stop shilling for the banks that Jones Day [Orr’s former law firm, which represents the EM-run city) lists as its clients, and to recoup and recover the $537 million paid to the banks out of water bonds meant for the people. Chase and UBS have a record of criminal fraud regarding swaps like these all across the U.S. Go after the banks, not the poor, because in Detroit, the city most devastated by years of bank fraud and racist predatory lending, the people are paying the banks rather than the other way around. This is not equitable.”Water shutoffs ‘a problem affecting this bankruptcy’The audience applauded Hamel’s testimony, and then Rhodes demanded that the Jones Day lawyer for the city address the water shutoffs. Her lack of knowledge was immediately apparent and the judge ordered her to bring to the afternoon session a representative of the city who could address the crisis and the way the city was handling it.From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., activists with Moratorium NOW! and other groups gathered in front of the courthouse for a people’s speakout against the plan of austerity. Retirees and others who had testified in court were interviewed by local media and spoke at the rally.At the 2 p.m. session, Darryl Latimer, deputy director of the water department, was presented to the court and grilled by Judge Rhodes. It soon became clear the city has no program for reaching customers with overdue water bills and that a whopping 30 percent down payment is needed for the “payment plan” offered by the city. While Latimer stated there is flexibility with the 30 percent, many observers said that that was an outright lie. Latimer also lamely claimed that they don’t shut off water to people, only to addresses, and that residents are not warned of the shutoffs. He said that informational inserts have been put in with bills and that a “water fair” is being planned.“Your residential shutoff program has caused not only a lot of anger in the city but also a lot of hardship,” said Rhodes, who added, “It’s caused a lot of bad publicity for the city that it doesn’t need right now.” The judge admonished Latimer that the water shutoffs are “a problem affecting this bankruptcy” and that the city “has to do much, much better” to advise residents of payment plan options and impending shutoffs.“If your report is accurate,” Rhodes told Latimer, “it sounds like efforts are needed to help residents maintain their water services. That’s a solvable problem. Mr. Orr needs to come up with a much more aggressive plan to solve that problem.”Rhodes ordered Latimer to appear in court on July 21 with EM representatives to “report on what initiatives the water department is taking.”The water shutoffs being addressed in bankruptcy court was top news for the day, with radio and television reports including interviews with Hamel and retirees.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pasadena Community Orchestra Soloists Perform Mozart Concertante + Vivaldi + Weber

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News L-R: Richard Holloway (clarinet), Aubree Day Cedillo (oboe), Melissa Clemens (horn), Don Fisher (bassoon). Photo courtesy PCOPasadena Community Orchestra (PCO) Soloists will perform Mozart’s, Sinfonia Concertante K. 297b, Vivaldi’s Concerto alla Rustica RV 151 and Weber’s Symphony No. 1 under the baton of Music Director Beth Pflueger on Friday, March 13, 2020, 8:00 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena.Woflgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds K. 297b is a work for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon and orchestra. Soloists include: Aubree Day Cedillo – oboe, Richard Holloway – clarinet, Don Fisher – bassoon and Melissa Clemens – horn. Antonio Lucio Vivaldi’s Concerto alla Rustica RV151 was written between 1720 and 1730. It is a virtuoso, Baroque piece for orchestra with a slow 2nd movement. The final dance movement is in Lydian mode which is common in folk music of the period. Carl Maria von Weber’s Symphony No. 1 in C was written between 1806 – 1807. Debussy once wrote about his music that, “the sound of the Weber orchestra was obtained through the scrutiny of the soul of each instrument.”PCO’s 2019-2020 season, under the baton of Bethany Pflueger, Music Director, features a variety of free concert events for patrons in every age group. The musicians of PCO graciously donate their services for every concert. PCO is supported by generous benefactors, local grants, board members, and volunteers. Audience members may meet the soloist and musicians at a light reception following the concert. Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary.First Church of the Nazarene is located at 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena (just west of Michillinda Avenue). Ample free parking, wheelchair accessible.The concert is Free and Open to the public.For more information, visit Pasadena Community Orchestrat at or call (626) 445-6708. More Cool Stuff Subscribe 126 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Events Previews Pasadena Community Orchestra Soloists Perform Mozart Concertante + Vivaldi + Weber STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, March 2, 2020 | 1:19 am Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Watch Umphrey’s McGee Bust Out ‘No Ordinary Love’ With Jennifer Hartswick In Official Video

first_imgJust last weekend, Umphrey’s McGee brought their performing to the next level with the annual UMBowl show at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. The band played a full four sets of music, broken up into unique quarters, with various improvisational and audience-participatory themes to keep the fans, and the band, on their toes. They also welcomed Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman throughout the night, peppering both originals and covers with the Trey Anastasio Band horn players.You can read our full recap of UM Bowl here.Just one day after the UMBowl marathon, the band returned to the Vegas venue for round two. Of the many highlights throughout the two night run, one particular bust out stands alone, as the band brought out Hartswick for a performance of Sade’s “No Ordinary Love.” A song that hadn’t been played in nearly a thousand shows – 991 to be exact – got the royal treatment from this jammed out ensemble.Thanks to Umphrey’s and TourGigs, we now have some pro-shot footage of “No Ordinary Love” to share. Tune in below:Umphrey’s is off of touring for the next few weeks, until Summer Camp Music Festival hits at the end of the month. Check out the setlist from UM’s last show below:Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 5/7/16Set 1: You Got the Wrong Guy > Speak Up, Bridgeless > Hajimemashite, Dump City, Nemo > In The Kitchen > Nemo, Red Tape[1], Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough[1]Set 2: Attachments, 1348, The Triple Wide > Bridgeless, Puppet String, No Ordinary Love[2], Women Wine and Song[1] > Wife Soup[1]Encore: Controversy > Bad Friday[1][1] with Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet and Natalie Cressman on trombone[2] with Jennifer Hartswick on vocalsNotes:with Woody Woodpecker theme (George Tibbles and Ramey Idriss) tease before 1348last No Ordinary Love 05.25.2007 (991 shows)last_img read more

Whitetails Unlimited awards $2,000 to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Whitetails Unlimited has awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry a grant totaling $2,000 to fund processing fees on donated large game and livestock.  “We are very excited about our “Meat” the Need program, “said Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, “and pleased that this Whitetails Unlimited is continually making an investment in our community.”These funds will be used to assist Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry in paying processing fees for donations of large game and livestock within Indiana. Founded in 2011, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry encourages the donation of large game and livestock to our “Meat” the Need program, raises financial support to pay processing fees on these donations, and gives this nutritious meat to hunger relief-agencies within Indiana. Hunters and farmers may donate, at no cost to them (farmers may also write-off fair market value on taxes), by taking their large game or livestock to a participating meat processor in their area.  The donation will be processed, packaged in 1- to 2-pound packages and frozen. Local hunger-relief agencies will be contacted for pick up and distribution of this nutritious protein back into the community. The individuals and families that Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry serves are reached through food banks and other hunger- relief agencies whose services are strictly for low income and poor populations.“The grant provided by Whitetails Unlimited will pay for approximately 1,500 pounds of donated large game and livestock, which will then be distributed to area hunger-relief agencies – providing almost 6,000 meals to residents in need within our communities,” said Treesh. Even as the economy is improving, many hardworking Hoosiers are still living paycheck to paycheck. Indiana residents who must regularly choose between paying bills and buying groceries, continue to struggle to stay afloat but become even more in debt. In Indiana, approximately 1 out of every 4 households with children – report an inability to afford enough food to feed their family. Those affected by food insecurity are often at high-risk for obesity and diet-related diseases due to the lack of quality in the foods that they can afford. Protein, one of the most important nutrients for brain and body development in children and young adults, is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry assists in meeting basic needs within each county we serve. By assisting individuals and families that are struggling with this situation, the organization gives families the ability to avoid hunger and not have to choose between bills and groceries – allowing those aging and vulnerable populations to get back on track to hunger-free, independent living.“To date, we have 83 participating meat processors working within 85 counties in Indiana to ensure residents in need are served,” shared Amber Zecca, Fund Development Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “In the last six years, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has helped to distribute over 1,123,000 pounds of meat to Indiana food banks, providing approximately 4.5 million meals to Hoosiers in need.”Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is accepting donations to fund our “Meat” the Need program throughout Indiana and is continuously looking for volunteers to help us in our efforts to feed the hungry and reduce hunger issues throughout Indiana. For more information on the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry program, its services and to find participating meat processors in your area, or to find out how you can help, please visit read more

Reid withdraws from Ireland squad

first_imgAndy Reid has withdrawn from the Ireland squad with a hamstring injury. Reid was among a series of players being assessed on Saturday with West Ham defender Joey O’Brien due to have a scan on a hamstring problem and Sean St Ledger also a doubt for Tuesday night’s trip to Poland. Press Associationcenter_img The Nottingham Forest midfielder suffered the problem in training on Saturday morning after coming on as a substitute in the previous night’s 3-0 friendly victory over Latvia. A spokesman for the Football Association of Ireland said: “The Football Association of Ireland this evening (November 16) confirmed that Andy Reid has withdrawn from the squad and has returned to his club due to a hamstring strain suffered this morning in training.” last_img read more

Football News Werder Bremen consolidate 10th spot in Bundesliga with 4-0 win over Augsburg

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Berlin: Werder Bremen continued its birthday celebrations with a 4-0 rout of Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Sunday. Bremen, which marked its 120th anniversary as a club on Monday, followed up its dramatic penalty shootout win over Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup on Tuesday with its biggest league win of the season. Milot Rashica scored two goals, getting Bremen off the mark in the fifth minute and claiming his second a minute after Johannes Eggestein made it 2-0 in the 27th. Kevin Moehwald got Bremen’s fourth in the 83rd.           The win helped Bremen consolidate 10th spot and put it within striking distance of the teams chasing European qualification. Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen, fifth and sixth respectively, are just three points clear. Augsburg stayed 15th, three points above Stuttgart in the relegation playoff spot. Werder Bremen consolidated 10th spot in the Bundesliga.VFB Stuttgart have lost five out of their last six games.Augsburg are in 15th position in the Bundesliga. highlights On Saturday, Borussia Dortmund squandered a three-goal lead and drew with Hoffenheim 3-3 at home, then watched Bayern Munich cut its lead in the Bundesliga to five points by beating Schalke 3-1.          STUTTGART IN FREEFALL             Stuttgart coach Markus Weinzierl’s job was on the line after his side’s 3-0 capitulation at promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf, a relegation rival that now appears safe, 10 points clear of Stuttgart. Duesseldorf, previously bottom, appears a side reborn after five wins and two draws from its last eight league games under Friedhelm Funkel, who celebrated his 800th Bundesliga game as a coach against Stuttgart.             Stuttgart, which has five defeats in its last six games, saw Argentine forward Nicolas Gonzalez sent off late through VAR for an off-the-ball incident with Duesseldorf’s Kaan Ayhan, who was booked. last_img read more

Scout evaluates six NBA Draft prospects looking to boost stock during March Madness

first_imgNBA DRAFT 2019 BIG BOARD:Zion Williamson sits atop rankings; Rui Hachimura sees slight dropBut that was the NCAA’s regular season. We are just a few days away from the start of the next phase in college player evaluation, the conference and NCAA Tournament slate. For a draft that has been underwhelming, there is a chance for a late riser or two.We spoke with a college scout about six players with much at stake heading into the tournament schedule, a chance for disappointing players to rescue their reputations and boost their stock. A good March can do that.Cameron Reddish, F, DukeGoing back to a 7-for-19 shooting performance against Louisville, Reddish has had an underwhelming month in what has been a mostly underwhelming season. He’s probably a top-four pick, with teammates Williamson and R.J. Barrett, plus Murray State guard Ja Morant, but only because other top players are injured or underperformed, too.So Reddish could drop behind some combination of Jarrett Culver, Nassir Little, French forward Sekou Doumbouya or another late riser who wows scouts in workouts. Still a top-10 player, but a strong finish would give the team drafting him a bit more confidence in the player they’re getting.Reddish’s big problem has been that he’s the third wheel behind Williamson and Barrett, and he’s struggled to find his fit. Top-10 picks are not typically 36.2 percent shooters from the field, after all. But Reddish entered college with enough of a reputation that most scouts are willing to chalk up his poor numbers to a crowded Blue Devil offense.Reddish could still use some redemption, though, and a good Duke run in which he makes some big shots would restore confidence in his game.Scout’s view: “He’s a 6-9 wing who is athletic and can shoot, and you can’t just ignore that. He has great tools. But coming into the year, I worried that he was not aggressive enough, and this year has only confirmed that worry about him. I don’t think he is going in the top four. I think he is a guy who will slide. Not out of the lottery, but he’ll go lower than where is projected now, maybe No. 8 or 9.”A lot of it depends on how he works out, and for someone who came in with as much hype as him, you don’t want to be in a position where you are relying on your workouts to lock down your spot.”De’Andre Hunter, G, VirginiaHunter is the rare prospect in this draft who came in with a clear checklist of issues he needed to address and actually checked off those issues. Chief among those was his 3-point shooting, and he’s been outstanding, making 48.6 percent on the season.That has made NBA personnel types more comfortable with projecting Hunter as a starter in the league, an outstanding wing defender who can switch onto bigger forwards and can knock down perimeter shots when left open. If you’re looking for 3-and-D in the lottery, Hunter is your man.What’s missing from Hunter is more confidence in his 3-point shot — he’s taken only 2.4 per game on the season, and as a guard who is not much of a ball handler or playmaker, he needs to be aggressive off catch-and-shoot opportunities.The Cavaliers need that from him over tournament season. They’ve won seven straight games, and in that span, Hunter has averaged 18.1 points, upped his 3-point attempts to 3.1 per game and has made 63.6 percent of them.Scout’s view: “There are not a lot of known commodities in this draft, but he is one. He is such a great defender, and that will translate easily to the league. I like his shooting form. He just needs to trust it more, needs to be able to put the ball on the floor to create that extra space and make those shots. He is very reliant on others to set him up.”I mean, Klay Thompson was the same way when he first came into the league. I don’t think he is going to be Klay but, hey, that’s a nice ceiling for him.”Eric Paschall, F, VillanovaOverall, Paschall has been a reliable offensive weapon for the Wildcats, averaging 16.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting and 36.3 percent from the 3-point line. He’s had a rough stretch lately, though, averaging 12.0 points with just 34.6 percent shooting from the field as Villanova lost three of five.Paschall is a 6-8 big man, and like many in this draft, is a tweener who might struggle to defend the paint but is not athletic enough to guard the perimeter. He has been solid as a defender in college, but there’s some question about how that will translate to the NBA. He’s already 22, so the prospect that he’ll make big strides in the league is dimmer.But Paschall showed his value during last year’s tournament season, when he shot 48.3 percent from the 3-point line in nine games and had 24 points on 10-for-11 shooting in the semifinal win over Kansas. He’s a fringe first-rounder now, and another big March could push him to the top 30.Scout’s view: “He’s a rotation player, and if you’re picking late in the first round, he’s a guy who could help you right away. He’s got a ceiling because he’s not much of a shot creator and isn’t particularly explosive. But he is a smart player and can find ways to contribute.”Rui Hachimura, F, GonzagaHachimura is a 21-year-old junior, and it’s unlikely that opinions on him will swing wildly in the coming weeks. He’s a tweener, but scouts are divided on how he fits into the NBA, even in today’s positionless league. He is not a 3-point shooter or a ball handler, and he isn’t a playmaker — he’s had zero or one assist in 15 of Gonzaga’s 31 games.He does, however, average 20.6 points on 61.3 percent shooting from the field, creating havoc in the paint and knocking down midrange jumpers. He’s a good defender (though it’s unclear if he can defend out to the perimeter), and he does all this for the No. 1 team in the nation. And if one criticism he took in his first two collegiate seasons was a lack of aggressiveness, there’s no doubt he has addressed it, having taken 12.7 shots per game and 6.0 free throws.Hachimura has been pegged as anything from a top-five pick to a guy who will go in the 20s. Such is this draft. Teams already have solid, if varied, opinions on his NBA potential, but leading the Bulldogs to the Final Four or deeper would go a long way toward boosting Hachimura into the upper echelons of the draft.Scout’s view: “There was talk about him being a top-three guy, and that just was never gonna happen, so I think you see some people picking apart his game more to prove it. I don’t need to see him make a bunch of 3s in the tournament — I know that is something he is going to learn or not learn, and nothing I see now is going to change that.”But what I think everyone wants to see is him being clear and focused on the defensive end, really use his size and show some smarts in there. You can make his offense work. You can try to teach him to shoot 3s, all of that, but what I would want to see is a guy who has gained more defensive understanding over this season. I am still looking for him to prove that.”Keldon Johnson, SG, KentuckyJohnson appears to have hit a wall, and his last five games have not been stellar: 11.0 points, 36.4 percent shooting, 16.7 percent from the 3-point line. For a guy who has been knocked for inconsistency, this is not how you want to close the year.Still, Johnson is a lottery talent with good size for his position (6-6), a bulldog mentality when it comes to attacking the basket and a very good pull-up game. He’s shot 38.4 percent from the 3-point line this season, so this is not a guy who is going to slump his way out of the top 15.Johnson did appear to have top-five potential earlier in the year, though, and if he can’t find a way to recapture his shot as we get into tournament season, he could slip to a mid-first-round spot.Scout’s view: “He looks fatigued to me. He is undersized. He needs to bulk up more, and it looks to me like he just gets some bad tics in his jumper when he is tired and it costs him. He has a really great, tight stroke on his jumper when he is right, but you can see the elbows flare out a little, things get looser when he is in a bad stretch. That’s fatigue.”He’s a top-15 pick, but he still has a shot to go six, seven, eight, somewhere in there.”Jordan Nwora, F, LouisvilleNwora has made enormous strides in his sophomore season, tripling his scoring average to 17.2 points per game and adding 7.7 rebounds. He’s shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 37.0 percent from the 3-point line. Louisville had a difficult February, going 2-6, and Nwora was a big part of the problem, as he averaged just 14.3 points on 34.6 percent shooting. He did flash a preview of this breakout year last summer playing for the Nigerian national team (coached by his father, Alex) and helping to qualify for this year’s World Cup, including a 36-point effort in a win over Mali. He’s a combo forward who can stretch the floor with his catch-and-shoot ability, and though he is not an elite athlete, he can create shot attempts and is a decent defender.Scout’s view: “He is raw. I’d like him to go back to school and be a more consistent defender and scorer. He could help himself out a lot. He’s no guarantee to even be drafted, let alone go in the second round.”But this is not a deep draft, and he could work himself into the first round if he closes strong, shoots it well and gets the team back on track.” The trade deadline is long past, but in the NBA, the rumors never end. Yes, we’re already getting into the league’s draft season, which means it is time to resurrect the Friday Rumor-rama.This year’s NBA Draft is already shaping up to be a bit of a dud. There’s Zion Williamson, sure, but after him, it’s a weak group and some of the better players — Bol Bol, Jontay Porter, Darius Garland — may have actually helped their stock by suffering injuries and getting off the floor for the year.last_img read more

Permanent teal: San Jose Sharks fans get logo tattoos

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile deviceSo you think you’re a Sharks fan, huh? Jeremy Cruz of Milpitas may have you beat.He lined up at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night at the Players Ink tattoo shop on West San Carlos Street in San Jose to be first in line for a free Sharks logo tattoo Wednesday morning. To top it off, the Sharks fin logo tattoo he got on the inside of his wrist was his first tattoo ever.And he was hardly alone. More than 200 fans were waiting …last_img

How Can You Quantify a ‘Bend, Don’t Break’ Defense?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. You’ve probably heard the term “bend, don’t break” when talking about defenses. It refers to a team that may give up some yards inside the 20-yard lines but can get stops when they need to.Earlier we broke down the Big 12 teams by current PPR or “points per red-zone attempt”, a stat which I explain here that shows how effective an offense is at the most crucial part of the field.We can use the same formula to quantify how good a defense is at not “breaking.” Here are the Big 12 defenses ranked in opponent PPR.How good is each defense at holding an offense to three points (or zero) when backed up to their own end zone? Let’s take a look.screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-3-40-32-pmJust like an offense’s PPR can be coupled with the number of times they get to the red zone, opponent PPR can be better put in context when combined with how many red-zone trips a defense allows per game.Here are those numbers.screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-3-40-32-pmSo we see that West Virginia allows the least points per red-zone attempt (3.97), slightly edging out Oklahoma State (4.00). But the Mountaineers are fifth in allowed red-zone trips.Oklahoma State looks pretty good here giving up just 4.00 points per red-zone trip and allowing only 3.33 trips per game.Allowed zed-zone attempts is obviously impacted by the style of offense a team is playing and how well a defense is at slowing down that offense. More possessions mean more opportunities to get into the red zone.If we combine the two stats we can separate the defenses by who has given up the least red-zone points per game.screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-3-40-22-pmOklahoma State ranks third in points given up inside its own 20-yard line, just behind Kansas State and OU.This does not account for big plays given up for scores that started outside of the 20-yard line, which OSU has had issues with this year (OSU is currently No. 104 in the nation in plays of 30+ yards given up).This is the strategy of pretty much every Big 12 team. Other squads are going to get in your red zone. The question becomes what you do when that happens. Glenn Spencer preaches holding them to field goals.“The double move about got us one time and they busted out on a bunch route when we were in man,” said Glenn Spencer of Kansas State last week. “Which kind of made me uneasy about playing more aggressive.”“That being said, we still needed to force some field goals. If we’d have done that a couple more times, we’d have been in good shape. We gave up touchdowns after long drives, which is not what we like and we got shoved around a little bit.”For as much grief as we have given Spencer this season, it appears that compared to other Big 12 defenses his group is fairly effective at keeping teams out of the red zone and limiting their effectiveness once in the red zone.last_img read more