Piketty’s focus on inequality may also set a blueprint for the study of economics

first_imgThomas Piketty garnered international acclaim after his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, about inequality, became a best seller. But it’s not without its critics. He’ll speak at the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. Watch him on the live broadcast on 3 October on SABC 2 from 3pm to 4:30pm. There will also be live stream on the Nelson Mandela Foundation YouTube account and website. Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been praised and criticised. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation, Facebook) • Thomas Piketty to deliver Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture  • What South Africa can learn from Piketty about addressing inequality?  • Piketty’s contribution to unpacking inequality: timely and relevant  • Top 50 Brands in South Africa named  • Almost half of African millionaires make South Africa their home Chris Edwards, University of East AngliaThe economic and political focus is increasingly on the inequality of income and wealth as they both rise in Europe and the US. At a conference on Inclusive Capitalism held near the end of May at London’s Guildhall, Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), claimed that rising inequality posed a threat to growth and financial stability and that governments need to narrow the gaps through imposing more progressive taxes.When even the right-wing IMF criticises rising inequality, then perhaps it is no surprise that the publishing world should witness the huge success of a book on inequality written by Thomas Piketty, professor at the Paris School of Economics. What might be more surprising is that one crucial effect of his work might be nothing to with inequality or capital whatsoever, but could instead help to refocus how we study economics and arrive at less biased conclusions.Piketty’s basic argument is simple. He argues that over the past four decades the growth of incomes in the rich countries of Europe and the US has averaged 1% or 2% a year whereas the return on wealth or capital has been running at more than 4% a year. Under such conditions, wealth concentration grows as does political tension. We are, he says, returning to a sort of Downton Abbey world of the late 19th and early 20th century; a “patrimonial” capitalism in which inherited wealth dominates and a world in which the economy is characterised, not by talented individuals, but by family dynasties making up only 1% of the population. To join this exclusive club it is more sensible to marry into wealth than to work for it. It might be said that skiving and seducing are now better than striving (whatever Britain’s prime minister might say).Data minePiketty’s contribution has been to look at the pattern of wealth and income inequality in capitalist economies over at least the past 100 years. He, with the aid of a number of colleagues, has assembled a huge collection of statistics on income and wealth distribution in some 20 countries.What comes out of this is his claim that over the past century in Europe and more particularly in the US, the share of income going to the richest 1% has followed a U-shaped arc. In 1910 the richest 1% received around a fifth of total income in both Britain and the United States. By 1950 that share had been cut by at least half, but since 1980 the share of this 1% has surged so much that in the US that it’s back to where it was a century ago. The same pattern has been followed by the distribution of wealth.This U-shaped arc is the opposite of what was supposed to happen according to Simon Kuznets, a Belarusian-American economist who, in the 1950s, forecast an inverted U-curve for income distribution as an economy grows. In other words, according to Kuznets, as economies mature they are supposed to be more equal. According to Piketty, the opposite is happening with Europe and the US, heading back towards a Dickensian world of inequality.To avoid this, corrective steps are needed. Piketty favours a graduated wealth tax, imposed globally, an income tax of 80% on those with the highest salaries and an enforced transparency for all bank transactions.The controversyPiketty’s book has been broadly supported by economists in the centre of the political spectrum. Paul Krugman (the Nobel Prize-winning US economist based at Princeton University and the op-ed columnist for the New York Times) has praised it profusely. There have been attacks from both the political left and the right but particularly from the right. The Wall Street Journal has been apoplectic and the London-based Financial Times has been none too pleased.In these circles of the political right, arguments about the distribution of income and wealth invariably follow two routes. One is to deny that the rich are doing exceptionally well. The other is to claim that the rich deserve their soaring incomes and wealth and are really job creators not predators.The first of these counterattacks was launched by Chris Giles, the FT’s economics editor. He argued that Piketty was wrong to claim that inequality has grown over the past 40 years in Europe and the US. Statistics on income and wealth distribution are problematic. But, in my experience, income and wealth equality is generally over-stated rather than under-stated in rich countries – and this is true of the UK . It is to Piketty’s credit that he has shown all the statistics that he has used and he has said that: “I have no doubt that my historical data series can be improved and will be improved in the future”.In the meantime the general conclusion about the attack on Piketty by the FT seems to be summed up by the centre-right Economist magazine, namely that “the analysis does not seem to support many of the allegations made by the FT or the conclusion that the book’s argument is wrong”.Thus, the counterattack seems to fail. Inequality does seem to have increased over the past 40 years in Europe and the US. What about the second defence? Do the rich deserve their soaring incomes and wealth? Piketty argues “no” because the marginal productivity of managers is unmeasurable and economic performance has not improved since the 1960s while the pay of top managers has exploded.A critical assessment from the left has come from David Harvey, a Marxist professor at the City University of New York. Harvey criticises his book on a number of grounds. Here I have the space to focus on just one, namely Piketty’s failure to make the link between the increase in inequality, the financial crisis in 2008 and the recession that followed. Harvey argues that a rise in inequality increases the likelihood of slow growth as demand dries up and under-consumption takes hold.Interestingly, Harvey’s focus on the link between inequality and slow growth brings us back to the IMF in which a recent study by a number of economists finds that countries with high levels of inequality have suffered lower growth than nations that have distributed incomes more evenly.Despite his misgivings, Harvey does praise Piketty’s collection of statistics and it is here that we might find a final, and possibly enduring legacy from Piketty’s work.Krugman has said Piketty’s work will “change both the way we think about society and the way we do economics”. Perhaps. If the latter is true, it will be a breath of fresh air to those groups of students who have protested recently about the non-empirical, neo-liberal bias in the teaching of economics in British universities. It might be too much to hope that we can entirely detach macroeconomics from ideology, but the weight of authority brought by Piketty’s – and his colleagues’ – reliance on deep data analysis might at least offer us a blueprint for a better way of debating the dismal science.Chris Edwards, External Research Associate, , University of East AngliaThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

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Harvest success in 2018 and beyond

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.With crops beginning to mature and harvest quickly approaching there are still several actions Ohio’s farmers can take to ensure success in 2018 and beyond. It has been a challenging growing season due to weather extremes, increased disease pressure, spreading populations of herbicide resistant weeds, and more. While many things are out of our control, there are some management decisions growers can make to finish this year successfully and get an early start on a productive 2019 season.Ohio’s crops have been exposed some extreme and severe weather conditions in 2018. While some areas had plenty of rain, ensuring average or better yields, crops were also exposed to periods of excessively wet conditions or excessively dry conditions. While the weather has been favorable for crop development, some aspects of this year’s weather could negatively affect corn and soybean yields. Although much of Ohio has received above average rainfall, a key factor in raising a crop, receiving large amounts of rain in one event can cause yield-reducing damage to crops. In many areas of the state large rainfall events caused flooding or “ponding” of water in fields. Periods of flooding can cause soil crusting, damage to plant roots, loss of soil nitrogen, promote diseases, or cause plant death. There are parts of fields where yields could be significantly reduced due to damage by flooding for extended periods of time. In areas affected by severe storms, there could also be hail damage, green snap, and root lodging.While fields may look good from the road, it is always a good idea to scout fields prior to harvest. Nitrogen deficiency in corn has been showing up over the past few weeks, especially where saturated soils occurred. In fields where corn was exposed to heat and drought, especially during pollination, yields could be significantly reduced due to poor kernel abnormal ears. With the variable weather Ohio has seen this year, growers should expect variable yields as well.Another challenge Ohio’s growers have faced this year is disease in both corn and soybeans. Diseases, especially gray leaf spot and frogeye leaf spot were more prevalent in 2018 than previous years. Northern corn leaf blight and sudden death syndrome were also observed in certain areas of the state. Taking time to identify diseases and using that information to make decisions about tillage, crop rotation, and varietal choices will help growers avoid yield loss or costly applications of fungicides in future growing seasons. Rotating to another crop or burying infected crop residue will hinder the development of disease the following season. In years with moderate to low pressure planting varieties that have strong tolerance to disease can eliminate the need for a fungicide application.While scouting fields, growers should make sure to assess corn stalks and look for signs of potential standability problems. With the combination of severe weather, heavy disease pressure, and stress on corn plants, stalk strength could be negatively impacted. Performing a “pinch test” on several stalks in multiple locations of a field will allow growers to identify fields where stalks are weak and late season standability is a concern. These fields should be harvested first to avoid harvest loss due to lodging.Weed control continues to be a challenge for Ohio’s growers. Over the past several years we have seen growing populations of herbicide resistant weeds, such as marestail and giant ragweed. Additionally, agronomists and farmers have observed a growing presence of the pigweed species Palmer amaranth and waterhemp. To minimize the spread of these weeds, growers should be cognizant of their presence and avoid running them through combines. Equipment should be cleaned when moving from field-to-field to ensure weed seed is not carried from one field to the next this fall. One important management practice growers should perform is a fall application of herbicides following harvest. An affordable and effective herbicide application in the fall will help ensure a weed free start the following spring and make weed control easier if burndown is delayed due to spring weather.While many of the factors making 2018 a challenging year are out of the grower’s control, scouting, note taking, and collecting harvest data will still aid Ohio’s farmer in determining what needs to be done after harvest and next spring. Growers should use the time between now and harvest to observe what issues exist in their fields and use that information to make sound management decisions in the future.last_img read more

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Wheat Tour Final

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterMANHATTAN, Kan. (DTN) — The Kansas winter wheat crop could produce an average yield of 47.2 bushels per acre (bpa), according to the final estimate of the Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Red Winter (HRW) Wheat Tour. That’s up from USDA’s final yield of 38 bpa last year, when dry conditions hampered wheat yields early in the season.The wheat tour’s final estimate is an average of three days of wheat yield estimates produced by crop scouts who scouted and measured wheat throughout Kansas as well as southern Nebraska and northern Oklahoma. On the first day, crop scouts produced a yield estimate of 46.9 bpa, on the second day 47.6 bpa, and on the third, 46.2 bpa.Overall, the 74 participants on this year’s HRW wheat tour visited 469 fields. Muddy boots and wet pants quickly became routine, as scouts encountered unusually ample soil moisture in many parts of the state, although dryness has crept into some southwestern counties.In addition to yield, the tour’s participants each ventured a personal estimate of Kansas’s total final winter wheat production, for an average projection of 306.5 million bushels of wheat, up from USDA’s final estimate of 277 million bushels last year.Tour organizers and wheat industry leaders stressed that the yield and production estimates should be viewed as a useful snapshot of the crop’s potential at this particular moment — but much could change between now and harvest.“It gives an assessment of the crop at this point in time,” said Aaron Harries, vice president of research and operations for Kansas Wheat. “It’s the potential. If all things were to remain equal, this is what the number may be at the end of harvest. The problem is that, between now and then, we could have floods, rains, drought, hail, wind, disease, pests, and that wheat crop could have a lot to go up against.”Nearly half the crop is already battling the consequences of late planting: Many fields are short and running weeks behind normal development. One farmer in Marion County told scouts his fields weren’t planted until Nov. 1 — and they got 4 inches of snow a week later. His wheat field wasn’t at flag leaf yet this week, when it would normally be in boot stage or heading at this time of the year.Low prices have discouraged many growers from investing in these late-planted fields. In the south-central counties of the state, crop scouts viewed some fields that had been sprayed out with glyphosate, in order to plant to a different crop. Winter wheat acres, pegged at 7 million planted acres by USDA, could drop significantly before harvest.There is reason to remain optimistic, however. The spring has provided plentiful moisture and moderate temperatures so far, and if that trend continues — as forecasts suggest it will — it could benefit grainfill.“Winter wheat is a cool season grass,” Harries noted. “We have our biggest yields in Kansas when it stays nice and moderately cool in May and we have good rainfall, because that encourages the plant to produce more starch, which increases the yield.”These conditions do appear to be on the menu for the Southern Plains in the coming month, but the serving might be larger than desired, noted DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson.“I think the weather pattern over the next couple weeks is going to be less than ideal for the Southern Plains wheat crop,” Anderson said. “The forecast is cool and wet, with below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation. I don’t look for heat-related stress on the heading crop, but these conditions will keep the environment favorable for fungus and rust development that could affect the final yield prospects.”Disease is one of the biggest remaining wild cards for the crop, particularly for the late-planted fields, where producers may not be inclined to invest any more inputs.“Diseases will often build up to higher levels on that late-maturing wheat,” said Erick DeWolf, Kansas State Extension plant pathologist. “The amount of yield loss that occurs to the crop is also related to the time the disease begins damage. The earlier it gets established, particularly on the upper leaves, the greater the yield loss.”“The weather conditions we experience in the next couple weeks will really influence the amount of disease — and yield loss from it,” DeWolf added.Beyond the final yield and production numbers, the HRW Wheat Tour and its summer counterpart, the Hard Spring Wheat and Durum Tour, serve another purpose: to bring together the various arms of the grain industry, said Dave Green, executive vice president of the Wheat Quality Council and tour organizer.The 74 participants of the tour represented wheat industry groups, millers, bakers, grain marketing companies, universities, seed companies, federal and state government representatives and members of the media.You can reach Emily Unglesbee at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(CZ/BE)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Creative Cloud for Video Editors: Learning Resources

first_imgThe Adobe Creative Cloud is live! There are a lot of new features and improvements for video editors and creative professionals, but where do you start?Some folks are taking a “wait and see approach” to the new Adobe Creative Cloud, but if you are ready to jump in these resources will save you time and frustration. In this post we look at a few resources for learning the new Creative Cloud apps that are most relevant to video professionals.I have previously written about my favorite features in the Creative Cloud versions of Prelude, After Effects and Premiere Pro (here and here).Personally, I think the Creative Cloud upgrade is a big one for video professionals. The ability to sync custom settings (preferences, keyboard shortcuts, effect presets and custom workspaces) is probably the biggest plus for me.After Effects CC adding Cinema 4D Litewill open the door for editors and designers who want to learn 3D without having to buy a separate app (Cinema 4D Lite is comparable to the previous Prime version at $995).Creative Cloud: Adobe BlogsAdobe’s useful blogs give you an overview of the changes of Creative Cloud and look at the new features in detail.  Also, there’s loads of links to video tutorials and other resources. Adobe TV is also another helpful Adobe resource for video tutorials.Premiere ProAfter EffectsSpeedgradePhotoshopLightroomCreative Cloud TrainingAndrew Devis  &  Kevin P McAuliffe have free tutorials on using Premiere Pro CC & After Effects CC at Creative Cow.Grayscale Gorilla has a free training series on using Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware that come with After Effects CC. If you are looking to jump into learning 3D, this a great place to start.Maxon’s Cineversity (they make of Cinema 4D) has free tutorials on using Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware with After Effects CC.Larry Jordan has a series of upcoming webinars on Premiere Pro CC.Lynda.com has already launched training for Photoshop/Lightroom, Prelude, Premiere, After Effects, Audition, and Speedgrade.Infinite Skills has training available for Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects & Audition.Creative Cloud Tools from Around the WebRetooled has launched “Color reTooled”  a collection of color grading presets for Premiere Pro CC and Speed Grade CC.  The intro price for the preset pack is $12.99.You can drag and drop the presets in Premiere Pro or open SpeedGrade and customize the looks there.Vashi Nedomansky has a free template for Premiere Pro CC & CS6. This gives you use his time saving “pancake layout” of 2 timelines stacked on top of each other.Creative Impatience is already looking at workflows and possible issues, like the changes to using RGB and Luma Curves in Premiere Pro CC.Rich Young at Pro Video Coalition rounds up his favorites resources, tips, and tutorials on Premiere Pro CC and the cloud in general.OnlineVideo.net  offers an informative read on “The Top Ten Reasons to Upgrade to Adobe Premiere Pro CC”Know of Creative Cloud resources that didn’t make the list?Share in the comments below!last_img read more

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StarStudded PSAs Say No More To Domestic Violence

first_imgViacom Velocity Creative has partnered with Mariska Hargitay, founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, to create a star-studded NO MORE PSA Campaign.NO MORE is a public awareness movement aimed to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. The PSAs will feature a unique collaboration of celebrities including: Courteney Cox, Dave Navarro, Sophia Bush, Sway Calloway, Nick Lachey, Bow Wow, Danny Pino, Debra Messing, Samantha Ronson and Ice-T.The new Viacom Velocity-produced PSAs will air throughout the summer across Viacom’s networks – MTV, Spike, Comedy Central, TV Land, BET and more.“For the first time in history, the domestic violence and sexual assault movements are coming together under one symbol and one unifying message: “NO MORE. Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault.” You can’t overstate the significance of that unity,” said Mariska. “Because these issues have been so underfunded, organizations have had to stand out — and, by definition, stand alone — to receive support: “We’re not like that organization over there, so please honor our grant request, and not theirs.” It’s not that explicitly stated, but that’s the spirit in which they’ve had no choice but to work.“But that is changing. It’s not a coincidence that the first word in the NO MORE declaration is “Together.” That’s very good news for those working to end this violence. At the same time, that unity is bad news for perpetrators. They benefit from silence, from a spirit of scarcity in the movement, from fractured efforts against them. To all of that, we say: NO MORE. Over the next three years, the PSA campaign will roll out across the country in local and national markets via print, broadcast, online and outdoor advertising, in movie theaters across the country, and in major airports and medical facilities.“In other words, it will be impossible to ignore. It will also allow us to develop new and meaningful partnerships with visionary organizations like Viacom to spread this message. And most importantly, it will give the field of hardworking organizations that have done so much with so little over the past 40 years a tool to highlight and validate their own work, their own local media relationships, and their own fight to be heard.”Additional celebrities in the PSAs include: Blythe Danner, Anthony Edwards, Tim Gunn, Jemima Kirke, Natasha Lyonne, Christopher Meloni and Blair Underwood.Find out more here.last_img read more

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The Race For The Top Pick In The 2015 NFL Draft

The 2-12 Jacksonville Jaguars host the 2-12 Tennessee Titans Thursday night, ending this season’s sad slate of Thursday night games with the saddest game of all. But this awful matchup still matters. The top pick of the 2015 NFL draft is in play.This week, we added each team’s chances of getting the No. 1 overall pick to our weekly playoff implication interactives. In 50,000 simulations, just Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Oakland, Jacksonville and Washington managed to clinch the No. 1 overall pick at least once (the New York Jets blew their chances with last week’s win). The Buccaneers are your clubhouse leader, getting the pick in 54.8 percent of simulations, while the Titans are second at 25 percent.The size of that gap is a little misleading. The Buccaneers don’t control their own destiny, and the loser of Tennessee at Jacksonville will be nipping at their heels:The game also affects a much weirder scenario. If two teams from different conferences finish with the same record and strength of schedule, the pick will be decided by coin flip. These flips aren’t so uncommon, but they’ve never decided who gets the No. 1 overall. Before Thursday’s game, there is a 2 percent chance the top pick will be decided by a Tennessee vs. Tampa Bay coin flip. If the Titans lose, that figure bumps up a bit to 3.2 percent.But which team would actually keep the pick? The presumed top player of the 2015 draft is Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. None of the teams in contention saw impressive QB play in 2014: Josh McCown is old, Zach Mettenberger is shorn, Blake Bortles is bad and Derek Carr is dinky. Washington is just a mess, but they’re pretty much out of the running.Jacksonville and Oakland are the most likely to trade the first pick, as Bortles and Carr have likely done enough in their rookie seasons to warrant a second look. Tennessee and Tampa Bay would be much more likely to take Mariota. This means the St. Louis Rams – or even the Philadelphia Eagles – could be keeping an eye on an otherwise terrible Thursday night game, crossing their fingers for a Jacksonville loss.Mike Beuoy contributed analysis. read more

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NFL Week 17 Playoff Implications Someone Has To Win The NFC South

The playoff situation is slightly more open in the AFC. The New England Patriots have clinched the top seed. And the Indianapolis Colts are locked into the fourth seed, where they will face either the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round. A matchup with the Bengals looks slightly more likely at this point, with a probability of 60 percent.The San Diego Chargers’ playoff fortunes have swung wildly. Their probability of making the playoffs was as high as 76 percent in mid-October, but dropped to near single digits just a month later following some key conference losses. Going into Saturday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Chargers’ playoff chances were just 15 percent. In that game, San Diego overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime before winning on a Nick Novak field goal.With that victory, the Chargers now have a playoff probability of 41 percent going into their matchup this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, and a win guarantees the Chargers a playoff berth. However, if the Chiefs can win at home, their playoff chances stay alive, along with those of the Baltimore Ravens and the Houston Texans. With a total “swing” of 200 percentage points, the Chargers-Chiefs game is one of our top matchups this week: With just one week remaining in the NFL regular season, the playoff implications are fairly straightforward, and running thousands of simulations of Week 17 outcomes may seem like computational overkill. But the playoff field is far from settled, particularly the seeding, so a simulation model can still be helpful in sorting out the probable from the improbable.Speaking of improbable, the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers will play for the NFC South division title this Sunday. They are No. 22 and No. 24, respectively, in our rankings based on the betting lines:The winner will most likely face the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs, though there is still a 7 percent chance the NFC South winner will face the Seattle Seahawks instead.There are four NFC teams with any real chance at the conference’s top seed.1Technically there are five, but the Dallas Cowboys would need a tie between Detroit and Green Bay for a chance at the top seed — something that’s very unlikely. The Seahawks can clinch the top seed with a win over the St. Louis Rams. A Seahawks loss would boost the chances of securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs for the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and the Cardinals.If you find the various clinching and elimination scenarios for your team too difficult to keep track of, we’ve made it easy on you. Use the interactive tool below for a quick summary of which games matter — including those that matter for the top draft pick.2The interactive does not include the 16 teams that have nothing to play for this week, which is all the teams already eliminated from the playoffs that don’t have a shot at the No. 1 pick, plus teams like New England and Indianapolis whose playoff position is set. The race for the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft is between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans. The Buccaneers are the current favorite, owing to a weaker projected strength of schedule than the Titans. read more

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This Years Patriots Are Almost On Pace To Be The GOAT

2Chicago Bears19426-01751 TEAMYEARRECORDELO AFTER 6 WEEKS 1Chicago Bears19866-01756 23Indianapolis Colts20056-01697 8Chicago Bears19435-0-11718 Once again, the New England Patriots find themselves atop the NFL heap: 5-0 so far this year with the league’s best points-per-game margin. Las Vegas oddsmakers consider New England far and away the best team in football. Excellence isn’t unfamiliar for the Pats; just last month, we anointed their 2007 squad1Unbeaten in the regular season. as the best single-season team in NFL history. But this year’s version is also one of the greatest teams in NFL history — through a season’s first six weeks.Of course, that last qualifier is important; the Patriots aren’t even a third of the way through their schedule, and you don’t win any prizes for being really good going into Week 7. On the other hand, the Patriots are really, really good.We can measure this using Elo ratings, one of our favorite metrics for ranking football teams. You can read the fine details of how they work here, but in a nutshell, Elo assigns each team a strength rating based on how likely it thinks that team is to win games in the future. The ratings are simple — their only inputs are the score, strength of opponent and location of each game — but they’re also predictive and self-correcting, so a team’s strength estimate is constantly evolving.And in the case of the 2015 Patriots, that rating is ridiculously good. Through the first six weeks of an NFL season,2Which technically encompasses only five games for the Patriots, because they had a bye in Week 4. only three teams have ever possessed a higher Elo rating than New England’s current mark of 1736: 5San Francisco 49ers19905-01734 19Green Bay Packers19626-01702 12New England Patriots20045-01714 7Denver Broncos19986-01724 11Miami Dolphins19735-11714 15Philadelphia Eagles19505-11711 9Pittsburgh Steelers19795-11717 16Miami Dolphins19846-01709 13Canton Bulldogs19236-01714 24New England Patriots20115-11695 25Cleveland Browns19515-11693 22Los Angeles Rams19686-01697 14Green Bay Packers19635-11713 18Minnesota Vikings19705-11707 3New England Patriots20076-01748 10Dallas Cowboys19944-11716 21Chicago Bears19415-11698 17Green Bay Packers19306-01708 4New England Patriots20155-01736 6Green Bay Packers20116-01728 20Chicago Bears19346-01698 I wrote three weeks ago, when they were 3-0, that this year’s Pats were unlikely to match the 2007 team’s 16-0 regular season record … and they still aren’t. (New England has roughly a 7 percent chance of going undefeated now.) But the Patriots are within striking distance of where the ’07 Pats were at the same point that season, and that ought to strike fear in the hearts of New England’s remaining 11 opponents.CORRECTION (Oct. 23, 10:50 a.m.): An earlier version of a table in this article listed the 1950 Philadelphia Eagles twice. One of the entries, which represented the Elo of the Eagles after five games, was incorrect and has been removed. The teams below that entry have each been moved up a slot, and the 2011 Patriots were added to the list as the 25th team.CORRECTION (Oct. 25, 1:25 p.m.): An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect record for the 1931 Green Bay Packers through the first six weeks of the season. The team was 6-0, not 7-1. The Packers’ Elo through those six weeks was too low for them to be in the top 25, so we have removed them, moved the teams below up a slot, and added the 1951 Cleveland Browns. read more

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Rose Bowl notebook Will Tressel loosen Pryors leash

No one is asking the Buckeyes to replicate last season’s bowl game use of quarterback Terrelle Pryor.In Ohio State’s 24-21 Fiesta Bowl loss to Texas, Pryor threw for 66 yards, rushed for 78 and even caught a touchdown.But as Pryor has battled through injuries to his ankle and knee, the well of offensive diversity has dried up. As coach Jim Tressel called for more runs and asked less of his sophomore quarterback, the team rolled off five straight wins, with Pryor’s arm playing far less of a role.Now, will the untested quarterback finally be let loose in the team’s most critical game of the year?“I hope so,” Pryor said. “I hope for that every game, but I just want to get a ‘W’. Whatever the team needs me to do, I want to do it.”OSU sprinted past its last five opponents, posting at least 225 rushing yards in each victory. But after nearly six weeks off, will the team revert to its steady ground game, or open things up through the air?Pryor believes a balanced scheme would fare best.“It’s whatever they can’t stop,” he said. “If they can’t stop our passing game, then we’re going to keep doing that. We’ve gotten a lot better passing, we can throw the ball, it just depends on if we’re going to do it. If we keep everything balanced, then we’re going to be good.”Receiver DeVier Posey predicted that Pryor is primed for a break-out performance.“I definitely believe he can have a great game,” Posey said. “He’s poised for a great game, he’s been practicing well.” NFL bound?Ten Ohio State juniors filed paperwork to the NFL to learn about their potential status in the league’s April draft.Many players go through the process simply to gauge their draft stock heading into their final collegiate year.Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward suggested that he wouldn’t mind sticking around for his senior season.“Right now, I’m leaning towards staying,” Heyward said. “I’m just enjoying time with my guys. These guys are my brothers.”Defensive end Thaddeus Gibson refused to cave in to constant questions from reporters, saying that the decision only serves as a disruption.“I don’t want any distractions,” he said. “I’m just locked in on [the game], I’ll worry about that later.”Linebacker Brian Rolle, however, fully expects to return to Columbus for a final hurrah.“It’s not something I weighed about, whether I was going to stay or leave,” he said. “I just did it just to know where I’d be if I did think about leaving. I’ll be back next year most definitely.”Rose Bowl adds trio to HallFormer Buckeye offensive lineman John Hicks was one of three inductees Wednesday to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.Hicks paved the way for running back Archie Griffin to collect a pair of Heisman trophies. During Hicks’ time at OSU, the Bucks played in three Rose Bowls, winning one.Hicks spoke to a crowd of family, friends, Rose Bowl bigwigs and media about how the Rose Bowl meant so much to him and his family growing up.Along with Hicks, Barry Alvarez, the current athletic director and former coach of Wisconsin, and Tom Hansen, the former Pac-10 Commissioner, were also elected to the Hall of Fame.Rain, rain go awayInclement weather led to the cancelation of Ohio State’s outdoor practice Wednesday afternoon.A steady rain kept the Buckeyes indoors, where they instead held offensive, defensive and position meetings. read more

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Lazio fall for a scam worth almost 2 million euro

first_imgLazio have reportedly been scammed by an email and have paid 2 million euro for the final instalment for Stefan de Vrij, the former Dutch team Feyenoord’s defender, to fraudsters.According to SkySports, hackers who were well aware of the transfer and the final portion of the sum he was acquired for have tricked the club into sending the money to the wrong back account in the Netherlands.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Lazio followed the instructions in the email they received, which claimed the Dutch champions were seeking the money to be transferred to the bank account in the email. However, since Feyenoord claims they have no idea about this email and the cash transfer, it is highly likely that Lazio have fallen for a scam.The prosecutor, who has been taking care of this case, has reportedly tracked the money in question to a Dutch bank account, which, however, has nothing to do with Feyenoord.last_img read more

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