Why the front bench seat disappeared from cars and may be staged for a comeback in EVs

first_imgIt is possible bench seats could come back, thanks in part to cars that are either electric or autonomous cars.At one point in American automotive history, just about all cars had bench seats — they inherited the feature from horse-drawn carriages. Bench seats were perfect for squeezing several passengers in a car, and were great for watching the drive-in movies that became popular in post-War America.However, American automakers soon found themselves scrambling to meet demand for smaller sportier cars with bucket seats that could compete with the European cars American soldiers had seen during World War II.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The words “classic American car” might conjure memories of massive sedans, flourishes like tailfins, big engines and in many cases bench seats.The front bench seat was once a standard feature of American cars, but over time it disappeared, in part due to changing tastes and safety regulations. Its disappearance actually says a lot about automotive history.- Advertisement – Today there are few vehicles that have bench seats in the front, and they are almost entirely trucks and full size SUVs.Changes in technology are reopening the door to bench seats, and they have been spotted on some electric and autonomous concept designs. Some autonomous vehicle designs even suggest seating passengers around a table in the center of the car.Should that happen, millions of Americans might once find it possible to cuddle up in a car and watch a movie — just as so many did in the 1950s. The Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang were two of these legendary American answers to European cars.A push toward safer vehicles in the 1970’s also hurt the case for the bench seat. Automakers wanted to be able to install automatic seatbelts and airbags in cars and had a hard time making them for the center seat on the bench.Over time, carmakers crammed more stuff into the center console of the car between the two bucket seats — everything from music players to climate controls and gear shifters. Consumers grew accustomed to the amenities.- Advertisement –last_img read more

In 2018, I want three things for our tourism

first_imgIn 2018, I wish you a lot of success and laughter, as well as that our tourism focuses on strategic and sustainable development.New year, new challenges, and the biggest challenge is to stay what we are, not to give in to the classic tourism industry.Our greatest value is our diversity and authenticity. All the trends in tourism say the same thing, and that is authenticity. Honestly, authenticity has always been and always will be the main trend in tourism because the very essence of tourism is precisely – an authentic experience.The motive of the trip is to get to know a new culture and way of life. So, it is logical and natural to be what we are and to “sell” our way and culture of living, not to be copies. Tourists from Vienna certainly do not want to eat Viennese steak, but want to try and experience something new. We still figuratively sell French wine to the French, instead of ours. Otherwise why would people travel? If we are all a copy of Tuscany, then why would people travel? If someone wants to experience Tuscany, then they will go to the real Tuscany and not visit some copy or replica. The original has always had and will always have its value and motive for coming, while the copy certainly does not.Croatian tourism needs a reset and a totally new tourist paradigm! While we count and brag about arrivals and overnight stays, no one counts tourist spending as well as the dispersion of the same to the local economy. How many Croatian products are included in our tourism, and the dream of the combination of Blue and Green of Croatia is still just a dream, not a goal, let alone a reality. We need to sell content, not form. We need to look at quality, not quantity. We need to stimulate the local economy, not the foreign one. We need to keep our way and culture of living, not turn into a copy of the Spanish coast and open big resorts. We don’t need Filipinos as a workforce, but a local man. We finally need to talk no more about potentials, but turn them into resources.The focus must be on authenticity, not mass tourism. The focus must be on the story and the experience, not living off “rental” tourism through the sun and the sea. The focus must be on 1.000 small family hotels, not on large foreign hotel resorts. The focus must be on man and the local economy, not on encouraging imports. The focus must be on home-grown tomatoes and eggs. The focus must be on the local and the authentic. Feel free to continue the series…On the other hand, we need more profession in our tourism, as well as business in line with the 21st century. As we have been “discussing” change for years, competition in five years has brought dozens of new regulations and laws to make business easier, faster, and better. Everyone knows everything, but the profession is not listened to and we make key decisions too slowly. Today, if we stagnate, we are actually falling, because the competition is not sleeping, on the contrary, it is struggling to be faster and better than us every day, and we are only making its job easier.Tourism is emotions, experiences and stories.Start by yourself, what are your memories from your last trip? Remember experiences, not material things, right? What will distract you and delight you, something you see and experience for the first time or something you can see every day?But first and foremost, it’s all up to us and we determine the direction of our tourism. And what we are chronically missing is to start respecting ourselves i.e. our culture, history, identity and culture of living. Again, paradoxically, this is exactly what tourists want to experience, experience, taste and hear, and we seem to be ashamed of ourselves. We must be what we are – Dalmatians, Slavonians, Istrians, Zagorje, Međimurje… Croats.It must be our main tourist product.And the last one, precisely through our incredible diversity and authenticity we have something to be proud of and show off, our authentic stories. Stories that we just have to pack nicely and tell. Tourism consists of emotions, experiences and stories.We tell stories, our authentic stories.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Updates Businesses on Guidance for COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

first_img March 16, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health Earlier today, the Wolf Administration strongly urged non-essential businesses across the state to close for at least 14 days to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The governor’s request protects employees, customers, and suppliers and limits the spread of the virus through personal contact and surfaces. Previously the governor designated Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County as mitigation counties with Allegheny County launching its own mitigation efforts. These efforts will now be expanded commonwealth-wide beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17.“We strongly urge non-essential businesses across the commonwealth to do their part by temporarily closing as we work to flatten the curve and protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “We understand that businesses are an economic driver throughout Pennsylvania, and a temporary closure will be a financial and community disruptor. DCED is committed to working with the business community to provide helpful resources for financial assistance.”Non-essential businesses include public-facing industries such as entertainment, hospitality, and recreation facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities; hair salons and barber shops, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations.Further, the Governor has ordered that all restaurants and bars close their dine-in facilities to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Businesses that offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service may continue to do so, but eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited. These businesses offering carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage should employ social distancing best practices and be aware of the Trump Administration’s guidance to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.Essential services and sectors include but are not limited to food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.Although these businesses may remain open, the Wolf Administration continues to encourage them to employ social distancing practices, and encourages Pennsylvanians to be thoughtful in their visits.Other businesses, including but not limited to legal services, business and management consulting, professional services and insurance services are encouraged to have employees work remotely or telecommute. If that is not possible, they should employ social distancing best practices and be aware of the Trump Administration’s guidance to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.Philadelphia has separately provided guidance for businesses. Businesses in Philadelphia County should follow the city’s guidance.DCED offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses.The Wolf Administration is relying on businesses to act now before the governor or the Secretary of Health finds it necessary to compel closures under the law for the interest of public health, including section 7301 of the Emergency Management Services Code.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow www.governor.pa.gov and www.doh.pa.gov.center_img Wolf Administration Updates Businesses on Guidance for COVID-19 Mitigation Effortslast_img read more

It’s every boatie’s dream to own a house with a pontoon, plus it can add property value

first_imgWalking distance to the tennis centre and direct river access at 109 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson. Picture: realestate.com.au Plenty of water and river access at 33 Ivy St, Indooroopilly. Picture: realestate.com.au 109 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson. Picture: realestate.com.auThe multi-level home has views across the Brisbane River to the Indooroopilly Golf Course as well as glimpses of the city. It is on a 1091sq m block and has a 12m pontoon. The open-plan kitchen and living rooms are at the rear of the property and have river views.An undercover back deck is accessed through sliding and bi-fold doors. There is a media room, study, bathroom and laundry also on the lower level. 81 Longman Tce, Chelmer. Picture: realestate.com.auThere is 20m of river frontage and a half tennis court. A suite of riverfront formal rooms are inside including a dining room, family room with a fireplace, casual meals area and a conservatory.The main bedroom has an ensuite with marble finishes and a walk-in wardrobe. There is space for a home office, library or media room. A two-level guesthouse on the property has fully self-contained living areas with kitchenette, marble shower and toilet and riverfront views from a balcony.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by It is listed through Cameron Crouch and Adam Edwards of Ray White – Sherwood.A newly-renovated, four-bedroom home at 33 Ivy St, Indooroopilly, has a private pontoon and is on 1086sq m of land. It has manicured gardens, a stone water feature and hedges. There is a fireplace, brushbox flooring and high ceilings.center_img 81 Longman Tce Chelmer has easy access to the river via its 8m pontoon. Picture: realestate.com.auPontoons can add substantial value to Brisbane’s riverfront properties, giving owners easy access directly to the water.This week we look at three luxury riverfront homes all with pontoons.A five-bedroom house at 81 Longman Tce, Chelmer, has an eight metre long pontoon, and an asking price of $3.5 million. It is on a 1610sq m block across two separate titles and has a swimming pool. 33 Ivy St, Indooroopilly. Picture: realestate.com.auDownstairs is the main bedroom, which has a walk-in robe and ensuite finished with feature marble.The patio overlooks the swimming pool and gardens, and the private jetty is suitable for a boat or jet ski. It is listed through Courtney Maguire and Simon Caulfield of Place – Kangaroo Point.A north-facing riverfront home at 109 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, is listed for sale through Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige Property.last_img read more

Mega-mansion hits market at $16.88m

first_img MORE: Luxury homes still hot property despite coronavirus 2585 Gracemere Circuit North, Hope Island, has a $16.88m pricetag.A massive seven bedroom mansion has hit the market at $16.88m and has already had a few interested parties despite tighter viewing conditions because of coronavirus.Well-known businesswoman Sheng Li is looking to offload her multimillion-dollar seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom mansion on the Gold Coast.The property at 2585 Gracemere Circuit North, Hope Island. Selling agent Amir Mian of Amir Prestige – Paradise Point said the millionaire businesswoman had bought and sold several other properties on the Gold Coast in the past and he was confident the triple-storey home on 0.54ha would sell. The home has ornate features.“It will suit a boatie who can moor a vessel of up to 160ft. It’s in a great position and on a big site,” Mr Mian told The Courier-Mail.“We have had a few people come forward as there’s overseas buyers and also lots of millionaires on the Gold Coast.”Other standout features of the three-storey home include a lift, palatial dining room crowned by Swarovski crystal chandeliers and a 10-seat, tiered movie theatre. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoGreat view of the waterway while lazing by the pool.On the third storey there is an opulent, 170sq m penthouse suite with a large private balcony, perfect for the extended family, a live-in nanny or caretaker quarters.One of the home’s previous owners, boat dealer Gary Chuck, put a $25 million price tag on the property in 2007.Various other agents have in the past listed the home at $16.5 million, down to a comparatively cheap $12.5 million. Landlords, tenants confused over eviction moratoriumcenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Coronavirus to drive the lowest interest rates in Australian historylast_img read more

Bahamas police seize nearly $1 million in drugs

first_imgPolice recovered nearly $1 million worth of marijuana on Thursday during an early morning drug bust. Photo: Tony Grant Jr NASSAU, Bahamas — Police in The Bahamas hauled in nearly $1 million worth of marijuana on Thursday during an early morning drug bust that ended when one of the suspects was injured during a shoot-out with officers.Police said they recovered 954 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $954,000. Officers intercepted a go-fast boat, off the coast of Andros shortly after midnight, police said.Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) Commander Superintendent Robert Sherman-Young told reporters that the suspect who was shot had to be transported to Princess Margaret Hospital, where he was detained in stable condition. He was one of four Bahamians traveling on the vessel.Meanwhile, police escorted the remaining three suspects and their boat, which was stuffed with the drugs, to the Police Marine Harbour on Bay Street. They arrived sometime around noon.The suspects were taken into custody while the drugs were processed by DEU agents.According to Sherman-Young, police found more than 120 packages of marijuana on the boat.As officers offloaded the drugs, Sherman-Young noted that it was one of the biggest busts all year.He said police received information about the boat shortly after midnight and immediately launched into action.“The US Coast Guard and DEA helicopters were dispatched and they were able to locate the vessel,” he said. “And as a result we launched vessels from Nassau, the defence force vessel and the police nortech vessel. Both vessels intercepted the boat in the Tongue of Ocean in the area of Andros around 12:30 a.m.”He said the suspects attempted to evade capture and shot at the police in a bid to escape.The police returned fire, hitting one of the men in his arm and also hitting one of the engines on the vessel.Police believe the men were transporting the drugs from Jamaica.This latest bust came one month after officers from DEU were involved in a high-speed car chase that ended with the suspect’s truck crashing into a wall and the seizure of 500 pounds of marijuana.The drugs are worth $500,000 on the streets.Just days before that bust, police in Grand Bahama netted approximately $1.2 million worth of cocaine in a shipping container which they said originated in Peru and was destined for Toronto, Canada. Police found two large duffle bags containing taped square packages they suspected to be cocaine inside the container.By Krystel RolleNassau Guardian Staff Reporter Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Bahamas police seize nearly $1 million in drugs by: – September 19, 2011 24 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Lambert focused on team issues

first_img Press Association Lambert, who took over at Villa Park two years ago, will be trying to avoid a repeat of this year’s disappointing 15th-place finish while chairman Randy Lerner searches for a buyer after putting the club up for sale last week. The two men have since met in New York to devise a short-to-medium term strategy and Lambert has come out of those discussions ready to get straight back to work. Meanwhile, striker Nicklas Helenius looks set to leave the club after just one season at Villa Park. Following his move from AaB on a three-year deal last summer, the 23-year-old Denmark international has made just six appearances – none of which were starts – for the midlands outfit in all competitions and scored one goal. His representative Mads Bach Lund said on Twitter on Monday: “Villa are not counting on Nicklas Helenius as a part of the squad next season. “Pity, but we are looking forward instead of backwards. “He did his very best, but many reasons behind this. But great experience and development, he is a stronger player now!” “As everybody is aware, I met with the chairman along with Paul (chief executive Paul Faulkner) and I’m determined to get on with the job of managing Aston Villa,” the manager told the club’s official website. “These circumstances are extremely challenging as the club is for sale and as far as I know there is nothing imminent in terms of new ownership, but we’re going to roll up our sleeves, prepare for the battle ahead and do our best by the club. “The squad requires strengthening, that’s self-evident, and it won’t be easy within the current circumstances. But we’ll look to identify players of proven quality to bring in and get ready for the start of the new season.” Lambert added: “I’m determined to give it everything I have, the players will do the same and it is our collective strength as a club which, ultimately, will see us through.” Former Villa striker Dwight Yorke, who played for the club between 1989 and 1998, has expressed his sadness at their recent struggles and hopes they will be back among the country’s elite soon. Speaking at a golf day at Close House Golf Club to raise money for the Children’s Heart Unit and the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, the 42-year-old said: “If I could buy Villa, I would buy Villa, because I think it’s absolutely a top club. “It’s a shame where it is. In my time there and before my time it was always a top-four, top-five club in the country, but for some reason they have lost their way and Paul Lambert has had a very difficult time there. Three years in a row we’ve just been trying to survive, and Villa deserve much better than that. “We all hope for the best for Villa and if a new owner comes in he will get the money in and certainly get Villa back to where they belong, which is in the top five.” Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has vowed to make sure off-field issues have no impact on him or the team as he prepares for the 2014-15 Barclays Premier League season.last_img read more

Crucial drop catches cost Guyana U-15 title – Moore

first_imgSingh, Nedd and Torrington in W.I squad for England invitational tournamentBy Rajiv BisnauthDESPITE finishing joint-second place with Barbados in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) 50-Overs regional tournament which ended on Wednesday in Grenada, coach of the national team, Julian Moore said his charges played good cricket until their final round game against Trinidad and Tobago. The Guyanese won three out of their four games played, and accumulated 20.8 points to tie with Barbados, but Moore said Guyana could have easily defended their title, if wasn’t for the crucial drop catches in the final round.“Despite not winning, and those crucial drop catches, I thought the youngsters played good cricket. Most of our goals were achieved,” Moore told Chronicle Sport yesterday.The 30-year-old added “The last round was not the best conditions for batting, there was a lot of moisture on the pitch, and we simply did not adjust to that, but having said that, our bowlers showed a lot of spirit, took six T&T wickets. But if we had latched on to those catches, the result could have been better.”Further, the former youth player pointed out that the experience and opportunity to play at that level will definitely boost the youngsters’ cricket.To this end, Moore pointed out that captain Sachin Singh, along with his last year’s teammates, Ashmead Nedd and Qumar Torrington were chosen on the West Indies youth squad for the England limited overs Youth Invitational tournament from August 10 to 21.Meanwhile, during the tournament, T&T played unbeaten, and finished with 31.5 points.Windward Islands had 13.5 points, Leeward Islands and Jamaica finished with 9.9 points..The Regional Under-15 tournament commenced in 1996 with then hosts T&T taking the inaugural title.The reigning champions hold the record for the most titles with eight, also winning the title in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2010 and 2013.The Guyanese captured the title last year on home soil by topping the points table. Guyana have claimed the top prize four times comprising back-to-back titles twice in 1998 and 1999, and again 2014 and last year.Jamaica have won the title on four occasions (2006, 2008, 2009, 2011) and Barbados have won three times (1997, 2004, 2012).Windwards emerged champions eight years ago, leaving Leewards yet to win the title.last_img read more

The NFL is now betting big on once-taboo gambling industry

first_imgFreeman said the trio of deals with three very different gambling outfits is a result of the Broncos “bringing order to what was sort of a chaotic environment.”“Because in the clutter just taking any deal you can get, probably no one actually gets true value out of it. So, I think we got a very favorable response from all of the partners and they were thrilled that we were going to limit these and then work hard to craft space for all of them so we could deliver a real value for them,” Freeman said.No, the new gambling partnerships won’t make up for revenue lost during the coronavirus crisis, which has forced many teams, including Denver’s, to open the season without fans but with crowd noise pumped in instead.“It’s great that we were able to get these deals done. It’s material revenue for the organization,” Freeman said. “The reality is I think you know the other revenue (dips) we’re going to see this year will dwarf what probably we were able to do in this category.” Another no is this one: the Broncos won’t benefit from any bets from their fans. The Broncos capitalized on a confluence of events: Colorado’s new sports gambling law that was approved by voters and the league’s lifting of its ban on sportsbook advertising.During a pandemic when new sponsorship opportunities were nearly non-existent, the Broncos signed a trio of gambling sponsors: one with FanDuel Group that includes stadium signage, another with Betfred USA Sports that features a sports betting lounge at Empower Field and a sports betting app and lastly, one with BetMGM, which launched a full sportsbook at Saratoga Casino Black Hawk, about 45 minutes away in the mountains.(Fans won’t actually be able to place wagers at the stadium betting lounges like they would at a sportsbook but will have to place their bets through an app, and the stadium signage won’t be showing up on broadcasts.)“There’s sports betting, there’s daily fantasy, there’s casinos, so there’s a lot of different aspects to these businesses,” said Mac Freeman, the Broncos’ chief commercial officer. “I think what you’ll find with us carving those first tracks through the field you’ll see other teams follow pretty quickly as states come on” board with sports gambling, Freeman said. The NFL is now betting big on once-taboo gambling industry Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappDENVER (AP) — It wasn’t that long ago that the NFL nixed Tony Romo’s fantasy football convention at a Nevada casino because of the league’s strict policy against having anything to do with sports betting. Now, the NFL is betting big on the once taboo industry, loosening its gambling policies just as the finishing touches were being made at Allegiant Stadium, the Raiders’ spiffy new home within earshot of the neon-soaked Las Vegas Strip.When the league voted in May to allow teams to sign sponsorship deals with gambling entities, the first team to place its bets was the Denver Broncos. Associated Press “And for the rest of the world I guess this is just status quo, but it is very different for us.”___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL “No, we are not able to sort of participate in the actual betting volumes or revenue generated,” Freeman said. “No, this is a very classic sponsorship structure where they are paying a fee for assets that we will use to leverage their brands. So, no, there’s no share of any of the actual betting activity coming back to the team.”Just six years after nixing Romo’s fantasy football camp in Las Vegas, the NFL is all in on gambling in 2020.“The approach to the licensed sports betting has evolved as the league and teams entertain new fan engagement opportunities through commercial partnerships,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Associated Press. “What has not changed, however, is our relentless protection of the integrity of the game,” McCarthy added. “These new partnerships have no impact on the play on the field. We have continued to study the rapidly changing landscape and felt comfortable with clubs executing partnerships such as these.”Even with integrity measures in place, the league and gambling interests are linked like never before. September 4, 2020 “We’re all on a path to we don’t know exactly where but I’m as curious as anybody,” said NBC longtime play-by-play man Al Michaels. “I don’t know what the end game is here, I don’t know that anybody does. But I do think that it’s pretty fascinating that yesterday DraftKing announced that Michael Jordan is going to be part of their operation and on the board and the stock went up about 10%. “It’s a fascinating dynamic that’s developing right now and I wish I could predict what’s going to happen here but clearly everybody feels that they want a piece of the pie, of the gambling pie,” Michaels said. “People are interested in putting down a couple of shekels during the game or even inside the game, not just the end result and how many points will be scored and all of that. But this is a mystery. It’s a mystery right now. I don’t know where it goes. I do know the leagues are very excited to be a party to what could be a gigantic industry.”Michaels’ broadcast partner, Cris Collinsworth, is the majority owner of Pro Football Focus, a subscription-based analytics service founded in England in 2007 that studies and grades every player on every play in every game.“It’s kind of interesting. With PFF I have a lot of people who are from Europe that work here … they laugh at us with all of this because it’s been such a part of their culture for so long that you could bet on anything,” Collinsworth said. “And when they see the gnashing of teeth and everything that we’re going through in this transition period, they just find it very, very entertaining.last_img read more

John: SU needs to fix offensive ineptitude, inconsistency heading into bowl game

first_img Comments For a single five-and-a-half minute stretch Saturday, Syracuse fans were shown a glimpse of what they’ve been missing seemingly all season. For that one little blip, the Orange offense cruised down the field en route to a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that could have easily added to the frustration of SU’s largest home crowd of the season. Frustration because of how well the Orange has performed at various times this season, but without a hint of consistency. During those 12 plays, quarterback Ryan Nassib efficiently ran the offense, hitting on all five of his passing attempts for 57 yards. Antwon Bailey ran for 31 yards and SU’s only touchdown. It was a sight rarely beheld by the Carrier Dome crowd this season, especially during the final stretch of the season. All this despite not having starting running back Delone Carter available, as he stood banged up on the sidelines for the second half. It was the proverbial ‘Where has this been?’ moment for the Orange during its final stretch of the regular season. The results of the last four games have been evidence for Syracuse. Three losses, only four touchdowns during that four-game stretch. Just 11.5 points per game. In the process, the Orange went from second in the Big East standings, with a chance at a BCS bowl berth, to now sitting fourth in the league with a week to go.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Those recent offensive struggles have been the prime subject of nearly every one of SU head coach Doug Marrone’s press conferences over the last four weeks. It has been noted that this is a young offensive squad with multiple first-year starters. The depth chart is thin. Players are nicked up after eight consecutive weeks without a break. Though Marrone doesn’t like to make excuses, the reasons for the struggles are valid. ‘Consistency is important. Playmakers are important, and making plays is important,’ Marrone said. ‘What has happened is we have been beat up. We don’t have the same speed and efficiency that we had earlier in the year because of injuries that you do not want to have right now.’ But despite the reasons for the ineptitude, any team playing in the postseason shouldn’t be having such a difficult time putting points on the board. Even a year ago, when SU won just four games, its offense didn’t have a four-game stretch as bad as this one. And heading into a bowl game in a matter of weeks, it’s the one thing that could spell disaster for a team many pegged as one that has turned a corner on the rough days of yesteryear. When asked about the offensive issues Saturday, all Marrone could do was smile and shake his head to prevent the poignant frustration from boiling over. ‘If I knew the answer to that, I would attack it and go,’ Marrone said. With the exceptions of Carter and center Ryan Bartholomew, every other player on the offensive side of the ball has stepped into a new role this season. Yes, Nassib still has two years of eligibility after this season. Yes, in theory, the Orange offense should have some returning experience coming back next season. But Marrone has never been one to look too far ahead. He’s likely focusing on how to fix the problem now. With SU now focusing solely on a bowl game, it’s safe to say the offense will be under the microscope over the next couple weeks. ‘Being the quarterback, I almost try to do too much, which usually comes back and gets you,’ Nassib said Saturday. ‘Everyone is trying to make plays, and we just have to relax and play ball.’ Syracuse has now finished its regular season and has secured itself a spot in a bowl to be determined later. But to avoid an embarrassing performance when it gets there, the kinks on offense need to be worked out. In spite of the fact that Marrone and Co. will have a few weeks to rest and prepare for its next opponent, it will be nearly impossible for this offense to suddenly start hitting on all cylinders. But well rested and perhaps a bit healthier, the Orange offense will need to improve for SU to capture a bowl victory. And after that small glimpse into just how efficient its offense can move the ball, anything less would be a disappointment heading into the offseason. Andrew L. John is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at aljohn@syr.edu. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 27, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more