The NFL Games To Watch With The Playoffs On The Line

BUF0.00.0MIA0.00.00.81395 NO74NO67NO 31, PIT 28-6.6– TEN73TEN74TEN 25, WSH 16-1.4– CAR62%CAR51%ATL 24, CAR 10+9.5– DAL75DAL72DAL 27, TB 20-3.2– DEN0.00.0LAC100.00.01.01518 MIN72.0%+/-31.6CHI100.0%+/-0.063.41597 CHI68CHI73CHI 14, SF 9+0.9– KC100.00.0OAK0.00.00.51492 GB57GB59GB 44, NYJ 38-0.3– TEN62.147.1IND37.847.094.71552 It’s the last week of the NFL’s regular season, and that means it’s time to game out all of the fun playoff scenarios facing each team.Here at FiveThirtyEight, we like to measure the most important games of the week based on how much they swing every team’s odds of making the postseason (across every team in the entire league). And by that standard, you can’t top Sunday night’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans, which will shift around nearly 95 total points of playoff probability. (Really, that’s for the two teams involved — the winner will make the playoffs and the loser won’t, which effectively makes it a play-in playoff game.) Oddly, it’s only the third time ever that the Titans will play in NBC’s flagship Sunday night game (the last was in 2009), while for the Colts, it will have been exactly 60 years and two days since they beat the New York Giants for the NFL title in the Greatest Game Ever Played, which helped make TV-spectacle games like this one possible.That may not be the best game of Week 17, however. We also like to include an element for team quality, and Titans-Colts is still just the No. 13 team in our Elo ratings against No. 14. When the Minnesota Vikings face the Chicago Bears, it will be No. 6 vs. No. 11 in Elo, and it’s a game that has plenty of playoff significance in its own right. The Vikings wouldn’t automatically miss the playoffs if they lose, but they would not be in great shape (35 percent), while they would clinch with a victory. And the Bears have plenty to play for as well; a win and a Rams loss would help them get a first-round playoff bye. Of course, fans of the Philadelphia Eagles will be watching this game closely: A Vikings win would end Philly’s season, while a Bears win would give the Eagles a chance to play their way in. (Both games kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET.) The best matchups of Week 17Week 17 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for all NFL teams’ playoff chances based on the result, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions DAL100.00.0NYG0.00.00.91488 ATL0.00.0TB0.00.00.91470 MIA61MIA61JAX 17, MIA 7-2.2– LAR77LAR83LAR 31, ARI 9+0.7– LAC66LAC67BAL 22, LAC 10-3.5– HOU100.00.0JAX0.00.01.21489 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. CLE60CLE66CLE 26, CIN 18+2.6– IND74IND75IND 28, NYG 27-1.4– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 16Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 16 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION Playoff %Playoff % Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality MIN55MIN63MIN 27, DET 9+4.4– CIN0.00.0PIT15.85.411.01491 DET0.00.0GB0.00.01.41456 BAL84.325.4CLE0.00.051.11524 PHI28.020.0WSH0.00.040.81512 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS There are a few other games with playoff probability on the line. As mentioned earlier, the outcome of the Eagles’ game with Washington is very much of importance to the Vikings, who would clinch with a Philadelphia loss. The Cleveland Browns’ matchup with the Baltimore Ravens has done the unthinkable — made Pittsburgh Steeler fans root for the Browns — since a Baltimore win would eliminate the Steelers from the postseason picture. Baltimore could still make the playoffs with a loss, but the Ravens would need Pittsburgh to lose its game against Cincinnati, which is also happening simultaneously at 4:25 p.m. ET. (In related news: Are you ready for a completely insane Sunday afternoon of football?)Although other games could determine seeding, and there are a few stray percentage points of playoff odds’ difference at stake around the league, those are basically the games that will carry the most weight in Week 17, and we can’t wait to see how they all play out.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersWhile you’re prepping for the playoffs, be sure to check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings using our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks how often each team should make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Did you know you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game? Maybe you can also climb up our giant leaderboard.Here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: NE84NE83NE 24, BUF 12-2.0– DEN61DEN62OAK 27, DEN 14-3.1– LAR100.00.0SF0.00.01.21499 NE100.00.0NYJ0.00.00.81467 PHI66PHI51PHI 32, HOU 30-14.7– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup. Total Change adds up the potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league (not just the two teams listed).*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN KC54KC56SEA 38, KC 31-5.0– CAR0.00.0NO100.00.00.51587 ARI0.00.0SEA100.00.00.61451 After a shellacking at the hands of our algorithm in Week 15, readers rebounded slightly this week, losing by an average of 25.3 points. Philadelphia’s last-second win over Houston may have kept the Eagles in the playoff hunt, but it cost readers 14.7 points on average in our game. Readers did pick up 9.5 points on average in the Atlanta-Carolina game; though they incorrectly picked the Panthers to beat the Falcons, they did so by a smaller win probability than Elo.Congrats to Scott S, who led all users in Week 16 with an even 300 points, and to Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who maintained his No. 1 ranking on the season with 1,075.4 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Joshua Perry Buckeyes take part in Whipping Childhood Cancer

Junior linebacker Joshua Perry was joined by a few of his teammates outside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Monday afternoon to promote a cause he called “Whipping Childhood Cancer.”Earlier in the year, Perry befriended a young boy named Joshua Chambers who has been diagnosed with leukemia.Perry, joined by teammates junior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett, junior cornerback Armani Reeves, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee, and co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell, took whip-cream pies to the face in an attempt to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the fight against it. read more

Mens basketball CJ Jackson 3pointer lifts No 16 Ohio State over Indiana

Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — As memorable as a season the Ohio State men’s basketball team has had, this one game won’t be soon forgotten.Indiana forward Juwan Morgan made a layup against the potential Big Ten Player of the Year, forward Keita Bates-Diop, with 7.4 seconds left in double overtime, seemingly ending Ohio State’s chances of winning a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship.C.J. Jackson had something to say about that.Taking the ball from the opposite baseline, the junior guard drove down the court and pulled up from 24 feet, released a clean look and hit nothing but net to give Ohio State (24-7, 15-3 Big Ten) an 80-78 lead with 1.6 seconds remaining in overtime to silence the packed crimson-and-cream crowd inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.The last desperation attempt from the Hoosiers (16-14, 9-9 Big Ten) fell well short and the No. 16 Buckeyes escaped with a victory in the regular-season finale to preserve their chance at a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship.“It’s been an unbelievable way to cap an unbelievable regular season,” head coach Chris Holtmann said.Jackson finished the game with 13 points. Bates-Diop had 24 points with 14 rebounds and redshirt senior guard Kam Williams scored 15. Senior Jae’Sean Tate and freshman Kaleb Wesson also were in double figures.Morgan had a team-high 18 points for Indiana. Senior guard Robert Johnson and freshman forward Justin Smith had 17 and 16, respectively.It was only fitting that Ohio State’s improbable season and prospects of winning a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship would come down to an overtime game in one of college basketball’s most historic venues against one of its most historic programs.It was ludicrous to think it would come down to two.There were a total of 16 lead changes and 14 ties, including nine lead changes in the final overtime that ended with Jackson shot to seal Ohio State’s first win at Indiana in five years.“We knew they weren’t going to go away,” Jackson said. “Senior Night, home night, they were going to have a lot of energy. We just had to match it.”In the past two road games, Ohio State struggled to match the energy of the opponent, which resulted in double-digit losses. Now, the Buckeyes were much better on the glass than they were against Penn State and Michigan last week, outrebounding Indiana 41-35, but to continually respond bucket after bucket in multiple do-or-die situations left Holtmann and the team with an added confidence heading into postseason play.“This team does have a grit to it that is necessary in a game like this, particularly on the road,” Holtmann said. “I think at the end of the day, that’s what you’re trying to preach from Day 1 and that’s what you hope to have guys that have that to them. To have that stuff inside them that we all look at and can identify as resiliency and grit and able to stay with it and not let one play affect the other. And they did that.”Bates-Diop scored 20-plus points for the first time since he scored a career-high 35 against Illinois on Feb. 4. He shot 9-of-24 from the field, but came away with some needed baskets in the final minutes of regulation.“I’ve been struggling the last few games, but tonight I got back into a rhythm,” he said.Ohio State shot 48 percent from the field and recorded 16 assists on 33 made field goals.With the win, Ohio State remains one game behind Michigan State for first place in the Big Ten. The Spartans have already clinched at least a share of the conference title and can win it outright with a win at Wisconsin on Sunday. If the Spartans lose, Ohio State will earn a share of the title and be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament next week.Up NextOhio State will play Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in New York. Its opponent will be determined when the conference season officially ends Sunday. read more

Emery discusses Arsenals fast start against Liverpool

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed his delight at his team’s fast start to the game against Liverpool last weekend.One criticism leveled at the Gunners of late has been their slow start to football games and, since that was addressed during the club’s 2-2 draw against Jurgen Klopp’s side and Emery wants that to continue this weekend and beyond.“Against Liverpool I think we had more in the 90 minutes of the game,” he said, according to BT Sport.“Our idea is to repeat matches with this pace over 90 minutes. It’s not easy because other teams have their moments in the matches. But our idea is to continue improving this.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It is about the progress in the team. The progress is about continuing to create confidence and creating also tactically different ways to improve.”“The first thing we must do to improve is to continue with our way, with our positioning and our aggressiveness, with the ball and without the ball, and then taking confidence to do these things better every match.”“The confidence can come, firstly, from winning matches and then also from when you feel it on the pitch you have a capacity to battle against teams with the potential of (a team like) Liverpool.”last_img read more

Kobuk Intersection Closures Start Tomorrow

first_imgThe Marydale and Kobuk Street intersection will be closed to traffic on Thursday, August 2, and is planned to reopen on Tuesday, August 7.According to the City of Soldotna, road closure repairs include curb/ramp replacements, and utility repairs. The next phase of the project will be underground utility repairs, which could start next week. Resurfacing is expected to start in mid-August. Lee Frey the project manager: “Once that’s all finished up the road will be open back up and then they’ll be prepping to do the actual repaving. We are finishing up some concrete work around the sides before we actually move towards the repaving.”   Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna will be working on the Kobuk Street project starting tomorrow, and there will be traffic delays and road closures. The project is expected to be complete prior to the school year starting on August 21.last_img read more

FEMA Specialists Offer Rebuilding Tips in Soldotna Seward

first_imgThe extension means survivors now have until May 31, to submit their application to FEMA or the Small Business Administration. The initial registration period would have ended on April 1. Governor Mike Dunleavy’s request to extend the disaster assistance registration period for individuals or households impacted by the November 30 Cook Inlet Earthquake was approved by FEMA. Representatives with FEMA will be at both locations of Spenards Builders Supply starting on April 29 through May 4. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) specialists are on hand in both Soldotna and Seward to offer rebuilding tips for those impacted by the November 30 Earthquake.center_img FEMA will be hosting similar workshops in Anchorage and Wasilla. The specialists will also offer home improvement tips and share proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from a disaster. Most of the information and free publications are aimed at general contractors and those willing to take on do-it-yourself projects. Jack Heesch with FEMA: “They are there to provide folks who are homeowners or renters information about how to better be prepared for the eventuality of some kind of disasters. We are focused on earthquakes, but also on floods and other things that could affect residents of the Kenai Peninsula.” last_img read more

New Coke returns for Stranger Things season 3

first_img 4 Soda flop. Coca-Cola Co. Stranger Things celebrates the 1980s, and with season 3 out July 4, what better way to give a taste of the decade then to revisit the infamous tweak to Coca-Cola known as New Coke. The beverage company tweeted Tuesday that it’ll pop open a limited release of New Coke to promote the new season of Stranger Things on streaming service Netflix. This comes 34 years after the release of the failed drink. Tags Starting on May 23 at 5 p.m. ET, the Coca-Cola Co. will release a limited-supply run of New Coke in the company’s online store. A bundle of two cans of the recipe and a limited-edition and numbered Stranger Things/Coca-Cola and Coke Zero Sugar 8-oz. glass bottle will be available for purchase. Coke will also set up free vending machines filled with New Coke in select cities. Customers who purchase tickets to the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta or who spend $19.85 or more at Coca-Cola Store Las Vegas on certain days during the week of June 3 will also have an opportunity to score cans of New Coke. Stranger Things creators The Duffer Brothers directed a new series trailer that doubles as a commercial for the drink and will be played in select movie theaters starting May 24.  In a first-of-its-kind partnership with Netflix, we’re bringing back New Coke as an innovative way to reach “Stranger Things” fans. https://t.co/m7MEfX6E4i pic.twitter.com/GKvRLZnpDP— The Coca-Cola Co. (@CocaColaCo) May 21, 2019 Released in April 1985, New Coke was the Atlanta-based company’s attempt to regain market share that it was losing to other drinks. The new recipe didn’t make any fans, causing a huge backlash among drinkers of the original. It took just three months after the release for Coca-Cola to announce it would reintroduce the old drink that summer, dubbing it Coca-Cola Classic. Stranger Things season 3 is set during the summer of 1985. Originally published May 21, 9:09 a.m. PT.Update, May 22: Includes additional info on how to get New Coke. Share your voice Comments TV and Movieslast_img read more

Former US president George HW Bush dies

first_imgFormer US President George HW Bush and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, stand during the national anthem prior to the University of Connecticut versus Butler University men`s final NCAA Final Four college basketball championship game in Houston, Texas, on 4 April 2011. Reuters File PhotoFormer US president George HW Bush, who presided over the end of the Cold War and routed Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army but lost a chance for a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge, died on Friday at the age of 94, a family spokesman said.Bush, the 41st president of the United States, lived longer than any of his predecessors. His death at 10:10pm Central time was announced in a statement issued by longtime spokesman Jim McGrath. No further details about the circumstances of his death were immediately available.US president George HW Bush is surrounded by US military personnel as he greets troops following an arrival ceremony in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Dhahran on 22 November 1990. Reuters File PhotoHe was the father of former president George W Bush, who served two terms in the White House from 2001 through 2008, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who unsuccessfully sought the 2016 Republican nomination for president.The elder Bush, a Republican like his sons, also served as vice president for eight years during Ronald Reagan’s two terms as president, before being elected to the White House himself.He defeated former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, the Democratic nominee, in the 1988 presidential campaign, and lost his 1992 re-election bid to Democrat Bill Clinton.Bush family portrait in Houston, Texas 19 August 1992. Back row: Walker Bush (Marvin`s son), Marvin Bush, Margaret Bush ( Marvin`s wife), George W Bush, Sharon Bush (Neil`s wife), Neil Bush, Doro Bush Koch, Bobby Koch (Doro`s Husband), Jeb Bush, George P. Bush (Jeb`s son), and Noelle Bush (Jeb`s daughter). Second Row: Laura Bush (George W.`s wife), Jenna Bush (George W.`s daughter), Pierce Bush (Neil`s son), Barbara Bush, Goerge Bush, Sam Le BLond (Donro`s son), and Columba Bush (Jeb`s wife). Floor: Barbara Bush (George W.`s daughter), Marshall Bush (Marvin`s daughter), Ashley and Lauren Bush (Neil`s daughters), Ellie LeBlond (Doro`s daughter), and Jebby Bush( Jeb`s son). Reuters File PhotoBush’s death came seven months after that of his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, to whom he was married for 73 years.The former president, who served as a US naval aviator during World War Two, had attended his wife’s funeral in Houston in a wheelchair and wore a pair of colourful socks festooned with books, in honour of his late wife’s commitment to literacy.last_img

Chad Scanlan Lead Louisville to Rout of Mercer 202

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s lacrosse opened its home schedule with a bang as they routed Mercer 20-2 on Saturday afternoon. Chad and Shayla Scanlan led the way for the Cardinals with five goals each, while Blalock added a hat trick of her own. Ally Hall and Alex McNicholas scored two goals each, while Brenna Shanahan, Kayla Marshall and Hannah Morris also found the back of the net. Louisville limited Mercer to just six shots on the game, outshooting the Bears 40-6. They also won draw controls 16-7, as McNicholas finished with seven and Sarah Blalock added five. The 18-goal margin marked the biggest win for UofL since they won 23-2 at Cincinnati on April 6, 2014. Teeter/Chad/Scanlan Postgame Video The Cardinals scored 10 more times in the first half and goalkeeper Rachel Florek kept a clean sheet as they went into the locker room at half with 14-0 lead. Louisville jumped out early as Caroline Blalock found the back of the net on an assist from Kirsten Parker just 58 seconds into the game. Box Score (PDF) The Cardinals return to action on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET when they host Vanderbilt. The victory improves the Cardinals’ record to 1-3, while the Bears fall to 0-3.”Today was a great way to wrap up a great week of practice,” said head coach Scott Teeter. “They came out ready to play and they played hard for 60 minutes.” Mercer scored their first goal of the game seven minutes into the second half. Louisville then scored six straight goals to build a 20-1 lead before winning 20-2. Blalock had a team-high three assists, while Scanlan added two dishes of her own. Tessa Chad then followed with back-to-back goals before Blalock scored again to give Louisville a 4-0 lead with 24:39 to go in the first half. Story Links For the latest information on Louisville lacrosse, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLLacrosse. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Rep Howrylak invites residents to April May office hours

first_img23Apr Rep. Howrylak invites residents to April, May office hours State Rep. Martin Howrylak invites local residents to meet with him during his office hours in April and May.Office hours will be held in both Troy and Clawson; the first will take place on Saturday, April 25, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Troy Public Library, located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road. The second will be on Monday, May 4, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Blair Memorial Library in Clawson.“I look forward to meeting with residents and hearing their thoughts and ideas on state government,” said Rep. Howrylak, R-Troy. “Meeting with residents of the 41st District provides great feedback that I use to better represent our community in Lansing.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Howrylak toll-free at 877-248-0001 or by email at MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Howrylak Newslast_img read more