Lamar Jackson’s mind-boggling numbers now end all NFL MVP debates

first_imgJackson is trying to become the ninth player to win both the Heisman for the peak of his college career and NFL MVP. Newton was the last to do it in 2015. Jackson would become the third QB to pull off the double, joining Newton and Cowboys Hall of Famer Roger Staubach.The only question for Jackson is staying healthy, and for his Ravens to keep winning. After the Rams, they have one more big “prove-it” game this Sunday against the 9-1 49ers.However you add it up, Jackson has a ridiculous statisitical resume and is the most indispensable player in the NFL this season, given he’s operating and dominating in an offense built around his strengths. Just as the Chiefs’ system and Mahomes led to perfect harmony, Jackson is hitting a high note with the Ravens that no one else can match. There’s more on Jackson vs. Vick and Jackson vs. Newton. Jackson has rushed for 60 or more yards in eight consecutive games, breaking a mark set by Vick in 2004. Jackson also has 1,558 rushing yards in his career, surpassing what Newton did in 2011-12 for the most by a QB over his first two NFL seasons.Jackson, going into the Rams matchup, was only 24 rushing yards shy of being the first player in NFL history to eclipse 3,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons. He took care of that in the first half. So what we’re seeing isn’t only special to 2019, but it holds up as one of the most remarkable individual performances the pro game has ever seen, like we have never seen it from the game’s most important position.MORE: Full betting preview for Ravens vs. RamsLamar Jackson, the passerJackson never completed 60 percent or more of his passes in any of his three college seasons at Louisville, including during his Heisman Trophy campaign in 2016. He went into Week 12 at No. 11 in the NFL at 66.3 percent, and that’s up to 66.9 percent. He also is No. 6 in yards per attempt at 8.1 and now has a passer rating of 111,4, tied for third. He leads the NFL with 8 percent of his pass attempts going for touchdowns.Jackson became only the second QB to post a perfect traditional NFL passer rating (158.3) in two games (Dolphins Week 1, Bengals Week 10) in a single season, joining Steelers rival Ben Roehtlisberger, who did it 12 years ago.Since ESPN devised its QBR (total quarterback rating) in 2006, the league leader in that metric has won NFL MVP seven times. Jackson (78.2) before Week 12, was No. 1 and will stay there, currently edging Mahomes, who was tied for the league lead last season when he won.Jackson has had two turnover-filled games — a Week 4 loss to the Browns (two INTs) and a Week 5 rebound win over the Steelers (three INTs). He has zero turnovers in eight of 10 games. He has yet to throw an interception in the red zone this season. Lamar Jackson is about to make a second straight season of a breakout second-year QB winning NFL MVP.There are still five weeks left in the 2019 NFL regular season after Jackson’s now 9-2 Ravens ripped the Rams 45-6 in Week 12 and there are several other quarterbacks, led by Russell Wilson, having banner years to lift their teams. There’s also one special running back — Christian McCaffrey — piling up legendary modern numbers. Lamar Jackson, most of the Ravens’ offenseWhen you add Jackson’s 2,427 passing yards this season to his rushing total in 2019 you get 3,303 total yards produced. The Ravens had accumulated 4,286 yards as a team before facing the Rams. Jackson was accounting for 71 percent of that output. He’s also leading the league with his average of 16.4 points scored per game (30 total TDs), which represents 46.6 percent of the Ravens’ league-leading 386 points.Jackson set a record for a quarterback with his 147 rushing attempts as late-developing starter as a rookie in 2018. He’s on pace to carry a significantly bigger load for his team, 180 carries, this season.MORE: The Lamar Jackson NFL Draft story is perfect blend of sneakiness, risk-takingLamar Jackson, the winnerFor those don’t believe “wins” are a quarterback stat, too bad, because the ability to deliver against high-quality opponents is the foundation for an MVP case and for assessing the position that dominates the award. It’s now become a standard part of winning the Heisman, too — whether you bring your best in the biggest games.Jackson, in the three of the past four games, was the better overall QB on the field in head-to-head wins over Wilson’s Seahawks, Tom Brady’s Patriots and Deshaun Watson’s Texans. In the first game, at Seattle, he rushed for 116 yards in a hostile environment. Because of Jackson, the Ravens won those games by a combined 108-43, averaging 36 points per game with an average margin of victory of nearly 22 points.center_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/95/26/lamar-jackson-102019-getty-ftrjpg_14cw51sm4xvb718mvhyxpj1szd.jpg?t=-1811420346&w=500&quality=80 But no matter how great the rest of the pack looks, Jackson is quite literally running away with — and also passing himself to —the league’s highest individual award, succeeding Patrick Mahomes in 2019. The live eye test and highlight tapes are two things, but they are backed up by plenty of statistical evidence to solidify Jackson as the most impressive and important player in the NFL, therefore ushering in a new most valuable player.If you still weren’t a believer going into Week 12, Jackson should have convinced with you a ‘Monday Night Football’ performance for the ages in Los Angeles: 15-of-20 passing, 169 yards, 5 TDs, 139.4 passer rating, 8 carries, 95 yards rushing. These are all the awesome numbers for Jackson that make the MVP debate an open-and-shut case.NFL WEEK 13 POWER RANKINGS:49ers, Seahawks, Steelers & Bills rise; Cowboys, Raiders fallLamar Jackson, the running backOK, we’re poking a little fun here at those who suggested Jackson was better off giving up QB in the NFL after winning the Heisman at Louisville and pursuing playing wide receiver instead. Jackson still does play another “position” along with quarterback, and he does it at an extremely high level.Jackson went into Week 12 ranked No. 11 in the NFL in rushing yardage for the season with 781 yards. He now has 876 yards. He leads his own team, right ahead of Mark Ingram, who was No. 12 before getting up to 778 yards against the Rams. Of all qualified runners, through his 124 attempts, Jackson now averages a league-best 7.1 yards per carry. He was tied for first with eight runs of 20 or more yards on the season going into Week 12, and added a 29-yard burst against the Rams. His six rushing TDs went in tied for 10th.Jackson is on pace for 1,274 rushing yards through 11 games. That would shatter the NFL single-season mark for a QB, Michael Vick’s 1,039 yards in 2006. He’s on pace for 9 rushing TDs, one shy of the total Cam Newton had during his 2015 MVP campaign. Jackson has already rushed for more yards than Newton ever has in a single season.last_img read more

As S.B. 7 goes to the Governor for signature; local legislators differ sharply on bill’s impact

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Thank you for your input. +22 Vote up Vote down Caldwell Fan Forever · 282 weeks ago Thank you, Mr. Trimmer, for being a lone voice of reason, and for actually listening to your constituents. Report Reply 0 replies · active 282 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down MRH · 282 weeks ago Drawn up in the middle of the night and passed in a week with no responsible vetting, I hope people remember who bought and paid for Hoffman in the next election. Report Reply 0 replies · active 282 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down faganlover · 282 weeks ago Hoffman is a fool. He got that “great” body he has eating donuts provided by the Koch brothers. This is getting serious. Report Reply 0 replies · active 282 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down sore loser · 281 weeks ago These wonderfully conservative politicians we elected are rewriting all state stautes because they sincerely care about all Kansans. Just wait and see. Our citizens will soon be flourishing in a land of plenty. Lets be sure to give em time for their magic to work. Then lets be sure to rereelect all of em … especially the ones that are so far to the right they could never be wrong. Report Reply 0 replies · active 281 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Oxford-45,886-36,746-17,584 Wellington-117,208-83,186-11,863 Belle Plaine-58,638-43,165-10,728 Argonia-39,257-33,683-21,999 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The majority of the Sumner County legislators voted for S.B. 7 – a bill which restructures how Kansas schools are funded. Rather than allocating funds on a per pupil basis, funds will now be allocated through a block grant.S.B. 7 narrowly passed the House Friday by a 64-57 vote, but had an easier time going through the State Senate on Monday 25-14. S.B. 7 now awaits the signature of Governor Sam Brownback, who will likely sign it into law.Kyle HoffmanState Representatives Kyle Hoffman, Kasha Kelley and Pete Degraaf  – all Republicans – voted for the bill in the house while Steve Abrams, another Republican, voted for it in the senate. The lone state representative with Sumner County ties, Ed Trimmer, voted against it. He is a Democrat.“It was not a decision that was made lightly, but I voted ‘yes’, because I feel in the long run, creating a new formula is in the best interest of the schools that I represent,” said Hoffman in a legislative report sent to Sumner Newscow this morning. “The bill restores the 1.5 percent cut to the base by the Governor earlier in the year and fully funds KPERS funding by the State for the next two years.”Ed TrimmerTrimmer said the bill is problematic.“At a time when we should be increasing funding for education, this bill freezes funding at current levels,” Trimmer said. “During Brownback’s tenure in office, schools have been systematically underfunded in Kansas, causing the court to rule late last year that the state should have put at least an additional $550 million new funds into education.”Trimmer said the bill pits urban against rural districts and poor against wealthy districts.“Students in Cowley and Sumner Counties will not have access to the same resources as those in Johnson County,” Trimmer said. “That is unfair to Kansas schools and bad for the Kansas economy.”But Hoffman disagrees.“The old formula was so broken that it exacerbated the very problems it was supposed to fix,” said Rep. Kyle Hoffman, Chair of the House Agriculture Budget Committee. “Rural districts with fewer students were considered wealthy and couldn’t access equalization funding in the needed amounts. Meanwhile, every Johnson County school was considered poor and received extra funding. It was time for a change.”He said there were over 30 house members representing rural areas that voted in favor of the bill.S.B. 7 sunsets a 23 year old school finance formula that regards rural schools as wealthy even if population declined, Hoffman said. The next step will be developing a new and modern formula specifically designed to give rural, urban, and suburban schools the resources and the flexibility needed to help students succeed.But Trimmer is worried.According to Block Grant projection figures released by the Governor, the Sumner County schools stand to lose thousands of dollars. Conway Springs-38,981-26,087943 School district2014-15 adjusted funding2015-16 funding2016-17 funding South Haven-37,146-30,937-17,920 Caldwell-46,592-39,051-23,240 “Notice that total funding for the entire district decreased significantly over the three-year period,” Trimmer said. (Conway Springs in 2016-17 is the lone exception and is not in Trimmer’s district). “Johnson County schools have been given the authority to raise their local option budgets to 33 percent to cover lost funds. Our schools cannot do that.”Trimmer said the block grant program just robs Peter to pay Paul.“And our schools are Peter and Johnson County School are Paul,” Trimmer said.Trimmer also said he worries about the elimination of weightings to account for growing or shrinking enrollment, at-risk and bi-lingual students, high transportation costs, career and technical education programs, among others.“Eliminating the existing formula and allocating funding for schools in this manner will lead to a lack of transparency and accountability in how districts spend their money and inhibit comparisons among districts,” Trimmer said.Hoffman said schools face fixed costs like facilities and food service regardless of how many students are enrolled. Under the old formula, even when schools were losing students and the funding that accompanied them, equalization didn’t increase.“The old formula provided a declining enrollment weighting, but it was insufficient to deal with the problem,” Hoffman said.Trimmer said the bill puts less money in terms of spendable income for schools. For example, KPERS payments go from the state to the local school district and then to the KPERS fund within 24 hours.A significant amount of any additional money a few districts might get would come from changes in budget authority, resulting in higher local property taxes, not from increased state funding, Trimmer said.Hoffman said nothing is in concrete. Work is already underway on the new finance formula, and the rural coalition who voted in favor of the block grant bill plans to work collaborate with colleagues from high population areas to ensure it is custom designed to be fair and serve the needs of students regardless of location.Rep. Sue Boldra, vice chairman of the House Agriculture Committee said “even though I had reservations about the bill, I am eager to work on the new solution that will ensure schools get the money they need to continue to be the fabric of their communities and to help student achievement.”Trimmer, though has his doubts.“Of the things state government does, I consider educating our children to be one of the most important,” he said. “We have not just a constitutional responsibility, but also a moral obligation to fund public education. With the action taken by legislature Friday, we have failed in that duty.”Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, June 9, 2015•8:00 a.m. Ryan W. Fox, 37, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for expired registration and disobeyed stop sign.•12 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 100 block W. 20th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Troy W. Wylie, 38, Wellington and a Fixed Object/Gas Meter owned by Kansas Gas Service, Arkansas City.•12:45 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of fishing equipment in the 400 block S. Olive, Wellington.•1:21 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 100 block N. Washington, Wellington.•2 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1300 block N. C, Wellington involving vehicles operated by juvenile male, 16, Wellington and Eric D. Watts, 27, Wellington.•2 p.m. Juvenile male, 16, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for Disobeyed Stop Sign.•4:15 p.m. Officers investigated a battery and criminal damage by a known suspect to property in the 1100 block S. C, Wellington.•4:15 p.m. Juvenile male, 15, Wellington was referred to juvenile court for battery and criminal damage to property.•10:03 p.m. Officers investigated an aggravated assault in the 400 block E. 7th, Wellington.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, June 13, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Monday, June 13, 2016:•10:13 a.m. Officers took a report of a found scooter in the 600 block E. 16th, Wellington.•12 p.m. Officers investigated a forgery in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•2:40 p.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended in the 900 block E. Mill, Wellington.•2:41 p.m. Joseph D. Peters, 28, Arkansas City, Kans. was arrested, charged and confined with driving while license is suspended.•4:36 p.m. Officers took a report of found keys in the 400 block of 50th St. So., Mayfield, Ks.•5:55 p.m. Brianna A. Hibbard, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 47 mph in a 30mph zone.•6:01 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of T-shirt in the 800 block E. 16th, Wellington by known suspect.•6:18 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 700 block N. Washington, Wellington.•6:38 p.m. Valerie L. Taylor, 32, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with theft.•6:45 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 800 block W. Harvey, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Ronald L. Lewallen, 58, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Tamara Anders, Wellington.•6:45 p.m. Ronald L. Lewallen, 58, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for leaving the scene of an Aacident.•6:45 p.m. Officers investigated fail to stop at accident and failure to report an accident in the 800 block W. Harvey, Wellington.last_img read more

All Serie A soccer games suspended in response to Italy’s coronavirus outbreak

first_imgItaly has so far been hit harder by coronavirus than any other European nation, but reported illnesses are also on the rise in nearby France and Germany.The U.S. is experiencing an outbreak, too, and sporting events such as the NCAA Tournament could soon be forced to take precautionary measures.Information from Goal.com was used in this article. In the final Serie A match before indefinite postponement, played Monday between Sassuolo and Brescia, Francesco Caputo used a goal celebration to urge Italians to stay inside.Remarkable moment: In last football match before Italian football shuts down for month due to Coronavirus, in game played in empty stadium, goal scorer holds up sign to TV cameras “It will all be fine, Stay safe at home” 🙌 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/Mcf9KkehKm— roger bennett (@rogbennett) March 9, 2020MORE: Status of U.S. sporting events amid COVID-19 outbreakCoronavirus began in Wuhan, China, and has since become a global public health crisis. It’s sickened more than 100,000 people worldwide, stalled life in several continents and been responsible for plummeting economies. Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Monday that Serie A is suspended indefinitely as the country continues to struggle to contain the spread of coronavirus.Play has been halted until at least April 3, according to the Italian national Olympic committee, as the country comes to a standstill over the outbreak of a disease that has spread to at least 97 countries. Italy on Monday also banned public gatherings and unnecessarytravel for the entire nation.last_img read more

Maybe Kevin Durant’s loss in Players Tournament will help to eliminate big ‘NBA 2K’ bug

first_imgThe transition defense on 2k is the most frustrating thing in my life at this moment— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) February 22, 2020This dude’s Achilles is torn and somehow that’s less frustrating then 2K’s transition defense; that should tell you how bad it is this year. https://t.co/9uRg8TVPYL— William Hendrix (@SpecificNY) February 22, 2020MORE: Remembering when Deandre Ayton broke his PS4 because he was so mad at ‘NBA 2K’Durant might have a bad rep with some fans because of his choice to join the 73-win Warriors after blowing a 3-1 lead to them with the Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference finals, along with the fact he was caught using burner accounts on Twitter and Instagram. But they can relate to his frustration with the transition defense on “2K.”  “The transition defense on here is HORRIBLE”-Kevin Durant-literally everyone who has ever played 2K— kai sotto fan acct. (@NekiasNBA) April 4, 2020Ok I appreciate the home drills they’re showing for the young hoopers to do during quarantine but can you please cut back to the 30 somethings playing video games and complaining about everything. Way more relatable content to me— Beyonce has an uncle named Larry Beyince. Bruh…. (@DragonflyJonez) April 4, 2020Fans have been griping about that part of the game for years, but with Durant voicing similar complaints, maybe there’s a chance 2K Sports will finally do something about it. MORE: KD has been the most unfair ‘NBA 2K’ player to use for almost a decadeOne of Durant’s biggest struggles was trying to stop Giannis Antetokounmpo in transition, a problem with which the entire “2K” community is all too familiar.Durant complain enough we’ll grt an actual good version of 2k next year pic.twitter.com/kuIFOS9e3r— Mickstape (@MickstapeShow) April 4, 2020This wasn’t even the first time Durant has complained about the transition defense on “2K.” He tweeted in February that it was “the most frustrating thing in [his] life” at the time. Let’s be honest: “NBA 2K20” is far from a perfect game. Servers have a tendency to crash, animations are wacky and the gameplay just isn’t that smooth. But fans were excited to watch their favorite NBA stars get together (online, in a social-distancing-friendly manner) to play it Friday in the Players Tournament.The event provided great entertainment, but unfortunately, some of it was overshadowed by the game’s bugginess, especially in the first matchup, in which No. 1 seed Kevin Durant (Clippers) was upset by No. 16 seed Derrick Jones Jr. (Bucks).last_img read more

April 21, 1991: The Pirates stage the biggest extra-inning comeback in MLB history

first_imgBut if you need to kill some time (and let’s be honest, you do) you can watch all three hours on YouTube. But things got really interesting.MORE: Why Game 5 of the 1979 World Series still resonates in PittsburghThe Cubs scored four in the top of the eighth to take a 7-2 lead. In those days, before everyone was homer-happy, this was pretty much a guaranteed win. But the Pirates scored four in the bottom of the eighth to trim Chicago’s lead to 7-6, which held into the bottom of the ninth. With the Pirates down to their last out and the tying run a second, pinch-hitter Gary Varsho smacked a double off reliever Dave Smith to knot the game 7-7.Not much happened for either team in the 10th, but the 11th is what took the game into overdrive.The Cubs, perhaps determined — and mad after blowing that five-run lead — exploded for five runs in their half of the inning, punctuated by Andre Dawson’s grand slam off Pittsburgh reliever Bob Patterson. It was Dawson’s second of the series.”The Cubs have put this game away,” bellowed Harry Caray, confident in the 12-7 lead.Not so fast, Harry.In the bottom of the 11th, the Pirates put their first three batters on base against Cubs righty Heathcliff Slocumb. Not wanting things to get out of hand again, manager Don Zimmer, who was on his way to being fired after just 37 games, went to righty Mike Bielecki to put out the fire. The fire only got hotter.Bielecki faced six batters and allowed five of them to reach. The painful breakdown:A two-run double (Jay Bell),Sac fly RBI (Andy Van Slyke)Walk (Bobby Bonilla) RBI single (Barry Bonds)Walk (Gary Redus)Two-run walk-off double (Don Slaught)Pirates win, 13-12″The game is over, and the Pirates, in unbelievable fashion, have won another ballgame,” Caray said, before eventually landing on a sad version of his signature “Holy cow!”The six runs Pittsburgh scored in the 11th was the largest extra-inning comeback in MLB history, later equaled by the Diamondbacks against the Dodgers on Sept. 27, 2011.A devastating loss for the Cubs. A huge win for the Pirates.MORE: Networks, teams showing old games don’t know what ‘classic’ means”It was weird,” Bonds, who scored the winning run, told reporters after the game. “Here’s a series when the Hawk (Dawson) hits two grand slams. You do that and you’re supposed to win. That just doesn’t seem right.”The Cubs were just as perplexed.”I can’t say enough about today,” Dawson told reporters. “It’s a tough loss. It was a strange game on a strange day. It was cold and miserable and we had been out there for about four hours. You score five runs and they only have one chance to beat you, you figure you’re going to get out of it.”(Side note: The Cubs always seem to be on the losing end of classic weird games. See also April 17, 1976, and May 17, 1979).If you’re tired of reading about this game and would rather watch it, here’s a CliffsNotes version that MLB put together a few years ago. Sometimes, it’s just not your day. Other times, it’s totally yours. The Cubs and Pirates probably experienced both of those feelings on April 21, 1991. That was the day the Cubs blew two big leads in Pittsburgh as the Pirates staged the biggest extra-inning comeback in MLB history.While the game is now considered a classic in Pittsburgh — one of few for the club post-1979 — it started out very ordinary. Some might even say boring. The Buccos and Cubs were scoreless heading into the bottom of the fifth on a cold, dreary Sunday afternoon at Three Rivers Stadium with a combined three hits between them. That’s when Pittsburgh scratched across two runs. The Cubs answered right back with three runs in the top of the sixth. Still a fairly ordinary game.last_img read more

Indianapolis Motor Speedway to make graduation a lifetime memory for class of 2020 seniors

first_imgNow, Speedway High students will cross their graduation finish line at the Brickyard.MORE: What is IndyCar iRacing? How the virtual races work, drivers, full schedule & moreIndianapolis CBS affiliate WTTV reported on Wednesday that all students and their families will be permitted to drive on the IMS track, pull up to “The Yard of Bricks” that represents the finish line, hear their names called and be handed a diploma — and a chance to take a quick photograph. Then they will speed away (hopefully not at a Mario Andretti pace) and allow the next student the same amazing experience. The Indy 500 made legends of A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Rick Mears and Helio Castroneves. Last year’s winner, Simon Pagenaud, hopes to join them someday, and perhaps will take another lap toward that status when this year’s race is contested on Aug. 23. Now, the Speedway High seniors will follow in their tracks.Let’s be honest: This is way better than sitting in an auditorium or football stadium. Those family members who can’t squeeze into the car, by the way, will be able to watch on a Speedway High livestream.“I think it will be something they will be able to remember for the rest of their lives,” IMS president Doug Boles told WTTV. “At least we’re going to have somebody crossing the Yard of Bricks, and maybe they can all go have their own little glass of milk afterwards.” There was supposed to be a big race this month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a tradition that dates back more than 100 years. There also was scheduled to be a graduation for the senior class at nearby Speedway Senior High School, with students in the school’s auditorium called one-by-one from the audience to receive their diplomas.With neither of those events tenable this spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials at the track and the school district pulled a fast one.last_img read more

K-League club says filling stadium with sex dolls was ‘an inexcusable mistake’

first_imgWith fans not allowed to attend games following the coronavirus pandemic, Seoul decided to fill the stands with mannequins, only for fans to quickly realise they were in fact of the adult variety. 2016 K League winners FC Seoul inadvertently used sex dolls rather than fashion mannequins to help fill empty stands this weekend. The club has apologised. Both the club and the supplier are pointing fingers at others. (It’s not just COVID-19 you need to avoid catching!) #kleague pic.twitter.com/59rSU8XxYL— Devon Rowcliffe (@WhoAteTheSquid) May 17, 2020Seoul was promptly slammed for the mistake, with Korean media since declaring that the country’s international reputation is a concern because of it. The club themselves have apologized for the incident and attempted to provide some clarity as to how the mistake happened.  “We would like to apologize to our fans. We’re genuinely sorry to our fans about the installation of the mannequins at our game on May 17,” the club wrote in a message posted on Instagram. “We confirmed from the start that the mannequins we installed in the stands had no relation to the adult toys, even though they do indeed resemble real humans. The mannequins are manufactured by a company named Dalkom, and they informed us that the mannequins are designed for displaying apparel and fashion products. We confirmed with them on numerous occasions to make sure that the mannequins are not adult toys.”However, Dalkom has been distributing some of the mannequin products to another business named Soros, and in the process of return and exchange of the products between them, the installation at our stadium included some products with messages in text that are related to the adult toys. That was a problem on our employees who couldn’t check every detail of everything that was installed. That is an inexcusable mistake on our part.”Our intention from the start was to provide even a small entertainment after it was decided that the games would be hosted behind closed doors due to coronavirus. Regardless of that, we would like to apologize once again to everyone who loves and supports FC Seoul. We will be holding further discussions on how we can review potential problems in similar matters. We will put forth our due diligence to prevent such issues in the future.” K-League club FC Seoul has issued an apology after they accidentally filled their stadium with “adult toys” during Sunday’s game against Gwangju. While the 2016 league champions claimed a crucial 1-0 win on the pitch, it’s what happened off it that really caught people’s attention. last_img read more

Reds’ Trevor Bauer is right to lament exclusion of Barry Bonds, other ‘Steroid Era’ stars from Hall of Fame

first_imgDuring a career that stretched from age 21 to 42, Barry Bonds earned seven MVP awards, eight Gold Gloves and 14 times trips to the All-Star Game. He hit more home runs and drew more walks than any player in the long, grand history of baseball.“Barry Bonds is a Hall of Famer,” pitcher Trevor Bauer of the Reds said Sunday on Twitter. This was a statement of opinion, not fact. Because Barry Bonds has not been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, even though he has been eligible for eight years, even though his achievements stand far above the majority of those honored.Bonds has been excluded, because of his association with performance-enhancing drugs, along with all-time greats Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire, a reality that was underscored Sunday evening with the airing of ESPN’s documentary on the 1998 season, “Long Gone Summer.”MORE: Why MLB needed the McGwire-Sosa home run race then — and must celebrate it nowApparently, this extended reminder of what occurred in baseball in 1998, with both McGwire and Sammy Sosa of the Cubs surpassing Roger Maris’ record 61 home runs, prompted Bauer to share his beliefs about how the legacy of such players has been regarded. Safe to say he disagrees with how the majority of voters from the Baseball Writers of America has dealt with their Hall of Fame candidacy.The hall of fame is a shrine to the history of the game. Regardless of your feelings on this, steroids are part of the game’s history. It would be very hard to convince me that no players in the hall of fame currently used performance enhancing drugs. And even if they didn’t use— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) June 15, 2020“The Hall of Fame is a shrine to the history of the game,” Bauer wrote during an extended Twitter thread. “Regardless of your feelings on this, steroids are part of the game’s history. It would be very hard to convince me that no players in the Hall of Fame currently used performance-enhancing drugs. And even if they didn’t use what we would consider ‘steroids,’ substances that are illegal today were legal back then. Greenies, amphetamines, etc., used to be handed out like candy. Players were forced to take them because it was seen as ‘not doing everything you could to help the team’ if you didn’t.“Those same substances are illegal today, so by that logic, should every player that took them be disallowed from the Hall of Fame? It would be a hall of empty if that were the case. At some point, the best players of their era have to be enshrined. Period. It’s part of our game’s history.”He is right, of course. It has been preposterous to watch Bonds treated like a career utility player and Clemens like a journeyman middle reliever during the Hall voting of the past decade. There never has been any formal establishment as to which players of their era did (and which did not) take performance-enhancing drugs, which weren’t against the rules of the game. And yet those who achieved the most have been excluded.MORE: Remembering Mark McGwire’s 70-home run season If we could be sure the extended wait for these players is being wielded as a punishment for perceived sins against the game — that, ultimately, they’ll be honored — it might be a tenable position. But McGwire already fell off the ballot after never receiving more than 23.7 percent support of the voters, a tape-measured blast away from the threshold necessary for election. In 2020, Clemens climbed to 61 percent and Bonds to 60.7, not terribly far from making it, but both have only two more shots before they end up in “veterans committee” purgatory.Baseball analyst Ryan Spaeder, who has written for Sporting News and other publications, replied to Bauer’s thread with the statement, “I can tell you, for an absolute fact, that there are players in the Hall of Fame who used PEDs to include steroids, some dating back 40 years.”He chose not to name any names. It doesn’t really matter, though. What is germane to this discussion is who is excluded, not who is included. Bonds, Clemens and McGwire have become symbols of latent outrage. Their exploits were celebrated at the time by many of the same people now blocking their entry to the Hall.last_img read more