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Gang use child to steal purse during distraction robbery at Letterkenny shop

first_imgA shoplifting gang used a small child to carry out an attempted robbery at a Letterkenny store.The group of adults arrived at a store in the town last weekend and caused a distraction at the front of the shop.While staff’s attention was diverted, a small child attempted to steal a purse from the handbag of a staff member. A sum of money was taken from the bag.However, the alert staff member managed to catch the child and the money was recovered.Garda Sgt Charlene Anderson said the incident is a reminder in the run-up to the busy Christmas period that staff must be alert at all times.She suggested that business owners have a secure room in their shop so that staff could secure personal items. “This could be a secure area where staff could secure all their personal belongings.“This is a very busy time of year but these measures could be put in place to help staff who are already very busy,” she said.Gang use child to steal purse during distraction robbery at Letterkenny shop was last modified: December 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ChildGardaihandbagletterkennyrobberylast_img read more

Durban developer’s mobile app scores in Nokia competition

first_imgMatt Cavanaugh’s mobile TapShoot app means no-one’s left out of a group photo. (Image: Matt Cavanaugh)• Matt CavanaughOwner, roguecode+27 (0)74 157 6483 [email protected] Aneshree NaidooMatt Cavanaugh’s TapShoot application allows mobile phone users to take photographs via remote control so that no-one is left out of the picture.A Windows phone developer based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Cavanaugh’s app earned him runner-up status in the Nokia Future/Capture contest, held in Sweden in 2013. The contest is a forum for Windows phone developers to submit their most creative image-related application ideas for phones using the Windows operating system. It attracts developers from around the world.The 2013 event, which took place in Held, Lund, involved 10 teams – six soloists and four pairs – programming for more than 27 hours to produce their applications. Rudi Chen and Shida Li, from the University of Waterloo in Canada, won the contest with their Smart Resizing app, which lets users edit phone pictures without compromising the image quality.Cavanaugh, a mostly self-taught developer, says entry into the competition was secured by having “an awesome idea”.Worldwide mobile usageMobile applications, or apps, are generally easy-to-use software applications that allow phone users to do everyday activities such as banking, sending messages, looking up directions and taking photos and videos. Their popularity is soaring, as mobile usage grows rapidly across the globe. Mobithinking, a research company that provides mobile trend data to marketers, estimates that by the end of 2017, there will be some four billion app users worldwide.Silicon India recently reported that the number of “active cellphones will reach 7.3 billion by 2014”, and in South Africa, according to the 2014 World Wide Worx Mobility report, some 10 million smartphones were sold in 2013. Most apps work on smartphones, but even basic phone apps such as SMS (Short Message Service), or texting, are still hugely popular.Popular apps often solve everyday problems, such as letting users apply for jobs or edit images on their phones. Cavanaugh explains his app to Nokia SA: “If you want to take a photo of yourself [and friends etc.] someone either has to sit out of the photo to take it, or you need to hand your phone to a stranger – neither of which is ideal. So this app is made purely to solve that problem.”The everyday aspect of applications is what attracted Cavanaugh to working in the field: “Being able to create something that people use every day of their lives is pretty cool. It’s like inventing bread – but with less flour.” Through his company, Roguecode, he has developed News24’s MyEdit, which lets readers streamline the information they want to receive from their favourite publications. The application, an aggregator, also learns what its user’s tastes are, to further streamline the content it presents.Cavanaugh says apps “should be beautiful and fast… If something isn’t nice to use, then your hundreds of features probably won’t get touched.”His favourite and most-used apps meet these requirements. “My favourite app would probably be Readit – which is a reddit client,” he says. Reddit aggregates news from users and publishes those stories with the most reader votes. He also regularly uses social media application Twitter, messaging service WhatsApp, and Toshl Finance. “But the app I couldn’t live without is Nokia Camera.”His favourite devices are the Lumia 620, 920, 1020, and 1520, but he’s “torn between the 1020 which has as awesome camera, and the 1520 which has an awesome screen”.App development in South AfricaCavanaugh believes there are some world-class products coming out of South Africa, but that there should be more. “A lot more companies are popping up in Durban doing great work.” Of the Durban programming community, he says: “It isn’t as vibrant or large as I would like, but we’re definitely getting there – so hopefully the laid-back mindset here will start to fade.”Through Roguecode Cavanaugh has “ended up doing a hobby for a living”. Ultimately, he wants to get his applications “into people’s pants [pockets] around the world”. TapShoot is well on its way there; the app is available on the Nokia Collection store category, on all Nokia Lumias, for free as a trial version, or for $1 for the full version.last_img read more

A Puzzling Tour — Cube Root of 39.304 (GCNCMA) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgWhat the geocache owner, NotThePainter, has to say:“I’ve always enjoyed art, especially public art. This cache, and another long archived one, was a way to invite the caching community to go for a small walking tour of the MIT campus and see what public art MIT has to offer to the local community. I was also quite insistent that the cache be wheelchair friendly since my father had great difficulty walking at the time….A puzzle, and a multi, are the only ways to get a cacher to visit more than one spot, or more than one piece of art. Also, at the time, caching was pretty young. Puzzles, back then, were essentially gimmes that took only a few seconds to solve. (First letter of the sign is a 7, that sort of thing) and I wanted to stir up the local caching community. Based on emails and meeting cachers at events I know I was successful at that. Cachers either flocked to my puzzles or, more likely, ignore them, but that’s fine also.I have enjoyed [all the favorite points and positive logs]. I don’t use geocheckers on my puzzles, I prefer interacting directly with the seeker. This puzzle hasn’t had much interaction, since it is all solved on the ground, but I do enjoy helping a cacher work through my puzzles. The Favorite points are nice, but sharing a beer at an event is a far better way to enjoy a cache! I was exceptionally moved to find that a local cacher was secretly battling cancer, and he used to work on hard puzzles, including mine, to take his mind off his therapy during the long train ride from NH to Boston for treatment. Cube Root was one of my two Boston area caches that actually got to find during one trip to the hospital. (And yes, that cacher did eventually beat the cancer!)Photos:Another sculpture you’ll see when solving this puzzle. Photo by foragessAlexander Calder’s “The Big Sail” Photo by geocacher niraDMark di Suvero’s “Aesop’s Fables, II” Photo by geocacher niraD Geocache Name:Cube Root of 39.304 (GCNCMA)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2.5/1Why this is the Geocache of the Week:On March 14, aka Pi Day, you can earn two special souvenirs. One can be gained by attending an event. The other, by finding a Mystery Cache like this one. This Mystery Cache in particular takes you on a tour through the many art installations on and near the MIT campus. Throughout your journey, you’ll have to take a few directional readings and solve some relatively easy math. After you find this one, all you need to do is log an event for the other souvenir—and then, maybe there’s a surprise waiting for you…What geocachers are saying:“Finally! Brewer has been going to MIT for five years now and during that time he has been working to solve this. Patience, grasshopper. Well, sort of… there always seemed to be something that kept him from completing the cache. Today, he took his saved coordinates and went to GZ. His coordinates were within 6 ft. Not bad. So I guess all that time at MIT has helped. He even opened the log book. Seriously, this was a wonderful cache, A favorite in our book!” – Trail Buzzards“Found it! Found it! Catkin is back in her office (on the campus of a fine institution…) doing the happy dance post-find, since that might have proven embarrassing at GZ. Add me to the list of seekers who did not recognize the cache and ignored it a frustratingly large number of times in search of this smiley. Fortunately I came prepared for the field work and the smiley is now mine! Cache container is in great shape, though the log is close to full. Thank you NTP for this engaging, edifying expedition!” – Catkin&Golden“Waaa! Awesome! I finally discovered this brilliant little hide after several fruitless trips to the river (I couldn’t get the sculpture coordinates/bearings right and would wind up with a different GZ every time). What a wonderful cache– everything from the creative hide to the simple adventure-oriented puzzle to the beautiful buildings and sculptures and views. Here, have a favorite point to add to your well-deserved pile!” – Rainbow Crash What’s the most puzzling geocache you’ve ever found? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More Frank Gehry’s “The Stata Center” Photo by geocacher niraD SharePrint Relatedlast_img read more

How CNN’s Facebook Election Tool Spreads Misinformation

first_imgAs election season nears, more and more people are discussing the candidates and their positions online. Facebook and CNN want to be at the center of that conversation – but they have a long way to go if they really want to add to the debate.The two organizations announced Facebook-CNN Election Insights, a real-time tool that shows which candidate Americans are talking about online, sliced into a number of user-configurable demographics. The tool was architected by Mass Relevance under CNN’s guidance. Mass Relevance also provided a curated Twitter tracker during the recent Olympic games.Following on the heels of election-oriented services from Twitter (The Twitter Political Index) and Amazon (the[Amazon Election Heat Map 2012), Facebook-CNN Election Insights may be a noble first step, but it lacks the essential data and context it needs to be truly useful.For Viewers And ReportersCNN sees this as a online resource both for viewers as well as its own reporters. Facebook-CNN Election Insights will be used during CNN broadcasts, including regular segments on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” as well as in CNN.com and CNN Mobile campaign coverage, the news network explained. CNN’s daily “Political Gut Check” newsletter and the U.S. Politics on Facebook page will feature highlights from the tool.“Facebook is naturally a place where friends engage in political discourse, and we’re pleased to announce that the Facebook-CNN Election Insights tool will offer an interactive, real-time glimpse into how and where this conversation is taking place across the country,” said Elliot Schrage, vice president of corporate communications and public policy at Facebook, in a statement.The problem – or perhaps the benefit to CNN – is that the tool is sadly lacking in context. On the CNN site, for example, Election Insights shows that President Obama showed a spike in online conversations mentioning his name around Aug. 25 at 8 AM. But why? Were the mentions positive or negative? In what context was Obama’s name mentioned? None of this is explained, and it’s up to the reader, or the on-air CNN anchor, to explain.In a sense, there’s even less information than the ubiquitous stock-market graphs so common on nightly business reports. Those, at least, display both the relative change as well as the absolute value. The CNN tool reports that 19% more people are talking about Romney “day over day”, and 19% fewer people are talking about Obama. It’s not even clear what that means, given that users can adjust the time periods from 7 days down to the last 12 hours.A Shortage Of Context And TransparencyFacebook data is being used, of course, and it is being pulled and anonymized from Facebook’s entire U.S. member base. We still don’t know actual numbers, however, and any pundit worth his salt would appreciate knowing if Obama’s name is being mentioned 50 million times, or just 5,000.Amber Quist, director of marketing for Mass Relevance, said that her company had “special access” to the Facebook data, but declined to comment on whether or not the company had access to its social graph API. She also wasn’t able to say whether Mass Relevance and the CNN tool taps into all of Facebook’s U.S. users, or just a subset. (Facebook representatives didn’t respond to requests for additional comment.) “It’s capturing the buzz coming across the Facebook platform,” Quist said.Mass Relevance doesn’t provide the kind of detailed sentiment analysis that Radian6 and other competing companies offer. Mass Relevance’s “poor man sentiment analysis,” Quist said, can provide only positive or negative assessments. More to the point, “it’s not incorporated into this experience at all,” she said.The Election As A Big Data ProblemIf there’s one big data problem that users will care about this fall, it’s the election.A ”Facebook election” could radically rewrite democracy with a simple request: in late October, a site message could simply ask the site’s users to “like” either candidate. That poll would most likely be the most comprehensive poll any agency would issue, outside of the election, especially if Facebook was able to provide demographic analysis of which users preferred which candidate. And if Facebook asked its worldwide userbase to participate, global sentiment could be factored in.Until we know more about what data Facebook is providing to CNN, however, Election Insights cannot fulfill its potential. As with any poll, greater transparency equals a corresponding increase in credibility.If Facebook or CNN does provide this transparency, Election Insights could become a useful tool. But without it, this might be the polling equivalent of the ”hologram” CNN used during the 2008 election: something to provoke conversation among viewers, but adding little value to the company’s core mission – delivering relevant news. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#web Related Posts markhachmancenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Senators laud colleague Pacquiao’s win vs Broner

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Still the champ: Manny Pacquiao keeps welterweight title, outpoints Adrien Broner LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao celebrates his win against Adrien Broner in the WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)MANILA, Philippines — Fellow senators have congratulated Manny Pacquiao after his unanimous decision victory over American boxer Adrien Broner on Sunday.READ: Still the champ: Manny Pacquiao keeps welterweight title, outpoints Adrien BronerADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town In a statement moments after the fight, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri hailed Pacquiao’s “superhuman [s]trength and his [s]uper [h]uman [h]eart of [a] true [c]hampion.”“He is a Champion of the ages, winning Championships throughout his two and a half decades of boxing and defying father time,” Zubiri said. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“At age 40 he shows us that nothing is impossible with hard work, dedication and love for God. A true inspiration not only to us Filipinos but to people all over the world,” he added.Meanwhile, Senator Nancy Binay said Pacquiao’s win showed why the boxing champion remains a hero in the hearts of the Filipinos. “Muli, sa panibagong laban na ito, ipinakita sa atin ni Sen. Manny Pacquiao kung bakit nananatili siyang bayani sa puso ng mga kababayan natin,” she said in a separate statement.“His prowess inside the ring is matched by his humility, magnanimity, and genuine love for the people,” she added. Senators Sonny Angara, Joel Villanueva, and Sherwin Gatchalian also hailed their colleague for once again bringing pride to the country through his victory.Meanwhile, opposition Senator Bam Aquino hoped that Pacquiao’s win would serve as an inspiration to Filipinos to overcome life’s challenges.“Saludo kami sa ipinakitang tikas at tapang ng Pambansang Kamao laban sa mas batang katunggali para muling bigyan ng karangalan ang bansa,” Aquino said.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “Magsilbi sanang inspirasyon para sa ating mga Pilipino ang panibagong tagumpay na ito ni Sen. Manny para kayanin ang anumang pagsubok sa buhay,” he added. /je US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View commentslast_img read more

Skeptical Football Manning Redux Ancient History And An Award For Tony Romo

Something marvelous has happened to me. I was transported to the seventh heaven. There sat all the gods assembled. As a special dispensation, I was granted the favor of making a wish. “What do you want?” asked Mercury. … “Choose — but only one thing.” For a moment I was bewildered; then I addressed the gods, saying: “My esteemed contemporaries, I choose one thing — that I may always have the laughter on my side.” Not one of the gods said a word; instead, all of them began to laugh. From that I concluded that my wish was granted and decided that the gods knew how to express themselves with good taste, for it would indeed have been inappropriate to reply solemnly: It is granted to you.— Soren Kierkegaard, Either/Or Part 1There’s nothing more satisfying than to have the Hacker Gods1The non-omnipotent, non-omniscient beings who likely post-selected this universe as the answer to some even bigger question. laugh at you, and that’s pretty much what this past weekend of NFL action entailed. So let’s get right to it.Twitter question of the weekFollowing Peyton Manning’s costly interception with 2:25 left, down 5 points and in Seattle Seahawks territory, I took the opportunity to tweet the “Comeback King” chart from last week’s Skeptical Football column:I intended to gently remind people that Manning far outpaces the field in big comebacks, and that taking risks like the one that led to his interception is likely one of the main reasons why.But then things got crazy. Following a Seattle field goal, Manning got the ball back with less than a minute left, led the Broncos on an 80-yard touchdown drive in 41 seconds, and then scored on a two-point conversion to send the game to overtime. Twitter exploded. High drama, tempers flared, things were said.Even before the Seahawks took the first OT possession down the field for a touchdown, a number of people were questioning Manning’s comeback cred. The chart I tweeted showed that Manning has come back to win 10 of the 41 games in which his team has fallen behind by 15 points or more, which compares favorably to Tom Brady doing the same in five of 25 chances. Several people seemed underwhelmed by this difference, with many pushing back like so:@skepticalsports @ESPNStatsInfo also can be stated as manning 25%, brady 20% of the time. doesn’t seem quite as special that way.— Rich (@Liberty8691) September 21, 2014Some enterprising tweeters also pointed out that Andrew Luck already has three comeback wins in 13 opportunities, good for 23 percent.Granted, Manning’s comeback rate is only a few percentage points higher than Brady’s or Luck’s. But that doesn’t make it any less “special.” With the league average at just 5.6 percent, having 10 comebacks in 41 attempts is way, way more ridiculous and impressive than having five in 25.And those are very carefully calculated “way”s.Microsoft Excel has a function2Some version also exists in R and every other mathematical or statistical package on earth. called binom.dist() that can easily tell you the probability of something happening a certain number of times in a certain number of tries (an issue that, in my experience, comes up about every five minutes in life). It’s probably more useful than a sonic screwdriver.In this case, to find out the odds against each quarterback getting the number of wins he did, assuming they were all exactly as good as the league average,3Note that that this is slightly unfair to Peyton Manning, since he has accounted for about 10 percent of all the 15+ point comebacks in the NFL in the last 14 years, so he’s setting his own comparison level a bit. we plug in the numbers like so:=1/(1-BINOM.DIST([Comeback wins]-1,[Comeback opportunities],[League average comeback rate],TRUE))That spits out odds that lead to this chart:Yes, that’s a logarithmic scale. It needs to be because Manning’s results are that much better.4Here’s what that looks like on a non-log scale:Wowza.Peyton Manning’s 10 comebacks in 41 attempts is over 150 times less likely than Tom Brady’s five comebacks in 25.To put that in perspective: The odds against an average quarterback duplicating Brady’s feat are roughly the same as the odds of a .500 team winning its first six or seven games of the season.5Log 90, base 2 = 6.5. The odds against duplicating Manning’s feat are the equivalent of a .500 team starting the season 14-0.6Log 15,523, base 2 = 13.9.Chart of the weekThe NFL is now down to just three undefeated teams: the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cincinnati Bengals and Patrick Peterson’s Arizona Cardinals.Of these, the Bengals have been the most dominant, winning their three games by an average of nearly 16 points.The Eagles have needed three improbable comebacks (and as my colleague Neil Paine pointed out after Week 2 — and is still true now — they’ve spent most of this season trailing). However, the Eagles were a 10-6 team last year, and teams that start hot are far more likely to be successful if they have a track record.Since 1990 (when the league introduced a salary cap) there have been 72 teams that started 3-0 after winning eight or more games the year before, and 57 have made the playoffs (79 percent). There have been 24 teams that started 3-0 after winning seven or fewer games the year before, and only 12 of them made the playoffs (50 percent).Here are all the teams that have started 3-0 and whether they did or didn’t make the playoffs, arranged by the number of games they won the year before:Indeed, given that a team has started the season 3-0, knowing how many wins it had the season before is about twice as valuable as knowing what its margin of victory was in its first three games of this season (more on this later).While these probably wouldn’t have been the three teams most observers would have picked to start the season 3-0, they’re not really shocking either: The Bengals were 11-5 last year, and both the Cardinals and the Eagles were 10-6. While starting 3-0 certainly isn’t a guarantee of anything, immediate history suggests all three teams should be fine.Rookie QB watchThis was quite a week for rookie QBs! The top four quarterbacks in this year’s draft all saw action.As a reminder, my most basic criteria for evaluating a rookie quarterback’s career prospects (as discussed here, here, and here) are:Starting = GoodTouchdowns = GoodYards = GoodWins = Don’t careInterceptions = Don’t careCompletion percentage = Don’t care (possibly even a negative indicator, all else being equal)Our leaderboard for “best career prospects,” — which, yes, I just invented — is shaken up considerably. It had been basically just draft order until the start of the season, with Derek Carr on top since then, but now …Blake Bortles is on the board, and has re-assumed the No. 1 position. In a loss (which, according to my analysis, doesn’t matter) against Indianapolis, he had two touchdowns (good), 223 yards (good) and has been named the starter for next week (more starts = more good). Importantly, he’s starting early enough that any advantage Carr had in the rankings from his early starts should now be nil. The relationship between the number of rookie starts and career prospects isn’t very linear — the main thing that matters is that a QB starts at least four games; then it’s marginally better for him to start eight, etc.After limited action, Teddy Bridgewater is looking like he’ll start this week as well.Meanwhile, Derek Carr hasn’t really been lighting it up. Carr has only three TDs in three games, and is averaging under 200 yards per game. At this point, the main thing he has going for him is starting earlier than the others, but his stock is slowly dropping because he hasn’t been more productive.But it will take a lot of bad play for Carr to drop behind our favorite underweight QB Johnny Manziel, who is looking less and less likely to get much action as a starter this year. Manziel was in for a nifty-looking trick play, which was called back for a penalty, and was probably illegal anyway. According to my rigorous and proprietary analysis, acting ability is not a statistically significant predictor of a rookie QB’s future success.In case you missed itIf you haven’t read it, you should really click through to my colleague Neil Paine’s article from earlier this week that revisits the Greatest Show on Turf. I particularly liked this line: “The Rams anticipated what statistical analysts would eventually come to learn about football: Teams run when they win; they don’t win when they run.”That’s a causal chiasmus that holds true for so many things about football.Experimental chart of the weekIn Skeptical Football Week 1, we posted a chart showing the percentage of teams with a given record making the playoffs (since updated), and also noted that the odds were considerably different if a team had gone 12-4 or better the previous season. We’re still at a point in this season where the previous year’s results matter a good deal.We can combine each team’s results from this point in the season with its results from the previous season in a regression to see which is more important: what a team has shown over three games this year, or what it showed over 16 games the year prior. Using raw winning percentages or average margin of victory, we can predict wins or margin of victory for the remainder of the current season — which metric we use doesn’t really matter. Here, for the hobbyists at home, are a couple of examples of how to do these calculations yourself:To predict a team’s average margin of victory over its next 13 games, you can take 0.23 times its average margin of victory over the first three games, and then add 0.29 times its average MOV for the previous season.If you don’t have margins of victory to work with, you can predict a team’s winning percentage for the rest of the season like so: Start with a base of 30 percent, then add 0.18 times the first three games’ winning percentage and 0.22 times the team’s winning percentage from the previous year.For the whole set of teams since 1990, the first three games of the current season and the entirety of the previous season are roughly about equally predictive.But if we break the sample down by record, we can see that a disproportionate amount of the predictive work is being done by the 3-0 teams. Here’s a comparison of the previous season’s margin of victory with the percentage of games won over the remaining 13 games, broken down by number of wins after three games:Note that in the red plot there are fewer outliers and the slope of the fit is steeper. (If you look just at 3-0 teams, the previous season’s record is about twice as important as the margin of victory the team put up over the first three games.) Pedigree appears to be even better at separating the contenders from the pretenders than it is at predicting team performance in general.Gunslinger of the weekKudos to previous Gunslinger of the Week awardees Andrew Luck and Matt Ryan, who both took out their aggression on lesser opponents, going off against Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, respectively, for a combined 52 of 63 for 656 yards and four TDs, with no INTs. The same mindset that leads to a game-costing interception today may lead to game-breaking touchdowns tomorrow.But unlike the previous weekend, last week’s gunslinging produced more immediate results. Six quarterbacks won despite throwing interceptions (up from just one the week before). There’s nothing more exciting to me than seeing a QB who is scraping to get back in a game throw an interception, and then come back to win anyway — particularly if it’s a back-breaking pick-6.7I have a special place in my heart for pick-6s.Which is why, in a stunning upset, the Gunslinger of the Week award goes to … Tony Romo. I know, right? I demand a recount! But so it is. Throwing a pick-6 when down 14 and then managing to come back from 21 down to win anyway is just too much to ignore, despite Peyton Manning’s late-game theatrics against Seattle. Romo’s heroics deserve acknowledgement.Despite being one of the gunslingers fans most love to hate, Romo is actually a decent close-game QB. He has won 44 percent of games decided by less than a touchdown — no Brady (64 percent) or Manning (59 percent) to be sure, but better than the likes of Donovan McNabb, Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers, Kurt Warner, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford. Along with Matt Ryan, he’s one of only two players since 1990 to win a game despite throwing five interceptions (in 2007 against Buffalo).Perhaps most interestingly, Romo has much better relative results in games when he throws one interception or more (where he wins 53 percent of the time) than in games where he doesn’t (where he wins 66 percent of the time).Among quarterbacks with at least 40 starts since 2001, that’s the fifth-highest winning percentage in games with an interception (behind Donovan McNabb and Ben Roethlisberger as well as Brady and Manning).Most empirically significant game of Week 4This is a no-brainer for me: It’s the Eagles vs. the 49ers, for at least three reasons:Colin Kaepernick is the most empirically interesting “running QB” to watch, since he doesn’t play for an amazing team like his counterpart up the coast.So far, Kaepernick and Alex Smith have both had their “career” years in the eight games they each played with Randy Moss. The more difficult matchups we see Kaepernick play, the better we understand his true skill, and by extension Moss’s, and by domino effect that of many others.Any time a team wins a lot of close or comeback games, it gets interesting. This year, the Eagles are ground zero for the question of how much skill there is to winning in the NFL, aside from just scoring and allowing points.Also, in a roundabout way, every time I watch the 49ers I feel like I learn something about the Seahawks, and what they’re all about is pretty interesting right now.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum. read more

Is the Military Parade Off

first_img ADC AUTHOR President Trump tweeted Sunday that he will participate in a July 4th “Salute to America” celebration on the National Mall with a “[m]ajor fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!”Business Insider noted there was no mention of a military parade Trump has long wanted but which DOD and D.C. officials have postponed for a variety of reasons such as cost, infrastructure and security. The Mall is typically home to “A Capitol Fourth,” featuring concerts and fireworks.“A Capitol Fourth” 2017. DOD photo by Reese Brownlast_img read more