DDTV: SILLY OR SMART – IS THIS DONEGAL LAD REALLY SO BAD AT GENERAL KNOWLEDGE?

first_imgDDTV: A video of a young Donegal man attempting to answer some routine general knowledge questions has gone viral!Well-known former Letterkenny Rovers player Kieran MacPherson delivers some hilarious answers to what many would deem rather easy general knowledge questions. Questions like what is the capital of the USA and who the president of Ireland are easy right?Well maybe not or is MacPherson just being silly or smart?To hear MacPherson’s hilarious answers simply click play on the video above to enjoy.DDTV: SILLY OR SMART – IS THIS DONEGAL LAD REALLY SO BAD AT GENERAL KNOWLEDGE? was last modified: May 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVHilariousnewsvideoVirallast_img read more

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Creationism Won’t Die

first_imgTo ardent evolutionists, creationism should have died a long time ago.  Some of them are confounded, if not dumbfounded, that they cannot get rid of it.  They think (many of them) that the Dover case in Pennsylvania should have settled the issue once for all.  Well, it didn’t.  It keeps coming back like a cat that, according to New Scientist, “lives on in US public schools.”    Reporter John Farrell puts most of the blame on the Discovery Institute, which has not been idle, he said.  According to Barbara Forrest, philosopher and long-time activist opposing Discovery, “Louisiana is the only state to pass a state education bill based on the Discovery Institute’s template,”  a policy which Farrell says “prevents Louisiana school boards from stopping schools using supplementary creationist texts hostile to evolution, such as books published by the Discovery Institute” (see loaded words).    Both Forrest and Farrell conflated creationism with intelligent design (a common Darwinist tactic), contrary to the Discovery Institute’s stated positions which distinguish intelligent design from religious beliefs that rely on sacred texts.    Forrest is alarmed that stronger measures are at work in Louisiana to allow students more access to creationist material, “with no outcry from the media or from the scientific community,” she complained.  Farrell ended by quoting the lead attorney for Dover commenting on the impact of the ruling that was limited to Dover county’s school board.  “If we’d lost, intelligent design would be all over the place now,” Eric Rothschild worried.    Popular and controversial TV commentator Glenn Beck touched on the issue on the campaign speech trail, according to World Net Daily, linking evolution to progressive politics.  “If God didn’t create, if things evolve, then your rights evolve.  You’re not endowed by your Creator,” he said.  “Just like you go from a monkey to a man, you go from simple rights to higher rights and somebody has to take those rights and give them to you and take them away or change them.  This is again the evolutionary thinking of progressivism.”  To him, that’s why “The left must have evolution.” (cf. 10/14/2010.)    Speaking of a Creator, Barack Obama has famously omitted that word twice now in speeches quoting the Declaration of Independence, a slip duly noted by Beck’s news site, The Blaze.  Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, in damage-control mode (see video at World Net Daily), quickly said that “I can assure you the president believes in the Declaration of Independence.”   Whether that response controlled the damage rests on whether the public realizes that the issue was not belief in the Declaration of Independence, but in a Creator who endows mankind with rights.  And if a third slip removes all doubt, WND just reported this evening that Obama has for the third time omitted the reference to a Creator in a speech quoting the famous Jefferson line two days ago.  He did say all men are “created equal,” but then said they “are endowed … with certain inalienable [sic] rights” (see US History.org) failing to make it clear the Creator is the source of those rights.    Meanwhile, over at Evolution News & Views Michael Egnor, M.D., is recovering from a near-choking incident after hearing atheist P.Z. Myers say, “you don’t get to use the influence of government to help promote your cult.”  Catching his breath again, Egnor responded in his blog entry, arguing that the shoe belongs on Myers’ foot.  “The deep irony in Myers’ comment is that atheists have used the First Amendment itself, which they mischaracterize as demanding ‘a wall of separation between church and state,’ to promote their cult in public schools,” he said.  “In the atheist creed, questions about Darwinian weaknesses, let alone inferences to design in biology, comprise a heretic ‘church,’ and any challenges or even critical questions about Darwinism must be expunged from school curricula.”  Atheists have misused the First Amendment, “which was intended to prohibit government enforcement of orthodoxy and to protect free inquiry,” to bludgeon anyone who disagrees with them.  “And so the atheist cult survives, skimming new recruits from a public school system in which children are harnessed to a dozen years of indoctrination in atheism’s creation myth.”    Neither Dover, Louisiana, or any of the other school board cases in recent years have involved trying to teach religious creationism.  The whole point about Dover was to allow students to hear a short message that other material supporting intelligent design was available in case they were interested.  Darwinism was the only view taught in the curriculum.  The Discovery Institute does not even support that approach – they only want Darwinism to be taught honestly, with critical thinking, as any scientific theory ought to be taught.    It must also be remembered that some of the most controversial court cases over the years were won or lost by the narrowest of margins, or were overturned on appeal.  Darwinist control on education hangs on for dear life against a strong majority of Americans who feel that if arguments for Darwinism are taught, then the arguments against it should also be taught.Judge Jones at Dover thought he had his finger safely in the dike, but don’t be so sure.  A tremendous amount of pressure has been building behind it – scientific evidence that Darwinism cannot withstand (e.g., 10/07/2010), and evidence the dike is cracking (10/19/2010, 10/03/2010).  Rothschild said that without that one victory in Dover (which only applied locally), intelligent design would be everywhere now.  That gives hope that one finger in their dike cannot stop all the leaks threatening to burst everywhere.    When the artificial moat protecting the Darwin Castle goes, and people are free to see the foundation of quicksand and termites everywhere, there will be revulsion and astonishment at how King Charles with his imperial robes was able to put on airs for so long.  Darwinism cannot survive in free and open debate.  That’s why the Darwiniacs and other leftists (10/14/2010) ratchet up the rhetoric as they scream in pain at fingers about to turn blue.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Burning Plants Tell Seeds When to Germinate

first_img(Visited 498 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Forest fire ash is not all useless.  It contains signaling molecules that can switch on the next generation of plants.How is it that in the spring following a forest fire, the ground comes alive with a profusion of new seedlings?  How do the seeds, which may have lain dormant in the soil for years, know that the ground has been cleared, providing opportunities for a new generation of growth?An open-access paper in PNAS describes how a molecule in the ash of plants after a forest fire turns on growth in dormant seeds.  According to the paper, “Germination-stimulating compounds, generated in the smoke of burning plants, include a seed dormancy–breaking compound” called karrikin-1.  The scientists studied what this molecule does to a seed.  Inside the seed is a protein, KAI2, that has a receptor for karrikin-1.  When the key fits the lock, the protein changes shape, switching on a message cascade that tells the side to prepare for sprouting.A Salk Institute press release,”Smoke signals: How burning plants tell seeds to rise from the ashes,” summarizes the findings:“This is a very important and fundamental process of ecosystem renewal around the planet that we really didn’t understand,” says co-senior investigator Joseph P. Noel, professor and director of Salk’s Jack H. Skirball Center for Chemical Biology and Proteomics. “Now we know the molecular triggers for how it occurs.”Noel’s co-senior investigator on the project, Joanne Chory, professor and director of Salk’s Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory, says the team found the molecular “wake-up call” for burned forests. “What we discovered,” she says, “is how a dying plant generates a chemical message for the next generation, telling dormant seeds it’s time to sprout.“The original paper didn’t say anything about how evolution produced this signaling system, but the press release took a stab at it:“In plants, one member of this family of enzymes has been recruited somehow through natural selection to bind to this molecule in smoke and ash and generate this signal,” says Noel, holder of Salk’s Arthur and Julie Woodrow Chair and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. “KAI2 likely evolved when plant ecosystems started to flourish on the terrestrial earth and fire became a very important part of ecosystems to free up nutrients locked up in dying and dead plants.”The researchers never explained how this recruitment “likely evolved.”  It was just “somehow.”Another article on Live Science about plant ecology states that aerosols produced by plants can modulate global climate.  “Plants release gases such as water vapor and oxygen; these combine with the aerosols released from plants to form larger airborne particles that reflect sunlight and form cloud droplets.”  The pleasing scent of a forest comes from these aerosols.The Salk press release provides a good example of how evolution pretends to be scientific while only gesticulating (hand-waving) in fantasyland.  The science about karrikins and KAI2 has nothing to do with evolution; it’s just good old observational, reproducible experimentation.  The evolution stuff was just tacked on at the end.  But look at it!  An enzyme has been “recruited somehow through natural selection,” we are told.  OK, how?  “Somehow.”  It just evolved.  How do you know it evolved?  It “likely evolved.”  Is this somehow likely?  No; it’s not even likely somehow. Proteins and enzymes are highly complicated living machines that defy origin by chance (see online book).But even if in someone’s wildest imagination KAI2 “emerged” somehow, unlikely as it is, getting it to do anything requires a whole system of other proteins, enzymes and genes to interact with it for a functional purpose.  When these scientists asserted it is “somehow…likely” that natural selection (an aimless, purposeless process) accomplished this without meaning to, they did BAD (Bald Assertion of Darwinism).  They abandoned all pretense of science.  They are just gesticulating, speculating, confabulating, somnabulating, absquatulating out of their own imaginations, where miracles of emergence happen when they wish upon a star.Everyone, therefore—even Darwinians—believes in miracles and the supernatural.  Some can defend their beliefs with reason and evidence.  Others, like these Darwin addicts, just blow smoke and hot air.last_img read more

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LOOK: The best volleyball players of UAAP Season 81 feted

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Your MVP, @Rondina011 #UAAPSeason81 | @BLozadaINQ pic.twitter.com/pbrzcz69Oj— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 15, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Rondina accepted the MVP and 2nd Best Outside Hitter after leading the Golden Tigresses to a second-best 10-4 record in the eliminations and their first championship appearance since 2011. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP The top players of #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/9W3BbmEKoD— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) May 15, 2019Here are the rest of the winners in the women’s division:Roselyn Doria, 1st Best Middle BlockerMaddie Madayag, 2nd Best Middle BlockerbLai Bendong, Best SetterKat Tolentino, Best Opposite HitterPrincess Robles, Best ServerIn the men’s side of things, Bryan Bagunas was a triple winner taking home the MVP, 2nd Best Outside Hitter, and Best Server.Here are the men’s division awardees:Jude Garcia, 2nd Best Outside HitterJohn Paul Bugaoan, 1st Best Middle BlockerChumason Celestine Njigha, 2nd Best Middle BlockerLawrence Magadia, Best SetterJames Natividad, Best Opposite HitterManuel Sumaguid, Best LiberoAngelo Almendras, Rookie of the Year Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments MOST READ Awardees of UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas’ star duo of Cherry Rondina and Eya Laure officially accepted their individual awards in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: UST pride: Cherry Rondina is UAAP Season 81 MVP, Eya Laure is top RookieADVERTISEMENT Sherpa climber scales Mount Everest for record 23rd timecenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Sisi thanks everyone who helped her throughout #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/C6dKFwN9FR— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) May 15, 2019Laure was named the Rookie of the Year and 1st Best Outside Hitter.The awarding took place before Game 2 of the best-of-three showdown between the Tigresses and Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Indian women thrash Sri Lanka by 107 runs in first ODI

first_imgIndian women produced an all-round performance to outclass Sri Lanka by 107 runs in the first One-Day International (ODI) match at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium here on Monday.Batting first India posted 245/6 in 50 overs, thanks to half-centuries from Smriti Mandhana (55) and Harmanpreet Kaur (50).In reply, the visitors suffered a severe batting collapse as they were bundled out for 138 in 45.2 overs.Poonam Yadav (4-22), Deepti Sharma (2-20) and Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2-32) were the pick of the bowlers for the home side.Chasing a challenging target of 246, Sri Lanka lost opener Chamari Atapattu in the second over itself.From there on Prasadani Weerakkody (69) and Lasanthi Madushani (15) held on to score at a slow rate but failed to build a big partnership. The second wicket fell in the 15th over.Soon after, Oshadi Ranasinghe (12) and Eshani Lokusuriyage (15) fell in quick succession to have the visitors in a spot of bother at 122/4 in the 36th over.Sri Lanka then collapsed from 122 for 4 to 138 all out.Earlier, India made the most of their batting strength, piling on runs in power plays at a healthy rate to post a commendable total.Beside half-centurions Smriti and Harmanpreet, captain Mithali (49) missed her 40th One-Day half century by just one run.For Sri Lanka, Udeshika Prabodhani and Shashikala Siriwardene claimed two wickets each.Brief Scores: India women 245/6 in 50 overs (Smriti Mandhana 55, Harmanpreet Kaur 50; Shashikala Siriwardene 2-31, Udeshika Prabodhani 2-38) vs Sri Lanka 138 in 45.2 overs (Prasadani Weerakkody 69; Poonam Yadav 4-22, Deepti Sharma 2-20, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 2-32)last_img read more

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PSG troll fans with ‘fake’ Mbappe announcement

first_imgTransfers PSG troll fans with ‘fake’ Mbappe announcement 19:19 8/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe Monaco Getty Images Transfers PSG Kylian Mbappé Monaco Ligue 1 The teenage forward is reportedly set to sign for the Parisiens in an €180 million deal, but the Ligue 1 giants are not ready to announce it just yet Though Paris Saint-Germain have already made a splash this summer with the world-record signing of Neymar, it seems they are not finished yet.Widespread reports suggest a deal has been reached with Monaco that will see Kylian Mbappe join the Parisiens on loan before completing a permanent €180 million next summer.With fans around the world waiting expectantly for the announcement of the deal, PSG – along with defender Thomas Meunier – decided to play a trick on their Twitter followers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Meunier hinted that he knew an announcement would be made at 12:30 CET and, following a public conversation with the club, he revealed that it would involve a player whose name begins with ‘M’.Je pense en avoir un… J’ai des contacts sur le plateau de @lequipedusoir . Premier indice: lettre M. Suis-je juste?— Thomas Meunier (@ThomMills) August 28, 2017That sent supporters into a frenzy as they prepared for what they thought would be confirmation of the Mbappe deal, only to be disappointed.In an expert piece of trolling, PSG and Meunier both instead tweeted out birthday wishes to midfielder Thiago Motta, who turned 35 on Monday.Thiago Motta fête aujourd’hui ses ans !Happy birthday ! pic.twitter.com/Xo2NspkBVU— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) August 28, 2017Mbappe, meanwhile, took to his own social media accounts to confirm he has joined up with the France squad ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Netherlands and Luxembourg.Clairefontaine @equipedefrance pic.twitter.com/Yejsfih4B6— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) August 28, 2017France boss Didier Deschamps last week suggested that he would not be allowing his players to complete any transfers once they arrived at Clairefontaine, leading many to believe Mbappe’s future has now been decided one way or another.last_img read more

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10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock demands Tottenham stay at Wembley for Premier League integrity

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock demands Tottenham stay at Wembley for Premier League integrityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock says Tottenham should be forced to play the season at Wembley.Warnock, whose Cardiff side lost to Tottenham in Wales on Tuesday having also been beaten by them at Wembley, believes it could hand his relegation rivals an advantage if they face Spurs at their new stadium.He said: “They have made so many cock-ups now with the timing the Premier League should enforce it that they play at Wembley for the rest of the season. “There should not be any chance of an advantage for our opponents really. It’s not our fault – we should have been playing Tottenham at their new stadium ourselves.”So I think the Premier League should step in now and make them stay at Wembley for the rest of the season. “They shouldn’t be able to play at their new stadium for six weeks or whatever it is. “It undermines the integrity of the competition.” last_img read more

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The Falcons Are In Trouble But The Saints Might Be Back

TEN68TEN74TEN 12, CLE 9+1.2– NE68NE60ATL 7, NE 23-8.8– RKTEAMSEASONPOINTS PER GAMESEASONPOINTS PER GAMEDIFF.YEAR 2 RECORD The Falcons’ offensive decline is on track to be historicLargest changes in points per game between seasons, since 1970 * Through first six gamesSource: ESPN STATS & INFO IND55JAX58JAX 27, IND 0+10.8– ARI53LAR55ARI 0, LAR 33+5.1– PHI69PHI69WSH 24, PHI 34-2.9– 2Buffalo197530.0197617.5-12.52-12 According to ESPN Stats & Info, only one team has suffered a worse offensive drop-off — another version of the Falcons, back in 1973 — and only two other teams have undergone a similar decline in offensive potency in the past 40 years: the 2015 Dallas Cowboys and the 2011 Indianapolis Colts, both of which scored a dozen fewer points per game than they had the year prior. Those two teams had something in common: The Colts (2-14) lost franchise quarterback Peyton Manning for the entire year when he was forced to have (another) neck surgery prior to the start of season. Likewise, the 2015 Cowboys (4-12) suffered their worst season since 1989, mostly due to multiple severe injuries to their signal caller, Tony Romo, who started just four games. But while those teams spent the majority of the year toiling under the likes of Curtis Painter and Brandon Weeden, the Falcons have no such excuse. (It should be noted that the 2011 Colts would earn the right to draft Andrew Luck No.1, while the poor showing of the 2015 Cowboys paved the way to the team picking Ezekiel Elliott — but the Falcons aren’t in that much trouble yet.)The NFL is unforgiving, and every team’s misfortune creates an opportunity for someone else. Atlanta and Carolina’s inconsistencies this year have allowed a familiar division foe to become relevant again: the New Orleans Saints. After a spell of mediocrity that saw the Saints finish with a 7-9 record in each of the past three seasons, Sean Payton’s team appear to be on the rise, for now. The Saints have climbed to sixth in our NFL Rankings, with an Elo rating of 1589.1Elo is a metric that estimates each team’s skill level using only the final scores and locations of each game. An Elo rating of roughly 1500 is considered average. At 4-2 and atop the NFC South, the Saints now have a 73 percent chance of making the playoffs and a 56 percent chance of winning the division — both of which are the best chances New Orleans has seen this season.We wrote at the start of the season that the Saints’ lack of success was not the fault of quarterback Drew Brees; if he benefited from even average defense — New Orleans ranked 28th, 32nd and 31st in points allowed per game from 2014 through 2016 — the team could likely get back to winning games. And lo and behold, that appears to be exactly what’s happening so far this season. New Orleans’ defense is hardly one of the best, but because it has improved to being simply OK — it ranks 16th in points allowed per game this year — Brees and the offense have had more room to breathe.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersThough the readers registered a net loss of 14.2 points in Week 7 of our NFL prediction game — in which we invite readers to try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — they tied for their most successful week to date this season. The biggest net win of the week for readers, which also happens to be readers’ biggest net win of the season so far, came in the Saints’ 26-17 win on the road over the Packers. The readers took advantage of Elo’s inability to account for teams’ injuries in its predictions and selected a surging Saints team over an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers team, gaining 20.4 points over Elo on that game.The other double-digit net win for the readers came in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ shutout victory over the Indianapolis Colts. That means the Jaguars continued to haunt Elo for another week: Our algorithm now has a 1-6 record when predicting the outcome of games involving the Jags (that’ll teach us for joking about Jacksonville every week).It’s not too late to try your luck against Elo, so make sure you make your Week 8 predictions. DEN55DEN58DEN 0, LAC 21-5.7– SEA54SEA64SEA 24, NYG 7+6.1– CAR61CAR67CAR 3, CHI 17-9.7– MIA65MIA57NYJ 28, MIA 31-9.0– MIN68MIN66BAL 16, MIN 24-3.6– 2Atlanta*201633.8201721.3-12.5? 4Indianapolis201027.2201115.2-12.02-14 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.RESULTREADERS’ NET PTS 1Atlanta197322.719747.9-14.83-11 KC67KC70KC 30, OAK 31-6.7– GB63%NO60%NO 26, GB 17+20.4– PIT72PIT70CIN 14, PIT 29-3.4– DAL73DAL74DAL 40, SF 10-1.7– BUF67BUF61TB 27, BUF 30-6.3– 4Dallas201429.2201517.2-12.04-12 Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 7Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 7 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION The NFC South has sent a team to each of the past two Super Bowls, making it one of the NFL’s most successful divisions by this metric. The Carolina Panthers — who lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 — followed up by winning just six games the next season and falling well short of making the playoffs. After losing in historic fashion to the New England Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons are in danger of turning in a similarly lackluster post-Super Bowl season. The Falcons now have a 47 percent chance of making the playoffs, the lowest that number has been so far this season, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Predictions.It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what has gone wrong for the Falcons this season. While Atlanta’s defense has improved from last year — 22 points allowed per game through six games this season compared with 25.4 points per game for the whole of last season — someone needs to issue an APB for the team’s offense. Because Matt Ryan’s MVP season last year was so good — the Falcons ranked in the top two on offense last year for points and total yards — anything short of another spectacular offensive season would be a setback. Part of the problem has been Ryan’s inability to connect with his receivers on deep throws: In 2016, Ryan completed an NFL-best 57 percent of throws that went 15+ yards downfield, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group, but that has dropped to 37 percent in 2017. This year’s offense still ranks seventh in total yards per game, but the drop-off in points per game has been historic. read more

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Womens volleyball opens Big Ten play against No 17 Minnesota

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team huddle up before a match against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is set to kick off Big Ten competition against a ranked opponent on the road.OSU (9-3) is scheduled to play No. 17 Minnesota (10-1) Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Minneapolis.While the Buckeyes have won nine of their last 10 games, they are set to face more competitive teams than they have so far this season, starting with the Golden Gophers, who made it to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball quarterfinals last December.Last season’s success in the tournament aside, OSU senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said Minnesota is always difficult, especially when trying to attack.“Minnesota has always been physical,” Winner said. “They play all right defense. I would say their blocking is really well, they’re big girls so they know how to defend well.”The Golden Gophers have won nine straight matches, including three sweeps at the Toledo Tournament held over the weekend. The team’s only loss of the season came in its second match, against Louisville on Aug. 30.Senior setter Taylor Sherwin said OSU has to be more prepared for the Golden Gophers than other opponents.“Getting used to the physicality (and) how much more physical the girls will be,” Sherwin said. “We’ve played a lot of great (non-conference teams), but Big Ten, it’s the best of the best.”Of the six Big Ten teams in the American Volleyball Coaches Association top 25 poll, Minnesota is ranked the lowest, but still holds a higher-rating than the unranked Buckeyes.Freshman defensive specialist Kalisha Goree — who is set to be taking part in the first Big Ten action of her OSU career against the Golden Gophers — said the Buckeyes have to take their performance to a new level for conference play.“This is Big Ten now, so we’ve gotta step up our play,” Goree said.Goree added that if called upon during the match, she hopes her passing and defense will help the Buckeyes to an upset victory.The Buckeyes’ next game is scheduled for Sunday against No. 5 Wisconsin (9-1). The Badgers finished as runners-up in last year’s NCAA Tournament. That match is scheduled for 2 p.m. read more

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Football Moving past the loss to Iowa and more from Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer watches a Buckeye offensive possession from the sideline in the third quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 24-55. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe mood in the postgame press conference room following No. 6 Ohio State’s 55-24 loss to Iowa last Saturday was noticeably down. Head coach Urban Meyer and the two players — center Billy Price and defensive end Tyquan Lewis — were both clearly emotional about the loss they suffered that could prove to be the loss that wipes out its playoff hopes.Meyer spoke on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday about what he said to the team after the game as he attempted to keep the morale up in the locker room. The message to the whole team — players and coaches alike — was simple. “Move forward,” Meyer said. “We have great trust, great confidence. I just had that discussion with our staff yesterday where we gave up an incredible amount of rushing yards and the week before we shut down Saquon Barkley, arguably the best back in the league or in the country. And then J.T. was 13-for-13 or 16-for-16, or whatever it was, and then it’s athletics and you’ve got to rebound and put that one behind you, which is hard, but you’ve got to move forward.”Meyer said his team knows what is at stake in the upcoming matchup against Michigan State and that the team still has plenty left for which to play.“They understand, they’re a very smart team, understand what’s at stake,” Meyer said. “Come back home and play against the other team that’s tied with us for first place. I’ll know more today, obviously we haven’t seen them yet. These meetings start here in a few minutes.”Here are some more topics he discussed Tuesday.Meyer on Michigan State’s improved season: “Their quarterback’s really starting to play well. Threw for 800 yards the last two games. Defense, they’re No. 1 in the league in rush defense. Playing typical Michigan State, very good defense. So they’ve just got some momentum right now.”Meyer on the linebackers’ performance this season: “This past week was not good at all. To this point, they’ve been playing very solid, at times very good. Especially when you have some new guys in there. Jerome Baker is really the only returning starter. At times, they’ve played very well. And like the week before, they played very, very well. And this week we did not.”Meyer on balancing quarterback and tailback rush attempts: “A lot of those are, when you run the read game, they’re a couple defenses that really tried to take the tailback out of the game. So we’ve been working on that hard this week.”Meyer on whether the inconsistent play is the result of a lack of leadership: “No I think this is one of the better groups that I’ve had. It’s perplexing at times because I know they care so much. The two ejections, one was a mistake by the official and one was in the heat of the moment, there wasn’t a purpose or intent to it.”Meyer on safety Damon Webb’s career and 2017 season: “A very good career. Obviously it remains to be seen how he plays these last few games out, but he’s a very good player for us. Good person … He’s done a pretty good job [this season]. Obviously, the taste in your mouth from last weekend was not good, but before that he’s been playing pretty good.” read more

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