Martin Brodeurs Legacy By The Numbers

St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur, who retired Tuesday, is a sure first-ballot Hall of Famer, having backstopped the New Jersey Devils to three Stanley Cups while setting the all-time record for most goaltending victories. He was also arguably the best puck-handling goaltender ever, inspiring subsequent goalies to leave the crease so often the NHL instituted new rules to curtail the activity. In the mainstream view, Brodeur’s legacy will be that of the consummate winner and innovator.Brodeur’s statistical legacy, however, has always been more complicated. Although he excelled in traditional goaltending categories like wins and goals-against average, his career also coincided with the advent of more sophisticated hockey analysis. For instance, Brodeur led the NHL in wins nine times, and finished in the top five on five other occasions — but suddenly it made less sense to credit the goaltender for the entire quality of his team. Brodeur had the second-lowest goals-against average of his era, but that number needed to be adjusted for the quality of his defenders (he faced the league’s second-lowest rate of shots per minute). And all that fancy puck-handling? Turns out it barely matters, if at all.One of the first analytical hockey blogs I can remember was called “Brodeur Is A Fraud.” Clickbait-y title? Sure. But behind it was a crusade for statistical thinking that mirrored the early efforts of sabermetricians in baseball. Brodeur took on outsize importance to the author (eventually revealed to be a Canadian accountant named Philip Myrland) because he was symbolic, a stand-in for all of the players overrated by traditional numbers. Brodeur was the flashpoint where conventional wisdom abutted hockey’s burgeoning analytics movement.So, with the benefit of further statistical advances, where does Brodeur stand? According to Tom Tango’s wins above replacement (WAR) method, Brodeur rates as the fourth-most valuable goalie since 1983-84, when the league officially began tracking save percentage.A lot of that is attributable to Brodeur’s durability. As Cam Charron wrote, Brodeur wasn’t a whole lot better than average at stopping pucks on a per-shot basis, but he did it for an extremely long time. Brodeur has 59.5 career WAR; a completely average goalie would have posted almost exactly half that — 30.0 WAR (which itself would rank 17th since 1984) — if he’d played as much as Brodeur did. By comparison, a league-average net-minder would have just 28 percent of Patrick Roy’s WAR total, and 23 percent of Dominik Hasek’s, if he matched their playing time.This is not necessarily a knock on Brodeur. Perhaps more advanced metrics don’t view him as favorably as his high win total seems to warrant, but they also recognize the long-term value of consistent quality (he was above-average every season but two between 1993-94 and 2009-10) at a position where excellence is so difficult to maintain. read more

Buckeyes take over No 1 mens basketball ranking

The Ohio State men’s basketball team took over the No. 1 ranking in the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches’ and Associated Press Top 25 polls, released this afternoon. Now the Buckeyes (18-0, 5-0 Big Ten) just hope their reign lasts longer than the OSU football team’s did. Off to their best start since beginning the 1961-62 campaign 22-0, the Buckeyes play seven of their next 10 games against ranked opponents. OSU earned 28 of 31 first-place votes in the coaches poll and 49 of 65 top votes in the AP. The OSU football team held the nation’s No. 1 ranking for one week in mid-October before losing at Wisconsin, 31-18, and falling in the polls. Also today, point guard Aaron Craft earned the nod as Big Ten Freshman Player of the Week. Craft scored a career-high 19 points in the Buckeyes’ 69-66 win over Penn State on Saturday. OSU has swept the award through the first 10 weeks of the season, with forward Jared Sullinger winning eight times and forward Deshaun Thomas once. Sullinger is a National Player of the Year candidate, averaging 17.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, both team highs. read more

Ohio State track to honor Jesse Owens in last home meet of

Frequent trips to the trio of recreational facilities on campus with Jesse Owens in the title might have led students to forget the significance behind the man who not only left a legacy at Ohio State, but across the United States and the world. This weekend, the OSU Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams will compete in the Jesse Owens Track Classic, an event that holds a special meaning to the Buckeyes. “This is one of the biggest meets for us,” said senior sprinter Thomas Murdaugh. “It’s something that we all look forward to because it is the Jesse Owens Classic, and to be able to run at the meet dedicated to the greatest athlete of all-time, it’s always a big deal for us.” Owens gained international fame when he became the first American track and field athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympics during the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. The Jesse Owens Award was named after him to honor his career, and is the highest accolade in U.S. track and field, awarded to the year’s best track and field athlete. But before Owens was an Olympic hero and international track and field icon, he was an OSU student. Owens enrolled at OSU in October of 1933 at the age of 20. In addition to track and classes, he worked part-time as a freight elevator operator at the State House to help pay his tuition. OSU did not offer Owens a scholarship. During the 1930’s, the U.S. was in a state of racial tension, and the OSU community was no exception. Owens was not permitted to live on campus with the white students because of his race; he instead resided off campus with several other African-American students. No restaurant along High Street would serve African-Americans, and when Owens traveled with the team, he often had to eat in separate restaurants. Despite facing segregation and setbacks, Owens proved to be one of the greatest athletes in the history of OSU and the world. On May 25, 1935, during the Big Ten Finals in Ann Arbor, Mich., in what some call the greatest single-day performance in athletic history, Owens accomplished in 45 minutes what some athletes never achieve their entire career: three world records and a tie for a fourth. Men’s interim coach Ed Beathea said the Buckeyes strive to exemplify the university Owens once competed for and think the meet named in his honor is important for his team. “I think this weekend … should remind us of how significant Jesse Owens was and his performances were to track and field, to Ohio State and to the country,” Beathea said. “I think you always feel like you want to go out there and make sure you’re prepared to run your best, and that your efforts are everything that you have, so that you’re a good representation of the place where Jesse Owens ran.” Owens’ life off the track consisted of several business and personal ventures, including travels to India, Philippines, Malaysia and The Ivory Coast, where he lead running clinics and promoted economic and political freedoms of the U.S. Owens was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1974, and two years later President Gerald Ford presented Owens with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. government according to OSU archives. Owens died March 31, 1980, at the age of 66. In April 2011, OSU unveiled a statue of Owens at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in honor of achievements. Women’s track and field coach Karen Dennis said Owen’s life can send a message not only to athletes, but to all who are inspired by Owen’s story. “I think that he represents the epitome of greatness in track and field; as a human being, his humanity, his unselfishness and as well as his major accomplishments in his track and field. So we are all inspired by Jesse Owens. For our young people to run in the Jesse Owens relays, I think it gives them an opportunity to remember the challenges that he had, as well as how great he became despite challenges,” Dennis said. “I think that’s what we really have to do in athletics is that we have to continue to do our best, no matter what the challenge is that each of us individually face.” The Jesse Owens Classic will kick off competition Friday in the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 4 p.m. with the women’s javelin and men’s discus. The meet will continue Saturday with events starting at 10:30 a.m. Men’s coach Robert Gary has left the university according to an OSU spokesperson. Beathea will coach the team in his place. read more

Ohio State football ransacks Camp Randall Stadiums house of horrors

MADISON, Wis. – They came, they saw and, yes, they conquered for all of Camp Randall Stadium to see. The dream of a perfect season – Ohio State’s first since 2002 – is still alive after the Buckeyes stonewalled Wisconsin in overtime, 21-14, in Madison, Wis., Saturday. But not without a scare. Wisconsin senior running back Montee Ball, who tied the NCAA record for career-rushing touchdowns, did all he could to ensure that his final exit from Camp Randall was a victorious one. He and the Badgers came awfully close, nearly dashing No. 4 OSU’s hopes of running the table in a year guaranteed to end Nov. 24 against Michigan. NCAA sanctions stemming from 2010’s “Tattoo-Gate” scandal have forfeited the Buckeyes’ prospects at a Big Ten Championship or bowl game. In their place, the vision of a 12-0 campaign became the only tangible spoil to glean from a championship-caliber year with nothing to actually show for it. Against Wisconsin, an undefeated season – a mission that’s seemed possible since a 63-38 statement win against Nebraska – might’ve never been so mired. That, though, is hardly a novel concept – Camp Randall’s long been a graveyard of past summits at perfection for the Buckeyes. In 2010, then-No. 1 and undefeated Buckeyes were rolled, 31-18, in Madison against an inspired Badgers team. Seven years earlier, in 2003, Wisconsin shattered the Buckeyes’ 19-game win streak and toppled the defending national champions, 17-10. This time? Things were different – even against a gritty Wisconsin team determined to salvage its last home tilt of the season. Under the direction of first-year coach Urban Meyer, OSU ransacked Camp Randall’s house of horrors. And redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby said all of Madison got to see. “You just go into someone else’s home, in front of their fans, their moms, their girlfriends, sisters, and we just wanna dominate them,” he said. “I mean, what’s better than that? Going into someone’s house and taking everything they own and they can’t do nothing about it.” To the victors go the spoils, right? It’s a mentality, Roby said, that Meyer preaches. “I mean we pride ourselves on that gladiator mentality,” he said. It seemed to be evident Saturday some 500 miles away from Columbus. While it might be “crazy,” Roby said the Buckeyes play better in foreign venues than in the familiar confines of Ohio Stadium. “I feel like you see that when we play away games. We play way better than we do at home,” he said. “I mean, that’s just the mode this team is on right now, that’s just our thing this year.” Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier said the Buckeyes thrive in places like Camp Randall. “I love playing at Ohio Stadium but I feel that we do almost even better when we’re away and playing in big atmospheres and gladiator-type environments,” said Shazier, who recorded 12 tackles and a forced fumble against the Badgers. And while OSU’s overtime triumph against the Badgers isn’t exactly the Greeks conquering Troy, its resume suggests that Roby and Shazier’s notion has some realness to it. In 2011, a year that saw OSU finish 6-7, the Buckeyes lost four of five road contests to the likes of Miami, Nebraska, Purdue and Michigan. This season, OSU secured wins away from home against Michigan State, Indiana, Penn State and now Wisconsin. The difference? It could be a number of things but, Meyer is arguably the variable that’s turned OSU from road kill into road warriors. “We have a saying, and I just shared it with them,” Meyer said. “A team that refuses to be beat, won’t be beat.” At least so far, that’s been the case for Meyer and the 11-0 Buckeyes. OSU will take its last shot at perfection against Michigan Saturday at noon at the Horseshoe. read more

Di Francesco gives his verdict on Dzeko and Rossi

first_imgEusebio Di Francesco recently revealed Edin Dzeko needs to step up his game and predicted Daniele De Rossi will easily fit in as a Coach.Di Francesco gave his verdict in the recent press conference ahead of their game against SPAL.“We have a very complicated game ahead of us and we mustn’t underestimate SPAL,” he said at a Press conference according to Football Italia.“Lazzari, for example, dribbles more than anyone in this League. They must be treated with caution, but we must play with consistency.“Schick has a little problem, which we’ll assess today. If it doesn’t recover fully, Dzeko will play again.What is wrong with Sampdoria? Taimoor Khan – September 3, 2019 Things just aren’t going the way Sampdoria had planned with the club now having conceded 7 goals in the opening two games of the…“Edin has great power, he just lacks a bit of consistency. I won’t say he disappears from games, but maybe he makes himself less available to his teammates.“That’s all he’s lacking. As for everything else, he’s doing a great job. I hope to have De Rossi and Kolarov back for CSKA.“Pastore will be called up and Luca Pellegrini will play on the left. Perotti injuries? They can create a psychological malaise, but we want him back in his best condition so they stop.“I’m sorry to see it happen because Diego really lives football with love. We’re here to help him.“De Rossi? He’s already a collaborator of mine, he’s very good and I think he’ll become a Coach easily.”last_img read more

UPDATE Pilot In Whittier Area Plane Crash Identified

first_imgAccording to Alaska State Troopers, due to weather in the area the search was hampered, however RCC and Coast Guard Helicopters were able to locate the plane crash and confirmed the sole occupant, Andrews, was deceased. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers have released the identity of the pilot who died in a weekend plane crash near Whittier, on Saturday. Andrews was a student pilot, and left Merrill Field, in Anchorage with Valdez as his intended destination. The Pilot has been positively identified as Brett Andrews, 31, of Anchorage. An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board said Andrews was flying plane number N7061W, heading east around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday when the plane crashed head-on to the side of a mountain about a half a mile south of Whittier at an altitude of 2,000 feet.center_img The Coast Guard’s 17th District Command Center said the center was alerted to “an overdue aircraft in the Portage Glacier area” at 3:38 p.m., Saturday. Photos provided by Alaska State Troopers During the morning hours of May 13, DPS Helo 3 and AMRG responded to the area and successfully recovered Andrews body from the crash site.last_img read more

Black Panther roars with two Grammy Award wins

first_imgThe film’s chart-topping soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album, was nominated for album of the year, and the single All the Stars, by Kendrick Lamar and SZA, was nominated for record of the year, song of the year and best song written for visual media.The soundtrack was produced by Lamar and includes performances by Lamar, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, 2 Chainz and more.Composer Ludwig Göransson was chatting with Variety when he received the news that he’d won the best score soundtrack for visual media award. 9:15 Tags 32 Photos “(Director) Ryan Coogler, what can I say?” Göransson said. “He’s been one of the most incredible artists I’ve ever worked with, and being a part of this phenomena, one of the most important, unique films of all time is so special.”Göransson didn’t get to accept that award onstage, as it wasn’t presented during the televised ceremony, but he did get to make a speech during the show. He helped accept the song of the year award for Childish Gambino’s This Is America, which he co-produced. Gambino did not attend. Post a comment 0 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Congrats Best Rap Performance winner (TIE) – “King’s Dead” @kendricklamar, @jayrock, @1future & @jamesblake AND “Bubblin” @AndersonPaak #GRAMMYs— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 10, 2019center_img How Marvel made ‘Black Panther’ look so amazing Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Black Panther Marvel Here’s how to watch the Grammys at 5 p.m. PT Sunday. TV and Movies You’ll hear the sounds of Wakanda forever. Black Panther won two Grammy Awards Sunday night, one for best rap performance and one for best score soundtrack for visual media.The best rap performance award was actually a tie. The Black Panther song King’s Dead, by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake, shared the award with Bubblin, by Anderson Paak. King’s Dead was also up for best rap song, but that award went to Drake’s God’s Plan. Watch #BlackPanther composer @ludwiggoransson find out he won a Grammy https://t.co/tj5TaL5qXz #Grammys pic.twitter.com/mEbpzejfDn— Variety (@Variety) February 10, 2019 Black Panther is up for six Oscars at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24, including best picture and best original music score. And maybe it’s a good sign that it didn’t claim a certain award Sunday night. According to Billboard, no film whose soundtrack has won album of the year has gone on to win best picture.First published Feb. 11 at 3:05 p.m. PTUpdate, 9 p.m.: Adds best rap performance win.last_img read more

Hungarian folktales on canvas

first_imgA collection of paintings sketched by a handful of students from different schools across the National Capital Region are being showcased at the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre (HICC).The paintings based on folktales from Hungary and being showcased in the art gallery is a compilation of those who won the first three prizes in the on-the-spot children’s painting competition hosted by the centre.The competition held last February was the 36th edition of the contest organised by HICC and was based on the theme Hungarian folktales. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’About 120 students aged between 6 years and 16 years from 11 city-based schools took part in the contest.“We use to conduct this painting competition every year, this time the theme of competition was Hungarian folk tales,” Johanna Balchandani, senior cultural advisor at the centre said. “We had prepared a special book in Hindi based on three Hungarian folktales. We distributed the book among the candidates and told them to draw a picture about any characters, plots or any parts of the story, we left the choice to them,” she said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThree different prizes were given for each category, and one Director’s special prize was given to the best painting among all the different sections.The winners of the children’s painting competition were felicitated by Szilveszter Bus, ambassador of Hungary to India and Subir Roy, Art Executive at Shankar international Children’s painting competition on a function held at Janpath premises of HICC . Roy had himself selected the winners of the competition. The theme of last year’s painting competition was gypsies in Hungary. Meanwhile the present exhibition that began on May 26 is scheduled to continue till August 28.last_img read more

Now world of fitness at your fingertips

first_imgHave you been slogging to lose kilos but to no avail and are looking for a health expert? Welcome to the world of fitness apps, wristbands and online services that are helping people achieve health goals straight from the comfort of their homes.It is estimated that “consumers spent more than $200 billion globally in 2014 on health and fitness services”, according to Woody Scal, chief revenue officer of Fitbit Inc, the global leader in the health and fitness market. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’And the trend is fast catching up with fitness enthusiasts in India. “People aspire to improve their health and fitness. At the same time, high rates of health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and cancer are driving individuals to look for innovative ways to gain a fitter body in India,” Scal told this reporter in an email.But with more and more gyms and fitness centres being opened in cities across the country, do we really need fitness on the go? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Unfortunately, not even 20 per cent of these gyms have certified trainers,” said Sri Lakshmi, a strength and conditioning coach at HealthifyMe, an online website and mobile app that gives access to personal trainers and customised plans.With Fitbit and Jawbone coming to India, most of the global players in fitness wearables are making a beeline to enter the wearable health segment. “A recent Accenture’s Digital Consumer Tech Survey found that Indian consumers were most interested in buying fitness monitors (80 per cent) and smartwatches (76 per cent); so we believe this will be a strong market,” noted Scal on India being a viable market in this category. “Though the Indian market is at a nascent stage as compared to the west, the entry of several brands blended with the advent of wearable technology is making this vertical very promising,” noted Anupam Mathur, head (sales and marketing), Timex Group India. The integration of digital technology with health devices have led to many Indian fitness apps and online startups cropping up. SmartRX, a startup which has established its presence in the US, facilitates remote monitoring and offers real-time audio video interaction with health specialists.“This convergence of digital and healthcare has resulted in wearables that track parameters such as heart rate and movement through built-in sensors that provide insights into the wearer’s health,” emphasised Mathur. Depending on the device, one can track movements, workouts, distance, speeds, calories burned, heart rate, blood pressure, skin temperature and the like.“The winning formula will be when the smartphone starts acting as your personal coach, your personal nutritionist and your personal doctor,” Lakshmi added.last_img read more

Rep Kahle welcomes student Rep for a Day

first_img Summer reading contest winner visits CapitolPHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Bronna Kahle today welcomed Isabelle Brooks, of Adrian, to the state Capitol. Isabelle was selected as the winner of Rep. Kahle’s summer reading contest and was ‘Rep. for a Day.’ Isabelle, a student at Lincoln Elementary School in Hudson, read over 130 books during the summer months. Rep. Kahle worked with several local libraries and organizations over the summer to provide a reading contest designed to encourage students to read throughout their summer break. 05Oct Rep. Kahle welcomes student ‘Rep for a Day’ Categories: Kahle News,Kahle Photoslast_img read more