Plants Do Arithmetic

first_imgFor keeping track of their food stores for the next day, plants perform “sophisticated” arithmetical division.The BBC News reported a discovery by UK scientists that “astonished” them: “Plants have a built-in capacity to do maths, which helps them regulate food reserves at night, research suggests.”  They were “amazed” at this, the article said.Researchers were “amazed” to find out that plants perform arithmetic with chemicals:Overnight, when the plant cannot use energy from sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into sugars and starch, it must regulate its starch reserves to ensure they last until dawn.Experiments by scientists at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, show that to adjust its starch consumption so precisely, the plant must be performing a mathematical calculation – arithmetic division.The inputs to the division are the measures of starch (S) and the biological clock that keeps time (T).If the S molecules stimulate starch breakdown, while the T molecules prevent this from happening, then the rate of starch consumption is set by the ratio of S molecules to T molecules. In other words, S divided by T.“This is the first concrete example in biology of such a sophisticated arithmetic calculation,” said mathematical modeller Prof Martin Howard, of the John Innes Centre.This may be a widespread phenomenon in the living world.  Birds, for instance, might use arithmetic to calculate their food stores for long-distance migrations, or for storing energy when deprived of food while incubating eggs.Another researcher indirectly calls this evidence for design:Commenting on the research, Dr Richard Buggs of Queen Mary, University of London, said: “This is not evidence for plant intelligence. It simply suggests that plants have a mechanism designed to automatically regulate how fast they burn carbohydrates at night. Plants don’t do maths voluntarily and with a purpose in mind like we do.The article did not mention evolution.The comment by Richard Buggs is telling.  For one, it distinguishes humans from plants, by pointing out how we act with purpose and intention (intelligent design).  Second, it points out that plants have design programmed into them to perform the arithmetic.  The implication is that they were programmed much the same way robots are programmed with software.  Plants don’t have to “be” intelligent designers with minds to perform arithmetic on purpose.  They just have to show the marks of design imputed into them.  If the robot is evidence of intelligent design, so is the plant.  Darwinism would add nothing to this science project but a tall tale.Brits should follow American practice of dropping the “s” from maths to math.  Not only is it more grammatical, it’s easier to pronounce. (Visited 76 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Evolutionists Underestimate the Human Brain

first_img(Visited 90 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 To understand human exceptionalism, we will have to first eradicate fake science promulgated by dismissive materialists.Piaget Was WrongA materialist who viewed the brain’s development as an extension of the processes of biological evolution misled psychology for decades. Influential child psychologist Jean Piaget (1896-1980) taught that children were incapable of separating cause from effect. He also taught that children were unaware of the thought processes of others. That was wrong, says psychologist Henrike Moll of the University of Southern California (USC). Writing in The Conversation, Moll says that “Children understand far more about other minds than long believed.” She spends much of her article correcting the fake science Piaget taught.Today, a very different picture of children’s mental development emerges. Psychologists continually reveal new insights into the depth of young children’s knowledge of the world, including their understanding of other minds. Recent studies suggest that even infants are sensitive to others’ perspectives and beliefs.Moll lets Piaget off the hook with the excuse that he lacked the tools available today. She describes experiments done at USC that seem to indicate a more “nuanced” picture of children’s capabilities. “Consequently, the old view of children’s egocentric nature and intellectual weaknesses has increasingly fallen out of favor and become replaced by a more generous position that sees a budding sense not only of the physical world but also of other minds, even in the ‘youngest young.’” she says. It’s hard to see how or why that would have evolved.Busy BrainThe cross-town rivals at UCLA made brain headlines, too. Science Daily reports that the human “Brain is 10 times more active than previously measured.” The branching extensions of neurons in the brain, called dendrites, are not just passive conduits for the activity of the somites.A new UCLA study could change scientists’ understanding of how the brain works — and could lead to new approaches for treating neurological disorders and for developing computers that “think” more like humans….But the UCLA team discovered that dendrites are not just passive conduits. Their research showed that dendrites are electrically active in animals that are moving around freely, generating nearly 10 times more spikes than somas. The finding challenges the long-held belief that spikes in the soma are the primary way in which perception, learning and memory formation occur.In order for computers to think more like humans, look at what they will have to master. The biological brain comes with these skills built in:“We found that dendrites are hybrids that do both analog and digital computations, which are therefore fundamentally different from purely digital computers, but somewhat similar to quantum computers that are analog,” said Mehta, a UCLA professor of physics and astronomy, of neurology and of neurobiology. “A fundamental belief in neuroscience has been that neurons are digital devices. They either generate a spike or not. These results show that the dendrites do not behave purely like a digital device. Dendrites do generate digital, all-or-none spikes, but they also show large analog fluctuations that are not all or none. This is a major departure from what neuroscientists have believed for about 60 years.”Because the dendrites are nearly 100 times larger in volume than the neuronal centers, Mehta said, the large number of dendritic spikes taking place could mean that the brain has more than 100 times the computational capacity than was previously thought.Blind Man’s CompensationAn article on Medical Xpress says that the “Brain ‘rewires’ itself to enhance other senses in blind people.”The brains of those who are born blind make new connections in the absence of visual information, resulting in enhanced, compensatory abilities such as a heightened sense of hearing, smell and touch, as well as cognitive functions (such as memory and language) according to a new study led by Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers. The report, published online today in PLOS One, describes for the first time the combined structural, functional and anatomical changes in the brain evident in those born with blindness that are not present in normally sighted people.“Our results demonstrate that the structural and functional neuroplastic brain changes occurring as a result of early ocular blindness may be more widespread than initially thought,” said lead author Corinna M. Bauer, Ph.D., a scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear and an instructor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. “We observed significant changes not only in the occipital cortex (where vision is processed), but also areas implicated in memory, language processing, and sensory motor functions.”One has to wonder how natural selection would favor such rewiring strategies if survival of the fittest is the goal. Is natural selection favoring a trend toward blindness? If the brain were intelligently designed, on the contrary, it would make sense to have backup systems to let intrinsically valuable human beings cope with all kinds of circumstances.Brain PreparednessLastly, consider how quickly your brain can respond. A news item on Science Daily says that the “Brain networks at rest are ready for action.” Your brain is never really at rest. It maintains hair-trigger readiness, even without the morning cup of coffee.Just as a sprinter’s body and muscles are ready for action as they wait for the starting gun to fire, brain networks at rest appear to be waiting in a state of potentiation to execute even the simplest of behaviors.A profound mystery of the mind is that we can choose to take these tools inside our skulls and keep them sharp, and even enhance them.There’s one thing you can do and should do to maintain your brain for the challenges of life. Your brain is well-equipped for responsiveness, learning, and acquiring knowledge, but it takes a choice to gain wisdom. Solomon said it clearly in Proverbs 3:13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,and the one who gets understanding,14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silverand her profit better than gold.15 She is more precious than jewels,and nothing you desire can compare with her.16 Long life is in her right hand;in her left hand are riches and honor.17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,and all her paths are peace.18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;those who hold her fast are called blessed.19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;by understanding he established the heavens;20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open,and the clouds drop down the dew.21 My son, do not lose sight of these—keep sound wisdom and discretion,22 and they will be life for your souland adornment for your neck.23 Then you will walk on your way securely,and your foot will not stumble.24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid;when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.And what is the starting point for wisdom? “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” he said in 1:7. Notice that it’s only the beginning. It will take a lifetime of fearing the Lord and walking in his ways to really gain wisdom, but even a child can outrun an old fool by following Solomon’s memorable words in 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”last_img read more

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3 arrested in Trans-Arunachal Highway land scam

first_imgAn ambitious highway project in Arunachal Pradesh for ensuring faster access to the China border has been mired in a land compensation controversy.On Tuesday, the Special Investigation Cell of the Frontier State’s police arrested a bureaucrat and two others for their alleged involvement in awarding compensation to fake owners of land acquired for a 30 km stretch of the Trans-Arunachal Highway (TAH).The TAH is an ambitious two-lane highway project covering 1,703 km from Tawang in the north-west to Kanubari in the east. The project, which entails another 848 km as link roads to major towns off the alignment, was conceived in 2008 for ₹10,000 crore.The probe cell’s Superintendent of Police Pranav Tayal said a local court gave police seven days’ custody of the arrested trio – former Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen, the district’s former land revenue and settlement officer Bharat Ligu, and businessman Likha Maj.A forum of landowners along the TAH stretch from Joram to Koloriang in Lower Subansiri district had lodged a complaint against Mr. Lollen and others, accusing them of siphoning off a major chunk of ₹40 crore sanctioned by the Centre as compensation for land acquired for the TAH stretch.The fund was routed through the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation.“The inquiry into allegations of irregularities revealed conspiracy and active connivance of these officers and individuals to misappropriate government money through irregularities in the assessment process, disbursement of excess compensation, and compensation to fake beneficiaries,” Mr. Tayal said.The Centre had released funds for disbursement to the beneficiaries based on a detailed project report that Mr. Lollen had submitted. “A fact-finding committee established huge irregularities,” Mr. Tayal said.The committee headed by Home Commissioner A.C. Verma was constituted by the State government in June.The SIC probe revealed that fake and non-existent people were awarded compensation, and one of the major beneficiaries was Mr. Maj, “thereby implying his collusion and active connivance with officers of the district administration”.Tip of the icebergBengia Tolum, spokesperson of the deprived landowners forum, appreciated the government’s swift action against the “corrupt officials” and hoped three engineers involved in the land compensation would be arrested too.“Besides bureaucrats, officials and businessmen, many top leaders too are involved in this scam involving payment of compensation to people who don’t possess land. While many genuine landowners were not compensated, a few were forced to receive on 20-30% of the evaluated amount,” Mr. Tolum told The Hindu on Wednesday.He cited the example of a landowner named Bengia Tach, who was paid only ₹1.5 million instead of the sanctioned amount of ₹3.4 million.“This scam is just the tip of the iceberg. Another compensation package of ₹188 crore sanctioned for a 100 km stretch from Lower Subansiri to adjoining Kamle district has not been disbursed to the families who are actually affected by the highway project,” Mr. Tolum said, adding the case needs to be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation for fairer probe.One bitten, twice shyComplications with acquisition of land for TAH have apparently made New Delhi wary of similar issues with another mega road project – the East-West Industrial Corridor along the foothills of a strip bordering Assam.The ₹50,000 crore project is envisaged to connect Bhairabkund in West Kameng district and Kanubari in Changlang district.During his visit to Arunachal Pradesh in January, Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari had made it clear that the corridor project would be sanctioned only when land is provided free without any encumbrance.In a meeting earlier this week, the State’s Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein reminded officials that the corridor will be constructed only when people owning land along the alignment to donate land without claiming compensation.“We have to change the compensation mindset if we want development,” Mr. Mein said, asking local legislators and deputy commissioners concerned to create awareness about the importance of the project.T. Basar, the State’s Chief Engineer (Highway) said the proposed corridor was conceived along the foothills as it is one of the richest regions in terms of potential for agriculture, horticulture, fisheries and other cash crop cultivation.“This stretch has the potential for establishing fruit processing and packaging industries besides other units due to the proximity with Assam, where a huge market exists. The corridor will also save people of Arunachal Pradesh 2-3 hours in travel time,” Mr. Basar said.last_img read more

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Columbian makes CJ Perez top PBA rookie pick; No. 2 Parks Jr. goes to Blackwater

first_imgAfter Game 1 rout, Blaze Spikers still got more to give Robert Bolick was selected third overall by NorthPort, giving its star Stanley Pringle a partner to operate with in the backcourt.“Coach [Pido Jarencio] jokingly told me if I wouldn’t die for the team, he’ll do it himself,” Bolick said in Filipino. “I’m thrilled. I know the two of us would gel together well … I’m excited to show my winning mentality.”With the three teams going for their expected choices, the shocker in the first round came when coach Yeng Guiao himself said “Amin na ’to (It’s ours),” before announcing Paul Desiderio as NLEX’s choice, which came from a predraft trade with Phoenix.“I was shocked because I never expected to be selected ahead of Javee (Mocon) and Trevis (Jackson),” Desiderio said. “My goal now is not to disappoint coach Yeng.”The surprises did not stop there as Meralco selected Trevis Jackson out of Sacramento State. The Filipino-American guard represented the Philippines in a 3×3 showcase in China in August along with stints in the PBA D-League.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Mocon, another star from San Beda, landed on Rain or Shine with the sixth pick that was originally held by TNT KaTropa. He was followed at seventh by Abu Tratter, a versatile forward out of La Salle and a former national player.Jesper Ayaay, the other Lyceum product in the draft, was chosen ninth by Alaska, while Michael Calisaan of San Sebastian was snared at No. 10 by Magnolia .Columbian, using a pick from San Miguel Beermen, went for Letran guard JP Calvo at 11th, before Phoenix ended the first-round with Jorey Napoles from Technological Institute of the Philippines.Prior to the event, technical director Eric Castro said the league will put on hold on all trades until the selection process was over.Rain or Shine opened the second round by selecting Paul Varilla of University of the East. Meralco followed by choosing Bong Quinto of Letran, Magnolia gambled on Jeepy Faundo of University of Santo Tomas and NLEX and Alaska chosr Kris Porter and GBoy Babilonia, respectively.Lesser-known Cyrus Tabi of Rizal Technological U went to Columbian as sixth pick in the second round. Adamson duo Robbie Manalang and Harold Ng were both tabbed by Rain or Shine.Phoenix, through picks acquired from trades, also went for FEU guards Ron Dennison and Jojo Trinidad.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After steering Lyceum to two runner-up finishes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Perez promised to bring not only scoring to the team, but also boundless energy.“I’ll bring effort, too,” he said. “I’m ready to give it my all to them … But I also know that I can’t do it all by myself. The winning ways won’t come without the effort.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBlackwater went for Ray Parks Jr., who missed the proceedings due to his commitment with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, which was playing CLS Knights Indonesia in Surabaya at press time, in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).The Elite now aims to follow through with their goal of becoming playoff contenders following a franchise-best showing in the ongoing Governors’ Cup where they lost to finalist Magnolia in the quarterfinals. Archeologists find remains of 227 sacrificed children in Peru PLAY LIST 00:59Archeologists find remains of 227 sacrificed children in Peru01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta02:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netColumbian stuck to its original plan as it picked CJ Perez first overall in the Rookie Draft, making good with its intention to end years of futility in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).The 25-year-old Perez will join a Dyip squad that chalked up only six victories the past season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Food Buzz: Paris Cafe is Kolkata’s rendezvous with French food

first_imgWith its irresistible range of cupcakes and pastries, the quaint Paris Cafe here is a rendezvous with classic French food and culture. It stands for what famed American chef Julia Child had once said about the style of cooking: “In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.”Done up elegantly with gold-hued interiors and lots of lace, the 17-seater boulangerie-patisserie in Ballygunge mirrors the sophistication and grandiose of the Champs Elysees, one of world’s most famous avenues, bang in the middle of Kolkata’s hustle and bustle.And it is not just the warm and stunning art-deco wrought iron furniture, the mirrors and other artefacts that take you to Paris. The salads, crepes, paninis, souffle, pancakes and French pastry aim to show the sweet-loving Kolkata residents some examples of professional French cooking.”French desserts are not overwhelmingly sweet and there is a perfect balance of flavours. A lot of technique goes into making a small cupcake. I wanted to bring the essence of French cooking, a bit of Paris to Kolkata,” entrepreneur-chef Sneha Singhi, the cafe’s owner, told IANS.The lavish menu-du-jour includes macaroons, eclairs (almost the size of a hot-dog), red-velvet cupcakes (the creme de la creme and chef’s favourite), pancakes, a range of breads and Singhi’s own creation, the pretty ‘Dream Come True’, a rainbow cake.Besides these popular items, the chocolate fudge, red-velvet cheesecake, spinach crepe with cheese sauce and pancake with maple sauce and an array of hot and cold beverages have loyal patrons who swear by the quality and freshness.advertisementAn order of pancakes with maple syrup comes with a bit of piped whipped cream dotted with cherries and mint leaves. The fresh zing of mint as it melts with the cream is as impressive as the softness, almost cushiony texture, of the pancakes’ filling.”We ensure the freshest ingredients and some of the quintessential French ingredients are imported from France and Belgium such as the almond flour, chocolate and some variants of sugar,” explained the 23-year-old Singhi.Singhi holds a diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, the world’s premier culinary arts institute, and travels to France each year to learn new segments of French cooking and absorb the evolving Parisian food culture and bring it to the city gastronomes, known for their discerning taste.”Our target was the family crowd and youngsters and we mostly have them. People also reserve it for parties and other occasions. We have had French travellers visiting us as well in the last two-and-a-half years that we have opened,” said Singhi.The savoury broccoli tarts and mushroom crepe prove a point -veggies are not boring.Singhi and her well-trained staff, who greet you with ‘Bonjour’, ensure that even if you order just a cup of coffee, you don’t leave without a bite. A cup of light cappuccino is accompanied with a Madeleine – a buttery sponge cake.For a city that houses iconic food establishments like the Flury’s, the Swiss confectionery and a clutch of modern boutique cafes, does Singhi feel the heat?”No, we are serving quintessential French food cooked in the professional way and hoping people get hooked to the classic French style of cooking and eating where one enjoys the experience with food,” added Singhi, who launched the Paris Cafe casual dining restaurant last year.Bon appetit!last_img read more

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10 Thoughts on TCU’s 44-31 Win Over Oklahoma State

first_imgBOX SCOREWell … I can honestly say I did not see that coming. I’ve been following Oklahoma State for 32+ years, and I was legitimately blindsided by what happened on Saturday. That might sound like foolishness to some of you, but this team had the look through three games. Then on Saturday, it didn’t.Say whatever you want about Tulsa, South Alabama and Pittsburgh, but I watched those games last year. I watched them in 2015. This year’s team looked far, far better than either of those through the non-conference slate. But TCU punched them in the mouth, and a myriad of issues started stacking up faster than Joe’s cups at your college digs.The offensive line went thin, the play-calling got weird, the penalties ran rampant, nobody was open, OSU couldn’t get off the field, the mullet blew this way and that, and poof … there goes the dream season.Here are 10 thoughts on what we watched on Saturday.1. All The TurnoversMike Gundy’s teams are now 1-9 when losing the turnover battle by 3+. You’re just not going to win games when you give teams free possessions. Gundy has been one of the biggest proselytizers of TO margin in the country, and there’s a reason. When your defense is predicated on bending but giving up field goals and also getting picks and fumbles, and you don’t do that, you’re going to lose. And you’re definitely going to lose if you give it away four times on top of that.Two and a half of the turnovers were on Rudolph — not his best game, and in front of Todd McShay no less! — a half of one was on Jalen McCleskey (more on this later), another half was on the offensive line and the last half was on Mike Yurcich. If you want to blame any specific category of egregiousness, the TOs are a pretty good place to start.Also, you can throw the holding on the punt return in the first quarter as half a TO because it gave the ball back to TCU and put another three points on the board against you.2. Where Was the mid-route game?I’m no Thomas Fleming or Adam Lunt, but it seemed like everything OSU ran through the air was either 75 yards or 3 yards. Look at all that space in the middle of the field. I’m fascinated to see one of those guys break down OSU’s playcalling at the beginning of next week.There was a slight adjustment in the second half when Rudolph started tossing those little 12-yard outs to Marcell Ateman, but props to TCU for taking away everything OSU wanted to do in the passing game. And the opposite of props to OSU for adjusting. (In retrospect, this quote might have been a tad premature!)3. Offensive Line DepletionInjuries, they’re part of football. But OSU was without starting RT Zach Crabtree, starting RG Larry Williams, and eventually backup RT Teven Jenkins even got hurt. TCU sacked Rudolph three times, hurried him twice (only because he was scrambling like Mike Vick in his prime) and disrupted pretty much everything OSU tried to do offensively.Playing a football game without half your line (all on the same side) is like trying to eat nuggets with dipping sauce from Chick-fil-A without your hands. You can do it, but it’s going to be messy, and it’s not going to look very pretty.Said it since the start of the season, it doesn’t matter who the QB is or how good the WRs are. OL is the whole show. Can’t block can’t win.— Evan Epstein (@EvanEpstein60) September 23, 20174. They tried to Ride JusticeI really liked what OSU tried to do with Justice Hill. Lots of delayed handoffs, quick pitches up the middle and other sleight of hand. But it also felt like they rode him too hard too early in the game. Also, why not J.D. King? Hill had 25 carries for 102 yards, and I get that he’s your best dude, but Chris Carson feasted on TCU last season, and it felt like King could have done the same.5. On That WR-WR PassPhilosophically, I get it. I talked to Mrs. Pistols (of all people!) about the McCleskey2Stoner pass after the game. She said something like, “well you’re swinging for the fences there … it’s either going to be all glory or it’s going to be what happened.”Unfortunately it was the latter.OK State, what are you doing? pic.twitter.com/xvkP3Lhj2u— Deadspin (@Deadspin) September 23, 2017Here’s the thing: I didn’t hear many people complaining that OSU put freshman Dillon Stoner at QB at the end of the Central Michigan game last year … mostly because it worked. It was the right time for the throwback pass to succeed, too. Rudolph rolling, catch TCU napping, etc.I know it’s incredibly easy to make fun of Yurcich in that specific situation, and it’s probably deserved. But we always always always get on Gundy for OSU being too conservative. Yurcich orchestrates a 4th-quarter comeback that includes a WR-WR pass, and they’d erect a statue of him outside of Eskimo Joe’s.Part of me blames McCleskey (throw it away), and part of me is fine with the whole thing. Maybe that’s stupid of me, and it sure looked like a ridiculous play in the moment, but at least we can’t say he left any plays in the playbook (other than 15-yard throws over the middle)!6. Kenny Hill StinksI’m sorry, I just don’t think he’s very good, although OSU made him look like an All-Big 12 player at times. He throws about one out of every six passes on target and thinks he’s got enough arm to go into double coverage up 10 on the road at the end of the half.OSU did a really poor job of containing him as well as TCU in general on third downs (this is where you come for the top-shelf analysis, I know). The Frogs were 11/19 on third-down conversions ?, and with open space like this, it’s easy to see why. Your defense has to be better than letting Kenny Hill beat you at home.7. Get off the fieldI thought Oklahoma State had a chance to flip the game about three different times in the third and fourth quarters. Every time I thought it, they faced a 3rd and 6 or 3rd and 4 or 3rd and 9, and they could not get themselves off the field. Part of that is because TCU ran 85 plays and OSU was tired, but this defense was supposed to be made up of line changes like a hockey team.It certainly didn’t look the part on Saturday and gave up 3.4 points per drive. Also, TCU didn’t punt until the middle of the 4th quarter.Does Glenn Spencer stink? I don’t think so. OSU has given up 19 first quarter points in its last eight games, and its PPD numbers this year have been spectacular. The pass rush to me has left a lot to be desired, and they didn’t put Trill in enough situations where he could make Trill-like decisions. It all starts with the defensive and offensive lines, and OSU wasn’t good enough in either on Saturday.8. Felt Weird from the startThe entire first quarter had a bizarre feel to it. From the insane punt penalty that somehow gave TCU the ball back (I was told it was because the penalty came before the actual punt) to stopping the game because the refs thought Hill hit the ESPN skycam with one of his passes (that’s how bad of a ball he throws!) to TCU running 29 plays to OSU’s 8, the entire thing felt out of OSU’s control.Part of me wonders if Oklahoma State should stop deferring and just start taking the ball first in these games. Get the rock. Set the tone. Make everybody else adjust to you. Maybe that’s all kinds of revisionist history, but they’ve been intent on scoring on opening drives all year. It never really felt like they had their hands around this game.In fact, halftime felt a lot like halftime of the Texas A&M game in 2011. Unfortunately the second half did not feel even close to the same.9. Breaks to go 12-0TCU fumbled three times, and they recovered all three of them. Kenny Hill was about as ack-rut as a blind man in a field with a shotgun but only one of his passes found the hands of Oklahoma State’s DBs. These are the tiny nuances within the games that affect entire seasons and program trajectories.It takes a looooot of breaks to go 12-0 in a season, and OSU didn’t get many on Saturday (and didn’t help itself when it did). It’s pretty easy to say “fire that dude” or “the refs blew it,” but what if the ball that sat at the middle of the field for 3 seconds when Hill fumbled it had been recovered by OSU? Or what if Gundy shuts down the McCleskey pass? Or what if they get a good kickoff at the very end of the game? Or what if the call at the goal line is reversed?That’s not a TD! pic.twitter.com/uGLV7CkHHf— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 23, 2017So many tiny moments are so affecting. I thought OSU was good enough to overcome those, but maybe I was wrong.10. Looking to the FutureOklahoma State is still a really, really good football team. I’ll believe that until they prove otherwise over an extended period of time.It’s one thing to play your best game and not have the goods. It’s another thing to turn it over four times, incur eight penalties for 80 yards and recover 0/3 fumbles from the other team and still be in it 57 minutes in.Remember 2013 when they lost at WVU and everybody wanted Ben Grogan tarred and feathered? That season should have ended in a Big 12 title. Or how about last year after the Baylor loss? I saw “going back to the Heart of Dallas Bowl” tweets for days. Still played for the Big 12 title.What happened on Saturday is pretty similar to what happened last year against Baylor (in my opinion, from an outsider looking in).This team can do the same thing those two teams did. Will it? Who knows. There are so many variables that go into a special college football season. Injuries are one of them. OSU needs to get healthy and stay healthy. Breaks are another. They’ve gotten a boatload over the past two years, and they didn’t on Saturday.But everything is still out in front of them. I got laughed at last year for telling Carson on a podcast that it felt a little 2013ish after the Baylor game. Run the table, see what happens in December. Laughed at!I think that can happen again. Win ’em all, and you’re Big 12 champs and possibly still in the CFB Playoff. Again, I realize this sounds as preposterous as it did when I said it last year. But this team is built to withstand some adversity. That’s what good programs do, and this is a good program.Contrary to what the good people of Twitter World are telling you, Mike Yurcich does not suck. Mason Rudolph is still elite. OSU still has the best WR in the country. Its defense has to be better, yes, and they need to reorganize themselves on the offensive and defensive lines. There’s a lot to work on.So it’s one at a time now, but that’s how it was always going to be anyway.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Suns win Men’s 50’s final at 2009 X-Blades NTL

first_imgSouthern Suns have beaten Brisbane City Cobras in the final of the Men’s 50’s division at the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League at the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium.The Suns came from behind to beat the Cobras – who were looking for their third successive title – 3 touchdowns to 2.Cobras made it to the final by beating the Sydney Mets 2-1, while the Suns defeated the Scorpions 4 touchdowns to 3.Cobras scored in the first five minutes to take the lead thanks to Don Baartz, but Suns soon retaliated, with Des Naughton leveling the score.Two minutes before half time, the Suns Don Barbaro scored to put the Suns into the lead for the first time in the game, resulting in the Suns going to the break leading 2-1.Paul Dallas was added to the Sun’s touchdown scoring list when he scored six minutes into the second half, to give the Suns a two touchdown lead.But the Cobras weren’t finished yet, with Kev Hickey scoring two minutes later to keep them in the hunt for the title. But the Suns held out in the last 10 minutes to give them their first NTL title in this division.last_img read more

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ESPN Computer’s Prediction For Penn State-Maryland

first_img First road trip of 2019. Let’s ride.#BeatMaryland#WeAre pic.twitter.com/8Xd0ONn9zK— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) September 26, 2019Heading into the game, the Nittany Lions are just 6.5-point favorites. But ESPN is predicting it won’t be that close of a game.ESPN’s computer gives Penn State a 70.9% chance to win on Saturday. As a result, the Terrapins have just a 29.1% to win. While ESPN loves the Nittany Lions in this one, could Saturday’s game be closer than expected?Maryland will be playing in front of its home crowd — it’s expected to be a raucous environment. How will Penn State respond to a feisty crowd?What’s your prediction for Penn State-Maryland? Penn State RB Ricky Slade runs for touchdown against Maryland.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 24: Ricky Slade #4 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes for a touchdown against the Maryland Terrapins during the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on November 24, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)The Big Ten is full of pivotal games this Saturday. Ohio State-Nebraska may be the prime-time matchup. But No. 12 Penn State faces Maryland in a game which carries heavy connotations.The Terrapins are improving each and every season as of late. They outscored their first two opponents by a combined score of 142-20. But then suffered a disappointing 20-17 loss to Temple on Sep. 14. The Owls dominated on the defensive side of the ball and shut down the MD offense.Maryland has had an extra week of preparation for Penn State though due to a bye. Could that extra preparation make a difference?The Nittany Lions have looked tremendous at times, but underwhelming in other various moments. Nonetheless, Penn State is 3-0 and looking for a win in its first Big Ten game of the season.last_img read more

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