Frosty feelings: Browns fans protest 0-16 season with parade

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Julius Erving released from hospital Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone This was a day for fans to express frustration at their football team, and most of the anger was aimed at the Haslams, who bought the team in 2012 but have been unable to produce the winner they’ve promised.One fan held a sign that read: “Jimmy and Dee Go Jump in the Lake.” Another carried by a fan dressed as a bishop said: “Deliver us from Jimmy and Dee.”The biting cold may have deterred some fans from attending, but it did nothing to curb Cleveland’s creativity or sarcasm.Prompted by a fan with a bullhorn, one group of marchers chanted, “What do we want? Watchable football. When do we want it? Now.” There were floats, a few of them with obscene themes, fans wearing paper bags on their heads, and a Big Bird wearing Johnny Manziel’s jersey. A band played John Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good,” a song that underscores the pain and passion Browns fans feel for a team whose glory days are long gone.For Chris McNeil, the day was a triumph for Cleveland.A season-ticket holder, McNeil became the event’s unintended organizer — and a pariah to some — when his sarcastic post on Twitter last season that the winless Browns “deserve a parade” spawned a revolt by some Cleveland fans.McNeil endured severe backlash by fans who felt he was only embarrassing a city that has taken its share of shots over the years.“No fights, no violence,” he said as the parade unfolded. “I didn’t have to wear a flak jacket, none of that would reflect badly upon us. I don’t think anybody’s looking at this thing and going, ‘look at these idiot Clevelanders who are celebrating 0-16’. I don’t think that’s the message. This is a clear message to those people (the Haslams) inside the building. That’s who we were looking for.”For obvious reasons, none of Cleveland’s players attended the event.However, defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah posted a message on Twitter critical of anyone who went. MOST READ Thousands of disgruntled Cleveland fans, some of them calling for owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam to sell the franchise or jump in Lake Erie, paraded once around the team’s stadium in frigid conditions Saturday following a historic 0-16 season.It was a protest and it was a party as fans showed their outrage and creativity following a season many would gladly forget.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDespite wind chills below zero, fans lined the street around FirstEnergy Stadium, which has been dubbed the “Factory of Sadness” in recent years, to cheer as 80 vehicles, a rock band on a flatbed truck and a group carrying 28 tombstones to represent the team’s 28 starting quarterbacks since 1999, took a “no victory” lap.Cleveland police conservatively estimated the crowd at 3,200, and reported no major incidents or arrests. 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If they got crap like we did, they would be doing the same thing.”That was the overriding sentiment among the frosted faithful who gathered on the sidewalks just feet away from a statue honoring legendary Browns running back Jim Brown.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cleveland Browns fans hold up gravestones with names of Browns quarterbacks during the “Perfect Season” parade, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Browns became the second team in NFL history to lose 16 games in a season. In joining the 2008 Detroit Lions in a shameful loser’s club, the Browns have found a new low in what has been nearly two decades of disgrace since returning as an expansion franchise in 1999. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Chanting through chattering teeth, Browns fans finally felt victorious.Maybe the winless season wasn’t a total loss.ADVERTISEMENT “That parade is a joke,” he wrote. “Don’t call yourself a true browns fan if you go to that thing! Going 0-16 was embarrassing enough as a player. That is like adding fuel to the fire and it is completely wrong!”McNeil’s only goal was to give Browns fans a voice. He felt he had done just that.“This stuff matters in this town,” said McNeil, who is donating nearly $15,000 raised for the event to the Cleveland Food Bank. “That’s why I care about this stuff. I almost get choked up when I think about it, because people don’t realize that. You go to other markets, and people enjoy their teams and I get that. But there’s a connection here where it’s like family. And to see something like the Browns be bad, it’s easy for me to make jokes, it’s either you do that or you cry.“But then you look at something like this and you say, ‘Man, we had this. In the ’80s, this is when you’d leave a ballgame. I remember that. As a kid I’d be sitting in the backseat people honking, people yelling. You’d see that all the time after wins. To get that, we have to create this parade. It just says so much about the character of this city, the character of the people here.“This is all positive and fun.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

The highest scoring Premier League defences this season ranked by goals contributed to total tally

first_img 20 20 Joint eighth: Newcastle – 11% of the Magpies’ goals have come from defenders – In a turbulent season on Tyneside, the Magpies defenders have registered four goals including one for captain Fabricio Coloccini. 20 20 20 1. Everton – 20% of the Toffees’ goals have come from defenders – The Toffees defenders, spearheaded by their rampaging full backs Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines, have at times shown Romelu Lukaku how it’s done. After John Stones’ goal for Everton against Manchester United last weekend, the Toffees now boast some mean goalscoring statistics from their defensive options.Stones, Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines have contributed nine league goals this season – more than Liverpool’s strikers have managed between them.Defenders in the modern game are expected to exude more than just the traditional defensive responsibilities, with many of them now adding telling contributions at the other end of the pitch.Chelsea captain John Terry, who scored against Leicester City on Wednesday night, embodies that mentality, having scored in 15 consecutive Premier League seasons and now equalling the competition’s all-time goal tally for a defender.As a result, talkSPORT have compiled a list of which club’s defenders have contributed the highest proportion of their team’s goals in the Premier League this season.*All statistics correct on 30 April 2015 Joint 17th: Stoke – 5% of the Potters’ goals have come from defenders – Perhaps a surprising statistic given the Potters’ ‘ugly’ football reputation, but also testament to their changing footballing mentality under Mark Hughes. 20 20 20 Joint third: Hull – 13% of the Tigers’ goals have come from defenders – Hull haven’t scored that many but strikes from defenders, like Michael Dawson’s goal against Liverpool this week, may prove their weight in gold. Joint sixth: Aston Villa – 12% of the Villans’ goals have come from defenders – No team has scored fewer goals than the Villans this season, which might suggest why their percentage is quite high in comparison. Joint 14th: Tottenham – 7% of Spurs’ goals have come from defenders – Eric Dier scored in the opening two games of the season, but only two Tottenham defenders have registered in the Premier League since. 20 20 20 20 20 Joint 10th: West Ham – 10% of the Irons’ goals have come from defenders – Aaron Cresswell has been one of the signings of the season and has scored twice, including a stunning recent free kick against Stoke, for the Hammers in his debut Premier League campaign. Joint 10th: West Brom – 10% of the Baggies’ goals have come from defenders – West Brom have improved drastically under Tony Pulis’ management and the defenders have amassed three goals between them this season. 20 Joint sixth: Crystal Palace – 12% of the Eagles’ goals have come from defenders – The Eagles have had a stable season and central defenders Scott Dann and Brede Hangeland have registered twice apiece. 12. Liverpool – 9% of the Reds’ goals have come from defenders – The Reds defence have had to chip in this season with their strikers falling short on so many occasions, with Alberto Moreno (2) impressing from left back. Joint eighth: Arsenal – 11% of the Gunners’ goals have come from defenders – Hector Bellerin (2) has been one of the finest emerging talents this season as the Gunners continue their fantastic recent form. 20 20 2. Leicester – 19% of the Foxes’ goals have come from defenders – The Foxes’ recent form could propel them to safety from a seemingly impossible position a month ago, and Nigel Pearson’s side have all contributed towards their goal tally. Joint 19th: None of Sunderland’s goals have come from defenders so far this season* – Not a single Black Cats defender has registered this season for the league’s joint lowest scorers. Joint 14th: Manchester United – 7% of the Red Devils’ goals have come from defenders – Chris Smalling (4) is the only recognised United defender to score this season. 20 Joint third: Southampton – 13% of the Saints’ goals have come from defenders – The division’s best defence have also come up with the goods at the other end, with full backs Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand particularly impressing. 16. Manchester City – 6% of the defending champions’ goals have come from defenders – The league’s highest scorers boast some incredible firepower in attack, so rarely have to call on their defensive options to bail them out. Joint 19th: None of Swansea’s goals have come from defenders so far this season – The Swans have had a good season, but the majority of the goals have come from strikers like Wilfried Bony and Bafetimbi Gomis. Joint third: Chelsea – 13% of the Blues’ goals have come from defenders – The Blues are marching towards a first Premier League title since 2010, and the likes of John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill have all contributing heavily. Joint 17th: QPR – 5% of the Rs’ goals have come from defenders – Charlie Austin has scored nearly half of the Hoops’ goals, although Clint Hill did open his Premier League account last month. 20 20 20 13. Burnley – 8% of the Clarets’ goals have come from defenders – Like Smalling, Ben Mee (2) is the only defender to have scored for his side this season. last_img read more

What Golden State’s blowout win over the Lakers tells us about the postseason

first_imgBurning the gimmickDraymond Green didn’t hold back from chastising the Lakers or … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceBehind a dominating first-quarter performance and 21 points from DeMarcus Cousins, the Warriors beat the woefully overmatched Lakers 108-90 to make their magic number to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference 2.Here are three thoughts on the game and what it means as the season’s end fast approaches:last_img

Darwin Still Rules from the Grave

first_imgDarwin died in 1882, but more than any other scientist, seems to live on in the science news.  Here are some recent examples.  The question is: do any of these articles really have anything to do with the theory that made him famous?  Or is some other dynamic at work that keeps him in the forefront? Darwinian funding:  Science magazine (11 November 2011: Vol. 334 no. 6057 pp. 753-754, doi: 10.1126/science.334.6057.753) lamented how the bad economy is affecting funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  In “Darwinism vs. Social Engineering at NIH,” Jocelyn Kaiser wrote about the competition between labs.  “As National Cancer Institute Director Harold Varmus recently put it, NIH is weighing some type of ‘social engineering’ rather than simply letting ‘Darwinian forces’ cull weaker labs and shrink the number of mouths NIH feeds.”  It sounds like a metaphor of the battle between Intelligent Design and Survival of the Fittest, but surely she did not mean that medical labs are products of random, undirected mechanisms.  [News Flash: Darwinism is not a force.] Darwinian robots:  New Scientist committed a colossal non-sequitur in its short article, “Darwin trumps self-obsession in robotics.”  The point is that creating robots in our own image is doomed to fail.  A new generation of rebel roboticists, the editorial claims, is thinking that robots should be soft and squishy, “inspired by the theory that intelligence emerges from the body.”  Here was the ending non-sequitur: “Crucially, the next generation of robots will not be designed as if by gods – in our image – but by using the principles revealed by Darwin. Once again, evolution has dealt a blow to the idea that humans were created special.” Darwinian emotions:  The only one of these three articles that related specifically to Darwin’s theory was an update on his theory of emotions posted by the BBC News.  The Darwin Correspondence Project is trying to recreate his experiment nearly 150 years later, reporter Stephanie Hegarty wrote, “to test his results, and draw attention to his contribution to psychology.”  Hegarty gave him a pass: “It was somewhat unscientific by modern standards, with no control group and a very small sample, but it was revolutionary for its time.”  Darwin wanted to prove that facial expressions in response to emotion were innate and universal, and that “expression was a trait that humans shared with beasts.”  His results were published in his 1872 book, The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals.  The BBC News article, however, drew no connection to his hunch and his theory of natural selection; nor did it seek to explain how facial expressions lead to fitness and survival.  Anyway, has the Darwin Correspondence Project replicated the results?  No; it’s a work in progress.  That didn’t stop Hegarty from heaping praise on Darwin with quotes from others who called him “an immense intellect” and “truly a genius” who “formed the basis for an entire canon of psychological study.” Darwinian weapons:  On the premise that “evolution is a simple fact” and “the fact of evolution itself is not disputed by any reputable scientist” (appealing to Coyne and Dawkins as authorities), Paula Kirby at The Washington Post took glee in skewering Christian conservatives as guilty of willful ignorance, because “Evolution Threatens Christianity.”  Without mentioning Darwin directly, she referred to two of his greatest defenders today.  This has long been a legacy of Darwinism: a tool to attack religion – and not just any religion, but Christianity.  Paula Kirby’s screed and New Scientist’s loony non-sequitur are so typical of the Darwin demagogues.  Their notion of scientific “truth” could not withstand a freshman course in philosophy of science.  The modus operandi of their ilk is: (1) hate Christians and conservatives first, then (2) appeal to the authority of Darwin and his disciples to call anyone who disagrees an ignoramus. Charles Darwin is the god of atheists and naturalists, the Bearded Buddha at whose shrine they offer their sacrifices.  For a balance to the worship and adoration given to the B.B. you need to read Jerry Bergman’s eye-opening book, The Dark Side of Charles Darwin (available at Amazon.com).  It’s amazing this troubled con-man ever became famous at all.  For instance, Bergman reveals that his photographs used for The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals were faked (just one of many scientific sins he committed).  The guy was as bad as Haeckel, but got away with it, because of his gift of gab and manner of carefully cataloguing things to present a façade of scientific rigor, then telling stories that had little or nothing to do with the data or his theory (if it can even be called a theory), winning acceptance through association. Getting Moses out of science was really the goal.  It so appealed to other anti-religious disciples that, with the aid of his X-men like Huxley, they redefined science altogether as naturalism; something like Darwinism, therefore, had to be true – by definition!  Natural history became confabulation, scientific rigor, mortis.  The articles above show that his disciples completely misrepresent his ideas and portray “natural selection” as if it performs intelligent design miracles!  This is insane.  It’s time we expose the fraud of this flawed, disturbed man who has been morphed into a caricature of Moses leading science into a promised land.  They’re not in the promised land; they’re wandering aimlessly in Fantasyland.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Weekly Wrapup: Google vs. China, And More…

first_imgrichard macmanus Weekly Poll: Why Is Apple Building a Massive, $1 Billion Data CenterA First Look at Apple’s Massive Data CenterMicrosoft to Government CIOs: Choice is HereThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Internet of ThingsEveryware: Interview with Adam Greenfield, Part 1Why The iPad May Save The Internet FridgeAre Modern Web Apps Killjoys? The Truth about Mobile Application StoresMobile Cloud Computing: $9.5 Billion by 2014Our Hottest New iPhone App Discoveries: February EditionMore Mobile Web coverageCheck Out The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App We recently launched the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app. As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app. We invite you to download it now from iTunes. Never Mind the Valley: Here’s Washington DCWhat’s In A Name? For Startups, It’s CrucialStartup Visa Introduced: Is it a No-Brainer?ReadWriteEnterprise Our channel ReadWriteEnterprise is devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. More Internet of Things coverageReal-Time WebGoogle Takes First Shot at Facebook Search ResultsHow the Real-Time Web Will Impact Social ChangeBuzrr Wants to Be Tweetmeme for Google BuzzMore Real-Time Web coverage. Don’t miss the next wave of opportunity on the Web supported by real-time technology! Get ReadWriteWeb’s report, The Real-Time Web and its Future.ReadWriteStart Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs. Tags:#Features#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The big news of the week was Google’s efforts to remove censorship from its search results in China – read on for our coverage and analysis of this news. We also continued our exploration of the significant Internet trends of 2010, including Real-Time Web, Mobile Web and Internet of Things.Note: We’ve refreshed the format for our longest running feature, the Weekly Wrapup. It now focuses more explicitly on the key trends that ReadWriteWeb is tracking in 2010, as well as giving you the highlights from the leading story of the week. Let us know your thoughts on the new format.Story of the Week: Google vs. ChinaChinese Hacker Behind Google Attack FoundDespite Tough Talk, Google Still Censoring in ChinaItaly Attacks Web Democracy with Google Convictions A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Are The Fortune 100 Now Beginning To Embrace Social Media Tools?Is Jive Software Taking Steps Toward An IPO?ReadWriteCloud Our channel ReadWriteCloud, sponsored by VMware and Intel, IS dedicated to Virtualization and Cloud Computing. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… More China coverage and analysisHistoric Conversation in NYC: Ai Weiwei, Jack Dorsey & Richard MacManus On March 15, at the prestigious Paley Center in New York City, a conversation will take place between Chinese digital activist and artist Ai Weiwei, Twitter co-founder and chairman Jack Dorsey, and yours truly, Richard MacManus, ReadWriteWeb founder and editor in chief. The moderator will be Orville Schell, the director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York.The topic of the event is the emergence of digital activism for fostering positive social change. The onsite event is invitation only, but it will be live streamed exclusively on ReadWriteWeb on Monday, March 15, at 6:30 PM EST (-5 GMT), from the Paley Center for Media, New York City.Mobile Weblast_img read more

The Three Elements That Make Most Micro-Budget Films Fail

first_imgAs low cost cinema cameras dominate the independent film scene, high level filmmaking has never been more accessible than it is today. That said, it takes a lot more than the right camera and gear to actually make a film that is worth watching.Many up and coming filmmakers are scared to make a film with no budget. They often don’t have the experience to know how difficult it is to raise the funding to make a film, and won’t even consider making one on a limited budget.While there is nothing wrong with aiming to raise a substantial budget to make your first feature, the truth of the matter is that it is extremely difficult to do so (even for seasoned filmmakers). You don’t necessarily need that money to make an excellent film today. Not to mention, in order to raise that kind of money you need to have a calling card (usually in the form of a low/no budget project) so producers will trust you with their money.Image from WikimediaThe good news is that making a film with little or no money can still yield great results that are comparable to any well-funded film, so long as you are creative and adopt a solid strategy for yourself. As we all know from watching studio produced films over the last several years, more money doesn’t necessarily translate to better movies. If you’re eager to make a film, but money is tight, here are three considerations that you should never overlook.1. Story is EVERYTHINGTechnological breakthroughs in all the various facets of filmmaking have completely changed the world of cinema and digital production. While in many respects, these great advances have opened up a new and exciting world for filmmakers from all walks of life, I would argue that the quality of independent films have greatly suffered over the past several years. It used to be that a great story/screenplay got your film made, but with easy access to digital cinema cameras and post-tools, simply owning the right gear (or knowing someone with the right gear) is enough to get your film made, even if it doesn’t have a fully developed story.Understanding cinematography, editing or particular uses for gear, is critical to your success as a filmmaker. However, your camera and all the various ‘toys’ you utilize throughout production are simply there to enhance your story. You may think that you need to hyper focus on developing your skillset behind the camera or in post in order for your film to have a cinematic quality, but you need to put just as much emphasis on the story and concept. After all, a great idea with poor production value will go a lot further than a poor idea with great production value.Look at a film like ‘Clerks‘ by Kevin Smith. Yes, that example is going back a couple of decades, but even for itts time the quality level of that film was extremely poor. It was black and white, grainy, poorly lit, badly composed…but guess what? It was a success because the writing and the story were on point.2. Immaculate Location AudioNothing is more detrimental to your film than poorly recorded, amateur audio. If you’ve already made a film or two, you should clearly understand how critical great location audio is, and also understand that poor audio can completely ruin your project. Not having a big budget is absolutely no excuse for not capturing great audio, as it really just comes down to prioritizing it, rather than taking a ‘we’ll fix it in post’ attitude. For whatever reason, even though most filmmakers know how important great audio is, the audio department is one of the first things that’s compromised on low budget films.A great tool that I use for smaller productions, which I strongly recommend, is the Zoom H6 Handy Portable Digital Recorder. It is a relatively low priced field recorder, with most of the features you’d find on similar, yet more expensive recording equipment. It takes 4 XLR inputs (up to 6 with an added module), and has many of the same features built-in that you would find on a more professional level audio recorder. In an ideal world, you don’t want to be rolling your own audio (a dedicated sound recordist is always a far better choice), but in a pinch you can get great results with a device like the Zoom H6 and a couple of high quality mics.No matter if you choose to hire a sound recordist or do your own location sound, make sure that you put just as much effort into the sound as the image. After all, it’s been proven time and time again that audio influences an audience’s experience far more than imagery.3. Understand Your Limitations Early OnIf you’re shooting a film with little or no money, you need to identify your creative limitations early on, and keep your head out of the clouds when it comes time to develop your idea and screenplay. So often filmmakers with small budgets will want to write a script with car chases, explosions, exotic locations and other extraneous elements, and don’t realize until it’s too late that this just isn’t feasible.Personally, I welcome limitations when I make films with very little money. In fact, there are times when I find it easier to work with fewer resources. This gives me the opportunity to strategically utilize what I have around me and quickly dismiss what is not in the realm of possibility for my film. For example, if I have a certain location in mind for a scene but the permit to shoot there is too expensive, I may change the scene around to take place in a different part of that same location, where I could get away with guerrilla shooting. At first, this may seem like a compromise, but more often than not the scene will actually become stronger and more unique by changing it around, since the shooting limitations can force originality and uniqueness in the scene.In SummaryThere are many great tips and suggestions that I could make to no-budget filmmakers with regards to lighting, casting, camera choices, and so on. However, most of these elements are secondary and the success of your micro budget film will rely very heavily on having a vision and maintaining your focus. Your ability to focus on a well told, proactive story is critical – and thankfully this part of the process doesn’t cost you a dollar.There’s nothing wrong with wanting to shoot on a great camera, or having a preference for the visual elements of your film, but at the end of the day whoever is viewing your film is going to be captivated by the story, the sound, and the execution far more than the technical merits of your visual production, so always keep that in mind!last_img read more

Tendulkar to bat for J&K school

first_imgCricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has sanctioned over ₹40 lakh from the MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds for the construction of a school building in Bandipora district of North Kashmir.The letter he wrote to DM & District Collector Deependra Singh Kushwah, is in possession of PTI.Mr. Tendulkar, in his letter, mentioned that the Imperial Educational Institute Drugmulla, had requested funds and “the request must be scrutinised.” The description of work requested include construction of a school building with 10 class rooms, four laboratories, an adminstrative block, six toilets and an assembly/prayer hall.last_img read more