(The list could have also included a few other notable snoozers, such as Washington’s 42-10 win over Denver in 1988 and Denver’s own easy 34-19 win over Atlanta in 1999.)Sure, there were a few all-time-great Super Bowls interspersed among those stinkers — such as Joe Montana’s final-drive victory in 1989, the aforementioned Giants-Bills classic from 1991, Elway’s first Super Bowl win in 1998 and the Rams’ epic finish against the Titans in 2000. But for most of the Super Bowl’s first four decades of existence, there were just as many duds, games that could make you wonder why so much hoopla was devoted to what would frequently turn into a boring blowout.More recently, though, we’ve been treated to far better games on the Super Bowl stage — and practically no true laughers. How can we prove it? Statistically, there are a number of ways we can measure the excitement of any given game, and this post from ESPN’s Brian Burke lays out a few of my favorites:Excitement Index is the sum total of movement in win probability across an entire game. This rewards back-and-forth games with a lot of uncertainty about the eventual winner until the very end of the game. Super Bowl XXIV (1990) — San Francisco 55, Denver 10Average score margin: +/-23.2 pointsTies/lead changes: 1John Elway’s Broncos were no match for Joe Montana and the 49ers, who took a 41-3 lead five-and-a-half minutes into the third quarter and cruised to the most dominating victory in Super Bowl history. Fewer than 15 minutes in this game were spent with Denver even being within one score of the lead. On paper, Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams has all the earmarks of an instant classic. The teams are evenly matched in their strengths and weaknesses, and the favored Patriots’ pregame chance of victory — 52.8 percent, according to our Elo model — is among the lowest113th-lowest, to be exact. of any favorite in Super Bowl history, meaning the game is close to a toss-up.In the past, though, this would have guaranteed nothing — and even could have been viewed as a bad omen. (Or at least, it wouldn’t have been reliably good.) It wasn’t too long ago that we were in an era of total Super Bowl stink bombs being a regular occurrence. Some of the best (i.e., worst) examples of this, in terms of time spent with the score lopsided, included:Super Bowl XX (1986) — Chicago 46, New England 10Average score margin:2Or the average of the game score differential at every second of the game. +/-19.6 pointsTies/lead changes:3Excluding the initial 0-0 tie. 3After the Pats took a quick 3-0 lead, the Bears rattled off 44 consecutive points. Chicago ended up with 167 yards and four touchdowns on the ground while burying New England QBs Tony Eason and Steve Grogan under relentless defensive pressure. Super Bowl XXXVII (2003) — Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21Average score margin: +/-11.1 pointsTies/lead changes: 3Led by another of history’s great defenses, Tampa jumped out to a 34-3 third-quarter lead and never looked back. (As it turns out, maybe you should change up your audibles and play calls when facing your former coach in the Super Bowl.) Comeback Factor is the eventual loser’s highest win probability in the game. This essentially measures how dramatic a comeback the winning team needed to stage, with larger numbers representing more unlikely victories.In concert, these metrics tend to do a good job of measuring what we want out of a thrilling Super Bowl — late-game heroics, big comebacks and results that come down to the wire. With win probability data provided by ESPN’s Stats & Information Group,4Using the version of win probability that doesn’t have the pregame odds baked into the formula, to make sure we’re focusing only on the way a game played out once the teams actually took the field. I calculated both metrics for every Super Bowl (since the first game was played in 1967) and plotted them out as a time series by season: Super Bowl XXVI (1992) — Washington 37, Buffalo 24Average score margin: +/-12.9 pointsTies/lead changes: 1A year after losing one of the most dramatic Super Bowls ever, the Bills were undone by Washington’s 24-0 run in the second and third quarters. Buffalo eventually found itself in a 37-10 hole before a couple of meaningless TDs made the final score seem far more respectable than it actually was. In recent years, you can see a pattern emerge: Very few Super Bowls have been duds, according to the Excitement Index. Since that Bucs-Raiders debacle in 2003, 13 of the past 15 matchups have registered an Excitement Index above the all-time average for Super Bowls.5The average Excitement Index for all Super Bowls ever is 4.4. And of the two that didn’t, one was New England’s unprecedented 28-3 comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, which only graded as below average because so much of the game was spent with the Falcons in command, before the Pats stormed back. (It made up for that lower Excitement Index with the highest Comeback Factor of any Super Bowl by far.)Over the past decade-and-a-half, the only genuinely terrible Super Bowl came in 2014, when the Legion of Boom Seahawks thoroughly routed Peyton Manning’s favored Broncos, 43-8. That game nearly set new records for the lowest Excitement Index and most lopsided average score margin in a Super Bowl (it ranks second in both categories). But it was also an aberration in an era when great Super Bowls are the norm and duds are very much the exception.Some of that may be because of the matchups actually becoming closer over time. According to our Elo ratings, the average Super Bowl’s pregame spread during the 2010s has been 2.1 points, the smallest in any decade since the 1970s. By comparison, that number was 3.2 from the 1980s through the 2000s. So it’s not exactly a coincidence that the games have gotten better in the same span — though that fact alone doesn’t necessarily explain all of the uptick in great Super Bowls.So does all of this mean we’re “due” for a dull game Sunday? No. But we’ve also been extremely spoiled by seeing so many great ones in recent history. We’ve watched just as many Super Bowls hit an Excitement Index of 5.0 in the past 14 seasons as we had in the 38 seasons beforehand. Something might have to give eventually, even if all signs point to this weekend’s game continuing the exciting run.ESPN’s Brian Burke contributed research. Super Bowl XXXV (2001) — Baltimore 34, N.Y. Giants 7Average score margin: +/-11.1 pointsTies/lead changes: 1Baltimore’s defense completely owned this game, keeping the New York offense from crossing the 50-yard line until late in the first half (they would only run four plays in Raven territory at all) and harassing Kerry Collins into the second-lowest-rated passing performance in Super Bowl history. Super Bowl XXIX (1995) — San Francisco 49, San Diego 26Average score margin: +/-19.1 pointsTies/lead changes: 1Any hope that this matchup might be competitive vanished when Steve Young hit Jerry Rice for a 44-yard TD a scant 1:24 into the game. It was the first of seven 49er touchdowns on the day and part of the 35-10 lead San Francisco would build minutes into the third quarter. Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Former Ohio State wrestler Nick Roberts was found dead in his Pennsylvania apartment late Saturday night. A cause of death has not yet been determined, although foul play is not suspected.The 23-year-old, who was wrestling for the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown at the time, qualified for the 2013-14 NCAA championships in his first year with Ohio State as a redshirt freshman. After transferring, he won a Division II national title with Pittsburgh-Johnstown.“It is with great sadness that I share with you the loss of one of our university family, Nicholas S. Roberts,” said Pitt-Johnstown president Jem Spectar. “Nick was a senior in the class of 2017. We also know Nick as a standout member of our Mountain Cat wrestling team. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, family, friends and loved ones.”Roberts had been out of competition after suffering a knee injury, but was honored during the team’s Senior Night on Feb. 7.Pitt-Johnstown Mourns Loss of National Champion Nick Roberts https://t.co/VmKrl4el41— PittJohnstownSports (@MtnCatAthletics) February 26, 2017
Uli Hoeness revealed there are currently no plans at Bayern Munich to invest on new players during the January transfer windowThe Bavarians suffered a third Bundesliga defeat this season in Saturday’s Der Klassiker to rivals Borussia Dortmund.The result leaves Bayern seven points behind league leaders Dortmund.However, the club’s president Hoeness insists there are no plans to panic-buy in the winter.The German revealed to Sky that they “will certainly not be active” for the January transfer window, with the likes of Kingsley Coman and Thiago Alcantara set to return from injury,Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We get Coman back before Christmas. Thiago can play again in two or three weeks,” said Hoeness.Therefore, teenage star Alphonso Davies will be the only new arrival at the Allianz Arena from Vancouver Whitecaps in January.Although, the summer transfer window may be a different story for Bayern.“Next year, when the second step of the upheaval comes, we will certainly change the team’s face quite a bit,” added Hoeness.Bayern, who have now dropped to fifth in the Bundesliga, will next face Fortuna on November 24.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says he understands the fans’ frustration with lack of transfer activities after they wrote an open letter to the club owner.Even though he refused to comment on the club’s transfer activities in the January window, Benitez understood the supporters position and how they feel.The Newcastle United fans group wrote an open letter to Mike Ashley on Thursday demanding signings in the transfer window.With sales talks ongoing in the background, the club has slipped to 15th place in the league table and the fans are wary of a relegation battle and have called for reinforcements.Benitez told Sky Sports: “The communications department is really good so they have passed me the information.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The fans are saying that they want to compete, they want to stay in the Premier League.“The fans have been fantastic all season. They have the ambition to do something good for this club. I can understand what they think.“At the same time, my position is that I will not talk about the transfer window because I have to concentrate on just coaching the team.”
Reminiscing the story of Indian theatre from 1850s to 1990s, theatre veterans and enthusiasts gathered for the launch of Amal Allana’s book, The Act of Becoming- a century of Indian Theatre, on Friday evening. The book encapsulates the theatrical journey through the eyes of twenty-two critically acclaimed actors, who have talked about their lives, aspirations, their in-depth training and lasting stage careers.Celebrating the role of actors, Govind Nihalani, the director of films like Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hazaar Chaurasi ki Maa and Ardhsatya, took the audience down the memory lane and shared his insights on actors he has worked with.’I love my actors’, declared Nihalani, in the first few minutes of his speech. But why? He explains, ‘With a natural bias, being a director, I was intrigued to know why is Allan’s book only about actors.’ Debating it on his own, he came to a conclusion. Though a director and a playwright have a significant role in an act. It’s the actor whom we all see on the stage. ‘An actor is the one who creates meaning, magic and miracle on stage’. He hailed Allan’s book for giving the center stage to the actor. In his perspective, ‘It is a history and biography rolled into one, to get into the soul of an actor.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWith an anecdote from his second film Ardhsatya, he shared how the climax was decided by an unprepared dialogue between Smita Patil and Om Puri during one of the rehearsals. The gesture with which Smita takes up her hand but doesn’t touch Puri was a defining moment towards the end of the movie. Nihalani cherishes that rehearsal that played on the instincts of a well trained theatre actor Om Puri and the untrained yet supremely talented Smita Patil. ‘What I wanted was a gesture, but I didn’t know how to end the scene, Smita’s gesture did it for me,’ added Nihalani. In the words of his viewers and critics, Nihalani’s work went through a shift from art cinema to mainstream with films like Dev and Thakshak. The director says that it’s too simplistic an approach towards his work. He doesn’t demarcate it that way. Even his first film Aakrosh, back in 90s had a song in it. How can a song and dance sequence change the genre of filmmaking?On the sidelines, we asked Nihalani about his current projects. ‘Going by the nature of my work, I have always been impacted by the social environment around me. That forms the base of my current project too. For now, this is all I can say about it,’ commented Nihalani. Allana elaborated on her decade old research into Indian theatre and its background to put forth the evolution of modern Indian theatre, putting actors at the forefront. The stalwarts of Indian theatre who will make the readers walk through the corridors of history include Binodini Dasi, Bal Gandharva, Fida Husain, Zohra Segal, Utpal Dutt, Manohar Singh, Uttara Baokar, Naseerudin Shah, Heisnam Sabitri, and Maya Krishna Rao, among many others. Through a slideshow, she talked about the changing faces of Indian theatre along with excerpts from her book.
Kolkata: A 30-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by three miscreants at Khardah, North 24-Parganas, on Wednesday evening. The woman has been admitted to a hospital at Ghola in Sodepur.According to local sources, the woman, a resident of Patulia area, had gone to drop her son to his tuition. While returning home alone around 8 pm, a few miscreants stopped her near Shibmandir, close to her residence. They allegedly dragged her to an under-construction building nearby and gang-raped her. She lost consciousness due to torture and the miscreants fled. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter she regained consciousness, she tried to go out to seek help but fell unconscious again just outside the building. Some pedestrians noticed the woman lying on the road. They informed some locals. Immediately, locals rushed her to Ghola hospital and informed police. Sources informed that the lady mentioned about the presence four miscreants. Two were already inside the under construction building. The other two were on the road. On seeing her coming, they allegedly pulled her by her Saree. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhen she scream for help, her mouth was blocked by one of the miscreants and subsequently dragged inside the building. Later, all of them raped her. But she could not identify any of them as the miscreants covered their faces with pieces of black cloth. The sleuths suspect that the miscreants might be known to the woman because they were waiting for her at the incident spot. The accused person covered their faces to hide their identity. Police are checking on the local miscreants. Until Thursday night, no one was arrested. “The probe is on. We are trying to identify and nab the culprits soon,” said Ananda Roy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, (Belgharia) of Barrackpore Police.