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Size vs. speed debate no longer necessary

first_imgThe old size-versus-speed debate is one of the most overused and illogical ways to analyze or preview a college football game.Unfortunately, Badger fans heard all about it leading up to the Champs Sports Bowl against “speedy” Miami.Many believed “The U” would be too fast for the Badgers. Experts feared those watching would inevitably be blinded by the overwhelming quickness of the ‘Canes. The powerful UW rushing attack was supposed to pale in comparison to the Hurricanes’ athletic front seven.So how did the Badgers manage to upend Miami down in Orlando? How did they hold that explosive Miami attack to just 249 yards of total offense?To sit here and say that it was UW’s size that defeated Miami’s speed is quite honestly false. Those two teams represent a lot more than those two words.Sure, Wisconsin’s powerful rushing attack and enormous offensive line had something to do with the signature victory, but UW outplayed the Hurricanes in every aspect of the game. They were not just the more physically imposing team, they were simply the better team. The Badgers are more than just powerful — they are incredibly balanced and, yeah, they too have some fast players on the roster.True to form, UW ran it down Miami’s throats and it was an impressive display, but that’s not all it did. The Badgers won that game with a relentless pass rush, sure tackling and the ability to consistently convert on third down through the air.You know what’s funny about all those things? The vast majority of teams in college football, whether labeled speedy or not, are well aware they lead to wins.And that’s what makes this whole speed and size debate so aggravating: it just doesn’t exist. Everyone needs speed and everyone needs physicality — this is football we’re talking about after all.Twenty years ago there may have been a gap in speed and athleticism across college football. I wouldn’t disagree that the southern teams had more speed, but in today’s game, every program gets its hands on quick players. Recruiting now goes coast-to-coast as midwestern programs continue to bring in players from Florida and California.As far as speed is concerned, the playing field is now pretty much even.And while everyone was busy talking about the difference in styles between the two programs, no one acknowledged that Miami had almost the exact same offensive game plan as the Badgers. Most overlook this, but the Hurricanes’ offense is only successful when they get their running game going. They had three backs combine to total over two thousand yards on the year — that’s physical football. They have a big offensive line and physical runners, but they are labeled as the speedy finesse team. The Miami players shivering in 50-degree weather didn’t promote a very rugged image, but they at least wanted to be physical up front.There are very few teams in football that can run their offenses effectively without moving the ball on the ground or winning the battles on line of scrimmage. UW won those battles and got pressure on Jacory Harris, while Scott Tolzien was comfortable in the pocket. That’s why we saw the Badgers dominate in the passing game, because I don’t care how fast your receivers are, without time to throw, no one looks open.And as the Hurricanes’ offense struggled, Tolzien became the first Wisconsin quarterback to reach 200 completions in a season, but you won’t hear anyone acknowledge the strides UW has made in the passing game.Yet, the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl isn’t the only example of a game that illuminates the idiocy of the speed and size debate, especially in the Big Ten.Ohio State and Terrelle Pryor ran wild in the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes dominated the line of scrimmage and wore down an Oregon offense that was said to be the most explosive in the country. And thanks to Iowa and Penn State, the Big Ten proved it has some capable athletes to go along with oversized linemen (four Big Ten teams finished in the top 16).Here’s the thing — in college football today we have so many types of offenses, so many formations that we lose sight of the basics. Some teams spread it out, some opt to play between the tackles and others pull out some crazy triple option attack. But in the end each team’s core objective remains the same: you must control the line of scrimmage.Down in those trenches you need size, you need to be physical. Big Ten teams, SEC teams, ACC teams, all of them. And as unbelievable as it sounds, the good teams have both size and speed.Just check out Miami head coach Randy Shannon’s comments to ESPN.com prior to the bowl game.“It’s not going to be a situation where we’re going to be faster than those guys or they’re going to be faster than us,” he said. “We have a big offensive line; they have a big offensive line. They have big guys on defense; we have big guys on defense. It’s going to work itself out.“It’s just a myth that if you’re down south you run faster.”Coach Shannon was proved right as UW dispelled the ridiculous myth once again. I guess if the south wants to regain the speed advantage they just need to get faster, because the rest of the country has certainly caught up.Max is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the size versus speed debate should continue? Let him know at mhenson@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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Geocaching Caption Contest 37 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

first_imgCuriousGeorge59 was not happy to have missed the FTF (First to Find) by seconds.CuriousGeorge59 was not happy to have missed the FTF by seconds.Devise your most creative caption for this picture of these two geocachers and they’re unlikely companion. You could even win a ‘barely coveted prize’ in the 37th Geocaching.com Caption Contest. This picture was originally posted on the official Geocaching.com Facebook page. Share your pics there for a chance to have your image used in a future caption contest.One coveted, and one barely coveted prize. Win them both!Submit your best – most King Kong geocaching appropriate caption – by clicking on “Comments” below. Please include your Geocaching.com username in all entries. Then, explore the captions other geocachers have posted.Try to ‘influence’ the voting process (*nudge*nudge*). “Like” the caption that you believe should take home the barely coveted prize. If you think your caption should win, convince your fellow geocachers, your friends, and family to “like” your caption. Lackeys vote from the top finalists to decide the winner of the contest.Click on the image to see the winner of this caption contestThe winner receives this month’s ‘barely coveted prize.’ The prize consists of one coveted and one barely coveted prize. Up for grabs is a rare John Grisham Geocoin, and an seldom used office pen.Click on the image to your right to discover the winner of this Geocaching.com Caption Contest. Lackeys voted to award the winner of the 36th Geocaching.com Caption Contest a barely coveted prize. Click on the image to your right to read the winning caption of that contest.Explore all the winning captions by checking out all the Geocaching.com Caption Contests. If you have suggestions for Geocaching.com Caption Contest photos, send a message and the image to pr@groundspeak.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Caption Contest 34 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJune 10, 2012In “Lackeys”Geocaching.com Caption Contest 31 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeFebruary 16, 2012In “Community”Geocaching.com Caption Contest 33 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeMay 4, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

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Special Discount for Independents & Freelancers to the RWW Real-Time Web Summit

first_imgelyssa pallai 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In the spirit of all things being not equal, ReadWriteWeb is offering a deep discount to independents, freelancers and individual consultants for the ReadWriteWeb Real-Time Web Summit, June 11 in New York City. Simply email independents@readwriteweb.com to take advantage of the discount. Richard MacManus is packing his bags in New Zealand as we speak in anticipation of meeting you in New York! As we plan our week in New York for the conference and Internet Week, we’re looking at the attributes of the real-time Web that independents – including entrepreneurs, consultants and freelancers – should know about. Here are five use cases for the real-time Web that demonstrate its relevance for independents like yourself. 1. Real-time technologies change the user experience As the Web goes real-time, the World Wide Wait just isn’t going to cut it. Users will come to expect everything right now, and served up via instant notification. It will be interesting to see how this impacts users’ desires to actually visit websites. Or will we become so used to instant transfer of knowledge and notifications that it will change the very nature of how we use the Web? 2. Real-time technology enhances collaboration and crowdsourcing Crowdsourcing will become possible on a mass scale. Instead of you and four other collaborators to get the job done, try thousands. Imagine Mechanical Turk on steroids and think of all the work you can get done, right now, with other people. 3. Customers provide feedback in real time This phenomenon is happening now. Launch a product online and immediately you will you have five DMs in your inbox with suggestions or reports of bugs. The world becomes your test market, and iteration of your product happens in real time. 4. Conventions for real-time design are being defined now Real-time experience conventions are being created as new real-time services pop up all over the Web. It’s important to make note of what is working and what isn’t and imagine ways we can improve the experience. 5. Real-Time technologies need to be in your development plans As users come to expect information in real-time, real-time technologies need to be on your development and enhancement register. Discussion needs to happen now so we can understand how real-time might change your service delivery experience. The Summit is an UnconferenceBecause it’s an unconference, you’re going to get tons of networking and business value from the summit. Along with the help of a professional moderator, you and your peers will make the agenda and sit alongside industry luminaries such as John Borthwick, Chris Dixon and Marshall Kirkpatrick to discuss, debate and shape what comes next for the real-time Web. It’s like your own private think-tank. That’s the nature of ReadWriteWeb summits – straight-talking, collegial settings where you get to create the future. Everyone learns. Everyone advances. You leave feeling energized and full of “next”!center_img Tags:#conferences#RWW Real-Time Web Summit, NYC 2010#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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European Court Orders Google To “Forget” Old Search Results

first_imgA European court ruled that Google must delete “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” information from its search results when a user requests it. The ruling upholds the “right to be forgotten,” and allows people to cherry-pick their historical records and eliminate anything they don’t want other people to discover on the search engine.Google was hit with a “right to forget” lawsuit in Spain three years ago. The country’s Data Protection Agency ordered Google to remove search links on 90 people. The company refused to remove any data.See Also: How To Remove Yourself From The InternetAccording to the Guardian, in the first case of many against Google, Mario Costeja González from Spain wanted information relating to an auction for his repossessed home in 1998 erased from two pages on a newspaper’s website, and the European Court of justice ruled that under European Union data privacy laws, Google must remove the links that point to those pages.Google is the Internet’s encyclopedia, collecting and indexing public and historical information for people to find in the future. Allowing people to scrub history could also effectively let people rewrite it. If the ruling is upheld, people will be able to sanitize their background by erasing links to public information in one of the world’s largest information repositories.See also: Spain Asks Google For The Right To Be ForgottenEuropean citizens could now have greater control of their data, but questions remain on how people can enforce these rules, and even whether a “right to be forgotten” is a good idea in the first place. People should have a right to have their data protected online, and companies like Google and other social media companies have been slapped with lawsuits in the past for violating users’ rights. But there’s a big difference between private, personal data like information shared with friends on Facebook and public records that are published in a newspaper or other outlet online. In this case Google, as the collector of information around the Web, only has to remove the links that point to the information; it doesn’t have power to remove the information itself. The two pages are still live on the newspaper’s website, so a savvy user would eventually be able to find them, it would just take more than a cursory search.Lead image courtesy of Robert Scoble on Flickr 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market selena larson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#European Union#Google#now#privacy#Right to be forgotten#Spain center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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