first_imgMACMACHINERY LTD are looking to recruit a skilled candidate, who can help expand, sustain and enhance their successful business even further.MACMACHNERY LTD are seeking a candidate who is adaptable and who can perform a number of different positions within the company.Environmental – Material Handling-Recycling Equipment Sales, Spares Parts and Marketing support person required. The Role– Supporting sales people in selling machinery, spare parts sales and dispatch– Visiting clients around Ireland and discussing solutions and problems– Increasing customer relations and learning about further customer requirements – Assisting all elements of spare part sourcing and supply– Preparation of quotations and presenting systems to clients– Training in Customer support and Technical skills will be providedThe person– Person must have a ‘yes attitude’, positive personality, flexible and easy to approach – A creative person with open mind to problem solving– An interest or liking of cars, machines tractors, or trucks but not essential– The Person must be Computer literate– This is a job with a lot of variety and learning about the company and products will be a large element of the role on an ongoing basis therefore experience is not essential – Let us know why you are the best for this jobPlease apply in writing only to:The Managing DirectorMacMachinery LtdUnit 2, Carrygally Business Park,Carrygally, Letterkenny,Co.DonegalJOB VACANCY: MACMACHINERY LTD LOOKING TO RECRUIT was last modified: July 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:jobsMACMACHINERY LTDnewslast_img read more

Why the Warriors and Rockets stopped complaining in Game 2

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/01/bang_82b65a68-c585-41e3-8afb-2a25995bf2d9″]VIDEO: Dieter was happy to see actual basketball in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference SemifinalsOAKLAND — I honestly didn’t think I’d see it.Given how Game 1 of the Warriors and Rockets’ second-round matchup went — given the contentiousness during the contest and the politicking regarding foul calls after — I presumed that things would only escalate as the series progressed. But Game 2 could not have …last_img read more

Fossil Non-Embryos Quench Cambrian Explosion Fuse

first_imgAlleged fossil animal embryos in Precambrian rock in China are not.  Last year (06/18/2006) and before, researchers found what looked like cleaved embryos in the strata under the Cambrian “explosion” layers.  Now, a paper in Nature reclassifies them as giant bacteria, not embryos.1    Some evolutionists had hoped the discovery of animal embryos would soften the explosion by pushing the origin of symmetrical body plans further back in time.  In a News and Views article in the same issue of Nature,2 Philip C. J. Donoghue (U of Bristol) termed this an “embryonic identity crisis” that deflates those hopes.  “The oldest known animal fossils, identified as eggs and embryos, had been expected to reveal secrets from a period of great evolutionary change,” he said.  “Will the latest theory about the fossils’ origins confound these hopes?”  Apparently so; he ended by admitting that evolutionists still have “overarching questions” about the timing and embryological basis of animal origins.  Finding that these structures are something less than embryos means the evolutionists are back at square one; “like all other theories about Precambrian animals, the classification of these fossils is far from resolved, even at the kingdom level.”1Bailey et al, “Evidence of giant sulphur bacteria in Neoproterozoic phosphorites,” Nature 445, 198-201 (11 January 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature05457.2Philip C. J. Donoghue, “Palaeontology: Embryonic identity crisis,” Nature 445, 155-156 (11 January 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature05520.Evolutionists have been on their own one-yard line since they took possession of the ball and got the referee to disqualify the other team.  Even with their overwhelming advantage, they have been moving one yard forward, one yard back for 146 years.  The crowds are getting restless.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

‘More twists than GoT’: Twitter reacts to Maharashtra political turnaround

first_imgThe political shocker in Maharashtra, as BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis returned as the Chief Minister, may have caused much grief to the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena but the early morning development left netizens amused on Twitter. While some took to comparing the BJP’s turnaround to oft-shocking plot lines in HBO’s show ‘Game of Thrones’, others credited Amit Shah to be the ‘best finisher’ and compared him to ‘Chanakya’ Following up on the recent viral trend of tweeting with ‘I am gonna tell my kids’, Shrishty Sharma, a Twitter user, posted a photo of Amit Shah with former Indian cricket captain M S Dhoni. “I am gonna tell My Kids that they both were the ‘Best Finishers’ of Our Nation in Their Respective Field,” read the tweet. Meme_menaria, another user of the microblogging website, wrote, “Gonna tell my kids that he is the director of Game of Thrones”, with a photo of the BJP president. “The last few hours of #MaharashtraPolitics has more twists than the entire final season of #GameofThrones,” said another Twitter user. The website buzzed with varying hashtags as people reacted to the ongoing political development in the western state. While #DevendraIsBack trended with around 9,000 tweets, #MaharashtraPolitics garnered a whopping 2.5 lakh tweets. #GameofThrones, #BJPNCP, #MotaBhai, #SanjayRaut, #AmitShah, #MahaKhichdiSarkar, #Chanakya, as well as calling back to India’s retaliation across the Line of Control #SurgicalStrike also trended on the website. While Animesh Jain ‘felt sad’ for media houses who said Amit Shah’s politics had failed, Rajesh Nayak found it amusing that the news papers ‘lost importance’ with headlines based on last evening’s development that Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray was to become the state’s chief minister. “Today’s news paper has lost its importance along with #ShivaSena,” Nayak wrote. “When Mota Bhai doesn’t say anything, opposition must worry much more than when he speaks. Feeling sad for those who wrote failed #chanakya articles on @AmitShah,” Jain shared on Twitter. After a month-long impasse over finalising the next Chief Minister of Maharashtra, NCP leader Ajit Pawar took oath as the deputy chief minister early morning after he joined hands with Devendra Fadnavis, who was sworn in as the state’s chief minister. Twitterati also drew comparison between Bollywood films as well as TV shows with the current situation in the western state. Responding to Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut’s tweet that read “Paap ke saudagar” (dealers of sin) directed at the BJP, Chirantan said, “This dude is already ready with the title of the Bollywood movie on #MaharashtraGovtFormation starting Akshay Kumar obviously!”. Another user Kartikeya Pandey said elections have “become more interesting than Big Boss” with an advice to entertainment channels. “Our elections have become more interesting than Big Boss. Entertainment channels should start broadcasting it otherwise news channels will bag the whole TRP,” he said. Another twitter user wrote, “Kuch dino se jo suspense,drama,tragedy,love triangle wali movie chal rahi thi waisi movie to #Bollywood kya #Hollywood waale b nahin bana payenge.”last_img read more

Elite rookie Jose vows to work hard after signing 3-year max deal

first_img“I know I will face veteran players who are bigger and more experienced that me, so I have to prepare myself for that,” he said.“It’s a big help that I was exposed to professional players too in the international games, but all I’ll do is focus on what coach will run for us.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next PBA takes All-Star festivities to provinces anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img “I was really thinking about it these past few days. I prayed that I will get the deal I deserve and I promised that I will really work hard for this.”Luckily for Jose, he has familiar faces in Far Eastern U alums Denok Miranda and Mac Belo in the Elite camp which made his adjustment period much easier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The transition was really easy because I have them here. I’ve already learned a lot in the two weeks I spent here and I’m not scared to ask them things. They really help me a lot,” said Jose, who was the third overall pick in last month’s rookie draft.But the 25-year-old isn’t just satisfied with cracking the Blackwater roster. This early, he’s readying himself in facing bigger and tougher frontcourt players once he makes his PBA debut. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE PHOTO – Raymar Jose was picked third by Blackwater in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRaymar Jose inked a maximum P8.5 million deal with Blackwater on Monday.“I’m happy that everything went okay,” Jose said in Filipino, finally making a decision of signing the three-year pact after initially being offered a one-year, P1.8 million contract.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

Dismay, disbelief as Italy miss World Cup for first time since 1958

first_imgItaly’s supporters react at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden, on November 13, 2017 in a pub of Milan.Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory. AFP PHOTO / Piero CRUCIATTIItaly‘s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years was greeted by a mixture of disbelief, dismay and resigned disappointment by fans across the country.In Rome’s trendy San Lorenzo district, the Le Mura bar, which showed Monday night’s playoff crunch with Sweden on a big screen, emptied at the final whistle after a goalless stalemate which condemned the Azzurri to a 1-0 aggregate defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Royals’ Yost: ‘Glad to be alive’ after injury on farm Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Tomorrow I will wake up and my life will go on but this summer I will do something else.”Another added: “The disappointment is a double one –- first because we are not good, but second because we were beaten by a team that is even worse than us.”‘Completely unthinkable’Back in the Rome bar, the view that Italy deserved to be on the plane to Russia was disputed by journalism student Christian Dalenz.“The reality is they were not good enough, they haven’t earned the right to be at the World Cup. This is a very weak squad. It just does not have enough world-class players who can make the difference.”The extent of the shock that non-qualification represents for Italian football was underlined by the pre-match confidence of most fans that Gigi Buffon and co. would pull through.“It is not as if Sweden are that strong a team,” Fabio Votano, a Roman who was only a toddler when Italylast missed out on a World Cup finals, had told AFPTV hours before kick-off.“Not winning is completely unthinkable, basically something that has never happened before. For Italy, getting to the World Cup finals is almost a duty.”Italy ended up in the playoffs as a result of finishing second in their qualifying group behind Spain.They then put in a sluggish performance in the first leg in Sweden, when the home side edged a scrappy, physical affair thanks to substitute Jakob Johansson’s deflected shot just after the hour mark. Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Similar sentiments were voiced by fans coming out of the San Siro stadium in Milan after Monday’s 0-0 draw.“I am disappointed with the whole football system in Italy,” said Mirko Palmieri. “It is the umpteenth failure of our country. Even here (at the San Siro), we can’t get the job done.”Italy not being at the World Cup will be a new experience for most of the country’s fans, and few of them are looking forward to the experience of watching from the sidelines.The four-time champions opted not to play at the first World Cup in 1930 but they have been present at every other edition apart from 1958, when they also failed to qualify.“I was born with Italy being a part of the World Cup, and it has always been like that,” one supporter told AFP on his way out of the Milan stadium.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify“It is really very sad because watching the World Cup was something that really brought us together as Italians,” said recent graduate Stefania Pusateri, heading for the exit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“But what is sure is that the shock will be even worse for my father. He is 54 years old and he has never had to go through something like this.”Sitting alongside Pusateri, friend Davide Penna concurred. “I still can’t believe it has happened,” he said. “We have never experienced anything like this. It’s over.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Rome resident Enrico Doddi insisted Italy‘s players were good enough to have overcome Sweden.“They’re playing miserably at the moment but Italy still has a good set of players in my opinion,” he said. “It is all down to mentality.“You cannot have a good World Cup without Italy.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

India eager to make mark with big medal haul at Asian Games

first_imgIndia will be high on confidence following a total haul of 64 medals in the CWG recentlyBolstered by a better-than-expected performance in the Commonwealth Games, Indian athletes would now look to assert themselves against the sporting might of continental powerhouses such as China and Japan in the 17th Asian Games commencing on Friday.A total haul of 64 medals in the CWG held in July-August, which included 15 of the golden hue, should act as the ideal springboard for the Indian contingent to better the medal tally claimed at Guangzhou, China, four years ago.However, the reality is that Asian Games is far tougher to excel in than CWG, barring a few disciplines, especially with the Chinese juggernaut set to roll once again followed by the might of South Korea, Japan and a few other countries, including the ones belonging to to the erstwhile Soviet Bloc.In 2010, the total medals scooped by the Indian contingent at the Asiad was 65 — comprising 14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze — a month after a record haul of 101, including 38 gold, in the CWG held in New Delhi.The sizeable heist in Guangzhou piloted the country to a highly creditable sixth spot on the table which was topped by hosts China with a staggering haul of 199 gold medals.The sixth place finish in Guangzhou was India’s best in Asian Games history after the fifth spot it grabbed when hosting the pan-Asian sports spectacle in 1982 at New Delhi.India ended up eighth in 2002 when South Korea previously hosted the Games and retained it four years later in Doha, Qatar, before improving it by two rungs in Guangzhou, leading to the current optimism that the country has the capability to finish even in the top five.advertisementThis time the government, on September 9, pruned down the size of the contingent, from what was sent to it by the Indian Olympic Association. The contingent is now 679-strong — including 516 athletes — from the initial 942 comprising 662 athletes and the rest officials.The size of the contingent is still quite big and would be seen in action in aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing and kayaking, cycling, equestrian, football, golf, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, kabaddi, rowing, sepaktakraw, shooting, squash, taekwondo, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, wushu, weightlifting, and yachting.Sports Authority of India is confident that India will better the 2010 tally.”We got 64 medals at the recent Commonwealth Games and I must say it was a satisfying performance. For Asian Games, we are confident of touching the 70-medal mark which would be better than last time,” SAI Director General Jiji Thomson has predicted but that view was aired before the depletion of the tennis team, in particular.SAI is expecting bulk of the medals from shooting (10-14 medals) and athletics (12-16).The country would also be expecting certain medals from badminton and squash teams, from the boxing ring, the wrestling mat and kabaddi arena, where the men would be gunning for their seventh straight gold and the women their second on the trot.The country’s medal hopes in tennis, in which it has scooped up 23 medals in the previous editions, have been dented severely by the pullout of top players Somdev Devvarman, the men’s singles winner in 2010, and doubles specialists Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna.Thankfully for the contingent, top woman player Sania Mirza, who had decided to skip the multi-discipline event to garner valuable ranking points on the professional circuit, had a change of heart and will be seen in action here.But the second-string men’s squad will be severely tested and the medal haul is expected to be meagre after the excellent haul of 2-1-2 in 2010.The hockey competition is also very important for India with the Asian Games winners gaining a direct entry into the Rio Olympics two years later.The Sardar Singh-led men’s squad — currently looking strong in the continent — would be looked upon to end the gold medal drought extending from 1998 in Bangkok.In the last edition, a shock semifinal loss to Malaysia ended their title hopes but since then, the performance has improved, albeit only marginally, and the fans are expecting a golden touch this time around in a new format which will see the game being played in four quarters of 15 minutes each for the first time ever.Expectedly, the onus of providing the country with a bagful of medals lies mainly on the track and field athletes, the star-studded shooting squad, as well as the boxing and wrestling teams who will, however, be without injured Olympic medallists Vijender Singh and Sushil Kumar respectively.advertisementThe athletics squad has men’s hopeful Vikas Gowda, who is entering the fray as the Commonwealth Games men’s discus throw champion but without an Asian Games gold in his kitty, and seasoned women’s discus specialists Krishna Poonia and Glasgow CWG silver-medallist Seema Punia.There are also talented track athletes like Tintu Luka, protege of former Asian Games star P T Usha, and national men’s triple jump record holder Arpinder Singh, a bronze-medallist in Glasgow CWG.Another hopeful is men’s high hurdler Siddhanth Thingalaya, who won the 110m hurdles race in the Federation Cup meet last month.Athletics, which has accounted for over 200 medals won by the country in the quadrennial sports extravaganza, had lived up to its billing in Guangzhou four years ago with a total contribution of 12 medals that included five gold.Shooting, which provided eight medals, with a lone gold won by trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi who is out of the squad now, will see the likes of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra and another top rifle shooter Gagan Narang striving for the gold which eluded them four years ago.Ironically Bindra, who has won Olympic, World and CWG titles, has not won a single individual medal of any hue in the Asian Games and this could be his last chance to set that record straight. He won a team silver in Guangzhou but his poor form at the recent World Championships in Spain is a cause for worry.Bindra got a silver in the 10m air rifle four years ago and this could be his last chance too to add the Asian Games gold to his bulky kitty of shooting titles.There are also new shooting stars to look forward to like freshly-crowned men’s CWG champions Jitu Rai (men’s 50m pistol), whose confidence has been boosted by having already won a berth in the 2016 Olympic Games with a silver medal in the 50m air pistol event at the recent World Championship and Apurvi Chandela (women’s 10m air rifle), apart from teenagers Malaika Goel and Ayonika Paul, who won silver medals at Glasgow.But the Indian shooters can expect intense competition, especially from the Chinese and South Korean shooters apart from the marksmen and women from the former Soviet-bloc countries and from some Arabian Gulf nations like Kuwait.In the absence of back-to-back Olympic-medallist Sushil, the wrestling squad would be looking towards London Olympics bronze-winner and two-time CWG champion Yogeshwar Dutt to end a 28-year wait for gold in grappling.The wrestling mat provided just three bronze medals four years ago and the grapplers would be eager to improve vastly on that as they have preserved themselves for this mega-event by skipping the World Championships at Tashkent earlier this month.Now that the Boxing India elections are over and provisional recognition provided for the new body, the boxing squad can look forward to fighting for laurels under the Indian flag.Without its poster boy Vijender to give the push like he did four years ago, the squad will now be looking up to its 33-year-old comeback man Akhil Kumar, the 2006 CWG champion, to provide the inspiration for bettering its superb haul of nine medals (two gold, three silver and four bronze), which was second only to athletics in Guangzhou.advertisementAmong women is M C Mary Kom, the former world champion, who is eager to make it a gold this time around after the bronze in the 51kg category in the last Games.There is also the racquet discipline of badminton, spearheaded by the women’s duo of Olympic bronze winner Saina Nehwal and two-time medallist in World Championships, P V Sindhu.After a disappointing run at the preceding World Championships in Denmark, when she exited in the quarterfinals, Saina moved away from her home base of Hyderabad and national coach P Gopichand to train under Vimal Kumar in Bangalore ahead of these Games.The competition for Saina, Sindhu as well as the men shuttlers like London Olympics quarterfinalist P Kashyap would be extremely stiff from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, hosts Korea and Japan to name a few.Women’s doubles specialists Jwala Gutta has pulled out due to a knee injury and her long-time partner Ashwini Ponnappa will have to hunt for the medal with a new partner, a none-too-easy task within such a short period of time.Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal, who bagged the women’s doubles gold with Joshna Chinappa in the Glasgow CWG, would be spearheading the campaign in squash in which the country is expected to win medals in all four categories.Ghosal is the top seed in men’s singles and the team has been seeded third in both men and women’s groups.India would also be looking forward to some success from their weightlifters, who drew a blank in Guangzhou, and the archers, who too performed dismally four years ago.The water disciplines of rowing and yachting – generally held far away from the main centre of action – have been happy medal hunting arenas, especially over the last two editions for the former and the last three for the latter.Rowers had won 5 silver and 2 bronze combined at Doha, Qatar and Guangzhou, China. Bajrang Lal Takhar had scripted history in 2010 by winning the gold in men’s single sculls four years after winning the first-ever individual silver in Doha.In Guangzhou, India secured eight medals in chess, cue sports and roller sports but these disciplines have been axed in the Incheon Games which has dealt a big blow to the country’s medal aspirations.India would also be competing in other disciplines like men’s and women’s football, men’s and women’s volleyball men’s basketball, table tennis, golf, equestrian, judo, taekwondo, gymnastics, handball wushu and sepaktakraw, but medal hopes from these arenas are slim, if not non-existent.last_img read more

11 days agoRedknapp: Guardiola, Klopp couldn’t handle Brighton

first_imgRedknapp: Guardiola, Klopp couldn’t handle Brightonby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Redknapp says the Premier League’s best managers wouldn’t be able to take a smaller club into the top-six.Redknapp believes the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola would not be able to dominate the league without their star-studded playing groups.Asked about former club Spurs, Redknapp told the Daily Mail: “They’ve got a great group of players. It’s some squad, if you go through it, I don’t care what anybody says I don’t think there’s a lot between that squad and Liverpool’s and Man City’s squad, I really don’t.”You’re as good as your players. Graham Taylor once said “your manager is never as good as you think he is and he’s never as bad as you think he is, he’s somewhere in between” and that is football management. “If you put Pochettino, or you put Pep [Guardiola] or [Jurgen] Klopp and let them go and manage Brighton or manage Norwich or Sheffield United, they’re not gonna go and put them in the top six, it doesn’t work that way. “It’s about the players. He [Pochettino] has got the good players but at the moment there’s been hiccups – one of two of them are not playing to their real potential or as good as they can.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Pennsylvania Is A Battleground State … In Football

TEN66TEN63TEN 30, JAX 9-4.0– HOU68HOU67IND 24, HOU 21-0.4– SEA62SEA60SEA 21, MIN 7-4.2– CAR62CAR56CLE 26, CAR 20+4.8– MIN56.817.9MIA20.211.358.41491 CIN0.40.3OAK0.00.02.41370 DAL59DAL58DAL 29, PHI 23-3.3– PIT78PIT81OAK 24, PIT 21-6.9– Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality DET3.53.3BUF0.00.010.11431 TEN34.519.1NYG0.50.540.81485 CAR8.99.4NO100.00.020.31605 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS GB3.24.2CHI99.90.210.01527 DEN5.13.2CLE0.50.79.01445 GB53GB55GB 34, ATL 20-0.1– Playoff %Playoff % IND27.212.3DAL99.20.926.51546 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION DEN63DEN68SF 20, DEN 14-9.0– BAL54.615.1TB0.81.132.81508 PIT62.3%+/-23.1NE99.3%+/-0.747.11617 LAR56LAR62CHI 15, LAR 6-8.9– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup. Total Change adds up the potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league (not just the two teams listed).*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: WSH69%NYG51%NYG 40, WSH 16+21.1– BUF70BUF63NYJ 27, BUF 23+7.6– Pennsylvanians went into the 2018 season believing that it might be a banner year for the state’s NFL teams. The Philadelphia Eagles were league champs the season before, and the Pittsburgh Steelers had harbored their own championship aspirations before an upset playoff loss against Jacksonville. Although we’ve never seen a Steelers-Eagles Super Bowl, we’ve come close a few times this century — both teams made the conference championship in 2008-09 (Eagles lost), 2004-05 (Steelers lost) and 2001-02 (both lost). There was reason to think 2018 might bring another chance for a clash between Eastern and Western PA on the game’s biggest stage.Fourteen weeks later, that’s not looking so hot. The Steelers started strong despite a contract impasse with star running back Le’Veon Bell, but they’ve faltered recently in a three-game losing streak and now are in danger of missing the playoffs. And Pittsburgh is this year’s Pennsylvania success story. The defending-champion Eagles continue to suffer from one of history’s worst Super Bowl hangovers and are down to an 18 percent playoff probability after Sunday’s crushing loss to the Dallas Cowboys.In the midst of all of that turmoil, though, Pennsylvania will be at the center of the football universe for Week 15 of the NFL season. According to our combination of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and game importance (how likely it is to swing every team’s odds of making the playoffs),1Which adds up a game’s potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league — including those not participating in the game itself. the Steelers’ game against the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon is the best of the week, while Philly’s Sunday-night clash against the Rams is tied for second-best: ATL0.10.0ARI0.00.01.51409 WSH10.58.6JAX0.00.019.81429 PHI17.614.7LAR100.00.030.81604 Elo beat the typical reader again in Week 14, but it was very close: On average, our predictions won the week by only 6.8 points. Relative to readers, Elo was rightly bearish on the Rams and Broncos, but the readers did get a huge victory over the model in the Giants’ 40-16 blowout of Washington. Knowing that the ‘Skins were down to Mark Sanchez at QB (who was later replaced by Josh “No, not that Josh Johnson” Johnson), readers preyed on Elo’s ignorance and picked Eli Manning and company to win. Although it wasn’t enough to win the week, it was the most lopsided single-game victory of the season by either readers over the computer or vice-versa.Anyway, congrats to Vyascheslav Tolbert (Mike Tolbert’s Russian cousin?), who led all users in Week 14 with 129.5 points, and to Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who maintained his No. 1 ranking for the season with 963.4 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, get in on the action before it’s too late! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. LAC84LAC85LAC 26, CIN 21-1.0– The best matchups of Week 15Week 15 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for all NFL teams’ playoff chances based on the result, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions NO74NO79NO 28, TB 14+1.0– Despite their mind-blowing last-second loss to the Miami Dolphins — and their generally less-impressive-than-usual season — the Patriots don’t have a huge amount riding on their matchup with Pittsburgh. (Win or lose, our model gives them at least a 99 percent chance to make the playoffs.) But the game does have major implications for the Steelers’ postseason future. Right now, Pittsburgh is one of five AFC teams with between a 20 percent and 65 percent playoff probability, according to our model. If the Steelers win, their number goes from 62 percent to 85 percent; if they lose, it drops to 38 percent.Gone are the questions about whether the Steelers could maintain their offensive output without Bell. With James Conner carrying the load at RB instead, Pittsburgh’s offense ranks roughly the same in expected points added per game (fifth) as it did a year ago (third) and has improved from 21st to 11th in EPA on the ground. Even without Conner against the Raiders — and with backups Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley combining for just 32 yards on 16 carries — Pittsburgh’s offense exceeded its usual weekly EPA average (although most teams do that against the Raiders). The real issue has been on defense, where the team ranks fourth-to-last in EPA over the past three weeks, including dead last against the pass. When Derek Carr is shredding your D for a 122.4 passer rating, there are some problems that must be addressed by Mike Tomlin and staff.And Steelers-Patriots has ripple effects that stretch far beyond just Pittsburgh’s chances. The Baltimore Ravens’ odds will go up or down by 13 percentage points depending on who wins in Pittsburgh; Tennessee and Indianapolis will also see their odds shift by multiple percentage points based on the outcome. Three other teams — Miami, Denver and Houston — will get changes of about 1 percentage point apiece. All told, about 47 points of playoff probability will move around on the basis of New England and Pittsburgh’s contest.For the Eagles, their playoff chances all but evaporated after falling to Dallas. While they were able to beat Washington (which is now also sitting at 6-7, two games back of the Cowboys, and now auditioning quarterbacks who walk in off the street) two weeks ago in the most important game of Week 13, Philly was unable to replicate that feat in overtime Sunday, losing the most crucial matchup of Week 14. There are still scenarios left whereby the Eagles can make the playoffs, most of which involve them winning out — while facing winning teams in the Rams and Texans over their three remaining games — and the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers losing games down the stretch. But Philadelphia has dug a deep hole for itself with three weeks to go.As we noted in late October, Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ offense were above average throwing the ball, but that wasn’t enough to offset a suspect running game and a disappointing defense. Since then, Wentz has basically held steady, but the rushing attack has gotten even worse, and the defense has done nothing to turn its season around. After weeks of waiting for the real Eagles to show up and play like champions, it’s probably time to admit that these are the real Eagles — and their hopes of repeating are slim.A win over L.A. would drag Philadelphia’s playoff chances up to 42 percent, so there is plenty on the line for at least one of the two teams involved Sunday. But with the Rams having locked up their division earlier this month, the game’s second-biggest stakes belong to the Vikings, who would lose 14 points of playoff probability with an Eagles win and gain 6 points if Philly loses. In addition, Washington, Seattle, Detroit, Dallas, Green Bay and Carolina will see at least 1 point of movement to their postseason odds depending on whether the Eagles win or lose.But most of all, it should be a good game. For all their mediocrity this year, the Eagles are still probably better than their 6-7 record, while the Rams are locked in a fight for the No. 1 seed in the NFC and have something to prove offensively after a weak Sunday-night showing against the Bears in Chicago. The Steelers and Patriots are in similar positions — both teams rank among the best in the AFC yet have a lot of questions to answer. Add it up, and the state of Pennsylvania figures to be a key battleground in the playoff ace, even if its teams aren’t exactly as intimidating as they seemed three months ago.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersWant more playoff probabilities? Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings in our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks every team’s odds. You can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game. Try your hand and attempt to climb up our giant leaderboard.Based on data from the prediction contest, here are the matchups in which Elo made its best — and worst — picks against the field of readers last week: SEA99.31.1SF0.00.03.31481 LAC99.70.2KC100.00.04.01656 NE72NE75MIA 34, NE 33-7.0– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 14Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 14 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game KC71KC72KC 27, BAL 24-1.1– ARI51DET55DET 17, ARI 3+4.6– HOU96.14.9NYJ0.00.012.71440 read more