Could the Mets teach you underwriting?

first_imgI’m a lifelong Yankee fan. I don’t exactly hate the Mets but their success bothers me the way I’m bothered by flies on a beautiful  day.  They’re a minor anoyance.  Still, their success has lessons for the baseball fan and credit union executive alike.Baseball is undergoing a statistics driven revolution: its savviest executives are using Big Data to make decisions, ranging from whom to draft to where infielders should be positioned, that used to be considered non quantifiable.The Mets, who are headed to the World Series, have an Analytics Department that uses a top secret algorithm to help pick their lineup (No joke). Joe Madden of the Cubs was one of the first managers to position his infield based entirely on a batter’s statistically validated hitting tendencies, which is why it’s not uncommon to see a second baseman in short right field.  And the Astros GM is so successful at drafting players – just ask the Yankees –that the FBI is investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals tried to break into a database he uses.  In fact, the most successful teams of the last few years haven’t been the ones with the most money to spend but the ones that aren’t afraid to use the analysis provided by an explosion of data points to challenge conventional wisdom.  All the teams that I mentioned were better known for loosing than winning until they took new approaches to analyzing an old game. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Gold Coast project as a bright future for the island of Pag or just an investor?

first_imgWhat is your opinion: The Gold Coast project as a bright future for the island of Pag or just an investor? The Golden Coast project was presented at the Mimara Museum in Zagreb Ede Marzic, an investment that envisages the construction of an entire new town on Pag in which, according to the investor’s plan, more than 10.000 people would live, reports Jutarnji list. The whole project also has its own promotional bus which promotes the investor’s vision of the development of Pag. The psychology and play on words behind the whole project is interesting, and it best reveals the front image of the bus (above) and the rear image of the bus (below). Of course, the attachment points out that no one is against the whole project. An interesting idea, perhaps to give the investor the entire island of Pag on a 100-year concession, and to make it a new “Cote d’Azur”? We do not need such investments. Especially the story of how to create a paradise on earth and great benefits for the locals. A paradise on earth that would be empty for most of the year and a ghost town, of the closed type, probably with cheap foreign labor, all using the main natural resource for a small concession fee. Of course, the intentions of investors are earnings and that is legitimate, in fact, earnings are the meaning of every business. Of course this is just my opinion, without any bad intentions. Rather, the investor has his own vision and wants to make money, which is absolutely legitimate. He offered his project and vision and put it on the table. Maybe the project is realized, and maybe not, like any other investment. But it is my opinion that we do not need such investments, in the context of closed resorts for the elite. From the music, the statements of the locals, the arguments and counter-arguments, the visuals, etc.… everything is nicely connected from frame to frame. What I’m sure of, no shots are random in this video. Watch the promotional video describing the entire investment and the project “Pag – Gold Coast” Comment: How about giving the whole island of Pag to investors for a concession? Of course from the perspective of investors this story could not be better, something similar to the theme of concessions on the beaches, to close and put a fence only for hotel guests. For the investor “golden coca”. The city for 10.000 people who would come to Pag a couple of times a year and would never go out of the “resort” makes no sense. Zlatna obala Hrvatske – reportage by Goran Milic / YouTube.com Promotional video Gold Coast When you look at the whole article, one of the conclusions that can certainly be drawn is that in fact the whole project is not in the interest of the investor, nor his earnings. No, the investor does all this exclusively for the prosperity of the island of Pag and its local population. Good marketing and a story that has been read for a long time. Also, I am fascinated by the fact that the desire to help the local population has been repeatedly emphasized. Everything is very nicely packaged through both videos. Everything has already been invented – it is one of the slogans of the whole project. That already closed resorts have long been invented and long ago proved to be bad for the whole local community in other countries, such as Spain, Turkey, Greece… Indeed, and Spain realized that this was the wrong direction of development, today they see it on their skin and they are now trying to develop tourism in a slightly different way (a little late when the coast as a major resource was destroyed). Croatia has the most valuable resource, and that is nature, ie the sea coast, which, fortunately for us or unfortunately (incompetence), is not completely destroyed, and therefore very attractive to large investors. This artificially dug canal would be the heart of the Pag residential project, the moment with which the island would gain access to the open sea for the first time and naturally connect to the existing Pag canal, concludes the Jutarnji list supplement. The golden coast of Croatia, as the whole project is called, would be golden only for the investor, and at least for the local population of the island of Pag. Looking for information about the project, I found this interesting article where the investor talks a little more about the whole vision of the project. The well-known journalist Goran Milić leads us through the entire article, whose credibility I assume should give credibility to the whole project? But I have to admit that the promotional video of the whole project is very cleverly put together, of course in the interest of investors. It’s as if the video director is Hollywood director Oliver Stone or Steven Spielberg with the support of top marketing and communication experts. The owner of the Hotel Pag and Camp Šimuni announced earlier that the realization of the project would cost between 500 and 700 million euros, and on Tuesday the first simulations of the settlement in the Pag bay Dinjiška were presented. Maržić’s plan is to dig a canal that would connect Dinjiška Bay with the town of Pag and whose entire course would be built and inhabited residential, luxury real estate, apartments and villas equipped with the best and most expensive furniture, but also a complete service that would include daily restaurant services and delivery of three meals daily to the doorstep, garage spaces for cars, hotel accommodation for residents and service staff, obligatory with knowledge of the mother tongue of the residents and with the manners of the best European and world catering workers. The dream of the generation of the island of Pag, everyone will sell to the country and give everything just to realize the project, sadness and grief, there is no future, the Government is praying, everyone is for the project, everyone is interested in this project, great future, rebirth are some slogans that are pulled through the video. As if there is no alternative, and the investor is the only savior. According to Maržić, it should be a luxury closed city, the most elite sea oasis in the world, with a complete service and other infrastructure adapted to the elderly who will be able to buy residential real estate on the island of Pag, each with its own berth or luxury yacht, and with access to the open sea, which Pažani, Maržić claims, will get precisely thanks to his vision.last_img read more

Sheyi Ojo set for permanent Rangers move

first_imgRelatedPosts Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Spurs sign right-back Doherty from Wolves Wolves need more players next season, says manager Nuno Scottish Premiership side Rangers have started the discussion on signing Sheyi Ojo permanently from Liverpool.According to Football Insider, the club have talked internally about securing the forward on a permanent basis.Ojo has been turning heads since teaming up with the Ibrox Stadium outfit on loan from Premier League club Liverpool in the summer.The Anglo-Nigeria, who spent last season with Ligue 1 side Reims, where he failed to impress, has turned around his misfortune, scoring five goals and providing four assists in 17 appearances since his arrival at Ibrox.Rangers will be expected to part with a huge sum of money to land the 22-year-old, who has a long-term deal with the Reds.Ojo has been with Liverpool since November 2015 but has failed to break into the first-team, featuring only in 10 games since his signing.In an effort to gather experience and enjoy more playing time, the forward spent time on loan with Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham before joining Reims at the start of last season.Ojo will hope to make an impactful showing when Rangers take on Hearts in their next league game on Sunday.Tags: Rangers MoveWolverhampton Wandererslast_img read more

Syracuse adjusts to starting season with 25 consecutive road games

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Correction: In a previous version of this article, the number of consecutive games was misstated. The schedule calls for 25 consecutive road games. The Daily Orange regrets this error.Twenty-five consecutive games on the road is a daunting task that no sports schedule should ever allow.But for the Syracuse softball team, that scheduling nightmare is a reality.As the Orange (5-10) prepares to get its first taste of Atlantic Coast Conference play at North Carolina (8-8, 2-1 ACC) this weekend, the schedule calls for seven more consecutive road games to round out the grueling stretch.Syracuse will face the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C., in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Saturday and a single game at noon Sunday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s tough,” senior outfielder Alexis Partyka said. “It’s even more so tough when we go from the last game of a tournament to the night before our first game of the next one without stepping foot on a real field.”The Orange is forced inside the confines of Manley Field House every day due to the thick layer of snow covering Skytop Softball Stadium, the seldom-used home of the Orange.Teammates agreed with Partyka, including fellow outfielder Mary Dombrowski. Both said that the experience of getting a fly ball in the sun, or caught up in the wind, is something that can’t be replicated indoors.Head coach Leigh Ross tried to downplay the significance of not getting a substantial amount of time on a real field.“I don’t think it takes too long to adjust,” Ross said. “You don’t have to be outside to work on your swing, pitch a strike or make a throw to first base.“I think there’s a little bit of a transition, but not much.”Sophomore shortstop Corinne Ozanne is expected to anchor the infield defense, playing at one of the most demanding positions on the diamond.Playing on a real dirt field can bring about an infinite amount of ways the ball will react when hitting it — but you don’t get that when practicing on a turf field.“You can take as many reps as you want on the turf,” Ozanne said,” But you’re getting a perfect hop every time.“Nothing’s the same.”While the travel may be a grind, the girls use the time together to become closer with one another. From going out for team dinners at local restaurants to the short amount of leisure time spent at the pool, the players bond through their experiences.The highlights of the team’s previous tournament in Orlando, Fla., included a national audience watching the Orange’s game against No. 19 Missouri, which was streamed on ESPN3 and a team photo shoot with ESPN.“If anything, I think the travel helps us,” Dombrowski said. “You get a lot closer to the new girls on the team and build better relationships with the ones you’ve played with for a while.”The “new girls” on the SU squad include a group of seven freshmen, most of whom have never experienced a travel grind like the one they’re roughing now.Multiple players mentioned the challenges of being a student-athlete, a difficult undertaking in any measure that doesn’t get any easier when arriving back in Syracuse at 1 a.m., seven hours before your 8 a.m. class begins, as Ozanne mentioned.Ross thinks it all comes down to each player’s mind-set about the travel. She expects her players to take the constant travel in stride and have it turn them into better softball players.With more than two weeks remaining before SU is slated to take the field at home for the first time, Ross raved about the confidence she has in her group to rally behind one another and “press the reset button.”“Having a team that is really buying into everything,” Ross said, “You can’t ask for much more.” Comments Published on March 6, 2014 at 1:22 am Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

Cameron Johnson and Ryan Luther flip script on Pittsburgh’s formula to beating Syracuse

first_img Published on March 9, 2016 at 4:16 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ WASHINGTON — Syracuse had lost to Pittsburgh on Dec. 30 and on Feb. 20. In those games, Pittsburgh’s Cameron Johnson and Ryan Luther combined for 15 total points. The Panthers won both those games the same way, limiting Michael Gbinije, relying on Jamel Artis, and using a late-game run to create separation.It’s been 29 years since Syracuse lost to a team three times in one season. And the Orange snapped that streak against the Panthers on Wednesday afternoon. And it was those two previously irrelevant Pitt players that added an unseen dimension.“They were humungous on the offensive end,” Malachi Richardson said. “We just didn’t get out to them fast enough to stop them on the inside.”Johnson finished with a career high 24 points. Luther added 13 more. They made up more than half of Pittsburgh’s offense and were as clutch late as they were hot early in Pittsburgh’s (21-10, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) 72-71 win over Syracuse (19-13, 9-9) on Wednesday afternoon at the Verizon Center.Pittsburgh’s bench outscored its starters 20-11 in the first half, and helped keep separation in the second half when the Orange mounted a late-game run.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“His improvement has been dramatic. He’s made us better … a lot of big plays from him,” Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said about the redshirt freshman Johnson. “Ryan, too. Ryan gave us some really good minutes. He’s been good against the zone.”Syracuse led by as many as 10 points, but it was two Johnson 3’s that helped bring Pittsburgh back. The second one tied the score at 26. When the Orange cut the lead from 14 to four in the second half, Johnson hit another 3, from the exact same right-wing spot that he made the others from.And on the next possession down — after a Richardson layup, it was Luther that cleaned up his own miss and scored a bucket to keep stalling the Orange’s run. Artis took just five shots, Michael Young made only four. James Robinson waited until the last minute to be effective offensively. It was these two that were the catalyst.“He stepped up tonight,” Gbinije said about Johnson. “We should have done a better job locating him in the zone. We didn’t and he made us pay for it.”The two also led Pittsburgh in rebounding, combining for 11 boards on the afternoon. They were two unknowns coming in. They averaged a combined 9.3 points per game. Syracuse found a way to lose to Pittsburgh three times this season. Two of them followed one formula, but Johnson and Luther had to switch things up to ensure it happened again.“We came here to shoot last night. I thought I felt pretty good,” Johnson said. “Warmups, same thing. Came out early, got some form shooting in. Then went from there.” Commentslast_img read more

Warriors’ Draymond Green spoke with Kevin Durant, dismissed long-term concerns

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWant real-time Warriors news texted to your phone? Sign up for Mark Medina’s private text messaging service.The Warriors held a team dinner on Wednesday night, which is a typical practice on trips. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he spoke to Green privately and to the team before Thursday’s morning shootaround. Though Kerr declined to share any details, he described the mood during shootaround as “pretty quiet.”When the Warriors opened up the end of morning shootaround to the media, Green and Durant appeared cordial and completed their shooting workouts at the same basket. Durant did not speak to reporters after morning shootaround and maintained a sullen expression as he sat on a bench and thumbed through his phone after his workout. But Kerr maintained he “feels extremely confident in this team’s ability to get through any adversity.”“I know the character of the group. I know the history of this group,” said Kerr, whose team has won three NBA titles in the past four years. “It’s way too strong and way too powerful to be upended by the type of adversity that can hit any team in this league. We’re going to get through this.”After all, the Warriors defeated the Rockets here in Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals before winning their second NBA championship in consecutive seasons. Green and Durant also had on-court arguments during his inaugural season two years ago. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “I’ve read a lot about how ‘Is this the end of the run? Is it over. Did I ruin it? Did I force Kevin to leave?’” Green said, rhetorically. “At the end of the day, as I have said before, whatever Kevin decides to do, whatever Klay [Thompson] decides to do, we’ve had great years together. I support everybody whole heartedly 100 percent. As a man and human being, you have the right to do with whatever you want in your life. I’d never question that.”Green did question one thing, though. He dismissed any concerns on whether his verbal altercation with Durant would disrupt the team’s chances in winning its fourth NBA title in four years or convince Durant to leave next offseason when he plans to decline of his $31 million player option to become a free agent. One Warriors staffer walked out during morning shootaround and jokingly said within ear shot of reporters, “break it up; it’s all over.”“Nobody in this organization, from a player, not myself, not Kevin, not anybody else, is going to beat us. So if you are one of them 29 teams in this league, you gotta beat us,” Green said. “We are not going to beat us. We’re going to continue to do what we do. I’m sorry if that ruins everybody’s stories. I know everybody got a job to do. I apologize for ruining y’all stories, if it did. But if this only makes Kevin, myself, the rest of my teammates stronger, that’s what it’s going to do. You think you saw something before, good luck with us now. We’re not going to crumble off an argument. We’re going to move forward.”One way Green wants to move forward: not answer any more questions about anything involving his disagreement with Durant. Green delivered an opening statement for about two minutes on this situation, but declined to answer a follow-up question regarding the front office’s stance. The Warriors suspended him for one-game without pay because of Green’s language toward Durant. The Warriors then had a team discussion in the locker room, though the team said the substance of those conversations did not influence their decision to suspend Green.“Anybody want to talk about basketball?” Green said. “I spoke on what I spoke about, if anyone want to talk about basketball. I’ll take some basketball questions. But that’s all I’ve got to say about that.”Green spoke indirectly, though, on his basketball philosophy that determines when to be a playmaker, find an open teammate or pass to one of the Warriors’ top scorers in Durant, Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson. After Green grabbed a rebound in Monday’s game against the Clippers with six seconds left, he sprinted toward the other court and did not pass a trailing Durant after calling for the ball. Green also did not see an open Thompson before fumbling the ball as time expired.“Ball movement is always important, whether we got a matchup we like , whether a guy got it going, ball movement is always going to be important,” Green said in general terms. “Obviously there are going to be times you have to scrap that. A lot of times down the stretch, we scrap that. [Durant] is going to have the ball. Steph is going to have the ball. Klay is going to be finding his shot. A lot of times down the stretch, we scrap it. But throughout the course of the game, you want to have that ball movement and flow to keep everyone else in a rhythm and not allow the defense to key on those guys. Down the stretch, you have to go to your guys and they have to get you a bucket. That’s just a fact of the matter.”As for the ensuing argument between Green and Durant?Kerr maintained “it’s private” on how the Warriors determine when it is appropriate for Green to exert his fiery demeanor and when he crosses the line. But Kerr has long maintained Green’s on-court intensity and honestly provides more long-term and short-term benefits than consequences.“Draymond has a huge heart. He’s a champion. He’s a winner,” Kerr said. “He’s so passionate that at times he can go over the edge. He always comes back. I know he’s going to come back and he’ll be his usual competitive and passionate self. We’re going to move on.”Related Articles HOUSTON – Before anyone even asked a question, Warriors forward Draymond Green discussed the elephant in the room with the conviction and passion that matches his play.In his first public comments since Green and Kevin Durant had a verbal altercation at the end of regulation of Monday’s eventual loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Green shared that he “spoke” with Durant and that “we’re moving forward.”Green did not directly address calling Durant “a bitch,” criticizing him for his pending free agency or his one-game suspension in Tuesday’s win over Atlanta. Green also did not address an ESPN report that said he plans to appeal the Warriors-imposed $120,000 fine for his one-game suspension. But with Green active for the Warriors’ game on Thursday against the Houston Rockets, Green generally defended his on-court demeanor with Durant. The tensions began after Durant yelled at Green for not passing him the ball after grabbing a rebound during a tie game with six seconds left before committing a turnover as the buzzer sounded in regulation.“There is no secret I am an emotional player,” Green said. “I play with emotions on my sleeve. I play with that same emotion. Sometimes it gets the best of me. If it doesn’t work in my favor, I’m going to live with it because it works in my favor to the good. That’s my resume. My résumé and the team résumé speaks to us more than it doesn’t So I’m never going to change who I am and I’m going to approach the game the same way it always do. We’ll continue to move forward.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Kerr appeared ready to move on by keeping his sense of humor. He joked he might filibuster his interview so no one asks any questions about Durant and Green. Kerr also joked that Rockets fans “might cheer” for Green during lineup introductions because of his spat with Durant. He dismissed whether this episode could strengthen the team, though, highlighting any other unpredictable events that could include injuries or personality conflicts.“I’m not going to sit here and pretend everything is rosy tonight and everything is going to be fine,” Kerr said. “This will unfold and we’re going to be fine and are going to be at full strength and we’re going to be ready to roll. But we’re human like everybody else. We have to deal with stuff. So we’ll deal with it.”And so far, Kerr said he likes how the Warriors have dealt with it.“The foundation is the key to everything,” Kerr said. “We have a strong foundation and that’s why we’re going to be fine.”Want real-time Warriors news texted to your phone? Want to get answers to Warriors questions? Sign up for Mark Medina’s private text messaging service.Follow Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more