Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arwind Santos led the resurrection of the Beermen after the Hotshots reduced a huge advantage down to a manageable level and threatened to replicate their come-from-behind Game 1 victory.“Good thing we recovered,” said Santos, who hit the long three that sparked a decisive run by the Beermen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownClimbing out of a 21-point hole, the Hotshots opened the final period with timely snipings from Kyle Pascual and Mark Barroca to pull within seven while holding the Beermen scoreless in that span.Santos stopped the bleeding with that three and Chris Ross mounted a counter offensive with June Mar Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter that dashed the hopes of Magnolia to seize a commanding lead in the best-of-seven series. SAN MIGUEL 92—Santos 24, Lassiter 16, Cabagnot 15, Fajardo 12, Heruela 10, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, Ross 5, Mamaril 4, De Ocampo 0, Vigil 0.MAGNOLIA 77—Barroca 18, Lee 13, Sangalang 11, Dela Rosa 7, Ramos 7, Jalalon 6, Pascual 4, Reavis 4, Brondial 3, Herndon 2, Simon 2, Mendoza 0.Quarters: 19-17, 48-35, 75-57, 92-77 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Batangas-Tanduay gains semis; QC extends series In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES “Now, it’s down to a best-of-five series,” said Santos as the battle for the prestigious all-Filipino crown take a six-day break in observance of the Holy Week. Game 3 is slated April 1.Santos burned the hoops with 24 points, highlighted by six three-pointers out of his team’s 13 threes, the Beermen’s weapon of choice after Magnolia focused its defense on Fajardo.“We’ll rest for the next 24 hours and go back on the court to practice for three straight days,” said SMB coach Leo Austria.Fajardo, the league’s Most Valuable Player the past four seasons, got bottled up in the lane and finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In full control of the game, it was déjà vu for San Miguel Beer after seeing a comfortable lead whittle away.The Beermen refused to get carried by the same storyline and survived a late onslaught by the Magnolia Hotshots to even their PBA Philippine Cup championship series, 92-77, on Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments
Tags: Nam Oumaonduparaka fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetopvipers sc Vipers’ Mukwala (left) was on target in their last games (Photo by Vipers’ Media)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Onduparaka FC vs Vipers SC Green Light Stadium, AruaTuesday, 25-02-2019ARUA – Vipers will be hoping they can keep up with pace setters KCCA FC when the Kitende based side travels away to Onduparaka on Tuesday.The Venoms go into the game second on the table, four points behind the Kasasiros with only 10 games to play in the season.With the League winding down, Nam Ouma’s side have no room for error or else they risk falling off the pace.“We will play for a positive result, says Ouma ahead of the game.“We have to be at our best to get the best result.“My team has great potential so am confident.Ouma comes into this match after the loss of his father however he has since put aside that misery to concentrate on picking maximum points against the Caterpillars. Dan Sserunkuma could return to the starting lineup after earning a deserved rest in the 3-0 triumph over Bright Stars last Friday. However, it will not be a walk in the park for last season’s top scorer after Steven Mukwala, who replaced him in last week’s game scored the opener. Joseph Janjali makes his way back to the squad after sitting out of the last home game. Yayo Lutimba and Moses Waiswa are again dropped and will not feature in the game. Geofrey Wasswa and Livingstone Mulondo who were both on the score sheet in the first round fixture between the two sides at Kitende are unavailable through injuries.Coming up against Onduparaka, Vipers face a side that has just returned to winning ways after going seven games minus victory.Last week, the Caterpillars defeated Mbarara City 2-1 away frim home, a result that leaves them in 6th on the log going into Match-Day 21.The Caterpillars will be hoping to snap a four game winless run against Vipers who they last beat in their (Onduparaka) debut season back in 2016.Match Facts:This will be the 7th meeting between Vipers and Onduparaka.In the first 6, Vipers have won 4, drawn one and lost only one of those meetings.Going into the game, the Venoms have won both of their last two meetings with the Caterpillars scoring 5 goals without letting in any at the other end.In the reverse fixture last season, Vipers defeated Onduparaka 2-0 before defeating them 3-0 in the first game this season.Onduparaka go into Tuesday’s clash having won only one of their last 8 League games (D4 L3).At home, the Arua based side have not lost any of their last 7 games, winning three and drawing the other 4. However, they should be worried as three of those four draws have coming in the last three games, all ending 0-0.For Vipers, they head into the game having lost only one of their last 37 League game (W25 D11).On the road, Ouma’s side have won 10 of their last 17 games, drawing 7 and losing none.The other games on Tuesday @4:30pm:-KCCA FC vs URA FC-Ndejje University vs Express FC @-Maroons FC vs Paidha Black Angels-Kirinya Jinja SS vs Mbarara CityComments
Introducing the “Poof!” Theory of Evolution.A rather famous evolutionist who studied under John Maynard Smith and specializes in theoretical evolutionary biology, Eörs Szathmáry (see 2/06/05, 2/18/09 and 1/05/10, also a Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week winner, 7/23/06), has been working on the “great transformations” of evolution for a long time. His latest entry, published in PNAS, announces an upgrade: “Toward Major Evolutionary Transitions Theory 2.0“.In this paper, he brings his latest solutions to seven major evolutionary transitions from nonlife to life: (1) protocells, (2) the genetic code, (3) eukaryotic cells, (4) plastids, (5) multicellularity, (6) eusocial animal societies, and (7) societies with natural language. His toolkit of “explanatory mechanisms” for overcoming these major evolutionary hurdles includes multilevel selection, decomposition of the transitions into more manageable units, handwaving (e.g., “This process is still an unsolved problem”), jargon, and a strong predilection for instantaneous, inexplicable appearances (i.e., magic). Since whatever he needs appears as if in a burst of smoke, we can summarize his story as the “Poof! Theory of Evolution.” Examples:During transitions, new units of reproduction emerge [poof!], and establishment [poof!] of such units requires high fidelity of reproduction (as opposed to mere replication).Enduring diploidy is an optional consequence of sex that arose [poof!] in certain lineages independently [poof!].The recurrent emergence [poof!] of the division of labor or the combination of functions allows the higher level units to be more efficient under certain conditions, which has to translate into a fitness advantage.It was noted that new inheritance systems arise [poof!] first in a rudimentary form….There are hereditary mechanisms below and before, as well as above and after, DNA that emerged [poof!] in evolution: the RNA world, epigenetic inheritance, and language are important examples.In the lifecycle, the multicellular condition arises [poof!] either by cells (or nuclei) coming together [poof!] or by cell division, followed by sticking together [poof!].A major outstanding issue is what I call filial transitions: origin and evolution [poof!] of new Darwinian systems within the hierarchy, such as the nervous system (poof!) and the adaptive immune system [poof!] in vertebrates.As soon as proteinaceous aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases appeared on the scene [poof!], a new kind of autocatalysis (replication) emerged [poof!].Rather than a separate major transition, meiosis and syngamy seem to be better regarded as a coevolving form of maintenance or transformation of an emerging [poof!] higher-level evolutionary unit. The other component of the genetic revolution is the emergence [poof!] of the nucleus itself, from which the name eukaryote is derived. The evolution of [poof!] introns and eukaryotic gene regulation….In the case of symbiosis, the increase in complexity [poof!] is accompanied by the emergence [poof!] of synchronized replication.Just as the evolution of [poof!] powerful epigenetic inheritance systems allowed the evolution of [poof!] complex multicellularity, natural language allowed the emergence of [poof!] complex human societies.The transition [poof!] to cells now includes the origin of [poof!] chromosomes, and the origin of [poof!] meiosis and syngamy is included in the transition [poof!] to eukaryotic cells.Aggregation of cells evolved four times independently [poof!4]Although multicellularity arose [poof!] more than 20 times [poof!20], the “spectacular” forms arose only in plants, animals, and fungi [poof!3].The magic words are sprinkled liberally throughout Szathmáry’s paper. After decades of tackling the Great Transitions in Evolution 1.0, this is 2.0, his latest and greatest scenario of how life evolved from chemicals to evolutionary storyteller. A perceptive reader might wonder, “Proof or poof?”Sometimes we just need to let the evolutionists discredit themselves. As in politics, when your opponent is making a fool of himself, don’t interrupt him. (Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Dos pequenos aos de grande porte, dos carnivoros aos que comem formigas, dos primatas aos repteis… Os nossos animais (e aves) sao selvagens e formidaveis.As cidades cresceram, muita terra foi cedida a agricultura, a caça varreu manadas inteiras e os dias em que uma manada de springboks podia levar dias a atravessar uma cidade em Karoo ha muito desapareceram.E no entanto, graças a prevençao e cuidados dos nossos conservacionistas, passados e presentes, defensores do mundo natural, a África do Sul continua a a ser abençoada por uma fauna abundante.Os Grandes CincoOs grandes felinosA vida selvagem menos conhecidaMais de 200 especies de mamiferosMamiferos marinhos e peixeO crocodilo… e outros repteisO grande mundo dos passarosOs Grandes CincoOs mais conhecidos sao os mamiferos, e entre esses os Grandes Cinco sao de longe os mais afamados: o elefante, o leao, o rinoceronte, o leopardo e o bufalo. Nao e que a girafa, o hipopotamo ou a baleia sejam pequenos…As regioes de mato (bushveld) e de savana sul africanas continuam a ser o lar de inumeros mamiferos universalmente associados a África. So o Parque Nacional Kruger tem mais de 10.000 elefantes e 20.000 bufalos – em 1920 calculava-se que houvessem 120 elefantes em todo o pais.O rinoceronte branco tambem foi recuperado da quase completa extinçao e povoa actualmente tanto o Parque Nacional Kruger como o Parque Hluhluwe Umfolozi, em KwaZulu-Natal. Correntemente a atençao recai no rinoceronte negro.Tanto um parque como o outro sao a casa de qualquer um dos Grandes Cinco, como o sao outras grandes reservas na África do Sul – e o caso de Pilanesberg, na provincia Noroeste.Os grandes felinosAlem de ocuparem o cimo da piramide dos predadores, o leao supera em beleza e fascinio. Tem infelizmente um terrivel inimigo, que o expulsou de quase todo o pais e hoje em dia encontra-se quase que exclusivamente em areas preservadas.O belissimo leopardo sobrevive numa area mais vasta, incluindo grande parte da parte sul do Cabo e mais a norte do pais, apesar de em muito menor numero noutros locais.A chita e a campea da velocidade, capaz de correr quase a 100 quilometros a hora. A populaçao de chitas e comparativamente menor e confinada quase que exclusivamente a parte mais a norte (incluindo o Parque Nacional Kruger), o Parque Transfronteiriço Kgalagadi no Cabo Norte e nas reservas nas provincias de KwaZulu-Natal e Noroeste.A vida selvagem menos conhecidaOutros animais de grande porte intrinsecamente ligados a África sao o hipopotamo, a girafa, o kudu (um tipo de antilope africano), os famosos gnus ou wildebeest e a zebra, todos eles frequentemente observados nas reservas sul africanas.Mas o despertar das consciencias fez com que outros animais, os menos conhecidos, começassem tambem a suscitar interesse. Ver um tsessebe raro (um parente do gnu) pode provocar tanta excitaçao como ver um leao. E ao passo que e impossivel nao ver um elefante perto de nos, vislumbrar um pequeno e envergonhado suni (o chamado antilope de Livingstone) que vive na floresta e certamente motivo de auto congratulaçao.Numa escala mesmo muito pequena, podia-se tentar assinalar as sete especies de musaranho-elefante ou sengi da África do Sul – uma tarefa que nos levaria por todo o pais e certamente muitissimo morosa.Mais de 200 especies de mamiferosCom bem mais de 200 especies, tentar fazer uma pesquisa, por mais pequena que seja, dos mamiferos originarios da África do Sul e em si mesmo uma contradiçao. Alguns exemplos ajudarao.Em termos de atracçao, os primatas vem em primeiro lugar. No nosso pais incluem os bushbabies (ou macacos nocturnos), os macacos simango ou vervet (verdes ou de cara preta), os babuinos chacma, que – devido a uma alimentaçao irresponsavel e a pressao por causa da perda de habitat – se tornaram impopulares como agressores de casas privadas na Peninsula do Cabo.Os dassies (pequenos roedores herbivoros semelhantes as marmotas e que habitam em zonas rochosas) e os meerkats (ou suricatos, parecidos as fuinhas, conhecidos pela sua posiçao erecta de alerta) tem um enorme charme, embora os dassies possam ser um grande perigo para os agricultores.O aardvark nocturno e sigiloso, ou porco-da-terra ou porco-formigueiro (que se alimenta de formigas e e o unico membro da ordem Tubulidentata), e o aardwolf, tambem conhecido por lobo-da-terra ou protelo (que se alimenta de termites e e parente da hiena) sao outras duas cativantes criaturas, sendo possivel encontrar uma e outra literalmente em todo o pais.E para aqueles que apreciam os mamiferos terrestres humidos, temos a lontra-sem-garras ao longo de todo o Cabo, que nada tanto em agua doce como salgada. A lontra-de-pescoço-pintado tem um territorio mais limitado. Mas sao ambas raras e dificeis de observar.Um dos mamiferos de encanto recem-adquirido e o cao selvagem, cao-caçador-africano ou mabeco, uma das especies mais ameaçadas. Uma das especies erroneamente injuriadas como indiscriminados assassinos mas hoje em dia apreciados quer pelo seu valor ecologico quer pelo seu extraordinario comportamento carinhoso em familia, os bandos de caes selvagens requerem vastos territorios.Encontram-se em pequeno numero no Parque Nacional Kruger e cercanias, a norte de KwaZulu-Natal (incluindo o Parque Hluhluwe-Umfolozi), no Kalahari e na reserva Madikwe na provincia Noroeste.Os caninos carnivoros mais comuns sao a hiena, o chacal e a raposa de orelha de morcego (por causa das suas longas orelhas). Os felinos carnivoros – alem dos mencionados acima (leopardo, tigre, leao, jaguar) – incluindo o caracal, ou lince africano, com as suas tipicas orelhas em riste, o gato selvagem africano e o rarissimo gato-das-patas-negras. Outros animais carnivoros incluem o almiscar, o genet (pequeno mamifero da familia das fuinhas e civetes) e varios tipos de animais da familia das fuinhas.Os herbivoros estao bem representados por varias especies de antilopes, desde o pequeno duiker ate ao grande kudu e o soberbamente belo antilope negro, que se encontra em quase toda a regiao norte.Os mamiferos tambem se encontram no ar: A África do Sul esta bem provida de varias especies de morcegos.Mamiferos marinhos e peixeE agora o mar. O maior mamifero de todos – na África do Sul e no mundo inteiro – e a baleia azul, que pode chegar a ter 33 metros de comprimento.Mas das oito especies que se encontram habitualmente ao largo da costa sul africana (incluindo a terrivel baleia assassina preta e branca, que afinal e uma orca), a mais frequentemente vista pelo homem e a baleia franco astral. Esta criatura imponente aproxima-se das baias da costa para parir, permitindo uma soberba observaçao em terra.A baleia franco astral representa uma das historias de sucesso na preservaçao das especies. Considerada outrora como a baleia “certa’ para apanhar, a sua populaçao ficou tao reduzida que foi designada especie protegida. Com a enorme familiaridade provocada pelo seu regresso as baias costeiras, sao actualmente tao amadas como muitos dos golfinhos que alegram as nossas aguas.Os mares sul africanos sao ricos em varias especies de peixe. Talvez o mais temivel de todos seja o grande tubarao branco, mas esta e apenas uma das mais de 2.000 especies, que representam 16% do total mundial. Varios tipos de “peixe a linha”, ou peixe fresco, lagosta e os abalones (um tipo de molusco muito vulgar na costa sul africana) satisfazem particularmente o apetite dos gourmets, enquanto que peixe pelagico (sardinhas e outros do tipo arenque) e pescada tem um imenso valor comercial.O crocodilo… e outros repteisMuito menos favorecida com peixe de agua fresca – 112 especies conhecidas, uns meros 1,3% do total mundial – a África do Sul possui, no entanto, um habitante de rio tao famoso como os Grandes Cinco e tambem ele um simbolo de África. O crocodilo ainda governa alguns braços de rio e estuarios, lagos e lagoas, causando severa mortalidade entre humanos.Outros repteis aquaticos dignos de nota sao as tartarugas marinhas e as tartarugas de couro, centro de um esforço de preservaçao da especie de uma grande comunidade nas suas zonas de postura na costa norte de KwalaZulu-Natal.Entre os repteis terrestres temos as tartarugas de terra e os fascinantes camaleoes. Existem mais de 100 especies de serpentes. Metade destas, a piton incluida, nao sao venenosas, outras – como a Puff Adder, a mamba verde e a mamba negra, a boomslang e a rinkhals ou cobra cuspideira – sao mortalmente venenosas.A relativa secura do pais e responsavel pelo numero comparativamente pequeno de pequenos anfibios – 84 especies. No entanto, a titulo de compensaçao, a África do Sul tem mais de 77.000 especies de invertebrados.O grande mundo dos passarosOrnitofilos vem de todo o mundo para observarem a maior variedade de aves e passaros do pais, tipicamente africanos, aves migratorias e endemicas (as que pertencem apenas a África do Sul).Das mais de 850 especies que foram registadas na África do Sul, aproximadamente 725 sao residentes ou visitantes anuais e cerca de 50 sao endemicas ou quase-endemicas.Alem das aves residentes, a África do Sul acolhe um numero notavel de aves migratorias intra-africanas, como os cucos ou os pica-peixe, bem como aves do Ártico, Europa, Ásia Central, China e Antartica durante o ano.O mundo das aves e dos passaros da África do Sul vai desde a avestruz – criada em quintas no distrito de Outdshoorn no Cabo Ocidental, mas selvagens sobretudo no norte do pais – ate especies notaveis, como os hornbills ou passaros de crista, passando pelos omnipresentes LJB (Little Brown Jobs, parecidos com os pardais).Apenas numa pequena area, em torno da cidade de Vryheid, a norte de KwaZulu-Natal, se podem ver pantanos, savana, thornveld e tanto floresta montanhosa como ribeirinha e cerca de 380 especies foram registadas.Um observador de passaros nao precisa de sair de um jardim tipico de Joanesburgo para deparar com loeries cinzentos, poupas ou hoopoes, hadada ibis ou singanga, barbaças-de-colar-preto, barbaças-de-poupa, olho-branco-do-cabo, tordos-olivaceos… ou um cucal de Burchell a picar desatinadamente em volta de uma arvore. E isso nem de perto nem de longe completaria a lista.Entre os passaros mais espectaculres da África do Sul estao os grous ou garças, mais facilmente observadas nos pantanos – embora ver o grou de carunculas seja um verdadeiro achado porque e extremamente raro. O belissimo grou azul e o passaro nacional da África do Sul, enquanto que o grou coroado e provavelmente o mais espectacular da sua especie com a sua inconfundivel e proeminente crista.Entre as suas aves de maiorporte, a África do Sul tem ainda algumas aguias e abutres. Entre os mais coloridos temos os martins-pescadores ou pica-peixes, os abelharucos, as nectarinas, o lindissimo rolieiro de peito lilas e os loeries ou turacos de Knysna e de crista violeta.Fonte: Turismo Sul Africano
29 August 2011Global communications and IT services group BT is expanding its infrastructure investment in South Africa with the opening of an international network traffic routing facility at Melkbosstrand in the Western Cape.The facility will enable the company to strengthen its position as a leading provider of networked IT services and also gain better control of its local infrastructure and improve services to enterprises with a presence in South Africa.“The new infrastructure is of particular importance for the development of the regional and national economy,” the company said in a statement last week. “For example, Cape Town has established itself as a major global hub for call centres and is set to benefit greatly as BT introduces new services and solutions aimed at call centre operators.”BT operates one of the world’s largest global internet protocol-based networks, which underpins mission-critical applications for leading global enterprises from a variety of industry sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, logistics, pharmaceutical and oil and gas industries.Vendor neutral co-locationThe new routing facility will be linked to Teraco, a vendor neutral co-location site in Cape Town, through which other operators and customers will connect directly onto the BT network.Connectivity between the routing facility and Teraco will be provided by Dark Fibre Africa (DFA), an independent fibre network provider with 600km of fibre network in Cape Town and the surrounding areas.In 2009, BT was awarded individual Electronic Communications Services (i-ECS) and Electronic Communication Network Services (i-ECNS) licences from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa.“Recent changes in the South African telecommunications regulatory environment have provided local and global telco providers with an opportunity to lower costs of connectivity and improve service levels offered to their customers,” BT said.BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. British Telecommunications (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Google looks to be following up the addition of its Google Chart Tools with a neat addition to Google Labs – the Public Data Explorer. The purpose of the new tool, Google says on the new lab’s page, is to make “large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate”. Google, with its access to an immense assortment of information, is in the perfect position to help us with ways to display this information.Just as with the Chart Tools, Google’s Public Data Explorer will allow users to directly embed charts and other visual tools onto their websites. The charts will be dynamically created, so if the data updates, so will the chart. Google first got into the public data game about a year ago and has been including this type of data in its search results.Right now, there are 13 datasets available, ranging from something as specific as Education Statistics of California to World Development Indicators from the World Bank. Google has just added five new public data sources: the U.S. Center for Disease Control (think Google’s Flu Trends), the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Eurostat, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, and the California Department of Education.There are four choices for visualization styles – bar graph, line graph, map or bubble, and each has its advantage. After choosing a visual style, you can select what data points you would like to see and set variables such as time period.Just as with the chart tools, we look forward to seeing how useful a tool like this can be for all those smaller organizations that don’t have the resources to hire a full-time web design team, but want to visually display data to help visualize trends. This could be a great tool for smaller journalistic organizations to compete with some of the big dogs. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson Tags:#Google#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
Twitter/@OSUCoachMeyerOhio State fans wouldn’t be totally out of line called Evan Spencer’s double reverse touchdown pass to Michael Thomas in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama a “piece of art.” Apparently Urban Meyer (and/or whoever runs his Twitter account) agrees. Meyer tweeted out a video of the play, with a Vincent Van Gogh quote dubbed over it:“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”Embrace The Grind pic.twitter.com/8Y9zsJzKl8— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 8, 2015We have to say, that quote sums up the game of football very well. [Eleven Warriors]
President of the Jamaica Government Pensioners Association, Jonathan Brown (left), observes as First Vice President of the Association, June Spence Jarrett (centre), makes a presentation to guest speaker, Rev. Paul DaCosta Pinto, at the Association’s Annual General Meeting, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in St. Andrew on April 24.
The play he’s talking about came as the Falcons clung to a 28-20 lead with about four minutes left in regulation time. The Patriots had just finished scoring 17 unanswered points to pull to within a single score of Atlanta, and the Falcons had run a grand total of six offensive plays over that span before QB Matt Ryan started the drive at his own 10. Atlanta still had about a 92 percent chance of winning the game according to ESPN’s win probability model, but a window had been opened for the Pats.At first, the Falcons appeared to close it again. Ryan hit Devonta Freeman for a 39-yard gain to reach midfield, and a few plays later, Julio Jones made an amazing catch that seemed destined to join the pantheon of great Patriot-killing Super Bowl grabs. But on second and 11 from the New England 23, the Falcons decided to pass instead of running the ball and setting up an insurance field goal, and Ryan was sacked for a loss of 12. Between that and a 10-yard holding penalty on the subsequent play, the Falcons were pushed out of accurate kicker Matt Bryant’s field-goal range and had to punt the ball back to Brady.The rest, as they say, was history.If the Falcons had run the ball on those second and third downs instead, then kicked the field goal, they’d have forced the Patriots to mount an 11-point comeback with something like 2:30 to play — not an 8-point comeback with 3:30 to go. The odds of a team doing the former are about 3 percent; for the latter, 8 percent.The counter-argument, of course, is that 8 percent is still improbable. Even after the sack and the punt, the Falcons were still overwhelmingly likely to win the game. Only one Super Bowl in history had ever seen a team overcome longer second-half odds. (Granted, it was the Patriots’ victory two years ago.) In order to tie the game, Brady and the Pats still needed to:Convert a third-and-10 from their own 9;Complete a 23-yard pass to Julian Edelman, whose catch rivaled the greatest in Super Bowl history;Complete a 20-yard pass to Danny Amendola;Have James White scamper 20 more yards on two catches;Score a touchdown from the Falcons’ 1;Successfully pull off the 2-point conversion.If just one of those plays goes differently, we might be talking about Atlanta’s first Super Bowl title. And even after all that, the Pats still needed to stop Ryan and the Falcons from quickly driving for the game-winning score with under a minute left (which has happened before), and they needed luck on the opening coin toss of overtime and they needed a handful of big plays in OT in order to win. As you may have heard by now — perhaps from the eardrum-shattering sound of New England Patriots fans booing Roger Goodell — the Patriots are Super Bowl champs, having rallied back from a 28-3 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 on Sunday. The comeback alone was historic, ranking as the most improbable in Super Bowl history, but there’s also a whole layer of history attached to the accomplishments of New England quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, plus the revenge narrative of Deflategate. It’s a lot to keep track of.Amidst all the postgame analysis, however, there’s always a place for second-guessing the Super Bowl loser’s coach. And on Sunday night, New Yorker staff writer James Surowiecki provided an instant classic in the genre: Related: Hot Takedown Hot Takedown’s Super Bowl Special It’s true that the decision to pass instead of run and kick was the proverbial turning point, from which most subsequent plays saw the Pats increase their chances of winning until they hit 100 percent on White’s game-winning TD run. It’s also true that running the ball and going up 11 would have made the Pats’ comeback more difficult — and when you’re going up against the best coach/QB tandem ever, it’s generally not a good idea to gift them free win probability.But in the end, the Falcons still had plenty more chances to snuff out the Pats’ comeback from that point onward. Whether because of poor defense or Brady’s clutch-ness (or both), they didn’t — and it’s the totality of many plays that has us talking about Brady and Belichick’s legacies on Monday, and not crowning a new champion in Atlanta.