Login/Register With: Advertisement Aside from the rich visual appeal of the show (which rivals any show on air, in my opinion), I cannot say enough about the writing. The characters are so sharply drawn and the research so thorough that it is entirely believable the personas we’re seeing onscreen could be the historical figures. Given the show’s sometimes fantastical story arcs, that’s a true testament to the caliber of the writing. Welp, another one bites the dust – Fox has officially confirmed that the fledgling historical drama series, Houdini & Doyle, will be canceled after one season. And that news, to be blunt, sucks. There I said it.I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical when I watched the first episode of Houdini & Doyle. I think what I found problematic was that the show didn’t initially strike me as particularly original outside of the premise.I mean, sure, who would have imagined putting together a crime caper centered on the unlikely real-life friendship between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? But beneath the surface, wasn’t it a lot like any other crime show currently on the air? I’m happy to say I quickly learned the answer to the latter question is a resounding “no.” Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement
APTN National News OTTAWA–The House of Commons committee studying the Harper government’s anti-terror bill has invited Stewart Phillip and Pam Palmater to appear as witnesses, according to a list obtained by APTN National News.Phillip, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, and Palmater, a Mi’kmaq professor and lawyer, are on a list of about 70 potential witnesses who have been asked to appear before the Commons public safety committee.The committee is studying Bill C-51, the Harper government’s proposed anti-terror bill that would give more powers to agencies like the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).The Assembly of First Nations drafted an analysis of the proposed bill which concluded the proposed law could lead to the labeling of Indigenous activists as “terrorists.” The AFN is not on the list of witnesses, though it was seeking standing at the committee.Other invited witnesses include Maher Arar, who suffered torture in Syria as a result of the actions of Canadian authorities, Eva Plunkett, former Inspector general for CSIS, Bob Rae, the former chair of spy-agency oversight body SIRC, US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, New Zealand Attorney General Chris Finlayson and UK Home Office Secretary Theresa May.The committee is expected to begin hearings on the proposed bill next week. A procedural challenge, now in the hands of the House of Commons Speaker, could upend the current schedule, which would see witness testimony, including from Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney and Justice Minister Peter MacKay, run over nine meetings and ending on the evening of March 26.The NDP, however, have challenged a move by Conservative MPs on committee to overrule a ruling by the committee chair to stop an NDP filibuster. Filibusters are a tool used by legislators, usually when faced by a majority, to take control of the legislative process through continuous talking.Speaker Andrew Scheer is expected to deliver his ruling sometime next week. The ruling could upend the current schedule for [email protected]@APTNNews
Dreaming about a shot at making the NFL helped Brian Banks get through the last 10 years of his life, which were marked by five years in prison and five wearing an ankle bracelet because he was falsely accused and convicted of rape when he was 16. Exonerated when the accuser recanted her story last month, Banks got a measure of his life back — and a chance to fulfill that dream.NFL teams offered training came invitations to the one-time outstanding linebacker who was recruited by USC, among other colleges before the bogus charges. This week, Banks is at the Seattle Seahawks’ three-day mini-camp, and he seems to be making the most of his opportunity.“Obviously there’s a little rust out there,” Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton said. “But the idea is can he line up and can he chase the ball? So far, it’s about making a first impression, and I like the first impression he left.“Does he look like a ballplayer? Yes,” Norton said. “Does he move well? Yes. Is there a chance? Absolutely.”Still, it is unlikely he will get an invitation to training camp. The decade away from the game, especially not playing in college, has hurt him. Here is what Norton had to say on the team’s website about Banks: “This is the NFL — the best of the best — so it’s going to be really tough for (Banks). Just the fact that he came out here and gave it a shot and didn’t shy away from it, you’ve got to give him a plus for that. But again, this is the best of the best, the highest level of athlete, and he’s been out of it for 10 years. So it’s going to be really, really tough. … Right now, he has a chance. But it’s going to be really, really tough.”Surely, Banks went in knowing that. Just to get an opportunity after so much strife — unnecessary strife — has to mean a lot to him.
1990San Francisco142Lost conference champ. 2015Cincinnati124Lost wild card 2009Indianapolis142Lost Super Bowl 2008Tennessee133Lost divisional Halfway to undefeated hasn’t always been a blessingThe final record and playoff results of teams that have gone 8-0 to start a season in the 16-game era, 1978-2018 1991Washington142Won Super Bowl The Los Angeles Rams’ quest for an unbeaten season barely survived Aaron Rodgers on Sunday in what was oddly tantamount to a road game for the hosts. Now Jared Goff and Co. head into an actual road game against another future Hall of Fame quarterback, Drew Brees.With a perfect season still a possibility halfway through this NFL campaign, it’s reasonable to wonder where the Rams rank among the best teams in football. The Rams’ record has escaped attention largely because no one is surprised when they win. They dominated the offseason by spending $237 million in guaranteed contracts, while only one other team, the Minnesota Vikings, even topped $200 million.1And they, unlike the Rams, bought a franchise quarterback. As a result, the Rams were the preseason favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. But heightened preseason expectations don’t always translate into wins, particularly for a non-Patriots team: Just ask the 2011 Eagles, whose self-proclaimed “Dream Team” went up in smoke, losing eight of their first 12 games.The Rams clearly are meeting even their most optimistic expectations. The offense is better than last year under the tutelage of head coach Sean McVay, who is taking the “genius” moniker to a whole new level. The Rams are leading the NFL in yards per pass play, and they’re also top five in yards per rush. They’re the only team in football that has had more than half of its offensive plays qualify as a success by either resulting in a first down or effectively setting up the next down, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.The Los Angeles defense has not quite lived up to its price tag, ranking 27th in yards allowed per rush and 15th in yards allowed per pass play. But the Rams’ D ranks 10th in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average.2DVOA is a statistic that “measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.” And in the key stats of net yards per pass attempt3Offensive yards per pass attempt minus defensive yards per pass attempt. and net play success,4The percentage of snaps that result in a first down or effectively set up the next down versus that of your opponent. the Rams comfortably lead the NFL.But while the Rams are convincingly the best team in football, they’re not standing out among similar teams since the NFL expanded to 16 games in 1978. They have scored 109 more points than they’ve allowed, which ranks tied for 26th through eight games since 1978. And it’s oddly just one point better than last year’s Rams, who failed to win a playoff game.If we limit our search to just unbeaten teams since 1978, the Rams rank tied for 10th out of 20 teams in point differential. And just one of the nine teams behind them on that list ended up winning the Super Bowl: the 1990 Giants. 2015New England124Lost conference champ. 2012Atlanta133Lost conference champ. 2006Indianapolis124Won Super Bowl 2015Carolina151Lost Super Bowl 2013Kansas City115Lost wild card 2005Indianapolis142Lost divisional 2007New England160Lost Super Bowl 1990New York Giants133Won Super Bowl YearTeamWLPlayoff Result It’s also reasonable to ask if the Rams are peaking too soon — at least based on recent returns. The last season with an 8-0 team was 2015, when there were three (the Patriots, Bengals and Panthers) — none of which won the Super Bowl. The same disappointment eventually befell the 2013 Chiefs, 2012 Falcons and 2011 Packers. The last team to actually win a Super Bowl after being undefeated at the halfway point was the 2009 Saints, who beat another former 8-0 team (that eventually went to 14-0), the Colts.Before 2009, early dominance in a season seemed to be more predictive. Five of the 11 8-0 teams since 1978 went on to win the Super Bowl, and two more advanced to the final game. 2009New Orleans133Won Super Bowl 2011Green Bay151Lost divisional 2003Kansas City133Lost divisional 1998Denver142Won Super Bowl 1985Chicago151Won Super Bowl Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 1984Miami142Lost Super Bowl The Rams would probably prefer the postseason to start today. But absent that, a win on Sunday would virtually lock up the coveted No. 1 seed in the conference less than a week into November. It’s sometimes said in the NFL that Super Bowls are won in December (even though that’s often untrue), but the Rams are a win away from setting themselves up for something almost unheard of in today’s hotly contested, parity-driven league: being able to take the entire month of December off.The downside to that is the tons of potential down time waiting for the postseason to start. In fact, the biggest decision that McVay may have to make down the stretch won’t involve play-calling or game management but when to rest his starters — which he did last year before the playoffs and also this year in the preseason.Then again, home-field advantage may not mean much to the Rams. There’s a very good chance that the vast majority of fans in attendance at Rams home games — even during the playoffs — will be rooting for the other team.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 5, 2017 – Nassau – Bahamians enjoyed the Sunday afternoon Beat Retreat downtown that launched the week of Bahamas 44th Independence Celebrations to the theme, “Toward the Rising Sun: One God, One People, One Bahamas.”Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and Mrs. Minnis attended and are pictured viewing the parade. National Pride Day — a day of ceremony, music, food, and fun will take place this Friday, July 7, in Rawson and Parliament Squares, from 10:00 a.m. into the night.The traditional Grand Anniversary Celebrations will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, at Clifford Park with Bands, Ecumenical Service, March Past, and Cultural Show, leading up to Flag Raising, and followed by a Junkanoo Rush in the earliest hours of July 10, Independence Day.(BIS Photos)
Sassuolo forward Kevin-Prince Boateng is reportedly set to complete a six-month loan move to Barcelona after an agreement was reachedThe Catalan giants are currently short of centre-forward options following Paco Alcacer and Munir El Haddadi’s departures.This has left Luis Suarez, who will turn 32 this month, to bear most of the workload despite the need to be managed more carefully at this stage of his career.Therefore, Barcelona have gone out in a desperate search for a backup option with Goal reporting they have an agreement with Sassuolo for Boateng in a six-month loan deal with the option of making it permanent this summer for €8m.The report adds that Boateng bid his Sassuolo teammates goodbye today and has now set out to Catalunya to undergo a medical examination.Since arriving at Sassuolo last summer, Boateng has managed four goals and an assist in 13 Serie A appearances after spending last season at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The 31-year-old has previously played for Hertha BSC, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund, Portsmouth, AC Milan, Schalke 04 and UD Las Palmas.At the Canary Islands, Boateng scored 10 goals in 28 La Liga appearances during his sole campaign at the club in the 2016/17 season.Meanwhile, Barcelona had previously been linked with moves for Girona’s star striker Cristhian Stuani and Chelsea’s unsettled player Alvaro Morata.But a move for either player failed to materialise with Boateng becoming Barcelona’s second arrival of this month’s transfer window.Ernesto Valverde’s side have signed Jeison Murillo from Valencia in another loan deal until the end of the season, while Toulouse centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo will join them this summer.Should the deal go ahead, then Boateng could be in contention to make his Barcelona debut in Sunday’s Catalan derby against Girona in La Liga, where they hope to maintain their four-point advantage over Atletico Madrid at the top of the table.
According to the European confederation referees chief Roberto Rosetti, any player who asks for the VAR with his hands will be penalized.The introduction of the Video Assitant Referee (VAR) technology in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was a success.But some players and coaches have abused the technology by asking for the VAR to be checked even in small plays or inexistent fouls.The footballers or managers would then mimic the television-screen gesture with their hands to try to pressure the officials to check the VAR.But now, according to UEFA referees chief Roberto Rosetti any player caught during those gestures will be immediately sanctioned with a yellow card.UEFA wanted to wait until the next season to start using the VAR, but after pressure from the teams, it has chosen to use it starting this month.The VAR will be used in the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League, the Europa League Final, the Nations League finals and the 2020 Euro competition.“Any player who shows the shape of the TV screen needs to be cautioned,” said Rosetti according to Sky Sports.“And if they surround the referee, there must be disciplinary intervention.”“We want action in these situations,” he commented.England and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“We don’t want to re-referee the match and destroy the spirit of football with three or four interruptions every match.”“There must be clear images for clear interventions,” he added.“VAR has to be insurance, a parachute for the referee.”Many experts believe the Video Assistant Referee technology was a success during last year’s FIFA World Cup, and many other leagues in the world are now using the technology to have a fairer competition.2⃣7⃣th Advanced course for Elite Referees in Lisbon 🇵🇹Learning 📝Sharing 🗣️Developing 🌱Preparing for 📺 😉It’s a privilege to work with so many top professionals from across the continent 👏 pic.twitter.com/Ip7KHaWzRJ— #UEFACongress (@UEFA) January 30, 2019