Falcons Matt Ryan Headed To Elite Status But Not

My friend’s question was innocuous enough, but one that has been on the minds of Atlanta Falcons fans like him for some time.“Do you think Matt Ryan is an elite NFL quarterback?” he asked.I stopped him right there because the reality is there can be no such talk until the fifth-year pro out of Boston College does the minimum necessary to be included among that lofty pantheon.Namely win a playoff game.His sterling performance in Sunday night’s nationally televised 19-13 win over visiting Dallas is further proof that Ryan is clearly well on his way to soon being mentioned in any conversation about the game’s top quarterbacks. It’s rarified air that include the likes of the Manning brothers, Peyton and Eli, New England’s Tom Brady, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger.All have Super Bowl pedigrees that scream of their ability to deliver in the NFL postseason, when reputations are forged in the unforgiving crucible of televised national audiences and unprecedented pressure.Barring something unforeseen, Ryan will likely be there soon. But he isn’t just yet.Still, he acknowledged that all the comparison talk is difficult to avoid.“It’s nice just to be mentioned in the same category with so many guys who have accomplished so much,” Ryan conceded.The 2010 Pro Bowler did his part to make sure that his name will be invoked in more such conversations ahead, completing 24 of 34 passes for 342 yards without a turnover on Sunday evening to push the Falcons to 8-0 for the first time in franchise history.“Any way you can find a way to win is a positive in this league,” Ryan said, “At the end of the day, [the NFL] is a league based on wins and losses.”Ryan was every bit as smooth as advertised, coolly stepping up in the pocket all evening against the heavy Dallas pressure to consistently get the ball to his speedy playmakers in the likes of receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones.“He was focused,” coach Mike Smith said. “Laser-focused.”But regular-season heroics aren’t what gets players to the Hall of Fame or what keeps opposing defensive coordinators lying awake at night in December and January.Ryan need only have looked across the field at his Dallas counterpart in the talented, but erratic Tony Romo to see proof of that.Now in his sixth season as the Dallas starter, Romo is a three-time Pro Bowler who boasts some pretty impressive career credentials. But the one career playoff win to his resume hasn’t exactly made Cowboys fans forget Troy Aikman or Roger Staubach, that’s for sure. Romo’s professional football fortunes have dipped precipitously as if on cue with the annual changing of the leaves every season.In many ways, the infamous botched field goal snap in the first-round playoff loss at Seattle following the 2006 season epitomized Romo’s well-documented struggles in the postseason.To be fair, not all of those setbacks fall squarely on Romo’s shoulders. But he’s the Cowboys quarterback and the one who is ultimately judged by his wins and losses.Conversely, Ryan seems unphased in games as the pressure mounts.“You see his best stuff in the most difficult situations,” said former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer.Smith said he’s long since stopped being surprised by anything Ryan does.But doing it in the postseason is what Ryan still needs to do to cement his status as one of the game’s best. He’s 0-3 for his career in the playoffs, having lost to the Arizona Cardinals (2008), Green Bay Packers (2010) and the New York Giants (2011).With Sunday’s night’s win, the Ryan-led Falcons are the NFL’s last unbeaten team.“At the end of the day, it’s about finding ways to win,” Ryan said, “and I think we did that [Sunday night].”Next up is doing so next month and in January, when the games matter most. read more

Study identifies optimum human handthrowing techniques

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Error propagation in throwing depends on the trajectory of the projectile. Underarm=ω0(ϕ)>0; overarm=ω0(ϕ)<0. (a) For a given target, there are generally multiple ways to strike it exactly; the solid red and green trajectories are two examples using an overarm and underarm style, respectively. The lightly shaded bands shows how uniformly distributed errors in position and velocity propagate; the overarm throw is more accurate. (b) The curve of launch parameters (ϕ,ω0(ϕ)) given by equation (2.4) that exactly strike the target. (c) Deviations away from this curve leads to an error (δxh)2 as a function of ϕ and ω. Error amplification is quantified by the maximal curvature of the valley of this surface. Credit: Royal Society Open Science (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170136 More information: M. Venkadesan et al. Optimal strategies for throwing accurately, Royal Society Open Science (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170136AbstractThe accuracy of throwing in games and sports is governed by how errors in planning and initial conditions are propagated by the dynamics of the projectile. In the simplest setting, the projectile path is typically described by a deterministic parabolic trajectory which has the potential to amplify noisy launch conditions. By analysing how parabolic trajectories propagate errors, we show how to devise optimal strategies for a throwing task demanding accuracy. Our calculations explain observed speed–accuracy trade-offs, preferred throwing style of overarm versus underarm, and strategies for games such as dart throwing, despite having left out most biological complexities. As our criteria for optimal performance depend on the target location, shape and the level of uncertainty in planning, they also naturally suggest an iterative scheme to learn throwing strategies by trial and error.Press release Journal information: Royal Society Open Science Humans have two basic ways of throwing—overhand or underhand. The approach used can impact accuracy, the researchers note, but there are other factors at play, as well. One example is throwing a basketball through a basketball net. During play, the action is fast, and there are other players attempting to steal the ball, so there are few if any attempts at underhand throwing. But, the researchers note, underhand throwing (aka granny style) when attempting to make free throws, can be more effective for players who practice the technique. The advantage, they note, is the way in which the ball approaches the target—when it comes in from just above the rimmed net, the target cross-section is relatively large, which means there is a better chance of the ball making it through the hoop than a ball that comes in at more of an angle. But the player has to have good control—sending the ball too high reduces the advantage, and sending it too low of course, removes all chances of success.The same science is at play in other throwing activities, they note, whether it is cricket, darts or tossing a waded paper at the waste can. Slower arcs, they found, result in better results. Faster throws cause an object to arrive at the target more quickly, but are generally less accurate. But there are exceptions to the success rule—such as when trying to toss accurately while at the same time attempting to prevent another player from hitting the object, such as in cricket or baseball.The researchers came to their conclusions by applying physics calculations to real-world throwing data, such as from studies of volunteers throwing paper wads into wastebaskets. They note also that accurate throwing is strictly human—monkeys throw things, they acknowledge, such as feces, but despite reports at zoos, they are very inaccurate.center_img Citation: Study identifies optimum human hand-throwing techniques (2017, April 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-optimum-human-hand-throwing-techniques.html (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with Harvard and Yale Universities has conducted a study of optimal human throwing techniques and found which work best under which conditions. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, Madhusudhan Venkadesan and Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan describe how they combined physics with observed results to learn which techniques work best in which situations. Young baseball pitchers advised not to ignore shoulder pain © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

Colours of Bengal

first_imgThe works in this exhibition collectively demonstrate both the heritage and legacy of Bengal Art.Head over to see some splendid art by the likes of Rabindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy, Debi Prosad Roy Choudhury, Ramnikar Baij, Monindro Bhushan Gupta, Nikhil Biswas and others.The collection depicts the style of paintings that originated in Bengal, primarily Kolkata and Shantiniketan and flourished throughout India during the British Raj in the early 20th century. Also known as the ‘Indian Style of Painting’ in its early days eventually it led to the development of the modern Indian painting. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The famous Kalighat paintings originated in the 19th century in Bengal in the vicinity of Kali Temple. These paintings were done on cloth or patas. They depicted conventional images of gods and goddesses and scenes from epics like Tulsidas’ Rama Charita Manas.The artistes were villagers who travelled from place to place with their scroll paintings and sang the scenes from the epics depicted in the paintings during village gatherings and festivals. Kalighat painting grew so popular form of art in past that these were replicated by the German lithography on glazed paper. Most of the Kalighat paintings have ended up either in museums or in private collections.WHEN: On till 22 February, 12:30 to 7 pm everydayWHERE: 1 Anandgram Farms (Opp. Aya Nagar Metro Station) Mehraulilast_img read more