New aerospace facility to boost jobs on Sunshine Coast

first_imgNew aerospace facility to boost jobs on Sunshine Coast JOINT STATEMENTThe Palaszczuk Government will partner with a Sunshine Coast aerospace company to deliver a large-scale, state-of-the-art aircraft manufacturing and modification facility at Caloundra.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said HeliMods would accelerate the $10.3 million expansion of its current facility by almost five years thanks to support from the Palaszczuk Government’s Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.“Aircraft manufacturing and maintenance has great potential to grow our economy and create thousands of local jobs in years to come,” the Premier said.“By partnering with HeliMods, we can ensure that we create more of these jobs in Caloundra.“Because we’ve been able to minimise the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Queensland, we can now focus on rebuilding our economy.“That means more jobs and more projects like this that will pump millions of dollars into the Sunshine Coast.”Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said the partnership would create more than 65 Sunshine Coast jobs.“We have a plan to rebuild the economy and create more opportunities for locals,” Mr Miles said.“Advanced Manufacturing is a growth industry. We’re tapping into this rapidly growing, global industry to stimulate our economy here in Caloundra.Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt said HeliMods was an impressive local business that’s developed world class capabilities in design, engineering, advanced manufacturing, certification and systems integration to customise helicopters.“Since its founding in 2002, HeliMods has achieved significant growth both domestically and internationally, and has established a strong reputation as world-leading in its field.“The company now employs a young, dynamic and highly skilled workforce of over 30 people, with more than half of those in specialist technical roles.“We’re partnering with them to create even more jobs in the future.”HeliMods has developed a niche in transforming standard factory aircraft into machines capable of performing complex special missions such as tactical operations, aerial policing, emergency medical services, and search and rescue operations.They service a diverse and growing client base including the Australian Defence Force, Queensland Government’s Public Safety Business Agency, Starflight Australia for Victoria Police Air Wing and LifeFlight Australia.Its reputation and expertise also extends well into the northern hemisphere with clients as far afield as Canada.In addition to further building a deep pipeline of work for civil clients, the facility and capability expansion will better position HeliMods to catch the wave of once-in-a-generation defence contracts and to establish themselves as a significant player across the aerospace and defence industries.The facility expansion will include hangars capable of accommodating large civil and defence aircraft, such as Boeing CH-47 Chinooks, in a segregated and secure environment.Alongside facility expansion, HeliMods will also invest in capability enhancements across advanced engineering and manufacturing, and cyber-physical security systems.HeliMods founder Will Shrapnel said the Queensland Government’s support was essential in accelerating the company’s growth and will allow it to compete for larger defence and civil contracts.“This expansion marks a new and exciting milestone for our business. We have worked hard over the years to build capability that is unique and sovereign and have established a proven track record in industry across both Australia and global export markets,” Mr Shrapnel said.“This investment will now allow us to further scale our capability and become a major player in the aerospace and defence industries, from right here on the Sunshine Coast.“It represents an opportunity for us to become a next-generation provider to defence, one that can deliver the highest levels of quality and rigour, without compromising on speed or agility.“Through this growth, we will also create greater opportunities for our region and seek to pave the way for new, technology-enabled careers for the next generation of talent.“Our team is incredibly energised by this growth and look forward to the exciting journey ahead.”Learn more about how the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund is supporting companies like HeliMods to boost Queensland’s economic recovery through new job-creating projects. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:advanced manufacturing, Australia, Australian, Caloundra, coronavirus, defence force, Emergency, Engineering, environment, Government, Investment, miles, Palaszczuk, QLD, Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Victoria Policelast_img read more

Spruce Street Harbor Park’s 2017 Season To Officially Kick Off In May

first_imgSpruce Street Harbor ParkWhen:May 12-October 1 Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard Cost:Pay as you go Ready for a sign of spring and summer? Spruce Street Harbor Park at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River Waterfront will officially open for the 2017 season on Friday, May 12, bringing with it all of the al fresco fun from last year and then some. Yes!FAST FACTSSpruce Street Harbor Park opens for the season on Friday, May 12.The season runs through Sunday, October 1.The park opens with its first-ever opening weekend festival.Admission to Spruce Street Harbor Park is free; all food and drinks are pay as you go.Developed by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and sustained by Univest Bank & Trust Co., the temporary summertime village on Penn’s Landing is an essential Philadelphia summertime attraction with a floating restaurant, a beer garden, delicious food, hammocks, a boardwalk, colorful LED lights and entertainment schedule.The floating barges with over-the-water seating, food and a bar will return with great dining offerings from a number of local restaurateurs. Garces Group, Chickie’s and Pete’s, Federal Donuts (yes, fried chicken sandwich!) and Franklin Fountain will return for the season with food and drink options ranging from tacos and burgers to pizza and ice cream. It’s opening weekend for Spruce Street Harbor Park! Enjoy food, drinks, games and plenty of hammocks for lounging. (Spruce Street Harbor Park | Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia) Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for 2017 with…An opening weekend festivalFood and drinks from Garces Group, Chickie’s and Pete’s, Federal Donuts and moreNew draft cocktailsMore hammocksThere will be an even larger draft beer selection this year thanks to the addition of new draft lines. Rotating draft cocktails will also debut this year to complement the existing wine and cocktail selections.And when you need a place to sit back and enjoy the food and drinks (or just relax), check out the newly expanded selection of hammocks. Due to high demand, Spruce Street Harbor Park is adding 25 new colorful hammocks to the park for the 2017 season.Opening Weekend FestivalThis year, the park opens with the first-annual UNIVESTival, a three-day-long event with both on-the-water activities and off-the-water fun.UNIVESTival runs from opening day, Friday, May 12, through Sunday, May 14, and promises a bevy of special events throughout the weekend. Guests can enjoy a tightrope and aerial show by Philly Circus, craft time with local arts companies, a magic show and live music. Each night of the festival, a different local musician will take the stage at the waterfront park — DJ King Britt on May 12, Son Little on May 13 and Trinidelphia on May 14. (Photo by Matt Stanley) Spruce Street Harbor Park’s 2017 season will run from Friday, May 12 to Sunday, October 1.Spruce Street Harbor Park opens on Friday, May 12 and remains open until Sunday, October 1.Stay tuned for more on this exciting outdoor attraction!last_img read more

VP Pence exits NFL game after anthem protest

Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel for the National Anthem before the start of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. FILE PHOTO/Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPUS Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game Sunday when some players kneeled for the national anthem, the latest twist in a running saga over the controversial protests against racial injustice.Pence said that he departed after seeing players kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the clash between his home team the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers.ADVERTISEMENT “And so this is what systemic oppression looks like — a man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts.”Pence, who flew to Indianapolis from Las Vegas and was scheduled to head back west to California, was criticized in other quarters as well.“After all the scandals involving unnecessarily expensive travel by cabinet secretaries, how much taxpayer money was wasted on this stunt?” US congressman Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, said in a tweet.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Curry scores 40, Warriors rout Wolves in Shanghai ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trump took credit for the departure of Pence and his wife from the stadium in a later tweet, saying, “I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.”San Francisco safety Eric Reid, one of the players to embrace the anthem protest after it was initiated by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year, said Pence’s walk-out looked like a publicity stunt.“With the information I have, the last time he went to a Colts game was three years ago, so this looks like a PR stunt to me,” said Reid, noting that the picture Pence had tweeted of himself and his wife in Colts apparel appeared to be the same as one taken at a game three years ago.The vice president also tweeted a picture of himself, clad in a button-down shirt and blazer, and his wife standing for the anthem on Sunday.“He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew we were probably going to do it again,” Reid said.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence wrote on Twitter.While Colts players stood arm-in-arm at their home game in Indianapolis, more than 20 of the opposition San Francisco 49ers players knelt during the song.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIt was a less organized gesture than the team’s demonstration last week, when 30 players kneeled with hands on hearts while teammates stood behind them, but it should have come as little shock to Pence, an Indiana native who tweeted his photo in Colts cap and shirt before the game.“While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem,” Pence tweeted. “I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.” MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments read more

Daily Bullets (January 19)

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! OSU-Kansas tonight in GIA at 6 p.m. I’ll be covering it. We’re hosting a recruiting chat on the site at 11 a.m. Come back and join in if you have recruiting questions.Hoops NewsTravis Ford owns Kansas. No team has solved the Jayhawks recently like the Cowboys, with OSU the only squad to beat Kansas each of the past three seasons. At Gallagher-Iba, the Cowboys have won two straight over KU and four of the last six. [NewsOK]“We haven’t played well in Stillwater, for the most part, since I’ve been here,” said Self, who is 3-5 there since joining Kansas in 2003-04. “We have to do some things better, the ball is sticking a little bit.” [AP]Jeff Nerberry on how OSU beat KU last year: “We just pressured a lot and played desperate. We need to do that all the time. I tell guys that we don’t play desperate until we’re down. I can remember last year, we played desperate the whole game.” [O’Colly]Right now, they’re the most efficient KU team on offense since the 2009-10 Jayhawks team that went 15-1 in the Big 12. [Tulsa World]Ford: “I think this is one of the most dangerous teams that Kansas has had in a long time. That says a lot because they’re always the best in our league, so we have a tremendous amount of respect for them and understand the challenge in front of us.” [Go Pokes]Around the countryJawun Evans won Newcomer of the Week but not Player of the Week. [Big 12]Sooner Magic, meet Hilton Magic. [CBS]Wait, Auburn got fined $100K for storming the court against Kentucky?? [CBS]Football NewsRe-ranking the 2015 recruiting classes. Oklahoma State is 8th. [ESPN]Jake Trotter has James Washington as the 21st-best player in the Big 12. [ESPN]Around the CountryThis is embarrassing, but I briefly forgot Carson Palmer won a Heisman. [CBS]Ohio State is good at recruiting. [CBS]Recruiting NewsMason Rudolph helped host a big time recruit last weekend. [PFB]Great job by Boone here recapping what recruits said about their visits to OSU last weekend. [PFB]Devon Modster to UCLA. [PFB]More PFBOklahoma State is 50-1 to win it all next year. [PFB]Emmanuel Ogbah to … Carolina? [PFB]Seth Jacobs is awesome. I’m happy for his retirement from football. [PFB]More stuff I’m readingI made an appearance on Gilmore Guys recently (6:40 mark).last_img read more

Leading referee ready for NYC

first_imgJillian McRoberts never thought that challenging a referee’s decision in a game of touch would lead to her being one of Australia’s leading referees.But that split decision has changed her life.“I decided if I was going to argue with them, I may as well know the rules, so I did a referees course and that’s how I became a referee. I took the rule book out the next week and showed him that I was right and he was wrong,” she said.Almost eight years later, she has progressed through the ranks to attain her level six refereeing badge last March. She is only one of seven female referees at this week’s X Blades National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour, but is happy with the amount of juniors, especially girls, coming through the system.“It’s good to see that they [the girls] are all giving it a go, because it does take a certain type of person to be a referee. I don’t know why they choose to do it, but it’s good to see that the numbers are increasing, and we’re getting a lot of junior girls coming through,” she said.There are 56 referees at the carnival, and even though they don’t get as much recognition as the players, they put in just as much work, if not more, than the players.“We probably train harder than the players do to get to a tournament…referees run in excess of five k [kilometres] a game, and players run about 3 k a game. The referees have to put in more per game than the players do,”As part of her training she runs every day and also referees rugby league.It takes this sort of commitment to make it at the top level, but getting there hasn’t come easy for Jillian.A knee injury sidelined Jillian for two years, halting her attempt to achieve her level six badge. Also, having four step children has made her think about what’s most important.“It’s hard organising the family, to be able to get the time to train and also to get the field time to referee.”Although she’s been called all the names in the book, the criticism she cops doesn’t bother her.But she wouldn’t have it any other way.“I think the main thing that keeps me coming back is the people that I meet here. That’s just the ultimate, to be able to get away and just spend the whole week refereeing and doing what you love.”last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Man City chief Cook involved in group to buy Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man City chief Cook involved in group to buy Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City chief Garry Cook is involved in a group to buy Newcastle United.The Sun says Cook has already played a major role in the takeover at Wigan and has now moved on to this project.Who is funding the Cook group’s approach is unknown, but they are believed to be from the United States.Cook has strong business links there from his time at Nike and with a major e-sports group.He knows owner Mike Ashley from his years in football and the sportswear world, so he has an ‘in’ with the man who is now willing to sell the Magpies. last_img

Video: Nebraska WR De’Mornay Pierson-El Basically Levitated Making This Workout Catch

first_imgdemornay pierson el makes catch during workout.demornay pierson elNebraska wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El was one of the top return men in the country last year as a true freshman, leading the nation in punt return yardage and tying for the top mark with three punt returns for touchdowns.Make no mistake though, Pierson-El is also a receiving threat. He caught 23 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns last fall, and if this off-season video is any indication, the Huskers need to get him even more involved in the passing game in 2015. Here’s a clip of Pierson-El at what appears to be a high school field. He destroys his defender off the line, and at the top of his route, appears to almost levitate as he goes up to make the catch.Another body— CallmeOak (@OkkyTheGee) May 19, 2015Seriously, check out that hang time. Ridiculous. Did we mention he’s only 5-foot-9? Nebraska fans have to be salivating at what Pierson-El may be able to do in the Big Ten this season.last_img read more

I Dont Care If I Ever Get Back — And I Might

These, again, are the results after controlling for attributes of the game. But those play a role, too. Each extra inning in a game makes it about 18 minutes longer. Each additional call to the bullpen adds a little over two minutes. Every additional plate appearance per inning tacks on nearly 21 minutes, and an increase of one pitch per plate appearance increases game time by half an hour.The more time passes, the more time passes: The length of games has grown 0.7 minutes on average each year since 2002, after controlling for other changes in the game. And all else equal, close games take a little longer: A minute more time for every run shaved off the final margin.All of these factors are highly statistically significant,5p <10^-15. which isn’t hard to accomplish with a data set this large.The pace stat is available, and reliable, going back only to 2008. So I also took a closer look at the games between 2008 and 2013. The overall trends, after running the same regression, were similar: The Yankees continued to rank No. 1 despite their speed-up toward the end of the period, adding 12.8 minutes per game relative to the fastest team in the period, fellow AL East team Toronto. The Red Sox ranked second, adding 11.8 minutes per game.These teams’ slow pace of play explained some, but not all, of the time their presence added to games. I added another variable to the regression: an estimate of how much time the two teams in the game were adding to it based on their average pace, at bat and on the mound, during the six-year period.6For each game in the data set, I took each team’s batting and pitching pace over the period. I divided each figure by the average pace during the period of 21.8 seconds between pitches. Then I multiplied each team’s number of pitches by its relative pitching pace and by the batting team’s batting pace. That’s roughly how much time elapsed between that team’s pitches during the game.To understand why, suppose one team’s pitching staff played 5 percent faster than average during the period, and its opponent’s batters played at an average pace. Then the time taken before pitches by this calculation is (1*0.95)*(number of pitches*average time taken between pitches), or 5 percent less than the average time. Then I subtracted from the result, the number of pitches multiplied by the average pace. The result is an estimate of how much time was added or taken away relative to average by the time before that team’s pitches.I did the same calculation for the opponent’s pitches, using its pitching pace and the first team’s batting pace. Then I added the totals. This gives a rough relative measure of how much the pace of the two teams involved in the game affected its length. Controlling for that, Boston was just three minutes faster than Toronto, which remained the fastest team. The Yankees added about six and a half minutes, which is a lot of dead time, but a lot less than 12.8 minutes.Major League Baseball has a rule to keep the game humming along: Official Rule 8.04, which gives the pitcher 12 seconds to pitch when no one’s on base. It’s rarely enforced — about 15 to 20 times in 2009.Without stricter enforcement, baseball might get slower. Any new innovation by one team that proves successful is copied by rivals — hence the growing price tag for on-base percentage. And the Yankees and Red Sox, the two slowest teams since 2002, are also by far the winningest teams in that era. The Dodgers and Angels, next in the rankings, both are in the top eight in wins. Slowing down the game from pitch to pitch, for whatever reason, is correlated with winning games.7The correlation coefficient for the 29 teams that have been in the same city since 2002 — excluding the Washington Nationals, né Expos — between wins and our regression output for time added to games is 0.55, a moderately strong positive relationship. Correlation isn’t causation, and there’s no particular reason slow play should equal good play. But Yankees fans might not want to take any chances: Their team, in its fastest-paced season of the last 13 years last year, had its lowest win total of the period. Major League Baseball is slowing down at the same time that its formerly slowest team is speeding up.The New York Yankees haven’t dominated the majors since 2002, winning just one world championship over that period. But they’ve dominated MLB rankings for length of game. From 2002 to 2012, the Yankees’ average length of game was in the top four of the 30 major league teams each season, including five league-leading performances. Yet lately they’ve gotten faster: The average Yankees game has been shorter each year than the year before since 2009, culminating in last year’s 15th-place showing of three hours and five minutes — just half a minute longer than the league-average figure.The slowest team in baseball is now — wait for it — the Boston Red Sox. New York’s archrivals have ranked in the top three in average game length each year since 2003. Last year, Boston’s fourth straight season as the slowest team in baseball, its average game took three hours and 15 minutes.Boston is part of a broader trend that the Yankees are defying: Baseball games are getting longer. Games averaged two hours and 56 minutes in 2011 and three hours flat in 2012. They tacked on four more minutes last year — even as runs per game fell, to 4.17 from 4.32 the year before. And games this year, with the advent of instant replay, have added another three and a half minutes on average, through Sunday.When the two slowest teams of the modern era meet, great baseball often results. Slow baseball almost always does. The three Yankees-Red Sox games last weekend each took over three hours — and each was faster than the average Boston-New York meeting since 2002.1The first game of their four-game series last week, on Thursday, took a brisk two hours and 55 minutes. Those games have averaged three hours and 23 minutes — 15 minutes longer than the next slowest matchup with at least 100 games during the period (Yankees-Angels).When staging such a great rivalry, former Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon asked in 2010, what’s the hurry? “Have you ever gone to watch a movie and thought, ‘Man, this movie is so good I wish it would have never ended’? That’s like a Red Sox-Yankees game. Why would you want it to end?”Many factors fundamental to baseball influence game length: Batters’ rate of getting on base safely, their plate discipline, and how long they take to round the bases after a home run. Boston’s David Ortiz regularly tops the leaderboard for longest tater trots, which contributes to the glacial pace of an average Red Sox game.Another influential factor has to do not with the action, but with the time in between plays. Pitchers stare down base runners or wave off signs from catchers. Batters step out of the box and adjust their helmets and other gear. The time between pitches is getting longer. We know because of a byproduct of the sophisticated PITCHf/x tracking system installed in every major league park that stamps a time on every pitch. FanGraphs turned those timestamps into a stat, called pace, measuring the time between two consecutive pitches in the same plate appearance.2Baseball Prospectus introduced its own version of the stat this week. It differs slightly from FanGraphs’, mainly because it omits pickoff attempts. Papelbon did his part to make Yankees-Red Sox games seem endless: He’s second, behind Rafael Betancourt, on FanGraphs’ pitching leaderboard for slowest pace of play since 2008.The pace is slowing. The average break between pitches was 21.6 seconds three years ago, 22.1 seconds two years ago and 22.6 seconds last year, according to FanGraphs. Taking into account the number of pitches per game, the slowing pace could account for five of the eight minutes tacked on to the average game between 2011 and 2013.Boston slows things down when at bat and on the mound. Last year, Red Sox batters ranked second in time between pitches, with 23.5 seconds. (The Yankees ranked first.) And Boston’s pitchers ranked seventh at 23.4 seconds between pitches. No individual player was particularly responsible for the Boston slowdown; only reliever Junichi Tazawa ranked high on the pitcher or batter leaderboard. It was a team effort.The reasons for lengthening game times have been a longstanding baseball preoccupation. “No one element accounts for the delay of game. Some developments, such as extended commercial breaks and the tendency to use more pitchers, are more obvious,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported — in 1991.Just how much does any one team, or any one attribute such as pace, affect game length? I ran a linear regression to check. ESPN Stats & Info provided detailed data on more than 29,000 regular-season games, between 2002 and this past Sunday. I checked how the teams involved contributed to game length, while controlling for year, number of innings, number of relievers used, runs per inning, plate appearances per inning, pitches per plate appearance and closeness of score.3Pitch data was available only back to 2002. As I wrote last week, closeness of score doesn’t have a big impact on raw time of game, but I included it to see if it does have an influence after controlling for other factors. (I didn’t control directly for other factors, such as the number of pickoff attempts or pinch-runners, or the big increase in defensive shifts in recent years.)The result: The Yankees added 13.9 minutes to the average game, relative to the fastest-paced team, the Oakland A’s. Runner-up Boston added 10.5 minutes.4These results apply whether the team was at home or away. Preliminary analysis suggested which team was at home made little difference to the results so they were treated the same, which doubled the sample size for each team. read more

Braxton Miller learning improving on the job for Ohio State

Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller (1) carries the ball during a game against Maryland on Oct. 10 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 49-28. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorMost players at Ohio State spend the majority of their lives perfecting the crafts at the position they are counted on to play at the highest possible level every Saturday in the fall.Others are moved around upon arriving on campus, but receive a redshirt year or time in a reserve role before stepping into the spotlight.For redshirt senior Braxton Miller, none of the above applies.The starting quarterback for each of his first three years for OSU, a shoulder injury just before the 2014 campaign cost the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year his senior season.Stellar play by quarterbacks Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett that year led the Buckeyes to a national championship, but it also cost him his opportunity to ever regain that spot.Rather than sit on the bench or transfer to another school — where he would be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer — to keep his career as a signal-caller alive, Miller opted to finish out his collegiate life in a role he had never done before: playing receiver. “He’s starting, he’s playing and he’s teaching,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “One of the things with Braxton I have talked, he’s got big-time goals and he should. He’s very blessed. He wants to play at the next level.”Miller was seemingly shot out of a cannon in OSU’s opening game at Virginia Tech on Sept. 7, piling up 140 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. But his next four games saw no repeat of that performance, as he only amassed a total of 123 yards and zero scores. Despite the lack of results, Miller said he was continuing to feel more and more productive each week.“Every practice and every game I get better at something,” Miller said. “It’s turning the mistake that you did the day before and just getting comfortable with what you’re doing.”And he certainly did look more comfortable in OSU’s more recent game against Maryland, catching five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown, including back-to-back grabs leading to his score.The 19-yard touchdown catch marked the first time Miller found the end zone at Ohio Stadium since Nov. 23, 2013. Miller said he considered the feeling a big moment of his journey.“It was about time,” he said. “It just felt good being involved in the offense, making plays for the guys, being electrifying for the fans, just getting back to my old self.”Miller said he considers himself a receiver at his core now with his quarterback days behind him. However, he has lined up under center in the wildcat formation at least once in each of OSU’s games this season, though so far he has only been called upon to run or catch.Still, the Huber Heights, Ohio, native hinted on Monday that a showcase of his healthy shoulder could be in the cards for sometime this season.“I can throw,” Miller said. “But my main focus is playing receiver and just focused on what I’ve got to focus on for my position right now.”Meyer said over the summer that it typically takes a player a year and a half to learn how to play receiver. On Monday, he said it has taken Miller only half a season.“As of right now, he’s fully integrated as a wide receiver at Ohio State,” Meyer said. “He was not early in the season. He didn’t know what to do.”Miller agreed with his coach, saying he feels like a natural receiver just midway through his first season at the position.“I’m ahead of schedule. I feel good, comfortable. I’m out there making plays, blocking, I just feel good,” he said.With the OSU offense struggling for downfield playmakers after season-ending injuries to receivers Noah Brown and Corey Smith and inconsistency from H-back Jalin Marshall, Miller could be a major cure for the much-scrutinized passing game.But how much does Miller miss being the one running the offense, rather than taking orders? Not much, he said, as long as he still gets opportunities to appear on the highlight reels.“It’s fun just making guys miss, catching the ball, making big plays.” read more