CONEY ISLAND — San Jose resident and record-breaking competitive eater Joey Chestnut has done it again — eating 71 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes Thursday to retain his title as champion of the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. It was his 12th title overall.Chestnut fell short of his world record last year of 74 hot dogs. He was aiming for a new record, having consumed 75 hot dogs in a practice round.JOEY CHESTNUT 🌭🐐 pic.twitter.com/6FJJb1euiQ— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) …
I have been advising architects and builders on high-performance design, materials, and construction — particularly for residential buildings — for many years. But to do this work on commercial buildings, a building science training and credentialing program seemed really important (yet elusive).This past November I bit the bullet and spent three days in class, a half day in exams, and several thousand dollars, and fulfilled the requirements for these two certifications:Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP)Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure (CxA+BE)Huh? Just what the hell does that mess of acronyms really mean? Here are my key takeaways from the course, the exam, and the experience. Commissioning can be used for any size project, but realistically it is used primarily on larger (and longer) commercial building projects.Commissioning is not inexpensive for the owner, but delivery of a higher-performing building with reduced rework, punch lists, callbacks, and defects can make it well worth it. The overall cost of a project can be less.Commissioning is about guidance and verification of the quality process. The liability and responsibility for the project stays with the architect and engineer of record. About the course instructors and classJohn Davis, PE, of UW-Madison’s Engineering Department administers the course and exams; he runs the ship. His work and background are in mechanical engineering — not building enclosures — so he heads up the introduction to commissioning, following and honoring the work of Chuck Dorgan (retired), who developed the course’s commissioning approach. John makes the course hum with his attention to detail.Fiona Aldous, principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, takes the lead when it comes to teaching about the building enclosure commissioning process. An architect by training, Fiona is a prime author of NIBS/ASHRAE Guideline 3 – The Building Enclosure Commissioning Process , the guidance document for building enclosure commissioning. Fiona is an awesome instructor and lends critical field experience to the course content.Joseph Lstiburek, PE and PhD, a principal of Building Science Corporation, lays the building science foundation for the course. He is introduced as the “North American Dean of Building Science.” It just does not get any better than Joe.Peter Adams, principal with Morrison Hershfield, takes the lead on the topics of field and lab testing of building enclosures. He is wicked smart, unassuming, and brings the testing element of building enclosure commissioning to life. Final takeawaysWith an experienced integrated project team, building enclosure commissioning can be just a part of the high performance process; if the project team lacks either experience or integration, building enclosure commissioning can be an ugly and frustrating babysitting nightmare.It’s the custom and singular nature of building that leads to project complexity, lack of uniformity, and failure to take advantage of lessons learned. These facts ultimately elevate building enclosure commissioning to a mandatory element of high-performance buildings. About the University of Wisconsin Building Enclosure Commissioning program and certificatesNIBS BE Cx? Some of us have been waiting a really long time for the National Institute for Building Science (NIBS) to come out with their Building Enclosure Commissioning (“BE Cx”) program, which will include training and certification. After all, the leading industry guide for BE Cx — Guideline 3 2012 — bears the NIBS name. But this has never borne fruit, despite the combined and integrated work of the National Institute for Buildings (NIBS), the ASTM E2813 working group, and the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC).The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Engineering BE Cx program remains the only real game in town and its stature grows accordingly. About commissioningCommissioning (sometimes abbreviated “Cx”) is an owner-driven quality delivery process. It means representing the building owner’s interests in high performance, starting as early as the pre-design phase and extending into as much as one year of building operation.Why commission?Commissioning reduces riskCommissioning proves that systems work at installationCommissioning lends validity to energy efficiency claimsCommissioning improves durability. In addition to acting as GBA’s technical director, Peter Yost is the Vice President for Technical Services at BuildingGreen in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years. An experienced trainer and consultant, he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. You can also sign up for BuildingGreen’s email newsletter to get a free report on avoiding toxic insulation, as well as regular posts from Peter. Paying attention to details and overseeing performance testingMasterSpec Section 01 91 19, Building Enclosure Commissioning, is based on ASHRAE Guideline 3 and weaves review of details in with review of specs.Building enclosure commissioning in the pre-design phase focuses on defining project expectations. The focus switches to quality assurance in the design phase, moves to quality control and verification during the construction phase, and extends to owner training and maintenance in the occupancy and operations phase.Building enclosure commissioning requires reviewing all details and identifying missing details.Building enclosure commissioning includes a review of all mock-ups and submittals; job site quality management of construction details may involve a variety of checklists, including custom, sequential, or construction checklists.Types of performance testing can include: air infiltration, water penetration, water absorption, condensation, thermal performance, accelerated aging, adhesion, anchor pull-out, infrared thermography, and whole building airtightness.If the people in charge of commissioning can’t be at the job site at critical stages of construction, they should set up training sessions ahead of time to ensure that the details get done right. RELATED ARTICLES Residential CommissioningCommissioning Our Heat-Recovery Ventilator Cutting the Gordion Knot of HVAC System CommissioningSimple Methods for Measuring Air FlowDuct Leakage TestingBlower Door BasicsResidential Commissioning to Assess Envelope and HVAC System PerformancePractical Diagnostics for Evaluating Residential Commissioning Metrics Residential Commissioning About the elements of building enclosure commissioningWhat’s driving building enclosure commissioning?LEED V4 (October 2016) – A prerequisite called Fundamental Commissioning & Verification includes a requirement for design review of the building enclosure. It also mentions building enclosure commission in both the Owner Project Requirements (OPR) and the Basis of Design (BOD), and references ASHRAE Guidelines 0 (Cx) and ASHRAE Guideline 3 (BE Cx).ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011 – This standard requires commissioning for any building over 5,000 square feet and includes these systems: Building Envelope Thermal, Moisture, and Pressurization.IGCC – 2012 – Chapter 9 is on Commissioning, Operation, & Maintenance; section 903.1 – Construction or system requiring verification includes: vegetative roofs, subsoil drainage, foundation dampproofing, flashings, and exterior wall coverings.NOTE: According to Fiona Aldous, 189.1 and IGCC are to merge into one document in the next few years.
LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fajardo’s chances for BPC plum slim but still a solid pick for MVP Yes, admitted Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone, there was in fact “a championship feel” to beating fallen Grand Slam-aspirant San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “But we gotta make sure we won’t have a ‘championship hangover’ going to the next series,” said Cone. “It’s easy to have one.”On point as always, Cone said the Gin Kings are moving forward and preparing against whichever team wins in the extended TNT KaTropa-Rain or Shine quarterfinal duel in the PBA Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Looking ahead we’re gonna have TNT, which handled us with ease last time we played them, and Rain or Shine, which is just playing incredible basketball at the moment,” said Cone late Wednesday after their 104-84 win.That victory denied the Beermen a chance of winning the Grand Slam as the Gin Kings, the conference defending champions, advanced to the semifinals starting Sunday in Biñan, Laguna. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight
Sunil GavaskarEver wondered how the pundits’ picks are doing as compared to yours? If your dream team sometimes shapes up like a nightmare, remember even the experts can get it wrong.Our spy on the Super Selector set tells us the stars are at war. The Super Selectors among you have,Sunil GavaskarEver wondered how the pundits’ picks are doing as compared to yours? If your dream team sometimes shapes up like a nightmare, remember even the experts can get it wrong.Our spy on the Super Selector set tells us the stars are at war. The Super Selectors among you have scored 2,786 and more, but the gurus look grounded! Sunny Gavaskar’s Sunshine XI has totalled 1,957 points, Geoff Boycott’s side huffs and puffs at 2,072, Navjot Sidhu comes even lower down the order at 1,755. Curiouser and curiouser, astrologer Ajai Bhambi’s side is at 1,890… “The stars are not favouring me,” he says, and he’s referring to the planetary variety!Geoff BoycottIndia’s new pace bowling star will take the field later this week when South Africa and India open their three-Test series. Picking a Dream XI turned out to be tougher than Ashish Nehra had imagined. “Maybe I will have a softer corner for selectors after this!” he says, adding he did not feel obliged to pick his teammates. He has chosen seven Indians though, himself included. Now, that’s confidence!SMART TIPS TO PICK YOUR DREAM TEAMNever pick a player who isn’t a certainty in the national squad even if he’s your favourite dark horse – you can make only three changes and you don’t want deadwood.Pick batsmen who can bowl a bit and vice versa. There are a lot of genuine allrounders like Shaun Pollock and Grant Flower masquerading as bowlers or batsmen. Ashish NehraNEW LOOTOther than the Grand Prize of a trip to South Africa and the ESPNStar commentary box, there are some more prizes for Super Selectors who finish close to the top. There’s a shining Maruti Suzuki Versa to be won for the top Indian contestant and a hamper of BPL home appliances for the four zonal winners.advertisement TOP FIVE SUPER SELECTORSNo.NameTeam NamePoints 1.Ganesh A. IyerDare To Play Them 2,9352.KalyanMega Stars 2,825 3.SaurabhShubh’s Blaster 2,801 4.RajdipHowzzatt 2,788 5.KarthikTrust Worthy 2,786 ” The first Super Selector winner ever is about to be named soon and these are the front runners. Are you playing yet?” ASHISH’S XI Sachin Tendulkar150 Andy Flower95 Sourav Ganguly105Ashish Nehra125 Herschelle Gibbs85Zaheer Khan85 Virender Sehwag30Anil Kumble130 Yuvraj Singh25Mluleki Nkala20 Jacques Kallis150
Kenyon seeks new investors to rescue Newcastle takeoverby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Kenyon is seeking new investors to rescue his takeover of Newcastle United.The ex-Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive is still searching for the £300m needed to complete his purchase of the Toon, reports The Sun.Kenyon is so anxious he is now offering a minimum buy-in of just £1million.Even then, the British businessman would only be able to pay Toon owner Mike Ashley in instalments staggered over the rest of the year.But Kenyon is buoyed by Ashley viewing him as the “best fit” to buy the club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
HRH The Prince of Wales last week visited The Royal British Legion-funded Personnel Recovery Centre in Edinburgh, taking the time to hear the stories of wounded Service personnel.Prince Charles visited Edinburgh House, the MOD’s only recovery centre in Scotland, and spoke with recovering personnel and veterans.Pte Paul Lambert, 32, lost both legs and suffered severe internal injuries during his first tour of Afghanistan in 2009 with The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS). He spoke to the Prince about the courses at the centre that are helping him adjust to civilian life after eight years in the Army. Click here for more information about the Legion’s Personnel Recovery Centres.Source:Royal British Legion Edinburgh House opened in August 2009 and has residential accommodation for 12 personnel, with further capacity for up to 15 day attendees. The Legion took over the running costs of the centre in 2011 with the Army continuing to provide staff. The Legion is giving £5 million to fund the centre in Edinburgh until 2020. “I actually met Prince Charles when I was in intensive care, he came to see me,” he said. “Today he was asking me how my rehab was getting on and how my prosthetic legs were coming on.” Mark Steed, commanding officer of the centre, said the Prince of Wales continues to be a great supporter of the Armed Forces, especially those who are injured, wounded or sick. ”A lot of what we try to do is to build the self-confidence and self-esteem of people and I think for them to see a person like Prince Charles taking an interest and having an opportunity to chat really does boost their self-esteem,” he said.
The CW drama plans to open its new season with a tribute to the deceased actor & an old pal will be showing up, SDCC learned today. The CW Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter ‘RIVERDALE’S LUKE PERRY TRIBUTE SEASON OPENER TO FEATURE ‘90210’ CAST MATE AS SPECIAL GUEST – COMIC-CONLuke Perry is gone, but the Riverdale actor will be remembered with a special tribute for the show’s Season 4 debut with a blast-from-the-past guest star, Comic-Con learned today.On the last day of SDCC50, the cast and creatives of the soapy CW teen drama revealed to Hall H that Shannen Doherty will be appearing in the October 9 “Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam” episode. The exact nature of the role that Perry’s Beverly Hills 90210 cast mate will play was not unveiled. READ MOREArt Streiber/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved‘RIVERDALE’ ENLISTS LUKE PERRY’S ‘90210’ CO-STAR SHANNEN DOHERTY FOR TRIBUTE EPISODEProducers have been teasing the upcoming fourth-season premiere of “Riverdale”, which will pay tribute to late star Luke Perry, and a key detail was revealed during the show’s Comic-Con panel on Sunday.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the episode — titled “In Memoriam” — will feature guest star Shannen Doherty, who famously co-starred with Perry on “Beverly Hills, 90210”. READ MORE Login/Register With: ‘RIVERDALE’ ENLISTS SHANNEN DOHERTY FOR LUKE PERRY TRIBUTEPerry had remained friends with his former ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ co-star and had discussed bringing her onto the CW series before his death.Riverdale’s tribute to late actor Luke Perry will include his longtime friend and former Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty. READ MOREShannen Doherty (Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)28 PHOTOS OF RIVERDALE’S CAST LIVING IT UP AT COMIC CON 2019Riverdale’s five biggest stars KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, and Madelaine Petsch all stopped by the Getty Images Portrait Studio delivered by Pizza Hut during their Comic Con visit yesterday. And they clearly all had a blast putting their close rapport on display for all to see. There’s a lot of great fashion, cast bonding, and power posing happening. READ MOREPHOTO BY AARON RICHTER/GETTY IMAGES FOR PIZZA HUT Advertisement Advertisement
Detroit72100+28 Denver4139-2 Green Bay70%100%+30 PLAYOFF CHANCES PLAYOFF CHANCES Washington37%51%+14 Houston44%74%+30 3. Tennessee 13, Denver 10 (Week 14) The most important game of the year came in Week 17, even though one of the teams — the New York Giants — had absolutely nothing to play for. Washington’s loss ended its playoff hopes and rendered the highly anticipated Green Bay-Detroit evening matchup mostly moot by guaranteeing playoff spots for both the Packers and Lions. Tennessee11%25%+14 After a tedious Week 17, the NFL playoff picture is finally set. Every week since Week 12, we’ve looked at which games could have the biggest impact on postseason chances throughout the league. Now, instead of dealing with hypotheticals, we can look backward to see which results from the entire 2016 regular season actually affected the playoff race the most.This is pretty easy to measure. Our NFL predictions update after every game, so the most important games are simply the ones that caused the largest net change in playoff probabilities. For example, when Buffalo beat Los Angeles in Week 5, the Bills’ playoff chances immediately improved from 50 percent to 64 percent (+14) while the Rams’ dropped from 49 percent to 34 percent (-14, with rounding). That’s a net change of 28 points. If we add to that number the impact the Bill’s victory had on Arizona, Seattle, New England and Oakland and its minor impacts on every other team in the league, we get an overall playoff swing of 57 points for that game.1The playoff swing totals in this article are lower than what we had listed in previous weeks. That’s because the scale has changed a bit, now that we’re measuring based on one actual game outcome instead of two potential game outcomes. An example: Going into their Week 17 matchup against New York, Washington had a 58 percent chance of making the playoffs. It would be eliminated with a loss and would more or less clinch with a win, so the team’s total potential range of outcomes, which we called its swing, was zero to 100 percent, or 100 percentage points. But Washington lost that game, so its actual, non-potential swing was from 58 percent to zero, or 58 percentage points.By this measure, the 10 biggest games of the regular season are below. Note that some of these results didn’t actually “matter” in the end. Going back to the example above: Buffalo didn’t make the postseason. But that game did make a significant impact on the playoff race at the time, so it was still important to the arc of the season. Miami55%92%+38 Game had 75.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Detroit4650+4 Pittsburgh was an early favorite to make the playoffs, with a 62 percent preseason chance of advancing to the postseason that improved to 90 percent after a 4-1 start. But then the Steelers lost four straight, dropping down to 16th in our rankings, which are based on Elo ratings (a measure of team strength based on game results that we use quite a bit around here). They would go on to beat the Browns in Week 11, but this road victory against the Colts was when Pittsburgh really righted the ship. The Steelers closed the season with five more wins, easily making it to the postseason; they enter as the fourth-ranked team by Elo. Game had 58.5 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Dallas2623-3 Game had 76.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown The game to watch for Week 16 was one of the best of the year. Buffalo came back from a 21-7 deficit, but the Dolphins hit a 55-yard field goal at the end of the fourth quarter to send the game into OT. Buffalo immediately drove 58 yards to Miami’s 17-yard line before moving backward 10 yards on two running plays and missing a 45-yarder. The Dolphins eventually won it on a chip shot field goal, sending their playoff chances skyrocketing to 92 percent at the expense of Denver and Baltimore. Washington1815-3 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Green Bay6269+6 Miami1626+11 Buffalo712+5 N.Y. Giants3429-4 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Philadelphia56%72%+16 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Denver7348-24 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Houston5855-3 Let’s take a moment to acknowledge Tennessee’s season. The Titans were one of the NFL’s worst teams in 2015 but rallied to go 9-7 this season, with a 5-2 record against eventual playoff teams. Their peak came in back-to-back wins against Denver (Week 14) and Kansas City (Week 15), giving them a serious shot at an AFC South title. Unfortunately, it was all for naught — the bad version of the Titans came out in Week 16 and lost 38-17 to the Jaguars, allowing the Texans to clinch the division. Tennessee’s victory over Denver did make a big difference for Miami, which eventually took the second AFC wild card spot. PLAYOFF CHANCES Houston7957-22 Based on the Cowboys’ terrible performance last season, our NFL predictions projected them to go 7-9 in 2016. And it took a little while for our model to figure out that Dallas was for real. This Week 6 drubbing of Green Bay improved the Cowboys’ record to 5-1 and sent their playoff chances shooting up 22 points to 78 percent; the suddenly struggling Packers saw an equivalent drop. Game had 57.2 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Remember Philadelphia? After a 3-0 start, capped by this shellacking of the highly rated Pittsburgh Steelers, the Eagles saw their playoff chances rise to over 70 percent. After a bye in Week 4, it was all downhill. Philadelphia went 2-9 over their next 11 games and were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15. Game had 66.3 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Indianapolis11%21%+10 9. Philadelphia 34, Pittsburgh 3 (Week 3) Green Bay5434-20 The Texans ended the regular season with a 9-7 record, a -49 point differential and just the saddest kind of quarterback controversy (the kind where both quarterbacks are bad). So how did they find themselves in the playoffs, with room to spare? Houston’s secret weapon was a 5-1 record against its AFC South opponents, spoiled only by its final meaningless game against the Titans. Whenever Houston’s lead in its terrible division was challenged, the team rose to the occasion, getting a particularly large boost to its playoffs chances in this narrow victory over the Colts. Pittsburgh6870+2 4. Houston 22, Indianapolis 17 (Week 14) Pittsburgh55%71%+16 Indianapolis2311-12 5. Tennessee 19, Kansas City 17 (Week 15) Kansas City>9997-2 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE N.Y. Giants4850+2 Houston7987+7 Baltimore3224-8 Game had 58.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES Pittsburgh9388-5 Indianapolis73-4 1. N.Y. Giants 19, Washington 10 (Week 17) PLAYOFF CHANCES AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE PLAYOFF CHANCES After Green Bay’s late-season surge to make the playoffs (and the collapse of Washington and Tampa Bay), the Packers’ midseason foibles are all but forgotten. But they really almost blew it, going on a four-game losing streak that started at the end of October during which the Green Bay defense allowed 38 points per game and the team’s chances of making the playoffs dropped (at 4-6) to just 6 percent. This Week 9 loss to the Colts — the second loss in the streak — was one of the most damaging for Green Bay while simultaneously reviving Indianapolis’s hopes. Houston8682-5 2. Miami 34, Buffalo 31 (Week 16) Baltimore3841+3 6. Indianapolis 31, Green Bay 26 (Week 9) Houston5144-7 Cincinnati159-7 Baltimore2814-14 Washington2831+3 Tennessee16%44%+28 Game had 58.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Dallas56%78%+22 Minnesota6164+3 Game had 116.6 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Philadelphia3835-3 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Miami4145+3 Baltimore5154+3 Indianapolis3934-5 8. Dallas 30, Green Bay 16 (Week 6) Denver177-10 Indianapolis344-30 Game had 65.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Game had 59.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES Pittsburgh8067-13 Washington580-58 PLAYOFF CHANCES The second ultimately meaningless late-season Titans victory that briefly shook the AFC South playoff race. Better luck next year, Tennessee! PLAYOFF CHANCES PLAYOFF CHANCES Tampa Bay29<1-28 Detroit7380+7 Tennessee4542-3 Green Bay7249-22 10. New Orleans 31, Tampa Bay 24 (Week 16) 7. Pittsburgh 28, Indianapolis 7 (Week 12) Going into Week 15, the 8-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a 54 percent chance of making the playoffs but blew it with back-to-back narrow losses to the Cowboys and Saints. Although this game didn’t technically eliminate Tampa Bay from playoff contention — the team had a very outside chance of making the playoffs in Week 17, if seven games broke their way — it more or less ended the Bucs’ playoff hopes.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
First-year Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals insists that the Buckeyes (1-2) not set specific goals as they progress through this season, though he will demand a “fighting mentality.” “We’re too young and too inexperienced to have these expectations of, ‘We should win all our games,’ or, ‘We should do this, this and that,’” Beals said Wednesday. “We need to go out and establish ourselves as a baseball team before we start setting up what our goals are.” Beals has emphasized an approach that he says will help build a great team. “We have expectations about going through the process (of improving) the quality of our at-bat, the quality of our pitches,” Beals said. Redshirt senior right fielder Brian DeLucia has already bought into his new coach’s thinking. “For right now, our expectations aren’t very extensive in terms of where we want to be at the end of the season,” DeLucia said Wednesday. “We’re gonna take it game by game.” With 19 underclassmen on its 33-player roster, OSU is a young team. DeLucia said the team’s youth is part of the reason for tempering predictions about wins and losses. “We’ve got a lot of young guys on this team,” DeLucia said. “We’ve got a lot of learning experiences, a lot of obstacles to overcome.” DeLucia also said his only expectation for the season was that he and his teammates would “fight like dogs.” Having already played their first three games, Beals’ players have proven to be resilient. While competing in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida on Friday and Saturday, OSU dropped its first two games, losing, 11-5, and, 2-0, to Cincinnati and No. 20 Louisville, respectively. The Buckeyes then eked out an 8-7 win on Saturday against No. 23 St. John’s in a game that lasted 11 innings. Beals pointed to Sunday’s win, his first as OSU’s coach, as evidence of the Buckeyes’ unwavering effort on the field. “It’s gonna take all of us, and a great example of that was the Sunday win,” Beals said. “We had to go deep into our bullpen. It took a lot of guys, and we ended up laying down a bunt to win a ball game.” In Beals’ eyes, the path to success is very simple. “Anyway, anyhow, anybody,” Beals said, “we gotta get that mentality to just fight and claw to get every success we can.” There is no set number of wins that the team is striving for, but redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Paul Geuy said the outlook is positive. “Expectations are quite high,” Geuy said Wednesday. “It’s going to be a good year, definitely.”