Armed raiders told woman they would shoot her daughter

first_imgTwitter Man arrested after suspected gun and ammunition found following pursuit of car in Limerick Sunville House in County LimerickA LIMERICK mother, who was recovering from breast cancer surgery, was having a bath when a gang of armed raiders burst in to her home.Ann Garvey, of Sunville House, Pallasgreen told Judge John Hannan at Limerick Circuit Court last week that the men, who were armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a baseball bat and a sledgehammer, said her daughter would be shot if she didn’t give them the key to the safe.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ms Garvey was giving her evidence in the trial of Patrick Roche, (52), of Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin, Dublin; his son Philip Roche (24) of the same address and Alan Freeman (37) of Pearse Park, Tipperary Town who all pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated burglary at the Garvey home on April 16, 2012.Both Patrick and Philip Roche have also pleaded not guilty to an aggravated burglary at the home of William, Nora and Christina Creed at Ballyluddy, Pallasgreen, on May 31, 2012.Ms Garvey told the court that she had undergone a mastectomy and was taking a bath when the men broke in to her home. The mother-of-four said that her husband, Gerard was handcuffed in the sitting room and had a sawn-off shotgun pressed to his forehead.One of their daughters was bound with cable ties and her twin brother was punched in the face and threatened with a baseball bat.Gerard Garvey said that when he went to investigate a loud bang in the living room, he was confronted by a gang who had smashed the patio door. He said there were three or four figures dressed in black and wearing balaclavas.He was looking down the barrel of a sawn-off shotgun as they forced him and his daughter to the ground.The man with the gun said: “we’ll blow your head off and we will take your kids away and you’ll never see them again”.They demanded the key of the safe which contained $3,000 and £5,000 but they wanted more.Sgt Helen Holden told Judge Hannan that when she arrived to Sunville House, she found a scene of “panic, pandemonium, and trauma”.Det Garda Niamh Brosnan, who was accompanied by Det Garda Senan O’Sullivan said that the family were extremely upset and shocked at what had happened and that Gerry Garvey was still in handcuffs and had to be freed with bolt cutters.The trial is expected to last another four weeks. Advertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet Man charged with assault causing harm to shop worker after arrest on suspicion of coughing on victim NewsArmed raiders told woman they would shoot her daughterBy Staff Reporter – June 21, 2017 1362 TAGSAnn GarveyCourtfeaturedGerard Garveysunville house Linkedin Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Print Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous article#WATCH Statue of Anthony Foley unveiled on Clancy’s StrandNext articleNew O’Connell Street will put pedestrians first Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email 27 month delay in justice at Limerick courts Sunville House in County Limerick Rape Crisis welcomes publication of O’Malley report last_img read more

4 ways to save in January

first_imgChristmas is over and that means most of us are strapped for cash. January can be a tough month for many recovering from holiday spending. Here are four ways you can save a little dough this month as you work to get your finances back on track.Winterize your homeThis is the coldest time of the year so make sure your house is ready for the cool temps. There are a variety of things you can do to save this month by lowering your energy bills. Check out these simple tips for winterizing your home. Your wallet will thank you.Eat what’s in seasonAfter all the groceries needed for preparing those holiday meals, it’s no wonder you’ll want to cut down on food costs this month. Check out the various fruits and vegetables that are in season in January, many of which are sold at a lower cost. Surprisingly there are a number of yummy seasonal foods that are at their prime in the dead of winter.New year, new budgetTake a look back at 2017; what worked for your finances and what didn’t? Learning from the past is an excellent way to make smarter choices this year. This month, take a look at the year ahead, anticipate months that will be more costly, and plan accordingly.Shop salesAfter Christmas sales can be an excellent way to save on items you need for the coming year. Check out reduced prices on everyday household items (like household cleaners, soaps, and baking supplies) that are marked down simply because they come in holiday packaging. Here is a great guide for navigating after Christmas sales and getting the most bang for your buck. 91SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

B52s complete weekend sweep

first_imgThe Humboldt B52s came from behind to beat the visiting San Francisco Seals 16-8, completing a two-game series sweep of the Seals Saturday night at Bomber Field. The B52s trailed for the majority of the game after surrendering an early two-run lead in the third inning, not re-taking the lead until an explosive eighth inning when they scored nine runs.“I felt like we were in the game the whole time,” B52s manager Scott St. John said. “Our pitching did just enough and our hitting was much …last_img read more

Did Murder Evolve?

first_imgIs it appropriate for scientists to speculate on the evolution of murder?  Nature had no problem with it.  They allowed Dan Jones, a freelance writer in Brighton, UK, to publish a lengthy article on how murder and warfare evolved.  No other explanations for these scourges were mentioned except to dismiss them.  Nature has apparently incorporated political science, ethics, theology and criminology as subdomains of evolutionary biology.  “What can evolution say about why humans kill?” the article begins, ending not only with the evolution of murder and war, but claims that evolution has even provided humans with a moral sense to mitigate them.    Dan Jones began by setting up an opposing voice to knock down:“It is scientifically incorrect to say that we have inherited a tendency to make war from our animal ancestors … that war or any other violent behaviour is genetically programmed into our human nature … [and] that humans have a ‘violent brain’.”    These are the ringing words of the ‘Seville Statement on Violence’, fashioned by 20 leading natural and social scientists in 1986 as part of the United Nations International Year of Peace, and later adopted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  It was written to counter the pessimistic view that violence and war are inevitable features of human life.    The decades since have not been kind to these cherished beliefs.  A growing number of psychologists, neuroscientists and anthropologists have accumulated evidence that understanding many aspects of antisocial behaviour, including violence and murder, requires the study of brains, genes and evolution, as well as the societies those factors have wrought.Jones’s opening shows that 21 years ago, scientists – even those who accepted evolution from animal ancestors – considered it inappropriate to discuss the evolution of war.  By arguing against “these cherished beliefs” that were written to counter a pessimistic view, is Jones now promoting pessimism?    Not necessarily.  He came up with a quasi-optimistic update to the old Darwinian idea that violence is programmed into humans from their evolutionary past.  It reads like a kind of bad-news, good-news joke: yes, we are programmed for violence, but we are not as bad as chimpanzees.  The implication is that since humans emerged from the apes, evolution appears to have modified its trajectory.  Now, humans have evolved to cooperate.  In this view, the proverbial angels and devils that sit on our shoulders have also evolved.At the same time, though, historians, archaeologists and criminologists have started to argue that in most places life was more violent – and more likely to end in murder – in the past than it is today.  The time span of this apparent decline in violence has been too short for appeals to natural selection to be convincing.  If humans have evolved to kill, then it seems that they have also evolved to live without killing, given the right circumstances.Jones described how Martin Daly and Margo Wilson of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, published a book Homicide with this thesis just two years after the Seville Statement.  It was the rise of “evolutionary psychology.”  They contradicted the Seville Statement by arguing that humans are programmed with violent proclivities, but then let Darwinism off the hook somewhat by claiming that “killing was, by and large, not something that evolution had selected for.”  What evolution was selecting for was higher status and reproductive success.  Killing and death were just by-products of these goals.    Jones presented this as today’s majority view among evolutionary psychologists before delving into alternative views – all based on evolution.  Some feel natural selection did select for murder, because in some contexts the benefits outweigh the costs: “Homicide can be such a beneficial solution to adaptive problems in certain, specific contexts that it would be surprising if selection had not fashioned mechanisms to produce lethal aggression,” said David Buss [U of Texas] and Joshua Duntley [Richard Stockton College], authors of a controversial “homicide adaptation theory.”    The body of Jones’s article explored various attempts to explain, within evolutionary thinking, why men are more prone to commit murder than women, or how the prefrontal cortex might be organized to promote or preclude violent outbursts.  Adrian Raine and Lori LaCasse of USC, for instance, proposed that “Put crudely, murderers don’t have the prefrontal resources to regulate that unbridled emotional output.”  Does this make murder an artifact of neural arrangements?  Jones elaborated, “Just as evolution has shaped men’s bodies to be, on average, larger than women’s, it has also distributed the resources needed to regulate emotion and aggression unevenly between the sexes.”    The discussion proceeded to an even more bizarre concept: the evolution of morality.  Evolution has apparently produced neurons that get bent out of shape when moral codes are violated:In an intriguing turn, Raine and his USC colleague Yaling Yang have recently pointed to a link between homicidal behaviour and the capacity to follow moral guidelines.  Over the past six years, brain-imaging studies aimed at understanding moral judgements have illustrated the crucial role of the emotional feeling that comes with violating moral codes.  Parts of the prefrontal cortex and amygdala that are abnormal in violent individuals and murderers are activated when making moral judgements.  Raine and Yang have proposed that these systems serve as the engine that translates moral feelings into behavioural inhibition – an engine that has blown a gasket in the antisocial, violent and murderous.Jones did not define morality, but clearly the moral codes he described are not really moral codes (in the sense of universal standards of right and wrong); they could only be societal norms that passed the natural selection filter, at least for the time being.  Normally, moral codes, whatever they are, produce inhibitions in individuals, he said.  This is a strictly behavioral definition devoid of meaning.  Clearly, rationality or human nature in the classical sense could not be involved.  An engine that can blow a gasket is merely a machine.    At this point Jones made a shocking statement: in evolutionary terms, war is a good thing:Men are not just more likely to kill other people than women are, they are also more likely to do so in groups – and for some researchers it is in these realms that killing offers real evolutionary value.  The murder of one person by another may be almost accidental, an unlooked for by-product of aggression.  The murder of members of one group by those of another could be an adaptive behaviour that evolution has encouraged.For support, Jones described chimpanzee studies that show the apes engaging in ruthless warfare and carnage.  He then compared the monkey antics with human violence, but backpedaled slightly to avoid describing a straight-line connection: “Moving from studies of chimpanzee coalitional violence and comparisons with small-scale tribal conflicts to understanding modern warfare is, however, far from straightforward.”  Chimpanzees fight more within groups than between them, he claimed.  One researcher cited said that chimps display 200 times more violent behavior than humans.  Another was quoted explaining how humans learned that in-group cooperation was a good strategy.  Either way, it’s still all just evolution: “altruism and war co-evolve, promoting conflict between groups and greater harmony within them.”  For reasons he did not defend, he merely suggested that evolution selects soldiers over hoodlums:In cultures and societies with a recent history of warfare, children tend to be socialized to tolerate pain and to react aggressively, which prepares them for the possibility of becoming a soldier (arguably something that evolution would favour) or a potentially deadly brawler (probably something it wouldn’t).But could a blind process tell the difference?  He did not argue his probabilities.    Jones mitigated his pessimistic evolutionary determinism with assertions of the existence of free will:None of this means that a tendency to kill is set in stone; if anything, it shows that humans have evolved to be much less of a risk to each other within groups than they would be if they were as bellicose as chimps.  And there is evidence that this risk is reducing further in studies of death rates from both inter-group homicide and intra-group warfare, both of which seem to have plummeted over the millennia.Has Jones not counted up the death tolls from the World Wars?  As if to forestall the accusation, he quoted Steven Pinker: “if the wars of the twentieth century had killed the same proportion of the population that die in the wars of a typical tribal society, there would have been two billion deaths, not 100 million.”  How either of them could know such a thing was not explained.  Instead, statistics were garnered to illustrate historical trends downward in death tolls from wars.  The implication is that humans are evolving toward a culture of comity and amity.    But isn’t a few centuries “too short a time for evolution to have shaped human nature much”?  And couldn’t the falling mortality be due to improvements in policing and medical care?  Aren’t people using rationality to decide that war is counterproductive?  It was time to rescue Darwin again:A part of the answer that is consistent with an evolutionary approach is a long-term reduction in inequalities of life circumstances and prospects – the inequalities that Daly and Watson see as driving the conflict that leads to killing as a by-product.  “In places such as Sweden where every cabbie drives a Mercedes,” says Daly, “people don’t bother to kill so often.”  Better provisioning of life’s necessities has also powered the decline, agrees Duntley.  When contested resources are made more plentiful, he says, conflict over resources decreases and homicide rates drop.But for all its optimism, this idea sounds deterministic as well.  Humans are just pawns of evolutionary and environmental pressures, he argued.  When resources are plentiful, they don’t fight.  Yet exceptions to this principle abound.  There is no shortage of cases where criminals have attacked wantonly (e.g., Willy Horton) or nations fought ruthlessly (e.g., Napoleon), when resources were plentiful.  Jones did not deal with the exceptions.    What about the morality in all this?  Ah, that evolved, too.  Dan Jones ended,The evidence suggests that humans may indeed have what the Seville Statement called a ‘violent brain’, in as much as evolution may favour those who go to war.  But evolution has also furnished us with a moral sense.  The complexities of the relationship between morals and violence may prove a fruitful field for future research, in as much as they can be disentangled from the social and historical factors that clearly hold great sway over the ultimate levels of violence.  Evolution is not destiny; but understanding it could help maintain the hard-to-discern progress of peace.Nature decorated this article with photos of a boxer punching out his opponent, and a Napoleon-like figure on horseback leading his finely-dressed army into battle.  No longer are these to be seen as images of rational beings who make choices based on morals and reasons.  If Dan Jones and the evolutionists he quotes are right, they are pawns of evolutionary forces that play out on a game board of evolutionary-derived neurological propensities for aggression on one side and cooperation on the other.  Presumably the evolutionary psychologist’s own rationality is exempt from the game.1.  Dan Jones, “Human behaviour: Killer instincts,” Nature 451, 512-515 (2008) | doi:10.1038/451512a; also published at [email protected] the risk of sounding redundant, the views in this paper are dumb and evil.  Dumb, because they are self-refuting and nothing but presupposition-driven conjectures.  Evil, because the fruit of such thinking puts no limits on selfish aggression.  If moral absolutes and rationality do not exist – if we are the evolutionary pawns of amoral forces – who is to abide by any claims of a “moral sense”?  Morality becomes anything one says it is.  Don’t fall for the made-up disclaimer that natural selection has lately favored cooperation.  Give a dictator this doctrine and he will define his own morality to include genocide.  If he were to succeed, his success would guarantee it was moral, because the only ones left to pass on their genes would be those he allowed to survive.    To the Darwin Party priestly class, the rest of humanity are their pets and lab rats.  They speak flowery words of peace and morality, but they are conquerors at heart.  They say they just want to “understand” human nature, but they envision themselves as disembodied rationalities above the game that traps the rest of us.  They would presume to create the environmental conditions under which humans would be precluded from acting out their evolutionary propensities for violence, and could be manipulated for useful purposes – useful, that is, for their own utopian visions.    Once again, Dan Jones and the other Yodas he quoted presume to sit in some ethereal oligarchy looking down on an evolved world from an intellectual platform of privilege with no pillars.  The arrogant plunderers arrogate to themselves the intellectual resources of the rest of the university.  Like modern-day Gnostics possessing higher wisdom unavailable to us boxers and soldiers, they would sit in exalted privilege above the rabble, doling out Mercedes to the cabbies to keep them compliant.  (Incorrigible non-cooperators like Christians, philosophers and theologians can be put in zoos, prisons, or otherwise disposed of so as not to jeopardize the regime.)    What do you do with people who believe things that are dumb and evil?  For one thing, you don’t put them in positions of power, and you don’t give them control of the classroom.  Their arguments cannot withstand a moment’s reflection.  Using their own assumptions, the propositions in this article reduce to glorified chimpanzee screams as their proponents jump up and down on each other’s soulless chests.  They can’t help themselves.  Evolution made them this way.  Their arguments, therefore, carry no intellectual weight, and are self-refuting.  Remember, distinguished scholars, what happens to self-refuting propositions?  They are necessarily false.  They are not true, they cannot be true, and no amount of research or discovery or reflection will ever make them true.  They’re D.O.A., dead, finished.    Consider that the most distinguished scientific journal in the world just gave pride of place to a self-refuting article!  The situation is desperate.  The evil dumb are threatening war against Mansoul.  For its own survival, civilization must expose through rational means that the Darwinists are their own suicidal maniacs.  By murdering mind and morality, they have demonstrated that they cannot win the game of survival of the intellectually and morally fittest.(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Deep Fabric Large Burlesque Carmen Style Flower Rose Flamenco Dancer Pin up Hair Clip Slide – Excellent quality and value

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Don’t Shock the Goat — Geocache of the Week

first_imgContinue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. SharePrint RelatedMagic Wand – Geocache of the WeekOctober 3, 2018In “Community”Moon Tower — Geocache of the WeekApril 4, 2018In “Community”Another one down the drain. – A Crappy Cache (GC35T4T) – Geocache of the WeekFebruary 26, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” Location: Massachusetts, United States N 42° 25.049′ W 073° 16.657′ If you make it to the end of the challenge a blue light appears to show that you completed the cache, and the final door swings open both revealing the logbook and solidifying your friendship with the temperamental goat.  Share with your Friends:More Located at a ski resort just off the beaten path, our Geocache of the Week isn’t hard to find—opening it to get the cache is the true challenge. Aside from finding the code for the padlock on the outside, you’ll need to consider a few things. The geocache has electronic features on it and can’t function without some power. According to the cache page you are required to bring three AA batteries. Once the padlock is unlocked and the door to the cache opens, you’re greeted with a temperamental goat who remains happy so long as you don’t shock it. Some goats faint when they feel a sense of panic—this one will yell at you if you can’t keep a steady hand. Don’t Shock the Goat (GC6JZ0Q) requires you to have ultra-focus while navigating a metal “wand” around the outline of a goat. If the wand touches the metal frame, all your efforts are lost and you have to start at the beginning. With almost 300 Favorite points, this gadget cache is one of the most Favorited caches in Massachusetts.center_img To test your Dr. Doolittle skills, insert the AA batteries and wait for the three lights on the cache to blink. Then touch the wand to the top of the green bolt to reset the cache and to enable the green light on the cache. If you bump the wire with the wand after enabling it, it will make a loud buzzing sound and the light will turn red until you reset the cache again. Repeat this until you are able to make it around the wire and touch the opposite bolt.  Difficulty: 3.5 Terrain: 2 Caches that take added effort are always a thrill for the cachers who find them. According to cache owner hyliston this cache took 50 hours to create, but has sparked timeless memories for geocachers that have come to meet the goat. What was the last geocache that ‘shocked’ you? Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. Don’t Shock the Goat GC6JZ0Q by hylistonlast_img read more

Grand alliance unfazed, says Tejashwi

first_imgAmid disagreements over seat sharing within the Bihar grand alliance for the byelections, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday said the elections in the State would not have any impact on the health of the secular coalition.Mr. Yadav also described Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as a “chameleon-like” character, and ruled out any possibility in the future of him returning to the secular alliance fold.The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader hit out at the BJP-JD(U) government’s response to the flood situation in Bihar, saying the entire State had helplessly watched the “insensitivity” of the Nitish Kumar dispensation and would speak out at the polling booth.“Floods, water logging, acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) deaths and Muzaffarpur shelter home case are not natural calamities but government-created disasters due to corruption,” the former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister said.Asked about the disagreements over seat sharing among grand alliance constituents, Mr. Yadav said: “Let us understand this in perspective. These bypolls are for only five Assembly segments and the age of this Assembly is hardly ten more months.” Disagreements among grand alliance constituents came to the fore when Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) fielded its candidate against the RJD in Nathnagar, while the Vikassheel Insan Party led by Mukesh Sahni named its candidate for the Simri Bakhtiyarpur seat.Polling will take place on October 21 for the Samastipur Lok Sabha seat necessitated by the death of the LJP MP, as also for Daraunda, Nathnagar, Simari Bakhtiarpur, Kishanganj and Belhar Assembly seats with JD(U) MLAs and a Congress MLA elected to the Lok Sabha.last_img read more

Podcast The Incredible Ronda Rousey The MLB Trade Deadline And A Doping

If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Aug. 4, 2015), we discuss whether mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey is unbeatable. We also talk about the winners and losers coming off the MLB trade deadline, as well as leaked data suggesting that one-third of medals at endurance events in the Olympics and at World Championships between 2001 and 2012 might have gone to athletes with suspicious blood-test results. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: What if you broke a world record by accident?Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on the show:Andrew Flowers on Ronda Rousey fighting like an outlier.Rousey’s controversial stance on trans fighters in her sport.Neil Paine and Nate Silver break down the MLB trade deadline using the brand-new “Doyle Number” metric.58 prospects at the trade deadline.Large-scale allegations of doping among endurance athletes.The International Association of Athletics Federations president calls the allegations a joke.Significant Digit: 2 — the number of times swimmer Katie Ledecky has broken her own world record, this week. Hot Takedown read more

The Last Time The Chiefs Were This Good They Won A Super

3D. Culpepper2004MIN4-172.21766183127.0 9T. Brady2015NWE5-070.61699141118.4✓ NE61NE66NE+0.1– DAL53GB57GB+6.7– OAK68%OAK58BAL+9.4– The Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 5 win over the the Houston Texans was significant for several reasons. It squashed any lingering doubts about who the NFL’s best team is, as the league’s only 4-0 team moved to 5-0. It also solidified KC’s place atop our NFL projections, as we now give them a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs and an 81 percent chance of earning a coveted first-round bye. But perhaps the team’s most impressive achievement so far is this: These are the best Chiefs since KC’s last (and only) championship team, 48 years ago.Using Elo, our pet metric for judging a team’s strength at any given moment, we can trace the various incarnations of the Chiefs week by week in NFL history. Their current Elo rating of 1701 is the highest it has been since the team hit its all-time peak rating of 1775 after defeating the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Of the 899 weeks for which we have Elo data on this team, there are only eight in which Kansas City’s rating was higher than it is right now — and all of them came in that 1969 campaign, in the last year of the AFL. Move over, Len Dawson, make room for Alex Smith.But we have certainly seen hot starts from Andy Reid’s team before. They started the 2013-14 season 9-0 and then lost five of their next seven regular-season games before bowing out to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card game. So will this year be any different?The defense has regressed since the 2013 season, surrendering 22.2 points per game through five games, compared with 19.1 for the whole of the 2013 season. But they’ve maintained respectability despite losing star safety Eric Berry, who went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon in the team’s opening-night road win over the New England Patriots. And any step back here has been more than compensated for by improvements on offense. Led by Smith and rookie running back Kareem Hunt, the offense is off to a blistering pace, averaging an NFL-best 32.8 points per game, 5.9 points better than the 2013 team managed to produce.This may be hard to digest, but Smith is having one of the best starts to a season of any quarterback in NFL history. In almost every major offensive category — passing completion rate, passer rating, adjusted yards per attempt and interceptions — Smith ranks among the best. Here are the best season-opening five-game stretches ever, according to passer rating, among QBs who made more than 150 passing attempts in that span in any season since 1950. 4A. Smith2017KAN5-076.61391110125.8 BUF51BUF57CIN-9.3– MIN58MIN64MIN+2.0– 7M. Ryan2016ATL4-169.11740122121.6✓✓ In addition to having the fourth-best passer rating in this time frame, Smith has yet to throw an interception. And among these quarterbacks, Smith’s completion rate of 76.6 percent is the highest. The table above puts Smith in some nice company: Every QB joining him is either a Hall of Famer already or will likely be one soon — with the exception of Daunte Culpepper. (And unlike Culpepper, Smith doesn’t have the luxury of being able to heave jump balls to Randy Moss.) In this group, Culpepper and Smith also stand out as the only ones to not start at least one Super Bowl in their career to date. Culpepper may be alone in that regard after this season.In the PittsKansas City’s Week 6 opponent had a slightly less glorious Week 5. In fact, the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered one of the worst losses in their 85-year history. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions in a brutal 30-9 loss at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars (yes, them). The Steelers’ loss was so bad that they dropped 55 Elo points, the 49th-worst single-game drop in more than 30,000 NFL games, and the franchise’s third-worst loss ever. Steelers fans may not want to remember the two worse losses, but we’ll remind them anyway: a 24-6 defeat at home to the newly formed Houston Texans in 2002 and a 34-10 thumping on the road against the previously winless Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 (ouch!).The latest loss means Roethlisberger is under intense pressure to retire, with even the two-time Super Bowl winner admitting that he might not have it anymore. That, along with the quarterback’s public spat with wide receiver Antonio Brown in Week 4, means the Steelers could be in a minor crisis. Pittsburgh finds itself 3-2 and atop the AFC North standings, with the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals lurking just behind. Looking at the underwhelming slate of opponents the Steelers have played so far — the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars — gives even more cause for concern. The Steelers travel to the Chiefs next week before a home game against their bitter rivals the Bengals and a visit to the surprisingly good Detroit Lions. The rest of October could alter Big Ben’s plans in 2018.FiveThirtyEight vs. the crowdWeek 5 in our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — was much better for you readers than the previous two weeks had been — readers were just 21 points behind the Elo predictions in Week 5 compared with 146.2 points behind in Weeks 3 and 4 combined. The readers made gains mostly by being less wrong than our algorithm. Both Elo and the readers picked the Oakland Raiders to beat the Ravens and the New York Giants to beat the Los Angeles Chargers, and neither of those picks worked out. However, the average reader was less confident in either the Raiders or the Giants of winning than Elo was, so readers lost fewer points on those misplaced bets.The biggest net gain for Elo came in the Miami Dolphins’ win over the Tennessee Titans. Even without factoring in that the Titans’ Marcus Mariota was inactive for the game, Elo put its faith in Jay Cutler and the Dolphins and was rewarded. (Never doubt Jay Cutler! Haha, no, we’re kidding. Definitely doubt him.) That’s it for this week — be sure you make your picks for Week 6. NYG68NYG59LAC+9.0– 8D. Marino1984MIA5-065.21527153121.6✓✓ Source: Pro-football-reference.com QBYEARTEAMW-LCOMP %YDSTDINTPASSER RATINGWON DIV.?MADE SB? OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 10D. Brees2009NOR5-069.21400132118.4✓✓ PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.WINNERREADERS’ NET PTS NYJ65NYJ59NYJ-7.3– 6K. Warner2000RAM5-072.11947147122.0 1P. Manning2013DEN5-075.8%1884201136.4✓✓ 5A. Rodgers2011GNB5-071.71721142122.9✓ PIT80PIT79JAX+0.0 Alex Smith is in royal company … plus Daunte CulpepperTop passer ratings among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 150 attempts in a team’s first five games of a season, since 1950 DET63DET59CAR+2.6– SEA55SEA51SEA-6.3– KC67KC65KC-4.1– 2T. Brady2007NWE5-074.11383162128.7✓✓ PHI65PHI67PHI-0.6– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 5Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 5 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game IND75IND62IND-11.3– MIA59TEN51MIA-11.9– read more

Ohio States resurgent offense to be put to the test against Penn

Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the football into the end zone during a game against Maryland on Oct. 10 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 49-28. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThe Ohio State offense seems to be coming into its own, putting up 121 points in its last three games, including 49 against Maryland in Week 6.The best test of the progress it has made since the start of the season could come on Saturday, as OSU (6-0, 2-0) welcomes a team ranked 10th in the nation in defense.Penn State (5-1, 2-0) has allowed just 275.7 yards per game, including only 158.7 yards through the air.OSU coach Urban Meyer said his team will have to be at its best to put up points against the Nittany Lions.“Excellent defense,” Meyer said. “I think they’re top 10 … we had a hard time moving them last year, very good defense.”That game last year was a double-overtime thriller in State College, Pennsylvania, in which the Buckeyes emerged with a 31-24 victory.Then-sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa was the star of that night, piling up 2.5 sacks, including a game-ending sack in which he threw the Penn State blocker into quarterback Christian Hackenberg.“I don’t think I’ll be able to top a moment like that this week,” Bosa said.The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native called last year’s game “the hardest fought game” he’s ever played and expects the Nittany Lions to present another tough test on Saturday. He said it all stems from the junior Hackenberg.“I see a very confident quarterback, a guy that can really make all the throws down the field,” Bosa said.Hackenberg, considered to be one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects, has struggled at times this season. On the year, he is 87-of-164 for 1,086 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions.Saturday’s contest is set to kick off at 8 p.m., the first night game Ohio Stadium has played host to since Nov. 1 of last season against Illinois. Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller said games played at the primetime hour give the team a different sense of energy.“The last couple of night games I played in, it was exciting, the atmosphere was crazy,” Miller said. “Guys always love playing under the lights.”With Penn State standing as one of the four teams in the Big Ten East division undefeated through two conference games, Bosa said the team recognizes games like that as key points of the season.“It gets bigger as the season continues because it’s harder every week to stay undefeated I think,” Bosa said. “It’s Big Ten season and that’s when I think it really picks up.”Previously for Penn StateWhen the dust settled from the Nittany Lions’ opening game, things were not looking pretty.In-state rival Temple thoroughly dominated Penn State, coming away with a 27-10 victory, and potentially sending coach James Franklin’s squad to a downward spiral of a season.However, the Nittany Lions did just the opposite.Since the opening game in Philadelphia, Penn State outscored its opponents 141-59 on the way to a five-game winning streak.“I remember watching them their first game this year and it’s nowhere close to where they’re looking now,” Bosa said. “They’re finally getting it together and looking like a really good team.”Penn State’s victories came against Buffalo, Rutgers, San Diego State, Army and Indiana. However, all five of those games came at home at Beaver Stadium, so it remains to be seen if the Nittany Lions can improve from their lone road showing.Sack mastersSaturday’s game features two of the top players in the country when it comes to bringing the opposing quarterback down.Penn State redshirt senior defensive end Carl Nassib has recorded more sacks than anyone else in the nation with 10 — all solo.The hulking 6-foot-7, 272-pound West Chester, Pennsylvania, product has at least one sack in each of his six games this year, including three games with two or more sacks.On the other side, Bosa hasn’t found the same results this season but is still feared nationally after picking up 21 sacks in his first two seasons.Bosa recorded his first solo sack of the season against Maryland, with a first-game suspension, constant double or triple teams and quick-handed quarterbacks holding him back.“It feels good to get there, obviously,” Bosa said. “It’s what D-linemen go for every game, to get their sacks.”As a team, the Nittany Lions are second in the country with 4.17 sacks per game, while OSU is 11th with 3.17.On the other side of the ball, OSU is 20th in the country with 1.17 sacks allowed per game, while Hackenberg has been brought down 3.17 times per game, 112th in the nation.Up nextAfter Saturday’s 8 p.m. showdown, the Buckeyes are slated to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face Rutgers on Oct. 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more