Pink Talking Fish Announces Phish Vegas Afterparties, Costume Set-Themed Concepts

first_imgPink Talking Fish has announced two very special Phish afterparties in Las Vegas on November 1st and 2nd. The shows will be hosted by Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band has two different concepts sketched out for the late-night shows, which are sure to please fans eager to keep the party going.On November 1st, Pink Talking Fish will perform their “PTF Is Bowie” concept, which combines the music of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, Phish, and David Bowie. This show will celebrate Phish’s tribute to David Bowie during their 2016 Halloween experience where they performed The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust in its entirety for their highly anticipated costume-set tradition.On November 2nd, Pink Talking Fish will commemorate the 20-year anniversary of Phish’s impromptu performance of Dark Side Of The Moon. After a Las Vegas Halloween Run in 1998, Phish played West Valley City, Utah, on November 2nd, 1998, to a half-full “E” Center arena. The band treated the intimate audience to a full rendition of Pink Floyd’s 1973 album, Dark Side Of The Moon, sandwiched in the middle of “Harpua”. Fans to this day still regret high-tailing it to Denver and skipping the infamous Utah ’98 show.Tickets available this Friday, July 13th, at 10 a.m. PT here.Pink Talking Fish – Full Show Video[Video: Chris Cafiero]last_img read more

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Siccar Point Hires Sembcorp Marine for Cambo FPSO FEED Work

first_imgSiccar Point Energy E&P has awarded an exclusive Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract to Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters for the design of a Sevan cylindrical FPSO for its Cambo field development on the UKCS.The Cambo field, located 125km northwest of the Shetland Islands in a water depth of 1100m, was discovered in 2002, and subsequently had 4 appraisal wells drilled up to 2012 and a final successful appraisal well was drilled and flow tested by Siccar Point during the summer of 2018.Sembcorp Marine has contracted KBR for topsides design and integration support with work being carried out in Singapore and Norway.The Cambo partners had been working with two FEED contracting options since early this year and have now selected Sembcorp Marine to complete the FEED work for the Sevan cylindrical FPSO.In addition to the FPSO contract, other FEED work is being undertaken by BHGE for wells, subsea and riser systems, and by Genesis for a gas export pipeline.A draft Field Development Plan has been submitted to the Oil & Gas Authority. Formal project sanction will be sought following completion of the FEED activities.Shell acquired a 30% working interest stake in the field from Siccar Point in 2018.Jonathan Roger, CEO of Siccar Point said: “This is another important milestone for the Cambo project and we look forward to working with our partner Shell as we progress towards formal project sanction next year.”last_img read more

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Education is the winner

first_imgSchool children at Imperial Primary School in Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town. The 2007teachers’ strike lasted for six weeks andaffected millions of pupils. (Image: Wikimedia)Janine ErasmusA number of South African media houses together with the national Department of Education (DoE) received a prestigious award at the annual World Association of Newspapers Readership Conference held in mid-October 2008 in Amsterdam.Top honours went to the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, which scooped the World Young Reader Newspaper of the Year award, while the group of four South African publishing companies and the national education body took the coveted Public Service award.The DoE and Independent Newspapers, Media 24, Avusa, and the Associated Independent Press were acknowledged for their proactive “National Teachers Strike Recovery Initiative” after the May 2007 strike all but brought education to a halt for six weeks. Representing 20 newspapers from across the country and a combined readership of almost 1.5-million, the companies worked together to rescue millions of pupils who were left stranded by teachers rebelling over a wage dispute.Learning material had to be quickly compiled from the current curriculum and adapted for all grades, socio-economic sectors and geographical locations. The DoE funded the initiative, paper manufacturer Mondi subsidised the newsprint, and the Learning Channel, an NGO that produces televised educational programmes, developed the revision material. The NGO also provides educational supplements for download on its website. The newspapers themselves sponsored all distribution and logistical costsStudy Mates, for grades 1 to 11, and Power Your Future, for grade 12, were published in the newspapers once a week and were gratefully received by pupils and those teachers who, at their own peril, stuck to their task in spite of threats and intimidation from their colleagues.Matrics were a particular focus of the supplements, which included not only learning material but also profiles of role models, career advice and previous sets of exam questions and answers.The material was also used by disadvantaged students to bring their studies up to a more satisfactory level. Although all South African students, from both privileged and disadvantaged backgrounds, write exactly the same exams, there is often a substantial difference in their ability to prepare for their exams, as those from poorer communities struggle to afford textbooks and other essentials. In many cases the newspaper material was the only resource available and not only prevented students from falling further behind in their learning but helped many of them advance more than they could have under normal circumstances.Published material has since been adopted as an integral part of the teaching process and is used by pupils as key study tools for exams. So successful was the project that the Department of Education decided to extend it into 2008.  A win-win situationAccording to the judges, the project was a win-win situation, and one that cut through red tape when speed was called for in a crisis situation. “It tackled a national problem with love and was also financially beneficial to those who conducted it,” said the judges.South African Minister of Education Naledi Pandor said, “I am delighted that this international award recognises our efforts to support high-quality learning. I wish to congratulate and thank all those newspapers involved in responding to our call to support our young learners.”The World Young Reader Prizes are presented annually by the World Association of Newspapers, a Paris-based organisation that defends and promotes freedom of the international press as well as the professional and business interests of newspapers world-wide. Its members number over 18 000 newspapers, 77 national newspaper associations, 12 news agencies and 11 regional and world-wide press groups in 102 countries.The Young Reader programme has been running since 1998 and honours those newspapers who, in the opinion of the judges, have devised the most innovative project or activity in the 24 months between award ceremonies, in one or more of the main areas of young readership development. These are editorial; making the news; literacy and newspapers; public service; and brand. In 2009 a new category will be introduced – press freedom.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesEducation in South AfricaSocial development in South AfricaUseful linksWorld Association of NewspapersThe Learning ChannelDepartment of Educationlast_img read more

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Ag Credit/Country Mortgages opens new Mt. Gilead facility

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ag Credit/Country Mortgages, an agricultural lending cooperative serving farmers and rural residents and agribusinesses in northern Ohio, has moved their Mt. Gilead branch to 5362 US Hwy. 42 in Mt. Gilead. The move was made official with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on September 16, 2015.“We’re looking forward to serving our community in the new ag service center,” said Joseph Erb, “We will continue to provide the same superior customer service in our new facility.”  The building currently houses five Ag Credit team members:  Branch Manager, Joseph Erb; Account Officer, Andrea Bayles; Mortgage Loan Originator, Michael Kleinknecht; and Operations Support Specialists, Kristen Redmond and Brandy McKinney.The cooperative purchased the property in March 2014.  Jim Brucker of Mt. Gilead designed the new 11,700 square foot building and 2K General Company, Inc. was the lead contractor.  The new Ag Credit offices opened on Sept. 9, 2015. The initial tenants will also include:  Morrow Soil and Water Conservation District, OSU Extension, Community Tax Service LLC, and Community Bookkeeping LLC.“We are very excited about our new facility in Mt. Gilead and believe it will help us better serve the rural and agricultural community in Morrow and surrounding counties,” said CEO Brian Ricker.Morrow County Development Director, Brandon Miller, added, “I feel the new facility plays an intricate role in community by bringing a plethora of businesses, organizations and services under one roof.  The new facility is a direct reflection of Morrow County moving forward and investments in our future coming to life.  This is an exciting time for Morrow County residents, business owners and organizations as we shift into a growth and expansion phase of our community development.”last_img read more

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Chinmayanand case: lawyers move SC over missing victim

first_imgA group of lawyers here on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court requesting initiation of proceedings over the missing law student incident in Uttar Pradesh to avoid repeat of the Unnao incident.Suo motu cognisanceIn a letter to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, a group of lawyers requested the court to take suo motu cognisance of the issue. They also mentioned the matter before the Bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana.Initially, the court asked lawyers to approach the High Court but later asked them to submit the letter. It also assured them that it would look into the matter.The lawyers requested the court to issue notice to the U.P. government to trace the girl and provide police protection to her family. “We as a society can’t allow another Unnao case to happen,” it said.The National Commission for Women has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh police while the Uttar Pradesh Women Commission has sought a report from the Shahjahanpur district administration in the case.The NCW, which has taken a serious note of the incident, has urged the Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police to expeditiously investigate the allegations of harassment levelled by the student and ensure the safety of the girl and her family.“Considering the gravity of the matter, the commission is taking suo motu cognisance of this case and issued a notice to the DGP Uttar Pradesh to investigate this matter and send a detailed report to the commission. The commission had urged the DGP to ensure the safety of the girl and her family and also make sure that the investigation is done very quickly,” the NCW said in a statement.UPWC chief Vimla Batham also expressed her commitment to safe return of the girl, who had been pursuing her studies in a college run by Mr. Chinmayanand’s Mumukshu ashram. “We have taken note of the incident and sought a report from the district magistrate and superintendent of police of Shahjahapur. We are awaiting report,” Ms. Batham told reporters.The student went missing following her allegation in a video clip that she was under threat from the leader of the sant community, without naming Mr. Chinmayanand.last_img read more

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French Open: Stanislas Wawrinka to meet 9-time champion Rafael Nadal in final

first_imgStan Wawrinka battered the ball as if each swing would determine the outcome of his French Open semi-final against No. 1 Andy Murray.For much of their four and a half hours of compelling, lengthy and draining points, Murray was up to the task, relentlessly defending and making Wawrinka hit shot after shot after shot. Eventually, the resolute Wawrinka’s offense prevailed. Not bad for an old guy, huh?Forced to come back twice from a set behind, and never easing up on his go-for-it, attacking style, 2015 champion Wawrinka at last pulled away to beat Murray 6-7 (6), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-1 on Friday and become the oldest men’s finalist at Roland Garros in 44 years.”You expect him to hit a lot of balls, for sure. I wasn’t always happy with that,” Wawrinka said through a grin. “You know what his game is, you know how well he can play, and you need to accept it. You need to, as I say, keep pushing yourself.”Now comes an even tougher task, something the No. 3-seeded Wawrinka, a 32-year-old from Switzerland nicknamed “Stan the Man,” called “probably the biggest challenge you can have in tennis.” He will face Rafael Nadal in the French Open final.Nadal reached a 10th final at his favorite tournament — he’s 9-0 so far — by overwhelming No. 6 Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in barely 2 hours.”Nine or 10 is only 10 percent more,” Nadal joked, when asked about the historic nature of his bid to become the first man to win 10 titles at any major.advertisementHe has dropped a measly total of 29 games through six matches, back to his dominating best on clay after withdrawing from the French Open before the third round a year ago with an injured left wrist.”I don’t care about the games I lost or not, or sets, or these kind of things,” Nadal said. “Only thing I care (about) is I have been playing very well during the whole event.”It will be Nadal’s 22nd Grand Slam final overall, breaking a tie with Novak Djokovic for second behind Roger Federer’s 28. If Nadal wins the championship on Sunday, it’ll be his 15th at a major, breaking a tie with Pete Sampras for second behind Federer’s 18.Wawrinka, meanwhile, heads to his fourth Grand Slam final. He’s won the previous three, beating Nadal at the Australian Open in 2014, and Djokovic at Roland Garros two years ago and the U.S. Open last September.”I’m extremely confident about what I do, about how I feel, about all the hard work I have accomplished over the past days, weeks, months, years,” said Wawrinka, winner of a career-best 10 consecutive matches. “I know that mentally, when I’m there, it’s difficult to beat me.”A year ago at the French Open, Wawrinka lost to Murray in the semifinals. This time, Wawrinka wore down the seemingly tireless Murray, also a three-time major champion. Wawrinka used his sublime one-handed backhand and hammer of a forehand to send Murray scrambling and sliding all over Court Philippe Chatrier.Murray would lean, or even lunge, and somehow put his racket strings on seemingly unreachable shots. He used plenty of drop shots and lobs. He retrieved overheads.But make no mistake: Wawrinka does not discourage easily. He is the oldest man in a French Open title match since Niki Pilic was 33 when he was the runner-up to Ilie Nastase in 1973.By the anti-climactic close of what Murray termed “a very high-intensity match,” he was complaining aloud about having “no legs.”So Wawrinka ran away with the fifth set, taking 16 of the first 21 points and going up 5-0. He capped it, appropriately, with a backhand down the line, his 87th winner of the day, 51 more than Murray.Unlike Nadal’s straightforward sprint past Thiem, Wawrinka’s marathon against Murray wound its way through spots in which one player, then the other, appeared to wrest control, then cede it.When Wawrinka hit a reflex volley passing winner off a blink-and-you-miss-it exchange with both men at the net, he held a set point at 6-5 in the first-set tiebreaker. At that moment, each man had won 43 points, their contrasting styles essentially erasing each other.But Wawrinka missed a backhand to give away that chance. Murray used a three-point run to grab that set, the first lost by Wawrinka all tournament. Then Wawrinka used a seven-game run to take the second set, plus a 3-0 lead in the third.”I lost my way a little bit,” Murray said.Suddenly, he got back on track, taking the third set to nose in front.advertisementThe fourth was even as can be until Wawrinka stepped up in the tiebreaker by winning its final three points, the last with a run-around forehand return winner delivered from outside the doubles alley.Wawrinka pointed to his right temple, as he often does to celebrate success on key points, and was on his way to the final. Nadal awaits.last_img read more

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Wisconsin Releases “We’re Back” Hype Video Ahead Of 2015 Campaign

first_imgWisconsin football.Wisconsin hype videoThe Wisconsin Badgers won 11 games in 2014, but given the way that the Big Ten title game against Ohio State played out, Badgers fans are hungry for vengeance in 2015. The program, now led by new head coach Paul Chryst after the untimely departure of Gary Andersen, will have a chance to make a statement in its first game this year – Wisconsin gets SEC champion Alabama to kick off its season.Sunday night, Wisconsin released a three-minute hype video titled “We’re Back” to tease the season. Enjoy, Badgers fans:We’re back. http://t.co/pieC4FfuBB— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) August 10, 2015last_img

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4-Star South Carolina Quarterback Commit Brandon McIlwain Weighing Football, Baseball Options After Spurrier Retirement

first_imgFour-star quarterback Brandon McIlwain looked like South Carolina’s quarterback of the future after making a good impression at the Elite 11 this summer, but with the abrupt retirement Steve Spurrier and his skyrocketing stock as a baseball prospect, he is rethinking his commitment. McIlwain received a visit from Penn State quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne on Wednesday.Just had a home visit with Coach @RickyRahne ! .#PSU pic.twitter.com/ZytwCXKD8G— Brandon McIlwain (@BFMcIlwainqb12) December 3, 2015His mother, Lena McIlwain, reveals more about his pending decisions in a recent Facebook post. McIlwain is still considering South Carolina, but needs to hear from whomever takes over for Spurrier first. He’s also being recruited by other programs, and has emerged as a top prospect in the MLB Draft. WCIV Sports Director Scott Eisberg shared her post on Twitter.Not a big recruiting guy-but these posts sent to us-USC QB commit Brandon McIlwain’s mom a former Channel 4 staffer. pic.twitter.com/Nqumnh4N3w— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) December 3, 2015lena mcilwain brandon psu coach lena mcilwain brandon future mlb Yesterday, McIlwain was ranked eighth in an ESPN list of the nation’s top prep and college baseball [email protected] is number 8 on ESPN’s list! pic.twitter.com/BI6K4JtqYh— RockNorthBaseball (@crnorthbaseball) December 1, 2015As a potential first round pick in the MLB, and a Top 10 quarterback recruit, McIlwain has some serious decisions to make, especially with uncertainty surrounding the South Carolina job. It is hard to blame him for whatever he choses.last_img read more

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Job creation down 1.7% in Feb to 15.03 lakh: ESIC payroll data

first_imgNew Delhi: Job creation dropped by 1.73 per cent in February to 15.03 lakh compared to 15.30 lakh in the same month last year, according to the latest payroll data of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). The data showed that during September 2017 to February 2019, nearly 3 crore new subscribers joined the ESIC scheme. The ESIC has been releasing payroll data from April 2018, covering the period starting September 2017. The ESIC provides health insurance and medical services to insured persons covering all those establishments which have 20 or more workers and all those employees whose monthly wages are up to Rs 21,000. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAccording to the data, the gross new subscribers addition remained the highest at 19.81 lakh in July 2018. The data showed that 2.34 lakh women subscribers joined the ESIC scheme in February 2019 while around 12.69 men enrolled under the scheme. The number of subscribers of Employees State Insurance (ESI) scheme also gives an idea of the level of employment in the formal sector. However, contrary the ESIC data, the retirement fund body EPFO’s latest payroll data showed that net employment generation in the formal sector almost trebled to 8.61 lakh in February compared to 2.87 lakh in the same month of last year. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation has also been releasing payroll data from April 2018, covering the period starting September 2017. According to the latest data, the highest job creation was recorded in January 2019 at 8.94 lakh against the provisional estimate of 8.96 lakh released last month. During February 2019, the highest number of 2.36 lakh jobs were created in the 22-25 years age group, followed by 2.09 lakh in the 18-21 years age bracket. The data showed that 80.86 lakh new jobs were created in the 18 months period from September 2017 to February 2019.last_img read more

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Was Lionel Messi Tired

In Argentina’s final match of the World Cup, Lionel Messi — on whom Argentine hopes have rested for over a decade — only touched the ball at a rate of once every two minutes. One of those touches was a great opportunity to win the game near the end of regulation, which he failed to even put on goal. Despite this, and despite a decrease in goals and assists as the tournament progressed (four goals in his first three games, an assist in his fourth, and nary a goal or assist since), he won the World Cup’s Golden Ball award (essentially the tournament MVP). That prompted Diego Maradona, Messi’s Argentine forefather and foil, to say, “It’s not right when someone wins something that he shouldn’t have won just because of some marketing plan.” The sharply worded op-eds, so plentiful on Sunday and Monday, are dying down — for now — but even Messi’s fans may start to wonder what was going on, and whether Messi was playing like his usual self.Before Sunday’s World Cup Final, Messi’s father, Jorge, told the media that his son was struggling with exhaustion.1Note that Messi vomited during the final, but apparently this is a normal thing for him. This dovetails nicely with another story I’d been reading about for weeks, about how Messi’s “work rate,” or the amount he has been running on the pitch per minute, has been abnormally low during this World Cup. Here’s a quote from an ESPN article that touches on both subjects:The pressure of being captain and carrying the hopes of his country appears to have taken its toll on him as he found it difficult to make an impact. “He is exhausted,” Messi’s father Jorge said, according to the Daily Telegraph. “He feels as if his legs weigh 100 kilos each.”According to FIFA statistics, however, Messi is only ranked the 30th most hard-working player at the World Cup on the basis of distance covered. He has run a total of 32 miles in the six games he has featured in, having played for 573 minutes. By contrast, the Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder has covered 43 miles in 585 minutes and tops the list. Messi is also second-from-bottom on the list of players who have played in all six games of the tournament so far.These mileage stats are common these days (and seemingly flash every time someone is subbed in/out of a game), though they’re not always easy to find or interpret. Fortunately, for the World Cup, FIFA has a page devoted to players’ “distance covered” stats. I’ve compiled those stats, broken down by offense and defense, and sorted by position, like so:Indeed, over the course of the World Cup, Messi had the lowest work rate among non-goalkeepers when his team is on defense and the second-lowest among forwards when his team is on offense (among players with 150 minutes on offense/defense combined).2There’s also a surprising amount of neutral time in soccer (up to a third of all match time is neither “in possession” nor “not in possession”). I haven’t included that in this chart.After an article by Ken Early in Slate first turned me on to Messi’s stillness, I couldn’t stop noticing it. When Messi’s not “on the ball,” he’ll often appear to be leisurely strolling through the area he’s in, particularly when the other team is on offense and he has little to do except sit back and wait to see if the ball comes his way. It can seem downright bizarre and contrary to everything a soccer coach teaches about “hustling.”Could it be that Messi’s inaction had something to do with his “100 kilo” legs? If so, it’d imply that Messi was so tired he was unable to “hustle” as much as normal, taking short breaks on the field when he got the chance to recuperate. This might also help explain his performance “decline” through the tournament.But I don’t think it’s as simple as that. On the FIFA site, individual game summaries have “tracking” stats as well. Here are Messi’s, broken down by offense and defense:For nearly every game, when Messi runs more on offense, he runs more on defense, and the same is true for when he runs less. To me, that suggests that the variation is probably more systematic and dependent on the matchups Argentina faced. But that large gap in the final game offers an interesting wrinkle. That’s when the difference between offensive work rate and defensive work rate was largest. This is at least consistent with a theory that he was tired for the last game (I assume that would be more likely to be reflected during his defense). But with the defensive work rate as a baseline, it could also indicate that he was running around extra hard on offense trying to make something happen (which he had failed to do for the last couple of games). Or it could just be random variance.Overall, though, the data doesn’t suggest that Messi wore down as the tournament progressed. If this work-rate phenomenon were a result of his being tired, we might expect to see the highest work rates in games following the longest layoffs, and/or for his work rate to decline as the grueling tournament wears on. But that’s not what the data shows.3I did find it interesting that all of his peak work rates came in games with the longest scheduled rest following them (first and third games of group stage, and last game of the tournament). That would be consistent with a premeditated strategy to conserve energy for later games, though it’s too tenuous to draw conclusions.So aside from a blip in the last game, there’s not much evidence that Messi had a general exhaustion problem, but there is evidence that he had a much lower work rate than other players. What to make of that? There are some negative interpretations possible: Messi might not have been fit enough to endure a whole tournament, or he might not have been trying hard enough. But these would only makes sense if low work rates typically indicated a lack of fitness or effort.And that we can test for.I don’t have the data necessary to do a complete study of work rates and how they may or may not predict and/or impact quality of play. But for a rough outline, we can at least take a look at FIFA’s data for this World Cup to see whether working harder tends to correspond with playing better. Is there any relationship between a player’s work rate and their offensive production?The following chart compares a players work rate with their offensive production per minute (using goals plus .1*chances created, a lower variance alternative to goals plus assists):4Includes all the distance a player covered during all the minutes he played (whether on offense, defense or neutral).This chart may support the argument that Messi didn’t deserve his Golden Ball, but I’ll stay out of that debate. He certainly didn’t play poorly, as he had the fifth-best per-minute production, despite having the lowest work rate (and it’s not limited to offense, as I’ve noted elsewhere; most aspects of his game were as good or better than normal through most of the tournament).Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, Mario Goetze had a great tournament (obviously) and the highest work rate. In the middle, we have James Rodriguez, who managed an insane amount of success to go with his moderate effort.The important thing is that there’s not really any relationship between a player’s work rate and their production, either for forwards or for midfielders. In fact, the trend lines for both groups (covering 119 qualifying players in this tournament) are slightly declining — though not enough to read anything into it.5Moreover, if there’s an obvious source of team-quality bias, we might expect it to go in the other direction. We would expect players for better teams to have more production (more opportunities to dish, and more chances for teammates to dish to you, etc.), and because better teams tend to hold on to the ball more often and for longer periods, and forwards and midfielders are typically more active on offense, we would also expect those players to have a slightly higher meters run per minute.So has Messi been as good as he has despite being “lazy,” or perhaps because of it? When Messi was taking the tournament by storm, at least Ken Early was willing to give Messi the benefit of the doubt:Surely it must mean something that the best player in the fastest-ever era of football hardly ever runs at all.I don’t have distance-run data for Messi outside of the World Cup, but a little Googling reveals that Messi’s on-field leisure has come up before.June 2010: A New York Times article praising Michael Bradley cited the amount of ground he covered relative to Messi.May 2011: A Bleacher Report article cited Messi’s distance covered stats at UEFA6I’ve seen a lot of reference to these stats, but all the links are broken and I’ve been unable to find them on the UEFA site. as proof that he “doesn’t play hard every minute.”August 2012: A comparison between Messi and teammate Dani Alves showed how Messi spends roughly twice as much time in an “inactive” state.February 2013: An analysis of Messi’s (lack of) running from a Barca perspective tries to make sense of the phenomenon.April 2014: An article on ESPN FC criticized Messi’s Champions League play, based largely on the distance he ran.People have cited and/or complained about the amount Messi runs since at least 2010, and it has come up every year since. Note that Messi has been pretty good in that period.When you see a bunch of super-unusual things about one player, rather than trying to explain them all separately, it’s a good idea to try figure out how they might be related. If Messi’s low work rate was a “feature” rather than a “bug,” it could help him be the dominant player that he is. Here’s a very speculative version of what that argument would look like:A lot of soccer players run around a lot when there’s not much they can do to improve their situation. They may even continue running after they’re in the ideal location. Or even if they’re making slight improvements, they may be burning energy that would have more value being spent on runs that are higher leverage. Further, not moving unnecessarily may make it easier to keep track of what’s going on in the play, which may help the player anticipate what’s coming next.OK, that may sound fanciful, but it’s the sort of crazy idea that Messi should make us consider (feel free to propose alternatives!). And it wouldn’t be the only unconventional thing about Messi’s play that probably contributes to his advantage (e.g. his aversion to crossing passes, which until recently were considered an important part of offensive soccer strategy).This may be key to what makes him as good as he is, or it might not. The bizarre spectacle of Lionel Messi strolling along lazily shouldn’t be used either to hang him or to excuse him. Let’s not let a negative outcome against an all-time-great opponent cloud the mystery.CORRECTION (July 16, 10:16 a.m.): An earlier version of this article mischaracterized James Rodriguez’s success in the tournament as moderate. That is incorrect. It was insane. read more

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