Where BillsJets Ranks Among The NFLs Worst Division Rivalries

RIVALRYPRIMARY DIVISIONTOTALSHARE WITH ABOVE-AVG. ELOSAVG. ELO Cleveland v. CincinnatiAFC Central8514.1%1470 Chicago v. Green BayNFC Central9122.01504 Chicago v. DetroitNFC Central9111.01474 GAMES PLAYED New Orleans v. AtlantaNFC West9214.11474 And perish the thought that both would be good at the same time — only two Bills-Jets matchups have ever seen each team come in with an Elo of 1550 or better (think a solid 9- to 10-win team).All that said, Thursday night’s game does fall into the category of better-than-average Bills-Jets matchups, somehow. Although Buffalo and New York each dropped their Week 1 games, Elo still thinks they’re both decent teams, with ratings propped up by a pair of nonlosing seasons last year. In fact, 2015’s regular-season finale (which Buffalo won to spoil the Jets’ playoff hopes) also saw both teams enter the game with above-average Elo ratings, making Thursday’s matchup only the fifth time in the rivalry — and the first time since 2000 — that each was above the 1500 Elo mark in back-to-back games.So if you find yourself watching a couple of teams dressed in kitschy uniforms fight over Rex Ryan’s pride Thursday night, remember that things could be so much worse. In the grand scheme of the Jets-Bills rivalry, this is just about as good as it gets. Includes all games through Week 2 of the 2016 NFL season.Source: pro-football-reference.com Kansas City v. San DiegoAFC West9329.01506 After kicking off the NFL season with a Super Bowl rematch, Thursday Night Football is a little less exciting in Week 2. First of all, it’s one of those annoying “color rush” games, the NFL’s excuse to sell a few extra jerseys by dressing teams up in garish monochrome duds. (But hey, at least people with red-green color blindness will actually be able to follow the action this year.) More importantly, it’s also Jets vs. Bills — the NFL’s fourth-worst division rivalry of the post-merger era.At least, that’s according to our Elo ratings, which gauge the strength of each NFL team at any given moment in time. Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, 29 pairs of teams have played at least 85 games against each other while belonging to the same division,1Why use 85 games as the cutoff? Because after those 29 pairs, the list of most frequent post-merger division rivals drops sharply from 85 matchups to 66, as we start to delve into pairings that haven’t happened since the NFL re-aligned in 2002. and the Jets and Bills are among the most frequent of those pairings, having played as division rivals in every season but one since the merger. (They didn’t face off in the strike-shortened 1982 campaign.) Unfortunately, they’re also both among the NFL’s losingest teams over that span; the Jets have the league’s sixth-worst winning percentage since 1970, and Buffalo has its 10th-worst.Even when the Bills and Jets have actually been good, it’s seldom come at the same time. Neither team did especially well in the 1970s, and although the Jets had their moments in the early 1980s — they made the playoffs four times between 1981 and 1986 — they’d already faded by the time the Bills assembled their great AFC dynasty of the 1990s. Both teams made the playoffs in 1998, but the Bills started wandering through the wilderness shortly afterwards, while the Jets have been about a .500 ballclub in the 21st century.So if we average together New York and Buffalo’s Elo ratings at the time of each matchup, they come out to 1475.7, the fourth-lowest average out of the 29 pairs of division rivals I mentioned above. (Only the Bears and Lions, Bengals and Browns,2Treating the old Browns (before they became the Ravens) and the new Browns as one entity. and Saints and Falcons were worse.) They’ve also simultaneously boasted pregame Elo ratings above 1500 — the mark of an average team — only 15.2 percent of the time, also fourth-worst since the merger. Buffalo v. New EnglandAFC East9116.51505 Detroit v. MinnesotaNFC Central9122.01496 NY Giants v. PhiladelphiaNFC East9636.51506 The NFL’s worst division rivalries (1970-2016) Detroit v. Green BayNFC Central9416.01488 Buffalo v. NY JetsAFC East9215.21476 read more

Spice Girls Reunion With Victoria Beckham Planned For 2018

first_img Spice Girls Reunion With Victoria Beckham Planned For 2018 Following “secret” talks, all five Spice Girls are reportedly onboard for a reunion celebration in ’18Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2017 – 10:46 am Slam your body down and wind it all around, ’90s style!According to multiple reports, including NME, the Spice Girls — Victoria Beckham (Posh), Melanie Brown  (Scary), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), Emma Bunton (Baby), and Geri Horner (Ginger) — are planning to reunite for some big projects in 2018, including a celebratory reunion TV special and new album.”The five of them have been locked in secret talks since the summer, and finally they are all on-board for a 2018 reunion,” a source told The Sun. “As it stands, they will be working together on a series of projects, which will include an album and a TV special celebrating the Spice Girls — and getting Victoria to agree has been a coup for everyone involved, given she has always been the person holding back on a reunion.”Horner hinted at a possible Spice Girls reunion in October. “I really pushed to get everyone back together,” she told Red magazine. “I still love the girls and there are other bits and bobs in the pipeline.”The quintet last appeared together to perform their hits “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The group released their last studio album, Forever, in 2000.’The Bodyguard’ Soundtrack: 25 Years After Whitney Houston’s Masterpiece Twitter Facebook News Email Spice Girls To Reunite In 2018 spice-girls-reunion-victoria-beckham-planned-2018last_img read more

3 Tips for Growth From the Details Tech Tastemakers Summit

first_img Enroll Now for Free When you bring together influential figures in technology, fashion and entertainment, as the Details Tech & Tastemakers Summit did on Wednesday in New York City, you tend to get colorful results.You may get Nick Wooster, the former menswear fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman, wearing flowery Prada pants. You may get Michael Preysman, the founder of online retailer Everlane, explaining how to create stories people want to share. One thing you’re sure to get is some good advice for starting and growing a business. Here are three tips for charting a path to success from founders at the event:Set clear milestones.By now, most founders know how important it is to start lean. Even so, some of them make the mistake of trying to grow too quickly, investing in hiring or other expansion efforts before nailing down their business model, said Pete Cashmore, founder of tech news website Mashable.Just as important is recognizing when it is time to grow. If you starve your company of talent or other essentials past a certain point, someone else can copy your business model and take over your market.One way to know when you’ve hit that inflection point is to set clear growth milestones. “That’s a very healthy way to run a business,” Cashmore said. “There’s a lot of math you can do in advance. It’s a risk, but you can really lower that by figuring out what’s our ROI per person, at what stages and inflection points can we scale up pieces of our business.”Related: In New Venture, Bonobos Co-Founder Reimagines the Way Men ShopHire people for their passion, not their experience.While experienced employees can be great assets, they can also ruin your company culture. Marc Kushner, founder of Architizer, a social network for architects, said that in the early days of his company he needed to hire experts in sales and internet publishing. But he made a mistake.”I hired people with tons of experience but who lacked a specific passion about what the site was after,” Kushner told the audience. “And what I ended up with was a culture that I hated.”Over the past two years, he has set about retooling the company. Less experienced employees who are more motivated and excited about the Architizer mission have proven to be crucial. So, rather than hiring subject-matter experts, Kushner said, he now taps young architects to fill key positions, because they have the necessary passion for the industry.Cashmore agreed. “You can’t tell people what to do, really,” he said. “Ultimately you can only enable them to do what they want to do.”Work hard, then work harder.As hard as the early days of a startup can be, you may find yourself looking back wistfully on them once your company gets bigger. Growth brings a whole new set of challenges and responsibilities. Don’t expect to ease off the throttle.”Get ready to work really hard, and harder, and more and more,” Olivier van Themsche, founder of The Cools, a social marketplace, told aspiring digital entrepreneurs. “It’s rewarding, but you have to be ready for this.”It was a message echoed by other speakers when giving advice to would-be founders and professional bloggers: Success does not come quickly or by accident. “Sacrifice everything,” street-style photography phenom Tommy Ton said. “Sacrifice your personal life. Be prepared not to eat, to be tired.”An old lesson, and one it seems every entrepreneur has to learn for himself.Related: Why Steve Case Is Betting Millions on Lolly Wolly Doodle 4 min read September 4, 2013 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more