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Q&A with Rakesh Khurana

first_imgRakesh Khurana, the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School (HBS) and co-master of Cabot House, will become dean of Harvard College on July 1. Khurana has been a member of the Harvard community for 16 years, earning his Ph.D. through a joint program between HBS and Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1998.Since 2010, he and his wife, Stephanie, have lived as co-masters at Cabot with their three children and 375 undergraduates. Khurana is an award-winning teacher and widely recognized scholar. In a question-and-answer session, he recently spoke about his appointment, the challenges facing the College and higher education in general, and the role of the College dean. GAZETTE: When you were younger, thinking about a career path, did you ever imagine that one day you would be dean of Harvard College?KHURANA: It was not something I had imagined. Like most faculty, my primary focus has been on research, teaching, and service to my department, profession, and the College as co-master of Cabot House.The opportunity to serve as the dean of Harvard College is a great honor, and I am humbled by it. I am excited by the opportunity to work alongside Harvard’s faculty and staff to create a transformative educational experience for our students.GAZETTE: What does it mean to you to be dean of Harvard College?KHURANA: Words cannot capture what I feel in my heart. There is a profound sense of responsibility. But I think the feelings are similar to the ones that Harvard faculty, staff, and students experience every day. It means being a part of a meaningful institution. It means being part of a community devoted to the idea that a liberally educated mind and the pursuit of knowledge are ends in themselves. I believe the role of a dean is to closely listen to our faculty, students, and staff to help develop a collectively shared vision of our future, and then providing them the direction, resources, and support needed to make that vision a reality.GAZETTE: What do you see as some of the challenges facing the College right now?KHURANA: Harvard has played a unique role in the history of higher education by actively shaping its future in response to external challenges. I believe this means our community cannot be complacent or simply wait for things to happen. If our core values about the importance of liberal education and faculty self-governance are to endure, we must articulate them in ways that are resonant with present times and renewed by embracing the best methods for learning and advancing knowledge.GAZETTE: You and your wife, Stephanie, have served as Cabot House masters for about four years. Do you feel being a House master can help prepare a person to be dean of the College, and if so, in what ways?KHURANA: I believe that the perspective and the experience we bring by having the privilege of living with our undergraduate students and tutors at Cabot House gives me a window into our students’ day-to-day experiences and the questions they are trying to answer. As masters, we have a sense of the pressures students feel in making choices about concentrations, navigating Harvard’s social scene, negotiating parental expectations, and exploring who they are and who they are trying to become.In addition, serving as co-master has helped me realize how important it is for students to see themselves as leaders who can shape our House community. When we asked students to find ways to create more vibrant social spaces or to bring arts into House life, our students responded with solutions that we could not have imagined. They created the Cabot Café, a late-night undergraduate coffee house, the Cabot House Theater Company that now organizes eight student productions a year, and the Third Space, an arts studio where students can explore their creative and artistic interests.GAZETTE: Your research focuses on management and leadership. Do you believe elements of your research have helped prepare you for this role?KHURANA: One of the things we teach is that effective institutions are never about one person; rather the most effective institutions are motivated by a collective vision and serve to advance society’s most cherished values. Institutions like Harvard exist and persist not because they are built around a cult of personality, but because they transcend a single individual. Institutions allow us to do something together that none of us could do alone.We also teach that the most effective leaders look to their colleagues for advice, guidance, and honest input. I have had the benefit of working alongside and being mentored by many Harvard colleagues who have served or are serving in administrative leadership roles and whose wisdom, guidance, and feedback I plan to draw upon.GAZETTE: Looking back, what would today’s Rakesh Khurana think about the past’s Rakesh Khurana, the undergraduate?KHURANA: If I could go back to my younger self, and assuming that my younger self would listen, I would tell him not to be so anxious and not to treat every decision as if it was going to determine his destiny. I would tell him that serendipity plays a bigger role in what happens to you than what you plan. I would also tell him not be afraid to ask for help and give thanks to all the people who have nurtured him along the way.last_img read more

Dodgers feel Justin Turner, Alex Wood got snubbed for All-Star Game

first_imgSAN DIEGO >> Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is known for his cutter. But he went with a high, hard one Sunday afternoon.“I’m sorry Dodgers’ fans,” he said. “I’ll say it loud and clear. It’s the Dodgers fans’ fault. We should have voted for those two guys. They should be starters.”Jansen was referring to third baseman Justin Turner and shortstop Corey Seager, neither of whom was voted in as a starter for the National League in the All-Star Game in Miami.Seager, at least, will be going for the second consecutive year. He and Jansen were two of the four Dodgers named to the team Sunday. Left-hander Clayton Kershaw and rookie first baseman Cody Bellinger were also named to the team. “I feel like I’ve been campaigning for the past three months,” he said. “I don’t know what else I can do. It’s a popularity contest now.”Wood has an easier road to being named to the team. He would seem to be first in line to replace any pitcher who has to drop off the team due to injury or scheduling. He could very well replace Kershaw who is currently scheduled to start next Sunday and would then be ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game.“Yeah, as of now,” Kershaw said when asked if he still expected to make that start. “I don’t see any reason I wouldn’t.”If Wood is added that would bring the Dodgers’ total up to five representatives, matching the Nationals’ current total for the most on the NL squad. But it still fell short of Dodgers manager Dave Roberts’ expectations for the team with the best record in the NL.“Clayton is a no-brainer. Kenley is a no-brainer. Corey? No brainer,” Roberts said before Sunday’s game. “Cody, with what he’s done, I got as a no-brainer. JT, hitting .390 with a 1.000 OPS … being one of the best players on the best team in the National League, I’ve got him as a no-brainer. And Alex Wood — 9-0 with a 1.80 – no brainer.“Yeah, I think the best team in the National League should be represented with the most All-Stars.”Pitching updatesThe Dodgers will start Kershaw, Wood and Rich Hill in the three-game series against the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks beginning Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is still experiencing some discomfort in his left foot after taking a line drive off it during his start in Anaheim on Wednesday and will be bumped from the rotation.X-rays taken after that game were normal but Roberts said Ryu will get a more detailed scan (likely a bone scan) during a follow-up examination Monday. A trip to the DL is “not on the table right now,” Roberts said, because there has been some improvement.“We’re going to get another type of scan …just to make sure we don’t have the same kind of (Andre) Ethier thing or the Pedro Baez thing,” Roberts said. “So we’re going to get another scan just to make sure. We’re going to dig a little deeper.”Ethier (shin) and Baez (hand) were both hit by balls during spring training the past two years. In each case, initial X-rays did not reveal the severity of their injuries.Meanwhile, right-hander Brandon McCarthy is scheduled to throw four simulated innings to hitters at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Monday. McCarthy is currently on the DL with tendinitis in his right knee. But the simulated-game setting will also allow the Dodgers to evaluate whether McCarthy is succumbing to another case of the yips. McCarthy acknowledged he had that issue after returning from Tommy John surgery last season. In his most recent start (a week ago against the Colorado Rockies), he seemed to slip back into it, throwing three wild pitches in one inning.“We’ll see how he comes out of that. From that point on, we’ll figure out when to plug him back in,” Roberts said of the simulated game. “It’s a controlled setting. It’ll be four innings. He’ll be facing hitters. It’s about gathering information. The conversation will be with Mac and the pitching coach there, Kip Wells, and we’ll make a decision.”And left-hander Scott Kazmir made his second rehab start for the Quakes on Sunday. Kazmir threw 53 pitches in three innings, allowed one run on two walks, a single and a wild pitch (all in the third inning) and struck out one. He is expected to continue a progression similar to spring training to build up his arm and pitch counts. But the National League’s ERA leader (Alex Wood at 1.83 with a 9-0 record) and batting average leader (Turner) were not.“To be an All-Star would be a pretty cool deal,” said Turner who finished Sunday with a .382 average (far and away the best in the NL though he currently falls short of the plate appearances requirement). “I can’t imagine having a better first half than I’m having right now. If it’s not in the cards, it’s probably not in the cards.”Turner could still make the team. He is one of the candidates in the “Final Five” vote. His teammates were already campaigning for him.“JT – that one hurts, just seeing what he’s done,” Seager said.Turner faces an uphill battle in the online vote, however. Kris Bryant of the Cubs is one of the other candidates along with Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Reynolds, Marlins first baseman Justin Bour and Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon. But there were no campaign speeches from Turner.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

SXSW: Examining the Mobile App Landscape with GetJar’s Patrick Mork

first_img“Android is now the leading smartphone in market share in the United States,” noted GetJar’s Patrick Mork, beginning today’s session at SXSW on the topic of apps vs. the mobile Web. Mork provided other interesting stats about the state of the mobile application industry during this afternoon’s talk, including figures like this: there were over 8 billion downloads last year, there will be an estimated 50 billion downloads by 2012 and an estimated $30 billion in revenue by 2015. And there are over 600,000 apps between Apple, Android and GetJar, the large third-party mobile application store where Mork serves as Chief Marketing Officer.The keynote speech was limited to only 15 minutes, unfortunately, as this is a topic that could be explored for hours. However, Mork made good use of the time, and presented some great slides which mobile developers may find useful. These are embedded below.Benefits of Apps vs. WebSpeaking about the benefit of mobile apps, Mork said they are always “on,” offer deeper engagement than what you get on the Web (although HTML5 is beginning to change this), they can leverage device power features (touchscreen, accelerometer), and, of course, they’re viral and “sexy.”But the Web also has advantages too, mainly: reach. There are 140 million devices that run apps, but over a billion that can access the Web. Web apps are also cheaper to develop, easier to distribute and offer instant updates. But the downside is that Web apps generally require connectivity to work, except in the case of the offline caching provided by HTML5.Strategy Questions for Mobile DevelopersWhen developing for mobile, there are several questions related to strategy that a developer needs to ask, said Mork, like: what is installed base, what OEMs are using this platform, is billing available, what’s the ease of distribution (how many app stores are there), how big is the catalog and how many versions of the OS are out there (i.e., fragmentation issues)?Mork then touched on a few sample cases studies regarding how large companies promote their mobile applications, including Facebook, Fandango and Yahoo.The slides from Mork’s presentation are below – note especially the 8th slide, which has some great stats regarding the current mobile app landscape, including number of apps, number of stores and number of OS versions.Sxsw app vs. webView more presentations from Patrick Mork. sarah perez Tags:#apps#mobile Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Nunes keeps belt, defeats Shevchenko at UFC 215

first_img“I know the crowd wants to see a knockout … but tonight, this fight was for me, to go five rounds and prove I’m the best. I’m here to stay. I’m here for a reason,” she said.Shevchenko, a Kyrgyzstan fighter nicknamed ‘Bullet,’ is 14-3.The 29-year-old walked to the side of the octagon, shaking her head in disbelief.“I don’t agree with the decision at all,” Shevchenko said afterward, adding: “I won this fight.”She said she believed she won three rounds, and while Nunes took her down in the fifth, “I was landing more punches from being on the ground (than Nunes from above).”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Amanda Nunes, top, of Brazil, and Valentina Shevchenko, of Kyrgzystan, battle during their mixed martial arts bout at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)EDMONTON, Alberta — Brazilian brawler Amanda Nunes played a tactical game Saturday night to beat challenger Valentina Shevchenko by split decision and retain her bantamweight title at UFC 215.“I wanted to show the world I’m here to stay,” Nunes said.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 9 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img The judges scored it 47-48, 48-47, 48-47 to run Nunes’ record to 15-4.It was a careful fight with few extended skirmishes until Nunes took Shevchenko to the canvas in the fifth round. The fans often booed and chanted “Fight, fight, fight!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNunes, nicknamed the Lioness, raised her arms as the decision was announced while many of the fans booed the verdict.She later told reporters her strategy was to go the full five rounds to wear Shevchenko down and then strike — and hush detractors who said Nunes was an early-round knockout artist and would fade in the long game. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ It was the second time Nunes had beaten Shevchenko in 18 months. The 29-year-old Nunez took a unanimous decision over Shevchenko at UFC 196 in March 2016.The two were set to fight in July at UFC 213, but Nunes pulled out the day of the fight with sinus issues.Nunes has smashed her way to the top of her class over the past 14 months. She bloodied and submitted Miesha Tate in July 2016 to take the belt, and then defended it successfully in December with a 48-second dismantling of star Ronda Rousey.Also on the main card, in a bout with a potential title shot on the line, former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos submitted sixth-ranked Neil Magny with an arm-triangle choke at 3:43 of the first round of their welterweight battle. The 10th-ranked Brazilian is now 27-9-0.No. 2-ranked flyweight Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo, looking for another title shot against Demetrious Johnson, nailed Wilson Reis of Brazil square in the jaw, dropping him to the mat, then pounded him into a knockout 25 seconds into the second round.Swedish veteran Ilir Latifi lived up to his Sledgehammer nickname, lifting up and pile-driving Australian upstart Tyson Pedro head first to the mat in a light heavyweight tilt. Latifi won by unanimous decision.Gilbert Melendez, dropping down to make his debut in featherweight, was cheered as he staggered up repeatedly from the canvas while taking a hellacious flurry of kicks and punches from eighth-ranked Jeremy Stephens. Stephens won by unanimous decision.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

9 months agoBakayoko insists AC Milan can upset Juventus

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bakayoko insists AC Milan can upset Juventusby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko insists they’re capable of upsetting Juventus in the Supercoppa.The Italian Super Cup takes place in Jeddah on Wednesday evening and is a replay of last season’s Coppa Italia Final.“It was important that we beat Sampdoria yesterday, as it gave us more confidence going into the Juventus game,” the on-loan Chelsea midfielder told Milan TV.“I feel in good shape and just need to recover a little energy. “It’s going to be tough, as Juventus are the best side in Serie A right now, but in a one-off match, we can beat them.” last_img read more

Michigan State Basketball: Watch Michigan State G Eron Harris Throw Down Some Ridiculous Dunks Inside The Breslin Center

first_imgMichigan State Eron Harris throws down a ridiculous dunk.Michigan State Eron Harris Eron Harris hasn’t yet suited up in a game for Michigan State’s basketball program, but we feel it’s safe to say the Spartans’ fan base is going to like him very much. The former West Virginia guard transferred into MSU’s program this offseason and will be eligible for the 2016-17 season after sitting out the upcoming season due to NCAA rules. Once he’s eligible, watch out. He’s not only a great scorer (averaged 17 points a game at WVU last season) but also a freak athlete, as he proved at MSU’s Breslin Center earlier today. Check out this video of Harris throwing down some ridiculous dunks, courtesy of MSU guard Denzel Valentine. Whoa. Michigan State’s fan base is definitely going to like him.last_img read more

Professor fights ban amid debate on academic freedom at BC university

first_imgVANCOUVER — A professor who has taken a stand against the publication of research in journals that aren’t peer reviewed says he has been suspended from the campus of the university where he works in the Interior of British Columbia.In an article written for a journal published by the University of Toronto Press, Prof. Derek Pyne raised questions about the practice followed by some professors who publish research in so-called predatory journals.Pyne, who has taught at Thompson Rivers University’s school of business and economics since 2010, said his troubles began following the April 2017 publication of his research article titled “The Awards of Predatory Publications at a Small Business School.” He did not name any professors or the university he based his research on in the peer-reviewed Journal of Scholarly Publishing.The article says 16 of 27 professors with research responsibilities paid so-called predatory journals that don’t require research to be peer reviewed to publish their work up to the end of 2015 and that they landed promotions.Meanwhile, the Canadian Association of University Teachers has taken on Pyne’s case to determine whether his academic freedom has been violated.In an interview, Pyne said the careers of professors who have their work published in predatory journals have advanced.“It’s positively related with winning school-of-business research awards. They tend to get paid more because it’s a lot easier to write for predatory publications so you’ve got more time to do overload teaching to earn extra money teaching extra courses or teaching online courses,” Pyne said.“You’d think the mistakes would be made by the most inexperienced people. However, the higher the academic ranking, the more likely they are to have predatory publications.”Pyne argues Thompson Rivers University, which is in Kamloops, violated his academic freedom by retaliating against him as his research gained attention.The university said Pyne’s academic freedom is fully protected under the collective agreement with the Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association.“Action taken against Dr. Pyne was not related to his specific research, the dissemination of his research, or the exercising of his right to academic freedom,” it said in a statement.Interim university president Christine Bovis-Cnossen would not discuss the matter, citing privacy concerns, saying Payne had not provided consent for her to discuss his case. Pyne emailed her on Wednesday saying she could discuss his case and forwarded the email to The Canadian Press.Pyne said he has been banned from campus since May, except to meet with his union. He said he has been placed on an unpaid suspension linked to his critical feedback of a colleague who was being considered for a position at the university. In his feedback, which is open to all faculty as part of the hiring process, Pyne alleged that the colleague was involved in 12 cases of predatory research.Pyne said the university alleged the feedback, which he sent to a staff member collecting it for the selection committee and the university’s then-president, amounted to defamation.“Right now, they’re saying I’m banned from the university,” he said, adding administrators do not consider his current status a suspension even though he is not allowed to teach at the university.“By separating them they can try to claim it’s not related to academic freedom,” Pyne said of the two issues involving the criticism he has levelled.The colleague who received the critical feedback said Pyne’s issues have “absolutely nothing to do with academic freedom.”“Derek Pyne has all the academic freedom in the world to say whatever he wants to say,” he said in an interview.The colleague declined comment on whether he would take legal action involving the alleged defamation and did not wish to discuss his research.David Robinson, executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, said the group informed Thompson Rivers it has formed a committee to examine whether Pyne’s academic freedom has been violated.The association was formed in 1951 and offers courses, workshops and conferences as well as collective bargaining and legal support to its member associations. It campaigns on issues related to academic freedom and represents over 70,000 academic staff at mostly unionized universities and colleges.Bovis-Cnossen responded to Robinson in a letter dated Nov. 2, saying Pyne’s union had not filed a grievance and that would be the appropriate process to settle disputes arising from cases of alleged infringement of academic freedom.“Accordingly, TRU will not participate in the investigation you propose in as much as you have no authority or jurisdiction to bring such an investigation into matters covered in our collective agreement with (the union),” she said in the letter, which Robinson provided to The Canadian Press.Robinson said emails and documents Pyne has forwarded suggest his research on predatory journals is at the heart of the university’s actions against him.“We had hoped that in the spirit of clearing things up and getting to the bottom of the matter that the administration would co-operate with the investigation,” he added.In rare cases, a university that fails to address concerns raised in a report by the association regarding academic freedom could be put on a censure list, which notifies academics to “blacklist” the institution by not speaking there or accepting any honorary degrees or jobs, Robinson said.Pyne said he doesn’t know why the union has not filed a grievance in his case, although it grieved two weeks of unpaid suspension between July and August in an unrelated matter that he says also remains unresolved.Union president Tom Friedman would not comment on Pyne’s case.“Certainly, Dr. Pyne is getting full representation from the faculty association and that’s according to our constitution. But I can’t go into any details about what that representation has meant.”Prof. Mark Mercer, president of the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship, said he has been corresponding with Bovis-Cnossen to ask about Pyne’s case but she has cited privacy laws in declining to discuss the university’s response. The society is a non-profit organization that focuses on issues affecting academic freedom.All professors have a responsibility for the proper functioning of their community of scholars and criticism of their work is part of it, said Mercer, who teaches philosophy at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.“I don’t know how this could constitute anything other than a violation of Dr. Pyne’s academic freedom, given what we know,” he said.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.Camille Bains, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Maha: Cong leader whose son joined BJP quits as Oppn leader

first_imgMumbai: Senior Maharashtra Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, whose son joined the BJP last month, has resigned as the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, the party said Thursday.Party chief Rahul Gandhi has accepted the resignation of the Congress leader, state Congress president Ashok Chavan told reporters in Ahmednagar district. Vikhe Patil had sent his resignation letter to the top party leadership, offering to quit the post of LoP, after his son Sujay Vikhe Patil left Congress and joined the BJP. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Vikhe Patil had offered to resign from the post and had also sent a letter to the Congress president. This letter of resignation has been accepted by the Congress president,” Chavan said. The development comes a day before Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar Friday. Chavan was in Shirdi Thursday ahead of Gandhi’s rally at Sangamner in the Shirdi Lok Sabha constituency. Vikhe Patil was accused of giving tacit support to his son Sujay, who was the BJP contestant from Ahmednagar Lok Sabha seat and was blamed for working behind the scenes in his campaign. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KParty sources said he was in touch with the supporters of his father late Balasaheb Vikhe Patil in Rahuri, Parner and other areas in Ahmednagar district, and exhorted them to support Sujay. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who has been a traditional opponent of the Vikhe Patils, had made the Ahmednagar contest a prestige battle. Pawar had refused to vacate the constituency, which is with the NCP as per the seat-sharing deal with the Congress, for Sujay who eventually joined the BJP and contested the seat.last_img read more

US blacklists Algerian jihadists, Nusra leader

first_imgWASHINGTON – The United States on Wednesday blacklisted a shadowy Al-Qaeda breakaway faction behind the bloody siege of an Algerian gas plant, and the leader of a Palestinian group fighting for Islamists in Syria.The Signatories in Blood, an armed unit founded by the one-eyed Mokhtar Belmokhtar last year when he split from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, was designated a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department.The group, also known as the al-Mulathamun Battalion, “claimed responsibility for the January 2013 attack against a gas facility near In Amenas, Algeria,” the department said in a statement, adding that three Americans were among the 38 civilians killed in the siege. In a separate move, the head of the Palestinian wing of the Syria-based Al-Nusra Front, Usamah Amin al-Shihabi, was also blacklisted as a “global terrorist.”Wednesday’s designations bar US citizens and companies from having any dealings with either the Algerian group or al-Shihabi.last_img read more

How Much Can An NFL Fan Read Into The Ravens Blowout Win

As I tabulated these averages, another trend became apparent: Week 1 blowouts have become more rare of late. There were 31 between 1970 and 1996, an average of 1.1 per season. But between 1997 and 2018, there were 15 — only 0.7 per season.What’s more, opening-week blowouts used to be much stronger indicators of success. Before 1997, teams that delivered a Week 1 walloping won almost twice as many of their subsequent games as their victims did, and the victors went on to make the playoffs a whopping 83.9 percent of the time. Keep in mind that the wild-card round wasn’t introduced until the 1978 season, so earlier teams had a shorter road to the Super Bowl. Still, it’s impossible not to see the chasm in the postseason returns of blowout winners and losers: The difference in win percentage is much smaller in recent years than in the older sample.4The average win percentage for Week 1 blowout winners is now .144 higher than blowout losers. Prior to 1997, the difference in win percentage was .305. In fact, the number of Week 1 blowouts has been so small in recent years that we run into sample size concerns; the 6.7 percent rate of Super Bowl appearances for blowout winners and losers since 1997 represents one team each.Ideally, we would only examine blowouts that took place after the 2002 realignment, as that standardized divisions and playoff seeding across the league. That leaves us only nine data points, but the resulting gap between the winners’ win percentage (.531) and the losers’ (.438) continued to shrink.So what happened? Why did winning a season opener by 30-plus points before 1997 give an NFL team about a 5-in-6 chance of making the playoffs, but winning teams after that have had worse than even odds? Why did the blowouts occur more frequently than once a year over that first stretch, and significantly less often since?It’s probably a confluence of several factors, rather than any one switch being flipped. The advent of free agency in the early 1990s, a slate of player-protection rules passed a few years later and the concurrent evolution of more dynamic, three-wideout offenses all contributed to more seasonlong parity between teams despite more in-game scoring volatility.But there are still reasons to believe that a 59-10 drubbing means something. Only a handful of modern-era teams have been blown up in Week 1, as Miami was, and gone on to have any kind of success. Even though dominating a team in Week 1 isn’t nearly as strong an indicator of success as it used to be, Baltimore is still likely in decent shape for this season. Oh, and the Ravens are all but certainly better than the Dolphins.Then again, if any of these trends were ironclad, Milloy and the Bills would have won Super Bowl XXXVIII while Tom Brady and the Patriots watched from their couches.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Blowout losers.36715.16.53.20.0 Share that made it to … Blowout winners.62871.7%65.2%32.6%21.7% Blowout losers.39620.013.313.36.7 Blowout winners.54046.7%33.3%20.0%6.7% Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Blowout winners before the last 20ish years did even betterAverage end-of-year winning percentage and playoff success rate for NFL teams involved in Week 1 blowouts, 1970-96 TeamYear-end Win %PlayoffsDiv. RoundConf. Champ.Super Bowl Blowout winners.67183.9%80.6%38.7%29.0% Share that made it to … Share that made it to … The Baltimore Ravens’ 59-10 Week 1 demolition of the Miami Dolphins seemed to mark the arrival of Lamar Jackson as a complete quarterback, the establishment of the Ravens as serious AFC contenders and a death knell for the Dolphins — who reportedly had a flurry of players turn in trade requests the night of the loss.1The Dolphins have denied this. But other than dropping Miami from being tied for 31st to dead last in the FiveThirtyEight Elo rankings, did the third-biggest Week 1 beatdown since the AFL-NFL merger actually mean anything?Back in 2003, the Buffalo Bills baited the football-watching world into a massive Week 1 overreaction when they walloped the rival New England Patriots, 31-0. The win came with a neat narrative — new Bills safety Lawyer Milloy was surprisingly released by the Patriots in the preseason— and seemed to signal a changing of the guard in the AFC East. But the Bills finished the season 6-10, out of the playoffs — and the Patriots won 17 of their next 18 games, including the Super Bowl.Both participants in the biggest Week 1 blowout ever, the 1973 Atlanta Falcons’ 62-7 win over the New Orleans Saints, missed the playoffs. Meanwhile, Washington shut out Detroit 45-0 in 1991, only for the teams to meet again in the NFC Championship Game.2Notably, Washington blew Detroit out again, 41-10, to end up in the Super Bowl.So we know there’s no guarantee that the winner of a Week 1 blowout will have a better season than the loser. But how have the teams on either side of the ledger fared overall? We looked at all Week 1 blowouts — any game since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger in which the margin of victory was at least 30 points3This doesn’t include the three blowouts that took place Week 1 of this season, as we don’t yet know how the teams involved will finish. — to see what the Ravens and Dolphins might expect for the rest of their seasons, if history proves a guide.Across the 46 games in question, it’s inescapable: Teams that opened their season with a statement victory had, on average, a higher regular-season winning percentage — and advanced farther in the playoffs — than the teams on the receiving end of a blowout. A total of 38 of the 46 blowout winners finished with a higher winning percentage than the losers did. But of course, if blowouts were both more frequent and more significant before 1997, that means they’ve been less frequent and less significant since: TeamYear-end Win%PlayoffsDiv. RoundConf. Champ.Super Bowl Blowout losers have been catching up in the last 20ish yearsAverage end-of-year winning percentage and playoff success rate for NFL teams involved in Week 1 blowouts, 1997-2018 Blowout losers can make the playoffs, but more winners doAverage end-of-year winning percentage and playoff success rate for NFL teams involved in Week 1 blowouts, 1970-2018 Blowout losers.37619.68.76.52.2 TeamYear-end Win %playoffsdiv. roundConf. Champ.Super Bowl Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com read more

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