Weber State Men’s Basketball Visits Utah Valley Wednesday

first_img Brad James Tags: UVU Basketball/Weber State basketball December 2, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State Men’s Basketball Visits Utah Valley Wednesday Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Wednesday, Utah Valley (4-5) hosts Weber State (1-5) in an in-state non-conference tilt at the UCCU Center.The Wolverines are coming off of a 92-61 rout at the hands of Colorado State Monday.Under new head coach Mark Madsen (4-5, .444), the Wolverines are playing at home for the first time since November 21.Presently, the Wolverines score 70.3 points per game, tying them for 223rd nationally in scoring offense with Fresno State.Senior guard TJ Washington (15.4 points, 5.3 rebounds per game) is UVU’s leading scorer. Junior guard Isaiah White (14 points, a team-best 10 rebounds per game), redshirt junior guard Brandon Averette (12.3 points per game) and redshirt junior guard/forward Casdon Jardine (11.7 points, 5.1 rebounds per game) all score in double figures on average for the Wolverines.UVU surrenders 69.8 points per game as they are tied for 199th in scoring defense nationally with UMASS-Lowell.Junior guard Jamison Overton and Turkish national, Cavit Ege Havsa are tied for the team lead with 8 steals apiece. Ege Havsa also has a team-best 27 assists for the Wolverines.The Wolverines rank second nationally with 54 total blocked shots. Senior forward Emmanuel Olojakpoke has a team-best 26 blocked shots, tying him for seventh nationally with James Banks III of Georgia Tech and USC’s Onyeka Okongwu.Olojakpoke also is tied for 12th nationally with Okongwu in blocked shots per game (2.89).Under head coach Randy Rahe (267-158, .628) in his 14th season at Weber State, the Wildcats have struggled this season and are seeking their first win against a fellow Division I opponent.Weber State currently averages 69 points per game, tying them for 247th nationally with Southeast Missouri State.Senior guard Jerrick Harding, the Big Sky Conference’s Preseason Player of the year leads the Wildcats (17 points, 3.4 rebounds per game).Fellow senior guard, former Wasatch Academy star Cody John (12.5 points, 3.7 rebounds per game) is the only other Wildcat to average in double figures on the season. John also has a team-best six steals for Weber State.Junior guard Kham Davis (a team-best 4.3 rebounds per game) has also contributed to the Wildcats’ cause after transferring from the University of Pittsburgh of the Atlantic Coast Conference.Freshman guard Judah Jordan has a team-best 13 assists for the Wildcats and junior forward, Czech national Michal Kozak, has a team-best six blocks for Weber State.The Wildcats give up 71.7 points per game, tying them for 248th nationally in scoring defense with Northwestern State and Seattle U.The series is tied 6-6 all-time but the Wolverines are 5-0 all-time at home against Weber State.last_img read more

Dunfanaghy man released on bail following Australian crash

first_imgA Dunfanaghy man who was listed to appear before a court in Sydney Australia on August 15th in relation to a serious road traffic collision has had his case adjourned until October 10th.The Tirconail Tribune reports that Terence Wilkinson was arrested on board a flight destined for Ireland a number of days after it is alleged he was the driver of a car involved in a serious road traffic collision in a suburb of Sydney on July 27th. He is charged with not give particulars in relation to damage of property, two counts of bodily harm by misconduct, in charge of a vehicle, dangerous and negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm.He was also charged with two counts of failing to stop and assist after impact causing injury and one charge of failing to stop and assist after vehicle impact. He was released on continuing bail for his case appear at local court, Downing Centre, Sydney on October 10th but he waas excused from attending on that occasion.His bail terms include: surrender of his passport and he is not allowed to apply for another, sign on daily at a local police station. Refrain from consuming alcohol or un-prescribed drugs and observe a curfew to remain at a fixed address between the hours of 9.00pm and 5.00am daily.Dunfanaghy man released on bail following Australian crash was last modified: August 29th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AustraliacrashdonegalDunfanaghyTerence Wilkinsonlast_img read more

Life Uses Quantum Mechanics

first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Long before man discovered quantum mechanics, birds and other living creatures were using it to good advantage.Quantum mechanical effects typically work at atomic scales.  Quantum entanglement is a phenomenon in which distinct objects share the same existence, regardless of the distance between them.  There’s potential there for quantum computing if the states of the two objects can be manipulated.The ability to store and use quantum information is a challenge to modern engineers, reported Technology Review from MIT, but birds fly by it.  “Now Vladko Vedral at the University of Oxford and a few pals have calculated just how good nature could be at this game. The answer is very good: it looks as if nature has worked out how to preserve entanglement at body temperature over time scales that physicists can only dream about.”How does a bird navigate with quantum computing?  In the back of a bird’s eye, molecular sensors can detect both photons and the earth’s magnetic field.    When a photon is absorbed, an entangled electron pair is formed, each electron briefly occupying different parts of the molecule.  The magnetic field flips the “spin” (a quantum property) of one of the electrons, so that when they recombine 100 microseconds later, that information can be sensed by the bird.  “The result is that the bird ‘sees’ the earth’s magnetic field as it flies,” the review said.Maintaining the entangled state for 100 microseconds is “an extraordinary figure,” the article states.  The best human engineers have achieved is 80 microseconds.  Furthermore, the bird does it at body temperature.The article referred to a previous Technology Review entry that explained how plants produce quantum entanglement in photosynthesis.  “Given that nature seems to have created the conditions in which entanglement thrives, the big question now is whether there are any natural systems that exploit it.”At the level of cellular molecules (10/27/2010), it’s been noted that molecular machines like ATP synthase (4/30/2005, 3/16/2011) and myosin (5/30/2007, 4/19/2010) can employ Brownian motion — the random thermal wiggle of molecules — to drive their moving parts in a preferred direction by a ratchet mechanism.How did life master quantum mechanics?  The first Technology Review article stated flatly, “while researchers have been puzzling over this problem for a few years now, nature has had 4.5 billion years to work on it using the tools of natural selection.”Don’t you just hate it when evolutionists ruin a good science story with regurgitated Darwin tricks?  Here we see the personification fallacy and the magic wand of time.  Nature is not a person.  A non-person cannot use tools.  Natural selection is not a tool, anyway.  And time is not a magic wand for working miracles of chance.Too bad the story was tainted with baloney.  Next time you watch a flock of pigeons, think about the quantum entanglement that allows them to use the earth’s compass to find home.  Who gave them that ability?  The birds didn’t think this up.  Creatures have been endowed with abilities that are the marvel of our best engineers.  Endowment implies an Endower.last_img read more

Gary Player: still going strong at 75

first_img5 November 2010South African golfer Gary Player celebrated his 75th birthday in Shanghai, China on Monday. He spent it with Aids orphans while reflecting on the single biggest lesson that his life as one of the world’s greatest sportsmen has taught him.Speaking from his latest course design, Hidden Tiger on Taiping Lake, Player said as he looked back on a career of nine Majors on the regular tour, nine on the senior tour, and 166 tournament victories worldwide: “It’s not about me.”“My talent was a gift, and it could’ve been taken away just as quickly. Golfers are phenomenal at giving back, and that has been my responsibility in recognition of what I received throughout a wonderful career.”Player was in China to host the Gary Player Invitational China, presented by Coca-Cola in Shanghai, which represents the Asian leg of a series that also travels to Europe, the United States and South Africa as part of the Player Foundation’s work in raising funds for underprivileged children.Dreams“I grew up with no head start in life, but I still had dreams. Yes, I was fortunate to have the ability to overcome challenges. But I also had good people who helped me along the way. That is what I am hoping to achieve through my Foundation: that somewhere we can be the help a child needs to achieve his or her dreams despite the challenges they face.”Player also took some time to reflect on an amazing career in the game.“I think one of the best shots I ever hit in my life was the three-wood I hit to 14 inches from the hole on the par-five 14th at Carnoustie to win the 1968 British Open.“Beating Arnold Palmer in the 1961 Masters was also a highlight.“Winning the Grand Slam on the regular tour in my twenties is something I am particularly proud of. But I’m just as proud of my Grand Slam on the Senior Tour, because I’ve always believed it was far harder to achieve in light of my age.”Greatest rivalAnd his greatest rival?“There were so many great players in our generation. Arnold [Palmer] and Jack [Nicklaus], obviously. Tom Watson was phenomenal. But I always admired Jack for his patience.“I built a golf course on my farm in South Africa, and one of the holes I named Cactus Jack. On one occasion when Jack was staying with me, he officially opened the hole, and I had this bronze plaque made and placed on the tee box.“So the next morning I’m sitting having breakfast and the sun catches this plaque and the reflection almost blinds me. I said to Jack, ‘If it wasn’t bad enough I had to face you on the golf course all those years, now I’ve got you in my face on my farm as well.’ He had a good laugh about that one.”Player will return to South Africa for the 11th anniversary of the Gary Player Invitational, presented by Coca-Cola, at The Links at Fancourt from 18 to 21 November.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Råbjerg Mile – GC21787 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 25, 2012

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Jumping into soft sandEver wonder what would it be like if the ground literally started to move under your feet? Geocachers who visited the Råbjerg Mile (GC21787) EarthCache know exactly what it’s like.Located at the northern tip of Denmark, between the Danish cities of Skagen and Frederikshavn, the Råbjerg Mile is the largest migrating sand dune in Northern Europe. It contains millions of cubic meters of sand and moves up to 18 meters (59 feet) every year. Geocachers can enjoy this migrating wonder and observe many types of birds that make it their travelling home by visiting the difficulty 1.5, terrain 2 EarthCache.Denmark once had many shifting dunes, even larger than the Råbjerg Mile. These dunes caused many problems for the people living in their paths. So, in the mid-19th century, the state bought the land under the dunes so that it could plant dune grasses and conifers that would help stabilize it. They then left the Råbjerg Mile so that future generations would remember both the challenges and the beauty of these shifting sand dunes.Marking sand angelsMichael, a.k.a. WAUZZZ4B has given fellow Premium Member geocachers yet another reason to see and experience nature at its best since creating the EarthCache in November of 2009.Geocachers everywhere can learn a lot about this dune just by reading the detailed cache page. But nearly 450 Premium Members got to experience this EarthCache for what it’s worth and share their experiences by posting more than 530 breathtaking images.With’s request, Michael has agreed to temporarily grant access to basic members for an opportunity to experience and log this EarthCache.One geocacher who logged this Premium Cache wrote, “We heard about the dune from some friends who visited many years ago. We decided that we wanted to check out this place during our visit to Denmark. Sure enough, there’s an EarthCache, which gave us even more reason to come out and log our visit. We didn’t realize how beautiful this place is. Absolutely stunning scenery and by far the biggest sand box we’ve ever been in!”For more information on Geocaching Premium features, such as Premium Caches, visit to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] sand between toes. SharePrint RelatedNamib Desert, Namibia (GC14W63) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 8, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Bruneau Sand Dunes GC10F12 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 31, 2011October 31, 2011In “Community”Geocaching country souvenir: NamibiaDecember 8, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

For Renewable Energy Advocates, the Tide Turns in Maine

first_imgAfter enduring eight years of Republican Governor Paul LePage, renewable energy advocates are breathing a sigh of relief as his Democratic successor settles into office. The state is deeply divided over a 145-mile power line that would slice through Maine’s pristine northern forests to deliver hydro power from Quebec to users in Massachusetts. But Governor Janet Mills, who took office in January, is helping to reverse the chilly reception given wind and solar energy by LePage and has pledged to push Maine toward 100% renewable energy by mid-century. Mills has lifted a moratorium on the development of wind energy that her predecessor had put in place. And in a sharp change of tone, Mills says she wants solar panels installed on the roof of the governor’s official residence in Augusta.RELATED ARTICLESIn Maine, A Battle Royal Over Energy PolicyTwo Biomass Plants in Maine to CloseMaine Is Now a Battleground For Wind DevelopmentU.S. Offshore Wind: Major Milestones and a Promising FutureStepping Up to Address Wind-Wildlife Impacts She’s also scheduled to sign legislation on April 2 that will restore net metering for homeowners with photovoltaic arrays while junking a system called “gross metering” that was unpopular with solar advocates and installers. “Maine’s solar industry can finally breathe again now that Governor Janet Mills and the new legislature have restored the proverbial oxygen of net metering for all residential and commercial solar projects,” Phil Coupe, co-founder of Portland-based ReVision Energy, said in an email. Coupe continued: “Mainers are already responding to the positive encouragement coming from state political leadership by signing contracts for solar and other clean energy technologies at a pace we have not seen in the previous eight years.” Maine is the region’s wind leader with more than 900 MW of installed capacity, double what the rest of the New England states have  combined, according to the American Wind Energy Association. But the LePage years were tough on renewable energy policy. The Natural Resources Council of Maine called his opposition to solar energy a “crusade.” Wind fared little better. With a substantial offshore wind potential in the Gulf of Maine, the state attracted the interest of Norway’s Statoil, which won initial state approval for 20-year contract for four wind turbines 12 miles off the coast. But after LePage reopened the competitive bidding process in 2013, the Norwegians pulled out of the $120 million project. That was just the start of the then-governor’s adversarial relationship with the wind and solar industries. Later, LePage endorsed offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Maine and ordered a moratorium on new wind energy projects. The ban proved mostly toothless, but it cast a shadow over new wind development. LePage also appointed a committee to study the impact of wind energy on the state’s important tourism industry. But he kept its members secret and said the panel would not be subject to the state’s open-meeting laws. All of that is now in Maine’s rear-view mirror. Power line is still on the table Governor Mills’ embrace of renewable energy is a breath of fresh air to renewable energy advocates, but the proposed power line, worth nearly $1 billion, is turning out to be the most divisive environmental issue in recent memory. The New England Clean Energy Connect would send power from Hydro-Québec to Massachusetts through a transmission corridor to be built by Central Maine Power. The issue is still before the Public Utilities Commission, but Mills says she supports a negotiated settlement between business, labor, and environmental groups that would allow the project to go forward. The PUC staff also has signed onto the deal, further strengthening its odds in the upcoming vote by PUC commissioners. The project would still require environmental permits before construction could start. Avangrid, CMP’s corporate parent, has pledged to spend $258 million over 40 years for a variety of Maine energy and community programs in exchange for permission to build the transmission line. It’s a big step up from the utility’s initial offer, but critics say that isn’t enough. None of the power would be used in Maine, a fact that has rallied critics. Opponents say the project would ruin a swath of pristine northern forest, and claimed the new line would not reduce carbon pollution in the region, The Portland Press Herald has reported. The project would require about 53 miles of new transmission lines in the state’s undeveloped North Woods, and expand another 92 miles of existing power lines, according to the Natural Resources Council of Maine. The environmental group says the line would cross the Appalachian Trail, 262 wetlands, 115 streams, and inland bird habitat. “Despite these significant environmental impacts, CMP has been unable to demonstrate that this transmission line would provide any environmental benefits, such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions,” the group says in a statement posted at its website. Mills, on the other hand, says the state “cannot afford to do nothing” about its heavy reliance on fossil fuels for heat and the threat of climate change. “Importantly, the discussions in recent weeks have brought to the table the largest generator of renewable energy in North America — Hydro-Québec,” Mills said in a statement last month. “Partnering with this provincial company to our north, with its plentiful low carbon generation, along with local renewable generators, will not only bring down the price of power for consumers of all sizes but will also help us wean off of fossil fuels in a significant way. “This project, if further permitted,” the statement continued, “will put our state and our region on the road to a zero carbon economy by 2050.” Ad campaign is a point of contention One point of contention is an ad campaign criticizing the proposed transmission line. It accuses Mills of making a “backroom deal” with CMP and says she changed her mind on the project only after she was elected last fall. “CMP’s corridor would cut a path as wide as the New Jersey Turnpike through our Maine woods,” the ad says, “just so Canada can sell power to Massachusetts.” It shows Mills against a backdrop of construction equipment, raw earth, and utility towers. A group called Stop the Corridor has sponsored the ad, according to The Press Herald. Its members include the Natural Resources of Maine, the Maine Renewable Energy Association, and ReEnergy Holdings, a New York-based biomass energy company that got $4 million in Maine subsidies in February. But none of those groups admits to paying for the spot. Riley Ploch, a spokesman for Stop the Corridor, wouldn’t discuss the issue. The claim that the corridor would “cut a path as wide as the New Jersey Turnpike” is startling but ultimately misleading, according to a report posted at WGME, a local CBS affiliate. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority says the turnpike is between 300 feet and 350 feet wide. While the 53 miles of new corridor would be 300 feet wide, only half of it would be cleared of trees and vegetation, according to CMP. Even so, the ad may be undercutting public support for the project. The line would run through the Farmington, Janet Mills’ hometown, where town officials in 2017 had signed a letter supporting the project. But late last month, town residents packed the community center and voted 262-102 to rescinded the letter, The Bangor Daily News reported. Both Mills and CMP spokesman John Carroll were in attendance. A nearly hour-long debate preceded the vote. John Bubier, a local business owner, said the transmission line would be “like a knife cutting through our community. You’ll be able to see the towers from downtown.” Franklin County commissioners also have reversed an earlier vote of support for the project. Legislation on other fronts While plans for CMP’s new transmission line move forward, the state representative who was the chief sponsor of legislation restoring net metering sees other advances on the way for renewable energy policy. State Representative Seth Berry, a Democrat, told Utility Dive that other bills will increase Maine’s renewable portfolio standard and advance offshore wind. There also is some support for the possible purchase of the state’s two investor owned utilities, including Central Maine Power, and a transfer of those assets to a publicly owned utility. Berry has proposed that a new agency called the Maine Power Delivery Authority assume the assets of both CMP and Emera Maine, a smaller electric utility serving the northern part of the state. The authority would use low-interest revenue bonds to make the purchase and, Berry hopes, lower costs for Maine consumers. “Maine people want and deserve a utility that will keep the costs down and the lights on and put its Maine customers and workers first,” Berry, the co-chairman of the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, told the Press Herald. “Our current utilities have failed us in every respect, with the clear exception of our own consumer-owned utilities.” Vaughan Woodruff, president of Insource Renewables, a solar installer, told Utility Dive that getting the legislation passed would be a “heavy lift.” “If that bill passes and we forced the sale of the investor owned utilities in the state of Maine, it would be one of the most shocking things to see in a single legislative session in Augusta, related to energy, that I’ve seen in my time there,” he said.last_img read more

Josh Duhamel Launches Rescue Waggin Celebrity Video Series

first_imgPetSmart Charities has teamed up with actor/producer Josh Duhamel and his production company, Dakotakid Media, to launch Rescue Waggin: Tales from the Road.Video: Episode 1: Rescue Waggin’ Tales From the RoadUnder the direction of Executive Producers Josh Duhamel and Jude Weng, the 8-episode web series follows homeless dogs as they travel hundreds, even thousands, of miles for a better chance of being adopted. The web series includes cameos from a cache of celebrity pet adoption advocates including Kristen Bell, Adam Shankman and Bret Michaels.Rescue Waggin’: Tales from the Road puts viewers in the passenger’s seat of the Rescue Waggin’ vehicle to experience the shelter pet transport process from start to finish. The web series chronicles real stories of dogs and puppies from communities with more pets than adopters to communities where adoptable pets are in demand. Visit to view a new websiode each Monday in March.Rescue Waggin’ vehicles travel up to 3,000 miles a week giving hopeless pets a new “leash” on life. The program has saved the lives of more than 70,000 dogs and puppies since 2004.“The Rescue Waggin’ program is an extension of our adoption program and unites animal shelters from across the country in an effort to avoid euthanizing healthy, adoptable dogs,” said Jan Wilkins, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. “We are excited to show the world how our Rescue Waggin’ program gives thousands of beautiful dogs and puppies a second chance at life.”After learning about the Rescue Waggin’ program last year, Josh Duhamel vowed to use his production company to help raise awareness and funding for the life-saving program.“Adopting my dachshund, Meatloaf, changed my life,” said Josh Duhamel. “He was a clumsy little dude with horrible breath–but we adored him.”Meatloaf turned the Hollywood actor into a passionate advocate for animal rescue.“I tell anybody who’s going to get a pet that adoption is the only way to go, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because they make incredible pets. I’m honored to partner with PetSmart Charities to help share the joy of pet adoption with others.”PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ program has not only helped save the lives of thousands of pets, but also helps many shelters improve their operations through spay/neuter programs, grants and mentoring. To learn about the many ways PetSmart Charities is saving the lives of homeless pets, visit read more

Jabra launches new soft neckband earbuds in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Denmark-based Jabra, a subsidiary of GN Netcom that makes in-ear and on-ear audio wearables, on Thursday launched its Evolve 65e soft neckband earbuds in India with up to 13 hours of battery life for Rs 20,320 (excluding GST). The Jabra Evolve 65e features Skype for business certification that ensures users enjoy crystal-clear call and music quality. The earbuds also support eight hours of talk time. “Enterprises are constantly seeking new ways to enable their employees to be productive wherever they are, making UC one of the most important mobile technologies today. But if mobile workers are to use professional headsets, they will expect the same wearing-styles and form-factors, great comfort and range of features that they get from their consumer devices,” Holger Reisinger, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Jabra, said in a statement. The device would be available starting May at authorised Jabra channel partners and resellers. The Jabra Evolve 65e sports Skype for Business and UC-certification, courtesy its four-microphone system. With two in the microphone box capturing voice and one in each earbud, the device uses DSP algorithm to find the optimum voice-to-noise ratio for clarity.last_img read more

Rabat urges Tehran to respect Moroccan sovereignty to resume diplomatic relations

first_imgRabat – Rabat urges Tehran to respect Moroccan sovereignty in order to resume diplomatic relations.In response to Iran‘s request to resume diplomatic relations between the two countries, Morocco called on Iran to respect Morocco’s sovereignty and refrain from intervening in its internal affairs again.Minister of Foreign Affairs Salah Eddine Mezouar received a phone call from the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Javad Zarif in order to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Moroccan Foreign Minister highlighted the reasons that led to the severance of diplomatic ties between Tehran and Rabat in 2009, while Zarif confirmed Iran’s keenness to resume relations with Morocco.The Iranian News Agency MAHR reported Wednesday that the assistant of the Iranian minister stated that Zarif and Mezouar agreed on the need to resume diplomatic relations between Morocco and Iran, adding that the embassies of the two countries would open soon.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Consensus And Discord in Predicting the 2014 MLB Season

On Tuesday, I put together a probabilistic breakdown of each MLB team’s prospects for the 2014 season according to the voting results of ESPN’s MLB Forecast panel. The panel, a group of over 140 baseball experts, was polled on how those experts thought each team would perform.With the voting data, we can also examine which teams caused the panel to agree (and disagree) most.I calculated the standard deviation of the individual voters’ win predictions for each team; this is basically a measure for how much agreement there was about a club. The teams with the biggest standard deviations had the widest distribution of predicted wins, meaning the Forecast panel’s opinions differed the most about how they would perform this season. The clubs with the lowest standard deviations were the teams about whom the panel agreed the most.Here are all of the teams, ordered from most divisive to least divisive: Looking at the list, a clear pattern emerges: Voters agreed the least about bottom-feeding teams and the most about good ones. The standard deviation of predicted wins was quite a bit larger for below-.500 teams from 2013 than above-.500 teams. But why?In terms of predicted change from last season, the panel was pretty even about how much improvement or decline it parceled out to teams:The standard deviation of predicted change from last season was practically identical between the above-.500 teams and below-.500 teams. This suggests that the culprit for the wide range of predictions for bad clubs could lie in last year’s records, which were unusual.Fifteen teams finished above .500 in 2013, bunched between 85 and 97 wins. Meanwhile, the spread of wins for the other 15 teams ranged from 51 (the Houston Astros) to 81 (the Arizona Diamondbacks).Perhaps voters had more trouble agreeing on predicted wins for the bottom half of the league because that half in 2013 had a strange distribution of wins. read more