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18
May
2021

Flying Squad

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Interim management is increasingly seen as a valuable business resource.Here is our guide to the qualities you should look for in an interim managerDespite the fact that many people would still not know what “interimmanagement” actually means, those who do like to talk about its”changing face”. Ten years ago, when it first started being writtenabout in the more outré management journals, it was hailed as the ultimatesymbol of the disposable labour market – the temps at the top who had beenreengineered out of proper jobs to scavenge the odd week’s work for themselvesin the post-industrial blight of self-employment. Today, we are assured, this is the odd and disturbed infancy of the beast,before it made good and hit the big time. All in the past. “It isabsolutely not an alternative to a real job,” says Ian Daniell, chairmanof the interims’ trade body, the Association of Temporary and Interim ExecutiveServices. “It is not about marketing the services of redundant executives. Thosewho do it want to operate in this way, as a professional undertaking. It is aconscious career choice people make about an alternative way of working.”He concedes that, as in many other ways, redundancy can be a spur. But, hesays client companies do not just want a safe pair of hands who can do nodamage while someone important is off. “Interim management is an executive resourcing service. It is not aboutgetting someone in to hold the fort. When you employ an interim, you arebringing in someone to add value, to revitalise a function or anorganisation.” Daniell says that as little as five years ago, all CVs he received were frompeople in their 50s and 60s; the restructured and downsized, the early retiredwith an inkling there was life in the old dog yet. Now, he says, they are a decade younger – 40s or 50s, choosing analternative to the drudgery of the daily grind. The cynical might believe thereis a touch of branding in this view. After all, IM firms regard it as agruesome faux pas to use the word “agency” when referring to thesuppliers of interims – agency means HGV drivers and shorthand secretaries,although the tendency to sharpen the distinction may speak volumes tooutsiders.Yet, according to one of the few pieces of research into the views of theinterims themselves, there is ample support for his view. Supply company,IM&M, which specialises in the HR field, found that 74 per cent regardedbeing an interim manager as “a long-term option” or “a careerpath”. They went into IM to “widen their experience” and”for a new challenge”. Of the 176 surveyed, 92 per cent were confident of continuity ofassignments, while 82 per cent had carried out at least one assignment in thepast year. Alyson Gilbert-Smith, managing director of IM&M, argues the growth of IMchimes with Charles Handy’s predictions about the “core-periphery”employment model and the growth of project-based work. “Companies havebeen under relentless pressure to cut costs for years now, but it has got tothe stage when they simply can’t reduce overheads any more, so they look tointerims to provide a new way of attracting high-quality management ability andexperience.” While freedom, variety and an ever-expanding network of ex-colleagues arethe undoubted advantages of being an interim, money may also play a part. Atthe very lowest level, a junior HR manager can earn about £200 a day. But atthe higher end – for former top general managers, managing directors,functional aces or chief executives, and there are many top people fromhousehold name firms who are operating in IM – top performers can earn £2,000 aday and take a good chunk of the year off. Typical assignments last betweenthree and six months.There are provisos. First, supply companies will take a commission ofbetween 25 and 35 per cent. They invoice the client company; the interiminvoices the supply company. Such fees are justified by the fact that thesekind of figures are common in the executive recruitment arena and dwarfed byconsultancies. The companies can also spend a month selecting and interviewingthe right executive. Some supply companies boast they have placed an executive in as little as24- hours. But three weeks is a typical turnaround time. Normally, they receivebetween 40 and 50 enquiries from would-be interims every month; most areencouraged to register with as many agencies as possible. Then, of course,interims operate through their own limited companies, without any of the usualbig company benefits, paid holidays, pensions and so on.ATIES cautiously believes that IM is continuing to grow by 25 per cent ayear into a market worth up to £500m. Others such as imPAact executives, partof PA Consulting, go further, claiming 40 per cent growth a year. Needless to say, there are several key management trends that are fuellingthe demand. First, there is a consensus that mergers, acquisitions and indeeddemergers account for a great deal of work for interims. Specific projects,change management, training, culture change and planning are the interim’sbread and butter. But conversely, a company may Interim management is increasingly seen as a valuable business resource.Here is our guide to the qualities you should look for in an interim managerDespite the fact that many people would still not know what “interimmanagement” actually means, those who do like to talk about its”changing face”. Ten years ago, when it first started being writtenabout in the more outré management journals, it was hailed as the ultimatesymbol of the disposable labour market – the temps at the top who had beenreengineered out of proper jobs to scavenge the odd week’s work for themselvesin the post-industrial blight of self-employment. Today, we are assured, this is the odd and disturbed infancy of the beast,before it made good and hit the big time. All in the past. “It isabsolutely not an alternative to a real job,” says Ian Daniell, chairmanof the interims’ trade body, the Association of Temporary and Interim ExecutiveServices. “It is not about marketing the services of redundant executives. Thosewho do it want to operate in this way, as a professional undertaking. It is aconscious career choice people make about an alternative way of working.”He concedes that, as in many other ways, redundancy can be a spur. But, hesays client companies do not just want a safe pair of hands who can do nodamage while someone important is off. “Interim management is an executive resourcing service. It is not aboutgetting someone in to hold the fort. When you employ an interim, you arebringing in someone to add value, to revitalise a function or anorganisation.” Daniell says that as little as five years ago, all CVs he received were frompeople in their 50s and 60s; the restructured and downsized, the early retiredwith an inkling there was life in the old dog yet. Now, he says, they are a decade younger – 40s or 50s, choosing analternative to the drudgery of the daily grind. The cynical might believe thereis a touch of branding in this view. After all, IM firms regard it as agruesome faux pas to use the word “agency” when referring to thesuppliers of interims – agency means HGV drivers and shorthand secretaries,although the tendency to sharpen the distinction may speak volumes tooutsiders.Yet, according to one of the few pieces of research into the views of theinterims themselves, there is ample support for his view. Supply company,IM&M, which specialises in the HR field, found that 74 per cent regardedbeing an interim manager as “a long-term option” or “a careerpath”. They went into IM to “widen their experience” and”for a new challenge”. Of the 176 surveyed, 92 per cent were confident of continuity ofassignments, while 82 per cent had carried out at least one assignment in thepast year. Alyson Gilbert-Smith, managing director of IM&M, argues the growth of IMchimes with Charles Handy’s predictions about the “core-periphery”employment model and the growth of project-based work. “Companies havebeen under relentless pressure to cut costs for years now, but it has got tothe stage when they simply can’t reduce overheads any more, so they look tointerims to provide a new way of attracting high-quality management ability andexperience.” While freedom, variety and an ever-expanding network of ex-colleagues arethe undoubted advantages of being an interim, money may also play a part. Atthe very lowest level, a junior HR manager can earn about £200 a day. But atthe higher end – for former top general managers, managing directors,functional aces or chief executives, and there are many top people fromhousehold name firms who are operating in IM – top performers can earn £2,000 aday and take a good chunk of the year off. Typical assignments last betweenthree and six months.There are provisos. First, supply companies will take a commission ofbetween 25 and 35 per cent. They invoice the client company; the interiminvoices the supply company. Such fees are justified by the fact that thesekind of figures are common in the executive recruitment arena and dwarfed byconsultancies. The companies can also spend a month selecting and interviewingthe right executive. Some supply companies boast they have placed an executive in as little as24- hours. But three weeks is a typical turnaround time. Normally, they receivebetween 40 and 50 enquiries from would-be interims every month; most areencouraged to register with as many agencies as possible. Then, of course,interims operate through their own limited companies, without any of the usualbig company benefits, paid holidays, pensions and so on.ATIES cautiously believes that IM is continuing to grow by 25 per cent ayear into a market worth up to £500m. Others such as imPAact executives, partof PA Consulting, go further, claiming 40 per cent growth a year. Needless to say, there are several key management trends that are fuellingthe demand. First, there is a consensus that mergers, acquisitions and indeeddemergers account for a great deal of work for interims. Specific projects,change management, training, culture change and planning are the interim’sbread and butter. But conversely, a company may choose to divert its in-housemanagement into integration activity and leave day to day management tointerims. Next, inevitably, there is outsourcing. Having got rid of many skills,organisations find themselves lacking in technical, but critical areas. Andoften in HR skills. IM&M says that TUPE, senior compensation and benefitsskills, staff integration and redundancy selection are all in short-supply.Then, there is the general tendency towards project-based work. Projectleadership skills and general management abilities are always needed. Andfinally, specific IT applications are frequently needed on a temporary,possibly start-up basis.Qualities for interims1 The grey hairs of wisdomThe optimum age for an interim is a subject of some controversy betweenthose who equate interims with experience and who regard anyone less than 45 assomething of a parvenu, and those who say interims can be anything from 30looking for a varied career.”I would not look at an interim without at least 10 years of seniormanagement responsibility and preferably upwards of 15, so 45 is pretty muchthe minimum age,” says Nigel Corby, managing director of GlobalExecutives. Loraine Cardell-Williams, manager of Interim Performers, agrees. “Belowthe age of 45, you could not guarantee that they were a serious interimmanager, and that is something that the clients want and that we try andguarantee to them. “Interims exist to plug a skills and experience gap. They are a skilledpair of hands needed for temporary business reasons,” she says.That said, Cardell-Williams says that IM is becoming a younger industry –pointing to growing demand for interims at middle management level, especiallyin HR. This point is strongly made by Gilbert-Smith of IM&M. “I would saythe average age is 30-40. The point is that it is no longer about hard times,or a sign of people coming to the end of their career. More and more people arelooking on it as a challenging career.” At the other end, Ian Daniell says that interims getting assignments at 65should count themselves lucky. “I did place a chief finance officer whowas 63 the other day,” he says. “Some clients want someone who isalmost an uncle figure. A lot depends on the attitude of the interim.”2 Nothing to prove”The best interims are those with nothing to prove,” says SheilaChalker, manager of Interim Management Services. “They have done it all –not in an arrogant way, but just so that nothing is a surprise to them; nothingtoo daunting. They should have no learning curves.”The consensus is that interims are usually overqualified for the tasks theyare assigned to – necessarily so. “One of the key advantages of theinterim is they are outside the sniping of office politics,” says NadiaParkin, consultant with imPAct executives. “They cannot be statusconscious or interested in the politics.” Many stress that one of the key skills of the interim is the ability toenter a situation, assess the politics, listen carefully and take control.Malcom Browne, head of Penna Interim says, “The interim manager has to beable to establish themselves quickly, take command of a situation at speed andgrasp the politics in no time.”Corby adds, “Mostly an interim will already have a successful careerbehind them, so necessarily they will be focussed on getting a particular jobdone.”Parkin says, “They have to be incredibly good at assessing a situationquickly and astutely and adapt their style accordingly. They have to createcertainty and leadership out of often hostile and tricky situations.”3 Results-driven Interim managers are doers, rather than talkers, helpers, strategists orthinkers. They are more than likely to have their own views about the future ofa particular operation, but they are normally parachuted in to take on a veryspecific task. “There is no business that is more results-driven than interimmanagement,” says Corby. “The interim will be judged entirely on whatthey achieve, not how hard they have tried and definitely not on what they say.The customer has to know that that is what they are getting, someone who issaying, ‘Judge me on what I achieve’.”Cardell-Williams says, “The challenges they are looking for are notabout titles. They have deliberately moved away from being stuck in the samejob and they are after the excitement of achieving things.”But Penna Interim’s Browne says what supply companies need to guarantee toclients is expertise – the assurance that interims have the capacity to dosomething, because they have a demonstrable skill set and a proven trackrecord. “Clients do not want someone to keep things ticking over,” hesays.4 Flexible problem solverAccording to IM&M’s survey, the interims believe they are wanted forcertain skills: problem-solving (41 per cent), creative thinking (31 per cent)and influencing and persuading people (30 per cent). They rated flexibility asthe key attribute of any interim (cited by 93 per cent), while over 80 per centregarded their ability at fitting into a team as “excellent”. A total of 90 per cent said it took them less than three weeks to get up tospeed and begin delivering tangible results. They regard their adaptability ashaving been enhanced by the life of an interim. The survey found that they feltjust as loyal to their client as they would in a permanent role. A total of 65per cent were expecting to retire between 55 and 60.5 RobustDespite all advantages, many supply companies agree it is probably not alife for eggshell personalities. Operating independently requires goodself-motivation and recognition that the interim exists to support others, notto be supported. “The best ones are very independent minded,” saysChalker of Interim Management Services. “They are in it for the ability todirect their own careers and not being permanently beholden to their boss. Theyneed a robustness.”Inevitably it is a life of flux, with typical assignments lasting six monthsand the risk that they are never really part of the action.That said, Gilbert-Smith argues that interims have “the best of bothworlds”. She adds, “They get the advantages of being fully integratedinto a team and I do not recall one who complained of being cut out of majorprocesses.” There is a universal consensus that the best interim managers want to beinterim managers. Many supply companies operate a system of finder’s fees todiscourage interims going (the Government is currently keen to ban temp to permfees – the cause of a major controversy within the recruitment field). But Corby argues that the issue seldom arises anyway. “There is nothingwe can practically do to say, ‘No, you can’t have that person as an employee’,but we want committed interims. We are offering an alternative to the very highcosts of employing someone full time.”6 The obligatory people person Because of the nature of project management, swift absorption into a team isa key skill of the interim. They have to earn respect and are often brought into revitalise flagging teams. “I would say they need to be extrovert andthey need to be good listeners,” says Daniell.While there is a grey area between the interim manager and the consultant,Daniell says the difference is that the interim has a proven track record in aparticular area and owes loyalty to the client, rather than the employingorganisation. “You can’t use a consultant as a line manger,” he says.”Interims have quantifiable experience.” Related posts:No related photos. Flying SquadOn 6 Jun 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

26
Aug
2020

March Madness 2019: Very real, very powerful #FaganJinx presses pause this year

first_imgMy cousin Charlie is not happy with me. See, he’s in this complicated NCAA Tournament auction pool that involves strategies like buying expensive teams capable of winning it all or discount teams capable of Cinderella-type runs, and he’s made a lot of money the past couple years with one simple strategy: Bet on the teams I’m going to see live. He’s not the only one. Over the past couple weeks, the texts and Facebook messages have rolled in. Like this one. And think about this: I’ve seen 88 teams play on the opening weekend (I didn’t cover a first round in 2009), and of those 88 teams, only one has gone on to win the national title: Duke in 2015. Five other teams made the Final Four, but zero other top-four seeds. Only Final Four underdogs: 5-seed Butler in 2010, 9-seed Wichita State in 2013, 8-seed Kentucky in 2014, 7-seed Michigan State in 2015 and 10-seed Syracuse in 2016. Anyway, it’s been a crazy ride. I’m sure I’ll be back, when the NCAA Tournament lands in the same city where spring training games are played, or where there’s an Opening Day/Tournament combo I just can’t miss. Until then, thanks for indulging me with this trip down memory lane. This guy knows about the #FaganJinx and the NCAA Tournament … pic.twitter.com/qpcimh47ud— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) March 20, 2019They know all about the FaganJinx. Starting with the 2008 tournament, when I was courtside for all four double-digit seeds winning their opening-round games at the Tampa site, I’ve had an uncanny knack for witnessing an amazing number of upsets — from the mundane to the downright shocking. Every single year, something jaw-dropping has happened. I took the FaganJinx public last year, before the first round started. I rolled out the high-seed carnage, and then apologized in advance to No. 1 seed Virginia, which was traveling to Charlotte, where I was covering games. I didn’t think the Cavaliers would lose to UMBC — the first 16 seed ever to upend a No. 1 seed — but I figured something bad would happen. And, well, you know that story.Anyway, Charlie’s pissed because I’m pressing pause on the FaganJinx, so he has to find a new strategy this year. This is the first time since 2007 that I’m not covering the NCAA Tournament. I love the big dance, but as the Senior MLB Writer at SN — I can’t even tell you how many exciting things are happening here with that sport, and with our parent company, DAZN — this spring is just too packed with baseball for me to find time for college hoops. I’m going to miss being there in person, but you know I’ll be watching. And it’ll be nice to just watch, I admit. But because people seem to enjoy a good NCAA Tournament upset story, I thought I’d update my FaganJinx story from last year to include the Virginia results — and watching No. 2 seed UNC get dumped by 7 seed Texas A&M in the second round, and 9 seed Florida State upending 4 seed Gonzaga in the Sweet 16.After that opening weekend, I ranked the top 16 #FaganJinx upsets.If you’ll indulge me, some numbers: Strictly going by seeds, I’ve seen 40 upsets live. It feels wrong to call a 5-over-4 or 3-over-2 an upset, though, so let’s dig into the actual call-your-friends upset specials. Double-digit delights I’ve seen 27 games featuring teams seeded Nos. 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15, and those double-digit seeds are 11-16. Think about that. Teams seeded AT LEAST five spots better have only won five more games than they’ve lost when I’ve been there. That’s really pretty crazy, even by lofty NCAA Tournament standards of crazy. Here’s a breakdown: No. 11 seeds are 3-1 when I’m there. The winners …2007: 11 Winthrop over 6 Notre Dame, 74-642010: 11 Washington over 6 Marquette, 80-782017: 11 Xavier over 6 Maryland, 76-65No. 12 seeds are 2-4 when I’m there. The winners …2008: 12 Western Kentucky over 5 Drake, 101-99 (OT)2008: 12 Villanova over 5 Clemson, 75-69No. 13 seeds are 3-3 when I’m there. The winners …2008: 13 San Diego over 4 UConn, 70-69 (OT)2008: 13 Siena over 4 Vanderbilt, 83-612010: 13 Murray State over 4 Vanderbilt, 66-65No. 14 seeds are 1-3 when I’m there. The winner …2013: 14 Harvard over 3 New Mexico, 68-62No. 15 seeds are 2-4 when I’m there. The winners …2012: 15 Lehigh over 2 Duke, 75-702016: 15 Middle Tennessee over 2 Michigan State, 90-81In the history of the NCAA Tournament, only eight No. 15 seeds have knocked off No. 2 seeds, and somehow, I’ve been courtside for two of those upsets. And think about this: There have only been five 10-vs.-15 games, and I’ve seen 40 percent of them: 15 Lehigh vs. 10 Xavier and 15 Middle Tennessee vs. 10 Syracuse. The others: 15 Hampton vs. 10 Georgetown in 2001, 15 Coppin State vs. 10 Texas in 1997, 15 Richmond vs. 10 Temple in 1991.That’s pretty much Holy Grail, once-in-a-life-time stuff for a sports writer, and I’ve somehow seen that 15 seed upset twice. And, yes, it was just as amazing the second time. But not as amazing as …The “real” Holy Grail2018 First Round: 16 UMBC over 1 Virginia, 74-54I wish I had a dollar for every time I thought, “Is this really happening?” from my spot on press row during the second half of this unforgettable game. Virginia, a team that spent the entire season frustrating opposing teams, looked helpless as UMBC point guard K.J. Maura knifed through its defense and as Jarius Lyles torched the Cavaliers for 23 points after halftime. The Retrievers’ energy, confidence and fearlessness was, in a word, intoxicating. As you know, No. 16 UMBC wound up running away from No. 1 Virginia, 74-54, in the most stunning result in NCAA Tournament history. The cynic would say I should be used to seeing amazing things by now. Well, I hope that never happens. I hope I never reach the point in my sportswriting career — or my life, really — where I am not amazed by amazing moments. Yeah, I had a big smile on my face for much of that second half. I have no allegiances or ties to UMBC. As reporters, we don’t root for teams. We root for stories, and the Retrievers were giving us an amazing story.And this was almost my second 16-over-1 story. One of those games ranks up there with my favorite holy-crap-is-this-really-going-to-happen experiences of all time. In 2013, at the same site and on the same day when No. 14 Harvard beat No. 3 New Mexico, 16th-seeded Southern gave top-seeded Gonzaga every single little thing it could handle. That one was tied at 54 with four minutes left before the Zags escaped with a 64-58 win. There was one moment in that game I will never, ever forget.  Final Four magicThe FaganJinx isn’t only about the super high seeds. I’ve seen the start of some unlikely Final Four runs. In 2016, I saw No. 10 seed Syracuse’s first two wins as the Orange made it all the way to the Final Four. I was there when Wichita State kick-started its run to the 2013 title game with an upset of top-seeded Gonzaga as a No. 9 seed. And I was there in 2014 as 8-seed Kentucky leaned into its run to the title game by beating, you guessed it, No. 1 seed Wichita State in what was, honestly, probably the best pure basketball game I have ever seen. And in 2010, I was there for every single Butler game as the fifth-seeded Bulldogs made their magic run to the championship contest. Opening round: 5 Butler over 12 UTEP, 77-59Second round: 5 Butler over 13 Murray State, 54-52Sweet 16: 5 Butler over 1 Syracuse, 63-59Elite Eight: 5 Butler over 2 Kansas State, 63-56Final Four: 5 Butler over 5 Michigan State, 52-50And, I kid you not, from the angle where I was sitting courtside at the title game, Gordon Hayward’s half-court-heave looked good. I remember thinking, as the ball was in the air, “I’m watching the greatest shot in the history of the NCAA Tournament.” I believed it was going in. After all I had seen, how could it not? As you know, it didn’t go in. Oh well. Duke won, 61-59.I have seen seven double-digit seeds reach the Sweet 16. The first year I ever covered an opening weekend devoid of upsets, the second weekend made up for it. I was in San Antonio in 2011 when three double-digit seeds crashed the Sweet 16, and one of those three stunned the nation with a Final Four berth by sending Kansas, which was 35-2, home early.  2011 Sweet 16: 11 VCU over 10 Florida State, 72-712011 Sweet 16: 1 Kansas over 12 Richmond, 77-572011 Elite Eight: 11 VCU over 1 Kansas, 71-61Top-seed turnoverAnd, yeah, now let’s talk about No. 1 seeds I’ve seen live — well, the “other” No. 1 seeds I’ve seen live. Kansas in 2011 was just the beginning. It has not been pretty for those elite squads. I’ve seen five No. 1 seeds on opening weekend: The Virginia debacle, and two others lost in the second round. Here are the second-round results for those four No. 1 seeds … 2012: 1 UNC over 8 Creighton, 87-732013: 9 Wichita State over 1 Gonzaga, 76-702014: 8 Kentucky over 1 Wichita State, 78-762015: 1 Duke over 8 San Diego State, 68-49And the 2015 Duke team was the only one that made it through completely unscathed. See, during the Tar Heels win against Creighton in 2012, sensational UNC point guard Kendall Marshall — who was averaging 9.8 assists — took a nasty spill as he drove to the basket midway through the second half. He stayed in the game, though, so nobody really thought too much of it. But I’ll never forget UNC coach Roy Williams beginning his postgame press conference by stunningly announcing Marshall (who had 18 points and 11 assists in the game) had suffered a broken wrist. The room gasped. For my money, the Tar Heels were college basketball’s best team that year, but Marshall was done. Without the engine that drove the high-tempo baby-blue machine, UNC was knocked out in the Elite Eight. So let’s move on to the No. 1 seeds I’ve seen on the second weekend. I’ve seen eight top seeds play Elite Eight/Sweet 16 games, and the survival percentage gets even worse that the opening weekend. Only three made it through the weekend, five didn’t. And all five that were knocked out were upended by No. 4 seeds or lower.2008 Elite Eight: 1 Memphis over 2 Texas, 85-672009 Elite Eight: 1 UConn over 3 Missouri, 82-752010 Sweet 16: 5 Butler over 1 Syracuse, 63-592011 Elite Eight: 11 VCU over 1 Kansas, 71-612012 Sweet 16: 4 Louisville over 1 Michigan State, 57-442013 Sweet 16: 4 Michigan over 1 Kansas, 87-852014 Sweet 16: 4 Michigan State over 1 Virginia, 61-592015 Elite Eight: 1 Duke over 2 Gonzaga, 66-52To put a bow on the top seeds, I’ve seen 11 No. 1 seeds play during the first two weekends, and only three reached the Final Four. And one of those teams — Duke in 2015 (I saw the Blue Devils in each of their first four games that year) — actually went on to win a national championship. Believe it or not, the numbers get worse — much, much worse — for the No. 2 seeds I have watched in person. I mentioned Lehigh and Middle Tennessee, but those aren’t the only 2 seeds to feel the Fagan Jinx. I’ve seen seven different No. 2 seeds on the opening weekend, and six have been knocked out — twice by 15 seeds, once by a 10 seed, thrice by a 7 seed. 2011: 2 San Diego State over 7 Temple, 71-64 (2OT)2012: 15 Lehigh over 2 Duke, 75-70 (first round)2014: 10 Stanford over 2 Kansas, 60-57 (second round)2015: 7 Michigan State over 2 Virginia, 60-54 (second round)2016: 15 Middle Tennessee over 2 Michigan State, 90-81 (first round)2016: 7 Wisconsin over 2 Xavier, 66-63 (second round)2018: 7 Texas A&M over 2 North Carolina, 86-65 (second round)The Jinx works in strange ways. I’ve seen Xavier three times on the opening weekend. The Musketeers have made the Sweet 16 both times I saw them as double-digit seeds (as a 10 seed in 2012 and as an 11 seed in 2017), but they were upended in the second round the year I saw them as a 2 seed. Xavier made it to the Elite Eight as the 11 seed in 2017. I don’t know, either, folks. I can’t control this thing.Somehow, the fates get worse for No. 2 seeds on the second weekend, even though that’s barely mathematically possible. I’ve seen four No. 2 seeds on the second weekend, and they’ve been knocked out all four times.2008: 1 Memphis over 2 Texas, 85-672009: 3 Missouri over 2 Memphis, 102-912010: 5 Butler over 2 Kansas State, 63-562015: 1 Duke over 2 Gonzaga, 66-52So, total, I’ve seen 11 No. 2 seeds play live during the first two weekends of the tournament. Only one survived the weekend I was there, and San Diego State needed double-overtime to make that happen in 2011. last_img read more

16
Aug
2020

UFC 238: Jessica Eye details agonizing path to first UFC title shot

first_imgHeading into UFC 238, Eye is tasked with beating Shevchenko, who hasn’t been stopped since she suffered her first loss to former UFC women’s title challenger Liz Carmouche in September 2010. When Eye envisions how the fight will go, “Evil” plans on ending that streak convincingly.”My heart tells me it’s going to be a finish,” Eye said gleefully. “It really does. I’ve been here before. I’ve been under those lights. I’m working really hard for that finish.”When I close my eyes,” she continued, “I feel the finish and seeing my hand being raised with that title going around my waist.” Eye (14-6, 1 no contest) came into the UFC for her first fight UFC 166 in October 2013 as one of the best women competitors on the planet after going 10-1 on the regional circuit and a three-fight stint in Bellator. She defeated Sarah Kaufman by split decision, but the result got overturned when the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation announced Eye had tested positive for marijuana. From there, Eye’s career hit the skids from February 2014-September 2016, when she lost five of her next six, including four in a row. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearAfter losing to Bethe Correia by split decision at UFC 203 in September 2016 in Cleveland, which is 54 miles away from her hometown of Rootstown, OH., Eye’s manager informed her that she was getting released. But a telephone conversation with UFC president Dana White changed Eye’s life in the sport and perspective.”It was one of the darkest times of my life,” Eye told Sporting News. “I think that’s the difference between me and other females in the division is that I’ve seen some really dark moments. I’ve struggled with depression. I’ve struggled with self-doubt. I contemplated retirement. Every time the word retirement came out of my mouth, I just wanted to slap it and say, ‘No, this is not how it ends. You have a purpose, and this is what you’ve worked for.’”She added: “I first lost to Miesha [Tate] in Chicago. Then, it just trickled and trickled. Even losing in Cleveland, my hometown, it was gutting to me. I got a really good phone call from Dana. He told me, ‘Hey, Jess, look, I’m not going to cut you, but you need to take some time, get your s—t together and we will talk again soon.’”Eye took 16 months off from the sport and returned in January 2018. During her hiatus, the UFC implemented the flyweight division. The news was music to Eye’s ears. Until she entered the UFC, Eye only fought at 125 pounds and had to move up 10 pounds because the organization didn’t have the weight class.”I was like, ‘That’s it, bets are off,'” Eye said with excitement. “I knew it was going to happen. I knew there was a reason I was still here after all those losses. I was in every one of those fights. I literally fought the best of the best during those times at bantamweight. Those girls were incredible fighters. I just had this overwhelming sense of belief of no matter what, I knew there was something more for me.”I couldn’t give up on that. And I haven’t,” she added. “This is just the beginning. It’s not even been a little over a year that I changed my whole life. I went from being a low-level bantamweight where that no one cared about me to changing my life and fighting for a world title and making money that can potentially set me up for the rest of my life and help it to where I can start a family one day. I never give up on myself.”The 32-year-old took advantage of her new lease on life in her old stomping grounds by winning three consecutive fights over Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark and Katlyn Chookagian. Even though two of those victories came by split decision, Eye called White after beating Chookagian and told him she wanted a crack at the vaunted Shevchenko (16-3), who is regarded as the best women’s fighter at 125 pounds and among the best females in the world. Initially, the UFC offered Shevchenko to Eye for February. She had to decline it due to an injury. The opportunity to win gold didn’t seem meant to be even though Eye felt she put in the hard work mentally and physically. But good things happen to those who wait, and Eye is getting the opportunity she feels she deserves.”I was definitely going to sit in front of Dana’s house until I got my shot,” Eye said. “I felt like I had done everything I could do to get it. But this sport is tricky. I was offered to fight her in February in Prague, but I wasn’t released to compete because I have had a problem where I’d bite through my lip in the last couple fights and knocked a couple of my front teeth loose, so I couldn’t take the fight when they originally asked. The way it sounded, I was going to miss my chance. I was like, ‘Well, if I’m going to miss my chance, I’d rather not go through a camp and have to pull out halfway through because I had an injury.’”Eye added: “They originally told me they were going to find someone else. I understood because that’s how the sports goes. I’ll believe I get the shot when it actually happens. Then they were able to make the fight for Chicago, which is perfect because it would give my teeth some time to heal. I took three fights in 11 months. That was a lot and more than anybody else in the flyweight division.” CHICAGO — Getting the chance to compete for a world championship is something all fighters strive for when they get into mixed martial arts.That road to greatness is easier for some than others. For Jessica Eye, who faces women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of Saturday’s UFC 238, the struggle was real and the path to step inside the Octagon and realize a lifelong dream nearly didn’t come to pass.last_img read more

25
Dec
2019

Sky-high prices leaving homes out of reach for many

first_img With high demand and tight supply, experts say, prices can only go up. More importantly, some experts say, Southern California hasn’t built enough housing to supply the middle-income folks – the firefighters, teachers and $40,000-a-year workers – particularly in the western half of the region. “We can’t build enough houses at the right price for the majority of people,” said Bill Rattazzi, president of John Laing Homes’ LA/Ventura Division. Rattazzi has lost about 10 percent of his workers, among them receptionists and middle managers, who moved out of the region in order to afford their American dream. That concerns Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., who said that continued high home prices could make it difficult for some businesses to relocate to Southern California and for existing employers to recruit qualified workers from outside the area. And, the region could start losing some of its skilled young people, who decide to move to Arizona, Nevada or other states where they can afford to buy a house. “Is there anything being done to solve the problem? The answer is no. We’ve boxed ourselves in. All we can develop is high-end stuff. It’s a real concern,” Kyser said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Some, like Christopher Thornberg, author of a quarterly economic forecast from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, figure Los Angeles is overpriced by 30 percent. People are buying and paying more than they would if they rented the same house because they expect home prices will keep going up. He expects prices to go flat or make a slight decline. Recent homebuyers may not necessarily lose money – they just got 10 years’ worth of appreciation in two years. Others believe Southern California prices will continue to be high as long as home construction does not keep up with population growth in the region. Southern California added 318,014 residents last year, but built only 111,019 new houses and apartments – that’s roughly 6,700 units short of what the region needs, according to the Building Industry Association of California. And Southern California is still lagging from a dramatic decline in home construction in the 1990s. Three-hour commutes, million-dollar tract homes and no-income, interest-only loans – is this the new American dream in Southern California? Back in 2000, real estate experts predicted higher home prices – but nothing like the 10, 20 and even 25 percent annual increases that resulted. In some areas, homes jumped $100,000 in one year. And those ever-increasing prices accelerated the buying frenzy and amplified the sticker shock. “There is this sense that there’s a ship moving out and a lot of people are willing to do a lot to get on it and the people who haven’t gotten on are embittered and waiting and wanting the ship to hit an iceberg,” said Hans P. Johnson with the Public Policy Institute of California. Real estate economists differ on whether Southern California is overpriced and perched atop a bubble – liable to pop or slowly deflate in the near future. last_img read more

21
Dec
2019

Chelsea v Peterborough: Zouma, Terry and Batshuayi play

first_imgKurt Zouma makes his first-team comeback in the FA Cup tie at Stamford Bridge, where John Terry also returns to the Chelsea side.Zouma, fit again after a long-term knee injury, gets the chance to impress, as does summer signing Michy Batshuayi.There are also starting places for Branislav Ivanovic, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, while youngster Ola Aina is among the Blues substitutes and could feature at some stage.Chelsea: Begovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Cahill, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Batshuayi, Willian.Subs: Eduardo, Azpilicueta, Aina, Kante, Moses, Hazard, Costa.Peterborough: McGhee, Smith, Hughes, Bostwick, Tafazolli, Edwards, Forrester, Angol, Maddison, Lopes, Nichols.Subs: Tyler, Taylor, Ball, Inman, Binnom-Williams, Chettle, Samuelson.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

18
Dec
2019

The challenges of managing nitrogen

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the 2016 Ohio AgriBusiness Association Conference, University of Kentucky’s Josh McGrath talked with attendees about the complexities of the competing performance objectives with nitrogen managment.Josh McGrath University Of Kentucky On N Managementlast_img

12
Dec
2019

CineFix Presents a Collection of the Best Visual Effects

first_imgThe film geeks of CineFix shine a light on some of the most interesting, well-executed, and groundbreaking visual effects in cinematic history.Above image from the National Library of New ZealandCineFix has joined forces with Indiewire to drop a new movie list every other Monday. Our favorite videos in the series are the ones that cover the world of visual effects. We rounded up the  videos we liked best – so let the mind melting begin!There’s Just Something About Being PracticalBefore the advent of computers, Hollywood had to build magic by hand, a practice that’s still thriving thanks to movie makers like  Peter Jackson and JJ Abrams. Let’s check out CineFix’s picks for the Top 10 Practical Effects of All Time.All Hail the OGs of CGILet’s fire up the Flux Capacitor, get the DeLorean up to 88mph, and head out to Isla Nublar with Woody and the gang. Here are the Top 10 CGI Moments from Last Century.The Future is NowWe’ve come a long way from the wire and foam model of King Kong back in 1933. We’ve flown through a stargate and traveled to a galaxy far, far away. Then came the real 2001 and the cutting edge got even sharper. You’ll see what we mean in CineFix’s Top 10 VFX Innovations of the 21st Century.Number One with a Bullet TimeSlow motion and film go together like Zach Snyder and comic book adaptations. Whether we’re watching stuff blow up or some intense Kung Fu action, everything looks cooler when it’s slowed down. With that in mind, here are CineFix’s Top 10 Slow-Mo Moments of All Time.Kiss and MakeupMakeup effects are incredibly powerful. Who didn’t love Sloth’s ugly mug – even though you were a little scared of him at first. For our final video, here’s Cinefix’s Top 10 Makeup Transformations of All Time.What are your thoughts on these videos? Do you agree with the films they mentioned? What’s missing? Give us your list in the comments below.last_img read more

30
Nov
2019

Olympics: US interested in Winter Games bid

first_imgUSOC Chairman Larry Probst (Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images/AFP)Los Angeles — The US Olympic Committee wants to bid for the Winter Olympics, but is still mulling whether it would be better to seek the 2026 or 2030 Games.“I put a stake in the ground that we are interested in hosting the Winter Games,” USOC chairman Larry Probst told reporters on Friday as he discussed talks at the USOC Assembly in Colorado Springs, Colorado.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next “Ideally, that’s probably 2030, so that there’s no confusion with preparations for 2028,” Probst added, referring to the Summer Games awarded to Los Angeles.The United States last hosted the Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUSOC board members discussed the pros and cons of possible 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympic bids on Friday, Probst said, adding that officials still need more information from the International Olympic Committee on the bidding process.Probst said the USOC wants to be part of the discussion if the IOC decides to award the 2026 and 2030 Olympics in one vote — as it did last month in choosing Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The 2018 Winter Games start in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Summer Games of 2020 will be held in Tokyo. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pirates still peerless LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In that case, the USOC could be interested in entering the next round of bidding.If so, they would need to select a bid city by next March, Probst said.Salt Lake City, Denver, Reno-Tahoe on Nevada’s border with California and other cities have expressed interest.“We really need more discussions with the IOC to understand their process and timing before we determine what our process is going to be,” USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said.Probst said he has interpreted remarks from IOC president Thomas Bach about selecting a “more traditional” venue for the Winter Games as an indication that he wants them held in Europe or North America.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READlast_img read more

07
Nov
2019

NATIONAL 18’S CHAMPIONSHIPS MATCH RESULTS

first_imgROUND GAME RESULTS* Please note this is not the official record, please visit the Sporting Pulse website for official resultsDay One Wednesday 13/9/069.00amWomen’s Pool B R.1: QSST (8) def SunCoast (2)Women’s Pool A R.1: NSWCHS (10) def NQ (1)Women’s Pool B R.1: Cobras (5) def Eagles (2)Women’s Pool C R.1: Suns (6) def NSWCCC (4)9.50amWomen’s Pool A R.1: Scorpions (1) drew with Mets (1)Women’s Pool A R.1: CQ (4) def Tasmania (3)Women’s Pool B R.1: NSWCIS (10) def Crusaders (0)Women’s Pool C R.1: SQBD (8) def ACT (1)11.00amOpening Ceremony11.50amMen’s Pool C R.1: Suncoast (6) def SQBD (2)Women’s Pool C R.1: Hornets (6) def Rebels (1)Men’s Pool C R.1: Cobras (8) def SWQ (1)Men’s Pool A R.1: CQ (7) def Scorpions (1)12.40pmMen’s Pool A R.1: Suns (6) drew with Hornets (6)Men’s Pool A R.1: NSWCCC (12) def Crusaders (1)Men’s Pool C R.1: Mets (20) def NT (1)Men’s Pool B R.1: QSST (14) def NSWCIS (2)1.30pmWomen’s Pool A R.2: NSWCHS (10) def CQ (2)Men’s Pool B R.1: NSWCHS (10) def Eagles (6)Men’s Pool B R.1: NQ (12) def ACT (3)Women’s Pool B R.2: Suncoast (10) def Eagles (2)2.20pmWomen’s Pool C R.2: NSWCCC (14) def NT (3)Women’s Pool B R.2: Cobras (10) def Crusaders (1)Women’s Pool A R.2: NQ (9) def Scorpions (2)Women’s Pool A R.2: Mets (5) def Tasmania (3)3.10pmWomen’s Pool B R.2: QSST (10) def NSWCIS (1)Women’s Pool C R.2: SQBD (6) def Hornets (3)Women’s Pool C R.2: Suns (14) def ACT (0)Men’s Pool C R.2: SQBD (3) drew with Tasmania (3)4.00pmMen’s Pool A R.2: Hornets (13) def Crusaders (3)Men’s Pool A R.2: NSWCCC (4) def Scorpions (2)Men’s Pool A R.2: Suns (9) def CQ (3)Men’s Pool C R.2: Mets (13) def SWQ (3)4.50pmMen’s Pool B R.2: NSWCHS (6) def QSST (5)Men’s Pool B R.2: NQ (6) def NSWCIS (3)Men’s Pool B R.2: ACT (8) def Eagles (6)Men’s Pool C R.2: Suncoast (4) def Cobras (2)Day Two Thursday 14/9/069.00amMen’s Pool B R.3: NSWCHS (6) def ACT (2)Men’s Pool C R.3: Mets (3) def SunCoast (1)Men’s Pool B R.3: QSST (5) def NQ (2)9.50amMen’s Pool C R.3: Cobras (6) def SQBD (1)Men’s Pool B R.3: Eagles (11) def NSWCIS (3)Men’s Pool C R.3: NT (8) def Tasmania (1)Women’s Pool A R.3: Mets (5) def CQ (3)10.40amWomen’s Pool A R.3: NQ (13) def Tasmania (1)Women’s Pool C R.3: Suns (12) def Hornets (2)Women’s Pool B R.3: Suncoast (10) def Crusaders (0)Women’s Pool A R.3: NSWCHS (10) def Scorpions (0)11.30amWomen’s Pool C R.3: NSWCCC (8) def ACT (1)Women’s Pool B R.3: QSST (11) def Eagles (1)Women’s Pool C R.3: Rebels (8) def NT (3)Women’s Pool B R.3: Cobras (6) def NSWCIS (5)12.20pmMen’s Pool A R.3: Suns (19) def Crusaders (1)Men’s Pool B R.4: ACT (9) def NSWCIS (3)Men’s Pool C R.4: SWQ (7) def SQBD (4)1.10pmMen’s Pool C R.4: Suncoast (8) def NT (1)Men’s Pool A R.3: Hornets (9) def Scorpions (1)Men’s Pool B R.4: QSST (8) def Eagles (2)2.00pmMen’s Pool B R.4: NSWCHS (12) def NQ (4)Men’s Pool C R.4: Cobras (12) def Tasmania (5)Men’s Pool A R.3: NSWCCC (6) def CQ (4)2.50pmWomen’s Pool A R.4: NSWCHS (11) def Mets (1)Women’s Pool C R.4: Suns (11) def Rebels (0)Women’s Pool B R.4: Eagles (11) def Crusaders (0)3.40pmWomen’s Pool B R.4: QSST (10) def Cobras (0)Women’s Pool C R.4: ACT (6) def NT (4)Women’s Pool A R.4: Scorpions (8) def Tasmania (2)4.30pmWomen’s Pool C R.4: SQBD (8) def NSWCCC (3)Women’s Pool B R.4: Suncoast (5) def NSWCIS (3)Women’s Pool A R.4: NQ (6) def CQ (3)5.20pmMen’s Pool A R.4: Suns (9) def NSWCCC (6)Men’s Pool C R.5: Suncoast (9) def Tasmania (1)Men’s Pool A R.4: Scorpions (6) def Crusaders (3)6.10pmMen’s Pool C R.5: Mets (10) def SQBD (1)Men’s Pool A R.4: CQ (7) def Hornets (6)Men’s Pool C R.5: SWQ (3) drew with NT (3)7.00pmWomen’s Pool C R.5: Suns (8) def NT (1)Women’s Pool C R.5: SQBD (4) def Rebels (0)Women’s Pool C R.5: NSWCCC (2) def Hornets (1)Day Three Friday 15/9/069.00amMen’s Pool C R.6: SWQ (9) def Tasmania (2)Men’s Pool C R.6: SQBD (7) def NT (3)Men’s Pool C R.6: Mets (11) def Cobras (0)9.50amWomen’s Pool C R.6: SQBD (9) def NT (1)Women’s Pool C R.6: Hornets (5) def ACT (2)Women’s Pool C R.6: NSWCCC (10) def Rebels (5)10.40amMen’s Pool B R.5: QSST (10) def ACT (1)Men’s Pool B R.5: NSWCHS (11) def NSWCIS (4)Men’s Pool A R.5: Suns (6) def Scorpions (2)11.30amMen’s Pool A R.5: NSWCCC (6) def Hornets (3)Men’s Pool A R.5: CQ (7) def Crusaders (2)Men’s Pool B R.5: NQ (5) def Eagles (2)Men’s Pool C R.7: Mets (14) def Tasmania (1)12.20pmWomen’s Pool B R.5: QSST  (19) def Crusaders (2)Women’s Pool B R.5: NSWCIS (8) def Eagles (4)Women’s Pool C R.7: Rebels (4) def ACT (2)Men’s Pool C R.7: Cobras (8) def NT (1)Men’s Pool C R.7: Suncoast (15) def SWQ (4)1.10pmWomen’s Pool A R.5: NSWCHS (15) def Tasmania (0)Women’s Pool A R.5: Scorpions (8) def CQ (3)Women’s Pool C R.7: Suns (4) drew with SQBD (4)2.00pmWomen’s Pool C R.7: Hornets (5) def NT (1)Women’s Pool B R.5: Cobras (8) def Suncoast (4)Women’s Pool A R.5: NQ (8) def Mets (7)FOR ALL THE LATEST NEWS AND STORIES:www.austouch.com.au has all the latest news and stories, as well as a photo gallery and match reports.FOR ALL THE LATEST DRAWS AND RESULTS:The SportingPulse has the draws, results and touchdown scorers for all matches and can be accessed using the following linkNATIONAL 18 YEARS AND UNDER CHAMPIONSHIPS DRAW AND RESULTSlast_img read more