A collection of thoughts on the Tyreek Hill saga

first_imgThe Tyreek Hill 10-day narrative is a sobering reminder of how much a life (any of our lives, really) can change in such a small amount of time.Hill spent, what, 20 years constructing a career that pointed towards a inconceivably-prosperous life for himself and then probably 20 seconds burning it all to the ground.There are so many angles to this story that I don’t know which to tackle first but the foremost to me is this:I’m glad it happened inasmuch as it means the girl who Tyreek attacked won’t have to endure something she said had been ongoing for a while.There was some positing on Twitter that she would “wake up from her confusion” and realize that Tyreek was her (and her baby’s) meal ticket (as if eating is more important than living) and the whole thing would go away.But she didn’t and it didn’t and for that I’m thankful that she was brave enough to present it to the authorities. That’s a good (and not totally common) thing in 2014.Here are a few more thoughts on the entire thing followed by a chronological list of the events that unfolded last Thursday and Friday.Thoughts:• Tyreek playing the race card is interesting considering (and this is not a difficult thing to figure out if you can navigate the Internet at all) his girlfriend does not appear to be white.• When you put it like that….Oklahoma State running back Tyreek Hill has been arrested for strangling his pregnant girlfriend: http://t.co/bureRJHQJo— Brian Phillips (@runofplay) December 12, 2014• Not sure about you guys but my biggest “oh sh**” moment was reading that she was eight weeks pregnant. Not that it makes it any better if she isn’t but it certainly makes it worse that she is.• Related: It doesn’t take a wild imagination to put “punch in the stomach” and “8 weeks pregnant” together as a grotesquely married duo.• This is not a thing I would tweet shortly after being arrested for overpowering another human being:Just got to be strong— Ty Hill (@cheetah) December 13, 2014• Here’s something I wrote about heroes back in August. Feels like a good time to dust it off and put it back out there.• The series of events of the last 10 days are staggering, really. The sentiment Friday night before Bedlam among the more delusional, I admit, was “Gundy might be coaching for his job.” Now? “Gundy runs Stillwater, man.”• Along those lines…has any single player ever provided his head coach more PR goodwill along such a lengthy scale of achievement than Tyreek for Gundy over the last 10 days?• There was sliver of me that (the entire time this was unfolding) thought “what if he’s innocent?” but the fact that I still haven’t heard Tyreek deny any of this coupled with him playing the race card and the girl’s testimony and physical evidence is all pretty damning even if, in a court of law he is acquitted.• All in all I thought it was handled very professionally by Gundy, the university and everyone involved. Swift, decisive and zero doubt on where anyone stands.• Between this, Devon Thomas and Ronald Jones the over/under for Rennie Childs carries in 2015 is 9 million point five.• I’m not sure if Tyreek played in OT in Norman (he probably did) but that had to have been the greatest last play of a career in Oklahoma State history, right?• Speaking of history — would you rather have the last three years of Prentiss’ career back, last 1.75 of Dez’s or last year of Tyreek’s?• I love this podcast with Reihan Salam where he talks about sports in America:“[] says that one of the reasons he finds sports so compelling is that professional sports is how Americans talk about commerce, race, power — it’s how they talk about so many things.”I realize that thought has huge implications but I think (and hope) it applies here.• I thought Robert Allen[1. First time Reihan Salam and Robert Allen have ever or will ever be mentioned in the same blog post. Ever.] said all of this pretty eloquently here:“Tyreek Hill will get his day in court, but his privilege of being a Cowboy football player has been taken away. It’s sad, but there was too much evidence that put that in question Thursday night in that emergency room.”Here’s a together a chronological collection of everything you missed at the end of last week:1. Tyreek Hill arrested2. Tyreek Hill’s girlfriend was pregnant3. It appears Tyreek initially played the race card4. Tyreek’s bail set at $15,0005. The Tyreek narrative keeps getting worse6. Tyreek Hill dismissed from the OSU football teamTotally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Despite Conviction Jerry Sandusky Still Insisting Hes Innocent

Convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky maintains he is innocent of all charges and remains determined to clear his name, insisting he has always been faithful to his wife, Dottie, his defense lawyer said.Sandusky, the 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach, was convicted Friday on 45 counts of child sex abuse charges in a case that reverberated college football for the graphic nature of the victims’ testimony.Sandusky has been confined to jail since then to await sentencing, while his attorneys vow to appeal the verdict.Sandusky faces a maximum penalty of more than 400 years in prison when he is sentenced.“He would like to be exonerated,” Sandusky attorney Karl Rominger said Monday after visiting his client in a Pennsylvania jail.“The main reason is he wants the public to know he’s not guilty, but the most important reason is he wants to maintain his innocence for his family’s sake,” Rominger told Reuters. “He really feels that (the conviction) is an insult to his wife, who he has loved and been faithful to all these years.”Dottie Sandusky posted bail for her husband when he was arrested last fall, accompanied him to court and testified on his behalf.Victims testified that some of the sexual abuse took place in the Sandusky home, but Dottie Sandusky testified that she never saw or heard any inappropriate conduct between her husband and the young boys who came over to the house.Sandusky’s attorneys have said they plan to appeal on a number of grounds, including their assertion that they lacked adequate time to prepare for the case, and because prosecutors were allowed to present as evidence an inaccurate version of a television interview Sandusky gave to NBC News before the trial.Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly said on Monday that contrary to issues raised by the defense, the former coach received a fair trial and prosecutors expect to prevail on any appeal.“As far as the timing, the judge made it clear from the beginning to all the parties that he intended to move this case along quickly,” Kelly said on CNN.“We were anxious to have this case brought to a conclusion so that the defendant who was not in custody during the process … so we could move to have his bond revoked.”Rominger also said Sandusky was not suicidal and is anxious for a psychiatric evaluation to determine him mentally healthy enough to receive visits from family and friends. read more

New interferometer could simplify materials research

first_img Explore further “We can get an interferometer that is more in line with classical visual optics,” Snigirev says. An interferometer works when beams of light are sent through slits or lenses, and patterns are detected against a background on the other side. The patterns reveal information about the object of study. “Our technique is sensitive enough for diagnostics and accurate measurements, and is more stable and easier to set up than using crystals.” Information on the work done by Snigirev and his colleagues is found in Physical Review Letters: “X-Ray Nanointerferometer Based on Si Refractive Bilenses.”Using electron beam lithography, the lenses used by Snigirev and his peers were created by a process of deep reactive-ion etching into silicon. “We prepared concave lenses, and put them in a row. This inline approach increases the refraction power,” Snigirev explains. “Varying the number of individual lenses it is possible to focus x-rays at different distances from meter to milimeter focus distance and use this technique for nano-focusing.”Rather than relying on double slit-type interferomter, which is difficult to accomplish and because of low resolution and loss of intensity, this team relied more on an interferometer related to the Billet split lens. In this classical optics technique, a lens is cut along the optic axis. This still allows for interference to be measured, but the intensity remains high, and the resolution is better.Snigirev points out that one of the advantages of this system is that it is tunable. . “You can tune this ‘nanoruler’ system easily by changing x-ray energy or by moving objects along the optical axis.” Another advantage of the system is in the silicon construction of the lenses. “Silicon is very stable,” Snigirev explains. “It can also take a high heat load, as from a beam. In this case we are using x-rays, but it could be used for future X-ray Free-Electron laser projects.”Indeed, the possible future applications of this interferometer set up have promise. “This could be very attractive for materials research,” Snigirev insists. “It would allow us a better look at photonic and colloidal crystals, multilayer structures, as well as other natural and synthetic mesoscopic materials”.“Interferometry is used a great deal right now, and it could be improved for research into materials and also for other purposes. It is a very important technique,” Snigirev continues. “However, as it is done now it can be difficult to implement. Our approach is simpler, and it could really help in the development of future applications and materials development.”More Information: A. Snigirev, et. al., “X-Ray Nanointerferometer Based on Si Refractive Bilenses,” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.064801. Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Fabricating 3D Photonic Crystalscenter_img Citation: New interferometer could simplify materials research (2009, August 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-interferometer-materials.html (PhysOrg.com) — “Most current hard x-ray interferometers are based on crystals, which require their high quality and high mechanical stability,” Anatoly Snigirev tells PhysOrg.com. “This can make x-ray interferometry quite limited. What we have done is develop a different set up that is simpler.” Snigirev is a scientist at ESRF in Grenoble France. Along with scientists at the Russian Kurchatov Research Center in Moscow, and at IMT RAS in Chernogolovka, Russia, Snigirev proposes that refractive bilenses made from silicon can be used in place of crystals.last_img read more