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The Anatomy of a Perfect Holiday Board – D Magazine

Posted: December 6, 2019 at 10:46 pm

A well-composed holiday board can set the stage for main-course merriment. But the at-your-leisure crowd favorite can be a bit intimidating to piece together just right. We sat down with Olivia Genthe owner of Uptowns caf and charcuterie board concept, Fount Board and Table, set to open in mid-December to gather expert advice on curating an impressive and inviting holiday board this season.

Here are her five essentials to help you build a better board.

When it comes to choosing cheese, Genthe suggests opting for a salty and creamy triple cream over classic holiday brie. For a little seasonal flair, spruce-wrapped goat cheese is among her go-tos, while a hard, smoked bleu cheese can offer guests with texture and taste aversions an easy way to enjoy.

Be sure to include cracker, protein, and spread options that guests with dietary restrictions can enjoy. I try to make sure that we have a dairy dip, a non-dairy dip, and a vegan or plant-based thing thats different, Genthe says. Sweet potato crackers are among her gluten-free go-tos, and she suggests bresaola beef as an alternative to classic pork pairings.

Genthe recommends investing in a high-quality, cultured butter that can be served simply or as a complement to other board ingredients. German and Italian butters are her favorites as they provide a creamy texture and subtle flavor that many guests mistake for a cheese option.

Choose herbal garnishes that will complement your boards flavors not overtake them. Be mindful of the stuff that you put physically next to the food, Genthe says. Though spruce, pine, and rosemary can add seasonal scents and visual interest to your boards, they can overpower the flavors in the foods they touch. Genthe recommends selecting a seeded, silver dollar, or willow eucalyptus from Central Market instead.

Genthe advises choosing one item to place on your board that tells your story or lets a particular guest know you are thinking of them. This can be a fruit that brings back memories of your late grandfather, a mustard from your hometown, or even your favorite flower. Its to celebrate each other and who and where you come from, Genthe says.

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Anatomy of a search: As rescue workers search for missing boaters near Oregon, they’re also trying to find closure –

Posted: December 6, 2019 at 10:46 pm

Anatomy of a search: As rescue workers search for missing boaters near Oregon, they're also trying to find closure

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Anatomy gym to open in Coconut Grove – The Real Deal

Posted: December 6, 2019 at 10:46 pm

Rendering of Regatta Harbour

Luxury gym concept Anatomy will open in Coconut Grove next year.

Anatomy inked a lease for 14,500 square feet at Regatta Harbour, The Real Deal has learned. Treo Group is developing the mixed-use project at 3385 Pan American Drive. Anatomy will be located in ground-floor retail space on the south side of the development.

Anatomy has two other locations in the area: one near Midtown Miami at 3415 Northeast Second Avenue in Miami, and another at 1220 20th Street in Miami Beach.

Arquitectonica is designing Regatta Harbour, which spans 9.5 acres of land along the bayfront in the Grove. The project will have more than 100,000 square feet of retail and chef-driven restaurants, including Top Chef winner Jeremy Fords boat-to-table concept called Afishonado.

Anatomy will open at the project in 2020. The first phase of Regatta Harbour, a $5.5 million renovation of the former Grove Key Marina, was completed in February. It includes dry storage for more than 400 boats, new launch points and boat lifts, floating docks and a new fueling station.

The developers plan to restore and renovate old airplane hangars that were used in the early 1900s as the first Naval air station in the continental U.S. One hangar will be converted to marina storage and the other 20,000-square-foot hangar will likely become a gourmet food hall.

Lyle Stern and Sara Wolfe of Koniver Stern Group are handling the commercial leasing.

Treo secured approval for the 50-year lease, plus two options, from the Miami City Commission in 2013. Treo is currently paying the minimum $1.4 million in annual rent, but that will change once a parking garage built by the citys parking authority is completed.

Treo, led by Eduardo Garcia and Otto Boudet-Murias, financed construction with a $33 million loan from FirstBank Florida it closed on in 2018.

Regatta Harbour is across the street from Terras Grove at Grand Bay condo development and Terra and the Related Groups Park Grove project.

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Greys Anatomy Contributed To Public Awareness Of Sexual Assault Report – Deadline

Posted: December 6, 2019 at 10:46 pm

An Oklahoma State University study has concluded that an episode of ABCs Greys Anatomy medical drama contributed to heightened public awareness of sexual assault.

The study,published in the journalJAMA Internal Medicine earlier this month, claimed that the March episode, Silent All These Years,helped raise the profile of the group RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network). A key was the call-out by series star Ellen Pompeo at the end of the episode, encouraging victims to call the organizations hotline.

The OKU research found that searches for the terms RAINN spiked by 41 percent and rape by 8 percent following the episodes airing. On Twitter, tweets with sexual assault hotline and RAINN increased by more than 1,000 percent. Beyond social media, calls to RAINN increased by 43 percent in the 48 hours after the episode, the organization claimed.

In the episode, a patient named Abby (played by Khalilah Joi) was sexually assaulted, but reluctant to report the crime because she feared not being believed.

Abby was eventually convinced to undergo a sex assault forensic exam. As Abby is wheeled into surgery to fix a tear in her diaphragm, all the female hospital employees line the hallway to the OR, shielding a skittish Abby from males.

Watch the video of that clip above.

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‘The feeling I had after that game was heartbreaking’ – The anatomy of a Leinster final shock –

Posted: December 6, 2019 at 10:46 pm

Mid-December, and seemingly mid-apocalypse, it was, as Crokes forward Mick OKeeffe told the AIB-sponsored 'Club Chronicles' mini-documentary about the saga, "like the trenches in the Battle of the Somme".

Magee, writhing in the mud, was simultaneously immobilised by agony and unable to lie still such was the excruciating cold.

When he finally rose, the distinctive purple and gold of Crokes was barely visible under the quilt of muck and earth on his jersey. After 60 torturous minutes, the score stood at 0-7 to 0-7.

It being a replay, match regulations stipulated extra-time.

ire gs frenzied pursuit of their equalising point had drained every last droplet of energy from the team, though. So Joe Murphy, one of their players and the current manager of the Carlow club, approached referee Brian White.

"I knew we were spent at that stage," he admitted in the film. "Extra-time wasnt going to suit us. So I went over to Brian and I said: 'look Brian, my eyesight is very, very bad. Its going to become a health and safety issue if we play extra-time. I can barely see now. If something happens, someone is going to have to be held responsible.' It was sort of a bluff, just to see if we could do anything.

"But I think Brian had enough of the day as well. He was freezing as well. So he said 'OK, well go to a third game'.

That game was played on January 31, 1999 in Newbridge, the same venue as the first draw.

Ten minutes in, ire g were 1-5 to 0-1 up. Their goal was scored by Willie Quinlan, who missed the second match after having two of his ribs broken in the first game after a collision he wrongly suspected had involved Magee.

In the end, ire g won by three.

The result devastated Magee, who had invested heavily in trying to win a second provincial title for his club after his grandfather passed away during the saga.

"I was trying to do it for my Mam, my father and my family," he reflected tearily all of 20 years later.

"The feeling I had after that game was heartbreaking. You put your whole life on hold."

The story of that game was retold as a classic of the club fairy tale genre, the small side overcoming disadvantages of population and size to knobble the big one.

Yet the histories of the two clubs at the time made a fallacy of the easy clich.

"That was their fifth Leinster title in seven years," as Magee points out now. "And yet, for some reason, we were heavy favourites."

It wouldnt be the last time Magee found himself in the role of vanquished Goliath in a Leinster club final.

Last year he was joint-manager of Crokes when they were beaten by Mullinalaghta, the half-parish on the Longford/Cavan border who became the first club from Longford to compete in a Leinster final.

The GAA nation rejoiced. Size didnt matter after all.

Heart. Pride. Parish.

These were celebrated as forces far stronger than the benefits of numbers and facilities.

The Friday after the final, the Mullinalaghta squad made an appearance on The Late Late Show.

"That was pretty hard," Magee admits now.

"Like, Mullinalaghta didnt have the monopoly on heart and desire and the sense of parish.

"Thats not why they beat us. They beat us because they played better in the final and fair play to them.

"Stillorgan is seen as this big, populated area and yeah, our membership has shot through the roof. But were still proud of our parish, even though its a bigger one.

"Any time weve won a county championship and you go on in Leinster theres such a buzz and a vibe around the club.

"It brings everyone together and its a special thing to be part of. Thats the very same for a big, Dublin club as it is for a small rural one."

The anatomy of a Leinster club final shock is one Magee has studied in painful depth.

For a start, size is over-rated. Club success is about the blend of the people in your squad at the relevant moments, not the number of quality of players who dont make it.

"Peoples perception of club football is always coloured by their perception of inter-county football," he stresses.

Magee has won and lost in Leinster and he is convinced the intricacies of winter football are too unpredictable to negotiate without fortune and favour.

Late in the first game against ire g in 1998, Ray Cosgrove bent a shot from under the stand in St Conleths Park towards the town end goal.

To most people in Newbridge that day, the curve of his kick had lured it comfortably inside the post, although the umpire waved for a wide.

Last year, as Magee recalls, Crokes conceded a penalty in the last minute to Mullinalaghta.

Paul Mannion had blazed a scorching trail through the Dublin and Leinster championships but a hamstring injury finally caught up with him.

Ditto Cian OSullivan.

And the extreme elements under which these games are played form the perfect conditions for a surprise.

"Club football in December is completely different to club football even at the end of October," Magee reckons.

"The ground is different.

"You cant recover from making a mistake in winter football the way you can in summer football because of the conditions.

"Winter football is a huge leveller when it comes to pace around the field."

Experience is a strong currency.

Last year was Crokes' first Dublin SFC title in eight years and their turnover of players was such that only a handful had been part of their last Leinster campaign.

Mullinalaghta had completed a three-in-a-row of Longford titles and their graph in Leinster was pointing skyward after two competitive winters.

It stood to them against Crokes.

As the possibility of one of the shocks of the GAA season rose with each wasted Crokes possession and each turnover Mullinalaghta forced, the Longford side seemed to cling ever more tightly to their script while the Dublin team forgot theirs.

"We went away a bit from the game plan, which happens when youre under pressure and you dont have that sort of experience," Magee says. "We invited trouble on to ourselves and we got punished for it.

"But they were a much more experienced side than we were. The same with ire g.

"They would have much more recent experience going into the Leinster championship than Ballyboden."

On Sunday, ire g compete in their first Leinster final since beating Kilmacud Crokes on the last day of January, 1999.

They play a Ballyboden St Endas team who have made a habit this year of starting games slowly and finishing like a bullet train.

For all the Firhouse teams expected presence in Portlaoise as soon as they won Dublin, ire g are have been edging back to a provincial final these past three years.

And given how vivid their memory of their golden years is, theyll have envisaged the possibility of being kings of Leinster again as soon as they won Carlow.

Other than St Vincents and Portlaoise (seven each), no team has as many Leinster titles as ire g, and no-one in the competitions history has had such a concentration of success as they had in those seven years in the nineties.

In an organisation as obsessed with tradition as the GAA, that can have a deep effect on a teams mindset.

Sen Gannon, one of their key men this year, said as much last week.

"Youd have to have this goal in your sights. Its attainable. Its achievable," he stressed.

"It probably comes from the history of the club and the success in the ninetieswere confident people."

As their manager, Joe Murphy prophetically predicted at the start of this year when he contributed to the AIB video about ire gs last great triumph.

"This club is always chasing.that chase will always remain."

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Wisconsin football: Is there hope for a Badgers win over Ohio State? – Bucky’s 5th Quarter

Posted: December 6, 2019 at 10:46 pm

Well, your B1G West champion No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (10-2 overall, 7-2 B1G) take on the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0 overall, 9-0 B1G) tomorrow in the B1G championship game.

The Badgers are pretty serious underdogs here, as the Buckeyes are about 16.5 point favorites. If Wisconsin pulls off the upset, this could very well be the biggest victory in program history.

Lets take a look at some of the common aspects of big upsets and how the Badgers may or may not be up to the task.

Before we get into the details, lets talk about how people are feeling heading into this one. Before the first Ohio State game and earlier this week, I posted a twitter poll, which of course is known for scientific accuracy.

Anyways, the tool was consistent from six weeks ago to now, so it is interesting to compare the poll results. We asked the same question both times with the same options: How are #Badgers fans feeling about Saturdays football game against OSU? Optimism - Apathy - Dread - Other. And, here are the results.

A quick Chi-Squared test confirms (p-value = .001) that this data suggests fan sentiment has shifted in the last month and a half. However, this shift has been rather small. Folks seem to be slightly more apathetic, less optimistic and are not dreading this game quite as much, but the ordinal ranking of the responses remain the same.

You can run through the twitter replies yourself, but here are a few highlights from our followers written responses to the poll:

Wisconsin is in a really strange spot. It has definitely earned a spot in the top 10, but absolutely nobody outside of Wisconsin is giving the Badgers a chance. The gap between Wisconsin and Ohio State is not as big as the gap between Virginia and Clemson, but both games appear impossible on paper.

Alright, so if Wisconsin is going to pull this thing off, what is it going to need to do? Well, Im done with grad school now, so why not start off with a literature review because I have not been punished enough.

I dont know why I thought the anatomy of an upset was clever, but when I googled it, I found hundreds of articles.

Im unique, just like everyone else.

After wading through a ton of nonsense, I found four resources that did a nice job talking about what has to go right for an underdog to win.

College Football Nerds bring this up all the time on their channel (although they are not alone in these resources). They point out a common mistake coaches make: trying to keep the game close.

Warning: paragraph about chess incoming.

This is the exact same thing in chess. The clearer the game is, the stronger player knows how to play you. Weaker chess players often try to play conservatively to avoid big mistakes, but instead the stronger player makes small improvements over forty moves and ends up with an insurmountable advantage. The one time I beat a Grandmaster, it was because I played an aggressive opening and keep the game dynamic. My position was worse, but I gave the GM opportunities to make mistakes.

We are done talking about chess now.

This is the key here: you have to give the other team opportunities to make mistakes. If you curl up into a ball, you may keep the game artificially close, but you will never have a chance to actually score more points. If you play ultra-aggressive, youll tend to lose by more points, but one out of ten times the stars will align and you will find an edge.

College Football Nerds assessed the October 26 meeting between Wisconsin and Ohio State as an overly-passive strategy, saying that Wisconsin relied on Jonathan Taylor too much and died a death by a thousand cuts. They also noticed that Taylor ran the ball more than Coan threw it against Ohio State. Further, they contrasted that with the Minnesota game when Coan threw the ball more than Taylor ran it.

My colleague Tyler Hunt thinks that Wisconsin will indeed be more aggressive this time around:

In this game, I expect the Badgers to continue with the aggressive to give themselves a shot. Punts and field goals arent going to win this game, so when the opportunity calls, take your shots.

I want to believe this, I really do. However, I perceive that Paul Chryst gets most aggressive against teams like Michigan and Minnesota that are closer in ability to Wisconsin, and he becomes more passive against teams like Illinois, Northwestern and Ohio State. Basically, I perceive Chryst coaching more aggressively against teams within one standard deviation of the Badgers and less aggressive against teams further away from Wisconsin in ability for better or worse.

Further, Chryst might decide that Wisconsins best realistic outcome is a Rose Bowl. In this case, he might try to just shorten the game and keep it close. Hunt noted this as well:

Sure Wisconsin can try to keep it close to back into a Rose Bowl, or they can be aggressive and let the chips fall where they may. I fully expect the Badgers to do the latter, and I cannot wait to see it. Shock the world boys.

Im not as optimistic that Wisconsin will go all-out, but I sure hope Tyler is right. We will know early on what kind of game this is.

I am not the expert in this, or else I would be making hundreds of thousands a year as an offensive coordinator. However, I will try ton take a stab at this.

I think the key mismatch is finding ways to get Taylor the ball out in space, preferably with one-on-one coverage by a linebacker. Its clear that Wisconsin has struggled to get Taylor into these situations out of conventional run plays, so Chryst will need to use Taylor in some new packages.

Lets go off the wall here. How about Wisconsin running spread looks out of the 22 personnel with Taylor lined out wide and maybe Mason Stokke, Nakia Watson or Garret Groshek in the backfield? Or, how about 11 personnel that lines up five wide?

Feel free to comment how these are stupid ideas, but I think its this type of thinking that could produce a successful game if it is filtered through a smarter schematic mind than mine.

In Football Study Halls series on anatomy of an upset, Bill Connelly looked at two big upsets form 2007: Appalachian States victory over Michigan and UL-Monroes victory over Alabama. Additionally, Ian Boyd added a piece to the series on Houstons 2016 upset win over Oklahoma.

The key thing to learn about these posts is each game went quite differently. For some turnovers were key, for some it wasnt. For some total yardage was important, for some it wasnt. And so on, and so on.

However, each of these upsets featured consistent success by the underdog in obvious passing situations.

Thats it. Success on obvious passing situations is important.

Moving on.

Ohio State is going to out-gain Wisconsin. If Wisconsin gains 150 yards in a quarter, you want that 150 yards to be mostly spread between few significant plays instead of being sprinkled over five 30-yard drives that end in punts or field goals.

Further, turnovers can neutralize Ohio States offensive production. A fifty yard drive becomes a thought experiment when it ends in a fumble.

You probably knew this, but turnovers and explosive plays are important.

Again, Ohio State is going to out-gain Wisconsin. When Ohio State makes it into the red zone, Wisconsin has to force several field goals.

Ohio State averages 4.8 red zone scoring attempts each game. Ohio State is the second best team in the country in terms of red zone touchdown percentage at 86%. That means, on average Ohio State scores 30.91 red zone points per game.

This is an easy stat to turn aroundit only takes a handful of successful defensive plays to change Ohio States effective red zone touchdown percentage.

First, Wisconsin needs to not allow any scores without Ohio State coming through the red zone. Next, it needs to cut Ohio States red zone touchdown percentage from 86% to about 25%. While the percentage drop is significant, that is only three more red zone stops over the course of a game. That is difficult yet achievable.

Assume Ohio State makes it into the red zone five times against Wisconsin. If Ohio State follows its season average for red zone production, that would turn into 31 Buckeye points. However, if Wisconsin can make four red zone stops instead of only one, that drops Ohio State down to 19 red zone points.

Three extra red zone stops would decrease Ohio States scoring by 12 points, which is almost 75% of the spread.

Each of these findings are about increasing variance: upwards for Wisconsin (taking more chances, success on passing downs and turnovers) and downwards for Ohio State (field goals instead of turnovers and strange mismatches).

Its a million-to-one shot, but its a chance Wisconsin gets to take.

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