Liverpool won’t field weakened team in FA Cup tie at Chelsea — Klopp

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Watford tempts Troost-Ekong with five-year deal Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Liverpool’s regulars will return to the starting line-up for Tuesday’s FA Cup clash at Chelsea, manager Juergen Klopp said on Monday. The Anfield club had fielded their under-23 players in the previous round. Liverpool’s under-23 side, led by their former coach Neil Critchley, beat third-tier side Shrewsbury Town in a fourth round replay. This was after Klopp refused to field senior players since the match was played during the winter break of the English Premier League. Liverpool also fielded a young side in the League Cup against Aston Villa, a game they lost 0-5. This was due to a fixture crunch while the senior side were playing in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar, which they won. Klopp has now said he would take no chances as they looked to progress. He said: “It’s a different situation to the last round. “The team that played at Shrewsbury was a team that made sense for us at that moment. “We didn’t get the result we wanted, so we had to play a different team in the replay.” “It won’t be the team that played Aston Villa and Shrewsbury, for sure. “There will be boys in the squad, but if they start we will see. “The team that played at Shrewsbury was an FA Cup team at that moment. “If Chelsea make changes, I don’t know if they will, it will still be a very experienced team… “It’s the last 16 of the FA Cup and we want to go through.” A 0-3 loss at Watford over the weekend ended Liverpool’s unbeaten EPL run and many criticised centre-back Dejan Lovren for giving their strikers opportunities to score. But Klopp was quick to jump to the centre-back’s defence. “If anyone blames Dejan Lovren for our defeat, I can’t help these people,” Klopp said. “It was a massive challenge for Dejan to play against Troy Deeney. “Joe Gomez has had similar problems. “Both Dejan and Joe have played sensational games for us in this position. “Fitness and rhythm is the most difficult to get in professional football. “Dejan is an outstanding centre-half. “If you can tell me one player from Saturday that played at his normal level, I would be surprised.” However, Klopp said the performance at Vicarage Road would have no bearing on team selection for the trip to Stamford Bridge. “The defeat has nothing to do with line-up tomorrow (Tuesday) night,” he added. “We always play with a team which gives us the best chance to reach the next round.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: FIFA Club World CupFrank LampardInjury crisisJurgen KloppLeague CupLiverpoollast_img read more

Local Bigfoot Investigators To Discuss Sasquatch

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) lists numerous reports of Bigfoot (Sasquatch) sightings in Washington State. Join BFRO field investigators Scott Taylor and John Callender for a discussion of Bigfoot at the Yelm Timberland Library on Wednesday, April 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.Taylor and Callender will cover sightings, report investigation, evidence and behaviors. They will also share the history of the BFRO and explore the famous 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film of an unidentified subject that the film makers believed to be a Bigfoot. In addition, Taylor and Callender will answer questions such as: “Are these creatures dangerous? What do you do when you encounter one?”Founded in 1995, the BFRO states that it is “the only scientific research organization exploring the bigfoot/sasquatch mystery.” The organization’s website is Yelm Timberland Library is located at 210 Prairie Park Street. For more information, contact the library at (360) 458-3374 or visit read more


first_imgWalking is the cheapest form of exercise and thousands of people are shaking off the recession blues by getting out into the fresh Donegal air. Now the Donegal Sports Partnership has organised an evening walking seminar which will take place on Wednesday 1st May in the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny from 7pm – 9pm.The seminar will focus on the various programmes available to support individuals or groups participate in walking. GET WALKING TO DONEGAL’S FIRST WALKING SEMINAR! was last modified: April 11th, 2013 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:DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPWalking Seminarlast_img read more

Homegrown in the Winelands

first_img23 May 2005Homegrown in the Cape Winelands, a campaign to boost tourism in the wine-producing region, aims to get visitors to stay longer and spend more by involving local communities and real-life tourism ambassadors.Launched on 2 May, the campaign will unite the region’s tourism sector in a common marketing initiative, allowing them to offer their unique attractions while still being part of an exciting regional identity.The Cape Winelands district municipality aims to capitalise on both the region’s proximity to Cape Town and its own identity and attractiveness.The campaign showcases thousands of things to do in the region – before you even taste a drop of wine.“The idea is to encourage visitors, both domestic and international, to experience the diversity of regional products by emphasising their local content, sense of place, culture and traditions,” says Clarence Johnson, executive mayor of the Cape Winelands municipality.“The campaign is contemporary, absorbing, distinctive, encompassing of diversity, inspirational and supportive of all things local and lekker.”Six themesThe campaign will promote the region under six broad themes: indulgence of body and soul; food and wine taste sensations; adrenalin adventures; celebrating democracy and the freedom of our people; a journey into history and culture; and freshest local produce.The themes are to be promoted using real-life ambassadors for the region, people chosen by the different tourism bureaus to extol the lekker attractions of the Winelands.“In this way we have real endorsements and credibility, with a strong human element,” says Johnson. The idea is to build up a group of people who will take part in advertising campaigns.One of these is Piet “Potjie” le Roux (33), who runs adventure races from his home base in Rawsonville. Equally at home in a kayak on the Breede River or hanging from a rope on a cliff face, Piet lives his philosophy of “heeltyd speeltyd (playtime all the time)”. Piet is an ambassador for the adrenaline adventure theme.The Homegrown campaign will link to the Proudly South African and SA Tourism’s Sho’t Left initiatives, and the domestic marketing efforts of Cape Town Routes Unlimited.“The campaign will also address black economic empowerment by encouraging partnerships between emerging and mainstream tourism businesses,” says Johnson.Thompsons Tours will partner the campaign with suitable packages of two-, four- and seven-night fly-drives, as well as two- and five-night self-drives. They will also supply all products that provide campaign special offers.Special offersHomegrown in the Cape Winelands special offers will include:Up to 50% off standard rates or three nights for the price of two for guest-house, B&B, self-catering and farm-stay accommodation.Complimentary desserts and wine when dining in the Winelands.Mountain biking, horse trails, quad biking, boulder hopping, rafting, abseiling and trout fishing value-for-money adrenaline experiences.Therapies, spas and mineral springs for an indulgence of body and soul.Listening to the stories of the people of the Cape Winelands, meeting some of the quirkiest characters and seeing the Cape Winelands through curious eyes.For further information on Homegrown in the Cape Winelands, visit the Cape Winelands website or contact the Homegrown Hotline on 0860 reporterlast_img read more

Black winemakers to benefit from new agro-processing incentive

first_imgThe Department of Trade and Industry’s Agro-Processing Support Scheme aims to stimulate investment in the agro-processing sector, and black winemakers in particular are being urged to apply.Ntsiki Biyela, winemaker at Stellakaya cellar. (Image: Rodger Bosch)Small businesses in the agro-processing sector have until 31 January 2018 to apply for financial support from the Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti’s) Agro-Processing Support Scheme (APSS), for the current application window.The R1-billion grant, which was launched in June 2017 by Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, aims to stimulate investment in South African agro-processing and beneficiation enterprises. From a national development perspective, the agro-processing sector is among the sectors identified by the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) and the National Development Plan (NDP) for its potential to spur growth and create jobs, due to its strong backward linkages with the primary agricultural sector.The five sectors that can benefit from the scheme are food and beverage value addition and processing; furniture manufacturing; fibre processing; feed production; and fertilizer production.In particular, the dti is urging black winemakers to apply to the APSS.Giving black winemakers an opportunity to get financial support through this incentive is part of the objective of the dti to change the structure of the economy, said Chief Director: Strategic Partnerships and Customer Care at the dti, Tsepiso Makgothi. “The wine industry remains largely concentrated and entry and active participation [of black winemakers] is limited. They’re now given an opportunity to get into the mainstream of the economy, because the incentives are available as part of transformation.”On why black winemakers did not have access to incentives previously, Makgothi said: “In the past [they] were left out due to barriers to entry, as well as because they were still too small to meet some of the stipulated requirements of the then manufacturing incentives.”However, the APSS funds are not reserved for a single group or sector. “We don’t keep money for one certain group. What if we have money available only for black winemakers, but they don’t apply?”The dti will be identifying specific focus areas annually to drive transformation, Makgothi added.What is the APSS?According to Minister Davies, the APSS “will be a cost-sharing grant towards funding agro-processing projects and it will be capped at R20 million over a two-year investment period, subject to availability of funds”.The scheme will support brownfield and greenfield investments; encourage investment in both upstream and downstream support services; and provide for the expansion of infrastructure to be used by farmers and agro-processors.Benefits of the scheme include:a 20% to a 30% cost-sharing grant to a maximum of R20 million over a two-year investment period, with the last claim to be submitted within six months after the final approved milestone;an additional 10% grant for projects that meet all economic benefit criteria such as employment, transformation, geographic spread and local procurement; andthe maximum approved grant may be utilised on a combination of investment costs such as new machinery and equipment, tools and forklifts; new commercial vehicles; buildings and competitiveness improvement interventions, provided the applicant illustrates a sound business case for the proposed investment activities.An applicant must submit a completed application form and business plan with detailed agro-processing/beneficiation activities, budget plans, and a projected income statement and balance sheet for a period of at least three years. The project/business must exhibit economic merit in terms of sustainability.National awarenessCreating an awareness of the scheme nationally is important to encourage applications.The dti used the Africa Big Seven Food Forum and Saitex, which took place at the Gallagher Conference Centre in Johannesburg in June 2017, to launch the APSS. “We normally identify an activity [or event] that relates to the scheme to host the launch of a new programme. We then explain [the scheme] to the people to build an awareness,” Makgothi said.“We have an awareness programme throughout the country,” Makgothi added. Thus far, she has travelled to the Free State and Mpumalanga to build awareness of the APSS, while other officials have travelled to other provinces.“We work with officials of the Department of Economic Development in every province, together with those of other government departments and provincial agencies,” Makgothi explained. “They are based in the province and know companies that could benefit from the incentive scheme.”Presentations are held by Makgothi and her team nationwide. This is part of the pre-application process aimed at helping companies with their applications. “The companies can ask us questions [during presentations].”In addition, Makgothi said, companies have the opportunity to pitch during the pre-application process. “We correct them if they are wrong in some areas of their pitching; we provide pre-application support. After they have sent in their applications, we can no longer get involved until the application has been evaluated by an Adjudication Committee and a decision communicated to the company.”One of the things the dti looks at during a pitch is the equipment a company has and the type of equipment required to be more competitive.The dti team also “builds capacity within the programme so that [applicants] will have people within the province to assist them when we are not there”, Makgothi added. The department, which is based in Gauteng, has regional offices in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.Farming and the droughtDrought is an ever-present threat to the agriculture sector, so the APSS team works closely with the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPS-SA).The centre, an initiative of the dti, promotes the implementation of Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) methodologies to assist businesses to lower costs through reduced energy, water and materials usage and waste management. It then advises the companies on how they could reduce their cost of business, by implementing these competitiveness improvement interventions.“When a company implements these activities, we can provide funding to them,” said Makgothi.She gave an example of how water can be saved with technology: “Like if you clean vegetables with water, instead of throwing water away, there’s technology that can capture the water for it to be used again. Perhaps the water can be used for crops. Companies become more profitable.”Makgothi said the dti can also give financial assistance to business owners to buy technology that will assist with saving water.Meet MakgothiMakgothi brings a wealth of experience to her work and sees herself as an all-rounder. “Wherever I’ve gone, I’ve learned something new.”Makgothi was employed in the pharmaceutical industry, working on product development, in Germany and quality assurance in Lesotho before coming back to South Africa.In South Africa, she headed up the quality assurance division of Alliance Pharmaceuticals before being drawn back to product development at the dti’s The Enterprise Organisation TEO, now known as the Incentive Development and Administration Division. Three years later, she became Chief Operating Officer (COO) of TEO; six years later, she managed four different schemes as the Chief Director for the dti’s competitiveness cluster.Makgothi began her current role when the last scheme came to an end in 2015 – and is passionate about growing small businesses, watching them get funding, expand their business and even enter the export sector.“It’s very fulfilling when someone comes up to me with gratitude and says, ‘You may not remember me, but I’m so-and-so of this company. You helped my company grow.’”For more information on the APSS and to apply for this incentive, visit the dti website the dtiWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Consolidation in the ECM market

first_imgA May 2006 report by Gartner shows that OpenText, IBM, FileNet and EMC were market leaders in the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) marketplace.  The report said that the “ECM market is dynamic” and “marked by technology consolidation”.  That consolidation is happening at a rapid pace.In 2003, EMC made its entry into the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) marketplace by buying Documentum.  Then this past year EMC acquired Captiva, buying its way to become the largest vendor in the ECM space.  But it looks like their lead has been short-lived.  They are about to be eclipsed by IBM.Last week IBM announced plans to purchase FileNet for integration into their “Information on Demand” product offering.  This follows shortly after other recent IBM acquisition announcements that include Webify (specialized SOA technology) and MRO (Asset Management Software). And this follows up yet other announcements.  Stellant is to acquire SealedMedia and BitForm.  Brocade is to acquire McDATA.  OpenText is to acquire HummingBird.  OpenText had lost in a 1999 bidding war to Hummingbird over the purchase of PCDocs.  OpenText and Oracle also have had a close relationship.  And there have been many more announcements over the past few years.The obvious question is what does all this consolidation in the ECM market mean? Of course there isn’t a single explanation to that question.  For example, in the case of the IBM purchase of FileNet, it is more likely that they’ve initiated the FileNet purchase because of the customers and dominant marketshare that IBM would gain.  But because of the significant overlap of IBM and FileNet products in the BPM and ECM space, IBM may not really be gaining much in the way of technology with this move.There can be dangers associated with these huge acquisitions too.  Sometimes the bumps associated with dual or multi-product integrations last only a few months, but othertimes problems can linger for years. Frequently the behemoth companies created from a merger or acquisition will have difficulty in integrating multiple competing solutions and in presenting a consistent product strategy.  Sales people may not be sure of or have difficulty in articulating and recommending the preferred company solution, and the overall product direction can become disjointed.But one clear over-reaching reason why consolidation is happening now is that document management, content management and knowledge management are capabilities that are being seen more and more as key components in any enterprise-wide software solution. Rather than departmental solutions, it makes sense to provide access to both structured and unstructured data across the entire enterprise.Also as mentioned here in previous blogs, compliance has been a big driver in the upping of the importance of document and content management to enterprise-wide IT solutions, especially Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPPA.How is Formtek managing in this space?  As a smaller and more nimble player in the world of ECM, Formtek competes by providing very focused attention to our customers, something that is often lost by the bigger players.  Formtek has a very consistent track record for creating high-value high-ROI mission-critical enterprise-wide applications.last_img read more

Ranking Programming Languages by Size of Community and Number of Projects

first_imgRelated Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#hack#Tools In addition to being correlated, the results were tiered:Tier One: C#, Java, PHP, C++, Objective C, JavaScript, Python, C, Ruby, Perl and ShellTier Two: Scala, Actionscript, HaskellTier Three: R, Assembly, Visual Basic, Coldfusion, F#, Groovy, ASP, Clojure, Erlang, Lua, Scheme, Common Lisp, Emacs LispTier Four: D, Fortran, OCaml, Tcl, Go, Smalltalk, VimlTier Five: IO, Racket, VHDL, Verilog, Haxe, Objective-J, Boo, Vala, Coffeescript, Supercollider, Ada, Self, Arc, Eiffel, Factor, Nu, Sclang, PureData, Duby, ooc How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? klint finley Why You Love Online Quizzes Drew Conway and John Myles White of the website Dataists decided to try ranking programming languages using a new system: the size of the community and the number of projects. In Conway’s blog post about the results, he admits that there’s no perfect way to find data about either measure. He and Myles settled on using the number of questions in StackOverflow as a measure of the community and the number of projects in Github as a measure of the number of projects.Notably, the ranks from the two measures were highly correlated. There were some strange outliers – Delphi had far more questions than projects, and Viml had far more projects than questions. And one commenter noted that JavaScript was probably overweighted because many projects in Github use JavaScript but aren’t really JavaScript projects. The data is interesting none-the-less. Conway speculates that StackOverflow questions may actually indicate opacity of a language and not community. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more


first_imgSaskatchewan’s film tax credit was eliminated in 2012, causing many production companies and film crews to leave. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC) Saskatchewan’s film tax credit was eliminated in 2012, causing many production companies and film crews to leave.“Everyone had to make the choice to relearn something else and stay in the province or move away and do the thing that they love, which is working on film,” said longtime set builder Danny Scavuzzo.“Most of the people just packed up and left and it was kind of heartbreaking to watch some of the hardest working, smartest Saskatchewan people pick up and leave the province.” Advertisement A recent report from Statistics Canada paints a picture of a dying film industry in Saskatchewan, with annual revenue falling to just over half of what it was in its heyday about a decade ago.The operating revenue generated by film, television and video productions in Saskatchewan in 2017 was $21 million, compared to $42.2 million generated in 2007.Meanwhile, Manitoba’s film industry generated a comparable $39.7 million in 2007 and has grown to bring in more than $100 million in 2017.Life after the film tax credit Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

AAPs Prof Shweta Sharma to contest from GB Nagar

first_imgGB Nagar: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday announced their candidate for Gautam Buddh Nagar Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 11. Prof Shweta Sharma will be contesting on the GB Nagar LS seat from AAP. AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh announced the name on Twitter. Party’s Uttar Pradesh unit in a tweet said that Sharma is working to remove corruption in education and other irregularities. With the announcement, Sharma will be pitted against sitting MP and BJP leader Mahesh Sharma, among others. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs per a senior AAP leader, Sharma is a professor with an MBA degree in Human Resources, an M.Phil, UGC-NET and pursuing PhD. Almost all the parties have announced their candidates on the Lok Sabha seat. Union minister Mahesh Sharma has been nominated from Bhartiya Janta Party, Congress has named Arvind Kumar Singh as their candidate while Satveer Nagar is the joint nominee of the SP and the BSP. All these three candidates filed their nominations on March 22. Sources said that Prof. Sharma may file nominations on Monday. As per reports, the AAP had fielded Kishan Pal Singh as its candidate from this seat in 2014. Singh stood fourth after Mahesh Sharma (5, 99, 702) who won while SP’s Narendra Bhati got 3,19,490 votes and BSP’s Satish Kumar 1,98,237 among 25 candidates including Independents.last_img read more

Running Backs Are Finally Getting Paid What Theyre Worth

Relative to other positions, top running backs are slated to make around half as much in 2017 as they did at the start of the 2000s.So why is this happening? Perhaps NFL teams have consciously devalued the running back, or perhaps it’s just a multitude of decisions in many different circumstances that have happened to lead us here. But while the RBs’ new situation almost certainly results directly from the league’s shift toward pass-centric offenses, it may also stem from the league ever so slowly wising up to the fundamental math of its own game. Much like with the 3-point shot in the NBA, passing the football in the NFL has virtually always looked better on paper. And, like the midrange jumper, the NFL seems to be (perhaps more slowly) creeping in the direction of running just about as rarely as the situation and game theory require. Indeed, the history of offense in the NFL is largely a story of running less and getting more efficient: In 20172Note that the 2017 RB figure will likely go up a bit after rookie contracts are signed, since Leonard Fournette, the no. 4 pick, will likely count just under 5 million against the cap because of the rookie salary scale, making him the new 12th-highest paid RB in the NFL. The top 16 RBs are projected to have an average cap value of (just over) $6 million – up slightly from last year’s $5.9 million. Any remaining signings during free agency also may move 2017’s number, though most of the big names are off the market. the top 16 running backs (the league’s above-average starters, give or take a few) are slated to make less than any offensive or defensive positions — even tight ends and safeties, who were the bottom-feeders of the nonkicking game in 2000.3ESPN’s salary data isn’t guaranteed to be complete — particularly the further back you go – though it should be most accurate for top players whose contracts are widely reported. Additionally, running backs and six other positions – WR, DE, CB, LB, DT and OL — averaged between $3 and $4 million in 2000. In 2017, top RBs will average around $6 million — the other six positions will each average more than $10 million. And even this picture may be slightly rosier than it appears, because for several years Peterson bent the RB curve upward.4For example, in 2015 the top 16 averaged $6.1 million, while spots 2 through 16 averaged just 5.4 million.If we look at each figure as a percentage of all money spent on the top 16 players at each position, things look even worse for running backs: Over time teams have been passing more and more, and they have been picking up more and more yards as a result. Part of that is that teams are getting better at passing, but it’s also that they have gotten better at knowing when to pass. And, of course, those two trends play well together: As teams have gotten better at short, high-percentage passes, the rationale for running in situations where you need less-explosive but high-percentage plays has declined.That said, the NFL still has a long and easily demonstrable history of running way, way too much — even recently. We can tell because we know how every play in the NFL since 2000 has affected a team’s likely win percentage. The stat is called WPA, or Win Percentage Added. WPA allows us to look at the results of plays beyond just yards gained5As always, you shouldn’t take my use of this model as a suggestion that it’s perfect. No model is. But it does the job in this case perfectly well., which is helpful since a successful run should positively impact a team’s chances of winning even if it picks up fewer average yards, etc. Indeed, if every team played perfectly and everything was in game-theoretical balance, we wouldn’t expect to see much difference between runs and passes at all. This is not the case.For starters, let’s cut out a bunch of special circumstances and look at the most vanilla run/pass decisions possible: first and second downs, with 5-10 yards to go, outside the Red Zone, outside the last two minutes of either half — giving us about 278,000 plays to work with. This is where the traditional, workhorse, MVP-type running back butters his bread. Now, since the decision to run or pass is largely a function of how far ahead or behind a team is and how late it is in the game, let’s break our results down by quarter and score margin before the play: Basically, there is pretty much no ordinary situation in which running produces better results than passing. If a team is more than 10 points ahead in the second quarter, running has seemed to do OK. And that’s about it. Even situations where running a lot is pretty standard — like up fewer than 10 points in the third or fourth quarters — passing has done substantially better. Of course, some amount of run/pass balance is necessary, or defenses would completely tee off on the pass every time. But this issue is likely overblown: As a pretty straightforward application of introductory game theory, if one option keeps producing substantially better results than the other, you should do it more often.6Technically, you should keep doing it more until the two options have equal marginal expectations.Of course, running the football has ancillary benefits, such as burning time off the clock, avoiding turnovers, gaining positive yards more consistently, picking up shorter yardage a higher percentage of the time, keeping the defenses honest, and so on. (There may even be situations in which teams pass too often, such as with 2-point attempts.) That sounds like a lot of good uses for the run! But note that, when it comes to these things, the quality of your running back — at least by conventional measures like how many yards they gain — is of secondary importance.This is because even a great rushing attack is still worse at picking up yards than even a mediocre passing attack. The all-pro running back may gain a lot of yards as his team funnels its offense through him, but many (or even most) of those yards are picked up in spots — like when a team is slightly up or down in the third quarter — where passing would have been better (or at the very least, where teams should be passing more often). Indeed, much like with having a good punter, there’s a danger that a great running back could hurt his team, if he entices them to run too often. (Conversely, a potential problem with having a great run defense is that opponents may be bullied into passing!)None of which is to say that the running back position will die out, or that the league’s unwillingness to pay a lot for them will continue indefinitely. Running backs and rushing may still be an important part of the game, so long as you aren’t trying to use it to pick up a bunch of yards on the ground. There are better ways to do that, and better things you could be doing with that slot.For example, running backs who excel in short-yardage situations — such as Marshawn Lynch, Jerome Bettis or Marcus Allen7Super Bowl winners, all. — or “third down” or pass-catching RBs who can be legitimate multiway threats in a spread offense — may actually be more valuable than they seem. As the athletes who play “running back” get better at things like opening up the passing game and helping pick up first downs, the position may be leveraged more efficiently and see its value increase commensurately. Note the sole runner scheduled to make eight figures this year is Pittsburgh’s extremely versatile LeVeon Bell (whose one-year franchise player contract will earn him a little over $12 million in 2017).But committing money to “workhorse” running backs who provide little outside of their ability to grind out a large number of yards inefficiently — a description that arguably fits Peterson as well as any great RB — is like doubling down on buggy whips when everyone else is scrambling to make flying cars.CORRECTION (May 16, 1:32 p.m.): The “Why running sucks” chart in an earlier version of this article misattributed the source of its data. It was from, not ESPN Stats & Information Group. Being a productive rusher in the NFL takes a rare mix of skills and talents, such as speed, elusiveness, vision and anticipation. Those who have excelled at it have historically been rewarded with team-defining roles, league accolades, furious media attention and nice contracts to boot.Of late, however, top rushers have seen their roles diminished and their pay stagnate. In the modern NFL, teams appear reluctant to commit resources to ball carriers like they used to.Perhaps this reflects the new offensive landscape in the NFL, in which teams pass more and better than ever before. But it may also reflect a growing recognition that, for all their talent, traditionally great running backs probably don’t actually contribute that much to their teams’ chances of winning.Consider the case of Adrian Peterson — the 2012 NFL MVP and the only running back to win that award in the past 10 years. Peterson has made by far the most money for a RB in NFL history after the Vikings paid him more than $12 million each year for the past six years — during which the Vikings averaged just over seven wins per season. He’s 32 years old and spent much of 2016 injured but led the league in rushing as recently as 2015. As an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Peterson signed with the New Orleans Saints for a modest $7 million over two years, with only $3.5 million guaranteed. In 2017, he’s slated to cost less than Bengals backup RB Giovani Bernard (who will cost $3.7 million against the cap) — not to mention 10 different kickers.1Dustin Colquitt, Thomas Morstead, Bryan Anger, Matt Prater, Stephen Gostkowski, Sebastian Janikowski, Justin Tucker, Graham Gano, Dan Bailey and Mason Crosby! (Have I mentioned kickers are awesome?)While Peterson’s situation has its own contours and meniscus tears, it’s something of an emblem for the NFL’s approach to RB talent right now. With top players at most positions getting paid more and more as the league’s revenues and salary cap have grown (and in some cases, exploded), the average pay for top running backs has stalled and even declined in recent years: read more