Coronavirus: the ultras “say no to a premature resumption of football”

“The ultras are the trade unionists of popular football”, explained to Release sports historian Sébastien Louis. In this health crisis, they also seem to be the guarantors of the health of spectators as much as the guardians of temples who only make sense with people in their spans. In a press release published on Monday, about fifty associations of supporters, ultras or not, and supporting around thirty clubs “Say no to a premature resumption of football” : “France has experienced its worst health crisis for several generations. Many people are dying in hospitals more in demand than ever. […] Everywhere, collective interest prevails. “

Under these conditions, they write, “It is urgent to wait. It is not conceivable that football will resume prematurely. It is not possible that it will resume in camera. It will resume in due course when the health and social conditions are met. ” While the season is far from over, the football league has offered to resume L1 and L2 on August 22 and 23. Between the end of the season, the players’ vacations and the preparation, it is difficult to imagine such a scenario possible, except to want to resume quickly and behind closed doors. From Lille to Montpellier, from Brest to Strasbourg, the ultra groups then castigate these “” Thinking heads “of football who quarrel”, “far from these harsh, concrete realities, far from this capillary and anonymous solidarity” symbolized by these caregivers and ultras who decided to participate in the collective effort.

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Masks and pizzas

Because on the ground, a number of supporters deprived of their passion have decided to mobilize their forces for charitable, social actions or in favor of hospitals. As in Toulouse, where the Tolosa Indians harvested more than 11,000 euros from 500 people to buy coffee, fruit juice, cakes or cookies for the Purpan and Rangueil teaching hospitals. A little further north, the Ultramarines also bring boxes overflowing with food at four Bordeaux hospitals. And, taken in Tenon or La Pitié-Salpêtrière, Massy (Essonne) or Chelles (Seine-et-Marne) – and even as far as Seine-Maritime or in Burgundy – the photos of hospital staff and firefighters are increasing daily, Collectif Ultra Paris scarf in hand and in medical combat uniforms, posing in front of boxes of foodstuffs financed by members or sympathizers of the CUP as well as pizzas offered by restaurateurs and delivered by members of the group.

Even if not all of them are signatories to the press release, all of the associations organize its actions, rooted in their city and in solidarity with their hospital staff. Like the ultra Marseille people who, in addition to the banners hung in the stadium or in the streets in support of the mobilized staff and Professor Didier Raoult, the South Winners distributed some 3,000 protective masks collected from their members for hospitals, the IHU and seafarers.

“Football torn from its roots”

An altruism that does not stop at supporters of elite clubs since those of FC Rouen, resident of National 2 (4e division), also collected 900 euros while the Rouen Fans hung a banner of support in front of the CHU “Strength and honor to our caregivers”.

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Even though football clubs have often displayed their support for hospital staff, with money or simple messages, the actions of ultra groups, in terms of their means, contrast with the will of directions giving the impression of wanting resume as soon as possible, so as not to see the windfall of TV rights escape them. Everyone, however, believes that they are defending the best interests of the club: some talking about financial survival, others about spectator health or the ridiculous nature of matches behind closed doors for months. “This football is dying of being torn from its roots and not being able to see more than a fiscal year, a window of transfers or a multi-year contract for television broadcasting. […] [Le football professionnel] must take advantage of this break time to rethink “, explain the associations in their press release. Who conclude: “Football” at all costs “is a football of shame, which will have no future.”

Damien dole


Who gets the most credit: Brady or Belichick? – NBC Boston

From 2001 to 2019, the New England Patriots have won the AFC East 17 times. The other two years ended in a tie in first place.

In that time frame, they went to 12 AFC championship games and nine Super bowls. Six have won.

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been together for the entire race and – thanks to the past two decades – are now recognized as the best coach and quarterback in NFL history respectively.

Trying to share credit for a race never seen before the NFL domination and perhaps the most incredible trait in the history of professional sport – to some extent – is missing the point.

Did the ancient Egyptians stand in front of the pyramids and discuss whether the architect or builders deserved more credit? Did Mrs Wright analyze which of her children – Wilbur or Orville – was primarily responsible for the invention, construction and flight of the first plane?

There is something to be said just to close and appreciate the realization, isn’t there? Yup.

And we will get there.

But right now, with the engines going down Route 1 to pack Tom Brady’s remaining stuff and take him out of Foxboro forever, the question hangs on everything. Which man was most responsible for creating the story we’ve seen written in the past two decades: Belichick or Brady?

Results may vary. In fact, I know they will. But here’s how I see it.

If it hadn’t been for Belichick, there would never have been the mini-dynasty that they became in the decade 2000-2009.

If it weren’t for Brady, the Patriots would never have become the Super Dynasty that they became from 2010 to 2019 when they blew up the 60s Packers, 70s Steelers, 80s Niners and 90s Cowboys to become the only franchise that has dominated two decades.

Bill gets the first decade

The moment Mo Lewis cut an artery in Drew Bledsoe’s chest in September 2001, he is touched as the history of the NFL has changed. It wasn’t. It will only speed up a trial that began when Robert Kraft decided to hire Belichick to succeed Pete Carroll in January 2000.

Belichick took a look at the team’s register and management and started fumigating and renewing. In the end – despite the heavy contract that the Patriots gave Bledsoe in January 2001 to help strengthen public confidence and private investment in building CMGI Field (possibly Gillette Stadium) – Belichick was wary of being tied to a quarterback that the coach was able to routinely undress whenever he trained against him.

Especially a quarterback who had to be paid as the top of the market, as Bledsoe and his agent David Dunn made clear.

Brady was not enlisted in the sixth round of the 2000 draft as Bledsoe’s successor, but in September it became clear to Belichick that he had something. And it became obvious during the 2001 offseason and the training camp that – although not better than Bledsoe in all – the child who made $ 298,000 was more mobile, more precise, more ready in his pocket and destined to be more suited to handling a Bledsoe game.

Mo Lewis accelerated the process and – with a painful stroke – made the transition relatively painless. But the credit goes to Belichick for seeing what he had, promoting it and having the decision to pull the trigger.

The fact that the Patriots went 14-5 under Brady after starting 5-13 under Bledsoe is persuasive evidence that Brady was the missing piece. But Belichick created the register, built the culture and hired the right people – from managers to coaches – to put the team in a position to succeed. It deserves more credit.

Brady may have helped them get where they did, but the Patriots were undoubtedly headed in the right direction and the fruits of Belichick’s designs were collected in 2003 and 2004.

Those Super Bowl wins – the first at the end of a season that started with the shooting down of lawyer Milloy in favor of Rodney Harrison; the second thanks largely to a dice throw on Corey Dillon – they were the victories for “culture”.

Disinterest imposed. All done for the greatest good of the team. Everything ego in your pocket. The most impressive aspect of the patriots was therefore their stamina and mental endurance. Brady was an important part. But so were Tedy Bruschi and Harrison, Matt Light, Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel and so on.

Fifty-three very intelligent and capable players row together in the hold of the big ship while Belichick was over the bridge to trace a route. It was from 2001 to 2004.

The dips in 2005 and 2006 began the process that would have led Brady to become, largely on Belichick’s design, the engine.

The 2005 Patriots were hit by injuries – not a hindsight surprise when you consider the nine extra games played in the previous four seasons and the difficulty of staying on top. They started to see some friction to grow old – Troy Brown was 34 then – and the ongoing game was marked as well as their defense on the run. They went 10-6 and lost in the division round.

The following season, a protracted squabble over the contract led to the Deion Branch being swapped with Seattle shortly before the season began. Reche Caldwell led the team in receptions followed by Ben Watson, Troy Brown and Kevin Faulk. However, they were unable to advance to the Super Bowl, but lost on the road to the Colts.

That season, Brady got a toy he had never had in Randy Moss and a Troy Brown replica model named Wes Welker. The entire set of record sets went 16-0 and lost in the Super Bowl.

Which brings us to 2008. This is the season that many are aiming for when they say that it is Belichick’s genius that is most responsible for twenty-year success. The Patriots went 11-5 with Matt Cassel starting in quarterback. Hadn’t he been a beginner from high school, yet the patriots still went 11-5?

Cassel was exceptional, better than anyone could hope for. But it’s still a sharp drop from 16-0 to 11-5.

In 2009, the central defense core was expelled or withdrawn: Vrabel, Bruschi, Seymour and Harrison. Belichick complained to Brady on the sidelines during a defeat for the Saints that season that “I just can’t get these kids to play the way I want them. So frustrating.”

The season ended with an ignominious home defeat against the crows in the AFC division playoff round.

Brady gets the second decade

The patriots renewed in the off-season and, in my opinion, Brady was at the forefront of finding their places where they had no business at that stage of their reconstruction. In 2010, the Patriots went 14-2, they were seed no. 1 and Brady was the unanimous MVP.

The offense, moving away from the narrow final position, enlisted two – Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez – and their production would become historic in 2011 when the Patriots arrived at the Super Bowl and lost again to the Giants. Brady launched for 5,235 career yards with 39 touchdowns and 12 picks.

In the 2012 season, he launched 637 times, a career high and one of three times in four seasons that attempted more than 600 passes. With a defense that too often seemed to resist better teams, it was Brady and the offense to score and score and score a little more. They were the first, third, first and third in points marked from 2010 to 2013. Defensively in that period they were eighth, 15th, ninth and tenth.

Even in 2013, when Hernandez was jailed for murder, Gronkowski was grounded due to back surgery and then with an ACL, Brady still ran by hitting the ball with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and – to a lesser extent – Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson and Shane Vereen.

They won the Super Bowl in 2014, winning a shootout against the Ravens in the Divisional Round, 35-31, and then overcoming a 24-14 deficit against the Seahawks in the fourth quarter when Brady moved to a completely different level in the fourth quarter.

The previous April, Belichick had enlisted Brady’s aspiring successor, Jimmy Garoppolo, in the second round. Brady, perhaps remembering the shrug that Drew Bledsoe had encountered Brady’s arrival 14 years earlier, would not have fallen asleep on the move with the team that ran Garoppolo.

Brady went on to launch 69 touchdowns and 16 predictions in 2014 and 15. He lost four suspension games in 2016 – Garoppolo overcame six quarters of Brady’s relief before hurting himself and giving way to Jacoby Brissett – but he still threw 28 touchdowns and two interceptions before ending that season with a 43- record. by-62, 466 yards in the Super Bowl when the Patriots canceled out a deficit of 28-3. Brady did it at 39.

At 40 in the AFCCG, without Edelman, without an injured Gronkowski, Brady and Amendola joined together to push the Patriots beyond the Jaguars and in the Super Bowl against Philly where he would have launched for 505 yards.

So let’s tell here. From 2010 to 2017, the Patriots have reached seven consecutive AFC Championship Games and the year they didn’t, Brady was the unanimous MVP. He wrote the filming of the playoffs against Ravens and Seahawks in 2014, the Falcons in 2016, the Jaguars in 2017 and led the team to two Super Bowl wins.

In 2018, Edelman was exiting an ACL and was therefore suspended for the first four games. Gronk was injured for a large chunk of the year. Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan were the main gimmicks for a while until the team faced Josh Gordon. It’s still? The team went 11-5, Brady put them on his back in the fourth quarter and overtime in Kansas City in the AFCCG and then the Patriots defense checked against the Rams and delivered a Super Bowl to Brady – apart from the shot at Gronk which led to the game’s winning touchdown – he just had to play OK to win the team.

The final verdict

So, see what my answer to this debate is now. Bill gets a bigger share of the first three Lombards. Tom gets a higher share than the second three.

So many people over the years have speculated that Belichick wants to prove that he can win a championship without Brady. I don’t know if it’s true.

I think if Brady was gone, Belichick would appreciate the opportunity, but I never thought he would have wanted to get rid of what he thinks is a quarterback capable of giving him a title that the others couldn’t.

Maybe that’s why we’re here. Belichick doesn’t see Brady as special as he once was. Great? Sure. Are there other guys who can do things they can’t do now? Belichick seems to think so. Brady has apparently survived its usefulness here.

Bill will do what he has done to so many other players. Go ahead. But this is the life cycle of the NFL.

From what I’ve been told and what I’ve collected, Brady agrees. He hoped to be special and to be able to write a different ending here, but to realize he couldn’t shock him. For a legend, it is rather well established.

Playing for Bill Belichick will help keep a player that way. And maybe even for that, Belichick deserves a lot of credit. He allowed Tom Brady to become Tom Brady because he was eternally and exasperatedly Bill Belichick.

Every. Single. Year.


Spanish technological altruism to face the coronavirus | Innovation

The exceptional nature imposed by the coronavirus has brought out altruism in much of the Spanish technology sector. Large companies, SMEs and startups offer their knowledge and services free of charge to combat the pandemic as much as possible. Whether it’s to reduce healthcare collapse, improve connectivity, or contribute to digital literacy. Each one from his position within the sector. These are some examples of what is already underway in Spain.

Help to mitigate sanitary collapse and locate virus outbreaks

Hocelot has put at the service of any citizen a website called, with which to mitigate the collapse facing part of the Spanish health system and locate the different foci of the coronavirus. In the same way that the telephone service enabled by each Community, this initiative replicates the questions and we should only click on the answers that it provides us about the symptoms or contact with other people. In the end, it generates a user, for whom we will decide a password with a view to following each case, and determines if there is contagion or not. “We have programmed it in just 24 hours and it will be constantly evolving in terms of features or other options,” explains Antonio Camacho, CEO of Hocelot.

The initiative has the collaboration of Google to build maps of the outbreaks. To avoid violating our privacy, the website asks us to enter the postal code and the name of the street where we live. All this information contributes both to delimiting by neighborhoods and streets and to quantifying the incidents collected with greater precision. “We believe that we can add value and efficiency to control knowing how the virus moves. We want to help from the knowledge of the data and the analytics ”, he adds. Despite being at the beginning of the road, the Ministry of Health, several regional Councils and hospitals have shown their willingness to work together.

Connectivity against loneliness

The elderly are one of the groups at great risk before COVID-19, but it is not their only problem. Loneliness, which affects two million Spaniards over 65 years old, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics, also impacts them. The Fundación Telefónica has put their digital volunteers at the service of this part of society. As Carlos Palacios, global manager of the Fundación Telefónica volunteer program, explains, they use telematic resources, such as videoconferences and chats, to be close to these people. “It is our way of avoiding any risk of contagion. If the case arises, for example, if they suffer from the symptoms, we can also refer them to the pertinent responsible parties, ”he maintains.

But this digital volunteering affects more areas, especially after the exceptional measures approved by the Administrations and companies. They have digital literacy programs and online training for people with disabilities, children and anyone who requires it. With these initiatives, social entities can build better web pages or SMEs develop their day-to-day life under the new conditions of teleworking. “We intend to bring technology to people in vulnerable situations. These tools can be a great ally, especially for this current time, “he says.

Education at the forefront

Distance education has come almost suddenly to the lives of all students and teachers with the closure of educational centers. The startup Tutellus, with more than 160,000 courses and over two million students, knows this field perfectly. However, his latest proposal is that anyone learn at no cost about the coronavirus. Miguel Caballero, CEO of Tutellus, acknowledges that, in just over 48 hours, they have opened a training line on COVID-19. “Right now we only have a free basic course on preventive medicine and taught by Dr. Juan Luis Mosqueda, an infection specialist; although during the next one we will create two or three more on other subjects, such as basic health care or diagnosis ”, he concludes.

The material available to students is distributed on video, enriched with infographics and texts. Within the platform, to solve the doubts that arise during learning, there are forums and spaces for questions and answers. The students themselves can help each other or turn to whoever teaches the syllabus. In the specific case of the only one available at the moment, the startup says that we will learn about the origin and development of the virus, how it is being spread and what are the ways to combat it.

Lingokids, the Spanish company specialized in learning English for children from 2 to 8 years old, has made available to Spanish schools (aimed at nursery and primary courses), for free, an English course through its mobile application , especially for those educational centers that do not have a digital platform with which to maintain the continuity of their students’ classes from home. A useful tool, as an educational complement in the subject of English for schools in small municipalities.

Bilbao is the startup Kietoparao, and behind it is a group of 4 mothers from the area in their particular fight against digital dependence on their own children. It arises as a need to find a solution to “be able to have a quiet drink in a bar or eat in a restaurant without having to fight with the children and without resorting to the mobile or the tablet.”

In their battle for the responsible use of technology, they encourage them to carry out playful activities of a lifetime, in the form of educational game kits for the little ones to learn and have fun anywhere.

María Fernandez, co-founder of Kietoparao, says that her project goes far beyond selling kits to always carry around: “It is about raising awareness and educating on the importance of reducing screen hours. When we found out that our neighbors in Vitoria had to close the schools, we decided to give away a downloadable package. ” It is a free brochure with 18 pages and 21 games for children to be entertained for the next 15 days and although she confesses that they understand that one of the options for parents these days is television, for them, it is not the only one. The alternative is available through your Blog since last Wednesday.

Luz Rello is a researcher, linguist, computational doctor and founder of Change Dyslexia, a social institution from which DytectiveU was born, the first online tool to combat this disease, with access to a screening test that allows you to detect if you are at risk of having reading-writing difficulties, in just 15 minutes. Scientifically validated, DytectiveU improves reading and writing skills through 42,000 personalized games based on 24 skills aimed at both weaknesses and cognitive strengths.

“May these days be used to improve our learning difficulties and get something positive out of all this. Our online platform, with exercises to improve reading and writing, will be free for the next 15 days, ”says Luz Rello.

Printers to the rescue

Fearing the absence of medical supplies, the Cotec Foundation has put on the table an initiative to study how to create artificial respirators with 3D printers. The initiative, previously promoted internationally and known as the Open Source Ventilator Project, has the technical support of Tecnalia. The uncertain path that it will travel emerged this Friday from a WhatsApp group in which thirty doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs and makers have exchanged opinions with the idea of ​​finding cheap and quick solutions to patient ventilation, an indispensable asset in any intensive care unit to care for the most critically infected.

As the CEO of the Foundation, Jorge Barrero, has tweeted, the aim is to offer open source plans on simpler devices, so they would manufacture more quickly and in a distributed way with the help of 3D printing. “We are not looking for high technology, but the opposite. Basic systems, perhaps forgotten … similar to the first respirators perhaps or solutions that add devices of another use, to the MacGyver. Something simple and quick to produce for less serious cases that require help ”, has written on his Twitter account. In the absence of completing the project, the result is a specific piece as well as a more complex apparatus, such as that of hospitals.