Monday, November 26, 2012

Who Should Win the Heisman Trophy?

Well, we were wrong here.
The freshman got it.
It just goes to show how much these awards are influenced by hype.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o should win the 2012 Heisman Trophy.

See Mark L. Baer of U.S. Presswire at Bleacher Report in
Heisman Trophy 2012: Manti Te'o's Closing Argument.

Not only football, but also off-field performance are important factors for winning the Heisman, also for Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, .

Manziel is the current betting favorite, but we remain skeptical. Hype alone is not enough to win an award. One game alone is not enough to win an award.

It may happen that Manziel could win the Heisman Trophy somewhere down the road in his career, but this should not be the year. You have to grow up a bit to get an award like that. Being a Heisman winner means you take your place among the greats of the sport. A couple of good games as a freshman are simply not enough, quite apart from off-field problems.

Indeed, Aaron Murray of Georgia has the best QB stats in 2012.

Murray may not be a running quarterback, but why should he be?
Tony Dungy thinks the NFL's Kansas City franchise should take Murray if he declares for the NFL draft after this, his junior year. Otherwise, Murray is seen as the 2nd-ranked QB for the NFL draft for 2014.

We understand that people have put up a lot of hype for Manziel because of the Aggies upset of Alabama, but let us look at Manziel's stats.

Manziel ranks
18th in QB ratings with 155.9,
compared to Aaron Murray, Georgia 1st with 177.1
and A.J. McCarron, Alabama, 2nd, with 176.3

Manziel ranks 16th in yards per pass with 8.5, where Aaron Murray is 1st with 10 yards per pass

Manziell ranks 24th in TDs thrown with 24, behind Seth Doege, Texas Tech, 1st with 38 and Aaron Murray with 30

Manziel has thrown 8 interceptions, Murray 7

There is no doubt that Manziel is an excellent running and throwing quarterback, but the best player in the nation? Not yet.

In terms of rushing, Braxton Miller of Ohio State is the leading rushing quarterback, running for 1271 yards, ranking 20th among all rushers, while Manziel is 28th with 1181 yards, closely followed by Denard Robinson at 30th with 1166 yards, in spite of being hobbled by an injury toward season's end

In terms of scoring, Collin Klein of Kansas State leads the quarterbacks with 120 points, followed by Manzeil with 114. We are never overly impressed by this statistic at quarterback, since it is the running backs and receivers who should be doing the scoring. Football is not a one-man show but a team sport.

That Manziel has had an excellent freshman season is clear, but he is not -- yet -- the best football player or the best quarterback in college football.

Character still has to be learned and earned.

Perhaps that is why a freshman has never won the Heisman, and we do not believe it willl happen this year either.

Crossposted from SportPundit.

Man of Steel is Coming to Cinema : plus Superman Comic Book Animations Remastered : The Never-Ending Battle for True Justice : Comic Cartoon Villian Reminds of Going Thermonuclear on Android

Superman, The Man of Steel is returning to cinema in 2013 (see official trailer), and, perhaps in order to create market interest for the coming film, some remastered early Superman comic book animations have been released officially by Warner Bros.

Superman is a fictional hero virtually made for legal professionals.
Superman's comic book role was to fight
"the never-ending battle for true justice".
With emphasis on the true.

But in reality, Superman, like similarly IP proprietarily-caged Tarzan,
has long been an IP-endangered species, neglected by the masses,
and emasculated by "rights owners" for the profit of a few.
IP = intellectual property.
See Crypto-Neith, Holy Kryptonite and Superman and the Law.

Monopolistic IP law has over the years chilled interest in these cultural icons.

Andrew Webster at The Verge has a noteworthy posting and video at Watch this: Superman cartoons from the 1940s,
citing to Lauren Davis at -- "We Come From the Future" --
in You can now watch the 1940s Fleischer Studios Superman cartoons online:

As Davis writes:
"These films are in the public domain and have been available on the Internet Archive (as well as other corners of the Internet) for quite some time, but now Warner Bros. has officially released the remastered initial nine from its DVD collection on YouTube."
The above video finds the villain going "thermonuclear" on the world for private gain. Sound or look familiar? Sort of like the expressed idea that:
"I want to control the technology".

The real-life problem of society is that there are no Superman clones available to help society fight "the never-ending battle for true justice" against those trying to monopolize the world's riches for their exclusive personal profit.

See how many things you can find in these and similar comic book animations that patent trolls later "patented" via the clueless USPTO as allegedly "non-obvious" "novel inventions", which they must be by law to be patentable.

Novel? NO. Obvious? YES. Obvious, years ago.

Look, for example, at displays and their controls.

Below is an example of a display screen with multi touch toggle controls, snipped from the first Superman video as based on the comic book, and having a screen that enables an embedded view of distant objects.
Hey this is in 1941.

Below is a display screen from the Superman video Electric Earthquake (1942) upon which an image is "bounced back" and forth from left to right:

One monopolist recently got a "billion-dollar" judgment for alleged violation of its claimed "invention" of a display screen "bounce-back" -- something apparently already envisioned by Superman animators more than half-a-century prior to that. Pretty obvious. Definitely not novel.

And so on.

P.S. We would be thankful to readers out there to send us links to comic book or movie credit animations or anything similar that you know about that shows pages being turned or flipped by film, photograph or clip art animation. Thank you. We are interested to find out how far back in time page-turning animation or flipping can be traced.

BBC Libel Case Expands to Twitter Tweets

Eric Pfanner has the Story at the New York Times
in Libel Case That Snared BBC Widens to Twitter.

There is substantial need in society to go after online libelers.
The Internet is not a law-free zone.

Law Enforcement and Digital Devices: Cellphone Law Lacks Court Consensus As Congress Legislates Years Behind the Times and Every Judge Hacks Out Algorithmic-Like Solutions in His or Her Judicial Lab

Is modern law and jurisprudence failing in fulfilling its obligation to provide society with clear and understandable norms?

Take a look at Legal Consensus of Warrantless Cellphone Searches Is Elusive at the New York Times by Somini Sengupta.

Modern law in its approach to the digital era looks more and more like a cookbook of serendipity recipes, and, much like patent law, has become law by trial and error, rather than law by intelligent design. I say that as a dynamic legal "evolutionist" and not as a dogmatic legal "creationist" or inert "originalist". The world is constantly in motion and experience shows that law must follow, slowly as it does, but follow it must.

As a political centrist, and looking objectively at our "Facebook" world, the reasonable expectation of privacy is no longer what it once was and should most certainly be interpreted to enable prudent and sensible law enforcement.

Having law enforcement officials obtain search warrants to search cellphones of people lawfully arrested is an unnecessary application of antiquated legal principles to modern digital devices for which those principles were never intended and where they do not serve well at all.

Cellphones may be in private ownership, but they are capable of broadcasting worldwide. A normal cellphone operator can locate its customers to within a few feet at any time, and everyone knows that everything can be recorded and probably is. An expansive "expectation" of privacy for digital devices vis-a-vis law enforcement officials is rather far-fetched.

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