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In case you were as busy as me yesterday, and didn’t see it… the first teaser for the next Star Wars movie is out. This is Episode 9, the last in the main saga. I’m in for Avengers in a few weeks, but I’ll be counting the days until the December release!
Black panthers are particularly rare in Africa, only a couple have been photographed in the last 100 years. Another black leopard was photographed in Kenya in the same region in 2013. CNN incorrectly claims this was the first one photographed in Africa since since 1909, but then concedes reports of the photos from five years ago: I guess they are saying this is the first scientifically confirmed footage… Either way, it’s exciting as the panthers, black color variations of leopards, also known as melanistic leopards, are far less common in Africa than their South and East Asian cousins.
A photographer in Kenya got the surprise of a lifetime when he crossed paths with one of the rarest of African big cats: the black leopard. "I couldn't believe it," @willbl wrote after capturing stunning photos of the lucky moment. https://t.co/c0rVIvbH7hpic.twitter.com/TqsPAL6xOk
It’s clear from the video that Mookie Betts was in a position to make the catch, and that the fan obstructed his glove as he was reaching for the ball. The only issue is whether the fan reached into the field of play to interfere, or if Betts reached beyond the wall. He is allowed to reach into the stands, but does so at his own risk, and it would not be considered fan interference. Take another look at those fans… they are up against the wall leaning and reaching forward. Betts is short of the wall, reaching out and up. Here’s the replay to watch:
Crew Chief reviews call of spectator interference in the 1st; call stands, spectator interference.
Look at that slow motion… Betts travels quite a way in the air before striking the fence after the fan makes contact with his glove. It’s still pretty hard to tell for sure, since the fence camera angle was obstructed. A commenter on Deadspin took a crack at breaking it down a little more. TVs_Frank writes:
“The key to tell where the fan’s hands are is that crease in the orange padding. Right before it is where the collision happens, although not exactly since it’s not a straight ahead shot, but it’s only off by a bit.
If we go to roughly the same frame in the other angle we can use that crease to tell roughly where the fan’s hands are coming from and put a line there to represent the wall.
Not a foolproof method, but the fan’s hands are probably at least a couple inches over the wall.”
He makes a good point. Now go back again and watch the slow motion replay, to see where Betts is well off the wall when the fan hits his glove. We don’t have a definitive camera angle, but the person in the best position was actually Joe West, who made the call. He was umpire stationed down the right field line, and had a good look at the play from that vantage point. For what it’s worth, he says he clearly saw the fan’s arm over the playing field.
Now go back and watch the game-saving catch by Andrew Benintendi over and over again… wow!
One of the indicators as to how serious a hurricane’s effects are is how local businesses respond. FEMA administrators have found that Waffle House provides a pretty good indicator of how serious a storm is. There’s several reasons for this, not only does Waffle House stay open 24/7, they have thousands of stores and many of them in the Southeast United States, which is where hurricanes frequently make landfall. FEMA refers to an informal metric as a shorthand to gauge how serious a hurricane is. If Waffle House is fully operational, the area is green; yellow if there is a limited menu, and Waffle House is closed, code red means it’s time to panic. Beyond the immediate indicator of danger when the restaurant that never closes… closes, it’s an index of how the supply chain is coming along in the recovery of a storm. More restaurants closed means more area needs recovery. Waffle House may be open on a limited menu, which indicates that not all systems are up and running: and there’s a way to go to get back to green. Waffle house even has their own storm center to track severe weather.