Ian ​Ridenhour kicks off ninth season of Concerts on the Creek

Posted in bacbbpks on December 21st, 2019

first_img​Ridenhour’s music is an energetic and dynamic celebration of rhythm and lyrics. He writes smart, piano-driven alternative rock music with pop sensibilities and a dark streak, or as Sav Buist of The Accidentals puts it: “like Jack White and Ben Folds had a baby.”After establishing himself in North Dakota fronting his own band and playing with others like Tigirlily (winning a North Dakota Music Award at age 14), Ian moved to the Asheville, N.C., area, where he developed a devoted following. His first album, “Quietly Making Noise,” was followed in 2016 by “Cry About It,” a dark pop-rock tour de force that juxtaposes infectious hooks and complex arrangements with raw, real-life lyrics that engage with the psyche’s shadowy side. The video for “Dancing Children,” one of the two vanguard singles from “Cry About It,” won top honors at the 2017 Music Video Asheville Awards.“Ribcage,” the new EP, was released in January 2018. Recorded at Echo Mountain Studios and produced by Nomatic Studio, the album features the talents of Jacob Rodriguez and Justin Ray (of Michael Buble), Asheville artist Brie Capone, and others. “You Help Me Fall Asleep,” the first single off the album, will be released on December 1, 2017 with an accompanying video produced by All Around Artsy.Bolstered by his powerhouse band, Ian’s performances are, as the Mountain Xpress says, “dynamic, with hooky melodies, frenzied riffs, and kinetic, danceable energy.” As well as playing festivals across the southeast and headlining listening rooms in western North Carolina, Ian has shared the stage with The Accidentals, BJ Leiderman, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Third Eye Blind, among others.PopMatters says that Ian is “easily one the more diverse piano-centered rock acts of modern times,” which is perhaps what jazz legend Jimmy Cobb meant when he said of Ian, “in a couple of minutes, he’s gonna be a monster.”Concerts on the Creek are held every Friday from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 7-9 p.m., at the Bridge Park gazebo stage in Sylva. The Town of Sylva, Jackson County Parks and Recreation and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce team up to produce the Concerts on the Creek series.These events are free and open to the public with donations encouraged. Please bring a chair or blanket. Food trucks will be at most of this year’s events.Concerts on the Creek is a Blue Ridge Music Trail partner.Check www.mountainlovers.com or Facebook for updates and more information.last_img read more

Ten ways to make your employees happy

Posted in uecgexfa on December 18th, 2019

first_imgBy Catalina AndradeIs employee happiness an issue at your organization? Have you heard grumbling around the water cooler? Here are some go-to ways to boost morale and improve employee happiness used by Retrofit, a leading provider of weight-management and disease-prevention programs:Truly trust your employees. You hire top talent to get the job done. Trust that they will and give them the freedom and flexibility to work whether it be sitting in the office at a desk or on the couch in their jammies.Unlimited time off. Whether your employees want to take a day off for a doctor’s appointment or a month away to visit Africa, give them the flexibility to do that as long as their work gets done.Allow everyone to innovate. You hire experts, now it’s time to involve them in decision making. Allow information to flow throughout the organization, not just from the top down.  We host a weekly virtual meeting where all employees are empowered to present their ideas or invite their peers to help them brainstorm solutions and innovate as a team.Bring the gym to work. If you have the budget for it, treadmill and standing desks are an easy way to stay fit while on the job. Having a designated spot for exercise balls and yoga mats is a less expensive option to accomplish the same objective. Yoga and exercise breaks are an effective way to boost energy levels and focus on the task at hand. Bonus: If your employees are healthy, they will be more productive and less likely to miss work due to illness.Give the gift of service. Allow your employees to take time away to volunteer in their community. Studies show that volunteerism increases happiness. At Retrofit, we give our employees “Good Egg Days” or one day off a quarter to give back to their community.Have your cake and the day off too. Give your employees their birthdays off to celebrate and enjoy the things they love. At Retrofit, we call these “Treat Yo’ Self days.” Be sure to recognize special occasions, such as birthdays and work anniversaries, internally.Go home and give thanks. Allow staff to take the day before Thanksgiving off to bake that pumpkin pie or prep for the pick-up football game.Power down week. Give employees the last week in December off to relax and rejuvenate before the new year.Spot bonuses. Who doesn’t like to be recognized the good ‘ole fashioned way with a little hard-earned cash? If you you don’t have a budget for spot bonuses, never underestimate the value of a handwritten note showing your appreciation for a job well done.  Ask: “Are you happy at work?” If they’re not, invite them to have some ownership in finding solutions to remove roadblocks to that happiness. Even if they’re happy, find out what drives that happiness and how you can still improve their experience. Every person and workplace culture is different – don’t assume that what worked at one company will work for yours.last_img read more

Online Holiday Shopping Season Charges Out of the Gate

Posted in iphgegfl on December 17th, 2019

first_imgjosh catone 1 So-called “Black Friday,” the day after the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, is the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, and this year online retailers saw traffic surge with shoppers spending over 4/5ths of a billion dollars on Thursday and Friday alone. According to comScore, shoppers plunked down $272 million online on Thursday, and $531 million on Friday — an increase of 29% and 22%, respectively, over the same days last year.IDG reports that price comparison sites also claimed a huge increase in traffic over the 2006 holiday shopping kick-off. PriceGrabber saw referral traffic up a reported 47%, while Shopping.com watched its referrals increase 61%.One thing that seemingly hasn’t changed: the hottest product. The Nintendo Wii continued to see torrid sales and dominated searches at online retailers, and video games as a category saw sales leap 134% this year. Microsoft’s new line of Zune media players placed second among holiday shoppers at PriceGrabber, Shopping.com, and eBay (based on searches for consumer electronics Thursday and Friday).Online retailers can only expect today to be even busier. What started as a marketing gimmick a few years ago, “Cyber Monday,” in which online retailers give additional discounts to shoppers (many of whom are connecting to the Internet from work for the first time following a long weekend in the US), appears to have gained industry-wide acceptance. Shop.org, an electronic retail trade group, reports that 72.2% of online retailers will participate in Cyber Monday. That is a significant increase over the 42.7% who participated just two years ago. Some retailers, such as Wal-Mart, plan to offer online deals all week, skipping the Monday tradition altogether.72 million consumers plan to shop online today, according to BIGresearch, and comScore predicts revenues of over $700 million, which could be the start of an online shopping season some see reaching $30 billion this year.Will you shop online this year? Have you taken advantage of any online deals yet today? Did you shop online on Friday? Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Why Apple Will Dominate Next Gen Computing

Posted in iphgegfl on December 17th, 2019

first_imgTags:#Analysis#Apple#web Beyond rock-solid APIs, developers get an end-to-end set of development tools. XCode is the studio for developing applications(not free) and it includes a modern editor, debugger and source code integration. It also features a drag-and-drop UI builder, whichhas all the standard iPhone controls available as widgets. For profiling and diagnostics of iPhone, Apple offers a set called Instruments.And the most impressive piece of the tool set is a fully-fledged iPhone simulator. Developers can write and immediately test thecode right on their Macs, without deploying it to iPhone.Apple’s platform is so good that a bunch of companies were able to develop demo applications in just two weeks.Some of the companies sent developers that were not even familiar with Objective-C – the core language for writing the platform code.The platform is so easy to use and so complete, precisely because Apple developers use it themselves to build iPhone applications.Much like Amazon uses its Web Services, Apple’s has embraced the ‘eat your own dog food’ strategy and it is about to pay off in a big way.Why This Platform is Different We have been hearing a lot about platforms and APIs recently. But not all platforms are made equal.First compare this offering with what Microsoft offered for Windows a while back. Redmond’s convoluted APIs,COM, OLE, and ActiveX still make developers shake their heads. Instead of cultivating elegance and simplicity, Microsoft pushed for complexity. Why? Because it kept exclusivity, kept people learning new weird stuff, keptpeople getting new certifications. But Apple’s culture and code is rooted in elegance and extreme simplicity.And this offering is very different from platforms like Facebook or Open Social. Facebook’s merit is in the factthat it created a platform for social applications, but it cannot rival what Apple rolled out. Facebook’s PHP, Flash and JavaScriptwith a restricted, primitive UI doesn’t even come close to the beauty and elegance of the iPhone SDK. In a lot of ways, web applicationshave been playing catch up with Desktop apps. Now, a handheld device has lept forward, years ahead of what is available inside any modern browser.The sheer power of Apple’s graphics, motion and sound APIs just opened the door for things that have not been possible before on the web.A DIFFERENT Road Ahead When the App Store launches in June, there will be thousands of applications. Companies are rushing to build apps usingthis great new platform. Developers are rushing to the stores and are creating Objective-C books. This language is having the last laugh now.Like JavaScript, which bubbled up because it was the only choice in the web medium, Objective-C is not a language of choicein this new and powerful platform.Apple has made this play flawlessly. The enterprise and SDK solutions will go hand-in-hand to propel the iPhoneto be THE handheld device of the future. Ironically, the PC just got its final blow not from a MacBook (which has been on the rise too!),but from a small new computer. Apple got its revenge elegantly, relentlessly and creatively. The next era of computing willbe dominated by Apple. Is this a good thing? Likely yes, and it is surely better than one dominated by Microsoft.And now, dream on! Tell us what applications you cannot wait to see/build on your iPhone. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex iskold 1 Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Last week Steve Jobs took the stage at the Apple Town hall meeting and announcedtwo major things for the iPhone: 1) support for Microsoft Exchange and 2) the iPhone SDK.The Exchange support was a relatively unexpected move, but in retrospect it makes perfect sense.In order to unseat Blackberry as the number one wireless player in the US, Apple needed to have an enterprise story. What’s more, Apple has realized that the days when people carried two phones are over.With support for the enterprise (one device for both home and business use), together with its utility as a music player, camera, and web browser, the iphone is well positioned now to be that ‘one phone’.No matter how cool the exchange support and the enterprise play is, that news is dwarfed by the other, much moreimportant announcement – the iPhone SDK. The powerful platform that Apple uses to create beautiful applications for MacOSand iPhone is now completely open. Over a decade in making, this Objective-C based stack is complete with interfacesfor operating system, sockets, graphics, audio, motion control and UI components; just to name a few. The platformcomes with complete iPhone simulator, XCode development environment and 1-click compile/build/deploy process. This platformis a game changer.A premier venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins, agrees. They sent John Doerr to announcethe 100 million dollar iFund, a fund to focus on iPhone startups. Mr. Doerr is one of the most wellrespected venture capitalists ever. He called the release historical and even claimed that the iPhone is bigger than the PC.Think about this, he said: a device that travels with you everywhere and brings the world’s information and applications to your finger tips.It is indeed a powerful thought.It’s the libraries, stupid! Let’s be clear. It is not the language, but the libraries that matter. Every time I hear developerstalk about a new language and say it is by far the best one, I just shake my head. A new language is not going to be usablein today’s world unless all of the libraries are in place. As the complexity of our software increases, so do demands on libraries.Microsoft learned it the hard way with years of set backs when it rolled out .Net. Had it simply embraced and optimized Java, it could have been years ahead instead.Apple choose a different path. For the last decade Apple has been wowing the crowds and investors with its flawless and lightning quick execution.Every new Apple announcement, we keep thinking that they won’t top it. But every time, Jobs and his crew pulls anothertrick out of the hat. Clearly, Apple is a well-oiled machine that has perfected the art of execution. But beyond that, Apple’s secret saucehas been its software. While others have been inventing new languages and frameworks, Apple kept perfecting and building up its code.Since the early days, Apple embraced a language called Objective-C – an object-oriented flavor of the popular procedural language.When Jobs returned to Apple, one of the early smart decisions was to ditch the old operating system in favor of Unix. Thismoved allowed Apple to instantly tap into serious programmers while retaining a beautiful and simple UI. When Java came along,Apple was unmoved, because it was just too slow. In general, over the years Apple has ignored new languages and just stuck with itsplatform. Smart, disciplined and mature.The iPhone PlatformThe Apple iPhone platform shares a lot with the MacOS developer stack. Brilliantly, Apple made its operating systemrun on iPhone, instantly leveraging its entire code base on a new device. The one exception is the UI libraries, whichhad to be designed specifically for multi-touch screen, motion, unique graphics and sound on iPhone. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Should I Go to Grad School?

Posted in myekaaeu on December 17th, 2019

first_imgWatch more videos here for more grad shool information:https://www.theihs.org/grad-school-adviceThe Institute for Humane Studies also has funding to help you through grad school, from application fee waivers, to conference grants, to PhD scholarships:https://www.theihs.org/scholarships Do you want to be a professor? Are you in grad school, applying, or preparing to apply? Do you ask yourself “should I go to graduate school?” or “should I apply for a PhD program?” If so, then let this video be your guide as Professor Michael Munger of Duke University outlines three “do”s and “don’t”s of grad school.Do: Go to grad school if your goal is to become a professor.Don’t: Go to grad school to wait out a recession or “find yourself”.Don’t: Go into debt by attending graduate school. Grad schools and scholarship providers fund individuals who have the best chance of succeeding in academia, so use funding as a signal for whether you should pursue a Ph.D.last_img read more

BARDA broadens pharma funding to fight superbugs

Posted in rrfyekym on December 1st, 2019

first_imgThe U.S. government is deepening its effort to entice drug companies back into antibiotic research with a new public-private partnership. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) announced yesterday that it will invest up to $170 million to help pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca move new antibiotic drug candidates toward the market. AstraZeneca has long been an exception to the trend of waning corporate interest in antibiotic research. Discouraged by the scientific challenges of finding novel antibiotic compounds—and by the difficulty of turning a profit in a field dominated by low-cost generics—many companies have fled the field since the early 2000s. AstraZeneca’s announcement this February that it would spin out its early-stage research into a separate company was interpreted by industry analysts as a signal that it, too, was stepping out of the field.But under the new agreement, AstraZeneca will receive an initial $50 million to focus first on a combination drug it has been developing for hard-to-treat gram-negative infections. BARDA then plans to invest up to $120 million more over the next 5 years, as it advises the company on other drug candidates to pursue.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)As public health experts have sounded the alarm over the threat of increasingly drug-resistant bacteria, BARDA has become a key federal funding mechanism for clinical-stage antibiotic projects, through its Broad Spectrum Antimicrobials (BSA) program, launched in 2010. But until recently, that assistance came in the form of $50 million to $85 million grants to help smaller companies stay afloat through expensive late-stage clinical trials for single drug candidates.Broad funding for a company’s entire drug pipeline is a relatively newer part of BARDA’s strategy. In 2013, the agency made a $200 million agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to fund an entire portfolio of projects, some still in preclinical stages.“It’s all about spreading risk over a number of different molecules versus focusing on one and then if it crashes and burns your contract has crashed and burned and you have to start over,” BSA head Joseph Larsen told ScienceInsider at a briefing to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in Washington, D.C., this past March. “So by definition, that tends to be companies that are larger.” Larsen added that, since the GSK agreement, he has been approached by other firms considering getting back into antibiotics, but struggling to make a business case for the research.Whether other companies can be enticed back into antibiotic research through such partnerships may depend in part on BARDA’s budget next year. An antibiotic resistance initiative announced as part of President Obama’s 2016 budget request would bump funding for the BSA initiative from $79 million to $192 million. Congress is not expected to finalize the 2016 budget until later this year or early next.last_img read more

Rose: ‘Not a penalty, but…’

Posted in xgzdvglq on November 30th, 2019

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Borussia Monchengladbach coach Marco Rose freely admits it wasn’t a penalty, but claims Roma’s opening goal should’ve been disallowed. Nicolò Zaniolo nodded in a corner and it was all set to end 1-0 before Scottish referee Willie Collum awarded a penalty in stoppages for Chris Smalling handball, even though it hit him in the face. “There was no handball, evidently, but that’s how these things go,” confessed Rose in his press conference after the 1-1 draw. “I have to say, though, that there was an offside position on Zaniolo’s corner.” If the Europa League group phase had VAR, then that penalty would never have been awarded. “I did not come here to discuss individual incidents. I wouldn’t have given that penalty, I understand the Roma fans are angry, but I prefer to put this incident to one side.” Gladbach are joint Bundesliga leaders, but have just two points from three Europa League games. “I don’t think there’s a difference in our approaches between the two competitions. We played well in the first 30 minutes today, especially.”last_img read more

Photo: 2017 4-Star QB Danny Clark Loves Ohio State More Than Anyone Else In The Whole World

Posted in rbiazxks on October 27th, 2019

first_imgOhio State's players walking onto the field.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Danny Clark, a 6-foot-4, 223-pound quarterback in the 2017 class, is committed to Ohio State. The four-star prospect has been pledged to the Buckeyes since his freshman year of high school. To put it simply: Clark loves Ohio State more than anyone else in the world. Why? Take a look at the following photo the pro-style QB posted on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. Notice the ridiculous amount of Buckeye-themed items Clark is sporting. And the gigantic smile. Running through the 614 with my woes pic.twitter.com/pSBb6XjO1o— PROTOTYPE (@DClarkQB) April 22, 2015In that photo, Clark is wearing a gray Ohio State hat, a gray Buckeye tank, OSU’s three title rings from the 2014 season and is showing off his Block O tattoo. He’s one of your future QBs, OSU fans. We think you’re going to like him.last_img read more

Phillip Dorsett Taken No. 29 Overall In NFL Draft

Posted in yemiwbag on October 27th, 2019

first_imgPhillip Dorsett poses infant of NFL draft logo.Phillip DorsettPhillip Dorsett, a speedy wide receiver out of Miami (Fla.), was taken No. 29 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Round 1 – Pick 29 @Colts select Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/98PmabXjdd— #NFLDraft (@nfl) May 1, 2015Dorsett, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound wideout, surged up NFL teams’ draft boards over the past couple of months. He had an excellent combine and impressed numerous franchises during individual workouts. Dorsett was a serious deep threat with the Hurricanes, averaging 24.2 yards per catch, with 10 of his 36 catches going for touchdowns. According to NFL.com, Dorsett’s closest comparison is John Brown. Here’s more: He can challenge teams vertically inside or outside and he has home-run potential after the catch as a slot receiver. With smaller wide receivers like T.Y. Hilton and Antonio Brown proving that small and fast can win in the NFL, Dorsett should be coveted by more than one team and has the potential to turn into a star in the NFL.The Green Bay Packers are now on the clock.last_img read more

Anyone Could Win The AFC North — Except The Browns

Posted in qntkvqtv on September 28th, 2019

5ClevelandAFC North5.93-2.9 To go with our 2016 NFL predictions, FiveThirtyEight is previewing each division. RANKTEAMDIVISIONPROJECTEDACTUALDIFFERENCE AFC North fans are blessed with one of the NFL’s most exciting divisions. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals have all been successful and evenly matched, politely taking turns in the top spot. In fact, the AFC North is the only division that has never had a back-to-back-to-back champion: 3BaltimoreAFC North9.35-4.3 2015 WINS The Ravens’ 2015 misfortune was twofold. They did terribly in close games, with their first eight losses coming by margins of six, four, four, three, five, eight, two and two. They also had a ridiculous number of injuries. Neither of these issues were totally random; strategy can cost teams in close games, and players are more likely to get injured when they’re members of one of the NFL’s oldest rosters. But luck played a major part too, and the Ravens are a trendy bounceback candidate for 2016, with Vegas putting their over/under at 8.5 wins. We expect them to improve as well, but only to 7.6.Cleveland BrownsWhile AFC North has never had a repeat champion, it does have the most predictable bottom-feeder in the NFL: 2San DiegoAFC West8.44-4.4 How will your favorite NFL team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season » This year will not be the year that streak is broken. And while Cincinnati took the crown in 2015, we give them just a 36 percent chance of repeating.Pittsburgh SteelersIt’s hard not to think of the Steelers as a defensive team. The franchise that gave us the Steel Curtain also had the best sustained defense of the 21st century. From 2000 to 2012 they allowed the fewest yards in the NFL six times and finished in the top 10 every season.No longer. The Steelers have quickly transformed into an offense-first squad, 21st in yards against and 3rd in yards gained last season. They have the best wide receiver in the NFL and the best running back unit (after Le’Veon Bell wraps up his three-game suspension). They went 8-4 in 2015 when QB Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t out with an injury, and Vegas has them at 10-1 to win Super Bowl LI. That’s tied with Panthers and behind only the Patriots, Seahawks and Packers. Our biggest misses of 2015 4San FranciscoNFC West8.05-3.0 The Cleveland Browns have finished last in the AFC North for five straight years and in 11 of the last 14 seasons. It’s the kind of franchise that’s in a position to make some gambles, so this season they signed quarterback Robert Griffin III and made him their starting QB.The saga of RGIII has been such a bummer these last couple of seasons that it’s easy to forget just how great he was in 2012. As a rookie, Griffin led the league in yards per attempt (8.1), edging out Peyton Manning. He also tied Tom Brady for the league’s lowest interception rate (1.3 percent) and added 815 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. He closed out the season with seven straight wins to lead Washington to the playoffs, and if it were not for Adrian Peterson’s incredible 2,097-yard season, Griffin might have had a legitimate case for MVP.Griffin took huge steps backward in 2013 and 2014 and then got benched for a year. But if the 2016 version of RGIII can be three-quarters the player he was in 2012, he could be the best quarterback the Browns have had in years. It’s something to hope for, at least.VIDEO: How one spurned Rams fan found a new team Our preseason Elo projections are a little less bullish, putting Pittsburgh as the seventh-most-likely Super Bowl winner. The Steelers could improve from last season just by having Roethlisberger for all 16 games, but they’re without their starting running back for three games, plus receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended for the year and veteran tight end Heath Miller retired. Bryant and Miller combined for 1,300 receiving yards in 2015.Cincinnati BengalsThere are a lot of ways an NFL franchise can be depressing. The Bills lost four straight Super Bowls. The Browns and Lions have never made it to one. And the Cincinnati Bengals are winless in their last seven playoff games, wasting some of the best seasons in the franchise’s history.Last year was especially brutal. The Bengals looked outstanding at the start, going 8-0 with wins over the Chiefs, Seahawks and Steelers. After their Week 9 victory over the Browns, the Bengals hit a new franchise Elo high of 1672. (This was only good for third-best Elo in the NFL at that moment, which itself is pretty depressing, if you think about it). They finished at 12-4 with a +140 point differential — the best regular season in franchise history — but they lost starting QB Andy Dalton to injury in Week 14.Everyone knew what was coming next. Like clockwork, the Bengals lost their Wild Card game for a fifth straight year. To refresh your memory on the specifics, Cincinnati trailed 15-0 entering the fourth quarter, pulled ahead 16-15, and and then committed not one but two egregious personal fouls to hand Pittsburgh a game-winning field goal. Cincinnati will carry over a lot of its talent from 2015, but very little pride.Baltimore RavensWhat happened to the Ravens? The 2014 squad was the 7th-best in the NFL per our final pre-Super Bowl Elo ratings, after a 10-6 season that ended at the hands of eventual champion New England. Going into 2015, we projected Baltimore to win 9.3 games, with a 55 percent chance of making the playoffs. They went 5-11. 1DallasNFC East9.84-5.8 read more