Millennials Finding it Hard to Leave Home Just in time for Mother’ Day, a new study by Zillow found that the amount of millennials—those between the ages of 23-37—still living with their mother has reached its highest level this century.The reported figure of 21.9% is nine points higher than those of the same age in 2005, and more than doubling the 11.7% rate back in 2001.While the amount of millennials living at homes continue to rise, the unemployment rate for those living at home has fallen to 10.3% from 19.5% in 2010.“While it might be tempting to stereotype these young adults as lazy millennials bumming off of mom, the data paints a different picture,” said Sarah Mikhitarian, Zillow Senior Economist. “When the housing market went bust and the economy unraveled into a recession, young adults increasingly returned to their childhood home. And, despite a strong labor market and fairly robust economic recovery, this trend has continued in the face of rising housing costs and deteriorating affordability. Living with mom as an adult can certainly bring its share of headaches, but the benefits go beyond the occasional home-cooked meal – living under mom’s roof can allow young adults to save enough money for a down payment, security deposit or some other big expense.Also, as rent rates rise, affordability challenges in the short term and long term are impacted. Zillow states renters in today’s market need an extra year and a half to save for a down payment than their parents’ generation 30 years earlier.Zillow states that rent has increased 2.4% year-over-year to $1,472 in February, and forecasts an additional 1.8% increase in the coming year.The markets with the most millenials living at home are Riverside, California, Los Angeles, California, and New York, New York—at least 31%. These markets are also among the least affordable rental markets in the nation.Just 13.7% of millennials still live at home in Seattle, Washington, which is the lowest in the nation. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News May 8, 2019 1,267 Views 2019 Housing Market Affordability Millenials 2019-05-08 Mike Albanese Share
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Virtuoso’s Luxury Marketplace White Paper reveals 77% of Virtuoso agency members in the Asia-Pacific region are seeing growth in the business, but it’s not all rosy. Luxury travel agencies believe there is opportunity to connect more effectively with luxury clients through co-operative marketing beyond pure discounting.Key insights from Virtuoso’s white paper include:Luxury travel suppliers are willing to spend more from their marketing budgets but they don’t believe current joint marketing campaigns portray their brand wellLuxury travel agencies believe there is opportunity to connect more effectively with luxury clients through co-operative marketing beyond pure discountingRepeat business accounts for more than 70% of most Virtuoso advisor business and new client acquisition is attained overwhelmingly through referrals, but relationship marketing holds a small share of existing marketing spendMost luxury supply marketing is aimed at new customer acquisition which is least likely to convert and often fixated on discountsThe APAC market craves localised marketing and personal messaging, rather than those repurposed from larger international markets“The luxury travel segment is thriving both here in our region and globally. Consumers are trading up to the best experiences the industry has to offer and our business grew over 20% in 2017, making this one of Virtuoso’s fastest growing markets globally,” Virtuoso’s Managing Director – Australia, New Zealand and Asia, Michael Londregan said.“While desire is high, we feel our industry is lagging behind the consumer when it comes to the way we market luxury travel. We found a strong belief amongst both luxury travel suppliers and advisors that there are few viable and effective marketing channels to communicate their message and support their brands.“There is a lot of activity in the travel marketplace but most of it is distress marketing – promoting our “brown bananas” – and very little communicates the luxury value proposition in a way that connects with luxury clients. Our research shows this is something our luxury suppliers and agents are craving.”Mr Londregan said following the white paper’s findings, Virtuoso will make a significant investment in marketing resources for the region in order to better service supply partners and agency members.As a direct result of the research Virtuoso is delighted to announce that Adrian Clarke, will join Virtuoso’s APAC team in a marketing role in March 2018.“Transitioning from the member side of the program into Virtuoso itself is an exciting progression,” Mr Clarke said.“I’ve always admired Virtuoso’s clear market position and look forward to working with the best suppliers and advisors in the region to grow engagement and revenues through better marketing programs.”Mr Clarke has held numerous senior marketing roles in the travel sector including most recently as the Head of Marketing with Travel Associates, one of Virtuoso’s valued members.IMAGE: Adrian Clarke luxuryVirtuoso
“These guys will get the football, they will get it accurately, they will be able to run after the catch,” he said. “Carson Palmer is a huge addition to this team.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Who is Carson Palmer?Is he a former Heisman Trophy winner and number one overall draft pick who just needed to be in a quality environment to succeed, or is he a washed up 33-year-old whose arm strength isn’t what it once was?The Cardinals are banking on him being the first option, and ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski tends to agree.“I view him very highly,” Jaworski told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Thursday. “He got lost in the Black Hole. Oakland is an absolute mess; he had no chance, whatsoever. Comments Share LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL Analyst Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “None.”Jaworski noted that Palmer spent more playing from behind last year than any QB in the league, which certainly did not help the passer succeed. But even with that, Palmer still completed 61.1 percent of his passes for more than 4,000 yards with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Though the Raiders went 4-11 with him as a starter, many believe the team’s struggles were not the quarterback’s fault.“It’s difficult to compete at a high level when you’re always playing uphill,” Jaworski said. “Carson Palmer still has a tremendous skill-set, and I know Bruce wants to get the ball down the field. He doesn’t like that dink-and-dunk type stuff. “So he’s got the guy that can still throw the ball with accuracy down the field, has a good, quick release.”Acquired for practically nothing in the offseason, the Cardinals are hoping the veteran will rediscover what made him successful in Cincinnati playing alongside skill position talents like Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts and Rob Housler. Jaworski thinks he will, and that those pass catchers will be very happy with the guy tasked with getting them the ball.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The future at running back seems pretty set for the Arizona Cardinals, with the emergence of young running backs Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor and the offseason addition of Jonathan Dwyer.But in NFL.com’s fictional All-Time Draft, the Cardinals dug deep into the pool of Hall of Famers and came out with one of the greatest backs ever to play the game at No. 20: Walter Payton.“This could be a sweet pick for them with Walter Payton out of Jackson State,” said NFL.com fantasy editor Michael Fabiano. “Can Walter Payton make an impact going from a small school to the National Football League? We’ll see what happens.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Payton, a three-time NFL MVP and 1985 Super Champion, scored 110 career touchdowns and rush for a league record 16,726 yards during his 12-year tenure with the Chicago Bears from 1976-1987.The nine-time Pro Bowler was inducted into Canton back in 1993.Obviously, it’s nothing more than some interesting filler before the league’s actual selection show begins on May 8.Nonetheless, it’s nice to dream once in awhile.“I like Payton, he can do everything,” said NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison. “I’ll tell you what you have to look out for, Walter Payton can throw the halfback option. It’d be interesting to see that come back into the game. This guy is as durable as it gets. I like the pick.”Something tells us, Harrison wouldn’t be alone with that final thought. Top Stories
As the 2015 NFL season winds to a close Sunday with Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif., it’s only natural for those outside of Denver and Charlotte to be looking ahead to next season.That includes fans in the Valley, who saw their Arizona Cardinals fall just short of a second trip to the Super Bowl when they were beaten by the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game nearly two weeks ago.Should the Panthers beat the Broncos Sunday, Cam Newton and Co. would likely host the NFL’s 2016 Thursday night Kickoff game, which has become quite a spectacle in its own right. The last 12 Super Bowl champions have opened the next season in the league’s Thursday opener. LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider 0 Comments Share Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton leaps into the end zone for a touchdown run during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. But who would the Panthers play?Outside of their three division opponents, Carolina will host the San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and … the Arizona Cardinals.ESPN NFL insider John Clayton joined Doug and Wolf Friday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and said one could make a compelling case for a Cardinals-Panthers rematch to open the 2016 campaign.“I think you can,” Clayton said. “Naturally, you would think you’d go by the championship (games) and what about Denver-New England? Certainly, without Peyton Manning, you would say ‘no’”Win or lose in Sunday’s Super Bowl, Manning is expected to announce his retirement after an illustrious 18-year career. His absence would certainly take a lot of the luster off of a Broncos-Patriots AFC Championship Game rematch. Those two teams are scheduled to meet during the 2016 regular season at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.“The New England games are too valuable — they’re not going to put a Denver-New England game on in the first game because they can get better ratings on New England football later in the season,” Clayton said. “So I think Carolina-Arizona would be a perfect one.” It is interesting to note that in this run of 12 straight Super Bowl champs opening the next season on Thursday night, only twice has the game featured a conference championship game rematch. The New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings opened the 2010 season after meeting in the NFC Championship Game the year prior and the Patriots and Indianapolis Colts revisited their AFC Championship meeting to open 2004. – / 69 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Against Chicago, the lines struggled quite frankly. What did you see from both lines in this game?Offensively, I thought we did a good job of protecting other than one or two times there was some leakage. But I thought we gave Carson and Drew, for the most part, very good pass protection and those guys, I thought, were in rhythm and on point. Defensively, with Robert (Nkemdiche) down and Olsen Pierre going out early, I had a little bit of concern in the run game early on where we got creased, and whether it was a guy just didn’t have gap control or a linebacker who didn’t come over the top and fill — those are things we need to continue to clean up. But those were my only concerns on defense because I thought we set the edge much better this week with Chandler (Jones) and Markus Golden. And I thought our secondary played exceptional.What is your plan for roster cutdown with about 1,200 players about to hit the street this coming weekend? Is it any different than any other last Thursday of the preseason?Yeah, it’s significantly different. When you think about the fact that there’s 1,184 players who aren’t going to be on NFL teams over a two or three-day period, it puts a lot of strain and pressure on your personnel department. Fortunately, Michael Bidwill has given me the resources to build, in my opinion, one of the best personnel departments in the National Football League and when you have guys like Mike Disner and Terry McDonough and Quentin Harris and Adrian Wilson — you know, to me, the best of the best which certainly make me look good. We’ll put a plan in place and the good news is Coach (Arians) and I spent a lot of time talking about our roster (Sunday) and to feel like you’ve got a core group of talent, whether there’s 51 or 48 really good players that you can count on, it does take a little bit of stress off you from the standpoint you don’t have to search the wire to build a team. You’re really just looking for one or two positions, potentially. The bottom line is those players that are free have to significantly upgrade your roster or you don’t want to make a change because if a guy isn’t good enough, you have to get him up-to-date on the schematics and playbook, so there are so many things that go into it. You have to be convinced that, from a talent standpoint, this player is a significant upgrade. 0 Comments Share LISTEN: Steve Keim, AZ Cardinals GM Top Stories The fact that the fullback is making a bit of a return to the NFL in 2017, that could be important for Elijhaa Penny’s chances, couldn’t it?I think, in any business, it’s ‘the more you can do,’ right? He’s a big man, he’s got nifty feet, he does some good things in terms of run skills. He does have the ability to have positional flexibility and then, more than anything, there’s no doubt that we’ve looked to improve our core special teams and he’s a guy that Amos (Jones) and some of our coaches really like running down and covering kicks and those sort of things. Elijhaa’s certainly got a chance. He was on our practice squad last year and is another guy who has improved over time. – / 24 Arizona Cardinals general manager joins Doug and Wolf every Monday morning following a game on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station.This week, Keim discussed the team’s 24-14 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The win evened the Cardinals’ preseason record to 2-2 heading into the final tuneup tilt of the year, Thursday night in Denver against the Broncos.After you watched the tape of the Atlanta game, what made you smile? I think the wide receivers have responded pretty well since Bruce Arians put them on notice. Are you seeing the same thing?There’s no doubt that a good butt-chewing is good for all of us. Bruce let them have it and I think they’ve all responded. Not only have they responded on the field, but they’ve gotten out of the training room, which was something that needed to improve. A lot of those soft-tissue issues cleaned up real quick.On defense, last week the talk was all about Josh Bynes. This week, there’s a lot of talk about Cap Capi. Where is the biggest competition going on in terms of making the 53-man roster?I think punter is one of them. I think the fourth outside linebacker is certainly an area that we’re going to look at. Inside linebacker is another position that you want to continue to look at. Offensive line depth is an area, as well. Cap had a nice night, gave tremendous effort and was certainly disruptive. I won’t say he’s the biggest surprise, but there’s no player on our team that has worked harder this offseason than Kareem (Martin). Kareem Martin, in my opinion, is the most improved football player on our entire team, when you look at his body of work, how far he’s come. When we drafted him, he was a long, lanky athlete who had some speed and straight-line ability. But he has grown into his body, he’s spent tons of time in our weight room and when you do that, you become more confident as a player from a physicality standpoint. Kareem, I’m truly proud about the way that he’s worked because it shows the rest of the team that if you put in the time and the effort, you can get better. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Going into Thursday night, how many jobs would you say are up for grabs?I would say probably four or five, you know, where you could probably say there is a battle or where guys could emerge. A lot of that is on special teams and their ability to cover kicks and punts and those sorts of things. That’s what preseason is about. A lot of these young guys are continuing to grow and get better. Earlier on in training camp, I was a little down on Brandon Williams, and he has certainly rebounded. Going from the first week of camp, where I had some concerns and some doubts about the corner position opposite of Patrick Peterson, now all of a sudden, I feel like we have four solid corners, which is sigh of relief.What do you need to see from Chris Johnson Thursday in order for him to make the team? How badly did he hurt himself with his performance in Atlanta?I’m not going to critique Chris on the radio. The one thing I’ll say is he’s a pro’s pro. He gets it. And it’s not just his performance in one preseason game that’s going to make a difference. It’s a body of work that Coach and I will look at. We’ll determine the best 53, and more importantly, who’s going to be active on game day. That’s the toughest thing. When you have a better roster — Coach and I were looking (Sunday) at who’s going to be active on game day, and it was a lot tougher than we anticipated when looking at which guys are going to be down. You’d like to have them all available on Sunday. For the most part, I was really pleased with the overall performance. Especially, as we’ve talked about, when you put a lot of emphasis on the third, or in this case, the fourth preseason game. And to do it in what you’d think is a pretty hostile environment where a brand new stadium is built with a team coming off an NFC Championship — knowing the type of players that they have from a talent standpoint, and the way we played and executed, I was really pleased.What did you see from John Brown?Well, it’s pretty simple — the play-making ability. We all know what kind of player John Brown can be and the injuries have been an issue. But when John Brown is healthy, there’s no doubt that he’s a dynamic player who can create mismatches, especially in the vertical game, which is something we desperately need from him. Not only does John Brown’s big play ability help us just in terms of putting points on the board, but it opens other things up, whether it’s Larry underneath, whether it’s tight ends, it’s David in the run game or David’s ability to motion in the slot and create mismatches with linebackers and safeties. It does so many different things for you that defenses have to prepare for. John Brown is a very important part of this puzzle, so having John healthy and guys like Tyrann Mathieu — the biggest keys to those two players is they change field position. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield throws during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Top Stories 4. Cleveland Browns (via Texans)Do they need a QB? See above.5. Denver BroncosDo they need a QB? Maybe. It all depends on whether you believe Broncos GM John Elway about sticking with the development of backup Paxton Lynch behind newly-signed starter Case Keenum. Elway has also publicly listed the pick for sale.6. Indianapolis Colts (via Jets)Do they need a QB? No. Trading down from No. 3 and taking a package from the Jets means general manager Chris Ballard believes quarterback Andrew Luck’s shoulder injury isn’t a career-threatening issue.7. Tampa Bay BuccaneersDo they need a QB? No. They’re set with Jameis Winston.8. Chicago BearsDo they need a QB? No, not after very surprisingly trading up and then selecting Mitch Trubisky second in the 2017 NFL Draft.9. San Francisco 49ersDo they need a QB? Nope. The 49ers made Jimmy Garoppolo a well-paid man and long-term answer at quarterback.10. Oakland RaidersDo they need a QB? No. First-year head coach John Gruden is set with Derek Carr.11. Miami DolphinsDo they need a QB? Possibly. Ryan Tannehill’s second torn ACL might have Miami concerned about his durability and future as the starting quarterback. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Of course, the Cardinals aren’t in dire need of a quarterback. They’ve signed starter Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon as depth, yet there’s no better way to find a franchise signal-caller than via the draft. In some order, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson and Mason Rudolph are considered the six best quarterbacks available.Looking over a collection of 14 notable mock drafts to begin the week of the draft (and omitting trades by Arizona), nobody has fewer than three quarterbacks going off the board before Arizona drafts 15th.Related LinksA quarterback rich 2018 NFL Draft awaits the Cardinals5 off the board by No. 15 (2): NFL.com’s Charles Davis, NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks4 off the board by No. 15 (9): ESPN’s Kiper/McShay, Huddle Report’s Robby Esch, NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com’s Charley Casserly, CBS Sports’ Will Brinson, The Athletic’s Chris Burke, NFL.com’s Curtis Conway, SB Nation’s Dan Kadar, Bleacher Report’s Doug Farrar3 off the board by No. 15 (3): CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli, Walter Football’s Walter Cherepinsky, PFF’s Steve PalazzoloWith that, let’s take a look at which teams are drafting ahead of Arizona and what their quarterback situations look like — without considering their other needs — to imagine how many of them just might draft a quarterback if one of their favorites falls into their laps. 1. Cleveland BrownsDo they need a QB? Probably. The Browns aren’t in a rush. Though they traded DeShone Kizer after his rocky rookie season, they also bought themselves time by acquiring Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills.With the first pick and the fourth pick, the Browns could in theory draft a quarterback of the future. They could also push that need to next year and attempt to dangle the fourth pick as trade bait in front of needy teams like Arizona. They have shopped the No. 4 pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.2. New York GiantsDo they need a QB? Yes. Eli Manning is 37 and for a struggling team last year put together one of his least-productive seasons. A new front office could be ready to begin searching for the veteran quarterback’s replacement.3. New York Jets (via Colts)Do they need a QB? Probably. New York re-signed veteran Josh McCown as insurance and inked Teddy Bridgewater, who is working back from his career-threatening knee injury two years ago.They’re prepared for the interim, but with a No. 3 pick, they can get the future-building going. Based on their move up from the sixth slot, it appears they have a quarterback as a target. – Can general manager Steve Keim move up and nab a higher pick now that a couple of quarterback-needy teams like Buffalo already made their intentions known heading into draft day?– Or do the Cardinals like a darkhorse quarterback prospect enough to take a stab in the second round or later? If other teams ahead of the Dolphins are gun-shy about drafting QBs, it’s possible they select one.12. Buffalo Bills (via Bengals)Do they need a QB? Yes. Buffalo signed free agent A.J. McCarron this offseason. It’s likely he’s more of a bridge option after trading Taylor.The Bills’ trade of defensive tackle Cordy Glenn to move them from 21st to 12th makes it appear that they want a quarterback at this slot.13. Washington RedskinsDo they need a QB? No. They let Kirk Cousins walk and acquired Alex Smith from the Chiefs this offseason.14. Green Bay PackersDo they need a QB? Nope. The Packers are well-stocked with Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley and Kizer on the roster.15. Arizona CardinalsDo they need a QB? Obviously. But even with up to six quarterbacks potentially going in the first round of the draft, the Cardinals might find themselves looking at the fifth- or sixth-best quarterback option by this point and potentially reaching.All of these questions linger:– Even if only three quarterbacks are off the board, do they like the next QB on their big board?– Do they trade down to draft a quarterback later on while acquiring more draft picks? Hours out from the 2018 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have plans for big decisions — or big moves.That’s because the hurdles to acquire a quarterback of the future are out in the open. Several quarterback-needy teams already made trades to improve their draft positioning, and even with up to six quarterbacks being considered as potential first-round picks, it’s a wonder how many of those will still be on the board if Arizona holds at the No. 15 overall pick. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Woo-hoo. The Cardinals didn’t get blown out on Sunday. Their moral victory is proof of how far we’ve fallen.It’s considered progress when they cover the spread against the Chiefs.It’s failure when a 12-point defeat is considered acceptable, regardless of circumstance.It’s an accomplishment when you hold Patrick Mahomes to under 300 yards passing in a single contest.It’s a condemnation of Steve Wilks when you have an extra week to prepare for an opponent and give up a touchdown within the first minute. It was his first vow when he took the job and yet the problem still persists. Andre Smith just played his worst game in Arizona, spearheading a line that could ruin most rookie quarterbacks.The latest example is stupefying, especially when Wilks once called the 2018 offensive line “the strength of the team.”Nothing will change until the Cardinals figure out how to correctly build the nerve center of their football team. Bill Belichick makes it look easy. So do the Steelers. Why are the Cardinals so easily deluded when it comes to their offensive linemen?Maybe all of this losing is for the best, yielding high-leverage draft picks to supplement their abundance of salary cap space entering next season.They need to learn if this head coach is worth another year. They need David Johnson to build off Sunday’s performance, and stop running with his head down, looking for a soft landing at the first taste of contact. They need their defense to develop a real identity by the end of the season.But they can’t let a matador offensive line ruin the verve and raw potential of Rosen. Keeping him upright and breathing is paramount, along with men upfront who understand the position, who know what it means to serve and protect. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo He signed Jared Veldheer and Mike Iupati to big-dollar contracts. He still can’t find the right mix, even though the GM was once an offensive lineman at North Carolina State.Before Rosen’s game-changing interception on an intended screen pass to David Johnson, the Cardinals’ quarterback was hurried 16 times with five sacks and 10 knockdowns in 35 passing attempts.How is a quarterback supposed to develop when he doesn’t have time to learn on the job, surrounded by veteran linemen who perform like rookies?Experience will teach a young quarterback to identify defensive linemen who are baiting him on screen passes, like Justin Houston did before his interception that spoiled the Cardinals’ comeback effort. But a good offensive lineman will also counter a cherry-picking defensive player by peppering him with body shots, teaching him to think twice before leaving his feet on pass attempts.That didn’t happen on Sunday.Hence, the dilemma surrounding Keim’s status as GM. He’s done more good than bad since taking over in 2013.He traded for Carson Palmer and drafted Rosen. He traded for Chandler Jones. His 2018 draft class could be full of impact players, negating the big whiff of 2017. But do you trust him to fix the offensive line? 72 Comments Share Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams (26) hangs on to the clothing of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) It’s progress when your defense forces the Chiefs to punt three times in succession.It is failure when our standards have been lowered so much that we are resigned to embrace baby steps, to search for the good with telescopes and magnifying glasses.Related LinksRapid Reactions: Cardinals fall to Chiefs despite Johnson’s big gameCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald passes Terrell Owens in all-time rec. yardsDavid Johnson enjoys best game of season against ChiefsCardinals’ defensive line continues to find success getting to the quarterbackSorry, winning is for winners. Progress is for losers. And our NFL team is back on the wrong side of the tracks, grasping for low-hanging fruit.It’s further confirmation that Arizona has become the kindergarten of professional sports.A 26-14 road loss to Kansas City might’ve been their best performance of the season, surpassing both victories against the lowly 49ers. But everything that felt good about Sunday’s performance was wiped away in the fourth quarter, when the Chiefs obliterated the Cardinals’ offensive line, pressuring Josh Rosen on almost every snap that mattered.The lopsided ending was embarrassing, emasculating and spoke to a recurring nightmare in Arizona.During his tenure, General Manager Steve Keim has failed spectacularly at assembling a competent offensive line.He’s drafted Jonathan Cooper, D.J. Humphries, Mason Cole, Korey Cunningham, Will Holden, Dorian Johnson, Evan Boehm, Cole Toner and Earl Watford. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Reach Bickley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. – / 28 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen talks with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact As a result of the team’s poor performance and a 48-7 stomping at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys, head coach Vince Tobin was fired seven games into the season.2003Record: 4-12Despite posting a better record than 2000, this is the season ESPN’s Bill Barnwell dawns as the worst in franchise history.Arizona finished last in the NFL in both scoring offense and scoring defense that season. Additionally, the Cardinals had a league-worst point differential of -227.The offensive struggles may have been a result of Plummer’s departure in the offseason. Though his stat line was never eye-popping, Plummer was a team leader for several years and consistently racked up significant yards. His replacement was Jeff Blake, who struggled to move the offense, throwing 13 touchdowns and 15 interceptions with a completion percentage of 56.7.One of the only positives of this season was wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Boldin wowed during his first season in the NFL, accumulating 1,377 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, helping him win Offensive Rookie of the Year.Following the trends of Ryan and Tobin, head coach Dave McGinnis was fired after the dreary season. But one good thing did come out of this forgettable year: Arizona selected Larry Fitzgerald with the No. 3 pick in the subsequent NFL Draft. Top Stories 10 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In the second season as the “Arizona Cardinals,” the team struggled mightily on both sides of the ball. Arizona finished 27th of the league’s 30 teams (Texans and Ravens didn’t yet exist) in points per game with 17.2, and on defense, the Cardinals allowed a league-worst 26.4 points per game.Despite his success in previous years, Krieg struggled behind center. Starting all 16 games, Krieg threw 16 touchdowns and 21 interceptions while completing just over 58 percent of his passes. He didn’t return the following season.The dismal year also led to Ryan’s firing. Ryan never coached again in the NFL, but his sons, Rob and Rex, have coached all around the league.2000Record: 3-13This is saying a lot, but the 2000 season very well might be the worst in Arizona Cardinals history. Since relocating to the Phoenix area, the Cardinals have never won fewer games than they did in 2003.What stood out that year was the atrocious turnover margin. Arizona posted a league-worst takeaway-giveaway differential of -24. Much of this was a result of quarterback Jake Plummer throwing 21 interceptions and losing eight fumbles.Not only did the Cardinals lose a lot of games, they got blown out consistently. Arizona’s -233 point differential was the worst in franchise history and the second lowest in the league that year to, you guessed it, the Cleveland Browns. Here’s a look at some of the worst years since the franchise moved to Arizona (in chronological order):Related LinksCardinals’ Coleman shares unique journey with deaf studentsCardinals’ Steve Wilks experiencing a learning curve in first year as HC1991Record: 4-12Since moving to the Valley, the Cardinals have finished the season with a 4-12 record five times. The 1991 season was among the most disheartening of those. Despite beginning the year 2-0, the then-Phoenix Cardinals struggled down the stretch, losing their last eight games.The main issue for the Cardinals that season was offense. Phoenix’s 196 points scored is the franchise’s lowest mark since the NFL increased the number of games in a season to 16. At quarterback, the snaps were split among Tom Tupa, Stan Gelbaugh and Chris Chandler, all of whom threw more interceptions than touchdowns.One of the few positives of the squad was then-rookie Aeneas Williams, who recorded six interceptions.The season was the beginning of the end for head coach Joe Bugel, who would coach two more seasons in the Valley before receiving the pink slip. In four years with the Cardinals, Bugel posted a 20-44 record.1995Record: 4-12Following an 8-8 season in Buddy Ryan’s first season at the helm and the signing of former Seahawks star quarterback Dave Krieg, expectations were somewhat high in 1995. That didn’t stop the Cardinals from being a laughingstock once again. 2018Record: 2-9The 2018-19 season isn’t even complete, but it has undoubtedly been one of the Cardinals’ worst seasons ever. Problems have stemmed on both sides of the ball, but perhaps the struggles on offense are the most notable.With five games left, the Cardinals are dead last in almost every major offensive statistic — scoring offense, total yards per game, passing yards per game and rushing yards per game.What’s been most disappointing for the Cardinals this year may be the use of David Johnson. Though an elite back, Johnson has been unable to find daylight this year due to offensive line struggles and so-so play calling that led to offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s firing. Through 11 games, Johnson has rushed for 692 yards and six touchdowns on 3.7 yards per carry.Sam Bradford was expected to lead the passing game, but needless to say, that didn’t go as planned. Rookie Josh Rosen is now the primary signal caller for the Cardinals, and his play has been up and down thus far.At 2-9, there’s a chance Arizona could eclipse the 2000 season as the worst record since moving to the Valley. This is Steve Wilks’ first year coaching the Cardinals, but if his squad doesn’t show signs of life soon, it could be his last. The year was 1988: St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill announced the relocation of his NFL franchise to Phoenix.Now 30 years since football arrived in the Valley, the franchise has certainly enjoyed its fair share of victories and accomplishments. But on the flipside, it has indisputably endured its low points. The 2018 season is no exception.With five games left in the regular season, the Cardinals sit at 2-9 and tied for last in the NFC. Record-wise, this is on track to be one of the worst seasons since the team moved to Arizona, but it isn’t without competition for that unwanted crown. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Lucerne Festival has been celebrating the finest in classical music since 1938, with famous orchestras, legendary conductors and virtuoso soloists collaborating three times a year at the idyllic location of Lake Lucerne. The artists perform in a concert hall designed by Jean Nouvel, renowned for its phenomenal acoustics and exquisite architecture, where they encounter an audience that is no less international and sophisticated.Featuring different themes each year, the programme offers a wonderfully broad spectrum ranging from Mozart to the Modernists, from early music to avant-garde experimentation. This year’s festivities are themed Easter, Summer and Piano, and run between April and November.New to the Festival in 2017 is the free Lucerne mobility ticket entitling participants to the free use of buses and trains (2nd class) in tariff zone 10, valid for the entirety of their stay. The Lucerne Mobility Ticket is personal, non-transferable and not inclusive of boat travel. The pass is issued upon check-in, however, the hotel reservation document (printed or digital) may be presented to the ticket inspector for transit to the hotel.
Elite Havens has announced that the seven villas of the Sava Beach Villas estate are now part of its exclusive Phuket holiday rental collection.Sava Beach Villas comprises seven designer villas set in a beachfront estate, just 25 minutes from Phuket international airport in Phang Nga province. These Natai Beach rentals offer a choice of seven bedrooms with Villa Tievoli; six bedrooms at Villa Amarelo, Villa Cielo, Villa Malee Sai and Villa Essenza; and four-bedroom escapes at Villa Roxo and Villa Aqua. Each villa has a distinct personality reflecting its individual owner’s taste, while all offer a modern haven with sea and sunset views.An immersion into tranquillity and care awaits guests at Sava Beach Villas, with large private pools of 18 or 25 metres, indoor and outdoor living areas, private dining rooms, entertainment and sports facilities and a team of staff including Thai chefs and villa managers to cater for every guest whim – all just steps away from the soft sands of Natai, a quiet beach that extends 10 kilometres up the Andaman coast. And for those in search of a fantasy beachfront Phuket wedding venue, Sava is a dream destination.Natai Beach is less than an hour’s drive from the busy tourist areas of Phuket, yet it offers a sense of seclusion and exclusivity with only a handful of luxury villas and boutique resorts lining its sandy shore. From relaxing on the sands of Natai and kayaking or standup paddle boarding along the shore to venturing out for a yacht charter cruise of majestic Phang Nga Bay or snorkelling the pristine waters of the Similan islands, Sava Beach Villas offer the ultimate tropical beach getaway.
RelatedFewer European visitors leads to ‘more enjoyable’ continental holidaysPeople booking flights to Europe this year are having a more enjoyable time because of the fewer number of visitorsMore UK holidaymakers book long-haul flightsBrits are more likely to book holidays to longer-haul destinations because the cost of flights has come downPeople ‘certain’ to book more flights to and from the UKMore people will book flights to and from the UK because of the steep decline in the value of the pound Long-haul flights are now on “everybody’s wish list”, according to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO).According to Ken Kenward, AITO’s executive director, booking long-haul flights is no longer considered a luxury by a growing number of travellers.”Long haul holidays have always been popular,” he said.”A long haul holiday is on everybody’s wish list and holidays now are more of a necessity than a luxury.”Mr Kenward added that people book long-haul flights for a number of reasons – be it to go on a gap year, find work abroad or to enrol at a foreign university.The Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer revealed last month that Thailand was the cheapest long-haul destination for UK travellers.The far-east country was 41 percent cheaper than Spain, the cheapest country in the eurozone.South Africa was one place behind Thailand in terms of value-for-money, while Kenya came fourth as it seeks to increase its share of the African tourism market. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
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7. Valentine, AustraliaFrom unromantic beginnings as a coal mining town, this lakeside lover’s paradise sits on the shore of Lake Macquarie, just up the coast from Sydney. Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake, head up here with your Valentine for a spot of camping, swimming and that Aussie national past-time, barbecuing.Find flights8. Rose, USAWhat’s in a name? Well they’re aren’t many roses in this small New York town, which was actually named after the landowner Robert S. Rose. Residents in this romantically named town once thought gold and gems were buried beneath their feet. They failed to find any treasure, but then, in the immortal words of Dolly Parton: I never promised you a rose garden.9. Truelove Lowlands, Devon Island, CanadaUnless you have a peculiar penchant for polar bears, or you really love your own company, it’s highly unlikely you’ll find true love in Truelove. Devon Island is no love island, in fact it’s more like something out of the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away, being the world’s largest uninhabited spot of land.Find flights10. Love County, USAWe made it to the end of the list without running out of romance-related puns! Love is in the air in Love County, Oklahoma, where more than half of the population are married, that’s 10% more than the US national average. Are they more amorous, or just traditional? We’re not sure on that one. Read more about romantic holiday ideas:10 romantic hotels in Paris close to 10 great attractions7 romantic city breaks in EuropeDecent proposals: 7 really romantic (cheap) places to pop the questionSingle and wanting to escape smug couples this Valentine’s Day? Check this out:Kill Cupid: 5 unromantic, anti-Valentine’s destinationsSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. Kissing, GermanyBavaria, the home of Black Forest Gateau and beer, the perfect recipe for romance. Join the queue and pucker up alongside other soppy couples getting snapped snogging in front of Kissing’s welcome sign. If all the lovey-dovey stuff gets too much then Munich is only a short jaunt down the road. Find flights5. Heart’s Content, CanadaFrolic in the snow with your special someone to your Heart’s Content in this small town located in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Don’t get your wires crossed; famous for being the end of the line for the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable until it was decomssioned, the brick cable buidling is now a communications museum.6. Date, JapanIt’s a double date in Japan, which has not one but two towns named Date, actually pronounced ‘Dar-tay’. The first is located on Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, the other on the main island of Honshu. Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, so here are 10 of the most romantic-sounding destinations in the world to get you in the mood for love.Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot for a romatin rendezvous, or you just want a giggle at some soppy city names, ditch the forecourt flowers and take a trip down lovers’ lane.1. Romance, USALegend has it, the rugged town of Romance, Arkansas, was named by a teacher who thought the views around the town were particularly romantic. The town’s biggest attraction is the local post office, where romantics flock to get a ‘Romance’ postmark on their love letters – they’re still waiting for email to catch on.Find flights2. Lover, EnglandAnother one for philatelists out there; the post man has a hard job carrying the sacks of sweet-nothings sent each February 14th to the village in Wiltshire who prize the ‘Lover’ postmark. With only three roads in the tiny hamlet, you’re bound to find the path to true love here.3. Heart Peaks, CanadaGet all hot under the collar with a hike up the volcanic mountains, Heart Peaks, in British Columbia. Feel light-headed and giddy (it could be love, it could be altitude sickness) atop the 6000-foot peak. Having laid dormant for thousands of years however, you might find more fizzle than sizzle. Related7 romantic city breaks in EuropeLove is all you need, but whisking your sweetheart away to Paris, Barcelona or Lisbon will probably earn you a few brownie points. Here are seven places in Europe to take your lover for a romantic city break, whether it’s Valentine’s Day, or you just fancy treating that someone special.Top 10 Valentine Breaks: romantic holiday destinations off the beaten trackSkyscanner introduces 10 cities where love is still in the air5 Most Romantic Cities in Italy5 Most Romantic Cities in Italy