Magic Four-Peat: Gartner Names Dell EMC a Leader in Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage for Fourth Year in a Row

first_imgReady to do more with your own unstructured data? Learn more about Dell EMC Isilon and ECS platforms and contact us for more details.A complimentary copy of the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage is available here.With this newest report, Dell EMC is now positioned as a Leader in nine Gartner Magic Quadrants. We feel the continued recognition demonstrates the market demand from global enterprises for scalable, reliable and easy to use products that help them to focus on managing their businesses, not their storage.*Gartner, Inc. “Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage” by Julia Palmer, Raj Bala, Chandra Mukhyala, September 30, 2019Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Company recognized for completeness of vision and ability to execute The Dell EMC team is honored to once again be recognized as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage. Isilon and ECS, Dell EMC’s industry-leading solutions for distributed file systems and object storage, were evaluated for the Gartner report.We believe our laser-focus on innovation and our unwavering commitment to customers are key driving factors to being recognized by Gartner as a Leader  in Distributed File Systems and Object Storage for the fourth consecutive year for this Magic Quadrant, and for many years prior in other Gartner Magic Quadrants. That’s right, for the fourth year in a row the company has been recognized for its completeness of vision and ability to execute on current and anticipated customer requirements.Addressing the unstructured data challengeAccording to Gartner, “By 2024, enterprises will triple their unstructured data stored as file or object storage from what they have in 2019”.* Businesses need to have storage systems in place that allow them to focus on the data, the applications and the workloads, not on additional configurations, lack of performance or limited scaling capabilities. You should not have to change how IT works, just because the data keeps growing.In the report, Gartner states, “Market leaders will typically be able to execute strongly across multiple geographies with products that cover both distributed file systems and object storage offerings. They also have consistent financial performance, broad platform support and flexible deployment models.”* The unstructured data teams here at Dell EMC are continuously working to improve our offerings and provide customers with agile, scalable and cost-effective storage platforms that address the ever-increasing amounts of unstructured data our customers continue to be faced with.Below are some of the recent enhancements we’ve made to our unstructured data solutions over the last few months to help organizations modernize and simplify their storage infrastructure:New Dell EMC Isilon innovations. Isilon OneFS 8.2 and the Isilon H5600 enable organizations to support demanding workloads with massive capacity and performance and provide a highly efficient, dense storage solution that helps organizations shrink their data center footprint and lower costs.Additional updates to Isilon OneFS further accelerate in-line compression and deduplication to provide up to a 140% greater usable capacity of Isilon solutions powered by OneFS.For object storage, new ECS 3.4 software strengthens the platform’s enterprise readiness, improves customer ROI, enhances data visibility into system health, and the new EX500 appliance provides a versatile option for midsized enterprises supporting both modern applications or deep archive use cases.Announced the certification of Dell EMC Isilon version OneFS 8.2 with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 3.1 and Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub(CDH) via the Cloudera QATS (Quality Assured Testing Suite) program. Certification of Dell EMC ECS as the S3 object store using QATS for both HDP and Cloudera Distribution of Hadoop (CDH) is also underway.Our impressive Dell EMC Isilon and ECS install base grows every day and our teams are diligently working to deliver new innovations that will help our customers tackle and get more value out of the explosion of data that they have to store and manage. Jam Filled – Long version – FINAL 12-18-17Jam Filled gives animators the compute power they needwhile cost-efficiently adjusting capacity to match spikes and lulls inthe project pipeline.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:03/Duration 3:19Loaded: 8.08%0:03Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:16 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Grizzly bear attacks biker in Montana

first_imgBILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Authorities say a mountain biker was attacked by a grizzly bear Monday near the southern Montana community of Big Sky.,Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Morgan Jacobsen told the Billings Gazette that the man was able to walk away and find help.,The man, in his 60s, was airlifted to a hospital with injuries to his face and back and is stable in critical condition.,Jacobsen said the attack did not appear to be predatory. The trail is closed during the investigation. Authorities are not searching for the bear.,Jacobsen reminded people in bear country to carry bear spray, stay in groups, watch for signs of the animals and keep away from areas with animal carcasses.last_img read more

ND works to reduce food waste

first_imgNotre Dame students cleaned their plates yesterday on the first Waste-Free Wednesday to reduce the 1.25 tons of food wasted each day in campus dining halls, student Food Services representative Elizabeth Davis said. “At Notre Dame, we are currently wasting 6.27 ounces per meal,” Davis said. Students who present a clean plate with no wasted leftovers during dinner on Wednesdays in November will be entered into a raffle to win 100 Flex Points. Food Services, the Office of Sustainability and student government teamed up to bring Waste-Free Wednesdays and the Holy Cross Harvest food drive together under the eND Hunger campaign. They hope to make students more aware of how their food choices affect others, Davis said. During Energy Awareness Week earlier in the year, Davis and other student volunteers physically scraped the plates and emptied cups after meals at North and South Dining Halls. The volunteers weighed the wasted food and liquid to find exact numbers for waste at Notre Dame. Davis said the volunteers will return to the dining halls on ­­Nov. 17 to weigh leftovers again and see if the earlier statistics improved after Waste-Free Wednesdays. The figures collected from the dining halls include liquid waste. “A lot of people do not realize that liquid is a waste,” Davis said. “It was interesting to see how fast everything accumulates.” Plate waste and unusable leftovers from the dining hall are sent through a garbage disposal and then a waste treatment facility, William Yarbrough, associate director of Food Services operations, said. “The best thing that could happen would be for diners to take only what they could eat or drink and eliminate most of the food waste,” Yarbrough said. “Many beverages are costly too, such as milk and juices.” Leftover cooked food that is not used in the dining halls and does not need to be thrown away is donated to the Hope Rescue Mission and the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, Yarbrough said. “If we used less food because diners were not throwing away 6.27 ounces each meal we would purchase and prepare less food, which would save a significant amount in dollars spent for food each year,” Yarbrough said. Taking less food to begin a meal at the dining hall and going back for more later is a simple way to be conscious of the waste that will remain at the end of the meal, Davis said. The Holy Cross Harvest food drive also kicked off yesterday for students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s as another part of eND Hunger, Beth Simpson, chair of student government’s eND Hunger campaign, said. “I think combined with eND hunger as well as the Holy Cross Harvest food drive we can make a unified approach to this issue,” Davis said. “Working together creates a greater awareness that can be really positive.” Simpson said waste increases inequality between Notre Dame tables and the tables of those in the local community who suffer from food scarcity. “It is important not to devalue the reality that one plate does make a difference,” Simpson said. “Our personal consumption choices can make an impact on the grand scale.” The vision for the Holy Cross Harvest was a more unified effort for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. “The food bank receives wonderful donations from these initiatives,” Simpson said. “But they also result in inefficiency because the food bank itself was having to dedicate a lot of time and resources to receiving the donations from these varied efforts.” Students can place non-perishable items and toiletries in collection boxes in their dorms until Nov. 17. The Food Bank of Northern Indiana requested toiletries as a donation because food stamps cannot help families purchase those items, Simpson said. Student government will also set up tables for Domer Dollar donations during the last week of the drive in the LaFortune Student Center. “One dollar makes seven meals for the food bank,” Simpson said. “Even a small monetary donation makes a huge impact.” The food, toiletries and money will be presented to the food bank during a concluding rally on campus Nov. 17. “The Office of Sustainability also said they would match with $300 if we raise $300 in donations,” Davis said. “We could potentially donate $600 dollars to the food bank if enough people participate, which translates into 4,200 meals.” These meals could serve people living on the West Side of South Bend, the targeted area for the eND Hunger campaign. “The food drive is an immediate manner for students to contribute to the community and help alleviate food scarcity,” Simpson said. “This problem is especially acute during the holiday season when income can be tighter than ever.” Social concerns chair Patrick McCormick said Notre Dame students can use the campaign to guarantee the right to food in local neighborhoods especially during the holidays. “We wanted to really bring the eND hunger campaign to people,” McCormick said. “We can see it in the dorms and in the dining halls where we eat and in our community. We wanted to cover all the bases.” Students from the eND Hunger campaign will attend their second meeting with members of the local community on Nov. 19 to discuss how to best target food scarcity in the West Side of South Bend. “Many individuals receive the food that is extra from what we do not consume,” Simpson said. “As a result, they are not getting what is best nutritionally and they are not able to make healthy food choices because of the injustice in the food system.” The campaign’s goals were not to attack a huge issue like world hunger, but to begin fighting against that issue in the University’s neighborhood. “Our hope is that this hunger campaign demonstrates the potential of community engagement on the local level,” McCormick said. “We can confront food scarcity there to fight for justice.”last_img read more

ND names honorees

first_imgNotre Dame will honor seven leaders in business, the Church, community outreach, education, engineering and the arts as recipients of honorary degrees from the University at its 169th commencement ceremony May 18, according to a University press release.Retired oil executive W. Douglas Ford and Harvard University professor Evelyn Hu will receive honorary doctor of engineering degrees, and biologist and higher education leader Sally Mason and Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, archbishop of Boston will receive doctor of laws degrees, the release stated.Notre Dame will also honor choreographer Judith Jamison with an honorary doctorate of fine arts and surgeon and activist Ray Hammond with a degree in humane letters, according to the press release. They will join principal speaker Christopher Patten, chancellor of the University of Oxford and chair of the BBC trust, to receive their recognition, the release stated.Ford, a retired executive in the oil industry and member of the Notre Dame class of 1966, worked as chief executive of refining and marketing for British Petroleum (BP) and provided the funds to establish the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity at Notre Dame, according to the press release. He currently serves on Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees.A professor of applied physics and electrical engineering at Harvard University, Hu researches nanoscale electronic and photonic devices, according to the press release. She has developed products from her research by co-directing the California Nanosystems Institute and co-founding Cambrios and Siluria, two startup companies that develop novel materials for electronic devices.Mason, the 20th president of the University of Iowa, researches developmental biology, genetics and biochemistry of pigment cells. She has supported sustainability initiatives and fought to increase enrollment and retention at Iowa, the release stated.Dedicating his pastoral outreach to Latino and Haitian immigrants, O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston founded the Centro Catolico Hispano in Washington D.C.He currently serves on a council of eight cardinals appointed by Pope Francis to assist with Church governance and this year joins the inaugural Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, according to the press release.Artistic director emerita of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Jamison led the company for 21 years, starred in a Broadway musical and founded her own dance company. She succeeded Ailey as the director of his company and established the group’s permanent home and international tour circuit, the press release stated.Hammond, “a Harvard-trained surgeon and urban community leader,” founded Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, where he serves as pastor, the press release stated. Hammond has held leadership positions with outreach groups in Boston and written papers and articles focusing on social concerns, including academic achievement and violence prevention.Patten will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree, according to a Jan. 15 University press release.Tags: Commencement, commencement honorary degrees, honorees, Staff Reportlast_img read more

Leahy speaks on Vermont’s long history of innovation and invention

first_imgThe US Senate is debating legislation authored by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy to update the nation’s patent system. It has been nearly 60 years since the last comprehensive reforms were made the patent system. The America Invents Act was introduced by Leahy on January 25, and is the culmination of nearly six years of debate.Vermont receives more patents per capita than any other state in the nation. The first US patent issued was awarded to Vermonter Samuel Hopkins of Pittsford.Yesterday on the Senate floor, Leahy delivered the following remarks, highlighting Vermonters’ role in innovation and invention since the early days of the country.Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy,On Vermont And The America Invents Act Of 2011March 3, 2011″Since this debate began, we have heard a lot about how the America Invents Act will help unleash the American inventive spirit. Vermonters have a long history of innovation and invention, and it is that creative spirit that has given rise to some interesting and revolutionary inventions. Few people may know that Vermont is issued the most patents per capita of any state in the country. Fewer still may know that the first-ever patent issued in the United States, which was signed by George Washington, was granted to a Vermonter in 1790. It was Samuel Hopkins of Pittsford who began the great tradition of Vermont innovation.”Throughout America’s history, Vermont has contributed to our economic prosperity with inventive ideas. Thaddeus Fairbanks of St. Johnsbury patented the platform scale in 1830, which revolutionized the way in which large objects were weighed. Charles Orvis of Manchester, the founder of the well known sporting goods retailer Orvis, patented the open fly fishing reel in 1874. Many other inventions originated from Vermont in the early years of America, including an electric motor, an internal combustion engine, and the paddle wheel steam ship.”Today, that innovative, Vermont spirit continues, and Vermonters are contributing to the American economy through innovation and invention every year. Exploring new ways to modify existing products to limit their environmental impact is a quintessentially Vermont idea. Researchers at the University of Vermont have developed and are now seeking a patent for a wood finish that releases fewer toxins into the air than standard finishes by utilizing whey protein instead of petroleum. In his State of the Union Address, President Obama noted that advances in green technology will be a key driver of our economy in the 21st Century. Vermont inventors have been and will continue to be out in front in this area.”Computer technology will also be a driver of our 21st Century economy, and Vermonters are active in producing the next generation of this technology as well. Viewers across the country were fascinated by the recent appearance of IBM’s Watson supercomputer on Jeopardy! Components used to power Watson were invented by IBM researchers in Vermont, and I am sure that those Vermonters watched proudly as Watson defeated Jeopardy! legends Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in the recent man vs. machine matchup.”Modernizing the patent system will help to ensure that Vermont inventors will still be able to compete, not just on a national stage, but in the international marketplace. Much has changed since Samuel Hopkins received the first U.S. patent in 1790, but the need for a flexible and efficient patent system has remained constant. Inventors from Burlington to the Bay Area require the appropriate incentives to invest in the research required to create the next platform scale, the next Watson computer, or the next life-saving medical device.”Over the last six years, as I have worked on meaningful, comprehensive patent reform legislation, I kept in the mind the tradition of great Vermont innovators like Thaddeus Fairbanks and Charles Orvis. The next generation of Vermonters is as eager as the last to show America and the world what they can produce. Vermont may be one of the smallest States in our nation, but it is bursting with creativity. The America Invents Act will ensure that the next Samuel Hopkins can flourish well into the 21st Century.”last_img read more

Government disburses $4.5m in village funds as cash aid for poor families

first_imgTopics : Upon being questioned how the government would oversee the disbursement of cash transfers, Abdul said that the government “trusted village officials and volunteers to oversee the disbursement process”.Concerns have grown over the disbursement of the government’s social aid program to weather the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.“If the COVID-19 aid funds are misused by state officials, such as regents, mayors, governors or ministers and their respective deputies, it will be difficult because the KPK [Corruption Eradication Commission] is very procedural; it needs to report to the President in handling those cases,” former KPK deputy chief Mochammad Jasin said on Wednesday, warning that corruption could occur with so much aid being distributed during the current health crisis.The government has set aside Rp 436.1 trillion for stimulus programs, equivalent to 2.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), including Rp 110 trillion for social safety nets. According to Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministerial Regulation No 6/2020, the government has allocated Rp 22.4 trillion from a total of Rp 71.19 trillion in village funds to disburse cash transfers for 12.3 million families affected by the crisis.The government will provide Rp 600,000 a month for three months to families that meet certain criteria, including whose members have lost their jobs and do not receive assistance from the Family Hope Program (PKH) and the staple-food card program.Villages with village fund allocations of up to Rp 800 million must set aside 25 percent of the money for COVID-19 cash assistance, while villages with funds of Rp 800 million to Rp 1.2 billion must set aside 30 percent from their budget. Villages with funds of more than Rp 1.2 billion must set aside 35 percent from their budget to provide the cash transfers, Abdul said.“This does not mean that the villages cannot disburse more funds; they can increase the transfer if needed,” said Abdul. “We are hoping that the disbursement will be smooth as we need to prioritize humanitarian efforts.”center_img The government has disbursed around Rp 70 billion (US$4.5 million) in cash assistance for some 116,000 families using village funds to help them cope with the severe economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar said 8,157 villages in 76 districts nationwide had disbursed Rp 600,000 to each registered family through both cashless and cash transfers.“As we are currently in a national emergency, I am asking regional leaders to facilitate poor families to receive the cash assistance by prioritizing humanitarian efforts,” Abdul told reporters during a press briefing on Monday.last_img read more

Being the VP — hot seat or just spare seat?

first_imgDonald Trump’s challenger in the US election, Joe Biden, is soon to announce his vice presidential pick. But what does a VP really do? Are VPs powerful? On a formal level, vice presidents perform the high-stakes duty of casting deciding votes during Senate deadlocks. Less formally, some vice presidents, like Dick Cheney under George W. Bush, have earned reputations as the true power behind the throne of an inexperienced president.But the common assumption that the vice presidency makes a perfect stepping stone to the top is less sure.Only 14 veeps have made it to the presidency and of them nine weren’t elected but were succeeding presidents who had died or in Nixon’s case resigned.The last vice president subsequently to win election as president was George H. W. Bush, who was in the Oval Office from 1989-1993. What’s Biden looking for? Trump’s VP, Mike Pence, fits the traditional image of a second fiddle.Pence has major duties, including coordinator for the White House’s coronavirus response team, but his main task often appears to be that of Trump’s compliment-giver in chief.Biden, who served two terms as vice president under Barack Obama, says he is looking for something different.He talks fondly of his responsibilities when in office, emphasizing how he led the massive 2009 government rescue of the economy. And he says he wants his own VP to be “simpatico” with him.”I think Biden is looking for a political partner,” said Joel Goldstein, a law professor at St. Louis University and an expert on the vice presidency.”I think he means that at a deeper level there will be a real trust running both ways so that this person really functions as one of his closest advisors.”Biden, who would be 78 on assuming the presidency, is clear that he sees himself as a transitional figure. His deputy, likely to be someone much younger, would essentially be the next Democratic nominee in waiting.Given that Biden has declared he will choose a woman, she would make history, regardless of how the job went.Only two other women have previously been chosen as VP candidates for major parties — Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Sarah Palin in 2008. Neither made it to the White House.If the vice president did then succeed Biden, she would also become the first female president. Former vice president who? Unlike presidents, few vice presidents are remembered. If you haven’t heard of William Rufus King or William Wheeler, you wouldn’t be alone.Hubert Humphrey, president Johnson’s veep from 1965-1969, is at least remembered in song. Sadly, though, the 1965 piece by musical satirist Tom Lehrer is a send-up, asking: “Whatever became of Hubert?”As shown by Cheney, of course, there are notable exceptions.Al Gore was almost inseparable from Bill Clinton as VP and even if he lost by a hair’s width in the following 2000 presidential election, he won new global fame as a climate change activist.And then there’s a certain former vice president named Joe Biden.If polls showing him on course for victory over Trump are right, he’ll be a staple of the history books for many years to come. Do they matter? The vice presidency may not be quite as frustrating and bewildering as the portrayal given by Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the HBO series “Veep.” But still…Veeps warm up for the main act. They go around the country telling people how great the president is.And even if they work in one of the world’s most famous buildings, the White House, there won’t be many streets named in their honor. The title’s “not worth a bucket of warm spit,” in the quaint words of Franklin Roosevelt’s vice president, John Nance Garner.Yet VPs matter hugely for one reason. This is the job, as the saying goes, “a heartbeat away from the presidency.”John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson all found themselves in the top job after the sitting president died.In Johnson’s case, it was upon the 1963 assassination of president John F. Kennedy. He was sworn in two hours and eight minutes later, aboard Air Force One.Gerald Ford took the oath half an hour after Richard Nixon signed his resignation in 1974. Topics :last_img read more

Lake IJssel Pilot Project Complete

first_imgOver the last six years (2011 – 2017), EcoShape has been busy conducting experiments with sand engines at two locations in Lake IJssel (IJsselmeer) at the Frisian IJsselmeer coast.The IJsselmeer is the largest fresh water lake in the Netherlands.According to EcoShape, the aim of these experiments was to gain knowledge about the system in the IJsselmeer region and to determine the effectiveness of Building with Nature measures including sand motors for strengthening the Frisian IJsselmeer coast.Tim van Hattum and colleague Ane Wiersma were responsible for the project.“The reason for this project was the future water level increase in the IJsselmeer area. A new water level management has been included in the 2015 Delta Plan to increase the buffer supply of fresh water in the IJsselmeer,” said Van Hattum.Van Hattum explained that the so-called flexible water level management requires extra protection for the areas outside the dykes. Ten centimeters of level rise means that more than 100 hectares of land are regularly flooded.“Along the Frisian IJsselmeer coast there are vulnerable areas outside the dykes that can deteriorate due to this new water level management. We have investigated measures to compensate for the negative effects of the higher water level and water level fluctuations, even if the water level rises further in the future.”The overall results were presented at the end of 2017 to the Frisian IJsselmeer Coast project group, which is working on a plan for the protection of the Frisian IJsselmeer coast.For the full story on the Pilot Sand Engine Lake IJssel please visit the EcoShape.last_img read more

Free school lunches will feed the problem

first_imgStuff 5 October 2019Family First Comment: In the Southland Times today…OPINION: While lunch in school programmes sound great, they will simply exacerbate the problem, provide a short term bandage, but ignore the underlying causes and how they must be resolved.A child whose parents cannot even provide two pieces of toast in the morning or a bowl of porridge, or cannot provide a basic lunch highlights a number of real concerns.Firstly, if the children aren’t being fed on schooldays, how do we know that they are receiving meals at night or during the weekend, or during the 12 weeks of school holidays?As well as that, the level of neglect may be far greater than just providing meals.Secondly, there is a welfare system in New Zealand. Every home has a source of income.The important question is – what is the money being spent on, and is that appropriate?Are they receiving their correct entitlement?And in the case of welfare payments, will food vouchers solve part of the problem?State-funded lunches are a short-term bandage for a much more serious and longer-term problem. It also creates a dependence on a service which may not always be able to be provided.The US Department of Agriculture conducted a large experiment with school breakfast programs in public schools from 1999 to 2003. Despite the increase in breakfast consumption, the study found no positive impact on test scores, behaviour, attendance rates or child health, and some evidence of negative impacts.There was some evidence that it may improve behaviour and health in some highly disadvantaged subgroups, though.The authors said that the increase in participation resulted largely from students who merely substituted school breakfasts for those they were already getting at home – and that a certain percentage of the increase in participation was from some children eating two breakfasts.Yendarra School, a decile 1 school in Otara, South Auckland has previously said ‘no’ to government food handouts.Instead, Yendarra has worked hard with their families to develop a school culture that values good nutrition, encouraging lunches from home with fruit, vegetables, and sandwiches.The best investment by the government would be to provide budgeting advice and support for families who are struggling, including education on healthy eating and cooking skills, and should stop procrastinating around protecting vulnerable families from loan sharks.The targeting of alcohol outlets and pokie machines in lower decile areas should also be dealt with.Bob McCoskrie  is the national director of Family First NZ up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Football Playoff

first_imgI am sure most of you were expecting a close battle for the National Football Championship.  Very few of you probably expected the outcome you got.  If it would have been Alabama blowing out Clemson, it would have been an easier narrative to sell.  It became obvious that the next major power might be Clemson rather than Alabama.I am wondering just how healthy Tua Tagovailoa was.  The injury he suffered late in the season probably lingered longer than the coaching staff of Alabama let on.  He was not sharp and was easily out played by Clemson freshman, Trevor Lawrence.  Since I was rooting for Clemson, it was a fun night.last_img read more