Legal with Leah: New budget includes nuisance lawsuit protections

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentSome aspects of the new two-year state budget will better protect farmers from nuisance lawsuits. Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis visits with Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Media Relations Ty Higgins about the language included in the budget and its importance to agriculture.Listen to Legal with Leah, a podcast featuring Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discussing topics impacting farmers and landowners.TranscriptionTy Higgins: In mid-July, Ohio legislators passed a new two-year, $69 billion state budget. It was signed by Governor DeWine shortly thereafter. The budget, as you might expect, mostly consists of a lot of numbers, adding some funds to programs, taking away funds from others. There’s also some language in the new budget that will be better protecting farmers from nuisance lawsuits. That’s our topic for this week’s Legal with Leah. Along with Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis, I’m Ty Higgins and Leah, you and I visited about there being an affirmative defense for farms enrolled in an ag district with some caveats. That came up not long after Toledo voters passed the Lake Erie Bill of Rights back in February. How does this budget address issues like LEBOR?Leah Curtis: So what the budget did was it changed the nuisance protection just slightly so it does still apply to those who are enrolled in an ag district but also now would apply to those who are qualified and enrolled in the Current Ag Use Valuation program which a lot of people are going to do because it does make their taxes a little better. And so it just expands it a little bit and reduces a little bit of that paperwork burden. If you’re already enrolling in CAUV, you don’t have to also necessarily enroll for the affirmative defense in the ag district. It removed a couple of the requirements as well, so it should be a little bit easier to take advantage of and that way farmers will be able to use the defense when a nuisance lawsuit comes around. Now again as we’ve always said with the LEBOR situation, we don’t know for sure that those lawsuits would be considered nuisance and whether this defense would be the slam dunk. But as I always say as lawyer, I want every farmer to have every tool in the toolbox that they can and so if there’s any chance it would work, we want farmers to be able to use this and have this at their disposal as needed.Ty Higgins: And there are other tools. What are other affirmative defense examples that can apply for farmers?Leah Curtis: So there’s a few. If you have a concentrated animal feeding operation permit through the large livestock program at ODA and you are acting in accordance with that and the best management practices in that permit, there is an affirmative defense under that. There’s also one for any claims that are related to the spreading of fertilizer, so long as you have an approved NMP (nutrient management plan) and you’re acting in accordance with your plan. That happened in compliance with the fertilizer certification program. And then lastly if you are sued for a nuisance claim related to manure, and again you have an approved NMP and you’re acting in accordance with it, then there also may be an affirmative defense available for you in that case.Ty Higgins: The one thing we really want to stress here to our members is that affirmative defense in all of its forms doesn’t prevent someone from suing you.Leah Curtis: Yes. So a lot of people will say this is a complete defense. I don’t like the word complete because the fact is that a defense…you can use it once somebody sues you but you can’t stop somebody from filing a lawsuit. That would violate their constitutional rights to access the courts. So it is there, once the lawsuit is filed, to help get that lawsuit taken care of in a more quick manner, hopefully reduce the need for lots of attorneys fees and get you out of the courthouse as quickly as possible.Ty Higgins: Leah Curtis is policy counsel with Ohio Farm Bureau. This has been Legal with Leah. Thanks for listening. I’m Ty Higgins. We’ll see you down the road.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Announcing the October Geocacher of the Month

first_imgThe earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin (sun flare optional)The geocaching community gave thanks this past month for three dedicated geocachers from three very different corners of the world. All the nominees were creative hiders who have committed themselves not only to maintaining their geocaches, but also to maintaining and growing friendships within the geocaching community. Each will receive special recognition for their contribution to the global adventure of geocaching.Before naming the Geocacher of the Month, Geocaching HQ  reviews community input and blog comments. Each comment is read.After tallying the sentiment and reading the comments, Mic68  has been officially named the Geocacher of the Month for October 2013.One geocacher who commented wrote, “After visiting “Dragonheart” I kept referring to this cache as the best I’ve ever done. By now they have published another one which we have just finished a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that this cache definitely is a milestone in geocaching! Wow! In Germany people are willing to travel quite a bit if the cache is worth it and I see people flocking in. The mixture of storytelling, suspense, technical know-how and fun is hard to beat.  Also, this team is immensely nice and helpful! All in all they are very worthy candidates and I would be happy for them to win!”Mic68 will receive the earned, never for sale, collector’s edition Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and a certificate acknowledging his contribution, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. See a list of all the Geocachers of the Month here.Mic68 – Geocacher of the MonthIf you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@geocaching.com. Every nomination must include the following items and abide by theNetherlands following guidelines:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Nominations for Geocacher of the Month are accepted at any time.Congratulations again to Mic68  for being recognized as the Geocacher of the Month for October.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the July 2013 Geocacher of the MonthAugust 23, 2013In “Community”Announcing the October ‘Featured Geocacher of the Month’October 25, 2011In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

Repaying Debt in an Era of Energy Scarcity

first_imgOnce upon a time in a village there lived a wise old man. Legend had it that he could answer any question posed to him. A village boy hatched a plan to fool him. He caught a small bird, and approaching the wise old man with the bird in his hands, he asked, “Is this bird dead or alive?”  If the man said it was alive, the boy would secretly break its neck and then reveal it to be dead (or perhaps pining for the fjords). If the man said it was dead, the boy would release it alive from his hands.To the boy’s surprise, the wise man said, “It’s in your hands. That bird’s life is in your hands.” The trouble with the debt storyThe trouble with this story, and particularly with the massive amounts of debt taken on today at personal, municipal, state, and national levels, is that while the future has gotten bigger and bigger for the last 200 years, that trend has coincided with the exploitation of a onetime treasure trove of easy fossil fuels. Without the energy to fuel more exponential growth having peaked, the means to fuel the expansion required by our debt-based money system isn’t there.Martenson has a great way of answering questions that I didn’t know I had, in ways that transform the conversation. Writers since before E.F. Schumacher (“Small is Beautiful”) have been questioning the Western imperative to grow, grow, grow — and they have painted convincing pictures of how a world without a “growth is good” mentality could be a better place. A book that shows just how much is in our handsJust how many life-defining issues are in our hands right now (and just how much we are in danger of fooling ourselves) is the subject of the new book by Chris Martenson, The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy and Environment (Wiley Publishers).Martenson began serious economic research in 2002 and went from there to forecasting the bursting of the housing bubble, and the banking crisis, years before they happened — all while taking his family from a prosperous life in Mystic, Connecticut to a simpler lifestyle in rural Mass. Global warming: A question mark?Examples like this have the needed — but painful — effect of shattering vague optimisms. Another one–the idea that technology will save our hides on the energy front — is demolished by Martenson with three scorching facts.Fact One: Technology does not create energy — it only finds and transforms it.Fact Two: Transforming energy is expensive. Look at the four units of wood heat that are wasted in creating one unit of electricity at the McNeil generating station, which I wrote about here recently.Fact Three: Energy transitions take time. “I won’t get excited about a transition to natural gas,” he says, “until I hear the U.S. president get on television and announce the equivalent of a WWII-era effort to immediately begin building out the necessary infrastructure to make it happen.On certain points it would be a relief if a skeptic checked all of Martenson’s facts and proved him wrong. I don’t think it will happen, even if I do have quibbles: Martenson’s treatment of global warming, and its potential to transform our world, is cursory, even as he makes us painfully aware of other environmental resource constraints such as those on our farms and fisheries.One parting Martenson gem: if you think $4-a-gallon gas is expensive, consider that if you put a single gallon in a car, drove it until the gas ran out, and then pushed it back home, it would take you 350 to 500 hours. If you paid someone $15 per hour to do this for you, that gallon of gas would be valued at around $6,000. Cheap gas lets us live like royalty.Tristan Roberts is Editorial Director at BuildingGreen, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont, which publishes information on green building solutions.center_img Not merely good at predicting financial disasterIf he were merely good at predicting financial disasters, however, his book (along with the series of free “Crash Course” videos at ChrisMartenson.com) wouldn’t qualify as a must-read. Martenson is equally good at looking at any of what he calls the “three E’s,” whose limits may define our standard of living for the next 20 years and beyond: energy, the economy, and the environment.Plenty of analysts have noted problems with our path on any one of these matters, but Martenson puts them together in new and compelling ways. He sums up our ongoing economic troubles with three common-sense words: “Too much debt.” Why too much debt is such a problem, though, comes into focus when he looks at energy.Debt, Martenson tells us, assumes that the future will be bigger than the present. We are happy to borrow money today and pay it back with interest tomorrow, because we will make investments to improve our prospects and our income generating potential. Or perhaps we simply hope that tomorrow will be more favorable and we’ll have money then that we don’t have now. What sustainability has been up againstMartenson shows us what these prescriptions have been up against: our monetary systems today, untethered from any stable anchor, and loaned into existence, require exponential growth — putting these systems on a collision course with our finite planet.We’re fortunate that Martenson not only does his research, but can also communicate about it, fitting skills for a self-styled “information scout.” Among other things, he takes the time to fully explore outcomes he considers unlikely, in the process showing us why.For example, Martenson looks at the next 40 years, asking what energy production we will need worldwide to bring online both to enjoy continued growth in energy supplies, and to offset depletion of existing oil fields. Among other options, Martenson tells us, we would need 200 new nuclear plants per year (the U.S. currently has 104 operating reactors).For anyone wondering when the home building or the construction sectors are “coming back like they were,” Martenson is one of a chorus out there saying that there is no going back. No more unbelievably favorable energy return on energy invested (EROEI), no more capacity to take on debt that we have a hope of paying off, no more abundance, well, really anywhere.last_img read more

Why Job-Hopping Is Essential For Startups

first_imgWhat Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts tim devaney and tom stein A lot of people in Silicon Valley are down on job-hoppers these days. They’re flaky, they’re bad employees, they steal all the Sharpies when they leave, blah, blah, blah. But it turns out that all that job-hopping is an important part of what makes the Valley so special. Everyone loves a good game of musical chairs. The tune kicks on, everyone jumps up and runs in a circle laughing and the party is good. That’s Silicon Valley over the past few years. A lot of people whirling around and having a grand old time. But what would happen if the music started and nobody got up to play? What if companies want to hire but all the workers stay firmly seated in their current positions?The truth is that Silicon Valley startups depend on job-hoppers to fill their open positions – and a lot of them would struggle if the job-hoppers stopped hopping.Job Hopping Makes Silicon Valley Hum“That’s why employers populate Silicon Valley, because they have access to great talent,” said Kathryn Shaw, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, who researches ways that firms attract top talent in knowledge industries. “They want people to be relatively mobile, because when they have a need for a particular skill, they want people to be available.”Job-hopping means startups have an easier time finding a match for their needs. If job-hopping ceased, Silicon Valley would lose a lot of its appeal as a location, Shaw said. “You need job-hopping to continually update the matching process between employer and employee. That’s why we have Silicon Valley. Otherwise people would be more scattered.”So job-hoppers are a vital commodity for tech companies. But what about the other side of the chip? Conventional wisdom among startups workers is: move around as much as you can and you’ll benefit from ever-increasing compensation as firms seek to attract your talents.Surprise: Job Hoppers Make Less CashIn fact, that’s not true. In her research, Shaw has discovered that people who stay longer at one company get paid more. A few years ago she did a study of 50,000 Silicon Valley software employees and found that those with at least five years’ experience at the same employer typically earned annual raises of 8%, compared to 5% for those with a history of job-hopping. She also found that employees who stay in place longer are more productive and creative. (Perhaps because they don’t waste so much time in orientation sessions.)Shaw’s data included stock options vested as they were realized. She drew her data from the state of California, not survey forms.“To constantly hop between jobs to try to chase the greatest pay is not advisable,” she said. “If you take someone who has high income right now and look at the sources of that income, what they did to achieve that high income, how they did it was staying with one or two employers, not by hopping [among] employers.”The Future Of Job HoppingSo will startup workers keep on job-hopping? Culture is the key to the decision-making process. When workers see a culture in which every employee at Instagram gets filthy rich overnight, it’s only natural for them to decide to chase the next Instagram. When they look around and see their friends jumping from one startup to another for more stock options and cooler rooftop parties, it’s easy for them to do the same.But what happens if the bubble pops and everybody sobers up and admits the reality revealed in research by people like Shaw? it’s likely there will be less mobility in Silicon Valley. Exactly how much job-hopping continues could hold long-term implications for companies big and small – not to mention their employees.IBM, anyone?Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Tags:#start#Trends How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

Taylor Decker Tweets At Jaylon Smith, Says He’d Never Try To Injure Another Player

first_imgDetroit Lions offensive lineman Taylor DeckerBALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 3: Offensive tackle Taylor Decker #68 of the Detroit Lions looks on from the bench against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame’s star junior linebacker, suffered what looked like a devastating leg injury during today’s Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State. Smith injured himself trying to regain his balance after taking a shove from Ohio State offensive lineman Taylor Decker near the end of the play. Some thought Decker committed a cheap shot, considering Smith wasn’t near the ball and the play was basically over. However, the veteran lineman took to Twitter a little while ago to clarify what happened. Decker tweeted at Smith, saying he’d never try to injure another player and didn’t intend to put him at risk. @JaeeSmiff9ENT pic.twitter.com/iNsILFwZjB— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) January 2, 2016This is a very classy move on Decker’s part. The play didn’t look malicious, even if the two players were engaged away from the ball.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Retracts, Apologizes For Comments On Colin Kaepernick

first_imgJim Harbaugh addresses a group of reporters.Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh apologized on Twitter shortly after commenting on the motivation behind Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.Earlier today, Jim Harbaugh said he “didn’t respect the motivation” behind San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit down during the national anthem on Friday night.Kaepernick, who played for Harbaugh in San Fran from 2011-14, explained his decision on multiple occasions, saying it revolved around the treatment of black people and people of color in the U.S.“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game against Green Bay. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”Just minutes after his initial comments on Kaepernick went public –and caused some criticism on social media–Jim Harbaugh apologized on his favorite medium.I apologize for misspeaking my true sentiments. To clarify, I support Colin’s motivation. It’s his method of action that I take exception to— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) August 29, 2016Looking at the responses to Harbaugh’s tweet, some have accepted his apology, others haven’t and some are wondering why he apologized in the first place. Seems like the man can’t help causing a stir even when he doesn’t intend to.last_img read more

Scotiabank Q4 profit up submits 29billion offer for Chilean bank

first_imgTORONTO – The Bank of Nova Scotia is doubling down on Chile with a $2.9-billion offer to buy a majority stake in a Chilean bank, as the Canadian lender’s latest quarterly profits rose despite a drop in trading revenues, natural disasters and a flying loonie.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) said Tuesday it has submitted a binding offer to acquire Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.’s (BBVA) interests in its Chilean banking operation, BBVA Chile, and certain subsidiaries.If the deal goes through, it would double Scotiabank’s market share in Chile to roughly 14 per cent and make the Canadian lender the third-largest non-state owned bank in the country, it added.The bank said the transaction is in line with its strategy to increase its scale within the Chilean banking sector and the high-growth Pacific Alliance countries, which also includes Mexico, Peru and Colombia.“This is a high-quality asset bank,” Scotiabank’s president and chief executive Brian Porter told analysts on a conference call.“It’s very well run,” he said. “We think it’s a good fit of assets, and will be a good fit of people and technology.”BBVA owns about 68 per cent of BBVA Chile — which has $29 billion in assets and has 4,000 employees at 127 branches — and its minority partner, the Said family, owns about 32 per cent. Scotiabank added that BBVA is willing to accept the deal if the Said family does not exercise its right of first refusal under a shareholders agreement.The $2.9-billion offer came hours before Scotiabank posted fourth-quarter earnings of $2.07 billion in net income or $1.64 diluted earnings per share for the three months ended Oct. 31, up from $2.01 billion or $1.57 during the same time last year.Canada’s third-biggest lender was the first of the country’s biggest banks to report its fourth-quarter earnings. Scotiabank posted net interest income, or the profit generated from loans, of $3.83 billion, up five per cent from a year earlier. Adjusting for the negative impact of foreign currency translation, fourth-quarter net interest income grew seven per cent.Scotiabank’s latest quarter was helped by its Canadian banking division, with net income attributable to shareholders up by 12 per cent to $1.06 billion. Its international banking division saw an 11 per cent rise in net income to $605 million during the period, even amidst a string of natural disasters including hurricanes in the Caribbean and an earthquake in Mexico.Still, these profit bumps were offset by a 15 per cent drop in fourth-quarter net income in its global banking and markets division to $391 million.Scotiabank’s provision for credit losses, or money set aside for bad loans, was $536 million, down from $550 million in the same period a year earlier.“Overall, we had been anticipating a weak close to the capital markets year for the group and, at least so far, that is what we have gotten,” said CIBC analyst Robert Sedran in a note to clients. “Soft revenues held back the results this quarter.”Shares of Scotiabank were down as much as 2.45 per cent on Tuesday to $81.43 in early morning trading in Toronto.Even still, the bank reported a nearly 11 per cent increase in net income for the fiscal year to $8.24 billion up from $7.37 billion a year earlier. Scotiabank’s diluted earnings per share for the 2017 fiscal year rose eight per cent to $6.49, compared to $6 in 2016.Its key measure of financial health, the common equity tier 1 ratio (CET1), increased to 11.5 per cent, up from 11.3 per cent in its third quarter and 11.0 per cent in the fourth quarter last year.That strong ratio gives Scotiabank the “optionality” to deploy its capital in various ways, including acquisitions, Porter said.If the transaction to acquire all the shares of BBVA Chile is completed, Scotiabank’s CET1 would be reduced by approximately 135 basis points, it said. Scotiabank’s chief financial officer Sean McGuckin told analysts that he expects the CET1 ratio to stay above 10.5.If successful, Scotiabank expects to settle the transaction during its first quarter, which ends on Jan. 31, and close the deal in the summer of 2018, bank executives said.Scotiabank shares fell on news of the proprosed deal to $1.75, or 2.10 per cent, to $81.73 at the closing of markets.last_img read more

Bharatiya Divyang Sansthan offers support to BJP in Lok Sabha Elections

first_imgNew Delhi: Conveying the hopes and aspirations of the physically-challenged people in the country, president of Bharatiya Divyang Sansthan Amit Kumar handed over the ‘Divyang Manifesto’ to Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot.The ‘Divyang Manifesto’ is a vision document suggesting the ways to the Union Government for the upliftment of the physically-challenged class.Minister Gehlot stated that incumbent Modi government has done some unprecedented work in its tenure of five years for the welfare of Divyangs. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe centre is now providing direct support and scholarships to physically challenged people. The government has created provision of subsided loans for Divyangs. Minister said that after BJP came to power. New categories have been created for Physically challenged people and the government is providing extra grants to the organisations employing Divyangs. Physically challenged athletes are getting special cash packages to ensure they reach new heights in the field of sports and become independent. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardShowing their trust in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the manifesto pledged complete support from Diyangs to the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019. The document also urged the BJP to bring the Divyangs in mainstream politics by giving some reservation to them in the party. The Cabinet Minister, however, expressed inability to provide political reservation to the Divyangs at the moment. After discussing with the Central Minister, Amit Kumar called for all Divyangs and other Divyang organisations to unite and press for the demand of getting political reservation and quota in the Parliaments. Amit Kumar stressed the Divyangs will have to create the atmosphere and achieve what is rightfully theirs by virtue of their power of votes. The condition of the Divyangs will not improve until they get political representation. Gehlot said that all other demands of the organisation will be taken up sympathetically for the upliftment of Divyangs. Amit Kumar thanked the Union Minister for lending support to their manifesto. He said that the country has a lot of expectations from PM Modi because leaders like him can ensure the upliftment of every section of society. The minister gifted Amit Kumar books published underlining the achievements and plans of the Ministry.last_img read more

Mark colour of boxes being transported Mamata

first_imgItahar/Buniyadpur (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday asked the people to keep vigil about transportation of boxes of various colours, in an oblique reference to allegations of a black trunk having been offloaded from the prime minister’s helicopter in Karnataka. Speaking at two rallies in Balurghat constituency, Banerjee attacked the RSS saying that it has imbibed the “shopping mall culture”. “I urge the public to keep their eyes and ears open as during elections boxes of various colours – red, blue and other colours – are coming,” Banerjee said without naming anyone. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The Congress had on Sunday demanded a probe into the alleged transportation of a “suspicious black trunk” in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter during his visit to Chitradurga in Karnataka for poll campaign. Modi had addressed an election rally in Chitradurga on April 9. The party also played a video clip purportedly showing that the trunk, after being unloaded from the PM’s helicopter, was carried to a private car that, it alleged, was not a part of the SPG carcade and was taken away. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Taking on the RSS, the Trinamool Congress supremo said, “Those who used to wear khaki shorts have now imbibed the shopping mall culture.” The RSS have shed its 90-year-old dress code and knee-length khaki shorts were replaced by brown trousers. She reiterated her allegation that the Congress is taking assistance of the RSS to help its Jangipur and Baharampur candidates win. While Abhijit Mukherjee, the son of former President Pranab Mukherjee, is the Congress candidate at Jangipur, former West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Adhir Chowdhury is the the party’s candidate from Baharampur. Claiming that the BJP was indulging in politics of dividing people on religious lines, Banerjee said she was ready to risk her life but would not allow politics of division. “It (BJP) claims to be champion of Hinduism. Are we not Hindus?” she asked, saying that her parents had taught her to respect all religions and to treat them equally. The firebrand TMC supremo, who is a Brahmin, said she chants Chandi mantra every morning. “The BJP is imposing on us a religion which has no relation to Hinduism or our country. We believe in togetherness of different faiths and languages,” she said. Claiming that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre has worked against the interest of the general public of the country, she alleged that prices of petroleum products were increased everyday when crude oil rates were low in the international market. “The LPG price has touched Rs 800 per cylinder. If a poor person has to buy gas at such a high price, he will be left with no money to buy food,” she said. Claiming that the NRC in Assam has left lakhs of Hindu and Muslim Bengalis stateless, she asserted that she will not allow it in West Bengal. BJP president Amit Shah has said in various rallies in West Bengal that the saffron party would implement the NRC in the state if voted to power again.last_img read more

Is This The Year The Chiefs Finally Have A Playoff Breakthrough

Atlanta156.36-0.3 According to Elo, Kansas City was expected to win about about eight of their 16 playoff games, four more than they actually won. That’s a testament to how good the Chiefs’ regular seasons have been, but also to how many ways they’ve fallen short in the playoffs. They’ve choked late in games (Chiefs fans surely remember the team’s slow collapse against Indy in 2014) and been blown out early (they fell in quick holes against the Colts in 2004 and the Bills in 1994). According to their win probability added (WPA) at various stages of the game, the Chiefs have done plenty of both during their run of playoff futility. Cincinnati94.21-3.2 Kansas City167.64-3.6 Houston62.63+0.4 Cleveland10.30-0.3 Arizona114.26+1.8 Tampa Bay115.35-0.3 Miami177.46-1.4 Philadelphia2613.212-1.2 WINS After a hard-earned bye in Week 1 of this year’s NFL playoffs, the Kansas City Chiefs are back in the divisional round for the second straight season. You’ll have to forgive K.C. fans, however, if they aren’t all that optimistic.Simply put, the second round of the playoffs is where Chiefs seasons usually go to die. Including this year, they’ve made seven trips to the divisional round since 1990 (when the league expanded its playoff field to 12 teams). They haven’t made it any further than that since 1993, when they lost to the Bills in the AFC Championship Game.And it hasn’t been for lack of trying. From 1990 through this year, K.C. has been in the postseason 13 times, the eighth-most of any team. But the Chiefs own one of the most disappointing playoff records in modern history: They’ve won a grand total of four playoff games over that span — the fifth-fewest of any team in football. Kansas City’s playoff record is an abysmal 4-12 during that stretch.In fairness to the Chiefs, they’ve played more than half of those playoff games on the road. They’ve also run into more than their share of tough opponents, including the 2015 Patriots and 2010 Ravens in recent years and the Super Bowl-bound Colts, Broncos and Bills in an earlier era. But even if we account for those factors using FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings — which can be used to create a prediction for each game — K.C. still has the biggest shortfall between its actual and expected playoff wins of any NFL team since 1990: Washington146.67+0.4 Buffalo189.610+0.4 Chicago125.95-0.9 San Diego167.87-0.8 Detroit103.91-2.9 Oakland136.76-0.7 New England3822.625+2.4 Minnesota199.16-3.1 Green Bay3619.620+0.4 Biggest playoff underachievers in the 12-team era, 1990-2016 Jacksonville114.55+0.5 Los Angeles105.66+0.4 New Orleans157.97-0.9 Pittsburgh3318.619+0.4 Dallas2413.514+0.5 This funk has lasted so long that it’s hard to assign blame for Kansas City’s struggles. The Chiefs’ stretch of underachievement spans seven different coaches and 11 primary quarterbacks. (Under the team’s current QB, Alex Smith, K.C. has a 1-2 record in the playoffs.) Maybe there’s something in the water — or at least in Arthur Bryant’s barbecue sauce — that precludes the team from making a deep playoff run. Or maybe, given enough teams and enough time, these kinds of droughts will inevitably happen to somebody.VIDEO: The Chiefs are chronic underachievers Indianapolis2913.814+0.2 Denver2613.715+1.3 Carolina167.49+1.6 Seattle2312.013+1.0 N.Y. Jets155.87+1.2 N.Y. Giants229.714+4.3 Baltimore2511.416+4.6 San Francisco2715.215-0.2 Forecasted wins are based on the game’s location and each team’s pregame Elo ratingsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com Tennessee168.16-2.1 FRANCHISENO. OF GAMESFORECASTEDACTUALDIFFERENCE Either way, this could finally be the year for a Chiefs breakthrough. On Sunday, they’ll play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Elo gives them a 64 percent chance of moving on to the AFC Championship Game — K.C.’s best odds in a playoff game since they hosted the Colts in a divisional-round game in 1996. (Naturally, the Chiefs lost that one, too.) Furthermore, Kansas City is built like a team that traditionally succeeds in the postseason, with a strong special teams and passing defense, plus a surprisingly efficient aerial attack featuring quarterback Alex Smith and tight end Travis Kelce.None of this guarantees that K.C. will overcome its long history of postseason disappointment, nor does it mean the Chiefs are necessarily “due” for a playoff turnaround after such a long wait. But with Elo giving the team a 15 percent chance of winning this year’s Super Bowl, Kansas City’s championship odds are the highest they’ve been at this stage of the playoffs in a long time.1Specifically, since K.C.’s divisional-round game against Denver in 1998, before which it had a 21 percent chance of winning the championship, per Elo. Now it’s up to this team to break with Chiefs tradition and win a dang divisional game.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions. read more