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Inside Conditions…Jet lag

first_imgLeading up to the Steelers, Jets matchup last weekend there was all sorts of useless verbiage being spewed regarding the Jets and their willingness to come into Heinz Field and mix it up with the cousins of “bad, bad, Leroy Brown” the mighty Steelers. The Jets won the game 22-17 on sheer willpower along with “horrible” special teams coverage combined with questionable offensive play calling by the Black and Gold around the goal line that ultimately ended in a safety for New York.Those two points and the extra possession by New York caused a loss that may be more troublesome for the Steelers than they realize as they march into the post season. The Steelers were victimized, not so much by the Jets, but once again by the knuckleheaded play calling of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. His strategy inside of the 5 yard line did not make sense. In my opinion a simple dive play with the fullback hitting the 1 hole or the tailback hitting the 2 hole would have gained a yard just by the fullback or tailback falling forward. There cannot be any lateral movement behind the plane of the goal line by any back, period. Why would you use Mewelde Moore, your third down tailback, for such a crucial play instead of your first string tailback or fullback? When asked about the play, Mike Tomlin had a very cerebral and intellectual answer. “We didn’t come off the back side free technique. He [Jason Taylor] got penetration. He was very disruptive of course, and he had a tackle for a loss right there,” he said. Ah, excuse me Monsieur Tomlin. If the play had never been called, the safety would have never happened. Even ole Ben Franklin knew that. Remember he said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” you dig.Even though the Black and Gold lost the game the team was informed by the NFL’s resident mathematical geniuses that they had mathematically secured a playoff spot.Rule rather than the exception.Extra, extra read all about it. Michael Haywood installed as Pitt’s next head football coach. This is such a hunky dory, feel good story. To quote the old gospel hymn, “I said I wasn’t gonna tell nobody but I couldn’t keep it to myself.”  The Haywood hire bodes well for the University of Pittsburgh.However, Haywood is also going to have to be a fireman over, around and near the “Cathedral of Learning.” There are a few embers smoldering over at the football program. Those hot ashes better be extinguished quickly and the “Phoenix” had better be rising from those ashes sooner than later. There have been a comparable amount of  “newsworthy” stories written concerning the Pitt football team off the gridiron as there have been about Panthers victories on it especially concerning the behavior of a few of the student-athletes who were or still are members of the student body and/or the team.Flight BS 1 now departing the terminal. Please reach up into the overhead compartment and grab me a barf bag will ya? It is almost 150 years since slaves were emancipated yet we are still forced to remove the “shackles of perception” to get around the “barriers of normalcy” in order to achieve artificial “firsts” as African-Americans. It has been 147 years since the chains of bondage were removed from Americans of African descent, yet Michael Haywood is the first Black head coach to reside in the lair of the University of Pittsburgh men’s football program. Where have they been?  In my opinion, the focus on Haywood’s hiring merits acclamation but also may be a bit shameful. Pitt was forced to do something drastic. Nothing else was working. Flashing his Super Bowl rings helped ex-Pitt Head Coach Dave Wannstedt  as a recruiter but he grossly under achieved as a coach, teacher and motivator because very seldom were his athletes able to transfer their preparation from an X and 0s standpoint to being mentally sharp enough to win the big game. Also, hiring coaches and awarding scholarships because of their “Pittsburgh pedigree” is good for public relations purposes only.It is a travesty that in the year 2010, there are elements of our society that will not perform certain actions unless they are pushed into a corner. It is being said that some of Pitt’s fan and alumni base are not very pleased with the choice of Mr. Haywood.  Is it possible that the powers-that-be felt that the program could only get better? It sure could not get any worse.Black head coach or not, Pitt like all of the rest of the NCAA Division 1 football programs would be better served hiring Haywood and others like him because they are good coaches and evaluators of talent, not because they may relate to or be more compatible with the large pool of African-American athletes that are a part of the NCAA “system.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at:  abruce@new­pittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Mike Tomlin Postgame Press Conference

first_imgNew England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, speaks to Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin after an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 55-31. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)MT: Obviously a disappointing performance. Probably as disappointed as I have been, especially under the circumstances of how we were able to fight back there at the beginning of the second half. It was a 24-24 game and obviously they handled us and they handled us well. We’ve got to accept that and move forward. We will. We give them the credit. They were the better team tonight, obviously. And the scoreboard, stats and everything reflect that. For an injury standpoint, Vince Williams sustained a concussion, as did Ike Taylor. Those guys will be evaluated. Marcus Gilbert had an ankle injury. I’ll address any questions.Q: Mike, just off the top, any way to explain how many wide open receivers they had through the entire game?MT: We didn’t perform well.Q: Mike, you have talked about the effort and demeanor that you have wanted to see from this team. Did you see that down the stretch? Or did it look like the team quit to you?MT: Not good enough, not good enough. We are going to comb through this with a fine tooth comb, as we should. And those people who are lacking effort won’t be playing. It’s just that simple.Q: Mike, when you said this is probably the most disappointed as you have been, are you talking about this season?MT: This season.Q: Mike, why have Ben Roethlisberger out there at the end?MT: Because we have to get better and those are snap opportunities to get better. We ain’t turning it down, we ain’t running from anything. We have an opportunity to continue to work and get better, so we did that. The guys that were healthy were going to stay on the grass and finish the game.Q: Mike, when you fight back to 24-24 and then it’s 31-7 after that, what happened? Were you surprised?MT: We didn’t stop them. That’s the bottom line. We couldn’t stop them. We didn’t stop the run. We didn’t stop the pass.Q: Mike, is your first inclination to stick with it or do you re-evaluate the process at this point?MT: You re-evaluate everything. You have to after a performance like that and we will. It doesn’t necessarily mean we will change or change for the sake of changing, but we will look at every aspect of what we are doing and who we are doing it with because we can’t have performances like that.Q: I believe that was the most points the Steelers have ever allowed. Does that just get chalked up as a bad loss or does that mean something in the locker room?MT: No, you know, it’s a 55-point game. I don’t care if it’s the most points we have ever given up or not. It ain’t any more sickening or less sickening based on those results.Q: Mike, are you perplexed at all that this is happened or disappointed?MT: I am angry; disappointed. You know, we don’t have time for perplexed. You know, we are capable and better than that. We’ve got to be better than that. We weren’t, so we are going to fix it.Q: Any sense of that anger reflected in the team?MT: I’m not going to speak for them, I will let those guys speak for themselves.Q: At 24-24, what was your feel? Did you feel like that was a game you could win?MT:Absolutely, I did. Obviously the big punt return was a significant play, but we had overcome some significant plays to that point in the game. But, we didn’t.Q: Mike, you obviously looked at film on the Patriots and they had been struggling. Rob Gronkowski is back and it looks like he is healthy. How does that change the Patriots and what happened tonight?MT: I’m not going to speak for those guys. I think they are capable of speaking for themselves, you know, and their performance tonight obviously speaks for itself.Q: You only had two pass interference penalties all year and you had two on one drive. Is that sort of the thing you say ‘those things can’t happen’?  MT: It’s just kind of indicative of how we performed tonight.Q: Mike, the number of big pass plays, not only tonight, but all year. You know, that is something that you guys just don’t typically do. What’s happening there?MT: You know, I’m not ready to characterize the season, but tonight, obviously we were out of place. They executed well, that combination was lethal.–Postgame Transcript compiled by Patriots Media Relationslast_img read more

Overtime

first_imgBILL NEAL:10—Ring…Ring…­RIING…Yo, Smitty’s Bar and Grill.  You stab ’em, we’ll  slab ’em! Who? Donald who? Don Sterling. Oh, you mean “Big D – Pimp Daddy” yeah he’s here, but he can’t come to the phone right now. He’s tied up…No, I mean really, he’s tied up and he’s about to get beat up!  Well, all I can tell ya is this, he’s been coming here for years getting his ribs and getting his swerve on with Temeka, Little Boo, and LaLa and them, but after all the crazy talk he put down last week, some of the fellas thought he needed a little more than being banned from the league!  And he might have been ok till he slammed “Magic Johnson”…c’mon man, you know we can’t have some old White fool disrespecting “The Magic Man!!!”  I don’t know when he can talk…but he’s 82 and the whooping he’s got coming . . . he may not talk again…hello…hello…click!:09—So you just forgot about “war” huh?  How do you forget about “war?” Well do yourself a favor and pull it out.  “The Cisco Kid,” “Slippin into Darkness,” “Music is What We Like to Play,” c’mon man!last_img read more

Barkley says ‘unintelligent’ Blacks ‘brainwashed’ to choose street cred over success

first_imgNBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is not scared and is one of the most outspoken celebrity athletes of modern times, like him or not.So it comes to no surprise whatsoever that the former Philadelphia 76er superstar told Philadelphia radio hosts too many Black people are caught up in a culture that’s more concerned with street cred than intelligence.Speaking on the radio show “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis,” the current “NBA on TNT” commentator was asked his opinion on Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson, who was the subject of an article detailing allegations he wasn’t “Black enough.”Barkley did not detour around his feelings, but instead plowed through the controversial topic:“We as Black people are never going to be successful, not because of you White people, but because of other Black people. When you are Black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other Black people,” Barkley said.Barkley said African Americans are too concerned with street cred than true success and that’s holding the community back.“For some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not Black enough. If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good Black person. It’s a dirty, dark secret in the Black community.“There are a lot of Black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success. It’s best to knock a successful Black person down because they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful. It’s just typical BS that goes on when you’re Black, man.”What do you think of Barkley’s scathing comments? Agree or disagree?last_img read more

TAGS – Trophies For The Team Help Build Self Esteem

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0 If you’re a parent, you know growing up is hard. A child’s mind and body are always changing, and learning how to adapt to these changes can be incredibly stressful. Children can feel pressure from all aspects of their life: to succeed in school, to succeed at sports, to succeed at making friends. It is important for you to look for ways to let children know that they’re appreciated and can succeed, and trophies are a tried and true way to help.Commemorating a child’s achievements impacts them in several positive ways. It creates a memory for the child. Children will display their trophies proudly, and any time they see these awards, they will remember the story associated with them. It also provides the child a tangible object that they can feel proud of. It is not merely something given to them, but rather something they earned due to their achievements and skill. This encourages children to take pride in themselves, developing self-esteem. Perhaps most importantly, receiving a trophy, medal, or award is fun! Everybody loves the opportunity to be honored for their achievements, and children are no different.Friendly competition is a great motivator to improve one’s skill in a given area. The competitive spirit encourages children and adults alike to try their hardest. However, children appreciate tangible rewards for their hard work. A medal, trophy, or other award is a great way to give children something to strive for.All kids can benefit from receiving awards and medals in their life. Awards are a great way of acknowledging them for their hard work. Customized trophies, awards and medals from TAGS Awards & Specialties can help motivate your child, create a proud memory, and improve their self-esteem.last_img read more

Shop For Gifts At Great Harvest Bread Company In West Olympia

first_imgOpen Monday – Saturday from 6:30 am – 8:00 pm and Sunday from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm. Submitted by Great Harvest Bread Co.An inviting display of Northwest products and tasty mixes greet shoppers when they enter the Great Harvest Bread Company in West Olympia.“We can prepare a gift basket for any budget,” explains Kerry Norem, owner of Great Harvest Bread Company.Whether you are looking for a way to thank a friend, buy a holiday gift or just bring a treat to a hostess, Great Harvest Bread Company can assist in preparing an ideal gift.The bakery stocks baskets so shoppers can create their own gift stocked with products made exclusively in the Pacific Northwest.  Pick up a box of Market Spice tea, add a tin of Cougar Gold cheese and a jar of Ila’s Jam.Or, simply purchase a Bread Kiss – a loaf of your favorite bread wrapped in a delightful kitchen tea towel – which retails at an “easy on the pocketbook” price of $12.“We also prepare tasty granola and oatmeal mixes which make a unique gift for a hard-to-buy-for person on your list,” adds Norem.Gluten-free breads, biscotti, and soups are also available in the locally owned and operated shop.For more information about Great Harvest Bread Company, click here.Great Harvest Bread Co.1530 Black Lake BlvdOlympia, WA 98502 Facebook5Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

ThurstonTalk’s Weekend Event Calendar – Easter Weekend In Olympia Washington

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Easter weekend is the start of Spring Break for most Thurston County public schools.  As families prepare to take a few days off, turn to ThurstonTalk’s event calendar for all the activities around town.  Use our *new* Kids & Family section to find a new place to play or rediscover an old favorite haunt.  Using the Activities drop down menu, you can sort for either indoor or outdoor stories.Here is a recap of the Easter Egg Hunts happening around Olympia this weekend.  For more specific details, click here.Friday, March 29 –Adult Flashlight Egg Scramble at the RAC at 8:00 pmSaturday, March 30 –10:00 am – Westfield Capital Mall10:00 am – Dog Easter Egg Hunt at the RAC10:00 am – New Apostolic Church11:00 am – Tumwater High School11:00 am – Bucknell Field in Lacey12:00 pm – South Sound Church1:00 pm – Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & FarmSunday, March 312:00 pm – Priest Point Park2:00 pm – South Sound ManorOther events happening this weekend include:Dig razor clams in Ocean Shores this weekend.Play outside on Saturday, in honor of the 100th birthday of the Washington State Parks system.Visit the WET Science Center.Gather ideas for activities during Spring Break.Attend a performance at Olympia Family Theater or Harlequin Productions.  Both local theater groups have shows throughout the weekend.Catch a roller derby bout between #1 Oly Rollers and #2 San Diego Starlettes on Sunday evening.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at submit@thurstontalk.com.  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.last_img read more

Watch: Joao Felix’s wonderful run against Getafe results in a penalty for Atletico Madrid

first_imgMADRID, SPAIN – AUGUST 18: Joao Felix of Atletico de Madrid battle for the ball for the penalty kick with Bruno Gonzalez of Getafe CF during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Getafe CF at Wanda Metropolitano on August 18, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)Advertisement 5xrxcvNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vskn0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ehw52( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7g19Would you ever consider trying this?😱0pjppCan your students do this? 🌚kf6dRoller skating! Powered by Firework Joao Felix’s 120mil Euros transfer from Benfica to Atletico Madrid was one of the biggest deals this transfer window and why it shook fans across the globe was because this massive fee was for securing the services of a 19 year old.Advertisement A player who many consider as one for the future, has become impatient and has started paying dividends on the pitch in his La Liga debut.Advertisement Watch his brilliant solo run into the box to earn his team a penalty :Advertisement With blistering pace to burn and a immaculate set of feet combined with his lethal finishing, Felix is destined for greatness. His call-up to Portugal National team before the UEFA Nations League was testimony to his insane potential.The attacking midfielder had a splendid preseason before this game against Getafe where he scored 5+ goals and assists. Advertisementlast_img read more

Watch the ‘frying pan challenge’ that Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi attempted! Can you…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter(@Leander/@Maheshbhupathi)Advertisement 3byrz5NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsvxdkWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebfv6w( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) nghtWould you ever consider trying this?😱8rgCan your students do this? 🌚6og68Roller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus pandemic has put a halt on sports activity all over the world, and athletes, now confimed in self-isolation away from training grounds, are coming up with interesting new ways to train and keep themselves fit, and some are taking to social media to share with their fans. Recently, tennis ace Roger Federer poste about his drill on Twitter, and Indian tennis legend Leander Paes has shared his training routine too, but with a frying pan instead of a tennis racket, naming it ‘#FryingPanChallenge’, and his former doubles teammate Mahesh Bhupathi gives it a go!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter(@Leander/@Maheshbhupathi)On Wednesday, Leander Paes shared a clip on his official Twitter, where he was hitting a tennis ball on the wall repeatedly with a frying pan. Naming it ‘Frying Pan Challenge’, the 46 year old nominated all of his followers and other icons of the Indian sporting fraternity to take up the chalenge.“Here’s a challenge for you guys while we’re in lockdown! How many can you do?” Paes wrote in the caption, “I’m challenging all of you out there. Send in your entries with the #FryingPanChallenge, tag me, and I’ll share the best few! 😁#TennisAtHome #StayHomeStaySafe #NoLookVolley #LockdownChallengeAdvertisement Check out the video here-As the official Twitter handle of ATP Tour shared Paes’s challenge, fellow tennis stalwart and Paes’s former teammate Mahesh Bhupathi was quick to notice his partner’s amazing juggle skills, and retweeted with: “Guy can volley with anything 😳😇“Paes replied back, crediting the contribution of their mentors for the skill, and also asked Bhupathi to join in for the challenge.Bhupathi was quick to follow up, who joined in the challenge, but with a smaller frying pan, as looking at the camera proved to be a little difficult for the 45 year old.“@Leander here you go, I tried your no look, talking to the camera version but I don’t have that kind of skill so I went down in size to a mini frying pan to make it challenging 😇🎾 🍳” Bhupathi tweeted his clip.India is currently under a 21-day nationwide lockdown, which will be in effect till 14th April. There has been 6,412 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India, and the death toll is at 199.Also read-Roger Federer tags Virat Kohli, The Rock and others in home work out video!Mahesh Bhupathi’s 2-year-old niece brightens up bleak times with her message to Covid-19  Advertisementlast_img read more