TENNIS : Drop shot: Jensen sees most cohesive unit in 5-year tenure despite loss of key trio


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on January 26, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Emily Harman walked off the court without finishing her match.Notre Dame had clinched a victory over the Syracuse tennis team in the second round of the 2010 Big East tournament, and there was nothing Harman could do about it. She left the court with the empty, disappointed feeling because her match could not make a difference.After congratulating her opponent, she and the Syracuse team trudged through the inclement weather to the van. The players and coaches piled in for the long drive that would conclude their season. Before they made their way back to Syracuse, however, the team had a talk.Head coach Luke Jensen congratulated his team on its hard work to get to the tournament. Every girl spoke about what the season had meant to her.‘It was a very emotional moment for all of us,’ Harman said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat was just the start of a whirlwind, emotional offseason for SU. In the nine months since the loss to Notre Dame, three key players have dropped off the roster, including C.C. Sardinha, a freshman last season who moved up to the No. 1 singles spot, and Eleanor Peters, who had the most collective wins of any member of the Orange.Despite this, however, Jensen thinks the Orange has solidified into a more cohesive team. And in his fifth year at the helm of a Syracuse program he built from the ground up, Jensen will rely on the seniors of his first recruiting class, combined with a mix of youth, to get over the loss of those two players and departing senior Chelsea Jones. And to aim for his No. 1 target: Notre Dame.‘Notre Dame is our target,’ Jensen said. ‘It’s got to be our target.’That won’t be easy with the losses. Sardinha transferred to Oklahoma State shortly after SU’s loss in the Big East tournament. She was a highly touted recruit who quickly worked her way up from the bottom of SU’s singles lineup to the top. She went 16-5 in singles play last season.Sardinha informed the coaching staff of her decision shortly after the Big East tournament. Jensen said she left to be closer to her grandmother. But Harman thought she was considering the move even before the tournament.‘I didn’t know personally from her,’ Harman said. ‘I had my suspicions, but you never know with collegiate teams.’Peters was unable to return to the team because she wasn’t granted a redshirt year, Jensen said. Peters hovered around the middle of the lineup but had the most wins of anyone on the team.Jensen said Peters is playing in professional tournaments near her home in Washington, D.C. Harman and Jensen also said Peters is another huge, unexpected loss to the team.And the last part of those losses is Jones, a departing senior who walked on to the team the year before Jensen took over as the head coach. Jones hadn’t been on the professional circuit, unlike all of SU’s younger players. Despite being a strong doubles player, she was unable to provide the same experience on the court.With those three important pieces gone, SU will rely on three freshmen to fill the void: Maddie Kobelt, Aleah Marrow and Eva Raszkiewicz. The time they’ve spent playing professional tournaments has put them in a good position to do so.‘They’ll fight their tails off to the very end, and that’s what we need,’ Harman said. ‘No negative energy at all. It’s great to be with them. It’s great to have them on the team. They make me better every day.’This group of recruits contributes to the cohesiveness of the team because they buy into what the team is doing, Jensen said. College has more of a team aspect than playing on the pro circuit, and Jensen tries to emphasize that with his players.Each of those recruits brings something unique to the Orange. Jensen thinks Marrow is the best athlete he has had in his five years at SU. Raszkiewicz came over from Europe after much convincing from Jensen. And Kobelt has one of the best all-around games Jensen has seen at Syracuse.But the attitude of cohesion is what stood out most to Kobelt when she visited SU.‘What stuck in my mind was the attitude that the girls had,’ she said. ‘All the girls on this team — even though they were dead in the battle of their matches — they were all cheering for themselves and cheering for their teammates and being supportive.’And the second part of replacing those players includes Jensen’s first recruiting class — now seniors — stepping up. Seniors Christina Tan and Simone Kalhorn, who were already captains last year with the absence of more experienced seniors, will lead the way. Tan said beyond their ability on the court, however, it is their familiarity with SU tennis in particular that has helped the recruits.‘We’ve been through the program for three and a half years now, so the experience is there,’ Tan said. ‘In terms of knowing exactly what’s going on and really helping the newer ones with everything, with on-court stuff and off-court stuff.’The cohesion of the team also leads to an even playing field and tight competition. Tan said the entire team has a pretty even skill level, so anyone could end up at No. 1 on any given week.After close challenge matches, Alessondra Parra earned that spot for this weekend’s matches. This will be the first time in her two and a half seasons at SU that Parra will move above No. 3.‘I think we have a team that is very equal,’ Jensen said. ‘Usually on a team you get one, two, maybe three players that set themselves apart from everybody else. But this year we truly have the deepest team, the most solid across the board.’The defeat in the Big East tournament and the loss of Jones, Peters and Sardinha set SU back. At the beginning of the fall, there was no knowing what would become of the eight players who showed up for fall tennis. Yet after just a few months of playing together, the team has become a single unit. And despite the losses, Jensen thinks he has a better squad than last season.Jensen said if the 2011 team were to play the 2010 team, the former would win simply because it’s a ‘better collective.’This collective now has one objective: beat Notre Dame. Jensen said this is the goal. Harman should not have to walk off the court mid-match unless it is for a Syracuse victory.Not individual glory. Not wins against lesser teams. Notre Dame.‘They’re the dominant team in our conference,’ Jensen said. ‘They’re a dominant team in the nation. If we can beat Notre Dame, we can beat anybody.’alguggen@syr.edulast_img read more

USC vs. Ohio State tickets at a premium


first_imgWhat do you bring to a football stadium to go watch a game?If you’re talking about the Sept. 12 matchup between USC and Ohio State, you’ll need seat cushions, drinks and a grill for tailgating — and a whole lot of cash. Tickets for the game will cost at least four times the average face value of $63 — and those prices are strictly for the nosebleed seats.Main event · The Trojans must travel to Columbus, Ohio, to face the Buckeyes in one of their most highly touted games this season. Fans trying to buy tickets now, however, will be have to pay large sums. – Leah Thompson | Daily TrojanWith a capacity of 102,000 in Ohio Stadium, you might think that finding reasonably priced tickets for the game would be a none-too-strenuous feat. Not so, it turns out. Field-level seating, available only in the long-sold out contest, starts at $1,000. Seats on the 50-yard line — only two are advertised for purchase — are being offered on resale site StubHub.com for no less than $5,000 apiece.“Unfortunately, that’s the way of the world,” said Bill Jones, assistant athletic director for ticketing at Ohio State, in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch. “We don’t have a whole lot of control over it.”It makes sense that the game would draw a crowd. OSU and USC boast two of the most storied legacies in all of college sports, and the pair’s on-field rivalry is legendary. Having played 22 times in the last 70-odd years, the matchup is a close one, with USC just barely holding the edge, 12-10.Of course, fans will recall that last year’s game was a blowout, with USC dominating an overmatched Buckeye team 35-3 at the Coliseum. The losing team in this year’s match is likely out of the national championship picture, so it’s understandable that the Buckeye faithful would demand a premium price for parting with their tickets to next Saturday’s game.Still, those familiar with ticket resale admit that the prices being charged for seats are becoming excessive.“Ohio State fans [just] don’t often part with their tickets,” said StubHub spokesman Sean Pate. “You’re seeing some serious advantage for the seller.”Southwest Airlines, anticipating a crush of USC fans to attend regardless of cost, has added a flight to its regularly scheduled service, going so far as to offer a nonstop weekender that runs directly between LAX and Columbus.With game ticket prices that almost demand a second student loan, it seems likely that much of the Trojan faithful will spend this game rooting from the cheapest seats they can get: the ones in their living rooms.last_img read more

Syracuse walk-on guard Christian White will transfer to Pace


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on April 5, 2016 at 5:17 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR The Rochester, New York native and former Aquinas Institute star started his career at Monmouth where, in two seasons, he appeared in 44 games and averaged 2.5 points per game. White transferred to Syracuse for his junior season and he played seven minutes across four games and scored three points. Pace finished 9-19 in Division II last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhite’s transfer is not a surprise because, per Syracuse.com, White chose not play in any games in order to preserve his final year of eligibility for graduate school.The walk-on had an eventful last year with the Orange while the team made an unlikely run to the Final Four. White also took a tumble while celebrating with the team’s leading scorer, Michael Gbinije, during the Gonzaga game which helped key the Orange’s run. Christian White, a walk-on guard for the Syracuse basketball team, will transfer to Pace University, he announced via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.last_img read more

WWE: Seth Rollins responds to fans calling him ‘Not Cool’


first_imgLast Updated: 10th October, 2019 16:36 IST WWE: Seth Rollins Responds To Fans Calling Him ‘Not Cool’ Speculations had been running rife that Rollins will be coming to this week’s Raw to confront The Fiend, but that didn’t happen SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 10th October, 2019 16:36 IST FOLLOW US WWE Hell in a Cell Seth Rollins vs ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt: Match OverviewThe match started with the champion Rollins doing everything he could to take advantage but the masked challenger appeared unfazed. Then, Rollins brought in the kendo sticks and started hitting him with it, but that didn’t work either. Wyatt then took control of the match and started punishing The Beastslayer until the champ grabbed the steel steps and slammed ‘The Fiend’ with them. Wyatt soon recovered and hit Rollins with a Sister Abigail into the cell.Also Read l WWE Hell In A Cell: The Fiend terrorises Seth Rollins in main eventIn the latter part of the match, Rollins started delivering numerous stomps but ‘The Fiend’ fought back to his feet. He hit Wyatt again with four stomps and a pedigree before pinning ”The Fiend’ for an unsuccessful one count. Rollins then brought out a ladder and used it to smash the chair which was lying on Wyatt’s head for a second count. Rollins followed up by grabbing the sledgehammer and unloaded on ‘The Fiend’ before the referee called off the match.Also Read l WWE Hell In a Cell: Will Seth Rollins slay ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt? Despite retaining his WWE Universal Championship title against ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt at Hell in a Cell, Seth Rollins received a brutal punishment from Wyatt after the bell rang. Some fans did not seem so impressed with the outcome of the match as the chants of AEW filled the arena. Speculations had been running rife that Rollins will be coming to this week’s Raw to confront The Fiend, but that didn’t happen. However, Rollins had earlier reacted to the events which followed the main event between the WWE Universe and him.Also Read l WWE Hell in a Cell: Was Seth Rollins vs Bray Wyatt the worst fight?What happened after the main event?After suffering a lot of punishment, Rollins got up and started walking towards the exit. While he was walking out, a fan started shouting ‘Seth Rollins is not cool’ with the sign which had the same thing written on it. Seth looked at the man and as the matter was heating up, a bunch of referees came in and stopped the situation from escalating further. Rollins addressed the incident by using the quote of the fan as a hashtag. Here’s what the passionate wrestler tweeted.Also Read l WWE Hell in a Cell: Reactions on Seth Rollins vs The Fiend Written By LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Adil Khan COMMENTlast_img read more

Barca stunned, advantage Real


first_imgBarcelona were shocked 3-1 away at Real Sociedad while title rivals Atletico Madrid went down 3-0 at Osasuna, giving Real Madrid a three-point lead at the top of the table after their 3-0 victory over Elche.Barca, who had not won at Sociedad since the 2006/07 season, were outclassed by their bogey team as they succumbed to their third loss of the season. The hosts were an attacking threat throughout the match as Gerardo Martino’s men never really kicked into gear, going down 1-0 on 32 minutes after an Elustondo header deflected off Cameroonian Alex Song into the back of the Barca net. Lionel Messi equalised with a low drive four minutes later, yet went behind nine minutes after the break as Antoine Griezmann finished off a great counter-attacking move from Sociedad.The Blaugrana were 3-1 down on the hour mark as David Zurutuza zipped in front of a hesitant Victor Valdes to tuck home a Griezmann chip and send the home fans into absolute delirium. Sociedad dominated the rest of the game as Barcelona were unable to find their way back into the match, as their seven-year winless run at the Anoeta Stadium continued.Real Madrid now have a three-point advantage at the top of the table after their comfortable 3-0 win at home to Ulche. Spanish midfielder Asier Illarramendi gave Los Blancos the lead after controlling a corner and firing in for his first goal of the season as the hosts went into the break 1-0 up.The Galacticos’ second came on 72 minutes when Welsh winger Gareth Bale picked up the ball in midfield and sent in an unstoppable shot from outside the area to net his 10th league goal for Real, after which Isco added a third to ensure all three points for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.Joint La Liga leaders at the start of the weekend Atletico Madrid were no match for a rampant Osasuna side, who put in a dominant display in beating their more-fancied opponents 3-0. First half goals from Alvaro Cejudo, Emiliano Armenteros and Roberto Torres shocked Atletico who now slip down to third place in La Liga, as they prepare to host crosstown rivals Real Madrid on Sunday. Weekend La Liga results:Valladolid 1-1 LevanteReal Sociedad 3-1 Barcelona Almeria 0-0 MalagaCelta Vigo 1-1 GetafeReal Madrid 3-0 ElcheRayo Vallecano 0-1 SevillaReal Betis 0-2 Athletic BilabaoValencia 2-1 GranadaOsasuna 3-0 Atletico Madridlast_img read more

Meet the newest Dodgers: Rich Hill


first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Background: A fourth-round pick out of the University of Michigan in 2002, Hill made the majors three years later with the Chicago Cubs. He split time as a starter and a reliever in the majors and minors with limited success over the next six seasons before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. By mid-summer 2015, he was out of baseball and signed with the independent Long Island Ducks. Given another chance by the Boston Red Sox last season, Hill has emerged as a quality starter, going 11-4 with a 2.06 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 18 starts over the past year.Scouting report: Hill has one of the best curveballs in baseball, comparing favorably to fellow lefties Clayton Kershaw and Gio Gonzalez, which he throws at a more frequent rate than almost any other pitcher in baseball. That leads to a high strikeout rate (10.66 per nine innings this season). Hill is currently on the DL with persistent blister problems on his pitching hand. Acquired from A’scenter_img LHP RICH HILLAge: 36last_img read more

Masters 2019: Tiger Woods looks ahead after triumph: ‘I can win majors now’


first_imgIn the intervening period he battled a succession of injuries — a fourth back surgery in 2017 making him wonder if he would ever play again — and saw his reputation damaged by lurid revelations about his private life.Woods had ended a five-year wait for a PGA Tour victory when he triumphed at the Tour Championship last September and spoke ahead of the Masters of how that experience would aid him.Now, after delivering once again at the very top level, Woods is more certain than ever that he can kick on with Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major wins well within sight.”I can win majors now,” he told reporters with a smile.”The win at East Lake was a big confidence booster for me because I had come close last year a couple times, still had to get it across the finish line and didn’t quite do it.”I didn’t do it at Tampa [Valspar Championship]. I didn’t do it at the Open Championship. I was a little better at the PGA [US PGA Championship], but still I didn’t win.I can’t thank my family, friends and fans enough for their support. Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget. To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for. This jacket sure is comfortable. pic.twitter.com/LsOUX2dWH1— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 14, 2019″East Lake was a big step for me, confirming that I could still win out here and against the best players. It’s obviously the hottest 30 guys for the year.”To be able to do that against Rory [McIlroy] and Rosey [Justin Rose] there gave me a lot of confidence going into this year, and I said, you know, just keep building on it and let’s try to get the mind and body peaking towards Augusta.”So my last three major championships have been pretty good, so that in itself gives me a lot of confidence going down the road.” But despite the spectacular return to form, Woods will not alter his playing schedule this year. He is keen not to overwork a body that has suffered with repeated injuries.”I’m not going to play as much as I did last year,” he said. “I played a little bit too much last year because I kept trying to qualify for World Golf Championships and events in the [FedEx Cup] Playoffs.”The playing schedule doesn’t change. I’m going to play a little bit less than I did last year. I’ll just play in the tournaments and I’ll be fully invested and committed to playing and trying to win.” Tiger Woods is ready to attack the upcoming majors after ending his 11-year drought at the Masters on Sunday.The 43-year-old completed a phenomenal comeback by claiming a 15th major title at Augusta National, winning one of golf’s Grand Slam events for the first time since the 2008 U.S. Open.last_img read more

LeBron James, Lakers outmuscle Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks


first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt was a win that clinched the Lakers’ first playoff berth since 2013, ending an unprecedented run of futility for a franchise that had mostly known success. But the result was a reminder of the potential that they still can reach.“I came here to put this team and put this franchise back where they needed to be,” James said. “The league is not what it is if the Lakers are not winning.”The evening unfolded entirely in James’ comfort zone. The possessions slowed, allowing him to work the half-court offense methodically. The whistles were blown freely, giving James another weapon on his drives as he drew contact time after time – and he even converted the free-throw attempts he got (12 for 15). He finished with 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.While James is likely too far behind in key statistics and wins to catch Antetokounmpo for the actual award, throughout the stellar second half, he was bathed by the reverberating cheers in Staples Center: “M-V-P! M-V-P!”James has been here before. And Antetokounmpo still looks up to him. “Whenever you bring the ball down, whenever you go against him, you can feel greatness,” he said. “I’ve said it in the past: that’s what I want to be.”Antetokounmpo got numbers with 32 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, but his night wasn’t efficient, shooting 10 for 21. Whereas in December, he stroked 3-pointers with ease, he was 1 for 6 from deep – a key change in the rematch.Several Lakers pointed to James taking on his MVP counterpart as a turning point in the game. When Anthony Davis racked up three fouls in the first half, leading to a tedious 19-point first quarter, the Lakers realized a change was necessary. James told Davis to take Wes Matthews to start the half – he would take Antetokounmpo.James wound up with three steals. His energy had a trickle-down effect on the Lakers’ roster.“I felt like the way he played tonight, it was like Defensive Player of the Year type of defense,” veteran guard Avery Bradley said. “And whenever he plays with that intensity, I feel like it gets everyone going. We’ve been saying it all year, it’s contagious. When our leaders are able to play at that level, man, it raises everybody’s intensity.”On a night when their 3-point shots were not falling (6 for 32), the Lakers (48-13) made it a fight in a phonebooth, their superior physicality winning out. The Lakers won the rebounding battle (52-46) and had more points in the paint (50-46).It felt very much like a classic playoff game that James, even at 35, still has the power to take over. In the same game he became the third man ever to score at least 34,000 points, he also hammered a dunk onto the face of Brook Lopez, an all-defensive team candidate.James broke his team out of a halftime deadlock with nine points in the first four minutes, then fanned that spark into a control-clinching 18-0 run. While he led his team in scoring, it was his ability to uncork Anthony Davis (30 points) in a blistering two-man game that showcased how dangerous their pick-and-roll will be even against the NBA’s best.Davis closed with a flourish, scoring 25 points in the second half (as did James). After a foul-plagued first half, Davis said the big difference was simply “being in the game.”Four other Bucks (53-10) scored in double figures, notably Donte DiVincenzo with 17. But Milwaukee’s 3-point-centric scheme faltered, as they too shot a subpar 28 percent from deep.Related Articles .@AntDavis23 spoke postgame with @LakersReporter about trusting in his game after getting in early foul trouble to finish with 30 PTS & 9 REB. #Lakers pic.twitter.com/r0MxX3obUL— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 7, 2020 How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs The air in Staples Center crackled with electricity on the possessions when James and Antetokounmpo were matched up one-on-one. Among the more memorable sequences came one in the third quarter: James backed down the Greek Freak, scoring on a goaltending call when Antetokounmpo reached a gigantic hand through the net. The Bucks star knocked down a 3-pointer on the other end, momentarily quieting the chants starting to circulate Staples Center. But they only grew again, as James drove in for a tough layup against Antetokounmpo and Middleton.James got the last laugh, a dunk in the game’s final 30 seconds before subbing out.It will be the final word between these teams until at least June, the earliest time they could meet in the NBA Finals. Evening the series offered a look at what the Lakers would bring to the table in that tantalizing hypothetical.“A lot of times in the playoffs, that’s what the playoff games feel like: You’re exerting so much energy on the defensive end, that it’s not just a track meet, and you don’t get as many easy buckets in transition,” Coach Frank Vogel said. “But down the stretch, you have to control the pace and make sure you get a good shot every time down. And our guys were great at just executing at crunch time while they made their runs.””I came here to put this franchise back where they needed to be. The league is not what it is if the Lakers are not winning.” @KingJames postgame with @LakersReporter on the #Lakers clinching a playoff spot. pic.twitter.com/vn4EcNUQbq— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 7, 2020 LeBron ⚔️ Giannis @KingJames (37 PTS) & The Greek Freak (32 PTS) DUEL as the @Lakers prevail in the battle of conference No. 1’s! pic.twitter.com/PQdghAhJ8A— NBA (@NBA) March 7, 2020 PreviousMilwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez, left, and Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee greet each other after an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers forward Anthony Davis is defended by Bucks center Brook Lopez during Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 brings the ball up the court at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 is defended by Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton #22 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee #7 as he tried to drive the ball between McGee and LeBron James, left, at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green #14 and Milwaukee Bucks guard Wesley Matthews #9 wrestle for a loose ball resulting in a jump ball at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 brings the ball up the court at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez #42 commits an offensive foul on Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris #88 as he dunks at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis #3 tries to find a way around Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma #0 shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez #11 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 scores a 3-pointer over Milwaukee Bucks guard Wesley Matthews #9 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, knocks down Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, knocks the ball from the hands of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, as center JaVale McGee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, tries to pass as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo guards him during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, shoots as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, shoots as Milwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez, left, and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, shoots as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, knocks the ball from the hands of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Rapper Jay-Z, left, looks over at soccer player Chicharito during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 celebrates a 3-pointer at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 scores on a fadeaway jumper at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 winces as he grabs his hip after getting fouled at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel and assistant Jason Kidd watch the action at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 scores as he drives into the lane at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis #3 moves to the basket at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 looks up at the scoreboard during a free throw at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo #9 scores on a layup at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket between Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 and Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket between Donte DiVincenzo #0, Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 Robin Lopez #42, and Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Brook Lopez #11 and Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to an offensive foul of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is guarded by Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles around the screen of Danny Green #14 as Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks chases during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Mike Budenholzer of the Milwaukee Bucks argues for a foul during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers backs in on Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers grabs a rebound in front of Brook Lopez #11 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Donte DiVincenzo #0 of the Milwaukee Bucks looks over his shoulder for the ball during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers posts up Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a shot over Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks fouls Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is guarded by Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 and forward Anthony Davis #3 questions a foul with a referee at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Eric Bledsoe #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks is is called for a charge on Avery Bradley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers behind Anthony Davis #3 at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel signals to his players at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers backs in on Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks attempts to get open as LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends during the third quarter at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores over Brook Lopez #11 and Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a 113-103 Laker win at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Director Malcolm Washington reacts after a basket by LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his basket with Danny Green #14 during a 113-103 Laker win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks attempts a layup in front of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 113-103 Laker win at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to Avery Bradley #11 after an injury during a 113-103 Laker win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Eric Bledsoe #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks is fouled by Avery Bradley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 113-103 Laker win at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, looks as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James as he runs up court during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, tries to get past Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, tries to get past Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 and Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers react after a James score, in front of Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a 113-103 Laker win at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Milwaukee Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Dion Waiters defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, knocks down Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as he tries to shoot during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, shoots as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after his basket in front of Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 questions a called foul with a referee at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez, left, and Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee greet each other after an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers forward Anthony Davis is defended by Bucks center Brook Lopez during Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 63Lakers forward Anthony Davis is defended by Bucks center Brook Lopez during Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Perhaps it should have been taken as an omen when, on his very first drive, Giannis Antetokounmpo realized he had broken the skin of his lip.NBA teams have spent the season so far searching for any small sign of weakness and have found precious few in the 6-foot-11, muscle-bound forward’s game. They’ve had an even harder time cracking his Milwaukee Bucks, who entered Staples Center on Friday night with the best record in the league and a budding reputation as the title favorite.That still might be the case. But at the very least, for one night. LeBron James made the Bucks – and their star – bleed.A hotly anticipated battle of the top teams in the Eastern and Western conferences ended in a 113-103 Lakers win, as James and Anthony Davis combined for 67 points in a slow-paced, possession-by-possession game that mirrored the feel of the postseason. And while the regular-season series ended with a 1-1 split with each team successfully defending its home court, the final meeting surely felt like a counterpoint to the case that’s been building in Milwaukee for a historically great title-contender. Frank Vogel reflects on a back-and-forth first half and the key players down the stretch for the #Lakers in a 113-103 win. pic.twitter.com/oopZ7NrL1M— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 7, 2020 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wellington 15-year-olds playing in Babe Ruth State Tournament in Garden City this weekend


first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Wellington 15-year-old Babe Ruth All Stars are the last summer team to represent the community. They are currently playing in the 13-15 year old Kansas State Babe Ruth Tournament in Garden City that starts today and runs through Monday.Wellington played Lakin in the first round game at 2 p.m. today. It the locals won, they will advance to the second round at 1 p.m. on Saturday. If they lose than they will play at 9 a.m. on Saturday.  Other teams in the tournament were: Parsons, Lyons, Frontenac, Cottonwood Valley, Galena and Garden City. The tournament is double elimination.The 15-year-olds were recent winners of the District 3 tournament held at Wellington’s Hibbs-Hooten Field the past weekend. This was a six-team tournament in which Wellington beat fellow Sumner County all-star team Oxford 20-5 in the championship last Sunday.  Wellington pretty much cruised through this tournament. After receiving a first-round bye, Wellington squashed Douglass 22-0. The locals then played Oxford in the first game between the two teams, winning 14-1.After Oxford beat Rose Hill 11-1, Wellington would win the championship game against Oxford.Those receiving special awards in the tournament include:Vs. Douglass: MVP: Chevy Nuss, WOW: Adam Hilts.Vs. Oxford (semifinals): MVP: Dylan Ferguson, WOW: Chevy Nuss.Vs. Oxford (Championship):MVP: Therin Fame. No WOW award was given.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Home cookin’


first_imgWhen I took a look at the Pitt’s football schedule and saw Virginia Tech penciled in I automatically chalked up the win to the Hokies. The horrible losses Pitt suffered at the hands of Youngstown State and Cincinnati certainly reinforced the logic behind my prediction. You can now officially gloat, boys and girls; the “great Swami” was wrong. Pitt danced all over VT, 35-17. Next up is Gardner-Webb. Gardner, who? Well if the Panthers don’t experience a significant letdown, all indicators point to their record being elevated to 2-2 on September 23, the day after they face who? Gardner-Webb.Is this a tale of two teams or a team that is on a road with various speed bumps, unscheduled rest stops and breakdowns? Pitt head coach Paul Chryst had this to say after the game, “A season is a journey. You can’t get to one part of it without getting through others. This one day, we did what we needed to do and came out with the victory.”Chryst is of the correct mindset that turnovers are sequential as to how they occur and are always team oriented. He asked and then answered the following question, “Why do you get a pick? It has everything to do with everyone on the field. It can be a defensive back away from the ball. It can be pressure away from the ball. It can be pressure on the quarterback. Those picks are team takeaways.”One of the reasons Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer has been successful throughout his coaching career is that he has almost always created game wreakers and really has never been much of an excuse maker. “I have to give Pitt lot of credit,” he said shortly after the game concluded. “I thought they were well-prepared. I thought (number) four (Rushel Shell) was hard to bring down and I thought there were hitting on all cylinders.”It appeared that Pitt had an engine replacement. To turn such an ominous beginning of their season around against a team as good as Virginia Tech was surprising, very surprising to say the least.My congrats to the Pitt squad, but I must caution QB Tino Sunseri who seemed to be a bit terse in his responses when questioned after the game. My perception was it was like a few moments of “I told you so.” Young man here is some advice from an older fellow. “Be careful how you respond after a win because one victory does not define a season.”Men at Work…Being in the Press Box at Heinz Field sometimes causes you to miss small nuances of a Steelers game, such as watching “Steely McBeam” parading throughout the stadium causing some female fans to get “excited.” I am also certain that the smell of ‘pierogies’ and ‘ I.C. Light’ was more welcoming to the nostrils of the Pittsburgh faithful as opposed to the aroma of one of the favorite dishes served in Denver: Bison (buffalo) in a mustard cognac cream sauce. The Steelers should have easily concluded any item topped with mustard cognac cream sauce would upset the blue collar gastronomical balance of their team. There would be no Pepto Bismol requests put forth from the Pittsburgh sideline last Sunday afternoon after the Steelers dismantled the NY Jets, 27-10.The Steelers had just been smoked by Peyton Manning and the Broncos on the preceding Sunday, plus two of their All-Pro defensive players James Harrison and Troy Polamalu would not dress for the Jets game. I had all sorts of dire predictions for the Black and Gold. I envisioned the Jets head man Rex “Tyrannosaurus Rex” Ryan dialing up blitz after blitz and stunt after stunt bewildering and befuddling the sore and outmanned Steelers front offensive “five.” I now realize why Steely McBeam was not as visible as usual. The reason is that the Steelers donned hard hats instead of their normal football helmets, put out the sandwich board “men at work” sign and got very, very, busy. After the game concluded there were empty cardboard boxes littering the Black and Gold’s sideline bench area. When I inquired as to what the empty boxes had contained, I was informed by an anonymous source (me) that the Steelers had stolen and smuggled about one hundred cases of “whoopa—” from Manning’s “whoopa—” warehouse. When I asked did they use it all up. I received a very clear response, “hell no.” Matter of fact something tells me that they are going to need more than a few cans next Sunday when they travel out to the “black hole” of the NFL to face the Oakland Raiders. They cannot rely on UPS, Federal Express or USPS Priority Mail to deliver their surplus supply of “whoopa—” to “Cali” for fear of it being lost or stolen. They had better take it with them because if not, they won’t be ‘California Dreamin, they’ll be “California Steamin.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at abruce@new­pittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on the ‘Odd Couple Sports Show’ where he is the AFC North and NFL analyst. The show is hosted by Adam Ragle streaming live on the WCWA Fox Sports Toledo 1230AM Wednesdays at 10 am during the regular season.)last_img read more