September 19

Cleveland: Adjusting to a life of watching games from home

first_imgThis is written on Sunday morning. I feel fine; my TV remote control batteries are dead.Valiantly, they lasted until the ends of Mississippi State’s arduous victory over Arkansas and Ole Miss’ traumatic defeat to Auburn.At our house, we flipped the channels back and forth so often it sometimes became confusing. We were watching two compelling dramas at once. No matter how hard we tried, we missed big plays. In most cases we caught the replays. (Amazing — isn’t it? — how often the two games, simultaneously, were on TV commercials.)This stunning Mississippi football season has brought this writer much joy and entertainment and at least one realization. That is, sometimes, it is better to be at home than in a stadium.You see, for 44 years I covered Mississippi college football on an almost daily basis. For 44 years, I was in a press box every Saturday and sometimes on Thursday night. For 44 years — except for the old Jackson doubleheaders — I saw one game and one game only.This year, when given the choice of seeing one nationally significant Mississippi game or another, I have instead chosen to see both, usually in the comfort of home. As much as I would love to write about this season, in person, on a daily basis, I must tell you that sitting in my recliner, flipping the channels, is not all bad.Part of me still wants to be in a press box with my comrades, drinking coffee, trying to discern a storyline and then, in a caffeine-fueled adrenaline rush, knocking out 700 words that somehow make sense in 15 minutes or fewer.But part of me is quite content with the recliner and the remote control and writing my comments 140-or-fewer characters at a time on Twitter — or not.And still I find myself trying to figure out what my storyline would be.At Starkville, Saturday night, there were so many choices: Quarterback Dak Prescott, playing on one good leg, and willing State past Arkansas. Running back Josh Robinson fighting for all 174 of his all-purpose yards in still another heroic performance. State’s underrated defense bending but not breaking and preserving an 11th consecutive win for the Dogs. Or, the luckless Razorbacks coming so close once again.At Oxford, oh my heavens: The play, the second most excruciating play in Ole Miss football history, with LaQuon Treadwell, fumbling inches from the goal line, while his leg is simultaneously mangled. What a great player! But, oh, what a devastating injury and defeat. You could write 700 words on the one play, as has been written hundreds upon hundreds of times in the last 55 years about Billy Cannon’s famous punt return against the Rebels. But you also could have written, poignantly, about Bo Wallace’s remarkable effort or Auburn’s penchant for winning these kinds of games over and over and over.My late comrade, Orley Hood, always said that the most compelling stories are usually in the losers’ locker rooms. That was definitely the case at Vaught-Hemingway Saturday night.So the State and Ole Miss seasons have suddenly headed in different directions, Ole Miss with back-to-back excruciating SEC losses; State with an 11-game winning streak and its No. 1 ranking.This week? The remote control, with new batteries, will get a break. State plays Tennessee-Martin; Ole Miss plays Presbyterian. Both deserve these bought victories after the stretches they have played through.State will use it as a warm-up for the Nov. 15 showdown with Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Dak will need both legs for that one. (Were I Dan Mullen, I might just rest him this week.) Ole Miss has Presbyterian and then an open date before a dangerous road trip to Arkansas. I’ve said all season long, this Arkansas team is going to win a big game at some point. The Razorbacks are too good not to do that.We are steadily building toward the Egg Bowl at Oxford on Nov. 29. Anybody who says Ole Miss has nothing left to play for doesn’t comprehend the significance of that game.Rick Cleveland ( is executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.last_img read more

September 18

Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ National playoffs start on July 27

first_img… Seating accommodation being made for fansIT’S a fact that the street football phenomenon, known as the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ competition, is the most anticipated event in the shorter version of the sport, and the 9th Edition is shaping up to provide a wonderful experience for the fans.The Guinness brand under Manager Lee Baptiste has every intention to make this year’s national playoffs as inclusive as possible and all the stops are being pulled out to ensure that the tournament’s legacy is enhanced and made secure.Organiser Banks DIH has attempted every year since the tournament’s inauguration to improve some aspect of the experience for the fans and players and this year’s national playoffs will be bigger and better.Last year saw the introduction of colourful uniforms and balls in keeping with the new trend seen internationally and, apart from a duplication of that effort, the organisers are planning to make seating accommodation available for fans so that more persons could share the wonderful experience of witnessing the games.Teams have begun to intensify preparations and as usual the quality on display over the three nights is nothing short of fantastic.With the Bartica Zone just concluded and its representatives decided, players now have the opportunity to showcase the talent of that community against the more established communities of Georgetown, East Coast, Linden and West Demerara and the early whispers are that the newcomers will adequately acquit themselves, judging from the performance of zone winner Disconnection Crew who have a few Brazilians in their lineup.They will definitely want to prove something against the opposition and vindicate their presence in the tournament.Linden’s Dave & Celena All Stars who became the first team outside of Georgetown to win the national Guinness will no doubt be aiming to prove that last year’s performance was no fluke, while the Georgetown entries will be looking to reclaim lost glory.Then there are the dark horses from the other communities who are yet to stamp their authority in the big tournament; but just as the reigning champions showed, the gap is closing among all the teams.This year could prove to be a blockbuster extravaganza and one that fans will truly enjoy.At this point it is anyone’s guess what will be the outcome of this tournament with all the teams raring and ready to rumble.The tournament opens on July 27, at Pouderoyen tarmac, West Demerara and then moves to Haslington tarmac, East Coast Demerara on July 1, before the final showdown set for July 4, at the Guyana National Stadium.The teams that have qualified are listed below:Georgetown: Gold is Money (champions), Sparta Boss, Leopold Street and Bent Street.East Coast: Uprising (champions), Paradise, Melanie-B and Buxton Diamond.West Demerara: Showstoppers (champions), ESPN and West Side BallersLinden: Silver Bullets (champions), Dave and Celina’s All-Stars (National champions) and Swag Entertainment.Berbice: Trafalgar (champions)Bartica: Disconnection Crew (champions)last_img read more

September 18

Ovie and the Franchise [PODCAST]

first_imgThis week’s version of the Ovie and the Franchise Podcast focuses on the Twins and the Vikings.  The Twins open the playoffs Friday and are still determining who is healthy enough to play in the series and how the starting pitching rotation will set up.  Dave and I expect high scoring games and think Didi Gregorius to be the most dangerous player in the Yankee lineup.  Getty ImagesThe 2-2 Vikings are facing a critical game on their schedule Sunday when they play the Giants in New York.  Lots of fingers are pointing at quarterback Kirk Cousins and head coach Mike Zimmer after Sunday’s loss to the Bears.  Dave and I examine why Cousins can’t seem to win the big games. About Connatix V56490 About Connatix V56490 360p Auto (360p)center_img Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 1/1 720p HD 1080p HDlast_img read more

September 16

“Mavericks” coach Karlails: The status of Porziņģis is not clear to…

first_imgThe National Basketball Association’s (NBA) elimination tournament in the first-round series of the Western Conference “Mavericks” and the Los Angeles “Clippers” team duel is a 2-2 draw.In the series, which will last until four victories of one team, the fifth game will take place on the night of Thursday (starting at 4.00 Latvian time). The decision on whether Porziņģis will play will be made shortly before the start of the match.“KP [Kristapa Porziņģa] “The status is unclear to us,” said Carlisle. “He has procedures, he meets with doctors,” the coach added.Due to a knee injury, Porziņģis missed the fourth game of the series, but the Mavericks won thanks to Luka Dončič’s great game – 43 points, 17 rebounds, 13 assists and a winning three-point throw in extra time.There were fears that Dončičs, who has an injured left ankle, will not play in the fourth match, but before the game warmed up, Porziņģis felt pain in his knee.“I found out about KP in the locker room about 35 minutes before the start of the game,” said Karlails, who did not reveal any details about Porziņģis’ injury.“I can’t reveal anything more, but his participation in the fifth game is not ruled out,” said the Mavericks head coach.Porziņģis released 10 games between December 31 and January 17 due to inflammation of the right knee. Asked if the current injury is related to the same injury at the beginning of the year?“I have no right to provide medical information. As far as I know, the situation is different than in January. And that’s all I can reveal,” Carlisle said.Porziņģis scored an average of 23.7 points in three “play-off” matches, won 8.7 rebounds, blocked 1.0 shots and hit 52.9% long shots (9 out of 17).Meanwhile, Dončič’s participation in the next game is described as “possible”. He is currently the third most successful player in the “play-off” with an average of 31.5 points.last_img read more

September 16

Muskegon Catholic Central football team flattens LM Catholic with huge first quarter

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August 28

Mac Dan latest to join invitational tournament

first_imgMac Dan Shipping and logistics is the latest company to join the JOY Sports invitational tournament which comes off Saturday at the El Wak Sports stadium .The season five of the competition have seen sixteen corporate bodies confirming participation including team Multimedia.All confirmed teams having been preparing for the day event.The men’s football and ladies penalty shoot out has been the main focus of the various teams but this time the competition will introduce volleyball,basketball,relays with special trophies on the day to be won on the day.Nestle Ghana Limited are the current defending champions in both the male and female competionsAll corporate bodies will be at the Joy FM premises for a special draw on November 4,2011 at 13:00pmlast_img

August 14

Virus forces postponement of T20 World Cup until 2021

first_imgOfficials said they now hoped to stage the tournament from October to November 2021.There will also be a T20 World Cup in 2022, with the 2023 50-over World Cup in India pushed back until October-November of that year.“We have undertaken a comprehensive and complex contingency planning exercise and through this process, our number one priority has been to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in the sport,” said ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney.“The decision to postpone the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was taken after careful consideration of all of the options available to us and gives us the best possible opportunity of delivering two safe and successful T20 World Cups for fans around the world.”COVID-19 has played havoc with the global sporting calendar but international cricket has resumed behind closed doors in England, with the host nation taking on the West Indies in a three-Test series.Pakistan are also in England preparing for a series of Tests and Twenty20 matches and Australia are making preparations for a potential limited-overs tour of England.Selectors named a preliminary squad last week but Cricket Australia said “several hurdles” had to be overcome before dates could be locked in.Australia were originally scheduled to play three one-day and three T20 internationals this month but the trip was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

August 13

REVIEW: ‘Wiener-Dog’ nails its bitter notes, sours when it goes sweet

first_img Courtesy IFC Films Courtesy IFC Films Courtesy IFC Films If the bite-sized philosophy lessons playing out between Remi, Wiener-Dog and his folks aren’t your speed, Solondz quickly shifts to Remi and Wiener-Dog getting a taste of freedom both have been denied, right down to a pillow-stuffing busting that serves as a idyllic palate cleanser for the nastiness ahead. Let’s just say few in cinema have lingered longer on shots of doggie doo, much less with the beautiful ivory-tickling of “Clair de Lune” on the soundtrack.And that’s the way it goes with Wiener-Dog’s human companions, for the most part: Sardonic flirtations with freedom and newness, none of which work out terribly well. But there’s always hope at first. It’s Dawn Wiener — all grown up from Solondz’s “Welcome to the Dollhouse” and played by Greta Gerwig — ditching her vet tech gig to go on a road trip with all-grown-up Brandon McCarthy (Kieran Culkin) after a chance encounter at the Food Mart that could just as easily ended with Brandon taking out a restraining order against Dawn. She’ll miss nothing of her current life as she hits the road, she reasons — that’s what hope looks like in the Solondzverse.It’s also the eternally-springing vigor in downtrodden film professor Dave Schmerz (Danny DeVito), who comes into possession of Wiener-Dog (who by this point has also been redubbed “Doodie” for her temperamental gastrointestinal system) as he pines for someone to read his script and pull him from the misery of an academic enclave that has little use for his strident negativity.There’s even hopefulness in Nana (Ellen Burstyn), a glum yet give-a-crap-less, Kaopectate-chugging grandmother who’s bestowed yet another name on Wiener-Dog — “Cancer.”What anyone familiar with Solondz’s work knows is that these hopes are surely to be dashed in ways both heartbreaking and clever. What makes “Wiener-Dog” a difficult view is just how hard it is to feel like each piece of it is earnest. There’s something genuinely sublime in how some of these characters achieve a measure of peace amidst their existential aches. But others seem as goofy and nonchalant as the all-too-brief-to-be-a-real-intermission intermission, which consists of a two-minute montage of Wiener-Dog traversing the countryside as a Western-esque ballad, giving the pup a strange heroic quality that is virtually denied to any of Solondz’s two-legged characters.Again, the issue with Solondz is not the same as his film professor avatar Schmerz (“The general consensus is you’re too negative,” as Schmerz is advised, surely has been directed at Solondz more times than he could count). If anything, the dark contemptuous spirit that seethes through his films works as well as it has in any film. What Solondz has difficulty with could be true of many of us out in the world at large: Getting the happy parts right. But that’s for us, the audience, to work out. There’s only so much in the way of frivolity to expect when you plunk down your money for the ticket to this sinisterly comedic ride. But when you consider the source and spend any amount of time staring into the mocking maw of “Wiener-Dog” and you’ll know that Solondz must have had fun making this one. “Wiener-Dog” is rated R. Running time: One hour, 30 minutes. Three stars out of five. I get the feeling Todd Solondz had a lot of fun making “Wiener-Dog,” in the way that only Todd Solondz could have fun exploring the misery of his characters and pushing them even further.Your mileage may vary with the ultra-dark humor at play his cinematic vignettes of the lives that intersect with the titular Dachshund, but for all its dour notes, “Wiener-Dog” is, first and foremost, a comedy.The canine’s first stop in her strange odyssey is the home of Remi (Keaton Nigel Cooke), a sheltered tot who asks every precocious question imaginable. “But what if Wiener-Dog wants to have puppies?” he achingly asks his mother as they drive to the vet to get the pup spayed. Questions about housebreaking quickly evolve into a miniature psychological profile of Remi’s dad, who gives a brilliant, matter-of-fact summation of the way domesticating animals destroys a piece of their very character. If you’re of the right temperament, this heavy-handed heaviness gives you a solid chuckle rather than a knot in your stomach.last_img read more

August 13

Grab your bonnet and musket: It’s a 19th-century getaway

first_img In this June 10, 2017 photo provided by Tracee Herbaugh, mustard greens cook in a cast iron pot hanging over a fire at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass. In the 19th century, most meals had to be cooked over the home’s central hearth. (Tracee Herbaugh via AP) In this June 10, 2017 photo provided by Tracee Herbaugh, chickens roam the grounds of Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass., a living museum that recreates rural New England life in the early 19th century. (Tracee Herbaugh via AP) In this June 10, 2017 self-portrait photo provided by Tracee Herbaugh, the author wears a period costumes at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass., an outdoor living museum showcasing 19th century life in rural New England. (Tracee Herbaugh via AP) In this June 10, 2017 photo provided by Tracee Herbaugh, one of farm animals that lives at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass., stands in a pen at the outdoor museum. (Tracee Herbaugh via AP) STURBRIDGE, Mass. | Perhaps it was the intrigue of a straw bed or the chance to finally shoot a gun, but when asked to spend a night living like a farmer in the 19th century, I jumped at the opportunity.I like to think I’m always up for adventure — I’ve taken overnight trains across India and smoked Cuban cigars in Havana. So this experience sounded fun in a campy sort of way. But I soon learned I was hardly cut out for old-timey life — in short, it was hard.I wrangled a friend, who packed a cooler of wine, and we set out for Old Sturbridge Village, a living museum that recreates rural New England life from 1790 to 1830. It’s a place where chickens run freely, men wear tall hats and women don bonnets. Costumed pioneers greet visitors with a hale and hearty “Good day!” In this June 10, 2017 photo provided by Tracee Herbaugh, a bowl of minced meat is displayed at the Bixby house on the grounds of Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass. In the early 19th century, minced meat was a compilation of the previous night’s dinner along with spiced and other vegetables or meats that needed to be eaten before spoilage. (Tracee Herbaugh via AP)center_img In this June 10, 2017 photo provided by Tracee Herbaugh, mannequins display period costumes at at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass., an outdoor living museum showcasing 19th century life in rural New England. (Tracee Herbaugh via AP) In this June 10, 2017 photo provided by Tracee Herbaugh, a red barn sits on the grounds of Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass., a living museum that recreates rural New England life in the early 19th century. (Tracee Herbaugh via AP) In this June 10, 2017 photo provided by Tracee Herbaugh, people dressed in period costumes prepare dinner in the “Boarding with the Bixbys” program at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass. The process of preparing food generally took several hours in the early 19th century. In the evenings, families would eat “supper” on a table draped with a white cloth and lit by candlelight. (Tracee Herbaugh via AP) We were part a program, called “Boarding with the Bixbys,” where guests stay overnight in a house built in 1808 and once owned by the Bixby family in Barre, Massachusetts. It was later donated to Old Sturbridge Village and moved the 25 miles (40 km) there more than a century later.The $325-per-person cost to board with the Bixbys includes a night in one of the home’s three straw beds and food. Many furnishings and structural details are exactly as they were when the Bixbys inhabited the wooden house.The museum’s costume seamstress fitted me with a floor-length cotton skirt, petticoat and long-sleeved blouse.None of the fabrics matched, she explained, because people of that era used whatever they had. The clothes were utilitarian. Clothing was meant to protect the skin from a day’s labor in the sun and from biting bugs.I was given two bonnets — a petite version for indoors and a wide-brimmed beast that inhibited peripheral vision in the same way blinders do on a horse. Any modern accoutrements I had packed — my iPhone, flip-flops and camera — were put in a cloth bag.When you participate in the Bixby program, you choose a period activity: typically knitting or watercolor painting for the women, musket firing or blacksmithing for men. But I chose musket firing because I’d never held a gun.The musket was surprisingly heavy, at least 10 pounds (4.5 kg), and the trigger was difficult to budge. I quickly lost interest in toting around the anachronistic firearm in the 90-degree F (32 C) heat along with my bag of modern contraband, all while wearing head-to-toe garb. In the end I loaded it with a blank because the thing was sending me into an overheated panic.At the Bixby house, we were offered potted cheese, a mixture of cheese, butter and spices, and crackers. Then, guided by a staff host, we started the four-hour process of making dinner. Inside, the hearth blazed. I walked to the water pump, which was connected to town water supply. I wanted to put on my flip-flops and drive back to Boston.Dinner chores were split between my friend and me and another couple staying the night. We skewered chicken and hung it above the fire. Sides included cooked parsnips, cooked greens, biscuits and rhubarb pie. Pies were served at every meal as an easy way to pack in calories. And most food was cooked. Even the tomatoes were cooked to death and stuck in a pie.We dined at a white-cloth table by candlelight. We drank apple cider, a popular beverage of the times. After the meal, exhaustion from the day’s labor set in. We passed on the offer of 19th century games, too tired even for our wine.The straw bed — supported by rope — wasn’t great. I fell asleep at 5 a.m. out of exhaustion, but I am, admittedly, a finicky sleeper. Some in the group had a better night’s sleep.There was no morning shower. We used the park’s restrooms, a small luxury.Breakfast was leftovers from supper, which helped cement one of my biggest takeaways: People of this time rarely wasted anything. Bones and leftover scraps fed the animals. Egg shells could be used to make coffee. Human urine was used for household cleaner after it turned to ammonia.Since the Bixby trip, I find myself cherishing the comforts we mostly take for granted — a dishwasher, air conditioning, flip-flops, bug spray, indoor plumbing. I returned relieved to be in my modern clothes. I appreciate the crunch of fresh vegetables.Living like a Bixby was tough, but it made me grateful for my modern life.If You Go…OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE: About 60 miles (96 km) southwest of Boston. Peter Pan Bus has limited service to the village from Providence, Boston and other cities. “Boarding with the Bixbys” costs $325 a person and covers admission to the museum, farm and other 19th century buildings. Without the overnight program, admission is $28 for adults (discounts for seniors and students; children 3 and under free).OTHER ATTRACTIONS: Options include boat tours of the Quinebaug River, which runs through Old Sturbridge Village, and rides on a reproduction of an early 19th-century stagecoach. Sturbridge Townships, comprised of 11 communities, offers beautiful places to hike, stroll and explore nature, with orchards, maple sugar houses and farms.last_img read more

August 5

Move to end cycle of abuse

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS THEY say it’s all about transforming moments into a movement. There were many such moments – emotive,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img