Pats now prefect failures

first_imgI have to admit I was a little disappointed in this year?s Super Bowl.Oh, wait, I mean I was disappointed in the Super Bowl commercials.On the contrary, the game itself left little to be upset about. Even you bummed-out Beantowners have to give credit to the fact that it was entertaining for four quarters. It was much closer than ?experts? predicted and came nowhere close to the 12-point spread Vegas oddsmakers set. From wire to wire, it was an even match. In fact, it was the closest margin of victory since (ironically) the Patriots defeated the Eagles in 2005.Perhaps the greatest thing about Super Bowl XLII, however, was that it ended New England?s perfect season. No more talks of perfection. Nothing more said about how godly Bill Belichick is. No more self-righteous Pats fans.That?s right. A 16-0 regular season and two playoff wins all mean nothing now for Tom Brady and Co. They lost the big one.As a self-proclaimed Patriots hater (although I know I?m not the only one), I finally have the chance to gloat at the expense of the Pats. For 18 weeks, everyone was saying that New England was clearly the best team in the NFL, and possibly the best team ever.None of that mattered Sunday, though, as Eli Manning led an improbable upset over the once-perfect Patriots as brother Peyton ? winner of last year?s Super Bowl MVP ? watched from the press box.You see, it doesn?t matter how many regular season games you win if you can?t seal the deal and win the Lombardi Trophy at the end. The 1972 Dolphins can celebrate now, as they are the only team to make it an entire season, Super Bowl and all, without a blemish on their record. I can guarantee you the Pats would exchange this loss for a regular season one in a heartbeat.Usually, people only remember the Super Bowl winner, but in this case it?s more likely the Patriots will live on as the biggest disappointment in Super Bowl history. The Giants weren?t even supposed to make the playoffs. Now they?re on top of the world.Aside from the stingy New York defense that sacked Brady five times and the poise of Eli Manning, one other factor can be looked at as to how seemingly invincible New England left Phoenix as losers. I call this the ?Jessica Simpson Effect.?Before the game, the Fox cameras were showing notable celebrities in attendance, as can be expected for the Super Bowl. The aforementioned Peyton Manning was there, as were LL Cool J, Jim Carrey, Jenny McCarthy, Pamela Anderson and Giselle Bundchen. For those of you that don?t know, Bundchen is a Victoria?s Secret model and the girlfriend of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.So what?s the big deal if a model wants to come and watch her boy toy attempt to make history?Usually, nothing. But this season, as Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has shown us, it?s a bad idea to bring your lady friend to the game, lest you buckle under the pressure of her watchful eyes.Whenever Jessica Simpson ?Romo?s honey ?came to watch him play, he performed poorly. The media made a big deal out of it for whatever reason, but nonetheless, the story took off. According to an article on MSNBC.com, Brady even went as far as to give advice to Romo, telling him to forbid Simpson from coming to his games. The story even said that Bundchen was not planning on making the trip to Phoenix for the Super Bowl.Maybe she should have stayed home.OK, so I don?t really think that the supermodel?s presence caused New England?s poster boy to complete just one touchdown and lose his first Super Bowl in four tries. But it?s as good of an explanation as I can come up with.Who would have thought dating a supermodel could have a downside?Tyler Mason is a junior majoring in journalism. Send him your predictions for Super Bowl XLIII (it won?t be the Packers, sorry) to tmason@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Carrier Dome construction not affected by closure of nonessential businesses

first_img Comments Construction workers tasked with replacing the Carrier Dome’s roof and other renovations will continue to work despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order requiring all nonessential workers in New York to stay home. Jeremy Thurston, the president of The Hayner Hoyt Corporation, the construction company in charge of the $118 million renovation project, confirmed to The Daily Orange that work will “continue forward as planned.”“We’re going to do our best to navigate the changing climate and all the coronavirus things that are going on,” Thurston said.Workers remained at the Carrier Dome construction site as Cuomo’s order, which he announced on March 20, went into effect Monday. States that have closed nonessential businesses amid the spread of the novel coronavirus include New York, California, Illinois and Connecticut, among others. Businesses in New York that remain open must work to implement social distancing rules, Cuomo said.“(The order) will cause disruption,” Cuomo said. “They will cause businesses to close. They’ll cause employees to stay at home. I understand that. They will cause much unhappiness. I understand that also.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEach state decides which businesses are essential, and New York deemed The Hayner Hoyt Corporation as appropriate to remain operational. Four days before Cuomo’s announcement, workers deflated the Carrier Dome roof and cut it down. The next roof is expected to have a longer lifespan, require less upkeep and eliminate the potential of a collapse in bad weather, according to Syracuse.com.On March 16, Pete Sala, Syracuse’s vice president and chief facilities officer, said the roof was on schedule to be installed for SU’s football home opener on Sept. 19. Thurston said he can’t comment on the progress of construction without the University’s permission. Sala told Syracuse.com that at the project’s peak, up to 200 people make up the construction crew which works “24 hours a day.” He also said the air conditioning system was on track for 2021 and other renovations including improved restrooms, concessions and accessibility upgrades were to be completed by 2022. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 23, 2020 at 6:03 pm Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.edulast_img read more

Olympic mile, 800-meter champion Peter Snell dead at 80

first_img“It is very sad news, a grievous loss for New Zealand,” Palenski said. “In terms of track and field, he is probably the greatest athlete New Zealand has had.” Snell’s wife, Miki, said he died suddenly at his home in Dallas around noon on Thursday. He had been suffering from a heart ailment and required a pacemaker for several years. Snell’s athletics career was relatively short. He retired in 1965 to pursue educational opportunities in the United States. Snell graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in human performance from the University of California, Davis, and later with a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Washington State University. He became a research fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1981, later becoming director of the university’s Human Performance Center. Snell was knighted by New Zealand in 2009. A statue in his honor stands at Cooks Gardens, Whanganui, near his birthplace of Opunake, where he broke the mile world record for the first time in 1962. READ | Sports Ministry Cancels Saturday’s GB Meeting Called By Chess Federation President LIVE TV First Published: 14th December, 2019 10:43 IST Written By READ | Chess Wizard Anand Releases His Book ‘Mind Masters’Snell was coached by Arthur Lydiard, an innovator who was regarded as one of the world’s finest coaches of middle and long-distance athletes. Lydiard also coached Murray Halberg to win the 5,000 meters at Rome in 1960. Snell was the best miler of his generation, at a time when the mile was the blue riband event of world athletics. He began immediately after Roger Bannister’s epoch-making sub-four-minute mile and while the glow of that achievement still suffused the sport. In his physique he was unlike milers of the time: Snell was strong and powerful more like a 400-meter runner and not like the most lithe athletes who vied for world supremacy over the mile. His stride was so powerful he often scarred the tracks on which he ran, kicking up puffs of debris, especially on grass or cinder tracks. Lydiard’s training based on massive mileage mostly on the road rather than the track gave him enormous stamina but he also had unusual speed. Snell’s friend and training partner, Olympic marathon bronze medalist Barry Magee said: “there will never be another New Zealand athlete like him.”READ | Bengaluru Brawlers Claim Surprise Win Over Punjab Panthers “He won three Olympic gold medals, two Commonwealth Games gold medals, and broke seven world records. He was the best-conditioned athlete of his time.” Three-time Olympic champion and world mile record-holder Peter Snell has died in Dallas. He was aged 80. Snell, who is regarded as one of the greatest middle-distance runners, won the 800 meters at the 1960 Rome Olympics aged 21, and the 800-1,500 double at the 1964 Tokyo Games. He was the first man since 1920 to win the 800 and 1,500 at the same Olympics. No male athlete has done so since.READ | Criticism Mounts On WADA Decision In Russia Doping CaseSnell also won two Commonwealth Games gold medals in the 880 yards and mile at Perth in 1962. He twice held the mile world record and held world records in the 800 meters, 880 yards, 1,000 meters, and the 4×1-mile relay. Snell’s death was confirmed by a family friend and New Zealand sports historian Ron Palenski, who heads New Zealand’s Sports Hall of Fame.center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Press Trust Of India WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 14th December, 2019 10:43 IST Olympic Mile, 800-meter Champion Peter Snell Dead At 80 Snell, who is regarded as one of the greatest middle-distance runners, won the 800 meters at the 1960 Rome Olympics aged 21, and the 800-1,500 double FOLLOW USlast_img read more

“You must play better for the fans”- Maxwell Konadu tells Kotoko fringe players

first_imgAsante Kotoko head coach, Maxwell Konadu, has criticised the team’s fringe players and has called on them to improve so they are beneficial to the team.Konadu was speaking after their Week 10 goalless draw with AshGold at the Baba Yara Stadium last Sunday and said that the stand-ins for the likes of Justice Blay and Mudasiru Salifu were below par and did not meet his expectations.Ahead of their tie at Aduana Stars on Wednesday in Week 11 of the Ghana Premier League, Konadu is calling on the squad players to give a lot more for the fans of the team.“When you have some of the best players in your team out of action due to injuries and minor illness, it is a problem.Even though we registered 30 players, there are no doubts over who your best players are and that is a fact. Everybody can play but other players do far better than the other ones.It is just that against AshGold, the replacements did their best but it was not enough. I told them and perhaps, I was a bit harsh on them.We have to go back and hit the ground running and get things going properly. We have to do better than what we did against AshGold. The fans deserve something way better than this.”After Konadu’s call on the players, they will be expected to give a good account of themselves against Aduana Stars especially as the return of Justice Blay is not assured.Ill health ruled him out of the goalless draw with AshGold and the indications are that he will be looked at by the team’s medics before a decision is taken on his availability to the team.last_img read more

Women Due in Court on Charges They Care for Feral Cats

first_imgBy John BurtonSHREWSBURY — When you call Ruth Rapkin’s Sycamore Avenue home in Tinton Falls, her voice message tells the caller: “I can’t come to phone right now. The cat’s got my tongue.”But Rapkin and another woman will have an opportunity to talk about cats, or their lawyer will, when the two are expected to appear in municipal court on Tuesday, Aug. 7, on allegations of caring for a colony of feral felines.Borough Animal Control Officer Henry Perez issued a series of summons charging Rapkin and Jeanette Petti, Oceanport, with failing to have at least five cats licensed and vaccinated against rabies and creating a “nuisance upon public and private property.” According to the summons, the cats allegedly soiled and defiled property, in violation of a local ordinance.When contacted on Aug. 1, Petti declined to speak specifically about the charges. “I’m waiting for the next court appearance before I make any comment,” she said. “There’s a lot involved. We’re trying to do the right thing.”Rapkin and Petti’s lawyer, Isabelle R. Strauss, Toms River, did not immediately return a call placed to her office.Perez, who also serves as Red Bank’s animal control officer, did not respond to numerous calls requesting comment on the matter.A written request by The Two River TimesTM under the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) provided copies of the summons and a narrative of events and allegations drafted by Perez and Karen Lloyd, an assistant to the borough clerk.According to the information supplied, the animal control office received an anonymous phone call back in March complaining about a cat colony on Avenue of the Commons.Perez then contacted the two women in March. Rapkin told Perez that Petti was the primary owner of the property and she worked as Petti’s assistant. Perez indicated he told the women the makeshift cat shelter on the property would have to be removed along with the cats.By April, according to Perez’s written statement, Petti allegedly told him she was unable to relocate the cats and wanted to discuss the matter with the mayor and borough council.Mayor Donald Burden also declined to make any public comment on the matter on advice of legal counsel.In his meeting with the borough attorney and administrator, Perez said in his report, officials were “all in agreement with the borough ordinance due highly to the health issue that this could cause, especially being so close to a school,” presumably meaning the Creative Learning Center, 160 Avenue of the Commons, a private K-1 nursery school.In June, Jerry Rosenthal, executive director of the Monmouth County SPCA, acknowledged being aware of the Shrewsbury situation, though the agency was not directly involved.“In terms of the larger issue,” of addressing feral cat populations, Rosenthal explained, “we are advocates of a trap-neuter-return program.”The program has been formally adopted by Sea Bright, Highlands and Eatontown. SPCA representatives assist in rounding up the wild cats, vaccinate them and help find caretakers with appropriate sites for the animals.The program has been very effective in addressing feral populations, basically eliminating the problem for a town in a few years, he said.Beach towns, like Sea Bright, are prone to having a feral cat problem. He said people who come for the summer sometime “leave the cat” when they return home.“The problem starts off with irresponsible pet owners,” Rosenthal charged, leaving it to his group to work with some private organizations and individuals to remedy it.Homes can often be found for cats if they are young enough and haven’t become truly feral. The prospect for older ones, which have been living on their own for some time, is more final. “We will have to put that cat down because it’s unadoptable,” Rosenthal said.“There are always Good Samaritans who take on situations. They say, ‘I’ll feed them and take on the responsibility,’ ” Rosenthal said. “The key thing is are they accepting responsibility for the long term?”last_img read more

Dwellers, Hekari are NSL leaders

first_imgHekari remains unbeaten in the Southern Conference with 15 points after round one of the competition eight points clear of its nearest rivals.Trailing Hekari are PKA Rapatona FC and Erema Gulf FC sharing seven points followed by Gigira Laitepo on five points and sharing four points are Huawei PS United FC and FC Port Moresby.Dwellers are on 11 points after winning only three out of five games in the Northern Conference.Welgris Morobe United FC are a point adrift of Dwellers on 10 points followed by Madang FC on eight points, Admiralty FC on seven, Besta PNG United FC on six and struggling Goroka Gosiha FC yet to put a mark on the score board.The competition will break for the festive season and will return for round two in January.NSL competitions sub-committee chairman Joseph Ealedona has thanked all franchise clubs for their participation in the new competition format.Ealedona said earlier that the competition has gone well and urged all franchise clubs to rest well and come back for round two before the NSL heads into the National League format.This is where the top two teams from each of the two conferences will play in Home and Away format to find the League Champions and the top four placings for the finals.last_img read more

MAN UNITED VS MAN CITY

first_imgUNITED (4-2-3-1)DE GEA,DARMIAN, JONES, SMALLING, ROJO,SCHNEIDERLIN, SCHWEINSTEIGER,MATA, HERRERA, ROONEY,MARTIALCITY (4-1-3-2)STERLING, BONY,DE BRUYNE, TOURÈ, NAVAS,FERNANDINHO,SAGNA, MANGALA, OTAMENDI, ZABALETA,HARTOn Wednesday, both teams were in Champions League action. Manchester City got a good 2-1 win over Sevilla, while Manchester United won a point from a 1-1 draw in Russia against CSKA Moscow.The first Manchester derby of the season sees third visit first in the Barclays Premier League. The great rivals have met 168 times in all competitions, with City needing one more victory for 50 against their neighbours. United have won 69.In the league, in 152 clashes, United hold the upper hand with 60 wins to City’s 43 and 49 drawn. While in the Premier League, in 36 encounters, United have won 19, drawn six and lost 11.At Old Trafford, United have won 10 and drawn four of their 18 Premier League games with their rivals, losing only four. But three of those have been in the last four, with City scoring 13 goals in their last four league trips to United.last_img read more

ON THIS WEEKEND

first_imgSPORTSMAX 2 Saturday10 a.m: ARSENAL VS NEWCASTLE12:30 p.m: WATFORD VS MAN CITY4 p.m: WEST BROM VS STOKE6 p.m: MAN UNITED VS SWANSEASunday8:30 a.m: CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEA11 a.m: EVERTON VS TOTTENHAM7 p.m: LEICESTER VS BOURNEMOUTHlast_img

High winds close roads, douse power

first_img“It’s been busy,” said Bill Thorpe, who owns a Mojave roofing company. “We’ve been getting a bunch of calls.” Thorpe said he had to cancel a job in Bakersfield because of the highway closures. “I decided to stay here and answer the phones and hit it (Friday),” Thorpe said. Winds are expected to be calmer today, with high temperatures reaching the mid-70s, officials said. But on Thursday, Southern California Edison reported that 1,700 customers had lost power in Littlerock and Quartz Hill. “We haven’t identified the cause, but we know it’s wind related,” Edison spokeswoman Alis Clausen said. Southern Kern Unified School District officials said high winds damaged school roofs in Rosamond, while bus drivers found themselves dodging flying debris. “There are times when you can’t even see the roads,” Superintendent Rod Van Norman said. “One of our bus drivers said they almost got hit by a 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood that flew across one of the streets.” Meanwhile, winds blew over a billboard at Sierra Highway and AvenueN in Palmdale and uprooted trees in Palmdale residents’ yards and public rights of way, said Leon Swain, the city’s director of public works. Lancaster officials said more than a dozen trees were torn up in their city. A wind-fanned fire burned 25acres near Pearblossom and Sierra highways and threatened several homes on Carson Mesa Rosa. Firefighters summoned 20 engines, six camp crews and two water-dumping helicopters to help fight the blaze, which took 90minutes to extinguish. Strong winds also prompted traffic advisories, with drivers of big rigs and RVs being advised against traveling the 14Freeway between the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys. Low-visibility advisories were issued for parts of Highway138 in the Pearblossom area. The high winds were the result of a cold front pushing through the area with the jet stream directly overhead. The cold air behind the front pulled down some of the energy from the jet stream, said Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Staff Writers Karen Maeshiro and Gideon Rubin contributed to this report. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – Strong winds gusting as high as 100mph blew through the Antelope Valley on Thursday, uprooting trees, damaging roofs, knocking out power and forcing highway closures. An 85-mile-long stretch of Highway58 from Bakersfield to Boron was closed because of gale-force winds, forcing southbound and eastbound traffic to head into Lancaster from Mojave. “It’s really bad here,” said James Welling, whose office abuts Highway58. “We’ve got vehicles parked in every spot – trucks, RVs. They’re parked anywhere they can park.” At the Mojave Airport, one gust was reported at 93knots, roughly 107mph. By midafternoon, the winds had eased, but they were still reported about 50mph. Other parts of the Antelope Valley had gusts up to 65mph. last_img read more

Warriors postgame video: Klay Thompson says team let their guard down

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson wasn’t happy after the Warriors blew a 31-point lead in a 135-131 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.In his postgame news conference, he said the Warriors let their guard down and stopped being the aggressors after it looked like a rout. Golden State was unable to regain momentum after that, missing key shots including an open look from the top of the key. Thompson also touched on the loss of starting center DeMarcus Cousins to injury. He wished him a …last_img read more