10 years later Game of the Century redux

It’s been a decade since OSU fans were treated to what is arguably one of the greatest college football games to ever be played. So much so, Big Ten Network aired a special documentary on the Game of the Century 10 years after OSU defeated Michigan in Ohio Stadium, 42-39.One of redshirt senior center Pat Elflein’s first memories of OSU vs. Michigan football happened to be that very game.“The (No. 1 vs. No. 2)  game, that one will go down in history,” he said. In the decade since, times have changed for both sides. While Michigan has struck gold with the presence of veteran players such as junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers, senior tight end Jake Butt and redshirt senior Amara Darboh, OSU has depended on contributions from underclassmen such as redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker.In 2006, names like Chad Henne, Mike Hart and Leon Hall led the Wolverines. For OSU, the household names were Troy Smith, James Laurinaitis and Antonio Pittman.Former OSU wide receiver Roy Hall (8) runs with the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 18, 2006. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe hype coming into the 2006 game was amplified with the death of long-time Michigan coach Bo Schembechler at age 77 the night before the game. Wolverine faithful began using the passing of their beloved former coach as a battle cry to find a way to knock off OSU. In 2006, the ability of Pittman’s legs and Smith’s arm propelled the Buckeyes to victory and a berth in the BCS National Championship, which OSU eventually lost. Michigan’s largest offensive contributions came from Henne and Hart.Defense was the name of the game for both teams, as OSU had been allowing just 10.4 points per game, and Michigan giving up just 14.6. 10 years later, the ability of both defenses has been flipped, as Michigan is allowing just 10.9 points per game, while the Buckeyes give up an average of 13 points in each matchup.Even with such stout defenses, each team racked up points in a hurry in 2006. The same could very well happen on Saturday, with both sides presenting a dynamic offense similar to the team that walked onto the Ohio Stadium field 10 years ago.The wide receiving unit for Michigan in 2006 had soon-to-be NFL talents on it such as Mario Manningham and Steve Breaston. This time around, the presence of senior wide receivers Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson will put the OSU secondary to test. Although each holds a similar knack for catching the ball and scoring much like the players from a decade ago, OSU redshirt junior Gareon Conley is excited to play against such talented wideouts.“Both their receivers are good,” he said. “They go against press everyday so they’re going to be good at going against us. That’ll be a good challenge, and I’m just ready to go out and play against them.”In the backfield for OSU, Weber, a 5-foot-9 running back with quick feet, is known more for his ability to bulldoze defenders than for his breakaway speed. However, against Michigan State, he showed off his wheels with a 52-yard rush past multiple Spartan defenders. Pittman was known for his speed while in Columbus.OSU is led by an intelligent quarterback in redshirt junior J.T. Barrett, who has been criticized for his apparent lack of arm strength while throwing the ball downfield. Smith was also judged during his time with OSU for being too small to be a signal caller, but proved all doubters wrong with the 2006 Heisman Trophy. Michigan benefits from having a do-it-all force with Peppers, and has a similar force at running back as they had in 2006. While Hart had speed but could break his fair share of tackles, Michigan running back De’Veon Smith is difficult to bring down thanks to his 228-pound frame.Redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis is not afraid of the challenge of facing a similar force in the run game.“I like playing against the run,” he said. “I like playing over top of the tight end. I like good football. You spread them out. It doesn’t really matter to me because every team has their scheme with what they’re going to do. But at the end of the day, it’s about who’s going to put their hand in the dirt and just going. You can play whatever formation you want to play, we’re going to play whatever defense we have to to dominate.”The players’ names have changed for both the Buckeyes and the Wolverines since the game 10 years ago, but the playmaking ability remains. Even with the title of Game of the Century previously given to the 2006 installment of The Game, the game this Saturday could make its case. read more

Ohio State womens soccer eyes Big Ten tourney run

While many students are taking exams or sitting in lecture halls Wednesday, the Ohio State women’s soccer team will begin its quest to win a conference tournament championship. The Buckeyes take on Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The tournament, which returns after not being held in 2009 or 2010, is hosted by Northwestern from Nov. 2 to Nov. 6, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. OSU finished the regular season with a 10-8-1 record, including a 5-5-1 mark in the Big Ten, which earned the team the No. 7 seed in the tournament. The Fighting Illini finished 14-4-1 (8-2-1 Big Ten) and are the No. 2 seed. In the teams’ regular season matchup on Sept. 23 in Columbus, the Buckeyes won, 2-1, to clinch the 200th victory in program history. Senior goalie Katie Baumgardner said while it’s a confidence boost knowing that you’ve already beaten your opponent before, nothing is guaranteed. “It also puts a little more pressure on us, like we know how to get it done, which is good, and we know that it’s possible,” Baumgardner said. “But we’ve still got to do it again. It was a close game the first time and I’m sure it’s going to be a close game again.” The familiarity with Illinois will help the Buckeyes, said senior forward Caitlyn Martin. “We know a little bit about them and how they play,” Martin said. “But it’s always hard to beat a team twice, so we’re going to have to have a good game plan together. We’ll definitely be motivated and ready to play.” OSU struggled toward the end of its season, losing four of its last six games. A 3-0 victory against Indiana on Senior Day last Sunday could give the team some momentum going into the tournament. “I think the good thing for us is we’ve really struggled with the middle to the bottom-half of the conference, but we’ve done really well against the top-half of the conference,” coach Lori Walker said. “…I think we are better against quality soccer teams and Illinois certainly is that.” Three members of the team were honored with Big Ten postseason awards, the conference office announced Tuesday. Senior defender Danielle Scoliere was named a first team All-Big Ten defender while sophomore midfielder Danica Wu earned second team All-Big Ten honors as a midfielder. Senior defender Liz Sullivan was the team’s Big Ten sportsmanship award honoree. The winner between OSU and Illinois will go on to face the winner of No. 3 Michigan State and No. 6 Iowa at 2:15 p.m. on Friday. read more

Ohio State mens volleyball looking to control the pace against Ball State

Junior middle blocker Dustan Neary (18) and freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson (13) attempt to block the ball during a match against Grand Canyon Feb. 21 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Jonathan McAllister / Lantern photographerAfter back-to-back wins, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team could be hitting its stride.The No. 13 Buckeyes (7-6, 4-2) easily dispatched the Grand Canyon Antelopes in two matches over the weekend, sweeping them 3-0 on consecutive nights.After four consecutive matches on their home court, the Buckeyes are set to finish off their five-match home stand Wednesday, hosting No. 14 Ball State (7-5, 3-2) at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.OSU junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said he and his teammates are looking to take what worked against the Antelopes and apply it to the match against the Cardinals.“We need to control the pace of the match and win or lose points on our terms. If we can dictate the way the game is played, we have a much stronger chance to win,” Henchy said.The Buckeyes beat the Cardinals once last season, a 3-1 result in Columbus. But when OSU traveled to Muncie, Ind., it was the Cardinals who dominated, winning 3-0 in a match that ended a three-game winning streak for the Buckeyes.“Last time we played them (Ball State) we were swept in their gym,” Henchy said. “We played flat and lost the game on our own side of the net.”Freshman setter Christy Blough, who tallied 77 assists in the two wins against the Antelopes, said nothing is going to come easy against Ball State because of its physicality.“Ball State is not going to give us many points off of their errors,” Blough said. “So I think the most important thing we have to do to win this match is to limit our errors attacking and from the service line.”The Buckeyes are expecting the Cardinals to come out hungry against them after dropping two matches last week to a pair of top 10 opponents in No. 1 Loyola and then-No. 10 Lewis. Henchy said Ball State plays a “scrappy” game, and is likely to look to take advantage if OSU’s offense is weak.“We are practicing being aggressive and bringing more pace in our attacks,” Henchy said. “We have also done more work in transition to improve our efficiency.” read more

Bruce wants Abraham at Villa

first_imgAston Villa manager Steve Bruce has confirmed his interest in bringing Tammy Abraham to the club on loan but has revealed the club are not close to signing him.The England U-21 international is currently being monitored by a host of Championship clubs but the player has no intention of playing in the second tier of English football after spending last season on loan at Swansea in the Premier League.Reports in the media suggests that Abraham still has a number of options to weigh up before the loan window closes on August 31.Offers abroad could also be more appealing – and there’s still a chance of him sticking around at Stamford Bridge to fight for game-time – despite not even making the bench in the opening two Premier League encounters.Bruce said, as quoted by BirminghamLive: “If he does become available then there’s a definite interest from us, of course there is.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“But I haven’t had any conversation with Chelsea.”“If he was available then I think half the Championship would love to take somebody like Tammy Abraham let’s be honest.”“I don’t think we’re alone.”Villa are still after a new forward as both Keinan Davis and Scott Hogan are out with groin injuries.They are both out of action until after the international break.last_img read more

TCI World Hope to the rescue for Salt Cay in aftermath of

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 11, 2017 – Salt Cay -The Turks and Caicos Islands are so very blessed!  Did you know that an organisation called World Hope has been in Salt Cay for the past seven weeks making fresh, tasty drinking water for the people?For 10 hours a day, a team of volunteers from US based #WorldHope are running a solar powered, portable Reverse Osmosis system which they brought; it is set up at the same site of the Govt RO plant.   World Hope is not only turning sea water into fresh water but they are serving Salt Cay people as they show up for the free drinking water.I’m still deeply moved my interview of 23 year Cleveland Ohio man – Zachery Tan.   Zach called it an opportunity and counts it an honour to be there for Salt Cay.   Zachery, a carpenter by trade and a World Hope volunteer, has been on Salt Cay for three weeks now.   Amazing right?!My conclusion: Salt Cay is NOT forgotten.#MagneticMediaNews#SaltCaynotforgotten Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #SaltCaynotforgottenlast_img read more

Hachette to Create Reader Clubs in the US

first_imgLike its U.K. counterpart, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. is eying the creation of reader loyalty “clubs” to help boost its audience and drive revenues. “In Europe, a lot of these ideas have been looked at recently,” said HFMUS executive vice president and COO Philippe Guelton. “This is something Hachette has been considering, in many different ways, and in different countries, including the U.S. As we think about our business model and our role in the future, we see it migrating from just a media company to be a media and servicing company to our consumers. We want to identify their interests and their needs and to better answer those needs beyond the magazine or Web site or even a mobile application.”For readers, the clubs would provide them with premium offers such as retail discounts, film screenings, access to wine clubs and premium subscriptions to magazine content across platforms. Guelton said Hachette is in discussions with several partner brands and could make a formal announcement “in the coming weeks.” He said the club concept can apply to all of Hachette’s U.S.-based magazines, customized and targeted to each individual brand. “For a brand like Elle for instance, think about the shopping and benefits related to fashion and beauty,” said Guelton. “There is an obvious fit.”In terms of revenue generation, Guelton said these loyalty clubs will help the company boost audience engagement and acquire new readers. “We currently have a database of 22 million names and e-mails in the U.S. and we think we can grow it and learn even more about them,” he said. “Beyond that, we believe it can help create new businesses and revenue lines, and grow subscribers. It’s important to increase the perceived value to subscribing to the brand. With the service and benefits that we’d provide, it would make the brand even more attractive to readers and users who might not have been interested in subscribing just to the magazine. It widens the scope.”Guelton said the clubs would operate on a fee-based model, but that Hachette is still working out those details. “We’re trying to line up enough benefits so that they by far overpass the costs to the consumer,” he said.last_img read more

Football Releases 2019 Promotional Schedule

first_imgThe Cardinals will host a Blackout on Labor Day Night when Notre Dame visits Cardinal Stadium for the first time in school history, with an 8:06 kickoff that will be televised on ESPN. It will be the 10th Blackout game in school history and the fourth time the Cardinals will face a ranked opponent. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Exciting themed game promotions are being paired with the University of Louisville football program’s challenging 2019 home schedule.  Print Friendly Version Story Links Five days later, the Cardinals remain home against Eastern Kentucky for Heroes Day. Fans are encouraged to nominate military service people past and present, police, fire, EMS, other first responders, and local teachers by visiting www.gocards.com/heroThe Cardinals host Virginia on Oct. 26 for the annual Homecoming contest, and will close the regular season against Syracuse on Nov. 23 for the Senior Poster Giveaway.Mini-game packages are available with a pair of mini-plan options starting as low as $115.Fans can select their choice of the Black and Red ticket plans that features some of the season’s top contests, including the season opener versus Notre Dame on Sept. 2 and a visit from Clemson, the 2018 College Football Playoff National Champions.The three-game Black Plan features the season opener on Labor Day night when Notre Dame visits Cardinal Stadium for the first time in school history and the Eastern Kentucky contest. Fans can also choose between Boston College, Virginia or Syracuse contests for their other option.A visit from defending national champion Clemson on Oct. 19 highlights the Red Plan, and fans can chose any of the other home contests besides the season opener.The cost-saving tickets may be purchased through “My Cardinal Account,” or by accessing the ticket information page online at GoCards.com/fbtickets. Individuals will be prompted for the appropriate information through the online process.Single game tickets will go on sale August 13th, but group tickets are available now at (https://gocards.com/sports/2019/8/3/louisville-football-group-ticket-offers.aspx)  last_img read more

New sucker dipping season welcome in Omer

first_img16Apr New sucker dipping season welcome in Omer Pictured from left: Hank Migut, Fay Brown, Omer City Councilman Larry Daly, Joel Johnson, and Robert Brown.State Rep. Joel Johnson recently tried his hand at sucker dipping in the Rifle River at the invitation of Omer officials with whom he worked with to help change the Michigan’s dipping season rules earlier this year.“The change allowed the department the flexibility to make a commonsense decision that will help anglers and the city enjoy a unique family recreational opportunity,” said Johnson, R-Clare. “This was my first time fishing with a large dip net and I can see how you get hooked on it… it was a lot of fun. I hope the town can now resurrect its annual festival so more people can try it and learn about the local community here.”Johnson’s Public Act 471 of 2012 eliminated the netting regulations in the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act and authorized the DNR to issue rules. In February, the DNR modified the dip-net season to open statewide on March 20, as opposed to the previous date of April 1, and seasons are no longer differentiated by peninsulas.The order is effective until March 31, 2018 with detailed information available online at www.michigan.gov/fishing. Categories: Johnson News,Johnson Photos,Newslast_img read more

Rep Steve Johnson sworn in

first_img Takes office as State Representative of the 72nd DistrictOn Opening Day of the 99th Michigan Legislature, State Representative Steve Johnson was sworn into office by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman with his family at his side.“I’m optimistic about what we will be able to accomplish in Lansing,” said Rep. Johnson, R-Wayland. “With a staff dedicated to helping me assist constituents and a conservative Republican leadership, I am working to bring the voices of the residents of the 72nd District to the forefront of Michigan policymaking.”Rep. Johnson’s district includes Dorr Township, Leighton Township, City of Wayland and Wayland Township in Allegan County as well as Gaines Township and City of Kentwood in Kent County.Representative Johnson’s Lansing office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Residents of the 72nd House District can contact Rep. Johnson by calling (517) 373-0840 or emailing [email protected] Correspondence can also be mailed to P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. View news updates or subscribe to Rep. Johnson’s email newsletter by visiting www.RepJohnson.com. Tags: #SB Categories: Featured news,News,Steven Johnson News,Steven Johnson Photoscenter_img 19Jan Rep. Steve Johnson sworn inlast_img read more

Softel has launched a new product for twoscreen i

first_imgSoftel has launched a new product for two-screen interactive TV, MediaSphere Bridge, that uses the company’s own in-broadcast triggers to link the TV and second screen device.MediaSphere Bridge uses Softel’s iMarks, rather than automated content recognition via, for example, audio watermarks, to identify and synchronise content.MediaSphere Bridge enables viewers to launch second screen interactivity either directly from their registered second screen, or through their remote via an on-TV prompt sent out through broadcast master control and carried through a cable headend, prompting the viewer to press Select/OK on their remote.Via the device’s return path, registered second screen devices will automatically launch the relevant interactive app. The system facilitates functionality such as the ability to ‘flick’ an iPad screen display onto the main screen in the living room.last_img read more