Packer legend Favre from done

first_imgBefore we get into the real business of the column today, I figured I would make a few comments on the Super Bowl. I was working and had no real burning desire to watch the game. But since it was on in the office, I monitored it somewhat.First, I watched just about every commercial during the third quarter because some chump was supposedly going to propose to his wife during one of them. Never happened. Even more disappointing were the commercials themselves. From all accounts, they stunk this year. Companies ran spots that had been out for a couple months, and there were not any real innovative ones that really stood out.Second, Rex Grossman sucks. I tried to think of a gentler way to put it, but there really is none. Personally, I would have voted “Sexy Rexy” Super Bowl MVP for what he did to help the Colts win. But that is neither here nor there. On a scale of one to 10, how much do Bears fans wish they had a more accomplished quarterback like, say, Brett Favre starting for them? Probably about 3,837 or more, but while we’re here…There are three different types of good news. There is the type that elicits a smile when you hear it, like “Congratulations, you got an A on the paper.” Then there is the good news that deserves a high five with a friend: “We just won the basketball ticket lottery.” The third variety of good news prompts Tiger Woods-esque fist-pumping response, seemingly forgetting you are in public as you nearly skip all the way down Charter Street.Not surprisingly, this sort of good news is always unexpected and doesn’t come around too often.Last Friday, like many of you, I received some certifiable Stage-Three good news.Answering the phone having just left class, I heard my roommate John, “Coming back for his 17th season, Brett Favre.”There may very well never have been eight words that I have been happier to hear.Brett coming back instantly improved the Packers’ chances of being a playoff contending team next season, given they have any sort of productive offseason. General manager Ted Thompson has more salary cap space than most teams in the league and also the 16th overall pick in the draft. Rumors circulating that Randy Moss may be on the move to Green Bay — as good or bad as you believe such a move to be — are a sign this will not be a quiet offseason in Titletown.Aside from offseason acquisitions, the Packers are without a doubt a better team with him under center than if Aaron Rodgers was. The offensive line improved as last season went on, as did the defense.Undoubtedly there are some — my colleague Mr. McGrath, Bears and Vikings fans, and people who enjoy kicking kittens, to name a few — for whom the announcement was not welcome. Those types of people are cynical of his return, saying Brett’s just doing it for fame or fortune.While he will make a boatload of money (an estimated $11 million) and set many records (keep in mind not all of which will be positive, as Favre is only four interceptions away from setting that all-time mark), I firmly believe neither of those reasons are what convinced him to come back. Call me naive (as many people probably will), but I really believe all Brett cares about is going out there, playing football and having fun. Watch him play 230-some odd times and tell me otherwise.Which brings us to the consecutive games streak. For those sports fans who live under a rock, Brett has started 238 consecutive games dating back to 1992. That streak is at the core of the bond fans feel toward Favre. The bond that outside observers find difficult to understand. How fans’ feelings toward him ebb and flow with every throw, yet still always feel so attached to a football player who — at this point in his career — is not as good as he once was. After all, he is just a football player, right?Not as far as I am concerned.Maybe my cousin — who by her own admission follows football about as closely as I follow opera — explained it best.”It’s almost like he’s a part of the family,” she said. “He was that one family member who was never able to make it to the family functions, but he was always a part of them because everyone still talked about him.”As lame and ridiculous as that sounds, it is true. And I don’t think my family and I are the only ones with that sort of experience.Chew on this: Brett has started every game for the Packers since I was five. Out of all those games (237 in the regular season) I may have missed a handful or so. Packer fans of my age and I grew up with Brett as he grew off the field from a crazy young kid to a graying father. He still tends to play like a big kid, which is part of what endears him to fans. I have seen Brett play more often than I have my own brother, as sad as that may sound. In that sense he has been something of a long-lost relative.But it is not the streak alone that endears Brett to Packer fans. Moreover it is the fact that he is a real, genuine person. In an era of sports where athletes try to hide as much of their private lives as possible from the public, Brett’s has, for the most part, unfolded before the state of Wisconsin.Some critics bring up Favre’s previous addiction to painkillers as some sort of slam against him, as proof he is not a good person. In reality, almost everyone knows someone who has battled an addiction of some sort. But Brett stood up and admitted his fault like a man, admitted he had a problem before an entire state. He cleaned up his life for the betterment of his own family and his career.Then, in 2003, Brett played his signature game, the game by which I will forever remember him. Playing the day after his father died, Brett played a magical game, throwing for 300 yards and completing every pass he threw in the first half on Monday Night Football against Oakland. The nation saw a vulnerable iron man. And what I will always remember most about that game is that I watched it with my own dad.Over the next few years, Brett has suffered through a myriad of other personal hardships. His wife, Deanna, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. His brother-in-law was killed in an ATV accident that same year. His Mississippi home was damaged during Hurricane Katrina.All those events with which people can identify, all those events make him human in ways most athletes aren’t. Over the years, Packers’ fans have seen enough of those moments to make Brett seem like part of the family.That’s why there will always be a seat for him at my family’s big kid table.Ben is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and Journalism. Share your thoughts about Brett with him at bvoelkel@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

FB : SU commit Broyld charged with public lewdness

first_imgAshton Broyld, a Syracuse commit in its incoming class, appeared in court Wednesday on a charge of public lewdness for his actions following a high school basketball game on March 9. He pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge, said Monroe County assistant public defender J.B. Afoh-Manin, who is representing Broyld.‘Our goal is to resolve this case in as fair and expedient way as possible,’ Afoh-Manin said in a phone interview Wednesday evening.According to an article on Wednesday from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle’s website, Broyld’s charge stems from his actions after Rush-Henrietta’s men’s basketball team lost a playoff game to Irondequoit on March 9.‘The complaint states that Broyld dropped his pants, exposed himself and made lewd gestures and remarks after the game,’ according to the article.Last Saturday, Syracuse held a practice and scrimmage in Rochester, N.Y., at Sahlen’s Stadium. After practice, SU head coach Doug Marrone addressed Broyld’s status. Sue Edson, SU assistant director of athletics for communications, said Wednesday that Marrone’s stance on Broyld has not changed since Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I’ve talked to Ashton,’ Marrone said after Saturday’s practice. ‘I’ve talked to the family, people at the school. We are well aware of the situation. It is a private matter. We expect Ashton, as well as the rest of our signees, who have work ahead of them to do. But we expect all of them to be a part of Syracuse University in the summer.’Broyld won the New York State Class AA player of the year award in football after helping Rush-Henrietta to a state championship in the Carrier Dome. The quarterback was rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com.Afoh-Manin said he has been in contact with officials at Syracuse, including Kevin Van Derzee, SU director of football operations.‘They just want to be kept abreast of the process of the case,’ Afoh-Manin said about SU. ‘I’ve heard positive feedback from the Syracuse University football program.’According to an article in The Daily Orange published March 29, Broyld apologized for his own actions two weeks ago through a personal statement.Rush-Henrietta released its own statement after the incident, describing the behavior of an unnamed student as ‘completely unacceptable,’ according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle article.Afoh-Manin said the 19-year-old Broyld has no criminal history, and this is the first criminal charge in his life. He said the next step for Broyld will be a pretrial conference, which will take place April 27.‘We expect this case to be resolved in fair fashion,’ Afoh-Manin said. ‘We’re not looking to seek any personal treatment. We’re just looking for fair treatment for my client.’mcooperj@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more

Notre Dame vs. Purdue: Tipoff time, how to watch Crossroads Classic

first_imgWhat time does Notre Dame play Purdue?The Irish and Boilermakers are slated to tip off at 1:30 ET on Saturday, Dec. 15.On what channel can I watch Notre Dame-Purdue?The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS. It can also be streamed with fuboTV (7-day free trial).Where is Notre Dame-Purdue being played?The game will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The two teams last met at the Crossroads Classic on Dec. 17, 2016 when Purdue beat Notre Dame 86-81. The Irish lead the all-time series with the Boilermakers 11-10. Purdue and Notre Dame meet on Saturday in the first game of the annual Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis.Since starting 4-0, the Boilermakers have lost four of their last six games. The Boilermakers are eager to get back in the wins column, especially against the Irish. MORE: Watch Purdue-Notre Dame live and on demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Irish have stumbled recently as well, losing two in a row. With nonconference play beginning to wind down, the Irish need every win they can get before conference play in a loaded ACC.Here’s all the info you need to tune in.last_img read more

The awards were a plenty at the Wellington High School Class Night

first_imgTop 10 percent – Payton Baker, Connor Church, Parker Daugherty, Gracie Defore, Ben DeJarnett, Chayse Easterly, Madison Foster, Shelby Hamel, Avery Lewellen, Katie Rosenthal, Megan Singleton, Natasha Smith, Houston Sober, Holly Wright.Top 10 percent of Class of 2014 Dale M. Dennis Excellence in Education Award – Jaedyn Ledesma. K-State Scholarship Award – Chance Hain  and Andrew Horn. Louis Armstrong Jazz Award – Tristton Tracy.  John Philip Sousa Award – Chayse Easterly. Kansas State High School Activities Association Citizenship Award – Michelle Diver and Houston Sober. Butler Community College – Queen Barnes, Mollie Beggs, Haley Horning. Kansas Scholars Curriculum Completers (ACT scores and GPA combination) – Ben DeJarnett, Katie Rosenthal, Holly Wright. Topeka Capital Journal – all-state academic honorable mention – Gracie Defore. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2014 Wellington High School Class Night was held at the gymnasium on Thursday evening. The following are award presented at the ceremony.Kansas Board of Regents Scholarship – Payton Baker, Connor Church, Parker Daugherty, Gracie Defore, Ben DeJarnett, Juden DeJarnett, Chayse Easterly, Madison Foster, Shelby Hamel, Dalton Holt, Adam Hradil, Jerrod Huck, Jaedyn Ledesma, Avery Lewellen, Alexander Mashburn, Abigail McComb, Josef Ramirez, Katie Rosenthal, Megan Singleton, Natasha Smith, Houston Sober, Sylan Stephens, Brooke Tracy, Tristton Tracy, Holly Wright.Kansas Regent Scholar winners.John Sturgis Family Student Council Scholarship — Avery Lewellen. Wellington.cc computer recipients — Baylee Greenhaigh, Joseph Ramirez, Chance Hain, Andrew Horn, Houston Sober, Jaedyn Ledesma, Michelle Diver, Ben DeJarnett, Gracie Defore, Carlie McComb, Holly Wright, Connor Burden, Chayse Easterly.National Honor Society award – Gracie Defore. PEO Scholarship – Katie Rosenthal.Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative – Holly Wright, Connor Church, Molly Beggs, Dalton Holt, Andrew Peck, Tyson Hodson.Student Council Scholarship Award – Avery Lewellen.U.S. Marine awards – Semper Fidelis – Sabrena Dodds. Scholastic Excellence award – Chayse Easterly. Distinguished Athlete – Jaedyn Ledesma.Darius Jones receive $80,000 scholarship.U.S. Navy award – Darious Jones. Recognition of Valedictorian – Gracie Defore, Ben DeJarnett, Holly Wright. Class of 2014 Valedictorians.Turn the program over to the Senior Class President – Senior Class President – Jaedyn Ledesma. Junior Class President – Kindyl Krueger.WHS Grads sign.Follow us on Twitter. Carlie McComb performed guitar solo “So Long, Farewell.” Cowley College Scholarships were given to several students. KWCH-TV Channel 12 Top of the Class – Holly Wright. Kansas Star Scholarship award was given to several students.Kansas Star Award Recipients. 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 Comment (1) 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 Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… 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. 0 Vote up Vote down CJH · 325 weeks ago Why no names for the Cowley County ones???? Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago 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 comments 30th Annual Governor’s Scholars Award – Ben DeJarnett and Holly Wright.last_img read more

Young Legends’ League launched

first_imgIndian Football: MFA and 8one Foundation launch Young Legends’ League Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:30 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Young Legends' League Debabrata Majumder The launch of India’s first structured league for 6 to 12 year-old kids was announced on Tuesday, 29th September.. The Young Legends’ League (YLL), a first of its kind football league, which will provide a platform for children aged below 12 years to play competitive football every weekend, was launched by The Mizoram Football Association (MFA) and 8one Foundation on Tuesday. Paving the way for structured development, the league will also be aided by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).The 5-a-side league will take place in Champhai, the football-obsessed district of Mizoram which has produced several talented players such as Lalthuammawia Ralte, Lalchhawnkima, Lalruatthara and Robert Lalthlamuana. The league will feature over 500 matches, with each team playing more than 30 games over a period of six to eight months, making it the longest football league in India. Every YLL team will have a squad consisting of ten players (including one female player), ensuring they get as much on-field exposure. Young Legends' League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Announcing the Young Legends’ League, Lalnghinglova ‘Tetea’ Hmar, Secretary of Mizoram Football Association, commented, “The Young Legends’ League will look to provide competitive football matches to children below 12 years to hone their footballing acumen and skills. We intend to increase the time children spend with the ball so as to inculcate both technical and social skills, which in my opinion, is the best way to ensure holistic development of an individual. MFA believes in giving exposure to young talent, steadily helping develop players by giving them a platform to showcase their skills.” The MFA has signed a 10-year MoU with the 8one Foundation for the Young Legends’ League, which will see both the parties organize YLL in Champhai till 2027. Varun Achreja, Founder, 8one Foundation, said, “Our aim is to leverage YLL as a community mobilizing tool that ensures the involvement of everyone in Champhai to execute this league and contribute to the development of kids through football. The initiative will emphasize on disseminating information related to education, nutrition, health as well as stress on the benefits of working collectively in a team.”Young Legends' LeagueThe All India Football Federation (AIFF), has lauded the work of MFA and 8one Foundation in strategizing such a concept. “It is encouraging to see that the Mizoram FA, 8one and Football Solutions are the first to work towards a sustainable and organic league that follows our Baby Leagues concept to maximize competitive engagement through the year. The ideal and philosophy for Champhai to now have a long-term, self-sustained and intensive youth calendar will speak for itself 6-8 years from today,” remarked Richard Hood, Head of Player Development at the AIFF. MFA and 8one Foundation have also partnered with ISL club North-East United FC (NEUFC) who have prior experience of scouting in Champhai. The first edition of Young Legends’ League will be held at Chhangphut Ground, Champhai, Mizoram, starting from the 11th November 2017 to 23rd July, 2018. Each match will be played for 40 to 60 minutes with matches taking place on a weekly basis.last_img read more