Don’t miss Voodoo’s Grand Opening Weekend!

first_imgVoodoo Lounge, Tessie’s Bar and The Downtown officially opens its doors this coming weekend with a monstrous entertainment lineup guaranteed to wow Letterkenny’s many music lovers. Things kick off Thursday evening at 11pm when the Legendary ‘Off The Cuff’ hit Voodoo Lounge’s main stage for a high octane unmissable performance. Make sure you get down early on Friday as Voodoo are hosting their Official Opening Party with complimentary champagne and canapes from 8pm followed by Voodoo Lounge resident DJ PK and headline act Red Alert. The party just gets better and better!On Saturday night, DJ Kevin Lennon fires things up once again from 10pm then yet another unmissable performance awaits, this time by 4 piece Offaly based cover band Project 37. Finally, the weekend draws to a dramatic close with a marathon of musical entertainment starting at 6pm when Martin Orr and the Honky Tonk Heroes launch things followed by Donegal favourite David Craig and his Band with the song player from the Island DJ Tubbsy finishing the celebrations off in style. Customers will also be in with the chance of winning a coveted St. Eunan’s GAA House Draw Ticket!“Over the course of this special weekend we will be giving all our customers the chance to win a house!!!! 10 tickets have been purchased for the St Eunans Prize Draw where a house can be won, be in any time over the weekend to enter the draw for the tickets and we will be drawing 10 lucky winners from 8.30pm Sunday evening,” said a spokesperson.On top of this stacked weekend line up, Voodoo Venue will also be showing all the live premiership football throughout the venue. “If you haven’t checked out the new 85in TVs and cinema surround sound yet you seriously need to. There are 5 x 85in Sony TVs plus a large number of other screens strategically placed around the venue to give the sporting fan the very best experience. We also offer a wide range of freshly made stone baked pizzas during matches and an exclusive Voodoo sport loyalty card where we will give you a drink back for every 8 you buy,” a spokesperson said.Game of Thrones Screening PartyFancy something completely different?? This coming Monday, Voodoo will be hosting a unique Game Of Thrones screening party in the lounge, the show airs at 10pm and we will be providing customized G.O.T cocktails, popcorn and a cinematic experience that cannot be matched (Be in early to reserve a seat). News Flash!This Easter Sunday Night, Voodoo Club launches a brand new dance brand – FORMATIONFORMATION will host some of the world’s elite House, Techno and EDM superstars! Formation brings 2 styles of dance music all under 1 roof – this Easter Sunday welcomes International producer and House music sensation Route 94 for his debut northwest performance in Area 1 and Area 2 will be an Electric Arcade’ Techno TAKEOVER DJs ARBUCKLE & RYAN DOC Tickets available at ticketstop.ieDon’t miss Voodoo’s Grand Opening Weekend! was last modified: April 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:competitionvoodoo grand openinglast_img read more

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The Agony and the Ecstasy

first_imgLocal boy Grant “Twiggy” Baker clinchesthe top spot.(Image: Barry Tuck, Red Bull photofiles) Dave Smith of South Africa gets a littlehelp in preparing for the Red BullBig Wave Africa competition.(Image: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternThe tenth annual Red Bull Big Wave Africa competition, which was held in 15- to 20-foot surf at Dungeons in Cape Town on Saturday 26th July, was an unmitigated success – possibly the best one in the history of the event.The fantastic, frightening and notoriously fickle Dungeons redeemed itself by providing spectacular waves on only the second day of the five-week window period. Yes, the date of the competition is not set beforehand. Instead, all the competitors, organisers, support staff, press and spectators stand by for the entire five weeks, logging on to the website regularly and waiting for the magic green-light SMS. This means that foreign professional surfers need to spend a full five weeks in Cape Town for a one-day competition. And, not that it’s surprising, they don’t mind at all.The Red Bull Big Wave Africa (BWA) is one of the three top paddle-in big-wave competitions in the world. For the uninitiated, on some big-wave spots, the waves are just too fast for surfers to paddle in to, so they are towed onto the wave by jet skis or rubber ducks. While this is by no means a wussy option, there is something magical about catching an enormous wave under your own steam.And Dungeons is certainly a contender for the title of the world’s best paddle-in big wave. California-based Greg Long says ‘Dungeons is the place to get the biggest waves in the world between June and August.’ So it’s not surprising that he spends those months in Hout Bay, which is as close as he can get to the object of his desire – Dungeons. Clearly he’s a man who likes a challenge, as he also categorically states that Dungeons is the most difficult paddle-in wave he has ever surfed – and he’s spent hours on all the well-known big-wave spots in the world, dividing his year between California, Mexico and Cape Town with short trips to Hawaii and other big wave destinations in between.By invitation onlyAnd Long is no exception. There are twenty-four invited competitors – twelve South Africans and twelve internationals – with a small reserve of alternates. And they are all absolutely dedicated athletes. They have to be. Dungeons is no place for sissies, and anyone taking off on that wave with less than 100% dedication is in trouble. These are all seriously hard men – but with big boyish smiles and an apparent easy-going attitude to life. They train hard, they surf hard, they – literally – lay their lives on the line every time they paddle in to a monster wave and – of course – they play hard. They take life seriously but enjoy every second of it.In the same way that a big wave is no place for the faint-hearted, it’s also no place for the arrogant. There is never any concept of conquering the ocean, or any of that macho stuff. Surfers really do have to be in tune – especially with a wave the size of Dungeons. And the Big Wave Africa family seems to be an astonishingly close community without being cliquish. In fact, the competition is an interesting mix of supreme professionalism and a fun day out for a bunch of friends. While all the surfers are serious competitive athletes with training schedules as hard and strenuous as any Olympian, they genuinely seem to be going out there to have a good time.Mickey Duffus, the original BWA director and a competitor every year since the inception of the event, describes one of the highlights of the last ten years, “I think seeing the guys in 2003, the year that Greg [Long] won, when the guys came back in the boat and they were all… you could see something, didn’t know what happened, there was a bond, a real strong bond and only when they got onto the podium, and said they are sharing the prize money, to me that is the highlight, that collective decision they made, to me that is the spirit of the whole thing ….. it’s really just the camaraderie of the whole thing.”And that’s how it started, really. In the late nineties, a small cadre of hard-core Cape Town locals were surfing Dungeons, and the BWA just sort of happened. Somehow, between Red Bull CEO, Tony Henek and Mickey Duffus, the idea of a big wave competition was born – and there was absolutely no question that the venue would be Dungeons.Location, location, locationWhat makes Dungeons special is a combination of its underwater topography and its position right in the path of swells generated deep in the Antarctic. There are no butterflies in Antarctica so, when a penguin flaps its wings, it creates a little current of air that combines with others and starts pushing the sea into little ripples. And the little ripples combine with others and become bigger ripples and so on. And the longer the ride those little ripples have, the more chance they have to grow up to be big waves. And the Southern Ocean is a big place. So, by the time they’ve reached the outskirts of Cape Town they are so not little. They’re big, long, deep, ocean swells that get deflected around Vulcan Rock and Tafelberg Reef – two submarine structures much loved by Cape Town divers in the calmer summer months. And once around these underwater hills, the swells recombine – sometimes stacking one on top of the other, sometimes pushing the swell off to one side. That’s what makes Dungeons so tricky and unpredictable. But it’s also what gives it those enormous waves.So the 1999 competition went ahead with not much in the way of fanfare or infrastructure – or waves for that matter – but Red Bull persevered and thought they’d give it another try. In 2000, they set up a proper water safety system under the auspices of the legendary USA-based water safety expert, Shaun Alladio. Dungeons was a bit more generous with the waves that year, and the resulting video footage was seen around the world and piqued the interest of a few of the international big-wave chargers who were surprised and delighted to discover that there was one mother of a wave off the fabulously visitable city of Cape Town.The rest is history. Every year it’s got bigger, and every year it’s got a little more professional and a bit more organised. In 2003 Mickey Duffus decided that he couldn’t handle being director of the event and surfing in it, so he handed the reins over to Gary Linden, who was joined by Jonathan Paarman in 2006.And – this – the tenth BWA was considered by many to be the best so far. Greg Long, who won the prize for the biggest barrel said, ‘I always knew Dungeons had the potential to paddle in to the biggest wave and the biggest barrel. This was the culmination of eight years.’ It’s hard to measure the size of a wave but the biggest 2008 wave was officially about 25 foot, which means the face of the wave is about double that – 50-odd feet. Think that over – it’s about 15m or five or six storeys.When asked if he’d be back next year, Long smiled as if spending the southern winter anywhere else was crazy, and added that Cape Town was probably his favourite place in the world – a combination of Dungeons of course, the local surfers who have all become his friends, and the good red wine.South African takes top honoursThe competition was won by Durban-based Grant “Twiggy” Baker with Brazilian Carlos Burle second and Greg Long third. Long also won the Billabong Biggest Tube award by riding a barrel that you could probably (theoretically) drive a bus through. Burle won the Von Zipper Deep Throat Award for courage and commitment in taking on challenging waves. Other speciality awards include the Sensi Threads Biggest Wave Award, which was won by local Capetonian James Taylor, and the Dakine Ikaika Award for Special Moments, was awarded to Hawaiian Mark Healy. “Special moments” usually include a wipe-out of note.And wipe-outs are not uncommon on this unforgiving wave. The casualty count for the 2008 competition included one burst ear drum, one concussion, and one dislocated shoulder – as well as a relatively minor injury amongst the press photographers on the rubber ducks lurking just outside the impact zone. Oh – and about 15-20 surfboards – almost one per competitor.If you’re wondering why it’s called Dungeons – ask anyone who’s been held down by one of those big waves for 10, 20 or 30 seconds. Dungeons are cold, dark, scary places – and that’s pretty much what it feels like when you’re being tossed around in the kelp and being pounded into the reef by a few hundred tons of icy Atlantic.It’s no place for the faint-hearted.Useful linksRed Bull Big Wave AfricaRed BullSurfing South Africalast_img read more

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NSWTA Positions Vacant

first_imgThe New South Wales Touch Association has two positions vacant within its staff. Both positions are located in the Sydney Office and are detailed below:State Development Officer The position of State Development Officer is responsible for the management and delivery of the New South Wales Touch Association development and education programs for playing, coaching, refereeing and selecting throughout the state. The Development Officer also assists Associations in the development of the sport of Touch, working with the Sport Manager, Development Manager, Events Manager, NSWTA State Development Officers and Regional Committees, to maximise opportunities for Touch to be a first choice sport among current and perspective participants. The position has a focus towards an important role in increasing both the quality and quantity of coaches, referees, selectors, administrators and players of all ages as well the quality of domestic competitions. The Development Officer will have involvement from grass root to elite level. This current role will have a strong focus in the Sydney North West, Western, Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers areas of NSW and will be responsible for the delivery of the sport within those boundaries.Position Application: www.austouch.com.au/fileadmin/nswtouch/NSWTA/NSW_Touch_Football_SDO_Application_Package_2014.docCloses: 3rd April 2014Events Administrator The position of Event Administrator is responsible with the Events Manager in the management and delivery of the New South Wales Touch Association Events and the administration procedures throughout the state. The Event Administrator is also responsible for coordinating and conducting the Touch at Lunch competitions throughout the Sydney metropolitan. The position also works with the Sport Manager, Development Manager and NSWTA State Development Officers, to maximise opportunities for Touch to be a first choice sport among current and perspective participants. The position has a focus towards an important role in increasing both the quality and quantity of competitions produced by the New South Wales Touch Association. The position will have involvement from grass root to elite level in the development arm of the sport.Position Application: www.austouch.com.au/fileadmin/nswtouch/NSWTA/Event_Administrator_Application___Information_Package_2014.docCloses: 9th April 2014For more information on either of these positions you can view www.nswtouch.com.au/jobs or contact Sport Manager Daniel Rushworth via [email protected] or 9558 9333.Related LinksNSWTA Positions Vacantlast_img read more

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Ohio State Still No. 1 In Latest Coaches’ Poll

first_imgCoaches Poll shows numbers 4 through 8.Coaches Poll Ohio State Still No 1 tarean folstonInstagram/Malik ZaireThe first weekend of college football is officially in the books. What did we learn? Well, Ohio State, despite looking a bit shaky in the first half against Virginia Tech, is going to be very difficult to beat, given the plethora of weapons it has at its disposal. But a number of other top squads – including Alabama, Notre Dame, UCLA, Florida State and Texas A&M – may give the Buckeyes a run for their money this year.Only three teams ranked in last week’s Coaches’ Poll – No. 15 Arizona State, No. 20 Wisconsin and No. 21 Stanford – lost this past weekend. Both the Sun Devils and the Cardinal were left out of the rankings this week.In the latest Coaches’ Poll, released Tuesday afternoon, Ohio State remained the No. 1-ranked team in the country, notching all but one of the first place votes. The Buckeyes are followed by Alabama, TCU, Baylor and Oregon. Utah and Texas A&M are the only two teams to enter the poll.Here’s the entire list, via USA Today:1. Ohio State2. Alabama3. TCU4. Baylor5. Oregon6. Michigan State7. Auburn8. Florida State9. Georgia 10. USC11. Notre Dame12. Clemson13. UCLA14. Ole Miss15. LSU16. Georgia Tech17. Oklahoma18. Arkansas19. Texas A&M20. Arizona21. Missouri22. Boise State23. Tennessee24. Wisconsin25. UtahYou can check out last week’s rankings here. What do you think, college football fans? Did they get it right?last_img read more

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Photos: Nebraska Wearing Custom Gold And Orange DLillard1 Sneakers For 3rd Annual #AveryStrong Game

first_imgAvery Strong hashtag for Nebraska.Twitter/@TMAG1CFormer Nebraska assistant coach Chris Harriman now coaches at New Mexico, but the Huskers are still supporting his son Avery’s battle with leukemia. Today, when Nebraska hosts Michigan, it will have its third annual #AveryStrong game. Students will be wearing #AveryStrong shirts, and NBA star Damian Lillard is providing the team with gold and orange DLillard1 sneakers, which represent pediatric cancer and leukemia awareness.Shout out to @HuskerHoops and what they are doing to support pediatric cancer and young Avery today. #AveryStrong pic.twitter.com/Fj1YoCB7m2— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 23, 2016Avery Harriman is only 8 years old, but has battled and beaten childhood leukemia 3 times. #AveryStrong— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 23, 2016The #miadidas #DLillard1 and tees @huskerhoops will wear today have gold for pediatric cancer and orange for leukemia. #AveryStrong— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 23, 2016Here is more on #AveryStrong from Nebraska:To honor the fight that Avery has gone through, the first 500 students at Saturday’s game will receive an #AveryStrong shirt provided by Husker IMG Sports Marketing, turning the Red Zone gold on Saturday. The gold shirt symbolizes pediatric cancer, while the orange is the color for leukemia, symbolizing Avery’s battle. Fans between the ages of 18 and 44 can sign up on Saturday to join the national bone marrow registry, as volunteers will be on hand to swab the cheeks of potential bone marrow donors. Any fan who signs up for the Bone Marrow Registry on Saturday will receive a free #AveryStrong T-shirt. In addition, information will be available to fans about the National Marrow Donor Program. Avery and other children battling pediatric cancer will be special guests of the Husker basketball program on Saturday and be recognized during pregame and halftime ceremonies.This is an amazing move by the program to continue to support Avery and the Harriman family, even after Chris moved on to another school.last_img read more

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Report Flex LNG Adds Six More LNG Carriers

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed owner and operator of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers Flex LNG has signed agreements to buy six LNG ships, Reuters reports citing the company’s chief executive Jonathan Cook.The 170,000-cubic metre ships will be built by South Korean Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), with the first two ships from the batch scheduled to join the company’s fleet in 2018. The remaining quartet is expected to follow suit in 2019.According to Cook, all of the contracts have been signed and the initial payments have been processed during the course of this month.World Maritime News is yet to receive a confirmation from the company on the matter.In February 2017, Flex LNG entered into a deal to buy two highend MEGI LNGC newbuilds at DSME with scheduled delivery in Q1 2018. The two newbuilds were bought from affiliates of Geveran Trading, the company’s largest shareholder.Based on the company’s information, Flex LNG operates a fleet of six MEGI LNG carriers with a capacity of approximately 174,000m3 under construction at SHI and DSME, slated for delivery in 2018 and 2019. FLEX LNG is marketing these vessels for charter and is pursuing floating storage and regasification (FSRU) projects.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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BRAVOS TV GIFT GUIDE FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

center_img A young woman in charge of building a float for the Rose Parade clashes with the executive whose company is sponsoring it. With a lot at stake for both of them, and only a ragtag team of volunteers, they’ll have to learn to play nice with each other if they have any chance of making the New Year’s deadline. And, along the way, they discover they may be building a romance as well as a float. Photo: Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Ryan Plummer For the one who gets the entire family together: THE WISHING TREE (Friday, December 21 at 8 p.m. ET)For the person who needs a break from cooking: KILLING EVE (Sunday, January 6, beginning at 10 a.m. ET)via GIPHYFor the massive fan of The Who: THE BEST OF C.S.I (Wednesday, December 26, beginning at 10 a.m. ET)via GIPHYFor the hopeless romantic whose nose is buried in a YA novel: CHRISTMAS IN ANGEL FALLS (Saturday, December 22 at 2 p.m. ET)For the people complaining about the snow, who’d rather be at the cottage: CARTER (Tuesday, January 1, beginning at 10 a.m. ET)For those who needs a break from all the Christmas movies: THE BEST OF CRIMINAL MINDS (Thursday, December 27, beginning at 10 a.m. ET)via GIPHYClick here for a full list of Bravo’s holiday programming. Advertisement No need to pout, no need to cry because Bravo’s made a holiday programming list, with everyone in mind. Beginning Friday, Dec. 21 through to Sunday, Dec. 23, Bravo gets into the holiday spirit, featuring non-stop festive flicks leading up to Christmas Day with the CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON.Then, viewers can unwrap crime mysteries with its DETECTIVE MARATHON, from Monday, Dec. 24 to Sunday, Jan. 6.Here are a selection of staff picks of what to enjoy on Bravo this holiday season:last_img read more

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Are The Giants Sneaking Up On Us Again

In 2007, the Giants’ passing attack through 10 games wasn’t very good (and it would only get worse: The team finished the regular season at 22nd in adjusted net yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating). The running game (more on this in a minute) is what powered the team. But Eli Manning had some of his best games in the playoffs, particularly in the first two games.In 2011, the Giants were defined by the passing offense: Manning had one of his best seasons, teaming with wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Manning again played better in the postseason, particularly in the early rounds.This year? Despite highlights from Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. and the success of rookie Sterling Shepard, the Giants have had a mediocre passing attack. They rank 19th in passing EPA and 16th in ANY/A. There’s obvious upside with Manning and Beckham, but if the Giants go on a Super Bowl run, the data suggests that the passing offense won’t be behind it.Rushing offense In 2007, the Giants’ offense was centered around Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, with spot appearances by Reuben Droughns and rookie Ahmad Bradshaw. The ground game ranked fourth in yards and yards per carry.But even though the Earth, Wind and Fire Giants carried over their rushing success into 2008, the running game has been more of a weakness than a strength in more recent years. In 2011, the Giants finished dead last in both yards and yards per carry. And once again, the Giants can’t seem to piece together a running game. This season, New York ranks 31st in yards and 30th in yards per carry, with the underwhelming Rashad Jennings the leader in an unimpressive committee. The veteran back is averaging an anemic 3.40 yards per carry, 38th out of 43 qualifying rushers.With this year’s Giants featuring a mediocre passing game and a bad running game, you’ve probably figured out that it’s not the offense carrying the team.Pass defense It’s easy to dismiss the success of the 7-3 New York Giants. The team ranks 23rd in scoring, tied with the 49ers, and is 11th in points allowed; overall, the Giants have outscored opponents by only 4 points all year. In fact, the Giants haven’t won a single game by more than 7 points. Meanwhile, they rank 20th in yards per game and 16th in yards allowed per game and have benefited from a favorable schedule: The team has played only three true road games this year.1The Giants have played six games at home; they also played one game in London, against the Rams.Ahead of Week 11’s games, the Giants ranked 16th in both ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings and Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, and their 6-point home win against a bad Bears team is unlikely to move those needles. And even after Sunday’s win, the Giants rank only 17th in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings.So the Giants are just an average team that has lucked into a good record, right? That’s an easy conclusion, but the Giants have a history of sneaking up on the rest of the NFL, as they did in 2007 and 2011:In 2007, New York was 7-3 through 10 games but imploded in the team’s 11th game. Against Minnesota, Eli Manning threw three pick sixes (he would finish the year with 20 picks, tied for the league lead).In 2011, the Giants through 10 games had scored 228 points and allowed 228 points, leading to a 6-4 record.At the time, neither of those teams seemed very noteworthy, and they finished with 10-6 and 9-7 records, respectively. Our current simulations have this year’s Giants finishing with 9.9 wins, which would put them right in line with those other good but not great Giants teams.Of course, both of those Giants teams wound up winning the Super Bowl. Is there any reason to think this year’s team could similarly surprise in the playoffs? To find out, let’s use expected points added to measure how the Giants have fared in every season (through 10 games) going back to 2006.2The first year for which we have EPA data. And while EPA does not adjust for era, we have adjusted those numbers on a per-play basis to account for those differences. I took an average of the per-play EPA for passing and rushing plays from 2006 to 2016 and then adjusted each season of team EPA data based on how the per-play average in a given season differed from the per-play average overall.Pass offense The 2007 and 2011 Giants were both strong against the run, but this year’s squad is even stronger. The Giants currently rank eighth in rushing yards allowed per game and fifth in yards per carry allowed. The additions of Harrison and Vernon have transformed the defensive line, after the defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in most rushing categories last year.ConclusionThe defense is the clear strength of this year’s Giants team, and it’s in a better position through 10 games than the defenses were during those Super Bowl-winning seasons. That’s a good thing, because unlike in those championship seasons, Eli Manning and the Giants offense are playing at or below league average — not exactly in position to carry a team on a late-season winning streak. So if the Giants make a run for the Super Bowl, it may be less likely to resemble Eli Manning’s two Super Bowl teams and more likely to resemble Eli’s brother’s team last year.Check out our latest NFL predictions. The most enduring image of the 2007 Giants is likely the beating that the team gave Tom Brady and the undefeated New England Patriots, but it’s easy to forget that through 10 games, that team was below average against the pass. Same goes for the 2011 version, which was among the worst teams in the league at defending the pass until it got its act together down the stretch.Last year, the pass defense was the Giants’ downfall — the team ranked 28th in EPA and 29th in ANY/A allowed, factors that led to the team finishing 30th in points allowed and last in yards allowed. The Giants finished 6-10, with opposing quarterbacks leading five fourth-quarter comebacks against them and a sixth loss involving another blown lead in the final minute.In the offseason, the Giants spent a ton of money to improve the defense. The team re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul; added Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison; and drafted cornerback Eli Apple in the first round. Those additions have paid dividends, and safety Landon Collins, selected 33rd overall last year, has been a huge part of the team’s turnaround. This year, the Giants rank eighth in pass EPA and fifth in ANY/A allowed, and the pass defense is the strength of the team in a way it hasn’t been in years.Rush defense read more

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Ohio Machines Chazz Woodson balances on off the field aspirations

Chazz Woodson is a Major League Lacrosse player for the Ohio Machine, but the Brown University graduate said his athletic prowess isn’t the only thing that defines him. “Professional lacrosse is three days a week for 14 weeks and a summer,” Woodson said. “Lacrosse is a small piece of what we do.” Woodson, who made an appearance an ESPN’s Top 10 plays segment for an acrobatic goal, aspires for a career outside of athletics to improve childhood education. He even taught in a low-income area for two years out of college. “At the end of the day I’m not trying to be the best lacrosse player in the world, that’s not my end goal,” Woodson said. “It’s great that getting recognized for my lacrosse talent is giving me the opportunity to do these other things, that at the end of the day, those other things are what I really want to succeed in and people to recognize me for.” The “other things” are a long list of work outside the white-painted lines of the lacrosse field. During Woodson’s senior year of college, he and other Brown University student-athletes developed Makin’ Moves, a mentoring program through the Education Department at Brown. The program was inspired by Woodson’s personal experience teaching in Manhattan through the Urban Education Semester program offered at Brown. The (UES) program introduces students to difficult issues faced in urban public education, according to their mission statement. The Makin’ Moves mentoring program is designed to help student-athletes of color develop skills in preparation for the standards of higher education. “I know for at least a good five years (Makin’ Moves) was up and running and doing some positive things,” Woodson said. “Not only were we able to help kids, but other student-athletes at Brown really took into the idea and wanted to continue it.” Machine coach Ted Garber said he is happy to have Woodson be a part of the Machine because he is such a well-rounded person. “His heart is helping kids develop mentally, good lacrosse skills, but good values and ethics,” Garber said. “He is not just a great lacrosse player, but a great person.” Woodson made it clear that he understands the importance of the game with respect to everything else he is involved in. “One thing I really enjoy doing, and lacrosse has given me the platform to do it, is inspiring people and motivating people,” Woodson said. With that in mind, Woodson decided to get back into the education system, this time as a teacher for the Teach For America program. Woodson was assigned to the Miami-Dade County Public School system during his first two years out of college. He began teaching fourth-grade students at Phyllis Wheatley Elementary School in the Miami neighborhood of Overtown. “Every Teach For America school has its own issues, so I definitely had my ups and downs in the classroom,” Woodson said. “My experience was unbelievably valuable and in many ways rewarding.” Woodson spent two years in the school system and said that after coming out of the experience, he developed a love for that area. “As I continue to develop the lacrosse initiatives down here, that’s one area that I want to focus on,” Woodson said. “Despite the fact that I’m not teaching there anymore, I still would like to affect change in the area.” In 2009, Woodson was injured and didn’t play a full season. In that same year, Woodson co-founded the creation of Dade Lacrosse, Inc., which is helping to raise awareness of the game and promoting a youth league in that area. In 2010 he was injured, traded, and then deactivated from the MLL. “I just felt like I had more to offer this league and this sport than what I was able to put forth in the last two years of playing MLL,” Woodson said. “This was just kind of a perfect storm.” The Machine selected Woodson in the 2012 MLL Supplemental Draft in an announcement the MLL made on Dec. 14. “He is a matchup nightmare,” said Ohio Machine general manager and president John Algie. “His ability forces other teams to be creative in a way that they’re going to defend him. Even if they are able to slow him down, that’s really only opening things up for other people.” Woodson, who plays the attack position, is known for his rare style of play. During a win against Rochester on May 19, he made a play that landed him on SportsCenter’s Top 10. “Lacrosse is meant to be played creatively, and that’s what I really enjoy about it,” Woodson said. “It’s not necessarily something I go out and try to do every time, but it’s tough to stop somebody when they’re right on top of the goal.” Garber said he hasn’t really given Woodson any boundaries out on the field and that Woodson’s footwork, quickness and vision are tough traits for defenses to handle. Woodson is the leading scorer for the Machine with nine goals. Algie said it’s the work by guys like Woodson that make the lacrosse one of the fastest-growing sport in the country. “When you have the opportunity to present yourself to the world, you have to do it in the right way,” Woodson said. “Lacrosse is not the be all and end all for me, I am well aware of that; I was taught that long, long ago.” read more

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Opinion Coldweather Super Bowl poses big risk reward for NFL

MetLife Stadium will play host to Super Bowl XLVIII Feb. 2.Courtesy of MCTSan Diego, Houston, Miami, New Orleans. East Rutherford, New Jersey?One of these Super Bowl host cities, quite clearly, is not like the others.The National Football League’s decision to host Super Bowl XLVIII in a cold-weather city — specifically one without a suitable indoor venue — has become a frequent target for criticism during the weeks leading up to the big game. Set to kickoff on Sunday, at 6:25 p.m., this year’s Super Bowl — which pits the Denver Broncos and their league-best offense against the Seattle Seahawks’ No.1-ranked defense — has been somewhat upstaged by the weather forecast.Back in 2010, when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the first-ever outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl would be played in New Jersey, the decision produced mixed reviews. Since that time, the sense of concern has risen as the challenges of hosting the nation’s most-watched sporting event under the harsh conditions of winter have come into focus.There is no doubt that Goodell and the NFL owners took a gamble in selecting MetLife Stadium to host the 48th version of the Super Bowl. It remains to be seen as to whether or not they will be rewarded for that risk.Theoretically, bringing the greatest spectacle in American sports to the New York metropolitan area is a recipe for an unprecedented amount of hype. In practice, however, the “crash-and-burn” potential of a “Big Apple” Super Bowl rivals that of one of MetLife Stadium’s familiar occupants — The New York Jets.According to Weather.com, February is the tri-state area’s snowiest month with an average of 9.5 inches of precipitation. At this time last year, Winter Storm Nemo buried the city under 10 inches of snow.Low and behold, when the Farmers’ Almanac was released last August, it predicted that a major winter storm would hit the Northeast around the time of Super Bowl Sunday. Last week, more than 1,300 workers could be found shoveling inside MetLife Stadium after it was blanketed with 13 inches of snow.Several media outlets have already begun discussing the chances of a Super Bowl Saturday or Monday in the event of severe weather — a scenario that league officials have conceded as a remote possibility. On Jan. 23, NJ.com reported that NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman said the game could be played anytime between Friday and Monday, if necessary.Fortunately, the current weather forecast for Sunday is favorable, calling for a high of 39 degrees and placing the chance of rain or snow at just 20 percent. Assuming those predictions hold true, the conditions will be manageable—just don’t expect the Red Hot Chili Peppers to sport their usual shirtless look when they join Bruno Mars on stage for the halftime show.In an interview with the New York Daily News, Goodell stood by the league’s choice of MetLife Stadium.“We made the decision that football is played in the elements and so we recognize that and we made a decision to do that. Championship games are often played in inclement weather,” Goodell said. “We had several games that were played in inclement weather, including playoff games this year. That’s football.”The commissioner does have a point. There is something quite romantic about the prospect of the Super Bowl being played on a snow-covered field at The Meadowlands. However, in the event that America’s de facto national holiday — the Super Bowl — is interfered with, the results will be anything but romantic for Goodell and the NFL. read more

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