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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The Best Damn Pod In The Land Episode 7 The Top Ranked

Wyatt and Colin discuss Ohio State football’s 49-26 win over Indiana, and how the Buckeyes should fix the pass defense and rush offense moving into Minnesota, Ohio State’s No. 1 ranking in men’s hockey, the women’s hockey series split against No. 8 Colgate and men’s soccer’s continued woes.

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Womens Hockey No 7 Ohio State drops series to No 2 Minnesota

Ohio State freshman defender Lisa Bruno (22) fights for possession of the puck in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignPrior to Friday, Ohio State women’s hockey had given up six goals in a game just once all season. On Saturday night against Minnesota, the Buckeyes allowed six goals in the second period alone.No. 2 Minnesota (24-3-1, 14-3-1 WCHA) completed the series sweep of No. 7 Ohio State (15-11, 9-9 WCHA) with a 7-1 victory in Columbus, marking five straight late-season losses for the Buckeyes.“We need our goaltenders to stop the puck,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “That’s their one duty and they need to do that.”For the second straight game, Minnesota shell-shocked Ohio State with a single period offensive onslaught that proved why it holds the WCHA and national high marks for scoring offense and scoring margin.The Golden Gophers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening period on Friday, but they were even more dominant on Saturday, scoring five goals on Ohio State sophomore goalie Amanda Zeglen in the first 10 minutes of the second period.Zeglen was given her first start since Oct. 5 after freshman Andrea Branedli and sophomore Lynsey Wallace had allowed a combined 23 goals in split play over the previous four games.Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said the changes in goal should serve as a wake-up call for the struggling Buckeyes and added that she hoped the team would rally around the switch.Braendli, the majority season starter for the Buckeyes, was inserted halfway into the second period and finished out the game 19 saves and two goals allowed.Minnesota did not find immediate success against the Buckeyes. Ohio State opened with stout defense and edged the Gophers 10-7 in shots on net in a back and forth scoreless first period.Muzerall said she was proud of the Buckeyes’ first period performance after taking a 7-2 home loss the night before.“They could’ve come out with their tail between their legs and they didn’t,” Muzerall said. “They were like ‘OK, it’s another opportunity, it’s another day.’”However, averaging a WCHA-high 7.7 penalties per game, an Ohio State penalty in the opening moments of the second period once again opened the floodgates for Minnesota’s high octane offense.The Gophers ran a surgical power play that saw six quick shots on net, culminating with Minnesota freshman defenseman Crystalyn Hengler’s first career goal to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later Minnesota freshman forward Taylor Heise scored back-to-back goals within 40 seconds, the second of which was a deadeye slapshot just inside Ohio State’s defensive third that caught Zeglen off-guard.Muzerall said she was less than impressed with a goal being allowed from that distance.“I don’t know what she was looking at, but she should’ve had it,” Muzerall said.Ohio State sophomore forward Emma Maltais scored her team leading 31st point on a short-handed penalty-kill goal near the eighth minute of the second period to give the Buckeyes a flash of hope.That flash would quickly be snuffed out by three successive goals from Minnesota, including two more by way of power play opportunities.Sophomore forward Taylor Wente, redshirt freshman forward Amy Potomak and freshman forward Alex Woken all got on the scoreboard for the Gophers to end the prolific period at 6-1.Woken’s score, assisted by senior forward Taylor Williamson, was her third of the series.Minnesota junior goalie Sydney Scobee made 21 saves on 22 shots from the sputtering Buckeye offense in her 11th start of the season. Scobee entered the series No. 2 in the WCHA in goals against average at 1.50 and save percentage at .934.The third period saw Minnesota extend its lead with sophomore forward and WCHA goal leader Grace Zumwinkle’s third score of the series, giving the Gophers back-to-back seven goal performances.Aside from goaltending errors, Muzerall said the Buckeyes need to put points on the board to be able to compete moving forward.“We still need a goal scorer,” she said. “We need somebody that’s going to finish and get those pucks and put them in when we have those opportunities.”Ohio State will go on the road next weekend in hopes of returning to the win column versus St. Cloud State. The puck will drop at 4:07 p.m. on Friday. read more

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Kieran Tripper fired up for the North London derby

first_imgTottenham Hotspur full-back Kieran Tripper is optimistic they will go through on Wednesday as they travel to Arsenal for their Carabao Cup quarterfinal game.Arsenal won 4-2 in their first meeting this season a few weeks ago, but Trippier is confident they can go to the Emirates on Wednesday and qualify.Wednesday will be a tough game but hopefully, we can go there with the right mindset to get the win and go through to the next round.“Every time you play Arsenal it is always going to be a big game. Wednesday is no different,” Trippier told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They have got some very good players, they are a good team but make no mistake, all of us will be ready for the game on Wednesday to try and go through.”Trippier also shared the same sentiment with Harry Kane and tipped Spurs to end their trophyless run this season.“Every season since I have been here we have tried to win a trophy,” he said.“We have been so close as well.”last_img read more

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Candor TechSpace aims to improve educational capabilities

first_imgGurugram: As part of its CSR initiative of Candor TechSpace, the leading provider of IT/ITES office spaces has adopted a Government Primary School in Tikri, Gurugram (Haryana) to develop its overall infrastructure and educational capabilities after signing an MOU with the government. The inauguration of the Phase-I Infrastructure development of the School took place on January 16, 2019 by Mr. Ravinder Yadav, Joint Commissioner-IV, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram- Haryana in the presence of Mr. Kuldeep Yadav – Councillor Ward-29-MCG and Mrs. Premlata Yadav- DEEO, Gurugram. The developmental work scheduled tobe carried out in phases. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf In phase 1, Candor TechSpace is working towards to uplift the hygienic infrastructure of the school. We have already built new toilet block that comprise 3-4 separate toilets for both genders and one with a wheelchair ramp for differently abled students, a drinking water station (RO + water cooler), a utensil washing area and a proper drainage system which is covered and connected to the main sewage. Built as per the ‘A’ specifications, we have appointed a housekeeping company to maintain and manage the facility. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Sharing his insight on the initiative, Spokesperson of Candor TechSpace, said, “At Candor, we believe quality education is a fundamental right of children, regardless of their background or financial state. Unfortunately, there exists a huge gap between the quality of private schools and state-run public schools. We wanted to bridge this gap to some extent through this initiative. While the government is making relentless efforts, it’s also the responsibility of large corporate entities to play their part.” He further added, “We have just finished building the toilet blocks and plastering the school’s boundary wall. We have also roped in award winner Akshita &team from Rocks Artist for decorating the classrooms with meaningful wall arts that spread awareness about issues such as water scarcity, environmental sustainability and hazards of pollution. At present, we are looking to develop the landscape; such as equipping the school play area with swings and play equipment’s” he added. In the second phase of the project, Candor TechSpace looks to upgrade the classrooms with better facilities and a resource center in each class. The latest initiative of Candor further reaffirms its commitment towards the society.last_img read more

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