Roller coaster ride winding down for Buckeye seniors

Then-junior running back Jordan Hall (7) is tackled during the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. OSU lost to Florida, 24-16, Jan. 2, 2012.Credit: Lantern file photoFirst there was a Rose Bowl victory. Then a victory in New Orleans at the Sugar Bowl. Then that season was vacated, and the school endured into its first losing season since 1988.Now, a 22-game winning streak. The Ohio State football class of 2013 has been through it all.“It was a roller coaster ride. It started off basically giving us everything — Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl. And then, not trying to down the Gator Bowl or anything, it’s just not the Rose Bowl or the Sugar Bowl,” redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton said Monday. “We kind of got spoiled from the start, and then once it got down … I’m (just) happy we got to pick it back up for one last go around.”Guiton is one of 18 players set to be recognized Saturday for the Buckeyes’ (10-0, 6-0) home finale against Indiana (4-6, 2-4). With a win, OSU will clinch a Leaders Division title for the second consecutive season.It is a class of seniors that has been under the tutelage of three head coaches in its time at OSU and has gone through the adversity of a bowl ban, among other setbacks.“My class, we came in with (Jim) Tress(el) and then we went to coach (Luke) Fick(ell) and now we got coach (Urban) Meyer, so it’s been a great experience,” senior safety Christian Bryant said Monday. “Coach Meyer, he came in with a great spirit. He wanted to try to turn this program back to where it was before coach Tress left, and I feel like he did a great job of that.”The 2013 seniors have posted an overall record of 40-8, including the vacated 2010-11 season. Its 12-0 campaign a year ago was just the sixth undefeated and untied season in program history and the first since 2002.All that recent success, though, did not come easily after each member was a part of the forgettable 6-7 2011 season.“It’s been one heck of a ride, (with) just a lot of stuff thrown at us,” redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley said Monday. “For the guys that made it through and the guys that stuck it out, through the ups and downs, it’s absolutely been worth it … There’s a lot of reasons why we were 6-7, and why we’re undefeated now. We’ve done nothing but work hard to earn this spot.”In just its second season under Meyer, OSU is on the verge of setting a school record for wins in a row if the team takes care of business against Indiana. The coach said he has a high appreciation for those players being honored Saturday.“This week is all about 18 seniors, (the) last two years have (they’ve) been on a nice run,” Meyer said. “Guys I have a great admiration for.”Coming back from the depths of the losing season was something not only the seniors had to go through, the older guys played a huge part in turning the team’s success around.“We did a lot of growing up, as far as maturity goes. I think when coach Meyer got here we realized that we were the older guys now, and we had to assume some responsibility and not just take a back seat and watch other guys do it,” redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said. “It’s been a lot of fun, and it’s been a great journey and I love this senior class.”For Linsley, one moment in particular stings deep on the journey from the Gator Bowl after the 2011 season to 22 straight wins.“Probably losing to the team up north,” Linsley said. “After that game, everyone was just like, ‘Man, we haven’t lost to those guys in forever.’ I’d say that was the darkest moment of the season.”Meyer, on the other hand, said he has yet to take a step back and reflect on the success he’s had with the class. He cares more about how they’ve grown as people, particularly the offensive line.“To think that those guys have developed, I go fight for those guys,” Meyer said. “I love who they are. I love who they’ve become. If I was a college kid, that’s who I would hang out with. They’re sincere, great people that work their tails off. They love Ohio State and they love football.”Guiton said he wants members of Buckeye Nation to remember those leaving for the way they reversed the program’s bad luck.“Just turning it around. Turning it around. We had a bad year and everything and coach Meyer came in and changed the leadership around,” Guiton said. “He changed a lot around. He helped for the better.”Meyer said, though, it’s not quite time to look back on the seniors’ successes.“I think someday, you’ll be able to look back and reflect. Now is not that time. We have too much work to do,” Meyer said.Linsley echoed his coach, saying the success will be mute if they don’t finish strong against the Hoosiers in the seniors’ final home game. That attitude has permeated throughout the whole team.“Honestly, two weeks ago I didn’t even know what our record was. I think that was the feeling on the team, too. What are we? 7-0? 8-0?” Linsley said. “It doesn’t really matter because all we can do is think about the next opponent. When we get (the record for wins), that will be a heck of an accomplishment, but right now we’re just focusing on beating Indiana. ‘Cause Indiana doesn’t really care about our win streak.”That attitude is sure to be a part of whether the Buckeyes will take down Indiana for their 23rd straight win. Kickoff at Ohio Stadium is slated for 3:30 p.m. read more

With loss still lingering Ohio State turns attention to Clemson

Freshman defensive end Joey Bosa (97) hits Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook as he throws the ball during the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 34-24. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State Buckeyes were by no means accustomed to losing, having won 24 straight games on their way to two straight undefeated regular seasons.When that streak abruptly came to a halt Dec. 7 at the hands of the Michigan State Spartans, a feeling crept through the players that had never been felt since coach Urban Meyer arrived in Columbus.“It’s definitely a weird feeling, just because it hadn’t been experienced around here in so long and especially it hadn’t been experienced with coach Meyer and his staff here,” junior tight end Jeff Heuerman said Friday. “There’s still a little bit of sting, but you gotta keep moving. It’s part of the game of football.”Heuerman was a freshman on the OSU team that lost the 2012 Gator Bowl, the last losing effort by the team before falling in the Big Ten Championship to the Spartans, 34-24, and said having to deal with a loss for the first time in almost two years is not exactly easy.“There’s still some lingering effects,” Heuerman said.The No. 7 Buckeyes streak of two unbeaten regular seasons came on the heels of a 6-7 year in 2011, the program’s first losing season since 1988. That much success might be rare around the college football world, but later falling in a game that all but could have guaranteed a chance to play for the BCS National Championship in some ways magnified it.“I continue to watch film over it and just kept asking myself, ‘How did this happen?’ and ‘Why did this happen?’” junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said Friday. “(I would) just lay in bed sometimes and just couldn’t stop thinking about it because it felt so unreal.”Meanwhile, freshman defensive end Joey Bosa said he’s trying to put his first college loss behind him.“I’m trying to not think about it anymore. Pretty much gotten over it, but it was really hard,” Bosa said Friday. “It still gets at me every once in a while, but it was really hard for a couple days.“We had an opportunity to go 25-0 and play for the national championship. Obviously if you lose that opportunity, it’s going to make anyone upset.”Down, 27-24, to the Spartans with just more than five and a half minutes to play and a fourth and two staring the Buckeyes in the face, OSU junior quarterback Braxton Miller was stuffed on a rush around the right end. The Spartans took over, and scored a few minutes later to put the possibility of a 25th straight win out of reach. Heuerman said that play is one he’s replayed in his mind “about a million times.”“Obviously it’s one of those plays that you wish you could have back. But it’s part of the game of football,” Heuerman said. “One play, yeah I wish I could have it back but you gotta move forward and you gotta move on from it.”With the chance to play for a national championship gone by the wayside, OSU (12-1, 8-1) must now prepare for its consolation prize of the Orange Bowl, where it is set to take on No. 12 Clemson (10-2, 7-1) Jan. 3 in Miami.“Obviously we’re not going to where we thought we were going and where we wanted to be going, but we’re playing in the Orange Bowl,” redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said. “I think when you start looking back and looking at the what ifs, that’s bad for a team … The coaches made clear to us that there’s no moping around here. We have a big game to go win so that’s our responsibility.” read more

Forecasters Expect Busier Atlantic Hurricane Season Due To El Nino Fading

first_img Share Government meteorologists say this year’s hurricane season may be busier than initially expected now that summer’s weak El Nino has faded away.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said Thursday the Atlantic season looks more active than normal as peak hurricane season begins. Forecasters now expect 10 to 17 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes and two to four major ones.NOAA’s *Updated* 2019 Atlantic #HurricaneSeason Outlook now calls for: 10-17 named storms of which 5-9 could become hurricanes, including 2-4 major hurricanes.But remember: #ItOnlyTakesOne— NOAA (@NOAA) August 8, 2019In May, they forecast a normal season, one or two fewer named storms and hurricanes.Forecaster Gerry Bell says the end of El Nino means more hospitable hurricane conditions. El Nino is the periodic warming of parts of the Pacific that affects weather worldwide and dampens storm activity.Hurricane season is June through November. So far, there have been two named storms, with one hurricane.last_img read more

Mystery of bottle gourd migration to Americas solved

first_img © 2014 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. For several decades, scientists have been wrangling with the mystery of how the bottle gourd, which is believed to be native to Africa and Asia, made its way to the Americas where it grew wild approximately 10,000 years prior to being domesticated. Some believed the mystery had been solved when a research team using DNA techniques reported back in 2005 that the bottle gourd in the Americas had Asian DNA, suggesting the gourd made its way to North America by early people carrying it across the land bridge that existed between what is now Alaska and Russia. In this new effort, the research team contradicts that earlier finding claiming that newer DNA analysis tools show that gourds in the Americas actually have African DNA, which suggests they made it to the New World by floating across the ocean.To settle the matter once and for all, the researchers analyzed 86,000 base pairs taken from samples, rather than the meager three markers used in the 2005 study. It proved, the team says, that the bottle gourd found its way to the Americas from Africa on its own, grew wild for a time and was then cultivated. To further bolster their claim, the team created a computer simulation of bottle gourds and the waters through which they would have had to travel. The simulation showed it was possible the gourds could have traveled to the ocean via African rivers or streams, then made their way across the ocean via currents to the coast of South America, all in just nine months—a short enough span to allow for the seeds contained within to grow once reaching land.The new research appears to settle the matter of how the bottle gourd got to the New World, but questions still remain, such as how it got to Asia, and why are there so few wild variants of the bottle gourd anywhere in the world today? Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Mystery of bottle gourd migration to Americas solved (2014, February 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: “Transoceanic drift and the domestication of African bottle gourds in the Americas,” by Logan Kistler et al. PNAS, gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) was one of the first domesticated plants, and the only one with a global distribution during pre-Columbian times. Although native to Africa, bottle gourd was in use by humans in east Asia, possibly as early as 11,000 y ago (BP) and in the Americas by 10,000 BP. Despite its utilitarian importance to diverse human populations, it remains unresolved how the bottle gourd came to be so widely distributed, and in particular how and when it arrived in the New World. A previous study using ancient DNA concluded that Paleoindians transported already domesticated gourds to the Americas from Asia when colonizing the New World [Erickson et al. (2005) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 102(51):18315–18320]. However, this scenario requires the propagation of tropical-adapted bottle gourds across the Arctic. Here, we isolate 86,000 base pairs of plastid DNA from a geographically broad sample of archaeological and living bottle gourds. In contrast to the earlier results, we find that all pre-Columbian bottle gourds are most closely related to African gourds, not Asian gourds. Ocean-current drift modeling shows that wild African gourds could have simply floated across the Atlantic during the Late Pleistocene. Once they arrived in the New World, naturalized gourd populations likely became established in the Neotropics via dispersal by megafaunal mammals. These wild populations were domesticated in several distinct New World locales, most likely near established centers of food crop domestication.center_img Explore further ( —A team with members from several institutions in the U.S. has finally set to rest the mystery of how the bottle gourd found its way to the Americas. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team explains that new DNA analysis has revealed that the bottle gourd made its way to South America by floating over from Africa. Lagenaria siceraria (Molina) Standl. Credit: Wikipedia. Bottle released by US scientist in 1956 foundlast_img read more

May 6 2015This continues our report form 54 abou

first_imgMay 6, 2015This continues our report form 5/4 about the fifth annual BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL this past Saturday.This was a very well organized and executed event. Lots of vendors, good food, very good music, the weather was wonderful and a good time was has by all.On the stage is JAM PAK BLUES’N GRASS NEIGHBORHOOD BAND, a terrific group of youngsters. They have been part of this festival here at Arcosanti since its beginning and delight the audience every year.[photos by Colleen Connery]NEAMIAHCISCO AND THE RACECARSGREENWOOD SIDEEThe event was organized by the AZ Highway 69 Chamber of Commerce.A special Thank You goes to Chamber President Ben Satran, who cast the original vision for this event and has supported this festival since its inception.last_img

Now TV Kids Pass Skys standalone overthetop ser

first_imgNow TV Kids PassSky’s standalone over-the-top service, Now TV, has announced plans to launch a Kids Pass, offering children’s TV content for £2.99 per-month.The Now TV Kids Pass will let children watch six dedicated live TV channels, and thousands of episodes and box sets on-demand from Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, NickToons, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, CBeebies, CBBC, and Milkshake.The new offering will be available alongside Now TV’s existing Entertainment, Movies and Sports passes and is due to launch on June 21.“We want to make sure that everyone in the family gets the best entertainment experience possible and that includes our younger viewers,” said Now TV director, Gidon Katz.“We’ve created a vibrant, engaging world just for kids, so finding an episode of Dora the Explorer will be almost as fun as watching it. By creating a separate enhanced Now TV Kids Pass our customers have even more choice when it comes to selecting the shows that are right for them, all with no contract.”In March, Sky launched the Sky Kids App for its Sky TV customers, letting younger viewers stream series from Cartoon Network, Disney, CBeebies, CiTV, Nickelodeon and Milkshake.At the same time the pay TV operator said it is moving into original children’s commissioning and it is working with production company Aardman on a new version of Morph – Sky’s first kids original. This will also now be available to watch via Now TV later this year, Sky confirmed.Speaking at the IHS Technology London Media Seminar last week, Sky’s business development and strategic partnerships director, Emma Lloyd said that the Sky Kids App is already proving popular with viewers and “kids is an area that we’ll be investing more in.”However, she said this investment is most likely to be through partnerships rather than acquisitions: “We’ll look to work with the best across the board, rather than looking to invest in any of those players.”The news comes less than a month after the BBC launched a kids-specific version of its iPlayer on-demand service.last_img read more

Sony has now launched its XF90 line of 4K high dyn

first_imgSony has now launched its XF90 line of 4K high dynamic range (HDR) TVs, which it introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, across Europe.The 55-, 65-, and 75-inch XF90 TVs are now in stock at major Sony-authorised retailers in Europe, with these models priced between €1,999 and €4,699.The XF90 series models are powered by Android TV, have voice control functionality and give access to services like Google Play, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.last_img

TV technology outfit Kudelski Group home of the N

first_imgTV technology outfit Kudelski Group, home of the Nagra and Conax brands, saw its integrated digital TV revenues drop significantly in the first half, with its Conax brand taking a particular hit in emerging markets. The company was also hit by restructuring costs. Kudelski’s integrated digital TV revenues dropped by 16.4% in the first half to US$280 million (€246 million). The company said that its digital TV business had been “resilient” in developed markets, but that it saw a sharp drop in emerging markets, with Conax seeing its revenues decrease thanks to its exposure in this segment.Overall, Kudelski posted revenues of US$446.1 million, down from US$497.2 million, resulting in negative operating income of US$2.2 million compared with an operating profit of US$15.4 million for the same period last year. The company turned in a net loss of US$36.5 million, compared with a loss of US$5.3 million for the prior year period.The company was boosted by the performance of its cybersecurity division, offset by higher than normal seasonality having an impact on its Skidata public access unit.Kudelski said it expected the TV business to recover in the second half, driven by additional sales to existing customers, particularly in the Asia Pacific and African markets. Integrated digital TV operating expenses are expected to drop following a restructuring programme earlier this year that saw the Nagra and Conax teams come together and a restructuring of its French operations. Kudelski this week announced the sale of its SmarDTV conditional access module and set-top unit to an affiliate of French CAM specialist Neotion, which it said was in line with its strategy of focusing on core activities.The company confirmed its full-year financial guidance, with an expectation that operating income will be between US$30 million and US$45 million.last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet C4’S DERRY GIRLS COMEDY PULLS IN 1.6M LIVE VIEWERS FOR FIRST EPISODELISA MCGEE Its live figures for Derry Girls was only 100,000 viewers shy of C4’s other popular series Hunted.The comedy also got very positive reviews from both professional critics and fans on social media, with the showing trending on twitter with its own account #DerryGirls.The Telegraph praised it “as much a black comedy about the Troubles as a teenage nostalgia fest.”iNews said: “This opening episode is peppered with jokes about the conflict – and more often than not they hit the mark.” NEW Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls got off to a flying start, say programme makers.The series following the lives of teenagers during the Troubles and written by local girl Lisa McGee notched up fantastic viewing figures of 1.6 million.C4 say they are delighted with the figures which is very impressive for its slot. The Times called it “An Inbetweeners for clever girls”.Viewers praised its relatability. @Barrabest tweeted: “I’m loving ‘Derry Girls’ on @Channel4. Local writer @LisaMMcGee has done a great job….so she has! #DerryGirls.”@megnogg tweeted: “Derry Girls is achieving the impossible and making me miss the convent so much and we’re fifteen minutes in.”Others suggested it was the best sitcom since Father Ted and much funnier than Mrs Brown’s Boys.The second episode screens next Thursday night.There is already anticipation about a handsome priest coming onto the scene.C4’S DERRY GIRLS COMEDY PULLS IN 1.6M LIVE VIEWERS FOR FIRST EPISODE was last modified: January 6th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more