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8 Family River Adventures Not to Miss This Summer

first_imgRespect private property owners—try to avoid camping or trespassing on private land. Wear shoes to protect your feet against glass, fishhooks, and sharp rocks. Scout unfamiliar rapids from the shore and talk with your boat-mates before you run them. When you need to potty, bury waste 300 feet from the nearest water source.Build fires where fire pits already exist and burn dead wood salvaged from the ground. For lovers of the outdoors, with the arrival of summer comes the impulse to get outside and hit the water. Whether it’s relaxing along a lazy stretch of flatriver or navigating the pleasurable challenge of a Class III rapid, a canoe trip through one of Mother Nature’s original water parks offers a great, active way for you and yours to satisfy the urge.1. James River—Appomattox / Buckingham Counties, VirginiaThe Float: Put in at the public boat landing at Bent Creek, takeout at Dixon Landing in Buckingham County’s James River State Park—8 miles, 3.5 hours.This trip lands you deep in the rural fringes of the county where the Civil War officially came to an end. While compared to its mountainous headwaters west of Lynchburg, the James in Appomattox is a little wider and much calmer, the river remains small enough to feel quaint, and it moves at a brisk enough pace to offer numerous riffles. The float snakes through a mostly isolated stretch of high Blue Ridge foothills with some small islands and the occasional rolling, sycamore-lined cow-pasture. Putting in at the public landing where U.S. Highway 60 crosses state Route 26, be sure to check out the stone ruins of the old bridge’s Civil War era pillars towering amid the current.The Livery: Outdoor Adventures offers canoe, kayak, and tube rentals plus shuttle. Canoes start at $40.(434) 933-8682 • dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/james-river-liveryCamping: James River State ParkThe 1,561-acre park is known for its rolling grasslands, estuaries, thickly timbered forest and, of course, its 3 miles of shoreline. There are bath houses, upscale cabins, and primitive campsites. The latter are stretched along the river bank.2. South Fork of the Shenandoah River—Luray, Virginia The Float: Put in at the Bealers Ferry landing, takeout at the Burners Bottom landing—11 miles, 5 hours.Located along the northern reaches of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley National Park and winding along below Skyline Drive, this float is rife with picturesque scenery. While the Shenandoah’s southern fork is probably better known, the South Fork is a small, swiftly flowing river famous for its pristine clarity and gorgeous rocky beds. Meandering 100 miles over the course of about 20 road-miles, with stretches of fun, family-friendly Class II rapids, the float offers stellar landscapes, great opportunities for wildlife encounters, and plenty of interesting paddling.The Outfitter: Shenandoah River Outfitters offers canoe, kayak, raft, and tube rentals plus shuttle. Canoes start at $45.(540) 743-4159 • shenandoah-river.comCamping: Shenandoah River Outfitters offers a range of log cabins and cottages—from basic to luxury—as well as primitive campsites on the edge of the George Washington National Forest. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the overnight float option, which splits the South Fork’s 20 miles with a riverside camp in the middle.1IMG_9273_FIX3. New River—Lansing, West VirginiaThe Float: Put in at the landing at Stone Cliff in Thurmond (mile marker 26), takeout at the landing in Cunard—8.5 miles, 5 hours.Before things get all crazy and Class IV / V in the gorge, this trek along the upper New River alternates between Class I and II Rapids culminating in a Class III finale. If yours is a family of experienced canoeists, this venture makes for a swell little challenge. Otherwise, consider investing in a raft/guide package, enabling you to focus on the scenery while zipping along with children as young as age 5 in tow.The river moves swiftly through high hills with forests huddled along the banks. In the spring, you’ll spot the remnants of abandoned mining towns through the trees. Additional perks of the route include a riverside trail leading to a waterfall, a fine tall rock to jump off into a deep swimming hole, and ruins begging to be explored.The Outfitter: Ace Adventure Resort provides guided rafting tours, including overnight trips that include an adrenaline-fueled run through the fantastically beautiful and technically engaging New River Gorge.aceraft.comCamping: If you’re doing your own thing, find an appealing spot about a mile upstream from Cunard in the New River Gorge National River Park and pitch a tent. Otherwise, Ace Adventure Resort offers conveniently located cabins, campgrounds, bunkhouses, and deluxe accommodations.4. Tuckaseegee River—Dillsboro, North CarolinaThe Float: Put in at the public landing on North River Road, take out at Smoky Mountain Adventures—5.2 miles, around 3.5 hours.The Tuckaseegee is a fun little river located in the scenically dazzling Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. With stretches of nice, smooth water alternating with riffles, Class I and Class II Rapids, the Tuck is an excellent place to learn to paddle, work on skills, or enjoy a raft outing that’s sure to wow without scaring the crap out of younger children. The trip starts out along North River Road—where, for the adventurous, you can choose to tackle the Dillsboro Drop, a Class III rapid created by the dismantling of an old dam—then makes a big horseshoe bend into what’s locally known as the Tuck Gorge. About a mile into the float, the river passes beneath a Great Smoky Mountain Railroad overpass. The rapids pick up from there and don’t let up.Be on the lookout for numerous beaches, a great jumping rock, and the bald eagles that have begun to roost in the area.The Outfitter: Smoky Mountain River Adventures services include guided and self-guided rafting adventures, tubes, single/tandem inflatable kayaks, equipment, and shuttles. Self-guided rafting trips start at $17 for an adult and $12 for accompanying children.(888) 785-2662 • raftingwithmykids.com5. French Broad—Asheville, North CarolinaThe Float: Start at the Bent Creek River access, end at French Broad Outfitter (or, for private runners, the Bywater)—slightly over 12 miles, 4 hours.Located at mile 72 of the French Broad Paddle Trail, this relaxed, mostly flatwater float will first carry you past the scenic beauty of the Biltmore Estate, and then transition into a cool urban-adventure float passing directly through Asheville’s River Arts District. As you drift through the Arts District, there’s greenway on one side of the river—with plenty of picnicking options—and then the Wedge Brewery, Smoky Park Supper Club (which constitutes the largest container structure in America), and the New Belgium Brewery along the other. Despite the urban scenery, the river is wild, pretty, and brimming with wildlife. Just downstream from the takeout lies the Bywater—a riverside club with grills for cooking out, bank-fronting activity area, full-service bar, and live music.The Outfitter: French Broad Outfitters offers kayaks, canoes, and any equipment you might need. They offer longer, multiple-overnight turn-key packages as well. Canoes start at $50.(828) 505-7371 • frenchbroadoutfitters.comCamping: Pitch a tent on one of the French Broad Paddle Trail’s paddle-in-only campsites. Camp areas are placed every 15 miles on islands and riverbanks. There’s a really nice one at Firefighter Island between milepost 58–59.6. Toccoa River—Cherry Log, GeorgiaThe Float: Put in at Deep Hole campground; take out at Sandy Bottom in the Chattahoochee National Forest—13.8 miles, 5–7 hours.This section of the Toccoa features beautiful clear water and flows in and out of the Chattahoochee National Forest. While the river passes through a couple of areas spotted with an occasional upscale cabin tucked away along the banks, by and large you’ll be winding through wild forests full of towering hemlocks. Wildlife abounds, as the CNF features over 500 species of plants, animals and fish—with highlights including the giant Hellbender salamander (which thrives only in the healthiest of freshwater environments), nesting bald eagles, otter, deer, and turkey.There’s an awesome rope-swing where Rock Creek meets the Toccoa and a really fun—but gradual—elevation drop once you’ve passed under the 270-foot-long suspension bridge via which the Benton MacKaye Trail crosses the river, offering slightly challenging Class II rapids at average water flow.The Outfitter: Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters offers canoes, kayaks, shuttles, and guided fishing adventures. Canoes start at $60.(706) 838-0200 • jonrontro.comCamping: Pitch your tent along the river bank in any of the Chattahoochee National Forest areas or at one of the primitive sites at the takeout at Sandy Bottom.7. Allegheny River—Tionesta, PennsylvaniaThe Float: Put in at the landing in Tidioute; take out at the landing in Tionesca—15 miles, 5 – 8 hours.Located in the southwestern portion of the 517,000-acre Alleghany National Forest and at the northern reaches of the Alleghany Mountains, here the Alleghany River is wide and for the most part quiet, with a few beginner-friendly riffles. The adventure’s most prominent feature is a crazy abundance of islands (there are over a dozen of them), all belonging to the national forest, and all wooded and wild. The largest of the landmasses is 96 acres, with most clocking in at around 60 acres. When the water’s up in the early summer, this makes for great exploration, as many of the islands abut one another and frequently feature as many as four or five bisecting forks.While the river averages about three feet in depth through this stretch, be on the lookout for tall boulders offering a nice leap into the cool waters of many a swimming hole.The Outfitter: Outback Adventures offers canoes, single and tandem kayaks, shuttles, and overnight adventures as well. Overnight journeys range from one to three nights out, and can cover between 15–53 miles.(814) 755-3658 • outbackadventurespa.comCamping: Primitive camping is available on the islands or shorelines of the national forest. Outback Adventures offers teepees and cabins with luxurious amenities.8. Red River—Red River Gorge, KentuckyThe Float: Public boat landing at Harris Creek to Red River Adventure—8 miles, 3.5 hours.Tucked way back in the rugged hill-country of remote Kentucky, this float will have you navigating through the dense woodlands of the Daniel Boone National Forest and the gorgeous Red River Gorge. Designated by the U.S. Park Service as a national geological area, the gorge is known for housing an array of over 80 natural stone arches and limestone rock faces. From the Red River, you’ll have the opportunity to catch views of these towering cliffs and amazing formations from angles otherwise unavailable.Beachy sandbars and the occasional huge boulder sitting directly in the river bed and towering over a perfect swimming hole offer excellent diversions along the way.The Outfitter: Red River Adventure offers canoes, kayaks, shuttle and other various outfitting equipment. Canoes start at $30.(606) 663-1012 • kypaddle.comCamping: Red River Adventures runs a primitive campground located directly on the river with a small store, bathhouse, and personnel on-site and available 24 hours a day.Safe Paddling TipsWear a life jacket or Personal Flotation Device. Pack a cooler with a picnic lunch, all your favorite snacks, and plenty of drinking water. Avoid bringing glass containers on the river. Keep the river clean by carrying out everything you bring in—including fishing line and cigarette butts. Carry out extra trash whenever possible. Avoid boozing—alcohol plays a role in most accidents and drownings. Check river levels and weather forecasts prior to your trip. High water can make certain sections dangerous or unnavigable. Low water can lead to dragging and excess portaging. If you capsize—don’t panic! Float on your back, feet first. Work toward the bank or find a good slow stretch of water before trying to stand. Don’t overestimate your swimming ability. Camp at least 100 feet from the nearest water source. Kneel to provide stability when running rapids and riffles in a canoe.last_img read more


December 30, 2020 0

LYIT offers support as Leaving Certificate results unveiled

first_imgStudents and adult learners looking for advice on their Leaving Cert results are being invited to call a dedicated helpline at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Any advice you might need, no matter how big or small the question, is available from LYIT. “It’s Leaving Certificate Results Day and Letterkenny Institute of Technology is here to help. We are taking calls all week, even if you have not selected LYIT in your CAO choices, please don’t hesitate to call us. We are here to provide advice and support and as the Round 1 CAO offers go out this Thursday 15 August we are here to answer your questions on offers, acceptances and much more”, commented Fiona Kelly, Schools Engagement Officer. “We have a hotline service open from Tuesday morning 13 August and we’ll be available each day to take your queries and calls. In addition to this, if you have failed Ordinary or Honours Level Maths, do not panic, we also offer the Enabling Maths Initiative at LYIT, an initiative that is here to support students that have failed Maths.”“LYIT Information Day takes place on Wednesday 21 August and this event provides prospective students with an opportunity to speak with LYIT staff and get advice on choices and options available in 2019/20.”For advice or information over the coming days please don’t hesitate to contact Fiona Kelly, Schools Engagement Officer or Tracy Sheridan, LYIT Admissions Office on (074) 9186105 or (074) 9186126.LYIT offers support as Leaving Certificate results unveiled was last modified: August 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more


December 21, 2019 0

Maritime sector a major job spinner

first_imgSouth Africa’s maritime industry is forecast to create thousands of new jobs. Samsa CEO Tsietsi Mokhele is confident of the maritime sector’s potential toproduce jobs. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tebogo Madibo Head: Marketing and Communications Samsa +27 12 366 2660 RELATED ARTICLES • Aviation, maritime careers for youth • South African maritime industry set to grow • New centre to foster science careers • South Africa to create 5-million new jobsBongani NkosiIn the future up to 160 000 new jobs could be generated in South Africa’s commercial maritime industry, which is currently a largely untapped source of employment for locals.The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) said a vast number of jobs could be created in the coming years, but the country was in a race against time to develop the required skills.“This industry can create tens of thousands of jobs,” said Samsa CEO Tsietsi Mokhele at a media briefing in Cape Town. “It can create between 140 000 and 160 000 new jobs.”With a 25% unemployment rate, South Africa needs to take advantage of various opportunities that its sectors have to offer.Through the New Growth Path (NGP), the government aims to generate up to 5-million jobs within the next 10 years and slash unemployment by 10%.Mokhele believes the maritime sector can play a significant role in the NGP. He said the six-month-old national strategy has helped create a proper framework for the sector’s development to gear it up for job creation.“Maritime remains a hidden sector that can contribute significantly to the NGP,” he said.Samsa said it has started processes aimed at helping unlock job opportunities in the industry by raising awareness and introducing necessary policies. The government agency is currently developing a National Maritime Skills Plan and Jobs policy, which will be implemented once adopted by parliament.It has appointed Deloitte, an international accounting and consulting firm, to assess the range of skills required to drive employment, according to Mokhele. “For us to develop jobs (in the sector), we need to develop skills,” he said.Most seafarers currently working on South Africa’s freighters are Filipinos. This can change if more South Africans grab the opportunities that exist, Mokhele pointed out.The country needs to groom skilled professionals such as law specialists, engineers and artisans, managers, maritime economy specialists and others specifically for the maritime industry.“We’re looking at generating jobs both inland and at sea,” Mokhele said.Working with universitiesSamsa is lobbying universities to increase or introduce maritime studies. Mokhele said they’ve met with academics from the following institutions over the last few months: University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, University of South Africa, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Zululand and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.The Durban University of Technology and Cape Peninsula University of Technology, both located in coastal areas, are already leaders in offering comprehensive maritime studies.“Universities are responding well to the sector’s needs based on their academic strengths,” Mokhele said.Vital sectorWith up to 80% of trade between South Africa and its partner countries being maritime-based, the country needs to escalate market participation to protect its interests.“We’re disconnected from the world unless we have shipping ability,” Mokhele said.Comprehensive skilling would also allow South Africans to take advantage of opportunities that exist on the continent, which is almost completely surrounded by ocean.Most of the shipping to and from South Africa is currently done by foreign groups, Mokhele noted, which means local businesses also have room to ramp up the market share in future. “Our trade is handled on foreign-registered ships, which employ foreign capital and foreign labour,” he said.Raising awareness in schoolsMaritime career opportunities remain untapped partly due to lack awareness among South Africans, especially the millions living inland.Samsa has teamed up with provincial government divisions to raise awareness among the country’s school pupils. Mokhele said his organisation is initiating maritime career awareness projects in all nine provinces.The awareness programmes have already “matured” in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, both coastal provinces.“Pupils need to look out for mass programmes of awareness that we’re rolling out,” Mokhele said.“We try to let them understand what the sector has to offer. It’s full of adventure and one can make it in the maritime sector coming from any background,” he added.last_img read more


December 18, 2019 0

Scientists Can Now Take Over Your Car

first_imgTags:#news#web curt hopkins Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… An unexpected result has come out of the investigation into the apparent accidental acceleration of Toyota cars. The National Academies created the Committee on Electronic Vehicle Controls and Unintended Acceleration. According to a report by Technology Review, the scientists in the group proved they could take control of cars using “GM’s OnStar and Ford’s Sync, as well as through the Bluetooth connections intended for making hands-free phone calls.” The scientists, including Tadayoshi Kohno of the University of Washington, and UC San Diego’s Stefan Savage discovered they could use the cellular system many cars have to upload code delivered by audio to take over the car’s function. In essence, they could take control of the car from the driver and stop it, drive it away and more. Previously, the scientists showed they could take over a car, providing they had “physical access to the vehicle’s onboard diagnostics port–a federally mandated access point located under the dashboard in almost all modern cars.” This is qualitatively different however. Now scientists, and by association all manner of goodies and baddies, can in theory (and at least in this study in practice) take over a car they had not previous connection to. What are the implications of this? On the positive side, a driver who passes out or has a heart attack could, if it were caught in time, be saved by piloting the car to a safe stop. A criminal, say a car-jacker, could be driven straight to a police station. On the other hand, high-tech thieves might, in mastering these elements of our new, more high-tech cars, find it a great deal easier to steal them. Model-T photo by Dave Seven | amphibious car photo by Susan Williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


December 16, 2019 0

MEDICAL STAFF NEEDED FOR 2007 WORLD CUP

first_imgTouch Football Australia is calling for applications from medical staff wanting to attend the 2007 World Cup in South Africa.For all of the details and application process/requirements, please click here: APPLICATIONS WANTED FOR 2007 WORLD CUP MEDICAL STAFFlast_img


November 7, 2019 0

Former Touch Football Stars To Battle It Out

first_imgBoth played plenty of Touch Football in the junior days growing up in New Zealand. After moving to Australia, Marshall competed in the 2003 Federation of International (FIT) World Cup for the Mixed Open team, which defeated New Zealand in the final. Friday’s Sydney Morning Herald had a great feature on the two players, with plenty of references to both players’ background in Touch Football. http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/shaun-versus-benji-contest-has-kearney-thinking-about-future-20110915-1kbzd.html  To view some highlights from Marshall and Johnson’s Touch Football careers, please click on the following links:Shaun Johnsonhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMY0lvn52HM&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1GHYSVJoGE&feature=related Benji Marshallhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UewTmI4qo3Ilast_img read more


November 7, 2019 0

Marc Loving set for return as Buckeyes take on Spartans in East

After sitting out 3 games with an undisclosed suspension, sophomore forward Marc Loving is set to make his return against Michigan State on Feb. 13.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State men’s basketball team has won five of its past six games, with the one setback coming in the first game of Marc Loving’s three-game suspension.Coach Thad Matta confirmed Friday the sophomore forward will make his return to the court against Michigan State on Saturday, with the Buckeyes looking to make it three wins in a row.Matta said Loving “definitely” makes OSU a better team, but added the Buckeyes have improved overall in the time he missed.“I like the strides that everybody on this team has made in his (Loving’s) absence,” Matta said.Loving’s suspension was announced just before the Buckeyes took on Purdue on Feb. 4 in West Lafayette, Ind. That game ended in a 60-58 OSU loss, then Loving missed out on the Buckeyes’ next road trip as well.But that time around OSU came out on top with a 19-point shellacking of Rutgers on the road Feb. 8 before trouncing Penn State, 75-55, at home on Feb. 11. Matta stressed the improvement over those three games, and said he’s not sure exactly how Loving will slot into the lineup against the Spartans.“Now where does he come back and fit in?” Matta said. “Hopefully like he did in the Maryland game.”The Buckeyes took on Maryland the game before Loving’s suspension, and the Toledo native made the most of 31 minutes off the bench, going 5-for-5 from 3-point land and tying his career high with 19 points.Against Purdue, the Buckeyes didn’t have Loving’s production as the player behind him — freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop — didn’t attempt a shot. But against Rutgers, Bates-Diop scored a career-high 14 points, and added seven more against the Nittany Lions.Bates-Diop said he took his chance with Loving out of the lineup, but added having him back in the lineup will give OSU a boost.“I saw it (Loving’s suspension) as an opportunity to step up and play well, and I did,” Bates-Diop said Friday. “Having Marc back, it just makes us a better team, it makes us a deeper team.”Senior center Amir Williams said Loving’s return will be “huge” for OSU because of his ability to bring multiple new dimensions to the offense.“(Loving’s) a guy that can stretch the floor,” Williams said Friday. “He can create his own shot by driving to the basket, he can also post up. He just provides different ways of scoring the basketball, so it’s definitely gonna be huge having him back this game.”With Loving’s added dimension out of the equation, the loss to Purdue marked the first time the Buckeyes were held to less than 60 points since a loss to Louisville back on Dec. 2.Matta said the Boilermakers’ defensive scheme is similar to what he expects from Michigan State, with the difference being that the Spartans will have to deal with Loving in addition to the scoring prowess of freshman guard D’Angelo Russell.“They (Michigan State) are a very active gap-oriented type team,” Matta said. “The principles that their defense is based on is very sound, just in terms of keeping guys in front of you, being physical on the cuts, stuff like that.”In addition to tough defense, Williams said the Buckeyes will be playing in one of the most hostile environments the Big Ten has to offer.“It ranks definitely in the top in the Big Ten, that student section can get pretty loud,” he said of Michigan State’s Breslin Student Events Center. “When they score the first basket the arena goes crazy, they start popping things and throwing things in the air.“It’s gonna be tough, we just gotta keep finding ways to continue to play through it.”While Loving will be back to boost the Buckeyes in East Lansing, Mich., Matta said he’s not sure if redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee will be able to play after he missed the Penn State game with an injury.With Loving in the lineup, and Lee’s status in question, the Buckeyes are set to take on the Spartans at noon. read more


September 28, 2019 0

Opinion Preseason prestige a potentially dangerous burden for Ohio State football

OSU coach Urban Meyer stands during the 4th annual Student Appreciation Day on April 11 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorComing into the year, it was hard to argue that the Ohio State football team — the one returning almost all of its playmakers and coming off a dominant run in the first-ever College Football Playoff — was not the top college squad for the 2015 season.After the Associated Press Top 25 poll was released on Sunday, however, it is nearly impossible to make a case for any other team heading in.The Buckeyes received all 61 possible first-place votes to secure the title of the first team ever to be selected No. 1 unanimously in the preseason poll — and that’s still without a No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart.It is an achievement for OSU and a testament to the talent coach Urban Meyer — now entering his fourth season with the Scarlet and Gray — and the rest of the staff has assembled and developed.Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, preseason championships don’t typically get pennants hung in the stadium.That’s not to say they won’t make it two-for-two in CFP championships. In fact, it would take a very strong case to convince me that they won’t repeat, barring major injuries or unforeseen circumstances — though that didn’t stop them last year.But, if recent history is any indication, there is nothing resembling a sure championship anymore.Sure, the Chicago Bulls and New York Yankees of the 1990s were sure coming into the year that they would take home the title, and did so with little trouble.But more recently, the 2014-15 Kentucky Wildcats were hyped as one of the best college basketball teams ever. They lived up to the hype with an undefeated regular season, but after narrowly escaping Notre Dame in the Elite Eight, lost to Wisconsin in the Final Four.The 2007 New England Patriots were a similar tale, making a mockery out of their regular season en route to the first 16-0 season, but eventually lost to a seemingly far inferior New York Giants team in the Super Bowl.The 2002 Miami Hurricanes were one of the most impressive batches of future NFL talent ever put together on a college team and were coming off a national title in the previous season. Well, about all OSU fans know how their season ended.Those three examples are teams that did get the job done throughout the regular season only to fall flat at the end. It’s not even including teams such as the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers or 2011 Philadelphia Eagles who not only didn’t win a championship, but just barely even made the playoffs.Sky-high expectations can be used as a confidence boost or rallying point, but too many times they can also be used to topple a team from the top.At the 2015 Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, Meyer mentioned the difficulties of getting his 2007 Florida Gators team — one coming off a national championship the year before — to maintain that same level of grit and intensity from the year prior. That team, despite possessing a lot of the same talent from the championship team and the Heisman Trophy winner in quarterback Tim Tebow, only went 9-4.Whether it is a massive target on a team’s back, a loss of drive and determination or simply the pressure of living up to the expectations thrust upon you, it is usually easier for a team vastly considered to be the best to fail to get it done. And for the Buckeyes, this is an unprecedented amount of expectations, with every voter the AP has expecting them to be the best.It’s a tall mountain to climb to reach the peak, and sometimes when you start so high up it can be even more difficult to get the momentum to keep climbing.Both repeating as champions and living up to incredible projections are things that can trip up any team. Managing to keep the team upright is something that — having come up flat the year after a championship team before — Meyer doesn’t just monitor, but actively deals with all season long. read more


September 28, 2019 0

Liverpool agree to sign Roma star Alisson

first_imgLiverpool have ‘overall agreed’ a deal to sign Roma star having been on the lookout for a new goalkeeper this summer as Brazilian ace Alisson Becker has been high on their top priority target.The 25-year-old stopper have also been linked heavily with Real Madrid and reports have claimed this week that they are leading the race to sign him too, according to Daily Star.But now Italian outlet TMW says Liverpool are not giving up on his signature and they claim that Alisson ‘has overall agreed” a move’ to Anfield and the Reds are ‘working harder and harder’ to get their deal done.Speculations also suggest Jurgen Klopp’s side are in talks with Roma over a £57m transfer this summer as TMW add that Alisson is likely to wait until after the World Cup before he makes his final decision on his future.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…While Liverpool, Real and Paris St-Germain are interested, the keeper could opt to stay put at Roma.Alisson looks set to start as Brazil kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland in Rostov on Sunday. They then take on Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.Alisson recently spoke out about the rumours surrounding his future and expressed his desire to get everything sorted before Brazil’s World Cup gets underway.last_img read more


September 18, 2019 0

Klopp reveals Moreno will play against Wolves

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed Alberto Moreno will start the club’s third round FA Cup tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.The former Sevilla left-back is set to be named in the Reds’ starting XI at the Molineux to play his fifth game of the season, with Simon Mignolet also in line to begin the clash.Klopp revealed his decision during his pre-game press conference with journalists at Liverpool’s training ground.Asked if Moreno is going to play, the timer Borussia Dortmund manager said, according to the club’s official website:Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“100 per cent, 100 per cent.”“Alberto is another example for being an unbelievable professional person and a really important part of the dressing room.”“He is from the positive side of the planet I would say. He is very often in very, very good shape, he loves training, loves playing and loves all these things and he is really good with all the boys. I can say Alberto will play as well, there is no doubt about that. He has to play, that’s clear.”last_img read more


September 17, 2019 0