NFL ace Umenyiora tasks stakeholders on poverty, education

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Nigeria born American NFL ace Osi Umenyiora believes it is time to get more practical in solving social problems.The Two-time Super Bowl winner says the NFL need to move on from ‘symbolic gestures’ and address social issues with ‘real resources and real funds’.The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May and the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last month have been two high-profile cases of police brutality in America.But it has long been an issue in America – well before Colin Kaepernick took the knee before a San Francisco 49ers pre-season game in 2016.The ostracised former quarterback has been without a team since the end of that season, and while many players will follow his lead this season, Umenyiora wants players to find other ways to enact social change.‘I think that it is time for more substantive action to be taken as opposed to just taking the knee. Everybody is doing that, it’s becoming mainstream,’ Umenyiora said.Nigeria born American NFL ace Osi Umenyiora‘It’s the popular thing to do. To say black lives matter, to take a knee, post a black square. But what are you doing outside of that?’‘For me I feel like it’s time for players to be getting involved and actually doing things other than protesting. At this point everybody knows what you are talking about, so what are you protesting right now?‘We need to find a way to get the heart of a lot of these issues: the poverty, the lack of education, a lot of these different things that can really make a difference in people’s lives and the way they interact with each other‘I think it’s time for us to get doing that by committing real resources and real funds to that as opposed to just making symbolic gestures.’ After six months of unexpected and profound change, the two-time Super Bowl winner is not predicting a revolution in the NFL on the field.Read AlsoEx-NFL wide-receiver Reche Caldwell, 41, shot dead in ‘targeted robbery’‘It’s going to be the same old teams. You’re going to see a lot of the veteran teams in there, the teams that have a well-established head coach, the well-established franchises,’ he says.Teams have been forced to adapt to Covid protocols. They have not had a pre-season to scout talent and many will play without fans.center_img Promoted Content8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Runner Uses Strava App To Create Amazing Pieces Of Running Art7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Bleach: Defining the Badgers, 1 play at a time

first_imgNearly a week removed from Wisconsin’s 20-19 victory over Arizona State, it still remains supremely ironic that in a contest full of special teams miscues, two of the biggest plays the Badgers will witness this season came in the kicking game.You know the plays:With the second half drawing to a close, UW kicker Phillip Welch miss-hit a squib kick-off attempt and instead sent a line drive with the hang time of a Shaq free throw straight to ASU returner Kyle Middlebrooks with plenty of turf in front of him to accelerate. Middlebrooks made one move, and appeared to be gone, with nothing but 80,000 groans spurring him on. Just like that and the Badgers would have lost the lead, lost momentum and potentially lost the season.Instead, backup cornerbacks Dezmen Southward and Shelton Johnson never give up on the play, with Southward slowing Middlebrooks down around the 20-yard line and Johnson tracking him down one yard short of the end zone. Time expired in the half, and the 95-yard kick return was reduced to statistical noise.On the Sun Devils final drive of the game, quarterback Steven Threet – Badger Nation collectively shivers at the sound of his name – and ASU running back Cameron Marshall appeared to tie the game up with roughly four minutes left in regulation. Marshall capped the 77-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown plunge and all that was left was the point-after attempt to tie the game at 20 apiece. (Here it should be noted that the “Punt, Pass, Kick” contestant at halftime successfully made his extra point attempt.)Instead, senior captain and Jay Valai comes hurdling in and rejects the Thomas Weber PAT attempt, giving the Badgers a one-point lead they would hold over the next four minutes.Head coach Bret Bielema provided these words of wisdom (no sarcasm) during the post-game interviews:“I have brought up and emphasized to those guys – I have been in college football since 1992 – and every season I reflect back on, whether it is a special season, so-so or whatever, there is a handful of plays that determine a game, which determine a season,” he said.An insightful quote from a man who usually revels in the tried-and-true clich?s to be sure. But more importantly, it got me thinking: What plays would Bielema say defined his four previous seasons as Wisconsin’s head coach? Would they be game momentum swinging, all-out effort plays? Or perhaps feats of athletic achievement that would make a Gatorade ads developer swoon? Maybe a subtle, doing-the-small-things effort, like a wide receiver blocking down field or a play-fake run to perfection?In absence of Bielema’s actual list, here is an offering of a play (or plays) for each season that defined the year.2009 Season: Tolzien starts season with a bangPerhaps I am taking the easy way out. But it just seems like no other play from 2009 tops quarterback Scott Tolzien’s 80-yard bomb to Isaac Anderson on the first play from scrimmage on his first career start on the first game of the year.Outside of those who witnessed Tolzien dominate the quarterback competition in fall camp, there was plenty of doubt in Madison if the no-name junior signal caller would be able to cut it. With foreshadowing that would make the fiercest literary critic proud, Tolzien put the naysayers quickly to rest with the teardrop to Anderson.You might not have heard it over the thunderous applause, but 80,000 sighs of relief were expelled in Camp Randall that game.2008 Season: Beckum’s illegal formation penaltyThe ugliest play of the ugliest season.Michigan scored 27 consecutive points to overcome a 19-0 halftime deficit, but the Badgers still may have been able to force overtime if star tight end Travis Beckum minded his X’s and O’s. Split out wide on a two-point conversion try, Beckum lined up at the line of scrimmage, covering the tight end, thus making him an ineligible receiver. Beckum caught the two-point conversion pass, but the play was nullified from the veteran’s rookie mistake. As the football gods decreed, the Badgers were unable to convert on their second attempt.The 2008 version of Badger football featured an undisciplined, often unmotivated and unsightly team to watch. No play better sums this up than Beckum’s mental misstep.2008 Season Part Deux: Cal Poly PATNo good thrashing of the 2008 Wisconsin football team would be complete without bringing up Cal Poly.Three missed extra points. Overtime to an FCS school AT HOME. Bielema may have been an Andrew Gardner away from losing his job.2007 Season: Donovan naked bootlegAgainst UNLV, down one point, Tyler Donovan needed just one play to give the Badgers the lead and the game. Everyone went right and he went left, having just enough legs to get to the end zone from 29 yards out, before being hit and spun around like a top.Go ahead, YouTube it. The video quality isn’t strong, but the screams pretty much sum up that moment.The season wasn’t always (or often) pretty, but neither was Tyler Donovan. Still, he did what he needed to do to win, and that shouldn’t be discounted.2006 Season: The Ikegwuonu hustleThe Badgers were the big, slow, plodding team from the Big Ten and Arkansas had more speed from their student managers than Wisconsin did on their roster. Right? That was how this matchup was supposed to go down.And it nearly started like that. Heisman finalist running back Darren McFadden ripped off a 45-yard run on the opening drive of the game, looking like the Badgers would be down 7-0 early. Cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu altered that plan, however, chasing down McFadden and taking him to the ground at the nine-yard line. Arkansas settled for a field goal that drive, and missed from 30 yards out.It was everything Badger fans wanted. Hustle. Grit. Tenacity. And it gave Bielema 12 wins in his first season as head honcho.2006 Season Part Deux: Yeah, we have Joe ThomasPerhaps not an epic season defining play in many minds, but it sure stood out to me.Against Northwestern, P.J. Hill gave Wisconsin the lead on the second play of the game with a 60-yard touchdown burst.Of course, burst might not be the right word. Stroll is perhaps more like it. Because Hill had Mr. Everything Joe Thomas leading the way, and no one, absolutely no one got the better of Thomas. On this particular play, Thomas knocked over the defensive end immediately to his right, took down the outside linebacker and chased the safety about 30 yards down field before clearing him away as well.A defining play for Wisconsin’s defining player.Michael can be reached at bleach.michael@gmail.com or follow him on twitter at @michaelbleach.last_img read more

Divers Hyundai invites you to see the amazing new Kona this weekend

first_imgThis Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of November sees the Hyundai National Event take place.And at Divers on Canal Road  in Letterkenny, the excitement that had been growing for many weeks finally made landfall on Wednesday last with the arrival of the all-new Kona by Hyundai.Distinctive and individual, its uniquely confident look sets it apart from every SUV in the class. Because we don’t really see the fun in more of the same. To say the KONA is a head turner is a serious understatement and this weekend we invite you along to our premises to view and test drive this beautiful new addition to the range that has been designed to turn heads and to raise pulses.The i30 range extendsOther great news on the Hyundai front is that they have extended the i30 range to include Ireland’s first 5 door coupe the i30 Fastback and absolutely stunning car.The i30 range also sees the launch of the Tourer and in sporting and rallying circles Divers is one of the few dealerships in the country to have secured the i30N which is Hyundai’s first high-performance car is simply ‘different class’. So as you can see the Hyundai continues to add to their already exciting range and these are very exciting times in the dealerships throughout the country.Tucson – Still No.1 in IrelandThe Hyundai brand has become a household name throughout the country in recent years and two years on from it was first introduced to the market we are delighted to inform our customers that today the Hyundai Tucson remains the No.1 best-selling car in the country.The Tucson range has also been extended for 181 with the arrival of the Tucson Petrol Executive with its leather seats and sat nav so if you’re thinking about stepping into Ireland’s best-selling car in 2018 call in over the weekend and treat yourself to a test drive and you will ‘’Discover Why’’ it’s still at the top of the pyramid.Discover the Hyundai 181 Range of Offers If you are thinking about a ‘181 Reg’ and you trade in your current car for a New 181 Hyundai during the National Event this Saturday and Sunday you will automatically avail of 5 Years Unlimited Warranty: 5 Years AA Roadside Assistance: 5 Years Free Health Check plus a choice of Hyundai of 181 offers.You can choose from up to €5,000 Scrappage on your existing car or 5 Years Free Servicing or 3.9% APR on your Finance Package.During The National Event weekend our premises will be open all day on Saturday and from 11am on Sunday giving you the ideal opportunity to come along and see the full Hyundai range and take a test drive. You can sit down with our sales executives and discuss what your own individual requirements are and they will provide you with a finance package that will tick all the boxes for you.Divers continues to expand Here at Divers Hyundai, Canal Road, Letterkenny the business has been evolving at a very steady pace over the years and today it has established itself as one of the most reputable outlets of its kind in the entire North-West.Just like the Hyundai brand Divers continues to grow and expand and the Hyundai National Event will coincide with the opening of our newly extended showrooms.The showroom extension into part of the existing building was necessary to accommodate the ever-increasing range of cars that Hyundai have coming on stream. Once again we thank you for choosing Hyundai and for supporting Divers for more than 30 years. We welcome you along to see all that is new for 2018 and we are confident that you will like what you see and what we have on offer for you.Divers Hyundai invites you to see the amazing new Kona this weekend was last modified: November 9th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:DiversHyundai Konalast_img read more