The Opinionated Spectator…Training camp’s hidden gems

first_imgMembers of the media are reflected in the side of a van as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown arrives for NFL football training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa., Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo)Do you hear that sound? It’s the sound of football coming back to us. Its not games yet. But it’s training camp and I’ll take it!Training camp is the time of the year when teams get to reinvent themselves. Players get to prove themselves and fans breathe a sigh of relief. Football season is back. The game that is more flawed than most care to acknowledge is back.Alexis CobbAt its core, football is dangerous sport. Veterans try to stay healthy and protect themselves from losing their starting spots.The new draftees are trying to learn the teams’ system and prove that the team was correct with drafting.The practice squad players are trying to show that they are good enough to be added to the active roster.And then there is the undrafted free agent.  When it comes to the draft they may have slipped through the cracks but they fight, claw, and dream about making the team.The undrafted free agent has the least amount of status. He is brought into training camp as a camp body.  In other words, he is a person that the team uses so that they don’t wear down and hurt their starters or their veteran players.However, the undrafted free agent, whether he went to a smaller school, ran into legal trouble in school, or he simply didn’t play, as much at a big school, has the same desire when it comes to the football game.They just want to play football at an NFL level.These free agents try not to squander their opportunities and understand how rare it can be for a player with their football experience to play professionally.However, there are thousands of undrafted free agents.  They train, they eat special diets, and then, they wait. They wait for a team to give them an opportunity.  It’s a difficult process and for most, there is no happy ending.Yes, in America we are told if you work really hard, then you can accomplish your dream. But the same cannot be said for the undrafted free agent. They work hard. They train everyday. They work their day jobs to create a sustainable lifestyle and yet they wait.  They wait on front office personnel to subjectively decide to give them an opportunity. But that too is rare for front office personnel to give them their opportunity.I have never understood why NFL front office personnel insist upon saying no to so many undrafted free agents.  They say no to watching their film, to giving them the opportunity to try out for the team, no to signing them into a rookie camp or training camp. Many times these NFL personnel continuously say no and for the undrafted free agent, it can be a devastating, painstaking, and unfair process.It’s one thing to be at camp and fail to make the team; it’s another thing altogether to never get the opportunity to tryout for the team.   And for the undrafted free agents, some never get the experience.But let’s look at the Seattle Seahawks last year. In a league where so many teams don’t want to give undrafted free agents or street free agents an opportunity, they embraced men who were undrafted and had a checkered past. And I don’t know about you, but I’m still impressed by the thorough beat down they put on Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos. It was masterful.So, in this 2014 training camp I’m rooting for the undrafted free agents and street free agents. I hope that other teams will give these men opportunities to show their skills. So what if they have checkered past, I personally think it adds character.Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at:  [email protected] or (724) 561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more

Kootenay Ice drop pair of close games to open Major Midget season

first_imgThe Kootenay Ice pushed the Greater Vancouver Canadians to the limit before dropping a pair of tough BC Hockey Major Midget League games this past weekend in Richmond.Kootenay opened losing 4-1 Saturday before suffering a heartbreaking 1-0 setback Sunday to the Lower Mainland power.Saturday, Kootenay trailed 2-1 entering the third period before the hosts scored twice in the frame to escape with the win.The games were the first of the season for the Ice, which opened the season with a bye weekend.Shawn Campbell scored the lone goal for the Ice. Tyson Lin scored twice to lead the Canadians.Sunday, a goal by Brennan Gaytmenn early in the first period stood up as the winner sparking Greater Vancouver to the slim one-goal victory.Curt Doyle and Ben Kelsch, both of Nelson, shared the netminder duties for Kootenay.Kootenay ices a lineup consisting of players from throughout the Kootenay region, including players from Castlegar, Trail, Nakusp, Kimberley as well as Vernon, Vancouver and Vanderhoof.Kootenay returns to action this weekend in Kamloops when the Ice face the Thompson Blazers.First home action for Kootenay is Saturday, October 17 when the Ice host the Valley West Hawks at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. The teams close out the weekend series Sunday, October 18 at 10 a.m. in Nelson.The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey.The winning team has the opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.last_img read more

Nelson’s Amit Bhabra qualifies for Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships

first_imgHe snatched 150 pounds on his second attempt and failed to complete his third attempt at a heavier weight because nerves got to him.Bhabra then clean-and-jerked 183 pounds successfully and got called for a technical error on his third attempt at 191 pounds.”(Bhabra’s) strength is there to be lifting heavier weights . . . it’s a matter of perfecting his technique and increasing his flexibility,” Abbey explained.Abbey said Bhabra plays hockey for the local Midget rep team so it has been a constant work in progress to increase his flexibility – a very important aspect of Olympic weightlifting.“People don’t realize it but it is the second most flexibility demanding Olympic sport at the second only to gymnastics,” Abbey said.“Hockey tightens hip flexor, groin and calf muscles making a deep squat position challenging and unnatural for most hockey players,” Abbey adds.“Amit is beginning to realize his potential in the sport of weightlifting something I have been trying to communicate to him for over a year so I am slowly seeing him switch his focus from hockey to weightlifting.“He has natural gifts to excel in weightlifting so success may come easier to him in this sport.”Bhabra comes by the sport naturally as his father Hardial Bhabra is a former Canadian Champion.During the next month Abbey said Bhabra is going to be pushing to increase his total in the two lifts by 20-25 pounds. Amit Bhabra is used to being in the middle of body checks and bluelines as the Nelson Minor Hockey product holds down a roster spot on the Castlegar/Nelson Midget Rep squad.However, this past weekend in Vancouver, Bhabra flipped the switch from hockey to weightlifting to earn a spot at the Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships in January in in Regina.The accomplishment came at the BC Junior Weightlifting Championships in Vancouver.“Amit has been training for a little over four years,” said coach Cody Abbey of Maverick Fitness in Nelson.“He has been my most loyal student-athletes in that time. I can’t say enough about his exceptional character as a young man.”Abbey said the 17-year-old Bhabra competed in the 62 kg (136 pound) category.last_img read more

Hawks explode past Leafs, Bruins survive Thunder Cats attack

first_imgRookie netminder Josh Bolding face 34 shots as the Leafs coaching staff continues to look for the right parts in goal.Tallon Kramer, stopping 30 of 32 shots, won for the fourth in in the nets for Beaver Valley.The win moved Beaver Valley into a first place tie in the Murdoch Division with Grand Forks.The Border Bruins escaped a test in the East Kootenay against Creston, surviving the Thunder Cats with 5-5 tie.Silas Johnson scored with four minutes remaining in the game to pull the Bruins even.Trey Mason, with a pair, Logan Klatt and Chad Grambo also scored for Grand Forks, undefeated in five games.Sebastien Kilcommons paced the Thunder Cats with four points.Bruins’ netminder Anthony Galliart was the busier of the two goalies, facing 44 shots.In other Murdoch action, Castlegar lost 7-1 to Kimberley.Castlegar returns to action Saturday in Nelson against the Leafs at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Beaver Valley travels to Spokane while Grand Forks hosts Fernie Ghostriders at 7 p.m. in the Arena. Beaver Valley Nitehawks exploded for three goals in less than two minutes to dump the Nelson Leafs 5-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in Fruitvale.The victory avenges a 3-2 overtime loss to Nelson in a game the Hawks owned a 2-0 advantage.Tyler Hartman and Damon Kramer scored power play goals in span of 27 seconds to snap a 2-2 tie during the wild second period for the Hawks.Devin Ghirardosi complete the scoring just over a minute later for Beaver Valley.Nelson, trailing 2-1 after one period, evened the score at 2-2 on a goal by Jack Karran.Sam Swanson and Dylan Heppler scored in the first period for Beaver Valley, winners to two straight games.Andy Fitzpatrick completed the scoring for Nelson.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – August 5, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The pattern remains drier than normal over the next 2 weeks. We are decreasing the amount of rain that falls tomorrow, but adding some light rain for Thursday, and that leave the “net” moisture for this week right about the same. Other than that, we really only have 1 additional “good” rain chance…and that one right now has the potential to be our biggest rain maker. Still, it likely is not enough. Dry today with partly to mostly sunny skies and a warm afternoon. We can’t rule out a few pop up showers or a thunderstorm in far NW Ohio later this afternoon or evening. However, the majority of the state is dry. Sun will be around through most of the day tomorrow, with clouds increasing in the afternoon. Showers move through the state tomorrow through Wednesday from NW to SE, starting late afternoon and evening tomorrow. Rain totals will be a few hundredths to .6” with coverage at 80%. Rains may not be done completely until Wednesday evening. The heaviest action will be in SW OH Cloudy to partly sunny Thursday  with the chance of a few additional scattered showers. Rain totals from a few hundredths to .25” over most of the state, but in east and NE Ohio, we can see some heavier rains up to .7″ Overall state coverage will be closer to 70%. Dry, sunny and warm Friday through next Monday. Temps climb back to above normal levels. The map below shows rain for the next 7 days….which will be a product of the Tuesday night through Thursday rains, basically. A front passes next Tuesday. Rain and thunderstorms likely, bringing .25”-1.25” to 80% of the state. Dry weather returns next Wednesday as clouds give way to sun. There is a risk for some lingering hit and miss moisture early on…but not enough to get us that interested yet. The entire extended period looks to be rain free, from Thursday the 15th through Tuesday the 20th. Temps normal to above normal.last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Paying the Price When It Is Unknown

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now You get to determine what you want. You can choose your goals instead of drifting. Some will tell you that you have to decide what price you will pay to have what you want, but this is not true. What you are willing to pay has no bearing on the price you pay.Success doesn’t equitably dole out its rewards. Someone may pay a lower price than you for the success you want. You might have to work longer and harder for something that you want, even when it seems easier for others.Others may have greater talent, or greater resources, or a greater hunger. Their talent may give them an advantage in producing the result you want. Greater resources can provide a tremendous advantage, especially when those resources are deployed in chasing down a goal. Hunger is a variable that is difficult to quantify, but can easily be seen and felt. When one is hungry, they start working on what they want as soon as their feet hit the floor in the morning.Success tends to prefer intrinsic motivation and to shun those who need others to manage or lead them. Goals come faster to those who are motivated because they do the work diligently and without fail, without ever having to be reminded, coaxed, prodded, or forced to do it.Those who are willing to pay the price, even when the price is unknown achieve their goals. Because they continue to pay, results accrue to them over time until, finally, they have what it is they want. At which point, the look off in to the distance and see something else on which to set their sights.last_img read more

10 months ago​Robertson deflects praise to Liverpool teammate Clyne

first_img​Robertson deflects praise to Liverpool teammate Clyneby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool full back Andy Robertson is not one to have an inflated ego.And despite praise from then Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over the Red Devils, Roberston was in a graceful mood.He preferred to talk up his teammates for their impressive performances in the league win.He said of Mourinho’s comments after the game that he ran all day: “It is just part and parcel of my game, I will keep on going until the end.”I got a bit of space, particularly second half and the gaffer is always banging on to me and Trent, more so this season, that we have to be more involved and I was just tried to do that.”Special mention goes to Clyney today, being out for so long and my God, he done brilliant. He has had his struggles with injury but he put in a first-class performance and that just sums up our squad at the minute.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer delighted with Rashford, Lukaku for Bournemouth rout

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer delighted with Rashford, Lukaku for Bournemouth routby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with his goalscorers for victory over Bournemouth.A cavalier display in the first half at Old Trafford saw United score three times, with Paul Pogba netting his second double in successive matches and Marcus Rashford grabbing the other.Solskjaer’s side conceded their third goal in as many games when Nathan Ake headed in before substitute Romelu Lukaku fired home a fourth.The manager said, “I think Marcus has been different class since I have come in. He has scored two goals now in three games. His work rate is unbelievable. He closes down, chases, runs in behind and his skill for the first goal for Paul today was [brilliant]. The first thing is he holds up the ball up and hasn’t got the right to go past the first defender, but then to go past the second defender… he has got all the potential in the world to be a top, top striker.”On Lukaku, he also stated: “He is a good, good target man, but if you tell him to be a target man he will never face the goal. Today he was side on, so he could go in behind or go towards the ball and he has got the attributes of a top striker, but we need to work on his fitness because he has had a few days off, but I am delighted for him even though he was half a yard offside, but it was still a good finish.” last_img read more