Beating an Unbeatable Foe

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – John Hilgers’ life in golf would be the envy of most who have ever taken up the game. Hilgers, 64, grew up in Austin, Texas, where his father was a founding member of Austin Country Club and his junior golf rivals included Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite. He’d often spend mornings on the first tee of ACC beside legendary instructor Harvey Penick. “By osmosis you’ve gotta be able to pick up something,” laughed Hilgers, who now lives west of Austin in Wimberley. “Somebody who grew up with Ben Crenshaw and Harvey Penick ought to be able to shoot in the 70s.” This week Hilgers, competing in the Hogan Flight (handicaps 8-11.9), played in his first Golf Channel Am Tour Senior National Championship. He shot 77-77-85-84–323, good for a tie for sixth place. He had hoped for a top-5 finish, but he was happy nevertheless, especially after making a birdie on his final hole. “I had the best week of my life,” he said. “The camaraderie, the relationships you get to build over a competitive sport. Where else can you do that?” Hilgers has had a busy golf campaign in 2014, competing in 25 events leading up to nationals, winning six times. Am Tour flight winners: Championship, Snead | Hogan, Sarazen | Jones, Palmer And did it all despite having terminal cancer. Multiple myeloma, according to the American Cancer Society, is “a cancer formed by malignant plasma cells,” mainly in bone marrow. The disease is incurable, but treatable. Median survival rates range from 62 months for Stage I to 29 months for Stage III.   Hilgers was diagnosed five years ago, after he became overheated on the golf course. Since then he has lost 90 pounds and three inches of height and has had five compound fractures in his back. His immune system is decimated. In spite of all that, he’s playing as much golf – competitive golf – as he can. Earlier this year, golf had grown painful and his game suffered. Fearing there was no way he could play well four days in a row, he canceled his Am Tour Nationals registration. Then, an unexpected turnaround: His doctors prescribed stronger painkillers – morphine, plus a patch of synthetic heroin he wears 24 hours a day. And just like that, Hilgers’ game took off. He won three Am Tour events in a row, including the two-day Dallas Tour Championship at The Tribute. Suddenly, the national championship was back in his mind. “I thought, I better try and enter and see what I can do,” Hilgers said. “I think I can win this thing.” To help defray his medical bills as well as tournament entry fees, his Wimberley-based fan club, “Team Little John” held a golf outing in July to raise $12,000. The event included an auction of two Masters pin flags signed by two-time winner Crenshaw. [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”805366″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”240″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”width”:”480″}}]] Hilgers won the River Place Challenge in April, one of his six wins on the Golf Channel Am Tour this year.   Once a 200-pound, scholarship football player and a big hitter off the tee, Hilgers is now the little guy in the group. In order to reduce the stress on his back, he cut his swing in half. It means Hilgers is deadly accurate off the tee – any scramble team’s dream – even if he’s stuck hitting woods on most approach shots. He also gets around the course so fast it’s tough to keep up. “He’s very steady,” said Chris Phillips, from Houston, also a competitor in the Senior Hogan Flight. “He’s a great competitor. He very rarely leaves the fairway and is always around the greens.” After back-to-back 77s at Talking Stick’s North and South courses, Hilgers shot an 85 on the Talon course at Grayhawk, which left him tied for ninth and eight off the lead. He hadn’t played 18 holes three days in a row since he was diagnosed. “If I have to crawl through 18 to finish,” he said after his third round. “I’m going to finish this off.” That he did, closing with an 84 at Grayhawk’s Raptor course. Hilger’s persistence hasn’t been lost on one of the friends he met on the local Texas tour, a former high school athletic director in the Houston area, L.P. Jones. The two were paired together at a local event in Round Rock, and Jones was so blown away by Hilgers’ determination he wrote him a letter afterward. “The physical pain he’s had to deal with,” Jones said, “the loss of flexibility, muscle deterioration – it’s just amazing. He’s a heck of an athlete.” In addition to Hilgers’ strong play this year, his nationals highlights have been meeting David Feherty, and running into a lot of the folks he’s played with throughout the year in Texas. “I’ve met some of the highest quality people I’ve ever met,” Hilgers said of his year on the Texas Am Tour. “They almost spoil me out here, even though we’re competing against one another. I just love these guys.” [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”805381″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”240″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”width”:”480″}}]] Hilgers and Michael Walker watch Kevin Smith putt out during Round 3 of the Golf Channel Am Tour Senior National Championship. Hilgers says he plans on playing golf until it’s not fun anymore, which, when you watch him in action, doesn’t seem like anytime soon. But he keeps a full schedule beyond the golf course already. He speaks with church groups about preparing for life with cancer, and spends as much time as he can with friends and family.  Also, he’s in the middle of starting up a new venison ministry, which prompts Hill Country ranchers to donate excess game meat to a processing plant in Kerrville to feed the homeless. It won’t just be his fellow golfers who are inspired by Hilgers’ indomitable spirit. “[Hilgers] energizes you,” said Phillips, a melanoma survivor himself. “It’s very clear talking to John over the last year or two, his tremendous energy, a lust for life. He’s using his time to the maximum.”last_img read more

The Werks Vs. Zoogma To Battle It Out At The Gramercy Theatre, 11/14

first_imgOn November 14th, get ready for the biggest musical fight of your life, as The Werks take on Zoogma at the legendary Gramercy Theatre. These two up-and-coming heavyweights are some of the best and brightest in the jam band scene, and, with Wyllys opening, this show is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of your fall music calendar.The Werks have been on a tear as of late, having just released an exceptional album, Mr. Smalls Sessions. The album shows off the band’s diverse influences, rockin’ in some places, and drop heavy funk grooves in others. You can read our in-depth review of that album here. The band also hosted the fifth edition of their very own Werk Out Festival last August, bringing in headliners like Papadosio and Dopapod. Those three groups banded together for a festival-ending performance of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, truly showcasing this band’s exceptional talent.Watch that version of Dark Side of the Moon here:Much like their advertised adversaries, Zoogma has also been on fire. The band is known for merging electronic exploration with straight-up four-piece rock and roll, and the result is simply mesmerising. Zoogma gets down and dirty with every live performance, bringing an eye-popping visual display and limitless musical grooves. These guys truly rock. Don’t believe us? Check out their set from Gnarnia, 2012.With these two bands battling at the Gramercy, everyone wins. These guys have an extensive co-headlining fall tour, which kicks off October 16th, so they’ll be primed and ready for this awesome show on November 14th.Artist: The Werks, Zoogma, and WyllysDate: November 14th, 2014Venue: Gramercy TheatreTickets: Click Here.last_img read more

Warren Haynes Sat in With Dave Matthews Band Last Night

first_imgFor the second time during their 2015 Summer tour, Warren Haynes sat in with the Dave Matthews Band to lend a hand on a classic Neil Young cover. On Friday night in Camden, New Jersey, Haynes joined the band during the second set for a pair of songs with a hand from trumpet player Matt Cappy.The group started with their take on Young’s “Down by the River,” which hadn’t been played by the full band since May 27, 2007 and hasn’t been played by Matthews since his tour with Tim Reynolds in December 2009. They then played “Smooth Rider” off the group’s 2005 album, Stand Up, for the first time in full since July 18, 2009. However, the group did play a snippet of the song at the previous show on June 13.Here’s a video of “Down by the River” from YouTube’s IUalum2001:When Haynes sat in with the band earlier this tour in Holmdel, New Jersey, he performed another Neil Young classic, “Cortez the Killer.” The group continues their Summer tour tonight to close out their two-night stand in Camden.-Brian Weidy (@frostedweidies)Photo courtesy of Rodrigo Simas Photography from Dave Matthews Band’s Facebooklast_img read more

D.C. To Add More Paramedics, Ambulances

first_imgWASHINGTON (NBC Washington) – The D.C. Fire Department will announce new paramedic hires, new ambulances and a new computer system Tuesday, News4’s Scott MacFarlane has learned. News4 I-Team has been covering the struggling department for months, tracking slow response times, understaffed stations, and a lack of “single-role” paramedics.last_img

Report: DeKalb County, Ga. Goes with AMR Again

first_imgAmerican Medical Response signed a five year deal with DeKalb County, Georgia on Tuesday. (Photo AMR DeKalb Georgia Facebook) Despite criticism of slow response times, DeKalb County, Georgiahas hired American Medical Response as its ambulance provider for the next fiveyears, according to a report. The county — which includes part of Atlanta — was looking for other providers but gave AMR a three-month extension in September. County commissioners unanimously hired AMR through 2024 at a meeting on Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Because the way the first contract was written, AMR onlypaid $600,000, the newspaper reported.center_img County officials say the new contract will have moreoversight and better ways the collect penalties. AMR was fined nearly $2million in penalties for slow response times, the newspaper reported. “This is completely different than it was for the past fiveto six years, that’s what folks need to understand,” AMR Regional DirectorTerence Ramotar was quoted as saying.last_img read more

Premier Eyes $880 Mln Revenues in H1

first_imgPremier has provided an Operations Update summarising key activities since the Interim Management Statement on 14 May 2014 and a Trading Statement in respect of its half year financials to 30 June 2014. This is in advance of the Group’s 2014 Interim Results which will be published on Thursday 21 August 2014.Tony Durrant, Chief Executive, commented: “Recent performance across our portfolio has been strong. We have exceeded our production targets, disposed of non-core assets, received Government sanction of the Catcher project and successfully completed our bank refinancing. These are all priorities that we set ourselves for the first half. We have also had exploration success in Indonesia and achieved first oil production from Dua in Vietnam. In the second half, we will focus again on achieving our production targets, on the installation of the Solan facilities and on progressing the Sea Lion project.”ProductionProduction averaged 64.7 kboepd in the first six months of 2014, ahead of budget and up 10 per cent on the corresponding 2013 period. Full year guidance of 58-63 kboepd is maintained recognising the planned summer maintenance periods and the impact of the Scott area assets disposal.Our existing Natuna Sea Block A fields in Indonesia continued to deliver stable supply to the Singapore market. The Anoa field captured 48 per cent of GSA1 deliveries, against a contractual share of 39.4 per cent, while sales of Gajah Baru gas to Singapore averaged 84 BBtud (2013: 84 BBtud). In addition, gas sales of up to 40 BBtud from the Gajah Baru field to the Indonesian domestic market commenced on 1 July.In Vietnam, Chim Sáo production has been strong, benefitting from improved operating efficiency. A planned 10 day shutdown was successfully completed in June ahead of first production from the Dua field, which came on-stream earlier this morning. The field, which is capable of producing 8-10 kbopd gross, will extend plateau production from Block 12W and field life out to 2023.In the UK, production averaged 21.2 kboepd, an increase of 56 per cent on the first half of 2013 due to the inclusion of the Huntington and Rochelle fields. Huntington is currently producing around 25 kboepd. To date, the impact on Huntington production due to the ongoing CATS summer maintenance programme has been smaller than anticipated. Elsewhere in the UK, good performance was achieved from Premier’s operated Balmoral area, driven by strong production from Premier’s 100 per cent owned Brenda field. Production from Wytch Farm was also strong in the first half with four additional wells being brought on-stream.Development projectsIn Indonesia, the Pelikan and Naga platforms have been tied-in to the Gajah Baru facilities and development drilling is now underway. Pelikan and Naga will be brought on-stream to backfill our existing contracts and, when the opportunity arises, to increase further our market share of GSA1. First gas from these new facilities is expected during the second half.On the Premier-operated Solan field, construction and onshore commissioning of the jacket and the topsides are nearing completion and the subsea tank sailed from Dubai in June. The offshore installation and heavy lift campaign is targeted to start in August ahead of hook up and final commissioning. Total project cost, including spend beyond first oil, is now estimated at $1.4 billion. Premier will take an enhanced share of the project’s cash flow until it has received a pre‑agreed return on its investment. Premier is also in negotiations with Chrysaor over the sale or refinancing of the loan to Chrysaor and the funding of Chrysaor’s share of future capex requirements for the Solan project.In June, Premier obtained UK government approval of its Catcher area Field Development Plan. All major contracts for the project have been awarded and the project is progressing to plan in the execution phase.Elsewhere in the UK, re-development of the Kyle field is nearing completion. The Banff field FPSO arrived on location in Q1 and riser installation linking Kyle to the Banff facilities has been completed. The operator is forecasting first oil from Kyle before the end of July.In Norway, FEED engineering work for the Premier-operated Bream development is underway and negotiations for the provision of a FPSO are progressing. A project sanction decision is targeted for year-end.Pre-development activities on the Sea Lion project in the Falkland Islands continue to progress. On the TLP, the functional specification and basis of design has been finalised and award of the FEED contract to specialist contractors is imminent. In the second half of the year, a geotechnical survey will be performed at the Sea Lion location and the results of this will be incorporated into the FEED process, which is expected to take around 12 months to complete.Exploration and appraisalExploration successes in the first half included a gas discovery at Kadanwari in Pakistan and the oil and gas discoveries at Kuda Laut and Singa Laut on the Tuna Block in Indonesia. Assessment of the commercial viability of the Tuna Block discoveries is now underway with appraisal and development scenarios for 2015 onwards now being evaluated.The Ratu Gajah well, which targeted the Lama play on Natuna Sea Block A, was tested in June. Although sub-commercial, the presence of moveable hydrocarbons was confirmed by a sustained flow of gas to surface during testing. Follow up for the extensive Lama play will be the appraisal of the Anoa Deep discovery in early 2015 and the high grading of other prospects in the Lama play.Preparations continue for the high impact 2015 exploration campaign. This includes the Badada well, onshore Kenya, the Myrhauk well on the Mandal High in Norway and the four well Falklands Islands campaign for which Premier has signed a rig contract and rig sharing agreement. Subject to rig availability, Premier also plans to appraise the heavy oil play at Bagpuss/Blofeld in the UK North Sea in 2015.Seismic programmes are planned to start across Premier’s Blocks 717 and 665 in the Ceara basin in Brazil in Q4 while seismic acquisition across Block 90 in the Foz do Amazonas basin is underway.Portfolio managementDuring the first half, Premier continued to deliver its plans to monetise $300 million of non-core assets. This included the sale of the non-operated Scott area assets in the UK North Sea for $130 million, the sale of Block A Aceh onshore Indonesia for $40 million, and the sale of PL359, which contains the Luno II discovery, offshore Norway for $17.5 million. As described above, Premier is also in negotiations with Chrysaor over the sale or refinancing of the loan to Chrysaor which is recorded as a receivable on Premier’s balance sheet and, as at 30 June 2014, stood at US$277 million.Premier continues to high grade its exploration portfolio and over the first six months of the year the Company either sold or relinquished 18 licences, predominantly in the UK North Sea. Further rationalisation of the exploration portfolio will be completed in the second half of the year.FinancialThe estimated average oil price realised for the first half of 2014 was $111.6/bbl (1H 2013: $110.5/bbl) (pre hedge) and $110.2/bbl (1H 2013: $111.3/bbl) (post hedge) compared with an average Brent crude price of $108.93/bbl.For 2014, the Group has taken advantage of the relatively strong crude market conditions, forward selling approximately 33 per cent of its estimated 2014 entitlement production at an average of $104.5/boe. In addition, 16 per cent of total estimated entitlement production for 2015 has been sold forward at an average price of $106/boe.Total revenues for the first half 2014 will be in the order of $880 million (2013 H1: $758 million). Profits will reflect an approximate $30 million after-tax charge recorded for estimated future abandonment costs of the Balmoral Area. The net effect on the income statement for the full year of the three disposals recently announced is not anticipated to be material.Since starting the share buyback programme on 13 March, Premier has acquired 6.1 million shares at a volume weighted average price of 325.3 pence. The programme will be kept under review by the Board.Refinancing of the Company’s principal $1.2 billion credit facility was completed on 7 July with a new, increased facility of $2.5 billion now in place. The new facility has been agreed on improved terms, reflecting strong market conditions in the bank market and Premier’s growing cash flow and resources over the past four years.The Group retains significant cash and undrawn facilities. As at 30 June, these stood at $245 million and $1.2 billion respectively. Following the completion of the refinancing, post period end, Premier’s undrawn facilities now stand at $2.4 billion. As at 30 June, prior to completion of announced disposal activities, net debt was $1.7 billion and gearing estimated at 41 per cent.Anticipated full year exploration spend (pre-tax) and development spend before disposal proceeds are unchanged at $180 million and $1 billion respectively.The Group continues to benefit from its substantial UK corporation tax loss and allowance position with estimated losses and allowances of $2.6 billion carried forward at 30 June 2014 prior to completion of disposal activities. Press Release, July 10, 2014last_img read more

Eventers line out at European Championships

first_img 9 September 2015, 11:23 Team Ireland Equestrian’s senior eventers will compete in the European Championships at Blair Castle (GBR) this weekend. Elsewhere on the eventing circuit, action takes place at Gatcombe Park (GBR). In showjumping, Ireland will be represented at Rome (ITA), North Salem New York (USA), Paderborn (GER), Chazy Sur Ain (FRA), Neeroeteren (BEL), Ising Am Chiemsee (GER) and Giubiasco (SUI). All Irish international entries for this week’s shows are now available to view by clicking on the individual shows under ‘FEI Entries & Results’. Eventers line out at European Championships Tags: Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Eventing News  »  Eventers line out at European Championships last_img read more

California’s wet weather has some believing the drought is over

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A statewide downpour brought chaos to Californians this week, but it also provided some welcome relief to the state’s 20 million residents who have suffered from drought conditions for more than four years.The record precipitation now has some experts declaring the drought over.The beginningThe drought began in 2012, but California Gov. Jerry Brown did not declare a drought state of emergency until January 2014. A response team was later established, and state lawmakers have allocated over $3 billion for drought relief and water management improvements.The U.S. Geological Survey said 2014 was the warmest year on record for California.According to Park Williams, a climate scientist and an assistant professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the drought was exacerbated by high temperatures.“These last five years in California were much warmer than you’d expect just based on the drought alone, and the reason is because the globe’s overall temperature has been warming,” he told ABC News. “California’s relationship with water is one where they either have too much or too little. So California goes through swings very rapidly. That’s what made this drought in California so rare … [it’s] very rare to get five dry years in a row.”He added, “Global warming did not cause this drought but nevertheless had a measuring amplifying effect.”Record rain this weekFlooding warnings were in effect Tuesday in Northern and Central California after storms wreaked havoc on the Golden State last weekend.In Modesto, police went door to door evacuating residents as floodwaters rose. In San Jose, firefighters jumped on inflatable rafts to rescue two people trapped by a roaring river.More than 2 inches of rain were recorded at the San Francisco International Airport on Monday. Since October, San Francisco has seen 25.6 inches of rain — nearly 2 inches more than the city usually gets in an entire year.This extreme weather in Northern California came after powerful rain moved its way up the California coast; the rain first pounded San Diego and Los Angeles, stranding drivers in their cars and contributing to the deaths of least five people.Is California’s drought over?The latest drought outlook from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center “shows drought in Southern California likely to resolve and drought in the Central Coast region of California as persistent but improving.”After this incredibly wet winter, Williams said, he considers the drought over; trees that survived the drought will likely begin recovering, and lakes are near capacity, he explained.Michael Dettinger, a U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist and a researcher at the University of California at San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, agrees with Williams’ assessment.“I believe that the drought is over at this point,” he told ABC News. “If groundwater levels were lower than they should be because of the drought, then we wouldn’t need to say it’s over. But groundwater levels are down because of overpumping that’s been going on … for 50 to 70 years. To me, that’s not drought — that’s just a long-term imbalance of how we use water.”David Feldman, a UC Irvine professor of planning, policy and design, said he won’t know if the drought is over until May, when the state’s rainy season ends.“If I were regulator working for the state water board, I’d probably lean on the conservative side,” he said.He added, “Things can dry out quickly. You can have a warm spell. You can have a warm period that melts snowpack in the [Sierra Nevada]. I think in May they’ll have a good sense of if we can declare this thing over.”The impactWilliams considers groundwater pumping — pulling water out of the ground, much of it by farmers so their crops can grow in dry conditions — a major issue in droughts.Groundwater is “essentially taking away from future water reserves to survive this current drought,” he said.“If we take groundwater out of the ground and we don’t put water back in to replace it, then that is an unsustainable approach to the use of a very valuable resource,” Williams said. “As we continue to reduce drought effects by pulling water out of the ground, we’re stealing from the future. And so without prescribing any recommendation, I will say that the California government is beginning to try to regulate groundwater use … The point of doing that is to try to find a more sustainable approach to using that valuable resource.”Dettinger said groundwater was originally treated as a local issue. Now state lawmakers are enacting laws to improve how groundwater is monitored and managed.“That’s I think one of the biggest things that came out of the drought, and it’s a good thing. The other big thing that came out of the drought is water use restrictions and efficiency requirements were instituted,” he said. “If we use less water, there will be more flexibility to carry us through droughts.”Sobering statisticsCalifornia’s water comes from three main sources: snowpack, reservoirs and aquifers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Californians use an estimated 108 gallons of water per person on average every day, the EPA said.Since 2012, the Golden State has endured not only record high temperatures but also record low levels of snowpack and precipitation, according to, a project of the Pacific Institute, a nonprofit that researches solutions to freshwater issues, in Oakland.The drought has hit rural communities harder than urban and suburban communities, which are better able to diversify their water sources, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.Most farming relies on irrigation, which accounts for approximately 80 percent of California’s human water use, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. In 2015 farmers had about 50 percent less surface water because of the drought; they pumped more groundwater to make up the difference but still had 10 percent less water than usual, and farm sector losses reached nearly $2 billion, according to the institute.Drought can be noxious to the environment. Wildfires could become more prevalent, and as many as 18 fish species could become extinct if the current drought continues, the Public Policy Institute of California said.What the future holdsBrown has issued a series of executive orders to help the state cope with the drought, the most recent mandating “continued, long-term water savings as drought persists.”Nancy Vogel of the California Natural Resources Agency told ABC News that the governor will consider many factors when he revisits the emergency statewide drought declaration in coming weeks — including groundwater, snow pack and reservoir levels.This winter’s rain “doesn’t come all the time,” Dettinger said. “The worst thing we can do is forget about droughts just because it’s wet right now.”He added, “Going forward, we definitely want to get a handle on the groundwater use because that is the piece that a winter like this can’t even fix. We’re going to have to fix it on our end by monitoring how much water we take. I would like to see them stop being called drought restrictions and call them sustainability restrictions.”Feldman said it’s important to prepare for a drought before one is declared. He recommends that the U.S. follow Australia’s example by harvesting rainwater and recycling wastewater.Most of all, he urged Americans not to take the nation’s water for granted.“Droughts are not just limited to California and the Southwest,” Feldman said. “Other areas of the U.S. have been through periods of water stress and drought from time to time. We want to do everything we can … to protect our water, to conserve it … to recycle it if we can, just to treat it more wisely than we have in the past.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Mike Sorensen: Utes should play SUU, not Oral Roberts, please

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — A couple of weeks ago, Utah State coach Stew Morrill complained prior to his annual game with Utah that the Utes were unlikely to play his Aggies in the future because of their impending Pac-12 schedule.It was kind of ironic for Morrill to gripe about scheduling when he has feasted upon a schedule of preseason patsies for years, something Utah might be preferring to do more of with a tougher 18-game Pac-12 schedule on the horizon. Why go to Logan and lose when you can play Montana Tech at home and win?But I agree with Morrill that the Utah-USU series should continue without interruption. I’ve always said the local schools should make a point of playing each other more often rather than less.I remember back in the 1980s when Utah State only had nine non-conference games with an 18-game PCAA schedule, yet played six of them in home-and-home series against BYU, Utah and Weber State. Rather than complain, USU coach Rod Tueller just went out and beat his in-state foes the majority of the time.Those home-and-homes with in-state opponents went by the wayside in the early 1990s when some of the local teams started worrying more about too many L’s piling up in the preseason.However, with athletic budgets so tight these days, doesn’t it make sense to play games closer to home? Why shouldn’t Utah take a bus ride to Logan rather than jet to various parts of the country several times for non-league games?For that matter, why doesn’t Utah schedule Southern Utah or Utah Valley, which are close and have a bunch of local players, rather than play the likes of Oral Roberts or Grand Canyon at home? Southern Utah is in the same Summit Conference as Oral Roberts, but 700 miles closer. However, the Utes and T-Birds haven’t played for four years.Sure, it’s fun to go to new places and bring in some interesting opponents occasionally, but I believe first priority in scheduling for local teams should always be other local teams.WYNN OUT: I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Or at least everybody that has asked me in the past two months, “what is wrong with Jordan Wynn?”My answer about the Utah quarterback always was, “I think his injured throwing shoulder is worse than he’s letting on.” I also wondered in last week’s column whether Wynn’s various injuries had led to his poor second half of the season.I had watched Wynn consistently underthrow receivers on long routes, misfire on short ones and not have his usual zip on the ball in the last few games when the Utes have all but given up throwing long passes.Wynn clearly hasn’t been the same quarterback since the Iowa State game when he completed 23 of 31 of his passes for 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns and hurt his shoulder sometime during the game.The following week against a poor Wyoming team, he threw for just 230 yards, including three interceptions. The week after that, he did have a good game against an even worse Colorado State team at home, but passed for only 148 against Air Force, 148 against TCU, 194 against Notre Dame with four interceptions in the three games. He had a good game against San Diego State before going 13 for 30 for 199 yards and an interception against BYU.That’s two good games in his last seven. But now he’s undergoing surgery that will keep him out for a few months.Sitting out the bowl game as well as spring practice should give Wynn time to be back to 100 percent when the Utes take on their 2011 Pac-12 schedule.GOLLY GEE: Gordon Gee seems like a good guy. He’s a native of Vernal, a graduate of the University of Utah and was a professor at BYU for a short time. He is smart enough to have been the president at five major universities, more than any other living American.However, the Ohio State president didn’t sound too smart when he denigrated TCU and Boise State a couple of weeks ago for playing the “Sisters of the Poor” every week. Gee was trying to make the case for his Big Ten Conference and his former conference, the SEC, saying they faced a “murderer’s row” every week.I didn’t agree with Gee at the time and he got blasted by a few fellow media folks for his disparaging comments about successful non-BCS teams.However, I have to give Gee credit for backtracking last week, something most people in the spotlight have a hard time doing when they say something stupid.Rather than try to defend himself against widespread criticism, Gee apologized and took the self-deprecating approach, saying, “What do I know about college football? I look like Orville Redenbacher. I have no business talking about college football.”Nice recovery, President Gee.e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

2017 – An Exciting Year For Women’s Rugby

first_imgIreland go into the Women’s Six Nations full of confidence on the back of a lot of hard work done during the November Internationals and three years of success including an historic win over the Black Ferns (New Zealand Women) at the 2014 Womens World Cup and victory in the 2015 Six Nations. The interest will certainly get even higher this year as Ireland hosts the Women’s Rugby World Cup and at provincial level, Connacht have a very good chance of winning the Inter-Provincials after going close last year, only just losing out to Leinster with wins over Munster and Ulster under their belts. Even at club level, we have seen Galwegians Women win the All-Ireland Cup and NUI Galway win the Inter Varsities.Ruth O’Reilly plays with Galwegians, Connacht and Ireland and she joined John in studio to talk about the state of play in Womens Rugby at the Moment.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more