Trojans Earn Gridiron Regional 3-Peat

first_imgThe East Central Trojans Football team has made history again as they captured their third straight Regional Crown with a 35-13 victory over The Evansville Central Bears at Trojan Field.EC wins their eighth Regional Championship and their third consecutive title becoming the first time in school history that The Trojans have won three straight Regional Crowns.The Bad Boys from St. Leon will be Semi-State bound as they will be hosting The Greenwood Woodmen for the opportunity to play in The 4A State Championship Game.Congratulations to Coach Justin Roden and The Trojans!Listen to East Central Trojans Football on WRBI!last_img

Hoornstra: Baseball’s designated hitter rule could benefit from compromise

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “I would not, not force the DH on the National League,” Angels manager Joe Maddon told me in spring training last year, the last time the universal DH suggestion was brought to life.“The National League game is much more thought-provoking,” Maddon said. “If you want more offense, don’t worry about getting one more guy in the lineup. Worry about teaching a different method of hitting a little bit.”“My desire is we don’t sanitize things in the game too much,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told me around the same time. “I think strategic parts of the game are what makes it a great game.”Like Counsell and Maddon, I prefer a game with more strategy, not less. It helps if the fruits of these strategies are readily obvious to fans. Moves and countermoves translate better than launch angles and spin rates.There’s nothing wrong with a faster-paced game. Far from it, in fact. MLB’s pace-of-play initiatives (automatic intentional walks, limiting mound visits, futile attempts at reducing the time between pitches) have had little effect to this point. This year, relief pitchers must face a minimum of three batters, unless the inning ends first, and that might nudge the average time of game downward. The average game time reached 3 hours, 10 minutes last season, a record. It’s doubtful a universal DH rule would make much of a difference. Last season, the average AL game was less than two minutes shorter than the average NL game.Yet the National League game was better in 2019. It gave us more baseball. It gave us more strategy from the dugout. It also gave us more strategy from the batter’s box. Hitters set new single-season records for home runs and strikeouts in 2019. American League teams combined to hit 180 more homers than their NL counterparts. Despite having the benefit of the DH, American Leaguers struck out more in 2019, not less.So, no, I’m not eager to see the NL game disappear. Maybe the question of whether or not to allow the DH in both leagues is a false dichotomy. Could the two leagues forge a compromise? If so, what might that look like?Here are three options.Option 1.Let the home manager decide whether the DH is in effect on a game-by-game basis.This is my favorite idea, at least in theory. It restores some autonomy to the manager’s seat. It introduces an extra layer of pregame strategy. It gives the home team an advantage beyond batting last in every inning and hearing the roar of the crowd.The biggest implication: pitchers who fail to hit, and hitters who can’t play a position, would be more easily exploited, while a two-way talent would have an even more decisive advantage.Shohei Ohtani could hit on the days he starts for the Angels, and force the other team’s pitchers to bat for themselves at home. On the road, opposing managers might take the Angels’ DH away – but at the cost of forcing their own pitchers to hit. Would Nelson Cruz have to learn a position if he wants to start a game outside of Minnesota? That would be Rocco Baldelli’s problem.Option 2.Allow the DH to stay in the game as long as the starting pitcher remains in the game.If you miss a good starting pitchers’ duel, this option is for you. Say it’s the top of the fifth inning, the pitcher is struggling, and the home team’s DH is due up in the bottom of the inning. Now the manager has an extra decision to make: remove his starter for a fresh reliever and lose his DH, or let the starter try to work out of trouble?Related Articles Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros If you dislike “openers” – relievers who start the game, and only pitch one or two innings – this plan is not for you. Effectively, this option exchanges one layer of strategy for another. It also reduces the impact a DH can potentially have on each game. Cruz, arguably the Twins’ best hitter, would rarely bat in a late-game situation when he’s in the starting lineup. Teams would be incentivized to stash better hitters on the bench, perhaps at the expense of their starting DH.It’s imperfect, but another example of a possible compromise.Option 3.Mandate that starting pitchers bat for themselves, then allow managers to insert a DH once the starter is removed from the game.This is the opposite of Option 2, and it would likely elicit the opposite effect. Openers would be encouraged. The value in having a deep bench would evaporate. Double switches would die. Potentially, we’d see better hitters taking late-game at-bats, but essentially this is what we already see in the National League. Relief pitchers rarely bat as it is, so this change would merely allow the same pinch-hitter to bat for multiple relief pitchers in the same game.If MLB insists that messing with 47 years of tradition would better the game, so be it. But the DH doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. There’s a broad middle ground to be found, if the league wants to look for it. Think the designated hitter is coming to the National League?“The suggestion, often made, that the pitcher be denied a chance to bat, and a substitute player sent up to hit every time, has been brought to life again, and will come up for consideration when the American and National League Committees on rules get together.” Those words were printed in 1906. Even 114 years ago, the chatter around the DH rule was an old one.The National League has mandated pitchers hit for themselves in every non-interleague game since 1973. That might change a year from now, according to a report that surfaced this week. It’s hard to take any such report too seriously until the universal DH becomes part of the league’s official rules. The momentum behind the rule change is obvious: it would achieve one of Commissioner Rob Manfred’s explicit goals of lowering the average game time.It would also tick off some very interested parties. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

Canadian Man Charged with Possession of Undersized Fish in FL Keys

first_imgPhoto courtesy: WPEC/CBS12 via Monroe County Sheriff’s OfficeJail records did not list an attorney for Singh. A Canadian man is charged with possessing nearly three dozen undersized fish in the Florida Keys.A news release issued by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday states that 73-year-old George Singh of Ontario, Canada, was charged with 31 counts of possession of undersized mangrove snapper. He has also been charged with 27 counts of possession of over-the-bag-limit of the fish.Authorities report they found Singh with the fish in a bucket at the Whale Harbor Bridge in Islamorada.All but one of the mangrove snapper were under the legal size limit of 10 inches.last_img

What will fix the Warriors’ inconsistent defense?

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND – The question left Stephen Curry pondering for almost 12 seconds. Did he like anything about the Warriors’ loss to Toronto?“Not really,” Curry said.Part of the reason for Curry’s harsh assessment? The Warriors also showed delayed reactions on defense. Not to the extent taking 12 seconds to respond. But the Warriors reacted slowly enough to allow the …last_img

Building Science Information for Builders

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Jacob Deva Racusin, a Vermont builder and educator, has just written a book called Essential Building Science. The book aims to provide builders — especially so-called “natural builders” — with a basic understanding of the ways that heat and moisture flows affect residential buildings. (The book is available from New Society Publishers for $34.95.)Racusin is one of three partners who founded a company in Burlington, Vermont, called New Frameworks Natural Building. Racusin, a member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), is a builder who “gets it.” He is well versed in house-as-a-system thinking. Among the mentors he credits are GBA contributors John Straube and Marc Rosenbaum.Racusin’s construction company takes an admirable approach to air sealing — an approach that more builders should emulate. In his book, he writes, “We use the blower door frequently during the building process. During new construction, we use the tool at least once, if not multiple times, to make sure we are on target with our air-sealing goals; this allows us to correct the installation of all of the various materials and components prior to finishing.”Racusin has posted at least one comment on the GBA site, and he’s familiar with the Pretty Good House idea. In fact, a table in his book listing residential standards and certification programs includes a line for the “pretty good house.”Racusin’s book aims to accomplish two goals. His first goal is to introduce building science concepts to builders. Racusin describes the various ways that heat and moisture flow into and out of a building: for example, he explains the stack effect and discusses vapor permeance. After these introductory chapters, Racusin focuses on his second goal: providing advice on building assemblies (foundations, walls, and roofs),… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Fast is Slow (In Human Relationships) – Episode 19

3 days agoJoao Cancelo believes he can win Champions League with Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Joao Cancelo believes he can win Champions League with Man Cityby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJoao Cancelo believes he can win the Champions League with Manchester City. Cancelo joined City from Juventus in the summer and, after a settling-in period at the Etihad, he is set for a fourth successive start tonight against Atalanta.”I’ve been aiming to win this competition since I was a child,” Cancelo said. “I came here because it’s my type of football. Man City is one of the teams that can win the Champions League.”Cancelo has previous experience of Gian Piero Gasperini’s side, having faced them with Juve in Serie A.”I believe we are both strong teams, all the teams in the Champions League are strong teams and I believe it will be a lively, interesting match,” he said.”I hope we will get the three points because if we get up to nine points it will put us in a secure position in the group.” last_img read more

Breaking: ESPN Shutting Down Grantland Effective Immediately

first_imgESPN promotion for Grantland Sports.Grantland/ESPNUpdate 2: Simmons has weighed in on the situation. He called the treatment of his former colleagues “simply appalling.”I loved everyone I worked with at G and loved what we built. Watching good/kind/talented people get treated so callously = simply appalling.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) October 30, 2015Update: According to James Andrew Miller, all of Grantland’s writers will have their contracts honored. Furthermore, the network “intends” to use the sports writers on other platforms.All @Grantland33 writers will have their contracts honored; intent is to use sports writers on other @espn platforms.— James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller) October 30, 2015 espn grantland shut downGrantland/ESPNEarlier: ESPN sports and pop-culture blog Grantland, which was founded back in 2011 by former employee Bill Simmons, is being shut down by the network. Simmons parted ways with ESPN back in May, and Chris Connelly had been in charge since.The Worldwide Leader announced the news Friday via the following statement:Effective immediately we are suspending the publication of Grantland.  After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact across our enterprise.Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun.  We are grateful to those who made it so.  Bill Simmons was passionately committed to the site and proved to be an outstanding editor with a real eye for talent.  Thanks to all the other writers, editors and staff who worked very hard to create content with an identifiable sensibility and consistent intelligence and quality. We also extend our thanks to Chris Connelly who stepped in to help us maintain the site these past five months as he returns to his prior role.Despite this change, the legacy of smart long-form sports story-telling and innovative short form video content will continue, finding a home on many of our other ESPN platforms.Reaction has been pouring in from many in the industry. ESPN’s handling of @Grantland33 and its staff post-Simmons has been, to be blunt, a train wreck. That staff deserved much better.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 30, 2015Writing seemed to be on the wall the past few weeks, but still a major bummer nonetheless https://t.co/d9qJlNpTbK— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) October 30, [email protected] gave some of my favorite writers a chance to do whatever the hell they wanted to do for a long time. That’s great.— HALLRAISER (@edsbs) October 30, 2015The decision to end @Grantland33 was a very recent one according to sources at @espn— James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller) October 30, 2015I have read Grantland every day since launch. There is going to be an real hole in my life with it gone. I’m so sorry for everyone involved.— Will Leitch (@williamfleitch) October 30, 2015More as we learn it.last_img read more

Report: Tennessee’s Marquez North Not Enrolled In Classes For Spring Semester

first_imgMarquez North of Tennessee Injured.Marquez North Tennessee Injury RumorMarquez North did not live up to expectations as a junior, catching only six passes in seven games this season, but he still may have played his last game in Knoxville. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee spokesman Ryan Robinson confirmed that North is not enrolled at UT this semester. While it has not been confirmed that he will test the NFL Draft waters, one would assume that is the move for North now. Beat writer Dustin Dopirak shared more on Friday.… Obviously, others have reported that North has hired an agent and entered the draft. We have not been able to confirm that.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016Tennessee athletics has said repeatedly all this week that it does not know North’s plans.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016His high school coach, Mike Palmieri, told me last night he hadn’t heard anything about North leaving.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016But right now, the one thing we can say definitively is that North is not enrolled for the spring semester.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016One more note on North, just so you guys know I’m trying. The NFL doesn’t release the names of underclass draft entrants for another week…— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016… and it won’t confirm or deny any players who have declared before that time.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016North’s apparent decision to leave college is a strange one. He does have the size to be a big target at that level—he’s listed at 6-foot-3, 229 pounds—but the production wasn’t anywhere near what was expected out of him. We should know more about this situation in the coming days.[KnoxNews.com]last_img read more