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Carroll is responsible for the latest letdown

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first_imgF. Scott Fitzgerald ended The Great Gatsby with the metaphor of boats beating against the current, an image that has become so cliché it seems to have lost all meaning.But it was hard not to think of the passage while watching USC flail against Washington on Saturday. And it wasn’t only the boats sailing on Lake Washington just outside of Husky Stadium that conjured up the image.Unfamiliar ground · USC coach Pete Carroll is not often outcoached in football games, but that was clearly the case Saturday in the Trojans’ upset loss to Washington, columnist Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz writes. – Leah Thompson | Daily TrojanThe Trojans’ struggles against a scrappy, mid-level Pac-10 team have become so institutionalized at USC that the annual event is almost a cliché in itself. Instead of being surprised by Saturday’s outcome, most Trojan fans felt like they were headed in a direction they had been before.In fact, it’s a surprise there wasn’t a USC fan in the crowd who could have spoiled the ending for everyone based on past follies. A true fan might have stood up after USC’s tying drive and blurted out, “I’ve seen this one before — the other team kicks a field goal in the final seconds and the fans rush the field. I’m gonna head out and beat traffic.”But this year was supposed to be different, right? USC coach Pete Carroll spent all week insisting the Trojans wouldn’t be caught off-guard again, that they had finally learned their lesson.To the players’ credit, they certainly appeared up to the task. They made it look like they were on pace for another USC blowout with their first quarter performance.“It wasn’t a question of being ready to play emotionally or anything,” Carroll said, drawing a contrast to past letdowns.This wasn’t a matter of the Trojans falling behind and seeing their comeback cut short by time or one key play like in so many past losses.It was simply a case of USC getting outcoached.Carroll took ownership for the loss immediately afterward, despite most of his players showing maturity by placing the burden on themselves. But this mea culpa might mean the Trojans are in for more trouble.With Carroll having more than enough scouting information at his disposal, there was no excuse for being unprepared for what the Huskies threw at the Trojans. USC coaches and players alike said after the game that there were “no surprises” in the game beyond their own mistakes, but maybe that’s a cause for concern.The Trojans’ struggles to adapt down the stretch might have been understandable if Washington had beaten USC by employing some Boise State-like gadget plays.But Washington could have broadcast its gameplan on the JumboTron and USC still might have been too fickle to adjust.Carroll’s blunders are best exemplified by his handling of the quarterbacks throughout the week. Both he and quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates kept reporters guessing while they waited to see how Matt Barkley’s shoulder injury progressed. But with the bone bruise to the true freshman improving only incrementally over the week, sophomore Aaron Corp took all the first-team snaps and looked like he had seized temporary command of the position.At some point, Carroll would have to invest himself in Corp and show him that the team was committed to rallying around him as a starter.Or not.Asked when the coaching staff told him he would be starting Saturday’s game, Corp said — with his head held low — that “they never really did.”Corp would never say it, but the message came through louder than a bullhorn: USC’s coaching staff never really showed faith in him.The coaches’ attitude was evident in the play-calling. Corp was forced to be a dropback passer instead of using his trademark mobility. It’s possible the decision was due to the lingering effects of Corp’s preseason fractured fibula, but coaches insisted during the week that he was 100 percent recovered.Their trepidation also showed on a third-down play from the Huskies’ 7-yard line when the Trojans elected to run the ball instead of taking a shot at the end zone. Ensuring the game-tying field goal may have entailed the lowest risk, but since when has Carroll made it a point to adhere to coaching conventions?Corp was not at his best on Saturday, but quarterbacking should never be a pop quiz. Yet Corp is the one who unfairly faces being a potential pariah among students instead of Carroll.If Carroll isn’t a fan of Fitzgerald, perhaps he can learn through literature by picking up a book by Malcolm Gladwell. The coach references Outliers when referring to Barkley, but he might want to take a look at The Tipping Point, which details how the tiniest factors can catalyze unforeseen and sometimes disastrous endings.The book could re-emphasize the point that if the Trojans can’t get back to their normal standard of play, they will find themselves falling short of another Pac-10 championship. Then the only thing at stake will be an at-large BCS bid. Or the Holiday Bowl. Or the Sun Bowl.And if English isn’t Carroll’s pleasure, maybe a spelling lesson will do. Right now, there’s no “SC” in the word “finish,” despite what those T-shirts may say.But finishing strong might be the only way for Carroll to right his ship.“Tackling Dummy” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Michael at middlehu@usc.edu.last_img read more

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Jamie Gregg sticks to her southern roots after transferring to Syracuse

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first_img Published on March 11, 2020 at 11:01 pm aekaylor@syr.edu | @cincinnallie Gregg thinks that her southern upbringing has contributed a lot to the kind of person she is, too. Nancy pushed her hard all her life to succeed in softball and with everything she does, she said, and that materialized as a fast player with an ability to hit gap-to-gap when needed.Gregg’s hometown of Hoover is a town full of lakes and creeks, and she’d often spend her summers when she is not playing softball by the lake with her family, she said. Not only is Gregg adjusting to a new culture, but she is also playing softball in a completely different setting. They practice indoors and travel more than previous teams she has been on. The situation is different, but it’s all the same sport, she said.“At the end of the day it’s all just who wants to compete and who wants to win more and who works the hardest,” Gregg said. “There’s teams in the South like that and teams here in the North like that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img The average January temperature in Hoover, Alabama is 45 degrees. For Jamie Gregg, that meant she could play softball outdoors all year long. But now that she’s in Syracuse, Gregg had to adjust to the weather.“I had never seen snow before,” Gregg said.Last year, Gregg was a freshman at Mississippi State and had just one at bat the entire season — a strikeout. The Bulldogs primarily used her as a pinch-runner or defensive replacement in center field, but this season Gregg has batted leadoff in 16 of Syracuse’s 20 games. Mississippi State used her speed in certain situations, but Syracuse (10-10, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) uses her as an everyday player. She’s started all 20 games in center field and is third on the team in average and stolen bases, cementing a new role in the Orange’s offense.“I do know what it’s like to be on a team where you just never get a shot,” Gregg said. “I think I play the best when I have the most fun.”When Gregg was at Mississippi State, she was a two-and-a-half-hour drive away from home, and her mom, Nancy, could go to every game — the same way she had since Gregg was seven. At Hoover High School, Gregg hit .432 over two seasons and led the 7A class in Alabama in runs scored and stolen bases. After one year with the Bulldogs, though, she wanted to transfer, and her destination was over a thousand miles north.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s hard not getting to see her (at Syracuse), not getting to go to all of her games like I was able to when she was in Mississippi,” Nancy said. “I had not missed a game since she started playing softball.”Despite the distance, Nancy has made it to a few games, she said. In October, she traveled to Syracuse and watched an exhibition game. In February, she flew down to Miami for the Felsberg Invitation — Syracuse’s opening weekend and one of five tournaments down south.Teammates call Gregg “‘Bama”, and the Orange’s social media account has even started to, too. When she hit a double against Rutgers on Feb. 14, the @cuseSB account tweeted, “BAMA AGAIN!!! Jamie comes thru with a two-bagger to cut the Rutgers lead in half! We trail 10-8.”last_img read more

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Fifty Shades of Grey playing at Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

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Thank you for your input. -11 Vote up Vote down prairefox · 285 weeks ago I can’t believe the Regent is going to be showing this trash!!! You couldn’t pay me to see it!!! Report Reply 2 replies · active 285 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Oh boy · 285 weeks ago That’s one of the beauties of our great country, no one is making you see it! It cracks me up how much controversy I’ve seen on FB over this movie. For all you or I know, we could have been conceived in a way depicted in this “trash.” Report Reply 2 replies · active 285 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Movie lover · 285 weeks ago Well its not like this movie is being played at the elementary schools. Us old people may want to see a sexy movie from time to time. Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago -9 Vote up Vote down Honorable citizen · 285 weeks ago This is a perverted movie how horrible to show this here! Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago -9 Vote up Vote down prairefox · 285 weeks ago I like sexy movies but not when it resorts to masochism. Melanie Griffith has chutpah by telling the truth she wouldn’t see the movie because she doesn’t want to see how her daughter is portrayed in the film. Classy lady!!! Report Reply 2 replies · active 284 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down WHS ALUM · 285 weeks ago thank you to the Regent for bringing all of the new releases to Wellington. Simply put, if you don’t want to go watch it, don’t…I’ll bet your neighbors do! lol Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 285 weeks ago Excuse me while I go clutch my pearls….. Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 285 weeks ago For those that won’t be going to this cause it’s “trash”, please pray for my wife! She’s going to see it again for the 3rd time now. Please pray for me also! The last 2 times were during the week and I was already asleep when she got home from seeing it. I’m staying awake for when she gets home this time to try and reap some “rewards” if you know what I’m saying. 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down Jim · 284 weeks ago Goes to show how many people will watch Porn that has been desensitized to be rated R. Were they forced to show this to keep showing the other new movies? The reviews talk about how. this movie show have a poor turnout to get the message that is not a good movie. for Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 284 weeks ago -11 Vote up Vote down prairefox · 284 weeks ago I guess those that would love to go see this movie..would also agree with what Isis does to their women…no difference!!! Report Reply 3 replies · active 284 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments This week at the Regent Theater: Fifty Shades of Grey (trailer is below)Schedule: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: R. Time: 1 hour 50 minutes.Movie Synopsis: E.L. James’ kinky best-seller gets the big screen treatment with this Universal Pictures/Focus Features co-production. The steamy tale details a masochistic relationship between a college student and a businessman, whose desires for extreme intimacy pen from secrets in his past.Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 24%. Audience review: 49% approval.Movies ahead at Regent Theater:March 6 – Just About Perfect.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Phoenix Rising School’s Friday Workshops Bring Real World Skills, and Joy,…

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first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Phoenix Rising School“It is a problem that so many children love learning and hate school,” says Nick Gillon, The Phoenix Rising School’s Education Director. “It’s a problem when rich, rigorous, relevant and engaging experiences have become the exception rather than the norm.” At heart, he says, the issue is one of equating ‘learning’ with ‘schooling’, and academic schooling at that.But learning encompasses many other skills which are applicable in everyday life, which is why every Friday, Phoenix students from kindergarten through 6th grade get the chance to participate in workshops that run the gamut from crochet to canning, bmx bikes to propulsion science, and acrogym to candle making. The result is enthusiasm, new skills, pride in their work and – dare we say it? – joy.“I don’t know many schools that make homemade spaghetti, bike ride, weave, do pickling and lots of other things,” says Pyrenees, age ten. “This way kids can learn about things that they love,” explains Chatalain, also age ten. “Sometimes if you just get assigned something, you don’t want to be there. When you can choose it, you can easily feel like, ‘I love this because I chose it and I knew what I wanted to do.’”Students find that the skills they pick up in workshops transfer nicely to the rest of their lives. “If you didn’t know how to ride a bike and you took the biking workshop, you would know how to do that skill,” says Helen, a third grader. “And cooking, that’s something we can use every day.”For teachers, workshops offer a chance to teach a subject they’re passionate about. “I get to choose something that I’m really interested in, so it’s not like actually working because I have so much fun,” says 3rd and 4th grade teacher Megan Moskwa, who has taught canning, soap making, candle making and more.“Seeing kids get excited about making blackberry jam really makes my day,” Audrey Goodwin-Arpin concurs. Four days a week she teaches K-1, but on Fridays she has offered acrogym, crochet, jewelry making, knitting and most recently, cooking. “If I like something and I do it in my own life, I transfer that passion to them,” she says.Students and teachers also get an opportunity to mix with people they wouldn’t normally see. According to Miles, a first grader, “You can get to know other people better.” The different grouping of students add to the feeling of a village, says Audrey. “When I see the students outside at recess, I’ve already been their teacher. There’s a different level of respect and a feeling that we’re responsible for all of them, not just the ones in our class. It’s also a way to keep track of the ones that I’ve already had that have moved on from my class.”Here are some of the workshops that have been taught at Phoenix Rising over the last three years:bmx bikesartfairy housescandle makingsoccercookingsurvival skillsacrogymadvanced electronicssoap makingweavingKorean languagepuppetspianotheaterpotterycartoonjournalismjewelry makingimprovsinginglamp makingcreative dramagardeningfiber artsliving historydanceschool beautifulrace carswater colorcarpentryhandbuilt potteryanimepropulsion scienceoutdoor educationdigital photo and videolast_img read more

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Fuller rallies Nitehawks past Nelson Leafs

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first_imgBraden Fuller scored three times, twice in the final five minutes of the games, to rally the Beaver Valley Nitehawks past the Nelson Leafs 6-5 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Wednesday night in Fruitvale.The game was the first since the Leafs executive changed its coaching staff, adding longtime skipper Mario DiBella to the Nelson bench.Michael Pruss, Dylan Heppler and Sam Swanson also scored for the Murdoch Division leaders which held period leads of 3-2 and 4-3. Austin Anselmo, Jordan Davie, Andy Fitzpatrick, Dash Thompson and Sam Weber replied for the Leafs, which rallied from a 3-1 first period deficit to take the lead at 5-4 with eight minutes remaining in the contest on a goal by Thompson.Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 45-28 keeping Kootenay Ice affiilate goalie Curt Doyle busy throughout most of the contest in the Nelson nets.Fuller was name game star for the Hawks while Weber earned the honour for the Leafs.The teams complete the home-and-home series today in Nelson at the NDCC Arena in the Leafs New Year’s Clash.The game is the third in as many nights for the Nitehawks, which returned from the Christmas break Tuesday playing to a 1-1 draw against Castlegar Rebels.Game time is 2:30 p.m.last_img read more

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