The Opinionated Spectator…Steelers need an intervention

first_imgCleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) celebrates during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Cleveland. Cleveland won 31-10. (AP Photo/David Richard)Steelers. What was that? Seriously, what was that?Are we supposed to sit here and suggest that what’s going on in the Pittsburgh Steelers organization is okay?  Are we supposed to keep eating these bowls of warmed over, five day old, burnt oatmeal and pretend that it is crème brûlée?The Pittsburgh Steelers played against the Cleveland Browns and lost 31-10. I don’t know what was more upsetting about the game. The loss. Or the fact that the loss was to Cleveland. Cleveland! Really? I loathe the Cleveland Browns.Alexis CobbOne of the greatest joys of being a Pittsburgh native is watching the Steelers beat Cleveland Browns. I love watching Cleveland lose and listening to them talking about their loss afterwards. “HAHA”, I would shout. “That’s right Cleveland. We will always be better than you. We have a special clinic where your dog’s get neutered!”But no, that was not the case on Sunday. I had to listen to Joe Thomas, Cleveland’s Pro Bowl tackle, state, “It was special…I’ve been on the other end of this rivalry when we lose by three scores so many times. I’ve been through the hell of getting our butts kicked. It felt really good to finally be on the other end of it. It was a family win.”How do the Steelers lose to the Cleveland Browns in such an emphatic manner? At halftime, the Steelers were losing by 18 points. And while it wasn’t pretty, I assumed that we would pull ourselves together in the second half. But the Steelers offense never got in rhythm and played poorly overall.Also, don’t tell me that our defense is playing terribly because we are missing two defensive starters to injury.  Isn’t this the time when the Steelers should explore bringing in different talent? I’m being serious. Shouldn’t the Steelers scouts be searching the FXFL developmental league for some fresh talent? Start giving some young, hungry men tryouts and stop recycling retired old men. Get someone with a backbone who just wants to play football!Currently, the Steelers have a 3-3 record and they are the last team in the AFC North division standings. I repeat, the Steelers are the last team in the division. The Steelers are spiraling into total mediocrity and other teams, such as Dallas Cowboys or Cleveland Browns are dusting themselves off and playing like they have good sense. It’s disgusting.The Steelers need an intervention.(Source for this story was )Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at: or (724) 561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more

Detroit Mercy’s Davis breaks Curry’s freshman 3-point record

first_img“I couldn’t help but smile,” Davis said at a postgame news conference. “I was trying to keep my composure with crowd clapping and the standing ovation.“The feeling is unreal.”The no-doubt shot was No. 123 beyond the arc this season, surpassing the mark Curry set at Davidson 12 years ago.“I’ve heard about him, yeah,” said Curry, who wasn’t aware earlier this week he was still holding the Division I record for 3-pointers made by a freshman. “Records are meant to be broken, for sure.”Davis’ feat was celebrated briefly in front of just 1,786 witnesses at Calihan Hall, where the public-address announcer informed the crowd that history was made while a graphic was shown on the video boards to recognize Curry’s record was broken.Detroit Mercy head coach Mike Davis talks to his guard Antoine Davis, his son, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against IUPUI, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Detroit. Davis tied and broke Steph Curry’s NCAA record for 3-point baskets by a freshman. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)“I was nervous for him the last two weeks,” said Titans coach Mike Davis, sitting alongside his son at the postgame news conference.The 6-foot-1 guard matched Curry’s mark with a 3-pointer in the first half.Davis finished 7 of 20 from the field, 4 of 12 on 3-pointers and had six assists, including one to set up Josh McFolley’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 45.5 secondsMcFolley scored 25 points for the Titans (11-18, 8-9 Horizon League) who will have to win their conference tournament championship in Detroit to make the NCAA Tournament with a team Davis scrambled to put together after he was hired last summer .“We signed 10 guys after Aug. 24,” Davis said. “School started Aug. 27.”The former Indiana coach, who led the Hoosiers to the 2002 Final Four, did not have to use one of his scholarships for his son because his father-in law-set had a college fund set up for him.“If you don’t use it for college, you get taxed,” he said.Mike Davis said college coaches expected him to coach his son at Texas Southern, cooling interest in him as a three-star prospect. The Cougars, Arkansas-Little Rock, Stephen F. Austin, Nevada, according to Antoine Davis. His father said Cal State Bakersfield, UTEP and Colorado State also showed interest.No one saw this coming.Davis is averaging 26 points with teams face-guarding him without the ball and double-teaming him with it. He has made a freshman-record 125 3-pointers on 324 attempts, connecting on 39 percent. And, he’s playing 37-plus minutes per game.“He has trained hard over the last four or five years for this moment,” his father said.Antoine Davis was home-schooled from the seventh grade through high school and his father set him up with former NBA coach and player John Lucas to work on his game in Houston.A lot.“I trained three or four times a day,” Antoine Davis said. “I took Sundays off and sometimes Saturdays, too. It prepared me to fight through fatigue and got my mind a lot stronger.”The hard work has paid off, putting him in the same breath this week with one of the game’s greats.“It’s an honor to be in mentioned in same sentence as Stephen Curry,” he said. “But, I still have a lot to learn.”___AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report.___Follow Larry Lage at AP college basketball coverage: DETROIT (AP) — Antoine Davis dribbled slowly past midcourt, went toward the right sideline and created space from the defender with a jab step to the right before putting the ball between his legs to his left and stepping back for a 30-foot shot.Swish .The Detroit Mercy guard broke Stephen Curry’s freshman 3-point record with the high-arcing shot from deep on the right wing early in the second half of an 87-85 win over IUPUI on Thursday night. Detroit Mercy guards Antoine Davis, left, and Lamar Hamrick (21) greet each other after the team’s 87-85 win over IUPUI in an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)center_img By todaylast_img read more

Olajide’s regimen: Getting fit without getting hit

first_imgHe found Michael Olajide Jr., a former middleweight contender who literally lost an eye to his sport.Olajide, once a loser by decision to Thomas Hearns in a title fight, developed a series of aerobic workouts built around the sweet science, and turned that into a second career. He has worked with athletes, actors, singers, artists, super models and, well, anyone interested in using boxing to get fit.In this June 5, 1986, file photo, Michael Olajide, left, from Canada, exchanges punches with Pandy Smith, of Chicago, during the sixth round of a middleweight fight at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Wilbur Funches, File)Or in Hemsworth’s case, to stay fit. “For me, one of the best ways to stay motivated or engaged in any physical workout is variety, and this is where Michael excels,” Hemsworth said. “His workouts are constantly evolving in new and creative ways that always keep you invested, pushing not only your physical speed and endurance but agility, too. One of the best full body, functional workouts you can have.”Olajide, who wears a silver-colored metallic eye patch and looks like he could go 12 rounds with Canelo Alvarez right now, says the benefits of boxing workouts can be felt by anyone — especially when they aren’t feeling the sting of leather from an opponent. He calls it “getting fit without getting hit.”“The movements and the balance and the cardio, it works for anybody, inside the ring or outside of it,” he says. “It’s really natural movement, side to side, front and back. But the difference with boxing is while most workouts the fitness is based with the legs and the movement of the legs, boxing also has the upper body part. And you set the pace with your hands, not your feet.”Olajide then crouches and displays the quick hands and smooth arm movements that every boxer must possess; he was nicknamed “Silk” when he fought, after all. He emphasizes that making contact doesn’t matter for his regimen, then puts a class filled with twentysomethings through a non-contact workout that is exhausting to watch, let alone participate in.He receives a strong round of applause when they finish, then Olajide walks over to each member of the group to thank them. Nearly all of them were embracing a semblance of boxing for the first time.Hemsworth’s associates for the app also include his wife, fitness author Elsa Pataky; his fellow Aussie, chef and author Dan Churchill; psychotherapist Alexis Naim of the La Maida Institute in Los Angeles; personal trainer and author Luke Zocchi; and former ballet dancer Sylvia Roberts.While the vast majority of Olajide’s students aren’t built like a competitive boxer — and certainly not like the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Hemsworth — and never will get into the ring, Olajide isn’t looking for the next Canelo. Having worked with famous folks such as Hugh Jackman, James Taylor, Eva Mendes, Will Smith and Liev Schreiber, all with different body types at divergent ages, he feels comfortable training pretty much anyone.He still has some regrets about his pre-empted career, in which he was 28-4 with 20 knockouts before the right eye was damaged while sparring.“I always thought I could win a world title and it was something I dreamed of,” he says. “But I didn’t, and that I have been able to use boxing in this way, to train people for cardiovascular endurance that serves them well throughout (their lives), it’s rewarding. I have sort of taken boxing into another world, you might say.” In this undated image provided courtesy of Centr, actor Chris Hemsworth, left, and Michael Olajide Jr. workout. When Hemsworth sought “experts” to contribute to a fitness and health app called Centr, one place he turned was to the boxing ring. He found Olajide Jr., a former middleweight contender who literally lost an eye to his sport. (Courtesy of Centr via AP) NEW YORK (AP) — When actor Chris Hemsworth sought “experts” to contribute to a fitness and health app called Centr, one place he turned was to the boxing ring.center_img By today Click to copy TOPICSChris HemsworthSportsBoxinglast_img read more

Pitt beats North Carolina in hoops…and for Cynthia Erivo to not win best actress as Harriet Tubman is as wrong as slavery was!! (Jan. 15)

first_imgby Bill Neal, For New Pittsburgh Courier:10—Listen and listen well…This just in…Just in case you’re already under your winter rock, The New Pitt Panthers went into the famed Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and handed it to the Tar Heels in no uncertain terms. The 73–65 upset on Jan. 8 sent a message loud and clear to the ACC that this is not your grandfather’s Pitt team…For that matter, it’s not the team you saw three years ago before the arrival of Coach Capel! (Sorry, had to get that in!):09—Before I get off the subject, it’s important to know a few things. It’s not that this team is loaded with superstars…and it’s not as if they have a dominant center controlling the paint…and while they’ve improved the position outside the three-point line, it’s not as though Ray Allen just joined the team! But what they do have is a coach with an A+ pedigree, a concept that teaches the importance of team, and most importantly, a never-say-never-nonstop-hard-working defensive mindset that says bring your lunch, boys, we’re going to be here a while!:08—“Upset City” is in full effect and it gives Steeler Nation reasons to feel better about life in general. #1. New England…Done!! #2. The Ravens…Done!! And, quote the Ravens never more (at least not this year). #3. Buffalo…Done! After sending us packing! #4. By now you’re seeing why Kansas City is Kansas City…makes you feel better about yourself now huh? #5. If you live by the running quarterback you die by the running quarterback. Of course, Lamar Jackson is the truth, but no team in the NFL held him down better than us…nobody.:07—To that point, and don’t get me wrong, I applaud the superior talent of Lamar Jackson, but there must be a reason no running QB has won the Super Bowl…I am just sayin’!CYNTHIA ERIVO:06—In review—Now that Joaquin Phoenix has won the Golden Globe for his amazing portrayal of the Joker, put on your grown-up pants and go see it…it’s not real, it’s just a movie. “1917”…Huh, what? And for Cynthia Erivo to not win best actress as Harriet Tubman is as wrong as slavery was!!!:05—Get ready ya’ll, Champions Live Sports Talk Show…The new edition is coming your way soon. Stay Tuned!!:04—Oh, the Pittsburgh Penguins are really good. They even win without the best player in the world…Sidney Crosby! That’s all I got.:03—Coach Bill Cowher is going into the NFL Hall of Fame and deservingly so. It also tells me if Mike Tomlin wins another Super Bowl, he’s a shoo-in! Two trips to the super bowl, eight playoff appearances…C’mon Man!!!:02—The Pirates got a new GM, a new manager and did this, that and the other. We’ll see…:01—OK, OK, OK, Carol, you’re the greatest of all time…G.O.A.T.—now let it go, will ya.:00—It’s getting closer to voting time. Get ready to vote this bum out. Act like your life depends on it…because it does!GAME OVER.last_img read more

ThurstonTalk’s Weekend Event Calendar For Olympia

first_imgFacebook33Tweet0Pin0 Hooray – it’s Friday and for most that means the end of a work week.  Find loads of activities on ThurstonTalk’s event calendar.  Here is a quick summary of some of the fun things you can do around town.Enjoy the Seattle Symphony Orchestra at The Washington Center on Friday.  The Olympia Symphony Orchestra performs on Sunday.Celebrate Saint Martin’s University homecoming weekend.Make Chinese New Year crafts at WET Science Center on Saturday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.Attend a free dental screening at the Hands On Children’s Museum on Saturday between 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.Dig razor clams in Ocean Shores.  Swing by Damon Point and look for snowy owls.Prepare homemade Valentine’s with your kids.Attend the Love Our Local fest at the Olympia Ballroom on Saturday.Sign up your child for Capitol Little League youth baseball.  The final opportunity to register is on Saturday.Participate in Sunday’s community book discussion as part of Lacey Loves to Read.Plan your Thurston County staycation.Take a winter walk at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook37Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonRipley and Memphis are available for adoption at Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton.Memphis and Ripley are 2 year-old, Black Lab/Chow Chow mix brothers.  These boys have had a hard time but, since coming to the kennel, are becoming less scared and more relaxed. They are very close and love having each other for company but can be adopted separately.Memphis is a slim 75 pounds.  His matted coat had to be shaved due to neglect and is just starting to grow back. Ripley takes time getting to know people but once comfortable, wants to be with you all the time.  They are both very sweet and love going for walks.We have lots of great dogs and always need volunteers to help us care for them. Find us on Facebook, or contact the Adopt-A-Pet dog shelter,  on Jensen Road in Shelton, at or contact us at or (360) 432-3091.last_img read more

Intercity Transit Operates on Labor Day

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit’s Dial-A-Lift, local and Express bus services operate on Sunday schedules Labor Day, Monday, September 3. Customer Service at the Olympia Transit Center will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Intercity Transit’s administrative office will be closed and there will be no Village Vans service on the holiday.Transit riders connecting to other systems in the region should check for modified schedules before traveling as other systems may also have reduced schedules.For transit route and schedule information, visit the Intercity Transit website or contact Intercity Transit Customer Service at 360-786-1881.If you’d like to receive this information and other Intercity Transit information by email or text message, sign up on the Intercity Transit website.last_img read more

The Evergreen State College Plans Virtual Graduation

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeThe Evergreen State College will be hosting a virtual commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 on Friday, June 12 at 1:00 p.m., the college announced today.“After conversations with representatives from the senior class, we have decided to go ahead with a video event to celebrate the accomplishments and success of our grads,” said Evergreen President George Bridges. “Although we’re disappointed not to be together in person, our goal now is to build a unique Evergreen celebration that brings our community together to honor our students.”While details for the June 12 virtual ceremony are being worked out, the plan is to invite commencement speakers, honorees and musicians to broadcast their remarks and performances from the college’s renowned Center for Creative and Applied Media. Graduates will receive mortar boards, printed programs and other regalia by mail, and will be invited to share photos and join watch groups to celebrate with fellow grads.For those 2020 graduates who still want the full flavor of a joyous open-air commencement, Evergreen style, they will be invited to walk with the graduating class of 2021 in June next year.“We’re a community that digs deep, just like our iconic Pacific Northwest mascot, the geoduck,” said Bridges. “We will create a special celebration this year to confer degrees and celebrate student success, welcoming a new group of Greener grads en route to their future.”last_img read more

Find out how exactly Virat Kohli and ABD are responsible for KL Rahul’s renaissance

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFP/APAdvertisement 17rkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5l3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ep5b( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ifvoWould you ever consider trying this?😱zeCan your students do this? 🌚5rq2lRoller skating! Powered by Firework One month into the year of 2020, and the month of January has gifted the Indian cricket team their newfound jewel- KL Rahul. Who was known to be an opening batsman has now proven himself to be effective across the batting order. Moreover, the position of a wicket keeper, which was a subject of distress in the absence of MS Dhoni and the fumbling Rishab Pant, is now rightfully taken by Rahul, thanks to his marvellous performance behind the wicket. what is behind the cricketer’s rise to glory? His childhood coach acclaims Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/APSamuel Jayaraj Muthu, who is the head coach at Mangalore Sports Club Cricket Academy, was the mentor of KL Rahul since he was eight years old. In a personal interview with the Times of India, Jayraj credited the Men in Blue skipper Virat Kohli and South Africa cricket team talisman AB de Villers behind Rahul’s fantastic performance.“He (KL Rahul) spoke with a number of cricketers. He spoke with AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. Virat spoke with him and motivated him. Apart from ABD and Virat, some more former cricketers spoke with him. But I would give the credit to ABD and Virat.” Jayraj said.Advertisement Rahul’s success with the gloves came as a substitute after Rishab Pant suffered a concussion during the first match in the Australia ODI series in January. Despite India losing the match, the Karnataka superstar needed one defending innings to prove his worth as the keeper.Pointers from the Proteas icon, who was named ICC ODI Player of the Year three times, along with the Indian skipper’s trust in his teammate has worked positively for Rahul, Jayraj stated.Advertisement Rahul’s chidhood mentor continued: “ABD understands him better because he is also a wicket keeper-batsman. Virat showed confidence in him. Virat knew how talented Rahul is. Watch KL’s stance closely, it is very very balanced. He looks calm before the ball reaches him. That’s one of the changes he has brought into his game.” Along with a stunning wicket keeping performance, Rahul has also shined as a batsman. In the Aussie ODI series, the 27 year old scored 146 runs with one half century, followed by a swashbuckling performance in the 5-0 whitewash in the New Zealand T20 series, scoring 224 runs, including two fifties. Although India suffered a 3-0 ODI series loss against the Kiwis, Rahul shied with scoring 204 runs in the series across three games.Carrying on the interview, Jayraj revealed that Rahul started his wicket keeping training from a young age: “When he was a kid, I used to ask him to keep the wickets.”He also added that the new role of wicket keeping has been productive for Rahul’s performance with the bat: “He was always a wicket-keeper. Wicket keeping for India has come as a blessing in disguise for him. As a wicket keeper you have to keep vigil on all 300 deliveries behind the wickets. Wicket keeping has helped him in his batting.”Also read-Bhajji reveals who India’s ‘No.1 choice spinner’ for T20 World Cup should be Advertisementlast_img read more

Counties Receive $3 Million in Red Cross Sandy Grants

first_imgTINTON FALLS – The American Red Cross has awarded two grants totaling $2.95 million to the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group and the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group to support unmet needs following Super Storm Sandy.The Red Cross grants will be used to repair and rebuild approximately 370 disaster-affected homes to make them safe and secure with sanitary conditions and provide disaster case-management services to help residents achieve long-term, sustainable recovery goals.“Towns in Ocean and Monmouth County were among the hardest hit by Sandy, and the Red Cross is committed to helping these impacted communities come back stronger and more resilient against future storms,” said Nancy Orlando, regional CEO, American Red Cross South Jersey Region. “By partnering with the Long Term Recovery Groups here, we will continue to support Sandy survivors until all affected residents recover.”The Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group (MCLTRG) will prioritize and address the needs of Monmouth County residents who have exhausted all other available resources but still have unmet needs as a direct result of Super Storm Sandy. With its $1.1 million Red Cross grant, the MCLTRG will address the greatest of these needs, home repair and rebuilding assistance.“The generous funding of the Red Cross will help 150 Monmouth County residents repair or rebuild their homes that were damaged or de­stroy­ed in the storm,” said Tim Hearne, treasurer of the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group.  “To­gether, we are enabling our local families to rebuild their homes and their lives.”Donations to the Red Cross after Super Storm Sandy have led to clear signs of progress and hope throughout New Jersey nearly a year after the storm.The Red Cross has partnered with numerous organizations to support the recovery of New Jersey families and communities affected by Sandy, including the National Voluntary Organizations Ac­tive in Disaster (VOAD), Operation Hope, the Points of Light Foundation, Habitat for Humanity International, the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church, Rebuild­ing Together, Lutheran Dis­aster Response, Catholic Charities USA, Southern Bap­tist Disaster Relief, World Renew and NECHAMA Jew­ish Response to Disaster.Sandy recovery efforts include housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination and construction services.Additional New Jersey community grants will be announced in the weeks ahead.As of Aug. 31, the Red Cross has received $308 million in donations for its Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts, and has spent or committed $272 million, nearly 90 percent of the donated funds.More information on the Red Cross Sandy relief and recovery efforts can be found at read more