first_imgCHARLESTON, S.C. – Kyle Larson has Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway highlighted.In the quick flight home from Charleston, South Carolina, following a school visit at Meeting Street Academy, the 26-year-old driver spoke about the 0.533-mile oval with hope.Hope for a strong run as the playoffs loom, but more than that: Hope for his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of 2018.“Bristol is definitely my favorite track,” he told NASCAR.com. “I just enjoy the style of driving it takes to be fast there. It’s really aggressive and now that they’ve kind of ironed out the VHT where it’s on the bottom, the racing’s even better than it used to be. I just like it – I’m really good there, too.“I’ve never won but I’ve been close every time we’ve raced there. Hopefully this will be the year.”MORE: Full Bristol schedule | All the Bristol night race winnersA recent frontrunner at the Eastern Tennessee track, Larson has finished in the top 10 for the last three races at Bristol, pacing the field for 472 laps in that span. He was notably close in the spring trip to Bristol, coming up second to race-winner Kyle Busch after leading 200 laps. He declared this week that there’s some “unfinished business” there.“I think Bristol is the place for sure that I look at for the rest of the season,” he said on nabbing his first Cup victory of 2018. “Here and Homestead are probably my two best tracks. This place takes more, I feel like driver is a bigger factor than car.“For sure I think your Big 3 will still be up there, but I think you’ll see some other guys – including myself – that have been a little inconsistent this year run up front and challenge for the win and hopefully beat those guys.”Larson saw a fellow Chevrolet driver – and Big 3 outsider – Chase Elliott break through for his first career win in the Monster Energy Series two weeks ago at Watkins Glen. While he thought his own CGR Chevrolet team started the season ahead of the other bowties, the manufacturer’s other teams have begun to make “more gains” than his No. 42 team has. Now, he considers his team “kind of equal with them.”MORE: Larson, No. 42 team, visit with kidsWhat’s noteworthy to Larson isn’t the lack of victories, though – it’s the races run en route to those solid results that have put Larson in position to challenge for a championship.“I think we’d like to have a win or two by now, but we’ve challenged for a few wins already this year, so it’s not like we aren’t capable of winning,” he said. “We’ve run up front a lot of the time. There’s some tracks where we’re definitely off, but I think that’s more on my part than the team’s part. We’ve just got to keep working hard and keep trying to get better as an organization and as a team, really. Try to go for that championship. There’s a lot of teams that are doing a really good job and we’re just a small step behind them.”The playoffs begin in a little over four weeks at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, offering a chance for Larson & Co. to gear up for a title.If they can put all the pieces together, Larson just might have a shot at what is coincidently his other best track — Homestead-Miami Speedway.“I think we’ll get to have some bigger gains here shortly in the next couple months,” he said. “I’m excited about that and just hoping that we can have a good couple rounds of playoffs and maybe if things start falling into place at the right time, we can go for a championship.”last_img read more

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first_imgMy Morning Jacket returned to action for their first performance since March 2018 on Friday with their first of two performances at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. The band’s performance also acted as the first of only four planned shows in 2019, so fans were ready to rock by the time Jim James and company took the stage for their 23-song performance.Related: My Morning Jacket Announces Capitol Theatre Show Celebrating ‘The Tennessee Fire’ 20th Anniversary ReissueThe night began with plenty of melodic mysticism as the band started the show with a pair of tunes from 2011’s Circuital with the gloriously ominous “Victory Dance” followed by “Circuital”. From there, the band continued with the relaxed feel of “XMas Curtain” before turning the energy back up with “First Light” and the funky flows of “East Morning Rebel”.The band then turned to The Tennessee Fire tracklist for a performance of “Heartbreakin Man” as the song (and album) celebrates its 20th-anniversary in 2019. The performance continued with “Lowdown” before really slowing things down with “Slow Slow Tune” and the easygoing tempo of “Smokin’ From Shootin’”. The mid-set psychedelia continued with “In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)” before the band turned to a more structured feel for “I’m Amazed”. Next came a two-song segue with “War Begun” into “I Will Sing You Songs”. “Golden” and “Dondante” then followed, as did another multi-song combination beginning with “The Way That He Sings”, which flowed right into “What a Wonderful Man”, and finally closing with “Run Thru”.The band briefly left the stage, only to return for a five-song encore beginning with “Wonderful (The Way I Feel)”. The lengthy encore continued with their climactic anthem in “Believe (Nobody Knows)”, followed by “Master Plan”, “Anytime”, and finally sending fans home with “Mahgeetah”.Watch the band’s show-closing performance of “Mahgeetah” from Friday below.My Morning Jacket – “Mahgeetah” – 8/2/2019[Video: mano1971music]Relive the band’s triumphant return to the stage on Friday with the full-show audio via the player below.My Morning Jacket – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – 8/2/2019[Audio: vwmule]My Morning Jacket returns to Red Rocks for their second performance at the famous outdoor venue on Saturday night. From there, they’ll head to Port Chester, NY’s The Capitol Theatre on August 9th, and New York City’s Forest Hills Stadium on August 10th. Head to the band’s website for ticket info.Setlist: My Morning Jacket | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 8/2/2019Set: Victory Dance, Circuital, X-Mas Curtain, First Light, East Morning Rebel, Heartbreakin Man, Lowdown, Slow Slow Tune, Smokin’ From Shootin’, In Its Infancy (The Waterfall), I’m Amazed, War Begun > I Will Sing You Songs, Golden, Dondante, The Way That He Sings > What a Wonderful Man > Run ThruEncore: Wonderful (The Way I Feel), Believe (Nobody Knows), Master Plan, Anytime, Mahgeetahlast_img read more

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first_img The Orange LeaderHOUSTON — The boys in Blue, Silver and White have brought back some hardware to Fruit City.Make that some state championship hardware.The West Orange-Stark Mustangs nabbed their third state title in school history as they throttled the Celina Bobcats 22-3 to take home the Class 4A Division II state championship Friday at NRG Stadium, the home of the Houston Texans in front of a crowd of 13,685.The win for the Mustangs (15-1) also denied the Bobcats (15-1), who were seeking their ninth state title.The Mustangs brought home 4A state titles in 1986 and 1987.“This is just incredible,” said Mustang coach Cornel Thompson. “It was so great to run out of that tunnel today and see all of that Mustang Blue in the stadium. Just seeing that, really ignited the kids. It’s been nearly 30 years since our last one, so this is so sweet.”The Mustangs dominated the Bobcats, outgaining them 369-212.The win was definitely sweet for a WO-S program that dropped a 35-25 decision to Gilmer in the title game last year after leading 25-8 at the half.Mustang junior quarterback Jack Dallas celebrated his birthday in style as he rushed for two touchdowns.He completed 10 of 16 passes for 139 yards and rushed for 39 yards on 12 carries.“This was such an amazing group effort, every single player hit the field today wanting to get it done,” said Dallas. “Our practices this week were the best we had yet. Last year was so bittersweet because we thought we had that one. We learned a lesson and we started talking way back in the offseason, thinking we had to redeem ourselves. We’ve been a team on a mission all year to get back and win it. Our coaching staff believed in us, we believed in team unity and the community support, what else can I say, has been amazing.”Tailback Jeremiah Shaw powered his way to 73 yards on 13 carries while receiver Keion Hancock had six catches for 70 yards to aid the Mustang offense.WO-S dominated the time clock, keeping the leather for 28:22 while the Bobcats had it for just 19:38.The Bobcats suffered a blow when their standout junior quarterback Conner Pingleton went out with an arm injury after the first series of the game.He completed 2 of 2 passes for 17 yards and ran for 11 yards on two carries. He entered the game with 3,463 passing yards and 45 TDs while also rushing for 894 yards and 10 TDs.“You hate to see that happen to the kid but this was a championship game and we had to stick with our game plan,” said Thompson. “We knew after he went down that they would turn to a more power game. Ourdefense, after they had that first good drive of the game, was lights out pretty much the rest of the way.”Backup Bobcat quarterback Caleb Knowles had a tough go of it. He completed just 4 of 16 passes for 68 yards and ran for seven yards on 11 carries.Trace Young led the Celina ground game with 63 yards on six carries.The Mustangs held standout Bobcat back Jarren Alexander to just 25 yards on 11 carries.Mustang junior linebacker Justin Brown was thrilled with what the Mustangs accomplished.“We felt confident coming in that we could take this as long as we stuck to our assignments and not make any mistakes,” said Brown. “This team has been focused on the task at hand all season long. We focusedon who we had to play the next week and never wanted to look ahead. It’s funny, but it still hasn’t sunk in yet but I bet it will in a couple days. What a great run we’ve had, and hopefully we can come back and do it again next year.”The Mustangs came out strong to start the third quarter as they put together a eight-play, 70-yard dash to the end zone after leading 14-3 at intermission.They gained 45 yards on six rushes and 25 through the air.Dallas connected with Shaw on a 25-yard screen pass that got to the Bobcat 45. On fourth-and-2 from the 23, Dallas shredded through the Bobcat defense, going over right tackle and sprinted to the sideline and got into the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown dash. Dallas then connected with receiver K.J. Miller on the two-point conversion pass to put the Mustangs up 22-3 with 8:44 in the third quarter.“It felt good to get into the end zone there because that really added to the momentum,” said Dallas. “Give a lot a credit to the guys up front because they opened things up for our running game.”The Mustangs finished with 230 yards on 44 carries.“We made a few adjustments at the half and we just wanted to come out and play solid football and control the clock in the second half,” said Thompson. “That drive really took the wind out of Celina and we felt like we were in control. We just wanted that clock to run, even though it seemed like it was running in slow motion at times.”Thompson also had a gut feeling about today’s outcome early in the week.“On Monday, we had one of the best practices WO-S has ever had,” said Thompson. “I didn’t tell anybody, but deep inside I knew we could win this thing. The kids were solid all week and you could just see theintensity in their eyes and that focus that you have to have. As coaches, we loved seeing that.”After a tough first quarter on offense, the Mustangs scored 14 unanswered points in the second quarter to zip into the half with a 14-3 edge.The Mustangs shook off their jittery first quarter by marching 70 yards in 11 plays to go up 8-3 with 6:12 left in the half.Dallas finished off the superb drive when he scampered off right tackle for a 5-yard touchdown gallop. Dallas also did the honors with a tough two-point conversion run.Dallas teamed up with Hancock on four passes for 34 yards on the drive, including a vital 11-yard completion on third-and-10 from the 50.Shaw aided the drive with two carries for 14 yards and Quinton Chargois had a big seven-yard gain to the Celina 5.The Mustangs utilized a pair of big plays to make it 14-3 on a three-play, 58-yard scoring drive the next time they had it.Dallas found Hancock on a swing pass that went 33 yards all the way to the Bobcat 21 and Shaw finished it off with a 21-yard touchdown dart through the heart of the Bobcat defense. The two-point conversion runfailed but the Mustangs went up 14-3 with 3:54 in the half.“Those two plays really got things rolling for us,” said Thompson.“Offensively, I think we had about seven yards in the first quarter and then we settled down and got it going. No one panicked. That’s one thing this team does not do, they’re a confident group.”The Mustangs outgained the Bobcats 138-114 in the first 24 minutes.Shaw fumbled the ball in the air and it landed in the arms of Celina linebacker Austin Geiger at the Mustang 12 with 3:49 left in the first quarter.The Mustang defense rose up and the Bobcats ended up settling for a 22-yard field goal by Eduardo Paulino to make it 3-0 with 2:36 in the first.“We were really happy with the way our defense bowed up there in the first quarter,” said Thompson. “Celina’s line is pretty physical. I don’t think we’re the biggest team around as far as size and we may not be the fastest team but we’re a quick team that can fill up those lanes really well. We play smart, hardnosed football. This is a team that brings its lunchpail every time, kinda like what our town back in Orange is all about. Just a bunch of hard-working honest folks.”The Bobcats took the opening series and marched 69 yards in 11 plays all the way down to the Mustang 3 where Pingleton fumbled the ball over to Mustang defensive lineman Jalen Powdrill with 7:50 left in thefirst quarter.Pingleton had just tossed a 15-yard pass to Braylon Watson on fourth-and-11 from the Mustang 24 before coughing the ball up at the 3.Dallas completed 8 of 11 passes for 86 yards in the first half with Hancock hauling in six of them for 71 yards. Shaw, meanwhile, had 51 yards on just six totes.Trace Young led the Bobcat ground game with 28 yards on three carries.Jarren Alexander had 26 yards on eight carries. Pingleton had two carries for 11 yards and completed 2 of 2 passes for 17 yards before going out. By Van Wadelast_img read more

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first_imgSo you have the cash in hand, and you’re planning on buying an set of aero wheels? Well, it may be a good time to give Reynolds a look, if you haven’t already. In a program that began May 1st, Reynolds is launching their 30-day AERO wheel guarantee. Buy a set of AERO wheels, and if you’re not impressed with them in less than 30 days time, simply take them back to the store you got them. In the fine print it says no cash refunds will be given, only store credit – but you were planning on buying wheels anyways so if you really don’t like them applying the money towards a different set of wheels would make sense.The 30-Day guarantee is available on the entire AERO line up, with the 58, 72, and 90 AERO wheelsets offered. The offer is only good until July 4, 2013 and while supplies last. According to Reynolds, “We are not expecting to have very many returned wheels,” even so, they have plans in the works so dealers aren’t saddled with a bunch of used wheels. Dealers will be able to purchase the wheels at a discount for demo use, or return them to Reynolds for a full refund.last_img read more

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first_imgTasha Wallis, Executive Director of the Vermont Retail Association (VRA), has announced the winners of the 2013 VRA Retailer of the Year Awards. According to Wallis, ‘More than 40,000 Vermonters are employed in retail-related businesses, making up approximately 16% of the entire work force. Given the retail sector’s critical importance to the state’s economy, VRA launched its Retailer of the Year Awards (ROYs) in 2009 to recognize excellence in the retail industry. With so many deserving candidates, this year’s selection was particularly challenging. In the end, though, our 2013 winners were clearly the best of the best.’Formal presentation of the awards will take place at a luncheon on September 10th at Boyden Valley Winery in Cambridge. 2013 VRA RETAILER OF THE YEAR: Farm-Way, Bradford  Farm-Way has been owned and operated by the Metayer and Gallerani families since 1983. Originally situated in a restored Purina Mills building, the business sold bird feed, grain, livestock supplies, and a selection of merchandise. Responding to customer demands, over the years Farm-Way’s owners added clothing for work and recreation, footwear, gear, sporting goods, and housewares. Today, the business comprises 17 acres and maintains $4 million worth of inventory, including sought-after brands like Patagonia, Columbia, The North Face, Merrell, and many others. With 33 full-time and two-part time employees, it registers $10 million in annual sales. Through its website, www.vermontgear.com(link is external), Farm-Way serves customers throughout the U.S. and Canada and around the world.  An especially noteworthy accomplishment is Farm-Way’s 59.5 kilowatt solar array system, which supplies 43% of its power. The largest array of its type in Vermont at the time of its installation, it has inspired many other solar systems, some even larger than Farm-Way’s original.  Farm-Way is an official Vermont Attraction and has been named a Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice.  ‘Many thanks to all of our customers for their support over the years,’said Farm-Way owner Carol Metayer. We have appreciated them bringing their friends and families here to visit and all their feedback and encouragement. Also thanks to our incredible staff and to the Vermont Retail Association for its support and recognition.’ 2013 VRA COMMUNITY GEM:  Advance Music Center, BurlingtonIn 1992, Mike Trombley listened to the other side of his brain and left his career at a local design and engineering firm to buy half of Advance Music Center. A lifelong musician and 30-year member of the band, Quadra, Mike felt this was a chance to turn a hobby into a career.  He has not looked back.  Advance Music Center was established in 1982 in Middlebury.  The business moved to Church Street in Burlington in 1984, to lower Main Street in 1990, and then to its current location at 75 Maple Street in 1994. Mike bought out his partner in 1997 and has been diversifying and expanding the business ever since.  In 1998, Advance started its lesson program, which currently includes seven instructors and more than 200 students. 2001 brought the addition of Advance System Design, a division specializing in design, integration, and installation of intelligent audio/video solutions. In 2009, Advance bought MusiCraft, a Waitsfield company specializing in instrument sales, rentals, and repairs. Advance also has a full-service electronic and stringed instrument repair department. The company has 22 full-  and part-time employees.  Advance Music is honored to have been the recipient of the Seven Days ‘Daysies’ award as the best local music store since the inception of that prestigious award.  2013 VRA Greentailer of the Year:  Vermont Farm Table, BurlingtonIn 2008, Dustin Glasscoe observed that the furniture market was dominated by high-gloss, manufactured veneers and lacquer-finished hardwoods. He believed that warmer, cleaner, and more approachable furniture of balanced proportions could be built with hand-selected, reclaimed materials and non-toxic finishes. He started doing just that in his Shelburne garage. By 2011, with business flourishing, Vermont Farm Table moved to Burlington. Dustin’s commitment to his original vision of sustainability and community values remains firm. Wood and material come from barns, silos, and aging facilities such as the old Waterbury Train Station. Roughly 50% of total sales are products made from reclaimed woods. The business supports family farms by sourcing its ‘new’ wood from them. All woods used are sustainably grown and harvested. Finishes are non-toxic and waste is reduced to a minimum.VRA 8.16.2013last_img read more

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first_imgThe USA Triathlon (USAT) Nominating Committee has presented USAT’s membership with the 2009 national board of directors and regional council members election results. Terms will begin on 1 January 2010.In its release USAT noted a: ‘thank you to all the candidates who volunteered to run for office in service to our sport. We encourage all members to become involved in the governance of triathlon through any of the many available means. Please contact your regional council chair to learn about specific volunteer opportunities in your region.’USA Triathlon Nominating Committee Vince O’Brien, Chair Victor Plata Skip GilbertCongratulations to the following winners:National ElectionsMid-Atlantic Region Bob Wendling – 190Rocky Mountain Region Celeste Callahan – 247Northeast Region Eric Averill – 175South Midwest Region Candy Cheatham – 215Regional ElectionsMid-Atlantic Stephen Brown – 117 Melanie Fink – 145 Nicolas Jafarieh – 98 Michelle Redrow – 125 JoAnna Younts – 153South Midwest Francis (Frank) P. Cortese – 83 Jane Hresko – 164 Merry Prather – 128 David Young – 166Rocky Mountain Michelle Cox – 74 Alan Ley – 69 Brian M. Pilgrim – 55 Jose Valdes – 55Northeast Bill Burnett – 109 Jeffery D. Cole – 113 Kathleen Donatello – 153 Kurt Perham – 94 Kathy Robbins – 111Mideast Lesley Kruzel – 56 Dan Monahan – 59 Jack F. Parker Jr. – 66 Morgan Staley – 88 James F. Weaver – 61 Michael J. Wendorf – 79Midwest Erika Binger – 57 Gary Bredehoft – 56 Jessica Laufenberg – 57 Jeffery Mortensen – 42 Kris Swarthout – 80Southwest Scott Archibald – 36 Penni Bengtson – 29 Courtenay Bravmann – 43 Elizabeth Farnan – 51 Todd German – 33 James Girand – 37 Daniel Hart – 27 Corey McKenna – 36 Dave Mandelkern – 32 Sharon deMaria Osgood – 42 DeeAnn M. Smith – 52 Kevin Trock – 53Southeast Matthew Bonvicin – 52 Jim Rainey – 40 Doug Simpson – 49Pacific Northwest Michelle Wimberley – 36Florida Kameel Adurrahman – 30 Kelle Burke – 173 Tom Reilly – 73 Hector L. Torres – 90www.usatriathlon.org Relatedlast_img read more

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first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr U.S. Sens. Angus King (I-Maine), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) unveiled new legislation Wednesday intended to provide immediate regulatory relief for America’s credit unions and community banks.Calling these smaller financial institutions the “bedrock of small towns across America,” King said they–and the services they provide–are being “hammered by a tidal wave of poorly-tailored regulations.”“We owe it to these institutions–and the millions of Americans who depend on them–to provide some measure of relief. America will be the better for it when we do,” said the senator from Maine.The bill, introduced yesterday and entitled the RELIEVE Act, would:Provide credit unions parity with Federal Desposit Insurance Corp.-insured institutions when it comes to deposit insurance coverage on Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTAs) and other escrow accounts. An IOLTA bill known as the Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act (H.R. 3468), which would extend share insurance coverage to all of the underlying owners of funds held by lawyers in trust accounts and realtors in escrow accounts. was approved by voice vote by the House in November 2013; continue reading »last_img read more

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first_imgUniversity Associate General Counsel Brent Benrud objected to the $5,000 penalty during last Tuesday’s hearing, arguing that the phone had already been examined and found not to contain relevant evidence.While Rotenberg conceded that erasing the phone’s memory had been a mistake, he disagreed with the claim that the University destroyed evidence.“We should have kept the phone,” he said. “But that is not the same thing as destroying relevant evidence.”Harris hired Brenny, 32, as associate women’s head golf coach in August 2010.In mid-September 2010, the University gave Brenny a new job description that essentially stripped her of coaching duties.Brenny met with then-athletics director Joel Maturi the next month. Maturi allegedly gave her two choices: to quit or comply with Harris’ demands. Brenny resigned in late October 2010 and sued the University’s Board of Regents and Harris three months later.The suit hasn’t gone in Brenny’s favor thus far.The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled in May 2012 that Brenny couldn’t sue Harris because his actions fell within his duties as a University employee. Brenny did not appeal the decision.Last month a judge threw out Brenny’s claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation. Only the sexual orientation part of the suit remains intact.A civil trial is scheduled to begin April 29, but Mark said the suit could go on for a while.“I’m not optimistic it’s going to end anytime soon,” he said. U fights $5,000 penalty in Brenny caseFormer women’s golf coach Katie Brenny is seeking compensation for legal fees resulting from her 2011 discrimination lawsuit. Nate GotliebJanuary 22, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe University of Minnesota argued in Hennepin County Court last Tuesday against paying $5,000 for mishandling text messages as part of a 2-year-old discrimination lawsuit filed by former women’s golf coach Katie Brenny.Brenny sued the University’s Board of Regents and former director of golf John Harris in January 2011, alleging that the University and Harris violated her rights as a member of a protected class under the state Human Rights Act. The lawsuit claims that Harris did not allow Brenny to perform the role of associate head coach and relegated her to administrative duties once he found out she was a lesbian.The text messages in question might have contained evidence in Brenny’s case against the University and Harris, according to Brenny’s lawyer, Donald Chance Mark Jr.“We wanted to look at what discussions Mr. Harris had had regarding Katie Brenny and particularly her sexual orientation,” Mark said.The University disagreed that the text messages were pertinent to the case.“We had already examined the cellphone and determined that there was no relevant evidence about this case on it,” University General Counsel Mark Rotenberg said.Mark had asked the University to preserve evidence for the case, including Harris’ text messages, in December 2010. He said the University didn’t originally object to his request.Mark said he later submitted two requests for documents, which included specific requests for Harris’ text messages.He said the University objected to his first request for the text messages and responded to his second request by saying it had produced all relevant evidence.Mark said the University didn’t tell him the data on Harris’ phone had been erased until September 2012.“It’s inappropriate to destroy evidence, particularly when you’ve been put on notice to preserve it,” Mark said.A specially appointed judge ruled last month that because the University had wiped data from Harris’ phone, it should pay Brenny’s $5,000 legal fees as a punishment.last_img read more

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first_imgThe key to Gophers‘ success, Tanner Morgan stepping up as leaderMorgan called a team meeting last January to rally the team.Jasmin KempQuarterback Tanner Morgan looks to throw the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The Gophers defeated Illinois 40 to 17 to bring their record to 5-0. John MillerNovember 30, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter winning their 10th game of the year, the Gophers football team is having their best regular season since 1904. After last week’s win against Northwestern, star wide receiver sophomore Rashod Bateman told us what started it all.In P.J. Fleck’s second year as head coach, the Gophers showed improvement, going 7-6 and winning three of their last four games of the season which was capped off by a 34-10 rout of Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl. When the season was over back in January, quarterback Tanner Morgan led a players-only meeting to discuss how special the team could be in the upcoming season, Bateman said. Last year as a redshirt freshman, Morgan was a key to the Gophers’ success down the stretch, developing a rapport with wide receivers Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman. His opportunity came because then-true freshman quarterback Zack Annexstad got hurt in the first half against Nebraska on Oct. 20. Morgan finished the year with 1,401 yards passing, nine touchdown passes and six interceptions. Despite the Morgan’s success, his job wasn’t safe heading into his redshirt sophomore season. He had to win the it back in the offseason and was once again given the position after an Annexstad injury. Despite not being guaranteed the job, Morgan took on a leadership role immediately following the season.“Just what our standard as team was, how we were going to attack it and get better each day,” Morgan said about the topic of the meeting. “The standard is the standard and it’s not going anywhere, but it has to be led by the players. We talked about being a player-led team … it has to be embodied by the players. We really had to go back and make sure the standard was set from our players and that we were all on the same page moving forward heading into the offseason.”Morgan credits the leadership of defensive seniors Thomas Barber, Carter Coughlin and Winston DeLattiboudere for helping him get the message across and providing guidance to the team, setting them up on the path to success that they built off of last year. “Let’s make sure we were capitalizing off the time [we] had together as players,” said Morgan of the meeting. “Not that we were wasting anybody’s time but to make sure that the message was clear.” There’s no doubting the growth that Morgan has shown in his game since last year — he has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country. But his development as a leader has also grown.  “It’s a lot different, a lot more confident,” Morgan said on the difference between leading the offense this time last year and now. “It just goes back to [offensive coordinator Kirk] Ciarrocca really just helping me out and helping me take that next right step as a player, coach Fleck with leadership stuff.”From being a labeled a game manager last year to completely tearing apart that label with his play this year, Morgan has received high praise from his teammates and coaches. “There’s not a guy that comes in more energetic, passionate, excited about the opportunity to grow,” Fleck said. “Whether he failed or whether he succeeded, there’s not a guy that comes in more excited about that. When that’s your leader, that’s the quarterback, it goes back to when your best players are your hardest workers. That’s infectious, that spreads to everybody. That’s what Tanner has been able to provide for our team. Now everybody is catching on to that. That’s infectious.”Morgan has parlayed that hard work ethic and positive attitude into success, as he’s having the best season a quarterback has ever had at Minnesota. Morgan surpassed Adam Weber for the single-season touchdown mark of 24 last Saturday. He currently sits with 26 touchdown passes on the season with at least one more regular season game to go. Not to mention that Morgan will have plenty of opportunities to break his own record with two seasons of eligibility remaining after this year.Morgan’s continued success is one of the biggest reasons the team is able to control their destiny with a chance at the Big Ten West title, Big Ten Championship and a possible berth to the College Football Playoff.“It’s something you dream about as a kid, if you think about it,” Morgan said. “You want to play in big-time games. I think all good competitors do. Everybody wants to play in games that carry weight and this game obviously does and we’re extremely blessed to be able to be put in this situation. I love our team and our coaching staff and we’re just going to prepare the best we can this week to go 1-0 in the Wisconsin championship season.”last_img read more

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first_imgMany people believe that life is a zero-sum game and that the most ruthless people get the furthest. But Jamil Zaki, a Stanford psychologist and author of The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, says there’s a lot of evidence to the contrary. “It turns out that nice guys finish first in lots of different ways,” Zaki said on KQED’s Forum program. And, when people are nice, they not only help others, but they help themselves as well. Empathetic people are generally happier, healthier and more effective at work. And, acting from a place of empathy, he argues, could be just what the world needs at this moment, when division has become the norm. Read the whole story: MindShift KQED More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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