Football student managers reflect on behind-the-scenes work

first_imgBuilding RelationshipsHowbeit their mission is to remain as unnoticeable as possible, their support is not invisible to the football team, junior linebacker Reed Gregory said.“Without the managers, practice would be chaos,” he said. “They always have everything ready to go so no time is wasted. We need managers during the week so we can be successful on Saturday.”Football student managers do everything from packing trucks for traveling and tying the players’ shoes to waking the team up at hotels and making sure they get the nutrition they need. As such, an enormous part of their job is spent with the football players.“Traveling with the players is really fun and going to all these places where I wouldn’t be able to go otherwise,” Notre Dame senior John Geppert said. “We also get to work with coaches and other incredible people.”Spending that much time with the team not only means these students know the songs they like to hear during practices — “they like ‘Circle of Bosses’ and ‘God’s Warrior’ a lot,” Geppert said — but they also build relationships with players that translate into greater cooperation and success in their work.Yet, perhaps one of the most meaningful relationships they cultivate during their four years in the program is the one they share with each other, Geppert said.“I really love the relationship you form with other managers,” he said. “The work can be hard and tedious, but we have a great group of kids.”Saint Mary’s senior Molly Hart agrees that having a close-knit group of people to work with is one of her favorite parts of the job and considers last year’s trip to the Cotton Bowl one of her favorite memories.“I really enjoyed our week-long trip to the Cotton Bowl because we’re already a close group, but we spent a lot of time together, hanging out in the hotels and spending Christmas together,” Hart said. In 1759, Adam Smith created the “Invisible Hand” concept. Though his idea referred to the unobservable forces that move a free market economy, at Notre Dame a similar Invisible Hand allows the football program to run smoothly, making sure the team is equipped with everything it needs to succeed.Even though students and Irish fans may pay no heed to their efforts, a group of about 24 students are constantly working behind the scenes to maintain the football team’s equipment and travel accommodations. They make sure balls and machinery are present during practices and players have warmers in the cold winter games. From fixing helmets and drying balls to waking up players and creating music playlists for their practices, the football student managers are there to cover the program’s every need. Courtesy of Jennifer Buck Student managers fulfill one of their major responsibilities, maintaining and preparing the football team’s equipment.A four-year programThe program, which has three divisions — operations, equipment and personnel — is designed with a tiered model, with managerial duties increasing each academic year. First year students, the largest group, work as volunteers, shadowing upperclassmen. Sophomores have greater responsibilities, having to work during home games. At the end of the year, eight students are chosen to continue the program as juniors, selections being made through peer-evaluation. Juniors are then able to work both home and away games, and, when the year comes to an end, four are selected to be the senior managers, who have the tasks of overseeing the program and training members.During the year, the football student managers tackle both academic and work responsibilities, juggling not only the challenges present a college student’s reality but also the responsibilities associated with the jobs.In the summer, these students stay on campus in order to assist during the football team’s practices. Once the college football season begins, they must not only attend practice, but also prepare the home games and travel with the team when they play away from Notre Dame. Though one might imagine a student manager’s work ends once the season comes to an end, but during the spring semester, students must continue attending practices, make the Blue and Gold game a reality and train the incoming class of managers who will take over the senior’s responsibilities once the year ends.“There’s really no off season in this job,” Notre Dame senior Harrison Kranz said. “We’re there for practices, games, winter workouts, conditioning and [the] summer.” Always on their toesLike any other student, Kranz wakes up and attends classes in order to complete his accounting degree. Around 2 p.m., his role changes from student to football student manager.In a normal practice day, Kranz heads to Guglielmino Athletics Complex, or “the Gug,” in the afternoon and takes attendance to make sure all 120 players are present. Then, he sets up for practice and makes sure that scheduling and itinerary tasks are ready in case the team is traveling. Afterwards, Kranz goes out to the field to check that all the necessary equipment is there. Finally, he oversees post-practice recovery for the players and leaves at around 7 p.m.On game days, the football managers arrive at the stadium at 8 a.m. in order to make all the arrangements for the day.“Basically, everything you see on game day are things we set up,” Kranz said. “Long days, but they are definitely really rewarding.”Even though there is a certain routine regarding the tasks they must complete, Saint Mary’s senior Jennifer Buck said every day brings a new surprise, meaning she must always be “on her toes.”“You never really know what a coach might want,” Buck said. “It’s hard to plan ahead because you just kind of have to be in the moment and adjust to what they want, and that’s kind of hard.”Hart said some days might be harder than others, and that sticking through is definitely important.“Sometimes you don’t have the best days and sometimes something goes bad at practice, but there are days where everything just perfectly fits together,” Hart said. “It’s a lot of rolling with the punches, and if something happens you just have to adapt and overcome.”Kranz believes this adaptability is an important skill to have while working behind the scenes, especially since “the job of manager is to not be noticed,” he said. Looking back on their time togetherEven though they work arduously as football student managers, the sentiment Buck, Geppert, Hart and Kranz said they shared was one of deep gratitude for the program.Looking back on the four years they have spent on the job, the group of four considered that, despite the difficulties associated with their work, the football manager program has been an important part of their time in college.“It’s definitely a great commitment, and so it’s hard to commit yourself to something where you’re not there to get recognition and you’re not there for the spotlight,” Kranz said. “But, I think it’s an awesome experience and you gain so much from it.”Buck provided a piece of advice for the first-year students who are beginning the program this year and will eventually fill in her shoes.“I want the freshmen to know that it’ll be difficult and that there will be moments when they’ll maybe want to quit, especially when school gets hard, but it’s so worth it to stick with it as long as you can because you learn so much from this experience,” she said. “Push through the hard times.”Tags: Football Student Managers, Invisible Hand, Notre Dame footballlast_img read more

Cork ring in the changes for Tipp clash

first_imgThe Munster rivals will both be looking to continue their three game unbeaten run when they do battle this Sunday. Kennedy, who won two All Irelands with Tipperary, says the Premier County’s wins in the top-tier Division were a result of their determination and attitude. Throw in at Páirc Uí Rinn is at 2 o’clock on Sunday and Tipp FM will have full live coverage of the match in association with Albany Home Decor, Summerhill, Nenagh and Doherty Hardware, Rosemary Square, Roscrea. Alan Cadogan and Luke O’Farrell are in for Stephen Moylan and Paudie O’Sullivan — undoing switches made for the Galway game. In defence, Damien Cahalane takes over from William Kearney at number 4 while Robert O’Shea comes in for Brian Lawton at left half-forward.Tipperary is set to name its team here live on Tipp Fm tonight.Meanwhile Former Tipperary senior hurler John Kennedy says Tipp’s physicality and toughness has been key to their success in the campaign so far.last_img read more

49ers takeaways from divisional playoff win over Vikings: Championship-caliber defense lifts Jimmy Garoppolo

MORE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS:Picks against the spread | Straight-up predictionsThe run game was the difference today.49ers‣ 47 carries‣ 186 yardsVikings‣ 10 carries‣ 21 yards pic.twitter.com/tOmHHxXQwc— Sporting News (@sportingnews) January 12, 2020″We thought the team that got over 30 runs would win this game,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters during his postgame media conference. “We truly look at that as a team goal. We ended up getting 47 on offense. It’s a lot easier to do when a team goes 2 of 12 on third down.”When you see the way the defense is playing, it makes it so much easier to stay with that.”The 49ers have reached the NFC championship game for the first time since they lost to the Seahawks in Seattle to close the 2013 season. They’ll host the NFC title game for the first time since their loss to the eventual Super Bowl-champion Giants in 2012.Here are our takeaways from San Francisco’s dismantling of Minnesota on its way to the 2020 NFC championship game.The 49ers’ defensive line is terrifying.Early developments in games like Saturday’s divisional playoff contest often lie, as players sometimes need a drive or two for their nerves to settle and for adrenaline to become less of a factor. That wasn’t the case for this matchup. The first series of the game was a sign of things to come.The Vikings’ first two plays of the game, both Dalvin Cook runs, were stuffed by Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner, respectively. On third down, pressure forced a Kirk Cousins incompletion. Three and out, just like that.The 49ers’ defensive line, loaded with a handful of first-round picks, has been stingy all season, but the return of defensive end Dee Ford from his November hamstring injury takes the unit to another level.Feels like the 49ers rushed 7 on this Dee Ford sack, in which they only rushed 4. Pretty sure everybody won their battles. pic.twitter.com/92oYlH6pjb— James Brady (@JamesBradySBN) January 11, 2020San Francisco as a team recorded six sacks of Cousins; Armstead, Ford and Buckner each recorded one, and Nick Bosa, Sporting News’ 2019 Rookie of the Year, recorded two. The combination of Armstead, Buckner, Ford, Bosa and Solomon Thomas accounted for 14 of the team’s 49 tackles overall. The Vikings, armed with a solid offensive line that overpowered the Saints to reach the divisional round, was simply outmatched in every way.Good luck, Green Bay or Seattle.The 49ers will need more good Jimmy Garoppolo and less bad Jimmy Garoppolo in the NFC championship game.The bad news is Garoppolo’s first career playoff start had its ups and downs. The good news is the 49ers didn’t need much from their QB, and they know he is capable of playing much better than he did against the Vikings.Garoppolo’s performance Saturday was plagued by a handful of shaky, dangerous throws. The most costly mistake he made was a bad interception that gave the Vikings a chance to get some points just before halftime, but he was bailed out by the 49ers’ defense, and Minnesota managed just a field goal.What a snag by @EricKendricks54!#GoGetIt pic.twitter.com/lPyEDwBWa8— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 11, 2020Garoppolo finished the game with 11-of-19 passing, 131 yards, one TD, one INT and a 74.7 passer rating. Even with San Francisco’s defense and running game playing at an elite level, that kind of game from its QB could spell trouble against Seattle or Green Bay next week.Of course, Garoppolo’s passer rating over 16 regular-season games ranged from 59.8 to 145.8. That season-high passer rating came against the Packers. In his two games against the Seahawks, Garoppolo delivered a 66.2 passer rating at home and a 118.7 passer rating on the road.Regardless of who the 49ers draw in the NFC championship game, Garoppolo will be the QB with more to prove with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.Richard Sherman is as dangerous as ever.Cousins spent the entire first half Saturday avoiding the star cornerback’s side of the field. Early in the third quarter, the Vikings QB finally tested Sherman.Bad idea. Cousins was looking for Adam Thielen on a curl route, which Sherman recognized. He then beat the receiver to Cousins’ throw. It was simply a brilliant play by a player who remains one of the best corners in the NFL.Warning: don’t throw near or around Richard Sherman. 👀pic.twitter.com/YoF27TVDtZ— Sporting News (@sportingnews) January 11, 2020But hey I’m a “zone” corner lmao. Preciate ya brother https://t.co/Pec4mK4v5k— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 12, 2020Adam Thielen took responsibility for Richard Sherman’s interception of Kirk Cousins, saying he needed to cross Sherman’s face instead of stopping his route. “Obviously, Kirk trusted me to win on that route and make a play on the ball. I didn’t do that,” Thielen said.— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingStrib) January 12, 2020Now that the 49ers’ defense is at full strength with Jaquiski Tartt back in the secondary at safety and Ford back in the defensive line rotation, Sherman’s impact is being optimized. His erasing one side of the field, combined with the relentless pass rush in front of him, forces QBs into limited options.That makes life too easy for defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. Sherman’s play is a big reason why Saleh won Sporting News’ 2019 Coordinator of the Year award. The 49ers had little trouble running over the Vikings in their divisional playoff game Saturday as San Francisco pounded Minnesota 27-10. Now, the winner of Sunday’s Packers-Seahawks game will have to travel to Levi’s Stadium for the NFC championship game, and either team will be in for a tough challenge against a stacked, healthy and clicking No. 1 seed.The 49ers more than doubled the Vikings’ total yardage output (309-147) and racked up 21 first downs compared to Minnesota’s eight (the third-fewest in NFL playoff history, per NBC). The Vikings, who ran all over the Saints last week to reach this game, managed just 21 rushing yards compared to 187 for the 49ers.  read more

HUNT FOR NEW HARPS BOSS STARTS AS BOARD ADMITS SEASON WAS “HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT”

first_imgThe board of Finn Harps Football Club has admitted this season has been a “huge disappointment.”That disappointment culminated in the resignation of Harps manager  Peter Hutton following last weekend’s last home game of the season.A statement from the board said they wanted to thank everyone who has helped the club this season. The club has also officially advertised the job of new manager.The statement read “The board of Finn Harps would like to place on record their gratitude to all club volunteers and supporters, and thank everyone for their hard work and loyal support throughout the 2013 season.“Since pre-season all board members and club staff have worked together to provide an increased budget to help facilitate a competitive First Division campaign.“However it is accepted by all that this season’s results and subsequent league position have been a huge disappointment to everyone associated with the club. “The board of Finn Harps FC will continue to work hard to bring the club forward both on and off the pitch and will keep supporters abreast of developments in the coming weeks.”Meanwhile, Finn Harps is inviting applicants and expressions of interest for the position of first team Manager. All applicants should hold appropriate coaching qualifications in compliance with FAI licensing criteria.Applicants can apply in confidence to The Secretary, Finn Harps Football Club, Navenney Street, Ballybofey, County Donegal or by email to [email protected] . Closing date for applications is close of business on Friday 25th October. HUNT FOR NEW HARPS BOSS STARTS AS BOARD ADMITS SEASON WAS “HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT” was last modified: October 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsManagerPeter Huttonlast_img read more

Stephen Curry big favorite to win his first NBA Finals MVP

first_imgThe odds are Stephen Curry will soon have that elusive NBA Finals MVP in his possession — at least if you believe the Caesars Palace Race and Sports Book.After Golden State’s Game 2 victory evened the series Sunday, the Warriors’ star has been installed as the favorite at -200 to capture MVP honors for the first time in his fifth trip to the Finals.Raptors star Kawhi Leonard, at +280, is the next best bet to take home the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP award. After Curry and Leonard, Caesars’ …last_img read more

PO posts a profit!

first_imgAugust 30, 2004The South African Post Office (Sapo) is out of the red – for the first time in 200 years. It has reported a bumper R27-billion profit for the 2003/4 financial year, described by the parastatal as the most significant in history.Sapo is one of the largest business concerns in the country, with more than 2 700 outlets and 5 500 service points. It delivers around eight million items to almost 6.5-million addresses daily – amounting to some 37 tons of mail.Sapo chief executive Maanda Manyatshe said its achievement is all the more remarkable because postal services internationally are in decline, and the profit posted was an about-face from the losses of previous years amounting to hundreds of millions of rands.Sapo says its motto: ‘We will deliver, whatever it takes’, has impacted considerably on its performance, and that its emphasis has been on meeting customer needs, providing excellent service and improving efficiencies.At the same time, it focused on several turnaround projects aimed at improving profitability and long-term results within the framework of its universal service obligations. Since privatisation four years ago, the Post Office has also reduced its staff from 30 000 to 18 000.Turnover reported for the year was up 9.4% to R4.020-billion, while cash generated from operations was up 86% to R283-million. Operating profit before post-retirement medical benefits was up a staggering 632% to R266-million.Although trading operations turned a profit, overall the group incurred a net loss of R74.7-million, due to the cost of post-retirement medical benefits, Manyatshe said.He said Sapo aimed to leverage its infrastructure to provide a range of services, including banking, career and Internet services. “We want to make more than R100-million profit next year,” he said.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Chain Headpiece Vintage 1920s Flapper Great Gatsby Headband Diamante R80 *EXCLUSIVELY SOLD BY STARCROSSED BEAUTY* : Great fit on my head

first_imgAs envisioned arrived on time.Silver Chain Headpiece Vintage 1920s Flapper Great Gatsby Headband Diamante R80 *EXCLUSIVELY SOLD BY STARCROSSED BEAUTY*Beautiful vintage style headband!This headband is stunning and perfect for adding vintage style glamour to your hair. Featuring rhinestones/diamantes in a vintage style design on a silver tone elasticated diamante/rhinestone headband with cascading silver tone chains. Elasticated to fit.The beaded section measures 3cm wide, on a 0.3cm wide headband. This is also available on an metal headband in our shop and also on a hair comb.Many more items like this are available in our shop!We post out every day and also offer expedited shipping for only £1.00, and our prices also include FREE UK DELIVERY. If you live out side of the UK we offer a flat rate shipping cost of £9.99 no matter how many items you buy, this also includes a tracking number.Definitely nice and not too restricted that blocks your head circulation.Attractive, quick postage great selling price.Arrived damaged – however – for a little bit of dress up was an okay merchandise, just not very well created.Silver Chain Headpiece Vintage 1920s Flapper Great Gatsby Headband Diamante R80 *EXCLUSIVELY SOLD BY STARCROSSED BEAUTY* : At the end of the night, took it off, red line across my forehead which doesn’t hurt but funny because didn’t noticed all night that i was wearing it. Can’t wait to wear it again to the next gatsby party.last_img read more

What 2 Million Active Geocaches Means to Me

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Two million active geocaches is a big deal. But at the end of the day, two million active geocaches is a number. It’s hard to even imagine. Here’s a little perspective on the magnitude of two million. It takes you more than four months to blink two million times. About two million babies will be born around the world this week. And students spend two million minutes to complete four years of high school classes in the United States.Two million active geocaches though, means adventure is closer than ever. Active geocaches can be found in more than 180 countries. Those at Geocaching HQ in Seattle weigh in on the significance. Cathy Hornback at Geocaching HQ has more than 11,000 finds. She’s been geocaching under the username Prying Pandora since 2003. She says two million active geocaches takes Geocaching into the mainstream, “It means we’re no longer the biggest game that no one has heard about.”Jenn Seva, MissJenn, at Geocaching HQ says congratulations goes to geocache hiders, “Thank you so much for those quirky gems and amazing locations. Thank you also to those who take the time to award Favorite Points so that it’s slightly easier to choose my destinations.” (You can thank a geocache hider by sharing this video)Recent “Corporate Day” at Geocaching HQ (no one really dresses like this at HQ)MissJenn also helped power the worldwide geocaching volunteer community. Each of the two million active geocaches has volunteer reviewer fingerprints on them. Each geocache was individually reviewed. She says volunteers should take a moment to enjoy the milestone, “Being a steward of the game takes a lot of time and dedicated effort. Please take a moment to bask in a bit of the  glory: beam with pride! Take a look at this awesome community that you have helped to create: one geocache at time, one forum thread at a time, and one translation at a time.”Geocaching is now more than 12-years-old. Jon Stanley, Moun10Bike, has been geocaching since its infancy. He works at Geocaching HQ and says, “At the outset, I had no idea that this great game would ever get this big. When I placed Idaho’s first geocache back in 2000, there were less than 40 geocaches in existence, and I naively placed a hitchhiker in the geocache with the idea that it might someday visit every geocache in the world. Now we’re at two million. My hitchhiker, poor little Stash Hopper never had a chance!”But Jon reminds us, “Remember, it’s not about the numbers! For this game to continue to thrive, we all need to become stewards of the game and push forward to new heights of creativity, cooperation, and commitment!” Well said.Share your comments below. What does reaching two million active geocaches mean to you? SharePrint RelatedThe Two Millionth Active Geocache – Overwatch #1 (GC46N4E) – Geocache of the WeekMarch 6, 2013In “Community”Geocaching country souvenir: the United States of AmericaDecember 14, 2018In “News”Four tips for hiding quality geocachesFebruary 19, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

FCPX Video Tutorial: How to Fix Rolling Shutter

first_imgLearn how to easily reduce rolling shutter in this FCPX video tutorial.Rolling Shutter is one of the most annoying aspects of shooting video in a digital age. Even if you aren’t familiar with the term ‘rolling shutter‘ you have probably encountered it while shooting video. Rolling shutter is a phenomenon that creates wobbly or “Jello-like” footage when panning or shooting a fast moving object. It occurs because, unlike film cameras of years past, most modern cameras don’t expose the entire sensor at the same time. Instead the sensor exposes from top to bottom causing horizontal shifting to occur.Rolling shutter shown on guitar strings.To combat this problem, higher-end cameras are beginning to introduce global shutters that expose the entire sensor at once, just like old film cameras. Unfortunately these cameras are pretty expensive. Luckily for us, this video tutorial from TheHowToMac demonstrates how to reduce rolling shutter in Final Cut Pro X. The video covers:Identifying Rolling ShutterThe Rolling Shutter ToolRolling Shutter and Motion TrackingAre you more of an Adobe person? Check out our post about reducing rolling shutter using Premiere Pro.This video was first shared on TheHowToMac’s YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing guys!Have any tips for reducing rolling shutter? Are global shutters worth the cost? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

We never promised achche din, slogan given by social media, says Modi minister

first_imgIn what could serve as fodder for the Congress and other opposition parties to target the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, a cabinet colleague of the prime minister described the much publicised “achche din” slogan as a creation of people on social media.Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Minister for Mines, Steel, Labour and Employment Narendra Singh Tomar said the BJP never promised of achche din and the term was only used for election campaigning.”We never gave the slogan of achche din. ‘Achche din ayengey, Rahul nani ke ghar jayengey’, this slogan actually evolved on the social media and people started to relate it with the BJP,” Tomar told reporters.Tomar’s statement is certain to leave the BJP leadership red faced  and allow the Opposition to step up its attack on the government over the issue of price rise.When asked about the spiralling onion price, Tomar said the government is monitoring the situation and it is trying to export onion which will definitely bring the price down.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA government has often come under attack from Congress, which has described it as jumlon ki sirkar (government of slogans).Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has used the phrase ‘suit, boot ki sirkar’ often in the recent past to target PM Modi and the NDA government. Rahul had first used the term during his intervention in Parliament on the contentious land bill.In his meeting with US President Barack Obama earlier this year, Modi had sported a pin-striped suit with his name monogrammed all over it, raising a huge controversy and forcing the BJP to sell the suit later at an auction in Gujarat for the rejuvenation of river Ganga.advertisementlast_img read more