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first_imgIf you are not a football fan, the Thursday night games have a way of ruining your normal TV watching.  This is the least of the problems created by these games.  An article in Sports Illustrated magnified the real problem of this.Because of the nature of pro football and the violent hits that players take, the games on Thursday night ramp up the number of injuries.  When you play a Sunday game (especially Sunday night), the body does not have time to recover.  With the added pressure of wanting to win your division, most players want to take the field and go back into action before their body is ready.   We know how many of these players are now living with the results of those lasting injuries.  Some cannot even walk.So, why do we have Thursday night games?  It is all due to the greed of the owners.  Being on television means big bucks.  None of the owners are in the game to lose money.  You can bet that not only will Thursday night games continue, but some owner will get the bright idea to play on Tuesday!last_img read more


Freedom 40 win worth $1,000 to Wood

first_imgBy David Smith Jr.MEEKER, Okla. (July 14) – After surviving a mid-race battle for the lead, Joe Wood Jr. worked lapped traffic to perfection in the latter portion of the race to claim the Freedom 40 Sprint Series of Oklahoma feature at Red Dirt Raceway.Jake Martens opened a five-car length lead with 15 laps to go. Two laps later, Wood got a run coming out of turn four to take the front spot away on lap 27.Not even encountering slower cars on lap 32 could slow Wood’s pace as he went on to claim the half-stretch $1,000 victory, his second on the season and third career with the Smiley’s Racing Products-presented series.Martens held off Andy Shouse for the runner-up position while rookie Steven Shebester had his best performance of the season in fourth. Blake Dacus was fifth.Sheldon Barksdale led the first nine circuits and ended in sixth. Wood was scored first on a cou­ple laps at midway before Martens regained the lead, then returned the favor for the $1,000 pay­day.Feature results – 1. Joe Wood Jr.; 2. Jake Martens; 3. Andy Shouse; 4. Steven Shebester; 5. Blake Dacus; 6. Sheldon Barksdale; 7. Gary Owens; 8. Tristan Oakes; 9. Chris Kelly; 10. Chas Koch; 11. Dillon Laden; 12. Loyd Clevenger; 13. Michael Gossman; 14. Justin Fisk; 15. Warren Fields; 16. Blake Scott; 17. Josh Toho; 18. Mike Scott; 19. Tanner Conn; 20. Blake Anderson.last_img read more


Trio arrested in connection with murder of Florida fishing group

first_imgThis is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. GoodLifeStudio/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(FROSTPROOF, Fla.) — Police said they arrested three people Wednesday in connection with a brutal murder of three friends who were fishing on a Florida lake.Tony “TJ” Wiggins, 26, his girlfriend, Mary Whittemore, 27, and his brother, William “Robert” Wiggins, 21, were all apprehended after an extensive search following the deaths of Keven Springfield, Brandon Rollins and Damion Tillman on Friday.Springfield, 30, Rollins, 27, and Tillman 23, were found shot to death near a local fishing spot on Lake Streety in Frostproof, Florida. Before they were killed, Rollins was able to call his father and warn him that he and his friends were being attacked, according to police.Sheriff Judd is updating the media on the arrests of these 3 suspects in the July 17th triple homicide in #Frostproof: 26 yo Tony “TJ” Wiggins; 27 yo Mary Whittemore; and 21 yo William “Robert” Wiggins. We are live on Facebook https://t.co/rKNE28jFQl. Release to follow pic.twitter.com/1XxFHe2kFQ— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) July 22, 2020last_img read more


SBF Petroleum Jaguars One-Day League… Johnson’s breezy ton sets up

first_imgcrushing 141-run win for GeorgetownBy Clifton RossSKIPPER Leon Johnson reminded the masses of his class after his magical century sealed an emphatic 141 run win for Georgetown in yesterday’s match against East Bank.The Bourda ground was more kind to Georgetown which snapped their 4-match losing streak to pile up a mammoth 292-6 in 50 overs, with the captain stealing the show with a throwback innings of 104 from 111 deliveries, decorated with 9 eye-catching fours.All-rounder Chris Barnwell narrowly missed a half-century as he clobbered three fours and as many sixes in his whirlwind 49 from 34 balls.A resistant knock of 60 from Captain Vishal Singh was the highlight of the East Bank innings. The former Windies Test player was rock solid as usual, hitting a single boundary during his stay.Coupled with 40 from Yudister Persaud, the visitors could only muster 151-5 when their overs expired as the Georgetown bowlers did well to share the wickets.During the chase, centurion from the last game, Trevon Griffith, gifted his wicket to good mate Barnwell, but not before smoking three fours and a six in a blistering knock of 20.Further inroads brought Singh to the crease, and he worked extremely hard for his half-century but the mountain of runs proved to be too much, even with their Skipper batting out the innings with 5 wickets in hand.Earlier, Georgetown’s Winston Forrester was promoted up the order and hit three fours before falling to Kishan Singh (2-52), the most successful bowler.Former West Indies U-19 youth batsman Joshua Persaud, also shook his scratchy form to hit 24 from 28, finding the boundary on three occasions but also failed to carry on.Johnson, the 5-time Regional 4-Day title winning skipper, finally made amends for his cold start to the tournament as his half-century kept the East Bank bowlers constantly searching for wickets following the departure of the openers.The Captain’s 50 arrived with five fours under his belt with Raymond Perez (27) providing ideal support from the other end with his turning over of the strike.The left-hander motored on and with Perez standing his ground, the two brought up Georgetown’s first 100 partnership of the tournament.When Perez fell, Johnson continued to find the boundary and when Barnwell came to the crease, it was then that the bowlers felt the brunt.The right-hander hammered anything loose while Johnson oozed with class to reach his milestone at nearly a run-a-ball.Sherfane Rutherford then denied the former Windies T20 player the chance to get to 50 when he was caught behind; inevitably bringing an end to the free flow of runs as the innings came to an end.last_img read more


Cazenovia boys lacrosse goes 1-2, beats Carthage

first_imgYet Cazenovia kept it from getting too far away and, trailing 6-2 at the break, cranked up its defense, able to blank the Comets as goalie Ian Fostveit worked his total to 11 saves.Netting five unanswered goals in the third quarter, the Lakers grabbed a 7-6 lead, and added an insurance tally in the final period as Ty Freyer and Cole Basic both found the net three times.Brian Pezzi earned the other two goals, with Brody Coleman piling up four assists and Tom Fabbioli adding an assist. Before this, Cazenovia had an opportunity for a quality road win at Homer last Tuesday night, and played strong defense most of the way, but just didn’t produce enough on the other end in a 9-6 defeat to the Trojans.Each half followed the same pattern, with Cazenovia trading goals with Homer early, only to go silent. In fact, the Lakers were shut out in the second quarter after a 3-3 tie, and blanked again in the final period, unable to overcome a 7-6 deficit.Basic and Cody Dickinson each got two goals, with single tallies going to Freyer and Gannon Houghton. Coleman added an assist. Everything else got turned away, Homer goalie Colin Perks stopping 12 of the 18 shots he faced.On the Trojans’ side, Jake Calabro, with two goals and three assists, led the way, Dante Patriarco adding three goals and one assist as Dylan Yacavone got two goals and two assists.It would not get easier for the Lakers since state Class C no. 3-ranked Christian Brothers Academy showed up on Thursday night. And the Brothers maintained its hot play, defeating Cazenovia 15-3.All that the Lakers could manage was a single goal in the first half, contained as CBA built a 9-1 advantage. Eventually, Colin Kelly would get four goals, with Wyatt Auyer adding three goals and one assist as Ryan Mackenzie got two goals and three assists.On Cazenovia’s side, Basic, Freyer and Dickinson had goals, with assists going to Coleman and Pezzi. Fostveit made 13 saves as CBA counterpart Z.J. Shanin earned eight saves.Chittenango has undergone plenty of its own struggles, and did not get out of them last Tuesday as state Class D no. 5-ranked Marcellus defeated the Bears 21-7.A 10-goal first quarter put the Mustangs in control, and it would eventually have 10 different players score at least once, with Emmett Barry (four goals, one assist) and Liam Tierney (three goals) at the forefront.When Chittenango was able to convert, Shane Kolb did so three times for a hat trick, with Caleb Barnard and Billy Demand getting two goals apiece. Zeph Scott added an assist.Chittenango (2-12) and Cazenovia (3-12) finish the season squaring off against each other on Tuesday night.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story A spring that has seen the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team face more struggles than it has for much of this decade is nearing its conclusion.Yet even amid these low points, the Lakers have found bright moments, as it did last Saturday at Cazenovia College’s Christakos Field where, on Senior Day, it made a stirring second-half comeback to beat the Carthage Comets 8-6.Even with Carthage making the long road trip and an early-morning start time, it was the Comets controlling the first half, moving out in front behind Josh Demko’s three-goal hat trick.center_img Tags: boys lacrosseCazenoviaChittenangolast_img read more


Point-counterpoint: Winless or Undefeated

first_img11-7 PCPWhat’s more difficult, goingundefeated or going winless? That’s like comparing a marathon to awalk from Vilas to Humanities. Seriously, we’re debating this?Not winning a game doesn’t take anyeffort. Essentially, we are talking about the difference betweenRocky Balboa’s anal retentive workout routine and a Richard Simmons”let’s have fun” one. To go unbeaten you have to work extremelyhard, maybe even shed some blood every time out, whereas to avoidgoing winless, you have to merely go through the motions (“up,down, up down, come on now!”). Week in and week out, a team that’strying to remain perfect must come to play. There’s little room forerror. Week in and week out, you don’t even have to show up to gowinless. Tell me that that’s strenuous. To back up my argument with facts,there are very few exceptions to this rule. The 1976 Buccaneers wouldbe one. They had to try real hard to go 0-14 in their inauguralseason and 0-26 before picking up their first win. However, look at how many teams havebeen on the lip of perfection, but fall short. Any of the NFL’s topteams in recent years, particularly the Colts, are perfect examplesof this. Injuries, resting players up for the playoffs, what haveyou, great teams are still going to lose — it’s the nature of thegame. No team since the 1972 Dolphins has gone undefeated in theprofessional ranks on any of the four major sports levels.Pretty much college football andbasketball are the most likely of sources to find an undefeated team.Even in basketball, it doesn’t happen often. The last NCAA hoopsteam to go undefeated was again in 1976, when Bobby Knight’sHoosiers went 32-0. That was 31 years ago. College football isunderstandably different because although a handful of teams gounbeaten during the course of the year, a handful also doesn’t wina game.It’s pretty clear that losing iseasy. If I wanted to do that, I wouldn’t have written anything. Point: Perfection doesn’t come easy. 11-7 pcp voelkelA little more than halfway through theNFL season, two teams are on track for perfection. The undefeated Patriots and the winlessDolphins not only share a division, but also a potential date withdestiny when the two play Dec. 23. Should both maintain their currentways, that game would be the latest game in NFL history between somediametrically opposite teams.That backdrop begs the question: Is itharder to lose ’em all or win ’em all?On the surface it seems like aslam-dunk answer: Of course it is harder to win every game you play. Dig a little deeper, however, and youwill see the error in your ways. Sure, winning every week takes copiousamounts of effort, talent and luck, but so too does losing. When youwin like it’s your job, teams give you their best shot. Similarly,losing every time out gives teams a reason to more or less take agame off when they play you. Even Screech, universally recognized asprobably the biggest loser ever to grace the planet, got Lisa tosoften up a little bit and see the good in the curly-haired nerd.If being the best at losing wasn’t sucha difficult task, why would NBC focus an entire series around seeingwho could be the biggest loser? It just doesn’t make sense.Plus we’re not talking about tankinghere. Legitimately trying and losing every time out is a nearmathematical impossibility. Sooner or later, a bounce will go yourway, the opposing team will have a bad game and you will win.Plus, you’re talking about hard? Losingall the time is about as hard to handle as anything.When it comes down to it, going 1-0just doesn’t hold a candle to 0-1. Losing. Count it.last_img read more


Badgers head to Big Ten Tourney

first_imgJunior captain Rae Lin D\’Alie and the Badgers hope to win four games this weekend en route to the Big Ten title.[/media-credit]In preparing for Thursday’s first round matchup with Northwestern, the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball head coach Lisa Stone brought in a special guest to practice this week.Wisconsin senior guard Joe Krabbenhoft — a member of last year’s men’s Big Ten Tournament championship team — talked to Stone’s squad, bringing the 2008 championship trophy along with him.“It was cool — he’s been through it and he’s won a Big Ten Tournament,” guard Alyssa Karel said. “It kind of just got us excited. He said it was a really cool feeling and we definitely want that feeling for our team too.”In order to take home the tournament crown, UW will have to win four games in a span of just four days, a daunting task for any team. What should aid the Badgers in their efforts is the Paradise Jam Tournament, in which Wisconsin won three games in three days en route to a tournament title back in November.“It’s four games in four days, so you’ve got to bring your toughness,” junior captain Rae Lin D’Alie said. “That’s going to be the key. Whoever is the toughest team out there is going to win the Big Ten Tournament this year.”First up on the Badgers’ road to the Big Ten Tournament championship are the Wildcats, a team that used strong defensive play to deal a crushing 49-46 road loss to UW back in January.Northwestern used a slew of defenses in its attempt to slow down the Badgers, including a triangle-and-two in the second half to control UW guards Karel and D’Alie.Although Wisconsin controlled play in the first half, it could not put Northwestern away, leading by just three points, 29-26, at halftime.The Badgers started the second half strong, pushing their lead to five points over the first seven minutes of the half. Unfortunately for Wisconsin, however, after reaching 37-32 with 12:47 remaining, Northwestern went on a 7-0 run to take a 39-37 lead with just under seven minutes remaining.Although the Badgers would go on to tie the game at 39, the Wildcats controlled the final six minutes of play, edging out a 49-46 win after surviving a pair of missed three-point attempts by Wisconsin in the final six seconds of the game.“Offensively, we need to attack their zone more,” Stone said. “We flat out didn’t attack (last time). We have to attack their defenses and take care of the basketball offensively.”Despite limiting NU to just 49 points in the game — the fourth fewest scored by the Wildcats in 29 games this season — Stone added the Badgers must also improve their defensive performance from last time.“Our post D has to be the best it’s been all year,” Stone said. “Our ball pressure has to be at an all-time high, because Amy (Jaeschke) is going to get (everything). Everything goes through her.”If the Badgers manage to get past their first-round clash with the Wildcats, they will get another shot Friday at No. 2 seed Michigan State in the quarterfinals.Wisconsin played MSU close on the road in a 59-50 loss back on Jan. 25 before upsetting the then-No. 1 Spartans at home, winning 54-51 on Feb. 22 at the Kohl Center.“We’re definitely looking forward to, potentially, that game,” D’Alie said. “The last time we played them was one of my favorite games of the Big Ten season.”Among the other teams Wisconsin hopes to face again are Indiana, Michigan and Purdue, each of whom the Badgers lost to at least once in the regular season.“There’s a ton of games this year where we had a win at our fingertips and we just kind of let them go,” Karel said. “Those are games that we know maybe if we could have won if we did just a few things different in the final minutes. So, you always want to play those kind of teams in the Big Ten Tournament.”The three of the four losses to IU and PU came down to the games’ final minutes, while the Badgers’ road loss at Michigan was one of the worst games Wisconsin played on the year.So, despite just a 2-4 record against the three potential semifinal opponents, Wisconsin feels pretty confident about its draw in the Tournament.“Looking at the schedule, I think we’ve got a good road to the championship on Sunday,” Karel said. “If we’re focused when we play in Indianapolis, I think we’ve got a great chance.”last_img read more


Scholars discuss teaching the Holocaust in different countries

first_imgUSC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith moderated the discussion between Xin Xu, director of the Glazer Insitute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University, and Yehuda Bauer, professor emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The scholars explained their experiences teaching about the Holocaust in different corners of the globe.The two scholars spoke about how different cultures across the globe can learn from each other through the perspective of the Holocaust, as well as other genocides.“You can’t measure suffering,” Bauer said. “There is no difference between the suffering of Jews, Armenians, Chinese or Cambodians and this creates a global perspective.”Xu said the presence of the Holocaust in Chinese academia has been increasing since the late 1990s. Since then, the link between these two cultures has become more important.“There is a universality of this discussion tonight,” said Josh Grossberg, USC Shoah Foundation public communication manager. “They are very different cultures, but they can learn from each other even though they historically may not have mingled.”“It was a fortuitous circumstance that we had the opportunity to have two of the foremost Holocaust scholars to convene to discuss the challenges of teaching Holocaust education in different political, social and linguistic cultures,” said Dan Leshem, associate director of the USC Shoah Foundation.Xu was visiting USC to help the Shoah Foundation collect testimonies of the Nanjing Massacre, and Bauer stopped in Los Angeles on his way back to Israel after giving a lecture at the University of Honolulu.“We were grateful for these circumstances as this would have been very difficult to arrange from scratch,” Leshem said.Students such as Grace Braun, a freshman majoring in business administration, found that the discussion gave her a new perspective on her Jewish studies class.“It was very interesting to hear the Chinese perspective on the Holocaust from Xu and hearing how they learn about genocide in general,” Braun saidStudents enrolled in the course “The Holocaust” are using one of Brauer’s books as their textbook. Jordan Lieberman, a freshman majoring in economics, enjoyed the opportunity to gain personal insight from the author.“In the textbook, Brauer writes in a very clinical tone so it was cool to hear more of his personal opinion and how he analyzes different topics,” Lieberman said. “It really made the textbook come to life a little.”Saul Ortiz, a freshman majoring in business administration, said he was grateful for the opportunity attend the event.“I gained a lot of knowledge about the topic tonight,” Ortiz said. “I felt it benefited me not just from a history standpoint but also individually because I gained a new perspective.” Leading Holocaust scholars from China and Israel discussed their unique perspectives on the Holocaust in an event sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation on Thursday.Global scope · Xin Xu, director of the Glazer Institute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University, explained his teaching experience on Thursday. – Juliette Pisani | Daily Trojanlast_img read more


Unruh hosts political discussion at ‘Un-Civil War’ conference

first_imgPolitical correctness, Congressional stalemates and fake news are concepts that have permeated political discourse in the last two years, seemingly changing the landscape of American politics. (From left) Politico reporter Carla Marinucci, Norman Lear Center Director Martin Kaplan and Annenberg professor Karen North spoke at a panel moderated by Annenberg professor Laura Davis. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanOn Wednesday, more than 50 students, faculty and community members gathered to discuss these changes in American politics in “The Un-Civil War,” an all-day conference hosted by the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. Billed as an opportunity to “advance a bipartisan conversation about civil discourse in modern American politics,” the event consisted of four 90-minute panel discussions featuring three to four experts at a time in fields of politics, sociology, technology and journalism. By bringing together points of view from multiple fields and perspectives on the political spectrum, the event aimed to start a conversation about American civil discourse and offer examples of how to move forward while agreeing to disagree. “I hope that today we can shed some light on the un-civil war that too often stains our politics today,” Unruh Institute Director Robert Shrum said in his opening remarks.He noted that the conference fell on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, and lauded King’s actions as a remarkable example of the power of civility in the political sphere. The four panels tackled the history of political civility, the modern rise of “alternative facts” and the impact of technology and the impact of media on the American political landscape. Though panelists approached these issues from different angles, many agreed that the era of President Donald Trump is unlike any other. “We shouldn’t get too overly hysterical about what’s happening today, however, in our lifetime … I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like we’re seeing today,” said Mickey Kantor, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and campaign chair of the 1992 Clinton-Gore presidential ticket. “I think it follows eight years of grace and dignity in the White House … and now it’s almost like they threw cold water in your face at about three in the morning, when you’re faced with what we’re seeing in today’s rhetoric.” Many panelists touched on the impact of technology and the internet on political discourse. “The thing that has struck me the most … in what’s taking place in politics today, has been how detached we have become from fact,” USC professor Margaret Gatz said. She then presented data on the cognitive distortions and filter bubbles that can lead people to believe falsehoods. USC professor Peter Mancall said that the modern political discord could be a step toward progress. According to Mancall, there has been a “vast expansion of people in the political discussion” in the past centuries.“That has led to all sorts of uncomfortable moments, but in some ways … I sort of celebrate the fact that there are more people involved in the discussion than there ever were before,” Mancall said.At the end of the panel, audience members eagerly questioned the panelists, preparing themselves to take the lessons learned at the conference into the larger world. “It’s great that Unruh Institute puts together these events where you can talk about real time issues outside of the classroom with professionals of the field,” said Melanie Franceschini, a senior majoring in political science.last_img read more


Former student creates sneaker business

first_img“I plan to go back to USC,” Hayman said.  “I really would love to graduate.” “My experiences at Cookies N’ Kicks have always been amazing,” said Hrak Araradian, a sneaker reseller who runs 213 Solez. “I’ve bought and sold sneakers with them in the past, and Eli is genuinely super kind.” “Eli is the most persistent person I’ve ever met,” said Dominiq Sotelo, co-owner of Cookies N’ Kicks. “If he wants something, he goes out and gets it.” Hayman, who moved from Australia, has been living in Los Angeles for 16 years. While living in the city, he has become increasingly familiar with sneaker culture and the community of sneakerheads, who buy and trade shoes. He said he buys what genuinely catches his eye, rather than buying certain sneakers to follow trends. “When this place came up, I approached my good friend at the time and my business partner,” Hayman said.  “I told him that I really thought this place would be killer for a sneaker store. It had a really nice look about it.” Customers walking into Cookies N’ Kicks, located on the iconic Melrose Avenue, are greeted with a friendly and laid-back ambience. The shoe store, complete with music blasting and the sounds of basketballs bouncing, has attracted celebrity customers like Lil Yachty, Offset, and Lamar Odom. This L.A. staple was created by Eli Hayman, a student who took a leave of absence. Before his start as a business owner, Hayman was a sneaker seller, making a profit on social media and other online selling platforms. Hayman was inspired by the sneaker industry and the opportunity for profit that came with selling sneakers. While he plans to go into the field of real estate, Hayman said Cookies N’ Kicks fit into his current ambitions.  Even though Melrose Avenue is heavily populated with sneaker stores, Hayman felt they were lacking in customer service. Part of his motivation for starting Cookies N’ Kicks was to create a friendlier environment focused on making the sneaker-buying experience more enjoyable for the customer.  He is currently working with different influencers and designing merchandisers to promote the brand, as well as creating a cleaning product for the store with his experience from his first business.   Former USC student Eli Hayman left school last year in order to pursue his sneaker business Cookies N’ Kicks, which has its storefront on Melrose Avenue. The store has attracted celebrity customers like Lamar Odam and Offset. (Colette Kanbarian | Daily Trojan) Hayman created his first business called Wype the Hype, a sneaker cleaning service previously on Melrose Avenue, while at USC. Hayman said he rarely slept while balancing work and school — he would arrive at the storefront at 9 a.m. and leave around 5 a.m. After the success of Wype the Hype, he left school and launched Cookies N’ Kicks in 2019. center_img His favorite class was Shaping Cities Through Real Estate, where he formed a close relationship with adjunct faculty Bret Nielsen. He would often look to Professor Nielsen for business and real estate advice, asking him about starting leases, and contracts. Hayman works with different business partners involved with the store. He focuses on financial side of things, such as keeping track of payments and taxes, while each business partner has their own role in maintaining and growing the business.  “Essentially what we do is, if you buy kicks, we give you cookies,” said Hayman, a former real estate development major. Last year, the 21-year-old decided to take a break from attending USC in order to pursue his business.  “I’m coming up with new and creative things that ultimately build the brand and make it worth more,” Hayman said.  “I don’t really do it for the money right now,” Hayman said.  “That’s not what’s important to me. The point is that we’re meeting every day, we’re meeting the coolest people and having the coolest opportunities.” The store features a basketball hoop, upstairs lounge area and an importance placed on providing a positive attitude. Currently, Cookies N’ Kicks has over 37,000 followers on Instagram. Even though Hayman said being a full-time student does not fit into his current lifestyle, Hayman wants to return in a few years and eventually get his degree. He said that his real estate classes were the most helpful part of his time at USC.  “I have the most random Converse collection of like 80 pairs of Converse,” Hayman said.  “If I like it, I’ll buy it.” But Hayman said that he is just getting started. He hopes to use Cookies N’ Kicks as a launching pad for the rest of his career, making important connections and learning through experience.last_img read more