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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


Westport Winery Earns Best In Class At Capitol Food and Wine…

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery earned three medals including a Best in Class at the 2015 Capitol Food and Wine Festival held on March 28, in Lacey, Washington.Rapture of the Deep, Westport’s iconic sparkling cranberry wine, earned a gold medal and was named Best Fruit Wine at the event. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits Aberdeen’s Driftwood Theater.Smoky Nor’wester earned gold medal. This wine is composed of 95% Sangiovese from Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA and 5% Petite Sirah from Jones Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. This wine benefits the Museum of the North Beach in Moclips.Elk River Riesling won a bronze medal. These grapes also come from Red Willow Vineyard. This wine benefits the Twin Harbors Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.Westport Winery’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.Launch spring at the winery’s unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why Westport Winery was named Best of the Northwest Wine Destination. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more


Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Babe Ruth

first_imgNelson broke open a close game with six runs in the final innings.Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the accomplishment with Team of the Week honours.The Nelson Babe Ruth squad includes coach Roger May, Jayden Maida, Marco Falcone, Jared Martin, Chase May, Jordan McLeod, assistant coach Dylan Jacobs, Andrew Felcone, Benoit Thibault, Vinnie Watson, Garnet Duplessie, Sebastian Bodine and Justin Lasichuk. Nelson Minor Baseball historians say the last time a Heritage City squad won the West Kootenay Babe Ruth Championships the current members of the team were not even born.A group of Nelson players put that streak to rest by stopping Trail Athletics 11-5 Thursday at the Queen Elizabeth Park.last_img


GREAT QUIZ NIGHT IN AID OF THE WONDERFUL CARA HOUSE

first_imgA fundraising quiz will take place in the Oasis bar in Letterkenny in aid of Cara House Family Resource Centre. The quiz taks place this Friday 9th October. There is a meal for two, vouchers and loads of spot prizes bring given out on the night.Cara House have numerous activities for all aspects of our community, young, old, socially isolated as well as positive mental health focus. It’s €20 for a table of 4. See you there! GREAT QUIZ NIGHT IN AID OF THE WONDERFUL CARA HOUSE was last modified: October 8th, 2015 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:CARA HOUSEdonegalquiz nightlast_img read more


Fernandes savours QPR turnaround after avoiding ‘rash decisions’

first_imgTony Fernandes took to Twitter after QPR’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City, declaring that he was proud of the players.The Rangers chairman, who faced calls to sack manager Harry Redknapp following a dismal start to the season, also pointed out that the board did not make “rash decisions” when results were poor.Fernandes tweeted: “Proud of our boys.gave the champions a run for the money should have beaten Liverpool and gave Chelsea a scare. I’m a super proud chairman.“Thought the ref had a poor first half . all credit to the boys. we showed what we can do todayLooking over the last few weeks when backs were against us . we kept calm didn’t make rash decisions . … http://t.co/kVhBe6g60y— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) November 8, 2014“Looking over the last few weeks when backs were against us. we kept calm didn’t make rash decisions . should have got a point Liverpool and chelsea.”Vice-chairman Amit Bhatia tweeted: “Fantastic football match. Unlucky not to get three points. Feels like we’ve turned a corner. So proud of our team. @QPRFC #qpr #uurrrrssss.”And chief executive Philip Beard added: “I am so proud to part this club. Performances on and off the pitch outstanding and the support today was of the scale #weRtogether.”Charlie Austin scored QPR’s first goal – his sixth of the season – and set up their second before Sergio Aguero’s late equaliser for City.Austin tweeted: “Big point tonight! So many positives for the team right now. Fans were different class!“Love scoring but would always swap my goal for a win! Team most important. On to the next one!”Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who was one of Rangers’ substitutes, wrote: “Another great performance from the boys today, big point in the end! Great atmosphere.”And R’s midfielder Joey Barton, who returned to action after injury, tweeted: “Great performance again from the lads. Great to be back. Could have been 3 points but for Sergio Aguero. The best striker in the country.”See also:QPR v Man City player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Finding a place for female playwrights

first_imgCelebrated South African playwright, director and producer, Mokgoro Ntshieng, is hoping to bring the magic of theatre a little closer to home by inspiring women to play a major role in performance art.Celebrated South African playwright, director and producer, Mokgoro Ntshieng, is hoping to bring the magic of theatre a little closer to home by inspiring women to play a major role in performance artAlready established in performance art, Ntshieng has founded her own women’s theatre, Olive Tree Theatre Productions, in Alexandra township, in Johannesburg, Gauteng.Ntshieng has received a number of awards in recognition of her involvement and contribution to local theatre; these include the Standard Bank Young Artist award and the Standard Bank Best Youth Production award in 2009, for productions such as Umdlwembe, Veil of Tears and Thursday’s Child.FALLING IN LOVE WITH THEATREAfter she completed matric Ntshieng worked, in 2001, as an assistant librarian at a local library. She read stories to the children of her community.It was during these reading sessions that she conceived the idea to dramatise the stories the children loved. She organised young people in her community and soon began staging performances in local churches and school halls. She was just 20 years’ old.She moved on to holding training sessions for youngsters at the Thusong Youth Centre on 12th Avenue in Alexandra. She was then offered a job in 2007 at the Sibikwa Arts Centre and had to produce an original theatre production.She named the production Olive Tree, the inspiration for her organisation’s title.Without any formal training, this self-taught, ambitious woman began working her way to the forefront of South African theatre. She’s been involved in productions staged at some of South Africa’s most noteworthy theatres, including the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg, and the Joburg Theatre.CHALLENGES FACING WOMEN IN THEATRENtshieng says that one of the biggest challenges she faced while trying to break into the male-dominated world of theatre production was dealing with men who battled with the changes in gender roles.We are barely 2 km from Sandton; we’re talking people who go to theatres every now and then. I’m hoping that this beautiful space will attract people from outside of Alexandra, whose conferences I attend and whose work I go and seeShe highlighted the lack of high profile female directors and producers in the country and strongly believes that this is one of the biggest problems in the field. “There isn’t enough focus being put on female directors in South Africa. I have been all over the country watching and participating in theatre productions and I have seen so much raw, beautiful and sometimes professional work by black female directors who can’t break into the industry because they can’t access the right platforms.“These young women who have so much to offer become demoralised by their lack of recognition and get tired and end up channelling their energy into other things.”Ntshieng emphasises the need to provide platforms for up-and-coming talent as well as prepare them for the challenges that they’ll face as black female directors in the industry.She says she looks to women like Warona Seane, the new artistic manager at the Soweto Theatre, and Annabell Sebethe, Market Theatre CEO, for inspiration when the yoke gets a little heavy.ROOM TO GROWHaving recently acquired a space on the outskirts of Alexandra near the Pan African Shopping Centre, Ntshieng has already pictured what she intends to do with it.“I want it to be something that the people of this township can talk about with pride and smile at the thought of it being something that they can call their own, for its people by its people,” she said as she walked through the bare space.“We are barely 2 km from Sandton; we’re talking people who go to theatres every now and then. I’m hoping that this beautiful space will attract people from outside of Alexandra, whose conferences I attend and whose work I go and see, to come into Alexandra and experience the vibe and professional work that is being done here in Alexandra.”“One of my biggest dreams is to tell the stories of black people living in the townships as seen through their eyes and build a culture of theatre going within the townships where there is so much talent and potential,” says Ntshieng.However her joy is tempered by apprehension that turning the space into the beautiful venue she has envisioned will require major investment. She says funding for the project has been very hard to come, having being turned down by a number of prospective investors.Having recently acquired a space on the outskirts of Alexandra near the Pan African Shopping Centre, Ntshieng has already pictured what she intends to do with itNtshieng has also had problems finding funding for a theatre festival she has planned for later this year. She hopes to have the event in her new space but admits that this may not be possible due to the lack of infrastructure. It may have to be held in a hall at the National School of Arts in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.PASSION FOR EMPOWERMENTNtshieng’s passion for theatre is evident in how she speaks about why she works so hard for development in the field.“I do what I do because I love it, because I’m passionate about it and because I want to tell these stories. For me theatre is more like a calling than a job because sometimes I feel that it’s not me who finds these stories to tell but it’s the stories that find me instead.”Armed with an iron will and an unshakable determination to bring women to the forefront of the industry, Ntshieng says she will not rest until passionate women become a major part of the driving force behind South African theatre and performance art.For more information on Olive Tree Productions, call + 27 (0) 11 079 4153 or+27 (0) 73 5919567, or email mokgorontshieng@yahoo.com or ntshieng@olivetreeproductions.co.zalast_img read more


Adityanath raises Ram temple issue in Ayodhya

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday offered prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple here, reiterating support for the construction of a temple at the disputed site. “According to the expectations of the world, I wish a Ram temple is built soon in Ayodhya,” he said as he unveiled a seven-foot rosewood statue of Lord Ram at the city’s Shodh Sansthan Museum. On his first visit to the temple town after elections, Mr. Adityanath also took part in celebrations to mark the birthday of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas chief Mahant Nritya Gopal Das.last_img


10 months agoLiverpool legend Carragher: No problem being dumped from FA Cup

first_imgLiverpool legend Carragher: No problem being dumped from FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher insists being dumped out of the FA Cup is no reason for concern.Carragher suggested all their focus should be on winning the Premier League title.He posted to social media:I have no problem with the @LFC selection from JK & would rather we had won but, we have the best chance we’ve had in years of winning the PL & it may be yrs before we’re in this position again. The big chance we have is not the 4 point lead but MC/THFC playing a lot more games— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 7, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img


9 months agoMarchisio backing Juventus to win Champions League

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Marchisio backing Juventus to win Champions Leagueby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveClaudio Marchisio is backing Juventus to win the Champions League this season.The midfielder left Juve for Zenit St Petersburg earlier this term.Marchisio said, “I hope this is Juve’s year for the Champions League because it would mark the end of an unstoppable cycle for them, especially for those who have been there since the first Scudetto but also for the great work everyone’s doing, from the club to the staff.“I think they deserve it, but they know that, even if they have a better chance now than in previous seasons, it’s always very difficult.“Racism is a big problem and I understand foreign players playing in Italy very well, but I’d try to be even stronger and keep playing so the idiots aren’t given any attention.” last_img read more


Ashley Callingbull on the federal election Bill C51

first_imgAPTN National NewsAshley Callingbull, actress and Mrs. Universe 2015 was in Winnipeg recently.APTN’s Matt Thordarson got the chance to discuss the upcoming federal election and issues facing Indigenous people including Bill C-51.Here is what she had to say.last_img