Wisconsin defense reveals holes in first away win

first_imgCHAMPAIGN, Ill. — It didn’t take long for the Wisconsin football team (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) to build up an insurmountable lead against Illinois (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) Saturday night as Wisconsin jumped out to a 21-0 lead on its first three drives before stealing a 56-32 win away from home.However, while the UW offense was firing on all cylinders, the defense suffered a number of hiccups throughout the game that allowed Illinois to rack up 32 points — the second most Wisconsin has allowed this season — and 319 yards through the air.“We’re going to have to be better than that on defense,” head coach Gary Andersen said. “You have to give a lot of credit to Illinois, they are hard to stop … We had too many mental breakdowns … and we can correct [those mistakes].Through the first seven games in 2013, Wisconsin has developed a reputation as a team that makes big plays — particularly on pass plays from redshirt sophomore quarterback Joel Stave to senior wide out Jared Abbrederis — but Saturday night it was Illinois that made the big plays through the air.During the night, Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase torched the Badgers to the tune of 249 yards alone, completing the night’s longest pass for 51 yards.That pass — with Illinois trailing Wisconsin 21-3 in the first half — gave the Illini a glimmer of hope when, three plays later, Illinois had reduced the Badgers’ lead to 11 with 6:38 left in the second quarter.Junior cornerback Peniel Jean said while the team is happy about the way it preformed in its first road win of the season, giving up these kinds of plays in the future could be much more costly.“They had three, four big plays which accumulated to like 330 yards,” Jean said. “They should have only had like 200 yards of offense. We take away those plays and it would have been a great game.”Beyond the secondary’s weaknesses giving up big plays Saturday night, the Wisconsin defense as a whole gave up eight penalties for 93 yards.“There were a couple miscues that we had,” redshirt sophomore Darius Hillary said. “We have to look at film, learn from it and then correct it. We have the bye week this upcoming week, so it would be the perfect time to correct those mistakes and move on.”Even though the Badgers allowed 32 points on the night, they started the game strong — forcing the Illini to punt on their first four possessions.Saturday’s win was the third time this season Wisconsin has given up 31 points or more to its opponent on the road, but the first time it has come home victorious in that scenario.Wisconsin’s slow deterioration of defense closely followed the loss of senior linebacker Chris Borland, who was forced to leave the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. Redshirt junior Marcus Trotter filled in while he was out and led the Badgers with nine tackles.While the injury is not serious and it is likely he will return when Wisconsin takes the field against Iowa Nov. 2 in Iowa City, it may have revealed a new concern for a team that has depended on youth in a number of spots on defense this year.Andersen rejected the idea that the team struggled without its leader on the field for much of the game, but said if that was the case it is something that will need to be remedied quickly as the season moves on and Wisconsin tries to claw its way back into the Big Ten Championship picture.“It’s possible [not having Borland] hurt us,” Andersen said. “I thought Trotter played well. There are a lot of packages going on … with Illinois. That is part of their scheme and they do a good job with it, and you have to react on defense in a positive way.”Gordon reaches milestoneAs Illinois gave Wisconsin trouble through the air, Wisconsin ran the 102nd-ranked defense in the country ragged to the tune of 289 yards and seven touchdowns.Redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon played no small part in that attack in a milestone day for the second-year player.He finished with 142 yards on only 17 carries which was good enough to put him over 1,000 yards rushing in 2013 — the first time that he has done so in his brief career as a Badger.For Gordon, the chance to reach the 1,000-yard mark was a special moment for him in his coming-of-age as a college football running back.“It’s pretty cool,” Gordon said. “Coach always gave me crap about it in the offseason. It’s a good mark to have, but [those personal milestones] aren’t really what I’m focused on.”With Gordon reaching the milestone Saturday, at least one Wisconsin running back has done so each season going back to 2005. Gordon sits tied with former running back P.J. Hill as the fastest to the milestone, needing only seven games and 107 carries to complete the task.last_img read more

How Vin Scully has taken us above, and beyond, a simple Dodgers broadcast

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Those aren’t our questions. Word for word, all of the above was asked this past week by Wendy Parker, a former Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer and editor now of the exceptional Sports Biblio Digest, a blog dedicated to sports books, history and culture.“All of the above” was also the next line in Parker’s summarization to her inquiry. And she’s living about 3,000 miles away from all this current Vin-sanity.• SCULLY’S BEST: Out list of Vin Scully’s Top 10 callsAbove all, Scully remains the total package, the person broadcasters can still learn from, a gracious, grateful, priority-conscious gentleman we all hope somehow rubs off on us.He leaves us grasping for the right words as we try to explain the way he has impacted our lives, as much a part of our city’s DNA and our own. He’s our “Wonder Years” narrator through a powerful electronic connection. Why do we revere Vin Scully so?Nostalgia? His unfailingly polite and pleasant persona, both on the air and in person?His poetic vocabulary and delivery with a grandfatherly lilt, never a touch overdone?His abiding respect for the game, personified by prodigious preparation?center_img (Really, how did he make a Farmer John shank and butt portion sound even edible?)This all become a more profound exercise as we inhale these last home games. Even then, those who use their words for a living may not even necessarily be in proper alignment on what adjectives to use.Dick Enberg is struck about how Scully is the “poet laureate of baseball.” George Will counters: “Although he uses language fluently and precisely, he is not a poet. He is something equally dignified and exemplary but less celebrated: He is a craftsman. Scully, the most famous and beloved person in Southern California, is not a movie star but has the at-ease, old-shoe persona of Jimmy Stewart.”Can both be correct? Of course. It’s all of the above. And more.• LISTEN TO VIN: Vin Scully classic call generatorWe generally just accept that Scully has fashioned himself into the greatest baseball broadcaster of all time. So is our greatest doubt in Southern California that no one will ever replace him? Has anyone really made us forgot about Chick Hearn? Or Enberg? Or Tom Kelly?Our primary media filter has changed too dramatically, and with it, the drama that someone like Scully can provide.No team would ever allow a single announcer to carry a broadcast by himself on any sport. It’s analyst-driven, mostly by former players, so the play-by-play man, particularly on TV, is just a facilitator.• PHOTO GALLERY: A farewell to Vin ScullyBob Costas nailed it when asked by ESPN’s Jayson Stark to best explain why the artistry of Scully is one for the ages, not the future:“If you watch any other game, no matter how good the announcer is, no matter how good they are, there is always some obstacle or some maze that they have got to make their way through if they are going to tell even one or two of the dozen or so stories like that Vin tells during a game. So he’s a uniquely talented announcer.“But if a 30-year-old Vin Scully came along today, the circumstances could never be duplicated. The business might not know what to do with him. The importance of radio would be much less. You would never have anything that would match the odyssey of the Dodgers … the importance of Jackie Robinson … the transplant from Brooklyn to the West Coast … the broken hearts in Brooklyn … the whole new vistas of baseball on the West Coast.“And then the metabolism of the society of the game changing. But he is grandfathered in, and I mean that in the nicest way. So the very things that appeal to people about him are the opposite of most sports TV does. It’s like, we can’t get enough of this, and we can’t stop doing the exact opposite.”Take that further: Why, as a way to complete this circle of broadcasting life, won’t the Dodgers allow Scully to call an entire game — either Sunday’s home finale or his final one Oct. 2 in San Francisco — as a radio-based format that just happens to be on TV? And then allow the radio to carry all nine innings of it?A Dodgers spokesman said that isn’t going to happen, and that’s a mistake.We hear frequently from Southern California natives who, not necessarily by their choosing, happen to work in different places around the world. They buy into the MLB.com app so they can pick up Dodgers audio games wherever they may be.Their simple request, while thousands of miles away, is for a hometown connection, to hear Scully more than just the first three innings.As a tribute to him, don’t you think Charley Steiner and Rick Monday would be fine stepping aside to hear Scully’s voice call at least those last innings of these final games instead of their own?last_img read more

TODAYFM LISTENERS VOTE RATHMULLAN CHIPPER ‘BATTER’ THAN THE REST!

first_imgWe always knew a certain chipper in Rathmullan was a top spot.But we didn’t know it was ‘Batter’ than more of the rest in the country!Salt n Batter has just been named in the Top Ten chippers in Ireland by listeners of the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on TodayFM. With a sizzling summer and cracking fish and chips, it all points to being a very few months ahead for Salt n Batter.Here’s is the list chosen by the listeners of TodayFM.Roscommon – NoriosWicklow – American Food FareWaterford – Johnny WalkersWexford – Saltee ChipperMonaghan – The Monte CarloLongford – LuigisLimerick – Donkey FordesKilkenny –MariosMeath – The Valley CaféDonegal – Salt n BatterTipperary – The Mona Lisa in ThurlesKildare – Di NardisDublin – Beshoffs in HowthCork – KC’sCavan – Roma in Cavan TownGalway – McDonaghsCarlow – Fast EddiesMayo – Danollas in Westport & CastlebarClare – Enzos in EnnisKerry – The Hungry KnightLouth – Roma Takeaway in DundalkSligo – Shells In StandhillOffaly – Angelos in banagherWestmeath – Roma in MullingarLeitrim – Giovanni’s in Carrick On ShannonLaois – Donies TODAYFM LISTENERS VOTE RATHMULLAN CHIPPER ‘BATTER’ THAN THE REST! was last modified: May 28th, 2016 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)last_img read more