Tickets available for Sunman Chamber Appreciation Dinner

first_imgSunman, In. — The Sunman Chamber of Commerce will hold their Appreciation Dinner Friday, November 9 at the American Legion Post #337. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.The event includes a BBQ dinner, music, cash bar, silent auction and a drawing for $10,000. Twenty-dollar tickets can be purchased at the Sunman Town Hall, ETC Sunman and on the evening of the event.For more information please call 812-623-4553.last_img

Sally Kate Perrine Rullman

first_imgSally Kate (Perrine) Rullman, 86, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, formerly of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born March 28, 1933 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, daughter of the late John M. Perrine and Nettie Kate (Plunkett) Perrine.Sally attended the First Baptist Church of Greendale, Indiana.Sally worked in Real Estate for 20 years, including 10 years as owner/broker of Sally Rullman Realty in Aurora, Indiana. She retired in 2002. She was a previous member of the Aurora Park Board and Community Mental Health Center Board, a former Girl Scout Leader, and current member of Tri Kappa. Time with her family was her greatest joy and she will be greatly missed.Sally is survived by her daughters, Cindy K. Rullman of Lexington, KY, Betsy A. (Rob) Schutte of Mason, OH, Lisa R. (Charlie) Craighead of Moose, WY; granddaughter, Caroline K. Schutte and grandson, Benjamin J. Schutte.She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 60 years, Millard Rullman, and a brother, Paul Perrine.Friends will be received Sunday, June 16, 2019, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, Monday at 11:00 am with Mark Tanner officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Greendale or PAWS. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Harte: Cavanagh to skipper Tyrone

first_img Cavanagh takes over from Stephen O’Neill, who led the side for two seasons. The Moy man returned to his brilliant best this year, after twice recovering from career-threatening shoulder injuries, and picked up his fifth All-Star award last month. Press Association Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has confirmed that Sean Cavanagh will captain his team in 2014.last_img

The Fifa trial with the drama of a Mafia movie

first_imgBy Richard Conway“There are mysteries to be solved; there are whodunits. This isn’t one of them.”The closing argument of Assistant US Attorney Sam Nitze in summing up a month’s worth of startling evidence in Brooklyn was very clear.“Some things are just the way they appear,” he said.The trial of two former South American football officials, accused of rampant corruption while leading their respective football federations and at FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, is now over.The wait continues for the third man – Manuel Burga – with jury deliberations over a conspiracy charge set to get underway again on Tuesday.After days of lengthy deliberations, the jury agreed with Nitze and the US government’s accusations against Jose Maria Marin and Juan Angel Napout.This case though has been likened to one involving the Mafia.It’s easy to see why. Some of New York’s most infamous mobsters would no doubt be proud of the tactics apparently employed in recent weeks.The only difference is that this trial involved members of the so-called “football family” and not gangsters from the Gambino or Lucchese clans.It began in November when prosecutors sought an anonymous jury, claiming alleged attempts to intimidate witnesses and obstruct justice, and swiftly progressed in the first week to claims in court that Burga made throat-slitting gestures toward the prosecution’s star witness.It was, according to Burga’s lawyer, a simple misunderstanding. His client was merely scratching a rash on his neck and was not threatening the man delivering devastating testimony against him. The judge disagreed.Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay and Jose Maria Marin of Brazil are far from household names in Europe.And yet, following these guilty verdicts, they join a long and tawdry list of executives we now understand used football as their personal cashpoint.They stand in disgrace alongside many others who viewed the sport as a gilt-edged opportunity to command multi-million dollar bribes in return for handing out lucrative rights’ contracts to anyone willing to grease their palms.They once rubbed shoulders with the game’s greatest players, had the best seats in the stadium, travelled first-class and stayed at the finest hotels.They are now facing up to the prospect of significant time in American penitentiaries, enjoying radically different conditions to the luxury lifestyles they once enjoyed.The case has been touched by tragedy too.An Argentine government official, Jorge Delhon, who helped administer the country’s state owned portfolio of domestic TV football rights, killed himself just hours after being named in court as receiving millions of dollars in bribes.Calls to pop stars & Qatar questionsThe court has also witnessed a number of bemusing moments.One came when the prosecution called Kevin Jonas, of the American pop band the Jonas Brothers, to establish that a Paul McCartney concert in Buenos Aires had taken place. Napout had not only denied receiving $10,000 worth of tickets but also the very existence of the event.Fifa will hope to contain the fallout from these verdicts but it may not be over the worst just yet.Marin’s successor as head of the Brazilian football federation, Marco Polo Del Nero, was provisionally suspended by FIFA last week following evidence presented in court that he was complicit in bribe taking.He has remained in charge despite being wanted on charges of corruption by US authorities since 2015.Then there were the repeated references during court testimony of alleged payments made to the men on trial, and other officials, in connection to the 2022 Qatar World Cup.Those providing the evidence were unable to say what the payments were for.Tournament organisers in the Gulf country have denied any wrongdoing and say they stand by the integrity of their successful bid to host the competition.Is this really a ‘FIFA trial’?These guilty verdicts are the result of many years of investigation work.It was back in May 2015, in a dramatic dawn raid at a Zurich hotel close to FIFA’s hill top headquarters, that the world became aware of on-going efforts by American law enforcement to ensnare football and TV executives enriching themselves through football.42 people were indicted. 24 of those caught have pleaded guilty, cooperating with prosecutors in the hope of securing reduced sanctions and sentences.The results of the investigation prompted massive upheaval at Fifa, with its beleaguered president Sepp Blatter eventually succumbing to huge pressure and agreeing to stand aside in what was supposed to be an orderly transition of power.He was however denied the graceful and triumphant exit he so desperately craved.Blatter remains under investigation by Swiss authorities having been banned from football for six years by Fifa over allegations of financial misconduct involving UEFA’s former president Michel Platini.Insiders at the world governing body have privately complained in recent weeks that the ‘FIFA trial’ is a misnomer. They have railed at how the trial involved fraud concerning Latin American TV rights’ deals and that the organisation itself was at arm’s length to it all.And yet others, now departed from their roles, speak of the tone set by the senior executives and former presidents at FIFA during the time period the three defendants were senior officials.Taking part in bribery schemes, they say, was a question of grabbing what you could. Those involved saw it as their rightful spoils for successfully navigating their way to the top of the snakes and ladders board, they claim.FIFA’s current leadership says things have changed since 2015. Those days have gone they insist, marked with a series of sweeping changes in corporate governance.Speaking to me in his New York office one of the organisation’s current vice-presidents, Sunil Gulati, believes reforms are starting to take hold and the culture is changing.“We still have work to do. It’s going to take time,” he said. “The tone at the top has been set but for that to now get through the entire system it’s going to take time.“You can ruin your reputation in a day and it takes a long time to get it back. FIFA’s behaviour has improved dramatically and I think that will continue. But it will take time for people around the world to accept that.“We’ve come a long way but there’s still some distance to go. As behaviour changes, as people’s attitudes change – and that’s not just at FIFA. It’s at the confederations and at member associations – that’s when we can say there’s been a huge step forward.”And yet doubts remain in the minds of many about FIFA, especially given the curious dismissal of the organisation’s independent ethics and governance chiefs in May and the excuses that were provided both then and now.The sudden leap to action against Del Nero in Brazil also serves to highlight years of inaction against a man authorities believe is complicit in corruption.And then there’s a recent Council of Europe report that severely criticises the suitability of the new ethics investigatory supremo as stating she lacks the skills to do her job properly.Particular focus was placed on her lack of English or French language ability and the inevitable heavy reliance on FIFA officials for translation and guidance – the very people she is charged with watching over.This trial, ultimately, has served as a reminder that FIFA must still confront major challenges if it is to become a trusted name in sport once more.The jury may have returned with a number of verdicts in Brooklyn.It’s still out in Zurich.last_img read more

The Latest: Leagues unite to recognize health care workers

first_img___Amiens is asking the French soccer league to review its decision to relegate the club from the country’s top flight following the early termination of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The team from northern France has started a petition to “demand justice for this far-reaching decision which goes against fairness in sport.”Amiens was in 19th place in the 20-team Ligue 1, above only Toulouse, when sport around the world was brought to a halt in March due to the pandemic. The French league season was canceled last week under orders from the government.Amiens had 10 games left to play and was four points behind 18th-place Nimes. The bottom two teams are automatically relegated in France. May 4, 2020 “The Real Heroes Project” was announced on Monday. It is a collaborative initiative among 15 leagues, including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer.Participating athletes will share a personal thank you message on social media utilizing #TheRealHeroes from Monday. Athletes will cover their name on their jerseys or uniforms and replace it with the name of the health care worker they are honoring. Public service announcements will debut on Wednesday across league and team platforms. The other leagues participating are the ATP, NASCAR, NWSL, USGA, WNBA, WTA as well as the WWE and esports Overwatch League, Call of Duty League and Electronic Arts.Among other athletes participating are New York Yankees all-star outfielder Aaron Judge and Milwaukee Brewers slugger Christian Yelich (MLB), Utah Jazz point guard Donovan Mitchell (NBA), Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (NFL), Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Hockey Hall of Famer Hayley Wickenheiser (NHL) as well as Los Angeles Galaxy forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore, and Orlando City SC forward Nani (MLS).Two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, U.S. soccer standout Alex Morgan, two-time WNBA all-star Breanna Stewart and Ashleigh Barty, the world’s top-ranked women’s tennis player, are also included. The leagues teamed up with creative agency 72andSunny and production company Hecho Studios for the campaign. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd are among the athletes who are participating in a project which will recognize and celebrate health care workers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Leagues unite to recognize health care workers The Premier League is trying to find a way of restarting next month. Liverpool is 25 points clear with nine games remaining.The FA Cup quarterfinals are yet to be played.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Amiens says the “fairest choice” would be to expand Ligue 1 and make it a 22-team division for the 2020-21 season.The club is asking “supporters from Amiens and lovers of football” to support its initiative, which “would make football and sport grow.”___The search is on for a new host for the women’s European gymnastics championships.European Gymnastics, the continental governing body, says that France isn’t able to host the championships if they’re rescheduled to the fall of 2020, so the “call for a new host is open.” The championships were meant to take place in Paris from April 29 through May 3 as a tune-up ahead of the Olympics but were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. European Gymnastics is still hoping to stage them on a new date.European Gymnastics says the men’s European championships will remain in host nation Azerbaijan on rescheduled dates later this year, and the rhythmic gymnastics championships will stay in Ukraine.It’s looking for a new host for the European trampoline championships to replace Sweden. That event has been moved from this month to spring 2021.___The head of English soccer says he does not expect crowds to be allowed back into matches “any time soon.” The Premier League and other soccer competitions in England have been suspended two months during the coronavirus pandemic.The English Football Association, which owns Wembley Stadium and runs the national teams, is cutting its annual budget by 75 million pounds ($93 million) as it tries to offset a potential “worst-case scenario” deficit of 300 million pounds over the next four years.FA chairman Greg Clarke says “with social distancing in place for some time to come we do face substantial changes to the whole football ecosystem.”In a letter to the FA Council, Clarke says “it’s hard to foresee crowds of fans – who are the lifeblood of the game – returning to matches any time soon.”The English Football League, which operates the three professional divisions below the Premier League, has told clubs games might be played without fans until 2021. 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Marcellus, Westhill, WG girls soccer wins big

first_imgHeading into October, area high school girls soccer teams had already gone through a full month’s worth of tests, but knew the biggest games still lay ahead.One quirk was that Marcellus still sat ahead of Westhill in the state Class B rankings – the Mustangs no. 9, the Warriors no. 15 – even though Westhill won their lone head-to-head meeting in September in overtime.Marcellus met up with a local rival last Tuesday and worked past Solvay 4-0, getting three of those goals in the first half to establish immediate control. C-NS had all kinds of chances to get on the board, but the Mustangs’ defense turned them all back, Ellie Shaw stopping all 10 Northstars shots she faced.This made Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to state Class B no. 1-ranked Clinton a bit easier to take. The Warriors had Gwen Williams and Maddie Luke earn goals, overcoming a valiant effort by Marcellus goalie Ellie Shaw, who made 16 saves.Back on Monday night, Westhill had handled Hannibal 5-0 in its only game of the week. It was 4-0 by halftime as Erica Gangemi, Cassie Dorfman, Olivia Bolesh, Ciarra Rudnick and Stephanie Falcone each earned goals, with Lauren Holstein and Brooke Zollo gaining assists.West Genesee proved again that it was the only team that was close to Baldwinsville and Fayetteville-Manlius among the Class AA sides when it used a big second half to put away Liverpool 6-1 last Wednesday night in Camillus.It was only 1-0 at halftime before the Wildcats tore up the Warriors’ defense late. Marlee Pontello, with two goals, led a well-balanced attack as Emma Nelson got one goal and assist.Goals also went to Sarah Snyder, Shannon Foster and Eva Poissant, while Katrina Tessier and Chrissy Van Allen picked up assists.Then WG faced Skaneateles Friday night, and the Wildcats pulled out a 1-0 decision in overtime, the game not decided until Sarah Petrus, in the second OT, put in an unassisted goal to help her team improve to 8-4-1 overall.Entering the week, Skaneateles was coming off a 7-0 defeat to Clinton on Sept. 28, but two nights later the Lakers went to Jordan-Elbridge and routed the Eagles 8-0.Though it took nearly 17 minutes for Skaneateles to get on the board, once it did plenty more followed, with the Lakers up 4-0 by halftime and then doubling that margin.Tatum Pas’cal and Maeve McNeil both finished with a pair of goals. Grace Dower, Tess Peterson, Ava Logan and Grace Bailey also found the net as Skaneateles took 22 shots to J-E’s two.As a follow-up on Thursday night, Skaneateles blanked Homer 2-0. One goal in each half proved enough as Lily Miller scored for the Lakers and its defense held the Trojans to just three shots.Solvay played on Friday and lost, 3-0, to Altmar-Parish-Williamstown, and then had to meet Skaneateles on Saturday afternoon, a game where the Lakers handled the Bearcats 8-0.Pascal put a hat trick on Solvay, her three goals part of a complete effort where McNeil and Maddy Ramsgard both found the net twice and Miller also got a goal.That same Saturday, J-E trailed Manlius-Pebble Hill 1-0 at halftime, scored three times in the second half and still lost 5-3 to the Trojans, who matched the Eagles’ production late as Mollie Yard converted twice and Kyra White had the other goal.Bishop Ludden surrendered a torrent of goals to MPH last Tuesday and still emerged with a 4-4 draw. All of the Trojans’ tallies came in the first half, but Ludden stayed close, trailing 4-3 at the break, and notched the only goal of the second half to pull even.From there, neither side could convert the rest of the way as Brigid Lawless earned two of Ludden’s four goals. The others went to Annie Gaughan and Deirdre Kivlehan as, in the net, Sarah Boyea made 17 saves.A day later, Ludden was shut out, 3-0, by Onondaga, the Gaelic Knights unable to get the ball out of its own end for much of the game, though Boyea was able to stop 16 of the Tigers’ 19 shots. J-E took a 6-0 defeat to Christian Brothers Academy on Thursday night.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: girls soccerMarcellusskaneatelesWest GeneseeWesthillcenter_img Katie MacLachlan, Mei LaMarre, Sarah Hutchings and Lily Locastro earned those goals, with Hutchings and MacLachlan each earning an assist. Solvay goalies Haley Muehl and Nancy Gonzales combined for 14 saves.On a wet Thursday night, a pair of first-half goals helped Marcellus blank Cicero-North Syracuse 2-0.Less than seven minutes into the game, MacLachlan’s corner kick was passed to Hannah Durand, whose great pass set up LaMarre for a go-ahead goal. Then Sara Mielnicki, with a superb spin move, flashed open and put in the second goal later in the half.last_img read more

1 of them: Jet, former Zip Taylor one of several talking about SU’s opening roadtrip to Akron

first_img Published on September 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments As Jason Taylor recalled — with his 14-year NFL-eyes widening, shocked — ‘they’ never came to Akron before. For Taylor, a former Akron standout now with the New York Jets, ‘they’ refers to a BCS conference team. Any BCS conference team. During his time as a Zip from 1993-96, Taylor said he and his Akron teammates always had to travel to ‘them.’ That’s just the way it was. Standing on the SUNY Cortland practice field at Jets training camp on Aug. 14, Taylor could only think of one response when he found out that, no, he wouldn’t have the outside opportunity to trek up to Syracuse to watch his alma mater play. Rather, ‘they’ would be traveling to Akron to open the season. Perplexed, he had to question the validity. ‘It’s at Akron?’ Taylor asked. ‘Syracuse, going to Akron? Damn, times have changed. We used to go everywhere for the paycheck. It’s a big change. I know that. They never came to us before.’ On Saturday, ‘they’ — Syracuse — will open its season on the road at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, Ohio (6 p.m., ESPN3). It is just the third time in the last 20 years SU will open the season on the road against a mid-major team, and the first time since losing to Brigham Young in 2002.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The Orange defeated Toledo and East Carolina in 1999 and 1992, respectively. In the series history, the Orange and Zips have split 1-1, with Akron defeating SU 42-28 in 2008 and Syracuse getting the best of the Zips last year 28-14. Those games were both in the Carrier Dome. But Akron is the worst team with which the Orange has been scheduled to open the season on the road of any mid-major in the last 20 years. The Zips were picked to finish last in the MAC’s Eastern Division and are in their first year under head coach Rob Ianello. And for a program that prides itself on Taylor, the Zips ranked 118 of 120 FBS teams in sacks in 2009, with 11 in 12 games. Compared to the rest of the Big East, SU is one of three conference teams to open the season on the road against a mid-major. Pittsburgh will travel to national power Utah for one of this weekend’s most high-profile games, and Cincinnati will face the WAC’s Fresno State, a team it only beat by eight points last year in Cincinnati. ‘I would love to open up for our fans (at home),’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said, ‘but, hopefully, we’ll be able to do that down the road. I’m really just excited about playing. …The greatest thing I was ever told was it doesn’t matter where you play.’ The former All-Pro Taylor’s bewilderment at Akron’s hosting of Syracuse is merely an example of a question many have been asking of the scheduled game. Just like Taylor, many have pondered: Why is Syracuse going to Akron? Why is the Big East going to the MAC? Is it a testament to Akron’s growth? Is it a statement speaking to SU’s decline since Taylor graduated as Akron’s career sacks leader in 1997? Is it an example of the drop off of the Big East conference as a whole? Or is it just another case of the evolution of college football where it is now normal, and perhaps even expected, for a Big East team to travel to a bottom-feeder? Marrone doesn’t prescribe to any of the notions at all. He sees it as just another football game. He doesn’t see any problem with his BCS team opening against a rebuilding mid-major. A game is a game. Competitiveness is competitiveness. ‘I don’t even think about it, to be honest,’ Marrone said ‘… I don’t look at BCS, home, away or anything like that. I just feel fortunate to have an opportunity to play.’ Having an opportunity to play this weekend will be SU sophomore strong safety Shamarko Thomas. After tweaking his hamstring in summer camp, Thomas is second on the depth chart behind Max Suter at strong safety, and he said he will play this weekend at ’95 percent.’ But on Wednesday, when informed of Taylor’s interest in Saturday’s game in SU’s football cafeteria, Thomas’ eyes lit up, much like a grade-school kid at lunch hour to the mention of an NFL star. Eyes widening just like Taylor’s had, cracking a smile from ear to ear, Thomas said it was ‘like an honor’ to know Taylor expressed interest in coming to the game. But he did have a message for Taylor and Akron as well. In a summer of conference realignment in which the Big East conference has been slighted throughout, Thomas wanted to let it be known that he and Syracuse will be bringing the Big East to the MAC on Saturday. Thomas said he wants Taylor to know that like Akron is a new team, SU is a new team as well. He doesn’t care about the comparisons or where the game will be played. Thomas is bringing the Big East hurt. ‘Akron is not a BCS team,’ Thomas said, ‘but you see in the newspaper that sometimes people say we are not a BCS team. It’s just a mentality to go hard every game.’ Added Thomas: ‘(Taylor’s) a Pro Bowl-player, so I am going to be professional. But I would tell him we are going to go to Akron and show him how the Big East plays. Syracuse has got a new team around now.’ It’s a new team in Akron since Taylor’s departure as a third-round pick by the Miami Dolphins in 1997. They no longer play at the Rubber Bowl. The Zips have attained success in the time since Taylor went just 12-32 over the course of his four years as a Zip. He never once played Syracuse. But, s Taylor recalled in Cortland in August, he and the Zips did host a big-time team once. A real big-time team, which has been a prick in SU’s side in the past. In 1996, Taylor and Akron hosted No. 15 Virginia Tech a year after the Zips were clobbered 77-27 in Blacksburg, Va. In a year in which Taylor propelled himself on the strength of 10 sacks to a spot with the Dolphins, he led the team in a valiant effort, eventually losing by just three. But come Saturday, the bad news for the Zips is they don’t have a Jason Taylor. He is long departed from Ohio. And on Sept. 6, 2008, he was, once again, far removed from his alma mater. That night, as a member of the Redskins traveling back from New York with a 16-7 season-opening loss to the Giants, Taylor had a similar quizzical reaction to that day’s news of his former football team. When looking down at his phone, he thought the score was wrong when he saw it: 42-28, Akron over Syracuse. Really? His question was soon answered. On Saturday, the overarching inquiry into just what Syracuse will get out of a trip to the mid-major will begin to be answered as well. And like Marrone, Taylor believes the game is not a step back for ‘them.’ He will take pride in whatever occurs. He is proud of Akron. ‘I’m not going to slight Akron,’ Taylor said. ‘It speaks more for the progress that Akron has made than any type of a regression for Syracuse. I didn’t watch the game (in 2008). … I have to admit, I thought the score was wrong when I first saw it. ‘It’s bigger strides. It’s great.’ aolivero@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

2 Syracuse grads help kickstart sports media company

first_imgBut LFG isn’t in the journalism business. The founders are unabashedly fans that hate Kyrie Irving, the New York Yankees and anyone in the Patriots’ way.Berenson, a double-major in supply chain management and entrepreneurship while at SU, joined due to his desire to start a company and became LFG’s chief operating officer. Whitman then recruited Yasi, a former Boston University Student, and a close high school friend from Swampscott, Massachusetts, who became the chief creative officer.Their first video, posted in late March, was Whitman with a GoPro high-fiving college football fans. The video’s Instagram caption labeled LFG Sports as “by the fans, for the fans,” mirroring Barstool’s longtime motto of “By the Common Man, for the Common Man.”After traveling around the country for different sporting events on the east coast and in the midwest, LFG Sports is trying to find its niche among a crowded sports media field. Daily, they compete with Barstool and publications like Bleacher Report on social media.“People, of course, are like ‘you’re just trying to be Barstool,’ and we certainly have the same type of model as them, but we’re our own brand,” said Whitman. “We are LFG Sports, not Barstool Sports. We go out and do crazy things.”Most of the time LFGSports goes to games for includes Boston teams, but recently they’ve gone to the Week 16 matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys that decided the NFC East and the AFC Divisional Round game between the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans.I try to imagine it as if ESPN and Barstool had a baby it would be LFG Sports.Josh Berenson, co-founder of LFG sportsThe majority of its revenue – which comes solely from merchandise at this point – is spent on travel expenses and game tickets. LFG received an original logo through an online competition on Design Crowd, but its graphic designer Edan Michener has created multiple versions of the company’s logo. The sports media company has participated in a few minor events with sponsors in the past and plans on establishing partnerships in the future. Whitman expects the company to operate in a deficit “for the next couple years,” he said in a text message. He added they plan to put any revenue back into the company to keep growing.Whitman, Berenson and Yasi have given out corn to people at Nebraska football games, brought a piñata of former Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper to their World Series Parade and even created “coward” posters aimed at Irving.Originally, the LFG Sports collective wanted a poster that called Irving a liar because of his broken promise to re-sign with the Boston Celtics. However, Irving sat out that Nov. 27 game at TD Garden because of a shoulder injury, so LFG printed posters with a red stamp over Irving’s face reading “coward.” At the bottom of the poster, they plugged their social media accounts.ESPN reporter Malika Andrews sent out a tweet showing the poster, and eventually it went viral. Days later, LFG posted an article stating that Irving made a burner Instagram account, which was clickbait, according to Whitman. Editor’s Note: In a previous version of this post, there were several errors. They are corrected below.UPDATED: Jan. 15, 2020 at 6:14 p.m.In a Hawaiian shirt covered with the New England Patriots logo and topped off with a fake-flower lei, Griffin Whitman patrolled the outskirts of Gillette Stadium in search of tailgaters.Whitman, holding an Antonio Brown cake in one hand and a microphone in the other, asked strangers to predict New England’s record for the year. Fans answered unanimously in their Boston accents “19 and oh.” He also gives a set of fans the chance to spike the Antonio Brown cake.This scene and countless other similar ones appear on an Instagram account run by Whitman. For fans, it’s just another blood-pumping and adrenaline-rushing opening game. Whitman is trying to make a living off of their enthusiasm.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhitman and friends Josh Berenson and Jake Yasi — the former two Syracuse grads — started sports media company LFG Sports in April 2019. With a mission statement to “bring the fan perspective of sports to life,” LFG Sports has gained a fanbase of over 11,000 followers on its Instagram account. It’s gone viral – with posts and gimmicks getting picked up by the mainstream media – and have created content everywhere from the Carrier Dome to the Sugar Bowl.“I try to imagine it as if ESPN and Barstool had a baby it would be LFG Sports,” Berenson said.Berenson and Whitman first met each other through the same pledge class at SU’s chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. They bonded over a love for sports and eventually became roommates.Whitman, now the chief executive officer of LFG, coined the idea of creating a sports media company dedicated to the fan-side of sports, such as fans’ reactions in stadiums, tailgates and bars.“We got a video of this fan saying go f*ck yourself (at an LSU-Oklahoma game),” Berenson said. “We eventually realized that this is legitimate news reporting. We reported live inside the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. But instead of just interviewing a coach or a player, we were interviewing a fan.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img They hope to do another TD Garden stunt when Lebron James – who LFG also despises – and the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Celtics later in January. But Whitman won’t reveal his plan. “It’s a secret,” he said.“We’re going to Boston right now because that’s what we’ve known and grew up with,” Yasi said. “Once we hire more people who understand their own fan base they’ll be able to create their own ideas, like I can’t go to a Nuggets game and understand their fan base.”To eventually eliminate bias, LFG hopes to bring in more media personalities from across the country. Its goal is to have an ambassador in every major sports city in the next few years while keeping their headquarters in Syracuse — a location that’s a centerpoint between the east and midwest, Yasi said.“I wake up every day and I’m excited to get after it and help build this thing and help it grow and just do it, doing it with my best friends too, said Whitman. “That’s the best part about it.”CORRECTIONS: In a previous version of this post, there were many mistakes. The Daily Orange regrets this errors:The company’s revenue was misstated as profit.LFGSports will operate at a deficit by design, because they will put any revenue back into company growth.The company’s mission statement was misstated. LFGSports’ mission statement is “to bring the fan perspective of sports to life.” Jake Yasi was called a Boston University graduate, but he hasn’t graduated.Josh Berenson was misquoted about an LSU-Oklahoma game.The way  LFGSports chooses which games to attend was mischaracterized.LFG’s funds were mischaracterized as “personal money.”A version of this story stated that a post from LFGSports stating that Irving made a burner Instagram account was deleted, which it was not.A previous version of the story incorrectly stated that LFG travels in a Cruise America RV and went to the College Football National Championship in New Orleans. LFG rented an RV for a two-week span, and posted an Instagram video about the Championship game, but wasn’t there. Published on January 15, 2020 at 12:41 am Contact Christopher: | @chrisscargslast_img read more

Anticipation building ahead of County Hurling Final

first_imgThurles Sarsfields and Nenagh Éire Óg have overcome all before them to reach the decider.Sars edged out a gallant Kilruane McDonaghs team in their semi final, while Nenagh disposed of Drom & Inch after extra time in the other semi.Eoin Kelly’s club Mullinahone were beaten by Thurles Sarsfields earlier in the competition….the former All Star winner believes that this weekend’s match will go down down to the wire And Sunday’s match throws in at Semple Stadium at 3.15 and Tipp FM will have full live coverage of the game.last_img

Malkin scores twice as Pens top Senators, 5-2

first_img Evgeni Malkin had two goals, Jake Guentzel was injured right after scoring his 20th of the season and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 Monday night.Malkin stretched his points streak to six games and has seven goals and 24 points in his past 13 contests.Guentzel had a three-point night but left after scoring 6:55 into the third period. Guentzel tapped one into a partially empty net off Malkin’s feed but crashed hard into the wall right after. He immediately went to the dressing room after getting his 200th career point.Patric Hornqvist and Dominik Simon also scored the Penguins, who have won three straight and 10 of 12.Tristan Jarry stopped 24 shots to win his sixth straight game. He has won eight of his last nine starts and allowed no more than two goals in 14 of 18 appearances this season.Nick Paul scored twice for the Senators, who ended a five-game points streak. Paul has three goals in his last two games.Marcus Hogberg made 28 saves for the Senators. Last Updated: 31st December, 2019 11:58 IST Malkin Scores Twice As Pens Top Senators, 5-2 Evgeni Malkin had two goals, Jake Guentzel was injured right after scoring his 20th of the season and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 Monday night. WATCH US LIVE Written By Associated Press Television News COMMENTcenter_img LIVE TV First Published: 31st December, 2019 11:58 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more