Editors’ Recommendations British shoemaker Oliver Sweeney has been in the business of footwear for over 25 years. It started as a shoe brand in 1989 and eventually expanded into menswear, combining the finely tailored sensibility of Savile Row with the quality of Italian leather. Whether it’s Chelsea Boots, brogues or loafers, Oliver Sweeney takes all the classic styles and adds their own twist. If you know whiskeys, you’ll know that Talisker whisky is a reliable classic single malt Scotch, great for sipping neat or on the rocks after a long hard day of work. Oliver Sweeney and Talisker have teamed up for a Made by the Sea gift set that will make any man who appreciates both good style and good drinks.The Made by the Sea gift set brings together a bottle of Talisker single malt Scotch Whisky and a pair of Oliver Sweeney hiking boots that come with a handy little pocket to store a flask of whiskey — the flask also comes with the gift set. Oliver Sweeney takes the classic hiking boot and makes it with the finest Italian leather burnished by hand in its Italian factory. The strategically positioned pocket, embossed with the Talisker name, makes it easy to store the 2-ounce etched, stainless steel hip flask so you can always have a swig around when you’re on the go. There’s also a handy micro-compass built into the collar. The boots’ main feature is a St. Moritz sole that has a section of the cask used in the ageing of the decade-old Talisker as a detail on the shoes’ heel. One side is embossed with Talisker, while the other is marked with the Oliver Sweeney logo.The boots and the signature 70cl bottle of Talisker’s 10-year-old whiskey come in a solid oak box that can be reused for for storage for special keepsakes and more. For more information, visit oliversweeney.com. How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Glenfiddich Grand Cru Makes a French Connection with 23-Year-Old Scotch The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt
Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff and Tommy Bain, chairman of the Stadium Events Organizing Committee speak at a press conference to announce the events surrounding the National Championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Aug. 29.Credit: Courtesy of MCTJust two months ago, the Ohio State football team was ranked in the Associated Press top five with a Heisman trophy candidate at quarterback, and it had been picked by many to appear in the first-ever College Football Playoff.My, how things have changed.Some expected the worst following senior quarterback Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury while others remained optimistic that the Scarlet and Gray could still make a run at a national title. As of now, neither group is right or wrong.The Buckeyes currently sit at 4-1 (1-0) and are tied atop the East Division of the Big Ten. Outside of a less-than-impressive performance in a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has filled in admirably for OSU, and should his play continue, there is an outside chance that he could still lead his team into a national semifinal game.On the other hand, things could very easily go south for the Buckeyes.Following a homecoming matchup with Rutgers on Oct. 18, OSU is scheduled to play three straight night games, two of which are on the road and in traditionally hostile environments.Trips to State College, Pa., and East Lansing, Mich., loom as the Buckeyes’ biggest regular season tests. And how Barrett handles himself during those games could be the difference between staying in playoff contention, and watching the Big Ten title game from the couch.There is no denying that the Buckeyes seem to be hitting full stride, but once again the poor strength of schedule rears its ugly head. Who have the Buckeyes really played that jump off the page? The only game I can think of is the matchup with the Hokies, and if you ask me, that game could have been a lot uglier for Barrett and company.Think of what we could be talking about had OSU beaten the Hokies. There is a good chance the Buckeyes could be ranked as high as No. 3 in the country, as everyone ranked in front of them prior to the Virginia Tech game aside from Florida State and Auburn has since lost.Think about if the Buckeyes had prepared for the bear defense the Hokies threw at them like they have since. OSU senior wide receiver Devin Smith said following a win against Maryland that he is surprised teams still line up in that defense because of how successful the Buckeyes have been against it since the Virginia Tech game.If you thought you would hear that kind of statement anytime after the way things unfolded in Columbus on Sept. 6, give yourself a pat on the back.So as the Buckeyes sit on the outside looking in for now, don’t count them out just yet, but don’t pencil them in either.Just sit back, (try to) relax and enjoy the remainder of the college football season.