DDTV: Fr. Brian O’Fearraigh has showed his wide range of talents aren’t confined to the altar, by performing in a ballad written about the impending water charges being imposed by the current government. The charges have been strongly opposed by thousands of Irish citizens and Fr. O’ Fearraigh has already publicly condemned a tax he feels is morally unjust.O’Fearraigh has supported the ‘Can’t Pay Won’t Pay’ campaign and believes people shouldn’t be bullied into paying yet another tax as he already knows hundreds of families all over Donegal can’t afford the added weight of another bill.In the video above O’Fearraigh performs the ‘Water Protest’ song and is ably assisted by talented local musicians from The Rosses and Gweedore.Simply click play on the video above to watch and enjoy. 🙂 DDTV: WATCH DONEGAL PRIEST PERFORM IN HILARIOUS WATER PROTEST VIDEO was last modified: May 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVFeaturesnews
Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… So open source goes from quality nightmare for 75% of enterprisesr in Univa’s survey to quality king in Black Duck’s survey. What gives?Reading Between The LinesWell, vendor motivations may help to sway the kinds of questions asked, and the recipients of the survey itself. I’m not suggesting that either company set out to skew results, but neither data sample is likely purely random.Still, I’m more inclined to give credence to Black Duck’s results, despite it being an open-source management and consulting firm. After all, open source is driving the top-three trends in enterprise computing: Big Data, cloud, and mobile. If enterprises were struggling to make open source work, they wouldn’t be using so much of it, and in such business-critical areas.Which is not to suggest that open source has “won” and all proprietary software is doomed. Indeed, according to a recent Barclays survey of IT executives, a mix of proprietary and open-source software will likely persist for some time: IT + Project Management: A Love Affair But let’s not kid ourselves: the days of open source failing because of a lack of enterprise support or insufficient quality are well behind us. There is no shortage of quality companies providing support for leading edge open-source software. And there is no shortage of exceptional enterprise-grade open-source software.The proof? Open source is being adopted in droves. That’s really the only number that matters in figuring out whether open source provides high-quality software.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts Matt Asay Tags:#developers#enterprise IT#Open Source Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Two surveys surfaced last week that paint widely divergent pictures of enterprise adoption of open source. But based on the continued rise of open source in the enterprise, only one is likely correct.The first comes from Univa, a data center automation company that also offers an open-source version of its Grid Engine product. Univa found that while 76% of enterprises surveyed are using open source, a full 75% experience problems running it in mission-critical workloads.Given that so many enterprises apparently struggle to use open source successfully, one might wonder why so many persist in doing so. Back in 2008, Gartner found that 85% of enterprises were using open source, but even that high number is surely underreporting actual adoption of open source because, according to Forrester, “developers adopt open source products tactically without the explicit approval of their managers.”Conflicted Much?Fortunately, Univa doesn’t leave us to guess how to resolve this seeming conflict between mass adoption and poor quality. While open source is rarely mentioned on its website, the one page that gets a lot of open source mentions presents a highly conflicted view on open source, like the following customer testimonials:“…we were finally able to switch our focus away from a malfunctioning [open source] Grid Engine.”“If I went to another company that was using purely an open-source Grid Engine, I would take Univa with me to assure this kind of flexibility and security. I know Univa has my back.“And this product pitch:“Univa Grid Engine is the next generation product that open source Grid Engine users have been waiting for.” These sorts of statements would be a great way to bash one’s competition, but in this case Univa’s marketing is designed to bash itself. Or rather, the open-source project upon which it is based. This message carries through in its survey, which found that 64% of enterprises will pay for better quality, which translates to stability (25%) and enterprise-grade support (22%).“That open-source product we give away? It’s not very good! You should pay us instead of using our open-source software” seems to be the message.Different Survey, Very Different ResultsIt’s a very different message conveyed by the results of Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners 2013 Future of Open Source survey. While vendor support was a top-three consideration in 2012 for adopting open source, in 2013 it falls to number 11, well behind competitive functionality, solid security, and better TCO as reasons to use open source.In fact, this survey finds that “Better Quality Software,” which was the fifth-placed reason for using open source in 2011, is now the top reason: 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now
MOST READ ONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang hopes to use his experience against Australian challenger Martin Nguyen in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The 28-year-old Nguyen aims to become the first fighter in ONE Championship to hold two titles in two different weight classes at once.Folayang, who turns 33 on Nov. 22, is also banking on homecourt edge with Friday’s event expected to draw a sellout crowd.“I’ve fought many times here in the Philippines and there’s really nothing like it fighting in front of your hometown crowd,” Folayang, who outpointed Ev Ting in his first title defense last April at MOA Arena, said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 NU keeps Final 4 bid alive, pulls rug from under FEU Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Folayang, who owns an 18-5 record, has more than twice as many fights as Nguyen (9-1).“My biggest advantage against him is my experience because I have been fighting for a long time,” Folayang, who made his MMA debut in 2007 as part of URCC, told INQUIRER.net in a press conference Tuesday at City of Dreams Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNguyen, the current featherweight champion, will be going up in weight against Folayang. But Team Lakay’s prized ward doesn’t think their weight difference is going to be much of a factor come fight night.“I think I’ll just be three to four pounds heavier than him inside the cage,” Folayang said in Filipino. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Magnolia’s Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon told Chito Victolero that they’ll make up for a lackluster Game 1 while getting ready to face Barangay Ginebra in a no-tomorrow match for the Hotshots on Monday night.The dynamic point guards proved that they can walk their talk.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated CEU stays unbeaten; McDavid finally triumphs Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Jalalon scored 17 points and Barroca accounted for 13 as they led the Hotshots to a 106-77 ripping of the Gin Kings at Smart Araneta Coliseum to forge a deciding Game 3 in their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal duel.“They told me Sunday (after an 86-75 loss) that they will go all out in this game. And I’m thankful and proud that those two guys played the games true to their promise,” Victolero said in Filipino as he and his Hotshots gathered the needed momentum—and confidence—for the you-or-me match set Wednesday also at the fabled Big Dome.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTNT kept its composure behind chief gunner Jayson Castro and held off four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer, 93-88, in the nightcap, to also force a Game 3 on Wednesday.Castro finished with 19 points and nine assists, helping the KaTropa in the stretch together with Troy Rosario and RR Pogoy. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Ian Sangalang scored 21 points to lead the Hotshots, and together with Jalalon and Barroca formed a three-cornered battering ram that chopped down the hulking Gin Kings to size.Jalalon and Barroca, incidentally, combined for just seven points in the series-opening loss.The Hotshots made use of a blistering 11-0 start that kept the Kings at bay the rest of the way.Magnolia’s largest lead came up to 31 late in the final quarter.“The most important thing here was our mind-set: That we needed to go all out,” Victolero said. “This is exactly what we had hoped for—a chance to compete.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Sol Mercado scored 13 for third-ranked Ginebra, who was so out of sorts that it stood as the team-best total in the rout.Ginebra’s imposing frontline of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar settled for just five points each following a pair of double-doubles in the series opener.“This is a short series,” Victolero said. “We’ll just have to prepare well and just hope the breaks of the next game go our way.”“But I’m liking our chances. We were able to tie it now,” he added. “With the same level of effort and desire, I think we have a chance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Rabat- Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Morocco, an Islamist Party leader named Benkirane won the elections of 2011 and formed a coalition government in which he appointed a minister for Administrative Reform named Abdeladim Guerrouj and who was thought to be the youngest minister in Moroccan history. The story has it that this young and promising minister, on the eve of the reshuffle of the government, sensed that he was going to be in charge of another department (i.e. education) and made a big purchase of chocolate to offer to guests on the occasion of the baptism of his first child and made his ministry pay for it on his last day in this department.Abdeladim (meaning the great in Arabic) maybe thought this would go unseen, but unfortunately for him, the minister who came followed him wanted to start his term with a clean slate. Though from the same party he ordered an inquiry on his predecessor’s financial statement and discovered this gross misconduct. He informed his party leader who conducted an investigation and came to the conclusion that it is indeed a case of embezzlement of public funds. He, in turn, informed his party and threw the hot potato in the lap of the poor Islamist Head of Government Benkirane. In the meantime, the great little minister Abdeladim, with the sweet tooth, has recognized his misconduct but sadly has not resigned, as is the case in many democracies. On the contrary, he is clinging to his seat and the many perks it offers without any shame whatsoever. Oh! I forgot to say that in Morocco, ministers never resign, they are made to resign and this is a very important difference in the cultural ethics of this country.Candy for bitter realityIncidentally, another minister, the socialist Habib El Malki who was in charge of the Ministry of Education some time ago, was known for his daily veracious appetite for expensive chocolate. This minister, without any shame whatsoever had the chocolate delivered to his ministry every morning and the taxpayer paid the bill.It so seems that the Ministry of Education that they are in charge of is so bitter in substance that they have to take some good quality chocolate to sweeten the state of affairs there. Indeed, they are right, after over half a century of independence, Morocco has failed to come up with an acceptable educational system. The Ministry of Education is the most budgetivore (in the sense of carnivore, if you please), as it swallows over 25% of the national budget with very little return. In higher education, over thirteen public universities generate thousands of graduates every year, most of whom end up unemployed. These graduates can be spotted fruitlessly demonstrating near Parliament on an almost daily basis.The great Abdeladim, realizing that he will be in charge of this troublesome ministry, decided to take some chocolate for a good start, maybe taking an example from the socialist minister who made it a rule to start his day with expensive chocolate in order to face the elements. Sadly, the socialist minister achieved nothing with his daily intake of this candy because education, during his tenure, went from bad to worse.As for this poor young minister, great in chocolate intake and small in righteousness, he might face, in the weeks to come, the sack from both his ministerial post and his party position. For he has embarrassed, beyond belief, both his party boss Al Ansar and the Head of Government Benkirane, who has promised over and over to fight corruption. Baha! Please hand Benkirane a bar of chocolateWill Benkirane sack this young minister to set an example for the rest of his unruly, plethoric team (see my article entitled “Morocco: too much government kills government” published by MWN on 24 January 2014) or will he procrastinate in order to avoid the fall of his coalition. Either decision is bitter for Benkirane. I trust his sidekick Minister of State Baha ought to offer him some chocolate to get on with his bitter tenure. Poor Benkirane. He is receiving a blow after a blow and the last thing he would have wanted is a corrupt minister in his ranks.One of the salient points of his electoral platform was to fight corruption, money embezzlement, and illegal transfer of funds to foreign banks. So far, however, he has shied away from fulfilling any of his promises and, as time goes on, his popularity sinks further and further. By the end of his term he will probably drown completely, the poor soul.Corruption in Morocco is sadly endemic. Many officials consider corruption money as a perk that goes with their office and the same is true of misuse of public funds and embezzlement. Officials use public money at will, with no qualms, because the state is very lax with them if they don’t get caught. Those that are caught face a variety of sentences. Some are punished by imprisonment while others are, at worst, only fired. Furthermore the state rarely asks them to repay the stolen money, unless it is a truly large sum.In the Moroccan vernacular, language corruption is referred to by the cover term hlawa meaning “a candy or a sweet”. So, if an individual wants something achieved quickly bypass all laws possible, he has to give hlawa money to the official in charge. The chocolate the two honorable ministers paid for with public money is, for them, undoubtedly a perk of their office, no more. They might even think that they did nothing wrong and that is very bad because it means that corruption is deeply ingrained in the Moroccan officials’ psyche, and that is unfortunate.The great Abdeladim Guerrouj, prior to his chocolate episode when he started his ministerial tenure, spoke of transparency and efficiency in practice, now I wonder what he meant and why he used these terms if he was not going to stand by their message. That will remain a ministerial mystery; maybe we will never know what he meant in the first place.The other chocolate minister Habib El Malki, the great socialist in discourse only, of course, was very straightforward in his attitude towards the philistines. Apparently, the first thing he did on becoming Minister of Education, he ordered the employees to use a back door so that he can have the stately front entrance for his exclusive use. He also ordered an elevator built for his own personal use; it cost the ministry millions of centimes. The socialist minister wanted to prove, by all this, that he is special and thus deserves to have chocolate delivered to his office on a daily basis, not paying any attention to possible criticism from the press because of his palace umbrella, bearing in mind that he was always the preferred socialist of the late King Hassan II and his sole interlocutor in the party he belongs to.By not sacking the chocolate minister and not acting on corruption and illegal money transfers abroad, Benkirane is proving to the people who gave him their votes to undertake important changes within the Moroccan political scene that he is, in the end, no different from his predecessors he criticized when he was in the opposition. Benkirane’s various promises to put an end to all forms of corruption and to set up good governance prove to be merely empty promises and hot air, no more.In two years, he will have to face the electorate again in the upcoming legislative elections and the voters will certainly square up against him and his Islamist government will go down history as a government of “much ado about nothing,” that will ultimately go down the drain. The moral of the storyIf you have a sweet tooth in Morocco, better consume Moroccan almond cookies ka’b ghzal “gazelle corns,” with mint tea, they are delicious and safe and by all means stay away from foreign expensive chocolate! It only brings misfortune and bad luck to you and your surroundings. Be warned.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
Every Super Bowl loser wants a do-over, but no team has had as disastrous an ending as Atlanta had in the final nine minutes of Super Bowl LI. If the Falcons were given 1,000 do-overs, they would have been expected, according to ESPN’s win probability model, to win the game 996 times.All the Falcons needed was one more point, one defensive stop or perhaps even just one more minute of burnt clock to zero out the New England Patriots’ 0.4 percent chance to surmount a nigh-insurmountable lead.Why didn’t they?“I think we ran out of gas,” Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said at his post-game press conference. Even so, Quinn’s offensive machine should have been able to coast to the finish line after being up 28-12 with possession of the ball and less than 10 minutes to play. Instead, bad decision-making turned domination into capitulation.The Falcons, as I wrote one FiveThirtyEight’s Super Bowl live blog, had been stunningly effective on the ground all game. The Patriots’ rush defense ranked fourth in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) this season, yet the Falcons had piled up 94 yards and a touchdown on just 14 carries.Starting at the 9:40 mark, Falcons running back Tevin Coleman ran on first and second down, getting injured on the latter play but setting up 3rd-and-1 from the team’s own 36-yard line. Rather than dial up another clock-eating run, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan called a pass play. Coleman’s backfield partner, Devonta Freeman, whiffed on his blocking assignment, and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was strip-sacked.After the Patriots capitalized on the turnover with a touchdown, the Falcons ran 11 offensive plays — and only two of them were runs. Despite needing more than anything to wind the clock down to zero, Shanahan gave only two more carries to Freeman, who’d been averaging 8.2 yards per carry until that point.This is where football coaches, who spend numerous hours micro-analyzing schemes and matchups as they build out their game plans, can lose the forest for the trees. It may well be that Shanahan had a perfect play called up for that situation, or a matchup he knew Ryan could exploit. Ryan, after all, had completed 13 of 16 passes to that point; another short completion seemed like an easy ask. But the Falcons needed to maximize their chance of finishing the game with more points, not their offensive efficiency. Should Terrell Owens Be In The Hall of Fame? Related: Hot Takedown Even if the Patriots had stopped Freeman short of the sticks on 3rd-and-1, it would have run 30 more seconds off the clock, and an average Matt Bosher punt would have placed the Patriots inside their own 20-yard line with less than eight minutes to play. Instead, the Falcons’ only turnover of the game gave the Patriots the ball 5 yards from the red zone with 8:24 left on the clock. Even an unsuccessful run and decent punt at this juncture might have been enough to win the game, considering that the Patriots would go on to score the game-tying touchdown with just 57 seconds left. (Then again, having one fewer minute may have just meant that the Patriots would have scored even faster.)Incredibly, Shanahan and the Falcons later doubled down on their mistake.On the ensuing Falcons possession, Ryan gripped it and ripped it. The Falcons moved from their own 10-yard line to the Patriots’ 22 with a 2-yard run sandwiched between two deep passes. They then ran once, for a loss of a yard, shaving 44 seconds off the clock. Then, Shanahan dialed up another pass — and Ryan took his fifth sack.“You don’t think, just run the ball and make your guy kick a 50-yard field goal,” Shanahan told reporters after the game. But wait — why wouldn’t you think that?Running two more times, even for no gain, would have forced the Patriots to burn two timeouts. The Falcons were on the Patriots’ 23-yard line; a field-goal attempt from there would have been 40 yards, not 50. Falcons kicker Matt Bryant has made 78.2 percent of his career kicks from between 40 and 49 yards. With the score 28-20, going up by 11 with less than four minutes to play would likely have been as effective a dagger as going up by 15.In the end, Shanahan, Ryan and the Falcons offense can point to just about any metric and say they put together a masterful offensive game. They averaged a whopping 7.5 yards per play over the course of the game, far more than the Patriots’ 5.9, or even the Falcons’ league-leading regular-season average of 6.7.But sometimes the best performance in a vacuum isn’t the optimal performance in a game situation. That’s something Shanahan, reportedly set to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, is going to have to learn.
On this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, we evaluate the NBA and NHL conference finals. Despite the celebration of Kawhi Leonard’s historic buzzer-beater to put the Raptors into the Eastern Conference finals, Toronto head coach Nick Nurse thinks the Raptors need to get better before facing the Milwaukee Bucks. We look at how our projections compare with the Vegas betting markets in anticipation of this matchup and the Golden State-Portland series.In the NHL, the Stanley Cup playoffs have been full of upsets, with all four No. 1 seeds knocked out in the first round. In the West, San Jose and St. Louis are tied at 1-1, but in the East, the Carolina Hurricanes find themselves down 0-2 to the high-flying Boston Bruins. In a season full of surprises, can we really count Carolina out? Rob Reese of the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast seems to think so.Finally, our Rabbit Hole of the Week is inspired by baseball’s Edwin Jackson, who is expected to suit up Wednesday for his MLB-record 14th team. We dig in to which other players, regardless of sport, have made the most rosters over their careers.What we’re looking at this week:Our NBA prediction model might surprise some Milwaukee fans.Will this be the year the St. Louis Blues stop disappointing their fans?Edwin Jackson sets a record. FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code
An OSU helmet sits on the field before the 45th annual BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. OSU won 44-28. Photo Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor GLENDALE, Ariz. – Before No. 7 Ohio State took the field to close out its 2015 season with a 44-28 victory over No. 8 Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz laid out five things they would be looking out for. Here are how those five elements transpired.Fast startsNotre Dame got the ball first to start the game and were given the gift of OSU redshirt senior Jack Willoughby sending the kickoff out of bounds. It was exactly what Brian Kelly wanted for his team, but the Fighting Irish could not convert that into a quick start, as they would have hoped. Instead, Notre Dame went three-and-out. For OSU, it was night-and-day different. The Buckeyes took over possession at their own 20-yard line and surgically marched down the field. Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller had 36 all-purpose yards and Ezekiel Elliott punched it in from 2 yards out to cap off a nine-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in just 3:01. “Obviously their first series was outstanding,” Kelly said. “They ran the ball effectively right down the field. So I just think that they executed very well early on.” From the get-go, it was clear the Buckeyes suffered from no cobwebs. The Fighting Irish, again, went three-and-out, including a false start penalty, forcing another punt. Just three plays later, the Scarlet and Gray found the end zone for the second time, this time courtesy of a 15-yard catch-and-run by redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas. Notre Dame was able to claw back into game throughout the rest of play, getting it down to just a one-score deficit, at 28-21, but its ice-cold start, compared to OSU’s flaming hot one, clearly hindered the Fighting Irish. “It was the difference in the game really, those 14 points early,” Kelly said. “We had to play catch-up from there.” Trick playsIn postseason play, teams will often look to trick plays of sorts to try and catch their opponent off guard. That was the case in the Fiesta Bowl, however, it was only just once. Down 14-0, with 9:22 left in the second quarter, redshirt freshman quarterback DeShone Kizer threw a backward pass to redshirt sophomore wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr., who, instead of advancing forward, took a step back and looked to throw. Hunter had an open man in the end zone, tight end Alizé Jones, but the throw had slightly too much on it, as it fell incomplete just beyond Jones’ reach. Although the play was unsuccessful, it showed that Kelly was trying to find any way to kickstart his team after the sluggish start. OSU, for the most part, avoided any sort of trickery, but some unusual route combinations did appear at times throughout the game, notably on Thomas’ 13-yard catch on the first drive of the second half. End of the roadThe victory over Notre Dame gave the 18 members of OSU’s senior class 50 career wins, the most in program history. Although it couldn’t secure a second consecutive berth in the College Football Playoff, the Fiesta Bowl win was still a good final chapter for the group.“I am glad we got that win for them,” sophomore defensive end Jalyn Holmes said following the game. Many of the seniors that saw the field on Friday were instrumental in the outcome. Linebacker Joshua Perry’s seven tackles were tied for the team-high. On the offensive line, left tackle Taylor Decker was key, like usual, in excavating large holes for Elliott to run through and protecting Barrett. Right tackle Chase Farris, who at times has struggled during the year, turned in a solid performance, as well. As for Miller, one of the most decorated players in OSU history, his final showing in scarlet and gray was certainly not a bad one. The win marked the first postseason victory he was active for and, after disappearing at times during the season, Miller made his presence felt Friday. He finished with 26 rushing yards on two attempts, as well as two catches for 12 yards. Miller didn’t display any wicked spin moves like he did against Virginia Tech, but, all things considered, his OSU finale was a good one. Holmes said the senior class will be missed and that there is “so many” who have left their marks on the program, not only because of their performances on the field, but for the lessons they have taught off it.“All the seniors try to just help someone out in any way,” he said. “Chase Farris, (defensive tackle) Joel Hale, Joshua Perry, they all try and help on and off the field. That’s what made them so special.” Barrett’s big-stage debutAfter missing out on postseason play last year, Friday’s Fiesta Bowl was Barrett’s bowl debut. The redshirt sophomore has not been known to melt under the bright lights, but wondering how he might respond to such a large stage was a valid question. He answered them soundly, ultimately winning the game’s most valuable player award.Barrett started the game with an eight-yard completion to Thomas, and from there, he continued to facilitate the offense exceptionally. He completed his first seven pass attempts for 82 yards and one score. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native also ran for 16 yards during the 7-of-7 stretch. Overall, Barrett finished the game 19-of-31 for 211 yards and one touchdown through the air, while also picking up 96 yards on the ground. He did have one interception in the third quarter after his pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage, but, for the most part, Barrett’s performance was very efficient. He showed no signs of the big stage making him crumble. After the game, Barrett praised the Notre Dame defense, but he said the key to the offense’s success was just taking whatever was given to them.“They tried to make sure they took away our (deep) shots,” Barrett said. “We was able to try to hit things underneath. (We) did a good job of that.” Finding help up the middleWith two starters on the interior defensive line out for OSU, there was plenty of attention centered on how it would compensate. The solution, it appeared, was to slide junior defensive end Joey Bosa into that position frequently alongside a rotation of other defensive tackles. But then, the solution once again became a problem, as Bosa was ejected after a targeting call with 5:26 left in the first quarter. It was a huge blow for the OSU defense, which, prior to the penalty, had just intercepted Kizer. The interception was negated and from there, OSU was forced to play without three usual starters on the D-line. Even so, the defense was able to limit the damage done up the middle, as it held the Fighting Irish to just 121 rushing yards. Kizer, who OSU was focused on slowing down on the ground, finished with just 21 yards on 15 attempts. “It just speaks of the program,” Holmes said about the defense still being able to be effective despite not having three starters. “It’s just a ‘next man up’ program. I feel like we played great. We did what he had to do to get the win.”
As the dust settles on an off-season to forget, Ohio State players are using the events of this past spring to their advantage. They’re using it as motivation. “We’ve gotten more pissed off,” said senior center Michael Brewster in a press conference Tuesday. “We’ve gotten a lot tighter and we’re working even harder toward our goals.” Brewster believes that it is easy to become content and complacent when you’re used to winning and this “gut-check” might just be exactly what the Buckeyes needed. “(Becoming content and complacent) is definitely not going to happen now I can tell you that, just because of everything that’s gone on,” he said. Brewster and the Buckeyes expressed that they have no intentions of losing hope this upcoming season. “All we think about is winning,” Brewster said. “Getting ready to win, and doing everything to win. We’ve been a part of a winning program since we gotten here and we’re not going to let that stop just because of what’s happened.” Senior defensive back Nate Oliver said although Jim Tressel’s departure on May 30 has been tough on all Buckeye players, they must continue to move forward. “It hurts,” he said. “But it gives you an extra burst, it makes you want to work harder… And we know that he’s always a phone call away.” Oliver expressed that he is confident in Coach Fickell’s ability to lead the team. “You lose knowledge (with Tressel gone), but you also have knowledge from Coach Fickell so it’s really not going to be that big of a drop-off,” Oliver said. “(Fickell) is going to bring that toughness. His toughness, his character, and his passion about what he does—guys are going to be lined up to play just like we always are.” While Oliver is fully confident of coach Fickell’s ability to lead the Buckeyes football team, he said he has continued to maintain a close relationship to Tressel after his departure saying that he talks to coach Tressel “once a week.” Senior lineman John Simon added that the departures have given the Buckeyes something to play for, but it is up to them to turn negatives into a positive. “It’s definitely going to put a chip on our shoulder,” he said. “But we’re going to have to game plan and practice hard all week and execute or it don’t mean nothing.” After the athletic director, Gene Smith, removed the “interim” title from now head coach Luke Fickell’s name this month, Fickell made his first statement as to his starting quarterback for the 2011-12 season. “(The quarterback job) is completely wide open, and (Joe Bauserman) understands that,” Fickell said. After allegations sidelined former quarterback Terrelle Pryor indefinitely, senior quarterback Joe Bauserman expressed that the job opening didn’t change anything. “There’s no change, you prepare for the long haul.” Not known for his leadership off the field, Bauserman says it will be extremely important for him to be an example for his teammates if he wants to be a leader. “I want to show the guys that I can workout with the best of them and I can give the most effort and be one of the tougher guys and stuff so they can do the same thing and believe in me.” Brewster and the Buckeyes fully expect to continue their winning ways this season and set their standards high. “Every season we have a goal to win the Big Ten Championship and the National Championship,” he said. “We’re full steam ahead,” Brewster said. “We’re fully behind coach (Fickell). We’re not going to skip a beat. “
Sophomore forward Marc Loving (2) passes the ball during a game against Campbell on Nov. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 91-64.Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternPlaying away from Columbus for just the second time this season, the No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball team fell on the road again, this time to the No. 24 North Carolina Tar Heels in Chicago, 82-74.OSU is now 0-2 against ranked teams this season, as it fell to then-No. 5 Louisville, 64-55, on Dec. 2.Just like in the loss to the Cardinals, the Buckeyes fell down by a lot, only to make a second half comeback that fell short.Down by as much as 18 with 10:41 left to play in the game, OSU cut the Tar Heel lead to seven with 1:19 left to play, but could not get any closer despite multiple missed free throws by UNC down the stretch.The Buckeyes (9-2), who played in the first of two games of the CBS Sports Classic, fell behind early at halftime, 43-31, to UNC as the Tar Heels (8-3) shot 51.5 percent from the floor in the first half and outrebounded OSU, 23-15.OSU was able to stay in the game early with its outside shooting, as the Buckeyes made six three-point field goals, but they couldn’t seem to get anything going inside as they shot just six of 20 from inside the arc in the first half.The Tar Heels, however, dominated the paint as they scored 34 of their 82 points from inside and outrebounded OSU for the game 53-40.The second half resulted in more of the same, as the Buckeyes shot just 32.5 percent from the field in the half and made just four of 17 from beyond the arc.The Buckeyes were led by sophomore forward Marc Loving, who tallied 19 points in the loss.The Tar Heels were led by junior forward Brice Johnson, who totaled 18 points in the game.The Buckeyes are set to return to the floor Monday to take on the Miami RedHawks at the Schottenstein Center. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m.