Share This!Let’s face it, sometimes there is so much to do on a Walt Disney World vacation that you need a vacation when it’s over. Thankfully, its central location in Florida means Walt Disney World is only a short drive from beaches on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. There are a great many beaches and popular destinations throughout Florida’s gulf coast including St. Petersburg (“St. Pete”) Beach, Dunedin’s picturesque Honeymoon Island, Madeira Beach and John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk, Fort De Soto Park, and Sand Key Park.Located just a short drive from Walt Disney World, just outside of Tampa, also lies arguably the best among them: Clearwater Beach. Consistently voted among the top beaches in not only Florida but America as well, Clearwater Beach offers something for everyone including restaurants, beach bars, watersports, shopping, nightlife, fishing, and of course miles of beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. With everything in both Clearwater and surrounding areas, Clearwater Beach provides the most “bang for your buck” for tourists making the trek from Walt Disney World, be it for a day, a weekend, or a few days tacked on to the end of a vacation. For those who want this “vacation from a vacation” relaxation to those who still need to “always have something to do,” Clearwater Beach could please all.GETTING THEREUnless Florida actually builds the long rumored high speed rail between Tampa and Orlando, you will need a rental car to visit Clearwater Beach. If you don’t wish to rent one for the entirety of your stay, rental cars are available from the Alamo and National Car Care Center near the Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney World Resort guests can contact their concierge desk or front desk for more information.Clearwater Beach lies roughly ninety minutes west of Walt Disney World, accessible by following Interstate 4 westbound to I-275 and then Florida Route 60 (signed in some spots as Gulf to Bay Blvd.) En route to the beach you will pass by Tampa International Airport, over the Courtney Campbell Causeway (flanked by palm trees and Tampa Bay on both sides of the road,) and eventually over another causeway above the bay and onto the island that makes up Clearwater Beach. A roundabout sends drivers to the north or south beach. It is important to note that with one road in and out, the beach causeway gets very congested at peak travel times, especially during the peak spring season. If you are only planning on visiting the beach as a day trip from Walt Disney World, plan to arrive in Clearwater by 10am. A shuttle called the Jolly Trolley serves the beach community as well as surrounding areas.Parking can sometimes be in short supply at popular times of year or on weekends. Nevertheless, there are many public lots and metered parking spots. The largest lots are right off Pier 60 on Coronado Drive, adjacent to Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill and Palm Pavilion between Bay Esplanade and Rockaway Street, near the city pool and public library on Bay Esplanade, and adjacent to the marina and causeway (although this latter lot is reserved for marina activities only.)Captain Memo’s headturning vesselWHAT TO DOThe big draw is, quite obviously, the roughly 2 ½ miles of sandy beaches, but there is more to do than swimming and sunbathing in Clearwater to fill a weekend. Aside from watersports, dinner cruises, and fishing that all take place on the water, Pier 60 is the central spot on the beach for various other family friendly activities including free nighttime moves, festivals, a playground, and an evening marketplace for local vendors and artisans. Pier 60 is located just off the roundabout on Coronado Drive and is accessible by walking the beach sand or the Beach Walk, a pedestrian pathway just off the sand through most of the beach area.Shopping is everywhere from traditional beach shops like Surf Style, Wings, and Ron Jon Surf Shop to Island Dog Outfitters for pet souvenirs and Hulk Hogan’s Beach Shop for pro wrestling souvenirs and Hulkster branded tchotchkes. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is the home of Winter the eponymous dolphin from the film Dolphin Tale. The little pirate in your group might enjoy Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise, a two-hour cruise on an honest-to-goodness mock pirate ship with a little something for all ages (by which we mean both face painting and a full bar.) Cruises can be reserved in advance (suggested but not required) just off Causeway Blvd. on the marina. Bikes, scooters, and Segways are all available to rent adjacent to Shephard’s Beach Resort on South Gulfview Blvd.The sunsets along Clearwater Beach are legendary and it is often said that “no two are the same.” Regardless of if you view a sunset from the beach, the pier, a restaurant, or your hotel room: a Clearwater Beach sunset is a must-see while in town.WHERE TO EATFrenchy’s Clearwater Beach restaurants offer fresh seafood and family friendly dining at five locations throughout the area including Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, directly off the beach on Rockaway Avenue. Specialties include grouper sandwiches, she crab soup, ceviche, and garlic crab fries made famous by Alton Brown and cable television. Much of the fresh seafood comes from the restaurant’s own fishing boats that dock behind one of their other restaurants, Frenchy’s Saltwater Cafe on Poinsettia Avenue. All locations include monthly features, daily drink specials, and most have live entertainment. Across the parking lot from Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill is The Palm Pavilion on Bay Esplanade. What began as a snack stand is now a full service restaurant and bar with sweeping views of the ocean and breathtaking sunsets. Palm Pavilion is known for relaxed island/local specialties and live entertainment during happy hour.Another beach institution is The Brown Boxer. Across the street from the beach on Mandalay Avenue, “the Boxer” is a popular nightlife spot with a full menu and large bar. Cooter’s, a block away near the bay, is also known for grouper, wings, and the Pittsburgh Steelers fans who congregate inside on Sundays in the fall. Other popular establishments in the area range from the fresh seafood, prime steaks, and fine wine at Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber, on Mandalay Avenue & Papaya Street, to authentic Detroit-style “coney dogs,” french fries and bottled beer served in a brown paper bag at Detroit Coney Island, a literal “hole in the wall” with sidewalk service just off the beach on Mandalay Avenue & Kendall Street.WHERE TO STAYRecent years have brought a boon of high-rise hotel and resort construction in the Clearwater Beach area. Among the biggest are the centrally located Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, Shephard’s Beach Resort, Hilton Clearwater Beach, and the brand new as of February 2016 Opal Sands Resort. There is no shortage of smaller motels with smaller price tags in the area as well, including Frenchy’s Oasis Motel, with bay views, Jimmy Buffett music at the pool, and kitchenettes in every room (and, yes, owned by the same people who own the restaurants.) Many condos and vacation homes are available to rent for longer stays.OTHER AREA ACTIVITIESBeyond Clearwater Beach itself, lies the rest of the Tampa Bay Metropolitan area. While there is certainly much to do in Tampa Bay, including Busch Gardens theme park, professional and college sports, and the Lowry Park Zoo, we will stick to a few other spots easily accessible on the route between Walt Disney World and Clearwater Beach.The Florida State Fairgrounds is located right off Interstate 4 and, in addition to the yearly fair in mid-February, is home to the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre that houses big-name concerts year-round and nearby Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.Dinosaur World, off Exit 17 of Interstate 4 in Plant City, features over 100 life sized dinosaur statues including a Tyrannosaurus Rex emerging from the trees off the interstate to entice/frighten drivers like a scene left on the cutting room floor of Jurassic World.The World’s first Hooter’s restaurant is located on Route 60 in Clearwater and features wings, oysters, and waitresses of – a’hem – a certain demographic.Cigar City, one of the country’s most renowned microbreweries, operates a tasting room and brewery tours on West Spruce Street in Tampa. Sample the Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale, and on one special date in March, join uber-beer enthusiasts from around the country for the special ticketed Hunahpu’s Day and buy from a limited supply of this Imperial Stout. FINAL THOUGHTSAdding a few days for the beach onto the end of your trip is a great idea to get some extra relaxation out of your vacation. It’s not something I would suggest everyone do but for those families who visit Walt Disney World yearly or even more than once in a year, adding some extra sights helps fight the Disney fatigue that some members of the family might feel. Plus the drive to Clearwater is an extremely easy one. Aside from traffic concerns at rush hour, the drive is a mostly straightfoward and stress-free one. It avoids the traffic snarls of International Drive and Orlando (since both Disney World and Clearwater are south of this part of I4.) In fact, if you are planning to rent a car anyway, flying into and out of Tampa International Airport could be worth considering if you are going to end your trip in Clearwater. (Also, for those who fly the budget carriers like Allegiant into Stanford, consider flying into Clearwater/St. Pete instead.)With some of the best beaches, seafood, and sunsets in all of Florida a literal stone’s throw from Walt Disney World, checking one out should be on every Disney fan’s bucket list.
Securitas Electronic Security was awarded “Integrated Installation of the Year” by Security Sales & Integration at the 22nd Annual SAMMY Awards Tuesday, April 4 in Las Vegas. This coveted distinction was awarded to Securitas Electronic Security (SES) for superior project design and skill based on a large-scale, complex security integration project for Wells Fargo & Co., ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations.The award was achieved as a result of a 2016 complex integration project for Wells Fargo’s East Town campus in Minneapolis, MN. The 17-story buildings, designed and constructed following LEED Platinum standards, span 1.1 million square feet. Today, 5,000 Minnesota team members from 59 Wells Fargo lines of business office out of the campus. The project included intrusion, video, access, turnstiles, mantraps, visitor management and a campus-wide IP intercom – all monitored from a central command center designed by SES.“SES is honored to receive the Integrated Installation of the Year award for our project work on the Wells Fargo East Town campus,” said Tony Byerly, president, SES. “Widely recognized for our sophisticated security implementations, SES was an ideal partner for the project and our focus on collaboration with the Wells Fargo team was instrumental in ensuring their satisfaction,” he said. “We are proud to be acknowledged by the industry for outstanding security project design and our systems integration competencies. We truly appreciate the opportunity to partner with leading companies like Wells Fargo.”- Sponsor – Established 22 years ago, the SAMMY Awards is the only program that honors the electronic security industry’s top sales, marketing and business installation practices. The Integrated Installation of the Year award joins the list of top honors the team has received in recent years, including SSI’s Installer of the Year in 2015 and Integrated Installation of the Year in 2013, SDM’s Systems Integrator of the Year and repeat wins of the Central Station Alarm Association’s Central Station of the Year. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Advertisement Advertisement After falling short of that goal, the indie producers and Telefilm Canada, Canada’s main film financier, announced they have formed a joint working group to secure a more “representative and diversified” feature film portfolio with the goal to better reflect gender and diversity by 2020. Advertisement With buzzy titles like ‘The Birth of a Nation’ and ‘Loving’ dealing with issues of race at TIFF, Canadian filmmakers unveiled plans to promote better representation by 2020.Hollywood’s diversity debate has spread to Canada.In time for the start of the Toronto Film Festival, Canadian indie filmmakers on Thursday revealed they have their own diversity problem on local cinema screens.“When Canadian films are at their best, they reflect the rich experience and perspectives of the people who make up our diverse nation,” Reynolds Mastin, president and CEO of the Canadian Media Producers Association, representing indie producers, said in a statement. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
(Commissioner Réjean Bélanger (right) sits with Chair Sophie Marchildon during the Tribunal’s hearings into a discrimination case against Canada. Photo: APTN)APTN National NewsOTTAWA – Réjean Bélanger, one of three commissioners hearing a human rights case involving First Nations children, has died.According to a statement issued by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, Bélanger died Sunday.Bélanger, a lawyer and mediator, was first appointed as a commissioner to the Tribunal in 2008 and was in his second term.A memorial service is scheduled to take place in Gatineau on Dec. 12.Belanger, along with Commissioners Sophie Marchildon and Edward Lustig were working on a case launched by the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.Both claim Canada discriminates against First Nations children in care by under-funding the on-reserve agencies charged with their care.Cindy Blackstock, who heads the Child and Family Caring Society, expressed condolences for Belanger’s family and the tribunal.“I will forever be grateful that the children’s case was heard before a man with such integrity, dedication and kindness,” said Blackstock, in a statement sent to APTN National News. “Over the 72 days of hearings in the children’s case, I grew to greatly admire member Belanger and I, along with everyone at the Caring Society, will miss him.”The case started in 2008 and a ruling was expected before the end of the year.According to a release by the Tribunal, a ruling is due in the “near future.”[email protected]
Arsenal completed 459 open-play passes into or within the penalty area to Tottenham’s 310. And yet Spurs have created only about three fewer expected goals from open play.This speaks to an unusually direct attacking style. Tottenham no longer pins its opponents back with a strangling high press but instead builds its attacks quickly to free individual players to run at the defense, in an attacking style that has been compared to college football’s “air raid.” To make passes inside the penalty area, a team must have multiple players already in the vicinity, and if one of these high-risk passes is left incomplete, fewer players are in position to stop a potential counterattack. Without the ball-winners in midfield to recover possession, such a deliberate approach would put Tottenham under too much pressure in transition. So instead, the team works more directly, bypassing midfield and quickly feeding a forward to face a defender one-on-one.This is the attacking style that Liverpool will have to defend against on Saturday in Madrid. Liverpool has consistently been able to use its midfield press to control matches and hold possession. But against Spurs, Jurgen Klopp’s side will have to be particularly wary of the direct counterattacks that have become the team’s go-to play. If Liverpool takes risks to overload Spurs defensively in possession, looking for some of these killer penalty area passes, it will be the Reds who are at risk of being countered.The table may be set for a more slow-paced and tactical Champions League final than either Klopp’s or Pochettino’s reputations might suggest. In the most recent meeting of the two sides on March 31, there were just 2.6 expected goals created from 25 shots. This is almost exactly average for a Premier League match7Averages are 2.64 expected goals and 25.3 shots per match. but is far from the high-scoring barn-burner one might hope for from the matchup. If Liverpool won’t risk sending extra runners to support its forwards, while Tottenham invites some pressure and looks to counterattack, the game may slow down as it did at Anfield in March.The final, then, could come down to one team or the other relying on its superstar forward for a moment of magic. For Liverpool, this is not such a complicated question. Mohamed Salah had a great season, has returned to fitness after a head injury and is expected to be ready to go at full strength. Harry Kane is a bigger question for Tottenham. The English striker suffered his fifth ankle injury in the past three seasons against Manchester City in April and has not played since. He has rejoined the team and traveled to Spain, but can Spurs hope to get a vintage Kane performance?Last season when Kane returned from an ankle injury, his performance fell off badly. He had been running hot, averaging 0.98 expected goals and assists per 90 minutes in the 10 matches before he got hurt, and he dropped to about 0.73 in the 10 matches after his return. The same thing happened again this season after Kane suffered an ankle injury against Manchester United: His shot statistics declined from 0.88 xG+xA/90 to 0.52. But his ankle injuries in the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017 didn’t result in such a drastic downturn in performance. In 2017, he seemed to come back stronger than he was before the injury, going on a rampage down the stretch with 1.04 xG+xA/90 compared with 0.74 beforehand.Tottenham’s counterattacking style, and the team’s efficiency in turning passes around the penalty area into scoring chances, run best through an elite center forward. If Kane can return to form within a single game, that would give Spurs the best chance at a Champions League update. Getting an upset win probably requires a little bit of good fortune, and there is no better possible stroke of fortune for Tottenham than a fit Harry Kane.Check out our latest soccer predictions. In this same time, Tottenham has managed to increase its wage spending from about $85 million in 2009-10 to $187 million reported last season. The money saved on transfers has, to a significant degree, been reinvested into wages. By carefully managing the club’s incoming and outgoing funds on transfers, chairman Daniel Levy has built up the quality of the squad and paid to keep better and better players.And it’s worked. Tottenham has finished at least sixth in every season this decade, including now four consecutive berths in the Champions League.3A group stage place in the Champions League is now awarded to the top four teams in the EPL. Before 2018, the top three qualified for the group stages, and the fourth-place team had to win a playoff match first. In the previous decade, Spurs finished in the top six only twice (back-to-back fifth-place finishes in 2005-06 and 2006-07). Tottenham has become a regular Champions League competitor through a process of careful business management backing up good player development.This same “do more with less” mentality is reflected in the team’s performances this season under the management of Mauricio Pochettino. Faced with injuries up and down the squad, Pochettino has had to improvise. His team has given at least 1,500 minutes to 14 different outfield players,4The 10 players not in goal. most among the big six sides in the Premier League. Tottenham’s 10 most-used outfield players have covered only 66 percent of the team’s total minutes, the smallest share among the big six.The team’s injuries have hit the midfield particularly hard: Eric Dier missed most of the second half of the season after an appendectomy, Harry Winks has missed time with ankle and groin injuries, Victor Wanyama was unavailable for most of the season with knee problems, and Mousa Dembele was injured in November and has not played for Tottenham since.5Dembele was sold to Guangzhou R&F in the Chinese Super League during the winter transfer window. Dier, Dembele and Wanyama were three of Spurs’ four leading midfielders in tackles and interceptions won per 90 minutes this season; without them, the club had no true ball-winners in the center of the pitch. The loss of these more defensively sound midfielders changed Tottenham’s approach, forcing Pochettino to dial back his preferred high-pressing, high-possession style. The team’s pressing rate has dropped to its lowest level under Pochettino at 47 percent.6Pressing rate is defined as how often the team broke up new opposition possession in open play before the other team could complete three passes. Instead, Pochettino has had to develop a more counterattacking approach.Tottenham has remained one of the best attacking teams in the league, with about 50 open-play expected goals created — good for fifth overall. But unlike the other clubs that rank high in this metric, Spurs complete surprisingly few passes into or within the penalty area. This could finally be the year when a true underdog wins the Champions League again. The last time a club not among the world’s very elite hoisted the trophy was in 2012, when Chelsea won it all.1Even that team — with its gargantuan payroll and roster of aging stars — didn’t totally fit the profile of the underdog. In the six years since, the ruling class of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid captured Europe’s most prestigious club tournament each year. In this context, if Liverpool triumphs on Saturday, despite being clearly among the best teams in the world according to the FiveThirtyEight Soccer Power Index, the Reds would still be breaking ground.But the real underdog here is Tottenham. Spurs rate as the 12th-best club in the world by SPI. And in many ways, the story of Tottenham is the incredible journey it took just to get close to the world top 10. Spurs languished in the middle of the English Premier League table through most of the 2000s, and unlike Manchester City, which also made the leap to the EPL elite in this millennium, Tottenham didn’t luck into an owner willing to spend at a massive deficit to take the club up the ladder. Instead, Spurs had to ratchet up their spending slowly and play the market carefully. Of the Premier League’s current “big six” clubs,2Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham. only Tottenham has come close to breaking even on its transfer dealings over the past decade — receiving about as much money in transfer fees as it has paid out.
In his mind, Jim Tressel is old, his memory deteriorating. The highs and lows of 37 years of coaching have started to blend together for the Ohio State football coach. “I don’t know if it’s fortunately or unfortunately,” Tressel said, “but I’m old and I’ve had a lot of games.” Jan. 18 marked the 10-year anniversary of Tressel’s hire at OSU. In 15 seasons at Youngstown State, Tressel compiled a record of 135-57-2, winning four Division I-AA National Championships. In his 10 seasons at OSU, he has amassed a mark of 106-22, with one national title and seven Big Ten crowns to his credit. He earned his 100th victory at the Division I level after the Buckeyes’ 38-10 triumph against Indiana on Oct. 9. More importantly to Buckeye fans, the coach holds a 9-1 record against rival Michigan. Tressel spoke with The Lantern to reflect on his decade-long tenure in Columbus. Oh, but a dream Often, when universities or professional teams hire a coach, the new boss will gush about how he had dreamed of attaining his new gig since childhood. Tressel never considered the Division I college ranks, let alone OSU. Instead, he aspired to follow in the footsteps of his father, Lee Tressel, who racked up 155 victories coaching for 23 seasons at Division III Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. “I originally wanted to be a high school head coach and I never got there,” he said. “All the way up until probably the mid-’80s, through my first 10 or 11 years as a coach, I was thinking I’d like to be a Division III coach like my father was. Then I got the Youngstown State job and enjoyed 15 wonderful years there and I was convinced that I wanted to be there forever. So no, it wasn’t really anything that I thought about really until the day it opened.” OSU football historian Jack Park said Tressel’s acceptance speech blew him away. “He just made such a good impression on people in that acceptance speech,” Park said. “Some people can kind of speak well, but it’s kind of shallow; they’re just saying what they think they should to make themselves look good. This was not that. This was genuine.” Even if he can no longer recall specific emotions or moments in time from games past, Tressel remembers the onerous weight strapped upon his shoulders when he accepted the position at OSU. “Tremendous responsibility that having this position holds, great tradition, the meaning that this university has to all the students — that’s daunting,” he said. The night he was hired, Tressel gave a speech at halftime of the men’s basketball game. In his monologue, the new coach guaranteed his team would be prepared for nemesis Michigan 310 days later. “That’s going to be a big part of his legacy, I think,” Park said. “That night, he set up Michigan as a top priority. You could tell, and of course, look at what’s happened here, 9-1. He set that up as a high priority and followed through with that.” Rocky 1st year John Cooper was fired following a loss to South Carolina in the 2001 Outback Bowl that capped an 8-4 season. In Tressel’s first season at the helm, the Buckeyes compiled a 7-5 mark and another Outback Bowl loss to the Gamecocks. It wasn’t exactly an ideal start to his term. He suspended senior quarterback Steve Bellisari for two games following his arrest for drunk driving. “There were ups and downs that year,” Tressel said. “It was real disappointing when we, right near the end of the year with two games left, we still had a chance to be the Big Ten champs and we had a little off-the-field problem and we had to bench our quarterback for the last two games. So, that was a disappointing time, and then when we beat Michigan at the end, it was obviously a good win for us because they were a very good team.” Still, Tressel had intended to use his first year as a transition year, and he said he reached the goals he set pertaining to laying the foundation for a new era. “The thing I wanted to do was create a plan and then develop relationships,” Tressel said. “And then, of course, you wanted to win some games along the way. But I wanted to create a plan for a culture and a set of expectations and get to know the kids and have them get to know me and make sure they knew how much I cared about them on and off the field.” ‘A good deal’ Once the transition period ended, it was full steam ahead. The Buckeyes doubled their win total in Tressel’s second season, becoming the first team in college football history to attain a 14-0 record. OSU capped its perfect season with a 31-24 double-overtime victory against a heavily favored Miami Hurricanes team that entered the title game riding a nation-best 34-game win streak. “There were two things that I think made it possible,” Tressel said. “One is that we had grown in our relationships very close through the transition year, which is hard for everyone, and the adversity we faced that first year. Then the second thing that made it very doable was because we were talented — these kids were so hungry because they had been here, many of them, three, four, five years and really hadn’t had an Ohio State-type season. “So, there was a group of them that were seniors that were not going to leave here without having an Ohio State season. And then, the ball bounced right a couple times and our guys kept fighting and it ended up being a good deal.” The perfect season exceeded any expectations even the most idealistic Buckeye fans could have anticipated, Park said. “I don’t think the most avid, unrealistic Ohio State fan that thinks we’re never ever going to lose again, in their wildest dreams, would have thought that they would go 14-0 in their second year under Tressel,” he said. Along the way, the Buckeyes kept suspense high, narrowly escaping the jaws of defeat on a number of occasions. Half of the team’s victories came by seven points or fewer. “When you end a year like we did in ’02, with that group that had transitioned together and had grown to love one another and compete like crazy,” Tressel said, “it was a little bit melancholy after the game, the fact that we were never going to be together in that fashion.” Plan now, reflect later That’s how Tressel thinks. He lives in the moment and plans for the immediate future, opting to save reflection for when he’s in his “rocking chair.” “The moment a game ends or the moment a season ends, the immediate next logical question by any media person or any coach or young person who’s going to be returning to the squad the following year is that, ‘How are we going to be next year?’” Tressel said. “I’ve always said reflection is for the person who’s not coaching anymore or who’s not playing anymore. Just like a junior who’s heading into his senior year is not going to spend much time reflecting. He’s going to spend time thinking about that senior year. That’s just the nature of what we do. You really don’t reflect on that until it’s over.” Because of that mindset, Tressel couldn’t pinpoint a specific failure or disappointment that still haunts him. Instead, anytime he comes across a less-than-desirable result, it’s “on to the next one,” he said. “If we play a ball game I know we didn’t play anywhere near to our capabilities, obviously that’s disappointing,” Tressel said. “But immediately, my thoughts go to, ‘OK, what didn’t we do well? Why didn’t we do it well? What do we have to do to get the ship headed back in the right direction?’” Tressel said he hopes one day to have time to reflect on the missed opportunities. “After you’re done passionately working day-by-day, you might say, ‘Oh, that Purdue game from ’09 really bothered me,’ or, ‘That loss to Michigan in ’03, we weren’t ready. I didn’t have them ready,’” Tressel said. “I don’t spend any time today doing that. Hopefully, there will be time for that in my rocking chair.” The low point That approach to coaching helped him bear the pain of a National Championship Game defeat to Florida at the end of the 2006–07 season. OSU entered the game unbeaten and a heavy favorite after outlasting Michigan, 42-39, in the regular season finale seven weeks earlier. The Gators didn’t care, stymieing the Buckeye offense in a 41-14 rout. Tressel said the effort exhausted in the epic battle with the Wolverines left OSU ill-equipped for the demands of a national title bout. “Our ’06 team had been undefeated and had really emptied their emotional gas tank a month before with the Ohio State-Michigan game and No. 1 versus No. 2 and all that stuff,” Tressel said. “You could see it was a little bit difficult, as hard as we tried to be at that same level as we were that day in late November.” Feel-good story That game was the last time Troy Smith suited up in scarlet and gray. Five years earlier, Smith had accepted a scholarship to play for the Buckeyes. “Troy came in here as an ‘athlete.’ We did not promise him he would be a quarterback,” Tressel said. “He kind of had to prove that he could. It wasn’t easy for him at first and he didn’t approach it the right way necessarily at first. He let it really affect him through the beginning of his career.” After redshirting, Smith primarily saw action as a kick returner during his freshman season. He entered the 2004 campaign as the second-string quarterback before taking over the position when starter Justin Zwick suffered a shoulder injury. Smith only relinquished his grip on the starting gig after being suspended for the 2004 Alamo Bowl and 2005 season opener for accepting $500 from a booster. He eventually regained his spot under center and never looked back, leading OSU to a 34-20 win against Notre Dame in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl before taking the 12-0 Buckeyes to the title game against Florida. Tressel said he remains proud of Smith’s steady maturation, citing the rise of the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner as one of the highlights of his OSU tenure. “To watch him grow to understand to, ‘OK, I know what it takes to be a quarterback. I know what I have to study, what I have to work on, what I have to be, what I have to get better at and I know the type of leader I need to be,’” Tressel said. “To see him five years later end up the Heisman Trophy winner when he didn’t even come here to be a quarterback, or he did but we weren’t sure, to me, that was very rewarding. Now, it wasn’t without some consternation over the course of time, but it was fun to see the end of the day.” That progress made during the four or five years a student-athlete takes the field is what Tressel said makes him proud to coach at the collegiate level. “Those days that I see progress in each of the young people or a particular young person, you see a lightbulb go on in someone’s head or you see someone have a tough situation and then grow from it or handle it,” Tressel said. “My highlight would be progress.” A lasting legacy Speculation runs rampant about Tressel’s future. On Christmas Eve, as Tressel sat at home with his family, a rumor spread throughout the Internet claiming the coach was on his way out of OSU, despite failing to report if he was retiring or being forced out. OSU athletic director Gene Smith quickly hosed down that fire on Twitter, telling Buckeye fans to ignore the gossip. “The rumors about Jim Tressel had emerged, so I jumped up and that was probably (my Tweet) that has gotten the most attention,” Smith said. One thing is certain: Buckeye Nation respects and cares for its football coach. And although fans might be more appreciative of his 9-1 record against Michigan and the crystal football he helped win at the end of the ’02 season, Tressel values the job he’s done turning teenage boys into professional adults. “I’ve got a whole box sitting right across from me on the counter of about 15 rings. But you know what? Those rings, the dust is on them; they’re just memories,” Tressel said. “But the progress a person makes, even if they stumble and fall, we stumble and fall individually and as a group, what’s important is at the end of the day, they are ready to go out in this competitive world and see if they can battle their way through this tough, tough world.” Park said Tressel’s leadership ability will place him among the ranks of Woody Hayes and Earle Bruce, widely considered to make up the top echelon of past Buckeye coaches. “His legacy here not only will be success, but the way he’s done it and I would say he’s the complete coach,” Park said. “I don’t think he leaves anything to chance. He’s just the complete leader, the complete coach. He has a tremendously clear understanding of where football fits into the university, a player’s career and a player’s life.” When reflecting on his 10 years in Columbus, Tressel said the one thing he can hang his hat on when he decides to call it a career is the effort he has given. “I know this: I’ve tried very hard. And I know there have been some good things that have occurred and some ones that haven’t been so good, neither of which have been because we didn’t try,” Tressel said. “I think our intentions have been good and I’ll always feel whenever that day comes that we tried like crazy. I also know that at Ohio State, you can’t win enough games and you can’t visit enough patients in the hospital and you can’t write enough encouraging notes to the military and you can’t send out enough little football cards to the kids that write in. “I know you can’t be perfect and you can’t get everything done, but while you’re the Ohio State coach, you’ve got to work like crazy and do the best you can and feel good about trying.”
OSU junior linebacker Joshua Perry walks into the Buckeyes’ team hotel, the Hyatt Place Columbus on Yard Street, Aug. 7.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorWhen the Ohio State football team moved into its hotel for the rest of fall camp, it was clear that the coaching staff had a plan in mind by pairing veterans with young players of the same position.Some of those veterans know exactly what to expect in camp, and have a clear set of rules for their room at the Hyatt Place Columbus on Yard Street.“Shut up, don’t snore, sleep when it’s time to sleep,” senior tight end Jeff Heuerman said outside the team hotel Thursday.While Heuerman and some other veterans know it will be important to get as much sleep as possible during the two-week grind heading into the season, noise level won’t be bothering all of them.“It’s not going to bother me,” junior linebacker Joshua Perry said. “I sleep like a rock.”The rule of the room certainly goes to the veteran player, but they aren’t paired with freshmen in order to intimidate.Senior cornerback Doran Grant said he is paired with freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore at the hotel, but he said the pairing can help each of them get better for the season. He added it’s a chance to help the younger players get ready for their first go around as a Buckeye.“Just to help guide the freshmen…through camp,” Grant said. “When they get down, you know, pick them up, hug them up a little bit, show them that everything is good.”Grant, for one, said he didn’t try to enforce any power as a senior, even when it came to bed selection in the room.“I went up there and he (Lattimore) already called the window, he had his stuff on there, so it’s okay,” he said. “As long as we both get a bed, that’s good.”Junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren said the same wasn’t the case when it comes to his pairing with freshman offensive lineman Kyle Trout, but added he wouldn’t have a set of rules for the room.“We don’t really have any rules,” Boren said. “I just took the bed closest to the window, so other than that we’re good.”At the end of the day, Heuerman, who is rooming with redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh, said the hotel is only a small portion of fall camp. He said when the players get back to the hotel after practice, they spend about half an hour awake before it’s lights out to get ready for another day.Heuerman also had a warning for the younger players, saying the first few days of camp didn’t touch on the “hard stuff.”“A lot of those younger guys, they don’t know what’s coming,” he said. “Two-a-days starts on Saturday I think. Once you move into the hotel it gets real.”Heuerman added that the players have to turn in their car keys during camp, and in years past had to turn in their cell phones during the day.Senior linebacker Curtis Grant said, once you move into the hotel, football takes over your entire life. He added it will be a difficult adjustment for any players going through their first fall camp.“It’s going to be a tough time in their life, because they’re stuck in the hotel, you can’t do anything,” Grant said. “By next week, everybody is going to hate their life because they can’t go anywhere.”Redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell said the time in the hotel can also be used to make sure the young players are prepared, and still preparing, to step on the field once the season starts. Powell is rooming with freshman safety Erick Smith, and said he’ll be making sure Smith knows his assignments inside and out.“I know yesterday he was struggling a little bit on some plays, so basically I’m just going to kind of quiz him, make sure he’s got the playbook,” Powell said.While fall camp is certainly a new experience for the younger players, there are still some veterans going through it from a different perspective.Senior offensive lineman Joel Hale is participating in his fourth fall camp as a Buckeye, but just his first on offense. Hale spent his first three seasons as a defensive lineman, where he saw extensive playing time last season. He said it was a risk to make the switch, and has to be ready to go everyday no matter what, even as a senior.“I mean, I’m fighting for my life right now, I’ve got to fight everyday and I’m a senior,” Hale said. “That’s hard.”After Thursday’s practice, the Buckeyes are scheduled to have 14 more days of camp. Two-a-day sessions are set for six of those days, with the last coming on Aug. 20 while camp is scheduled to end Aug. 23 –– their last day in the hotel.OSU’s season is scheduled to start Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon.
Tough visit for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at Watford. Lukaku and Smalling scored the first half goals, Gray gave it a little drama for the Hornets in the end.It was a crucial match for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, they desperately needed an important win and surprising Watford was the best way in which the Portuguese manager could finally breathe some fresh air. The match at Vicarage Road Stadium was arguably the biggest challenge of a very busy next month for the Red Devils, the Hornets came to this game still undefeated and after offering a pleasant version of themselves but winning this match was very important for them in order to keep their confidence. Javi Gracia’s squad had become the underdog of this competition so far, but today they faced a very well-organized United side that proved they are back on track towards a good season with a reinforced defensive capacity despite their shortage of players. Today every single element of Mourinho understood the importance of today’s match, they were almost always on point defensively and managed to get the result they were expecting in one hell of a scenario given the circumstances.A finish any striker would be proud of ?Sum up that @ChrisSmalling goal in one word, #MUFC fans… pic.twitter.com/ylsvHivBjG— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2018Romelu Lukaku scored the first with his gut in a set piece, Watford’s whole match can be compressed into that moment where the Belgian striker got United ahead. The Hornets suffered from a three-minute distraction that ended up costing them the result of the match, not too soon after the first came the second from Chris Smallin, which was also from a set-piece delivered by Fellaini. This was all Mourinho needed in order to control the game as he wanted from that moment forward, the Red Devils held the result until half-time but they knew the job wasn’t done yet. Javi Gracia’s squad was still playing at home and they had most of the stadium rooting for them against Manchester United, they did dominate more during the first half than the second half in their own turf. In the second half came the presence of David de Gea, who saved a few important chances for the Red Devils during crucial opportunities. Gray did pull one back for Watford when 20 minutes od the second half had already passed, he received an assist from French midfielder Doucoure who played a great match in midfield.Pile on! ? pic.twitter.com/5zWIp4tPIe— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2018Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.But the Red Devils know how to handle matches in which they get the early advantage, Jose Mourinho knows how to keep every one of his payers involved during the rest of the match. United attempted to keep the ball during most of the second half, an odd tactic that is not very characteristic of Jose Mourinho’s squads but a good surprise nonetheless. Every single player starting with the front men, understood they needed to do a bigger sacrifice in defense when the squad didn’t have the ball. In a curious moment of the game, we saw French winger Anthony Martial get 20 minutes of playing time for the Red Devils and he made an important effort but proved that is is very out of shape at the moment. The France international seemed a bit slower than usual and also a tad overweight compared to other seasons when we’ve seen him in better shape, this might be a result of the summer with no activity he had after getting snubbed from the World Cup in Russia. David de Gea was the hero of the match because he made a couple of his trademark saves near the end of the match, Watford offered a great response during the whole second half but United was able to defend the result quite well. Nemanja Matic got a second yellow card near the end after committing a necessary foul, he got sent-off and should miss the next match.Heads up, lads!25 minutes to go – it’s Watford 1 #MUFC 2. #WATMUN pic.twitter.com/JiEqVDUH6o— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2018What do you think about Jose Mourinho’s win at Watford with Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.