Bobby Tait excels in role as man-down specialist for Syracuse

first_imgBobby Tait knows that only a handful of players will find a prominent role on a team like Syracuse.The lanky defender stands at 6 feet, 5 inches and weighs 216 pounds, but his physical frame isn’t enough to crack the Orange’s starting back line. When a defender gets sent to the penalty box, though, SU needs size, speed and a high lacrosse IQ to make up for its man disadvantage.Enter Tait, who’s found a less-heralded niche as Syracuse’s (9-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) primary man-down specialist.“I’ve been doing it for a few years now and it’s just kind of been always the way,” Tait said. “It’s just kind of my role on the team and I’m glad to fill that role.”It’s a specialty position that requires pinpoint anticipation of what another team’s man-up unit will do. That entails studying film throughout the week and identifying which players have which tendencies on the opponent’s man-up.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAdd the ability to quickly rotate from open man to open man, disrupt passing lanes and adjust to different kinds of man-down defenses. The physical and tactical arsenal Tait possesses has found him a home on a unit that ranks 13th in the country, and first in the ACC in goals allowed per man-down disadvantage.“I think him having that extra range and having good knowledge, good preparation of what other teams like to do…” head coach John Desko said. “He’s got a great wingspan, which helps to knock down balls and get your stick in the passing lane.”SU has five or six guys who can serve as a defender on a man down, assistant coach Lelan Rogers said. He named short-stick midfielder Tom Grimm, long-stick midfielders Peter Macartney and Scott Firman, as well as starting defenders Brandon Mullins, Jay McDermott and Sean Young.But all six have primary roles that aren’t on the man-down defense.“So I think probably most of them would probably call him the specialist,” Rogers said of Tait.The redshirt junior has played in all 11 games this year and his only stat is two ground balls. In 21 games played prior to this season, Tait has amassed eight ground balls and only one caused turnover.The title of man-down specialist certainly isn’t a glamorous one, especially on the stat sheet, but that doesn’t stop Tait from opening eyes outside of the box score.“If you come to any practice, you see Bobby, he’s always picking off passes,” Rogers said. “The great thing about Bobby is he’s got great length. He’s our tallest defenseman, you put a stick in his hand with his 6-foot-5 frame and put a pole in his hand, it obviously covers a lot of ground.”On the man-down defense, a number of different formations can be used to counter a man-up offense. A rotation style, five-man zone, four-man zone with a lock-eyed crease or a defense which puts a short stick or a long pole on the perimeter to lock someone down were all on Rogers’ list.During the week, Rogers and volunteer assistant Steve Scaramuzzino help the man-down defense extensively scout the upcoming opponent’s man-up offense. That means knowing which personnel is going to be where for another team, which players will move where off the ball and which ones pose shooting threats from short and long distances.“It’s a lot of just being in the right place at the right time and knowing the rotation,” Tait said. “Obviously having one less guy, you’re going to have to cover two at a lot of points.”It’s hardly a simple role despite the fact it’s technically not even an official title.Tait remains a “defender,” but the responsibility he undertakes is much more complex.Said Rogers: “He’s really the quintessential man-down guy, if you would.” Comments Published on April 21, 2015 at 9:24 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgFrom its launch in 2008 this three day celebration of great food and drink has continued to attract thousands to a beautiful tented village on the pier area in Donegal town with the backdrop of the Bluestack Mountains and Donegal Bay.This is due to the vibrant personalities of the celebrity and local chefs who will be cooking up a storm over the weekend.This years festival has once again gathered together top restaurants and hotels. Foodies will particularly enjoy the 100 plus food and drink exhibitors from all over Ireland and the UK, who will showcase and sell their products.There will be tastings from an unbelievable variety of food and drink ranging from, wine and craft beers, confectionary, specialist foods, meat, fish, and dairy products Exhibitors. www.atasteofdonegal.comHigh profile cookery demonstrations will capture your imagination with culinary recipe suggestions from celebrity chef Tony Singe “The Incredible Spice man” An ambassador for Scotland and all things Scottish.Neven Maguire, the Nations Favourite, Donegal ‘s Food Ambassador Gary O’ Hanlon, Supervalu Ambassador, Kevin Dundon, Brian Mc Dermott “ The No Salt Chef” Maire Dufficey from Bord Bia will also be on hand to share her expertise from the Irish food business. Chefs; The event will also include master classes by leading experts who will showcase their specialist skills in pastry and bread making, meal planning, cocktail mixing, and help you make the right decision when choosing wine for all occasions. Experts;www.atasteofdonegal.comThe 2014 A Passion To Inspire Chefs Competition will take place under the watchful eye of Anthony Armtrong a judge from the World Association of Chefs Society, Peter Griffths M.B.E., President British Culinary Federation, Gerard M. Molloy American Culinary Federation and Mr Bob Mc Donald, Judges from the Master Chefs of Great Britain.Entrants will be required to cook and present two different dishes, a starter and a main course, each for two covers, showcasing the best of Irish produce.Competitions; www.ataasteofdonegal.comNew to this year’s entertainment line up will be a cookery comedy theatre with celebrity chef Joe Shannon and comedian Frank Forde. You will have the opportunity to listen to wonderful live Swing and Jazz music from Adrian Cullen the “Dean Martin Tribute Show”, Latin and Salsa hits from” Havana Club Trio”, also classical opera from Eugene Ginty “The Singing Chef “.Entertainment; Taste of Donegal is truly a food lovers dream and will showcase Donegal Town and the surrounding area as a region of high quality restaurants and hotels, with a vibrant and growing Artisan Food Production Family.With the extensive variety of products available throughout the marquee your palette will explode from the diverse tastes which will leave you coming back again and again.The Committee welcome everyone to attend this premier food and drink event here in the North West and indeed on the Island of Ireland; which will be officially opened by Mr Paddy Harte Chairperson of County Donegal Gathering 2013. To quote Chairperson Ernan Mc Gettigan, “Come along and experience the wonderful food and drink variety available , we promise to tantalise your taste buds and as our caption says, Discover, Dine, and Delight in Donegal Town over this festival weekend and indeed every time you visit this region.A Taste of Donegal Food Festival will take place on Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August 2014 on the Pier Area in Donegal Town.The Festival will open to the public at 4.00pm to 10.00pm Friday, to 7.00pm Saturday and Sunday.The opening evening will conclude with a fireworks display by Pains Fireworks over Donegal Bay.Admission is €4.00 per adult, €2.00 per child, €10.00 for a weekend pass.For the full programme of events and regular updates, please follow us on and find A Taste of Donegal on Facebook.Contact details:Donegal Town Community Chamber Exhibitors – Businesses – VisitorsTel. +353 (0) 74 97 23760Email: [email protected] CELEBRITY CHEFS SET TO APPEAR AT TASTE OF DONEGAL 2014 was last modified: July 29th, 2014 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:A Taste of Donegal 2014:FeaturesFood festivalnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Uber looked into partnering with automaker for self-driving project

first_imgTags:#automotive#Autonomous#car#driverless#FCA#featured#Fiat#Self-Driving#taxi#top#Uber#Waymo For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Uber’s self-driving project could have been a collaborative effort between the ride-hailing giant and a major automaker, according to a report by The Information.In the summer, Uber rejected an acquisition offer for the self-driving unit by an unnamed automaker. That led executives to discuss the possibility of further collaboration with automakers, to offset some of the costs of running the division.See Also: Intel to deploy 100 self-driving vehicles worldwide by end of yearUber has made self-driving partnership announcements in the past, with Daimler and Hyundai, and Toyota made a strategic investment in the company, aimed at the self-driving division. None of these have been major collaborations, the type that Waymo has with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) or Cruise Automation with General Motors.It was reported last year that FCA was looking to partner with Uber and Amazon, though neither of these partnerships have been confirmed.There have been a lot of changes at Uber since the discussions were held. An internal investigation found multiple cases of harassment, co-founder Travis Kalanick stepped down as CEO, and Waymo launched a lawsuit against the company for stealing trade secrets.The lack of leadership and lawsuit may keep automakers away from signing major partnerships with Uber. The company has reportedly lost a bit of its value in the past few months, though revenue and usage is still growing.Without a dedicated partner, Uber could find itself far behind rivals in the self-driving market. Waymo has deployed 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans as part of its partnership with FCA, and Cruise Automation is using GM’s Chevrolet Bolt EV cars to test an employee taxi service in San Francisco.Traditional manufacturers BMW, Fiat, and Delphi have partnered with Intel and Mobileye, creating a consortium dedicated to building all the parts for a self-driving car. Gozde Gorce 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Identify people who are helping Rohingya, says Manipur CM

first_imgExpressing concern over the presence of Rohingya in Manipur, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said efforts should be made to identify the people who are facilitating their entry and providing them shelter in the state. The Chief Minister was referring to the arrest of six Rohingya from the Tulihal International Airport in Imphal on Saturday. The six passengers had arrived from New Delhi with forged documents. Addressing people on the occasion of Patriots’ Day on Tuesday, he said, “It indicates that many of them are taking shelter in the state and we have to find out the persons who are behind the illegal entry of Rohingya from different places.” Urging the locals to trace Rohingya and the agents who are bringing them to Manipur, the Chief Minister said, the “already sinking” Manipuri population will disappear in the coming years, if they do not take the inititative. Police investigation revealed that the six Rohingya were trained in a Madrasa in Delhi and had come to the state with the help of some agents based in the national capital and Manipur, DIG T. Ngasangva had told reporters on Sunday. The Rohingya had admitted that they were residents of Yangon and Mandalay in Myanmar, the DIG said.last_img read more

Video: Rick Pitino Appears To Make Gesture Towards Kentucky Fan After Loss

first_imgRick Pitino flipping off Kentucky fans.Twitter/@Fine_and_TandyPretty much every edition of the Kentucky vs. Louisville basketball rivalry is intense, and today’s game certainly didn’t disappoint. The game featured technicals on both coaches, huge dunks and blocks, and a dramatic finish, resulting in a two-point UK win.After the game, multiple Kentucky fans claimed that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino flipped off someone in the crowd while leaving the court. Twitter user Seiver Tandy captured the incident on video. Pitino definitely appears to make a gesture after being taunted, but it is hard to really tell if he gave a fan the finger or not, at least based on this footage.I got Rick flipping off UK fans on video @KySportsRadio— Seiver Tandy (@Fine_and_Tandy) December 26, 2015Pitino sent assistant Ralph Willard out to answer questions after the game, so we’ll have to wait some time to hear Pitino’s side of things. If he did, in fact, flip of a Kentucky fan, that is a really bad look for the Hall of Fame coach.[KSR]last_img read more

Jason Day Deserves An Ovation But Give The Field A Golf Clap

Heading into last weekend’s PGA Championship, Australia’s Jason Day had cracked the top five in nearly a third of the major championships he’d entered. He finished in the top 10 nearly half of the time. But he’d never hoisted one of those shiny trophies they give the tournament winner. That changed Sunday, when Day won the PGA Championship, breaking the record for lowest to-par score (-20) in a major.Yet Day’s record-shattering performance also highlights just how easy it was to go under par at the majors this season. While Day’s week at the PGA ranks No. 1 according to cumulative strokes below par, it’s nowhere near the best in modern history1Which, for the purposes of this article, began in 1958 — the first year the PGA Championship adopted a stroke-play format. if we examine it using our familiar z-score system, which measures each performance relative to the field (by how many standard deviations a player’s score was below the field average, for players who made the cut).Z-scores reward not only excellence relative to par, but also dominance in comparison to one’s peers on the same course at the same time. And Day’s competitors also shot very well when held up to Whistling Straits’ par-72 standard: The average of players who made the cut was 3.6 strokes under par, which ranks fifth-lowest of any major tournament since 1958. That number explains the big disconnect between Day’s amazing to-par score and his middling (by major-winning standards) z-score:Last weekend’s low-scoring PGA Championship also capped off a season of great performances by the field in majors. July’s British Open featured the lowest to-par scoring average (-5.6) of any major since 1958, and April’s Masters Tournament (-2.4) ranked 11th-lowest. Combined, this year’s quartet of majors saw the lowest scoring average (relative to par) of any season since 1958, and the only time in that span that the average cut-maker across all majors in a season was under par.The majors in 2014 ranked second-lowest, so we’re seeing an unprecedented spate of low-scoring performances in recent seasons, though it’s not clear what’s driving the trend. We can turn to the usual sources of speculation: technological improvements outstripping course designs, a (subconscious?) movement toward friendlier scoring conditions to improve golf as a television product, an incredible font of young talent emerging in the wake of Tiger Woods’s heyday, etc.Whatever the cause, it’s leading to players like Day going low on the game’s biggest stage, even if their performances aren’t historically great relative to their peers.He didn’t win the PGA Championship, but Jordan Spieth is still having one of golf’s greatest seasons. read more

Graham to arrive at OSU with lofty expectations

“Legacy” is an oft-used word in association with Ohio State football.   It is used to describe the honor and responsibility passed down from OSU teams to their present counterparts.For incoming recruit and quarterback prospect Taylor Graham, the word “legacy” carries a deeper meaning.Graham will be bringing more than just his personal belongings, a Kordell Stewart poster and a laptop to campus with him this fall. He has the exploits of his father, former OSU quarterback Kent Graham, as baggage.The elder Graham, the OSU signal-caller under John Cooper in the 1991 season, went on to a journeyman’s career in the NFL. He played for eight different teams, beginning with the New York Giants and then retiring from the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2002.His son, a 6-foot-4-inch, 211-pound prospect from dad’s alma mater, Wheaton North in Illinois, hopes to have a career that equals or surpasses that of his famous father.Kevin Noon, managing editor of, thinks he may have the skills to do just that.“He has the tools to be successful at this level, having an Ohio State and NFL alum as a father to go along with his frame,” Noon said.While he is not the only quarterback recruited for OSU’s 2010 class, the other, Marion Franklin product Verlon Reed, is expected to switch to another position because of his versatile athleticism. That puts Graham in a position to eventually challenge for the same starting position his father once anchored.Graham may not possess the speed or agility of current Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor, or even Reed for that matter, but he is more in the mold of a classic, drop-back passer like former OSU greats Bobby Hoying or, yes, Kent Graham.“He is mobile enough to move around in the pocket if need be, but will never be mistaken as a dual-threat quarterback,” Noon said. “He has a big arm and a great football mind but will still need to work on his touch and decision-making.”In addition to his accuracy and mechanics, he walks onto campus with durability concerns. He broke an ankle just five games into his junior season. Then, with a scholarship offer from OSU already in hand, Graham suffered a PCL tear in his knee and was once again limited to five games his senior year.During those 10 games he was able to compete in, however, he threw for 1,380 yards and eight touchdowns, against just one interception.Noon doesn’t appear overly concerned.“He hasn’t been able to escape the injury bug over the past two seasons, but neither of the past injuries could be classified as ‘chronic,’” Noon said.Graham, who was born at the OSU Medical Center in the literal and figurative shadow of The ‘Shoe, will have quite a tradition to live up to. If he can prove that he can overcome the ‘injury-prone’ label and the added pressure that comes with being a true legacy, someday he’ll get his chance. read more

Buckeye switch Former Buckeye Aaron Pettrey replaces Mike Nugent as kicker for

The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Buckeye kicker Aaron Pettrey on Tuesday afternoon. Pettrey will replace Mike Nugent, another former Buckeye kicker. On Monday, Pettrey was excited about trying out for the Bengals. On Tuesday, he made the roster of the team he grew up rooting for. “It’s pretty cool,” Pettrey said. “My dad is excited. My family is already looking for tickets.” Pettrey’s signing came on the heels of Nugent’s season-ending knee injury. Nugent won AFC Player of the Month for September but struggled in November, missing two of three field goal attempts in two games. “It’s bittersweet,” Pettrey said. “It’s nice being here, but I’d like to see Mike keep kicking this year. Under the circumstances, I wish it were a different route.” Nugent was upset about his injury but happy for Pettrey’s opportunity. “He’s a really good guy,” Nugent said, “works really hard and is the kind of person Coach (Jim) Tressel likes to bring in. He’s one of those people that makes you look at your character and how hardworking you can be.” Pettrey recovered from an MCL tear that kept him sidelined for three games in OSU’s 2009 season. Devin Barclay took over Pettrey’s kicking duties while he was injured. “I learned a lot from him,” Barclay said. “He’s a tough kid. Mentally strong, a great leg, kind of a guy who leads by example. Just a class act all-around.” Pettrey played multiple positions in high school but knew kicking is what would take him to the highest level. “That’s what I really wanted to do,” Pettrey said. “Kicking and eventually making it to the NFL, at the highest level.” read more