Rawle Toney thinks young women representing Guyana in basketball were “humiliated”

first_imgDear Editor,One of the headlines in the Sports section of the Guyana Chronicle, “The Nation’s Paper,” dated June 21, 2018, claimed “Guyana humiliated 24-112 by Dominican Republic”. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines humiliation as: “To make someone feel ashamed, or lose respect for himself or herself”.Our young women certainly were not ashamed of their performance, nor did they lose respect for themselves at the June 2018 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Women’s Championships hosted by Suriname. Instead, the Guyanese girls showed the fighting spirit that defines Guyanese, by giving their best effort and playing with a never-quit attitude. The Dominican Republic has medaled thirteen of the twenty-two times they participated in the much higher level Centrobasket, where national teams from Central America and the Caribbean have competed since 1965.Dominican Republic won the Championships three times: in 1977, 2004 and 2012, after first contesting in 1969. Guyana has competed twice at Centrobasket: 1971 and 1973.Toney’s use of the word “humiliation” to describe the loss by our young women is unsuitable and thoughtless; they lost to one of the most dominant teams in Central American and Caribbean Basketball. If Guyana ever gets an opportunity to play the Brazil National Football Team and lose 10-1, Guyanese would celebrate the one goal scored by Guyana.We must look for the positive at all times, and especially in challenging times. Of the twelve players listed on the Guyana Team in their contest against The Dominican Republic, seven are high schoolers, re: President’s College, four; Marian Academy, one; Mackenzie High School, one; and Bishops’ High School, one. The experience these young ladies gained from withstanding the battle charge of the Dominican Republic, by rising again and again to the challenge, augers well for their academic development and their contribution to the development of Guyana.In their game against Suriname, the Guyanese young women were leading by one point at half time, and had stunned and impressed all in attendance. The Guyanese Women overcame many obstacles to participate in the June 2018 FIBA Caribbean Basketball Confederation Women’s Championships hosted by Suriname, and the character strengthening experience reflected Guyana in a positive way; as the young women showed admirable self-esteem, courage, and perseverance. History will show Guyana participated and competed in the Championships; and the experience and benefits gained can never be taken away.To credit and paraphrase Robert A. Heinlein, it is worth repeating: “Victory in defeat, there is none higher. Our young women represent all the unsung heroes who couldn’t make it but never quit.”  Toney is the same journalist who failed to write an article on the fact that our Government did not provide needed funding to support Guyana’s participation in the June 2018 FIBA Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships hosted by Suriname. Thus, in my opinion, Rawle Toney lacks the courage to challenge spoon-feeding authority. A fundamental principle of journalism is to serve as an independent monitor of power. Toney needs to embrace this principle. I close with a few extracts from the epic poem “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou: “You may shoot me with your words… But still, like air, I’ll rise. Just like Moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise”.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

Receiver Production: Washington, Others Showed Out In TCU Loss

first_imgMarcell Ateman1061000 Dillon Stoner43391 ReceiverSnaps Their PerformanceThis might be the easiest point to make, but the receivers put on the best showing of any OSU position group Saturday.Although Ateman dropped the deep one that forced a punt, he was arguably the Cowboys’ best ball-catcher. On the Dillon Stoner touchdown drive, Ateman caught three passes on three targets for 52 yards and three first downs. Those are numbers you expect from Washington.There aren’t any record-breaking stats I can throw at you this week, but at some point, you have to question (with only three drops), how can the nation’s No. 2 scoring offense put up fewer points at home against TCU than SMU did on the road?I would argue it wasn’t because of these guys. Tyron Johnson0000 Jalen McCleskey48 ReceiverTargetsCatchesYardsTDs If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! James Washington761531 Tylan Wallace3 Tyron Johnson17 Is that a good throw or nah? pic.twitter.com/myOdeTre55— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 23, 2017 Jalen McCleskey94790 Tylan Wallace1000 Will Mike Yurcich not dial anything up to go deep?Watch the 86-yarder again. Washington had a step, and that’s all Rudolph thought he needed. The ball neared double coverage, yet it didn’t even come close to mattering.FGs not going to get it done today, TCU. pic.twitter.com/GWPfIcIcLO— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 23, 2017There wasn’t enough of that ambition in Yurcich’s play-calling, coupled with too much double pass.No Chris LacyAfter the Pitt game, Mike Gundy said he thought Lacy would be good to go Saturday. He was not, and that had a trickle effect throughout the receiving group.Maybe if Lacy was available, Tyron Johnson could have split reps more effectively with The President and not Ateman. Maybe Washington wouldn’t have gotten so tired for the drive Wallace came in for that drop in the end zone.Maybe Washington would have caught it for a touchdown instead of a Matt Ammendola field goal.It’s not Lacy’s fault he got injured, and it’s definitely not his fault OSU lost Saturday, and in fact, that’s the point. Because Lacy was unavailable, it’s hard to put blame on Washington or any of the other receivers. Everyone’s reps went up considerably. James Washington61 A week after four receivers caught at least 100 yards worth of passes, the group as a whole finished with 371. That sounds a lot better than it looked if you watched the game.TCU’s game plan was to force the underneath throws, and it was successful. Although Mason Rudolph missed a couple deep balls, the Cowboys didn’t connect on a pass of more than 30 yards until late in the fourth quarter other than James Washington’s 86-yard score in the first.Rudolph said there were a few forced throws downfield that just weren’t there and fell incomplete because of the depth the Frogs’ defense was deploying. That meant much of the underneath and intermediate routes would be available. And to the Cowboy receivers’ credit, they thrived as well as they could in the 44-31 loss Saturday.Here are a few reasons that final score had virtually nothing to do with the guys catching the passes.Limited DropsAs OSU was trying to make its comeback, Rudolph went deep to Marcell Ateman. The ball hit the basket, and ripped through.Earlier in the game, true freshman Tylan Wallace came in for Washington for a drive that culminated on a first and 10 from the TCU 14. Rudolph fired a little in front of Wallace, but it touched his fingers and went through. It was a play Washington probably ought to have been in for.Those were the only drops that mattered Saturday, and there probably should have been at least five more. Rudolph was slightly off at times against TCU, but for the most part, like this play, the Cowboys’ receivers closed the gap.Uninspired Play CallingAll right, to a certain extent, I understand taking what the defense gives you. If the defense runs quarters, or Cover 4, it’s probably not wise to hurl it deep.But if this has been dubbed as the best receiving corps in college football and TCU is throwing man coverage at you, I am putting more confidence in Washington and the guys downfield. It was frustrating to know that the TCU defense was going to dictate the game simply by how it lined up. Imagine next week against Texas Tech if a seemingly improved Raider defense gives the Cowboys’ the same looks. Total31193712 *Best Estimates, Based on Data Keeping Marcell Ateman49 Dillon Stoner42last_img read more