Blog: Meadowlands Super Bowl Recap

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three days before the No. 1 sporting event in America was to begin in New Jersey, my 17-year-old son asked me, rather smugly I thought, the obvious question: “Where you watching the Super Bowl, Dad?”So I told him his mother and I were invited to watch it with friends  nearby.“Too bad,” he replied. “I’m going to the game.”I was thunderstruck. But he was telling the truth. His friend’s father had just given away four tickets he’d acquired because he was going to be out of state. Each one was listed at $1,500.And so, despite all our advice about getting there early, my son and his three pals—all seniors at Northport High School—boarded a 3 p.m. train in Huntington for the 6:30 p.m. game, knowing they were cutting it close. It didn’t matter.They were able to reach their seats, five rows back from the end zone, an hour before kickoff, having gone through a security checkpoint outside the New Jersey stadium where armed SWAT teams and National Guard stood vigilant. My son said those guns “looked sick.”That’s where this particular group of LI teens ran into their first, and only, long line of the day. Their LIRR train hadn’t been crowded with football fans, although they were more conspicuous as they made the connection to NJ Transit at Penn Station. Strangers were high-fiving each other if their NFL team logos matched, with the typical greeting being, “Go Hawks!”That’s shorthand for the Seattle Seahawks, the No. 1 ranked defensive team in the NFL. They ultimately proved their prowess over the No. 1 ranked offensive team, the Denver Broncos, whose 37-year-old quarterback, Peyton Manning, was no match for the aggressive attack he had to face every time he took the snap.Or even tried to. Within the first seconds, as an omen of the game to come, the Broncos’ center snapped the ball over Manning’s head into the end zone, where a Broncos player landed on it for a safety, putting two points on the board for Seattle. So for a while the Super Bowl score resembled a World Cup soccer match until the Seahawks kicked a three-point field goal. And then they never looked back, until the blowout was over, 43-8.That score almost added up to a price of a Spartan meal for two at the game, with Pepsi (not Coke!) going for $6, $11 for hot chocolate, $14 for a foot-long hotdog, and craft beer for $16 a pop. I’d given my son a fistful of cash and it was barely enough. He didn’t come back with change, but at least he did return with souvenirs.Spectators had been given a bag of swag as they entered the stadium, complete with hand warmers, knit gloves, and a seat cushion, thanks to Pepsi and other corporate sponsors for this most corporate sporting event. The most important item of apparel was a special black wool cap fitted with colored lights that would be digitally activated. An announcer told the fans in the stands when to don their headgear for the half-time show, so they could become part of the scenery when Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed. For those on hand, my son reported the acoustics were great and the special effects were “awesome,” with laser lights dueling like sabers in the darkness, fireworks exploding overhead and the crowd’s own craniums turning red and blue as waves of color swirled around the stadium.In the third quarter a brief rain fell, but it was never uncomfortably cold for those watching the game live outdoors—a big concern in the weeks leading up to it.By half time, only the Broncos were feeling an icy chill in the air. They were outplayed and outgunned, embarrassed actually, despite having a Hall of Fame quarterback like Manning calling the plays. He was never able to light the fire that would have jump-started his team’s comeback.People watching this crushing defeat that bordered on boring—the worst curse of a Super Bowl—wondered how the Broncos might have fared with their ex-quarterback Tim Tebow on the field, since he kept showing up in entertaining cellphone ads and he had more impact on screen than his former teammates did on the gridiron. (Of course, he had no impact when he was a Jet.) I rooted for Peyton because he was the old guy, but I liked Seattle more than Denver because it’s one of my favorite cities in the world. So I couldn’t care less who won but I did want a closer game. But that was not in the cards.For my son and his friends, whose favorite teams did not reach this year’s Super Bowl, it was still a great experience, perhaps a “once in a lifetime” kind.“We were so grateful we got to go,” said Tyler, one of his pals. “Too bad the Broncos sucked.”Yes, it was, but at least those of us watching Super Bowl XLVIII on screen had a relatively amusing selection of high-priced commercials to enjoy. I could’ve used a wardrobe malfunction for added interest but so it goes. There’s always next year.last_img read more

Freehands Light-Up Running Gloves provide 3-finger touchscreen capabilities » Gadget Flow

first_imgThe Freehands Light-Up Running Gloves make your exercise experience seamless thanks to their three-finger touchscreen abilities. With this design, they let you use your smartphone or smartwatch easily while you run. That means you can navigate through your playlist or check your heart rate without having to remove your gloves. With a unisex design, these all-purpose gloves come in three different sizes: small/medium, medium/large, and large/extra large. Each option stretches for a comfortable, tight fit while you exercise outdoors. Providing hours of illumination, the Light-Up Running gloves get their power from two CR2016 batteries in each hand. Choose from red or white light options, and then just press the button to opt for a rapidly blinking light, a slowly blinking light, or a steady stream of light. – Advertisement –last_img read more

China launches political policing task force: State media

first_imgThe main responsibility of the taskforce is to safeguard China’s political system. “Political security is related to national safety and people’s well-being,” according to the notes.Referencing the fight against coronavirus, the notes said a government can only guarantee its people’s safety if it maintains a stable political environment.The taskforce is part of the “Build a Peaceful China” coordination group set up in April and led by Guo Shengkun, China’s top law enforcement official.It’s launch comes after China’s parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong at the end of June which punishes crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.Hong Kong has been rocked by large, and sometimes violent, pro-democracy protests since mid-2019.The new security laws have been criticized by pro-democracy activists, lawyers and foreign governments who fear it would be used to stifle dissent and undermine freedoms the former British colony was promised when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.The day after the law came into effect, one man was arrested for carrying a Hong Kong independence flag.  China has launched a special taskforce to ramp up political policing to maintain social stability, said the official Procuratorial Daily, the latest move to rein in dissent over Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus and protests in Hong Kong.The taskforce should “crack down on all kinds of infiltration, subversion, sabotage, violent terrorist activities, ethnic separatist activities, and extreme religious activities,” according to the undated notes from a meeting of the taskforce published in the paper on Monday.The news of the taskforce came on the same day that a Beijing law professor who has been an outspoken critic of China’s ruling Communist Party and President Xi Jinping was taken away by authorities. Topics :last_img read more

Indonesia farms see boom in online sales of sacrificial animals for Eid

first_imgMahir farm has sold 15,000 goats, sheep and cows via social media platforms ahead of the festival that starts on Friday, accounting for at least 80% of the season’s profit, Gaffar said.The animals at the farm are also certified as COVID-19 free and undergo daily health checks by a veterinarian, he said.Another farm owner in the area, Ahmad Risyad, said having online sales meant buyers did not have to visit his premises.And for one of his customers, buying livestock this way has clear advantages.”It’s safer to do the transaction online, and it is much cheaper,” said Reza Wibisono, 24, who received a delivery of sheep purchased online for 3.1 million rupiah ($214). As Indonesian Muslims prepare to celebrate the Eid al-Adha festival, farms are seeing a boom in online sales that limit the need for people to visit farms during the pandemic to buy the goats, sheep and cows traditionally sacrificed at this time.Health experts have been concerned about the risks of the coronavirus being spread during religious festivals in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country when people typically gather in mosques and homes, or travel to their home towns.Mahir Farm launched online sales of livestock in 2018 and this year the farm near Bogor, south of the capital Jakarta, has seen sales surge 50% compared to 2019. Topics :center_img “We know that people rarely go out or they are worried about interacting with others during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Azmi Abdul Gaffar, 22, who is one of the farm’s owners.Indonesia has reported more than 100,000 coronavirus cases and over 4,800 fatalities, the highest toll in East Asia.”That’s why this [selling online] is an answer to the problem,” said Gaffar.During Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world traditionally purchase livestock and after slaughter the meat is distributed to poorer members of the community.last_img read more

Romero becomes youngest La Liga player

first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Premier League, La Liga back on DStv, GOtv Real Mallorca forward Luka Romero became the youngest player to make his La Liga debut .He came off the bench in his side’s 2-0 defeat at Real Madrid on Wednesday. Aged 15 years and 229 days, Romero came on in the 83rd minute to break a record lasting over 80 years held by former Celta Vigo player Francisco Bao Rodríguez, known as Sanson, who made his first La Liga appearance in 1939 aged 15 and 255 days.Romero had been an unused substitute in Mallorca’s three previous matches since the season resumed this month after a three-month pause due to the new coronavirus pandemic.The son of Argentine lower league player Diego Romero, the forward was born in Mexico but represents Argentina at youth level and has been at Mallorca’s academy since age 10, having moved to Spain aged two.Tags: DebutLa LigaLuka RomeroReal Mallorcalast_img read more

Allardyce calls for Cardiff calm

first_imgWest Ham boss Sam Allardyce has urged Cardiff to remain calm if they endure a troubled start to their debut Barclays Premier League season. Allardyce believes the newcomers should look to Southampton, who made a poor start to their return to the Premier League last season, for comfort if results go against them. “With the squad Cardiff have they’ll hopefully get the results they’re looking for. The challenge for them will be not getting too worried if they don’t start well,” he said. “The example of that is Southampton last season. Nigel Adkins eventually pulled them out of the bottom three superbly well. And his reward for that was the sack! “If it’s to be your first game in the Premier League, you’d want it at home, not away. “When we came up from the Championship we’d won more games away from home, but last season in the Premier League it was a huge task to pick up points away. “Your home form is what you need to get right to stay in the Premier League.” Cole finished the opener beautifully, collecting a pass from Matt Jarvis, turning and directing the ball into the bottom right corner of the net. The 31-year-old was otherwise wasteful, although Allardyce stresses that it was his movement that put him in positions to score. Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan were on target as the Hammers inflicted a 2-0 defeat on the Welsh club, who were making their first appearance in the top flight since 1962. Cardiff have spent close to £30million in the transfer market this summer but failed to trouble goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen at any point as West Ham coasted to victory. Press Association “Joe Cole’s an England player, timing his runs and knowing where to run is what he’s all about,” he said. “To have the opportunity to get a hat-trick in the first 45 minutes, well his hardest chance was the one he scored from.” Cardiff manager Malky Mackay took heart from the Bluebirds’ performance, even though they had to wait until late in the match for their first real chance which was skied over the crossbar by substitute Nicky Maynard. Mackay accepts Allardyce’s point that their form at Cardiff City Stadium will determine their Premier League future. “We were a match for West Ham in terms of the overall ebb and flow of the game,” he said. “Sam knows what he’s talking about and it was always going to be a tough game at Upton Park. I’ve played here so I knew what it would be like. “We need to make our stadium a fortress and have to pick up as many points as we can on the road. We just have to be slightly better than we were.” last_img read more

Pochettino: Lloris going nowhere

first_img Press Association The 28-year-old, who last summer extended his deal to 2019, has made no secret of his desire to return to European football’s elite competition, but Pochettino does not worry that desire could see him push for a move to Manchester United. “There are a lot of rumours,” the Spurs head coach said. “Hugo is very happy to be here. “His commitment with the club is high. I think we need to be happy because if Manchester United want Lloris, it’s because he’s a great goalkeeper. “We have a very good goalkeeper, but Hugo has a contract here and he is happy here and he wants to get success here.” Put to Pochettino that Lloris has stated his desire to play Champions League football, he retorted: “Yes, but keen to play in the Champions League with Tottenham, not with another club. “He told me that ‘I want to play in the Champions League with Tottenham’. After in the interview, I don’t know.” Pochettino has not spoken to Lloris about staying at Spurs – “you don’t need to convince him to stay because he has a four-year contract” – and rejected the notion that he may have missed the season opener due to the talk over his future. The Spurs boss insisted the goalkeeper started from the bench as he was recovering from a fractured wrist, unlike United’s want-away goalkeeper David de Gea. Mauricio Pochettino is not expecting Hugo Lloris to go anywhere after the Tottenham captain told him he wants to help bring Champions League football back to White Hart Lane. “No, no, no,” he said. “I didn’t take this decision because of all the rumours that happened. No, no, no. Hugo wasn’t ready. “Maybe if the game last week was Stoke City, he wouldn’t play, the same decision.” “I think that you misunderstand me. It is not about the injury. The player is not only one or two hands, one or two legs. It is about all. For me, he wasn’t fit to play 90 minutes.” Lloris is fit to replace back-up Michel Vorm in goal against Stoke on Saturday, when he will wear the captain’s armband. Pochettino confirmed the France international has succeeded Younes Kaboul as skipper, making him the third permanent Spurs captain since arriving nearly 15 months ago. Kaboul joined Sunderland this summer and Michael Dawson moved to Hull last year, with the Spurs boss laughing when the trend of captain’s leaving each summer was pointed out to him. “It is Hugo,” he said after saying the exit were merely a “co-incidence”. “Jan Vertonghen and Harry Kane are the vice-captains. “It was common sense. I think that Hugo deserves to be the captain and after we have Jan Vertonghen, Harry Kane. It’s a good reference for the group. It’s a very good mix.” It is three years since the France skipper swapped Lyon for north London, penning a four-year deal after arriving in a deal that could reach £11.9million. Upon signing, Lloris spoke of his confidence that Spurs could qualify for the Champions League, but three managers and three seasons on they have yet to do so. last_img read more

Starc repeats his hat-trick heroics

first_imgAUSTRALIA’s Mitchell Starc has made history by taking a second hat-trick in the same Sheffield Shield game.The paceman took the last three wickets of each innings, finishing with seven in total, as his New South Wales side beat Western Australia by 171 runs.(Scores: New South Wales 270 (Smith 76, Richardson 4-47) and 6 for 300 dec (Smith 127, Patterson 66) beat Western Australia 176 (Bancroft 76*, Starc 4-56) and 223 (S Marsh 91, Starc 3-41) by 171 runs.The 27-year-old becomes the first bowler to complete the feat in the same Shield match and is only the eighth player to do it in a first-class game.He is continuing his comeback from injury before the Ashes this winter.Starc missed Australia’s tour of Bangladesh in August with a foot problem.In his only other four-day game since returning, Starc took 10 wickets in the match, including 8-73 in the second innings, as NSW hammered South Australia.The first Ashes Test begins in Brisbane on 23 November.TWO HAT-TRICKS IN ONE FIRST-CLASS MATCHAlfred Shaw – Nottinghamshire v Gloucestershire, at Nottingham in 1884Albert Trott – Middlesex v Somerset, at Lord’s in 1907Jimmy Matthews – Australia v South Africa, at Old Trafford in 1912Charlie Parker – Gloucestershire v Middlesex, at Bristol in 1924Roland Jenkins – Worcestershire v Surrey, at Worcester in 1949Joginder Rao – Services v North Punjab, at Amritsar in 1963Amin Lakhani – Combined XI v Indians, at Multan in 1979Mitchell Starc – NSW v Western Australia, at Hurstville in 2017last_img read more

Consistency, leadership and total team effort, key to Jaguars’ success, says Crandon

first_img– Beat T&T Red Force by an innings and 81 runs in final roundGUYANA Jaguars’ head coach Esaun Crandon says consistency, leadership and an all-round team effort were responsible for his side’s dominant showing in the recently-concluded 2017-18 Digicel Regional First-Class four-day Championship.The Jaguars romped to their fourth consecutive title, and was by far the most dominant team.“We played consistent cricket, but having said that, it was a total team effort … the younger players in the squad also played a big part,” Crandon said.Crandon, the former national fast bowler added, “Yes, we played consistent cricket; yes, it was a total team effort; yes the younger players played their part, but the leadership skills of skipper Leon Johnson also played a major part in our success.“It is very evident from his body language and his constant interaction with the players. It is his confidence in the players’ ability which has helped them perform to their full potential and this is what gives them the belief.”Further, Crandon believes that preparation and the support received from his support staff, the general public and more importantly, the local governing body also played a pivotal role in the team’s success.Cricket West Indies director of cricket Jimmy Adams hands over the Man-of-the-Match award to Raymond Reifer.Meanwhile, Crandon pointed out that while winning is important, producing quality players is his ultimate goal. He noted that the revamped structure at the first-class level has allowed the game to be played in a more competitive environment.Further, the Guyana Jaguars feat has not gone unnoticed.Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Anand Sanasie congratulated the players for their hard work which has been reflected in their recent win and outstanding individual sperformances.Sanasie declared that the result was due to the close-knitted relationship between the players and their coaches.Meanwhile, the Jaguars completed an innings and 81 runs win over Trinidad and Tobago’s Red Force yesterday in the final round at the National Stadium, Providence.Resuming on 282-8, Jason Mohammed completed his eight first-class hundred before left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and Keemo Paul took the final two wickets.Permaul bowled Bryan Charles (15) while Paul bowled Anderson Phillip (11). Mohammed was left unbeaten on 103. Raymond Reifer was named Man-of-the-Match.Meanwhile, the defeat was the fourth on the trot for Red Force while Jaguars racked up their seventh win in 10 matches, to end the season unbeaten.last_img read more