Hall of Fame running Jerome Bettis recalls nearly missing out on a Super Bowl run

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSefa Kart/iStock(MIAMI) — During his 13-year NFL career, former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis was known for his aggressive, down-hill running that often punished opponents.He would even carry several defenders on his back. His running style and a win at all costs mentality would earn him the nickname of “the Bus,” famously coined by the Notre Dame student newspaper where Bettis played college football.Now it’s only fitting the Bus would help some Hertz customers get to this weekend’s Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs in style. Bettis recently spoke to ABC News Radio about his collaboration with the car rental company’s “Extra Mile Campaign.”Going the extra mile is something Bettis epitomized throughout his playing career.After losing to the eventual Super Bowl XXIX champion New England Patriots in the 2004 AFC Championship game, Bettis found himself at a crossroads: would he decide to hang up the cleats after 12 seasons, or would he kick the tires for one last run at a title that was so elusive to the two-time All-Pro running back?Ultimately, a sideline conversation with then-rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would seal the final decision for Bettis.“While we were losing, Ben (Roethlisberger) came over to me and said ‘give me one more year and I’ll get you to the Super Bowl,’” Bettis recalled of the conversation.“I heard what he said, but the moment was so much bigger than that situation. I knew I still wasn’t ready to retire.”At 33, Bettis would return for the 2005 season. Despite splitting time in the backfield, Bettis would still play a vital role for the Steelers, finishing with the second-most touchdowns on the team with nine, and leading them to the playoffs.Bettis would score at least one touchdown in the three consecutive road wins rattled off by the Steelers to reach Super Bowl XL against the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks.The game took on a much more significant meaning for “The Bus.” Not only was this Bettis’s first ever Super Bowl, he would also have the opportunity to play in front of family and friends in his hometown of Detroit.Pittsburgh would go on to beat the Seahawks, 21-10.  “It was an incredible honor to have the opportunity to play hometown, much less, win in my hometown. It was really special.”Bettis wouldn’t be the only future Hall of Famer to leave the game on his own terms shortly after the win. His coach, Bill Cowher, retired from coaching following the team’s Super Bowl run.It’s also only fitting that the former coach Bettis so revered will finally be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio this summer.“He (Cowher) was largely the reason why I was in the Hall of Fame,” said Bettis, who was elected in 2015.“To be able to welcome him into the Hall will be really, really special because he has more than deserving.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. January 31, 2020 /Sports News – National Hall of Fame running Jerome Bettis recalls nearly missing out on a Super Bowl run Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Bey, Huskies battle past Utah, 83-79 for back-to-back wins

first_img Tags: Jamal Bey/Pac-12/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball/Washington Huskies FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSEATTLE (AP) — Jamal Bey scored a career-high 28 points on near-perfect shooting, ended two of Utah’s last three possessions with a steal and a defensive rebound, and Washington rallied to an 83-79 win.Bey was 10 of 11 shooting, making all four 3-point attempts for the Huskies, who scored the game’s last eight points. UW has won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Erik Stevenson scored 18 points and Quade Green added 20, hitting 4 of 5 from distance.Branden Carlson led the Utes with a career-high 18 points, Riley Battin and Timmy Allen scored 15 each and Alfonso Plummer 13. January 24, 2021 /Sports News – Local Bey, Huskies battle past Utah, 83-79 for back-to-back wins Associated Press Written bylast_img read more

US Navy Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21

first_img View post tag: Commemorates Training & Education Share this article View post tag: US As announced by NAVADMIN 001/13, the Navy will join the nation in observing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21.Navy commands are encouraged to reflect on the recurring theme, “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off!” and increase their knowledge and awareness of Dr. King’s contributions to American history and civil rights by participating in military and community events.Dr. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism during the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.Following in the footsteps of his father, King entered the Christian ministry in February 1948 at the age of 19. He was ordained at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and in 1954, upon completion of graduate studies at Boston University, he accepted a call to serve at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. While ministering there, King became an instrumental leader in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, made famous by the arrest of Rosa Parks. The boycott lasted over a year and led to the 1956 District Court ruling that racial segregation on buses was unconstitutional.Over the course of his lifetime, King was arrested 30 separate times for his participation in civil rights activities.Although King spent the majority of his life preaching on the issues of social justice, empowerment, love and peace, which won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, his attention and efforts also included fighting economic injustice. On April 4, 1968, King journeyed to Memphis, Tenn., to help lead sanitation workers in a protest against low wages and intolerable working conditions. While standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, King was shot and ultimately died.In honor of King’s unfinished efforts, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. The first observance was held Jan. 15, 1986, the anniversary of King’s birthday. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday would be observed every year on the third Monday of January. On Aug. 23, 1994 Congress passed the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and Service Act, designating the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a day of national volunteer service.All commands are strongly encouraged to increase their knowledge and awareness of King’s contributions to American history and civil rights through participation in military and community events and volunteerism within their communities and worldwide.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 6, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Dr View post tag: King View post tag: Defense View post tag: Martin US Navy Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Jr. View post tag: Navy View post tag: Jan View post tag: 21% View post tag: Luther View post tag: Defence View post tag: day January 6, 2013 View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Lettuce’s Eric Krasno Sings Lead Vocals On Single From Newly-Announced Solo Release [Listen]

first_imgEric Krasno has been on fire of late, between his work with Soulive, Lettuce, Phil Lesh & Friends and so many more exciting projects. The guitarist recently opened up his own studio in Brooklyn, NY, and, between his performances and production work, managed to find the time for his own music. Toda, Krasno announced plans to release his second-ever solo studio album, Blood From A Stone.Krasno’s new release is due out on July 8th, and features members of Soulive, Lettuce, The London Souls and guitarist Derek Trucks. It also features lead vocals from Krasno, for the first time ever, and you can hear his stunning voice on the new track “Waitin’ On Your Love” below:As Krasno explains in a WSJ feature, “It was all about connecting with the story or message of the song and not getting too technical… A lot of my favorite singers weren’t always technical masters. It just has to evoke feeling and make you want to sing along.” It’s nice to hear him find a powerful singing voice!The guitarist will tour in support of Blood From A Stone, including a hometown performance at the Brooklyn Bowl on July 7th. For fans of Krasno, do not miss him perform with Neal Evans, Zigaboo Modeliste and George Porter Jr. for an edition of Foundation Of Funk at The Hall At MP on May 20th. More information can be found here.Check out the new album’s artwork below:[Via WSJ]last_img read more

The Marcus King Band Shares New Music Video For “Goodbye Carolina” [Watch]

first_imgOn Thursday, The Marcus King Band shared their first-ever official music video for “Goodbye Carolina”, the wistful lament from their acclaimed 2018 album, Carolina Confessions.The retro film-style video examines a fraught relationship between two lovers, using nature and down-home domiciles as the backdrop for the heartstring-tugging narrative. As Marcus King notes in a statement about the video, “I wrote ‘Goodbye Carolina’ from the perspective of a dear friend we lost in 2017. ‘Carolina’ represents whatever you have the hardest time saying goodbye to.”Related: Marcus King Talks Reckoning With His Own Expectations, Focused Songwriting, & Calling Nashville Home [Interview/Photos]You can watch the official music video for The Marcus King Band’s “Goodbye Carolina” below:The Marcus King Band – “Goodbye Carolina” [Official Music Video][Video: MarcusKingBandVEVO]The Marcus King Band is currently overseas touring in continuing support of Carolina Confessions. They’ll perform in Tokyo on Friday, April 12th before heading to Australia for a run of performances next week. They’ll return to the States later this month beginning with performances at Tuck Fest on April 26th and Trondossa Music Festival on April 27th.For a full list of The Marcus King Band’s upcoming tour dates, head to their website here.last_img read more

Jenkins releases statement regarding actions at Coney Barrett’s nomination

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins released an apology statement in an email to the Notre Dame community Monday for his actions which appeared to violate University health safety protocols Saturday at the White House, during the nomination ceremony of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett.A video which circulated on social media showed Jenkins in the Rose Garden not wearing a mask and shaking hands with a number of individuals. Courtesy of WSBT University President Fr. John Jenkins maskless at the White House Rose Garden during Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination.Jenkins said in the email once he arrived at the White House, a medical professional obtained a nasal swab for a rapid COVID-19 test from him in an exam room.“I was then directed to a room with others, all fully masked, until we were notified that we had all tested negative and were told that it was safe to remove our masks,” Jenkins said.Rapid antigen tests are not fully accurate, however — as many as 50% of rapid tests can produce a false negative result for COVID-19.Jenkins said he was seated with other attendees in the Rose Garden who had also undergone the same testing procedures. Marcus Cole, dean of the Notre Dame Law School, was seated next to Jenkins and appeared to be wearing a mask.Vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne previously said in a statement every guest was tested by nasal swab prior to entering the ceremony.However, according to a Saturday report from CNN, “Two of Barrett’s colleagues at Notre Dame, who attended the Rose Garden event and were seated toward the front of the audience, said they were not tested for the virus by the White House.”Jenkins apologized for not wearing a mask and shaking hands with others in the Rose Garden.“I failed to lead by example, at a time when I’ve asked everyone else in the Notre Dame community to do so,” Jenkins said. “I especially regret my mistake in light of the sacrifices made on a daily basis by many, particularly our students, in adjusting their lives to observe our health protocols.”Jenkins said he consulted the Notre Dame Wellness Center after returning to campus and was advised to monitor his health for any COVID-19 symptoms.“In an abundance of caution, I have decided also to quarantine in accordance with University protocols,” Jenkins said.Tags: Amy Coney Barrett, COVID-19, University President Father John Jenkinslast_img read more

Jonathan Groff Begins Performances as King George III in Hamilton

first_imgLong may he reign over us…wait a minute, maybe not?! Jonathan Groff begins performances as King George in Hamilton off-Broadway on March 3, taking over for Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James, who departed the production to star in the Great White Way’ Something Rotten. The Public Theater production will conclude its run on May 3.Groff won three Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards and was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Melchoir in Spring Awakening. For the Public Theater, he previously starred in Hair at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park and The Bacchae. Other off-Broadway credits include The Submission, The Singing Forest and Prayer for My Enemy. He was also see in Deathtrap in London’s West End and Red at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. This summer, he will headline William Finn’s A New Brain at City Center. He can currently be seen in the second season of the gay-themed drama Looking on HBO.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy.The musical recently announced that it will play the Great White Way’s Richard Rodgers Theatre this summer following its off-Broadway engagement. Performances are scheduled to begin on July 13. Groff is not currently confirmed for the show’s Broadway run.In addition to Miranda, the cast includes Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler. Jonathan Groff Hamilton (Off-Broadway) View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

Mary Beth Peil Joins the Cast of Broadway’s Anastasia

first_img View Comments Mary Beth Peil in ‘Anastasia'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Anastasia Related Showscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 31, 2019 Christian Borle isn’t the only one doing double duty this Broadway season! Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ Mary Beth Peil has been tapped for Anastasia. She returns to the role she originated in the world premiere production at Hartford Stage: Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna. Tickets are now on sale for the production, which will also star the previously announced Christy Altomare, Derek Klena and Ramin Karimloo. The musical is set to begin performances on March 23, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre and will officially open on April 24.Peil will play Anastasia’s paternal grandmother and Empress of Russia. She last appeared on Broadway in Kander and Ebb’s The Visit. She earned a Tony Award nomination for her Broadway debut in The King and I opposite Yul Brynner. She is also well-known for her performance as Jackie Florrick on the CBS drama The Good Wife.Directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak, the production reunites the Tony-winning creative team behind Ragtime: book writer Terrence McNally, composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens.From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past. The tuner features songs from the Twentieth Century Fox animated film, including Ahrens and Flaherty’s Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past,” as well as new additions to the score.last_img read more

Midville Field Day

first_imgA field day focusing on University of Georgia research at the Southeast Research and Education Center (SEREC) in Midville, Georgia, will take place at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24.Southeast Georgia industry personnel and farmers are invited to attend and learn more about the research trials being conducted at the center with high-value crops like cotton, peanuts and soybeans.“Having this field day in Midville is essential to farmers in the southeastern part of Georgia. The growing conditions in Midville are not the same compared to Plains, Tifton or other areas of the state where UGA research is conducted. It’s important to let farmers in Midville and the surrounding areas know what the research is telling our scientists. Producers can then make those applications to their day-to-day farming operations,” said Joe West, assistant dean of the UGA Tifton Campus, who also oversees the SEREC in Midville.According to Anthony Black, superintendent of the SEREC, the following scientists will be on hand to discuss research projects: UGA Cooperative Extension cotton and soybean entomologist Phillip Roberts; research entomologist John All; Extension cotton agronomist Jared Whitaker; Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort; Extension peanut entomologist Mark Abney; Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait; Extension irrigation specialist Wes Porter; and precision agriculture specialist George Vellidis.“Attendees can expect updates on variety trials for row crops, irrigation scheduling research for soybeans, plant growth regulator management for cotton, row crop disease updates, peanut insect management strategies and ultra-late soybean production systems,” Black said.The event is free and there is no pre-registration to attend. Black said that between 130 and 150 participants attend the event every year. Following the field day, there will be a sponsored lunch at noon.For more information, call (478) 589-7472.last_img read more

Vermont AG settles claims with two debt firms for $200,000

first_imgTwo companies that offer to negotiate debt settlements, a service also known as ‘debt adjustment,’ will pay Vermonters and the state over $206,000 as a result of recent settlements with the Office of Vermont Attorney General William H Sorrell. The Mossler Law Firm, PC and SCF State Capital Financial, Inc agreed to make refunds to Vermont consumers and pay civil penalties to the state to resolve claims that the companies violated Vermont law by engaging in the business of debt adjusting without a license and failing to comply with the Vermont Consumer Fraud Act’s three-day right to cancel provision. The Attorney General also claimed that SCF State Capital Financial, Inc further violated the Vermont Consumer Fraud Act by failing to substantiate claimed results it advertised on its Web site.‘Vermonters who might be considering the services of a debt adjuster should know if the company is licensed to do business in Vermont, as required by law,’ said Attorney General Sorrell. ‘Consumers can also call the Consumer Assistance Program to find out if any complaints have been logged by other Vermont consumers against a particular debt adjuster.’The Mossler Law Firm, PC, of Carmel, IN, entered into contracts with 51 Vermont consumers. It has agreed to cease all business in the State of Vermont and will refund approximately $79,500 in fees paid by Vermonters. It will also pay $60,000 to the State in civil penalties.SCF State Capital Financial, Inc. of Hallandale Beach, Florida had contracts with 11 Vermont consumers. The Attorney General alleged that it did not have factual substantiation to support claims on its website that promoted its debt adjustment services such as ‘Debt free in 12 to 36 months’ and ‘State Capital Financial settles your outstanding debt by eliminating 40-60% of your total outstanding debt through negotiations!’ SCF State Capital Financial, Inc. will pay approximately $26,800 in refunds and $40,000 in penalties to the State. It will also offer to complete, without charge, negotiations with the creditors of its Vermont customers.Both companies will pay $2,000 to any Vermont customer who was sued by a creditor after signing up with the company.For more information on Vermont’s debt adjuster law, including other recent settlements and links to the Consumer Assistance Program and to the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance and Health Care Administration’s (’BISHCA’) debt adjuster licensing database, visit the Attorney General’s Office website’s debt adjuster page.Source: Vermont Attorney General. 7.19.2010last_img read more