Watch What You Say On The Air

first_imgAn amusing story in Sports Illustrated listed what several sports commentators said on air that got them suspended.  Bill Simmons was suspended three weeks for criticizing Roger Goodell on the air.  Max Bretos received 30 days suspension for the remark “chink in the armor” when he was referring to Jeremy Lin’s play in the NBA.  Tony Kornheiser was suspended 2 weeks for his remarks on Hannah Storm’s wardrobe.  Teddy Atlas was suspended 2 weeks for arguing with his program director.  Keith Oldermann  received 2 months for calling Bristol, Connecticut, a god-forsaken place, and Dan LeBatard had to sit out 2 days for renting a billboard mocking LeBron James.I once had to write a letter of apology for saying a certain basketball player took a bad shot in a game that I was broadcasting.  I believe when a 6’5″ center shoots a 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds in the game with his team leading by two points was still a bad shot.  However, I still wrote the letter of apology.  My advice is, “watch what you say when you are on radio or TV”.   You may not mean it exactly like it sounds.last_img read more

Angeline M. Draude

first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Angeline’s memory include her son, Stanley R. (Patricia) Draude of Brookville; 2 grandchildren, Jennifer Wilson and Jessica Draude, and 2 great grandchildren, Kayden Milson and Kieran Draude. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by siblings, Joseph Wilms, John Wilms, Louis Wilms, Paul Wilms, Henry Wilms, Jr., Mary Johnson, Elsie Santon, and Virginia Wilms. Memorial donations may be directed to Patient Services at Ripley Crossing Nursing Home in Milan. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Angeline Draude. Angeline M. Draude was born on June 28, 1928 in Norwood, OH, the youngest child of Henry and Elizabeth Becker Wilms. She married Stanley R. Draude and enjoyed being a homemaker. After moving to Montgomery, Alabama, Angeline took a bookkeeping job for the local golf course. She loved golfing and spending time with her family. On August 28, 2016, at the age of 88, Angeline passed away at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.center_img PLEASE NOTICE FUNERAL HAS BEEN MOVED FROM THE BROOKVILLE LOCATION TO THE SUNMAN LOCATION – SAME DAY AND TIME!!Friends may visit with the family on Friday, September 2, 2016 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.   Funeral services will begin at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Sunman.last_img read more

Jerry “Rut” Roell

first_imgJerry R. “Rut” Roell, age 63 of Batesville, died Saturday, April 14, 2018 at his home.  Born July 26, 1954 in Batesville, he is the son of Dolores (Nee: Walke) and Elmer Roell.  He married Jackie Rouse October 17, 1981 at St. Louis Church and was a mail carrier 30 years, retiring in 2014.Rut had four passions: his grandchildren, the outdoors, sports and the Green Bay Packers.  Jackie and Rut loved camping and hiking.  Many of their hiking trips were to national parks throughout the country with Red River Gorge in Kentucky a favorite.  He was also a huge Packers fan.  He and Jackie made several trips to Lambeau Field, the most recent last September, to watch a thrilling overtime win against Cincinnati.Rut coached boy’s and girl’s junior high basketball at St. Louis School for twenty two years, compiling a record of 398 wins and 184 loses.  He served as a youth baseball coach and baseball board member for ten years as well as seven years on the Oldenburg Academy Oasis Athletic Board.  Along with being an avid I.U. fan, Rut also attended four Super Bowls and three Final Fours.  His greatest pleasure though, was playing games with his grandchildren.He is survived by his wife Jackie; daughter Jessica Roell of Batesville; son and daughter-in-law Jeremy and Amanda of Brownsburg, Indiana; sisters Mary Roell of Huntington Beach, California, Pat Meer of Batesville; brothers Louis, Carl and Stan, all of Batesville, as well as his grandchildren Preston Conway, Kendall Hoff, Whitney Hoff and Margaret and Evelyn Roell.  He is preceded in death by his parents.Visitation is Wednesday, April 18th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the St. Louis Athletic Department or the Oldenburg Oasis Athletic Club.last_img read more

Tottenham return to form with thrashing of Red Star

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur rekindled their Champions League hopes with a club record 5-0 thrashing of Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday. After suffering their heaviest home defeat in Europe on matchday two, a 7-2 humiliation by Bayern Munich, they responded to claim their biggest win in the Champions League. Red Star arrived in second place in Group B behind Bayern Munich while Tottenham were desperate to kickstart their European campaign after taking only one point from two games. But once Kane headed in Erik Lamela’s corner after nine minutes and Son’s half-volley, also from a Lamela assist, made it 2-0 after 16 minutes, the gloom that had descended over the north London club after a troubling start to the season on all fronts finally began to lift. Red Star responded in spirited fashion to the early setbacks but Son’s second just before halftime killed off any hopes they harboured of a comeback. The excellent Lamela, making his 200th appearance, made it 4-0 in the 57th minute and Kane’s exquisite finish in the 72nd minute took his Champions League tally to 18 goals in 22 appearances. Victory put Tottenham into second spot with four points, five behind runaway leaders Bayern and one clear of Red Star who they face in the Serbian capital in a fortnight. Tottenham’s form has been one of the most puzzling themes of the English season so far with Mauricio Pochettino’s side winning only three of their nine Premier League games and losing to fourth-tier Colchester in the League Cup. But Spurs responded with a display much more in keeping with what people have come to expect under Pochettino. On the front foot from the start, Kane and Son had already had chances before Kane found space in the area to plant a header past Red Star keeper Milan Borjan from Lamela’s delivery. Lamela was the provider again seven minutes later, picking out Son to hammer a side-foot volley high into the net. Red Star were backed by a noisy contingent of fans high in the upper tier, despite a UEFA punishment for racism which meant they were unable to buy tickets. But the fans were silenced in the 44th minute when captain Marko Marin, formerly of Chelsea, was robbed of the ball by Tanguy Ndombele and he powered forward before releasing Son who took a touch before slotting home. The onslaught continued after the break as the confidence flooded back into the Spurs ranks. Lamela beat Borjan with a rising shot on the turn and Kane completed the rout with a clinical finish. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Harry KaneRed Star BelgradeTottenham HotspurUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

The Latest: Delays for MLS teams headed to Florida tourney

first_imgThe MLS team had been scheduled to leave by charter Friday. Toronto opens the World Cup-style tournament on July 10 against D.C. United.The New York Red Bulls also delayed their Friday departure, saying a staff member had produced an inconclusive COVID-19 test result. The Red Bulls said they would reschedule their flight once all the test results were confirmed. Six players from FC Dallas and one from Columbus Crew SC have already tested positive in the Sunshine State. They have been isolated and are receiving care while the other members of their delegations are in quarantine pending more testing.Major League Soccer had required teams to arrive in Florida no later than a week before their first game at the tournament, which runs July 8 to Aug. 11 at Disney’s Wide World of Sport Complex in the Orlando area. But issues with test results have caused several delays.___ The Baltic News Service reported the new date.Soccer has resumed around much of Europe in empty stadiums. The Champions League is scheduled to be completed in August at a mini-tournament in Portugal.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Lafayette informed the Naval Academy that it cannot bring its football team back to campus in time to meet medical advisory guidelines established by the FBS.Navy is seeking to fill the date with another opponent.___The Green Bay Packers are optimistic they will have fans at Lambeau Field this season, but they note that seating capacity would be cut significantly and spectators must wear face coverings.The NFL club also acknowledges the “possibility that Lambeau Field will be unable to host fans for games this season” because of the pandemic. Training camps across the league are to begin in mid-July. Kansas has suspended its voluntary football workouts because of an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the program.The school says it has tested 164 athletes and recorded 16 positives, including 12 football players. It says 45 athletes are currently in quarantine across all sports. “When we welcomed our young men back to campus a couple of weeks ago for voluntary workouts, even with the policies and procedures in place to try and protect them from becoming infected with the virus, events outside of our control has made the decision to pause these workouts necessary,” coach Les Miles said in a statement.The school says the other teams with athletes back on campus will continue their voluntary workouts.___ Reduced seating capacity means the Packers can’t guarantee that ticket holders in the general bowl and club seats will be able to reserve tickets. Season-ticket holders will be asked if they want to be part of a process allowing them a chance to reserve tickets. Those who opt out can have their 2020 payment refunded in full or credited to 2021.___The Latvian soccer federation says its national team will play a postponed friendly at Montenegro on Oct. 7.The match in Podgorica was originally scheduled to be played March 26 but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. Chris Antonetti, the team’s president of baseball operations, said DeShields tested positive before coming to Cleveland. The Indians held their first workout at Progressive Field on Friday.Antonetti said DeShields is doing well and has only had “very mild symptoms” at this point. He’ll have to twice test negative before he’s permitted to re-join the ballclub.The 27-year-old DeShields spent the past five seasons with Texas. He was acquired by the Indians in the offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers.___The Sept. 12 football game between Lafayette College and Navy has been canceled. July 3, 2020center_img A third Washington Nationals player has decided to opt out of playing this Major League Baseball season because of concerns about the novel coronavirus.Manager Dave Martinez said depth catcher Welington Castillo was uncomfortable playing because he has young children. He joins first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross among those deciding not to play for the defending World Series champions.The 33-year-old Castillo played last season for the Chicago White Sox and then joined the Nationals as a backup option.___Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being quarantined from his teammates. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Toronto FC pushed back its departure to Florida for the MLS is Back Tournament to Saturday, saying more time is needed to complete pre-travel COVID-19 testing. The Latest: Delays for MLS teams headed to Florida tourney New Jersey’s premier thoroughbred track is scrambling to follow capacity limits set by the state as it prepares for its opening night of racing.Monmouth Park is scheduled to present a six-race card Friday evening. Track officials said in an afternoon statement that no more than 500 people would be allowed in certain areas, but added that information on a final capacity number would be released later in the day. The Asbury Park Press reported the track had submitted a plan to the state to allow roughly 16,000 people in the track’s outdoor areas, but the plan was not approved. The track has hosted as many as 60,000 for the Haskell Stakes, its signature event. Monmouth Park’s sports book will open but be restricted to 25% of normal capacity. All visitors to the track or sports book will be required to wear a mask and be given a brief health questionnaire.___last_img read more

Ramnauth century earns Guyana handsome win, T&T stun Barbados

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua  (CMC) – Title-holders Barbados suffered an early blow to their title defence when they crashed to a 68-run defeat to archrivals Trinidad and Tobago, in the opening round of the Regional Under-15 Super50 Cup here yesterday.Asked to chase 216 at All Saints, Barbados were bundled out for 147 in the 43rd over, with Nickyle Jalim (2-26) and Joshua Davis (2-31) finishing with two wickets apiece.Opener Micaiah Simmons top-scored with 42, posting 47 for the second wicket with Joshua Morris (25) but once the partnership was broken, the Barbados innings fell apart.Justin Jagessar had earlier carved out 55 as T&T chalked up 215 for nine off their 50 overs, after they were sent in.With T&T struggling on 78 for four in the 24th, Jagessar anchored a 63-run fifth-wicket stand with Kyle Ramdoo (22) to repair the innings.Nathan Sealy finished with four for 33.At Liberta, opener Rampertab Ramnauth struck the first century of the tournament with a polished 114 as Guyana produced a superb run chase to beat Jamaica by six wickets.In pursuit of a challenging 244, Guyana reached their target in the 46th over with Ramnauth stroking 14 fours in an innings lasting 134 balls.He put on 128 for the first wicket with Jadon Campbell who made 47 off 45 deliveries, and a further 76 for the second wicket with Mavindra Dindyal who stroked 42 from 60 balls.Jamaica, sent in, had tallied 243 for eight off their 50 overs with Steven Wedderburn getting an unbeaten 74 off 93 balls with seven fours and a six.With the innings in trouble at 138 for seven in the 34th over, Wedderburn inspired a crucial 84-run eighth-wicket stand with Reon Edwards (15) to get his side past the 200-run mark.In the other game played at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Windward Islands chased down a paltry 83 to beat Leeward Islands by eight wickets.last_img read more

Winfield welcomes move from wide receiver to cornerback, leans on athleticism during transition

first_img Published on August 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ When Corey Winfield was turning heads as a receiver in high school, he was occasionally tasked with making sure no opposing wideout did, too. If Riverview Gardens (Mo.) High School was facing a notable wide receiver, Winfield would play both ways and line up across from him. When he left for Syracuse after catching nine touchdowns and returning six more in his senior season, it seemed likely that he’d never match up with an opposing playmaker again.Now it’s his newest goal. “I see it as being a receiver on the other side of the ball,” Winfield said of his recent change of positions. “I’m learning from the older guys so I can just jump right in.”After not seeing the field at all as a freshman last year, Winfield was flipped from receiver to cornerback at the start of Syracuse’s 2014 training camp. With a crowded receiving corps that includes Jarrod West, Ashton Broyld and Brisly Estime, among other returnees and a group of talented freshmen, SU head coach Scott Shafer thought Winfield was too athletic to be a “backup to a backup.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBeyond senior Brandon Reddish and juniors Julian Whigham and Wayne Morgan, the Orange’s crop of cornerbacks is relatively thin. Winfield is running alongside another group of freshmen — this one consisting of Cordell Hudson, Antwan Cordy and Juwan Dowels — and he could rise fast. “There’s a learning curve there so we just have to get him to play the technique, and learn it and learn what we’re doing from a scheme standpoint,” defensive backs coach Fred Reed said. “But he’s an explosive athlete and I think he has some upside down the road.”Learning curve or not, Reed added that the switch from wide receiver to cornerback may be the most natural between any two positions. That – factored into the coaches’ decision to move Winfield – has added to his excitement since as he plans to use his athleticism to smooth the adjustment period. Winfield’s toolbox includes strength and speed but is highlighted by his leaping ability. He has been dunking a basketball since the seventh grade, used to do backflips before he realized how dangerous they were and his 38-inch vertical is best on the team.“He’s just an athlete and has one of the best verts in the building,” West said. “As soon as you throw a deep ball on Corey he’s just going to turn into a receiver like he was. I’m sure he’ll thrive over there.”“Over there” means going from competing with West and Co. for playing time, to matching up with them. When asked who he was most excited to cover, Winfield got giddy and rattled off a bunch of names. West was one of them, as were Estime and Sean Avant, two of his classmates. Saturday was Winfield’s public debut as a defensive back, as the Orange scrimmaged in front of fans and media as the main attraction of FanFest at SU Soccer Stadium. Winfield said on Friday that learning the position and the Orange’s overall scheme has been his greatest challenge, but his most noticeable blunder had to do with neither of the two. Pressed up on West on the near sideline, Winfield was outmuscled at the line before West burned him for a touchdown stretching more than 50 yards. Terrel Hunt placed the ball right into West’s hands and Winfield trailed by a few steps the whole way. Yet Winfield has time and he’s already boiled the position down to a science his mind and muscles can work with. “When the ball is up there I’m just going to go and get it,” Winfield said. “The other stuff will come.” Commentslast_img read more

Support slips for Gov Brown’s tax measure

first_imgSupport for Propositions 30 and Proposition 37 is falling among California voters, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll released Thursday.Only 46 percent of respondents said they were in favor of Prop. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, marking the first time support has fallen below the 50 percent margin. Prop. 37, which would require foods containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled, dropped to garnering 44 percent support from California voters.Prop. 30, which would raise revenue for public education and public safety by temporarily increasing the state sales tax by one-quarter cent and raising personal income taxes on citizens who earn more than $250,000 a year, has continually declined in the polls from a level of 61 percent support in March. Experts, such as Dan Schnur, the director of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, attributed this decrease in support to the public perception of the state government.“Governor Brown has successfully convinced voters that more spending on the state’s public schools is a good thing,” Schnur said. “What he has yet to do is convince them that state government can be trusted to spend their tax dollars wisely.”Additionally, Drew Lieberman of the Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, which helped conduct the poll, said that though voters want to protect education, they do not have enough trust in the measure.“Nobody likes to cut education,” Lieberman said, “but there is a lack of trust as to how the money will be allocated.”Schnur also said a large amount of negative advertising by proponents of Prop. 38, the direct competitor with Prop. 30, could have hurt its approval. Similarly, experts said negative messaging directed at Prop. 37 knocked it down in the polls.“The most significant driving force behind this shift is the amount of money that the opposition has put into the campaign,” Schnur wrote on the Dornsife website. “When voters hear a message so much more strongly from one side than the other, it’s not surprising to see the poll numbers move like this.”The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll is conducted at regular intervals. The poll, which was conducted by Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Republican polling firm American Viewpoint, surveyed 1,504 registered California voters.last_img read more

Syracuse moving on from scoring frustrations

first_img Published on September 16, 2015 at 8:35 pm Contact Matt: mralex01@syr.edu The clock hit all zeroes Friday night against Cornell and Syracuse slowly jogged off the field of another scoreless game.Frustration loomed large. Jackie Firenze struggled to find words for the lack of production. Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said his players weren’t connecting the final pass on the attack.“It’s really a whole team effort,” Firenze said following the game. “We all need to talk about it off the field and kind of bring it on the field.”So on Saturday, a team meeting was held and opinions were put out in the open.Fifth-year senior Alexis Koval called it a gut check. Everyone spoke. Even the freshmen and injured players shared their thoughts. Syracuse coaches participated as well to try and decipher what was missing on the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We knew that each one of us weren’t bringing what we had to the table,” Koval said. “So all we went through … what we thought we were missing. And everybody said desire.”Syracuse responded differently in its next game against Colgate on Sunday, scoring twice in the second half for its first win in four games. It was a testament to the team’s added emphasis placed on technique and routine in practice. Syracuse (3-4-1) will try to carry that momentum into Thursday’s 7 p.m. contest against Drexel (6-2) at SU Soccer Stadium.When Syracuse was struggling to score, Wheddon said he chose not to overemphasize the issue or the frustration. Overthinking could lead to further problems, he said, and drilling the need to score too much would prove counterproductive.“We did a balance,” Wheddon said. “We did some finishing sessions and then we eased off and just talked about how we need to play.”He turned to steady progression: Drills with no pressure, then a little bit of pressure, then full pressure. The routine is how Syracuse has been able to establish a rapport among one another.Syracuse scrimmaged on a condensed field with shorter boundaries in Tuesday’s practice. The team split between blue practice jerseys and yellow pinnies and the players executed quick give-and-go’s, weaving the ball through each other with adept quickness.The smaller field forced speedy decisions and increased the pace of play on the ball. It’s the type of quick and high-pressure play Wheddon said Syracuse is expecting from Drexel.“We always talk about having more dynamic runs up top and being dynamic in attack,” Firenze said.On Sunday, Koval looped around her defender, received the ball and scored deep in the box.It was a blindside run — when a player runs out of a defender’s field of vision to get open and receive a pass — and is something Syracuse has been practicing to add an element of surprise on the field.Wheddon called it technical repetition, and staying true to the process is what Syracuse has done all season.Consistent offense, however, has been more difficult for Syracuse. Two goals on Sunday brought a much-needed boost of confidence. Now, SU will look to put all the pieces together and continue the upswing.“The season’s been rolling, unfortunately we haven’t caught up to it yet,” Wheddon said. “Sunday was our best performance so far. We’re hoping that we can put out the same type of performance on Thursday.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

ALWAYS AN ANSWER: After 2 ACL tears, Brett Kennedy carved out the defensive role SU needed

first_imgBrett Kennedy didn’t realize in the moment his right knee had popped. He planted and pivoted his foot at midfield — a clearing-attempt dodge — but then crumbled to the ground. There was no contact. It was a move Kennedy had done countless times leading up to that point in his junior season.Maybe it was Essex County’s Watsessing Park’s field, which his father, former coaches and siblings compared to “concrete.” Kennedy had never been seriously injured before that April game against Glen Ridge. Yet, there lay Ridgewood (New Jersey) High School’s defensive leader on the hard field. His uncle and mother sprinted out with trainers from both schools. Tom, his father, was stuck in New York City’s Holland Tunnel, desperately trying to weave his Chevy Suburban and get to Watsessing Park when his wife called. “I’ve like really never gotten hurt before that, so I didn’t really know what to expect,” Kennedy said.Kennedy eventually hobbled over to the sideline on crutches. The Glen Ridge trainer said it wasn’t an ACL tear, but the knee continued to swell. By the next morning, Kennedy didn’t believe the trainer. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt had to be an ACL tear or something worse than the initial diagnosis. Everything Kennedy would later become known for with the Orange — his speed, his aggressiveness — was jeopardized in that moment. The same would happen again after his second ACL tear less than two years later, prolonging the progress made at long pole in his final year at Ridgewood and preventing him from reaching the field during his freshman year at Syracuse. As a redshirt junior long-stick midfielder with the Orange, Kennedy has shaken the injuries to become a defensive “terror,” as head coach John Desko calls him. “That would’ve sunk most people,” NJ Riot club founder Lee Southren said. “If it sinks somebody on the first one, the second one really could’ve just basically had somebody think that their career’s over.” • • •Austin Fusco glanced up and saw space. A few seconds after Syracuse scored in the fourth quarter against then-No. 17 Johns Hopkins, the ball popped loose from the ensuing faceoff. Kennedy sprinted toward the X but then peeled back and hovered. Blue Jays defender Jared Reinson pulled off to chase the ball, but Fusco arrived first. He lifted a pass to Kennedy, who took four steps, one skip and a shot from 20 yards out that ended in the eventual game-winning goal for SU.It was the loudest Peter Dearth said he’d ever heard the Carrier Dome. Kennedy jumped into Nate Solomon’s arms. This was just Kennedy’s fourth goal with Syracuse, but he channeled the offensive skills remaining from his childhood, when he was an offensive midfielder first learning the sport.,“They used to call him ‘Brett the Jet,’” Southren said. “He was like a jet plane. You would fire him up, and he would just start running all over the field.”In the backyard of their Ridgewood home, Kennedy and his two brothers, Thomas and Jack, would sprint out to the lacrosse net nestled on their paved basketball court. They’d select a goalie and pepper tennis balls toward the net. Sometimes they’d miss and break a basement window, other times they’d go one-on-one and practice dodges.When he started high school, though, Kennedy switched to long pole. It played right into his physicality, a perfect fit for the “hyper-active kid,” his uncle and brother agreed. There were still offensive flashes, like in a Braveheart overtime — where each team uses one player and a goalie — when Kennedy won the one-on-one battle and scored the game-winner at a North Carolina tournament.But defense became his specialty. Shortly after Kennedy tore his ACL for the first time, defensive coach Sean Kelly left Don Bosco Prep and joined the Ridgewood staff. He studied film on every player leading into the summer, including Kennedy. His potential didn’t need uncovering, just fine-tuning: on-ball defense, point of attack — little things that needed to become muscle-memory before Syracuse.Still, Kennedy couldn’t start right away. He was on crutches. In between his physical therapy sessions at Excel Training, Kennedy and Kelly talked on the sideline at practices and tournaments. For Kennedy’s defense inside the 10-yard line to become consistent for longer than a few minutes, his stick needed to initiate contact from his hands. He couldn’t react to the attackmen and midfielders. He needed to dictate them.As Kennedy’s senior season neared, they used the umbrella drill to hone defensive approaches and break-downs from the left, top left, center, top right and right side of the net. Every angle needed to be closed off against top attackmen, Kelly told him. His instincts within the restraining box were sound, and now a complete defensive game formed.“The one-on-one is a violent confrontation,” Kelly said, “and if you watch Brett play, Brett plays violently and he plays full speed.”Kelly and Ridgewood head coach Mike Pounds helped turn Brett into the player that was second on the Orange with 42 ground balls and earned All-ACC honors during his redshirt freshman year in 2018. That came one year after Kennedy had suffered his second ACL tear on the same knee during SU’s annual alumni scrimmage, though. In that Sept. 2016 exhibition, Kennedy again came across the middle of the field, tracking Sergio Salcido, he said. This time, Kennedy knew it was the ACL when he fell. Tom and Kennedy’s uncle Bernie Jensen, sitting in the Carrier Dome stands, feared that too. And trainer Troy Gerlt confirmed in the training room less than a half hour after the scrimmage ended.,“When he gets beat, it doesn’t affect him,” Kelly said. “When he tears his leg, it doesn’t affect him. When he tears his knee the second time, it doesn’t affect him.”After the first tear near midfield against Glen Ridge, Kennedy and his family went to Kennedy Fried Chicken across the street following the game. Swelling had worsened by that point, and it would swell even more when they got home. The second time, when Kennedy and his family went to dinner at the then-Genesee Grande Hotel’s Salt Restaurant & Bar, there was no uncertainty hanging over the injury. Later that evening, Kennedy’s phone lit up with a text from Kelly asking how he felt. “Bummed,” Kennedy responded.“Let’s give it 24-48 hours, feel sorry about yourself and then on Monday we start recovering,” Kelly chimed back. “I can’t wait to read about your comeback story. I can’t wait to watch you play next spring.”For the next six months, Kennedy spent his days with Gerlt in the Manley Field House training room, slowly progressing from simple bends and stretches that defined the first two weeks. Shuffles with elastic bands became BOSU ball balances and high-rep kettlebell squats, before Gerlt eventually released Kennedy for jogs and sprints. An injury to Tyson Bomberry during 2018 against Albany gave Kennedy his first chance in the Orange’s lineup a week later. He initially started at close defense, not the position he was recruited for, but created two Army turnovers and picked up five ground balls.In Charlottesville, Virginia the following game, Kennedy broke out with two consecutive goals, the first coming when he sprinted for 40 yards down the field before finishing just outside the crease. The next came in transition, converting a pass from Dearth and pumping his fist as soon as the ball sunk into the net. “Everyone started to say, ‘Who the hell is this kid?’” Thomas, his older brother, said.Even as Kennedy became an All-American, texts still come from Kelly. “Spot checks,” he calls them. They’ll come at 4 a.m. (You’re probably sleeping and being lazy. I’m doing pushups, what’re you doing?). They’ll buzz Kennedy’s phone after games (Love that they had you and Fernandez on the wing together.). Kelly doesn’t let up, even at random times during the summer. “Dog days and humid, lots of excuses,” one text read. “What are you doing to get better? Don’t let the voices in your head talk you into taking the path of least resistance. First-team All-American and national championship are year-long jobs. The weak will always hate the strong, stay savage.”“Working out right now,” Kennedy typed after waking up in the morning to one of Kelly’s early-hour messages. “Got my number up to 265, 12 reps, pretty pumped,” he responded in August, during his second-straight fully healthy offseason.Kennedy always has an answer.Cover photo by Elizabeth Billman | Asst. Photo Editor Comments Published on February 4, 2020 at 4:15 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more