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Run comes to end

first_imgIt’s amazing how fast time flies. It seems like just yesterday that I walked up the tedious three flights of stairs to the top of the Herald office and stood in a big circle telling 50+ people I’d never met that I was the new associate sports editor.But, then again, the same can be said for my first office party, or even the first time I came into the office two-and-a-half years ago as a writer with precisely zero experience in the field. Honestly, I wasn’t even going to be a journalist when I came to the Herald. I was headed to long days at Grainger when I transferred here at the start of my sophomore year. Probably best it didn’t end up that way. I never was much of one to wear a suit. But, like all good things, everything must come to and end, and so must my time as a sports editor and sports columnist at the Herald.It’s been a hell of a run, though, taking road trips across the nation (including my last Herald-sponsored trek to sunny Florida in a few weeks — I know, my life is rough), arguing over who’s the better coach to party with, explaining to Schmoldt why he won’t get a raise no matter how good he thought his writing skills were last year. Ah, the memories.And really, what’s life without memories? The only difference with my memories is that I got to share them with 16,000 readers, five days a week. I know Ziemer listed a bunch of memories in his farewell piece yesterday, so I won’t bother reiterating any of the experiences he mentioned. However, I do have one memory I would like to share:Joe Pa in Chicago: Listening to Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno speak at the preseason Media Day festivities in Chicago was definitely the perfect way to open the season. I’m not going sit here and write that I’ve been a fan of the Nittany Lions since I grew up and that I’ve followed coach Paterno’s career ever since I can remember because, well, that would be both cheesy and a lie.However, any fan of college football cannot help but admire the man for everything he’s accomplished. That being said, the highlight of sitting one chair away from the man with the thick coke-bottle glasses was undoubtedly his story about getting his picture taken with a bikini-clad girl on the beach. After telling the girl no a few times, Joe Pa finally gave in, but the kicker was the girl ended up mailing copies of the picture to his house. His wife saw them and asked what it was all about.The story could absolutely have been in the vein of a Bo Ryan joke story, but still, the story was priceless coming from the ageless wonder himself. Hilarious stuff.And thus ends my ability to live out my experiences on the pages of The Badger Herald.So, to the readers, I thank you for the past year. I thank you for allowing me to voice my opinions and experiences in a forum that few ever get the privilege to utilize.My opinions were sometimes accepted and, other times, judging by the hate mail I got on the second-floor bathroom in College Library, not so much. (P.S. To whoever insulted my sex life on this nice little bathroom message-board thread, I’ve got a redhead waiting at home for me who’d beg to differ with your assertion.)Good arguments are what sports is all about, and again, I thank everyone who picked up The Badger Herald to read mine on a weekly basis for the past year. It’s been a privilege to have your attention.Adam Parks ([email protected]) would like to thank Tom Ziemer for being the best co-editor a man could ask for, and a true friend; Michael Robinson for dragging his ass into The Badger Herald office two-and-a-half long years ago and getting him off the business school track; Eric Schmoldt and Shannon Van Curen for continuing the strong Herald sports legacy and all the rest of the staff that have made the past year unforgettable.last_img read more

Why are Michael Bennett’s shoulder pads so small? Cowboys DE’s explanations vary`

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/79/4a/bennett-2019-112419-gettyjpg_1w4ftw3xng6a51pfilz113x6fu.jpg?t=-1631820346&w=500&quality=80 Yes, Michael Bennett’s odd-looking shoulder pads are abnormally small for a reason. The defensive end who now plays for the Cowboys after being traded by the Patriots earlier this season has explained on multiple occasions why he wears shoulder pads that appear designed for a player roughly 100 pounds lighter.Bennett is 6-4, 275 pounds. Yet he wears custom-made shoulder pads that resemble equipment a kicker would wear. The reasons, the 34-year-old has said, vary from range of motion to weight to speed. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ee/c1/michael-bennett-2011-112419-gettyjpg_1wgbbg4n0ipyu1rwycu9gneitd.jpg?t=-1631757394&w=500&quality=80 2013-17 (Seahawks) MORE: If Cowboys fire Jason Garrett, could he land with Giants?Bennett has been wearing kicker-like shoulder pads since his days with the Seahawks. Now in his 11th NFL season, the tiny pads have followed the three-time Pro Bowler through his time in Philadelphia last year and New England earlier this year. On Sunday, Bennett and his small shoulder pads will face the team from which he asked to be traded in October.Bennett at this point in his career is a rotational defensive lineman for the Cowboys, but he remains an effective player, as his three sacks through three games in Dallas prove. He might argue that has something to do with his unique equipment.Why are Michael Bennett’s shoulder pads so small?Bennett on multiple occasions has explained why he wears custom, kicker-like shoulder pads as a defensive end. His answers to questions about his pads, though, have varied.Below are some of the most recent examples.Speaking with Patriots media earlier this year, via NESN: “They’re like kicker shoulder pads. They’re like D-line/kicker with the way how small they are. But I’ve been using them for a while. I like them because they’re lighter. You can move your shoulder faster. It’s harder for a lineman to grab you. People hate that because when they try to grab that extra pad right there when you turn your shoulder, they just miss. It’s just skin as you’re going past them. That’s why I like wearing them. They always complain about it. They hate it.”I actually copied Osi (Umenyiora) and John Abraham. Those are my two favorite players, defensive linemen. Osi and John Abraham. I used to love the way John Abraham rushed and then how Osi used to use his hands. … I copied Justin Smith a little bit too. So, I copied what he did with his (pads) and tried to make mine like his. So, it was Justin, John and Osi. Those are the three guys I liked. I just liked the way they used their pads, so I tried to make mine something close to theirs.”Added Bennett on loosening his jersey sleeves: “I hate that it has you restricted. I don’t like anything that makes you feel restricted. Sometimes when your jersey is so tight you can’t raise your arm. I like that my jersey’s down here, and I can raise my arm and feel free.”Speaking with The New York Times in 2018: “Small pads make me a better pass rusher. I’ve got complete range of motion and I use my hands more instead of just throwing my shoulder into someone. I engage with an offensive lineman the right way — with outstretched arms.”Speaking with SB Nation in 2017: “I just like the smaller ones because it makes sure I use my hands and makes it so I can stretch my arms out all of the way. It helps pass rushers, but I don’t think it really matters too much because I know how to use my hands. It makes me make sure I use my hands and not throw my shoulder in there.”Michael Bennett shoulder pads through the years2009-12 (Buccaneers) 2019 (Patriots and Cowboys) (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b8/93/michael-bennett-2014-112419-gettyjpg_sqk8kbw4dfrj1oqsk0pjc3qfc.jpg?t=-1631718794&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/fb/bd/michael-bennett-2018-112419-gettyjpg_1fr8f1q5n2er115yjajccttyim.jpg?t=-1631653778&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3f/f7/michael-bennett-2016-112419-gettyjpg_1ovxmm65c2d2j1cqo7tt9y8li3.jpg?t=-1631688410&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/cf/2d/michael-bennett-2019-112419-gettyjpg_707evjzs39ns110hkbbck27j0.jpg?t=-1631796474&w=500&quality=80 2018 (Eagles)last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews DEATH WISH 2018

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Death Wish good?Nope.What’s wrong with it?I mostly wish it had more to say. The whole thing is very surface level, never really digs down into ideas or themes like even the original attempted to, doesn’t really seem to have a coherent point of view – so it comes off more shallow than anything, which is the opposite of what I’d hoped for. You could say I… had DEPTH wish.Ha ha. What’s the real deal?Have you seen the original?Pretend I didn’t.The original 70s Death Wish (starring Charles Bronson) was based on an ultra-dark novel about an ostensibly-pacifist family man who descends into a life of psychologically self-destructive urban vigilantism following the intense trauma of an attack on his family that he was unable to prevent. While enormously popular despite (or, perhaps, in spite) of being trashed by many critics and widely denounced by cultural-commentators of the time the original author railed against the film on the grounds that he felt it tacitly endorsed the very actions and viewpoints he had aimed to criticize. Which the filmmakers would respond to by… making four more increasingly cheezy sequels that DIRECTLY endorsed them.Sounds unpleasant.Yeah… it’s not exactly a high point for Bronson’s career (even if it did make him a box-office star for the first time) or the action genre, but at least the originals actually had the balls to be “about” something. The new one, which comes courtesy director Eli Roth (and an apparently substantially re-written screenplay originally from Joe Carnahan) is an ugly, mean-spirited, soulless slog that doesn’t even have the temerity of a commitment to either celebrating or criticizing the topically-loaded content of its central narrative; hobbled by Roth’s usual tendency to careen wildly between tones and perspective with seemingly no scene-to-scene cohesion beyond what the director thought might hold his interest on that particular day of shooting.What’s the storyline?An almost comically miscast Bruce Willis is on hand to alternately smirk and sleepwalk his way through the lead as a rich suburban dad. After a burglary gone wrong leaves his wife dead and his daughter in a coma. Conveniently he stumbles into possession of a Glock-17 and starts spending his nights stalking the post-apocalyptic urban hellscape apparently right down the street from his big-ass house ostensibly to look for still-at-large killers but really to assuage his survivor’s guilt by repeatedly almost dying in gangland shootouts. Things get out of hand when the anonymous “grim reaper” becomes a viral sensation on YouTube and the subject of talk-radio debate by real-life Chicago-area media personalities.I can see SO MANY ways that can go wrong…Indeed. But the thing is, instead of actually getting into the potentially difficult or challenging ideas it feigns at raising, the film just lets these things sit there as a decorative garnish. It lurches disinterestedly between the otherwise out-of-place slasher-style “money shot” kills where Roth can actually show signs of authorial life for a few moments. Sure, make no mistake, doing a “Hell yeah, gunslingin’ pissed-off uptown White dude cleanin’ up the inner city!” version of Death Wish would be just about the most irresponsible you could probably release right now – but at least that’s a point of view. This version wants to play coy and wink at edginess without actually touching anything remotely thoughtful, so it’s cowardly and thematically incoherent as a result.Examples?It winks in the direction of simmering-unease between lily-white suburbs and the inner city but also makes sure that all but one of the main break-in guys are white and trots out a succession of Black women to be the voices of moral approval for Willis’ vigilante rampage. It wants to make fun at the expense of NRA TV-style firearm-fandom and the tacky absurdity of upscale gun-shops catering to range toy hobbyists but also keep them on-deck for “Chekov’s slightly bigger gun” at the climax. A montage contrasting Willis’ day job as a surgeon with his nightly weapons-prep that should be one of the darkest sequences is inexplicably cut to “Back in Black” (which doesn’t even make narrative sense…)Wait – he’s a surgeon? Do they do anything with that?Yes! And you can see where all of this (including Roth as director, even) might’ve led to a decent movie. Just about the only interesting sequence leaves out the guns entirely in favor of Willis using his knowledge of surgery to gruesomely torture information out of one of the bad guys. This is not only more visually dynamic and “nasty” but also a more deeply disturbing and psychologically rich expression of the whole concept. You’d think this should be underlining his whole character (i.e., a guy gone so far around the bend that he’s using skills intended to SAVE lives for the exact opposite purpose like some kind of “slasher superhero.”) But instead it’s just a weird outlier that never comes up again.Anything else?There also seems to have been some substantial last-minute editing at play of the type that usually only happens when a studio already knows they made a bomb. Vincent D’Onofrio is onhand playing Willis’ screw-up brother who keeps showing up to remind us that he always owes people money to the point where even the cheap seats have to be thinking “Oh, clearly we can see the dark twist this is building up to…” But then it just turns out one of the robbers is actually an important local crime guy who makes no sense and fighting him gets to be the ending instead so the brother character is just completely superfluous.So you don’t recommend it.Nope – but judging by the box-office, nobody needs me to tell them that. I’m sure that when people get around to watching this it’ll probably find a not-especially-discriminating fanbase who’ll assume that it got bad reviews because “politics” or “critics don’t like guns” or some nonsense. But the fact is this just a boring, stupid, badly-made, thematically-incoherent, paint-by-numbers, totally disposable movie that’s honestly not even worth the time I’ve already given it.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more