New Icebreakers Coach Tony Holcomb [PODCAST]

first_img 1080p HD Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 360p About Connatix V56490 Auto (360p) About Connatix V56490center_img St. Cloud Sports Year In ReviewPHOTO: Dave OverlundSartell FootballSartell topped Alexandria in the snow to snap a skid. PHOTO: Joel BaumgartenRocori FootballThe Rocori Football team took home the section 8AAAA championship in snowy Alexandria. PHOTO: Sarah MuellerRocori FootballRocori fans braved the cold to cheer on the Spartans at the State Tourney.PHOTO: Sarah Mueller, WJONRocori FootballRocori Fans at US Bank Stadium for the state semis.PHOTO: Sarah MuellerRocori FootballROCORI QB Jack Steil calls the signals for the Spartans at the State Tourney .PHOTO: Dave OverlundCathedral Hockey 2019Cathedral clobbered Greenway in a state tourney rematch .PHOTO: Dave Overlund, WJONCathedral HockeyCathedral takes 6A Title.PHOTO: Dave Overlund Cathedral HockeyJack Smith warms up before Cathedral’s semifinal game against Hermantown.PHOTO: Dave Overlund (AM 1390 Granite City Sports)Apollo vs Sauk Rapids-RiceApollo girls hoops takes on the Storm in Sauk Rapids.PHOTO: Dave OverlundSartell Youth Hockey WildThe MInnesota Wild came to Sartell for their Youth Hockey Spotlight. PHOTO: Dave Overlund, WJONMike Modano SartellMike Modano behind the Sabres’ bench.PHOTO: Kelly McCarneySartell-St.-Stephen-Dance-Team-2-Courtesy-Kelly-McCarneySartell Dance at State. PHOTO: Roger MischkeSauk Rapids WrestlingSauk Rapids-Rice wrestler Andrew Wollak won his 100th match. PHOTO: Dave OverlundApollo BasketballThe Apollo boys basketball team celebrates their section title.PHOTO: Dave Overlund Apollo BasketballApollo captures section title. 720p HD 1/1 The St. Cloud Icebreakers named Tony Holcomb their new head coach on Monday. Holcomb replaces Mark Chamernick, who is leaving for a job in Warroad.In the podcast, Holcomb talks about how familiar he is with St. Cloud, how much he knows about the current Icebreakers roster, his coaching philosophies and the growth of girls hockey in Minnesota over his 20 years of coaching.”Hang Up and Listen” airs Monday through Friday from 1-2 p.m. on WJON.last_img read more

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World Rugby appoints Strive Sponsorship to evaluate esports opportunities

first_imgWorld Rugby has appointed Strive Sponsorship to help evaluate future opportunities within the video gaming and esports industry.Currently, the presence of Rugby in gaming and esports is practically non-existence except for a few console games. The deal will enable World Rugby to tap into a market that the likes of football, Formula 1 and basketball have all seen success with tournaments such as the FIFA Global series, Formula One Esports Series and the NBA 2K League.World Rugby appoints Strive Sponsorship to help make moves in esports Image via World RugbyTom Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at World Rugby said of the deal: “We’re keen to better educate ourselves in the world of gaming and esports prior to making an assessment of what opportunities may exist in helping us achieve our objectives. “Strive’s intrinsic understanding and strong track record in sport, esports and gaming – and their intersection gives us the confidence that we’re getting the best advice to make key strategic decisions.”Strive was recently announced to be working alongside the England and Wales Cricket Board to help evaluate the potential of esports in the world of cricket. The deal was sort by ECB to help understand the space better and source help from a company with a blend of gaming and esports knowledge.Malph Minns, Managing Director of Strive Sponsorship, added, “Gaming and esports is a multifaceted and ever-evolving landscape, evidenced by the fact we have has seen 14 different operating models adopted by sports organisations in esports to date. We’re thrilled to be working with World Rugby to help educate them on the space and explore potential opportunities that play specifically to their objectives, key target audiences and territories.”Esports Insider says: It’s great to see another traditional sport committing to exploring the world of esports. This year alone we have seen the ePremier Leauge, and Formula 1 Esports step up its game with more tournaments and bigger prize pools. With Rugby being a huge sport around the world there is no doubt it can emulate the same success in the future. Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more

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Week 12 NFL picks straight up: Seahawks beat Panthers; Steelers escape Broncos

first_imgThis space was originally reserved to counter the cynics and naysayers who claimed that after the Monday night Rams-Chiefs unprecedented shootout, the video-game, scoreboard-short-circuiting era of the NFL was upon us, 54-51 games were about to become the norm, and defense would go the way of leather helmets.Nonsense, the counter-argument was going to be, there aren’t that many quarterbacks or offenses (or both) capable of piling up numbers like that. For goodness sake, Blake Bortles is facing Josh Allen this week, and one team is pondering a choice between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston. Then came a better look at the Week 12 games.There’s Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger, and Philip Rivers, and Andrew Luck, and Aaron Rodgers, and Kirk Cousins, and Russell Wilson, and Cam Newton, and Deshaun Watson. That’s just Sunday and Monday — Drew Brees and Matt Ryan face each other Thanksgiving night. Wilson and Newton play each other this weekend, as do Rodgers and Cousins. And even though Allen was the butt of an above joke, he’s one of possibly five rookie first-round picks starting this week (if Sam Darnold is healthy).So, the cynics and naysayers might have a point.MORE NFL PREDICTIONS:Week 12 NFL picks against the spreadWeek 12 NFL picks, predictions(All times ET)New England Patriots (7-3) at New York Jets (3-7)Sunday, 1 p.m., CBSBoth teams come off their bye … but the Patriots come back with Brady and Rob Gronkowski rested, while the Jets may or may not have Darnold back. This series gets way more feisty than one this lopsided should, so since both teams are headed in opposite directions, this will probably be uncomfortably close. In the Patriots’ favor (as if they need the motivation): The Chiefs took a step back toward them Monday, and the Patriots have the head-to-head tiebreaker.Prediction: Patriots, 23-20Seattle Seahawks (5-5) at Carolina Panthers (6-4)Sunday, 1 p.m., FoxThis is about where the Seahawks were expected to be in their transition, but they wouldn’t even be here if Wilson were not playing the way he is. That was on display in a crucial NFC playoff-contender showdown with the Packers last week. The Panthers and Cam Newton should feel fine with going for the win last week in Detroit; they should feel less good about a defense that is extremely ordinary this season, particularly last week against a flailing Lions team.Prediction: Seahawks, 30-26 New York Giants (3-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)Sunday, 1 p.m., FoxIf the Giants are really back, this is how they can prove it, and against whom they can prove it. The Eagles are on the ropes and in position for a knockout punch. Whether the Giants and their suddenly awakened offense — they’re protecting Eli Manning way better now, finally — can do it is another story. Odd how the complaints about Odell Beckham being toxic and a distraction have dropped dramatically during their two-game win streak. The Eagles are capable of putting tremendous pressure on Manning and covering for their other defensive weaknesses. This is the week for them to realize it.Prediction: Eagles, 28-20Cleveland Browns (3-6-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-5)Sunday, 1 p.m., CBSThe Browns don’t hit the bye week on a high very often, and they have a window to harness that positive energy this week. Their AFC North, intra-state rival has now wasted a 4-1 start that had the Bengals looking back at the Steelers, and they just lost to a mobile rookie in his first NFL start. The Bengals’ beleaguered defense couldn’t handle Lamar Jackson, so it stands to reason that Baker Mayfield will give them fits. There are chances at wins down the stretch for the Browns, and this is their first.Prediction: Browns, 27-22San Francisco 49ers (2-8) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8)Sunday, 1 p.m., FoxThe Buccaneers’ games are starting to all look the same, no matter who’s at quarterback, so the reported switch back to Jameis Winston is likely irrelevant. The Bucs lead the NFL in interceptions by a wide margin (23, seven more than any other team). The 49ers are going through growing pains, but their two games before their bye gave them something on which to build. Kyle Shanahan vs. Dirk Koetter might be the mismatch that decides this more than any other.Prediction: 49ers, 33-24Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7) at Buffalo Bills (3-7)Sunday, 1 p.m., CBSThe Bills get their franchise quarterback back in Josh Allen after four games out. He won’t get the break Matt Barkley had in their pre-bye game — instead of the Jets, he faces the Jaguars’ defense. The Jaguars’ offense still has to overcome its own quarterback, Blake Bortles, who was not trusted by his play-callers to hold a 16-0 lead on the Steelers. Both teams have forfeited the luxury of looking at the other as “beatable.”Prediction: Jaguars, 20-10Oakland Raiders (2-8) at Baltimore Ravens (5-5)Sunday, 1 p.m., CBSThe Ravens’ defense is in position to douse the brief euphoria of last week’s success by the Raiders and Derek Carr against the Cardinals. Ironically, that defense got a boost from Lamar Jackson and the rest of the rushing game in their win over Cincinnati, and if the Raiders are no better at navigating what Jackson can do than the Bengals were, then the Raiders will be in big trouble. The Ravens have no more margin for error in the division and wild-card races.Prediction: Ravens, 26-20Arizona Cardinals (2-8) at Los Angeles Chargers (7-3)Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FoxKeenan Allen caught heat for not properly giving the Broncos credit for their win over the Chargers last week, yet he had a point: It was only the second time this season the Chargers lost in the turnover margin, and they dropped both games. Philip Rivers’ touchdown-to-interception ratio going into the game was 21:4, but he threw two last week. All of that to say that against the Cardinals, the Chargers should just be sure not to beat themselves.Prediction: Chargers, 31-16 Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPNIt won’t be the anti-Rams-Chiefs game that many predicted, partly tongue-in-cheek. The Texans, on a seven-game winning streak, are capable of putting up numbers, even on a solid defense like that of Tennessee. DeAndre Hopkins should not be overlooked when All-Pro picks are made, and they’re going to get plenty out of Demaryiuis Thomas before season’s end. Marcus Mariota’s availability was still in question at midweek. If anything deflates the likelihood of a score-a-palooza, it’s that.Prediction: Texans, 30-21 Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2-1) at Denver Broncos (4-6)Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBSThe Broncos’ win over the Chargers was their sixth game this season decided by four points or fewer, and they’re 3-3. For all their faults, they have a shot in close games, so things are pretty simple against the Steelers. Pittsburgh clearly needed a wake-up call, and the Jaguars provided it, yet the Steelers still survived it. They need to stay away this week, too.Prediction: Steelers, 27-25Miami Dolphins (5-5) at Indianapolis Colts (5-5)Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBSThese don’t look like teams with identical records; the Colts have gotten their acts together in a hurry, on both sides of the ball, and the Dolphins’ 3-0 start has been proven to be a complete mirage. It still looks like Brock Osweiler at quarterback this week. The one comeback competing with Andrew Luck’s as the most impressive in the NFL is that of the Colts’ offensive line, which had been atrocious for years. None of that bodes well for the disappearing Dolphins.Prediction: Colts, 34-16Green Bay Packers (4-5-1) at Minnesota Vikings (5-4-1)Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBCIt’s a rematch of the Week 2 tie that, for multiple reasons (awful kicking, the cheesy Clay Matthews roughing-the-passer flag), should not have been a tie. That game now serves as a reminder of how average and underwhelming both teams have been despite two of the higher-profile (and well-paid) quarterbacks in the league. The loser will start to lose sight of playoff contention entering December, so there’s plenty on the line.Prediction: Packers, 24-22Tennessee Titans (5-5) at Houston Texans (7-3)last_img read more

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Jason Witten on ‘Monday Night Football’: Revisiting the Cowboys TE’s short, failed NFL broadcasting stint

first_imgJason Witten is back on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” for the first time since he decided to un-retire and rejoin the Cowboys as a future Hall of Fame tight end. Now he’s back on the field in New York as Dallas faces off with the NFC East rival Giants in Week 9.Witten’s lone season as a prime-time NFL game analyst was met with mixed reviews at best. Now he’s back contributing to Dallas’ repeat division-winning cause in 2019. While his former broadcast partner Joe Tessitore has moved on with former field analyst Booger McFarland as the new color commentator in the MNF booth, Witten returned to the Cowboys on a one-year, $2 million deal for his age 37 season. It didn’t help with that, Witten also had a misstep to get weirdly political in calling out the NFL’s roughing the passer penalties as too liberal — for a network that’s made it a point to distance itself from being political.Found the clip. Here’s Witten calling the roughing the passer rule change “left wing” pic.twitter.com/htLzeRcm79— Conor Orr 🐟 (@ConorOrr) September 25, 2018Then came the capper in the Pro Bowl, when Witten misinformed viewers that Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Colts tight end Eric Ebron were teammates all season despite playing for AFC rival teams.Patrick Mahomes throws a TD pass to Eric EbronJason Witten: “Ebron was his guy all year”Good to see Witten in Pro Bowl form pic.twitter.com/Zy4A0lYw9H— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) January 27, 2019You can give ESPN and Witten some credit for trying to make it work, and there was some promise when the hire was announced. But in the end, Witten with the Cowboys and MNF without Witten feels a lot more natural. How did it come about for Witten to give a TV career a try, and why didn’t it work out? Here’s a look back in his one and only season on “Monday Night Football.”MORE: The glory days of “Monday Night Football”Why did Jason Witten leave ‘Monday Night Football’?Witten was never comfortable in the booth and missed being in the action vs. calling it. According to multiple reports, Witten also has had designs on another post-playing football-related career: Coaching. He was even rumored to be a darkhorse head-coaching candidate for his alma mater, Tennessee, before Jeremy Pruitt took the job in 2018.Going back to the Cowboys sets him Witten up to make a smooth transition to either their coaching staff or that of another NFL team in 2020. Ultimately, Witten also saw Dallas had great potential to remain a strong playoff team with a shot at getting him to the Super Bowl for the first time in his 16-year career.”The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong,” Witten said in a statement when announcing his return in May. “This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship. This was completely my decision, and I am very comfortable with it. I’m looking forward to getting back in the dirt.”Why did ESPN choose Jason Witten for ‘Monday Night Football’?Witten not only is one of the most likeable players in the NFL, but also has great knowledge of the game. As a good friend and teammate of former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo — who has already turned into a broadcast legend doing CBS’ games of the week with Jim Nantz — there was a thought Witten’s personality and insight would also translate well to the booth.After a disastrous final season of Jon Gruden before he took the Raiders’ head coaching job again — it was brutally obvious he and play-and-play man Sean McDonough didn’t mesh — ESPN went the nice guy approach after moving pro’s pro Tessitore from college football studio duties.Before Witten called his first game of the 2018 season for ESPN, he told Sporting News this about taking the job:”I’m so honored and humbled by this opportunity. You think about all those big names, and I think, ‘My gosh.’ That’s a big reason while I’ll be standing (in the booth)” Witten said.”You can’t fill those shoes, when you think of those guys who have been in there in huge situations as analysts. These are voices we’ve heard over the past three, four, five decades. It’s just incredible the jobs that they did. Now I have that opportunity to carry that vision and what they’ve built. You can’t match what they’ve done — you really can’t. I would be foolish to try to do that. I will be trying to my damndest to make everyone proud.”Witten held his own, but was not given the opportunity to hone his craft in less-pressure environments such as college football Saturdays (which worked for former NFL player Brian Griese, who is a good bet to shine on MNF at some point in the future). Instead, Witten was thrown into a tough situation in the immediate spotlight.There was no real genuine chemistry between Witten and Tessitore, and the presence of McFarland speaking as as third voice made things more complicated and clunky.MORE: Booger McFarland to join Joe Tessitore in MNF boothWhy didn’t it work out for Jason Witten on ‘Monday Night Football’?Witten had some trouble with basics, including properly pronouncing player names and using the telestrator. But ultimately it came down to some shoddy on-field analysis that cost him. In other words, unlike the astute Cris Collinsworth or the all-seeing Romo, it was easy to tell Witten didn’t put in the same kind of relentless study of player and team tendencies.last_img read more

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