Irish performance impresses fans

first_imgNotre Dame’s narrow, last-second defeat of Louisiana State University (LSU) in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl capped off the 2014 football season in dramatic fashion, much to the delight of local fans and those venturing to Nashville, Tennessee, from nearby midwestern and southeastern states.“It was great to see my school’s football team playing so close to home,” junior and Nashville native Jessica Zic said. “Also, I was excited to see that the Notre Dame football team practiced at my high school’s football stadium during the days leading up to the game.”Junior Lauren Pate, who hails from Memphis, Tennessee, said she jumped at the chance to attend the Dec. 30 bowl game because she missed the football season studying abroad in Kampala, Uganda. She said she made the three-hour trip in the morning with other Memphians and had enough time to walk around and enjoy live music in downtown Nashville before the game.“I didn’t really keep track of the 2014 football season because I was abroad, but I had heard about the ending of the Northwestern game, so it had me nervous for the ending of the Music City Bowl,” Pate said. “We won though, so I was very happy for that and glad it was the game I got to see for the end of the 2014 season.”Freshman Katharine Janes traveled with her family from Michigan and said the atmosphere at the game differed noticeably from a typical Notre Dame football experience.“The game day experience was incredible. The stadium was alive with excited football fans, and it was so much fun to reconnect with friends from school that you didn’t know you would be running into 600 miles away from home,” she said. “… I sat in a few parts of the stadium — ranging from directly off the LSU sideline to the upper bowl on the ND side — but I think that all parts felt incredibly energized.“It was definitely a different experience than watching a home game from the student section, but it was the best of both worlds to be able to watch part of the game with my family in the stands yet also experience other parts with students from ND.”Pate said she sat in the student section, right next to the Band of the Fighting Irish. She said the section was “very small but nonetheless lively.”“All of the fans seemed very excited despite the cold, and very engaged with the band and cheerleaders in all the cheers and songs,” she said.Senior Russell King, a drum major in the Band of the Fighting Irish, said the band practiced once in Nashville before their halftime show which featured versions of Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” and Europe’s “The Final Countdown.”“It was cold, but we have fantastic fans who braved the weather to come support us [at practice before the bowl],” King said. “There were about 100 fans who came out that morning. The band had not marched in about a month so it was a well-needed rehearsal to polish the show.”The band participated in several pre-game events in downtown Nashville leading up to the bowl game, including a battle of the bands with LSU’s band, King said.“The actual game is only a small part of the Music City Bowl experience,” he said. “A subset of the band played at the ACC Pep Rally, the Alumni Kick-Off at the Rock Bottom Brewery and a ND tailgate at the Acme Feed & Seed.“However, by far the largest event was the Battle of the Bands. Thousands of people showed up to support both our band and the LSU Marching Tigers. Both bands marched side-by-side but in opposite directions on the main street of Nashville.“Then, the bands faced each other and went back and forth with our best songs. In my opinion, the knockout punch came with another stellar singing performance of ‘Ooh Poo Pah Doo’ by sophomore clarinetist Michelle Mann. However, LSU countered with their best song and the battle was declared a tie.”Sophomore Kristen Ochs, who came from Ohio for the game, said the team’s performance in the last seconds of the game, especially senior kicker Kyle Brindza’s field goal in the last four seconds that put the Irish up 31-28, left her optimistic for the prospects of the 2015 season.“I think this game allowed for a brighter end to what many might call a disappointing season,” she said. “Clearly, things can change quickly since we started out so well with high hopes and didn’t end very well at all.”Pate said the team demonstrated more poise than she had expected.“My biggest takeaway was the true grit of our team and how well they performed under the pressure of the game,” Pate said. “I was very impressed. I’m looking forward to seeing how this win will transfer over to next season. I’m hoping it’ll give us a boost of confidence to start and finish the season strong.”Tags: bowl game, Fighting Irish, football, Kyle Brindza, Music City Bowl, Nashvillelast_img read more

Ighalo a good fit for Man Utd, says ex-Man City boss

first_img Loading… “I’ve watched them on a number of occasions and I always feel they lack that physicality at the top end of the pitch, just to relieve pressure. “When United won at City and were getting pressed hard, they needed an outlet to knock it up to a big man who could retain possession and resist challenges. “Without that physicality, sometimes you can’t get out.”On the other hand, Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Ighalo will thrive at the club, having scored 16 goals in 55 Premier League games during his time at Watford.Advertisement Read Also: Ighalo could have Cantona impact at Man Utd, claims ex-EPL legend “Odion is an experienced player,” Solskjaer said. “He will come in and give us an option of a different type of centre-forward for the short spell he’s staying with us. “A great lad and very professional, he will make the most of his time here.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Man City boss and Manchester United striker Mark Hughes believes Odion Ighalo will offer the Red Devils something they are desperately lacking at the moment. “He’s the type that United need, whether or not that’s a long-term view Ole has in terms of where he wants to take the team,” he said. Promoted ContentTake A Look At The Celebs Who Lost Their Money And WhyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universelast_img read more

Iran: Foreign Oil Tanker and Crew Seized In Persian Gulf

first_imgIran says it has a foreign tanker Revolutionary Guards forces seized in the Persian Gulf accused of smuggling oil.Iranian state TV said today that Iran is holding the ship and 12 crew members.The report says the ship was taking fuel from Iranian smugglers to foreign customers when it was seized in the Strait of Hormuz.There’s been no confirmation on where the crew or tanker are from.last_img

Jalade’s turn will come! | Lady Jags head coach addresses Jalade Trim’s Women’s U-20 team ‘snub’

first_imgBy Rawle ToneyWHEN Guyana Football Federation (GFF) announced Lady Jags’ roster for their campaign in the 2019 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship qualifiers, the absence of one of the country’s most talented young female players, Jalade Trim, did not go unnoticed. Trim, who recently turned 14, since bursting onto the National scene in 2017 during Guyana’s hosting of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Caribbean Qualifier Tournament, has been the talk of local football as she mesmerised the crowd with her first touch and technical ability.Last year, the GFF Junior female football Player-of-the-Year for 2017, joined players from 211 countries in Russia as one of Guyana’s representatives at the 2018 Football for Friendship which was hosted during the staging of the FIFA World Cup.Dr Ivan Joseph, head coach of Guyana Women’s U-20 team, responding to Chronicle Sport about Trim’s snub, while showering the Kwakwani resident with praises, reasoned that “when we looked and we talked about it, Jalade is 14 years old and you need to be intentional when you’re bringing a player in. When you’re 14 years old, that’s a big jump for you to be making to a U-20 team,”According to Dr Joseph, “While the intention is that she probably technically is able to play here (in this tournament) and make significant contribution, as a sports psychologist, I don’t want to rush somebody that’s talented. I would rather be patient, than deliberate and intentional.”Dr Joseph pointed out that set to play in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) 2019 Girls’ Under-14 Challenge Series, August 5-13 in Grenada, Trim will play a key role in the team, pointing out that “it will be her time to shine”.“So not making the U-20 is not a snub on her skill. It’s more really me as head coach of the senior women’s programme, being intentional on how we expose her to football, to make sure she comes and shines, not just technically but physically as well,” said Dr Joseph.last_img read more