Football: Switch at quarterback causes spark, switch for blockbuster game

first_imgThree quarters of brutal play left the University of Wisconsin football team in perilous territory against Georgia State University Saturday.With just under six minutes to play in the third quarter, the No. 9 Badgers held a slim 6-3 lead after the Panthers put their first points on the board, courtesy of a 45-yard field goal from kicker Rogier ten Lohuis. It wasn’t until one redshirt quarterback Alex Hornibrook trotted on to the field that the Wisconsin offense finally showed signs of life.The move was unexpected, considering UW starting quarterback Bart Houston’s performance was not exactly terrible. The fifth-year senior Houston threw 10-18 for 91 yards with no touchdowns — not a poor performance, or not so horrible that it would warrant a third-quarter replacement.Football: Third-down success on both sides of ball key for No. 9 Wisconsin moving forwardIt’s no secret that third down is the most important down in football. Usually, the team that converts the majority Read…So when Hornibrook subbed in for the lackluster Houston, it didn’t cause any immediate relief for Wisconsin fans. At least not until Hornibrook’s first pass.Complete for 29 yards, Hornibrook’s beautiful spiral to a streaking Jazz Peavy drew a healthy roar from a previously silent crowd at Camp Randall. The pass gave hope to a nervous sea of red, one frantically coping with the possibility of a major upset. Hornibrook then followed up the Badgers’ first pass for over 20 yards since the first quarter in the only way he knows how.The redshirt freshman dropped back and slung a 19-yard pass to George Rushing down to the Georgia State 21-yard line. Wisconsin was finally knocking on the door and ready to score its first touchdown, which came two plays later on a Dare Ogunbowale rush.“I was hoping just that [putting Hornibrook in would cause a spark],” Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst said. “It gave us a little something, and it wasn’t even Bart’s fault why were [in that situation] … I like the way [Hornibrook] has been preparing.”Football: Wisconsin’s win over Akron highlights a matured freshmen wide receiving coreA.J. Taylor left Camp Randall Stadium after practice this week, he noticed his bicycle had been towed. He began to Read…Despite being picked off on the next drive when Rushing tipped the pass into the hands of the Panthers defense, Hornibrook was as poised as ever, even with Georgia State now holding a 17-13 lead from touchdowns on consecutive drives.He slung an 11-yard pass to favored target Rob Wheelwright, and when the Badgers were in desperate need of something big, Hornibrook delivered a 29-yard, arcing pass to tight-end Kyle Penniston to put the Badgers in the red zone.Five plays later, his next pass went right back to Penniston — a one-yard play action pass for the score on third down. The Badgers had the 20-17 lead they so desired and added a Rafa Gaglianone field goal to it later to seal the win.“There was a lot of small mistakes we made,” Hornibrook said. “Aside from that one interception, or converting on a few third downs, I think a big thing we need to work on is scoring touchdowns and not just settling on field goals.”It wasn’t pretty, but Wisconsin got the win. An unsightly victory like this begs questions about the Badgers, but none more important than who should be UW’s starting quarterback.Why is it that the second Hornibrook came in that Wisconsin’s offense finally opened up? Houston did not play poorly. Was it merely that the Badgers finally woke up midway through the third quarter? Does Hornibrook being in the huddle actually make a difference?“No,” Ogunbowale said when asked if there was a difference in the huddle between the two quarterbacks. “They’re both commanding quarterbacks, both have a lot of confidence.”From an outsider’s perspective, there’s no way of knowing what’s on the minds of players on the field when Hornibrook is taking snaps compared to Houston. In the stands, however, it was evident that at least today the team seemed to gain energy from Hornibrook’s presence.Football: Rafael Gaglianone opens up about tragic loss of friend, Nebraska punter Sam FoltzAll he had to do was get the ball in the air and the angel on his shoulder would take Read…Going into next weekend, a marquee matchup against Michigan State that is one of the biggest games Wisconsin has faced over the past few years.The Badgers announced ahead of it that Hornibrook will in fact be the starter, so whether the spark against Georgia State was a coincidence or a true facet to his play is yet to be seen.What has been seen though, is what Hornibrook can do in a game. Chryst has been happy with his young quarterback’s performance, but now thrust into the one of Wisconsin’s biggest games of the past few seasons for his first career start there’s one thing Hornibrook has that separates him.“I’ve been impressed [with Hornibrook],” Chryst said. “I think [poise is] one of his characteristics that stuck out to me.”Perhaps all it takes to deliver the big plays Hornibrook has, is a little poise. If he continues that trend, following Saturday’s game we could be starting the Alex Hornibrook-era at Wisconsin.last_img read more

Astronomy Grab Bag

first_imgFor year’s end, here’s a clean-out of astronomy articles—from planetary science to cosmology—to motivate further inquiry.Venus volcanoes:  Science Daily asked, “Have Venusian Volcanoes Been Caught in the Act?” but spent most of the article talking about how difficult it is to find a smoking gun.Night lights:  A beautiful set of 39 images of the Earth at night was posted on  The images were taken by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012.  The data was mapped over NASA’s Blue Marble images of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet.A moon is born:  With the triumphant title, “The Origin of the Moon,” Science Magazine merely updated the ongoing rounds of computer models that try to account for Earth’s unique large and life-enabling moon, each with its suite of misfits to observations.  Highlighting the latest 3 models, Alex Halliday remarked, “Distinguishing among these three models is going to involve further simulation and debate.”Martian floods:  An article on PhysOrg has an intriguing headline for a dry planet unable to sustain liquid water: “Vast systems of ancient caverns on Mars may have captured enormous floodwaters.”Moons from rings:  A new bottom-up theory of moon formation from ring systems was tried in Science Magazine Nov. 30 by Crida and Charnoz, “Formation of Regular Satellites from Ancient Massive Rings in the Solar System.”Kuiper belt comets:  Nature claimed (Dec. 20) that small Kuiper belt objects (objects beyond Neptune) are abundant enough to be a source for short-period comets.Tidal heating:  Icarus has a paper entitled “Spatial patterns of tidal heating,” with models showing the heat is not evenly dispersed. Mikhael Beuthe claims his model works for Europa, Io and Titan, but the abstract did not mention if it would work for Enceladus.Europa geysers:  The prominent flanking ridges on Europa are examined in another paper on Icarus.  Dombard and team rule out causes other than “a cryovolcanic model in which the growing ridge is underlain by a cryomagmatic sill that locally heats and thins the lithosphere.”Pac-man and pac-woman:  Another pac-man-like shape of heat distribution has been found on a Saturnian moon.  Mimas was the first, and now Tethys has one.  Joking away the mystery for the BBC News reporter, Carly Howett of Southwest Research Institute remarked, “The Saturn system – and even the Jupiter system – could turn out to be a veritable arcade of these characters.”Oort cloud:  Fouchard and team began a series in Icarus about the Oort Cloud.  Part 1 deals with planetary perturbations.From dust to dust:  Astrobiology Magazine touted dust grains as the progenitors of planets (again).  It’s not clear how astronomers could tell from a star light years away that “these dust grains are colliding with and adhering to each other, a process that will lead to their eventual formation into planets.”  They might want to revisit the stickiness problem (dust grains don’t stick to each other) and realize that dust clumps lack the gravity to grow.  Anyway, the reporter joyfully triumphed that “The researchers were fortunate to witness dust particles at a critical phase in their path to becoming a fully-grown planet in the protoplanetary disk.”Star birth:  On Dec. 6, Nature announced “A truly embryonic star,” claiming “The discovery of what may be the best example yet of a forming star caught in the moments just before birth.”  One wonders what took so long.Dark matters:  The headline on says, “Dark Matter Mystery May Soon Be Solved,” the but the body of the article is less sanguine.  One astronomer says, “If we don’t find it in this next round of experiments, I think everyone will be a bit discouraged.”  The last part of the article is subtitled, “Keeping the dark matter hope alive.”Dark energies:  “Is dark energy static or dynamic?”  Who cares?  PhysOrg assumes somebody does, even though the hypothetical entity continues to defy description.  If dynamic, whatever it is could evolve, the article posits.  “While hypothesized dark energy can explain observations of the universe expanding at an accelerating rate, the specific properties of dark energy are still an enigma.”  In another article on Science Daily, the BOSS survey looked at 48,000 quasars for its effects, whatever it is.  Hopefully they cleaned all the known artifacts and distortions out of the signals.  No one knows if they got the unknown ones out.Galaxy upset:  The title “Giant Black Hole Could Upset Galaxy Evolution Models” on a Science Daily article begs the question that the model was standing up in the first place.  As for the record-setting black hole, “At 17 billion times the mass of the Sun, its mass is much greater than current models predict — in particular since the surrounding galaxy is comparatively small,” the article worried.Early supernovae:  In Nature last month (Nov. 6), Stephen Smartt said, “The discovery of two superluminous supernovae at large distances from Earth pushes the frontier of supernova studies to just 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang, and suggests that they may be common in the young Universe.”  In fact, galaxies are found just 500 million years after the Big Bang, highlighting the problem of getting dense, clumpy structures from an expanding cloud of gas—the only thing the Big Bang could deliver—comparatively quickly in cosmological time.  “Astronomers thrive in unexplored territory,” Smartt remarked.Grand goal or grand claim:  A Science Magazine article (“Embers of the Distant Past, Nov. 30) begins, “Modern cosmology has come a long way in fulfilling its grand goal of reconstructing the entire history of the universe.”  Skeptics might want to compare this claim with the critical analysis in Dismantling the Big Bang by Williams and Hartnett, who find multiple imaginary leaps over insurmountable problems at every major step.All for one:  One thing cosmologists don’t lack is chutzpah.  Penn State astronomers titled a press release last month (see also Science Daily), “The Beginning of Everything: New Paradigm Shift for the Infant Universe.”  (Note: any paradigm shift implies the former paradigm is obsolete.)  The press release features a new fad called “loop quantum cosmology.”  The Penn State astromomers claim to take scientific knowledge even before the Planck era, all the way to the beginning – often claimed impossible by other astronomers.Before the beginning:  Speaking of chutzpah, Marcus Chown at New Scientist took readers where no man has gone before: before the beginning.  In “Before the big bang: something or nothing” (Dec. 3, subscription required), his imagination danced where angels had never tread.  After a brief survey of modern cosmology, concluding that the universe had a beginning, Chown entertained that the universe popped into existence with a quantum fluctuation.  He seemed to sense, though, that the theologians would be at the doorstep, so he ended,So the next question is surely: where did the laws of quantum theory come from? “We do not know,” admits [Alex] Vilenkin. “I consider that an entirely different question.” When it comes to the beginning of the universe, in many ways we’re still at the beginning.That’s one way to escape the Kalam Cosmological Argument.*  Just say “We do not know.”*Kalam: Everything that begins to exist has a cause.  The universe began to exist.  Therefore, the universe had a cause.  Corollary: Since the Cause brought time, space and matter into existence, the Cause had to be eternal and exist outside of those entities.  (See series of objections to the Kalam by William Lane Craig on YouTube.)Marcus, we have a better position than ignorance.  It’s called knowledge.  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  This answers to all the observations and gives purpose and meaning to existence.  What’s your problem?  If you’re more comfortable with ignorance emanating from people who admit they do not know, so be it.  Human observation can only take one so far.  It cannot in principle go before the beginning.  Secular astronomy is therefore stuck with ignorance.  The cause that was there before the beginning had to be without beginning.  He is the only possible source of knowledge.  Jesus, the Logos, who was in the beginning with God (John 1:1-3), said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  Ignorance is not bliss.  Choose truth; choose freedom. While hypothesized dark energy can explain observations of the universe expanding at an accelerating rate, the specific properties of dark energy are still an enigma.Read more at: 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Thousands march for peace in Durban

first_img17 April 2015The thousands of South Africans who took part in a peace march in Durban on Thursday have spoken in one voice, calling for peace and for an end to attacks on foreign nationals.The peace march was organised by the KwaZulu-Natal government in response to the violent attacks against foreign nationals in various parts of the province, especially the greater Durban area.Five people, including a 14-year-old boy, have been killed in the attacks that have flared up in several parts of KwaZulu-Natal, including KwaMashu and Umlazi, over the past two weeks. The violence has spread to parts of Gauteng, including Johannesburg.The march, which started at Curries Fountain and proceeded to City Hall, was led by Premier Senzo Mchunu, who was joined by the political leadership, faith-based organisations, NGOs, thousands of South Africans as well as foreign nationals.#Durban We stand Together for a United Africa #No2Xenophobia— I Love Durban (@ILuvDBN) April 16, 2015Among those who joined the march were ANC Treasurer Dr Zweli Mkhize; eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo; State Security Minister David Mahlobo; Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu; and Speaker of the provincial legislature Lydia Johnson. First Lady Thobeka Mabhida-Zuma also joined the marchers.‘Barbaric and inhumane’Speaking on behalf of national government, Mahlobo condemned the attacks, describing them as barbaric and inhumane. The minister warned people not to take the law into their own hands, emphasising that when a crime is committed, the law should be allowed to take its course.Johnson made a commitment on behalf of members of the provincial legislature to meet with communities and “speak in one voice” against attacks on foreign nationals. “Let’s all work together and accept them, and when you go home, pass on the message of love,” he said.Nomvuzo Shabalala, the deputy mayor of eThekwini municipality, warned that the attacks on foreign nationals affected the country’s economy, which then leads to a decrease in job opportunities.Police have arrested 74 people for offences including murder, public violence, business robbery, theft and possession of firearms and ammunition.‘Shocking and unacceptable’Meanwhile, in his address to the National Assembly in Parliament on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma condemned the recent “shocking and unacceptable” incidents of violence directed at foreign nationals and appealed for calm.The President said the attacks could not be justified under any circumstances: “We appeal for calm, an end to the violence and restraint.”He said government will take stern action against those responsible for the violence and looting and ensure that they are brought to book.“No amount of frustration or anger can justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops. We condemn the attacks in the strongest terms. The attacks violate all the values that South Africa embodies, especially the respect for human life, human rights, human dignity and Ubuntu. Our country stands firmly against all intolerances such as racism, xenophobia, homophobia and sexism,” he said.InterventionWhen the incidents broke out in KwaZulu-Natal last week, Zuma deployed Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and State Security Minister David Mahlobo to work with provincial authorities to quell the violence and bring the situation under control.“They have done well, but the problem requires a much more comprehensive and substantive long-term intervention. I have therefore assigned the entire Justice Crime Prevention and Security Cluster to work on this issue intensively, joined by the Ministers of Social Development, Trade and Industry and Small Business Development.”Zuma said the security cluster and economic departments had already begun working on the matter following the incidents in Soweto, Gauteng, in January.“I have now directed them to work faster and to engage affected communities, organisations representing foreign nationals, business, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders to attend to the concerns raised on both sides.”He said the objective was to avoid future incidents by improving relations and promoting peaceful co-existence between citizens and “brothers and sisters within the continent, as well as other foreign nationals”.The government was also seeking co-operation from the affected foreign missions based in South Africa.Source: read more