Picking up from where I left off from yesterday’s post, I’m again highlighting again the work of Roger Dooley’s wonderful Neuromarketing blog. Today, we’re focused on “behavioral licensing.” If your cause involves trying to get people to do things that are healthier, this post is for you.Here’s the gist: when people take vitamins or exercise or otherwise act in a way they perceive enhances their health, you might think that would inspire healthier choices. In fact, the reverse if often true. The initial healthy act prompts people to “reward” themselves with unhealthy behavior. In other words, a vitamin can be a license to misbehave (like by eating french fries):Researchers at the National Sun Yat-Sen University tested subjects by telling subjects they were receiving a vitamin pill or a placebo, and then monitoring their behavior in several situations. In all cases the pill was a placebo. The group who thought they had consumed a vitamin pill were more likely to show less interest in exercise, to show more interest in enjoyable but potentially unhealthy “hedonic” activities, and to choose a buffet meal vs. healthy organic fare. In another experiment, the “vitamin” group walked shorter distances than the placebo group.Roger Dooley notes, “From a marketing standpoint, the counter-intuitive behavior is interesting. While one might think that vitamin-poppers would be a great marketing target for health-related products and services, that might not be the case. It’s still possible that in the general population, vitamin takers would indeed be more interested in, say, exercise gear. Or, perhaps not– maybe they would be great prospects for decadent cuisine or alcoholic beverages. As usual, testing is critical – basing a major campaign decision on logic (or gut feeling) alone is a recipe for disaster.”Interesting food for thought (pun intended).
Maybe, just maybe, dreams do come true after all. A fortnight ago when Salford were beaten here in Wigan and forced to take the long road to Old Trafford their incredible underdog story looked to be reaching its conclusion. But this group of misfits – the majority of whom were released by other clubs – have made a habit of defying the critics in 2019.The second-lowest spenders in Super League only just survived on the final day last year, so preseason predictions of a relegation struggle were fully merited, or so we thought. Yet here, it was Salford who looked like seasoned Super League champions, and Wigan the perennial strugglers. Support The Guardian And by the time Wigan had scored their one and only try through Bevan French, Salford’s place at Old Trafford had long been guaranteed. Another penalty from the reliable Inu made it 20-0, before two of their supposed misfits, Dudson and Lee Mossop, combined to send the latter over, with Inu’s goal establishing a 26-point lead.Salford’s 5,000-strong travelling support, who only have to venture four miles down the road next Saturday, were in fine voice all night, but that try marked the moment when they could genuinely relax and believe a first title in 43 years could be theirs. Another Inu penalty was the icing on the cake, and French’s consolation was greeted by ironic cheers from the Salford fans; most of the home supporters had already left.Underdog stories do not get much bigger than this. In 1976 it was the likes of Keith Fielden and David Watkins who brought the title back to Salford. Next Saturday, a new set of heroes could be crowned at Old Trafford. Expect it to be loud: the people of Salford have waited a long, long time for this moment.Wigan Hardaker; Marshall, Hankinson, Gildart, Burgess; Williams, Leuluai; Flower, Powell, Partington, Isa, Farrell, O’Loughlin. Interchange Clubb, Byrne, Smithies, French.Salford Evalds; Sio, Welham, Bibby, Inu; Lolohea, Hastings; Mossop, Tomkins, Dudson, Jones, Griffin, McCarthy. Interchange Lussick, Flanagan, Walker, Burke.Referee B Thaler Topics Share on Facebook Read more The scale of this victory is underlined by the fact it was only Salford’s fourth at Wigan in 40 years. The prize for this near-faultless performance? A maiden appearance in the Super League Grand Final. If you had said in January this would happen you would have been met with utter derision. “We’ve got players who’ve been moved on from the big clubs but are now Grand Finalists,” their coach, Ian Watson said. Watson has cemented his reputation as the best young British coach in the game as he has driven this incredible story. “We’re not happy we’re there – we’re going to win it,” he said afterwards.Salford were beaten here 18-12 two weeks ago but a similar outcome never looked likely on a one-sided night. They led 12-0 at half-time thanks to a Gil Dudson try and four goals from Krisnan Inu. Both were in the Widnes side who were relegated last season. The first try after half-time felt decisive, and when Joey Lussick got it for Salford to make it 18-0, the Warriors looked well beaten. “We’ve been great in the second half of the year, but it went from bad to worse here,” the Wigan coach Adrian Lam conceded.Salford’s heroic defensive efforts played a part in keeping Wigan scoreless for over 70 minutes, but the hosts’ out-of-sorts attack was the real reason why the defence of their title came to such a shuddering halt in front of their own fans. 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While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Expectations for the 2017 season are arguably the highest they’ve ever been in the program’s history.With Mason Rudolph and James Washington leading the charge, it’s Big 12 title or bust for the Cowboys, who ended the 2016 season with a shellacking of Colorado in the Alamo Bowl.If you aren’t already fired up about what this season might bring, this hype video should be exactly what you need to help bridge the 21 days between now and the start of football season.Oklahoma State Football Hype Video 2017-2018 pic.twitter.com/E9awQcrxN7— Old Row Sports (@OldRowSports) August 11, 2017AdChoices广告
WTF Nike football: Great adverts, current player roster & latest boots Ryan Kelly 23:42 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal WTF Premier League Primera División Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Some of the greatest footballers of all time have worked closely with the sportswear giant, producing ads and promoting clothing Over the past two decades and more, sportswear giant Nike has shown tremendous creativity in showing off their brand and products in football.By marrying the appeal of the greatest footballers in the world with high-level production, the corporation has become synonymous with a certain style of football.Speed, skill and success are the message in their advertising, but they also have fun with it, setting their vision of the game in an upbeat light. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! 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Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Goal takes a closer look at some of Nike’s football adverts, the star players they are associated with and some of their latest products.Nike football adsIn the 1990s, Nike brought out a number of memorable advertisements featuring footballers, fantastic concepts and catchy soundtracks.The 1996 ‘Match in Hell’, in which a slew of the game’s then-current stars took on the Devil and his demonic football team, kicked things off in the brand’s unique series.The likes of Luis Figo, Paolo Maldini and Ronaldo form a team expected to save the beautiful game in a match that culminates with Eric Cantona’s nonchalant utterance of “au revoir” as he blastes a flaming ball through the Devil to rescue the day.Around the time of the 1998 World Cup another Nike advert captured the imagination of football fans as the Brazil national team kill boredom in an airport by playing an impromptu game filled with tricks and flicks. Fittingly, it was amplified by Sergio Mendes’ 1960s song ‘Mas que Nada’, which has become synonymous with ‘Samba football’. And in the 2000s, they really set themselves apart from competitors with a series of brilliantly produced efforts. In the early part of the decade, Louis van Gaal led a crack team of skilled footballers to a high-security complex to retrieve a special ball that was said to be “rounder”. A few years later, long after his retirement, Cantona returned as the man overseeing a high-stakes underground tournament featuring three-man teams, including the likes of Thierry Henry, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldinho. A remixed version of the Elvis Presley song ‘A little less conversation’ was the soundtrack and the concept was revisited a number of years later in a winner-takes-all bout.Skilful footballers performing freestyle tricks figured a lot in the ads and the idea of Joga Bonito (meaning ‘Beautiful Game’ in Portuguese) was explored in a series of ads featuring the Brazil national team, recalling the 1998 effort. The Portugal national team, with the likes of Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo, even became involved.Director Guy Ritchie was involved in a famous Nike football ad depicting the meteoric ascent of a non-league player to the very summit of the game. The short film is shot entirely from the viewpoint of the footballer as he climbs the ladder to success, fame and glory.Some films have incorporated Nike athletes from other sports and NBA star Kobe Bryant featured in an ad that focuses on the narrow margins between success and failure, showing the different fates that await stars should they score a winning goal, for example. In it, Wayne Rooney becomes a hero for England, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s path – foreshadowing reality – brings a gigantic statue and a feature-length movie.Fast, fierce, fearless. It’s in their DNA. A select few have it. The rest have to deal with it. Fast by nature. #BornMercurial @Cristiano @neymarjr @KMbappe @marcoasensio10Get notified: https://t.co/45SwifKvcE pic.twitter.com/3eNvi4RVDp— Nike Football (@nikefootball) February 7, 2018Generally speaking, the Nike ads air ahead of major tournaments or events, but they have also produced slick films to promote their latest releases, such as football boots. While they are not always as elaborate, funny or fantastic, they still possess that star quality and show their products in an alluring light.Nike football rosterAs one of the biggest sports brands in the world, it is not surprising that Nike is associated with some of the best footballers on the planet.Chief among them is five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who has long been the face of the football strand of the corporation, but the Real Madrid superstar is supported by a supremely talented cast too.Other current Nike football ambassadors and sponsees include Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane. The likes of Luka Modric, Christian Pulisic and Robert Lewandowski also feature among the illustrious billing.You can see some of the top footballers who are currently on their roster in the table below. Player Country Club Gonzalo Higuain Argentina Juventus Mauro Icardi Argentina Inter Kevin De Bruyne Belgium Man City Eden Hazard Belgium Chelsea Philippe Coutinho Brazil Barcelona Neymar Brazil PSG Alexis Sanchez Chile Man Utd Arturo Vidal Chile Bayern Munich Harry Kane England Tottenham Raheem Sterling England Man City Alexandre Lacazette France Arsenal Kylian Mbappe France PSG Jerome Boateng Germany Bayern Munich Mario Gotze Germany Borussia Dortmund Leonardo Bonucci Italy AC Milan Lorenzo Insigne Italy Napoli Robert Lewandowski Poland Bayern Munich Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid Andres Iniesta Spain Barcelona Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid Christian Pulisic United States Borussia Dortmund Notable former Nike footballersAs already mentioned, Nike has a long history of sponsoring and working closely with the world’s best players.Manchester United legend Eric Cantona figured prominently in ad campaigns during the 1990s and 2000s along with Brazilian stars such as Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.Italy hero Francesco Totti and the unmistakabale Edgar Davids were also heavily involved in promotions.Below you can see some of the biggest names Nike has worked with in the past. Player Country Ronaldo Brazil Ronaldinho Brazil Roberto Carlos Brazil Romario Brazil Paul Scholes England Ian Wright England Eric Cantona France Thierry Henry France Fabio Cannavaro Italy Paolo Maldini Italy Francesco Totti Italy Hidetoshi Nakata Japan Edgar Davids Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands Luis Figo Portugal Latest Nike football bootsNike’s sponsorship of the world’s best footballers is an ideal vehicle through which they can show off their latest equipment and football boots in particular.For example, back in 1998, Ronaldo’s status as the best player in the world was capitalised on as Nike launched a new boot design – the R9s – in time for that year’s World Cup.Since then, players have naturally been central to the promotion of new footwear and in February the latest designs were launched at a party featuring a cluster of their roster.The Mercurial range is arguably the most well known of Nike’s football boots and the latest offerings are the Mercurial Superfly 360 and the Mercurial Vapor 360, which became available to buy on Valentine’s Day.On the official Nike website, the Superfly 360 are priced at £229.95 ($275) and the Vapor 360 is slightly cheaper £209.95 ($250).Some of the other recent offerings include the Hypervenom, the Magista and the Tiempo ranges. 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Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Messi wants Barcelona to sign €100m Saul, not Griezmann Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:01 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Premier League Ligue 1 Serie A Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Messi wants Saul, not Griezmann, at BarcaLionel Messi would rather see Barcelona make a transfer push for Saul Niguez than Antoine Griezmann, according to Don Balon .Griezmann has long been linked with a switch to Camp Nou and while Messi apparently appreciates why Barca would be interested in signing him, he’d rather they moved for one of his Atletico Madrid team-mates.And that is midfielder Saul, with Messi reportedly believing that the Catalan club should invest €100 million in him, rather than spending it on Griezmann. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Man Utd midfielder McTominay snubs EnglandManchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has made a decision on his international future and it does not lie with England, according to the Times.Despite meeting with Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate to discuss a potential career with England, the 21-year-old, who has risen to prominence with Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils this season, is set to represent Scotland instead.Lancaster-born McTominay qualifies for Scotland through his father and reportedly feels a greater emotional connection to the country than he does with England. Newly-appointed Scotland boss Alex McLeish is set to name him in his next squad as a result.PSG confident Neymar will stayNeymar will not be leaving PSG to join Real Madrid, according to the club’s director Antero Henrique.The Brazil international has been linked with a mega switch to the Spanish capital in the summer, but Henrique is confident the 26-year-old will stay in France.Read the full story right here on Goal!Man Utd ready lucrative De Gea offerManchester United are ready to table a £350,000-a-week offer to David de Gea and make him the highest-paid goalkeeper in world football, reports the Daily Star .The Spain international continues to be heavily linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid and United are eager to bring an end to the reports.De Gea has been at Old Trafford since 2011 and is currently under contract until 2019 – with that agreement including a 12-month extension option.Ramsey heading for Arsenal exitArsenal will look to sell Aaron Ramsey over the summer rather than let him enter the final year of his contract, claims the Daily Mail .The Wales international is only tied to the Gunners until 2019 and the north London outfit are eager to avoid a repeat of the distracting sagas involving Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.Pep planning Iniesta reunionPep Guardiola is eager to arrange reunion with Andres Iniesta at Manchester City, according to The Mirror .The Catalan coach has previously worked with the World Cup winner at Barcelona and is willing to offer him a career swansong in the Premier League.Umtiti agrees Man Utd termsBarcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has agreed personal terms with Manchester United amid talk of a possible summer switch, claims Diario Gol . The France international has a £53 million release clause in his contract, and Jose Mourinho is ready to trigger that and take a highly-rated centre-half to England.Liverpool to rival United for SeriLiverpool are set to rival Manchester United for the signing of Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, reports the Mirror . Jose Mourinho has reservations about the Ivory Coast star, but has not closed the book on him yet, while the Reds feel he would be a good fit in their current squad. Arsenal and Everton want ArtetaArsenal face a battle with Everton over which club will land Mikel Arteta as manager this summer, reports the Mirror .The 35-year-old has found success under Pep Guardiola at Man City, and is now being chased by two Premier League rivals who could undergo changes this summer. City join Sessegnon huntManchester City have joined Tottenham and Manchester United in the hunt for Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon, reports The Sun .The versatile 17-year-old has starred for the Cottagers this season, sparking talk of interest from Premier League heavyweights prepared to splash out £40 million on his potential.Why do Barca want Griezmann?Barcelona remain determined to push through a €100 million deal for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.Goal examines why they are so keen to put an agreement in place and what the Frenchman would add to a star-studded squad at Camp Nou.Eriksen to replace RakiticBarcelona will step up their interest in Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen when the transfer window re-opens as they prepare to part with Ivan Rakitic, reports Don Balon .Rakitic has been linked with Manchester United, among others, and those at Camp Nou are busy drawing up a list of alternatives to ensure that they suffer no loss of creativity.Red Devils like the look of LeaoManchester United are preparing to up their efforts to lure Sporting starlet Rafael Leao to Old Trafford, according to the Mirror .The 18-year-old forward is drawing admiring glances from across Europe, with Manchester City and Real Madrid also keeping a close eye on his development.Madrid set Kane limitReal Madrid have made Tottenham aware that they will not pay more than €150 million for Harry Kane, reports Don Balon .Spurs are reported to be asking for around €200m for the prolific frontman, but Real will drop their interest and look elsewhere unless those demands are lowered.United open to Blind bidsManchester United remain open to offers for Daley Blind despite triggering a 12-month extension in his contract, claims the Mirror .The Red Devils have taken up that option on the versatile Dutchman as they are hoping to bring in around £14 million from a summer sale.City to bid €100m for IscoManchester City are willing to pay €100 million for Real Madrid playmaker Isco, according to Don Balon .The Spain international is reported to be unsettled in the Spanish capital, with Pep Guardiola prepared to offer him a route to the Premier League. 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They also utilized in the play action passing game as well.It’s been very interesting to watch Sean Gleeson’s play calling and overall offensive style show in the non-conference. I’m excited to see how the playbook evolves as OSU moves into Big 12 play. Sean Gleeson and the Oklahoma State offense only managed to put up 33 total yards in the second quarter last Saturday against the Golden Hurricane. They couldn’t get any kind of offensive rhythm going and the OSU defense allowed the Golden Hurricane to rack up 14 points, taking the lead at halftime. However, outside of this pretty dreadful 15 minute stretch, there were a lot of positive things I saw from the Cowboy offense as they finished the game with 506 yards, which included an incredible 337 yards on the ground.Now, I’ll cover my three key takeaways from the offense coming out of their 40-21 victory over TU.Outside ZoneI’m not sure how you can write about the Gleeson and Co. in this game and not talk about the Outside Zone. The terms Inside Zone and Outside Zone refer to blocking schemes that have the offensive linemen blocking specific gaps instead of a certain defender. If an O-lineman has a defender lined up in front of him, he blocks him. If he doesn’t have a defender lined up in front of him, then he steps toward the side the play is going and either helps double team block a defender or moves to the second level.The main difference between the Inside zone and the Outside Zone is on the Inside Zone, the running back is normally looking to run off the outside hip of the guard, as opposed to the Outside Zone, where the offense is looking to stretch the defense horizontally. See the two images below for further explanation. The first is Inside Zone and the second is Outside Zone.The Cowboys ran the play almost to perfection when running back Chuba Hubbard was in the game. We saw its success on the very first offensive play of the game, shown below.I mean, the blocking on this play is absolutely beautiful. See the still shot below for a closer look, everyone is blocked except for this one lone Tulsa defender who has the daunting task of trying to tackle Hubbard in the open field.Here we see it again later in the quarter as Chuba busts it for a big gain.The zone play is so effective for the Cowboys this season due to the fact that the offensive line has been able to block this scheme well, along with Hubbard’s incredible field vision.The PistolIn both clips shown above, the Cowboys came out lined up in the “Pistol“. This formation has the quarterback in shotgun, with the running back directly behind him, see the image below.We’ve seen Mike Yurcich-led Oklahoma State offenses utilize the Pistol in prior years, but we hadn’t seen it very much from Gleeson until Saturday afternoon’s game in Tulsa. You can do a lot of things from this formation, especially with a talented runner like Spencer Sanders at quarterback. Chris B. Brown explains the advantages of this offensive style in a post on his site SmartFootball.com.When the offense is rolling (which it is most of the time these days), the pistol gives a team the best of both worlds: It has at its disposal all the Urban Meyer/Rich Rodriguez spread offense stuff, like the zone read and other gadgets, as well as the advantages of a “traditional” I-formation or pro-style single-back attack. Among these are that the running back, aligning as he does behind the quarterback, tips no hand to the defense on the direction of the play, and the offense can get both good downhill running and play-action off those looks.It was primarily running plays called out of this look on Saturday, as shown in the videos above and the clip below. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. But, they also threw out of this formation as well… although, this one didn’t go as planned.It will be interesting to see what other things Gleeson does out of the Pistol this season.H-CounterFinally, I just wanted to quickly touch on the H-Counter. Aside from zone run and power runs, this was the only other thing I saw Gleeson call consistently this past weekend. The H-Counter is something the former Princeton coordinator brought with him from the Tiger offense, as you’ll see in the following clip.In the clip above you see the tight end, lined up in the H-Back spot, pull around the end along with the backside guard. The pulling lineman create additional gaps that the defense isn’t always prepared for. See the image below for further detail.Here we see the Pokes run this play against the Golden Hurricane defense.
Between Dez Bryant, Justin Blackmon, James Washington and Tylan Wallace, the last decade of pass-catchers at Oklahoma State have been nothing short of superb. But unlike previous years, this season, thus far, is mostly a one-star show. Tylan has been the end-all be-all in the OSU receiving game. Is that because Sanders only looks his way? Or is it because he’s the only one who creates separation? Maybe a little of both. Entering the second half of the season, developing a true No. 2 seems imminent (and necessary).Before we get there, though, let’s take a little assessment at how the first half of the season has gone.140-Character Summary: How many times can I type the word Tylan, with spaces, in 140 characters?Best Performance: Have to say McNeese State here. Tylan with 180 on only five catches (and three scores), Jordan McCray with four catches for 45 yards, and Dillon Stoner with three for 25. Sanders spread the wealth around and everyone got involved.Worst Performance: Not even close: the Kansas State game. Non-Tylan receivers in this game combined for — shield your eyes, children — 6 receptions for one yard. This is in large part because OSU ran Chuba Hubbard so many times he could have gone halfway around the world, but in terms of total production, this might be a season-low.Best Play: OK, so it appears *tabulates votes in my own head* we have a tie. This one was T1 simply because it hit everyone with the reminder that oh yeah, Tylan Wallace is a superstar less than a half into Game 1. Stat that Matters: 140. That’s how many yards Tylan Wallace is behind the nation’s receiving leader, Omar Bayless of Arkansas State, who has 843 already. (No relation to Skip). Liberty’s Antonio Gandy-Golden is No. 2 with 728 just ahead of Tylan with 703.Bullet Stickers (out of 10): 6.9Tylan gets a 10 out of 10 because … of course. But the depth (or lack thereof) is a bit concerning. We’ve talked about this in recent weeks, but who is your second go-to guy? Is it Dillon Stoner if Tylan is double-covered? Is it Jordan McCray because he’s tall enough to catch the jump ball? No one seems to be separating themselves just yet. Which leads me to ….The Future: Depth is built with reps, and reps are created by targets, and … I’m just not sure there’s very many to go around. Tylan is the clear-cut, no-doubt-about-it No. 1. He’s going to get the lion’s share of the targets regardless of the coverages. And No. 2 gets a significant downgrade for that reason, and also for this: Oklahoma State leads the Power 5 in rushing attempts per game this season. With as much focus as there is on feeding Chuba and freeing Sanders to run wild, I’m not sure there’s enough attention that will be given to developing a clear No. 2 in this offense this season.Moving forward, it feels a lot like a Dillon Stoner-or-Jordan McCray-or-Braydon Johnson type situation, but with no one separating themselves, expect Tylan to continue getting peppered with targets in single coverage, double coverage, quadruple coverage — you name it. The passing offense relies on No. 2 to get open, and halfway through half the season, he’s overcome the obstacles like the future pro he is. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Tylan Wallace somehow looks better than he did last year when he was robbed of the Biletnikoff.(Also: Spencer Sanders’ first career TD pass) pic.twitter.com/9B1PqsHlgF— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 31, 2019This one might’ve been the best overall, though. It had everything. The moss. The sprint and run. The score. Chef’s kiss!Another 100-yard outing from Tylan. A pro among amateurs. pic.twitter.com/CmN3KvDeb1— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 14, 2019
World Cup Feed the GOAT and he will score! Ronaldo leaving all the greats in his wake Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent in Moscow Last updated 1 year ago 22:00 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal v Morocco Morocco Portugal Opinion Cristiano Ronaldo’s goalscoring is without modern or historical precedent; against Morocco he broke another record. It’s futile to deny his brilliance Lionel Messi took part in a memorable pre-World Cup photoshoot which attempted to underline his class as the Greatest Of All Time – the GOAT. For Paper Magazine , the Argentina captain posed with an actual real-life goat.The rivalry being what it is, it appears Cristiano Ronaldo has taken exception to this seemingly definitive categorisation and has set about correcting it, one facial hair at a time. Against Morocco, he not only debuted a new goatee beard but has begun to stroke it lovingly as well. In his own mind Cristiano has always been the GOAT and so begins his latest quest to convince the world of it. The best way to do that, the beard aside? Goals, goals and more goals. Eighty-five of them in fact. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar In Group B’s second match, Ronaldo overtook Ferenc Puskas as Europe’s highest international goalscorer – even his place as the continent’s greatest modern marksman was long assured.Portugal fans have watched their No. 7 find the net for the national team 85 times and there’s more to come. Each one nowadays is greeted with that familiar, primal growl of “SIIII!” that has become his calling card.And if his World Cup scoring record looked modest before Russia 2018, it is finally befitting of a man of Ronaldo’s stature.He had scored in three tournaments running before showing up here but there was only one goal in each of the World Cups in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He had been fighting fitness concerns in the past before major tournaments but here – even at 33 – he is razor-sharp.Against Spain, first, and now against Morocco, he has blunted another weapon in the arsenal of the critics.Portugal’s GOAT and now Europe’s GOAT. When will his status be beyond reproach?You would assume that with more football available than ever – and each one of Ronaldo’s matches for club and country accessible to fans all over the world – it would mean that the extra scrutiny would place his prowess beyond doubt.Still for some reason, players from the past such as Puskas and Di Stefano are lionised and admired as every bit better than their modern gladiatorial equivalents.That makes no sense considering the archive footage we have for those greats is nowhere near as extensive as what we have for Ronaldo.Why deny Ronaldo is the best when the evidence is borne out every time he steps on the field? We can see it with our own eyes.He may not necessarily be the greatest exponent of the game that the world has ever seen. Indeed it would have to be a pretty compelling argument to make the case he’s a better ‘footballer’ than Messi currently.But that’s hardly the point. He deals in numbers, those tangible football facts, and in dominating the big moments.His hat-trick against Spain – especially that last-gasp free-kick – will go down as one of the World Cup’s all-time great performances.His goal here against Morocco rocketed him to four goals in two games and ensured Portugal earned a tally of four points and making qualification as good as secure.The form that he’s in, you wouldn’t bet against him plundering many more before the record books are solidified for Russia 2018 and – who knows – he might even overtake the one-tournament goalscoring record set at 13 by France’s Just Fontaine in 1958.That’s what Ronaldo remains capable of; obliterating records and taking away the only deniability old fans have to his greatness. He is stronger, fitter, leaner, meaner, hungrier than all the old favourites and no numbers can stand in his way.So out go Eusebio – for the national team, and the likes of Di Stefano, Puskas, Hugo Sanchez and Raul for Real Madrid. This was the year in which he bettered Puskas’s tally for European Cups and in 2016 he bettered Eusebio by winning an international tournament.He’s upending the historical order and leaving modern fans in no doubt about his status as No. 1. The world has never seen a scorer or a winner like him before.He has found a home in this Portugal team; the criticism in previous generations had been that they lacked a genuine No. 9. Ronaldo has provided that for them and the national team has never looked back.This is not a one-man show by any means. Yes, the rest of them facilitate Ronaldo but he is not asked to do everything in an attacking sense like Messi is for Argentina. He is thriving on the service his team-mates are giving him.Feed the GOAT and he will score.
Directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog, From One Second to the Next is a documentary-style PSA in AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign. The film is a sobering look at the consequences of texting and driving. It features the heart-wrenching stories of the victims of these accidents, as well as interviews with some of the drivers who caused the tragedies. At almost 35 minutes, it’s much longer than your typical viral video, yet it’s an extremely compelling and effective way to get the point across.I’m sharing this video today for two reasons:1) It’s a serious message that should be shared and discussed. (As the mother of a teen who’s about to get behind the wheel this year, I’m probably even more sensitive about this topic.) 2) It’s also an amazing example of the single most important ingredient in powerful storytelling. No, you don’t need a famous director or high production value to make people stop, think, share, or act. But what you do need, at the core of every story you tell, is real, relatable, and raw emotion. If you watch the video, I’d love to know what you think. In the comments, please share how you’re tapping into your real, emotional stories to help draw support for your cause.
The members of your board of directors are not just donors. They’re people, too. They didn’t join your nonprofit’s board to ask their friends and family for money, but because they care about your mission. While they are on the inside, they still need to know they are valued and making a difference.Here are seven ways to help your board feel appreciated and involved:1. Public RecognitionThis type of appreciation can be done in many ways. One way is to feature a different board member profile in each of your nonprofit’s newsletters, giving your donors insight as to who is helping to run your organization. Another is to have a section of your website dedicated to information about your board members. Public recognition can also be done in person. When you host a special event, you could bring attention to your board by taking the time to publicly introduce any members who are in attendance.2. Thank you event/retreatEvery year you should be treating your board to a thank you event or retreat. Your board works hard for your organization and that hard work should be rewarded with a time to relax together without focusing on business. While business-focused board retreats are a good way to discuss important matters in-depth, it’s critical to also give down time to your board members so that they can bond on a personal level. Remember, boards are teams and people on teams must have respectful relationships with one other in order to work well together and make effective decisions.3. Listen and ActVerbally agreeing with your board members on an idea in a meeting is different than actually acting on it. Don’t just talk the talk — walk the walk. Keep a list of ideas that your board members come up with at meetings and revisit it on a regular basis to see if something can be implemented or voted on. This shows board members that their efforts and ideas are being valued, which will encourage their interest in their assignments and your organization.4. Nominate them for awardsEach month (or year) there should be nominations for outstanding board members for leadership awards within your nonprofit. With the award, include a detailed summary of the accomplishments of the board member and how they have really gone the extra mile to help your nonprofit.You could also choose to nominate your board members for awards that are outside of your organization. This will not only show your board members that you appreciate them, but also get your organization’s name and mission out there.5. Check-insCheck in with your board members individually before or after meetings to gauge how they are feeling about the organization and learn about their personal goals for your cause. Showing individualized care makes your board members feel important and valued, and it also gives more introverted board members the ability to talk in a more personal setting where they might feel more comfortable bringing up difficult issues.Also use these check in calls as a way to praise and encourage. If you noticed that a certain board member was an integral part of the success of a recent meeting, be sure to acknowledge that as part of the call.6. Remember special daysYou (hopefully!) do it for donors, so why not do it for your board members as well? Send them cards on their birthdays as well as the anniversary of them joining your organization.7. Send a thank-you noteHow often you send notes is up to you, but make them as personal as possible. Call out specific things that a board member has done for your organization and why you appreciate his/her hard work and dedication. As always, be heartfelt and sincere. Check out our Thank You Guide for more tips and ideas.
How can we get younger people to donate to our organization? What’s the silver bullet to getting more younger donors? This is a common issue that many nonprofits encounter regardless of how long they have been around or how big their donor base is. Well, as we all know, there really isn’t a silver bullet that helps us solve major fundraising challenges, but there is one thing you can do to start laying a foundation to welcome and nurture younger donors.As part of our quarterly kick-off, the Network for Good team had a challenge from our Chief Technology Officer: You have a day to put together a plan to help a customer improve their digital marketing and fundraising strategy. And that’s exactly what we did! We took a day away from our typical 9-5, split into teams, and worked on solutions to help customers address some of their big challenges. The following are three suggestions we shared with The Family Place, located in Washington, D.C., to help them engage donors.The Family Place offers a variety of services and support to immigrant families settling in the D.C. area. We started the morning with a phone call getting to know the organization and the priorities they had for improving their fundraising and marketing strategy. One topic of note was their desire to diversify their donor base, with the ultimate goal of cultivating a younger donor base.Start a Junior BoardJunior boards, or young professional committees, can help you tap into a new donor base you might not have had access to before. Giving young professionals the opportunity to serve on a board is great experience for the board member (and it looks good on a resume). It’s also a great opportunity for nonprofits to cultivate a group of advocates who will help spread the word about the organization’s work.Another D.C. organization, So Others Might Eat (SOME) has a young professionals group that plans and organizes a winter ball as a fundraiser for their peers. In fact, Arlene Lynch from Network for Good’s Customer Success team, has served on this event committee and has nothing but praise about her volunteer experience.Especially in an area like Washington, D.C., where you have an abundance of passionate young professionals looking to focus their skills in a meaningful way, a junior board is a great way to:Form meaningful relationships with younger community members.Connect with even more young people who would have an interest in your cause through your junior board’s network.BoardAssist’s post, “Top 9 Tips for Managing Your Junior Board,” is an excellent resource for junior board best practices.Keep Online Content UpdatedAnother suggestion we made to The Family Place that will help attract younger donors is to keep their online content updated. After all, when anyone is researching a philanthropic topic or looking up causes to support, they will most likely go online, either looking for information via a Google search or Facebook. That goes for your younger donors, as well as those who are young at heart!The Family Place is currently undergoing a website overhaul. Although a website is a very important piece to any nonprofit’s digital marketing plan, a full website redesign wasn’t something our team could make meaningful progress on in a single day. However, there were a few suggestions we made when it came to their newly designed website (soon to launch) that we hope helped:Use images of real clients. The Family Place has great pictures of their clients on social media, but we noticed that their newly designed website still had some placeholder photos or stock images. We recommended more photos of smiling faces of their clients. They do a great job of sharing images on social to demonstrate the impact of their work, but websites aren’t updated as often as social so images can grow stale. Have you taken an audit of the imagery on your website? Is it time for an update? Are these photos telling the story you want to tell your current and potential donors?Update donation buttons, everywhere. The Family Place had a few different ways they were linking to their donation page on their website. We updated a few dead links to ensure all donors were taken to their Network for Good donation page when they are ready to give. Furthermore, we also recommended they update their Facebook call to action button to drive donors to their Network for Good donation page as well. When donors are ready to give you want to make it easy for them to find your donation page!Create a mailing list sign up form. In Network for Good’s donor management system, you can easily create a form for mailing list sign-up that will add supporters to your system, so you can email them event invitations, monthly newsletters, and more. We noticed that The Family Place had not yet leveraged this feature. We took the task off their hands, and created a form for them to link on their website and social.Create a Memorable Donor Thank You VideoBecause The Family Place had such great images of their clients they were already sharing on their social channels, we wanted to make sure that current donors who might not be active on social media were seeing all the great things their donations made possible. Since younger generations are so tech-savvy, we created a donor thank you video, using impact statements about Family Place programs and images we found on social media. Our customer solutions team member, Jeremy Washington, crafted this video in just a few hours using iMovie. This video can be sent out via email to donors as a special thank you campaign or, added to their regular process for thanking new incoming donors.The Family Place has a wonderful mission with opportunities to improve their online presence, engage a younger supporter base, and creatively thank donors. Perhaps some of their challenges are your challenges, too. Use the ideas we presented to this Network for Good customer to help you rethink how you approach the same opportunities at your nonprofit.
Let’s hope Pass can have a successful surgery and recovery. If things go as planned, Pass should be ready for the 2020 season.Jawon Pass to have season ending surgery pic.twitter.com/yoYh3OeaLq— Kent Taylor (@KentTaylorWAVE) October 15, 2019Louisville has surprised everyone this season so far, going 4-2 through six games. The Cardinals’ two losses came against Notre Dame and Florida State. UL has notable wins over Boston College and most recently, Wake Forest in a 62-59 thriller.Up next for Louisville? Clemson this Saturday.The Cardinals have proved they can compete with some of the best teams in the nation, despite coming up short vs. the Fighting Irish.It’ll be interesting to see if Louisville can stick around on Saturday against the Tigers. LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – SEPTEMBER 02: Jawon Pass #4 of the Louisville Cardinals throws the ball against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 02, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Louisville QB Jawon Pass injured his right toe in the Cardinals’ season-opening loss to No. 9 Notre Dame. Despite the injury, Pass played the next week earning the starting gig in the process.Unfortunately, Pass now requires surgery for the right-toe injury. He’ll miss the rest of the season as he recovers. The surgery will take place on Wednesday.Louisville announced the news today.“University of Louisville quarterback Jawon Pass will undergo season-ending surgery Wednesday on his right toe, head coach Scott Satterfield announced,” Louisville said in a statement.Louisville fans loved what Pass was able to do in the first two games of the season. Against Notre Dame and Eastern Kentucky, he threw for 330 yards, added 104 yards on the ground and combined for six total touchdowns.
KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 16: Fans have painted their bodies in support of the University of Tennessee Volunteers during the game against the University of Florida Gators on September 16, 2006 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Gators won 21-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee Volunteers are attempting to salvage their season. The Volunteers are a miserable 2-5 so far.Folks in Knoxville are staying optimistic, though. Two more losses and the team will not be eligible for a bowl game. But the school feels the team has been progressing well over the course of the season.Now, athletic director Phillip Fulmer is pulling out all the stops to try and get the football team a win on Saturday. This time, he’s turning to all Tennessee fans to come out and support the team on Saturday.Here’s an excerpt of Fulmer’s letter he sent to his team’s fans: “I am extremely energized and optimistic about our football team after watching the improvement on the field over the last few weeks,” Fulmer said, via utsports.com. “I hope you’re as fired up as I am about the five games left on our schedule. Three of those games—against South Carolina, UAB and Vanderbilt—take place at home. That’s three more opportunities for our fans to make a major statement in Neyland Stadium.”You can find the rest of Fulmer’s letter below.5 games left on our football schedule, 3 at home—that’s 3 more opportunities for our great fans to make a major statement in Neyland Stadium!https://t.co/httC6thGzh— Phillip Fulmer (@phillipfulmer) October 22, 2019Tennessee will have to withstand a dangerous South Carolina squad on Saturday.Fulmer is hoping Volunteers fans will show up and be loud, hopefully providing an extra advantage this weekend.
Federico Fazio has signed a two-year contract extension with Roma, the Serie A club have confirmed.The centre-back’s fresh terms at the Stadio Olimpico run until June 30, 2021.”It’s my second renewal with the club and I am incredibly pleased,” said the 32-year-old Argentina international, who moved to the Italian capital on an initial loan deal from Tottenham in 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “From the very first day here I have felt that the club has confidence in me, something that is important to every player. “I’ve sensed that belief from everyone who works at Trigoria [Roma’s training ground] – a place I want to stay at for the long-term.””I am incredibly pleased. From the very first day here I have felt that the club has confidence in me, something that is important to every player.”I’ve sensed that belief from everyone who works at Trigoria – a place I want to stay at for the long-term.”- @Fede2Fazio pic.twitter.com/Uf6g3ZiF6k— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 20, 2019In three seasons with the Giallorossi, Fazio has made 135 appearances and scored 11 goals.Fazio disappointed in a Spurs shirt after arriving with a good reputation from Sevilla, swiftly being loaned back to the La Liga side after a season and a half and eventually making a permanent switch to the Italian capital.”Federico is a key player within our squad, and because of that we are delighted to be able to extend his contract,” said Roma’s sporting director Gianluca Petrachi.”We will be relying on his ability and his experience, qualities which will also be hugely important in the growth and development of our younger players.”Federico will be a mentor for our defence and for our lads.”Roma open their Serie A campaign at home to Genoa on Sunday following a busy close season under new head coach Paulo Fonseca.The Giallorossi have signed goalkeeper Pau Lopez from Real Betis, left-back Leonardo Spinazzola from Juventus, centre-back Mert Cetin from Genclerbirligi and central midfielders Amadou Diawara and Jordan Veretout from Napoli and Fiorentina, respectively. Atalanta pair Bryan Cristante and Gianluca Mancini have also arrived to bolster midfield and defence.A number of the new signings could be in line to make their competitive debuts against Genoa on Sunday.
If Samuel Chukwueze’s mother had her way, her son would never have been a professional footballer.At 20, the Villarreal winger is one of Europe’s most exciting young talents, a player whose skills have put him firmly on the radar of the continent’s elite clubs. He’s one of La Liga’s best prospects, a current and future star of the Nigerian national team.Chukwueze’s career is on the up, but it might well have been over before it began. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “My mum always tried to stop me from playing football,” Chukwueze tells Goal in an exclusive, wide-ranging interview. “I loved to play from a very young age but she would try to stop me. She would make me stay in the house and focus on my studies.”Chukwueze’s grandfather had been a player at local level – a left-footer too, like his grandson – but when young Samuel was naturally drawn to the game, playing on rock-hard surfaces at his school in Umuahia, south east Nigeria, the resistance was strong.“I was a good student,” Chukwueze says. “But when you love something and you are so passionate about it, it becomes your focus. Your studies start to fade. I was obsessed with playing football.“Sometimes, I would go to training and would return home late, and I knew I was going to get punished. They’d say I would have to sleep outside. My mum would say I couldn’t come inside the house!“My uncle told me ‘Samuel, you need to stop playing this game and focus on school’ but I didn’t listen. Then, one day they burned my boots! All my training gear, they burnt them so I couldn’t go.”If that seems an extreme reaction, there would at least be a happy ending to it. A little while later, and completely out of the blue, Chukwueze’s big break would arrive.“I stopped playing for a while,” he says. “But one morning one of my friends told me there was a screening happening, where they were picking players to go to a tournament in Portugal. “I told them I wasn’t interested because I knew my family wouldn’t allow me to go. He said he would come to my house but I begged him not to. I told him not to disturb my sleep, but he came around 6 o’clock in the morning!“My mum, the person who doesn’t like football, who didn’t want me to play football, was the person who answered the door!”She woke me up that morning, I was so surprised. She told me my friend was there to pick me up. I told her I wasn’t going and she was the one who said I should take my boots and leave the house! I was so surprised!“The person who pushed me away from football was the one who pushed me to that screening. She said God had told her ‘You must allow this boy to play.’ I’m so glad for that.”The ‘screening’, as Chukwueze calls it, was for the Diamond Football Academy, the biggest in Umuahia. And it didn’t go entirely to plan at first.“The coach told me I was too late,” he remembers. “They had enough players. “I was outside waiting for my friend so we could go home, but the manager of the Academy told the coach to allow me to train so they could see what I could do. “I trained, just for a few minutes so the coach could watch, and I did enough to impress him. That was where my career started.”I became the top scorer of the Academy, I went to Portugal and won the highest goalscorer award at that tournament, and things went from there.”Chukwueze’s rise was rapid. In 2015, he was a key player in the team which won the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile, shining in a tournament which also featured the likes of Christian Pulisic, Eder Militao and Trent Alexander-Arnold.“I was just playing for fun, just enjoying myself,” he says. “I never knew it could take me anywhere.”Two years later, he was ready to move to Europe. A host of clubs were keen. Chukwueze visited the likes of Porto, Sporting, PSG and Salzburg, while Arsenal got close too.Villarreal, though, were the preferred choice and so Chukwueze, 18 years old, was off to Spain.The adaptation, naturally, was tough. Chukwueze chose not to live at Villarreal’s Academy, as many young players do, instead moving into an apartment with a team-mate.“I wanted independence,” he says. “I wanted to learn to cook for myself, to look after myself. I came alone and I knew I had to grow up fast.”He remembers struggling initially with the Spanish language and, especially, in terms of food.“I didn’t even know what they were giving me at first, but I didn’t like it!” he laughs. “The meat…there was blood everywhere! “But I am adapting, I have learned to love it. I love Spain. My Spanish is improving, I can understand it better than I can speak it.”In Villarreal’s Cantera, he struck up an immediate friendship with Pau Torres, a towering centre-back who has since followed him into the first-team. Torres would drive him to training, act as his minder on the pitch and help him with language and cultural problems. Chukwueze’s coaches, meanwhile, were struck by what they saw. The teenager’s pace was electric, his dribbling left defenders terrified, and he had end product too. Cutting in from the right wing onto his left foot, he reminded staff of Arjen Robben – which is a source of huge pride, it emerges.“He’s the king, to me,” says Chukwueze when asked about the great Dutchman. “He’s the perfect player. I watch so many YouTube clips of him, and there are so many things I can learn from watching him.“On the way to games, even now, I will still stick on clips of Robben and watch his goals, his dribbling. He’s my inspiration, one of the greatest. “I like to be me, and of course you have to be yourself, but you need to learn from people like him. What a player!”Chukwueze’s senior debut for Villarreal came in September 2018, a 2-2 draw against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers in a Europa League group match at El Madrigal. “A dream come true,” he says.He has been a fixture in the side since. His first goal came against Almeria in the Copa del Rey, and by the end of the season he had netted eight times in 37 appearances. One of those goals came against the mighty Barcelona, in a madcap 4-4 draw in which he terrorised Jordi Alba from start to finish. Villarreal led 4-2 in stoppage time, only for Lionel Messi, of course, to drag Barca to a point.“That was my best moment in the first team,” Chukwueze says. “But I still wasn’t happy after the game because we didn’t win. “I’m not a good loser. I couldn’t sleep that night, but sometimes Messi just does what Messi does. I don’t think he was in the same stadium as the rest of us that night!”This season, remarkably, started with another 4-4 draw at El Madrigal, Chukwueze scoring against Granada. On Sunday, Javier Calleja’s side drew 2-2 against Real Madrid – another game they could and should have won.Consistency is an issue. Villarreal finished 14th in La Liga last season, flirting with relegation at one point. After three games, they are 16th and without a win. Chukwueze, though, says they should be setting their goals high this term.“We can aim for the Champions League places, I think,” he says. “The team is ready, we just need to show our best levels consistently.”And what of the long-term, what of his own future? The scouts are already circulating – Liverpool are among those who have been alerted by his progress over the last 12 months – and the expectation is that he will move on sooner rather than later.He loves Juventus, and in particular Douglas Costa – “when I play FIFA on the PlayStation, if I don’t play as Villarreal, I play as Juve,” he laughs – but he’s in no hurry to hawk himself around Europe just yet. A partnership between Roc Nation Sports and 10 Management, his representatives, was confirmed recently, and is evidence of his growing reputation and stature.“I know I am going in the right direction,” he says. “I am happy just to be playing football and to see where that takes me. I always try to see the bigger picture, and to stay patient. I am not one who wants everything immediately. I am happy to take smaller steps on the way to the bigger goals.“I just love to play. I love training. From the moment I wake up, I want to be kicking a ball. It is a joy for me.”With an attitude like that, and with ability like he has, the kid should go far. One thing’s for sure; his mum will never regret that change of heart.
Update: Martino is going with Gudino; Mozo, Salcedo, Araujo, Calderon; Rodriguez, Herrera, Aguirre; Pizarro, Lozano, AlvaradoOne down, three to go.Mexico started its Concacaf Nations League campaign by throttling Bermuda 5-1. Now, Mexico manager Tata Martino makes his debut at the Estadio Azteca with a CNL match against Panama, a game that likely will provide El Tri with a stiffer test if past meetings are anything to go on. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career So will Martino look to use as much experience as possible or will he challenge his young players to step up and make a difference?As we do before each Mexico match, Goal has taken a look at three possible lineups Martino could deploy against Panama. Check back an hour before kickoff to see what the manager has opted to go with.Lozano up top?One of the interesting potential wrinkles, first reported by TUDN, is the possability of Hiving Lozano moving from the wing to the No. 9 position. Martino wants an active 9 who comes deep to get involved in the play and also press. Jose Juan Macias does that, but you wonder if after seeing how Lozano is being deployed with Napoli, Martino wants to see what it could look like with the national team as well.If so, look for Lozano and Rodolfo Pizarro to either interchange fluidly or be totally out of sync. Pizarro was an attacking fire-starter in the Gold Cup, but wing isn’t his true position. You could see the two working well together, but you could also see the experiment failing. Roberto Alvarado, another Gold Cup champion, gives you a bit more defensive heft on the other side.In the midfield, Erick Aguirre and Carlos Rodriguez both have senior national team experience and did well with their time against Bermuda, while Hector Herrera could once again fill in as the 6. We didn’t see much of how the Atletico Madrid midfielder could do as the lone defensive midfield player, and that’s a weakness of El Tri’s that HH perhaps could fill with so many other good two-way midfielders in the squad.At the back, Raul Gudino wins a pick-em over Rodolfo Cota. The back four would repeat from last game, with the center backs again in focus.Giving the Europeans a restLozano and Herrera are here – along with a few other players based abroad – but Martino almost seems to lament their presence. On multiple occasions, he’s pointed out that Lozano was playing the likes of Juventus and Liverpool not long ago and now is playing the likes of Bermuda and Panama.They’re still here, so you figure Martino will put them to use, but if he wanted to give them a rest he could simply put Macias back up top in a start that surely would be meaningful for the 20-year-old. In the middle, things are a bit more complicated. Martino is yet to rely on Jonathan Gonzalez much, and tossing him in against Panama would be a surprise. Not to look too deeply into it, but he is wearing No. 6 in this camp. Martino also could put Rodriguez or Aguirre in the hole and move Gonzalez up. Seeing more new facesMartino wants to use these camps and the matches that go with them to see players he hasn’t worked with previously. It stands to reason that he may want to see some of those players in live action from the opening whistle.That could mean fullback prospects like Pumas’ Alan Mozo and Santos Laguna’s Gerardo Arteaga getting their debut in official matches. Ivan Rodriguez, who was on the initial Gold Cup call-up and also came into the Bermuda match as a reserve, is another alternative.So too is Diego Lainez, who isn’t getting the minutes he wants in Spain and has to be pleased to be in the national team picture once again. A start could boost the teenager’s confidence, and he may reward that faith with the kind of performances he used to put in at the Azteca with America.
POINT 1: Marriott International, Inc.® (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced the opening of Four Points Miami Airport, the brand’s second property in Miami and tenth in the state. Catering to the needs of today’s modern traveler, the hotel offers approachable design, stylish comfort and all of the brand’s popular extras. POINT 2: Owned by Economos Properties, the newly constructed Four Points Miami Airport offers 124 spacious guest rooms, 1,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a 24-hour fitness center, a business center, fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and the brand’s iconic Best Brews and BBQ™, including refreshing local beers and seasonal BBQ-style appetizers at the hotel lounge. Four Points Miami Airport is conveniently located within three miles of the corporate offices of BV Oil Company, Harris Corporation, Magaya Corporation, Parker-Hannifin Corporation, and Refricenter International. For pleasure and easy exploration of South Florida, the property is only six miles from Miami International and Dolphin Malls. Dining and entertainment options are abundant in Doral, Little Havana, Coral Gables, and Coconut Grove, one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods. Also within driving distance are the Wynwood Art District and Miami Beach. Miami International Airport (MIA) is four miles away, and the Port of Miami is nine miles away. POINT 3: “Airport properties are at the crux of Four Points’ business model,” said Callette Nielsen, Vice President & Global Brand Manager of Courtyard, Fairfield, Four Points, and SpringHill Suites. “We’re excited to open a second property in the area, especially at such a bustling terminal where business travelers will find a reliable night’s stay.” “With reliable comfort for today’s modern traveler, our aim at Four Points Miami Airport is to make every traveler a repeat guest,” said Chris Lafontaine, General Manager, Four Points Miami Airport. POINT 4: Four Points is on track to expand its portfolio of rooms by nearly 50 percent by the end of 2019 with new hotels strategically located in nearly every corner of the globe. Hotels expected to open in North America by the end of 2017 include: Four Points Cleveland Eastlake; Four Points Juneau; Four Points Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port; Four Points Atlanta Airport West; Four Points Mt. Prospect (IL); Four Points Peoria (IL); Four Points Detroit Novi; Four Points Charlotte – Lake Norman; Four Points Spartanburg (SC); Four Points Arlington (TX); Four Points Houston Intercontinental Airport; Four Points McAllen (TX); and Four Points Salt Lake City Airport. About Four Points Four Points by Sheraton, part of Marriott International, Inc., includes more than 220 hotels in nearly 40 countries and territories. At Four Points, travel is reinvented and guests can find the timeless style and comfort they’re looking for with genuine service and everything that matters most, all around the world. Four Points hotels can be found in big urban centers, by the airport, near the beach, and in the suburbs. Each hotel offers a familiar place with an authentic sense of the local, and friendly genuine service where guests can relax and unwind, watch local sports, and enjoy the brand’s Best Brews and BBQ™ program. Four Points is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest®. Members can now link accounts with Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. To learn more, visit us online and stay connected to Four Points on Facebook. Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,000 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 122 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. Connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram. Note on Forward-Looking Statements: The anticipated five year rooms growth and the number and locations of hotels that Four Points expects open in 2017 are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors that Marriott International, Inc. identifies in the most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q or annual report on Form 10-K that it filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by those statements. 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Customer Demand Increases for Personalized Expertise and Value Offered by The Avoya Network Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – April 27, 2017 – Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies, is pleased to announce that first quarter sales in 2017 were the best ever in company history following a record setting 2016. The company’s sales success continues into the second quarter as Avoya furthers its innovative programs to reach and connect more travelers with Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network™ that offer personalized expertise and extraordinary value to the vacation planning experience During the 2017 Wave Season, the travel industry’s biggest sales period of the year, Avoya generated double digit increases and accelerated gross sales from January to March. Notably, March was significantly up year-over-year and for the first time the best month of the quarter, indicating that the increase in customer bookings will remain strong in the second quarter. First quarter bookings were very broad-based, with customer bookings for Alaska, Europe, USA / Canada, and other destinations all up more than 20 percent. Accelerating growth in customer demand is a result of Avoya’s recent innovative marketing strategies, which include the Beyond the Web® consumer brand campaign and travel agent programs supporting the record number of Independent Agencies that continue to join the Avoya Network. Avoya’s Beyond the Web campaign has proven to be very effective in promoting the importance and value of travel professionals to the vacation planning and booking process. Continued growth in customer lead generation (Live Leads™) through these campaigns is further evidence that Avoya’s been successful in demonstrating to customers and suppliers that travel agents are uniquely qualified and necessary to the planning and booking of vacations and cruises. In parallel with growing customer demand, Avoya more than doubled Network growth in the first quarter of 2017. The increase in Network membership is a result of the momentum Avoya continues to build from its New-To-Travel program that promotes the benefits of a career in travel, and the many educational and support resource enhancements the company has made to better help Independent Agencies grow their businesses and incomes. Now, more Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network are claiming more new customer Live Leads and providing more personalized, expert service and vacation value to travelers than ever before. “Following a record setting 2016, Avoya Travel is thrilled to achieve the best first quarter sales in company history and help fulfill the pent up demand consumers have to experience a different, better vacation with the help of travel professionals,” said Brad Anderson, Avoya President. “We are optimistic that our collective success will grow through the year as Avoya Travel continues to develop industry-first programs that improve the consumer’s vacation buying experience while also helping Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network build their businesses.” About Avoya Travel: Avoya Travel is a family-owned company with a longstanding reputation for being one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 30 years, and their largest seller of cruises and tours, Avoya is deeply committed to Integrity and Professionalism™, service, and value in every aspect of planning cruises and vacations. Through an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service to travelers worldwide. Cruise lines and travel partners recognize this, as Avoya has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, and more. Avoya is headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with support offices throughout the United States. Travel agency owners, travel professionals, and others interested in owning and operating their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visit www.JoinAvoya.com. Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with Avoya Travel, should call 800-357-2261 or visitwww.AvoyaTravel.com.
Norwegian Encore, Norwegian’s Highly Anticipated Ship of 2019, to Cruise from New York City Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Jewel to Summer in Alaska Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Dawn Make Their European Debut with Cruises from Copenhagen and Venice Pride of America to Continue Popular Hawaii Inter-Island Itinerary MIAMI – (September 18, 2018) – Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in cruise travel, today opened for sale summer 2020 itineraries for 11 of its 17 ships, including upcoming voyages for Norwegian Encore, the company’s highly anticipated ship setting sail in 2019. The cruise line also opened summer 2021 through spring 2022 sailings on its Pride of America ship. With voyages to the most popular destinations in the world, the summer 2020 schedule includes three ships cruising to Alaska, four ships voyaging in Europe and two sailing to Bermuda from New York City and Boston, including Norwegian Encore, which begins sailing from the city that never sleeps on April 22, 2020. “We’re proud of the itineraries we’ve carefully curated for our guests, which allow them to experience some of the most sought-after destinations around the globe,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Summer 2020 is especially exciting as our Breakaway-Plus class will be making waves all over the world, from Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss in Alaska to Norwegian Encore in Bermuda and Norwegian Escape’s debut in Europe as our newest ship in the region.” Alaska – Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian JewelNorwegian Bliss, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Jewel will sail to Alaska in summer 2020, as the youngest and most exciting fleet in the region. Sister ships, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss, return to the state with seven-day cruises from Seattle, Washington beginning May 9 and May 10 respectively. In Alaska, Norwegian Joy will call to Holkham Bay, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Ketchikan, and in British Columbia, she will call in Victoria. Norwegian Bliss will call to Glacier Bay, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska as well as Victoria, British Columbia. Rounding out the Alaskan fleet, beginning May 11, Norwegian Jewel returns to Vancouver, British Columbia and Seward, Alaska to sail her incredibly popular seven-day Glacier Bay Northbound and Inside Passage itineraries. Europe – Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian EpicNorwegian Escape will make her European debut on May 29 offering nine-day cruises to the Baltic region from Copenhagen, Denmark with calls to Warnemünde, Germany; Tallinn, Estonia, Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm (Nynashamn), Sweden and an overnight in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Norwegian Escape will be one of the newest and largest Norwegian ships to homeport in Europe offering guests flexibility and choice with over 27 dining options, 21 bars and lounges, Broadway-style entertainment and more. For the first time, beginning May 15, Norwegian Dawn will cruise from Europe offering seven-to-eleven-day sailings to the Greek Isles from Venice, Italy. From May 8, Norwegian Getaway will offer ten-and-eleven-day cruises to the Greek Isles and Italy from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. Both Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Getaway will visit Kotor, Montenegro; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos, Greece, among other Mediterranean cities. Norwegian Epic’s European summer 2020 itineraries will open for sale on October 16, 2018. Bermuda – Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Gem Following her inaugural season in the Caribbean, Norwegian Encore will reposition from Miami, Florida to New York City offering seven-day cruises to Bermuda beginning April 22, while Norwegian Gem will offer seven-day voyages from Boston to Bermuda beginning May 1. Both ships’ seven-day itineraries overnight in port offering guests three days in Bermuda. Caribbean – Norwegian BreakawayBeginning April 23, Norwegian Breakaway returns to Miami with a selection of five-and-seven-day cruises to the Western Caribbean visiting Roatan and Bay Islands, Honduras; Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; and the resort-style island destination of Harvest Caye in Southern Belize. She will also sail a variety of three-and-four-day cruises to the Bahamas calling to Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island. Bahamas & Florida / Canada & New England – Norwegian Pearl As of May 23, for the first time, Norwegian Pearl will homeport in New York City offering select seven, ten and eleven-day cruises to Canada and New England with calls to Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, New Brunswick; Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; and Newport, Rhode Island. She will also offer seven-day voyages to Bahamas and Florida with visits to Port Canaveral, Florida; Nassau and Norwegian’s private island paradise, Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas, which will have recently undergone enhancements as part of Norwegian Edge®, the company’s commitment to elevating the standard of excellence across its fleet and resort-style destinations. Hawaii – Pride of AmericaPride of America will continue cruising her seven-day inter-island itinerary that offers nearly 100 hours of port time in Hawaii’s main islands, including calls in Hilo, Kona, and overnight stays in Kahului, Maui and Nãwiliwili, Kauai with an afternoon cruising past the breathtaking Nãpali Coast. Norwegian’s Pride of America will depart from Honolulu every Saturday beginning May 1, 2021 through April 2022. For more information or to book a cruise, please contact a travel professional; call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784); or visit www.ncl.com. About Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 51-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising. Most notably, Norwegian revolutionized the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule with no set dining times, a variety of entertainment options and no formal dress codes. Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort-style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodations options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, a private pool and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Norwegian Cruise Line sails around the globe, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the world on their own time and experience up to 27 dining options, award-winning entertainment, superior guest service and more across all of the brand’s 16 ships.