COLUMN: USC has no drama, but tough schedule

first_imgWith the lights shining down in Arlington Saturday night as the USC football team takes the field for the first game of their season, it won’t be just any other game. Across the field, the top-ranked, defending national champions will be eyeing down the Trojans. Many are anticipating No. 20 USC to lose to Alabama. Even if the Trojans pull off an upset, it would only be the first notch in their season-long uphill battle of a schedule.Playing the Tide gives USC one of the most-anticipated first games in recent years. In the past six seasons, the Trojans opened their season against Hawaii University three times: Minnesota, Fresno State and Arkansas State. To say the Cowboy Classic is a big game would be an understatement.Despite facing off against Alabama to kickoff their season, USC has had a bit of a quiet preseason in comparison to recent program history. In contrast to recent years, the biggest news preceding the start of the season was not a player lying to the University nor was it an intoxicated, profanity-filled speech from a head coach in front of donors and board members.What everyone just wanted to know before the 2016 season was who would be named the starting quarterback: redshirt junior Max Browne or redshirt freshman Sam Darnold? The only real common denominator between this season and past seasons is that USC has a new coach at the reigns.Having a new head coach is not a new situation for the Trojans. In the last six seasons, four different men have led the team, which is only a slight indication of the turmoil USC has experienced. A fresh start is exactly what the Trojans need. This fresh start, though, comes in a tough package.Whether or not the Trojans come out on top after their matchup with the Tide, what lies ahead of them is just as daunting. It’s almost a consensus that USC has the toughest schedule in 2016.Their schedule is bookended by two huge national opponents — No. 1 Alabama and No. 10 Notre Dame — and filled in by tough Pac-12 competition, where no win is guaranteed, no matter the opponent.This tough schedule puts the Trojans in a unique position. They have the opportunity to vault themselves back in the national spotlight in a positive manner and not because of scandals and drama off the field and behind the scenes. It’s a nice break from the national headlines coming out of USC the past few season.Now, back to ’Bama. If USC manages to upset the defending champions, that in no way guarantees a trip to the College Football Playoff. Because USC has the toughest schedule in the nation this season, they’ll have to go probably at least 10-2 — maybe 9-3 — to have a shot at the playoffs.If there were ever a USC way of regaining a place as one of the top programs nationwide, doing it with the toughest schedule of the season would be that way.Jodee Storm Sullivan is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. Her column, “The Storm Report,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

David Ortiz update: Red Sox legend released from hospital, report says

first_imgBut the 43-year-old Ortiz has shown steady improvement. His condition was upgraded to “good” on June 18, and he was removed from intensive care on June 22. On July 11, the Red Sox released a statement from Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, revealing Ortiz had undergone a third surgery in early July but was “recovering well and is in good spirits.” Related News Red Sox legend David Ortiz was released from a Boston hospital Friday, according to ESPN.Ortiz was shot and severely wounded June 9 in a shooting at a nightclub in his native Dominican Republic (officials later revealed the shooting was a case of mistaken identity in a murder-for-hire scheme). MLB wrap: Red Sox’s blowout of Yankees keyed by another rough Masahiro Tanaka start MLB trade rumors: What are the second moves Cubs, Red Sox, Yankees could make before deadline? MLB trade rumors: Twins eye Jays’ Daniel Hudson as well as Marcus Stroman, Ken Giles After undergoing emergency surgery in the Dominican Republic, Ortiz was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on June 10. Since the shooting, he has undergone three surgeries that removed a portion of his intestines, as well as his gallbladder. A 10-time All-Star, Ortiz led the Red Sox to three World Series titles.So far, Dominican Republic officials have arrested more than a dozen people in connection with the shooting.last_img read more

Highway Diner 81 is open in the former building of A&W Restaurant

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A new sign has been erected at the restaurant formerly known as A&W Restaurant. The new digs is called “Highway Diner 81” . This billboard was put in place today. Look for the newly black painted roof.  Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Will miss it · 330 weeks ago What is sad is I drove threw Iola the other day by their A&W and they looked packed at noon. Just saying. Report Reply 0 replies · active 330 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 330 weeks ago Is it “Highway Diner 81” or “Highway 81 Diner”? Just curious, but the latter sounds better. Either way, good luck to them! Report Reply 0 replies · active 330 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Resident · 330 weeks ago My husband & I ate at the diner last week. Very good food & service was excellent! The new owner has kept a lot of the same old A&W food, just renamed. Everyone should try it out!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 330 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Pokesalad · 329 weeks ago Post a example menu would be nice if possible, stick to the work place bullentin board. Report Reply 0 replies · active 329 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Jim · 329 weeks ago We like highway 81 diner also Report Reply 0 replies · active 329 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Wayfinding Signage · 328 weeks ago Highway Diner 81 in former building. Wow, let’s hope they have some serious plans to keep things going there. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down sharon · 313 weeks ago Drove over from Winfield today to eat at A & W…sad it is closed.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 313 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more