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first_imgTen touchdowns against Austin Peay last Saturday and Badger fans were once again reminded of the immutable truth that 330-pound athletes can bully 250-pound athletes up and down the field all day long.Lucky us.But this isn’t another diatribe about the cupcake-scheduling culture. I’ll leave that to the mainstream columnists in the Dairy State. The blatant money-grab that is all Austin Peay-type games might leave some feeling robbed of a full-priced ticket, but the athletic department has to maintain a self-sustaining budget somehow, and anyways, UW should probably charge double for Ohio State coming to Camp Randall, so it all works out in the end.No, this is a question of sound marketing principals. See, it appears that head coach Bret Bielema has been ignoring the good hippies of the Capitol Square farmers’ market. Bielema went all the way to Tennessee to buy a team willing to be run over (John Clay) and around (James White) for fair compensation – reportedly in the neighborhood of $300,000 – when a perfectly suitable product could be bought locally.It’s true the Badgers are the only Division-I football team in Wisconsin and there isn’t even an FCS school in the fine Dairy Land.But there is a national championship-winning program just an hour southwest of Madison. And though Wisconsin-Whitewater is probably busy preparing for its sixth straight trip to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl (or D-III National Championship), I am sure they would be willing to take some time to make a trip up to Camp Randall.Because if all you require for a tune up game for the Big Ten season is an athletic mismatch on which to pour 70 points on the scoreboard, then why not host Wisconsin-Whitewater for one Saturday?This may sound tongue-in-cheek, but I am as serious as the perennially miserable Bob Bostad.Why not Wisconsin-Whitewater?On Saturday, Austin Peay allowed 10 touchdowns on the first 11 drives of the day before the Badgers graciously agreed to run out the clock on the game’s final drive. Is anyone claiming UW-Whitewater, a program at the very top of its division, couldn’t do better than 70 points allowed?So, if the competition wouldn’t be appreciably worse – and it would be hard to be worse, short of the Austin Peay Governors subbing in a few elected officials into the game – then the romantic benefits alone should tip the scales in Whitewater’s favor. Of the Warhawks’ 99 players, 77 come from high schools in Wisconsin. That makes 77 different guys who likely grew up wanting to play for the Badgers, but ended up being a tad too small or slow to make the team. Is there any reason to deny them one chance to play in front of 80,321 fans for once in their life?Speaking of the fans, the reported attendance for Saturday’s exhibition matchup with Austin Peay was 77,224 and that number was reduced to an eighth of that size by the time the fourth quarter rolled around. Bringing an in-state team to Camp Randall would ensure not only that the stadium fills completely up, but some fans might actually stick around for the entire game, not just until Jump Around has played. Plus, the tailgating experience of Wisconsin citizens coming from all over the state would be fantastic. So we would have that going for us, which is nice.Look at the sheer economics of the issue as well. Instead of forking over hundreds of thousands of dollars to a school few had heard of and fewer care about, either give that money to a fellow state school that is always searching for athletic funds (everyone wins!) or pocket the money (UW wins!). The financial details of scheduling Whitewater matter little, because the simple fact UW won’t have to pay Austin Peay to barely show up can only be a good thing.Bielema is convinced a tasty cupcake before sitting down for the real meal only helps his team. Key starters can be rested, minor injuries are given another week to heal, confidence is built, scheduling is a complicated process, yada yada yada. No one can convince him to stop scheduling FCS opponents each year. As Nick Toon likes to say during Ask the Badgers, “It is what it is.”Bring in Whitewater for just one year, however, and all the griping of inferior competition and inferior games will go away. Then he becomes a scheduling savant who cares about the fans and state citizens.Living in the most liberal city in the state, Bielema should see the bumper sticker everywhere: “I Buy Local.”OK, Maybe it was a little tongue-in-cheek. Think Whitewater is unfeasible? Let Michael know at [email protected] or follow him on twitter @michaelbleach.last_img read more

first_imgThe Giants announced Tuesday evening that they’ve hired ex-MLB player Gabe Kapler as their successor to Bruce Bochy.Kapler managed the last two years for the Philadelphia Phillies, and before that he was the Dodgers’ director of player development under Farhan Zaidi, now the Giants’ president of baseball operations. While with the Dodgers, Kapler reportedly mishandled allegations that players in the organization had committed sexual assault.Zaidi has classified that series of decisions as a …last_img read more

first_imgMathiba MolefeMasego “Maps” Maponyane says he wants to make lasting difference in the lives of as many people as he can. So much can be achieved through active citizenship, he adds. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Maps Maponyane, the Play Your Part ambassador, entrepreneur, TV presenter and model, has set into motion an initiative to help promising students pay for their education and pursue their dreams.The Bursary Network was prompted by issues brought to light by the #FeesMustFall movement, which voices the concerns of students about the costs of education at South African universities.Many students find their road to success blocked by the cost of further education. It is this need that is at the heart of the crowd-funding initiative, which is involving the public and giving them an opportunity to make a telling difference.The network uses crowd-funding to raise the money needed for students to enrol at colleges and universities. People are encouraged to play their part and help South Africa’s youth fulfil their potential – in other words, contribute to the fund.“I think Bursary Network fits in very well with being a Play your Part ambassador because it’s a way that myself and a couple of my partners have decided to pick up whatever pieces we can and figure out a way that we can play our part in helping alleviate those issues,” Maponyane explains.HOW IT WORKSThrough the Bursary Network, students can appeal to the public for help. They upload their profiles to the website. Potential donors can then go through the list of students and choose to whom they want to donate.“What we’ve created is an opportunity for students who can’t get access to education because of funding,” says Maponyane.“It’s an opportunity for them to come on to the site, put up their profiles telling people who they are, where they’re from, what they want to study, where they want to go, how much money they need and what they’ll do with those studies afterwards.”To date, the Bursary Network has funded 10 students with the help of some 358 donors who have all contributed R100 or more.All the students registered on the site undergo background checks to ensure they are suitable beneficiaries and the money donated is paid directly to the institutions involved so the funds cannot be used for other purposes.The network uses crowd-funding to raise the money needed for students to enrol at colleges and universities. People are encouraged to play their part and help South Africa’s youth fulfil their potential – in other words, contribute to the fund. (Brand South Africa’s Tshepiso Malele (left) and Keineloe Phakathi (right) alongside Play Your Part ambassador Masego Maponyane.) GET INVOLVEDIf you would like to help these promising students chase down their dreams, visit the Bursary Network website and register to donate.The minimum donation is R100. You can track the progress in reaching the target and how your contributions are helping to change the lives of South African youth.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through business? Do you know of any business person who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Donald Trump, Immigration FacebookTwitter August 9, 2019 Crews at the US-Mexico border placed the final panel in the primary border wall project Friday.The acting Chief of @CBPSanDiego, Agent Kathleen Scudder, delivered opening remarks as workers placed the last panel.Story: https://t.co/eBDqyvOrq4 pic.twitter.com/uLCzcnQiZl— KUSI News (@KUSINews) August 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 3:50 PM Posted: August 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOTAY MESA (KUSI) – Crews at the US-Mexico border placed the final panel in the primary border wall project Friday.The acting Chief of the San Diego Sector Border Patrol, Agent Kathleen Scudder, delivered opening remarks as workers placed the last panel.The project was started by the Trump administration in 2017.The Border Patrol is touting the increased situational awareness this will give their agents and the height of the new section of the border wall.Agent Kathleen Scudder also said she expects this to be more of a deterrent than the previous model. Crews install final panel of new primary border wall projectlast_img read more