Grades: Badgers tame Wolverines

first_imgJunior tight end Lance Kendricks stretches for a touchdown after tripping over his own feet.[/media-credit]Every week, Herald Sports takes a look back at the Wisconsin football game and grades the position groups on a scale of zero to five.Here is how the Badgers fared in their final home game against Michigan:Quarterbacks — 4 of 5For 90 percent of the game, Scott Tolzien was on fire. He became the 11th Badger of all time to score five touchdowns in a game, and he was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. UW scored on all six of its trips to the red zone and recorded the most points against Michigan in Badger history. The passing statistics were solid, and Tolzien finished with 240 yards on 16 completions. When the junior signal caller was bad, however, he was really bad. Intercepted in the first quarter by Jordan Kovacs, the miscommunication with wide receiver Nick Toon led to a Wolverine field goal. Even more troubling, Tolzien’s fumble in the second quarter was recovered by UM for a touchdown. Overall, it was a good day for the junior quarterback with a few ugly spots.Running backs — 4.5 of 5Wearing down the defense, chewing up clock and generally having their way with the Michigan front seven, the Wisconsin ground game showed the Wolverines — the league leaders in rushing — what running the ball really looks like. Sophomore John Clay finished with 26 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown. He has inserted his name strongly into the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year competition. The only negative for Clay came from lacking the breakaway speed on his 33-yard run. Freshman Montee Ball was often stopped for minimal gains, but finished the game with 62 yards on 16 carries — a 3.9 average. UW went to Lance Kendricks two times on the “tight end-around” and picked up 15 yards.Wide Receivers — 4 of 5After dropping what would have been the first touchdown of his career last season in Ann Arbor, wide out Nick Toon responded with a huge game, catching five balls for 98 yards and two touchdowns. The second touchdown grab was a spectacular effort while drawing an interference penalty. Junior Isaac Anderson chipped in with four balls for 65 yards. However, Toon was at least partially responsible for Tolzien’s interception.Tight ends — 5 of 5Garrett Graham put up his most productive game of Big Ten play, finishing with five receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown. He continues to be a dominant blocker. Kendricks also chipped in a reception, while senior captain Mickey Turner had what may have been his best game of the season run blocking.Offensive line — 4.5 of 5Four hundred and sixty-nine yards of offense, 28 first downs and 45 points are a feather in any offensive line’s cap. Doing it against a decent Michigan front seven makes it even sweeter. The Badgers wore down the Wolverines in the second half, and 229 rushing yards put a “Wisconsin” stamp on the game. However, the line did allow eight tackles for a loss, including two sacks by the talented Brandon Graham.Defensive line — 5 of 5Simply put, the seniors stepped up. Fifth-year defensive tackle Jeff Stehle exploded for a sack and two TFLs in his best game of the season. Senior leader O’Brien Schofield wreaked havoc as usual, collecting half a sack, seven total tackles and one tackle behind the line of scrimmage. The youngster of the group, J.J. Watt, nearly had two sacks before Forcier flipped the ball out, but blocked a field goal with tremendous anticipation. Holding the league’s leading rushing team to just 71 yards is an impressive accomplishment.Linebackers — 4.5 of 5Freshman Chris Borland once again played way beyond his years, leading the team in tackles with 11 and picking up 1.5 TFLs. However, Borland did blow an assignment leading to a conversion on third-and-24. Fittingly enough on Senior Day, Jaevery McFadden played his best game of the season, romping behind the line for 2.5 tackles for a loss. Coming in on passing plays, junior Blake Sorensen finished second in tackles with seven.Secondary — 2.5 of 5Not challenged downfield often, the secondary held its own on UM quarterback Tate Forcier’s few deep attempts. Niles Brinkley made a beautiful adjustment on a deep ball for an interception. It was a play he didn’t make against Indiana. Forcier finished with 20 completions for a weak 188 yards, though he did throw two touchdowns. Facing a unique and challenging offense, the corners tackled well.Specialists — 1 of 5Kicker Phillip Welch gave up big field position kicking it out of bounds on the opening drive. He did boot one for a touchback later, though, and connected on his lone field goal attempt. Brad Nortman punted only once, a weak attempt that went 34 yards.last_img read more

Laura Jensen finishes 6th in 50m Freestyle

first_imgLaura has had another great race at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.This time it was the 50m Freestyle event. After racing in the heat and finishing with a time of 36.70, she was off to the finals. In the finals she had a time of 36.10, which was good enough for 6th place.This was Laura’s last race at the Paralympic Games…congrats to her and Chad on a job well done.- Advertisement –last_img

In the shadow of fear

first_imgParental control of children begins at home and is perpetuated in schools, colleges and workplaces.Ask any Indian parent what the most important aspect of parenting is, and he is likely to say ‘ discipline’. And this doesn’t mean the positive kind of discipline recommended by psychologists either: 90 per cent of Indian parents are reported to shout at their children and almost the same number favour slapping as a method of keeping their children’s behaviour in check. According to a recent UNICEF report, 3 out of 4 children in India have been subjected to harsh verbal and psychological discipline while half have been physically punished.This news should hardly surprise any of us who are familiar with the Indian’s ‘ fear based’ methods of parenting.Parental control of children begins at home and is perpetuated in schools, colleges and workplaces. This almost insurmountable nexus between parents, the educational system and society is based on instilling fear in children – of failure, ridicule, and repercussions.The Chinese are no different, as evident from the recently published memoir of a Chinese mother Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother . The author says that raising her daughters the ” Asian” way meant denying them playtime, sports and TV. It meant pushing them to play the piano for up to three hours daily. Once Chua even refused to let her daughter go to the bathroom until she mastered a difficult piano piece.Chua’s confessions have led to widespread uproar and debate about whether laws should be formulated to prevent parents from practicing such coercive and emotionally abusive methods of child rearing. We Indians should ask ourselves the same question. One look at statistics is enough to prove that we are a society that undervalues and shames its children.advertisementThe condition of adolescent children in India is among the worst in the world, says a recent UNICEF report on the ‘ State of the World’s Children’. Aside from the dismal health scenario of these teens, one third report being physically abused.Children who are subjected to constant humiliation learn to humiliate.Those who are punished and treated aggressively become aggressive towards other children and grow up to be violent adults who abuse their spouses and children. Deep down, we know this.We know we are a society in the throes of a parenting crisis each time an incident of aggression, suicide or murder is reported among minor children. An 11 year old girl hangs herself because her mother marches off to the principal of her school to protest against the little girl’s confessions about a crush on a boy in her class. A class VIII student of a Delhi school kicks and punches his teacher and then slashes her face with a sharp object when she tries to stop him from cheating in an exam.Numerous similar stories appear daily, jolting us into the realisation that we can no longer get away by saying that western societies breed violent children. Nor can we keep blaming the violence on TV and movies for the unruly behaviour of our children. Any shrink will tell you that aggressive behaviour is bred by a child’s family environment and the social and economic conditions in which he was raised and that we need to come up with less archaic and more thoughtful ways of raising our children.The only way to stop this violence from escalating is to stop yelling and slapping and make an effort to adopt more constructive methods of disciplining our children. Let’s consider parenting our children without controlling them. Positive discipline parenting can be learned through the workshops conducted by counsellors in the city, and book shops are full of guides on the topic.Teachers should practice the classroom management model, which consists of a specific set of behaviors for rewarding good behaviour and curtailing negative behaviour. It really is up to mothers, fathers and teachers to act as agents of change by evolving new methods of disciplining children that don’t diminish them.last_img read more

Senior Winnipeg police officer says powers needed to hold runaways

first_imgAPTN National NewsHow to handle chronic runaways is often a problem for police services.In Winnipeg, at-risk-youth are often picked up and then taken back to places like group homes, only to run away again.Now, one Winnipeg police officer believes there may be other options to help vulnerable teens.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.last_img