Biegel living up to family name

first_imgHeart. It’s an intangible characteristic in an athlete that can’t be taught, but if he has it, it can make a good player a great one. In the 1993 movie “Rudy,” Ruettiger’s coaches at Notre Dame always said: “If you had half the heart of Ruettiger, you’d be All-American.” At Wisconsin, the football coaches have a player with Ruettiger’s heart in an all-American athlete’s body in redshirt freshman linebacker Vince Biegel.It’s no surprise Biegel is known for his effort, growing up in Wisconsin Rapids with college football coursing through his veins. Biegel’s dad, Rocky, was an all-conference linebacker at BYU along with his Uncle T.D. — the “T” standing for Jim Thorpe — who played fullback for the Cougars and their father Ken played linebacker at UW-Eau Claire.“[My dad] always taught us to have the highest motor out there, and I think that’s kind of a reflection on him, him teaching me family values, being the first one to everything and have the highest motor out there and that happened to show on Saturday,” Biegel said. “That’s how I approach everything. Not just on the field but off the field as well.”Biegel’s all-out attitude doesn’t go unnoticed among his coaches and teammates, whose faces light up at the mention of Biegel’s name.“God blessed him with a lot of hard work, dedication and passion for the game. That shines in everything he does both on the field and off the field,” fellow linebacker and redshirt senior Brendan Kelly said. “You can be talking about your favorite cereal or you can be talking about the next blitz we’re going to run and he’s just as intense, but it’s a good intensity and it’s something that’s going to carry him a long way in the sport.”With the help of his parents, Vince and his brother Hayden — a freshman linebacker at Wisconsin — have been groomed to be football players, from diets to watching film on Saturdays of the previous night’s game with Lincoln High School, but were never forced to watch Rocky’s old film, with the Cougars joking, “It’d probably be in black and white.”Now playing on Saturdays in Camp Randall, Biegel’s dad is in the stands watching his boys follow in his footsteps, but he isn’t afraid to use his experience to teach.“He’s watching every single second out there,” Biegel said. “He’s the type of guy where after the play he’ll be critiquing me on certain little scenarios, but it’s good though having a guy like that help you out who isn’t your coach necessarily to kind of show you what you’re doing good and bad.”Biegel came to UW’s football program as the No.1 recruit in Wisconsin and an all-American linebacker at Lincoln High where he stacked up 425 tackles, 27 sacks, 10 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns in his career.After redshirting his freshman year, the outside linebacker is starting to make his mark on the Badgers’ defense.“I’m really excited about Vince,” defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said. “He brings a great passion and a great pass rushing ability on the edge. There is such a determination with Vince and such a want, too, and I think that rubs off on everybody. I think they see that and they’re inspired by him and so he gets us to work harder. So the more Vince can be on the field the better we’ll be.”Biegel got his biggest opportunity against Purdue earlier this season when Kelly left the game with a leg injury. Since then Biegel has seen a larger portion of the defensive snaps, coming away with one of the defense’s seven sacks last weekend against Northwestern.But before he could make the difference he is making now, Biegel had to hone in on his trademark determination.“Early on Vince was very much 100 miles an hour but in every direction and so he’s very much focused now,” Aranda said. “He knows what his job description is, knows his fit within the defense and what we’re asking him to do and so it’s much more concentrated and you get a much more productive player.”Now that he is beginning to realize his potential on the field, Biegel couldn’t be happier that his hard work is paying off.“It’s been a great blessing,” Biegel said. “Obviously this is what I’ve been working at for awhile, this is what you lift those weights in the offseason for, this is what you run all of those gassers in the summer for and that’s what you do all of that offseason prep for. For it to show up in a game is a great blessing, so I’ll keep working hard, keep the gas pedal down and keep working.”While his Rudy-like effort is earning Biegel time on the field, it is also earning him the respect of his teammates.He already has the intangibles, now he just needs to use his athletic ability and football genes to make the most of it.“I think Vince likes to be known for his effort and his never give up motor. It’s something that pass rushers and defensive players love to be known for and I think Vince is definitely earning that right now,” Kelly said. “You can’t coach effort and that is definitely something Vince has got down right now.”last_img read more

Day two, 18-year-old cold case retried in Alcona County

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisHarrisville, Mich. – A retrial took place Tuesday morning involving an 18 year old cold case in Alcona county. New jurors will have the opportunity to look at evidence and determine by the end of week if one man is responsible for the murder of Patricia Leeper. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Delivery of drugs leads to arrest, following death investigationNext What’s Trending on October 17last_img read more

WATCH: Daniel Suarez, Michael McDowell fight during TicketGuardian 500 qualifying

first_imgBut instead of talking, the two players went at it immediately.Daniel Suarez and Michael Mcdowell were a little heated in qualifying today. pic.twitter.com/3Fsf4eiyDD— Thomas Lott (@tlott33) March 8, 2019The two men were ultimately broken up and talked it out a minute or so later. Related News Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell were not happy with each other at ISM Raceway in Phoenix at qualifying Friday.After both drivers failed to make it to the second of three rounds of qualifying for position for the TicketGuardian 500 on Sunday, Suarez went over to McDowell’s car to talk something out. NASCAR Cup Series Awards leaving Las Vegas for Nashville NASCAR results at Las Vegas: Joey Logano scores first win of season at Pennzoil 400center_img “Just miscommunication on the racetrack,” McDowell told FS1 after his run. “We all kind of waited until the end and just had a lot of traffic, so it’s just unfortunate.”He was upset, I held him up on his good lap and then he tried to crash us and I just didn’t appreciate it.”McDowell will start 27th on Sunday while Suarez will start 28th.They’ll be seeing a lot of each other from the beginning on race day.”It’s just a lack of respect,” Suarez said. “Track position is made being in these races these days and you have to qualify well to have a good (roll) and a good start to the race. “The race is long so you can always overcome that, but it’s just a lack of respect.”Everybody in the garage knows the second lap is the good one, you have to try to get out of the way if somebody is coming on their lap, he didn’t.”last_img read more

Letter to the editor: For less than a cup of coffee, the school children will be safe

first_img 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 (3) 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. +2 Vote up Vote down Redress · 322 weeks ago I agree. $2.54 a month is less then a 30 candy bars, soda a day, ect. But what ever it is a month it is worth it more then no security for our kids. Report Reply 2 replies · active 322 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down guest · 322 weeks ago But it’s so much more. This is the way I see this bond issue. Lets take care of the stuff we have been neglecting. Lets add-on some wish list stuff. All in the name of “safety and security”. ( have we scared you yet) Then have the b-lls to tell me we don’t think your smart enough to choose what you want to vote for (security and safety or the whole ball of wax) so we will bundle it up to help your dumb -ss out. Pretty sure its not the dumb part but a guilt trip the board is throwing at us. Do we put a bond issue every time we need a roof, carpet, repair work on boiler that’s been neglected? You walk around our schools and the maintenance on them is terrible. They can’t even do the simple tasks like tuck in some mortar on bricks, caulk some windows, fix some trim Do anything that makes me think there is some sort of P.M. program in effect. This will be an endless cycle till we get someone in there to maintain and protect our assets. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Bazinga · 322 weeks ago I agree with guest. We might as well vote yes on this now. If it doesn’t pass this time, we’ll have to vote on it again next year, and again until it passes. I am feeling bad for being sarcastic. Report Reply 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 comments To the editor: I am writing this as a concerned parent of five current and three future USD 353 students: I also teach dozens of preschool children who go on to enter the public school system.I would like to urge the registered voters of Wellington and Mayfield to go to the polls on June 24 and vote to pass the Safe and Secure Schools Bond Project. Passing this will result in a tax increase of only $2.54 per month on a $100,000 home and will make our schools safer from tornado disasters and more secure from intruders who would like to harm our children. That $2.54 per month would also pay for needed repairs and updates to the middle school and elementary schools. We need to act on this now in order to qualify for the state to pay 52 percent of the principle and interest on the cost of these projects out of the funds collected from wealthier school districts in the state.Surely the safety and security of our children is worth spending less than most of us spend on coffee and soft drinks in a month. Pleas mark June 24 on your calendars and vote in this important special election.Phyllis Rains. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Senate Republicans To Propose Policing Changes In ‘Justice Act’

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are proposing changes to police procedures and accountability with an enhanced use-of-force database, restrictions on chokeholds and new commissions to study law enforcement and race, according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press.The “Justice Act” is the most ambitious GOP policing proposal in years, a direct response to the massive public protests over the death of George Floyd and other black Americans.The package is set to be introduced Wednesday by Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the GOP’s lone black Republican, and a task force of GOP senators assembled by Republican leadership.The 106-page bill is not as sweeping as a Democratic proposal, which is set for a House vote next week, but it shows how swiftly the national debate has been transformed as Republicans embrace a new priority in an election year.The GOP legislation would beef up requirements for law enforcement to compile use of force reports under a new George Floyd and Walter Scott Notification Act, named for the Minnesota father whose May 25 death sparked worldwide protests over police violence, and Scott, the South Carolina man shot by police after a traffic stop in 2015, no relation to the senator.It would also establish the Breonna Taylor Notification Act to track “no-knock” warrants. Such warrants used to be rare, but the 26-year-old was killed after police in Kentucky used a no-knock warrant to enter her Louisville home.To focus on ending chokeholds, it encourages agencies to do away with the practice or risk losing federal funds. Many big city departments have long stopped their use. It also provides funding for training to “de-escalate” situations and establish a “duty to intervene” protocol to prevent excessive force.“We wanted to make sure that we listened to everyone because there is the false dichotomy, this binary choice between law enforcement and communities of color, and that’s just a false choice,” Scott said Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.” “You can actually serve America and bring the two groups together.”As the contours of the package emerged in recent days, Democrats panned it as insufficient, as their own bill takes a more direct approach to changing federal misconduct laws and holding individual officers legally responsible for incidents.But the GOP effort seeks to reach across the aisle to Democrats in several ways. It includes one long-sought bill to make lynching a federal hate crime and another to launch a study of the social status of black men and boys that has been touted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.The Republican package — dubbed the “Just and Unifying Solutions To Invigorate Communities Everywhere Act of 2020” — also includes a bipartisan Senate proposal to establish a National Criminal Justice Commission Act and extends funding streams for various federal law enforcement programs, including the COPS program important to states.The package includes a mix of other proposals, including tapping the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to create law enforcement training curriculum on “the history of racism in the United States.” Another closes a loophole to prohibit federal law enforcement officers from engaging in sexual acts with those being arrested or in custody.Expenditures for the bill would be considered on an emergency basis, so as not to count against federal deficits.The GOP proposal comes amid a crush of activity from Washington as President Donald Trump announced executive actions Tuesday to create a database of police misconduct.Trump vowed a “big moment” if lawmakers could act to pass legislation. At a Rose Garden event for his executive actions, he declared himself “committed to working with Congress on additional measures.”The Senate could vote as soon as next week.last_img read more

BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgEVERTON VS BOURNEMOUTH, GOODISON PARKEverton have won only four home league games – only relegated Villa have won fewer (2) – and they last won in front of their home fans in the Premier League in early February against Newcastle. Since then, Everton have taken one point from a possible 12 at home. Bournemouth have lost four of their last five.NEWCASTLE VSCRYSTAL PALACENewcastle are unbeaten in their last three league games, winning just one, but remain in a perilous position, in 19th spot and a point from safety. Importantly, the two teams immediately above them, Norwich City and Sunderland, have a game in hand. Palace reached the FA Cup final thanks to Sunday’s 2-1 semi-final win over Watford, and while they have 39 points, they need another win to be sure of their top-flight status.STOKE CITY VSSUNDERLANDSunderland have lost just one of their last seven Barclays Premier League game though five have been drawn, including last Sunday’s 0-0 stalemate with Arsenal. Sunderland travel to Stoke having conceded 39 away goals this season. Only Newcastle (41) have let in more away from home. But they have kept three clean sheets in their last four – after conceding in each of their previous 16.WATFORD VSASTON VILLAWatford return to Vicarage Road, where they have both scored and conceded 15 goals. Only Villa, with 14, have scored fewer home goals, but the 15 conceded is two fewer than league leaders Leicester City. Relegated Villa have lost their last 10 league games. The club record for straight defeats is 11, set between March 23 and May 5, 1963.WEST BROM VSWEST HAMOn Monday night, WBA drew 1-1 at Tottenham, a point which takes them 10 points clear of the relegation zone. West Ham, meanwhile, are sixth on 56 points. If they stay there, it will be the Hammers’ highest place since they came fifth in 1998-99. The 57 goals they have now scored is their best return ever in the Premier League, beating their previous record of 56 goals scored during the 1997-98 season.SWANSEA CITY VSLIVERPOOLLiverpool are flying high with three wins and two draws from their last five games in the Barclays Premier League. Swansea are 15th in the Premier League on 40 points, nine points clear of the relegation zone with three games to go. They have scored only 34 goals, 10 fewer than their previous fewest in the Premier League, in 2011-12.last_img read more

Poor Representation, Ebola Fear Cause Low Turnout in Senatorial Election

first_imgWomen from rural Montserrado, including Crozierville, Careysburg and Fendell, have attributed the poor turnout of voters to the lack of proper representation as well as fear of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.Speaking to the Daily Observer on Election Day, 47 year-old Madam Cecelia Togba, who resides in Crozierville, said the deaths from the outbreak of the Ebola virus, which affected mainly women, was a major problem for the society today and will be tomorrow.“Some women have three to four children that they need to care for and going to the polls now has no impact on some of them. There is no hope for some of these women for now and they think that this is not the time for election.  Some of us still have tears in our eyes,” said Madam Togba.She explained that during the campaign period of the special senatorial election, only one of the candidates visited the Crozierville area leaving many of them wondering whom to vote for since “we simply do not know these people—the candidates,” she said.She said many people were no longer feeling the impact of representation, stating that, “We need to start finding food for our children rather than to focus on going to the polls that would neither help our children nor ourselves.”“We only want to know when schools will be reopened for now and start finding money to send our children back to school, my   brother. We are taking responsibility for children from one year old upwards who lost either one or both parents or other close relatives to the disease.  You cannot see your brother or sister’s child and other family members and not care for them,” she told our reporter.Ms. Musu Nyankoi, another resident, explained that she was only voting due to encouragement from one of her friends but said she had not planned to “waste her time for someone else’s children’s future while she continued struggling for a  better life for herself and her children.”According to Madam Nyankoi, many people are frustrated by the impact of the Ebola virus and gong to the polls after so many families lost members, including husbands and children, brothers and sisters,  without being able to locate their burial sites was a distressing thing for the people of Liberia.She said, “The government needed to come to the people first before the election time and make them to understand why should Liberia (have) elections and what some of the people who lost relatives need to do in this election.”A youth from Careysburg, Patience Kollie, explained that she was not voting in this election because she did not think Liberia needed this election in the midst of the deadly Ebola virus, which has destroyed so many lives.Giving her view on youth participation in the special senatorial election, Ms. Kollie said some young people, especially first time voters, were exercising their rights. “I will exercise my voting right in 2017,” she declared.She called on the government to focus on working with women mainly those affected by the outbreak of the epidemic and help reduce their worries as well as their responsibilities, most especially by helping to ensure that all orphans throughout the country are provided scholarships for an extended period.“If these orphans are given at least local scholarships and the parents are empowered to find food for their children and cater to their other needs, this will help us recover from the impact of Ebola soon. Some people have three to four orphans and no husband to support them anymore,” she explained.According to her, after the 14 years of civil crisis in the country, some people benefited by going to school without paying fees and helping the children will greatly help the society as well as reduce future liabilities.The Daily Observer visited several polling centers in rural Montserrado, including the Careysburg Administrative Building, Careysburg Public School, Fendell Palava Hut, Euphemia Barclay Elementary School in Bentol City, capital of Montserrado, and several polling centers in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NBC made bad decision

first_imgOne critic of NBC’s decision is Michael Welner, a forensic psychiatrist and ABC News consultant, who appeared on “Good Morning America” to offer his assessment. Sure, that’s a competitor’s network, but it’s still worth quoting him at length: “I promise you the disaffected will watch him the way they watched `Natural Born Killers.’ I know. I examine these people. I’ve examined mass shooters who have told me they’ve watched it 20 times. You cannot saturate the American public with this kind of message. “It’s not an issue of blame. It’s an appeal (to the media). Please stop now. That’s all. If you can take Imus off the air, you can certainly keep (Cho) from having his own morning show. “They turn themselves into icons. They get articles written about themselves in The New York Times. This is perversion. We have to send a message to alienated people: You know what? You hate everybody around you. You’re paranoid. You’re sad. You’re depressed. But these people are perverts.” Welner let the media off easy. I’m willing to bet that scientific polls will show the public vastly opposed the airing of the tapes, even though the public sat transfixed, watching. Maybe it’s hypocrisy on the part of viewers, but that doesn’t make the criticism of NBC any less valid. SO, what does it say about NBC that a sociopathic mass murder selected the network to let him get in the last word by airing his dangerous and perverted tapes? If I were the decider at NBC, I would have said, “Not on my network, jerk.” Instead, NBC played into this murderer’s hands, and thus makes itself an accomplice to his horrific acts, by flooding the country with his images, making him a hero for every nut job out there. When the shots ring out the next time, and students die in their classrooms, I hope NBC executives remember. This opinion is from a journalist who has more than three decades of experience as a columnist, editorial board member, editor and reporter at three major Chicago newspapers. This is from a journalist who has always felt strongly that our job is to inform and enlighten a public that has a right to know. But like all rights, the freedom of the press is not absolute, and it certainly ought to be subject to wise and prudent decisions by those who practice the profession. But how the public views us in the journalism business is a digression from the real issue: How do we, as journalists, make our decisions in the public interest? Certainly, disclosure of all information in our hands – however it got there – is not an absolute and automatic rule for most news outlets. Every outlet points with pride to when it withholds information in the public’s or individual’s interest. The wide agreement to not publish the names of rape victims comes to mind. And the disciplining of Geraldo Rivera for disclosing battle plans during the Iraq invasion on live TV is another. So the wide acceptance of the principle that some information should not be printed or aired is not what is at issue. And the wide acceptance of this principle makes NBC’s decision even more heinous. True, even if NBC had withheld the images, it’s possible that they might have been leaked by someone else, and would have escaped into the public realm anyway. But, that excuse is a dodge when deciding whether I’m going to be the one to do it and, not incidentally, do it first. Today, in the age of the Internet and instant communications, such a decision is irrevocable. There’s no correcting this mistake. By now the images have traveled around the world uncountable times, have been replayed and replayed, etched in people’s minds. And into the minds of future murderers. Oh, yes, I know all the arguments about how journalists can’t and shouldn’t be psychiatrists. We’re communicators, and if we don’t communicate, we’re not doing our jobs. The New York Times and Washington Post, for example, pondered long and hard about whether they should publish the Unabomber ranting, and when they did, it ultimately led that murderer’s capture. Good emerged from that decision. So maybe someone in my business can explain to me what good will come out of NBC’s decision. Dennis Byrne is a contributing op-ed columnist for the Chicago Tribune and a freelance writer. Write to him by e-mail at dennis@dennisbyrne.net.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img