When Alex Erickson heard the Wisconsin football team was heading to San Diego to take on USC during the Holiday Bowl, he became excited for a number of reasons.One, he and the rest of the Badgers have a chance to face a well-respected and top-tier program. Second, spending time in southern California isn’t the worst place to play a bowl game on Dec. 30, a nice weather break from a Wisconsin winter.“Any time you get to go somewhere warm you don’t take it for granted,” Erickson said. “It’s fun to go somewhere different, see different things, play a different type of team. It’s cool.”When the current UW players were growing up in the mid-2000s, USC was a powerhouse and competed for national titles. Senior linebacker Joe Schobert remembers watching players like Reggie Bush, Clay Matthews and Matt Leinart lead the Trojans to national acclaim year after year.Though the caliber of the program has declined over the last decade, USC is still a worthy opponent, Schobert said.“It’s still a big time bowl game,” Schobert said. “For me, it’s been nice because I’ve been to a different bowl game.”Erickson, Schobert proud of awardsErickson, who was named first-team all-Big Ten by the league’s media, said his honor was more of a reflection on the team rather than his own individual accomplishments.“I just get to catch the ball,” Erickson said. “My job’s the easy part … It’s an honor being on there with a lot of these guys.”Schobert was named the league’s top linebacker last week.He said he was honored to win the same award as Chris Borland, the only other UW linebacker to win the award.“I couldn’t do the things I could do without guys on the d-line, [Vince] Biegel on the other side and [Michael] Caputo in the secondary,” Schobert said.Q&A with redshirt junior running back Dare OgunbowaleThe Badger Herald: “Have you ever looked at yourself on tape and been like, ‘Oh man, I shook that guy pretty good?’”Dare Ogunbowale: “Yeah. I do, actually. Honestly, I’m not going to lie, it’s fun to see it. Even after the play during the game, I feel like I might have shaken a guy, I’ll look up at the big screen. That’s just me having fun playing football. Everyone wants to have the big moves and make the defender miss so it’s always nice to see yourself do it.”BH: When you get the ball in the open field and only see one guy coming at you, what are you thinking? DO: “A lot. In the Minnesota game, there was a play I slipped on the first drive just because I got too excited. You don’t get those one-on-ones very often. That’s probably my biggest strength — in that open space, making guys miss. There’s a lot of moves that I’ve practiced in the offseason, so being in a one-on-one, there’s a lot of stuff that goes through my head in which way I want to go.”BH: That was going to be my next question. Do you know what you’re going to do before you get there?DO: “I’m looking at the defender and kind of seeing where he’s leaning. We always talk about the soft shoulder, so if he’s showing me a soft shoulder I’m obviously going to break to that side. But if not, I just have to get him leaning with some movement. It’s tough to have premeditated move. That’s what I’ve learned being a running back.”
Eamon O’Shea’s side go straight into a Munster semi final on the 21st of June where they will take on the winners of Clare and Limerick.Having been beaten by Waterford at the closing stages of the League the county’s hurlers will be hungry for silverware.Speaking to Tipp FM, ahead of the Irish Sun’s Press Pack Launch in Thurles tonight, Lar Corbett admits if they get out of Munster- it’s a short road to Croke Park.
Robinson was a star almost from the moment he debuted with the Reds at age 20 in 1956.He set a National League rookie record with 38 home runs that season and was a unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year. The record stood until 2017 when the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hit 39.Five years after his rookie success, Robinson earned NL MVP honors in 1961 for leading the Reds to their first league pennant since 1940.MORE: Highest percentage of African-American players in six years at start of ’18On Dec. 9, 1965, he was dealt to the Orioles in what became one of baseball’s most lopsided trades. After being shipped to Baltimore for a package led by pitcher Milt Pappas, Robinson in 1966 won the Triple Crown, spurred the O’s to their first World Series championship and became the first (and only) player to be voted MVP in both leagues. He played in three more World Series with the O’s (1969-71), with Baltimore beating Cincinnati in 1970.In 1974, Robinson was wrapping up a Hall of Fame playing career when the Indians hired him to be the majors’ first African-American manager. He was a player-manager for Cleveland in 1975 and 1976, famously hitting a home run in his first game with the Tribe. He retired with 586 career homers, behind only Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays. Frank Robinson, a pioneering superstar who has been involved with Major League Baseball for six decades, is seriously ill, The Baltimore Sun reported late Tuesday.The Sun’s Peter Schmuck, citing a source with direct knowledge, reported that Robinson, 83, is “in the late stages of a long illness.” Robinson has been dealing with health issues for several months, Schmuck reported. Cleveland fired Robinson 57 games into the 1977 season. He later managed the Giants (as the NL’s first black skipper), Orioles, Expos and Nationals. His final season in the dugout was with Washington in 2006.The Reds, Orioles and Indians have all retired his No. 20 jersey.Robinson’s post-playing career has also included work in the Orioles’ front office and the commissioner’s office. He was MLB’s vice president of on-field operations from 2000-02. His most recent role has been special adviser to commissioner Rob Manfred and honorary American League president.