Rowdy Roddy Rogers

first_imgRAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin football team ranks third in the nation in pass defense and first in pass-efficiency defense, the only top national ranking currently for the Badgers in any statistics.Nevertheless, the Badger defensive backs haven’t received much recognition this season, despite having been the most consistent piece of the entire UW team, shutting down the opposing offensive passing threat each week.A large piece to the defensive success, and the chief menace for opposing quarterbacks, has been the Badgers’ free safety, senior Roderick Rogers. Rogers came into his final season ranked as the sixth-best free safety in the nation by the Sporting News, and also a leading contender for the Lott Trophy and Thorpe Award, awards given to the best defensive back in the entire nation.But Badger fans haven’t heard Rogers name too often this season for a good reason — he’s always in the right spot at the right time doing his job, shutting down the opposing team’s passing attack.Defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks has also noticed that Rogers hasn’t been getting much recognition for his play this year.”As of late, I feel he’s prepared and has been playing well the whole season,” Cooks said of Rogers. “Maybe he hasn’t had as many picks as the outside world would want him to have, [but] he prepares the right way and has done that since August, and even now he comes in and watches film. He’s making the plays that they give to him.”Rogers made his name heard, more than he has all season, against Penn State, earning Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors from head coach Bret Bielema. Rogers was seemingly all over the field, making plays against the Nittany Lions pass-catchers.The Stone Mountain, Ga., native totaled three tackles — including one brutal hit on Penn State tailback Tony Hunt for a loss of 7 yards — along with two broken-up passes and his first interception of the year inside the UW red zone, denying PSU their best offensive opportunity of the game.Alongside Rogers in the secondary, sophomore cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu has also seen his teammate excelling not just this past weekend, but the entire season.”You can always trust Rogers to be at the right place, he’s really opportunistic, and he’s always around the ball,” Ikegwuonu said. “He seems to have a nose for the football. He’s great in the run game and brings everything you would want in a free safety.”Not only does Rogers have a knack for finding the ball, but he is also one of the team’s emotional leaders.”He brings a lot of confidence and a lot of swagger [to the team],” Ikegwuonu said. “Roderick is a real confident player, he brings his A-game to the field every day, and it rubs off on us; we want to play up to his level. He knows what’s going on and knows the defense real well.”Part of what makes Rogers so anonymous is his shy side. Rogers was actually unavailable for comment this week in preparation for Wisconsin’s upcoming game against Iowa, leaving his coach and teammates to speak praises of him for his on-field play in 2006.”He’s a quiet guy. He’s not going to be the ‘rah rah’ vocal type of leader,” Cooks said. “But he’s the type of guy who speaks leadership through his type of play on the field, and on the practice field. He’s the guy that focuses in, and … when anything negative [is] going to happen, he’s got the leadership to where people respect him, to where he can say something, and his presence and his words can speak volumes to the team.”Rogers would not have been able to accomplish the feats of the Penn State game, says Ikegwuonu, without his constant efforts at getting better in practice each day and in studying game films.”[Rogers] really stresses the point in watching film; I see him up there every day,” Ikegwuonu said. “What he gets from film, the way he’s able to see the game before it happens, recognize routes, formations on the field. It makes you realize how important film watching is. That’s one of the biggest things that I’ve gotten from Roderick.”Constantly studying film and getting better has not only resulted in Rogers being a force for opposing quarterbacks to reckon with, but has also naturally landed Rogers as chief in command in the back field.”He’s always the one making the checks; he’s kind of the field general out there. He’s constantly controlling the movements and communicating,” Ikegwuonu said. “I think that’s one of the biggest things he does so well. He knows the playbook so well that he’s able to see things before they happen and able to anticipate.”Despite the lack of recognition, his teammates know he’s quietly become one of the best in the conference at what he does.”Rogers is a great free safety. He came in as one of the best in the Big Ten,” Ikegwuonu said. “He always aspires to be one of the best, and that’s where he thinks he could be.”last_img read more

LA Clippers throw up bricks, fall 87-81 to Nuggets

first_imgSpeaking of missed shots, the Clippers took a franchise-high 46 3-point shot attempts, more than half of their 85 overall shots. They made only 13 of those long-distance shots, for 28.3 percent; they shot 35.3 percent overall.Asked if he was cool with all the 3-point shots, Rivers answered in the affirmative.“Yeah, tonight, I was,” he said. “The right guys took them. If Steph Curry (of Golden State) has 30 3-pointers, should he take them? Or J.J. Redick or Jamal Crawford or Wes Johnson?“When you look at the guys that were taking the 3s, it was the right guys in the right spots. We just didn’t make any of them.”Crawford and Redick scored 20 points apiece for the Clippers. They were 3-of-7 and 6-of-12, respectively, from beyond the arc. Chris Paul scored 17 and was 3-of-8 from the distance.But Wes Johnson was 1-of-7, Pablo Prigioni 0-of-4 and Jeff Green and Paul Pierce were both 0-of-3.Paul, the team’s point guard, echoed his coach’s sentiments in this regard.“I’m OK with it because, like Doc said, a lot of them were wide open,” he said. “It was our 3-point shooters. It ain’t like Cole (Aldrich) and DJ (DeAndre Jordan) was hoisting 3s.”Johnson tried to explain.“We had a lot of good looks and tried to take what the defense gave us, but obviously we did shoot a lot,” he said. “I think it is one of those days when they just weren’t falling.”Paul admitted, “It was a tough loss.”Kenneth Faried led Denver (23-35) with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Gary Harris scored 17 and Danilo Gallinari had 16 points. The Nuggets outrebounded the Clippers, 57-47.Faried was stoked about the win that ended his team’s three-game losing streak.“We won, that’s all that matters,” he said. “I’m happy. We got the monkey off our back.”Gallinari liked his team’s defense.“That is why we won the game,” he said. “If we can play that defense every time, we give ourselves a chance to win.”Jordan led all players with 12 rebounds.The Clippers had 17 turnovers.Denver shot 37.8 percent, 25 percent (6-of-24) from 3-point range. LOS ANGELES >> Every once in a while a good basketball team is going to come up with a stinker of a game. That was the case Wednesday when the Clippers took on the Denver Nuggets, a team going nowhere fast.But it was the Nuggets who appeared headed for the playoffs as they withstood a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Clipper,s 87-81, before a sellout of 19,060 at Staples Center.The Clippers (37-20) got off to a quick start and led, 11-2, but trailed 23-19 after one quarter. The game was tied at 39 with 2:41 to play before Denver scored the last 14 points to lead, 53-39, at halftime.The Clippers were within four points at 62-58 with 4:26 left in the third quarter, but trailed, 71-62, entering the fourth. Down 77-64 with 8:36 to play, the Clippers twice pulled within two points late, but could not get over the hump. When Denver’s Emmanuel Mudiay made two free throws with 25.5 seconds left for the game’s final points, the Clippers’ fate was all but sealed. Coach Doc Rivers and some of his players have taken note this season that, had they won one more game during the regular season in 2014-15, they would have had Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals at home instead of at Houston, where the Clippers lost.That said, losing to Denver at home is not something that should happen to one of the better teams in the league, not a team that is trying to get to the conference finals for the first time in franchise history.Yet, after this unlikely loss, Rivers tried to downplay it.“I mean, listen, it’s a long season, honestly,” he said. “We played with the right intentions. We missed wide-open shot after wide-open shot. It’s going to happen. This wasn’t one of those games where I thought we just didn’t show up and didn’t play. I thought we missed a lot of shots, I thought we did get frustrated with the missed shots, especially in the first half.“I thought that’s what led to that last three minutes (of the second quarter). Guys were hanging their heads with the missed shots because they were layups, they were wide-open 3s. From a coaching standpoint, if my guys show up and get good shots and play the right way, I don’t have a lot of gripes.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Also speaking at the lecture, especially for some distant time in the future when Indian voters would be willing to re-evaluate Modi. 1988 in Berke.VIEW MOREMurray Bowles1 of 8BooksSee Rare Early Photos of Green DayKenneth BachorDec 24 2015Larry Livermore is a fixture of the modern-day punk world After co-founding Lookout Records in 1987 he helped pioneer the pop-punk sound of the 1990s and released the first albums by influential bands like Operation Ivy and Green Day; he left the label in 1997 In 2014 Livermore in the audience was thanked by the members of Green Day during their acceptance speech into the Rock and Roll Hall of FameTIME spoke with Livermore about his new book How to Ru(i)n A Record Label the early days founding Lookout Records and what it would take to start a label in 2015 The book also features rare images from photographer Murray Bowles who captured Green Day when they were first known as Sweet Children—see those aboveRelatedBooksWhat the Artist Behind a Comics-Style History of Anti-Fascist Resistance Thinks You Should Know About AntifaBooksWhat the Artist Behind a Comics-Style History of Anti-Fascist Resistance Thinks You Should Know About AntifaTIME: What was your favorite story you remembered while writing this bookLarry Livermore:In 1989 I put on a show in the Vets Hall up in Garberville California population 1300 and afterward because it was kind of far to drive back to the Bay Area Green Day drove up to my house in the mountains to spend the night Because there was another band staying there who had already called dibs on most of the floor space Billie [Joe Armstrong] and Mike [Dirnt Green Day’s bassist] elected to sleep in the van The dogs were barking a lot more than usual that night they were cuddly little creatures but they typically would set off quite a ruckus whenever they heard something in the woods and this being a near-wilderness there were plenty of critters and creatures out there So I didn’t think anything of it and I along with everyone else in the house slept in quite late It must have been 10 am by the time I wandered outside to find Billie and Mike both of whom were barely 17 at the time still hiding in the van after a mostly sleepless night terrified that my “ferocious” dogs would attack them if they got out “Yeah they might have licked you to death” I retorted but the boys didn’t find it that funny They’ve long since graduated to better accommodations when on tour but I don’t think they’ll ever forget that first nightWhy did you want to start a labelIt might sound flippant but at the time most of the music I was hearing on the radio or seeing in the stores sounded nothing like what I was interested in and it dawned on me that if I wanted any decent new records I was going to have to make them myself And of course it was the only way my band and my friends’ bands were likely to get heardThe first time you saw Green Day perform where was that and what was your first impressionIt was in the autumn of 1988 in a tiny cabin high in the mountains of Mendocino County It was off the grid just as my own place was so we had to use a gas generator for power and candles for light They played for five high school kids who sat quietly on the floor in front of them Billie Joe and Mike were only 16 themselves at the time and this was only their third or fourth “show” as a band but before they’d finished one or two songs I was determined to make a record with themDid you think they were going to make itIt might sound like hyperbole but it’s not: I literally thought to myself that these kids could be as big as the Beatles At the same time I’d been around long enough to know that many bands with enormous talent and potential don’t necessarily attain the success you’d expect them to But again without hyperbole I’d never seen a band with this much talent and potentialWhat made you walk away from LookoutI’d always been primarily driven by the excitement of discovering and building new things Sitting in an office overseeing a large and rapidly growing corporation had never been on my agenda and I found myself actively rebelling against the typical music business activities that people now seemed to expect of us: the nonstop hype the phony enthusiasm the treatment of every artist and every release as a product to be flogged to the public like soap powder instead of being allowed to grow organically and to find its own cultural niche And to my own discredit I felt like I began to lack the fortitude to stand up for what is right and to keep running the label the way I knew in my heart was right In other words I let other people push me around a little too much ironically the one thing I had always counseled my artists against doingDid you ever want to start another label after LookoutI was tempted a few times usually when friends of mine were having trouble finding someone to release their records records that I was sure would be successful if the public had a chance to hear them But thankfully I was sensible enough to lie down and take a time out until the urge passed There are other mostly younger people who are far better qualified to carry the record label torch forward these daysWhat was going through your mind when you sat in the audience during Green Day’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductionIn giving their acceptance speeches each of the members of Green Day looked me in the eye and thanked me for one thing or another that I’d done back in the early days of Lookout and though we were sitting in a hall packed with more than 10000 people it was an incredibly intimate moment almost as though we were sitting somewhere having a private conversation Apparently the TV camera focused on my face while I was listening and there’s now video evidence of me sitting there with tears streaming down my cheek but I was barely aware of it at the time If anything at all was going through my mind apart from immense gratitude at having been a part of this amazing journey it was images of those days when all we seemed to think about was playing music with and for our friends when the music and the camaraderie was all we ever expected to get out of it and when that was always more than enoughWhat advice do you have for someone who wants to start a record label todayRemember that history doesn’t repeat it rhymes Someone who tried to copy today what Lookout did in the 1980s would fail abjectly because circumstances are so altered Much of what we were doing was innovative then and had to be because we didn’t have the resources or connections to do it any other way It would be a self-defeating cliché today Somebody starting out now would need to be just as innovative probably even more so and that means learning to use and when necessary subvert the new technologies that have sprung up in recent years Lookout did best when it flew under the radar It did worst and ultimately failed when it tried to go head-to-head with the big boys That’s not to say that an independent label can’t eventually become a major player in the music business Over the decades quite a few have though most went the way of Lookout if not always as spectacularly Even if you defy the odds and manage to operate like and compete with the established giants you only do so by becoming one of them Reach that point and you’ll most likely have lost all sight of whatever it was that made you want to start a record label in the first placeIDEAS Jerker Liljestrand is Senior Program Officer of Maternal Newborn and Child Health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Four babies are born each second of every day By the time you finish reading this sentence eight children will have been born Childbirth is among the most common constant and natural of human experiences Over the past 100 years childbirth in much of the world has moved from the home to the health-care system This has had both positive and negative effects On the one hand the increase in births taking place 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