Romeo Santos: from the Bronx in New York to the Dominican Republic: a successful singing star

Romeo Santos has had many successes with a group called Aventura and as a soloist. But to truly understand it, you need to trace its background from the beginning to the present.

Anthony Santos was born in the Bronx, New York in 1981. His father is Dominican and his mother is Puerto Rican. He grew up near Yankee Stadium and is fluent in Spanish and English. Romeo has said that it was a nice neighborhood in the sense that it was a mix of African Americans, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans and they all knew each other.

At home, his mother influenced him musically. Romeo said that “he had a beautiful voice and played romantic ballasts like José José and Julio Iglesias.”

His older sister, Laura, is his personal manager and said he was a quiet boy but liked to sing. Even when he played with toys, he hummed. “

At age 13, Santos joined the choir of his Catholic church so he could meet the girls he really liked. He said that he “realized he joined the choir for all the wrong reasons when he started getting compliments on his singing. Since then, music became his mission because he felt this is the only thing I’m good at. “.

When he was 15 years old, he began to develop a passion for bachata music and said that “many of the songs did not have a good reputation and the lyrics were quite vulgar and negative.” All that changed when in 1999 he formed a group with three of his relatives and called it Aventura.

Through trial and error over a long period of time, they experimented with Bachata music and finally got the mix of sound they wanted. It was smooth and more contemporary. As they proceeded to sing their revised Bachata-style music, it began to gather steam. The group sold 1.8 million albums and had several top-ten hits. Since Romeo was the group’s singer, songwriter, and producer, his superstar status became more credible.

As one analyst put it, “Romeo wrote words that were simple and with which people could identify.” It should also be noted that Romeo wrote some lyrics that read like steamy soap operas. This was demonstrated with the first world-wide Adventure hit titled “Obsession”.

One little-known fact that speaks volumes about his mother’s character was this: As the Aventura star was on the rise, he broke up with the girl he’d been seeing since high school only to find out she was pregnant. Their son Alex was born in 2001. Romeo said “he was immature and for the first year and a half he made excuses for not committing himself and wanted to focus on his music.”

It took his beloved mother a while to make him understand that he had to “be a man” and he did. He bought a house for his ex-girlfriend and Alex. He has reached out to his son, who is now 14 years old, and interacts with him as a good father should. How lucky Romeo is to have a mother who has the character to remind her son that he has to do the right thing at the crossroads of life.

In 2011 he gave notice that he was leaving Aventura to start a solo career. Two years after doing so, he featured Usher and Lil Wayne in songs with English lyrics that are the closest he’s ever come to mainstream R&B. “I’m reaching a huge audience,” Romeo said, “I’m doing what artists like Beyoncé are doing in terms of selling stadium tickets. The difference is that my audience speaks Spanish.”

In 2014, Romeo sold out two nights at Yankee Stadium and did it solo rather than like other big-name artists who needed a fellow famous singer to join them to fill the house.

At the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards, Romeo Santos took home 10 awards, including Artist of the Year, Composer of the Year, Producer of the Year, Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, and Best Latin Album of the Year for Formula, Vol 2.

During the ceremony Romeo made a special comment to Marc Anthony telling him that he had the great privilege of recording with Marc and that he was like a brother to him. The fact that Romeo did that pleased me, as Marc Anthony is one of my favorite singers. Marc is REALLY a GOOD singer. So I’m happy that Romeo gave him a special thank you.

Finally, it is with confidence that I say that the boy from the Bronx in New York will have a brilliant career given the success and guidance he has had.

Is IPL losing its shine? Third referee in branding

The third edition of the IPL tournament is in its final stages and the teams are battling the heat and the dust. Hitters find it easier to sweat a lot than to run. Teams seem to have a strange affinity for the number “12”, as five teams seem to be stuck in this magic point figure. Stadiums seem packed, at least in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. TRPs are skyrocketing, IPL post-match tickets are selling for Rs 50,000 if the rumors are to be believed. But things are not as good as they should be. Attention shifted slowly but surely from cricket to franchisee ownership, outbursts, confusion and more, taking its toll on Shashi Tharoor. Reports say that Lalit Modi will also be forced to resign. In short, whatever is happening with the onboarding of new teams is, to borrow a phrase as old as the game, “just no cricket.”

IPL a revolutionary brand

I have no doubt in my mind that IPL definitely revolutionized the face of cricket in India and the world. It’s an idea whose time had come, and whether the inspiration was Kerry Packer, the NBA, American baseball, or the fact that twenty-twenty cricket was, like David Warner, waiting to explode, the concept took off. It was brilliantly packaged, wonderfully touted, and successfully executed, even if it was a little ‘in your face’ for my liking. But let’s give Lalit Modi his due for creating a global brand in a very, very short period of time.

The western world tried to ignore this for some time, and then reluctantly had to accept even when its own players came running to be a part of it. Even if many of the global players sat on the bench like our software engineers of yesteryear, they didn’t seem to mind. Bollywood’s unique mix, team owners crying in the stands, cheerleaders who had no idea who was playing, aging cricketers showing their younger counterparts a thing or two, whether it was the zooter or the bat. mongoose, some outstanding. Emerging Indian talent, some tight endings, some impressive innings, some shocking bloomers all contributed to the huge success of the format.

Too Much Too Soon?

While JM Keynes said that in the long run we are all dead, Jack Welch said that while any fool can make money in the short term (and here I am paraphrasing) and any fool can make money in the long term, he needs real skill. to make money both long and short term. There is no denying the phenomenal success of IPL in the short life it has had thus far. Not only has it built a following (if not for local teams), it has gotten people to buy hugely expensive tickets and advertisers to buy dubious ad properties at outrageous prices. The climate is already building for ad rates to hit an all-time high. For the next IPL, the world’s Max mobiles and Karbonn mobiles are already licking their lips with anticipation, even if I’m dreading what lies ahead for me soon.

Lalit Modi must easily be the most photographed and televised person in the country (Shah Rukh Khan, kind apology) as all newspapers, TV channels and websites seem to love or hate him. No half measures with our man, right? In fact, if we were to do a “share the voice” analysis, compare and contrast the coverage that Lalit Modi has with, say, a gentleman named Manmohan Singh, who is the Prime Minister of the country, the latter would be a distant second. This, of course, is a comment on the sad state of news coverage in this country that I will get to later, but let’s stick with the IPL mark and the current mess it seems to have gotten into.

Trouble in God’s own country

Kerala is an absolutely lovely place to visit and vacation. But despite Shashi Tharoor’s outspoken and often misplaced enthusiasm for the place as a business destination, investors have been wary of going there, and I think it is irrelevant (at least for this author) to find out whether perceptions about investing here are correct or incorrect. But I have no doubt that the latest investment from an IPL franchisee has put the cat among the pigeons.

It has all the makings of a media boiler. An affable and sophisticated minister who tweets into trouble with the ease with which the Indian team used to get into corners; a lady who, according to the media, is close to the (now ex) minister and who has sweat from shares in the company; owners who are not as well known as some of the other franchise owners; rumors that a current cricketer is part of the team; an accusation by the CEO that Lalit Modi offered him a bribe (whose indiscreet statement has already cost him his job); tweets from Lalit Modi about the uncertainty of the owners, accusations and counter-accusations, questions about the original franchisees … Thank goodness newspapers are only 16 pages long!

One of my learned clients made a very interesting observation. He said that previously, in the news capsules, he had clearly delineated time slots for different aspects: local news, international news, sports, entertainment, etc. But if you look at today’s broadcast, it’s all about entertainment and sports, and if the news doesn’t entertain, it won’t. Well, IPL is certainly entertaining, and franchisee confusion is certainly entertaining, but what about the brand that had a chance to be an icon in the future?

Controversy is king

A few years ago I was teaching some international students from the UK who were visiting IIM, Bangalore. I showed them the commercial for the Fair and Lovely stewardess, telling them that it had been controversial and that I had to take it off the air. They were very excited that the controversies, they said, kept the brand in the news and were valued in the UK. It was also interesting to read the opinions of some advertisers today, who said that the controversy is good for the IPL brand. Unfortunately, I do not agree. It is true that brands reflect the personality of their owners. Kingfisher represents the “king of good times” and what better exponent of good times than Vijay Mallya. But that example is different in that it is a pretty good beer, it has the right image and as long as the climate in India remains as healthy as it is (!), The brand will perform brilliantly.

IPL is a different pot of fish. Lalit Modi is someone you love or hate. Without the benefit of formal market research, I can only say that he seems to have pissed off an enormous number of people in the wrong way, and he is the IPL brand, at least for many of us. And while being in the news is great, I’m not sure if making headlines with a tax raid on their offices is great publicity for your brand.

Circumspection is the key

Lalit Modi runs the risk of being trapped in an open wicket the day after the night rain. Your brand is under scrutiny. You should try hitting like Jack Hobbs or Geoffrey Boycott with your eye on the ball. Sadly, he’s hitting like Robin Uthappa. I am sure you have the confidence to handle anything, after all Indian businessmen believe they can handle anything including the law. But you should think about the brand you have built so quickly, and a brand that is the envy of the world. Marks are hard to build and easy to dent. They are like fine pieces of glass that need careful handling, affection, and even affection.

It is the moment of objectivity, for Lalit Modi. It’s time to tweet less and it’s time to think more. A time not to fight someone else’s political battles, but a time to remember the things that made IPL such a phenomenal success and get back to basics. It’s about entertainment on the sports field, not in newsrooms and television studios. Again it is time to look at the consumer. Lalit Modi would do well to remember that there are many people who wish he would fail and he must prove them wrong, not just for his own sake, but for the sake of the brand that he has built himself.

Will? Won the? Only time will tell.

Messi is a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo

After losing the Player of the Year (Ballon d’Or) award to Lionel Messi for four years in a row, Cristiano Ronaldo won the award in 2013. This and Ronaldo’s great start to the new season have fueled an old debate about whether he is better. player than Messi.

The discussion has focused on a particular set of statistics, namely the goals. To the extent that the data can help us make an educated guess about player performance, Messi is the better of the two at club and international level.

However, if the goals are used as a criterion to compare the players, it is not enough to look only at the number of goals scored. You should also divide the conversion rate into things such as whether the shots are from inside or outside the area, the expectation of goal, that is, if an average player would score given the opportunity presented, and the quality of the opponents.


The findings of a recent mathematical study were published in the Washington Post that showed that between 2009 and 2013 Messi’s average quality of opportunities (that is, the quality of opportunities created) was higher than that of Ronaldo. Ronaldo had more shots, but most were from long range and only scored 30 goals of 587 such shots, while Messi scored 28 goals of his 287 long range shots. Messi was more efficient because he converted a higher percentage of his shots, that is, 9.75% to 5.11%.

The study found that Messi is better at getting into goal positions, as he had 29 shots in the danger zone (from inside the box) compared to 20 for Ronaldo.

Messi is also a better finisher. In the 2009/10 to 2013/14 period, Messi averaged 40% more goals than expected compared to Ronaldo’s 20% (see WASHINGTON POST – Despite the great season, Cristiano Ronaldo is no better than Lionel Messi ; by Michael Caley, November 7, 2014).

Last season, Ronaldo broke the norm and surpassed Messi. This propelled him to win the Ballon d’Or in 2013. But this must be considered in light of the fact that Messi missed part of the year through injury and when he resumed the game he almost reached Ronaldo’s count of 31 for scoring 28 at the end. of the 2013/14 season.

Also, in the current season, Ronaldo is off to a great start scoring 12 goals without penalty against 7. A plausible explanation for this is not that Ronaldo is now a better player, but rather that it is attributed to the changing roles of both players in their respective clubs.

With the addition of Neymar and Luis Suárez on the flanks of Barcelona’s 4-3-3 formation, Messi now plays a profound role in the game that has led to his goals down while his assists increase. His goals per game fell from just under 1.50 in the 2012/13 season to 0.86 in 2014/15, while his assists in 2013/14 were just under 0.50 and rose to 0.86 in the current season.

At Real Madrid the trend was the opposite. With the recent addition of Gareth Bale and James Rodriques in midfield, Ronaldo is now more of a forward and less focused on distribution. Now he takes more shots from inside the penalty area and in the current season his 12 non-penalized goals, except for 2, were from inside the area. His goals per game rose from 1.00 in 2013/14 to 2.20 in 2014/15, while his assists in the same period fell from 0.25 to 0.17 (ESPN FC GLOBAL- Realigning Stars: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Facing Role Changes; By Michael Cox, Oct 23, 2014).


Messi has a better hit rate than Ronaldo. All-time statistics for all competitions show that Messi has 44 goals from 95 international matches (0.46 goals per match) while Ronaldo has 51 from 116 international matches (0.43 goals per match) (INTERNATIONAL STATS – 8 November 2014).

World Cup – Messi also surpasses Ronaldo with 5 goals in 15 games (0.33 goals per game) to Ronaldo’s 3 goals in 13 games (0.23 goals per game) (INTERNATIONAL STATS, etc.).

Messi’s record is very impressive. In 2014 he led Argentina to the final, was voted Player of the Match in 4 games (the most of any player in the competition) and won the Golden Boot as the best player of the tournament.

Contrary to what some critics say, he was the most deserving of the latter award. He had the biggest impact on the competition, as Argentina would not have advanced to the final without him. He was the joint top scorer with 4 goals and assists, created the most chances, had the most successful dribbling runs, made the most deliveries to the box, and produced the most passes through of any player.

On the contrary, Ronaldo has a sorry record. He has only scored three goals and against weak opponents, namely a penalty against Iran (2006), the sixth goal in a 7-0 win against North Korea in 2010 and a late goal against Ghana in 2014. In the last tournament his only real goal contribution was an assist against the USA.


Messi has more professional goals for the club and the country. He has a total of 420 goals in 564 games (or 0.74 goals per game), while Ronaldo has 449 goals in 702 games (or 0.63 goals per game).

The important difference is that Argentina has more game-changing goals and against stronger opposition. His goals are directly associated with winning La Liga titles, Champions League victories, Olympic gold medal matches, and Youth and Club World Cups.

For example, on March 24, 2014 for Barcelona he scored against the best teams, namely 21 against Real Madrid (Barcelona’s fiercest rival), 20 against league champion Atlético de Madrid and 18 against Sevilla. (most successful club in Andalusia). In the Champions League it has 12 against German teams, 8 against English teams and 5 against Italian teams. And in the 2014 World Cup he scored 4 winning goals.

Ronaldo, on the other hand, has failed to score in decisive matches and managed to score multiple goals against weak teams not only with his club but with his country. For example, in the English Premier League for Manchester United he only scored 2 goals in 9 games against Liverpool (United’s fiercest rival) and scored 1 goal in 15 games against the stalwart Chelsea.

In the Champions League with United he failed to score in his first 26 games and although he scored in the 2014 final with Real Madrid he had little impact in the other final in which he played in 2009 in a 2-0 loss to Barcelona. .

In Spain in his first 9 games against Barcelona (Real Madrid’s main rival) he scored only 3 goals.

In the World Cup he has a regrettable record which was discussed above and in the European Championship he has 6 goals against minnows Greece, the Czech Republic and a weak team from Holland and underperforms against strong teams like Germany and Spain.

All in all, the statistics show that Messi is the best player because he is better at getting into goal positions, he is a better spiker and he is a more efficient goal scorer. Messi has an age advantage because he is 27 and Ronaldo 29 and although both are likely to continue playing for a few more years, Argentina will have more time than Ronaldo to extend their record of achievements. Meanwhile, the debate continues.

Victor A. Dixon
November 20, 2014

Inside the Boxscores Week 3 Part 2

Inside the Boxscores is a weekly article by Matt Fargo that has been widely recognized as the best summary of college football. He analyzes each game in depth and extracts the most relevant information that will help you to play handicap in the future. College football is full of wacky plays, misleading scores, and surprising finishes. Fargo takes you inside the action.

(11) Michigan 47 (2) NOTRE DAME 21

Notre Dame collected just 245 total yards and committed five turnovers that led to 24 points for the Wolverines. The offense gained 11 yards or less on each of its first eight possessions and by that time, Michigan had a 34-7 lead. The Wolverines’ offense scored just 120 yards in the second half, but it didn’t matter because the game was already over. Notre Dame finished with four yards rushing on 17 carries (0.2 ypc).

RUTGERS 24 Ohio U 7

Rutgers started 3-0 for the first time since 1981, as they outscored the Bobcats 300-119 and held Ohio to just eight first downs. The Bobcats jumped to a 7-0 lead off an interception that set up a 17-yard touchdown drive. The Scarlet Knights allowed Ohio to have just one series that lasted more than six plays and forced four turnovers. Rutgers finished with three turnovers and a missed field goal.

WASHINGTON ST 17 Baylor 15

Washington St. edged the Bears 336-246, but it took a final second field goal for the Cougars to prevail. Baylor trailed 14-9 late in the fourth quarter, but forced a fumble and returned 40 yards to score. Washington St. responded with an 81-yard drive to set up the game winner. Both teams committed four turnovers, including a costly interception by Baylor at the Cougars’ 16-yard line.

(20) TCU 12 (24) Texas Technology 3

The Horned Frogs held Texas Tech’s potent offense to just 281 yards and neither team could find the end zone. TCU kicked four field goals, three of which came on units of 48 yards or less. The Red Raiders turned the ball over on three attempts and finished a combined 3-17 in conversions on the third and fourth down. TCU had just 101 passing yards and was hurt by 12 penalties for 105 yards.

KENTUCKY 31 Ole Miss 14

Mississippi actually outscored the Wildcats 395-380, but the mistakes killed the rebels. They turned the ball over four times, stopping two scoring drives and also led to 10 points for Kentucky in the other two. The Rebels also turned the ball over on downs once and threw an interception at Kentucky’s 10-yard line. The Wildcats’ four touchdown drives were 69 yards or more, so they didn’t get many gifts.

(8) Texas 52 RICE 7

Texas edged the Owls 493-168 and also used a fumble recovery and punt return for consecutive touchdowns in the second quarter. The Longhorns turned the ball over twice in Rice territory, once at the one-yard line, which was the only possession they didn’t score on in the first half. The Owls didn’t have a single drive over 22 yards until their final possession of the game, where they went 79 yards for their only touchdown.


Bowling Green edged the Golden Panthers 403-332 but needed two interceptions in the last two series to secure the victory. Florida International returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown that came within two points, but was never able to take the lead. The Golden Panthers finished with four turnovers, one of which was a fumble return for a touchdown for the Falcons.

WASHINGTON 21 Fresno State 20

This game was closed at all times and the Huskies were able to block the extra point that tied the game to take the victory. Washington took the lead early in the fourth quarter before the Bulldogs kicked off and headed for the possible tie score. The Huskies secured the victory with a late interception. The Bulldogs also missed a field goal late in the first half that would have been the difference.


Mississippi St. trailed 32-7 before a big rally in the fourth quarter that just fell short. The Bulldogs returned a fumble for a touchdown to start the final period scoring and then had their best two drives the next day, but couldn’t get the ball back. Mississippi St. delivered the ball on downs at the Tulane three-yard line late in the third quarter, which could have been the winning possession.


Southern Mississippi edged the Wolfpack 442-274 as the offense crossed midfield on every possession. NC State had three interceptions, two of which occurred within the Golden Eagles’ 33-yard line. Wolfpack’s best drive came at the end of the fourth quarter when the game was already decided. Southern Mississippi didn’t clear once, while the defense held NC State to 77 yards on the ground.

STATE OF OKLAHOMA 48 Florida Atlantic 8

The Cowboys limited Florida Atlantic to just 215 total yards and just 88 yards during the first three quarters while building a 41-0 lead. The Owls went three and out on eight of their first nine possessions and the only other series consisted of just five plays. Oklahoma St. rushed for 246 yards on 43 carries (5.7 ypc) and closed the scoring with a 70-yard touchdown run.

TULSA 28 North Texas 3

North Texas was 3-0 until the last play of the first half when Tulsa finally got on the scoreboard. The Golden Hurricane had two interceptions and delivered the ball on downs on three of their first four possessions. The defense held North Texas to just 89 total yards and only six first downs. Mean Green’s only score came on one of those interceptions, resulting in a 26-yard drive.

(22) Arizona State 21 COLORADO 3

The Sun Devils outscored Colorado 430-219, but had four turnovers, missed a field goal and turned the ball over. The first interception led the Buffaloes to just points, a field goal that came off a five-yard scoring drive. Colorado also had three turnovers, including a fumble at the goal line and an interception at the 23-yard line. Arizona St. was also hit by 11 penalties totaling 73 yards.

EAST CAROLINA 35 Memphis 20

East Carolina rallied from a 20-7 deficit by scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on interception returns. The Pirates outscored Memphis by just 22 total yards, but the Tigers’ six turnovers ultimately led to 28 points. East Carolina did themselves no favors by committing two turnovers inside Memphis territory, missing two field goals and delivering the ball on downs once at the 18-yard line.

ALABAMA 41 UL-Monroe 7

Alabama outscored the Warhawks 444-196 and scored the final 31 points after La-Monroe moved within three points midway through the second quarter. After the Warhawks’ touchdown drive, Alabama held them to 63 yards the rest of the way. The Tide scored on his first four possessions of the second half and finished with 219 rushing yards on 43 carries (5.1 ypc).


Northern Illinois racked up 500 yards of offense, including 344 rushing yards on 36 carries (9.6 ypc). The Huskies didn’t pull away until the beginning of the fourth quarter when the Bulls defense forced three consecutive punts to keep the game close. Buffalo had two units stopped within the northern Illinois 30-yard line as the running game never got underway, finishing with 99 yards on 32 carries (3.1 ypc).

Clemson 27 (9) FLORIDA STATE 20

Clemson outscored the Seminoles 345-204, but needed a touchdown with eight seconds left to win. Florida St. tied the game early in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers went 85 yards for the winning score. The Seminoles scored eight points on a blocked PAT and a field goal to keep them in the game. Florida St. finished with just 102 rushing yards on 38 carries (2.7 ypc).

(7) Florida 21 (13) TENNESSEE 20

Florida edged Tennessee 320-220, but it took a rally late in the second half to claim victory. The Gators trailed by 10 points at the end of the third quarter and finally took the lead with just over six minutes remaining. Tennessee got the ball back once more, but threw an interception to fall short. Florida missed two field goals and threw an interception into Tennessee territory, killing three other scoring opportunities.

Missouri 27 NEW MEXICO 17

Missouri dominated the Lobos by beating them 396-201, but led by just three points heading into the fourth quarter. The Tigers scored two touchdowns in a row to walk away before New Mexico scored a garbage score in the final seconds. Before that Lobos touchdown, his only other trip to the end zone was on an 11-yard interception return. New Mexico finished with 33 yards rushing on 27 carries (1.2 ypc).

(4) USC 28 (19) Nebraska 10

USC edged the Huskers 399-211, but the game was still in doubt early in the fourth quarter as Nebraska edged closer to 11 points. The Trojans proceeded to drive 81 yards to secure the final margin. Nebraska missed two golden opportunities for interceptions and also fumbled at its own 30-yard line that resulted in a USC touchdown. The Huskers had just 68 yards rushing on 36 carries (1.9 ypc).


Utah edged the Aggies 401-98 and kept them on just seven first downs. Utah St. came into Utes territory just twice that night and lost its best chance to score on a fumble at the 17-yard line. In total, the Aggies committed six turnovers that ultimately led to 31 points for Utah. The Utes returned two interceptions for touchdowns, while the other three units after turnovers were 38 yards or less.

NEVADA 28 State of Colorado 10

Nevada limited the Rams to just 177 total yards and 10 first downs and errors led to Colorado St.’s only points. The Rams blocked a punt for a touchdown and then kicked a field goal on a two-yard drive that resulted from an interception. Colorado St.’s top two drives came in the second half, but they missed a field goal and threw an interception at the Wolf Pack’s 25-yard line. Nevada was 8-12 in third-down conversions.

Texas A&M 28 ARMY 24

The Aggies were never able to get away, but the defense was stopped with a stop at the six-yard line that ended the game. Army missed that opportunity along with settling for a field goal in the previous drive and also throwing an interception at the 10-yard line at Texas A&M. The Aggies finished with 262 rushing yards on 44 cavities (6.0 ypc) and 14 of their 18 first downs were won on the ground.

Navy 37 STANFORD 9

Navy racked up 368 yards rushing on 69 carries (5.3 ypc) but the Cardinal was outscored by just 102 total yards. Mistakes were the problem, as Stanford fumbled twice in his own turf and threw an interception at the Navy’s 18-yard line. The Midshipmen were in Stanford territory in each of their last eight possessions, but had to settle for three field goals while also searching awkwardly at the 10-yard line.


Hawaii jumped to a 42-0 lead as the Warriors racked up 583 yards of offense. The Rebels scored two garbage touchdowns when the game was almost decided, but the first chances were missed. UNLV finished 1-6 on the fourth down, delivering the ball four times within Hawaii’s 33-yard line. The Rebels also threw an interception on the first play of the second half that was returned for a touchdown.

College Football 2007: There are poll hopefuls, 9 of the top 25 teams get a reality check

(Editor’s note: All rankings used in this article are from the AP Top 25 survey and all equipment rankings used are from Sagarin, the gold standard among ranking services.)

In the world of college football there are hopefuls and hopefuls. Nine of the top 25 AP teams and 3 of the top 5 received a reality check over the weekend.

Was I surprised by this annual occurrence? Hardly. When you start to analyze how some of the teams started the week 4-0 and ended it 4-1, it’s as easy to see as your face in a mirror. Reality has a way of revealing all wrinkles and weaknesses.

For the former, there are the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners who lost a Big 12 Conference game 27-24 by a last-second field goal in Colorado to the Buffalos. Oklahoma fell to No. 10 in the Top 25.

The Sooners rose to their lofty No. 3 spot by beating No. 170 in North Texas, 145 in Utah, 58 in Tulsa and 44 in Miami, FL. His offense scored great for everyone, but his schedule strength was only the 100th best in the country.

Urban Meyer and his defending national champion Florida Gators did not fare better. They lost 20-17 by a home field goal to Auburn in an SEC Conference game. Florida was behind 17-3 entering the fourth quarter.

The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak for the Gators who suffered their first loss at home to Urban Meyer. Meyer’s team had won 18 straight home games, 17 since Meyer took office in 2005.

The Gators reached their No. 4 ranking by getting the best of No. 110 Western Kentucky, No. 85 Mississippi, No. 77 Troy and No. 32 Tennessee, an SEC opponent. Beating Tennessee is what lifted Florida up the rankings. Florida fell to No. 9 in the rankings.

No. 5 West Virginia collided with No. 18 South Florida in a Big East matchup in South Florida and lost 21-13. Coach Jim Leavitt and his South Florida Bulls are fast becoming the team no one wants to face and the history of college football season.

West Virginia fell from No. 5 to No. 13 in the rankings, while South Florida climbed from No. 18 to No. 6.

West Virginia rose to its No. 5 spot by defeating No. 129 Marshall, No. 94 in West Michigan, No. 74 in East Carolina and No. 51 in Maryland. Mountaineer fans who hoped West Virginia would remain undefeated this year and win the national title must regroup.

No. 7 Texas really got caught and embarrassed at home against Kansas State in another Big 12 game when the Wildcats dropped the Longhorns, 41-21. I have been questioning the stature of Texas since the beginning of the year and now my suspicions have been validated.

Texas went 4-0 by defeating Rice No. 162, Arkansas State No. 100, Central Florida No. 73 and TCU No. 54. Particularly revealing was Central Florida, which Texas beat by a field goal while yielding 32 points. Texas, which is ranked 25th by Sagarin, fell to 19th, a much more realistic place for the Longhorns to relax.

No. 10 Rutgers, the Big East favorites, were upset at home by Maryland 34-24, and fell to No. 21. I think Rutgers will soon come out of the Top 25 as two 5-0 teams in the Big East. -No. 20 Cincinnati and Connecticut not ranked – are being overlooked.

Rutgers rose to No. 10 by beating No. 208 AA Norfolk State, No. 142 Buffalo and No. 68 Navy. Good grief, talk about an unconvincing schedule. They have what they deserve.

Sagarin ranks Rutgers 38th; even that seems high to me right now.

No. 11 Oregon played host to No. 6 California in a Pac 10 showdown and led 14-10 going into the fourth quarter, but the Bears scored three touchdowns in the final 15 minutes to knock them out, 31-24.

Worse still, the Ducks’ Cameron Colvin scored what appeared to be the tying touchdown in the closing seconds, but fumbled and the ball went out of the end zone, giving California a touchback and a win when reviewed. the play. Duck fans at Autzen Stadium realized that the errant play could have cost them a national championship down the road.

Oregon fell to No. 14 in the Top 25 and California climbed from No. 6 to No. 3.

No. 13 Clemson traveled to Georgia Tech and watched his dream season begin to unravel as the Yellow Jacket defense held the Tigers on a field goal to win, 13-3. Clemson fell to number 22.

The Tigers broke into the Top 25 by managing No. 154 AA Furman, No. 133 Louisiana-Monroe, No. 87 from North Carolina State and No. 21 from Florida State. Clemson rose through the ranks by beating No. 21 Florida State 24-18 in his first game.

Sagarin ranks Clemson 34th, nowhere near the Top 25. Clemson could break out of the Top 25 in no time.

Joe Paterno’s No. 21 Penn State Nittany Lions started the season 3-0 before losing to a rejuvenated Michigan at the Big House, 14-9, and now loses his second Big 10 game to Illinois 27-20 in Illinois.

Going on the road in the Big 10 Conference games has suddenly become difficult for Penn State as it came out of the Top 25.

Again, Penn State began its season by racking up scores at the worst Division 1-A school in college football, No. 171 Florida International, the seventh worst team in Division 1-A, No. 142 Buffalo and the seemingly hapless No. 95 and Winless Notre Dame. What were those Happy Valley fans thinking? A national championship? Think again.

No. 22 Alabama was the ninth of the top 25 teams to lose when first-year coach Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide visited Florida State and lost 21-14. Alabama dropped out of the Top 25 after arriving just a week earlier. Sagarin now ranks Alabama at 39th.

I thought Saban could have kept Alabama on the rise; Now I have to readjust my expectations for Crimson Tide.

And so the nasty 9s (Oklahoma, Florida, West Virginia, Texas, Rutgers, Oregon, Clemson, Penn State and Alabama) all fell, but the USC No. 1 Trojans managed to escape by just defeating Washington at Husky Stadium. with a field goal 27. -24.

USC committed 16 penalties, threw 2 interceptions, fumbled and suffered a blocked punt, yet prevailed to retain their perfect 5-0 record. The 2-3 Washington Huskies aren’t exactly a powerhouse, however they are ranked No. 27 by Sagarin, not bad at all.

Being so unimpressive, USC slipped to No. 2 when the LSU Tigers took first place.

LSU edged out Tulane, their No. 144 state rival, 34-9, after smashing No. 57 Mississippi State 45-0, No. 28 Virginia Tech 48-7 and No. 125 Middle Tennessee 44-0. LSU’s best win came at home against No. 17 from South Carolina 28-16. Sagarin ranks LSU No. 1 in the country.

Only one other game really caught my eye and that was Wisconsin No. 9, which saw Michigan State 34 points and then won by a field goal at home. The Badgers rose to No. 5 in the top 25.

I still think Wisconsin is not that great. Sagarin ranks Wisconsin 24th. The Badgers still have road games at Illinois, Penn State and Ohio State, and then host Michigan. After those 4 games, I doubt Wisconsin is 11-0 in their last game in Minnesota.

Teams in the Top 25 start to lose at this point in the season because they deliberately schedule weak teams early on to give their players confidence, climb the Top 25 rankings, give their boosters hope, and draw attention to their programs.

Once the conference game starts, the mess is over, as the nasty 9 discovered over the weekend.

Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley

3 NCAA teams that have excelled in both basketball and men’s soccer

Do you like watching football as much as playing basketball? In the NCAA world, it’s common for teams to have a solid soccer team or a solid basketball team. For example, the Duke Blue Devils have won three NCAA Division I basketball championships, though their soccer team is typically less than stellar. Meanwhile, while the Alabama football team has won 12 national championships, its basketball team is constantly under the radar.

However, some NCAA schools have excelled in both soccer and basketball. Here are some main examples:

1. Cincinnati Bearcats

The Bearcats football team has not only played in 10 bowl games; he has a 6-4 winning record in those bowls, and has won the last three. Cincinnati has appeared in the Sun Bowl twice, the Motor City Bowl twice, and most recently in the Bowl.

Meanwhile, the Bearcats basketball team has also achieved success. The team has appeared in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament 24 times. Those trips to the tournament included two national championships for the Cincinnati Bearcats (1961, 1962) and a loss in the championship game (1963).

2. Florida Gators

The Gators soccer team, which gave its name to the Gatorade sports drink, won two national championships. During the 1996-1997 season, past Florida quarterback Steve Spurrier returned to coach his alma mater in a 12-1 season and a national championship. Florida defeated Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. Then, during the 2006-2007 season, the Gators won their second national championship, defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes, 41-14. In addition to its national championships, Florida has produced three Heisman Trophy winners:

o Steve Spurrier (1966)

o Danny Wuerffel (1996)

o Tim Tebow (2007)

The Florida Gators men’s basketball team has recently risen to prominence. In 2000, the team made its first appearance in the NCAA championship, although it lost to Michigan State, 89-76. However, the Gators would become “chompions” in 2006, winning their first NCAA title. The Gators demolished UCLA, 73-57. Then, in 2007, Florida defended its title by defeating Ohio State 84-75.

3. UCLA Bruins

Although best known for its basketball team, the Bruins football team has also achieved substantial success over the years. The Bruins’ greatest success occurred in 1954, when the team became co-national champions. UCLA has also won 17 lecture titles. In 1967, the UCLA soccer team also produced a Heisman Trophy winner: Gary Beban.

Meanwhile, the UCLA Bruins basketball team has been spectacular. It has won 11 NCAA championships, more than any other team. Under renowned coach John Wooden, the Bruins won 10 titles in the span of 12 years! The team has also been undefeated for four years (1964, 1967, 1972, 1973). UCLA won its most recent NCAA championship in 1995. Since 2006, the team has also appeared in three consecutive Final Fours at the NCAA tournament.

While it is commendable to excel in both men’s basketball and NCAA football, it is outstanding to excel in both sports. Cheer for your favorite NCAA team to victory in either sport, or both!

How to play Fantasy Football Squares Pools

Whether it’s the Super Bowl or whatever other game is being played while a bunch of people are organizing, the desire for some kind of competition is always a tempting way to add a little excitement to the party. With the help of MFS Squares Pools, you will be able to make the game a little more interesting. So what is a Squares group and how do you get involved in one?

Groups of squares are commonly played during the Super Bowl, but can be played during any soccer game. The groups of squares are played on a 10×10 grid, which produces 100 squares, in which each row and column has its own number, ranging from 0 to 9. One member of the group buys each square by placing their name on the square. while empty and unclaimed.

Literally anyone can play and participate in groups of free Squares, even if you are not a fan of the NFL or have limited knowledge of how the games are played. When you participate in the group of squares, you are not normally limited to a single square, although there is very likely a limit to the amount you can buy.

In the 10×10 grid in which the pool takes place, the top row of numbers is what represents one of the teams playing and the side row represents the other team that is involved in the game. Teams and numbers are not placed on the grid until the NFL game is filled or begins. The commissioner can activate the random assignment of teams and numbers on his own. The commissioner does not want the responsibility, teams and numbers are randomly assigned by MFS. This is done as a way of keeping the game fair and giving absolutely no advantage to any square.

More important; How do payments work? The most common payments occur at the end of each quarter. At the end of each quarter, the last digit of both NFL teams’ scores is taken and used as grid references to determine a winner. So if at the end of the first quarter, the Chicago Bears have 10 and the Indianapolis Colts have 3. Then, you would find the winning box by looking for 0 on the vertical scale (where the Bears were assigned) and 3 on the horizontal. scale (location of the Colts). Where these two numbers intersect on the grid is the winning square. I would continue this for the remaining three quarters, and possibly overtime, if a separate pay is set up.

Free Squares pools are a fun and interactive way to get in on the game, whether it’s Monday night football, a rivalry game, or the Super Bowl. Visitors who are not overly interested in the game will get excited at the prospect of making money, which will make them want to see the game.

How to turn a losing soccer team around

Below is a letter I received from a soccer coach who was losing and wanted to know how to improve his team.

Hello SoccerHelp,

Since my original letter we have had several successes. The next soccer game we played, we won it 3-0. I moved player 3 back to stop him during the middle of the game and used player 9 on the stopper in the second half. The boys played very well and I thought I had finally cracked the code on where the different boys play.

But the following week we lost again. We were scheduled to play against a team that, of course, we could have played evenly or, depending on our game the week before, beat. We lost 5-1. My guys played without energy and I found it extremely frustrating to watch them rotate in place while watching the other team run between them. At least half, if not more, of the team played as spectators. Most soccer goals were scored because my defenders were out of soccer position and not attacking the ball.

We lost our game this past weekend 8-0. I started playing with my strongest players in the first quarters to try to keep my score low and morale high. We were playing against the number one team and we started playing pretty evenly, but we couldn’t turn into anything in front of the soccer goal, because our offensive players weren’t in position and we allowed three goals in the first half. because our soccer defenders were out of position. Once again, we had a lot of spectators on the field and after a while the defenders that I had, who at first did not play very aggressive, stopped playing completely. I had to take out a player because he actually stopped moving, it was like watching the Bad News Bears play football. Towards the end, even my good players gave up.

Obviously, I am not being very effective in my soccer training. What are some of the activities that I can do to try to help children play their positions? We cover him in soccer practice regularly but he doesn’t seem to be taking in? Also, what do you think about the game even for children? I have enough good players to make a pretty good team, but usually half of the team at any given time is on the not-so-skilled side. I’m trying to give everyone about the same time, but when the kids aren’t trying, I think I should get them out (I haven’t been doing this because it would mean some players are going to sit most of the time).

Coach T

Hello Coach T:

I want to encourage you not to get too discouraged by your loss to the number one team. It is very important that you are realistic; keep in mind that you were SUPPOSED to lose to that team. What happened was that his team saw that they could not win and gave up in the second half. It’s not pretty, but it’s understandable and practical (Why keep killing yourself if you can’t win? Save your best efforts for the teams you have a chance to beat). I suggest telling your team that they are improving, but that the opponent was better that day and losing that game is nothing to be ashamed of. It is very important that you are realistic about your team and its potential. You are not a miracle worker and you cannot do the impossible. All you can do is do your best with the talent, speed, aggressiveness, and practice time you have. You are supposed to lose against a better and faster team; all you can do is minimize the damage and try not to let your team’s morale and confidence suffer too much.

I have some ideas for you to consider:

1. Do you play in practice? If you do, stop skimping. children play with more enthusiasm in their real matches if they do not exercise in practice.

2. I notice you wear the heat pads with your gear. Your biggest needs are aggressive play, defense, and scoring, so I would only give patches for those 3 things. I’d give a patch NOT ONLY for scoring, but also for BEING IN POSITION TO SCORE – if your players do the right thing, they will start scoring. Once they learn how to score, you may want to stop patching goals, but for now you need to do so to teach them how to score. Your team must also develop a WISH TO WIN. If you get more patches, buy patches V and A … when you win, get a great deal. Don’t give patches for participation, give them for effort, achievement and aggressiveness. The exception could be a patch for practice attendance, but you can give one for every 2 or 3 practices you attend. Attendance at practice is critical to the success of your team.

3. To stay motivated, try the motivational quotes in Premium … I read them myself.

4. Do you play the Dribble Around Cone & Pass Relay Race practice game? Use it to teach aggressive catching, this is important, your players need to be more aggressive to win the ball. Play with your teammates and give the winners a patch. You will get better and faster results if you focus on the aggressive reception than if you focus on passing. Aggressive reception is more important to teach.

5. Do you play Dribble Across a Square at every practice? This is important: play it at the beginning of practice as a warm-up, twice with a 10-step wide square, and then twice with a 14-step wide square.

6. Don’t try to emphasize passing just yet, except by playing the Dribble Around Cone & Pass Relay Race game – tell your scorers to try to score and teach them to rebound and be aggressive. Tell defenders to kick hard forward and teach forwards how to win the ball and give them a patch if they do.

7. Do you have sports drinks and water at the games? If not then give it a try, it can make a difference (there is a good article on Hydration on Premium)

8. Play shoulder tackle and strength in the ball game to strengthen your players.

9. Regarding equal playing time: most leagues require each player to play 50% of the game; check what your league requires. If a player doesn’t try, rushes, or doesn’t do what you ask, they shouldn’t expect to play as much as someone who does; I think it is a fair approach. You have an obligation to the players, but also to the Team.

10. Have you taught Coaching Rule No. 3? It is worth 2 goals per game in the U-9

11. Have you taught First Defender / Second Defender? How to teach it is on Quick Team Improvement.

12. I recommend you do a GREAT JOB of BRAVERY and give it a red patch and ONLY for that – the BRAVERY patch (also called the blood patch) – believe me, that works – I wore it myself.

13. You’re right, you MUST have brave players at Fullback and Stopper, that’s CRITICAL. If you defend the depths, they don’t have to be skilled or fast, but they MUST be brave.

14. If you defend deep (if you leave your defenses deep), think about letting your tough defenses play most of the game or even the entire game (maybe rotating 3 players in those 2 positions).

15. Try the Ball Game Win 50/50 and use it to teach players to slow down the attack if they can’t win the ball.

I think you are closer than you think. The key is to motivate your players to play hard. Don’t judge your progress by the 8-0 loss, that loss is understandable, it was like an avalanche, once it started you couldn’t stop it, it was better to try not to hurt yourself.

Let me know which of these ideas helps you and other ideas that help you.

College Football: Auburn Rising

Do you believe in Auburn?

Do you think that in the rugged Southeastern Conference, a team can go undefeated in 2006 and then win the SEC title game in Atlanta to play in the BCS championship game? Can a team beat LSU, Florida and Georgia in the same year and then fight for a possible rematch (or a date with Tennessee) for all the marbles?

Your answer to that question may have been heavily influenced by Auburn’s milquetoast performance last Thursday night in South Carolina. Favored by 13, the Tigers struggled to contain the Gamecocks game (to coin a phrase), nearly blowing a 24-10 lead before stopping Steve Spurrier’s troops, 24-17, at Auburn 6 in under 20 seconds. for playing. Running back Kenny Irons was great, rushing for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Brandon Cox did the goalie thing, he didn’t flip the ball while completing 13 of 19 passes. But the Tigers’ pass defense was shaky, allowing South Carolina wide receiver Kenny McKinley to go wide again and again, with eight catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. Auburn had been one of the top 20 pass defenses, but the tight coverage it showed against LSU was missing from Columbia last week.

So this weekend Auburn has what is supposed to be relative respite: a home game against the extremely young Arkansas Razorbacks. Irons is a Heisman candidate, and Arkansas is ranked 100th in Division IA to stop the race. Razorback’s racing game is pretty strong on its own – sophomore Darren McFadden has two 100+ yard rushing games so far this year and will play on Sundays one day, and certainly Houston Nutt will try to keep up. the ball away from Irons & Co. for as long as possible. possible. Do Cox and his receivers, primarily junior great Courtney Taylor and sophomore Rodgeriqus Smith, have enough firepower to cover a big difference in a conference game?

In a word: yes. Auburn has covered three straight seasons against the Razorbacks and has every matchup going for it. Irons won’t take his foot off the gas if he wants to keep up with Ohio State’s Troy Smith for the Heisman. As I mentioned, Arkansas’ fast defense has struggled against players like Alabama and Vanderbilt; Auburn’s ground attack is in a completely different stratosphere. And the Hogs also want to run like crazy (they average 5.6 yards per carry), but Auburn only allows 2.4 yards per carry, putting them in the top 20 nationally. There is simply no comparison between these defenses in terms of size and speed.

The trends also mainly favor the Tigers. Auburn is 11-4 against differential in its last 15 overall. He is also 7-2 ATS in his last nine home games, 23-9-1 ATS in his last 33 conference games and 5-1 ATS in his last six games in which he was favored by 10.5 or more points. In other words: when this team is the favorite to win big, they win big. Arkansas is 0-4 ATS in its last four games (all this year) and 2-7 ATS in the weeks following a straight win. Admittedly, the Hogs are also 3-0 ATS in their last games in which they have been an underdog of 10.5 points or worse, so historically they know how to keep potential explosions close. But my problem is, the Arkansas teams that did that have already graduated; This year’s team, led by a freshman quarterback named Mitch Mustain, is extremely green, and it showed when the team was decimated by USC (at home), 50-14 as a 7.5-point underdog. Of course Auburn doesn’t pitch like SC does, but I don’t think it matters, because the Razorbacks won’t be able to stop Irons. I’m sticking with Auburn (-15.5) as host to Arkansas, and I hope the Tigers aren’t looking forward to their big showdown with Florida next week.

Last week: another sweat-free Saturday night. I had Houston, getting 17 points, in Miami, and the Hurricanes struggled to even win the game, let alone beat the Cougars by 17. In the end, Miami was able to get the game out, but only by a score of 14-13. So another easy, non-ulcer-inducing cover for us. For the year, we are now 4-1 against differential and on a four-week winning streak.

Heisman Trophy: The race to claim the title of premier college football player is heating up

As the conference game approaches, each of the preseason Heisman hopefuls has lived up to our expectations of them or started their slow slide into obscurity. The player who emerges as the final victor will depend not only on his outstanding personal performances, but also on his team’s ability to consistently win soccer matches, especially the key matches in their schedules. Early-season hopefuls included Ohio State’s Troy Smith and Ted Ginn, Jr., Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson, West Virginia’s Steve Slaton, Florida’s Chris Leak, Auburn’s Kenny Irons, Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn, Notre Dame’s Michael Hart. Michigan and Garrett Wolfe from Northern Illinois to name a few.

Let’s take a quick look at how the first three weeks have played out for these notable candidates. Many sportswriters have identified Ohio State’s Troy Smith as the man to beat for the 2006 Heisman Award. Not only does Troy Smith have patience and precision from the pocket, but he also has a deadly knack for running in the heat. This rare ability often leaves opponents wondering exactly how to defend against Buckeye’s versatile offense. With Ohio State’s current # 1 ranking in Associated Press and USA Today polls, the spotlight will remain on Troy as the season progresses.

Running backs Adrian Peterson of Oklahoma and Steve Slaton of West Virginia are also making their presence known. Although Oklahoma lost its last game, Adrian Peterson put in a respectable day of work at the office. With 515 yards in three games, he has proven to be a worthy candidate for this year’s vote. Not to be outdone, West Virginia’s Steve Slaton showed us he has all the right moves when he rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns against Maryland under the spotlight of a nationally televised game. Take a close look at these two endorsements as they travel to check out Hesiman’s polling stations in the coming weeks.

If you want to get the attention of journalists and former Heisman Trophy winners who voted for the Heisman, stage a spectacular comeback against a key opponent on their own turf. Chris Leak did exactly that against rival Tennessee when he engineered a 10-point comeback down to lead Florida to a 21-20 victory over the Volunteers. 199 passing yards and 3 touchdowns on 15 completions in that game earned Chris Heisman strong consideration at this point in the season.

Ohio State’s Ted Ginn, Jr. and Auburn’s Kenny Irons are two preseason favorites who have struggled to make the big plays necessary to keep them in the running for the title of college football player of the year. This is not to say that they haven’t contributed significantly to the success of their teams, because they certainly have, but to win the Heisman, you have to outshine the other candidates with outstanding reel performances that keep you ahead of the pack. So far this season, Ted Ginn, Jr. hasn’t lived up to his reputation as a punting and kick-off return specialist, and Kenny Irons hasn’t racked up the big yards needed to stay with the other top running backs. throughout the territory. country.
Michigan’s Michael Hart has always given Michigan fans something to look forward to this season. Hart’s third straight performance of more than 100 yards rushing has helped Michigan get off to an enviable start to 2006. If Michigan and Michael Hart continue on their winning path, look for a season-ending Heisman showdown between Hart and Troy Smith. of OSU on November 18 at Ohio Stadium.

On the other side of Michigan’s latest win was Notre Dame. Brady Quinn’s below-average performance in that loss has taken some of the steam out of his Heisman career. It will take a significantly better game from Brady to get back in the race this year. Only the strength of Notre Dame’s schedule can provide the stage for Brady to play the role of catching up for the rest of the season.

If you think a small conference can’t produce a Heisman winner, don’t tell Garrett Wolfe of Northern Illinois. So far in 2006, he leads the nation in rushing races and showed signs of greatness even against Ohio State’s stingy defense. If Garrett can stay healthy and continue to add eye-catching numbers and personal performances week after week, he could surprise many of this year’s other Heisman hopefuls.

With only three games played so far in 2006, it is still too early to know for sure who will get this year’s Heisman Trophy winner. Rest assured that each of the contenders with Heisman’s dreams will continue to play with their hearts to be the one to hear their name announced from that sacred podium in New York on December 9. A great performance awaits us! Enjoy the action.