Don’t panic yet Brewers fans

first_imgWe’re just a little over an eighth of the way through theMLB season and Brewer fans are already panicking and criticizing their team,even though they have been over .500 the entire season so far.Yes, the Brewers haven’t been hitting to what they arecapable of as their .240 team batting average indicates, but they have shownsigns of coming out of it this last home stand, especially Prince Fielder andRyan Braun. Fielder hit three long balls last week and Braun hit .300 duringthe seven-game home stand.And despite the lack of hitting, Milwaukee has been prettymuch in every game, as they have only lost by three or more runs twice and havealready been in eight extra-inning games.The pitching has been pretty good so far this year with ateam ERA under four. Yes, Eric Gagne hasn’t been perfect with four blown saves(although his last one wasn’t his fault as he got the double play ball heneeded to end the game, it just was a bad throw by Rickie Weeks), but he hasstarted to pitch better and the bullpen is the main reason the Brew Crew hasbeen able to have a shot in pretty much every game this season.But with Ben Sheets missing a start last week and Mike Cameronserving a 25-game suspension, Ned Yost hasn’t had all the weapons to hisdisposal.So even though the Brewers have played 25 games, in my mind,their season truly starts today when they take on the Cubs at Wrigley Field.The reason I see the Brewers season officially startingtoday is because today is the first day that the team general manager DougMelvin and Yost envisioned will be complete as Mike Cameron ends his 25-gamesuspension. Ben Sheets will also avoid a stint on the DL when he takes themound tonight.So give it time Brewer fans. Let’s see if the addition ofCameron in the two-hole makes the impacted Melvin thought it would when hesigned the centerfielder to a deal this offseason.Is Cameron going to come in and change the entire team aroundimmediately? Probably not. But he might just be the spark the Brew Crew needsat the top of the order.Is Cameron going to be the savior for the season? No, butthe Brewers’ season doesn’t need to be saved. It is still early and a lot canstill happen.Look at last year when Milwaukee started the year out 24-10and had and eight-game lead but ended the year two games back and only twogames above .500. The Brewers are three games over .500 now and they have faceda lot tougher competition to start the year than last year (Carlos Zambrano,Johan Santana, and Aaron Harang twice, to name a few).If we are going to judge this team and the job that Melvinand Yost are doing, we can only judge when they have all the pieces theybelieved they needed to win. Well, starting tonight, the Brewers will have all thepieces so the judging can start now.If after 50 games, the team is still not hitting; if theyare falling further back in the division race and the pitching isn’t holding upanymore, then start to get worried that this season might be a waste.Until then, sit back and relax and let’s see if the teamMelvin thought the Brewers would win with turns it around now that it iscompletely together.?Greg is a seniormajoring in communication arts. Lethim know when you think it is time to start worrying about the Brew Crew at [email protected]last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to beat Virginia Tech

first_imgPhil D’Abbraccio (17-4): Syracuse 71, Virginia Tech 61No more freebiesVirginia Tech still strokes it well from 3-point range — to the tune of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s third-best percentage — so its success from deep against SU the first time was no fluke. But the only reason the Hokies were a buzzer-beating 3 away from topping the Orange was because SU missed 10 second-half free throws. With the exception of Syracuse’s loss to Miami, SU’s been better than that from the charity stripe. No breakdown from that spot this time around will outweigh the fits Rakeem Christmas and Co. are going to cause for VT.Jesse Dougherty (17-4): Syracuse 72, Virginia Tech 58Not this time aroundThis is the same Virginia Tech team that Syracuse met in Blacksburg earlier in its conference schedule — unable to guard Rakeem Christmas and do much else but shoot the 3. Except this Orange team, which lost by 10 to North Carolina despite scoring 82 points eight days ago, has come a long way on the offensive end. That said, the Hokies won’t have a shot to come back in this one, even if it gets hot late in the second. This time, SU has a cushion worthy of sleeping on down the stretch.Jacob Klinger (18-3): Syracuse 67, Virginia Tech 58Technically poorVirginia Tech can and will rain some 3s. They do it to the best teams in the conference and the country. But the Carrier Dome air isn’t kind to perimeter-dependent teams and the Hokies’ relationship with the 3-ball is like that of a freshman desperately hanging onto their long-distance significant other. VT’s bound to make the game close and uncomfortable before ultimately ending in heartbreak. Good for Syracuse, though. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 3, 2015 at 8:32 pmlast_img read more


first_imgFormer Ballyshannon resident Ruairí McKiernan has been selected for a prestigious Fulbright TechImpact Award.Award winner Ruairi. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.The award recognises Ruairí’s exceptional leadership and ingenuity in using technology for social change.It provides him with a scholarship to undertake cutting edge research at the pioneering Citizen Engagement Laboratory in Berkeley, California, where he will explore the latest developments in how the internet can be used to improve community engagement, democracy and political decision making. Ruairí, who in 2011 was appointed to the Council of State by President Michael D. Higgins, is no stranger to this area of work, having set up the multi-award winning youth organisation ten years ago in Ballyshannon.He currently work as an independent campaigner and consultant, helping individuals, non-profits and companies reach their full potential. Part of this work involves helping co-found Uplift, a new organisation that seeks to become a force for people powered campaigning.Speaking after a reception at the U.S Ambassador’s residence, Ruairí said it is a great honour to have been selected for the award.“The Fulbright award offers me invaluable support to continue my work in advancing the cause of people power and in forging international links. “I am really humbled to have been chosen as a Fulbright Scholar and to be able to spend time in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is a global hub for progressive innovation and ideas. Ireland is at huge a turning point in history and we need all the new ideas we can get.“I’m really excited to spend time with global leaders in technology and social change and to make connections with those who might be able to support some of my work here in Ireland. In particular I’m looking forward to connecting with Irish America and to see how we can better engage Irish people around the world.” FROM DONEGAL TO BERKELEY – SPUNOUT FOUND RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD was last modified: May 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardBallyshannondonegalRuairi McKiernanSpunout.ielast_img read more