School board approves Ryan Bisio, Graham Johnson as Arcata basketball coaches

first_imgMcKinleyville >> The Northern Humboldt Union School Board voted unanimously to approve Ryan Bisio and Graham Johnson as varsity and junior varsity head coaches, respectively, in a special meeting at McKinleyville High School Monday evening.“In the end, tonight was a celebration of Arcata High basketball,” a relieved Bisio said after a tumultuous week. “There’s a lot of happy people out here tonight and I’m just one of them.”After a lengthy public comment session that saw numerous persons …last_img read more

Santa Clara to end 49ers’ event management at Levi’s

first_imgSANTA CLARA — A long-festering feud between Santa Clara and the San Francisco 49ers has erupted, with the city now moving to terminate an agreement that allows the team to operate non-football entertainment events at Levi’s Stadium, such as the recent Rolling Stones concert.In a letter to Al Guido, president of the 49ers Stadium Management Company, the city says it wants to end the team’s management agreement effective Nov. 15, citing allegations of fraud and a failure to comply with state …last_img read more

2017 Ohio Crop Tour I-71 Day 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest       Presented by AgroLiquidFollow Day #2 of the I-71 Leg of The 2017 Ohio Crop Tour Marion County Corn Summary: Both of these fields were replanted and both were 20 inch rows. The corn had a ways to go and the dirt was very dry as you can see by our stake. Very light insect and disease pressures and the ear count was 33. Bird and raccoon damage was seen here as well. Overall this field was clean with some pollination issues and our yield guess is 165. Marion CountyMarion CountyMarion CountyMarion County Soybean Summary: This was the most variable field we have been in on tour. Some water damage was noted and now, ironically, it could use a little rain. Canopy height was 34 inches and the first node was 4 inches high. We rate this field as Fair to Good. Marion CountyMarion CountyWyandot County Corn Summary: Took a long and windy path to find this massive field (Bart hopped up on the van for the picture because we don’t have a drone #EastIsBeast). It felt like an episode of Breaking Bad and we weren’t sure we would be getting out. Pretty nice field here but we noticed some firing. Some Grey and rust on the upper leaves. This field wasn’t to dent stage yet either. Very few fields have been. No insects here and pollination could have been a touch better. Our yield estimate here is 173. Wyandot CountyWyandot CountyWyandot County Soybean Summary: We found some double crop soybeans here in the R2 stage. Saw our first stink bug of the tour. Needless to say there is still a lot of potential here. Canopy height was 14 inches and the first node began 3 inches up the stalk. This field is rated Good by our scouts.Wyandot CountyWyandot CountyCrawford County Corn Summary: This soil needs some moisture. Deep cracks tell that story and this corn is not yet dented and you can tell that it is recovering from excessive rain early on. Some Grey and rust here but overall things aren’t that bad. Ear count was 34 and our yield estimate is 198. Crawford CountyCrawford County Soybean Summary: This field was extremely clean with just minimal Frog Eye, Japanese Beetles and Grasshoppers. Canopy height was about 40 inches and the first node was about 4 inches up. We rate this field as Good. Crawford CountyCrawford CountySeneca County Corn Summary: This field was planted on May 17th and it was another really nice stand. Common rust was heavy but other than that this corn was in pretty good shape. We did notice some weak stalks and more tip back. Our yield guess here is 208.Seneca CountySandusky County Corn Summary: This field was planted on April 15th and the stand is excellent. Some common rust but no sign of GLS or Northern. Some tip back here too in this R4 field. Our yield guess here is 174. Sandusky CountyHuron County Corn Summary: Best stop of the tour so far. Excellent fill during pollination and a solid ear count of 31 will give us a yield estimate of 231. Most 18s and a 20 around didn’t hurt. Rain is needed here soon as the leaves are starting to roll. The milk line was at 1/3. Common rust was seen in this field and some Northern was noted. Huron CountyHuron CountyHuron County Soybean Summary: Needed rains will be really helpful to these beans. We were still able to get the roots out, but it was a bit more of a challenge here. Disease and insect pressures were very low in these young beans. Canopy height was 38 inches and the first node was found 3 inches high. We rate this field as Good. Huron CountyHuron CountyAshland County Corn Summary: By the looks of things this corn was planted very late, maybe the 10th of June. Our samples just gave us enough to work with and the variables are much higher here with so much longer to go until maturity. If we would have had this stop before lunch these might have been good on a salad. Ground is dry here and the dirt is gravely. Ear count was 33 with light disease and insect pressure. Our yield guess with what we had to work with was 162.Ashland CountyAshland CountyAshland County Soybean Summary: These soybeans may look better from the road than they actually are. Rain will be needed here for a good pod fill. Pop was around 160-170,000 and there were some insects feeding but no disease to be found. Canopy height was 46 inches and the first node was 5 inches high. We rate this field as Fair to Good.Ashland CountyAshland CountyWayne County Corn Summary: This corn in southern Wayne County is in great shape and it just starting to show a little N deficiencies. Population could have been a little more aggressive as these ears will filled to the tip. Very little disease and insect pressures (some grasshoppers). A 30 ear count here and a yield guess of 193. Wayne CountyWayne CountyWayne County Soybean Summary: 20 inches rows here and they could use some rain. Canopy height was 36 inches with nodes starting 3 inches up. Some Sun scull and insect pressure but not too much. We rate this field as Good. Wayne CountyWayne CountyHolmes County Corn Summary: This field still hasn’t reached dent stage and the ear count was 30. When we got our samples out they looked really good but the looks were deceiving as we had a few 14s here. Some Grey was found but not bad at all and no insects here. Our yield number is 153 here.Holmes CountyHolmes CountyHolmes County Soybean Summary: This farmer wasted no field as these beans were planted right up to the berm of this gravel road. Our two scouts went in two different directions and the samples were much different. One pop count was 160,000 and the other was 68,000 and it showed in plant development and the root system. We found some Septoria Brown Spot and Downey Mildew along with some light grasshopper feeding. Canopy height was 40 inches and the first node was 4 inches high. We rate this field as Good.Holmes CountyHolmes CountyRichland County Corn Summary: Another solid field of corn here. This is the highest ear count we have had so far at 36. Nitrogen seemed to be holding its own here. By far the cleanest field we have seen thus far and a couple of 18 arounds. Very little disease and pest pressure here. 198 is our yield calc here.Richland CountyRichland CountyRichland County Soybean Summary: Starting to see some frog eye on this part of the tour. Very little but it is noticeable. Canopy height was 38 inches and the first node from 3.5 inches high. Light insect pressure and there is still some potential for additional pods here. We rate this field as Good to Excellent.Richland CountyRichland CountyKnox County Corn Summary: We had the rare opportunity to have this farmer on hand for our check. This corn was planted the Tuesday after Easter and is easily the best we have seen so far. This area of the county got about 2 tenths of rain Tuesday evening and moisture was still in good shape here. Grey leaf was noted below the ear but insects were no where to be seen. Eat count was 30 and milk line was 1/2. Our yield calc here is 210 bushels per acre.Knox CountyKnox CountyKnox County Soybean Summary: Marestail has made its way to this field but it hasn’t hurt it too much. These heavily podded beans had a first node start at about 4 inches high and the canopy was 44 inches tall. Disease and pest pressures were light. Only Japanese Beetle feeding here. We rate this field as Excellent.Knox CountyKnox CountyMorrow County Corn Summary:  This corn has a long way to go as pollination was just wrapping up. Ear count was at 29 and the stand was even and the ear set was high. Hail had hit this field at some point and there was some disease pressure noted. On some of our samples the top 2 inches do not pollinate. Too early for milk here. Our yield guess is 145 for this field.Morrow CountyMorrow CountyMorrow County Soybean Summary: These soybeans were much better than what we saw yesterday. You could tell they didn’t get off to the best start with the uneveness, but if we got a freeze tonight, these would still be just fine from a yield standpoint. Weed control was spot on and no real disease or insect pressure. Canopy height was at 36 inches and the nodes were short. About R5 here and we couldn’t help but notice all of the 4-bean pods! We rate this field as excellent.Morrow CountyMorrow CountyLicking County Corn Summary: Easy to see this field was planted a bit later than our previous field, as has not yet dented. Soil moisture was good here and grey and rust was noticed but very minimal. Ear fill was just okay here with an ear count of 30 and our yield guess is 158 bushels to the acre.Licking CountyLicking CountyLicking County Soybean Summary: Marestail pressure was the first thing we noticed here and once we got out into the field we saw plenty of Japanese Beetle damage, although they were long gone. Canopy height was 33 inches and the first node showed up at about 7 inches high. Pods were starting to fill and some flowers showed that more potential was there. We rate these beans as Good.Licking CountyLicking County Delaware County Corn Summary: Everything that you could want a corn field to be at this stage of the season is right here. Population was very good, insects and disease pressure were low. The reason that this field will not see its full yield potential is because of heavy bird damage, upwards of 15%. Our yield calculation at our first stop is 160 bushels to the acre with a 31.5 ear count.Delaware CountyDelaware CountyDelaware County Soybean Summary: This field was at R5 and had a canopy height of 42 inches. Disease and insect pressures were light here too and this field recently had a sprayer through it. These beans were planted into a rye cover crop and the first node started at 13 inches high. On a scale of Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor and Very Poor, we rate this field as Good.Delaware CountyDelaware Countylast_img read more

5 Tips For Getting Great Film/Video Locations For Free

first_imgSkimping on location can leave your film feeling amateurish and cheap. Here’s how you can get A-list locations for next to nothing![Above image from StarScream on Wikicommons]Production value is one of the most important elements during my filmmaking process, as having a film that looks high-end not only helps to connect with the viewers more effectively, but also keeps the perceived value of the project higher. This is key when it comes time to sell or license the film.Filmmakers today clearly understand the importance of production value, which is why the Internet just about explodes every time a new camera is released…but ironically there is such little emphasis often placed on the locations and in my opinion, it really shows. Personally, I would rather shoot a film on a less capable camera but use incredible locations. So if you’re like me, and understand the importance of production value – read on to hear my tips for getting great locations on a budget.Don’t Be Afraid to AskNo matter what you’re shooting, chances are some (if not all) of the locations may be available to you through friends and family. You need to be careful about going down this road, as you don’t want to simply use locations out of convenience. After all your best friend’s apartment might not look like the luxury condo that you wrote into your script. But when there is a location that you need, and that a friend or family member has access to – then ask! The worst thing that will happen is that they say no, but in a best case scenario you just landed a killer location for free. And remember to never take advantage of the situation. Giving them a credit on the film, or taking them out for dinner can go a long way, so always pay it forward.Strategic PartnershipsIn a lot of shooting scenarios, you can likely offer a product placement (or credit) to a location or business that may be willing to help. For example, if you need to shoot in that luxury condo I mentioned above, you might be able to contact real estate developers or agents that will let you shoot in one of their properties in exchange for a credit on your film. If your film is in any way substantial, you truly will be doing them a favor as well, so try to think outside the box and think of what businesses or business owners might be willing to help in exchange for easy publicity.Free Permit AreasFor exterior locations, permits are always the biggest hurdle, as many public areas can cost thousands of dollars a day to shoot in. The good news (and something that I only learned a couple years back) is that there are actually loads of areas that don’t charge for film permits.When I shot my first feature for example, I had my heart set on some locations in a rural town that would have looked incredible for the context of my story. After looking into it and initially becoming discouraged as a result of the high permit fees, I realized there was another option. Just down the road was the county line, and if I was able to just shift the location a few streets over I could avoid having to pay for permits entirely. This is something that you really need to look into, as you would probably be surprised to learn that a lot of fantastic locations can be had for nothing at all. You will still need production insurance in order to get the free permit, but if you do your homework you might just score some amazing exteriors for free.Guerilla ShootingI’ve shot a lot of my work guerrilla style (meaning with no permits) as sometimes you just have no other option. While some areas offer free permits, there will be times that you want to shoot in a very specific location and there is no free option that you can sub out for it. In these situations you might want to consider shooting guerrilla style. In a lot of cases, scenes can be reworked to avoid overly complex setups or heavy dialogue. If you’re in a tough situation, consider trimming your scene down a bit and getting some high production value shots by going guerilla. Just be sure that if you cut any important moments out of those scenes (in order to achieve them more easily without a permit), that you work them back into the script somewhere else.Also, proceed with caution as shooting guerrilla style can lead you to get your gear and footage confiscated, and you can also get fined. So be careful and be ready to deal with the consequences if they arise. Shoot ‘guerilla style’ at your own risk!Shoot Out of TownI would bet that a lot of you that are reading this live in LA, New York or another major city. Pretty much every major city (especially LA and NYC) are very in the know about film productions, and as such it is much harder to shoot in a metropolis. In major cities so many of the people that you will talk to about shooting (business owners, home owners, etc.) have already been through the ringer, and in some cases got burned. So they are unlikely to let you do it, unless you’re paying them the big bucks. For these reasons, shooting out of town could be a really great option, especially on a feature or any other project that requires loads of different locations. In smaller cities and towns, people are generally far more open to filmmakers as they see it as something exciting and fun, as opposed to a possible threat to their property.last_img read more

Avni killing: Mungantiwar seeks Maneka’s resignation over ‘malnutrition deaths’

first_imgThe ongoing feud between Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Maneka Gandhi over the killing of tigress Avni escalated on Tuesday, with the State BJP leader seeking the resignation of the Union minister on “moral grounds” over the death of children due to malnutrition.Ms. Gandhi, the Women and Child Development Minister, had slammed Mr. Mungantiwar over last week’s killing of the “man-eater” tigress Avni in Yavatmal district, which she termed as a “ghastly murder and a straight case of crime”.“The Union Minister for Women and Child Development has called for my resignation though I had nothing to do with the killing of the man-eater tigress,” Mr. Mungantiwar told PTI here on Tuesday.“If I am to take the moral responsibility for something I have nothing to do with, our Central leader should set an example for me and resign taking moral responsibility for the death of children in the country due to malnutrition during her tenure,” he added.“We can tender our resignations together on moral grounds,” he said further.The tigress, officially known as T1, was believed to be responsible for the death of 13 people in the last two years.She was killed on November 2 by Asgar Ali, son of famous sharp-shooter Nawab Shafat Ali, at compartment no 149 of Borati forest in the east Maharashtra district as part of an operation.The big cat is survived by two cubs who are ten-months old.Fadnavis respondsEarlier in the day, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said there was no need for the forest minister to resign over the issue.“I will personally speak with the union minister and clarify the whole matter. The government respects her sentiments towards wild life and animals,” he told reporters in Osmanabad.The Chief Minister had on Monday said that preliminary reports showed that the forest department team shot the tigress in “self-defence” while trying to tranquilise it.He had also said that procedural lapse, if any, will be probed.Ms. Gandhi, in a series of tweets on Sunday, lashed out at the Maharashtra government for giving the orders to kill the tigress despite opposition from several stakeholders.Ms. Gandhi had also slammed Mr. Mungantiwar for hiring private marksmen Shafat Ali Khan and Asgar Ali for carrying out hunting operations in the State, including the killing of the tigress.“I am deeply saddened by the way tigress Avni has been brutally murdered in Yavatmal. It is nothing but a straight case of crime. Despite several requests from many stakeholders, (Sudhir) Mungantiwar, Minister for Forests, Maharashtra, gave orders for the killing,” she had said in a tweet.Mr. Mungantiwar, who also holds the finance portfolio, had said that Ms. Gandhi “lacked information” on the issue, and was free to order any high-level probe.The minister had also claimed that Shafat Ali Khan, who Ms. Gandhi had termed a “criminal”, was tasked with shooting a tiger in her Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh in 2009 (Gandhi’s son Varun Gandhi was representing the constituency in 2009).last_img read more

Headless body of woman found near Kamakhya temple

first_imgThe headless body of a woman was recovered near the Kamakhya temple in Guwahati on Wednesday evening. Police are not ruling out the possibility of a human sacrifice. The body was recovered on the stairs leading to the Jai Durga temple, one of many places of worship scattered around Kamakhya temple on the Nilachal Hills.The human sacrifice theory was triggered by flowers, burnt incense sticks and other items used for tantra practices found near the body.“We are searching for the decapitated head with the help of a sniffer dog. It could be a case of human sacrifice since Kamakhya has had a history of such practice and is a prime place of congregation for tantra practitioners,” a police officer said.“But we cannot jump to conclusions as the woman could have been murdered elsewhere and her body dumped here to make it look like a sacrifice. We can be sure after an autopsy,” he said.The four-day long Ambubachi mela, beginning from June 22, is an annual fair marking the symbolic menstruation of Goddess Kamakhya.Books by Lakshminath Bezbaroa and other Assamese writers say human sacrifice was a common practice at Kamakhya. This ritual was stopped during the British rule, but some priests carried on sacrificing dummies for some time.last_img read more

Heritage Meets Modernity: The club culture of Kolkata

first_imgIf you thought that Kolkata was only about heritage with a dash of a colonial hangover, think again. Kolkatans may still like to indulge in one of the most British cultures of the city, but come a new era, the face of club culture is fast changing.  A residual feature of colonial British culture that still remains embedded in the very DNA of the city is that of the club culture. These clubs originally began as places of British refuge and entertainment for the officials who visited the city. Today, they stand as testimonies of the cultural past of the city. However, they are not just merely residues of the past. Most of these elite clubs are highly functional and as elite even today. This makes them interesting spaces where the past meets the present.  According to fashion designer Agnimitra Paul, a frequent face at the city clubs, the club culture of Kolkata is a unique feature of the city’s culture. “The people of no other city are as involved in the culture of the clubs as they are here in Kolkata,” said she.Clubs like the Tollygunge Club, the Bengal Club, the Calcutta Club, Dalhousie Institute are some such elite clubs that were set up in the British era. Even today, they remain as elite in terms of membership, with waiting lists that seem to stretch on forever. Although their events remain largely traditional and annual such as their famous Christmas lunches and so on, these clubs have adapted themselves to suit the changing times. While these events still remain annual and quite traditional, the ways in which they are celebrated now differ greatly from their colonial counterpart. With the use of DJs and events like fashion shows, annual club events have moved forward in sync with the changing times.advertisementArun Mukherji, president of the Tollygunj Club, affectionately called the “Tolly” Club, firmly believes that change is the key to the success of a club. “Tolly is a sports-centric club therefore modernisation of the sports facilities is an important factor to us. We must change with the times. In the 60s, there were dances that used to be organised here. Today, we have similar events, but they have been modernised,” said he.If a club is an area for interaction between people, it is imperative to study the changing demographics in order to understand the changing face of these clubs. These heritage clubs have been part of the city for years, thus membership has often run as a heirloom through elite Kolkata families. However, this is changing today. The members of yesteryears were what Mukherji calls “manor-born”. It is not entirely so today. Today, self-made individuals who may not come from traditionally affluent families are seeking membership at these clubs, thus diversifying the population.While these clubs themselves have been changing to keep up with the times, the city has also seen the rise of new-age commercial clubs. If the traditionally Brit clubs still have never ending waiting lists for memberships, these new clubs have happily opened their doors to the 21st century metropolitan citizen seeking the luxuries of a club life.Although these new age clubs promise to bring the luxury of the club life, they are markedly different from the traditional clubs. Spring Club, located on E.M. Bypass is one such haunt.However, Sanjeev Ghosh, General Manager at the Spring Club said, “These new clubs have come up due to the change in lifestyles of the people of this city. The old clubs are more traditional in their approach whereas new ones such as ours are free spaces for people to relax. Our events are very different from that of those clubs. They have annual, restricted events where you can bring up to three guests at a time. Over here, we have weekly parties, where you can entertain whoever you like.”This unique culture of Kolkata has its own set of takers of course. Sanjay Budhia, Managing Director of Patton Group, Eastern Region, is one such patron. “The traditional clubs like the Tolly Club and the Bengal Club are clubs which are very old and complete in their facilities. However, as they are traditional places, they are restricted to their particular zones in the city. I feel that the club culture is a rather relaxing culture that everyone should indulge in. It rejuvenates you and allows you to work better after. It is a place where I can blend work and leisure. I like to relax here with my family on weekends. But I also like to bring my international clients here to give them a taste of our unique club culture. They are never disappointed,” said he.advertisementWhile new clubs are springing up all over the city, patrons seem divided in their opinions about the two different lifestyles. There still exists a group of loyalists who still swear by their traditional clubs. However, some seem to be more open to the idea of having new clubs in town. Budhia seems to be one who is open to these new clubs. On this front he says, “The old clubs are quite excellent, but the problem with them is that they are constricted to certain parts of the city. I like the fact that there are new clubs in town. Now everyone can enjoy the club facilities throughout the city.”These new clubs are a step away from the traditional British culture of the traditional ones. While clubs like Tolly and CC&FC revel in Western festivities like Christmas and New Years’ Eve, the new clubs like Stadel and Spring Club are turning to Indian festivals. If Indian festivals are about the community coming together, and clubs are spaces of social communion, what better place to celebrate grand Indian festivals?”The Spring Club is a place with a family environment. There are family oriented events based on Indian festivals now like Bhai Dooj, Diwali, Baisakhi and so on, which is conductive for conserving our rich Indian heritage,” says industrialist Kamal Gandhi.Agnimitra Paul feels that the traditional clubs have their own place. Talking about the place of new clubs in the city, she said, “There clubs may not be as reputed or have the heritage of the older ones, but they do have top class facilities. Getting membership here is much easier and they also have events more frequently. If they keep up the quality, soon they will be at par with the old clubs.”With a blend of the old and a dash of new, the club culture in Kolkata is growing to become a rather interesting affair indeed.last_img read more

Certificate Verification started today for Telangana EAMCET 2014

first_imgThe Telangana EAMCET ( Engineering Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test) 2014 Certificate Verification process has begun on Thursday. It is essential to carry all the important documents for the same. EAMCET is an entrance examination  for admissions in engineering and medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. EAMCET is conducted statewide by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH) every year. Around nine lakh people had appeared for the exam.EAMCET 2014 Centralized Certificate Verification for candidates, belonging to categories PH, CAP, NCC, Sports & Games and Anglo Indian, will be conducted from August 14 to 18, 2014 at Sanketika Vidya Bhavan, Hyderabad from 9.00 AM onwards.Certificates to be produced by all candidates:All original certificates and three sets of Xerox copies of :EAMCET Rank CardEAMCET Hall TicketIntermediate Memo-cum-Pass CertificateS.S.C or its equivalent Marks memoVI to Inter Study CertificateIncome Certificate issued after January 1, 2014 and Caste Certificate issued by competent authority PH/CAP/NCC/Sports/Minority Certificate if applicable.last_img read more

Sir Bradley Wiggins Signs Trike For Charity Auction

first_imgHere’s something for the young cyclist in your life.Galt Trike Signed By Bradley WigginsSir Bradley Wiggins has signed a Galt trike for a charity auction raising money for TheTOYProject.Bradley Wiggins – or Wiggo, as he is more affectionately known – sped into the public’s conscience in 2012 following a mesmerising display in both the Tour de France and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Yet to those who had been following his career in the years before, Wiggins had been a huge success in bike racing across the world for a long time.TheTOYProject provides basic support tools for children across the UK who have lost a family member or friend. These could be toys to use in play therapy to help children open up about their feelings or simply a teddy bear to comfort them at night. In addition to their work with bereaved children they provide toys to children in hospices and hospitals.The auction runs until April 6, and can be accessed via Sellebrity.org.uk.last_img read more

Big Ten aiming to dethrone SEC

NEW ORLEANS — Even before the suspensions of six players last week, Ohio State was going to be faced with questions about its 0-9 bowl record against the SEC when it arrived in New Orleans. Now, the Buckeyes will attempt to diffuse the controversy surrounding Tattoo-gate in addition to their winless streak against the SEC. The streak has taken on a life of its own, mainly because of OSU’s recent national title game debacles against Florida and LSU. Senior defensive back Jermale Hines said the Buckeyes’ struggles against the SEC stay with them no matter how much they would like to forget about their past. “It’s always something in the back of our minds because it’s real,” Hines said. “The last couple outings we got destroyed by SEC teams.” Offensive guard Bryant Browning takes a different approach when it comes to the streak: ignorance. “I really haven’t watched too much of that kind of stuff” in the media, Browning said. “You can’t really worry about what people say. We’ve got to focus on ourselves.” Tonight OSU will face off against Arkansas in the 77th Allstate Sugar Bowl, nearly 32 years to the day that the Buckeyes were handed their first bowl game defeat at the hands of an SEC team. On Jan. 2, 1978, Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Alabama Crimson Tide destroyed the Woody Hayes-led Scarlet and Gray, 35-6. The players, including Browning, have echoed the sentiments of OSU coach Jim Tressel, who has implored them to remain focused on the task at hand. “We know if we go in and play any team in the nation and we play our best game, then we’ll come out on top,” Browning said. “We’re just working hard to try to do whatever it takes so that when Jan. 4 comes around we’re at our best.” That may be easier said than done against an Arkansas passing offense ranked third in the nation. Junior quarterback Ryan Mallett has led the Razorback attack, throwing for 30 touchdowns and 3,500 yards in back-to-back years. Although the Arkansas offense will be pass-heavy, it can also run the ball effectively with sophomore running back Knile Davis. When OSU faced Florida in 2007 and LSU in 2008, it went up against balanced offenses and gave up a combined 79 points. The winless streak against the SEC may be very real, but at least one OSU player doesn’t believe in the “SEC speed” theory, which fans and pundits alike claim gives the SEC the ultimate advantage on the playing field. “As far as the speed thing goes, I never have thought that that was the difference-maker,” said senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher. “People don’t just get slower when they come to the Big Ten.” Senior kicker Devin Barclay is looking forward to the opportunity to disprove the doubters, and reminds everyone that OSU is playing Arkansas, not the ghosts of SEC past. “We’ve really got to focus in on doing our thing. Obviously the games in 2006 and 2007 … we remember those games — they sting still, and they were against SEC teams. (But) they weren’t against Arkansas,” Barclay said. “There’s always been the press saying that we can’t compete against these SEC teams. It’s going to feel good to prove them wrong.” read more