Searching for meaning

first_img What are Smith’s leadership qualities? “He’s young, but he’s real mature. I saw him at my graduation and I said, ‘What are you doing here?’ He was getting his degree and he’s two years behind me.” Herrion’s narrow eyes widened as he talked, while his voice jumped an octave or he laughed to emphasize a point. He was every bit the expressive, jovial giant some of his teammates have described, the same guy who jumped up to join Smith when the quarterback was forced to sing the Utah fight song. Given Herrion’s personality and his station at the doorway to the locker room, it was hard not to notice him. And yet the reality is many teammates, coaches, staff members or reporters who cover the team never really knew him. Unless you were an offensive lineman, looking for a karaoke partner or a comment on Alex Smith, there seemed little reason to bother. Herrion had been released from the Cowboys’ practice squad last season and was signed by the 49ers to their practice squad late in the year. They sent him to NFL Europe, but his best hope appeared to be returning to the practice squad for further development. While the headlines this summer have been dominated by a number of NFL stars who are unhappy with the millions they’re making, walk into any training camp and you’ll find dozens of players like Herrion. They are the ones who arrive without a signing bonus, who earn $775 a week in NFL Europe, who spend four months at mini-camps or organized team activities, and who stand to make just over $3,000 per week once they’re on the practice squad. Mostly they are there so teams have enough bodies so as not to burn out their starters in practice and exhibition games. Most never see an NFL game paycheck. The 49ers held a memorial service for Herrion on Tuesday and sent an almost 30-member delegation to Texas for Saturday’s funeral. One of his closest friends on the team, guard Eric Heitmann, a fellow Texan, composed a song for the service earlier this week that he played on the piano. Another, receiver Fred Amey, wrote a rap song for Herrion. The 49ers held a tribute to Herrion prior to their exhibition game Friday night and will wear a black sticker with his number, 72, on their helmets this season. Many of Herrion’s former teammates spent the week searching for meaning. Soon, life and the business of winning football games will resume. A five-minute conversation is hardly enough time get to know a man, but it was more than enough to realize Herrion touched the lives of the people who did. —Billy Witz covers the NFL for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3621 or 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the last week, I’ve come to learn a lot about Herrion. He grew up poor in the projects in Fort Worth, Texas. He didn’t qualify academically to play college football, but after two years at a junior college he graduated from the University of Utah with a B-plus average. He sometimes struggled with his weight. His father, J.C., died two years ago at age 51 from a stroke. He’d hoped to make enough money playing football to build his mother, Janice, a home on land his family owned in Louisiana. At the time, all I knew was he was one of two 49ers who were college teammates of Alex Smith, San Francisco’s rookie quarterback and No. 1 draft pick. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 I’d already talked with the other, safety Arnold Parker who, like Herrion, is a free agent trying to make the team. When I asked Herrion if he had a few minutes to talk about Smith, I wasn’t expecting much more than I got from Parker, a few recollections of his Utah days with Smith and perhaps some insight into this unlikely new face of the 49ers’ franchise. Instead, as I asked questions, Herrion didn’t just give answers, he gave pictures. When you were at Utah did you ever think you were blocking for a future No. 1 pick? “Never. I was getting ready to go play in NFL Europe and saw them on TV talking about quarterbacks that might go in the first round. They said Alex Smith and I’m like, serious? Later when I started hearing about him maybe being the No. 1 pick? ‘Aw, man, look at this Alex Smith.’ Getting a chance to block for him is something I’m real proud of.” How would you describe his personality? “Real humble. If I was going to describe him, I’d just say one word – good guy. That’s two words, but you know what I mean.” center_img Three days before he died, Thomas Herrion sat in front of his stall at the entrance to the San Francisco 49ers locker room and looked just like any other NFL player going through the grind of training camp. His uniform half off, the rest of it soaked in sweat from a hard day’s work, Herrion was in the process of removing the wrap from his ankles when I approached him. last_img read more

For Sale: One Passivhaus, $595,000

first_imgHudson Passive House, which was completed last year and is listed for sale at $595,000, is being touted for its nod to regional architecture and its understated luxury – a combination that often proves to be catnip to city dwellers of means who are sniffing around for a second home.The house is in Claverack, New York, a few miles east of the Hudson River and a little more than two hours’ drive north of Manhattan – a location comparable in distance and tranquility to places like Washington, Connecticut (another Manhattanite favorite that is far pricier) and a range of other semi-rural locations in Upstate New York. The Hamptons this not.Marketing for Hudson Passive House focuses heavily on its Passivhaus design and construction, and its provenance as one of the first single-family homes in the state to meet the standard. At 1,650 sq. ft., the three-bedroom home features exterior walls insulated to R-48, an R-54 roof, an R-60 floor, and airtightness of 0.149 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 Pascals. As we noted in an earlier post about the project, mechanical ventilation is provided by a Zehnder ComfoAir 200 heat-recovery ventilator, while space heating is provided by a mini-split air-source heat pump that is mounted in the wall of the loft space at the north end of the building.A PH showcaseSo for those attuned to energy efficiency the house has cachet. Last fall, as it neared completion, it attracted visits from members of New York Passive House (NYPH), a New York City-based group of consultants, contractors, architects, engineers, homeowners, developers, and others. And it is participating in New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s High-Performance Residential Development Challenge, a program designed to provide assistance in design, energy modeling construction oversight, and performance monitoring of projects aiming for exceptionally high energy efficiency.Dennis Wedlick Architecture, of nearby Hudson, led the design team, and Bill Stratton Building Company, of Old Chatham, handled construction. We’re checking on final construction costs.Another detail not mentioned in our original blog on this project but was noted in a New York Times “House Tour” post on July 22: the house sits on seven acres, and the estimated annual tax bill is about $6,000.last_img read more

London Olympics: Bigger test ahead for Men’s hockey team

first_imgIndia coach Michael Nobbs piloted the hockey team’s return to Olympics in February this year and he now embarks upon another challenge to gauge the level of preparation of his wards for the London Games.The Indian men’s team leaves for London on Friday to participate in the four-nation Olympic test event which has three of the world’s top outfits, including Australia.With Australia, Great Britain and Germany in the fray, India’s chances do look bleak but the eight- time Olympic champions could not have asked for a better opportunity to test their strength ahead of the Olympics.The matches will be played on bluecoloured pitches at the Riverbank Arena in London from May 2 to 6 and although India would have done better to get accustomed to the nature of the new turfs, Nobbs believes there’s still time for the team to make adjustments.”Preparations have been as expected and as planned. The Olympic test event will be an opportunity for us to play on the blue pitches although the other participating teams have been practising on them for the last six months,” Nobbs told Mail Today on Thursday.The Indian team was to practice on the blue- coloured pitches in Jalandhar but the Sports Authority of India (SAI) couldn’t get it ready in time.However, playing against some of the best teams in the world and in the same venue which will host the hockey matches in Olympics would serve as an ideal opportunity.”David John (team physio) and I have been planning everything for the last eight months and the results have been very positive. The fitness of the players has been improving. Now the question is how good we are and the test event will tell us that,” said Nobbs.advertisement”We have got nothing to lose as compared to the other teams who would be expected to do better. But of course, that doesn’t mean we will take it easy and allow us to be driven by those teams.”The level of competition would be high with Australia, which probably will win the gold at the Olympics, and then the other two teams will fight it out for the next two spots.”Over the past few months, Nobbs has been rotating and experimenting players at various positions and has not shied away from taking some hard decisions which saw the ageing Rajpal Singh and Arjun Halappa being kept out of the Olympic qualifiers.However, he justified his decision after the Indian team qualified for the Olympics.The test event will again see India rotating the players and Nobbs hopes to iron out the deficiencies. India have rested Ignace Tirkey, who played a pivotal role in the midfield during the qualifiers, for the tournament and Nobbs does not want to put too much pressure on the 30- year- old’s body.”Ignace is not getting younger and we didn’t want him to be overworked. He will be back for the Azlan Shah tournament which will be another important tournament for us.”last_img read more

A combined Arsenal-Tottenham XI: who makes it into our team?

first_imgblogposts Reuse this content GoalkeeperPetr Cech has been one of the finest goalkeepers of the Premier League era and, at 35, is still very good. But he is past his best, with that prediction of him being worth 10 points a season to Arsenal when he joined in 2015 always looking over-optimistic. Hugo Lloris is far quicker and more decisive when sprinting off his line, excellent in one-on-ones and among the best sweeper-keepers around. The wiry Frenchman is also particularly agile and regularly makes spectacular point-gaining saves, such as against Real Madrid in this season’s Champions League. Cech sits out Arsenal’s Europa League tussles. Read more Share on Pinterest Premier League Share via Email Read more Topics Sportblog DefenceAs both teams use a back three more often than not, let us go with that formation. Toby Alderweireld has got to be the first name on the team sheet, although he will not be in action on Saturday because of injury. When he returns to fitness, the Belgian will not take long to show the class that makes him one of the most accomplished defenders in the Premier League, commanding and creative from the back as well as a danger at set pieces. The three players who could sensibly rival Alderweireld for the title of the Premier League’s best defender are Chelsea’s César Azpilicueta, Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk (some recent dodgy performances notwithstanding) and Spurs’ very own Jan Vertonghen.This has been Vertonghen’s best season for Tottenham. He has grown in consistency, solidity and influence, becoming, in fact, the Spurs player with the most touches of the ball in the Premier League this season. He also tops their charts for tackles, interceptions and clearances. Similarly, Nacho Monreal has had a mostly decent season for Arsenal and has become quite reliable in a three-man defence despite admitting that he was frightened to move from left-back when initially asked to do so by Arsène Wenger. Like Vertonghen, Monreal leads his team’s tackling, clearing and interception statistics. But unlike Vertonghen, he remains prone to lapses, such as during the 4-0 defeat an Anfield or when getting in a muddle with Cech at Everton or being roughed up at Watford.Laurent Koscielny, meanwhile, has yet to find his best form this season but has been solid for several campaigns, which gives him an edge over Davinson Sánchez, who has been quietly superb in his debut season in English football but was omitted for Tottenham’s visit to Old Trafford, coincidentally after José Mourinho boasted about successfully targeting him during Manchester United’s Europa League victory over Ajax last season. There has been no sign this season of the 21-year-old being as hesitant on the ball as Mourinho suggested but he was spared an important test and Eric Dier floundered in his place. Share on Messenger The gulf between Arsenal and Tottenham is big – and it is getting bigger Arsenalcenter_img Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Tottenham Hotspur Share on LinkedIn MidfieldFew can match Héctor Bellerín for speed but his decision-making and execution when he gets into promising positions leaves plenty to be desired. So the right wing-back role goes to Kieran Trippier, whose deliveries are consistently threatening. Serge Aurier can be a menace, too, and is a fearsome tackler but has a reckless streak that he has not yet mastered. On the left, Danny Rose had developed into a fabulous all-round operator before getting injured in January and, since returning to action recently, seems ready to resume where he left off. It is a close call between him and Sead Kolasinac but we will plump for Arsenal’s free transfer on the grounds that he is a more ferocious tackler and has a more reliable shot (no, we haven’t forgotten Rose’s contribution to the north London derby in 2010). Our combined XI features three Arsenal players. Photograph: The Guardian Pinterest Twitter Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Granit Xhaka is Arsenal’s go-to man in central midfield – he has touched the ball more times than any other player in the Premier league so far this season – and has a tremendous shot on him. But he is not reliable enough, makes nonsensical tackles and gives the ball away too often. Eric Dier gets our nod as the midfield anchor, although we are tempted to overrule Mauricio Pochettino and make Mousa Dembélé our first pick in that position, since the Belgian is a far better dribbler. Harry Winks is emerging as a delightful and dynamic creator, putting the unfortunate Jack Wilshere in the shade, but we are deploying Dele Alli as a good old fashioned box-to-midfielder. He has the drive, technique and vision to dictate play from deep while also seizing opportunities to drive forward to get on the end of deliveries. Mesut Özil drifts out of games too often.AttackChristian Eriksen used to go missing, too. Not any more. He has become tougher, more enduring and more productive. Whether wide or in-field, he is a constant influence, adept at finding space and full of imagination and lethal precision. Alexis Sánchez, meanwhile, is going through a less productive period of his career and is possibly in a big huff – but a move to another team, even a combined Arsenal-Spurs XI, would surely give him the stimulus he needs and bring him back to his best. Both Arsenal and Spurs have excellent central strikers, although Wenger does not seem fully to recognise the value of the one on whom he spent £52m, since Alexandre Lacazette has not started some important matches and has been shunted out wide in others. Harry Kane, meanwhile, is the fulcrum of his team’s attack, an exceptionally accurate shooter and a strong and nimble contributor to buildups all over the opposing half, making him more complete than Lacazette and Olivier Giroud. Facebook Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Pippa Middleton Attends StarStudded Roll Out The Red Ball

first_imgLast week, celebrities graced the red carpet to attend the British Heart Foundation’s Roll out the Red fundraising ball at The Savoy, London, which raised over £160,000 for life saving research.The star-studded evening included a welcome speech from BHF Ambassador Pippa Middleton and was hosted by newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky.They were joined by celebrity supporters including actor Hugh Grant, singer Sinitta, Made in Chelsea star Ollie Proudlock, model Emma Louise Connolly and The Only Way is Essex Star Jessica Wright.Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon got everyone on their feet and guests also enjoyed performances from vocal group BLAKE and a classical performance from DUO. The night ended with a set by International DJ Judge Jules.Lord Jeffrey Archer conducted an exclusive live auction which raised a phenomenal £55,500 alone. The star prize for the evening was a limited edition experimental moving portrait of legendary musician David Bowie, the last of only 15 which sold for £12,000.There was also the chance to bid on lots in the online auction including a Valentine’s weekend away at Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle and a date with Made in Chelsea’s, Ollie Locke.Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director at the BHF, said: “It was an incredible evening raising vital funds for our fight against heart disease. Thank you to everyone for making Roll out the Red a night to remember.”last_img read more

Sacred Lies Elena Kampouris Kevin Carroll Kiana Madeira Ryan Robbins To Star

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Elena Kampouris, Kevin Carroll, Kiana Madeira & Ryan Robbins – Rex/Shutterstock/IMDB Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Elena Kampouris (Before I Fall), Kevin Carroll (The Leftovers), Kiana Madeira (Dark Matter), and Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary) are set as leads in Sacred Lies (working title), a half-hour drama, that has been given a 10-episode series order by Facebook Watch.It hails from former True Blood executive producer Raelle Tucker and director Scott Winant and Blumhouse Television.Based on the classic Grimm Brothers tale The Handless Maiden and Stephanie Oakes’ novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, and adapted and updated by Tucker, Sacred Lies is about a handless teen who escapes from a cult and finds herself in juvenile detention, suspected of knowing who killed her cult leader.last_img read more