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Hokies losing streak climbs to three with home loss to Boston College

November 1st, 2014 at 11:37 pm by under Sports

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Tyler Murphy threw for two touchdowns and put Virginia Tech away with a 57-yard scoring run with 2:59 remaining Saturday as Boston College beat the Hokies 33-31 and became bowl eligible.

Murphy connected on scoring throws of eight yards to Charlie Callinan and two yards to Marcus Outlow for the Eagles (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led 26-24 until Murphy broke free on a third-and-10 run and sprinted up the middle and untouched for the touchdown that put the game away.

Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy helped the Eagles hold off the Hokies and gain bowl eligibility for the second straight year under coach Steve Addazio, writes Jack McCluskey.

The loss was the third in a row for Virginia Tech (4-5, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) and its fourth in six games at home.

Murphy also became the third quarterback to run for more than 100 yards against the Hokies’ defense this season, gaining 122 yards on 18 carries. Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas (165) and Pittsburgh’s Chad Voytik (118) also did it, and then Miami ran for 364 yards against that same unit last Thursday night.

Murphy’s run wiped away what looked like an improbable comeback, or at least a chance at one.

The Hokies trailed 23-10 before a fake punt kick-started their offense.

Michael Brewer pulled the Hokies within 23-17 when he scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down, and the Hokies took the lead when Brewer hit Bucky Hodges from seven yards out and Hodges bulled into the end zone. But then a defense that had been solid all day couldn’t stop the Eagles when it needed to most.

Never facing a third down until it was into Virginia Tech territory, Boston College drove 42 yards to the Hokies’ 24 and Alex Howell gave them the lead back with a 44-yard field goal. There was 4:12 to play, but after the Hokies’ offense went three-and-out and punted, Murphy followed two plays that gained nothing with his backbreaking touchdown.

After Joey Slye’s 27-yard field goal gave the Hokies a 10-7 lead, the teams exchange punts before the Eagles became the latest team to strike quickly against the Virginia Tech defense. Dadi Nicolas sacked Murphy for a 5-yard loss on the first play, and Myles Willis ran 68 yards for a touchdown on the next.

It’s the longest offensive play against the Hokies this season, and the 11th of at least 40 yards.

Slye tried to make it a one-point game just before halftime, but his 30-yard field goal was blocked.

The Eagles had the ball in Hokies territory on their first three possessions, and on the third one, they finally cashed in. Murphy got the drive started with a 24-yard pass to Shakim Phillips, kept the ball and ran for 8 yards on a third-and-1 and hit Charlie Callinan for 8 yards and the tying touchdown.

The Hokies took the opening kickoff and drove 95 yards for a touchdown. It was their longest drive of the season, and featured their longest play from scrimmage of the year: a 44-yard pass on which Brewer eluded a rush, bought some time and found Willie Byrn along the Eagles sideline.

Williams took it the last 8 yards and the Hokies led after 3:09.


Cavaliers lose third straight in road loss to Georgia Tech

November 1st, 2014 at 11:37 pm by under Sports

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) – Justin Thomas threw three touchdown passes, Synjyn Days ran for a career-high 147 yards and Georgia Tech beat Virginia 35-10 on Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

Days scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter and caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Days has topped 100 yards rushing in each of his two starts while running back Zach Laskey recovers from a shoulder injury. Days set a career high with 110 yards rushing in last week’s 56-28 win at Pittsburgh and then topped that total on 24 carries against the Cavaliers.

Georgia Tech (7-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) couldn’t gain ground on ACC Coastal Division leader Duke, which beat Pittsburgh 51-48 in double-overtime on Saturday. Duke beat Georgia Tech earlier this season.

Virginia (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), held to a season-low 22 yards rushing, has lost three straight.

Thomas threw touchdown passes of 18 yards to DeAndre Smelter and 11 yards to Darren Waller as Georgia Tech led 21-10 at halftime.

Virginia’s Greyson Lambert completed 19 of 32 passes for 230 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Lambert was hurt by a few dropped passes, including an attempt through the hands of Keeon Johnson in the end zone, forcing the Cavaliers to settle for a field goal late in the first half.

Lambert threw a 13-yard scoring pass to Zachary Swanson late in the first quarter.

Matt Johns replaced Lambert in the fourth quarter and completed 4 of 9 passes for 32 yards.

The official temperature at kickoff was 49 degrees with the wind at 24 miles per hour. The temperatures dropped into the low 40s in the second half.

The wind was a factor throughout the game, including the way it affected punts and kickoffs. A 27-yard punt by Virginia’s Alec Vozenilek allowed Georgia Tech to start its first possession at the Cavaliers’ 42. Deon Hill’s 14-yard run capped the short touchdown drive, giving the Yellow Jackets the lead they never gave up.

Days went over the 100-yard mark on his 33-yard run on the Yellow Jackets’ first drive of the second half. Days’ 4-yard touchdown run pushed the lead to 28-10.

Virginia answered by driving to the Georgia Tech 39 before Lambert’s pass was tipped by defensive end KeShun Freeman. Defensive tackle Adam Gotsis caught the deflection for an interception.

Virginia’s next possession ended with Lambert’s fourth-down pass from the Georgia Tech 10 was intercepted by Jamal Golden in the end zone.

Khalek Shepherd led Virginia with 15 yards rushing. Kevin Parks, who ranked third in the ACC with his average of 105.2 yards rushing per game, was held to 13 yards on five carries. The Cavaliers’ previous season low for yards rushing was 114 against Louisville on Sept. 13.

Georgia Tech defensive end Patrick Gamble, who made his first start, was carted off the field with an apparent left knee injury with 6:10 remaining.


Nicole’s Notes: Friday Night Flights 2014 Kickoff

September 6th, 2014 at 12:32 am by under News, Personalities, Sports, Uncategorized

School’s back in session, high school football games have started and students, teachers and staff are ready to show their pride. And it’s a tradition to have me kick off the season for Friday Night Flights. After writing some stories for the newscasts and wavy.com, and anchoring the 5 and 6pm news on WAVY, I changed clothes and got buckled up in Chopper 10 with photographer Chris Omahen (seen below) and pilot Steve Decker.

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 It’s always a beautiful flight over Hampton Roads and tonight was no different. We landed at Lake Taylor High School first for their game against Phoebus.

In Chopper 10 above Lake Taylor game

In Chopper 10 above Lake Taylor game

You could see the sea of red from up above and we received warm greetings from the second we landed.

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Hanging with the Lake Taylor cheerleaders

WAVY photographer Chris Omahen is a Lake Taylor grad! He's shooting highlights of his alma mater's football game.

WAVY photographer Chris Omahen is a Lake Taylor grad! He’s shooting highlights of his alma mater’s football game.

The cheerleaders helped me toss out the WAVY footballs to the crowd. They certainly have a better arm than I do! They are excited about what the new school year holds. The Titans have a lot to be proud of as they start the new school year. They have a new field house for the visiting team which just opened up tonight.

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Lake Taylor High School’s new field hous

But principal Dr. Reba Jacobs-Miller is most proud of the students’ academic achievements and honors heading into this new year. She told me, “We had the highest graduation completion index of all of the schools in Norfolk so we are very excited about that. We were recognized at our convocation. It actually has the students who are seniors now excited about graduating because they know we will provide the assistance that’s needed to be successful.”

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From Lake Taylor we headed to Chesapeake and Western Branch High School. They won their game with Bethel. They have some of best fans in Hampton Roads. It was a theme of school spirit and family support at the  game. When we flew in range, we realized it was halftime and the band was taking the field. Once we landed, they entertained us and we saw a sea of neon green in the stands. It’s actually a show of support for a former P.E. teacher and J.V. coach Stuart Baiza who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

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Student Alex Abbey told me, “We were actually already doing neon night but we wanted to come out here and his cancer color is green and we wanted to support him and his family by wearing green.”

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Teacher Stuart Baiza and family. Students wore neon green to the game in support of Mr. Baiza’s cancer fight.

It was a spirit-lifting for Mr. Baiza who told me, “It just lets me know I don’t have to go through it alone these kids have been great. Being a teacher of theirs and to have them come through in my time of need. It’s a big honor.” He was at the game with his wife and little girl.  What a great show of support!

UPDATE: Stuart’s mom Colleen Rees emailed me a heartwarming email full of gratitude after seeing our report. She gave me permission to share some of it which read, “Stuart was concerned that the focus be on the kids accomplishments and I think you tied the two issues together beautifully.  Stuart was diagnosed on the 19th of August – nearly 3 months after his son Leighton was born – we have been in a spiral since then.  The whole night was very special – not only was it wonderful to see the kids come up to Stuart and wish him well but also from a nostalgia perspective.  Stuart is an Alumni of WBHS.  He was inspired to become  a PE teacher from his coaches. Coach Lew Johnson was one, he helped Stuart move on to college where he made the CNU Team in their maiden season. “

She also emailed me a picture of the ribbons her sister designed for his cause. Several people were wearing them at the game.

Support ribbon for Mr. Baiza

Support ribbon for Mr. Baiza

She said the family is hopeful doctors will tackle the tumor, get him in remission and find a cure. She says the community support really helps the family cope.

I love doing Friday Night Flights for all of the fun- but also for getting important messages out about the schools, the students and staff and the community. This is an awesome example of that. We wish Mr. Stuart Baiza well with his treatment and recovery.

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Heading back to WAVY on Chopper 10

We hope you’ll interact with us this high school football season. Follow Friday Night Flights on Twitter. Share your pictures at reportit@wavy.com and follow us on Facebook.

Selfie with Chopper 10 pilot, Steve Decker

Selfie with Chopper 10 pilot, Steve Decker

Check out Friday Night Flights with Bruce Rader and his rotating co-hosts and all of our high school football coverage on our special WAVY page.

 

 


Nicole’s Notes: Move The Monarchs’ Chains… It’s Ladies Night!

August 7th, 2014 at 9:07 pm by under Personalities, Sports, Uncategorized

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ODU’s first ever Ladies Night scored well with the participants and the staff. About 300 of us got guided tours, trivia sessions, drills and wine on the Norfolk campus. I didn’t really know what to expect when I got the invitation to come out. My sister Cozy joined me. I’m thinking I should’ve left the purse and jewelry at home, but I still managed to get through the drills okay. (Don’t ask Coach Bobby Wilder how my pass looked).  What a fun experience and an awesome idea to bring us chicks together for fun and information (I still don’t know much about football, but I do like to yell “Move The Chains” during games). Check out this video of the four hour event from Old Dominion University. And sign up early next year- the 300 spaces filled up fast for the first one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Day Two of Redskins Training Camp 2014

July 25th, 2014 at 2:20 pm by under Sports

Another early day here at Redskins training camp, Coach Jay Gruden is a big believer to start early and that means everybody on site at 7am and practice begins at 8:30

This year, because of the NFL players contract teams can only have one practice where the players wear pads and actually hit each other. The rest of the day is classroom work and then a walk through at 4:30 in the afternoon when hopefully things cool down.

Of course yesterday a morning and afternoon rainstorm disrupted the schedule a bit.

Was it the rain, or just my imagination, but RG-3 looked to be a little off and the defense looked to be a little sharper as the Washington Redskins officially opened training camp yesterday in a good old fashioned Richmond rain storm.

I guess you could say the football season officially got underway as new Coach Gruden and his staff got a chance to see their team in pads as the team began preperation for their season opener 45 days from now against the Houston Texans.

Quarterback Robert Griffin the third looked a little rusty during his first practice session, and Coach Gruden had this to say about practice and his quarterback.

“It was a little erratic. I think the wet balls – the balls were really wet early on. Didn’t come out of his hands right a couple of times. But I think he’ll be the first to tell you he needs to improve and I’ll be the second to tell you he needs to improve. That’s going to be the case every day, I’m sure of that.”

As for RG3, he had no excuses.

“I think today it’s one of those things you say when things are going wrong as an offense we weren’t as efficient as we wanted to be today all-around, including myself. So, it’s a good thing to have to work through the rain and have to throw those wet footballs and have to catch those wet footballs and have to work on the quarterback/center exchange, all those things. So, you start camp, there’s a lot of excitement. Football is back. And then you have a practice like today where the weather plays a huge factor, and you have to kind of block that out. So, I think today’s practice we got better as a football team just having to go through the rough practice.”

While RG-3 runs the offense, there is no question Alfred Morris is the engine. Since his rookie year in 2012, Morris is one of only two running backs in the NFL — along with Adrian Peterson — who’s rushed for over 2,8 hundred yards.

On he other end of the spectrum, 13 year veteran Santana Moss is in a fight just to make the team. He signed a one year non guaranteed contract after being moved to slot reciever last year.

With big names such as DeShawn Jackson, Pierre Garson and new slot receiver Andre Roberts in the mix, and nine other receivers in camp, the competition is fierce.


Taking the emotion out of the Redskins name issue, and looking at it strictly from a realistic standpoint.

June 18th, 2014 at 8:56 pm by under Sports

In regards to today’s decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration, a federal judge overturned same ruling just five years ago after a 10-year appeals process. Even after today’s ruling, nothing changes regarding the team’s trademark while an appeal process runs it course. It could be another decade long process, depending on where the team’s attorneys file the appeal and they will. So today’s decision has no immediate effect (or even long term effect) on the team in any way.

There is still no indication that NFL owners, NFL officials, NFL players, season ticket holders, sponsors of the team, television networks or large number of Redskins fans are encouraging owner Daniel Snyder in any way to change the team’s name. In fact most Redskins players are against the change. And more importantly, there is no legal precedent to force Snyder to do it if he doesn’t want to.

In Snyder’s view there is no economic reason to change the name since no season tickets holders are refusing to buy tickets or beers or hot dogs. No sponsors are threatening to cancel their contracts with the Redskins. TV networks including NBC, FOX, CBS or ESPN ($25 billion dollars to the teams) are not seeing any indication that viewers will stop watching Redskins or NFL games, so neither the networks nor their sponsors are putting any pressure at all on the team or league to encourage Snyder to change the name. To the contrary, the vast majority of Snyder’s customers are against any name change.

In regards to any financial advantage for Snyder changing the name. Snyder is totally convinced he would lose money if he had to change the name.

The Redskins take in $375 million per year. The vast majority of the money comes from TV, radio, tickets, parking, concessions and then merchandise. The Redskins are not even in the top 10 teams in merchandise sales. But more importantly, if they changed the name, and came out with all new clothing, and other merchandise, they would have to split the money equally with the other teams in the league. So even if every Redskins fan buys all new stuff if they change the name, the Redskins only receive 1/32nd of that money. According to the team’s accountants, this would not come close to offset what it would cost the team to make a name change (throwing out everything that says Redskins on it and buying everything new—stadium signs, books, letterhead, so many other expenses)–so that idea is an uninformed myth.

Conclusion, I just don’t see the name being changed unless the owner decides to have a change of heart. And there is no indication that will happen.

In fact, the owner is adamant that not only Redskins fans, sponsors and TV viewers, but the vast majority of American’s don’t find the name offensive, and he vows never to change the name as long as he owns the team. He says he has the research to back it up. And he is the only person that has the power to make the change.


Redskins schedule a challenge

April 23rd, 2014 at 11:46 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

His knee is better, the brace is gone, and tonight RG-3 and the Redskins found out who they will be playing this season and when.

The NFL released their 2-thousand 14 schedule tonight, with the Redskins playing three prime time games, one on Thursday Night against the Giants, and two Monday night games, at home against the Super Bowl champion Seahawks and a game in October against the Cowboys.

Obviously the league is betting that Robert Griffin the 3rd will bounce back from his knee injury, and the addition of former Eagle DeSean Jackson will provide an exciting offense.
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Toss in a first year coach–Jay Gruden, and the NFL believes the Redskins are ready for prime time again.

The Redskins will open the season on the road against the worst team in the NFL last year, the Houston Texans, possibly against Johnny Manziel–if the Oilers make him their number one draft pick.

Then at home against the Jaguars who haven’t had a winning season in 7 years. DeSean Jackson will return to Philly in week 3–and then its prime time when the Redskins welcome Eli Manning and the Giants for a Thursday night game. Week 5–Monday Night Football at Fed Ex against Russell Wilson and the Super Bowl champs. Then on the road to Arizona, back home hosting the Titans, week 8 Monday Night Football in Dallas against the Cowboys.

The first Sunday of November finds the Skins in Minneapolis against the Vikings, followed by the Bye Week then at home against the Tampa Bay Bucs–and a big game–week 12, Kaepernick against Griffin out west against the 49ers.

Another tough one, week 13, Griffin against Andrew Luck in Indy, the Rams come to Fed Ex to open up December. Then 3 games that could decide the NFC championship, Dec 14th in New York against the Giants, the Eagles at Fed Ex, and then the final regular game of the regular season the Cowboys on Sunday December 28th.

To get the complete Redskins schedule, go to wavy-dot com and click on sports.


Stronger Than Ever- We’re On The Run Again!

April 17th, 2014 at 2:54 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized
Stronger Than Ever..."On The Run!"

Stronger Than Ever…”On The Run!”

The Latest Running News and Notes in Hampton Roads form Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

 

Better Get Going!

While most people are getting ready for Spring Break plans, Runners in Hampton Roads were tearing up the streets with some swift times.  Double knot your laces, here we go!

In Newport news, the Jamestown 4H 10k was “Fast and Furious” for 31 year old,  Todd Kessler, who kicked the 6.2 mile course in 35:17, while the  Ladies Champ,  Sheila Scotti raced away in a quick 43:40.  Good Friend of the Blog Greg Dawson, from Williamsburg, ran a great 38:31.  He’s running a big Marathon in Massachusetts, this Monday.  Another Speedy Friend,  Rick Platt, won his 60-64 Age group in 43:11. Well Done Guys!

On the Southside, the Long Distance Action was in Chesapeake at the Dismal Swamp Stomp Half  Marathon.  Maryland’s Dereie Deme was the Overall Winner in 1:04:53.  Norfolk’s Will Christian was the fastest local and just a couple minutes off the victory with a strong 1:06:59.  Rebecca Rollick of Chesapeake blazed the 13.1 mile course on hand cycles. She finished in 1:16:56 as the fastest female.  Mettle Events always throws a good party with a great race as well.

In Norfolk, Football was in the air at Old dominion University and the ODU Big Blue 5K started the day’s celebration of Spring Sports activities.  Portsmouth’s Ryan Carroll topped all racing the 3.1 miles in 16:38.  That’s an average of 5:22 per mile.  The Ladies title went to Stephanie Frenchik in 18:18 which translates to 5:54 per mile.  For both, that’s some serious leg work!

Whats Coming Up for the Next few Days

Everyone's "On The Run!"

Everyone’s “On The Run!”

While most people are enjoying the holiday weekend, there are a few races locally.  This Saturday, Williamsburg hosts the Clara Byrd Baker Relay Team 5k Run/Walk for a Cure.  In Newport News, the action is going on with JLHR Race For a Better Place 5K at the Mariners Museum.  For those who have the need to “Go the Distance”, the following week, the Virginia 24 Hour Ultra Run For Cancer goes off at Sandy Bottom Park.  I have many of my Running Friends who will run Saturday, April 26th until Sunday Morning, April 27th.  Excited for you all!

 

MONDAY MAJESTY!

Boston Marathon Monday Comes Back Big!

Boston Marathon Monday Comes Back Big!

Patriots day is Monday and in Boston, the third Monday of April ALWAYS means the Boston Marathon is on.  With all the events of last year, this year has brought so much attention to it’s return.  Sports Illustrated has featured a cover to some key people and this year’s  race attendance is at an all-time high.  Many of you in Hampton Roads who went last year are making return trips and some new Runners will be making their first appearance.  Staring in Hopkinton and winding their way past Natick, Wellesley College, along the famed hills near Newton, including “Heartbreak Hill”, then the parade to greatness, ending on Boylston and the ultimate finish line.

We will be rooting for you all and watching the progress of so many of you.  “Shout outs” to guys like Andrew Hoffer, Vincent Ortiz, and John Adams, who ran with me the last few miles of the Norfolk Freedom Marathon.  So many stories will follow those famous 26.2 miles.  All of wish you ALL the very best!

 

Throwback Thursday!!!

With the Boston Marathon on Monday, I thought it would be nice to re-visit an interview with the Race Director of the Boston Marathon since 1988, Dave McGillivray.  He was also the Race director for the Run For the Dream Weekend.  Did you know that except for last years race, Dave has run the marathon course after the last finisher crosses the line.  Enjoy this “Throwback On The Run!”

 

Thanks for checking us out this week.  Feel free to share with your friends, or leave us some feedback.  Look for more soon.  Maybe I’ll catch you soon…”On The Run!”

On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding on WAVY.com

With You to the Finish..."On The Run!"

With You to the Finish…”On The Run!”

 

 

 


Runners! Spring Has Sprung- Now, We’re “On The Run!”

April 9th, 2014 at 4:59 pm by under Sports
Time To Go "On the run!"

Time To Go “On The Run!”

The Latest Running News and Notes in Hampton Roads !  We call it “On the Run’ with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

Neither Rain, Snow, nor getting hit by a Car can stop me from sharing the good Running News in the “757″.

It’s true- I was hit by a driver ten days ago who was texting.  I have been rehabbing and being very careful with short runs, riding my bike, and some light weight work.  Luckily, I’m still going and happy to shine some light on what’s happening around the area.  Even though i was wearing bright clothes, the moral of the story is – PLEASE “W82TXT”.   Meantime, we’re here for the party- the Running party, that is.  So, let’s take a look around and like Marvin Gaye once sang “What’s Goin’ On” in Hampton Roads!

 

A Quick Look Back At some Pretty fast Times!

March 29th was speedy, fun times for Kevin White at the Colon Cancer 5K.      The Virginia Beach Masters Runner was the Overall winner in 17:23. Meantime, good friend of the Running blog, Kelly Borkman was the Ladies Champ with a 21:39.

On the Peninsula, bad weather had postponed the 2nd Annual Knights of Columbus 10 Mile Run for the Heart back in January but, this past weekend temperatures were just right.  Meagan Hutchinson took the Ladies title with a swift 1:21:09.  Douglas Marshall was the  first to the tape in 1:03:44.  Out in Suffolk, Good friend of the blog, Ryan Carroll smoke the Bon Secours 5K in 15;46.  Elizabeth Lawson was the Women’s Champ in 21:38.   Wait, there’s More!

Ryan Carroll slowed down just enough for a Picture! Ryan is On The Run!

Ryan Carroll slowed down just enough for a Picture! Ryan is On The Run!

 

At Chesapeake city Park, Vincente Rivera won the  CASA Superhero 5k.  his time of 21:38 was the best for the guys, while Portsmouth’s Jennifer Gildea topped the girls in 23:00.  Nice work!    Just up the Road, the 20th Annual Queens Lake 5K Run at New Quarter Park went off well this past Saturday.  Lots of your Running Friends posted “Fast Times”, like 65 year old, Larry Coley who ran a 20:39 to set an Age Group Record.  Victor Fleming blazed the 3.1 mile course in 16:24.  the always strong Runner, Pamela Lovett led the Ladies in 20:29.  Great job all around

The Purple Stride 5K this past weekend went to John Brountas , who won the event in 19:53.  Keeping the Ladies at bay was Devon McCarty  with a sizzling 22:18.

 

 

What’s on the Horizon or, what Races are Coming Up!

Wanna go Long?  How many times have we Runners heard that?  If you are wanting a great distance race, our friends at Mettle Events offer up the Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon.  I always enjoyed this race.  Ann Hupp knows how to throw a good party with a thirteen mile run thrown in to make it interesting.  Check out mettleevents.com for more.

Do you feel like hitting the road this weekend? Jamestown is the place to be for the Jamestown 4-H 10k run.  The 6.2 mile run begins at the 4-H Camp.  Also this weekend, check out a little drive to Wakefield   A week later at the Mariners Museum on April 19th,   the JLHR Race for a Better Place 5K & 8K begins at 8:30am.   The very same day, the action gets hot and heaving in Williamsburg with the Clara Byrd Baker Relay Team 5k.   You can hit the beach at the Surf’s Up 5K at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.  The race starts at 17th Street.   You can always check peninsulatrackclub.com, tidewaterstriders.com, and colonialroadrunners.org for more details.   See??? PLENTY of Great races are available to you!

Throwback Thursday, Anyone?

Many people LOVE Throwback Thursday, so for you, we pulled an interview with Michelle harde-Smith, who has run now close to 75 Marathons, including one in All Seven Continents.  enjoy the memory…”On The Run!”

Hope your training is going well.  we’ll alway try to keep you in the know for what’s happening in Hampton roads.  if you have a story idea or just want to leave feedback here, PLEASE DO!  come back and visit us here on WAVY.Com.  Maybe, I’ll catch you….“On The Run!”

 On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding on WAVY.com

 


Is Desean Jackson a good fit for Redskins?

April 2nd, 2014 at 9:57 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

He was a thorn in the side of the Redskins defense every time he took the field as a Philadelphia Eagle.

But now DeSean Jackson will be wearing the burgundy and gold.

A lot of people have been scratching their heads since the Eagles just out right cut all pro wide receiver Desean Jackson last Friday.

Jackson admits he was angry and embarrassed when the Eagles made the move–but right away his phone started ringing.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin the 3rd, defensive back DeAngleo Hall put the full court press on Jackson, imploring him to join their team.

Last night Jackson gave in, signing a 3-year $24 million contract and the Redskins got their man.desean jackson

So what do we make of all of this.

Prior to today, the Redskins offense had the potential of being pretty good. Quarterback Robert Griffin the 3rd had a really good season two years ago, but his bum knee caused him to have a sub-par performance this past year.The signing of DeSean Jackson now gives RG-3 a trio of 2 all pro’s Pierre Garcon and, DeShawn Jackson–teaming up with newly acquired Andre Roberts. Throw in young tight end Jordon Reed and Griffin now has plenty of quality targets.

There has been a lot of speculation as to why Eagles coach Chip Kelly would just cut one of the best receivers in the NFL. He didn’t trade him, didn’t try to work something out, they just got rid of him.
Why?

According to a variety of stories, Jackson was a diva, didn’t get along with his new coach, was late to and even missed meetings, a no-no in the structured NFL. He was considered a malcontent. And lets not forget the un-substantiated reports that he was associated with gang members in his home town L-A.

Now where do you think these reports came from? Obviously from people in the Eagles organizations. Kelly wanted knew he was getting rid of Jackson, and wanted to get out in front of it. Jackson was a twenty-something millionaire athlete, who was probably full of himself, and may have not liked the idea of a new coach coming in telling one of the team’s “superstars” what to do.

I don’t know what to believe.

Most teams have professional investigators who look into the backgrounds of their players. Even though the Redskins were under the gun to make this deal happen they had several days to do some checking.

I have no idea what went on behind closed doors. There is no dispute that Jackson has been problematic since he came into the league, he didn’t follow certain rules, he was always asking for new contracts—he was a diva. But he admits he never saw his release coming.

Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported today, Jackson admitted feeling a wide range of emotions: anger, frustration, embarrassment ranking among them. Jones posted the following quote from DeSean in his article.

“I feel they embraced me as far as RGIII, DeAngelo Hall reached out to me and made me feel like it was home here,” Jackson said Wednesday via conference call. “After everything that was going on the past couple days and the last week, that’s a big step of their first move for me. I think DeAngelo Hall really stepped up to the plate and called me and said, ‘Look, bro. I know I’ve been playing against you for a long time, but I feel like this is a situation where if you came in here, you could help us out a lot.’ For myself, I was still at a point in my career where that made me very humble for everything to go down and happen the way it happened. But coming in here, Bruce Allen, Mr. Snyder,Jay Gruden, I think it was an open-arm situation and I just was looking for an opportunity to come in and be productive and help out any way possible. I think this place right here is a great place and has some great things going on and I’m just happy to being an addition to helping this team win.”

Was this a wake up call for the 27 year old Jackson? Will the change of venue be the one thing that turns his attitude around? Maybe Chip Kelly thinks that in his system he can take any receiver and turn him into a star and he doesn’t need Jackson around, regardless of the fact he was their best receiver. The one thing unique about the NFL is teams can cut players every year regardless of their contract. Jackson is guaranteed $16 million dollars.

If he has three great years, it ends up a good deal. If he doesn’t work out, the Redskins lose $16 million.

Only time will tell. Want to bet a Dr. Pepper on this one?