Cleveland Rocks: Browns reel in Thomas

first_imgThe old saying is, “You are what you eat.” Anyone looking for an additional exhibit of evidence for the adage can look no further than to Joe Thomas.Hours after reeling in a couple browns (trout), the Wisconsin left tackle became a Brown himself, as he was selected by Cleveland with the third overall pick in Saturday’s NFL draft. “It’s a great fit for me as a person, and I think the organization is great people. The coaches are outstanding,” Thomas told Wisconsin reporters during a teleconference shortly after he was selected. “I think the team’s got a lot of weapons, and we’ve got a good opportunity to win a lot of games next year.”Thomas will likely step into the left tackle spot for the Browns next season with the opportunity to shore up an offensive line that allowed the third-most sacks in the NFL last season. “I don’t know what they are going to do with me, play me at left tackle, right tackle or guard or whatnot,” Thomas said. “I’m sure in the next couple months that will all play out, so I’m not going to push it.”My expectation for myself is to be a starter that first game,” Thomas continued. Landing in Cleveland presents a unique challenge for Thomas. Outside of the Browns, the AFC North has three quality teams, which have made the playoffs at least once in the last two years. Despite that Thomas will likely be paving the way for a former 2,000-yard running back in Jamaal Lewis, any offensive task will not be easy in a division including traditionally stout defenses such as Baltimore and Pittsburgh.”My best games in college and the games I got the most excited for were playing against the great players,” Thomas said. “That’s what makes me so excited about playing in the NFL, having that great player lineup across from you every game and the tremendous preparation that’s involved in getting ready for each game.” Although Thomas’ agent and the Browns front office had been in contact often lately, there was still a level of uncertainty concerning whether he would be the Browns’ pick.”I kind of knew all along [that the Browns were interested],” Thomas explained. “Back in January, just kind of researching the teams, … they obviously had the need at the offensive line position, guys getting older, and they gave up a lot of sacks last year.”Even once Thomas received the draft-day call from Cleveland’s brass, his fate was not yet decided.”We got the call, and we didn’t really know for sure yet,” Thomas explained. “It was a scout from the Browns who just said, ‘Hey, we want to keep you on the line.'”Thomas stayed on the phone for six minutes as the Browns made their final decision on who to draft.”You could hear Phil Savage, the general manager, talking about both myself and [Notre Dame quarterback] Brady Quinn in the background, so at that point they really didn’t know who they would pick.”Right at the end, … Phil Savage came on and said they turned in their card with my name on it.”Although the Browns’ choice of Thomas over the Ohio-native Quinn sparked some anger among Browns fans at the time, the team ended up trading picks with Dallas to draft the quarterback later in the first round.”I think historically at the draft you’re not going to make everybody happy. … Wherever I ended up, I knew I wasn’t going to be the glamour pick. Whenever you pick an offensive lineman high, he’s not the glamour pick.”Everyone wants the cute quarterback or the fast, quick receiver,” Thomas said. Aside from the regular excitement being drafted high carries, Thomas seemed legitimately happy to be going to Cleveland.”I’m excited. I think, to be able to stay in the Midwest, to be able to go to a city like Cleveland, which has tremendous professional athletic fans,” Thomas said. “It’s a meat-and-potatoes town, a blue-collar town — a lot like Milwaukee.”last_img read more

TP Mazembe Hold Off Super Sport To Retain CAF Confederation Cup Title

first_imgCongolese side TP Mazembe have retained the CAF Confederation Cup title after they held off Super Sport United of South Africa in front of their home fans to win the final tie 2-1 on aggregate.Leading 2-1 from their home leg, The team from DR Congo produced a tactical masterclass against their South African opponents in the second leg in a game that ended goalless with both sides finishing the contest with 10 men.TP Mazembe could have easily sealed the tie in their favour in the first half hour but Rainford Kalaba and Daniel Adjei wasted glorious opportunities to grab an away goal. However those little setbacks didn’t prevent the defending champions from keeping their hosts at bay for the rest of the game as Super Sport United were restricted to just one good chance in the second half.The hosts briefly had a numerical advantage when TP Mazembe star Kasongo Chongo was sent off with ten minutes remaining before their star forward Thuso Phala also got his marching orders for a dangerous tackle to all but end the game as a contest in TP Mazembe’s favour.The Congolese side won the trophy for the first time last year and they have now secured a 2nd title after successfully retaining it.RelatedCAF Confederations Cup: Club Africain, TP Mazembe Qualify For SemisSeptember 25, 2017In “Africa”CAF Confederation Cup Final: TP Mazembe Earn Slender AdvantageNovember 20, 2017In “Africa”2017 CAF Confederations Cup: Super Sport United Through To SemisSeptember 24, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more

McCue named 2016 Impact Bank Wellington High School student of the year

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Photo by Steve Sturgis.Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Allison McCue was named 2016 Impact Bank Student of the Year for Wellington High School. Throughout the 2015-16 academic year, WHS presents a Student of the Month.Each school selects their overall winner from the monthly winners, using their own criteria. Impact Bank presented the awardee with a gift basket. WHS Principal Adam Hatfield presents the “basket” full of goodies to McCue Tuesday morning. There will be Students of the Year at the other facilities. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more