Oracle, which trailed 8-1 last Wednesday, came from behind and passed the Kiwis after they tacked too early and slowed while zigzagging toward the Golden Gate Bridge. The American-backed boat – with only one American on its 11-man crew – sped past and built its lead to more than 1,000 yards on the windward fourth leg going past Alcatraz Island. The final margin was 54 seconds. Spithill, a 34-year-old Australian who has been almost defiant about his team’s ability to rebound from the penalties, did a flyby of Pier 27-29, with his crew lining the port hull to wave and pump their fists toward the crowd. Earlier, Oracle forced Emirates Team New Zealand into two penalties during the wild start of Race 17 and won by 27 seconds. The races were so pivotal that software billionaire Larry Ellison, who owns Oracle Team USA, skipped making a keynote speech before 60,000 people at Oracle Open World so he could witness the comeback firsthand from a chase boat on the bay. Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker dominated Spithill at the start and beat him to the first mark with his 72-foot catamaran, allowing him to control the race. The Kiwis led by 7 seconds rounding the second gate mark before committing the blunder that cost them the lead and, perhaps, the oldest trophy in international sports. In Race 17, Spithill appeared in trouble just before the start but hooked behind Barker into a favored leeward position as the boats jockeyed just inside the Golden Gate Bridge. The 72-foot catamarans touched, and Oracle tactician Ben Ainslie yelled at the Kiwis to tack away. They collided again, this time harder, with Ainslie gesturing angrily. Team New Zealand sat dead in the water to clear the penalties as Oracle pulled away.
Tom Watson Defends USA Ryder Cup Captaincy
Watson, who first captained a USA Team in 1993, has brushed off claims that he is too old. The Kansas-born eight-time Major winner said: “The way I’ve answered that question is that age is not an issue, at all, because the players that will be on my … my team; our team, they know that I’ve been a player on The Ryder Cup. They know I’ve been a captain of The Ryder Cup. And they know that I know that they know, and that’s all that matters.” At Gleneagles Watson called on the tournament organisers to do away with the practice of ‘wildcard’ picks for future Ryder Cups. While Watson has taken the step to reduce from four to three his ‘wildcard’ picks he surprised PGA of America President, Ted Bishop, who travelled to Scotland with Watson, in calling for abandoning the notion of ‘wildcard’ picks altogether. “If you really look at it, the purist form of Ryder Cup would be no picks, no captain’s picks, 12 players who qualify,” said Watson. “That’s the way I qualified my first two Ryder Cups, I think it was, or maybe three. All three of them, you had 12 players and no picks. Maybe that’s the way it should go back to. “I reduced my picks this year from four to three, and was thinking actually two, because I wanted the players who are playing, to get on The Ryder Cup Team, to have that as a goal. If they got there, then they have earned something very, very special. And maybe we should go back to no picks.” McGinley, who also will have three ‘wildcard’ picks, reacted to Watson’s call saying: “There is a different dynamic on the European side when we have so many players playing on the PGA Tour. So let’s defer that one, thank you.” And while Watson will be seeking to end European dominance with Europe having won seven of the last nine encounters he also intends to use as a motivator Europe’s ‘come-from-behind’ miracle at Medinah in a goal to return the Ryder Cup to the States for a first time since 2008. “The European Team has been absolutely sensational and I have to say, even though it left a pit in my stomach, just a hole in my stomach after our defeat this last September at Medinah,” said Watson “I have to say that if you look at it objectively, that Ryder Cup was sensational, sensational theatre. It really was something to see. I’m not saying that it didn’t affect our players.
Then Sidney comes in and the torch is passed. Hockey is an exciting sport, not only in the city of Pittsburgh but the surrounding areas. Now you have Penn State not too far away; they built a new facility adding womens and mens hockey. So the growth continues, and its fun to see. Its tough to get tickets for a Penguins game; theyre an exciting team to watch and a proud team for the city to have. Mullen also cant believe the growth thats taken place since he was here, saying when I got there in 1990, there was probably only about three rinks with single pads (ice sheets). And youve just seen the growth of hockey really explode with the Stanley Cup teams that we had in those couple of years and rinks pop up all over the place. Now youre getting double pads and triple pads and its just tremendous how its really evolved for the kids in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is special to Johnson, as they gave him an opportunity to start his pro career by drafting him three years before his legendary performance for Team USA’s Miracle on Ice in the 1980 Olympics. And also because his fathers legacy lives on, in the Cup championship and his catchphrase its a great day for hockey. I had a chance to play there for a couple years and then my dad had a chance to coach there and obviously do something very special, Johnson said. So any time I get a chance to go back or revisit, its enjoyable. Johnson is also excited for the reason behind his return to Pittsburgh: the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. The contest will feature 40 of the top American-born players eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft. It gives potential draft picks the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of NHL talent evaluators like general managers and scouts against the best U.S.-born players. To Johnson, this national showcase is a perfect example of how much USA Hockey has evolved since he was a kid coming up through the amateur ranks in Wisconsin back in the 70s.
TheGrill: USA Today Publisher – Newspapers Must Be Conversation-Starters in the Digital Age
Its more of a conversation-starter. To that goal, Kramer said his paper haslately urged its journalists to express their voice to appeal to digital readers. We are encouraging our writers to be more expressive and have a unique voice, Kramer said, adding that readers in the digital age are more interested in the people delivering their information to them than past audiences were. Also read: TheGrill: Bill Maher on Why Hell Never Win an Emmy Not If Youre Gonna Be the Brave One Jonathan Alcorn In addition, Kramer said, USA Today is emphasizing the importance of discovery for its readers that is, presenting something that the readers didnt necessarily know they were interested before reading a story, as opposed to giving them what theyre already looking for, which has been a driving force of the internet news model. I dont have the automotive industry or the plastic industry in my top 10 list of interesting topics, Kramer said by way of example. However, if he saw a story about a car manufacturer that decided to build its cars out of all plastics, it would likely grab his attention. The discovery element is also crucial to the advertising end of journalism, Kramer said during the panel, Regimagining the Newsroom and to that point, he insisted, the advantage goes to the print media. Also read: TheGrill: FXs John Landgraf on a la Carte Cables Threat to Hollywoods Creativity, Breaking Bad Regrets One of the reasons print advertising still survives is that print is one of the best discovery mediums; its easy to turn a page, Kramer noted, saying that print ads offer advertisers a big tableau to hawk its wares with. Kramer, who said that USA Today grew its print advertising revenue last year, noted that were still at a point where the advertising dollars for us we make more per reader in print than we do on the web, estimating that USA Today takes in about five times per print reader than it does per digital reader. Were gradually building advertising revenue with digital, but were not there yet, he noted, adding that,in general,were seeing a resurgence in effective print advertising. Also read: TheGrill: Online Giant Break Medias Next Move Tentpole Projects for TV (Video) Still, the digital advertising model must be addressed a challenging process, Kramer conceded, especially since readers continue to switch the devices they tend to get their news from. While last year saw readers excited about tablets, this year has been about mobile devices. While advertisers tend to be excited about tablets, Kramer said, your mobile device has really become your breaking news device advertising is even further behind there. Kramer also acknowledged that the prospect of a paywall for USA Today is likey in the cards.