Excuse me, but could someone please calculate the millions of pounds of paper and ink used thus far for printing the so-called “news” about plastic straws, and hasten the time when something more important will replace the space used for reporting on that topic? The solution is simple:Let people who are concerned stop using them and keep big government out of it.Richard FelakNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Batesville Middle School Wrestlers traveled to Madison Junior High last evening to grapple through sixteen varsity and seven junior varsity matches. With nearly full rosters provided by both teams, the evening was full of excitement.The Bulldogs wrestled with intensity and made great progress as they worked their way through the event, yet falling short 66-28 to Madison.Grapplers that prevailed in their matches included, Nathaniel Robinson with a 13-2 decision, JT Linkel by forfeit, Axel Garcia with a 1:59 pin, Noah Hewitt pinning in 3:12, and Abram Garcia with a 1:10 pin. Additional wrestlers seeing varsity matches, yet fell to their opponent included; Logan Vierling, Andy Gutzwiller, Caleb Bischoff-Niese, Jacob Weigel, Dylan Holcomb, Cole Struewing, Chris Lainez, Troy Hornberger, and Mitchell Thomas.The evening ended with junior varsity action, where the bulldogs saw a wins from Abe Peetz, Logan Vierling Mitchell Thomas and JT Linkel. Putting up competitive matches, yet defeated included, Jonathan Hoff, Ethan Meyer, and Brendon Imel.The Bulldogs will continue their busy week as they travel Thursday evening to face the Fighting Knights from South Dearborn for a 5:30 match.Courtesy of Cassie Wallpe.
No. 13 Minnesota upset No. 5 Penn State 31-26 on Saturday, which will have ripple effects across the Big Ten conference.Third-year coach P.J. Fleck led the Gophers to what could be a program-changing victory at home. Tanner Morgan (18 of 20, 339 yards, three touchdowns) led the way, and Jordan Howden came up with the game-clinching interception in the final minute. Minnesota (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) should move up the College Football Playoff rankings as a result. MORE: Scores, highlights, updates from Saturday’s top-25 gamesHere is how the Gophers’ upset alters the Big Ten and Playoff races:Minnesota runs the Big Ten WestThe Gophers took control of the Big Ten West race heading into a season-ending stretch against No. 18 Iowa, Northwestern and No. 16 Wisconsin. Minnesota has a two-game lead on the Hawkeyes and Badgers, so they can still lose a game and get to Indianapolis.Minnesota will likely have to go undefeated to reach the Playoff, given its strength of schedule and low ranking at No. 13, but perhaps this is that out-of-this-world team that can catch lightning in November.Ohio State-Penn State takes a hitIt’s unavoidable now that Penn State (8-1, 5-1) has a loss. The Nittany Lions could advance to 9-1 after next week’s game against Indiana, but the Nov. 23 showdown at No. 1 Ohio State (9-0, 6-0) was supposed to be a top-five showdown on the level of today’s game between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama. Now it will be an elimination game for the Nittany Lions and a division-clincher for the Buckeyes.The Buckeyes can have the Big Ten East wrapped up before “The Game” at No. 14 Michigan, which means the Wolverines will be in full spoiler mode at The Big House. Knowing that Ohio State hasn’t lost a Big Ten conference game at home since 2015, the Michigan game might be the bigger test.Ohio State is on its own in Big TenThe Buckeyes are ranked No. 1 in the latest Playoff rankings, but they might slip to No. 2 depending on who wins LSU-Alabama. That’s not a big deal.Barring a miracle, Ohio State will beat Rutgers next week and take a 10-0 record into the games against Penn State and Michigan. The Buckeyes need to beat the Nittany Lions to clinch the East, but there are scenarios where Ohio State could lose to Michigan and still make the Playoff. Yes, it is strange but true to say the Buckeyes need to beat Penn State more than Michigan, but that is the reality of four-team positioning. The Buckeyes’ best bet is to finish 13-0 and leave no doubt. They haven’t done that since the College Football Playoff era started.Even without defensive end Chase Young, that possibility looks strong.MORE: How Chase Young suspension affects Big Ten, Playoff racesPenn State isn’t dead yetThe Nittany Lions will drop out of the top four in the Playoff rankings — much to Clemson fans’ delight — but Penn State still has a chance to claw back into the College Football Playoff if it wins out.Penn State has led by double digits against Ohio State each of the last two years. The Nittany Lions need to win that game on Nov. 23 and perhaps beat Minnesota in a rematch at the Big Ten championship game. Would that be enough to get the Nittany Lions into the Playoff? Maybe, maybe not. That’s the trouble with getting put in a one-loss pileup. The Pac-12 and Big 12 contenders were pleased with Saturday’s result.Big Ten won’t get two teams in PlayoffThis is the big one. Big Ten fans won’t like it, but even if Ohio State and Minnesota meet with identical records in the Big Ten championship game it’s doubtful both teams would make the College Football Playoff. There hasn’t been a conference championship game with two undefeated teams in the CFP era, so that would be a good sell.But Iowa (2015) and Wisconsin (2017) took undefeated records into the Big Ten championship and were discarded after one loss. The same fate would likely happen to the Gophers, which would be heavy underdogs against Ohio State. Ohio State, meanwhile, has won the Big Ten title with one loss and has been left out the last two seasons. They would be left out with a loss to Minnesota.We’re not going to wait for that to happen. We’ll just tell you that’s how it is.
Atletico Madrid have prioritised the signing of Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle before the close of the transfer window, according to Spanish newspaper AS.The Spanish champions are rebuilding their attack having lost Diego Costa and David Villa since the end of last season and they want Schurrle to complete a devastating front three alongside recent recruits Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann.Atleti boss Diego Simeone is a huge admirer of the German’s talents and believes his hardworking attitude and versatility would be ideal for his side.The 23-year-old joined Chelsea in an £18m move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer and netted nine times in 43 matches during his first season in England.He followed that up with three goals in Brazil during Germany’s successful World Cup campaign, and he has been expected to play a more prominent role at Stamford Bridge next term.However, Atletico will fight hard to sign him, although Simeone must sell at least two players to fund a move for the striker.Simeone is expected to offload midfielder Josuha Guilavogui to Wolfsburg while Sunderland retain an interest in Uruguay international Cristian Rodriguez. Andre Schurrle 1