Giants’ window to trade Madison Bumgarner opens for the first time today

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner has worn the San Francisco Giants uniform for the last 10 seasons, but his days of donning the orange and black could soon be coming to an end.Fewer than 24 hours after Bumgarner, 29, dominated the best team in the National League, the Giants’ window to trade one of their franchise pillars is open for the first time.The Giants are out of contention, the summer trade market is beginning to take shape and with pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel signing …last_img

Preview of Geocaching.com May 4th Website Release

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Caption Contest 33 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeMay 4, 2012In “Community””Hammy” a Groundspeak Hamster Finds a New HomeJune 22, 2011In “Community”Earn New Souvenirs — Celebrate 15 Years of GeocachingMarch 23, 2015In “Community” Get ready for a new look and experience on Geocaching.com beginning May 4th. Geocaching.com will go offline for four to six hours on the 4th beginning approximately 9am PDT (GMT -7). Lackeys will be upgrading the database server to improve site performance. We will also be releasing the latest website update, which includes a sleek new design and interface for the homepage. Watch this screencast for a sneak peak of what to expect! Closed captioning on the screencast is available in both English and German.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Greenbuild 2009 Wrap-Up

first_imgGreenbuild 2009 in Phoenix was another great event. Unlike most of the construction industry, green building appears to be thriving. Attendance was slightly lower than last year but not by much, in contrast to other industry events that have seen their numbers plummet. Considering how many businesses are struggling or have closed, and the number of unemployed building professionals, the strength of this event is encouraging. Like last year, there was a dearth of good swag, a personal disappointment but a good thing for the environment, and even more unique USB drive options in lieu of printed material from vendors. The USB drive winner this year is Bluebeam Software, whose bamboo-shrouded drive came in a bamboo sliding-cover box, perfect for storing who knows what.Unique swagThe non-USB-drive winners included logo-printed walnuts from Power to Pass, a LEED AP test preparation operation, and a tote bag from Low-E made of reflective housewrap. While I have heard nothing negative about these particular companies, both test-prep services and reflective insulation have uneven reputations, so maybe it isn’t surprising that they handed out some of the more interesting goodies.Sessions and censoringAs for the seminars, I was only able to attend a few sessions due to other commitments, but I particularly liked the one on Living Systems Design. The panel raised interesting questions about the current state of green building, challenging the audience to think differently as we move forward. My favorite quotes from this session include “Sustainability as currently practiced is a slower way to die” and “Nature doesn’t understand property lines.” The residential summit was held in a hotel a few blocks from the main conference, which made visiting the show floor during breaks a bit of a challenge, but the event seemed to hum along nicely. My biggest disappointment was when I lined up to ask a question at a session, Nate Kredich cut off at the person before me. I can only assume that it was intentional as I rarely give anyone at USGBC a break. Maybe next time.I can’t squint that hardSaving my most petty complaint for last, it is time for the USGBC to bring on more mature employees who do not have such young eyes. The map of the show floor in the conference book had booth numbers printed in such small type that I was unable to see them even with my reading glasses. I’m thinking I might possibly have an ADA complaint. Any good lawyers want to talk to me about it?last_img read more

BJP MLA held for Ahmednagar murders

first_imgPune: The Ahmednagar police on Monday arrested Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Shivaji Kardile in connection with the murders of Shiv Sena leaders Sanjay Kotkar and Vasant Thube on Saturday.However, Mr. Kardile, MLA from Ahmednagar’s Rahuri constituency, denied his arrest and said he “voluntarily gave himself up” at the Bhingar police station this morning.A press note issued by the Ahmednagar police on Sunday had declared that the BJP MLA, along with 53 others connected to the crime and vandalism at the Ahmednagar Superintendent of Police’s office, was absconding.On Sunday, the police booked Mr. Kardile, along with NCP MLC Arun Jagtap (Sangram Jagtap’s father) and 30 others for allegedly hatching a conspiracy and executing the killings. ‘Allegations false’The BJP MLA refuted all allegations against him. “The police are investigating the crime and the culprits will be brought to justice. I have no relation with it. Since Saturday, the opposition [read Shiv Sena] is besmirching some members of my family and me by linking our names with the murders. Seeing this, I voluntary decided to appear before the police and cooperate with the probe,” Mr. Kardile told a local television channel.The second high-profile arrest in the case comes a day after Mr. Kardile’s son-in-law, National Congress Party (NCP) legislator Sangram Jagtap, and four others were taken into police custody in connection with the murders.Mr. Jagtap was taken into police custody in the wee hours of Sunday. Congress candidate Vishal Kotkar, who won the Kedgaon bypoll to the Ahmednagar civic body; his father Balasaheb Kotkar; Sandeep Gunjal and Bhanudas Kotkar were also booked for their alleged roles in the double murder.Soon after Mr. Jagtap was arrested, Mr. Kardile, along with a mob of over 200 persons allegedly vandalised the office of the Superintendent of Police, Ahmednagar. However, Mr. Kardile denied allegations, stating that events had been “misinterpreted”. “After Sangram [Jagtap] was arrested, a mob had gathered at the SP’s office. I was returning from a function and decided to stop en route and pacify the mob. I urged the crowd to show restraint,” he said, adding he was ready to face any inquiry. The aftermath of the Kedgaon bypoll coupled with years of political rivalry are said to be the broad reasons for the murders of the two Sena leaders, who were first shot at and then attacked with sharp weapons.The murders have led to the suspension of police inspector Abhay Parmar of Ahmednagar’s Kotwali police station Minister of State for Home, Deepak Kesarkar. He has been replaced by PI Ramesh Ratnaparkhi.Mr. Parmar’s suspension was prompted by Shiv Sena’s allegations about the allegedly controversial role of the police authorities in Kedgaon in the crime.All three families — the Kardiles, the Jagtaps and the Kotkars — are related to each other by marriage and virtually dominate Ahmednagar politics, especially at the taluka and civic body levels.Both Mr. Kardile and Congress leader Bhanudas Kotkar have a history of crime, their names figuring prominently in the murder of lottery-ticket businessman Ashok Lande in 2008. The incident has snowballed into a political slug-fest, with the Sena and the NCP trading charges.On Sunday, senior Shiv Sena leader and Minister Ramdas Kadam, alleged that the murders were “a premeditated conspiracy by the BJP, Congress and NCP”. Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar, retaliated by accusing the Sena of attempting to tarnish his party’s reputation by fabricating charges.last_img read more

UAAP Starting 5: Week 8

first_imgThe king is back and he brought back the same form that made him the UAAP’s most formidable force.After a lackluster week prior to this one, Ben Mbala wreaked havoc like no one other than himself can.The reigning MVP put up 21 points and 12.5 rebounds to lead La Salle to two wins this week.Forward: Alvin Pasaol (University of the East Red Warriors)ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Although Alvin Pasaol was limited to a season-low eight points against Ateneo, Pasaol still averaged a respectable 15.5 points in the two games this week while averaging eight rebounds.Oh, and Pasaol’s struggles on the field against the Blue Eagles was the product of pure defense Ateneo employed on him.Plus, Pasaol’s 23 points against La Salle were scored with Mbala playing as his main defender.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)It’s a fact that Thirdy Ravena can straight up ball—and not just on the offense.Ravena was a major factor why Pasaol put up his worst offensive output this season, hounding UE’s star pretty much the whole way with Vince Tolentino helping in the flanks.And Ravena put up an efficient 17-point, eight-rebound, four-assist afternoon while shooting 67 percent from the field in 19 minutes of play.Guard: Jerrick Ahanmisi (Adamson University Falcons) Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Honorable mentionsRicci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers)As Ben Mbala returned to form, Ricci Rivero promptly took the backseat.Rivero, though, still produced more than respectable numbers of 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in La Salle’s two wins this week.Marvin Lee (University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers)Alright, forget wins for a second because Marvin Lee looked like the lone Growling Tiger from University of Santo Tomas who put up a fight.Lee was awfully quiet in UST’s 75-70 loss to Adamson as Growling Tigers head coach Boy Sablan preferred to have Oliver De Guzman as the main point guard.Against La Salle, however, Lee felt the pressure of an impending 0-14 season that he singlehandedly dogged a UST fight despite losing by 35, 94-59.Lee scored a game-high 25 points, on 10-of-20 shooting, while grabbing seven rebounds.Those numbers, though, doesn’t hold justice to Lee’s efforts since the UST captain visibly tried to hold his emotions when the final buzzer sounded. WATCH: Get to know Rey Nambatac in 7 questions LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next It’s the tail end of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and frankly that’s about it.ADVERTISEMENT View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa If there’s one thing that stands out in Jerrick Ahanmisi’s game, it’s putting the ball through the hoop.In Adamson’s calculated approach to the game where every single player has a role, Ahanmisi was blessed with the task to shoot.The lanky wingman averaged 18.5 points per game and that’s pretty much it as the other statistical categories belong to his teammates.Guard: Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines)Paul Desiderio does not give a (expletive) about field goal percentage, and in an all-important game against Far Eastern University the UP senior showed why.UP had to win their game against FEU on Saturday to barge into the fourth spot and Desiderio didn’t let his disastrous 5-of-22 clip deter him from taking the game-winning shot.With the scores tied at 56-56 and the ball in his hands with 6.2 seconds left, Desiderio looked down his good friend Ron Dennison in the eyes, dribbled to the left wing and shot the game-winning triple the basketball gods bestowed upon him.And as UP head coach Bo Perasol said, in this is better in Filipino, “may kakapalan talaga” and for all you English snobs out there it roughly translates to “the guy’s got balls.” The standings have remained pretty much the same the week prior with Ateneo and La Salle still at the top two spots and Adamson U sitting comfortably at third with its closest pursuers two games behind.The action is in the fourth place battle with University of the Philippines and Far Eastern U locked in heated race and National University relying on other teams to lose if it hopes to get to the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd with that said, here are the best players, by position, this week.Center: Ben Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers) QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Transfer latest: Chelsea join Umtiti hunt

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours: Chelsea join Umtiti hunt Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:16 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Samuel Umtiti Barcelona Getty Images Transfers Premier League Serie A Bundesliga Primera División Ligue 1 Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Chelsea join Umtiti huntChelsea have joined the race to sign Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti at the end of the season, claims Don Balon.Umtiti has a €60 million release clause in his contract and Barca are keen to hold talks over a new deal for the France international, so they can increase the price.However, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are all interested in signing the centre-back, who has previously been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Real ready new Ronaldo dealCristiano Ronaldo Real MadridReal Madrid are prepared to meet Cristiano Ronaldo’s demands and offer him an improved deal to remain at Santiago Bernabeu, reports Spanish paper ABC .The Portuguese has been linked with a summer move to the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.He could, however, agree to stay put after being promised a salary increase to £26.5 million-a-year.Chelsea consider Sarri approachSarri Napoli Serie ARoman Abramovich is considering paying Maurizio Sarri’s €8 million release clause to appoint the Napoli coach as Chelsea’s next manager, reports Gazzetta dello Sport .Current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s long-term future continues to be in question and Sarri is among the names mooted as a potential replacement.His €8m release clause is valid until the end of May and Chelsea owner Abramovich is keeping a close eye on events at Napoli.Arthur to wait until 2020 to play for BarcaArthur Melo GremioGremio midfielder Arthur is willing to wait until January 2020 before playing for Barcelona in order to seal his move to Camp Nou, according to Mundo Deportivo . Barcelona are in talks with Gremio over a deal for the 21-year-old, who is reportedly desperate to join the Catalan club ahead of the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and a clutch of Premier League teams.Any deal could see Arthur spend the rest of 2018 with Gremio and 2019 with a European club before being ready to join up with Barcelona’s squad.Simeone snubs ChelseaDiego Simeone Atletico Madrid RomaDiego Simeone has snubbed the opportunity to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea this summer, according to The Times .The Argentine coach would rather stay at Atletico Madrid than take the reins at Stamford Bridge.He is open to the idea of managing in the Premier League at some stage, though, with Manchester United his preferred destination.Dembele in Griezmann swap deal?Ousmane Dembele BarcelonaAtletico Madrid are prepared to sell Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona, reports Don Balon , but will demand Ousmane Dembele in a part-exchange deal.Barca only signed Dembele for €105m in the summer of 2017 but could use him to help push a deal over the line for fellow France international Griezmann.Spurs ready to sell KaneHarry KaneTottenham are ready to sell Harry Kane to Real Madrid, as long as the deal is done quickly and brings in €200m, according to Mundo Deportivo . Spurs president Daniel Levy has told Kane’s representatives that the club are willing to let him go, but that they do now want a drawn-out saga. Why didn’t Arsenal sign defenders?Arsene Wenger ArsenalArsene Wenger says a lack of “financial power” prevented Arsenal from bolstering their defensive ranks in the January transfer window.The Gunners were able to bring added firepower in the final third onto their books, with a club-record £55 million fee acquiring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, but were unable to land a new centre-half.Read the full story on Goal. Nainggolan quashes Chelsea talkRadja Nainggolan RomaRadja Nainggolan may have sparked talk of interest from Chelsea and the Chinese Super League, but he is open to a contract “for life” at Roma.The Belgium international midfielder saw his future called into question once again during the winter transfer window.Read the full story on Goal. Liverpool face Alisson fightAlisson Becker RomaReal Madrid are ready to rival Liverpool for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, claims Mundo Deportivo .Jurgen Klopp is expected to be in the market for a new shot-stopper in the summer, but so are those at Santiago Bernabeu and both clubs are eyeing a Brazil international.Man Utd’s worst signingsJuan Sebastian Veron Manchester UnitedFrom Bebe to Juan Sebastian Veron, Manchester United have not always got things right in the transfer market.With that in mind, Goal has taken a look at 15 of the biggest flops to have been snapped up by the Red Devils.Check out the full list here. Leicester savaged for blocking Mahrez moveRiyad Mahrez Leicester City WatfordLeicester City’s refusal to let Riyad Mahrez leave for Manchester City was “churlish”, says Robbie Savage, with the winger worth “100 times” what they paid.The former Foxes midfielder has said: “What sort of mentality is he going to be in for the rest of the season? Leicester are not going to finish in the top four and they are not going to go down, so I don’t understand why they were not prepared to let him go for £60m.”Read the full story on Goal. Crouch never had Chelsea contactPeter Crouch StokePeter Crouch says there was “never any strong interest” shown in him by Chelsea before attention switched to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.The Stoke frontman emerged as a surprise target for the Blues as they sought to bolster their attacking ranks during the January transfer window.Read the full story on Goal. Did Barca overpay for Coutinho?Philippe Coutinho BarcelonaBarcelona overpaid for Philippe Coutinho, says Jamie Carragher, with the former Liverpool playmaker “not worth” €160 million.Following a six-month chase, those at Camp Nou finally got their man during the January transfer window as they acquired a Brazil international for a club-record fee.Find out what a Reds legend has had to say on the deal here. AC Milan join Dzeko huntEdin Dzeko RomaAC Milan are plotting a move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko after seeing Chelsea fail to do a deal in January, reports Tuttosport .The Blues pushed hard for the former Manchester City frontman during the winter window, but eventually landed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal to leave the door open for others to launch a raid on Stadio Olimpico in the summer.Liverpool’s biggest flopsMario Balotelli LiverpoolLiverpool will hope to see Virgil van Dijk enjoy a productive career at Anfield, but the Reds have struggled to find transfer value at times.Mario Balotelli and Andy Carroll form part of the roll of shame pieced together by Goal .Check out the full list of 15 flops here. Sagna’s surprise switchBacary Sagna Manchester CityFormer Manchester City and Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has linked up with Serie A strugglers Benevento.The 34-year-old full-back has been without a club since being released by Premier League leaders City at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.Read the full story on Goal. De Gea can only join Madrid in Bale swapGareth BaleManchester United boss Jose Mourinho will only allow David de Gea to join Real Madrid if Gareth Bale is part of the deal, according to Diario Gol (via the Express ). Mourinho is a long-time admirer of the Wales star, and won’t let his goalkeeper leave without getting the winger as part of the deal. Mou to Fellaini: Shut up and signMarouane Fellaini Manchester UnitedManchester United manager Jose Mourinho told Marouane Fellaini to “sign the contract and shut up” as the injured midfielder nears the end of his deal.The Belgium international is out of contract at the end of the season and Mourinho, in lighthearted fashion, said he had told the midfielder to sign a new deal.Read his full comments here! Wenger: Ozil contract our cheapest optionMesut Ozil ArsenalArsene Wenger says handing Mesut Ozil a new contract was the “cheapest option” available to Arsenal.”Overall I think Mesut for us was the cheapest option. On the other side, all of our players are well paid. Very well paid. To feel sorry for them – I’m not sure that it’s the most objective assessment.”Read the full story on Goal! Liverpool cost Mahrez his move to CityRiyad Mahrez Leicester City WatfordLiverpool’s January business cost Riyad Mahrez his move to Manchester City this winter, according to The Mirror . The Reds paid £75m for Virgil van Dijk and sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £145m, leaving the Foxes intent on getting £80m for the Algerian, but Manchester City were unwilling to meet that price. Whitecaps in talks with Palace midfielderJordon Mutch Crystal Palace; Eden Hazard ChelseaThe Vancouver Whitecaps are in talks to sign Crystal Palace midfielder Jordon Mutch, ESPN reports. The 26-year-old has not made a single appearance for Roy Hodgson’s side this season. Chicharito wanted out of West HamJavier Hernandez Chicharito West HamJavier “Chicharito” Hernandez confirmed he wanted to leave West Ham United prior to the close of the January window but said he is committed to helping the club stay in the Premier League this season.The Mexico international wanted to find more playing time ahead of the World Cup. Read his full comments right here on Goal. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

10 months agoGattuso happy with AC Milan victory over SPAL

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Gattuso happy with AC Milan victory over SPALby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso was happy with victory over SPAL.Andrea Petagna had given SPAL the lead at San Siro, but Samu Castillejo and Higuain turned it around, plus a last-gasp Gianluigi Donnarumma save on Mohamed Fares for the 2-1 result.“I liked the team performance a great deal, both technically and tactically. I liked the mentality of the side, that knew how to suffer,” Gattuso told DAZN.“We could’ve killed it off earlier and must continue to improve. We’ve had to deal with all sorts of things this year. Now we go to Doha without Suso for the Italian Super Cup, one of our most important players, but I don’t want any alibis.“We had two big games in December that we didn’t make the most of, but we’ve just got to lick our wounds and keep going.” last_img read more

a month agoSouthampton lose Moussa Djenepo for Bournemouth clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton lose Moussa Djenepo for Bournemouth clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton will be without live-wire Moussa Djenepo for their clash with rivals Bournemouth.The Mali international has scored two stunning goals for Saints this season following his switch from Standard Liege.”Nathan could train this week with the team. This is a good message how far he is and if he really can play tomorrow I haven’t decided so far but it’s good he’s back because Moussa is out. He cannot play,” said Hasenhuttl.”After a few sessions this week he felt a little bit more his muscles so we don’t want to take this risk so we leave him out tomorrow.”I don’t know if I can grab Nathan for the position. I haven’t decided so far.” last_img read more

‘Modi jacket’ sales register fall in Aurangabad district

first_imgAurangabad: The popularity of the ‘Modi jacket’, a rage during the 2014 elections, is on the wane, with orders of the apparel recording a drastic fall, garments traders in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra said Tuesday. The ‘Modi jacket’ is a half-sleeve coat often worn by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A local trader said there was a time when around 35 such jackets used to be sold from his outlet per day. Now the number is down to one per week, he added. Another city businessman Gurvinder Singh said factors like the GST, demonetisation and drought-like situation in the state have impacted the sale of these jackets, like all other apparels. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Many traders in Gulmandi, Tilak Path, Aurangpura, Sarafa, Osmapura and Cidco areas here echo similar views. Cloth merchant Rajedra Bhawsar, who used to keep a stock of these jackets along with other readymade ethnic wear, says since since the last one year not more than 10 pieces were sold from his outlet. “I now face a problem as the unsold stock is more and I invested a big amount, but there is no profit,” he said. Local tailor Dilip Lokhande, popular as Haroon Master, says with summer just around the corner, people are now showing more interest in khadi, linen and cotton shirts.last_img read more

Commentary Its up to Fickell to have Miller prepared

As freshman quarterback Braxton Miller was given his first opportunity to take the reins of the Ohio State offense on Saturday, this much was clear: what looked to be a disappointing 2011 season a week ago had suddenly transformed into one full of optimism, not just for now, but for the next four years in Columbus. But even as Miller moved the ball with the most consistency the Buckeyes had seen since playing woeful Akron in the first week of the season, his success was the cause of more frustration for Buckeye fans. First, let’s examine the good that came along with Miller’s starting debut on Saturday. Thanks in part to a Colorado special teams unit that would have made former OSU coach Jim Tressel cringe, Miller led the Buckeyes to 37 points, the most the offense has scored since OSU’s win against Akron. He ran the ball well as he accumulated 83 yards rushing the ball and turned multiple would-be losses into gains with his feet. After last week’s debacle against Miami, the Buckeyes needed to find a new identity to tell poll voters that this wasn’t the same OSU team that couldn’t score a touchdown or even move the ball with any sort of consistency a week ago in South Beach. With Miller playing well as he took over as the undisputed starting quarterback for the Buckeyes, they accomplished just that. But with Miller playing as well as he did on Saturday, I’m sure that many OSU fans found themselves asking why Miller wasn’t named the starter earlier in the season. Despite turning the ball over twice against Miami, Miller moved the ball more consistently as the team’s quarterback than Joe Bauserman did, and one can’t help but think that giving Miller more playing time — especially versus Toledo, against which he didn’t take any snaps — would have better prepared him for the Hurricanes and the remainder of the 2011 season. The best way to get past that frustration is to tell yourself that it’s time to look forward and not backward. But even doing that raises more questions about the OSU coaching staff’s use of Miller. Throughout much of the game against Colorado, offensive coordinator Jim Bollman refused to take the training wheels off of Miller as the Buckeyes centered their offense around running the ball. On two separate occasions, OSU elected to run draw plays when facing third-and-long situations. Not surprisingly, both attempts were unsuccessful. Admittedly, I’ve never taken a meaningful snap at quarterback at any level, but even playing Madden on my PlayStation 3 has taught me that in order to maintain a successful passing game, it’s best for a quarterback to develop a rhythm, which would require attempting more than the 13 total passes that Miller attempted on his 11 offensive drives on Saturday. OSU’s negligence to its passing game resulted in a 5-for-13 throwing the ball performance for Miller, who wasn’t helped by drops from T.Y. Williams and Jaamal Berry and a questionably ruled incomplete pass to his new favorite target, Devin Smith. It was still good enough to beat Colorado, but it won’t be good enough to beat the Buckeyes’ next two opponents, Big Ten title contenders Michigan State and Nebraska. Both of those teams will bring defensive-minded coaches in Mark Dantonio and Bo Pelini who carry ties to OSU and will be making their best cases to take over for OSU coach Luke Fickell at the end of the season. And if Miller proves to be ill-prepared for the challenges brought by the Spartans and the Cornhuskers in the next two weeks, then it will be Fickell, more than anyone, who helped those coaches’ causes. read more