Month: September 2019

  • Should US Soccer Have Fired Tom Sermanni

    Things were starting to look up for the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) on Sunday after a solid 2-0 victory against China PR. But a few hours after the game ended, U.S. Soccer announced the dismissal of head coach Tom Sermanni.Sermanni started coaching the team just over a year ago, following the departure of Pia Sundhage and the USWNT’s gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. But just 24 matches into his career as head coach — and with a contract through 2016 — he was abruptly sacked. Julie Foudy told espnW that Sermanni “had no idea this was coming,” and that he was informed of his release by U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and CEO Dan Flynn.The decision comes a month after the USWNT posted two losses at the Algarve Cup, an annual tournament in Portugal. Many thought the timing was odd, given the two-game series the team’s amid now, and wondered why U.S. Soccer officials — if they knew they were going to fire him — didn’t do so directly after the Algarve Cup losses. Foudy said of Gulati, however, that he is “very thorough and does not come to decisions quickly.” But the Women’s World Cup is just over a year away; why wait another month if there was any doubt this wasn’t the head coach they wanted preparing the team?Sermanni’s critics may have been concerned with his constant lineup changes, especially as they pertained to the back line. The starting back four weren’t solidified, much less the starting 11, and the lineup churn was a factor people pointed to after the Algarve Cup. Following the losses, Abby Wambach told Sports Illustrated: “We haven’t really been playing the way we normally play. I think there’s been a lot of factors. I know Tom likes to switch up the lineup quite a bit, which is very different than what we’ve been used to.”Despite these criticisms, Sermanni boasted an overall record of 18-2-4. In the almost 30-year history of U.S. women’s soccer, he was not the first coach to lose two games during his or her first year. Below, we compared the win percentages of the six head coaches in U.S. women’s soccer history (not including interim coaches or Mike Ryan, who coached only four games) during their first 24 matches:This doesn’t compare the strength of schedule (international tournaments vs. friendlies) and is solely based on the first 24 games, not a coach’s entire career. It’s clear that Sermanni was nowhere near as successful as his predecessor, Sundhage, who won her first 23 matches before posting one loss. However, Sermanni’s win percentage was still much better than Anson Dorrance’s and Tony DiCicco’s, and both of them went on to coach the USWNT for at least five years.Based on Sermanni’s stats alone, the decision by U.S. Soccer seems rash — a .833 win percentage would be considered very good for most teams. But this is the women’s national team, not the men’s, and two losses is two more than Gulati clearly expects of the women. read more

  • Bucks breeze past Eastern Michigan Turner injured

    The Ohio State men’s basketball team beat Eastern Michigan 111-60 Saturday to move to 7-1 on the season.The outcome of the game quickly became secondary, however, after junior guard Evan Turner left the game with an apparent back injury just seven minutes into the game.Turner, who leads the Buckeyes in nearly every statistical category, was fouled on a dunk attempt and fell hard to the floor directly on his upper back. The Schottenstein Center crowd went silent as the medical staff attended to Turner, who eventually left under his own power before he was taken to the OSU Medical Center for precautionary x-rays.“It got pretty quit in the gym,” junior guard Jon Diebler said. “It got really quiet.”Reports after the game were that the x-rays were negative, but he will undergo a CT scan to check for any further injury.“Everything looked good in the x-ray,” coach Thad Matta said. “At this point I’m pretty optimistic he’s going to be OK.”Senior P.J. Hill, who had been struggling to gain playing time, scored a career-high 18 points on 6-7 shooting as a replacement for Turner.  “I want to do whatever is best for the team,” Hill said. “I know whenever my opportunity arises just to take full advantage of it.”Junior guard Jon Diebler added 21 points including six three-pointers.“Tonight showed how versatile we are, Diebler said. “When a guy like Evan goes out, it forces everyone to step up their game because Evan does so much for this basketball team both offensively and defensively.”As for Turner, Diebler is confident he’ll be fine. “It was good to see him up and walking,” Diebler said. “Evan is a tough kid. I know he’s going to do what he has to do to get healthy.” read more

  • Ohio State mens basketball still remembers Wisconsin loss

    If Ohio State sophomore forward Sam Thompson’s outing against Penn State is any indication, then the Buckeyes might like their chances against Wisconsin Tuesday. But before he went off for 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting), six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals, Thompson, admittedly, said Buckeye coach Thad Matta was in his ear, challenging him, the night before their game against the Nittany Lions. The thing is, Thompson said, little of it had to do with scoring. “I think he told me that I had one offensive rebound in all of Big Ten play, and I think maybe four steals,” he said. Thompson admitted he failed to snatch an offensive board. Against the Nittany Lions, who are winless in the Big Ten, it really didn’t matter. OSU (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) cruised to a 65-51 win Saturday for its second consecutive victory. In the process, Matta joked he earned his “street cred” for facilitating the Chicago native’s outing. “I’m glad that he listened,” Matta said. The conversation, he said, was simple, short and straightforward. “(I said) get your mind to where you’re capable of doing the things that you can do within the context of what we’re trying to do,” Matta recalled. And against a Wisconsin team that’s given the Buckeyes problems in the past, Matta might need to turn that conversation into a locker room speech before OSU’s game against the Badgers Tuesday. “Wisconsin is, I think, a great basketball team,” Matta said. The Badgers knocked off then-No. 2 Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., two weeks ago, and the last time Bo Ryan’s squad came to Columbus, it beat OSU on its Senior Day, 63-60. It’s something sophomore guard Shannon Scott said he still remembers. “They beat us on Will (Buford)’s last game, so we kind of want to play this for him because we kind of sent him out with a loss and we didn’t appreciate doing that,” Scott said. “They’re a great team, we know that.” That mentality might serve the Buckeyes well, especially considering the Badgers are 12-8 in their last 20 meetings against OSU – a figure that dates back to March 2003. Even more recently Matta is 7-10 against Ryan. “Honestly, it seems like all the games that we’ve played have had major implications for one reason or another,” Matta said. In 2007, then-No. 2 OSU topped No. 1 Wisconsin in Columbus in what was regarded as one of the most highly anticipated basketball games in the history of the relatively young Schottenstein Center. In 2011, the Badgers ended OSU’s undefeated season, 71-67, in front of a raucous crowd at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. Former Buckeye big man, Jared Sullinger, even accused the Wisconsin faithful of spitting on him following the game. Matta said Tuesday’s game against the Badgers is just another day in the life in the Big Ten. Basketball, he said, is a lot like life. “Some good things happen, you analyze why they happen (and) bad things happen,” Matta said. For OSU, it figures to be a fitting analogy for a season that has been inconsistent and, at times, underwhelming. The game against Wisconsin might speak volumes to whether that’s an accurate narrative. read more

  • Ohio State mens basketball nonconference schedule released

    Lantern file photoThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will open the 2013-14 season at home on Nov. 9 against Morgan State.Highlighting the remainder of the non-conference schedule, released on Monday by OSU, are a pair of home games against Ohio University on Nov. 12 and future Big Ten opponent Maryland on Dec. 4.OSU will also play a neutral-site game against Notre Dame Dec. 21 as part of the 2013 Gotham classic, and will play its first road game Nov. 16 at Marquette.The game against the Golden Eagles opens a home-and-home series for the two teams, as Marquette will come to OSU in 2014-15.The Buckeyes and Golden Eagles were scheduled to open last season as part of the 2013 Carrier Classic on the deck of the USS Yorktown, but the game was canceled due to condensation making the court conditions unplayable.The game against Ohio University marks the 22nd time the schools will meet on the hardwood, with OSU holding a 17-4 lead in the series.The Buckeyes will play four Big Ten teams only once this season. OSU will play host to both Michigan and Northwestern and travel to both Indiana and Wisconsin in single plays.Upon the release of the conference schedule, the last non-conference date will be finalized. As it stands now, OSU will play Louisiana-Monroe either Dec. 27 or 28.2013-14 Ohio State Men’s Basketball Non-Conference ScheduleNov. 9 Morgan StateNov.12 Ohio UniversityNov. 16 @ MarquetteNov. 20 American UniversityNov. 25 WyomingNov. 29 North FloridaDec. 4 MarylandDec. 7 Central Connecticut StateDec. 11 BryantDec. 14 North Dakota StateDec. 18 DelawareDec. 21 Notre Dame in New York City (at Madison Square Garden)Dec. 27 or 28 Louisiana-Monroe read more

  • Ohio State mens lacrosse holds off Hill Academy 1311 in exhibition play

    Then-freshman attackman Carter Brown (14) passes the ball during a game against Marquette Feb. 23 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 18-8.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFreshmen players scored five of Ohio State’s 13 goals in the first men’s lacrosse game of 2014.Freshman attackman JT Blubaugh scored two goals and added an assist Saturday as the No. 7 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team held on to beat Canadian prep-school Hill Academy, 13-11.Playing in their first game since the fall, the Buckeyes found themselves down early as Nolan Apers scored 28 seconds into the game for Hill Academy.A pair of juniors turned things around for the Buckeyes as attackman Reegan Comeault and midfielder Jesse King scored three straight goals to help OSU take a 3-1 lead after the first quarter.However, Hill Academy would not back down as Jake Cook scored a man-down goal late in the third quarter and the Buckeyes found themselves trailing, 8-7.But freshman midfielder Sean Giampietro didn’t let the Buckeyes trail for long as the Garnet Valley, Pa. native scored just more than a minute later to tie the game.“Sean this past week has really started to blossom,” OSU coach Nick Myers said. “Getting a chance to play as much as he did today, he will take a lot out of this opportunity.”Junior midfielder David Planning, who tallied 17 goals last season, scored the Buckeyes’ second goal in 40 seconds to give OSU a lead it would not relinquish.After the game, Myers credited Hill Academy for traveling from Canada to take on the Buckeyes, saying it gave his team a good challenge.“I have to credit The Hill Academy for coming here,” Myers said. “That’s a very organized group. They gave us a very good look, those are some very skilled players … I’m happy we got challenged the way we did.”Despite holding on and getting the victory, senior defenseman Dominic Imbordino said OSU still has work to do, especially in regards to discipline, as the team was called for eight penalties.“It’s a point of emphasis for us to stay out of the box,” Imbordino said. “I feel like we could have done a better job with that today.”Still, four different freshman scored a goal for the Buckeyes, an opportunity senior defenseman Darius Bowling said will help them later in the season.“I wish I would have had an opportunity like this when I was a freshman,” Bowling said. “It was definitely good to get out here in an actual game and get that experience.”Myers said the starters will open up their next exhibition game, but he is more focused on the team improving as a whole.“We are trying to get better from A to Z,” Myers said. “This game was certainly a good first step for us.”The Buckeyes will host their second of three exhibition games on Saturday, when the Navy Midshipmen are scheduled to come to Columbus. Game time is set for 12 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

  • Opinion Jameis Winston needs to grow up

    Redshirt-sophomore FSU quarterback Jameis Winston celebrates after a touchdown during a game against The Citadel at Florida State University at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, September 6, 2014. FSU won 37-12Credit: Courtesy of MCTDon’t expect to be hearing much from Jameis Winston anymore this season.Coming off of a one-game suspension, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has banned Winston from press conferences during the week. Fisher said he is doing so to let Winston focus on his academics.However, I believe this might have been done so that the media can stop focusing on Winston. With all of the media scrutiny, if Winston were to slip up and say the wrong thing, he could make a bad situation worse. Considering his draft stock is already plummeting.It didn’t come as much of a surprise that Winston was back in the news late last week, for his antics off the field.As if he doesn’t already have a laundry list of behavioral issues off the field, Winston continues to shock us. This big time, Heisman trophy-winning quarterback and arguably biggest name in college football clearly doesn’t know how to conduct himself as a leader and mature adult off the field.For those unfamiliar with what happened, Winston, the quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles, stood on a table in the student union and yelled an obscene phrase. Florida State then announced that he would not play in its game against Clemson this past weekend.He was initially suspended for only the first half of the game. The suspension for the second half came after Florida State discovered that Winston lied to the school authorities about the circumstances surrounding the event.It’s almost uncanny that in the midst of the NFL dealing with players’ off-field misconduct that Winston would pull a stunt like this. With all of the scrutiny the NFL’s been under, Winston is likely beginning to look like more and more of a liability to any team thinking of drafting him.Quarterbacks are known to be the face of the team. No NFL team wants to draft a player in the first round who has the capability of tarnishing the franchise with his off-the-field issues.If Winston can’t behave now while playing for a college team — to the point that his coach won’t allow him to talk to the media — how will he act when he is getting paid to play football by a major organization?This isn’t the first incident that would have an NFL team questioning his value. These incidents range all the way from shoplifting crab legs and carrying a pellet gun around campus, to being accused of sexual assault.Winston has continuously displayed a pattern of constant poor judgment. I don’t think any NFL teams can or will trust him.No matter how talented and athletic he is, to some NFL teams he might not be worth the headache. Drafting him as a top-five pick would cost a team more money than he’s worth right now. At this point he’s proven himself not to be a first-round draft pick.Winston needs to realize that even though he’s young, his future is riding on his actions on and off the field now. In my opinion, he should stay at Florida State for another year. He needs time to prove to NFL teams and that he can stay out of trouble, grow up and be a respectable man.It will be interesting to see how heavy the NFL will weigh on players’ actions off the field during the draft, especially after all of the criticisms they’ve received recently. Even watching Johnny Manziel slide in the 2014 NFL Draft was interesting. He likely had to know how big of a factor his off the field issues played in his draft status.Hopefully Winston can learn to grow up while he is in college, before he becomes an NFL team’s publicity nightmare. read more

  • Mens soccer looks to rebound against Akron

    OSU sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom (25) chases the ball during a game against Northwestern on Sept. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographerWith its first loss of the season in the rearview mirror, the Ohio State men’s soccer team is set for a quick turnaround against another tough opponent.OSU is scheduled to take on Akron (3-2-1) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The Buckeyes (2-1-3, 1-1-0) fell to then-No. 10 Penn State, 1-0, on the road Sunday for their first loss of the 2014 campaign, and the effort level in that contest did not sit well with several members of the team.“We didn’t play very well,” senior midfielder Max Moller said. “We held back too much, sat back, played too much defense, didn’t step up. It’s a learning lesson. We learned what we have to work on. It really exposed all our weaknesses.”Sophomore forward Christian Soldat echoed those statements of disappointment.“There’s a lot of things you can blame it on, but overall, we really gave them too much credit, them being Penn State and a top-10 team,” Soldat said. “We kind of sat back in the first half and let them build momentum when we should’ve came out flying as the underdogs.”OSU and Akron aren’t strangers to each other’s programs. Wednesday’s matchup marks the 37th meeting between the two schools. Akron has dominated the series with a 27-6-3 all-time record, including a 1-0 victory in Akron, Ohio, last season.“We know how they play, they probably know how we play, and we can come out, have a good scouting report, and work on defensively and offensively how we can take them down,” Soldat said.The Zips were the 2010 national champions, and made it to the sweet 16 in last year’s NCAA Tournament. However, the team dropped its first two regular season games this season and drew another before rattling off three straight victories coming into this week’s game.OSU coach John Bluem said he thinks the Zips have worked through their early season struggles in what is only the second season in charge for coach Jared Embick and are ready to bring their A-game.“The names have changed, the coaching staff has changed, but they are still getting really, really quality recruits,” Bluem said. “They had a difficult start to the season, but they have (13) freshmen, so they have a lot of really young players on their team, and now they’ve won three straight. It seems like they’re finding the way, so I anticipate that they’re going to be a pretty well-oiled machine when they come in here Wednesday night and we’re going to have to be at our very best.”Aside from the on-field matchup, the game holds a special meaning for Bluem and the rest of the team, as it is the annual Connor Senn Memorial Match.Senn, then a freshman on the men’s soccer team, collapsed on the field during a game at Akron on Sept. 26, 2001. He was rushed to the hospital, but died that night from a congenital heart defect.The Connor Senn Memorial Fund was established by Dr. Lance Senn, Senn’s father, to raise money for scholarship fund an educational symposium. Proceeds collected at the game will go to the fund and the Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute at the Wexner Medical Center.“It’s hard to believe it’s been (13) years since Connor passed,” Bluem said. “The game has seen some changes over the years, but the one thing that’s been consistent is it’s been a wonderful community event.“It always saddens me quite a bit when we have this game,” Bluem continued. “It just brings back the memory of that tragic night.”Bluem said he plans to share a moment with the team before the game to stress the preciousness of the time they get to spend together and motivate his squad to play for a “special reason” in Senn’s memory.After the matchup with the Zips, OSU is set to take on Dayton on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Dayton, Ohio. read more

  • Ohio States JT Barrett named Big Ten Quarterback of the Year

    After a season that saw J.T. Barrett set the conference record for total touchdowns, Ohio State’s redshirt-freshman quarterback was named the Big Ten Greise-Brees Quarterback of the Year on Monday.Barrett — who fractured his ankle on Saturday during OSU’s 42-28 win against Michigan — also set multiple school records in his first 12 games as the Buckeyes’ starter.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native took over the job after senior Braxton Miller was ruled out for the season because of a shoulder injury in fall camp. Barrett set OSU records for the longest run by a quarterback (86 yards), the most single-game rushing yards by a quarterback (189) and the most total touchdowns and yards in a season (45; 3,772). He also broke Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith’s single-season school record of 30 touchdown passes.Barrett was ruled out for the remainder of the season after his injury, but totaled 2,834 passing yards and 34 touchdowns through the air while throwing 10 interceptions. He added 938 rushing yards and 11 more scores on the ground.The Rider High School product was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week seven times this season, which is a conference record. Barrett was also named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week three times.He was named a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien award — given to the nation’s top quarterback annually — and has been in the Heisman Trophy conversation for much of the season.Barrett was also named first team All-Big Ten by the media and coaches and the conference’s Hardest Working Player of the Year.With Barrett ruled out, redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones is set to make the first start of his collegiate career on Saturday in the Big Ten Championship Game.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Wisconsin at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. read more

  • Ohio State mens basketball set for Big Ten Tournament Minnesota Golden Gophers

    Senior guard Shannon Scott (3), freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) and senior forward Sam Thompson (12) lead the Buckeyes into the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 6 seed.Photo illustration by Mark BatkeThe Ohio State men’s basketball team tasted a blowout loss on the final day of the regular season, but the Buckeyes don’t have much time to reflect.After OSU lost to No. 6 Wisconsin, 72-48, on senior day on Sunday, the Buckeyes are set to play Thursday night in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Coach Thad Matta said he wants his team to learn from that loss, but added that the players can’t dwell on it.“For me, it’s more of just having the understanding that we can’t change what happened Sunday,” Matta said Wednesday. “‘OK, that’s over with. We had one of those games, don’t have another one of those for the remainder of the season.’ I hope that we wash it down the drain afterwards and guys are ready to go.”Matta added that there’s always added pressure when tournament play rolls around, and his players have to be up to the task.“You chose the wrong school if you don’t want the pressure tomorrow night at 8 o’clock, if you don’t want the pressure the next day, the next day, going into the NCAA Tournament,” the 11-year OSU coach said. “If you don’t want that, we made a mistake recruiting you.”The Buckeyes (22-9, 11-7) didn’t find out exactly who they’d play until late Wednesday night, meaning they didn’t have a particular opponent to prepare for. But Matta said their opponent might have a slight advantage, already having won one tournament game.“You need a little bit of luck,” Matta said of the keys to finding success in a tournament. “I think a lot of it is getting through that first game. Whoever we play will have played a game in there before us.”OSU learned its tournament draw when Minnesota (18-14, 6-12) topped Rutgers (10-22, 2-16), 80-68, in the first round at the United Center, sending them through for a matchup with the Buckeyes.OSU already played Minnesota once this season, and it took every last effort to top the Golden Gophers, 74-72, in overtime on the road on Jan. 6.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell said it will be important to focus on each opponent one at a time, rather than dwelling on the past or the future, especially in tournament play.“We’re in the postseason, so if you’re not mentally prepared for this, it’s not for you,” Russell said Wednesday. “I think we’ve got a great connection of guys that are willing to do whatever it takes to win and advance round by round, just take one game at a time and be successful with it.”But even if OSU is now focused on the task at hand, Russell said the Buckeyes can still look at the Wisconsin game and gain something from the senior day letdown.“I feel like it can trigger a great point of what we need to do, and what needs to be done and all the work that we need to do to be successful in the tournament,” he said. “So we can just take it as a learning point.”Last season, the Buckeyes lost two of their final three regular season games, but pulled out a close win over Michigan State to close the regular season. Then OSU won two games in the Big Ten Tournament before falling to Michigan, 72-69, in the semifinals.That roster included four of OSU’s five current seniors, who were also on the team when the Buckeyes last won the conference tournament in 2013. That happens to also be the last time the tournament was held in Chicago.Matta said players have to have camaraderie on the court to succeed in tournament play, and he has at least four Buckeyes who have already experienced that.“I think one of the big keys is the togetherness that you have, because it is game after game after game,” he said. “And you’ve gotta have a purpose, you’ve gotta have a cause when you go into these things.”This time around, the Buckeyes aren’t coming off a five-game winning streak like they were in 2013. With the loss to Wisconsin still fresh in his mind, Matta said he’ll just have to wait and see what OSU can do.“I’ll be interested to see on how they come out and play,” he said. “I want them to feel the heat.” read more

  • Football Ohio State takes extended time to make decision amid backlash

    Ohio State President Michael Drake, Athletic Director Gene Smith and head football coach Urban Meyer field questions during the press conference in which both Meyer and Smith received suspensions. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorChuck Culpepper of the Washington Post arrived at 8:15 a.m. for what he expected to be an early-afternoon press conference.Twelve hours later, he was still waiting.After addressing the media briefly to begin its 9 a.m. meeting, the Board of Trustees quickly reconvened in executive session, which is private and closed to the media. The meeting lasted nearly 12 hours, with Meyer first appearing at the Longaberger Alumni House around 9:40 a.m., followed by his wife, Shelley, a few hours later and athletic director Gene Smith a few hours after that.Coming into the meeting on Wednesday without any expectations for a result, Culpepper’s view changed drastically.“When I arrived this morning, I didn’t expect any wrap-up at all today,” Culpepper said. “Then when they started putting the chairs and when Meyer got here, I thought there might be a fast wrap-up. And then it’s all been guessing since then.”Despite the few moments of major figures walking in and out of the alumni house, the waiting continued, with even a few fans sitting in the parking lot, trying to get an idea of what would happen.Even with the amount of time that passed, Sporting News writer Bill Bender said the board needed time to deliberate and agree on what they believe is the correct decision regarding Meyer’s fate.“They have to get this right, because it’s not just a decision for Ohio State’s football program or the school,” Bender said. “I think this is a trendsetter for other athletic departments and other big-time schools that are going to go through this in the social media age.”With all the allegations surrounding Ohio State this summer, from former Ohio State physician Richard Strauss’ sexual assault allegations to the university’s sexual civility and empowerment unit shutting down, university president Michael Drake and the rest of the board needed to make sure the right decision was made regarding Meyer.Still, Bender said that Ohio State’s busy summer shouldn’t be a major factor in the board’s minds.“They have to get it right regardless,” Bender said. “Ohio State was bigger than Woody Hayes when he was fired, it was bigger than Jim Tressel when he resigned … this is obviously about more than that.”Even with a private meeting that took place on Monday and a two-week investigation that concluded on Sunday, the Wednesday executive session dragged on for hours, all with the idea that patience is needed in order to get this decision right.Still, from the outside, there was much left to be desired with how Ohio State handled Wednesday’s meeting, with no communication being relayed on a timetable for an answer.Drake and the board used as much time as they needed to get an answer, regardless of the pressures that the media and fans put on them throughout the day. read more