Brooklyn Bowl Hosts All-Star Benefit For John Perry Barlow [A Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Last night, Brooklyn Bowl hosted a great tribute to honor the songs of poet and Grateful Dead lyricist, John Perry Barlow. The event featured Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, and Scott Padden, aka the Terrapin Family Band, alongside an all-star cast of special guests. Eric Krasno and Jackie Greene both added their unique guitar playing to the occasion, with Jon Graboff of Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Karina Rykman of Marco Benevento Band, Katie Jacoby, Rob Barraco of Dark Star Orchestra, Leslie Mendelson, and more.HeadCount and D’Angelico Guitars teamed up to auction off an exclusive guitar signed by Bob Weir and John Perry Barlow. The auction and show were designed to raise money for the John Perry Barlow Wellness Trust to aid the longtime Grateful Dead lyricist in his current medical battle. In case you weren’t able to make the event, you can also donate here. Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography.last_img read more

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Mark Rylance Wants to See Nice Fish

first_img‘Nice Fish'(Photo: Teddy Wolff) View Comments Hooked? We now have theater and dates for Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins’ Nice Fish in the West End. Direct from sold-out seasons Stateside at A.R.T. and St Ann’s Warehouse, the three-time Tony and Oscar-winning Rylance will return to the West End to perform in the production. Helmed by his wife Claire van Kampen, the play will run November 15 through January 21, 2017 at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for November 25.The full New York cast will transfer to London for the limited season, with Rylance as Ron and Lichtscheidl as Erik. They will be joined by Kayli Carter, Bob Davis and Raye Birk.On a frozen Minnesota lake, the ice is beginning to creak and groan. It’s the end of the fishing season and on the frostbitten, unforgiving landscape, two old friends are out on the ice and they are angling for something big, something down there that is pure need, something that, had it the wherewithal, would swallow them whole.Uniquely, theatergoers wanting to hook a free private box ticket are being encouraged to turn up at the box office dressed as a fish or fisherman (with your fishing rod) on the night of the performance. Insert shellfish/selfish joke here.last_img read more

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Home Canning

first_imgIf you are thinking about following in your grandmother’s footsteps to preserve food this summer, start preparing now by gathering your equipment and supplies. The proper tools should be kept in good condition to ensure safe, high quality, home-canned food.If you need to purchase equipment, there are two types of canners to consider: boiling water canners and pressure canners.A boiling water canner is used for canning acidic or acidified foods like most fruits, pickles, jams and jellies. Boiling water canners cost between $30 and $100, or they can be assembled at home using a large stockpot, a secure lid and a rack to keep jars off the bottom of the pot.A pressure canner is essential for canning low-acid foods such as vegetables, meats, fish and poultry. Temperatures inside pressure canners reach higher than boiling water canners — around 240 degrees Fahrenheit or higher compared to around 212 degrees Fahrenheit. In following the tested processes, canning at higher temperatures is necessary to kill the toxins that produce spores of the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. If these spores are not killed, they can grow out and produce a deadly toxin, or poison, in low-acid foods stored at room temperature.Pressure canners are available in two types: a dial-gauge canner or a weighted-gauge canner. Most steps in managing the pressure canning process are the same, but the two styles of canners have different types of gauges to indicate the pressure inside the canner. Expect to spend $100 to $150 or more on a pressure canner.If you use a dial-gauge canner, it’s important to have the gauge tested for accuracy when the gauge is dropped or damaged and before each canning season. It isn’t as easy as it used to be to get gauges tested. Try a local hardware store or your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, although not all offices continue to provide this service.For either type of canner, make sure that the rubber gasket is flexible and soft. If it is brittle, sticky or cracked, replace it with a new gasket. Also check that any openings, like vent ports, are completely clean and open.You’ll also need jars, lids and ring bands for canning. When getting started, new jars are a worthwhile investment, as opposed to purchasing used jars from a yard sale or flea market, because very old jars may break under pressure and heat. Mason-type jars of standard sizes — half-pint, pint and quart — are recommended for the tested processes. These jars are available for purchase from science-based sources such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and land-grant universities like UGA.Make sure the jars are manufactured and sold for canning purposes; not all glass and Mason jars are tempered to prevent breakage due to the extreme heat and temperature swings of the canning process.When you begin to can your harvest, follow the manufacturer’s advice for preparing the jars and lids. In addition to standard cooking utensils like cutting boards and bowls, you will also want to have a jar funnel, jar lifter, lid wand, headspace tool and bubble freer handy for canning.If you choose to freeze your harvest, use packaging such as plastic bags or rigid containers that are intended for freezer storage of foods. Not all plastics are the same, and some materials will not hold up to freezer temperatures and protect your goodies from damaging air and mixtures of odors.A final must for canning is reliable, up-to-date canning and other food preservation instructions. Specific kitchen equipment or ingredients may also be needed to successfully follow directions as they are written for food preservation. In the case of canning in particular, very significant food safety risks are associated with following unsound recommendations.The sixth edition of the popular UGA Extension food preservation book, “So Easy to Preserve,” can be ordered through setp.uga.edu for $18. Check with your local UGA Extension office too, as some offices keep the book in stock. Reliable, up-to-date canning instructions can also be found on the National Center for Home Food Preservation’s website at nchfp.uga.edu.last_img read more

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Thinking About Veterans Day, D-Day & The Liberation Of France Today

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Standing barefoot on Omaha Beach, the sand silky soft, the warm waters of the English Channel lapping gently against me, I thought it was a perfect summer day. The sun shone brightly in a clear blue sky. The tide was low, leaving a wide expanse between the sparkling surf and the dark green bluffs past the dunes where a path led to the stairs that would take us back to the American Normandy Cemetery.It’s so hard to imagine that here was where “all hell broke loose” on that bloody gray dawn of D-Day, June 6, 1944. Officially known as Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy would be the largest amphibious assault in history. There’d be 5,000 ships of all sizes; 11,000 aircraft and some 156,000 American, British and Canadian soldiers, hitting five beaches along a 50-mile front. Omaha was the bloodiest.In the heat of battle, Col. George Taylor reportedly told his men, “There are two kinds of people who are staying on this beach: those who are dead and those who are going to die. Now let’s get the hell out of here.”My earliest memories of the D-Day invasion were in black and white, because I’d seen the images taken by famed photographer Robert Capa for Life Magazine. What I’ve since learned is that he shot 108 frames when he landed with the soldiers at Omaha Beach, but a lab technician had ruined all but 11 of them in his haste to process them in time for a flight across the Atlantic to the editors in New York. That explains why the surviving ones are slightly out of focus, too.In 1962, Hollywood released its black and white movie about Normandy called The Longest Day, which had a cast that included Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, John Wayne and Richard Burton, to name a few box-office stars. Today’s millennials could re-experience the landing by watching the terrifying opening minutes of Saving Private Ryan, starring Tom Hanks, which came out in 1998.Omaha and Utah were the codenames for the American landings to the west; the British had Gold, Juno and Sword beaches to the east. One of the military goals was to seal off Normandy’s Cotentin peninsula and eventually seize its port, Cherbourg, but by the time the Allies finally captured that city, the Germans had left the harbor in ruins.These days, Normandy thrives on a tourist industry catering to veterans and others who want to remember the war. Today, driving from Omaha Beach to Utah Beach takes about a half hour, but traversing those 47 kilometers through the impenetrable hedgerows of the Bocage region took days of bloody fighting in 1944.In Saint Mere Eglise, you can see a dummy dangling from the church tower high above the central square. Back on D-Day, the GI named John Steele was less conspicuous—and therefore survived—because this paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division had gotten his parachute stuck on the tower’s other side when he landed as part of the pre-dawn aerial assault behind enemy lines. In The Longest Day, Steele was played by Red Buttons, a carrot-topped American comic actor born in the Lower East Side who became a top star in the early days of television. His scene is one of the few comedic moments in that very long war movie.Before the Normandy invasion, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander, was a nervous wreck, smoking up to five packs of cigarettes a day and consuming bottomless cups of coffee. The first week of June the weather had turned bad. A huge storm barreled into the English Channel, churning up the seas with high winds and complicating the coordination plans. He knew there was only a small window when the tidal conditions would be right for the kind of amphibious assault the Allies intended: a low tide rising at daybreak.The remains of Nazi bunkers built by the Germans in Brittany as part of the Atlantic Wall defenses in the years before the Normandy invasion (Long Island Press photo).It was no secret the Allies were coming by sea. Germany’s Nazi ruler, Adolf Hitler, had put Field Marshall Erwin Rommel in charge of stopping the invasion, authorizing him to build the Atlantic Wall, a 2,400-mile fortification of cement bunkers, long-range guns, landmines on telephone poles jutting out of the sand, booby traps underwater, spiked iron staves designed to rip open the hulls of incoming boats, and other metal obstacles that would pin down our men in high or low tide.Rommel knew the invasion was coming but he didn’t know where, or when. The Allies had created a deception, complete with Hollywood-concocted fake tanks and bogus planes, codenamed Operation Fortitude, to make the Germans think Gen. George Patton, whom they regarded as the Allies’ smartest general—a perception he also shared—would cut across between Portsmouth and Calais, the shortest distance between England and France. They wouldn’t dare crossing the widest part of the English Channel, would they? When the storm rolled in, Rommel convinced himself that he could leave his elegant chateau estate near Bayeux and celebrate his wife’s birthday back home in Germany. Today the chateau still stands but it’s in private hands.By June 5, 1944, Gen. Eisenhower had already held back the invasion 24 hours and he didn’t want to delay another day. Many men were already on their ships and landing crafts, getting cold and seasick. He feared that one German surveillance aircraft flying over the Channel might eliminate the element of surprise, which really was one of the only advantages the Allies had. Fortunately, even the Germans had grounded their planes that day because of the weather.Before the troops boarded, each soldier, sailor and airman of the Allied Expeditionary Force had been given a copy of the “Orders of the Day,” a letter Eisenhower had drafted:“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brother-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.”The plan was to start the invasion at 6:30 a.m. And so it went. Relatively speaking, Utah Beach was a cakewalk, even though Gen. Teddy Roosevelt, Jr., the president’s 57-year-old son, had landed 2,000 yards off target because of the strong currents and the stiff winds. He turned to his men and said, “We’re going to start the war from here.” He faced minimal opposition, as did the Brits and Canadians on their beaches.At Omaha Beach, the Americans ran into a shit storm. The naval bombardment had been cut too short to do any damage to the defenses, and the Allied aircraft had flown too far inland where their bombs did nothing but kill cows and horses. The tanks and bulldozers intended to provide cover on the beach had been released too far from shore and many sank immediately. The first wave of soldiers were too loaded down with heavy packs that impeded their maneuverability. Yet, ahead of them lay hundreds of yards, all under unrelenting enemy fire from crack reinforcements from a German division that had recently been on the Eastern Front fighting the Soviets. Not at all the level of resistance the brass had led them to expect.“The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.”– Gen. EisenhowerWhen the doors of the landing craft opened, the embarking soldiers were exposed to the dark bluffs where the Germans were entrenched in concrete bunkers. It was like shooting ducks in a barrel. Our troops had to wade waist-deep past the dead bodies floating in the incoming water. They had been trained to ignore the cries of the wounded and head straight to the dunes where the Germans held the high ground with their protected artillery. Casualties reached the thousands.By 10:30 a.m., the invasion was going so badly that Gen. Omar Bradley, watching from a ship off shore, wanted to call it off and rescue the remaining men. His German counterpart, looking at the carnage on the beach from his protected bunker on the bluff, came to the same conclusion, sending a message to his commander that the Germans had turned the tide.Both officers were wrong.Today you can walk freely around the most strategic part of Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, where the Germans had their artillery emplacement that enabled them to blow ships out of the Channel and rake our troops on the wide stretch of sandy beach. You can stand at the edge of a 130-foot cliff that our Army Rangers had to climb rapidly in order to knock it out of commission. You don’t hear the machine gun fire, the bombs blasting, just the wind and the sea below, as you try to put yourself in their shoes.  When my wife and I were in France this summer, two off-duty U.S. military members and their friend had tackled and subdued a heavily armed man on a high-speed train bound for Paris, reportedly “breaking up what could have been a deadly terrorist attack.”Childhood friends from Sacramento, Calif., the three Americans were enjoying the ride through Belgium when they heard a gunshot. Twenty-three-year-old Airman First Class Spencer Stone—a great name if I do say so myself—ran and tackled the gunman. His pal Army Spc. Alek Skarlatos, 22, a member of the Oregon National Guard, who had been deployed in Afghanistan, grabbed the assailant’s AK-47 rifle while their friend Anthony Sadler, 23, a student at Sacramento State University, assisted them.The gunman was a 25-year-old Moroccan man named Ayoub El-Khazzani, whom French intelligence officials said belonged to “the radical Islamist movement.” He’d emerged from an onboard restroom heavily armed when an unnamed French man trying to enter confronted him. That’s when the first shot rang out and the Americans sprang into action.French President Francois Hollande wanted to personally thank them for their bravery in an official ceremony at the Elysee Palace. When they later met President Obama in the Oval Office, he said they represented “the very best of America and the American character.”“They were thinking they were just going to have a fun reunion in Paris and ended up engaging in a potentially cataclysmic situation,” Obama said at the White House. “Because of their courage, because of their quick thinking, because of their teamwork, it’s fair to say a lot of people were saved, and a real calamity was averted.”The news of their courage made me think of my sons back home who are around their age. Then I got to thinking of the brave soldiers landing on Normandy Beach who once were their age as well. When I was in my early 20s, I was protesting the Vietnam War because I was draft age. Years later, my ex-brother-in-law, who fought in the dense jungles around Da Nang, forgave me. I don’t know what I would have done in the heat of battle, and I hope I never find out.But I do know that this summer was a good time to be an American in Paris.An angry Donald Trump glaring from the front page of France’s Liberation newspaper with the tagline: “The American Nightmare.”The Allies had liberated the City of Light in August, 1945. My wife and I arrived 70 years later. As we got off the train from Nice, the beautiful city overlooking the French Riviera, the first newsstand I saw had a rack of angry Donald Trumps glaring from the front page of France’s Liberation newspaper. It was the quintessential “ugly American,” and I was taken aback because I hadn’t thought about his presidential campaign for weeks.But he wasn’t the only Yankee the French seemed to be thinking about in August. Plastered on walls all around Paris were posters of JFK and Jackie. It turned out to be a promotional campaign for a photo exhibit devoted to the Kennedys. When we saw the show on a Sunday afternoon, about two dozen people were packed into the gallery’s upstairs room watching a French documentary recounting the president’s assassination.From left to right: The view from Pointe du Hoc overlooking Omaha Beach in Normandy, France; a sign at the U-Boat Memorial in Camaret-sur-Mer and one of the remaining Nazi artillery canons.In January, the big news in France was about Charlie Hebdo, the satirical weekly, whose offices had been attacked by armed gunmen allegedly angered over the publication’s depiction of the Prophet Mohammad. Twelve staffers had been slain, including the editor. As offensive as the publication deliberately was, it was a bastion of free speech.We didn’t plan to visit the site of the massacre but we did come upon a packed opening one night for the Galerie Glenat in the Marais district featuring renderings of Titeuf, a well-known French cartoon character of a kid with a bright yellow tuft of hair sticking out of his head. On the wall was a Charlie Hebdo magazine cover by an illustrator named Luz, which showed an adolescent Titeuf wearing a backpack facing his mirror image with a yellow beard who had an AK-47 on his back. The latter one says, “I have jihad tomorrow.” His schoolboy friend replies, “You have it good. I have math.” For the exhibit, Luz had dropped red ink on one corner of the cover. It was a subtle reminder of the blood shed that day.When we went to Notre Dame, like so many tourists before us, we learned there’d been a ceremony honoring surviving American veterans of WW II that very morning. They were long gone from the cathedral by then. But knowing they had been welcomed for their service decades ago still resonated in the air.And on this Veterans Day, 70 years after the end of the Great War, it’s the right time to pay tribute to all the soldiers who’ve gone before and honor the ones who survive.On the eve of D-Day, just as he was about to board his ship, Keith Douglas, a 24-year-old British poet, started a poem he called “Actors in the Wings,” and it had this stanza: “Everyone, I suppose, will use these minutes to look back, to hear music and to recall what we were doing and saying that year during our last few months as people, near the sucking mouth of the day that swallowed us all into the stomach of war.”He never wrote another line. He was killed by a mortar round a few days after landing in Normandy.last_img read more

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Europe sees little risk of avian flu from wild birds

first_imgAug 25, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – European veterinary experts who met in Brussels today concluded there is little immediate risk that wild birds will spread avian influenza from Russia into Europe.Accordingly, the experts determined it is not necessary to follow the precaution taken by the Dutch this week of banning the raising of poultry outdoors, according to a statement from the European Union (EU) Commission. But the group did call for increased surveillance of migratory birds.The Brussels meeting was triggered by the recent spread of H5N1 avian flu into Kazakhstan, parts of southern Siberia, and as far west as the southeastern flank of the Ural Mountains, which divide Siberian from European Russia.The veterinarians said it is not clear whether, or to what extent, wild birds have caused this expansion of the virus’s range.”Taking into account the existing knowledge on the migratory routes of the species proceeding from central and western Asia and that might pose a risk of spreading the H5N1 avian influenza virus into the EU, the immediate risk of introduction of AI [avian influenza] via these birds is probably remote or low,” the EU statement said.”It would not be proportionate to the current risk of disease introduction from Asia, including Russia (Siberia) through migratory birds to implement a generalized ban on keeping poultry outdoors,” the statement added.However, authorities called on member countries to step up testing of migratory waterfowl along flyways that could pose a risk of introducing avian flu. They also advised countries to:Encourage farmers to improve biosecurity measures and be alert for avian fluReview and update contingency plans for dealing with avian fluCarefully enforce regulations on importing birds and bird products into the EUIn contrast to the EU’s official optimism on the immediate risk, the president of the British Veterinary Association said the spread of avian flu to Britain is inevitable, according to press reports.BBC News quoted Dr. Bob McCracken as telling the gathered European vets, “Wild birds that have migratory pathways over Europe and the UK will become infected. It is inevitable that bird flu will be carried to this country by migrating birds.”McCracken further said, “The majority of our reared birds are still intensively reared and bred in large houses that are wild bird–proof. The danger is to free range birds and to backyard flocks.”In the Netherlands, where a highly pathogenic H7N7 avian flu virus forced the destruction of about 30 million poultry in 2003, farmers were told to keep all poultry indoors starting Aug 22. The order affects about 5 million free-range poultry, along with 80 million birds already kept in buildings, according to an Agence France-Presse report today.But experts who were quoted in a Canadian Press story yesterday expressed doubts about the effectiveness of keeping poultry indoors to protect them from avian flu.Dr. Karen Becker, a vet with the US Department of Health and Human Services, said there are no data to support the measure and commented that infectious diseases often sweep through poultry flocks that are confined indoors. And a British Columbia health official said chickens kept indoors were more vulnerable than those outside during the province’s outbreak of H7N3 avian flu last year.In other developments, Russian officials yesterday reported signs that the H5N1 outbreaks in southwestern Siberia were calming down. The government lifted quarantines at 12 locations in five regions where the virus had been found or suspected, according to a Reuters report.One place where the quarantine was lifted was the province of Kalmykia, near the Caspian Sea in European Russia, where the disease had been suspected but was never confirmed.However, the Reuters report also said avian flu had been detected in a wild duck in a previously unaffected part of Siberia, the Altai Republic. The republic is separate from the Altai region, where H5N1 avian flu was confirmed previously, the story said.The government of the republic said samples from the duck had tested positive for avian flu “of the fifth type,” but didn’t specify whether the strain was H5N1, Reuters reported.last_img read more

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Southern suburbs set to benefit from Comm Games fever

first_img110-112 Barokee Drive, Tanah Merah.A LOCAL real estate expert is predicting a spike in sales later this year off the back of the Commonwealth Games.Elders Real Estate Shailer Park principal Nathan Strudwick said the April games on the Gold Coast would expose the region to thousands of people visiting from interstate and overseas.“I actually think there’s going to be a post Commonwealth Games influx of buyers . . . who see the value (in the area),” he said.“That will see a spike in interest.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020110-112 Barokee Drive, Tanah Merah.He believed people would look in the area because it was between Brisbane and the Gold Coast with easy access to both.“It’s only going to be good for the Logan real estate economy,” he said.He said Tanah Merah was in high demand, with strong price growth late last year.A 1800sq m property at 110-112 Barokee Drive that sold for $710,000 was a standout for Mr Strudwick.The median sale price for a home in the suburb was $435,000 to the year ended October 2017. He also said Cornubia would be a suburb to watch in the next year.“It offers a lot for families,” he said.last_img read more

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Gridiron Nation: Meyer brings renewed optimism to Columbus

first_imgFew coaches in the history of the college football, even the legendary ones, have had the kind of success that Urban Meyer has had in his first year as head coach at all three of his previous coaching stops. Meyer’s early triumphs surprised media and fans alike as he was able to completely turn around Bowling Green, Utah and Florida.In Paul “Bear” Bryant’s first season coaching Alabama, he had a 5-4-1 record and finished sixth in the Southeastern Conference. Joe Paterno was 5-5 his first year at Penn State, and Bobby Bowden was 5-6 in his inaugural campaign with the Seminoles. These three legends all rank in the top five in wins of all college football coaches, but none were able to see the fruits of their labor in their first season at the university where they gained fame.Can Meyer step up at Ohio State, just a year after taking a sabbatical to focus on his health and family, and do what he has done at every stop along the way? Meyer’s body of work suggests he will.In Meyer’s first head coaching position from 2001-2002, he led Bowling Green to a combined 17-6 (.739) record, eight wins his first year and nine his second. The Falcons hadn’t won 17 games combined in the four seasons prior to Meyer’s arrival.After two years, Meyer left for the University of Utah. This time, Meyer inherited a marginally better Utes team that had won five games in 2002. He proceeded to lead them to a 10-2 record his first season and a perfect 12-0 in 2004, capped off with the destruction of Pittsburgh in the 2005 BCS Fiesta Bowl 35-7.Finally, after earning multiple coach of the year awards, Meyer landed a high-profile dream job at the University of Florida. Taking over for Ron Zook (recently fired by Illinois), Meyer again improved the Gators’ record in his first season. Under Zook, the Gators were 7-5 in 2004, and Meyer led them to a 9-3 mark in 2005 before winning his first of two BCS National Championships in 2006 season.The dramatic turnarounds and emphatic results speak for themselves, and with Ohio State’s hiring of Meyer, it is hard to imagine a scenario in which Meyer would fail at restoring Ohio State to the success it had under Jim Tressel prior to the improper benefits scandal.The only gray spot in Ohio State’s outlook is if Meyer can’t find the work/life balance that forced him to retire from Florida. Expectations will be extremely high, and an inability to properly handle the pressures of coaching a premier program could force Meyer to once again collapse under the pressure.Potential concerns aside, Meyer has shown an uncanny ability to motivate his players to new heights everywhere he has been, but there are several other key attributes Meyer brings to Ohio State that could catapult the Buckeyes from the mediocre season they just experienced to the national title contenders they were under Tressel.RecruitingApart from Michigan, Ohio State easily has the best recruiting class year after year in the Big Ten. According to ESPN.com, the Buckeyes had the seventh-best class in 2011, one that included 14 four-star recruits. Nebraska was the only other Big Ten school in the top 25 at No. 17, and in the past five years, Ohio State has never been ranked outside the top 20 recruiting classes.Michigan and Penn State currently sit higher in the 2012 rankings, with OSU not included at this point, but that may not remain static with Meyer’s introduction as the new “Vest.” Not only does Meyer’s hiring bring instant credibility back to the sidelines at the Horseshoe, especially in the Midwest, but don’t think for a second that Meyer has lost his touch with the Southeast.Meyer’s presence will certainly retain more homegrown Ohioans for the Buckeyes, but should also gather a very talented group of recruits from states like Florida, because after all, Meyer was a Gator and can sweet talk with the best of them. In his time at Florida, Meyer had four recruiting classes ranked in the top three.National Championship experienceSure, bringing up the fact that he won two national championships at Florida will help the recruiting process, but it also helps the program as a whole. Meyer has proven he knows exactly what it takes to put together a squad and a staff top-to-bottom that can produce one of the best teams in the country.Meyer’s decision to keep Luke Fickell (the current OSU head coach), presumably as the defensive coordinator, solidifies an already strong defense that ranks in the top 25 in total defense this year, but his championship rings will also attract eager, talented and up-and-coming coaches to fill the other open coaching spots as well.Give Ohio State a clean slateThe Ohio State fan base will be able to breathe again after what must have felt like a season in hell. Ohio State not only lost to hated rival Michigan, snapping a seven-game winning streak against the Wolverines, but for the first time since 1999, the Buckeyes finished the regular season below .500 in the Big Ten conference standings.All the failures were obviously predicated by the failure of Tressel to report (there seems to be a lot of that going around) the improper benefits that his players were receiving. In reality the loss of Tressel, star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and other starting players should have spelled doom from the start for the 2011 season, but much optimism remained.Now, Meyer can be the man to go into Columbus and wipe away the tears of fans and the stain left by the former regime and become the hero that Ohio State has been coveting.Will the Buckeyes threaten for a spot in the 2012 Big Ten Championship game or even a national championship? No one will know for sure until the end of next season rolls around, but no one should be surprised if they do.Brett is a senior majoring in journalism. How fast do you think the Buckeyes will recover from this season with Urban Meyer at the helm? Let Brett know at [email protected] or let him know on Twitter @BAsportswriter.last_img read more

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