Packers in early turmoil

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first_imgI am just going to come out and say it: I hate the Green Bay Packers. Every Sunday, I strut my excessive amount of Tennessee Titans jerseys around campus and receive nothing but evil stares in my direction. People look confused that a loyal fan would dare attempt to wear another NFL team’s jersey in public.The only way to be accepted on campus come game day is to be wearing green and gold (my two least favorite colors).I’ll even cheer for the Bears or Lions if they have a chance to beat the Packers.And why should I like the Pack? Brett Favre? Please, the only good quarterback to come out of Mississippi is Steve McNair.I have complained about the Packers for years and it has brought me nowhere. All it has brought me is a firm reminder of the Titans’ losing record.Like the Green Bay faithful that surround me, I have become accustomed to watching Green Bay triumph over its competition. And having been a student living in Madison for almost five years, I have learned to respect the loyalty and enthusiasm expressed by the Packer believers.With that said, I am appalled with the 0-3 start. My time in Wisconsin has brought higher expectations for the Packers. Since 1990, only three of 75 teams who have lost their first three games have made the playoffs.So what’s up Green Bay? Even Tennessee has won a game.The Badgers broke an 11-year losing streak against Michigan this Saturday and the Buccaneers managed to break a 16-year losing streak against the Packers. I’m glad at least one Wisconsin team was able to march victoriously off the field this past weekend.To make matters worse for the Packers, their signal-caller has told the Associated Press that his team will not be in a rebuilding mode.When the AP asked Favre if this year was considered a rebuilding year, Favre responded, “It’s not up to me. I don’t know when that time comes. I don’t know if I ever really believed in rebuilding. The game’s too precious to waste a season or waste a game because you’re rebuilding … I think we are doing our best to try to win ballgames … When I start thinking about rebuilding that means it’s time for Brett Favre to go home. And, I’m not ready to do that just yet.”Though Favre may not be ready to hang up the towel, words of retirement have loomed in his presence for the past three seasons. After all, he is set to celebrate his 36th birthday before the start of game five.In a recent interview conducted by the NFL, Favre expressed his feelings on the subject of retirement.”I find each year more and more difficult to commit totally to my job. Because as you get older, you have kids and priorities change and your whole life is not devoted to football,” Favre said. “I think in every veteran’s career, there’s a time when you think [football] is all there is. [And] when you add in the off-field adversity that I’ve had to go through, my wife has had to go through, it makes it much more difficult.”During times like this, I think about it,” Favre continued. “But it seems like every time something happens, people want to jump on the retirement bandwagon. And the more people ask me, the more I want to stick around just to stick it to ’em. But it will not.”To make matters worse for Favre, he will be without his leading receiver, Javon Walker, for the remainder of the season.Walker made the Pro Bowl last season after catching 89 passes for 1, 382 yards and 12 touchdowns. The talented wideout also made Green Bay headlines during the preseason when he threatened to not to play this season if the remaining two years of his contract were not negotiated.Though three games have passed, the Packers still have a chance to make it to the playoffs. After all, both the Titans and the Packers have made the playoffs after a 1-4 start.The Packers will next play the inconsistent Carolina Panthers in Carolina Monday night, and though I will not be wearing green and gold, I will be secretly watching the game on ESPN’s Game Cast. After all, a Packer win will make the playoff race that much more exciting.last_img

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Shannon Doepking, usually an intense coach, flashed a small smile in her corner office in the Roy D. Simmons Coaching Center. The first-year head coach motioned to one of almost a dozen letters on the brown bulletin board next to her computer. Its author, Syracuse’s current first baseman Alex Acevedo, planned to transfer to Dartmouth from Florida Atlantic to play for Doepking until the latter took a job at SU. Acevedo loved the potential freedom that would come under Doepking — a coach that was more understanding than any other coach she’d ever had. Instead of transferring to Dartmouth, Acevedo followed Doepking to Syracuse. Nearing the end of her first season at SU, Acevedo wanted to show the impact Doepking had had on her. So she filled half of the page with words of appreciation for the coach that finally gave her a chance. “This stuff right here,” Doepking said, pointing toward the letter, “this is why I coach.”The plethora of hand-written letters in Doepking’s office quantify her brief, seven-month impact on Syracuse (20-28, 8-13 Atlantic Coast) as head coach of the Orange softball team. Doepking goes out of her way to get lunch or coffee with her players, a drastic shift from former head coach Mike Bosch who waited in his office for players to approach him, players Miranda Hearn and Hannah Dossett said. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThrough her experiences playing and coaching college softball, Doepking has developed four core values — selflessness, family, ownership and 100% effort — that she’s brought to SU. Not everyone has bought into what Doepking preaches, but Doepking’s doubling down on her approach. “We’re not winning a ton of softball games right now, but you have to take a step back and cherish the things that we do have in life,” Doepking said. “… I think when you’re around a team long enough, most teams reflect their head coach.”Perpendicular from her collection of letters and in front of the room’s lone window sits four framed photos. The only one related to softball is a team photo from her college years as a catcher for the Tennessee Volunteers.Eva Suppa | Contributing Digital DesignerAs a freshman, Doepking wasn’t an easy player to coach, Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly said. Before her first collegiate game, Doepking stood in a circle with her team. But instead of paying attention to Weekly, who was addressing the Volunteers, she honed in on her opponents’ warmups. So, Weekly called her out. “Didn’t your parents teach you better?” Weekly asked the freshman. Doepking, already bold and straightforward, responded, “No.” As punishment, Doepking watched her very first collegiate game from the stands.“It took Shannon a little bit of time,” Weekly said, “but she eventually became one of my favorite players.”When her brashness didn’t get in the way, she listened to Weekly’s words. He preached hard work, family, and being a good teammate. Eventually, Doepking bought in. Years later, when Doepking took her first head coaching job at Amherst in 2014, she wrote a letter to her former head coach. It was a point of maturity for her, one that showed a change in her demeanor from a defiant and unproven college player.• • •When Doepking took a head-coaching job at Dartmouth before the 2015 season, she was surprised she didn’t have to hold her players accountable to her core values. Their previous head coach, Rachel Hanson, had already built a culture of hard work, and Doepking just had to continue it.But in the 2017 season, Dartmouth had a .500 record in conference play and missed the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year. Doepking looked for a way for the team to take more initiative. She reached out to the school’s leadership committee, a requirement for all Dartmouth sports teams, on how the team could refocus.During that summer, Doepking and her entire team trekked to a log cabin 20 miles north of campus. Cell phones weren’t allowed, and the head of their leadership committee instructed them to carry giant tree trunks to and from a remote mountain. “Coach jumped right in there with us,” Taylor Ward, a senior infielder and outfielder at Dartmouth, said. “We learned that we had each other’s backs no matter what happened. No one was going to go forward or move on without making sure everyone else was set.”It made the team closer, and Doepking soon realized she could use off-the-field activities to create the close-knit team she yearned for. Getting meals with players turned into conversations about family and friends. Her philosophy switched to “if I know my players as well as they know me, I would know how to talk to them in times of struggle,” Ward said.The following year, Dartmouth won the regular-season Ivy League title and Doepking was named Ivy League Coach of the Year.“I walked into a Dartmouth program where the program had already been laid by the previous coach. She did a really good job with culture,” Doepking said, “Here (at Syracuse), it’s a polar opposite. Our culture isn’t very great here.”Eva Suppa | Contributing Digital Designer• • •Bosch led Syracuse to a 30-20 record in 2018, but almost two months into the offseason, he left the Orange to become an assistant coach at Florida. His departure allowed Doepking to take a job in the ACC. Unlike at Dartmouth, Doepking had the chance to mold a locker room culture on her own at Syracuse. During SU’s first team practice, Doepking called out most of the team individually, just like Weekly did to her years ago. When Doepking’s SU players approached her in practice, each one walked into the huddle. Doepking turned to her assistant coach, Miranda Kramer, and asked why her players hadn’t sprinted toward her.Kramer, who’s been with SU since 2016, responded: “I don’t know.” “It was definitely a shock for a lot of players,” Kramer said. “Her style is very different from the previous coach.”Doepking needed her new players to fit the mold that turned around Dartmouth, but only had three months to instill her values. She joined her players for coffee at Starbucks, lunch at Chipotle and “friendsgiving” at her house. As Doepking and her wife, Jessica, cooked dinner, they played icebreakers looking for each others’ “golden coin,” the thing that is most important to them.“She wants to know us as people, more than players,” Lailoni Mayfield said. “She actually cared…that my nieces and nephews are the purpose for everything I do.”While the Orange have slowly developed the bond Doepking’s tried to create, they only have 20 wins in 48 games. The process — winning three out of six home games to start ACC play to handing 9-39 Pittsburgh its first series win of the season — is still in progress.Eva Suppa | Contributing Digital DesignerBefore traveling to Colorado State, Kentucky, Louisville and Boston College over spring break, all of SU posted a team photo with the caption “#family,” Doepking said. Doepking interpreted this as a complaint that they had to play softball over break rather than seeing their families.Instead of making them sit out games like Weekly did, Doepking sat down with the two captains, Toni Martin and Bryce Holmgren, and asked why they aired their grievances on social media instead of talking to her in person. “It’s a prime example of how leading is hard,” Doepking said. ”Our team has to be able to make the hard decisions that put the team ahead of themselves.” As the Orange struggle to record wins down the stretch, Doepking is honest about the lack of leadership and progress in the locker room. She’s making her messages clear, but some haven’t latched onto the values. Three days after dropping two consecutive games to the Panthers, Doepking uncrossed her legs in her office and motioned to assistant coach Vanessa Shippy across the hall. Doepking shouted, “When is a time that I was straightforward?”“You’re always straightforward,” Shippy responded. 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Knowhow from managers helps shape club support

first_img Tags: Advisory Group, Business Support, Club Managers Golf club managers from across the country are working with England Golf to help shape the business support it offers.The new Club Managers’ Advisory Group provides an ear to the ground, offering feedback and opinions on the programmes and resources offered by England Golf.Abbie Lench, England Golf’s Head of Club Support, commented: “Our aim is to create stronger clubs which are thriving, healthy businesses and to do that successfully we need to know the views and needs of club managers.“This group is a great sounding board and it helps us shape what we do and how we do it.”The group is chaired by Alistair Booth, an England Golf Board member and chairman of Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire, and its 12 members represent the full range of clubs.For example Jenny Holmes is a director of Fynn Valley Golf Club in Suffolk, a rural, family-run business which won England Golf’s Most Welcoming Club of the Year Award for 2017.Emma Clifford is the General Manager of Aldwickbury Park, a proprietary club in Hertfordshire, while Gary Pearce is the General Manager/Secretary of Fulford Golf Club, a private members’ club in York. Both Emma and Gary are past winners of the Golf Club Manager of the Year Award.“I felt we had a responsibility, as part of the golf community, to join the group,” said Gary. “We network with other clubs and hear what their problems and needs are and I can feed that back, I’m not there just for Fulford Golf Club.” In particular, he’s aware of the number of clubs which seek support with business planning.Both Emma and Jenny like getting a behind-the-scenes look at England Golf. “It is lovely to be able to advise golf club members and fellow golfers of what their subscriptions and Sport England funding supports,” said Emma.“Members and the management team at the club will gain a huge benefit, a good understanding of where golf in England is now, what is coming next, and the goal. The great thing is we can all do something to help make it happen.”She added: “It is also lovely to be able to give a little something back to golf after everything it has given to me.” Emma played for England before turning professional, competing on the Ladies European Tour, gaining her PGA qualification, then moving in to club management.Jenny highlights the benefit of the varied views represented by the cross section of group members and commented: “We are a diverse industry and this group is giving a voice to the industry and, more to the point, the governing body is listening.”She added: “It’s also valuable for England Golf because we have become ambassadors in our local community and can say what’s being done. That’s important, before I joined the group I wasn’t sure about the vast majority of what they did.”The other group members are: Niki Hunter, Golf Club Managers’ Association;  Stephen Boustead, Manchester Golf Club; Scott Morley, Sandilands Golf Club, Lincolnshire; Richard Penley-Martin, Ganton Golf Club, Yorkshire; Michael Robinson, Bamburgh Castle Golf Club, Northumberland; Lindsay Salvini, Crosland Heath Golf Club, Yorkshire; Michael Thorpe, Scarcroft Golf Club, Yorkshire; and Richard Weeks, Hunley Golf Club, Yorkshire.England Golf also consults with multi-course operators, listening to their commercial considerations and the issues involved in running businesses from more than one site.England Golf has a nationwide network of Club Support Officers who work directly with golf clubs and centres, and a range of resources, from mapping tools to identify potential customers to advice on retention and recruitment. This, together with input from regional and national officers, provides extensive business support to clubs.To contact your local Club Support Officer click here 27 Nov 2017 Knowhow from managers helps shape club support last_img

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