‘Flag Guy’ Not Dead, Weighs In On National Anthem Controversy

first_imgChannel 44 News: ‘Flag Guy’ Not Dead, Weighs In On National Anthem ControversySEPTEMBER 26TH, 2017  CHELSEA KOERBLER EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Rumors swirling on social media claiming the man known as Billy, the ‘Flag Guy’, died, but that certainly is not the case. Billy is alive and well.Tuesday, he was at his usual spot on Riverside waving the American Flag.Billy Stewart laughed off the rumors he died saying he likes to think he’s still got a few more years left.But, he weighed in on a more serious topic concerning an item near and dear to him, the American flag.“I really don’t think they should put a lot of issues, social issues, political issues into football games,” said Billy. “Let them play football, cheer for the winners, cheer for the loser. If you gotta protest or something about an issue in society do it after the game or before the game but don’t do it during the game.”Billy wishes people on both sides of the political spectrum could get together and realize deep down most of us are the same people, fighting for what we believe is right.That’s what he says makes American so special and what the flag symbolizes; the right to voice our different opinions.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

McIlroy hails ‘incredible’ victory

first_img Press Association “Golf is looking to someone to put their hand up and try to dominate and I want to be that person. I want be to be the guy that goes on and wins majors and wins majors regularly. I feel like there’s a lot more left in me.” McIlroy revealed he would look to copy 2013 champion Phil Mickelson by drinking top quality red wine out of the Claret Jug – at least initially – and also why he had a heckler removed from the crowd on the 16th hole. “He was giving me grief all day, actually,” McIlroy said. “I sort of put up with it for the first 15 holes and then he deliberately coughed on my downswing on the 16th tee. I still hit a great drive but I heard it halfway down and I knew who it was. So I turned around and got him chucked out, thankfully.” “It feels absolutely incredible,” said McIlroy, who saw his six-shot overnight lead cut to two on four occasions before sealing victory with a closing 71. “It’s cool that they put your name on there even before you get it. “It’s been an incredible week. I’m happy I gave myself enough of a cushion today, because there was a lot of guys coming at me, especially Sergio and Rickie (Fowler). Just to be sitting here and looking at this thing and having my name on it, it’s a great feeling. It obviously hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m going to enjoy it and let it sink in tonight in the company of my friends and family.” “I’m immensely proud of myself. To sit here 25 years of age and win my third major championship and be three-quarters of the way to the career grand slam, I never dreamed of being at this point in my career so quickly. “The Open Championship was the one you really wanted growing up, and the one you holed so many putts on the putting green to win, to beat Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, whatever.” McIlroy’s two-shot win over Garcia and Fowler makes him the first European player to win three different majors since the Masters was founded in 1934 and the third player after Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win three majors by the age of 25. And he believes he has the ambition to attempt to match the achievements of Woods and Nicklaus, who have won 14 and 18 majors respectively. “I definitely hope so,” McIlroy said. “I’ve really found my passion again for golf. Not that it ever dwindled, but it’s what I think about when I get up in the morning. It’s what I think about when I go to bed. “I just want to be the best golfer that I can be. And I know if I can do that, then trophies like this are within my capability. I’d love to win a lot more and am really looking forward to – even though there’s still one major left this year that I want to desperately try and win – to next April and trying to complete the career grand slam. A year on from labelling his own play “brain dead”, Rory McIlroy spoke of his pride at winning the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool and immediately targeted more major glory. Missing the cut at Muirfield last year prompted McIlroy to make a withering assessment of his own game as he looked a shadow of the player who had won the 2011 US Open and 2012 US PGA Championship. But 12 months on the 25-year-old has his hands on the Claret Jug and is just one step away from winning the career grand slam after holding off a spirited challenge from Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia. last_img read more

Helguson awaits verdict from specialist

first_imgHeidar Helguson is waiting to discover whether he can return to first-team contention following a troublesome groin problem.He has resumed light training and seems to be making steady progress, but a specialist will decide later this week whether the QPR forward is ready step up his rehabilitation.Helguson, Rangers’ top scorer this season with nine goals, played for much of the campaign despite the injury but has been sidelined since January.AdChoices广告Manager Mark Hughes explained: “We’re waiting for the green light. He feels good and we’re going to have a conversation and hopefully get Heidar involved more.”It is hoped Helguson will be able to return to full training towards the end of the week, but he is unlikely to be available for Saturday’s game against Sunderland.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Notebook: Nassib, Loeb react to starting quarterback situation for 1st time

first_img Comments Nathaniel Hackett isn’t ready to hand off the Syracuse starting quarterback job just yet. He has a definition, but not an identity. ‘That position takes such a unique person to do it,’ Hackett said at SU’s Media Day on Monday. ‘You have to be a very special guy to handle a lot of the pressure. So many different things are coming at you. … It’s one of those things. There’s always room for great quarterbacks.’  Though Hackett wouldn’t explicitly state the quarterback who could bear that definition, it has grown more and more likely that sophomore Ryan Nassib will be SU’s starter in its opening contest at Akron on Sept. 4. Amidst a crowded field — which includes sophomore Charley Loeb and true freshmen Jonny Miller and John Kinder — Nassib has received subtle hints in the past week from head coach Doug Marrone and teammates that he will be the Orange’s starter. Last week at Big East Media Day in Newport, R.I., Marrone suggested that Nassib would be his starter. Then, on Sunday, senior punter Rob Long told The Daily Orange that the team expects Nassib as their starting quarterback.‘We know he is our guy going in (to camp),’ Long said Sunday, ‘and he will be our guy until the season gets started.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen told of Long’s statement, Nassib said the words were meaningful to him coming from the senior captain.‘It means a lot,’ Nassib said. ‘Rob has always been a supportive captain. He’s always been like that to every other player. He’s always been a good, strong support system on this team. I’m very happy to hear that from him.’Of course, Nassib has been here before. He was named the starter in Marrone’s first spring practice in 2009, only to have the title stripped away from him when Greg Paulus decided to suit up for the Orange.This spring, there was some doubt cast by Loeb, who opened eyes in SU’s Spring Game on April 17. Loeb threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns in that game, albeit against Syracuse’s second-team defense.When told of Marrone’s comments from last week regarding which player will be the starter going into camp, on Monday Loeb said it was the first time he had heard them. But he didn’t think the quarterback situation would affect his fall camp.‘It doesn’t change a thing for me in terms of how I’m going to practice or play,’ Loeb said. ‘I think that’s something more for people outside the team.’And despite no official confirmation that Nassib will be the starter in SU’s first game at Akron, much of the team, including junior wide receiver Van Chew, seem ready to take the field with Nassib as their leader.‘He had the physical part down,’ Chew said. ‘He’s always been athletic. Now, I think he has the mental game down. He’s ready to be a leader.’Graham shifts to wide receiverAs a freshman two years ago, Dorian Graham lined up on the practice field against Ryan Nassib. Now, he could be one of Nassib’s primary targets.After missing all of last season with a shoulder injury, Graham will make the switch from safety to wide receiver this year.‘My initial reaction was that I was excited and ready to get started,’ Graham said. ‘I trust in the coaches’ opinion, and I’m just looking forward to getting on the field and making plays.’ Graham, listed at 5 feet 11 inches and 182 pounds, will join a crowded wide-receiver cast that includes juniors Van Chew and Marcus Sales, sophomore Alec Lemon and transfer Aaron Weaver. Graham said he was informed of the switch ‘a couple of days before camp.’In shifting to the other side of the ball, Graham’s adjustment period will come in learning an entirely different playbook.‘I need to show that, first of all, I know the plays,’ Graham said. ‘It’s a new playbook. After that, second is catch the ball, and it’s just natural.’For Marrone, it is a decision he thinks will pay off for his new-look offense that, as of now, returns just three starters. He thinks Graham’s speed could add an important dimension to a unit that lacks an explosive threat.‘Any time you’re able to bring someone over to the offensive side of the ball that has speed that can get behind the defense,’ Marrone said, ‘that creates an advantage for us.’This and thatOffensive lineman Lou Alexander, a junior-college transfer from the College of the Canyons in Palmdale, Calif., is also facing eligibility issues, and his status for the fall is unknown. An SU spokesman said his status is ‘pending with the university.’ As of Monday, he is still listed on the team’s official roster. … Defensive end Jared Kimmel, tight end Cody Catalina and fullback Carl Cutler were not at Media Day and have not reported to camp yet, as they are each rehabilitating from injuries. … Marrone announced a ‘drop dead date’ of August 30 for academically ineligible running back Averin [email protected]–– Asst. Sports Editor Tony Olivero contributed reporting to this story. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on August 8, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

If St. Louis Cardinals are stealing signs from Los Angeles Dodgers, they’re in the minority

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In a court of law, any evidence that the St. Louis Cardinals are stealing signs from Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis would barely qualify as “circumstantial.” Yet the questions were asked, because there had to be some reason why Clayton Kershaw imploded in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday. Kershaw allowed eight runs in a game for only the second time in his career. The first time was a July 2012 game — against St. Louis. Adding fuel to the conspiracy theories: Kershaw had not pitched out of the stretch prior to the seventh inning Friday. Afterward, until he was lifted, there was always a runner on base.Could it be the Cardinals are stealing signs? Cardinals manager Mike Matheny played with McGwire for two seasons and managed alongside him for one more. He isn’t flattered by questions about his team stealing signs.“That would be an insult, absolutely,” Matheny said. “Our guys go about their at-bats like pros and there’s a lot of things that are going to be said from a lot of different people, and that’s all it is. It’s just rumor and right now it could just be a distraction.“We go about our business the way we go about it. Whatever’s going to be said is going to be said.”Ryu ready?Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu normally doesn’t throw bullpen sessions between starts, but he did Friday. The purpose, Mattingly said, was “just telling us how good he’s feeling.”Ryu also threw a 45-pitch simulated game Wednesday. He hasn’t appeared in a game since Sept. 12, when a shoulder injury ended his start against the San Francisco Giants after one inning.The Dodgers are counting on a complete recovery when Ryu starts Game 3 in St. Louis on Monday.“Everything’s pretty much on target with Hyun-Jin,” Mattingly said. “He’s feeling good so we’re pretty confident that’s going to be ready to go.”Also …Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won’t be suspended for shoving umpire Jerry Meals during a fracas in the third inning of Game 1. According to one report, MLB was considering fining Molina, who was booed heavily before each of his at-bats Saturday. … Infielder Miguel Rojas said that he will play Winter League baseball for La Guaira of the Venezuelan League. The league begins play next week. Rojas said he will spend a week in Miami after the Dodgers’ season ends before returning to his native country. … Outfielder Joc Pederson, who spent last winter in Venezuela, said that he’ll play in the Dominican Winter League instead. He hasn’t officially signed with a team.center_img The verdict: Probably not.“All the years from being hitting coach to watching, I have one guy that’s ever relayed signs from second base — the actual sign, the actual pitch,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Most teams, and we know it, everybody tries to pretty much give location. It’s common. … it’s just not that easy.“We know they’re trying to do it and everybody tries to do it. We’re switching signs. It’s just not that easy.”Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, who spent parts of eight seasons in the Cardinals organization as a player or coach, said he played with “a few guys who leaned on tips — signs and tendencies.”“But I didn’t like it,” McGwire added. “As a hitter, you don’t want to know. Probably 98 percent of the players today don’t care to have anything like that.”last_img read more