Falcons become butt of the joke after Super Bowl collapse

first_imgWinning start Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Atlanta coach Dan Quinn has pushed his team to look forward, not backward.He keeps insisting there will be no hangover from the devastating loss.“When we came back, I knew there was going to be questions like, ‘OK, how much more work do we have to do to talk about last year?’” Quinn said. “I got my answer pretty early in training camp when I saw us go for it in the biggest way.”But he understands that plenty of Atlanta fans are a bit sensitive to all the barbs.“I love our fans,” Quinn said. “For them to get (ticked off) about it, that’s cool with me.”That means you, Peyton Manning, who got in on the act at the ESPY Awards.“I believe in the Falcons. I believe in (MVP quarterback) Matt Ryan and Dan Quinn, and I know in my heart the Falcons will be back,” the former NFL great said, setting up his zinger. “I wanted the Falcons to hear that from me now, at the beginning of the show, because they’re going to stop paying attention three-quarters of the way in.”Even two other NFC South rivals, teams the Falcons will face twice this season, couldn’t resist the chance to pile on.On March 28 — yep, 3-28 — the Carolina Panthers tweeted a picture of four players. But only two were tagged: No. 3 (Derek Anderson) and No. 28 (Johnathan Stewart). Clearly, that was no coincidence, which became apparent when the tweet was quietly deleted a few hours later.A couple of months later, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent out a seemingly innocuous tweet pitching their team-logo fidget spinners. When the Falcons’ account chimed in with a GIF of cornerback Desmond Trufant asking if the Bucs were “nervous about something,” the Bucs quickly responded by tweeting a picture of cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (No. 28) celebrating with quarterback Jameis Winston (No. 3). Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter, a former Falcons’ offensive coordinator, wound up apologizing for that little back-and-forth.No need, said Falcons safety Ricardo Allen.This team can take it.“It does nothing for us,” he said Wednesday. “This world is so lost in staying in the past… Yes, we lost that game. They won that game. That’s last year. This is a new year. This team, we have the mindset of next-play mentality.“If you have a bad play, OK, next play. They’re going to make plays. Bad game? Next game.”Ryan, in a way, addressed the issue head-on by taking part in a Gatorade television commercial that featured, among others, Michael Jordan and Serena Williams talking about their biggest disappointments. Titled “The Secret to Victory,” it ends with a recreation of the Falcons quarterback dejectedly leaving the field after the Super Bowl, a voiceover describing his “utter disbelief,” before he stares into the camera and says one word.Defeat.Then it shows Ryan getting back to work, throwing one pass after another on the practice field, ending with the mantra, “Make Defeat Your Fuel.”“It’s about moving forward,” Ryan said. “To me, that’s what made sense. You learn from all these things throughout your life. Different things happen to you along the way. You learn from them and try to use them as motivation.”And the jokes? Is he using those as motivation? End of his agony? 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It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Of course, that punch line references the score late in the third quarter of last season’s Super Bowl, when it looked as though the Atlanta Falcons would finally win their first championship.Then, as they remember all too painfully in these parts, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots scored 31 consecutive points to pull off the greatest comeback in the title game’s 51-year history, winning 34-28 in overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendBrady collected his fifth ring.The Falcons became the butt of the joke. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Isaiah Thomas on trade to Cavaliers: ‘It still hurts’ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ “No,” Ryan shot back, managing a weak smile. “I don’t pay much attention to it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lots and lots of jokes.Even now, as Atlanta prepares to open the season Sunday with a road game against the Chicago Bears, there’s no sign of the jabs letting up.Just last weekend, when Texas A&M squandered a 34-point lead in the second half and lost 45-44 to UCLA, a Lou Holtz parody account on Twitter claimed the Aggies were unveiling a new logo. Naturally, it was the Falcons’ distinctive emblem.In New Orleans, home of the Falcons’ biggest rival, the Dirty Coast shop on Magazine Street has been offering T-shirts with a scoreboard-like design “28-3, 3rd, 2:12” — when Atlanta was still up by 25. As if that wasn’t enough to bring a smile to Saints’ fans, the store also has been raising money to put up a billboard with the same design outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Falcons’ new stadium.“I don’t pay attention to that,” Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones said with a shrug. “It happened. We can’t go back and change it. So, I mean, you lick your wounds a little bit, then you have to get on with your life.”ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Break new ground MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Irfaan Ali is doing what he needs to

first_imgDear Editor,Maruranau, Nappi, Aishalton, Karadarnauwa, Katoonarib, Potannau, Rukumuta. Irfaan Ali has been travelling throughout Guyana, these are but a few of the names of villages visited in the Rupununi recently.Irfaan has visited seven of the ten regions of Guyana so far on his mission to listen to the voices of the people, their concerns, needs and proposed solutions. Irfaan is well-known to people in the areas where he worked to establish housing schemes. He is meeting a larger constituency now, with concerns small and large, he is campaigning, but most important is a leader who listens to voices other than those in Georgetown. It may offend the elitist of our capital city, but it is exactly what Guyana needs.On Republic day, Georgetown got to meet Irfaan Ali as he led the parade of the PPP/C Mashramani float; the interaction was most interesting; the band almost ground to a halt, moving at a snail’s pace as many reached out to press the flesh, take selfies, offer words of encouragement, talk; it took over three hours to move from the seawall to Church street along Vlissingen road.As the new week dawns, Irfaan Ali will be gone from Georgetown again, ‘missing’ is the word that will be used to describe a candidate who actually dares to be different.Irfaan Ali is doing what he needs to; he has a very capable party supporting him, a General Secretary who was President of Guyana for a dozen years is holding the fort in Georgetown, activists are walking in every neighbourhood, in every region, sharing flyers filled with information, engaging with residents, noting concerns and building a database of issues to be addressed. A vast team of volunteers working for a common cause; gathering information required for good governance.Editor, some may say the Georgetown elite are being hypocritical when they ask “Where is Irfaan Ali?” Based on the reaction from the crowd on mash day, I would suggest it is a plea for leadership from an elite abandoned by the quintessential elitist elected in 2015.One who became so far removed from the ordinary Guyanese that he offers the excuse of health as he refuses to shake their hands, occasionally engages with ‘fist bumps’ with his Prime Minister but yet was observed shaking hands with foreign dignitaries at a poetry event. Actions speak louder than words, and the outpouring of warmth for Irfaan is a harbinger of beautiful future for all Guyanese.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

NPA Comptroller General Sacked

first_imgDismissed NPA Comptroller Franklin Sackor-For ‘gross incompetence’The management of the National Port Authority (NPA) has with immediate effect sacked its Comptroller General Franklin Sackor, because of what it described “as gross incompetence and ineptitude on the job.”A press statement in the possession of the Daily Observer said the dismissal of Mr. Sackor from his position by the NPA management was as a result of his failure to provide bank statements from the months of February to May 2018 as well as his failure to justify the reason a private entity was placed on the payroll of the NPA.The NPA clarified as untrue reports that the office of the Finance Department had been closed and barricaded.An NPA statement said the Department of Finance remains functional to the business community and the shipping world; and at no time was it shut down and barricaded as it is being reported by some media outlets.While further details pertaining to the dismissal of Sarkoh were not disclosed in the press statement, it said Sarkoh is entitled to his salary and benefits that the NPA management owes him.“Mr. Sackor has been asked to contact the Human Resource Department to collect his salary and benefits including – gasoline and scratch cards for the last month he served in the post,” the press release confirmed.The statement, signed by NPA’s director of public relations, Malcolm Scott, said Mr. Sackor will also be paid his one month salary in lieu of notice in keeping with the labor laws of Liberia and, therefore, he is expected to turn over the keys of the office of the comptroller, his assigned vehicle and all other properties belonging to the entity.Sackor is probably the first person in Weah’s government to be hit by outright dismissal, particularly on grounds of incompetence.It can be recalled that deputy Commerce Minister Jamesetta Wolokolie was suspended for time indefinite on the orders of President George Weah for gross insubordination allegedly to Commerce Minister Wilson Tarpeh; but she was, however, recalled a little over one week ago.Prior to his dismissal, it was recently reported that Bill Twehway, the newly appointed NPA managing director, was ready to dismiss Sarkor for what authorities said is the lack of compliance and disregard for orders from the new port MD.Until yesterday, October 15, when this newspaper gathered that Sackor had been dismissed, sources had earlier confirmed his dismissal but said he was still taking orders from former NPA Acting Managing Director Cecilia Cuffy-Brown and disregarding instructions from Mr. Twehway.Mr. Sarkoh, it can be recalled, was brought on board by Madam Brown when she took over the entity in March amid a series of public criticisms.Madam Cuffy came under fire for hiring four brothers of President George Weah, a decision she has repeatedly defended, insisting that she had the backing of the President to hire and fire.Shortly after taking over in March, Madam Brown immediately brought on board Mr. Sarkor as the new comptroller, along with an Internal Audit Department manager, although the department had a manager and other qualified auditors.Sarkor had previously worked at the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company in the Human Resources Department and, before that, he served at the St. Matthews School in Logan Town as business manager.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man United make £100m Pogba bid, Benteke agrees Liverpool exit and MORE GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers and online…Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will be interviewed for the England manager’s job by the Football Association this week. (The Guardian)Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has indicated he would like to manage the England team. (Bein Sports)Manchester United will lodge a £100million bid for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba now that Euro 2016 is over. (Daily Mirror)Jose Mourinho will look to trim his Man United squad by selling EIGHT PLAYERS this summer, including 23-year-old full-back Guillermo Varela and 22-year-old central defender Tyler Blackett. (The Sun)Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has agreed personal terms with Crystal Palace. (Daily Mirror)Middlesbrough are set to continue their all-star summer overhaul by landing former Manchester City forward Alvaro Negredo on loan from Valencia. (Goal)?Georginio Wijnaldum will ask Newcastle to allow him to join Tottenham. (Daily Mirror)Everton have joined the race to sign 24-year-old Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder and Portugal international William Carvalho. (The Sun)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Euro 2016: Payet? Shaqiri? Robson-Kanu? Pick your favourite goal of the tournament HERE!Paul Pogba latest: Manchester United have ‘genuine interest’ in France starManchester United transfer news: Eight players who could be sold to fund Paul Pogba dealTottenham transfer news: ‘He’s garbage and we don’t want him anymore!’ Liverpool fans react to Mario Gotze rumoursPremier League transfers 2016/17: The best bargain signings so far… including Manchester United, Liverpool and ArsenalTransfer news: Top nine players available for free this summer, including Wales hero Hal Robson-KanuThe ten most expensive Premier League transfers that could happen this summer, featuring Paul Pogba, John Stones and Lionel Messilast_img read more