NFF Football Committee sanctions NPFL 2019/2020 final table

first_imgFootball Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation has endorsed the final table of the Nigeria Professional Football League for the 2019/2020 season as prepared and released by the League Management Company. At its virtual meeting, held at the instance of the President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, to deliberate on all the issues arising from the forced ending to the season by the COVID-19, the agreement reached by all stakeholders to use the Points-Per-Game (PPG) to determine the final table and the subsequent petition by Rivers United FC, the Committee unanimously recommended that the NFF Executive Committee endorse the LMC decision and the Final Table for the 2019/2020 season in line with the NFF Statutes. It also charged the LMC to work out its calendar to ensure that very minimal number of matches are postponed for Clubs taking part in continental competitions. As part of its consultations on the matter, the NFF reached out to both continental-governing body, CAF and world-governing body, FIFA, whose responses affirmed the position of the NFF Football Committee. The said meeting of the NFF Football Committee reviewed the following: * The process followed by the LMC from May 2020 when the NFF approved the decision to end the NPFL 2019/2020 season at Match day 25 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, to July 2020 when it approved the NPFL table based on the PPG system with the top three teams to represent Nigeria in the 2020/2021 CAF Inter-Clubs Competitions. * The relevant provisions of the NPFL Rule Book that the LMC relied upon to end the season and adopt the PPG. * The Petition from Rivers Utd proposing for the LMC to use the Goal difference to break the tie. * The LMC’s response to Rivers Utd Petition seeking to clarify the issues and stating the basis of its decision. From the above, the meeting established that: * The LMC followed all the due process of consultation with the NPFL Participating clubs and the NFF in coming to the decision to end the NPFL 2019/2020 Season at Match day 25. * The PPG table was presented by LMC for discussions by the clubs including Rivers United since May 2020 and there were no objections on the standings and/or the application of the head-to-head to break the tie. * Indeed, it was the same table that was presented to the Government in June 2020 as part of discussions to end the league or go for a Super 6, given the Nation-wide Lockdown order announced as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. read also:CHANGE OF NATIONALITY: Saka’s parents plead for time as NFF finally contacts player Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy AboutThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe Loading… center_img * Rivers Utd belatedly made a complaint on the PPG table standings only after the final decision to end the league was taken and weeks after the league standings were established. * The Clubs were duly carried along and voted twice in the final decision to end the league and use the PPG system, first by the 20 NPFL clubs at an internal meeting and second by the same clubs at the joint meeting between NFF, LMC and the 20 NPFL Clubs. The majority of the clubs (18-2) voted to end the league and use the PPG system. * The Committee noted that the novel Covid-19 pandemic presented an ‘exceptional’ situation and disruptions globally that presented a ‘force majeure’ which warranted the decision to end the league. * The LMC duly adhered to and relied on the relevant provisions of the NPFL Rule Book in coming to a decision. Specifically, the ‘Force Majeure’ provisions and “Matters Not Provided for” under NPFL Rule Book Articles 15.24 and 15.2 * NPFL Rule Book Article 15.24 unconditionally placed the authority and rights on the LMC to take the necessary decisions under the prevailing circumstances (Force Majeure occasioned by the Covid-19 Pandemic), having regard to interest of fairness, good sportsmanship and overall interest of the game * The Rivers Utd Petition which relied on Clause 3 of the NPFL Rule Book (The Competition) does not apply under the circumstances (Force Majeure) as the clause is only relevant if the NPFL full season had been completed and/or the clubs have all played equal number of games (in which case the application of the PPG would be irrelevant). * The Application of the head-to-head on the NPFL 2019/2020 PPG Table to separate a tie was not limited to only Rivers Utd vs Enyimba but was also applied to decide hierachy between MFM and Wikki Tourists as well as between Jigawa and Nasarawa Utd. Subsequently, the meeting resolved that: * That the LMC followed due process by consulting the participating clubs in coming to a decision on the PPG and its application. * That the majority of the NPFL Clubs duly voted (18-2) to end the league and adopt the PPG system to homologate the final league table. * That the LMC acted within its powers and authority, and adhered to the letter of its rulebook (NPFL Rule Book) in coming to a decision on the final PPG-adjusted NPFL table which it adopted for the 2019/2020 season. * That the NFF does not have the power to overturn the decision of the LMC on the matter unless it is found to have flouted its own rules and regulations as contained in the NPFL Rule Book. * That the Committee, therefore unanimously recommends that the NFF Executive Committee endorse the LMC decision and the Final NPFL 2019/2020 Season PPG table in line with the provisions of the NFF Statutes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Soppe wins number 100 plus track title at Maquoketa

first_imgJeff Larson launched from midpack at the start and then to the lead about halfway through the 20-lap QCJeeps.com IMCA Modified feature. He dominated the rest of the way. Jimmy Comins was the model of consistency all season in the GRE / REV Chassis IMCA Stock Cars. That paid off with his first track crown and he got his first-ever 15-lap feature win in a Stock Car to top it off. Point runner-up Tim Bader, Bob Ahrendsen, Chris Hinrichs and Rick Zaruba followed. After destroying his car in a rollover early in the season Comins jumped behind the wheel of his cousin Brandon’s machine to finish off the season run.  Soppe had clinched the track championship before the green flag ever flew.  “This is what we’re here for and the championship tops it off,” Soppe said. ““We like the track and what Nick (Promoter McCrady) has done with it. We’ll be back next year.”  Ray Cox, Jr. charged up to second ahead of early leader Timmy Current, Steve Johnson and Jaden Fryer. Bryce Garnhart was part of an early caution, finished 15th, but still won his second straight track title.  “The car wasn’t really that good tonight,” Soppe added. “We tried the top early and were able to make it work when we got out front.”  MAQUOKETA, Iowa (Aug. 24) – Again, no matter the obstacle, Tyler Soppe cranked the steering wheel one way and then back the other while at full speed. center_img Jerry Miles, Bob Silaggi, Jacob Ellithorpe and Scott Williams rounded out the top five.  White stormed to the front and held off Vohringer for his first win of 2019. Lane Vohringer, Shane Oberbreckling and Roger Winkers came next. By Rob Hinckley It was no surprise he was at the front of the 15-lap B&D Pit Stop IMCA Northern SportMod Season Championship feature Saturday evening at Maquoketa Speedway.  The Shawn’s Auto Service IMCA Hobby Stock 12-lap Season Championship finale was the only main to settle the track bragging rights. Point leader Daniel Wauters pulled out of the feature early so Kile Vohringer made up the single point deficit with his second place finish behind first-time winner Brandon White to take the title. Soppe’s victory was the ninth at Maquoketa and 26th overall in 2019. It also was his 100th IMCA career victory in the division.last_img read more

Judge Faces Federal Obstruction Charges For Allegedly Playing “Hide the Illegal Immigrant” from ICE

first_imgFederal Prosecutors say no judge is above the law and have charged a Massachusetts Judge and court officer with preventing immigration from arresting a previously deported undocumented suspect who was in her courtroom on drug and other charges.Federal prosecutors charged the Massachusetts judge with obstruction of justice Thursday, saying helped the twice-deported illegal criminal escape the grasp of ICE after a state court hearing by allowing him to leave the courthouse through a back door. The indictment accuses District Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph and a court officer, Wesley MacGregor, of allowing the immigrant to leave the courthouse, out of a federal agent’s sight, and lying about it later. Both have plead not guilty.“This prosecution is absolutely political. Shelley Joseph is absolutely innocent,” an attorney for the Massachusetts judge said just now after she pleaded not guilty to obstruction charges for allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant escape ICE. pic.twitter.com/4eYkmab5Vs— Joey Garrison (@joeygarrison) April 25, 2019 According to Federal prosecutors, the judge had ordered the ICE agent to wait out in the lobby for the inmate while she allegedly conspired with the court officer on how to prevent the illegal immigrant’s capture.The obstruction charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.The two were released without having to post bond. Both have to surrender their passports and are restricted from traveling outside the U.S.MacGregor, who is licensed to carry, must surrender his firearm. Prosecutors alleged that during an April 2018 court hearing in Newtown, Mass., Joseph and MacGregor allowed the Dominican national, detained on drug and outstanding warrant charges, to leave the courthouse from a downstairs back door after the judge instructed an immigration agent to wait in the hallway outside her courtroom. The migrant, later identified as Jose Medina-Perez, had previously been deported from the United States twice before – in 2003 and in 2007 – and had been barred from re-entering the country until 2027.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials learned of Medina-Perez’s detention following his March 30, 2018, arrest when local police submitted his fingerprints to the national law enforcement database. The fingerprint notification prompted ICE officials to issue a detainer, requesting local police to alert them within 48 hours of any planned release.last_img read more

Football News Cristiano Ronalod in doubt for Juventus’ trip to Napoli: Reports

first_img New Delhi: Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubt for Juventus’ Serie A clash at Napoli on Sunday after picking up an ankle injury during the weekend’s 1-0 win at Bologna, the club announced on Wednesday. Juventus took to the website and told that Cristiano Ronaldo is scheduled for check-ups today. He further went on saying that Ronaldo had earlier hurt his left ankle during the game against Bologna.”For CR7, check-ups have been scheduled for today and tomorrow following a knock to his left ankle during the game against Bologna,” Juventus said on their website.Champions Juve travels to second-placed Napoli 13 points clear at the top of the league, and coach Massimiliano Allegri could leave the Portuguese out of the match knowing that even a defeat would likely not cause serious harm their bid for an eighth straight title. Juve host Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on March 12 needing to overturn a 2-0 deficit after being beaten at the Wanda Metropolitano in the first leg of their last-16 tie with the La Liga outfit.After two days of rest, following the trip to Bologna, Juventus returned to training today, where the squad officially began preparation for Sunday evening’s game against Napoli, at 20:30.The team met up this afternoon, and underneath the Spring-like sun, they took part in athletic training before working with the ball. Circulation, possession work, shooting, and working with space and movement was just some of the work the team focused their attention on, in what was an intense session.Both Douglas Costa and Cristiano Ronaldo trained separately from the group. highlights Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubt for the next game. Ronaldo suffered a left ankle injury. Juventus will play Napoli on Sunday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Big Ten Conference will play only conference games in football, several other sports if fall seasons proceed in pandemic

first_imgBig Ten Conference will play only conference games in football, several other sports if fall seasons proceed in pandemic Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Big Ten Conference will play only conference games in football, several other sports if fall seasons proceed in pandemic.center_img July 9, 2020last_img

Diala Boosts Special Athletes Ahead of National Sports Festival

first_imgLagos-based sports philanthropist, Collins Diala has boosted special athletes in and around the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, by donating a standard wheelchair and over 20 pairs of sporting wear ahead of the National Sports Festival due to hold in Abuja later in the year.Diala, who was touched by the doggedness of special athletes over the years, said his donation was his own token of appreciation for the special athletes.Diala who was celebrating his birthday on Wednesday morning handed top female Para- lifter Chikaodiri Anigbogu a standard wheelchair after she won a ballot. The exciting moment came after brand new sports wears went to over 20 other special athletes preparing for the National Sports Festival. “Yes, it’s my own way of motivating these special athletes and I want other sport loving individuals and the corporate world to join the effort to encourage special athletes. We cannot afford to ignore them because they have always brought glory to Nigerians at both home and abroad.“In the past, I celebrated my birthdays at orphanage homes/less privileged persons homes, but this time around I reasoned that I must touch lives of special athletes because they have been doing a lot for the country and they would do more,” said Diala.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

VB : Tough nonconference slate benefits Orange

first_img Published on September 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Comments Syracuse’s trip to Utah two weekends ago didn’t go exactly as Syracuse planned, but that didn’t mean Kelly Morrisroe was any less confident before last weekend’s Blackbird Invitational. ‘We thought we matched up well with our opponents,’ the assistant coach said in an email to The Daily Orange. ‘We felt confident if we executed each game plan we could win the tournament.’ The Orange proved Morrisroe right, cruising to a 3-0 weekend in which SU lost just two sets total.The undefeated weekend continues another hot start to the season for the Orange in nonconference play. The Orange got out to a school-record 17-0 start a year ago. This season’s nonconference record isn’t quite as flashy, but the Orange’s 8-2 start may be even better than the start from a year ago because SU is facing a tougher slate of non-Big East opponents.Last year, Syracuse fizzled down the stretch, going just 6-9 in its last 15 games, with all nine losses coming in Big East play. But SU feels more prepared to take on the big dogs in conference play this time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We’ve played tougher teams this year,’ senior defensive specialist Ashley Williams said. ‘Starting off 18-0 last year was great, but we didn’t know how to come back in sets or take a loss.‘(Now) we know how to deal with it, we know what we need to work on, and we know how to fix things for the future.’Last year, SU was marred by injuries before and during Big East play, but excuses didn’t soften the disappointment in Syracuse’s performance.Not only does the team realize the benefits of playing a tough nonconference schedule, they enjoy it, too. To them, it’s not about the wins and losses, but about the valuable experience they get from these games to prepare them for Big East play.‘These college players give up a ‘normal college life’ for volleyball,’ Morrisroe said. ‘They thrive on competition. If they’re going to play, why not play the best?’A tough nonconference schedule should benefit the freshmen. This year’s team has nine freshmen, the most in recent memory, and SU needs them to be prepared for the Big East season as soon as the Sept. 23 matchup with South Florida arrives.‘Playing against schools that can challenge us will only help us improve as a team,’ junior middle blocker Samantha Hinz said. ‘Especially the freshmen who haven’t seen different styles of play before.’By challenging the freshmen and the rest of the team with the rigorous nonconference schedule, the hope is the Orange will be better prepared for the consistently tougher and more meaningful matches in the Big East.Though the Orange has played some NCAA tournament teams this season, SU’s biggest test comes this weekend at the Blue and White Classic in Buffalo, N.Y. Syracuse will open up Friday against Buffalo on the Bulls’ home court before a doubleheader with Dayton and Central New York rival Cornell on Saturday.This trio of games serves as a perfect final test for Syracuse’s nonconference season.The biggest problem Syracuse has faced so far is winning on opponents’ courts. But a win over Buffalo would give it a .500 road record.‘The teams we lost to were just good teams, and they did better things than we did,’ senior outside hitter Noemie Lefebvre said. ‘I don’t think it had to do with the fact that we were away. We actually enjoyed having hecklers on the road. … It’s just part of the game.’Dayton is perhaps the toughest team the Orange will face all year, and the Cornell game could provide a sample of the atmosphere SU will see in Big East play.All three games give the team a chance to prove something before the Big East season begins the following Friday.But one thing the Orange has already proven through 10 games is its maturity. SU is already getting major contributions from an emerging group of freshmen while the veterans continue to dot all-tournament teams.‘I’m really proud of the maturity level of this team,’ Morrisroe said. ‘Obviously, we have nine new freshmen, and the team has really opened up to thinking about the game in a different way.’dbwilson@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Q&A with Dan Schnur

first_imgUnruh Institute Director and former California Secretary of State candidate Dan Schnur granted the Daily Trojan an interview to talk about his recent campaign as a No Party Preference candidate — and what that means for the future of politics.  The following interview has been edited for space. Could you talk about why you ran for California Secretary of State without a party affiliation?I think there’s two questions there. One is why I became a No Party Preference voter, and the second is why it’s so important to the office. To answer in reverse order, it’s a pretty straightforward answer. The umpire shouldn’t be wearing a Dodgers or a Giants jersey, and by the same token, the state’s Chief Election Officer shouldn’t be Democrat or Republican. So I think it’s very important for the Secretary of State to be someone who isn’t beholden to either party.The other question is why I became No Party Preference. Like an increasing number of voters, I’ve begun to find that both parties are more ideologically extreme than my own political preferences. I’m for lower taxes and marriage equality, I’m tough on crime and I’m pro-choice, I believe that citizenship is a necessary part of immigration reform and that student test scores are a necessary part of teacher evaluation. That puts me fundamentally at both parties on a number of issues that are important to me.I feel like there’s a lot more pragmatism to that view, but when people see voters lined up on party lines and voting along party lines, there’s a feeling of solidarity. Where is that feeling of solidarity between No Party Preference voters, who might have seemingly disparate views? How do you generate solidarity in a voter base like that?We know that [No Party Preference] voters might hold both major parties in very low regard, but voters still use those traditional party identifiers as cues when they don’t have a great deal of other information available about the candidates. On one hand, the No Party Preference voting bloc is the fastest growing in California. On the other hand, it’s going to be some time before voters begin to relate that alternative to a particular set of policy and political choices. When you were running for Secretary of State did you notice a larger section of NPP voters? Something we certainly noticed during the campaign is that there’s been a great deal of statistical evidence in recent years to back up that instinct. Data shows NPP voters are now almost one quarter of the electorate in California. Polling shows that number is even greater among the millennial generation. Voters generally are increasingly identifying as independent of either party, but younger voters are doing so in much greater number. I’ve got a theory on that — my generation grew up in an era where there were three networks on the television and five buttons on the radio. We’re used to having a limited number of choices available. Today’s college students grew up in an era with an infinite number of entertainment options available to them. If you can have a thousand cable channels and literally millions of websites to visit, why in the world would you want to limit yourself to only two options when it comes to politics?But I am the second most important person in this conversation when it comes to millennial-based decisions, what’s your take on the situation?I don’t want to say that millennials are more educated, but I want to say that the fact that so much more information is available to us gives us the critical decision-making skills to allow us to discern between partisan politics, and what kind of policy we might want to get behind as it pertains to our personal well-being — much in the same way democracy was intended to function. It’s definitely not going to work as a two-party system in the future. But to bring this discussion back to you and what Unruh does, what kind of organizations are there to harbor this type of discussion on campus? There is not, not to my knowledge … Almost by definition, an organization of independents is an oxymoron. Where you begin to see those alternatives spring up on campus or in our community is around individual issues, rather than a third-party movement. The average person in college or elsewhere in the world doesn’t think, “I need to be a vanguard to start a third party alternative to Democrats and Republicans.” More likely is that they think, “Neither party is satisfactorily addressing my concerns about this particular issue, so I’m going to get involved with an organization that could make the kind of change that could work.” Is there anything else you wanted us to take away from your campaign for Secretary of State that we should have taken away as students?I don’t believe that [an] independent or NPP voter is inherently superior in any way to a member of one of the traditional parties. I would never dream of trying to convince a student who’s a principled conservative or a principled progressive to become more moderate. But one of the goals, one of the main goals of my campaign, was to make it clear that in addition to the principled progressives and the principled conservatives who populate California politics, is that there’s a need for a more aggressive option in between the 40-yard lines.I tell the students in my class that the difference between politics and football is that in politics, the victories come between the 40-yard lines. Even the most principled progressive or principled conservative in the world can’t make change exactly the way they want it, as long as we live in a democracy and not a monarchy. So the question becomes, “How do you bring those principled individuals on both sides closer to the middle in order to get something done?”last_img read more

Badgers squander first half lead in loss to Vanderbilt

first_imgAfter starting the game on fire and looking destined for a 2-0 start to the season, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (1-1) fizzled out in the second half against Vanderbilt (3-0) this Thursday at the Kohl’s Center in a 58-67 loss.The opening tip fell to the hands of the Commodores, who got on the board first shortly afterwards with a layup and a 2-0 lead. It would be their last lead until later into the second half.In what turned out to be a dominating opening segment for Wisconsin, the Badgers offense went on a tear, starting 6-for-6 from the field including a pair of makes behind the arc. With 11:45 left in the first half, the Commodores found themselves in a 17-2 hole. Wisconsin’s redshirt senior forward Michala Johnson set the tone early on, scoring six of the team’s first 11 points.On the contrary, Vanderbilt didn’t help matters with a sloppy start on both sides of the ball. In the opening six minutes of the game, the Commodores shot just 1-7 from the field as a team, including 0-4 from three-point range. Defensively, the Commodores committed five fouls to the Wisconsin’s one in the same stretch.Following the dominant start by the Badgers, the offense cooled off a bit, falling into a 2-for-7 shooting slump which opened the door for Vanderbilt to get back into the game. In the midst of a seven-minute scoring drought, a layup from Vanderbilt’s Paris Kea got the Commodores rolling again in what would eventually lead to a massive comeback.While Wisconsin continued to be effective on offense, the Commodores came alive in the final eight minutes in the half, racking up 24 points over the span to close the half. A layup by Vanderbilt’s Rebekah Dahlman with 3:43 in the opening half put the Commodores within a single-digit deficit, 26-34, after being down by 10 or more for the majority of the first 20 minutes.A strong performance off the bench (22 combined points), helped keep Vanderbilt alive going into the locker room at half along with Dahlman’s 12 points, cutting the Badgers lead down to just 41-34.Wisconsin senior forward Jacki Gulcynski noted a last second layup by Dahlman at the end of the first half as the momentum shifter in Vanderbilt’s favor for the rest of the game.“I could feel the energy kind of dropping,” Gulczynksi said. “I was trying to stay encouraging and telling everybody to keep the energy up because that’s what really got us going the first four minutes of the game. The first and last four minutes are what can really define a half.”The second half showcased both teams matching shots for the first four-and-a-half minutes of play, deadlocked at seven points each and a 48-41 score. Following a jumper made by Gulcynski with 15:31 left to play, the Badgers would suffer a seven-minute scoring drought that would claim not only their lead, but put them down eight with just nine minutes to go.The roaring comeback from the Commodores was piloted by freshman forward Khaléann Caron-Goudreau, who sank back-to-back layups to tie the game and give Vanderbilt a lead with 11:15 left, one they would not relinquish for the rest of the game.After shooting 55 percent (17-31) from the field in the first half, the Badgers stumbled through the second to the tune of 27 percent (6-21). Noting the team’s offensive decline, Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey noted the success of Vanderbilt’s defensive adjustments by head coach Melanie Balcomb as they switched to a zone.“There were times when we made a couple passes and hit the open person and it was fine, and then we come down to try and make the home-run play and we turn it over,” Kelsey said, “It’s just recognition, you have to recognize what’s open and not force things that aren’t there.”The Commodores pulled away comfortably in the final ten minutes of the game in a final segment that was plagued by Badger turnovers. In the second half alone, the Commodores scored 13 points off of Wisconsin miscues.Leading the Badgers in scoring was Johnson, who finished with 17 points but just five in the second half. Junior guard Dakota Whyte led the rebounding efforts for Wisconsin, finishing with six rebounds. As a whole, the team allowed over 30 points in both halves defensively while only scoring 17 points in the second half.The Badgers will try to get back on the winning track this Sunday as they hit the road to take on winless Drake (0-3) with a 2 p.m. tipoff.last_img read more

Q&A: Shea Serrano explains why he loves Wisconsin basketball, how he became a best-selling author

first_imgNew York Times Best Selling Author and popular Twitter user Shea Serrano took the time to talk about Wisconsin basketball, J.J. Watt, his latest book, “The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed,” among other things, in an exclusive interview with The Badger Herald.Here is Part I of the Q&A:The Badger Herald: It seemed towards the end of the Wisconsin-Xavier game that it became apparent on your Twitter account that you were a big fan of Wisconsin basketball. How did that come about? Was it just this Wisconsin team that stole your heart?Shea Serrano: No, it was last year’s team. It was with Frank [Kaminsky] and Sam [Dekker] and all those other guys.BH: What about that team made you a fan?SS: Those two guys specifically seemed like they were really having a good time playing basketball. You can tell when somebody is out there and it is fun for them. They weren’t worried about any pressure. They wanted to win obviously, but they were excited about being on a big stage and having everybody look at them. Also, Frank was just giving everybody hell. I just was watching them and you get caught up in the tournament and you got to find a team. And then Sam ended up on the Rockets and I live near Houston, so now I follow him. He was really excited about the tournament, so I was watching what he was going to say. Then I got caught up in it, and that boy [Bronson] Koenig started going off. And here we are. Now I have a college basketball team.Men’s basketball: Koenig sinks Xavier with back to back daggersThere was no better place to end the game than from the spot where Bronson Koenig launched his three pointer as Read…BH: Sticking with Wisconsin, you, being a huge Houston Texans fan, are required to love Wisconsin alum J.J. Watt. I know you did a story at Grantland where you spent a day with him and I loved that. But I must say, I can’t stand him despite the fact Badgers are expected to love him. So, I must ask you now, do you truly love J.J. Watt?SS: You’re asking if I truly love the best football player in the league? Yes. I love him a lot.BH: So nothing about him bothers you one bit?SS: I can see where if he’s not on your team, his whole Captain American shtick can be a little much. I get that. But it’s great for me because he’s not sacking my quarterback. So, I love him.BH: Moving on to some of the cool stuff you’ve done. With “The Rap Year Book,” can you talk about how the idea to write it came about and why you wanted to do it?SS: The idea came from my editor at the book company and that was all her idea. I didn’t want to do it at first, because when she told it to me I was picturing just straight text. I didn’t know initially that they were going to let me do whatever I wanted to do. So I didn’t want to do it. I think about a month or so passed and my wife and I decided that we wanted to move. We were in a town home, we had another kid, we needed some more space, so we needed money for a house. So I called my publisher back and said that book was actually a pretty good idea after all, so let’s do that. And that’s just how it started. Once I got into it, they basically told me I could do what I want with it, do whatever I wanted. I was writing it the way I wanted to write it.BH: Now, after the book was finished, you just promoted the crap out of it, to the point where you had an army of Twitter followers that would just buy up to six books on command. Did you expect it to turn into that and at any point did you feel bad that you essentially had your Twitter follower under mind control, forcing them to go to a Barnes & Noble for the first time in their life?SS: That was just a thing that happened. When I was first trying to promote “The Rap Coloring Book,” I was trying to promote it in a traditional way. I was trying to get like Rolling Stone or MTV to write about it. That was my plan because I thought if enough people saw it that way, then people would buy it. With this one, I had maybe 30,000 or 40,000 people following me on Twitter, so I thought I should try this myself and make a little bit of noise on Twitter and then maybe news stories would come up naturally after that. It worked out way better than I thought it would. I think a big part of it was I just built up enough good will from being on Twitter long enough. You can’t just show up on Twitter without having been there for awhile and say, “Hey, buy this book.” You got to have people who feel like they are rooting for you, and I think that’s just what ended up happening there.BH: Well it clearly all worked out, because the book was a New York Times Best Seller. Can you talk about the moment when you first got that news?SS: I was in Los Angeles for a book signing, and the next day my editor called me on the day I knew the list was supposed to be announced, and at that point, it was a relief more than anything else. Because by that point, I had already said so many times that we were going to do this. We were going to be on the Best Seller’s list. I didn’t want to be the guy who says they are going to win and then doesn’t. So it was just a big release more than anything else.BH: Now, I know we are only three months into 2016, but is it possible to just call the race over and say the entire “Life of Pablo” album is the most important rap song of the year?The Badger Herald reacts: Kanye’s dropped album via live feed in signature lavish styleToday, Kanye West streamed his live album premiere from Madison Square Garden for the world to see. Four members of Read…SS: Yeah … probably not. I think a lot of people didn’t like it, or at least less people liked it than I thought they would. I liked it. But it’s going to be hard to pick one song off that album that is the most important, but if one of them has a chance, I think it’s going to be “Ultralight Beam.” I think maybe just because of the way it ties the church to rap again, and I think we are going to have this big trend where more and more rappers are going to start rapping about church. It’ll probably be Kendrick, if I had to take a guess.last_img read more