Over 1,200 people participate in the Hoboken Christmas Exchange

first_imgHOBOKEN — On Dec. 9 more than 1,200 family members and children received gifts at the Hoboken Christmas Exchange hosted by Hoboken Grace Church. The event gave the community a chance to help make a memorable Christmas for families in need.150 volunteers helped to deliver the gifts while over 1000 people signed up to participate in the event to adopt a family or child. They were able to drop off their wrapped presents over the past week so that on Saturday all the families in need could come and pick up their gifts.Hoboken Grace worked with the Hoboken Housing Authority, HOPES, North Hudson Community Action Corps, Hoboken Family Planning, and The Jubilee Center to identify families in need.last_img

Phil Lesh, Terrapin Family Band, Melvin Seals, & Nicki Bluhm Perform In Central Park [Audio]

first_imgThe Grateful Dead movement continues, as Phil Lesh & Friends packed Central Park SummerStage on Wednesday night to a crowd of fans old and new. Following a Phil-filled weekend at LOCKN’ Music Festival— which saw the Grateful Dead bassist reunite with Bob Weir to recreate the seminal 1977 Grateful Dead album, Terrapin Station, perform an entire set with members of moe., and more–Lesh continued the stride with the Terrapin Family Band on a beautiful summer evening in the city. Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Melvin Seals and frequent collaborator and vocalist Nicki Bluhm were also performing as special guests for the show’s entirety.Phil Lesh Announces Halloween Show At The Cap With Nicki Bluhm And Robert RandolphThe first set took on the music of Jerry Garcia Band completely, which included famous covers of “Tangled Up In Blue,” “Señor,” “I Second That Emotion,” and “After Midnight” with keyboardist Melvin Seals adding even more specialty to the stage. The second set was pure Grateful Dead, playing through all the favorites, starting with “Shakedown Street,” moving through “Music Never Stopped” and “Estimated Prophet,” then included the Terrapin Family Band’s own original “Galilee,” before continuing on the Grateful Dead set. A monstrous “Dark Star > Morning Dew > Dark Star” shifted gears before a set closing “St. Stephen” and “Love Light.” The band returned to the stage for a “Sugaree” encore.Thanks to taper Phishrabbi, you can listen to the full audio below via JamBuzz:Phil Lesh will return to New York for Halloween at The Capitol Theatre alongside Nicki Bluhm and Robert Randolph on October 31. More information here.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends | Central Park SummerStage | New York, NY | 8/30/17I: Tangled Up in Blue, They Love Each Other, How Sweet It Is, Mission In The Rain, Reuben & Cherise, Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power), Second That Emotion, After MidnightII: Shakedown Street, Music Never Stopped, Estimated Prophet, Galilee, Playing in the Band, The Wheel, Dark Star, Morning Dew, Dark Star, St Stephen, Love LightEncore: Sugaree[photo by John Wisdom on Instagram]last_img read more

Broadway.com Summer Camp, Day 29! Patti LuPone’s Just a Broadway Baby

first_img LOOK OUT FOR… 1:49. Focusing away from Patti for a sec, the role of the Pepto-Bismol swigging director is played by Dena Dietrich, a.k.a. Sophia’s daughter/Dorothy’s younger sister on The Golden Girls. You know about our obsession by now, right? OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 10 out of 10 tubes of greasepaint (and a follow-spot). WHY WE LOVE IT We’re suckers for whenever Broadway names find a reason to sing random showtunes on their TV shows. Exhibit A. And exhibit B: Patti LuPone in Life Goes On, submitted by Scott S. Now, there’s a very detailed backstory that leads to this performance…that we don’t remember. But basically, Libby, played by LuPone, auditions for a community college theater showcase. Here’s her audition, where she pulls a, well, a LuPone. Cut to rehearsals for her big number, “Broadway Baby” from Follies. Scott writes, “Ever the professional, nothing stops her from belting out the Sondheim tune. Not misplaced dancers, not a swinging stagehand and certainly not a collapsing set piece.” We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENTcenter_img View Comments Star Files Patti LuPonelast_img read more

As Demand in China Wanes, ‘Trouble for Coal’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:China pumps out machinery, cellphones and smog, but it runs on coal. It is by far the largest burner of the black stuff so, when Chinese factories start slowing down, it is usually time to sell your coal stocks.A sharp economic reversal in China this year remains unlikely, but July data was strikingly weak after stellar second-quarter growth. That is bad news for coal firms everywhere, and especially for China’s state-owned behemoths like Yanzhou Coal, struggling with crushing debt burdens and fickle Chinese regulators. The coal price rebound fueled by Chinese stimulus this year has pushed Yanzhou’s stock up around 40% year-to-date and its first half sales up 82% from a year earlier, but the firm hasn’t used the breathing space to pay off much of its borrowings. Debt still clocked in at a vertigo-inducing 156% of equity in June.Instead, Yanzhou is pursuing expensive acquisitions in Australia through its subsidiary Yancoal , YAL -4.17% which recently agreed to buy Rio Tinto’s Hunter Valley coal assets for $2.69 billion. Cash-strapped Yancoal is issuing $2.5 billion in new equity to finance the deal over the objections of minority shareholders, with Yanzhou itself on the hook for up to $1 billion. Yanzhou also plans to boost capital expenditures by about 20% in 2017.None of this would matter that much if China’s economy was poised for another 12 months of above-trend growth. Unfortunately, it is increasingly clear that isn’t the case. Chinese policy makers are tightening credit gradually ahead of an important Communist Party meeting this fall, and that is starting to affect investment and industrial output. Chinese real-estate investment, the biggest driver of global materials demand, including coal, grew at its slowest pace in over a year in July, and infrastructure investment also ticked lower. Industrial output weakened across the board.Two other bearish factors for coal and electricity demand are about to kick in. First, it has started raining again in southwest China. Dry weather this spring pushed hydropower utilization down the most since 2012 and coal power plants’ run rates sharply higher. That dynamic is now moving into reverse as hydropower ramps up again.Furthermore, plans to shutter more energy-intensive steel and aluminum plants this winter during the peak pollution season—on top of steel capacity cuts already enacted—could deal another blow to power demand. Metal smelting alone accounts for around 20% of power consumption in China.Things are looking brighter for the global coal sector following the disastrous price crash of 2015—including the U.S., where the sector is seeing a revival—but things are just about as good as they can possibly be right now. Next year will be tougher.Investors should take the opportunity to dig out their cash while the digging is good.More: ($) Indigestion in China’s Economy Spells Trouble for Coal As Demand in China Wanes, ‘Trouble for Coal’last_img read more

Trail Mix – The Railsplitters

first_imgA tiny house.For me, that’s a pipe dream. I have three kids, too much junk, and a spouse who shares my knack for never throwing anything out.The notion of downsizing causes me to hyperventilate.If I ever ended up on TV, it would be on an episode of  Hoarders, not Tiny House, Big Living.Not so with Pete Sharpe, who shares a tiny house outside Boulder, Colorado, with his bandmate in The Railsplitters, Lauren Stovall.The 200 or so square feet that Sharpe and Stovall call home proved fertile ground for the songs that became The Railsplitters’ just released record, Jump In.This latest release continues The Railsplitters’ evolution as a band, with this new collection of songs showcasing their interests from outside the bluegrass world.That the band would eventually diverge from the traditional bluegrass highway was almost a given. The band members have divergent origin stories; one was born in Brazil, one is a classically trained trombonist, one is a music educator, one has deep roots in jazz, and another hails from the Deep South.All of those divergent sounds coalesce with The Railsplitters, creating a cohesive musical bond highlighted by a willingness to genre hop.I recently caught up with Pete Sharpe to discuss life in a tiny house and the brand new record.BRO – I have been reading about your tiny house. How are the acoustics?PS – Not bad! We have to negotiate practice time so we don’t drive each other crazy. In the summer it works a lot better, as one person can practice outdoors. We’d love to have band practice in there, but we actually couldn’t all fit!BRO – Biggest benefit to the tiny house? Biggest drawback?PS – Biggest benefit is that you can pretty much always reach what you’re looking for from where you happen to be sitting. Biggest drawback is you pretty much always reach what you’re looking for . . . It’s actually been a great way to live for relatively cheap. Since we’re on the road so much anyway, it has worked out well.BRO – The new record has you stretching your sonic wings a bit. Any trepidation pushing outside the bluegrass world for this record?PS – A bit of trepidation, perhaps, but we’ve been on this path for a while now. We kind of left the traditional bluegrass world when we made the last record. Jump In just feels like the next step on the path. Everyone is writing new material and it just has been all over the place from a genre perspective, but we’re okay with that.BRO – We are featuring the title track from the new record on Trail Mix this month. What’s the story behind the song?PS – Dusty wrote that song on a bit of a dare. It’s all about taking chances, doing something that might be scary and not thinking too much about the consequences.BRO – Back to your tiny house. If you could just have another 100 square feet and really indulge yourself . . .  PS – We would build an even tinier house next to our tiny house and feel like we live in a mansion!The Railsplitters have a pretty quiet tour schedule throughout both November and December until they pick up towards the end of the year with shows in Australia. That’s good work if you can get it right there, folks.If you want to take a listen to the new record, point your browser right here for a free stream of Jump In. You can also check out the band’s website for information on the band and other tour dates.Be sure to take a listen to “Jump In,” along with tracks from Greta van Fleet, Chamomile & Whiskey, Scott Miller, and many more on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

Saving Bats from White-Nose Syndrome

first_imgBats play a critical ecological role in pollinating plants and controlling mosquitos and other insects. Biologists search caves and abandoned mines hoping to save bats from white-nose syndrome It was discovered outside of Albany, NY in 2006 and has spread to 36 states and seven provinces of Canada, wiping out whole colonies of bats. Having ravaged much of the east, white-nose syndrome is now heading west at the rate of one state per year. Since 2006, the disease has killed millions of bats and threatens formerly abundant bat populations with extirpation or extinction. The disease is caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans and named by the fuzzy spots that appear on the bats’ nose and wings. From Canada to Oklahoma, scientists are searching caves and mines to determine how a devastating invasive fungal bat disease called white-nose syndrome will behave when it hits native bat populations in the West. last_img read more

Coral Springs Dispatchers Fired For Mishandling 911 Call of Shooting

first_imgTwo Coral Springs dispatchers were fired and a supervisor suspended after a Broward woman called 911 dispatch three times in one night to report someone shot at her..but no officers showed up. 911 Dispatcher-911 CallCoral Springs Police Chief Clyde Parry says officers didn’t even realize the incident had occured at firstFL 911 Dispatcher a shootingOfficials began to look into how the supervisor could have mishandled the call…including looking at her Internet history, which showed she was logged into a Netflix account at the time of the call.last_img

The Latest: All pro tennis called off through June 7

first_imgThe league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed.The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___1:35 p.m.AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak. In addition, Freeman says he’ll donate another $25,000 to the Salvation Army.___4:55 p.m.The 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race has been postponed for three months because of the coronavirus outbreak and will now run from Sept. 19-20.The race was initially set for June 13-14. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):2:15 p.m.All men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments through June 7 are being called off because of the new coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The International Tennis Federation also put a halt to its lower-tier events until June 7.___2:05 p.m.Another Atlanta sports star is following the lead of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman says he’ll match Ryan’s donation of $50,000 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which distributes food to the needy, and $50,000 to the Giving Kitchen, which aides food service workers who are financially hit by the coronavirus outbreak. The Swedish soccer association must now decide whether to accept the clubs’ request.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The clubs say in a statement that their decision is supported by broadcasters, fans and the country’s main supporters’ union.The clubs say “work remains on establishing a new plan for the year and sorting out the exact dates for the start and other rounds.”___ ___1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.“Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year. Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina says starting on May 3 should allow the league to finish by June 30 but if that’s not possible “there must be a change in format.”Gravina also says “a salary cut for soccer players can not be a taboo in this period of emergency.”___3:35 p.m.Clubs in the top two soccer leagues in Sweden say they do not want to start the new season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak. 1:20 p.m.Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary. 4:20 p.m.The Austrian soccer league is making plans to extend its suspension until May and take advantage of UEFA’s decision to postpone the European Championship.The Austrian Bundesliga says its clubs agreed they could restart in early May and play until the end of June.The league says “should the situation in general ease and make a resumption of play possible, the clubs will immediately consult about concrete start dates and draw up an alternative schedule.”UEFA moved the European Championship to 2021, freeing up space for European leagues to finish seasons disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak before many players’ contracts expire on June 30. The Latest: All pro tennis called off through June 7 3:30 p.m.Spanish soccer team Alavés says 15 people in its club have become infected with the coronavirus: three players, seven members of its coaching staff and five other employees.The club had already reported that two members of its staff were infected.Valencia and Espanyol said earlier this week that their clubs have also been hit by the virus.Valencia said Monday that 35% of its squad and coaching staff are infected, while Espanyol said on Tuesday that six members of its squad and staff have it.center_img ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The new date will also impact other races on the World Endurance Championship’s calendar.___4:50 p.m.FIFA is looking to set up a hardship fund to help soccer stakeholders affected by the coronavirus outbreak.FIFA says it will “analyze if a support fund at global level will be required” and how it might operate. ___8:50 a.m.The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year.The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships.The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball. The ATP and WTA announced Wednesday that the entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled” — a day after the start of the French Open, also played on that surface, was postponed from May to September.The tours had said last week they would suspend play until late April or early May.The tournaments affected by the tours’ suspensions include combined men’s and women’s events in Madrid and Rome.Also being scrapped are upcoming WTA tournaments in Strasbourg, France, and Rabat, Morocco, along with ATP events in Munich; Estoril, Portugal; Geneva; and Lyon, France.Both tours also said that their rankings will be frozen “until further notice.” March 18, 2020 Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey hasn’t ruled out the prospect of holding some spring football practices, but he’s not all that optimistic.Sankey says on a conference call with reporters that “practically that window’s pretty narrow.” The SEC and other conferences have canceled championships for spring sports and spring football games, and suspended athletic activities until at least April 15.“That doesn’t mean we’ll be back to normal practice activities April 16,” Sankey said.He also cited federal recommendations limiting the size of gatherings.___ According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300).The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus.The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus.___ All three clubs say their infected members are in good health.___3 p.m.All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date. A conference call with the presidents of FIFA and the six continental governing bodies agreed to proposals made Tuesday by Gianni Infantino.Infantino’s offer for FIFA to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization was approved.Soccer’s stalled season could be delayed beyond its traditional June 30 finish so FIFA will look to amend or have temporary rules relating to player contracts and trading windows.___12:36 p.m. ___3:40 p.m.Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says the country’s top soccer league is likely to resume on May 3.Spadafora says “then we will evaluate whether it’s open to the public or not.”Italy was one of the first countries to suspend its soccer leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.last_img read more

Zetlin ponders NBA ‘what ifs?’

first_imgThe ping pong balls bounced correctly in ’97The Celtics finished the 1996-97 regular season with thebest chance of receiving the No. 1 pick in the draft thanks to a poor recordand a pair of picks. In most sports, that equates to having the first pick inthe upcoming draft.Not in the NBA.At the time, University of Kentucky head coach Rick Pitinodecided to leave the Wildcats in pursuit of coaching the next dominant big man:Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan. Pitino signed with the Celtics, but the balls bouncedtoward the Lone Star, not the Bay, State. The Spurs ended up with Duncan andhave subsequently created a dynasty. The Celtics took Chauncey Billups with thethird pick and haven’t made it to the NBA Finals since. Orlando took Parker in ’01The Magic had two first round picks in 2001. They selectedSteven Hunter from DePaul with the 15th pick and Jeryl Sasser from SMU with No.22.Don’t worry, I haven’t heard of them either.The Spurs stole Tony Parker with the last pick in the firstround. Imagine the Frenchman and Dwight Howard on the same team. A true pointguard is just what Orlando needs.Good thing there’s plenty coming in this year’s draft. The Cavs had taken Amare in ’02Instead, they took Dajaun Wager from Memphis at No. 6.LeBron and Amare playing together? Need I say more? The Bucks didn’t immediately trade Dirk to Dallas afterthe ’98 DraftSorry, I had to. The Hawks had taken Chris PaulThe Wake Forest point guard was on the board in 2005 at No.2 (so was Illinois point guard Deron Williams), but Atlanta opted to take UNCsixth man Marvin Williams from Roy Williams’ championship squad.Think the Hawks were impressive against the C’s last week?Imagine CP3 running the show in Hotlanta.Silly. The Lakers actually traded KobeIt seems like ages ago that No. 24 wanted out of LosAngeles. But just months later, the Lakers finished first in the talent-filledWest and look poised to at least contend for a championship.After Bryant whined over the offseason, Lakers GeneralManager Mitch Kupchak decided it was time to make some moves. Youngster AndrewBynum started to blossom, then they traded for Pau Gasol. And the rest, well,we’ll have to wait and see.But just think about Kobe in a Bulls uniform — which almostactually happened — perhaps donning No. 23? We’d probably be discussing aBoston-Chicago Eastern Conference Final. Wouldn’t that be fun? The Pistons didn’t take DarkoWhich one of these names is not like the other: LeBronJames, Darko Milicic, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade?Detroit took Darko. Think about the Pistons with one of theother three (LeBron wasn’t available at No. 2). I think they would have wonmore than just one championship.Enough said.center_img The Suns hadn’t traded for ShaqYou don’t need to imagine this one; you’ve already seen itfor the last few seasons. The Suns weren’t getting over the hump with ShawnMarion. They couldn’t beat the Spurs last year — even had Amare Stoudamire notbeen suspended for Game 6, Shaq didn’t slow them down or make them any worse.Hindsight is 20/20. I still like the trade. To tell you the truth, I’ve never been a huge NBA fan.College hoops concluded by March Madness has always been my thing. I’ve alwaysbeen a proponent of team basketball, as opposed to the isolationist, one-on-onegame seen in the NBA during recent years. I always thought professional playerstook possessions, quarters, even games off and played defense, oh, every oncein a while.Although I still believe nothing in sports compares to theBig Dance, I must admit I was wrong.This year’s NBA playoffs have done everything butdisappoint. The Celtics-Hawks series went down to the wire as we saw a youngteam led by future star Joe Johnson — who was traded by the Celtics to theSuns in 2002 — emerge. Somehow Kobe is still able to baffle us, and Chris Paulcontinues to show the world why he is the game’s most complete point guard.The West is completely up for grabs, and after Atlanta tookBoston to seven games, the East looks wider open as well.These playoffs should continue to excite, but as I watch, Ican’t help but wonder, “what if?”Countless numbers of trades, signings and draft picks havestacked up to formulate these postseason rosters. I’m aware that had certaindeals taken (or not taken) place, subsequent moves may or may not havefollowed. But, in honor of summer on the horizon, let’s have some fun.That said, imagine if… The Celtics hadn’t given up on BillupsSubstitute Rajon Rondo — one of the most exciting, but worstshooting point guards in the league — with Billups. Then the C’s would havesharpshooter Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Mr. Big Shot all on the court in crunchtime with Kevin Garnett.Never would happen. But wow. Utah stayed domestic in ’03The Jazz took Serbian Alexsander Pavlovic at No. 19 thatyear. Kendrick Perkins went 27th and Josh Howard went 29th. The Jazz could useboth right about now as they stare Kobe in the face down 0-1. Derek is a sophomore majoring in economics. He’ll be inMadison all summer, so if you want to talk sports, you can e-mail him [email protected]last_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Badgers find new identity as season begins

first_imgThe absence of Ethan Happ is conjuring up many questions about the future of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (1-1) this season. It also is leaving many people skeptical about the where the offensive production will be coming from. This might be part of the reason why the Badgers were left out of the AP preseason top-25 poll to start the year. But the absence of Ethan Happ might just be a blessing in disguise for the Badgers.In the 2018-2019 season, Ethan Happ started in 34 games playing a total of 1088 minutes. Not only did he rarely leave the floor, but the ball rarely ever left his hands either. Happ was responsible for putting up 24.9% of all shots taken by Wisconsin throughout the entire season.Individually, Happ was efficient on the offensive side of the ball by shooting 53% from the field, converting 257 of his 485 field goal attempts. Happ was responsible for scoring 589 of the Badgers’ 2333 points all of last season. So yes, individually Happ scored a lot of points and produced a generous amount of the total offense for the Badgers, but the real question to ask is, how efficient was it?The Badgers were scoring only 68.6 points per game last season. This was detailed with season lows of 46 points against Virginia, 52 points against Minnesota and Michigan, 56 points in a second meeting with Minnesota, 55 points against Michigan State and then a disappointing 54 points in their first-round exit of the NCAA tournament last season against Oregon. The Badgers ranked 277th out of 353 Division I college basketball teams in points per game last season.Men’s Basketball: Diving deep into Badgers’ prospects for 2019-2020Ethan Happ has been the unquestioned leader of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team over the past three seasons. Read…Happ’s inability to step outside and shoot the three was also problematic for the Badgers last year as Happ found himself double-teamed in the post frequently. The constant pressure led to 104 turnovers by the big man and a very predictable offense to defend.With all of this being said, this is no knock on Happ. He was a phenomenal athlete who accomplished a lot in his collegiate career and was one of the best players to ever play for Wisconsin. However, he undoubtedly slowed down the offensive efficiency for the Badgers due to the attention he drew on himself and his one-dimension style of play. This is why the departure of Happ should lead to optimistic hope in Madison. Now Nate Reuvers will take over in the low post at the center position. Reuvers will provide a much more versatile approach to the offense with his ability to knock down the three along with his shot-blocking presence in the low post.This year without Happ, the Badgers will be forced to share the ball more and look to have a much more balanced attack on the offensive. During their exhibition match against UW-La Crosse, the Badgers had five scorers in double figures, a balanced attack as Kobe King said.“Even in our scrimmage we had pretty balanced scoring,” King said. “It could be anybody’s night.”Men’s Basketball: Badgers absent from AP top 25 rankingsDisappointingly, the 2019-2020 Wisconsin men’s basketball team is not ranked amongst the top 25 teams in the country in the Read…The Badgers will be forced to look to everyone on the court for scoring production this season. Their team is perfectly capable of producing big numbers with guys like D’Mitrik Trice and Brad Davison handling the ball, complemented by aggressive wings in Aleem Ford and King who will be looking to drive to the basket.“We got guys who can kind of create and hit shots,” Kind said. “It‘s nice to have that kind of depth. It doesn’t really put a lot of pressure on one person. I think that will help us make a deep run.”King is one of those players, and this season he will be looking to finally make his mark and establish himself as a dominant force in the Wisconsin offense.“It‘s good to see that he is confident,” Head Coach Greg Gard said of King. “He had the whole offseason to prepare, where a year ago he didn’t.”Kobe King — former Mr. Basketball of the state of Wisconsin — was sidelined due to an injury in his true freshman season, and then only played in a limited role coming off the bench last season. King was scoring 4.2 points per game in his 19 minutes per game.“Kobe has worked, Kobe has improved his game, improved his body,” Gard said. “It‘s good to see him stepping up. He has had a good offseason and a good preseason. He is ready for his opportunity.”Basketball: A day in the life of a UW basketball hopefulThree minutes. That’s essentially what about 50 guys went through hell and back for last Wednesday night when they flooded Read…Another major area the offense can improve on for this upcoming season is free-throw shooting. The Badgers only shot 64.8% on free throws last season, much of which came from Happ’s dismal 46.6% from the line.“We got to get better at the line, and we will be,” King said. “The more we shoot in the Kohl Center, the better we will get. Coach Gard said we are all capable of making 80% of our free throws, so we will definitely grow in that area.”A 15% increase in free throws would significantly help the offensive efficiency for the Badgers. Getting to the line is not the issue for the Badgers, as Coach Gard explained.“That is step one, now we need to convert,” Gard said.We will see what lays ahead for the Wisconsin offense and how they will perform this upcoming season against top tier defenses. According to RPI college basketball’s ranking of strength of schedule, the Badgers will be facing the 22nd toughest schedule in the nation, a difficult task given the team’s youth and inexperience.last_img read more