Gumboots is an inspirational short film that was originally made in a longer version for the Durban Film Festival.(Image: Filminute) The 60-second film Gumboots, directed by Cape Town-based Bauke Brouwer, has become the first South African production to make the shortlist of the Filminute international film festival.Filminute is hosted entirely online throughout September, making it accessible to film lovers in any country. It is the only film festival that can be experienced in full in less than 30 minutes.The South African movie industry has enjoyed a great deal of the international film fest limelight recently, with productions such as Themba: A Boy Called Hope, The Bang Bang Club, Life Above All, and Hopeville attracting respect, and awards.Gumboots is one of 25 finalists from 18 countries and is up against entries from the Czech Republic, Finland, Japan, Hungary, Iceland, India, Malaysia, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, the UK and the US.Turkey and Poland, with South Africa, are the other debutantes for 2010. This year’s festival attracted more than 1 000 applications, and now the 25 finalists will face off against each other in one of four categories: Feature Minute (live action), Animation, Documentary and Fan film.Gumboots is also in the running for the People’s Choice accolade, which is awarded by the audience. Anyone with a valid email address may vote, but only once, and votes can be cast online. Winners will be announced after 30 September 2010, when the festival ends.All films can be viewed in the online screening room. To view Gumboots, visit www.filminute.com/2010/screeningroom/index.php?id=114.The films can also be viewed on Facebook. The social media platform is expected to generate lively online discussion and boost the festival’s viewing figures. According to festival organisers, Facebook was responsible for 31% of the site’s traffic on the first day.Short film successThe Netherlands-born Brouwer moved to South Africa at the age of nine. After finishing school he took up studies at Media Village and went on to complete an internship at film production company The Refinery. His freelance editing career has seen him work for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, followed by a three-year stint at e.tv, after which he pursued a long-time interest in directing. His first short film was titled Open Doors.Gumboots, originally about five minutes in length, was made for the 2010 Durban International Film Festival as an entrant in the short film challenge, which calls on filmmakers to make a short film in three weeks, with no budget, and using only volunteers as cast and crew. It made the top 10 in that event.The film features a young pupil named Thando, whose ambition is to take part in the school’s upcoming talent competition as a gumboot dancer. However, a gang of bullies have other ideas and they ambush him and steal his boots, leaving him despondent and angry.With the support of the other members of his dance group he plucks up the courage to stand up to the bullies and demand the return of his boots, meaning the talent competition is no longer just a dream.According to the Aficionado blog, the lead actor is a member of a dance and drama group that is part of the operations of NGO Beautiful Gate, which is based in the poor Western Cape community of Philippi. Brouwer said that the youngster was initially very shy, but once the camera rolled he turned out to be a natural.Sixty seconds of entertainmentNow in its fifth year, the Filminute festival is open to both film and animation productions of 60 seconds in length – no more and no less, according to Filminute director and head of jury John Ketchum.All shortlisted films are scrutinised and voted on by both the public and the Filminute jury, which is made up of respected experts from the fields of advertising, the arts, literature and film. Applying the same criteria that they’d use to judge a full-length feature, the jury selects the top film and also awards five commendations to worthy runners-up.The winning film should make its impact felt long after its one minute is up, and have the same influence on audiences that a successful full-length feature would have.This year the jury includes luminaries such as Michael Ondaatje, poet and author of The English Patient; Klaus Eder, general secretary of the Munich-based Federation Internationale de la Presse Cinematographique – a body of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world; Academy Award-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis (In the Valley of Elah, Casino Royale, Crash); and Kevin Roberts, worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, which operates in 83 countries.South Africa’s Neill Blomkamp is also on the panel. Blomkamp shot to international fame in 2009 as the director of the locally filmed District 9, a thought-provoking sci-fi satire featuring extra-terrestrials as refugees in South Africa.The film, with its two main themes of social segregation and xenophobia, garnered worldwide acclaim. It received four Academy Award nominations and nine Bafta nominations, and was produced by film veteran Sir Peter Jackson.District 9 was adapted from Blomkamp’s 2005 six-minute sci-fi film titled Alive in Joburg. According to Filminute, it’s the perfect example of how a short production, if based on a strong story, can successfully make the leap to a full-length feature film.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Feb. 8 report seems puzzling in the market reaction to negative numbers for soybeans. It likely means the traders care little about the numbers with weather uncertainty the dominant feature in the weeks ahead.Just before the report was released, corn was up a half cent, soybeans up 4 cents, and wheat was down 5 cents. At 12:15 pm corn was up 1 cent, soybeans up 1 cent, with wheat down 6 cents.Corn ending stocks were reduced 125 million bushels to 2.353 billion bushels due largely to exports increasing 75 million bushels. Soybean exports were cut 60 million bushels with ending stocks increasing 60 million bushels to 530 million bushels. That much of a increase is a huge surprise.Brazil soybean production was increased 2 million tons to 112 million tons. Argentina soybean production went down 2 million tons to 54 million tons.The February USDA Monthly Supply and Demand Reports are often pretty boring with little fireworks being set off. The final production numbers from January are behind us with spring planting still several weeks away. The yearly planting intentions will be on Friday, March 30. Two week from now on February 22-23 will be the annual USDA Outlook Forum. Reports those two days will detail 10-year projections for just about anything grown in the U.S. relating to livestock and grains.Weather continues to be the driver for all grains. The U.S. southeast continue to be dry as it pushed wheat up 14 cents on Wednesday. Wheat this week also crossed the 200-day moving average for the first time since August 2017. Traders will be closely watching scheduled weekend rains in Argentina where dry weather look s to be reducing both corn and soybean production.Ideas of dry weather in South America looks to be reducing their corn production potential. In addition, planting issues last fall for corn in Brazil pushed more acres to second crop corn which can mean lower yields. It could be good news for U.S. corn exports and extend our exports two to three months longer than earlier expected.The weekly U.S. export sales from earlier today had corn sales of 69.7 million bushels, soybean sales were 27.3 million bushels, while wheat was 14.5 million bushels. Corn sales were at the high end of expectations, soybean sales were above the high of expected, with wheat sales in the middle of trade expectations.Trade expectations headed into the report had the U.S. corn and wheat ending stocks decreasing while U.S. soybean ending stocks were thought to be increasing due to likely the lowering of soybean exports. World ending stocks of corn and wheat looked to decrease a small amount with world ending stocks of soybeans thought to be a very small amount higher. In South America, traders thought corn and soybean production would decline in Argentina. They pegged soybean production in Brazil to increase with their corn production to decrease.
One of the biggest mistakes many builders make is to install a heating system fueled by propane or oil heat without considering an electric heat pump. In most cases that choice is costing the owners hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars a year in higher energy bills.The graph at the right compares annual fuel costs for heat for a typical a new 2,000-square-foot Massachusetts home. A similar graph comparing the cost to operate different types of water heaters is shown below. The relative costs of the different fuel options will be similar for similar climates, but it’s important to note that natural gas is not available in many places.Given these numbers, why are builders still installing propane and oil heating systems instead of electric heat pumps? Nick Sisler is a co-founder and Engineer at Ekotrope, which provides software and energy consulting for builders. Ekotrope’s software is a RESNET accredited HERS and IECC Performance rating tool. Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. Today, heating with electricity usually means using a heat pump, and today’s heat pumps are two to four times as efficient as a resistance heater. Heat pumps are completely different products from resistance heaters, and we shouldn’t be biased just because they use the same fuel source. Is this a passing trend?It’s impossible to predict exactly how energy prices will change in the next 10 to 30 years, but the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that electricity prices will rise at an average annual rate of 0.4% between now and 2040, while oil prices will rise at 0.6% per year and propane prices will rise at 0.5% per year (excluding inflation).This means that according to the EIA, heat pumps will only look more and more favorable in the coming years. Air-source or ground-source?Ground-source (or geothermal) heat pump costs vary significantly. In genera,l a ground-source heat pump will cost at least $10,000 more than an air-source heat pump but will be more efficient.An energy modeling analysis and a financial analysis are especially valuable here, since this decision has a large financial impact. Air-Source or Ground-Source Heat Pump?Are Affordable Ground-Source Heat Pumps On the Horizon?Just Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole HouseTwo Years With a Minisplit Heat PumpHeating with a Minisplit Heat PumpReport on Our Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpPutting the Duct Back in DuctlessHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseGBA Encyclopedia: Heat Pumps: The BasicsGBA Encyclopedia: Ductless Minisplit Heat Pumps RELATED ARTICLES Heat pumps are the technology of the futureBy allowing us to heat with clean renewal energy generated by photovoltaics, wind turbines, or a hydro plant, electric heating will be an important and necessary step in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.Also, while fossil-fuel fired heaters have become about as efficient as they can possibly be, we are not very close to the theoretical limits of heat pump efficiency. So, heat pumps are only going to get better. Some people don’t trust electric heatElectric heat depends on the grid and the grid doesn’t always work. These are a few options for dealing with grid intermittency:• Backup generator. This has the side benefit of running the lights and appliances during an outage, but it will cost at least a couple of thousand dollars.• Backup heating system. The options here include a fuel-fired furnace, a boiler, or a wood-burning stove. Since it’s a backup system, efficiency can be sacrificed here to save money. A low-efficiency backup furnace system might cost about $1,000.• Tough it out. If you’re confident in the grid and willing to throw on a couple of extra layers when there is a power outage, this is obviously the most cost-effective option. If there’s a risk of losing power for days at a time in the winter, however, you’ll want a backup system to avoid frozen pipes. Ducted or ductless?The discussion at the beginning of this article assumed that a house has a forced-air heating system with ducted distribution. A heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) of 8.5 was assumed for the air-source heat pump option, which is the equivalent of a mid- to low-efficiency unit — above the Federal minimum of 7.7 HSPF but well below high efficiency units like the Carrier Infinity 20, which boasts an HSPF of up to 13! The Goodman SSZ14 is an example of a commonly used unit; it has an HSPF of 8.5.Ductless systems are more cost-effective and energy-efficient than ducted systems. They alleviate the need for costly, leaky ductwork, but they aren’t as aesthetically pleasing as ducted systems and it can be tricky to ensure conditioned air is properly distributed to all rooms of the house.Relatively small homes that are well-insulated for their climate zone are the best candidates for going ductless. Builder Carter Scott’s homes are an excellent example of how to use ductless minisplits effectively in a relatively cold climate. His relatively small homes are superinsulated, and can be heated with a couple of minisplit units. For homes that aren’t as well-insulated, ductless heat pumps can also work great in auxiliary applications — like a bonus room, addition or apartment, where it’s desirable to have a separate, small heating and cooling system. Heat pumps aren’t as efficient when it’s coldWhen an air-source heat pump is working, it is actually pulling heat from the cooler outside air. As the outside air gets colder, the heat pump gets less efficient. For instance, today’s heat pumps will have a coefficient of performance (COP) of around 4 at 50°F and a COP of 1.5 at -10°F. This means that heat pumps will perform better in more temperate climates — although they don’t do that bad in cold climates.The paper Climate Impacts on Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) for Air Source Heat Pumps (Fairey et al.) provides recommendations for accurately modeling the efficiency of air-source heat pumps in different climates. These recommendations are taken into account in the algorithm used to calculate the energy bill results shown in the graphs included above and below. High efficiency levels on temperate days more than make of up for low efficiencies during cold spells.The issue of low-temperature efficiency is less important for ground-source heat pumps, because ground temperature is a lot more consistent than air temperature.In addition to providing cost savings compared to propane and oil, heat pumps have some other important benefits:• They are safe. Since there is no combustion in the house, there is less risk of air quality problems from carbon monoxide.• They are convenient. No fuel tank or delivery is required, as is the case for propane and oil.• They are clean. Fossil-fuel-fired equipment (especially oil-fired equipment) needs to be cleaned periodically. Cleaning is not necessary for electric equipment. “I always thought electric heat was less efficient”This is one common response I hear from builders when suggesting electric heat. This response is a product of history. Historically, heating with electricity meant resistance heaters. Resistance heat was common until the development and wide adoption of small, safe, and efficient fossil-fuel fired heating equipment.
Toyota launched the new Innova Crysta in India exactly a year ago, which replaced the outgoing popular MPV, the Innova. A year has passed, and Toyota is planning to add a new variant to the most loved MPV in India, in the form of Innova Crysta Touring Sport. Toyota will most likely launch the new Innova Crysta Touring Sport edition in India on May 4, reports suggest.Launched as Innova Crysta Venturer in Indonesia, Toyota will bring this variant to India in the form of the new Innova Crysta Touring Sport variant and will be only available in the top-end ZX trim. According to reports, the new Innova Crysta Touring Sport Edition will only get cosmetic changes while sporting the same mechanics.Price:We expect the new Sport Touring Crysta to be around Rs 25,000- Rs 30,000 more than the current generation top end variant of Innova Crysta. The ZX trim of Innova Crysta is priced at Rs 20.93 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Toyota Innova Crysta Touring SportDesign:In terms of cosmetic changes, the Innova Crysta Touring Sport Edition will get a Modern fog lamp with dark chrome ornament, Black Paint with dark chrome grille, Side rocker moulding with chrome plating, Black front bumper spoiler with chrome plating and Front grille boomerang ornament. At the back, the Sport Edition gets Sturdy black backdoor garnish, Black rear bumper spoiler with chrome plating, arch wheel moulding and new 17″ black alloy wheels.Toyota Innova Crysta Touring SportEngine:The Toyota Innova Crysta comes with an all-new frame and an all-new 2.8 L diesel engine for the first time with an all-new six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift. It also offers an all-new 2.4 L diesel engine with an all-new five-speed manual transmission.advertisementMoreover, the Innova Crysta gives best-in-class performance of 174 PS and 360 Nm torque while offering fuel economy of 14.29 Km/l for the 2.8L six-speed automatic transmission variant and 15.10 Km/l for the 2.4L five-speed manual transmission variant. (As per ARAI certification).Toyota Innova Crysta Touring SportDimensions:The Innova Crysta Touring Sport Edition will come with a wheelbase of Innova Crysta Touring Sport Edition 2,750mm and measures 4,735mm in length, 1,830mm in width and 1,795mm in height.Toyota Innova Crysta Touring SportFeatures:On the features list the Crysta Touring Sport edition will get an 8-inch advanced entertainment system with voice command, automatic climate control, new Premium Leather seat and Smart entry key.Toyota Innova Crysta Touring SportSafety Features:On the safety front, the Innova Crysta Touring Sport Edition gets ABS, EBD, Vehicle Stability control, Hill assist control and ISOFIX for child safety.ALSO READ:2017 Toyota Corolla Altis launched in India at Rs 15.87 lakhALSO READ:Toyota to launch new Touring Sport variant of the Innova Crysta in April
BMW is all set to launch the all new 5 Series in India tomorrow, as the company will look to regain its spot in the luxury sedan segment which has competition from 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB and Volvo S90. The 2017 BMW 5 Series was first launched in India back in 2010, while the 2017 5 Series was showcased at the North American International Auto Show last year.While the new 5 Series is brought to India with the CKD unit, it is locally assembled at the company’s Chennai plant. Moreover, you can also pre-book the 2017 5 Series with an initial token amount of Rs 2 lakh – Rs 3 lakh depending on the variant. Deliveries should commence from July 1, 2017.2017 BMW 5 SeriesBefore the launch, we tell you everything that you need to know about the 2017 BMW 5 Series. Engine:The all new BMW 5 series will come with two engine options- a new 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder inline engine in the BMW 530i supersedes the gasoline unit previously fitted in the BMW 528i. The turbocharged direct injection engine delivers its peak output of 248 hp and puts its maximum torque of 349Nm. The BMW 530i sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds (5.8 seconds with xDrive) and reaches a top speed of 209kmph.2017 BMW 5 SeriesThe range-topping engine for the time being can be found in the new BMW 540i and generates 335 hp. The 3.0-litre inline 6-cylinder musters up a mighty 450Nm of torque. The BMW 540i sedan powers from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and top speed is electronically-limited to 209kmph.Design:The familiar BMW kidney grille is flanked by twin circular headlights with the headlight housings now connecting with the kidney grille. The adaptive full LED headlights alter the light graphic and can be specified as an option. With adaptive full LED headlights, the LED tubes of the daytime running lights are hexagonal and extend to meet the kidney grille.advertisement2017 BMW 5 SeriesDimension:The all-new BMW 5 Series sedan remains the quintessential midsize sport sedan. The new BMW 5 Series Sedan is 30mm longer than the outgoing model 7.62 mm wider and 15.24mm taller. Its wheelbase measures 2974.34mm, an increase of 5mm.2017 BMW 5 SeriesFeatures:The latest version of Gesture control which premiered last year in the all-new BMW 7 Series is now available as an option in the all-new BMW 5 Series. Navigation, telephone, entertainment features and vehicle functions can be visualized on the standard high-resolution 10.25-inch screen. Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC), the new and improved Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go.Competition:The new generation BMW 5 Series will compete against the likes of new generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB, Jaguar XF, Audi A6 and Volvo S90 in India.2017 BMW 5 SeriesPrice:We expect the 2017 BMW 5 Series to come with a price tag of Rs 50 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 62 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).2017 BMW 5 SeriesALSO READ:BMW begins production of 5 series at Chennai plantALSO READ:2017 BMW 5 Series to launch in India on June 29ALSO READ:BMW commence bookings for new 5 Series in India ahead of launch
Below is an article from the TouchWest homepage re the loss of Shirley de la Hunty. Olympic track and field champion and TouchWest patron Shirley de la Hunty has passed away at her Perth home aged 78. A winner of seven Olympic medals, including three gold medals, Shirley was always thrilled to attend recent TouchWest State Championships and schools Touch events. She was without question one of WA’s finest sports people of all time. All the members of TouchWest pass on our sympathy to the family of Shirley de la Hunty.
OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) sacks Tulsa redshirt senior quarterback Dane Evans during the first quarter against Tulsa on Sept. 10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorCoach Urban Meyer and the No. 3 Ohio State football team head to Norman, Oklahoma for Saturday’s battle with the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners. The last two opponents, Bowling Green and Tulsa, provided few challenges for the Buckeyes, but this game is a little different.“I think the two (teams) we’ve faced, they’re both going to win games. This one’s real, real real,” Meyer said.Oklahoma will be the most potent offense OSU has faced to date in 2016, possibly all season. Redshirt junior quarterback Baker Mayfield is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate who has an elite arm and the ability to scramble and avoid tacklers to extend plays. He has completed 71.7 percent of his passes for 567 yards and five touchdowns.Along with Mayfield, the Sooners’ backfield has NFL-like talent in both of their running backs. OSU associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said he believes junior Samaje Perine and sophomore Joe Mixon are two of the top five running backs in college football.For OSU to slow down coach Bob Stoops’ offense, the defensive line will have to put pressure on Mayfield and contain the run game, something OSU has struggled with at times thus far.“They have a big offensive line and we got to stop the run first,” said redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard.For some perspective on the size of the Oklahoma offensive line, its five starters average height is 6-foot-6 and average almost 315 pounds in weight. Left tackle Orlando Brown boosts most of those stats, standing at 6-foot-8, 340 pounds.Hubbard registered his first sack on Saturday against Tulsa for an 11 yard loss on a third down in the first quarter. He finished the day with three tackles, all of which came in the backfield.The Buckeyes have totaled four sacks so far this year, compared to last year’s six sacks through two games. Replacing former defensive end Joey Bosa and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington was never going to be an easy task, but the team’s two sack leaders from 2015 in Hubbard and redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis returned this year and lead a D-line that has underperformed statistically.On Saturday, this is an opportunity for the unit to establish itself in the national picture.“We want to make that statement because we believe we are one of the best units in the country,” Hubbard said. “It’s going to put us on the national stage for everyone else to think that, so it’s a big opportunity for us.” For Hubbard, Lewis and junior defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes will be tested going up against the physically intimidating Brown on the Sooner offensive line. He added that he hasn’t ever tried to move someone that big, but it’s important for him to be violent with his hands, if he and the D-line hope to get to Mayfield in the backfield.More than ever, this week’s preparation is critical for the defense. Hubbard said that going up against redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett has improved the play of the defense because Barrett is just as elusive as Mayfield.Saturday also serves as the first statement game for the young defensive lineman like redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, redshirt freshman Robert Landers and freshman Nick Bosa. Schiano said he’s excited to see how his young guys respond to the environment awaiting the Buckeyes at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.“This is big-boy football. Do we know how they are going to respond? No. A lot of these guys have never been in this situation,” Schiano said. “As a coach, you just try to prepare them the best they can. I believe we have the right people here, but that gap between knowing and doing is the biggest gap there is.”For someone who has played in games against Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame, Sam Hubbard said a game like this is the reason he plays at OSU.“I want to get there and make a big play,” he said. “I know Tyquan does, and everyone on the line does.”
It was a win, but nothing came easy for the Buckeyes.The Ohio State women’s basketball team took down Iowa, 91-85, in overtime Saturday night, advancing to the Big Ten Tournament final.Tied 37-37 at halftime, the Buckeyes roared back to take out the Hawkeyes for their second straight tournament win in Hoffman Estates, Ill.Freshman forward Alexa Hart connected on a free throw with 17 seconds to play to give OSU an 81-79 lead, but the Hawkeyes answered with a layup at the three-second mark to tie the game and force overtime.Iowa held the Big Ten’s leading scorer, OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell, to 21 points in regulation, but she took over in overtime with a pair of 3-pointers and two late free throws, sealing the win for the Buckeyes.OSU is set to face No. 1 seeded Maryland in Sunday’s championship battle at 7 p.m.
Urban Meyer raises the Cotton Bowl trophy following the end of game against the University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIt did not take long for the headlines to start appearing, all with a common theme: Ohio State dominates USC in 24-7 victory in Cotton Bowl.Just as soon after those headlines appeared did people begin to criticize the College Football Playoff committee’s decision to omit Ohio State from the top-four teams.But this game proved one thing to me: the committee got it right. Neither No. 5 Ohio State nor No. 8 USC deserved to be included in the playoff.The score shows a defensive battle between two Power Five champions. But the game looked quite the opposite of how the score turned out.USC quarterback Sam Darnold seemed to have Ohio State’s number right out of the gate. He made tough throws look easy and receivers often made similarly challenging catches look routine. He completed 26-of-45 passes for 356 yards, 79 more yards than Ohio State had total offense.The problem for USC and for Darnold was that what mistakes he made, they were major. The pick-6 he threw into the hands of safety Damon Webb was a terrible read, and Webb made him pay. The two fumbles he had were both the result of a constant torment of pressure from Ohio State’s defensive line that the USC offensive line failed to stop for much of the day. His top receiver, Deontay Burnett, also had a bad fumble in Ohio State territory that set the Buckeyes up in great field position. And overall, Ohio State scored 21 of its 24 total points after turnovers. Similarly, the only points USC was able to put on the board came when H-back and punt returner K.J. Hill muffed a punt on the Ohio State 15-yard line. Neither team scored in the second half. The only real chance either team had came when USC missed a 28-yard field goal attempt that bounced off the right upright.USC’s offense crossed the 50-yard line just seven times when it didn’t begin with the ball off a turnover, and Ohio State managed to cross it only three times when not set up by a turnover. Ohio State’s offense, which ranked No. 5 in scoring entering the game, had 13 total first downs while USC, led by a likely top-five NFL draft pick quarterback and a potential early-round running back, had 23.If Ohio State was a playoff team, it would have dominated a porous rushing defense that had given up 1,195 rushing yards to just five other top-30 rushing attacks. It would have decimated a passing defense that had allowed the 30th-most passing yards per game (246.5 per game). It would not have struggled to run the ball and muster just 163 yards on 38 carries. It would not have only passed for 114 yards and completed just 11-of-17 passes. And on the flip side, Ohio State’s defense should have been better against Darnold. While it forced some crucial turnovers, Darnold deserved more blame than Ohio State credit for his interception. He made some throws that were tough to make, but there were plenty others that were more the result of poor coverage. Ohio State’s defensive line and offensive line were really the only two units that lived up to the billing of a potential playoff team. The defensive line dominated USC to the tune of 14 tackles for loss, including eight sacks. On the other side, Ohio State’s offensive line only allowed four tackles for loss, three being sacks.But a playoff-caliber team needs to click more than Ohio State did against USC. Had that been a Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia or Alabama, Ohio State probably does not come out on the winning side of that matchup. It might not have been shutout again, but the way that offense played against a middle-of-the-road USC defense would not have fared well against top-six defenses like Alabama and Clemson. The way Darnold tore Ohio State apart, there is little doubt a Baker Mayfield, who already torched the Buckeyes once this season, would have again had his way with them. Ohio State had a fine season. It ended as Big Ten and Cotton Bowl champions. But it was not a playoff team. I’m sure if Alabama loses to Clemson, many will berate the committee for getting the No. 4 team wrong. But Alabama would have to lay an Ohio State vs. Clemson 2016-edition egg for this to look like the wrong decision by the committee.
Ohio State then-sophomore attack Tre Leclaire walks off the field with his teammates after scoring his first goal of the game in the first quarter against Michigan on April 13, 2018. Ohio State beat the Wolverines 8-5. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor in ChiefThe No.16 Ohio State’s men lacrosse team opens up its season at noon this Saturday when it squares off against Cleveland State at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Ohio State is just two seasons removed from being the NCAA men’s lacrosse runner-up, though a departure of key veterans from that year’s team led to a letdown year in 2018, with the Buckeyes finishing just 8-7 overall and missing the NCAA tournament. Ohio State will return two All-Americans in 2019, junior attacking midfielder Tre Leclaire and junior midfielder Ryan Terefenko. Both Leclaire and Terefenko were named Players to Watch by the Big Ten in January, as was senior midfielder Jack Jasinski. Leclaire has been a consistent threat for Ohio State in the past two years, finishing second in team points in his freshman season with 65 and leading the team in 2018 with 37. The Buckeyes defense will be a critical point to keep an eye on this season after senior defenders Ben Randall, Erik Evans and Freddy Freibott graduated from Ohio State and advanced on to Major League Lacrosse teams.“We lost three All-American caliber guys, and, at the end of the day, you hope to develop the next wave of defenseman,” head coach Nick Myers said.Senior defender Matt Borges said despite the veteran departures, the mentality of playing strong defense has not changed on the team, and Ohio State still believes it will be a program built on its defenders.“We’re excited to prove people that we are the same team, and that is a credit to the coaching,” Borges said.Borges noted that while he expects the defense to remain strong, he believes the team will take on a different look than in years past. He said this season, depth appears to be a strength for a team that was young in 2018, and that the athleticism of the players has the team excited about what the year could hold.Ohio State had scrimmages in January against Hill Academy, Robert Morris and No. 2 Duke. Myers said both Robert Morris and Duke specifically helped test the team differently and provided challenges that will help the team going forward.Many of the team’s freshmen and sophomore players stepped up last season. Replacing Jake Withers as the team’s face-off specialist, sophomore midfielder Justin Inacio was crucial to the Buckeyes in 2018 in the circle, winning 130 of his team-leading 212 face-offs. He finished the year with Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. Sophomore JT Bugliosi also came up big for the Buckeyes, recording 12 points with eight goals and four assists.“Your freshmen and sophomore year is where you see the biggest jump in terms of your comfortability, and understanding what to expect,” Myers said. “With that sophomore class and guys in key roles, we are certainly looking forward to taking another big step.”The Buckeyes will also field two junior captains this season, with junior midfielder Ryan Terefenko and junior defenseman Jeff Henrick both receiving the honor. This will be the first time in 19 years that Ohio State will have two junior captains. The team begins the season against Cleveland State at home at noon on Saturday.