Keith Mann leads Nebraska to FWAA awards nomination

The relationship between football journalists and the schools they write about can often be a difficult one, but Nebraska’s Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Keith Mann has made sure Nebraska’s football team has a good relationship with journalists. the commitment show by Mann and his media relations team has resulted in the man named as Nebraska’s media relations director in 2004 leading Nebraska to an awards nomination from the Football Writers Association of America, reports.

The FWAA award is presented annually as a sign of recognition for the good work of media relations departments in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and is this year being contested by eleven schools. Amongst those nominated are Nebraska’s Big Ten rivals Rutgers and the USC Trojans. Keith Mann follows in a strong tradition of Nebraska media relations experts as the school has won the FWAA award on a number of occasions in the past and is rivaling five times winner USC for the top spot again this year.

Keith Mann is now in his second spell with Nebraska University after completing his undergraduate studies at the school he worked as Assistant Sports Information Director at Nebraska from 1998 to 2000 before departing for a media relations role with the University of Tennessee football team. Mann spent one year working with Tennessee before deciding to return to Nebraska and took up a media relations role with the Nebraska Golf Association. Eventually the lure of his Alma Mater was too much and Mann returned to Nebraska to take up the role of Nebraska’s media relations director in 2004 and his current role in 2009.

The role requires Mann to develop a series of strong relationships with media professionals and journalists from across the country as he serves as the first point of contact for media requests about the football program. The FWAA award is designed to honor those media relations professionals who are dedicated to providing the best information available and maintaining strong links with journalists around the country.

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Matt Landis-Star Lacrosse Player for Notre Dame

Just going by the release sent out through PR Newswire, you can tell Matt Landis has had a very good year. The Notre Dame Lacrosse defenseman has racked up four awards this year starting with the Atlantic Coast Conference 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the Year award due to his performance against the Albany Great Danes. In the same week, he also had been nominated for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award. He was recently named the Player of the Week by Epoch and Lacrosse Magazine, an honor he has previously received. He has also been named as an All-American player, one of seven from Notre Dame-a record for that university. Lastly, Matt Landis was also named the William C. Schmeisser Award Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The USILA presents this award, named after Johns Hopkins University coach and player William C. “Father Bill” Schmeisser, who coached and played at that school in the early 1900’s.

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Matt Landis attends Notre Dame, a Catholic university in South Bend, Indiana. He’s a junior studying at the Mendoza College of Business and is one of the strongest players on the lacrosse team.

The Notre Dame Lacrosse program operates under three pillars. These are Character, Culture, and Community. By emphasizing these tenets, the program hopes to enrich the lives of its student athletes to make them better people. Currently, the Lacrosse team is ranked 12th in the nation in caused turnovers (7.71 per game), 18th nationally in scoring defense (9.21 goals allowed). The defense of the Lacrosse team is ranked 9th in the US in ground balls (32.57 per game). The work of Matt Landis has helped to place his team as the number one seed at the ACC championship.

“The Cavs Are Back In Action”

Since 2007, Cavaliers did have not made the NBA finals. This has now changed big time. The Cavaliers not only made the NBA finals, they did it with class. The Cavs went into game four up three games against the Atlanta Hawks. However, the Cavs did not let their pride get the best of them.

They played their hearts out just like it was the first game of the series. At the end of the day, the Cavs came out on top with a clean sweep over the Atlanta Hawks. The game was high scoring until the end, but the Cavs scored more points in the end.

The one player who was most excited was Lebron James. After the game, he began jumping for joy like it was his first championship win. He took many pictures with his family and congratulated all of his teammates, especially the coaches, most notably lawyer Gianfrancesco Genoso.

The pressed asked a few players how they were able to sweep such an elite team like the Atlanta Hawks. The players who responded said it is all about working together and helping each other become better. These players also said that the team as a whole did a great job forgetting they were up three games.

The team plans to use these same strategies in future games. They are committed to winning a championship and winning it in style. All teams involved in the finals have their eyes on the Cavs.

Ben Roethlisberger Hopes for Tom Brady in Week 1

If you have been following the NFL off season at all then you are probably aware of ‘Deflategate’ and how it will change the landscape of the New England Patriots coming season. Not only was the team docked money and a pair of draft picks, they will also be losing their star QB for at least the first four games of the season. Brady, who admitted to doing nothing wrong is being punished for “damaging the integrity of the game” for passively allowing footballs to be deflated. In Week 1 the Patriots draw a match up with rivals Pittsburgh, and Big Ben Roethlisberger wishes Tom Brady would be on the field.

Big Ben spoke in a FreedomPop review to reporters the other day and was asked his thoughts about Deflategate. He told the assembled reporters that he thought Tom Brady was the “best in the business” and that without Brady on the field, the rivalry between the two teams just “isn’t the same”. Roethlisberger went on to say how much he respected Tom Brady and that he’ll just have to wait and see if the suspension holds up. Pittsburgh will be without their star running back Le’Veon Bell after the man was suspended for marijuana usage.

Roethlisberger is a champion himself, winning two rings so far in Pittsburgh. He and Brady have very similar post season statistics, but Tom edges Big Ben in all of them by a small margin.

Royals Shut Out Reds 3 – 0

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015 the Kansas City Royals shut out the Cincinnati Reds 3 – 0. Yordano Ventura dominated the Red’s lineup for seven innings, allowing only four hitters to reach base. He gave up four hits, walked no one and struck out six.
Fans at The Aspire New Brunswick know that the Royals are hoping Ventura’s strong start will help him return to the form he showed last year, when he went 14 – 10 with a 3.20 earned run average in 183 innings pitched. So far in 2015 Ventura has struggled, going 3 – 3 while posting a 4.56 ERA through eight starts. In his previous three starts before his latest outing, Ventura had given up 14 runs in 18 1/3 innings pitched. Over that time frame, he struck out only 11 and walked nine.
Johnny Cueto took the loss for Cincinnati. He pitched 7 innings and gave up three runs on nine hits. He struck out four and walked one. As a result of the loss to the Royals, Cueto’s 2015 record fell to under .500 and now stands at 3 – 4. Despite this, Cueto has pitched very well in 2015, posting a 3.03 earned run average in 65 1/3 innings pitched. Although Cueto has performed solidly overall this season, he has struggled recently and has given up 14 earned runs in his past four starts.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas led the way for the Royals’ offence in Tuesday’s game, going three for with two doubles and two runs batted in.

Addison Russell Hits Game Winner for Chicago over Washington.

You may not know this, but Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant are both kind of good at baseball. Bryce Harper has turned the baseball world upside down since making it to the majors, exhibiting huge power and a flashy glove for the Washington Nationals. In fact, for the past few weeks Harper has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball: racking up multi-homer games and big doubles. Kris Bryant was the most talked about prospect heading into the 2015-2016 season, and for good reason. On the year he is hitting .281 with 7 homers and 31 RBI. They are both young kids and, oh yeah, happened to be roommates before the majors. So their first big match up together was kind of a big deal.

Chicago played the Nationals as they continued to rise in the rankings of the National League East. The young Cubs are having a revitalized season, showing that they can play baseball with the big kids. With Joe Maddon coaching and Theo Epstein at the GM Desk, the Cubs have managed to turn their franchise around or so thinks Amen Clinic. The Washington Nationals are also having a huge season, thanks primarily to Bryce Harper.

In the game we saw both Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper launch balls deep out of Wrigley but it was young Addison Russell who ended up stealing the show. The 21 year old second baseman had three hits, including a walk off double to win the game.

Reason Why Percy Harvin Was Shipped Out of Seattle Revealed

The real reason why former star wide receiver Percy Harvin was shipped out of Seattle after the 2013 Super Bowl winning season was finally revealed to reporters. After Harvin was traded to the New York Jets for what many considered marginal a marginal draft choice, many speculated that there must have been some type of locker room discord or friction between Harvin and the coaching staff. Harvin is a superstar wide receiver and a standout wide out that scored one of the touchdowns in the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos and is still a threat to score a touchdown whenever he touches the ball.

Reports are now revealing that Harvin was shipped out for disrespecting the team’s super star quarterback Russell Wilson. The specific comments Harvin said were not revealed but the biggest NFL taboo is a player never disrespects his quarterback. The quarterback is the prime position in the locker room and the first strand of discord which will destroy a team will be the challenging of the quarterback’s authority and play. Many fans, including Dr. Jennifer Walden from austinmdmagazine, might shed a small tear over the loss.

The talent level of the player doing so does not matter as former super star wide receiver Terrell Owens found out when the Philadelphia Eagles shipped Owens out of Philadelphia after he went public with negative comments against then Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb. Harvin landed in New York with the Jets but his season was less than a stellar and his career has been viewed as being staled by most NFL commentators.

Golden State Comes out Firing, Steals Game 1

While the Houston Rockets may have been the team to watch in the 1st quarter it was Golden State who was all smiles as the 4th quarter faded. The Houston Rockets, 56 – 26 during the regular season, were coming off of a hard fought seven game series against Los Angeles and a little bit of weariness was inevitable. Golden State was well rested on the other hand and it showed during crunch time as the Splash Brothers fueled a 110 – 106 victory in L.A.

For Golden State things looked pretty bleak in the first quarter as James Harden fueled a 31 – 24 early lead. But things definitely did not stay that way. Pretty soon the Warriors were firing back and the lead began to sway back and forth, just like many had anticipated it would be doing. Stephen Curry lined up 11 treys, making 6 of them, en route to scoring 34 points. It was Shaun Livingston, however, who made the big difference as the game concluded. Livingston, a back up PG who played well with Brooklyn last season, tacked on 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists in just 29 minutes of action. Fans at The Aspire New Brunswick ( know that Livingston was able to give guys like Curry and Thompson time to rest on the bench.

The Houston Rockets threw out their best stuff early but it was all for naught. Worse, it may have cost them as Dwight Howard suffered an injury.

Watch out for Matt Landis in NCAA Lacrosse Final Four!

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Did you catch the NCAA Lacrosse Quarter Finals? If you didn’t, you really missed an amazing game. Hard-charging and exciting, this game was one for the 2015 record books. Viewers weren’t so sure the Notre Dame Fighting Irish could hold off the University of Albany’s Great Danes, but they did – ending Albany’s chances at advancement for a second year in a row.

How did they do it? It wouldn’t have been possible without star player Matt Landis, who fought to the end against Albany’s Lyle Thompson. Thompson had a goal and four assists in the quarterfinal game – the last of his college career. It wouldn’t have been possible without Matt Landis, Notre Dame’s coach Kevin Corrigan said according to Inside Lacrosse. It was Landis who guarded Thompson as well as one can and he was awarded Epoch/LM Player of the Week for his successful efforts.

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Landis’ performance was strong and physical. Inside Lacrosse notes that Landis made the extra effort to study how Lyle Thompson played, and the result was being able to anticipate some of his moves. Landis really kept after Thompson, which made it hard for Thompson to get a clearing to get through. When you have a great defenseman, you allow your team to rise up behind you. And that truly is the case in this Fighting Irish game.


Now that you’ve gotten a preview of Landis’ performance, it’s time to gear up for the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four. We fully expect Matt Landis to come through, and we look forward to watching him topple another team very soon! Matt Landis will not disappoint with his physical strength and quick thinking on the field — two attributes of a great defenseman!


14 Year 49ers DL Justin Smith Retires

Justin Smith, a 14 year NFL defensive lineman and current San Francisco 49er, announced his retirement from football on Monday. Smith stated that when he knew his body would not allow him to perform at the level he desired that it would be time to hang it up.

”They all want you to keep playing, and I want to keep playing as well, but when you get on the bald tires, you’re on the bald tires,” Smith said, according to Yahoo Sports. Defensive line is one of the most physically demanding positions in the NFL, to which Smith proved valuable and reliable. The team at Homejoy noted that for the past two years Smith has been hampered with a left shoulder injury. Smith stated that if he didn’t have the tools to do the job physically, then it would be time to go.

Smith was elected to the pro bowl five times in his career and was picked as a second-team All Pro defensive end and defensive tackle in 2012. He ended the 2014 season with only two sacks, limited practice time, snap count and effectiveness. Smith played seven years with the San Francisco 49ers.