All politics is personal

first_imgVice President Joseph Biden swept into Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Thursday afternoon, showcasing two of the great strengths of his 40-plus years in politics: foreign policy and affability.“All foreign policy is the logical extension of human nature, with a lot less information to act on,” Biden said during a formal address to students at the Institute of Politics (IOP) at HKS. “And the same principles that relate to human interaction, they are critical in foreign policy, as well. People can tell whether or not you respect them or not.”Biden was at Harvard to deliver a broad survey of American strategic interests and foreign policy around the world, including China, the Middle East, Ukraine, and Central and South America, and to provide what he called “an honest accounting” of what it will take for the United States to thrive in the decades ahead.For more than a decade, Biden, 71, served as the chair or ranking member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as vice president he has played an unusually active role in a number of international issues, including nuclear arms reduction, international trade, and ending the Iraq War.Underscoring points first made by President Obama during his United Nations speech last week, Biden said the United States must update a post-World War II international order that “is literally fraying at the seams,” and successfully confront “immediate threats” like ISIS, Ebola, and Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, while still maintaining America’s values by “strengthening our core alliances, building relationships with emerging powers, defending and extending the international rules of the road, confronting the causes of violent extremism, and building a strong economy in the U.S. to underpin our ability to do anything abroad.”Biden said the country must take the lead on global challenges, but should not go it alone.“We can’t solve them ourselves, and we can’t ultimately solve them with force — nor should we try — but we can work to resolve these conflicts; we can seek to empower the forces of moderation and pluralism and economic growth; we can seek to delegitimize ISIL (or ISIS) in the Islamic World and their perverse ideology; we can cut off the flow of terrorist finance and foreign fighters,” he said.“Our response must be deadly serious, but we should keep this in perspective: The United States today faces threats that require attention, but we face no existential threat to our way of life or our security.”Following his prepared remarks, the affable Biden cut loose, grabbing a handheld microphone and eagerly taking questions from students as he crisscrossed the room, town hall-style.After Sietse K. Goffard ’15 introduced himself as the vice president of the undergraduate council as he prepared to ask a question, Biden’s “regular Joe” persona brought the house down. “Isn’t it a bitch, this vice president thing?” he quipped. “I’m joking, I’m joking, I’m joking: the best decision I ever made. I love the guy I work with.”In his comments, Biden flat-out rejected the notion that the United States could have identified and acted on the threat posed by ISIS a year ago, with the help of moderate allies in the region such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, or the United Arab Emirates. “It’s fiction. It did not exist,” he said, noting that these nations were too focused on opposing Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to see the potential trouble being created by arming and financing radical extremists.“So now we have a coalition, but it’s still going to be a hell of a long fight. But it cannot be, even if we wanted to, it cannot be our fight alone. This cannot be turned into a U.S. ground war against another Arab nation in the Middle East,” Biden said.Biden, who visited the IOP study group of his sister Valerie Biden Owens, a fall 2014 fellow, to chat informally before his address, told the broader student audience that they were lucky to be getting into politics at a rare, critical juncture in world history.“We are at an inflection point. The world is changing whether we like it or not,” Biden said. “The only time you get a chance to bend history a little bit is at these moments of great change. If we’re wise, if we have courage and resolve, and a little bit of luck, we can all make the world a better place, for real.”last_img read more

Equinor, Saipem join forces to develop ‘high wave’ floating solar technology

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Transitioning offshore oil industry companies Equinor and Saipem have signed a cooperation deal to develop a floating PV concept for near-coastal sites, adding to the sea-swell of market interest in so-called ‘high-wave’ solar.The technology, based on a modular design by Moss Maritime, part of Saipem’s new-energy XSight division, aims to build on the “already established solar photovoltaic solutions for calm sea locations [but in areas with] rough weather conditions.”A 2018 World Bank report on floating solar – which centred on hydropower plant, water reservoir and in-land installations – concluded the potential of the technology “even under conservative assumptions” to be 400GW.Though floating solar remains an emerging technology, in-land arrays are being seen as an increasingly attractive option for large-scale PV deployment on reservoirs and alongside hydropower facilities, especially where land is limited.The largest such project currently is a 150MW development in Anhui, China, but, as Recharge has reported, that is soon set to be overshadowed by massive developments elsewhere in the world, including a 1GW plant in India and a sprawling 2.9GW complex off South Korea. The world’s largest floating solar array outside China – BayWa’s 27.4MW Bomhofsplas project in the Netherlands – is slated to be up and running later this month, according to its developer.Europe has taken strides in recent months to expand the market for ‘high wave’ floating PV with several projects being developed for open-sea sites. Developer Oceans of Energy’s Zon-op-Zee (Solar-at-Sea) project, the world’s first offshore solar array, “remained stable and intact” after weathering winds of up to 62 knots and waves over five metres high in the Dutch North Sea during the Ciara bomb cyclone late last year.[Darius Snieckus]More: Offshore oil industry giants Equinor and Saipem tie up for floating solar Equinor, Saipem join forces to develop ‘high wave’ floating solar technologylast_img read more

Kozyak wins diversity award

first_img Kozyak wins diversity award April 15, 2005 Regular News Kozyak wins diversity awardcenter_img Growing up in a totally segregated city in southern Illinois, John Kozyak never had a conversation with a black person until he was in college in the mid-1960s. As the Coral Gables lawyer says, “I have done quite a bit of catching up since then.”Promoting diversity and mentoring law school students and young lawyers is his self-professed passion and mission, and Kozyak has received many awards through the years for those efforts.But a recent Diversity Advocate/Individual Award presented by The South Florida Business Journal at a Diversity Works! luncheon took on special significance for Kozyak because of the January 24 death of his hero, Henry Latimer, killed in a single car crash.Latimer, the only black elected member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, wrote this December 7, in nominating Kozyak for the award: “When it comes to reaching out to build stepping stones toward making diversity a reality in every aspect of our daily lives, John has boundless energy. His persona and demeanor are magnetic. People are moved and touched by the genuineness they sense and feel in John’s mission to bring diversity to the level where it is no longer a news item. His work is predicated solely on his belief that the playing field should be level for everyone irrespective of race, gender, religion, natural origin, or ethnicity.”When it came time for Kozyak to accept the award, he dedicated it to Latimer.“When I learned that Henry Latimer died, I cried—as many did—and decided the people he touched needed to carry on,” Kozyak said. “Although proud of my work in promoting diversity, there can be no comparison to what Henry did, so I dedicated my award to Henry Latimer.”last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Nov. 17

first_imgArea lost an icon in Raymond ZantaAnother icon passes away with the passing of Raymond Zanta. Our area has lost a great man who was a mentor to many barbers in our area plying their trade over his past 64 years. Besides his many civic achievements mentioned in his obituary, he was also a member and fine supporter of his Barbers Union Local 107. Rest in peace my friend. I remain one of your early students.Richard DiCristofaroRotterdam JunctionIf no pressure, then no impeachmentPresident Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, “ There was no pressure.”End of impeachment inquiry.However, the Democrats have chosen to start the circus back up with this. They take a secondhand (maybe third or fourth) account from an unknown “whistleblower” and run with it. Crazy is as crazy does.Brian BaldwinBurnt HillsManage your money better to pay off debtStudent debt is a hot topic right now. Should it be forgiven? Some of my friends seem to think, so according to the memes they regularly post.But many of those friends also “live their best lives” buying houses at the edge of bank approval, taking expensive vacations, buying new cars or constantly posting pictures of meals at restaurants.Through purposeful decisions and a planned budget, I paid off my student debt. I know what it’s like to feel like it is impossible to pay off such overwhelming amounts of money, but I did it and so can everyone else.The answer is money management, not putting the burden on taxpayers, many of whom have not acquired student debt of their own. There are financial advisers that can help create payoff plans or online financial videos and websites to help you do it yourself, such as my favorite, Dave Ramsey’s Debt Snowball Plan. Take control of your finances and take control of your life.Christal Wheeler-ClelandScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCome up with better plan for McDonald’sI attended the recent meeting at which plans for renovating McDonald’s were discussed (“Plans emerge for upper Union Street McDonald’s renovation in Schenectady,” Nov. 7).I was deeply disappointed in the plans for the site. I have concerns about both safety and aesthetics.Safety: The developers suggest adding an egress onto Union Street, creating another driveway across the sidewalk in this pedestrian-heavy neighborhood.They did not share traffic data, but it seems inevitable that adding another drive-through would increase the number of cars visiting the site. A similar McDonald’s is located on Route 50 in Glenville, a four-lane road with a turning lane.Aesthetics: The developers plan to demolish the building that currently houses Mr. Wasabi and Simon’s Menswear.It seems the McDonald’s building itself will stay about the same size but will be shifted 25 feet closer to Keyes. This means the parking lot on the Dean Street side of the site will get approximately 25 feet wider. Site plans also showed almost no landscaping to screen the huge expanse of blacktop from the neighborhood.So much work has gone into making the Upper Union Street corridor what it is today; shops and restaurants clustered in a walkable setting, with a harmonious business image.The McDonald’s as presented, taking up more than half a city block, would be unsafe and a blemish in an otherwise attractive district.If developers cannot come up with a better plan, I hope the Planning Board will reject the project.Gillian ScottSchenectadyState bail reform bill needs to be revisedWhile I fully support responsible bail reform, I voted no on the legislation set to take effect next year.I can agree that there’s no reason to hold non-violent minor offenders who pose no danger to public safety on cash bail, but this legislation goes too far.Under the new law, beginning next year, police will be forced to release criminals of violent crimes, burglaries, drug trafficking and grand larcenies.Any reform package should allow judges to hold offenders that pose a danger to others based on the seriousness of each crime and prior offenses.Keeping our communities safe is a continuing challenge. Our police departments and law enforcement agencies work at that challenge every day.But this new law makes the work of deterring crime much more difficult. The state Legislature should reconsider this bill altogether before it begins to eat away at public safety.As legislators we cannot lose sight of what it takes to keep crime down.Angelo SantabarbaraSchenectadyThe writer represents the 111th Assembly District in the state Legislature.last_img read more

Tony Adams reveals the best moment of his Arsenal career

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 May 2020 4:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link624Shares Advertisement Tony Adams reveals the best moment of his Arsenal career Former captain Adams won multiple trophies with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘Someone said to me the other day, “I thought you were left-footed” and that’s the biggest compliment you can give me!‘It was a very special moment. I’ve got some great memories but that’s probably the best.’Wenger’s Arsenal amassed 78 points during the 1997-98 season, pipping rivals Manchester United to the Premier League title by one point.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: William Saliba to be allowed train with Arsenal after loan spell expiresMORE: Tony Adams sends warning to Arsenal over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer Tony Adams has revealed the best moment of his Arsenal career (Picture: Getty)Tony Adams says the best moment of his Arsenal career came in 1998 when he scored an iconic goal against Everton to help the Gunners win the Premier League.Former England captain Adams made 672 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions in an extraordinary career that spanned three decades.Adams won four English top-flight titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners and says scoring against Everton to help Arsene Wenger’s side clinch the title in May 1998 was ‘orgasmic’.Victory over Everton on May 3, 1998 would see Arsenal become champions and the Gunners secured a 4-0 win at Highbury, with Adams scoring the final goal late on.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘For me it was very spiritual to be honest,’ the Arsenal legend told Sky Sports. ‘It was one of those orgasmic moments.‘I’d been in recovery for two years – two years without a drink – and I was free in the head and feeling happy off the pitch as well as on it.‘To burst through and smash that one in… from a lad who couldn’t kick it with his left foot when he was 11. To smash that one in with my weaker foot was amazing. Commentlast_img read more

Bruce sounds note of caution

first_imgHull boss Steve Bruce was not ready to declare his side safe from relegation despite admitting it would take a “huge turnaround” for the Tigers to go down. Press Association The Tigers have now accumulated 36 points – more than they managed when staying up in 2008/09 – yet despite the feel-good factor around the KC Stadium, Bruce remains cautious of forecasting another year in the top-flight. The 53-year-old pointed at Fulham’s surprise 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Saturday as proof that nothing is yet decided, while a win for West Brom at Norwich could also prove vital in the survival scrap. “I’ve said all along that we need 10 wins,” he said. “We’ve gone a long way towards being safe, but it is ridiculous – all of a sudden that result for Fulham and West Brom winning at Norwich has concertinaed the whole thing again. “When you look at Fulham’s three home games they’ll be thinking they’ve still got a squeak. It’s still all to play for.” Hull can also bank on the advantage of a comparatively healthy goal difference to those below them, although they do face a tough run-in with Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton still lying in wait. “You could say we are 10 (points clear) with goal difference, but it’s not over with five to go,” Bruce added. “It will take a huge turnaround (for Hull to go down), but we can’t take anything for granted.” City ensured they would head to London for their FA Cup semi-final next weekend with the comfort of a nine-point gap over the bottom three following a 1-0 home win over Swansea. George Boyd’s first-half header was enough to settle a bitty contest and, more significantly, realise Bruce’s target of 10 wins for the season. Bruce was particularly pleased for match-winner Boyd, who played his first game since his ban for spitting at Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart. It is a charge Bruce labelled “ridiculous”, although he joked Boyd had earned some luck back after a rare header for the winner. “For Boydy in particular I’m delighted,” he said. “It was a ridiculous decision by the FA to ban him. But, no disrespect to Boydy, you know it’s your day if he scores with a header.” Hull’s win owed more to simple fortune, though, as they had to defend grimly after losing their grip on midfield in the second half. “I’ve said for the last two or three weeks it’s not about performances,” Bruce said. “Their resilience is there for everyone to see again, and the reason we are where we are is they have a great attitude and are determined to see it through. Thankfully we’ve done it.” Swansea boss Garry Monk was at a loss to explain his side’s poor performance after he had stuck with the same starting XI that thumped Norwich 3-0 last weekend. The rookie manager singled out defender Angel Rangel for his part in the goal after the Spaniard was easily out-jumped by Boyd. “I thought it was poor defending in the build-up to the goal and then Angel has to do much better at the back post,” he said. “You have to be stronger than that. You have to be willing to get hurt. “That’s what you have to do at the back post – you know it’s coming. He knew that cross was coming, he had time to think. It’s not like it’s a split-second. “We have been working all week on those sorts of situations, so that’s the disappointing part for myself.” Swansea made a vast improvement after the break, but a lack of cutting edge meant they failed to take anything as Hull appeared guilty of letting their minds wander to next weekend’s trip to Wembley against Sheffield United. “It’s not what I expected,” Monk said. “In the second half we were marginally the better team. We pushed a little bit, we were better than what we were in the first half, but we didn’t really create enough. It was all half-chances for both teams. “Did we do enough? Maybe to get a draw but I can’t grumble.” last_img read more

Roy Keane urges Sunderland hierarchy to ‘have a good look at themselves’

first_img Keane’s own reign at the Stadium of Light came to an end after a little less than 27 months in December 2008 after his relationship with owner and chairman Ellis Short deteriorated. Asked if he was surprised by head coach Dick Advocaat’s departure on Sunday, the Republic of Ireland’s assistant manager, speaking to the media in Dublin on Tuesday, said: “No.” Asked why not, he replied: “It’s Sunderland, isn’t it? It’s a brilliant club, but I don’t know, I really can’t comment on why different managers have left or have been sacked. “But people in the background probably need to have a good look at themselves.” Asked further if he was referring to people who were at the club during his spell on Wearside, he said: “Yes”, before adding with a smile: “If they’d let me alone, I’d probably still be there now and I wouldn’t be having to chat to you.” Keane’s comments came as Short continued to assess the potential field for a key appointment which could ultimately come down to hard cash. The Black Cats have identified Sam Allardyce as the leading candidate for the vacancy. However, while they do have a back-up plan should the 60-year-old former West Ham boss resist their overtures – and the noises coming from those close to him have been mixed in recent days – money could yet determine which way they go. Press Association Sport understands Short, rather than sporting director Lee Congerton, is driving the recruitment process with the future of the man employed to provide the head coach with the players to establish the club as a fixture in the Barclays Premier League uncertain to say the least. Congerton is understood to be working his notice after growing frustrated with the financial restrictions under which he has had to work, and both the funds the chairman feels able to allocate for squad strengthening in January and the retention or otherwise of Congerton’s role – whether he occupies the position or not – could be significant factors for the new incumbent. Press Association Former Sunderland defender Allardyce has already attracted support from the club’s fans, but he is in a position of strength having indicated he wanted to take time out of the game following his exit from Upton Park at the end of last season. He is currently in Spain, but will return later this month, when he is scheduled to embark upon a tour to promote his autobiography. Allardyce, who will inevitably be linked with most Premier League jobs when they become available given his track record, can perhaps afford to pick and choose and has already indicated that when he does return, it will be for the right opportunity and not necessarily the next one. Burnley’s Sean Dyche, who has publicly distanced himself from the opening at the Stadium of Light, is also held in high regard by the hierarchy on Wearside, but crucially his appointment would involve a significant compensation package and that may not work in his favour. David Moyes and Nigel Pearson – the latter available after leaving Leicester – are not understood to be among the names at the top of Short’s list, and it may be that, should the men the American wants prove unavailable, he may have to become creative and look further down the page at up-and-coming candidates such as MK Dons’ Karl Robinson and Burton’s Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who might prove less costly to attract. Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane has urged the club’s hierarchy to “have a good look at themselves” as they attempt to find their seventh permanent boss since his departure. last_img read more

Russell Knox bowled over by Shanghai surprise

first_img “Deep down in my bones I felt I was capable of winning. I thought it was going to be maybe another year, but I’m glad it happened now.” Third place was shared between the English duo of Ross Fisher (68) and Danny Willett, who rampaged through the field with a superb round of 62. It saw Willett close the gap on Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai rankings with two tournaments to go. McIlroy finished the Shanghai event joint 11th on 14 under having shot 66. McIlroy will not feature in next week’s BMW Masters and if second-placed Willett can claim a top-25 finish there, he will usurp the Northern Irishman in the rankings ahead of the finale in Dubai. Willett said of his Shanghai effort: “It’s very special. It’s special shooting 62 at home with the lads, but in a World Golf Championship on a Sunday when it means something a bit more, obviously it’s that little bit more special. “It could be big for me in the Race to Dubai, especially with Rory not playing next week, I could gain a few more points on him and give me a nice buzz going into the next week into Dubai.” McIlroy said: “I feel like I played well enough to win this week. I just didn’t hole enough putts and that’s sort of been the story of my season, well, at least, for the last couple of months anyway. “But it’s getting better. I feel like every tournament I play, I’m getting a little bit better and hopefully I can continue in that trend and go into Dubai and play well again.” Home favourite Li Hao-tong was among a group of players to finish seventh alongside the United States’ Jordan Spieth, who returned to the world number one spot. The 30-year-old, a late replacement for JB Holmes, also became the first Scot to win a WGC event as he posted a final-round 68 to finish on 20 under par, ahead of American Kevin Kisner (70). And Knox said afterwards: “It’s incredible. I always hoped (a win) was going to happen but you’re just never sure. There’s just so many unbelievable players on tours all around the world and to win on this stage is a dream come true. I still can’t quite believe it. Press Associationcenter_img Russell Knox declared his historic achievement “a dream come true” after he marked his World Golf Championship debut by claiming the HSBC Champions title in Shanghai by two shots. last_img read more

Marcellus, Westhill girls soccer charges into sectionals

first_imgAll attention in girls soccer now turns to the Section III playoffs, where in Class B Westhill holds the no. 11 state ranking and Marcellus has the no. 17 ranking, each of them intent on regaining championship glory.If they both win in the first two rounds, the no. 2 seed Mustangs and no. 3 seed Warriors could meet up in the sectional semifinals, though they open with first-round matches Thursday as Marcellus welcomes no. 15 seed Mexico and Westhill meets no. 14 seed General Brown.Before this, Marcellus played last Tuesday against Homer and fought past the Trojans 2-0. In the 30th minute, the game was still 0-0 when Sarah Fallon’s cross found Sara Milenicki, and she one-timed it just inside the post. Then, in the 55th minute, it was Katie MacLachlan’s turn, providing a nice dribble with her chest on a pass from Julia Schoeneck before putting the shot past Homer goalie Melina Settineri.A day later, Marcellus rolled past Hannibal 7-0, scoring six times in a rain-soaked first half and getting some contributions from two new players called up from the JV ranks.Annalise Bird had her first two varsity goals, with Lucy Powell also new to the team and also finding the net. They complemented Mei LaMarre, who also scored twice, with Mielnicki and Hannah Durand getting the other goals. Tags: girls soccerMarcellusskaneatelesWest GeneseeWesthillcenter_img Sarah Hutchings got three assists and Lily Locastro added two assists, with MacLachlan and Sarah Fallon also earning assists.Skaneateles is also in the Class B sectional tournament as a no. 12 seed with a first-round game Wednesday at no. 5 seed, Holland Patent. Prior to that, the Lakers and had a chance to make a big statement in last Thursday night’s game against Westhill at Hyatt Stadium.And it was scoreless for a half, but in the second half the Warriors converted twice to beat the Lakers 2-0, both goals coming from Erica Gangemi, one unassisted, the other assisted by Ciarra Rudnick. Lauren Bendall stopped all four Skaneateles shots she faced.Without any rest, Skaneateles had to turn around and visit Marcellus Friday night, and the Mustangs, improving to 14-2 overall, shut out the Lakers 3-0.Twice in the first half less than seven minutes apart, Katie MacLachlan struck for unassisted goals to put the Mustangs in charge. It stayed that way for a while, but with 9:15 left Emma MacLchlan’s pass found Durand, who drilled a 25-yard shot past Lakers goalie Tatum Pas’cal.Westhill hosted Christian Brothers Academy on Saturday, and got one more impressive victory before the post-season, the Warriors defeating the Brothers 2-0.This time it was Rudnick at the forefront, netting both of Westhill’s goals as Gangemi and Ashley Bolesh picked up the assists. The Warriors held CBA to four shots, all stopped by Bendall.West Genesee, getting ready for the Class AA sectional playoffs, met state no. 14-ranked Baldwinsville last Wednesday in a game moved to the turf at Mike Messere Field due to wet weather.Having lost 3-1 to the Bees late in September, the Wildcats looked for payback, and got closer, but still lost by a 2-1 margin.Less than five minutes into the game, B’ville went in front on Anya Putszai’s goal, assisted by defender Gwyneth Madden, but WG’s defense kept the Bees quiet for the rest of the half.Deep into the second half, the margin was still one when, with 14;34 left, Hannah Mimas converted. That was needed, since the Wildcats answered less with 11:57 to play on Eva Poissant’s unassisted goal.Though it had a chance to get to overtime, WG could not quite do so, held to four shots overall as, in the net, Liz Croft and Caitlin Mills combined for 11 saves.The Class AA sectional bracket has just six teams. If the no. 3 seed Wildcats knock off no. 6 seed Rome Free Academy on Friday, it will get another shot at B’ville, the no. 2 seed, in the Oct. 30 semifinals at Central Square.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

C’mon, we’re going streakin’

first_imgThe naked truth is that the streaker has an undeniable place in sports. Stripped down to only their birthday suits, these diehards (read: drunks) allow an entire stadium full of fans to see not only their raw fanaticism, but also how they… er, measure up against those who have so boldly gone before them.Whether it be a mad dash from the left field bleachers to home plate or a juking romp past security guards and linemen with eyes glued on the end zone (only to be blindsided by that linebacker to the cheers and moans of thousands), a streaker always captures the attention of a crowd in that “Do I really want to look?” way. Nike even unveiled their Shox a few years back by using a free-ballin’ football fan (of the Euro variety) wearing only the new shoe in order to give it some, uh, exposure. An unforgettable commercial, no doubt.I could probably go on all day making streaker puns, but I should really get to the meat and potatoes of the column. (Fine, sorry. I’m done, I promise. Maybe.) In all honesty, streakers provide more than simply a diversion from the in-game action. A close look — no not that way — at one particular disrobed dasher can actually provide some real insight into the lifecycle of winning streaks.His name is Frank Ricard, but you probably know him better as Frank the Tank. Most people will remember his story as outlined in “Old School.” Frank went to Mitch-a-palooza with no intentions of letting the Tank side of him out. In fact, it isn’t until being prodded that he takes a single beer bong. But that’s it, he insists, only one. He won’t look too far ahead and envision multiple bongs in a row.Similarly, for a team to go on a winning streak, the focus has to be on the particular game in front of it. Teams don’t accomplish something such as a long winning streak by doing anything other than focusing on one game at a time. If I have heard Bo Ryan say it one time, I have heard him say 100 times: His only focus is on the next game his team is playing.As it turns out, once teams win one, they like that feeling. They don’t want to stop; they have to keep winning. Frank couldn’t stop at just one either. Taken back to his Tank days, he continued to impress party guests by taking successive beer bongs.Eventually, fans and the media begin to take notice of teams or individuals on impressive winning streaks. Interest in those teams increases, and more people begin to watch and root for the streak to continue. At Mitch-a-palooza, college students began to recognize Frank, at this point well into Frank the Tank mode, but he kept going and going, and a crowd started to gather to cheer his every move.It is at this point in a streak — when extra, previously nonexistent attention is accumulating — when it is in the most peril. The streak will take one of two courses from this point. If the streaking party is able to keep the focus that has allowed it to build the streak, then the streak is likely to continue.If, however, the streaker lets all the attention and adoration to go to his head, he could very easily end up nude on stage with Snoop Dogg telling the crowd assembled before him to follow him through the quad and to the gymnasium. This is the path Frank followed to the more-than-slightly embarrassing end.So before we take a look at three extremely impressive streaks, I would just like to leave these cautionary words for Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and the UW men’s basketball team: As fun as it sounds, please, for decency’s sake, don’t follow Frank.Now it would be remiss to hold a conversation about streaks and not mention the kings of streaking, the Phoenix Suns. Although the Suns’ most recent streak of 17 games was metaphorically picked up by Frank’s wife Marissa on Monday night against the Timberwolves (they lost), that streak is just one of two 15-plus, game-winning streaks this season for the Suns. To put it in perspective, Steve Nash and Co. have lost exactly twice since before Thanksgiving. That is hot.Tiger has been streaking last July when he emotionally won the British Open after the death of his father, Earl. El Tigre hasn’t lost on the PGA Tour since. (For the record, Tiger does not count winning seven straight PGA events as a winning streak, since he has played in several international tournaments without winning over the same stretch.) He hasn’t been fattening up on cheapies, either; Tiger’s seven wins have come against some of the best fields on Tour. Part of what makes Tiger so special is that when he was down by two against Andrew Buckle on the back nine this past Sunday, you absolutely knew he would still win. There is just no one in golf who can compete on his level, and he has an ability to will himself to victory.Along that line of domination, Roger Federer just keeps rolling along. The same day Tiger won the Buick Invitational, Federer won the Australian Open — one of tennis’ Grand Slams, no less — without losing a single set. Add three more straight-sets matches to that, and Federer has won 30 consecutive sets. For very rough comparison’s sake, that would be like a basketball team winning every half it played for 15 straight games.A little bit closer to home, you might have heard the UW men’s basketball team has something of a winning streak going for them. It’s a streak now long enough it can be measured in calendar months (three), school breaks (two), or consecutive games (17). By any measure, it is incredibly impressive. Luckily for everyone involved, Bo Ryan has done what Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl was unable to do: fight the urge to join in the streaking ways in support of the women’s basketball team.All kidding aside, the streak is even more impressive when you consider that the Badgers have beaten three top-15 teams over that stretch and have won in the perennial Badger traps of Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston and Assembly Hall in Champaign. This team has incredible depth and wins with a different combination of scorers each night.Who knows how long each streak will last? Naturally, all will one day come to an end. But one thing is for sure: Nothing gets folks talking like a good streak.Ben is a sophomore majoring in political science and journalism. If you know a streak that deserves its day in the sun or want to discuss one of the above, e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more