ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The biggest game left on the 2018 college football schedule has to be Ohio State vs. Michigan. Both teams have only one loss on their records, and assuming it remains that way come kickoff, the game will be a Big Ten title play-in game.Ahead of the November 24th showdown, Vegas oddsmakers have starting setting their lines for the game.SuperBookUSA has the Wolverines as a 3.5-point favorite on the road at Ohio Stadium.Michigan has not won at Ohio Stadium since 2000..@SuperBookUSA at the Westgate in Las Vegas has opened the Michigan Wolverines as 3.5-point road favorites over the Ohio State Buckeyes for their upcoming Big Ten showdown on November 24th. pic.twitter.com/VSltr8xHqq— Covers (@Covers) November 4, 2018Jim Harbaugh is trying to secure a Big Ten title berth for the Wolverines but has yet to beat Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. The game not only has Big Ten Championship Game implications, but a stake in the College Football Playoff as well.But the Ohio State Buckeyes have held a decisive edge in the rivalry for the better part of the last 20 years. They are currently on a six-game winning streak against the Wolverines.Ohio State’s only loss of the season came against Purdue. Michigan’s came against College Football Playoff contender Notre Dame in the first week of the season.
Here’s a list of the top 10:AlabamaGeorgiaTexasTexas A&MLSUOklahomaOregonMichiganFloridaClemsonThe SEC showed why its consistently one of the deepest conferences in college football taking home five of the top 10 classes in the 2019 recruiting cycle.Kirby Smart continues to build a powerhouse at Georgia after leaving Nick Saban and the Tide. Meanwhile, Tom Herman landed his best class at Texas – thanks to a late transfer from five-star recruit Bru McCoy from USC.Jim Harbaugh and company finished with the top class in the Big Ten, though Penn State (No. 13) and Ohio State (No. 15) weren’t far behind. The Buckeyes finished with the No. 2 class in 2018.You can see the full class breakdown here. ATLANTA, GA – December 6: Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly pose with the National Championship Trophy at the College Football Playoff Semifinal Head Coaches News Conference on December 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)College football’s National Signing Day kicked off early Wednesday morning.While most of the country’s top recruits took advantage of the Early Signing Period, there were several five-star recruits left on the table and plenty of others to round out the top recruiting classes.As the final hours of National Signing Day wind down, there are a few familiar teams at the top of the rankings.Alabama is the winner – returning to its dominance on the recruiting trail after missing out on the top class last year.
Former Ohio State WR coach Zach Smith was arrested today for violating a Civil Protection Order. According to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Smith became confrontational with staff at Scioto Ridge Elementary when they did not allow him to pick up his children.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) May 9, 2019Smith was part of the coaching staff for Ohio State from 2012 until July of 2018. He was also part of Urban Meyer’s staff at Florida from 2005 through 2009.His history of domestic violence allegations ultimately led to his departure from the Buckeyes.Before Urban Meyer’s departure from Ohio State, Smith was embroiled in a scandal in which he allegedly assaulted his ex-wife. Smith denied the allegations, but he was removed from the university.Now it appears Smith has violated part of his agreement with the court.Just over a month ago, Smith revealed was starting a podcast called “Menace 2 Society.” Smith said “So, I’ve been held accountable for the things that I did. I have also been held accountable for things that I didn’t do.”Stay tuned for the latest on the developing situation. Former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.According to a report from Ohio State insider Kyle Rowland, police arrested Smith for violating his Civil Protection Order.Per the report, Smith became confrontational with the staff at Scioto Ridge Elementary when they did not allow him to pick up his children from the school.Here’s the report from Rowland.
Swinney was asked recently on Sirius XM if the state of Alabama was going to put up a wall to keep him out.“I think it was all fun and games early on. It was, ‘Aww, isn’t that sweet’ and all that stuff. I don’t know about walls, but I am kinda like Osama bin Dabo,” Swinney said, with a laugh. “I have to navigate my way through the caves and back channels too make my way through Alabama these days. They aren’t happy to see me, but it’s all good. It’s a good problem.”Well, that’s certainly an interesting way to put things.Swinney has long been linked to the Alabama job, as some still expect he will wind up replacing Nick Saban when the legendary coach steps down. However, the more Swinney establishes himself at Clemson, the tougher it has to be for him to leave.This offseason, he signed a new contract extension worth $92 million over 10 years. TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)There will always be some love for Dabo Swinney in his home state of Alabama and at his alma mater. However, Swinney says things are a little different now that he’s beaten the Crimson Tide a couple of times.He said this in the oddest way possible during a recent conversation on SiriusXM. In it, Swinney jokingly referred to himself as “Osama bin Dabo.”According to AL.com, the quote is from Swinney’s appearance on “Basketball & Beyond with Coach K.” in February. Krzyzewski asked if Alabama was going to put up a wall to Swinney out given his recent success.David Hood of TigerNet.com unearthed the comment while listening to the interview and wrote about it this week.
ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn enters the 2019 season on pretty much every “hot seat” list in the country. He needs to win a lot in Year 7 to hold on to his job.It won’t be an easy task. Auburn plays in the always-tough SEC West, and will also face Georgia and Oregon during the regular season.The Tigers have won 10 games just once in the last five seasons, and another 7-5 campaign likely signals the end for Malzahn on The Plains. ESPN’s Paul Finebaum agrees.Speaking on Get Up! this morning from SEC Media Days, Finebaum said the odds are against Malzahn in 2019. He has to deal with the aforementioned schedule, and the school president who stepped in and saved his job when boosters wanted him gone has since been pushed out. “If he can’t have a significant season, he will likely be gone,” Finebaum said of Malzahn.In six seasons at Auburn, Malzahn is 53-27 overall and 28-20 in SEC play.His Tigers are ranked No. 14 in The Spun’s preseason top 25. They open up the 2019 season against Oregon on August 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Editors’ Recommendations From the tallest peak in the Lower 48 (that’d be Mt. Whitney) to the lowest point in America (Death Valley, of course), the great state of California boasts a bounty of natural splendor. And if you’re willing to haul some serious ass, you can see a lot of it in just a few days! If you have a car, a pair of hiking boots, and a lot of caffeine, you can check a few of the world’s most famous natural wonders off the list in single business week.Fair warning, though: this crash course in wilderness wonder will see you spending a lot more time in a car than in a pair of hiking boots. Sure, taking the scenic route is usually better, but sometimes you just want to cram things in.Get Ready to See 5 Great Parks in 5 Days!Get started by flying into Los Angeles International Airport and renting a car. Just make sure you can leave said vehicle at SFO a few days later (enlisting a friend to come along for the journey is also acceptable–nay!–preferable).Related: Or Take Your Time Instead…Leave the airport and head for…Joshua Tree National Park (a mere 155 mile drive due east)If you plan things properly (e.g. an early AM arrival), you should be able to get there with enough time to spend five or six hours roaming the stunning desert and perhaps musing as to why U2 named an album after these unique samples of florae. (Sure, Joshua Trees are lovely, but to a bunch of dudes from Ireland?)Leave the park heading due north by the early evening and either make camp or get a hotel once you have logged about 130 miles. This will put you half way to your next destination, the peerless…Sequoia National Forest (some 250 miles north of Joshua Tree)There is much to see and do among the Sequoias, but you’re on a mission, dammit! So let’s get right to it and head for General Sherman, the largest known (single stem) tree on the whole planet. General Sherman stands at 275 feet tall and weighs an estimated 4.12 million pounds. Yeah, it’s big. Take a few minutes to admire the grandeur and then… well… hit the road! We’re headed for…Yosemite Falls (170 indirect miles; you might want to stop for the night in Fresno)Yosemite Falls is but one of the many draws in Yosemite National Park, along with the stunning El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations popular among hikers/climbers, but we don’t have time for all the fancy footwork: you can enjoy the falls by walking just a few hundred yards from the main Yosemite Lodge, so that’s your destination. Just be aware it doesn’t flow as majestically when the snow’s not melting. Anyway, now it’s off for…Lake Tahoe (can you make the 184 miles in the same day?)Lake Tahoe is a great ski spot in the winter, great for swimming and other water sports in the warmer months, and if you cross over to the LAs Vegas side, you can gamble. So in other words, there’s something for everyone. Yahoo. Depending on the season and your preferred hobbies, spend a night, then hit the road headed west for the beloved…Napa Valley (another 150 miles, but there’s wine!)In Napa Valley (or neighboring Sonoma) you can enjoy hikes, bike riding, and other such recreation, but lets be honest: you just dragged yourself up and down and all around this massive state… you want to relax and drink wine now! Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing and tasting and then settle into a luxurious suite or some fleabag motel you passed earlier on the highway.From most parts of Napa, it’s just under 70 miles to the San Francisco Airport, a short jaunt after what you’ve done. Head out in the morning and get back to that “real life” of yours!(Of course, if you want to go nuts, it’s just over 275 miles north to the Redwood National Forest! But frankly, beautiful as the Coastal Redwoods are, save ’em for next time, you’ve seen big trees already.) An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities
The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Just call it the champagne of coffee. Stumptown, the Portland-based maker of one of the best coffees in the United States recently released Stumptown Grand Cru Cold Brew. Stumptown Grand Cru Cold Brew is a decade in the making. The journey started when Stumptown founder Duane Sorenson brought a rare Gesha seed stock with him on a visit to Honduras. There, he introduced the stock to Marysabel Caballero and Moises Herrera of Finca El Puente.For those who don’t know, Gesha hails from Ethiopia and is one of the most well-known, yet rare coffee varieties around. According to the Stumptown Website, “The flavor profile is like none other – tea-like with notes of bergamot and tropical fruit – and the coffees rightfully fetch some of the highest prices around.”Always a leader when it comes to innovation in the coffee industry — have you tried Stumptown Nitro Cold Brew? It’s like Guinness, but coffee — Sorenson decided to do something nobody has ever tried before. He decided to have the whole harvest cold brewed. It turns the flavor profile into something entirely different. “It’s bright and clean, with notes of orange blossom, juice of papaya, and a sweet crème brûlée finish,” reads the Stumptown website.Want to pop open a bottle? Head to your closest Stumptown coffee shop to get a taste of Stumptown Grand Cold Bru. It knocks all those other cold brews out of the park.For more information, visit stumptown.com. On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Editors’ Recommendations How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee
Short Mead Tips and TricksIf you want to take your mead making to a more professional level, consider using a hydrometer to take gravity readings so you’ll know the mead’s ABV. Adding an airlock will allow carbon dioxide to escape while preventing oxygen and other elements from entering, improving the consistency of your mead.Speed Brewing by Mary Izett is a great primer for short meads. A section of the book is dedicated solely to the history and processes of meads with a handful of excellent short mead recipes tossed in for good measure. Whether you want to make a bochet (mead with caramelized honey) or pyment (mead with grape juice), the basic building blocks of mead-making can be found in Izett’s helpful pages.Another solid reference for experimentation is The Compleat Meadmaker by Ken Schramm, a book that countless mead makers got their start using.While making a straight-forward traditional mead or following the recipes of others is a great launch point, short meads are ripe for experimentation. Try adding varying levels of honey for new experiences in sweetness and ABV. Add fresh or dried herbs, fruits or peppers. Throw in some hops. Or try different types of yeast for even more variety in dryness and flavor. 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home The Best Podcasts to Listen to On Your Commute The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider The ancient beverage known as mead is essentially fermented honey water. It can be spiced, carbonated, fruited, or sweetened in innumerable combinations. That versatility makes mead as rich and varied a palette for creative expression as wine or beer.Unfortunately, the range of meads available at bottle shops can be incredibly limited. But for the creative and inspired, mead making is a task you can easily master at home, with minimal equipment and ingredients required. Bonus: you can call yourself a mazer.Meads are hearty drinks that can easily exceed 20 percent alcohol by volume, thanks to the base being honey. To reach that milestone, mead requires a long fermentation time and a lot of patience. If you want to taste the fruits of your labor sooner, “short meads” are the answer.Short meads are intentionally produced with a low alcohol by volume ratio, often not more than 5 percent. That makes short meads comparable to session beers in the brewing world. Short meads require less time to ferment and can be enjoyed in larger quantities with less concern about imminent intoxication. Only have enough space on a countertop to fit a small fermentation vessel? Great, short mead it is!To get started, you only need three ingredients: honey, water, and yeast. The only necessary equipment is a freshly sanitized 1-gallon vessel. To make the most basic mead, add one pound of honey and top off the jar with water. Pitch the yeast and mix well. After two weeks, the mead is ready for drinking.How to Make Short MeadIngredients:1 lb honey (try to avoid grocery store honey, as it is sometimes not actually honey)1 yeast packet (while you can use an ale yeast, most mead makers use Lavin ICV D-47, a white wine yeast)Pure water (if you’re using tap water, it is good to know the mineral content, as that will affect the final product)Equipment:1-gallon fermentation vessel (something like this is perfect)StarsanMethod:Sanitize your vessel, following the Starsan instructions. (If you were to be using any tools — such as a funnel to get the ingredients into the vessel — you would want to sanitize them as well.)Add honey and water to your fermenter.Pitch the yeast according to instructions.Add yeast to the fermenter and mix well.Make sure there is water in the airlock so you can monitor the bubbles (the visual bi-product of fermentation) escaping.Wait approximately two weeks and your mead will be ready (the bubbles will have all but stopped). Depending on the type of yeast you use, it may take less or more time. The Best Men’s Short-Sleeve Button-Downs Shirts Raise the Bar Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date
Written By: Mirell Reyes, President of Star Clippers Americas In 1989, Swedish entrepreneur Mikael Krafft turned his boyhood dream into a reality when he founded Star Clippers, the only modern-day cruise line dedicated to re-creating the golden age of the tall sailing ships while providing passengers with a mega-yacht experience. Star Clippers operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels, visiting ports often untouched by larger cruise ships. Guests enjoy delectable cuisine in one unhurried seating and pampering services in a casually elegant atmosphere. Whether climbing the mast for a better view or relaxing in the net off the bow, guests step into a world where unique experiences abound and new adventures await. THE SHIPSStar Flyer and Star Clipper entered service in the early 1990s as the tallest clipper ships ever built, with main masts rising 226 feet and a maximum sailing speed of 17 knots. In July 2000, the twin sister-ships were joined by Royal Clipper, the line’s flagship and the first fully rigged square-rigger with five masts built since Preussen in l902. The two smaller ships, Star Flyer and Star Clipper, take 170 passengers each, with a crew of 74, while Royal Clipper carries 227 with a crew of 106. In May 2015 the line announced that it has started building a fourth ship to add to its fleet of graceful square-riggers. The new vessel, will be the biggest and most ambitious project to date and will be launched in the second half of 2017, carrying 300 passengers, measuring 8,770 tons and powered by more than 6,350 square meters of sails. The new ship will technically be a five-masted, square-rigged barque. The new member of the fleet will be a near-replica of the impressive France II, commissioned in 1911 and the largest square rigger ever built. LIFE ONBOARDOn Star Clippers you will find that there are no rigid schedules and no overwhelming sense that there’s not enough time. For our guests, time slows down and worries are left ashore. You are free to do as you wish with your days and evenings. Fill your day with activities or nothing at all, the choices are always yours to decide. To entertain you, we bring local performers onboard to give guests an authentic taste of the local music and arts. The Captain’s daily briefing on deck is wonderfully informative and a chance to hear some great story telling from our enthusiastic leaders. And there are other events and activities, such as knot tying and navigation classes, that have evolved from Star Clippers’ sailing tradition. CULINARYWhen you rise, help yourself to a continental breakfast with croissants, toasted baguettes or sweet Danish pastries. Or savor a full breakfast with fresh tropical fruits and crisp bacon, grilled sausage and omelets cooked to perfection in the dining room. At lunch, a marvelous buffet of seafood, salads and grilled favorites awaits your pleasure in the open-seating dining room. If the day includes a stop at one of the paradisiacal islands we frequent, you might also be treated to our festive outdoor barbecue on shore. In the afternoon, congregate in the Tropical Bar for an impressive snack buffet to tide you over until dinner. When evening comes, our elegantly appointed dining room, becomes the setting for the chef’s finest culinary presentations. On all three ships, you are free to dine when and with whomever you wish – including officers, who join our guests in the dining room most nights. No need for formal gowns and black tie, casual elegance is the order of the day and every single night. REST ASSUREDThere’s nothing so easy and pleasurable as falling asleep to the gentle rhythms of the ship and sea, unless it’s awakening refreshed the next morning to a new day. Like a fine luxury hotel, all the amenities are here: double beds or twin beds that can be converted to a king, marble bathrooms, private safes, television with in-house video, DVD player with complimentary movie rentals, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer and comfortable furnishings. On Royal Clipper, 14 deluxe suites offer the ultimate in cruising comfort, with private verandahs, mini bars, whirlpool tubs and 24-hour room service. All but six of the ship’s 98 cabins are outside, and for the ultimate indulgence, two 355-square-foot Owner’s Suites may be combined, to accommodate up to eight guests comfortably. HONEYMOON & SPECIAL OCCASIONSHoneymooners can celebrate their wedded bliss in the ultimate romantic setting while sailing to gorgeous and unique locales worthy of this once-in-a-lifetime milestone. There’s nothing more romantic then watching the sails inch up the mast as the ships gently glide out of port. Looking for some adventure onboard your honeymoon? Climb the mast, with the help of the sport’s department, and experience unbelievable panoramic views. If you are searching for the perfect way to begin your lives together, a Star Clippers honeymoon offers an idyllic combination of adventure and romance in a setting that inspires romance. For our honeymoon couples, there’s a complimentary bottle of champagne, plate of sweets, a special gift, and a certificate signed by the Captain for all honeymooners who have proof they married within three months of their sailing. THEMED CRUISESStar Clippers offers free daily yoga and meditation classes on select sailings. Yoga classes take place on Star Clippers’ sun warmed teak decks under thousands of square feet of billowing sails – making the experience the ultimate relaxation for the body and soul. In addition, Star Clippers also invites an exclusive list of international celebrity chefs and sommeliers with a wide range of experience to give specialized lectures and cooking demonstrations onboard. To delight our guests’ discerning palates, the chefs’ signature dishes will be featured on the menu. DESTINATIONS: CARIBBEAN AND PANAMA CANALDuring the winter the ships sails throughout the Caribbean and the Panama Canal. Royal Clipper sails from Barbados on alternating voyages to explore the Spice Islands of the Grenadines and the Windward Islands with enchanting ports like Basseterre and Terre de Haut. Aboard Star Clipper, guests sail from St Maarten on alternating itineraries that offer a fantastical sailing adventure in optimal conditions. This St. Maarten route will be available in 2017 on the Star Flyer. Star Flyer will also be offering new departures from Jamaica’s gem, Montego Bay in 2017. The Panama Canal is still considered an amazing feat of engineering that is acclaimed as one of man’s greatest triumphs—and an avid cruiser’s right of passage. With a breathtaking backdrop and tropical climate, transiting the lakes and locks of the 51-mile Panama Canal aboard the Star Flyer is an adventure unlike anything you’ve ever experienced and a sight that only a select few in the world have witnessed. The Star Flyer will be offering numerous Panama Canal voyages in November 2016. DESTINATIONS: MEDITERRANEANThe ships reposition to the Mediterranean for the summer and fall seasons. On Royal Clipper, guests can choose from a range of itineraries with departures from Civitavecchia (Port of Rome), Malaga and Venice, which include colorful Sicily, stops throughout the volcano-dotted Aeolian Islands, routes along Italy’s ever-romantic Amalfi Coast and the alluring ports of the Croatian Archipelago and Dalmatian Coast. Star Clipper’s itineraries, range from three to nine nights, with departure from Venice exploring Italy, Tunisia, Malta, Croatia & Slovenia and Montenegr, as well as a Spring departure and disembark in the magical city of Barcelona. Star Flyer’s itineraries, range from three to nine nights, with departure from Venice and Valletta exploring Italy, Tunisia, Malta, Croatia & Slovenia and Montenegro. In Summer 2016 Star Flyer will also have Venice round trips voyages with stops in Amalfi and Sicily, and longer routes with stops in Tunisia and Malta. DESTINATIONS: GRAND VOYAGESeven countries in a single voyage. A Grand Voyage is a journey of splendid proportions, combining back-to-back itineraries to form one epic adventure. Set sail on an in-depth exploration to some of the most intimate and exclusive destinations spanning the Mediterranean. With extended itineraries ranging from 12 to 21 glorious nights and calls at an interesting collection of ports, guests are able to explore several countries in one sailing and become deeply immersed in the culture, beauty and history of the region. The three ships sail Grand Voyages from the peak of summer into the idyllic climes of fall. DESTINATIONS: NEW FOR 2016 ASIAStarting in December 2016, the Star Clipper will spend the winter and spring in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The 170-passenger Star Clipper with cruises out of Phuket, operating seven-night round trip cruises with two Thailand itineraries, northbound and southbound, as well as seven departures that either begin or end in Singapore. Star Clipper will explore the many islands scattered off the coast of Phuket, accessible only by water, with some of the most beautiful beaches and dazzling marine life in the world. There will be numerous opportunities for sunbathing, snorkeling, watersports, exploring on foot, and taking photo safaris in the ship’s Zodiacs. READY TO SELL STAR CLIPPERS?Please visit us at www.starclippers.com or call 800-442-0551 for more information and brochures.