December 2011 Archives

Fans Injured in OSU Postgame Celebration

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While college rivalries can get the competitive juices flowing, fan injuries during postgame celebrations can ruin the spirit of competition altogether.
After Oklahoma State beat longtime rival Oklahoma 44-10 Saturday afternoon, thousands of OSU fans rushed onto the field to tear down the goalposts, resulting in 13 injuries. Two of the people injured were still in critical condition Sunday night, USA Today reported.
"You couldn't move, there were so many people," said Michael Authement, who heads the command post at emergency medical provider LifeNet EMS. "It was a nasty deal."
OSU's Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., isn't designed for free-flowing access to fans, as many of the stadium's narrow staircases are the only entrance and exit points. Attempting to leave the field, many fans were left fighting their way towards the few exits available.
"A girl pushed me over the wall," said 21-year-old Jennifer Payne, a junior from Oklahoma State University. "Luckily, I didn't get injured, but I didn't have control of when I jumped off the wall. You just moved with the crowd."

Scotland Welcomes Two Giant Pandas

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Giant pandas are rare creatures indeed, especially in the United Kingdom. It has been nearly 20 years since one has been held in captivity.
That changed on Dec. 4, when the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland welcomed two giant pandas to their new home for the next ten years, BBC News reported. They were exported from China Saturday night.
"Pandas are a national treasure," Qin Gang of the Chinese government said. "And the friendship brought by pandas knows no borders."
It took nearly 5 years of negotiations between the Scottish and Chinese governments to bring Tian Tian and Yang Guang, or Sweetie and Sunshine, to the United Kingdom. China's panda diplomacy standards are strict to say the least, as these two pandas are the first to be loaned to Britain in 17 years.
Representatives at the Edinburgh Zoo are hoping that Sweetie and Sunshine will breed. "They haven't bred together, but they have bred separately," Edinburgh Zoo Chief Executive Hugh Roberts said. "So that gives us a lot of hope."

Let's Play Again! LSU vs. Alabama for the Title

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A rematch of SEC powerhouses for the national championship has been staged for Jan. 9 in New Orleans.
On Dec. 4, the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide beat out the No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys in the final round of BCS voting to capture another meeting with the undefeated No. 1 Louisiana State Tigers. The Tigers beat the Crimson Tide 9-6 in overtime on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's only loss on the season.
"Oklahoma State did enough with their schedule all year," ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit said. "But at the end of the day, in my opinion at least, the top two teams in the country will be playing for the national championship."
Even though both teams finished 11-1, and Oklahoma State was ahead of Alabama in the computer ratings, the Crimson Tide finished second in the Harris and coaches' polls used to decide who plays for the national title.
With both teams representing the Southeastern Conference, it marks the sixth straight year that a team from that conference has been a representative in the BCS national title game. One of them is guaranteed to be crowned champions.

St. Paul Says Goodbye to the Ford Assembly Plant

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In 1925, automaker Henry Ford opened what would be one of his company's most productive assembly plants in St. Paul, Minn. On December 16, the final Ford car will roll off the assembly line, WCCO reported.
In 1985, after years of producing a variety of automobiles, the plant was revamped to specifically produce the Ford Ranger, a fuel-efficient pickup truck. When the company announced its plans to discontinue the Ranger model, it inevitably meant the end of an era.
"At first, people were not really sure if it was closing, but now it's for sure," said Margie Rios, an employee at the St. Paul Ford Assembly Plant. "At first, they were in denial about that."
The St. Paul plant had generations of workers, such as third-generation worker Art Wiegele, who plans to continue his career elsewhere, unlike many of his fellow coworkers.
"I'm one of the lucky ones being transferred," said Wiegele. "I'm going to Louisville, Kentucky, but it's not easy."

Tim's Cities - Tebow Brings Faith to Minnesota

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Although the Vikings season has been decided for some time, the fate of the Denver Broncos season is still very much in limbo. A place they wouldn't be if not for the outbreak of "Tebowmania."
After each victory, Broncos Quarterback and devout Christian Tim Tebow thanks God for blessing him and his teammates. For Tebow fans, his winnings ways only reaffirms their devotion to him.
"I think the reaction in Denver is that if the Broncos can continue to win like this, any of us would be happy to personally hold a Bible study every week," said Katelynn McBride, a Broncos fan and native Coloradoan living in Minneapolis.
After beginning the season 1-4, the Denver Broncos inserted Tebow into the starting lineup, and have since gone 5-1, placing them in the thick the AFC playoff chase. Although he isn't considered a prototypical NFL quarterback, his record is all that matters.
"Is he good for the league? Absolutely," said Greg Coleman of the Vikings Radio Network. "He's even better for the Denver Broncos."

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