We are yet to determine that placeA spot where we will state the truthWith open hearts to accept our faultsSeeing all of us as one people by GodWith human equality right and dignityJust because we are of the same stuffPlace Of Honesty……. We SeekWe simple as a group of easy goersVent our hates for the season propel usHungry souls are bent low in plain lackGather the lot of the inner clique to shareIn nasty water lodged corners families hidesThat they have nowhere to protect their kidsPlace Of Honesty……. We StriveWe deserve a land rich like our mountainsRivers filled with stones that the world craveForest God grown with massive costly treesPlain lands that yield yellow golden rocksValleys planted with ore needed everywhereRains so much we will feed every child a literPlace Of Honesty……. We SurviveShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The man behind makarapas, Alfred Baloyi,and his gear A Bafana Bafana makarapa designed byAlfred Baloyi Alfred Baloyi with fellow Kaizer Chiefssupporter and friend, Masilo Machaka.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Alfred Baloyi+27 82 835 8933• Grant Nicholls+27 11 022-5920/1/2/[email protected] ARTICLES• Soweto’s football derby frenzy• New take on iconic vuvuzela• Colourful vuvuzelas – from kelp• Viva the vuvuzela orchestra!• Football – South Africa styleBongani NkosiScan the crowds at any major football match in South Africa and what will immediately stand out are the elaborately carved and colourfully decorated plastic hard hats settled on fans’ heads.Known as the makarapa – isiXhosa for the migrant workers who wore hard hats on the mines – this iconic adornment is, with the noisy vuvuzela trumpet, an important part of the local football matches’ festival atmosphere. But it is not a fly-by-night commercial gimmick; it’s the brainchild of a highly talented artist who invented it not just for show, but for safety.The idea came to Alfred Baloyi, now 51, in 1979 at a local derby in Soweto, South Africa’s largest township, in the southwest of Johannesburg. Soweto derbies, traditionally played by top local teams Kaizer Chiefs, Moroka Swallows and Orlando Pirates, are tense affairs, and crowds can become unruly. At this particular match Baloyi saw a bottle flying through the air about to hit another fan’s head. At that moment, the idea for the makarapa hit Baloyi.“We used to go to the stadium without wearing anything on our heads and it was dangerous,” he said. “I realised that these hard hats could protect me.”Baloyi, an ardent supporter of Kaizer Chiefs, known locally as Amakhosi, started collecting plastic helmets, painting them in his team’s yellow and black colours and adding its emblem. Initially, these were only for himself.With only primary school education, Baloyi was employed as a municipal bus cleaner in Pretoria at the time, but soon became totally focused on his new-found art. His work didn’t stop at hats either: he began painting workmen’s overalls in the Amakhosi colours, transforming them into vivid and gaudy fan gear.Other football fans started to notice, and asked him to sell his makarapas on the spot, and gave him their overalls to paint.Makarapas mean business “Supporters taught me business. They used to say, ‘This is beautiful. Sell it to me’,” Baloyi said.By the 1980s Baloyi was starting to make money from his makarapas, which he sold for R7 apiece. But he never stopped thinking up ways to craft a better product.I caught up with Baloyi at his small shack in an informal settlement in Primrose, east of Johannesburg. The shack is like most in the area: there’s little light inside and barely enough space to do any sort of work.But this is where Baloyi, known as “Magistrate” or “Professor” to his fans and friends because of his impressive skills, creates the beautiful helmets.In his work room, which reeks of paint, there is a display of finished and unfinished products, and his personal archive of newspaper clippings and photos. One article, written by Don Makatile and published by Drum magazine in 1999, is prominently placed.It was in 1990 that Baloyi started carving pieces out of the plastic hard hats and manipulating them so they stood upright, changing the headgear’s traditional shape. As he recalls, it was at the request of his friend and fellow football trendsetter, Saddam Maake.Now one of the defining features of the makarapa is its many intricate protrusions, which make the hat appear far larger and taller than it really is. The outward pieces are sometimes fashioned into horns, emblems of local or international sports teams, or expertly cut into the shape of football players dribbling a ball.Baloyi started out by selling his makarapas at stadiums and taxi ranks, but business has taken off, so he now takes orders. Some of these come from large South African companies such as Absa and Vodacom, who buy the headgear for their staff to wear at matches.“I am having more and more companies putting in orders,” Baloyi said. “Individuals are also ordering.”Baloyi’s work is sold through Makarapa Integrated Marketing, a company he founded with sports marketing expert Grant Nicholls, and his production rights are protected under the trademark “Baloyi Makarapa”.The current makarapa price ranges between R300 ($47) and R500 ($67), depending on the accessories Baloyi adds – some customers have special requests. He’s now able to create at least two a day.His makarapa earnings have allowed Baloyi, a father of five, to build a “big and fine” house for his family in Kgabyane village in Limpopo province, as well as to send his 20-year-old daughter, Calphina, to college to study graphic design.“My dad’s art is special,” Calphina said. “He did not learn it in school, but he’s making interesting things. I would like to take over from him one day.”For Baloyi, it’s all about family. “I want to give my family a better life,” he says. “I have to grow it [the makarapa brand] and leave a legacy for my children.”World Cup feverNicholls and Baloyi plan to build a factory that will employ young artists to produce thousands of makarapas in a month – this has always been Baloyi’s dream.Other companies and individuals are picking up the makarapa craze and beginning to make their own, but Baloyi isn’t worried. “I’m not scared by the competition I now have. My makarapas are different because I use my hands to make them and I paint them very well.”Baloyi is a busy man and his phone hardly stops ringing, with old and new customers placing orders.While I was there two calls came through, one from a Golden Lions rugby supporter, and the other from a Coca Cola employee – identified only as Lerato. She was making plans to fly him to Cape Town on 4 December, apparently for the 2010 Fifa World Cup draw.Baloyi is expecting business to boom in the months leading up to the tournament, which kicks off on 11 June 2010. “I know most orders will come next year before the World Cup,” he said. “I will have to work very hard.“When people come to South Africa next year they must come to Primrose to see the father of makarapa. Going back to their countries with a makarapa would be the only way to show that they were indeed in South Africa.”Celebrity football fansMost of the regular, well-known football fans in South Africa – especially in Gauteng province – proudly wear Baloyi’s makarapas. Their headgear, together with their impressive dance moves, singing and vuvuzela-blowing, always attract television cameras and help to get the crowd going.These regulars try to attend as many matches as possible and often pool money so they can travel across the country to work their magic.World Cup visitors are likely to hear some of their names and nicknames, including Baloyi himself, Saddam, Masilo Machaka, Mdokies, Mzioni Mofokeng, Gladys Bailey and uNtshebe. These fans will be seated in the front row of 2010 matches to stir up the atmosphere and drum up support for South Africa’s national squad, Bafana Bafana.Machaka, also a staunch Chiefs fan, says he has never worn and never will wear a makarapa made by anyone other than Baloyi. “Baloyi’s makarapas are different, and that’s why we call him Professor,” he said.“This is the best man for the job. When people want makarapas, especially international supporters coming to South Africa next year, they must go to him.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentSome aspects of the new two-year state budget will better protect farmers from nuisance lawsuits. Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis visits with Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Media Relations Ty Higgins about the language included in the budget and its importance to agriculture.Listen to Legal with Leah, a podcast featuring Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discussing topics impacting farmers and landowners.TranscriptionTy Higgins: In mid-July, Ohio legislators passed a new two-year, $69 billion state budget. It was signed by Governor DeWine shortly thereafter. The budget, as you might expect, mostly consists of a lot of numbers, adding some funds to programs, taking away funds from others. There’s also some language in the new budget that will be better protecting farmers from nuisance lawsuits. That’s our topic for this week’s Legal with Leah. Along with Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis, I’m Ty Higgins and Leah, you and I visited about there being an affirmative defense for farms enrolled in an ag district with some caveats. That came up not long after Toledo voters passed the Lake Erie Bill of Rights back in February. How does this budget address issues like LEBOR?Leah Curtis: So what the budget did was it changed the nuisance protection just slightly so it does still apply to those who are enrolled in an ag district but also now would apply to those who are qualified and enrolled in the Current Ag Use Valuation program which a lot of people are going to do because it does make their taxes a little better. And so it just expands it a little bit and reduces a little bit of that paperwork burden. If you’re already enrolling in CAUV, you don’t have to also necessarily enroll for the affirmative defense in the ag district. It removed a couple of the requirements as well, so it should be a little bit easier to take advantage of and that way farmers will be able to use the defense when a nuisance lawsuit comes around. Now again as we’ve always said with the LEBOR situation, we don’t know for sure that those lawsuits would be considered nuisance and whether this defense would be the slam dunk. But as I always say as lawyer, I want every farmer to have every tool in the toolbox that they can and so if there’s any chance it would work, we want farmers to be able to use this and have this at their disposal as needed.Ty Higgins: And there are other tools. What are other affirmative defense examples that can apply for farmers?Leah Curtis: So there’s a few. If you have a concentrated animal feeding operation permit through the large livestock program at ODA and you are acting in accordance with that and the best management practices in that permit, there is an affirmative defense under that. There’s also one for any claims that are related to the spreading of fertilizer, so long as you have an approved NMP (nutrient management plan) and you’re acting in accordance with your plan. That happened in compliance with the fertilizer certification program. And then lastly if you are sued for a nuisance claim related to manure, and again you have an approved NMP and you’re acting in accordance with it, then there also may be an affirmative defense available for you in that case.Ty Higgins: The one thing we really want to stress here to our members is that affirmative defense in all of its forms doesn’t prevent someone from suing you.Leah Curtis: Yes. So a lot of people will say this is a complete defense. I don’t like the word complete because the fact is that a defense…you can use it once somebody sues you but you can’t stop somebody from filing a lawsuit. That would violate their constitutional rights to access the courts. So it is there, once the lawsuit is filed, to help get that lawsuit taken care of in a more quick manner, hopefully reduce the need for lots of attorneys fees and get you out of the courthouse as quickly as possible.Ty Higgins: Leah Curtis is policy counsel with Ohio Farm Bureau. This has been Legal with Leah. Thanks for listening. I’m Ty Higgins. We’ll see you down the road. Leave a Comment
LG Optimus Pad, a (Sorta) 3D Tablet to Complement the PhoneThe new smartphone is a much better device that the half-baked 3D LG Optimus Pad, the 3D phone’s tablet counterpart. First of all, why would you want to record 3D from your tablet to begin with? The funny answer from the LG rep at the booth: “because you can?” Uh, OK.More importantly, the 3D tablet can’t play back 3D video – instead it just shows the 2 videos side-by-side. LG would have been better off selling the tablet as a good medium-sized Honeycomb device (bigger than the Galaxy Tab, smaller than the iPad), without bothering with the 3D tech. If it doesn’t have 3D video viewing, what’s the point of calling it a 3D tablet?Lead image credit: Engadget Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez The biggest surprise with the Optimus 3D is how completely not awful it is. That’s not to be unkind, but when a company launches the “world’s first” anything, you sort of expect a halfway viable product. Instead, the Optimus’ 3D video ran well enough, we’d say – the 3D videos seemed fast, without major lagging. It was an engrossing experience when watching the video demos or when lining up that perfect shot in a 3D golf game. There was a narrow “sweet spot” for 3D viewing, however – holding the device at even a slight angle could disrupt the 3D effects.Of course, 3D comes with a big downside too: headaches. In fact, when showing off the 3D adjustment slider – a feature that lets you incrementally increase or decrease the 3D effects through a touchscreen widget – an LG rep told us that “everyone will get a headache from 3D within 5 minutes.” We’re not exactly sure that’s true, but the overall point is valid. 3D may be here at last, and glasses-free too, but it’s not perfect by any means. The technology will affect different people in different ways. Some may get headaches immediately when toying with 3D phones like this, while others could probably handle a 30 minute gaming session without ever noticing negative side effects. As they say: “your mileage may vary.”The LG phone also takes advantage of the 3D feature in its application launcher, something which operators love, we’re told, because it’s a great way to really sell the phone’s abilities. This feature lets you flip through app shortcuts to things like the Photo Gallery and the 3D YouTube app from a 3D carousel interface. It’s fun, but it also feels a bit gimmicky too. Fortunately, it’s not the only way to launch apps – you can still tap their homescreen icons too.As far as the device itself, it’s a little bulky, but not too bad, with a 4.3-inch WVGA glasses-free 3D display, a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4 4430 processor, two 5-megapixel cameras set 24 mm apart, plus support for connectivity options like HDMI and DLNA.Until reviewers can get hands-on with these devices, we can’t quantify the impact to the mobile device’s battery when using 3D. But an LG rep pointed out that the 3D file sizes are the same as their 2D counterparts and that the only burden to the battery is when the 2nd camera is activated during recording and when the 3D screen is activated for 3D content viewing. Neither action has a dramatic impact on battery life, he said. We’ll see. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, LG launched the first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D. With its dual camera system, the phone doesn’t just support 3D video playback – it records in 3D too. Forget Avatar – you can now film baby’s first steps in 3D! And thanks to a partnership with YouTube, those 3D home movies can be posted directly to YouTube where they can be viewed in 3D right from your handset itself. Or, via an HDMI connection, they can be streamed to any 3D TV, too.LG Optimus 3D: Not Too Bad, Actually Tags:#Android#mobile#news The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Sales and loans help SolarCityThe growth of loan and cash sales was a big help to SolarCity, the country’s biggest solar installer, in the third quarter of the year, PV Magazine said. The company saw a 76% growth in revenue with loan and cash sales adding up to 23% of the installations it booked during the quarter (the company, however, still shows net losses).Power-purchase agreements that furnish homeowners with solar systems at little or no upfront cost have been the bread-and-butter business model for installers like SolarCity. But homeowners, not the installer, get the 30% federal tax credit when they buy their systems outright. With installed costs steadily dropping, that became a more realistic option for more customers.The most recent Tracking the Sun report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says that the median installed price for a residential solar system was $4.10 per watt in 2015, less than half of what it was just seven years ago. At the same time, module efficiency has been increasing.The report says that price declines since 2012 can be attributed mostly to lower “soft” costs plus reductions in the price of inverters and racking equipment. The cost of the modules themselves, which dropped steeply between 2009 and 2012, have since leveled off, the lab said. Direct ownership of residential photovoltaic (PV) systems in the U.S. is poised to overtake third-party ownership in 2017 for the first time since 2011, a report from GTM Research says.Third-party ownership, including leases and power-purchase agreements, accounted for 72% of all PV systems installed in 2014, but the numbers have been dropping since then as more customers bought solar arrays with cash or with a loan.In 2015, third-party ownership dropped to 62% of all residential installations; that will dip to an estimated 54% this year. In five years, GTM expects that the fraction of residential systems bought outright will climb to 73%, a virtual mirror image of the situation in 2014.The report points to several factors in explaining the trend. First, local installers are growing more quickly than big national concerns, such as SolarCity and Vivint Solar, which rely more heavily on leases than sales. Smaller installers are having more luck at cash sales as the cost of solar continues to fall. Finally, emerging markets such as Utah and Florida do not currently allow power-purchase agreements, so solar companies are forced to sell systems, the report says.“The solar loan market is much more fragmented than the leasing market ever was,” said report author Nicole Litvak. Both installers and homeowners have access to more lenders, and more loan options, than in the past.Growth rates, however, are slowing. GTM Research said that after four years of growth greater than 50%, the U.S. residential market will see a growth rate of only 16% this year.
Professional color grading tools are within reach – either as free downloads or built into the video editing app you already use!Image from Blackmagic DesignColor Grading: In the BeginningThere was a time, not long ago, that getting a complex, subtle look for your video meant spending thousands of dollars a day in a DI suite. This final “finishing” step in post-production was a luxury that many producers simply could not afford. Most producers instead relied on their editors to do a basic “color correction” to the clips sitting in the NLE timeline using the small, limited set of filters at their disposal. The idea of a proper “color grade” was really just a pipe dream.Then Apple, Inc bought Final Touch, renamed it Color and gave it away for free with every copy of the Final Cut Suite. The joke at the time was that you got a “free DaVinci” in every box of Final Cut.Suddenly, editors everywhere were given the power of a complex, robust color grading application in all its arcane and indecipherable beauty. It turns out that what was going on in those expensive DI suites was more than just tweaking colors, there was a real color science happening. Many editors opened up Color, took one look around and then went straight back to the timeline. However, for the dedicated, the free copy of Color allowed for a shot at developing professional color grading skills.Simultaneously, NLE based color correction plug-ins (like Red Giant Colorista and Magic Bullet Looks) were getting more powerful, allowing sophisticated color correction and grading right in the timeline. There was no need to move out of the NLE to a dedicated grading application, it was possible to finish right there inside of Final Cut.In 2010, worlds collided when Blackmagic Design acquired DaVinci (the industry leader in high-end color grading) and released the latest version of Resolve (their flagship application) for the shockingly low price of US $995. This was a color grading environment you couldn’t touch for less than a hundred thousand dollars the year before. To drive the point home, Blackmagic released a free version called Resolve Lite. So now the “free DaVinci” was actually a free version of DaVinci Resolve. And you could run it on your laptop.Color Grading: The SplitThe work of color grading exists in two very different realms now. There are still the high-end Resolve artists, working on expensive hardware with multiple GPUs, colorimetric accurate displays, nice sofas and espresso machines. There is science in their work, a deep understanding of cinematography and a workflow centered around the job of color grading. They live in DaVinci Resolve and they are awesome, and very expensive.On the other side are what you can call “editorial specialists”. They come into the edit suite after picture lock, work directly inside the timeline, create a color balanced images, post-relighting and make everything look qualitatively better. Sometimes there is a colorimetric accurate monitor, often not, and the editorial specialist uses color bars and adjustments to get a display close to something that approximates a true representation. This practitioner comes equipped with a suite of plug-ins, but many small post house and editorial boutiques stay up to date with the latest so this is becoming less of an issue.What is interesting, to me, is that the proliferation of low (and no) cost color correction tools has created a new class of post-production workers. For two decades, we’ve all watched as digital technology collapsed and obsoleted many different post roles (and good paying jobs). In color grading and finishing, it’s done the opposite: it’s made the high-end more accessible while rates have stayed relatively high, and it’s created a new position in small post houses using NLE’s and plug-ins. Producers are aware that for another five-hundred dollars they can add a layer of polish on a low-budget spot without ever leaving the post-house.‘All the Free DaVincis’With this new landscape in mind, I present to you, three amazing applications you can download for free to do sophisticated color grading and finishing. Although these applications are packed with tons of professional color grading features, I urge you to study up on the foundations of color correcting theory and technique if you aim to have a comprehensive and systematic approach to working with color.DaVinci Resolve Lite“DaVinci Resolve Lite includes all the same high quality processing of the full DaVinci Resolve. However it limits projects to UHD resolutions or less, a single processing GPU and a single RED Rocket card.” from BlackmagicOK, it is the free DaVinci so there are some limits:1) You can only work in 4K or lower resolution2) Only process on a single GPU and a single Red Rocket Card3) No Stereo 3D support4) No noise reduction, power mastering, remote grading and sharingIf you really need the extra, then you’ll have to pony up the $995 dollars. But c’mon, it’s a free DaVinci! Also, Resolve 11 is a fully-baked NLE so you can cut in it if you want.To me, the bigger choice here is whether you want to invest the time in learning how to work in the Resolve world. It means migrating projects from your current NLE, managing data, learning a node-based workflow and generally spending hours and hours climbing the learning curve. Do you have the time to do this?Red Giant Colorista FreeI am partial to all things Red Giant. They have supported me as a filmmaker for years, I have beta tested many of their products. They are my friends and they are filmmakers who make software for filmmakers. Colorista is an amazing product from the prolific mad genius of rebel filmmaker, Stu Maschwitz. When it was released it was, quite simply, the three-way color corrector that Adobe forgot to build in After Effects. It had primary and secondary color grading tools, skin tools, masking tools and it lived right there in the plug-in window.The app has matured into an amazingly powerful color finishing tool that lives in most NLEs and After Effects as a plug-in, it’s called Colorista II and it’s US$199.Red Giant released a free version of the app called “Colorista Free” that has just the three way color correction tool and numeric inputs. But when you combine this with the built-in tracking masks in Adobe Premiere CC 2014, you get a really stable, powerful primary and secondary color correction tool for free.While you can use the built-in Premiere CC three way color corrector for the same effect, I personally find Colorista gets me the desired look a lot faster.Adobe Premiere CC 2014Which brings me to the last “free Da Vinci” in the box: the NLE you may already be using, Adobe Premiere CC 2014. Every plug-in now has optional automated tracking masks, this is a big deal.It means that for every filter you apply, you can choose to apply it to a selected portion of the image, and then have Premiere “follow” that portion over time, dynamically key-framing as it goes. In Resolve-land, this is called “power windowing”, and it was the secret-sauce of the high-end color suite for decades. When you start stacking on these power windows and filters, you can do amazing things like relighting a shot in post, or soften wrinkles on an actors face. You can achieve the subtle effects that evoke emotion and enhance an image. And you can do it all without ever leaving Premiere. It’s kind of awesome.You’ve got options.
Slovenia have sacked head coach Tomaz Kavcic after winning just one of their seven games in 2018.Kavcic was only appointed in December last year but has overseen a torrid run of results, with Slovenia languishing at the foot of League C Group 3 in the Nations League standings.Slovenia opened Nations League play with a 2-1 loss to Bulgaria before falling 2-1 to Cyprus in the team’s second match of the competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A 1-0 loss to Norway was likely the final straw for the manager, even though he was able to steady the ship with a 1-1 draw at home against Cyprus on Tuesday.However, it was not enough to save his job as the federation decided to move on to a new manager.There have been suggestions that Kavcic’s difficult relationship with goalkeeper Jan Oblak – who missed the recent games with Norway and Cyprus – was to blame for his departure, but the Football Association of Slovenia’s president Radenko Mijatovic denied that was the case.He told a media conference: “It will never be because of a player that we change coach.”Slovenia will hope to have Kavcic’s replacement in place when their Nations League campaign resumes in November with fixtures against Norway and Bulgaria.The team currently sits three ponts behind third-place Cyprus, while Bulgaria and Norway sit joint top with nine points through four matches.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Abraham informs Chelsea he wants to leave Aston Villaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham wants to leave Aston Villa this month.The Sun says the England striker can return from Aston Villa this month in the terms of his season-long move to the Championship side.And the Chelsea striker has attracted interest from top-flight clubs looking to boost their attack in the second half of the season.Abraham, 21, will be targeted by the clubs who missed out on Dominic Solanke, who is poised to join Crystal Palace.Both young Three Lions strikers have been on the radar for Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Brighton and Fulham.Moving away from Villa will be a blow to Dean Smith’s promotion hopes, with the club five points off the play-offs.It will also put Smith in the market for a replacement in attack for the second half of the season.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team has been a dominant force at home and has an opportunity to go undefeated at the Schottenstein Center this season.Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Tournament are away from OSU. “Going on the road is battle testing,” junior David Lighty said. “Seeing where your team’s mind is gets you ready for the tournament because you never know where you are going to play.”Despite its unblemished home record, the Bucks are just 2-5 on the road and 1-1 on a neutral court. With four of their final seven regular-season games on the road, including games at Michigan State and Illinois, the Buckeyes will have to have success away from home to have any chance at a regular season Big Ten Championship.Lighty said the team tries to imagine it is always playing in Columbus.“We try to treat it like home games, but it’s hard to do with all the opponent fans chanting and going crazy,” Lighty said. “Coach talks about us keeping that same mindset and being prepared for all the situations that happen on the road.”One problem for the Buckeyes is their lack of offensive production on the road. For a team that has eclipsed the 100-point barrier three times this season, it has only scored 70-plus points once away from home, in a 77-73 loss to North Carolina at Madison Square Garden. Coach Thad Matta said the Buckeyes don’t try to change too much on the road. “You are who you are,” Matta said. “We don’t attempt to reinvent the wheel going into a different opponent. “Road games are a big testing ground for the conference tourney and NCAA Tournament. While the Big Ten Tournament is located in Indianapolis this year, if Ohio State were to make the field of 65, the closest opening round site to Columbus would be in Buffalo, N.Y. “My freshman year we played in San Antonio during the tournament and we could have played Texas A&M, which would have been like a home game for them,” Lighty said. “All the road games we played up to that point prepared us for that situation and you just have to take it in stride.”Junior Evan Turner said that while he knows how important it is to win road games, playing away from Columbus doesn’t bother him. “It prepares you for that tough environment,” Turner said. “Playing overseas in Serbia, that was a tough environment. So playing out here feels like Disneyland.”While the road has been far from a fairy tale for the Buckeyes, they understand how important winning road games are to move up the standings and gain experience for postseason play. But Turner says that they have to remember what’s being played, not where. “We’ve all been through these experiences,” Turner said. “So, you just pay attention to the game, not where you are playing at.”
Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort (74) prepares to block a defender during a game against Penn State Oct. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIt is often said football games are won or lost in the trenches. The 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes make no exception to this school of thought.Although senior running back Carlos Hyde is having a great season for the No. 3-ranked Ohio State football team (10-0, 6-0), if it weren’t for the “big uglies,” Hyde’s numbers would be lower.“I give all credit to my offensive line and my receivers,” Hyde said after the game against Illinois, in which he ran for a career-high 246 yards. “They did a great job.”A big part of the offensive line’s success this year has come from redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, who is set to start his final game at Ohio Stadium as a member of the OSU football team. It is set to be the 36th straight game Mewhort has started for the Buckeyes.Mewhort said Monday he is “trying not to think about” playing his last game in Ohio Stadium.“I know that when I run out of the tunnel for that last time, it’s going to be a pretty emotional thing,” Mewhort said. “But it’s been a great ride … I owe who I am to this university and this program. So it’s going to mean a lot to me, like I said my last time. I’m going to be taking it all in and looking forward to it.”The last time Mewhort did not start for the Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium was Nov. 27, 2010, in a 37-7 Buckeye win against Michigan.During the Big Ten Teleconference Tuesday, Meyer said Mewhort brings not only a high level of play, but great leadership to the Buckeyes.“He’s one of my all-time favorite players I’ve been around. He’s playing at an extremely high level, but that’s just part of it,” Meyer said. “His leadership — he got hurt last week so we had to take him out of the game and our offense just started spiring and it’s not just the fact that he’s a heck of a player, it’s just the leadership value he brings and the ‘esprit de corps’ that he is a part of.”A large part of the offensive line’s success, Mewhort said, has been the ability to take responsibility as leaders and players.“We did a lot of growing up, as far as maturity goes. I think when coach Meyer got here, we realized that we were the older guys now, and we had to assume some responsibility and not just take a back seat and watch other guys do it,” Mewhort said. “That’s kind of what I’ve mentioned before, guys taking ownership. That was really cool to see. Coach Meyer put a lot of pressure on us to do that and we accepted that and that’s when we started to see guys thrive.”A big concern for the Buckeyes will be blocking out the Senior Day emotions in addition to the BCS standings, and just focusing on Indiana (4-6, 2-4), Mewhort said.“I think there’s a big focus on that now especially that we’re winding down. I think things are getting kind of real for us,” Mewhort said. “We have our eyes on something, but we don’t want to talk about it and I think that’s what coach Meyer was talking about … we’re just going to take it day by day and go through the daily grind and try to get better as an offense and defense.”Redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley agreed with Mewhort, adding that keeping focused on the next game has been part of OSU’s success this year.“Things like the win streak and clinching the Leaders Division and all this, it’s a lot of pressure on you and to think about that stuff and concentrate on that stuff it produces nothing but anxiety, stress,” Linsley said. “Week in and week out, I know it sounds cliche … but it’s a one game season for us. We’ve done nothing but prepare like that all year. Truly, that’s been a huge part of our success.”Mewhort and the rest of the seniors on the Buckeye offensive line are scheduled for their last game at Ohio Stadium Saturday at 3:30 p.m.Mewhort said it has been special playing with the senior class and watching them grow.“I just think we are a really close-knit group of guys. Passionate, I would say. Really caring,” Mewhort said. “There’s something I haven’t seen … I’ve seen guys change over the past three years and really become selfless people. That’s something that’s really special. Seeing guys transform from ‘me’ guys into ‘team’ guys.”