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Lion Stanton eager to face old team

Monday, March 21st, 2011

After 7 seasons as a backup, Stanton gets the opportunity he’s wanted for so long, to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. And not just for a game or two.

A season ending knee injury to Carson Palmer means Stanton, as long as he stays healthy, will direct the Arizona Cardinals’ offense. wholesale nfl jerseys from china He inherits a team with the league’s best record at 8 1, and his teammates say they have full confidence in him.

It’s a confidence rooted in his three earlier starts this season. The former Michigan State quarterback went 2 1 while Palmer was sidelined with a nerve injury in his throwing shoulder, helping the team to a road victory over the New York Giants and a home win over San Francisco.

In his other start at Denver, the Cardinals were within striking distance when Stanton was knocked out of the game with a concussion. The Broncos are the only team to beat Arizona so far this season.

“We have shown that we can win with a backup quarterback,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “We won’t make any excuses like some of these other teams.”

Stanton, whose wife delivered the couple’s second child Monday night, went four years without taking a regular season snap before this season.

“It’s an opportunity I’ve been looking forward to for a long time,” he said. “It’s been eight years now that I’ve been working toward this, so I don’t take it lightly. It comes under unfortunate circumstances, without a doubt, but it’s also part of my job description.”

Stanton’s first start since Palmer’s season ended comes against the Detroit Lions, the team he was with in his first five NFL seasons. He had four starts, one in 2009 and three in 2010. The Lions’ defense, ranked No. 1 in the NFL, bears little resemblance to the one Stanton knew back then.

“There are only two guys that were with me a couple years ago in Detroit,” he said. “Yeah, they have the same helmets and the same jerseys, but a lot of different guys are over there.”

Stanton said he matured as a quarterback after leaving Detroit and going to Indianapolis in 2012. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was the Colts’ offensive coordinator, then became interim head coach when Chuck Pagano contracted leukemia.

Stanton never got on the field as backup to Andrew Luck, but he said he “fell in love” with Arians’ offense.

“I just loved the way he prepared,” Arians said, “and I watched him grow as a player.”

When Arians came to Arizona in 2013, he brought Stanton with him. The quarterback thought he would have a chance to start, but accepted the backup role, yet again, when the Cardinals traded for Palmer.

Although his statistics in his starts this year weren’t flashy, Stanton made plays when they were most needed, and committed no turnovers.

Arians said the most impressive performance came in the home win over the 49ers.

“Every guy in that room knows that he’ll be ultimately prepared and more than capable of beating everybody that we play,” the coach said. “The Giants game he was fairly good, but the Frisco game he was outstanding. https://www.cheapnflauthenticjerseys.top/ That win right there cemented him in our locker room.”

When Palmer went down early in the fourth quarter last Sunday against St. Louis, the Cardinals trailed 14 10.

Stanton came in, completed a pair of passes, ran for 4 yards, then heaved a 48 yard pass to rookie John Brown, whose diving grab in the end zone put Arizona ahead. The defense added two touchdowns and Arizona won going away 31 14.

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25 things not to miss at the Royal Norfolk Show

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

25 things not to miss at the Royal Norfolk Show

There are countless reasons to visit the Royal Norfolk Show, but here we highlights 25 reasons why this year’s celebration of our county is an absolute must see.

From art to gardening, food to fashion and lifestock to rural crafts, there’s something to delight the whole family at the show.

1. Follow the new family trail. The free trail guides children and their parents around family friendly and educational attractions, from rare breed animals to beekeeping and free crafts. Trails can be collected for free from catalogue sellers at the entrance gates or from the WI stand.

2. The Flower and Garden Show has been completely redesigned for 2012 and boasts its own Gardeners’ Caf where you can pick up light refreshments before enjoying the incredible displays of horticultural know how. The show is open to the public from 9.30am on Wednesday and 8am on Thursday.

3. Watch the Household Cavalry Musical Ride in the Grand Ring. The Ride is made up of eight soldiers from each of the Life Guards and The Blues and Royals dressed in full state ceremonial uniform with lances instead of swords. The display demonstrates the type of horsemanship used by the regiments in the days when they still fought on horseback.

4. Learn about the county’s heritage with the vintage harvesting demonstrations. The demonstrations by Graham Kirk will show how crops were harvested in the 1950s, cutting corn and tying it into sheaves with a binder to standing the sheaves into stooks or shocks. Demonstrations are on both days at 11am and 2.30pm.

5. There are more than 60 different producers in this year’s Food Hall, including the English Whisky Company, Little Melton Gourmet Yoghurt, Norfolk Apple Juice, Breckland Orchard, Norfolk Fudge Company, Yare Valley Rapeseed Oils, the Bhaji Man and Hill Farm Oils.

6. The Sheep Show takes a fun and educational look at different breeds of sheep with the emphasis on wool. Presented by New Zealanders Richard Savory and Stuart Barnes, nine breeds of sheep are introduced to the audience who then learn about their attributes.

7. The RAF Falcons Freefall Parachute Team display is always a firm favourite at the Royal Norfolk Show, offer ing visitors the chance to see a nine man team forming an impressive canopy stack before drifting down to the drop zone. The team will be performing in the Grand Ring.

8. The Royal Norfolk Show will be celebrating its own 2012 Games in the Grand Ring with a range of events including Norfolk’s Fittest Farmer, a tug of war competition, dance groups and a parade of 206 Olympic flags carried by some of Norfolk’s Rising Stars.cheap nfl jerseys

9. The Woodland Craft area has grown over the years and this year will be featuring a group of craftspeople showcasing their skills at the Woodland Walk, off Avenue One. Discover the skill involved in pole lathe turning, corn dolly making, bowl turning, cider making and a host of other rural crafts.

10. Look out for the vintage fairground with a ferris wheel and helter skelter and the new vintage farm at the Royal Norfolk Showground.

11. Inspiring cookery demonstrations and tasty, local produce will once again be drawing the crowds at the show as Norfolk food takes centre stage in the Food Hall. The cookery theatre hosted by Mary Kemp will include demonstrations from celebrated Norfolk chefs including Richard Hughes, Richard Bainbridge, Sam Bryant, Andy Snowling and Tony Robertson.

12. Showjumper Tim Stockdale will be back in the ring after breaking his neck in two places last year. Tim, who has made no secret of his 2012 Olympic ambitions, will be among a star studded line up in this year’s showjumping competitions which also includes big names such as William Funnell, Tina Fletcher and Mark Armstrong.

13. If you have a passion for fashion, head to the John Lewis marquee to enjoy catwalk shows, beauty demonstrations and makeovers. The fashion shows take place on the hour from 11am to 3pm on both days.

14. Have your photograph taken with the Barclays Premier League Trophy. The prestigious trophy will be at the Barclays stand on both days.

15. Meet the world’s rarest donkeys. The rare giant Poitou donkeys, recognisable by their large bodies and shaggy coats, are thought to be rarer than Pandas. Only a handful have been bred in the UK and visitors will be able to meet them.

16. Windsurf with the Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre, ride a full size mechanical horse from the British Equestrian Federation, see the boats used by the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club and try fitness equipment from the UEA Sportspark.

17. Enjoy the 1950s themed area with film footage of the Coronation and a selection of vintage items from Norfolk Museum Service’s costume and textile collections.

18. Don’t miss BBC presenters Amelia Reynolds and David Whiteley being given a special makeover by the John Lewis fashion advisers and hair stylists at 12.30pm.

19. A team of style spotters will be out and about at the show scouting for the best dressed visitors and visitors can also put themselves forward for the competition. Each day, two 250 Chapelfield Gift Card prizes will be awarded.

20. There are a host of displays in the Countryside Arena to enjoy throughout the Royal Norfolk Show, including dog displays with the Mid Norfolk Gundogs, Elaine Hill with her ducks and sheep dogs, drug detection dog and dog agility. There will also be rabbiting and ferret demonstrations, terrier racing raft racing and shooting and decoy demonstrations.

21. Watch the Double Harness Scurry Driving in the Grand Ring, a fast and exciting event which sees two ponies running at full gallop to pull a carriage through obstacles. Sporting drivers compete against each other to achieve the fastest time possible.

22. The Art Exhibition has grown from strength to strength over the years and now boasts almost 400 exhibits for sale from more than 150 local artists.

23. There are plenty of animal activities to enjoy, including Piggy Tricks displays in the pig rings, the chance to try fly fishing with Norfolk Fly Fishers and the Salmon and Trout Association and the opportunity to see wild birds up close with the Raptor Trust.

24. A visit to the Royal Norfolk Show wouldn’t be complete without calling in to the Norfolk Federation of Women’s Institutes’ stand in the marquee by the Grand Ring. This year, the WI’s theme is Great Britain celebrates.

25. A record number of cattle and sheep entries have been received for this year’s Royal Norfolk Show, meaning there’s more livestock to see than ever before. See if you can spot the Holsteins, Friesians, Ayshires, Jerseys, Here fords, South Devons and Shorthorns.

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Jets’ adopt colour scheme with a military link

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Team captain Andrew Ladd and three other players emerged from the belly of a Royal Canadian Air Force Hercules at CFB Winnipeg in their blue and white home and away uniforms.

The home jersey is navy blue officially “polar night blue” with striping in white and lighter blue. The away jersey is white with the two shades of blue striping. The lighter shade is known as “aviator blue.”

Both blue colours have links to the RCAF the lighter shade matches its historical colours while the darker comes from the paint used on many of the military’s current aircraft. wholesale nfl jerseys from china Both home and away sweaters also feature the team’s new RCAF inspired circular logo on the chest.

“We wanted to create a new look . but also honour the rich history of hockey in our city and fit the era of the Royal Canadian Air Force, which inspired the primary logo,” said general manager .

“As you can see the result is clean, it’s simple and it’s traditional.”

The colours are essentially the same as those worn by the original Winnipeg Jets, who left the city in 1996 when the team relocated to Phoenix and was renamed the Coyotes. The reborn Jets are the former Atlanta Thrashers.

Winnipeg’s first regular season game is Oct. 9 at home against the Montreal Canadiens. It’s a guaranteed sellout, as is every game for this and several seasons to come.

There were plenty of armed forces members in the audience and Col. Blaise Frawley, Commander of 17 Wing, thanked the team.

“Today’s announcement certainly lends a boost to our morale,” he said.

“Our men and women in uniform are delighted by the gracious manner in which the Winnipeg Jets hockey club has sought to pay tribute to our time honoured relationship with this city.”

Even though police have already seized counterfeit Jets jerseys, fans will have to wait a month before they can get their hands on the real thing. The pro weight jerseys won’t be on sale until early October and less expensive replica jersey’s will be available a few weeks after that.

The Jets’ name and logo weren’t the first choice of the team’s new owners, but they bowed to public pressure and that meant a last minute rush to get the logo and jersey’s ready for the season.

“We wanted to create a new look . but also honour the rich history of hockey in our city and fit the era of the Royal Canadian Air Force, which inspired the primary logo.”The parent Winnipeg Jets may have revealed their jerseys, but it will be at least a week maybe even a little longer before the St. John’s IceCaps unveil their garb for their inaugural American Hockey League season.

“We’re getting closer, but we’re not quite ready yet,” said Glenn Stanford, the IceCaps’ chief operating officer said Tuesday.

It’s already known the IceCaps’ design and colour scheme will be similar to that which the Jets put on display Tuesday (see story this page), but Stanford suggests “a few different quirks” could be featured in the AHL club’s apparel.

The IceCaps are under a different time constraint than the Jets, who begin their NHL pre season campaign Sept. 20. St. John’s first exhibition contest is Sept. 29, when it takes on the Norfolk Admirals in Grand Falls Windsor.

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