This Week’s Picks! Finding Neverlad, Bombshell & More

first_imgHey, you, bawling that you couldn’t get a ticket for the Bombshell reunion concert. There’s no need to get upset. Trust us, you’re so not alone. Besides, you always have your Smash fan fiction—and a ton of fun things to do this week. We have Jason Alexander’s debut in Fish in the Dark, a Spring Awakening reunion, and Cheyenne Jackson performing in your backyard. Dry your eyes and get ready for this week’s picks! See Jason Alexander’s Broadway ReturnBegins June 9 at the Cort TheatreJason Alexander cannot escape Larry David, not that we’re complaining. Seinfeld, where Alexander became a star, was co-created by David. Alexander’s character, George Costanza, was based on David. Now, 25 years after his last performance on the Great White Way, Alexander returns—to a Larry David-written play! Alexander takes over (for David, of course) in Fish in the Dark. Glenne Headly, whose career is not tangled with America’s favorite neurotic, joins him. Click for tickets! Fall for a Spring Awakening ReunionJune 9 at 54 BelowFamily reunions? Lame. High-school reunions? Mega-lame. Reunion featuring cast members from Spring Awakening’s Broadway and touring productions? Amazing. Join Jenna Ushkowitz, Phoebe Strole, Lilli Cooper and more as they belt out tunes and share backstage anecdotes. Three disclaimers: This isn’t a presentation of the musical or its songs. The first show features performers from the first national tour; the second and third shows feature Broadway cast members. Either way, it sounds like fun. Click for tickets! Go on the Town with Cheyenne JacksonJune 12 at Town HallIt’s Friday, so it’s time to celebrate. No, that doesn’t mean burnt microwavable popcorn and the latest Netflix documentary. We can top that. Head to Town Hall, where the super-talented Cheyenne Jackson is performing a new show backed by his band. And if that isn’t enough of a treat, guess who his guest star is? Laura Benanti! Why would you deprive your life of joy? Get going! Click for tickets! Take Vanessa Hudgens & More HomeAvailable June 9The headline is a joke, of course. That’d be weird and probably illegal. (Plus, you haven’t vacuumed in ages.) But you can take Hudgens’ work on the cast recording of Gigi home. And if you’re looking for variety, get the cast recording of the revival of The King & I and Finding Neverland: The Album, a companion concept album to the hit show featuring performances by Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, and the musical’s headliner Matthew Morrison. Get Smash-ed with Katharine McPheeJune 11, check local listingsUnless you were one of the lucky few, you missed McPhee in the Bombshell reunion concert, so catch up with the singer-actress on Live with Kelly & Michael, where she just might perform a number or two from Bombshell. And maybe this will be the encouragement you need to stop dressing in black and subsisting on a diet of peanut butter cups and start living! McPhee, Megan Hilty, and everyone else in the Smash family want that too. Find your light. View Commentslast_img read more

Extradition of Former Colombian Crime Boss and Six Other Defendants Authorized

first_img The Colombian government has authorized the extradition to the United States of Phanor Arizabaleta, a former crime boss with the Cali cartel, and six other Colombians suspected of drug-trafficking offenses, the administration announced in a press release on 14 March. Arizabaleta was a cocaine-trafficking partner of the brothers Miguel and Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, bosses of the once-powerful mob organization during the 1980s and 1990s. The two brothers are now serving thirty-year prison sentences in the United States. Arizabaleta was previously sentenced in Colombia to twenty-eight years in prison for drug trafficking, but his extradition to the United States is in relation to offenses committed subsequent to that sentence. In addition to Arizabaleta, Ana Cecilia Tamayo West, Julio Eduardo Chaparro Escobar, John Frank Bonilla Cristancho, Edgar Adenis Solano López, José Guillermo Gallón Henao, and Saúl Estupiñán Yesquen will be turned over to U.S. judicial authorities, the statement from the presidential press service specified. In 2010, the Colombian government extradited 168 of its citizens, the majority of them to the United States, according to official figures. By Dialogo March 16, 2011last_img read more

Selling Sunset’s Amanza Smith Shuts Down Chrishell, Gleb Rumors

first_img– Advertisement – Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! The realtor, for her part, shared her condolences for the end of her DWTS partner’s marriage. The Kentucky native recently struggled through her own split after her husband of two years, Justin Hartley, filed for divorce in November 2019.Selling Sunset Amanza Smith Thinks Chrishell Stause Is Pissed Off About Gleb Savchenko Cheating RumorsChrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko ABC/Eric McCandless“I am so saddened about the news of Gleb and Elena’s split,” Stause wrote in an Instagram Story after Savchenko made headlines. “It is unfortunate that this has caused rumors to swirl about my personal life. Having gone through a public split myself, I would not wish this on anyone.”She added: “As you can imagine, the countless hours of training and dance rehearsals has created a strong supportive friendship, but nothing more. I wish nothing but the best for both Gleb and Elena during this unfortunate time.”- Advertisement – “Poor Chrishell,” the interior designer said during an interview on FUBAR Radio on Thursday, November 12. “She was like, ‘I went through a very public divorce. Like, the last thing she would ever do is add to somebody’s infidelity if that’s what was going on.’ But that’s just how it goes when you are in the spotlight, but I think she’s pretty pissed off about it. … It sounds like maybe the wife is using this as, like, a cheap PR stunt.”Selling Sunset Amanza Smith Thinks Chrishell Stause Is Pissed Off About Gleb Savchenko Cheating RumorsAmanza Smith, Chrishell Stause, and Gleb Savchenko Shutterstock (3)Savchenko and the So You Think You Can Dance choreographer, 36, tied the knot in July 2006 and share two daughters, Olivia, 10, and Zlata, 3. Following the news of their split, Samodanova came forward with allegations of her estranged husband’s “ongoing infidelity” — and cited a “recent inappropriate relationship.” Savchenko later denied the claims, telling Us Weekly that he and Stause kept things “strictly platonic.”“Our friendship during our season on DWTS was not the reason for our split. Elena and I have had longstanding issues in our marriage. This has been an ongoing situation between Elena and I paired with poor timing,” Savchenko continued. “It was my deepest hope to keep our private life just that: private. I am saddened and disappointed to see that Elena has chosen not to do the same.”- Advertisement – Shutting it down. Amanza Smith isn’t here for the rumors about Selling Sunset costar Chrishell Stause and her Dancing With the Stars partner, Gleb Savchenko.The Russian dancer, 37, split from wife Elena Samodanova earlier this month — and instantly sparked speculation of an affair with the former soap opera star, 39. Both Stause and Savchenko have denied that they were more than just friends on the ABC ballroom dance competition, and amid the drama, Smith, 43, is coming to her friend’s defense.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Istra Outdoor Experience is an example of how tourism is strategically developed. The magic word is synergy

first_imgIstra Outdoor Experience is an informal association of companies in the municipality of Barban that offer active holidays and bring together over 10 partners. A miracle, but it also exists in Lijepa naša and in our tourism. The thing is very simple. Together, small entrepreneurs have done great miracles and contributed to the development of a quality offer for active tourism in the interior of Istria.They offer various activities such as horseback riding, adrenaline park, kayaking, cycling, cycling, quads, and as this year’s novelty attraction and novelty will offer a gyrocopter (a combination of airplane and helicopter) and much more. “Everyone is in tourism they are in favor of unification, but we in our small Municipality of Barban have succeeded in that – and now everyone is wondering and asking how we are succeeding in that. The answer is simple. First of all because we want to extend the season. We want it to last from mid-March until mid-November because we know that Istria has these opportunities. Istria can offer guests a lot all 12 months of the year. demand is growing higher and higher from year to year, and so every year we grow about 30 percent. Every year, more and more partners join us, which makes us happy, because the more of us, the better our offer, and it is the tourists who are looking for quality content. ” points out Mladen Draguzet, the initiator of the “cluster” Istra Outdoor experience, and otherwise the owner of the travel agency Istra Adventure.This is unfortunately one of the few positive examples of synergy, such as seeing an endemic Velebit degenia or Mediterranean bear, where entrepreneurs come together rather than look at themselves as a competition, which is so logical, normal and desperately needed in tourism. Together they are stronger so everyone can grow and develop well. Unfortunately, everyone in Croatia looks at themselves, they are happy with the failure of the competition, and they do not understand how they all make a tourist destination, and if one grows, the other will grow, and vice versa. Synergy and joint appearance on the market is the only right solution, because the destinations are all, not one individual.The most important thing is the final experience of touristsNo one can develop a tourist destination on their own, no matter how big and financially strong it is. The tourist destination consists of everyone, whether directly or indirectly engaged in tourism, from citizens and the culture of living, landscaping, offering content to mowed and green grass. The quality of service of the entire destination is extremely important, from the hosts, citizens, hairdressers to employees at the gas station, which must be at the level, and the imperative is above expectations to delight guests.The motive for the arrival is quality, diverse and primarily authentic content of the tourist destination. If we offer only the sun and the sea, ie we live from the rent of accommodation and the beach, which is no longer enough or productive today, the guest is bored and not satisfied with the holiday, and the overall impression will be bad and will not return. Also, because we chronically lack content in destinations, we have low tourist consumption. Ultimately, we all know that it is harder and more expensive to bring a dissatisfied guest back three times, if not more. That is why the overall impression is important, the impression that everyone influences, and the goal is for the guest to be satisfied, recommend us and come back again in 7 to 14 days of staying in our tourist destination.”Through all the years of our cooperation, we have concluded that together we are” stronger “and we have managed to raise tourism in the Barban region to a higher level and influence the extension of the tourist season, because in the pre-season and post-season it is not enough to offer only” sun and sea “. but in combination with all our activities, these seasons are ideal for such activities because Istria has an ideal climate because the winters are not too cold, so we can work practically all year round, which is a rarity in other parts. I must admit that such a performance brought us a number of positive results. One of them is that we are more interesting to agencies because they see that they can get a complete service in one place and that they are all partners who work perfectly as if it were one and that then they have no problems coordinating programs, activities and timing. ” Draguzet points out and emphasizes that they set a fair and correct agreement at the start, and their cooperation is quality.Invitation to cooperate with agencies and hosts in family accommodation But this great story does not end there, in fact, it grows and develops, and Istra Outdoor Experience organizes a fair in Glavana Park to present to everyone its offer and great content for an active vacation. They invite all tourist workers, travel agencies, and especially the hosts in family accommodation to cooperate in mutual interest.I keep emphasizing that hotels and hosts in family accommodation must sell the destination, not their accommodation. Also, everyone must care about the overall experience, and this is where the quality of the destination and the content it offers come to the fore. The motive for coming is not accommodation, but a tourist destination. Thus, guests will have quality content, and thus will be satisfied with the destination. And in the end, everyone benefits here, especially the hosts, because the guests, if they are satisfied with their vacation in the destination, will thus return to your accommodation facility. But not because of you, but because of the destination (I have to repeat this several times). Also, guests who return each year are the cheapest because you have no cost of commission or marketing.The fair will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 in Glavani Park (address: Barban, Glavani 10) at 10 am. Come and experience for yourself all the charms of active tourism, so that you can recommend quality content to your guests. Win-win for everyone. See more information hereWe offer guests unforgettable moments in a tourist destination, we provide them with a unique and authentic experience that will forever remain in their memory. This is an example of how a tourist destination develops. Even if the people responsible for our tourism would see it and hear it, I mean the Ministry of Tourism, the CNTB and the tourist board, then we could talk about year-round tourism. Precisely such stories should be declared strategic projects, not investments in hotel construction, because if we build only hotels, and we do not have content or developed destinations, then we have what we have today: a chronic problem of seasonality, low added value, low tourist consumption and most importantly low dispersion. spending on the local economy as much of tourism spending spills over to imports.Synergy, not dispersion. All, not one. These are the real ambassadors of Croatian tourism. Well done to Istra Outdoor Experience, who showed that the only right direction is strategic and sustainable development.last_img read more

Colliers International: Recovery to the level of 2019 is expected only around 2022 or 2023

first_imgThe next webinar table will be on topic “Logistics and distribution – did we take the opportunity?” and will be held in Monday, 19.10.2020/10/XNUMX at XNUMX o’clock on ZOOM, with a live broadcast on YouTube channel i Facebook profile Colliers International Croatia.  “As for overnight stays in commercial accommodation, the biggest losers this season are the hotels with the largest drop in overnight stays, by more than 70% compared to last year. Precisely because of the possibility of isolation and easier distance maintenance, camps and private accommodation, despite the loss, showed much greater resilience.. “, He concluded Ivan Laljak, Consultant from the Appraisal and Investment Advisory Department. “What we have noticed is that holiday tourism is recovering faster and easier, unlike the segment of city hotels that is still suffering, as business meetings and conferences have switched to digital and online platforms. We also expect that apartments in larger cities that were used for short-term rental to tourists will be switched to a long-term rental offer. It is the health pandemic that has accelerated the development of technology, such as the increasing use of contactless payments, the introduction of digital check-in station, or enabling check in via mobile devices”, Laljak gave us a closer look at the trends. trends As the first half of the year was marked by a complete lockdown, not only did holiday tourism stop, but business travel was replaced by video conferencing. This resulted record low occupancy rates worldwide. In the first half of the year, revenues of the main hotel groups in Croatia fell by 70% to 80% compared to the first half of 2019. Croatian hotel groups generate the majority of revenue in Q3, and we will only find out the final results. It is important to emphasize that the decline in hotel traffic was more conditioned by the decline in occupancy, while overnight prices remained relatively stable. In announcing the season in late May and early June, a period marked by great uncertainty, including border closures and epidemiological measures and restrictions, about 30% of last year’s turnover was forecast. In the world, European, and consequently in the domestic capital market in the period from February to March this year corrected the share prices of leading tourist companies by up to 50%, which testifies to the great fear and caution of investors in that period. In the meantime, prices on the Croatian market have partially recovered, but are still below the pre-crisis level since the beginning of the year. Despite the uncertainty, the general consensus is that a recovery to the 2019 level is not expected until around 2022 or 2023. “Despite the circumstances, we witnessed the great demand of Croatia as a tourist destination from mid-July to the end of August. Unfortunately, closing the borders and prescribing the necessary tests for COVID-19 when entering the country, had the effect of shortening the season and lost part of the tourists who decided to return to their home countries so as not to get stuck at the border. We do not expect major structural changes in the tourism sector in the long run, as demand remains stable.”, He said Filip Dumbović, Senior Consultant from the Appraisal and Investment Advisory Department. The Croatian National Tourist Board has published the latest data showing that they are the achieved results are still better than expected. Namely, in the first 9 months, about 40% of arrivals and 50% of overnight stays were realized compared to the same period last year. There were fewer tourists, but on average they stayed longer in Croatia and the average length of stay per guest was over 7 days. Brownfield and greenfield investments in larger hotel projects for which the financial issue has been resolved and which are in the process of construction have been continued, while most projects that were still under consideration were postponed. She was noticed high demand for hotel portfolios and for hotels with more than 100 rooms. Sellers who are not forced to sell real estate and whose moratorium and government measures have eased the situation hold the price while on the other hand investors want to take advantage of the circumstances and seek discount opportunities. Colliers International Croatia, Slovenia & BiH has started a new cycle of presenting the situation on the real estate market to a wider audience. In a slightly different format from the summer round tables with renowned players on the market, as webinars under the umbrella title “2020 – what impact has it had on the market and what else can we expect from it? ” for 30 minutes every Monday at 10 a.m. gives a review of one real estate sector. They are today Filip Dumbović, Senior Consultant, and Ivan Laljak, A consultant from the Department of Appraisals and Investment Advisory, presented the true state of the previous tourist season and explained in more detail investments in the HTL segment. “There are two main reasons why Zadar is the southernmost destination in the top 10 in terms of the number of overnight stays this year. The first reason is the higher share of domestic tourists, and the second reason is the stronger resilience of destinations based on road transport, while higher losses were recorded by destinations dependent on air transport, such as Split and Dubrovnik, “explained Laljak. Accommodation capacity Among the most significant transactions are the acquisition of HTP Orebić by pension funds, the redistribution of shares in Kharisma hotels taken over by TUI Group from Fortenova and Hotel Riviera in Pula which Arenaturist bought from the Republic of Croatia. Positive expectations remain in the investment market for the end of the year. Certain key factors like quality of supply and content, proximity to major emitting markets and a small number of reported cases of infection showed how Istria has maintained the status of the most desirable destination and leading tourist region in terms of the number of overnight stays in Croatia this year. In the top 10 most sought after destinations this summer no Dubrovnik, while it topped last year with 3,8 million overnight stays. Vir is the absolute winner this year with over 2 million overnight stays, but with almost 80% of overnight stays realized in non-commercial accommodation. John introduced how the development of tourism moved, an important industry in Croatia, which has close to 17% share in gross value added (total direct and indirect effects of tourism), looking mostly at the results of this year’s tourist season and which are expectations and forecasts for the future period. Tourism development “What came to life during the health pandemic is the so-called Hybrid hospitality: hotels to work in. This concept combines hotel services with flexible office space. Namely, certain hotels with a low level of occupancy have become an extension of office space in such a way that lobbies are used for meetings and hotel rooms for work. In Europe, we see interesting conversions of hotels into business premises, so we are witnessing the conversion of hotels into nursing homes”, Explained Dumbović. You can also watch a recording of the lecture on the YT channel, below. The strong development of tourism in Croatia has been noticed for the past 10 years, which is shown to us year by year by the numbers in arrivals and overnight stays. The growth of physical indicators was accompanied by the growth of revenues from tourism, which in the period from 2011 to 2019 grew at an average annual rate of 7.5%. Record 2019 revenues from tourism amounted to over 10,5 billion euros. Prema CBS-u, it was recorded last year 19,3 million arrivals and 90,7 million overnight stays in commercial accommodation. Figures by Croatian National Tourist Board (data by system eVisitor), are even larger as they include both commercial and non-commercial accommodation. Croatian tourism strongly depends on foreign tourists who generated as much as 92% of total overnight stays last year. Looking at the regions, most overnight stays were realized in the County of Istria – as much as 29% of all overnight stays in Croatia in 2019. As the biggest pain of our tourism is emphasized precisely seasonality, characterized by the highest activity in the summer months. At last year’s level, July and August generated almost 60% of all overnight stays, and together with June and September as much as 84% ​​of total overnight stays. Investments in the hotel segment Photo: Engin_Akyurt, Pixabay.comlast_img read more

Lower income, rising debt expected as Indonesia unveils extra stimulus

first_imgRead also: Better tax collection needed as 2020 tax revenue target ‘hard to achieve’The country recorded debt of Rp 4.82 quadrillion in January, a 30.21 percent debt-to-GDP ratio. The last time Indonesia recorded debt-to-GDP ratio of above 30 percent was during the 2008 financial crisis at 30.25 percent.“Adding more debt is the only way to counter the negative coronavirus effects amid pressure on revenue performance,” Piter added.Separately, Fitch Ratings director of sovereign ratings Thomas Rookmaaker said the coronavirus outbreak could cause a short-term deterioration in revenue collection through its effects on economic activity.”The self-imposed fiscal deficit ceiling of 3 percent of GDP will limit the government’s capacity to materially relax fiscal policy,” Rookmaaker told the Post by email interview.Rookmaaker said that any deterioration in fiscal metrics as a result of the novel coronavirus would likely be short-lived. “We forecast a fiscal deficit of 2.2 percent of GDP in 2020 and expect the debt-to-GDP ratio to rise only marginally in the next few years.”Indonesia’s economy is likely to be affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak mainly through lower commodity export prices and weaker tourism revenues, said Rookmaaker.”The outbreak could also affect consumer sentiment and the services sector more broadly if the coronavirus were to spread within Indonesia itself,” he added.Government debt-to-GDP ratio. (JP/IMF, Finance Ministry)It was confirmed that four Indonesians had tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. Across the world, more than 106,000 people have been infected and more than 3,600 people had died from the disease as of Sunday.In January, the government sold $2 billion of dollar-denominated notes and raised another 1 billion euro ($1.11 billion) selling bonds in Europe to finance its budget deficit in 2020. Meanwhile on Wednesday, the government raised Rp 17.5 trillion from seven series of government bonds.Meanwhile, Bank Indonesia deputy governor Destry Damayanti told the Post that the debt level remained relatively conservative under the international threshold of 60 percent.”There are a lot of developed countries including the United States and Japan that have recorded debt-to-GDP ratios above 100 percent,” Destry said on Friday. “Indonesia’s debt level remains manageable but the more important thing is how the government spends the state budget.””The current circumstances must have [adversely] affected tax collection but it is being used [productively],” she added.Topics : The government’s big-check fiscal stimulus to bolster purchasing power and tourism- and trade-related industries amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will reduce state revenue and raise debt levels, economists say. They have called for productive spending to support the economy.Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah said the planned stimulus packages would “no doubt” increase debt levels and widen the budget deficit, and he called on the government to manage the budget efficiently while providing the much-needed stimulus.“The government needs to be smart about the stimulus to ensure the fiscal deficit remains below 3 percent,” Piter told The Jakarta Post by phone interview on Wednesday.The government is working to finalize eight measures that will be incorporated in a second stimulus package aimed at easing rules for exports and imports, as supply chains continue to be disrupted by the spread of the coronavirus. The measure follows the unveiling of a Rp 10.3 trillion (US$725 million) stimulus package last week to support consumer spending and tourism.Read also: Indonesia finalizes second stimulus package to support trade amid virus fears“The stimulus packages, while needed, will no doubt widen the budget deficit and must be communicated well to the public,” said Piter, adding that the budget deficit was reasonable amid the current circumstances.Apart from the stimulus package, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has announced the government will front-load its spending on social welfare and rural development to boost household expenditure.A large portion of this year’s social spending will be disbursed in the first quarter of this year. The programs include the Family Hope Program (PKH), School Operational Assistance (BOS) for elementary and high schools and the noncash food program, as well as village funds for rural development.The government collected Rp 103.7 trillion in January, down 4.6 percent from the same month last year. Meanwhile, government spending reached Rp 139.8 trillion, down 9.1 percent compared with the same period last year. It resulted in a budget deficit of Rp 36.1 trillion, 0.21 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in January.last_img read more

Ruth (Gelvin) Cochran, 86, Wellington: Nov. 21, 1928 – Oct. 28, 2015

first_imgRuth CochranRuth Delores (Gelvin) Cochran of Wellington died at the age of 86, Wednesday, October 28, 2015.Ruth was born in Seminole, Okla. on November 21, 1928 to Jacob Henry and Myrtle Mae (Bryant) Gelvin. She attended school in Arkansas City, KS and married Howard P. Cochran on November 13, 1945 in Port Orchard, WA.They are the parents of Meryl King of Winfield, Gerald Cochran (Liz), Loveland, CO, Michael Kent (Mary), Max (Dana) Lochbuie, CO, Steven (Susie) and John all of Wellington. Upon retirement Ruth and HP spent part of the year in South Texas where Ruth was involved in shuffleboard, dominos and cards. Ruth was an avid reader, loved working puzzles and playing cards with her ladies card group. She worked at Wellington/Harry’s IGA for many years and was an active member of the First Christian Church. With a long life came the sadness of seeing the passing of her husband, son Michael Kent, son-in-law Robert King, her step granddaughter, parents and her siblings, Walter Gelvin, Flossie White, Leslie Gelvin, Ray Gelvin, Margaret Sherbon, Victor Gelvin, Larry Gelvin, Arna Mae Darnell, twins Gene and Eugene Gelvin.With a long life also came the joy of seeing the birth of 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday October 31 at the First Christian Church in Wellington, visitation will be held Friday October 30 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington From 1:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with family present from 5 to 6:30 receive friends. Interment will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Arkansas City. To leave an online condolence please visit read more

What Is Jalen McCleskey’s Ceiling As a Sophomore?

first_imgI’m about to float an insane theory that I realize is an insane theory, but I cannot stop myself from floating it anyway. Jalen McCleskey is going to be better in 2016 for two reasons:He is older and weighs moreHe switched to No. 1Oklahoma State’s history of offensive players wearing No. 1 in the Mike Gundy Era is not necessarily lengthy, but it is impressive. For the last few years, Ra’Shaad Samples has worn the number which didn’t amount to much, but just before him it was Joe Randle and Dez Bryant. Pretty solid company. The number just looks slick on the field. Kevin Peterson wore it well on defense.I remember Dez’s freshman year talking to some buddies and asking them what number they wanted Dez to wear. Before I could even finish the question, my buddy Sheets just screams, “he has to wear No. 1!!”Look good play good. I don’t know, but I do know that McCleskey has become the sort of underrated offensive weapon on this team. We focus so much on James Washington and the running back situation and Barry Sanders and Marcell Ateman’s injury that we forget about the guy who did stuff like this as a freshman last year.“We have to find ways for him to touch the ball,” said Mike Gundy recently. “He is explosive. He is competitive. He is a year into it now. This year’s [offense] could be a little more specific by player than what we have been in the last 10 years. Meaning that, we may have certain guys skill wise that are able to execute certain plays that we need to try and get those called to get the ball to certain guys in order to give us the best chance to be successful on offense.”That’s probably a good idea. McCleskey, who is up over 20 pounds (hashtag Glass), only had 409 all-purpose yards in 2015, but he also only touched the ball 33 times on offense. I think that probably doubles this year. At least. McCleskey is explosive and can run away, and he’s the rare sophomore with 13 games under his belt.Awesome photo here after Jalen McCleskey’s punt return TD. (via @osuathletics)— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 1, 2015“Well, he is a good player,” said Gundy of McCleskey’s pedigree (his father played in the NFL). “It is like anything else, horse racing and whatever.”Pause. The man with the mullet said “horse racing and whatever” when talking about maybe his most dynamic player. Amazing.“The history says that if their pedigree is good, then there’s a good chance that that can continue during their career here,” said Gundy. “Not always, but it gives you a better chance. We invest a lot of time in what kind of people they are, how they treat their moms, what kind of respect they have for just the general things in society I think we are lacking as a group maybe in this country. We look at that and they certainly have to be athletic enough to play here and then if they have good pedigree, that makes the stock go up even more.”Receivers coach Kasey Dunn echoed Gundy’s praise for McCleskey in all facets in the spring.“The guy that’s shown some speed is (Jalen) McCleskey,” said Dunn. “He’s doing a great job out there. That little turkey will block his butt off too. He’s getting it done and I’m happy with where we are and I’m looking forward to the next practice.”The little turkey racehorse who will ball in a new number this fall. I’m fired up to watch him.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more