Monthly Archives: November 2019

Jack Thompson Jersey Sale

Convicted robbers from Salford have gone on the run from prison.

Police are appealing for the public’s help to locate fugitives Kyle Meighan, 27, and Jack Thompson, 24 – who detectives say ‘could be violent if approached’.

Both are said by Lancashire Police to be from Salford.

A force spokesman said they ‘absconded’ from HMP Kirkham on November 4 – but details have only just been publicly revealed.

Kirkham is a category D open training prison in Lancashire.

Meighan and Thompson are understood to have left the prison together.

They were jailed in 2017 for robbing a phone shop armed with a machete and sledgehammer.

Kyle Meighan wearing a helmet during the raid (Image: Manchester Evening News)
Thompson and Meighan struck at the store in Bury New Road, Sedgley Park, Prestwich, forcing terrified staff to empty a stockroom before fleeing with £40,000 worth of mobile phones.

Meighan, who covered his face with a red motorcycle helmet was armed with a sledgehammer, whilst Thompson was wearing a balaclava and was armed with a machete.

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After the raid they got in to a red Ford Focus Estate, which they had parked on Vine Street, Prestwich, before driving away.

Both, said police, could have travelled to the Greater Manchester area.

Jack Thompson pictured on CCTV during the robbery (Image: GMP)
Meighan was jailed for seven years and six months at Manchester’s Minshull Crown Court for offences including robbery, burglary and drugs supply.

He is described as white, 5ft 11, of slim build with brown hair and eyes.

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Police said he has scars on his left and right hands, as well as on his right shin.

Thompson was sentenced to six years in prison at the same court for offences including robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

He is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build with brown hair and blue eyes.

Jack Thompson (Image: Lancashire Police)
The circumstances surrounding their disappearance have not been revealed.

In a statement, Lancashire Police said: “They are believed to have left the prison together and could have travelled to the Greater Manchester area.

“Police have been conducting a number of enquiries since they went missing including address checks and other lines of investigation, but have yet to find either man.

Kyle Meighan (Image: Lancashire Police)
“Both men have links to the Greater Manchester area and could be violent if approached.

“We are keen to find both men as soon as possible.

Jon Stinchcomb Jersey Sale

Ready to discuss the SEC Championship game? DawgNation is surely ready.

The next Marlow’s Matchup Live will be this Thursday from Marlow’s Tavern at Peachtree Corners.

Come on out to hear Brandon Adams and DawgNation Insider Jon Stinchcomb preview the SEC Championship showdown, as they broadcast Marlow’s Matchup beginning at 6 PM. Marlow’s Matchup will be broadcast on all DawgNation social channels.

And immediately following the show, BA and Stinchcomb will take all of your questions about what Georgia needs to do to win its second SEC championship in three years.

If you have been to one of our prior Marlow’s Matchup’s, you know to arrive early for a great dinner, drinks and some one-on-one time with BA and Jon. Stinchcomb was an All-America offensive lineman for the Bulldogs.

We hope to see you at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Marlow’s Tavern at Peachtree Corners.

Below are the full details of the Marlow’s Matchup.

Carl Lawson Jersey Sale

The Bengals defense has played well enough to win the last two weeks by allowing just a total of 33 points and it’s no coincidence because their front line is finally playing as well as it did it in the preseason. And they say that’s no coincidence, either, because it’s the healthiest stretch they’ve had all year.

Defensive line coach Nick Eason isn’t using injuries as an excuse. But he admitted after Friday’s practice he certainly likes rotating eight defensive linemen instead of six. They’re not quite sure how the Jets plan to attack them Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Local 12) at Paul Brown Stadium since they’re ranked last against the run and Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has averaged 30 passes attempts in the three-game winning streak.

But they do know they’re healthy upfront and they have to get to Darnold against an offensive line that has struggled with six combinations this season and is poised for a seventh on Sunday. At the half-way point the Jets were on pace for allowing the most sacks with the fewest rushing yards ever until they settled down.

The Bengals’ defensive front hopes it has settled down, too, now that is allowing a competent 4.2 yards per rush as it tries to dig out from the first half of the season that has sentenced them to last in overall defense.

“At the beginning of the season my chest was swollen because of all the depth we had,” Eason said. “I thought we had the strongest position on defense and one of the deepest rooms on the team. Suddenly, guys like (nose tackle) Josh Tupou and (end) Andrew Brown are playing 40-60 snaps. That’s tough sledding. It’s no excuse. These guys are doing a better job executing and getting off their blocks better. It’s a mindset. And we’re playing fewer snaps.”

Regular rotational veterans who could play two spots, Kerry Wynn (end and tackle) and Ryan Glasgow (both tackles) played a combined seven games before going on season-ending injured reserve. Pass rusher Carl Lawson, coming off an ACL tear, missed four games with a hamstring tweak he aggravated. Left end Carlos Dunlap missed his first two games in seven years with a knee issue. It’s been Pro Bowl tackle Geno Atkins and right end Sam Hubbard, along with tackles Andrew Billings and Josh Tupou that have held the fort. And Hubbard hasn’t missed a game fighting a bum ankle early that he’s now almost over.

“We realize our situation. What our record is. It’s bleep. It’s not a good situation to be in,” said Lawson of the incentive. “The NFL is Not for Long and when you’re associated with a record like that, jobs are on the line. We realize that and we’re healthier.”

Lawson says it really didn’t kick in for him until after the bye earlier this month and in the last two games he’s got a sack, (his second of the year) and three quarterback hits while in the same two games Dunlap has 1.5 sacks, a pass defense that led to a red-zone pick, 12 tackles and two of them for loss.

“Carl’s back. Carlos had an issue. We lost Glass, but my ankle is feeling better,” Hubbard said. “We’re playing the right amount of reps. We’re fresher. “

Atkins has just 4.5 sacks, but Eason says he’s played well and has had to play Atkins a little more than he wanted to because of the injuries. The one benefit of the injuries is that the young nose tackles, Tupou, Billings and fourth-rounder Renell Wren (who has played 20 percent of the snaps the last two weeks) have had to play and they’ve been quite solid, particularly the last few games against the run.

“Billings has been really good staying on his feet and Tupou has been tough to move, like we’ve said,” Lawson said.

And the massive Wren is showing why the Bengals were calling him “Mt. Wren,” on draft day.

“Wren is getting better. Things are slowing down for him,” Eason said. “Early on he had to play some end and I think he was swimming a little bit, but he got back on track and has a promising career.”

The Bengals don’t doubt that while the Jets are 30th rushing the ball, they’ll try to give running back Le’Veon Bell his first big day of the season even though they’ve had just two games they’ve rushed better than four yards per carry.

“We have to make sure that continues. (Bell) is one of the best backs in the NFL. I can’t see them not trying to give him the ball. We know he’s a great back,” Hubbard said. “I think we’re better understanding our (run) fits. But I really can’t put my finger on (why the improvement). We’re just getting better every week and we’ve got to be good this week because (of Bell).”

Bell has hit 70 yards rushing just once. But the man’s a great back. How many guys can return to a building where he had 185 yards rushing and that’s only the third best game of his career? Bell did it for the Steelers in a 2014 victory over the Bengals.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: One of Sunday’s most important matchups pits Bengals running back Giovani Bernard against Jets safety Jamal Adams. Adams is the reigning terror in the NFL with 6.5 sacks in the last four games as he sets his sights on the NFL sack record for safeties, which is eight set in 2005 by Adrian Wilson of the Cardinals.

Bernard, the Bengals’ third-down back, figures to see plenty of Adams on the blitz. The 6-1, 213-pound Adams’ destruction of the Giants’ 6-0, 233-pound Saquon Barkley a few weeks ago turned into Adams’ sack-strip TD. At 5-9, 205 pounds, Bernard, pound for pound, just may be the toughest player on the Bengals roster. If you want proof, go back and look at one of Andy Dalton’s TD passes to A.J. Green in the fourth quarter of a 2015 win in Baltimore and how Bernard kept the marauding Ravens backers at bay.

Bernard’s philosophy is simple.

“I don’t pay attention to size. Probably about 98 percent of the guys I go against are bigger than me,” Bernard said after Friday’s practice. “There’s a schematic aspect to it. Understanding coverages, reading safeties, understanding how the front is associated with the blitz. But for me, I’ve always been the type of guy whatever I have to do to get the job done. I’ll do it. Just get it done.”

Which simply means:

“Put on your big boy pants,” Bernard said. “Just pick up the guy no matter how big or small he is. Just do your job. The organization has an investment in the quarterback no matter who the quarterback is. You just want to protect your teammate. That’s my job.”

Yes, Bernard watches film on his future blitzers. But at the end of the day?

“Put on your big boy pants,” Bernard said.

SLANTS AND SCREENS: Guard Alex Redmond went on season-ending injured reserve Friday in a roster swap with cornerback Darius Phillips, much to the chagrin of offensive line coach Jim Turner. With left guard Billy Price (back) hurting, the Bengals had repped Redmond for his first NFL start at left guard. But on the last play of last Sunday’s pre-game warmups he tore his bicep. That came after he missed the three previous games with a knee and ankle injury suffered in London. And his season began with a month-long NFL suspension.

“I think the world of Alex Redmond. Tough dealing with all those injuries. That one was the icing on the cake,” Turner said. “He’s resilient. He’ll be back.”

No, Turner said, in three decades of coaching he never had a player miss a gamer after getting hurt before the game.

“I had a guy sprain his ankle a little bit, but he was OK,” Turner said. “Alex’s injury was a major deal.”

The forgotten guy was Price. He says he took eight snaps during the week of practice with left tackle Cordy Glenn and then suddenly he was in there against Cam Heyward bad back and all.

“He was solid,” Turner said. “Billy sucked it up and was solid.” …

Phillips, iced since the third week of the season with a knee issue, is back and head coach Zac Taylor said he’ll be the fourth corner, which is the first cornerback off the bench. Taylor said Phillips could give wide receiver Alex Erickson a blow returning punts, but it would be hard to see Phillips giving kick returner Brandon Wilson a rest. Phillips had a kick retuned called back because of a hold in the game he got hurt in Buffalo, but since then Wilson has compiled a league-leading 32.4-yard average. The Bears’ Cordarelle Patterson is in hot pursuit (30.4) after his 57-yard return for the Bears in Detroit Thanksgiving …

With two tight ends out, Cethan Carter (concussion) and Drew Sample (ankle), look for another move Saturday involving a tight end coming off the practice squad …

Linebacker Nick Vigil (ankle) practiced for the first time this week on Friday. He was listed as limited and questionable, but Taylor expects him to play …

Like last week, defensive tackle Geno Atkins practiced for the first time this week with a full Friday after two rest days and is ready for his 149th Bengals game, tying punter Pat McInally and two behind Chad Johnson …

On Sunday Kevin Huber punts in his 170th Bengals game, passing Lee Johnson for the most by a Bengals punter …

Derek Ross Jersey Sale

MORAY councillors today narrowly voted to defer a decision on ways to make more savings – finding itself in an “unprecedented situation” – until after the General Election.

Councillors voted to defer a paper on short-term savings for this year in the expectation of having big-picture clarity by January. Confusion reigns over what the settlement will look like for next year after the General Election on December 12.

The meeting of the full council had been due to consider a report by the depute chief executive of economy, environment and finance, Rhona Gunn, on short-term financial planning measures to reduce the predicted budget gap for 2020-21.

The current estimated budget gap for 2020-21 is £9.5 million.

The UK Government postponed the UK Budget announcement from November 6 due to the General Election – with the new announcement date not yet clear.

As a result of this delay, the Scottish Government cannot set their budget as proposed on December 12.

Efficiencies and savings the council were due to consider today included an increase in the green waste fee, higher burial charges and plans to reduce street lighting maintenance costs, among others.

Councillor Derek Ross (Speyside Glenlivet) moved to defer the financial planning item until after the General Election “given the current political environment”. He said: “We’re in a changing political environment and we don’t know what extra money may be available from national governments to mitigate some of the cuts that we may be forced to make.”

Mrs Gunn advised members that the council had an obligation to press ahead with its savings drive even in uncertain times. She said: “The firm view of the corporate management team and the chief executive is that the ongoing drive to achieve savings to reduce reliance on reserves is an ongoing obligation that falls on the council and is very much ‘business as usual’ – even in times as unusual as those we are currently living through.”

Moray councillors voted to defer financial planning decisions until after the General Election. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.Moray councillors voted to defer financial planning decisions until after the General Election. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Councillor George Alexander (Forres) said it would be wiser to prepare now and then “backtrack” if necessary if the settlement was higher than expected.

But chief executive Roddy Burns said: “The up-to-date intelligence I have is that the settlement for local government will be a difficult one for next year, so I think from that you can presume that it will not be rosy.”

Council leader Councillor Graham Leadbitter (Elgin City South) expressed concern over the timescale left to make budget savings if the deferral was voted through. He said: “The challenge we have is that the budget is now likely to take place in March which gives officers an extremely short period of time to implement budget savings for the start of the new financial year in April. I would strongly recommend that we don’t defer the paper and that we consider the options in front of us to enable officers to have an appropriate amount of time to take the preparations for these savings forward.”

He said the position could then be reviewed if there was a “stonkingly good settlement” following the election.

Mrs Gunn said in the report the council must be ready to focus its attention on longer-term transformation of service delivery.

Councillors voted 12 to 11, with one abstention, to defer the paper.

Willie Wyatt Jersey Sale

Curt Jarvis can’t remember a time when Willie Wyatt wasn’t a part of his life.

The two former nose tackles were three years apart at Gardendale High School and the University of Alabama, and teammates for a season with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They even coached high school football together for a while.

“He and I always competed for the same position, but we were always best friends,” Jarvis said. “We didn’t let that come between us. We’d help each other out. … We were brothers. I can’t imagine having a better friend than Willie Wyatt. He’s one of a kind.”

Three years ago, Wyatt was stricken with tumefactive multiple sclerosis, a rare form of the condition whose symptoms are similar to those of a brain tumor. At 51, he is confined to a wheelchair, and can no longer speak or move any body parts other than his eyes.

After consulting with Wyatt’s wife, Annette, Jarvis learned that getting around was Willie’s greatest difficulty. He leaves the house only once a month for chemotherapy treatment, and even then has to rely on medical transportation services, because regular-sized vehicles cannot accommodate his wheelchair.

So Jarvis has decided to help. He’s organizing friends and former teammates of his and Wyatt’s in hopes of raising $30,000 to purchase a rear-entry disability van so that Wyatt can travel to and from his medical appointments, and also watch his two sons participate in high school football and wrestling (Wyatt also has a daughter who is now in college).

“He can’t go anywhere right now,” Jarvis said. “He can’t just ride around town. He can’t go see his sons play. The only time he leaves that house is once a month to go to his chemo treatment. … I can’t imagine being in a house and only leaving one day a month.”

Jarvis, a long-time pilot for Delta Air Lines, had the idea for buying the van when he was flying all night to Bueno Aires, Argentina, a few weeks back. He said that when he got to his hotel, he sat down and poured out all his thoughts in a mass text message to friends.

He said the response thus far has been excellent, with the A-Club Charitable and Educational Foundation among others pledging their support. More than the money, however, the need to get something done is urgent, he said.

“They need this van yesterday,” Jarvis said. “I’ve been talking to people about it, but all of a sudden I got a big sense of urgency about it. … I hit up everybody I knew in my phone, that I had numbers to. … I said ‘I’m just going to start asking for money.’ There’s so many people that he’s touched their lives, that would just love to help this man.

“We’re going to do what we’ve got to do. If I have to crawl on my hands and knees, we’re going to get it done for him. He’s the guy that deserves the help. He did everything right.”

Wyatt was a freshman when Jarvis was a senior at both Gardendale High and at Alabama, with the 5-foot-11, 275-pound Wyatt earning All-SEC honors as a Crimson Tide senior in 1989. He then signed as a free agent with the Buccaneers, where Jarvis — a two-time All-SEC pick at Alabama — was entering his fourth professional season.

The two were NFL teammates just that one year, as Jarvis’ football career was cut short by a neck injury. Wyatt continued to play pro ball through 2001, including several years as a standout in the Arena Football League.

After retiring as a player, Wyatt was an assistant football and head wrestling coach for many years, first at Hueytown High School and later at Gardendale. In 2014, he began to experience problems with balance and depth perception.

He was eventually diagnosed with TMS. And ever since then, Jarvis has been looking for ways to help out his old friend.

“For him to be in this condition, it’s not fair,” Jarvis said. “I would say it’s not fair, but he wouldn’t look at it that way. He would say ‘this is just what God’s given me to handle.’ I know that he would do it for me.”

Jarvis said he is accepting any and all monetary donations for Wyatt’s benefit. “No amount of money is too little and no amount of money is too much,” he said.

Checks can be made out to Willie and Annette Wyatt and mailed to 4958 Grimmett Circle, Gardendale, AL, 35071. There is also a special account set up at Regions Bank at 895 Odum Rd. in Gardendale.

Brent McClanahan Jersey Sale

I realized today that, over the past few weeks, I’ve been missing with these history posts. I’m not sure how many other people noticed, but I should probably get back to doing them, starting with this Sunday’s matchup.

The Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs played the last game before the NFL/AFL merger in Super Bowl IV. Since then, they’ve met 11 times in the regular season, and the Vikings will be looking for a chance to even their regular-season mark against Kansas City in the all-time series. Let’s take a look at some of the numbers and some of the history between these two teams.

As always, these numbers are brought to you by the good folks from Pro Football Reference. And, remember, these only cover regular season action.

Total regular season games between the Vikings and Chiefs: 11

All-time series: Chiefs, 6-5

Total Vikings points scored, head-to-head: 241 (21.9 points/game)

Total Chiefs points scored, head-to-head: 186 (16.9 points/game)

Longest Vikings winning streak vs Chiefs: 2 games (20 September 1970 – 14 December 1974)

Longest Chiefs winning streak vs Vikings: 2 games, three different times (most recently from 23 September 2007 to 2 October 2011)

Most recent Vikings road win in series: 14 December 1974 (final score 35-15)

Most recent Chiefs home win in series: 2 October 2011 (final score 22-17)

Biggest Vikings road win in series: 20 points, 14 December 1974 (final score 35-15)

Biggest Chiefs home win in series: 5 points, 2 October 2011 (final score 22-17)

Current streak: Vikings, 1 win

It seems a bit strange that, given the disparity in points scored between the two teams head-to-head that the Chiefs would have the better end of the record between these two teams. That owes to the fact that when the Chiefs have won games in this series, things have been very close, while the Vikings have won in blowouts.

Vikings head-to-head margin of victory against Chiefs: 17, 20, 20, 25, 6 (average of 17.6 points/game)
Chiefs head-to-head margin of victory against Vikings: 4, 3, 15, 3, 3, 5 (average of 5.5 points/game)
Yes, it has been a very, very long time since the Minnesota Vikings last won a game in Kansas City. It happened before yours truly was born, even. The Vikings have played five games in Kansas City in team history, and they only time they emerged victorious was in December of 1974. The Chiefs actually had a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter in this one, but then the Vikings started to get things working with a pair of touchdown passes from Fran Tarkenton to Sam McCullum. Tarkenton also threw a third first-half touchdown. . .unfortunately, it was a 73-yard interception return by Emmitt Thomas to make the score 14-12 at the half. Bob Berry replaced Tarkenton at halftime, and threw a pair of touchdown passes of his own, one to Ed Marinaro and one to Oscar Reed. Brent McClanahan capped things with a 6-yard score, and the Vikings left Kansas City with a 35-15 victory.

The most recent game in Kansas City between these two teams, part of the Vikings’ disastrous 2011 season, was not pretty for Minnesota. The Vikings actually had the lead after the first quarter, thanks to a 34-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb to Devin Aromashodu to make it 7-3. After that, it became a battle of field goals between Ryan Succop and Ryan Longwell, with Succop’s fifth successful kick of the day giving the Chiefs a 15-10 lead late in the third quarter. Matt Cassel then found Dwayne Bowe for a 52-yard score to make it 22-10, and the Vikings couldn’t make up the difference as they fell 22-17.

The last time these two teams got together was in Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium in 2015. It was not a terribly exciting contest, as both defenses made a solid showing. Thanks to a touchdown pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Kyle Rudolph and a pair of Blair Walsh field goals, the Vikings took a 13-0 lead into the fourth quarter, but Alex Smith helped the Chiefs mount a comeback to close to within 13-10. Walsh then connected on a third field goal with less than five minutes to play, and that provided the final margin as the Vikings won by a final score of 16-10.

That’s a quick look back at the history between the Vikings and the Chiefs, folks. If Minnesota doesn’t win this one in Kansas City on Sunday, they won’t get another opportunity until 2027, and that would stretch that drought to 53 years. Hopefully we won’t have to worry about that.

Justin Skule Jersey Sale

The loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night was due to a collective of poor performances. One of those poor performances was offensive tackle Joe Staley, who made his return to the field after suffering a broken fibula in week two. All game long Staley was getting worked by Jadeveon Clowney and company.

Now it was Staley’s first game back, so being rusty is only natural. However, Staley should’ve still been able to hold his own because he is supposed to be a great talent. Now he is going to miss the next couple of weeks after having surgery on his fractured finger sustained in the game. That means rookie Justin Skule will return as the starter.

It begs the question to ask, are the 49ers better off with Skule at left tackle?

The offensive line was phenomenal with him in the lineup and were ranked as second best in pressure allowed via Pro Football Focus. If Skule starts against the Seahawks on Monday night, the 49ers likely have a better showing. Skule is also establishing himself as the future at left tackle after Staley, but should the future start now?

As good as Skule has been this season, we can’t come to that conclusion about Staley after just one game. It was a bit concerning that Staley wasn’t able to settle in against the Seahawks, but still it’s tough to hold too much against him. Even Mike McGlinchey performed poorly in the game, which is a factor of rust.

These players need to get accustomed again to the speed and conditioning of a game. Being away from playing that long will easily impact any player. The 49ers had to bring back Staley eventually, so there was no avoiding his rusty performance. It was just unfortunate that it happened against the Seahawks.

What is also unfortunate is that Staley is back on the sidelines again with another injury. It’s remarkable how unlucky the 49ers have been with injuries this season. At least Skule has demonstrated he is a solid player, so there is no worry with him. Where the worry does emerge is when the 49ers start the playoffs.

If Staley is still out, will Skule be able to handle the pressure of a playoff game? The atmosphere and stage of the game is a different beast compare to a regular season matchup. That is why Staley is still the best option for this season. You just hope that he comes back sooner rather than later once he is healthy.

Stan Brock Jersey Sale

Veteran journalist and documentarian, John Pilger, probably couldn’t believe his luck when a few days ago Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claimed he had come into possession of a dossier detailing plans to ‘sell out’ the NHS as part of Brexit-related trade discussions. His new film, The Dirty War on the NHS, centres itself on that same subject, and whether just another political stunt or not, Pilger will be hoping Corbyn’s claim draws attention to a crisis he believes threatens to tear down a 71-year-old national institution.

Although the case put forward by Pilger states that the threat has been building for the past four decades, with the National Health Service being sold off surreptitiously to major UK and American health insurance companies. The go-to option in a documentary such as this would be lay the blame at the door of the Conservative party who opposed the concept from the very off, but Pilger’s old school investigative approach shows how Labour and the Lib Dems have all contributed to the deteriorating state of the NHS.

Pilger’s no frills filmmaking style is more suited to the small screen, which is where many of his documentaries eventually end up (as will this one). Here he lines up an array of talking head doctors, experts and analysts who underline the opening statement that this year more of the NHS has been sold off to private companies than ever before. As author and Spinwatch campaigner Tamasin Cave says, the NHS is a “£120 billion opportunity” for already rich and powerful healthcare companies to increase their stake in the global medical market.

The film opens on an American TV news clip discussing the horrific epidemic of ‘patient dumping’, where people with mental health issues are turfed out of their hospital beds in the middle of the night and dumped on the street. A homeless charity in the UK says similar events are occurring here, with the need to maximise profit the underlying factor. The more time a patient occupies a single bed, the less opportunity there is to charge someone new for their care.

Much of The Dirty War on the NHS is spent watching Pilger speaking with seasoned professionals explaining how debt has been purposely loaded onto over 120 hospitals to facilitate the need to outsource their services. Lord David Owen recalls how the previous coalition government sold out the NHS with the passing of the Health and Social Care act in 2012. We are told how MPs Oliver Letwin and John Redwood’s radical plans for the NHS back in the late 80s ignited the idea of slowly breaking down the NHS piece-by-piece over an extended period of time. And where Labour made the dream of a free health service for all a reality in 1948, the introduction of the Private Finance Initiative by Tony Blair’s government was effectively its death knoll.

There are plenty of troubling quotes and facts pitched in-between these reveals, before Pilger moves into the final act to visit a free healthcare initiative in the US called Remote Area Medical (RAM). While never said explicitly, it suggests this is what life could be like for thousands (if not millions) in the UK should people be made to pay for medical assistance. RAM was originally set up by Londoner Stan Brock and moves around the country offering treatment to those unable to afford the high costs of the American system. 20,000 people die every year in the US due to having no access to healthcare, and based on the evidence presented by Pilger, there is every reason to fear the UK is heading down the same road.

Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Jon Ashworth, briefly appears in the closing minutes to confidently tell us Labour will cut all ties with the private sector (Pilger says no-one in government responded to his requests for an interview). Promises will continue to be made by political parties during this election period in a desperate pitch to claim office, with the NHS – and our wellbeing – dangled in-front of our noses to tempt us onto one side or the other. It is often said that the winners of a dirty war are those willing to do whatever is necessary to get the job done, and unless there is an opposition willing to roll up their sleeves to fight for the NHS, the battle may already be lost.

The Dirty War on the NHS opens in select cinemas on December 1, before arriving on the ITV network from December 17

Dan Ralph Jersey Sale

CALGARY — Jackson Jeffcoat has added the Grey Cup to his family’s football resume.

The six-foot-three, 253-pound defensive end had two of the six sacks a relentless Winnipeg defence registered Sunday in the Blue Bombers’ stunning 33-12 Grey Cup victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at McMahon Stadium. The CFL championship is Jeffcoat’s first but the family’s third football crown as Jeffcoat’s father, Jim, played for two Super Bowl-winning Dallas Cowboys teams during a 15-year NFL career.

“My dad always said big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games,” the junior Jeffcoat said. “This is my first one in football and so I’m looking to chase some more.”

The Grey Cup title capped Jeffcoat’s third year with Winnipeg, one that saw him register 23 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles in 12 regular-season games. After finishing third in the West during the regular season with an 11-7 record, the Bombers completed their Grey Cup march with road playoff wins over defending-champion Calgary (35-14) and Saskatchewan (20-13) before upsetting Hamilton, which had posted a CFL-best 15-3 record and won both regular-season meetings with the Bombers.

Winnipeg became the first third-place team to win the Grey Cup since the 2005 Edmonton Eskimos.

“This team has worked its butt off and believed the whole time in it,” Jeffcoat said. “I remember listening to this game driving home last year and telling myself, ‘We’re going to be here in this game this year, we’re going to win it.’”

Jeffcoat and Co. set the tone early Sunday by forcing turnovers on three of Hamilton’s first four possessions. Ticats quarterback Dane Evans was never allowed to feel comfortable, completing 16-of-27 passes for 203 yards with a TD and two interceptions while fumbling three times.

“This is the Grey Cup, this is a championship game,” Jeffcoat said. “We’re going to play championship defence, championship ball.

“You have to thank our defensive backs, too, for giving us time to rush . . . you give us a little bit of time, we’re going to get there. That (first-quarter turnovers) is just how this defence is, that’s how we like to play.”

Jim Jeffcoat and his wife, Tammy, both attended Sunday’s game. The ’83 first-round pick of the Cowboys was very impressed with Winnipeg’s defensive performance and equally as proud of his son’s play.

“It’s been incredible watching him mature and do the things he did today,” said Jim Jeffcoat, an assistant coach with the XFL’s Dallas Renegades. “Me and my wife are so proud of him.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling for him and it’s an unbelievable feeling for us.”

The elder Jeffcoat has been inducted into the Arizona State Hall of Fame, Arizona State Football Ring of Honor and Fiesta Bowl Hall of Fame. After starting his pro career with Dallas, Jeffcoat finished up with the Buffalo Bills (1995-97), registering 102.5 career sacks.

The wide-open Canadian game, played on the longer, wider field, is much different than the one Jeffcoat played south of the border. But he’s definitely become a fan of the CFL.

“I love it, I love to watch it,” he said. “It’s very exciting, it’s fast-paced and it’s for pass rushers.

“It’s friendly for pass rushers, which is what he is.”

Jackson Jeffcoat says his parents have been terrific role models for him.

“I’ve been able to watch him play, watch him work and just see the time and effort he’s put into the game,” he said. “It’s been incredible to see someone like that and see what he does and to add certain things I’ve seen him do to my game.

“He and my mother have always had great advice when things might not have been going my way but to stay positive and keep working.”

Winnipeg’s staunch defence was supported admirably by the CFL’s top-ranked ground attack (147.9 yards per game during the regular season). The Bombers ran for 186 yards on 28 carries (6.6-yard average) against Hamilton, with Winnipeg native Andrew Harris, the league’s rushing leader (1,380 yards this season), running for 134 yards and a TD on 18 carries while registering five receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown.

That performance was sweet redemption for Harris, who was bypassed for CFL individual honours after being suspended for two games following a positive drug test. That only served to deepen the chip that had already been on Harris’s muscular shoulders.

“But he didn’t change his game,” Jeffcoat said. “He’s going to come out and play hard and that’s exactly what he did.

“He’s a beast.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 25, 2019.

Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

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But Mara – foreshadowing the behavior of many New York sports owners to come – went for a bigger, way-past-his-prime name and signed 38-year-old Jim Thorpe.

On Sept. 9, March met with reporters at the Hotel Alamac in Manhattan to talk about the new “All-Collegians,” alternatively known as the “Giants,” and said he was “confident that after this season professional football will be a permanent institution in this city.”

Former Navy coach Bob Folwell said at the Alamac that it was his “plan to organize a football machine in New York on the same basis that I would a college team.”

In his 1963 book on Giants history, Barry Gotthrer wrote that Hinkey Haines and Century Milstead were the highest-salaried players at $4,000, but Thorpe initially got only $200 to play half of each game, in hopes he would get in shape later in the season.

He wound up getting cut after three games.

Such was the chaotic, make-it-up-as-you-go-along nature of the early NFL, which that first season of Giants football illustrated well.

Take their first official league game: On Oct. 11, the Steam Roller beat them, 14-0, at the Providence Cycledrome on a field with end zones five yards deep and surrounded by a banked wooden cycling track.

When 27,000 fans showed up at the Polo Grounds for the home opener, Allison Danzig of The New York Times – a longtime Roslyn resident – wrote “New York, evidently, is ready to support a professional league football team.”

But the biggest game of the season, and one of the biggest in NFL history, was the Dec. 6 visit to the Polo Grounds by former Illinois star Red Grange and the Bears.

More than 70,000 fans and 100 newspaper reporters showed up to see the Bears win, 19-7. Grange earned about $30,000 from his share of the gate receipts, and about 10 times that from a movie contract he secured while in New York.

There would be many ups and downs for the Giants and the NFL over the coming three decades before the game took hold of the American public starting in the mid-to-late 1950s, and the Giants thrived under two more generations of Mara leadership. But that December day in 1925 hinted at what was possible.