From David Gilreath’s opening kickoff return for a touchdown to the final whistle, fans were eager to celebrate an OSU loss on Oct. 16.[/media-credit]It was perfect.The underdog had the No. 1 team in the nation at home, a place where those rankings haven’t mattered much. It was time to make a statement, to let the rest of the country know Wisconsin was for real.Mission accomplished – twice.As soon as the 2010 football schedule was released, Oct. 16 was circled and starred. The Buckeyes – who everyone loves to hate, and who the Badgers have played pretty evenly over the past decade – were coming to Camp Randall. It was a night game, and ESPN’s College GameDay was in town. Something special had to happen against the top-ranked team, right?And following a conference play-opening loss to Michigan State that made the Badgers look doomed for disappointment, the OSU game loomed larger than ever. Jim Tressel’s squad looked like it might steamroll UW. Bret Bielema’s boys had Rose Bowl aspirations that would hinge on an upset of OSU.Drama, anyone?David Gilreath finally returned a kickoff for a touchdown – the opening kickoff, nonetheless – and Madison erupted. Fifty-nine minutes of play later, the Badgers were mobbed by a deluge of ecstatic fans celebrating a 31-18 win over the Buckeyes.Season saved, statement made.And like any good tale, there was the opportunity for a sequel. But would it play out like “The Godfather, Part II” or “Blues Brothers 2000”?When Ohio State’s basketball team regained the No. 1 ranking just in time for a trip to the Kohl Center, Herald Sports appropriately ran the headline, “We’ve heard this story before.”Down by 15 points early in the second half, it looked like that $100 for the game ticket had gone to waste. UW couldn’t score and OSU was running – practically sprinting – away with a huge road win.But then Jordan Taylor woke up and showed America why he is one of the nation’s top point guards. With 13:21 to play, he keyed one of the greatest Wisconsin comebacks, overcoming a 15-point second-half deficit for just the sixth time in UW history. Taylor scored 18 points in that last 13-and-a-half minutes, playing a direct part in 34 of UW’s final 39 points.Taylor finished with 27 points, making the game final, UW 71, OSU 67.Again, No. 1 Ohio State came to Madison. And again, the Buckeyes could only trudge off the playing surface as Badger fans stormed out of the stands to celebrate.How often does a team get the chance to beat the No. 1 team at home in a season, let alone twice? And how many teams capitalize on both opportunities? Both were great moments, and both complemented each other; neither was as impressive unless the other was considered.So yes, Wisconsin taking down No. 1 Ohio State at home is the top moment of the 2010-2011 year. As for which particular win, that’s up to you.
In his first race in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, the 2006 season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he finished 34th. In his first Daytona 500, he finished 19th. So maybe his NASCAR career isn’t off to the greatest start. Regardless, Montoya, a Colombian-born driver who has spent a majority of his auto racing career in open-wheel machines, will be driving in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Montoya will be making his first appearance at California Speedway in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series this weekend as driver of the No.42 Dodge for Ganassi, who also was his team owner in CART. His reunion with Ganassi has started well. Montoya was part of Ganassi’s winning team in the Rolex 24 at Daytona earlier this month. Juan Pablo Montoya is known for making memorable first impressions. In his first Indianapolis 500 start, he won the race. In his first season in CART, he won the championship. In his first season in Formula One, he won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
During a teleconference at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Montoya talked about making the transition from Formula One to NASCAR, seeing more drivers make the switch from open-wheel to stock car racing, what made him interested in NASCAR and which race would be harder to win, the Daytona 500 or the Indianapolis 500. Question: Going from Formula One to NASCAR, how does this rank with anything else you’ve done? Juan Pablo Montoya: Probably open-wheel is harder because everything happens faster, the level of grip is different. It’s completely different cars. Here it’s hard. It’s a hard race car. It’s all about confidence. I think the oval is all about the feedback you get out of the car. For me, being so new to this, a mile and a half track are the hardest there are. You go in, you get out of the gas, get back on it, the car twitches. I’m out of the gas straightaway. I’m not taking any risks. At the same time, you want to run fast. As soon as you get a little bit comfortable, you start attacking and attacking and attacking. You start getting a little bit faster. Q: Do you see yourself leading the way for other open-wheel drivers, like Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr., especially if you have some success? Montoya: I hope I have some success. I’m committed for this for the long-term. Is it going to happen this year? I don’t know. Probably on the road course I can do a good job, get some results. I think the smaller ovals (will) be good. I think Homestead was pretty decent for being my first race. It’s hard to say you’re going to be good here and bad there. It’s all about getting comfortable. When I went to the Homestead test, I was nowhere. I was probably easily half a second, six-tenths (of a second) off my teammates. When I got to the race, I was the fastest car of the Ganassis. It’s all relative. We’ll see. For me, it’s just hard to say, `Yeah, I’m going to go out there, I’m going to kick everybody’s ass.’ Do I want to do that? Yeah, of course I want to do that. You got to be a bit realistic. I never put myself to set some goals and say, I need to do this and that. You just got to go out there and do the best you can. It’s that simple. One day the car works good. You look like a hero. Next day the car handles bad and the transition is hard. Q: When did you first have an interest in NASCAR? Is it something you thought about long before you made the deal? Montoya: Being realistic, NASCAR is the biggest motor sport in the states. Open-wheel, yes, I’ve been there, done that kind of thing. I thought it would be a great challenge for myself, come and do stock cars. I’ll be honest with you, when I drove Jeff (Gordon’s) car I was really comfortable in it. That’s one of the reasons when I was talking to Chip about it, it really motivated me to do the deal. I got in it. Within three laps in a road course, I was up to speed. I thought, this feels good. To get that feeling in something completely different, it’s hard. You don’t get that every day. I’ll guarantee you, in an open-wheel car oval right now, I would probably suck as well. It’s a completely different thing. I had some basics when I drove the open-wheels, but I hadn’t driven an oval for six years or seven years. Get back into the oval thing, you know the race lines, learn what the car is trying to tell you, how far you can really push it, all that. It’s all about learning how far you can go with the car and do things. Q: What do you think is the toughest race to win? Montoya: It’s like everything. You take a stock car guy to the (Indianapolis) 500, say, which one is harder to win? The guy will say the Indy 500 because he doesn’t understand how everything works. I’m new to this. I haven’t even raced it. Is it going to be really hard? Yes, it’s going to be really hard. Am I aiming to win? I’m more aiming to get the car to the end of the race to be realistic. Do we have a shot at it? Am I going to try to win it? Yes. I would be really happy if we can get a top 20, top 15 out of that race. The key thing out of the first year races is to score good points. If you can keep scoring good points, then you can start worrying about the rest. It’s a shame you start the Daytona 500 for me as a rookie because I have no experience drafting, very little. It was a bit of a surprise when I tested, five laps in, didn’t do any damage, but I touched the wall coming out of (Turn) 4. Got so tight, I couldn’t believe it. They told me it was going to get a little tight. It wasn’t a little tight. It was like, my arms were down here, I went straight into the wall. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
New Delhi: The coal ministry on Monday inked an agreement with West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd for allotment of Deocha Pachami Dewanganj-Harinsingha coal block. The project is expected to address the immediate and future coal and power requirements of the region. “The central government entered into an allotment agreement with the West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) regarding the Deocha Pachami Dewanganj-Harinsingha coal block today,” the coal ministry said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn accordance with the provisions of Coal Block Allocation Rules, 2017, made under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957, the WBPDCL has been allocated the the coal block located in West Bengal containing an area of 12.28 sq km with estimated reserves of 2102 MT for power generation. The project is slated to generate both direct and indirect employment in West Bengal considerably and also contribute to the socio-economic development of the region. Further, the project envisages to address the immediate as well as the forthcoming coal and power requirements.