Brookville, In. — A Memorial Service for Franklin County first responders will be held Friday at 6 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. All residents are invited to pay respects to fallen members of the emergency service community.During the ceremony, sheriff Peter Cates will read the names of the fallen, Father Vincent Lambert will offer prayers and Terry Schwab will play “Taps.” Members of the American Legion are also participating.Though the event is weather dependent, residents are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
To his credit, the former Colts GM makes a strong point about the viability of the AAF. Games were broadcast weekly over networks such as NFL Network, B/R Live, CBS Sports Network and even premiered on national CBS the weekend after the Super Bowl. Aside from having a significant network presence, the league certainly generated enough interest — especially for its first year — to create a strong following. In its opening week, the league averaged almost 3 million viewers on a national network and continued to maintain a steady viewership of around 500,000 for the rest of the season. However, there were inescapable problems that posed issues for the league throughout the season. But on April 2, the AAF officially announced that it would suspend operations eight weeks into a 10-week regular season. Upon receiving the news, Polian told members of the press that “the momentum generated by our players, coaches and football staff had us well positioned for future success. Regrettably, we will not have that opportunity.” These numbers will not shake the NFL to its core, but they demonstrate a strong showing for a first-year spring football league comprised of NFL flameouts and former college stars attempting to resurrect their careers. Even though the league was impacted by another company’s mishandling of payroll, the league was bought out by Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon. With his purchase, Dundon aimed to infuse cash into a league that had run dry quickly. This began to cast a shadow over much of the season; a sense of distrust in league stability persisted until Dundon decided to suspend operations altogether. Players lived check to check on non-guaranteed contracts and wondered if the league would suddenly go under. The league’s strategy from the outset was to complement to the NFL, but when the league balked at the opportunity to use the AAF as a minor league or development program, the AAF had no choice but to fold. While obvious trepidation regarding liability and expenses would linger, the addition of a development league such as the AAF would give NFL teams more leeway and freedom to test out practice squad players in game environments. Additionally, opening the door for new markets remains one of the NFL’s key focuses. Exploring a footprint in places such as San Antonio, Birmingham and Salt Lake City would be a wise move for a league focused on global sport domination. Lastly, the rule changes and technological advancements put forth by the NFL could help usher the game into a new era of both excitement and efficient game times. It wouldn’t hurt to have a league in which new rule proposals could be tested, either. When former general manager Bill Polian initially decided to create a professional football league, he did not set out to dethrone the National Football League. Although the league has failed with projects such as NFL Europe, the idea of a formal minor league for the NFL on American soil would represent a significant addition for the league. A former ESPN analyst, Super Bowl champion and one of the brightest minds in the sport, Polian understood that the Alliance for American Football was never meant to be a replacement for the face of America’s Game. Instead, the league looked to position itself as a strong complement to the sporting mega-giant. The AAF represents the latest in a long line of failed football leagues. In five years, it’s possible that many will look back and laugh at the weird rules, the funny team names and the random collection of players. But at the same time, it is distinctly possible that a post-lockout NFL could look back on this decision as one that doomed the league in its much anticipated 2020 CBA negotiations. From a player’s perspective, the AAF presents a paid opportunity to continue a career in professional football. While baseball, basketball and hockey each have alternative leagues in which players can make a living playing at home or overseas, no such option exists for football players. In the eyes of the NFLPA, a complementary (possibly minor league) system would allow players on the roster bubble to make money playing the game in the offseason. However the league’s legacy comes to pass, the AAF certainly made an impact. Furthermore, the league offered an opportunity for non-traditional markets to maintain strong fanbases, which was the case for many teams. Clubs such as the Orlando Apollos (with a record of 7-1 and the heavy favorite to win the championship) and the Memphis Express (signed Johnny Manziel) drew significant interest despite being located in smaller, football-deprived markets. Jimmy Goodman is a junior writing about current events in sports. His column, “The Point After,” runs every other Tuesday.
The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is presently preparing a delegation to head to what has been dubbed the largest international oil conference slated to be held between May 6 and 9, in Houston, Texas, United States.The Chamber has secured the participation of seven local businesses but is seeking a larger group to make a statement while representing Guyana on the international stage.GCCI Vice Chairman Nicholas BoyerVice President of GCCI, Nicholas Boyer told the media on Friday that the organisation is hoping for the participation of more local companies which are only required to be a member of the Chamber.Boyer added that the conference is expected to see the participation of about 10,000 persons from the oil sector. According to him, the goal of the mission is to foster relations with other oil producing companies to benefit Guyana and its economy.The Vice Chairman told the media that local businesses have shown interest in the oil sector, but the oil industry is coming with “a lot of standards” and new methods of business that Guyana is not used to.In this regard, he pointed to the need for this gap to be bridged so that interested businesses can be transported to the other level or actually offering services.He said, “It is through education not just by learning what this specific machinery do in the oil industry but the networking because one of the underrated ways of learning is networking and by networking these businesses have the interest and will learn a little bit more and a little bit more in terms of what they can do to reduce that barrier to entry to finally get across that hurdle to say hey I can now start selling a product, I can now start performing a service.”It was on this note that the GCCI bragged of the success from the previous trade mission it had to the city of Aberdeen in Scotland, United Kingdom.The Vice President explained that the trip managed to meet the objectives and in fact, the two countries are likely to set up a memorandum of understanding (MoU).In addition, he noted that a number of other companies have expressed interest in investing in Guyana and are likely to begin before year end.The trade mission to Aberdeen was facilitated last November by the GCCI.