Daily Kansan captures key to loss

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Daily Kansan photographer Jon Goering captures the decisive play in the Jayhawks' 37-34 loss to South Florida last Friday night in Tampa, Fla.

Daily Kansan photographer Jon Goering captures the decisive play in the Jayhawks' 37-34 loss to South Florida last Friday night in Tampa, Fla.

The Daily Kansan’s B.J. Rains breaks down the Jayhawks’ 37-34 loss to South Florida by focusing on a decisive play toward the end of the game, a play where a mere 12 inches may have changed the game’s outcome. A key play is usually a great way to introduce a game story or a folo-up piece. Rains does a solid job teasing readers with conflict in the lead, but he also puts the play into perspective and describes the interception in the final minute. (Notice also that photographer Jon Goering captured the key play.)

TAMPA, Fla. — If faced with the same decision again, Todd Reesing would do only one thing different — throw the ball about a yard farther.

Trying to get the Jayhawks into field goal range with 41 seconds left and the score deadlocked at 34-34 with the then No. 19 South Florida, Reesing dropped back to pass and saw wide receiver Raymond Brown streak down the middle of the field. Reesing took a chance and let it fly, but the ball fell a yard short of Brown and right into the hands of a leaping Nate Allen of USF.

“We got what we wanted,” Reesing said, who passed for 373 yards and three touchdowns. “I kind of fell off my back foot a little bit and just didn’t quite get it there. If I had to do it again, I’d probably make the same decision. I just didn’t make the play.”

Allen stayed on his feet and returned the ball 38 yards to the Kansas 26-yard line. After a one yard run, freshman Maikon Bonani hit his third field goal of the game — a 43-yarder as time expired — to give South Florida a 37-34 win.

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Michigan Daily's Maize Gauge is a fun extra that complements game coverage.

The Michigan Daily covers sports better than most by offering solid coverage, great packages, and reporting in new media. I really like the little extras, like the newspaper’s Maize Gauge, not only because it is visual, but because it breaks down some stats that might get lost. On the other hand, I am not a fan of game predictions that are, really, mostly about ego. Readers, for the most part, do not care who we pick unless we make the process entertaining for the reader, even if the pick is clearly a poor one. Don’t fret about your weekly record; instead, gloat about the readers you’ll attract. Of course, the line is finely drawn between funny and perplexing. Nobody is better at having fun with predictions than the Orlando Sentinel’s Jerry Greene, who proves that it’s not who you pick, but how you pick’em.

Game of the Week 2
ATLANTA (1-0) AT TAMPA BAY (0-1)
Wonder what Bucs Coach Jon Gruden plans on doing after he’s through coaching football (you know, like maybe next year?) Perhaps boss of a reclamation project such as rebuilding the Republican Party? This guy loves to tinker. That’s why he’s dumped quarterback Jeff Garcia and gone back to Brian Griese, a guy he’d dumped before. If you’re a kid at home playing with your Legos, this can be fun. Not so good, however, while coaching in the NFL.
LINE: Bucs by 7.
JERRY SAYS: Falcons by 3.

Leads Don’t force a connection, or comparison, when one does not exist. That’s what happened in the following lead. The fact Southern Cal faced Ohio State in women’s volleyball has no bearing on the same match-up on the football field. Better to use the straight lead offered in the second graph below. (Also, feel free to delete adjectives like ‘screaming’ before fans.)

On a weekend with a theme to “Beat the Buckeyes,” the Women of Troy set the bar high for their male counterparts on the gridiron.

The No. 7 USC women’s volleyball team breezed past unranked Ohio State (25-16, 25-13, 27-25) in a sweep Friday night at the Galen Center in front of more than 4,000 screaming fans.

Similarly, I am not sure the connection between Chinese superstitions and Michigan’s success on the volleyball court. Delete forced connections; instead, focus on the games themselves.

According to Chinese culture, three is a lucky number.

It’s been good fortune for the Michigan volleyball team this year as well.

The Wolverines grabbed their third tournament of the year this weekend, winning 3-0 at the Pepsi Challenge in Ann Arbor.

Virginia Tech's Angie Tincher

Angela Tincher

Campus roundup The Daily Trojan offers a solid gamer on USC’s surprisingly easy win over Ohio State. … The Collegiate Times offers an update on the USA National Softball Player of the Year, Angela Tincher, whose number was retired Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. … Allie Perez shows she understands soccer in her gamer for the Cornell Daily Sun. Allie analyzes the game well without opining and also includes quotes that explain other key subtleties of the game. Soccer, without easily mapped out play by play, can be a challenge to cover, but Perez does it well. Also, check out another fine soccer game story by the Missouri’s Maneater. … The Michigan Daily does a pretty good job assessing the volleyball team’s roster and chances to return to the Sweet 16. But stories like this are much stronger when more reporting is included. Ask opposing coaches for their assessments, something that will better inform your writing (and that will also enlighten readers.)

Typically, don't focus on national stories or figures (like Jamie Moyer, above) unless you do additional reporting or find a local angle.

Typically, don't focus on national stories or figures (like Jamie Moyer, above) unless you do additional reporting or find a local angle.

Columns Missouri’s football team is 3-0, the women’s tennis played well in a five-team tourney, and the women’s soccer team has won three in a row. So why write a column about Jamie Moyer, major-league baseball’s perplexingly good (and ancient) pitcher? Yes, the 45-year-old Phillies hurler is 14-7, and 7-1 in his last 13 starts, but leave the commentary to those who regularly cover MLB and the Phillies. Instead, think local in all columns. A college newspaper needs to fully cover its campus, offering news (and perspective) that readers cannot get elsewhere. Unless you can find a local angle (or can do additional reporting), leave national stories alone.

Profiles South Florida’s soccer goalie decided to play for a U.S. under-17 team a few years ago, which precludes Diego Restrepo from playing for his native Colombia. This is a nice feature on the player’s tough choice during a week when many Bulls fans (and alum like myself) are rejoicing in a football victory over Kansas.

Language Games are ‘tied,’ not knotted. And ‘trailed’ is preferred over ‘down,’ as in ‘Ohio State trailed Southern Cal 7-0.’

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