AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena Community College’s basketball teams hosted meet and greet night to introduce the teams to the community. Fans watched the men’s team scrimmage. Both squads did drills for their audience. Fans could also win prizes and shoot half court shots. The men’s basketball team’s season kicks off on Monday.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious DNR Seeks Bear DensNext Alpena County Sheriff’s Office Hosts Final Public Millage for Jail
This is a question Jones will be asked to address often over the next month or so, especially now that the Cowboys have lost three of their last four games in frustrating fashion. On his weekly radio appearance with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, Jones’ answers on the topic fell in line with what he has said in the past. Except for one line.”In my opinion, Jason Garrett will be coaching in the NFL next year,” Jones said. Wait, what?MORE: Ranking Cowboys’ Jason Garrett replacement candidatesThis is an interesting “opinion” for Jones to have considering he directly controls Garrett’s employment future. Rather than suggesting Garrett could land a job in 2020 with one of the 31 other teams in the league, Jones could have doubled down on what feels like increasingly artificial confidence in Garrett. That was his approach for the rest of the interview.”First of all, he’s a good coach … one of the smartest coaches,” Jones said, confirming he plans to keep Garrett in place through 2019. “I’m glad to have him. He is the guy for the job.”Jerry Jones said on @1053thefan he’s retaining Jason Garrett for rest of season because “first of all, he’s a good coach” and “one of the smartest coaches.” His experience level helps balance younger members of staff. “I’m glad to have him. He is the guy for the job.”— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) December 3, 2019Added Jones on how Garrett’s experience benefits Dallas’ current coaching staff: “When I decided to go with a younger makeup of a coaching staff, I decided that. And we did get it. We got Marc Colombo, we got it with Richard really impacting our defense, we got it several areas out there. Our special teams coach, our linebacker coach, When we the year before made a change with our receiver coach, and Kellen Moore the obvious one at coordinator.”I felt strongly that we could do and do that with a young group that still had experience to get. I felt we could to that with Jason Garrett there, he could be the safety net in case the wheels came off.”Jones also mentioned he had seen the list of candidates who could replace Garrett should the Cowboys not extend their coach. (No word on whether it was Sporting News’ list he saw.) He said those coaches “can’t guarantee a Super Bowl.”Obviously, neither can Garrett, whose overall record entering Week 14 of the 2019 season was 83-65, not including a 2-3 mark in five playoff games. Dallas is still looking for its first Super Bowl appearance since 1995.MORE: Mapping out Garrett’s future in DallasThat Jones would say he thinks Garrett will coach “in the NFL” next season rather than “the Cowboys” is interesting, especially in light of an NFL Media report that suggests Garrett and the Giants would have mutual interest should the coach hit the open market. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones reportedly will not fire coach Jason Garrett before the end of the season. And why would he? As long as Dallas remains alive in the playoff picture, a deep postseason run for a still-talented team remains in play.But what about after the season, when Garrett’s contract with the Cowboys is set to expire? Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio speculated Garrett’s camp leaked that info in an effort to maintain leverage as the coach’s seat gets warmer. Perhaps Tuesday’s comment was a similar move by Jones.Diplomacy. https://t.co/NIJxz3gurV— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) December 3, 2019Regardless, Jones’ lack of commitment to Garrett with his words Tuesday matches his actions. Simply put: If Jones wanted Garrett to continue as the Cowboys’ coach regardless of how the 2019 season plays out, the team owner already would have extended the coach’s contract.The Cowboys, 6-6 and still leading the NFC East over the 5-7 Eagles, have a chance to get back on track with a Thursday night game against the Bears in Chicago this week. Jones on Tuesday claimed “there’s boxes to be checked” for Garrett over the next four weeks and beyond, but he wouldn’t say whether Garrett needs to win a specific amount of games or reach a certain round of the playoffs.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard about the Ouya console. After raising $8.59 million on Kickstarter the team set to work finalizing the design of the machine and the software development kit (SDK) required to produce games and apps for it. Yesterday was a big milestone though, as Ouya came out of its design phase and has gone into development.What that actually means is the Ouya team is now having hardware made and the first Tegra 3-powered PCBs have been manufactured. The image below, with the first Ouya PCB sitting next to a Coke can, shows you some idea of just how small the final unit is going to be. That board is basically a complete Ouya minus its casing and storage.Ouya is currently in the engineering validation test (EVT) phase, which is when engineering prototypes are created to test performance and ensure the system works. Anyone who pledged $699 for the Developer Special or $1,337 for the Elite Developer Special should be very interested in EVT boards because these prototypes are the hardware that will be delivered to you in December along with an early access SDK. Each one is set to be unique, so they are certainly collector’s items.Developers and users will also be happy to hear Ouya is moving Android versions to remain up-to-date. Ouya was originally expected to ship with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but that has been replaced with Jelly Bean.Everything seems to be on track for the Ouya team to hit the target dates they outlined as part of the Kickstarter pledges. The first developer kits will ship in December and then the first shipments of actual Ouya consoles will start shipping in March. Developers can also expect to get their hands on the SDK and access to the developer portal before the end of the year.More at the Ouya blog