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Holgorsen presser: WVU hopes to end cold snap with trip to Ames

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen joined the media corps Tuesday for his weekly news conference. The Mountaineers (6-5, 4-4 Big 12) close out the regular season this week by traveling to Ames, Iowa, to play Iowa State (2-8, 0-7).

• OPENING STATEMENT | "Thanksgiving week for me, personally, is probably my favorite week of the year." Special to spend time with team, and if you're playing good football and this time of year, you're doing alright. Will meet for lifting and practice in the morning this week since the game in Ames is at 11 a.m. ET. "It'll be a hard game, as they all are. There's no easy game in the Big 12. Need to ignore their record." No need to look any farther than the past two years vs. Iowa State; squeaked out a win two years ago, then lost in triple overtime at home last year.

• CYCLONES OFFENSE | Iowa State has "good skill" on offense. QB Sam Richardson "runs better than he looks." Defensively, WVU "didn't touch" Kansas State's QB at all last week. "If we can't get to the QB, I don't care who we play; it's going to be a long day."

• CYCLONES DEFENSE | No change in scheme since last year. 4-3 defense that adds people to the box as needed. "Guys play hard, play with effort. They're always going to be in the right spots. We're going to have to block them, sustain blocks."

• QBs | "Clint is our starting quarterback. He's been our starting quarterback for 11 games." Trickett has been "dinged up" lately; he and WR Jordan Thompson were both concussed against Kansas State. Does not want to comment on severity of either concussion. Season has taken its toll on Trickett like it has other guys. "I don't think Clint has done anything performance-wise to jeopardize his starting QB role." QB Skyler Howard's tape "did nothing but confirm what I said Thursday night." Howard has been here for a while now, has taken a lot of reps, and things are "starting to click for him. I thought he handled it awesome." QB William Crest still has not been cleared, so in case of emergency Logan Moore and Paul Millard are available.

• E.J. BIBBS | "He is the best tight end in the league." Had him starred on his roster. Has 382 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns this season.

• SHAQ PETTEWAY | "He's a starter now." DC Tony Gibson made that decision early second quarter vs. Kansas State. Has been battling injuries his whole career but feels comfortable right now. "He's got snap to him, twitch to him." 

• OFFENSE | "I've got some issues with execution; I've got some issues with ball security," but effort and attitude have never been an issue. "Our guys didn't quit. They don't know what that means."

• WEATHER | Two years ago at Iowa State, "that was tough." Thinks the weather report for Saturday is "pretty favorable."

• INJURIES | CB Daryl Worley has a "lingering shoulder injury" and was in a green jersey today. CB Terrell Chestnut has been cleared.

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Saving seeds from the winter garden, it's fun and easy

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog garlic chives seedsThese garlic chives have gone to seed and it's easy to see the plant is about to drop them. Photos by Doug Oster

I don't know about you, but I miss the garden already. Saving seeds is a great job this time of the year.

While walking through the flower and vegetable garden, it's easy to see that lots of plants have gone to seed. Even though it's been cold, those temperatures won't harm the seeds.

In my garden, there are garlic chives, marigolds, hostas, beans and more which will give up their seed easily.

All we are doing is mimicking nature by grabbing the seeds before the plant discards them.

There's one important thing to consider when saving seeds. There are two basic plant types, hybrid and open pollinated. Hybrid seeds might be sterile and won't produce the same plant, it reverts to a parent. OP seeds will produce something almost identical as the plant which it was saved from.

Sometimes hybrid seeds can sprout and grow something interesting. In the case of the hosta, one of those seeds could create a brand new cultivar. That's what I hope anyway. In the past, my seedlings always look identical to the plant I've saved the seeds from. But every once and a while a sport will sprout which will look completely different.

It's easy enough to see when seeds are ripe for the picking. Examine each species in an effort to harvest seeds just before the plant drops them. Seeds are living, breathing organisms, it's important they are mature. When they are, it insures the seed will have what ti needs to produce a plant next year.

Beans are an easy plant to start with. My favorite pole bean is the heirloom 'Cherokee Trail of Tears.' It was the first heirloom I ever grew, planted almost 30 years ago. I wrote a story about learning about the plant from the late Bob Janca. He started my life long obsession with heirlooms that continues today. Heirlooms can always be saved from year to year. In the case of beans, once they mature, dry and turn brown they are ready to be saved. The whole pod can be stored and then the seeds can be removed when it's time for planting.

I'll gently pick apart the hosta seed pods, dropping the black seeds into a paper bag. For other plants like garlic chives, they can be shaken into a bag or in the case of marigolds, the seed pods themselves can be saved.

Storage might be the most important aspect of seed saving besides maturity. It's imperative the seeds stay dry after being harvested.

After dropping into the paper bag, the seeds are brought inside, allowed to dry and then put into small paper envelopes.

Those envelopes are then put into a glass mason jar. Each one of my jars has silica gel in the bottom to be sure the seeds remain dry. Some gardeners use rice to absorb any moisture.

The jars are stored in the basement where they stay cool and it's dark.

Each species has different requirements for germinating. Some need a period of cold, others need it to be dark and some want light to sprout.

The hostas will be sown in late winter under lights. I'll know what I have as soon as they sprout. It's fun to tell garden visitors "those were started from seed."

I also love to give away seedlings and even the seeds to like minded gardeners.

Take a look around your garden and find some seeds to save, it's fun and you might discover the next great variety.

blog hosta seeds readyThese hosta seeds are ready to be shaken into a paper bag and saved for the winter.

blog marigold seedsmature marigold seed pods can be saved too.

blog tot seed pods'Cherokee Trail of Tears' pole bean is my favorite. These pods are ready to be picked and saved.

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Empty Netter Assists - 11-25-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “They led the charge [Monday night]. You talk about Sid and [Malkin] and Kris, those are the guys who have to step up. … You look for your leaders." - Mike Johnston on Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang.

-The Boston Globe's recap. “He’s that type of player. He crashes the net. I think their whole team did today. I think that’s a little different than in the past with them. We knew that was going to happen. They had a lot of opportunities because of that. Hornqvist is one of those guys that really brings that.” - Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask on Patric Hornqvist.

-The Associated Press' recap. Marc-Andre Fleury (above) won his 300th career game.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Craig Adams struck Fleury with a shaving cream pie after the game:

-Fleury led his team off the bench:

-Johnston speaks:

-Malkin speaks:

-Letang speaks:

-“We just didn’t feel in the third that it was worth pushing him. They felt that he could go back out – he tried it – but I just didn’t think he was sharp.” - Johnston on Beau Bennett's limited play in the third period after he suffered an apparent right knee injury.

-Former Penguins defensive prospect Joe Morrow has found a role with the Bruins.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled defenseman Nick D'Agostino assigned defenseman Alex Boak to the Wheeling Nailers.

 

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Gilbert Delorme. A free agent signing in the 1989 season, Delorme's Penguins career amounted to 54 games and 10 points in 1989-90. After suffering a broken leg in in the 1990 offseason, he missed the entire 1990-91 season and spent all of 1991-92 with the Penguins' IHL affiliate in Muskegon. He was released in the 1992 offseason.

-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Jeff Norton. A free agent signing in the 2000 offseason, Norton's Penguins career amounted to 32 games and 12 points in 2000-01. At the 2001 trade deadline, he was traded to the Sharks in exchange for Bobby Dollas and Johan Hedberg. Along with former Islanders teammate Rich Pilon, Norton is portrayed as part of the the Mario Lemieux statue outside Consol Energy Center.

-After the Jump: The Islanders keep winning.

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Thanksgiving Deportation

Written by Rob Rogers on .

It is a good thing today's GOP wasn't around in the early years of colonization. They would've had to deport themselves. 

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Force will not be with Pittsburgh when it comes to Star Wars tease

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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So far, Pittsburgh is not among the 30 locations expected to show the 88-second tease for the new “Star Wars” movie.

StarWars.com has the list of theaters and the closest to Pittsburgh is the Cinemark 24 in Cleveland. If you find yourself at the other end of the state, the Regal Warrington 22 is listed. Here is the roster:

 

AZ PHOENIX HARKINS TEMPE MARKETPLACE
CA LOS ANGELES AMC CENTURY CITY
CA LOS ANGELES Indep EL CAPITAN
CA IRVINE REGAL SPECTRUM IRVINE 21
CA SAN FRANCISCO AMC METREON 16
CA SAN JOSE CINEMARK OAKRIDGE 20
CA SAN DIEGO REGAL MIRA MESA 18
CAN TORONTO CINEPLEX YOUNGE & DUNDAS
CAN VANCOUVER CINEPLEX RIVERPORT
CO DENVER AMC WESTMINSTER 24
DC WASH D.C AMC TYSONS CORNER 16
FL MIAMI CARMIKE PARISIAN 20
GA ATLANTA REGAL ATLANTIC STATION
IL CHICAGO REGAL CITY NORTH
MA BOSTON AMC BOSTON COMMONS 19
MI DETROIT CINEMARK SHOWCASE 20
MN MINNEAPOLIS AMC SOUTHDALE
MO KANSAS CITY AMC STUDIO 30
NY NEW YORK AMC LINCOLN SQUARE 12
NY NEW YORK REGAL UNION SQUARE
OH CLEVELAND CINEMARK CINEMARK 24
PA PHILADELPHIA REGAL WARRINGTON 22
TN NASHVILLE CARMIKE THOROUGHBRED 20
TN KNOXVILLE REGAL PINNACLE
TX DALLAS CINEMARK WEST PLANO 20
TX HOUSTON REGAL MARQ*E STADIUM 23
TX AUSTIN ALAMO ALAMO S LAMAR
UT SALT LAKE CITY CINEMARK CINEMARK 24 WEST JORDAN
WA SEATTLE REGAL THORNTON PLACE 14
WI MILWAUKEE MARCUS BROOKFIELD 16

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