17 Nov

Gold Movie Review: Akshay Kumar shines in patriotic blockbuster

first_imgWhy see a film where you already know what is going to happen? Gold starring Akshay Kumar is the perfect example of a film where the posters, trailers, promotions all scream out the outcome. But the way director Reema Kagti tells this tale is worth a watch.The director puts Akshay Kumar on the backseat. He is the ‘paagal Bangali’. The slightly crazy alcoholic who has seen the Indian hockey team defeat strong contenders on the Olympic field with 12 goals. He stood by the winning team from British India as the band played God Save The King. The manager of the Indian hockey team, Tapan Das, dreams of seeing the word ‘British’ struck off from in front of Indian Team. In 1936 Berlin, as the world watched British India defeat Germany in the finals, Tapan is restless.The world plunges into war in 1939. Tapan sees his dream rotting headline by headline as newspapers say World War II has swallowed yet another Olympics. He wastes away in alcohol as his nagging wife Monobina (Mouni Roy in a cracker of a Bollywood debut) keeps him from drowning in alcohol.In 1945, the second World War is finally over. The 1948 Olympics are announced. The venue is London. With the Olympics a few years away and the Indian independence a few days away, Tapan gets a new lease of life. He starts off trying to realise the dream that united the Berlin Olympics team. Only that the team is no longer in its earlier state.As Tapan sets out to scout for talent and make the journey to the Olympic gold possible, we are taken on a ride filled with the joy of a united India and the trauma of Partition. And finally, how India avenges the slavery of 200 years and defeats the British on their home ground.advertisementIn Gold, Reema Kagti keeps Akshay in the background like Tapan keeps his Himmat Singh (Sunny Kaushal). Tapan (with his shaky Bengali accent) is the proverbial glue that holds this team and the film together. But Akshay Kumar never lets his superstar aura take centrestage. He is the king-maker. From the sidelines, he cheers the team and propels them forward, both figuratively and otherwise.Gold gives many of those Chak De moments that every sports film since then has. Kagti takes a lot of creative liberties in crafting a nail-biting climax, the intra-team skirmishes and ego battles. Tapan Das is not Kabir Khan in terms of his designation. He is the brains behind this Indian hockey team. The director puts her best man behind the team and lets the story and the performances surface. In Gold, Reema Kagti gives India another tale of long-lost glory to be proud of. On Independence Day, what better a crowd-puller than that?The journey to the Olympic gold is fraught with disappointments and hurdles. How Tapan Das makes the impossible possible is the story of Gold.Akshay shines best in the frames that he shares with someone else. Be it with a Vinnet Singh (who is his usual brilliant self) or a Kunal Kapoor (back on screen with his Rang De Basanti fervour) or a Sunny Kaushal (very impressive) or an Amit Sadh (commendable performance). Or with his wife Monobina, played by a fantastic Mouni Roy. Mouni crosses over from the small screen to the big with elan and matches Akshay in every scene that she is with him in.All through the film, Sachin-Jigar gives a heart-thumping background music to match the pace of Gold. The pace drops in the second half, but seeing the semi-finals play out slo-mo is every bit worth it. Gold is made for the Independence-Day audience who love Akshay Kumar. Let there be no mistake about that. But Kagti is a fine storyteller. The execution of the journey is where you need to put your money on, much like the Indian team and not the individual players.Cinematographer Alvaro Gutierrez recreates the 1940s perfectly with hardly a note out of place. Songs in the film aid the narrative.But at the end of the day, all of this is not what people go to watch an Akshay Kumar film for. Gold ticks that box but is a lot more too. Make time for Gold this week.(The writer tweets as @ananya116)ALSO SEE | Gold true story: How independent India won its first Olympic goldALSO SEE: Gold film tickets all sold out on Day 1ALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar opens up on his Gold journeylast_img read more

16 Nov

Mourinho irked by Man Utd finishing

first_imgManchester United We should have been smoking cigars! – Mourinho irked by United profligacy Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 07:01 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JesseLingard - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Watford v Manchester United Watford Premier League José Mourinho Having seen his side come close to throwing away a 3-0 lead at Watford, the Red Devils boss was frustrated by his side’s finishing Jose Mourinho was irked by Manchester United’s profligacy after they were forced to stave off a late comeback for a 4-2 victory over Watford.Anthony Martial added to Ashley Young’s double as the Red Devils took a three-goal lead at Vicarage Road on Tuesday, but Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba were among those who failed to add to their tally.Troy Deeney rolled home a penalty with 13 minutes remaining after Marcos Rojo’s foul on Roberto Pereyra, before Abdoulaye Doucoure set up a tense finale. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Jesse Lingard ended Watford’s hopes of salvaging a result from the match with a tremendous solo effort in the 86th minute, but Mourinho was frustrated his players had not put the game to bed beforehand.”The second half should be five or six nil and it was even easier to score goals in the second half than in the first, but we missed these chances and this is football,” the United boss told BT Sport.”Out of nothing, penalty, and 3-1 and then the game is a different one. It is a match to win comfortably and in the end with the 3-2 the game is in a grey zone and Jesse had that fantastic initiative and won the game.”We missed the 4-0 also in a great action in the end of the first half and in the second half we had a great high press to recover the ball high and Lukaku also had that one, and Paul’s header is a free header – we had lots of chances.”But then out of nothing 3-1 and the game is different – they are full of confidence, they have nothing to lose, they are a team with no pressure.”For them to lose 3-0 or 5-0 is exactly the same so after the 3-1 they come to the game and we were a few minutes where we should be smoking cigars and then suddenly everything is in trouble.””I felt that I had to be direct and go for goal.”@JesseLingard speaks to #MUTV about his magnificent solo goal and an important three points for #MUFC. pic.twitter.com/gc4NjGHa0z— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 28, 2017Watford boss Marco Silva was disappointed Rojo did not receive a second yellow card for the challenge on Pereyra that resulted in the penalty, suggesting United would have not have been able to stymie their comeback with a man fewer.”In the second half it was clearly a second yellow for Marcos Rojo with the penalty, and then everything would have been different because it would have been 3-1 and they are down to 10 men,” Silva told the BBC.”I’m sure it would have been very difficult for them if they were down to 10 men.”We have to keep going. The result is hard to take for us, we didn’t deserve this result. In the end the quality was the difference, the individual players, but of course, the budgets of the clubs are so different.”Now it’s the moment to rest our players and to analyse what we will do to compete again and show our fans what we can do.”last_img read more

27 Oct

GIF: St. John’s Stars D’Angelo Harrison And Phil Greene IV Combine For An Awesome Bounce Pass Alley-Oop

first_imga shot of an ncaa basketball before a game(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)No, this was not from a live game, and the basket does look a bit short in the shot, but St. John’s basketball stars D’Angelo Harrison and Phil Greene IV combined for an awesome alley-oop for a Big East Tournament video shoot. Harrison throws a perfect bounce pass which Greene collects during a mid-air spin for a big two-handed dunk. The slow-motion camera work definitely adds something here as well.Harrison to Greene at the #BIGEASTtourney video shoot #SJUBB pic.twitter.com/BOkNd6Vgw5— St. John’s BBall (@StJohnsBBall) March 9, 2015St. John’s is a five seed in this week’s Big East Tournament. The Red Storm kick off the post-season against four-seed Providence at 2:30 on Thursday, March 12.last_img read more

17 Oct

Morneau drops more hints on skillstraining plans in the 2019 federal budget

first_imgOTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau is suggesting that next week’s federal budget will include measures to help Canadians cover their bills if they choose to head back to school to boost their skills or change careers.During a morning event in Toronto, Morneau told a group of children that the Liberal government is looking at ways to help people prepare for their next jobs.Among the ideas Morneau is putting out today are an avenue for people to have dedicated time off for skills training and ways to cover their expenses while they’re out of the workforce.Top government officials have been working behind the scenes for years on ways to help Canadians prepare for shifts in the economy, marked by fewer permanent careers and more short-term jobs, a hallmark of the “gig” economy.The Liberals have been clear that Tuesday’s federal budget — the last before the country is plunged into an election campaign — will focus on helping people improve their skills in the face of a shifting labour market.At the start of the event, Morneau put on the shoes he will wear for next week’s budget day, which are the same ones he wore in 2016 with some repair work from an all-female-owned shop in Toronto’s Kensington Market district.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

13 Oct

Super Bowl Ads shy from politics and mind their manners

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Peyton Manning takes a family to Universal Parks & Resorts. Chris Pratt works out to get in shape to tout Michelob Ultra. Bill Hader takes a break on set to snack on some Pringles.This year’s Super Bowl advertisers are minding their manners. They’re trying hard to steer clear of everything from politics to the #MeToo movement with lightly humorous ads that don’t offend.The goal is to capture the attention of the 111 million-plus viewers expected to tune in Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots. Thirty-second slots are going for more than $5 million for airtime alone.Last year, ads that tackled political issues fell flat, like an 84 Lumber ad about immigration. And some thought the recent Grammy Awards’ low ratings were because the show contained too many political moments, such as Hillary Clinton reading from the Trump biography “Fire and Fury.”People are in the mood for “political-free entertainment,” said Kim Whitler, a marketing professor at the University of Virginia.Several ads will be taking a light-humour approach with mostly male celebrities. PepsiCo brands Doritos Blaze and Mountain Dew Ice are showcased in two 30-second linked spots showing Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage in a lip-sync rap battle.In a Pringles ad , Bill Hader has a snack on set and introduces a made-up practice dubbed “flavour stacking,” in which he mixes and matches different Pringles varieties. M&Ms enlisted Danny DeVito to embody what happens when a red M&M becomes a person after wishing on a lucky penny.Keanu Reeves surfs on his motorcycle through the desert in an ad for Squarespace. Chris Elliott lives in a bio dome to tout avocados from Mexico, while “Stranger Things” star David Harbour shows up in Tide’s commercial.“They’re light hearted and good natured,” Whitler said. “That’s on target with the mood of the country.”“We’re exposed to so much constant negativity,” said Andy Goeler, a marketing executive at Bud Light. “Delivering something just light hearted and fun is the root at what beer is all about.” The brand’s two spots showcase a mythical kingdom a la “Game of Thrones” centred on Bud Light and the catchphrase “Dilly Dilly.”Amazon’s 90-second fourth-quarter ad stars a bevy of celebrities who sub for the voice of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant: singer Cardi B, actress Rebel Wilson, star chef Gordon Ramsey and even actor Anthony Hopkins putting a Hannibal Lector spin on things. Leading up to the halftime show, Pepsi’s ad references past celebrities who have appeared in Pepsi Super Bowl ads: Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Cindy Crawford and others.Nonetheless, two Super Bowl ads are bucking the trend and sidling up to political issues, however obliquely.Coca-Cola’s anthemic 60-second ad features varieties of Coke, from Coke Zero to the stevia-flavoured Coke Life, quaffed by women, men and a person who uses the “they” pronoun.“There’s a Coke for he, and she and her and me and them,” a voiceover states.Coca-Cola executives say the ad highlights the diversity the company has always used in its advertising, adding that they consulted African-American and LGBTQ groups among its own employees. A biracial couple and a person in a wheelchair also appear in the spot.“We want to celebrate all the people that make up the world,” Coca-Cola executive Brynn Bardacke said. “We don’t want to exclude anyone.”On the other hand, WeatherTech, which makes car mats and other interior car products, has a staunchly pro-American approach in its ad, which shows the construction of a factory that opened late last year.“At WeatherTech, we built our factory right here in America,” the ad’s text reads. “Isn’t that the way it is supposed to be?”It’s the fifth year WeatherTech has advertised in the Super Bowl touting its all-American operations. Founder and CEO David MacNeil said his ad doesn’t have typical Super Bowl accoutrements — “no ponies, no puppies, no pretty girls” — but said it’s straight to the point about its message.“Isn’t it just logical to build your own factory in your own country so your own fellow citizens can have jobs?” he said. He said he doesn’t believe the ad might be divisive. “It wouldn’t occur to me that I could offend anyone by supporting my own country,” he said.While the majority of advertisers release their ads ahead of time to try to drum up publicity, there are some holdouts. Fiat Chrysler usually appears during the game without advance warning. Other advertisers that have remained mum about their plans so far include E-Trade and Monster Products.“It may be that advertisers with risky ads are waiting for the game, hoping to protect the surprise and break through the clutter,” said Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at Northwestern University.last_img read more

13 Oct

North Peace Cultural Centre gives annual update to City Council

first_imgThe theatre of the Centre has been an integral platform this year for many performers both locally and those that travelled to the Peace Region to perform for the community.The art gallery focused this year on having more local artists be able to display their work and sell at their own openings and functions which produced a lot of interest in the community.Workshops have been created and funded by the Centre; these are opportunities for local artists to come in and share about their art to help people discover things they might not know about and create new skills by participating in the workshop. In the future, the Centre is looking to provide more experiences for different age groups and by getting community input through Social Media as to what people want to see.There are various Art programs at the Centre such as Let’s Art that is a free Art program for children and teens as well as dance and theatre classes.The Bright Nights event in June captured the theme Classic Country, there was an expanded art market, with spinners and weavers, quilters and potters even a mobile kiln.  There were big machines with rollers helping to create big prints that were then sold as part of the big print sale. This years event will be setting the stage for the 2020 BC Winter Games.Financially the NPCC is on track; there has been restructuring within the Centre with room rentals, creating new uses for previously allocated space with programs such as childcare. The Centre is always looking for a new opportunity to create and find revenue while keeping the costs of running things down. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The NPCC has had a full and evolving year, and with the continued partnership with the City, the Cultural Centre continues to grow and thrive in its programs to maintain arts and cultural exposure in the North Peace region.The report for City Council outlined the NPCC’s shared partnerships with the City, theatre, art gallery, workshops offered, programs at the Cultural Centre, the Bright Nights event, funding, what’s to come and future plans.The NPCC thanked the City of FSJ for their continued support and shared how positive the Management Service Agreement between the City of FSJ and the NPCC has been as it has increased communication and by working together the Centre has seen improvements to the physical building and continued success in collaborated events. There has been a great success with finding new funding partners and continued support from old partners. With the help of community gaming grant and other applied and received grants this helps ensure programs and upgrading opportunities continue at the Centre. The City of FSJ is the major funder of the Centre supporting 24 percent of the budget, without that assistance the centre would be unable to operate as it does.The Centre received a $170,000 Gaming Grant for theatre renovations and is thankful the City matched those funds; all monies will help to refurbish the theatre by new carpeting replacing the seating, replacing theatre lights, curtains, and a paint job.Heading into the future, the season pass will continue for the ‘Presentation Series,’ Childcare has been made available since the closure of Oscare Daycare, and this grows new opportunity to help develop new relationships with the children and families. The Renovation is a big and exciting opportunity for the Centre and a Primary Liquor licence has been applied for to assist in what can be offered to Theatre patrons. The Centre will be hosting the Chocolate Festival this year and has partnered with the Literacy Society with a homework club.The NPCC future goals and wish list include working with the City and to be apart of the Downtown Revitalization plans, through refreshing the outside of the building and including more windows into the gallery, so people on the outside have a better idea of what is going on in the inside. Renovating the concourse and conference room to be more attractive to events. To replace the front doors and glass cubes to improve access and insulation to the building and to add a Marquee at the front of the building.last_img read more

12 Oct

UPDATE – Over 125000 customers without power in Northern BC

first_imgUPDATE as of 9:10 p.m. – THe outage is affecting over 34,000 customers in Northeast B.C. There is no estimate yet on when power will be restored.UPDATE as of 9:07 p.m. – Early reports suggest the power is out all over Northeast B.C. We are still waiting for more information from B.C. Hydro.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There is a large power outage affecting Fort St. John and Charlie Lake.At this time we are waiting more information from B.C. Hydro, but we understand power is out in a large part of Fort St. John and Charlie Lake. UPDATE as of 11 p.m. – Power has been restored in Fort St. JohnUPDATE as of 10:50 p.m. – There are now only 40,000 customers without power.  Hydro is slowly restoring power to the region after an outage knocked out power to over 125,000 customers.  The last community should see power restored by 12:30 a.m.UPDATE as of 10:30 p.m. – B.C. Hydro is working to restore power to over 125,000 customers in Northern B.C.  According to Bob Gammer with B.C. Hydro, crews are working to restore power stagged approach, to reduce the chances of any other power outages.  They will slowly restore power to each community affected and the last areas should see their power back on by 12:30 a.m. UPDATE as of 10:10 p.m. – The power could be back on by 12:30 a.m. Hydro says power could be restored by 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept 12. BC Hydro says the outage is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike.Large outages in northern BC tonight are caused by a suspected lightning strike. Crews are beginning restoration efforts across the region, working to restore all customers in the next few hours. Most of #cityofPG has been restored and we expect most customers back by 12:30am.— BC Hydro (@bchydro) September 12, 2019UPDATE as of 10 p.m. – Over 125,000 customers are now without power. The outage is affecting a number of communities in Northern B.C. There is no estimate on when power will be restored. Reports of fires in Prince George and Taylor are only flaring. The gas plant in Taylor and the refinery in PG are flaring due to the power outage.UPDATE as of 9:40 p.m. – Approximately 100,000 customers in northern BC are out of service due to a transmission failure. Affected communities run north and west of Prince George including Vanderhoof, Smithers, Fort St John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Hudsons Hope, Houston and Burns Lake. Crews are investigating and we will begin restoration efforts as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. We will continue to provide updates as soon as they become available.UPDATE as of 9:25 p.m. – There are over 100,000 customers in Northern B.C. without power. BC Hydro is still investigating why the power is out and does not have an estimate on when power will be restored. The outage covers areas like Smithers, Prince George, MacKenzie and all of Northeast B.C.center_img Is the power out where you live?We will post updates as soon as information is available from B.C. Hydro.last_img read more

12 Oct

Blockbuster on cards as RCB play CSK in IPL opener

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Premier League (IPL) is back and the 12th edition of the cash-rich league couldn’t have hoped for a better start as defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are all set to take on the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the opening game at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. Cricket might be a team game, but come Saturday, it will be all about CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni versus Virat Kohli, captain of the RCB. He might be the former skipper of the Indian team, but for his legion of fans, Dhoni is no less than god. Add to that the home factor, and there are no points for guessing that Chennai will be all yellow on the night of the opening game. Kohli, on the other hand, might be a demi-god himself for his fans, but when it comes to fighting it out against Dhoni, he might just come out second best. For the record, RCB have lost six of the seven games they have played so far at the Chidambaram Stadium and the numbers are again pitted heavily in favour of CSK. Overall, in 22 meetings between CSK and RCB, the Bengaluru outfit have managed only seven victories. In fact, the last time these two teams met — in Pune last season — Chennai were all over Bengaluru and it was a cakewalk for Dhoni’s boys. But a lot has changed since then and the senior most team in the IPL — CSK — have grown a year older. The positive for RCB is the fact that AB de Villiers is fit and raring to go after resting his back during the last stretch of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). They also have a young power hitter in Shimron Hetmyer of the West Indies to add to the arsenal. But CSK have the experience to tackle the swashbuckling batsmen in the RCB ranks. If Harbhajan Singh was the stand-out bowler for CSK last season, Deepak Chahar too showed great maturity to earn an India cap on the basis of his IPL performance. Not to forget the tactical acumen of part-time spinner Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav. In the batting department too, if RCB have a run-machine in Kohli, Dhoni too is coming on the back of an outstanding previous season when he showed why he is still one of the best in the business. In fact, Dhoni has scored 710 runs against the RCB, the most by any batsman against the franchise. The IPL might not have an opening ceremony this time around as the fund budgeted for the same is being handed over to the families of the Pulwama martyrs, but one couldn’t have asked for a more blockbuster start to the 12th edition of one of the most followed domestic T20 leagues in the world.last_img read more

12 Oct

No respite for Gurugram residents as dust storm continues to make air

first_imgGururgam: There seems to be no respite for the residents of Gurugram as dusty winds have resulted in the city’s air being in the very poor category.On Monday, the particulate levels of 2.5 microns in Gurugram was registered at 350 micrograms per cubic metres. This is way above the prescribed limits of 60 micrograms per cubic metre set by the world health organisation (WHO). According to the met department, dust storm conditions are making the situation in the city worse. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”Dust particles from the Thar in Rajasthan are blowing towards this region. That is a major cause of continuous deterioration in air quality. Also, wind direction is west-south-west, leading to the transportation of more dust particles from the desert,” said the Met official. If weather conditions were not favourable for the air to breathe what made the matters worse was the dust and vehicular pollution in the city. There was a high concentration of posonous gases like nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide that is mostly emitted by the vehicles. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn order to save the cost, there are a large number of vehicles especially the three-wheeler that use low quality fuel that further causes more harm to the people breathing the air. Large scale construction activities and the receding green cover has resulted in dust being the major contributor to pollution in the Millennium city. Even as strict orders have been issued by the National Green Tribunal to not allow the burning of the waste, the brazenness of not following the law can be seen even in the crowded area of National Highway-8. “There is a need for sustained and committed effort in dealing with such a major challenge. Unfortunately, a few days of favourable weather conditions cannot help us escape from the big challenge that surrounds us.” “The citizens and the government must collaborate together to fight this menace. Unfortunately, even though the awareness about pollution has improved, the pro-activeness about it has not changed much,” said Shweta Narang, a city resident. Most of the citizens from the city have taken to digital platforms to highlight the challenges that are resulting in a spike of deadly air levels.last_img read more

28 Sep

Ohio States Taylor Decker still the little brother but coming into his

Sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker (68) gets set to block a defender during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorHeading into the 2013 season, the Ohio State football team felt comfortable with most of its offensive line.The Buckeyes returned four starters from the 2012 team — redshirt-seniors Jack Mewhort, Marcus Hall and Corey Linsley and senior Andrew Norwell — who had started a combined 80 games for OSU before the season began.Sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker hadn’t started one.Decker, who has started all seven games at right tackle for OSU this season, said his relationship with the other lineman has helped him grow as a player.“I’ll definitely always be the younger guy, sort of thing because I’m like a little brother to them basically, I would say,” Decker said. “They’ve had good careers and they’ve established themselves and they deserve respect that comes along with that … I do feel I’ve improved and gotten closer with them, but it’s kind of a little brother relationship. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”Against Iowa, Decker played potentially his best game, coach Urban Meyer said in a press conference Monday, going as far as to name him honorable mention for team champion.The offensive line dominated the team award, with Hall, Mewhort and Linsley all being named champions.“Our offensive line played exceptional,” Meyer said. “The champions were Marcus Hall, Jack Mewhort and Corey Linsley … Four to five were champions, because Norwell was one of the players of the game, and Taylor Decker received honorable mention, you’ll win most games if that happens.”Senior running back Carlos Hyde benefited from the performance of the offensive line against the Hawkeyes, rushing for 149 yards and two touchdowns.“It was a great performance by those guys. I love those guys to death and I’m happy to be able to run behind those guys and it’s exciting to see them … I came in with four of them. Taylor’s a (sophomore), to see them have success, it’s nice. When they go, I go.”Decker, a Vandalia, Ohio, native did play in all 12 games during Meyer’s first season in Columbus, but was second on the depth chart after former-Buckeye Reid Fragel and did not record a start.Coming into the season, there was some doubt surrounding Decker, co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said, but the coaching staff was confident he would “turn the corner.”“You have to believe in the decisions you made, you have to believe in the talent you see and you have to know if you stay the course and you do things the right way, usually they work out pretty well for you,” Warinner said. “And I didn’t have any doubt that at some point he would turn the corner.”The line is a tight-knit group, Decker said, and they don’t let anything get in the way of working together as a unit.“I wouldn’t say we’re necessarily competing against each other because we have to work together as a whole unit to accomplish anything,” Decker said. “I think it’s more of ‘Did we play together well as a unit? Did we have enough rushing yards? Did we protect the quarterback well?’ Obviously, you want to grade out well, but I don’t think there’s any animosity toward each other about it.”Warinner agreed and said everyone is pulling for each other when they are out on the field.“It’s a group that wants everybody to do well and doesn’t care who gets the credit and that’s the beautiful thing about offensive lines, when you can get that, that’s when it’s fun to coach them,” Warinner said.The drive to succeed on the field doesn’t stop some players on the line from joking around though, Decker said.“It’s fun. I mean we got all kinds of personalities in there and like you said, there’s some goofballs in there,” Decker said. “Everybody’s pretty humorous, pretty funny guys and when it comes down to it they all get the job done. Being able to have fun while we’re playing this game just makes it so much better.”He specifically pointed out Hall as being a clown when he is off the field.“Marcus, he’s really funny. He cracks me up. He’s always real positive about everything — got a really positive outlook on it,” Decker said. “He’s got that positive attitude and he’s always just picking people up. Off the field, he’s a jokester, he’s a pretty funny guy.”Despite his recent performances, Decker struggled in his first career start against Buffalo Aug. 31, where he often lined up across the line from Bulls senior linebacker Khalil Mack, a top NFL prospect.If it weren’t for his teammates and the coaching staff keeping his spirits up after the tough games, he wouldn’t have been able to be where he is, Decker said.“I knew that wasn’t me, that’s not how I had been playing and performed in camp prior to (Buffalo) and the weeks leading into it,” Decker said. “It was a tough pill to swallow but just had to bounce back and recover from it and play the way I could play.”Warinner said his struggles against the Bulls are not a representation of Decker as a player.“He has great talent. He’s a young kid. He could easily be a redshirt-freshman, we played him a few snaps last year … His progress has been good. He’s playing solid football for us and continues to get better with a big upside,” Warinner said. “He’s getting to where we need him for this Big Ten stretch.”Next up, the Buckeyes are set to host Penn State Saturday at 8 p.m.The Nittany Lions are ranked 21st in rushing defense in the country, only allowing an average of 117.7 yards a game, but Decker said he thinks the line will be able to handle the pressure.“I know they got a good rushing defense,” Decker said. “They got good athletes and they’ve always been a good program. They’re going to have good players and we’re just going to have to focus on that and this upcoming week prepare for them.” read more