It hasn’t been the type of wild ride Disney fans are used to or enjoy.Disney World and Disneyland have both been closed for an unprecedented 11 days due to the CoronaVirus pandemic. And now it is being announced that both parks will not be opening on April 1st as originally planned.According to a report released by a Walt Disney Company spokesperson, it has now been decided that both parks and all associated resorts will remain closed indefinitely until they can come up with a solid timeline to reopen.The statement also went onto say that they will continue to pay all of their employees through April 18th.
This Saturday, Badgers head coach Bret Bielema will enter the Big House for Wisconsin’s Big Ten season opener, attempting to become just the second UW coach since 1919 to begin his career with four consecutive victories.However, a historic fourth win, elusive to many Wisconsin coaches including the legendary Barry Alvarez, will be difficult to record.The Badgers face many unique obstacles when they travel to Ann Arbor to face the No. 6 Wolverines. To start, the Badgers’ inexperience means most have not played at Michigan Stadium, the largest and one of the most intimidating places to play for a visiting team.But Bielema dispelled concerns about not playing well because of such a distinctively large and hostile atmosphere.”There has been a lot said about Michigan Stadium and all that goes with it,” the first-year head coach said. “I do know that as someone who has been in that stadium, it’s not a place where good things can’t happen for visiting teams.”Week 3 MVPsBielema handed out the coaching staff’s Players of the Week for the third game of the season. Tight end Andy Crooks was the offensive selection, who contributed more than just his one catch for 11 yards on the day.”[It was] probably his most complete game of the year to this point,” Bielema said of the SDSU game. “[He] made a great catch down there in the red zone, as well as did some things in the blocking schemes and protected our quarterback.”On the defensive side, linebacker Mark Zalewski shared honors with defensive tackle Jason Chapman, who Bielema praised for his ball-hawking ability against the Aztecs.”Jason, in particular, of all his games to this point really got off the football, got some penetration,” Bielema said. “He [also] caused that sack later on that really backed them up.”Punt returner Zach Hampton, who also fills in at free safety and on punt coverages, received Special Teams Player of the Week honors.”He gets his most notoriety for his ability to catch the football with a little bit of traffic,” Bielema said. “We have tried to instill in him the thought of a fair catch is not a bad thing every once in a while.”Rounding out the award winners were Offensive Scout Player of the Week Allan Evridge and second-time nomination Terrance Jamison for Defensive Scout Player of the Week.Coming in as the underdogWhile the young Badger coach acknowledges that the talent-laden Wolverines are favored in next week’s game, he downplayed any idea that the Badgers would not be able to compete against the highly ranked Wolverines.”According to the way things work out, every game is going have someone that is favored and somebody who is the underdog,” Bielema said. “So if we are the underdog this week, it’s probably a new position for us, but its not going to change up the approach we have.”The last time the Badgers upset a Michigan team ranked this high was over 25 years ago, when they beat the then top-ranked Wolverines 21-14 in Madison. Even though history is against him, and Bielema acknowledges Michigan as a very worthy and competitive opponent, he sees reason to be optimistic.”What I see from Michigan is there are a group of players that have experience, and they are able to execute,” Bielema said. “The great thing is, the reason we play on Saturday is to give everyone a chance, it’s 11 on 11.”Injury ReportBadgers defensive end Jamal Cooper (shoulder), who sat out last week’s game against San Diego State, has resumed practicing with the team and is expected to play against Michigan, according to Bielema.Meanwhile, defensive lineman Justin Ostrowski (knee) remains out indefinitely.”Justin Ostrowski, on the other hand, will be held out of this game,” Bielema said. “[He’ll be out] for an extended period of time, and that really doesn’t look to change in the near future.”
Veteran defensive lineman Akiem Hicks was ready to embrace the routine.The Chicago Bears practiced in pads Monday for the first time, and it sure was a welcome step for a team trying to bounce back from a disappointing season.“Most definitely,” Hicks said. “For all the guys, that have a real passion for football or a real love for football and have been doing this their entire lives, this whole (pandemic) situation has put us out of whack. Coming back to football has given us a sense of regularity. It does feel good to be back out there and it does feel like football again.”Other than coach Matt Nagy and many of his assistants wearing navy and orange neck gaiters for the entire 90 minutes, things sure looked about normal on the field.The Bears were at work, trying to prepare for their opener at Detroit on Sept. 13. And they have a lengthy to-do list between now and then.It starts with figuring out who their starting quarterback will be after acquiring Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles to compete with Mitchell Trubisky. But it sure doesn’t end there.The quarterback competition is just one story line for a team that missed the playoffs at 8-8 coming off an NFC North championship in 2018.They’re trying to work in new tight ends after signing five-time Pro Bowl pick Jimmy Graham and drafting Cole Kmet in the second round. They retooled their offensive line, hoping to provide better protection and boost an offense that ranked among the NFL’s worst.They also beefed up an effective defense that wasn’t quite as dominant as they hoped. Chicago went from ranking third in yards in 2018 to eighth last season and was fourth in scoring defense after leading the league.The Bears’ biggest offseason move was signing Robert Quinn to a $70 million contract. They’re counting on the 2013 All-Pro to take pressure off Khalil Mack on the edge and take down quarterbacks in a way Leonard Floyd never did.But they are also missing a key player on the line after nose tackle Eddie Goldman opted out.“He’s a straight-out monster,” said Bilal Nichols, who lined up at nose tackle on Monday. “He’s a guy I look up to, along with Akiem and guys like that. They gonna be missed, but I’m ready to step up. I’ve trained hard. I’m ready for this opportunity. I’m ready to just showcase what I can do, and you know, just put my best foot forward.”Nichols has shown some promise since the Bears drafted him in 2018 and is looking forward to showing what he can do now that he is “fully healthy.” He played most of last season with a restrictive cast after breaking his right hand.“I’m super excited coming back into Season 3 fully healthy,” Nichols said.Hicks was glad to be back in pads, particularly after a dislocated elbow limited him to five games last year and left a gaping hole in the run defense. He comes into his ninth season with one motivation.“Myself,” he said. “I want to make sure my time playing the sport that I love, that I’ve given the majority of my life to, is worth something. For me, being in my ninth year, I find that wanting to perform my best, taking all the wisdom that I’ve garnered over these past years and applying it — that’s my motivation. It excites me.”NOTES: Quinn and S Sherrick McManis (shoulder) were limited participants on Monday. Coach Matt Nagy said the Bears are ramping up Quinn’s work after going through a personal issue. “He’s been playing this game for a long time and we want to just make sure that we do it the right way. That’s just kind of the plan that we’re on right now. It’s nothing for us that’s concerning. We just want to take out time with it.Image credits: AP LIVE TV FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE COMMENT First Published: 18th August, 2020 08:20 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Last Updated: 18th August, 2020 08:20 IST Bears Embrace Routine As They Try To Bounce Back The Chicago Bears practiced in pads Monday for the first time, and it sure was a welcome step for a team trying to bounce back from a disappointing season Associated Press Television News
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