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December 2016

Tennessee rolls in Music City Bowl to beat Nebraska, 38-24

NASHVILLE – Tennessee, mythical champion of life, earned  a very tangible trophy Friday in its final appearance of the 2016 football season.

With Joshua Dobbs driving the offense and relentless Derek Barnett spearheading a revived defense, the Vols whipped Nebraska 38-24 before a sold-out Nissan Stadium crowd of 68,496 to win the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

"It's been a heckuva ride and I love the guys who ride with me,'' said Dobbs, the senior quarterback, who produced four touchdowns in his final collegiate game.

Dobbs ran for three touchdowns as the Vols (9-4 for a second consecutive season) crafted a 31-14 lead.

via www.usatoday.com


Uber Freight and Amazon prepare to fight over future trucking

Trucks allow the economy to function. There would be no sprawling grocery stores, online shopping, or other businesses without this vast network of drivers criss-crossing the country. Yet many people don’t think about this industry — until now, thanks to competing initiatives from Uber and Amazon, which are both working on services to change the future of trucking.

Both companies have similar ideas. Uber has slowly launched a service called Uber Freight that connects businesses that need to ship things with truckers willing to drive them. Amazon is said to be working on a similar product, first for its own use, and then for everyone else who needs to find a way to get a product from a California warehouse to a Vermont doorstep.

Uber Freight makes sense. The company is built on connecting people with drivers, and it acquired a startup called Otto in August to build autonomous trucks capable of traversing the country’s highways without the assistance of a human driver. Uber could use the service to make shipping more convenient, teach its self-driving trucks, and usher in the era of autonomy.

via www.inverse.com


Can any of the College Football Playoff teams stop Alabama Crimson Tide from another title

ATLANTA -- SEC teams aren't the only ones tired of hearing about how good Alabama is.

So are Clemson, Ohio State and Washington, the other College Football Playoff participants.

Call it Alabama fatigue. It doesn't matter the sport, professional or collegiate, when a team enjoys a run of dominance like the Crimson Tide have in college football in recent years, neutral observers develop a rooting interest in seeing the king fall.

Few teams have dominated the sport like defending national champion Alabama. The Crimson Tide have won 25 consecutive games, 15 straight against ranked foes and four of the last seven national titles.

via www.espn.com


Hawkeyes' offense eventually made its point

TAMPA, Fla. — During a 10-minute session with reporters Thursday, Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis twice was asked about retirement. He didn’t quite catch the first one.

A reporter asked about true freshman quarterback Nathan Stanley and his development and what Davis plans to do with him this spring. The question was loaded on the back end and Davis blew right through it.

via www.thegazette.com


Critics Say Kerry’s Israel Speech Could Backfire on Obama Administration - WSJ

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: John Kerry is an ignorant, arrogant liberal ass, who has no real clue what damage he is doing to U.S., Israeli relations. The man is a complete boob, an idiot, an absurd fool.

WASHINGTON—John Kerry’s speech on the Mideast peace process has drawn an exceptionally sharp reaction in Washington, with lawmakers in both parties warning it could further inflame the fraught state of the relations between Israel and the Palestinians that the secretary of state described.

Some top Democrats including incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said the speech, which attempted to defend and preserve President Barack Obama’s approach to resolving the conflict, could yield the opposite effect, leading to an unraveling of the long-held push for a two-state solution.

“While he may not have intended it, I fear Secretary Kerry, in his speech and action at the United Nations, has emboldened extremists on both sides,” Mr. Schumer said in a statement late Wednesday.

via www.wsj.com


Trucking Posts Job Gains

The number of trucking jobs rose in November by 2,300 jobs putting the total at 1.4555 million trucking jobs. Together, the transportation and warehousing sector gained 6,400 jobs in November.

This small increase comes as the U.S. economy continues to post more significant employment gains in other industries.

Construction jobs saw the biggest increase overall. Large gains were also posted in professional and technical services and healthcare.

The entire economy added 211,000 jobs for the month of November. Unemployment remained at 5%, the lowest level since 2008 and the benchmark set by economists for full employment.

via www.gobytrucknews.com


16 new restaurants that opened in Iowa City area in 2016

Lucky for Iowa City-area foodies, a lot of new restaurants came to the area in 2016: From spicy Szechuan food to crisp fried chicken, a wide range of flavors came with these new eateries.

Here's a guide to 16 restaurants that opened in the Iowa City area in 2016 so you can either end this year with some new food or ring in 2017 at some of the area's freshest establishments.

via www.press-citizen.com


What's the most popular liquor in Iowa this year?

Walk into any Iowa bar and the locals are likely boozing on Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey, statistics show.

Black Velvet remains Iowans' spirit of choice with 157,190 cases sold in 2016, according to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division annual report. Though Iowans demanded less of their favorite liquors than the year prior, they're more popular than beer, which has virtually flatlined.

via www.desmoinesregister.com


Purdue perimeter players start fast in rout of Iowa | Iowa Hawkeyes Basketball | qctimes.com

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Maybe the Iowa basketball team shouldn’t have worried quite so much about Purdue’s inside muscle Wednesday night.

Because it was the Boilermakers’ perimeter snipers that really killed them.

Guards Dakota Mathias and Carsen Edwards combined to make their first seven shots from the field and led five Purdue players in double figures as the 15th-ranked Boilermakers bolted out of the blocks and romped to an 89-67 victory over the Hawkeyes in the Big Ten opener at Mackey Arena.

via qctimes.com


McElwain wants Florida Gators program to emulate Hawkeyes | Iowa Hawkeyes Football | qctimes.com

TAMPA, Fla. — Shortly after Kirk Ferentz put his Iowa football team through a crisp, focused two-hour Outback Bowl practice Wednesday morning, Florida coach Jim McElwain praised the way the Hawkeyes typically go about things.

“This is one of those school that when you get an opportunity to play, you look forward to it because it’s a chance to test yourself against one of the most consistent programs in college football,’’ McElwain said during a joint news conference with Ferentz.

The Gators and Hawkeyes share 8-4 records as they prepare for Monday’s noon game at Raymond James Stadium, and McElwain said preparing for Iowa now isn’t all that different than it was when he worked as the assistant head coach, receivers coach and special teams coach on John L. Smith’s staff at Michigan State from 2003-05.

via qctimes.com