Prison warning for sulky racers and drivers

first_imgNewsLocal NewsPrison warning for sulky racers and driversBy admin – December 21, 2012 923 Email Twitter Previous articleTurkey for ChristmasNext articleHow Nanny Twinkerbell broke the mould admin Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin A CLEAR message has been sent out to people who engage in or facilitate sulky racing on public roads – you can expect imprisonment if prosecuted. Judge Eugene O’Kelly was the man with the message at Limerick District Court last week when he heard evidence in a case where “support cars” were blocking a public road and “engaging in an extremely dangerous activity”. His comments came when 26-year-old Ian Butler of Downey Street, Garryowen narrowly escaped a prison sentence on a charge of dangerous driving as a result of representations by his defence solicitor.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The court was told that his car was one of 30 vehicles bound for Limerick in support of a sulky race that had “commandeered the public road for a private race”on the main road to Boher at 8.30am last New Year’s Eve.Inspector Paul Reidy said that Mr Butler was “engaged in an extremely dangerous activity while he had no insurance”.When defending solicitor John Devane, said his insurance was “just shortly out of date”, Judge O’Kelly replied that “it was not going to be any good to an injured person in the event of an accident”.“It’s extremely arrogant of people to think they can commandeer a public road for a private race. Your client and his colleagues, were putting unsuspecting drivers in extreme danger. Someone could have been hospitalised”, he told Mr Devane.Mr Devane said that sulky racing was part of his client’s background adding that it was “genetically inbred into a horsey background” to which Judge O’Kelly replied that it was “no problem if they wanted to race around the fields, but not on the roadways”.Imposing a four month prison sentence suspended for 12 months, Judge O’Kelly said he wanted to send out “a very clear message that if you do this, you can expect imprisonment from now on.”The defendant was also disqualified for eight years for dangerous driving and for two years  for driving without insurance. Print Facebooklast_img read more

The evolution of an alley-oop dunk

first_imgNow that was a little bit ridiculous.With six minutes left in Saturday’s game against Washington, USC had a comfortable lead and total control of the game.The score was 69-48, a few fans were starting to pile out of the Galen Center and an impressive win was seemingly on the way for USC. Then redshirt senior point guard Mike Gerrity and redshirt senior forward Marcus Johnson connected on an alley-oop dunk for the ages — a dynamic display of just about everything good in the world of sports.A perfect synergy of instinct, skill and luck; a beautiful rendezvous between ball and player just above the rim; a meeting of two objects — ball and player.Quite simply, it left everyone in the building in utter disbelief.“He did not throw a lob right now,” redshirt junior forward Alex Stepheson said postgame, describing his initial reaction to seeing Gerrity heave the ball from beyond midcourt. “Tell me he did not throw a lob right now.”He did, Alex.Gerrity caught a pass from sophomore forward Nikola Vucevic, dribbled twice and hurled the ball towards the vicinity of the basket.Gerrity said afterward that his football skills were horrible, but I’d venture to say he was probably just being humble — I’d like to see USC quarterback Matt Barkley make that throw.Anyways, while the ball was in the air, Johnson was running down the court.Somewhere mid-flight, he said he got the idea that he should jump to meet the ball.Good decision, Marcus.Just after that came the monstrous slam that electrified the crowd to never-before-seen levels.But it’s not the first time Gerrity and Johnson have connected on an alley-oop. And it’s definitely not the first time Johnson has ignited the Galen Center crowd with a big dunk.Finisher · Senior forward Marcus Johnson, shown here against Tennessee, was at the receiving end of a crowd pleasing alley-oop. – Seth Rubinroit | Daily Trojan In the area of alley-oops, they’re both old hands.Gerrity, an altogether average athlete, has one redeeming factor that has propelled him to success at the college level: He’s got the vision of an NBA-caliber point guard.Teammates have been saying it since they met him.Guard Jio Fontan, who’s sitting this season after transferring from Fordham, told me a couple weeks ago that he had so much to learn from watching Gerrity pass.This alley-oop slam is only the latest manifestation of Gerrity’s passing ability — in short, he just knows how to dish.And Johnson is similarly talented in his field — the field of dunking.Many USC fans first learned Johnson’s name after his spectacular posterization of Cal’s Jorge Gutierrez last February, and the dunks have kept coming since.“It’s just stupid what he can do in the air,” Stepheson said of Johnson,No, Alex, that’s not stupid at all.What Johnson can do in the air is quite amazing actually.That man can jump.In practice, in games, heck, just about anywhere — that man can jump.And the Galen Center crowd is just the beneficiary of this teamwork, the witnesses to an alley-oop dunk for the ages.So while only 11 games remain for the Trojans this year no matter their record, this season isn’t a total waste.Not at all.This Gerrity-Johnson connection will be remembered for years to come as the alley-oop heard ’round Los Angeles.Never mind that it took place in an already decided game, never mind that it took place in front of fewer than 6,000 fans and never mind that it won’t really affect the season of the team it benefited.None of that matters.There is always something to be said of the beauty of an alley-oop dunk.Always.“Looking Past the X’s & O’s” runs Mondays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Pedro at [email protected]last_img read more