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The move started with a Joel Ward throw-in deep into Crystal Palace territory and ended, 58 seconds later, with Conor Gallagher firing an angled finish into the corner of the Brighton net.

In between, the ball traveled through every Palace player, including goalkeeper Jack Butland. The patient, 20-pass build-up carved Brighton open and while the goal was not enough to win the game, the mention of it still prompts a smile from Patrick Viera a week later.

“I knew it was a nice goal in terms of the build-up from the back, but I didn’t realize in the moment that every player had touched the ball because I was too into the game,” he tells Sky Sports. “It was good to see it back, because it shows the way we want to play.”

Vieira is speaking over Zoom from the club’s Beckenham headquarters, where, over the last six months, he has overseen a transformation. The Premier League table shows Palace in roughly the same position as last season. But, from personnel to playing style, pretty much everything else is different.

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Vieira’s predecessor, Roy Hodgson, did fine work across his four-year tenure, providing stability in difficult circumstances and helping to establish Crystal Palace’s presence in the Premier League.

But the football was functional rather than thrilling and there was an appetite for change. Vieira came in with a remit to overhaul the team and modernize the style and that is precisely what he has done.

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Vieira has completely overhauled Crystal Palace’s playing style

“That was the direction of the chairman [Steve Parish] wanted to take and it is one of the reasons I am here as well because he understood the way I wanted the team to play,” he says.

“It was a risk, obviously, to change the style, and even more when you have that kind of transition of players, where you lose 12 and bring in eight young guys without much experience in the Premier League.

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“So, when you are looking at what was going to be the first 10 games of the season [which included meetings with Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City], you see all the elements are there to have a difficult period.

“But with the support to implement my philosophy, and with the togetherness of the football club – and when I talk about togetherness, I am talking about the chairman, [sporting director] Dougie (Freedman), and the staff – we managed to get through it, allowing me to focus on the way I wanted to team to play.”

Vieira shakes his head immediately when asked if the scale of the task at hand made him think twice about taking the job – “I was really excited about coming,” he says – and Palace fans are glad he didn’t.

The 45-year-old, a three-time title-winner with Arsenal who cut his teeth as a coach at Manchester City’s academy before spells in charge of New York City FC and French side Nice, has instilled optimism in the stands and brought freshness on the pitch.

A raft of youthful summer signings, including Gallagher (21), Marc Guehi (21) and Michael Olise (20), has lowered the average age of the side by two years, and while Palace sit 11th in the Premier League table ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Liverpool, the underlying data ranks them as the eighth-best performers in the division.

Do the numbers offer encouragement to Vieira?

“When you look at the data side of things, you can say, ‘Yeah, we should be a little bit higher in the table’, and that’s positive,” he says. “But on the other side, it’s about trying to understand why you are not where you are supposed to be, or where you want to be.

“It’s about understanding and trying to find the things that will make us a better team so we can improve those kind of details to get better results. So, overall, yes, it’s positive, but it’s not enough for what I want. I will always be demanding and wanting more from the players because I believe they have the potential to do more.”

The main areas for improvement are clear to him.

“I would like the team to be more ruthless in both boxes,” says Vieira.

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Michael Olise celebrates with James McArthur

“That means on the defensive side, but at the same time, when we are winning 1-0 and we have a couple of chances to score the second one, I want us to have that kind of ruthlessness to score the goal that would allow us to go two ahead.

“It is about having a maturity, and that comes with experience. Hopefully, in the second half of the season, it will be one of the areas we really improve, but it does take time to get to that.”

Vieira’s philosophy is vital to him. “I knew that if I decided to go into coaching,” he says, “this would be how I would like to see my teams play, because when I go to watch matches, I like this kind of intensity, possession and trying to play forward and score goals.”

But he is a pragmatist too. In October, he steered Palace to a 2-0 win at Manchester City with just 32 per cent possession. On Sunday against Liverpool, he knows they will need to be flexible again.

“The goal against Brighton is good because it highlights the way we want to play, but we are not going to score goals like that every weekend,” he says. “We need to understand that scoring in different ways is as important as scoring in that way.

“It’s important to be consistent with style, but at the same time it’s important to have the right gameplan depending on the team you are going to play. Obviously, if you want to have possession when you play against Manchester City, for example, you know that is… not impossible, but really difficult.

“So it is about knowing that and saying, ‘What are we going to do instead?’ That is another side of the game we need to improve as well, when we don’t have the ball.

“That is something we have to learn and we have to put more emphasis on that because those kinds of teams have the philosophy and the players, so it will be difficult to match them on that side.

“I’m not telling you we are going to change our philosophy, but we have to take into account the strength and the quality of the opposition team.”

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That certainly applies to Palace’s next opponents.

Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Vieira’s former club Arsenal on Thursday in the Carabao Cup semi-final showed they remain a formidable proposition even without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane but Crystal Palace will at least have the visceral support of a bouncing Selhurst Park behind them.

Under Vieira, they have accrued 71 per cent of their Premier League points there, and only lost twice – to Aston Villa and West Ham – in all competitions. The connection between fans and players feels stronger than ever this season.

“It’s massively important,” says Vieira. “Since I’ve been here, I really understand the relationship between the fans and the club and the players. There is a passion, there is caring, there is really a love that the fans show to the players, and I believe it is massively important for the players, staff and everyone to show that love back.

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Conor Gallagher has become a fans’ favorite among Palace supporters

“One of the ways we can do that when we are on the field is to play with passion and love and determination, because those fans deserve that.”

Vieira uses Gallagher as an example. The Chelsea loanee has earned plaudits for his goals and assists this season but it is his work rate that has most endedeared him to the fans, according to his manager.

“I think the way that Conor plays reflects really well that connection we have with the fans,” says Vieira. “This is one of the reasons why he is one of the fans’ favorites as well. Those qualities are what our fans love, when players on the field play with enthusiasm, with happiness.

“Of course, they understand the game too. They know that making mistakes, passing the ball at the wrong time, is a part of the game. But what they want is for the players to play with soul and heart. I think they have been doing that fantastically well.”

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Manchester United adapting to Ralf Rangnick’s enjoying model: Nemanja Matic

Manchester United have already adapted to the energetic, aggressive style of play of interim manager Ralf Rangnick, said midfielder Nemanja Matic despite the interruptions in her schedule by one Covid-19 Outbreak in the club.

United have been unbeaten in three games in all competitions since arriving at Old Trafford since arriving at Old Trafford but had to postpone two Premier League games and last played on 11 December.

The 63-year-old German is a proponent of “counter-pressing” – a form of football in which the teams press up and use counter-pressing to get the ball back as quickly as possible instead of falling back to regroup.

“We understand his ideas and what he wants to play. Slowly we will be where he wants us to be. It’s a little bit of everything, not just pressing… You have to be physically fit and play well tactically, ”said Matic.

“Every manager (who) comes to a new club needs time to adapt. It will take us some time, but we have enough talent in the squad to quickly understand and play how he wants.

“We have already adjusted to him. It’s the beginning, but we are all positive and will see the future. “

United travel to Newcastle United on Monday before hosting Burnley on Thursday and Wolverhampton Wanderers on January 3.

Kyler Murray has Arizona Cardinals O-line taking part in golf in fashion with {custom} golf equipment, luggage

While the Arizona Cardinals are hoping to have the shortest off-season of any NFL team with the Super Bowl, the team still has plenty of time to work on their golf game before training camp.

And Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray ensures his offensive line hits the links in style.

For Christmas, Murray bought each member of the Cardinals O-Line custom made white leather golf bags and a set of custom-fit clubs from True Spec Golf. The pockets are each printed with the names and numbers of the players in Cardinals red on the front. Videos posted on social media posts show the players swinging and putt in a simulator as they conform.

It seems that some of the players may need to work on their game. And although the Cardnials are currently at the top of NFC West and, according to the FPI, have a 99% chance of reaching the playoffs if they continue playing as they did last week against the Detriot Lions with two wins and one 30:12 loss, the O-line will bring their new devices to market sooner rather than later.

Patrick Mahomes passionately defends enjoying fashion

There was a time when Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs looked invincible. However, they are far from this form this season. The Chiefs are 5-4, and getting a ticket to the playoffs is no longer a ban on the team that was supposed to rule AFC West ahead of the season. There are a handful of reasons the Chiefs are struggling, including Mahomes’ turnover problem.

But if someone thinks they should change their style of play to reduce their mistakes on the field, then don’t expect them to stick with that idea.

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“I mean, I’ll shoot,” Mahomes said. “I’ve been taking these recordings for the past few years and they have worked. I took these shots and they didn’t work (again this season) and we still found ways to earn points. “Whenever I have a player who has the chance to make a game in the field, I give him the chance to make a game.”

In nine weeks of the 2021 NFL regular season, Mahomes already has 10 interceptions, the second most in the league. Only Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold and Cincinnati Bengal Caller Joe Burrow has more, with 11 picks each. If anything, Mahomes was not selected in the week 9 home win against the Green Bay Packers, the first time he has not been intercepted since week 1 against them Cleveland Browns.

Despite Mahomes’ sales problems, the Chiefs have every confidence that he will deliver for them at a crucial time in the season. The hope is that Kansas City will finally come around the corner after that, this time for real to win over Green Bay. Next up for the Chiefs is a date on the road with the Las Vegas Raiders next Sunday.

Alain Vigneault has Flyers Taking part in a Fashion that may Beat Anybody within the NHL

Alain Vigneault is certainly a relapse coach. It’s not a secret. He is demanding. He blames his players – sometimes publicly. It’s especially tough on young players. He plays mind games.

Some players like his coaching style. Others hate it. Hell, some guys who have never played for him have publicly called for him to be removed from hockey:

#PhiladelphiaFlyer ? Dinosaur trainer who treats humans with robots that are not human. Fire these dinosaurs. Fire #vigneault first story. I have evidence .. trying to get you out of this …..

– Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) October 3, 2021

We all remember that tweet, right? It was later suggested that the trainer was a pill pusher that Robin Lehner went back to. But that tweet, that first tweet, called Vigneault a dinosaur for treating his players.

Guess what? This dinosaur knows about hockey – and he knows there are players who still want to play the game the … um … “old-fashioned” way and can still be successful at it.

Case in point was the late night jewel of a hockey game on Wednesday when the Flyers presented the Edmonton Oilers with their first 5-3 defeat of the season in the Alberta, Canada hinterland.

Why was it a gem? Because it was the fastest team in the world, led by the best player in the world, playing against a Flyers team that liked to play big, strong and physical.

And while there were some penalties in that game, pronounced by two veteran umpires in Ian Walsh and Kelly Sutherland, they found that the pace of the game was a nice dichotomy of contrasting styles and the two zebras that let the teams play for the most part so that a type of hockey can be played that is not often seen in today’s game.

There was the Oilers darting all over the ice, and not just their skating speed, but also their passing speed and their shooting speed, playing the game at a playoff-like pace in their sixth game of the season.

And there were the Flyers, trying at times to keep up, but mostly trying to derail the Oilers by overtaking them and playing a check game reminiscent of a long-lost era of Flyers hockey. One that existed and was popular long before meeting rooms, arena sports betting, lavish clubs, and overexposed mascots:

The clash of styles here is actually pretty neat to watch. Edmonton is all about speed, and not just about speed in skating. They whip the puck around incredibly quickly. While PHI plays a physical, well-trained style when attacking. And both teams get their chances.

– Charlie O’Connor (@charlieo_conn) October 28, 2021

Charlie is spot on that it is beautiful to look at. Really because it’s so rare. But that, friends, that was hockey before the 2004-05 lockout, with some rule changes of course to get rid of the clutch and the grave log.

Here’s the thing though; This “dinosaur” coach may have worked hand in hand with GM Chuck Fletcher to create a Jurassic Park type team that, if they buy in and believe in the system they play, can and will win games.

The flyers are 3-1-1 at the start of the season. You played against two undefeated teams and broke up with them. They beat Boston and lost in a shootout to a much improved Vancouver team that they will see again tonight. Oh, and they dismantled Dave Hakstol’s crack collection of octopuses.

This is a very good start. And the thing is, they can get better. They have all played a game with their full defensive line-up. They toppled the Oilers on home ice minus Ryan Ellis for a second game.

The difference this season for the Flyers? Veteran Depth, for example. And a group that fits the coach in second place.

Justin Braun, for example, was great to replace Ellis in the top pair against the Oilers. Nick Seeler continues to be a solid defender recording the third couple minutes. Derick Brassard has been brilliant so far this season, playing in the second row instead of the injured Kevin Hayes.

No matter where you go, you can find players who believe in this team and want to win with this team and play whatever role the coach demands of them.

It’s kind of refreshing.

Brassard told Russ and me about it last week at Snow the Goalie. Vigneault and a veteran squad were the reason he chose to sign with the Flyers rather than signing elsewhere for more money, as two teams offered him more than the Flyers.

In early September, I unexpectedly ran into a Flyers Hockey employee, in a mall of all places, and we talked for a long time about the off-season.

He told me that Fletcher “gave the coaching staff everything they asked for” in the offseason, and now it’s up to the coaches and the players to prove it was all worth it.

And you can see how it works. This team is close. It’s tight. There are players who like to keep things relaxed and fun, but also know when the time is right to play hard and be serious.

There are players who really enjoy playing together. There are players who cause excitement and in turn let it rub off on their teammates.

It’s a closed group that brought together a lot more good than bad phases in the first five games. And I toss it to Charlie O’Connor again, because in the third third he was right with this assessment:

Flyers really take this “win a period, win a game” thing to heart on the third. You’ve been fantastic so far.

– Charlie O’Connor (@charlieo_conn) October 28, 2021

Gain a period. Win a game. Sounds like one of those hockey stereotypes a dinosaur coach might use.

But if that is the result and Vigneault is the coach who finally breaks the Flyers’ decades of drought at the championship, be it this season, the next season or the following season, the fans will not mind if the footprints ” walking together “forever”, as another dinosaur trainer Fred Shero once said, will be found as fossils along Broad Street in a few thousand years.

Because it will have been worth it.

Earle standout Gerry Bohanon on aggressive, correct enjoying type at Baylor

WACO, Texas (WREG) – Gerry Bohanon and the Bears from Earle, Arkansas, have had a week of farewell after defeating BYU in 19th place.

The Bears are now in 16th place on the AP Poll rankings and are preparing for a showdown against Texas. And Bohanon is playing his best ball. He had 114 completes for 1,563 yards and only threw one interception, which is number two in the country.

Bohanon spoke to the media on Tuesday about how he managed to play aggressively while reading the defense carefully.

“A lot of film study, just knowing where you’re going with the ball when you know when things are open, when not to force it,” Bohanon said. “Just read the defense and take what they give you. For me, I try to make the game as slow as I got home, I spent a lot of time watching movies. It’s like trying to snap in line with the line. I have an immediate idea of ​​what they’re doing, so if that happens I’ll have to go here with the ball. “

“The kind of things that make the game so fun. It’s like you can eliminate all that thinking and just go there and play freely. I mean, you can play well, you can play green. “

Bohanon and the Bears compete against the Longhorns on Saturday at 11 a.m.

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Will ahead Aké Loba change Nashville SC’s enjoying model and lineup?

Despite rinsing a Club record $ 6.8 million Sign the designated player What a loba, it’s business as usual for Nashville SC, both for coach Gary Smith and for the style of play that the team enforces.

The versatile and fast center-forward has trained with Nashville for “a fair amount,” Smith described in a press conference on Thursday. Although the head coach didn’t reveal a specific timeframe, he said he doesn’t think much will change about Nashville’s cruel attack when the 23-year-old Ivory Coast joins the team.

“It was wonderful to see him in full swing,” said Smith of Loba. “He has great footwork and very lively feet, a really good center of gravity and a great change of pace when trying to outrun the defenders.”

One difference – and perhaps a positive aspect – in Loba’s style is the ability to create central goalscoring opportunities. That could be shown in a possible debut on Saturday at Nissan Stadium when Nashville takes on Chicago Fire FC in the final of a five-game home game (7:30 p.m., MyTV30).

With the option of playing centrally and on both wings, Loba naturally competes for minutes with DP colleagues Jhonder Cádiz, CJ Sapong and winger Alex Muyl, among others. But he got along well with them in training, Smith said.

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“I’m already seeing some very nice connections,” added Smith, referring to Loba’s combination play with other attackers. “And I think it will give us a dimension that we don’t have right now that will be important as we move forward and try to achieve something that we didn’t achieve last year.”

Saturday’s game against Chicago Fire

Nashville general manager Mike Jacobs told SiriusXM FC 157 last Thursday that he expects to see Loba “in a way,” but isn’t sure what role the striker will play in the game.

With or without Loba, Nashville will face a team from Chicago who set a 2-0-1 record in their last three games, recently beating Orlando City SC, who finished second in the Eastern Conference. During this period – all played at home – the Fire outperformed its opponents with 9-4.

Former Chicago captain and midfielder, Dax McCartyHe is in his sophomore season with Nashville as the captain. He said he was proud of his leadership role, greeted Loba, and agreed with Smith’s assessment that Loba would fit into the team.

“I can see from the smile on his face in some of the brief conversations I’ve had with him that he’s excited to be here. He’s excited to be able to contribute,” said McCarty.

Nashville SC announced on Wednesday that 23-year-old Ivory Coast center-forward Ake Loba has been signed by CF Monterrey in Mexico through the 2023 season.

Having played center forward Dom Badji on 29 four of his next five games.

“He’s shown what he’s capable of in abundance, so I’m very happy with him,” said Smith. “He’s on the right track, he’s in a very good place and is on the bill for everything we’ve talked about.”

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Enjoying with home cash, No. 17 Verona softball by no means backed down

Verona Softball, No. 19 in the NJ.com Top 20, could easily have packed his bags early and finished work at Ivy Hill Park.

Most teams would have, too, falling 9 runs behind in the NJSIAA Group 2 championship game against a No. 7 Robbinsville who apparently couldn’t stop offensive production.

As Verona coach Patricia Helmsley-Cartotto knows all too well, this was never an option for this Verona team.

“They are not. They’re tough kids from top to bottom, ”said Helmsley-Cartotto. “You have so much heart. They never say die. It’s one thing to hear from your coaches that you can, but what if it comes from your teammates? They all did that and that is exactly what they tried. “

The Verona line-up put these words into practice in the lower part of the 4th inning. On the verge of qualifying for a 5-inning Mercy Rule loss, the bats came to life with a 4-run frame that included a Carlie Goldstein solo home run, a Mel Naeris single, and the choice of a Faith Reed RBI- Field player exhibited.

Verona would run another run in the 5th inning, raising thoughts of a monumental comeback in the minds of the Verona and Robbinsville believers before Robbinsville could close the door on the road to his 5th state title in program history.

What fueled this furious comeback? According to Helmsley-Cartotto, it was because the Hillbillies really believed in each other that any deficit was not enough to hold Verona back.

“They think they can do it because they have that trust and trust in one another,” said Helmsley-Cartotto. “They are battle-tested and have fought all season. There was never a game in which they gave up and that was the case again today. “

Do you need evidence on site? Check out Verona’s last 2 games, a 1-0 win over Parsippany to reiterate as North 2, Group 2 section champions, then a 9-8, 12-inning marathon win over Mahwah in the group semi-finals.

“We have been telling each other all season that we can return to the section finals,” said Helmsley-Cartotto. “They believe in that.

“We played with house money, but we knew we could come here. We really thought we had a chance. “

Taylor Heinicke on Gaining Weight, Altering Taking part in Fashion After New Contract – NBC4 Washington

Taylor Heinicke on weight gain, changing playing style originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

In his whirlwind of professional football career, quarterback Taylor Heinicke has only made two NFL starts. In both, he was forced to either leave the game or miss snapshots due to injury.

But after his heroic performance in January, in which he almost led the Washington Football team to a playoff storm over the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Heinicke was awarded a two-year contract with Washington – the safest contract of his career.

Although Heinicke has a new sense of job security, the quarterback continues to approach the game like he’s fighting for his football life. It started that off-season when Heinicke trained with Joel Seedman and gained 15 pounds from what he called “good weight” to increase his strength.

“I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job this off-season,” Heinicke said on Wednesday about Zoom. “I gained about 15 pounds of good weight, had a super healthy diet, and went to the gym a lot. I just felt like every time I walk in this field something happened for some reason I felt like I had this Checked box. “

Heinicke is listed at 6 foot-1,205 pounds and will always be undersized for his position. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be successful. There have been many signal callers shorter than him who excelled at the NFL level.

As Heinicke proved in his NFC Wild Card game against Tampa Bay, his athleticism is also an important part of his game. While the quarterback understood the need to gain weight this offseason, he also made sure he was following a strict plan that didn’t sacrifice speed or agility to build muscle.

“I have the feeling that I can move just as well. Again, it wasn’t as if I was lifting heavy weights and not running so well,” said Heinicke. “I did a lot of agility, a lot of footwork, so I didn’t want to lose that aspect of my game because I know it’s a big part of it. I wanted to be smart, gain weight. ”But I still have the speed and agility and things like that. I think my coaches at home did a pretty good job. “

When Heinicke returned to Ashburn for OTAs, his coaches – including offensive coordinator Scott Turner – noticed the changes he had made.

“I had that conversation with him at the end of the season. The only thing I told him was that he had to put on weight just to protect himself, just to protect his body from being hit,” said Turner. “He definitely did. You can see the dedication. He’s bigger.”

Heinicke’s training schedule not only changed this off-season, it changed his diet as well. He started his day with a protein shake and a nice walk, then came back and had either oatmeal or another protein shake.

At dinner, the quarterback said he came to the barbecue this off-season and would mainly cook steak, chicken, burgers, or vegetables – foods high in protein and good carbohydrates.

Why did he work so hard this off-season even though he had a new contract? His answer was simple.

“I was on the other side – I didn’t play a ball for a year and thought I was done,” said Heinicke. “Once I got this contract and everything I kind of dived cannonball style that I wanted to do well this year.”

During his performance against the Buccaneers, Heinicke won the fans in Washington by putting his body at risk. No game demonstrated this more than a third and fifth, with Washington trailing by eight at the end of the third quarter when Heinicke dodged a sack before sprinting over the left sideline and dipping four meters towards the pylon for a touchdown.

When Heinicke next enters the field for Washington, he wants to play with the same fire and the same passion, but also a little more conservatively in order to protect his body and his health a little more.

“We played Tampa Bay in the playoffs and I didn’t know if I would ever play again,” said Heinicke. “If this is the regular season in the fourth quarter this year, I’ll run out at the two-yard line and we have four downs to score a touchdown. I think that’s kind of a change I’m going to make this year . “

However, Turner did everything to ensure that Heinicke gave everything in this case.

“I know Taylor,” said Turner on Thursday with a smile. “If he’s in that situation, he’ll jump back to the pylon. No question about it. That was a playoff game, we had to have it.”

As it stands now, Heinicke will have the chance to compete for Washington’s starting QB job, according to head coach Ron Rivera. But barring the unexpected, it appears that veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the team’s Week 1 starter.

Regardless, Heinicke is in the best position of his NFL career to date and is enjoying the process every day.

“I wake up every day and I am thrilled to go to work and play soccer. You get paid well to do sports,” said Heinicke. “You can’t beat that. I wake up every morning, it’s a good day, go play football and have fun with it. We have a great squad here, a great coach and it’s a great environment. I think all of the guys feel the same way. “

BINGO! Households get pleasure from enjoying recreation to lift cash

Wind and colder than normal temperatures didn’t stop a few dozen people from dabbing bingo cards with markers at River Road Park on Saturday afternoon to raise money for two organizations.

Instead, they packed up coats and blankets, hoping the caller would pick the right balls for them.

Laura D’Arpino said she felt “pretty good” after winning the first game. She had turned up with a few friends from school and her parents to support The Warrior Project. She won a small $ 5 gift card. The day’s big prize was a basket of personal protective equipment that included a mask and hand sanitizer.

The event was launched by Niskayuna High School’s The Warrior Project in conjunction with the NCAP’s Drug-Free Community Grant in support of Nisky Nutrition On the Weekend and The Wounded Warriors Project.

“Because of COVID and everything we thought we had to do something,” said Jack Schiavo, senior and member of the Warrior Project.

Before COVID, the group would run an annual fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project, of which the group is a part.

Morgan Tibbitts, her wife Lindsey Tibbitts, and their son Lucas Tibbitts attended the event together.

“I was just so excited to find an event that was outdoor and interactive,” said Morgan Tibbitts.

She said she was competitive in terms of the game.

“I’m here to win … I mean, support the kids,” Morgan Tibbitts said jokingly.

Her wife and son were just happy not to be home for a change since COVID started.

At a table nearby sat Vicky Wagenbaugh with her husband Frank and their children Colin and Laura. Colin kept singing B, I, N, G, O; The group directed Frank to call out if either of them won.

They learned about the event through the Parents and Teachers Association of Glencliff Elementary School.

“We think this is a good opportunity as a family to do something that is safe during the pandemic,” said Vicky Wagenbaugh.

They also wanted to help Nisky NOW, which Wagenbaugh is always trying to donate to.

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