Saturday, June 11, 2016

2009 Pennsylvania Sport Fishing Restoration Grants

The Sport Fish Restoration Program, which is one of the programs funded and authorized by the Dingell-Johnson/Wallop Breaux Act established in 1950, awards grants that improve recreational boating and fishing opportunities throughout the nation. The funding for these grants comes from a 3% tax on electric motors, a 10% tax on fishing equipment, import duties on fishing tackle as well as pleasure yachts and boats, motorboat and small engine fuel tax and interest earned on the Sport Fish Restoration Trust Fund.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for administering the Sport Fish Restoration Program grants that are awarded to state agencies throughout the nation, such as the Pennsylvania Game Commission. In 2009, the Pennsylvania Game Commission was awarded 4 grants. These 4 grants were the Maintenance of Public Access Facilities Grant, the Fisheries Technical Guidance Grant, the Fisheries Management Project Grant and the Keystone Aquatic Resource Education Grant.

The Maintenance of Public Access Facilities Grant is $1,012,500 and extends from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009. This grant provides funding for maintaining and operating Public Access facilities that area owned or manage by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The Fisheries Technical Guidance Grant is $1,210,200 and extends from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009. This grant provides funding for technical guidance that improves the decision making in regards to environmental issues relate to sport fishing fisheries by local, state and federal agencies as well as individuals.

The Fisheries Management Project is $4,350,000 and extends from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009. This grant provides funding for obtaining information necessary for proper management of the Pennsylvania fisheries, and a put-grow-and-take stocking program throughout the state.

The Keystone Aquatic Resource Education Grant is $450,000 and extends from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009. This grant provides funding for developing and delivering an education program that emphasizes on the protection and management of aquatic resources as well as boating and fishing opportunities.

The Sport Fish Restoration Program, which funds many grants, provides a cycle that begins and ends with the user of the facility where the grant has been awarded. The funds that are spent getting to the water and while on the water often help fund the grant that is awarded to make improvements as deemed necessary. Improvements such as the ones for which these grants have been awarded in the State of Pennsylvania create a safer and more accessible way for boaters and anglers to enjoy the vast bodies of water throughout Pennsylvania. The fund established by the Dingell-Johnson/Wallop Breaux Act enables boaters and anglers to invest in the recreational pastime that they choose each and every time they venture out on the water. Grants awarded by The Sport Fish Restoration Program are calculated using a formula that includes land area, the number of paid license holders as well as minimums and maximum. These grants are disbursed on a reimbursement basis of up to 75% of the cost of the project and up to 100% of the cost of projects for United States territories.

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2009 Orange Bowl Preview: Cincinnati Bearcats Vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

The 2009 Orange Bowl matches the #12 Cincinnati Bearcats (12-1, 6-1) and the #21 Virginia Tech Hokies (9-4, 5-3) in a battle of conference champions. The game should provide an interesting matchup, with the high-powered Bearcat passing offense going against Virginia Tech’s stout defense. The Hokies must get significant production from quarterback Tyrod Taylor if they hope to come home with the 2009 Orange Bowl trophy.

2009 Orange Bowl preview: Cincinnati’s strengths

The strength of the Cincinnati defense has been the line. They led the Big East in sacks for the season, along with being great run stoppers. Senior defensive ends Lamonte Nelms and Connor Baldwin are the main reasons for this defensive dominance. The veteran linebacking group has played well all year, led by senior Ryan Manalac.

Quarterback Tony Pike has stabilized the Bearcats’ passing offense since his return from a broken forearm. Pike recorded 2,168 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions during the regular season. Wide receivers Dominick Goodman and Marshawn Gilyard give Pike two dynamic downfield targets.

2009 Orange Bowl preview: Cincinnati’s weaknesses

For the Bearcats to have any chance in the 2008 Orange Bowl, Pike and the passing attack will have to play a great game. The running game has been nonexistent this regular season, with John Goebel and Jacob Ramsey splitting time without much success. Turnovers are another major concern for Cincinnati going into the 2009 Orange Bowl. Pike has managed to keep his interceptions down, but the team has lost far too many fumbles this season.

Injuries may be a concern for Cincinnati’s secondary for this year’s Orange Bowl. Likely first-round draft pick cornerback Mike Mickens missed the last 3 games of the season with a torn meniscus. Brandon Underwood has done a good job filling in for Mickens, but is not the shutdown corner that Mickens is. Mickens is expected to be back for the 2008 Orange Bowl, but it is unclear if his mobility will be affected by the injury.

2009 Orange Bowl preview: Virginia Tech’s strengths

Virginia Tech has long been known for “Beamer Ball” and this year is no exception. The Hokies have relied on special teams and defense to keep them in the game while their offense has struggled. Expect the 2009 Orange Bowl to be more of the same. Virginia Tech’s defense has only given up an average of 162 passing yards per game all year. Cornerbacks Stephan Virgil and Victor Harris have had an excellent regular season. Kam Chancellor has become a competent free safety since moving over from the rover spot this year. Defensive ends Jason Worilds and Orion Martin have played solidly all season and should be able to keep the Eagles’ offense contained up front.

2009 Orange Bowl preview: Virginia Tech’s weaknesses

The Hokies offense has been inconsistent all season, starting at the quarterback position. Coach Frank Beamer had originally intended to redshirt freshman Tyrod Taylor, but Sean Glennon’s poor play made that impossible early on. Taylor has not fared much better than Glennon through the air, completing only 57 percent of his passes and throwing for two scores and six interceptions.

However, Taylor is much more of a playmaker than Glennon, rushing for six touchdowns during the 2008 season. At running back, redshirt freshman Darren Evans has performed adequately. He has posted over 1,000 rushing yards this year, but has also been known to make the occasional freshman mistake. This may be a concern for the Hokies in a high pressure game like the 2009 Orange Bowl.

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2009 NFL Week 10 Picks and Predictions!

The 2009 NFL football season is already at week 10, and it almost seems impossible. Still, the playoffs are starting to take shape at least in some ways. The NFC is muddled as usual, and the AFC has it’s typical races. The Week Ten NFL football picks and predictions are full of playoff implications, and should be a fun ride. Here are my week ten NFL football picks for your viewing pleasure. Remember, if you want in depth NFL analysis for each game including why we picked who we did, you can visit our website here.

THURSDAY

Chicago at San Francisco

Winner – Chicago Bears

SUN, NOV 15

New Orleans at St. Louis

Winner – New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay at Miami

Winner – Tampa Bay Bucs

Detroit at Minnesota

Winner – Minnesota Vikings

Jacksonville at NY Jets

Winner – NY Jets

Buffalo at Tennessee

Winner – Tennessee Titans

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh

Winner – Pittsburgh Steelers

Denver at Washington

Winner – Denver Broncos

Atlanta at Carolina

Winner – Carolina Panthers

Kansas City at Oakland

Winner – Oakland Raiders

Seattle at Arizona

Winner – Arizona Cardinals

Dallas at Green Bay

Winner – Dallas Cowboys

Philadelphia at San Diego

Winner – San Diego Chargers

New England at Indianapolis

Winner – Indianapolis Colts

MON, NOV 16

Baltimore at Cleveland

Winner – Baltimore Ravens

Tiebreaker Score – Baltimore 24 Cleveland 7

Week Nine Record – 8 – 5

Season Record – 82 – 47

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2009 Pac-10 Football Predictions: Can Anybody Beat USC?

The USC Trojans have won a share of the Pac-10 championship in each of the last seven seasons. Will they win it again and challenge for the National Championship or can somebody finally take down the mighty Trojans?

Oregon Ducks
It’s finally going to happen. The USC Trojans are not going to win the Pac-10. The last time that USC lost the conference was when the Oregon Ducks won in 2001 and the Oregon Ducks are going to win in 2008. The non-conference schedule is tough but once they beat Boise State and Utah they will have more momentum than anybody going into the conference schedule.

USC Trojans
Without Mark Sanchez the Trojans are going to trip up at some point. USC plays its three toughest opponents (Ohio State, California and Oregon) all on the road.

California Golden Bears
California gets the Trojans at home but they also playing Oregon on the road, giving Oregon the scheduling advantage. Don’t be surprised if California loses both of these games and gets upset one or two more times.

Arizona Wildcats
I like what Mike Stoops is doing at Arizona but the Wildcats just aren’t there yet and play a tough schedule. The Wildcats play USC and California on the road and they have a couple of tough non-conference opponents in Iowa and Central Michigan.

Stanford Cardinal
Stanford has a talented young quarterback and gets California and Oregon at home. Stanford won’t challenge for the Pac-10 championship but they might have a big upset in them at some point.

Arizona State Sun Devils
Arizona State starts off with Loiusiana-Monroe and Idaho State before a tough game against Georgia. The conference schedule is not tough at the beginning but the Sun Devils season will fall apart when they play Stanford, California, USC and Oregon in consecutive weeks.

UCLA Bruins
UCLA is in a rebuilding season so it could be a tough 2009 season. Fortunately the Bruins get California and Oregon at home but I’m not sure it will make a difference. At least they can look forward to playing the two Washington teams.

Washington Huskies
The Huskies have Jake Locker as their quarterback. Locker hasn’t lived up to the hype so far but that alone is enough to beat Washington State. There isn’t enough talent to do much more than that though.

Washington State Cougars
The Pac-10 should really think about kicking the Washington teams out and adding one of the teams complaining about not getting a chance at the BCS Championship.

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2009 Oktoberfest Events in Tucson, Arizona

For the past seven years, Tucson has hosted their version of the German festival Oktoberfest. The eighth annual 2009 Oktoberfest takes place from October 1-4 at Hi Corbett Field on 3400 E. Camino Campestre. This four-day festival features entertainment, food and drinks, more than 100 arts and crafts booths, and children’s activities. Of course, beer will be part of this annual celebration of German culture.

What is Oktoberfest?

The original Oktoberfest took place on October 12, 1810 Munich, Germany, as a wedding celebration for Crown Prince Ludwig when he married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The Prince, who eventually became King Ludwig I, let citizens of Munich join in his happy event, inviting them to festivities in the fields in front of city gates. The festivities continued growing, starting the third week of September and the first week in October. In Munich, the festival takes place over a two-week period. In the United States, many cities, including Tucson, have their versions of this German-inspired celebration.

Tucson Oktoberfest Events

More than 10 live entertainers are scheduled to perform at this year’s Oktoberfest, including local groups like The Maguire Academy of Irish Dance, Tir Conail Irish Dancers, The Clogging Desert Stars and the Rincon/University High School Pep Band. The featured performance for this year’s celebration is The Hofbrauhaus Band. Guest can listen to music day and night each day of the festival. The entertainment schedule is still being finalized. People interesting in performing at Oktoberfest can contact Entertainment Coordinators Bob and Anne Baker at entertainment@tucsonoktoberfest.org.

The Tucson Oktoberfest features German-inspired dishes and traditional carnival foods. The main courses served at the event include Bratwurst with Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, Corn Beef Sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs and turkey legs. Sweet treats at Oktoberfest include strudel, baklava, Irish soda bread, cotton candy, roasted almonds and cookies. Beverages include Paulaner Original Munich Premium Lager, St. Pauli Girl Non-Alcoholic beer, Trumer Pils and soft drinks from Kalil Bottled Water. People attending the festival can drink beer in a collector’s mug.

Festival attendees can purchase handmade arts and crafts at vendor booths at the festival. These booths support local artisans who depend on local events to sell their goods and earn income for their livelihood. These arts and crafts serve as souvenirs of four days of fun and celebration. If anyone is interested in getting a booth, contact Event Coordinator Tom Hogan on the Oktoberfest official website. Parents can bring their children to the play area.

The hours vary each day of Oktoberfest:

Thursday, October 1 – 5p.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday, October 2 – noon to 11 p.m.

Saturday, October 3 – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunday, October 4 – noon to 6 p.m.

Admissions to the festival:

Adults – $3.00

Children under 12 – Free

The 2009 Oktoberfest in Tucson features entertainment choices that the entire family can find something they can enjoy. As people celebrate Oktoberfest, they should remember that this festival began as a royal wedding celebration in Munich, Germany, when the future king wanted the common people to join his happy event.

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2009 Selection Sunday Arrives to Start NCAA Tournament

Selection Sunday 2009 is a day of reckoning for over 65 NCAA teams. For those lucky 65, Selection Sunday is a great day, where they get sent on their road to the Final Four. For about 10 more teams, the 2009 Selection Sunday is a day of infamy, as they discover that they finished just shy of making the NCAA Tournament. This year, Selection Sunday 2009 stands to be both predictable and topsy turvy, as the drama around the NCAA Tournament’s top seeds and final at-large teams comes to an end.

Selection Sunday ends at 6 p.m., when the seeds for the East, Midwest, South and West regionals will be announced. For the last weeks, NCAA Tournament pundits have tried to figure out who the top seeds in those regionals will be. Unless the Selection Committee has some surprises left, those top seeds are likely to be Connecticut, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Louisville.

Selection Sunday narrowed down the list of top potential seeds, after many of the candidates lost in their conference tournament. Losses may have cost Michigan State and Oklahoma a shot at a 1 seed, dropping them down to the 2 line, if not further. North Carolina, Connecticut and Pittsburgh are expected to survive their conference tournament upsets, however.

Besides the likely number 1 seeds, programs like Memphis, Kansas, Duke, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Missouri, Villanova, Wake Forest and perhaps Syracuse are expected to receive top 4 seeding on Selection Sunday.

The rest of the 2009 Selection Sunday drama, as always, falls on the bubble teams that will probably be eliminated in the opening round anyway. The Big 10 could get as many as eight teams, if the bubble falls right for Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.

Arizona could miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time in almost 25 years. Mid-majors like Creighton and St. Mary’s are fighting for their lives. The SEC could be lucky to get more than 2 teams in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

Bracketologists are filling out their final predictions for the Selection Sunday bracket in the six hours they have left. They may as well get a head start now, since the final remaining games today may not make a huge impact – if all goes as expected.

Duke and Florida State face off in the ACC Tournament final, which could get the Seminoles as high as a 3 seed if they win, though Duke is likely locked as a 2. The SEC final will be closely looked at by bubble teams, since Mississippi State could steal a precious bid by beating Tennessee. The Big 10 final between Purdue and Ohio State is only for higher seeding.

CBS and ESPN have exclusive 2009 Selection Sunday coverage at 6 p.m., though ESPN will have hours more Selection Sunday coverage after the big show.

Sources

ESPN- “Selection Sunday: Eight burning questions” http://ift.tt/21e3Ing

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2009 SEC East Football Preview and Predictions

Alabama was on track for the National Championship last season until being up-ended by Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer in the SEC championship game. Tebow is back, and the Florida Gators are favored to win both the SEC and National Titles again this season. The Georgia Bulldogs will be the primary challengers to the Gators in the SEC East this coming season. Although they lost Matt Stafford and Moreno to the pros, they are returning a lot of depth from last season’s team. The following are previews and predictions for the 2009 football season in the SEC EAST.

SEC EAST

#1 SEC East Football Team –Florida Gators

You’d have to have been living under a rock to not pick the Gators to be the favorites to win the SEC East this coming season. They have all 11 starters back on defense and eight back on offense. Andre Debose is one of the country’s top wide receivers and they will be heading to play LSU in Baton Rouge this season. Another key matchup for the Gators will be Georgia and they should be favored to win the remainder of their regular season games by more than 10 points.

#2 SEC East Football Team – Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia has lost Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno from last season. If they can keep the offensive line healthy and Joe Cox and get rolling early, then the Bulldogs will be in the thick of the SEC East race. The Bulldogs will have to establish their running game to have a shot at knocking off Tebow and company, but most fans are picking the Bulldogs to come in second this season.

Georgia will be a solid team in 2009 but they will have to get healthy and stay healthy if they want to compete with the upper echelons of the SEC. They will have to find a way to replace star quarterback Matt Stafford and star tail back Knowshon Moreno. One of the main questions I have about this team is can the offensive line play better? This is a question that needs to be answered because you no longer have veterans in key places and have a lot of new faces playing important roles this year. If Joe Cox can play well and get to playing in a rhythm early in the season, and the running game can be as good as advertised, there is no reason Georgia can’t be as good as they were last season.

#3 SEC East Football Team –South Carolina Gamecocks

Steve Spurrier has done ok since returning to the SEC behind the helm of the Gamecocks. Chris Smelley transferred to Alabama after last season in order to focus on baseball, so Stephen Garcia will have the nod at starting quarterback heading into the 2009 season. Redshirt freshmen Reid McCollum and Aramis Hilliary could see some playing time this season as well depending on how Garcia performs. Heading in to the season, the Gamecocks will likely end up around .500 for the season.

#4 SEC East Football Team –Vanderbilt Commodores

Which Vandy team is going to shop up this season? Vandy started out very strong last season then just fizzled the 2nd half of the season. The offensive line will be a key ingredient of the Commodore’s success this season. The quarterback position will be competed between returning Music City Bowl starter, Larry Smith and Mackenzi Adams. It will likely be a challenge to get bowl eligible again this season, but the Commodores can do it if they pull off a few conference victories this season.

#5 SEC East Football Team – Tennessee Vols

All eyes are on Lane Kiffin. He’s been loud, public, and brought the Vols into the spotlight a number of times this off-season. Jonathan Crompton will start out the season as the starter although if he starts to play as poorly as last season he may see the bench very quickly. Last season’s team finished a deceivingly good 5-7. Look for them to go 6-6 or 7-5 this season as Kiffin works on rebuilding.

#6 SEC East Football Team –Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky has gone to three straight bowl games for the first time in school history. They have a great defense and Mike Hartline will be returning as the starting quarterback for the Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats start out the season with three of their four games being against very stiff competition in Louisville, Florida, and Alabama, If the Cats can survive to the second half of their schedule they may just rise up in the SEC East rankings. Still, look for the Cats to finish 6-6 or 5-7 as they try to qualify for their fourth bowl game in a row.

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2009 Players Championship Tees Off 'Fifth Major'

The 2009 Players Championship is the PGA’s biggest event before the U.S. Open, as the Players Championship is among those tournaments that can be considered a “fifth major.” The 2009 Players Championship is one of the few non-major contests where nearly every major golf player in the world is competing. But for most PGA fans, it is just important that the Players Championship of 2009 has Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. These two and many others are here to start the weekend at TPC Sawgrass today.

In the PGA lately, whenever Tiger Woods doesn’t win a major, someone from out of almost nowhere usually wins, instead of another big star. But in the Players Championship, the elites that have won major championships usually come out on top, as the big names help make this event an important one every year.

However, it is Sergio Garcia, who has famously never won a real major, that comes in as the defending champion. Garcia most recently came off another disappointing finish at the Masters.

Tiger Woods also comes into the 2009 Players Championship after some disappointments. In his last few events, Woods hasn’t been able to close the deal in the final round, which is rare for him. A Players Championship win would answer some questions, with the U.S. Open over a month away, but Woods has not won this tournament since 2001.

Phil Mickelson is a more recent champion at Sawgrass, having won in 2007. This is his first big event since dueling with Woods at the Masters, before both fell apart on the final holes.

Asking Woods and Mickelson to duel with each other again, this time closer to the lead, may be a little too much for Players Championship fans to ask. It was rare enough for them to actually duel each other at the Masters, so asking lightning to strike twice within a month may be pushing it.

The golfer on the biggest roll going into the Players Championship may be Sean O’Hair. Having long held promise, O’Hair has been delivering on it a lot more this year, culminating with a win at Quail Hollow last week. O’Hair was in contention up to the end of the 2007 Players Championship, until he fell apart while Mickelson won.

Whatever the 2009 Players Championship holds, it will be another weekend to remember for PGA fans watching in Florida, and those watching on TV. The Golf Channel will host the first two days of coverage starting this afternoon, with NBC taking over on the weekend.

Sources

SF Gate- “TPC will be interesting, but it’s not a major” http://ift.tt/sv1Odr

ESPN- “Look for another close finish at TPC Sawgrass” http://ift.tt/21e3Ing

USA Today- “O’Hair continues to climb up the PGA Tour’s charts” http://ift.tt/1Yj4hxh

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2009 SEC Football Predictions: Can Anybody Beat Florida?

Last season the Florida Gators won their second National Championship in three years. Will the Florida Gators win the SEC again? Who is their toughest competition? These are my predictions for the SEC football season in 2009.

SEC East
Florida Gators
Percy Harvin is gone but the Florida Gators bring back everybody significant. Meanwhile the second best team in the SEC East lost their starting quarterback and running back. If the Florida Gators don’t win the SEC East then it will be one of the biggest disappointments in some time.

Georgia Bulldogs
The Georgia Bulldogs lost Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno but who else is going to challenge them for second in the SEC East. Even a new, inexperienced Georgia Bulldogs team is better than the rest of the division.

South Carolina Gamecocks
Every year South Carolina is picked as a sleeper in the SEC East thanks to Steve Spurrier. So far it hasn’t happened. Steve Spurrier at South Carolina hasn’t worked and it won’t work this season.

Vanderbilt Commodores
Vanderbilt went .500 in the SEC in 2008 and had a winning record overall. The Commodores still aren’t good but neither are Tennessee and Kentucky.

Tennessee Volunteers
Tennessee is a mess. Kiffin is running his mouth. The Volunteers are riddled with injuries. They aren’t even that good to begin with. Is it possible for a coach to be fired after one season?

Kentucky Wildcats
Vanderbilt has been the whipping boy in the SEC for long enough. It is time for Kentucky to be the easy win in the SEC East.

SEC West
Ole Miss Rebels
Alabama is the favorite to win the SEC West but Ole Miss is the only team in the SEC with a great quarterback not named Tebow. Last season Ole Miss defeated Florida and Texas Tech. In 2009 Ole Miss plays Alabama and LSU at home.

Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama will be very good again in 2009 but they have lost their best offensive lineman and their starting quarterback. John Parker Wilson wasn’t an All-American caliber quarterback but the experience of a four year starter will be missed.

LSU Tigers
When Nick Saban took over the LSU program the Tigers became the best program in the SEC. LSU is now finally losing the title to Florida and Alabama but they’ll be back.

Arkansas Razorbacks
Arkansas has some talent but the program is often inconsistent. Sometimes Arkansas looks like a 8 – 4 team and sometimes they look like a 4 – 8 team.

Auburn Tigers
If I was ranking the SEC team by how exciting their offense is then Auburn would rank 83rd out of 12 teams. Auburn just doesn’t have the offensive players to do much in 2009.

Mississippi State Bulldogs
The Bulldogs are so bad that I would consider trading them to the Pac-10 for one of the Washington teams.

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