It has been six seasons since Michigan defeated Ohio State. Before that 2011 Wolverines win, the Buckeyes captured seven straight in The Game. Michigan vs. Ohio State is a historic rivalry, but it is ridiculously one-sided right now. That’s not okay with Charles Woodson.The former Michigan superstar has been very active around his alma mater as of late. Late last month, he served as the school’s commencement speaker. His speech went viral around the college football world for one specific declaration.The rivalry came up in his address to his newest fellow alumni. In his speech, he guaranteed a win over the Buckeyes in 2018.“But I’m telling you here today, 212 days from now, your Michigan Wolverines team will go down to Columbus, march into that stadium and we will beat you know who to bring back that familiar feeling of victory back to The University of Michigan again.”Charles Woodson had more to say about Michigan vs. Ohio State today.Woodson attended the ChadTough Gala, an event held in memory of Chad Carr. It benefits research towards fighting pediatric brain tumors.During the event, he said that he thinks the program has lost focus on the Ohio State rivalry. From The Detroit News:“To be quite honest I really feel like over the years, in recent years, there hasn’t been the emphasis that I’m used to being put on that game,” Woodson said.“Every game has been out on the same level of that game and that’s not the way we were brought up, that’s not the way we were raised around here. And we had no shame in saying it.”Woodson played at Michigan from 1995-1997. The Wolverines swept the Buckeyes in those three seasons, the last time the team claimed three games in a row against its archrival.He won the 1997 Heisman Trophy, and went on to become the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL Draft. He retired after the 2015 season, and is a very likely Hall of Famer.[The Detroit News]
Ross Mountain’s plea for calm came following reports of renewed outbursts of violence in Kakata – 50 kilometres northeast of the capital Monrovia – and looting in nearby Salala. Although the fighting was not prolonged, preliminary reports indicate that as many as 3,000 civilians fled the area.The clash in Kakata, between Government militia and Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), seriously endangered the lives of war victims and those trying to help them, Mr. Mountain said.”It is unacceptable that these internally displaced persons (IDPs), already displaced, should find themselves once more caught in the crossfire. Frequently, combatants intentionally spook IDPs with gunfire, sparking their mass-movement, with the intent of moving into their villages and homes and looting goods and property left behind,” he added.Mr. Mountain also urged all signatories – including the Government and LURD – to honour the 17 August accord on the distribution of humanitarian aid and assistance, following confirmation yesterday that armed combatants had stolen three vehicles belonging to the Lutheran World Service/Foundation (LWS/F), which manages a major IDP camp in Salala, and a fourth from Phebe Hospital.Although the vehicles were later recovered, all the internal communications equipment had been removed. Phebe Hospital has been evacuated and the condition of its patients, two of which underwent major surgery last weekend, remains unknown.”These acts are in direct contravention of the agreement. It is vital that humanitarian actors can undertake their work, unencumbered by these violent and [threatening] tactics,” Mr. Mountain said. “Theft of equipment belonging to international organizations and [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] must now end.”The instability comes as the humanitarian community had begun to make inroads into addressing some of the needs of Liberians who had fled recent fighting. Some 650 West African peacekeepers from Guinea-Bissau deployed and established a base in Kakata just hours after the clash.