Air pollution costs $2.9-T a year – NGO report

first_imgThe report from the Center for Researchon Energy and Clean Air (CREA) and Greenpeace Southeast Asia is the first toassess the global cost of air pollution specifically from burning oil, gas andcoal. Middle-range estimates of the number ofpremature deaths stemming from fossil fuel pollution include 398,000 for theEuropean Union, 230,000 for the United States, 96,000 for Bangladesh, and44,000 for Indonesia. Each year the global economy takes a$350 billion hit from nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – a byproduct of fossil fuelcombustion in vehicles and power plants – and a further $380 billion hit fromozone, according to middle-ground estimates. Air pollution is a focal point of socialdiscontent in some parts of the world, leading some experts to speculate thatit could drive a more rapid drawdown of fossil fuel use. (AFP) PARIS – The global cost of airpollution caused by fossil fuels is $8 billion a day, or roughly 3.3 percent ofthe entire world’s economic output, an environmental research group said onWednesday. Globally, air pollution accounts for 29percent of all deaths and disease from lung cancer, 17 percent from acute lowerrespiratory infection, and a quarter from stroke and heart disease, accordingto the WHO. Living in the New Delhi area of India islike smoking 10 cigarettes a day, earlier research has shown. Particles thrown off by fossil fuelusage account for 4.5 million premature deaths each year around the globe,including 1.8 million in China and a million in India, the researchers found.center_img Among countries taking the biggesteconomic hit each year are China ($900 billion), the United States ($610billion), India ($150 billion), Germany ($140 billion), Japan ($130 billion),Russia ($68 billion) and Britain ($66 billion). “We found that the China Mainland, theUnited States and India bear the highest costs from fossil fuel air pollutionworldwide, an estimated $900 billion, $600 billion and $150 billion per year,respectively,” the report said. The new figure is in line with WorldHealth Organization (WHO) estimates of 4.2 million deaths each year linked toground-level air pollution, mostly from heart disease, stroke, lung cancer andacute respiratory infections in children. The 44-page report breaks down theglobal burden of fossil fuel-driven air pollution – measured in economic costsand premature deaths – by type of pollutant and by country. The global cost for 2018 was $2.9trillion, the report estimated. Globally, air pollution accounts for 29 percent of all deaths and disease from lung cancer, 17 percent from acute lower respiratory infection, and a quarter from stroke and heart disease, according to the World Health Organization. NRDClast_img read more

Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour checkers fly for defending champ at Minot

first_imgDefending champion Hunter Marriott was the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic IMCA Modified Tour winner Sunday at Nodak Speedway. (Photo by Byron Fichter)MINOT, N.D. (July 9) – Once he found his way back to the front, there was no catching Hunter Marriott on night two of the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic IMCA Modified Tour.The defending tour champion got the lead back from Billy Kendall and checked out on the way to the $2,300 checkers Sunday at Nodak Speedway. The 30-lapper ran caution-free and Marriott was in and out of lapped traffic much of the way.Ninety Modifieds, plus 42 IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, checked in at Minot. Johnny Scott, former tour champions Ricky Thornton Jr. and Aaron Turnbull, and Joel Rust rounded out the top five behind Marriott.Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Marriott started third and had the lead when the first lap was scored.Kendall ran higher on the oval to take the front spot away. The front pair ran side-by-side before Marriott got the lead back and ran away from the pack, winning a straightaway ahead of Scott.“I didn’t think the race would be won from the top so I stayed on the bottom and it all worked out,” Marriott said. “I didn’t need to go to the higher line because I didn’t have much trouble passing lapped cars.”Marriott had finished fourth in his most recent Dakota Tour outing at Minot, in 2015. He was 10th in the Sunday show at Jamestown.“It can all change overnight,” Marriott said following his career second tour victory. “You have to roll with the punches and do the best you can.”Aaron Olson was the $800 winner after starting 15th in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main.An early caution put pole starter, opening night winner and three-time tour champion Elijah Zevenbergen at the tail while Kyle Pfeifer used the extreme low line to race from ninth starting to the lead.Pfeifer led most of the way, finally giving way to Curt Lund. Olson found enough momentum to get past both and won ahead of the hard-charging Zevenbergen, Pfeifer, Austin Daae, who’d also been charged with an early yellow, and Dalton Flory.The tour travels to Estevan Motor Speedway for a Monday, July 10 show featuring both Modifieds and Stock Cars. All six tour events are broadcast by IMCATV.Feature ResultsModifeds – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.; 3. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 4. Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 5. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa; 6. Billy Kendall, Baxter, Minn.; 7. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, Iowa; 8. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 9. Travis Hagen, Williston; 10. Jason Wolla, Ray; 11. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 12. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 13. Jason Grimes, Jamestown; 14. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa; 15. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 16. Chris Bragg, Springtown, Texas; 17. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas; 18. Tyler Peterson, Hickson; 19. Steven Pfeifer, Minot; 20. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 21. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; 22. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 23. Jerad Thelen, Minot; 24. Ryan Mikkelson, Jamestown; 25. Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask.; 26. Travis Ulmer, Mandan; 27. Marlyn Seidler, Underwood; 28. Spencer Wilson, Minot; 29. Drew Christianson, Minot; 30. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.Stock Cars – 1. Aaron Olson, Mekinock; 2. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa; 3. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan.; 4. Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.; 5. Dalton Flory, Williston; 6. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls; 7. Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; 8. Cody Dignan, Burlington, N.D.; 9. Jake Nelson, Williston; 10. Michael Vennes, Minot; 11. Cody Nelson, Kenmare; 12. Joren Boyce, Minot; 13. Jason Schoenberger, Russell, Kan.; 14. Joe Flory, Williston; 15. Chris Ellis, Stanley; 16. Jeremy Swanson, Westby, Mont.; 17. Keith Mattox, Ray; 18. Alan Bertsch, Minot; 19. Gary Goudy Jr., Stoughton, Sask.; 20. Mike Gotch, Regina, Sask.; 21. Jayden Bears, Smithville, Mo.; 22. Angel Munoz, Lamar, Colo.; 23. Eric Harpole, Bismarck; 24. Beau Deschamp, Bottineau; 25. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas; 26. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; 27. Perry Misner, Albert, Kan.; 28. Kevin Mattox, Ray.last_img read more

Bucksport improves to 4-0

first_img Fenceviewer Staff Latest Posts Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) The Bucksport Golden Bucks overwhelmed the Stearns Minutemen of Millinocket 49-0 to claim their fourth win without a loss on Friday night at Bucksport’s Carmichael Field.The Golden Bucks got a big game from running back Jack Cyr, who carried the ball 10 times for 113 yards and four touchdowns.Quarterback Matt Stewart coimpleted nine of 10 passes for 107 yards and threw two touchdown strikes to Josh Gray, who had six receptions good for 65 yards.Asher Bowden also rushed six times for 43 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Bucks.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGray booted four extra points and caught a pass from Stewart for two more.The Golden Bucks held the Minutemen to just 88 yards on the ground and none through the air.Nick Bishop led the Bucksport defense with seven solo tackles and two assists.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014center_img Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Bio Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more

Cricket News Lance Klusener appointed assistant batting coach for T20 series vs India

first_img New Delhi: Lance Klusener, considered to be one of the best all-rounders South Africa has ever produced, has been appointed as the assistant batting coach for the three-match Twenty20 series against India which begins on September 15. Cricket South Africa (CSA) also announced that former pacer Vincent Barnes will serve as the assistant bowling coach. While Justin Ontong will retain his position as the assistant fielding coach in Enoch Nkwe’s Proteas management. “In terms of the new team structure the Team Director appoints his three assistant coaches who have specific skills focus in the three key disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding. Former Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener will fill the role of assistant coach (batting) for the T20 Series only as he is currently not available for all formats,” CSA Acting Director, Corrie van Zyl, said in a statement.Klusener has had prior coaching experience. He took up coaching with domestic side Hollywoodbets Dolphins from 2012-2016 before being appointed as batting coach for the Zimbabwe national team. In July this year, he was appointed as the head coach of the Glasgow Giants for the cancelled inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament.  “His record as one of the best all-rounders in the world, particularly in white ball cricket, during his playing career speaks for itself and he also has extensive coaching experience both at franchise and international level,” van Zyl said.Cricket South Africa (CSA) also announced that former pacer Vincent Barnes will serve as the assistant bowling coach. While Justin Ontong will retain his position as the assistant fielding coach in Enoch Nkwe’s Proteas management. Ontong, who has represented the national side in all three formats, also served as South Africa’s fielding coach under Ottis Gibson before the restructuring. “Ontong will fill the role of assistant coach (fielding). He has built up a strong relationship with the players over the last two years and is an acknowledged expert in this department,” the statement said.Klusener, considered one of the best all-rounders of his generation, has collected 1906 runs and 80 wickets in Tests, as well as 3576 runs and 192 wickets in ODIs. outh Africa will travel to India for a three-match T20 series starting September 15. The two sides will then compete in a three-match Test series.  South Africa will play three T20Is and three Tests in India.Lance Klusener has scored 3576 runs and 192 wickets in ODIs.Klusener was appointed as batting coach for the Zimbabwe national team. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Bolles has a new perspective in pivotal season with Broncos

first_img August 20, 2020 Bolles said he knows this is a pivotal year, not only for his career but for the Broncos, who are out to avoid becoming the first team to miss the playoffs five straight seasons following a Super Bowl parade.“I knew coming into here I had to do whatever I can to be the man so this organization can trust me, the fans can trust me and we can get back to where we belong and that’s in the AFC championship, to the Super Bowl,” Bolles said. “And that’s our plan ever year. I know we have the quarterback and the receivers to do that, the defense to do that. And now it’s just up to me to protect Drew all that I can.”Bolles has big plans in Denver beyond 2020, too. He’s hoping to play well enough this year that the Broncos give him an extension even though they declined his fifth-year option this spring that would have been worth $11 million in 2021.“That was out of my control. I can’t dictate what Mr. Elway or those guys do, but what I can dictate is how I play on the football field,” Bolles said. “It’s all about me. That’s how I am this year. My zone is G.B. zone. I just want to focus on me, how I can get better,” Bolles said. “You can bring in Hall of Famer Joe Staley, Joe Thomas, it really doesn’t matter who I was competing against, I just have to get better with myself, I have to be the best version of me. And as long as I do that, I know where I can go and what I can do and what I’m capable of.”The Broncos have been waiting a long time for Bolles to reach his potential. They drafted him in the first round in 2017 knowing he was raw and penalty prone, and although he’s been dependable — starting all 48 games of his career — he’s also been flagged a whopping 46 times.This, however, marks the first time he’s had his same offensive line coach two years in a row in Mike Munchak, who says the continuity should be fruitful for Bolles in 2020.“That’s huge for me. Me and Coach Munchak have a really great relationship. We talk regularly during practice, before the game, after the game, just trying to get me better,” Bolles said. ”… I’m just looking forward to our relationship continuing to get better. I trust him, I believe in him, I know he believes in me and I’ve just got to do everything that I can to make him know that he can trust me.”Before settling down in December once the mobile Drew Lock took over at quarterback, Bolles’ propensity for penalties brought out the boo birds at home games. Bolles has a new perspective in pivotal season with Broncos Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Garett Bolles insists he never worried about the training camp battle he was slated to have with Elijah Wilkinson before Ja’Wuan James opted out of the 2020 season. Nor did he fret over the Broncos declining his fifth-year option.“I was just worrying about getting myself better,” Denver’s long embattled left tackle said Thursday. They were his first public comments since late last season, when his holding habit drew the ire of fans and caused GM John Elway to question whether he even understood what constituted a penalty in the NFL. Bolles said he spent his offseason reflecting. “Listen, our fans are some of the best fans in the country; they deserve some of the best football here in Denver,” Bolles said. “We have a tradition of winning and it’s unacceptable the way that I played and I take full responsibility for it.”He also used the catcalls to motivate him this offseason. “Nobody likes to get booed, and so I took that upon myself to get better,” Bolles said. “I do whatever I can, you know, I worked hard, I put on 20 extra pounds, I did whatever I could to make myself better, the best version of me, moving forward because I know this is a very important season not just for me but for my family. This organization is counting on me to be the best version of myself and I knew whatever I had to do this offseason to get myself ready I did.”Bolles said he’s now between 305 and 310 pounds.“I’m the strongest, the fastest I’ve ever been,” he said. “I think I’m physically stronger and mentally stronger as well.” ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: AP NFL: and read more

NPFL: Rivers Utd, Rangers in Battle to Put Campaign Back on…

first_imgRivers United will attempt to put their 2019/20 Nigeria professional Football League (NPFL) season back on track this evening when they face one of the country’s traditional clubs, Enugu Rangers as the competition enters Match Day Four.United have made a tepid start to the season, garnering two out of a possible nine points from their opening three games of the season.Rangers have fared marginally better, claiming four points from their first three games of the season.The Flying Antelopes were stunned 0-1 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu on Sunday in a game they dominated for long spells. They will be looking to make a rapid return to form by picking up a creditable result in Port Harcourt.Head coach, Benedict ‘Surugede’ Ugwu will be looking to his trusted stalwarts, goalkeeper, Seidu Mutawakilu, Chidera Ezeh (who scored the winner in the last meeting between the two sides), Chiemeka Nwokeji, Anthony Shimaga, Uche John, Isiaka Oladuntoye, Obinna Eleje, Godspower Aniefiok, Seka Pascal, Nnamdi Egbujuo and , Kehinde Adedipe, who returns to his old stomping ground, to deliver the goods.Gabriel Ezema, a member of the Enugu Rangers backroom staff is confident that Rangers will get a positive result of“Much as the loss against MFM is one that we do not expect, it is important for us because it gives us a positive and that positive is that we have to elicit a victorious response in our next game against Rivers United,” Ezema told Rivers United official website yesterday.The United technical manager, Stanley Eguma“Playing against Rangers is a big game. They are playing on the continent. We are ready and we have to perfect our strategies to see that we win this game as it will bring back confidence into the team,” he said.Rivers United currently sit in 15th place in the NPFL standings while Rangers occupy ninth place.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Playoffs mean 2nd chance to Badgers

first_imgSophomore forward Carolyne Prevost looks at this weekend\’s series with Ohio State as a new beginning for UW.[/media-credit]It’s playoff time. And the playoffs mean fresh starts.Compared with recent seasons, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team skated to a less-than-satisfactory regular season. None of that matters in the playoffs, though, as the slate is wiped clean, and the team gets a second chance to be the number one team of the past couple seasons.Sporting an 18-13-3 overall record and a No. 10 ranking, the squad had an unusually rocky season. Despite the regular season results, the team is confident in the second chance the playoffs provide.“I think everyone is looking at the playoffs as a new [beginning], and obviously we’re going to do that,” sophomore forward Carolyne Prevost said. “Up to this point a team could have lost every game the whole season, and if they win the next seven games they win the NCAA title. We’re all just excited. It’s a time to redeem ourselves for the season that we’ve had, and I think we’re going to do really well.”With a chance to compensate for a consistently inconsistent season, the Badgers are ready to get going; but they are not the only ones with a fresh start — every team is playing to extend its season.Keeping this in mind, the Badgers are focusing on one game at a time.“The playoffs are a fresh start,” junior forward Mallory Deluce said. “Everyone has new records, so we just want to focus on winning our game Friday and worry about each game as it comes. Last year our record didn’t mean anything going into the playoffs, and this year our record doesn’t mean anything.”Despite a mostly lackluster season, the squad is still pulling some inspiration and momentum from the season’s highlights.Wisconsin ended its season in yet another series split with Minnesota.Although it did not pull through with a sweep, interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser believes the win over the No. 3 Golden Gophers will give the team confidence for the postseason and the challenge that lies ahead.“I think we are using the regular season to some degree to give us some momentum for the playoffs in that our split with Minnesota last weekend is a good indicator that we can play and beat anybody in the country. Hopefully our players believe in that and build on that.”While the playoffs may be a fresh start for everyone, it is different for the Badgers to be heading in as No. 10 rather than somewhere near the top.The underdog feeling is something this squad is not used to.“I think now we’re finally the underdog which this program is not really used to; but you know, kind of going back to the basics now,” junior defender Geena Prough said. “Hard work and good play is going to win us a hockey game, and I think everyone is definitely ready for that.”Being number one can sometimes be daunting. There can be a want to relax, but there is a lot of pressure to stay on top. Being lower in the rankings can also provide more pressure coupled with more motivation to fight towards the top.But sitting at No. 10, the Badgers are still unsure if they will make it to the NCAA tournament not being one of the top eight.Prevost noted that it feels much different than in the past when the Badgers sat in first.“I think there’s actually more pressure right now because we’re so close to making the NCAA top eight teams. It’s definitely a different situation than last year,” she said. “It’s almost more exciting because it’s playoff hockey, anything can happen and we’re just looking forward to it.”Second chances are hard to come by, but with the fresh start that the playoffs provide, the Badgers are fully embracing their chance to prove they can be the national championship team they have been in the past.And to prove what it can do, Wisconsin has to play that championship style.“You hate to say ‘must win’ games because that’s pressure in and of itself, but we understand that we don’t want these to be our last two games or three games of our season,” DeKeyser said. “So that should be great incentive for our players and our coaches in preparing for the games and just leaving it all on the ice.”last_img read more

LA fire station No. 15 receives grand opening

first_imgUSC students, Los Angeles residents, city officials, USC administration and the Los Angeles Fire Department gathered Saturday morning to celebrate the grand opening of Fire Station No. 15. The ceremony, held at the new fire station, highlighted the partnership between LAFD and USC, which funded the construction of the new facility.“I’d like to thank USC, not only for paving the way for this beautiful new station, but for your hard work each week in putting this together,” LAFD Assistant Chief Ronnie Villanueva said. “We met every other week for months on this program, and without everyone’s help, this could not have happened.”The reception featured speeches by President C. L. Max Nikias, District 9 Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr., Chief Deputy City Engineer Deborah Weintraub and LAFD Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas, as well as a commemorative presentation by LAFD Battalion Chief Curt Klafta and a performance by the USC marching band. The event culminated in a ribbon cutting ceremony, after which guests were able to take a tour of the fire station.Nikias emphasized the importance of the work done by LAFD firefighters.“The strength of any city rises from the passions, hopes and dreams of the people who call it home,” Nikias said. “Those passions, hopes and dreams can only thrive with the peace of mind, with the feeling of safety and security and with the protection of life and property.”Fire Station No. 15, now located at the intersection of Hoover Street and 30th Street, was originally located on Jefferson Boulevard. Terrazas discussed the reason for the move and spoke about the new fire station’s potential.“By trading the property, and them building us this fire station, it allowed the Village to expand into one contiguous piece of property,” Terrazas said. “I think it was a great arrangement for both sides. The fire department gets a brand-new fire station, and we needed a bigger station to house all the resources — all the ambulances and fire trucks — that we could not fit in the old station.”In addition to increased space, Terrazas also cited modern sustainability upgrades, efficiency and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as ways that the new fire station has improved upon the old one.Though most of the old fire station will be demolished to make room for a pedestrian walkway, the front of the old building has been moved and will now be repurposed as a production studio for the School of Cinematic Arts.“The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department faithfully served the USC campus and the community for over 65 years,” Terrazas said. “I’m very happy to hear that at least part of old Fire Station 15 has been moved to a new location and will continue to serve in the community as part of the USC Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts.”last_img read more

Student wins award for building DJ mask

first_imgSenior Alexina Boudreaux-Allen won a paid trip to a music festival during the Red Bull Hack the Hits hackathon after building a mask for DJs and electronic music performers with a team of students. (Julia Mazzucco | Daily Trojan)A USC senior and two other students from Stanford University and Berklee College of Music won an all-expense paid trip to a mystery music festival at the Red Bull Hack the Hits hackathon from Oct. 12 to 15 thanks to their instrument invention, the Beat Mask, which was built in just 48 hours.The winning team, known as the USBs, comprises Alexina Boudreaux-Allen, a computer science student at USC, Raul Dagir from Stanford and Claire Lim from the Berklee. Boudreaux-Allen said that her team’s interests in music and technology inspired them to create Beat Mask, a mask for DJs and electronic music performers with a machine learning algorithm that transforms voice input into live electronically-produced music. “One of the things that we all had in common is that we’re all performers,” Boudreaux-Allen said. “We just wanted to see if we could find a way to make electronic performances to be more live-feeling, like for audiences.”The product was constructed from a $4 spray painting mask from Home Depot, Boudreaux-Allen said.Using a microphone from Apple earphones, Beat Mask picks up the wearer’s beatboxing and replicates it electronically. The USBs also installed LED lights that flash with the music and a gyroscope that captures movement and controls music effects.  “Being able to make something that can make a electronic producer have a more engaging set with their audience, we just thought that sounded hype, because we all perform,” Boudreaux-Allen added. The only instruction the five groups participating were given at the hackathon was to create anything that makes sound, according to Boudreaux-Allen. However, there were a few guidelines: instruments had to be a physical product and produce sound in a musical way. The criteria for a winning project included musicality, innovation, usability and awesomeness, according to Julie Covello, also known as DJ Shakey, one of the five hackathon judges. Beat Mask managed to pull together all aspects and pulled ahead with its high technicality and visual engagement, according to Covello. “It did have a high technical capability, which was incorporating the artificial intelligence and all that, which is great,” Covello said. “But I don’t want to see an instrument that only does that. It also looked really weird and unique. It had blinking lights on it, and it also had synth functions:you could turn a knob and you could filter a sound.”Matt Moldover, one of the five mentors in the music industry that helped teams over the 48-hour period, initially worried about the winning team because they spent the most time in the ideation stage. “Conceptualizing a mask as a musical instrument is something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before,” Moldover said. “It won in the novelty department and in the presentation department, and in the way they pulled it together.”The team worked through obstacles with machine learning with help from mentors like Moldover and USC alumnus Mike Gao, who specializes in the area of programming and software.“I’m a graduating senior right now, and I have no idea what I want to do with my life,” Boudreaux-Allen said. “But this hackathon … I thought it was freaking awesome  for multiple reasons, like one, you just get to like come up with an idea and just make it and see it all the way through. And that’s a really satisfying thing.”last_img read more

Smaller schools still fight for respect

first_imgOne of tonight’s Sweet 16 matchups will pit Cornell against Kentucky in perhaps one of the best examples of brain against brawn.Kentucky has four players who will be eventual NBA lottery picks. Cornell backup forward Eitan Chemerinsky can solve a Rubik’s Cube in three minutes.Not since the Notre Dame-Miami “Catholics versus Convicts” game have we seen such a stark contrast between two schools in a high-stakes match.Improbable matchups like this are supposed to be what the NCAA tournament is all about. Everyone loves a good Cinderella story.But you can bet that the folks at the NCAA would like to see Cornell and other mid-majors bow out before the weekend.Underdogs are commonly embraced in March, but not by the folks running the tournament. Teams from outside the traditional power conferences make for a nice storyline in the first two rounds of games, but they worry the event’s organizers  when they advance further than that.The reason, of course, is money. Mid-majors don’t drive up television ratings. They don’t sell tickets. They don’t create a buzz.And so they have to go.Don’t believe the deck is stacked against them? Just look at how schools from small conferences are seeded once they earn their bids. Cornell took on all comers this season and posted an impressive résumé, but the Big Red was still slapped with a 12 seed. Meanwhile, Florida, one of the final teams to make it into the field, was still somehow pegged as a 10 seed.Worse yet, mid-majors are frequently pitted against each other in the first round of games. This year, teams like Butler and Northern Iowa had to pick off one of their own kind before advancing to face power conference teams.And making the field without an automatic bid is treacherous for teams without branding power. If North Carolina, UCLA and UConn had shown any signs of life this season, they surely would have gotten the benefit of the doubt over a lowly team like Utah State.College basketball’s mid-major quandary stems from the fact that it is driven by money and stars, especially since it became a daycare center for the NBA once the league banned players from entering directly out of high school. As popular as Cornell and St. Mary’s might be at this point, nothing will outdraw an Ohio State-Kentucky game that will be billed as Evan Turner against John Wall.It’s safe to say that matches that feature future No. 1 picks will draw in more viewers than games that feature a surprise hero whose name no one knows how to spell. My hat’s off to you, though, Ali Farokhmanesh.Maybe fans’ patience with small schools isn’t so thin, though. George Mason was embraced for the entirety of its historic Final Four run in 2006, as was Davidson in 2008.But their popularity was easily explained. George Mason had a way of repeatedly one-upping itself with its performances. Davidson had a rising star in Stephen Curry. And both teams played entertaining styles of basketball showcased in several close games.But any of the underdogs left in this field still have a ways to go before they reach that level of respect. Despite having one of the most efficient offenses in the country, Cornell’s basketball team still has to fight off the perception of being bookworms and Andy Bernard references.Of course, the Revenge of the Nerds storyline is also bothering some Kentucky players. Kentucky forward DeMarcus Cousins told reporters at his Wednesday press conference, “It’s not a spelling bee.” Ah, spoken like Biff from Back to the Future.After Northern Iowa upset Kansas, a Cornell takedown of Kentucky would make this the year of the mid-major. A final of Northern Iowa against St. Mary’s or Cornell might just make college basketball implode.Hey, if your bracket is going down, you might as well take everyone with you.“Tackling Dummy” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit or e-mail Michael at read more