ESPNMiami vs. Virginia Tech was one bizarre football game. The ACC Coastal match-up featured a first quarter quarterback benching, compounding turnovers, a player barfing on the field right before a play, a massive comeback, the network cutting away from the game before it was over, and a successful hail mary. That last part got the ESPN broadcast duo of Mark Jones and Dusty Dvoracek some heat from Virginia Tech fans.Virginia Tech went up big on The U, after the Hurricanes managed to turn the ball over five times in their first six drives. Heading into the last play of the first half, Miami faced a 28-0 deficit, and looked pretty dump for all intents and purposes.Things started to turn around on the last play of the first half. N’Kosi Perry, who replaced Jarrett Williams after his disastrous start, let go a long Hail Mary, which was hauled in by Mark Pope for a touchdown to cut VT’s lead to 28-7.Miami pulls off the Hail Mary TD right before halftime 😱pic.twitter.com/Wq8dVEdI55— Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 5, 2019 The play clearly gave Miami a bit of life. After forcing a punt, Miami scored on its first drive of the second half, and wound up tying the game at 35 late in the game. They scored touchdowns on all but three drives in the second half to get back into the game.After coming back from a break, ESPN showed the booth reaction to the Hail Mary. Dvoracek was very fired up, and high-fived Jones after his call.Here they are high-fiving after the Miami Hail Mary TD earlier pic.twitter.com/l244OAiIEo— Cameron Overton (@coverton_) October 5, 2019Virginia Tech fans were very angry with the broadcast throughout the game, accusing the pair of Miami homerism. To Hokies, this Hail Mary, which seemed like it wouldn’t have a huge impact at the time, was the prime example.There were plenty of accusations of unprofessionalism being lobbed their way throughout the game.As someone with a journalism degree, if I went into a courtroom and high-fived my co-worker after a judge hands down a life sentence in a murder trial, I’d be fired.Not advocating he be fired, but they took a dump all over professionalism with that move.— Ryan Dye (@Ryan4VT) October 6, 2019That referee crew and Dusty Dvoracek should never work in this business again— Nick (@VTBox) October 5, 2019@ESPN why are these two partisan hacks, Mark Jones & Dusty Dvoracek, doing this game? Caught on your broadcast twice highfiving after Mia score. Garbage!#VTvsMIA— Play Ball! (@boomerfan15) October 5, 2019What’s the deal with ESPN announcers Mark Jones and Dusty Dvoracek clapping in booth when Miami scored against VT – very classy ESPN #ESPN #collegegameday #Hokies— Sharon Conner (@sc2713) October 5, 2019After the game, Dvoracek took to Twitter to defend his excitement. He responded to an Awful Announcing article about various issues during the ESPN Miami-VT broadcast, saying it was his first time seeing a Hail Mary live, and he was excited.1st Hail Mary I’ve ever seen live in all my life being around football, let alone in a game Im calling.I get excited when I call a game.Especially when big plays happen.I’m not gonna apologize for that. Congrats to @HokiesFB on the win.The venom coming my way hurts and is trash https://t.co/HORfBFLlu8— Dusty Dvoracek (@DustyDvoracek) October 6, 2019That’s pretty understandable, honestly. Dvoracek is an Oklahoma alum, while Jones went to York University in his native Toronto. Neither is a ‘Cane, and if they were, plenty of broadcasters call their alma maters’ games without issue.To that point, both probably thought they were going to have to sit through a 48-7 slog. Calling a blowout can’t possibly be fun, so it seems reasonable that they were excited about the prospect of the game gaining some steam. As it turns out, they were right, as Miami had a chance to tie the game on its final play.The Hokies picked up a much needed 42-35 win, after a pretty huge collapse. That should be the bigger focus coming out of Blacksburg.
Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, today wrapped up a two-day visit to Mauritania in which she met with President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, other top Government officials, lawmakers, human rights workers, diplomats, UN staff and civil society groups.Slavery, women’s rights, access to justice, transitional justice and Mauritania’s international legal obligations topped the agenda of the talks, according to a press release issued by Ms. Pillay’s office in Geneva.During her visit, the High Commissioner toured a prison on the outskirts of the capital, Nouakchott, and noted its overcrowding and poor sanitary conditions. She also visited the National Programme for the Eradication of the Vestiges of Slavery.Mauritania’s steps so far to eliminate slavery are welcome, she said, emphasizing the need for a strict implementation of a 2007 anti-slavery law.“Much more needs to be done to eradicate the perpetuation of slave-like practices,” Ms. Pillay said. “There is a need to integrate all victims in the chain of economic activities in the country, and to develop an awareness programme targeting the general public.”Mauritania’s Government “would be well advised to prepare a plan of action to implement the recommendations made by various international human rights mechanisms, including the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, its causes and consequences [Gulnara Shahinian].”The role of women in Mauritanian society must also be enhanced, Ms. Pillay said, calling for their greater representation in the judiciary and in broader decision-making processes in society.Ms. Pillay called on the Government to release women rape victims who have been imprisoned, saying this is a grave violation of their human rights.She also stressed the need to establish transitional justice mechanisms to tackle human rights violations that occurred under previous regimes between 1980 and 1989.While in Mauritania Ms. Pillay opened the seventh annual meeting of Arab national human rights institutions, which was held in Nouakchott. 29 April 2011Mauritania needs to do much more to eliminate slave-like practices, the United Nations human rights chief said today as she also called on the West African country to take steps to improve the role of women and set up mechanisms to tackle human rights violations by previous regimes.
Hamilton firefighters responded to a multiple alarm blaze tonight at an abandoned school in the city’s east end.They were called to St. Christopher’s Separate school on Greenhill Avenue just before four o’clock this evening. Neighbours say there was a lot of smoke coming from the school at the time.The windows were boarded up, making it difficult for crews to access the fire. The school was surplused by the board in 2011 and has been empty ever since, but this isn’t the first fire at the building. There was a rubbish fire at the school last September.The Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office has been called in to investigate.