New report shows planned supply of apartment stock significantly increased

first_imgHigh rise apartments in Brisbane. File photo: Mark CallejaBrisbane developers are shying away from ‘cookie cutter’ apartments in the CBD and turning to the suburbs to build bigger, better quality projects aimed at owner occupiers.The latest Strata Development Pipeline Report – Capital City Metro Areas 2019 shows the planned supply of apartment stock in Brisbane has increased by almost five times – from 4000 units in 2018 to 19,000 in 2020. Colliers International PRDnationwide chief economist Dr Diaswati (Asti) Mardiasmo said developers were becoming smarter in reading their audiences and the property market, moving away from building in the CBD.“Normally cookie cutter apartments are heavy with one, two and three-bedroom apartments but now it’s units in the suburbs outside of Brisbane that are gaining popularity,” Dr Mardiasmo said.“Those suburbs have established dwellings or housing stock and so it’s just one or two boutique apartments coming on board. They aren’t big 20-storey towers.”“We find the three-bedroom units allow families to move in.”However Place Estate Agents residential research director Lachlan Walker said he did not believe the pipeline had increased to that extent.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“It’s still sitting around 16,000 and 20,000 depending on the mix of one, two and three- bedroom units,” Mr Walker said.“I believe in the next 12-18 months time we will see the market turn back to one to two-bedders. We will see another generation of new development come through and it will become tighter cheaper stock.“Right now we the market has absorbed a lot of supply, we are already starting to see rents increase, and vacancy rates decline. Anyone trying to release something in today’s market is constrained by finance.”Dr Mardiasmo said the suburban unit market would not become “flooded”“In terms of suburbs they are already characterised as a residential area. They are boutique builds, not massive towers.”She said Brisbane’s market was getting better apartment stock.“Developers are getting more innovative. Brisbane vacancy rates have fallen from 2.9 per cent in July last year for 2.4 per cent now,” she said.“Developers are thinking about how to make their project more attractive, from garden roof tops to child care in mixed-used developments.”last_img read more

Area Girls & Boys Basketball Scores (12-20)

first_imgArea Girls & Boys Basketball ScoresWednesday  (12-20)Girls ScoresMilan  60     SW Hanover  51Switz. County  41     Trimble County  11Boys ScoresNorth Decatur  68     Eastern Hancock  60Columbus East  55     Rushville  41last_img

I-74 weekend lane changes announced

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to close eastbound Interstate 74 exit and entry ramps at Batesville on the evening of Sunday, September 30 at midnight, weather permitting, for up to 15 days to facilitate construction of new concrete eastbound lanes.Currently, eastbound I-74 thru-traffic is routed to a single lane on the north side of the interstate while the south side is being completely rebuilt.  Temporary pavement crossing I-74’s median and south-side lane area has maintained off- and on-ramp access to and from State Road 229 at Batesville/Exit 149.Crews skipped the off-/on-ramp area while placing two lanes of concrete pavement on the south side of I-74 between Decatur County Road 850 East at New Point—through Franklin County—to State Road 101 in Ripley County.  It’s now time for that skipped south-side section at Batesville to be prepped and paved.Existing asphalt pavement will be removed.Concrete pavement for two eastbound lanes will be formed and poured.Asphalt wedges will be installed as required for grade differences.Pavement markings will be placed.Milestone is the state’s prime contractor for this $61 million Next Level pavement replacement project. Construction of the 12.8-mile north-side section of I-74 westbound lanes will begin next spring after a winter hiatus.last_img read more

Melinda Sue Deckard

first_imgMelinda Sue Deckard, 54, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday, September 13, 2020 in Jackson, Georgia.She was born July 27, 1966 in Dearborn County, IN, daughter of Judy (Vastine) Buffington and the late Robert Kincade.Melinda was a member of former member of Aurora Moose Lodge . She loved to do puzzles, and games on her phone. She was a practical joker. Melinda was a very outgoing person, and she never met a stranger. She loved time with the family, especially her grandkids.Melinda is survived by her loving spouse Joe Deckard, children, Shawn (Robert) Helmig of Aurora, IN, Christopher B. Helmig of Aurora, IN, Jayden Eaglin of Aurora, IN; step children, Justin Deckard of Madison, IN, Devin Deckard of Harrison, OH; siblings, Candida (David) Mitchell of Dillsboro, IN, Robert “Bobby” (Blaire) Buffington of Aurora, IN, Vicki (David) Prather of Willisburg, KY; step-sister, Mary Katherine (Matt) Schwartz; seven grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Kincade, step son, Joshua Deckard, step sister, Laura Jean Buffington.Friends will be received for a visitation on Friday, September 18, 2020, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Private family funeral services will follow.Interment will follow in the Hogan Hill Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to defray funeral expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority. We are asking everyone who will be in attendance to please remember the social distancing guidelines at all times, and the wearing of masks is highly recommended.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Remi Garde looks to Villa talks to help club make progress

first_img Press Association Boss Remi Garde hopes crunch talks between the Aston Villa hierarchy will begin to resolve the club’s problems. “I understand the fans’ frustration but if you look at every cup round in every country there is always at least one big surprise,” he said. “There has been in this country last weekend. I think we played in a way that probably didn’t deserve a better result. But to be fair I don’t think we need to apologise. “The best apology we could give is to win the next game and give a better performance.” Garde has already lost out on players because of Villa’s position at the bottom of the league and knows the squad needs another overhaul in the summer, despite the club signing 13 new players last year. He added: ” In the long term, for sure. But during this transfer window as I have said, January is not the best time to do things because it is very difficult for many reasons.” “The support that I need to make things better for the team,” he said, when asked what he hoped would come from the meeting. “To be fair I feel the total support from the board and Randy Lerner for a long time now. It’s more about the players now.” Garde has asked Lerner to address Villa’s desperate situation with the owner having barely spoken to the press since 2010 as he has only been at the crisis club since replacing Tim Sherwood in November. He said: “This is something I asked from them (Lerner and Fox) a fortnight ago, or something like that. Not to take the pressure off me – if I didn’t want the pressure I wouldn’t have this job.” Villa are 11 points from safety and have not won in the league since the opening day of the season – a club record run of 19 games. Garde and the squad were abused by fans after their 1-1 FA Cup draw at Wycombe as they boarded the team bus with videos appearing on social media. Micah Richards also spoke to supporters during the game to ease tensions while substitutes Brad Guzan and Joleon Lescott were accused of playing a game with chewing gum on the bench. And Garde – who is yet to win in 10 games as Villa boss – believes victory against Palace would be the best way to react. Chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt flew to America to hold talks with owner Randy Lerner on Monday over Villa’s transfer plans. Villa host Crystal Palace on Tuesday rock bottom of the Barclays Premier League and while Garde hopes to be given financial backing he also wants the discussions to help the club overall. last_img read more

Cricket News ‘I Feel Equally Frustrated, Feel Angry At Times’ – MS Dhoni Bursts Myth Of Being Captain Cool

first_imgNew Delhi: MS Dhoni has not spoken publicly ever since the Indian cricket team’s semi-final exit against New Zealand in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The former India cricket team skipper has been on a two-month sabbatical ever since the World Cup, having made himself unavailable for selection for the West Indies tour and for the three-match Twenty20 International series against South Africa. During this period, there has been plenty of speculation on Dhoni’s future and under the soon-to-be BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, there will be a discussion with the selectors about Dhoni’s future. In his first interaction at a commercial event ever since the end of the World Cup, Dhoni has busted the myth of being ‘Captain Cool’ and said he controls his emotions better than other players. “I am like everyone else but I control my emotions better than some of the other individuals. I would say, I feel equally frustrated. I also feel angry at times, disappointed. But what is important is that none of these feelings are constructive. What needs to be done right now is more important than any of these emotions. What is the next thing I can plan? Who is the next individual, whom I can use? Once I get into it, I am controlling my emotions in a much better way,” Dhoni said. When MS Dhoni relinquished the captaincy at the end of 2016, Virat Kohli took over and has made India into a powerful force. However, the team have stumbled in major tournament, losing in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final to Pakistan and a semi-final exit in the 2019 World Cup. Under Dhoni, India won all three major ICC tournaments and he is the only skipper in history to have achieved this feat. Dhoni spoke about how to approach a big tournament and recalled a particular instance in the 2007 World T20 when India and Pakistan played the bowl-out to determine the winner in the clash in Durban.”What you want to achieve as a team is to win the tournament but that’s a long-term goal. Ultimately, what you do is to break it into smaller things. There was something particular about that World Cup. The ‘Bowl-Out’ was one of the things. I remember we would go for practice. Before every practice session, we would practice ‘Bowl Out’ before or after the warm-up.  We said it very clear, it is for fun but at the same time, whoever hits the wicket most number of times, we will use him if the situation arises. It has got nothing to do with I am a bowler, this is my job. It’s like a performance thing and we will keep doing it everyday and whoever has the best hit-ratio are the ones who will be used,” Dhoni said. Also Read | Sourav Ganguly’s First Reaction On Dhoni’s Retirement After Taking Over As BCCI ChiefDhoni said team effort can never be discounted despite the many individual performers. “Ultimately, winning or losing comes to each and every individual who is part of the team. In team sport, everybody has a role and a responsibility. Throughout the T20 World Cup, the roles and responsibilities given to individuals was fulfilled to the best manner possible. That was the reason we won the tournament. It’s not always about few of the individuals performing a lot better than the whole lot. What you want is for everybody to contribute. That one wicket at that right moment, that outstanding catch,” the former India skipper said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Chelsea makes hotel available for free

first_imgThe Latest: Chelsea makes hotel available for free Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___1:20 p.m. March 18, 2020 More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.___ 1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.“Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___ Associated Press last_img read more

The Latest: Giants prospect Bishop tests positive for virus

first_imgZimmerman said in a statement his family situation factored into his decision. His mother is at high risk for complications from the coronavirus because she has multiple sclerosis, and he has three young children, including a newborn. He told The Associated Press last week he was still undecided on whether to play.As part of his announcement, the 35-year-old Zimmerman said he’s not retiring.Ross is a 27-year-old right-hander with five years of major league experience, all with Washington.___Harris English is the fifth PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus. Associated Press June 29, 2020 ___NBA All-Stars Kemba Walker and Trae Young, and U.S. women’s Olympians Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart will be coaches for an online basketball camp set up in response to coronavirus restrictions.The camp for children of all ages was launched by former NBA player and longtime TNT basketball studio analyst Kenny Smith.Two-time NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo and WNBA star Brittney Griner are also set to work “The Jet Academy,” with more participants to be announced.The camps begin July 20 at www.jetacademycamp.com and can be streamed on any device. Schedule details and pricing are available on the website. ___The National Hockey League says a total of 26 players have reported testing positive for the new coronavirus since voluntary workouts began June 8.Monday’s update includes four additional cases among those tested at team facilities, to go along with the 11 announced June 19. The league says it’s aware of 11 other players testing positive outside the voluntary workout protocol.The NHL said more than 250 players who worked out at team facilities were administered more than 1,450 COVID-19 tests.The league and players are in the final stages of agreeing to resume the season. Training camps can open as early as July 10 if an agreement on testing, health and safety protocols and “hub” cities to host the games can be reached. The positive test for English was part of the pre-tournament screening process at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. English did not play last week at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.Since its return to golf, the tour had no positive tests the opening week in Texas; one positive test in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and three positive tests — plus two positive tests for caddies — in Connecticut.English says in a statement he feels healthy and supports the tour’s additional policy of not letting anyone at Detroit Golf Club until the test results were back. Previously, a player could practice but not enter the clubhouse while waiting on the results.English started the season with limited status and has risen to No. 27 in the FedEx Cup. He must self-isolate for 10 days, meaning he will miss the next two tournaments. Hill didn’t identify the player, but said he “feels great” and will go through MLB protocol to join the team.Hill said he would be surprised if any Marlins players opt of the season because of health concerns.___Longtime Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and teammate Joe Ross have decided not to play this season.General manager Mike Rizzo said Zimmerman and Ross opted out “for the personal health and safety of themselves and their loved ones,” adding the team supports their decisions.center_img ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi says minor league center fielder Hunter Bishop has tested positive for the coronavirus. Zaidi says Bishop got his test result on Friday and has mild symptoms.Bishop would have been on the club’s roster of 51 players announced Monday for the start of camp later this week. Zaidi says Bishop is in Arizona and wasn’t around any others from the organization.The 22-year-old Bishop is the team’s first-round draft pick from 2019, selected 10th overall out of Arizona State. The Giants are planning their first workout Friday.___Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill says a player who was asymptomatic has tested positive for the coronavirus. Smith has run a camp for 25 years in North Carolina, where he played collegiately. But camps have been limited or canceled in many locations because of rules limiting sizes of gatherings because of the virus.___NASCAR may be racing during the coronavirus pandemic. Celebrating in early December now is off the schedule.The motorsports series has canceled its Champion’s Week and Cup Series awards scheduled for early December in Nashville, citing the uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the industry. NASCAR moved Champion’s Week to Nashville in 2019 from Las Vegas.NASCAR still plans to celebrate its champions from the Xfinity Series to the truck series and promises details to come. And NASCAR says the series looks forward to returning to Nashville in 2021. The Latest: Giants prospect Bishop tests positive for viruslast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports None of them, however, made it to the Orlando, Florida area with their usual travel party.Leaving families behind for several weeks — or maybe even three months, depending on how deep a team goes in the playoffs — during a pandemic isn’t the only hardship that teams are dealing with during this restart. Space limitations within the quasi-bubble at Disney also meant that teams had to cut their official traveling parties down to 37 personnel, including players, so many people who usually travel with a club aren’t on this trip.It’s expected that as the bubble population shrinks after six teams are eliminated from playoff contention and then eight more are ousted in the first postseason round, teams will be allowed to bring in more staff.PGA-WORKDAY OPENMorikawa builds big lead at Muirfield Village before storms Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLNHL, players approve plan to resume season, extend CBAUNDATED (AP) — Hockey became the latest sport to finalize a return during a global pandemic after NHL owners and players approved an agreement Friday to resume the season — and with it an assurance of labor peace through September 2026. A little more than a thousand fans were on hand in the 9,000-seat arena to watch one of the first indoor professional sporting events since the coronavirus pandemic began. The Professional Bull Riders event ended a month-long competition that until Friday has played out before silent stands. It’s a cautious step toward giving sports fans who have been cooped up for months a chance to leave their homes and watch a bull attempt to throw a man from its back as the rider tries to hold on. — The Jacksonville Jaguars are planning to play home games in front of a significantly reduced capacity this fall. Fans in attendance will be required to wear face coverings. The team released details in an email to season-ticket holders Friday. Jacksonville expects about 25% capacity at TIAA Bank Field in 2020 “in compliance with state and local authorities and following CDC social distancing guidelines.” The stadium’s capacity is listed at over 67,000. — Japan’s professional baseball league opened the delayed season three weeks ago. Now fans are back, too. After playing in empty stadiums to get started, Japan began allowing up to 5,000 fans into the games on Friday, or 50% of the stadium capacity — whichever is smaller. Officials hope to allow stadiums to be filled to 50% capacity beginning on Aug. 1.NBA RESTART-TRAVEL PARTIESNBA teams at Disney had tough travel-party decisions to makeUNDATED (AP) — The 22 teams participating in the NBA restart were all at the Disney campus together for the first time Friday. Games are scheduled to begin Aug. 1 in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, with coronavirus cases in the U.S. pushing the league into Canada for the summer and fall until the Stanley Cup is awarded in late September or early October. Training camps open across North America on Monday, which is also the deadline for players to opt out of participating with no penalty.The return-to-play plan, tentatively approved by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Monday, was ratified by the league’s board of governors and with majority approval from players following a three-day voting period, ending Friday. Along with it, the two sides also formally approved a four-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement.The NHL is back with an expanded 24-team playoff format, but things will be much different from the norm: There will be no fans. There will be between five and six games a day at the start — up to three at each site, which will be heavily cordoned off from the public. MLB-NEWS Posey opts to skip the seasonUNDATED (AP) — San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey is the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus. Posey says his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided to opt out of the season.The babies born last Friday were about eight weeks premature. They are healthy but will need to spend time in neonatal intensive care and will have weakened immune systems for the next few months.Posey joins other top players such as Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado’s Ian Desmond in opting out this season. In other MLB news: In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has tested positive for COVID-19. The 55-year-old tested positive late this week after experiencing flu-like symptoms and is self quarantining at the direction of his doctor, according to a statement by the conference. Scott is continuing to carry on his duties as commissioner remotely.— The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a conference of historically black colleges, is suspending all fall sports out of concern over the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference says several of its schools are in states experiencing dramatic increases in new COVID-19 cases. It says the recent rise in cases has led to a pause in phased reopening plans in many of those states, resulting in uncertainty as to whether students will return to campus this fall at several CIAA institutions. — The University of Virginia says two football players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will self-isolate for at least 10 days. The school says other members of the program found to have come into close contact with them will also go into quarantine. The school tested 110 players when they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts on July 5. The players with positive test results will self-isolate for 10 days, or until they have been fever-free for at least three days, whichever is longer. — The University of Michigan says two athletes tested positive during a second round of COVID-19 testing, bringing the total to four out of the 375 who have been tested. The school says none of the 139 staff members have tested positive. DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) —Collin Morikawa takes a three-shot lead into the weekend at the Workday Charity Open. He made nine birdies Friday for a 66 and leads over Justin Thomas and Kevin Streelman. Storms twice halted play at Muirfield Village, so the second round wasn’t completed. That means Brooks Koepka has to wait to see if his big finish allowed him to make the cut. Koepka birdied five of his last seven holes for a 69 and was one-shot outside the cut. Nearly three dozen players were to return Saturday morning to complete their rounds.BULL RIDING-CROWDSProfessional bull riding set to welcome fans back into arenaSIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As bull riders attempted to hang on to their rides for eight seconds Friday night, they were encouraged by something they hadn’t heard in months — the cheers of a crowd. July 11, 2020 — All-Star slugger Joey Gallo has worked out with the Texas Rangers for the first time during their summer camp. Gallo was cleared and at workouts Friday after missing the first week following positive tests for coronavirus. The 26-year-old outfielder said he never felt any symptoms but had two positive tests that sandwiched a negative result during intake testing. His return to the field comes two weeks before the scheduled start of the season against Colorado. He had 22 homers in 70 games and made his first All-Star appearance last year before wrist surgery ended his season.— The Toronto Blue Jays are shifting Vladimir Guerrero Jr. across the diamond, moving the slugger to first base from third. Blue Jays Manager Charlie Montoyo said Guerrero feels comfortable at first and the team has Travis Shaw ready to play third. Montoyo also said Guerrero will see time as a designated hitter. He didn’t rule out that he will play some third in the future. — The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play two exhibition games at Fenway Park before baseball’s delayed regular-season opener. Toronto will visit Boston on July 21 and 22 before heading down to Tampa Bay for its opener. The Red Sox are scheduled to open at home against the Baltimore Orioles on July 24.— Former Red Sox catcher Mike Ryan had died. Ryan was a catcher on the 1967 “Impossible Dream” team. In all, he spent 35 years in professional baseball. Ryan also played for the Phillies and Pirates and was a bullpen coach on Philadelphia’s 1980 World Series championship team. The Red Sox said Ryan died in his sleep on Tuesday in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He was 78. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Elimination of nonconference games could have ripple effectUNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten and Pac-12 have become the first leagues to shift to an all-conference fall schedule as the college sports world faces difficult decisions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. More Power Five conferences could follow, causing a ripple effect on small-conference schools across the country. If more big conferences ditch nonconference games, smaller schools who rely on “buy games” to help fund their athletic departments will take huge financial hits at a time when they’re already facing ugly bottom lines.Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says the league expects to make its decision on fall sports in late July. The league put out Swofford’s statement Friday afternoon, saying the league has prepared “numerous scenarios” for fall competition over the last few months. The decision would come from the league’s board of directors.Earlier this week, the ACC delayed the start of fall competition until at least Sept. 1. That move impacts non-revenue programs like soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country, but not football for now. The first football game involving an ACC team is North Carolina State’s trip to Louisville on Sept. 2.last_img read more

Maragos reflects on UW football career

first_imgFormer Wisconsin free safety Chris Maragos high fives fans at Camp Randall Stadium following the Badgers\’ season-opening victory over Northern Illinois. Maragos is one of four graduating seniors considered to have a good chance of finding himself on an NFL roster through the draft or free agency.[/media-credit]Although the 2010 NFL Draft remains more than two months away, training is nearly a full time job for those hoping to be selected by an NFL team in late April.Out of a senior class of 18, Wisconsin has four players — Garrett Graham, Jaevery McFadden, Chris Maragos and O’Brien Schofield — who are expected to land with an NFL team as either a draft pick or non-drafted free agent.Over the next two months, The Badger Herald will sit down once a week with Racine native and former UW free safety Chris Maragos to reflect on his collegiate career and discuss the process of reaching the next level.Below is part one in an eight-part series.Badger Herald: What is your favorite place that you’ve played during your career in the Big Ten and elsewhere?Chris Maragos: Camp Randall Stadium. You can’t beat Camp Randall, but if I had to say an away game, because I’m biased toward Camp Randall, I have to say — you see, I didn’t go to Penn State, so that’s one stadium I haven’t seen — Michigan was just average I thought, Ohio State was pretty cool, that was definitely a cool one. But I’ll tell you this, though, when we went and played Fresno State last year, that was crazy.Their fans were so nuts, we’re coming out and their fans were like on the cages banging it and stuff, ripping over the security guards and barking at us. It was intense; that’s probably the rowdiest I’ve ever seen.BH: Are there any games from your career that you look at and know you’ll never forget?CM: There’s a lot that I’ll never forget. The Fresno State game this year and the Northern Illinois game, those are always going to be fond memories and really dear to me. And the Michigan game just because it was senior day, and my family was there, and it was the last game at Camp Randall, so that’ll be a lasting memory.BH: Looking back on the season, do you feel like you made the most of your senior season at the University of Wisconsin? Is there anything else you wish you would’ve done?CM: I think I did. But if I could come back for another 10 years here and play for the Badgers, I would. I wouldn’t even want to go on and try to play in the NFL if that were the case. I’d love to just stay with this program, stay with the university, be around this great place and you know, just continue to play football. But that’s not the case.I think with my limited time here at Wisconsin, only being able to play two years at defensive back, I really feel that I’ve had a full five years just because I really feel that in that short amount of time I really maximized and got the most out of my playing experience. And you know, I can take those memories and life lessons with me and take it further.BH: Which was better, the overtime interception against Fresno State or the fake field goal touchdown run at Ohio State?CM: Those were both fun, but I have to say the interception, because it was more like a game-clinching type thing. But I’ll tell you what, that touchdown at Ohio State was a big time rush. It was pretty cool because it all just worked out perfectly for us to run that play.That week, we were only going to run that fake from the right hash, and it just so happened that on third down we didn’t get it and we were on the right hash and we were from the 9-yard line, so it was like the perfect distance for us to go for it. The only problem was that we could only run it against one of the looks that Ohio State gave us and they only came out in that look like one out of every three field goal block attempts.We just had to get the right look for the play, and we got the look that we wanted. So, I gave the green call, peeled around the edge, Garrett made a nice block and I just took it in. It was fun.BH: More importantly, though, did you ever go back and give Scott Tolzien the high five he was looking for?CM: You know, the funny thing about that is that was the joke in the locker room for at least two weeks. We’d be out on the practice field and be like, ‘Great throw, Scott,’ you know, like real sarcastic and slapping his hand and stuff. So, that was a big time joke. But it was funny because Jim Rome had it on his TV show and Scott didn’t know about it.So, everybody’s in the locker room like ‘Hey, man, all right Scott,’ and he’s just like, ‘Why is everybody high-fiving me?’ You know, the coaches are high-fiving him and finally somebody tells him about it and he took it like a champ.BH: What did you think of the Wisconsin football award ceremony, and in particular, was it better to get an award or give out the captains’ award?CM: Probably to give one. It’s nice to get recognized for accomplishments, but any time you can it’s always better to give the award to someone else. That’s more gratifying and satisfying than receiving an award for what you’ve done. But overall, the ceremony was great; and it was a lot better having Matt Lepay to keep people from speaking too long.BH: Along those same lines, what was it like watching Mike Lucas interview your parents?CM: It’s pretty cool, because you talk to your parents, but you don’t really talk to them on that level a lot. It’s not like I’m ever interviewing them or asking them questions like that. I mean, I know they love me and how they feel about me, but it’s really cool to see the story or the insight from their perspective because all I ever see it from is mine and from a football side of things.Seeing it from a parent’s side or an outside perspective is really neat to see. I’m just so blessed to have the parents that I have. They’re really phenomenal; and even Serah, my fianc?e, I’m really lucky to have her — she’s definitely the better half, that’s for sure.BH: With the way the season ended, having more than 50 family members in attendance down in Orlando and winning the bowl game over Miami, what was that like as a way to end your career at UW?CM: I couldn’t ask for a better way to end my career. The only better way to end it would be to continue it in the NFL and keep playing football. It was a fun year. We really exceeded a lot of people’s expectations; but we didn’t exceed our expectations, because we knew we were going to be good in the off-season at this time last year when we were training.So, you know, we went out there on Saturdays and we showed what we can do, and it was a lot of fun. One of the greatest experiences of my life.last_img read more