I’m an idiot.OK, not exactly. But I certainly look like one if you go back and read this past Friday’s Daily Trojan.Pumped up kicks · Senior kicker Andre Heidari went 2-for-2 USC’s win over Stanford on Saturday. Heidari has never missed a field goal against the Cardinal and has nailed the game winners the last two seasons. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanI was the only of five sportswriters to predict in the Best Bets table that USC would lose to Stanford. I was absolutely rooting for the Trojans to pull off the upset and exploded with the other couple thousand USC fans in Stanford Stadium as senior kicker Andre “The Lumberjack” Heidari’s 53-yard field goal attempt went through the uprights. But my attempt to be the smartest guy in the room last week backfired, and I may have to start picking against USC every week for good luck.I stand by the thought process behind my prediction; USC obviously outscored Stanford, but I wouldn’t necessarily say the squad outplayed the Cardinal. Nonetheless, the Trojans proved that the media — myself included — very much underestimated how good this team is.A look at the stat line and it’s easy to figure out why the score looked the way it did Saturday. Stanford had 413 yards to USC’s 291, 21 first downs to 16, eight penalties for 68 yards to 10 penalties for 87 yards and 33:47 time of possession to USC’s 26:13. But the one stat that matters most wasn’t in Stanford’s favor, as the Cardinal had two turnovers and USC had none.The timing of the two turnovers, both fumbles, was huge. The first one came just after senior linebacker Hayes Pullard was ejected from the game for a targeting penalty on a big Stanford kick return. Just when it seemed like Stanford had grabbed all the momentum, the Cardinal gave it right back. The second one came on Stanford’s final drive at USC’s 25-yard line and sealed the win for the Trojans when a touchdown from Stanford would have stolen it.The other big stat a little deeper in the box score illustrates another telling story: USC made both of its field goal attempts while Stanford missed two of three. Those six points left on the table would have been the difference with all else equal.And that’s not even counting the field goal attempts Stanford passed up because of a lack of confidence in the team’s kicking game that day. The Cardinal punted from USC’s 29-yard line instead of attempting a 46-yarder on its second drive. Stanford went for it on fourth-and-1 on USC’s 3-yard line instead of kicking but got stopped on the sixth drive and punted from USC’s 32-yard line on the eighth drive instead of attempting a 49-yarder.I’m not an accounting major, but I’ve got over two touchdowns’ worth of points left on the table by Stanford because of special teams. Maybe you chalk up the turnover on downs to a well-executed goal-line stand by USC instead of a bad play call. But a field goal attempt would have made sense there in such a close game, and Steve Sarkisian elected to kick when the Trojans had a fourth-and-1 from Stanford’s 7-yard line.So with all of that considered, did USC win the game or did Stanford lose it? Do all those mistakes indicate that the Trojans are a better team than Stanford, or that USC just got lucky a bunch of times? There’s obviously a little bit of both, but the implication of where the balance lies is huge. I think there’s a very good chance USC and Stanford play again in the Pac-12 championship game, a victory which will almost certainly guarantee a spot in the four-team national championship playoff.If you had told me before the game that USC was going to win because of its exponentially superior placekicking, I would have called you an idiot. I haven’t always had faith in Heidari, and I would have gone for it instead of kicking on both the fourth-and-1 from the 7-yard line and the fourth-and-5 from the 35-yard line. But me not knowing anything has been a consistent theme this column, and Sarkisian turned out to have made the right call in both situations without the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. Heidari does love beating Stanford, but Stanford’s kicker Jordan Williamson went 18-for-22 last year, so I imagine he would play better in a rematch.The fact that USC showed toughness when it mattered most, though, is something I should have seen coming. The team has been mentally tested with adversity early this season, all of last season and really all of the last four years since the NCAA sanctions. So it wasn’t surprising — though it was very impressive — to see how the team reacted to the Pullard ejection.It looked like a very soft call from the stands — though replay and most commentary confirm it was a legitimate call given new targeting rules — and it would have been very easy for the team to let anger with the officials snowball given the loss of a senior captain for the rest of the game (and the first half of the next game), especially after the sideline flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct just before the snap. Instead, the team directed all that energy towards forcing a fumble on the next play, arguably the biggest moment of the entire game.Whether Stanford’s problems were aberrations or indicative of endemic weakness in the program is yet to be seen. We’ll find out when the Cardinal plays Oregon and possibly in the conference title game.But that conference title game is looking like a distinct possibility for USC. UCLA had another very underwhelming non-conference performance, and the Trojans are now the top-ranked team in the South division, though that race is far from over.With how exciting this new rivalry has become, and with the Pac-12 championship game scheduled to be played in the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium, I would love nothing more than a rematch for Weekender round two. Luke Holthouse is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism and policy, planning and development. His column, “Holthouse Party” runs Wednesdays.
SAN JOSE — Erik Karlsson had the puck on his stick to the left of the Calgary Flames’ net as the Sharks were on their fourth power play of Thursday’s preseason game at SAP Center.Karlsson then fired a pass through the slot right on the tape of Joe Thornton’s stick. Thornton put a shot on goal from near the top of the circle that was saved by Flames goalie Mike Smith, and the rebound came right to Karlsson.After his shot went off the side of the net, Karlsson looked up in disbelief, and the …
This post is sponsored by LG. As a promotional post, it reflects the views of the writer, not ReadWrite’s editors. Enter the LG HECTO, a 100-inch Laser TV with Smart TV enhancements. This front-projection television uses laser-diode lighting to produce full HD 1080p resolution that’s advanced over other flat-screen televisions with LED or incandescent light sources.And no more yelling out “down in front!” when the big game or movie is on. The LG HECTO’s console is optimally located six inches from the base of the screen. That’s an extremely short distance, unlike projection televisions of the past that spread the image from clear across the room. The console’s innovative 13-element lens and concave mirror system also allows for a brilliant image that no one can walk through.The laser diode also increases the light’s lifespan to nearly 25,000 hours, more than a fivefold improvement over other available short-throw projectors. A better projector means not having to constantly replace the projector’s bulb.Another downside of LCD, LED and even plasma screens is the power they consume. A simple projector’s energy output is a fraction of even the best large-panel display. This makes the LG HECTO a viable alternative to a traditional rear-projection television, giving flat-panel HDTVs a run for their money. To help with picture quality, the LG HECTO comes with a custom 0.8-inch screen designed to deflect ambient light. The screen also includes a black layer to help with all-important black level performance, making it good for even a room with moderate ambient light.To complete the package, the projector houses an ATSC tuner that allows reception of digital television, a 20-watt stereo speaker system, and a variety of connectivity options, including three HDMI ports, two USB hubs, an optical audio output, and an RS-232 interface for connecting to other peripherals.An Interactive ExperienceIn addition to the projector and screen, the LG HECTO includes LG’s Magic Remote, which is a bit of a technology innovation of itself. Of course you can point and click your choices as any remote can do. But the Magic Remote also allows for motion gestures that connects you with on-screen content, information and your favorite social networking sites. With a quick click and a scroll of the navigation wheel, you can also bring up a full QWERTY keyboard. And what’s to watch? Like other LG TVs, the Laser TV includes LG’s Smart TV offering for streaming content from sources such as Netflix, Vudu, YouTube and others. It also has proprietary LG apps, including a Web browser and Smart Share, the company’s system for sharing multimedia content from devices to the big screen.So cancel those dinner plans and get comfortable in front of a 100-inch laser projector experience. You’ll be the envy of all the other home theater systems in town. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App This post is sponsored by LG. As a promotional post, it reflects the views of the writer, not ReadWrite’s editors.More and more people seem to be spending time in their man-caves enjoying the fruits of video on-demand and high-definition content. So what better way to catch all the action and relax indoors than with a big-screen television experience that goes wall to wall? While the sweet spot for screen size a few years ago hovered around the 42-inch range, times have changed and bigger is now better. Large display TV technology has improved enough that home-theater audiences have been rewarded with larger viewing areas, better quality pictures, and additional features such as interactive content.Projecting What’s Next Related Posts ReadWrite Sponsors 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#front-projection TV#laser diode#LG#lg electronics#LG Smart TV#smart TV#sponsored posts#television 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
The Carolina Panthers on Thursday released Steve Smith, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver, and he was snapped up Friday by the Baltimore Ravens — so it’s a good time to take stock of his career. The numbers say Smith is one of the best, and most underrated, wideouts of all time.As my former colleague Chase Stuart has repeatedly noted, Smith’s raw numbers have always understated his worth because of an unfortunate combination of injuries, a mediocre supporting cast at quarterback and receiver, and the team’s run-heavy strategy. But when Smith was healthy, he was as valuable as any pass-catcher.After the 2012 season — and before the 2013 season, when it became clear Smith had exited his prime years — Stuart found that Smith rated as the sixth-best receiver ever in two important yet under-the-radar stats: individual percentage of team receiving yards and receiving yards per team passing attempt. Neither metric is the final word on a receiver, but both reflect aspects that are central to the position.A player’s share of his team’s receiving yards is important because it represents a receiver’s market share of available statistics. As Pro-Football-Reference.com founder Doug Drinen once pointed out, receivers are the only players in football who directly compete with their own teammates for touches. (Other positions have their skirmishes, but they rarely battle while on the field at the same time.) So it really means something when a team funnels so many of its passes to one guy.Yards per passing attempt is also crucial. It accounts for how much a team throws the ball. Stuart and I conducted research last summer suggesting that when a team increases its passing attempts by 2 percent, its receivers will see about a 1 percent boost in production — a factor that can really add up at the extremes. Smith’s numbers were stunted relative to his peers because he played in rush-focused offenses that passed about 8 percent less than the NFL average over the course of his career.After we account for these handicaps, Smith looks like an all-time great. His 2005 campaign ranks extremely high in the aforementioned metrics, and his performance in 2008 stands out as one of the most commanding ever by a receiver. That year, Smith led the NFL in receiving yards per game despite the Panthers attempting the fewest passes in the league — the only time that’s happened since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.Smith’s numbers have dropped off in recent years (no surprise; he’ll turn 35 in May), so it’s not clear how much production he’ll bring to Baltimore in 2014. But when he was at his peak, few receivers ever dominated their team’s passing game more.
Percentage of plays for zero or negative yards25.6%26.6 Notre Dame6940 The Sooners have gotten better under MurrayOklahoma’s offensive production in 2018, with Kyler Murray at quarterback, vs. 2017, with Baker Mayfield at quarterback Oklahoma12854 TeamOffensive SnapsDefensive Snaps 20075.05373.8224.522.626.4 20106.96444.1222.214.171.124 20166.47455.3210.321.031.9 20095.96403.0187.920.630.1 Percentage of first downs or TDs per play41.0%37.6 One year ago, the Oklahoma Sooners fielded the worst defense to ever qualify for the College Football Playoff. Under first-year head coach Lincoln Riley, and behind Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma took a 17-point lead on Georgia, the eventual national runner-up, before losing in the Rose Bowl semifinal. Twelve months later, Riley has another Heisman-winning quarterback in Kyler Murray and has piloted another one-dimensional Sooners team to a playoff berth.The reward — a date with Alabama, college football’s lead power broker — seems more like a punishment. The Tide, long a defensive force under coach Nick Saban, now boast what’s likely the best offense in program history. Las Vegas oddsmakers cared not for Oklahoma’s three-game winning streak against the Tide and opened with Alabama as two-touchdown favorites. According to FiveThirtyEight’s college football prediction model, Alabama has a 41 percent probability of winning the national title. Oklahoma faces much taller odds, with an 11 percent probability of winning it all.Here’s what to look for the when the two programs meet in the Orange Bowl semifinal Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern.Will Tua Tagovailoa or Kyler Murray win the QB showdown?Seldom do a Heisman winner and his runner-up meet after the winner is crowned. Even given that rarity, this may be the best postseason clash of college quarterbacks we’ve ever seen. Both are coming off of historic regular seasons, with each in line to trump the record for Total Quarterback Rating, which ESPN has tracked since 2004 and is measured on a scale of 0 to 100. Bama rarely plays from behindTotal first-half snaps when trailing for this year’s playoff participants This is Saban’s most dominant Alabama offenseAlabama’s offense by season under head coach Nick Saban 20085.52355.8171.118.825.6 SeasonYardsYardsPassingYards1st DownsOffensive Points Per playPer Game Clemson6324 Metric20182017 20137.15454.1248.523.234.2 As if spring-loaded, Murray’s legs have minced opposing defenses. On a 75-yard touchdown run against Kansas, a broadcaster declared, “You’re not going to catch him,” before Murray had passed the 40-yard line. The junior is the country’s pre-eminent dual-threat wizard, whose 892 rushing yards place him seventh among all Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks this year.At the same time, Tagovailoa has been the figurehead of the Tide’s offensive ascension since replacing Jalen Hurts in last season’s national championship game. Saban has been in Tuscaloosa since 2007, and this year’s offense has been his best in terms of, well, everything. 20126.95445.5218.021.637.2 20116.46429.6215.221.632.1 But it’s not just the quarterbacks. In terms of offensive efficiency, this is the best matchup since the playoff began in 2014. Oddsmakers have taken notice, setting a points over/under total that’s unprecedented in the playoff era.It seemed logical that the departure of Mayfield, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL draft, would abate Oklahoma’s offensive horsepower. That 2017 team had the most efficient offense ever tracked, according to the ESPN Stats & Information Group.1It has measured efficiency since 2005. But in Murray’s first full season as a starting college quarterback, the Sooners’ offense has actually improved. “Kyler Murray has accomplished more in one season and had more impact on the Sooners’ tradition in one season than any other player in our history,” former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer told The Athletic. “He’s broke all the damn records.” Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Yards per play8.88.3 20187.92527.6325.524.643.9 20176.59444.1193.422.236.1 Both Murray and Tagovailoa are having little difficulty stretching the field. If they keep up this pace during the playoffs, each would rank in the top three among all QBs since 2004 in single-season passing yards per attempt, with Murray’s current 11.92 mark in line to set the all-time record.They won’t, however, be competing against equally proficient defensive units. Murray will be staring down a top-flight fortress that spent the past few months razing offensive lines and leveling quarterbacks. The Crimson Tide rank second in defensive efficiency, behind Clemson, and they lead the country in adjusted defensive quarterback rating, which accounts for the strength of the opposing quarterback. The Tide ranks among the 15 best teams in opponent completion percentage (51.8 percent) and yards allowed per pass attempt (5.86).Tagovailoa will have the luxury of playing against a defense that might seem as though it’s providing Alabama an escort to the end zone. Oklahoma ranks 92nd in defensive efficiency, unseating last year’s squad as the new worst defense to make it to the playoff; the Sooners have allowed 56 touchdowns this year, 13 more than Alabama has allowed since the beginning of the 2017 season. Uninspired performances led to the midseason firing of defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. But the unit’s play hasn’t improved. After giving up 39 first downs to Oklahoma State, the most allowed by any FBS team this season, interim defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill found room to praise his team for making “critical stops.”Pass defense, in particular, has been ghastly for the Sooners. No FBS team allows more passing yards per game (291.4), and only five allow more completions (22.3). The Sooners love to give up the long play, having allowed 56 passing plays of 20-plus yards, the fourth-most by any team.It’s unlikely that the turnover margin will favor the Sooners — even though Tagovailoa threw as many interceptions in his last outing as he did the rest of the season total. Oklahoma has generated 11 takeaways all season, the fewest of any qualifying team in the playoff era. Alabama has forced 11 since the beginning of October — and 21 in total.On the opening drive of the SEC championship game, Tagovailoa suffered a high ankle injury, which required surgery the following day. The sophomore has said that he’ll be unencumbered come game time, and given how little he rushes — generating just the 89th-most rushing yards among QBs — he won’t need much mobility. Even a pocket-locked Tagovailoa can still shred an opposing defense.Can Oklahoma survive Alabama’s first-half avalanche to win the second half?Players come and go, and each season carries idiosyncrasies, but the narrative arcs of the Sooners’ two previous playoff appearances were seemingly penned by the same author. In both, a lead evaporated and a dominant first half gave way to a second-half dud.In those appearances — in the 2015-16 Orange Bowl and the 2017-18 Rose Bowl — the Sooners outscored opponents 48 to 33 in the first half and were pummeled 49 to 14 in the second.2Excluding the overtime periods against Georgia in last season’s Rose Bowl. Those losses, Riley said,3Riley was Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator during the 2015-16 season. could be traced to physical opponents and conservative play-calling.Rewriting the script, then, will be paramount this time around for Oklahoma.Offensively, the Sooners seem to have the first half covered. No team puts up more first-half yardage than Oklahoma, which averages 313.4 yards a game. The team racks up 9.5 yards per first-half play — nearly a first down on each play. Riley’s offense is outscoring opponents by an average of 11.3 points in first halves this season, the eighth-best mark in the country.Of course, what separates Alabama from Oklahoma is its defense. The Tide allow 7.9 points per game in first halves, 12th-fewest in the nation and 7.9 fewer points than the Sooners. Alabama doesn’t just shut the door on its opponents in the opening 30 minutes — it packs their bags, shuttles them to the airport and ushers them through TSA. Remember when the Tide turned Tiger Stadium into a morgue by the third quarter of November’s top-five showdown with LSU? Or when the Tide took a trip to Oxford, watched Ole Miss score on its opening play and then blitzed the Rebels with 62 unanswered points, including 49 in the first half?4Alabama was playing a third-string quarterback in the third quarter of that one.LSU and Ole Miss aren’t alone. Saban’s squad is outscoring opponents 388 to 103 in first halves this season. On average, the Crimson Tide enter the locker room at halftime with a 21.9-point lead, the second-biggest margin by any team since at least 2004, the first year for which data is available.5The best mark over that stretch belongs to the 2010 Boise State Broncos, with an average 24.2-point halftime lead. Ninety-three teams have scored fewer total touchdowns than Alabama has scored in first halves. Only four teams in the past 15 seasons have scored more first-half touchdowns than the Tide’s 53.These lopsided first halves mean that the Tide hardly ever fall behind on the scoreboard. The average college football team this season played 178.6 first-half offensive snaps when trailing. Alabama played 18 — 32 fewer than the next-closest team. Offensive points per game47.043.6 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Alabama1812 Percentage of first downs or TDs per pass attempt51.1%49.4 20146.66484.5277.924.336.3 20155.89427.1227.121.930.1 National average177129 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Coming into the SEC title game, teams had run a combined 388 first-half plays against the Tide defense. They didn’t have the lead on any of them. Georgia finally broke through in the SEC championship; the Bulldogs ran 43 first-half offensive plays against the Tide and led for 12 of them.The nightmare doesn’t end for Alabama opponents in second halves: Then they’re outscored by a touchdown and a half, on average. In second halves, teams score 0.92 touchdowns per game against the Tide, tied for the sixth-fewest.Conversely, Oklahoma’s dominance tapers off considerably in the final two quarters, when it outscores opponents by only 5.2 points, which ranks 24th nationally.Little if any of that decline is attributable to the offense, which roars from start to finish. But defensively, the bottom seems to fall out for the Sooners after halftime, as they allow an average of 2.23 touchdowns per game in second halves, the most by any team in the Big 12 and tied for the 20th-most nationally. Riley’s defense has allowed 29 second-half touchdowns, the most by an Oklahoma defense since at least 2004.However, should Oklahoma keep the game close down the stretch, it has a peerless crunch-time quarterback in Murray. The Sooners have played seven games decided by 14 or fewer points, while Alabama has played only one. In the fourth quarter, when the scoring margin is within 14 points, Murray has a nation-leading quarterback rating of 99 — that’s on a 1-to-100 scale, mind you.There’s an argument to be made that Oklahoma is better equipped — certainly more experienced — to handle high-leverage situations.6Before the SEC title game, Tagovailoa had played three snaps the entire season in which his team was trailing. But Alabama has been so dominant that it simply hasn’t mattered.
OSU coach Urban Meyer removes his headset on the sideline during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer was less than pleased when he took to the podium at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center following the completion of yet another spring practice.The eighth practice — the midpoint of the spring season for OSU — was one Meyer categorized as “Bad Day Tuesday.”“It was a bad day. And what is today — Tuesday? Bad Day Tuesday,” Meyer said. “Gotta make sure there’s not Bad Day Thursday.”On top of the poor practice effort, the injury bug bit the Buckeyes again, as senior tight end Jeff Heuerman underwent surgery Monday to repair what Meyer called a “sprain” in his foot.Meyer, who expects Heuerman back in June, said he is not too worried about the senior’s injury.“Jeff’s going to be fine. I think it’s probably right with the normal number of injuries,” Meyer said, referring to the team as a whole despite the injuries.With Heuerman out, Meyer said he is still confident in the remaining tight ends left on the roster, despite a less than stellar practice.“(Redshirt-junior) Nick Vannett’s done very well and one of our most improved players,” Meyer said. “And (redshirt-freshman) Marcus Baugh actually has had some good days, today not being one of them.”The loss of Heuerman for the remainder of the spring is just another hit to a Buckeye team that has already lost senior quarterback Braxton Miller, sophomore safety Vonn Bell and sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall to injury.The loss of Marshall however, is the one that hurts the most, Meyer said.“Jalin’s the one. Because he was really making a move and he got hurt,” Meyer said. “He was making a move…”With Miller out, redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones had been receiving the bulk of the first team reps in spring practice and had been progressing well until Tuesday, Meyer said.“Cardale was bad today. And when I say bad, real bad,” Meyer said. “But to the point coming up till today, he was one of our most improved players on our team. It’s spring ball. You’re going to have a bad day. We gotta get that out before next fall, but he’s clearly the No. 2.”One positive of practice Tuesday was what Meyer had to say about junior linebacker Joshua Perry, who is looking to fill the shoes of departed First Team All-Big Ten and All American performer Ryan Shazier.“Josh Perry’s turned into an Ohio State linebacker … about. He’s not there yet,” Meyer said.An area of concern for Buckeye coaches and fans has been the lack of experience on the offensive line, as OSU lost four of five starters up front to graduation following the 2013-14 season. Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker, the lone remaining starter, will be looked to as a leader on the team next season Meyer said, but he also took a step back on Tuesday.“Taylor was part of the bad day syndrome. But up to that point, very impressed with what he’s done,” Meyer said. “Leadership, toughness and doing all the things that previous group did, but today was not a good day.”With less than two weeks left of spring practice — which concludes with the Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium — Meyer said his team cannot afford another poor practice.The Buckeyes are scheduled to start the 2014 campaign when they take on Navy Aug. 30 at noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Did you check porn sites during the World Cup matches? You probably contributed to this data that revealed how traffic soared and dropped in adult video sites when the 2018 World Cup was on.New data shows that traffic to porn hub sites dropped during the 2018 World Cup matches in Russia.Apparently, it dropped even more when fans tuned in to watch the final match that gave France their second World Cup victory. France and Croatia were more pronounced as it dropped to 68 per cent.Traffic in Croatia dipped by 46 per cent while France’s 24 per cent. Throughout the match duration, Croatia’s traffic remained low, declining as much as 68 per cent in the first hour, however, it recovered in the second hour of the match, Daily Mail reports.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…In France, traffic continued to decrease throughout the entire match, suggesting that fans in France remained focused in securing victory while upon the conclusion blowing of the final whistle, traffic recovered quickly in Croatia, soaring at about seven per cent above average traffic but remained low even hours later after the match in France.Around the globe, traffic also reduced by approximately 12 per cent during the matches before it recovered and at about four per cent above average shortly after its conclusion.
Johna Beech, President of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce: “When you are cruising out and about on Saturday and you see a kid with a lemonade stand, stop by and buy one or two cups.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For the past seven years, local Chambers of Commerce have been helping young residents learn the basics of entrepreneurship through Lemonade Day. This year’s event is scheduled June 9. Local children have participated in the Chambers’ building and finance workshops, learning how to create a product and a store and how to use the proceeds. Andrew Heuiser, Events & Programs Coordinator for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “Lemonade Day is an education program for youth in the community and they learn how to start up their own business , run it, and make profits, and do what they want to with those.” Lemonade Day is a free, experimental learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some. Lemonade stands will be popping up on Saturday in front of many established local businesses in the Soldotna-Kenai area.