A Brain Wouldn’t Survive Star Travel

first_imgDon’t take a star trek unless you want to arrive demented.According to Science Daily, prolonged exposure to cosmic radiation accelerates the development of dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease.  The headline says it: “Space Travel May Be Harmful to the Brain, Study Suggests; Prolonged Cosmic Radiation Exposure Could Hasten Alzheimer’s.”  The press release at the University of Rochester put it this way: “Houston, We Have Another Problem.”A study published in PLoS ONE (open access) found that mice at Brookhaven National Lab exposed to radiation levels similar to those in space had accelerated levels of dementia.  This damage adds to the well-known cancer risks and potential for muscle atrophy for long trips in weightlessness. The new study shows that galactic cosmic rays not only have cardiovascular and musculoskeletal impacts – they slowly destroy the brain.Why is galactic cosmic radiation so damaging?  Can’t NASA guard against it?  The press release explains,While space is full of radiation, the earth’s magnetic field generally protects the planet and people in low earth orbit from these particles. However, once astronauts leave orbit, they are exposed to constant shower of various radioactive particles. With appropriate warning, astronauts can be shielded from dangerous radiation associated with solar flares. But there are also other forms of cosmic radiation that, for all intents and purposes, cannot be effectively blocked.That’s because cosmic rays are so energetic; shielding cannot stop them, or else it creates a shower of lower-energy particles that are also damaging. Heavy iron particles sent out from galaxies would be impossible to deflect: “One would have to essentially wrap a spacecraft in a six-foot block of lead or concrete,” co-author M. Kerry O’Banion said.  Try launching that out of Earth gravity.There aren’t as many cosmic particles as those in the solar wind, but the damage they cause accumulates. “Because this radiation exists in low levels, the longer an astronaut is in deep space, the greater the exposure.”  At this rate, forget star travel; the effects may be too harsh for astronauts on NASA’s drawing-board proposals for a 3-year mission to Mars.Update 1/07/13:  Science NOW reported on results from the Mars500 mission simulation, during which six practice crewmen lived in the confinement of a space capsule for 520 days – the length of time for a Mars round trip.  In short, they became couch potatoes: lethargic, bored, and unenthusiastic.  This is another reality that mission planners will have to take into account.This updates an entry from 9/23/2006, showing that the problem has not gone away with six more years of research.  The take-home lesson should be gratitude for the safety bubble we inhabit in the cosmic shooting gallery, allowing us to live, love, and enjoy the beauty of creation.  Safe within our bubble, Hollywood screenwriters can envision epic space voyages (acted out by actors in Earth-bound studios), and astronomers can search out the most distant galaxies and strive to understand the entire universe from a protected platform – our Privileged Planet. (Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Late season scouting tips

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Matt Hutcheson, Product Manager with Seed Consultants, goes over some scouting tips that will be beneficial for the upcoming harvest and next year’s crop. He also talks about some emergence testing being done and the results so far.last_img

Building a Foam-Free House

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img UPDATED on May 22, 2015Many green builders want to build a foam-free house — that is, a house without any rigid foam insulation or spray foam insulation. The reasons behind this desire vary: some builders dislike foam because it is manufactured from petroleum; some because of off-gassing worries; some because of foam’s relatively high embodied energy; some because of the negative environmental effects of the blowing agents used to make foam; and some because they prefer to use natural building materials like straw bales.I believe that the use of some types of foam insulation is often defensible, and that there are valid counterarguments to many anti-foam positions. However, I’m not going to debate these issues in this article. Instead, I’m going to provide recommendations for those who want to build a foam-free house.To build a foam-free house, designers and builders can choose from a variety of foam-free approaches to accomplish the following tasks:Some of these tasks — for example, insulating an attic floor — are easy. Others — for example, insulating a slab on grade — are more challenging.As long as the rafters are deep enough, vented cathedral ceilings can be insulated with a wide variety of fluffy insulation materials, including cellulose, denim batts, mineral wool, or fiberglass.For more information on ways to detail vented cathedral ceilings, see How to Build an Insulated Cathedral Ceiling.Creating a foam-free unvented cathedral ceiling is challenging. The only approach that I can think of is to install a thick layer of semi-rigid mineral wool insulation above the roof sheathing, followed by another layer of roof sheathing. The mineral wool insulation would need to be thick enough to keep the lower layer of roof sheathing above the dew point during the winter.While it’s fairly common to install semi-rigid mineral wool insulation… last_img read more

8 Ways To Leverage The “I Like To Watch” Ubertrend

first_imgmichael tchong What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Were you surprised that the Boston Marathon bombers were caught on video? You shouldn’t have been. How about a meteor falling in Russia? Or a pizza delivery guy urinating on a customer’s door after receiving too small a tip? Then there’s that plane crashing on a Russian highway.All these phenomena are part of an ubertrend I call Voyeurgasm – and it’s changing our lives and maybe even your future.CBS dedicates part of its website, called Caught on Tape, to videos like these. It’s a nod to the global popularity of YouTube, which announced this March that it reached 1 billion monthly users who watch some 6 billion hours of video each month.The History Of VoyeurgasmVoyeurgasm, the “I like to watch” ubertrend, made its debut with the Rodney King beating in 1991, arguably one of the first surreptitiously videotaped events to make headlines. What came next was a host of candid moments caught by camcorders, surveillance cameras or mobile phones – a wave that virtually guarantees that one day just about everything will be digitally captured. How to Get Started in China and Have Success China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … This ubertrend spurred a host of subtends, including reality shows, like MTV’s The Real World, which debuted in 1992; Celebrity Worship Syndrome, coined in 2003 and propelled by “pixel paparazzis;” HDTV in 1998; helicopter police chases, including the infamous 1994 O.J. Simpson car chase; YouTube in 2005; and now Google Glass.(See also Google Glass: What Do You Want To Know About Google’s Internet Eyewear.)The current concerns about Google Glass and the privacy issues its surreptitious use entails are just a preview of things to come. Here’s how Voyeurgasm will reshape your future, including business ideas and career opportunities:1-3. Streaming MediaWith YouTube now receiving some 72 hours of video every minute, it’s evident that growth of mobile videos opens many opportunities for entrepreneurs to create dedicated sites to harness the millions of hours of videos that will be uploaded each minute by 2020. Here are a few ideas that merit your attention:1. Makeup Videos: A quick Google search suggests that this segment is wide open with Makeup Geek being the top player. Not only could beauty sites encourage the improved application of makeup, but they would also propel new makeup trends, like High Definition Makeup.2. Nature/Underwater Videos: Nature and underwater video searches lead to YouTube channels – but YouTube is a general-interest destination and is not likely to be the first choice of dedicated birdwatchers or snorkelers. This presents an opportunity to sell outdoors or underwater gear to intrepid visitors.3. Shopping Videos: We like to buy stuff, so we watch a lot of “unboxing” videos on YouTube. That means there is plenty of opportunity to create innovative shopping videos that provide visitors with quick, yet informative insights about buying particular products. Once again a search for “shopping videos” leads to positively benign results.4. Video RecruitmentIn the next four years, about 20 million college graduates will be looking for full-time employment. Since few possess relevant experience, a quick 90-second video might give a prospective employer a better insight into their talents. Monster accepts videos for recruiters, but few recruitment sites let you add video profiles. One new player, GetHired.com does play up this feature.5. Looking At CookingAs the Cox News Service reported back in Jan. 2007, “It’s one of the ironies of modern life that cooking shows and books are so hugely popular when much of the time we eat on the move or settle down in front of the TV with a microwaved frozen dinner. The preparing, cooking, tasting and eating of food have become voyeuristic pleasures separated from physical reality.” The trend is dubbed “gastroporn.” While this segment may be well-covered by television networks, what about facility and supply management? Think kitchen demonstration studios or food prep staffers who specialize in optimizing food for video consumption.6. YouTube Studio RentalsSo now you’re ready to shoot your gastroporn or job-seeking vid – but how do you make it great? Some folks have beautiful decks or nice living rooms but few have access to camera-friendly backdrops, let alone the lighting setups needed to shoot professional-looking videos. It’s odd that entrepreneurs haven’t thought of opening up a national chain of “YouTube Studios” – facilities you could rent by the hour to shoot your talkshow or other viral inspiration.7. Video AccessoriesYou have decided to become a pixel paparazzi- on a budget. So can you handhold your iPhone or Android handset to shoot your videos? Sure, but some kind of steady grip would be better. With the notable exception of UK-based Modahaus, which offers the iPhone Steady Stand ($20), few companies have staked out this product category. One Kickstarter project, the Paparazzo Light, failed – perhaps due to a lack of audience reach or functionality.8. Surveillance GearA market research report from ReportsNReports estimates that the market for smart surveillance gear and video analytics will explode from $14 billion in 2012 to $39 billion by 2020. A poll conducted after the Boston bombing found broad public support for surveillance gear, with 78% of Americans saying they thought surveillance cameras were a good idea. Frankly, I’m amazed that those Russian dashboard cams are not more popular here in America.Are you ready to leverage the increased transparency offered by Voyeurgasm? You know what they say, “There are people who make things happen, there are those who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened.” This ubertrend offers the opportunity to do the first two at the same time so you don’t have to do the last one. See also:10 Compelling Ways People Plan To Use Google Glass5 Socially Unacceptable Things You’re Going To Do WIth Google GlassGoogle Glass: Our Lives Are Not Reality TVGoogle Glass: Is There Any Way To Jam It? Tags:#Google Glass#online video#social video#video#YouTube How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts last_img read more

PH Volcanoes off to hot start in SEA Games

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first_imgLATEST STORIES KUALA LUMPUR — As expected the Philippine men’s rugby 7s team opened up with an explosive start after scoring two easy wins in the Southeast Asian Games Saturday at Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Stadium, Kelana Jaya here.Champions in the sport’s maiden staging in 2015 Singapore edition, the Volcanoes drubbed Indonesia, 47-5, before demolishing Cambodia, 47-7.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village They are to face Malaysia late Saturday before taking on Singapore and Thailand on Sunday in a bid to once again sweep the competition all the way to the gold medal.Last year’s bronze medalist Lady Volcanoes weren’t as lucky as they bowed to Thailand, 32-0, in the opening match of the women’s division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief McIlroy confirms he’ll return for FedEx Cup opener UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss Read Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Compton looking for player who can match up with Fajardo, Slaughter

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “The biggest position in need is someone to match up with June Mar and Greg. It’s really a challenge, like you look at Ginebra in the Finals right now, look at their length,” he said.That’s why Compton is desperately wishing for a miracle that against all odds, the four teams ahead of Alaska will surprisingly shy away from tabbing Standhardinger in this draft which will let the Aces swoop the Fil-German forward in.“If he drops to five, I’m hoping. If people are gonna pass up on him and he drops to five, yes, we will be open to taking him,” the affable bench tactician said.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Danny Kingad: student by day, fighter by night QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Alaska coach Alex Compton. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlaska coach Alex Compton knows that with his team picking fifth in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, he has no choice but to wait for the proceedings to pan out.“This draft already has its top five players and I don’t think there’s a lot of surprises for us. I think there’s some good talent in the draft, so we’ll just have to wait,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena are the consensus 1-2 picks in the annual rookie selection, which leaves bluechip recruits Jeron Teng, Raymar Jose, and Jason Perkins for picks three to five, the last of those expectedly being the Aces’ man.Compton knows that he can’t go wrong with any of those five as he maintains the mentality of picking the best talent available at their spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, with Alaska desperate to get back to contending for titles, the American mentor said that getting a frontcourt player that can compete with the likes of June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter should be of high priority for teams who want to win a championship.“Most places where basketball is played, it’s the hardest to find a dominant big man. I heard there’s a pretty good one in the PBA who has won four straight MVPs,” said Compton, displaying his signature wit to the media once again. “Those guys don’t grow on trees. It would be nice if I could go to that tree and pick a June Mar, but that’s not what happens. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Augies Quest 10 Year Reunion Bash Raises More Than 18 Million for

first_imgWith support from loyal sponsors and dedicated fitness professionals, the Augie’s Quest 10 Year Reunion Bash exceeded its own expectations by raising more than $1.8 million for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) research on Friday, March 13.John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting performed at Augie’s Quest 10 Year Reunion Bash. Credit/Copyright: Steve CohnThe event is presented by IHRSA (International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association).The 10 Year Reunion Bash took place at the JW Marriott, Los Angeles, and featured headline entertainment from Grammy-nominated recording artist, Gavin DeGraw. The start of the evening also featured a special performance from Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting, and Natalie Morales from NBC’s Today Show served as Master of Ceremonies.“I am so grateful to my friends in the fitness industry for embracing this event every year and helping us fund this important research. Ten years ago, at the first BASH, I didn’t think I would see this day. Now I’m here watching my former peers stand by me for the 10th year in a row. It’s unbelievable,” said Augie Nieto, founder of Augie’s Quest.This year’s sponsors included: 24 Hour Fitness, The Bay Club Company, Technogym, Zumba, The Atlantic Club, Planet Fitness, Crunch Fitness, Newtown Athletic and Life Fitness, among others.The purpose of Augie’s Quest has always been to fund research and drug development aimed at ending ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since 2007, Augie’s Quest has raised over $44 million in support of finding effective ALS treatments- making it the largest individual fundraising program for ALS!last_img read more

The Bucks Need To Solve Their HalfCourt Offense And Quickly

In many ways, Thursday’s pivotal Game 5 between the Raptors and Bucks embodied the topsy-turvy nature of this Eastern Conference finals series as a whole. Milwaukee, the winner of the first two games, dominated the early portion of the contest, only for Toronto, which took Games 3 and 4, to come storming back.But down the stretch, three things broke what had been a stalemate in both the series and the game: the Raptors’ ability, once again, to grind Milwaukee’s fast-paced offense to a halt in the half-court; Leonard’s playmaking reaching new, impressive heights; and Toronto’s knack for repeatedly winning a handful of key 50-50 plays during the final five minutes. Those factors lifted Toronto to a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series as things head north for Game 6 on Saturday.Early on Thursday, it looked like the Bucks might run Toronto out of the gym, with Milwaukee taking an 18-4 advantage before closing the first quarter with a 10-point lead.But even in winning that quarter, the reality was that the Bucks still hadn’t solved their biggest issue. While Milwaukee generally scored at will when it managed to get out in transition — where Giannis could have his way, Eurostepping around people like a Lamborghini making aggressive lane changes — the club still wasn’t productive enough when forced to run its half-court offense.According to advanced stats site Inpredictable, Milwaukee’s offense is scoring a dismal 96 points per 100 possessions when forced to take the ball out after a basket in this series — way worse than the 114 points per 100 plays the Bucks get following a defensive board, and way way worse than the 132 points per 100 plays they score after forcing a Toronto turnover.The Bucks can score in the half-court much of the time, but it has been far more of an uphill climb when Toronto throws down its trump card by deploying neutralizer Kawhi Leonard on Giannis. The Bucks have been almost 29 points less efficient per 100 possessions this series1From 114.4 points per 100 possessions to 85.6 points per 100 possessions. when Antetokounmpo is guarded by Kawhi, according to data from Second Spectrum. (There were hints in the regular season that Leonard — a break-in-case-of-emergency defensive option because of all the offensive weight he shoulders for the Raptors — could limit the Greek Freak. According to the NBA’s matchup data, the likely MVP took just three shot attempts in the 31 regular-season possessions Leonard guarded him.)Milwaukee again got nothing out of Nikola Mirotic, who’s been ice cold this series at just 19 percent (6-for-31) from deep and is a -37 through five games. (The Bucks are +37 in the series with Mirotic on the bench.) It also didn’t help to get a bad shooting night from Khris Middleton, who finished with 10 rebounds and 10 assists but had just 6 points after scoring 30 in Game 4.By contrast, the Raptors got another great performance from reserve Fred VanVleet, perhaps feeling less burdened now after the birth of his child; VanVleet hit seven triples, all uncontested.If Toronto comes back from its 2-0 hole to win this series — something that’s only happened five times in 72 tries since the conference finals moved to a best-of-seven format — VanVleet will have played a huge role in the feat. In the last two games alone, he’s hit more threes than he did over his first 15 games of this postseason. And after shooting just 28.6 percent from deep in last year’s playoffs, and 20 percent from three over the first two rounds of this year’s playoff run, he’s hitting better than 52 percent of his attempts (12 of 23) in the Eastern Conference finals.Speaking of 3-pointers, Kawhi hit five Thursday night, including a couple late, where he punished the Bucks for switching (something they don’t often do) center Brook Lopez onto him at the top of the key.More noteworthy than Leonard’s triples, though, were the career-high nine assists he logged — every single one of which led to a Raptors’ 3-pointer. (Toronto finished with a franchise playoff record 18 threes on the night.) Those nine threes he assisted are tied for the most by a single player in a playoff game over the last 20 years, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.2With Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams and Blake Griffin.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/KAWHI-2.mp400:0000:0002:17Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.On some level, that assist total — along with VanVleet’s scoring — is perhaps the toughest box-score stat for Milwaukee to swallow, given that Leonard’s play-making for others was the one area that seemed safest to test. He also finished with 35 points of his own, making him just the sixth player in NBA postseason history to log seven 35-point games before the NBA Finals.Despite all this, though, the Bucks still had a chance at the end. But Toronto seemingly made every big play down the stretch. Over the last five minutes alone:The Raptors nabbed two offensive rebounds before capitalizing on the extra chances with a Marc Gasol triple, which put Toronto up by 7 points, 92-85, with 4:54 left.VanVleet hit a wide-open 3-pointer that Middleton couldn’t contest because of a great back-screen Gasol set on him during a kick-out pass from Kawhi. The shot broke a tie game with 2:21 left.Kawhi missed a three but then raced in to get his own board while Gasol was grappling with Antetokounmpo. The play resulted in Kawhi getting fouled and getting two free throws out of it.Confusion between Lopez and Malcolm Brogdon on who had VanVleet in the corner. Middleton, guarding Kawhi in a 1-on-1 scenario, pushed Leonard to his left, thinking he had sufficient help behind him at the rim. But because Lopez had moved toward the corner to cover VanVleet, the help wasn’t there, and Leonard got to the line again, where he made one of two.Kawhi missed an end-of-clock jumper, which glanced off the rim and somehow ended up in the hands of Gasol, who was subsequently fouled by Lopez with about 35 seconds left in the game. (It’s worth mentioning here that the Raptors were elite at coming up with loose balls all season.)Down by 3 points, the Bucks blew their last opportunity to tie things up when Brogdon dribbled the ball off his leg, and out of bounds, with just under 27 seconds left.The result, of course, was the 60-win Bucks — who hadn’t had a three-game losing streak all year, and entered Thursday 33-0 when leading going into the fourth quarter — snapping both those streaks at the worst possible time. Now they’ll head north, with their backs against the wall, while the Raptors seek to make history by clinching a spot in the NBA Finals on their home floor.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Ohio State legend John Havlicek enjoying life away from spotlight

If he walked around campus today, how many students would recognize him? If students walking down High Street were asked to name the most accomplished basketball player in Ohio State history, would they know how to pronounce his last name? The likely answer to both questions is no. The truth is, time passed John Havlicek long ago. He was underappreciated during his career, and his name has fallen through the cracks of history, eventually finding a home in the world of forgotten yesterdays. Perhaps it was meant to be this way. With a tireless work ethic that reflected the blue-collar town he’s from, Havlicek was an unassuming star who put on his hard hat and quietly went to work, day in and day out. In 1978, he retired from the NBA third in career scoring, second in career minutes and first in games played. “When John Havlicek retired, I thought he was the greatest all-around player I had ever seen,” said Bob Ryan, former Celtics beat reporter for The Boston Globe and co-author of “Hondo: Celtic Man in Motion.” “There’s nobody today, no style that reminds me of John Havlicek.” Thirty-two years later, Havlicek’s name rarely escapes the mouths of OSU students. His hometown, Lansing, Ohio, has a population of about 500 people. His entire life was contained within a six-block radius. Though this eventually would work to Havlicek’s advantage, it bothered him that as a kid, his parents wouldn’t buy him a bicycle. “As a young boy, I never had a bicycle,” Havlicek said. “It was because we lived on a busy street, but all of my friends had one. So, when they would go from place to place, they’d ride their bikes and I would run.” That busy street was U.S. Route 40, and the Havliceks’ front door was about 12 feet from the highway. His elementary school was a block away from his house, and the church was across the street from the school. So, he ran. Everywhere. “Where I grew up, you played football, basketball and baseball,” Havlicek said. “Those were the three major sports that everyone played regardless.” That trend continued into high school, when Havlicek earned all-state honors in all three sports at Bridgeport High School. He visited OSU four times during his senior year, and three of those recruiting trips were football-related. Then-coach Woody Hayes wanted Havlicek to play for his football team. “I was from a small school, and I knew I wanted to play basketball. That was my preference,” Havlicek said. “I was tempted to try football, but I think things turned out best for me by just sticking with basketball.” For four years, Hayes kept an open locker and a clean jersey ready for Havlicek in case he changed his mind. Hayes also promised not to hassle Havlicek about his decision to play basketball and baseball at OSU instead of football, but that didn’t stop Hayes from ribbing him on occasion. “He once introduced me as ‘the best quarterback in the Big Ten, only he’s not playing,’” Havlicek said. OSU wanted Havlicek, but he wasn’t sure whether he belonged in the Big Ten. Lee Caryer, an OSU basketball historian and author of the book “Golden Age of Ohio State Basketball,” said Havlicek lacked self-confidence. “He didn’t think he was good enough. He was so impressed with (Jerry) Lucas, and he felt like he wasn’t as good as Lucas,” Caryer said. “That’s the kind of person he is. He was the last person to think he was something special.” Lucas was Ohio’s prodigal son at the time. A superstar at Middletown High School, he had no idea who Havlicek was when they met during their senior years. “I had never heard of him, really. He was in a different part of the state,” Lucas said. “The first time I met him was at the North-South All-Star Game for Ohio high school basketball players. John and I were on the same team. “We won that game pretty handedly,” he added, laughing. Lucas and Buckeye recruit Mel Nowell convinced Havlicek to follow them and play for OSU. Havlicek accepted and helped to form a recruiting class that would rival any OSU class. In 1959, the Buckeye basketball program had a freshman team, but the team could only practice against the varsity and play against the junior varsity squad before varsity games. The team didn’t travel or play a game against any other college. However, largely because of Lucas’ star power, fans packed St. John Arena for the freshmen scrimmages and left before the varsity games began. “We regularly beat the varsity in practice, and there were actually more fans that came to the freshman games than they did to the varsity games, unfortunately,” Lucas said. “There was a tremendous amount of interest in our team throughout the state.” The OSU basketball program was loaded with offensive firepower. “I would argue to this day that Lucas was one of the top five college players of all time,” Ryan said. “And Havlicek was Robin to his Batman at OSU.” Lucas, Nowell, Larry Siegfried, Joe Roberts and Bobby Knight could score in a variety of ways. Havlicek determined it would be in his best interest to make an impact on the other end of the floor. “I figured if everyone gets their (high school) average, we’re going to score 150 points a game, which wasn’t going to happen,” Havlicek said. “The best way for me to get into the lineup was to excel on defense. That’s what I dedicated myself to, and that’s what I was known as when I was a collegiate player.” Havlicek’s scoring increased in each subsequent season he donned scarlet and gray, but his defensive efforts were becoming the stuff of urban legend. It wasn’t uncommon for players from other schools to brag to the media when they scored in the double digits on a night when Havlicek was guarding them. It didn’t happen often. “He was the first man down the court on offense, but he was always the last player to leave on defense,” Caryer said. “He just got there faster.” The Buckeyes only lost six games over the course of three seasons at the varsity level. They are also responsible for the only National Championship win in OSU basketball history, which they earned in 1960. The late Fred Taylor coached the team to a near-perfect first half of basketball against California. It made 15 of its first 16 shots en route to a lopsided 75-55 victory. When his collegiate basketball career came to an end, Havlicek was selected in the 1962 draft in both the NBA and the NFL. Despite Havlicek not having played football for more than four years, iconic Cleveland Browns coach Paul Brown drafted him in the seventh round. Havlicek wasn’t sure if he wanted to play professional football, but he reported to camp anyway. “He went to the Browns, which was one of the NFL powers at that time,” Caryer said. “They ran the 40-yard dash, and Jim Brown and Bobby Mitchell were the only guys in camp that were faster than Havlicek.” The Browns wanted him to play wide receiver. Havlicek had great hands, but he struggled with blocking. He was the last player cut. In his autobiography, Havlicek said the Browns contacted him for the next five years, gauging his interest in a return to the NFL. Havlicek had a back-up plan. He was drafted No. 7 overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1962 NBA draft. “I was going to try and play both. But the intuition of the good Lord had me in his good standing by cutting me and saying that, ‘I think you belong in basketball not football,’” Havlicek said. The Celtics had just won their fifth championship when Havlicek arrived at training camp. Their roster was a checklist of legends, including coach Red Auerbach and center Bill Russell. Despite a solid collegiate career in which Havlicek averaged 14.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for the Buckeyes, a familiar trend was occurring. Some doubted he could play professional basketball, and others still had no idea who he was. “When he was drafted first by the Boston Celtics, I had sports writers, even some from Columbus, saying, ‘Do you think he can make it?’” Lucas said. “And I said, ‘What have you been watching for the last three years? I mean, if he can’t make it, nobody can.’” Tommy Heinsohn, who was Havlicek’s teammate on the Celtics for four years before eventually taking over as coach, said the Celtics were completely unaware of what he could accomplish on the court. “We didn’t know anything about him, other than he was on a very good Ohio State team,” Heinsohn said. “And we very quickly found out that he was a terrific athlete.” Because of his unrelenting cardio, Havlicek would run his defender into the ground. He never stopped running. Thanks to an abnormally large set of lungs and a childhood devoted to running, nobody could keep up with him for an entire game. “When I coached him, I noticed that his endurance and style of play was something that nobody else had been able to do,” Heinsohn said. “His energy, endurance and athleticism helped us win a lot of games.” The role of the sixth man on an NBA team is a thankless one. These players are generally regarded as individuals who can light it up on offense, but lack the defensive chops to be a starter. Havlicek wore the sixth man tag like a badge of honor, never once letting it bother him that he wasn’t a starter. “I prided myself on my ability to come off of the bench and change the tempo of the game, both offensively and defensively,” Havlicek said. “I figured that nobody could name all of the players who started in the NBA at that time. But if I could become the best sixth man in the league, everyone would know who I was.” In a professional career spanning 16 seasons, Havlicek won eight NBA championships, the third-most in league history. His first and eighth championships were won with a completely different roster. “There is no argument that he wasn’t the greatest sixth man in NBA history,” Ryan said. “He was an absolutely amazing, astonishing player.” Havlicek played in the shadow of Russell in Boston, much like he had in the shadow of Lucas at OSU. But his numbers don’t lie. Havlicek is the Celtics’ all-time leading scorer and ranks 12th overall in points scored, with 26,395. He rarely got hurt, playing 46,471 total minutes, good for eighth of all time. He appeared in 13 All-Star games, and was a constant fixture on both the All-NBA teams and All-Defensive teams. “He got to the point where he loved to shoot,” Lucas said. “He told me later in his professional career that he never saw a shot he didn’t like.” While transforming into an offensive dynamo, Havlicek developed an affinity for crunch-time situations. When the Celtics needed a clutch play, they turned to Hondo. The most famous play in Celtics history, and most famous radio call in NBA history, took place during the 1965 NBA Finals. The Celtics had a one-point lead in the seventh and final game of the series. Their opponents, the Philadelphia 76ers, were inbounding the ball under their own basket with four seconds remaining. Philadelphia’s Hal Greer tried to pass the ball in to one of his teammates, but Havlicek deflected the ball, sealing the victory and an NBA championship. Johnny Most, calling the game on a Boston radio station, screamed, “Havlicek stole the ball! It’s all over!” Because of Most’s broadcast, the final play became the stuff of legends in Boston. Most’s entire victory call lasted just more than a minute, and was distributed as a record in Boston by Fleetwood Records. It’s still played today during sports broadcasts and countdown shows. “(Havlicek) was a tremendous leader and a go-to guy at the end of ball games,” Heinsohn said, “and it’s hard to find guys that are willing to accept that responsibility.” In his final professional contest, Havlicek scored 29 points. Before the game began, a sold-out crowd in the Boston Garden stood up and applauded Havlicek for a remarkable career. The ovation lasted eight and a half minutes. Brent Musburger, who was calling the broadcast with Keith Erickson, said, “It’s possible that we won’t be able to play this game the way (the fans are) going in the Boston Garden. But why not? How often does an institution retire?” The fans refused to take a seat, showering Havlicek with the respect and admiration he’d been so deserving of throughout his career. It had only taken 38 years to get it. Ryan said Havlicek “absolutely, positively could have kept playing.” “He was running all over the floor for layups,” Ryan said. “It was an incredible, symbolic, full-circle ending to his career.” Thirty-two years later, Havlicek shuttles between homes in Weston, Mass., Cape Cod, Mass., and Florida. Short of an occasional visit to a Celtics’ practice session, he has distanced himself from the game of basketball. He occupies his time by hunting, fishing and playing golf. That, above all else, likely is the reason why few at OSU ever speak of Havlicek. Still, those individuals fortunate enough to see him play never will forget about him. One of his most glowing reviews came from a longtime rival, both in college and at the professional level: Jerry West. “Superstar is a bad word,” West told Sports Illustrated. “In our league, people look at players, watch them dribble between their legs, watch them make spectacular plays, and they say, ‘There’s a superstar.’ Well, John Havlicek is a superstar, and most of the others are figments of writers’ imaginations.” read more

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