first_img Community News Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week The Pasadena Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies throughout California, stepping up DUI enforcement at the end of the traditional summer season through Labor Day, Sept. 2nd.During the enforcement period, there will be an increase in law enforcement presence on the roads, including additional officers and DUI checkpoints throughout the state, and those caught driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested.The Pasadena Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, August 30th, at an undisclosed location within the city limits, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. The California Office of Traffic Safety is reminding Californians to plan ahead during the crackdown and every day, by designating a sober driver.“The end of summer and Labor Day weekend is traditionally a time to have fun,” said Pasadena Police Chief Phillip L. Sanchez. “Don’t let it turn into a time of tragedy or jail visit by driving impaired by alcohol or drugs. We will be out looking for those making that unwise and dangerous choice.”During the Labor Day weekend in 2011, a total of 138 people across the county were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with a .08 BAC or higher. Of those fatalities, 83 percent occurred during early evening and overnight.Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Pasadena Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * News Feature Stories Police Conduct End of Summer DUI Crackdown Published on Saturday, August 31, 2013 | 2:29 am Business News More Cool Stuff Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

first_imgThree top television editors sat on an insightful panel at this year’s Sight, Sound and Story in NYC. Here’s a bit of what was discussed.TV editors Fabienne Bouville (American Horror Story, Masters of Sex), Sidney Wollinsky (Ray Donovan, The Sopranos), and Jesse Averna (Sesame Street, Monica’s Mixing Bowl) sat with Michael Berenbaum (The Americans, Sex and the City) in conversation as part of Sight, Sound and Story’s annual New York City event presented by Manhattan Edit Workshop on June 13th. Here’s some of what they talked about.Image from American Horror StoryThe State of the Television IndustryMichael: What’s luring viewers to TV today?Fabienne: The quality of shows has gotten a lot better, but because there’s this pressure on films to want to please everybody, in TV you can find a niche more easily. The format of TV is more conducive to really digging into characters, so that’s super appealing.Sidney: The change in subject matter is one of the factors. People’s tastes have changed, the tolerance for obscenity or sex has changed over the years. Movies have gotten, in general, less interesting. It feels like there are fewer movies about people and more about superheroes. And television is doing things with the former where you can really relate to it.Michael: Is binge watching a good or bad thing?Sidney: I don’t know if I’d sit there for twelve hours watching an entire season, but it’s nice to see two shows in a row. A season is essentially one long feature film, and it’s interesting to be able to start and stop it, like a book, rather than having to wait the next week for the next installment.Fabienne: Remember when you had to leave to catch a show? “Oh, it’s 8 o’clock, my show’s on, bye!”Sidney: The networks are now following. NBC has a show called Aquarius where they released all twelve episodes at the same time on demand. I thought that was amazing.Jesse: I was happy that House of Cards was released all at once. Some of the storylines and character names, if you weren’t binge watching, it became confusing if you stepped away from it. It was hard to get back into it. I feel like I already was binge watching. I think the networks caught up to us.Sidney: As far as the workflow for editors, if they’re putting all twelve episodes up at once, it means you’re not working against air dates. With something like a Netflix show, it gives you a lot more time in the cutting room, often with the director. They don’t kick the director out after four days, which is the Director’s Guild time allotment. They often give you longer to put your cut together before you show the director. The producer will also typically take longer to work on the show and ultimately get a better product.Michael: On those network shows where you’re racing on air dates, they catch up to you over the course of the season. So later in the season the air dates get closer and closer, and you’re rushing like crazy by the end.Sidney: The producers often don’t understand the value of time. I heard years ago an editor say, ‘the idea you get on day 16 you just can’t get on day 2.’ Your ideas evolve as you’re working on a show, and if you have enough time you can get those ideas but if you don’t, you work with the ideas you get in that short period of time.Michael then showed some of Jesse’s (pictured below) work on Sesame Street and asked him to comment.Jesse: One of the goals Sesame Street has is co-viewership. It’s educational, understandable and enjoyable for kids but then the parent who’s watching with them can also enjoy it. The pieces shot on the Sesame Street set use three to four camera multicam, in a kind of sitcom style. Those shoot live and then I’ll get the dailies and cut them back at Sesame Workshop. But more and more as pieces are intended to be a certain length or as they’re getting more complicated in shooting, they’re bringing me into the control room to live cut to discover issues, to see if things are working, but also to make sure they’re coming in to the time they were trying to achieve.The cut I edit live is the first pass, cut #1. It has timecode that matches back to all the HDCAM tapes. After that day the director can go back to look at things and start to do some of the massaging without being able to pick the angles. It gets pretty close.Image from Sesame StreetWhoever’s performing the Muppet also voices the Muppet. We really do treat it as it should, as an actor’s performance. We deal with the ‘lip flaps’ not syncing up from time to time, but those performers are so outstanding. What we’re seeing is the tip of the iceberg, what’s actually caught on camera. Below the screen is a huge choreography. Simple things that we’d take for granted like drinking a glass of water or playing catch are incredibly complicated. Some Muppets have more than one person on them to achieve that.I do almost all of the finishing except for the 3D backgrounds. I spend a good third of my year in After Effects. Sometimes there’s a character whose skin or fur is blue, so he has to be shot on a greenscreen, and the opposite is true for a green character. They can only use one screen at once, so in those scenarios they perform against previous takes with the other characters in order to create one performance.Next, several clips from Fabienne (pictured below) were shown.Fabienne: On Showtime, from show to show it’s very different. On Masters of Sex, there are full-on notes with conference calls, the producers haggle over the notes, then we present again for more notes. It’s always hard getting notes by committee. It’s amazing how every single person has these little obsessions. It’s always bizarre. On American Horror Story, we hardly get notes. I think it’s interesting how the approaches are so different on both shows. One of them is more controlled, the other is just “put everything in there.”The shows are also really different in regards to music. The producers don’t like too much sound on Masters of Sex. It’s all about the words and the acting. It’s really in the subtleties. The music’s not too loud. The writing really drives the show. The editing is meant to be seamless, and that’s really where the work is.Image from Masters of SexOn American Horror Story it’s much more about crafting the suspense. It’s about how it’s shot, how it sounds, how it’s cut. We really labor on it, but the music doesn’t change too much since we work with a composer. It’s all over the map in terms of editing, and each season is very different from the next. The only thing that’s consistent in that show is that it’s no holds barred, and you always have to do things differently. It’s boring to do it the same way every time. The audience would get bored. There is a palette of tricks per season, I would say, but each season has to be different. For the first few episodes we’re trying to figure that out, especially the sound.Sidney (pictured below) discussed working on the recent pilot for Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain: Sidney: Guillermo del Toro wrote the book this was based on, he wrote the script for the pilot and also produced it. Pretty much for the pilot he was the central person involved. In terms of working with him, he said he liked to look at cut footage every day, which kind of freaked me out. But I said, “fine, no problem,” not really knowing what it would be like.Michael: That’s how you get a job!Sidney: I actually called the editor who worked with Guillermo on Pacific Rim, and he said that it was fine and not to worry about it. At first I was concerned to get the footage as soon as possible before he came in, but after a couple of days I realized there was just no way I could really show him something that looked really good, because you work on scenes that sort of evolve before you show anybody. I would come in and a scene would be partially cut, maybe it would be halfway through, or maybe I wouldn’t put in any of the reaction shots, but he knows how to look at a rough cut. In the past I was always worried about showing people before it looked really good, but on this project this way of working actually made me more comfortable. He also really has a vision of what he wants, and when you’re working with someone like that, it’s fun.There are different kinds of pilots. For this project, del Toro was the point person. The pilot ran for an unconventional length of 70 minutes on television. If there were any notes from the network, I never saw them. They were between him and the network.If you were on a network pilot, it’s a whole different ball of wax, because the director gets his cut, the producers get a cut, and the network gets its cut. The common factor with pilots is that they’re either going to get picked up or not, so everybody’s on pins and needles trying to make this thing really, really work. On the other hand on The Strain, the network had already picked up the whole series, so there was a different atmosphere, but on network pilots there’s a lot more tension involved.Image from The StrainThe typical cable show shoots for about ten days, and the director is contractually given four days to do his cut. Then, depending on the airdate schedules, the producer will take as long as they need, and then you’ll send it to the network, and they’ll give you notes, and you’ll spend as much time as necessary on that. I think on network shows the schedule is a little bit shorter, they’re about seven or eight days, and if the show is already on the air the times are really collapsed. I have friends who are given a day before they show to the director. On those shows the directors will never get more than four days. The producers might take two days and the network will take a day, and that’s it, so it varies.One last bit of wisdom from Sidney should resonate with editors of all skill levels:Sidney: Ultimately, if the director asks, “Why did you do it that way?” you can’t answer “Well, I thought you wanted it that way.” You have to say, “Because it worked for me, or at least it did at the time.” You might be wrong, he might have another vision, but ultimately you have to make the scene work for yourself first.Want to learn more about the world of editing? Check out the following articles from PremiumBeat:Film Editing Lessons from Oscar-Winner William GoldenbergLearn the Secrets of Film Editing in Seven Minutes5 Film Trailer Editing TipsDid this industry panel enlighten you? Do you disagree with any of their thoughts on editing? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgOnyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war He’s stepped in after fighting on April 20, when he stopped Alexander Dimitrenko. Jarrell Miller’s failed drug tests sent the challenger to the sideline.Ruiz (33-1, 21 KO’s) seized the opportunity and made boxing history to win the WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO championships.Ruiz, the first heavyweight of Mexican descent to win a heavyweight title, raised his arms in celebration and jumped around the ring as his corner quickly mobbed him and a wild celebration kicked off.When ring announcer Michael Buffer announced the name of the judges “should this fight go the distance,” fans laughed at the ridiculous possibility as Ruiz was nearly a 30-1 underdog.Joshua and Ruiz were both knocked down in an electrifying third round that had the sellout crowd of 20,201 howling with each heavy hit. Joshua knocked down Ruiz early in the round and the promise of an early finish seemed horizon.ADVERTISEMENT Ruiz, his trunks a bit too low for his portly frame, came right back and used an overhand right that stunned the champ and sent him to the canvas. Joshua recovered only to get pummeled in the corner and loose his legs. Ruiz knocked him down again in the final ticks of the round as fans in a stunned Garden crowd screamed “Oh my God!” Again, Joshua beat the count but the bell saved the Brit from a going a second longer in his weakened state. Had it not been a championship fight, perhaps Griffin would have stopped the bout.Alas, for Joshua, it went on.Ruiz, whose father, a native of Mexico, got him into the gym when he was 6 and had his son in bouts a year later, stunned the boxing world. Johsua was the fan favorite and had all the hype for his first fight in the United States.NBA star Kyrie Irving and rapper Meek Mill were among the celebrities in the house expecting Joshua to roll to a win and set up more ambitious, lucrative bouts against the likes of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and a few other potential opponents.Wilder, owner of the WBC crown, decided to give Luis Ortiz a rematch. Ortiz battered Wilder for parts of their fight in early 2018 before running out of gas and getting knocked out.Wilder tried to steal the headlines this week when he announced his rematch with Fury was set for 2020. Wilder and Fury fought to a split draw in December in Los Angeles, with Wilder retaining his WBC heavyweight title after knocking down his British challenger twice.Joshua instead heads toward a likely rematch against Ruiz later this year. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ruiz flattened Anthony Joshua twice in the seventh round and capped one of boxing’s biggest upsets to win his share of the heavyweight championship Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.Ruiz won it at 1:27 by TKO in the seventh round to become the surprise champ in a bout that had shades of Buster Douglas’ upset over Mike Tyson in 1990. Ruiz barely was on anyone’s heavyweight radar when he was summoned as a replacement to fight champion Joshua in front of a packed Garden.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAll he did was dominate the British champion.The 270-pound Ruiz knocked down Joshua twice in the third round and did it two more times in the seventh before referee Mike Griffin ended the fight. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Andy Ruiz knocks down Anthony Joshua during the third round of a heavyweight title boxing match Saturday, June 1, 2019, in New York. Ruiz won in the seventh round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Andy Ruiz had six weeks to prepare for the fight of his life.He’ll have a lifetime to celebrate one of boxing’s biggest stunners in heavyweight history.ADVERTISEMENT What, them worry? Warriors confident despite NBA Finals hole LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgAfter the many messages exchanged on whatsapp, I decided to call PV Sindhu to first congratulate and subsequently have a chat on what next for her having just won her first Super Series title. Her father PV Ramana, Arjuna awardee volleyball international for India and now her constant companion, picked up the call. “Wait Sindhu is at the back”, he said as they were in the queue boarding for a flight for Hong Kong, the venue for the next tournament. Thereafter Sindhu came on the line. “Did you watch the match?”, she asked before I could fire the first question. She is a 21 year old superstar and has not lost her youthful exuberance amidst all her achievements. Thereafter we continued to speak for a while and it was apparent Sindhu is already focussed on the Hong Kong Super series less than 24 hours after winning the first super series title. She is clearly on a fastrack to success! Excerpts from the conversation:Boria- So what now for you? What a year it is turning out to be!Sindhu- Thanks. Absolutely. It has been a great, great year. Rio will forever be the highpoint but the only title among the major ones that was eluding me is a super series title. I came close in Denmark last year but just could not go on to complete the task. And after winning the semi-final in one of the best matches of my career, I knew this was a golden opportunity to win the title. Next is the Hong Kong super series this week and if I am able to do well there I might make the year-end top eight competition. So that’s the first goal. Thereafter as you know I want to be consistent with my game and want to win All England which no Indian woman has ever won! (Five takeaways from PV Sindhu’s China Open victory)advertisementBoria- This win is all the more commendable because Gopi wasn’t there with you. Siadutt and Madhumita were there at courtside but without Gopi you deserve all the more credit.Sindhu- I was constantly in touch with Gopi Sir before every match. But yes it always feels good to have him there. As I said i was really motivated to do well and even in France and Denmark i was playing good though I lost in the second round in both tournaments.Boria- So was there more pressure on you because you had lost in both Denmark and France?Sindhu- Not really because I was playing well. And I had put in a serious effort since coming from Rio and I was confident it was a matter of time before I went deep in a tournament. As you know even when we were travelling for the felicitations I would practise whenever I got time.Boria- Will you say Rio has given you the confidence to do well in big contests and more importantly big moments like in the semi-final when you were down three match points? (PV Sindhu wins China Open for her maiden Super Series title)Sindhu- Absolutely. Rio has given me the confidence. But I would say every match is important and teaches you new lessons. All points are important whether you are leading or you are down. And i played the semi final that way. Never did i think it was over and was taking each point at a time. Surely it will be one of the best matches that I was played in my career. She was returning everything and i had to be patient and not lose my composure.Boria- Before I let you board, what are the chances you will make the year-end Super Series for the top eight players?Sindhu- I should make it if I do well in Hong Kong. That’s why this is a big week. If i can play like the way I am at the moment there is a very real chance I can make it.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd ace Pogba breaks silence on Mourinho axe: I know you want answers…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba spoke of Jose Mourinho’s dismissal after being named man-of-the-match for victory at Cardiff City.Pogba spoke for the first time following the departure of Mourinho with the pair not enjoying a good relationship.He said: “I know you’re waiting for something about Jose, or about the result today.“Obviously, we’re really happy about the result. We played well. The performance of the team was great. And I know what you want to ask…“With Jose, we won trophies. We worked. I want to thank him for that.”Pogba, who claimed two assists in the rout, continued: “Not everything went well but things went well. We won trophies. He made me improve. As a person as well.“That’s it. That’s the past. I want to thank him for that. I’m sure all the players do.“Now we’re looking at the next game, for the points we need. We want to go back to the top of the league.“The performance was great. We are happy as well for the first game with the new manager to start like this. And the most important thing is to carry on like that.“We cannot play like this with five goals and in the next game lose. That’s it.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Munir agent hits out at Barcelona over broken promisesby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Munir El Haddadi says Barcelona have failed to keep promises.The striker’s deal expires in June.”Before the game against Celta Vigo, Munir got a surprise from his coach,” Valdivieso told beIN Sports.”Having told the board that he might not renew, the coach then explained to him that he has to accommodate other players, even some from the academy, in the rotation.”That week he also told him that he will not be included in a squad list until he decides to renew.”Munir sees that so many promises on the part of the sporting department, and even from the coach, have not materialised on the pitch.”He sees that he is a player they don’t take into account.”He is committed and knows that he has a contract with the club until June, one that he has to respect.”There is no agreement [with any team], but there are many teams interested in him.” last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Digha Sankarpur Development Authority (DSDA) has decided to ban horse-riding on Digha sea beach. Those who used to ply their horses on the beach have been asked to withdraw the animals from there.Horse-riding has been one of the most common joyrides for tourists, especially children, in Digha. The decision has been taken after the DSDA found that the area is being polluted by the animals. There have also been instances where people were injured after being hit by moving horses. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe battery-driven toy cars which are also used as joyrides for the children will also be banned, as many of the car owners are allegedly charging exorbitant fares and hoodwinking the tourists. The district administration and police on Saturday conducted a campaign along the beach in Digha, urging the horse owners to stop plying the animals on the beach. They have also been given a deadline for the same. The decision was taken after the local administrations received various complaints against the horses on the beach, which often remains crowded with tourists. There were complaints against the battery-driven car owners as well. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, Abir Dhadra (5) went missing from Jagannath Ghat in Digha on Saturday morning. The family of the missing boy has lodged a missing diary at Digha police station. The boy’s father said Abir was playing with his sisters in the sea beach. His parents had gone into the sea to take bath and when they came back, they found that Abir had gone missing. The victim’s family members had come to Digha from Jalangipara in Hooghly district a few days ago. A probe has been initiated in this regard. Police are investigating to ascertain if the victim had gone into the sea or if he has been abducted from the beach.last_img read more

The Drake University Bulldogs scored in overtime to get the upset bid over the Ohio State men’s soccer team Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The second round tournament game saw the Bulldogs score a goal in the seventh minute of overtime to defeat the Buckeyes 1-0 and move to the third round.The winning goal was scored by midfielder Luke Gorczyca. The ball was kicked into the box and bounced off several players before Gorczyca poked it over OSU goalie Matt Lampson. “It was a scramble,” coach John Bluem said. “We failed to clear the ball, and the ball was bouncing awkwardly. They’re a team who was attacking, and when the ball is in the air, it’s easier to get in [the goal] than out.”  There were several OSU defenders who had a chance to clear the ball. Somehow the ball snuck into the net and set off a celebration among Drake players.The first half saw few scoring chances for both teams. Drake held the ball several times inside the box, but the OSU defense kept the ball out of the goal. OSU goalie Matt Lampson had a key save that helped keep the score at zero.   The Buckeyes had their first great opportunity to score on a free kick just outside the 18-yard box, but the ball floated just wide of the goal.  OSU turned up the pressure in the second half and dominated the ball, consistently keeping it on the Drake side of the field.OSU had several shots on goal but failed to make anything of the opportunities. “It just wasn’t our day; it wasn’t meant to be,” Bluem said. “I thought we had the majority of play in the second half, and I thought we were going to get one. Our inability to produce a goal eventually bit us, and a team like that hangs in there long enough, they catch a break.”   Drake caught a break on the last play and capitalized on its chance. Drake finished with nine shots, and OSU had 10, but the Bulldogs had the one they needed most. The Buckeyes end their season with a record of 12-5-4, a Big Ten regular season championship and a Big Ten tournament championship. “We had a great season and we accomplished a lot,” Bluem said. “Today we fell short of a dream on a day where things just didn’t go our way.” read more

Veterans on the Ohio State men’s hockey team are excited to head to East Lansing, Mich., to face off with No. 10 Michigan State.Defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forward Zac Dalpe are both ready for a return trip to Munn Ice Arena.“It’s supposed to be a tough atmosphere, but I think we as a team like it. We like getting amped up,” Bartkowski said. “It’s fun to play in a smaller, high-energy atmosphere.”Dalpe echoed Bartkowski’s assessment and added, “Michigan State is probably one of the top two or three places to play. I don’t know what it is about it but it’s kind of an older rink and a playoff atmosphere that I like playing at.”Munn Ice Arena is regarded as one of the best facilities for collegiate hockey in the nation and has a reputation for drawing large crowds. While the players are excited for the trip, they understand victories will not be easy to come by as Michigan State has only lost three home games all season.“We’re going to have to have a road warrior mentality,” coach John Markell said. “It’s going to be a tough grind. Michigan State is playing really well this year. They’re in second [in the CCHA] for a reason.”The power play and penalty kill have been the main focus for the Buckeyes in 2010 and could be the key to success this weekend.“Our special teams [in] our first half [of the season] were deplorable,” Bartkowski said.When the Buckeyes returned from break, they revamped the power play and worked on it constantly in practice.“Obviously there are more guys in front of the net,” Markell said, while trying not to reveal too much about the team’s new strategy. “We watched a lot of tape of NHL teams and that’s what they’re doing and there is good reason why they’re doing that. Hopefully we can take advantage of that.”So far the Buckeyes have been taking advantage of the new system, scoring five power play goals in their weekend sweep of Bowling Green on Jan. 8 and Jan 9. The Buckeyes also tallied another power play goal in an exhibition victory over the U.S. Under-18 National Team last weekend.Players also noted that they’ve seen an increased effort on the penalty kill as of late.“Special teams are huge,” Dalpe said. “I know we’ve got guys on the penalty kill that are blocking shots and putting their bodies on the line and that is good to see.”Ohio State will need to execute in both the power play and penalty kill in order to knock off Michigan State this weekend. The games will be played Friday at 7:35 p.m. and Saturday at 5:05 p.m. read more