Photographer Jeff Cremer captured with his drone the amazing splendor of the giant New Year’s Eve fireworks show over Lima, Peru. Cremer, currently based in Tambopata, Peru, humorously likened the spectacle to “the start of the air campaign in Iraq”. Normally Cremer is a wildlife photographer by trade, basing much of his work out of the Peruvian Amazon.
At around midnight I flew the drone over all the fireworks at an altitude of around 200m. I wanted to fly lower but I could just picture someone getting lucky with a direct bottle rocket hit to the drone so I stayed up high. All the footage was taken in 1080HD. I tried to keep the drone moving to make for more interesting shots. …I am originally from Colorado in the USA and have been working as a wildlife photographer in the Peruvian Amazon in a place called Tambopata for the past five years. I lead biologists, entomologists and tourists on scientific and photographic expeditions to remote regions of the Amazon jungle to discover new species.
After seeing two quarterbacks transfer out of the program shortly before Texas A&M’s bowl game, the Aggies will reportedly add former Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight to the roster. Knight’s transfer to Texas A&M was reported by George Schroeder of USA Today, although it had long been expectedthe Aggies would be the program Knight joined after being given a release from his scholarship from Oklahoma.
Knight will be eligible to play for Texas A&M right away in 2016 as a graduate transfer. That is excellent news for Kevin Sumlin, because he is in dire need of a starting quarterback. Texas A&M lost Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray to transfers after both split time as a starter in 2015. The loss of two quarterbacks has led to growing criticism of Sumlin and the job he is doing at Texas A&M, but the addition of Knight should help ease some of the tension in College Station.
Knight taking on the role of starter should be pretty much a given in College Station given his past playing experience even though he ended up losing the starting job to Baker Mayfield, who was a former walk-on at Texas Tech who joined the Sooners this past year.
Knight appeared in just six games this past season, in which he completed 22 of 40 pass attempts for 305 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. In 2014 Knight was much more successful, leading Oklahoma with 2,300 passing yards and 14 touchdowns, but with 12 interceptions and a 56.6 completion percentage. Knight could be a natural fit in Texas A&M’s offense though as he brings a dual-threat game with him, which tends to do well under Sumlin at Texas A&M for at least half a season.
UPDATE (6:18 p.m.): Knight confirmed the transfer news on his Twitter account.
Boomer Sooner, and Gig’em Aggies! pic.twitter.com/A4jCHo7xGD
— Trevor Knight (@trevor_knight9) January 4, 2016
COLLEGE STATION— Texas A&M announced today that offensive coordinator Jake Spavital and the school have mutually decided to part ways. Spavital completed his second season as offensive coordinator in 2015 and his third season as quarterbacks coach.
“I want to thank Jake for his time here and for his important role in our program,” Sumlin said. “He is a bright, young coach with a tremendous future in coaching and we wish him all of the best in his career.”
A national search for a new offensive coordinator is underway.
“I want to thank Coach Sumlin for an amazing opportunity in College Station and I leave here proud of our program and our accomplishments,” Spavital said. “I look forward to the next step in my coaching journey and I wish the Aggies nothing but the best.”
Chip Kelly and the Cleveland Browns could reportedly be a match.
ProFootballTalk cited a source on Sunday saying that the Browns have an eye on Kelly.
Plugged-in source just said to keep an eye on Chip Kelly to the Browns.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 3, 2016
Reports indicate that the Browns are set to fire coach Mike Pettine, possibly as soon as Sunday night, with general manager Ray Farmer also expected to be shown the door. It seems unlikely that Kelly will be given full control of another organization given how his previous tenure went, but if the Browns have both openings, it would be an opportunity for Kelly to put his stamp on the team. There’s also a chance that the Browns hire a coach before they hire a GM, which would be the reverse of the usual power structure. Regardless, it would be a bold move to blow up the organization and hand the keys to Kelly, and it’s only logical to wonder what he’d do with Johnny Manziel.
The Oregon Ducks jumped out to a 31-0 halftime lead, but after losing quarterback Vernon Adams to an inury, the Ducks offense stalled, and TCU fought back into the game, eventually tying it at 31-31 in the final minute of regulation to force overtime.
Since Texas Tech’s 2006 rally, FBS teams were 0-1,463 when trailing by 31 points. They’re now 1-1,463.
Why in the world would the College Football Playoffs schedule two of it’s biggest games on New Years Eve instead of New Years Day, when more people would be home to watch the games?
The overnight ratings for the New Year’s Eve games were way down from last season when the semifinal games were played on New Year’s Day.
The Alabama-Michigan State Cotton Bowl scored a 9.9 in the major market overnight ratings. Clemson-Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl scored a 9.7.
Last season, the Oregon-Florida State semifinal scored a 15.5 while Ohio State-Alabama scored a 15.3. And you thought Thursday night’s Cotton Bowl was a lopsided affair.
In Dallas-Fort Worth, the New Year’s Eve Orange Bowl scored a 9.7 while Alabama-Michigan State scored a 9.7.
It seems like such an easy answer.
Keep these big games on New Years Day.
As you probably are aware, Three Dog Night’s Cory Wells passed away in 2015. My favorite song from the group is below. God’s speed Cory.