Phishing scam targets ND network

first_imgA malicious phishing email recently appeared in the inboxes of an unknown number of Notre Dame students, faculty and staff, asking them to reset their NetID password. Instead of linking to, the link led to a Google documents spreadsheet. Jason Williams, an Information Security Professional with the Office of Information Technology (OIT), defined a phishing email as a message that “attempts to impersonate an email from a legitimate website with the intent to gain your login credentials.” A phishing email will have a link asking for credentials, but this link leads to an imposter website, Williams said.  Hackers utilize newly acquired email accounts to send spam and other malware to other computer users. “They’re not necessarily looking for credit card data or highly sensitive information; sometimes they’re just looking for access,” Williams said. These emails vary in terms of sophistication, with some mimicking graphics and terms that companies use when sending out emails. “This recent email was fairly legitimate,” Williams said. “It had some terminology that Notre Dame would use.” However, Williams said that the email had obvious grammatical errors that led potential victims to realize that the email was not from OIT. Hackers rely on certain visual elements to trick users into believing that a website is legitimate, but Williams said damage can be prevented by paying attention to the details. “Most people tend to scan emails rather than actually reading them,” Williams said. “This is what a phishing email depends on.” Although it is difficult to pinpoint a specific perpetrator, OIT usually blocks the email server’s access to the network, but Williams said they were unable to block Google docs because it has legitimate use on the network. Williams said hackers target schools and other large institutions because the student populations are an easy demographic to victimize with phishing scams. Lenette Votava, a marketing professional with OIT, said one person falling for the scam can have major consequences across the network.  “It only takes one person giving up sensitive information to inevitably shut down the whole email service,” Votava said. In such occurrences, the network may not be up and running for a couple of days. Steps can be taken to avoid being a victim of a phishing email, and the most important is to carefully read emails before following the instructions within. “If I think an email is a phishing email, and it asks me to reset my password, I will go directly to the actual website instead of using the link in the email,” Williams said. Anyone who suspects they have received a phishing email is instructed to contact the OIT help desk. Anyone that answered a suspected malicious email should reset his or her password at read more

Robber Robs Man. Man Follows Robber Home, Calls 911. Robber Arrested.

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A robbery in Roosevelt Monday morning didn’t go entirely as planned.Nassau County police said they arrested a Roosevelt man at his home after he allegedly robbed a 21-year-old man at gunpoint for $200 on East Fulton Avenue.Police caught up with 19-year-old George Goode after the victim followed him home and alerted the authorities, police said.During the investigation, police also arrested 19-year-old Kareem Thompson and charged him with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property.Goode was charged with robbery, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property.Both men are expected to be arraigned Tuesday.last_img read more

Ighalo sends Man U into FA Cup semifinals

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace On-loan striker, Odion Ighalo, sent Manchester United into the FA Cup semifinals as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men made hard work of their extra-time victory at 10-man Norwich.The Red Devils became the first side to secure their place in Sunday’s draw as they edged past the Canaries, who were dreaming of Wembley on their first quarterfinal appearance since 1991-92. Much-changed United were made to dig deeper than they could have imagined by the Premier League’s bottom side, who rallied impressively after falling behind to Ighalo’s smart swivelled finish early in the second half.Todd Cantwell levelled in the 75th minute when beating Sergio Romero from distance and Daniel Farke’s side looked capable of snatching it before Klose was sent off for wrestling Ighalo to the ground.Norwich took the game to extra-time and Tim Krul put in an inspired performance between the sticks, but the penalty specialist was denied a chance to win another shootout when Skipper Harry Maguire directed home in the 118th minute.Tags: FA CupManchester UnitedOdion IghaloOle Gunnar SolskjaerRed Devilslast_img read more

Williams; Phillips shine at Zones

first_imgSOUTH American Youth Games silver medallist Kenisha Phillips and well-known distance athlete Rickie Williams are sure to be some of the names to appear when the North Georgetown District 11 puts together its final team for the National Schools Championships, should it go off next month.The two Chase Academic Foundation students and many others proved they are worth their salt, after taking massive wins at the North Georgetown Inter-Zone Championships yesterday at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary.Overall it was Zone 2, comprising Bishops’ High, Christ Church, and St John’s, among others, that won the day’s Championships after amassing 361 points. Zone 3, led by St Stanislaus College, St Mary’s and St Rose’s High athletes, finished in second place with 329 points.Zone 1, with Queen’s College, placed third, with 257 points. Zone 4 of the District includes all of the primary schools within the District and ended with just 158 points, after participating in just the Under-12 categories of the day’s events.Yesterday’s activities marked a close to the two-week-long events as District 11 went about determining the athletes to represent it at Nationals.Missing out on last week’s Inter-school level of the competition because she was off representing the country in Chile at the South American Youth Games, Phillips was rightly given a chance to join this year’s team, and she showed that she will definitely be someone to be reckoned with when the time comes.Fresh off winning two silver medals in the Girls’ 100m and 200m at the Games, Phillips stepped out in the Girls’ Under-18 category yesterday, She blazed the trail with the win in the two events, also adding the 400m win, with an almost 100m lead on the grasstrack.In the Boys’ 5000m, Williams, a former District 1 athlete, had his usual easy time dominating his Georgetown counterparts.Williams will no doubt be looking to return to his winning stead in the 10km at Nationals, after he was dethroned last year by District 6’s Delroy Leitch.Williams also finished second in the Boys’ Under-20 1500m.last_img read more

Aguayo continues dominance as country’s best kicker after breaking record, winning national championship in 1st season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Roberto Aguayo had only played 13 games in his college football career, but he’d already won the Lou Groza Award for the nation’s top kicker. He had only missed one of his 22 field goals. He had made 93 straight extra points.But as Aguayo trotted onto the Rose Bowl field with 13 seconds left in the national championship game, he needed a 94th. With Florida State leading Auburn by two, one more extra point not only stood between the Seminoles and a national title, but also Aguayo and the NCAA single-season points record.He took a practice swing, looked at the uprights and aimed. He took three steps back, two to the side, nodded to his holder and booted it through.On top of last year’s dominance, the sophomore is 12-for-12 on field goals and 22-of-22 on PATs this year. He most recently won Atlantic Coast Conference specialist of the week for the No. 1 team in the country, and with a combination of confidence, pinpoint accuracy and consistency, remains the best kicker in all of college football.“I’ve never seen it,” said Marcus Banks, Aguayo’s high school coach at South Lake (Florida) High School. “I’ve never heard of a kicker being so consistent and accurate. The balls look alike. Everything is straight down the middle. Everything is so perfect.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Right now he thinks he’s the best kicker in the NFL. I call it a little bit of arrogance, but not like arrogance in a bad way.”Aguayo has shared the Florida State sideline with high-profile names like Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston and reigning NFL offensive rookie of the month Kelvin Benjamin.He knows they get all the credit. He says he doesn’t really do that much, but the man who says he’s “kind of like a sniper or a stealth guy” knows his job matters, too.“They’re the front guys, the guys that everyone sees like Jameis, but we’re the guys that are undercover, sniping people you know, kind of like that,” Aguayo said of his role as a kicker. “People might not notice it, but at the end of the day, I notice it and I know that I did what I have to do.”But a year before Aguayo hit that extra point in front of 94,208 people he was strictly a bystander.Stuck behind former Buffalo Bills’ kicker Dustin Hopkins, Aguayo redshirted his first year at FSU and watched as E.J. Manuel led the Seminoles to only two losses and a blowout win over Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl.“I had started all four years in my high school career, so it was kind of weird at first, practicing every day then going out Saturday and not playing,” Aguayo said. “I grasped a lot of things that year, just learning, just observing what Dustin did and how the process was here in college.”When Aguayo was given his time by FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher, though, he seized it. Through his first eight college games, Aguayo had made all 12 field goals and each of his 53 extra-point attempts. At that point, the media blew up, he said, and discussion started to arise that a first-year player could take the Groza Award.Banks said he knew his four-year kicker had been ready for this moment.In high school, when South Lake was in punting position, Banks would send out his kicker. From his own 40-yard line, Aguayo would line up for a 70-yard field goal. Banks knew it wasn’t splitting the uprights, but if the ball reached the end zone, it was considered a touchback regardless. So he’d send Aguayo out instead of his punter to ensure the ball made it there.“His mental toughness was off the charts at the age of 14,” Banks said. “I knew kicking in front of 80, 90,000 people wouldn’t bother him at all. He had that it factor at the age of 14 and the big stage didn’t bother him.”Aguayo’s consistency and accuracy persisted and by the end of the 2013 regular season, he was in contention to receive an invitation to the college football awards ceremony in West Palm Beach, Florida, as one of the nation’s top-three kickers after just 13 collegiate games.“Wow, you know you really can win the Groza, blah, blah, blah” is what Aguayo said he repeatedly heard.He didn’t care though, and when Aguayo’s long snapper and holder joked that he was a finalist, he responded, “Nah, nah.”But FSU associate sports information director Kerwin Lonzo broke the news to Aguayo hours before the finalists were announced nationally. A few days later, Aguayo headed to West Palm Beach where he eventually won the award.“Of course his fundamentals and talent are tremendous, but when you combine that with a very intelligent young man, a guy that works very hard,” Fisher said. “… I mean, he’s a tremendous, tremendous football player, there’s no doubt.”Now that Aguayo’s reputation as the nation’s best kicker has become commonplace, it’s become a habit and a routine, he said.Each time Aguayo steps on the field, it’s the same practice kick, glance at the uprights and aim. Then comes the same three steps back, two to the side and nod to his holder.“And it’s off,” Aguayo said.“I’m just glad that people appreciate a good kicker.” Comments Published on October 10, 2014 at 1:04 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Reports: MLB submits detailed health plan to players in effort to play amid coronavirus

first_imgMLB has proposed having an abbreviated training period for a few weeks in June, followed by a regional-based 82-game schedule beginning around July 4. The games would be played at the teams’ home ballparks, when allowed by local laws, at least initially with no fans in attendance.Although eliminating crowds is the primary concession made to the coronavirus pandemic, the plan spells out numerous ways that the players and staff will try to prevent the spread of the virus among themselves.The plan calls for regular testing of all players, umpires and staff members, mostly using saliva tests. There would also be twice-daily temperature checks. MLB personnel would be asked to perform daily temperature checks at home.Someone who tests positive would self-isolate at home.Clubhouses would be restructured to allow six-foot separation between players at their lockers, and in-person meetings would be discouraged. Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter In dugouts, only active reserves would be permitted, while other inactive players or support staff would sit in the stands or elsewhere. All non-playing personnel would wear masks in dugouts.There would be no mound visits, no exchanging of lineup cards and no spitting, high-fives, fist-bumps or hugs. Players would be encouraged to wash hands after handling equipment or leaving the field between innings.Away from the ballpark, players would not be strictly quarantined, but they would be encouraged to isolate from all except their immediate families. They would be discouraged from using any public transportation or ride sharing services.While all of this is subject to approval by the players, this represents only a portion of the negotiation surrounding the sport’s return.Owners are also asking players to agree to a 50-50 split of revenue, which likely would mean further reduction in their salaries beyond the pro-rated payments mandated in their March agreement.The two parties agreed that the players would be paid their normal salaries for whatever percentage of the games are played. However, owners contend that agreement was contingent on games being played with fans. Without fans in the ballparks, the clubs’ revenue would further be slashed and they propose that players bear some of that burden. Players argue that the agreement was not contingent on fans, and should not be renegotiated.Related Articles If Major League Baseball players are to return to action this summer, they will be playing in an environment that looks significantly different from what they left in March.Aside from the expected diligent testing and temperature checks, the changes include everything from pitchers bringing their own baseballs to the bullpen, wearing masks in the dugout and limitations on spitting.Players will even be discouraged from taking showers at the ballpark.It’s all part of a 67-page document that Major League Baseball submitted to the Players Association, detailing the health and safety protocols they propose in order to have the sport return safely amid the coronavirus pandemic. The report was obtained by The Athletic and ESPN, which reported details on Saturday. Angels manager Joe Maddon questions defensive metrics that rate Mike Trout poorly How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

“Farm To Glass” Featured At New Colts Neck Distillery

first_imgParkingfor the event overflowed into adjacent farms’ lots. Karch said that once the newmicrobrewery behind the distillery opens later this year, shared parking willprovide more spaces. Currently under construction by different owners, themicrobrewery is converting portions of an old farm that occupied the entire sitefor generations. The Colts Neck Stillhouse bar room. Karch and his investors are hoping for similar legendary success. Opened in early December, the 4,800-square-foot facility held a grand opening Jan. 16. The circular bar area was packed with local and county officials and well-wishers, including Thomas Arnone, Monmouth County Freeholder director, and freeholder Lillian Burry, co-founders of the county’s Grown in Monmouth initiative. Burry, a Colts Neck resident, former mayor, and owner of Colts Neck Realty, sold the Karchs their township home 25 years ago. Maryann and Geoff Karch in the barrel room of the Colts Neck Stillhouse. Karch and his wife Maryann join a rarefied group of Colts Neck distillers. Laird & Company, which still operates at Laird Road and Route 537, was the first distillery in the United States, and holds the first federal distilling license issued after Prohibition. At their original location (now the Colts Neck Inn,) President George Washington made frequent visits to sip, and eventually gain the recipe for, the company’s famous Apple Jack, which he dubbed “Jersey Lightning.” Thomas Jefferson was also a customer and emulator. COLTS NECK – Back in his native Ohio, Geoff Karch’s grandfather had an exclamation for surprising or noteworthy events: “Holy Muckleyeye!” he would shout over a great golf shot or joyful news. So when Karch, owner of the recently opened Colts Neck Stillhouse at 304 Route 34 in the township needed a name for his brand of small batch spirits, the made-up word was the natural choice. FYI, it’s pronounced “Muck-lee-eye.” “Area farms have alreadyagreed to grow the necessary corn, ryes and other grains the Colts NeckStillhouse will use,” she said. “Distilling is an art and Geoff Karch will giveus an artful product.” “I followed my dreamand my passion,” Karch concluded. “We are at the starting line. “When Geoff wasrunning around trying to get his business going, he was community-minded enoughto take time out to let the entire Colts Neck Fire Department run a drill in anold building on his property,” Rizzuto related. “The Stillhouse adds adestination to our business district and will hopefully bring people into thetownship.” center_img Thedrink menu and apron-clad bartender/mixologists demonstrated the intricacies ofa detailed craft cocktail program utilizing house-made tinctures, bitters,cordials, syrups and sodas. Herbs, shrubs and produce feature prominently. TheBloody Janice, a take on a Bloody Mary, is available Sundays only. A version ofHarry Potters’butterbeer – the “BBC” (Butter Beer Cream) – is made with house rum, brownbutter syrup, cream soda and homemade whipped cream. Other products made onsite include Copper Pot Distilled American Gin, Straight Bourbon Whiskey,Straight Rye Whiskey and vodka distilled from wheat. Drink ingredients willchange seasonally, Karch said. “We will use productsgrown in Monmouth County wherever possible,” Karch told the crowd. Distillingequipment is visible through glass in one room, while another room at theone-story building holds wood barrels. Each room has a mezzanine; one isKarch’s office. Out back a patio offers fire pits and seating. Tours areavailable on Fridays and Saturdays. Tomarket his products, Karch will draw on skills he honed in advertising sales at21st Century Fox, the Nat Geo Channel, ESPN and ABC Sports. “Now I get to marketmy own products after so many years of marketing other people’s,” he said.Since state distillery rules prevent the Stillhouse from serving food, beer orwine, Karch is bringing in rotating food trucks including Cousin’s MaineLobster and Ms. Fu’s Yummy Food Truck.  “The outcome is a homerunwhen you use local products,” Arnone said. “Monmouth County’s Grow Monmouth andGrown in Monmouth programs have been so successful, the state is emulatingthem.” Burry said there are currently about 15 distilleries in New Jersey. We want to be one of the premier distillers on the East Coast.” “It’s a very uniquething and a great concept for this community,” said Ed Brock Jr., co-owner ofBrock Farms nearby on Route 34. “I think it will be a great draw.” Acting MayorFrank Rizzuto, captain of the Colts Neck Fire Police, and a Long Branch Police captain,led the Pledge of Allegiance before the official ribbon-cutting. By Laura D.C. Kolnoskilast_img read more


first_imgThree-time All-Ireland winner Sean Cavanagh has said Sunday’s Ulster SFC clash between Tyrone and Donegal was not a good advertisement for the GAA.Cavanagh was red carded during an ill-tempered clash between two counties that seem to have a genuine dislike towards each other.Cavanagh one of the finest players Tyrone have ever produced felt the game wasn’t a good advertisement for the GAA and sais that ‘sledging’ between players has now become ‘nasty’ and ‘malicious’. Cavanagh admitted both sides were guilty but said some of the bile directed at players went over the edge and some of the personal stuff regarding players families and girlfriends was pre-calculated and malicious.Cavanagh told The Irish Independent, “With the intensity of the game and the hype and probably the tightness of the game as well, everyone was probably a bit on the edge I think. Players probably did overstep the mark to a certain extent.”“I’ve had it before, it can be very, very personal and I know there was certain players, you will probably know that play for us that have been through tough times, and they were getting a fair bit of personal abuse.“Look, it’s disappointing to see and it’s not just all one side. It’s both sides. I don’t know how you can change it, I don’t know how you can stop somebody whispering in somebody’s ear because I don’t think you’re ever going to be able to police that.“I think it’s part and parcel. Referees and officials will obviously try and clamp down on it but I’m not sure how they can do that because there’s so many different ways it can be done.”Cavanagh also said that in comparison to other sports like Rugby and Soccer the GAA falls behind in terms of respect shown.“It certainly wouldn’t be a good advertisement for younger players coming into the game and if they were thinking of whether they wanted to go play soccer or whether they wanted to go play rugby, there’s probably an awful lot more respect in that game than there is in GAA at the moment.” Advertisement SEAN CAVANAGH – “MATCH BETWEEN US AND DONEGAL WAS NOT A GOOD ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE GAA was last modified: May 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAnewsSean CavanaghSledgingSportTyronelast_img read more

USC: Thrown for a loss

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week So what’s wrong with Leinart? If you ask USC coaches, nothing is wrong, and the way he guided the Trojans down the field on the final possession against Notre Dame certifies him as a legend. But Leinart’s first three quarters against the Irish were anything but legendary. Two weeks ago he worked out with personal coach Steve Clarkson, who told Leinart to throw a tighter spiral. They also worked on preventing deep balls from getting away from Leinart. “I think I can play better,” Leinart said. “I’m hard on myself. I can’t pinpoint one thing. Last year was different because we were a lot more conservative. Obviously, numbers-wise, I was better. All that matters is we’re 6-0.” Leinart has thrown 12 touchdown passes with five interceptions this season. After six games last year, he had 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. But stats can be twisted to serve any purpose. The reason for discontent stems primarily from the fact Leinart’s thrown passes that seem uncharacteristic for him. His two interceptions against Notre Dame were badly thrown passes and the first time he threw two interceptions in a game since 2003. An NFL coach who watched the Oregon, Arizona State and Notre Dame games on TV and asked not to be identified said Leinart is currently the third-best pro prospect on the team. “Reggie Bush and LenDale White might be a 1-2, and I think Leinart is right behind them,” he said. “He’s not Carson Palmer in the games I’ve watched.” Maybe part of the problem is mental. Leinart said this week he felt the burden of being in the spotlight after winning the Heisman Trophy and two national championships. It’s hard to say any college football player received more attention and magazine covers in recent memory. “I think at times I’ve lost track of just having fun and not thinking too much,” he said. “I’m a kid who is 22 years old going what I’m going through.” It’s a tremendous amount of scrutiny, but before feeling too sorry, Leinart spent Wednesday night at a Victoria’s Secret party in Hollywood where he spoke to Paris Hilton and rubbed elbows with Lindsay Lohan, Matthew Perry and Mike Tyson. Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller took a swipe at Leinart’s celebrity image before the teams met. “I don’t need to have Jessica Simpson running around or anybody like that to make me happy,” Keller said. Leinart said he didn’t care about Keller’s remarks. It’s the constant scrutiny or hype that begins to wear at times. “There’s a lot of pressure and expectations with the talk of winning two Heismans,” he said. “That’s just the name of the game. I put myself in this position. I just have to know it’s only going to get worse in the future.” USC coaches believe Leinart is too hard on himself. “I don’t think any games he’s going to be satisfied,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s always going to be discontented with himself. It’s impossible to live up to the expectations, they are so high, but he’s a great player, he’ll live up to it. He’s just had some funky balls this season.” Quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian said Leinart has also had bad luck. “Balls were tipped in the end zone and the other team came down with it. Last year, when balls were tipped, we came down with it,” Sarkisian said. “I think when you’re the quarterback on an undefeated team and the offense averages 612 yards and is the top five in every statistical category, if people are saying he’s not playing good, God, what’s good?” There was speculation Leinart could be bothered by the effects of a concussion against Arizona State, but he underwent a battery of tests afterward and showed no post-concussion effects. Doctors believe he might have been bothered by dehydration against Arizona State as much as the concussion. But physically, Leinart should be better than last season. He underwent an operation – erroneously reported by some as simple arthroscopic surgery – to remove tissue in his elbow for tendinitis last winter. He also spent the spring and summer rehabilitating a hernia. USC was so concerned they flew in highly regarded physical therapist Dr. Alex McKechnie, who counts Shaquille O’Neal among his patients. Those injuries are the primary reasons he returned for his senior season and didn’t turn pro early. Leinart returned better than ever, health-wise. Also consider that USC receivers Steve Smith and Dwayne Jarrett are a year older and the entire offensive line returned from last season, so a case could be made that Leinart’s stats should be better. But Leinart said an overlooked problem is teams are playing their best game of the season against USC. “We’re taking everybody’s best shots,” he said. “Defenses are playing their best games ever. We took the best shots and still came out with a win.” Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] BETTER OR NOT? Here’s how USC quarterback Matt Leinart’s statistics compare to a year ago after six games: Completions, Attempts, Yards, TDs, INT 2005 125 198 1,947 12 5 2004 112 172 1,411 14 3 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Listen to some of the comments USC quarterback Matt Leinart made the past four weeks and it doesn’t sound like a Heisman Trophy winner. “I didn’t have my best day today. Maybe I got out of my rhythm,” Leinart said following the Oregon game. center_img “This wasn’t my best game mentally. I don’t know if I was all there the whole game,” he said after USC defeated Arizona State. “I was off tonight. I have no excuses. I couldn’t get into a rhythm. I made some really dumb throws,” Leinart said after last week’s thrilling win over Notre Dame. last_img read more

Calling for Artest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake There’s a choice to be made here. If Dr. Buss is happy with a perennial seventh seed and a first-round playoff exit, that’s fine, it’s what we had with Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones. If he wants trophies (I have an inkling that he does), he needs to push for this move. As I recall, the Chicago Bulls tried a similar experiment with a guy named Rodman, and it worked to the tune of three more rings. Phil Jackson can make it work, we know that, and Mitch Kupchak needs to realize it. ”Mr. Artest, it’s Hollywood on line one ” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s time for Ron Artest’s casting call. He’s spent enough years mired in the tedium of the Midwest. He needs Hollywood, and Hollywood needs him. I know that having him with Kobe will create more tension and hostility than the Vibe Awards, but the Lakers have no choice. This town is about winning championships, and Artest is the best (read: only available) way to get there. ”What about all the cap room they’ll have in 2007?”, I hear you say. Amare Stoudemire and Yao Ming have been locked up long term, and I don’t think they are going to find their way to the trading block anytime soon. ”There’s always Chris Bosh!” True, but the Lakers will have to cut everyone but Kobe, Lamar Odom, and the eighteen year old to sign him, leaving only the two exceptions to sign eleven other players (I know because ESPN’s Ric Bucher said so). Mitch Kupchak needs to see that this club does not have championship-caliber talent. You’ve already heard my rant on Odom, and Kwame Brown looks like he’s following the Ryan Leaf formula for success. Ron Artest would give this team what it needs. He can move without the ball, giving Kobe a true second option. He’s a max-effort type player and will bring a much needed swagger to this soft team. Oh, and he can play a little defense, or so I’ve heard. Ok, I hear you clamoring about his character problems, and I won’t argue with you. There’s a chance, a really good one, that he won’t work out, and the Lakers will be forced to trade him for fifty cents on the dollar, but, I don’t see a better option.last_img read more