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TEMPE Ariz – Adrian Peterson remains sidelined

first_img TEMPE, Ariz. – Adrian Peterson remains sidelined.The Arizona Cardinals’ starting running back did not practice on Wednesday. His absence marked the fourth straight practice missed since he hurt his neck in the Jacksonville game on Nov. 26.The injury prevented him from playing against the L.A. Rams last week and puts in question his availability against Tennessee this week.“It’s really just time; the doctors and time,” head coach Bruce Arians said. 8 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Without Peterson, the Cardinals rushed for 118 yards in Sunday’s 32-16 loss to the Rams. It was their highest total in four games and third-best effort on the ground overall in 2017.Backup Kerwynn Williams accounted for most of that rushing total.Starting for the second time this season, Williams nearly recorded the second 100-yard rushing game of his career. He finished with 96 yards on 16 carries, and did so despite playing with cracked ribs that he suffered the week prior.“Kerwynn is fine. He practiced full today,” Arians said. “Kerwynn is like The Energizer Bunny, he never slows down.”Rushing the football won’t be easy against the Titans.Under long-time defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau — this is his 43rd season as an NFL assistant — Tennessee ranks No. 3 in stopping the run. They allow an average of 86.2 yards per game.The Cardinals, meanwhile, even with their performance last week, sit dead last in the run-game with 76.6 yards per game.The team could very much be looking at another week of running back-by-committee with Williams, Elijhaa Penny and D.J. Foster.“The great thing about our backs is everybody brings kind of a different flavor to the game,” quarterback Blaine Gabbert said. “Having Penny, D.J. Foster, Kerwynn, A.D., all those guys are all great running backs in their own right.”last_img read more

Precious Skull of 11500yrold Woman Remarkably Spared from Tragic Museum Fire

first_imgOne of the most famous streets in the world is about to wave goodbye to a long-standing resident. Puppeteer Caroll Spinney is stepping out of Big Bird’s shoes – or should that be feet – at the age of 84, after half a century of work on Sesame Street.Spinney joined the show when it started in 1969 and turned what was supposed to be a supporting character into a big yellow icon. For Spinney, the secret lay in following his instincts.Carroll Spinney in 2014. Photo by Montclair Film Festival CC BY 2.0In a 2015 piece for The Guardian, he said that “(Muppet creator) Jim Henson, who developed the characters, said to play him like a goofy yokel from the country. But it felt more natural to me to play him as a child, like a big kid.”Big Bird. Photo by Luis Rubio CC BY-SA 2.5Oscar the Grouch, Spinney’s other defining role, was more of a challenge. The trashcan-dwelling creation could have frightened children.Yet as Sesame Street co-creator Joan Ganz Cooney remarks in a press release, “the sheer artistry of Caroll is that he also brought Oscar to life and made him the most lovable Grouch in the world.”Spinney with Oscar the Grouch, May 2014. Photo by Montclair Film Festival CC BY 2.0Born in 1933 in Waltham, Massachusetts, Spinney’s first performance was with a monkey puppet when he was just 8.“I made 32 cents with my first show,” he told The Guardian, “which I thought was pretty good, and that’s when I knew I would be a puppeteer when I grew up.”Caroll Spinney at 2010 New York Comic Con. Photo by Marnie Joyce CC By 2.0In 1962 the path of his life altered when he met Jim Henson at a festival.Together with Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett, Henson brought Spinney onboard for the Sesame Street project.He never left and met wife Debra on those fake pavements in 1973.Photo of puppeteer Jim Henson at the 41st Emmy Awards (1989). Photo by Alan Light CC By 2.0Over the decades Big Bird evolved into a fully-fledged feathery celebrity.The Sesame Workshop press release chronicles some of his achievements, saying that “He’s been feted with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, celebrated with his likeness on a U.S. postage stamp, and named a “Living Legend” in 2000 by the Library of Congress.”Hollywood Walk Of FameSpinney has also revealed a strange political connection in the form of former President Barack Obama.As mentioned to The Guardian, “I found out Barack is my ninth cousin twice removed, although I’ve never met him… Michelle (Obama) told me that when her daughters found out they were related to Big Bird, they squealed and danced around the kitchen.”Big Bird and Michelle Obama in 2013As well as getting his own movie in 1985 (Follow That Bird), a documentary about Spinney titled I Am Big Bird was produced in 2014.The mid-Eighties saw Spinney approached for what could have been Big Bird’s strangest adventure.NASA had an idea to launch him into orbit in full costume, in an attempt to educate kids about space.Big Bird was on the short list for the Space Shuttle.It wasn’t the most practical of suggestions. Describing the process of “wearing” the Big Bird puppet to The Guardian, Spinney said that “my right arm is his neck, and my right-hand moves his head, with my little finger controlling his eyebrows, moving them up and down to show when he’s thinking.Big Bird (L) and other Sesame Street puppets. (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)I can change his expression by tilting his head toward the camera at a different angle. My left hand is in the left wing, which is linked to the right wing with fishing wire. I can’t see anything outside the suit when I’m in it, so I wear a little monitor strapped to my chest”.Bizarre though it sounds, there was a tragic end to the mission. Spinney didn’t go, but watched as what turned out to be the Challenger disaster happened before his eyes.Read another story from us: Big Bird was on the shortlist for the Space Shuttle but didn’t make the cut–fortunately, as it turned outSpinney plans to continue his association with Sesame Street via the Sesame Workshop, a non-profit organization that used to called the Children’s Television Workshop. The roles of Big Bird and Oscar will be taken by Matt Vogel and Eric Jacobson respectively.last_img read more