Even-keel Badgers rolling into showdown with Spartans

first_imgWide receiver Nick Toon sat out against Indiana as a precautionary measure after hurting his left foot against Nebraska in the conference opener. Toon leads UW with 25 catches in five games.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin Badgers are looking to get back to full strength against Michigan State Saturday with injured wide receiver Nick Toon expected to return to practice this week.Toon was sidelined against Indiana with a left foot injury he sustained during the Nebraska game. Toon sat out as a precautionary measure against Indiana, but is expected to see playing time against Michigan State.“He ran around on Sunday and felt really good, he is going to jump into Tuesday’s practice,” Bielema said. “He felt good on Saturday, we probably could have played him, but I wanted to see the other guys perform.”Defensive tackle Patrick Butrym also suffered a minor ankle sprain – not a high-ankle sprain, Bielema said – against Indiana and is expected to participate in light practice and be back on the field for the Badgers this weekend.“He said basically he felt really tight on Sunday, but it was better [Monday] and he has got a goal in his mind to run around a bit Wednesday and hopefully practice Thursday,” Bielema said. “He is so smart with the game plan, I would feel really good about him playing even if he didn’t really get any time until Saturday.”Focus remains consistentWhen it comes to preparing, the Badgers tend to take a similar approach every week.Bielema said he likes his team to be fired up, but has the confidence in his players to know the difference between right and wrong.“It’s not what happens, it’s how you react to what happens. We’ll do our talking between our pads,” Bielema said. “To me, there are three things you need to have on the road – you need to have great execution, great communication and discipline.”For Bielema, this discipline cannot be installed in a week. Rather, it has to be something built into the Badgers’ framework over time.“That’s something you can’t really install in a week, you have to have discipline in your mentality, in your framework, and that’s what we recruit,” Bielema said.Quarterback Russell Wilson also said he feels that the daily activities in preparing week-in and week-out foster success.“I think that games are won on the field, by our preparation during the week, by the extra film we put in,” Wilson said. “Everything that you do during the week really helps you prepare for the game.”When it comes to preparing for the games, Wilson is a visual learner. He studies the opponent and visualizes how the game will be played out ahead of time.“I visualize a lot, when I am preparing during the week especially when I am playing away, I envision myself being in the stadium – where the clock is, the first downs, all that stuff I visualize,” Wilson said. “That prepares me for the game.”Badgers return to East LansingOffensively, the Badgers will look to continue their solid ball security, while defensively Bielema hopes to create some turnovers and capitalize on them.“We have been great with ball security and that will need to continue on the road,” Bielema said. “Defensively, if we have a chance to get our hands on the football, we need to come up with it.”Michigan State’s strong defensive stance will prove to be a challenge for the Badgers in the upcoming game.Bielema still remains confident in Wilson’s ability, despite the Spartans’ aggressive defense that has proven capable of bringing pressure all over the field.“You can mentally or physically challenge a quarterback, and that’s exactly what they (Michigan State) are doing,” Bielema said. “One of the good advantages of [Wilson] is that he doesn’t get overly rattled by anything that I’ve seen thrown at him.”A big part of Wilson’s success comes from the success of Wisconsin’s offensive line.“Our offensive line is doing such a great job right now, we have a lot of experienced guys up front and their blocking ability gives me a lot of time to make decisions, to stay up on my feet, make the right throw at the right time, that obviously helps,” Wilson said.This weekend’s game will mark only the second away game for the Badgers this season. Road games may come with a different set of challenges, but Wilson remains confident.Keeping confidence and trust along with knowledge for the game is what Wilson tries to show his teammates are important in winning.“The calmer you are, the more confident you play, the more that you trust your offense, the more that you trust what you see, the better off you are going to be,” Wilson said.Confidence in BCS rankingsWith the release of the BCS rankings this week, the Badgers find themselves sitting at No. 6 just behind Oklahoma State (No. 4) and Boise State (No. 5). However, Bielema is not too concerned with UW’s current status.“The computers, the rankings and all that stuff, it’s all going to sort itself through in the end, I really do believe in that,” Bielema said. “If we keep winning and taking care of things around us, than everything takes care of itself.”Wilson agreed with Bielema in regard to the requirement of patience.“All that really matters is playing great football week by week and see where we are at the end,” Wilson said, “We have to weather the storms, just play with confidence, play with a little bit of swagger and play great football.”last_img read more

Karl Dukes: Mediahut – GDPR Hype! Dispelling the myth around consent

first_imgShare Karl Dukes – MediahutAmid the hype of last week’s introduction of European-wide GDPR regulations, Karl Dukes Marketing Director of Mediahut clarifies the regulatory context surrounding consent and communications.A 20-year industry marketing veteran, Dukes tells betting stakeholders not to panic when implementing GDPR compliance directives, a subject matter currently dominating all corporate agendas…  _________________________As of today, 2 days before GDPR comes into legal effect here in the UK, I am receiving literally dozens of “repermissioning emails” from a wide range of companies.Most of these are well written and compliant.  However, almost all of them are also unnecessary. So many organisations have either left it too late or simply panicked themselves into requesting permission, as they think that they ‘MUST have consent’ to continue communication.  This is not necessarily the case.The big problem with the “yes or no” questions that are being asked is simply that a lack of a YES is, by definition, a NO.  People are seeing databases being rendered unusable, by simply asking an unnecessary question!I will apologise now for the following sentence, but it is an important one.Recital 47 of the EU GDPR 2016/679 (I know..) clearly states that you do not NEED consent, as long as the processing that is carried out does not override the “fundamental rights and freedoms” of the subject, taking into consideration the reasonable expectation of the data subject, based on the relationship with the controller”.  (Sorry…)So let’s think about this rationally.  If I sign up with a company to allow them to provide services to me, it would not be unreasonable for me to expect that company to communicate relevant and pertinent content to me.  Moreover, in a number of circumstances, I would expect them to (e.g. if I have purchased a subscription of some sort).  This means that that company has already GOT the “lawful basis for processing” that it needs, and therefore does NOT need another one.Part of GDPR is that we MUST carry out a fair and reasonable assessment of the risks of processing and to ensure that they are proportionate for the task being carried out.However, a simple three-part test fulfils this remit;You need to:A) Identify a legitimate interest; (The ICO definitions include “commercial interests, individual interests or broader societal benefits”)B) Show that the processing is necessary to achieve it; andC) Balance it against the individual’s interests, rights and freedomsThis test allows us to establish a “Legitimate Interest” under the GDPR regulations and allows us to process data for the specific task for which the balancing test was completed.In practice, it simply is not as binary as this, and common sense would dictate what that interest is.  We would need to ensure that the processing is lawful, and carry out a “Legitimate Interest Assessment” (LIA) for each process.  The key advice is to only use data in ways that the consumer would “reasonably expect”, and will not cause them harm or they would find intrusive.And sorry to all you email senders, although GDPR does not place any specific restrictions around what you can and can’t do, PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations) still does, and you have to fulfil your obligations in exactly the same way as previously. So no spam, no unsolicited email.The GOOD news, however, is that Direct Marketing (i.e. physical mail shots) is automatically compliant.GDPR is NOT a revolution, it is an evolution of the existing regulations (the DPA).  If your processes were compliant before, then they almost certainly will be now. Yes, there ARE more boxes to tick, and yes, there are more forms to fill in.  BUT if your processes are robust and your procedures are sensible, then there is nothing to fear.________________Karl Dukes – Sales and Marketing Director –  MediahutSports betting marketing and communications will be discussed at the upcoming ‘Betting on Sports Conference’ (#boscon2018 – Olympia London-18-20 September 2018). Click on the below banner for more information… Share Submit EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic August 7, 2020 Germany moves forward by presenting unloved framework to EU courts May 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more