A Wolverine In Blues Clothing

Concisely put, former Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson is hoping The Spring League can serve as a springboard in his attempt to return to the NFL.

Patterson went undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft, but signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs before being cut prior to training camp. He is now throwing passes for the Blues in TSL, a developmental professional football league.

“I still believe in myself, and I know I can be a starting quarterback in the NFL, however long that takes me. I saw The Spring League as an opportunity to show that I’m trying to improve, trying to get better, and trying to be the best me all-around.”

While Patterson might have a few areas in need of improvement, former USC star and current FOX Sports college football analyst Matt Leinart thinks the ex-Wolverine’s strengths lie within his creativity. 

“When I think of Shea Patterson I think of a winner … He can make plays with his legs. He’s extremely mobile. I think his best quality is throwing on the run.”

Patterson spent his final two seasons in Ann Arbor throwing 45 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in two seasons at Michigan’s starter. He played his first two collegiate seasons at Ole Miss, playing in 10 games and throwing for 23 TDs and 12 picks.

Patterson said he hopes his experience and leadership skills will serve him well in The Spring League.

“I think leadership is huge … I think just getting guys to believe in me, and spreading that positive energy throughout the team.”

That support extends to former teammates as well, as Patterson still roots for his alma mater, despite Michigan falling to 1-3 for the first time since 1967 after a loss to Wisconsin on Saturday.

Patterson believes in the Wolverines and starting quarterback Joe Milton, and is fully confident in their ability to bounce back.

“I worked side-by-side with him [Milton], and he’s always been a hard worker,” Patterson said. “I think that all the success that’s coming his way is going to be a matter of timing for him and the team.”

But today, Patterson has his eyes on his own success, and heading into the final week of the regular season, he will meet former Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett and the Alphas.

Not only can fans enjoy a matchup from the Wolverines-Buckeyes rivalry, but playoff implications are also at stake, and that has Patterson razor-focused on performing at a high level.

“Obviously, I want to win. But my personal goal is to show everyone how hard I’ve been working,” he said. “I think about just coming out here balling and showing everybody how much I’ve improved.”

More than anything, Patterson said that this TSL season is giving him a chance to experience football at a professional level – and he couldn’t ask for much more.

“It’s my first time in an NFL atmosphere. It’s been really nice to get to know the coaches, learn from them, learn

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Wedding shopping helps retailers tide over covid blues

While consumer spending largely remains muted due to the ongoing pandemic and its economic repercussions, wedding shopping has seen a rise in the average billing on trousseau and jewellery buying by as much as 25%, helping unlock a significant portion of the country’s $50 billion wedding market.

Pent-up demand, rescheduled weddings among other reasons has nudged gold sales in recent weeks but higher cost of the yellow metal may help match last year’s value though there will be a 15-20% decline in sales volume.

CaratLane that largely sells lightweight jewellery and also engagement rings said that with people scrimping on their wedding budgets there is more room to accommodate jewellery purchases despite a surge in gold prices.

“The expenditure on lavish weddings has come down because of the cap on the number of guests, so money is going more into assets,” said Mithun Sacheti, chief executive officer of online retailer CaratLane.

A recent survey by The Knot WorldWide–an online marketplace of venues and wedding professionals—said that 90% of the couples said they will be inviting only immediate family and close friends, while just 30% were keen on having extended family.

The survey indicated that the traditional concept of an Indian wedding, one that spans through days, has also changed with 27% of the couples opting for several small events on one day with limited people rather than several large one-day events.

The Indian wedding season, that typically begins around Diwali and goes on till February-end, feeds into an ecosystem of businesses including planners, designers, vendors, photographers, makeup artists among others.

Though the small shops in the bylanes of urban centres and small towns, where a significant bulk of gold sales happen, aren’t experiencing the same level of brisk business this time of the year, wedding shopping remains on the rise.

Suvankar Sen, CEO, Senco Gold and Diamonds said wedding jewellery was always been in demand and the saving in ancillary costs in weddings this year is helping jewellery demand.

“Spending budget on wedding jewellery is marginally higher by 5-10% but consumers are looking within their budgets since the disposable income hasn’t grown in the economic crisis. Tier 2,3,4 cities are getting comparatively better response compared to metros in terms of percentage growth compared to last few months,” Sen said.

Senco iss seeing more demand for jewellery designs that look heavy but weigh lighter, and daily wear jewellery in diamonds and platinum. With the rise in demand for diamond jewellery, it has introduced an interest free EMI and a free insurance on purchase of diamond jewellery starting from 1999.

According to an October report by brokerage Sharekhan on The Titan Company Ltd’s September quarter earnings, eight of the 12 top cities (excluding Mumbai and Pune) saw a recovery in jewellery sales to more than 80%.

“Wedding jewellery is seeing good demand and is expected to sustain in the near term,” the report said.

Saree and bridal wear purchases that account for a significant chunk of wedding expenses, has also seen

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Well, what a brilliant game of rugby league for a Friday night. NSW were flying out of the first half and started the second half strongly, but a try to QLD against the run of play swung the momentum in the other direction and once that happened, NSW weren’t able to recover.

Brigginshaw was key for QLD, the ability for them to have essentially a third half in their line just opened up so many options and took the pressure off Aiken and Temara. Upton was sensational on debut, she has speed to burn and will no doubt become a fixture of this State of Origin clash for many years to come.

Thank you so much for joining me for this fast and exciting match. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Looking forward to the day when we get a full three match series for the women’s game, but this was a fantastic contest to witness and will set the stage for an expanded series in the years to come.





Full-time: QLD 24-18 NSW





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Cody Walker postpones wedding to say ‘I do’ to Brad Fittler’s NSW Blues

“We thought, ‘if we can’t have the wedding we’re hoping for, we’ll postpone it’,” he said.

“She [Nellie] has seen a lot of marriage posts at the moment, so she’s a bit down. But nobody planned for this to happen.

Cody Walker postponed his wedding because of Origin and said "I do'' to Freddy.

Cody Walker postponed his wedding because of Origin and said “I do” to Freddy.
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“We locked it in at the start of the year. We got engaged in December last year. We always thought about having it around now.

“We tried to hold off postponing as long as we could. There was a bit of chat about Origin and all those things. And being in the bubble the next four weeks, I couldn’t have gone in and out of the bubble.

“It was best to call it early. We have a lot of family coming from long distances to travel down and they were going to make a weekend of it.”

About 200 people were due to celebrate the wedding at Watsons Bay. South Sydney and NSW teammate Damien Cook joked he was desperate to be part of the wedding party, but Walker nominated his three older brothers and two cousins.

The 30-year-old knows he will get the chance to celebrate a big day with the mother of his two children eventually. He’s just as certain he will cope much better in his second Origin stint than his first.

How Walker will be used off the bench remains a mystery. Even Fittler said he was not sure and did not want to give it too much thought for fear he would ”outsmart myself”.

Walker made his debut in Origin I last year at five-eighth, was dragged mid-game and then returned to try and make an impact. But he was quickly dropped, and Walker was mature enough to discuss it with Fittler.

“I spoke [with Fittler] about how I was a little disappointed with how it all went down, and I was open and honest with him,” Walker said.

“When the team was announced [for Origin II last year] I didn’t get a phone call and I said I was quite disappointed in not getting a phone call, but he said, ‘sorry, there are a lot of things going on’, and I understood that.

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“The No.1 thing is to get the win. I’ve grown up supporting the Blues for as long as I can remember. I remember watching it on TV … I absolutely love the Blues and supported them a long time.”

Fittler admired the way Walker still tried to make things happen that night at Suncorp Stadium. He said no player had finished the past two NRL seasons in better form than the Souths star.

“I’m grateful for another opportunity, they don’t come around too often,” Walker said.

“My confidence definitely took a hit [last year]. In terms of how much, I’m not sure. I didn’t recapture the form that had got me in there until the back end of the season.”

Fittler said: “Cody

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