Nelson Mandela: the world mourns

first_imgOn 9 May 1994, the day before Mandela’s inauguration as president of South Africa, Time magazine ran in-depth features on the “miracle” of the country’s democratic transformation. (Image: Time) Nelson Mandela in the 1960s. (Image: Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand) Nelson Mandela working in the Robben Island prison garden in 1977. The photograph, simply titled “A prisoner in the garden” by the National Archives, was taken by a media contingent sponsored by the apartheid government. (Image: National Archives, courtesy Nelson Mandela Foundation) Mandela with Graça Machel, his third wife and the widow of former Mozambican president Samora Machel, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu at a celebration of Tutu and his wife Leah’s 50th wedding anniversary. (Image: Hope Foundation) Expressions of grief and condolence have poured in from across the world after former president, Nobel Peace laureate and statesman Nelson Mandela, the world’s icon of reconciliation, compassion and goodwill, died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg on 5 December 2013. He was 95. Those 95 years were remarkable.After spending 27 years in apartheid’s prisons, Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994. He united a fraught and fearful country, bringing together blacks and whites when South Africa was living through violent and troubled times.His legacy is enormous. For 27 years he was South Africa’s icon of freedom, even though apartheid law made displaying his image illegal.At the end of his presidency he continued to work for a better South Africa, mainly through his many foundations. These include the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, and, in his home province of the Eastern Cape, the Nelson Mandela School of Science and Technology, which will open in early 2014. Mandela’s name – and prison number – are also used in the 46664 campaign, a worldwide concert fundraising programme to help victims and orphans of Aids.Troublemaker from the Eastern CapeNelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape province, the son of a chief of the Tembu clan of the Xhosa nation. At the age of seven he was enrolled in the local missionary school, where he was given the European name “Nelson” by a Methodist teacher who found his African name difficult to pronounce. That name, Rohlihlahla, means “troublemaker”.After his father was stripped of his chieftainship following a dispute with a local magistrate, Mandela and his mother moved to the small village of Qunu. In 1927, when Mandela was nine, his father died, and the boy became the ward of the Tembu regent, Jongintaba Dalindyebo. He was to be groomed to assume high office but, influenced by the cases that came before the chief’s court, decided to become a lawyer.In 1939, after he had matriculated from school, Mandela enrolled at the University College of Fort Hare for a bachelor of arts degree. But the following year, after being suspended from college for joining in a protest boycott and fleeing an arranged marriage, he moved to South Africa’s principal city, Johannesburg.Arriving in Alexandra township in the north of the city, he found work as a guard at one of Johannesburg’s many gold mines, and later as an articled clerk at a law firm. He completed his degree by correspondence at the University of South Africa, and began to study law at the University of the Witwatersrand.In 1942 Mandela entered politics by joining the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s major liberation movement and today the country’s ruling party. It was during this time that he and a small group of mainly young members of the ANC embarked on a mission to transform the party into a mass movement.In 1944 he, Anton Lembede and Mandela’s lifelong friends and comrades Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu founded the ANC Youth League (ANCYL). That year he also married his first wife, Evelyn Mase. In 1947 he was elected president of the ANCYL.The year 1948 was a dark one in South Africa, with the election of the racist National Party, voted into government by a white electorate on the platform of apartheid. In response, in 1949, the ANC adopted its Programme of Action, inspired by the Youth League, which advocated the weapons of boycott, strike, civil disobedience and non-cooperation with authority.The programme aimed at the attainment of full citizenship and direct parliamentary representation for all South Africans. In policy documents co-written by Mandela, the ANCYL paid special attention to the redistribution of the land, trade union rights, free and compulsory education for all children, and mass education for adults.During the Campaign for Defiance of Unjust Laws in 1952, Mandela was elected the ANC’s national volunteer-in-chief and travelled the country organising resistance to discriminatory laws. He was charged and brought to trial for his role in the campaign and given a suspended prison sentence.Mandela and Tambo attorneysIn recognition of his contribution to the defiance campaign, Mandela was elected president of both the Youth League and the Transvaal region of the ANC at the end of 1952. He subsequently became the deputy president of the ANC.Soon after the defiance campaign, Mandela passed his attorney’s admission examination and was admitted to the profession. In 1952 he and Oliver Tambo opened a law firm in downtown Johannesburg.Tambo, the chairperson of the ANC at the time of his death in April 1993, wrote of their practice: “To reach our desks each morning Nelson and I ran the gauntlet of patient queues of people overflowing from the chairs in the waiting room into the corridors … Our buff office files carried thousands of these stories and if, when we started our law partnership, we had not been rebels against apartheid, our experiences in our offices would have remedied the deficiency. We had risen to professional status in our community, but every case in court, every visit to the prisons to interview clients, reminded us of the humiliation and suffering burning into our people.”The 1950s turned out to be a time of strife and tribulation for Mandela – he was banned, arrested and imprisoned. His personal life was also in some turmoil, as he divorced Evelyn to marry Winnie Madikizela. He was also one of the accused in the historic Treason Trial that ended in 1961, with the state dropping all charges.The Black PimpernelIn 1960 police opened fire on a group of protesters in the township of Sharpeville, killing 69 people. The reaction was immediate, with demonstrations, protest marches, strikes and riots across South Africa. On March 30 1960, the government declared a state of emergency, detaining more than 18 000 people, and banning the ANC and other liberation movements.With the banning, the ANC leadership went underground and Mandela was forced to live away from his family. He was a master of disguise and managed to evade the police, a feat which earned him the nickname in the media as the Black Pimpernel.The banning also forced the ANC to move from nonviolent to violent means of opposing apartheid. Umkhonto we Sizwe, the movement’s armed wing, was formed in 1961, with Mandela as commander-in-chief. After travelling abroad for several months, he was arrested in 1962 on his return to South Africa for unlawfully exiting the country and for incitement to strike. Convicted, he was sentenced to five years on Robben Island, the notorious political prison off the coast near Cape Town.While serving this sentence, he was charged with sabotage in the infamous Rivonia Trial. In 1964 Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment.Eighteen of Mandela’s 27 years in jail were spent on Robben Island, where he carried out hard labour in a lime quarry. As a D-group prisoner, the lowest classification, he was allowed only one visitor and one letter every six months.While in prison Mandela studied by correspondence with the University of London, earning a Bachelor of Laws degree. In 1984 he was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, and in December of that year he was moved to Victor Verster Prison near Paarl in the Western Cape.President of South AfricaOver the years, South Africa slowly descended into near-chaos, with almost constant unrest inside the country, armed insurgency from without, and steadily increasing international pressure from the international community to end apartheid. On 2 February 1990 the country’s National Party president, FW de Klerk, made a remarkable announcement: a negotiated settlement would end apartheid, all liberation movements would be unbanned, and all political prisoners released – including Nelson Mandela.Nine days later Mandela walked out of Victor Verster prison, his wife Winnie on his arm and his fist raised in the liberation movement salute.In 1991, at the first national conference of the ANC held inside South Africa after its decades-long banning, Mandela was elected president of the party. His long-time friend, Tambo, became national chairperson. In 1993 he and FW de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their different roles in the peaceful end of apartheid.In 1994, after South Africa’s first democratic elections, Mandela became president of the Republic of South Africa. That year he published his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, which he started writing in prison.After serving a five-year term as president of the country, Mandela ceded the ANC presidency to Thabo Mbeki. He retired from public life in June 1999, though not from the public eye. He built himself a home in his birthplace in Qunu, which he would visit as often as he can.FriendshipsKnown affectionately by his clan name of Madiba, Mandela had friends across the world – Bill Clinton, Bono of U2, Naomi Campbell. Some of his friendships went back over 60 years, as with Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo and Ahmed Kathrada.In his autobiography Memoirs, Kathrada recounted that he and Mandela affectionately called one another madala, isiZulu for old man.“Charming and charismatic, he has both a magnetic personality and a commanding presence,” Kathrada wrote. “An uncommon amalgam of peasant and aristocrat, he is a living paradox: a democrat par excellence, with just a touch of the autocrat; at once proud but simple; soft yet tenacious; obstinate and flexible; vain one moment and humble the next; infinitely tolerant but also impatient.”Kathrada and Mandela spent 18 years together on Robben Island and a further seven in Pollsmoor Prison, along with Sisulu.“For all the public exposure and media attention Madiba remains an enigma to all but his most intimate circle,” Kathrada said.He recounted an incident with a terminally ill girl, Michelle Britz, that was typical of Mandela. She wanted to meet Madiba, and when she met Kathrada on Robben Island, he got to know of her wish. Kathrada passed on her wish to the then president, who sprang into action immediately.“The president of South Africa, a universally respected statesman with one of the busiest schedules on earth, flew to the Mpumalanga town of Secunda by helicopter, bearing gifts for a sick child.“The emotional meeting between Madiba and Michelle was shown on national television, and as she clasped her little arms around his neck and kissed him, the eyes of millions must have filled with tears, just as mine did.”In his honourNelson Mandela was given the freedom of 45 cities around the world, and honorary citizenship of 11 cities.In Johannesburg, his image was cast in a 6m-high bronze statue and stands preserved in his famous jive in Nelson Mandela Square.Speaking at the statue’s unveiling in April 2004, Ndileka Mandela, Madiba’s eldest granddaughter, said: “This is a very happy statue. The dancing stance pays tribute to the spirit of joy and celebration inherent in the people of South Africa.” The countless tributes to him around the world are without precedent. He had 23 schools, universities and institutions named after him; 25 halls, buildings, monuments and housing developments; 13 stadiums, squares, plazas, parks and gardens; 91 streets, roads, boulevards and parks; 32 bursaries and scholarships, foundations and lectures. Thirteen statues, sculptures and artworks carry his name.Madiba collected dozens of accolades from around the world: 18 sports-related honours and awards, and 115 other awards.He had a range of strange items named after him: a landfill site, a spider, a sea-slug, a protea, a tea, an orchid, a rescue dog, and a racehorse.Marriage, children and old age Mandela and Winnie divorced in 1996. In 1998 he married Graça Machel, widow of Samora Machel, the president of Mozambique until his death in 1986.Their wedding anniversary was the same date as his birthday – 18 July. In a 2008 interview with Mike Hanna on the Al Jazeera television network, Machel described how lonely Mandela was when she first met him.“After 27 years in jail, what he most longed for was not the glory of political life, but to have a family life,” she said. “It was a meeting of minds and a meeting of hearts.” Although she hadn’t wanted another marriage after Samora Machel’s death, she decided that her gift to Mandela on his 80th birthday would be to marry him.“Madiba has allowed me to continue to be myself. He has always respected my space. We have a deep sense of sharing, but at the same time we respect each other’s identities.“For a man of his age, a man who has gone through those kinds of experiences, he could have become extremely possessive. He’s not. Maybe that’s what love really means. We have found a balanced and respectful way of relating.”Mandela outlived three of his six children, and only three of his daughters are still alive: Makaziwe, Zenani and Zindzi. He had 18 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren, as well as four step-children from his marriage to Machel.Towards the end of his life he and Machel spent their time in Qunu or at their home in the upmarket suburb of Houghton, in Johannesburg. His greatest pleasure of his old age, he said, was watching the sun set, with the music of Handel or Tchaikovsky playing in the background.A short distance from the tranquil surrounds of Houghton, his famous words from the Rivonia Trial echo on the walls of the Drill Hall in central Johannesburg:“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live and to achieve. But if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”last_img read more

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Regator: Mainstreaming RSS Aggregators – 100 Invites

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting While quite a few mainstream users use RSS daily on their personalized homepages without ever knowing it, more traditional RSS aggregators are only slowly expanding beyond the early adopter crowd. Regator, which released a private beta today, is courting these mainstream users by giving them a very straightforward and easy way to browse RSS feeds while keeping the layout of more traditional RSS aggregators.Courting Mainstream UsersA couple of things set Regator apart from other RSS aggregators like Bloglines, Newsgator, or Google Reader. First of all, Regator only offers a set of roughly 3000 blogs to subscribe to, as well as ‘channels,’ like Technology, Politics, Sports, etc. You can’t import your own OPML files or subscribe to blogs from outside of Regator. While this is clearly meant to keep things simple for Regator’s user base, it does limit its usefulness for more advanced users. You can, however, nominate your favorite blogs to be added to Regator’s catalog. Another difference between Regator and other RSS aggregators is that while Regator opens in a River of News style view, the default view is organized by popularity, not chronology. Users can vote up or down on every post and those votes determine the position of the posts on the site. Regator does have the option to switch to a chronological view.While Regator does not feature any social networking or sharing functions yet, users can comment on blog posts, though those comments stay within the Regator silo. Related Posts VerdictOverall, Regator seems like a very well thought out product. Finding blogs and channels to read is easy and the “What’s Hot” bar on the right side gives you a quick overview of what the most hotly debated topics in the blogosphere are right now. The green theme, which can’t be changed, might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but the layout of the site works very well.InvitesRegator has given us 100 invites – you can claim yours by heading to Regator’s homepage and using ‘readwriteweb’ as your invite code. Tags:#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Only SummariesOne thing that might make bloggers happy, but makes Regator just a little bit less useful is the fact that it only displays summaries and not the full text of all blog posts. It also doesn’t display any pictures from those blog posts, even if they are part of the summary. Regator says they are doing this to give back to the bloggers featured on the site. Given the many discussions around full feeds and community sites lately, they are definitely doing the right thing, especially because Regator has comments on its site.Audio and VideoBesides blog posts, Regator also functions as a podcast and video player. Posts with embedded media like mp3 files or YouTube videos will display those in either a pop-up player for videos or a little audio player at the bottom of the screen (see screenshot). Especially the audio player is a nifty solution, as you can keep browsing the site while the player stays out of the way at the bottom of the page. frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Ateneo shoots for 5th straight triumph

first_imgNo more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors LATEST STORIES The Tamaraws are hoping to improve under rookie coach Olsen Racela, even after their 78-65 conquest of University of Santo Tomas on Saturday.Racela expects another dogfight against the Bulldogs, who lost to the Adamson Falcons, 83-76, on Sunday.“It doesn’t matter who you play, it’s really tough to get wins [in the UAAP],” said Racela. “That’s why I keep reminding the players to always grind it out.”Thirdy Ravena has stood at the forefront of the Ateneo attack, averaging close to 19 points in the first four games, while getting ample help from his teammates.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups With this in mind, the Eagles try to extend their unbeaten start to five games as they clash with winless University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Working behind a fluid offense and a much-improved defense from last season, the Eagles have won their first four games of the tournament by double-digit margins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We can’t fall into the trap of looking [at] and enjoying our record,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “We’ve got to stay focused on our next game.”Tied with Adamson at fourth spot with similar 2-2 records, Far Eastern U and National U square off in the first game at 2 p.m. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No team has come close to beating Ateneo in the first three weeks of UAAP Season 80. But the Blue Eagles know even the slightest sign of complacency can cost them a victory.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Who leads among win-win Pinoy warriors? Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View commentslast_img read more

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3×3 could be PH’s path to Olympic basketball stint

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sanchez also welcomed the Philippines being at the forefront of the discipline’s advancement, saying, “This is going to be helpful for us in developing the sport of 3×3 basketball.”Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio hopes that Sanchez’ words will become reality as the Philippines is going all in on Fiba’s new endeavors.“The 3×3 basketball is played rather differently compared to five-on-five and it’s exciting. We at SBP are looking at how we can improve in the rankings of 3×3 and it’s something that maybe, the Philippines can also qualify in Tokyo in 2020,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives WTA signs lucrative 10-year deal to move finals to China PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Fiba managing director Alex Sanchez. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonA Fiba official expressed confidence that 3×3 basketball will be the best avenue for the Philippines to see action in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Fiba managing director Alex Sanchez said that he thinks Filipinos have a bigger chance of qualifying for the quadrennial games in the halfcourt game thanks to their extensive knowledge of the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “In my opinion, Filipinos have a real chance to make it (to the Olympics). Hopefully, the staging of the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup here can give us a nice push to get a Philippine team to the Olympics,” he said Thursday.The Philippines is set to host the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup at Philippine Arena from June 8 to 12, and though this won’t be a qualifying tournament, the Fiba executive knows that the hosting alone could boost the country’s chances of being one of the first nations to participate in the inaugural staging in Tokyo 2020.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“The fact that we have this event here, even if it’s not a direct qualifier, should help in creating momentum in the implementation of a successful program,” Sanchez said.The Tokyo Games will be the first time that 3×3 basketball will be held as a part of the Summer Olympics. View commentslast_img read more

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17 days agoWilfried Zaha insists he’s fully focused on Crystal Palace

first_imgWilfried Zaha insists he’s fully focused on Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha insists he’s fully focused on this season with the Eagles.Zaha, who signed a five-year contract worth £130,000 a week last year, says he is focused on playing for his current club in a bid to hit targets he has set himself, after bagging 10 goals last season. He told BBC Africa, “I’m seeing how it goes. I’m a Crystal Palace player and I’m just trying to perform to the best of my ability for my club.”I’m not thinking about anything else and just taking each day as it comes.”All I can do is perform on the pitch. I’m trying to be a consistent performer on the pitch week in, week out.”Last season I set myself a target of 10 goals and managed to get 10, so I was happy. Hopefully I can reach my goals again – that’s all that’s on my mind.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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8 days ago​Ex-Tottenham coach Allen: Cudicini stopped me punching Wenger

first_img​Ex-Tottenham coach Allen: Cudicini stopped me punching Wengerby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham coach Clive Allen has revealed an incident where he almost punched then Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.Allen was a Spurs player from 1984 to 1988, before going on to become a part of their coaching staff.The 58-year-old recalled an incident in 2011 where Allen was very unhappy with Wenger and had to be restrained by goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.In an extract from his book published in The Evening Standard, Allen said: “I stuck out my hand to shake, but he just walked past me, because he’d lost. That’s the way he is. I chased after him down the tunnel.”‘Come on Arsene!’ I shouted. ‘Are you a man or a mouse? Shake my hand.’ He wouldn’t.”At that point, I lost it. I screamed at him. I was ready to blow. ‘Just because we’ve won for once!'”Just as I went to swing for him, reserve goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini saved the day. He threw his arm over my shoulder.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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JuCo Linebacker Eldridge Thompson Becomes 2nd South Carolina Commit Of The Day

first_imgWill Muschamp and his staff are having a very strong recruiting day. Earlier this afternoon, Shi Smith, a top in-state recruit, committed to the Gamecocks. He is now joined by JuCo linebacker Eldridge Thompson out of Coffeyville Community College.Eldridge is yet to tweet out his commitment, but he retweeted a GoGamecocks.com about the decision.eldridge thompsonWith the commitments in quick succession, head coach Will Muschamp was very quick on the Twitter confirmations.#SpursUp!— Will Muschamp (@CoachWMuschamp) June 11, 2016#SpursUp!!— Will Muschamp (@CoachWMuschamp) June 11, 2016 South Carolina now has 13 players committed in the 2017 class.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img

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Ohio States Bradley Roby ready for primetime position battle against California

Admittedly, Bradley Roby said he grows bored with lesser opponents. The Ohio State redshirt sophomore cornerback confessed that his interest dwindles against someone he feels is athletically inferior to him. While it might have been a problem in the past, it seems Roby shouldn’t have any problem getting up for his competition Saturday, when the Buckeyes host California. It’s why he might have a fire in his belly previewing his personal battle with the Golden Bears’ preseason All-American junior wide receiver Keenan Allen. “When you think you’re one of the best in the country just going against somebody else who’s the best in the country, it’s just a show time,” he said. And it certainly might live up to that. Allen, who has been named to watch lists like the Biletnikoff Award, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year, is arguably one of the nation’s best receivers, and one of its most gifted athletes. Through two games, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver, has collected 136 yards and a touchdown on 11 receptions. The season before, Allen hauled in 98 catches for 1343 yards and six touchdowns. Sophomore Devin Smith, the Buckeyes’ most productive receiver in 2011, had 14 receptions for 294 yards – 84 grabs fewer than Allen. Suffice it to say, Roby should have his hands full. And while the Suwanee, Ga., native is a relatively new face to college football, that doesn’t mean he necessarily plays that way. In 2011, Roby’s first year starting at cornerback for the Buckeyes, the then-redshirt freshman had 47 tackles and three interceptions – a figure that tied for the most of any OSU player. For Roby, the chance of dueling with one of the game’s best is something he relishes. “It’s just prime time,” he said. “I wish it was a night game so everybody would be watching, but it’s at noon so, I mean, I’m just going to make the most of it as much as I can.” But at just 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Roby will have to find a way to neutralize Allen’s size and the receiver’s physical prowess. Depending on who you ask, Roby is arguably one of the fastest, if not the fastest, player on the Buckeyes team after reportedly running a 40-yard-dash in 4.3 seconds twice over the summer. The most essential part of his game, though, is Roby’s seemingly unwavering, unapologetic confidence. And why not? By all measures, it would seem that the Buckeyes’ coaching staff approve of his play on and off the field. During the Big Ten coaches’ weekly teleconference Tuesday, first year coach Urban Meyer said he “loves” Roby. “He’s a high-character guy,” Meyer said. “He’s really blessed, really talented, really fast.” But Meyer is well aware of Roby’s tendency to play to the level of his competition. “He gets bored,” Meyer said. “I’ve coached some great corners, and those guys never got bored. The ultimate competitors, they compete at all times.” But that’s not to say that Roby isn’t a great corner. OSU cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said Roby treats his job on the Buckeyes’ defense as a professional player would. “He’s a real football player, and spends a lot of time at his craft, and spends a lot of time watching film and studying himself, which I think is important, and you were talking about individual improvement, that’s one of the ways to do it,” Coombs said. On Saturdays, though, Coombs said Roby’s ability to make plays on the ball is something that’s struck him since coming to Columbus in early March. “I think he’s one of the best I’ve ever seen at knocking the ball out of the receiver’s hands after the guy has caught it or nearly caught it, he’s got great sense for that,” he said. “Obviously he’s a skill player, and he’s playing really well. I don’t know where all that comes from. But he plays the ball really well.” It might, Coombs said, come from Roby’s days of playing wide receiver in high school at Peachtree Ridge. Though talk of the cornerback playing both ways has hushed considerably since OSU’s fall camp, Roby won’t rule out the idea. “I still can, it’s still a possibility,” he said, “but right now we’re not worried about that.” Arguably, Roby’s assuredness in his capability as a wide receiver speaks volumes to how he often walks a line between being confident and cocky. In other instances, though, letting his play speak for itself isn’t enough. Roby likes to let people know about it and said that facet of his game won’t change against a player of Allen’s caliber. It’s just part of a big time matchup, he said. “Anytime you can get one of the two best players at their positions on the field at the same time, it’s always gonna be a good show and he talks a lot of trash, I talk a lot of trash,” he said. “So, I mean, it’s going to be a battle out there so just keep an eye out for that.” Roby said it’s all about the field vocals. “That’s what you need,” Roby said. Maybe it’s what the Buckeyes need on Saturday at noon. Dan Hope contributed to this story read more

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