Most games following a season-altering loss are automatically labeled as a chance at redemption, a chance to reassert the program’s winning identity. Saturday night in Iowa City was that chance for Wisconsin football. Wisconsin’s non-conference schedule had faced scrutiny considering the established high caliber the Badgers had proven in recent years, but suddenly they had to re-earn the nation’s respect.I’m not sure they succeeded.Before the season began, Hornibrook’s ability to carry the offense and an unproven secondary were the preconceived sore spots for the top five ranked Badgers. A lackluster pass rush and flimsy offensive line were supposed to be the reliable portions of Wisconsin’s identity.Yet Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley had a surplus of time in the pocket — Hornibrook was attacked from all angles.Yet a Wisconsin defense heralded as elite across the FBS were consistently embarrassed by simple misdirections.Yet Wisconsin defenders proven as gifted tacklers let Iowa slip through their fingers at every turn.Football: Meet Wisconsin’s newest defensive star, Scott NelsonAfter a demoralizing loss to the BYU Cougars, it’s easy to forget the University of Wisconsin football team still has Read…Wisconsin punted their first drive, Iowa’s first drive ended deep in Wisconsin territory only to be stifled on a gutsy but blown fourth down conversion attempt. Iowa surrendered five yards to penalty in the first half, Wisconsin coughed up 28. Passes downfield for Iowa seemed to always find the open receiver, rare Wisconsin heaves were broken up almost easily.By all accounts, unranked Iowa looked the better team at the half, yet the score was tied 7-7. But the once clear shot at redemption had begun to fade. A close victory would prove nothing — if anything it would show Wisconsin didn’t deserve their preseason ranking.Out-gaining Wisconsin was a figment of many opponent’s imagination historically, but midway through the third quarter, Iowa had a 64-yard advantage.But the universe was bent on giving Wisconsin a chance to save face. An unassuming Wisconsin punt somehow resulted in a red zone opportunity after an Iowa defensemen unknowingly kicked the ball. The eventual Danny Davis touchdown was undeserved, but Wisconsin lead 14-10.The lead felt hollow, like it was inevitable Iowa would counter, like the second touchdown should’ve never happened. A few short minutes later, Iowa had comfortably worked their way into the red zone, almost automatically. On queue, it was 17-14 Iowa.AP Poll, you haunting oracle of truthLast week was a very different era. We have all changed so much during this time. I myself was foolish, Read…Wisconsin’s defense no longer felt like an advantage, they felt like a liability. Jonathan Taylor feels out of the Heisman conversation, not the 150+ yard per game workhorse he’d become.The script was there, the chances were frequent, and Wisconsin waited until the last possible moment to take it. A final Wisconsin drive, one we’d been waiting on for more than four quarters, ended in an AJ Taylor touchdown that gave Wisconsin the late lead that took too long to attain.Maybe the preseason critics we called too eager to pass judgement were right — Saturday night proved Wisconsin was still far from earning national respect.A win is a win, but Wisconsin’s late surge cannot be remembered fondly for the team to improve. This was a sloppy game, and one Wisconsin should have handled with more composure than they exhibited.28-17 is your final in Iowa City. Wisconsin heads into a bye week with plenty to mull over.
Source = Kath Rose & Associates Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel has bookended the week with two major wins as the country’s leader in deluxe boutique accommodation. Last Friday evening the independently owned, internationally acclaimed hotel was crowned – for the fourth time – Best Boutique Hotel in Australia, at the prestigious Hospitality Management (HM) Awards for Excellence in Sydney; and last night the title of Best Deluxe Hotel, 5 Star+ was won at the 2012 Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence. At the Queensland industry’s night of nights, Emporium Hotel triumphed over some of the best Deluxe Hotel offers in the state including Sheraton Mirage, Sofitel Brisbane, Hilton Cairns and Spicers Clovelly. Last Sunday evening finalists against the Emporium Hotel included Sydney’s The Establishment, Henry Jones Art Hotel, Spicers Balfour, The Observatory and Diamant Canberra among others. Emporium Hotel General Manager, Peter Savoff, pointed directly to his team for the week of wins. “What a week for the Emporium Hotel and for Brisbane! Being acknowledged as the best boutique hotel in Australia and the best deluxe accommodation in Queensland in the one week is extraordinary. I pay full tribute to our incredible team of passionate professionals, a team I am privileged to work with every day, in achieving these Awards; and of course to the owners the Anthony John Group and Tony and Fran John who conceived and designed this great place,” he said. “We also acknowledge our fellow finalists and the way they have set and exceeded the bar for service, design and luxury – something we all aim for. In this sector of tourism, Australia is being reignited a leading light and it is an exciting time for us all.”The Queensland Hotels Association award joins a raft of others on the hotel’s manetlepiece; however Savoff remains focused as always on guest satisfaction. “The greatest barometer of our success will always remain with our guests,” he said. The awards come in a week when the hotel announced a new package for the leisure market – the Lexus Lazy Afternoon package – with indulgence as its muse, Queensland’s stunning Great South East as the canvas, and Spring as the inspiration. The package combines the hotel with the driving experience of the latest, stunning Lexus IS 250C convertible, allowing guests to escape on the open road to one of South East Queensland’s picturesque locations for an indulgent picnic like no other. Since opening its intricately designed doors in June 2007, the hotel has dominated industry and travel awards, being named one of the world’s best new hotels in the International Conde Nast Travellers Hotlist and taking out titles at the Queensland Tourism Awards, the Queensland and Australian Hotels Association Awards, the HM Awards for Excellence, two Gourmet Traveller Awards, and more.Everything about the Emporium Hotel is designed to pamper. Hidden in the hotel lobby is a stunning Cocktail Bar incorporating a fusion of vintage and custom-designed pieces matched by an eclectic Cocktail Menu. There are also a stunning range of exquisite experiences guests can order through Concierge, from massages to shopping, dining and more. Located in the heart of Brisbane’s stylish Emporium precinct – a haven for lovers of fashion and food – the Hotel is just minutes from the Brisbane CBD and close to the Brisbane Cruise Terminal, airports and arterials.