Caitlyn Jenner didn’t ask to be the spokesperson for the entire transgender community.
But thanks to her association with the KUWTKworld, she was pretty much guaranteed that role as soon as her Vanity Faircover hit the shelves.
And while many trans individuals may have been nervous for someone so privileged to be representation for a group that so commonly faces adversity, Caitlyn Jenner’s show may be doing a lot to fight their concerns.
That’s because after the series premiere of I Am Cait last week, which bravely tackled the issue of trans teen suicide, Sunday’s second episode was equally as powerful.
One of the most noticeable qualities of this follow-up hour was undoubtedly how the docu-series was unafraid of portraying Caitlyn as naive in regard to her newly found family.
Caitlyn is taking her role as a trans icon extremely seriously, and watching her embrace other aspects of being transgender while learning about the community is the perfect way for the show to teach its audience the exact same lessons.
Ch-ch-check I Am Cait not holding back any punches (above) & (below)!!!
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Head coach Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes will officially start preparations for their title defense when the team reports for fall camp August 9.
The Buckeyes, tabbed as the nation’s No. 1 team in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, have plenty of storylines to follow as they open camp. From heated position battles to off-the-field distractions, Meyer and the coaching staff will have plenty to work through before hitting the road for a season-opening clash with Virginia Tech.
Here’s what to watch for when the Buckeyes open fall camp.
A 2-Horse Race at Quarterback
College football’s most anticipated position battle took a major turn before it even had a chance to get started when Braxton Miller announced his move from quarterback to H-back.
That leaves Meyer with two signal-callers to work with in J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones.
Barrett had a sensational redshirt freshman campaign last year, setting the Ohio State single-season record for total offense and the Big Ten record for total touchdowns. He accomplished all of that in just 12 games before breaking his ankle in the regular-season finale against Michigan. That allowed Jones to take over and guide the Buckeyes through a postseason tear of Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon on the way to a national title.
Meyer evaluated his two quarterbacks at the Big Ten media days in Chicago last week.
“I think their skill sets are very similar,” Meyer said, according to Tony Gerdeman of The Ozone. “There was a time maybe where I thought J.T., his arm strength wasn’t up to par. He’s worked very hard at that. From every indication that I’m hearing, because I haven’t seen it yet, his arm strength is on par now. I don’t think that it’s a much different skill set.”
Meyer won’t name a starter before the Virginia Tech game, per Gerdeman, so the two quarterbacks should push each other throughout camp.
Braxton Miller’s Move to Wide Receiver
With the nature of Miller’s injury and the pair of surgeries he underwent, it was going to be hard for him to not only beat out Barrett and Jones during camp but to stay fresh enough to handle a season’s worth of throwing and contact.
That’s why his move to wide receiver makes so much sense. Miller has always been a nightmare for defenses to contain, and with his move to the perimeter, the Buckeyes offense has the potential to be much more explosive.
The 6’2″, 215-pound blazer has a lot to prove during camp, though, because as Meyer pointed out last week, per Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel, the coaching staff has yet to see him catch a pass. But the head coach is excited about the potential Miller adds to his offense after his move to the perimeter.
“He’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever coached,” Meyer said, according to Murschel. “He’s got an incredible first step. Above all else, you say it’s time to win or lose time, and he’s not going to lose.”
Handling the Surprising Suspensions
The Buckeyes had been enjoying a quiet offseason until last week, when it was announced that four key players—defensive end Joey Bosa and receivers Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson and Corey Smith—will be suspended for Ohio State’s Week 1 matchup against Virginia Tech.
The loss of the three wideouts is significant because the Buckeyes were already working to replace Devin Smith, the team’s leading receiver and college football’s best deep threat a season ago, and Evan Spencer, who, according to Meyer, was last year’s team MVP, per the Tampa Bay Times.
But there’s no way around it—losing Bosa is the biggest blow.
As the team’s best and most disruptive defender, the Buckeyes will need to find a suitable replacement to generate some pressure from the strong-side defensive end position. Redshirt freshman Sam Hubbard, who had an excellent spring practice, is expected to fill in for Bosa, but will he be ready for the prime-time showdown?
Excluding the early enrollees who took part in spring camp—4-star defensive end Jashon Cornell, 4-star linebacker Nick Conner and 3-star offensive tackle Grant Schmidt—the new freshmen will be making their first impressions on Meyer and their position coaches.
Two years ago, it was Bosa and Wilson who turned heads and earned the respect and trust of the coaching staff as first-year players during fall camp. Last year, Raekwon McMillan and Curtis Samuel did the same.
Can any of Ohio State’s new freshmen earn some early playing time?
Four-star Michael Weber has a chance to crack the rotation in a wide-open running back position behind Ezekiel Elliott. Receivers K.J. Hill and Alex Stump could see some time with the depleted wide receiver corps. The Buckeyes have depth at linebacker, but 5-star Justin Hilliard and 4-stars Jerome Baker and Conner could be talented enough to compete with upperclassmen.
But for that to happen, these star freshmen will need to stand out in the first two weeks of camp.
With his scorching 10-under 61 in the third round, Troy Merritt surged up the leaderboard and into a share of first place at the Quicken Loans National. On Sunday, the 29-year-old completed the job.
At 18 under, Merritt finished three strokes ahead of Rickie Fowler to earn his first-ever PGA Tour victory. According to ESPN Stats & Info, his final score was also the lowest in tournament history.
You can check out the full leaderboard below:
Since he was coming off the heels of such a brilliant third round, you wondered whether the weight of expectation would sink Merritt on Sunday. Here he was, 18 holes away from the biggest accomplishment in his professional career.
A birdie on the first hole likely eased Merritt’s nerves, and he played largely mistake-free golf over the rest of the front nine. A bogey on No. 12 set him back a bit, but he canceled that out with a birdie on No. 16 and birdied the final hole for good measure.
You could argue Merritt’s final hurdle came on the 17th hole, when he danced out of danger with this putt off the fringe, per the PGA Tour:
He closed out his win in style, sinking this long putt on No. 18:
Tournament host Tiger Woods complimented Merritt on a job well done:
Merritt reciprocated the kind words, per the PGA Tour:
Merritt’s triumph comes with a few added benefits. First, he’ll collect roughly $1.2 million of the $6.7 million purse, which isn’t a bad haul for four days’ work. Here’s a look at what the top-10 finishers will earn, per ESPN.com:
Not only that, Merritt will also have two more great opportunities to add to his prize money this year at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship.
According to PGA Tour Media, he’ll be making his debut in both events, the latter of which will be his first appearance at a major.
Kevin Chappell entered the final round in a tie with Merritt atop the leaderboard. Unlike Merritt, he melted under pressure, shooting a six-over 77 on Sunday.
Chappell began the day with back-to-back bogeys on the first two holes and never fully recovered. Through nine holes, the 29-year-old was sitting at even par for the round, but the back nine proved his undoing.
With double bogeys on the 12th and 14th holes, Chappell all but eliminated himself from contention for good, and bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16 finished the job.
He wound up at eight under for the tournament in a three-way tie for 18th. Also finishing at eight under in the Quicken Loans National was Woods, who recovered from a brutal third round to shoot three under Sunday.
Fans are always looking for signs the “Old Tiger” might one day return. While that version of Woods is probably never coming back, his performance in the final round offered reason to hope he can at least become the best player in the world again.
Although Woods bogeyed the 12th hole, the damage could’ve been much worse after his drive fell into a water hazard. He somehow navigated a rough lie and smashed his approach through surrounding trees and onto the fringe:
While you don’t want to extrapolate too much from simply one shot, this tweet from ESPN Stats & Info emboldens the optimism around Tiger’s round:
ESPN.com’s Jason Sobel also made a good point about the cognitive dissonance at play sometimes regarding Woods:
The 2015 PGA Championship is right around the corner. The first round will tee off at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, on Aug. 13. Woods is picking a good time to start potentially hitting his stride again.
As much as Tiger has struggled this year, no golfer wants to see him lurking near the top of the leaderboard heading into the final round of a major tournament.
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