continue reading » A year into her new job at Canvas Credit Union($2.8B, Lone Tree, CO), Tansley Stearns was sitting in a meeting when a light bulb went off: No more B.S.!In this case, “B.S.” stands for “bank slang,” and it’s one of three pillars of the credit union’s B.S. Free campaign. With a Super Bowl Sunday TV spot in the Denver, CO, market, Canvas kicked off the campaign that promises no jargon, no hidden fees, and no offering members things they don’t need.In its ad campaign, the credit union defines B.S. as “generally confusing financial terms that should be avoided” and calls out a commonly used phrase for property mortgage insurance — PMI is typically required if LTV is above 80% — as being rife with it. That kind of talk, the ad promises, is “delightfully absent at Canvas Credit Union.”The B.S. Free campaign was a culmination of the marketing and other outreach that followed the 80-year-old institution’s re-brand from Public Service Credit Union to Canvas Credit Union. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“I was disappointed in his Preakness run. I think he’s a horse that’s still a little bit green and he can be tough to ride sometimes – like sending him to the Derby, he got behind there a little bit and then wouldn’t engage in it. He’ll do that. He did that at the Haskell where he was running really well – he shuts himself down.“It’s hard to get him going again and so I think he ran a good race, but the mare, she got the first move on him and he just couldn’t get by her. So he’s going to have to improve and I think he will, but he needs to be ridden aggressively away from the gate.”Luis Saez was reunited with Maximum Security last time out, having been his regular partner in finishing first past the post in last year’s Kentucky Derby, only to be disqualified for interference, and winning the Saudi Cup in Riyadh in February.Baffert, who took charge of Maximum Security following the Saudi success, said: “I think last time we were sort of chasing some speed that we knew was not really solid and I think post position and the break is going – that’ll tell the story. These riders are going to be on their own. They know their horses well.“Saez knows Maximum Security better than anybody and he told me when he rode him last time, he was chasing and struggling, and if it could have been over, we would have just taken it back a little bit.“It was a crazy pace and Improbable you know, Drayden (Van Dyke) saw what was happening, he just let them go, and then he came and got him. So I think it’s going to be these jockeys, they know their horse and they’re going to ride the way they feel, play the break.”Tiz The Law has been one of the standout three-year-olds in America this year and looked to be doing everything right under Manny Franco in the Derby, looming alongside Authentic seemingly full of running – but the Baffert runner refused to buckle.Jack Knowlton, operating manager of owners Sackatoga Stable, said of Barclay Tagg’s colt: “We’re obviously thrilled to have a horse of Tiz’s stature and accomplished what he’s accomplished. There are some other horses in there that you look, like Tom’s d’Etat, that you know are outstanding horses as well.“So I think on paper, and obviously we don’t run the races on paper, but on paper, I think it looks like a tremendous race. Given the circumstances, the pandemic and all that, for the 35 partners and Tiz the Law and Barclay Tagg and his team, it’s been a rewarding year to have the horse.“It’s been an incredible year and we’ve got one more race that we’re looking forward to.” All eyes will be on his team this year in a high-class renewal – with the betting headed by Improbable, who will be joined by Maximum Security and Authentic.Improbable lowered the colours of Maximum Security in the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita in September, while Kentucky Derby hero Authentic was last seen going down by a neck to top-notch filly Swiss Skydiver in the Preakness Stakes.Baffert said of Improbable, who will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr: “He always showed a lot of talent as a three-year old, but, you know, he wasn’t really mentally mature, physically mature. We always refer to him as a ‘Little Justify’ because he’s a beautiful mover – (his) athleticism is just, the way he goes over the ground and his mechanics, but what a difference a year makes.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Bob Baffert will play a particularly strong hand in pursuit of a fourth Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Saturday.The Hall of Fame trainer has three victories in the $6million spectacular to his name – dominating from 2014 to 2016 with Bayern, American Pharoah and Arrogate.- Advertisement – “He’s just really finally put it all together and I’m just happy they kept him in training an extra year and dealing with Elliott Walden and WinStar Farm – we set up a little schedule for him and it’s worked out perfectly.”Authentic quashed any stamina concerns when digging deep to repel Belmont winner Tiz The Law in the Kentucky Derby, and while he could not quite edge past Swiss Skydiver, Baffert feels there could still be more to come from John Velazquez’s mount.He said: “He actually came out of it (Preakness) really well. He was a late foal and he would make a wonderful four-year-old, but you never know what’s going to happen.- Advertisement –
As sports journalists, it is incumbent upon us to be impartial observers, to be conveyors of information without bias. But this is a column by an editor of the Daily Trojan, and it’s Conquest Week. So I’m going to be almost as unbiased as Lou Holtz talking about Everett Golson’s Heisman Trophy candidacy.Hunting Hundley · Quarterback Brett Hundley has twice led UCLA to wins over USC, including a 35-14 victory at the Coliseum last season. – Photo courtesy of Scott ChandlerI wish I could tell you that the Trojans are going to suffer from depth problems, that the Trojans are going to “bend and break” against Bruin quarterback Brett Hundley, that the Trojans just aren’t talented enough to stop him. That UCLA’s vaunted defense led by linebacker Myles Jack is going to tear through that inexperienced Trojan offensive line and grind USC’s offense to a halt. But then I’d be lying to you, and my parents didn’t raise me to be a liar.They did, however, raise me to see UCLA in a favorable light. They told me that UCLA was this glorious bastion of pure academia on a hill, where the scent of parchment and freshly-mown grass wafted through the air. UCLA kids just “get it,” my mother would tell me. They care about academics and stick to their studies, unlike kids at that “other school.” All that “other school” cares about is football.So as a young kid, I grew up a UCLA fan. I rooted against the Trojans and wanted them to lose because my parents taught me to love UCLA and Cal. But as I started high school, I became fascinated with USC — the fact that USC was always the silent school with an insanely loyal fan base, despite being inferior to UCLA in most statistically measured academic categories. What I noticed, though, was that it was always UCLA being outspoken in their hatred of USC and USC always remaining silent and choosing to flash their “victory” signs.There was something noble in the way Trojans carried themselves; the age-old rivalry persisted, and my fascination with ’SC’s silent loyalty finally won me over. I became dead set on becoming a Trojan. It wasn’t because I hated UCLA — it was the fact that a fan base shouldn’t be completely galvanized around hating another school, which, to me, is the hinge from which the UCLA school spirit pendulum swings.As for USC, the defining trait of a Trojan is faithfulness. Loyalty has been, and always will be, that one thing that brings USC students together. Our collective sense is not necessitated by our hatred of another school, but rather a sense of solidarity that is intrinsic to the Trojan experience. It is for this reason, among many others, that I am proud to be a Trojan.In recent years, however, the Trojans have fallen to UCLA in unseemly fashion. The loyalty of the fan base has been shaken. When I found out that USC was returning thousands of tickets back to UCLA because it was unable to sell the seats at the Rose Bowl for this Saturday’s matchup, I was heartbroken.Whether it’s the recruits moving across town to avoid sanctions or others, such as UCLA defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes stabbing the Trojans in the back to go to Westwood, UCLA has gotten the better of USC the past two years and rebounded from that 50-0 game in fine fashion.My colleague and Daily Trojan sports editor Aubrey Kragen already spoke to this phenomenon of a weakening fan base last week, but the point needs emphasis: Now is not the time for the USC fan base to shrink away. This was and is a school that stands firm in the face of adversity. We fight on as Trojans — that means whether the heartbreak comes in entire seasons (2012) or in single games (ASU, Utah, Boston College, et al.), we pick ourselves back up and show up to the next game ready to strike fear into the hearts of our opponents.The smart play is to say this Saturday’s game is going to be a close one: Both teams are talented, both teams have struggled and shown flashes of brilliance throughout the season. I’ve correctly predicted all of USC’s games against the spread this season, and I’m putting my flawless record on the line.The analyst in me is screaming not to become a homer. But here goes nothing: UCLA’s short-lived rental of the Victory Bell ends this Saturday. The Trojans will win, 42-7.It’s poor practice to make a pick on emotion, I know. From the outside looking in, it’s career suicide to admit that I made a choice based on allegiances — but to members of the Trojan family, I’m sure it makes perfect sense. I’m the editor of the Daily Trojan, a sports columnist of three semesters and might one day work in sports media — but I am nothing if not a Trojan first.Euno Lee is a senior majoring in English literature. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Euno What Time It Is,” runs Tuesdays.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The rainstorms passing through Arizona aren’t the only clouds hanging over Dodgers camp now.Clayton Kershaw was given Thursday off and his throwing program has been put on hold after he told the Dodgers’ staff that he “didn’t feel right” after throwing to hitters on Monday and in a bullpen session on Wednesday.“I’m just taking a few days right now,” Kershaw said, giving a form of that same response to multiple questions during a brief interview following Friday’s workout.“This is a good time to take a few days. This is the time to do it. So I’m going to do it.” “To say when he’s going to throw his next ’pen, I can’t say right now. We’re sort of leaving that to him and the trainers to figure out when that is. But right now, to step away and give him a couple days I think that’s what we’re going to do.”Kershaw has been on the DL with back problems each of the past three seasons and missed time with biceps tendinitis last May as well. This isn’t that, Roberts said.“Just kind of an arm kind of thing. Not back. Not fatigue,” Roberts said when pressed for specifics. “He did great work this past winter. It’s more of just you don’t feel right, let’s kind of get back in the weight room, get treatment and kind of get back and re-set.“I think I’m pretty good at reading players, reading Clayton and listening to the training staff. So no one’s alarmed or worried about it.”Kershaw would not offer an estimation of his own concern level.“Right now, I’m just going to take some time off and re-set,” he said again, estimating that he should resume his throwing program “if not by this weekend, then by the first of the week.”“I think it’s just best if I did that,” he said. “I just feel like I’m not going to get another chance to do this during the season. Just feel like it’s a good time.”Roberts acknowledged that pitchers often go through “a dead-arm phase” during spring training – usually later in camp – and this could “potentially” be that. The fact that the setback occurred early in camp means there is time to “re-calibrate and re-set” and still be ready for Opening Day.“There’s plenty of time for him to get his ’pens in and get built up,” Roberts said.Despite his recent injury issues and diminished velocity on his fastball, the Dodgers re-signed Kershaw to a three-year, $93-million contract extension last fall.PITCHING PLANSRainy weather in Arizona has impacted the Dodgers’ schedule for two days, forcing them to adjust the throwing schedule for some pitchers. They were unable to take the field for live batting practice sessions Friday so left-hander Rich Hill will start Saturday’s Cactus League opener against the Chicago White Sox instead.Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is still scheduled to start Sunday against the Angels.EXECUTIVE TIMEChase Utley arrived in camp Friday and plans to spend a few days working with some of the Dodgers’ infield prospects.Utley is expected to make a few visits this spring, staying for a few days each time. A defined front-office role has not been announced for Utley, who retired after 16 big-league seasons last fall.“We want to give Chase as much latitude as he wants,” Roberts said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kershaw declined to explain what he meant by not feeling “right.” Asked directly if his issues were related to the back problems that have sent him to the DL each of the past three seasons, he repeated his answer.“I’m just taking a few days,” he said. “I’m not going to be super-specific right now. But I should be playing catch in the next few days and kind of go from there. This is super early. I just want to make sure things are right.”Kershaw said the decision to take those few days was “a group effort, yeah, for sure” among the Dodgers’ trainers, coaching staff and himself.Manager Dave Roberts said he did not know when Kershaw would resume his throwing program or when he would throw off a mound next, calling it “sort of a day-to-day thing.”“For us right now, Clayton doesn’t want to miss a workout but when he says he doesn’t feel right, just looking at the calendar, just to push things back is prudent and that’s what we’re doing right now,” Roberts said.