SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 16: The Leprechaun from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish excites the crowd in front of the Notre Dame Marching band against of the Michigan Wolverines September 16, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan won 47-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Sports Illustrated certainly raised some eyebrows this week with their ranking of the best traditions in college football. While they certainly made some interesting choices, there were a few omissions that just need special recognition.Notre Dame, one of the oldest programs in the nation, is especially rich in iconic traditions.Slapping the “Play Like a Champion Today” sign is so huge that networks show players doing it before just about every Notre Dame home game broadcast.The Fighting Irish also boast the 1812 Overture, the raising of the famous golden helmets after every game, and (until recently), Sergeant Tim McCarthy’s pun-filled safety announcements.Another team that was majorly snubbed was Iowa. The Hawkeyes have one of the coolest entrances in college football – exiting the tunnel to the tune of AC/DC’s Back in Black and running onto the field to Metallica’s Enter Sandman. And if SI is so intent on highlighting recent traditions such as Miami’s Turnover Chain, then the Iowa Wave needs to be recognized too.Iowa also boasts what is probably the best new tradition in the sport, where players and fans show support to the patients at the children’s hospital that overlooks Kinnick Stadium.In June, ESPN named the Iowa Wave the sport’s “best tradition,” making its exclusion from the SI list even more confusing.Community is back. The Iowa wave is back. Football is back. 🏈⏳ 8 days📺ESPN Player pic.twitter.com/w1LZP9VASB— ESPN Player (@espnplayer) August 15, 2019As far as music choices go, West Virginia’s Take Me Home, Country Roads was the only one to make the cut. Meanwhile, Tennessee’s Rocky Top and Wisconsin’s Jump Around are just a few legendary songs and music cues to miss appearing on the list.It’s all subjective, of course. But we’d be doing a great disservice not to at least point out that college football has far more incredible traditions than what meets the eye.
zoom BMT JFA Consultants, a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced plans for new offices in both Perth, Western Australia and Brisbane, Queensland in order to better support its clients’ requirements and provide space for expansion.The new Perth office will combine BMT’s strategic ports and harbours and machinery consultancy expertise into a single location in Perth by bringing BMT JFA Consultants and BMT WBM into the one office. This will improve its overall service offerings to local government, mining and private sector clients in Western Australia. BebbCart, a specialist ports and harbours cartographic consultancy, will also be co-located with BMT JFA Consultants in its new offices.BMT has appointed Steven Della Mattea as Manager, Queensland to support the expansion. With over 18 years’ experience in civil and structural engineering, oil and gas and port infrastructure projects, his most recent experience includes the development of port infrastructure for a major LNG project in Gladstone. Steven has also been responsible for the delivery of infrastructure projects at various locations across Queensland and he has extensive design and contracts management experience.BMT JFA Consultants’ new Brisbane office will see it co-locate with BMT WBM in order to help build on the success of a number of recent projects and allow the company to respond more efficiently to an increasing number of business requests on the East Coast. The 2013 saw increased demand for additional design works and studies to assist with overall redevelopment plans of ports.Tim Green, Managing Director of BMT JFA Consultants comments: “Historically, demand for our services has focussed specifically on dredging consultancy, but we’re now seeing an increased drive in demand, both locally and more widely in Asia Pacific, towards integrated consultancy services – from concept through to implementation planning, infrastructure design, ports operations optimisation, and dredging reclamation and maintenance services.”Press Release, May 09, 2014