ESPN Releases Its New “Bottom 10” After Week 8

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Every week, ESPN updates its “Bottom 10” rankings. After Week 8, there is one team whose presence on this list is downright shocking.Ohio State was No. 2 in the country going into Saturday’s game against Purdue. However, after losing 49-20, they find themselves ranked No. 5 in the “Bottom 10.”Now, of course the Buckeyes aren’t one of the 10 worst teams in the country. But ESPN likes to include good teams that had horrendous losses on this list alongside truly putrid squads.That’s why Georgia made last week’s “Bottom 10” and Ohio State is here this week. The Bulldogs are already off the list.Here is the full ESPN “Bottom 10” after Week 8:UTEPRiceTexas StateSan Jose StateOhio StateUConnRutgersBowling GreenWestern KentuckyOregon StateNebraska is also out of the “Bottom 10” after getting its first win of the year over Minnesota. That leaves Rutgers and Oregon State as the long Power 5 holdovers.Most likely, they will remain in these rankings all season. Ohio State will probably be out by this time next week.last_img read more

Deckstool and Deckbench: Furniture Made From Broken Skateboards

first_img Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. I’m sure many of you have had a skateboard snap while attempting to do aerials, flip tricks and grinds. Jason Podlaski, the Pennsylvania-based founder of Deckstool came up with a solution on how to use broken skateboards. Podlaski took the pieces of several broken boards and turned them into a stool.“The goal is to maximize the usefulness of the material and at the same time showcase the beauty of the plywood and shredded skate graphics,” said Podlaski.The result was Deckstool, a cleverly crafted seat made from the remnants of skateboards. Soon, Podlaski began acquiring unusable skateboards from skate parks and skate shops and he discovered that some of them were not wide enough to create a stool. So, he came up with the idea of cutting them into sections and joining them to form a bench, which he called the Deckbench. Podlaski found that skateboards are made from an ideal material to create furniture.“The boards are made from high quality seven-ply Canadian maple plywood and incredibly strong where not broken,” said Podlaski. “It would be shame to waste a material with so much viability and character. The plys of the wood are often dyed vibrant colors which creates a beautiful edge detail. The skateboard artwork and graffiti is wonderfully distorted by the patterns of wear on the boards. Beautiful, one-of-a-kind compositions are created when boards are combined to form a single piece of furniture.”Deckstool has evolved into a one-stop shop that makes custom furniture from skateboards. In addition to the stool and the bench, they make tables and cushions, along with whatever you can dream up. If you want to send in your old broken skateboards that you just can’t seem to part with, Podlaski and his team can repurpose them into something a little more usable.Although Podlaski dreams of having two Deckbenches to use as picnic-style benches at his dining table, he can’t seem to hold on to a pair long enough — customers keep snapping them up! However, him and his brother, do keep several stoop prototypes around their home.“Skateboarding is a passion and a lifestyle,” said Podlaski. “People want to integrate it into their lives. Passionate skateboarders love it and want it in their homes. Beyond that, the material is simply unique and beautiful. Non-skaters can appreciate the furniture for the beauty of the material, the cultural relevance, and the functional designs.”For more information, visit deckstool.com.last_img read more