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NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. Duane Brown Jersey . —Aerialist Nik
Wallenda battled brisk winds and thick mist Friday to make history, becoming the
first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. “The mist was so
thick, so challenging, those winds hit me from every which direction, was
definitely more than I expected for sure,” Wallenda said moments after reaching
the Canadian side of the falls, where he was greeted by loud cheers from the
thousands of spectators gathered to watch him. “I was very focused, the wind was
definitely something you could not train for, the 33-year-old father of three
said. “The mist was powerful, the mist was in my eyes.” “My forearms start(ed)
to tense up and at that point you just feel like running in if you could, but
you cant, you gotta take your time, step by step.” Wallenda was unbelievably
calm as he slowly, painstakingly, proceeded step-by-step on a steel cable
stretched over the falls, he even found time to give an interview as he was
perched precariously over the raging waters below. “Oh my gosh, its an
unbelievable view,” he told ABC, which was broadcasting the spectacle live.” “Im
so blessed to be in the position I am, to be the first person to be right here
and to be the first person in the world who will ever be right here, this is
truly breathtaking,” said Wallenda who was wearing a microphone. “This is what
dreams are made of people, pursue your dreams.” Afterward he credited his
training regimen for helping him maintain his ice-cold composure, plus a health
dose of prayer. A lot of praying thats for sure, and that helps a lot,” Wallenda
said after his walk. Wallenda, dressed in red and black and holding a long pole
horizontally for balance, appeared soaked from the raging waters below. However
Wallenda sounded calm, carrying on a dialogue with his father Terry Troffer as
he made his journey with his safety tether trailing behind him. “Hows that
harness, its not cutting off any circulation?” Troffer could be heard asking
Wallenda at one point. “No, I just feel like a jackass wearing it,” Wallenda
replied. In a second interview with ABC, after Wallenda crossed the Canada-US
border midway over the water, he admitted he was “drained” from the very
physical effort. “That mist was thick and it was hard to see at times,” he said.
“There was so much moving around me, wind going one way, mist going another, it
wasnt pretty.” “It was definitely quite a challenge.” Thousands of people came
on both sides of the border to watch the historic feat in person with a much
bigger televised audience. Some people arrived Friday afternoon to stake out a
good spot. Wallenda gathered with his family before the event and they prayed.
Others have crossed the water on tightropes, but over the gorge downstream and
not for more than 100 years. Wallenda comes from a long line of aerialists as a
member of the Flying Wallenda family. The Wallendas trace their roots to 1780
Austria-Hungary, when ancestors travelled as a band of acrobats, aerialists,
jugglers, animal trainers and trapeze artists. In 1928, the family gave its
inaugural performance at Madison Square Garden and earned a 15-minute standing
ovation from an astounded audience, who marvelled at them performing without a
safety net. And the clan has been touched by tragedy, notably in 1978 when
patriarch Karl Wallenda, Niks great-grandfather, fell to his death during a
stunt in Puerto Rico. Wallendas historic feat didnt allow him to escape a ritual
that everyone who enters Canada goes through—he was greeted by two border
guards who asked to see his passport. “No Im not carrying anything over, I
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night.As Andy Fantuz was greeted by both cheers and boos in his return to Regina
– in a game the former Most Outstanding Canadian and his Hamilton Tiger-Cats
ended up winning – we were reminded again that this past off-season was full of
change with several star players changing addresses. Fantuz was amongst a
surprisingly large group of high profile CFLers switching teams this off-season,
either via trade or free agency. And, just like every other year, some
off-season moves pay bigger dividends than others. Its time to give out some
admittedly early grades on the big off-season acquisitions. Theres plenty of
time for minds to be changed on players, but after five games of the 2012 season
The Rouge looks at which off-season pickups have had the biggest early impacts
for their new teams. No doubt, the biggest acquisition ahead of the season was
Ricky Ray, who was added by the Toronto Argonauts after finishing last in the
East. Ray has been solid so far but the most important stat is the Argos record
– 3-2. Under Ray, the Argos are tied atop the East Division – and the league –
in the standings and unlike last year, they have a chance to compete for the
100th Grey Cup later this year in Toronto. While Rays stats are good, the
Southern Ontarios other new quarterback Henry Burris has been great. Burris,
acquired fromm Calgary via trade, has been outstanding for the Hamilton
Tiger-Cats during their recent three-game win streak. Owen Daniels Jersey. Burris has thrown a
league-leading 15 touchdown passes compared to just three interceptions. Initial
impressions suggest the Ticats may have gone 2-2 with their big off-season
splashes. Fantuz is second on the team in both receptions (23) and receiving
yards (337) and has two touchdowns through five games. Burris and Ray were the
headliners in their respective trades, but the returning pieces have been key
early this season as well. Drew Tate entered the season as Calgarys clear cut
QB1, but the Stampeders were wise to secure a veteran like Kevin Glenn for
worst-case scenarios. Now, Tate is likely out for the year and Glenn, pressed
into action, is keeping the teams playoff and Grey Cup hopes alive. And while
Steven Jyles has certainly struggled with consistency issues, he is the pivot of
a 3-2 team tied for first in the West. A number of new Saskatchewan Roughriders
have helped the team jump out to a 3-2 start to varying levels including
offensive linemen Dominic Picard and Brendan LaBatte and defensive end Odell
Willis, who has one sack early this season. Five games into the 2012 CFL season,
the Rouge asks: What off-season acquisition has had the biggest early season
impact for his new team? ’ ’ ’ 

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