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Priest Holmes

Priest Anthony Holmes is a former American football running back who played eleven seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Texas, he was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 1997. Holmes earned a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens in their 2001 Super Bowl XXXV victory over the New York Giants. After rushing for just over 2,000 yards in four seasons in Baltimore, Holmes experienced breakout success after signing with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent in 2001. During his seven-year stint with the Chiefs, Holmes was a three-time All-Pro, three-time Pro Bowl selection and was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2002. Holmes sat out the 2006 season with a neck injury, after a brief comeback attempt in 2007 retired from the NFL. Holmes was inducted into the University of Texas Hall of Honor and the Texas High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, he was inducted to the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2014. Holmes was born in Arkansas.

Although he carries the last name of his biological father, he never met the man, only seeing him for the first time at his funeral. He was raised in San Antonio, Texas by his mother Norma, stepfather Herman Morris. Holmes was raised in a military household as his stepfather was an aircraft technician at Kelly Air Force Base for 20 years; when he was 13, Holmes spent a summer in Detroit, working for his grandfather's lawn care service. Working with much older men for 12 hours a day, six days a week, Holmes learned the work ethic that shaped him as a football player. Holmes, who had idolized Dallas Cowboys' running back Tony Dorsett growing up, developed his own elusive running style while playing street football with the children in his neighborhood. Holmes would attend John Marshall High School, where he became a starter for Head Coach David Visentine; as a senior in 1991, Holmes rushed for 26 touchdowns. He was named Offensive Player of the Year, led his team to a runner-up finish in the state championship game, losing to Odessa Permian.

Holmes attended the University of Texas from 1992 to 1996, playing the entire time for John Mackovic. He played in the final seven games of his freshman season, Mackovic's first as head coach, rushing for 114 yards against Houston. After starting two games and averaging over five yards per carry for the second straight season as a sophomore, Holmes received more significant playing time as a junior, he rushed for 524 yards and five touchdowns, was named MVP of the 1994 Sun Bowl after rushing for 161 yards and four touchdowns in a win against North Carolina. Holmes missed the 1995 season with a knee injury, allowing for the emergence of future Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams as the starter. Relegated to third string behind Williams and Shon Mitchell, Holmes scored thirteen touchdowns despite carrying the ball only 59 times. Holmes's biggest moment came in the inaugural Big 12 Championship Game. Entering the game with a 7-4 record against third-ranked Nebraska, Texas upset the Cornhuskers 37-27, with Holmes rushing for 120 yards and three touchdowns.

In Holmes' final two seasons, Texas posted a record of 16-9, finishing ranked in the top 25 each season. He rushed for a career total of 20 touchdowns, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. During college, Holmes began going by Priest, he had used his middle name, Anthony. After graduating from college, he joined Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 1997. In the 1998 season with the Ravens, Holmes rushed for over 1,000 yards including one 200-plus yard game, the highest single game total of the season. In the 2000 season, he was supplanted as a starter by rookie running back Jamal Lewis; the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV with Holmes as their second string halfback. In 2001, Holmes signed an inexpensive contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. In his first season with the Chiefs, he exceeded expectations by leading the NFL in rushing with 1,555 yards for the 2001 NFL season, becoming the first undrafted player to do so. Despite missing the final two games in the 2002 NFL season because of a hip injury, Holmes rushed for 1,615 yards with 21 touchdowns.

In the 2003 NFL season, he broke Marshall Faulk's NFL record for total touchdowns in a season with 27, subsequently broken by Shaun Alexander with 28 total touchdowns in 2005 and broken again by LaDainian Tomlinson with 31 total touchdowns in 2006. Holmes and Emmitt Smith are the only two running backs in NFL history to have back to back seasons with 20 or more rushing touchdowns. On a pace to repeat the feat in 2004, he suffered an injury that ended his season with 14 touchdowns. Holmes's 2005 season was cut short by an injury to his spinal column from a tackle by Shawne Merriman on October 30, 2005, he was replaced for the season by backup Larry Johnson. During the following off-season, new head coach Herm Edwards promoted Johnson to the starting position. Holmes's spinal injury did not heal by the end of the 2006 pre-season, he was placed on the Chiefs' Physically Unable to Perform list for the season. Larry Johnson took over full-time as the Chiefs' starting running back. Throughout the 2006 season, Holmes said that he would like to return for at least two or three more seasons in the NFL, but that he would not force a comeback if it could be detrimental to his long term health.

Following encouraging medical tests, Holmes reported to the Chiefs' training camp in July 2007. However, the Chiefs did not include him on the roster at the start of the season, listing him on the non-football injury list instead. Michael Bennett was traded at mid-season, Holmes returned to the K

Sirras

Sirras or Sirrhas was a prince, royal member and prince-regent of Lynkestis in Upper Macedonia for his father-in-law King Arrhabaeus. He participated in the Pelopponesian War against Sparta. Sirras's origin is disputed, scholars being divided on whether he was of Lynkestian origin, of Illyrian origin or of Upper Macedonian origin with Illyrian ancestors. Sirras took part in the Pelopponesian War as an ally of Athens, on the side of Arrhabaeus I of Lyncestis against Perdiccas of Macedonia. In 423 BC Arrhabaeus became an ally of Sirras; this was reinforced. At first Sparta avoided involvement in Macedon's war with Arrhabaeus, but in 423 BC they joined an expedition which ended with a retreat by the Macedonians and a brilliantly contrived escape of the Spartans. After an initial success against Arrhabaeus, Perdiccas persuaded his allies to await the arrival of Illyrian mercenaries, it has been claimed that the Illyrians were under the command of Sirras but this is not supported in historiography.

Rather the Illyrians opted instead to join the army of Arrhabaeus. The Spartan general, Brasidas who came to support the Macedonians in their advance into the remote regions of Lyncestis, was abandoned by the Macedonians but was able to extract his army of 4,000 from Illyrian encirclement. Thucydides stated that the fear inspired by their warlike character made both Greek armies think it best to retreat; the young Spartans were shaken by the fearsome appearance of the Illyrian forces. Thucydides reports Brasidas saying that the Illyrians may terrify those with an active imagination, they are formidable in their outward bulk, their loud yelling is unbearable and the brandishing of their weapons in the air has a threatening appearance, but when it comes to real fighting with an opponent who stands his ground they are not what they seemed. Thucydides incidentally never makes any mention of Sirras. Basing himself on Aristotle's example of Sirras and Arrhabaeus, N. G. L Hammond concludes that Sirras was a regent to the minor king Arrhabaeus, although Aristotle's quote can be used to support the case that Sirras was a strategos and Arrhabaeus the king, as Kapetanopoulos argues.

At the end of the 5th century BC, Sirras was once again at war with Macedonia over a claim on Lyncestis. Around the end of the reign of Archelaus I of Macedon, ca. 400/399 BC, a new war developed between the two kings over Lyncestis. As in earlier times and Sirras acted together; the results of this war are not known, but events show that no change happened to the status quo. Sirras' daughter, married King Amyntas III of Macedon in around 390 BC as part of an alliance against the Illyrians, after he suffered his first defeat by them in 393 BC. One of the sons from this marriage was the future Philip II of Macedon. Greenwalt, William S.. "Macedonia and Epirus". In Roisman, Joseph. A Companion to Ancient Macedonia. Oxford, Chichester, & Malden: Wiley-Blackwell. Pp. 279–305. ISBN 978-1-4051-7936-2. Hammond, Nicholas Geoffrey Lemprière; the Macedonian State: Origins and History. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-814883-6. Kapetanopoulos, Elias. "Sirras". The Ancient World. XXV. Worthington, Ian. Phillip II of Macedonia.

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Meyers MAC-145

The Meyers MAC-125 is a light sport aircraft developed in the United States in 1947, produced in a small series as the MAC-145. The basic design, common to both models, was that of a low-wing cantilever monoplane of all-metal construction with side-by-side seating for two in a enclosed cabin; the main gear wheels of the undercarriage were retractable, the tailwheel was steerable. The aircraft structure incorporated a framework built up of welded steel tube which extended lengthwise from the engine firewall to the rear of the cabin, spanwise from one undercarriage well to the other. Around this framework was a monocoque fuselage; the MAC-125 was powered by a single 125-hp engine while the MAC-145 production model had a 145-hp engine instead and a larger tail fin. The first prototype was lost during spin testing for certification while being flown by Al Meyers. Meyers parachuted to safety, sustaining a broken ankle, although the aircraft was destroyed, its steel inner structure was salvaged and used to build the second prototype.

Certification was subsequently achieved with this aircraft. Only twenty MAC-145s were built, each to a specific customer order, a business strategy that insulated the Meyers company from the poor market conditions that bankrupted many small American aircraft manufacturers in the late 1940s. Production continued until 1955 when the larger, 4-seat Meyers 200 was certified and began production; the Meyers Aircraft Company was acquired by the Aero Commander division of Rockwell International in 1965. The type was never produced by Rockwell, the design again changed hands as part of the Meyers package when sold to Interceptor Corporation in 1968 and subsequently to Prop-Jets Inc in 1982; the MAC-145 type certificate was subsequently acquired by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, who flew a modified version of the design in 1997 as the Micco SP-20. Examples of Meyers-built MAC-145s are still active in 2011. MAC-125 - prototypes with Continental C125 engine MAC-145 - production version with Continental C145 engine Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1951–52General characteristics Crew: 1 Capacity: 1 passenger Length: 21 ft 4 in Wingspan: 30 ft 0 in Height: 8 ft 6 in Wing area: 149 sq ft Empty weight: 1,135 lb Gross weight: 1,735 lb Fuel capacity: 30 US gal Powerplant: 1 × Continental C-145-2 6-cylinder air-cooled horizontally-opposed piston engine, 145 hp Performance Maximum speed: 166 mph Cruise speed: 145 mph Range: 600 mi with max fuel Service ceiling: 18,000 ft Rate of climb: 960 ft/min Related development Meyers 200 Bridgman, Leonard.

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