Joe Russo, Jeff Chimenti, Scott Metzger, & More Join Forces To Host ‘The Complete Last Waltz’ At The Cap [Videos]

first_imgOn Saturday night, an all-star cast of musicians joined forces at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre to host The Complete Last Waltz in honor of The Band‘s legendary farewell concert, The Last Waltz, from on Thanksgiving day 1976.The Complete Last Waltz house band consisted of keyboardists Marco Benevento and Jeff Chimenti, guitarists Scott Metzger and Sam Cohen, drummer Joe Russo, bassist Dave Dreiwitz, and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman, with help from the Antibalas horns and vocalist Alecia Chakour.The show opened up from one of the Capitol Theatre booths on the balcony, as the supergroup went into “Theme From The Last Waltz”. Highlights of the first set were “Up On Cripple Creek” led by Sam Cohen, “Life Is A Carnival” led by Craig Finn, “Georgia On My Mind” led by Alecia Chakour, “Ophelia” led by Scott Metzger, and “Such A Night” led by Marco Benevento. Wilco guitarist Nels Cline joined late in the first set to lead the band through two songs that Eric Clapton led at the infamous 1976 show, “All Our Past Times” and “Further Up On The Road”. Eric Johnson led on “Caravan” to bring the lengthy first set to a close.After a brief set break, The Complete Last Waltz house band returned and opened their second set with “Genetic Method”, before working through rocking takes on “Chest Fever”, “Evangeline”, “Acadian Driftwood”, and “The Weight”. Kevin Morby then joined to lead the group through “Baby Let Me Follow You Down”, “Hazel”, “I Don’t Believe You”, “Forever Young” a reprise of Baby Let Me Follow You Down”, and “I Shall Be Released”. “Don’t Do It” served as the evening’s encore, as vocalist Alecia Chakour reemerged to lead the all-star band through the favorite The Band tune.Luckily, there are a bunch of videos from The Complete Last Waltz that you can enjoy below:The Complete Last Waltz – “Such A Night”[Video: Jackalope]The Complete Last Waltz – “Don’t Do It”[Video: Jackalope]The Complete Last Waltz – “Don’t Do It”[Video: Jackalope]The Complete Last Waltz – “Coyote”[Video: monihampton]The Complete Last Waltz – “I Shall Be Released”[Video: monihampton]The Complete Last Waltz – “Such A Night”[Video: monihampton]The Complete Last Waltz – “The Last Waltz/Up On Cripple Creek”[Video: monihampton]The Complete Last Waltz – “Further On Up The Road”[Video: monihampton]The Complete Last Waltz – “All Our Past Times”[Video: monihampton]The Complete Last Waltz – “King Harvest”[Video: monihampton]Setlist: The Complete Last Waltz | Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 11/17/2018Set One: Theme From The Last Waltz, Up On Cripple Creek, The Shape I’m In, Life Is A Carnival, The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show, Georgia On My Mind, Ophelia, Rag Mama Rag, King Harvest (Has Surely Come), Mystery Train, Who Do You Love, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Stagefright, It Makes No Difference, Such A Night, Down South In New Orleans, This Wheel’s On Fire, All Our Past Times, Further On Up The Road, Four Strong Winds, Helpless, Coyote, Shadows And Light, Dry Your Eyes, Mannish Boy, Caldonia, Tura Lura Lural (That’s An Irish Lullaby), CaravanSet Two: Genetic Method/Chest Fever, Evangeline, Acadian Driftwood, The Weight, Baby Let Me Follow You Down > Hazel, I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met), Forever Young, Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Reprise), I Shall Be ReleasedEncore: Don’t Do Itlast_img read more

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Harvard comes out for City Run/Walk

first_imgHarvard students, faculty, and staff were out in force Sunday to run or walk in the 27th annual Marathon Sports Cambridge City Run, a five-mile road race or three-mile walk past Fresh Pond and along Huron Avenue. More than 1,000 runners braved an unseasonably chilly day for the City Run/Walk event, which is a harbinger of spring for those who had been sidelined by snowy streets and icy sidewalks.Harvard University sponsored approximately 150 runners from Harvard On The Move, a running and walking group open to students, faculty, staff, and community residents, as well as interested Harvard affiliates. Proceeds from the race benefit the Friends of Cambridge Athletics and the Andrea Harvey Memorial Fund. Harvard Public Affairs & Communications  also helped to support the race.last_img read more

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Sam Lewis Opens Up

first_imgSoulful Sam Lewis is a rising Nashville songwriting force.A few months back, a good friend of mine in Nashville told me that I really needed to hear her roommate sing.  Really.  I did.  Knowing her to be a fantastic judge of music, I did check him out.  And she was right.  I really needed to hear him.  Her roommate turned out to be Sam Lewis, one of the brightest new voices on the Music City’s singer/songwriter circuit.  Sam writes tunes that are both deeply soulful and startlingly honest.  BRO recently caught up with Sam to chat music and his debut record, which released on March 13th.BRO – I’ve always thought that if you stood in the middle of a street in Nashville and tossed a ball in any direction, it would probably be caught by a songwriter. How does a young songwriter like yourself go about getting your voice heard in a place where there are already so many voices?SL –I kind of crept in here through Murfreesboro.  I took a timeout when I moved from Knoxville – I’d been playing a lot and got distracted and took an eight month hiatus in Murfreesboro.  I ended up writing a bunch of stuff and, since I was only 25 minutes from Nashville, I would pop up from time to time to network and play some songwriter rounds.  I learned quickly that those kinds of things were not for me.  I like writing on my own.  I like to sing the tunes.  I am selfish with my crowd.  I am not afraid to share what I do with people, but I really like to build a connection with listeners and I am very leery of who I am passing my songs over to.  With Nashville, you just have to find where you belong.  The whole reason I moved here was because my biggest heroes live and work here.  Maybe I could get to meet them, hear them, play with them, or even record with them.  And when you hang out with people who are better than you, you are going to get better.  That was in the back of my mind. BRO – It’s got to be a nice shot in the arm when one of the best pickers in Nashville – Kenny Vaughan – says he wants to play with you.SL – Yeah.  It is.  Right now, I could call him.  And he might not answer, because it is dinner time, but he’d call me back.  That alone is crazy.   I didn’t meet Kenny until he walked into the studio with his guitars.  I introduced myself and thanked him for coming in – to me it was a huge deal.  To him, it was probably just another day.  He’d probably already done it three times that week.  My producer told me he was going to try to get him and I just laughed.  But he did it.  So we played the tunes and did them all live.  After the session, Kenny stuck around for a bit.  And then he stayed longer.  After the fact, some folks told me that he didn’t usually do that.  But he got involved with what was going on, listening to what was going on at the board.  We ended up chatting about playing some shows and he was interested.  It was truly like meeting someone who was going to become your best friend or someone you were going to know for a really long time.  It made total sense to me.  And it’s humbling.  I don’t know half of the shit he does on the guitar.  But I know I like it a lot.  And I don’t think there are many people who can make a song sound the way he does.BRO – In your songwriting, is there a hesitancy that comes with writing a tune like “A Southern Greek Tragedy,” which is so overtly personal?SL – Oh, yeah.  Definitely.  When I wrote that it was a complete exercise.  I had no intention of sharing it with anyone.  But I worked on it and worked on it.  It was one of the hardest songs I have ever had to write.  I was dealing with some things and trying to sort things out in my brain – that’s why I write songs.  I can only think about things for so long before it has to come out.  While writing it, I didn’t care who heard it, because it wasn’t meant to be shared.  But then I realized, during the writing, that I was sharing these experiences through my mother’s eyes.  That made it easier to test out, so I played it a few times and the feedback was instant.  I even played it for my parents and my sisters – they were totally supportive.  And I can’t imagine being them and hearing that song for the first time – or the hundredth time.  It’s all there.  I had to take this chance to write this song.  I might not write an autobiography, but this song stands for something.BRO – “Equal Love” is another tune that gets pretty personal.SL – That’s another one I wrote in Murfreesboro.  I got to messing around on the piano.  That is probably the first or second tune I figured out on the keyboard.  My dad married my mom when I was about five.  He was happy to have me and it was super cool.  It’s like he has always been there. There are a lot of people out there that have stepparents that actually forget that fact – that they are stepparents.  And that’s awesome.BRO – You mentioned early your musical heroes.  Who are they?SL – Man, I have tons.  I can remember getting into my dad’s records when I was five and finding Little Richard.  And I flipped out over Elvis.  In the early 90s, Michael Jackson.  What an entertainer.  But none of that really stuck with me.  One dude that did stick with me was Roy Orbison.  I can remember being seven and getting my hair cut and singing along to Roy Orbison tunes.  Bob Dylan turned me on when I was eighteen.  I didn’t know what he was talking about, but it was cool.  And Willie Nelson with his crafting of songs.  I still can’t get over Ray Charles – he had a soul you could taste.  I learned a lot from Van Morrison.  Van’s voice let him say whatever he wanted to say.  I got to open for Fred Eaglesmith, a songwriter from Canada.  I bought everything he had ever done.  John Prine – to be able to say things unlike anybody.  He just says what he thinks.  Just being honest.  You’re going to say stupid stuff from time to time, but sometimes you’ll say something profound.  The universe throws you a bone.  I can’t live without these artists.  They are like my books.Sam’s debut record released earlier this month, and he’d love to give one to you to check out, so we are going to do a little trivia contest and give a copy of the record to someone who answers the question below correctly.  Send your answer to [email protected] by 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 22nd.  Good Luck!!Question – Kenny Vaughan is the regular lead guitar player for what fabulous country star?last_img read more

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ESG roundup: Another investor culls tobacco firms

first_imgSwedish pension and insurance company Länsförsäkringar has divested from all tobacco producers, citing negative health, social and environmental impacts.The company said that tobacco firms had become an increasingly poor investment choice over recent years, but also often disregarded workers’ rights and impacted the environment negatively.Christina Kusoffsky, head of sustainability at Länsförsäkringar, said: “Many may think more about the health problems, but tobacco producers also threaten the environment and biodiversity.“Two thirds of the world’s tobacco is grown in emerging markets. An estimated 200,000 hectares of forest, primarily rainforest, are harvested every year for the benefit of tobacco cultivation and for drying the leaves.” The tobacco cull applies to Länsförsäkringar’s direct investments and its own funds, and includes companies such as Imperial Tobacco Group, Swedish Match and Philip Morris International.The company has also excluded mining company Vale from its investment universe, in the wake of a fatal Brazilian dam collapse in January.Länsförsäkringar said Vale was considered to be among the top 100 greenhouse gas emitters in the world, and also claimed that it had violated human rights conventions.In addition, questions about the condition of other dams controlled by Vale remained unanswered by the company, the Swedish group said.Energy firms review climate lobbying after investor pressure Credit: RWEA coal-fired power plant run by RWE in Westfalen, GermanyAP7 has hailed a “big success” for collaborative efforts with other shareholders in two German companies after they pledged to address concerns about industry lobby groups and climate change.German energy company RWE and German chemicals firm BASF have pledged to put higher demands on the industry groups to which they belong.AP7 – one of Sweden’s largest pension funds – said: “An important key to achieving this success was that several European institutional owners collaborated, not least the German firm Union Investment, which pushed the issue during the general meetings of RWE and BASF.”The pension fund said it had moved its focus to Europe, after driving demand for greater transparency around lobbying in the US for a number of years.AP7 said it had also received an agreement from Germany’s HeidelbergCement, stating that it would review its climate lobbying.Other companies now working to increase the transparency of their lobbying activities include mining companies BHP, Anglo American and Rio Tinto, and oil giant Shell, the fund said.AP7 acknowledged that it would be easier for an institutional investor to avoid such companies by simply selling shares, but emphasised that it was more important to influence them in the right direction instead.last_img read more

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Dominicans asked to give honest information ahead of census day tomorrow

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet Logo of Census 2011. Photo credit: way2online.comChief statistician Prama Carrette is calling on Dominicans to give honest information to the census officers when conducting the 2011 population and housing census.Dominica observes census day tomorrow.Carrette says if the accurate information is giving it will be of great benefit to the individuals and the country by extension.“It’s not like we want to get personal but we just want to get an indication of how we can estimate economic activity in Dominica,” she said.She said there are a standard number of hours to work per week on an international levels and everything after that must be paid for.“If you have passed that hours and not been paid then you are being exploited,” she said.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 16 Views   no discussions LocalNews Dominicans asked to give honest information ahead of census day tomorrow by: – May 13, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

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State officials want to see more mental health providers in rural areas

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is launching a program to help attract mental healthcare providers to rural areas of the state where more services are needed.The program will provide an incentive for psychiatrists, alcohol and substance use counselors and practitioners in related disciplines to practice in a specific, federally designated Indiana region experiencing high numbers of opioid deaths. The counties included are Blackford, Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Switzerland, Union and Wayne. The program will be administered by the ISDH Division of Chronic Disease, Primary Care and Rural Health.“Attacking the drug crisis and helping people achieve recovery is a key pillar of Governor Holcomb’s agenda,” said Jim McClelland, Indiana executive director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement. “This program will help bring more qualified medical professionals to rural Indiana communities and expand access to quality treatment for individuals with substance use disorder.”The project will make grants for professional loan repayments to qualifying providers in mental health and addiction-related disciplines first, followed by primary care physicians, who are also in short supply. The plan calls for 30 awards for each year of the four-year grant period. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will match the $300,000 ISDH is investing in the program for a total repayment pool of $600,000. An advisory committee, with the Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction and the Indiana Hospital Association as partners, will be formed to help with project development and grant awards by March. Applications are available online at https://www.in.gov/isdh/28090.htm.“Access to treatment is a critical component of our effort to reduce the burden of the opioid epidemic,” said ISDH Chronic Disease Director Ann Alley. “This program will help save lives by increasing access to mental health services and removing barriers to recovery.”According to HRSA, 46 of Indiana’s 48 rural counties don’t have enough mental healthcare providers. ISDH data show 42 of those counties had at least one death attributed to opioids in 2016, while seven of them had the highest number of opioid-related deaths in the state. Many of those same counties or their neighbors are on HRSA’s list of the top 5 percent most vulnerable for opioid use by state.last_img read more

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Broward School District Clears Parkland Administrators Despite Investigation Noting Failures

first_imgAs questions continue in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting, the Broward School District recently cleared administrators at the school, even after an outside investigator blamed them for several procedural failures contributing to the 2018 massacre.A committee of district administrators did not find just cause on May 7 to discipline Ty Thompson, who was principal of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the time of the shooting, or Assistant Principal Denise Reed. Both individuals were reassigned from the school last year.Jeff Morford, another assistant principal at the school who has retired, was also cleared of most of the allegations against him.However, he was given a letter of reprimand for mishandling a 2016 threat assessment of the student who would kill 17 people and injure another 17 on Feb. 14, 2018.Records obtained by the Sun Sentinel show that attorney Jennifer Ruiz, whose firm was contracted by the district to conduct a review, accused Thompson of failing to adequately supervise school employees.“The evidence shows that Mr. Thompson delegated away many of his own responsibilities or duties to his assistant principals, but failed to implement any type of system to oversee compliance,” she wrote.Ruiz adds that Reed and Morford botched the killer’s threat assessment, and that Morford also ignored various warning signs and provided testimony lacking credibility.A statement from Kathy Koch, the district’s chief communications officer, said Ruiz’s role was to research and present facts, which was was done “comprehensively and thoroughly.”Koch adds that the decision to determine whether there was cause for discipline was up to the committee.“The committee concluded there was not just cause,” the statement goes on to say.Lisa Maxwell, who represents the three administrators as executive director of the Broward Principals and Assistants Association, responds, “The investigator had no idea of how any of the processes actually work. All she did was try to be a rubber stamp for the statewide commission, and she failed miserably.”She described Ruiz as a “lawyer from Miami with no background in investigations, absolutely zero understanding of how schools operate.”Ruiz also completed investigations of Assistant Principal Winfred Porter and Security Specialist Kelvin Greenleaf.In the end, she found no cause to discipline Greenleaf. However, she determined that Porter, who oversaw the school’s security, failed to ensure staff knew how and when to activate emergency Code Red lockdown procedures.The Professional Standards Committee also overturned that recommendation and cleared Porter.The only employees who ended up facing any severe discipline were two security monitors whose contracts were not renewed in June 2018.The full investigation into Ty Thompson is available here. Notes from the Professional Standards Committee can be found here.The investigation of Denise Reed has three parts. Read Part 1, Part 2 or Part 2 supplement. Notes from the Professional Standards Committee can be found here.The investigation of Jeff Morford has three parts. Read Part 1, Part 2 or Part 2 supplement. Notes from the Professional Standards Committee can be found here.The full investigation of Winfred Porter is available here. Notes from the Professional Standards Committee can be found here.The full investigation of Kelvin Greenleaf is available here. Notes from the Professional Standards Committee can be found here.last_img read more

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De Kock, Amla smash unbeaten tons in Proteas 10-wicket win

first_imgKIMBERLEY, South Africa (Reuters) – Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla smashed unbeaten centuries as South Africa cruised to a record-breaking 10-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first One-Day International at the Diamond Oval on Sunday.Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat on a flat wicket, setting their hosts a below-par 279 to win. South Africa reached 282 without the loss of a wicket and with 43 balls to spare.It was the seventh time that South Africa have won an ODI by 10 wickets and the third time they have achieved this against Bangladesh. It was, however, the highest total chased by any team to win by 10 wickets.De Kock was the chief aggressor with 168 from 145 balls for a 13th ODI century that included 21 fours and two sixes.Amla struck eight fours in his 110 from 112 balls, his 26th ODI ton, as the pair put on a South African record partnership for any wicket in the 50-over format.Bangladesh’s innings of 278 for seven was underpinned by a fifth ODI century for Mushfiqur Rahim (110 from 116 balls), who became the first player from his country to score a ton against South Africa in any format.Home seamer Kagiso Rabada was the pick of the bowlers with figures of four for 43 in his 10 overs.The second match in the three-game series will be played on Wednesday in Paarl, with the final game in East London on Oct. 22.Caption..Mushfiqur Rahim became the first Bangladeshi to hit a hundred against South Africa in international cricket ©AFPBangladesh InningsImrul Kayes c de Kock b Pretorius 31Liton Das c du Plessis b Rabada 21Shakib Al Hasan c Amla b Tahir 29Mushfiqur Rahim not out 110Mahmudullah c Miller b Pretorius 26Sabbir Rahman c Paterson b Rabada 19Nasir Hossain c Amla b Rabada 11Mohammad Saifuddin c Paterson b Rabada 16Extras (lb-5 w-10) 15Total (for 7 wickets, 50 overs) 278Fall of wickets: 1-43 L. Das,2-67 I. Kayes,3-126 S. Al Hasan,4-195 Mahmudullah,5-237 Sa. Rahman,6-253 Nas. Hossain,7-278 M. SaifuddinDid not bat: M. Mortaza, T. Ahmed, R. HossainBowling: K. Rabada 10 – 1 – 43 – 4(w-5),D. Paterson 9 – 0 – 69 – 0,I. Tahir 10 – 0 – 45 – 1,D. Pretorius 10 – 0 – 48 – 2(w-1),A. Phehlukwayo 10 – 0 – 60 – 0(w-4),J. Duminy 1 – 0 – 8 – 0SOUTH AFRICA InningsQ. de Kock not out 168H. Amla not out 110Extras (w-4) 4Total (for no loss, 42.5 overs) 282Fall of wickets:Did not bat: F. du Plessis, A. de Villiers, D. Miller, J. Duminy, D. Pretorius, A. Phehlukwayo, K. Rabada, D. Paterson, I. TahirBowling: Rubel Hossain 6 – 0 – 37 – 0, Mashrafe Mortaza 8.5 – 0 – 50 – 0,Taskin Ahmed 8 – 0 – 61 – 0(w-1),Shakib Al Hasan 8 – 0 – 48 – 0(w-2),Mohammad Saifuddin 5 – 0 – 46 – 0, Nasir Hossain 5 – 0 – 29 – 0(w-1),Mahmudullah 2 – 0 – 11 – 0.last_img read more

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Top Five reasons you can’t blame…

first_imgSince its inception in 1979, ESPN has been feeding its viewers unhealthy doses of sports programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sports fans sit back, relax and watch anything from the World’s Strongest Man competition to professional ping-pong, which is great stuff if you’ve never seen it. Lately, however, ESPN has become a major corporation, more concerned with advertisements and personalities than appealing to the hardcore sports fans who made the station what it is today. Don’t get me wrong, after a tough day of classes there are few things I enjoy more than turning my brain off to watch Kornheiser and Wilbon duke it out for 30 minutes on “Pardon the Interruption.”ESPN is not all bad, in fact it’s pretty good, but for the last 12 years of my life ESPN has been the only station I watch consistently and year after year it becomes less appealing to the die-hard sports fan. In 2005 the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network debuted “The Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Blame…” Hosted by Brian Kenny, the show examines controversial figures in the world of sports that later emerged as scapegoats. Some examples are the top five reasons you can’t blame Steve Bartman for the Cubs 2003 playoff collapse or Kobe Bryant for the breakup of the Lakers. The show is very well done, and every time I tune in I learn something new. So without further adieu, I present the top five reasons you can’t blame a sports fan for despising ESPN. As Brian Kinney always points out, I am not trying to change your views but rather present the facts to you in a manner that perhaps you have never considered.No. 5: SportsCenterAt one point in time a sports fan could get all of the day’s top stories and highlights by tuning in to a 30 minute edition of SportsCenter. Today, the hour-long program is filled with feature stories, “expert analysis” and advertisements. Everybody loves a good cry once in a while, but how many times do we need to hear the same human interest story in one week? Let us not forget about last summer’s “50 states in 50 days” debacle. Life may be an open road, but that’s doesn’t mean we need to take a long, overdone and tacky ride on it. Apparently ESPN learned from their mistakes by exploiting sick kids on this summer’s “My Wish” series, where terminally ill children were filmed meeting their favorite athletes. I got a mobile alert for you ESPN: People don’t like waiting an hour to see their favorite team’s highlights. Show the highlights, throw me a few clever catch phrases and let me go to sleep. No. 4: SportsCenter anchors/analysts Is it just me, or has every SportsCenter anchor morphed into one giant Jerry Seinfeld? The dry, sarcastic humor may have worked for the sitcom, but I like my sports highlights to have a little life to them. John Anderson, Neil Everett and Scott Van Pelt all seem to crack themselves up, but that’s about it. What happened to the days when every SportsCenter anchor had a different personality? Where have you gone Rich Eisen, Craig Kilborn and Keith Olbermann? Sports fans love you more than you ever will know. Moving on to analysts: Since when does being a former backup quarterback with a stupid haircut make you the end all and be all opinion on the NFL? Sean Salisbury made a greater contribution as a commentator on Battle Bots — you know, the ultimate competition in the field of extreme robotic sports — than he does on NFL Live. I got a news flash for you ESPN: Just because someone played a professional sport does not mean they’re qualified to be on television. No. 3: Banter shows”Pardon the Interruption” is the best show on television, but before 4:30 p.m., ESPN is unwatchable. I’ll come back to the “Cold Pizza’s First and Ten” program in a minute, but for now let’s talk about “Jim Rome is Burning.” This pompous radio host somehow got his own show, with a set that resembles a pornography studio from your favorite feature film. Then there’s “Around the Horn.” Lately this show has grown on me and host Tony Reali does an excellent job managing the ridiculous personalities who appear daily — but the show is just not necessary. PTI covers the same exact stories and provides better insight from more qualified columnists. No. 2: Stuart ScottThis guy’s shtick is older than Julio Franco. He really does a great job of capturing the moment with catch phrases like “Booya” or “He earned his PHD — player hater’s degree.”Scott is clearly a knowledgeable journalist and sports fan, but, my God man, we get it, you went to North Carolina and you like the Tar Heels. Before you Scott fans out there give me an “oh no he di’int,” remember another one of Scott’s infamous catch phrases … “Don’t hate the playa, hate the game.” That didn’t really make any sense, but neither does Scott. No. 1: Anything to do with Woody PaigeHow this Denver Post columnist became a major contributor to ESPN makes zero sense. Am I crazy, or is Paige’s personality on “Around the Horn” eerily similar to that of a schizophrenic drug addict? His incoherent jibber jabber is harder to understand that Mr. T in Rocky III, and “Cold Pizza’s First and Ten” has to be one of the worst shows on television. Listening to Paige and Skip Bayless (who is just as bad) argue on the day’s 10 most “important” topics is more painful than watching PTI with Dan Le Batard and Jason Whitlock. “First and Ten” is so clearly scripted by its producers just so those two maniacs can pretend to disagree on every single topic since the show debuted.There you have it the folks: The top five reasons you can’t blame a sports fan for despising ESPN. If you find it harder and harder to watch ESPN everyday, then there is only one thing you can do … watch ESPNEWS. Andrew is a junior majoring in journalism. If you’re interested in starting a new round-the-clock sports network contact him at [email protected]last_img read more

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Skodis makes unprecedented move from Syracuse’s middle-distance team to varsity

first_imgRebecca Skodis started too quickly, got tired and mentally checked out.At an indoor race at Cornell her freshman year, the rough beginning derailed the walk-on’s race — one of the worst in her collegiate career.Skodis was left thinking about what could’ve been. She had turned down multiple Division III offers to run. There, the schools had said she’d be their best runner.Instead, she was as a walk-on to Syracuse’s middle-distance indoor track and field team, essentially a practice squad. Skodis couldn’t help but wonder if she had made a mistake.“I thought, ‘Am I really good enough for this team?’” she said. “I questioned if I did deserve to be here because so many girls were out-performing me.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Skodis, now a redshirt sophomore, has worked her way up from the middle-distance squad to the varsity level — a promotion head coach Chris Fox had never made before.She ran in last Friday’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship for the Orange, finishing third for the team and 49th overall. Skodis will race in the NCAA Northeast Regional — a pivotal race to qualify for the NCAA meet — on Nov. 14 in the Bronx, New York.This season, on a 23-woman roster, she is one of only four to run in all of the Syracuse women’s cross-country team’s races.“We did not expect her to do this,” Fox said.It’s a far cry from doubting herself at Cornell.After that race, Skodis returned to Cornell less than one month later for the Kane Invitational during the winter of her freshman year. She shaved 20 seconds off her time to finish in 10:48.6 seconds, a personal best, stoking SU assistant coach Adam Smith’s hopes.The ability to forget a bad performance and crush the next race came as no surprise to Mike O’Malley, Skodis’ track coach at Wachusett (Massachusetts) High School.“You could always count on her mental toughness,” he said. “She was always even-keeled in her approach.”She advanced from the middle-distance group to a separate group Smith led, which met at a separate time.Fox and Smith let her race at this season’s Penn State and Boston meets. Her seventh-place finishes for her team in both meets raised eyebrows.In the decade of Fox’s SU coaching tenure, there has never been another runner who’s been pulled up, but that didn’t stop the head coach.“To have the confidence to keep going, it’s inspirational,” said Margo Malone, SU’s top runner.Socially, Skodis got to know her varsity teammates through food-related activities, she said with a laugh. Coffee shops, like Recess on Westcott Street or Strong Hearts have been regular spots.On days when the Orange works out, a group of about 10 girls meet at 7:30 a.m. at Barry Park, at the corner of Brock Street and Meadowbrook, to do a 25–30 minute run to keep their mileage up.From there, Skodis goes to class, eats a light lunch and goes to the team’s regularly scheduled practice. Skodis does everything asked of her there, but not a lot more.“It’s about listening to what your body’s saying,” Skodis said.She’ll use the rollers if she’s feeling tight, or utilize the ice bath after practice. Sleeping, eating right and not over-exerting herself are what she’s best at. Skodis’ high school cross-country coach, Lawrence Jaquith, did SU a favor by not running her too hard.But two years ago, at the indoor Cornell meet, few could’ve guessed that Skodis would still been running in college now.Fox has watched her get fitter and improve, particularly in September. She’s moved from the back of the pack to the middle, he said, and now past the middle.“Some people are afraid of racing, but she’s not,” Fox said. “And she’s beating a lot of girls that weren’t walk-ons.” Comments Published on November 5, 2014 at 12:05 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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