Gun Shot Wounds and Artisan Beef Jerky: The Age of Entitlement

first_imgI had a dream last night that I got shot two times in the chest while heating up a burrito in the microwave at this “Stab and Grab” gas station on the South Slope of downtown Asheville. Getting shot hurt like hell, and it definitely ruined the shirt I was wearing, but otherwise it didn’t slow me down. I waited for the microwave to ding, paid for my burrito and carried on with my errands.I spent the evening prior to that dream bar hopping through Asheville’s formerly sketchy South Slope neighborhood, where the “Stab and Grab” has been a fixture for decades. I say “formerly sketchy” because just a year ago, the neighborhood was full of abandoned warehouses and chain link fences capped in barbed wire. Admittedly, “sketchy” is a relative term (this is Asheville, after all, even our sketchy bits have an edge of whimsy and charm), but in general, most people skipped over the South Slope on their way to better-lit parts of town. But within the past year, a number of breweries, pubs and stores have opened, making the neighborhood a bonafide destination, particularly if you’re into beer.Last night, my friends and I knocked out a fast trail ride on an urban system, then pedaled straight to the South Slope to check out the neighborhood’s newest resident, Tasty Beverage Co., which is quite possibly the greatest bottle shop in the history of bottle shops.It was opening night, and Tasty Beverage Co. was all shiny and new. The beer was organized in a beautiful, OCD kind of way—by state but also by season and also by style. A massive cooler was stocked with beers you could drink on premise, but there were also rows and rows of choices meant to be savored at a later date. I could get lost on those aisles for days geeking out on the different beers—plenty of local options, naturally, but also wild styles from breweries that are hard to find in these parts.And of course, there’s a bar. You can’t open a business in Asheville without a solid bar. In fact, I refuse to shop at your place of business if you don’t offer beer on tap. I don’t care if you sell children’s clothes or tires, give me at least three solid craft beer options while I peruse your wares, or I’m not even going to bother setting foot in your store.I’m not sure when I became so entitled. I have the same issue with grocery stores. If the store doesn’t have a Starbucks and sushi restaurant, I’m going elsewhere for my Lucky Charms and kale. And I’ll go out of my way to fill up at the gas station that has free wi-fi and an artisan pretzel maker on site. Even if I’m not in the mood for a pretzel and email session, it’s nice to know those options are available while I pump gas.Tasty Beverage Co. caters to entitled ass holes like me. It has everything I could possibly want, from that rare milk stout on tap to the jar of locally-crafted beef jerky (just $2 a stick!). It’s only a matter of time before a rodeo of food trucks sets up outside the store. I wonder, will I still make the trek into the “Stab and Grab” for microwavable burritos, or will I succumb to the allure of the food truck offering a $9 grilled cheese? Or hell, maybe the “Stab and Grab” won’t even be there in another year. It’ll probably get converted into a Beanie Bar, where you knit your own wool beanies while drinking local kombucha. What will I dream of then?http://tastybeverageco.com/beer/last_img read more

The Latest: USTA cancels junior events through Oct. 12

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___ Due to the situation surrounding COVID-19, the United States Tennis Association has canceled all national junior events through Oct. 12. There is no decision yet on how to allocate the CONCACAF Champions League slot that typically goes to the tournament champion.___Kansas State will allow 25% capacity at its football stadium for games this season after getting approval Monday from the county commission. That means a maximum crowd of just under 15,000 fans.The Big 12 Conference is allowing schools to set their own attendance policies based on local jurisdictions.The Riley County Commission reviewed the rest of Kansas State’s return-to-play protocols, too. Fans will be required to wear face coverings where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Tailgating will not be permitted in parking lots controlled by the school. There will be no reentry. There also will be hand sanitizing stations and other protective measures. August 17, 2020 Furman of the Division I Southern Conference is postponing all fall nonconference sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Jason Donnelly said Monday the decision came after last week’s announcement that the league was pushing all its fall conference athletic competition and championships to the spring. Furman plays football in the Championship Subdivision.Donnelly says the school in Greenville, South Carolina, made the decision to protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff, and fans.___There will be no fans at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for NFL and MLS games played in September. The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United say the coronavirus pandemic forced the decision. The USTA also has canceled all adult Category 1 events, comprising the Adult, Open, Family, and Age divisions, through the end of the year.The decision to cancel was made to ensure the health and safety of all those involved since interstate travel required for the tournaments carries an increased risk of contracting the disease. The USTA said different regulations, restrictions and quarantine periods at the sites of the events and in the home states of the players were considered. ___Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn says his players have had 33 positive tests for COVID-19 this summer. The teams say they will continue to collaborate with local and national health officials before deciding on the possibility for fans in games after September.The Falcons will play at least two home games without fans — against Seattle on Sept. 13 and against Chicago on Sept. 27.“The health and safety of our fans is our top priority,” said Steve Cannon, CEO of the Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank’s sports and entertainment group. Cannon said the decision was made “after thoughtful consideration and collaboration.”Atlanta United previously announced there would be no fans for three games: Aug. 22 against Nashville SC, Aug. 29 against Orlando City SC and Sept. 2 against Inter Miami CF.___ One plus for fans: With the elimination of tailgating and reentry, the school will allow beer and wine to be purchased in general seating sections for the first time. Alcohol sales had been limited to luxury suites.___The CFL has canceled its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first year the Grey Cup won’t be presented since 1919.The nine-team league announced the move Monday, dashing hopes of a shortened season in the hub city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The decision comes after the CFL couldn’t solve a number of issues in an effort to try to salvage a season.“Our league governors decided today it is in the best long-term interests of the CFL to concentrate on the future,” Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement. Associated Press “We are absolutely committed to 2021, to the future of our league and the pursuit of our vision of a bigger, stronger, more global CFL.”Unlike other major leagues in North America, the CFL does not have the luxury of a billion-dollar television contract. While its deal with TSN has become more lucrative over the years, the CFL remains a gate-driven league — a major problem when fans aren’t allowed in the stands.___Mississippi starting center Eli Johnson says he won’t play football this season.Johnson announced on Twitter that he’ll sit out the season and focus on completing his master’s degree in criminal justice in December. Soccer’s U.S. Open Cup has been canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The 2020 tournament was suspended in early March shortly before it was supposed to kick off. The final was to be held on either Sept. 22 or 23.Officially called the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, it is the longest-running soccer tournament in the United States and gives amateur teams a chance to take on the pros, setting up the chance for an intriguing Cinderella team to advance far into the tournament. The winner earns a spot in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football’s Champions League.The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Monday that the Open Cup couldn’t be staged this year because the pandemic affected teams’ ability to travel, limited or eliminated fans at games, and necessitated strict testing protocols.The teams that were invited to participate this year will be invited next year instead. The Latest: USTA cancels junior events through Oct. 12 The Southeastern Conference allows players to opt out of the season because of COVID-19 and remain on scholarship.Johnson started all 12 games last season, allowing only one sack. His father, David, was hospitalized this summer because of the virus.“I will be forever grateful for my time here at Ole Miss,” Johnson wrote Sunday night on Twitter. “God bless and Hotty Toddy.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Malzahn says one staff member also tested positive earlier this summer. The Tigers and other Southeastern Conference teams opened preseason camp Monday ahead of a season scheduled to start on Sept. 26.Malzahn says Auburn had no positive tests last week, but four players are still going through the testing protocols. He expects results back by the end of the week.He says the school has administered 863 tests among players, an average of more than seven times each. Staffers have had five tests each.Linebacker Chandler Wooten and backup defensive back Traivon Leonard have opted out playing this season.___last_img read more

Breaking: London Sides West Ham, Tottenham Receive Fines After FA Charge

first_imgLondon clubs West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur have both been fined by the English FA.The two sides had earlier been charged with failing to control their players during their English Premier League (EPL) clash on Saturday and they have now received a fine of £20,000 each after admitting the FA charge.West Ham United were 3-2 down to 10-man Tottenham in stoppage time when a late melee involving many players from both sides took place prompting the charge. Relatedlast_img

Bubba Wallace furious after Michael McDowell wrecks him out of NASCAR All-Star Open: ‘What a joke he is’

first_img“What the hell is that all about?” Wallace said on his radio. “Complete hook job.”He later added in an interview with FS1: “Just disrespect when you get hooked right rear into the wall. . . . What a joke he (McDowell) is.”Bubba on McDowell: “Disrespect … People say one of the nicest guys in the garage. I can’t wait for the God-fearing text that he is going to send me about preaching and praise and respect. What a joke he is.”— bpocky (@bpocky1) July 15, 2020Bubba Wallace is pissed. Michael McDowell made contact with him and he crashes out hard. McDowell spins with damage on the bumper of William Byron. pic.twitter.com/5qhXhTQpwf— Vincent Bruins (@VincentJBruins) July 15, 2020″What a joke he is.” @BubbaWallace on @Mc_Driver. pic.twitter.com/3l2RIloWqH— NASCAR Alerts (@NASCAR_Alerts) July 15, 2020MORE: Live updates from NASCAR’s All-Star nightWallace had another message for McDowell a little later:[email protected] took the bumper of his wrecked #43 car and dropped it a the hauler door of @Mc_Driver.Not a happy driver.PC: @PaulEdSutton, @peterstratta #NASCAR #AllStarOpen pic.twitter.com/G4fVWQ3Xid— Noah Lewis (NASCAR Writer) (@Noah_Lewis1) July 15, 2020William Byron was the closest driver to the scene not caught up in the crash, and he also shared skepticism regarding McDowell. After Michael McDowell hooked Bubba Wallace into the wall in Wednesday’s NASCAR All-Star Open, Wallace expressed immediate anger at his competitor, who he believed took him out intentionally or via reckless driving.Wallace, who was trying to advance to the All-Star Race by winning a stage in the Open or claiming a fan vote, was eliminated by the crash. “He just turned left in the middle of the straightaway,” Byron said.After Wallace’s car was cleared from the track, Aric Almirola won Stage 1 of the Open.Wallace would have had a chance to win the fan vote that would have entered him into the All-Star Race, but his crash disqualified him from the polling. The fan vote driver’s car must be in a raceable condition for the All-Star event.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS CLUB NOTES

first_imgThe Killotto draw will be made during week. The team selling Killotto this week is Daniel Breslin’s team. Next week sellers 13th of October are Brenda Foy’s team. You can now do the Killotto online. Visit www.locallotto.ie and go to the Killybegs page.There was no Bingo this week.Killybegs seniors and reserves played Fanad in the championship last Saturday evening. The reserves had good win while the seniors drew their match. Results: Seniors 0-10 Fanad 1-07 Reserves 1-16 Fanad 0-06. The 2nd leg is being played this Saturday in Fintra. Throw in times are 3.30 and 5pm. GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS CLUB NOTES was last modified: October 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:KILLYBEGS CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Amla set to make history against Sri Lanka

first_img15 July 2014There will be a visible change to the South African cricket team when it takes on Sri Lanka in the first test at the Galle International Stadium. Graeme Smith, the most capped test captain in history, has retired and Hashim Amla, his successor, will lead the team for the first time on Wednesday.Amla was named captain of the test side in June, thus becoming the first player of colour to be permanently appointed to the position.Leading by exampleWidely respected, not only for his excellence as a player but also for the example he sets as a person, he appears to be a natural fit for the position. He has previous experience of captaincy at a high level too, having led the Dolphins’ franchise and the South African under-19 team.Amla enters the two-test series in excellent form, having scored consecutive centuries and a 46 in South Africa’s 2-1 win in the one-day international series, which concluded on the weekend. He will know that a 2-0 series win would lift the Proteas back to number one in the test rankings, a position they ceded to Australia earlier this year.Opening batsmanAfter Smith’s retirement, Dean Elgar, the obvious replacement for the long-time captain as an opening batsman, was awarded a contract by Cricket South Africa. He has big shoes to fill.In his nine-test career, the 27-year-old has so far scored 325 runs at an average of 29.54. That average is a little low, but he has time on his side to improve on it and become a staple at the top of the order, like the man he replaces.The loss of experienceSmith has followed Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis into retirement, thus leaving the Proteas without three of the most experienced and best players in South Africa’s history.While AB de Villiers, ranked number one among test batsmen, has performed admirably as a wicketkeeper/batsman in Boucher’s place, Faf du Plessis will surely find it harder to replace Kallis at number four in the batting order. He has, however, looked very Kallis-like in some innings of outstanding concentration against Australia and India, and with an average of 52.42 in 14 tests, has made a very solid start to his test career.On the subject of the great all-rounder, JP Duminy, an off-spinner, will likely be the man called on to send down the overs that Kallis, a seamer, used to contribute.Bowling attackThe bowling attack, in contrast to the batting line-up, is well set, with the pace trio of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel set to provide a varied set of questions for the Sri Lankan batsmen.The bigger question, though, will be about South Africa’s approach to spin. They have Duminy, a strong batsman as an option, but will they add another bowler in the form of Dane Piedt?The Sri Lankan spinners have a strong record in Galle, with Rangana Herath having snared 48 wickets in nine previous matches at the ground, leaving him second on the all-time list at the stadium, trailing only test cricket’s all-time leading wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan.‘Spin is always a factor’“Spin is always a factor when you come to the sub-continent, that’s why they prepare wickets to suit their bowlers,” South African quick Vernon Philander said in an interview in Galle on Monday.“He (Herath) is going to be a big threat, but our batsmen played him quite well in the last one-dayer in Hambantota, so hopefully we can continue to do so. I’d like to see our guys stepping up against the spinners and playing them to the best of their abilities.”Philander, ranked third in the test bowling rankings, with Steyn at one and Morkel at 16, said taking early wickets will be crucial to the Proteas’ success.‘You want to be striking with the new ball’“The more damage you can do with the new ball the better,” he explained. “You want batsmen five, six and seven batting against a newish nut. In these conditions you want to be striking with the new ball. Our lines up front need to get the batsmen to play.“I wouldn’t really say that lengths change, it’s more the line of attack,” he said of bowling on the sub-continent. “You need to sit on that off-stump line, and make sure you get the LBW into the game. The wider ball becomes the knick-off. Hopefully we can adjust really quickly and assess conditions accordingly.”Hot and humidThe weather conditions in Galle have been hot and humid with occasional showers, and that could bring swing into the equation, Philander said hopefully.“There is a bit of moisture and overhead conditions around, which will favour the swing bowlers. We have to wait and see what the deck looks like tomorrow and on the morning of the test.”South Africa vs Sri LankaSouth Africa and Sri Lanka have met in 20 tests previously, with the Proteas winning 10, the islanders’ five, and five matches being drawn.While the overall record favours South Africa, their record in Sri Lanka indicates that a serious challenge awaits Hashim Amla and company: four of the five Sri Lankan wins over the Proteas have come in Sri Lanka, with South Africa winning just twice away from home.Game on!last_img read more

Video: Antonio Callaway’s Electrifying 85-Yard Punt Return TD Gave Florida A 7-2 Lead

first_imgAntonio Callaway runs away from Alabama defenders on his way to the endzone.All week long, the expert opinion contended that in order for Florida to hang with Alabama, the Gators would need to catch some breaks and create points with their defense or special teams. The Gators did just that moments ago when freshman wide receiver Antonio Callaway corralled an Alabama punt and sprinted 85 yards to give the Gators a 7-2 lead.HERE COMES FLORIDA. The Gators with the HUGE TD return in this @BestBuy highlight. https://t.co/r2cEGevtWp— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 5, 2015That’s some serious SEC speed.Callaway’s score energized the UF faithful in attendance in Georgia. Can the Gators keep it up and spring a huge upset?last_img

Jordin Sparks and SCDAA Launch Generation S An Inspiring New Sickle Cell

first_imgNovartis is teaming up with Grammy-nominated singer, film and Broadway star Jordin Sparks and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. (SCDAA) to launch Generation S, a national sickle cell disease (SCD) storytelling project that will help rewrite the SCD story for generations to come.Generation S encourages anyone touched by SCD to help inspire the sickle cell community and educate the nation by sharing their story.“Although I didn’t have the honor of knowing her throughout her journey, my stepsister Bryanna battled sickle cell disease her entire life,” said Jordin. “Even though we were stepsisters for a short period of time, it was the closest I’ve ever come to the disease and its struggles. I hope that Generation S will help to change how we think about sickle cell and I am proud to lend my voice to our collective stories.”People can go to JoinGenS.com to share their experiences with sickle cell disease starting today through the end of November – as written stories, photos, or audio or video recordings. Submissions will start to be shared later in the fall, and the collection of stories from around the country will come to life in Feb. 2019. A few participants will also have the opportunity to meet Jordin in person and to work with a professional storyteller on a video to capture their personal experience with sickle cell disease.“Through Generation S, we hope to help people understand more about sickle cell disease, including their family genetic risk factors for passing the disease on to their children,” said Beverley Francis-Gibson, President and Chief Executive Officer of SCDAA. “We are thankful for the opportunity to work with Novartis to share powerful stories about sickle cell disease that too often have gone unheard.”While SCD is considered a rare disease, it is one of the most common genetic disorders in the US, and nearly 100,000 Americans are living with the condition. SCD is a lifelong condition that causes ongoing damage to blood vessels and organs. While people of all ethnicities can have the disease, people of African descent are disproportionately affected. People with SCD often experience recurrent episodes of acute, severe pain, which can eventually become chronic. Importantly, pain is more than a physical symptom – it can impact emotional and social wellbeing.“Working with the sickle cell community, we hope to educate people about the disease and raise awareness of the significant impact it has on the lives of patients and their loved ones,” said Ameet Mallik, Executive Vice President and Head, US Oncology at Novartis. “In partnership with SCDAA and Jordin Sparks, our goal is to inspire people who are touched by this difficult condition to help them to lead strong, vibrant lives.”last_img read more