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Oteil Burbridge To Host “Ask Me Anything” Session On Reddit

Oteil Burbridge To Host “Ask Me Anything” Session On Reddit

first_imgOteil Burbridge will host his second “Ask Me Anything” Q&A session on Reddit later this month. The Dead & Company bassist and his wife Jess Burbridge will team up for the conversation, which is slated to take place on the r/gratefuldead page at 6pm ET on Friday, May 25th. The news was revealed on Wednesday via his Instagram.Burbridge, an accomplished bassist who toured with the Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and numerous other projects before co-founding Dead & Company, hosted his first AMA last summer. A variety of topics were addressed during that discussion, including the difference between Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead, the “Let Oteil Sing” campaign, Bob Weir’s iPad, playing with Col. Bruce Hampton, and much more. Burbridge’s AMA session will take place just a few days before Dead & Company returns to the road for their summer tour. As previously reported, the outing will kick off on May 30th at the Xfinity Center in Manfield, MA.last_img read more

Bay Shore Man in Coney Island Sideshow Revival

Bay Shore Man in Coney Island Sideshow Revival

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Trick the Bastard (Photo by Shannon Schaper/Cakewalk Photography)After two years as a sideshow performer, Trick the Bastard is used to receiving feedback from his audiences, but there’s one instance that sticks out most in his mind.“I can do what you can do,” he recalls a man telling him after witnessing Trick perform an act called human blockhead in which a performer hammers nails or any other implement—straws, screwdrivers, you name it—into their nasal cavity via the nostril.“All right, I don’t doubt it,” Trick responded calmly. “Here’s the difference: you go up on stage and you’re sticking a nail in your nose. I go up on stage and I’m performing human blockhead.”For Trick the Bastard, this is an art form and a career.Back in 2013, the 26-year-old Bay Shore man known as Trick the Bastard—he asked that his real name not be used for this story—lived the typical life of a college student. He attended CUNY Queens College as an English major, spent his weekends listening to music and hanging out with friends in his Summit dorm room and worked as a lighting technician for The YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bay Shore.That all changed when he saw his first burlesque show.“So I went to Coney Island and as soon as I got there I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is what I should be doing.’”“I met a performer, whom I’m now seeing, who sort of reminded me that Coney Island and side show are still alive and well,” he said.Since then, he left behind academia and made his transformation into Trick the Bastard.In sideshow, a performer’s on stage persona is what defines them. Therefore, any fledgling sideshow performer’s first step is to find out who they are when they walk on stage.Knowing this, he spent time developing Trick the Bastard. He made many changes before finalizing the devilish blockhead. At first, his character was meant to be a clown figure with makeup and all.“My idea was to have this clown figure that fell from grace,” he said. “You know, he had some sort of accident like at a kid’s event or something and now he’s this boozing, smoking, lost my job. And then the acts were going to be really visceral. Just like something you wouldn’t expect a clown to do.”But he ultimately decided to scrap the idea because he discovered a few fellow performers were doing similar acts. So he kept his name, but changed the story. The final product of Trick the Bastard can be described as a snake oil salesman-like figure who is said to have sold his soul to the devil. His personality also resembles that of a jester or the village idiot.“[The act] sort of became a whole other thing from there,” Trick says. “Now I’ve got this whole red black and white color motif going on. I’ve got this Satan puppet I use on stage, make a lot of Satan jokes, tell people I sold my soul for the powers of performance that I have—all that kind of goofy stuff.”“So that’s where the bastard came from,” he continues. “[He] fell from grace, he’s still rude and kind of mean to people. Like, if someone’s heckling me on stage, I’ll berate them. I come out with a beer in my hand, it becomes this whole alternate persona.”Trick was a born entertainer since his childhood, said his mother, Robin Harvey. So much so that a few elementary school teachers mistook his raw energy for ADHD.“He is what I would call the class clown,” Robin remembers a specialist telling her. “But she said, ‘I don’t think that that’s a bad thing. The children who don’t have friends who are withdrawn are the ones that you have to watch for. He’s the complete opposite.’“She said, ‘He does his work, he finishes everything; that is not ADHD,” Harvey recalls. “‘His not being able to sit still is boredom. He finishes his work, and then he’ll tell a joke to somebody next to him or he’ll make funny faces or he’ll tap on the table like he’s playing the drums. And if the teacher tells him to stop, he’ll stop.’”Later in his teens, he appeared in Long Island productions of The Man Who Came to Dinner and The Importance of Being Ernest, which gave him a solid understanding of character motivation.Still, he’s the first to admit that becoming Trick isn’t much of a stretch for him. “It’s like a shade of me,” he said.“Because when I go up there, the only thing that really changes is the way I talk,” Trick says. “And then, of course, I have lines or jokes or whatever that I’ve written and assumed over time that I wouldn’t say normally that come out because of the character. The only thing that changes what I show to people is that it’s a little more showman, a little more gregarious, a little more over the top.”LEARNING AND PERFECTINGPerforming sideshow requires a lot more than a fleshed-out persona. To complete the package, Harvey underwent intensive training, requiring time, money and patience. Luckily, he had a foundation to build upon.“For me I started out doing circus stuff like juggling or object manipulation,” Trick says. “I also had an interest in clowning and physical theater.”In terms of sideshow performing, his first step was mastering one of the most standard routines—the human blockhead, which is now his trademark act. He performs his blockhead routine at shows more than 80 percent of the time, he said.“Most people start, believe it or not, with human blockhead,” he says. “It’s—I don’t want to say the simplest—but it’s definitely the easiest to execute. But [it’s] one of the more interesting skills to construct an act around because so many people do the same thing. You want to outshine them or make yourself look different from the rest.”Trick said the routine has become his calling card.From there, he went on to more challenging skills, such as enduring the bed of nails, walking on glass, performing with fire and doing escape art. But he’s still working on perfecting sword swallowing, the most challenging and dangerous sideshow skill.Trick emphasizes that in sideshow, “what you see is what you get.” There are no illusions or tricks in this industry compared to magic shows or circus acts.“If a guy is sticking 22 inches of steel down his gullet, it’s actually happening,” he says. “There’s no tricks involved.”MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELFAlthough Trick the Bastard has only been on the side show scene for two years, he’s already making a splash.His girlfriend and burlesque performer, Betsy Propane, is an established name in the New York sideshow and burlesque scene. Trick says he might not have gotten involved if it hadn’t been for her support. “I think he’s awful,” she jokes after returning from a gig to their art gallery apartment. “I think he’s the worst performer I’ve ever seen in my life.”While they may be a couple, Propane regards Trick like any other performer she works with. She pays attention to the exhaustive effort he puts into his work—even during a typical morning at home.“We’ll eat breakfast and he’ll do his exercise,” she recalls. “Then he goes downstairs and throws knives at the board in the basement. Then he goes outside and walks on stilts.“And it’s like an exercise schedule,” she continues. “It’s almost like being in the military in sideshow. You have to keep revisiting it and getting better with it.”Trick the Bastard and Betsy Propane in their apartment (Photo by Jose Contreras).And it appears that Trick’s effort is paying off big. This summer, Trick the Bastard is the front of house host and inside talker of the Coney Island Side Show—a tremendous honor in the sideshow circuit.“[Trick] is coming into it at a time when Coney Island needs a strong sideshow figure,” Propane says. “They need someone who cares a lot about the history of sideshow, somebody that knows, somebody that wants to preserve that working. Because it’s not easy being a sideshow performer.”“COME LOOK AT THE FREAKS”This past year was saturated in content featuring sideshows, even outside the New York scene. The emphasis? Freak shows.Screenwriter Ryan Murphy revealed that the fourth season of his hit show American Horror Story was going to be about one of the last freak shows in America during the 1950s. Essentially, the show depicted the end of an era, when the odd, the tattooed, the deformed and the mentally disabled were exploited in the carnival circuit.“There was an interesting conversation that was sparked in the community when ‘Freak Show’ came out,” Trick says. “And me being a horror fan, I was like, ‘Oh, this is interesting, but also hard for me to swallow.’ There were so many things going on.“I was like, ‘I don’t want people to think natural born freaks are, you know, horrible or somehow mistreated,’” he recalls. “I also don’t want people to look at sideshow as like some sort of thing you should be afraid of.”Besides being a performer, Trick is extremely knowledgeable about the history of sideshows, circuses, magic and freak shows. He says that sideshows, specifically freak shows, have always been associated with exploitation. But, he says that these performances gave natural-born “freaks” opportunities for celebrity and monetary success.“It really started in the early 20th century when people were saying, ‘Hey, we can’t just put this person up on a pedestal,’” he says. “There was an immediate response to the performance, to the ‘freaks,’ to any of the natural-borns. The response was, ‘We can’t find work anywhere else.’ And people who were born naturally ‘freakish’ did very well for themselves monetarily. A lot of them continued to make a living up until the day of their death.”One film that came out during the height of these freak shows’ popularity attempted to tackle the social implications of these sideshow communities: Todd Browning’s Freaks. Although the 1932 film was meant to be a sympathetic portrayal of natural born freaks—those with some kind disfigurement or unusual condition, such as conjoined twins—audiences found the film to be exploitative and repulsive. As a result, it was nearly impossible to watch it until the mid-20th century.Today is a different story for natural-born “freaks,” self-made “freaks” and sideshow performers alike.“It’s a lot more accepted today and that’s great,” Trick says. “There are certain performers who work toward acceptance, work toward the removal of exploitation saying, ‘This is my body, this is my ability and I’m going to show you that I’m a human just like you.’”Trick cites a performer known as The Black Scorpion, who was born with ectrodactyly malformation—commonly known as lobster claw syndrome—as someone trying to spread awareness.The Black Scorpion“He’s a contemporary performer,” he says. “He’s still performing and he works toward showing people ‘I’m not different. Being a freak is a good thing, it’s not exploitation.’”NOTHING IN LIFE IS FREEWhile sideshow performers don’t deal with the same issues as freaks do these days, there is a universal struggle to obtain fair pay.Trick shares a recent story about his girlfriend’s trip to California when she was approached by a big producer in the sideshow scene.“The producer was like, ‘You should come out to Cali; I pay my performers very well,’” Trick recalls. “And Betsy was like, ‘Okay, so what’s your standard price?’ And she’s like, ‘Well, we pay a minimum $25 an act.’ And Betsy just looked at her and said, ‘Well, I’m from New York and that’s not how it runs, lady.’”A big problem in New York is producers trying to lure side show performers in for “exposure” instead of actual wages. There’s an inside joke in the community in regards to that, Trick says.“We’re no strangers to exposure, trust me,” he says. “If we want people to notice us, we’ll get them to notice us.”If there is no pay, Trick and his fellow performers have to decline the gigs.The new trend in side show is performers producing their own shows.“It’s almost like a ‘look out for your own’ situation,” he says.CURTAIN CALLFor Trick, his life in the world of sideshow is just beginning. Recently, he and Propane produced a burlesque show inspired by the cult TV show Bob’s Burgers, which resulted in two sold-out performances at Coney Island with more performances in the works.Trick says he hopes to use his skills in theatre or film gigs. At the end of the day, Trick is just grateful to have the ability to share his passion with the audiences he sees week after week.“A lot of the things I’m shooting for are happening, slowly but surely,” he says. “It makes me feel like hard work pays off.”last_img read more

The difference between “landlord” and “host”

The difference between “landlord” and “host”

first_imgRELATED NEWS: Host, Gastgeber, Host This segment of tourism is increasingly polarized in two main directions. The first are the “renters”, the owners who rent the facility. In this activity, the business philosophy concentrates on the equipment and appearance of the property and sales channels that have a “wide network of coverage”. The very concept of catering comes from the household – to receive someone as a guest. Here, a personal approach, a culture of behavior, a tradition of a good host, more personal work, the engagement of the whole family are more sought after. Here is the most important “sales channel”, a loyal and satisfied guest. He comes back, recommends to friends, shares good impressions via social networks… There are many examples from practice in both directions. I believe that you, as a guest, also had such different experiences. Today’s tourism relies on a unique experience of local culture, and the hosts are actually the most important part of that experience. The biggest problem with the poor attitude of public authorities towards family accommodation hosts stems from a lack of understanding and non-recognition of the importance of their entrepreneurial activities. Hospitality, household catering belongs to micro-entrepreneurship SMALL SCHOOL ON CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN TOURISM by Nedo Pinezić Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com Cover photo: Pixabay.com The concept of micro-entrepreneurship was not even known in Croatia until we put it “on the table”. The same is true with the methodology of quantifying the economic effects on the national economy achieved by family micro-entrepreneurs in tourism. Here, guest reviews are usually a necessary evil, so sales channels often change, but from the group of the same methods of action. “Renters” are increasingly approaching the real estate business, which is regulated by other laws and where the Ministry of Construction is responsible. As one of the leading experts in this field from the academic community, prof. dr. sci. Zdenko Cerović from the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality Opatija “When you see the economic effects, banks and authorities should bow their heads in front of them, show respect and meet the hosts of family accommodation to the maximum.”. The provision of accommodation in the household is divided into renting and hosting, while renting is actually real estate – Nedo Pinezić The provision of accommodation services in the household is divided into renting and hosting, while renting is actually real estate. The other direction is when the owner of the facility is the host, caterer, “Gastgeber”. last_img read more

Croatia Airlines cancels numerous flights in September

Croatia Airlines cancels numerous flights in September

first_imgSee the new flight schedule of Croatia Airlines for September HERE Thus, Croatia Airlines canceled altogether over 80 departures (160 operations in both directions) in the period from 01 to 21 September on international routes from Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik. Flights on the routes after September 21 have not yet been considered, so further changes are also possible. Croatia Airlines has announced its flight schedule for September this year. The company will continue to fly to the same number of destinations as in August, but there are cancellations of certain departures on almost all routes, Croatian Aviation reports.center_img Source: Croatian Aviation / Photo: FB Croatia Airlineslast_img read more

VAR taking the fun out of football, Premier League fans tell survey

VAR taking the fun out of football, Premier League fans tell survey

first_imgMore than two-thirds of Premier League fans believe the introduction of VAR has taken the fun out of football, according to a YouGov survey.The technology is in use for the first time in the English top-flight this season and its implementation has been met with consistent criticism.In contrast to other Europan leagues, referees have been advised not to use pitchside monitors to review their own decisions and are instead overruled by an official watching the game at the league’s VAR hub in London. Even though the referees are not consulting the monitors, the process has often led to long delays while decisions are reviewed. There have also been complaints about a lack of communication to fans inside the ground.The poll found that 67 percent felt matches were less enjoyable since the introduction of VAR.Six out of 10 of those surveyed felt the system was working badly, and its performance was scored four out of 10 on average by the sample.However, only 15 per cent of those surveyed wanted the system to be scrapped, with 74 per cent saying it should be kept, but modified.The most popular proposals for reforming VAR included referees using the pitchside monitors, showing fans in the stadium the incident at the same time as the VAR officials and having a time limit for decisions.Topics :last_img read more

Financial Push for Water Projects on the Central Coast

Financial Push for Water Projects on the Central Coast

first_imgCongressman Salud Carbajal has announced the passage of new federal funding for water projects on the Central Coast included in the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Act (H.R. 5895).The bill – signed into law by the President on Friday – includes investments in the Cachuma Water Project, and will help fund necessary dredging in the Morro Bay Harbor and the Santa Barbara Harbor.“These resources will provide necessary funding to support the annual dredging that keeps our harbors open for business, fueling job growth on the Central Coast and preserving their economic vitality. I’m grateful these critical resources for Central Coast water projects passed with an overwhelming bipartisan majority,” said Carbajal.Morro Bay HarborH.R. 5895 includes $2.4 million in funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Morro Bay Harbor entrance next year.“The City of Morro Bay is grateful to receive $2.4 million in Federal funding from the passage of an appropriations bill supported by Congressman Salud Carbajal that will be used for critically important harbor entrance dredging next year,” said Morro Bay Mayor, Jamie L. Irons.“This dredging will help ensure a safe harbor entrance for our recreational boaters and commercial fisher men and women, and allows Morro Bay to be a safe refuge during storms. The Bay is home to our own Harbor Patrol officers and United States Coast Guard, who provide boater assistance, rescue services and Homeland Security along our coast.”Santa Barbara HarborH.R. 5895 also provides $3.36 million in funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support the Santa Barbara Harbor’s annual dredging.“Santa Barbara is fortunate to receive a congressional appropriation of $3.3 million to continue with much needed harbor dredging. The economic vitality of the harbor is dependent on annual dredging and this funding ensures our working harbor will remain productive and an excellent resource for residents and visitors alike,” stated Scott Riedman, Santa Barbara Habor Waterfront Director.Cachuma Water ProjectH.R. 5895 includes $1.57 million for the Bureau of Reclamation to support the Cachuma Water Project in Santa Maria. The Cachuma project captures seasonal floodwater that would otherwise drain into the ocean.“The passage of Reclamation’s budget is great news to continue the extraordinary work that Reclamation accomplishes on behalf of the American People. The Cachuma Project is a significant portion of the water supply for Santa Barbara County including the Santa Barbara municipal area and Reclamation welcomes the funding that allows us to continue operating and maintaining the Project,” stated Duane D. Stroup, Deputy Area Manager.last_img read more

Anna Sinclair: Unborn Kiwis need more protection

Anna Sinclair: Unborn Kiwis need more protection

first_imgGuest editorial: Unborn Kiwis need more protectionNZ Herald 3 January 2019Family First Comment: Excellent commentary from a Christchurch mum…“It’s time to update our abortion law. It’s the 21st Century; the law is 40 years old, and it needs to be modernised. That’s what we keep hearing, and I couldn’t agree more.Unfortunately, the proposals in the Law Commission’s report would be a big step backwards. A truly progressive society protects the rights of all its members, down to the smallest and most vulnerable. The advice the Law Commission has provided would achieve the opposite of that. It would strip unborn Kiwis of any recognition of humanity under the law, placing them at even greater risk. We should be bolstering the rights of unborn children, not stripping them away.”Well said. #chooselifeIt’s time to update our abortion law. It’s the 21st Century; the law is 40 years old, and it needs to be modernised. That’s what we keep hearing, and I couldn’t agree more.Unfortunately, the proposals in the Law Commission’s report would be a big step backwards.A truly progressive society protects the rights of all its members, down to the smallest and most vulnerable. The advice the Law Commission has provided would achieve the opposite of that. It would strip unborn Kiwis of any recognition of humanity under the law, placing them at even greater risk. We should be bolstering the rights of unborn children, not stripping them away.There is no longer any excuse for imprecision over what is developing in a pregnant woman’s womb. We know that at the point of conception, a new organism comes into being. This new organism has its own DNA and its own blood type, distinct from the mother and father. In other words, it is a unique human being. An unborn baby isn’t part of the woman’s body; it is a different body.We’ve known this for a while, but with today’s technology we have an unprecedented view into the womb.We know that a baby is formed with astonishing speed: by eight weeks’ gestation the baby already has discernible arms and legs, all its organs are present and its heart is beating; by 13 weeks all major development has taken place, tooth buds are developing and the baby has well-defined fingers and toes; by 16 weeks the baby has eyelids, hair, nails and fingerprints. Mothers often feel the baby moving and kicking between 16 and 20 weeks’ gestation. All this has occurred well before the 22-week threshold in Model C of the Law Commission’s report.By 22 weeks, babies born prematurely have been known to survive. By 24 weeks, the baby is almost completely formed; over the remaining 16 weeks, the baby primarily just gets bigger and heavier.This is not fringe theory, and it’s not new. We’ve known all this for some time. Yet Model A of the Law Commission’s report would permit all abortions up to birth.At this point some will protest that this unborn human should not be called a baby — a foetus, instead, or an embryo or zygote for the earliest stages of development. These terms are fine if used for technical accuracy — a human foetus describes a young, unborn human, just as a newborn and toddler describe older, post-birth humans. It becomes problematic, however, when we use the term as a way to dehumanise the unborn child.We have dehumanised unborn children, not in response to but in defiance of the evidence, because it justifies us in treating them as less than human.Some will then argue that, despite its humanity, the foetus should not be considered a person. Arguing for personhood to be bestowed separately to someone’s humanity is arbitrary and not based on scientific fact. There are, not surprisingly, multiple different stages that people point to as marking personhood — implantation, viability, consciousness, even birth.Shouldn’t the fact that it is human be enough for it to have human rights?Abortion deprives unborn Kiwis of their most fundamental human right — their right to life. The express purpose of an abortion is to kill a human being. It is not akin to simply removing life support. In abortions performed before 22 weeks, the foetus normally dies in the process of being removed from the womb. After 22 weeks, killing the foetus before removal needs to be part of a successful abortion procedure.The Law Commission’s report notes the Abortion Supervisory Committee’s advice that “other than in exceptional circumstances, foeticide (the act of causing the death of the foetus) should be part of the abortion process after 22 weeks’ gestation … if a woman does not consent to foeticide, the abortion should not go ahead, because there is a possibility of neonatal survival”.In other words, simple termination of the pregnancy is not enough. The foetus needs to be killed, because we all know that if you end up with a live baby, the abortion hasn’t gone as planned.Abortion is not just a women’s rights issue; it is a human rights issue. The point is not whether women are capable of making good decisions. It’s that no individual should hold such untrammelled power, the power of life and death, over another human being.I don’t deny that many women find themselves in extremely tough situations, and that those who choose an abortion often feel it is their only choice. I don’t want to minimise the stress and trauma of women facing a crisis pregnancy, but too often the discussion ends with the woman’s difficult situation.Any balanced conversation on abortion must acknowledge the two lives involved, and the two sets of rights to be considered. Any decent law on abortion will seek to protect the rights of both. It’s time our laws reflected the value of humans in the womb.https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=12185154last_img read more

Edin Dzeko goal denies Republic of Ireland win and leaves play-off keenly poised

Edin Dzeko goal denies Republic of Ireland win and leaves play-off keenly poised

first_imgEdin Dzeko denied the Republic of Ireland a precious first leg victory as Bosnia & Herzegovina ensured a tense conclusion to their Euro 2016 play-off showdown. Republic boss Martin O’Neill, who travelled to Bosnia without key players Shay Given, John O’Shea, Jonathan Walters and Shane Long through a combination of injury and suspension, had impressed the importance of both a clean sheet and an away goal on his players. He very nearly left with both, although that would have been harsh on Bosnia, who dominated for long periods in a game which only really exploded into life at the end. However, that away goal could yet prove priceless as Ireland attempt to secure their second successive passage to the European Championship finals to join England, Northern Ireland and Wales in France next summer. O’Neill asked Ciaran Clark to plug the sizeable gap left by the injured and suspended John O’Shea, while Stephen Ward got the nod at left-back in a re-shaped defence on a night when what Ireland were able to do at the back was always likely to prove key to what their hopes of emerging with a positive result. Ireland reached half-time intact, as so often in the past, a testament to their organisation and commitment, and with keeper Darren Randolph having made only one save of note, and that not particularly taxing. However, they were forced to soak up pressure for almost the entire 45 minutes with lone striker Daryl Murphy isolated and playmaker Wes Hoolahan having little impact. Miralem Pjanic fired high over with 11 minutes gone after being set up 20 yards out by Mensur Mujdza and Vedad Ibisevic steered an inviting Visca cross into the side-netting 11 minutes later. But in the meantime, full-back Ervin Zukanovic might have broken the deadlock when a 14th-minute Pjanic corner reached him unmarked eight yards out, but he failed to make meaningful contact. Edin Visca was similarly wasteful after Seamus Coleman had intervened to cut out Dzeko’s driven 28th-minute cross but Zukanovic did prompt Randolph to make his first save four minutes later, with a firm header – but one which lacked the right direction. The visitors mustered their first attempt of the game two minutes after the restart when skipper-for-the-night Glenn Whelan took aim from all of 35 yards, but even with visibility significantly reduced by descending mist, keeper Asmir Begovic was able to watch the ball sail high and wide. But Visca was once again the most influential player, testing Clark and then Richard Keogh with teasing crosses with Ibisevic ready to pounce on both occasions. Randolph had to be alert on the hour when, after a cross was not dealt with fully, the ball fell to midfielder Senad Lulic beyond the far post, and the keeper raced from his line to block. The opening goal finally arrived with just eight minutes remaining, when Brady ran on to Edin Cocalic’s attempted clearance and cut inside central defender Toni Sunjic before blasting a shot into the bottom corner. But Ireland’s joy was short-lived as Lulic combined with substitute Ognjen Vranjes just three minutes later to allow Dzeko to level. Robbie Brady had fired Ireland into an unlikely 82nd-minute lead at the fog-swathed Bilino Polje Stadium in Zenica after the home side had dominated in front of a hugely partisan crowd. However, Roma hitman Dzeko ensured that his team will head for Dublin on Monday evening level at 1-1 and with everything to play for. Press Associationlast_img read more

Steve Lavin offers insight on career

Steve Lavin offers insight on career

first_imgESPN announcer Steve Lavin discusses his career as a coach and analyst with students at Grainger Hall Monday.[/media-credit]Last night at Grainger Hall, the University of Wisconsin Sports Business Club hosted former UCLA men’s basketball coach and current ESPN analyst Steve Lavin to speak to UW students about mentoring and preparation, drawing his own experiences into his speech.Lavin discussed events in his past that led to his current stature at ESPN, citing several coaches — including John Wooden, Gene Keady and Mike Krzyzewski — as his personal mentors who helped him in college basketball. Additionally, he offered words of encouragement for the students in attendance.He opened by extending his idea of a “50-year plan,” which he said he preached to his players at UCLA, many of whom would not play basketball professionally and had their whole lives ahead of them to make decisions.“You need that bigger picture in terms of your game plan,” Lavin said. “The way you operate day-to-day determines the success that you’re going to have later down in your life.”Although Lavin spoke from his own experiences, he attributed nearly everything he learned and discussed with the group to his mentors and the characteristics that rubbed off on him.“I try to pass on the things I’ve learned from teachers, coaches, mentors, playground directors, bosses I’ve had, colleagues I’ve had,” Lavin said. “There are certain attributes these people have that kept emerging. … I encourage you to seek out these people and to find that part of your game.”These attributes, or as he later referred to as “qualities for success,” ranged from passion to gratitude. However, Lavin spent most of his time discussing what his mentor Wooden taught him — listening.“The skill of listening sounds simple,” he said, “but you learn by listening, not by talking. True listening is when you put yourself in the shoes of someone else and try to see and feel the world from their perspective.”Lavin also brought another one of his mentors and current sportscasting partner — Brent Musberger — into his speech. According to Lavin, the most important aspect of life to Musberger is the importance of “staying interested.”“‘Stay interested’ is a simple statement, but it’s so profound,” Lavin said. “It might seem easy, but you have to challenge yourself to stay interested and be fully engaged in what it is you’re doing.”Several times during his speech, Lavin went back to discuss his mentor at UCLA — Wooden — who, aside from leading by example, gave Lavin the message he carries with him across the country.“John Wooden has what I call the passion of eternal learning,” he said. “He’s probably influenced more people worldwide as a retired coach and as an inspiration for millions. … That’s one of the most important attributes anyone can have; that passion to keep learning like John Wooden.”Aside from discussing his life experiences and lessons learned from his many mentors, Lavin also discussed his view of the Big Ten and the Wisconsin men’s basketball team under head coach Bo Ryan, as well as his view on Ryan as a mentor.“I think it goes back to (Ryan’s) father, who utilized sports to teach us enduring values and important skills that will help people live a good life,” Lavin said in an interview before his speech. “Bo is a natural teacher and coach and motivator. He has an old-school approach with a new presentation.”Lavin also said he thinks that, even though the Badgers are in the midst of rough stretch of four straight losses, they will return to the NCAA Tournament and be a team that could make some noise in the Big Dance.“They’re going to continue to get better because their leader — Bo Ryan — is someone who will continue to find ways to enhance the performance level of this team,” Lavin said. “They’re a team that, going into the NCAA Tournament, will probably be a mid-level seed, but will be really dangerous.”Although he is currently an EPSN analyst, Lavin does have a great deal of experience with adversity. He was fired from his UCLA head coaching position after 12 years at the helm before being offered his current job at ESPN.However, when given the opportunity to coach again at North Carolina State, he continued his theme of back to Wooden, who once more offered him his words of wisdom.“When I was looking for answers, it all went back to John Wooden, who told me, ‘You can’t discount or discard your passion, heart or emotion,’” Lavin said. “But he also said, ‘You must make sure your mind and reason are driving your decision process.’”The Sports Business Club’s kickoff meeting will be Jan. 28 in Grainger Hall at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Women’s tennis to face off against Pepperdine

Women’s tennis to face off against Pepperdine

first_imgThe USC women’s tennis team will travel to Malibu on Friday to take on Pepperdine for the second time in less than a week.After four days off and coming off of a weekend championship, the Women of Troy get back on the court against the No. 30 ranked Waves. The team took down Pepperdine in the championship match of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Kick-Off Weekend. In Sunday’s match, the Women of Troy (3-0) pulled off a sweep with a score of 4-0.Coming off of such a convincing win, it would be easy to fall into the trap of complacency. The team has been working tirelessly, however, to not only prevent a drop-off, but also increase its intensity. Senior Gabriella DeSimone was able to provide insight into how the team competed so effectively.“We got a good jump,” DeSimone said. “We started off strong with doubles and continued that momentum with singles.”One of DeSimone’s coaches also gave her take on what to expect from the Waves this time around.“I’d imagine it would be a closer match,” said assistant coach Barbara Hallquist DeGroot on what USC is expecting from Pepperdine this time around. “It’ll be a good test.”Pepperdine’s top ranked player is No. 17 Lorraine Guillermo, who will pose a challenge for the Women of Troy.One of the most difficult aspects of the upcoming match will be the fact that the Waves have home-court advantage.“They’ll be a lot more fired up,” said DeGroot.  It seems the players are aware of this new challenge and ready to face it head-on.“Home court is a different atmosphere,” said sophomore Zoë Katz. “We’re just going into it with a lot of energy and competitive spirit.”Despite the fact that USC has been able to complete sweeps of each of its opponents thus far, the team is preparing for a vengeful Pepperdine team.Another dynamic that makes Friday’s match one to keep an eye on is the fact that many of the players on both squads have grown up together and competed against each other since they were young.“It’s nice at the end of the day when you can hug them after a match,” said Katz. “It isn’t going to change how you’re acting on the court.”Such a killer competitive streak is something that has certainly contributed to USC’s success on the court thus far this season.“Across the board, from top to bottom, there is such great depth,” said DeGroot. “They are such a cohesive group, they have one mindset, and they’re having a great time while they do it.”The Women of Troy insist that they are not playing with chips on their shoulders, despite not having moved up in the ITA rankings. USC is still hanging tough at the No. 14 spot.“If we keep winning, the ranking will come,” DeGroot said. “It’s so early in the season, it’s easy to get caught up in the ranking.” The rankings don’t mean much to the team when all they’re doing is “concentrating on winning,” where the coaching staff believes the focus remains.Since USC first faced off against Pepperdine in 1977, the Women of Troy are 44-12 against the Waves. This impressive record includes the sweep last Sunday and a 5-2 victory last year.DeSimone summed up her team’s mentality quite completely: “We have to forget that we just played them and beat them.”last_img read more