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Farewell Budweiser Pyramid

first_imgLet’s do a quick poll. Raise your hand if you ever wanted to be like Dan O’Callahan. Anyone else? No? Okay, you may not know that Dan O’ was the hard drinking, freeskiing guru in Hot Dog…The Movie (circa 1983). He wore a blue jumpsuit and New York Mets hat, and he changed my life and the life of so many other young, impressionable skiers during that decade of decadence. If you’re not familiar with Hot Dog…The Movie, the tagline from the trailer pretty much sums it up: “By day, they’re the finest hot dogging, freestyle skiers in the world. By night, they really take chances.”Imagine 1.5 hours of gratuitous nudity, binge drinking, and state of the art (for the ‘80s) ski scenes. Oh, and ‘80s super-hottie Shannon Tweed was in it. You can see why I’d be so smitten.I don’t know what was more inspiring to me, the rad skiing or the hot tub scenes. Okay, that’s a lie, the hot tub scenes were what really got me motivated to be as much of a ski bum as I could possibly be while growing up in Georgia. Yes, the ballet ski scenes were enlightening, but I was more impressed with the skier lifestyle. Specifically, the notion of doing shots at a dive bar where the men wear fur coats and the women don’t wear much at all. First tracks and powder shots are great, but the off chance that you’ll meet Shannon Tweed in a hot tub is why you ski.My buddies and I watched Hot Dog during every ski trip, whether we were traveling to the Rockies or hitting North Carolina for a weekend. It was our inspiration, our self-help guide through the slopes and après ski shenanigans.Picture half a dozen dudes from Georgia tailgating at the base of Breckenridge, blaring David Allan Coe and piling Budweisers up in the snow at an alarming rate. I never skied without a flask of whiskey. One year, I even mixed martinis on the lift. With vermouth. And olives.We ate nothing but Apple Jacks and pizza, skied eight hours straight, then proceeded to trash the condo while blaring the entire Beastie Boys catalogue. We slept eight to a room, rarely showered (there was always a keg in the tub, anyway), and never napped. The final run of each day followed strict Chinese Downhill Rules (google it).Our latest ski trip was a bit different. First, the number of participants has slimmed quite a bit in recent years. For many of the original crew, four days of powder has been pushed down the priority list by mortgage payments and children’s classes.So, only a hardy few adhere to the ski trip ritual, which looks nothing like the original four days of powder and debauchery. Instead of finding the cheapest room for the latest trip, one of our wives wouldn’t rest until she found a condo with hardwood floors. So she could do yoga every morning. Yoga. I’d like to single her out as lame, but the fact is, I joined her for yoga routinely. It’s the only way I could get my hip moving properly.Back in the day, there was nothing quite like the potential of foreplay in the hot tub, but now I have to avoid that sort of concentrated heat altogether because it puts me right to sleep.Instead of a keg of Keystone Light, the fridge was stocked with craft beer and wine—most of which we left for the housekeeper when we checked out. After skiing all day, we managed two beers before falling asleep on the couchInstead of pizza, we hunted for sushi. Or Thai. Or something with a farm-to-fork philosophy behind it. Something I never said to a waiter during a ski trip when I was younger: “Is that chicken locally raised?”It was a rare night that any of us made it past 10pm.I’m not exactly sure when the ski trip shifted from winter frat party to relaxing yoga retreat. I guess it just evolved slowly, like some ancient slug-beast making its way out of the primordial ooze. But here’s the most shocking aspect of this evolution: I like our ski trips so much more now. Yes, I miss tailgating and every once in a while when I’m on the lift, I crave a martini, but it turns out, I’m a much better skier when I’m sober. Skiing trees when your blood alcohol level is .08 percent is basically Russian roulette with a $75 lift ticket. I’m amazed I survived through so many years of stupidity. Chalk it up to pure luck. Now I ski trees and steeps with clarity. I’m well nourished, well-rested, and thinking relatively swiftly. So while most athletes see their skill level wane as they get older, I’m hitting my prime, mostly because my reaction time and sense of balance aren’t hindered by morning beer bong hits.Getting older never felt so good. •Chinese Downhilllast_img read more

Cote D’Ivoire Re-elected President Sworn In

first_img“Our dream of a peaceful Cote D’Ivoire is becoming a reality, the one that the nation’s father, president Felix Houphouet Boigny, passed down to us. Only lasting peace, strong institutions and Ivorians who place national interest above all else will allow our country to irreversibly join the ranks of the great democracies and developed nations.” Said Alassane Ouattara, Cote d’ivoire PresidentThe president said this during his swearing in on Tuesday after a successful run for a second five year term in office.  President Ouattara pledged to ensure that all the people of Cote d’ivoire benefit from the revived economy. It was due to the 9 percent economic growth over the last four years in the country that the president was re-elected.President Outtara in his speech promised to foster reconciliation between the divide due to political and ethnicity in the country. The peaceful October vote showed the democratic growth in the country.last_img read more

Stanford losses latest bid to delay fraud trial

first_img 173 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Stanford’s attorneys have argued that their client would not have sufficient time to review millions of papers in time for the trial.HOUSTON, United States- U.S. District Judge David Hittner has denied Allen Stanford’s request to have his fraud trial delayed by three months paving the way for jury selection to proceed January 23.“The public’s interest in a speedy trial is particularly acute in such a case as this in which thousands of investors allegedly purchased CDs from Stanford under false pretenses and subsequently lost billions of dollars,” the judge said in his eight-page ruling.“This trial will decide not just whether Stanford is guilty of the criminal charges, but also whether hundreds of millions of dollars of investor funds currently frozen may be forfeited and returned to his alleged victims.”Stanford’s attorneys have argued that their client would not have sufficient time to review millions of papers in time for the trial.Following the ruling, Ali Fazel, Stanford’s lead lawyer maintained that stance stating, “Our ability to defend our client has been consistently limited by matters the court is well aware of…we are now reviewing our options.”“…The defense in this case does not merely require knowledge of one company as the government contends, but rather, depends upon knowledge of the finances and operations,” he added.Prosecutors said a further delay would not be fair to thousands of Stanford investors.The judge ruled a week ago that Stanford, 61, is mentally competent to aid his own defense.The former financier was previously found to be incapable of doing so because of addiction to anxiety medications developed after a head injury suffered in a prison fight.He was indicted in June 2009 on charges he masterminded a US$7 billion Ponzi scheme by selling bogus certificates of deposit at his Antiguan bank.The former financier has denied all wrongdoing.Caribbean 360 News NewsRegional Stanford losses latest bid to delay fraud trial by: – December 31, 2011center_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

‘No Napoli offer for Everton’

first_img Everton’s father and agent have made no secret of interest from Napoli in recent days, but Romildo Bolzan Jr asserted the 24-year-old was still very much Gremio’s player. “There are no offers right now,” he told CalcioNapoli24. “There was a conversation between the player’s representatives and Napoli more than a month ago, but it didn’t progress.Advertisement Loading… “Generally speaking, a European club buys 100 percent of a player’s economic rights. “Therefore we must work on the basis of 100 percent and then negotiate with each party. “That means Gremio will no longer have 50%, they’ll be able to get more.” read also:Everton willing to spend big on Napoli midfielder Allan Romildo was referring to the fact Gremio do not own all of the player’s economic rights, which are shared with various third parties, although they do possess a majority stake. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Gremio’s President has declared that ‘there are no offers right now’ for Brazil winger Everton Soares, who has been linked with Napoli. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?last_img read more

Laois hurling manager steps down

first_imgIt follows the departure of Seamus “Cheddar” Plunkett.The Portlaoise man quit after two players featured in a club challenge game against his wishes this week.last_img

LA Clippers roar back to beat Thunder 103-98

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Chris Paul concurred.“No question,” he said. “That energy and intensity they brought into the game, I think they got the crowd back into it. We picked it up from there. We started going downhill, as Doc would say. And just finding guys.“Wes (Wesley Johnson) made some big shots. And then our defense. We got some runout layups and that’s what got us back in the game.”Paul led the Clippers with 21 points and 13 assists. DeAndre Jordan scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, Redick scored 16, Jamal Crawford 12 and Johnson 11.Johnson started 1 of 11. But he hit two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The first came with 4:59 to play and brought the Clippers within 95-84. At the 4:27 mark, Johnson sank a 28-foot bomb to cut the deficit to eight (95-87).Johnson said he was encouraged by his teammates.“I mean, every time I came to the bench, they kept saying, ‘Keep shooting,’ ” Johnson said. “So I couldn’t be bashful.”Paul loved the mettle his team displayed.“We showed a lot of fight,” he said.Paul mentioned the defense. The Thunder scored only five points over the last 7:26. The Clippers outscored OKC 35-13 in the fourth quarter, during which the Thunder were forced into six of their 17 turnovers.Austin Rivers scored six points off the bench in his first game back after missing a month with a fractured left hand. His father praised the defense his 6-foot-4 son played on Durant when he was on him.Durant finished with 30 points, but shot just 12 of 27. Russell Westbrook scored 24 and Serge Ibaka scored 11 points and tied Durant for team-high rebounding honors with 11.“I just tried to get under (Durant),” Austin Rivers said. “You cannot stop a player like Kevin. You just try to make it as difficult as possible, and I feel like we were kind of getting punked a little bit in the first half. The whole team, honestly.”The Thunder outrebounded the Clippers 63-45.OKC coach Billy Donovan seemed peeved at his team, rather than complimentary of the Clippers.“I don’t think L.A. did anything drastically different,” he said. “It was turnovers, it was maybe not great shot selection, it was not getting back in transition, it was giving up 3s — everything that we were doing at such a high level in the first half.”Clippers starting forward Luc Mbah a Moute missed the game because of a left eyelid laceration. Jeff Green started in his place.The Clippers play at OKC two more times this month and they also play at Golden State and San Antonio. There are games at Dallas and Memphis and Houston and home games against Atlanta, Cleveland, Boston and the surprising Portland Trail Blazers. Tough, indeed.Doc Rivers shrugged it off.“I don’t have a lot of thoughts,” he said before tipoff. “(Clippers voice) Ralph (Lawler) keeps reminding me of it during our interviews. But, obviously, I don’t think much about schedules.“I look at rest and stuff like that. I don’t look at the opponent much. We have to be ready to play every night and I don’t mind that it’s a tough schedule. I think in some ways that could be good for us.”Then there is Griffin. He has not played since Dec. 25 because of a partially torn quad tendon and, more recently, a fractured right hand.Austin Rivers told reporters that the way Griffin looked at the morning shootaround, he appears ready.“He looked like he was normal out there,” the younger Rivers said. “He was shooting it like Blake shoots it, from that mid-range. He was rolling to the basket, jumping high. He looks pretty good.”Knowing his son had, in his words, “spilled the beans,” Doc Rivers said that Griffin is indeed just about there.“Blake’s close and he’s looking good,” the elder Rivers said. “I mean, honestly, watching him today I was like, in my mind, I’m thinking, ‘Well, we can use some of that tonight.’ ”Once Griffin has been given the green light by doctors, he must serve his four-game suspension for fracturing his hand on team equipment staffer Matias Testi. March could be the most important month of the regular season for the L.A. Clippers. They play 16 games — six against elite teams with better records than the Clippers — and several more against playoff-bound teams.The Clippers will get Blake Griffin back, which will be a big deal moving toward the postseason.The first test came Wednesday, and the Clippers passed with flying colors. Down by 17 points after three quarters, they roared back to take a 103-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder before a delirious sellout crowd of 19,304 at Staples Center.The Clippers went ahead for good on a three-point play by DeAndre Jordan for a 99-97 lead with 1:12 to play. Jamal Crawford then made a short bank shot with 38.6 seconds left for a 101-97 advantage.center_img After OKC’s Kevin Durant made one of two free throws, J.J. Redick made two free throws with 5.8 seconds left to seal the Thunder’s fate.The victory moved the fourth-place Clippers (40-20) to within 1 1/2 games of third-place Oklahoma City (42-19) in the Western Conference standings. The Clippers were down 85-68 entering the fourth quarter.The comeback, which was the Clippers’ biggest of the season, began with the second unit on the floor to start the fourth quarter.“The bench,” coach Doc Rivers said. “That was the key. … I just thought Oklahoma played harder, more aggressive, downhill, for 2 1/2 quarters; really, three quarters. And then the bench came in and then they started doing it back at them.”last_img read more