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TALLAHASSEE EVENTS 5/24 – 5/31

Austin Sport Reddit - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 00:09

I’m sorry, y’all, I’ve been busy as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

Tally’s Independent Cinema and Theater Offerings:

  • Cap City Video Lounge: “Tallahassee Florida's premiere cult cinematic theater and movie rental store. Many free showings in their small theater of movies from Lord of the Rings and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure to the best/worst in B-rated horror. Super fun small theater. You can even rent it and have a film fest of your own!”

  • All Saints Cinema: “The Tallahassee Film Society was formed for the purpose of bringing foreign and American independent films to the Tallahassee area.”

  • Monticello Opera House: “A historic theater in Monticello featuring musical performances and local theater.”

  • Quincy Musical Theater: “Quincy Music Theatre is North Florida’s largest and only all-musical community theater.”

  • Ruby Diamond Auditorium: “The primary performance venue for Florida State University.”

  • Student Life Cinema: “Florida State University's Student Life Cinema (located in the Askew Student Life Center) is one of the nation's leading campus film programs, featuring five to six nights a week of everything from the most recent blockbuster movies to documentaries, alternative and foreign films, to restored cinema classics.” General Public permitted.

  • Theatre Tallahassee: “Serving the community since 1949, Theatre Tallahassee has been a leader in professional-caliber community theater featuring your friends and neighbors.”

  • Young Actors Theater: “YAT is a non-profit youth theatre and school for the performing arts founded in 1975. YAT provides quality theatre and theatre education to the community.”

ALSO:

  • Breakout Games is new and does that escape-a-locked-room thing with multiple theme options. Good for fun times with friends, team building exercises with coworkers.

  • Joyride Bicycle Collective offers various fun bike riding options, usually accessible for all levels of ability.

  • Gulf Winds Track Club lists many if not most of the area races, so go pound some sand.

THURSDAY 5/24

  • Lake Ella Area: Food Truck Thursday with Belle and the Band. 5:30pm

  • Kleman Plaza: Free Downtown YOGA! 6pm

  • Hurricane Wings: Double Take. 6pm

  • Beef O’Brady’s: AJ Johnson Trivia. 6:30pm

  • Hurricane: Ballistic Bingo. 7pm

  • 926 Bar & Grill: RuPaul Drag Race Viewing Party. 7pm-10pm

  • Skybox: $10 Cornhole Tourney. 7:30pm

  • La Fiesta: Trivia. 7:30pm

  • Junction @ Monroe: Karaoke and Dance Party. 8pm

  • Warhorse: Bar Trivia With Hank! “Sometimes dirty, always nerdy. Come on down and do 5 rounds of awesome, hand crafted trivia. Plus pizza and whiskey!” 8pm

  • Dux (Crawfordville): Karaoke with Big Bob. $25 bar tab given away every week. 8:30pm-12:30pm

  • Fermentation Lounge: Open Mic Night. “Sign-ups will begin at 7:30pm and be on a first come, first serve basis. Each getting around 12-15 minutes to perform. The first artist will begin at 8:30pm. Each artist will receive a FREE beer for their performance.” 8:30pm

  • Midtown Caboose: Trivia Factory. “General Knowledge, 20 questions + Wager Final. $35/$25/$15, and Best Team Name gets a round of shots.” 8pm

  • Island Wings: Bike Night. “A night dedicated just to you! We have a special menu just for those who ride their motorcycles to the restaurant, there is designated up front parking for your bikes, and live music on the patio from 8pm-11pm. There's no better place to eat, hang out with your friends, and show off your ride.” 8pm

  • Unique Wonders: Live Comedy with Big Hou! 8:30pm/$5

  • Junction @ Monroe: Comedy Zone: Frank Del Pizzo & Mark Evans. 9pm

  • Pockets: Karaoke Dance Party with Keith Welch. 9pm/21+

  • Brass Tap Midtown: Karaoke with DJ Rah. 9pm-Midnight

  • 926 Bar and Grill: Bass Parade: Ladies of Bass. 9pm

  • Applebees on Cap Cir: Karaoke with Amanda Goram. 10pm

  • Birds: Karaoke with Nathan. All the songs. $1 Pabst drafts. 10pm

  • Old Willis Dairy: Healthy Urban Forest: What to Know, What to Do. “Join us to celebrate Preservation Month at the beautiful Old Willis Dairy as Mindy Mohrman gives an update on the City’s Urban Forest Master Plan. We’ll also learn about good tree management techniques that you can use at home to help improve the health of our urban forest. Kelly Thomas from UF/IFAS Leon County Extension will also teach us about FL Friendly Landscaping, including how to choose plants & attract wildlife to your yard.” 6pm/free

  • Momo’s in Market Street: Meet The Brewers Night at Momo's. “Come say 'Hey' to our Brewers, grab a few pints of your favorite GrassLands beer, and down several slices of Momo's delicious pizza. There's no better way to spend a Thursday night!” 6pm

  • Cap City Video Lounge: Being From Another Planet & The Creeping Terror: MST3K Thursday. 7:30pm

  • The Moon: Darren Knight's Southern Momma An Em Comedy Tour. 7:30pm/18+

  • Finnegan’s Wake: Mike Ingram & Giovanni Marrero-Baez – Agoostic. 8pm

  • Blue Tavern: Corine Samwel. “Samwel sings songs she grew up with in French, German, Dutch, and even English with the wonderful piano accompaniment of Mason Margut! Mason will play some solos between sets as well.” 8pm

  • Bradfordville Blues Club: Rachel Hillman Band's Album Release Concert! 8pm

  • The Bark: Run-On Sunshine / No Face / blacksunblackmoon / Orphling. 8:30pm

FRIDAY 5/25

  • Fifth & Thomas: Flat Moon Theory in the Backstage Garden. 6pm-8pm

  • Hobbit South: Karaoke with Paul. 8pm-Midnight/all ages

  • Leggetts: Karaoke presented by Galen Goram. 9pm

  • Just One More: Karaoke with Roger. 9pm

  • Island Wing Company: Friday Night Unwind. “End your work week on the island with live music on the patio at 9pm. Come enjoy some great food, drinks with your friends, and unwind.” 9pm

  • Stetsons @ The Moon: Karaoke with Devin Cywinski. 10pm/$5/18+

  • 926 Lounge: The Hot Friday Night Party - May the Fourth Edition. “Tallahassee's premier LGBTQA Hot Friday Night Party returns to kick off your weekend with another fabulous Friday night! This Friday is May The Fourth (insert Star Wars reference here) - so feel free to bring out your nerdy best. If that's not enough, after midnight, it becomes Cinco de Mayo as well - it's an amazing party weekend!” 10pm

  • Geo's Pub & Pool (both locations): Karaoke. 10pm-1am

  • Happy Motoring: Preservation at the Station: Celebrating Historic Preservation. “We invite preservationists, museums professionals, historic site managers, and the public to join the Florida Division of Historical Resources and Happy Motoring on Friday, May 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to celebrate #HistoricPreservationMonth!” 5:30pm-7:30pm

  • Hurricane Grill: Mr. Perfect!. 6pm

  • Cap City Video Lounge: Ms. Pam Grier's 69th Birthday Celebration Triple Feature. 7pm

  • Backwoods Bistro: Shepherd Creek Band. 7pm

  • Black Dog on the Square: Finn & The Kingsnakes. 7pm

  • The Wine House: Jose Serrano Quartet. 7pm

  • The Studio: JLMB Entertainment Presents: The Urban Game Night - May Edition! “Come and experience the newest event to hit Tallahassee! The Urban Game Night is for the grown and sexy who are looking for an awesome night of music, drinks, fun and entertainment. Come and experience The Urban Game Night! Tell a friend to tell a friend!” 7pm

  • Junction @ Monroe: The Good Little Chicken’s Final Show. 8pm

  • Blue Tavern: Bob Dogan Trio. 8pm

  • The Wilbury: The Lessers, Painted Lady, Sinkwell. 8pm/free

  • Fifth & Thomas: Six String South. 8:30pm

  • Bradfordville Blues Club: Albert Castiglia. 9pm

  • Fox & Stag: The Skene Nivens Duo. 9pm

  • Corner Pocket: The Mae West Band. 9pm

  • The Bark: Black Hole Kids/Feedlot/Too Bad. 9pm

  • Island Wings: Southern Latitude Band. 9pm

SATURDAY 5/26

  • Market Square: Tallahassee Farmer's Market. 8am-3pm

  • Downtown: Tallahassee Downtown Market. “Fresh from the garden local produce for fixing up that cool melon bowl. Fresh baked bread with jams and jellies just like granny made. Unique arts and craft gifts for you and yours all hand made by the artist in the booth. Come relax under the majestic oak on Park Ave at Monroe street as you listen to our own singer song writer Paul Harbin across the street from the Doubletree by Hilton. Want to be a vendor please join us! Information is available at www.downtownmarket.com or call the office at 850-224-3252. Thanks.” 10am-2pm

  • Corner of Georgia & Macomb: Frenchtown Farmers’ Market. “Find your favorite local goodies! Join us at Frenchtown Farmers Market for all-local produce, eggs, gourmet jelly, and more. We can double SNAP benefits through the Fresh Access Bucks program. Our farmers accept WIC and Senior farmers market nutrition program coupons.” 10am – 2pm.

  • Gamescape: Game Tally Saturday Board Gaming. “Meeting weekly in Tallahassee, Florida, we seek to promote and offer public opportunities to learn new games and make new friends in a relaxed, fun environment.” Noon

  • Salty Dawg: Karaoke with Paul. Family friendly! 8pm

  • Leggetts: Karaoke presented by Galen Goram. 9pm

  • The Skybox (Crawfordville): Karaoke with Mark. 9pm

  • El Patron: Pasion Latina. Bachata, Merengue, Salsa, Reggaeton. 9pm

  • 926 Lounge: Sanctuary: Tallahassee’s Longest Running Goth Night. 10pm/$5/18+

  • D&J Produce: Class on home canning New Potatoes. 850-688-0102 to register. 9am/$15

  • Tallahassee Nurseries: It’s Raining Kittens! “Its Meow or Never (IMON) is hosting a Kitten Shower and Adoption Event here. Check out the following: Kitten Guest Appearance, Door Prizes, Free cupcakes, Raffle Drawings, Games, Bottle Feeding Demonstration, Lots and Lots of Kittens! Come play with the kittens you have helped! Check out our online wish list to donate the most-needed items!” 10am-Noon

  • Challenger Learning Center: SCIturday at the CLC - Multiplayer Flight Simulation. “"Soar into Summer: Multiplayer Flight Simulation": Clear for departure! Design and learn the science behind wingless paper airplanes, study the basics of flying and get behind the controls of your own flight simulator.” 10am

  • Mission San Luis: Rope/Cord-Making Workshop. 10am

  • Tally Cat Café: Grand Opening! “Come on out for our Grand Opening! We’ll have raffles, a photo booth, surprises, amazing coffee, and wonderful cats! Make an appointment to ensure you get in the cat room at www.tallycatcafe.com/book-an-appointment or just walk in and see if we have availability the day of!” 10am-10pm

  • Lucky’s Market: Grilling Social. “Summer is here! Join us for some food fresh from the grill, samples of beer and wine, and visit with some of our favorite vendors including Proof Brewing Company! Come enjoy delicious samples and get some recipe ideas for your upcoming summer parties.” 11am-4pm

  • Whataburger on T’ville: Tallahassee Street Rodder Whataburger Cruise In. 5pm

  • Hurricane Wings: The Nitro Groundshakers. 6pm

  • Bumpa’s Local #349: Jim Ed Tim Ed. 6:30pm

  • Junction @ Monroe: Eat, Drink, & Meet Mary. “A little karaoke, a little live music, a LOT of fun! Spend the evening with the lovely and talented Mary Ann Hoffman.” 7pm/free

  • Wine House: Boo Radley. 7pm

  • Fat Cat Café: Movie Night "A Cat in Paris". “It is a french animated film that debuted in France in 2010. The movie will require a $9 donation to BCOD that covers the entry fee, a bag of popcorn, and cuddle time during the film.” 7:15pm

  • Black Dog on the Square: The Berry-Godoy Electric Duo. 8pm

  • Blue Tavern: Pat Puckett. 8pm

  • Bradfordville Blues Club: Frank Jones Band. 9pm

  • The Warehouse: Lil’ Grizzly & Smoke - Close Down The Warehouse. “Come say goodbye to a local music hotspot. Lil’ Grizzly kicks things off.. Smoke bringing it home. be there!” 9pm

  • Brass Tap in Midtown: Eric Rush. 9pm

  • Fifth & Thomas: Electric Apostles. 9:30pm

  • The Wilbury: Shaken not Stirred Presents: Tasty Pasties Burlesque. “Are your eyes bigger than your stomach? Do donuts make you go nuts?? Then come on out to the Wilbury on Saturday May 26 and let Shaken not Stirred Burlesque whet your appetite with a delectable food-themed burlesque show packed full of scrumptious dancers ready to shake their bon-bons leave your mouth watering! Grab yourself a beer, a snack and a seat near the stage because Shaken not Stirred Burlesque is coming at you with saucy shimmies, juicy jigs, and fabulous frivolity straight from Flavortown! “ 10pm/free but you should TIP

SUNDAY 5/27

  • Athena’s Garden: Herb Class. 2pm

  • The Junction @ Monroe: Sunday Afternoon Bingo. “This isn't your grandma's bingo! We have a blast with some very cool folks. Cash prizes.” 5pm

  • Salty Dawg Pub & Deli: The Famous Acoustic Jam w/ Wayne, Glenn, and Bo. Open mic, free beer for performers. 6pm

  • Cancuns: Reggae Sunday. 6pm

  • Finnegan’s Wake: Irish Music Session. 7pm

  • 926: Sunday Rewind. “Your favorite songs and videos are back again this Sunday at 926 with no cover before midnight!!! 926 is proud to present another addition of the Sunday Rewind - join us as we revisit some of the best music and videos from the last 40 years. Start your night with happy hour featuring Trivia Rewind with Erik from 7 to 9 in the pub. The club side opens up at 10 when DJ Matthew East and VJ Carben will be spinning all your favorite hits and videos from the 80s, 90s and 2000s even throwing in a few from the 70s as well. Rebecca and Branden will be serving up all your favorite drinks along with our amazing 926 food.” 7pm/No cover if you are in line before 12. After 12, cover is just $5 for 18+

  • Birds: Sunday Night Tea Drag Show. 10pm/$5

  • Lucky’s Market: Grilling Social. “Summer is here! Join us for some food fresh from the grill, samples of beer and wine, and visit with some of our favorite vendors including Proof Brewing Company! Come enjoy delicious samples and get some recipe ideas for your upcoming summer parties.” 11am-4pm

  • Tallahassee National Cemetery: Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony. 2:30pm

  • Hurricane Grill: Lori Kine. 3pm

  • Junction @ Monroe: Perkins Street Players. “The Perkins Street Players is a local group including former member of the 60’s band The Checkmates. Music from Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Beatles, the Band, and more plus originals.” 4pm-7pm/free

  • Cap City Video Lounge: John Carter with Special Guests Mark Maddox & Jeffrey Shanks. “Hey Gang, The Primal Root here, inviting you to join us at Cap City Video Lounge Sunday May 27th as we join special guests, local artist Mark Maddox and pop culture archeologist Jeffrey Shanks as we take a look at the unjustly ignored cienmatic adaptation of the story which birthed modern science fiction, 2012's John Carter.” 5pm

  • Finnegan’s Wake: Your Scumbag Neighbors. 6pm

  • Black Dog on the Square: Classical Guitar Society. 6pm

  • Play Sports Bar and Lounge: I Love RNB Music. “Welcome to The Social Lounge, here you will experience 100% R&B music and nothing less. We have researched, planned and now it is time to deliver, the greatest genre of music "R&B", so feel free to come out, mix n mingle and enjoy the vibe.” 7pm

  • The Wilbury: A Werewolf Aware Wolf (EP RELEASE SHOW)/Taylor James/Like Father. 8pm/free/all ages

  • Superdome: GORGEOUS LAST SHOW!! CAREER! WITCHBENDER! NIGHT WITCH! 8pm/all ages

MONDAY 5/28

  • Junction @ Monroe: Monday Night Bingo. “Good food, good drinks, good friends, and a chance to win some big cashola! It doesn't get any better than J@M. Every Monday from 7pm-9pm we've got cash payouts up to $250 per game with multiple games each night PLUS a 50/50 drawing each week benefitting the Tallahassee Area Musicians Guild.” 7pm-9pm

  • Lofty Pursuits: Game Night. 7pm

  • Blue Tavern (N Monroe St): Lost Mondays hosted by Belmont & Jones. “Antique blues played acoustical.” 8pm/$2

  • Waterworks: Patio Theater. 7:35pm/21+

  • Finnegan’s Irish Pub: Karaoke with DJ Paul Cornish and Hospitality Night. “If you're a hospitality worker, don't forget to bring your most recent paystub or work schedule to receive that sweet 25% discount!” 10pm

  • Complete Automotive Repair and Sales: Memorial Day C.A.R.S. Meet! “We will be hosting our 3rd Monthly Car meet this Memorial Day Weekend on May 28th from 4pm-8pm! At 1529 S Adams St. Come out and enjoy the good vibes and check out some of the local car culture from your local car enthusiasts! See you there!” 4pm

TUESDAY 5/29

  • Corner of Georgia & Macomb: Frenchtown Farmers’ Market. “Find your favorite local goodies now on Tuesdays! Join us at Frenchtown Farmers Market for all-local produce, eggs, gourmet jelly, and more. The market opens at 3pm and we're here until 7pm, so come after you pick the kids up from school or on your way home from work. We can double SNAP benefits through the Fresh Access Bucks program. Our farmers accept WIC and Senior farmers market nutrition program coupons.” 3pm-7pm.

  • Junction @ Monroe: Live Rehearsal Tuesdays. “Tuesdays are Live Rehearsals at J@M. Sponsored by the Tallahassee Area Musicians Guild. Utilize our complete backline and PA for rehearsals, jams, or hold auditions. Up to one hour slots (or more depending on number of signups) per artist/group.” 4pm

  • Madison Social: Trivia Social. They do half and half theme and miscellaneous, so check their FB every week for an event page. 7pm

  • Brass Tap in Midtown: Trivia. Check their FB page for the theme. 7pm

  • Junction @ Monroe: Trivia. 7pm

  • Bird’s Oyster Shack: Trivia With John Carpenter. Lively and fun. 7:30pm

  • GrassLands Brewing Company: Trivia Factory. 7:30pm

  • Midtown Pies: Bar Trivia With Hank. 50 questions of sweet, sweet trivia. Food! Beer! Something random in a bag! 8pm/free

  • Fourth Quarter: Trivia With Professor Jim. AUCE wings. Truly a trivia favorite. 8pm

  • Krewe de Gras: Karaoke With Pete. 8:30pm

  • Brass Tap on Gaines: Karaoke with DJRah. 9pm

  • 926 Bar & Grill: Trivia Tuesday! 9:30pm

  • Applebee’s on the Parkway: Karaoke with Amanda Goram. 10pm

  • Pockets Pool: Karaoke with Dwight. 10pm/21+

  • Cap City Video Lounge: Barbarella & Space Thing 50th Anniversary: Trash Cinema Tuesday. 7:30pm

  • Black Dog on the Square: May Full Moon Ride. “Meet up at Black Dog on the Square for a chill ride out to the Apalachicola National Forest to watch the Full Flower Moon rise above the long leaf pines. Our route takes us along the St. Marks Trail to the Munson sandhills, where we jump on a hard-packed clay single track and ride about one mile to an ephemeral wetland. The off-road portion is easy riding and requires no special bike or equipment. We'll watch for night birds, listen to chorus frogs, and look out for other night creatures as we await the rising moon. The forest is blooming with native wildflowers, so bolo! The ride is about 15 miles total round trip. It's flat and social-paced. Bring with you: Lights - necessary for this ride! If you don't have lights, let us know before the event and we'll bring some for you. Water, snacks, wine, whatever you want to enjoy eating & drinking while we're sitting under the stars. Blanket, hammock, anything else to keep you comfy in the woods. Friends - this is a great ride for any one - any level! All are welcome. Bike - but if you don't have a bike, rent a Pace Bike Share bike at Railroad Square! They can handle the ride just fine!” 7:30pm

  • Blue Tavern: The Rhys Bennett Quartet ft. Blake Bennett. 8pm

WEDNESDAY 5/30

  • Bird's Oyster Shack: Lab Sessions featuring the Jim Crozier Band with Ben Banks, Chris Skene, Don Austin, Bill Landing, and Mike Stone. 6pm

  • Fermentation Lounge: Trivia. 7pm

  • Brass Tap on Gaines: Trivia. Check their FB page for the theme. 7pm

  • Hurricane Grill & Wings: Trivia With Greg. 7pm

  • Burrito Boarder: Dungeons & Dragons. “Different adventures every week. Beginners welcome.” 7pm

  • GrassLands Brewing Company: BYOBG! Bring Your Own Board Game. “Our gracious host, Trevor Bond, will be featuring one game each week. Feel free to bring your own games to play & share.” 7pm/21+

  • Junction @ Monroe: Bike Night, Bingo, and Karaoke. 7pm

  • Black Dog on the Square: Settlers of Catan Game Night. 7pm

  • Proof: Bar Trivia With Hank. “Drink delicious brews and show off all those random factoids you thought you’d never use. Local beer, local trivia in the heart of Tally’s Art District. They now have the MoBi food truck every week! Bar tab for 1st and 2nd place teams.” 7:30pm/21+/no cover

  • Cancuns: Singo (like Bingo but with music). 8pm

  • Island Wings: Wine Down Wednesday featuring Steve Johnson. 8pm

  • Finnegan’s Wake: Waxy Wednesdays. “Feelin' waxy, Tallahassee? That's probably just because it's Wednesday. At Finnegan's Wake, Waxy Wednesday means DJ Ryze will be hitting our floor again to spin some vinyl and get your feet moving tonight. Feeling a bit sour, girls? Not to worry- we'll also have some fantastic $5 drink specials going for all those Tallahassee ladies looking for a bit of fun. Come out and help us get the party started!” 8pm

  • The Skybox (Crawfordville): Karaoke with Mark. 9pm

  • Krewe de Gras: DÉJÀ VU Latin Wednesdays. “FREE Salsa/Mambo classes by Barry C. Williams. The duration of the class is 9-10 and having a partner is not necessary. If you've never danced Salsa/Mambo before then don't worry about it. The classes are made to be easy and fun so you can come learn some moves and then stay and dance until 2am to the sounds of DJ Jimmy Suave.” 9pm

  • Just One More: Karaoke with Roger. 9pm

  • Corner Pocket: Karaoke. 9pm

  • Bird’s: Comedy Night. I’m pretty sure this is both a performance and an open mic. 9:30pm/free

  • The Bark on All Saints: Karaoke with Nathan. “Nathan has all the songs you could ever want, The Bark is a great space, and there’s a very friendly crowd. If you’re not really into the fratty or country karaoke scene, this may be your spot. They have mixed drinks, bountiful beer options, and amazing vegan/vegetarian food until 2 am – and I say that as a staunch omnivore.” 9:30pm

  • Fire Betty’s: Karaoke with DJ Paul Cornish. 10pm

  • 926: Dragged Out Wednesday. “We have Twice the Show! Twice the the DJ and Twice the Fun! Start the night with Cole during The Hours Of Happy and then finish the evening with Rebecca as they sling the magic behind the Bar. Hungry? Well Chris NoChill has you covered! He'll be rocking the kitchen all night! Then join the KingzKru for Showtime at 10:30 and Midnight while our DJ and She-J's Garion Djgg Grant and Izzy B (Isabella Berrios) keep the Dance Deck moving and you enjoying the party!” 10pm

  • TCC Center for Innovation: 3D Printing Workshop. “Ever wanted the convenience of printing parts, tools, or prototypes instantly? In this workshop, we'll show you the fundamentals of 3D design and printing. We'll review resources for ready-made downloadable designs and software used to create designs from scratch. We’ll discuss 3D printers and filaments with an overview of the benefits of each. Join us for this exciting talk on the rapidly growing technology of 3D printing!” 5pm

  • Fat Cat: Yoga with Kitties. “Surprise! We have decided to add an extra night of yoga this month! Catch us here, the last Wednesday of the month, the 30th, at 6 o'clock with our incredible instructor Renee Sessions. Only 15 spots available per class. Please bring a $10 donation to Black Cats, Old Dogs and a yoga mat. Includes a 50-minute yoga class with 20 minutes of cuddle time following. Book online to reserve your spot.” 6pm

  • Cap City Video Lounge: Planet of the Apes & 2001: A Space Odyssey 50th Anniversary. “Wednesday May 30th at Cap City Video Lounge you are invited to join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of two milestones of science fiction cinema and two of the finest achievements of the medium. films that blazed a trail for all those who would follow in their wake, both from the the turbulent year 1968...” 7:30pm

THURSDAY 5/31

  • Lake Ella Area: Food Truck Thursday. 5:30pm

  • Kleman Plaza: Free Downtown YOGA! 6pm

  • Beef O’Brady’s: AJ Johnson Trivia. 6:30pm

  • Hurricane: Ballistic Bingo. 7pm

  • 926 Bar & Grill: RuPaul Drag Race Viewing Party. 7pm-10pm

  • Skybox: $10 Cornhole Tourney. 7:30pm

  • La Fiesta: Trivia. 7:30pm

  • Junction @ Monroe: Karaoke and Dance Party. 8pm

  • Warhorse: Bar Trivia With Hank! “Sometimes dirty, always nerdy. Come on down and do 5 rounds of awesome, hand crafted trivia. Plus pizza and whiskey!” 8pm

  • Dux (Crawfordville): Karaoke with Big Bob. $25 bar tab given away every week. 8:30pm-12:30pm

  • Fermentation Lounge: Open Mic Night. “Sign-ups will begin at 7:30pm and be on a first come, first serve basis. Each getting around 12-15 minutes to perform. The first artist will begin at 8:30pm. Each artist will receive a FREE beer for their performance.” 8:30pm

  • Midtown Caboose: Trivia Factory. “General Knowledge, 20 questions + Wager Final. $35/$25/$15, and Best Team Name gets a round of shots.” 8pm

  • Island Wings: Bike Night. “A night dedicated just to you! We have a special menu just for those who ride their motorcycles to the restaurant, there is designated up front parking for your bikes, and live music on the patio from 8pm-11pm. There's no better place to eat, hang out with your friends, and show off your ride.” 8pm

  • Unique Wonders: Live Comedy with Big Hou! 8:30pm/$5

  • Junction @ Monroe: Comedy Zone: Frank Del Pizzo & Mark Evans. 9pm

  • Pockets: Karaoke Dance Party with Keith Welch. 9pm/21+

  • Brass Tap Midtown: Karaoke with DJ Rah. 9pm-Midnight

  • 926 Bar and Grill: Bass Parade: Ladies of Bass. 9pm

  • Applebees on Cap Cir: Karaoke with Amanda Goram. 10pm

  • Birds: Karaoke with Nathan. All the songs. $1 Pabst drafts. 10pm

  • 621 Gallery: June | Soft Opening. “Please come out for our Soft Opening, May 31st at 6:30pm. Artist's Brooks Dierdorff & Kyra Schmidt have prepared brief presentations about their exhibitions on display this month at 621 Gallery.” 6:30pm

  • Finnegan’s Wake: Afraid of Bears. 8pm

  • Blue Tavern: Langtry. 8pm

  • The Wilbury: Hand Out, Letters to Part, & Camp Green Lake. 8pm

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OUR TEAM WON: Pirates (27-21) @ Reds (17-33) - May 23, 2018

Austin Sport Reddit - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 21:33
Pirates @ Reds Game Info Links First Pitch: 07:10 PM ET @ Great American Ball Park Gameday Weather: Clear, 80 F, Wind 7mph L To R Game Graph TV: FS-O, ATT SportsNet-PIT Strikezone Map Radio: Reds Radio Network, WLW 700, KDKA-FM 93.7 Notes: Away, Home Pirates Pos AB R H RBI BB SO BA Reds Pos AB R H RBI BB SO BA Harrison 2B 6 1 4 1 1 1 .319 Winker LF-RF 5 1 2 0 0 0 .250 Polanco RF 4 1 0 0 1 2 .220 Barnhart C 6 1 1 0 0 2 .266 Vazquez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Votto 1B 6 0 1 0 0 0 .274 Freese PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .246 Gennett 2B 4 2 2 1 2 2 .328 Brault P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 Suarez, E 3B 4 0 1 1 1 0 .281 Diaz, E PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 0 .352 Schebler RF 3 0 1 0 0 2 .248 Cervelli C 6 1 2 2 0 1 .282 Blandino PH 1 0 1 1 0 0 .278 Crick P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Hughes, J P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Bell 1B 5 0 1 0 1 1 .254 Lorenzen P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Dickerson, C LF 5 0 4 1 1 0 .316 Cruz, T PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .111 Moran 3B 6 0 0 0 0 1 .271 Floro P 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Meadows CF 6 1 2 0 0 0 .381 Peraza SS 4 0 1 1 2 0 .251 Mercer SS 5 1 1 0 1 1 .247 Bailey P 2 0 1 0 0 1 .125 Kuhl P 3 0 1 1 0 0 .200 Rainey P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Santana, Ed P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Duvall PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .182 Frazier, A PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .228 Stephens P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Feliz, M P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Dixon PH-LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Rodriguez, S RF 1 0 0 0 1 0 .188 Hamilton CF 5 0 0 0 0 2 .199 Pirates IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA Reds IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA Kuhl 6.0 5 1 1 1 6 78-52 4.20 Bailey 5.0 10 4 4 3 3 97-65 6.21 Santana, Ed 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 9-7 2.66 Rainey 2.0 0 0 0 2 3 33-17 15.75 Feliz, M 0.2 2 3 3 1 0 17-10 3.92 Stephens 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 10-6 4.09 Vazquez 1.1 2 0 0 0 1 22-15 3.60 Hughes, J 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 18-12 1.26 Brault 2.0 0 0 0 2 2 31-21 4.19 Lorenzen 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 23-14 0.00 Crick 1.0 2 0 0 1 1 21-12 2.03 Floro 2.0 3 1 1 0 0 30-23 1.80 Linescore 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E Pirates 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 15 1 Reds 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 11 0 Inning Scoring Play Description Score Top 1 Francisco Cervelli homers (7) on a line drive to left field. Gregory Polanco scores. 2-0 PIT Top 5 Corey Dickerson singles on a ground ball to center fielder Billy Hamilton. Josh Harrison scores. Francisco Cervelli to 2nd. 3-0 PIT Top 6 Chad Kuhl singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Homer Bailey. Austin Meadows scores. Jordy Mercer to 2nd. 4-0 PIT Bottom 6 Scooter Gennett homers (9) on a line drive to right center field. 4-1 PIT Bottom 8 Eugenio Suarez out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Corey Dickerson. Jesse Winker scores. 4-2 PIT Alex Blandino singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Corey Dickerson. Tucker Barnhart scores. Scooter Gennett to 2nd. 4-3 PIT Jose Peraza singles on a line drive to center fielder Austin Meadows. Scooter Gennett scores. Jose Peraza to 2nd. Alex Blandino advances to 3rd, on a throwing error by center fielder Austin Meadows. 4-4 Top 12 Josh Harrison triples (1) on a line drive to right fielder Jesse Winker. Jordy Mercer scores. 5-4 PIT Team Highlight PIT Cervelli's 2-run jack CIN Bailey escapes bases-loaded jam PIT Dickerson's RBI single PIT Kuhl's RBI bunt single CIN Rainey escapes bases-loaded jam CIN Gennett's solo homer in the 6th CIN Suarez's sac fly in the 8th CIN Blandino's RBI single in the 8th CIN Peraza's RBI single in the 8th PIT Kuhl strikes out Hamilton PIT Kuhl's six solid frames PIT Brault strikes out Barnhart PIT Harrison's go-ahead triple See all highlights at Baseball.Theater FINAL: 5-4 Pirates Decisions Pirates Santana, Ed (H, 5) Feliz, M (H, 10) Vazquez (BS, 2) Brault (W, 4-1) Crick (S, 1) Reds Floro (L, 1-1)

Next Game: Thursday, May 24, 0:35 AM @ Reds (Regular Season Game 3)

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Austin Sport Reddit - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 18:58

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[GDT]: Pirates (26-21) @ Reds (17-32) - May 23, 2018

Austin Sport Reddit - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 14:16
Pirates @ Reds Game Info Links First Pitch: 07:10 PM ET @ Great American Ball Park Gameday Weather: Clear, 80 F, Wind 7mph L To R Game Graph TV: FS-O, ATT SportsNet-PIT Strikezone Map Radio: Reds Radio Network, WLW 700, KDKA-FM 93.7 Notes: Away, Home Pirates Pos AB R H RBI BB SO BA Reds Pos AB R H RBI BB SO BA Harrison 2B 6 1 4 1 1 1 .319 Winker LF-RF 5 1 2 0 0 0 .250 Polanco RF 4 1 0 0 1 2 .220 Barnhart C 6 1 1 0 0 2 .266 Vazquez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Votto 1B 6 0 1 0 0 0 .274 Freese PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .246 Gennett 2B 4 2 2 1 2 2 .328 Brault P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 Suarez, E 3B 4 0 1 1 1 0 .281 Diaz, E PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 0 .352 Schebler RF 3 0 1 0 0 2 .248 Cervelli C 6 1 2 2 0 1 .282 Blandino PH 1 0 1 1 0 0 .278 Crick P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Hughes, J P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Bell 1B 5 0 1 0 1 1 .254 Lorenzen P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Dickerson, C LF 5 0 4 1 1 0 .316 Cruz, T PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .111 Moran 3B 6 0 0 0 0 1 .271 Floro P 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Meadows CF 6 1 2 0 0 0 .381 Peraza SS 4 0 1 1 2 0 .251 Mercer SS 5 1 1 0 1 1 .247 Bailey P 2 0 1 0 0 1 .125 Kuhl P 3 0 1 1 0 0 .200 Rainey P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Santana, Ed P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Duvall PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .182 Frazier, A PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .228 Stephens P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Feliz, M P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Dixon PH-LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Rodriguez, S RF 1 0 0 0 1 0 .188 Hamilton CF 5 0 0 0 0 2 .199 Pirates IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA Reds IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA Kuhl 6.0 5 1 1 1 6 78-52 4.20 Bailey 5.0 10 4 4 3 3 97-65 6.21 Santana, Ed 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 9-7 2.66 Rainey 2.0 0 0 0 2 3 33-17 15.75 Feliz, M 0.2 2 3 3 1 0 17-10 3.92 Stephens 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 10-6 4.09 Vazquez 1.1 2 0 0 0 1 22-15 3.60 Hughes, J 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 18-12 1.26 Brault 2.0 0 0 0 2 2 31-21 4.19 Lorenzen 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 23-14 0.00 Crick 1.0 2 0 0 1 1 21-12 2.03 Floro 2.0 3 1 1 0 0 30-23 1.80 Linescore 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E Pirates 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 15 1 Reds 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 11 0 Inning Scoring Play Description Score Top 1 Francisco Cervelli homers (7) on a line drive to left field. Gregory Polanco scores. 2-0 PIT Top 5 Corey Dickerson singles on a ground ball to center fielder Billy Hamilton. Josh Harrison scores. Francisco Cervelli to 2nd. 3-0 PIT Top 6 Chad Kuhl singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Homer Bailey. Austin Meadows scores. Jordy Mercer to 2nd. 4-0 PIT Bottom 6 Scooter Gennett homers (9) on a line drive to right center field. 4-1 PIT Bottom 8 Eugenio Suarez out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Corey Dickerson. Jesse Winker scores. 4-2 PIT Alex Blandino singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Corey Dickerson. Tucker Barnhart scores. Scooter Gennett to 2nd. 4-3 PIT Jose Peraza singles on a line drive to center fielder Austin Meadows. Scooter Gennett scores. Jose Peraza to 2nd. Alex Blandino advances to 3rd, on a throwing error by center fielder Austin Meadows. 4-4 Top 12 Josh Harrison triples (1) on a line drive to right fielder Jesse Winker. Jordy Mercer scores. 5-4 PIT Team Highlight PIT Cervelli's 2-run jack CIN Bailey escapes bases-loaded jam PIT Dickerson's RBI single PIT Kuhl's RBI bunt single CIN Rainey escapes bases-loaded jam CIN Gennett's solo homer in the 6th CIN Suarez's sac fly in the 8th CIN Blandino's RBI single in the 8th CIN Peraza's RBI single in the 8th PIT Kuhl strikes out Hamilton PIT Kuhl's six solid frames PIT Brault strikes out Barnhart PIT Harrison's go-ahead triple FINAL: 5-4 Pirates Decisions Pirates Santana, Ed (H, 5) Feliz, M (H, 10) Vazquez (BS, 2) Brault (W, 4-1) Crick (S, 1) Reds Floro (L, 1-1)

Next Game: Thursday, May 24, 0:35 AM @ Reds (Regular Season Game 3)

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IMPACT Wrestling to hold Slammiversary Press Conference on June 4; announce TV tapings in Toronto on July 23 and 24

Austin Sport Reddit - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:08

The road to Slammiversary, IMPACT Wrestling’s marquee annual summer pay-per-view extravaganza, officially kicks off on Monday morning, June 4, with a Slammiversary press conference and public Q&A session featuring the superstars and Knockouts of IMPACT Wrestling. The event will be held at 10:00 a.m. ET at Real Sports Bar & Grill in Toronto, voted by ESPN as the best sports bar in North America, located in Maple Leaf Square at 15 York Street.

Tickets for Slammiversary will be available on June 4 at the press conference, or at ShopIMPACT.com, starting at 12:00 p.m. ET.

In addition, tickets for Slammiversary will be available on June 3 at Destiny World Wrestling and IMPACT Wrestling’s One Night Only: Zero Fear in Mississauga, Ont.

The press conference and Q&A will feature former IMPACT World Champion Austin Aries, former NFL player Moose and five-time former Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne. In addition, IMPACT officials have confirmed the mysterious Su Yung will be in attendance, along with IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Famer Gail Kim, who was born and raised in Toronto.

All media is invited to attend and international media will be able to participate via conference call or email. Full details are forthcoming. The public is invited to attend and participate in this rare Q&A session with the stars of IMPACT Wrestling and its three-member executive team of Ed Nordholm, Scott D’Amore and Don Callis. There will be limited autograph opportunities after the press conference.

“Slammiversary is one of the biggest events in company history and we’ll host our Sweet 16 party on July 22nd in Toronto,” said Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling, “This press conference and Q&A on June 4th will no doubt bring energy, excitement and emotion to our most anticipated event of the summer.”

IMPACT Wrestling’s flagship weekly show IMPACT! broadcasts in Canada on Fight Network and GameTV on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET, available in 10 million homes across the country. Both channels are also subsidiaries of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., the parent company of IMPACT Wrestling.

Slammiversary, which takes place on Sunday, July 22 on pay-per-view, emanates from the Rebel Entertainment Complex in Toronto, Canada. The three-hour event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be available globally on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view, including DISH, DirecTV, iN Demand, Vubiquity, Rogers, Bell, Shaw, Sasktel and the FITE.tv live streaming app. Matches will be unveiled in the coming weeks. VIP packages for Slammiversary will be available at ShopIMPACT.com. The Rebel Entertainment Complex will also play host to two days of television tapings for the flagship weekly show IMPACT! on July 23 and July 24.

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Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Apr. 19, 1999

Austin Sport Reddit - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:00

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.

PREVIOUS YEARS ARCHIVE: 19911992199319941995199619971998

1-4-1999 1-11-1999 1-18-1999 1-25-1999 2-1-1999 2-8-1999 2-15-1999 2-22-1999 3-1-1999 3-8-1999 3-15-1999 3-22-1999 3-29-1999 4-5-1999 4-12-1999
  • Japanese women's wrestler Emiko Kado passed away this week after slipping into a coma and never regaining consciousness following an injury in the ring a couple of weeks ago. She took a bump wrong on a back suplex from Mariko Yoshida and never moved again. It was only her 15th professional match ever. Dave says she's the 11th wrestler in the last 20 years to have died in or immediately after a match, which is actually substantially lower than boxing, which averages 3-4 deaths per year worldwide stemming from in-ring injuries.

  • Davey Boy Smith is still hospitalized with some sort of spinal infection. It's been said that this is almost certainly career ending and is possibly life threatening. He's having a 2nd spinal tap done this week to drain fluid and keep the infection from spreading to his brain. They haven't diagnosed exactly what it is but it's very painful and it's not responding to treatment. While investigating the infection, doctors also learned that Smith has crushed C-9 and C-10 discs in his back and has 4 other fractured discs. If/when he heals from this infection, he will need back surgery to repair all of that also. The infection has caused his veins to collapse but he's currently being fed through an IV. Doctors have told Smith that its possible he will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Anyway, at this point, Dave basically recaps Smith's career since it looks to be about over at this point (nope, he makes it back to WWF for one final run). Speaking of....

  • In possibly the most classless move in company history, WCW fired Davey Boy Smith via FedEx this week, effective immediately. WCW used a 90-day injury clause in his contract to justify it. Smith still had 2 years on his deal and has been out with the back injury since taking a bump on the trap door in a WCW ring that was built for Ultimate Warrior. Needless to say, there's talk of a lawsuit since his injury occurred due to unsafe working conditions (Smith wasn't the only one to get hurt by bumping on the trap door, though his was by far the worst injury from it). Dave says it's obvious that Smith's career is likely over and it was inevitable that WCW would release him, but the way they did it (by mail) and the timing (while he's literally fighting for his life) couldn't have been worse. Dave says this even tops the way they fired Ricky Steamboat when he was similarly injured several years ago (this becomes a bigger story in the next couple of issues).

  • NJPW's latest Tokyo Dome show did surprisingly huge last minute walk-up ticket sales and ended up being the 9th largest crowd in Japanese wrestling history, likely stemming from curiosity over Masahiro Chono competing in an exploding barbed wire match against Onita. They ended up packing the Dome (although some of it was heavily papered earlier in the week when it looked like ticket sales were going to be slow). Chono and Onita basically ended in a no contest when both men were too battered to get up, and the fans weren't happy. And the main event saw Keiji Muto make former UFC star Don Frye tap out, thus continuing the NJPW-style of booking where they bring in athletes from other sports and have them put over NJPW guys in order to portray NJPW stars as being the best.

WATCH: Atsushi Onita vs. Masahiro Chono (NJPW Exploding Ring Barbed Wire Match - Pt. 1)

WATCH: Atsushi Onita vs. Masahiro Chono (NJPW Exploding Ring Barbed Wire Match - Pt. 2)

  • WCW Spring Stampede is in the books and ended up being the best PPV of the year despite all the turmoil currently surrounding the company. Hogan did a knee injury angle in the main event and there's some political stuff behind that. Hogan reportedly wants to take another break and disappear for awhile, partly because he realizes his recent babyface turn isn't working and his character is stale, and also because he sees the writing on the wall with WCW. With the company plummeting down the tubes right now, Hogan wants to make sure he's not around as it happens so it doesn't look like he's the one tanking ratings. Then, when they hit rock bottom, he can make a big return and take credit if/when they back up. The result of all this was DDP becoming the most unlikely world champion since Ronnie Garvin. Dave says that while DDP definitely had some doors opened for him by being good friends with Bischoff, he has worked hard to take advantage of that opportunity and made himself a big star. But he's not nearly as over now as he was a year ago and the pop for DDP winning the title was as weak as you'll ever see for a world title change. As great as the rest of the show was though, the main event match is a perfect example of WCW's problems right now. It was a four-way match and Sting, at 41 years old, was the youngest guy in the match. Even special guest referee Randy Savage is old. Having your world title picture revolve around those guys (Hogan, Sting, DDP, Flair, etc.) is a perfect example of why WWF is blowing them out of the water every week.

  • Other notes from Spring Stampede: Juventud Guerrera vs. Blitzkrieg was a near match-of-the-year candidate, ending with a scary Juvi driver off the top that looked good but Dave hopes he never sees it again because it's the kind of move that could easily go wrong and kill somebody. Bigelow vs. Hak in a hardcore match was way better than it had a right to be, with Hak bumping all over the place like a madman to make it memorable. Benoit got busted open hardway during his match and had to get stitches later. And as mentioned, Randy Savage was the special referee for the main event, making his return alongside his girlfriend going by the name Gorgeous George, who is basically a Pamela Anderson lookalike. In fact, Savage got the biggest pop of anyone in the match.

  • Monday night ratings news is still the same. WCW is paying the price for a year-plus of bad shows. Even though Nitro last week was the best episode of the show in months, the ratings were abysmal and they got blown out by Raw again. They spent most of the first hour plugging the returns of Randy Savage, Sting, and Roddy Piper. Dave just doesn't understand why this company can't grasp the fact that they need to be building new stars and stop relying on relics from the 80s to somehow turn things around because it's not going to happen.

  • ABC's 20/20 aired their piece on backyard wrestling, featuring interviews with Mick Foley and Vince McMahon and it was about what you'd expect. Dave doesn't really think WWF and especially not WCW should be blamed for inspiring this stuff, since a lot of the footage (light bulb tubes, barbed wire) were clearly inspired by more underground death match promotions. Even ECW doesn't do violence to the extent that was shown in the piece.

WATCH: ABC 20/20 - Backyard Wrestling

  • Entertainment Weekly also did a piece on the wrestling business and basically got all their facts wrong. It said that wrestling draws 35 million viewers per week. Dave says that even if you count every TV show and count every viewer as a different person and break down the multiple hours of Raw and Nitro as if they were separate shows, you'd still only get to around 22 million, so that number isn't even close to true. It also said WWF brought in more than $30 million on PPV for Wrestlemania. Real number is closer to $13 million. Painted Vince McMahon as being solely responsible for the popularity of professional wrestling (Eric Bischoff and the NWO would surely dispute that) and that in 1982, Vince stopped pretending that wrestling was a sport and has been openly acknowledging that its fake ever since. Dave says he remembers having multiple conversations with Vince just a few years ago where Vince was chewing him out and accusing Dave of "revealing that Santa Claus isn't real" by doing the Observer Newsletter. The piece also painted WCW as if Ted Turner just created it out of thin air in 1988 to compete with Vince. And that's just scratching the surface of everything they got wrong. Entertainment Weekly: not exactly journalism.

  • Raw and Nitro were scheduled to go head-to-head against each other in Atlanta in September but it won't be happening now. Both shows were booked to take place in different buildings in the city, with Raw at the Georgia Dome and Nitro at the new Phillips Arena. But the Georgia Dome cancelled WWF's date, saying it would cause confusion in the marketplace with both shows running there. On the WWF website, Jim Ross said it wasn't WWF's decision and they still wanted to go head-to-head against Nitro in their hometown.

  • NJPW is hoping to run another Tokyo Dome show in October and they want it to be headlined by a Shinya Hashimoto vs. Naoya Ogawa rematch. There's some political issues at play here. For starters, obviously the last match they had ended badly, with Ogawa shooting on him and Hashimoto needing nose surgery from the beating he took. It also ended the relationship between NJPW and Inoki's UFO promotion. Inoki has been openly complaining that NJPW has become too Americanized and fake and that's why he's doing the worked-shoot UFO thing, because he believes wrestling should be more realistic. So there's that hurdle to overcome. Plus, Ogawa is the current NWA champion and because of NJPW's relationship with WCW, they're specifically not allowed to book the NWA champion. So either Ogawa would need to lose the title before then, or NJPW and WCW would have to end their relationship.

  • There's a lot of talk that TNN is wanting to start airing wrestling later this year. Word is RollerJam will be renewed for a 2nd season and they're hoping to do a 2-hour block on Friday nights, with a wrestling show followed by RollerJam. They've talked about doing their own promotion, but there's not a lot of unsigned talent out there who are famous enough that could sustain a company starting from scratch. There's guys like Sid or Warrior, but they'd be more trouble in the long run than it'd be worth. ECW has more meetings scheduled with TNN this week so it's possible it could end up being them if TNN decides they want a company that already has an established following.

  • A 2nd Brian Pillman memorial show is taking place next month and will feature both WWF and WCW wrestlers. WWF is sending Mankind, D-Lo Brown, Tom Prichard, Terry Taylor, Road Dogg, Al Snow, and Jim Ross. WCW is sending Benoit, Jericho, Mysterio and Malenko.

  • Latest on that dumb carny who is trying to revive the AWA name. He's trying to sell shows to amusement parks and sent them a press release which talked about selling out arenas and said that their recent live shows have grossed over $5 million each (the only show to do that recently was NJPW's Tokyo Dome shows). The press release also claimed that AWA provides the WWF and WCW with all the stars that you see on Monday nights through an agreement with them. Basically, this guy couldn't be more full of shit.

  • More financial drama with ECW, as several people had checks bounce this week and rumors are running rampant about the future of the company yet again. Heyman is still negotiating with TNN for a national TV deal as well as trying to put together a video game deal. He's also had meetings with WWF for them to take over the licensing for ECW but he's especially hesitant to do that because it would give WWF significant control over the company and he doesn't want to do that if he can avoid it.

  • WWF is trying to push ECW to hire Steven Regal. Now that WWF has fired him, he's in danger of being deported back to the UK so they're evidently trying to do Regal a solid and get him a job somewhere so he can stay.

  • Randy Savage's return to TV has been sorta funny and cringey at the same time. He's bulked up bigger than ever, clearly 'roided out of his mind, and is desperately trying to look and act young. He's out there with his less-than-half-his-age girlfriend and on Nitro, he cut a promo and started doing a bunch of catchphrases, including "lay the smack down." Dave honestly seems a little embarrassed for him.

  • Random Nitro notes: Sting came out and cut a long promo and the more he talked, the less over he got. By the end, there were noticeable boos. DDP, fresh off winning the title the night before, got heavily booed. As for the Bret Hart/quitting angle, they were originally going to treat it as a shoot but they apparently realized that everyone would just forget about it if they stopped mentioning it, so this week on Nitro they played it up a lot.

  • Ted Dibiase was backstage at Nitro but said he won't be returning to wrestling. Dibiase has legitimately become very religious in recent years and is unhappy with the direction of the business.

  • This week's Thunder was the lowest rated episode ever and even WCW Saturday Night did its lowest rating in years. Thunder was sold to advertisers on the basis that it would always pretty much do a 3.5 rating, so no matter how bad the show gets, as long as they stay in that range, they'd be fine. But this week it did a 2.0 rating so, yanno....not great. Dave considers the possibility that the show is so bad on purpose because they're trying to kill it so everyone can have an extra day off.

  • Goldberg donated $100,000 to the University of Georgia for a football scholarship in his name.

  • Bischoff held a meeting before Nitro last week and was really excited about the new WCW look (logos, new stage set, opening music, etc.) and predicted they would soon do a 7.0 rating. "As if that's what people watch Monday night wrestling for," Dave says. Speaking of the new set, all the wrestlers hate the new ramp because there's no footing and everyone is afraid of falling in their entrances. Goldberg already slipped this week.

  • WCW is trying to come up with new slogans for an advertising campaign and right now they're bouncing around between "Shut up and wrestle" and "It's out there." Dave suggests "Dumb and Dumber." (They ended up going with "It's out there" and here's a few of the weird ass ads):

PHOTOS: WCW: "It's out there."

  • Jim Ross was back doing normal commentary duties on Raw this week. Dave says Ross isn't fully healed from his most recent Bells Palsy attack, as he still has some facial paralysis and slurring of his voice, but that notwithstanding, he's so obviously light years ahead of Michael Cole and every other announcer they have, so they pretty much had to put him back out there.

  • For a change, Dave kinda shits all over Raw and basically says it was an awful show, capped off by Rock allegedly throwing Austin over a bridge into a river. The show also featured a bunch of Undertaker's dark ministry gimmick, which Dave hates.

  • The upcoming 2-hour special airing on UPN later this month will be called "WWF Smackdown." If the show is successful, it may lead to a weekly series. Seems they've scrapped the plans for it to be a women's show pilot.

  • WWF has released several wrestlers. Dave doesn't have a complete list as of press time but he knows Gillberg and Public Enemy were among them and maybe Blue Meanie also.

  • Sable will be doing a 2nd Playboy shoot after the huge success of her first one, but it probably won't be out until next year (nah, it comes out in 1999. She's gone from WWF by then though).

  • WWF's May 23rd PPV, which will be held at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, is already sold out :(

  • Pancrase has filed a lawsuit against Ken Shamrock over comments he made in an interview where he claimed Pancrase officials asked him to lose 2 fights when he worked there and says that they have done worked matches. Pancrase denies it and sued him for saying it.

  • On Sunday Night Heat, Matt Bloom made his debut as a fan running out of the audience to get involved in a Bossman vs. Droz match.

WATCH: Matt Bloom's WWF debut

  • Jesse Ventura was asked about the current direction of wrestling and says he actually doesn't watch it anymore, but he still defended it, saying that wrestling was never wholesome and it always promoted stereotypes. "Every Japanese wrestler was a sneaky little guy who threw salt and every German wrestler was a Nazi. If you don't want children to see it, that's called parenting." Ventura also talked about not having any connection to wrestling since he's on the blacklist for both WWF and WCW. He said WWF banished him after he beat them in a lawsuit and said WCW banished him because he doesn't get along with Hulk Hogan. He also said he felt disrespected when he went to Nitro last year while running for governor and they refused to acknowledge him on camera. "I walked away that night and said I'd never go back again. And the best part of it is I won. And so now they're all sucking up to me."

  • Some guy writes in and says his 16-year-old daughter and her friend went to a WCW Nitro show last week and had ringside seats. Before the show, WCW security asked his daughter and her friend to be ring girls for the show and then took them backstage where they stayed for more than 3 hours. The daughter said everyone in WCW backstage treated them great and was nice to them. Dave responds and only says, "There's something about this letter that I found really funny, but I can't exactly put my finger on it."

FRIDAY: more on the Davey Boy Smith situation, more on WWF releasing several wrestlers, more on ECW's financial situation, and just more more more...

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This Week in Rocket League: 05.16.18-05.22.18

Austin Sport Reddit - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 09:05
Salty Shores Releases Late May

Psyonix teased their next content update in the Summer Roadmap. Yesterday, they announced that the Salty Shores Update releases May 29th. The update brings:

In June, expect to see the next in-game event, Beach Blast, on the 11th, and a new licensed battlecar.

 

Ballistix Brawl Concludes Sunday

The month long Ballistix Brawl concludes on Sunday with the playoffs. 6 teams have qualified so far:

  • Complexity
  • Dignitas (formerly Gale Force)
  • Flipsid3 Tactics
  • PSG eSports
  • Renault Sport Team Vitality
  • The Bricks

Two more teams acquire spots in the final qualifier on Friday. The playoffs begin Sunday on twitch.tv/Ballistix.

 

Northern Arena Takes Shape

8 teams from Europe and North America qualified for the Northern Arena Finals last weekend.

Per the standard, play began with North America on Saturday. NRG swept their way to a #1 seed by not dropping a game during the entire regional. After a surprising quarter-final loss to Splyce, Cloud9 defeated G2 in the lower finals to take the 2nd seed. G2 and the newly promoted RLCS squad, FlyQuest, took the 3rd and 4th seeds respectively.

Sunday showcased the depth of competitive teams in Europe. All 4 World Championship teams participated, but only the regional champions, Dignitas, qualified for the Northern Arena Finals. Flipsid3 stole the first seed from the regional champs, defeating them in the winners finals and, again, in the bracket reset match. PSG grabbed the 3rd seed after dropping Envy and exceL to the lower bracket. exceL shook the boat, defeating Servette, who they lost to in the promotion tournament, and Vitality, who took 2nd place in the European Championship, to grab the 4th and final seed.

 

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Check out /r/RocketLeagueEsports' curated resources list for a bevy of information on the Rocket League competitive scene.

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WARNING!! DO NOT DEAL WITH THESE KNOWN SCAMMERS!! (Updated: 2018-05-20)

Austin Sport Reddit - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 07:03

WARNING!! DO NOT DEAL WITH THESE KNOWN SCAMMERS!! (Updated: 2018-05-20)

Names/Emails:

Phone Numbers:

  • 650-670-0055
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  • 585-357-2138
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  • 717-487-0857
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Redditors:

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WARNING!! DO NOT DEAL WITH THESE KNOWN SCAMMERS!! (Updated: 2018-05-20)

Austin Sport Reddit - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 07:03

WARNING!! DO NOT DEAL WITH THESE KNOWN SCAMMERS!! (Updated: 2018-05-20)

Names/Emails:

Phone Numbers:

  • 650-670-0055
  • 207-737-9420
  • 207-656-2392
  • 585-357-2138
  • 903-494-2835
  • 508-377-2545
  • 717-487-0857
  • 832-916-0516
  • 609-427-3755
  • 203-514-7321

Redditors:

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NW ATX Massages

Austin Sport Reddit - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 07:00

Looking for any recommendations for places to get a good sports massage. Preferably in NW Austin and preferably someone with running/cycling experience or at least expertise.

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May 23rd: Remembering Owen Hart with one of his last interviews from 1998. Origins of the Blue Blazer, Luchadors, Montreal, leaving wrestling, Chris Benoit

Austin Sport Reddit - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 22:54

Well, I came across this from SLAM! Sports and Canoe.ca with Greg Oliver, an interview with Owen Hart from August 1998 promoting Summerslam that year.

Q: Back in the late-80s, early 90s, you had some great matches in Japan with Jushin Liger, the Great Muto and Chris Benoit. What was your favourite stand-out match in Japan? [Hesham]

A: I have two. One for the IWGP title versus Hiro Hase, and he was the champion. I remember I fought him a few times. He was really stiff. Any time you fought him, it was not a cakewalk. You earned every penny you made that night. He'd even slap you in the eardrum and pop your eardrum, kick you in the face and bust your teeth. So, I'd had a lot of hard-fought matches with him. I don't remember if it was the Toyko Dome, but it was a big arena, the IWGP championship, and I beat him for it. And at that point, the only other foreigner -- they call them gaijin -- to have a title at that time was Dynamite Kid, the junior heavyweight title. It was kindof a significant win for me to really put me up at a higher level. Since then, Chris Benoit has won the belt, some other guys I'm sure have won it, but when I won it, it was kind of a precedent. The only Canadian to have ever held it. ... So that was one big match. The other was fighting against Benoit. He was fighting under a mask as Pegasus Kid. We had a fight, I think it was at Budokan, and it was pretty hard. I know it was entertaining. I watched it back about a year ago, and said 'geez, I can't believe I was doing all that stuff.'

You know, I watch the luchadors, they work on our show and over at Turner, and they do a lot of high-flying, entertaining things, but it looks so choreographed, just hit'em! Don't do a back flip before!. It doesn't have a lot of impact to it when I watch it. It doesn't look believable to me. And that's part of doing it. If you can do the acrobatic stuff, throw in a back flip or something that looks good but it's got to be at the right time, you know. I see these guys, they throw a guy into the ropes and they do a back flip and then clothesline the guy and it looks stupid. Why don't you just clothesline the guy? A back flip or a cartwheel or whatever, should be done out of a defensive position not an offensive move. Someone throws you in the corner, and you jump up and flip and you counter something. If you're going to throw a guy in and clothesline him anyway, what do you need to do a fancy cartwheel for before you hit him? It just looks silly.

Q: Who's better, Dynamite Kid or Chris Benoit? [Hesham]

A: Well, you know, they were like clones of each other. They were very similar. Dynamite, when I was a kid growing up, he might of set more of an image for me because I was younger, watching this older guy work. Chris is even younger than I am. So the differences when you're a young guy watching this guy, he's like on a pedestal, Dynamite Kid. When I was a kid watching, I'd go 'Wow, that guy's awesome.' And then you get older and see a guy like Benoit. He's really good and a lot like Dynamite. What Chris has to battle with is that he's fighting a similar style as someone that's already established. That looks like he's imitating someone. But Dynamite, just because he was the original, was the best. But, you know, Benoit now is by far better. Dynamite Kid is nothing now. It's a shame to see him like that and so bitter towards everybody. Chris has got a lot more going for him. A lot more longevity. If you could have frozen them and put them together, time lapse where Dynamite was at his peak and with Chris now, they'd be an awesome team. If he can survive the politics down there, Chris will be champion.

Q: How did the Blue Blazer and Battle Kat first come about? Who's idea were they? [Liam P.]

A: Vince McMahon had a marketing idea. Now, it's getting that they have so many guys that do the high flying and stuff, but when I came into the WWF, the first thing I really didn't want to have was 'Bret Hart's little brother'. He thought, Owen Hart, he's got a lot of ability, a lot of acrobatic manoeuvers, young. And they thought they could market me as a Mighty Mouse, Superman kind of character that was young and fighting evil, justice prevailing, but was doing all this high-flying, acrobatic stuff that was entertaining. So Bret suggested something similar to the Tiger Mask or Black Tiger characters in Japan and the Blue Blazer is what they came up with. It was not a big priority to them. Well, whatever, get a costume put together. They said they wanted a lot of feathers, glitter, colorful colors. So I had a lady here in Calgary make it. She just kind of put together what I had in mind. Then I took it to Vince, and said this is what they made me. He looked at it and he said alright we'll give it a shot, we're going to call you the Blue Angel but then it changed to the Blue Blazer. And now, if I was doing things different, I would have had a more sleeker, more dynamic costume. Feathers aren't rugged. The sick-looking chicken they had as an emblem or logo was kind of weak. It was Brets idea to have me in the mask and the rest was Vince's idea, and a lady here incorporated the design style. And all I had to do was go out and perform. One of the hardest things was doing those back flips, where you had to jump up and land on the top rope. It's precision movement. To execute that night after night, for three years, and you're under a microscope -- you're Bret Hart's little brother, everyone want to see if you're going to make it. I managed to sustain myself, do everything right and keep my feet on the ground, weather the storm when the Blue Blazer finally gets to unveil the mask and become who I really wanted to become. I lost it in Mexico against El Canek it was a relief.

Q: You wrestled Bret at WrestleMania X. What did it feel like to beat Bret then? [Mark Knutson]

A: That was an unbelievable experience to be in a significant, main event calibre match, because I'd come from the bottom of the barrel pretty much on the card. Just Owen Hart getting out of the shadow of 'Bret Hart's little brother'. That was my first real big match. Everyone figured, this is a joke, Owen's going to get squashed. And then when I beat him, it blew everyone away. Not only was it that I surprised people by beating Bret Hart, but it was a great match. They still rate it as the best opening match to WrestleMania out of all of them. It's good to go out and entertain these people, and you've got them on the edge of their seat, they're standing up. Then you know that you've done your job, you've entertained them. My way of entertaining them is going out and wrestling. Everyone's got their different ways. Some guys can do more talking in the ring, other guys do posing, body building, whatever the hell they do in the ring. But I don't have the big body, and I'm not the big smooth talker but I know how to get heat and I can get in the ring and wrestle.

Q: Who's a better wrestler, you or Bret? [John Jackson]

A: Well, technically, Bret's pretty sound. In a more diverse way, I do a lot more acrobatics, I use the top rope and a lot more aerials than Bret. I think technically, I can go with any move Bret can do. Acrobatically, I do more. Bret's a little bigger, and that weight's to his advantage because he can fight a lot bigger guys, be more compatible in the ring than I am.

Q: How much of your success do you owe to your father, and how much do you owe to your brothers? [John Jackson]

A: I owe a lot to my dad, just for having provided the wrestling business for us to get into. My brother Bruce was one of the original guys that I hung around with, and learned a lot from watching him train guys. So he's a significant factor. And then Bret was really the big one though because he took me from the small ranks of Stampede Wrestling and helped me get into the WWF. He helped me just by doing well himself. He opened the door by being successful in the company, where it's, 'Bret Hart's good, let's try his little brother'. If Bret when in there and he stunk the place out, then they probably wouldn't have brought the little brother in. So just by being successful himself, it opened the door for me. And he set a good example for me to follow and I looked up to Bret as a wrestler. It enabled me to strive higher, do well, but then it did cast a shadow on me because it's like, 'oh, it's his little brother.' It was a hard time fighting out of that shadow that Bret had cast on me, showing that I was not just Bret Hart's little brother. I'm Owen Hart and I have my own identity and my own style and I can think for myself.

Q: That segue ways nicely into Wrestling With Shadows, the Bret Hart documentary. What were your thoughts on that? [Greg Oliver]

A: I thought it was a good documentary. There's so many documentaries out there right now and everything's exposing wrestling. There is one coming with my dear friend Mick Foley (Mankind). It's kind of beating a dead horse if you're talking about going out and saying wrestling's fake, or this or that. People don't want to hear that. They want to hear, they wanted to find an inside story about Bret Hart, and that's what they got. They cut through all the red tape garbage, and got to see Bret Hart's family life, they got to see the details of what happened between Bret and Vince, and they got to see how a relationship of 14 years was established in the WWF with Bret. It's still emotional, I think, for him, and for Vince, and for anybody watching. To see a friendship like that end in such an ugly way. I've said there was a bit of a comparison that Bret was making between Vince McMahon and my dad. He looked up to Vince as a dad and stuff, and it was a shame to see the whole thing end the way it did. I feel at the end it was handled badly on all sides.

Q: A lot of people, after seeing the documentary especially, are saying it seems even more like a work. What do you say to that? [Greg Oliver]

A: Well, it definitely is no work. I've had people say it was all a big work. If they really saw the inside... I know I met with Vince McMahon after his jaw and cheek was all swollen. It was no work. And Bret's knuckles all fat and broken. The emotions were, I don't think anyone realizes how intense that whole situation was. Bret, the way he left WWF, wasn't like he was the Ultimate Warrior come to the WWF for a few months and then he just left, he really wasn't rooted in the company. And there's been a lot of guys who've come to the WWF, and they really didn't have the roots, feelings for the company, and the people they worked with. I run into a lot of people that work in the WWF and say 'your brother Bret really cared.' He's not just some guy killing time in the company. He was rooted in the company and was one of the fixtures of WWF. When he left, there was a part of the WWF that left. So it was cause for a very emotional descent for Bret. There was such hatred there between him and Shawn Michaels, it just caused Bret to be real intense. But anyway, there was no work to that. I wish I could say that it was the greatest angle of all time. I would like him back in the WWF at least to be honored for their work.

Q: What's your favourite hockey team? [Doug McGregor]

A: I like the Flames. I just took my son last week to a Flames game. I like Fleury, he's a good player. He's come down to wrestling a couple of times. Matter of fact, I challenged him one time and he managed Bret at the Saddledome. Far as I know, one of the Rougeaus, Joanne Rougeau, is one of the Flames. Her son, Denis Gauthier, is playing for the Flames. He played there at the game against Tampa Bay last week. So I see him all the time. I used to see him in Montreal, sitting in the penalty box [at wrestling], and now I see him all the time.

Q: Do you still keep in touch with any of the old wrestlers from Stampede? [Liam P.]

A: When I go to the gym to work out, I see Leo Burke. He was always a good technical wrestler, and he trained some of the guys at the gym there. Bad News Allen comes down to the shows in Calgary. Cuban Assassin, Gama Singh who I had a hot feud with and some of those guys. But I really don't see too many. Some of them have to get down to reality when they get out of wrestling. There's not much for them. Laymen's jobs, pumping gas, whatever, it's kind of sad. You see wrestlers were big time stars and they get out of wrestling and there's nothing, they don't have the proper education and the proper fundamentals to get into the real world which is why if you do plan on being a wrestler, get your education as the guys who see on TV no matter who for are the minority.

Q: Which you had both of before getting into wrestling. You went to school. [Greg Oliver]

A: I went three years to university, and I wouldn't have done anything differently. Because I certainly would have regretted not getting into wrestling. It's been very lucrative for me and I've been fortunate to get into it and make money and not do anything stupid where I invested in something that collapsed. I've been fortunate to still have something to hang on to. But if I could do anything differently, it would have been a couple more years to further my college and stuff, it would have been ideal. You know, that's the thing, you get on TV and you become more of a star and it makes it real hard to go back to school and sit in a classroom, put your hand up if you have a question or something. They say 'hey, that's Owen Hart'. You kind of want to go incognito. That's the thing. You can make all this money in wrestling and then I would like to kind of just disappear, from wrestling fans and stuff. I don't want to forget the fans and what they've done. They've supported me and stuff, but at the same time, I'd like to just ... I don't want to be hanging on like one of these wrestlers who's sixty years old, saying 'hey, I'm a wrestler.' Let it go. Make your money out of it and get on. I really want to devote a lot of time to my family.

Q: How much time do you spend with your family these days? [Dr. Placid Lasrado]

A: Every second that I'm home I spend doing something. Taking my son Oje (Owen Jr) to hockey practice, my daughter Athena to swimming, ballet or music, little gymboree classes. My son's into piano. So, between all that, just taking them out and playing in the yard or tobagganing. I've kind of been overcompensating for all the days I spend on the road. It's unacceptable to just sit on the couch and say I'm not doing anything. You've got to get out and do everything you can.

Q: How do you feel that Bret has a newspaper column and you don't? [John]

A: Oh, that's fine. I couldn't care less. I don't have time. Like I said, I spend too much time away from my kids and stuff, and when I come home, I want to spend it with them. It's full-time work, wrestling, appearances and stuff. I couldn't put my full effort into a newspaper column and I'd probably do a lousy job at it. Bret uses that to express himself, some stuff he wrote got him in a few bust ups most notably Shawn (Michaels) but he sticks by it.

Q: Who are some of your good friends in wrestling? [Rodney Pawn]

A: I would talk about Double J. (Jeff Jarrett) Edge is a nice guy. The Canadian contingent. You've got Edge, Val Venis, Kurrgan, Tiger Ali, we've gotten to know each other pretty well because we're always flying together. I'll fly through Toronto and hook up with them. But right from top to bottom, there's guys in the WWF, that's one good thing about the WWF right now is the harmony is very good. There's no dissension or tension. I feel real comfortable. I get along with everybody. I was kind of worried after the Hart Foundation left. I had all my family, it was kind of a big faction, and they all left one by one. I was the last one. And it really didn't have any bearing. I'm still the same and everyone else treats me still the same. I wish they were back with WWF, the rest of the Foundation. By me staying in the WWF, I can keep an anchor there and somehow get them back in the WWF if they ever choose to come.

Q: Who's your favourite wrestler, excluding yourself? [Rodney Pawn]

A: It's hard to pick out one particular wrestler. As said earlier Edge who is a young talent is one of my favorites right now, there is real mystique about him.

Q: Who do you find yourself trying to watch in a match?

A: I only watch the upcoming guys that I'll be fighting. I started scouting Blackman, because I'll be fighting him soon enough. Before that I was fighting Shamrock. It's too much to focus on everybody on the card, there's too much going on, so I try to focus on whomever I'm fighting against. If I happen to be fighting D-X or something, I'll watch their matches, focus on them, not on the matches I won't be involved in.

Q: Do you read any of the so-called 'dirt sheets' like the Wrestling Observer? [Shujah Agha]

A: Not as a rule, but if someone's got it in the locker room I'll read it. But I bet it's been about six months since I've read one. I'm a sucker for the inside scoop in a way.

Q: In your youth, what part-time jobs did you have? [Liam P.]

A: I wanted to be a fireman, so I tried to get on with the fire department. And to get on with the fire department, you need to put together a resume working with high-pressure hoses, working at heights, stuff like that. I went and got jobs like irrigation work, pipe lining, working laying sod where we had to spray this high-pressure peat moss on the ground. I even got a job working on roofs. It showed that I wasn't scared working at heights. I've done it all. I had paper routes when I was a kid. Did a lot of manual labor and stuff to help pay my way through university. The scholarships you get in university are pretty lame. I had all kinds of jobs. And of course wrestling, I sold programs, set up rings, I used to be the music man for years.

Q: I heard you played in a band called 'The Rattlesnakes'. Did you ever release a record? [sychomichael]

A: It must have been another Owen Hart as I was never in a band. Although Carlos Santana one of my favorite guitar players.

Q: Being the youngest of 12 children, did you have any special privileges? [Jaime Cole]

A: I don't think so. I think by the time I was born, my parents had pretty well run the gauntlet with their kids. The novelty had kind of worn off by the time the twelfth child was born. I was lucky to get fed and changed, picked up and taken to school. Most of the time, I was on time.

Q: If you had the chance, would you go back and work for New Japan or one of the other Japanese promotions?

A: I wouldn't mind doing it when I've reached my maximum with the WWF. But I don't have any aspirations of working in Japan for a few years yet. They're hard-fought, stiff matches in Japan but they're gratifying. I still feel I can go out and wrestle those, and technically settle down and do good holds and stuff like that. The perks of working in Japan are that you might go for two weeks every three or four months, so you do work an abbreviated schedule so any tour I'd do I could bring my wife and two children for a vacation like I used to whilst I earn a bonus. But you really make up for the abbreviated schedule by how hard you have to fight, how much you've got to be in shape and even if I'm out of the business I'll still keep in touch with it once you get the bug it never leaves you.

Q: Speaking of not in shape, what's the status of Yokozuna and is there any chance of you two ever teaming up again? [Abraham J. Lee]

A: I don't know. I've heard from guys on the independents Yokozuna is real heavy right now and its not good so he's got to watch his heart-rate. It was an unique contrast, the big, big monster and the littler high-flyer. So I wouldn't mind [teaming up], we got along real good. He was a nice guy and a fine, fine guy to tag up with. I just hope that his weight can get down before he can get back in the ring.

Q: You two held the tag titles together. Of all the promotions you wrestled for, what title is the most cherished one? [Liam P.]

A: Probably the Intercontinental belt in the WWF. ... The initial title, I had lots of North American belts, different titles in Germany, Mexico but I don't know what the hell they were.

Q: Where did you enjoy wrestling the most? [Dr. Placid Lasrado]

A: You know, it's funny. I liked working in England, Germany and Austria. The money was horrible for the most part but what was good about it was, I was with my wife. We lived out there for nine months. We'd do a tour for six weeks in the same cities, Austria, then we'd go to France for a week's vacation, then work for another six weeks, then go to Venice, Italy for a week's vacation. So I was making not much money, but we were together and it really enabled us to bond. It gave me a lot of good memories. I find too often in the wrestling business, you just wrestle, get to the hotel, make your money -- and I'm making a lot more money than I ever had anywhere else. Sometimes I have to stop and remind myself to enjoy my life and not just rush through.

Q: Do you prefer to be a heel or a fan favourite?

A: A heel for sure. A lot of anxiety off you, stress-release of telling people to shut up. You can tell it like it is. Where as a good guy, you have to smile. If a fan mouths off to you, you have to pretend like you didn't hear it.

Q: Some would say you don't have to smile anymore as a face. Austin doesn't really do that.

A: Really, there's a lot of grey area now. A babyface isn't cut and dry like it used to be. A good guy and a bad guy now, the good guys are booed more than the bad guys I'd like to be a more obnoxious goody two shoes character in future. Its great heat. If you're too much of a bad guy, they start cheering you anyway, so you're better off being a rebel-tell-it-like-it-is guy.

Q: That brings up Steve Austin. What went through your mind with the piledriver incident? [Dean C.]

A: Well, when he fell on his neck, and said 'geez, I can't move', it was shocking to me. I felt terrible and that I let everyone down. I didn't want to hurt a guy. I knew that Steve had a bad neck prior to us going in the ring. Probably it's just hindsight now, I would never have piledriven him knowing what was going to happen I'd have probably landed on my knees at most. But I certainly didn't mean for it to happen. I felt terrible that it did happen. I'm glad that he's back in the ring and successful as he's been.

Q: Who haven't you wrestled that you would one day like to wrestle? [Adam Chandler]

A: Geez, when you've been wrestling for 14 years, you've pretty well fought everybody. Everybody in the WWF, one way or another, I'm sure I've fought, whether it's Shawn Michaels or Hunter or Stone Cold or Undertaker. I've fought them all. Shamrock, The Rock, I can't think of anyone I haven't fought.

Q: How do you want your fans to remember you? [Jessi Johnson]

A: How do I want them to remember me? Well, I don't want to become one of those watered-down guys, who just walked and talked in the ring. I want them to remember me as a guy who was diverse in his talents, could fight anybody and have a good match, whether it was Undertaker, or Vader. These big giant guys, I remember thinking, how can I have a good match with them, and coming back and saying, wow, those people were really entertained. They really thought that I had a chance to beat Vader or beat the Undertaker. And that's going against the odds, when you're 5'10", 220 pounds fighting a guy that's 6'10", 320 pounds, or Vader that's 6'4", 400 pounds. How am I going to go up there and convince these people that I've actually got a chance of winning? When you go out there and even beat them, people believe it, that's unbelievable, you know. It's kind of an art to going out and performing. I'd like fans to remember me as a guy who would go out and entertain them, give them quality matches, and not just the same old garbage every week.

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OUR TEAM LOST: Pirates (26-21) @ Reds (17-32) - May 22, 2018

Austin Sport Reddit - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:05
Pirates @ Reds Game Info Links First Pitch: 07:10 PM ET @ Great American Ball Park Gameday Weather: Partly Cloudy, 70 F, Wind 8mph Varies Game Graph TV: FS-O, ATT SportsNet-PIT Strikezone Map Radio: Reds Radio Network, WLW 700, KDKA-FM 93.7 Notes: Away, Home Pirates Pos AB R H RBI BB SO BA Reds Pos AB R H RBI BB SO BA Harrison 2B 5 0 1 0 0 0 .288 Peraza SS 3 2 1 0 0 1 .251 Polanco RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 .225 Barnhart C 4 2 3 0 0 1 .271 Cervelli C 3 0 1 0 1 0 .280 Votto 1B 3 1 0 0 1 2 .278 Bell 1B 3 0 0 0 1 1 .256 Gennett 2B 3 2 2 6 0 0 .324 Dickerson, C LF 3 0 0 0 1 0 .302 Peralta, Wa P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Moran 3B 4 1 1 1 0 1 .285 Hughes, J P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Meadows CF 4 1 1 1 0 1 .400 Suarez, E 3B 4 0 2 1 0 2 .282 Mercer SS 3 0 1 0 1 1 .248 Schebler RF 4 0 0 0 0 3 .245 Taillon P 2 0 0 0 0 1 .133 Duvall LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 .183 Rodriguez, S PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 .190 Harvey P 2 0 0 0 0 1 .154 Kontos P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Dixon PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Glasnow P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Garrett P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Osuna PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 Hernandez, D P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Blandino 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 .269 Hamilton CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 .205 Pirates IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA Reds IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA Taillon 6.0 8 6 6 1 8 91-66 4.56 Harvey 6.0 3 1 1 2 5 93-63 5.49 Kontos 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 19-12 5.03 Garrett 0.1 1 1 1 2 0 16-8 1.67 Glasnow 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 12-8 5.70 Hernandez, D 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 25-14 2.51 Peralta, Wa 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 14-9 3.47 Hughes, J 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 6-3 1.30 Linescore 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Pirates 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 0 Reds 2 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 7 9 0 Inning Scoring Play Description Score Bottom 1 Scooter Gennett doubles (12) on a line drive to right fielder Gregory Polanco. Tucker Barnhart scores. 1-0 CIN Eugenio Suarez doubles (9) on a line drive to left fielder Corey Dickerson. Scooter Gennett scores. 2-0 CIN Top 4 Colin Moran homers (4) on a fly ball to right center field. 2-1 CIN Bottom 5 Scooter Gennett hits a grand slam (8) to right field. Jose Peraza scores. Tucker Barnhart scores. Joey Votto scores. 6-1 CIN Top 7 Austin Meadows homers (2) on a fly ball to right field. 6-2 CIN Bottom 7 Scooter Gennett out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Austin Meadows. Jose Peraza scores. 7-2 CIN Team Highlight CIN Harvey escapes bases-loaded jam CIN Gennett's RBI double CIN Suarez drives in run with double PIT Pirates fan makes great catch CIN Hamilton's sliding catch PIT Moran's solo homer CIN Gennett's grand slam PIT Meadows' 2nd career homer CIN Harvey K's 5 in 6 solid CIN Gennett's sac fly See all highlights at Baseball.Theater FINAL: 7-2 Reds Decisions Pirates Taillon (L, 2-4) Reds Harvey (W, 1-2) Hernandez, D (H, 4)

Next Game: Wednesday, May 23, 7:10 PM @ Reds (Regular Season Game 2)

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In memory of the Dr Pepper guy, lets look at the truth behind one of his ads, Tech V State.

Austin Sport Reddit - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:59

Rip Larry Culpepper, inventor of the college football playoff. In his most recent ad (Or one of the recent ones, I forget which) There's some tension at a tailgate, between two fans screaming Tech and State at each other. Do Tech v State rivalries exist? Whats the record? Let's take a look at all 50 states because its the offseason and I have nothing better to do.

For the record, state schools without state in the name do not count as 'state', that's fuckin heresy.

Alabama State V Alabama Tech

Alabama State is an FCS team and Alabama Tech doesn't exist according to ten seconds of googling. I guess that means Alabama State wins?

Alaska State V Alaska Tech

Neither school exists. Alaska is a barren wasteland of college football, how their people survive without it I will never know. Same goes for Kansas. That means it's a draw.

Arizona State V Arizona Tech

Arizona State is a D1 FBS team with Herm Edwards as their coach. Arizona tech no existo. I guess state wins, even though Herm Edwards never will.

Arkansas State V Arkansas Tech

Arkansas state is D1 FBS and has a stupid logo with the giant A in the center so that nobody can tell what school it is because there's like a thousand states that start with A. Arkansas tech has two different mascots for various sports and is D2. I guess Arkansas state wins, but I'm not happy about it.

Cal State V Cal Tech

Every time I googled California state it came up with Cal, which is heresy. Cal Tech is a real school that had a football team until 1976. It was one line in Wikipedia. Tech wins.

Colorado State V Colorado Tech

Colorado state is real and has a D1 FBS football team that sucks. Their head coach is named mike bobo, which is funny. Colorado tech doesn't look like it has a football team but sells football apparel. State wins, somehow.

Connecticut state V Connecticut Tech

Ah, the northeast, College Footballs empty patch of nothing. Neither one of these teams exist, which is great because Connecticut is like the size of my living room and probably couldn't fit a college outside of UCONN.

Delaware State V Delaware Tech

Delaware state is D1 FCS, and Delaware Tech doesn't exist, which means another win for the jocks.

Florida State V Florida Tech

Florida state is D1 FBS, and I hate em. Florida Tech(Or FIT) is also real, but it's D2, and my friend endlessly gloats about going there next year to do crew. State wins, and I am A N G E R E Y.

Georgia State V Georgia Tech

Oh look, the nerds did something. Georgia Tech is a real school, D1 FBS, and did this, god bless them for it. Georgia state is D1 FBS and was founded like 8 years ago, but sucks worse. No rivalry here, but it is pretty funny that some football programs have existed for quite a while and aren't in FBS but Georgia state is. Tech wins, God bless Lance Austin.

Hawaii State V Hawaii Tech

Neither football team exists, although it's kinda funny that googling Hawaii tech got me the winsipedia for Hawaii and Louisiana Tech. Let's take a look. Hawaii has an 8-2 record versus tech. Doesn't mean state wins because HAWAII IS NOT STATE.

Idaho State V Idaho Tech

Idaho state is D1 FCS and has a cool logo. Idaho tech no existo. State wins.

Illinois State V Illinois Tech

Illinois State is D1 FCS and their mascot is the redbirds (cooler than those NERDS like the Cardinals) and Illinois Tech doesn't have a football team but is D3 otherwise. State wins, with the cool anti-nerd mascot.

Indiana State V Indiana Tech

It looks like Indiana State is D1 FCS, although Wikipedia isn't doing me any favors. Indiana Tech has a cool and nice looking website but no football teams. State wins, but only because websites don't count, sadly. Bonus points to state for having an 0-11 record, just like UCF that one year!

Iowa State V Iowa Tech

Iowa State is D1 FBS and has a dope ass mascot, and Iowa tech doesn't exist. Cyclones win.

Kansas State V Kansas Tech

Kansas State is D1 FBS and did okay this year, while Kansas tech doesn't appear to exist. KSU wins.

Kentucky State V Kentucky Tech

Kentucky state had a 2 line Wikipedia page for football and is D2. Kentucky tech doesn't exist. State wins.

Louisiana State V Louisiana Tech

Until today, I unironically thought that LSU was just Louisiana and not Louisana state. LSU is D1 FBS and Louisiana Tech is as well. LSU is better, although according to the wiki page L Tech has beaten at least one team in each ten conferences, which is cool I guess.

Maine State V Maine Tech

Neither exists, maine is boring, Jameis Winston loves crab legs not lobster.

Maryland State V Maryland Tech

Neither exists, although apparently Maryland and Virginia Tech are rivals, so theres that.

Mass State V Mass Tech

Mass state doesn't exist, but MIT has a D3 football team. Nerds get a W.

Michigan State V Michigan Tech

MSU is the luckiest team in college football, just ahead of Auburn and is also D1. Michigan tech is D2, so state wins, yet again.

Minnesota State V Minnesota Tech

Minnesota state is D2, and after way too long I realized I was looking for a community college, so Minnesota tech doesn't have a football team. State wins.

Mississippi State V Mississippi Tech

Mississippi State was in my hometown for a bowl game, yay for their really loud thingies. Mississippi Tech has nothing but a facebook page for football with 10 likes. I think the dude photoshopped photos? More at 11. State wins.

Missouri State V Missouri Tech

Missouri State is FCS, while Missouri tech(counting S&T) is D2, so State wins.

Montana State V Montana Tech

Montana State is FCS, while Montana tech is NAIA, which I guess means state wins, but who knows.

Nebraska State V Nebraska Tech

Neither exists, and neither is coached by Scott Frost.

Nevada State V Nevada Tech

Neither exists, but it looked like Tech had a flag football team, so I guess tech wins. Gambling must be the state sport.

NH State V NH Tech

Neither exists, but on the bright side I think I'm halway done. My wrists already hurt.

New Jersey State V New Jersey Tech

NJ state doesn't have football and neither does tech, however I think I found an Intramural football team for NJ Tech so yay go tech.

NM State V NM Tech

NM state is a football team and I think they were the no bowl in 60 years team? Anyways NM tech no existo so ez state wins.

New York State V New York Tech

Neither has a team, or ever did it looks like. For such a big and bustling state, New York really doesn't try at football I guess.

NC State V NC Tech

NC State is a perennial upset FBS team with a cool DE who gone now. NC tech(A&T) is an okay FCS team. State wins.

North Dakota State V North Dakota tech

Ah, North Dakota, the state whose most famous anything is it's FCS football team that's kinda good. NDSU is FCS and good, and North Dakota tech doesn't exist. The two people living in North Dakota must be fuming.

Ohio State V Ohio Tech

The big O! Go big red! I love torturing my michigan fan friend. OSU is good, FBS D1 and every once in a while they think about the playoffs. Ohio Tech is a JuCo, and for me it's last chance U or bust so State wins.

Oklahoma State V Oklahoma Tech

While OK State fans can't read this because their eyes are clogged by tears now that their QB is gone, Their team still exists, and while it may suck for the next 9 or 10 years before they make bedlam close again, it is D1 FBS which is better than OK Tech's non existence. Congrats on that one, cowboys.

Oregon State V Oregon Tech

I've always thought Oregon State and OK state should duke it out each year to determine who gets to wear osu that year. Ohio State wouldn't be in the mix because they're THE Ohio State University. Anyways, Oregon state sucks, but just barely not at the level of Oregon Tech, who hasn't fielded a football team since 1992. State wins.

Penn State V Penn Tech

Ah yes, Penn State. Penn State is D1 FBS, and Penn Tech doesn't have a football team. I guess Penn State wins again. One can only hope they breach top 10 this year, what a miracle that would be.

RI State V RI Tech

Hey! I was born here! I live in florida now, because RI is tiny and dumb. RI is so tiny and dumb they don't have a state or tech school. Such is life.

South Carolina State V South Carolina Tech

Ah, South Carolina, home to the FAKE USC(not home of /ourguy/.) SC State is a real FCS team, while SC Tech doesn't exist. Is it because South Carolina is a dumb state? More at 11.

South Dakota State V South Dakota Tech

South Dakota is relevant! They have presidents on mountains! They have an FCS State team that is actually good! SD tech(I'm counting the school of mines because it's funny) is D2, so congrats state.

Tennessee State V Tennessee Tech

Ah Tennessee(Which, for the record, should be shortened to Tenn, Like Pennsylvania does) land of the mayo lovin Titans and one(1) Horrendous CFB team. Oh wait, holy shit a Tech and State team at the same level, FCS. First question, which is better, and the all time record is better for TSU so yay state. Are they rivals? Nope, although they do play each other next year. TSU's rival is Jackson state it looks like, while Tenn Tech's rival is themselves.

Texas State V Texas Tech

Oh look, another one. Both teams are D1 FBS, and I'm gonna give the edge to Tech here because they're good. They're not rivals sadly, but if they were Tech would find a way to lose unless their head coaches seat was warm.

Utah State V Utah Tech

Utah state is a D1 FBS team in a G5 conference, while Utah tech doesn't exist. Another aggie win, yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. Find a new mascot, jesus.

Vermont State V Vermont Tech

Vermont State doesn't exist, while Vermont Tech has an intramural team. Yay for a tech win.

Virginia State V Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech does the cool sandman thing and is D1 FBS. Virginia State is D2 and has stuff written for them on ESPN (Which must suck for them, I hope ESPN didn't miswrite them too bad) Ez tech wins.

Washington State V Washington Tech

For the record, WSU has a dope ass logo and I hope they do great things. Just not against Dubs II. WSU is a D1 FBS team, while Washington tech doesn't exist or have a team. When googling Washington Tech Football, Deandre Washington came up, so theres that.

West Virginia State V West Virginia Tech

WVSU exists, and has a D2 football team, while WV Tech is a division of WVU, which is Heresy. State wins.

Wisconsin State V Wisconsin Tech

Neither exists, cheese is dumb.

Wyoming State V Wyoming Tech

Wyoming doesn't exist.

Final tally:

State: 31

Tech: 7

There are no Tech V State rivalries, meaning that Dr Pepper and Larry Culpepper are liars.

TL;DR : No Rivalries, Jocks>Nerds

HEY FUN FACT FSU HAS A SPECIAL TYPE OF HERPES THAT ONLY EXISTS ON THEIR CAMPUS AND NOWHERE ELSE

Enjoy your offseason bois

Edit: Gold for shitposting?hell yeah borther

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NFC North Analysis 2018

Austin Sport Reddit - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 17:11

Welcome to my analysis of the NFC North. I did my best to be as objective as possible, although player values are inherently subjective. Please note that points are position-dependent: for example, a receiver rated 8.5 as a wide receiver would be an elite flex option and thus rated a 10 as a flex.

Quarterbacks:

Bears: Carson Wentz/Matthew Stafford (9.5)

Lions: Andrew Luck (8)

Vikings: Tom Brady (9.5)

Packers: Mitchell Trubisky/Tyrod Taylor (6)

Bears kept two QBs, and will hope that Wentz can return to his stellar pre-injury form but has Stafford as a quality insurance piece. Lions will have similar hopes for Luck, who has impressive upside when healthy but missed all of last year. Vikings has the seemingly ageless Brady, who should remain an elite QB1. Packers will pick between Taylor, who benefits from a nice rushing floor but may lose his starting job, and Trubisky, who will look to take a step forward in year two.

Running Backs:

Bears: Alvin Kamara (9), Devontae Booker (3.5)

Lions: Aaron Jones (5), D'Onta Foreman (4)

Vikings: Marshawn Lynch (5.5), Latavius Murray (3)

Packers: Devonta Freeman (8), (0)

Bears has Kamara, who looked electric as a rookie will have the backfield to himself for four games, but will have to hope Booker can carve out a role to have a reliable RB2. Lions sports a pair of second-year backs in Jones, who will have to earn touches in a high-powered offense, and Foreman, who is coming off a major injury and also has touch competition. Vikings has Lynch, who appears to lead a crowded Oakland backfield, and Murray, who might see a few touches a game but has value mostly as a handcuff. Packers kept just one RB, but Freeman should remain a solid option as the lead back in a potent offense.

Wide Recievers:

Bears: Pierre Garcon (6), Nelson Agholor (5)

Lions: T.Y. Hilton (7.5), Alshon Jeffrey (7)

Vikings: Golden Tate (6.5), Robby Anderson (5)

Packers: Davante Adams (8.5), Larry Fitzgerald (7)

Bears has Garcon, who should benefit from a major upgrade at QB, and Agholor, who is coming off a breakout year but could be in line for some touchdown regression. Lions has Hilton, who could return to WR1 status with a healthy Luck, and Jeffery, who is the top wideout in Philadelphia but not a target hog. Vikings might lean on Tate, who has been a consistent WR2 in Detroit, since Anderson's talent is overshadowed by his legal troubles. Packers will look for Adams to take another step forward as the clear WR1 in Green Bay, and will hope Fitzgerald can continue to defy time with yet another QB (or two) in Arizona.

Tight Ends:

Bears: Delanie Walker (7.5)

Lions: O.J. Howard/Austin Hooper (6.5)

Vikings: Delanie Walker (7.5)

Packers: Jimmy Graham/Eric Ebron (8)

Bears has Walker, who has been a consistent TE1 in Tennessee. Lions will pair Howard, who has looked good but has intense competition for targets, with Hooper, who has been unspectacular in Atlanta. Vikings also has Walker, and will look for him to remain the top pass-catcher in Tennessee. Packers kept two TEs, with Graham likely to remain primarily a red-zone threat and Ebron mostly serving as insurance with some upside in a likely improved Indianapolis offense.

Flexes:

Bears: Marqise Lee (6), Samaje Perine/Giovani Bernard (5)

Lions: Devante Parker (6.5), Marquise Goodwin (6.5)

Vikings: Geronimo Allison (4), Isaiah McKenzie/Jeremy Sprinkle (0.5)

Packers: Julian Edelman (7), Will Fuller (6.5)

Bears will flex Lee, who should remain the low-ceiling top WR in run-first Jacksonville, and will hope Perine or Bernard can earn enough touches to be flex-worthy. Lions sports perennial breakout candidate Parker, who should get plenty of targets, and Goodwin, who broke out last year but has a less secure target share. Vikings is in dire straits, as Allison will have to fend off three drafted rookies just to be Green Bay's WR3 and McKenzie and Sprinkle are borderline unrosterable. Packers has Edelman, who should return from injury as the WR1 in New England, and Fuller, who put up ridiculous numbers with Watson at QB but has struggled with injuries.

Draft Capital:

Drafts are a way for teams to build for the future, but rookies can have immediate impacts and savvy teams can use their picks to draft or trade for veterans to improve their teams. The unpredictability of rookies and the limitations of available veterans does restrict teams' ability to immediately improve via the draft, so this category is worth 10 points, the same amount as each individual starter. Only picks in the first five rounds are listed for brevity.

Bears: 1.26, 2.26, 3.21, 4.14, 4.26, 5.26 (4)

Lions: 1.07, 2.02, 2.07, 3.04, 3.07, 4.07, 5.03, 5.07 (7)

Vikings: 1.17, 2.17, 3.17, 4.17, 5.17 (4.5)

Packers: 1.06, 2.06, 2.22, 3.06, 4.06 (6)

Bears has plenty of picks, but will be picking late in each round. Lions adds an extra second, third, and fifth to the seventh pick in each round. Vikings has made no pick trades, so will have to add depth without extra picks. Packers will pick immediately ahead of Lions in the first four rounds, and has an extra second-round pick.

Overall:

Lions: 58

Packers: 57

Bears: 55.5

Vikings: 46

Lions edges Packers for the top spot, but the division is very much up for grabs. Lions has plenty of draft capital but an uninspiring RB corps, and will need young players to take steps forward in order to claim a playoff spot. Packers has several quality pieces but a hole at RB2 and significant questions at QB, and will need to fix those issues in the draft or via trade. Bears has a couple elite players but shaky depth, particularly at RB, and may have to hope studs carry the team. Vikings has major depth concerns, and lacks the elite talent necessary to compensate. A handful of breakouts could see the division send two teams to the playoffs, but the odds are against that.

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[GDT]: Pirates (26-20) @ Reds (16-32) - May 22, 2018

Austin Sport Reddit - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:16
Pirates @ Reds Game Info Links First Pitch: 07:10 PM ET @ Great American Ball Park Gameday Weather: Partly Cloudy, 70 F, Wind 8mph Varies Game Graph TV: FS-O, ATT SportsNet-PIT Strikezone Map Radio: Reds Radio Network, WLW 700, KDKA-FM 93.7 Notes: Away, Home Pirates Pos AB R H RBI BB SO BA Reds Pos AB R H RBI BB SO BA Harrison 2B 5 0 1 0 0 0 .288 Peraza SS 3 2 1 0 0 1 .251 Polanco RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 .225 Barnhart C 4 2 3 0 0 1 .271 Cervelli C 3 0 1 0 1 0 .280 Votto 1B 3 1 0 0 1 2 .278 Bell 1B 3 0 0 0 1 1 .256 Gennett 2B 3 2 2 6 0 0 .324 Dickerson, C LF 3 0 0 0 1 0 .302 Peralta, Wa P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Moran 3B 4 1 1 1 0 1 .285 Hughes, J P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Meadows CF 4 1 1 1 0 1 .400 Suarez, E 3B 4 0 2 1 0 2 .282 Mercer SS 3 0 1 0 1 1 .248 Schebler RF 4 0 0 0 0 3 .245 Taillon P 2 0 0 0 0 1 .133 Duvall LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 .183 Rodriguez, S PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 .190 Harvey P 2 0 0 0 0 1 .154 Kontos P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Dixon PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Glasnow P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Garrett P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Osuna PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 Hernandez, D P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Blandino 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 .269 Hamilton CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 .205 Pirates IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA Reds IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA Taillon 6.0 8 6 6 1 8 91-66 4.56 Harvey 6.0 3 1 1 2 5 93-63 5.49 Kontos 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 19-12 5.03 Garrett 0.1 1 1 1 2 0 16-8 1.67 Glasnow 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 12-8 5.70 Hernandez, D 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 25-14 2.51 Peralta, Wa 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 14-9 3.47 Hughes, J 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 6-3 1.30 Linescore 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Pirates 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 0 Reds 2 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 7 9 0 Inning Scoring Play Description Score Bottom 1 Scooter Gennett doubles (12) on a line drive to right fielder Gregory Polanco. Tucker Barnhart scores. 1-0 CIN Eugenio Suarez doubles (9) on a line drive to left fielder Corey Dickerson. Scooter Gennett scores. 2-0 CIN Top 4 Colin Moran homers (4) on a fly ball to right center field. 2-1 CIN Bottom 5 Scooter Gennett hits a grand slam (8) to right field. Jose Peraza scores. Tucker Barnhart scores. Joey Votto scores. 6-1 CIN Top 7 Austin Meadows homers (2) on a fly ball to right field. 6-2 CIN Bottom 7 Scooter Gennett out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Austin Meadows. Jose Peraza scores. 7-2 CIN Team Highlight CIN Harvey escapes bases-loaded jam CIN Gennett's RBI double CIN Suarez drives in run with double PIT Pirates fan makes great catch CIN Hamilton's sliding catch PIT Moran's solo homer CIN Gennett's grand slam PIT Meadows' 2nd career homer CIN Harvey K's 5 in 6 solid CIN Gennett's sac fly FINAL: 7-2 Reds Decisions Pirates Taillon (L, 2-4) Reds Harvey (W, 1-2) Hernandez, D (H, 4)

Next Game: Wednesday, May 23, 7:10 PM @ Reds (Regular Season Game 2)

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Gilmore Girls Character Power Rankings

Austin Sport Reddit - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 23:28

As an avid reader of Drew Magary there's nothing I love more than power rankings of any kind. With that in mind I ranked every** Gilmore Girls character with a blurb as to why they're ranked where they are. This list is going to be super controversial and I'm going to love if a significant amount of you disagree with me.

  1. Paris Gellar- Starts off the show as Rory’s nemesis, fantastic progression throughout the show. Cynicism is my favorite trait in television characters and Paris delivers her cynicism via quippy one liners and obscure pop culture references.
  2. Emily- This should really be 1B since I love her as much as Paris, this is going to be unpopular since most people believe Emily could be a superficial spiteful bitch, to that I say “who fucking cares?”. Emily dialogue is why I fell in love with the show, especially when she would lose her composure (usually this involved Trix). I also believe Emily get’s a bad rap because of her disdain for Lorelai’s life choices. I’m willing to argue that her meanest actions were done with what she believed were good intentions.
  3. Mrs. Kim- Mrs. Kim’s character arc may be the most redeeming aspect of a pretty shitty final season. Yes it sucked that she forbade Lane from doing literally anything fun, but she begins to let that go as the show progresses and ends up supporting Lane in her music and her marriage to Zach.
  4. Michel- Sassy French man (check), hates everybody in the world(check), loves dogs(check) Michel is a vain POS and I love him for it. His Celine Dion fetish is fantastic and if we were friends I would slip him 2% milk on the reg just for his reaction.
  5. Sookie- LOVE Melissa McCarthy, super glad they went away from the physical comedy that seems to be mandatory for any larger actress and just let Sookie be Sookie. Lorelai was lucky to have as good a friend as her, just too bad her husband was as irritating as he was.
  6. Lane- Is it weird that I find the two main character’s best friends a lot cooler than the actual main characters? Lane’s completely unrealistic use of her floorboards aside the relationship she has with her mother is one of my favorite things about the show.
  7. Richard Gilmore- the fashion icon of the show, just don’t talk to him about Franz Ferdinand. The anchor of the Gilmore family, you knew Richard would always be there for you, just ask that asshole Strob.
  8. Luke- Bearded Hermit who only wears flannel? Financially supports anyone who asks? Carves a Huppah for the woman he loves even though shes about to marry someone else? Luke is loyal to a fault and is way to good a Dad to have that annoying of a daughter.
  9. Logan- Yes I have douchey rich boy in my top 10 fucking fight me. Logan likes to rage and I can get behind that, what’s he supposed to do, not spend the millions of dollars he has in his bank accounts? Let’s be honest would you act differently if you had those types of resources at your disposal? Banging his sister’s friends is a super bad look but the dude also had the balls to go out and make it on his own. Lorelai liked to blame him for anything that went wrong with Rory but whose idea was it to steal the damn boat?! My favorite Logan scene? Him telling Rory what the fuck is up when she makes fun of her fellow rich people at his party.
  10. Kirk- Willing to look past the major flaw of Kirk being a cat person since he ended up naming the cat after himself, I love the power move. That entire plot endeared Kirk to me permanently. The father son like bond him and Luke start to have in the later seasons was also a lot of fun.
  11. Miss Patty- Gotta love the sex crazed off broadway star whose seen it all. She’s so glad she had all that sex, Lorelai’s glad she’s covering her ass and lying to luke about drunken wedding speeches.
  12. Finn- Finn is a boss and 70% of the reason he’s ranked this high is because of his accent. His shameless pursuit of woman by using said accent and the fact that he’s rich makes me really respect him.
  13. Mitchum- was what he said to Rory all that wrong? The points he made to Richard in the bathroom of the USO fundraiser seem dead on. He wants his son to live up to his potential, that doesn’t make him a bad guy.
  14. Lorelai- Is a badass for making it on her own as a single mom without an education. Was constantly frustrated by her insistence to disassociate from her family. Her childhood couldn’t have been that bad, shes not the first person in the world to grow up with an overbearing mother. I am also irked by her making things harder on her self. I understand wanting your independence but she was independent to the detriment of her kid, living in a shed with an infant just to be away from her mom doesn’t seem like the best choice for a baby.
  15. Honor- Another character I wish there would’ve been more of. Could see her turning into the cool mom that lets you drink in her basement in high school as long as you give her your keys.
  16. Madeline and Louise- Seems appropriate to rank these girls together. These definitely seem like the chicks I would’ve gone after in high school and I definitely like that about them. Sex positive guy here and I know they would’ve appreciated that about me.
  17. Glenn- Glenn parties fucking hard, single handedly carrying kegs up flights of stairs, going missing on spring break looking for a hot dog(favorite food of mine) and showing back up tatted. Love his dedication to having a good time while ironically never being able to actually have a good time.
  18. Colin- went to boarding school in Switzerland so you know he’s cool
  19. Tana- for being a kid genius she doesn’t come off too annoying, wish she would’ve been around in later seasons. I found her tips on how to avoid losing valuable posessions when getting robbed super helpful.
  20. Janet- I always hated the gilmores disdain towards sports, Janet’s just trying to stay fit.
  21. Lucy- bad choice in men, worse choice in friends. She can do better than Marty and wet blanket Rory. Wasted her admission to Yale by getting a drama degree, but I love Kristen Ritter.
  22. Kyon- Avril Levigne uh-rocks! Just ask her
  23. Tristin- cliché bad boy rich boy, summer is way cuter than Rory so I guess you can say he’s not completely shallow. I’m in the minority of not hating characters solely because they’re rich.
  24. Gil- Sebastian Bach is a better actor than I ever would’ve thought. Tends to overshare about his wive’s nipple sensitivities.
  25. Brian- Loyal friend of Zach and Lane’s, bass player with a deviated septum and a knowledge of house plants.
  26. Gypsy- enjoy the fact that traditionally male job like a mechanic is taken by Gypsy, not cool going through Andrew’s mail like that.
  27. Beau- decent brother in law giving up his overtime to watch Sookie do her gross in home birth, would be higher but sexual harassment isn’t cool.
  28. Rune- wish he had more airtime, would’ve loved to see if him and Lorelai ever stood a chance
  29. Max Madina- Nerd, least favorite of Lorelai’s beaus.
  30. Reverend Skinner- busy watching movies that are too raunchy for a reverend.
  31. Robert- not impressed with his costume choice during that Quentin Tarantino party
  32. Doyle- Outkicked his coverage with Paris and he knows it.
  33. Dave- too much of a kiss ass for me, ditching his band to go to school not very rock and roll.
  34. Nicole- cheating on Luke super not cool, making Luke put more salads on his menu? Unforgivable.
  35. Asher- creepy old professor who fucks students, he didn’t deserve Paris. Liked him better in Austin Powers.
  36. Sherry- again not around a long time, would hate her more if I didn’t enjoy the karma her leaving provided Chris
  37. Shira- I AM saying you gold digger, you ain’t mess with no broke berger. Can’t be too mad at her self preservation, plus she wasn’t in the show enough for me to gather that much passion behind my dislike for her.
  38. Taylor- That guy that everyone hates because of how much he loves his rules. Defends facism because their parks were clean.
  39. Rory- The other woman, the girl who quick school because someone said a mean thing to her, the girl who made fun of trust fund babies while literally being a trust fund baby. One of the reasons I like Logan is the same reason I dislike Rory, her startling lack of self awareness and the fact that things just randomly fall into her lap makes it very hard to root for her. Making my way through the Gilmore Guys podcast helped me come to this realization. I get so jacked every time I see her not get the NYT fellowship because not everything should be that fucking easy Rory.
  40. Jackson- ways to get yourself hated, end your sentences while progressively getting louder, lying to your wife about getting a vasectomy.
  41. Caesar- just always kind of annoyed me
  42. Lindsay- I do feel bad for Lindsay since she was cheated on but that’s where the empathy ends. Having your husband blow off college and work two jobs cause you want your own townhouse WHILE not working at all is a bad look. That and the fact that she sucked as a stay at home wife makes me not like her.
  43. Babbette- I wince every time I heard this woman talked. I get Sally Struthers is a TV legend but God damn babbette was annoying.
  44. Marty- Marty’s aversion to rich people is matched by my aversion to his whiny ass. Marty is the epitome of the friend zone and proceeds to blame it on being poor. Guess the fuck what Marty? Jess owned 3 t shirts and worked at Wal Mart and Rory was still all about it. Maybe Logan isn’t as bad as you think and Rory isn’t into whiny guys who lie to their girlfriends about knowing their friends before hand.
  45. Gigi- the shitty kid in target who goes batshit cause mom won’t buy her a god damn toy.
  46. Liz- the mother of the shitstain that is Jess. What was Liz worse at, being a mom or cooking? Either way there’s not much to like here, taking advantage of the nicest brother on the face of the Earth and trying to pawn her kid off on him any chance she can cause like being a mom is hard. Being a mom is hard when you produce the spawn of satan I guess.
  47. TJ- FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK everything about this guy. The bottom of this list is really interchangeable(besides april being last). TJ is brought into the show to provide some sort of humor that never fucking delivers. His comedic timing is about as good as his ability to complete any sort of construction job.
  48. Zach- My least favorite thing about Lane is that she settled for this moron, I guess it’s admirable he was willing to wait for the wedding night to fuck but his redeeming qualities stop there for me. This fucking headcase ruined his band’s chances at a record deal because he refused to write a song about his long term girlfriend and got pissed that his friend was willing to the minimal fucking effort it took to at least try and write something for his friend Lane. The fact that he gets to tour while Lane has to take care of this dumbass’ kids blows.
  49. Jess- Edgy New Yorker who wanted to take rory’s virginity whether she wanted him to or not. They try to save his character in the later seasons by making him all artsy, people don’t forget Jess. Lets ignore the glaring rape attempt and look at the fact that this guy treated the only person who cared about him like absolute trash, but hey he wore a leather jacket and liked books!
  50. Dean- whatsup fuckface adulterer? First to bone Rory, last in our hearts. If I see a person who liked Dean the most for Rory is a crazy person and I wont have it. Jess literally tried to rape Rory and I still hate Dean more.
  51. Chris- Hey dad who is only a dad when he feels like it! I know there’s always going to be holes in character backstories but can someone explain to me why Chris just didn’t live his life since he ended up not supporting Lorelai and Rory in any way shape or form. Lorelai didn’t go to college cause she had a fucking infant to feed, Chris didn’t go to college because who the fuck knows? Let’s also bring up the fact that he forced Lorelai into a relationship and then ends it because he knew he rushed her into something she wasn’t ready for. Not showing up to the hospital after your father in law has a heart attack because Lorelai helped Luke get partial custody is the ultimate dick move, fuck you Chris.
  52. Anna Nardini- Basically fuck any Nardini female. Any woman who decides to not tell the father of their child that he’s a dad(unless your obviously in an abusive relationship) is a garbage person and I won’t hear any of your weak ass justifications. Denying someone’s right to be a parent is a trash move and she tries to do it twice when she decides shes going to move to New Mexico.
  53. Getting hit by a car
  54. April Nardini- FUCK APRIL. I audibly groan every time I watch the series and she shows up the first time. The more science-y Rory parallel falls so fucking flat and her quirks(her dumb bike helmet) didn’t ever land. Who the fuck picks science camp over a trip up the east coast? April was the worst.

**I'm sure I missed characters, no need to point it out.

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Dreamhack Austin 2018 - What to Expect based on 2017 and 2016

Austin Sport Reddit - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:39

First off, here's a LINK to my previous post from last year "Dreamhack Austin 2017 - What to expect based on 2016"

So let's talk about it how Dreamhack 2017 turned out and what we should expect in 2018.

 

Background: I bought a BYOC pass for 2016 and 2017. Here's my experience from each event and what I hope to see at 2018. I will go over everything in sections.

 

Setup: The setup changed significantly from 2016 to 2017. In 2016, there was a smaller LAN section that was not well-defined and had a few entrances with guards to check badges. In 2017, the LAN section expanded vastly. It was given its own whole section that was much more secluded from the rest of the expo (which was great). The whole area felt much more secure and private than the previous. Great improvement.

As far as the expo goes, both years they have plenty of vendors, booth babes, streamer zones, games to try, and so on. The set up each year has been having 2 primary stages. In both years, the main stage hosted CSGO for pro teams, while a separate stage hosted Starcraft. It was always tucked away toward the back of the convention hall where it would get a whole area to itself. This was great because it provides a separate entrance for those who bought day tickets so they don't pass through or really bother those in the LAN zones. Also, both years I've been the event was sponsored by Bud Light. Bud Light had its own VIP section where they'd sell you beer in prime location for viewing the main stage. It even had couches. In 2017, you got a free wrist band that got you 3 free beers during the CSGO evening games. The other stage (let's call it sub-main stage) would be used for all sorts of other events and was more centrally located in the expo (like a main attraction point). Last year, it hosted rocket league games, the BYOC finals matches, the cosplay judging, and was the stage for the music performances.

As far as the convention center outside the main hall, you can go upstairs from the escalators or go outside to smoking areas no further than 20 yards from the main hall entrances. There's also nice outdoor balconies with seating on the second floor. I don't recall if they were no smoking, but I'm I had a few up there both years with no trouble.

 

LAN Area and seatmap (for BYOC tickets): So lets talk about your LAN tables and what to expect. Both years the tables were set into long rows with people on each side. Extension cords weren't really necessary as there were large power outlets every 10 feet, but a surge protector/additional outlets is necessary. You are provided with a chair, but it's a standard "Convention center chair", which are those metal framed chairs with a cushioned seat. You can bring your own chair from what I've seen. I did it the second year and it works great as a dolly to roll your computer gear in on the first day. However, that's entirely not necessary if you don't want to bring a special chair. As far as the desk goes, you will be given a small zone that has a place mat with your name on it. It is enough to fit your monitor, room for your mouse, etc. However, I would not suggest bringing more than 1 monitor.

Don't freight about which LAN seat you get. There really wasn't a "good seat" like I've heard from other events. Neither year did you have a good view of the main stages from 1 seat compared to another. However, in 2017, there was some slight variation in seating. As well, in 2017, the format of the North and Northeast building is fairly similar to this year. Here's a description of last year so you can make your own decision where is best:

North Side: If you're looking at the north floor seatmap, there is a main entrance in the middle of the north wall. This entrance was exclusive to BYOC holders. It was the main entrance to the LAN section. This year the CSGO main stage is RIGHT next to the North floor LAN. This was similar to 2016 when the CSGO main stage was on the far east of the Northeast floor. That year it had a giant black curtain that closed it off from view and made it more like a "private stage", but who knows for 2018. Could be a good view of the games but can also be noisey. Last year, the North side was closer to the expo, which made it less valuable because of all the foot traffic, noise, etc. The lights in this section were on all night in 2017, which was not as preferred as the lights out/dim zone that was the northeast (because its stuck further in the corner and away from the expo).

Northeast: In 2017, this zone was just better. It was more in the corner away from all the expo stuff. It made it nice for when you wanted to go back to your computer you could be a little isolated but still only 40 yards down so not too isolated. The lighting was better for night time gaming. It's closer to the nearest bathroom which is the northeast side of the northeast room.Personally, I chose row "i" in the northwest quadrant of the northeast room. This way I'm partially isolated, close to the bathrooms but not too close, and am facing toward the expo so I can just sort of glance at if anything exciting is going on.

 

Expo: The expo had lots of computer merchandise and promos. There were fun booths to spin wheels for prizes, do 1v1s for prizes, or other minigames. There were lots of VR booths for trying that out. Expect a twitch or streamer section and also some sections where you can just hope on a computer and play around. As most of these conventions, you'll find Monster energy booths with free drinks. During peak expo hours, they required you stay in the booth while you drink the monster, which was kind of lame but you got to sit on couches and watch the games on giant flat screens, so it's not awful if you just wanna chill and have a pick me up. However, after prime hours, you were able to leave freely with free monster all you wanted. The Twitch stand had live casters and other free computer spots where you could play even without a pass.

There's also all sorts of tournaments and games spread around. There was a lot of old school super smash brother set ups and table card games in certain sections surrounding the expo. As well, they even had some of this upstairs in its own separate room in 2016. In 2017, the upstairs (if I remember) had a set up with large viewing screens for hearthstone and fighting games like Tekken. They were like mini stages with large projector screens and usually rows of chairs for viewing.

 

Main Stages: Not much to say here. The StarCraft stage was smaller. Large bleachers with a giant stage with each team at tables just like normal. The CSGO stage both years has been tucked away toward one of the 4 corners of the convention center. This is good because it allows a separate entrance away from the BYOC section, so it's more private. There was even a Bud Light premium booth where you got awesome view of the matches and could buy beer and in 2017 you got 3 free beers during happy hour from 4-7p.

Also, there were a solid 2-3 bars in the expo last year. One near the main stage, one near the LAN, and one near the sub-main stage. These were supposed to be open only until 11pm, but last year I spoke with the bartender and they said since they were making so much money in sales and tips they just decided to stick around until 2am. As far as food, there's a few stands around the expo (usually near the LAN and near the main stage) that sell both hot foods (pizza, pasta, wings, nachos) and cold foods (sandwiches, salads, fruit cups, drinks, popcorn, pretzels).

 

Security: In 2016, the security was lacking only slightly. There were no equipment tags, and security only seemed to be at the entrances about 80% of the time. However, I still had no trouble with my gear and I left it alone the whole time. There were also 0 reported thefts from 2016 from what I heard in 2017 from some employees I spoke with.

In 2017, the security was AMAZING. We got 2 tags for our gear that were mailed to us a week prior to the event along with our necklace ID badge. You could use each 2 tags for whatever you wanted. I put mine on my tower and monitor. My peripherals are then just zip-tied together to the rest of it. Once your equipment has been scanned in by its barcode and your ID badge, it may not leave until you leave. It must be accompanied with the matching badge and once you have checked it out it cannot come back in (i.e. you can only come in and out with gear once. You could not leave each night with your gear.)

The entrances were STRICTLY guarded at all times by security, and I mean 24/7 even at 5am when only 40% of the LAN is still there. If you didn't have a badge, you weren't getting past. If you tried to duck under the ropes or step over the ropes (whether you had a badge or not) they would catch you, make sure you had a badge, and tell you to cut that crap out and use an entrance.

Going into 2018, I feel certain my gear will be secure.

 

Food and Drink: See the expo section for comments on the food stands scattered throughout the expo. There is a cold food stand open 24/7 near the LAN section.

There are also these soda companies that come to these conventions all the time. You buy a cup for like $5 and then an unlimited drink pass for like $3. Each day you could buy an unlimited pass to get unlimited refills that whole day - craft root beer, cream sodas, orange sodas, weird root beer varieties - that sort of thing. If you still have your cup from 2016 or 2017, I brought mine back from 2016 and they said it is still usable at any location anytime (even though the brand name changed and everything. They still let me use their old company name cup to get drinks at their stands).

As far as food outside, there are lots of downtown Austin restaurants nearby. The most casual and easy to get to is right across the street. It's a sports bar with plenty of casual food options and beer on draft. You can also get a Jimmy johns to the convention center very quickly.

 

Organization: In 2016, this was my largest complaint. There was no information about events, game times, or maps of the expo or where to find each event. Everything was announced via discord at random times.

In 2017, the organization was much better. Everything was in a logical place and it wasn't hard to find most things. There were some signs up pointing to the major areas or pointing up the escalators, so you knew what was upstairs without having to wander trying to find what you want like in 2016. Any announcements made during the event were done through discord, so you should still have discord and make sure you join the appropriate channel when you get there. .

 

Turnout: In 2016, I was shocked to see nearly 20% of all the LAN seats untaken. I think a bunch of people this year had bought tickets from all over the US because it was the first dreamhack event in North America ever. A lot of people didn't show up when it came around to the event. Also, the CSGO pro turnout was mediocre this year, but still had 2-3 big names.

In 2017, the turnout was much better and what you'd expect to see. There were still a few no shows scattered around, which was kind of nice because it allowed people to purchase tickets on reddit if they hadn't planned on going before the event. The Pro turnout for the other events was much better too. The CSGO turnout was amazing with a lot of the worlds big teams. Even rocket league had G2 playing, which I believe was one of the biggest teams at that time. Overall, the turnout from both users and pros was great in 2017 and what I'd hope to see in 2018.

 

CosPlay: So I've never gone to these sort of expos/LANs outside of Dreamhack in 2016/2017. This is the only convention like this I've been to, so my reference is not good. In 2016, the cosplay was nearly non-existent. I'd see a few people in costumes walk around every now and then, but no one I talked to even knew when/where the cosplay competition took place.

In 2017, the cosplay was improved. They had it on the sub-main stage one evening. They had 3 categories: beginner, amateur, and pro (or something along those lines). They had probably 12 people in the beginner, 6-8 in the amateur, and a handful in the pro. It was a good time to be there and see some of the things people did. If the improvement from 2016-2017 continues into 2018, I'd predict it will be a pretty big event and I'd expect to commonly see people walking around the convention center in cosplay.

 

Compared to European DreamHacks and what I expected in 2016: So you see other dreamhack videos online right? Large lights, music stages with massive techno lights and people going crazy, pyro-technics on stage, 100s of professional Cosplay everywhere. Not so much. In 2016, this was definitely not the case. There was a pro stage that was what I'd expect, but I'm pretty sure Austin Convention Center does not allow pyro-technics, so don't expect anything that crazy. The music wasn't even there in 2016 and in 2017 it was some pretty big electronic DJ names, but it was by no means the "EDM concert" that those European Dreamhack videos show. In fact, we were all just sitting at our LAN seats in 2017 around midnight wishing they'd finally stop playing so we could just game in peace (another reason the more isolated northeast side was preferred and where I'm going to be this year).

Also, this is not a sleep-over sort of Dreamhack like they do in Europe. There aren't designated sleeping halls. Whereas sleep in the convention center is prohibited by the actual Austin Convention Center and not Dreamhack, you will have no guarantee you won't be kicked out if you sleep somewhere in the convention center. However, I'm sure putting your head down at your desk wouldn't raise any questions. In fact, I slept there both nights in 2016 (about 4 hours each night. I sort of binged that year) and in 2017 I took a few naps at night there but had a hotel across the street (I highly suggest to paying the money to get a hotel across the street. Even if you will only sleep 4 hours each night. A bed nearby is nice).

 

Conclusion: There it is. I hope all this information helps. This is what I experienced the last 2 years. If the convention is the same as 2017, I will have a great time and be very happy. However, there has been far more organization on the dreamhack austin page and we already have a lot more information about the new stuff that will be coming this year, so I expect this'll be the best year yet.

 

Disclosure: I do not work for Dreamhack and am not affiliated in any way. Just a random guy who lives in Austin and has been both years and spent some time speaking with employees around the center. I am certain about absolutely nothing in 2018 other than my prediction from previous years.

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[QUESTION] Quick questions, considering buying a used Vox AC30 CC2, concerned over reliability

Austin Sport Reddit - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 13:27

Hello all,

Just looking for a few more opinions before going forward with this. I found this combo: https://austin.craigslist.org/msg/d/vox-ac30-cc2-tube-guitar-amp/6571468098.html on Craigslist, and I'm quite interested. I'm in the market for a tube combo to complement a FSR Telecaster. Mainly attracted to this specific ad over the price, $600 seems like pretty sweet deal, right?

I'm a little sketched tho on the fact I've found a few forum posts from over the past decade saying that owning these amps can be a headache. I've seen a lot of complaints regarding quality control with wiring/fuses blowing/etc.

I'm no historian of amplifiers, but is the CC2 a good era of the AC30 to invest in? Would I be better throwing down for a brand new AC15 instead? Any second opinions or $0.02 on this specific model of this amp is what I'm after. I'm fine with proper tube amp maintenance like replacing tubes and fuses, etc. I just don't want the amp equivalent of buying some old finicky sports car, that ends up living in the repair shop.

Alternatively, I'm looking at a used Fender Deluxe Reverb 65 Reissue (Slightly above my price range), and also a Peavey Classic 50 2x12 (Sits right in my price range).

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Summer Kickball, Sand Volleyball or Cornhole

Austin Sport Reddit - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:37

I'm Dan from NAKID Social Sports, and a fellow Redditor. We just opened registration for our Summer season of kickball, sand volleyball and cornhole. We've got five leagues lined up and I wanted to see if you all might be interested in starting one or more Reddit teams.

Our leagues are made to be social. They're not uber competitive, and we typically design them to have post-game shenanigans (raffles, etc.). You get a season of the game/sport, a t-shirt, an end of season party, and a bunch of friends.

If anybody wants to captain a kickball or sand volleyball team, and can get to the minimum number of players for each sport no later than May 31st, I'll refund your registration fee.

I cleared making a post with the mods. Feel free to comment below or PM me, if you have any questions, as I'm happy to answer them.

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