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  1. Well, my menu two weeks from now is set. "Dirty Bird" barbecue chicken, New England clam chowder, and Boston cream pie.....
  2. Pretty much what happened with the NBA, George Shinn, and the New Orleans Hornets.
  3. Not buying this at all. No. 1, it's not like Milwaukee didn't have a baseball team of their own for over a dozen years until they moved to Atlanta just a few short years before 1969. They were their OWN region and remained so between 1966 and 1970. No. 2, the same type of thing ("exhibition" home games played elsewhere) also later happened in the NBA. Utah Jazz played 11 home games in Las Vegas in 1983; and the Atlanta Hawks played a series of home games in New Orleans in 1984. Neither site would be seen as being within the other's "sphere of influence" or "extended region", just as Milwaukee wasn't in Chicago's. The teams were (1) trying to make some extra bucks, and (2) to some degree, exploring possible relocation spots-- just like the White Sox were.
  4. Thoughts on the move and branding... First of all, the move of this (or any) NFL team to Las Vegas to me just seems/feels wrong. I get that it is a growing area, burgeoning metropolis, yada yada, but for goodness sake they were JUST awarded an NHL hockey team and became a "major league city". Charlotte was the big up-and coming metro are in the late 1980s, was awarded the Hornets in 1987 (who began play in 1988). After the NFL saw their success at the gate and among fans, they couldn't wait to get in there, awarding the Panthers franchise in 1993 to begin play in 1995. At least there was a "gap" in between. Th e current situation seems to be Las Vegas entering the big time all at once... probably not so good for the NHL either-- NFL stealing their thunder and all. To me the Raiders should be in California, where they have spent the last 56 years. Either Oakland or LA, either one is good. But another thing that slightly bugs me is the Raider's nautical pirate imagery being shipped off to the desert. It worked great in Oakland, which is on San Francisco Bay, and to some degree Los Angeles, which is on the Pacific Ocean. The California coast even has a brief history of its own pirate/raider and even had noted corsair/privateer Sir Francis Drake land there. So in my mind, it fits, just like Buccaneers fits in perfectly with Tampa Bay (and had fit in perfectly with New Orleans in the ABA). Now, the name "Raider" can have just about anything to interpret it and have just about anything visually attached to it-- a pirate, a Viking, a cavalry raider on horseback, a knight, an Indian warrior, or even Texas Tech's weird looking Zorro character (that always seemed stupid to me; he's a Red Raider, yet he-- and Texas Tech half of the time-- is always dressed primarily in BLACK). But the NFL Raiders have a now-iconic image of what is obviously a pirate, with an eye-patch and crossed pirate swords. They'll never change that. To me, that doesn't translate to the casinos and desert of Las Vegas. Now, some of you may say, "well, what about the Pittsburgh Pirates-- they are nowhere near the sea coast". We all know that nickname came up YEARS ago organically as an insult-- the club was accused of "pirating" a player by the then-Philadelphia Athletics. The Pittsburgh team kind of liked the nickname which was eventually adopted as Pittsburgh's official team nickname. I guess if it comes to it, I can try and convince myself that the logo icon is now a rugged desert cavalry raider who lost an eye in battle many years ago. And for some reason, like his pirate predecessor, he's wearing a football helmet.
  5. Neither were Houston, St. Louis, Baltimore, Cleveland, or LA at the time of the original franchise moves. And Oakland NEVER built a different stadium, just eventually added Mt. Davis.
  6. Let's not go overboard on the ACC lovefest. You're saying an expanded playoff would include two 3-loss teams: Florida State who lost to UNC and were blown out 63-20 by Louisville, and then Louisville themselves, who ended the season with losses to Houston and Kentucky (and couldn't find the end zone against LSU in the Citrus Bowl)?
  7. That sounds really sweet... can you post a pic?
  8. The franchise is a little unusual in that the city name has always been on both the away AND home jerseys, even while in Charlotte. Just to clarify, the red jerseys shown above were worn ONCE (as a Valentines' Day special) and the white "Oklahoma City" ones (IIRC) only 3 times - during their final 2005-06 season "home" game, the 2006-07 "home" opener and the 2006-07 final game in OKC. . During the rest of the two-year sojourn that the franchise was formally known as the New Orleans-Oklahoma City Hornets, they wore a white jersey that had the name HORNETS on it at "home" (OKC) and away they wore the traditional teal jerseys that had "New Orleans" on them, but both jerseys featured a "OKC" hexagonal patch on them, similar to the NOLA patches on the "Oklahoma City" Jerseys:
  9. Most ginger beer is a carbonated non-alcoholic soft drink, like a more robust ginger ale... did you try one of the alcoholic versions? ( Crabbie's for example)? Anyhoo, the B-Rich really doesn't do beer anymore-- definitely a cocktail guy. Usually based on seasons: Spring/Summer Season - Gin and tonics begin Easter weekend, and ends when the bottle runs out after Labor Day. Since it stays hot for awhile after Labor Day down here in New Orleans, I usually buy a large bottle just before Labor Day. Bombay Sapphire is my preferred gin, but Tanqueray will work, and Hendrick's is really good but a bit pricey in comparison. Another thing I've learned is to only use good tonic water. Schweppes, White Rock, Canada Dry; all that stuff is high fructose corn syrup crap. Get some good stuff like Fever Tree, which not only makes a naturally light version, but also some with varied botanicals. And don't be shy with the limes... Another favorite, (particularly at the beach or any other place where you don't want a drink to go flat) is what we call a Jimmy Buffett ( it's his favorite drink): good white rum, coconut water, and a fresh lime wedge or two squeezed on top. Delicious and refreshing. Another good one that won't go flat is a green squall: white rum, pineapple juice, and a shot of Midori melon liquor, with a wedge of lime. (College) Football Season -- Labor Day to Thanksgiving. Bourbon (preferably Maker's Mark) and 7-Up (not that Sprite crap, and Sierra Mist will do in a pinch). Was introduced to this by an Alabama alum-- one of the few good things to come out of Bama, imho. Something about this drink just feels right for tailgating on fall afternoons, or while watching games at home. Though I don't do it anymore, it was also a perfect drink to have surreptitiously at a college game where alcohol is verboten; sneak the Maker's Mark in via a flask and mix with a 7-Up from the concession stand. Holiday time (Thanksgiving week to just after New Year's)-- Scotch time-- Dewar's, since I mix usually with 7-Up . Great combo of smoky Scotch and citrusy soda. As an alternate when it gets up to shorts-wearing weather during the holidays (a common occurrence here in New Orleans), a vodka (Stoli, Grey Goose, Ketel One-- all good) and FRESH SQUEEZED local orange juice (locally, oranges and satsumas ripen at this time) is good. To make it more holiday-y, go half and half on the orange juice with cranberry juice. Carnival and early Spring Time (January 6th/King's Day/Epiphany to Easter weekend) -- I really don't have a drink of choice during that time, but tend to drink a lot of lo-cal stuff after putting on a few pounds during the holiday season and trying to keep it off during Carnival/Mardi Gras time. A go-to drink in this case is vodka, club soda, and some kind of low calorie fruit juice or flavor-- fresh squeezed wedge of lemon or lime, splash of sugar-free cranberry juice, or a shot of the zero cal MiO (with that stuff you can get some wacky colors, too, which is fun and festive for Mardi Gras)... Other times-- Margaritas are always good (some good silver--not gold-- tequila, on the rocks, with salt, and not made with that "mix" stuff -- again, high fructose corn syrup), and red wine for some reason has become my camping drink.
  10. Swag/Presents? Bah-- I'm old. I want anything; I buy it myself. I (personally) only got the following for Christmas this year: 3 pairs of socks, a $100 bill, a phone holder for the car, and a hardcover book of old 1939-45 Batman comics. Holidays for me (sort of like Nash 61) are about the time. I ALWAYS take the week between Christmas and New Year's off from work, and at some point during that take a holiday road trip with my daughters, while my wife gets a few days of peace and quiet. The way the holidays fell on a weekend and with other scheduled stuff, this was a long one: Friday the 23rd: only half-day at work, saw Rogue One in the afternoon with extended family. Made pie crusts at night. Saturday the 24th: Last minute shopping in morning; Saints game at the Superdome in the afternoon with daughter #2 (scored $160 club seats for $40 each) , made 2 sweet potato pecan pies at night. Sunday the 25th: Gift opening, Christmas mass with the wife and girls, Christmas dinner at in-laws/extended family, Christmas night at my mom's side with extended family. Monday, the 26th: Visited dad's side big extended family meal in Hattiesburg, MS. Tuesday the 27th: Road trip to Atlanta with daughters, dinner at Buckhead Shake Shack. Wednesday the 28th: Road trip visit to Athens, GA, Clemson, SC, "Alpine" Helen, GA and Georgia Tech basketball game at night in Atlanta, followed by food at The Varsity. Thursday the 29th: Daughters morning shopping in Atlanta, road trip home. Friday the 30th: Golfing with dad and 2 uncles at a very nice course in Bay St. Louis, MS. during day; friends' big party at night, out in the exurbs. Saturday the 31st: Best man at best friend's low-key wedding (justice of the peace deal followed by group meal at restaurant), LSU and Georgia Tech bowl games on TV (simultaneously), nap, then big annual neighborhood New Year's Eve party and fireworks extravaganza around the corner. Sunday the 1st: mellow rainy day at home cooking/eating black eyed peas w/ ham and rice, greens, and peach cobbler; & watching Saints game, all with immediate family. Monday the 2nd: another mellow rainy day at home with family, taking down and putting away Christmas stuff with bowl games, The Blues Brothers and Star Wars Episode IV on.
  11. New Orleans' experience with the Superdome is a little different; the downtown location has been ideal and successful. For one, the Superdome, unlike some other facilities, was built with a pretty decent sized parking garage (5,000 spaces), which is used during the week by workers in surrounding office towers (often via contract). I remember in doing research for my thesis on the Georgia Dome back in 1989, finding out that the construction of the Superdome parking garages helped spur the subsequent development of surrounding high-rise office towers, due to the ready parking availability. Also, the arena (Smoothie King Center) being situated next door works well for parking; a parking facility or lot was not needed when the arena was built, and it is rare that facility management schedules competing events simultaneously in both venues.. The facilities also share the Dome's cooling system and much of its portable equipment. A key point of usage success is the fact that it is a DOMED or covered stadium. When football season is over, the turf is removed and the Dome is used tremendously in the spring and summer-- everything from boat shows, car shows, concerts, Essence Fest, trade shows, fun fairs, etc. -- you name it, it happens in the Dome. Other than the occasional large-venue concert, I think that open stadiums downtown don't have that advantage. Finally, there is something to be said about the central location. You put a stadium-- domed or not -- far out in one 'burb, you've made it twice as hard for those in the opposite 'burb to get there-- not only in terms of distance, but in terms of traffic congestion. Centrally located downtown stadia, such as in New Orleans, allow fans to come from every direction evenly, and the game-time traffic flow matches the highway system, which is designed to address week-daily commuter traffic.
  12. As an LSU alum and fan, I have no problem with this. That ankle has been a problem for him, and even when he was trying to play on it, it was obvious he wasn't 100% and probably caused more harm than good. Also, more for Derrius Guice....
  13. Nice guy; I had the pleasure to speak with him twice. The first was when I was in graduate school at Georgia Tech, in 1987. I had a couple of friends from New Orleans up visiting,catching Braves baseball and staying at my apartment during their spring break; mine was a different time. I finished a project at school around 11 PM on a weeknight, and we decided to go out for a beer or 2 to celebrate. We went to a relatively new sports bar in midtown Atlanta called Jocks and Jill's, which was noted because it had as part owners some Atlanta Hawks players, and though we didn't know it at the time, also Craig Sager. So we walk in; there was hardly anybody at the place; we take a stool at the bar and the bartender comes over, and it's Craig Sager -- tending bar at 11 PM on a weeknight. He comes over and says, "Hi, fellas, I'm Craig (like we didn't already know)--whaddaya have?" We ordered some beers and he just hung out and talked to us about sports. Real down-to-earth, nice guy. The two topics I clearly remember us discussing were baseball expansion (he seemed to think Indianapolis had a great shot to get a team, certainly over New Orleans) and the fact that he had to interview Larry Bowa (who at that time was managing the Padres) the next day, and was dreading it as Bowa was quite full of himself, saying, (and I quote) "Larry Bowa--that guy's got the biggest f***ing head..." The second time was during last year's NBA season. My firm has really great Pelicans season tickets at mid-court right behind the scorers tables/press area, and Sager was wandering around there-- I guess it was a TNT game. I was there with my best buddy Mark, who was also at Jocks and Jill's that night in 1988. After the game, I caught Sager's attention and he came over. I told him we had met him before, at Jocks and Jill's in 1988-- his reaction was "tending bar at Jocks and Jill's?-- whoa, that's WAY BACK there..." We thanked him for his hospitality back then and wished him all the best. He said he was sorry he didn't remember that exact night, but it was his pleasure and he enjoyed dealing with people, and he wished us well, too.
  14. Petrino's gonna Petrino....
  15. Actually, it was the Rowdies (original NASL), not the Buccaneers, that were the first pro team to use the designation... in 1975, though they were named "Tampa Bay" in late 1974. Per Wikipedia: On June 19, 1974 George Strawbridge and Beau Rogers, IV purchased an expansion franchise in the NASL for the sum of $25,000. On November 21, 1974, the Tampa Bay Professional Soccer Club announced that they would henceforth be known as the "Tampa Bay Rowdies". A little more research into the B-Rich archives (The Names of the Games) reveals these quotes from initial owner Hugh Culverhouse: "I think of the coast-line community and the rich history of so-called freebooters whom they tell me took charge in their days of pirating and buccaneering. Well. we want our football team to be as aggressive, high-spirited and colorful as were the old buccaneers. As for "Tampa Bay", it laps up on the shores of most surrounding communities. I like it. " Apparently the term "Tampa Bay" being used to describe the area as a whole DID exist before the sports teams, however. According to Rodney Kite Powell, curator of history at the Tampa Bay History Center, while Tampa Bay as a descriptor of the whole area came back in vogue in the 1950s, it wasn't until the arrival of professional sports franchises that the name really began to stick. (http://www.tbo.com/lifestyle/are-we-in-tampa-or-tampa-bay-251655). Also interesting to note that as of 2012, the St. Petersburg Times was renamed the Tampa Bay Times, and shortly afterwards absorbed the separate cross-bay competitor Tampa Tribune. It could have been different. A second term used to describe the area is the Florida Sun Coast (or Suncoast), which was coined in 1952 by St. Petersburg mayor Samuel Johnson. This was, of course, the original name of Tropicana Field (Florida Suncoast Dome). It was also the regional name place designee of an earlier sports franchise, the Suncoast Suns of the Eastern Hockey League, who existed from 1972 to 1973, about 1 1/2 seasons. (http://www.litterboxcats.com/2013/7/30/4571320/florida-hockey-history-a-look-back-at-the-ehls-suncoast-suns).