Keep Austin Weir’d: Bob Weir Awarded Key To The City Of Austin For His “Vote Local” Initiative

first_imgThis weekend, Bob Weir took to Austin, Texas, to continue his Campfire Tour with his Campfire Band with two shows at The Moody Theater for Austin City Limits Live. Before his first performance on Saturday, the Grateful Dead guitarist met with Austin’s Mayor, Steve Adler, to talk about his “Vote Local” initiative. This newest project is in conjunction with HeadCount, an organization that advocates for musicians and music lovers to get more involved in politics and for which Weir is a board member. After Saturday’s meeting, Weir kicked off the first of two nights at Moody Theater with the Campfire Band featuring Steve Kimock, Jash Kaufman, Jon Shaw, and The National’s Aaron Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, and Scott Devendorf. This most tour has been in support of Weir’s recent solo album, Blue Mountain, which was released during the tail-end of last year. You can check out pictures from Weir’s mayoral meeting below, as well as setlists from Saturday’s and Sunday’s performances. [H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Johnson picks Bolt over Lewis ‘hands down’

first_imgAMERICAN sprint legend Michael Johnson claims Usain Bolt ranks easily above compatriot Carl Lewis when it comes to consideration for the greatest track athlete of all time.The two fierce rivals from different generations have on occasion engaged in a war of words in the last few years and a quick glance at their achievements shows the former athletes have posted similar stats throughout their careers.The versatile Lewis, who also took part in the long jump, earned a total of 9 Olympic and 8 World Championship gold medals. Bolt, who still hold the remarkable 100m and 200 sprint world records, earned a total of 8 Olympic and 11 World Championship gold medals.Despite similar statistics, Johnson believes it is Bolt who holds the edge having achieved a higher level of consistency throughout his career.“Usain Bolt, that was easy,” Johnson told Indian Today, refuting the suggestion that the choice was a difficult one.“Three Olympics in a row and 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay and world records and every event and World Championships for years; his consistency and longevity hasn’t been matched by anyone,” he added.The two have often been mentioned along with another American star Jessie Owens in the debate surrounding the greatest of all time. Bolt pulled the curtains on a legendary career at the London World Championships this summer. ( read more

MBB : RETURNING TO FORM: Syracuse runs away from Kansas State in 2nd half to advance to Sweet 16

first_img Comments PITTSBURGH – With one minute left, the Syracuse section of fans rose to its feet for a standing ovation. Dion Waiters stood at half court and turned to the orange-clad crowd.He raised his right hand high above his head and extended his pointer finger to the sky.The message couldn’t be clearer. Syracuse, despite its critics, earned its No. 1 seed.‘It was a statement to everybody that had the underdogs,’ Waiters said. ‘I’m glad we came in and proved them wrong. … It’s a great feeling.’No. 1 SU (33-2) advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 75-59 win over No. 8 Kansas State (22-11) Saturday in Pittsburgh. The Orange took advantage of the Wildcats man-to-man defense and pounded the ball inside at every opportunity. That eventually created space on the perimeter, and Syracuse didn’t miss a 3-pointer in the second half as it pulled away.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will play No. 4 seed Wisconsin in Boston on Thursday. The Badgers defeated No. 5 Vanderbilt 60-57 on Saturday.After his signal to the crowd, Waiters dropped his hand and saluted the Orange fans. By the end of the game, the boos that had greeted Syracuse throughout its play at the Consol Energy Center were silenced. They were replaced by a ‘Let’s go Orange’ chant.It was SU’s fans who were ecstatic by the time the game ended. But right from the opening tip, it was the Orange’s players who were thrilled to see Kansas State’s man-to-man defense.‘We’ve been seeing a lot of zone,’ Scoop Jardine said. ‘We saw the man and our eyes lit up.’Three of Syracuse’s last four opponents played a zone defense, and the Orange’s offense sputtered.Saturday, SU attacked inside from its first possession when Brandon Triche hit a floater in the paint.The Orange fell behind by seven early, but Waiters and Kris Joseph carried Syracuse back in front. Their dribble penetration sparked a 21-3 run that put SU up by 11, and they finished with 19 of the team’s 25 first-half points.‘We’re a team who does well on man-to-man,’ Waiters said. ‘At the end of the day, we saw what they were giving us, and we took full advantage of it.’The Wildcats countered by dominating the boards. They outrebounded Syracuse 28-16 and pulled down 15 offensive rebounds before halftime. Forward Jordan Henriquez pulled down 11 rebounds in the first half alone and led KSU on a 12-2 run to pull within 25-24 at the break.And Kansas State’s first eight points in the second half came on three layups and a Henriquez tip-slam.But momentum swung permanently in SU’s favor when Henriquez fouled Joseph on a drive, picking up his third foul with 16 minutes left. The Orange held a 34-32 lead when the 6-foot-11 forward sat down, and its lead grew to seven by the time he returned 2:33 later.‘I felt like they were too small out there,’ James Southerland said, ‘and they didn’t have anyone to really guard us.’Henriquez’s return didn’t stop the Syracuse run or its ability to score inside. Freshman center Rakeem Christmas slipped free under the basket twice, and Jardine found him for finishes at the rim.The lead grew to 10, and the threat of SU’s dribble penetration started opening up space for its shooters. The Orange went 5-of-5 from 3-point range in the second half, all of them by Jardine and Southerland.‘James got in a rhythm, Scoop in the second half got in a rhythm,’ Joseph said. ‘That’s what we want to see. We don’t want to take contested shots. We want easy, open shots. That’s what we got.’Syracuse went up by 13 with nine minutes left when Southerland found space at the top of the key and knocked down a triple in rhythm. The junior buried another after Jardine drove into the paint and found him wide-open in the corner to put SU up 58-44 with seven minutes left.Kansas State never cut the lead to single digits, and the Orange added two exclamation points with uncontested dunks in the final minute.Before that, Waiters made sure to let the fans know that this Syracuse squad, regardless of its previous struggles, was still a top team.‘I feel as though we just have to just continue to work hard and build off this,’ Waiters said. ‘Going to the Sweet 16, we’re not done yet. It doesn’t stop here. We’re trying to get to New Orleans.’[email protected] Published on March 16, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more