Golden Gate Wingmen returned to The Hamilton in Washington, DC last Monday, August 15th. While the grouping is still relatively new, these guys have a long track record. It consists of John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane, and Reed Mathis, coming from Grateful Dead-influenced projects like Furthur, Billy and the Kids, Dead & Company and Fare Thee Well, to name a few. The band features an impressive amount of talent and they bring unique touches to covers, as well as some of their own music. Their voices mesh together nicely and they clearly enjoy each other’s stage presence.Kadlecik is a local favorite, and the DC crowd is always energized when the Wingmen come to town. Fans noticed that Chimenti was down to one instrument. There were some tech issues with Chimenti’s organ right before showtime, and after a bit of tinkering, they ultimately pulled it. The night opened with a Dylan cover, “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry” and a powerful “Crazy Fingers” with a seamless segue into “Dweller on the Threshold.” They hit on several classics, like a 21 minute “Terrapin Station,” a pretty “Throwing Stones” right into “Not Fade Away,” and a “Brokedown Palace” encore to close the night out. The Wingmen are in Asheville tonight, August 17th, before heading to Ohio and Chicago. Check out full audio of their DC show, uploaded by taperjeff, and a gallery of photos by Will Urquhart below. Load remaining images
Farmers and industry supporters are invited to the annual University of Georgia Cotton and Peanut Research Field Day to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, on the UGA Tifton campus and UGA research farms in Tift County.Members of the UGA Cotton Team and UGA Peanut Team will discuss research pertinent to variety selection, plant disease, insect pressure, soil fertility, plant physiology and irrigation needs.“This is always an important day for our farmers. Cotton and peanuts are high-value crops for farmers in Georgia, and our research has a direct impact on their farming operations,” said Jared Whitaker, UGA Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist. “We strive to bring research that has significance for producers in Georgia and enjoy the opportunity to share what we’ve been working on this year.”Those attending the field day should meet at the north parking lot of the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center at 8 a.m. Field day participants will visit the Rural Development Center (RDC) pivot farm, located across from the conference center, and the UGA Ponder Farm on Ty Ty Whiddon Mill Road before returning to the conference center where UGA Extension economists will discuss market outlooks for both commodities.There is no cost to attend the field day, but attendees are asked to RSVP to Jeannie Evans by Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at 229-386-3006 or [email protected] In addition to funding many of the university’s cotton and peanut research and education efforts, the Georgia Cotton Commission and the Georgia Peanut Commission are sponsoring the field day’s lunch.“The level of research we’re able to conduct on the UGA Tifton campus would not be possible if not for the financial support of the different commodity commissions. Our responsibility as scientists is to share information that we get from these projects with the different industry groups that are supporting us,” said Scott Monfort, UGA Extension peanut agronomist.
Wayne Hennessey has revealed his friendship with and admiration of Joe Hart after Wales were drawn to face England at Euro 2016. “I can’t wait but for every game I represent my country it is an honour,” said Hennessey, 28. “It makes my family proud too. “Wales have got some fantastic players and a lot of us are playing in the Premier League every week. “It is a tough game. They have fantastic players and a good manager. We will concentrate on ourselves and try to win. “They are blessed with goalkeepers, I’m very close to Joe Hart, he’s England’s number one and has been fantastic. “Joe’s a fantastic keeper, some of the saves he’s made over the years have been outstanding. “I have known Joe for a while because when I was at Wolves I used to live in Shrewsbury. His family used to live not far from me. I played against him numerous times and we kind of stayed together. “I probably won’t text him now but we will see when I do.” Hennessey on Saturday produced two exceptional saves, first from Steven Davis’ close-range header at 0-0, and then particularly impressively in the final minutes from Shane Long when the forward was through on goal, and he said: “I saved (Long’s shot) with my right leg. It was a big save at a crucial time. I haven’t done one for a while – I think I did one for Wales against Belgium. “Our centre-backs are underrated. I wouldn’t be surprised if Scott Dann gets an England call-up and I hope he does.” Saturday’s result means Southampton have lost four of their past five games, but captain Jose Fonte, who played for Palace until 2010, believes their coming home fixtures against Tottenham, and former manager Mauricio Pochettino, and Arsenal present the opportunity for them to end their poor run “We have two home games coming up and we back ourselves against anyone at St Mary’s,” he said. “Yes, we’ve been going through a sticky patch, but those are the games that could bring out the best in us because the desire and fighting spirit are there. We have shown we can compete against anyone and we are not scared of anyone. “Mauricio is doing a great job there, slowly he is leaving his stamp on the team and we expect a tough game. People talk of Tottenham as possible title contenders, but we need points now and it will be a big challenge. “I see how much they press, how much they run, how much they are willing to put their opponents under pressure and it looks familiar.” The Crystal Palace goalkeeper, who in Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat of Southampton again impressed to demonstrate why club manager Alan Pardew has promoted him to his first team, is among his country’s key players. He will be expected to start each of their Group B fixtures against England, Russia and Slovakia, in the same way that Hart is likely to feature throughout for England, and said that when they face each other again next summer it will represent the resumption of a long-term, friendly rivalry, but that he will resist the temptation to contact him. Press Association
USC athletic director Pat Haden has made a lot of momentous decisions since taking over for his predecessor Mike Garret in 2010.In just about four and half years, Haden has hired and fired a bundle of coaches, a combined seven different head coaches at the helm of USC’s football and basketball programs. Haden has also been forced to make head coaching transitions after he deposed of former baseball coach Frank Cruz and received the resignation from former women’s basketball head coach Michael Cooper in 2013.During his tenure thus far, Haden has evidently stayed close to home with the majority of his coaching hires, electing to go with local product Steve Sarkisian to replace the detested Lane Kiffin, a Women of Troy legend in Cynthia Cooper-Dyke to take the reins of the women’s basketball program and finally Dan Hubbs, a three-year letterman for the USC baseball team in the early 1990s, to lead a program which is now off to its best start since 1988.There’s no doubt that these coaching decisions have paid dividends, including a Holiday Bowl victory, a nationally ranked No. 1 recruiting class and the Women of Troy’s first ever Pac-12 championship.The only hire that hasn’t really panned out the way Haden would have liked yet is that of Andy Enfield, whose team has greatly struggled, especially in Pac-12 play, during his two seasons at the helm.Amidst all the talk surrounding these coaches, NCAA sanctions and College Football Playoff drama, there’s no doubt that Haden has been through a lot in just under half of a decade at USC. Remember that Haden received a lot of backlash and was later reprimanded by the Pac-12 for the “inappropriate sideline conduct” he exercised toward game officials in the Trojans’ 13-10 victory over Stanford in September.This type of criticism is to be expected when your job is to run a program as polarizing as USC’s in addition to attempting to remain impartial on a 13-person selection committee that ultimately determines the fate of college football’s finest.Fortunately, the Trojans are in the good hands of one of the most intelligent athletic directors in the country, with Haden as a former two-time academic All-American and Rhodes Scholar.Athletic directors and their legacies are commonly defined by the splashes they make when bringing in and tossing out coaches of their respective athletic programs — and their wins and losses are only subjected to further evaluation and scrutiny in major sports like football and basketball, rather than the number of conference and national titles non-revenue teams have collected.Haden has made the valiant effort to turn around that culture at USC.I don’t believe that Haden has received enough credit for what he has done to expand the athletic landscape at USC. He has taken the program from 19 to 21 intercollegiate sports and celebrated the school’s 125 years of athletic tradition during the 2013-2014 season.In just the past three years, Haden has established two new varsity sports that were once unfamiliar to USC — sand volleyball and women’s lacrosse, a sport that had been foreign to the West Coast until recent years.Seemingly, Haden has made a tremendous effort to turn some of the attention and awareness to sports that don’t receive as much recognition or support as football or basketball.He can only try so hard, though, as that goal hasn’t necessarily come to fruition quite yet.Haden has been under a lot of pressure to take the athletic program through some of its darkest years, and he has, indeed, succeeded in lifting the dark cloud that had surrounded USC for some time.As with any type of prominent leader, it’s tough to maintain the status quo and keep your organization out of trouble when it is already in hot water while simultaneously attempting to advance it in so many different ways.It’s truly a continuous juggling act that only someone with Haden’s capabilities could accomplish.He rescued USC at a time when his alma mater needed him most. and by doing so, he has lifted the athletic program from the depths of NCAA sanctions and controversy.Haden, a former lawyer, has not only kept the USC athletic program compliant and out of trouble with the NCAA for the most part, but he has also made the university more “sexy” by dropping in new athletic facilities left and right, in addition to renovating a few others.For example, the John McKay Center, a $70 million, 110,000 square-foot facility created just for USC athletics opened up in the summer of 2012 on Haden’s watch, and it is not only one of the most revered facilities in the nation, but also a large contributor to the allure for recruits interested in USC.Not to forget, Merle Norman Stadium, the home of USC women’s sand volleyball; the renovations of Heritage Hall and finally, the Uytengsu Aquatics Center are all venues that Haden has opened as athletic director.After having a very successful career in the private equity industry, Haden gave up a lot to step into his role today for his alma mater including businesses that had net profits around $100 million.Reportedly, he had even turned down the job several times before finally accepting just under five years ago——- — and USC fans should be very glad that he did.Mr. Haden, if you’re reading this, I would just like you to know that I, along with other members of the Trojan faithful, are really proud of what you’ve done for USC during your tenure thus far and we’re looking forward to seeing all of the other magnificent things you’re able accomplish at the helm of this historic athletic program in the years to come.Darian Nourian is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Thursdays.