If you found better music for $20 last weekend, find your local promoter and hug ’em hard, because they’re secretly Santa in disguise. Dead serious.As for Atlanta, Georgia this June 3rd and 4th – our Claus came in the form of Center Stage, Rival Entertainment, and Candler Park Music and Food Festival. Tucked in a green leafy corner of the city’s middle-east side, bands, fans, food, and brews joined in holy matrimony to throw a downright jammin’ time that still leaves echoes ringing through the soul.Bringing together Galactic, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Revivalists, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, and more out for the weekend (again… $20 freakin’ dollars!?) – the crowd knew exactly what to expect, and still somehow got more than they bargained for. Kicking off with local ATLiens Blair Crimmons & The Hookers, the gauntlet was thrown down for what was about to ensue over the next two days. Usually, the festival opener brings it up slow, easing the crowd into the night’s festivities. That apparently isn’t Blair Crimmons & The Hookers’ kind of hootenanny.Crimmons and his marauders brought the house down with their tasty brand of southern-edged ragtime that left one hearing rasps of Devil Makes Three and more in the back of their mind. A showman and string-thumping banjo player with a fiery band to back – the stage was immediately set for the weekend. Followed by Keller Williams’s bluegrassy tribute to the Grateful Dead, the acoustic raconteur brought the vibe back down easy street with classics like “Shakedown Street”, “Eyes of the World”, “Candyman”, “Friend of the Devil” (with Allie Kral taking the reigns, kicking ass and taking names), “Scarlet Begonias”, and more. Taking the stage next was New Orleans’ own funkaholics, Galactic, swinging the party on into full bore. If you’ve never seen Galactic, do. Hop on board that righteous jazzy funk train at the next stop you can; they’ll make you think that you were born just so you could catch ‘em once. Taking the stage as only they know how, arms hit the heavens and eyes the stage as the musical melee began. Funk, jazz, hip hop, and more – all blended to create a sonic fire in the purest sense of the words. Thus the boogie ensued and sweat dripped from our collective brow as we settled into the night we hoped would happen. Kicking off the second day of festivities were Webster (Candler Park’s own) and Great Peacock followed by fellow Atlanta locals, King Baby. King Baby brought the energy up early with a rockin’ jam feel and soaring organ that warmed into a midday steamer set that undoubtedly earned them scores of new fans throughout the crowd.Lee Fields & The Expressions came next, bringing back the soul of the 60’s with an R&B spectacular that couldn’t have been more perfectly placed. Following up their set was the one and only Yonder Mountain String Band, bringing their signature blend of bluegrass out to the crowd’s delight.New Orleans stalwarts, The Revivalists, quickly followed – dropping rock ‘n’ roll bombs like only they know how. As David Shaw’s incendiary croon drove over the beat, The Revivalists steamrolled through a fiery set that included old and new classics like “BTBD”, “Monster”, “Stand Up”, “Catching Fireflies”, “Amber”, “Wish I Knew You”, “All In The Family”, and more. Closing out the night was none other than Chris Robinson Brotherhood and their laid back southern-sauced jams. Meandering in and out of tunes reminiscent in more ways than one of the Grateful Dead, Chris Robinson and crew kept the crowd rocking and entranced throughout their entire set.In ways more fitting than words can explain, the Marietta, GA-born musician and crew left the crowd uplifted and ecstatic to end the night’s revelries. All in all, if you’re looking for a quick sum of all parts: Candler Park was a time to remember, plain and simple. Beautiful music, a beautiful city, and beautiful smiling souls to enjoy it with. It felt good. As worldly woes melted in sweet sound, Candler Park Music and Food Festival didn’t disappoint for even a single second. And, if this writer could do it all again, he wouldn’t miss it for the world. Neither should you. Photo Recap – All Photos Courtesy of Connor McFadden.
The Trump Administration’s five-year estimate of the cost of the credit union tax exemption has dropped by almost a third, according to the Treasury Department’s latest estimate of tax expenditures.The department now estimates that the credit union tax exemption will cost $10.562 billion in lost tax revenue between 2018 and 2022. A year ago, the Treasury Department estimated that the credit union tax exemption would cost the federal government $15.763 billion between those same years.The report does not give a reason for the change.The Treasury Department also estimated that the credit union tax exemption will cost $24.017 billion between 2019 and 2028.In the report, the Treasury Department also reported that there are more than 50 tax expenditures larger than the credit union tax exemption. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Others are, Leonardo Jardim, Massimiliano Allegri, former Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique, Diego Simeone and Brazil’s Tite.Voting starts on the 21 August 2017, before a three-man final shortlist will be announced later in September.RelatedFIFA Announce 2017 World Best Player Award ShortlistAugust 17, 2017In “Africa”Best Player Award: Ronaldo, Messi And Neymar Make FIFA Shortlist.September 22, 2017In “England”Deschamps Headlines 11-Man Shortlist For Best FIFA Coach AwardJuly 24, 2018In “England” FIFA have announced a 12-man shortlist for the #TheBest FIFA Men’s Coach Award 2017, with four Premier League managers making the cut.Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochetino and Antonio Conte, who all manage Premier League sides joined back to back Champions League winner, Zinedine Zidane and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup winner, Joachim Low on the list.
When it comes to work stoppages in professional sports, every sports league in the world bows down and kneels before the altar of the NHL. After never having a single season interrupted in the first 74 years of existence, the world’s premier hockey league shut down four times between 1992 and 2013 because of labor disputes, including the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season.Of course, the current suspension of play in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has nothing to do with a breakdown in employer-employee relations. The NHL made the right call in ceasing operations until the time is right. But it once again begs the question for hockey fans, “Why does this always happen to us?” Whatever decision is made regarding the regular season, the one thing we as fans can count on is the NHL draft, which was slated for the last weekend in June in Montreal but has since been postponed. The league may never resume play, but history tells us it is more than willing to drive on with the draft, even if it means breaking away from tradition and standard operating procedure.Just like 2005.MORE: Could NHL implement compliance buyouts following COVID-19 shutdown?It was during late July of that summer — one that followed the canceled 2004-05 campaign — when owners and the players’ association, led by Bob Goodenow, finally came to an agreement to end the most infamous work stoppage in the history of the sport, with one of the key tasks that required immediate attention being the entry draft. The lockout ended officially on the morning of July 22, and it was only a few hours later when the NHL held an official press conference to outline the way forward for the draft lottery and the draft itself.Based off of feedback and recommendations from clubs, and per the guidelines outlined in the NHL’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the revamped draft lottery was to happen immediately. In fact, both the lottery and league commissioner Gary Bettman’s official announcement took place simultaneously in different areas of the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers. There simply wasn’t a moment to spare.It was during Bettman’s presser where he outlined the specifics for the draft , which would take place in Ottawa on July 30 but was limited in scope, scale and coverage compared to previous events. The biggest difference, however, was that summer of 2005 was more than just a watershed moment because of the end of the lockout. It also marked the long-awaited chance for NHL clubs to draft Sidney Crosby, who at the time was considered the most coveted draft prospect since Eric Lindros in 1991.“The fact of the matter is (the 2005 draft) is a unique circumstance. The draft and the order of the draft traditionally reflects how teams finished a particular season. We already had that draft in 2003-04. But we also wanted to take into account how some teams have performed over time and need help. But taking into account as well that nobody knows exactly what the new world is going to look like, so half the league probably wanted everybody to have an equal chance and the other half wanted all the teams that didn’t make the playoffs to have the only chances — weighted or unweighted. And if you look at the statistical odds of both scenarios what we did is about in the middle. Nobody was particularly thrilled, but everyone understood that on balance it was probably the fairest way to approach it.”— NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman (July 22, 2005)Now that the administrative formalities surrounding the 2005 draft were addressed, the next step was for general managers and their scouts to implement the draft strategies that they had cultivated over the previous 12 months. Unlike other years where only the non-playoff teams had a chance at the first pick, the 2005 draft lottery was designed to give all 30 teams a shot at Crosby, with the greatest odds going to four teams — the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Rangers, the Buffalo Sabres, and the Columbus Blue Jackets. All four in comparison to the rest of the league were considered to have unmatched levels of ineptitude over the three seasons prior. The Penguins owned the league’s worst record in the 2003-04 season.The Crosby SweepstakesThere were no illusions as to who was going to be the first overall pick in 2005. Not only did Crosby win the Canadian Hockey League’s Player of the Year Award in each of his two seasons leading up to the draft, but he also outperformed his closest competitors in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League by a massive margin — his 2.71 points-per-game average in 2004-05 was the highest for a 17-year-old prospect since Mario Lemieux in 1982-83.While every organization, including perennial powerhouses like the Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche, New Jersey Devils, and even the 2004 Stanley Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning, would welcome the addition of a generational star like Crosby, several teams in the NHL were in desperate need of a financial boost.MORE: Complete list of all 31 NHL teams’ UFA, RFA playersIt was no secret back in the early 2000s that the Penguins were a struggling franchise with an uncertain future long before the cancellation of the 2004-05 season. The team was purchased by Lemieux in 1999 from federal bankruptcy court, but it was a colossal failure on the ice and was already forced to trade expensive stars like Jaromir Jagr, Alexei Kovalev and Ron Francis.Not only were the Penguins struggling to generate fan interest, but they also were in danger of being relocated. The lease to the Mellon Arena was expiring in 2007 and rumors were circling that the Penguins would eventually be sold and moved elsewhere, with Houston, Portland and Kansas City the leading candidates.Odds-wise, the Penguins had a 6.25-percent chance at winning the lottery and drafting Crosby, who at nearly 18 was perceived to be not only NHL ready, but also capable of resurrecting the franchise from the bottom of the standings. If the city of Pittsburgh wanted to keep its hockey team, the quickest way to convince investors and season-ticket holders to remain on board was to have a franchise player to not only market, but also help make the city an attraction for prospective free agents.The even bigger piece was getting a new arena, which would have been next-to-impossible without Crosby’s star power as a selling point.The DrawingMuch like in today’s NHL, the 2005 lottery drawing was held in a private room with representation from the league and all 30 teams. The setup back then was no different than what we’ve seen in recent years. A bunch of ping-pong balls are drawn from an air-blowing hopper to determine the draft order, with the results delivered via the opening of 30 envelopes, each with a card revealing the team logo. The team card inside the last remaining envelope would be the winner of the first pick.The biggest difference, however, was the lack of national television coverage in the United States. The lockout and subsequent decrease in interest, along with dwindling ratings during the tail end of the “Dead Puck Era” convinced mega sports provider ESPN to decline a $60-million option that would have seen it air games during the 2005-06 season. As big a name as Crosby was becoming, ESPN had already lost interest in not only the NHL, but the NHL draft as well. Therefore, only a handful of regional U.S. cable networks would be airing the event live.Nonetheless, when the drawing concluded, it was the Penguins who took home the grand prize.Within minutes of being awarded the first overall pick, the once downtrodden franchise became a hot item again. Season-ticket subscriptions were renewed and individual game sales more than doubled from the previous season — all before the official selection was made eight days later in Ottawa.“Just the fact that we have the first pick overall and have a good opportunity to rebuild the franchise with a great young player like Sidney is something special and we’re looking forward to rebuilding the team.”— Penguins’ team owner Mario Lemieux (July 22, 2005)Draft Day ’05The NHL already had arrangements with the Ottawa Senators to host the 2005 draft at what was then known as the Corel Centre on June 25-26, before the league postponed the event on March 24 of that year . The initial response from the NHL was to conduct the eventual draft via a conference call, but it was later changed to a live event in an Ottawa hotel with full NHL team representation along with 20 of the top prospects according to the final Central Scouting rankings.The lottery drawing and multiple on-the-record declarations by Penguins’ GM Craig Patrick and Lemieux that they were drafting Crosby may have decreased the level of intrigue that normally surrounds the first pick of most drafts, but that didn’t stop teams from trying to land the phenom the hard way.“Every team has called and inquired (about trading for the first pick) but they knew the answer. But they have to go back to their owners and say they tried. There weren’t any offers, just interest, and we told them there was no interest.”— Pittsburgh GM Craig Patrick (July 30, 2005)To nobody’s surprise, Crosby was the first player off the board, followed by winger Bobby Ryan to the Anaheim Ducks and defenseman Jack Johnson to the Carolina Hurricanes. Other notables from that 2005 class include all-star goalies Carey Price (fifth overall) and Tuukka Rask (21st overall); two-time Stanley Cup winner Anze Kopitar (11th overall), plus center Paul Stastny (44th overall). What is surprising is that the top three defensemen from that draft — Marc-Edouard Vlasic (35th overall), Kris Letang (62nd overall) and Keith Yandle (105th overall) — were chosen outside the first round. Thanks to a new CBA, the number of rounds in 2005 were reduced from nine to seven; a standard that exists to this day. The 230 players selected in 2005 also included 18 compensatory picks, and both totals represent the most in a draft year since the 2005-06 CBA was signed. It was also one of the last drafts to have all seven rounds in one day. The league tried it again in 2007 before switching to the current format of Round 1 on Friday and Rounds 2-7 the day after.As for the Penguins, the pre-draft boasts from prognosticators that lionized Crosby as the savior of a desperate franchise were validated almost immediately. And although Crosby’s impressive 102-point rookie season wasn’t enough to prevent another losing campaign in Pittsburgh in 2006, the buzz he generated was felt throughout the league and in North America as a whole.By 2007, Crosby was a scoring champion and league MVP while leading the Penguins to the playoffs. The following season, the Penguins were in the Stanley Cup Final, and in August of 2008, they broke ground for a new arena. Since entering the league, Crosby has captained the Penguins to three Stanley Cup championships and 13 consecutive playoff appearances while winning two Hart Trophies; two Ross Trophies; and consecutive Conn Smythe Trophies in 2016 and 2017.
Pistons 115, Cavaliers 113Cleveland (AP) — Derrick Rose hit a 15-footer with 27 seconds left and Detroit rallied past Cleveland.Rose, who scored 24 points, scored on a runner in the lane to give Detroit a 114-113 lead and cap a comeback that began with the Pistons trailing 110-91 early in the fourth quarter.Cleveland set up for a go-ahead shot, but Collin Sexton was called for stepping out of bounds with seven seconds left. The ruling was overturned, but Sexton’s shot in the lane didn’t hit the rim and Detroit was awarded possession on a shot-clock violation.Andre Drummond finished with 23 points and 20 rebounds, the 38th time in his career he has hit the 20-mark in both categories.Kevin Love matched a season high with 30 points, but Cleveland lost its fifth straight and went winless on its four-game homestand. The six-time All-Star pounded the court in pain and stayed down for roughly two minutes, but eventually rose with his teammates’ help and then slowly walked off unaided.X-rays were negative, but Davis didn’t return to the game. His agent, Rich Paul, said his client felt extremely sore.LeBron James scored 31 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 15, but the Lakers (30-7) didn’t exactly celebrate becoming the second team to win 30 games this season.R.J. Barrett scored 19 points for the Knicks, and Randle had 15 points and 10 rebounds against his former team. New York dropped to 0-3 on its four-game West Coast trip. Loading…Sponsored Content6 Best 90’s Action Movies From Your Childhood9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Kings 114, Suns 103Phoenix (AP) — De’Aaron Fox scored 27 points, Nemanja Bjelica added 19 and Sacramento rallied from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter to beat Phoenix.The Kings — who have won three of their last four — got big contributions from bench players Dewayne Dedmon and Trevor Ariza. Dedmon finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Ariza — who played for Phoenix part of last season — added 15 points.The Suns were led by Devin Booker, who scored 34 points and had seven assists. It was Booker’s seventh straight game with at least 30 points, which extends his franchise record.Deandre Ayton added 21 points and nine rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. had 17 points. Grizzlies 119, Timberwolves 112Memphis, Tenn. (AP) — Dillon Brooks scored 28 points, Ja Morant added 25 and Memphis rallied in the fourth quarter for a victory over Minnesota.Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 21 points, including a trio of 3-pointers in fourth. Jae Crowder finished with 14 points and eight rebounds as Memphis won its third straight.Rookie Jarrett Culver led the Timberwolves with a career-high 24 points, converting 8 of 11 shots, including 3 of 5 from outside the arc. Jeff Teague scored 18 points and handed out six assists for Minnesota, while Robert Covington scored 17 points. Andrew Wiggins had 15 points. Thunder 111, Nets 103, OTNew York (AP) — Chris Paul scored 20 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, leading Oklahoma City past Brooklyn.The game was tied at 103 before Paul made consecutive jumpers and the Nets never scored again. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander closed out the scoring with four free throws, after making a jumper to open OT.Gilgeous-Alexander added 22 points for the Thunder, who bounced back from a loss Monday in Philadelphia to win for the sixth time in seven games. Steven Adams had 10 points and 18 rebounds as Oklahoma City won without Danilo Gallinari, who rested a calf injury.Taurean Prince scored 21 points and Caris LeVert had 20 in his second game back from right thumb surgery, but the Nets dropped their seventh straight. Spencer Dinwiddie had 14 points, but he struggled early and late in a 6 for 21 night. Trail Blazers 101, Raptors 99Toronto (AP) — Carmelo Anthony made the winning basket with four seconds remaining and Portland rallied to beat Toronto.Anthony scored 28 points, Damian Lillard had 20 and Hassan Whiteside added 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who snapped a four-game losing streak in Toronto and won for the second time in 10 meetings with the Raptors.Anfernee Simons scored 12 points and C.J. McCollum had 10.Kyle Lowry had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the injury-ravaged Raptors lost for just the second time in 16 games against opponents with losing records.Oshae Brisett scored a career-high 12 points for Toronto and Chris Boucher also had 12, including 10 straight Raptors points in the fourth. Davis bruised his sacrum — the bottom part of his spine above the tailbone — when he attempted to block Julius Randle’s driving shot. He got knocked off balance and fell awkwardly to the court, landing hard on his back with 2:45 left in the third. New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis, left, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles (AP) — Anthony Davis left in the third quarter after bruising his lower back on a painful fall during the Los Angeles Lakers’ sixth straight victory, 117-87 over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.