Sometimes It Sucks

first_imgIf you believe everything you see on social media, then your friends are living the most amazing lives ever, full of clifftop sunsets, James Beard-worthy dinners and knee-deep powder days. Social media is like a well-curated highlight reel of our lives. But listen, sometimes life sucks. Meals are occasionally lackluster, hikes are sometimes boring and there are more hard crust days than powder days in any given ski season. We just don’t fill our Instagram feed with those sort of mundane details, because then people would know that our lives are just as boring as their’s most of the time. Take Whiskey Wednesday, which by most accounts, is the single greatest endeavor any group of middle-aged men has ever undergone.Ditching your family to ski and drink whiskey with your friends every single Wednesday of ski season is absolutely awesome. Except when it’s not.We ski in the South, so sometimes, there are only a few runs open (and by a few runs, I mean a single strip of snow sandwiched between grass and dirt from the top of the mountain to the bottom) because of a week of 60-degree days accompanied by rain. And sometimes, the temperature drops drastically on a Wednesday just before you show up to ski, so the mountain turns on all their snow guns. Skiing through a series of snow guns is a punishment that southern skiers know too well. Take the snow, ice, and wind from the most epic blizzard in recorded history, and concentrate it into a single, frosty blast aimed right at your face. Now ski through it 12 or so times on your way down the mountain. That’s what it’s like to ski Breckenwolf when the guns are blasting. Oh, and it’s cold as balls-so your fingers are numb and you’ve got a beard so the snow from the guns turns into crusty ice that covers your face. And sometimes, all this happens on the Whiskey Wednesday when it’s your turn to be the designated driver, so you have to suffer through shitty conditions, blistering snow guns and sub-freezing temps sober. I love skiing powder sober. But ice? Through a snow gun white out? Those sort of conditions demand booze. Lots of booze. So yeah, sometimes Whiskey Wednesday sucks. Except, let’s be honest; even when it sucks it’s awesome. Because we ski Breckenwolf, so there are jumps everywhere and jumps are fun to hit even when your face is stinging from the snow gun blasts. Plus there’s always a Chinese Downhill at the end of the night, and you get to push your friends over during a Chinese Downhill, and that’s fun even if you’re sober. I like skiing with friends even when they’re not sober and I am. I’ll be damned if there isn’t a certain charm to spending a few hours getting mild frostbite on your cheeks from skiing through manmade ice and snow coming at you at roughly 90 miles per hour out of the guns. Ah, Whiskey Wednesday. Even when it sucks, it’s awesome.last_img read more

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Kevin Durant says he will go to Nick Collison’s Thunder jersey retirement

first_img“That group was so special, that whole group from 2010 until I left there, it was special,” Durant told ESPN. “It’s about time for us to let go of all that extra stuff, and just come together — especially around this time, because it’s Nick.”Durant and Collison spent nine seasons together — one with the SuperSonics, eight with the the Thunder — before Durant moved on to Golden State. Durant said it was because of Collison that he was able to transition into the NBA when he was drafted by the SuperSonics in 2008. Kyrie Irving calls Warriors’ win over Celtics lucky; Stephen Curry responds Kevin Durant is willing to let bygones be bygones to support former teammate Nick Collison.The Warriors star said he will be heading back to Oklahoma City on March 20 to be there for the Thunder’s ceremony to retire Collison’s jersey. Durant said he will travel from Minneapolis, where the Warriors are playing the Timberwolves March 19, to Oklahoma City the next day to be there for the ceremony. The Thunder reportedly are aware of Durant’s plans to attend the ceremony and are “glad to accomodate him.”Durant’s return comes more than three years after he left the Thunder to the Warriors, leaving many Oklahoma City teammates and fans upset. However, Durant told ESPN that he has great respect and memories with the organization.Collison, who spent 15 years in the league, retired last May. His No. 4 jersey will be the first number retired by the Thunder. Related Newslast_img read more

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MLB trade rumors: Brewers considering dealing Mike Moustakas, Yasmani Grandal for starter

first_imgThe Brewers could be looking to upgrade their rotation in an unconventional way.Milwaukee is considering moving infielder Mike Moustakas or catcher Yasmani Grandal in exchange for a starter, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Brandon Woodruff injury update: Brewers ace (oblique) to have MRI, headed to IL MLB trade rumors: Padres’ offers for Mets starter Noah Syndergaard have been ‘especially light’ “The return of Travis Shaw and emergence of Keston Hiura would make Moustakas perhaps easier to replace than Grandal, but the Brewers probably could find a cerebral, defensive-minded catcher. Baseball America recently ranked the team’s farm system as the worst in the game, so a trade of a major leaguer might be a better way to improve.”The Brewers finished play Sunday one game behind the Cubs and Cardinals for first place in the National League Central. They’re also a game out of the second wild-card spot with a 56-51 record.“The way I would look at the (trade deadline) is, adding is meant to complement a good team that has a chance to get to and advance in the playoffs,” Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns said earlier this month, via MLB.com. “And, certainly my belief is that this team has the ability to get to that point.”The Brewers have reportedly explored dealing for Rangers left-hander Mike Minor, Tigers ace Matthew Boyd and Mets righty Noah Syndergaard, amongst others. “We would like to be in a position to add to this team. That is our preference,” Stearns said. “And I anticipate that’s where we are going to be.”Brewers All-Star right-hander Brandon Woodruff was placed on the injured list last week with a left oblique strain. He’s expected to miss about six weeks. Moustakas is slashing .261/.333/.532 with 26 home runs and 60 RBIs for Milwaukee in 2019 while Grandal has hit 19 homers and driven in 54 runs in 98 games. Both players can become free agents after the season.The report adds: Related News MLB trade rumors: Rangers ‘likely’ to move Mike Minor; Phillies, Brewers interested in starterlast_img read more

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