Parks and Recreation producer/writer and Phish superfan Harris Wittels tragically passed away earlier this year at the age of 30. The cause of death, revealed yesterday, confirmed suspicions of an accidental heroin overdose (“acute heroin intoxication” is the technical term). Wittels was thoroughly beloved by many in the music community, in his Parks and Rec family and beyond. A memorable tribute from his co-star Aziz Ansari clearly showed what a special and funny person Harris was.Yesterday, Phish’s Mike Gordon posted a photo to his Instagram account of himself wearing a shirt that read “Harris” inside of the Phish logo. A fitting tribute for a devoted phan. RIP, Harris! [Via E! News / Relix]
Independent/Stephen J. Kotz Independent/Stephen J. KotzWith their monthly meeting over, about two dozen members of Sag Harbor’s American Legion Auxiliary filed into the main hall of the Chelberg and Battle Post 388.One member opened a large cardboard box containing Christmas stockings. Another volunteer opened a carton stuffed with warm, comfy cold-weather socks. Others passed boxes containing toiletries like toothbrushes, deodorant, and soap, or treats like candy bars, peanuts, and crackers, around the room.Like clockwork, the women began passing the stockings, which were soon filled to the brim until they circled back to the main table, where other volunteers tied them off with ribbons and enclosed a card wishing the recipient “Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Safe and Healthy New Year.”In less than an hour, four large cartons had been taped closed and addressed to Airman First Class Henry Kotz — this reporter’s son — who is stationed at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.Kotz, who comes from Bridgehampton, will be tasked with distributing the stockings to the men and women he works with maintaining the base’s fleet of B-52 bombers, which while aging, still play a vital role in American defense.Sag Harbor’s American Legion Ladies Auxiliary has been sending the Christmas care packages for the past five or six years. Usually, they are sent to a Sag Harbor serviceman or woman who is stationed overseas with the request that they distribute the 50 stockings to their comrades in arms.“They usually go to Iraq or Afghanistan,” said Debra Guerin, an auxiliary member who leads the effort. “But this year, we don’t know of anyone there.”Although remote by anyone’s standards, Minot is in the continental United States. The Air Force base is about 15 miles north of the city by the same name and it enjoys a reputation for being cold and windy. As the saying goes, “Why not Minot? Freezin’s the reason.” The first snow fell there on September 30 this year.Guerin said the auxiliary will continue to send out the packages. “It’s just a nice way to say, ‘Hey, we haven’t forgotten you,’” she said. Donations can be sent to: American Legion Auxiliary, Chelberg & Battle Post 388, P. O. Box 541, Sag Harbor, NY [email protected] Charlotte Van Houten, Bethany Deyermond, and Rita Smith, from left to right, of Sag Harbor’s American Legion Auxiliary stuff Christmas stockings to be sent to service members at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. Independent/Stephen J. Kotz Share
It looks like the Cleveland Indians will have to worry about more than just their play on the field in Toronto.According to The Canadian Press, a man in Ontario, Canada is looking to take legal action against Chief Wahoo. Douglas Cardinal, who is an officer of the Order of Canada, has taken legal action against the Cleveland Indians’ name, logo, and jerseys which display Chief Wahoo to three courts. These courts include the Human Rights Tribunal Of Ontario, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Superior Court. The claim is that the famous Cleveland logo is “offensive and discriminatory”.Cardinal is seeking that there be an order against the Indians, the MLB and Rogers Communications. Rogers Communications is the provider of the ALCS and the Blue Jays’ stadium is named after the communications company. Aaron Lazarus, a representative for Rogers Communications has addressed the extreme difficulties of trying to get rid of Chief Wahoo altogether and doesn’t feel it’s fair to stop showing the broadcast in Canada to the fans who want to watch the important series.Cardinal and his team have spoken and James Fuller, who is a representative for Cardinal, feels that the team has jerseys without any visual representation of Chief Wahoo. Fuller also said that the Tribe should be called “the Cleveland team” for the time being.A court hearing is scheduled for Monday at the Superior Court, so it will be interesting to see how this situation concludes. Eli Mooneyham Related TopicsChief WahooCleveland IndiansToronto Blue Jays Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling.
The English Football League Girls Cup comprises of a six-a-side competition for Under-13s (Years 7 and 8), which involves over 20,000 children creating one of the country’s largest national football competitions.The competition is designed to inspire children to be active, healthy and develop a strong sense of team work, whilst providing them with the opportunity to live their dream and play on the Wembley pitch.Each Football League Club organises a free Under-13s Girls Cup competition for any local schools wishing to participate. Please note each club is capped to a maximum of 16 schools, with places allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.The preliminary round will see teams from across Bristol compete in a round-robin tournament, with the winning team qualifying for the regional finals, where they will represent Bristol City.The winners of the divisional northern and southern finals will then progress to the national final, where they will have the unique opportunity to play on the Wembley pitch ahead of the EFL Sky Bet Championship Play-Off final.The EFL Girls Cup always proves popular, so register your schools interest by Monday, October 24th 2016. To reserve your schools place, email [email protected] or call 0117 963 0636.
EPICENTER Major has announced a partnership with SAP, which will see them collect in-game data and statistics throughout the tournament. SAP will collect and display in-game figures such as net worth and patch records in real time, connecting them to esports tournament broadcasts. This will allow fans, observers and broadcasters to analyse full data from every game. “With 117 different heroes with completely different abilities, there are thousands of different constellations that make sure that no two Dota games are the same,” commented, Milan Cerny, Partner Manager and Innovation lead at SAP. “At the EPICENTER Major, we continue to provide value to fans of the Dota Pro Circuit by putting context to in-game data analysis and enhance the experience during all phases of each game.”SAP has developed a cloud-based analytics solution based on their SAP HANA platform, allowing esports athletes to review their opponents’ in-game strategies, picks and bans, players’ hero win ratios, much faster and more effectively.SEE ALSO: SAP extends insightful partnership with ESLStreamlining replay review processes is another function of SAP esports application. SAP managed to automate a previously time-consuming process thanks to its data-handling framework. Team Liquid was the first team to utilise the esports analytical platform when they signed a deal in 2018. Alexander Kim, ESforce Holding Commercial Director, added “It is difficult to imagine modern professional football, basketball or hockey without nuanced and detailed statistical analysis. Correct information processing is often key to great achievements and genius coaching decisions. Products offered by SAP to esports will not only increase broadcast quality for the viewers of our major tournaments but also elevate esports industry to a completely new professional level.”Taking place from 22th to 30 June, The EPICENTER Major will be the last Major of the 2018/2019 Dota Pro Circuit. Sixteen Dota 2 teams will go head-to-head for a share of the $1 million prize pool, DPC points and qualification for The International 2019. Esports Insider says: SAP has made a real emergence within the esports scene over the last year. With teams always looking for ways to be ahead of the game, SAP’s ability to provide accurate in-game data has become key. The enhanced tournament viewing experience also helps viewers to understand the game on a deeper level. ESI London 2019 – Find out more