Widespread Panic has already broken the record for most consecutive sold out performances at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, but that won’t stop them any time soon! The beloved Southern rockers are returning to the storied Morrison, CO venue from June 24-26, and of course, all three shows are sold out.If you can’t make your way to Colorado, fear not. Widespread Panic has you covered with a nugs.tv webcast for all three shows! The band will be streaming in both HD and SD formats, so you can tune in all weekend long and catch some Panic on the Rocks!Head here for more information!
Published on September 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Related Stories Head start: Syracuse looks to end 1st-half struggles at Minnesota Syracuse heads out to Minnesota looking for its second consecutive win. The team will face the Golden Gophers’ back-up quarterback, Max Shortell, after starter MarQueis Gray suffered a high-ankle sprain last week. The Daily Orange spoke with Phil Miller, who covers the Gophers for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, about some important factors surrounding Saturday’s game, including what the Orange (1-2) can expect from Minnesota’s (3-0) quarterback situation.The Daily Orange: Starting off, Minnesota hasn’t officially ruled MarQueis Gray out for Saturday, but realistically, is there any chance of him playing? In the event that he doesn’t start, what can Syracuse expect to see from Max Shortell, and is he a big drop off from Gray?Phil Miller: There is no realistic chance of Gray playing; he hasn’t practiced all week, and he could barely jog at practice today. But Shortell is not a big dropoff from the starter. In fact, there is a sizable faction of Gopher fans who would prefer he be the starter. Shortell is 6-6 and has a strong arm, making him much more of a passing threat than Gray. His first series as quarterback last week included completions of 32, 24 and 9 yards, a touchdown march in less than three minutes that energized a drowsy crowd. He gives them a much more credible deep threat. He’s not the runner that Gray is, but he can still get downfield.D.O.: The Gophers are off to a good start. Is that a product of an improved team from 2011, or more the quality of the opponents Minnesota’s played so far?Miller: It’s hard to say it’s the quality of opponents, because when it comes to losing, the Gophers have never cared how bad the opposition is. They lost home games last year to New Mexico State and North Dakota State, and to Northern Illinois and South Dakota the year before. So at 3-0, there is no doubt the team is improved. What’s not known is how much better they really are, but just avoiding the embarrassing losses — and it still took three overtimes to beat UNLV — is a huge step forward.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textD.O.: Syracuse’s up-tempo, no-huddle offense has been effective so far. Has Minnesota’s defense seen any of that this season, and if so, how did it perform? If not, how much of a focus has that been during this week’s practices?Miller: Oh, it’s all the defense is talking about. They’re well aware of how fast the Orange like to play, but they saw some of that last week. Not quite the same, but Western Michigan used no-huddle the entire day, too, and the Gophers had some problems getting substitutes on and off the field quickly enough. So that’s a big concern. Also a big worry: The fact that, for the first time this year, they’ll be facing BCS-level athletes. Much, much talk about trying to match their speed.D.O.: Marcus Sales has caught for 100 yards in each game this season, and has easily become Ryan Nassib’s No. 1 target. How does Sales match up against the Gophers’ secondary, and do they have the talent to be able to limit Sales’ production?Miller: The secondary has been a bright spot for the Gophers so far — they haven’t allowed a 30-yard gain yet in their first three games. Both of the cornerbacks are seniors, so there shouldn’t be much they haven’t seen. It’s always a matter of consistency — and overaggressiveness — with them. The safeties may be the biggest surprise on the entire team, since two of the three who get the most playing time — Derrick Wells and Brock Vereen — are converted cornerbacks, and the third — Cedric Thompson — was mostly a tailback in high school. Wells especially has been a revelation — he handles most of the defensive signals, has two interceptions, and leads the team in tackles. Now, can that group slow down someone who may be the best receiver they will see this year? They have a history of being burned by great receivers, but they feel better about this group than they have in a long time. We’ll see.D.O.: What would you say are three things Minnesota has to do this weekend in order to beat Syracuse?Miller: Pressuring Nassib is a big one, because the Gophers are discovering the benefit of a decent pass rush, something they’ve also mostly lacked for a few years. Nose tackle Ra’Shede Hageman is developing into a real weapon on the line, and it’s making the entire defense better. And the best way to limit Sales may be to keep Nassib from having time to find him. Keeping Shortell comfortable is another one. This will be his third collegiate start, and his previous two … well, you might say they went badly. A 58-0 loss at Michigan and a 45-17 loss at Purdue. But Shortell was a true freshman back then, and he is undeniably a far more polished quarterback this year. Effectively running the ball would be my third one. The Gophers definitely subscribe to the theory that the best defense is an offense that keeps them off the field, and they seem to have the horse to get it done in sophomore tailback Donnell Kirkwood, who has stepped forward after a couple of injury-filled years to seize the starting job. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Sports or just games? And why does it matter?Nick Poggenklaas, Van Diepen Van Der KroefThis is the second article in a series of guest posts by Nick Poggenklaas, who is a sports lawyer at Van Diepen Van Der Kroef Law Firm Are esports ‘just games’? Or are esports real sports, just like football and tennis?Many people have argued the former. One of the oft repeated arguments to support this view is that esports players are often not physically participating. The action is mostly happening in a virtual world.I disagree with the people who claim esports is just a game and you do too, don’t you?In my opinion sport is not by definition an activity which necessarily involves physical action. I think sports such as chess prove this point. Moreover, esports do have all the other ingredients which see traditional sports qualify as sports. Such an ingredient is, for example, that there are organised competitions for esports too. I don’t want to elaborate too much on the answer to the first question, because there are already a lot of articles on this matter.“Esports are more than a game, they are sports!”I want to focus on the question of why it’s important that esports are – also in the eyes of the courts – sports and not just games. In order to answer this question I would like to return to the so called ‘Bosman- case’.Bosman was a professional football player who wanted to transfer from a Belgium club to a French one in 1990. Due to the transfer system which was enforced by FIFA at the time Bosman wasn’t allowed to make this transfer. After five (!) years of lawsuits the European Court of Justice ruled that FIFA’s transfer system was an illegal restraint on the right of free movement of workers, which is laid down in the EU Treaty of Rome. Bosman won the case. FIFA almost immediately changed the transfer system after the European Courts’ ruling, and this re-worked system remains in place today. “A restraint on right of free movement of workers remains.”It’s still questionable if FIFA’s current transfer system is in line with EU law. FIFA however states that the transfer system is a just and much needed instrument in order to keep (international) football competitions fair. Most legal professionals are of the opinion that FIFA’s view is correct and more recent cases more or less also confirm this.But what do we learn of the Bosman case and the cases that followed? The law is not made for sports. Judges thus sometimes have to make exceptions to the laws which apply to a specific case, because this might be beneficial to a sport.“At some point a judge shall have to make such an exception for an esports related case. But in order for that judge to make this much needed exception, he or she first has to realise esports are sports and not just games.”Having mentioned why it’s important that the community and judges agree that esports are sports, I would like to make one final plea. This plea is in favour of Arbitration Courts which focus on esports, such as WESA’s Arbitration Court. A specific esports related appeal court is, in my opinion, not needed. It is my view that the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS) is a great legal institute which could handle esports related cases after a party appeals to the Arbitration Court’s ruling.This is the second article in a series of guest posts on the legal challenges and issues currently at play in the esports industry. You can read the first, on sponsorship agreements, here. Any questions about esports related contracts or disputes? Feel free to reach out to Nick at [email protected]