Ever the masters of pop-funk, Vulfpeck has shared their newest music video release from their 2016 The Beautiful Game. At the heart of it all is an insatiable groove, powered by Jack Stratton, Theo Katzman, Joe Dart and Woody Goss. “Animal Spirits” is perhaps the album’s purest pop in the spirit of the Jackson 5, as explained in our album review. But instead of Little Michael we hear Theo Katzman singing lead and displaying impeccable range and precision. His vocals are never overly flashy and they serve the song perfectly. With typically catchy and winking lyrics, thick layers of keyboards and of course some great Joe Dart bass work, this song is pure fun. Also listen closely to the smooth and rhythmic outro lyrics by Christine Hucal and you’ll hear a clever nod to another Vulf favorite, “Back Pocket.”Paired with the classic video antics of Jack Stratton, this song is given new life in a lyrical video (in both English in Japanese) with a classic Vulfified Stratton dancing in his red and whites in what appears to be the field from The Beautiful Game drone video premiere. “Twitter on your telly, ramen in you belly, economics, put it in my pocket,” the lyrics read across the screen of an otherwise difficult part of the song to understand. Everything is so clear now! So wonderfully clear.
Hotel Bellevue, hotel brand Lošinj Hotels & Villas of the Jadranka Group has won a new international prestigious award.This is the Condé Nast Johansens award for excellence in the Best Destination Spa category, which was awarded to Lošinj’s Bellevue last night at the award ceremony at The May Fair hotel in London. The annual Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence for 2018 is a label of outstanding quality, and it was awarded to Bellevue thanks to the results of online voting, guest feedback and reports from local experts.It is also a faithful confirmation that the Bellevue Hotel really belongs among the world’s hotel elite and that it enjoys the trust of guests from all over the world. “It is a pleasure to be alongside the world’s leading hotels of the highest level and luxury, which in itself is a huge recognition and confirmation of our recognition at the international level. The Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence, as well as all awards so far, are the result of the joint work of all Jadranka employees who successfully spread the word about our hotels, premium offer and the island of Lošinj as a destination around the world. For all of us, this should be an incentive to continue to justify the trust of our loyal guests with dedicated work and raising the offer to an even higher level, so that they would always be happy to return to Lošinj.”, Pointed out the member of the Management Board of the Jadranka Group Goran Filipović.Hotel Bellevue 5 * has established itself as one of the favorite choices of foreign guests who enjoy and gladly return to the luxurious and airy atmosphere of the first 5 * hotel in Lošinj. That this is indeed the case is confirmed by the recognition given to him by TripAdvisor this year, for which the hotel guests are responsible. Namely, they declared Bellevue the best Croatian hotel and the best luxury hotel in Croatia after only two seasons since its opening, thanks to the characteristic premium level of the offer.Related news:THE COMBINATION OF “BLUE” AND “GREEN” CROATIA – DOES IT SOUND TO YOU?MODEL OF DUAL EDUCATION IN TOURISM: LOŠINJ JADRANKA GROUP BECAME A BERNAYS PARTNER IN THE TOURISM SECTOR
As a Florida native, my love for the Ravens came first from family but second from watching the likes of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed terrorize offenses on Sundays. The Londoners I met shared a similar story in which they were drawn to the familiarity of team sports like soccer or rugby but fell in love with the personalities and generational talents of American football. As a student in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, I was afforded the opportunity to spend my spring semester in London. As exciting as it is to travel the world and immerse myself in a culture vastly different from that of Southern California, I have still sought out ways to remain in touch with the beautiful sport of (American) football. The results have been nothing short of eye-opening. Featuring pre-game acts from the likes of Calvin Harris, Train and Ne-Yo, the series has scheduled at least one game in London every year since 2007, growing to as many as four games in 2016, with another four slated for 2019. By the end of next season, the Green Bay Packers will be the only team that hasn’t kicked off on the Queen’s turf, as the league has sought to not only showcase the game and league as a whole but also ensure that all franchises are given the opportunity to present themselves abroad. Most Sundays throughout the fall, millions of Americans like me crowd around our television sets around 1 p.m. EST and begin the three to eight-hour long odyssey of drama and intrigue, success and failure that occurs around the nation. Coming across the pond, I was truly expecting the worst. I assumed people would be completely incapable of understanding the game’s rules. As it turned out, I was wrong. Since the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins in a sleepy 13-10 game on a particularly rainy day at London’s Wembley Stadium in October 2007, the NFL has not just retained but expanded on a particular interest in bringing the sport and the NFL brand to audiences in the U.K. For the Ravens wild-card round playoff game against the Chargers, I decided to head to what was labeled as an “NFL” pub and found 30 people decked out in purple and blue jerseys. While the crowd certainly included a few Americans, I had the opportunity to talk to locals and understand how their fandom developed. In a lot of ways, the stories they shared weren’t all too different from mine. The NFL’s initiative to schedule games in the United Kingdom has yielded a passionate group of fans in London. (Photo from Twitter) Jimmy Goodman is a junior writing about current events in sports. His column, “The Point After,” runs every other Tuesday. As an American, I was initially rather skeptical of this seemingly unnecessary song and dance put on by the league. Not only did the International Series come off as, at best, a cheesy exhibition akin to the MLB opening seasons in Japan, it even struck me as an incredibly destructive force in a team’s schedule that often knocked two teams outside of playoff contention further off course. As a massive fan of the Baltimore Ravens, I was not happy when they were chosen to play in September 2017. After waking up at 6 a.m. PST for kickoff, I was even more upset when they lost 44-7, the largest margin of defeat in the franchise’s history. While I was gladly able to enjoy my fall afternoons binging “Red Zone” and watching my fantasy football team ascend to the highest peaks, my experience with this year’s NFL Playoffs was far different than anything I had previously encountered. What this interest traces back to is often not exactly clear: Was it the high production quality of the game? The 81,000-plus screaming Europeans at Wembley? The 131-yard output from Giants running back and future Super Bowl champion Brandon Jacobs? Whatever it was, the League and Brits alike were intrigued by what they saw on that October afternoon. In the decade since, the NFL International Series has only grown in size, frequency and popularity. In recent years, the rhetoric coming from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suggests that there is not only an interest in putting a football franchise in London, but that it is one of the league’s top priorities. Even walking around the city, it is obvious that the NFL has made a lasting impact on British sports fans. Whether it be the Jaguars, Seahawks, Eagles or even the lowly Buccaneers, locals have shown a serious interest in the sport. There is hardly anything more American in this world than the combination of wings, beer and football. Whether the NFL will find success in officially planting its flag in the British capital remains to be seen. The money, travel logistics and television rights certainly make it a more difficult venture than most. But if anything is certain, it’s that the fans in this city are ready for professional football. The most impressive aspect of British sports culture is the passion its fans have for teams and cities that are located thousands of miles away. Whether it’s rooted in their historical interest in soccer or attraction to the fast-paced, high-impact game of football, fans of all teams hark back to one unifying concept of fandom: loyalty. Through thick and thin (and fans of the six-time London host Jacksonville Jaguars have seen a lot of the latter over the past year), these fans remain absolute in their devotion to a single team. And sometime in the not-so-distant future, wings, beer and football may not be strictly American.
ANAHEIM — As a former Division I college quarterback and a professional catcher for eight years, Kevan Smith has been hit in the head plenty of times.None of them were like the foul ball that drilled him in the mask on Tuesday night.“I have been hit harder than anybody, through football and baseball,” said Smith, who played football at the University of Pittsburgh. “I’ve been run over at the plate, but usually there aren’t residual symptoms. Usually I can shake it or snap out of it. I’m normal a couple minutes after. But this kept hanging on. That’s how I knew something was off.”Smith, who spoke to reporters on Friday for the first time since the injury, is on the seven-day concussion list. He said he felt like he was in a fog shortly after the incident, and then he wanted to go to sleep. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “A minute or two after it happened, if someone had a bed down there I would have fallen asleep,” Smith said, adding that he went home and slept for 13 hours.He said the ball hit him square in the lower part of the mask, bruising his chin and feeling “like I got punched in the jaw. It just felt like my jaw went into my ear.”Smith said he had no qualms about coming out of the game, because he’s heard the horror stories about what happens when you suffer a second concussion quickly after.“It’s all scary,” he said. “I knew something was off, and if I took another hit, where would that leave me?”Angels manager Brad Ausmus, a former catcher, said baseball has made progress in its treatment of concussions since his playing days. He also had a box next to him with several different masks to try, including one of the hockey goalie-style masks that some catchers wear. Smith said he’d tried that one in the past, but was more comfortable with the traditional two-piece.However, he said he does plan to ditch his current titanium mask in favor of other metals. Smith said titanium is “apparently the least absorbent metal.”“There are different metals and materials that absorb more of the impact than others,” Smith said. “That’s what they want, other things to absorb the impact other than our brains.” “I think they were probably not taking it as seriously as they should have been for decades,” Ausmus said. “There’s a lot more care involved when someone gets hit in the head, and rightfully so.”Ausmus said he suffered one concussion on a home-plate collision in 2004, proudly adding: “In my unconscious state, I held onto the ball and he was out.”As for Smith, he said on Friday his symptoms had begun to subside enough for him to do some cardio work to see how he responded.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error