New Brunswick and football. Hoboken and baseball. Rugby and, well, rugby. There aren't many towns that can lay claim to inventing an entire sport. But as the Texas Rollergirls bout tonight, the Bullock Texas State History Museum celebrates Roller Derby, the high-contact, high-speed sport that the 512 gave the world.
The Austin Aztex host Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 tonight, April 1 – the lone mid-week date on the 14-game home schedule. The WFC2 are in their first year of existence, and they’re a young team, with just two starters over the age of 22. They’re coming off a season-opening 4-0 shellacking by the Seattle Sounders 2 in the first Cascadia Cup matchup at the USL level.
The Austin Aztex had a successful pro debut Saturday evening, beating the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, 2-0, before 4,105 fans. Next up, the Aztex host the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1, in the lone mid-week date on the 14-game home schedule. 8pm at House Park.
Having Charles Barkley on a panel about how to remain relevant in a digital age makes about as much sense as having noted OCD sufferer Marc Summers host a game show where everyone gets slimed and messy. But for what Barkley lacks in subject matter expertise, he makes up for with his blunt, hilarious honesty.
"I have a big fantasy football trophy in my house of a fat guy sitting on the couch with slippers on, a beer in one hand and the remote in the other. It's called the John. The armadillo puts it to shame. Fans want to hold it. Kids want to touch it. Maybe they should think about making the Stanley Cup, maybe the World Cup, an armadillo." Bobby Boswell (Washington Post)
The great baseball player Hank Aaron once said he spent 23 years in Major League Baseball looking for the same pitch every at-bat: the breaking ball. “I never worried about the fastball,” he continued. “They couldn’t throw it past me.”
Modern pro-wrestling is all about the glitz and glamour, the big entrances and over-the-top theatrics. By contrast, WWE superstar Cesaro is definitely more substance over style. But when that substance means he can pick up 500 pound wrestlers like infants, or deliver a devastating European upper cut without even looking, that's style enough.
Remember when the City of Austin nixed New Year's Eve? In another one for the "You know it's cold and wet in Winter, right?" files, this morning the city cancelled the 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships, scheduled for Zilker Park. They then quickly backpedaled and rescheduled for Monday.