The Phish that we know and love today got their start in 1985, when Page McConnell joined members Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman and guitarist Jeff Holdsworth. From their earliest days at the University of Vermont, the group embraced the psychedelic improvisational culture that had been spawned by the Grateful Dead, taking that mentality in their own direction with elements of jazz, funk, and more.Compared to shows throughout the 90’s and beyond, the early days of Phish are poorly documented. None of the band’s followers in Burlington suspected their meteoric rise in the jam subculture, which makes this 1987 video footage all the more impressive. Filmed at what is believed to be a graduation party for Mike Gordon, the show performed on May 20th, 1987 was filmed in the backyard of friend Eric Larson’s house, capturing the group with long hair and tie-dyed backdrops.The show itself is most likely incomplete, but features some tunes that are still in the band’s rotation: “Wilson,” “Run Like An Antelope,” “Golgi Apparatus,” “Possum,” “Harry Hood,” “You Enjoy Myself,” and “Alumni Blues,” the latter of which featured members of The Joneses and Mental Floss, two bands that most likely performed at the party ahead of Phish. The video was widely circulated during the band’s formative years, introducing new fans to some setlist staples.So sit back and enjoy watching this very early Phish show, and who knows, maybe they’ll write a song called “Fuego” in another 27 years after this was filmed…Setlist: Phish at The Ranch, South Burlington, VT – 5/20/87Set 1: Wilson / Run Like an Antelope, Golgi Apparatus / Back Porch Boogie Blues / Lushington / Possum, Harry Hood, You Enjoy Myself, Alumni Blues
Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer recently had an article on the future of Brandon Phillips as a member of the Reds. It was pointed out that Brandon has been the Reds regular second baseman for the past 11 years. He is scheduled to make $14 million this year.As you probably know, the Reds wanted to trade Phillips last year to the Washington Nationals. However, he turned it down because he said they were not going to offer him a long-term contract. He could do so because he is a 10 and 5-year player (10 years in the league and 5 years with the same team). This year the Reds wanted to trade him to Atlanta so he could finish his career near his home in Georgia. He turned that down, also.I agree with Mr. Daugherty in that Phillips is no longer a starting second baseman in the Reds plans for the future. He has had a great career with Cincinnati, but when you are rebuilding you cannot afford to play someone making this kind of money. When you have younger players with the same ability but only have to pay them a fraction of what you have to pay Phillips, it doesn’t make sense. Phillips was great, but his playing time is now limited.
Here are three takeaways from the second College Football Playoff semifinal:MORE: Clemson-Ohio State scoring updates, highlightsTrevor Lawrence did it againClemson trailed 23-21 with 3:07 remaining in regulation and had the ball at their 6. That’s when Lawrence, who had completed 15 of 30 passes to that point, guided a four-play scoring drive that unfolded in just 1:18 of elapsed time.Lawrence hit Justyn Ross for an 11-yard pass before running for 11 more yards. (Lawrence finished the night with 16 carries for a team-high 107 yards). Lawrence then hit Amari Rodgers for a 38-yard gain down the sideline before Travis Etienne took a middle screen the final 34 yards for the game-winner. Just like that, Clemson had the lead again.Lawrence, a sophomore, remains unbeaten as a starter. This wasn’t his best night, but he was at his best when it mattered most.Targeting call changed the gameThe Buckeyes led 16-0 when Shaun Wade sacked Lawrence on third-and-5. Wade, however, was called for targeting upon video review and ejected. Thaat penalty flipped the momentum: The Tigers rattled off 14 points before halftime, courtesy of touchdown runs by Etienne and Lawrence.Was Wade’s hit targeting? It was a helmet-to-helmet blow, but partly because Lawrence ducked into the contact. What was Wade supposed to do? It was targeting by rule, but the rule still needs to be refined. The discussion will grow the more the penalty is called in these games.The Buckeyes’ offense didn’t retake the momentum, either. It reached the red zone three times but settled for field goals on each occasion. That was the difference between knocking the Tigers out in the first half and allowing them to get back in the game by halftime.MORE: Ohio State can blame bad calls — and itself — for loss to Clemson No. 3 Clemson defeated No. 2 Ohio State 29-23 in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., on Saturday.The Tigers (14-0) advance to the College Football Playoff championship game, where they will face No. 1 LSU (14-0) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 13. Clemson has won 29 consecutive games and has an opportunity to win back-to-back national titles. Ohio State (13-1) blew a 16-0 first-half lead and took its first loss under coach Ryan Day. Ohio State will be back soonThe Buckeyes were itching to get back on this stage after a three-year hiatus, and despite the targeting penalty and a questionable overturned call by the SEC officiating crew, it still had a chance to win in the final minute — before Justin Fields threw an interception to Clemson’s Nolan Turner in the end zone.If Wade doesn’t get called for targeting, or Justyn Ross’ fumble isn’t ruled an incomplete pass, then maybe the Buckeyes win. Running back J.K. Dobbins’ ankle injury was also a huge factor.This game was different than the 31-0 beatdown the Buckeyes took against Clemson three years ago. Ohio State under Day proved it belonged on the big stage, and chances are this team will be back next year with Fields and a defense that has owned the Big Ten for the past three seasons.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” It is February and this is crunch time for Kansas high school basketball teams across the state. Here is a preview of the weekend ahead for the seven Sumner County schools:Wellington The Crusader basketball teams are still in non-league play with a trip to Augusta tonight.The Wellington girls are 13-0 and will meet a dangerous Oriole team that is 7-6 and winners of three straight including a 54-26 victory over Mulvane Tuesday night.The Wellington boys are jockeying for position in the sub-state tournament to be here later this month. The Crusaders are 6-7 and currently the top seed with Rose Hill at 4-11, Mulvane at 2-12 and Winfield 1-12.Augusta will beÂ tough for the Wellington boys, bringing in an identical 6-7 record into tonightâ€™s game.Conway SpringsGarden Plain snapped the Conway Springs boys winning streak last Friday. But tonight, the Cardinals have the opportunity to settle the score and win an important league game as they travel to Garden Plain.On the girls side, this could be a battle for the CPL crown. Garden Plain is 4-0 and Conway Springs is 3-1. Both teams are No. 1 and 2 in the CPL Standings.Belle Plaine The Dragons travel to Medicine Lodge, currently 8-6 overall and 3-1 in the league. Medicine Lodge girls have an identical record.CaldwellCaldwell has the night off. The boys beat Oxford on Tuesday 53-46. That keeps them in the hunt for the South-Central Border League title.The Caldwell girls were 52-25 victors over Oxford. The Lady Bluejays are in the hunt for a league title. Sedan and Flinthills, which are ahead of Caldwell, are still on the schedule.ArgoniaThe Red Raiders boys team improved to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in the SCBL after a 54-35 win over Udall Tuesday. Tonight, the Red Raiders can pick up ground on a team now currently in front of them. Cedar Vale-Dexter is 4-1 in league play. The Argonia girls are 2-3 but should get a big win tonight against the 1-12 CV-Dexter team.Oxford The Wildcats host Flinthills which is 3-1 in the SCBL and 9-4 overall. The girls hope to hand the 4-0 Mustangs their first defeat in the SCBL.South HavenTonight is a very big game for South Haven. The Lady Cardinals, currently 3-1, will be playing Sedan, the league leader at 4-0 with a 13-1 record. South Haven boys probably wonâ€™t have as much luck. Sedan is 14-0. South Haven is 3-10.Follow us on Twitter.