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
It was tense, it was tight – but England came through to win the weekend international against France by 14-10 at Formby Golf Club in Lancashire.“It was very tense, as we said it would be, and I am so proud of the boys,” commented England team captain, Kevin Tucker. “They have been a pleasure to be with, they are a fantastic set of lads.“All credit to the French team – they came back hard this afternoon, as we knew they would. It’s never easy to win an international match and the experience will do my lads a lot of good, especially our four debutants, Scott Gregory, Josh Hilleard, Bradley Moore and James Walker.”The team – which received good luck wishes from Masters champion Danny Willett – went into the final singles session with a two-point lead and, to begin with, they seemed set to race to the title.But the determined French team had other ideas and, after each side claimed an early win, the afternoon turned into a dogged battle, with a series of close games.Ashton Turner (pictured right) led the way for England with his biggest international win to date, playing four under par for 12 holes and beating his opponent 7/6. But, as he remarked: “At the end of the day it’s one point for the team and that’s what matters.”Alfie Plant and Bradley Moore were next to score, each putting half a point on the board after tenaciously holding on. Plant was one down after 16 but birdied 17 to get back to all square and then halved the 18th. Moore lost the 16th and 17th to birdies to be one down with one to play – but won the 18th.Behind them, Paul Kinnear and James Walker were making ground. Kinnear had to wait until the 10th to get ahead in his game, but once there, he stayed there and was certain of at least half a point when he got to two up after 16.Walker was never behind in his game and gradually worked his way to three up after 12. He held on to that score through 15 – and another half, at least, was assured.Scott Gregory – playing in the last match – provided the guarantee that England would reach the necessary points total. Early on, he was either one down or all square in his match but he forged ahead with three consecutive birdies from the 13th. It meant, he too, was three up with three to play, and England was certain of victory in the international.In the end, all three players won their matches: Gregory by 3/1, while both Walker and Kinnear were one up.It was a special moment for Kinnear, who was playing at his home club and said: “To win is fantastic and especially for me, at my home club. You see the members out there watching and you want to prove how good you are. I haven’t had my A game here this week but I haven’t been beaten in the singles and to get 1½ points is massive.”This biennial international began in 1934 and England have now won 29 of the matches so far, conceding just five. The French team were last successful in 2010 in Chantilly.Masters champion Danny Willett played in the 2008 match and sent his good luck message to the team last night. Tucker commented: “They were very pleased to receive it and it was very good of the Masters champion to send it.”The full team was: Jamie Bower of Meltham, Yorkshire; Scott Gregory of Corhampton, Hampshire: Josh Hilleard of Farrington Park, Somerset; Paul Kinnear of Formby, Lancashire; Bradley Moore of Kedleston Park, Derbyshire; Alfie Plant of Sundridge Park, Kent; Ashton Turner of Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire; and James Walker of The Oaks, Yorkshire.Images © Leaderboard PhotographyClick here for full scoresClick here for the Sunday foursomes report 15 May 2016 England beat France in tense finale
While Clemente died 13 years before Walker was born, the two will be forever linked by the night of Dec. 31, 1972— when Clemente’s plane, jammed with relief supplies for Nicaraguan earthquake victims, crashed off the waters of San Juan. Walker’s father, Tom, was one of the last to see Clemente alive and had been minutes away from climbing aboard the plane himself.“I can remember it like it was yesterday,” said Tom Walker, a major league pitcher for six seasons from 1972-77. “We left the airport, and it was the last time I ever saw Roberto Clemente. He saved my life by not letting me get on that plane.”Walker is currently one of the NL’s hottest hitters, going 16 of 36 (.444) since Aug. 24. He has seven hits in his last two games, and has homered in four of his last five despite playing on the majors’ worst team. His average is the third highest among all rookies with at least 300 at-bats. PITTSBURGH (AP)—When Pirates second baseman Neil Walker takes the field at PNC Park, he needs only to glance over his shoulder at the 21-foot Roberto Clemente Wall in right field for inspiration.Walker, one of the majors’ top rookies, grew up in Pittsburgh hearing countless stories about one of baseball’s greatest outfielders and a man whose influence in his native Puerto Rico extends far beyond the diamond. TOP ROOKIE—Pittsburgh Pirate Neil Walker rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs in the third inning during a baseball game in Chicago, Sept. 1.
by Genaro C. ArmasHERSHEY, Pa. (AP)—In Class AAA, the referees overseeing the 120-pound bout got showered with a chorus of boos after overturning Brashear senior Godwin Nyama’s potential match-winning takedown of Canon McMillan’s Connor Schram with 20 seconds left in regulation. Nyama (38-2) became the first City League wrestler to win a PIAA championship.A replay on the video board appeared to show Nyama had the points on the returning state champ. The bout went into overtime, and nearly everyone in the Giant Center switched their allegiance to Nyama, who considered himself the underdog.“It’s Canon-Mac, it’s a powerhouse, you know?” Nyama said. “The ref always goes on their side. The crowd saw it, the other ref saw it. I just stayed positive and kept going.”They swooned after Nyama lifted Schram off the mat near the edge of the circle before taking him down with 22 seconds left for a 3-1 victory. Nyama jumped into the arms of coach Nate Geller, who lifted him in the air for several seconds.Nyama denied Schram (25-1) a PIAA title and an undefeated season.Nyama said he told himself before the match that he couldn’t “let the ref decide the call. I wasn’t going to let the ref take away my state championship. I knew (the first takedown) was getting waved off before his coach went over. So I stayed positive and kept pushing the action.” BIG TAKE DOWN—Brashear’s Godwin Nyama, left, takes down Canon McMillan’s Connor Schram during their Class AAA 120-pound finals match at the PIAA high school wrestling championships March 10, in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)