On Sunday, following New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival2019’s final day, Dumpstaphunk made their way to Tipitina‘s for a special late-night performance. Up-and-coming guitar virtuoso Marcus King was the evening’s featured guest, joining the band for a series of covers and impressive improvisational exploration.Dumpstaphunk—comprised of Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Tony Hall, Nick Daniels III, and Alvin Ford Jr.—opened up their show with a full-throttle double bass duel between Tony and Nick. Following approximately an hour of Dumpstaphunk’s firey-hot funk jams, the band invited up Marcus King for the remainder of their main set. With the addition of King, the funk warriors worked through “I’d Rather Be (Blind, Crippled and Crazy)”, a soul tune originally recorded in 1973 by O.V. Wright. Dumpstaphunk and King moved forward with choice covers, including B.B. King‘s “It’s My Own Fault”, the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’”, and a set-closing take on Led Zepplin‘s “Ramble On”.Watch pro-shot video of Dumpstaphunk’s Tipitina’s performance featuring special guest Marcus King below:Dumpstaphunk – Tipitina’s – 5/5/2019[Video: nugsnet]Next up for Dumpstaphunk is a performance at The Charleston Pour House in Charleston, SC on Thursday, May 23rd. A few weeks later, Dumpstaphunk will hit the road with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic as a featured support act on the band’s expansive One Nation Under A Groove farewell tour. For a full list of Dumpstaphunk’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.
Harvard Extension School will host a general information session on June 15 from 5:00 to 9 p.m. in Memorial Hall and the Science Center. The session is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the School and its offerings, which include professional degree programs and more than 600 courses in liberal arts. Registration is required.Attendees can enjoy refreshments from 5 to 6:15 p.m., while gathering information on degree programs, the School’s Alumni Association and Student Association, the Career and Academic Resource Center, and other areas. In addition, distance-learning staff members will demonstrate what it is like to take one of the School’s online courses. From 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., attendees will hear a presentation that will review reasons students choose the School to continue their studies. From 7:30 to 9 p.m., in separate sessions, representatives from the School’s diverse degree programs will talk about their curricula, discuss admission requirements, and answer questions. An additional breakout session is designed for those who are interested in taking courses only.One attendee, selected at random, will receive one tuition-free, unlimited enrollment course, to be taken during the 2011-12 academic year. Current degree candidates are not eligible for this offer.Registration is required.
DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 cheat sheetBounce-backs are another form of “sleeper”, and while last year didn’t see a ton of those, this year offers a lot of options. Kris Bryant, Wil Myers, Josh Donaldson, Justin Turner, and Miguel Sano, among others, will all be looking to turn things around after injury-plagued and/or generally disappointing 2018’s. All have the talent to finish as a top-eight 3Bs and, with the possible exception of Bryant, will likely be undervalued on draft day.2019 Fantasy Baseball 3B SleepersEligibility based on Yahoo’s default settingsJake Lamb, Diamondbacks. Like the players mentioned above, Lamb is another proven, veteran 3B looking to bounce back after a forgettable 2018. The 28-year-old lefty was limited to 56 games because of a shoulder injury, but he had surgery last August and will be ready for this season. Because Lamb comes with the most risk of the veteran bounce-back candidates, he also carries the most reward. He was remarkably consistent in ’16 and ’17, positing almost identical lines that averaged out to .248, 29.5 HRs, 85 Rs, 98 RBIs, and six SBs. Now slotted to play first base, Lamb should have less strain on his body and more energy to take advantage of Arizona’s hitter-friendly park. If his shoulder holds up, he will produce.Nick Senzel, Reds. Senzel is a man without a position this spring, but the talented 23-year-old outfielder (and former 3B) could easily force himself into the lineup. A career .314/.390/.513 hitter in the minors, Senzel has flashed solid power-speed ability and great contact skills. The Reds have a crowded outfield with Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig joining Scott Schebler and Jesse Winker, but once Senzel starts getting playing time, he’ll have fantasy value. Note: Senzel is only eligible at 3B to start the season, but it won’t be long before he has OF eligibility.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays. If anything, Vlad Jr. is going to get overdrafted in most leagues, so perhaps “sleeper” isn’t the best category to put him in. Still, as with any player that is yet to make his major league debut, some fantasy owners are undoubtedly taking a cautious approach. Here’s what we know: The soon-to-be 20-year-old slugger tore up ever level of the minors last year, ultimately finishing with a .381/.437/.636 line. He likely won’t open the season with the Jays, but he’ll be up in short order, likely before April is through. Once he’s in Toronto, he doesn’t figure to go back down. It’s always tough to forecast rookies, especially ones who are teenagers at the time of this writing, but after seeing Ronald Acuna Jr. and Juan Soto have little trouble making waste of major league pitching last year, Vlad Jr. doesn’t figure to bust out in 2019. It’s worth noting he doesn’t run much (just three SBs last year), but if the rest of the numbers are as good as expected, it won’t matter.Rafael Devers, Red Sox. With so many breakouts at 3B last year and exciting newcomers like Guerrero on the come up, it can be easy to forget that Devers hit 21 HRs during his age-21 season. Ultimately, it was a disappointing year for the former top prospect, but given his age and talent level, he could put it all together and break out anytime. A career .297/.354/.484 hitter in the minors, Devers should bring his average and OBP way up this year, which would make him currently undervalued by those who already consider him “boring”. 2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each teamRenato Nunez, Orioles. Nunez is almost 25, so he’s not exactly a young prospect, but he showed prodigious power as he rose up the minor league ranks. clubbing 32 HRs in 126 games at Triple-A in 2017. His 73-game stint in the majors last year yielded a .mediocre 258/.322/.419 line with eight HRs, but he saved his best for last, hitting .313/.341/.550 over the final month of the season. With the O’s in full rebuilding mode, chances are guys like Nunez and OF Cedric Mullins II will get every chance to swing away, and given the hitters paradise that is Camden Yards, that could yield some cheap power stats. Third base might be the most loaded position in all of fantasy baseball in 2019, which makes it hard to find many legitimate sleepers. Many of the undervalued/breakout candidates are eligible at other positions, so it seems likely fantasy owners will be drafting them to play at those spots. Still, when you look at the 3B rankings on your cheat sheet, there are undoubtedly a few guys you’re overlooking whose ADPs could easily be outproduced by their production.Last year saw several breakouts at 3B, including studs becoming superstars (Joe Ramirez, Alex Bregman, Javier Baez), a prospect shining bright (Miguel Andujar), and an out-of-nowhere emergence that few could have predicted (Max Muncy). We normally try to focus on the middle category, as the former type of player doesn’t really qualify as a “sleeper” and the latter is almost impossible to predict. Ian Happ, Cubs. Happ is more of a draft-and-stash sleeper than a guy who will produce out of the gates. Playing time is an issue for the 24-year-old switch-hitter, especially with the Cubs moving him from second base. Still, he’s one injury (or slump) away at several positions from everyday at-bats, and if that happens, he’s already shown us what he can do. He hit 24 homers and stole eight bases in 115 games in 2017 as a rookie, and last year he hit 15 homers and stole eight bases as a platoon player. His sky-high K-rate (36.1 last year) is certainly a worry, but his sky-high BB-rate (15.2) still gives him plenty of upside, especially in OBP leagues.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft StrategyCatcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | CloserMORE 3B-eligible sleepers who are eligible at other positions: Jurickson Profar, A’s (1B, 2B, SS), Ryan McMahon, Rockies (1B, 2B), Wilmer Flores, Diamondbacks (1B, 2B), Yoan Moncada, White Sox (2B), Niko Goodrum, Tigers (1B, 2B, SS, OF), Daniel Robertson, Rays (2B, SS)
If the Chargers score a touchdown, but there’s no one around to see it, did it actually happen?In an interview with Marcus Cromartie, former Chargers running back and current Bronco Melvin Gordon may have answered the question. When Marcus Cromartie asked if Gordon will be prepared to play in stadiums where no fans are present due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gordon said that his former team prepared him for the situation. In 2020, the plan is to move into SoFi Stadium, which could see attendance figures skyrocket — if L.A. fans show up. SoFi Stadium, which will be shared with the Rams, has the seating to allow for up to 100,000 for special events with normal gamedays allowing for 70,000 fans.Still, the amount of Chargers fans in the building in 2019 were seemingly minimal, with one of the most glaring examples a Los Angeles “home” game vs. the Raiders in December 2019, when (now) Las Vegas fans hijacked the Chargers’ home field.Well, if nothing else, at least the Chargers have sweet-ass uniforms heading into the 2020 season . Even if no one will be around to see them. I asked former Chargers and current @Broncos RB @Melvingordon25 about the possibility of playing in “fanless stadiums” and his response was PRICELESS! #NFL pic.twitter.com/ErGo5tr2Oc— Marcus Cromartie (@Cromartie_M) May 28, 2020″Bro, we didn’t have fans anyway,” Gordon quips. “Man, we didn’t have many Charger fans — man, I’ll be honest — we didn’t have many Charger fans at the game. Much loyalty, love. But we didn’t have many. So I’m not missing — I ain’t really missing out on much.”MORE: Here are the new rules for the NFL in 2020To Gordon’s point, the Chargers ranked dead last in the NFL in attendance in 2019, drawing an average of just over 31,000 fans per game. In their defense, that’s at capacity, though, as their last digs didn’t have the 70,000 to 80,000-plus seating capacity of most NFL stadiums these days. Though, L.A. has come under fire for ditching San Diego and leaving their loyal fan base behind in the process.
DES MOINES — A bipartisan group of state senators has voted to confirm Mason City native Beth Skinner as director of the Iowa Department of Corrections.Senator Rich Taylor, a Democrat from Mount Pleasant is a retired correctional officer. He urged his colleagues to support Skinner. “She has some very honorable intentions, I believe, and she wants to move the department forward, She’s not afraid like some of the last directors that we had that are afraid to say: ‘We need more help,’” Taylor said. “…As she put it: ‘This is a new day.’”Forty-five senators voted to approve the governor’s appointment of Skinner to lead the state’s prison system. Three voted no. Senator Nate Boulton, a Democrat from Des Moines, said he’s concerned about the safety of officers on guard in the nine prisons around the state.“In the last month, four separate assaults have taken place and I’m not talking about somebody getting shoved,” he said. “I’m talking about closed fist, direct assaults (by) inmates upon corrections officers.”Boulton said in one of those instances, it was an inmate who jumped to the defense of an officer. Senator Brad Zaun, a Republican from Urbandale, said Skinner has expressed concern about staffing issues and it’s up to legislators to find the extra money.“We’re going through the process and I know that she’s an advocate,” Zaun said. “…She’s one of them. She’s been in the Department of Corrections for years. I don’t know of any other time or any other director who’d probably be a better advocate.”Skinner is the second woman to serve as the top officer in the Iowa Department of Corrections. She’s a 1990 graduate of Mason City High School. State prisons are located in Anamosa, Clarinda, Fort Dodge, Fort Dodge, Mitchellville, Mount Pleasant, Newton, Oakdale and Rockwell City. As of today, there are about 8500 inmates in the state prison system. Thousands more are under supervision in work release, probation, and other prison-related programs.