Friday, February 17, 2017

Feast your eyes (and your stomach?) on the "All-Star Weekend King Cake Burger"

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 1:26 PM

Gambit basketball guy (and professional Pelicans-opposing-team-irritant) Chris Trew is covering the All-Star Weekend festivities, including the special dishes being put together by Centerplate for the weekend.

He got this photo of something called the "All-Star Weekend King Cake Burger":


It seems to be a "variant" of the king cake burger from the food truck Food Drunk. Darren Rovell of ESPN posted another photo of the concoction, which costs $12.50 and comes with "chipotle spread" to go with that delicious sugar.

Simple question: Would you eat it?

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Interview: Daniel "Iron Man" Mosier, competitive arm wrestler

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 12:29 PM

Arm wrestlers compete at a tournament. - COURTESY WORLD ARM WRESTLING LEAGUE
  • Arm wrestlers compete at a tournament.

The most dangerous place at an arm-wrestling tournament, Daniel Mosier says, is the novice table. There, he's seen 12 or 13 broken arms from inexperienced competitors who don't understand proper positioning and technique in this up-and-coming sport based on the familiar barroom test of strength (and will).

Mosier, a 39-year-old industrial plant foreman from Lake Charles, returns to New Orleans this weekend to compete in World Armwrestling League's Southern Classic, the "Battle in the Bayou." He's a nationally ranked arm-wrestler who has traveled throughout the U.S. and to tournaments abroad to compete in the sport's middleweight division. He spoke with Gambit by phone in advance of the tournament to share a little bit about the one-time hobby that eventually consumed his life.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Travis Scott, Pitbull to perform during NBA All-Star weekend

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Pitbull performs Saturday, Feb. 18. - RCA RECORDS
  • Pitbull performs Saturday, Feb. 18.

The 2017 NBA All-Star game lands in New Orleans next week for a third time with concerts and fan events at Champions Square.

The NBA on TNT Road Show brings rapper Travis Scott, who also performs at this year's Buku Music + Art Project in March, and Pitbull, who also will perform again in New Orleans at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Travis Scott performs Thursday, Feb. 16, and Pitbull performs Saturday, Feb. 18. Ticket information is available here.

The Road Show also will host coverage from Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal on TNT’s Inside the NBA, and there are basketball-related games and trivia, hoops contests, a lip sync "studio" and other free events (including "Kevin Garnett Area 21-themed Mardi Gras beads"). Fan events open at 4 p.m. Thursday-Friday and Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday. A full schedule is available here.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Politico: Peyton Manning to speak at GOP retreat in Philadelphia this week

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 2:54 PM

click image Peyton Manning was photographed with Donald Trump Jr. last August at the Neshoba County Fair in Mississippi, an image Trump Jr. tweeted out.
  • Peyton Manning was photographed with Donald Trump Jr. last August at the Neshoba County Fair in Mississippi, an image Trump Jr. tweeted out.
As first reported this morning by Politico, New Orleans son Peyton Manning will be speaking to a meeting of Republican Congressmembers in Philadelphia this week, Politico reports: "Manning is part of a lineup that includes President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence."

What will the former Colts and Broncos quarterback discuss? Fox Business attempted to find out, but got nowhere with either Manning's agent or GOP representatives.

Manning has been a reliable donor to GOP candidates at the federal level over the years; in the last election cycle, he backed Jeb Bush to the maximum level ($2,700).

Trump, meanwhile, has boasted of his friendship with Manning, saying he backed the Denver Broncos in last year's Super Bowl due mostly to the quarterback:

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Baby Cakes host 'Hot Stove' season preview party Jan. 28

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 11:29 AM

Once and future mascots Boudreaux and Clotile rep the Cakes.
  • Once and future mascots Boudreaux and Clotile rep the Cakes.

A new era of bakery-related puns dawns with the New Orleans Baby Cakes' inaugural "Hot Stove" (shouldn't it be "Hot Oven?") preview party later this month. The public is invited to yet-to-be-renamed Zephyr Field for an event celebrating the unofficial start to baseball season.

At the event, Cakes manager Arnie Beyeler and Florida Marlins assistant player development director Brett West offer an overview of the triple-A team's first season since its much-ballyhooed rebranding. Former LSU slugger and newly signed Marlin Austin Nola also appears, and there are free refreshments and kids' games. (Coincidentally, this is the same weekend as New Orleans King Cake Festival, for those of you developing a cake-centric itinerary.)

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 28. It's free to attend.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Brands vs. brawn at the WrestleMania announcement press conference

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:42 PM

Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference
  • Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference

WrestleMania is the biggest event in pro wrestling and one of the biggest entertainment events in the world. On April 8, 2018, WrestleMania will be back in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The press conference formally announcing this, held in the Superdome's Iberville suite, was a joint presentation by the pro wrestling behemoth WWE and representatives of our city, our state and their various sporting and event organizations. Watching the gears interlock was fascinating. It was a node of interaction between two gigantic institutions— the "New Orleans brand" and the WWE brand, cuddled up like two different, specialized cells passing a molecule of money across their membranes.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

A Very Y@ Speak Thanksgiving

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 6:26 PM

Sidney "Has Claimed 'Garbage King' Title Unironically" Torres, the New Orleans Saints being exceptionally petty, and an unfortunate plate of cranberry sauce, all in this week's edition.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Y@ Speak: this week in cake

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 6:33 PM

Baby New Year has arrived to greet the regime of our president-elect (and waves of white nationalism and hate crimes): baseball-playing Mitch Landrieu-as-Baby Huey will wear the diamond diaper (RIP, Zephyrs, you gentle breezes you). And a crude joke in cake-form adds another sexist badge to Baton Rouge. Also in this week's edition: the beefing of the Saints and resurrection of Not Bobby Jindal.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Orleans Zephyrs become ... the New Orleans Baby Cakes

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 8:17 PM

New Orleans Baby Cakes GM Cookie Rojas introduces the "determined baby."
  • New Orleans Baby Cakes GM Cookie Rojas introduces the "determined baby."

Season ticket holders, sponsors and costumed members of the Pussyfooters, Disco Amigos and El Lucha Krewe gathered at a rowdy press conference-slash-cocktail party Tuesday to hear which of seven cringeworthy crowdsourced options the New Orleans Zephyrs would choose for its new name.

Weighing the options, including a rumored "final three" — the Tailgators, the Nite Owls, and the Baby Cakes — crowd members seemed convinced, or resigned, that Baby Cakes would win out.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Y@ Speak: scary stories

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 6:30 PM

We bring you this (really) late edition to fit in some of your spooky Halloween tweets, plus terrifying tales from the Pelicans, and R.I.P. @BeingNOLA, who gave us a few final questionnaires before going to that big blue checkmark in the sky. May we all continue to follow and unfollow you into the next life.

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