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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Baby Cakes tickets at last homestand Sept. 1-4 benefit Harvey relief

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 12:02 PM

KAT STROMQUIST
  • KAT STROMQUIST

During the final homestand of its season Sept. 1-4, your favorite pastry-obsessed, ignominiously-named baseball team New Orleans Baby Cakes will donate $1 from each ticket sold to American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Funds collected will be matched by MiLB Charities.

The team, which is wrapping up its inaugural season under the watchful scowl of its king cake baby mascot, also will collect cash donations for Harvey relief at its customer service window. Donors will be entered into a raffle. And on Sunday, Sept. 3, Junior League of New Orleans will collect diapers, baby wipes, diaper cream, feminine products and $20 Target or Walmart gift cards at the stadium. People who bring those items to donate will be offered a free ticket to Sunday's game, which is followed by a fireworks display.

The 'Cakes play the Nashville Sounds at 7 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Y@ Speak Classic

Posted By on Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 4:06 PM

While today's Twitter fills up on bad open-mic jokes about airplanes, we look back at last week's hot takes on our favorite New Orleans subjects: sports, dysfunction, and festival behavior.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Here's how comedian Chris Trew is feeling after 36 hours at the Baby Cakes stadium

Posted By on Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 11:34 AM

Chris Trew. - CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • Chris Trew.

Supposedly, New Orleans doesn't care about baseball. But you wouldn't have guessed that last November, when the local minor-league team (nee Zephyrs) temporarily blew up the internet with their choice of "New Orleans Baby Cakes" as the franchise's new name.

Local comedian (and occasional Gambit contributor) Chris Trew was unfazed. Despite (because of?) their polarizing moniker, he's still into the team; so much so that he asked if he could sleep at their Airline Drive stadium for five nights during the team's inaugural home stand against the Memphis Redbirds. To his tremendous surprise, they said yes.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

LSU sociologist discusses her book Pay to Play: Race and the Perils of the College Sports Industry

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 3:41 PM

Black athletes in America are finding themselves in a form of slavery in college athletic programs, LSU sociologist Lori Martin implies in her book, Pay to Play:  Race and the Perils of the College Sports Industry. - IAN MCCUSKER
  • IAN McCUSKER
  • Black athletes in America are finding themselves in a form of slavery in college athletic programs, LSU sociologist Lori Martin implies in her book, Pay to Play: Race and the Perils of the College Sports Industry.

Black athletes in America are finding themselves in a form of slavery in college athletic programs, LSU sociologist Lori Martin implies in her book, Pay to Play: Race and the Perils of the College Sports Industry.

Martin outlined for a Science Café crowd in Baton Rouge this week of the efforts at controlling the participation and compensation for black athletes.

Merchandisers, the NCAA, and top-tier universities, such as LSU, are part of a billion-dollar industry which excludes athletes from the profits.

Martin used George Mason University’s surprising run in the 2006 men’s basketball tournament as an example of the influence players can have on a university’s financial fortunes. Her research found the number of licensees of university products jumped from 40 to 53 after the team made a surprising run to the NCAA Final Four in spite of entering the tournament as an 11 seed. That increase amounted to about $100,000 in revenue, none of which went to the players.

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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":

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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
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  • 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
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  • 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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