Picking up where they left off earlier this month, Phil Lesh & Friends commemorated the Grateful Dead’s calendar year of 1984 last night with a performance of the Dead’s October 12, 1984 show from the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, ME. As per usual, photographer Jay Blakesberg and Lesh sat down before the show to rap a little about the year in question. Among other topics discussed were Jerry Garcia’s reluctance to bust out “Dark Star,” recording sessions at Fantasy Studios and the formation of the Tapers Section and Rex Foundation.Alongside Lesh were Terrapin veterans Stu Allen and Scott Law on guitar, keyboardist Scott Guberman and drummers Ezra Lipp and Cochrane McMillan. Of note from the October 12, 1984 performance at the Augusta Civic Center were the Dead’s final performance of the traditional “On The Road Again,” as well as a rarity in the Brent Mydland-penned “Don’t Need Love,” which would only be played several more times thereafter, finally getting shelved completely in 1986.You can listen to last night’s Phil Lesh & Friends show in its entirety via Quinfolk below:Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 2/22/16Set I: Feel Like A Stranger, It Must Have Been The Roses, On The Road Again, Jack-A-Roe, It’s All Over Now, Cumberland Blues, The Music Never StoppedSet II: Cold Rain And Snow, Lost Sailor > Saint Of Circumstance, Don’t Need Love > Uncle John’s Band > Drums > Playin’ In The Band > Uncle John’s Band > Morning DewEncore: Donor Rap, Good Lovin’[Photo via Dave Vann]
The chief of Germany’s football association (DFB) has revealed that one of the team’s triumphant players has damaged their World Cup trophy.Joachim Low’s men defeated Argentina 1-0 in the final after extra-time to win the inter-continental tournament for the fourth time in their history, following on from 1954, 1974 and 1990 victories.The Mannschaft were welcomed home from Brazil to jubilant scenes and toured Berlin with the trophy during midweek, however, they may have celebrated a little bit too hard as their World Cup trophy has been damaged by an unknown member of the Germany team.”At one point, a small piece of our World Cup trophy was chipped off,” DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach is quoted by Die Welt as saying. “But do not worry! We have specialists on the case who can fix it.”We have investigated persistently who it was that damaged the trophy, but the investigation was concluded without a result.”Luckily for Germany, the cup they have been given by Fifa is just a replica of the World Cup trophy they were presented with at the Maracana on July 13, which is estimated to be worth over €10 million. Fifa – it would seem wisely – tends not to trust football associations with the trophy after the original World Cup award, the Jules Rimet trophy, had a history of being a target for thieves before being stolen for good in 1983 from Brazil.
Let’s be honest — caring about the future of the kicker position is a waste of time. Kicker has one of the highest turnover rates of any position in fantasy football, and at any given moment, a top kicker can lose confidence and completely crater. So, our too-early 2019 fantasy football kicker rankings certainly aren’t a definitive look at which kickers are guaranteed to perform well next season. Still, they do demonstrate a bit of the hierarchy at the position, and it will be important to keep a few names in mind as top targets for the final round(s) of your fantasy draft next season.As always, kickers on good offenses with strong legs will lead the charge, and that’s why Greg Zuerlein (Rams) and Harrison Butker (Chiefs) are rated highly on this list. Additionally, there are a couple of studs at the kicker position, as Justin Tucker (Ravens) and Wil Lutz (Saints) have consistently performed well in recent years and are surely draftable prospects next season. EARLY 2019 FANTASY RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST One of the major things to watch at kicker is, as always, player movement and possibly, retirement. Both Adam Vinatieri (46) and Matt Bryant (43) are nearing the end of their fantastic careers, and they could elect to retire at any time. Considering that they have been perennial fantasy starters for the better part of the past decade, they will need to be monitored. If either retires, it could open up space for some new risers at the kicker position; but if they return, they could easily find themselves in the top 10 in August.At the end of the day, don’t waste a ton of time on kickers, but it never hurts to familiarize yourself with some of the top names at the position.Early 2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: KickersThese rankings are for standard leagues1Justin Tucker, Ravens2Greg Zuerlein, Rams3Harrison Butker, Chiefs4Wil Lutz, Saints5Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots6Ka’imi Fairbairn, Texans7Michael Badgley, Chargers8Mason Crosby, Packers9Jake Elliott, Eagles10Brett Maher, Cowboys11Robbie Gould, 49ers12Matt Prater, Lions