Sugarbush Resort announced that it has acquired the Blue Tooth, a Warren restaurant and bar located on the Sugarbush Access Road.Formerly owned and operated by Hobs Moyer for more than 20 years, the Blue Tooth was built by Tom Storrs in 1963. Once named one of the top ten ski resort nightclubs in the country, the Blue Tooth has a rich history as part of the Mad River Valley apres-ski scene of the 1960’s through 1980’s.According to Sugarbush president and general manager Bob Ackland, the resort plans to add “new life” to the restaurant without making large changes in the immediate future. Sugarbush’s acquisition of the property is intended to provide more diversity for on-mountain entertainment.“We plan to make small but noticeable changes immediately,” said Ackland. “A new menu was created and we will continue with the tradition of casual dining. We’ll also continue with the apres-ski traditions that made the Blue Tooth famous—free popcorn and hot soup as well as live music.”Sugarbush Resort is also pleased to announce that it has added World Cup Freestyle Skier David Babic to its corps of Sugarbush Ambassadors. Babic, a native of Washington, Vermont, is a member of the 2003 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. He appears in the new Warren Miller film, “Storm.” As a member of the Sugarbush Celebrity Ambassador Team, Babic will make appearances at Sugarbush between competitions in the U.S. and abroad.In his first World Cup competition of the season in Tignes, France, Babic placed sixth overall. He qualified for the event’s finals with a run that included an off-axis 720 on the bottom jump. In the finals, Babic was one of only two skiers to perform a newly allowed off-axis jump in competition. According to Babic, “I stomped the landing and the crowd erupted. This 6th place finish in my first competition of the season was a welcome result after intensive off-season preparation.” Babic now looks forward to competitions in Italy and Finland. “I am proud and thrilled to represent Sugarbush and Vermont as I compete on the World Cup Circuit,” Babic noted.“David Babic will be a wonderful addition to our already spectacular team of Ambassadors,” noted Sugarbush President Bob Ackland. “We look forward to his visits to the resort. David will present clinics which our guests can attend. He’ll also perform some of his stunning big air moves live for our guests. This harks back to Sugarbush’s glory days when Stein Eriksen would perform his trademark aerial somersaults right behind the base lodge.”
Charger Chassis Southern Region IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock Rookie of the Year Larry Underwood. (Photo by Brenda Dancer)TEMPLE, Texas – Not even motor issues over the last half of the season could slow Larry Underwood in his race to Charger Chassis Southern Region rookie of the year honors.The driver from Temple made the quick transition from the local Texas Twister class to the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division, finishing second in the regional points race, fifth at Cotton Bowl Speedway – where he scored his first career win in the class – and sixth at Heart O’ Texas Speedway.“My goal at the start of the year was to race for national rookie but with Mother Nature, we just couldn’t get in more starts (he had 34),” Underwood said. “But this year was still great. I had a lot of fun going to the Hobby Stock after two years in a 4-cylinder class.”“I mothered a half-blown engine the last half of the season,” he added, “but my season still couldn’t have been much better.”Largely self-funded, Underwood is a truck driver by occupation so there were Fridays when he got home and had just enough time to finish loading up and get to the track.Underwood had five top five-finishes to his credit before getting Hobby Stock career win number one on June 25 at Paige.“It was special to win that night because my family and fiancée were there,” he said. “I battled with the best in Texas all season. When you get a win running against those guys, you’ve done something.”Regional champion Wesley Warren was among Underwood’s opponents on 27 nights this season.“The competition is pretty good here,” he said. “The wins don’t come easily.”Starts: 34Win: 1Additional Top Fives: 13HIS CREW: Fiancee Jamie Marrill, Mason Marrill and Cadence Marrill. HIS SPONSORS: Underwood Trucking of Temple; and Wicked Fast Transmission and Hammack Racing Chassis, both of Waco.
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Jose Mourinho left the club because he couldn’t handle the pressure that comes with the high-profile position.BBC World Service passed along comments from Calderon, who led the Blancos in the three years before Mourinho arrived to manage. He states a Real job is unique in the amount of pressure it can place on people at the Bernabeu.”To be a manager of Real Madrid is really, really difficult,” Calderon said. “See what happened to Mourinho. He is someone who is used to coping with pressure and he couldn’t.”He also discussed the state of the club when the outspoken boss left for Chelsea.”When Mourinho left, things were in a really bad situation,” Calderon said. “He had to leave the club after three years of a lot of problems, a lot of confrontations.” Alex Livesey/Getty Images Mourinho had some success during his time with Real. He won a La Liga championship along with titles in the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup. But the 2012-13 campaign was one to forget and he soon left the side before ending up back the Blues for a second stint.It’s interesting to see Calderon speak out on the subject since the two didn’t cross paths during their respective tenures with the club. He would know about the high level of scrutiny that comes with trying to keep the Blancos among the best sides in Europe, though.Now the question is whether Mourinho will feel the need to respond to the remarks. If he does, his track record suggests he won’t hold back in his rebuttal.
It is headed by Chef de Mission Eileen Nangan, who said they are ready for the games and have prepared well to challenge the other Pacific Island countries.“Like all other Pacific Island countries, we all want to go back not empty handed but with pride and happiness and Team Vanuatu will be one of the teams that will be aiming for medals during this game,” she said.She said the advance team are here to see for themselves the preparation and also get the feel of the atmosphere and the spirit of the games in the country. She has been accompanied by 5 officials. Four of them will be observing the preparation and organisation of the event as Vanuatu will be hosting the event in 2017.Ms Nangan, who is from East New Britain and married to a Vanuatu man, says out of the 28 sporting codes, they will be participating in only 13.She said the special event that will be closely monitored is the Para table tennis where two of her disabled athletes will be participating.Team Vanuatu will be taking part in cricket, beach volleyball, boxing, karate, taekwondo, netball rugby touch, rugby, athletics, table tennis and tennis.Ms Nangan told PNG Loop that a total of 156 athletes will be participating excluding the officials.In terms of the games preparation, she said PNG has been preparing well and will host the games successfully.