Saturday offers so many options for sports fanatics

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May is here, finally, and the sports calendar is starting to really get packed with plenty of options for the die-hard sports fan. But for you couch potatoes out there, today offers so many options you could spend the whole day lounging around with your beer and Fritos as you enjoy some of your favorite sports and sporting events. We have THE classic horse race, day 3 of the NFL draft, a potentially epic game 7 in the NBA playoffs and the rare occurrence of a boxing fight that everyone is talking about.

Horse racing may be dying a slow death, but the Kentucky Derby always gets everyone excited again, even if it’s just for a few minutes. If you ever get the opportunity to go the Churchill Downs, make sure you take advantage of it. You love the race and all the southern belles all deck out in their sundresses and pretty hats. But naturally you can enjoy this on your couch as well. You can even mix yourself a special drink like The Grandstand Julip featured this week by Bob Westal.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, as the race doesn’t go off until 6:24 PM EST and most of us won’t be wasting our time with the hours of pre-race hype.

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Looking for an Interesting Way to Stay in Shape? Try Bubble Soccer

Many people play sports as a way to stay in shape. It is a good idea; you get to exercise your body in a way that feels like fun, not work. There are the traditional sports like basketball, baseball, football, and soccer, but what if you’re just not attracted to “regular” sports? Well, then maybe you are interested in something new, exciting, and a heck of a lot of fun; bubble soccer.

What is Bubble Soccer?

If you want a good chuckle, watch just a few seconds of a bubbleball soccer game, and then you will want to find out where you can join a local team. Comedians and TV hosts Henrik Elvestad and Johan Golden started bubble soccer as a joke in Norway in 2011, since then it has evolved into so much more. It is brutal full contact sport that just might be the safest to play. After all, you are all wrapped up in a protective bubble. It provides quite a workout as well with the bubble itself weighing in at about twenty pounds. Add in the extra effort of running while inside the bubble and inevitably having to climb back onto your feet after a collision, and there is plenty of exercise in this game.

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Drink of the Week: The Grandstand Julep

the Grandstand Julep.The first week in May is always a dilemma in the making here at Drink of the Week Plaza as it actually pits two of the year’s biggest drinking excuses holidays against each other. Since tomorrow is Derby Day and Cinco de Mayo is in the middle of next week, I’m going to start with that and follow it up with a belated Mexican-themed cocktail for next week. Not ideal, I know. It is, of course, entirely coincidental that mysterious forces bribed gifted me with a free bottle of Wild Turkey 101 Straight Bourbon and this week’s intriguing, imaginative variation on a traditional Mint Julep.

Though I still have a spot soft for good Old Fitzgerald when you can find it, I have to admit that this expression of one of the best known names in American whiskey is about as good a high-proof bourbon as you’re likely to get for under $20.00 for a fifth. It offers a very nice balance of sweet and tough flavors that have made for plenty of good reviews and a number of good cocktails.

Which brings us to this week’s variation on the ultimate Derby Day classic. It pairs the bourbon with, of all things, an artichoke-derived amaro-style liqueur beloved of the cocktail cognoscenti. Can these two crazy ingredients have a shot at a long and happy life together? Let’s find out.

The Grandstand Julep

1 1/2 ounces Cynar
3/4 ounce Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
12 mint leaves
2 ounces soda water
2 dashes Fee Brother’s Grapefruit Bitters

Build this one in a julep cup if you’ve got one and a good size rocks glass if you don’t. (I don’t!) Combine the Cynar, Wild Turkey, juice, mint leaves (given the differing sizes of mint leaves, the number is an approximation at best), and simple syrup…you can also substitute two and half teaspoons of superfine sugar if that’s easier. Gently muddle the leaves in the liquid.

Next, add crushed ice, follow with the soda water and then top the whole thing off with the grapefruit bitters. Start to sip slowly and toast our equine friends. Alternatively, you can toast W.C. Fields, who is supposed to have said that horse sense is what keeps horses from betting on people.

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While you could theoretically try this drink with another bourbon (it better be a strong one), there isn’t much room for messing around with the main ingredients here. Mainly that’s because there’s only one one type of Cynar available and it’s made by the manufacturers of Campari.

The exception is actually your ice, which really does need to be crushed. I’m lazy and tried this drink several times with ordinary ice and found it tasty and relatively well balanced but bordering on cloying. Crushing the ice, while admittedly a bit of a hassle, opened the drink up and took the edge off the very sweet/very bitter flavors. My only other advice is not to drink this one too fast. You want to let that crushed ice melt a bit. Take your time with this one and leave the racing to the horsies.

  

Outfitting Your 4WD: Determining What You Need From What You Want

Outfitting Your 4WD

What should you take with you when travelling in the outback? That’s something almost every Aussie has asked, and there are a million different answers that all seem plausible. Here’s what to keep in mind. Everyone has different ideas about what “roughing it” means and what’s “necessary.” In truth, there are only a handful of things that are actually necessary and many things that are simply nice to have.

Bullbars and ‘Roo Bars

A bulbar is a bar that’s attached to the front of your truck that deflects objects, usually wild animals making a run at your vehicle, and pushes them either off to the side or underneath you. This preserves your windscreen and the engine bay, where a lot of delicate things live.

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UK Money Saving Website Releases Information on What People Would Do with a Lottery Win

pretty girl holding money

Everybody dreams of winning the lottery, hoping to hit the jackpot. Most people spend ages fantasising about what they would do with their winnings, calculating how many luxuries they can actually afford. UK money saving website VoucherCodesPro.co.uk has today released information on just what people have spent the money on.

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