Winners can earn $50,000 for taking top prize in X Games

Winners can earn $50,000 for taking top prize in X Games

The X Games were originally supposed to be a biennial event, but they became so popular that they’re now held every year — the Winter X Games in late January, and the Summer X Games in August. Locations change, but the Winter X games will be held in Aspen, Colo., until 2012, while the Summer X Games will be held in Los Angeles through 2009.

If you tune into the Winter X Games, you’ll catch events like these:

  • Snowboard SuperPipe: Snowboarders ride from one side of a U-shaped pipe to another. As they catch air, they do spins and jumps. (Skiers also have their own SuperPipe competition.)
  • Snowmobile SnoCross: Snowmobilers race each other around a track filled with obstacles and jumps.
  • Slopestyle: This is a type of freestyle skiing in which the skier has to navigate through an obstacle course.
  • Skier X: A competition in which skiers go head to head, competing to be first while perfectly executing jumps and other tricks.
  • Big Air: Skiers gain momentum on a big ramp, then leap off it to perform amazing midair tricks.

X Games returns to Aspen, Colorado’s Buttermilk Mountain for the world’s best action sports, music and festival experience — on snow! The annual Winter X Games 2019 will be held between January 24th to 27th. The event will take place in Aspen, Colorado, on Buttermilk Mountain, the same place as in the past few years.

At the Summer X Games, fans see events like these:

  • Supermoto: Motorbike racers compete around a combination dirt-and-paved track dotted with small jumps.
  • Bicycle Dirt Jumping: BMX bikers try to outdo each other while performing tricks on huge dirt hills.
  • Skateboarding Vert: While riding up and down a U-shaped ramp, skateboarders perform amazing flips and spins.
  • Wakeboarding Freeride: Part surfboarding, part waterskiing, competitors use the boat’s wake to get in the air and do a variety of tricks.

X Games events may be unorthodox, but the prizes are just like those at the Olympics. For the winner, the top reward is a gold medal, followed by silver and bronze. There’s also a much coveted cash prize. In past X Games, the prize money wasn’t much to brag about. In fact, many extreme athletes complained that they were underpaid compared to athletes in more traditional sports. At the 2001 Summer X Games in Philadelphia, skateboarders went so far as to threaten a boycott. But in recent years, ESPN has grown deeper pockets. In 2008, the X Games doled out $3 million in prize money for the first time.

Winners can earn $50,000 for taking top prize in an event, but the money drops the lower a competitor places (10th place only pays $1,000 — barely enough to cover the athletes’ travel expenses.

Difference between The X Games vs. the Olympics:

For nearly a century, the Olympics were the ultimate sports competition. Winning gold at the Winter or Summer Games was about the highest honor athletes could hope to achieve. Today the Olympics are struggling to keep up with the much cooler X Games among the lucrative 18- to 34-year-old demographic. In an effort to woo a new generation of viewers, the Olympics challenged its own tradition by adding several extreme sports to its schedule. In 1992, it added freestyle skiing moguls. Six years later, snowboarding made its debut. As a result, ratings jumped by nearly 25 percent among Generation X and Y viewers.


Wayne Rooney picks: Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo

Wayne Rooney picks: Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Manchester United and Everton striker Wayne Rooney has had a gala time playing in the English Premier League, scoring some phenomenal goals and breaking records with the Red Devils in the English top-flight. During his 13-year stay at Old Trafford, Rooney rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest stars of that time and one of those was Cristiano Ronaldo. Currently plying his trade at DC United in the Major League Soccer (USA), Rooney dwelled onto the neverending Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi debate and ended up picking ‘the greatest of all time’.

Ronaldo left Manchester United in 2009 to join Real Madrid in a then record-breaking deal and over the course of 9 years, he established himself as one of the two best players in the world, if not the absolute best, alongside Messi. Winning 4 UEFA Champions League trophies (including a hat-trick of titles from 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18), Ronaldo broke numerous records both domestically and in Europe before moving to Juventus in the summer of 2018.

While the 33-year-old’s attacking prowess still remains an envious trait to many forwards in the world football, only one man has been able to stand neck-to-neck with him and he is none other than the Barcelona superstar Messi.

For Rooney, who himself is the record goalscorer for Manchester United with 253 career goals for the Red Devils, puts the Argentine ahead of the Portuguese as his ‘greatest of all time’. Having had the opportunity to play against Messi in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals, Rooney didn’t shy away from heaping praise on his counterpart admitting that Messi was what separated the two sides in the title-decider.

“In both games (Champions League finals) if we had been against any other team but Barcelona you would have fancied us to win,” said the former Man Utd captain. “In my eyes they are the best team ever and Messi is the best player ever. What he gets to do is incredible. Messi has just got a bit of everything.”

Speaking about his former teammate Ronaldo, Rooney hailed the way he has developed from being a winger during the Manchester United days to becoming a fearsome striker. “Ronaldo has gone from a winger to a striker and a goalscorer. Rather than taking players on all the time, he has gone more one or two touch, getting in the box and scoring goals,” said the Englishman.

Drawing differences between the two modern football superstars, Rooney said that what separates them is the fact that Messi is more versatile and can play different roles while Ronaldo is only a goalscorer.

“Messi a bit of everything – you see him scoring goals from playing probably a deep midfield role at times, and where I’m probably still walking on the pitch he’s scoring. So he is probably the best,” concluded Rooney.


National Finals Rodeo 2018 After Parties & Musical Acts

National Finals Rodeo 2018 Musical Acts

This year’s National Finals Rodeo from December 6-15 will be serving up some of country music’s biggest and smallest acts. There are already 31 musical groups scheduled to perform at different venues all around Las Vegas. We are going to discuss every single one of them so you know which bands are worth seeing and which you should avoid.

Florida Georgia Line – December 5,7,8 & 11 – Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Hotel

Florida Georgia Line is one of the biggest names in country music. They are performing for four nights during the Las Vegas NFR so there will be plenty of chances to catch them multiple times if you are a fan.

Reba, Brooks & Dunn – December 5, 7, 8, 12, 14 & 15 – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Brooks & Dunn is a country music do that had hit songs in the 1990s. They retired in 2010 but then decided to come back and now they perform in Vegas with Reba McEntire and their show is very highly praised.

Ned LeDoux – December 6 & 7 – Silverton Casino Hotel

Ned is the son of country music singer Chris LeDoux and he sold over six million albums and recorded 36 albums. Ned is trying to make his way in the country music scene and released his first album last year titled, Sagebrush. He should put on a great show!

Jo Dee Messina – December 6 – The Showroom at Golden Nugget

Jo Dee Messina is a huge country music singer, she has six number one singles on the Billboard country music charts. She was the first to have three number one singles on the same album. She will be playing her biggest hit and any country fan will enjoy her show.

Brett Rigby Band – December 6-15 – Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall

Brett Rigby is a local Las Vegas talent that performs all over Las Vegas weekly. You can check him out every single night at Sam’s Town Hotel.

Scotty Alexander – December 6 & 7 – Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que

Scotty Alexander is a relative unknown in the country music scene but he is slowly growing a following. He released a new EP in 2018 and country music fans should be aware of his rising presence.

Aaron Watson – December 6-11 – South Point Showroom

Aaron Watson is great country music veteran, his 2015 album reached number one on the country music charts and his single, Outta Style, was a top ten hit on country radio. He should be an absolute pleasure to watch.

Rodney Carrington – December 6-15 – David Copperfield Theater at the MGM Grand

Rodney Carrington combines music and comedy into his routine. If you are looking to get a good laugh after any night of the rodeo make sure you go and catch his act.

George Strait – December 7 & 8 – T-Mobile Arena

George Strait is an absolute legend of the country music world. He has already solidified his position as one of the greatest country music acts of all time so you do not want to miss this incredible concert.

Tanya Tucker – December 7 – The Showroom at the Golden Nugget

Tanya Tucker had her first country hit at age 13 and she has not lost a step since then. She has a loyal following all over the country and she should put on a great show at the Golde Nugget.

Ron White – December 7, 8, 14 & 15 – Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage

Ron White is a well-known stand up comedian who is best known for being a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. If you are looking for some good laughs then you should certainly check him out one of the nights in Las Vegas.

Chad Prather – December 7 – Treasure Island Theatre

Chad Prather is another stand-up comedian who is relatively new to the comedy scene in general. He went viral in 2015 for his YouTube series called “Unapologetically Southern” which brought him a good amount of fame. Since then he has developed his stand up routine and he will certainly be good for a laugh or ten.

Chris Heers – December 8 & 9 – Silverton Casino Hotel

Chris Jeers is a relative unknown in the country music industry. He should put on a great performance though and you could find yourself becoming a new fan.

John Michael Montgomery – December 8 – Golden Nugget

John Michael Montgomery is one half of Montgomery Gentry which is a huge country music act. He will be performing hits from all of his years in the country music scene and it will be a great show.

Rob Staley Band – December 8 & 9 – Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que

The Rob Staley Band is an unknown musical act but they mainly play saloons all over the United States. They are trying to make their way in the country music scene and one day they could be playing stadiums.

Charlie Daniels – December 9 – The Showroom at the Golden Nugget

Charlie Daniels is best known for his number one hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” At the age of 81 he still puts on a great show as he has been performing for over 50 years. This is a show that you do not want to miss out on.

Tracy Lawrence – December 10 – The Showroom at the Golden Nugget

Tracy Lawrence has been active in country music since 1991 and has one number one hit song called “Sticks and Stones.” Lawrence is still going at age 50 and many country fans will enjoy his talent at the Showroom.

Reckless Kelly – December 10 – Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que

Reckless Kelly has been a band since 1996 and they have had trouble finding mainstream success. They had their biggest success with their latest album, “Sunset Motel”, and they could become a huge success if they keep grinding.

Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan – December 11 – Golden Nugget

Both of these women are daughters of country music Hall of Famers. They decided to team up and record an album together and now they tour around the country together. These two will have incredible stories about country music and great songs as well.

Dale Watson – December 11 – Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que

Dale Watson is an American country music outsider. He refuses to try and make mainstream music and wants to remain authentic to his fans and critics. He has become a fan favorite with a lot of fans but he does not have a huge following.

Gregor Ross – December 12 – Silverton Casino Hotel

Gregor Ross is a small time country musician from California. He will be performing one night at the Silverton and he should put on a great performance.

John Prine – December 12 – Westgate International Theater

John Prine is a two-time Grammy-winner that often mixes his music with humor and social commentary. With this he has become a country music icon and continues to play and please in front of huge crowds.

Cody Johnson – December 12-14 – South Point Showroom

Cody Johnson is a country singer from Texas and his last album, “Gotta Be Me”, debuted at number two on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart. He is extremely talented and should put on a great show for all country music fans.

Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band – December 12 & 13 – Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que

Chancey Williams is a former saddle bronc rider turned country artist. He has a small country fan following but getting to hear his rodeo stories will make the performance worth it for sure.

Lonestar – December 12 – The Showroom at Golden Nugget

Lonestar is a huge country music group with 9 singles that have reached number one on the Hot Country Songs chart. They will be putting on a great performance at the Golden Nugget and if you are a fan you should certainly check them out.

Colt Ford – December 13 – The Showroom at Golden Nugget

Colt Ford is a former professional golfer turned country rapper. He has a huge cult following that love his style of music and if you are a fan you should check out his performance.

Randy Brown – December 13-15 – Vell Pavilion – Silverton Casino Hotel

Randy Brown is a very talented R&B musician and he had a string of charting songs back in the early 1980s. He still has some fans all around the US and if you are one then you should not miss out on the chance to see him.

Jamey Johnson – December 14 – The Showroom at Golden Nugget

Jamey Johnson is a very talented country singer that did not get into the country scene until the age of 30. He has co-written singles for Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, Trace Adkins, George Strait, James Otto, Joe Nichols and Jessie James Decker. Certainly an artist worth checking out.

Gary Allan – December 14 & 15 – The Joint at Hard Rock

Gary Allan has had 26 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart so this is a band that you do not want to miss out on.

The Arnie Newman Band – December 14 & 15 – Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que

The Arnie Newman Band is a relatively unknown band from Anaheim, California. They put on a great show. They do not have any of their own music so they will be playing some great covers that all country music fans love.

Sierra Black – December 15 – South Point Showroom

Sierra Black is a Las Vegas native that has a residency in Vegas. She is slowly making a name for herself in country music and she is someone that all country fans should look out for.

Who do you plan to see at the 2018 NFR in Vegas? Let us know in the comments.


Speech of Martin Luther King “I Have a Dream”

I Have a Dream

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its various racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the word of ‘interposition’ and ‘nullification’, that one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough place will be made plain, and the crooked place will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that i will go back to South with.

With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.

With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day…..

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania…..

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

The End

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