Monday, March 16, 2015

Mexico's Liga MX and Spain's La Liga to Compete in 'Basque Soccer Friendly' at Boise State in July

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 10:55 AM

A team from Spanish soccer league La Liga will go head-to-head against a team from Mexico's Liga MX at the Wednesday, July 29, Basque Soccer Friendly at Boise State University's Albertsons Stadium. La Liga MX is the top-ranked soccer league in North America.

Though the Basque Soccer Friendly had planned to host a Major League Soccer team to play against the La Liga team, MLS had a scheduling conflict: its AT&T All-Star Game is happening in Denver, Colo., also on July 29. According to BSF media contact Argia Beristain Dougherty, MLS reached out to Liga MX to send a team to Boise to compete against the La Liga team.

Bringing La Liga to Boise has been in the works since 2010, when Mayor Dave Bieter met with Basque leaders who had come from Spain to celebrate Jaialdi, the huge Basque festival celebrated in Boise every five years. 

"It was too good an idea to pass up," Dougherty said.

Since then, Bieter and his brother, Boise State University history professor Dr. John Bieter, have worked with Basque groups in and outside of Boise to bring La Liga to the City of Trees for the BSF, which is part of the upcoming Jaialdi 2015, happening Tuesday, July 28-Sunday, Aug. 2.

Dougherty said Liga MX and La Liga are finalizing broadcasting arrangements for the match, which is set to take place at Albertsons Stadium. While time and ticket cost are also still being confirmed, the match is expected to begin at 7 p.m. and tickets should cost $40-$90 for general seating, $140-$250 for suites. These and other details are expected to be finalized by the time tickets go on sale in mid-April.
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Enter the $1 Million March Mania Bracket Challenge Presented by Boise Weekly and DataTel Communications

Posted By on Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM

It's Selection Sunday for the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, and that means it's time to get down with some bracketology.

This year Boise Weekly and DataTel Communications are teaming up to present the March Mania Bracket Challenge. Fill out your bracket, and you'll be automatically entered to win prizes like a 16-gigabyte Kindle Fire HDX and cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $1 million. You could also win a night on the town courtesy of DataTel, which includes two tickets to any Knitting Factory show this summer, a $50 gift card to Mai Thai and a $100 Visa card for incidentals and cab fare.

Prizes will be awarded for correctly predicting the Sweet 16, the Final 4 and, of course, the whole tournament.
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Registration for 38th Race to Robie Creek Begins Monday, Feb. 16

Posted By on Sun, Feb 15, 2015 at 11:37 AM

The Race to Robie Creek is one of Boise's longest-standing endurance athletic traditions. This half-marathon pain train takes runners from Fort Boise to Shaw Mountain Road. From there, it's a 13-mile race to a massive after-party at the Robie Creek Campground in the Boise National Forest.

It's one of the most grueling physical challenges in town, and completing it earns runners swag and bragging rights.

This year, the race is set to take place Saturday, April 18, but registration for the event starts tomorrow—Monday, Feb. 16, beginning at noon. Race registration fills up fast online, so don't be late.

As always, race organizers are up front about the difficulty of the "the toughest race in the Northwest":
THIS IS NOT YOUR NORMAL HALF MARATHON! We are asking that participants be capable of finishing our event in under 4 hours. In year’s past we have had race participants take longer than 6 hours. Please do not put yourself or others at risk be respectful and honor the race as well as others.
Consider yourself warned, informed and inspired.
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Fresno Breaks Bronco Basketball Winning Streak

Posted By on Sun, Feb 15, 2015 at 11:26 AM

The Bronco Men's basketball team was on a roll. With 3:14 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Broncos were up 61-57. But in the final minutes of the match between the Fresno State University Bulldogs and the Broncos, Fresno pulled out a 13-3 run by the buzzer, bringing the final score to 70-64 for a home win.

The Broncos had positioned themselves as NCAA tournament material during an eight-game winning streak: Its record overall this season has been 18-7, and 8-4 in the Mountain West. But last night's loss to Fresno State (12-13; 7-5) came as a blow. The Bulldogs were ranked 230 in ratings percentage index ahead of last night's game.

Boise State will tip off again Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 9 p.m. at UNLV (14-11; 5-7).
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Mr. Cope's Cave: The Very Last Time I Say 'Super Bowl' This Year

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 10:34 AM

I came by Monday morning, but you weren't here.

Yeah I was.

You didn't answer the door.

Well... no. Sometimes I don't.

Were you sick? Hungover, maybe?

No, I wasn't sick. And why would I be hungover?

You know... the Super Bowl.

I didn't watch the Super Bowl.

Not even any of it?

OK, a little. I switched over now and then to see who was ahead. And I watched the last minute or so.

Wasn't that a dumb play Seattle ran? I can still hardly believe...

Excuse me, Junior. But are we anywhere near to being done talking about the f***ing Super Bowl yet?

Well gosh, Mr. Cope. I'm not the only one. Did you hear it was the most watched television thing in all of the universe's history?

I heard something to that effect.

So you do follow Super Bowl news. At least, just a little?

It's not so much "follow" as "can't get away from."

But you watched the half-time show, I bet.

Actually, yes. My wife told me when it came on because she thought I might want to see it. So, yeah, I switched over and watched. Some of it, anyway. Up until I stopped watching it.

Wasn't that something? Have you ever seen anything like that in your life?

No, I have never seen anything like it in my life, and yes, it was something.

You didn't like it. You're being sarcastic.

Well for hell's sake, Scrappy. Didn't you think it was a little... uh, I'm looking for the right word here... oh, I know... stupid?

What are you talking about!? It was spectacular! That's what I think it was. She came riding in on a giant lion, for gosh sakes. You don't see that everyday.

No, you don't.

And then she sang with dancing beach balls and happy sharks!

Yes, I saw it. Happy sharks.

I mean... it was like... gosh, it was like...

Yeah, I know what you mean. It's like it made you wish you were 4 years old again.

Well I suppose you could have put on a better Super Bowl halftime show.

OK, you're right. I'd be an absolutely lousy Super Bowl halftime putter-oner. I can't even imagine anything that would hold the attentions of 150 million football fans for 20 minutes. And I don't think I want to. So I guess it's a good thing they didn't ask me.

Mr. Cope ... did you just imply that football fans are... uh... what's the word I'm looking for here, uuuuuh...

I don't know. Did I?

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bloomberg: Seahawks' Richard Sherman Takes Out the Trash(Talk)

Posted By on Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 12:35 PM

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a "Let's Move!" taping with Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks in the White House Kitchen, May 21, 2014. - OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY AMANDA LUCIDON
  • Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon
  • First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a "Let's Move!" taping with Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks in the White House Kitchen, May 21, 2014.

As millions of Americans prepare to chow down on chips and dip while they watch the New England Patriots (14-4) and the Seattle Seahawks (14-4) go head-to-head in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, writer Will Leitch (founding editor of Deadspin) offers some food for thought with his Jan. 30 Bloomberg Politics article, "The NFL's Trashtalker of Truth," a piece about Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman, who Fleitch calls "the most eloquent critic of his own league."

It's an excellent, eye-opening read—especially if you've had your fill of Deflategate.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Mr. Cope's Cave: Buck the Duckeyes

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Who were you for, Mr. Cope? The Ducks or the Buckeyes?

Are you seriously asking me another sports question?

Uh, yeah. But I thought this might be a sports question you would have some interest in, Mr. Cope.

And why would you think that?

Because I know you lived in Ohio once. And that's where the Buckeyes are from... Ohio. But now you live close to Oregon. And that's where the Ducks are from.

So, because I did, or do, happen to live in geographical proximity to a football team, that would mean, somehow, that my disgust for the sport and everything that goes with it would be suspended whenever that team manages to get into some allegedly special game that is only being played because: 1) football fans are so immaturely obsessive they can never get enough of their juvenile distraction, and 2) the sports industry is more than happy to provide a longer and longer season, even if it means contriving artificial competitions and rivalries and loyalties where none existed before, and convincing simple souls from one end of America to the other that, somehow, it is important to find out which is better... the Ducks or the Buckeyes?

Um, I suppose if you're going to put it like that, uh... I guess I can assume you didn't watch the game.

Well, actually... yes. Some of it. I did switch over to it a few times just to see who was winning.

Then, about your disgust for the game... would you say that you overcame it, or that you managed to work around it, or what? What exactly did you do with all that disgust when you were switching over to see who was winning?

Look Junior, I would hope you can understand that someone can be disgusted with something, and still be curious about it.

And your curiosity was stronger than your disgust? At least, while the game was being played?

I guess you could say that. It's like Miley Cyrus.

Miley Cyrus?

Yes. Miley Cyrus. A person's disgust for Miley Cyrus might know no bounds, yet he can still be curious about whatever the hell it is she's done this time.

I see... I think.

But it certainly doesn't mean I would ever become a Miley Cyrus fan.

Of course not.

And it doesn't mean I would ever feel the need to choose one of Miley Cyrus' half-witted antics over the others as my favorite.

No, I wouldn't think so.

So, now that we have that figured out, let me ask you... who were you for? The Ducks or the Buckeyes?

It's Ducks. All the way! Woo-hoo Ducks!

Poor you.
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Mr. Cope’s Cave: Read This Quick So I Can Get Rid of This Pest

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Mr. Cope, would you mind very much if I asked you about…

Junior, are you aware that Friday is the day I go out and get things done.

Well, actually, yes, I think maybe I remember you saying something about that. Once.

Yet you continue to show up Friday mornings and engage me in these long, drawn-out, pointless conversations, even though you admit to knowing that I prefer to keep Friday free.

Look, Mr. Cope, it’s not all my fault. Honest. It’s my editor. He sends me here because he needs to fill a hole, and he knows I can always get a few hundred words out of you. Honest. If it were up to me, I’d rather be out interviewing… oh, I don’t know… local weathermen about the weather. Or local restaurant owners about their menu. Or local gas station owners about the price of gas. Or… really, now that I think about it… I guess I’d rather be out interviewing just about anyone but you.

Huh. Well. I, uh… I guess I don’t know how to feel about that. Am I really that bad?

Oh no, Mr. Cope. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean to say you’re like… cantankerous. Or crotchety, or anything like that. But the thing is, you never want to talk about what I come to interview to you about. You always take off in some other direction, and there I am… stuck with whatever you’re babbling on about. Know what I mean? It’s like trying to get a dog to play fetch, but all you want to do is play roll-over. And then if I go along and try to play roll-over with you, you switch and want to play chase-your-tail. Honest, Mr. Cope. I always leave here feeling like I’ve been drinking. 

OK then, Durwood. Ask me your question and I’ll do my best to stay on track.

But you won’t want to answer my question because it’s about jocks. And I already know what you think of jocks.

Then why’d you pick such a question?

Because it’s something that’s going on now. And because people are paying attention to it. And because I try to write about things people are paying attention to. And if it were up to me, I’d have gone to a local coach to ask him what he thought, but… um, it wasn’t up to me.

Because your editor sent you.

Yes. Because my editor sent me.

Just ask, and let’s see what happens.

And you won’t get mad at me if you don’t like the question?

Nah. You go ahead and ask, Jiminy. I won’t get mad.

Well, It’s about those football players who held up their hands. Those St. Louis Ram guys, you know? When they did that “Don’t Shoot” protest thing at the game last Sunday? Do you have any opinions about that? Maybe?

Actually, I do, Skippy. I certainly do. I’m not sure how effective their gesture will be on the efforts to reform police practices. But I think it’s a great, wonderful thing any time a football player finds something worthwhile to do with himself.

You mean… other than being a football player?

No. I mean… because they’re football players.

That implies you don’t think playing football is a worthwhile thing to do.

As a matter of fact, I don’t. But to be fair, playing football is a far, far more worthwhile thing to do than watching football.

Mr. Cope, that’s a pretty radical thing to say. It’s going to make a lot of our readers angry.

Well… you asked.

Maybe I should change the subject.

Oh. I get it. Now you’re going to start rolling over when I thought we were playing fetch. Besides, haven’t you filled your editor’s hole yet? Seems like we’ve been talking forever.

Just one more question, Mr. Cope. Then I’ll leave. Are you really going to do what you said you’d do Monday? About the different Christmas music every time you post, I mean?

I’m gonna try, Melvin. I’m gonna do it as long as the good stuff holds out.

Have you got some good stuff for your blog today?

Sure do. I have a sweet little Erroll Garner piece, then I found a whole album of Oscar Peterson Christmas music.

I’ve never heard of either of those guys. They’re both dead, I suppose.

Not in my heart, they aren’t. Now, I’d ask you to stick around and listen, buuuut…

Yes, I understand. You have to go out and get things done.


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Friday, September 19, 2014

Mr. Cope’s Cave: Guess What Mr. Cope Won’t Be Doing This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Don’t you have anything to say about what’s going on with the NFL?

Umm, nothing that I can think of, no.

But surely, you don’t approve of what Ray Rice did, do you?

Let’s see. Ray Rice. Now, was he the one who beat his kid with a switch? Or was he the one who beat his wife with a left hook?

He’s the one in the elevator. Knocked his wife… actually, his fiancé at the time… out cold. It’s Adrian Peterson who beat his kid with a switch.

And who’s the guy everyone wants to quit or get fired or whatever?

That’s Roger Goodell. He’s the commissioner of the NFL. Don’t you think he should be fired?

So if they fired him, I don’t suppose they would replace him with the Dalai Lama would they?

What? The Dalai Lama? Noooo! Why would they replace him with the Dalai Lama? That’s stupid! The Dalai Lama doesn’t know anything about football. They’d never replace Roger Goodell with the Dalai Lama.

I just thought that since the trouble they’re having in the NFL is because the sport seems to be filled with aggressive, violent men who consider brute force as a viable lifestyle, the entire football industry might benefit from having a person leading them who has spent entire his life pursuing non-violence and a peaceful nature.

Well, they’re not all aggressive and violent. That’s not fair to say every football player lives a life of brute force.

So what do football players do for a living?

Uh, what do you mean? They play football, that’s what they do for a living.

Which is, is it not, at its most fundamental, either trying to smash through a mob of like-minded fellows with no regard whatsoever as to whether someone gets hurt in the encounter, or to be on the other side, making every effort to knock their opponents off their feet with such force that, hopefully, the primary victim can’t even hold onto a ball? And if a concussion or a debilitating knee injury or a fractured throwing arm is the result, oh well… it’s what they get for coming onto our side of the scrimmage line, eh?

Oh, and when they aren’t actively engaged in such aggressive, violent behavior, they spend their days lifting weights and slamming headfirst into barriers so they can do even more damage, and pumping up their bloodlust by yelling and screaming like Orc savages at Helm’s Deep at the behest of a coach who can get them fired if they aren’t aggressive and violent enough. What’s more, they’ve been doing it since they were little boys, and they’ve been rewarded handsomely for being the most aggressive and the most violent in their peer group, all the way from Pop Warner to the pros. Why, a good many of them have never known anything but aggression and violence. And then we are surprised when some of that spills over into their personal lives?

Wull… uh… that’s not football’s fault. Football builds character. Team spirit. Strong willpower and the drive to succeed. Stuff like that.

Know what?… if a semi-organized bunch of young men on the street were doing things football players do all the time, we’d be freaking out over this “gang culture.” Yet we allow this football culture to permeate our society like a virus that spreads through 52-inch television screens and nacho cheese dip. On game days, sports bars fill up with hooting fans who can’t seem to get infected enough. They’re actually asking to be turned into zombies, it seems to me… begging for more brain deadness. Christ, when they’re not watching the games, they sit around dreaming up fantasy teams or reading meaningless drivel on sports pages. Everywhere you look, seemingly normal people are walking around wearing ugly clothing that shows their support of their favorite gang of violent thugs. So no, it’s no wonder to me that these pampered goons don’t think society’s rules apply to them, because in so many ways, society’s rules don’t apply to them.

You’re not being fair at all. Domestic violence and child abuse, that’s what this is about. That’s what’s wrong here. And there’s plenty of domestic violence and child abuse among people who aren’t pro football players.

Yes, yes. That’s true, I know. And wouldn’t it be interesting to know what those child-beating, wife-beating non-football players do for entertainment? Wouldn’t it? I mean… do you suppose there is a lot of wife beating or child beating going on among people who spend Saturday or Sunday afternoons at a zoo? A museum? Maybe an art exhibit or reading a book? What do you suppose the biggest share of wife beaters and child beaters watch on Sunday night?… Masterpiece Theater? Or Sunday Night Football?

Now you’re just being an elitist snob.

Yes. Yes I am. I thought that’s what you liked about me.

But yes or no… do you think Roger Goodell should be fired?

Yes, I think Roger Goodell should be fired. And no, I don’t think it would change a damn thing. An epidemic isn’t going to be cured by firing the guy who didn’t tell us about it, is it?

Mr. Cope, sometimes you make me so mad I just want to… to…

Spike me to the ground like a rag doll and strut away from my prostrate form, giving chest bumps to all of your friends, perhaps?

Yeah. Something like that.

Say, what are you doing tomorrow?

Going to the Bronco game. What else would I be doing?

Ah, just wondering.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM

How many of you ladies out there have rugby dreams? If you're wondering, they're similar to hoop dreams, or any other dream, but they involve playing rugby. 

Those dreams can come true at Boise Nemesis women's rugby. New to the sport? No problem. All levels of athlete and all body types are welcome. Head over to Winstead Park this evening and learn the ins and outs of the game amongst friends. If intimidation is your thing, try introducing yourself as "Bonecrusher."

6:30 p.m. FREE. Winstead Park, 6150 W. Northview St., Boise, 208-608-7600,

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