ESPN Names College Football’s 5 Hardest Schedules In 2019

first_imgGeorgia football players kneeling before a game.JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 27: The Georgia Bulldogs take a knee during a game against the Florida Gators at TIAA Bank Field on October 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Earlier this month, ESPN updated its Football Power Index (FPI) in anticipation of the upcoming 2019 college football season.One of the metrics the FPI uses is remaining strength of schedule. It uses a number of factors to calculate which team has the hardest remaining slate ahead of them.As of now, every team has its entire schedule ahead of them, so the remaining strength of schedule is simply a preseason ranking of every team’s 12-game campaign.According to the FPI, the five toughest schedules in the country can be found in the Pac-12 and SEC. South CarolinaUSCFloridaStanfordGeorgiaThe FPI projects Florida and Georgia to be top-five teams, while slotting South Carolina at No. 18 and USC at No. 25.Stanford, meanwhile, is ranked 33rd by the FPI.You can view the full FPI rankings here.last_img read more

British Adventurer Donates Frostbitten Toes to Infamous Canadian Hotel Bar

first_img America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider TravelingOtter/FlickrRemember that one Christmas when you donated to Toys 4 Tots? That was nice. But until you’ve given up actual body parts for the greater good, you can stop bragging about your so-called “philanthropy.” In this case, that greater good is the donation by one now-famous British explorer to a notorious bar in Canada’s Yukon Territory. The Downtown Hotel in Dawson City is best known for their Sourtoe Cocktail. It’s an uncomplicated affair — a heavy pour of booze (typically whiskey or tequila) with a mummified human toe floating in it.To successfully join The Sourtoe Cocktail Club, one need only pledge the Sourtoe Oath, down the drink, and let the toe touch your lips. There’s but a single rule: “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips have got to touch the toe.” In the more than four decades since the club’s founding in the mid-’70s, more than 77,000 have joined.The story of the one-of-a-kind tipple made its rounds online a few years back. It has since become something of a rite of passage for travelers to Canada’s more remote reaches. It resurfaced in 2013 when someone intentionally swallowed the toe, then gladly slapped down $500 on the bar — the requisite “fine” for the offense — just to say he did it. Then, in 2017, some joker stole the toe. It was subsequently returned, but the bar has made sure to keep a stock of toes on hand ever since.Downtown HotelEnter Nick Griffiths. The hardcore British-adventurer-turned-toe-philanthropist traveled to Canada to run the Yukon Arctic Ultra. This 300-mile (483-kilometer) dogsled race is among the toughest in the world. Griffiths soon learned how tough it could be when he was forced to drop out after just 30 hours. Weather conditions for the 2018 run proved exceptionally grueling with high humidity and temperatures hovering around -40 degrees Celsius. The adventurer found himself at a hospital in Whitehorse, where he was given the diagnosis that he could lose half his foot. He left after five days of treatment, hopeful that his condition would improve. However, a few weeks after his discharge, it began to blister and turn black. Shortly after, doctors were forced to amputate Griffiths’ toes.While Griffiths had never actually been to or heard of the Downtown Hotel, a nurse in Whitehorse shared with him a video of her joining the Sourtoe Cocktail Club. Since he figured he did not have much need for his severed toes, he ultimately decided to donate them to “bar science.” He told The Star, “It would be quite a novelty one day … to say ‘your granddad’s toe is in a bar in Canada.’” Different strokes for different (toeless) folks, we suppose.The hotel’s bar manager, Jonny Klynkramer, is excited to receive the digits, noting they currently only have two “pointer toes” in stock. Also in an interview with The Star, he stated, “We always prefer big toes, they’re the meatiest.”And Canada wonders why Americans think they’re weird. Editors’ Recommendations The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bagslast_img read more

Sri Lanka briefs US Congress on progress achieved so far

The Ambassador had fruitful discussions with the leadership of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce and Chairman Ted Yoho of the House Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee.He met with Congressman David Price, the Ranking Member of the House Democracy Partnership, in follow up to his visit to Sri Lanka for promoting deeper partnership with the HDP. The Ambassador also called on the Senator Chris Van Hollen, the newly appointed Senator for Maryland. The Government has briefed the US Congress on progress achieved so far in the country, the Sri Lankan Embassy in the US said.In the month of February, two congressional delegations of U.S. House of Representatives visited Sri Lanka. Following up on the manifest greater engagement by the members of the U.S. Congress with Sri Lanka, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam has met with several leading members of the U.S. Congress. The first was a bipartisan four-member delegation of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) Committee led by Chairman Peter Roskam and Ranking Member David Price. An eight-member bipartisan delegation led by the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte immediately followed. The Ambassador briefed the members of Congress on the progress made by the Unity Government in advancing good governance, the rule of law, political and economic reforms and reconciliation. Discussions centered on working towards expanding the partnership between the two countries in multiple spheres of cooperation. (Colombo Gazette) read more