Sometimes we just don’t brag about ourselves enough. Let’s face it…Missoula is very cool. Our team of Sports Page writers think it is, in fact, one special place to live. And as a result, we think more bragging should be allowed. So this month we decided to brag about some of our successful sports stars of Missoula’s past that are making it big in the professional ranks. This is an active list and we have toyed with the idea of working on an “all-time” list for a future article. We are sure that an “all-time” list ranking our successful sports athletes will create quite the debates at the water cooler. So we will save that for the future. For now, we just want to brag. So here is a list of the current professional atheletes that we know of who played their sport at some point as a member of our Missoula community.
These are all former University of Montana Grizzlies who were on an NFL roster this past season. So lets hear it for:
, Safety – Philadelphia Eagles: Special teams ace and starter late in the 2012 season will be entering his 4th season with the Eagles under new head coach Chip Kelly. (Griz 04-08)
, DE – Atlanta Falcons: Entering his 6th season with the Falcons and has been a versatile player on defense. 16.5 career sacks. (Griz 04-07)
Dan Carpenter, Kicker - Miami Dolphins: entering 6th season, career 82% FG kicker named to the Pro Bowl in 2009. (Griz 04-07)
, RB - New York Jets: Spent time in Vikings camp in 2012 and also played with the Patriots before landing with the Jets. Recently resigned with NY on a one year deal. (Griz 04-07)
, CB – St. Louis Rams: Had a solid rookie season with 31 tackles and 2 INT playing in 16 games. (Griz 08-11)
, WR/Returner – Tennessee Titans: Marc suffered a broken leg during the preseason in 2012 and missed the entire season. Back for his 4th season with the Titans, Marc was a Pro Bowler during his rookie season in 2010. (Griz 06-09)
, LB – Dallas Cowboys: Had a nice debut in the first preseason game in 2012 but was injured (Achilles) in practice the next week and was placed on IR. He will be vying for playing time in 2013. (Griz 08-11)
, RB – St. Louis Rams: Spent the 2012 season on the Rams Practice Squad and is back with the Rams this season to compete for a spot on the 53 man roster. (Griz 06-10)
, Safety – Atlanta Falcons: Entering 4th season with Atlanta, was placed on IR in 2012 with foot injury. (Griz 06-09)
, CB – Miami Dolphins: Entering third season with Miami, special teams player as well. (Griz 04-06, 10)
The baseball contingent comes from our Missoula Osprey. They are:
, 1B – Arizona Diamondbacks: Starting 1B for the Dbacks. Off to great start in 2013. Definite All-Star candidate in early going. (Osprey 2009)
, C – Arizona Diamondbacks: One of the top Catchers in baseball. “Miggy” is known for his offense, but shines on defense as well. (Osprey 2002-03)
, OF – Arizona Diamondbacks: Won a Gold Glove in 2011. Playing every day in outfield for Dbacks. (Osprey 2006)
, OF – Arizona Diamondbacks: Made his Major League debut in Fall 2012. Slated as starting CF for Dbacks but spring training injury delayed his 2013 season until mid-May. (Osprey 2010)
, OF – Colorado Rockies: One of the top OF in the Majors. Perennial All-Star and MVP candidate. Starting OF for Rockies. (Osprey 2003)
Jorge De La Rosa
, P – Colorado Rockies: After years of battling injuries, 2013 looks like a good year for the Rockies starting pitcher. (Osprey 1999)
, P – Cleveland Indians: A fixture in the Indians bullpen for 2013 (Osprey 2008)
, OF – Chicago Cubs: One of the best pitch hitters over the last few years, Hairston brings some power off the bench for the Cubs. (Osprey 2001)
, P – Houston Astros: After a few years out of the Majors due to injury, Ambriz made the Astros bullpen out of spring training (Osprey 2006)
, IF – Toronto Blue Jays: A part of the big off-season Marlins-Blue Jays trade, Bonifacio is Toronto’s starting 2B this season. Brings lots of speed to that lineup. (Osprey 2003)
, P – Toronto Blue Jays: Returning from major arm surgery this season, Santos is a set-up man in the Jays pen. (Osprey 2002)
, IF – Boston Red Sox: Ciriaco brings versatility and speed off the bench for the Red Sox this season. (Osprey 2005)
, P – Oakland A’s: Scribner was a major part of the Oakland bullpen during their successful late season run at the playoffs. Returns to bullpen role this year.(Osprey 2007)
, P – Oakland A’s: One of the key members of the Oakland starting rotation. Considered one of the top young arms in the game. (Osprey 2007)
, 1B – New York Yankees: One of the most popular Missoula athletes in baseball, Overbay nears the end of a great career as the 1B for the Yankees. (Osprey 1999)
, P – Detroit Tigers: One of the top closers in baseball over the past decade, Valverde has reclaimed the closer role in Detroit. (Osprey 2000)
Not to be overlooked, we thought we would highlight our current University of Montana Basketball alumni. Although none are in the NBA at this time, there are many of them playing pro ball around the globe.
is playing in a semi-pro league somewhere in the US.
will be playing in NBA Summer League this year.Read More
The phrase "Jackass," is usually not a term people think about when they go to a comedy show, but when comedian SteveO hits the stage at the Top Hat Lounge in Missoula on May 10th and 11th, that's exactly what everyone will be thinking about. Missoula Comedy, A Lifestylist Productions and Lukas Seely Presents continue their commitment to bring hip, edgy, raw talent to the Missoula Valley with comedian and Jackass alumni SteveO, who will be performing his standup act at the newly renovated Top Hat Lounge for 4 shows on May 10th and 11th.
SteveO (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) has become a household name and it all started when he snatched a video camera from his father’s closet when he was fifteen years old. From there he started producing homemade skateboarding videos featuring dangerous stunts mixed with comical behavior. He was born in London and by the age of twelve, had lived in five countries and communicated fluently in three different languages. He holds citizenship in three countries the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. After finishing high school in London, and completing a year at the University of Miami, SteveO realized that college wasn’t for him. He enrolled in Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College to help further his goal of becoming a professional stuntman.
After graduating Clown College, and determined to make it in Hollywood, he began to pitch his home videos to producers. Eventually, SteveO’s videos made it into the hands of Jeff Tremaine (Jackass Creator/Director/Producer) who was working with Johnny Knoxville to create a stunt based reality show. The rest is history. MTV aired the first season of JACKASS in 2000. In 2001, SteveO launched his own “SteveO Don’t Try This At Home Tour”, establishing himself as an accomplished stage performer, at venues throughout the U.S. and in a dozen countries.
When the JACKASS TV series ended in 2002, the team moved on to JACKASS: THE MOVIE, released by Paramount in October of that year. Shortly thereafter, SteveO and fellow JACKASS alum, Chris Pontius, were given a spinoff show entitled WILDBOYZ, which aired on MTV and MTV2 and lasted four seasons. In 2006, Paramount released JACKASS: NUMBER 2 in theatres and SteveO continued to thrill audiences with his outrageous stunts.
In 2009 he competed on ABC’s hit show, DANCING WITH THE STARS, and lasted six weeks, despite an injury and having virtually no dancing ability whatsoever. From stunts to standup SteveO first tried standup comedy at The Laugh Factory in 2006 when he was encouraged to go up on stage and tell crazy funny stories. It wasn't till 2010 when he decided to make standup comedy a career. Having been mentored by Dane Cook, SteveO has since travelled all over the U.S and The World performing standup comedy the last 3 years.
Never leaving his audience short changed, SteveO always does at least one stunt in every show and makes sure to take a picture with every fan that comes to the show. Most importantly, however, SteveO has been clean and sober since March of 2008 and lives a healthy, vegan lifestyle in the Los Angeles area...but he still has no problem stapling his balls to his leg.Read More
While just over 900 people live in the ranching town of White Sulphur Springs, more than 8,000 people poured into the town for the Red Ants Pants Music Festival last year. Sarah Calhoun, the event organizer and owner of Red Ants Pants, hopes this year’s event, July 25-28, will draw even more people to the Smith River Valley.
“It’s gong to be another jam-packed weekend full of great music, gorgeous views, and good, hardworking people.”
The festival, which is in its third year, benefits the Red Ants Pants Foundation, a nonprofit organization in support of women’s leadership, working farms and ranches, and rural communities.
Held in a cow pasture on the Jackson Ranches, and surrounded by the Big Belt, Little Belt and Castle Mountain ranges, the festival will bring in more than two dozen different artists performing on separate stages.
The 2013 lineup is as follows:
- Merle Haggard
- Robert Earl Keen
- Donna the Buffalo
- Greg Brown
- Wailin’ Jennys
- Heartless Bastards
- Corb Lund
- Todd Snider
- Amy Helm
- Joy Kills Sorrow
- Drew Landry Band
- Martha Scanlan
- Deep Dark Woods
- Ben Bullington
- Kendl Winter
- Teka Brock Band
A three-day weekend pass is $115 in advance, and $130 at the gate. One-day passes are $45 in advance and $50 at the gate. Camping is $15 per person for the weekend. Camping passes are available only at the gate, but there will be plenty of room for everyone. Kids 12 and under are free for festival and camping when accompanied by an adult.
Hard tickets will be available on April 15 at Forde Nursery in Great Falls, Blackfoot River Brewing in Helena, Rockin Rudy’s in Missoula, Conley’s Books in Livingston, Cactus Records in Bozeman, Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. in Billings, Big Timber Meats in Big Timber, and Red Ants Pants in White Sulphur Springs.Read More
GET YOUR GOAT
When a goat walks into a bar in Butte, some may suspect the start of a bad joke. But it’s a fact; early on a Sunday a complaint was called in from an unidentified Butte bar regarding a free-roaming goat on the premises. Ultimately removed by animal control, the animal was taken to a shelter to be claimed within the standard time frame. However, if she’s not retrieved promptly, the goat will begin to go through the adoption process. While it should be no problem for sweet and friendly Shirley, the name given to the goat by the shelter workers, it’s a definite first for the local shelter. (NBC Montana)
DON’T GET PHYSICAL
An English woman has been diagnosed with a rare condition where whenever her heart beats too quickly, she breaks out in hives, her throat narrows and eyes swell shut. In short, she is allergic to exercise. Known as exercise-induced angioedema (EIA), the disease is devastating for the young mother. Energetically playing with her children is dangerous, and chasing after them in an emergency could be life-threatening. Though hard to believe, and taking years to diagnose, the disease is quite real and affects only a couple people worldwide. Thankfully, with the aid of an antihistamine, she is able to walk about the park without an attack for the first time in a decade. (NY Daily News)
GOT NO TIME
When the Fars News Agency reported the announcement that an Iranian inventor had registered the “Aryayek Time Traveling Machine,” it quickly gained a curious social network following and eventual public response. While not actually allowing for physical travel through time, the inventor’s method of travel claims to let the user predict their next few coming years with up to 98% accuracy. But the amount of publicity on that claim has since pressured an Iranian official to deny the existence of such a machine’s registration with the state. (ABC News)
A FAIR JUDGEMENT
It’s not unusual to see those in the legal profession acting above the law, but that assumption only makes the outliers shine brighter. Even the small things matter, as when Michigan Judge Raymond Voet accidentally disrupted a hearing in his own courtroom when his cell phone went off. Undeterred, he held himself in contempt, paying the required $25 for the citation. Though he claims the interruption was an accident, Voet also states, “That's an excuse, but I don't take those excuses from anyone else.” (Associated Press)
GOT THE BEAT
When the music moves you, you got to move to the music...unless you’re operating a motor vehicle. An obvious thought to most, this wisdom went unheeded by a man in Bristol, England who was pulled over for erratic driving and suspicion of being under the influence. Turns out, the only thing influencing him was his cranked-up stereo pumping drum and bass. The professional driver did not deny his state, and cooperatively passed the breathalyzer. Having pled guilty to dangerous driving the music fan is now out of a job, but hopefully he’s learned his lesson and will turn down the tunes when allowed to drive again next year. (This is Bristol)Read More
Runners who brave a battlefield of barbed wire, mud trenches, water obstacles, flying projectiles, a gladiator pit and a shaggy, long-horned Scottish Highlander named “Harry” will be treated to striking views of Flathead Lake and the Rocky Mountains, but only after they complete a grueling climb to the high point of the Spartan Race course.
Thousands of competitors from across the U.S. and several countries will converge on Bigfork on May 11 to tackle the Reebok Spartan Race Sprint, a four-mile obstacle course that organizers expect will inject $1 million of revenue into the Flathead Valley.
“They will get muddy, they will get wet and they will get tired,” said Rob Brisendine of the Kalispell Convention and Visitors Bureau.
An estimated 62 percent of the 4,500 participants hail from out-of-market regions, Brisendine said, and will help fuel the Flathead economy during the sluggish shoulder season.
The race, part of a series founded by endurance athlete Joe De Sena, builds on the success of last September’s Dragon Boat Festival at the Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork. Sponsored by the KCVB and local businesses, the festival drew 56 registered teams, 1,210 participants and roughly 3,000 spectators who hailed from 12 states and two Canadian provinces.
“We are trying to coordinate events that are a good fit with the Flathead Valley’s passion for outdoor recreation,” Diane Medler, director of the KCVC, said. “We want it to be an outdoor adventure destination.”
On Friday, May 10, the Sportsman and Ski Haus in Kalispell will host a pre-event party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and enjoy free food, music by the Copper Mountain Band and try out a signature Spartan Race obstacle – the spear-throwing competition. Attendance by racers is mandatory as they will pick up bibs, race packets and receive a briefing on race logistics.
Race day parking is available in Bigfork, at the corner of Highway 35 and Highway 82. From there, shuttles will run every 15 minutes to provide transportation to and from the race site. Racers will be released in 250-person heats throughout the day, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and should arrive 2 1/2 hours early.
The race is held on 1,600 acres of private property owned by Doug Averill, who also owns the Flathead Lake Lodge and hosted the Dragon Boat Festival. The course is located three miles south of the lodge off of Highway 35, but no parking is allowed at the race site.
“This is a pretty wild setting. The first obstacle is to get past Harry,” Averill said of the Scottish Highlander, a bovine resident of questionable temperament.
Racers also will endure a 100-yard crawl under barbed wire and a rope climb. Each obstacle must be completed before runners can advance, and failure to complete an obstacle results in a mandatory set of 30 “burpees,” a vigorous squat-thrust exercise.
The final obstacle is the gladiator pit, which features “guys with gladiator staffs who knock you around,” Brisendine said.
Hotels are filling quickly during a month that usually sees a scant 48 percent occupancy rate, Brisendine said, and the race is expected to inject $1 million into the local economy.
The University of Montana’s Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research will be on hand to inventory the demographics of participants and spectators, providing a metric for members of the KCVB to gauge the event’s success.
Standing near the course’s high point on a recent afternoon, Flathead Lake sprawled out behind him, Brisendine was confident that visitors will be satisfied when they complete the race.
“People who have never been to the Flathead Valley get to come up here and see this,” he said. “It’s going to be pretty special.“
More information about the race is available at bit.ly/KWXWiW.Read More
Missoula’s science fiction and fantasy convention, MisCon, brings author Jim Butcher (Dresden Files, Codex Alera); weapons specialist, prop master, and actor Dragon Dronet (True Blood, Star Trek, Star Wars, X-Files); and fantasy artist Theresa Mather to Missoula May 24 – 27.
“This year we are also bringing in a guest publisher,” said convention organizer, Justin Barba, “We selected Paizo. They publish Pathfinder role-playing games and novels and will be featured in MisCon writing and gaming panels.”
MisCon’s four-day celebration includes a wide array of programming for all ages, including a writer’s workshop, art exhibit and auction, tabletop gaming, costume contest, and panel discussions about topics within the sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming realms. Children’s programming is also available on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
This year’s theme is “The Resistance.” Attendees can (but don’t have to) dress as their favorite freedom-fighters at the convention. “If you have a great costume, resistance-themed or otherwise, you should enter the costume contest,” said volunteer Amy Farrington, “entering is free with admission to the convention, and is held onSaturday.”Read More
The Yellow Bay Community Club’s 10th annual Flathead Lake Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arts and crafts vendors with booths suitable to set up outside are invited to apply for space reservations by calling Shari at 982-3437. This fund-raising event helps support the club’s community and charitable activities, and also helps toward maintenance of the aging clubhouse.
The festival is free and open to the public, and celebrates the cherry blossoms that traditionally bloom in May. Crafters and artisans offer a large assortment of locally-produced items for home and garden, as well as jewelry, lotions and accessories. Entertainment is provided all day with Frank Kuntz on the piano in the morning, and Jukebox Journey musicians Ken Edgington and Ralph Campbell, in the afternoon. Lunch and bake sale items are available for purchase, raffles and free door prizes are available throughout the day.
Community members are invited to join Yellow Bay Community Club and participate in regular potluck dinners every first and third Saturday of the month at 6:30 p.m.; the ladies’ auxiliary meets every second and fourth Thursday at noon for lunch and to work on club projects.
The Yellow Bay Community Clubhouse is at mile-marker 18 on Montana Highway 35. For more information call Barbara at 982-3064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
The Northwest Ballet Company, the Flathead Valley’s Premier Classical Ballet Performing Company, is presenting it’s 33rd Annual Spring Show Production, “Sleeping Beauty” on Mother’s Day weekend at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts. This will be a premiere work for the pre-professional company and the first time ever performed as a ballet in the Flathead Valley.
A professional guest artist from Chicago, Malachi Squires, will dance the part of Prince Florimund. Saturday’s 2 p.m. matinee will be geared towards children with free face painting before the show, and the Fairies Parade meet-and-greet the Northwest Ballet Company after the production in the
The Saturday 8 p.m. performance features Missoula’s professional Modern Company, Bare Bait Dance, opening that evening’s show with some excerpts from their repertoire. Lastly, the Sunday 4 p.m. performance, on Mother’s Day afternoon is geared toward families.
Tickets for reserved seating are on sale at the Kalispell Grand Hotel, 100 Main Street, (406) 755-8100. After May 10, tickets will only be available one hour before each performance at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts box office. Prices are $18 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Shows are Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 12, at 4 p.m. For more information, call (406)755-0760.Read More
The University of Montana School of Art will present the 2013 Bachelor’s in Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition. The exhibit will be on display in the UM Gallery of Visual Arts April 30 through May 17 and in the University Center Gallery April 29 through May 17.
Both galleries will host opening receptions on Thursday, May 2. The UC Gallery reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. and the Gallery of Visual Arts reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Both galleries will host Commencement receptions from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 17.
The annual BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition is a diverse array of media and content. Due to the large number of students, 18 artists will exhibit in the Gallery of Visual Arts and six artists will exhibit in the UC Gallery. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, film, installation, printmaking, photography and ceramics will be featured. All events are free and open to the public.
All BFA candidates in the School of Art are required to do the Senior Thesis Exhibition. Each student will display a body of work that reflects their chosen media. Participating artists in the Gallery of Visual Arts exhibit are Jason Bohman, Mary Callahan Baumstark, Sarah Christenson, Nerissa Cook, Zachary Cook, Kayla Crooks, Jennifer A. duToit, Sarah Ann Eisenlohr, Gaston, Kari A. Goettlich, Miriam Griffin, Gustav Hamilton, James Heath, Chase McBride, Clay Pape, Lukas Phelan, Cassie Stone and Janaína Vieira-Marques. Participating artists in the UC Gallery exhibit are Lea Christiansen, Lisa Diaz, Dane Hansen, Katie S. Machain, Rebekah Ann Sanders and Jack T. Wicks.
The Gallery of Visual Arts, located on the first floor UM’s Social Science Building, is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The UC Gallery, located on the second floor of the UC, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.Read More
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day 2013 at the National Bison Range on Saturday, May 11. This year’s theme focuses on life cycles and details all aspects of a migratory bird’s life, from nesting and migration to breeding and raising young. Most importantly, it addresses the need for conservation throughout a bird’s life cycle.
Habitat conditions in one season may affect the survival and nesting success of birds in another. Winter habitats are just as important as nesting sites, and their quality influences nesting success. Stopover sites, the places where birds rest and refuel during migration, are also critical, and are especially important for birds flying long distances.
As usual, the BIG event of Bird Day is the opening of Red Sleep Mountain Drive for the summer season, weather and road conditions permitting, of course. This is a 19-mile, one-way gravel road which climbs 2,000 feet to the high point of the Range. Because it travels through a variety of habitats, including grassland and forest, the scenic drive is a great place to see a broad spectrum of birds which have migrated back for the nesting season. Also, look for abundant wildlife and wildflowers and expect to catch a glimpse of baby bison among the herds.
For those who are new to birdwatching, or those just wanting to dust off the winter cobwebs, the Refuge will conduct a Beginning Bird Walk early on Saturday morning. The group will take an easy stroll around the Nature Trail to see which birds have completed their migration to return for the season. Call the office at 406/644-2211 extension 207 to register and get meeting place and time.
Other walks and activities may be added at a later date so check out our new website at www.fws.gov/refuge/national_bison_range. All of these trips have limited space so preregistration is required.
We’ll have a Migration Challenge course set up along the Grassland Trail at the Visitor Center so you can try your hand (wing!) at migrating. Additional activities for the day include special bird video showings, trivia contests, tips and tidbits, coloring pages, and free posters.
The Refuge and its scenic drives will open at 6:30 a.m. and the Visitor Center opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors coming in the evening will need to start Red Sleep Mountain Drive by 6 p.m. to complete the trip before the Refuge closes as dark. All Bird Day events are free but fees are charged for the scenic drives.
International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the incredible journeys of migratory birds between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central, and South America. For more information about migratory birds and about events happening throughout the nation, you can check the website at http://www.birdday.org/birday.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.Read More