Beer, Food and Sports

It’s Bristol Baby!


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This is it, 500 LAPS. 500 points up for grabs just between laps lead and fastest laps. We must nail the top names to scoop up as many of those as possible. This race Saturday night will have a huge influence on how you finish in your league for the season believe it or not.

Kyle Larson – Super fast in both practices and has been on a roll, this finally may be it. Cheap and a dark horse pick for the win.

Kyle Busch – May be the best driver in modern times at this track, actually no, he IS the best Bristol driver.

Kurt Busch – Kyle’s brother isn’t bad here either.

Martin Truex –  You have him cheap, you’re keeping him.

Matt Kenseth – On a roll, may be a great play again.

Speed on the cheap: We have 2, this week. Justin Algaier and David Ragan are both under $11 and both have posted some fantastic 10 lap averages. Can’t go wrong either way.

Caution: If you miss the guy that leads the most lap in this race, you’re in trouble. Those named above give you the best chance at having him in your lineup by far.

Ideal Lineup:

Kyle Busch

Kurt Busch

Martin Truex

Kyle Larson

David Ragan




– Adam Dulski

Twitter: @adamdulski


Quick Beer Reviews

Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Mokah – American Imperial Ale/ Dbl. Stout

ABV. 10% IBU. 50

-Although I am not a huge fan of stouts, I definitely have to give Southern Tier an “A” for effort in the flavor department. The hints of coffee and chocolate are spot on. This brew has a very bitter aftertaste and is a bit strong.


Hamburg Brewing Co.
IPA – American IPA

ABV. 6%

-A great time IPA. A bit of a sweet caramel roast, not too bitter. A very smooth taste, goes great with a good steak or fish. Also recommend with bar food and pick ons.


Southern Tier Brewing Co.
2xIPA – Imperial/ Double IPA

ABV. 8.2% IBU. 60

-Extra hoppy but smooth for a dbl. IPA. Goes great with summer BBQ’s. Easy to drink for an IPA fan and gets the job done with an 8.2% ABV. Don’t let the IBU of 60 fool you…it isn’t as bitter as it seams.


Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Live – American Pale Ale

ABV. 5.5%

-One of my favorite “everyday” beers, Live has a very crisp refreshing taste. A great hoppy bitterness along with a light body and hints of citrus & grapefruit. Perfect summertime Ale and my personal favorite beer for camping trips, it’s a staple at our cottage. Do yourself a favor and grab a 6 pack if you have yet to try it.



Lake Placid Brewing Co.
Around the Bend – American Pale Ale

ABV. 5.4% IBU. 40

-A hoppy treat from Lake Placid goes great with a good fish fry. Has a good malt flavor with a strong hoppy aftertaste. Looking forward to trying more from Lake Placid.



– Chris Monroe

TWITTER: @turtle868

ONE Buffalo!


The year was 1983, a very important year in Buffalo sports history. On January 23rd, a not quite 2 year old version of me watched a sold out Memorial Auditorium crowd scream and cheer our Sabres to a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. This was my first game, my first taste of sports and the excitement that comes with it. We had amazing seats, two rows from the glass, my father says he had to pull me down from the rafters after every crushing body check into the boards. Needless to say I was hooked, the fast pace and high energy was mesmerizing and I couldn’t get enough. I am fortunate enough to have a puck from the game that my dad engraved the date on to commemorate that special moment in time. This same year a very passionate and determined businessman named Terry Pegula said some very special words to his partner, “if I ever have more than two nickels to my name, I’m going to buy the Buffalo Sabres one day”. Who could have fathomed the magnitude of those words three long decades later.

Now lets go to 1985, I am a little bit older and my love for hockey and my Buffalo Sabres is growing stronger with every passing season. Prior to this year my interest in football was limited to playing catch with my dad. See, we are a family of Bills fans and as a rambunctious 4 year old, back to back 2 and 14 seasons didn’t do much for my attention span. However the Chicago Bears playoff games and a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots did peak my interest. I remember very little from way back then but the excitement of my dad, uncles and their friends after every QB sack or crazy run by “sweetness” definitely drew me in. I remember running around the house singing the Super Bowl Shuffle song. This was the start to my love for football. The next few seasons for the Bills were still rough. I remember looking forward to Sundays to yell and cheer on my team but sadly finding interest in something else by halftime because we were losing so bad. It wasn’t until 1988, with our first winning season came a new hero, a hero named Jim Kelly. Kelly’s winning attitude accompanied by the immortal voice of Van Miller was all I needed to bleed red, white and blue for the rest of my life.

Fast forward to T-Peg day, February 22nd, 2011. A typical cold Buffalo day, that is until the news broke that Mr. Pegula has the winning bid to keep our Sabres here in Buffalo where they belong. Just a few short years later the City of Good Neighbors once again gets to celebrate and thank the Pegula family. This time for ensuring that our beloved Buffalo Bills will be a staple of our community for generations to come. Other than the obvious reasons such as economic benefits and the fact that we are the best fans in sports and adore our teams, there are many other reasons that we should be thankful for the Pegula family. They are once again bringing not only our sports teams back to the forefront where they belong, they are also helping to revitalize our great city. They are building two class franchises and filling them with star players that my son and every other kid in Western NY can look up to and root for. I feel for children over the last few decades. Heroes wearing football or hockey jerseys have been few and far between but thanks to Terry and Kim that is all over.

As I sit here writing this story with a smile, I cant help but think about all of the traditions my son and I can start. Sports teaches a lot and as my son approaches his 2nd birthday I am looking forward to him building a love and appreciation for our teams as I did. I feel that sports is a very important factor in the growth and development of our children. So in closing I would like to say cheers to making sports memories with our kids so that some day they can share stories with their kids about how they got to see our great city bring home Super Bowl Rings and Stanley Cups. New heroes like Jack Eichel and Sammy Watkins will go a long way to help make this happen….




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– Chris Monroe

TWITTER: @turtle868

#TNAvsGFW – is it really a “Supershow”?


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The August 12th (or August 15th if you’re in the UK) episode of Impact Wrestling was billed as a TNA vs GFW “Supershow”. It featured interpromotional matches and TNA Hall of Famer and Global Force Wrestling founder Jeff Jarrett as the man in charge. But can you call it a “Supershow” when one of the two brands represented doesn’t even have a TV deal yet?

But don’t get me wrong, Impact Wrestling is, in my opinion, the best wrestling show on TV each week. TNA has the best bell-to-bell action and some of the most talented wrestlers in the business. This week’s Impact Wrestling was a great show with some amazing action. It was nice to see some fresh blood interacting with the somewhat limited TNA roster and the main event could have easily headlined a pay-per-view. Plus, any time you get to see PJ Black (fka Justin Gabriel in WWE) flying around in a ladder match, it’s a good day to be a wrestling fan!

Just as an FYI, from here on out I wrote this as I was watching so I did take some guesses and what might be to come. Some were right, some were not and some have still yet to materialize.

The night started out with Jeff Jarrett and his GFW talent arriving at the Impact Zone earlier in the day. Jeff, accompanied by his wife Karen, came to the ring and started talking about Bully Ray being attacked backstage last week and how he graciously offered to run Impact for one night because he is so appreciative of getting the hall of fame induction and being able to end his career on his terms with the King of the Mountain match. As a wrestling fan for almost 30 years, I do have to say that I think it’s going to end up being Jeff Jarrett and the GFW guys that laid out Bully Ray.

Jarrett then vacated the title and said a new champ will be crowned tonight, which brought out Eric Young. EY insulted Double J, talked about injuring Kurt Angle and taking the prosthetic leg of Chris Melendez before challenging Jarrett to a match. Jeff said he isn’t a TNA employee so he can kick EY’s butt if he wanted to, but instead put EY in the TNA vs GFW King of the Mountain match for the KOTM title. This led to the GFW guys coming out and attacking EY, which led to TNA guys coming out to attack the invading GFW.


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After a commercial break, Jeff Jarrett and the GFW wrestlers are shown in the back. Jeff tell them that they are not “invading” TNA and are only here to show what they can do. Again I think Jeff is laying the “nice guy” routine on pretty think, which will lead to a GFW heel turn at some point.


Lei’D Tapa was once a member of the Impact roster and I hope she has learned how to wrestle since her last TNA televised match because she used to be very, very green…. she hasn’t. Luckily Kong is excellent in the ring and was able to carry her into a match that wasn’t a total disaster.


If this DQ junk-ending is a sign of things to come then this is going to be a really long show. I know that both TNA and GFW are going to want their brands to look strong in this invasion but you still have to have winners and losers in the actual matches.

On each end of the commercial break we get backstage interviews with PJ Black and Drew Galloway. Both men have been added to the KOTM title match and I have to admit that I am starting to get pretty excited to see it.

Next we have Bobby Roode in the ring. He’s upset that he isn’t included in the KOTM match but he is more upset that Rockstar Spud ended Austin Aries’ TNA career last week on Impact Wrestling. Am I the only one that noticed that Spud is rocking a Booby Roode beard? Maybe I am…

Either way, Spud calls Roode a “prick”, mentions that the kids in the audience want him to be there (but their parents probably didn’t want to hear him say “prick”) and then cuts a promo on Roode before slapping him in the face. Roode in turn chokes Spud, Roodebombs him, throws him into the steel steps and then puts him in the crossface on the floor. I guess Bobby really doesn’t like people copying his facial hair!


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In the back Jarrett yells at Roode for taking it to far with Spud. I still say Jarrett is evil in disguise!

MATCH 2: JESSIE “THE MAN” GODDERZ VS LASHLEY (Winner advances to KOTM match)

So am I really supposed to think Godderz has even a remote chance of winning this match and going on to the KOTM match?? I could have thought that Godderz could win by DQ or by countout but now I think it’s pretty obvious who will win this one. Putting Godderz in this match would be like putting GFW’s Chris Masters in a KOTM match.


Next up we get a nice video package from the excellent Matt Hardy vs EC3 Full Metal Mayhem match from last week. Say what you will about TNA’s mismanagement of some talent but they really have turned EC3 into a main event caliber star! That guy is fantastic in the ring and even better on the mic. He deserves to be champ and I hope he keeps the belt for a long, long time!

After which we learn that Drew Galloway has been taken out backstage in a similar fashion to Bully Ray. Jeff Jarrett is both outraged and upset. He says will get to the bottom of this while Dixie goes to the hospital with Galloway. He even says to Dixie “Trust me”! That’s like wrestling code for “Don’t trust me! I’m super evil! I’m the evil mastermind!”

EC3 comes out with Tyrus and cuts a great promo. He said “I was born and bred to carry this company on my shoulders into the future!” and I couldn’t agree with him more. After insulting the audience he is interrupted by a limping Matt Hardy. Matt tells EC3 how great he is and then tries to get himself another title match. He even says #MattForChamp. EC3 pretends to compliment Hardy and call him a worthy contender for the title. He says that the fans should decided if Hardy gets another title match. Once the fans cheer for a re-match EC3 says no and has Tyrus beat up Hardy. EC3 then raises the belt over his head and smiles. Great segment!


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After the break we get The Dollhouse. Taryn setts up a handicap cage match between Jade and Marti Bell vs Gail Kim for next week at TNA Turning Point. On a side note, I like the pay-per-view themed episodes of Impact. It really gives the episodes a special feel.

The commentators announce that GFW’s Chris Mordetzky (fka “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters in WWE) will be tasking the spot of Drew Galloway. I’ll be honest here, I haven’t seen Masters since his WWE days so I don’t know if he has improved any but I am now a lot less excited for the main event…


It’s nice to see Brian Myers (fka Curt Hawkings in WWE) back on TV. I dont know if these guys are normally a team at GFW shows but they look like two randomly thrown together wrestlers. Nothing about them says “tag-team”. Myers is still carrying a walking stick and wearing the same gear he was in the tail end of his WWE career and Trevor was wearing black boots and black trunks. I will just assume that they are just “Team GFW” for this match.

I’m not sure why WWE didn’t hire The Wolves after their NXT tryout match but WWE’s loss is TNA’s gain! The Wolves are, in my opinion, the best team in the world today.

This one was a fast moving and fun-to-watch match. I could see Myers and Lee making a really good team together going forward.


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Lashley says he can beat anyone, in any match, in any sport. Also he says that TNA rules and that he will be King of the Mountain tonight.


Some great high-flying moves in this very athletic, X-Division style match between current X Champ Tigre Uno and one of the men that helped build the X-Division, Sonjay Dutt. Sonjay acted very “heelish” in this match, trying to unmask Tigre and showboating to the crowd, but when either of these guys is in the ring, you know it’s going to be good.


Jeff Jarrett tell EC3 in the back how proud he is of all EC3 has done. EC3 tells Jarret that he isn’t fooled and that ghe is on to Double J. Jarrett then says that next week, EC3 will have to face whoever wins the KOTM title tonight. EC3 is pissed!

Mr. Anderson challenges Bram to an “Open Mic challenge” match next week at Turning Point. First one to the mic can legally use it on his opponent.


Robbie E?? They replaced Drew Galloway with Robbie E? Was Shark Boy not in the Impact Zone?This even more than before tells me that Jeff Jarrett is a secret evil-doer! Putting Robbie E in there gives the GFW guys a much better chance of winning. But I think Robbie might surprise in this one!

Lashley and PJ Black both get quick pin falls and before eligible to win the match. Shortly after Robbie E becomes eligible. So Robbie is now someone that can win but EY and Chris Masters still cannot.

Lashley pins Robbie E to become eligible again and is now standing around in the ring while everyone else on the outside fighting. I’m not totally sure he knows how this match works. But it’s time for a commercial so maybe they will inform him during the break.

Masters and EY team up and clear out the ring. Masters sneaks up behind EY and pins him to becomes eligible. Action once again spills to the outside and Robbie E jumps off the penalty box onto Lashley and Masters. It was pretty impressive! Robbie then throws PJ Black into the penalty box and then goes after Eric Young. I have to agree with The Pope’s comment that Robbie is really taking advantage of this opportunity!


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EY piledrives Robbie on the steps and pins him to become eligible to win… maybe I spoke too soon. The action continues as everyone tries to hang the title belt and most get thrown off the ladder. Even Lashley tries to win the match, so that means someone finally explained to him how this whole thing works. Lashley even spears EY off the ladder from the top rope before receiving a 450 splash from PJ Black, who then grabbed the belt and climbed the ladder.


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All in all this was a really good episode of Impact Wrestling that is hopefully planting the seeds of a full-blown invasion from Global Force Wrestling in the weeks to come. Was it a “Supershow”? I dont know about that but I do hope that it will all build up to some interesting Champion vs Champion and company vs company matches at this years Bound For Glory pay-per-view in October. But I guess the real question is, can Jarrett can keep paying his wrestlers without a TV show or will GFW end up having to just merge with TNA into a “Supercompany”?






– Keith White Jr.

TWITTER: @KeefWhiteJr

Pure Michigan 400


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It’s been a rough couple of weeks. Let’s go with flow and pick the hot hand. Based on temps and qualifying setup, the only practice that mattered was the final one for our purposes.

Joey Logano, doesn’t get much hotter than this.

Kyle Busch has been hot, but wrecked his main car. Big upside, Big Downside.

Betting against Kevin Harvick is a bad idea, but I keep doing it.

Martin Truex looks like he might finally be back to form.

A Ryan Blaney/Kevin Harvick Combo is probably the best way to play this weekend. I just can’t get it to work for my lineup.

Caution: Hendrick cars are struggling in practice.

Speed on the cheap: Jeb Burton- the cheapest

Drivers are complaining very loudly about the lack of passing they can do. Even though Kyle Busch will be in a backup, he seems to be the only driver that can pass this year when others can’t.

Oddity: All the top qualifiers are no where near the top of the speed charts that matter, except Carl Edwards.

Ideal lineup:
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Martin Truex
Jeb Burton
– Adam Dulski

Twitter: @adamdulski

33 Books – Craft Beer Journal Review

I have loved craft beer for a while, but it’s really in just the past 1-2 years that my appreciation for it has matured. A few years ago, I could have told you that I like stouts and other bold, full-flavored beers, but I couldn’t have told you what I like about them. Now I know that I like the grapefruit flavors of an IPA made with Citra® hops and that Belgian witbiers often taste of coriander. Recently, I found a very simple product that has stepped up my beer awareness several notches.

This past April I was in Portland, Oregon for the 2015 Craft Beer Conference. This was an industry-only trade show with over 600 vendors and more than 11,000 attendees. As a budding beer geek, I was in heaven. While I was exploring the Expo, talking to bottling line manufacturers about patentability of their innovations and brewers about the importance of trademark protection (and sampling some damn good craft brews), I stumbled across a little booth with the most understated of products.

The company is called 33 Books Co. and they make tasting journals for beer, wine, and whiskey and even hot sauce, chocolate, and cigars. The booth was staffed by the owner of the company, Dave Selden and his wife. The company is essentially a one-man publishing operation based in Portland and he makes his books from 100% recycled paper and US-grown soy ink that includes a little beer, wine, or whatever is the subject of that journal (it even identifies the type of beer/wine/etc. that is included in the ink on the back cover).

They gave me a sample of the “33 Bottles of Beer” book and I’ll admit I was a little skeptical about how useful I would find it. After all, I’ve grown so accustomed to computers and smart phones with great apps like Untappd and BeerMapper that I doubted I would want to carry around a little book of my beer critiques. To that point I will say that the books are perfectly sized and designed. They fit comfortably in the back pocket of your jeans, your suit jacket, or even your dress shirt.


That night, after the Expo was over, I went to Tapalaya for dinner. The chef of Tapalaya had been on the Food Network cooking show “Chopped” and her food looked amazing, so I thought I’d go check it out. Yeah, their jambalaya was the best I’ve had since I was in New Orleans 10 years ago. Awesome. But, more to the point, I ordered a couple beers while I was there and thought I’d try out my new journal from 33 Books.

The first beer was a S’more Stout from Base Camp Brewery. After filling in the vital statistics for the beer (ABV, IBU, etc.), I looked to the “Flavor Wheel” in the book. Essentially a radar plot, the flavor wheel identifies 16 different characteristics of a beer and has you rate them on a scale of 1 to 5. You then connect the dots to reveal the plot for that beer. Immediately, the charm of these books came to life. Before, I would have described a beer in terms of being more or less bitter versus sweet. The flavor wheel guides you into considering each nuance of the beer, distinguishing between bitterness and hoppiness, dark fruit and citrus fruit, herbal and floral notes, spiciness, dryness, malt, toffee, etc.


As I completed the wheel, I thought “they should add this kind of wheel to Untappd.” But, then as I began to fill in the notes section in the book, another revelation took hold. There is something about the process of putting pen to paper that forces you to be a little more deliberate. In an app, if you don’t like what you’ve typed, you can always edit before submitting it. With pen and paper, your words are permanent, so it makes you really think about the beer and what you like or dislike about it.

I’ve since ordered more of the tasting books, both for myself and for gifts, and having nearly completed my first book I find that it has become not just a repository for my notes about different beers, but a chronicle of my beer tasting experience. This is not a product I’m going to use in a crowded bar with a group of my friends. But, if I go out for a quiet drink or sit down with a craft beer at home, there is something very relaxing and enjoyable about taking out my beer journal and a nice pen to record my impressions.



– Brian Kaider

TWITTER: @bkaider
Pinterest: briankaider

Watkins Glen


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Hopefully we don’t run out of gas this week and are the first to cross the checkers. I’m at the track this week so here is my trackside knowledge…

Kyle Busch has been fast, but extremely loose. Proceed with caution.

AJ Allmendinger is a no brainer after grabbing the pole.

Gordon is flying but doesn’t always deliver great fantasy value.

Kurt Busch and Martin Truex are a no brainer if you have them cheap.

Speed on the cheap: Tony Stewart is Very Fast for not a whole lot of money for quality talent.

Caution: Kyle Larson wheel hopped in the 4th lap of the Xfinity race and blew his tranny. Doesn’t bode will for tomorrow.


Ideal lineup:

Kyle Busch

Kurt Busch

AJ Allmendinger

Martin Truex

Tony Stewart


– Adam Dulski

Twitter: @adamdulski

Friday Night Recipes

We had a great time celebrating our heroes and enjoying some delicious Crown Royal cocktails at the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard!

Here are a few of the great drinks they were serving so you can enjoy this wonderful Friday night in style!


Crownberry Apple

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple

4 oz. Cranberry Juice

Garnish with fresh apple slice


Crown Royal Sour

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Deluxe

.5 oz. Lemon juice

.75 oz. Simple syrup

Garnish with lemon wedge


The Northern Buck

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

.5 oz. Lime juice

Top with Fever Tree ginger beer

Garnish with mint sprigs




– Candice Mercer
TWITTER: @taylorstrategy

2015 Fantasy Island Football Draft Guide


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We are closing in on football season and as such our good friends Andy Olsson and Chris Pokornowski have come up with the 2015 Fantasy Island Football Draft Guide for everyone here at SDL (hopefully we can all make a few bucks this season…).

So please feel free to download, enjoy and tell your friends!

2015 Fantasy Island Football Draft Guide



– Andy Olsson & Chris Pokornowski

Matt Forte Vs. Adrian Peterson-Who would your choose?


Not talking Fantasy Football here, talking about AP vs Forte if you had to choose one of the great running backs to be on your NFL team who would you go with? Check out this old article from KC Joyner, NFL Insider has some good points and I feel that he is correct that Forte is on the Matt Forte is jack-of-all-trades skill set has led to the idea that he isn’t an elite running back (he has no Pro Bowl or All-Pro nominations in his career), but a closer look at the numbers shows that he can actually go toe-to-toe with Adrian Peterson for the title of best running back in the NFC North.


Before getting into the specifics (and arguments) of that last statement, consider this: Over the past three years, Forte has gained 4,731 yards from scrimmage.

Only four other running backs have bettered that mark during that time frame: Chris (5,606), Peterson (5,343), Maurice Jones-Drew (4,795) and Steven Jackson (4,783).

Forte is a beast last season Matt Forte breaks single-season catches mark for running backs. Forte ended the 2014 season with 102 receptions and 808 receiving yards and 4 receiving touch downs. And for his 2014 rushing stats he rushed for 6 TD’s and 1,038 rushing yards. And for whatever reason he did not make the Pro Bowl. Before the draft there were so many rumors and predictions that many NFL teams would give up a first round draft pick and much more for the 30 year old running back who only played 3 games last season. And Mr. Forte well hell Football analyst predicted that the bears would only get a 2nd rd. draft pick if that for MF. I feel bad for Forte and feel that the 29 year old running back is only getting better and is 51% of Da Bears Offence. The RB can block, run, catch and make a sandwich and build you a house while killing defenders on that field.

Backing up look AP is one of the best RB in the game and any team who had one of these RB’s would be in Great Shape. But damn let’s give some more credit to Forte I mean the kid can do it all and then some. Hell if Chicago would have a better blocking O line for Forte, you would see him rushing for 1,600 yds.’ or more every season. Instead of 1k or a little over. So NFL fans if you had to choose, who would it be? AP or MF?




– Ricky James Crisp Jr

TWITTER: @DJRickochet714