Back in 1997 Bronx duo Camp Lo dropped the Ski Beatz-produced “Luchini” and emerged as another New York act to keep an eye on. With their witty, fun-loving lyricism and funky slang, Camp Lo was in stark contrast to the gangster rap that was dominating the East Coast sound. Though they never matched the success of “Luchini” again, Camp Lo developed a cult following and went on to drop projects throughout the 2000′s. In 2015, the group is reuniting with Ski Beatz and dropping Ragtime Hightimes later this month. With “Black Jesus,” the Lo gets back to the basics with their familiar back and forth flow over a sample-heavy Ski Beatz production. Ragtime Hightimes drops May 19 peep, “Black Jesus” above.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed and tested a molecule that has the ability to disrupt the body’s regulation of cancer cells, causing the cells to self-destructing rather than multiply. The method was found to be effective when tackling dormant brain cancer cells that existing treatments are ineffective at eradicating.
Running onto the playing field during a sporting event is never a good idea. It’s why television broadcasts now cut away from the person who is running onto the field. But some of these ‘crashers’ have shown some good athleticism. With the St. Louis Cardinals fan pulling off a good somersault at home plate last night, let’s look at some of the most athletic field crashers.
Yankee Field Runner 2007
Setting the scene for you, the Yankees were up 6-2 in the game with Mariano Rivera in to close the game out when a man decided to take a stroll in the “House that Ruth built.” Take a look at the video:
He shows really good athleticism here, strong lower body as he breaks through two different tackle attempts before finally being caught short of home plate. Considering he started deep in right field, you’re talking about a nearly 100 yard dash.
Fan Dives Into Home At Orioles Game 2012
This fan doesn’t run nearly as far, and seems to have a less coherent plan at the beginning of the video before deciding to make a dash for home after making sure to tag third base first, of course.
Highly un-athletic running form, but the headfirst slide into home is pretty impressive. Have to give the man props on that one especially while doing it without a shirt on, which I imagine must have felt like sandpaper being dragged across his bare skin.
Minute Maid Park Elusive Crasher 2011
This is without a doubt the greatest field crash of all time.
Multiple elements of athletic ability shown here. First, the sprinting speed to be able to get from what looks like the 1st base side seats all the way out into center field. Then, on the cusp of the hill, he avoids the tackle with a juke step reminiscent of LeSean McCoy. After faking the security guard out of his shoes, he climbs the center field fence, the three levels of bleachers behind it before pulling himself up onto that elevated piece of grass and over the top section of the stadium. All without getting caught. This guy wins.
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After an exciting draft in 2014, general manager Doug Whaley and the Buffalo Bills war room spent most of the 2015 event away from the limelight. Without a first-round pick, Buffalo did its best to take the best player available to them with each of their six selections and they came away with plenty of intriguing storylines.
The Bills will have to answer questions about the selections of Ronald Darby and Karlos Williams because of a mix of potential character issues and lack of immediate need. Selections of John Miller and Nick O’Leary are good fits, while immediately plugging holes not filled by free agency. Tony Steward is a solid developmental prospect as well.
Perhaps the most intriguing pick of the entire Buffalo draft didn’t happen until the very last round. Dezmin Lewis was one of the hottest small-school prospects heading into the draft as a big received from the University of Central Arkansas.
The Bills didn’t have a publicized need at wide receiver with the likes of Sammy Watkins, Roberts Woods and Percy Harvin in their starting lineup.
Speed and route-running is certainly not an issues with this positional unit, but the Bills have failed to fill the role of a big target on the outside. The team has cycled in guys like James Hardy and Ramses Barden with little luck of getting any consistent production. Former tight end Scott Chandler did his best to create mismatches over the middle of the field, but very few players have given the Bills a jump-ball option outside the hashmarks.
Lewis was a FCS standout for the Bears and a three-time All-Southland player on the outside. He never eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in a season due to under-average quarterback play in Conway. That didn’t stop him from coming close to breaking several school records for yards in a career and receiving touchdowns.
The most intriguing part of Lewis is the moldable physical attributes that he possesses. Lewis stands at 6-foot-4 and is just a shade under 215 pounds, which is comparable to elite wide receiver talents A.J. Green and Alshon Jeffery. This isn’t to mean that Lewis is as talent as either of those two guys, but his measureables are quite comparable. In fact, Lewis and Jeffery ran identical 40-times at almost the same height-weight ratio.
His physical skills lend him to being a really good receiver at the point of attack on a jump ball. The biggest adjustment for him, other than speed of the game, will be having the battle for the ball with more athletic defenders. Lewis has above-average, but not elite hands and he mainly relied on his ability to beat lesser-talented players over the top.
Highlight tapes from lower levels of competition can be misleading because they serve to show the best plays of a respective player. Still, Lewis’ tape shows a guy who clearly has the makeup to turn into a very good third option in a pro offense—his physical assets being the main reason for the assessment.
Regardless of level, accumulating 2,668 yards on 197 receptions in four years is nothing to stick your nose up at. That’s approximately an average of 50 catches for 675 yards a season. Considering the fact that many highly touted NFL receivers don’t ever reach those statistical plateaus in their collegiate careers, Lewis obviously has the production to warrant a late selection.
It’s a minor miracle he wasn’t selected before the seventh round, as many draft forecasters saw him going somewhere in the third to fifth rounds. I struggled not to put Lewis in my Day 3 mock draft, but I didn’t think he would last to the point when the Bills would have considered adding a receiver.
Another interesting note about Lewis’ time in Central Arkansas is the multi-faceted usefulness in an offense. Although he was used quite a bit in the passing game over 20 yards, Lewis also excelled in the screen game. Several of his longest plays of his stellar senior season developed on a quick screen pass that he turned up field of a large chunk of yardage.
Bills fans have clamored for a better screen game with Watkins excelling in space. Adding Harvin and Lewis this offseason will only increase the chatter about it and Greg Roman will have to find ways to get these guys in tough one-on-one situations with room to run. Buffalo has done a great job at finding supplemental pieces to the skill positions and hope to have so much talent on the field at one time so they become a matchup nightmare.
There’s not a whole lot to be learned from his college experience outside of the gaudy stats. However, the Bills have a piece they can develop into a starter with time because of his size and arm length.
If the Bills can get the type of plays out of Lewis like they saw at the Senior Bowl, then they could have another seventh-round steal in their midst.
The EU upgraded its growth outlook for the eurozone Tuesday on the back of cheaper oil and a weak currency, but a sudden worsening of Greece's economic woes cast a pall over the brightening situation. "The European economy is enjoying its brightest spring in several years, with the upturn supported by both external factors and policy measures that are beginning to bear fruit," said EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici. The European Commission forecast that the eurozone would grow 1.5 percent in 2015, better than the 1.3 percent predicted in February, and by an unchanged 1.9 percent for 2016. Growth for the 28-nation European Union as a whole — including major non-euro nations such as Britain — is forecast at 1.8 percent in 2015 and 2.1 percent in 2016.
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