Davis to share Grand Canyon story at festival

first_img Latest Stories Davis to share Grand Canyon story at festival By Jaine Treadwell Email the author during the 2011 Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge, Ala., Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning) Nationally acclaimed storyteller Donald Davis stepped onto the stage of the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival in 2008 and told the side-splitting story of his mule ride to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.The audience erupted in laughter and didn’t let up. Those who heard Davis’ Grand Canyon story have begged to hear it again.However, Davis has kept that story close to the vest. Until now. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 7:46 pm Friday, January 17, 2020center_img Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Davis will be joined at the 2020 Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival by nationally acclaimed storytellers, native Texan Barbara McBride-Smith and Josh Goforth from the mountains of Western North Carolina. Lepp hails from the mountains of West Virginia.The Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival will be Saturday, January 25 at the Troy Center Theater on the campus of Troy University. Storytelling concerts will be at 10 a.m. ($10), 2 p.m. ($15) and 6:30 p.m. ($10). All day tickets are $30.The Friday night concert at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge is sold out.For tickets call, 334-685-5524 and 670-6302. Tickets are available at The Messenger.The Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival is paid for in part by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day On his word, Davis will tell the long-awaited and much anticipated Grand Canyon story at the 2020 Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival’s 6:30 p.m. concert on Saturday, January 25, at the Trojan Center Theater on the campus of Troy University.Davis will be back at the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival for the 14th year. And, if the storytelling festival continues 50 more years, storytelling patrons will be clamoring for Davis to be back each year.Johnny Steed, who emcees the annual Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival, said the BHS is committed to bringing the best storytellers in the country to the festival stage. “And Donald Davis is a can’t miss. He’s like fine wine. He gets better with age.” You Might Like CHHS to host Winter Ball next Friday The Studio in Downtown Troy will be transformed into a winter ball next Friday to celebrate people with special needs… read more Those who have heard the Dean of Storytelling say he’s better than fine wine because his stories can be absorbed and savored for a lifetime.Davis was born in a Southern Appalachia mountain word rich with stories. He takes his audience on journeys that have them slapping their knees with laughter and wiping salty tears from their eyes, all in a single story. Davis tells stories of simpler times, Mayberry USA kind of times. He takes the audience down Maple Street and around the bend. But his stories have a universal quality. Each member of the audience can relate to Davis’ stories because something similar happened to them or to someone they know. “He tells stories about people just like those we know,” Steed said. “His facial expressions and his body language bring the stories to life. His stories are really funny but they are more than funny. His stories will touch you heart. There’s not another one like him.” By The Penny Hoarderlast_img read more

COLUMN: NBA can’t use title as an excuse for resting

first_imgLast Saturday’s primetime NBA game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers was overshadowed. No, the culprit wasn’t the NCAA Tournament. It was the fact that a game that — on paper — featured the likes of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love duking it out against Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan … well, didn’t.As a sold-out Staples Center and nationwide audience on ABC tuned into the game, Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue rested his Big Three of James, Irving and Love, setting the stage for a 30-point Clippers blowout. By the fourth quarter, fans expecting a clash of Eastern and Western Conference titans were stuck watching the likes of Kay Felder and Raymond Felton run out the clock.This was the second consecutive Saturday night game (the marquee NBA matchup of the week) that suffered from resting superstars. On March 13, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr sat Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, and the star-less Warriors rolled over versus San Antonio in an 85-107 drubbing. The game fell 12 percent in ratings and 5 percent in viewership from the same Warriors-Spurs matchup in 2016. The tilt in Los Angeles seven days later was even worse, tying the record for lowest-rated NBA game ever on broadcast television. So, on Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo out to league owners.“Decisions of this kind do not merely implicate issues of player health and team performance on the court,” the memo said. “They also can affect fans and business partners, impact our reputation and damage the perception of our game. With so much at stake, it is simply not acceptable for Governors to be uninvolved or to defer decision-making authority on these matters to others in their organizations.”Silver essentially asked owners to step in and make sure coaches and players can’t hurt the NBA’s product by periodically resting superstars en masse. The response to the memo was predictable. Cleveland general manager David Griffin insisted it wasn’t his responsibility to prioritize television partners.“They’re paying me to win a championship,” Griffin said. “I’m not overly concerned about the perception of it. We literally had one guy rest tonight, and everybody else was reasonably injured, so I don’t feel like we did anything terribly egregious.”As a sports fan, my knee-jerk reaction was to side with Griffin in this debate. After all, we gripe when our favorite teams don’t trade for a player or don’t spend enough money in free agency because we want that championship. We get angry over hirings and firings because we say it doesn’t give the team the best chance to win. So then how can we complain about preserving star players for the playoff run, when they will be needed most? Sure, it stinks to see James or Curry on the bench in March, but does it really matter as long as they’re playing every minute come May and June? It shouldn’t.And though I stand by that principle, I also can’t bring myself to agree with Griffin’s words. Because history shows that NBA championships aren’t won by taking a handful of games off during the regular season; in fact, many all-time greats have lifted the Larry O’Brien Trophy after being iron men from October through June. Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant combined for 11 rings during their careers, and they started the full 82-game regular season slate in five of those championship-winning seasons, starting 80 games or more in seven. Jordan actually played all 246 regular-season tilts from 1995-1998 while winning three championships in three seasons — and this run began when Jordan was 32.The 32-year-old James, meanwhile, has only reached the 80-game threshold twice in his career, last in 2009: the penultimate year of his first stint with the Cavaliers. He also hasn’t logged a 3,000-minute season since his debut season in Miami in 2010, while Jordan only failed to do so in three of his 15 NBA seasons— even completing a 2,709-minute campaign in his age-39 campaign.Why does James require more rest than Jordan did? It’s ludicrous to say James is physically inferior (I mean, just look at the guy), and one player’s injury history doesn’t stand out over the other’s. It simply doesn’t make sense that Jordan was able to endure that much wear and tear in a more primitive era of sports medicine while James — and his fellow NBA superstars — can’t do so today.At the end of the day, it boils down to this: James and other stars demand the occasional day off. And hey, who am I to judge? Basketball is a job for these people, and you can’t blame them for calling in sick every once in a while to sit around all day watching sports.It is frustrating, though, to hear selfish decisions framed as selfless ones. Reports after Saturday’s game suggested James had been irked at being benched but accepted his coach’s decision. Considering James pushed former coach David Blatt out of Cleveland last season, it seems unlikely he lets Lue call his shots, especially when it comes to his spot in the lineup.Griffin was right: Teams’ personnel decisions should be based on winning, not the whims of TV stations. But he is also wrong: The Cavaliers’ decision to rest their stars on Saturday was not based on winning. If it had been, James and company would have likely taken a seat on Sunday against the Lakers, who Cleveland would have a better chance of beating without its stars. And with the Cavs nursing just a two-game lead over Boston atop the Eastern Conference, they could have used an extra win in Los Angeles. Alas, Cleveland’s stars chose to rest, and to be honest, that doesn’t really matter to fans (it doesn’t take much effort to flip the channel). But don’t pop a squat on the bench and tell us you’re ultimately doing it for a championship — that is simply false. Just relax and enjoy your day off.Ollie Jung is a junior studying print and digital journalism. He is also a sports editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, “Jung Money,” runs on Thursdays.last_img read more