Last summer, bands like Alabama Shakes, Trey Anastasio Band, ODESZA and more flocked to Buena Vista, Colorado for the inaugural Vertex Festival. The event was an all-around success, championed by Madison House Presents and attended by thousands of local music fans. Unfortunately, it looks like the festival will not be happening next year, thanks in part to the slowness of the local government to reissue permits.A new Denver Post feature details the full situation. According to their report, the permits for Vertex 2017 were just passed, pushing Madison House “well past original planning timelines.” That was mentioned in a statement released by Vertex, which says:“The recent approval of the permit for Vertex in 2017 is much appreciated, and displays the collective intentions to discover a great path forward. Buena Vista’s relationship with a world-class festival has amazing potential. Rushing forward could compromise the quality of the festival and is not in the best interest of Buena Vista or Vertex. We look forward to ongoing productive discussions with the community so that we can best plan the dream of what Vertex can become.”Their statement did leave room for the festival to potentially return in the future, much like Madison House Presents did when they took a year off to rebrand Rothbury as Electric Forest. However, numerous problems – including noise complaints and subsequent noise limitations – thwarted their ability to put on the festival properly. It will be interesting to see what happens to Vertex in the future, but unfortunately this report definitely puts an end to the festival’s return in 2017.
“But he should not be held up, if he does play on Monday, as being someone who has turned down his country because that is not the case at all. “It will have been nearly a week (since England’s second game) and with the injury he had it gives him a chance to play. “If it was a Saturday game he may well have struggled but that extra bit of time gives him a chance and I would suspect he will hopefully be fit, although he won’t be 100 per cent fit.” Having Sturridge leading the line at the Liberty Stadium will be a major boost for Rodgers, considering the striker’s impact since joining from Chelsea for £12million in January and the continued suspension of Luis Suarez. Sturridge has scored the winner in each of Liverpool’s three league games this season, as well as grabbing two in the Capital One Cup win over Notts County. Prior to his move to Anfield there were doubts over whether he could cut it at a big club after failing to establish himself at Manchester City and Chelsea but Rodgers has been impressed. “You never know how it is going to go but I felt if you gave him an opportunity….I think he has shown in his career if he is given the opportunity he is a natural goalscorer,” said the Reds boss. “At this stage of his career, aged 24, he has all the things to his game to be a top striker. “Since coming here he has had the confidence he is going to play and we work on him on a daily basis – on and off the field – to make him the best he can be. “It is also a credit to him because he has committed himself to the challenges of playing as one of the leading strikers at one of the biggest clubs in the world, which isn’t easy. “To get a return of 16 goals in 20 games is what you have to do as a striker. “Standards are set throughout European football now and if you want to be a top striker you have to get in the goals. “I am not surprised but it is always pleasant when they come in and do so well.” Rodgers’ season has also begun well but he dedicated his Premier League award to everyone who has contributed. “I am obviously very honoured but I didn’t receive it on my own, it’s very much a collective effort here,” he said. “The players have been outstanding, they reclaimed the mentality very quickly from last season. “It is very much them that have allowed me to get the reward and the players and all the staff deserve the credit for it.” Sturridge, August’s Premier League player of the month after scoring in the Reds’ first three matches, missed both England’s World Cup qualifiers with a thigh strain. However, he is expected to be fit for Monday evening’s return to league action at Swansea. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has leapt to the defence of striker Daniel Sturridge by insisting there is no club-versus-country conflict. But Rodgers, himself celebrating a manager of the month award after guiding Liverpool to the top of a fledgling table with a 100 per cent record, stressed nothing should be read into that. Sturridge took to Twitter earlier in the week to clarify comments made in an interview in which he said he was more worried about putting in good performances for the Anfield side after criticism on the social networking site. “He was obviously disappointed to miss out on the England games. He wanted to play for England and I felt sorry for him,” said Rodgers. “He came here first and foremost to do as well as he could for Liverpool knowing if he did well his aim was to be England striker. “The medical experts made the decision, not Daniel Sturridge. “He left the Manchester United game (on September 1) injured and went away and the medical staff at England deemed him not quite fit enough for the first game and they were perfectly happy he was not going to play. “He returned and there was a slight improvement but Roy (Hodgson) and his staff have to make a decision if he’s going to be available (for the second match in Ukraine) and at that stage he wasn’t. “But by the time we play on Monday it will be nearly two weeks and for a grade one strain, experts who know better than I do say it is perfectly reasonable to be back playing in that time-scale. Press Association
Wooden was a man that remained true to his deepest convictions in life. Although he became famous for winning an unprecedented 10 national championships in 12 years at UCLA, the values, qualities and many life lessons he possessed and shared with those in his sphere of influence really defines his true merit. Therefore, it would be a mistake to view Mr. Wooden as merely a Hall of Fame basketball coach. Laker great Jerry West said it best; “Forget his accomplishments, he’s a great man. He was one of the greatest men I’ve ever been around in my life.” Coach John Wooden was a rare breed of a man who embodied virtuous qualities and made the world a better place because of the noble manner in which he lived his life.In 1910 Roxie Anna Wooden and Joshua Hugh Wooden celebrated the birth of a son in Hall, Ind., who they named John. He was raised in a very modest farmhouse without running water or electricity. Eventually the family farming business went bankrupt and the Wooden family was forced to pack up their meager belongings and move to Martinsville, Ind. It is important to note that the strong Christian values, discipline, responsibility and sound work ethic that John learned as a child, greatly influenced his life. His core beliefs were summarized in the seven-point creed his father gave him upon graduation from grammar school and later echoed in “The Pyramid of Success” and his quotes. TOP CONTENDER—Armon Gilliam speaks at the 1987 John Wooden Award ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Wooden is seated next to the podium. Gilliam was a finalist for the prestigious award, was won that year by Navy’s David Robinson. by Armon GilliamI had the pleasure of meeting John Wooden on a number of occasions. While being in Coach Wooden’s presence I instinctively knew that there was something very authentic, noble and virtuous about him. His countenance was dignified, his eyes were pure and flashed with intelligence, his words were gracious and his comportment was noble. Wooden started his basketball career in Martinsville. He led his team to the Indiana State championship game for three consecutive years winning in 1927. After graduating in 1928, he attended Purdue University and became an integral part of the team that won the 1932 National Championship. He was the first player ever to be named a three-time consensus All-American for the sport of basketball. After graduating in 1932 with a degree in English, Wooden spent several years playing pro basketball with the Indianapolis Kautskys.In his coaching debut, Wooden had two unsuccessful seasons as head coach of Dayton High School in Kentucky. He then returned to his home state at South Bend Central High School where he compiled a winning record of 212 wins and 31 losses in nine seasons. After a stint in the military, Wooden resumed his career at Indiana Teacher’s College, later named Indiana State University. Wooden played several roles at Indiana State. He was the head baseball coach, head men’s basketball coach and athletic director. The next stop was UCLA. He accepted the head coaching job in 1948 and immediately turned the program into a winner. In the 1948-49 season, the Bruins posted a 22-7 record and were the Pacific Coast Conference Southern Division champions. During Wooden’s tenure he gained lasting fame by winning 10 NCAA titles in 12 seasons.There are three things that capture the essence of John Wooden. The seven- point creed that his father gave him upon graduation from grammar school, “The Pyramid of Success” and his many noteworthy quotes.The following is the seven- point creed:Be true to yourself. Make each day your masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.Wooden spent nearly 14 years identifying 25 behaviors that he believed were necessary to achieve his idea of success. This journey culminated in what he called “The Pyramid of Success.” Although Wooden formulated “The Pyramid of Success” (see chart) for his players, it was later used as a model of how to succeed in business, relationships and life.Wooden made many noteworthy quotes. The following are some of my favorites taken from his book “They Call Me Coach.”1. “Nothing will work unless you do.”2. “Ability may take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”3. “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”4. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”5. “If you keep too busy learning the tricks of the trade, you may never learn the trade.”6. “You can’t live a perfect day with doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”7. “Things turn out best for those that make the best of the way things turned out.”8. “Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.We live in a world where: a me first attitude, corruption, disloyalty, slander, immorality, a poor work ethic and gossip, to name a few are commonplace. This sad reality only makes the legacy of John Wooden stand out even more. Coach Wooden was a shining light of goodness that brightened the lives of those in his sphere of influence. I bow in honor to this noble man and his legacy. Rest in peace, Coach.