The Richmond Renegades today announced that individual game day tickets are now on sale to the public. Tickets are priced at $16 for the Club sections and “A” level seats while all other seats in the Coliseum are $11. These prices do not include the city service charge of $1.
Tickets can be purchased at the Richmond Coliseum, through any TicketMaster location or on line at www.ticketmaster.com . Season tickets and Flex Paks are still available through the Renegades office. The Renegades also have special birthday packages and group sale prices.
The Richmond Renegades, under head coach John Brophy, begin their first training camp on October 17th at the Coliseum. They will play two pre-season exhibition games against Fayetteville with the first in Fayetteville on October 21st and a second and final exhibition game the next evening in Richmond at either the Coliseum or SkateNation in the west end. The Renegades open their regular season against the same Fayetteville FireAntz in Fayetteville on October 27th and return to Richmond for their home opener the following night also against Fayetteville. All Renegades home games start at 7:35 PM with special opening night pre-game ceremonies beginning at 7:15 PM.
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Runner-up finish biggest race of Hamlin's career
Rookie confident about team's ability to make a run for the Chase
By Dave Rodman, NASCAR.COM
May 8, 2006
10:13 AM EDT (14:13 GMT)
RICHMOND, Va. -- If Nextel Cup rookie Denny Hamlin makes the Chase for the Nextel Cup, he might be able to look at Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway as the turning point.
With his career-best runner-up finish in the Crown Royal 400, behind winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hamlin moved up three spots in the standings to 16th. He said he and his Joe Gibbs Racing crew weren't through.
"We feel like we're a Chase car," Hamlin said. "We feel like we're a top-10 car every week. We've just had a lot of bad luck.
"We've had kind of that Greg Biffle luck -- not as far as he's taken it -- but we've had a lot of good runs, too. I don't know where we're at in points but we're definitely steps towards that top 10."
Hamlin was burdened -- though only minimally, he said -- by 19 stitches in his left hand, but was startlingly competitive at his home track debut starting seventh on the grid.
"[Friday] night [the injury] might have been a small factor there at the end of the [Busch] race," Hamlin said. "I had quite a bit of soreness. I woke up [Saturday] just feeling really, really good.
"My hand had a lot more flexibility than what I had [Friday]. The whole Joe Gibbs training group helped me out and really wrapped it up good [Saturday]. It stings a little bit right now, but I was feeling no pain."
Hamlin's ready-made cheering section, which according to Earnhardt numbered "about 400" ticket holders that Hamlin took responsibility for, included family and friends. He said it had something to do with his success.
"It's a huge boost," said Hamlin, who is from Chesterfield, Va. "I feel like this is a race we definitely spend a lot of time focusing on. It doesn't pay any more points, doesn't pay any more money than the other ones [but] to have the hometown crowd cheering you on is a big deal.
"I saw all the cheers when me and Dale Jr. were side-by-side there with a few laps to go. I'm sure most of the cheers were for him, but all I could do was imagine in my mind they were for me and try that much harder."
Hamlin led 19 laps -- the first time he'd ever led a race at Richmond -- and was up front with as little as 52 to go.
Even though Earnhardt had the strongest car at race's end, Hamlin said he was ready to ride the momentum from his best Nextel Cup career finish in just his 17th start.
"This is by far the biggest race of my career," he said. "I definitely would rather run second here than I would the Daytona 500 regardless of money or anything.
"It's something that's very special and to have so many friends and family here, it's awesome -- I can't tell you how I feel. I'll be riding this wave for months to come."
The night was a sharp contrast to Hamlin's two Richmond Busch races last season, when he started 30th and 11th and finished 13th and 34th, or even Friday night's Circuit City 250, where he finished 10th after starting 15th.
"This means a lot. It seems like I struggle at this place every time I come here," Hamlin said. "I put too much pressure on myself it seems like.
"When you have a great car like [crew chief] Mike Ford and those guys put under me, it makes my job a lot easier. They definitely made me look good today."
What made the evening even more special for both Hamlin and Earnhardt was their close friendship off the racetrack. For Earnhardt, those feelings weren't enough to make him show mercy.
"Well, I can appreciate Denny racing in front of his home crowd," Earnhardt said. "A little part of me wanted to see him get the win here, but I didn't want to be the guy he had to pass.
"You want to race against your friends and be with your friends. It's kind of a gift at this level to be able to do that. I had a lot of fun tonight."
For his part, Hamlin said he would have liked to have the shot to race wheel-to-wheel with Earnhardt at the end, but doubted he would have roughed him up.
"Last thing I want to do is wreck Dale Jr.," Hamlin said. "I have a decent fan base now. I don't want to kill it.
"It's just one of those things where it will pay off in the long run to race those guys clean. Hopefully they do it to me in the same situation later."
Hamlin beat Earnhardt when he won his first race in a Nextel Cup car, the non-points Budweiser Shootout at Daytona in February.
But other than countless video game duels -- with a difference of opinion on the victory column -- this was the first time the buddies had raced for a win on-track.
"First of all, I couldn't tell you how many times me and [Earnhardt] have been in that situation on the computer," Hamlin said. "I usually get the best of him, but he got the best of me [Saturday]."
"Every time I raced him in video games, I won," Earnhardt said. "If I wasn't going to win, I made sure he lost. We raced a lot of times on video games -- I mean, a lot. We've had some pretty fun races."
But maybe none were as much fun as Saturday night.
"Denny's a real great friend," Earnhardt said. "He's a good, smart racer. He's going to win a lot of races -- he's going to have a successful career. I was just real glad to be able to race him."
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The news coming out of Seattle this weekend, where 2,221 beers from 540 breweries in 56 countries were competing in the 2006 World Beer Cup, read like a reprint of 2004’s results from San Diego.
For the second straight competition, Miller Brewing Company took top prize as “Champion Brewery and Brewmaster” in the “Large Brewing Company” category. Winning this prestigious prize for the second consecutive time cements Miller not only as an Able Challenger to that St. Louis brewery but also as an Able Champion of American beers throughout the world.
In addition to the top prize, Miller brought home nine individual medals, including four gold medals – Miller Lite for best American-Style Light Lager, Miller High Life for American-Style Lager, Icehouse for American-Style Specialty Lager, and Henry Weinhard’s Classic Dark for American-Style Dark Lager. Two silver medals were awarded to Olde English HG 800 for American-Style Specialty Lager and Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss for American-Style Wheat Beer. Three bronze medals were awarded to Milwaukee’s Best Ice for American-Style Specialty Lager, Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve for American-Style Premium Lager and Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat for Herb and Spice Beer.
In the most prestigious beer competition in the world, Miller and its subsidiaries won more awards than any other brewer. Coors didn’t win any awards. In the “battleground” category of American-Style Light beer, Miller Lite took top prize, while Bud Light failed to show up on the medal stand. In fact, no “Bud” brand won an award in this bi-annual competition.
In another key category, American-Style Specialty Lager, Miller took all three spots, the only instance of one brewery sweeping the podium in any of the 85 categories of competition.
Congratulations to all employees and partners who helped us reach this latest important milestone in Miller’s celebrated history. Please salute Dr. Ryder and his entire staff for this second-straight Champion Brewmaster award and, more importantly, for their uncompromised passion and commitment to creating world class, crafted beers.
If your date orders a Sex on the Beach, does that foreshadow romance at evening's end?
Don't count on it, but it's a good bet your date is feeling fun and flirty -- and wants to let everyone know it.
Experts have made a science out of pegging people's inner qualities based on their outer actions. Personality shows up in everything we do, and folks judge us accordingly.
The music we download, the clothes we wear and the cars we drive reflect who we are, how we view the world and how we choose to interact in it at any given moment, says Denver psychologist Maximillian Wachtel.
The same principles apply to alcoholic beverages. Particularly so because they often contribute to the first impressions we make on others -- sometimes on a date, other times at a business dinner or a family reunion.
But what do they say specifically?
For that we turned to the real experts: bartenders.
Mixologists take a lot of orders, and because they work the counters, they hang around long enough to hear customers talk and see how drinkers treat their spouses and sell their goods.
We asked them to share their observations and put together this guide:
Your drink: Beer
Your image: Easygoing
"This person is totally uncomplicated," says Denver bartender Jenean Sorenson. "They aren't worried about how old the scotch is. It's an easy decision for them. Their motto would be: 'Just pour it cold into a glass and give it to me.' "
Who are you? You are man, in your mid-30s to 50s, and you definitely have your favorite labels. Or you are a guy in your 20s, and you're broke and drinking $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon drafts. The message is the same: I'm just hanging out.
It's a little different for women, bartenders say. Most women don't order beer, and the ones that do come off as sexy and approachable.
Your drink: Martinis, manhattans, champagne
Your image: High maintenance
Use more than two adjectives to order your drink (dry, neat, up, slushy, dirty whatever) or get picky (you want your lemons cut into wedges, not slices) and you can come off as pretentious, says Logan Grey, a bartender at the Roo Bar in Denver.
Who are you? When the bartender has the time, you are a sophisticated drinker. When she doesn't, you are a debutante wannabe, or a trendy metrosexual.
Your drink: Margaritas, pina coladas, mojitos, fruity martinis
Your image: Adventurous
Salted rim or not, asking for a margarita makes you come off as fun-loving. You're not afraid to be goofy. You are trendy and knowledgeable about the newest drink-craze flavors such as mango and pomegranate and secure enough to sit behind a froufrou cocktail with a tiny umbrella sticking out of the top. "You may not be able to get away to Jamaica just yet, but for tonight, you are just one cocktail away from the dream," says Tracey Toomey, co-author of "The Perfect Manhattan."
Who are you? A bachelorette, a professional woman who just got off work, or part of a girls-night-out gang. A guy looking for a party.
Your drink: Scotch, bourbon, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir
Your image: Sophisticated
You are knowledgeable and enjoy luxuries. You've taken the time to educate yourself about your spirits, have been drinking for a while and know exactly what you want. You are direct, precise and order your beverage straight or on the rocks because you love the taste. "These are the kind of people who would never foul up a good single-malt scotch by mixing it with a Sprite," says Billy Riesing, a Denver bartender.
Who are you? A man or woman in your mid- to late 30s and beyond.
Your drink: Chardonnay or merlot; blank and tonic (gin, vodka or whatever)
Your image: Terrified
That's right. Your old standby is actually a dead giveaway, according to bartenders. The scenario: You are on a first date. You are just getting to know each other, and you are afraid to order. You don't want to play it too safe or edgy because you know first impressions stick. But your choice doesn't show much personality.
"You want to show that you are sophisticated, but not a hard-core drinker," says Doug Kennis, master mixologist at the Denver Grand Hyatt Pinnacle Club, where customers can fill out a survey measuring their martini personality profile.
Who are you? Part of a potential couple
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Nightlifevirginia visited the fan bars this weekend, and would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people in RVA who helped throw an outstanding party. The night started off at Metro Grill located at 301 N. Robinson St, in the heart of the fan. Upon entering the bar, the atmosphere was alive with great music and filled with people having a good time. All the booths were full and the bar was lined with people standing at the bar, but not empty handed. Todd and Kevin were the bartenders on duty and did an amazing job of ensuring everyone at the bar had a drink. We walked up to the bar and settled into a spot, almost immediately our order was taken and the drinks were poured. Kudos goes out to them again for their great service. Walking around taking pictures of everyone and their friends, we got the chance to tell everyone what we are about, and how fun it was to party with them. After making our rounds we moved on down the street to another hot spot in the area, Buddy’s. We were greeted at the door, and ushered in to spread the word, and join in on the fun. The scene at buddy’ was similar to that of Metro, with people lining the walls, dancing in the booths, and talking at the bar. Everyone had a smile on their face, and was grooving to the music. The bartenders were friendly and quick to make drinks. Thank you all for making this night out a fun one. If you know of place that nightlifevirginia should go next, please, let us know. We can make your hotspot… hotter.