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Tuesday, September 05, 2021

So, should I attempt to crash in on tonight’s official opening of Tenjune, the hot du jour club in the meatpacking district?

Um, no. Not if the vibe from last week’s private-party activity carries over to tonight:

At 11 p.m., it was empty. Then, just before midnight, model types — led by the kind of stocky buzzcut guy who inevitably seems to cling to them — arrived. A woman in a beige tunic immediately climbed onto the back of a banquette and began wiggling to the music. Within an hour the dance floor was full. A woman in skinny jeans and a lipstick-red belt carved out some space on top of a speaker, where she spent the rest of the night gyrating.

There were celebrities: Lance Bass and his boyfriend in one corner; Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo in another; Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson in yet another. Mr. Jackson pronounced the scene hot. (Mr. Seacrest was also impressed: “When you go to the bathroom, they offer you a paper towel, and you tip them a dollar — it’s so worth it!” he said. “They don’t have that in L.A.”)

I can hang until the celebrities start crawling about. But Ryan Seacrest alone is enough to send me running for the nearest Ukrainian bar…

Still, I’m intrigued by the club’s signature drink, fruity as it may seem:

Tenjune Toast (p.i.n.k. vodka, Cointreau, Chambord, orange juice, Champagne, raspberries), $14.

Sugar, caffeine (which is p.i.n.k.‘s whole reason for being) and alcohol, in one shot. Yeah, a Red Bull would be cheaper, but not nearly as chic.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/05/2021 04:50pm
Category: Celebrity, New Yorkin'
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The first move toward taking some of the “foot” out of football happened one hundred years ago today. The game’s first forward pass (then called a “projectile pass”) was thrown by Saint Louis University in a game against Carroll College, adding a new wrinkle in gridiron action.

Typically, that first pass ended up as an incompletion — and thus, as per the rules of the day, a turnover. But the second attempt by Saint Louis turned into a 20-yard completion for a touchdown, much to the amazement of Carroll.

Similarly, the concept didn’t catch on right away:

But it took awhile for the technique to take hold. For one thing, nobody knew how to pass, of course. And there were disincentives. A completion within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage was ruled a turnover. Oddly, a catch in the end zone was ruled a touchback.

And even though the rules changed to accomodate (and even encourage) passing, coaching orthodoxy took a long while to fully embrace the riskier-than-run play. Games bereft of a pigskin toss by both teams continued; in the NFL, the last such game took place in the 1950s. In college, some teams persisted with the ultra-conservative approach to offense, as Georgia Tech did in its famous 1976 upset of Notre Dame. It’s hard to envision today, but as with most sports innovations, it can take a long while for everyone to get on the same page.

Care to imagine what the college and pro games would look like today without the pass? I’m guessing something like rugby.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/05/2021 08:17am
Category: Football, History
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