What is Kate Upton doing after SI announced she will be the cover model once again for the swimsuit issue? The answer is simple. She hangs out with Jimmy Kimmel. Kate Upton sat down with late night host Jimmy Kimmel to answer “3 Ridiculous Questions” over a Morgan Mule cocktail with Captain Morgan.
The cover model chatted with the Oscars host about her thoughts on clowns, having pies for feet and whether or not she could learn to love Jimmy.
If you like what they are drinking well you can make up a Morgan Mule from the cocktail recipe below.
1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
4 oz. Ginger (beer or ale)
Serve on the rocks and garnish with a lime wedge.
It’s difficult to write this review without first setting the scene.
It was November of 1846 and the Donner party had hit a snag. After nearly 6 months on the trail, an early snowstorm pummelled the Sierra Nevada Mountains and trapped the party of 87 near Truckee California. As livestock and supplies began to dwindle and rescue operations were delayed, many in the Donner Party resorted to cannibalism to survive. It wasn’t until March of 1847 that 48 emaciated survivors trudged their way through the mountain pass to tell their story.
It was this on my mind as I thought about our food supplies in the back seat of our 2017 Ford Fusion Sport. When I went to bed the night before, I was comforted by the weather report of 1-3″ of snow. By morning’s light the totals on the ground were over 18″ and growing fast. We had to get on the road and we had to do it right now.
I grew up in the snow. Any self respecting native New Englander knows how to drive in the snow. Alpine snow is different though, at 7,000 feet sometimes it comes down harder than any forecast can predict. Steep inclines and switchback turns give even the most seasoned driver pause, and white roads hide what ice may lie underneath. Chains become a legal requirement, and all their hand numbing, bloody knuckle curse word inspiring fun along with it.
Quick PSA for those attempting an escape from the mountains in a Ford Fusion Sport.
Caltrans might let you slide if you have AWD (check) and brand new tires (check).
They will not let you know this on the internet, the official word is 4WD (nope) and snow tires (nope).
So I bought two pairs of chains, in order to not destroy the differential on my brand new loaner car. I attempted to install these chains in a Starbucks parking lot with 30 mph winds blowing snow into my everywhere. I failed. I felt like less of a man.
Turns out, according to the nice men at the local gas station, my (wow what kind of car is this? Ford? No Way!) 2017 Ford Fusion Sport did not take too kindly to chains. The low profile 19” wheels were so close to the wheel wells that any attempt by me and my meat mitts to squeeze in between was useless and likely even bad for the car. (Manhood restored!) With our recently purchased and now useless chains stowed securely in our trunk, we chose to risk it and get our butts back to Los Angeles.
To make a long story of focus and perseverance short, it took us 16 hours to get home. Our first 100 miles took over 8 hours. We were trapped in holiday traffic, mixed with apocalyptic snowfall, and raging winds. Our route was marked by cars and trucks in snow banks, bathroom lines over 30 minutes long, and a near complete breakdown of simple human decorum. We retraced a portion of the Donner Party’s route and lived to tell the tale.
The Blue Lightning paint job and athletic stance stand out from the curb. Even though it shares its now signature Fusion grill with more standard trim levels, accents and flares across the body separate the Sport from the herd. It looks like a million bucks. Well, more accurately, it looks like 70,000 bucks. (MSRP as tested $41k)
The trip began innocently enough, the clean dry roads of Southern California allowed the V6 2.7L engine ample room to shine. 380lb-ft of torque may not mean much to you, but trust me, good times were had. The car is quick, responsive, and drives like a luxury sports sedan. My love affair turned Stockholm Syndrome with the Fusion Sport began on the 405 North, merging and passing at will, deftly passing mile markers and semi trucks. The handling is smooth yet responsive, the 6 speed automatic transmission shifted seamlessly, and the steering was responsive without being overly tactile. The AWD, truly tested repeatedly and necessarily, was an all star. There never came a moment where I asked the car to do something it couldn’t do. Like all great AWD systems in the snow, simply pointing the nose of the car in the desired direction was enough. The slipping and gripping of the tires is all handled automatically and the car finds its way straight again.
This is really the only knock on this car. A look from the outside and a test drive might have you wondering how it is priced at less than half of what some of its luxury cousins are sold for. This is where some of the money is saved. Leather and fancy composites give way to more familiar upholstery and plastics. It’s nice enough, it is an American car after all. Functional interiors made with less than premium materials are kind of the hallmark of this nation’s automobiles. Comfortable seats, effective infotainment software, and all the appropriate spots to stow your gadgets. Not much to complain about inside and what little there was only exists because the bar of expectations had been raised so high. Perhaps the the Platinum and Sport trim levels will combine one day to take on the BMW 3 series? 2018 anyone?
The Home Stretch
I could argue that I lost all objectivity somewhere between hour 3 and 4 of our drive home. We had been stopped for over 30 minutes in the blinding snow and wind on Interstate 80, mere miles away from the point where some in the Donner party met their fateful end. I was out of the car, clearing the ice off our windshield wipers and talking to a fellow stranded motorist. We chatted about the weather and the fact that we were standing in the middle of an interstate highway when he said, “That’s a Ford?”. I nodded and told him a little about it, when suddenly we both stopped speaking and stood there. Two men, surrounded by thousands of stranded motorists, in the middle of a major weather event. I pondered the earth and human constructs like society. I figured I could get maybe three days out of the snacks we had, if we were on survival rations. We could always drink the snow and surely Caltrans wouldn’t just forget about the people in the countless cars they just waved through. We said our goodbyes and got into the warm embrace of our vehicles. My heated seat comforted my back, as any unbiased attempt at a review melted like flakes on the windshield. My loving wife handed me some almonds and traffic began to move again. I couldn’t help but imagine that the Fusion Sport nodded and smiled as we slid into gear and continued to trudge along our way.
2017 Ford Fusion Sport
MSRP (as tested) $40,995
2.7L GTDI Ecoboost Engine
19” Premium Wheels
I had the great opportunity to talk with former Orlando Magic great, Dennis Scott about his work with Mountain Dew for the DewNBA 3X series. You can watch teams duke it out during the NBA All-Star festivities this weekend in New Orleans.
Following a six-city tour of DewNBA3X, Mountain Dew, the NBA, and TNT are bringing the event to a national stage in New Orleans, where Shaquille O’Neal and Dennis Scott scouted the top elite amateur players from across the country for GM’s Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving. These players matched up for some tough one-on-one elimination games to see who would make it to the finals, where two teams will play alongside team captains Jason Williams and Baron Davis with a 30-minute special about DewNBA3X airing on Sat. Feb. 18 at 6pm EST on TNT leading into All-Star Saturday Night coverage.
The 30-minute special featuring Dennis Scott, Shaquille O’Neal, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, Jason Williams and Baron Davis airs on Sat. Feb. 18 at 6pm EST on TNT.
Click HERE is my interview with Dennis.
Follow Dennis on Twitter @3DTV and follow MTN Dew @MountainDew.
Check out the first episode of a six-part DewNBA3X series – showcasing how the players, coaches and GMs are qualifying and preparing for All Star 2017 in New Orleans.
There is some cool news coming out of Miami. Mercedes AMG is getting together with Cigarette Racing teamed up again this year by presenting the Cigarette Racing Team 50’ Marauder AMG boat inspired by the stunning Mercedes-AMG GT R.
The new Mercedes-AMG 50’ Marauder AMG boat is making its world premiere at the 2017 Miami Boat Show. Designed for high-speed and further improved dynamics, carbon-fiber was employed extensively in the design to help shed more than 1,300 pounds. The deck, cockpit and consoles were developed using advanced laminate analysis techniques and are all constructed from carbon-fiber with foam core. The engine hatch is also completely carbon fiber, employing vacuum infusion technology for its construction.
The Cigarette Racing Team 2017 50’ Marauder AMG is powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 1550/1350 QC4v (Quad Cam 4 Valve) engines and M8 stern drives, delivering up to 3,100 hp. These sophisticated powerplants are dual calibration engines, which enable the operator to switch engine power levels through an electronic key fob. The Race Key fob unlocks up to 1550 hp, requiring race fuel. The Pleasure key fob is used for operating at 1,350 hp with 91 octane fuel.
The front-mid-engine concept with a transaxle, handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo engine rated at 577 hp, extensively modified suspension, new aerodynamics and intelligent lightweight construction laid the foundation for an especially dynamic driving experience. In addition, the unmistakable AMG Panamericana grille celebrated its standard-production premiere in the Mercedes-AMG GT R, with its 15 chrome-plated vertical fins inspired by the look of the new AMG GT3 race car and the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL that won the legendary Panamericana Mexican road race in 1952.
As we head to NBA All-Star weekend MTN Dew is doing their best to get you ready for the fantastic weekend. Joey Bada$$ teamed up with Mtn Dew to create an ode to basketball called Victory. With Victory, Joey showcases his love for the game, a sport that he’s always been passionate about, playing as a young kid in Brooklyn and still balling as a form of exercise and enjoyment today. The song just dropped today and can be heard HERE!
This track is the first project out of The Courtside Project, a unique collaboration by DEW that brings together NBA players and trendsetters across style, art and music, debuting at All-Star 2017.
To celebrate the release of Victory, Joey Bada$$ will be in New Orleans at Courtside HQ – Dew’s consumer experience at NBA All-Star Weekend – to help launch The Courtside Project and to film a music video for the exclusive track while performing it live for the first time. The music video will be released later this NBA season.
We have all seen players in the NBA rehydrate with Gatorade when they are on the bench during a game. Now the partnership is going even further. Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) will be renamed the NBA Gatorade League (NBA G-League) as part of a multiyear expanded partnership announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Gatorade. This marks the first time a U.S. professional sports league has named an entitlement partner.
As part of the partnership, the NBA and Gatorade unveiled a new NBA G-League logo that will be featured across all game balls, team jerseys, on court signage and league digital assets. Additionally, Gatorade will incubate its latest product and equipment innovations into NBA G-League locker rooms, and teams will have the opportunity to collaborate with Gatorade to help players maximize their athletic potential and on court performance.
Through the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI), the sports fuel company will collaborate with the NBA G-League on programs to enhance player sports performance and recovery. Since 1985, GSSI has helped athletes optimize their sports performance and well-being through research, education, innovation and providing high-caliber sports nutrition science services. GSSI scientists will partner with the NBA G-League on player nutrition and training programs, incorporating the newest technology and innovations in Gatorade testing, product and equipment.
The partners will also collaborate on custom, behind-the-scenes video content which will capture NBA G-League players on their respective journeys, highlighting a shared commitment to enhancing performance through innovation.A founding partner of the NBA D-League, Gatorade will continue to present the league’s Gatorade Call-Up platform. Since 2001, there have been nearly 500 Gatorade Call-Ups from the NBA D-League to the NBA.
There are assignments as a writer that I gladly accept. One of them recently was when the fine folks over at Bulleit Bourbon asked me if I was interested in finding the right beer to pair with Bulleit to create the perfect Boilermaker.
Most of you know that a Boilermaker is created when you combine a cold beer with a shot of whiskey. There are few theories on when the Boilermaker was created. Some say that Boilermaker came to be in the 1800s when blue collar workers headed to the bar after a long shift and it is believed that the drink was named after the workers who built and maintained steam locomotives during that same time period.
Another idea is that the first Boilermaker was created when Richard Trevitchick and his friends celebrated after his steam powered vehicle made its first successful climb up his village’s steepest hill on Christmas Eve in 1801.
No matter how the Boilermaker came to be the popularity of the Boilermaker is making a comeback. So with that notion Bulleit is asking for my help and yours as long as you are 21 years old or older to find the beer that when paired with any variety of Bulleit Bourbon will create the best Boilermaker.
Over the next few months I will be trying out a few local beers or maybe some national ones to see if I can find the best pairing. This month I am going with an IPA. The IPA is from Foothills Brewery in North Carolina. It is the Hoppyum IPA. This is IPA as Foothills says has nutty malts that lend a surprisingly sweet base to copious additions of tangerine-y Simcoe hops. Great aroma, superior taste, clean dry finish. It is the most popular beer and I thought I should give it a try with Bulleit.
As I poured the IPA into the glass I was looking forward to seeing what it would taste like with Bulleit Bourbon. I pour a shot of Bulleit into a shot glass and then dropped the glass into the beer. I picked up the glass and drank the whole thing.
I was really happy with the taste. The two complemented each other well. It was a strong first entry into the quest for the perfect Boilermaker. I would say that this one had a score of 7.5 out of ten.
What is your pairing? Below is the recipe you can use. Let me know which beer you used with Bulleit. I’m always looking for some good suggestions.
1 oz. Bulleit (Bourbon, Rye or 10-Year-Old)
6 oz. Beer
Last weekend we saw Russell Westbrook’s former teammate Kevin Durant come back to Oklahoma City. Durant and his new team the Golden State Warriors won the game, but Westbrook can hold his head up high because he is still paving his own way.
There is a new video featuring DEW partner and MVP candidate Russell Westbrook. In Don’t Do They, Russell and DEW challenge ‘they,’ instigating a culture that pushes boundaries and encourages people to “do you.”
Westbrook is an athlete who constantly challenges the status quo, inspiring individuality. In Don’t Do They, Russell truly embodies what it means to Do the DEW. The new ad also coincides with DEW’s launch of overall plans for NBA All Star 2017 in New Orleans.
What did you do today? If you feel that you are having a productive day you should check out the latest video from Reebok. Powered by the brand’s newest functional training shoe, the Nano 7, Reebok gathered special guests and athletes around the world to break 44 of the top fitness-based GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS titles in just 24 hours. The global, record-shattering event showcased the versatility of the Nano 7, which has broken more world records than any other shoe on the globe.
Reebok athletes, brand partners and excited volunteers descended on London, Sydney, L.A. and New York last week in attempt to break an unprecedented amount of fitness-based records all in one built-for-anything shoe. Attempts ranged from 10-year old Milla Star trying for the most burpees in one minute to Eirik Lundstein attempting the most barbell backflips in 1 minute with 20kgs. Notable athletes and participants in the attempts included:
Max Greenfield – Actor
Annie Thorisdottir – CrossFit Athlete & 2x CrossFit Games Champion
Milla Star – 10 year old fitness phenom
Logan Aldridge – Adaptive athlete and CrossFit Coach
Dan Bailey – CrossFit Athlete & 5x CF Games Competitor
Scott Panchik – CrossFit Athlete and 5x CF Games Competitor
Rob Forte – CrossFit Athlete and 6x CF Games Competitor
Kara Webb – CrossFit Athlete and 5x CF Games Competitor
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet – CrossFit Athlete and former CF Games Champion
Of the dozens of attempts, 44 official records were shattered – a record-breaking accomplishment in itself.
One of the reasons that I am a fan of Crown Royal is because of the work they do to help support the troops. Last weekend a star-studded list of former and current professional football players attended the Ditka & Jaws Cigars with the Stars party. As the premier spirit of the event, Crown Royal hosted a bag stuffing where attendees were able to pack CAMO bags for troops overseas as well as write personalized notes showing their appreciation. From former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis to current head coach Ron Rivera, athletes had the chance to give back to our service men and women.
Some of the drinks at the party are ones that you can make at home and enjoy responsibly.
1.5 oz. Crown Royal Vanilla
. 75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
3 oz. Ginger Beer
1 Lime Wedge
Directions: Combine Crown Royal Vanilla and lime juice in a shaker and add ice. Shake well and strain in glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime wedge.
Northern Harvest Rye Manhattan
1.5 oz. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
.5 oz. Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes Real Bitters
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish.
Deluxe Old Fashioned
1.5 oz. Crown Royal Deluxe
.25 oz. Simple Syrup
1-3 Dashes Bitters
1 Orange Peel
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with orange peel.