As Nelson recalled, “We always had a lot in common. We both hopped trains as kids. We both got our starts playing bass in other bands before stepping out on our own. We’d both been married for the last 20 years. We both had our sons playing guitar with us. Over the years, we played a lot of dates, a lot of poker. He was a great audience for my jokes. I told him recently, ‘You know what you call a guitar player without a girlfriend? Homeless,’ and he laughed.”Nelson also talked about Haggard’s work ethic and dedication to his craft. “I always had a lot of admiration for him. He came onto the scene with a bang. He wrote more Number One songs than me, Kris [Kristofferson], anybody. He was a great one to follow. He was able to talk about his life in his songs intelligently and ingeniously, really.” Willie added that his favorite song by Haggard is “A Place to Fall Apart”.As we mark the anniversary of his death and birth, we remember Merle with a live performance of Willie Nelson’s favorite song he wrote, from his 1985 live album, Live From Austin, TX:Merle Haggard – “Place To Fall Apart” – Live From Austin, TX[Video: Live From Austin TX]You can read Willie Nelson’s full editorial tribute to Merle Haggard here.Rest in peace, Merle Haggard–gone but not forgotten…[Originally published on April 6th, 2018] Three years ago today, on April 6th, 2016, outlaw country icon Merle Haggard passed away on his 79th birthday. Haggard spent a lifetime playing country music, becoming a pioneering face of “outlaw country” and enjoying the success throughout a career that spanned over 50 years. He wrote countless beloved songs like “Okie From Muskogee”, “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive”, “Sing Me Back Home,” “The Fightin’ Side Of Me,” “I Wonder If They Think of Me”, “Mama Tried”, and many more, and continued to work until his final days. Among his more recent (and popular) releases was Django and Jimmie, a 2015 album featuring Haggard and Willie Nelson. Watch the two lovable musical stoners record their track “It’s All Going To Pot” below:Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard – “It’s All Going To Pot”[Video: WillieNelsonVEVO]In a Rolling Stone editorial published after Merle Haggard’s passing, Willie shared a few touching highlights from the two men’s decades-long friendship. He explained that while they had only recently released an album together, the two had been fast and fierce friends since meeting at a poker game in the early 60’s.
Ghanaian forward David Atanga made a statement in his full debut for German Bundesliga two outfit Holstein Kiel, recording a goal and three assists to lead them to a 0 – 6 win over Salmrohr in the DFB Pokal round of 32.The 22 year old former Ghana U – 20 international made the move to Kiel this summer after excelling on loan at Greuther Furth from parent club Red Bull Salzburg.Having signed a 3 year deal, Atanga made his full debut in the DFB Pokal having sat out Kiel’s opening league game of the season against Sandhausen before making an appearance off the bench against Darmstadt.After setting up the only goal of the opening 45 minutes Atanga continued to dominate in a manner that saw his teammate Baku record a hat-trick in the process.Following his stellar output it remains to be seen if he will command more first team football.
Fans booed the outcome of NASCAR Cup qualifying at Auto Club Speedway on Friday after no drivers posted a lap in the final round.All 12 drivers waited until the final seconds to start their qualifying lap, in hopes of getting the best position in the new drafting format adopted this season. But no driver started their lap in time for it to count. As a result, Austin Dillon, the fastest driver in the second round, won the pole by default.So … Austin Dillon won the POLE in Fontana in Round 2 of qualifying. Nobody made it to the line. 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/eE6xsoMpeS— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) March 15, 2019And fans were not happy, booing the bizarre results.”I have seen it in other sports, but never seen it in ours,” Clint Bowyer said (via the AP). “We just got booed, and it is disappointing.”NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller readily admitted “That’s what you don’t want,” saying drivers “kind of making a mockery of the qualifying is not what we expect for our fans.”Yet Kyle Busch offered a plausible defense for the drivers: “Don’t hate the player,” he said. “Hate the game.” So Miller conceded that the qualifying format will be “tweaked,” hopefully in time for the March 29 qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway, but he seemed to rule out a return to the old single-car qualifying format.“I think we definitely make some tweaks to it,” Miller said (via NASCAR.com). “… We really don’t want to go back to single-car qualifying. There may not be another way, but we want to try to exhaust every possibility before we do that because it’s not as fun and not as intriguing of a show as the group situation. We’re going to try to figure out a way to adjust the group qualifying thing and not go back to single, but we’ve got some work to do on that.”