Since 1980, the America East Men's and Women's Championship has pitted conference foes against each other to savagely battle for bracket positioning over the course of several days. This year’s tournament will see defending men’s champions Boston University staving off as of yet-to-be-decided opponents, with senior guard Darryl Partin strapping tiny pogo sticks to his sneakers in hopes of adding to his average of 19.8 points per game. The Hartford Hawks women’s squad protects its title behind the charge of freshman guard Amber Bepko, who garnered a career-high 18 points in the victorious game against UMBC on February 19. During the championship’s first round on March 1, teams attempt to out-dunk their competition for placement in the quarterfinals on March 2–3. Victors of the quarterfinals compete during a semifinal tilt on March 4, which determines which team will host its respective championship game and Indiana Jones marathon the following weekend.
The first Funny Bone location opened in 1982 and has spread infectious laughter ever since. Established stars such as Drew Carey and Jerry Seinfeld have graced the clubs’ stages, as well as up-and-coming talents with fresh faces, fresh routines, and that fresh pine scent. The venue also plays host to a full-service bar, where patrons may steep their sorrows in calming brews, then ingest them triumphantly.
At Spare Time, balls hurtle down smooth, polished lanes as LCD screens keep track of scores and shimmering party lights illuminate the faces of determined bowlers. After lacing up some slide-enabling shoes and clearing the gutters of deciduous pins, bowlers set their sights on toppling 10-pin clusters. Carpets bedecked with psychedelic swirls lead to shelves stocked with neon-colored balls, which proffer their pin-busting talents to bowlers of various sizes. Fingers can warm up by mashing buttons in an arcade full of entrancing video games or bench-pressing french fries at the onsite grill and pub.
Visitors never have to wait in line to workout at Cardio Express—each of the six clubs boasts a ton of Cybex strength-training machinery, an arsenal of free weights, and more than 80 pieces of cardio equipment affixed with personal 15-inch television screens. Compassionate instructors imbue gym visits with a human element as well, leading classes such as Core Fusion, Total Tone circuit training, and spinning sessions at the Southington, Vernon, and Manchester locations. Each year, the staff members carry the same motivational energy they use in their studios to recruit members and friends for the Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour. Cardio Express has raised a grand total of nearly $400,000, and it also acts as title sponsor for the 2012 benefit.
Hola Amigo's! My name is William Goff and I am the proud owner of Pancho Loco, which was established way back in 1997. Back in 1997 I got this crazy idea that owning a restaurant would be a great way to spend my life so I went out and started living the dream. Now Pancho's is known for its fresh tasty homemade foods!
New England Ski & Scuba's staff touts many years of experience, training, and personal enjoyment in the realm of winter and water sports, making the shop a trustworthy source for gear and general know-how. Inside, visitors navigate through an extensive selection of new and used equipment, apparel, and accessories from the industry's leading brands. To ensure it remains on the cutting-edge of product development, the shop communicates directly with most of those manufacturers through an intricate system of yodeling. The shop also offers repairs, tune-ups, and classes.