Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Kensington Park, FL, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Kensington Park, FL, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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DEKALB, Ill. — Down 14 points in the third quarter Saturday, it looked liked Vanderbilt’s day in DeKalb was about to be awfully dark.
Then, a blitzkrieg.
The Commodores, led by freshman quarterback AJ Swann and junior wide receiver Will Sheppard, scored 21 points in this than six minutes of game clock. Vandy’s seemingly porous defense bowed up and pitched a shutout the final 28:37 of the game.
It all equated to a 38-28 win over Northern Illinois, a victory that gave Vanderbilt (3-1) more wins than it had for the 2021 season.
“You saw we were down 14 and, I think, what everybody saw is that we just never give up,” Sheppard said. “Defense went out there and, they gave up that first touchdown in the second half, but after that they shut them down completely and they had a bunch of fourth-down stops, third-down stops and I think we just played Vanderbilt football in that second half.”
After Northern Illinois backup quarterback Ethan Hampton completed a 70-yard touchdown pass to Cole Tucker to put the Huskies up 28-14, the outcome looked as bleak as possible when the Commodores fumbled away their next possession on the Northern Illinois 26. But before the Vandy defense took the field, an on-field huddle during the timeout rallied the troops.
That unit allowed just 68 yards of total offense the rest of the way. It forced three punts. It stopped the Huskies twice on fourth down. And then De’Rickey Wright put an exclamation on the performance with an interception with 4:15 on the clock.
“There’s a moment there where you really feel the momentum of the game shifting and what we’ve talked about all week as a team is we had a chance a week ago against Wake Forest to play to a win, but when bad things happen they snowball. We have to be a team that can step onto the field and shift the energy of the play,” Vanderbilt head coach Clark Lea said. “We were able to do that.
“I’m really proud of the team for that. I think it represents growth. Doing it and doing it consistently are two different things. I thought a big part of that was our defense was stepping in after the turnover and delivering the first stop. Sometimes it’s that simple.”
On the other side of the ball, Swann and Sheppard and their offensive teammates put on a show.
Swann, a freshman making his first start, went 18-for-28 passing and totaled 255 yards. He completed touchdown passes of 3, 21, 31 and 13 yards. Two of those went to Sheppard who finished with 10 catches for 171 yards.
Ray Davis ran for 116 yards on 23 carries. The Vanderbilt offensive line didn’t allow a sack. The Commodores were 2-for-2 on fourth down and 7-for-14 on third down.
“That was a team effort on offense,” Lea said. “Ray Davis continues to be a guy that is a bell cow, runs for hard yards, made plays on the perimeter – he stays in the fight, he stays in the play. Will Sheppard and (Jayden) McGowan both facilitated (Swann’s) performance and that’s what it should look like, right? The quarterback is unlocking performance in the other 10 positions on the field and (Swann) did that. Then those other guys stepped up and did their part, too. It’s what you want to see.”
Swann, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound Georgian, got the Commodores off to a flying start with a 12-play, 80-yard possession that was capped off by a 3-yard lob to tight end Gavin Schoenwald. Davis gave Vandy the lead back at 14-7 with a 3-yard touchdown run at the start of the second quarter.
Then things got a bit haywire as the Vanderbilt defense allowed a 4-yard touchdown pass, a 51-yard touchdown run and 70-yard touchdown pass making it 28-14 with 13:37 left to go in the third quarter.
One of the plays of the day occurred a little less than seven minutes later. On fourth down at the Northern Illinois 21, Swann tried to scramble to his left and went straight into what looked like an apparent sack. But the freshman ducked and escape and floated back to his left where he threw off his back foot down the left sideline.
Davis was sprinting that direction and dove for the reception while getting a toe in the end zone.
“Just kind of improvised. Not every plays work out how you want it to,” Swann said. “Maybe I missed the read? If I did I have to watch the film. But they blitzed up the middle, I tried to get out of the pocket, a D-end came off, he got a hold of me and I just worked my way out of the sack and kept the play alive. Just playing off to the whistle.”
Swann and Sheppard were virtually unstoppable from as the two hooked up on scoring throws of 31 and 13 yards, respectfully. Joseph Bulovas iced the victory with a 35 yard field goal with 12:21 to go.
“I’m still not very satisfied,” Swann said of his first career victory. “I think we still have a lot of work to offensively and as a team. But to get a road win, especially in my first start, felt very good.”
Vanderbilt now turns its attention to the start of Southeastern Conference play and a daunting trip to No. 2 Alabama (3-0) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. For now, however, the Commodores can soak in a comeback to remember and day in DeKalb they won’t soon forget.
— Chad Bishop covers Vanderbilt for VUCommodores.com. Follow him @MrChadBishop.
Things to know this week include a cannabis production facility in Meriden and senior tax relief in Wallingford.In Southington, the Planning and Zoning Commission will review an open space purchase on Burritt Street. Related Stories: Florida cannabis corporation linked to potential development in Meriden ...
Things to know this week include a cannabis production facility in Meriden and senior tax relief in Wallingford.
In Southington, the Planning and Zoning Commission will review an open space purchase on Burritt Street.
Related Stories: Florida cannabis corporation linked to potential development in Meriden Meriden Planning Commission to review proposal for cannabis growing facility Southington officials considering land purchase near Panthorn Park
Here’s our full list of seven things to know this week.
1. Marijuana cultivation in Meriden
The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission will hear the application of 850 S. Main St. LLC for 525 Kensington Ave. on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
The group seeks to build a new commercial development consisting of one 24,200 SF building, one 35,200 SF building, and two accessory structures with associated site and utility improvements impacting about 1.57 acres of the upland review area. The partnership is affiliated with Trulieve, a large-scale cannabis producer and distributor based in Florida.
The meeting will be in the lower level engineering room in City Hall.
2. Tax relief for seniors in Wallingford
The Town Council Ordinance Committee meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, where they will discuss Senior Property Tax Relief, tax benefits for volunteer firefighters and EMT personnel, a proposed Salon Ordinance and the Fair Rent Commission.
3. Student achievement in Wallingford
The Board of Education’s Instructional Committee will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. on Google Meet. They will discuss the district’s student achievement data and read over bylaws. The public is invited to submit comments at https://bit.ly/3egkCnn.The meeting will also be available to view on YouTube.
4. Cheshire officials review plans by Casertano, Lovley
The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers, 84 South Main St. The agenda includes an application for dredging an irrigation pond at Casertano Farm, 1030 S. Meriden Road and a permit application by Lovley Development for 648 Wallingford Road.
5. Wallingford Public Utilities Commission
The Public Utilities Commission is meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall Room 315 to approve a budget amendment on the water division’s maintenance of treatment equipment. Public question and answer period is from 6:35 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.
6. Burritt Street open space in Southington
Southington planners will consider the purchase of 425 and 429 Burritt St. for open space at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 6. Town planners can issue a recommendation whether or not to purchase the properties for open space although the final decision rests with the Town Council. The council could decide at its meeting on Sept. 12 whether or not to sign a contract for the land.
Southington leaders have been pursuing undeveloped land to preserve green space and to prevent homes from being built. The Burritt Street properties are near Panthorn Park and their purchase would prevent building near the park’s entrance, town leaders say.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.
7. Native plants in Cheshire
The Town Beautification Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in Room 207/209 of Town Hall. The agenda includes public comment on a proposed Native Plant Policy for Municipal Landscapes.
Engler, as longtime local concert-goers well know, was the co-founder of the dominant concert promoter in Pittsburgh from the early ’70s through the ’90s.We’re used to films and documentaries about people in the music world having some type of rise-and-fall narrative.For Rich Engler, it’s been much more of a steady, happy ride, as chronicled in “Behind the Stage Door,” a new documentary spun from his 2013 memoir of the same name. Produced and directed by Brian Stork, whose credits include the...
Engler, as longtime local concert-goers well know, was the co-founder of the dominant concert promoter in Pittsburgh from the early ’70s through the ’90s.
We’re used to films and documentaries about people in the music world having some type of rise-and-fall narrative.
For Rich Engler, it’s been much more of a steady, happy ride, as chronicled in “Behind the Stage Door,” a new documentary spun from his 2013 memoir of the same name. Produced and directed by Brian Stork, whose credits include the TV series “How to Do Florida,” and narrated by WDVE’s Michele Michaels, it premieres Tuesday on DIRECTV, Apple TV, iTunes, Verizon FIOS and Frontier Communications.
Engler, as longtime Pittsburgh concertgoers well know, was the co-founder of DiCesare-Engler Productions, the dominant concert promoter in Pittsburgh from the early ’70s through the ’90s, at which point, like most indies, it was bought out by Clear Channel, later to be consumed by Live Nation.
Engler, who did not come from money, grew up the son of a glassworker in New Kensington. In the late ’60s, as the drummer for the band Grains of Sand, he founded the Shadyside-based promotion company Go Attractions to book regional talent, in spite of his father telling him, “That’s not a career, that’s a hobby.”
Father doesn’t always know best.
In the early ’70s, Engler branched out into national acts, starting with Blue Öyster Cult, which he booked in a second-floor carpet store warehouse in McKeesport.
His band would open for the likes of David Bowie, but, as he describes in the documentary, a turning point came when the band Yes walked through the stage door and asked to see the promoter, who was occupied behind the drums.
The next day he quit the band and chose the business route, while still looking very much like the young rock star with his long hair and fur coat.
Phil Ehart, of Kansas, recalls first being introduced to Engler and wondering where his dad, who must be the real promoter, might be.
Stork also gets testimonials from Alex Lifeson (Rush), James Young (Styx), Lou Gramm (Foreigner) and Danny Seraphine (Chicago), among others, about what a joy it was to work with Engler, who had joined forces with veteran promoter Pat DiCesare, when they came to Pittsburgh. The likes of Joe Grushecky, Donnie Iris and Frank Czuri (Silencers) echo that from the local angle.
Needless to say, Engler could fill a 10-hour documentary with the tales he has to tell. A few of the greatest hits in the documentary:
- A drugged-out Eric Clapton barely able to get on stage at Three Rivers Stadium.
- A confrontation with Gene Simmons of Kiss after he hit on his wife Cindy, who chauffeured them from the airport.
- Axl Rose requesting a Greek orgy party (in the Steelers locker room) after his stadium show. It happened.
- Bob Dylan needing a pep talk before his show at the Station Square amphitheater.
- A ’70s show at the D-E-owned Stanley going on with future stars Kansas and Styx after the headliner, Queen, didn’t show up.
- D-E almost going bankrupt after losing $400,000 on the Monsters of Rock show with Van Halen, Metallica, etc., at Three Rivers.
The most emotional story is the historical September 1980 evening at the Stanley Theater where a very ill Bob Marley, who had collapsed the day before while jogging in Central Park, went on to do his final show, before dying the following May.
Engler tears up recalling how Marley agreed to go on with the show because his band needed the money.
“He went on to do one of the most heartfelt shows ever,” Engler says, fighting back tears.
One of the reasons why “Behind The Stage Door” is not a rise-and-fall story or a decadent “Behind the Music” episode is the lifestyle choice that Engler made from the outset.
Even living as a hippie in Shadyside, he was not going to partake of the party drugs that everyone around him was doing. The music and the business was enough of a rush for him.
And, for that, he is well loved in his hometown.
As his friend Patrick Mendicino notes, “He comes into my coffee shop. He’s all around town. Everybody knows him. If you walk down the street with him, it would take approximately a half an hour to go 10 feet. Everybody loves Rich. These qualities he has, I am positive this is what made him such a success in the business field.”
First Published September 12, 2022, 4:21pm
Fenway Park is an iconic landmark both locals and tourists flock to to catch a legendary Red Sox game. A list released in Men’s Health Magazine earlier this year ranked the stadium as top 5 in the country, however, not everyone will agree with that.As with everything else...
Fenway Park is an iconic landmark both locals and tourists flock to to catch a legendary Red Sox game. A list released in Men’s Health Magazine earlier this year ranked the stadium as top 5 in the country, however, not everyone will agree with that.
As with everything else in life, there are the good, the bad, and the ugly to Fenway Park. I’m not here to tell you what a Red Sox game is like, rather I’m going to fill you in on the pros and cons of going to a concert at the stadium.
Before I dive into this, I’m going to take this time to exercise the bragging rights I deserve and just casually drop it right here that I just saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Fenway Park last weekend. Yeah. That HAPPENED. I am part of HISTORY.
Anyway, back to the main point.
Great question, that’s the whole point of this article.
There are good things about a concert at this stadium and there are bad things. Do you like hearing good news or bad news first? Doesn’t matter, I’m going to start with the ‘bad’.
Hard to Find Gates: There are a few entry points to get into the stadium which are lettered gates but they aren’t in alphabetical order? We did laps around the stadium confused as heck why it was going from “E” to “C”.
Parking is Terrible: There are so many freaking people trying to get to this stadium in the middle of the city, good LUCK scoring a parking spot that doesn’t cost one million dollars or doesn’t force you to take an Uber just to get closer. Now you’re paying double trouble.
Lack of Trash Cans: There were few trashcans on the premises and the ones that did pop up were overflowing so bad there were piles of trash everywhere.
The Seats: First off, if you’re tall, you’re going to be miserable. There is no legroom in most of the seats and they are extremely uncomfortable so you better be going to a concert that will have you standing up the whole time. Plus, a lot of them have obstructed views and Fenway shouldn’t even be selling those seats for a concert!!! Rude!!!
Okay, I’m done complaining. Now let’s talk about the good stuff so we can leave you on a positive note.
Short Lines: Since there are a few different entry points, it divides the crowds up nicely which results in shorter lines to get in and shorter lines for food and bevvies.
Hard Liquor & Easy Access Bars: Speaking of bevvies, you don’t have to suck it up and drink beer at the stadium if you don’t want to because they have a full bar ready to mix you up whatever you want. There are also bars scattered all over the place so you don’t have to walk too far for a drink. Even better, they have massive Smart waters at most of the vendors which is a major plus for me, personally. I’m a big water guy.
Security: Security is a smooth and easy process with a quick ticket scan and walk-through. The process of waiting in line, going through security, and getting our tickets checked took a maximum of 5 minutes.
Easy to Find Seats: Walking through the stadium is a bit of a tight squeeze getting by people but they do make it easy to find your seats with big signs hanging around everywhere. You’d have to really be lost to not know where you’re going.
Street Vendors: I think this one may just be personal but there are hella hot dog vendors outside the stadium on all sides and I don’t know what it is about being in Boston and especially at Fenway but when I’m in that area, I NEED a hot dog.
Size: It's a big spot but it's also small relative to the other stadiums that big names are playing at so it's more of an intimate setting with better views than you'd get elsewhere.
Location: The stadium is right next to Boston’s House of Blues and plenty of other iconic restaurants and bars right on the same street or within walking distance. You have plenty of options for places to go before and after the show. Most places have seating outside for some killer people-watching.
All in all, it was an incredible show I went to recently. Did I mention I went to the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Yeah, I went to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Was it the best concert venue I have ever been to? No. Would I go back? Probably.
The stadium was built for baseball, not rock shows, but they still did one hell of a job putting on a show.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Much of Vanderbilt’s good fortune, good play and good poise was washed out Saturday at FirstBank Stadium in a 45-25 loss at the hands of visiting Wake Forest.The 23rd-ranked Demon Deacons beat Vanderbilt soundly in many areas, but the Commodores (2-1) also beat themselves plenty of times as well. Three turnovers and eight offensive drives that ended with a punt gave Vandy little chance to win its third straight game to begin the season.“It’s unfortunate that we go into...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Much of Vanderbilt’s good fortune, good play and good poise was washed out Saturday at FirstBank Stadium in a 45-25 loss at the hands of visiting Wake Forest.
The 23rd-ranked Demon Deacons beat Vanderbilt soundly in many areas, but the Commodores (2-1) also beat themselves plenty of times as well. Three turnovers and eight offensive drives that ended with a punt gave Vandy little chance to win its third straight game to begin the season.
“It’s unfortunate that we go into a game with clarity on what it’s going to take to beat a good opponent at home, and I thought the guys had the spirit and energy for it, but we lacked the discipline to carry through with our strategies and it caught up to us,” Vanderbilt head coach Clark Lea said. “Today was an indicator of where we are. I don’t want to back away from the fact that Wake played a good game. It’s a good opponent and we played a sloppy first half that allowed them to distance themselves. We have to take the learning and grow from this and keep moving forward.”
Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman threw for 300 yards on 18 of 27 passing and completed four touchdowns and receiver A.T. Perry caught five balls for 142 yards and a score. Wake Forest also averaged 6.7 yards per play.
The Demon Deacons’ defense finished with five tackles for loss, a sack, five pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, an interception and forced two fumbles while holding the Dores to 294 yards of total offense.
Ray Davis was a lone bright spot for the Commodores by rushing for 87 yards and a touchdown and catching five balls for 21 yards. Quarterback Mike Wright was just 8 of 15 passing, threw a pick and lost two fumbles.
“The ball is the program, and we’ve to take care of it, and we didn’t today. That was actually our No. 1 offensive key and we failed to do that,” Vandy senior tight end Gavin Schoenwald said. “I think just having ownership over that – this is going to be an unbelievable game to watch the tape and learn from.
“There will be some key moments in the game that we can watch and say, ‘This happened because of this,’ or, ‘if this happened, this wouldn’t have.’ Just got to watch it and be better next week.”
Things began to go wrong for the black and gold after they had been so right in the early going.
Vandy had a 3-0 lead on a 35-yard Joseph Bulovas field goal and then got a fourth-down stop on the goal line by its defense. But mere seconds later Wright threw a pick-6, Vandy’s first turnover of the year, when his ill-advised pass bounced into the hands of Coby Davis who took it 31 yards the other direction.
Vanderbilt’s punted its next possession to set up Wake Forest on its own 32 and from there Hartman hit Perry on a 68-yard passing strike.
Wright fumbled away Vandy’s next series on his own 32 and two plays later Hartman dumped off a 2-yard touchdown pass to running back Christian Turner upping the score to 21-3 in a span of just less than six minutes of game clock.
Then, a lifeline.
Vanderbilt’s Cooper Lutz recovered a muffed punt at the Wake Forest 24 and, four plays later, Davis took a direct snap out of the shotgun and ran to his left before diving into the end zone cutting the deficit to 21-10.
But Wake Forest (2-0) scored on its first drive of the third quarter, a 10-play series that ended with Hartman’s 9-yard lob to Taylor Morin. That score took any wind out of the sails that the home team may have had.
Another lost Vanderbilt fumble, this one on a botched handoff exchange, led to a 17-yard Cameron Tite run for Wake Forest making it a 35-10 contest.
“We knew we couldn’t give their offensive extra possessions,” Lea said. “Giving up 21 points off turnovers is not going to be a formula against good teams, especially a good offense. The interception for a touchdown was just a momentum killer.”
“We have to look at ball security and decisions with the ball. That’s not just a player issue, that’s a coaching issue as well.”
The Commodores closed the gap to 35-18 late in the third quarter with an AJ Swann-to-Will Sheppard touchdown pass, but it was much too little, too late. Swann also Schoenwald on a 7-yard pass with just 2:09 to play providing the final margin.
Vanderbilt will try to regroup this week before it travels to Northern Illinois (1-0) for a 2:30 p.m. game Saturday.
“We do have a long way to go, but it’s about totally understanding what we just experienced, taking the good things that happened on the field and then the learning, the adversity that we faced – which is designed for us,” Lea said. “We don’t like the result, but we are going to focus on the things that today showed us and from that we’re going to evolve from it.
“We’ve got a great chance to do that on the road again next week. And that will be how we go.”
— Chad Bishop covers Vanderbilt for VUCommodores.com. Follow him @MrChadBishop.