Frank Gennario lost his father to bone cancer when he was 16 years old, and more than anything else, he clings tightly to memories of their days together at Yankee Stadium. As his son neared the same age three decades later, Frank made a decision: The ballpark bond between him and young Tony would have to be memorable — "something a little different," Frank said. Over the past 10 years, the Gennarios have meticulously followed their beloved Arizona Diamondbacks to every major league stadium , a quest they completed last weekend with a series at Atlanta's SunTrust Park. The plan was hatched prior to the 2007 season, and the 59-year-old father and 24-year-old son have now seen their favorite team
Following its global unveil in South Africa on Tuesday night, we're given an early ride-along the next day on a private race track and serious off-road circuit. Clearly, Mercedes wants to prove its first-ever pickup – and the first from a premium car manufacturer – is as adept at tackling terrain as it is smart-looking. The basic ladder-frame chassis is based on the Nissan Navara, but Mercedes has made significant changes to improve the X-Class' ride and handling, including a wider track, better dampers, and disc brakes on all four wheels.
Since its introduction in Mario Kart 64, the blue shell has become a universal shorthand for the perils of video game rubber-banding; an item I called "scourge of the skillful and the great white hope of the novice" in my own Mario Kart 8 review. Targeting the first-place player with a nigh-unstoppable projectile from anywhere on the course is a perfect encapsulation of the series' focus on giving everyone playing a chance rather than letting pure racing skill win the day by default. Love it or hate it, the blue shell is a necessary part of the game, according to Mario Kart 7 and 8 director Kosuke Yabuki. In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Yabuki said Mario Kart just doesn't feel like Mario