If you happened to be in Canada today, nobody would blink if you went into a bar and ordered yourself a “Bloody Caesar.” That’s because today has been called “The Ides of March” for many centuries and is best remembered as the fateful day – back in 44 BC – that Brutus and a crowd other Roman senators killed Julius Caesar by stabbing him a painful 23 times.
It wasn’t until the late ‘60s when an Italian guy was opening a restaurant in Calgary, Canada, and – knowing how a dish of simmering tomatoes and clams once tasted back in the old country – altered his bars’ recipe for a “Bloody Mary.” He added clam juice and spices to the tomato juice in the popular vodka drink and – get this – in just five years it had become the most popular drink in western Canada.
The Canadians, a number of them known to take a drink, quickly embraced the “Bloody Caesar” and today the concoction is so well accepted that every March 15, or on “The Ides of March,” it is hard to find a bottle of Motts’ Clamato juice in the stores. But if you are going to celebrate Julius Caesar’s immortal words – “Et tu, Brute? – make sure you have a dash of Worcestershire sauce and a slice of lime on hand to help inspire a proper tribute.
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THE GRAMBLING BASKETBALL TEAM just finished a “not-perfect” season, losing all 28 games and becoming the eighth team in NCAA Div. I history to do so. The Tigers, after four head coaching changes in the last six years, scored over 50 points just twice this season in a program that has been decimated by heavy penalties due to terrible Academic Progress Rate numbers. Other teams that failed to win a game are the NJIT Highlanders (2007-2008), Savannah State Tigers (2004-2005), Prairie View A&M Panthers (1991-1992), The Citadel Bulldogs (1954-1955), Baylor Bears (1944-1945), William & Mary Tribe (1936-1937) and the Dartmouth Big Green (1917-1918).
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