Damon Bungard is why they invented the term “outdoorsman.” Bungard, who lives in Tennessee and works as the brand manager for Jackson Kayaks, is one of the few people in the world who’s been a professional kayaker, professional angler and professional hunter at different points in his life. These days, the well-rounded athlete spends most of his free time finding ways to combine all of his passions into seamless, self-supported adventures. Sometimes that means embarking on multi-day backpacks in search of white tail deer. Or paddling class V whitewater deep into a Wilderness area to fish holes that have rarely seen a fly line. This April, he’ll star in a show on the Sportsman Channel called “The Orion Chronicles,” that details how Bungard is able to blend adventure with traditional outdoor sports.“I remember teaching whitewater clinics in these pools and watching the trout rise. And nobody was fishing,” Bungard says. “I thought it was ridiculous. I would be on various, multi-day kayaking trips and get into a totally clear eddy and see all these fish. So I started packing a seven-piece rod in my stern. Sometimes I’d just strap it to the outside.”We talked with Bungard about the gear he relies on when he’s seeking elusive brook trout deep in the Southern Appalachians.EXO Mountain Gear K2 2000 ($499)Using gear that’s made in the US is important to me, and it’s hard to find a good pack that’s made here. But EXO makes a great one in Boise, Idaho. The 2000 is an innovative pack system loaded with technical features. I use this for week-long fishing and hunting trips. It’s light and moves well.Simms VaporTread ($179)I like hiking in boots I can fish in. I don’t like carrying different footwear. I wear this boot with a good, wool sock (see below) and a neoprene sock too. It’s a hybrid hiking/wading boot. I want one boot on the trail and river. That’s the key to successful backcountry fishing. Keep your gear versatile and simple.Simms Acklins Jacket ($209)It’s the Southern Appalachians, so there’s a good chance it’s gonna rain when you’re in the backcountry. I like this GORE-TEX jacket from Simms. It’s super packable, but it’s also really comfortable. I can spend all day in this jacket, hiking and fishing, and never get soaked or sweaty.Farm to Feet Slate Mountain ($24)Having good socks is important. These wool socks are really comfortable and they dry superfast. I’ll fish in these all day, moving in and out of the water, then dry them fast by the fire and put them right back on.Bungard’s advice for fishing the backcountry: Keep your gear versatile and simple. And seek out native brook trout, even if you don’t plan on catching them. Brook trout only live in beautiful places. To get where the Brook are, you’re going to get solitude and you’ll be in the cleanest water in the planet.Orvis Superfine ($425)If I’m going after trout, I like a 7’ four-weight Superfine. Orvis has been making quality rods for decades. This one is an ultralight, nimble rod built for tight Appalachian streams. The four-weight is good for getting into bigger, deeper holes, but it’s still flexible and small.
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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dr. Craig Spencer (Facebook)A Manhattan doctor who returned seven days ago from treating Ebola patients in West Africa tested positive for the virus Thursday, marking the first case of the deadly disease in New York.Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center, where he was taken directly to an isolation unit, after reporting symptoms of fatigue and a fever with a temperature of 103 degrees. New York City health officials said they quarantined his fiance, two friends and an Uber taxi cab driver who drove him home Wednesday from The Gutter, a bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which has since closed as a precaution.“We were hoping that it didn’t happen, but we were realistic; this is New York,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters at a news conference Thursday night. “Our best information is that for the relevant period of time, he was only exposed to a very few people partially because he knew what the illness was all about and he was taking precautions.”The case is the fourth confirmed in the United States since a Liberian man became the first in Dallas before he died of Ebola on Oct. 8. He infected two nurses who treated him, one of whom has since recovered. The other, Nina Pham, is being treated in a special isolation unit at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.Those three prior cases come amid the largest Ebola outbreak in world history that has claimed nearly 5,000 lives in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where Spencer had volunteered for the nonprofit Doctors Without Borders, which has been working to stem the crisis.Spencer was taken to Bellevue by specially trained first responders in Haz-Mat suits, like the thousands—including many on Long Island—that have been training for just such a case.Related: North Shore LIJ to Build Biocontainment Unit for Infectious DiseasesBesides the four Spencer contacts in quarantine, disease detectives are working to track down anyone else who may have come in contact with the doctor—a task that could prove difficult since he rode the A, 1 and L subway trains. But, health official cautioned that it is “extremely unlikely” that there is a risk of contracting Ebola from riding the same subway as Spencer because he was not sick enough to be contagious at the time he took the trains.The jetliner on which Spencer arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Oct. 17 was reportedly taken out of service for cleaning as a precaution. His apartment has been isolated as well.Although it claims the lives of half those who contract it, officials urged New Yorkers not to panic, reiterating repeatedly at the news conference that the only way to contract the virus is through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected Ebola patient, not casual contact. Ebola is not airborne, officials repeated.“Being on the same subway car…does not in itself put someone at risk,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed. Ebola is an extremely hard disease to contract.” The case was confirmed just as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced it began 21-day monitoring of hundreds of daily air travelers who arrive in the nation from the four Ebola-stricken countries. Some are calling for anyone who arrives from those countries to be quarantined for that time. That rhetoric was particularly rampant, given the New York case was confirmed in the height of campaign season.“JFK must be shut now to passengers originating from Ebola designated nations,” said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican gubernatorial challenger trying to unseat Cuomo, the Democratic incumbent. “This was avoidable.”The governor, who last week designated eight of the about 200 hospitals statewide as Ebola treatment centers, noted that three of the four Ebola patients in America so far have all been medical professionals who had been in direct contact with the disease.“I know it’s a frightening situation,” Cuomo said. “But, the more facts you know, the less frightening this situation is.”
Two words for the Clippers’ amazing, unexpected 2018-19 season:For Ralph.Not that this was a fairy tale where the players said, “Let’s dedicate this season to Ralph Lawler for calling our games with so much class going back to all the years under Donald Sterling when we were a laughingstock.”Real life isn’t like that. If Lawler learned one thing in 40 years … and more than 2,000 losses, over 50 per season… it was how real life works. Players play for each other but, first and foremost, for pay, putting the “professional” in professional basketball.Even the Clippers had that, if only a thin patina, as when Ron Harper, who’d been traded here – from Cleveland! – was upset to see his $4 million option picked up and announced he was counting down the days of the season, saying he was “just doing my jail time.”Harper was then suspended by the front office, preoccupied at Sterling’s direction in trying to make the ramshackle operation look legitimate.Harper’s teammates then took the floor with his No. 4 written on their sneakers.That was the 1993-94 season when Sterling finally gave up on signing his star, Danny Manning, another upcoming free agent, who vowed to leave from the day he arrived five years before. Unfortunately, Sterling didn’t want to trade Manning for someone he hadn’t heard of, leaving a short list. The Clippers opted to take Atlanta’s offer of Dominique Wilkins … another upcoming free agent.’Nique actually arrived, hoping to stay, until he saw how bad things were and fled, too.The Clippers went 27-55, lost their top players and had to start all over. It wasn’t atypical of the era in the least.That was Lawler’s 12th season with the team. He had arrived in San Diego in 1978 after taking a 50 percent pay cut from his job as a sports anchor in Philadelphia … only to find himself out of work in 1981 when Sterling bought the team and cleaned house.Donald being Donald, he rehired Lawler a year later, the result of a chance meeting on a beach … fired him again in 1984 when the team moved here … only to rehire Ralph anew the following season, a rare NBA-caliber announcer willing to entrust his career to Sterling in the gloom of the Sports Arena era.If his intended successors, Jerry Gross and Eddie Doucette, were used to better things and fled, Lawler could take it, narrowing his focus to his broadcast in the sure knowledge that he couldn’t do anything about the losses. If he has admitted that it was harder when he was younger, he insists he enjoyed every game of their rock-bottom-even-for-them 12-70 season in 1986-87.Making it all the more challenging, he was now in the Mt. Olympus of team announcers, the home of Vin Scully and Chick Hearn, adored by fans of the dynasties they followed.Little seemed to be left for mortals, to say nothing of announcers of local jokes.Staples Center put up a statue of Hearn and named the press dining room for Chick. Years later, when it became clear Lawler was owed something, all they could think of to rename was the press entrance – now titled the Ralph Lawler Media and Team Member Entry.Lawler learned to appreciate the job for what it was, not what it brought. Now, amazingly, he leaves as the region’s most venerated announcer.Nothing in Lawler’s career is more becoming than his friendship with Bill Walton, the unlikeliest of broadcast partners, who was floundering in retirement before overcoming his stutter while learning the craft at Lawler’s invitation.In return, the straight-laced Lawler loosened up at the inspiration of the free-wheeling Walton.“I turned a corner with Bill,” Lawler said. “Bill hadn’t been serious about a basketball game since the last one he played in.”Another time, Lawler had dinner in the press room in Staples Center with a Lakers party that included Hearn’s widow, Marge.“She told me, ‘I didn’t know you were such a funny guy. Why don’t you announce that way?’ ” Lawler said.Now he does. I remember watching a 2010 game against San Antonio when the Clippers fell behind before rallying in the closing seconds.“Don’t go away!” Lawler exclaimed as Blake Griffin made it a one-possession game.At the other end, the Spurs’ Richard Jefferson fired off a 3-pointer.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “Jefferson!” exclaims Lawler, his voice rising in excitement.“Go ahead and go away,” Lawler told his audience as the shot splashed through.Walton has called Lawler “the envy of all humanity (with) a wonderful family, a glamorous and inspirational wife, tremendous children and grandchildren, a job he loves that allows him to exhibit the creative and performing genius that he is.”Of course, Walton once called Greg Ostertag “one of our great big men in the NBA.”Lawler’s career hasn’t been measured in title games he called but that’s not what counts in real life. With their three children grown up, Lawler and his wife, Jo, who has driven to every home game with him and accompanied him on trips, are getting out to enjoy their life away from the rigors of a basketball season.The last regular-season game on April 10 will see Walton reunited with Lawler. There might not be a dry eye in the arena or a moment when the fans watching on TV stop laughing. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum