UFC 100 Recap

July 12, 2009

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Brock Lesnar defended his heavyweight title in his uniquely brutish style at UFC 100 Saturday night, capping the sport’s landmark weekend with a second-round stoppage of Frank Mir.

Georges St. Pierre defended his welterweight title with a showcase of his inimitably well-rounded mixed martial arts skills in an unanimous decision over Thiago Alves, while Dan Henderson knocked out Michael Bisping with a single punch in a middleweight upset as the UFC rolled its odometer into triple digits on a celebratory night for the proliferating sport.

Lesnar (4-1) ended the main event with a relentless series of right hands into the face of Mir, who handed Lesnar his only loss nearly 18 months ago.

Lesnar, a hulking former pro wrestler with a mercurial temperament, then taunted his opponent while Mir still was on the ground. He added a two-handed obscene gesture to the booing sellout crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, putting an entertaining but unflattering end on the highest-profile show in the sport’s history.

There were no theatrics or poor sportsmanship from St. Pierre, the classy Canadian star considered the UFC’s pound-for-pound best. He was the superior fighter from the start, steadily punishing Alves with punches, kicks and repeated takedowns in his third title defense.

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E3 2009: Nintendo Conference Recap

June 2, 2009

— Announcement of Super Mario Bros. Wii allowing up to 4 player co-op. 3-D side scrolling much like the previous 3. Available Holiday 2009.

— precision controlled Wii remotes.. not really sold on this yet as the videos seem to be more flash than substance. The demonstration looks a bit more promising but it still seems like a novelty.

— Golden Sun DS announced, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles trailer for Wii shown.

— Nintendo announces Metroid M, Super Mario Galaxy M, Dead Space, Resident Evil, Red Steel 2

— Nintendo announces the Wii Vitality Sensor, a device that attaches to the tip of the player’s finger that measures their vital signs and helps them relax.


NFL Free Agency Round Up

March 3, 2009

What an exciting free agency period for 2009. We’ve seen a ton of shake up’s across the league including a record breaking deal. $100 Million for DT Albert Haynesworth to sign with the Washington Redskins seems like a HUGE gamble, but if there’s one guy with pocket’s deep enough its GM Dan Snyder. Haynesworth is very injury prone and had 5 mediocre seasons before 1-2 good one’s, my intuition tells me this won’t work out for the ‘Skins as much as they hope it will. Resigning DeAngelo Hall and cutting Jason Taylor is good but the key factor is still in question and thats Jason Campbell. The guy just isn’t a championship caliber team and no matter how much they pump up the defense, they need a guy who can make the big plays as QB.

The other big free agent going into the off season was Ray Lewis, or so we thought. Number 52 got a swift dose of reality as the aging linebacker just isn’t in the demand he had hoped he would be. No team showed any real interest and resigning with the Ravens seems to be in his future. Bart Scott meanwhile will be joining Defensive Coach Rex Ryan in New York as he signed a big multi-year deal with the Jets.

The biggest offensive free agent was WR T.J. Houshmanzadeh who was picked up by the Seahawks yesterday for a big 5 year deal. The Housh was dying to get out of last place Cincinatti and find somewhere where he can be the key reciever. Seattle seems to be a good fit for this and it will be interesting to see how he does on the left coast.

Derrick Ward leaves the NYG for Tampa Bay. Tampa cleared up a lot of cap room by cutting Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn, Joey Galloway, Ike Hillard, and Cato June.

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OSCAR Live Blog

February 22, 2009

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Slumdog Millionaire wins for Best Picture.

Sean Penn (Milk) wins for Best Actor. (I can’t help but feel Mickey Rourke was robbed as it makes for such a great story to see him win, not to mention how great that acceptance speech would have been, but Penn was pretty damn good as Harvey Milk and deserving of this award as well.)

Kate Winslet (The Reader) wins for Best Actress.

— CAN PEOPLE PLEASE STOP KISSING ANNE HATHAWAY’S ASS!! She’s not that great, she’s pale and boring and picks projects like Bride Wars and Get Smart which nobody cares about. As bad as Hollywood wants to make her the new “it” girl she is NOT even in the same league as Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, or Meryl Streep and will never be!

Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) wins for Best Director.

— Reese Witherspoon and her chin present Best Director together.

Departures wins for Best Foreign Language Film

— is this even a competition? “Jai Ho” is a stone cold lock for this award. UPDATE: it won.. shocker.. A.R. Rahman “Jai Ho” wins for Best Original Song

— more song and dance.. the Academy truly knows what its viewers want, that is the female 50+ viewers.

A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) wins for Best Original Score. Nice to see a man from the mother land pick up a golden statue!

— nevermind. here’s comes our savior from the dull none other than hollywood megastar.. Zac Efron! UGH

— most boring Tony Awar..ahem.. Oscar Award’s ever.. the band is playing the most depressing songs from this year’s films while Hugh Jackman most likely tinkers with a dildo offstage.. Give us the award’s we want guys, 3 1/2 hours of this is ridiculous.

— Eddie Murphy presents Jerry Lewis with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Slumdog Millionaire wins for Best Film Editing

Slundog Millionaire wins for Best Sound Mixing

The Dark Knight wins for Outstanding Sound Editing

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button wins for Best Visual Effects

— Oscar’s giving credit to action flicks!?? This really must be a time of change. Hopefully this doesn’t mean another 5 minute broadway dance fest coming up.

Smile Pinki wins for Best Documentary Short Subject

Man on Wire wins for Best Documentary

HEATH LEDGER wins for Best Supporting Actor (The Academy did good on this one)

— I have no doubt that Hugh Jackman is a closet gay.. his love for musicals and being married to a whale is a pretty good give away. Wolverine likes the hog fella’s.

Slumdog Millionaire wins for Best Cinematography

— Ben Stiller acting as Joaquin Phoenix.. viral video on youtube in 3…2…1..

— Romance 2008 video, good time to take a dump or refill on snacks.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button wins for Best MakeUp

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51st Grammy Awards Recap

February 9, 2009

That was the only decent performance last night on the Grammy’s.. I mean how out of touch are these awards now?  Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, Coldplay?  Bloated Green Day presenting?  Who cares.  If you’re into heavily lip synced performances and the Grammy board sucking up to Plant, Kraus, and Chris Martin then this was the show for you.  If you’re part of the other 99% of the population who is sick of the same 4-5 artists being shoved down our throats than you probably passed on this year’s award show. 

I will give props to new comers like Adele, Katy Perry, my boy John Mayer, Metallica, Lil Wayne, Justin Timberlake’s performance, and Jennifer Hudson.  Also when will people learn that Coldplay is NOT rock and should not have won Best Rock Album.

Overall, it was a very bland and predictable show which really doesn’t mean anything anymore.  I mean 100 awards were given away in the pretelecast alone.  The only interesting story of the night was the whereabouts of Chris Brown and Rihanna.  Word on the street is that Brown assaulted Rihanna with a deadly weapon in his rented Lambo and could face up to 9 years of jail time if convicted guilty.  TMZ.com has been updating all day and we’ll try to have more on that story as it develops. 

For a full list of Grammy winners click here.


Superbowl XLIII Recap

February 1, 2009

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have won their 6th franchise championship, and their 2nd in the last 3 years. They are the new dynasty of sports franchises, and this victory proves that. The Cardinals had a very hard fought game and almost walked away with the upset of the year, but alas it was not meant to be. Larry Fitzgerald SHOULD be the mvp of that game for even keeping the card’s offense in it at all. Santonio Holmes was good, but Fitz was absolutely vital for Arizona.

Props should also go out to Kurt Warner, a guy who has been written off so many times in his career yet manages to rise out of the ashes time and time again. A 37 year old quarterback leading his team to the Superbowl is very rare in the NFL, just ask Brett Favre. Warner’s poise in late game situations where his team is trailing is unparalleled and it would have been great to see him get a second ring at this stage of his career.

In the end, it came down to too many penalties and missed opportunities on the Card’s defense that gave the Steelers this win. There were just too many chances where Arizona let the Steeler’s RB’s run up and down the field on them and a few crucial INT’s really put the nail in the coffin. There was a good shot for ‘Zona to get the win in the last 3 minutes, but they just had too much time left on the clock which is something you never want against Ben Roethlisberger.

While I am disappointed by the outcome, I was highly entertained by this game. They were both underdog stories in a way, as nobody at the beginning of the season thought these two teams would make it to the end, especially Arizona. This game was what football is all about, the emotional highs and the even more depressing lows. This superbowl win mark’s a new moment in history for the Steelers franchise, and inspires those who may feel that the odds are againt them but if they believe in themselves, than anything is possible.