Sunday, November 24, 2013

My Prediction for Patriots/Broncos Tonight

Like I need to give a detailed description of why I'll be watching this game and why this game is important. It's the Patriots & Broncos, it's Wes Welker's first trip back to New England since becoming a Bronco, and something else. What is it? It's on the tip of my tongue. Oh yeah, I got it. IT'S BRADY VERSUS MANNING! I rest my case.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

UFC 167 Predictions

Last time I posted predictions for a UFC show on here was last month for the Velasquez/Dos Santos III pay-per-view. As memory serves, I did pretty good that night. So with tonight's card being a particularly big one, I figured I'd make some more predictions.

Just like last month, I'm only making predictions that I'm very confident in, so not every bout of the card is going to have a prediction from yours truly.

Anyway, I believe the following people will win at UFC 167:

Donald Cerrone
Josh Koscheck
Rory MacDonald
Chael Sonnen
Johny Hendricks

That's right, I'm putting it out there. I want GSP to become a fighter again and not a lay & pray pussy who believes the best way to beat an opponent is to lay on top of them while lightly tapping them to produce the illusion of striking. The only way that can happen is if he gets blasted, and I believe Johny will catch him late in the second round with one of those monster punches that puts him on his back and out of the conscious world. Then and only then will the REAL GSP return to MMA and not the man so scared of potentially losing (a risk anytime anyone gets in the ring/cage) that he has resorted to what (in my opinion) amounts to a stall tactic when used over and over and over and over and over and over during a five-round bout. Take out the Condit and Koscheck (Dec. 2010) bouts and that's been GSP for the last four years, and unless he's stopped, it's just gonna be the same boring bouts for the rest of his career.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Bill Burr on Conan and Hilarious While There

Bill Burr is one of my favorite active comics. He is no-nonsense in his approach with much of what he says not being that popular with people, and not even in that bad of a way, but in a p.c. kind of way. He's very funny and shows in these vids from his time on Conan that he can be just as funny in a talk-show setting as he is on stage. Of course, if you like these clips you should hunt down his stand-up. I'll probably end up posting some on here, but you should hunt down some regardless. It's very funny stuff.

All videos from YouTube:

Talking about the Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah:

Talking about people on the Internet:

Talking about Steve Jobs:

Talking about mascots in sports:

Talking with Elijah Wood about safety and guns:

Talking about the Paula Deen controversy:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

MMA: Kazushi Sakuraba Vs. Royler Gracie (Pride 8)

Kazushi Sakuraba is my favorite mixed martial artist of all time. There have been plenty that have come along that are better fighters and have done more in the sport, but for historical significance and entertainment value, few beat Saku. Part of my love for Sakuraba has to do with being a pro wrestling fan and an MMA fan. Sakuraba was the first and one of the few fighters in MMA's history that has incorporated elements of pro wrestling into his fighting successfully. This had to do with Sakuraba being a shoot-style pro wrestler for nearly five years before he started fighting.

Sakuraba's gift to MMA history was being the first Japanese fighter to defeat a member of the Gracie family in a sanctioned bout in nearly 50 years when he achieved such a victory in late 1999. He would go onto beat three more members of the family and become known as "The Gracie Hunter."

This is Sakuraba's win over Royler Gracie in the main-event of Pride 8. There is some controversy with the bout's finish, but it's obvious throughout that Sakuraba was the dominant fighter. A large weight advantage in favor of Sakuraba--completely opposite to almost every bout Sakuraba had in Pride--may have helped him, but it was more his leg kicks and mat ability that allowed him, a Japanese fighter, to dominate a Gracie. This win alone made Saku a star in Japan and helped begin MMA's meteoric rise in the country.

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Examples That George Carlin Was Always Ahead of His Time

George Carlin is the greatest stand-up comedian to ever live in my opinion. There are those who throw out names like Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, Robin Williams, and Eddie Murphy. Look, I enjoy watching and hearing all of these comedians, but none of them are even close to Carlin. Why? Because Carlin was consistently great at his craft for over 30 years, right up until his death. None of the names I mentioned above were alive long enough to be able to match that kind of quality productivity or they had a long run of greatness that amounted to 1/3 of Carlin's run of consistency, if that.

It's not just his long run that made Carlin the best, it was his usage of language that was on a level that no stand-up comic before or after him has been able to touch, his ability to make you laugh & think at the same time and do it routinely throughout a show, and the way he would dissect little things in everyday life--things you wouldn't think would make up a stand-up comedy bit--while making you (wait for it...) laugh and think.

He is the greatest, deal with it. And deal with the fact that it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY that a comic will come along that can top him as the best ever.

All videos from YouTube:

From his last HBO special. This shows how Carlin was still sharp and and hilarious right up until the end:

A more serious take by Carlin on the topics in the above video during an interview on Tavis Smiley's show:

An example of Carlin's immensely brilliant use of language at, of all things, the National Press Club. This is just a segment of Carlin's one-hour "talk" and is from 1999 in case anyone is wondering about when this took place:

Carlin's comedic take on things in sports. Yes he's against the Redskins name long before the debate over the name got as heated as it has gotten in the last 10-15 years, but he's also for the touchdown celebrations and all of the so-called "unsportsmanlike" celebrating:

A New Touchdown Dance in Wisconsin

In this world of touchdown dances and crazy celebrations in sports, why shouldn't my home state get in on the action? James White and Melvin Gordon, two Wisconsin Badgers running backs, have a touchdown dance that has caught on around campus simply because both men are in the end-zone so much this season. It's a fun little dance; nothing special or intricate, but fun nonetheless.

GO BADGERS! They are 7-2 right now, but it's a tough road to the finish with Indiana, Minnesota (the Paul Bunyan Ax Game) and Penn St. remaining. Hopefully I'll be watching them in a bowl game on January 1st once again, even if it's not the Rose Bowl.

Is the U.S. Heading Back to the 19th Century?

I didn't live in the 19th century (I'm pretty sure anyone reading this didn't either), but I do enjoy reading up on history. Sadly, this article does nail some good points about how the U.S. is going backward in some key areas of life and how people are treated in this country. That's just my opinion and I HIGHLY doubt that everyone is going to agree with me on this one.

So are we heading backward? Read this and judge for yourself.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Some Interesting Horror Movie Ideas From True Stories

Some of the stories and people mentioned in here would make subjects for potentially good horror movies, but more importantly, they'd be subjects that would make for creepy horror movies. That's really the key: to get under people's skin throughout with a main character and/or antagonist that rubs people the wrong way, but they can't help but watch out of sheer curiosity.

For the record, the Dyatlov Pass Incident was covered on an episode of "Dark Matters" last year, if any of you get the science channel. That was a 15-minute or so segment, but a movie lasting between 90-120 minutes could be made just off of the different theories in an investigative setting, or maybe just a horror film dealing with one of the conspiracy theories regarding this incident.

With the Gibbons sisters, it'd almost be like giving those two girls from The Shining their own movie.

NFL Team Logos if They Were Fat

Just pick your team and have a good laugh at you and your team's expense.

Usain Bolt Ate WHAT?!

I had to read this one to believe it. Granted, with what we know about the intense and sometimes borderline crazy preparation athletes go through, this shouldn't be as big of a shock as it is, or at least was to me. But it was a shock to me when I first read it because it's still hard to fathom the greatest track athlete of his time scarfing down fast-food during the Olympics. He could be bs'ing, but who would go to the trouble of making up a story like this so long after the fact, and for what purpose?

So, is this something that will add to Bolt's legend or one of those facts that will sound funny as a trivia answer someday?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Pro Wrestling: Atsushi Onita vs Akebono (Exploding Barbed Wire Landmine Deathmatch) (Zero-One/Ribera 8/26/2012)

This is the main-event to a show that was co-promoted by Zero-One and Ribera Steakhouse, a popular restaurant in Japan for pro wrestlers from around the globe. The card itself was actually very good looking on paper. This was the main-event because of the entertainment value of the big spots (i.e. the explosions) and because it was the only match where the participants were in a specific feud with one another; this came near the beginning of a feud between Onita & Akebono that would last into 2013 with another deathmatch between the two at a Ribera/Zero-One co-promoted show.

From YouTube:

Pro Wrestling: Tiger Jeet Singh Vs. Atsushi Onita (Exploding Barbed Wire Death Match) (FMW 9/19/1992)

Here's something for the hardcore wrestling fans. This match features two of the innovators of hardcore wrestling in the promotion that was ECW before ECW existed. This was another in a long line of FMW matches that featured Onita facing and beating legends of hardcore wrestling. This match takes place at Yokohama Stadium at a time before Kawasaki Stadium became the regular home of FMW's anniversary cards and other major cards involving an Onita death match of some kind.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

My Prediction for Saints/Cowboys Tonight

Sunday Night Football is indoors tonight with the Saints and Cowboys going at it inside the Louisiana Superdome. The Saints are undefeated at home while the Cowboys are less than impressive on the road so far this season. But hey, Brees versus Romo is a hell of a QB matchup, and hopefully there's no blackout. Yes, I know the Super Bowl was over nine months ago, but any joke about that blackout won't be getting old with me any time soon.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My Prediction for Stanford/Oregon Tonight

It's rare that the biggest college football game of any week takes place on a Thursday. That is exactly what's happening this week with a Thursday night treat featuring two Pac-12 teams in the BCS top five. It's Stanford/Oregon with the winner very likely winning themselves a berth in the Pac-12 championship game (since both play in the same division) and keeping their national championship hopes alive. Stanford is at home and De'Anthony Thomas boasted about how Oregon was going to score 40 on Stanford; two things to think about regarding this game.

Monday, November 4, 2013

My Prediction for Packers/Bears Tonight

The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears comprise the most historic rivalry in pro football. Tonight the two teams meet at Lambeau Field. Both come in needing this win for different reasons in regards to the race for the NFC North; the Packers need it to move into sole possession of first place while the Bears need it to force a three-way tie at the top with them being one of the three.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

My Prediction for Florida St./Miami (FL) Tonight

College football's big game this week is a rivalry that is getting a shot in the arm: Florida St. versus Miami (FL). With both teams in the top 10 and undefeated for the first time in years, this year's installment is more in the spotlight than any FSU/Miami game for about the last decade. Though if you look at the point spread, this game isn't perceived as though it's going to be close. Do I agree? Read on and find out.

Friday, November 1, 2013

My Writing for 11/1/2013

The return of my football column, Wild Weekends. I took a few weeks off, but I'm back and it was a pretty packed week last week. There was Missouri/South Carolina, that crazy final quarter between the Cowboys & Lions, the weird game between the Broncos & Redskins, the BCS top four all dominating in games they should have dominated, and my take on which team outside of the BCS' automatic-qualifier conferences I would like to see crash the party this year.

Pro Wrestling: Nobuhiko Takada Vs. Vader (UWFi 12/5/1993)

The biggest shoot-style wrestling match in history.

This match was so big that UWFi was able to hold the show in the 40,000+ seat Jingu Stadium, and it sold out. Vader was the WCW champion at the time while Takada was defending UWFi's world title. UWFi was the best at the full presentation of shoot-style as a form of wrestling that closely resembles a shoot (actual) fight. Other shoot-style promotions have done the style as well or better than UWFi, but as for overall presentation, nobody can compete with UWFi. This may be one of the best examples as this pro wrestling match has the feel of a heavyweight title boxing match thanks to not only the wrestlers involved, the legends on hand, and the venue, but how it is all presented and put together.

Also, I'm one of those that isn't convinced Vader's arm was legitimately broken at the end of this match. The only reason is that Vader's famous match with Ric Flair at Starrcade in '93 was around three weeks after this match. For those that have seen the Vader/Flair match in question, Vader was stiff as all hell that night, so what else is new, right? But it's hard for me to believe that a man, even as tough as Vader, would be able to use an arm the way Vader did in the Flair match just three weeks after it was broken. True or not, it takes nothing away from the moment, atmosphere, or match itself.

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