Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (No. 4 HW) vs. Cain Velasquez (No. 9 HW) - This is easily the toughest fight to call on the card and also the most exciting. I'm not really pulling for either guy & I think whoever the winner will be a big task for Lesnar (or Mir/Carwin). It would be nice to see Nog pull off a big victory and get one last stand for the heavyweight title but I have a feeling its gonna be Velasquez getting his hand raised. Even if Cain is bested by Nogueira I still consider him & Dos Antos to be the future of the heavyweight division. I think Velasquez will use his great wrestling skills to put Nog on his back, stay on top, pound away and stay out of submission trouble to win a decision. Cain is younger, stronger, and faster than Nogueira but if Big Nog pulls out a submission I won't be the least bit surprised. I just really hope we get to see a great fight. Velasquez by decision.
Wanderlai Silva vs Michael Bisping - 2 or 3 years ago, nobody in the world would pick Bisping but Wanderlai has lost 5 of his last 6 fights, & I can't picture him coming out on the winning end of this matchup. Silva's chin isn't quite what it used to be and he is very hittable, so I have to take Michael 'the Count' Bisping for a round 2 TKO.
Joe Stevenson vs. George Sotiropoulos - The Australian, Sotiropoulos has a solid BJJ game but Stevenson's grappling chops and experience should prove too much the hometown boy. Stevenson by TKO, rd. 1.
Ryan Bader vs. Keith Jardine - Ryan Bader has big power in his hands. He hasn't been doing it, but if Bader let's his hands go Jardine tends to throw back with reckless abandon, dropping his hands to his waist and Bader will most likely get a vicious KO, rd. 1. I think even if Bader gasses, like he did in rd 2 of his fight with Eric Shaeffer, I still think he can use his superior wrestling to get takedowns and 'lay-and-prey' which is usually enough to convince judges that he should get the decision. Bader by TKO, rd. 1.
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Anthony Perosh - Ben Rothwell dropping out of this fight last minute will save Cro Cop another embarrassing loss. I don't know much about fill-in Perosh but I've heard he's not great and he is a true light-heavyweight. Crop Cop TKO, rd. 1.
Goran Reljic vs. C.B. Dollaway - Reljic is good but he is coming back after a long layoff, and Dollaway is a solid test. I'm not sure how much 'ring-rust' will factor in but I'll still take Reljic by decision.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I loved the Steiner Bros. when I was a kid. Both Rick & Scott had such a great style using their collegiate wrestling basics to pull off great belly-to-belly, German, & traditional suplexes, as well as custom Steiner Bros. moves, Steiner DDT, Steiner Device, Steinerizer, & the Steiner-Line.
I was (still am) disappointed that Scott went his own way & really became obsessed with mass, steroids, & overall image which greatly limited his wrestling ability. Scott went from being one of the most naturally talented wrestlers to a muscle freak who has barely any range of motion & will no doubt, have a really hard time when (if) he hits his 50's and can no longer perform.
Rick had the more marketable look & was so fun to watch, using all kinds of great moves, diving bulldog, double-leg takedowns, scoop-powerslams, headbutts. Rick played it smart & after the NWO era of wrestling dropped out of the spotlight & in 2005 started selling real estate.
The Dog Faced Gremlin will forever be my favorite wrestler.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Cyborg - Maybe my favorite Van Damme movie. I love it! It's ridiculous and awesome. Definitely has cheesy special effects but if you take it for just that and you wanna see
Jean-Claude kick some ass, its great. The bad guy is still a pretty scary dude. Post Apocalyptic movies starring Van Damme and crucifixion are alright by me. GREAT
the Darjeeling Ltd. - I might've already blogged about this movie the first time I watched it in 2007. I had never seen or heard of Wes Anderson until the Digital Kontent boys made me watch this. I absolutely love the style that Wes Anderson brings. This one remains my favorite Anderson film (so far). Iby seems to think it is because it is my first and maybe he's right but I think it might be the way the plot, great dialogue, and acting is perfectly intertwined with wonderful shots the gorgeous country side of India seen mainly from the view of a train. BRILLIANT
Hotel Chevalier - I also got to watch the short film that is a prequel to Darjeeling Ltd. Again, I loved it and thought it was a perfect companion piece to Darjeeling. I also thought it would've worked well on it's own as just a short. It never hurts to see the gorgeous Natalie Portman semi-nude. BRILLIANT
the Goods - I watched about 5 minutes. LAME
Royal Tenenbaums - I've been meaning to watch this for sometime. I absolutely loved it. So far, it seems as if Wes Anderson can do no wrong. He seems to really bring out the best of his actors. I could never understand why Luke & Owen Wilson were such a hot commodity and then I watched Wes Anderson movies. While everyone is great in this, Gene Hackman as Royal Tenenbaum steals the show. BRILLIANT
Adaptation - I didn't love this movie. If you watch 'the Rock' or 'ConAir' it is easy to forget that Nicholas Cage can be a really good actor. Movies like Adaptation remind us. It was different and that I appreciate, but I base how good a movie on the 'rewatching factor'. Will I rewatch this? How long from now? How many times? I don't feel that I need to see this ever again. I could be wrong but c'mon, that's never happened before. PRETTYGOOD
Say Anything - I finally understand why women LOVE John Cusack. I mean I always liked him but I never really understood why women went crazy for him. Sure, he's good looking but not that goodlooking. He's a good actor but he's not a great actor. Women love Cusack because Lloyd Dobbler is the perfect man. It all make so much sense now. I kinda love John Cusack
a little bit too now. Say Anything is one of the few classic 80's films that I didn't watch growing up and I am making myself watch now. Say Anything lives up to the hype. It's nice. It's not cheesy, it's not funny, it's not cliche, it's just nice. GREAT
Avatar - They took the story of Dances With Wolves and made it look like a video game. I will admit that I watched a (pretty decent) bootleg, and I forwarded through a lot of it, and I didn't want to like this. I really don't have time for cookie cutter storylines. I don't care if its colorful, I don't want to spend 2+ hours watching something that I could've wrote and I can certainly guess what's gonna happen. Yeah, I'm hating but I honestly feel that regardless of it's popularity I would not care for Avatar. LAME
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Also, please go check out another blog just hitting the 50 000 hits mark, Crooked Little World. It is a great blog run by Jason Truong. Jason is one of the people that inspired me to start my own blog, & he does it a helluva lot better than I do.
- Shane. xoxo