Figure Skating: Now I Remember Why I Don’t Watch the Winter Olympics

Just Say NO

Figure Skating… now I remember.  Now I remember why I don’t watch the Winter Olympics on NBC.  Don’t get me wrong, I dig snow boarding, ski-jumps, and stuff like that, but what do I (almost) always find on NBC?  Figure Skating.  Ugh.  I’m sure some people can “appreciate” this “sport”, but not me.  Same thing with Gymnastics in the Summer Olympics:  Both are sports that take skill, but both are judged in a political dumb manner.  I just love it (sarcasm) when the commentators act all surprised by a bad score.  As if that’s new to the “sport”.

My Humble Suggestions:  Why can’t they put an obstacle course on the ice and score the skaters on how many flips they can do while jumping over the stuff?  I don’t care how “pretty” they land the jumps, just a mere landing while flipping and spinning over obstacles would be entertaining.  Another idea:  make a half pipe of ice and have the figure skaters do their flips and spins on that.  Or maybe have themed nights for the music.  One night could be 80’s Metal, another night Gangsta Rap.  And lose these stupid outfits!  Lastly, why not have a few of the judges give their opinions after the skater is done with their routine, like in American Idol or Dancing With the Stars?  (NOTE:  JeBr0nie only watches DWTS when guys like Chuck Liddell are competing… cut me some slack)

I don’t know.  I’m sure I’m being insensitive or whatever, but I just think the “sport” needs an upgrade.

What do you think?  Got better suggestions?  Let your voice be heard below in the comments section.

Dear UFC,… UFC 109 was good, but maybe these PPV events could be even better?

I must admit, UFC 109 was better than I thought it would be.  Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman was actually not a snooze fest.  The Battle of the Old-Timers actually had a finish!  It’s just that you never know when a Pay Per View UFC event is going to have lots of finishes or lots of decisions.  Can I just say how much I don’t like decisions!  Yes, a few still end up being good fights, but most are sleepers.

In today’s economy, paying $50 for PPV UFC event is not high on the priority list.  Sure you still will budget for some entertainment items, but you want to make sure your money has been well spent.  Here’s my humble suggestion(s) to make these PPV UFC guaranteed buys:

  1. Give a bonus ($) to any fight that finishes in the 1st round.  I don’t care if it’s 2x the money or 1.5x… a fight that finishes in the first round is exciting (not including a disqualification or a kick to the family jewels that stops the fighter from continuing).  Want more guys to “bring it” and not just pace themselves to a paycheck?  Then give a bonus to those who throw caution to the wind and finish in the first round.
  2. Pay fighters only 50-65% of their pay if they go to a decision.  Big names always equal best fights?  Not always.  Title fights equal guaranteed high entertainment?  No… actually quite a few have ended up being 5 round snoozers due to guys being so cautious that they fight to not lose instead of fight to win.  With a 35-50% reduction in pay if your fight ends in a decision, we’d see a considerable decrease of this.
  3. Keep the bonuses for fight of the night, knock-out of the night, and submission of the night.  As in all of these suggestions, MONEY TALKS.  Maybe something else can additionally be rewarded for best knock-out, best submission, etc.  Perhaps a commercial spot for the UFC for that month.  (Am I the only one who thinks the UFC could be advertised more to the general public?)  Maybe a free DLC for xbox and PS3 owners of the UFC: Undisputed video game rematching the fight so the fighters get more exposure.  Maybe the fighter could get a guaranteed 10% increase in pay for their next fight.

What do you think?  Are these suggestions right-on or off-the-mark?  Got others?  Sound off below in the comments section.

Spike TV’s Video Game Awards (VGA) Winners and Trailers

Spike TV’s Video Game Awards 2009 was held Saturday evening, Dec. 12.  Although the winners of each category may be controversial to some, some of the trailers and/or announcements made at the conference were quite exciting.

One of these announcements was that Green Day: Rock Band is in the works for 2010.  The best part is that the entire track list from this stand alone game will be exportable (for a $ fee, we’re sure) to play in Rock Band 2 for xbox 360 or PS3 owners (sorry Wii owners).  Here’s hoping they’ll include their Dookie album in the game…

The new Halo: Reach trailer was revealed, showing off multiple spartans, including female ones, and one spartan with a skull painted on his helmet.  You can view the trailer below:

Some of the winners from SpikeTV’s 2009 VGA’s were as follows:

  • Best Action Adventure:  Assassin’s Creed 2
  • Studio of the Year:  Rocksteady Studios (who did Batman Asylum)
  • Best Team Sports Game:  NHL 10
  • Best Individual Sports Game:  UFC 2009 Undisputed
  • Most Anticipated Game:  God of War 3
  • Best DLC:  Ballad of Gay Tony (for GTA IV)
  • Best Downloadable Game:  Shadow Complex
  • Best RPG:  Dragon Age Origins
  • Best Shooter:  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Best Mulitplayer:  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Best Handheld:  GTA China Town Wars
  • Best Fighter:  Street Fighter IV
  • Best Driving Game:  Forza 3
  • Best Original Score:  Halo 3: ODST
  • Best Soundtrack:  DJ Hero
  • Best Music Game:  The Beatles: Rock Band
  • Best PC Game:  Dragon Age Origins
  • Best Wii Game:  Super Mario Bros Wii
  • Best PS3 Game:  Unchartered 2: Among Thieves
  • Best Xbox360 Game:  Left 4 Dead 2
  • Best Graphics:  Unchartered 2: Among Thieves
  • Game of the Year:  Unchartered 2: Among Thieves

We were happy with Marty from Bungie getting recognized for best original score for Halo 3: ODST and happy that CoD: Modern Warfare 2 earned two awards.  They deserved that.  But we have to wonder about the best Xbox 360 game winner.  And where was Trials HD?  Why weren’t they even nominated for Best Downloadable Game???  That’s not right.  Dana White from the UFC must be very happy with his organization’s win.  We can’t help to wonder if the people who vote for the games in a video game awards show on Spike TV would be biased towards voting for a game that has a show on that station (UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter)… hmm.

Earlier in the week before the VGA’s, a new Transformers game was announced.  The game is called Transformers: War For Cybertron.  The game is based on the war(s) between the Autobots and Decepticons before they traveled to Earth.  So, the vehicle modes will be cybertronian, not Earth-based, and you won’t be seeing any humans.  Will this game be coinciding with the new Transformers cartoon that will eventually be showing up on Discovery-Hasbro’s new channel?  No one really knows but rumors will likely be around the interwebs.  You can see the teaser trailer below:

Are you excited about any of the new trailers?  Any winners from the VGA’s that surprised you?  Let your voice be heard below in the comments section.

NFL 2009 season has started: random thoughts

NFL

The new 2009 season of the National Football League has started.  Sunday’s games are in the books (actually the Chicago vs. Green Bay game is still live as this post is written).  There are things we love about NFL Sundays, and things we can’t stand.

Things we love:

  1. Fantasy Football.  Week 1 is when everyone is excited about seeing how their fantasy team will actually perform.  If you did well, remember that it’s only week 1.  If you didn’t do well, remember that it’s only week 1.
  2. Drew Brees & the Saints offense.  Unless you’re a Lions fan, you gotta enjoy the high flying offense of Drew Brees and the Saints.  Remember, the Chargers were the ones who let Brees go years ago.  What were they thinking?
  3. Football in HD.  Especially FOX’s broadcast of the NFL in HD.  Their high definition picture is “as smooth as glass”.

 

Things we can’t stand:

  1. Stupid non-family friendly ads.  As a father myself, I cannot stand the stupid horror movie and scary TV commercial advertisements.  If the NFL wants to appeal to families, then why are horror movies and ads for TV shows like CSI or the Fringe allowed.  And it happens almost every commercial break!  This is a major annoyance for anyone who has little/young kids.  Somebody with some power needs to complain.
  2. CBS’s blocky HD picture.  Is it just where I live, or does anyone else notice how blocky CBS’s HD picture becomes when there’s motion or zoom-ins.  FOX does not have this problem at all.  NBC is somewhere in between.  The blockiness of CBS’s High Def picture almost makes it unwatchable for me.  Yes, that’s harsh and picky, but why can’t CBS make it look as good as FOX’s?  You would think their owners or people in charge would care about the quality of their picture.
  3. Where’d the funny commercials go?  Did I simply miss the funny commercials this Sunday?  (Perhaps due to changing the channel every other commercial break due to the non-family-friendly movie and TV ads…)  What happened to Peyton Manning’s Master Card commercials or the one that talks about the NFL season starting where the guy in the grocery store opens his register and says “I’m open” only to be pegged by a pineapple that was thrown by a customer.  That made me laugh everytime.  And I didn’t see these classic funny commercials this year or any new ones that made me laugh.  No, instead I keep seeing those stupid Coors commercials where they use former NFL coaches like Ditka and those 4 guys who ask questions that are followed by actual quotes from those former coaches.  They’re dumb and yet we get them year after year.

Overall, it doesn’t get much better for sports fans than NFL Sundays.  There were some upsets (like SF over ARI) and the refs in the games I watched seem to be fine.  There were great performances by Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson, and others.  Looking forward to the rest of the season, and maybe just maybe… someone who has the power to change things can do something about those things we can’t stand.  (I’m speaking to you owners and corporate big whigs!)

Fantasy Football: It’s that time of year again.

NFL Fantasy Football

It’s that time of year again.  No, I’m not talking about school starting up again, even though that’s happening too.  I’m talking FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFTS.  Everyone who does fantasy football knows that the best part is the actual draft.  Everything else is downhill from there.  Sounds harsh, I know… but it’s true.  Doing a draft with family and/or friends, making jokes at players, eating lots of “man food” — you know, meat, cheese, chips, and taco bell… the four basic food groups.  Draft day is where it’s at.  It should be a holiday… for men, at least.

After the draft is done, everyone thinks their team is great.  You look at players on other people’s rosters, and think “no way that guy will ever be good this season.”  Funny thing is you probably wouldn’t say that if he was on your roster.  No, the guys on your roster are all high talent, high upside, or most likely to make a comeback this year.  Of course, why else would you have drafted them?  😉

Before draft day, many guys spend more time “researching” for the draft then they spent on real research when they were in school.  You make a plan on how you’re not going to make the same mistakes as last year.  You find the guys you have to have to ensure you’ll be the victor come the end of week 17.

When your fantasy football draft finally starts, there’s always one way of knowing you’ve made a good pick.  If other guys yell “man, you suck” or “no!” or “you dirty dog” or “I hate you” or “that’s it, I quit!”, then you obviously made the right pick (at least in other people’s eyes).  There’s nothing more that will build up your fantasy football self esteem than comments like that… well, nothing other than actually winning the league!

So, enjoy the days you have before the NFL season starts, when you can salivate over your “amazing roster”.  Enjoy that feeling for now, because after week 1 is over, you’ll be wondering why did you draft that bum in round 3 when he now suddenly is playing like the bum that you should have known he was.

Fun times.

Looking Back at UFC 100

Warning: Don’t read this if you’ve DVR’d UFC 100 and haven’t watched it yet.

 

Wow, UFC 100 has come and gone, and it was pretty entertaining. We got to see Dan Henderson totally knock out Michael Bisping, George St. Pierre dominate Thiago Alves, and Brock Lesnar convincingly beat up on Frank Mir.

I have to say the best parts of UFC 100 for me were:

  1. After Henderson dropped Bisping, seeing Henderson fly in the air and drop one last power punch on Bisping — that was crazy.
  2. Laughing at Lesnar’s totally off-the-wall comments when he was interviewed after his fight.
  3. Bruce Buffer’s 180 — why don’t we get to see this more often?, and he actually did a 360 when announcing Brock Lesnar as the defending UFC Heavyweight champion. The 360 was sadly not televised — Joe Lauzon posted it on youtube only for Zuffa to have it taken down soon afterwards — which is dumb.
  4. 2 rounds into the first fight, finding out that crazy tatoo of some guy’s head was a Johnny Cash tatoo. Lots of laughs from the guys I was watching the fights with that night.

 

 Fighters that weren’t in UFC 100, but that I’ve enjoyed

I’m looking forward to seeing Anderson Silva fight in UFC 101 in August. Here’s a highlight vid of him:

 

And here’s Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on Jimmy Kimmel Live from June 4th of last year (2008) after he beat Chuck Liddell for the Light Heavyweight Belt. I always get some good laughs listening to him speak.

 

Lastly, a highlight video of Mirko Crocop — who used to be “the man” from the Pride fighting organization in Japan, back in the day before they were bought out by the UFC (too bad Crocop has been very disappointing in the few fights he’s had in the UFC). Put it this way, if Lil’ Mac (from Mike Tyson’s punch-out Nintendo Game) was Croatian, taller, heavier, and had a wicked high leg kick, he’d be Mirko Crocop.