Showing posts from April, 2018

Infinity War: Key players missing in action

*The following contains spoilers, plot points, and opinions on 'Avengers: Infinity War'. Please abandon all hope if you decide to keep reading and still haven't seen the movie. Don't say I didn't warn you.



*Go ahead and read.
Avengers: Infinity War, the Marvel war to end all wars, opened in movie theaters last week and over the weekend set all kinds of box office records.
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) was there. So was Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr) was there, kicking it with Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Thor (Chris Hemsworth) had some fun with Starlord (Chris Pratt) and the other Guardians of the galaxy. And the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) roamed the battlefield in Wakanda with the entire crew by his side.
This is a small sampling of the multiple heroes who graced the movie screen to do battle with Thanos  (Josh Brolin) and his children.
However, we need to talk about Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

And, to a lesse…

The Greatest Royal Rumble: The true stars of this record-setting event

History was made for the WWE on Friday in the city of Jeddah.
Fifty wrestlers -- eventually -- entered the ring to compete for, well, the title of greatest Royal Rumbler, I guess. While story lines unfolded, history was made, and a few scores were settled, there was still time to throw in a few surprise entrants.
And an all-time moment for one of the wrestlers:

"That may be the greatest thing I've ever witnessed."

➡️ — TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) April 27, 2018
World. Wide.
Joking aside, there was the standard mix of very good matches, decent matches, surprising matches, and an ending to a title match that makes no absolute sense.
Daniel Bryan lasted roughly 75 minutes in the Greatest Royal Rumble match, besting Rey Mysterio's record by 13 minutes. Bryan started at entry number one and made it to the final three before predictably being eliminated by Big Cass.
In turn, Braun Strowman eliminated Big Cass to win the …

Sunday sports confessions with Jason

Heading into the end of the weekend, I realized I hadn't posted on this blog in over a week.
Okay. That's not true. I've been trying to think of something to write over here all weekend (in order to keep up with a goal I set at the start of 2018).
I suppose that can be counted as my first confession, even if it's not sports related.
Recently, it was pointed out to me that the professional wrestling on display in the WWE is fake. The confession part of this? I'm a 39-year old man who enjoys pro wrestling.
Followers of this blog likely already knew this, based off recent posts regarding Wrestlemania and the Royal Rumble. And obviously I watch for the stories.
The conversation regarding my watching of the WWE got me thinking: What are other confessions regarding sports that I'd like to make. So I put together a small list because that's what I like to do on Sunday's after a rehearsal. Confession: I miss the glow puck on NHL broadcasts I watch a lot of hoc…

Revisiting the lost television classics: California Dreams

It's that time again. Let's take another trip to the far away land of the 1990's and the 'should-be' classic California Dreams. Growing up and experiencing my formative teen years in the early 1990's, there was a transition period between watching Saturday morning cartoons and graduating to more mature material. The TNBC lineup, led by its flagship show Saved by the Bell, provided the perfect bridge needed between the two worlds.
At the time, a person in their early teenage years might have been deemed too old to watch cartoons, with a good chance of being made fun of for doing so. (Not like today's world, where watching cartoons past the age of 20, 30, and even 40 years old has found its way into the mainstream).
This meant there was an entire group of people who needed to be catered to. Nickelodeon -- led by Hey Dude! and Salute Your Shorts -- had its fair share of teenage oriented shows but was not quite accessible as shows are now. The Disney Channel wa…

Wrestlemania 34: Fascinating matches up and down the card

Months of buildup -- much of it starting way back at the Royal Rumble -- are finally set to reach a climax at Wrestlemania 34 in New Orleans on Sunday evening.
Who's ready for all 49 matches to take place at Wrestlemania 34?
To be fair, my math is not that good and there won't be that many matches.  A jam-packed card, though, almost guarantees fans will be treated close to six hours of action.
Outside of the Cruiserweight division, I imagine most of the active roster will make an appearance one way or the other at Wrestlemania on Sunday night.
This doesn't include the surprise appearances likely to happen, with speculation going back and forth as to whether The Rock will walk with Elias.
The preceding is only one of many questions heading into the event. Usually, before a big pay-per-view, there is a good sense of how each match is going to play out. Outside of a the presumed coronation of Roman Reigns, there's a lot up in the air. Calculated guesses are being made --…