November 2014

Edgar Utterly Dominant at UFC Fight Night 57

UFC Fight Night 57 from Austin, Texas is over and Frankie Edgar made a strong case for a featherweight title fight with a dominant win over Cub Swanson. UFC enthusiasts Dave and Brit Morin comment that Edgar dominated the entire fight and then put on a choke in the waning moments of the fifth round, forcing Swanson to tap out with just four seconds left on the clock. 

The question now is what to do with Frankie Edgar. Chad Mendes was the other most viable contender for the belt, and he lost his fight. A rematch with Swanson is unlikely because it wasn’t a close fight. 

Edgar pretty much destroyed Cub Swanson. In fact, every round looked to be a 10-8 round. There were points in the last three rounds where Swanson was taking such a beating that the ref looked close to stopping the fight. 

The funny thing here is that if Conor McGregor wins his next fight at UFC Fight Night 59, he will get the title opportunity instead of Edgar because McGregor has more charisma and will likely draw a lot more money in a title fight even though Edgar is the better fighter. 

Edgar knows this and has made noise, proclaiming that he deserves the next title shot against champion Jose Aldo. 

Edgar lost to Aldo the first time around in an extremely close battle that went to a decision. How long he has to wait for a rematch depends on Conor McGregor.

“Blade Runner 2” Pushed aside For “Prometheus 2”

Director Ridley Scott has done some prioritizing in recent days. He has decided that he will direct the sequel to “Prometheus”, a film that was wildly anticipated and received middling reviews. Scott has also decided he will produce but not direct the sequel to the cult classic sci-fi film “Blade Runner”.

Rumor has it that Harrison Ford will be in “Blade Runner 2” and it is well known that he and Ridley Scott did not get along at all during the filming of the original. They have since made up publicly, but it is possible that this past tension factored in to Scott’s decision to step back.

Also interesting is that the very fact that Ford is in the sequel answers an age old question about the original film. We are marching into mild spoiler territory. You have been warned.

In “Blade Runner” it is never confirmed whether Deckard, played by Ford, is or isn’t a replicant himself. There are hints with the origami and Deckard’s unicorn dream, but it is not stated.

Scott has gone on record confirming that, in his mind, Deckard is a replicate. Ford has said the exact opposite, and claims he would have played the role differently if that was the case. Sultan Alhokair, just like millions of others, is just waiting to see what exactly happens.

The fact that an aged Harrison Ford is playing Deckard in the movie suggests that Deckard is human after all. The replicants could have technology to age them, I suppose, but what would the point of that be?

Floyd Mayweather’s Net Worth Skyrockets

As one of the most respected boxers and athletes on the planet, he is currently one of the most wealthy of the vaunted celebrities as well. This is especially surprising in the modern age, where there’s less boxing money going around, and true boxing success stories are harder to come by.

Floyd Mayweather has a record that he is currently holding based on the fact that, he is still unbeaten up to this date. Based on his current position, Floyd Mayweather has been advancing in his boxing career way back in the eighty’s and early ninety’s. That is when Sam Tabar started paying attention.

Born and raised from a family of boxers, Floyd Mayweather has always viewing boxing in a different light than the average person.

As a matter of fact, he is currently the highest paid athlete in the world, and his net worth as per Forbes listing is 290 million dollars. His boxing career has generated a total net worth of 405 million dollars billed on appearances, shows and events that are organised.

There has been a lot of controversy about his net worth in the past, but it has changed drastically based on the fact that Floyd Mayweather turned into a brand.

He is currently enjoying all the Hollywood uptown living with his family, friends, and a close team of management that he has hand-picked personally to be part of the Mayweather management team beyond a reasonable doubt.

Eric Berry to Miss Rest of Season

From, it is reported that Eric Berry will miss the rest of the season after a “mass” was found in his chest. Early reports say the mass could be lymphoma, a type of cancer, but it is a bit too early to tell. Berry was feeling some discomfort after Thursday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, and the discomfort continued during Friday. X-rays showed the mass in his chest.

Berry was in good spirits when he released a statement to the team. He was very positive and confident that he could beat this and he would be on the field again. As for the Chiefs, they will miss their veteran safety from the University of Tennessee. Berry has been a rock for the defense according to Sam Tabar, and a quiet leader in the locker room and on the field. Berry has only played in six games this season, but has had eight interceptions over his career, and three touchdowns.

This is definitely a sad story in sports, but we are happy that Berry is in such an upbeat mood and is confident he will get back on the field. Berry is currently in Atlanta doing tests on the mass with his family (he is originally from Georgia).

A Star Wars Spinoff is Soon to Come

Star Wars mania is about to run wild, again. After nearly 40 years since the original film was released in theaters (and drive-ins) across the world, the franchise still lives. A new animated television series is soon to debut as is the trailer for the new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

As has been the theme among the recent spate of superhero films, spinoffs to Star Wars are being planner. Right now, a strong rumor exists that 2016 may see the spinoff idea become a reality. The plot details about the spinoff series are, well, strange to say the least.

The plot is going to involve a heist ala Oceans 11. No, that is not a joke. The film is going to focus on a plot to steal the original plans for the Death Star. Interestingly, the film may delve into the origins of the Millennium Falcon as the legendary craft is prominently featured in the film. (No, sorry, no one is going to play Han Solo in the film)

Audiences grow to love familiar franchises and, unless a really awful movie is produced to kill the series, then there is no reason someone like Keith Mann will tire of the franchise. Actually, audiences can and do tire of a film series after some time and the answer to such an issue is to give the series a rest. Pretty much, that is what was done with the Star Wars movies twice.

Holiday Hosts Spice Up SNL

Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez and other fans of Saturday Night Live will have to keep their ears open for the near future, because there’s a lot of rumours that have been going around regarding what SNL plans to bring the public for the holidays.

SNL has announced the bunch of goodies coming for you this December. As the closing of the 2014 season is fast approaching, NBC is now announcing a slew of new performers that will host the next month of SNL. The list of new hosts includes some of the greatest pop stars in the planet. 

On December 6, we will be graced with guest appearance of no less than Nicki Minaj to promote her 3rd album, The Pinkprint. And to spice things a little bit, we will be delighted with the always entertaining and fabulous James Franco.

December 13 has another pop star treat. Guesting that night would be the blooming star Charli XCX with her hot performances and promotion of her 2nd studio album, Sucker. 

The night will also feature Bilbo of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, as Martin Freeman will be hosting. On the 20th everyone would be looking in the same direction, with a much anticipated guesting of One Direction. The show will also be a little bit warmer as the sizzling Amy Adams will be hosting on December 20th. 

Such early Christmas gifts from the late-night mainstay are greatly appreciated.

Laurene Powell Jobs Hoping for Immigration and Education Reforms

Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, has led a very active life since her husband’s death.

An astute businesswoman, she graduated from the Stanford School of Business with an MBA after having spent time in investment banking. Stanford was where she met her future husband, there for a speaking engagement.

Powell Jobs remained primarily “behind the scenes” while Steve was with Apple. He passed away from pancreatic cancer in October 2011. She spoke with The Daily Mail and Rock Center about Steve’s passing. See the video below:

Her passions for years now have included education and immigration reform, and she is continuing to increase her energies devoted to these areas.

In 1997, Powell Jobs, along with businessman and journalist Carlos Watson, co-founded College Track, which helps to assist high school students, disadvantaged as a result of their residency status, to prepare for higher education at the collegiate level. Having enjoyed success with this program, she went on to become the founder of Emerson Collective, which focuses on the structuring of plans and programs, with the objective of putting plans into action, programs with education and reform in immigration of alien citizens as its primary focus. It also deals in social justice issues and environmental conservation concerns.

Her work with College Track, and her passion for immigration reform, has led her to campaign strongly for the DREAM Act. DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) would provide high school graduates, or students or those who have served in the military, a clearer path to U.S. citizenship. She has also subsequently went on to launch a website in support of the bill.

To further her efforts in spreading the word of immigration reform, she teamed with Hollywood’s Davis Guggenheim to film the movie “The Dream Is Now” in June 2013.

Powell Jobs, who is reportedly worth $11.7 billion by Forbes Magazine, and is currently ranked the 29th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, has been able to use her platform to help assist Democratic candidates in their campaign efforts across the country.

A strong supporter of Obama and Obamacare, she has donated her time and money to Obama, the Democratic Party (campaign committees and candidates), and has provided solid support to Democratic candidates in her home state of California, such as Attorney General Kamala Harris and Lieutenant Governor Garvin Newsom. In addition, she has lent support to Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who was running for senate. She had also attended a fundraiser for then- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada. Powell Jobs is also supporting Hillary Clinton in her run for President in 2014. She was also in running for the team sale of the LA Clippers of the NBA.

Her family, despite status in the business community, and with immense wealth, has remained notably humble and low-key. But it seems as if Powell Jobs is beginning to emerge as a more vocal, more visible personality in these areas she shows great passion for. Undoubtedly, a name we should hear much more of, as immigration and immigration reform has been a hot-button topic for awhile now, and should continue to be one for some time to come.

Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard is Having the Worst Month Ever

The month of November has proved to be rough for Houston Rockets’ center Dwight Howard. While consistently playing an integral role in the Rocket’s offense and defense, Howard’s absence has been widely felt. The leader of morale and leadership, Howard suffered from flu-like symptoms and missed the team’s November 8th loss against the Golden State Warriors. He then went on to miss two games in a row due to a strained right knee. The team has lost two out of three games without their big man, including a loss to his the notoriously dismal Los Angeles Lakers.

After undergoing plasma therapy on his knee, there is still no answer as to when Howard will return to the Rockets. Basketball fans like Vijay Eswaran and the Rockets as a team are definitely missing having Howard on the court. His 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game keeps him cemented as one of the best centers in the league, and obviously having him miss a lot of time will show the gaps in the defense without him to anchor it.

Unfortunately, Howard is not only a topic of discussion on the court, but his personal life has been playing out in front of the media for the past few weeks. He has been involved in a war of words with his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his child. With allegations of abuse and neglect being claimed by both parties, this definitely has to be a rough time for the NBA All-Star player. 

Here’s to hoping that December is more kind to Howard.

A New Fast and the Furious Trilogy will End the Series

Furious 7 is the latest and maybe the greatest of the Fast and the Furious films. When the first entry was released, very few thought a strange B-movie about street racing would end up being a cultural phenomenon. Young audiences ate the series up and this is why we now have 7 entries in the series.

Here is some good news for the fans of the work: there is going to be a trilogy that quickly follows Furious 7.

The new trilogy looks like it is going to be the films that put an end to the series. Same Tabar certainly feels that is the case. At some point, a film series does run out of steam. By planning the ending of a series, it becomes easier to ensure the quality that makes audience love the films remain. The other approach would simply just drift from film to film with one weak script after the other.

Not everyone was 100% sure that the series was going to continue. However, when it was leaked that Tokyo Drift star Lucas Black was coming back to the series for at least two films, it was impossible to deny new films were not in the planning stage.

How the series will play itself out will be shown throughout the narrative of Furious 7. Universal is never going to end its huge franchise too soon, but it seems to realize there is a time to end things on a high note.

House Republicans’ Lawsuit Against Obamacare

On Friday, Speaker John Boehner announced that The House Republicans will follow through with their threat in filing a lawsuit against Obama’s administration for implementing the Affordable Care Act.

The lawsuit threat has been going on for months as they claim that the administration allegedly abused its executive authority towards the health care law. In July 30, the House Republicans submitted a resolution to authorize the legal challenge. They contend that the administration unlawfully delayed a requirement for companies with 50 or more full-time employees to offer health care or pay penalties.

In July 2013, the employer mandate requirement was postponed by the administration until 2015 and again delaying the implementation until 2016 for employers with 50 to 99 employees. Boehner also said that the lawsuit will challenge the administration’s suspected unlawful transfer of about $175 billion to insurance firms for the next decade, which has not been appropriated by the Congress.

The lawsuit was filed against the secretaries of Treasury & Health and Human Services. After a couple of law firms refused to take the case, Speaker Boehner hired Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University, to handle the case earlier this week.

In a blog that was posted last Monday, Turley wrote his support for the national health care and even said that he voted for President Obama. This was a bit of news to Levenson. However, he said that he believes that the executive branch has assumed it legislature’s powers. He further wrote that the lawsuit questioned the rising dominance of the executive, which comes with a sweeping unilateral power and if it is worth the review and resolution in the federal courts.