10/21/08 07:23 - 38ºF - ID#46238
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10/21/08 07:07 - 38ºF - ID#46237
No more Elite XC it looks like
Elite XC down for the count
By Dave Meltzer, Yahoo! Sports
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Elite XC, which produced seven of the 10 most-watched MMA matches in U.S. history on two CBS specials in recent months, will be closing its doors at the end of the week. This leaves a roster of fighters, including top draws Kimbo Slice and Gina Carano, looking for work in a constricted environment.
Elite XC joins the International Fight League and Bodog Fight as high-profile competitors to the industry leader, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, to fold during the past year.
With deals with CBS and Showtime, the latter a major shareholder, Elite XC had the exposure the other failed challengers lacked, but lost more than $55 million in its two years of operation. Its losses included having a bad television deal in the first year with Showtime, causing them to lose money on every show; losing millions on trying, and failing, to build a website that was designed to be a destination for the MMA community; and purchasing four promotions outright and putting money into a fifth.
One of them, the U.K.-based Cage Rage promotion, set them back $18 million in losses.
"I got a call earlier [Monday] telling me they were shutting down," said Frank Shamrock, who was a television commentator, a main event fighter and a shareholder in the promotion.
Elite XC's two biggest attractions, Slice and Carano, are unlikely to be moving to the sport's highest-profile group. UFC president Dana White has repeatedly said he won't use Slice, who made his reputation as a backyard streetfighter on YouTube videos but is not the caliber of even a mid-level MMA pro. White also has said he's not interested in promoting women's fighting, although Carano's success as a draw may cause him to reconsider. Her match with Kelly Kobold two weeks ago ended up adding more new viewers than any MMA match on television in the U.S.
Several agents for fighters have been in contact all day with the UFC. Some, like welterweight champion Jake Shields, would be welcomed into the promotion.
It had been widely known that due to the losses, and the inability to raise new capital, that the Elite XC would either be sold to Showtime or be forced to fold by the end of the year. Others within the company said bankruptcy papers would be filed.
Kelly Kahl, the CBS senior executive vice president of programming operations who oversaw the three Elite XC events on the station, declined to comment on the situation.
It is not known if CBS will start its own MMA company or strike a deal with one of the two companies left standing, the UFC or Affliction. Affliction was a sponsor and co-promoter of the Oct. 4 show, paying for the Andrei Arlovski-Roy Nelson match. The other active match promotion, Strikeforce, has a late night television deal with NBC, which has had preliminary talks with the company about doing live events.
The Elite XC sale was believed to be close to completion heading into the Oct. 4 show on CBS. The show was a ratings success, beating both Major League Baseball playoff games and both major college football games in the target male 18-49 demographic, but left the brand tainted due to a controversy stemming from the main event.
CBS funded the event because Elite XC didn't have the money to continue while negotiations for the sale continued.
Ken Shamrock, scheduled as the opponent of Slice, got into a money argument with Elite XC officials before the show, and then, to blow off steam, did a training session in which he suffered a cut above his eye that required stitches. When he returned from the hospital, the Florida State Boxing Commission wouldn't allow him to fight.
Seth Petruzelli, a journeyman fighter in a light heavyweight preliminary match, was chosen as the fill-in opponent for the 236-pound Slice, and the scenario couldn't have gone worse, as Slice charged in, Petruzelli threw a jab on one leg and still knocked Slice down, and finished him with punches on the ground in 14 seconds.
While CBS officials were thrilled with the ratings, a controversy over a radio interview done by Petruzelli looks to have foiled the purchase.
"The promoters kind of hinted to me and they gave me the money to stand and trade with him," Petruzelli said two days after the fight on "The Monsters in Orlando" radio show. "They didn't want me to take him down.
"Let's just put it that way. It was worth my while to try and stand up and punch with him."
The next day Petruzelli said that what he meant was that he was offered a bonus for a knockout. Jeremy Lappen the head of operations for Elite XC confirmed Petruzelli got a knockout bonus, believed to be between $20,000 and $30,000 to go along with his $35,000 guarantee and $15,000 win bonus, but not a submission bonus.
A media outcry followed, with accusations a company official tried to manipulate the fight in favor of Slice, even though it backfired, leading to an investigation by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations. The question was whether Petruzelli was offered a bonus to not take Slice down, which would be illegal, as opposed to a knockout bonus, which is legal and not uncommon.
With the investigation started, Showtime pulled out of negotiations and people inside the company were being told all day that Elite XC was shutting down.
Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, said Monday that he had not received word that the next show, scheduled for Nov. 8, in Reno, Nev., had been canceled.
But the website Graciefighter.com, which represents Cesar Gracie, the manager of Nick Diaz, who was scheduled to fight next month, wrote Monday night, "We are confirming that Elite XC has folded. What this means for our fans and supporters is that there will not be a Nick Diaz vs. Eddie Alvarez fight on Nov. 8."
Oh Yeah and I keep forgetting to post this one post I thought of about gay sterotypes it would be comedy about why you could consider me gay or not gay but I need time to think about it again when it is posted remember it is comedy and don't get mad ok.
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10/20/08 06:50 - 58ºF - ID#46214
Damm DVD Recorder ARG!!!!!!!!!!
This isn't the first time it has Happened. It sucks that it is undependable like that. I think I may know the cause but I'm not positive. This machine also records VHS tapes so it is a dual deck. If something is copyright protected it won't record it. So any thing on HBO you press record and it says uncopyable movies even if it is a TV show. This also happens on I think Sundance and IFC and what ever other network is the same company as HBO. It is frustrating to think you have this show and then you don't. It also sucks because you don't know if you can record something or not. I wonder if they make any recorders that don't follow that. I know they do make DVD players that don't follow the region codes so maybe some company makes one where you can record everything. I have tried watching Pushing Daises and Desperate Housewives through ABC's website but it doesn't work really the dialog repeats or doubles and it is anoying. I think the reason for the non recording of a show half way through is that what ever the signal is, get given off by the TV station and that triggers it to stop. I hope that I get all of Heroes and My Worst enemy. I'm guessing Boston Legal might not work since it is the same network as ABC. ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG maybe when I have more time I can llook into this more on line.
Location: Buffalo, NY
10/19/08 05:08 - 56ºF - ID#46193
No Whites Cellphone Football and More
Second of all Today's Bills game has enforced a feeling I've had before that the NFL needs a Rule change. NO WHITES!!!!! I don't mean players I mean shoes and shoe tape. There was a play where San Diago jumped off the goal line and knocked the ball back and downed it like at the 1 yard line. On the replay to me it looked like he stepped on the goal line, it is hard to tell though. You can see where the white line is and where the white shoe/sneaker is but there is a point where they meet that all you see is white. This isn't the first time I have seen this happen where you can't tell if the shoe hit the line. If you changed it so no shoes could have any white in them and all tape on shoes couldn't be white I think it would make the videos more clear.
Two things I found Ironic about today's game
1) There was a power failure ok more then one and the chargers where one of the teams
2) CBS and Time Warner are still in the middle of there huge battle, but yet on one of the stadium shots you saw a huge Time Warner sign on the inside of the stadium
So I'm watching the game and then they lose power and CBS goes to the Steelers Game. That was cool seeing some of that. But here is where things get odd. They update us the Buffalo scored. Wait how could they score with no power. So I turn on the radio and the game is on. The radio guys are broadcasting using cell phones how awesome is that listening as I watch the Bengals losing. My first thought was if the power stays off all game I can't wait to see what the news says about the game. Now once the power came back on they showed a field goal that happened with out power. Wait if there was no power how did the Cameras work. So later they lose power again so back to the Radio this time I thought I heard the Radio guys say they where using a princess phone that was a land line, how crazy. It was a crazy day of football but the Bills won a great game. One added thing I liked was that Greg Gumble (the dude who has a brother who does news) was calling the game. I have allways liked him, back from when he and Albert called Basketball games, they made a great combo back then. My point is now that the Bills have a good record maybe we will get people who aren't only locals or the lower ranked announce crews. That being said I know the Bills have a long way to go. Yes 1st in the AFC EAST but the teams below them coming into today where 1-1 in the divission and we haven't played any one in ours yet so once we get into those and see how we stack up then we shall see how good we really are. Go Bills!!!!!!!!!
Sorry I forgot this story I found on Yahoo kinda different about the NFL and Barrack
Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:39 am EDT
Could Mike Ditka have derailed Barack Obama's ascendancy?
By Chris Chase
Barack Obama's easy win in the 2004 Illinois Senate race catapulted him to national fame and set him on his current path toward the White House. It was a convincing victory that is now but a footnote in the career of the Democratic presidential nominee. But that victory wasn't as assured as it appears in retrospect. For a few days in the summer of '04 there was the very real possibility that the Republican opponent in Obama's first major election battle race would be Chicago Bears coaching legend Mike Ditka.
Jack Ryan had won the Republican primary that year, but dropped out of the race after the release of embarrassing papers from his high-profile divorce with actress Jeri Ryan. The vacancy left GOP leaders in the state scrambling to find a replacement. With fears that the election was all but lost, Republicans wanted a major name to turn the tide. Ditka was that name.
For days the press played up the "will he or won't he" stories about Ditka's possible candidacy. The Drudge Report even said that Ditka would declare his entry into the race. But, in the end, Ditka rebuffed the offer, saying he didn't want to go through the rigors of a campaign or give up his lucrative jobs as an NFL analyst at ESPN or as an endorser of a casino and car dealership.
There's no way to know whether Ditka would have won but, remember, Obama was still a virtual unknown in Illinois in June of '04. Had Ditka run and won, Obama most-assuredly wouldn't be running for president today. Either way, the Hall of Famer almost certainly would have received more than the 27% of votes that eventual nominee Alan Keyes garnered in November. And you know he'd have locked up the endorsements of these three potential voters.
I'm not sure how I feel about it but check out the link. It is kinda a well what would have happened if, so I don't give it a lot of credit but it is something to think about. Ok off to watch football.
Location: Buffalo, NY
10/19/08 10:14 - 36ºF - ID#46189
Palin on SNL and Tattoo Pictures test
Now as a way to test out the new upload feature I'm going to post tattoo Pictures that I have saved on my computer.
Oh yeah I forgot that if any of you look at my myspace page I also put two of the SNL videos up as bulletins only one of them worked in my blog there for some reason. Well here are some more Tattoo pictures they look like they came out really good and they automaticly have space between them.
So hope the pictures from on line looks nice. Hope the Bills win today and everyone has a good weekend.
Location: Buffalo, NY
10/17/08 07:33 - 49ºF - ID#46167
Couples enjoy the fake Holiday
Sweetest Day 2008
When: Third Saturday in October
Now here is a day dedicated just for your sweetie. It exists as an opportunity for you to recognize that sweet and special someone. It doesn't matter who that person is, or what their relation to you. They just have to be "sweet" in order to get a little recognition.
Herbert Birch Kingston, a Cleveland, Ohio philanthropist and candy company employee started Sweetest Day. He wanted to bring happiness to orphans, shut-ins and under-privileged. His intent was to show these people that they were not forgotten. In 1922, he started this holiday by giving candy and small gifts. He often used movie stars to distribute the gifts.
The popularity of this holiday quickly spread. Today, is celebrated with loved ones and friends. However, we encourage you to follow the intent of the original holiday, and find ways to give candy and small gifts to those in need.
So Happy Sweetest day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hey I do have an idea maybe Anee in any city that it plays in should be free on Sweetest day and on Sunday also and the tickets are given away. I'm sure the people who do the musical or did the movie could have some tie in maybe the movie is free if you buy candy or something.
Location: Buffalo, NY
10/16/08 07:02 - 55ºF - ID#46146
Death Note II
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10/13/08 08:31 - 68ºF - ID#46099
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10/13/08 12:17 - 68ºF - ID#46087
I doubt I will go but this year there is that huge Halloween Party at the Central Terminal. Not sure who's idea it was to not have it on the day of but I think it was a good idea. That way people with kids can still take them out or go to other parties. I have heard that some people get pretty creative. I guess if you know how to make stuff and have lot of money you can have some great costumes.
October 25th 2008
Some Ideas of mine:
-Nudest: that won't work for me but what if you got a bunch of people and got the bottom of a Hot air balloon and then you could be like in that car ad.
- Ryan Miller: All the clothes and Pads would cost a lot but if you all ready play hockey you might have some of it.
TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL: A) Bring a Net
b) Have a buddy dress as another player trying to score
c) Have a puck in the glove and simulate playing goalie so it look like a glove save
-Dress as a Geisha but have that be the only thing you are wearing Have friends dress up as Japanese Business Men. If you have a talent do it as part of the get up.
-Roller Girls you can go as a real team or make one up the important thing is to have enough people that you can have to teams and you couldn't have a real bout but maybe chase each other around, assuming you all are good enough skaters
-Ninja and Samurai (yes often thought of as kids costumes) The key here is to practice your sword fight before hand so it looks legit.
TAKING IN UP A NOTCH: Making the out fit Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, TAKE UP ONE HIGHER add some friends as other GI Joe Characters.
-Show up with buddies as a Rock/Metal band say maybe Metallica or DethKlok. TAKING IT UP A NOTCH. Bring a TV and Rock Band Video Game and plug in someplace and play there songs
-Vampire, lot of people can come up with great looking costumes and a great look but if you have a hot female victim that should punch it up a bit
-Comic Book group and if you have enough people the people they fight. Yeah Showing up as say The Fantastic four but where is the Silver Surfer.
-Strippers: Yeah hot naked ladies and guys with money is all ways a great time but bring a pole a little radio of some kind to play songs and take turns
-Anime Group. (I'll admit I looked for some cosplay costume on line but the ones I liked where costly, plus you need hair and make up or a mask) How cool it be to show up a L, Kira, Misa Misa, and then have some tall dude as a shiromagi or people from a show like Bleach, Trinity Blood, Outlaw Star, Cow Boy bebop or any movies or TV show Animee.
-The Slutty costumes. Not really sure how to make all those dark angels and naughty nurses better or just girls in what is basicly underwear. Maybe a group of girls could go as Fredrick's of Hollywood models. Or maybe you could cover everyone in blood and they could look dead and then a big girl could come in covered in blood and she killed all those skinny bitches.
Then of course there is all ways Star Wars or other movie Characters, I think the key here is to have Enemies and do battles with each other or show up en masse as Say Storm Troopers and take over the party then later the good guys show up.
Hey just some crazy idea that I won't do, I'll do something simple and I think I'll get a costume today. Even though it is early hope everyone has a great halloween.
Location: Buffalo, NY
10/11/08 05:59 - 71ºF - ID#46063
Blew Friday Hard Blindness Review
SABRESTYLE SET TO DEBUT AT HSBC ARENA
Erin Pollina | Sabres.com
Oct 9, 2008, 10:02 AM EDT
Dan Paille (Photo: Buffalo Sabres)
This isn't your typical Blue and Gold gear.
But that was the idea in creating SabreStyle.
Set to debut Friday, Oct. 10 at HSBC Arena for the team's season opener, the Buffalo Sabres' new and exclusive clothing line goes beyond sports apparel.
"It looks like something you would buy at the mall," Director of Creative Services, Frank Cravotta. "Our logos are hidden within the graphics so at first glance, it doesn't look like Sabres gear."
Introducing 14 pieces - for men and women - the theme is designed for a young demographic with fashion in mind, "as opposed to the collegiate style you see in the store now," Cravotta said.
The clothes are made of premium-quality, light-weight fabrics and feature tighter fits for long and short-sleeved t-shirts, hats and hooded sweatshirts. The graphics infuse the Sabres logo with some abstract designs.
"We used all of our logos and our identity as a starting point and then just kind of went wild with the graphics," Cravotta said. "The initial reaction has been really positive, not only internally from the employees but also from the players who have been involved."
Forwards Ales Kotalik, Jochen Hecht, Patrick Kaleta and Adam Mair were among those who modeled the look, as well as defenseman Nathan Paetsch.
"I like it," Paetsch said. "It's something you would buy not only to support your team, but just to wear. It's fashionable and something you would actually get at a store.
"It's quite innovative and I'm sure a lot of young people are going to take to it. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it made for a sports team."
Prices are as low as $25 and are available exclusively in the Sabres Store at HSBC Arena . Quantities are limited and are only offered for a short time.
"We're calling it an exclusive line and a limited edition because it really is that," Cravotta said. "It's a short, run and the pieces will only be produced for this year so you're not going to come back in the store next year and get it. Each year we'll update it with the latest fashion and looks."
SabreStyle is also the first of it's kind among major sports teams.
"As far as we know... no one has tried this yet," Cravotta said. "There are some clear and popular styles out there that are not represented in our store and as far as we know, in any team store. It seemed to make sense that we have a popular brand and clear identity and if we can somehow merge the two into fashion that our younger crowd is wearing with our mark and our look, it would make a lot of sense.
"This is a whole new avenue to explore."
The Sabres Store is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as during all Sabres home games. For more information, call (716) 855-4140.
But Part of the problem is I didn't have bateries for my camera so I didn't take it to work so that I could go and then hand out or eat downtown someplace. Plus I'm still waiting for my adult and some other pictures in the mail. So my plan was to just watch the game at home.
The plan started out great I had my Dortios and Bagel Bites, Yummy and some cold drink I was good. The game was tied and I even saw that when the game was over I could Watch Faulty Towers (never seen it only a best of show, John Clease before Monty Phython) then Clone Wars on cartoon network and then Bill Maher. To bad I passed out during the 2nd period but other then that it was a great plan. I did catch Bill this moring before I went to the bank.
On my way to the bank I saw something Near spot. My first thought was did someone spill coffee on them selves. My next thought was I wonder if a biker got hit didn't see a car though, so maybe it was something serious I'm guessing someone homeless needed help cause everyone was sitting around and the firetruck and ambulance where blocking what was going on. Little further down I saw (e:Jim) and (e:James) walking with I assume their dog, thiing looked huge from the bus, hope it was a fun walk. I wasn't sure what movie I was going to see there are a few of them I wanted to. I saw "Blindness" I thought it was good and weird. With out giving anything away it is an epidemic of blindness, but not being able to see but where you see all light. Then as most epidemic movies go there is like a quarentene part. I'm more of an action myself but I also do like movies like this. Yes there is some nice nudity in it, but I also like movies that deal with humanity like this. Yeah some parts of the movie where dark, some where shot normal and then some where almost all white. Sometimes it felt like a movie one would watch on Sundance or IFC. I wonder if it was based on some Asian Horror movie from years ago? If you liked either of the 28 days movies you might like it. I think I may go see that Bill Maher movie on Monday.
I was going to go get a costume at Party City but decided to wait until Monday because a preview I saw gave me an idea for a New Costume. I came home and found one place to get the costume but it was way to much going to do a little bit more searching over the weekend I hope. Here is the movie:
That is right the 2nd Death Note Movie. The previews look pretty awesome. Now I just have to decide if I should go Wens. or Thurs. I'm thinking Thurs. (I wanted to go as a Shirgomi) But it is tough because I know I'm going to be pretty tired all week because at work we will need to do 5 days of work in 4 days. Hope everyone has a great long weekend.
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