Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mark Wahlberg got Shamed into Giving up His Earnings

When Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World required reshoots because Kevin Spacey's character was now replaced with Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg negotiated for a pay raise to do the reshoots while Michelle Williams decided to work for the minimum for the reshoots.  So Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for the reshoots and Williams got like $1,000.  But because Williams and the public made a big deal about it, like it was gender inequality, Wahlberg is now donating his pay to Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in her name. 
Guys, Williams chose to film the reshoots for less.  Williams and Wahlberg are both managed by the same company, WME.  He treated it like overtime while she didn't.  I mean, who wants to work for free?  But nooo, when she disclosed her earnings, there was a public outcry about the pay difference. It had nothing to do with gender inequality if one actor chose to basically volunteer for the reshoots.  Wahlberg got bullied into donating his newly earned wages, which is unfair.  He's the victim and she is the bully, along with the press who thought she was in the right.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Jeff Fisher Does not Deserve Credit for Rams' Resurgence

Ex-Rams head coach Jeff Fisher says he should get some credit for the unexpected turnaround the Los Angeles Rams are having after going 5-11 last season and becoming 11-5 this season. He blames his disappointing tenure on the Rams' relocation back to Los Angeles area.  That was one season. No sir.  Look at Case Keenum and Jared Goff right now.  Both are solid quarterbacks for the Minnesota Vikings and Rams respectively.  They stunk under Fisher.  The Rams were dead last in scoring last year and finished first this year.  Former Titans QB Vince Young might have still been playing in the NFL if he was not playing for Fisher during their stint together with the Titans.  Sean McVay and his coaching staff deserve praise for what they've done.  The Rams would have been stuck in mediocrity for several more years because of all the picks Fisher traded away to move up to draft Goff in 2016.  Have a Happy New Year without a job and the glory, Jeff Fisher.

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UFC Should Strip Conor McGregor of His Belt

Lightweight UFC champion Conor McGregor has no interest in returning to the octagon unless he has some stock or ownership in the company.  What hubris!  UFC president Dana White said the company was correct in not stripping McGregor of his belt because he has defended his belt.  However, McGregor he has not defended either belt that he won previously.  He is stalling the entire lightweight division by not coming back to defend his belt since winning it.  He is calling his own shots rather than take fights that UFC suggests to him.  The same thing happened when he won the lightweight belt.  He held onto the featherweight built for nearly a year before it was stripped from him.
The UFC now has two people who are looking for money fights, Georges St. Pierre and McGregor.  If UFC keeps letting them choose their fights, it will set a horrible precedent for years to come.  Why bother having weight divisions and champions for each weight class? Just have money fights.  A lot of lesser known fighters will lose out.  The correct lightweight championship fight should be between interim champion Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.  With the way things have played out, 2017 ended the same as 2016 for lightweight division.  Who is the true lighweight champion and who is the #1 contender?  Strip McGregor of his belt and the division can thrive without him.


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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tyron Woodley Deserves an Apology from Dana White

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley successfully defended his belt against submission specialist Demian Maia at UFC 214; however, it was a very boring fight to watch.  Woodley chose to just defend Maia's takedowns rather than press the offense.  He threw about 63 strikes.  When UFC promoter Dana White went to the podium, he blasted Woodley for not utilizing his physical gifts and forgetting booed in the fight.  Afterwards, Woodley expressed his displeasure and said on the MMA Hour, "When your job is 'promoter', promote your f--ng fighters.  Promote your f--ing champions."
The welterweight title fight wasn't as exciting as it should be, but in the end White has to stand up for his fighters.  He should have the decency to apologize to Woodley for throwing him under the bus in public.  The proper way to express displeasure is to have a private conversation with Woodley rather than blast him in public for his performance.  No one wants to work for an employer who doesn't show professionalism and integrity.  More fighters will walk away from UFC if the company doesn't change how it handles fights.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Officials Cannot Call Technical Fouls on LaVar Ball

Since LaVar Ball has a tendency to take his team, Big Baller, out of competition if things don't go his way, Adidas, who runs the Summer Championships, have told basketball officials to not call technical fouls on him because of his drawing power.  Ball's drawing power was clearly evident last Wednesday when the gym where his youngest son's team played against  SC Supreme was overcrowded.
Ball was about to leave when he was called a tech with 1:15 remaining; however, he eventually did return to the game.  That official who called a tech on him was removed in Friday's morning game of the championship when she called another tech on the outspoken social media figure.  The official gave him a tech for telling officials they don't know how to do their job.  Ball claims the official had a vendetta against him.  Ed Rush, a former NBA official, denies that accusation, since she normally officiates Division 1 women's basketball games.
Ball should not receive favorable treatment just because of his ability to generate publicity.  He is disrespecting the game and the officials.  He's a bad role model.  He shouldn't be allowed to go on a tirade about a bad call or cuss an official out.  The Adidas championship can still thrive without his team and without him.  Plus, he and his eldest son Lonzo Ball, walked away from the major shoe companies' pitches and formed his own shoe line, Big Baller Brand.  The elder Ball just wants attention good or bad.  If the media and companies ignore him, he loses his charismatic power.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Los Angeles Clipper Should Have Gone Full Rebuild

After losing point guard Chris Paul to free agency to the Houston Rockets and shooting guard JJ Redick to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Clippers have re-signed power forward Blake Griffin to a five-year $173 million deal.  I really wanted the team to trade Griffin and get some picks back in return.  Griffin was got injured during the playoffs during 3 years of the 6 years he played alongside Paul.  He also missed most of the 2015-16 season from a knee injury and having a fight with a Clippers employee.  It was time to part ways with him.  Unfortunately, owner Steve Ballmer and coach Doc Rivers view Griffin as the face of the franchise. 
We really needed a fresh look to the team.  Trade Griffin and Deandre Jordan away.  Release Rivers from his double duty of head coach and President of Basketball Operations.  The team has yet to advance past the second round.  That is sad.  Rivers never added anybody to help our Big Three.  How do you expect the team to compete with the likes of Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and now Minnesota Timberwolves if you don't acquire more star power?


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Nike's Logo Infringement Complaint is Bogus

In June, Nike had filed a formal opposition to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Trial and Appeal Board, that tight end Rob Gronkowski's new silhouette logo of him spiking the football (left picture) can be confused with the iconic Jumpman logo (right picture).  Gronkowski's own company, Gronk Nation L.L.C., had originally filed his trademark for use on clothing and exercise equipment back in April 2016.  The smaller company will have until August 5 to contest the filing dispute or abandon it entirely.
The two logos look nothing alike.  It's another case where a larger company wants to knock down a smaller company over something as stupid as logo likeness when there clearly is none. 
From 2011-2012, Zenimax, the parent company of Bethesda, who makes  Elder Scrolls RPG game, sued Mojang, makers of Minecraft, for its upcoming card battler game that had the name Scrolls.  Zenimax claimed Scrolls infringed on its trademark of the Elder Scrolls series.  In the end, the two sides reached an agreement where Mojang does not file a trademark for Scrolls and cannot make a sequel with Scrolls in the title; however, it is allowed to publish the card game with the name Scrolls.  This means Mojang can't turn its card game into a franchise.  If it did, the sequel would require a different name.  The two games were nothing alike.  Plus, Zenimax only had rights to Elder Scrolls combined, not Elder nor Scrolls.
In both scenarios, there's a large company who felt like overreaching on trademark enforcement upon a smaller business.

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