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The Gundam 00 Movie Is the Comedy of the Year

September 26, 2014

Gundam 00 Movie

UNMEI KAIHEN

Setsuna having the same hairstyle as his movie counterpart is only the tip of the iceberg. :p

When I heard a bit more about the Gundam 00 movie at Anime Expo a couple of years back, I was looking forward to it. While in retrospect, Gundam 00 isn’t as good as some other Gundam series, I nonetheless enjoyed it and have actually watched it more than once. (And I suppose I’ll always be fond of it to a certain extent since it was my gateway Gundam.) But some initial reviews poured in after the movie was shown in various places (most notably Mike Toole’s article at ANN), and the feedback was not great, to say the least. So my expectations were lowered considerably heading into the movie, which is why I can safely say that I still thought it blew huge chunks.

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Top 3 reasons Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao shouldn’t happen

September 20, 2014

Why I Don’t Want to See Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Now:

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao both won their last fights comfortably. Mayweather won a clear decision in his rematch with Marcos Maidana, a man who had given him genuine trouble in their first encounter, while Pacquiao outgunned Tim Bradley, a man who had controversially beaten him before.

This has once again fueled rumors that the pair could meet in what would represent a clash of the two boxing icons of our generation. This, however, is not necessarily a good thing any longer. Here are the top 3reasons that Mayweather vs. Pacquiao should not happen at this point.

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The fight would be a pale reflection of what might have been

Manny Pacquiao will turn 36 years old later this year. Floyd Mayweather is already 37 years of age. Two titans of sport they may well be, but neither man is in his prime. The movements that were once so natural are faded. Attacks once forged on instinct are now forced. It just isn’t the same, especially in the case of Pacquiao.

A fight between the pair would make a lot of people happy, simply to see what it looks like when Mayweather and Pacquiao share the ring. It would also make all involved a lot richer. But this fight would be nothing compared to what it could have been had it happened in, say, early 2010, when Mayweather had come back with a win over Juan Manuel Marquez and Pacquiao had just beaten Miguel Cotto via 12th rd TKO. Back then, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was an absolute must-make, can’t-miss, but circumstances have changed since.

Were this fight to happen now, we would end up seeing two shadows of their former selves. Mayweather’s slippage has been masked by supreme conditioning and subtle defensive techniques, but Pacquiao’s decline has already included a brutal knockout defeat. We can kid ourselves all we want, but this wouldn’t be the real thing.

The fight would be dull and one-sided

Pacquiao lost twice in 2012, once controversially and once conclusively. His much-debated defeat to Tim Bradley nonetheless hinted at signs of his demise. The Filipino, who was once so relentless, was unable to close the show and gave up crucial rounds in the final third, something that was very uncharacteristic of him. In his defeat to Marquez, we saw Pacquiao knocked out cold, face first on the canvas. It was uncomfortable viewing, and a violent confirmation that Pacquiao was on the slide.

Mayweather, in this writer’s opinion, would have out-boxed the best version of Pacquiao. Stylistically his defensive genius and precise punching would have offset the raucous offensive raids of Pacquiao, who would also be the smaller man.

Nowadays, Pacquiao thinks that split second longer. Where once he fought with forceful certainty there is now lingering doubt. Mayweather has a weakened, aging and less vicious monster in front of him now compared to that which first emerged at welterweight in 2009. Given that, and the fact that Mayweather continues on unabated and undefeated, this fight could be a dull, one-sided victory for Mayweather.

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The fight’s result would be a misrepresentation

Were Mayweather and Pacquiao to fight it would no doubt herald a large amount of sentimental applause as two legends finally agree to come together. There would be huge levels of media hype, and it is more than likely that many would be misled into thinking that this fight would offer some sort of conclusion to the age-old debate as to which fighter was greater.

In reality, this fight represents two old greats getting it on because all other options have been exhausted and money can be made. Regardless of the outcome of the fight, once the sentimentality dissipates people would still hark back to 2009 and ask what would have happened had Mayweather and Pacquiao fought then.

The fight would also no doubt be used by Mayweather as a tool of historical self-promotion, an opportunity to reaffirm that he is the greatest boxer that has ever lived. Such assertions are, of course, nonsense. Even given boxing’s subjectivity, Mayweather’s list of opponents and the circumstances in which he fought them does not breed a historical ranking ahead of the likes of Muhammad Ali or the Sugar Ray’s– Robinson and Leonard.

Were Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to fight now, a long and often ugly saga would come to an end, but not in the right way. The fight is so far past its sell-by date that it would leave an unsavory taste. It didn’t happen when it should have, and there is no changing that.

Now we can choose to see a watered down version of it, or continue to discuss i

t with the subjectivity that makes boxing beautiful. I personally would opt for the latter. This fight is best left un-fought.

 

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FREDDIE ROACH: “I STILL WANT THE BIGGEST FIGHT IN THE WORLD, I WANT MAYWEATHER TO STEP UP AND FIGHT MANNY PACQUIAO!”

July 26, 2013

In boxing over the last 3 years, there has been one fight that has been talked about more then any other, that being a potential Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. The fight was debated over and over by critics and fans alike, and despite the buzz for the event, the bout never happened when the fight was at the peak of it’s hype. Now in 2013 fans thoughts on the bout have changed, as Manny Pacquiao’s definitive knockout defeat has forever changed fans views on the match, and the fight talk has shifted to what could of been.
In part 2 of my interview with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, he touches on the bout he believes fans still want to see the most, Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Freddie also comments on Pacquiao’s upcoming fight against Brandon Rios, and gives his thoughts on this choice of opponent. In addition, Roach discusses Juan Manuel Marquez’s choice to fight Timothy Bradley instead of Pacquiao, and also comments on that upcoming fight. Here is what Freddie Roach had to say.
JENNA J:
Freddie, there were other opponents being talked about before Brandon Rios was picked, as Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley were both approached for the fight. Were you disappointed that you didn’t get either of those options for Pacquiao’s next bout?
FREDDIE ROACH:
Well I’m real disappointed because the only fighter we wanted to fight was Marquez, we wanted the rematch. Manny was looking forward to it, I was looking forward to it, and then he went in a different direction. Hopefully he will fight us back someday, but you know, he chose not to fight us so we had to go with the second choice. We’re in a tough fight with a tough young guy coming up, it should be exciting though.
JENNA:
Yeah, now you mentioned Brandon Rios should be exciting, he’s known for his wars in the ring. Are you at all worried that Pacquiao might get drawn in to that type of fight?
ROACH:
That’s fine with me, I know I have the better puncher and I know what type of fight we’re gonna fight in that fight. We’re gonna have a great game plan, we’ll fight to our advantage, believe me, I guarantee that 100%.

JENNA:
You mentioned before that you thought the rest would be good for Pacquiao, to have him out of the ring longer. Do you think he’ll have any ill effects at all from that knock out to Marquez?
ROACH:
Well you know, everyone reacts differently. Manny’s a pretty bright guy, he knows there’s a winner and a loser, he knows we made a mistake in the fight and you know before I took Manny Pacquiao over, he was knocked out twice before and he didn’t have any effects from those knock outs. I think he’s a realist, he understands the sport, he got caught and he knows that’s possible in this game. But the thing is, Bob Arum and I gave him a long rest, Bob took him to a neurologist to make sure everything’s ok, we got 100% ok stamp and he’ll be fine.
JENNA:
Alright Freddie I want to turn things now to a fight that’s going be taking place onSeptember 14th, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez, they’ll be meeting at a catch weight of 152 lbs. I’m curious what are your thoughts on this fight and do you think it is as big as people think it’s going to be?
ROACH:
Well don’t call it a fight cause it won’t be a fight , it’ll be a boxing match, ok. It’s definitely not a fight, it will be a very good boxing match and I feel Floyd is too slick for Canelo and I think he’ll win a decision. But the thing is, when Floyd boxes well, like he did in his last fight, it’s a little bit boring at times. It’s good for the eye of a big boxing fan and so forth, he’s very skillful but it’s a little bit boring. Don’t expect a big fight, I think people are expecting a war but Mayweather does not fight like that, he will box all night long.
JENNA:
Alright now Freddie, what other fighters are you working with currently that you want to let the fans know about?
ROACH:
Well I’m talking with Miguel Cotto right now, and we’re working things out and I’m excited about working with him. George St-Pierre has been coming up, he’s getting ready for his next fight, I went up to Montreal for 10 days to work with him and then he came back here, so he’s getting ready for his fight, and I got Ruslan Provodnikov who’s getting radio for a fight, our opponent has not signed the contract yet so we don’t have one currently, but we do have a date in October 19th, and Ray Beltran, he’s one of my fighters and he’s getting ready to fight for a world title over in Scotland, so we’re quite busy, we got a lot of things happening.
JENNA:
Ok well Freddie, I have one final question for you. With all the fighters that you are working with, if you could have one fight for any of your fighters in the future, what would that fight be?
ROACH:
Well I still want the biggest fight in the world, I want Mayweather to step up and fight Manny Pacquiao, he said Pacquiao is washed up, get in the ring and we will see!
JENNA:
Thank you so much Freddie for once again coming “On The Ropes” I wish you all the best with all the fighters you work with in the future.
ROACH:
Thank you very much, I appreciate it

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Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!

July 13, 2013

Great List for new TV Series

TVLine

As one season wraps, another is already on the horizon. The broadcast networks have started to unveil their lineups for the 2013-14 TV season, and TVLine has compiled this handy guide to the new offerings from ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW.

RELATED |Fall TV Schedule 2013: What’s on When? And Versus What?

Review the following alphabetical slideshow and then hit the comments to let us know what you’ll be watching. And make sure to bookmark this page and visit often as more shows will be added as pick-ups are announced. (We’ll also share trailers as they become available.)

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Billups Reunite with Pistons

July 13, 2013

CHICAGO — Chauncey Ray Billups is returning to the team where he won his first and only NBA title, the Detroit Pistons, agreeing to a two-year deal worth $5 million, reports the Detroit Free Press.

The 36-year old Billups, the steady hands that handled point guard duties for the decorated Pistons who made back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2004 and 2005, was picked third overall in by the Boston Celtics in the 1997 NBA draft.
Billups’ career took off playing alongside Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Tayshaun Prince and head coach Larry Brown. He was named Finals MVP in that 2004 romp over the L.A. Lakers, but was traded to the Denver Nuggets in the 2008-09 season. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Billups also had stints with the Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves and the New York Knicks before landing with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he averaged 11.7 points and 3.1 assists per outing.
A five-time All-Star, Billups’ tenure with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin with the Clippers was plagued with injuries, including a season-ending torn Achilles tendon in 2012.
Joe Dumars, the longtime Pistons general manager, brought Billups back with a mandate to nurture the young and talented core of the Pistons, specifically 21-year old point guard Brandon Knight, who has showed flashes of brilliance last season with averages of 13.3 points and 3.9 assists a game.
With Billups on board and Maurice Cheeks handling the coaching reins, the Pistons hope to advance to the playoffs, a stage they haven’t reached the past for seasons. (JAM) http://philboxing.com/

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February 23, 2013

NBA.com | Hang Time Blog

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HANG TIME, Texas — There was the stretch from Nov. 9-20 when the Lakers won five out of six games and peeked their heads above .500 for the first time in this tumultuous season.

Then there was the time when they won six out of seven from Dec. 14-28, which included the Christmas Day victory over the Knicks that got them back to dead level at 15-15.

But this time the Lakers really mean it. At least, that’s the message that Kobe Bryant delivered to Sports Illustrated when he told Jack McCallum that the debate over whether his troubled team would make the playoffs was hardly worth the time.

“It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will.” Bryant said. “And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone — Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about…

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Mayweather’s volcanic spew on Pacquiao indicates Floyd knows he needs Manny bout

May 3, 2012

Will he or won’t he?
Some veteran boxing observers, including the Associated Press’ Tim Dahlberg, are more convinced than ever after hearing Floyd Mayweather Jr. go into a rant about Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday that the American has no intention of ever fighting the Pinoy Idol.
At the risk of continuing to be shcizo, bi-polar or just weak-minded, I must heartily disagree.
Mayweather’s latest stream of verbal diarrhea about Pacquiao taking PEDs and being nothing but a puffed up drug cheater makes me believe the opposite.
Don’t forget that Mayweather, now 35 and set to cool his heels in a Las Vegas jail cell for 60 days after he meets and defeats shopworn Miguel Cotto Saturday night at the not sold out MGM Grand Garden Arena, is now convinced himself that he is not the pound for pound best fighter on the planet but also is the world’s best promoter.
All the palaver, all the blather, is just prepromotional fodder for the Mayweather-Pacquiao Super Fight to come either in November or next spring.
Let’s face it, Floyd and Manny are both running low on highly salable foes, with Floyd fighting a Manny “leftover” in Cotto and Pacman clinging to little known youngster Tim Bradley as his fistic fodder.
I can see “Money” toying with Mexican rising star Canelo Alvarez come November but he’s desperate for a huge money foe after that.
Finally, I see them turning to each other sometime after June 9, when Pacman has thwarted Bradley’s dreams of grandeur.
Wow, Mayweather is a Chatty Kathy spewing words about Pacquiao.
Makes me think Floyd’s Pacman ducking days will end either in the fall or the spring.
If Mayweather ignored the omnipresent Pacquiao, now then I’d worry…

 

Source : http://www.examiner.com/article/mayweather-s-volcanic-spew-on-pacquiao-indicates-floyd-knows-he-needs-manny-bout