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Lance Armstrong On Dating And Sex: 'I Never Got Any Complaints' Men's Journal Men's Journal Champion cyclist, cancer fundraiser, father of three, and alpha bachelor Lance Armstrong is on the cover of the October Men's Journal and profiled in a lengthy piece by Vanessa Grigoriadis. Lance Armstrong is a 48 year old American Cycler. Born Lance Edward Armstrong on 18th September, 1971 in Plano, Texas, he is famous for 7-time Tour De France winner. His zodiac sign is Virgo. Lance Armstrong is a member of the following lists: People from Austin, Texas, 1971 births and American health activists. Contribute On 18-9-1971 Lance Armstrong (nickname: Big Tex) was born in Plano, Texas, USA. He made his 125 million dollar fortune with 7-time Tour De France winner. The athlete & cyclist is dating , his starsign is Virgo and he is now 48 years of age. Lance Armstrong is no longer married but is engaged to longtime girlfriend Anna Hansen. Learn more about their relationship and Armstrong's dating history. Cheryl Crow and Lance Armstrong started dating in 2003 after meeting at a charity event, according to E!.Despite both having extremely busy careers, they made it work. Lance Armstrong’s girlfriend is Anna Hansen. They started dating in 2008. Lance had at least 10 relationship in the past. Lance Armstrong has been engaged to Sheryl Crow (2005 – 2006). Before Lance Armstrong's relationship with Anna Hansen, there was Sheryl Crow.And before Sheryl Crow, there was Kristin Armstrong, née Richard. The couple met at a press conference in early 1997. Kristin Armstrong revealed to the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) that it was during this time that the world-renowned cyclist was fighting testicular cancer and had just finished undergoing ... The couple had been dating since July after meeting through Armstrong's charity work. The baby boy, Maxwell Edward, was born on June 4, 2009. A daughter, Olivia Marie, followed on October 18, 2010. Lance Armstrong was once considered to be the most successful cyclist of all time — until a doping scandal erupted in the late 90s that changed his career for good.. Although his name is still mentioned in debates about how the regulations sanctioning performance-enhancing drugs have changed over the past decades, Lance's personal life has never been the subject of public discussions. Lance Armstrong and former girlfriend Sheryl Crow met in 2003 at a charity event shortly after the cyclist’s divorce with ex-wife Kristin Armstrong. According to People, Armstrong and Crow dated ...

Fate/Grand Order: Timestream on Lockdown

2020.07.23 16:40 Eggplant_168 Fate/Grand Order: Timestream on Lockdown

[Note: This will heavily hinge on two of my OCs as well as content from Tsukihime. I’ve also never played Tsukihime, and have only had the type-moon wiki to go off of. Take that as you will.]

The Premise

“I simply took an idea you humans came up with, and turned it into reality. That is how I will destroy humanity.”
Seven singularities, errors in the past. Seven Lostbelts, thrown away presents. Seven Beasts, Evils of Humanity. Whatever obstacle was thrown your way, you have conquered them all. The earth is safe. Everyone is safe. And now the Human Order was secure for the next 100 years.
98 years.
64 years.
5 months.
In less than a minute, the safety of humanity’s future has dropped to less than a week. The Pruning Theoretical Phenomenon has kept miscellaneous timelines and unnecessary parallel worlds at bay. However, with that phenomenon not “true” anymore, countless timeless are being created from the most mundane decisions, and spreading like a cancer. Once what little time humanity has left is up, they’re gone. No if, ands, or buts.
Now, you must head off into different points in the future and reestablish the fragmented Quantum Time Locks. With multiple timelines unraveled like string, it’s your job to wrap them together like a knot. The stakes are higher than ever before, as you race against the clock to save humanity from the planet Earth itself.

The Setting

With the Pruning Theoretical Phenomenon rendered “false”, time flows in its natural state. Each timeline grows and branches out like a tree, growing so vast that it becomes a web of probabilities. However, there are several spots where timelines cluster together in the same spot, often running parallel before branching out again. Some of these are the remnants of the Quantum Time Locks that helped cull rogue timelines; the Bundles of Probability, or BoPs.
Normal BoPs are, as stated earlier, a cluster of timelines which run parallel to each other. Let’s say you set an appointment to see a doctor. That action of going to the dentist creates a small BoP. The only splits in the timeline would be changes made beforehand (such as what you wear or eat before going) and events that happen after (such as whether or not you actually take their advice). However, other spontaneous actions may affect the size of the BoP, such as rescheduling the appointment for a later date due to sudden complications. That’s why the largest BoPs, the ones you’ll be entering, are so important. The more people in one location, the larger the group engaging in a singular action, or the larger an impact that event will have on human history, the larger the BoP. This can range from concerts to social movements to even wars.
Solving this problem is rather simple on paper. Go to these points of intersection, experience whatever happens, and “pin” that probability down in a sense. That will reform the scenario just experienced back into its state as a QTL. This process can easily be done by accessing the Holy Lance at the Ends of The World. Anyone with the lance Rhongomyniad is able to do so. While it can’t fix it itself, it does serve as a “beacon” of sorts to notify the World itself so it can make the necessary edits.
The BoPs you’ll be entering will be identified by estimated date, significance to humanity, and general location within Proper Human History as of 2022 (or whenever Part 2/2.5 finishes). However, any information not pertaining to those three variables must be acquired on site, or with the aid of a powerful clairvoyant.

The Scenarios

Prologue

The Singularities have been cleared. The Lostbelts have been denied. After the bleaching of the planet had been reversed, the Human Order has been restored. However, the servants at Chaldea aren’t ready to leave just yet.
With the world saved twice by their hands, they decided to celebrate a job well done before further discussing future plans. However, just as the party was heating up, an unexpected visitor with a white dress and red eyes appeared before you...
Servants: * 5 Star Ryan Gomez (Counter Guardian, Beast Slayer. Welfare 5-star lancer with shit stats but great skills, passives and NPs).

First Bundle of Probability

Significance: D++ Date: 203X BoP: Uniting All Under the Star-Spangled Banner: Autonomous Zone, New York.
On that day, humanity’s fate was sealed. The Woman in White had reestablished the Multiverse Theory over the planet, and doomed humanity to being erased by the World in order to save what little energy would remain. It’s only thanks to one man, who took all of Chaldea into Imaginary Number Space, that they are alive.
Ryan Gomez, the self-proclaimed “Beast Slayer”, shares intrinsic knowledge on the situation. Seven Quantum Time Locks that were planned to appear in the future have been “unlocked”, and now the World is running out of energy to sustain itself. And once it’s drained completely, humanity will be erased and the world will reset to a point before human life began. With CHALDEAS repaired, it’s up to him, Mash, and you to go to these former time locks, the “Bundles of Probability”, and lock them down once more. With their sights set on New York City in 20XX, the Chaldeans journey to the future begins.
Servants: * 5 Star George Washington (Male Saberface but beefy and way taller, different seiyuu as well. Buster-crit AoE Rider)

Second Bundle of Probability

Significance: E Date: 2062 BoP: Toppling the Pyramid By the Arabian Sea: Hierarchy of Bombay, India
The Beacon has been placed, and with the Chaldeans return to their time the QTL should form on its own. With the Human Order safe for an estimated three months, Chaldea has returned from Void space along with a grumpy new ally.
As new supplies are ordered and parts of the facility repaired, Goetia uses his clairvoyance to find the next BoP. Having found the roadblocks in his vision, he instructs the Chaldeans to venture forth to 2062, a time where India’s caste system has made a nasty comeback.
Servants: * Karna Rate up

Third Bundle of Probability

Significance: C- Date: 2103 BoP: Judgement Upon the Twin Cities of Depravity: Sodom and Gomorrah, Mexico.
With the humanity’s lifespan extended another two years, the Chaldeans quickly Rayshift into the next BoP and are quickly greeted by the ensuing ash and dust around them.
It’s Mexico 2103, and the Yellowstone super volcano has erupted. While North America managed to survive the volcanic winter and get by with foreign aid, a large amount of ash managed to spread downwards to northern Mexico. The only safe haven that’s somehow completely resistant to the volcanic snow are the newly-established twin cities, Sodom and Gomorrah. However, there’s more to this so called “paradise” than meets the eye.
Servants: * 5 Star Israel (Quick dps Ruler with ST NP).

Fourth Bundle of Probability

Significance: C+ Date: 2271 BoP: Friction at the Mediterranean Sea: Roman Coalition, Italy.
Every BoP locked down increases humanity’s lifespan exponentially. Now with twelve years of time left, Chaldea decides to take a small break to gather resources and enjoy some simple downtime. However, a sudden disturbance in the next BoP forces them to take action early.
The year is 2271. Europe is at war with itself, split between the Roman Coalition and the Northern European Union. While the civil war used to be contained rather well, something is causing a noticeable spike in aggressive action and dirty tactics being played on both sides. The Chaldeans need to figure out who or what’s causing the two to be so focused on one-upping the other, before innocent civilians get caught up in the crossfire.
Servants: * Cleopatra Rate up.

Event/Main Interlude

Humanity Foundation Value: C- Date: Late 2003 Singularity: Legends of the Servants of Blood: Misaki Town, Japan.
In the world you reside in, Alaya tames the World and beings like Heroic Spirits can be summoned. In other Worlds, where Gaia manifests, summoning heroes is a laughable concept. In their place, Dead Apostles, the antithesis of humanity, strike from the shadows. The oldest and strongest of which, the Dead Apostle Ancestors, band together together with the goal of reviving the Dark Six. But that’s a story for another day.
A singularity has appeared in Japan, no doubt due to the machinations of the Woman in White. However, this singularity behaves like a breach in reality, where it’s rules may override ours if left alone for too long. Fearing for the integrity of the FATE summoning system, the director orders the postponement of the Lockdowns in order to combat their new threat. And upon entering the singularity, their greeted by a young woman with short blonde hair...and ruby red eyes.
Servants: * 4 Star welfare Shiki Tohno (Quick Assassin. Basically Ryougi but with a Quick NP and better crit star drop rate).

Fifth Bundle of Probability

Significance: A Date: 2509 BoP: Separating Beast and Man: Garden of Eden Zoo, South Africa.
Humanity lives for another 25 years. After having his second fight with the Woman in White, and having analyzed the physiology of the Arcueid Brunestud summoned at Chaldea, it’s concluded that she is not who she says she is. Her body and abilities are the same, but she’s too weak to be considered the will of the planet itself. Not to mention her genuinely saving the human lives almost taken by Pieceman’s blast. Dubbing her Ma-ka, a Greek translation of “Mother Gaia” or “Mother Nature”, Ryan decides that with what he knows, he can beat her. However, pressing him for further info will be met with silence.
Regardless, the Chaldeans venture to the year 2509. The Garden of Eden, a new private zoo for the elite located in South Africa, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. All kinds of animals are present, from natural born peacocks to genetically reproduced dodo birds. However, it seems the ceremony is under investigation by the Mages Association when the corpse of a patron is found eaten by a Wendigo. Which leads Chaldea to wonder: just how expansive is this zoo? And what dangers lie beneath their feet?
Servants: * Sherlock Rate up

Sixth Bundle of Probability

Significance: EX Date: 2953 BoP: Reach For the Stars and Journey Beyond: Space Colony, Camelot Corp.
Humanity is safe for another 50 years, and Chaldea faces it’s greatest challenge yet. With CHALDEAS reaching its limit, and Goetia unable to see past the 1000 year mark, the Chaldeans are forced to venture in completely blind. Accompanied by Gilgamesh himself, who strangely volunteers to serve as support in the operation, they head to the year 2953.
Humanity is at the peak of their civilization. However, with the planet slowly losing mana and dying, and resources beginning to dwindle, humanity journeys beyond even their moon and towards the stars themselves. NASA develops a space-colony cruiser dubbed “CAMELOT”, designed for the best of humanity to journey to space. But corporate greed reeks the decks as this dream made manifest bars humanity from reaching the stars.
Servants: * Archer Gilgamesh Rate up

Seventh Bundle of Probability

Significance: E- Date: Year 88 BoP: Last Human, Last Knight, Last Notes: Our Home, Earth.
This is the tale of the dead planet. This is the tale of the last human. This is the tale of the last knight. This is the end of the humanity left behind.
Servants: * 5 Star Gun God (Archer, Buster ST NP, NP nuke).

Finale

Significance:Date: 20XX Title: The Land That Touches the Moon Above: Millennium Castle Brunestud, Chaldea
The Human Order has been fully restored. The Quantum Time Locks have been fully repaired, CHALDEAS is able to see 100 years into the future, and humanity’s safety has been guaranteed. However, things take a turn for the worse when the moon goes red. Out of nowhere, the white snow and mountains change into a field of flowers and grass, a castle in the center of it all. And in the center of that castle...was Ma-ka herself.
This is the final battle not for humanity, but for you. Everything you’ve learned, all the lives you’ve saved and lost was all for this moment. Now take up your arms, Masters of Chaldea, and fight for your right to see the future you’ve created!
Servants: * 5 Star Archetype Earth (Avenger, single target Arts NP)

Important Characters

Ryan Gomez (Alter?) Unlike most Counter Guardians who become Heroic Spirits through making a contract with the Counter Force, this man properly earned his spot on the Throne of Heroes. If Alayashiki is humanity’s unconscious will to avoid extinction, then he would be the conscious will that serves as its representative. Best described as a failsafe system in the event that Alayashiki is compromised by Gaia or an outside threat.
A proud, capable warrior wrapped in armor that shines with a bloody crimson. But what’s with that familiar looking company logo on his chest?
The Woman in White/Archetype Earth? The White Princess of the True Ancestors, a species of nature spirits incarnated. Able to manifest the reality marble of Crimson Moon, their progenitor, she rules over them like royalty as the strongest of them all. Archetype acts as the will of Gaia, the spirit of planet Earth itself. After the annihilation of a certain priest who made her vampiric impulses manifest, she chained herself to her castle throne and fell asleep for a long, long time.
Until now.
Goetia A magecraft that gained will and sentience, and enacted a plan to incinerate the Human Order and create a world with no concept of death. However, after his defeat at the hands of the last Master of Chaldea, he has become an observer of the Grand Order conflicts. Formerly the aggregation of the 72 Demon Gods listed in the Ars Goetia, he is now the bearer of the name and legacy of Solomon, a man who gave up his short, human existence for the sake of others.

Endings

Depending on your choices at important points in the story, with choices listed in red or blue (or some other pair of colors, I don’t want to make the good and bad choices too obvious), the final chapter will play out much differently. Note: These will be just the rough outlines.:

Closing Thoughts

This has been quite the challenge, but I finally pulled it off! Thank you OP for creating this writing thread. I’m sure that I probably have some information wrong with the greater Nasuverse technicalities and the lore and using my own OCs for this prompt. Regardless, I’m quite proud of the finished product. As for you, thank you for (hopefully) taking the time to read through this wall of text. I’d really appreciate it if you were to share your thoughts on this in the comments below.
Edit: Added some tiny things to the character paragraphs and ending segment.
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2020.07.13 19:19 Scotty2HottyWalker Epic Rap Battles of History Tournament Round of 64 Part 2

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf7S-_SvDIUg9L7criFZUg7Q77ceGgNqLQwiNfIWHUOd019HA/viewform
Hello again ERB! I love myself a good tournament, and quarantine has given me lots of free time, so I made this! all 80 battles, pitted against each other to find the best rap battle as voted on by Reddit! This is part 2 of the Round of 64. Voting will remain open until Sunday morning at noon Central. Let me know if you have any feedback!
Results from the Part 1:
Bill Gates vs Steve Jobs (65.1%) def. Michael Jackson vs Elvis Presley (34.9%)
" These were both very memorable battles. From MJ vs Elvis having their aged selves and Hal 9000 interfering Bill. I would say the MJ vs Elvis was a draw and Bill defeated Steve but not Hal. I prefer the former for the portrayals of both characters young and aged and because I find the bars harder. "
" A mid-tier early battle up against what used to be the definitive "this is what a good ERB looks like" - not a hard choice here. "
Who won each battle:
Steve Jobs: 5
Bill Gates: 5
Hal 9000: 1
Michael Jackson: 10
Elvis Presley: 2
Bob Ross vs Pablo Picasso (79.8%) def. Christopher Columbus vs Captain Kirk (20.2%)
" Kirk vs colombus isn’t even music "
" I found both battles to be quite forgettable, Kirk makes his battle stick to my head more but not in a good way. I just can't take Kirk seriously as a rapper, some characters just aren't my cup of tea for rap battles and Kirk is one of them. I also don't like how Picasso's 2nd verse is just him saying his name. I believe it's a reference to long names being a sign of honor in the past but it just makes the verse feel dull. I'd give Christopher and Bob the win for each respective battles. "
" Peter's Boss Ross is just such a treat to listen to, it carries the battle. "
" As soon as I saw Columbus I went for the other one without even reading it "
Who won each battle:
Bob Ross: 14
Pablo Picasso: 1
Captain Kirk: 5
Christopher Columbus: 2
Theodore Roosevelt vs Winston Churchill (89.9%) def. Vlad the Impaler vs Count Dracula (10.1%)
" I love Lloyd's portrayal of Vlad but his Roosevelt is just too good to ignore. "
" Later vs later, alright! A hard choice for sure, though I am less against Vlad v Drac than the larger fanbase seems to be. Roosevelt vs Churchill simply doesn't make many mistakes in battler and verse balance, and Roosevelt vs Churchill also has a much stronger graphical game than Vlad v Drac. "
" I find this as an unfair matchup, I was underwhelmed by Vlad vs Dracula and astonished by Teddy vs Winston. Dracula had some good lines but not any hard ones, and the beat to me felt too dry when it seemed like they were going for a spooky one. It also felt a bit top heavy since Vlad got way too many killer lines compared to Dracula I absolutely love Lloyd as Roosevelt and Dan as Winston, they put so much personality to their performance, I like the historical references as well as the visuals (especially towards the end where you can see the paratroopers and riders). This may be my pick to win the whole thing. "
Roosevelt: 7
Churchill: 2
Vlad: 9
Dracula: 1
Darth Vader vs Hitler (58.7%) def. Frederick Douglass vs Thomas Jefferson (41.3%)
" This one is hard. I almost don't want to vote. I dislike both battles, FD v TJ would've easily been a battle that an earlier one that was good could've 'upset', but the first Vader v Hitler is just not good, and a strong showing of the weaknesses of the earlier battles. I chose FD v TJ just because it has the natural benefits of a later battle, even if it's rough. "
(Someone typed the entirety of Hitler's first verse; props to you)
Vader: 10
Hitler: 0
Douglass: 13
Jefferson: 1
Romeo and Juliet vs Bonnie and Clyde (77.1%) def. Batman vs Sherlock Holmes (22.9%)
" Dude that is not a cool way to play Batman "
" I love, LOVE Zach's Sherlock and Kyle's Watson but RJ vs BC is objectively better overall "
" I believe Peter's Batman was a bit too overhated. It was too silly, but I wouldn't call it the worst thing ever. I liked Watson and Robin as backups for the two and Sherlock's second verse. It was cool. I had Sherlock winning it. R&J vs B&C was great, this may be my favorite 2v2. I like the part where they have the two couples defend each other from the disses and respond (Clyde threats Juliet, Romeo defends Juliet and disses Clyde, Bonnie compares Romeo to Clyde, Juliet says Romeo will cut Clyde's dick off!) Juliet wins this battle on her own, I firmly believe that. "
Juliet: 10
Romeo: 7
Bonnie: 0
Clyde: 0
Sherlock: 10
Batman: 2
Albert Einstein vs Stephen Hawking (64.2%) def. Artists vs TMNT (35.8%)
" Love the Artists verses, so I'll go with it, even though it's stupid short, I believe the Turtles have 30 seconds or less of verse time. "
" wait no i take that back Churchill vs Roosevelt isnt the best. Albert vs hawking is. Hawking's second verse is probably the best verse in all of erb and all the other lines in this battle are s tier. Great beat and production "
Hawking: 6
Einstein: 0
Artists: 15
TMNT: 3
Guy Fawkes vs Che Guevara (70.6%) def. Elon Musk vs Mark Zuckerberg (29.4%)
" Perhaps this is a hot take, but Musk was horrible, both as a pick for this battle (very short-sighted pop culture choice) and in the battle. Zuckerberg was pretty fantastic though, and I'd defend that strongly. Aside from the dumb 'Fox' line, Fawkes vs Guevara is just plain strong.
Guevara: 12
Fawkes: 4
Musk: 6
Zuckerberg: 6
Jim Henson vs Stan Lee (79.8%) def. Terminator vs Robocop (20.2%)
" love terminator vs robocop, wish both could move on, but Walt's intro was the best "M-I-C" "I ROCK THE MIC PROPERLY" "
Disney: 13
Lee: 3
Henson: 2
Terminator: 5
Robocop: 2
Hitler vs Vader 2 (75.2%) def. Miley Cyrus vs Joan of Arc (24.8%)
" Oh this is not great... I don't like either of these battles. I chose MC v JoA because I actually liked Joan's set, which is the only one I liked of the four battlers listed. I've shot down two H v V battles now, and I do think the 3rd is the strongest of them all, but there's almost certainly some bias now that weaker later battles have snuck past against H v V battles. "
Hitler: 4
Vader: 4
Joan: 11
Cyrus: 1
Ghostbusters vs Mythbusters (85.3%) def. Abe Lincoln vs Chuck Norris (14.7%)
" Lincoln vs '2010 Chuck Norris memes' is a very early battle and it shows. "
" G v M is a strong battle with fun characters and a good 3rd battler that shut down both teams. AL v CN is a relic of its time that had Norris jokes as the height of internet humor. I don't think Norris could've been used for much better, but I'm very happy that Lincoln was saved from the hellhole that is "wasted in an early battle" that Khan/Gandalf/Dumbledore fell into. "
Ghostbusters: 4
Mythbusters: 4
Stay Puft: 1
Lincoln: 4
Norris: 2
Stephen King vs Edgar Allen Poe (71.6%) def. Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney (28.4%)
" Stephen King all day. The trochee scheme was smart though. "
" Why did you put these two together. An amazing classic and the other one with amazing lines and beats. Lincoln and King won " (The cruel nature of random choice)
" This is a hard choice. again, not put down any selection as I start typing. SK v EAP is a very good battle despite my dislike of EAP as an entity (grew up where he lived, enough talking about him already!). BO v MR is maybe the most memorable battle they've done with next to no mistakes or missteps - a hard thing for a political battle. I gotta give it to BO v MR, and honestly I haven't looked at the bracket but this might be the hardest battle for it IMO for most of the tournament. "
Poe: 6
King: 5
Obama: 5
Lincoln: 3
Romney: 2
Doc Brown vs Doctor Who (64.2%) def. Nice Peter vs EpicLLOYD 2 (35.8%)
" meh " (Well Said!)
" Never been a major fan of the IRL battles, sorry guys. "
Brown: 5
Who: 4
Peter: 4
LLOYD: 2
Eastern Philosophers vs Western Philosophers (78.9%) def. Babe Ruth vs Lance Armstrong (21.1%)
" Babe Ruth and Eastern Philosophers (wish ruth vs armstrong didnt have to lose so early 😭) "
" Kinda unfair to pit a major battle like the Philosophers one against a much more standard one, haha. For what it's worth, I feel Lance won his battle. "
" Ruth vs Armstrong has one of the best ERB verses of all time, Ruth's 2nd verse But Philosophers battle has several best verses AND one of the best cohesive narrative Simply put, Ruth vs Armstrong had one awesome part while the entire Philosophers battle was awesome "
Eastern: 5 (+1 Voltaire)
Western: 2 (+1 Sun Tzu)
Ruth: 8
Armstrong: 2
Frank Sinatra vs Freddie Mercury (86.2%) def. Nice Peter vs EpicLLOYD (13.8%)
" I come back to Freddie more than i do the other one. "
" NP v EL is a fun battle, but FS v FM is better. Peter and Lloyd clearly enjoyed playing their respective characters in it, and it holds up as an old battle where neither character feels wasted. NP v EL is a solid closer to a series but an alright battle. KassemG also kinda disappeared as far as I can tell, which dates the battle something fierce. "
Mercury: 11
Sinatra: 1
Peter: 3
LLOYD: 2
Mario Bros vs Wright Brothers (52.3%) def. Donald Trump vs Ebenezer Scrooge (47.7%)
" Not a fan of either of these, but Mario vs Wright is kinda infamously low tier. "
" The first time i watched this one i had no idea who Trump was. Wished it stayed that way. The battle is a great version of a Christmas carol. "
" A decent later battle up against a wasted earlier battle. Rhett and Link help this battle a ton, but the M & L side do disappointment to the characters, even if the goal was to show the silly Mario Bros movie style stuff. Both of these characters could've had better opponents (or even just against each other) with the better writing and abilities of a later battle, but they struggle in an earlier battle that really only is of note due to Rhett and Link representing the Wright Brothers well. "
Wright: 8
Mario: 3
Scrooge: 3
Future Ghost: 2
JP Morgan: 1
Kanye: 0
Trump: 0
Blackbeard vs Al Capone (62.4%) def. Ash Ketchum vs Charles Darwin (37.6%)
" The only reason I voted this one is because it’s one of the only battle I get every lines instantly. It was one of my first favourite battle so I gotta give it to AK VS CD. But the AC VS Blackbeard is one of the most quality one as well "
" Blackbeard vs Capone was an interesting gang type rap. The flows were great but it lacks some substance. I have it for Al Ash vs Charles was very clever, though I wouldn't have Ash represent Pokemon's "evolution" since he barely evolves his Pokemon anyway. I have Charles winning. "
" A hard choice to end it off! I'm a huge fan of Pokemon and love the genetics field, but the battle feels... weak. It's got the graphics and style of a later battle, but feels like an earlier battle for some reason. The B v AC battle is dated due to the AC stuff, but holds up despite that, IMO. It's close for sure, and AK v CD would've put up a better fight against most other battles, but B v AC takes it. "
Capone: 7
Blackbeard: 0
Ash: 6
Darwin: 2
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2020.07.09 10:11 Shy_Elk Answers to commonly asked questions on this sub.

If you have any additional questions (e.g. "How do I get into the lower weight classes?") then feel free to ask and I'll edit them and the answers in giving credit to both the person asking the question and the person answering (if it wasn't me).
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2020.06.18 19:38 Continuous-Metanoia FR: Rejection is Better than Regret

STATS (not asking for advice, but I thought I'd throw it up anyways for better context)

Disclaimer

I personally hold to a "Missional Dating" framework, which I realize can be quite controversial. When I was first saved I would have never dared to initiate with a non-christian woman. That weariness came from pastors who gave the classic "Proof Text"-- "don't be unequally yoked". That was my frame. My thinking has drastically changed both theologically and practically since those days.
If you want further reading on this subject, check out this post by OZ ---> https://www.reddit.com/RPChristians/comments/8r0c2l/theory_evangedating_aka_missional_dating/
Here's the quick and dirty version of that post:
"So, OZ, can Christians date outside the church or not?"
Yes. Christian men* can, but you probably shouldn't.
Wait. What?
Yes. I think that Christian men can date non-Christians but that it is a terrible idea for most of them because they lack sufficient frame.

Context

I became RP aware in late December 2019 and I've been slowly digesting the pill ever since. These past couple months I've gotten a better handle on building and maintaining frame, which from my understanding is the toughest and most crucial aspect of Redpill. Suffice it to say, now that society has begun to open back up, I've begun to open up my newly acquired social game as well.

Rejection and regret all in the same day! Oh my!

About a month ago I joined a new gym due to my original one not opening back up until now. Sweet gym; It's really got that grunge/bodybuilder feel to it. Definitely recommend these types of venues for muscle building. But that's besides the point.
Another great thing about this gym is a beautiful girl(HB8) that works the front desk. We immediately hit it off; we made small talk; I made her giggle. A week passed and I debated whether to ask this chick out, but I held off because of the old adage: "Don't @#$* where you eat" (I realize I'm not making money here, but the gains are just as necessary at the moment...DYELB??). Anywho, more weeks passed and more giggles were had, but I made a conscious decision not to pursue anything further unless the day came where she made it obvious that she was interested.
Well that day was yesterday. We passed by each other while I was working out and she initiated a conversation(obvious ioi). I made her giggle some more, but I let the conversation die off. She re-initiated 3 more times. (probably one of the biggest iois you can get). So...I asked her out. She responded, "I have a boyfriend" to which I said, "oh that's cool. I've never had a boyfriend, what's that like?" She giggled some more, we exchanged pleasantries and on I went with my workout. I honestly thought I'd feel more of a sting from rejection, but I was really just pleased to have the interaction under my belt.
A Few Hours Later...
I took a run on the towpath DOWN BY THE RIVER!! around 5pm (I was wearing a breathable patagonia shirt with a collar). I came up on a girl(HB8) on a bike probably going slower than 1mph lol. I thought it'd be amusing to run past her and shout, "Yes! I passed a biker! Mission accomplished!".
When I got in front of her she started a conversation with me:
Girl:"Hey hey! new to this path and new to biking".
Me: I said nothing.
Girl: "Hey, is this path a circle"
Me: "Not at all"... Chuckling
Girl: "I've never seen someone wearing a collared shirt while running before...kind of suspect."
Me: "I'm late for an appointment"
Her last comment was an obvious &%#$ test and also an invitation for me to stop and chat her up... But I chickened out and kept running. By the time I realized my mistake, she had already turned around and was long gone. I kicked myself all the way home (and am still a little salty about it lol) .

Takeaway

I'm grateful that these two incidents happened on the same day because it did a great job of juxtaposing my emotional reactions under a microscope. Never before could I say rejection is better than regret, because I was always in regret mode with no semblance of what rejection mode was like. Rejection>Regret is a tough concept to internalize when you're first starting out because of the fear of the unknown.
THE EXPERIENCE OF REJECTION
In facing rejection I'm prone to think these thoughts: what if she says,"no"?...What if this makes things awkward?...What if...What if...What if = beta. All of these factors are external in nature. I'm afraid that if I do follow through on my inclinations, if things don't go my way then the external factors will weaken my frame. In truth, when things don't go our way, our frame is weakened. Which is why it is our proclivity to avoid such discomfort.
Funny enough, rejection is by far the best way to strengthen frame. Just to give an example from my aforementioned experience; when the gym worker said she had a boyfriend, I responded by saying I never had one and wondered what it was like...kinda funny but kinda gay lol. Later, when I reflected upon the interaction I came up with a funnier response to future "boyfriend" rejections: "wow, you're the 7th girl today who has told me that".
Much like muscle building: what gets torn down, grows back stronger.
THE EXPERIENCE OF REGRET
On the flip side, in dealing with regret, there is also a lot of "What ifs"...but these are internal in nature. Now I'm stuck here thinking what could have been with Lance Armstrong's daughter...it's eating away at my frame = more beta. Although in the moment I felt like my frame was being maintained by not facing rejection, what I'm actually experiencing now is my frame atrophying.
Much like muscle building: if you don't use it, you lose it.

Further Reading

I heard about the Book of Pook a while ago, but stayed away because I heard it was extremely secular. But hey...the whole foundation of Redpill is secular and look how God is redeeming that work through this sub. He gives 15 lessons on dating and his first one is this: "Rejection is better than Regret". I highly recommend you give it a read, not only because it is down right hilarious but there is also a lot of nuggets of truth to be mined. Use discernment, and never forget that "The beginning of knowledge is the fear of the LORD". Here is the whole book on PDF ---> https://bookofpook.neocities.org/#ch-4
Cheers,
CM
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2020.06.09 10:22 RenaatVDB Johan Bruyneel on Lance Armstrong in Belgian magazine HUMO [Translated]

"When I needed someone during my depression, Lance was there The new and much-discussed documentary about Lance Armstrong proves once again: The Boss is one of the most fascinating and polarising figures in sports history. For some he is a psychopath, for others one of the best cyclists of all time. Johan Bruyneel, his former team leader with whom he still forms an inseparable duo, has done the same turbulent course as his poulain in recent years. He has fought a bitter battle, also with himself. But he has knocked off the dust. I'm proud that I'm still upright.
On the terrace of his house in a suburb of Madrid, Johan Bruyneel (55) improves the homework of his 11-year-old son Christian. In the background I hear daughter Victoria compellingly asking where the iPad charger is. They speak English with each other, I notice via the Skype connection. Only recently Bruyneel has been reunited with his children. They haven't seen or spoken to each other for more than two years: they are at the stake of a divorce with his ex-wife, who is staying in London.
BRUYNEEL "My family is the only thing that still counts for me. It feels great to have both my children with me. Finally. (sighs)
I'm a full-time housefather: I cook for them and we try to do as many things together as possible, to make up for lost time. Although, my daughter is 16: everything I suggest is boring or old-fashioned (laughs). (laughs) With Christian I go mountain biking every night. During the day, he takes the lessons from his school in London online."
HUMO On the footage you sent me, I saw that your son has the same graceful pedaling as you did back then. BRUYNEEL "I'm not objective, but I also think he's good on his bike. He doesn't want to race later, although he's looked at cycling races a lot in recent years - even my earlier victories. I'm only finding that out now."
HUMO What do you think of that new ESPN documentary about Lance Armstrong? BRUYNEEL "I didn't watch it: it would only ruin my day. I'm sick of having to listen to moral knights like Jonathan Vaughters or David Zabriskie (former Armstrong teammates, who were the first to testify about his doping, ed.). What they say is hypocritical. They wallow in a victim role and try to put their doping in our shoes."
HUMO Why is everyone still considering their version of the facts? BRUYNEEL "It's a mystery to me. Vaughters (now team leader, ed.) is now regarded as a great opponent of doping, while as a rider he was one of the biggest dopeers of the peloton. Yet he got away without a penalty. He was one of the key figures in the USADA-file (the investigation of the American anti-doping agency into the use of forbidden substances within Armstrong's team, ed.). You know, I didn't watch a single documentary on that whole USADA investigation, let alone read the books about it."
HUMO That does surprise me about the control freak Bruyneel. BRUYNEEL "All those stories have taken on a life of their own, and I've established that I no longer have any influence on them. It's been 21 years since Lance won his first Tour, and he's still a hot topic. Then it must be that we have realized something special, right? Lance is an unlikely figure, with a lot of charisma: he leaves no one untouched. Frank Vandenbroucke was also like that. It's just that with such strong personalities it's like this: you have to get into misery before people find you sympathetic. Which is a bit the case with Armstrong now. By the way, Lance and I have grown even closer as friends since the affair."
HUMO How do you explain that connection? BRUYNEEL "We're on the same wavelength. Men like Vaughters, Tyler Hamilton and George Hincapie are pussies, they're not men with balls. And I don't know much about that kind of crying. I just can't stand it. Even if my son starts whining for nothing while cycling, I get it. Lance is just like that. I'm sorry. To have the people's backing, you have to be a whiner. When I read the testimony in the USADA file, it seemed like I was constantly intimidating everyone. But I don't remember ever having done that. I did always say what it was like, and that they shouldn't be so childish and faint. I'm strict, but I'm just. And riders with problems could always count on my help."
HUMO 'Top sport is not for moral knights,' you once told me. BRUYNEEL (nods) "We wanted to win, and we did everything it took. In the period that we won everything, they once told me: 'Wouldn't you bring a journalist to training camp, that will improve your image'. But I always thought: I'm here to win, not to be liked. That turned out to be a mistake. Had we done it, it would have been spared a lot of misery."
HUMO Is this documentary Armstrong's way of getting back into the public's grace? Like his visit to Jan Ullrich last year, when he was in a rehab clinic in Germany? BRUYNEEL "No, you don't have to find a strategy behind it. And as for Ullrich: Lance really wanted to help Jan. There were disturbing reports. We consulted Ullrich's former teammate Andreas Klöden. He also said it was going to be one big catastrophe, with nothing but booze, drugs and whores. After he threatened a prostitute, Jan was admitted. Lance looked him up. When he came back, he was completely off the map: "Johan, he won't survive, he's going the same way as Pantani."
HUMO In the documentary he even started crying when he talked about it. BRUYNEEL "Those were sincere tears, he had just returned from that visit. You don't just fly there either, huh. He offered Jan to be treated in the United States."
HUMO 'I love him: Jan Ullrich was the most important person in my life,' Armstrong said. BRUYNEEL "We were only dealing with him. He was the only one who could beat us: physically he was Lance's equal. As a rival, he was also our biggest motivation: we went to sleep with Ullrich, and got up with him. It seems he's doing better now."
HUMO Lance Armstrong is a good man. BRUYNEEL "I'm sure he is. Even though some call him a psychopath or a narcissist. But you have to distinguish between the killer he was on the bike, and the person next door. Only his family and friends get to see that latest version. I assure you, with them he becomes someone completely different. He's done things for me the last few years that I'll never forget. When things got tough and I needed someone, Lance was there. As one of the only ones. Lance really wanted to help Jan Ullrich. After he went to visit Jan after his shooting, he was completely off the map. "Johan, he's not going to survive.
HUMO Has it been such a hard time? BRUYNEEL (quietly) "Yes, I've seen the bottom."
HUMO Did you need professional help? BRUYNEEL "Yes. And contrary to what you might expect from me, I didn't find that difficult. Once you've accepted that you have depression, seeking professional help is the same as going to the doctor for an ailment. Now I know what the signals are and I can pick them up."
HUMO How long did your depression last? BRUYNEEL "Years. It started about a year after the USADA investigation. I didn't feel like anything, everything was too difficult. Eventually I couldn't do anything, like there was a lead weight hanging around my shoulders: I slept all day. But at those difficult moments I learned: there is always a next level, both up and down. Now I'm on my way back up, I don't need antidepressants anymore. It's over."
HUMO Do you have an identifiable cause? BRUYNEEL "After the doping affair in 2012, my life collapsed like a house of cards. My marriage fell apart, I had a serious skiing accident, I was suspended for life and to the outside world I became a pariah - no one wanted to be associated with me anymore."
HUMO Did you come out of that period? BRUYNEEL "It's been a great life lesson. I learned to look at things differently: to put things into perspective, to enjoy small things. Like the beauty of nature. Actually, cycling has helped me on top of it. I had spent years in a bubble where all we thought about was winning - all the rest was subordinate to that. I do regret how we behaved. I behaved haughtily and arrogant towards a lot of people - like: 'We're here to win the Tour, what are you actually doing here'. If I could change that, I'd do it right away. It's the rush of success that came with me."
HUMO Can that damage still be repaired? BRUYNEEL "Our only real victims are Filippo Simeoni, Christophe Bassons (two ex-riders who were targeted by Armstrong after openly talking about doping in the peloton, ed.) and Emma O'Reilly (carer who was worn out by Armstrong for prostitute and alcoholic after testifying against him, ed.), but Lance and I made up with them. They also want the page turned. To the rest - people like ex-shift buddy Frankie Andreu and his wife Betsy (who were vetted by Armstrong after testifying about his doping, ed.) - we have no accountability. Just yesterday I got a message from Emma O'Reilly: she still feels bad about what happened. Her testimonies after her resignation as caretaker of our team have set everything in motion. She feels used now, and thinks we have been punished too severely."
HUMO There is also former teammate Floyd Landis who with his trial against Lance really started the downfall. The resentment at Armstrong remains great. BRUYNEEL "Also with me. He's the one who did the most damage. Landis makes all kinds of excuses, but it all felt very malicious. It wasn't: I'm going to sue them for the good of cycling. No, he deliberately wanted to damage Lance, and had personal gain in mind. As a rider, he was always angry with the whole world. He used that anger on the bike."
HUMO Just like Armstrong. In the documentary, his stepfather Terry Armstrong testified: "I drove him like an animal. In between, he regularly gave him a beating and taught him to win at all costs. Is that the explanation for Armstrong's legendary anger and steely character? BRUYNEEL "I think so. From childhood, Lance has always felt, "It's my mother and me against the rest of the world. He felt responsible for her and wanted to give her a better life. He had to find a solution for the bad situation they were in at a very young age. That forms someone's character."
HUMO You could tell from his eyes that he had changed, he seemed more humble. Although other passages showed the absolute opposite. BRUYNEEL (laughs loudly) "I see it like this! (laughs loudly) Lance has certainly come to his senses, and he's changed. But he'll be a league animal until the end of his days. In everything. You can't get that out. Eddy Merckx is just the same. It's got to be something small, they'll try to win."
HUMO A question they're throwing at everyone in the docu: when did you first take doping? BRUYNEEL "In my third year as a pro I rode the finals of a big race, and an old soigneur of the team told me: 'This is cortisone, the older riders take it all, the time is ripe for you too'. I immediately felt the effect, like when you drink a glass of beer for the first time: it goes straight to your head. Medication puts you in an incredible intoxication."
HUMO From then on, you lived with the lie. Did you have trouble with the double life you had to lead? BRUYNEEL "No, it was the normal thing to do. They didn't test for cortisone, so you couldn't get caught with it. It was doping, but in my head I didn't think so. Everything was also common knowledge in the environment: I experienced the riders coming to the race with a thermos full of ampoules of epo - there were no taboos. As a team leader it became very different from 1999: the outside world wasn't allowed to see it. But in the race everything stayed the same. When a rider from another team came over, he immediately asked: 'What about doping? A lot of questions came from journalists, but once you're in, it's hard to admit at a press conference that your team is doping".
HUMO There's a tragedy about the riders of the 90's and early 2000's. It seems 'a lost generation', because their performance is reduced to epo and blood doping. How are we supposed to look at that? BRUYNEEL "Very simple: all champions in cycling history were the best of their generation. In the 90's everyone had access to the same means: blood doping and epo. Greg LeMond always says: "I'm the only clean winner. Fat bullshit! He always drove for French teams, they were les rois de la cortisone. You can't imagine he never took anything, can you? He won from Hinault and Fignon, who admitted to taking. You can't beat world leaders who've doped themselves without taking something. But: LeMond was the best of his generation, just like Hinault, Anquetil, Merckx and Indurain. And so was Lance."
HUMO Armstrong would have won the Tour seven times without doping? BRUYNEEL "I'm sure of that, provided that the rest also rode clean. Everyone in cycling knows that doping hasn't made a difference. We have won all those Tours based on talent, vision, strategy and meticulous preparation. I recently saw a video in which Lance, as a 15-year-old, kicked the ass of the best triathletes in the world. I can't believe how talented he was. World champion Mark Allen said in the interview afterwards: 'He needs to keep his ego under control. And he was right, because the fire was already burning in Lance, that boy was full of swagger: 'I want to be the best in the world, and win everywhere'. The unique thing about Lance was that he was so strong, both mentally and physically. Why, unlike others, didn't we get away with it? Lance has won the Tour seven times: that's too much. And our arrogance didn't help either.
HUMO How did it feel then when everyone from the cycling world dropped you? BRUYNEEL "It's the hypocrisy that hurt the most. When I hear some ex-colleagues busy on television, I think: do what you want, but keep silent about doping. Take team leaders Marc Madiot, Vincent Lavenu and Jean-René Bernaudeau - the éminences grises of French cycling. They keep judging me on my past, but what they have done is supposed to be forgiven".
HUMO You once saw Marc Madiot put a syringe in the race, you once told me. BRUYNEEL "I drove my first foreign lap as a sophomore pro. I hung out completely between the follow cars, but did everything I could to finish that lap. The doping control was done by lottery draw, which they announced half way through Radio Tour. Madiot let himself down to the follow car of his team leader Cyrille Guimard, heard that he wasn't there, rolled up his sleeve and put a flechette, as they so beautifully said, in his upper arm. He drove to the front, and didn't come off his head anymore. That image has stayed with me all my life. And those are the men who continue to condemn me and Lance."
HUMO How do you explain that you didn't get away with it, and so many others did? BRUYNEEL "Armstrong won the Tour seven times. That's too many. And our arrogance hasn't helped either. If Lance had just kept quiet like the rest, nothing would have happened. Hinault, Fignon and Indurain were also once accused. Only they kept silent. If you counterattack, you create even more hostility. And at some point, you have to set an example, and that was us."
HUMO 'A convenient scandal', someone recently called thermstrong affair. BRUYNEEL "Apparently we are the big culprits of everything that went wrong in cycling. But now you have to explain to me what the difference is between me and Bjarne Riis. We are both from 1964 and have been racing in the same period. He won the Tour, but for the rest we were more or less on the same level. I competed with a Spanish team, he competed with an Italian team - in terms of doping there were no differences. Although: I never had a hematocrit of 60 (laughs). (laughs) Also as a manager we rode almost the same course. I worked with Ferrari, he worked with Fuentes. Only legally there's a difference: the Danish anti-doping agency respected the statute of limitations. That didn't happen to me, with the result that I was suspended for life, and he is still allowed to play along. Make no mistake, I'm happy for Bjarne: he's a good manager. It bothers me that Tour boss Christian Prudhomme and UCI president David Lapartient welcome him with open arms: 'He deserves a second chance, the facts date from a long time ago'. But it's also a good thing that he gets a second chance, because he won't make the same mistakes. Only his situation is the same as mine. If they want your head, you don't stand a chance. They shouldn't have Bjarne's: in Denmark they have too much respect for their Tour winner to take him off his pedestal. Two years ago I challenged my lifelong suspension at the sports tribunal TAS. I shouldn't have done that, because it cost me a fortune. I recently reviewed those bills from my lawyers: it made me sick, I'm not allowed to do that anymore."
HUMO Your generous pay from Astana back then came in handy. BRUYNEEL (waving away) "That money's long gone."
HUMO They did offer you a reduced sentence once. BRUYNEEL "In 2013, an anti-doping agency from a country I won't mention - I'll keep it in my book that will be published next year - proposed to reduce my life sentence to one year. In return, I had to give them incriminating information about an important person in cycling so they could nail him to the cross. I didn't do it, but I did play along to some extent. It didn't make much sense either: the WADA would still appeal against such a reduction in punishment. But I did keep a record of all correspondence and contracts, as evidence of what they are capable of if they want to catch someone. In the world of cycling, no proper justice is possible. Cycling is cleaner than it used to be, but in recent years I have seen certain things from the old box. Also with the 'pure' Team Sky.
HUMO What do you still dream of? Your expertise and heart are in cycling. BRUYNEEL "I don't want to become a team leader or manager again: I can't motivate myself for that anymore. But I can help cycling in other ways. I have experienced everything, including the period that should never come back. And poachers become the best forest rangers, right? Suspension or not, I'm still often asked for advice by people in cycling - riders, team leaders, riders and organisers. I certainly still have a value."
HUMO What role do you see for yourself then? BRUYNEEL "Maybe I can be a good UCI president. Why not? It's a utopia, I realise that. With my experience I'd do better than Lapartient, who hasn't done anything for cycling yet. I have volunteered in the past on UCI doping cases, and said everything I knew, but they ignored my advice. We'll see about that. I have a small company that I do sports consultancy, and it's running."
HUMO Do you still have contact with Michele Ferrari? Rudy Pevenage explained to Cyclingnews that he is still active under the euphonious nickname 'Testarossa'. BRUYNEEL "No, the contact has been diluted. I still think he is one of the most brilliant movement scientists the sport has ever seen. I don't know if he's still active, but it wouldn't surprise me: my advice is in demand, so I'm sure they'll step up to him as well".
HUMO And to Fuentes? BRUYNEEL "That could be, even if Rudy says not. I've read that interview too. He says in it that Lance and I incited Ullrich to do drugs. That's really from the lowest of the low. I can't take Rudy seriously anymore, he's bad."
HUMO He's annoyed that you were with the UCI. He's right about that, isn't he? BRUYNEEL "That's not right. It's true that former UCI president Hein Verbruggen wanted Armstrong to be on the throne. He wanted to make cycling worldwide grow, and he succeeded. But we were never protected: positive epo tests were never swept under the mat."
HUMO Didn't you give the UCI a machine to detect epo? BRUYNEEL "No. Bridges complained of a lack of resources at a meeting, and challenged Lance. "Do something with all your money back for cycling. Lance isn't from yesterday: it's always better to be on good terms with the big boss. He donated money, and he bought test equipment with it afterwards."
HUMO At the moment they are retesting on samples from the 2016 and 2017 Tour. BRUYNEEL "They probably check for ITPP and HIF's - products that stimulate the production of body epo. Where there is smoke, there is fire. When they test for it, they have information that it's been used effectively."
HUMO It's the aftermath of the doping case of Veerlass. BRUYNEEL "Which riders were involved in Veerlass? All unknowns. If they're taking it, what do you think the big riders are doing?"
HUMO There's a change in mentality in the current generation of riders, isn't there? BRUYNEEL "Change of mentality, all well and good. But if there really is a fight on the edge... You're always looking for something that makes you perform better than the rest. Whether it's material, medication or nutrition. I ate raw liver with salt, because I had seen Roger De Vlaeminck do the same on TV. Or I drank a small pulleke of champagne in the finals, like Freddy Maertens - but I could barely ride straight. Those are innocent anecdotes, but I want to say: competition changes the way you think. And you can be sure it's still being used today. I'm not accusing anyone, but the speeds are a lot higher than when everyone was at the epo."
HUMO I could call you cynical. BRUYNEEL "No, I'm not. It's really cleaner than it used to be, but I've seen certain things out of the old box over the last few years. Even with the "pure" Team Sky. Their asthma drugs are really much more than just a puffer. Their coach Shane Sutton has stated: 'We used the system as we could. Isn't that doping? The platoon is full of cunning guys. Once I felt like Tyler Hamilton had no problem, but he did take care of the doctor's car to get a prescription for a cortisone injection."
HUMO Hamilton could finish the Tour with a broken collarbone, and even win a stage. BRUYNEEL "That was a big farce. When he won that stage in the Pyrenees, he suddenly put his hands in the air at the finish line. You should try that with a broken collarbone. I know of no greater comedian than Hamilton."
HUMO How do you look at the world of cycling after all you've been through? BRUYNEEL "I think cycling is a reflection of life, but of hard life. You don't get anything there. You know, as a boy from Izegem, I dreamt of the race, and all those dreams came true. Then you can only be grateful. (Starts coughing) That's from my allergy. I'm gonna have to take cortisone."
HUMO Who wins the Tour? BRUYNEEL "Egan Bernal. Over the next few years, he's gonna be the best lap rider. A new, fantastic generation has emerged, including Tadej Pogacar and Remco Evenepoel. That boy is a phenomenon. Unseen. He will definitely win a big round. It's gonna be fun."
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2020.05.29 02:36 sonkkkkk Heads Up: ESPN+ has an impressive NHL Archive featuring historic games

Finished watching the Lance Armstrong 30 for 30 (fantastic) on the ESPN app and came across an NHL Archive ESPN+ is offering for those that have the subscription service.
Not only do they have games from this season (something NHL.tv can’t even give us), but they also have an archive of historic Stanley Cup games dating back to 1959.
Interesting to check out and who knows, maybe with a good amount of views, ESPN will be motivated to keep the hockey content coming.
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2020.05.27 16:41 Caman333 Biking with the Boyz and Lance is a Dirtbag

Wanted to call in to talk about this, but this may be a more appropriate place.
Let me start by saying everyone should get a bike and start party riding with your friends. No better feeling than the wind ripping through your hair as you crush a few claws with the boyz, while getting some "exercise" in for the weekend. Sure maybe the first few miles are a little rough but once that BAC starts to climb to 0.2% the miles fly by, and before you know it your shit faced at Wilmons passed out in a hammock and you biked 25 miles.
Tons of people shit on biking but it's actually a ton of fun. RAGBRAI is a giant party ride across Iowa every July (except this year, thanks Covid) and about 7 years ago we ended up parking our bus right next to Lance Armstrong's team bus. A couple of the females in our group went over to see if they could get a photo, and 5 mins later they come walking back with the One Nut Stallion himself. We then proceeded to play drinking games and let me tell you, Lance goes sooo hard. After about 1 AM some of the other teams were getting upset because Lance was riding around "tent city" drinking and screaming, "WAKE UP YOU PUSSIES IT'S FUCKING RAGBRAI". So that was kinda dope, nothing like getting turnt with a Biking legend, and finding out he parties harder than most people. Lance may be a cheater but I still respect the grind. An ultimate grind boi if you will. All I'm saying is just give party riding a shot before you poo poo it.
Now here is when I found out Lance is a real creep. In college I met a chick freshman year who worked as a bartender at a golf course in Iowa. She said that Lance Armstrong came in there once and started talking to her. He started asking very personal questions and tried to get her number, she said no because she was 17 and he was 40. Well our boi Lance wasnt going to give up there..... He found her on Facebook and would DM her asking if she wanted to have dinner or go out on dates when he was back in Iowa. She always would tell him no, but for 3 years every time he came to Iowa for RAGBRAI he would slide into her DM's seeing if he could score some young poon.

Sooo that's my Lance Armstrong story lol But it would be dope to see the boyz bar hopping on some bikes after this Corona Madness ends. Hell we could even get a backer party ride organized. Your boi would def travel to get fucked up on a bike with all the Backers. Anyways love you all.
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2020.04.23 01:55 MysteriousWritings7 Unusual Arrangements-- Chapter One

I was only twenty when I married Stephen Warburton, and let me tell you, it was not my decision. But I’m getting far too ahead of myself. My name is Teresa Mariana Reyna Quentin, or, should I say Warburton. My mother and father are Rosalie and Martin Quentin, old money diamond tycoons and very full of themselves, my mother especially. At least my father somewhat cared for me, but what with his business and dealing with the wicked witch who birthed me… He wasn’t what you could call the most attendant father. As for my mother who spent more time sneaking around with her plastic surgeon than raising her own daughter… She was nothing less than the definition of a whore. A beautiful yet hideous monster in a middle-aged woman’s body who dressed young in desperation to keep her youth. She was the entire reason that I was married to a privileged imbecile that I despised with every fiber of my being.
Stephen Michael Warburton… The man I had the dishonor of calling my life mate. On the surface he looked like Prince Charming from a storybook, but underneath he was nothing more than a snake. He was quite dashing with his platinum hair and icy eyes and perfect porcelain skin, but I’d seen underneath that flawless figure of his and it was horrible. He was spoiled and expected everything to be done for him. I thanked God that he even brushed his own teeth and dressed himself. He was constantly gone on business trips and hardly ever paid any mind to anything besides what he disliked when he returned home. I’m fairly certain he had flings during the majority of his trips, but I did not return his unkindness and kept myself faithful. After all, stooping to his level would’ve make me no better.
But that was before I’d had the honor of meeting him.
On this one particularly dull day I decided it would be nice to take a stroll along the street with my little Cocker Spaniel, Daisy. She stayed close beside me as we walked, holding her head high like the refined little lady she was. Her baby blue ribbon shone in the sun along with her glossy tan coat. The sun’s light filtered through the fence-guarded trees and made no sign that it would be dimmed, much to my dismay. I preferred days when it rained, as the dark melancholy of the sky often matched my mood.
Passing by the Kingsleys’ house, I waved at Reyna Kingsley who was placing a crown of daisies on her young daughter Matilda’s halo of copper curls. Reyna was decent company for me whenever I did not feel like going for a walk or heading into the deeper parts of the city, and she was always so cheerful it was difficult not to smile in her presence. She was a gay young woman only married five years to her kind-hearted husband, Lance, and marriage suited her quite well, as she seemed to grow more jubilant with each passing day. Her daughter took after her in form and face with a few hints of her father mixed in. Copper curls shinier than a new penny, green eyes darker than a forest, and skin soft and pale as a peach. Indeed, Reyna’s sweet disposition read clear on her face, and she was beloved by most everyone in the neighborhood of typically stuffy elite. She was also quite the attentive mother, always spending as much time with Matilda as possible and taking on her daughter’s schooling herself. She’d graduated from Harvard with highest honors, so who better to teach Matilda than her?
As I passed by I stopped for a moment and called Matilda over, allowing her to pet Daisy before continuing on. I admit that seeing that darling little girl’s face light up over my darling Daisy always made a pang of sadness run through me. I wanted a child of my own, but the day when I would hear such news from the doctor had not yet come, leaving me to be content with Daisy as my child instead. And so I spent my time spoiling her rotten and pampering her hour after hour. She loved me unconditionally, after all, so the very least I could do was return the favor. Stephen couldn’t stand Daisy or dogs in any sense, as he always thought them to be nothing more than chaos-causing nuisances, but he allowed me to have her so that I would have something to occupy myself whenever he was gone. He more than likely thought it better that a dog keep our bed warm than a man.
The sidewalk was mostly empty on this day, as many of the nouveau riche families we lived near preferred to keep to the inside of their lavish homes on hot days such as this one. There was very little in the way of old money in our city anymore, as many had moved and those who remained lost their wealth one way or another, making way for the young upstarts to come in and take over. Many of these people had pools on display in their yards, but they were mostly for show unless they had children to use them. Pools were as fashionable as parties, and it was always a battle for who could have the best of the best. One man on our block was so intent to win this unspoken contest that he had a full fountain installed in the center of his that shot jets that created ornate shapes every hour. Thomas and I had a pool as well, and I actually enjoyed using it for its intended purpose, typically spending my evenings just before dusk taking to the waters to relax myself before bed.
As I passed by the final house on the street before it opened up to the park I heard an unusual sound. It was one I’d heard many times before, as I’d made it myself every evening, but I’d never dreamed I’d hear it anywhere else. It was somebody leaping into their pool, and from the sound of things they were enjoying themselves immensely. Curious enough to investigate further I moved from the sidewalk to the lawn and approached the pool. A man who seemed no older than I was gliding through the water like a dolphin, his stokes slow and even and so precise it seemed he planned each one so meticulously it could not come across as anything less. He settled at one end after he’d gone a few laps and finally seemed to take notice of me snooping, and a curious sort of smile settled on his face.
The first thing I noticed was that he was rather handsome, but not in the way Stephen was handsome. His skin was tanned slightly and he had burnt dark hair that fell across his forehead only just short enough to see his eyes of amber fire. His body was quite muscular, and it was clear he took good care of himself. I suddenly realized I’d been staring for far too long and glanced away feeling my cheeks heat in embarrassment.
Seeming not to have noticed my improper behavior, the young gent lifted himself out of the pool and met me at the fence, his smile not having wavered once. God. He was even more beautiful up close, and I could see small dimples in his cheeks that did nothing to detract from his charming demeanor. “Hello, there,” he said genially. “How are you on this fine day?”
Finding myself grinning and flustered like a schoolgirl, I replied, “Quite well, thank you for your inquiry. I could ask the same of you?”
“Well enough,” he replied with a nonchalant shrug. “If I may ask what possessed you to come and peer over my fence this afternoon?”
I gestured to his pool, “Nobody ever uses theirs around here.” I thought it over for a moment before adding hastily, “Aside from me. I was wondering who might be breaking the unspoken rule of keeping their pools as decoration rather than a recreational device.”
He chuckled lightly and his shoulders shook slightly, “I never heard of this rule, though I did just move here from New York. Lovely place, albeit a bit too loud for my tastes.”
“You don’t like big cities?” I inquired.
He shook his head, “Never did care for them, but I couldn’t convince the little wife to stray too far from them. This was as small as she was willing to settle for.”
For some reason his mention of a wife deterred me from continuing to speak with him for a moment. I wondered to myself why I even felt deterred at all. This was only playful banter between neighbors, and I was doing nothing wrong by being friendly. After all, I was a married woman and he was a married man, therefore all conversation that was occurring between us was nothing more than innocent talk.
As though on cue, the woman whom I took to be his “little wife” appeared from within the house. She was shockingly dark, though it was clearly not her natural color, and she was shamelessly flaunting her perky little body in a two-piece swimming costume that was the brightest red I’d ever seen. She matched this color on her lips and the ribbon on her wide-brimmed white hat. Her long tresses of raven hair were curled tightly like minuscule springs, and her cat-like green eyes glinted with clear interest in me. She glanced between me and her husband in suspicion hidden under a bittersweet smile. “Nicholas, darling, who is this?”
I smiled and did my best to seem as non-threatening to this clearly territorial woman as possible, “I’m Teresa. I just came by to introduce myself.”
Nicholas looked to his wife and smiled in amusement, “She was curious because I was using the pool. Apparently they’re meant to be decorative rather than functional.” He looked back to me and gestured to his wife, “May I present my lovely wife, Clarissa Bellamy.” He glanced at her, “Are you coming in the pool today, dearest?”
Clarissa rolled her eyes, “You know I dislike swimming. Besides, it will ruin my permanent,” she said, patting her curls protectively.
I clasped my hands together, “Well it’s a pleasure to meet you both, and I’m pleased to be the first to welcome you to our neighborhood.” I paused, and for a moment an awkward silence fell amongst us. Clarissa seemed unconvinced by me, and even I felt as though I had something to hide with the way she was looking at me. “I’m hosting a party at the end of the week and I’d love it if you would both attend. You would have the opportunity to meet the rest of the neighbors.”
I was lying through the skin of my teeth and I knew it, and I couldn’t stand hosting parties, but I didn’t want this sprig of a woman to think I was flirting with her husband and it was the first thing to come to mind. Clarissa smirked at me as though it was so obvious I desired her presence at my insignificant little gathering, despite the likelihood that I had more wealth in my wedding ring than she did in her entire bank account. I admit I wasn’t exactly dressed like the daughter of a diamond tycoon at that moment, as I always preferred casual cotton dresses when I went out on walks.
“Well then we’d adore to come,” Clarissa said with smugness dripping from her every word. “I’m certain it will be quite the elegant soirée. What did you say your name was again? I’d know your address if you told me, as I’m always up to date on who lives where in my neighborhoods.”
“Teresa,” I replied, having to rely on every one of my manners courses from boarding school to feign pleasantry. “Teresa Warburton.”
Now I’m not typically the type of person to toss my husband’s name around like some rich snob, but Clarissa Bellamy had such an unpleasant air about her that I couldn’t help it, and the look on her face was more than enough to satisfy me. Even if she and Nicholas were new to this neighborhood they would’ve heard the name Stephen Warburton and heard about his even wealthier wife. Stephen and I were typically the topic of everybody’s gossip, as any rare parties we threw were considered to be the cream of the crop, and anyone invited to said parties were considered to be right up there with us with the honor of looking down upon their fellow neighbors. I always found it tiresome to deal with things so frivolous like social class, but Stephen always reminded me to keep up appearances and always persuaded me to throw at least one or two parties while he was gone. It was always something I deplored, but if Stephen came home and heard about what a charming hostess his little wife was while he was away… He was typically more agreeable before he had to leave again.
“Warburton? How delightful, isn’t is, Risa?” Nicholas said jovially, clapping his arm on her shoulder. He smiled at me and his teeth were brighter than my strings of pearls, “We’ve heard so much about your parties and Clarissa’s practically been dying to receive an invitation since we got settled in. What time will it be? We’d hate to be late.”
“Nine,” I said, immediately regretting my time choice. A nine ’o’ clock party meant it would run until at least two in the morning, and I’d be forced to keep faking smiles long after my patience had worn thin. But I didn’t take back my words, as I didn’t want to seem like a bore who threw parties in the midst of the afternoon and stopped them by early evening. No, that wouldn’t be very fashionable at all, and Stephen wouldn’t’ve approved. “Yes, nine, and it should run rather late depending on how many of the people I invite decide to come. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the two of you there.” I glanced at my watch and then made it seem as though I had somewhere important to be, “My apologies, but I’ve completely forgotten about my meeting with the decorators. I have to plan the color scheme for this party, though in all honesty I’ve decided on black and gold, but there’s simply too many different variations of the two colors that it’ll take me all day to just decide on one. Goodbye, and I’ll see you at the end of the week.”
I swiftly walked home and called a decorator who came posthaste. After all, one did not simply put a Warburton on a waiting list. I ended up deciding on old gold and ebony black for the color scheme, and the decorator said their team would show up on Saturday to get everything ready. I began to flip through the phonebook until I found a fairly new but fabulously popular caterer and ordered the most expensive of everything in their catalog including a marble tower cake that was over ten feet tall and thirty layers. Each layer would be frosted with bourbon buttercream and then exquisitely and excruciatingly decorated with black and gold fondant with the top layer being topped with a sculpted bottle of champagne that had been tipped over, leading to there being a cascade of sugar glass bubbles spilling out to the very bottom layer. It was decadent, it was over-the-top, and it would blow the last party I threw out of the water as usual.
Indeed, every time I threw another party it would be bigger and better than the last, leading to my reputation as the greatest hostess in not just my neighborhood, but the entire city. One party had a world-famous magician as entertainment, while another had an entire Broadway production be performed in my backyard. This time around I hired a troupe of world-renowned Barnum and Bailey acrobats to perform their flips and tricks above the heads of the party-goers. A giant fountain of rose champagne would be set beside the refreshments table outside, while inside there would be music pouring from every room as Louis Armstrong himself had been personally hired to play at my party. He’d done this on a few occasions and my guests adored him, and he and I had become rather good friends over the course of those chaotic gatherings. Anytime I needed him all I had to do was call. I had similar connections with some famous faces that crossed the silver screens such as Cary Grant and Claudette Colbert, although Cary hardly ever made an appearance at my parties as he was quite busy with his humanitarian projects… Meanwhile Claudette was more than willing to show up and mingle. Honestly I think she would’ve been insulted had I neglected to call her when I was throwing yet another one of my stylish sprees.
The week seemed to fly by and I already knew that the gossip of my latest party had been spread around our community. There were rumors about what phenomenal goings-on this one would entail. Who would be invited? What were they going to wear? What famous faces would be seen this time? What would the entertainment be like? But most importantly… How would the hostess present herself? I’d already planned for this and called in a favor with a a designer who I was a great customer of, Miss Madeleine Vionnet. She told me she would drop everything and make me the most stunning dress for my party, as anything I wore typically ended up being the talk of the neighborhood, and that lead to it being the talk of the city, leading it to Maddie being swamped with orders for custom dresses just like mine. She got free advertisement and new patronage, and I got fabulous gowns within a moment’s request.
The dress arrived early on Saturday morning, and it was everything I’d hoped for from Maddie. The softer than down black-and-gold fabrics were layered like petals on an elegant flower, and the dress slipped on my body as effortlessly as a teardrop down a cheek. The one thing Maddie could do that most people couldn’t was made me glad I had so much money to spend. Her dresses brought me so much joy and always made me feel so beautiful. I had my hair curled and pinned with citrine and onyx pins and had my face painted modestly. I never cared much for makeup but didn’t mind a little touch-up on special occasions like this one. Taking my newest purchase of a citrine necklace and fastening it around my neck I examined my appearance in my full-length mirror, making certain that nothing was out of place on me. No. I looked to be the epitome of perfection. Young, rich, beautiful… A woman every other girl envied to be and a woman every man who saw her wanted to be with.
I’ll admit that I was quite the pretty young thing in those days, and I was never too ashamed of that. I had a creamy smooth complexion and my face was the ideal oval shape. I swam and walked daily for my own enjoyment, but it also helped me keep my figure at the perfect range of a 6-inch wrist, 19 and 1/2-inch thighs, and a waistline of 24 inches. My eyes were always compared to a fine melted chocolate with a warm caramel center, meanwhile my hair was a deep merlot red. It was all part of keeping up with the idea that I was the perfect woman in her perfect marriage with her perfect husband. I put on my best smile and started for the stairs.
It was time for my party.
The guests all arrived promptly at nine, as nobody ever dared to be even a single second late to a Warburton party. Everybody who came in immediately began showering me with compliments about what a gorgeous party this was and how stunning I looked and how they were going to order custom gowns from Madeleine the moment they had the opportunity. I couldn’t help my smile turning genuine at Maddie getting a flood of new business. I traipsed around the house before deciding to make my way outside where the majority of my guests were admiring the acrobats flipping through the air and helping themselves to one glass of champagne too many. As I was about to take a glass for myself I felt a hand touch my shoulder.
I turned and was more than grateful to come face to face with Reyna, who greeted me with a rather loud and exuberant “Darling!” as we kissed one another’s cheeks in familiarity. “This is the best party you’ve thrown yet,” she proclaimed. “And you know the champagne fountain is always a favorite of mine.” She placed her hand on my shoulder and her smile dipped into concern, “But really, darling, you only throw parties like these when you’re upset. Tell me why.”
I shook my head at the notion, “I’m not upset, Rain, darling, just needed to fill my monthly quota. You know how Stephen gets. At least all of this will have people buzzing for a few weeks, and maybe he’ll be home by then.”
Reyna motioned towards the fountain, “Well I’ll be getting myself some more of this lovely rose bubbly. How you always know what to order for these darling get-togethers, I’ll never know. Come find me if you need me. You know how I adore our girl talks.”
I was actually grateful to get away from Reyna, which was more than a little surprise to me. I usually adored talking with her and going on and on about nothing and everything, but not tonight. Tonight I was hoping to see someone that I was shocked I even wanted to see to begin with. My mind was on Nicholas Bellamy, but try as I might I couldn’t find him anywhere. And then he ran into me, quite literally. From the looks of things we were both unhurt though rather shaken up.
“Mrs. Warburton,” he said with that smile I’d seen less than a week prior. “I’m dreadfully sorry about that. Are you alright?”
I kept my composure and nodded, “Yes, I’m fine, but thank you for your concern. I’m glad you were able to make it to my party.” I glanced over his shoulder expecting to see Clarissa not far behind him, but she was nowhere to be found. “Where’s your wife?” I asked a little too suspiciously.
Nicholas shrugged and gestured nonchalantly behind him, “Somewhere being envious about how amazing this party is.” He chuckled and I saw those dimples of his, “Between you and me she’s quite upset that you’re so popular for your soirées around here. That used to be her when we were still living in our old city. She’s not used to being beaten at something.”
I laughed at his playful banter, and for the first time in awhile I was happy to be in a man’s company. I spent most of the evening conversing with Nicholas while every now and again the stages of Reyna’s intoxication approached us to speak briefly before returning to her rose fountain heaven. I found out that Nicholas had made his money by investing in a little company that had managed to hit it big after the depression, and now he was set for life as one of its senior partners. As we spoke I noticed he wasn’t treating me like my other neighbors did, as they only complimented me on my dresses or my parties or my husband. He was taking the time for me to open up and be myself, which Stephan had told me repeatedly not to do, but I couldn’t help but be entirely genuine with Nicholas. There was something about him that was electric, and I felt myself being pulled to him like a magnet to a steel doorknob. And then I made a decision that would change things for me forever.
“Would you like to come over tomorrow evening and go swimming with me?”
Nicholas at first seemed a bit averse to my request, but that hesitation melted within a moment. “I’d love to. I’ll see if I can get Clarissa to come as well. About what time would you like me over?”
“Around seven, if that’s alright,” I replied. “I like to be in bed early.”
Nicholas chuckled and nodded, “Well you know what they say, “Early to bed and early to rise”
“Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” I finished. “Words I like to live by.”
“Well I should hope you don’t wish to be a man,” Nicholas joked. “As you are quite fetching just as you are now.”
I felt heat rising to my cheeks at Nicholas’s comment, and though I was certain it was meant to be nothing more than an innocent joke… I took it too seriously and hoped he had meant it seriously. Immediately guilt set in with me as I realized I was thinking such a thing about a married man… and me thinking such a thing as a married woman! But Stephan was never so romantic to say such things to me, and it always bothered me. I was his wife, wasn’t I? Why shouldn’t he tell me that he thinks I’m beautiful or that he loves me? Why shouldn’t I wish it of him? And now here I had a man in front of me that had given me such a compliment and I was acting as though I’d committed cardinal sin.
“Thank you,” I said as demurely as I could manage. “I hope you will bring Clarissa tomorrow. I think the more the merrier is the best attitude on such matters.”
Nicholas and I exchanged more idle prattle until the waves of elite began to ebb, and I bid him goodbye before heading upstairs to my room for bed. Reyna was sprawled out on my bed singing some song about the bright lights of Hollywood. I rolled my eyes and went about dressing myself for bed without giving her much mind. She often slept at my house for the night after a big party like this one, but I never minded much. After all, we were such good friends it was of no consequence to either of us.
I settled into bed, and Reyna muttered something that caught my ear, “You’re in love with Nicholas Bellamy…”
My previously half-closed eyes shot open as I looked at her, “What on earth are you talking about? I barely know the man, much less love him. Besides, haven’t you forgotten my wonderful husband?”
Reyna hugged me and stared at me as seriously as a person who’d had as much champagne as she had could, “Resa, lemme tell ju’ somethin’. In the year ju’ been married to Stephan, ju’ve been sooooo unhappy… But when ju’ was talkin’ to Nicholas… Ju’ was happier zan’ a clam. Ju’ need zomeone whoze gonna luuuuuuuve ju’.”
I scowled and did my best to cross my arms in Reyna’s embrace, “If you don’t stop speaking about such things I’ll put you out on the street and make you walk home.”
But I knew I wouldn’t, and so did Reyna. She snuggled closer to me and muttered something about me deserving real happiness. I ended up nodding off into a dreamless sleep and woke up to Reyna having disappeared. As usual Reyna had woken up and gone home before I did. I sat up and yawned, feeling Daisy beside me, and stroked her tawny ears. All day my mind wandered to Nicholas Bellamy and how he would be coming to my house to swim with me… with his wife… I repeatedly scolded myself and repeatedly felt very foolish. This was just a childish infatuation, and a very improper one at that. He was married and so was I, and I was fairly certain that he was happy even if I wasn’t.
With those thoughts running through my mind I’d lost track of time, only remembering the hour when I heard a knock on my door. I quickly changed into my swimming costume and rushed to meet my guests as one of the butlers opened the door. Nicholas Bellamy walked inside of my house… alone.
“Where’s Clarissa?” I asked stupidly.
Nicholas shrugged, “She can’t stand swimming, so she said to kindly refuse your offer on her behalf.”
Suddenly Daisy came running downstairs yipping excitedly and leapt into Nicholas’s arms, licking his face. I winced, half-expecting him to get after her as Stephen often did… But instead he cradled her in his arms and kissed her on top of her little head, petting her tawny ears and talking to her as though she were a darling little baby. I smiled in surprise and let out a small laugh, much to Nicholas’s intrigue. I was a bit embarrassed, but I wasn’t going to let it show.
“I haven’t seen any man give Daisy any positive attention in this house,” I said.
“Even when you have such an adorable little girl like this one?” Nicholas asked in surprise.
I shook my head, my smile falling a little, “Stephen dislikes dogs with such a fiery passion it’s a wonder Daisy doesn’t cause him to burst into flames.” I rubbed my arm, “He only let me have her so I’m not lonely while he’s away.”
Nicholas frowned, “He seems to be the type to dislike small fluffy things, doesn’t he? Quite a hard-looking man if I’ve ever seen one. What on earth do you see in him?”
I forced a smile as I started for the pool, “He’s a good man, really, just a bit harsh on first impressions. You really have to know him to love him, just as I had to,” I lied. “Would you like something to drink or are you alright?” Ever the pleasant little hostess, I thought bitterly.
Nicholas shook his head as we filed outside, “No, thank you, I make it a habit not to drink more than one night a week, and last night was it for me.” He eyed my pool, and despite his cool demeanor I could tell he was impressed by it.
My pool was the one thing I took great pride in, as it was the largest in the neighborhood and was very nice to swim about in. It was nowhere near as showy as some of the others, but it was over ten feet deep and had a sizable diving board that I typically spent the evenings springing off of. My love of swimming and diving came from me doing it professionally in college, and my adoration of it never faded. Keeping myself in practice was the best way to stay connected to those carefree days before I was forced to marry. I never even got to finish all four years that I wished, so I was stuck with an unsatisfying associate’s degree. But at least I got to experience what college was like for a short time. That’s always what I told myself to make myself feel better about not even being allowed to live the life of my choice once I was out of my wicked mother’s clutches.
I climbed the ladder and stepped out onto the diving board and jumped off, doing a twist as I landed in the water with nary a splash. I came up and looked at Nicholas expectantly, and he gave me a playful smirk that sent shivers down my spine. He climbed up the ladder and leapt from the board, splashing loudly and sending me across the pool. I quickly swam back over and splashed him playfully, to which he responded with an enormous wave. Soon enough we were in the midst of an unspoken diving and splash battle, and by the end of it we were both sitting on the pool steps and talking about nonsensical drivel. It was nice to have someone to talk nonsensical drivel with besides Reyna. Stephen hardly ever wanted to talk about little things. He was always thinking of the “big picture” as he called it.
Nicholas must’ve noticed the dip in my mood because his brow furrowed and he asked me, “What’s wrong? You’ve gone all quiet.”
I shook my head, “Thinking about my husband. How he never does anything like this with me.”
“You don’t really love him, do you?” Nicholas asked seriously.
Tears slipped down my face as I felt a release of pent-up emotions. “No, I don’t! I’m always forced to hide it from everyone. To be the perfect little wife who has the perfect marriage with a perfectly loving husband who’s faithful and attentive, but I don’t! I have nothing but miserable parties and endless supplies of champagne to empty my sorrows into night after night when in reality I can’t stand any of it! I’ve always hated those ridiculous parties and how Stephen is so cold towards me! I’ve tried so hard to love him, but it’s physically impossible to love a man who’s heart is as icy as his!”
I broke down and sobbed into my hands, and in a moment Nicholas wrapped his arms around me and hugged me close to his chest. We sat that way for what seemed like hours, and my audible cries sank into quiet sniffles and then finally disappeared entirely. Now I could comprehend the feeling of Nicholas’s warm skin pressed against me, and how his strong arms encircled me in comfort. Stephen never comforted me when I cried. Stephen never even cared when I cried. He would tell me to make sure my eyes weren’t puffy before I left our room and to reapply my makeup properly… But to show me real compassion? I’d found out that would be impossible.
I looked up at Nicholas, his amber eyes shining in the light of the stars above us, and without a second thought I kissed him. I kissed him and he kissed me back, cupping the back of my head with his hand and sending the warm feeling of affection through me. I suddenly broke away from his lips, coming back to my senses, and I shook my head in an attempt to clear it. “No…” I muttered. “This is wrong. You’re married. I’m married. I should never have invited you over. I should have—”
But his lips closed the distance with mine and silenced me, and I couldn’t stop myself. To be kissed because a man wanted me rather than to keep up with appearances… To feel what it meant to be desired… It sent ripples of joy through me, and I didn’t want this moment to end. The next thing I knew Nicholas was carrying me to bed, and what we did I had no regrets about. Was it horribly immoral and completely wrong? Yes. Would I have done any different if my mind was in a better place? No. No, I would have done nothing different and made no other choice than what happened between us on that night. I also had no idea it would cause so much trouble in the long run, but that trouble would soon rear its ugly head in a most cruel way.
When we awoke the sun was shining brightly through the gaps in the curtains, and for a few minutes I was in a naive state of euphoria at the fact that I was in Nicholas’s warm and loving arms. That all disappeared in no less than a second after I’d realized what we’d done. I sat up in a panic and began to fumble around for my clothes. So many thoughts were running through my head at once, “I can’t believe we did that. If Clarissa finds out…” I gasped, “If Stephen finds out! God, I’ve tried so hard! We haven’t even been married a year and I’ve been unfaithful! What on earth can we do?!”
But Nicholas seemed less than concerned with the situation at hand. He drew me in close and kissed me for a moment before pulling away, and then I saw that smile that gave me the impression he had a plan. “Nobody is going to find out anything, Teresa. Not Stephen, not Clarissa. No one. We’re going to keep this our secret. After all, for all anybody knows I’m just another friend of yours that can stay the night like Reyna does, right? Nobody will talk because of you. Because of your perfect reputation with everyone around here. You know nobody would dare to say anything against you because of how perfect you appear to them.”
I was skeptical, and I could tell Nicholas knew it. He sighed, “I know you must be worried, but I don’t want to stop seeing you, and I have a very good feeling you don’t want to stop seeing me. So we see each other on the sly under the guise of good friends meeting up to blather about boring things like parties and plays.”
I hated to really admit it to myself at the time… But Nicholas was right. Everyone in the community thought I was some sort of paragon of virtue, and if they didn’t suspect Stephen of being unfaithful… I was bound to be even better off. Nicholas and I could see one another as often as we liked with no consequences. That meant that we could continue such amorous encounters if we so chose… And in my mind I was playing with the idea that very minute.
At that moment Nicholas leaned forward and kissed me, and though it was brief I felt the same warmth that I had the night before. This was something special, and to let it just slip through my fingers wasn’t what I wanted to do. Right then and there I decided I wanted Nicholas in my life just as much as he wanted me in his. There was something between us, whether it was love or just infatuation didn’t matter to me. I just wanted to be given some sort of affection from someone, and Nicholas was right there to be that spark that I so desired.
But that spark would soon be fanned into a flame that I wasn’t at all ready to fight.
Nicholas and I were as careful as we could be with our whirlwind of a romance. He would stay the night under the guise of us getting a drink and swimming once a week. We were spending so much time together I’d even fallen under the habit of calling him Nick, and he called me Resa. Because of his choice to only drink once a week it was easy to slip under the noses of his wife and the other nosy neighbors. They assumed we were good friends and talked about the most boring of things. Reyna helped in this aspect, having told the neighbors she often was there with Nick and I when we were talking and it couldn’t have been duller. She said she’d seen more chemistry between the soaked kitchen floor and a sponge, which was perfect. Reyna was just as much of a paragon as I and her word was just as rock-solid, thus eliminating what little suspicion there may have been about my affair.
I knew it was wrong to sneak about in such a manner, and it was against the Bible to do so. I was a devout Christian and had my qualms with my decision to continue seeing Nick, yet at the same time I wanted nothing more than to fall into his arms anytime I saw him. I had quite a time keeping up the act that we were simply good friends, as we had to sneak around even the servants each time he stayed the night. They would surely have told Stephen about us had any of them ever caught us. Yet they never did, and for weeks we were happy to enjoy one another’s company in several different ways… I didn’t want to admit it to myself, as being married meant this was even worse than just an infamous affair, but… I was falling in love with Nick, and he was falling in love with me, too. I knew this because he told me so during one of our nights together, and in moments of true passion one can never really attempt a convincing lie.
“I want to be with you and only you,” he muttered into my ear.
I snuggled closer to him and relished in having his arms around me, “I want to be with you, too.”
Nick opened his mouth but hesitated to speak, unsure of what his words would mean to me. “I… I love you, Teresa. I love you and I never want to part with you now that I have you.”
I smiled and kissed him lightly, “That will never happen. I’m intending on staying here like this with you for as long as I can.”
He drew back from me suddenly and sat up, “I have something for you. I’d like you to wear it always.” He slipped out of bed and fumbled for his trousers on the floor before coming back with a small box in his hand. He opened it and I saw the most beautiful ring that I’d ever had the honor of laying my eyes on. The metal was silver and the setting was a large rectangular-cut emerald. He slipped it onto my middle finger and kissed my hand. “This was my mother’s wedding ring. She told me to give it to the girl who I thought deserved it the most.”
“Why not give it to Clarissa, then?” I asked, unable to sheathe my curiosity.
Nick shook his head and sighed, “I married her for the same reason you married Stephen. Money. She was a rich girl and her father had the company I now own in its entirety. Clarissa took a fancy to me while I was still an underling and I had a choice to make. Marry her and inherit everything or refuse her and be fired. Naturally I had no choice but to decide on the former. Now she’s tired of me but won’t divorce me out of materialistic obsession. I’m worth no more to her than one of her diamond necklaces. She doesn’t even know this ring exists.” He touched his forehead against mine, “And as far as I’m concerned… you are my real wife.”
I looked down at the ring and then to Nick… And the most saccharine smile spread over my face as I kissed him, “You are my husband, Nick, and I’ll never take the ring off. Ever. I promise you.”
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2020.04.18 09:44 autobuzzfeedbot 31 Famous Couples Who Dated And Broke Up Without Us Ever Knowing They Were Together At All

  1. Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
  2. Tom Cruise and Cher
  3. Kaley Cuoco and Henry Cavill
  4. Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson
  5. Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey
  6. Ryan Reynolds and Alanis Morissette
  7. Lizzy Caplan and Matthew Perry
  8. Courteney Cox and Michael Keaton
  9. Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling
  10. Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts
  11. Jason Segel and Michelle Williams
  12. Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift
  13. Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr.
  14. Chris Pine and Zoë Kravitz
  15. Anne Hathaway and Topher Grace
  16. Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele
  17. Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz
  18. Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson
  19. Madonna and Tupac
  20. Penélope Cruz and Orlando Bloom
  21. Drew Barrymore and Justin Long
  22. Keira Knightley and Jamie Dornan
  23. Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy
  24. Wilmer Valderrama and Mandy Moore
  25. Britney Spears and Colin Farrell
  26. Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan
  27. Rihanna and Shia LaBeouf
  28. Ashley Olsen and Lance Armstrong
  29. Nick Cannon and Kim Kardashian West
  30. Aubrey Plaza and Michael Cera
  31. Last but not least, Jaden Smith and Kylie Jenner
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2020.03.12 16:59 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Nov. 2, 1987

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
FUTURE YEARS ARCHIVE:
The Complete Observer Rewind Archive by daprice82
1-5-1987 1-12-1987 1-18-1987 2-2-1987
2-9-1987 2-16-1987 2-23-1987 3-2-1987
3-9-1987 3-16-1987 3-23-1987 4-6-1987
4-13-1987 4-20-1987 4-27-1987 5-4-1987
5-11-1987 5-18-1987 5-25-1987 6-1-1987
6-8-1987 6-15-1987 6-22-1987 6-29-1987
7-6-1987 7-13-1987 7-20-1987 7-27-1987
8-3-1987 8-10-1987 8-17-1987 8-24-1987
8-31-1987 9-7-1987 9-14-1987 9-21-1987
9-28-1987 10-5-1987 10-12-1987 10-19-1987
10-26-1987 - - -
Rewinder note: I won't be posting any rewinds next week. It's my university's spring break, but with the whole COVID-19 situation I have to use the time to convert all my classes into online courses, so I won't be on reddit much and won't be able to do posts. We'll resume Tuesday the 24th.
  • With all the Starrcade/Survivor Series coverage, there hasn’t been a lot of space to devote to the annual Japanese tag team tournaments occurring in late Novembeearly December. New Japan will start the Japan Cup tournament on November 9, with the finals on December 7 in Osaka. There will be a round robin format with points (5 for pin or submission victory, 4 for a win via dq or countout, 2 for a draw, 0 for any kind of loss or a double dq). Last year they made it so any match that ended in a double countout had to be restarted and fought to a finish. The only foreign teams to be invited are Ron Starr & Ron Ritchie and Dick Murdoch & Scott Hall. The only other announced team is Mr. Pogo & Kendo Nagasaki. Dave figures a list of possible pairs and speculates this will be the most stacked tag team tournament in Japanese history. All Japan, meanwhile, has their Real World Tag League opening on November 21 and concluding on December 11. This will also be a round robin, but no matter how you win you get 2 points for winning, while a draw or double count out gets 1 point, and a loss or double disqualification gets 0 points. This tournament won’t have the winners go on to a championship match like New Japan’s, but the tournament looks very predictable and the moment the bracket is announced it should be easy to figure out what the finals are and make a solid prediction of the eventual champion. Foreign teams will include Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy, Bruiser Brody & Col. DeBeers, the Funks, Abdullah the Butchet & TNT, the Youngbloods, and Tom Zenk & Terminator. The Japanese teams are not definite, but PWF World Tag champs Tenryu and Hara are definite. Jimmy Snuka was supposed to team with Brody, but looks like he’ll be touring New Zealand during this period instead. Both of these tournaments are part of what is traditionally the hottest time of year for business in Japan.
  • In addition to Starrcade and Survivor Series, AWA and WCCW will also be holding Thanksgiving events. World Class’s annual Thanksgiving show will be at Reunion Arena in Dallas and AWA will have a big show at the Minneapolis Auditorium. Dave expects some changes to the New Orleans and Greensboro cards for Starrcade, and Starrcade has reached availability for about 10% of the number of homes Survivor Series will be available in. With Starrcade set to start at 5:00 pm Eastern and Survivor Series set to start at 7:30 pm, Starrcade has to end before Survivor Series starts. Survivor Series needs to end by 9:45 pm for an encore broadcast at 10 pm, but the problem for WWF may be stretching a four match show to last that long. Even with all the hype, Dave thinks WWF will be lucky to do a quarter the ppv business of Wrestlemania (which would still be $2.5 million, so a very good amount). Realistically, JCP can expect optimistically around $400,000 gross for ppv, which would probably not be terribly profitable. Last year, with closed-circuit and live gates, Starrcade grossed over $900,000, and even with double the closed-circuit locations it doesn’t look like it’ll be easy for JCP to exceed that.
  • It looks like WWF and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission could be gearing up for a fight. WWF is behind the recent movement to deregulate pro wrestling in Pennsylvania, and it looks like the commission is retaliating by decreeing that all referees and ring announcers for wrestling shows must be provided by the commission. Previously, both WWF and JCP would use commission referees, but guys like Mel Phillips and Howard Finkel would do ring announcing and referees employed by the promotions would handle main events. The October 10 WWF show at the Spectrum was not approved by the commission until October 6, and according to Linda McMahon, the commission at one point made a threat that state police would close the event if it proceeded without state sanction. The commission had denied approval to WWF with a claim that WWF “hadn’t responded to letters requesting information about television broadcast revenues” and that, upon receipt of the information they gave approval. In McMahon’s statement, she said from a WWF perspective, state regulation is simply no longer appropriate. The commission argues deregulation would turn pro wrestling into blade city and cost local jobs, and that the very nature of pro wrestling makes regulation necessary. The first show to be affected by all this was the October 24 NWA show in Philadelphia during the Ric FlaiNikita Koloff main event. Commission referee Dick Kroll refereed his fourth match in a row during the thirty minute main event (and two of the earlier matches had gotten quite wild and necessitated he run around quite a bit) and completely screwed up the finish. Fans report he was obviously exhausted by the end of the match, which saw Koloff get disqualified for flipping Flair over the top ropes. Kroll raised Nikita’s hand three times while telling ringside officials that Flair was the winner, which may not sound that bad on paper but fans say it was pretty awful in person.
  • Gill Cable out of San Jose will be carrying Starrcade live on Thanksgiving afternoon. Dave is organizing a watch party “for those of you wishing to alienate your families for life.”
  • The top rumor in wrestling is the possible merger or buyout of AWA and Memphis. Negotiations have taken place that, if concluded, would give Jerry Jarrett control of the ESPN tv slot, which would probably be the best news in the western hemisphere for a lot of fans. No verified reports have come in yet that any deal has been completed, though.
  • Dave expects to have to wait another week for the full story, but basically UWF is on life support as a circuit and the Crocketts are about ready to pull the plug. They may keep the name around for unification matches, but Dave believes we are no more than a few weeks out from the termination of the circuit as even a semi-separate entity. Most of the low-card UWF guys were let go effective the first week of November, though there are conflicting reports on names right now. What Dave does know is that all the prelim guys, with the possible exception of Road Warrior Animal’s brother Terminator, will be gone by Starrcade. Eddie Gilbert is out as booker, but remains as a wrestler. Expect more names gone soon.
  • It’s official - the second NWA ppv will be on January 24, 1988, out of Nassau Coliseum and will be the finals of the Bunkhouse Stampede. It will feature all the wrestlers who win the Stampedes in December and early January, and Dave guesses another big unification match will be featured as well.
  • A note on Wilbur in NWA/Crockett. They’ve got him doing a farm boy hick gimmick and are billing him from Hayward, California. Hayward isn’t exactly Mud Lick, Kentucky. It’s a San Francisco suburb and not remotely agricultural. Dave says they should have at least made him from Turlock.
  • Numerous departures from Memphis: Brickhouse Brown, Don Pass, Pat Tanaka, Paul Diamond, The Nasty Boys, and Tracy Smothers. Brown and the Nasty Boys were expected. Brown got heat, but couldn’t translate that into drawing power. Meanwhile, Dave says the “Nasty Boys wrestled more like Nasty Girls.” Smothers had been planning to leave for a while to go to Alabama and re-form his team with Steve Armstrong (who just left Alabama). Tanaka had a disagreement with management. No idea what happened with Bass and Diamond, but Diamond and Tanaka could make a promotion some good money as a mid-card tag team.
  • Hector Guerrero and Dr. Diablo (Carl Styles under a mask) won the AWA Tag Team Titles from Bill Dundee and Jerry Lawler on October 19. Dave thinks something fishy’s happening, because he doesn’t think AWA management knew this was going to happen given how they’re billing Lawler and Dundee defending against the Midnight Express (the AWA Midnight Express with Paul. E. Dangerously) on ESPN on October 30. Maybe Lawler and Dundee will regain the belts on the 26th of October in Memphis in the rematch, Dave muses. Dave muses correctly.
Hector Guerrero and Dr. D give a promo ahead of their tag title match
  • Rocky Johnson is still around in Memphis, but he doesn’t appear on television and only works the openers.
  • World Class may be attempting to kill itself by booking dates all around the country. They’ve got a December 10 show in Chicago just a couple weeks after Starrcade; November 14 at the Sam Houston Coliseum (if Hulk vs. DiBiase can’t draw 4,000 here, Flair vs. Windham can’t draw 2,000, what the hell can Al Perez draw?); dates in Birmingham; Hollywood, Florida; St. Louis; and at the Omni in Atlanta. The Omni show is billed with Perez vs. Matt Borne for the WCCW Title in the headliner. They’re also advertising Bruiser Brody (who will be in Japan and won’t make the show) vs. Iron Sheik. They also happen to be booking Mil Mascaras for the show, though they’re billing him as Mils Mascaras and after being around 23 years and being a legend for most of those years you’d think they could spell his name right.
  • WCCW’s October 17 Cotton Bowl show drew 3,700 fans (out of 80,000 seats) and $48,000. At least Kerry, during his brief run-ins lately, has moved well and shown no signs of problems. On the flip side, wrestling a regular schedule doesn’t seem like the best idea for him, and he may be risking a lot for the sake of ego and fan support. Dave understands that a guy’s gotta eat, but it’s another thing to build the promotion around him and prime him for a World Title run when working full time could make a big setback more likely than not.
  • WWF is suing Tom Zenk for $100,000 for breach of contract.
  • Several weeks back in Boston the Davey Boy Smith/Hercules Hernandez match ended abruptly because Davey Boy separated his shoulder. It caused him to miss about a week.
  • No confirmation, but rumors are flying that Wrestlemania IV will be at the Superdome in New Orleans. Guess McMahon isn’t afraid of a challenge, considering New Orleans is where Orndorff and Hogan only drew 2,000 in the midst of their feud where they were selling out everywhere else.
  • Leilani Kai and Judy Martin have bleached their hair, taken on Jimmy Hart as a manager, and been renamed the Glamour Girls. Dave says he’s going to make no wisecracks here so you have to guess what he’s going to say. If you’re wondering, Dave’s nickname for them going forward will be the Glamour Ghouls.
  • Chigusa Nagayo beat Yukari Omori to capture the WWWA World Title in All Japan Women on October 20. The death match lasted 18 minutes and saw Nagayo also put up her All-Pacific title. After the match, three-time World judo champion and former UWA Women’s World Champion Shinobu Kandori (whose multiple retirements this year you can read about in previous rewinds) came out and challenged Nagayo. On the same show, Bull Nakano and Condor Saito beat the New Yorkers (Yumi Orgura and Kazue Nagahori) for the WWWA World Tag Titles.
  • [AJW] Devil Masami will have her retirement match on December 16, challenging Nagayo for the World Title. Masami just turned 26 and has thus come up against All Japan Women’s mandatory retirement age and is being forced to leave the group. If she can get booked in North America, Dave expects her to start working for Stampede or WWF beginning in March.
  • [All Japan] Yoshiaki Yatsu will return to team with Jumbo Tsuruta to challenge the Road Warriors on October 30 and 31.
  • Dave saw Brody’s appearance in All Japan on October 6. Brody was in for maybe a minute during the middle of a six-man tag match, and he threw some nasty kicks at Tiger Mask II . Tiger kicked back a few times, but Brody caught his foot and blocked, and Dave says it was a total shoot for the brief minute. Brody also kicked Takagi so hard for a shoot that Takagi went down like he took a bullet.
  • [NJPW] The Choshu/Fujinami team broke up on October 19 after beating Inoki and Keiichi Yamada. The match lasted only a bit over a minute and ended with Choshu lariating Yamada. Inoki then challenged the two to a handicap match and got destroyed for four minutes until the two started their break up angle due to ego issues. Fujinami had Inoki pinned, but Choshu pulled him off because he wanted to beat Inoki. Then he had Inoki in the scorpion deathlock, and Fujinami punched him to break the hold. So now we have Choshu (with Super Strong Machine) vs. Fujinami (with Kengo Kimura) as a new feud.
  • [NJPW] Dave finally saw a tape of the Inoki/Saito jungle match and understands the ratings issues. The idea was good, but two hours of restholds and no noise is nobody’s idea of entertainment. Lots of blood, but that didn’t help. Dave figures most people just fell asleep, because he fell asleep several times watching the match. It’s a big shame that New Japan put such a poor show up for their attempt to put on a big show, because they stood to make a lot of new fans if the show had been good. Before the Choshu/Fujinami match on that show, they showed clips from 1983 of Choshu pinning Fujinami, submitting Maeda, and getting pinned by Inoki, so great job killing your angles.
  • Chris Benoit and Hiroshi Hase are leaving Stampede following the October 23 show to go be in New Japan’s tag tournament.
  • Once again, Dave goes over award categories. For Most Unimproved, this is for those who have fallen farthest over the past year and no longer live up to their reputation. Dave thinks Butch Reed seems an obvious choice, maybe Buddy Landel or George Takano. Terry Gordy started the year as a top five guy but he’s nowhere near that now. Yoshiaki Yatsu and Dynamite Kid are also possible choices. For Rookie of the Year, Dave defines a rookie as someone who started full-time for a major promotion after September 1, 1986. Brian Pillman and Biff Wellington are obvious picks - Pillman is an outstanding athlete, and while Wellington is a job guy he makes very few mistakes, takes solid bumps, and does his moves well. For third, Dave picks Shane Douglas. For Worst Television Show, Dave thinks Deep South and Central States are the ones clearly competing based on production values. Central States has such horrible lighting that when Rufus Jones wrestles, his opponent looks to be wrestling an invisible man. On the flip side, World Class has good production but bad wrestling, but worst of all it has bad announcing, Fritz’s Corner, and so much self-righteous fellating of the Von Erich family that it can’t be anything but Dave’s pick for worst. The poem for Mike Von Erich during the Texas Stadium show earlier in the year just cements it.
  • The Midnight Rockers are gone from Alabama. They had a pretty good non-title win against the Russians (then-AWA Tag Champions) and were apparently being set up for a series of tag title matches, but that seems to have fallen through (plus the Rockers are gone anyway). One thing that bugs Dave is that every Rockers tv match has Gordon Solie bringing up an “interesting story” about Shawn Michaels’ background, but never completing the story because “we don’t have time to go into it here.” Every time, either the action picks up or a guest commentator interrupts, and Gordon never returns to the point. This past week, he made it just a little farther and now we know the story is from when Shawn was three years old, but now that the Rockers are gone we’ll never know what it was.
  • [Alabama] The Bullet lost the Alabama Championship to Tony Anthony. Anthony’s valet (who has no name) used some “S&M accoutriments” [sic] and hit the Bullet with them, leading to him being counted out. There’s a belief that wrestling fans come to see sex and violence, but when promotions get hot it’s kids and teens who make up the biggest audience gains. Dave just doesn’t get why do something like this which would turn off parents and have them keep the kids home. Judging by how low the attendance is in Birmingham, Continental could use all the extra fans they could get.
  • Dave Manning ran a tour in Israel that ended this past week, but he and Lance Von Erich weren’t allowed to leave the country. Dave’s heard a lot of stories, but the consistent story across accounts is Manning had some kind of incident on a previous tour he had managed for World Class, and that they are being held in relation to that.
  • World Class had the worst attempt at a body slam Dave’s seen in the past three years recently. Kerry Von Erich was supposed to slam Ted Arcidi, but either Kerry couldn’t support his weight or Arcidi has the worst timing ever. Ted jumped three times into the slam before Kerry was ready and it looked awful. It really says something about WCCW that they're pushing Kerry to keep going. The previous worst body slam Dave had seen was Pirata Morgan climbing up Giant Baba’s shoulders, turning around, and falling to take the bump.
  • Japanese comedian Takeshi Kitano is apparently wanting to start his own promotion. Reports have Masahiro Saito joining him and booking American wrestlers for him. Kitano is very famous in Japan and could get the money and tv time for his promotion if he wants.
  • Akira Taue makes his All Japan debut on November 7.
  • Chris Benoit will wrestle in Japan under the name Dynamite Chris.
  • Roddy Piper has the lead role in upcoming movie *Hell Comes to Frogtown.
Watch: trailer for Hell Comes to Frogtown
NEXT ISSUE: Ted DiBiase injured, a fan attacks One Man Gang, Starrcade advertising woes, Survivor Series changes, and more
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2020.03.04 21:47 OsGameThreads Post Game Thread: The Orioles defeated the Marlins by a score of 5-3 - Wed, Mar 04 @ 01:05 PM EST

Orioles @ Marlins - Wed, Mar 04

Game Status: Final - Score: 5-3 Orioles

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Orioles Batters AB R H RBI BB K LOB AVG OBP SLG
1 Hays - CF 2 1 0 0 2 1 3 .111 .261 .222
McCoy - 2B 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .125 .111 .125
2 Velazquez, A - SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 .308 .400 .308
Jarrett - LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
3 Santander - DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .350 .364 .500
a-Severino, P - DH 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .267 .313 .600
4 Núñez, R - 3B 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .222 .286 .444
Herrera, D - 1B 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .316 .350 .579
5 Smith Jr - LF 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .238 .304 .286
Rondón, J - 3B 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .385 .385 .462
6 Valaika - 1B 3 1 1 2 0 2 0 .368 .400 .895
Williams, M - RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .294 .400 .294
7 Wilkerson, S - RF 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .188 .316 .250
1-Grenier - SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
8 Martin, Ri - 2B 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 .333 .400 .722
2-McKenna - CF 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .154 .267 .154
9 Sisco - C 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 .167 .375 .250
Davis, T - C 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 .250 .333 .250
Totals 27 5 3 3 9 11 17
Orioles
a-Walked for Santander in the 8th. 1-Ran for Wilkerson, S in the 7th. 2-Ran for Martin, Ri in the 7th.
BATTING: 2B: Martin, Ri (2, Conley). HR: Valaika (3, 2nd inning off Smith, Ca, 1 on, 1 out). TB: Martin, Ri 2; Davis, T; Valaika 4. RBI: McCoy (1); Valaika 2 (5). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Smith Jr; Severino, P; Velazquez, A 2. SAC: Velazquez, A. SF: McCoy. Team RISP: 0-for-7. Team LOB: 7.
Marlins Batters AB R H RBI BB K LOB AVG OBP SLG
1 Villar - CF 2 1 1 2 1 1 0 .200 .294 .600
Sierra - CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .357 .400 .429
2 Anderson, B - 3B 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 .188 .222 .313
1-Twine - 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
3 Diaz, I - 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .150 .261 .150
Devers - 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .231 .333
4 Cooper - 1B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263 .300 .421
Diaz, L - 1B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .294 .294 .588
5 Ramirez, H - RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .176 .333 .529
Misner - RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
6 Cervelli - C 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .111 .308 .222
Lavarnway - C 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .222 .300 .333
7 Kemp, M - DH 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .167 .250 .167
8 Harrison - LF 3 2 2 0 0 1 1 .375 .474 .438
Encarnacion - LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .462 .462 1.000
9 Chisholm - SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .273 .429 .364
Sims - SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
Totals 31 3 5 3 2 7 10
Marlins
1-Ran for Anderson, B in the 5th.
BATTING: 2B: Harrison (1, LeBlanc); Diaz, L (2, Hanhold). HR: Villar (2, 5th inning off Hess, 1 on, 2 out). TB: Anderson, B; Diaz, L 2; Harrison 3; Villar 4. RBI: Anderson, B (1); Villar 2 (5). 2-out RBI: Villar 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Diaz, I; Misner; Sierra. SF: Anderson, B. Team RISP: 0-for-4. Team LOB: 5.
FIELDING: E: Cervelli (1, throw). Pickoffs: Smith, Ca (Velazquez, A at 1st base).
Orioles Pitchers IP H R ER BB K HR P-S ERA
LeBlanc 3.0 1 1 1 1 4 0 52-30 1.80
Hess 2.0 3 2 2 0 0 1 29-18 8.44
Bleier 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8-6 3.00
Armstrong 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 16-9 0.00
Hanhold 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10-8 0.00
Kline 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 10-7 0.00
Totals 9.0 5 3 3 2 7 1
Marlins Pitchers IP H R ER BB K HR P-S ERA
Smith, Ca 3.0 1 4 4 4 3 1 50-25 7.20
Northcraft 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 19-10 0.00
García, Y 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 15-10 0.00
Sharp 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 11-9 2.25
Conley 1.0 1 0 0 2 2 0 23-12 4.76
Steckenrider 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 17-10 4.50
Tarpley 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 24-14 6.75
Totals 9.0 3 5 5 9 11 1
Game Info
WP: Smith, Ca.
HBP: Jarrett (by Tarpley); Ramirez, H (by LeBlanc).
Pitches-strikes: LeBlanc 52-30; Hess 29-18; Bleier 8-6; Armstrong 16-9; Hanhold 10-8; Kline 10-7; Smith, Ca 50-25; Northcraft 19-10; García, Y 15-10; Sharp 11-9; Conley 23-12; Steckenrider 17-10; Tarpley 24-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: LeBlanc 2-0; Hess 2-1; Bleier 1-1; Armstrong 2-0; Hanhold 2-0; Kline 2-0; Smith, Ca 3-1; Northcraft 1-0; García, Y 1-0; Sharp 1-1; Conley 0-0; Steckenrider 1-0; Tarpley 0-2.
Batters faced: LeBlanc 12; Hess 9; Bleier 3; Armstrong 4; Hanhold 4; Kline 3; Smith, Ca 14; Northcraft 3; García, Y 3; Sharp 3; Conley 6; Steckenrider 4; Tarpley 6.
Umpires: HP: John Libka. 1B: Larry Vanover. 2B: Lance Barksdale. 3B: Mike Estabrook.
Weather: 85 degrees, Partly Cloudy.
Wind: 14 mph, R To L.
First pitch: 1:08 PM.
Venue: Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
March 4, 2020
Inning Scoring Play Score
Top 2 Pat Valaika homers (3) on a line drive to left center field. Renato Nunez scores. 2-0 BAL
Top 3 Andrew Velazquez hits a sacrifice bunt. Throwing error by catcher Francisco Cervelli. Chance Sisco scores. Austin Hays scores. Andrew Velazquez to 2nd. 4-0 BAL
Bottom 3 Brian Anderson out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Austin Hays. Monte Harrison scores. 4-1 BAL
Bottom 5 Jonathan Villar homers (2) on a line drive to right center field. Monte Harrison scores. 4-3 BAL
Top 9 Mason McCoy out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Kameron Misner. Ryan McKenna scores. 5-3 BAL
Team Highlight
BAL Wade LeBlanc on his start, 2020 (00:01:14)
MIA Jonathan Villar's two-run homer (00:00:22)
BAL Two runs score on sacrifice bunt (00:00:20)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Orioles 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 3 0 7
Marlins 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 5 1 5

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2020.03.04 17:05 OsGameThreads Game Thread: Orioles (6-5) @ Marlins (8-3) - Wed, Mar 04 @ 01:05 PM EST

Orioles @ Marlins - Wed, Mar 04

Game Status: Game Over - Score: 5-3 Orioles

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Orioles Batters AB R H RBI BB K LOB AVG OBP SLG
1 Hays - CF 2 1 0 0 2 1 3 .111 .261 .222
McCoy - 2B 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .125 .111 .125
2 Velazquez, A - SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 .308 .400 .308
Jarrett - LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
3 Santander - DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .350 .364 .500
a-Severino, P - DH 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .267 .313 .600
4 Núñez, R - 3B 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .222 .286 .444
Herrera, D - 1B 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .316 .350 .579
5 Smith Jr - LF 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .238 .304 .286
Rondón, J - 3B 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .385 .385 .462
6 Valaika - 1B 3 1 1 2 0 2 0 .368 .400 .895
Williams, M - RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .294 .400 .294
7 Wilkerson, S - RF 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .188 .316 .250
1-Grenier - SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
8 Martin, Ri - 2B 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 .333 .400 .722
2-McKenna - CF 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .154 .267 .154
9 Sisco - C 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 .167 .375 .250
Davis, T - C 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 .250 .333 .250
Totals 27 5 3 3 9 11 17
Orioles
a-Walked for Santander in the 8th. 1-Ran for Wilkerson, S in the 7th. 2-Ran for Martin, Ri in the 7th.
BATTING: 2B: Martin, Ri (2, Conley). HR: Valaika (3, 2nd inning off Smith, Ca, 1 on, 1 out). TB: Martin, Ri 2; Davis, T; Valaika 4. RBI: McCoy (1); Valaika 2 (5). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Smith Jr; Severino, P; Velazquez, A 2. SAC: Velazquez, A. SF: McCoy. Team RISP: 0-for-7. Team LOB: 7.
Marlins Batters AB R H RBI BB K LOB AVG OBP SLG
1 Villar - CF 2 1 1 2 1 1 0 .200 .294 .600
Sierra - CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .357 .400 .429
2 Anderson, B - 3B 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 .188 .222 .313
1-Twine - 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
3 Diaz, I - 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .150 .261 .150
Devers - 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .231 .333
4 Cooper - 1B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263 .300 .421
Diaz, L - 1B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .294 .294 .588
5 Ramirez, H - RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .176 .333 .529
Misner - RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
6 Cervelli - C 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .111 .308 .222
Lavarnway - C 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .222 .300 .333
7 Kemp, M - DH 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .167 .250 .167
8 Harrison - LF 3 2 2 0 0 1 1 .375 .474 .438
Encarnacion - LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .462 .462 1.000
9 Chisholm - SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .273 .429 .364
Sims - SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
Totals 31 3 5 3 2 7 10
Marlins
1-Ran for Anderson, B in the 5th.
BATTING: 2B: Harrison (1, LeBlanc); Diaz, L (2, Hanhold). HR: Villar (2, 5th inning off Hess, 1 on, 2 out). TB: Anderson, B; Diaz, L 2; Harrison 3; Villar 4. RBI: Anderson, B (1); Villar 2 (5). 2-out RBI: Villar 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Diaz, I; Misner; Sierra. SF: Anderson, B. Team RISP: 0-for-4. Team LOB: 5.
FIELDING: E: Cervelli (1, throw). Pickoffs: Smith, Ca (Velazquez, A at 1st base).
Orioles Pitchers IP H R ER BB K HR P-S ERA
LeBlanc 3.0 1 1 1 1 4 0 52-30 1.80
Hess 2.0 3 2 2 0 0 1 29-18 8.44
Bleier 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8-6 3.00
Armstrong 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 16-9 0.00
Hanhold 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10-8 0.00
Kline 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 10-7 0.00
Totals 9.0 5 3 3 2 7 1
Marlins Pitchers IP H R ER BB K HR P-S ERA
Smith, Ca 3.0 1 4 4 4 3 1 50-25 7.20
Northcraft 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 19-10 0.00
García, Y 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 15-10 0.00
Sharp 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 11-9 2.25
Conley 1.0 1 0 0 2 2 0 23-12 4.76
Steckenrider 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 17-10 4.50
Tarpley 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 24-14 6.75
Totals 9.0 3 5 5 9 11 1
Game Info
WP: Smith, Ca.
HBP: Jarrett (by Tarpley); Ramirez, H (by LeBlanc).
Pitches-strikes: LeBlanc 52-30; Hess 29-18; Bleier 8-6; Armstrong 16-9; Hanhold 10-8; Kline 10-7; Smith, Ca 50-25; Northcraft 19-10; García, Y 15-10; Sharp 11-9; Conley 23-12; Steckenrider 17-10; Tarpley 24-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: LeBlanc 2-0; Hess 2-1; Bleier 1-1; Armstrong 2-0; Hanhold 2-0; Kline 2-0; Smith, Ca 3-1; Northcraft 1-0; García, Y 1-0; Sharp 1-1; Conley 0-0; Steckenrider 1-0; Tarpley 0-2.
Batters faced: LeBlanc 12; Hess 9; Bleier 3; Armstrong 4; Hanhold 4; Kline 3; Smith, Ca 14; Northcraft 3; García, Y 3; Sharp 3; Conley 6; Steckenrider 4; Tarpley 6.
Umpires: HP: John Libka. 1B: Larry Vanover. 2B: Lance Barksdale. 3B: Mike Estabrook.
Weather: 85 degrees, Partly Cloudy.
Wind: 14 mph, R To L.
First pitch: 1:08 PM.
Venue: Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
March 4, 2020
Inning Scoring Play Score
Top 2 Pat Valaika homers (3) on a line drive to left center field. Renato Nunez scores. 2-0 BAL
Top 3 Andrew Velazquez hits a sacrifice bunt. Throwing error by catcher Francisco Cervelli. Chance Sisco scores. Austin Hays scores. Andrew Velazquez to 2nd. 4-0 BAL
Bottom 3 Brian Anderson out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Austin Hays. Monte Harrison scores. 4-1 BAL
Bottom 5 Jonathan Villar homers (2) on a line drive to right center field. Monte Harrison scores. 4-3 BAL
Top 9 Mason McCoy out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Kameron Misner. Ryan McKenna scores. 5-3 BAL
Team Highlight
BAL Wade LeBlanc on his start, 2020 (00:01:14)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Orioles 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 3 0 7
Marlins 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 5 1 5

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2020.02.07 20:55 Type1Fit OTF website article "What Your Heart Rate is Telling You"

I'm going to preface this by saying that I love love LOVE OTF, but as a fitness instructor, sometimes they drive me nuts. Like the too-short warm-ups and not putting the TRX in single handle mode when doing one-armed moves. But I digress.
https://commerce-township.orangetheoryfitness.com/apps/blog/post/620?fbclid=IwAR1WoL84pPqzAOLHBQjjqn-v8xcoFdWzRVUyKKA2vsTzCVrav3SKXOeJgE8
This article bugged me a bit because it's not at all about what your heart rate is telling you. It's about what your heart rate is telling their system. It also starts out with "Heart rate monitoring is undoubtedly the latest fitness craze.” Latest fitness craze? Where has this person been the last 20-30 years? Spinning was always based on heart rate training and monitoring. Most athletes have been monitoring their heart rates and using their metrics as training input for decades as well. Treadmills have had HRMs on them for nearly as long as they've been electrified. But again, I digress. :-)
So I thought it might be good to take a look at what your heart rate is ACTUALLY telling you, so here goes:
Does your heart rate quickly drop into the green zone during recovery? Congratulations, that means your heart rate reserve is big and that you have a strong, healthy heart that recovers quickly from efforts/stress. Recovery is one of the most important indicators of fitness level; the quicker, the better.
Is your resting heart rate while you're standing around waiting for class to start among the lowest in the room? Congratulations, you have a strong, healthy heart and likely a large HR Reserve which allows you to have a bigger range of HR to train in. Most elite athletes have very low RHR. Lance Armstrong's (like him or loathe him) was freakishly low because his heart muscle was freakishly strong (even as a teen athlete).
Is it challenging for you to get into the red zone? Congratulations, you have a strong, healthy heart and you should only be training in that zone about 10% of the time anyway. That's why all out efforts aren't the entire cardio block, ya'll. The better trained and better rested you are, the more challenging it can be to get your heart rate into those higher zones. That it's getting harder to do is an indication that your fitness level is improving, so time to up that push pace, right??
Are you in the red zone a lot or at 105% of your "max" but don't feel like you're going to die? Congratulations, OTF has used a dated and inaccurate formula to calculate your max HR. But hey, you're getting more "Splat" points. After 20 visits they'll recalculate for you. Don't even bother trying to fight that battle sooner. I know my max HR and they have mine set WAY too low. Lucky me, more points. For now. Four more sessions and I'm gonna need to work harder for those splat points!
Thanks for listening to my rant; hopefully it was informative!
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2020.02.06 18:00 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Aug. 24, 1987

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
FUTURE YEARS ARCHIVE:
The Complete Observer Rewind Archive by daprice82
1-5-1987 1-12-1987 1-18-1987 2-2-1987
2-9-1987 2-16-1987 2-23-1987 3-2-1987
3-9-1987 3-16-1987 3-23-1987 4-6-1987
4-13-1987 4-20-1987 4-27-1987 5-4-1987
5-11-1987 5-18-1987 5-25-1987 6-1-1987
6-8-1987 6-15-1987 6-22-1987 6-29-1987
7-6-1987 7-13-1987 7-20-1987 7-27-1987
8-3-1987 8-10-1987 8-17-1987 -
  • The end of another long-time wrestling tradition is upon us his month: Gordon Solie will no longer be the voice of Florida Wrestling. Solie and the Crocketts had a disagreement over money, and so Solie has been replaced with Steve Keirn. With Sir Oliver Humperdink jumping to WWF, Crockett canceled Southern Pro Wrestling and are down to just one tv show weekly from Florida. And to keep costs down, they tape two shows at a time and only tape every other week. Solie’s workload would be cut down to 26 dates per year rather than 52, and even though he’d still be working the same amount of time (52 tv shows on those 26 dates) Crockett wanted to cut his pay down to pay him for 26 dates. You can see the problem. Gordon Solie had been the voice of wrestling in Florida for over 26 years at this point.
  • Rumors abound about what the Road Warriors will do in the future. They were scheduled to meet with Vince McMahon last Friday and Jim Crockett the next day. Other than that, no solid word.
  • Dave went to the August 10 Stockton, California and the August 11 San Jose Crockett shows and for whatever reason Stockton tends to get very good wrestling coming through. He didn’t see every match, but others in attendance filled him in and all the ratings for this show are basically by committee. He runs down the card. Dave still thinks Ron Simmons has potential, but isn’t quite as good as he had thought earlier. Rick Steiner was injured (pulled muscle or something in his right leg), so Sting got bumped into subbing for Ricky Morton against Arn and Tully. The Steve Williams and Terry Gordy vs. Eddie Gilbert and Dick Murdoch bunkhouse match wins the honors for match of the night. The San Jose card wasn’t as good and the crowd had trouble getting into the matches. It was also an outdoor show, and Dave has decided that outdoor shows tend to suck after this. UWF doesn’t air in the area, so the UWF matches didn’t really have any familiarity for the crowd. If the area had localized tv (the NWA show that airs on channel 26 in San Francisco plugged the card, and that channel isn’t even on cable in San Jose, nor is San Jose channel 48 which is where San Jose fans can watch NWA, so there was basically no localized advertisement) they could probably draw some people, but the only advertisement that San Jose fans could have seen was from WTBS. Only notable thing here is that in the main event between Williams/Morton/Gibson and Arn/Tully/Lex, Williams no-sold a piledriver.
  • Fritz Von Erich is suing the doctors who did Mike’s shoulder operation a few years back. He’s claiming negligence and that it left Mike physically and mentally scarred, and that the surgery is therefore directly tied to his suicide. Dave wonders, if that’s true, why would Fritz pressure Mike back into the ring? Mike’s toxic shock syndrome left him changed, but Fritz declared him fit and pushed him into the ring again. The tragedy never seems to end here.
  • A federal judge in St. Paul has prohibited Dru Tossel and Babydoll Promotions (they run indy shows in the midwest) from using “All Star Wrestling” in the promotion of their shows. Using the name is likely to cause confusion with the public and belief there is a connection to the AWA, which has used All Star Wrestling for thirty years and has it registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Lastly in our legal roundup, Ron Garvin has been ordered by a jury in West Virginia to pay Argel Johnson (a fan) $455,000. Johnson alleges that Garvin headbutted him during a match between the Midnight Express and Garvin/Bruno Sammartino Jr. in 1983. Dave notes that the Midnights didn’t come to the NWA until the summer of 1985, so you do the math here). There was a lawsuit, but Garvin either failed to respond to or failed to show up for, and so the Ohio County circuit court jury has ordered Garvin to pay up. They have not been able to track Garvin down to collect the money, though.
  • WarGames 3 took place in Chicago on August 16. Ron Garvin was in for Paul Ellering, as Ellering appears to be injured for real, on the babyface side. Animal caused Bubba/War Machine to submit after taking a spiked wristband to the eye. They definitely fudged the clock a bit on the entries, as the match ended in 19:38 but according to the rules the Match Beyond doesn’t even start until 21 minutes in. Lots of blood (six of the ten guys bled), and universal acclaim that the match was great. The undercard, though, was said to be disappointing.
  • Ken Patera had reconstructive arm surgery last week and is back on the road with WWF. He’s not working yet, but he is showing up in the arenas. They’ve been putting Billy Graham in for him in the matches, which makes for bad main events if you pay attention to the matches. That said, Bobby Heenan has been great at distracting fans from the ring during these matches. Patera says he’ll be back in the ring in 6-8 weeks.
  • Bam Bam Bigelow’s television debut has been pushed back to the August 25 San Francisco tv tapings. The plan is an angle where he seems to be trying to find the right manager, leading to crossing all the managers off his list until only Slick is left. Then they swerve and reveal it’s Sir Oliver Humperdink.
  • WWF erased the tape of Ted DiBiase’s first match at Madison on August 4 because he got too strong a babyface reaction. The match with Jerry Allen that aired on Superstars 49 (taped that same day in front of the same crowd) and was promoted as his first match was actually his second, and they took steps to make sure he’d be booed. Dave saw the skit where he made a woman (2020 note: some people believe this was Linda McMahon) bark like a dog and those who watched with Dave started to hate him for not paying her, so the tweak to the character seems like it should work. Dave doesn’t expect he’ll toss money into the audience like he was originally supposed to (can we take a moment to note that Vince apparently thinks giving away free money is a heel act?). Some WWF wrestlers are jealous of DiBiase because in order to make the character more legit he’s being shuttled around in a limo and getting put up in the best hotels, which only Mr. T and Hogan get.
Watch Ted DiBiase vs. Jerry Allen
  • [WWF] ”Mark my words, Rude will not get over as a major attraction here.” Rick Rude’s gonna need more than abs to do that, and Dave watched with some marks who thought it was comedy that they were talking about his great physique on tv. Apparently, Rude has the body of someone with scurvy according to the marks.
  • The biggest story out of WWF is that they’ve banned blading. The ban is primarily because of fear of AIDS, and they are probably going to implement AIDS testing as well. Dusty’s going to have to eventually follow suit, Dave thinks, but he’s sure it won’t be any time soon.
  • [WWF] Dynamite Kid has been given August and September off to see if two months of rest and relaxation will help his back issues. Davey Boy was supposed to then head to Stampede to be main event babyface during Owen’s Japan tour, but they kept him to fill in as a partner for the Killer Bees.
  • [Puerto Rico] Hercules Ayala won the WWC Universal Title from Carlos Colon in a Texas Death match where Colon was deemed to be bleeding too badly to continue. In case you’re wondering, a Texas Death Match is more or less an old school name for a Last Man Standing match (but there's a pinfall required before you can be counted down) and it’s not in the rules to stop it for blood. Dave supposes Carlos is too much like Virgil and Antonio when it comes to doing any kind of job in the middle of the ring.
Watch: Hercules Ayala wins the WWC Universal Title by blood loss
  • UWF will be having Black Bart as the challenger for Williams at the next round of shows. Shows that they need a big, mean heel in a bad way because while Bart is fine and can have good matches with the right opponents, he’s not someone anybody will buy as a title contender.
  • Dave wonders if anyone else is sick of the endless Bikini Bare commercials that air during every Crockett show.
  • Curt Hennig vs. Jerry Lawler for the AWA Title in Memphis on August 10 was kind of crap. Hennig retained after Brickhouse Brown (dressed in drag) attacked from the audience and gave Lawler a piledriver. Almost everyone knew Brown was in the audience in drag, so the ending was obvious. They’ve storyline suspended Brown for 30 days for this. Otherwise, nobody from AWA except Wahoo McDaniel worked on the card, so that’s a real strong alliance happening.
  • Scott Hall will be in Memphis for a week before his September Japan tour. After he concludes the tour he should be in Memphis full-time.
  • Correction from last week: it was Terry Taylor, not Eddie Gilbert, who hit Sting with the chair during the Gilbert/Douglas UWF TV Title match
  • [Stampede] I guess the definition of a clean job has changed over the past few decades, but Dave describes Owen Hart losing the British Commonwealth Title to Gama Singh as Hart’s “first clean pin job” in 1987. Hart pinned Singh, but Singh’s foot was on the ropes so the referee called for the match to continue and Singh’s manager handed him an object, which he used to hit Hart and then pin him. Hart has a rematch on August 14, which should be his last match before his Japan tour, so they’ll probably do an injury angle. He won’t be dropping the North American Title as well, but they might hold it up if they do an injury angle. Leaving for Japan as well is Keiichi Yamada.
  • [WCCW] Mark Lowrance is on vacation, so tv commentary is being handled by a rodeo cowboy and a local preacher. Seriously.
  • [WCCW] Brian Adias is now accompanied by the worst ninja character ever. The guy is supposed to be the Asian ninja master who taught him the move that nearly kayfabe killed Kevin Von Erich in the ring back in May, but he talks like a Texan. The guy’s name is Jimmy Bush, he’s from San Antonio.
  • Wild West has a few small notes, particularly that Lance has dropped the fabulous from his name (an improvement) and Robin Smith appears to have debuted. Her first match seems to have been in a tag match against ancient Moolah-era staples Susan “Tex” Greene and Pepper LaBianco.
  • The Fullers are in the process of selling Continental (the Alabama territory) to a guy named Mike Costello. If that goes through, there’s a good chance Jerry Blackwell will promote AWA down there in joint ventures.
  • [Alabama] Mr. Olympia (Jerry Stubbs) quit the promotion after finding out he was going to lose a bunch of loser leaves town matches and jumped to outlaw promotion NASA, which also runs in Alabama. In retaliation, Ron West announced at the August 7 Knoxville show that Stubbs called the office and said he was tired of being beaten and humiliated and wouldn’t show up before going on about how Stubbs let the fans down and would never work for Continental again. Fans took exception to this and the attempted burial pretty much backfired.
  • As for NASA, they’re a little indy promotion based in Birmingham. They drew 300 for their first tv taping on August 8. Candi Divine and Bambi vs. Joyce Grable and Lock (Wenona Little Heart in a gimmick she started with Luna Vachon) had the best match of the show.
  • Dave McLane’s POWW has booked Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia for September 1. Break even is a $100,000 gate and they’ll be lucky to draw $6,000, so no idea what they’re thinking here.
  • [New Japan] As the Choshu/Inoki feud heats up, Inoki has changed the name of one of the factions. They were originally calling the feud the New Leaders (Choshu, Maeda, Fujinami, etc.) vs. the Old Leaders (Inoki, Sakaguchi, Fujiwara, and Masa Saito). But Inoki didn’t like the word “Old” so now they’re calling it the New Leaders vs. the Now Leaders on tv. By the way, Choshu still hasn’t been cleared to wrestle on tv for New Japan.
  • One letter includes coverage of how AWA handled the Sherri Martel departure. Sherri won the title on Saturday night on WWF’s show, then on Sunday morning AWA aired the Tommy Rich/Sherri Martel angle (where Sherri was stripped of her clothing during an arm wrestling contest) for the first time. Good angle, the writer says, but with her gone how to explain things? Well, the next week they re-aired it twice and then Kevin Kelly in an interview said Sherri was so embarrassed she left AWA and Larry Nelson explained that since AWA is the original wrestling league where they still actually wrestle, lots of wrestlers leave when they can’t take it and go to places where it’s easier.
Watch: Sherri Martel’s last AWA appearance
  • Another letter comes in saying Crockett has too many titles. There are nine currently, and that’s just the NWA division, double that if you count UWF and Florida. WWF, on the other hand has three (four, really, with the women’s title) and they always push the titles. Dave agrees wholeheartedly and says that the more titles there are, the less they mean and that two singles and two tag titles are more than enough for a promotion and anything more than three makes things overdone. Fast forward to 2020 and WWE has 18 titles.
  • Someone writes in supporting the continued use of nicknames. They aren’t derogatory at all, just cute, the writer explains, and says that he and his friends have always called Buddy Rose “Bloody Nose” and the Freebirds “The Fleabirds.” Besides, knowing the nicknames makes you in the know and means that non-fans (and by non-fans, I can only assume this guy means marks who aren’t subscribers to Dave) have no idea who you are talking about. Besides, the guys who get the nicknames like JYD, Outback Jack, etc. aren’t such great workers that they “command all this respect” about getting their actual working names used. I thought the names weren’t supposed to be derogatory? Rewinder here: The logic in this letter is nonexistent and just makes me hate the nicknames more.
  • Another letter writer is concerned about how much hate Dusty gets in the letters section. She wrote what she thought was a good defense of some of his actions that never saw print, but weekly there’s mail about how awful he is and one week there was a whole section titled “This Week’s Dusty Hate Mail.” She reminds us that to enjoy wrestling, you need to suspend belief. She saw Flair vs. Brad Armstrong a while back and while she knew there was no way Brad would win, she let that go and when Flair would wait until the last second to kick out she would find herself excited and believing for a moment he might pull it off. So enjoy wrestling. Don’t be bothered that Dusty’s the booker. Take him as he’s presented, the working man’s hero. He may not be muscular, or a fantastic wrestler, but he is embodying the idea of the American Dream and never giving up.
NEXT ISSUE: WCCW’s Kevin Von Erich vs. Al Perez cage match, Road Warriors contract status up in the air, El Gran Hamada quits JWP, Akira Taue signs with All Japan, and more
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2020.01.20 19:54 ShellOilNigeria HistoryCommons.org May Go Offline

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In October 2010, Salon commentator Glenn Greenwald called the History Commons’s Watergate project a “richly documented summary of those events.” [26]
In a 2009 e-mail to the site, author Philip Shenon, a veteran New York Times reporter and author of The Commission,[27] a book about the 9/11 Commission, wrote: “Your timeline has been invaluable to me over the years. I’m certainly aware of — and flattered by — your citations from my book.” [6]
Craig Unger, author of House of Bush, House of Saud [28] and The Fall of the House of Bush,[29] wrote: “For serious research, it’s hard to think of a more valuable resource than the timelines assembled by History Commons. The material they provide is a welcome antidote to the misinformation and disinformation that has been coming out of Washington in recent years and they are essential tools in assembling a counter-narrative that more honestly addresses the crises we face.” In his acknowledgements to House of Bush, House of Saud, Unger wrote: “The Center for Cooperative Research is another valuable Internet tool. Because I made a practice of citing original sources, it does not appear in my notes nearly as often as it might. However, its timelines about 911 and related issues often helped me find exactly what I was looking for. I highly recommend it to anyone doing research on 9/11 and I encourage its support.”
Author Peter Lance wrote, in the acknowledgements of his book Cover-Up: “As mentioned throughout, I was blessed in this state of my research with access to Paul Thompson’s remarkable timelines from the Center for Cooperative Research … each citation in that database is supported by a news story from the mainstream media. … Any research, reporter, or scholar with an interest in the war on terror would consider the Cooperative Research timelines a bonanza of open source information.” [30]
Village Voice correspondent James Ridgeway wrote in April 2004: “Paul Thompson … is one of a handful of freelance, unpaid, amateur sleuths who have become a 9/11 Information Central — what amounts to an intelligence apparatus aimed at pinning down what the Bush administration knew and didn’t know about 9/11, before and after the attacks. The results of this sleuthing often find their way to the 9/11 families, and in particular, to the by now mythic Jersey Girls, as the leaders of the survivors’ families have come to be called. The researchers are in many ways similar to the team Scott Armstrong, the former Washington Post reporter, recruited in the mid 1980s to uncover the roots of Reagan’s secret Iran-Contra deals. … At the hub of the 9–11 research is [Paul] Thompson’s intricate timeline. … Still other timelines delve into official ‘lies’ from 1979 forward. … [Derek] Mitchell’s aim is to keep the entries as neutrally written and as well sourced as he can.” [4] In his 2005 book, The Five Unanswered Questions of 9/11, Ridgeway referred to Thompson’s book, The Terror Timeline, as “still the most comprehensive summary of the events related to the 9/11 attacks.”[31] At that time, the book contained only a significant fraction of the total amount of information contained in The Complete 9/11 Timeline at CooperativeResearch.org, and a great deal of material has since been added.
New York Magazine correspondent Mark Jacobson wrote in 2006, “[The History Commons’] 9/11 timeline has become the undisputed gold standard of truth research …” [32]
Minneapolis City Pages reporter Steve Perry wrote in 2003 that the History Commons is “endlessly informative.” [33]
Daniel Erlacher, the director of Austria’s Elevate Festival, wrote in an e-mail to the site:
The History Commons is one of the most important and technologically advanced projects of civil journalism there is today. The website of the project is an enormous resource for researchers. Because of the excellent possibilities to tag entities and to group them in timetables, people can easily read and filter information, which is usually presented out of context. The History Commons is a project which helps connect the dots and sheds light on several inconsistencies in official narratives of some of the most important stories of our time. The Elevate Festival was very proud to present the project for the first time in Europe in 2008 and we will continue to support it.[6][34] Matthew Hurst wrote on his Data Mining blog in 2008: “The site is a cooperative approach to history and presents data in timelines. … I like this vertical approach to wiki data as it has the potential to focus both expertise and data structures, making the data more valuable in a number of dimensions.” [35]
Author David Ray Griffin wrote in the acknowledgements of his book The New Pearl Harbor Revisited In acknowledging the tremendous amount of help and support I received in writing this book, I wish to begin by mentioning the indispensable source for 9/11-related stories published in the mainstream press: The Complete 9/11 Timeline at History Commons (formerly known as Cooperative Research). … [I]t has surely become, through the continuing work of [Paul] Thompson and his colleagues, the greatest feat of annotated, investigative journal indexing ever achieved on a volunteer basis. Having served as the source of about half of my references in The New Pearl Harbor, this timeline has been equally indispensable for The New Pearl Harbor Revisited.[36]
Matthew Phelan, in an column for Gawker on NSA misuse of authorities, referred to factual information about significant entities and events being “dutifully logged at places like History Commons where … people like to go to collaboratively try and figure out what the hell is going on, post-9/11.” [37]
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2020.01.01 22:20 autobuzzfeedbot 39 of the most controversial and shocking events from the past decade that we're still talking about today

  1. 2019: President Donald Trump was accused of withholding military aid from Ukraine unless they announced an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. The Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry.
  2. 2019: Jeffrey Epstein was charged with sex trafficking following allegations of molesting dozens of young girls.
  3. 2019: More than 50 people were indicted as part of a massive college admissions scandal.
  4. 2019: Khloe Kardashian's boyfriend, Tristan Thompson, cheated on her with Kylie Jenner's best friend, Jordyn Woods.
  5. 2018: The Senate Intelligence Committee determined that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election.
  6. 2018: Data-analysis firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of using and keeping data of 50 million Facebook users without their permission.
  7. 2018: Reports emerge that Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 to stay silent about their alleged affair.
  8. 2017: YouTuber Logan Paul posted a video in Japan’s ’Suicide Forest,’ launching international criticism.
  9. 2017: Sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein unleashed a movement against sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. It was called #MeToo.
  10. 2017: After facing decades of sexual abuse allegations, R. Kelly was accused of holding six women in his homes as part of a 'sex cult.'
  11. 2017: Fyre Fest organizers duped thousands of people into going to a music festival that didn't exist.
  12. 2016: Hundreds of women accused Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of molesting them as children.
  13. 2016: Anthony Weiner sexted a 15-year-old girl and later served prison time for it.
  14. 2016: A recording of Donald Trump saying he could grab women 'by the p----' leaked a month before the presidential election. He still won.
  15. 2016: 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte lied about being robbed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
  16. 2016: More than a dozen women accused Fox News chairman Roger Ailes of sexual misconduct.
  17. 2016: The Panama Papers leak revealed a network of thousands of off-shore holding companies worth more than a billion dollars.
  18. 2016: Hulk Hogan sued the media website Gawker for posting his sex tape — and won.
  19. 2015: Martin Shkreli raised the cost of the anti-malaria drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750. Then he was arrested on fraud charges.
  20. 2015: Ashley Madison, America's most prominent dating site for cheating spouses, was hacked.
  21. 2015: Dozens of FIFA executives and officials were implicated in a years-long corruption investigation into the organization.
  22. 2015: Hillary Clinton released 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department amid concern she used a personal email server while serving as secretary of state.
  23. 2015: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended after 'Deflategate.'
  24. 2014: Allegations of Bill Cosby sexually assaulting women began to emerge after comedian Hannibal Buress did a bit about Cosby 'raping women' in a stand-up routine.
  25. 2014: Hackers stole nude photos and information from iClouds belonging to Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and 200 others.
  26. 2014: Footage emerged of Solange Knowles hitting her brother-in-law Jay-Z in an elevator at a Met Gala after party.
  27. 2013: Anthony Weiner's New York mayoral campaign was derailed by more sexting allegations.
  28. 2013: New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was arrested on murder charges in the death of Odin Lloyd.
  29. 2013: TV cooking personality Paula Deen was recorded calling her black employees the N-word.
  30. 2013: Edward Snowden leaked thousands of documents he stole from the National Security Agency.
  31. 2013: Video emerged showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine.
  32. 2013: Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.
  33. 2012: David Petraeus resigned as director of the CIA after admitting to having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
  34. 2012: The Benghazi attacks on a US diplomatic compound sparked a political firestorm.
  35. 2011: Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was accused of molesting young boys.
  36. 2011: Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid was closed after 168-years following phone-hacking allegations.
  37. 2011: Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries got married. Then they got divorced 72 days later.
  38. 2011: Former US Senator John Edwards was accused of spending nearly $1 million to keep his mistress in hiding during his 2008 presidential campaign.
  39. 2011: Anthony Weiner accidentally posted a photo of his crotch on Twitter, launching the first of many social media-fueled scandals he would face.
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2019.12.04 15:20 autobuzzfeedbot 39 of the most controversial and shocking events from the past decade that we're still talking about today

  1. 2019: President Donald Trump was accused of withholding military aid from Ukraine unless they announced an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. The Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry.
  2. 2019: Jeffrey Epstein was charged with sex trafficking following allegations of molesting dozens of young girls.
  3. 2019: More than 50 people were indicted as part of a massive college admissions scandal.
  4. 2019: Khloe Kardashian's boyfriend, Tristan Thompson, cheated on her with Kylie Jenner's best friend, Jordyn Woods.
  5. 2018: The Senate Intelligence Committee determined that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election.
  6. 2018: Data-analysis firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of using and keeping data of 50 million Facebook users without their permission.
  7. 2018: Reports emerge that Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 to stay silent about their alleged affair.
  8. 2017: YouTuber Logan Paul posted a video in Japan’s ’Suicide Forest,’ launching international criticism.
  9. 2017: Sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein unleashed a movement against sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. It was called #MeToo.
  10. 2017: After facing decades of sexual abuse allegations, R. Kelly was accused of holding six women in his homes as part of a 'sex cult.'
  11. 2017: Fyre Fest organizers duped thousands of people into going to a music festival that didn't exist.
  12. 2016: Hundreds of women accused Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of molesting them as children.
  13. 2016: Anthony Weiner sexted a 15-year-old girl and later served prison time for it.
  14. 2016: A recording of Donald Trump saying he could grab women 'by the p----' leaked a month before the presidential election. He still won.
  15. 2016: 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte lied about being robbed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
  16. 2016: More than a dozen women accused Fox News chairman Roger Ailes of sexual misconduct.
  17. 2016: The Panama Papers leak revealed a network of thousands of off-shore holding companies worth more than a billion dollars.
  18. 2016: Hulk Hogan sued the media website Gawker for posting his sex tape — and won.
  19. 2015: Martin Shkreli raised the cost of the anti-malaria drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750. Then he was arrested on fraud charges.
  20. 2015: Ashley Madison, America's most prominent dating site for cheating spouses, was hacked.
  21. 2015: Dozens of FIFA executives and officials were implicated in a years-long corruption investigation into the organization.
  22. 2015: Hillary Clinton released 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department amid concern she used a personal email server while serving as secretary of state.
  23. 2015: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended after 'Deflategate.'
  24. 2014: Allegations of Bill Cosby sexually assaulting women began to emerge after comedian Hannibal Buress did a bit about Cosby 'raping women' in a stand-up routine.
  25. 2014: Hackers stole nude photos and information from iClouds belonging to Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and 200 others.
  26. 2014: Footage emerged of Solange Knowles hitting her brother-in-law Jay-Z in an elevator at a Met Gala after party.
  27. 2013: Anthony Weiner's New York mayoral campaign was derailed by more sexting allegations.
  28. 2013: New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was arrested on murder charges in the death of Odin Lloyd.
  29. 2013: TV cooking personality Paula Deen was recorded calling her black employees the N-word.
  30. 2013: Edward Snowden leaked thousands of documents he stole from the National Security Agency.
  31. 2013: Video emerged showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine.
  32. 2013: Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.
  33. 2012: David Petraeus resigned as director of the CIA after admitting to having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
  34. 2012: The Benghazi attacks on a US diplomatic compound sparked a political firestorm.
  35. 2011: Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was accused of molesting young boys.
  36. 2011: Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid was closed after 168-years following phone-hacking allegations.
  37. 2011: Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries got married. Then they got divorced 72 days later.
  38. 2011: Former US Senator John Edwards was accused of spending nearly $1 million to keep his mistress in hiding during his 2008 presidential campaign.
  39. 2011: Anthony Weiner accidentally posted a photo of his crotch on Twitter, launching the first of many social media-fueled scandals he would face.
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2019.11.19 16:00 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Apr 20, 1987

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
FUTURE YEARS ARCHIVE:
The Complete Observer Rewind Archive by daprice82
1-5-1987 1-12-1987 1-18-1987 2-2-1987
2-9-1987 2-16-1987 2-23-1987 3-2-1987
3-9-1987 3-16-1987 3-23-1987 4-6-1987
4-13-1987 - - -
Rewinder note: Posting up early today because I have an appointment at the usual time and will not be able to post then. There will also only be a Tuesday issue next week due to American Thanksgiving being kind of busy.
  • Jim Crockett Promotions reportedly bought Mid-South Sports (the Universal Wrestling Federation) for $4 million. The deal was finalized on April 9, and Dave hasn’t seen the actual paperwork but he calls bullshit on that price. No way was it that high, and Dave has some sources who say the real price was a lot less than you’d think, but it looks like nothing has ever truly come out since to contradict the $4 million number. The purchase agreement was officially for the assets of Mid-South Sports: more than a dozen rings, plus tv and arena contracts. Crockett didn’t purchase the contracts of the wrestlers, and will instead negotiate with them individually (and probably be able to offer more than they were making with UWF). The Universal Wrestling Federation will shamble on as a zombie promotion. They’ll remain separate, though they will recognize Ric Flair as world champion, and the UWF title will be a “stepping stone” to the NWA title with the UWF champion as designated number one contender. Sounds like a promotion of midcarders. Crockett will be moving the UWF headquarters to Dallas, and Dave supposes this means all of JCP tv headquarters might be there (though they’ll still produce the shows in Charlotte). Talent will move back and forth between UWF and JCP/NWA, and the Rock’n’Roll Express was supposed to head in for May, but with Ricky Morton’s eye injury (more on that later) that’s uncertain. Bill Watts also signed a no-compete clause preventing him from promoting wrestling. Dave’s heard two different versions, with one saying that the clause is for two years and the other for ten. The debts of UWF were not purchased, nor was the tape library, so both of those remain in Watts’ hands (Watts loses the tape library to his ex-wife Ene in their divorce settlement. Ene then sells the rights to WWE in 2012, which is how UWF/Mid-South made it onto the WWE Network).
  • Paul Boesch, a Houston promoter and announcer for UWF, has signed with WWF. He wasn’t clued in on the sale of UWF and was apparently upset about that, so one way or another he and WWF got to talking and they signed a deal.
  • Dave is already predicting problems for the zombified corpse of UWF. For one thing, Jake Roberts, Grizzly Smith, and Jim Duggan are all working for WWF, so that probably means an open door for other key guys. UWF was also doing poor business, and losing their main eventers will probably make things worse. The upside for JCP is that they now have a syndicated network on par with WWF’s. Having tv is the most important thing in this business today, so that’s the key thing about this deal, and so it may be profitable for JCP by virtue of advertising revenue alone.
  • The contract status of the Freebirds is the other big thing to speculate about. Crockett met with the wrestlers and office personnel at UWF and said anyone who wanted to stay was welcome to, but Crockett/Dusty have had some issues with Michael Hayes in the past. Whether that’s forgiven and forgotten or an obstacle is uncertain. There’s also the Japan commitments Terry Gordy, Steve Williams, and Ted DiBiase have. Crockett doesn’t like having guys who are heavily committed to working in Japan (neither does McMahon), so this sale is also a big deal for the wrestling business in Japan. With Hayes putting out his album and Gordy having a bad knee, no clue if they’re looking to even work full-time anymore, and it’s no secret World Class want the Freebirds for themselves away from JCP/UWF. Just before the sale Watts released Ken Mantell, and a lot of UWF talent (the Freebirds, One Man Gang, Missing Link, Chris Adams, King Parsons, Sunshine) all were brought in by Mantell, so there’s still a lot of shakeout to come.
  • The Riki Choshu situation is still making headlines in Japan and could really hurt wrestling’s reputation over there. To briefly recap, Choshu wanted out of his All Japan contract to jump to New Japan, but Baba refused and he’s tried to strike a compromise where his JPW group will work both promotions, with Choshu starting by working the All Japan tour that started March 28. Choshu no-showed, and just before the tour the JPW group basically split along idealogical lines. Yoshiaki Yatsu and three of the undercard guys (Haruka Eigen, Masanobu Kurusu, and Shinichi Nakano) are staying with All Japan. Choshu, Super Strong Machine, and Hiro Saito are apparently headed to New Japan (as are Hiroshi Hase and Masahiro Saito), while Animal Hamaguchi and Kuniaki Kobayashi are still kind of uncertain. Shunji Takano, who has been in the US with the AWA for a bit, looks like he’ll be staying over here for a while and his allegiance is uncertain. In response to all this, Baba stripped Choshu of his PWF title and said that Inoki and TV Asahi will need to pay a lot of money to get him to release Choshu and friends from their contracts. TV Asahi has been really displeased with New Japan’s ratings and considering dropping wrestling entirely, so who knows if they’ll be interested in that at all. This whole situation could alienate fans and open up space for WWF to try and make headway with a tour. Dave doesn’t see WWF doing much more than one or two weeks of tours a year in the long run and is skeptical of WWF’s ability to really penetrate the Japanese market with their style of wrestling. Choshu’s reputation is tanking as well, which will probably affect his drawing power for the short term. He, Machine, and the Saitos (who aren’t related) are looking like they’ll debut in the IWGP tournament which starts on May 11 (yeah, no, this is still going to be a mess by then). Between Choshu no-showing Baba (who had a big main event scheduled for April 2 where Choshu/Yatsu would wrestle Tenryu/Wajima, billed as a first encounter between Choshu and Wajima) and the riot from the March 26 New Japan show, this whole situation may also have killed Osaka as a wrestling town for a while.
  • The last major news item is that Verne Gagne is suing independent promoter David Strecker. Strecker owns a bar in Minneapolis and booked a show at the Minneapolis Auditorium (where AWA shows are run now). He advertised heavily in newspapers two main event death matches: Bruiser Brody vs. Nord the Barbarian and Jimmy Snuka vs. Col. DeBeers. That second one is one of AWA’s current (and not very hot) feuds. They also advertised Buddy Rose and Billy Robinson. Verne got a restraining order on the ads, but the show went on and drew about 500. Snuka and Robinson didn’t show up, and DeBeers cut a promo calling Snuka a coward who wouldn’t wrestle him “when he wasn’t protected by AWA officials.” One of Eddie Sharkey’s students, Ricky Rice, came out and challenged DeBeers, who walked out (so DeBeers didn’t wrestle either). Buddy Rose did wrestle, but no clue yet if that means he’s done with AWA or not.
  • One more big item - the Crockett Cup. Friday’s matches, to put it kindly, weren’t good overall, but there was a great atmosphere, and Saturday’s show was excellent. They didn’t sell out either day, but the combined gate was $300,000, so on the whole a success if still disappointing. People have asked how it compared to Wrestlemania, and Dave says that while Saturday’s wrestling was better, including Friday the Cup underperformed wrestling-wise to Wrestlemania. As for atmosphere, Wrestlemania was budgeted for several million dollars and the Cup for under a hundred grand. You do the math. Anyway, Dave runs down his issues with how JCP ran the show. If you’re going to bring in a team from Japan, pick guys who can get the crowd interested. Who cares if you’re doing it as a favor to Baba, don’t bring Baba and a green rookie literally wrestling his very first match. Stop booking obvious jobber teams into the tournament. There’s no need for a 24-team tournament, and it just meant Friday was full of completely predictable 5 minute matches. Also the Mulkey brothers were misused by being eliminated in the first round when they’re so popular.
  • Anyway, Dave reviews both nights of the Crockett Cup. Ricky Morton suffered an eye injury two days before the Cup when he took a thumb to the eye. Word is he can’t see out of one eye and nobody knows if or when he’ll be able to return to the ring, so Robert Gibson forfeited the Rock’n’Roll Express’s spot in the tournament (they had a first round bye, but as it became clear Morton couldn’t work, they did a time limit draw with the Keirn/South vs. Graham/Royal match that would have determined their opponents in the second round. This gave Baba/Takagi a bye into the semifinal. The first night matches are almost all bad. Night two, however, opens with a one-two punch of matches that Dave rates 3.75 (Armstrongs vs. Horsemen) and 4 stars (New Midnights vs. Road Warriors) and says he’s never seen a show with the opening matches anywhere near the calibre of those two. Front row fans had it in for Dusty, chanting “fat pig” at him and the crowd couldn’t emotionally invest because they were so spent from the opening. The Horsemen got cheered against Baba and Takagi in the semi-final. Flair vs. Windham gets five stars from Dave, who notes there wasn’t a single resthold after the first three minutes of feeling each other out. Dave does say that there may have been too many false finishes, and the spots were predictable, which is a given in Flair matches. Guess that’s why this one didn’t get 6 stars.
Watch: Bob and Brad Armstrong vs. Lex Luger and Tully Blanchard
Watch: The New Midnight Express vs. The Road Warriors
Watch: Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham for the NWA World Heavyweight Title
  • Dave’s final notes on the Crockett Cup are in part focused on the winners. Obviously Dusty and Nikita were going to win, because Jimmy Crockett and his mom aren’t going to give the check and cup to a heel team, and since the Road Warriors won last year there really wasn’t any other over face team to give the win to. That said, seeing as Dusty is the booker, it opens him up to criticism when he wins the Bunkhouse Stampede two years in a row, plus the World title, plus the Crockett Cup. Magnum T.A. was there and his recovery is amazing, and he can walk a little on his own but mostly uses a walker. It was a beautiful moment when he hugged Dusty and Nikita when he came out, and Dave says that while he’s criticized Crockett for how they have marketed off Magnum’s injury, he was impressed on Saturday as they mentioned Magnum would be there but never made it a promotional focus. They could have been like Fritz Von Erich and made everything about Magnum and sold out because of it, but they didn’t. Out of the arena, the highlight is that Konga the Barbarian punched a hole in the wall of a bar (he was upset it was closing) at 2 am after the Friday show. He was arrested and let out on bail, and while he was being arrested a fan came up and asked for his autograph (the fan got the autograph).
  • [JCP/NWA] Also, we have the real scoop on Dennis Condrey leaving the Midnight Express. He just up and disappeared. No call, no show for some dates, and his wife sent word he would be at the March 25 San Francisco show but he didn’t show up anywhere that week. Rumors started flying that WWF signed him, since lost wrestlers usually get found there, but they swear they have no idea where he is and haven’t been in contact with him. So by the end of March they decided Eaton needed a new partner, and they chose Stan Lane.
  • WWF is apparently going to give medical and dental coverage to wrestlers. This is long overdue and Dave hopes that other promotions follow suit.
  • Dave’s heard that Fantasy, Mike Golden’s valet in UWF, is pregnant. Golden is headed out of UWF to work in the Alabama territory. Anyway, Fantasy has just the foulest mouth and gets amazing heat in small buildings.
  • WCCW wrote Lance Von Erich off for elbow surgery with an arm-breaking angle. John Nord did it and it went down April 6, but the angle looked poor and it made Lance look like a jobber. Also attendance is back down to the 200 range in Fort Worth and under 500 in Dallas. Mike Von Erich, meanwhile, has been missing his recent bookings (more on that next issue).
  • Someone writes in and considers that with how big a name you can get in WWF, most wrestlers would want to work there. Dave responds saying that yeah, the majority probably would, but some guys would find that it isn’t the answer to their needs. Small, talented guys would have a hard time getting over, and young guys can make good money as prelim wrestlers, but WWF has yet to take one and make them a featured guy (and guys like Steve Lombardi, Barry Orton, and Nick Kiniski arguably deserve it). You’re better off making a name elsewhere and coming in, and their only homegrown guys are gimmicks like Hillbilly Jim and Brutus Beefcake. Also you’re going to need a lot of charisma to make it. An older wrestler with a family might also not want to go in, as the WWF schedule is notoriously tough and they can go three weeks or more without a break to go home.
  • Meanwhile, a teacher in Japan writes in that he polled Jr. high students and Keiji Mutoh is their favorite. Kids don’t care about Wajima, whom All Japan is pushing hard thinking he’s their next big star. He also comments on seeing an AJW card in Hiroshima, and you have to see it to believe it just how much heat Dump Matsumoto and Chigusa Nagayo can generate working opposite each other.
  • Evelyn Stevens, a former wrestler, was found legally sane to stand trial. She shot her husband (Dave says boyfriend) and killed him. More on her story here.
Next Issue: The death of Mike Von Erich
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2019.10.10 22:16 Mymomgay1 ERB seasonal review: season 2

Wow, i didnt wanna take this long to make this one. but school is fucking me harder than i expected. so here i am again to review season. here's my first review, if you're wondering: heya
- Hitler vs Vader 2:
Lyrics: 8/10
portrayal: 7/10
beat: 6/10
Verdict: 7/10. well the sequel is here. and hey its pretty good. The lyrics are a big upgrade over the previous one, and i dont know about yall, but hitler murdered vader in this one! but the beat was kinda lacking in my opinion.
- Master Chief vs Leonidas:
Lyrics: 7/10
portrayal: 8/10
beat: 6.5/10
Verdict: 7.2/10. goddamn the costumes looked great in this one, they looked spot on. the lyrics were also not bad with some heavy hitters from the chief. but the beat was not bad, just not that memorable to me.
- Mario Bros. vs Wright Brothers:
Lyrics: 6.5/10
portrayal: 7/10
beat: 7.5/10
Verdict: 7/10. i didnt like this one at much as i would to. but rhett and link really saved this battle. the costumes altough not bad werent really the best. and the lyrics.... they made mario and luigi a little bit too ganster-y in my opinion. goof thing they had some good lines to back it up.
- Michael Jackson vs Elvis Presley:
Lyrics: 9/10
Portrayal: 9/10
beat: 8.5/10
Verdict: 8.8/10. HOLY SHIT this battle is so goddamn good. first of all, the way they portrayed michael and elvis at different points in their lifes was brilliant. then the beat had such a nice ring to it and fit the battle perfectly. and of course the lyrics, goddamn did they go hard with this one, especially elvis. i could go on and about this battle, but lemme tell ya its really good.
- Cleopatra vs Marilyn Monroe:
Lyrics: 9/10
portrayal: 7.5/10
beat: 7/10
Verdict: 7.8/10. Like many people already said before, this is probably top 3 most savage battles there is. Like goddamn its not even funny how hard they went at each other. My first time watching this as a kid, the lines didnt stick with me as much. but when i got older the bars were hitting very different.
- Steve jobs vs Bill Gates:
lyrics: 8/10
portrayal: 7/10
beat: 8/10
Verdict: 7.7/10. Can you imagine that this was like the most popular rab battle a few years ago. well it does have reputation. The editing in this battle is crazy good. I really liked the switching back and forth between lines. also the beat was great gave a good tech vibe.
- Frank Sinatra vs Freddie Mercury:
lyrics: 7/10
portrayal: 6.5/10
beat: 7/10
Verdict: 6.8/10. this battle is really ehhhh. dont get me wrong there are some nice lines, but when i look back this battle feels so short. the beat was kinda cool though.
- Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney:
Lyrics: 8.5/10
portrayal: 7.5/10
beat: 7.5/10
Verdict: 7.8/10. this battle is good, because of the guy who played obama, he really killed. And the lines were really goddamn good. but we cannot forget, daddy lincoln descending from the heavens to smack these two suckas as equals. ON THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, EAGLE!!!
- Doc brown vs Doctor who:
lyrics: 7.5/10
portrayal: 7.5/10
beat: 6.5/10
Verdict: 7.2/10. I got so fuckign suprised by the ending the first time, because i had never seen doctor who before, so i had no clue what was going on. but what sold me on this battle as not being meh, was of course, watzky. my god this man can rap, he fucking killed.
- Bruce lee vs Clint eastwood:
lyrics: 8/10
portrayal: 7/10
beat: 7/10
Verdict: 7.3/10. Huh, i didnt know graphic display of murder was allowed on youtube. jokes aside, this battle was pretty cool and had a nice gritty style to. But yeah, clint eastwood, to this day, has the most killer verse in the history of ERB, you cannot get up from that one. not even you bruce
- Batman vs sherlock holmes:
lyrics: 6/10
portrayal: 5.5/10
beat: 7/10
Verdict: 6.2/10. PETER THAT IS NOT A COOL WAY TO PLAY BATMAN. yeah, honetly lloyd is right batman looks more like a bully than a hero in this one. and holmes' flow was not ill but really weird, its a battle not an interrogation. the beat really saves this battle,
- Moses vs Santa clause:
lyrics: 7.5/10
portrayal: 7/10
beat: 8/10
Verdict: 7.5/10. to this day, i still dont know how they got snoop to play in this, but im happy they did. snoop had some really nice lines. And the beat is a personal favorite of mine it has a really cold tone to it. fitting....
- adam vs eve:
lyrics: 5/10
portrayal: 6/10
beat: 8/10
Verdict: 6.3/10. whew, could you imagine if this battle came out now? all hell would be released upon ERB. but to be fair, it would be better if it wasnt made at all. but if this didnt exist, we wouldnt have this fire beat.
- Gandhi vs Martin Luther King jr.
Lyrics: 8/10
portrayal: 7/10
beat: 7.5/10
Verdict: 7.5/10. this battle shows that you dont need that much time to have a THREE verse rap battle. Key and peele were the perfect choice to play these two. thats all there is to it.
- Nikola Tesla vs Thomas Edison:
lyrics: 7.5/10
portrayal: 7.5/10
beat: 7.5/10
Verdict: 7.5/10. this battle may be a guilty pleasure of mine. maybe it is because of the flow of this battle. Maybe it is becuase i like to see dante on screen (nohomo). but there is just somehting fascinating about this a battle, i just cannot my finger on it.
- Babe ruth vs Lance Armstrong:
Lyrics: 8/10
portrayal: 7/10
beat: 7/10
Verdict: 7.3/10. if Clint has the best killer verse, then this is a rightful second place. Babe ruth burned lance to a crisp with that second verse. Overall, this battle was really nice but got really boosted by that verse.
- Mozart vs Skrillex
lyrics: 7.5/10
portrayal: 7/10
beat: 7.5/10
Verdict: 7.3/10. this battle is really popular for some reason. not that i think thats bad, but there are much better battles than this one. anyway, mozart was really killing it throughout this battle. and the beat was a nice mix of dubstep and classical music.
- Rasputin vs Stalin
lyrics: 8.5/10
portrayal: 8/10
beat: 8.5/10
Verdict: 8.3/10. the best season finale to date, followed closely by lee vs hanson (but well get tot that later). also the first battle royal, which i always like. but the lyrics and beat were so good in this one its insane they really left this season on a banger. Now putin doesnt have to kill us.
FINAL VERDICT: 7.5/10. this season was really good and considered by many to be the best so far. maybe for me as well, but i really cannot decide. Well, im finally done see yall next time. hope to do this again soon.
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2019.09.01 22:02 MrKitchenSink The Top 9 Worst Epic Rap Battles of History (in my opinion)

Alright, look, I love ERB. I know, shocking. And most of their battles are damn good. Honestly, I don't think there's been one in quite a while that I would call straight up bad. I know some of you will disagree with me there, but that's my opinion. Unfortunately, it was not always like this. On occasion, ERB has been known to drop a battle that's not exactly their most impressive work. I still honestly wouldn't call too many of them that bad, just...subpar by their standards. And here are, in my opinion, the 9 worst. Why not top 10? Honestly, because I was gonna put Moses vs Santa on this list, but then I rewatched it and realized it's way better than I remembered, and there wasn't another battle I really disliked enough to take its place.
9. John Lennon vs Bill O'Reilly
In all honesty, maybe this one should be a little bit higher on the list than it is. But, knowing that this is the battle that started it all just makes it a little bit harder to hate on it. The lines are pretty basic and surface level, but there's a few clever ones in there, and I think the attitudes of the characters are portrayed pretty well (the voices are another matter). Plus, I think this battle did a lot to establish what ERB is, particularly in the editing style. I mean, this set the tone for the rest of the series. At the same time, it has its own identity as well. I particularly love the little news headlines at the bottom of the screen. While I don't think it's held up too well, I just can't in good conscience put it any higher than this.
8. Hitler vs Vader 3
I never had a problem with Hitler vs Vader having sequels - I mean, if any battle was gonna get a sequel, it HAD to be Vader vs Hitler, giving that they were both characters with a ton of material to work with, and of course it's without a doubt the most famous and iconic battle in the show's history. The only problem is that both sequels are a major letdown (you'll see 2 on this list soon). Now, I will say there is a lot of good about this one: I think the writing is fairly good overall. I still wouldn't say it's really their best - I mean, the joke was pretty played out by this point - but there's some pretty good lines in here. But it's just way too short. Don't get me wrong, I love the intro and the nod to Return of the Jedi, but it took a lot of time away from the actual rapping. They both get one verse (okay, Hitler kind of had a second one, but it was really more of a rant with a beat behind it), neither of which is much longer than an average verse in a two verse battle. So while the presentation is great, strip that away and you really don't have much substance. Oh, and also, the beat gets just obnoxious for part of Vader's second verse. I've heard complaints about ERB beats before, but this is the only time I've really been that annoyed by one.
7. Abe Lincoln vs Chuck Norris
Might as well address it now: There's a trend here. A good portion of these battles are from season 1. While that season has still been home to a number of classics, it was abundantly clear that the show was still finding itself back then, and as a result, we get some really odd battles, Lincoln vs Norris being one of them. For starters, as with most season 1 battles, this a bizarre connection. I could not figure it out myself, but apparently it's bearded Republicans.
...If you say so. Anyways, Lincoln's verses are fine here, save for the really weird line about putting Norris' chesthair in his mouth (seriously, what the hell was that about?). The problem starts at Norris. Pretty much all of his lines are those Chuck Norris jokes you saw online 10 years ago. And yeah, I get it, that was a huge part of his public image at the time, but other than that, Norris makes zero references to his real life at all (there's a roundhouse kick joke, but that's it). Which is just kinda lame and feels like you're not really exploring the full character. And a lot of his lines don't really diss Lincoln specifically either. There's some, referencing the Civil War, but a lot of them are just generic Chuck Norris jokes. That feels kind of lazy and unoriginal (especially when you compare it to the sheer cleverness of most modern ERB lines), plus it is very dated nowadays. That's another season 1 trend: Really dated jokes. And while that is inevitable going to happen, it's especially noticeable when you base an entire battle around them. Is this one too bad overall? No. As I said, Lincoln's verses are pretty solid, plus it's hard not to be endeared to the battle that produced the iconic ERB portrayal of Lincoln, but other than that...it's just kind of okay.
6. Hitler vs Vader 2
Most of the complaints I had about Hitler vs Vader 3 apply here too. Once again, great presentation, I love the way they made into a story, but Christ, the actual battle is so short. And unlike the third, the lines really feel like a let down this time. Again, a few good ones, but for the most part, it's pretty "meh". All in all, as the intro to a new season and the sequel to the most popular battle of season 1...it feels like a pretty huge letdown in retrospect. 3 wasn't much better, but at least it was an improvement on this.
5. Miley Cyrus vs Joan of Arc
One of the biggest problems with season 1 was the very loose definition of "history". I mean, okay, it's still tossed around pretty loosely, but in season 1, they tended to use very topical things a lot that didn't really hold up 5 or 10 years later. I've talked about the Chuck Norris jokes, but there's some other examples too. Luckily, after season 1, they got a bit smarter about it, and while they still did go for more topical stuff sometimes, it's in a way that stands the test of time better, like Lance Armstrong vs Babe Ruth.
Then season 3 came and they forgot all that with their portayal of Miley Cyrus. Fresh off the VMAs fiasco, they portrayed Miley as the wild, good-girl-gone-bad that she had become. Unfortunately for this battle, that Miley did not last much longer. She's pretty chilled out and not completely off the wall anymore. And even if she was...she's not really that relevant anymore, so it still feels dated either way. The pop scene is constantly changing, and so if you're gonna use pop stars in something like ERB, you either need to choose ones that have established major staying power already, or just accept the fact that your portrayal might not hold up in a couple years. I'm disappointed they went for the latter. Other than that, fine battle. Joan has some really clever lines, though I don't really like the actress's line delivery. This would probably be below Lincoln vs Norris, but I feel like the whole dated thing is a lot easier to excuse in the earlier battles than the later ones. Again, it felt like they should've learned their lesson by this point. But then they made this battle anyways.
4. Cleopatra vs Marilyn Monroe
I have hated this battle for a long time. I used to think it was the worst one in the series. And, well, I still don't really like it. But the thing is: I can't really figure out why. In theory, it's perfectly fine, I can't really point to anything specific that's wrong with it. It just...never vibed with me. Part of me still wants to put this in the top 3, but I just don't feel right doing that. I can tell you exactly what I don't like about the top 3. But this one? I may never figure out. I just don't like it. Simple as that.
3. Genghis Khan vs The Easter Bunny
I find it funny how even the announcer sounds like he can tell how bad of an idea this is. Like...what do I really say here? The pairing was stupid, they knew it was stupid, and I think that's exactly why they did it. Genghis is okay, the "DNA from New York to Japan" line was pretty good, but the Easter Bunny...oh god the Easter Bunny. His lines were barely disses most of the time, and not in the clever way like Thomas Jefferson trying to excuse his actions (say what you will about that, but at least there was a reason for it in the battle. Easter Bunny just gave up before the battle began). In fact, really his only major attempt at a diss was threatening to kick Khan - a male character - in the vagina. And you know what? It may be borderline treasonous to ERB to say this, but that is Guy Fawkes vs Joker tier writing. Like...seriously. It may be the stupidest lyric that they've ever written.
2. Sarah Palin vs Lady Gaga
Ah yes. Aside from Banner vs Jenner, this is probably the most widely hated battle by the ERB fanbase. And, well, it's not overly hard to see why. For starters, this one is the peak of "dated jokes". Multiple jokes about Gaga being a transvestite...yeah I'm sure those will not only be topical in 2019, but will definitely not look bad when juxtaposed with the support ERB has shown for transgender people. Other than that, this battle has a ton of lines that are either boring or confusing. "Gay piranha" is weird, comparing Palin to a Smurf...where the hell did that come from? Sarah Palin's voice is just annoying. It's a mess overall. But the one thing I can give it credit for: The costumes. There was a lot of work put into making the Gaga style costumes here, and a lot of them actually did look like things she would wear. So, props to the team for pulling those off, especially on the lower budget season 1 had. Also, "principal of a home school" was kinda funny.
1. Gandalf vs Dumbledore
This battle really isn't much different than the others I've covered. Most of the lines are bad, "tie a knot in your beard" is just bafflingly weird, and hey guys, I don't know if you've heard, but Dumbledore's gay! And I swear, that was half the battle. Nevermind the fact that this has once again has aged like milk (I mean, okay, Dumbledore is still gay, so they still work...but it's pretty homophobic, and again, ERB is very pro-LGBT, so aside from just being wrong, it really clashes with what they are now.). The rest of the lines are just dull. But I've said similar things about most of these battles. What puts this one over the edge? It's the idea. At least Palin vs Gaga, Khan vs Easter Bunny, Monroe vs Cleopatra, the Hitler vs Vader sequels, everything else I've covered is unique. You're never going to see those two characters pitted against each other anywhere else. But Gandalf vs Dumbledore? That is freaking everywhere! It was before this battle, it was after. It's one of the most famous character vs character comparisons on the Internet, right up there next to Goku vs Superman (I didn't like that matchup for ERB either, but at least that battle had the decency to be good). And that makes this so much lamer than all the others in my opinion. It's been done. They've been compared. Even if the other battles are executed poorly, they are all still somewhat interesting purely because there's nothing else quite like them. This? There's no reason for this to exist. In fact, I just kind of ignore it most of the time, because what's even the point of thinking about it?
So, there's my list. I know some of my opinions are not very popular. Also, I know a lot of you were waiting for Banner vs Jenner to show up, but honestly, I do not think that battle deserves to be anywhere near these nine. I actually kind of want to do a post defending it soon, so I won't elaborate on it now, I'll just say that I'd rather have a battle that is 70% great and 30% bad than a battle that is 100% mediocre. The former is how I'd describe Banner vs Jenner, the latter is how I'd describe most of this list.
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2019.08.28 03:27 SoxTurtle Just a bunch of short jokes

I was driving a while ago and I saw a yard sign that said “drive like your kids live here.” So I left and never came back.
I’m Jewish, and the Jews are Gods chosen people. But based on our history we really should have asked what we were being chosen for.
I recently saw a video where a guy laid out concrete evidence that Jews control all world governments and media and violently suppress all those who oppose them. Obviously you won’t be hearing from him again
I used to work at an Italian restaurant. We didn’t have a gluten free menu but we had a gluten sensitive one. It didn’t have any different dishes, there were just apologies after all the pastas.
I was at my checkup a couple years ago and my doctor said “you’re not sexually active right?” And I said “I am actually, sometimes several times a day.” Turns out he meant with other people
I feel like most people would admit that they pee in the shower. But there’s a line between in the shower and into the shower
I saw a guy recently wearing a shirt that had one arrow pointing up towards his face, another arrow pointing down towards his crotch, and in between, in big block letters, it said “two seater.” I don’t have a joke for that, I’m just telling everyone about it.
People always talk about love at first sight. But I have love at first touch and I’m a “creep” who needs to “stop touching the mannequins”
People never believe you if you say you stepped on a dolphin by accident. They’re always like “that was clearly on porpoise”
I recently went on a terrible date with a volleyball player. She tried to spike my drink
I know a pirate who’s leg is a giant strap-on dildo. We call him peg leg joe
I was on trial and the judge asked me how I plead. I told him I usually ask a few times and then start to cry.
I was really shaken up when I sat on that vibrator.
My ex girlfriend said she wished I wanted to have sex more. Turns out she meant with her
The perfect cover identity for a safecracker is a gynecologist because they don’t have to suppress their natural instinct to say “I’m in”
It’s always awkward if you can’t get it up in the bedroom. But it’s even more awkward if they find you hiding in the closet.
It takes a lot of guts to perform multiple organ transplants.
When that girl went down on me so I would leave, she really blew me away.
The judge finally rejected MC Hammers restraining order against me. Looks like Someone CAN touch this.
My friend recently called me an alcoholic for doing three shots. It totally ruined our breakfast.
I found out I have psychic powers. I did not see that coming
People will say someone is stupid by saying they don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground. For me it’s easy, one has a gopher in it and the other one is a hole in the ground.
I asked a doctor how most people deal with Parkinson’s disease. He told me they just shake it off
Why is it when I have a black eye everyone feels bad for me, but when I have a blackface people get all pissy?
Nothing brings people together like a human centipede.
As the presidential candidate for the masturbation party, I feel that Americans really need to pull together
This guy who bullied me in high school would always say stuff like “hey loser, I fucked your mom.” But my dad is much nicer to me now.
I was inside a lab recently. I don’t think they’re gonna let me back in that pet store
Someone called me an animal abuser for wearing a leather belt. I was so surprised I almost dropped the seal I was strangling
I recently got arrested for peeing outside. Preschools are so defensive of their playgrounds.
I was talking to a priest and I ended my sentence with “ya feel me?” He said “no, you’re too old”
I made a movie about erectile dysfunction, but it flopped
My ex girlfriend used to say I treated women like objects. I got so mad I finally had to break up with it.
Lance Armstrong cheated and lied to the world for years. That takes a lotta ball.
When I was 14 a UFO landed in my backyard. The aliens got out and said “we come in peace” and I said “huh, I usually use a sock”
The end of the Sopranos was proof that once you go black you never go back
My friend told me if I wanted to get drugs through airport security I had to shove them up my ass. But it was even harder getting through security with a donkey than it would’ve been with drugs
My mom does Zumba and she got mad at me cause I said it was just paying to do the cha cha slide. So I took it back now y’all
My rabbi was recently telling me that if you masturbate you’ll go blind. I said “yeah that’s great, but I’m over here”
My friends say I’m obsessed with proving people wrong. I’ll show them.
My parents said they’re worried about me because I confuse basic household items. It made me take a long hard look in the stove.
My family is worried my friend has gotten me into a cult. But kevin would never do that, he’s the son of god.
Last Mother’s Day I got a mug for my mom. It’s a nice mug but I do miss my mom
The world record for successful suicide bombings will always be 1. Unless someone can radicalize a cat.
I used to work at a school for the blind. I got fired for saying we should start a show and tell day.
Someone asked me to recreate the scene of Jesus crucifixion. I don’t wanna brag, but I think I nailed it
My parents got mad at me because I got addicted to drugs after getting rejected from art school. Cause I think we can all agree that’s the worst thing anyone has ever done after getting rejected from art school.
I’m so single the only way for me to be sexually active is to jerk off on a treadmill
I know this guy who became such a jerk after winning a penis pageant. What a dick
Everyone acts like it’s totally normal for a cat to lick itself clean, but when I do it everyone says I’m a weirdo for licking cats
When Aladdin rubbed a lamp, he got a genie who made his dreams come true. Whenever I’ve rubbed a lamp, all I’ve gotten was kicked out of Ikea
Me and my partner are always making love. We suck at doubles tennis.
I was at a bar in Paris and I asked the bartender if I could use their bathroom. He said “oui” and I said “no actually I have to take a dump”
I’m the worlds greatest celibate butcher. Nobody beats my meat
A talking snake was telling me I’m a bad person. But he doesn’t have a leg to stand on
My mom once caught me trying to fuck a snowman. She screamed “what’s wrong with you?” And I said “frostbite”
Me and my girlfriend recently shared a meal at a restaurant that serves animal genitals. We had a ball
My sister studies animal science and she told me that ducks have a permanent erection. I would too if I was always hanging around all those sexy-ass ducks
If you ever wanna freak someone out when they’re in a porta potty get into the neighboring one and just say “forgive me father for I have sinned”
There is only one kind of person. Those who can recognize inconsistencies and those who can’t
I like to say I put the Fun in “Fucking unpleasant”
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