Last night, Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints to a championship by defeating the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. Even though Brees put on an MVP performance, there was one major reason the Saints won: they wanted it more.
While most teams are conservative in the Super Bowl, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was aggressive and took chances. Even though the play was unsuccessful, the Saints tried for a touchdown on fourth down. In a gutsy move at the beginning of the second half, the Saints tried for and won an onside kick. The Saints wanted to win and were willing to do whatever it took.
Even though I didn’t win in the Super Bowl squares game, I was very happy to see the city of New Orleans win their first championship in a very exciting game.
Tomorrow is the day of the Super Bowl. It has been a long time since I have been this excited to watch the big game.
To prepare for the big event, I thought I would share a funny video. Several months ago, Chad Ocho Cinco was on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Jimmy Fallon took the opportunity to show the outspoken wide receiver from the Cincinnati Bengals several end zone celebrations he invented.
Watch Jimmy Fallon’s end zone dances:
I was recently asked if I wanted to participate in a Super Bowl squares game. For those unfamiliar with the game, it is pretty simple. Participants select one or more empty squares on a grid, for a price. When all 100 squares are taken, numbers are randomly assigned to represent the last digit of the score. The winning square at the end of each quarter wins a portion of the pot.
Here is an interesting article discussing the odds of winning and the most popular numbers based on prior history.
For those interested, below is the grid for the game I am playing this year. I blocked out the names of the other participants.
Tonight’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV will feature Kimbo Slice’s first fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Octagon.
Kimbo Slice, the Internet sensation known for fighting in backyards for money, was recently offered a chance to fight in the UFC by going through the reality television show. Will Kimbo make it to the finale and win the six-figure contract? Probably not. Will Kimbo use his on the television show to improve his skills? Yes. Kimbo already has a large fan base, and it will continue to grow as people watch him on the show; the UFC easily could have portrayed Kimbo in a negative way on the show, but they haven’t. Win or lose, he will continue to be in the UFC and help make the company money.
Kimbo was on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” earlier this week to promote tonight’s “The Ultimate Fighter.” In several funny moments, Kimbo teaches Jimmy how to fight and is also part of a comedy skit.
Watch Kimbo’s interview with Jimmy Fallon:
Watch Kimbo train Jimmy on how to fight:
Watch the commercial for Kimbo’s side business, the Slice Brothers Breakaway Furniture Store:
The year was 1995. I was at a former girlfriend’s house one evening watching television, and her dad entered the room to give me a videotape. He knew I enjoyed professional wrestling, so he thought I might like what he recorded for me on the tape. He explained that he was changing the channel on the previous night and came across a pay-per-view channel that was not scrambled. It was no-holds-barred cage fighting called the Ultimate Fighting Championship. I had heard about it once, so I was already curious. I put the videotape into their VCR and pressed the “play” button; the picture was slightly fuzzy at times, but I didn’t care.
I felt like I was watching something illegal, taking place from the underground. Each match consisted of two men of different sizes, fighting in a cage with basically no rules. I didn’t understand it completely, and kept wondering if it was real. It was real, and I continued to watch.
Even though I would hear of the UFC a few times since I watched the videotape, I never saw another UFC match until 2005. Rules had been added to the sport since my first viewing, along with weightclasses; it was much different, but better. I watched the entire first season of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV, and was one of the infamous people calling his friends during the finale to tell them to watch the amazing fight between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar.
Last night was the huge 100th major event of the UFC. I started watching the event one minute before Dan Henderson’s awesome knockout, as Michael Bisping hit the ground unconscience to only receive one more punch as Henderson dove on top. Georges St-Pierre defended his Welterweight Championship by dominating Thiago Alves for five full rounds, the last two rounds with an injured groin. In the main event, former WWE Champion and current UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesner destroyed Frank Mir to retain the title; Lesner seemed cautious this second time with Mir by staying on the ground and holding Mir down the entire time.
I have been a fan of “The Next Big Thing” Brock Lesner since his WWE debut in 2002. His actions and comments after the match angered many fans, but I found his apology at the press conference to be acceptable even though his antics didn’t bother me. If at the very least, Lesner did set himself up with many MMA fans now wanting to pay money to see if someone can beat him.
Can someone beat Brock Lesner? The man is a monster in the Octagon, with quick moves that someone his size typically does not possess. Top ranked fighter Fedor Emelianenko and former WWE Champion Bobby Lashley are the only two fighters I can think of that would be worth seeing against Lesner; unfortunately, they are both currently under contract with other promotions.
Bootleg videos of Dan Henderson’s knockout and Brock Lesner’s comments can be found online by searching, and the videos of the post fight press conference can be seen at the UFC website.
While visiting my grandparents one weekend in 1984, my dad pointed out professional wrestling on television. While glancing at the television, I saw a cute girl in the audience and kept watching to see if the camera would her again; when the World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) show ended, I was hooked on sports entertainment. I started watching WCCW and WWE (known as WWF during that time).
Twenty-five years later, the largest annual wrestling event came to Houston, TX.
This past Friday, a friend and I went to the Fan Axxess event; we had fun, especially watching some attendees who were dressed up in full costume. I was at the very first Fan Axxess event held by the WWE, which took place in Houston before Wrestlemania X7 (17). The Fan Axxess event eight years later was much bigger, but I felt the first one had a better memorabillia section that included several destroyed automobiles.
Saturday evening, I attented the Hall Of Fame ceremony. I found it interesting that the introductions and speaches shown on television two hours later were edited and shortened.
Sunday afternoon, I took my brother-in-law to the big event. I had bought tickets during the pre-sell several months ago, but I noticed new ringside tickets were released by Ticketmaster one morning last week. Even though the tickets were rather expensive ($750 each), I couldn’t pass up the 6th row seats. Oh, and we were allowed to keep our chairs! Before the show began, we went to see how far away my original tickets were, and we both agreed that I had made the right move in buying the new tickets.
The big show in front of 72,744 people included a Kid Rock mini-concert, an appearance by “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and an amazing match between Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker that lasted over thirty minutes.
Here are some of the pictures I took from this past weekend:
Here are 2 short videos I took with my camera at the beginning of the show: