In the name of Bill Paxton, I didn’t think Liam could kick any more ass than he did in the first two. HE DOES.
In the name of Bill Paxton, I didn’t think Liam could kick any more ass than he did in the first two. HE DOES.
The Wyatt Family first appeared on our TV screens via mysterious yet intriguing promos in May of last year. It was clear from that first promo that Bray Wyatt and his duo of bearded monsters were not your average superstars. In an era when the debuts of characters like Fandango and Adam Rose have perplexed that key 18-34 male demographic, Bray Wyatt immediately had our attention, and more importantly, our support. Wyatt, real name Windham Rotunda (son of Mike Rotunda aka IRS, brother of Bo Dallas) was first introduced to the WWE as part of the Nexus under the ring name Husky Harris. He was underwhelming, and after a brief stint on WWE TV, he was sent back down to what is now known as NXT, and soon after the Bray Wyatt character was born. When Wyatt finally debuted, he seemed like a breath of fresh air. His promos were effortless, and his in ring skills, though not on the level of Daniel Bryan or CM Punk, were very good. He had a decent feud with Kane, and a very good feud with Daniel Bryan. Then the wheels fell off.
For whatever reason, the WWE decided to feud Wyatt with John Cena. Wyatt’s reasoning was something we’ve seen before: he wanted John to embrace the dark side that we all knew was inside of him, and Bray was going to bring this dark side out of John no matter what. Wyatt told the WWE Universe he didn’t care about wins or losses; all he really wanted was for John Cena to become a monster. The only problem with this storyline was that in every match Bray Wyatt wrestled, Harper and Rowan were at ringside, and they either helped him win, or interfered to make sure he didn’t lose. Most fans blame the WWE for this hypocritical booking (and probably rightfully so), but the feud with Cena derailed the momentum Wyatt had going for him. You can’t have a character say he doesn’t care about wins and losses in his promos when his actions in the ring prove otherwise. Wyatt losing at WrestleMania to Cena made zero sense, and hurt his character immensely. He gained a win in a cage match at the next pay per view, but only after Harper, Rowan and a singing child prevented Cena from leaving the cage. He went on to feud with Chris Jericho, who has a history of helping build young stars, but unfortunately did nothing for Wyatt.
Wyatt has been conspicuous by his absence from WWE TV over the last few weeks, and last night’s promo was the first we’ve heard from the eater of worlds in quite some time. What does this promo signify? Is Wyatt unleashing Luke Harper on the WWE Universe to do his dirty work? Will we get an Erik Rowan promo next week? Is the Wyatt Family splitting up? My theory is that they will remain as a group, but Harper and Rowan will not be a tag team any longer. Harper will return to WWE TV to seek vengeance on those that have wronged both Wyatt and himself. What this means for Wyatt’s future is anyone’s guess, but I think he’ll also be back soon, hopefully with a slight tweak to his characters in ring agenda. Whatever the case may be, we’re talking about Bray Wyatt again. That’s always a good thing.
P.S. If this tweet doesn’t get your blood pumping for a potential Wyatt/Sting feud you don’t have a pulse.
it exists in us all we are the ants destroy the scorpion Be Heard
— Bray Wyatt (@WWEBrayWyatt) September 29, 2014
Before I begin I would like to assure the New England Average Nobodies that we have channels in place so that we can get more local sports coverage besides the Sox. I promise. Having said that, back to Tampa.
Once again Mike Glennon gets no love from the Bucs coaching staff. Lovie Smith announced this week that he would not name the 2nd year QB their week 5 starter…yet. With Josh McClown….i’m sorry, McCown*, still nursing a hand injury it will have to be later in the week before Lovie makes his choice. Because you know, beating the Steelers and getting the first tally in the win column isn’t enough to beat out a veteran guy that looks like he hasn’t played football before…oh and has a sprained throwing hand. I get it, Lovie doesn’t want to look like the idiot that went out and paid for McCown when you had your starter in pewter and red all along. Makes sense, but come on man! Our season depends on it. McCown is not the future so lets see what this Nebraska boys got!
I’m not sure if any other contestants are still on DWTS, but I am sure that Alfonso Ribeiro is dominating. Last night he added a little Austin Powers showmanship aspect to his routine, complete with a mini Alfonso with a draw on goatee. Precious stuff. He continues to be the best dancer on the show, and the fact that no other contestant is even talked about makes me think he’s the only one still dancing. If that’s the case, I’m fine with it, because he is a beautiful, goateed dancing machine.
Pete Davidson is a 20 year old newcomer to SNL, and Jesus Christ he couldn’t have had a better debut. The “would you go down on a guy for a million dollars” premise is hysterical, but he really hit it out of the park. This entire segment is perfect, and if this is what we can expect from him, then I’m already all in. 20 years old! Unreal.
Remembering better times
To say the 2014 Boston Red Sox were a disappointment would be an understatement. They finished with a record of 71-91, 25 games back of the first place Baltimore Orioles. For those of you not familiar with baseball, that’s very bad. The season was pretty much over in late July, as the Sox traded away their number 1 and 2 starters, along with a slew of other players to start building towards next year. The final three months of the season turned into a glorified spring training session, with countless farm players getting their chance to prove why they deserved to be looked at as a permanent roster option for John Farrell in 2015. Looking at their lineup from yesterdays season finale, it’s easy to see how far the 2013 World Series champions had fallen. Cecchini, Brentz, Weeks; not exactly household names, yet all three of them started for the Sox against their fellow hopeless rivals, the Yankees.
Now that the season is over, most of New England will turn their attention to football, hockey and basketball in hopes of experiencing something other than torture and disappointment. Just as the winter of 2012 was a key time for the Red Sox organization, so will the winter of 2014. The Red Sox have had a loaded farm system for a number of years, and with two of the last three years being wash outs, the young stars of the future have finally started to emerge, with mixed results.
The Good: Brock Holt, Mookie Betts, Anthony Ranaudo, Tommy Layne, Christian Vasquez, Rusney Castillo. These six were far and away the best of the Sox rookies to come up in 2014, even though Castillo had a limited number of at bats. Going into 2015, the Sox greatest strength may be it’s outfield depth, as Victorino, Castillo, Cespedes, Betts, Nava, Holt, and Bradley will be competing for the three outfield spots. My bet is for Cespedes, Castillo and Victorino to start the season in the outfield, with Betts and Nava serving as the backups if/when Victorino gets hurt again or Castillo struggles. Holt should move into the starting third base spot and the Sox should cut their losses with perennial strikeout king Will Middlebrooks. As far as the rest of the studs from 2014, Vasquez will be Boston’s starting catcher in 2015, and Anthony Ranaudo and Tommy Layne showed me enough to warrant a spot in the starting rotation/bullpen for next year.
The Bad: Xander Boegarts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brandon Workman. Boegarts and Bradley Jr. were especially disappointing this year, considering how much hype each had at AAA, and with Boegarts success last fall. JBJ is a gold glove outfielder with a cannon for an arm, but he had almost as many strikeouts (121) as games played (127). Add in the fact that he hit .198 over those 127 games played, and he’s probably going to be one of the odd men out next year. Boegarts may still be the chosen one, and he is only 21 years old, but he hit only .240 this season with an on base percentage of .297. Those numbers just won’t work for a Sox team that desperately needs a consistent every day shortstop. I expect him to be the starting shortstop in 2015, but if he struggles again early on, don’t be surprised if the Sox start exploring other options. Workman also seemed to regress, as he ended the year with a record of 1-10 and 5.17 ERA. Depending on what the Sox do in the off season, Workman might have pitched his way out of a spot in the starting rotation. Rubby De La Rosa, on the other hand, started the same amount of games as Workman (19) but threw 14 more innings and had an ERA .74 lower than Workman. If I were a betting man, I’d bet on De La Rosa getting a bigger shot in 2015.
Will the Sox bounce back like they did in 2013 and contend (or win) another World Series title, or will they become a mainstay in the land of mediocrity? Only time will tell, and this off season is just as important as the one going into that 2013 season. The front office says they are ready to spend money, but that money must be spent wisely. The recipe for success over the last decade has been to mix farm system youth with smart, team friendly acquisitions. The youth is there, and hopefully whoever Ben Cherington brings in will bring a winning team back to Boston.
I have a number of things to say about this commercial, but before I do let me show you something.
For those of you who do not know, this is the face of the Buccaneers franchise. The man who got us our first win against a very hostile team in a very hostile environment. This is Mike Glennon, the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and I couldn’t be prouder of him. Send McCown back to the toilet store!
This commercial is awesome in so many ways. If I ever came home from the beer store to find my living room and backyard had been transformed into a pirate themed wonderland I would lose my mind. My neighbors would hate me, because I would fire those cannons 24/7, but it would be totally worth it. Warren Sapp hasn’t been on TV for very many good things lately so this is a nice change of pace for the hall of famer (who dresses up like a pirate better than anyone I have ever seen). Maybe Disney should contact him for a “Pirates of the Caribbean” reboot. Bill Paxton knows he needs the money.
PEWTER AND RED ‘TIL I’M COLD AND DEAD.
When I first saw this I expected @fonglyfe to be the topic of this insane Instagram post. Are these girls hot? Yes, yes they are. Did I need to know that his “hornyness is of the charts my God”? No, no I did not. I can honestly say I could go the rest of my life without knowing that and I’d be perfectly fine. But then @naslowik20 comes in and just tramples the previous comments like a human bulldozer. If you’re looking at that picture and the first thing that comes to mind is “I really should comment about how much I like their belly buttons” then I’m afraid there is no hope for you. You are just too far gone. Thanks for making me feel better about myself, Instagram commenters.