This was far and away the highlight of the NBA Draft last night. Isaiah Austin was a lock to be drafted into the NBA coming out Baylor, but was diagnosed with Marfan’s Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that guaranteed he would never play basketball again. Instead of just saying ‘oh well, tough luck”, Adam Silver decided to spotlight Austin, and in an extremely classy gesture, made him an honorary draft pick for the NBA. If you need to know how much this meant to Austin, just look at how he breaks down when Silver announces he’s been drafted by the NBA. This is a kid, like every other athlete in the room, who has been busting his ass, basically dedicating his life to his sport, in the HOPES that maybe, with an extreme amount of luck, he would have his name announced on draft night. To have that dream cut short and be completely out of your hands must be devastating. This move by the NBA and Adam Silver doesn’t change any of that, but it sure must’ve felt good to get the support he greatly deserves.
Unless you live under a rock (which if you do, I sincerely apologize) you know that WrestleMania 30 was last night in New Orleans. Per usual, WWE put on one hell of a show. The coolest moment for me came at the very beginning, when three of wrestling’s greatest performers shared the same ring in the name of WrestleMania. Thanks to this new behind the scenes video, we have a glimpse of what it was like for Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold and The Rock right before they came through that curtain last night. Watch and enjoy.
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Unfortunately there is very little documentation of this because when someone challenges you to a good old fashioned choke out you don’t wait for someone to film it you just start choking each other. And that’s exactly what happened Sunday night in Austin. What I thought was going to be an innocent game of indoor shuffleboard turned into a championship showdown of who could incapacitate their opponent. My vision is a little cloudy so I don’t remember how we got on the subject but I do know I felt like I was talking to this kid for 12 hours. Before I knew it, he was showing me choking techniques and the rest of the night was pretty much a blur. Since this kid used to be a Marine he won in every facet of a competition a human being can win at. But after this experience I now know how to choke someone out as long as they’re not too tall. That’s the beauty of SXSW: you go in expecting to learn the in’s and outs of the film business and you leave a trained fighter. I can’t wait to see what I learn next year.
Today marks the start of SXSW 2014 in Austin Texas. There is only one problem with that…WE ARE STILL IN RHODE ISLAND. Never fear, The Average Nobodies are diligently finishing up their last days at work and are flying down tomorrow to begin our SXSW extravaganza! But what does that mean for you? It means that you are coming with us! Well, kind of, and let us explain. We will be covering every inch of our experience while down in Austin. Look for our tweets (@AverageNoboides), look for our videos (we will be releasing a special “Twitter News Weekly” filmed at SXSW), look for our pictures, and, if you happen to be at SXSW, LOOK FOR US! We would love to meet up with you guys!
See you on the other side!
-Ryan & Matt
PS- if you happen to be at SXSW keep a lookout for our flyers!
Vince McMahon is clinically insane..and I love every minute of it. “I hate Austin! I hate Austin!”
(Source) “HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astrodome was a technological marvel when it opened in 1965. Dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” it was the first domed and air-conditioned stadium and became Houston’s defining landmark, a symbol of the city’s can-do spirit.
But eventually, bigger and sleeker stadiums took its place, leaving the iconic structure that once hosted both professional baseball and football games empty and dilapidated, its future in limbo.
After Texas voters on Tuesday rejected a referendum that would have authorized up to $217 million in bonds to turn the Astrodome into a giant convention and event center, the stadium is likely to be demolished.
“We can’t allow the once-proud Astrodome to sit like a rusting ship in the middle of a parking lot. This was the best effort (to revamp the stadium), and voters have turned it down,” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said. Fifty-three percent voted against the referendum.
Emmett said a final decision on what happens to the Astrodome will be up to the commissioners court, the group of local officials who manage the county. But he said the stadium’s future was pretty much sealed with the referendum’s failure. He said a decision would have to be made quickly but didn’t say exactly when that would happen.”
The Houston Astrodome was home to many events over the past 48 years, but nothing compares to the event it held on April Fools Day, 2001. That was the night the Astrodome hosted Wrestlemania XVII, the greatest Wrestlemania of all time. WWE was in it’s heyday; the roster was stacked, and everyone who competed that night had one goal in mind: to steal the show.
Check out this ridiculous card:
Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon in a street fight, with Mick Foley as the special guest referee.
Hardys vs. Dudleyz vs. Edge & Christian in a TLC match for the tag team titles.
Undertaker vs HHH.
The main event: Stone Cold vs. The Rock for the WWE Championship.
You could live three lifetimes and never see a wrestling card with that much star power. If you get a chance, watch some of those matches. Every single one delivers in a big way.
Thanks for the memories Astrodome, and thanks for the greatest Wrestlemania of all time.
P.S. It also gave us the greatest wrestling promo of all time.
He opens with “I have terrible news for the audience……I don’t have any material.” He performed for 45 minutes with a set that was very personal and that addressed his absence from comedy.
All I can say is…welcome back Dave, we have missed you.