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The Next #NXTTakeOver Will Take Place The Night Before Survivor Series in Toronto, Canada

Fresh off his shocking return and betrayal of Seth Rollins on Raw, Triple H jumped on Twitter to announce that the next NXT TakeOver will take place the night before Survivor Series, November 19th, in Toronto, Canada. NXT is sticking with the international theme for their end of the year TakeOver’s, as last year’s emanated from London and now this one will take place north of the border. The timing couldn’t be more perfect, as people are still buzzing from TakeOver: Brooklyn, and I have to imagine the show in Toronto will sell out shockingly fast. Now that we have a set date, the next two months of NXT programming should be building towards that big Saturday night.

-Ryan

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Math is Hard – Lowry and DeRozan Argue About Numbers

I’m not going to sit here and pretend i’m a rocket scientist. I’m awful at basic math and I have what can be best described as a “loose” grasp on the english language. I might not be able to do long division, but I know funny, and Kyle Lowry calling out DeMar DeRozan about math is FUNNY. We all knew what you meant, DeMar. You didn’t mean “1 of 3”, Lowry caught you slippin’, plain and simple. The way he played it off though, that’s some masterful shit. Don’t backtrack, just plug forward. Luckily, DeMar’s ability to do math has nothing to do with the success of this basketball team. Raps are on a hot streak right now (granted, the East is like JV compared to the West).

It is coincidence that Drake hasn’t been at any games recently?

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I think not.
WE THE NORTH

-Matt

Drake Introduces the Toronto Raptors During “Drake Night”

I will admit, I was the first person on the hate wagon when it came to Drake and the Toronto Raptors, but after watching the intros he gave to the starting lineup of the Raps last night, I am down with Drake being the unofficial/official mascot of his hometown team. Get after it, Raps! #WeTheNorth

-Matt

DeMar DeRozan Takes No Days Off!

Not even a semi-severe injury can keep DeRozan off the court and without his team. After back-to-back wins, DeMar was with fellow teammate Kyle Lowrey and was asked to do the interviewing. That’s the kind of energy DeRozan brings to your team. The “oh hell yeah i’ll do this interview”. Just needs to get better with putting the mic where people are talking. Can’t be great at everything I suppose. Can’t wait to have him on the other side of mic and of my fantasy bench!

#WeTheNorth

-Matt

Oh Happy Day: Rob Ford is Back in the Saddle

BobbyRob Ford returned to city hall on Monday after a two-month stint in rehab, offering a public apology for his past behaviour and asking for another opportunity as mayor of Toronto.

In a news conference Monday afternoon, Ford said he is “ashamed and humiliated” by some of the choices he made in the past.

“I was wrong, and I have no one to blame but myself,” he said in a 15-minute-long statement.

“It was never my intention to embarrass the city or offend my fellow members of council. I deeply regret some of the personal choices I have made in the past.”

Ford also apologized to mayoral candidate Karen Stintz for the “hurtful and degrading remarks” he made about her. “I offer a deep-felt apology for my behaviour,” he said.

Ford took a sudden leave of absence from office in late April to seek professional help for substance abuse at GreeneStone, a rehab facility in Bala, Ont. It came following a new string of racist, sexist and homophobic comments that were recorded and made public in media reports.

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Let’s hope this is the new, crack free chapter in the life of Rob Ford. Rehab usually goes two ways: the person realizes they need to change their lifestyle and really commit to sobriety or they fake their way through rehab and relapse. Rob Ford seems like he’s taking the first path, which is good news for everybody. Did he make some mistakes? Sure. Did he smoke crack and say some terrible things about other city council members? He is guilty of that as well. But I believe it was Bill Paxton who said “fall down seven times, stand up eight.” I’m interested in seeing how tall Rob Ford can stand, not how far he’s willing to fall.

-Ryan

 

 

Blue Jays Fan Casually Letting Us Know Where Her Priorities Lie

 

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You can call the Blue Jays fans whatever you want, but you can’t knock their passion. Just letting it all hang out there on the license plate for the world to see. Are adults in Canada this sheltered from the world? I don’t care how big of a Blue Jays fan you are, the letters BJ will always mean blow job. ALWAYS. There are two dynamite facts of life: Bill Paxton discovered the Titanic and the letters BJ stand for blow job. Putting the word mom after BJ is really just some delicious icing on the cake. The next time little Johnny gets dropped off at school by BJ MOM he should have himself one hell of a terrible day.

– Ryan

H/T Reddit 

Mark My Words: Rob Ford Will Be Back Better Than Ever

Tommy Boy – Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said he is taking a break from his re-election campaign to seek help for alcohol abuse — hours after a local newspaper reported on a new video that allegedly shows him smoking crack cocaine.

“It’s not easy to be vulnerable and this is one of the most difficult times in my life,” Ford said in a statement Wednesday. “I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time.”

The statement, provided to CNN by Canada’s CTV News, comes after the Toronto Globe and Mail reported on the new video.

In the video purportedly filmed Saturday, the newspaper reports Ford is seen smoking what a drug dealer described to the paper as crack cocaine from a copper-colored pipe. Two Globe and Mail reporters viewed the video, and the publication said it was shot in what appears to be Ford’s sister’s basement.

The paper said the substance in the pipe could not be confirmed.

The video is part “of a package of three videos the dealer said was surreptitiously filmed around 1:15 a.m., and which he says he is now selling for ‘at least six figures,'” the paper reported.

Shortly after the newspaper confronted the Mayor about the video, Ford announced he was taking a break to get help.

“Today, after taking some time to think about my own well-being, how to best serve the people of Toronto and what is in the best interests of my family, I have decided to take a leave from campaigning and from my duties as mayor to seek immediate help,” he said.

His lawyer, Dennis Morris, told CNN that Ford’s leave begins immediately.

“He has to take a break to re-energize, because he realizes he has flaws that have to be addressed,” Morris told CTV.

But Morris told the Globe that he questioned the authenticity of the video, and said it is hard to prove what the Mayor is smoking.

“If these guys are drug dealers and there’s money involved, they can say whatever they want to get more money, to extract more money from the people who are paying,” he said of the seller.

Kind of a bittersweet day for Rob Ford. You don’t want to see this guy disappear into Bolivian but it’s great to see that he realized he needs help. I personally would have stepped down after the first crack video but hey, everybody’s got their own style. Now to the real stuff. It’s REALLY easy to kick a guy when he’s down, especially when it comes to addiction. I’m not going to pretend that I know Canadian politics, because I don’t. I don’t know if he’s a good mayor and frankly I don’t care, just as I’m sure people in Toronto don’t give a shit if the mayor of North Providence is good or not (hint: he’s not). But fate brought Rob Ford into my life and I’ve never been one to question fate. Beyond all the jokes, he seems like a genuinely nice guy. He’s jovial, he’s a sports fan, he doesn’t take himself seriously. Does he have an addiction problem? Yes. Anytime your resorting to crack you have a whopper of a problem. But he’s been on this blog from the beginning, and the Average Nobodies do not leave soldiers behind, crack smokers or not. Hell, he’s even front and center on the website banner. We hope Rob Ford gets the help he needs, then comes back better than ever, less sweaty and crack free. For now, I’m going to listen to that Fuel song on repeat and smile at these pictures.

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– Ryan

thanks to @LunaElektraSMC for the tip.

It’s Official, I Hate Drake

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I know this is a few days old but I wanted to think long and hard before I used the H word on Drake. I like his music. He was funny on SNL. But outside of performing he just sucks. Where was Drake before this game that he needed to 1. bring a lint roller and 2. actually use it. Does he volunteer at a cat shelter in his spare time? Did he get into a fluffy pillow fight with one of the thousands of friends he has and the pillow got ripped and feathers floated all over his pants? The number one reason I hate Drake is because he disguises a trip to his hometown basketball team’s playoff game as being a true fan when in reality it’s all about him. If he was going to the game to root on the Raptors, he wouldnt sit front row and bring a lint roller. He wants everyone in the world to see his stupid face and to let you know he’s better than you with his gold chains and expensive shirts and lint rollers. Well I’m going to proudly walk around with my lint covered clothes in protest. That’ll show ’em.

– Ryan

 

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