Alright....I acknowledge that this is one of my first few posts in a while but regardless of that fact, I am still a member of the WCWP Sports Department and Yes I do other stuff quite frequently that involve money that I do not have thanks to no paying job at the moment, but I digress, none the less. What you will see and read in this little blog here is a combination of things or a rambling thought process about a couple of the more recent events that have gone on over the course of the last few days. Some of the featuring items include being a Male Family Nanny/Fixer around the house, Short trip to Robert Moses (A Beach on the south shore of Long Island), MLB All-Star Game, UFC 100, and among what to watch for so lets get underway with the highlights and such.
UFC 100: Coming from the world of Professional Wrestling and no, not just the WWE but my....disdain for UFC doesn't come from the factors of Dana White trying to promote his company and make money because I think anybody that can attempt to do it at the level that Vince McMahon has over the years deserves credit on a business standpoint for really bringing a Company that was in the gutter during the days of Ken Shamrock and virtually unknown during the days of Roy Gracie (SP) the founder of UFC to being one of the hottest up an coming promotings today. It comes from all the press and coverage that UFC gets being passed as a legit sport.
From the Magazines of Sports Illustrated to the coverage on Yahoo and places like ESPN and even our own colleagues of 3rd String Saftey seem to be entralled with, UFC gets a ton of publicity for really punches to the face, the champions like Brock Lesnar (Former WWE Star of all of 4-5 years with a current record of 4-1 as your Heavyweight Champ), and the sheer violence that this "Sport" passes and holds. Having a market like NY would seriously lift a profile of UFC and make it more of a marketable phenomenon then it already is and truly dominate the sports world. It would also hinder the WWE's own limiting success on the PPV market.While UFC is consecutively making astronomical PPV buys into the 900,000 to million buys range at 50 bucks a pop compared to the WWE at 100,000 to 200,00 at a rate of 50 bucks, UFC is clearly more marketable at this moment but then again these are two different demographics that these two companies appeal towards.
Which leads me onto my main point about UFC's latest PPV, UFC 100. The huge deal about that PPV wasn't Dan Henderson seriously putting Michael Bisping in critical condition with those massive fists of his or Akayama or Fitch's victories but rather Brock Lesnar's actions at the end of his title bout with Frank Mir. Going in, Mir was talking smack at how Brock would fall into the same trap he did 17 month's ago of the Heel Hook in one of Lesnar's first UFC bouts. Basically Pro Wrestling 101. The Heel talks smack, the Babyface trains his hardest to avenge his previous loss and you build him up over the time span of a few months or so till they are ready to go back at it again and the results show the Babyface fight back with rediculous odds of revenge on his mind and conquer the Heel in victory.After Brock demolished Mir and the only reason why this is note worthy is really because of the reactions he had after the fight and even on the day of the fight by not allowing reporters to ask him questions at the Press Conference. he didn't want to let anybody else tell him otherwise that he might loose and after he beat up on Mir and got the victory, Brock was taunting against the crowd, getting that extremely Hot (Hot in wrestling terms means loud or lively) angry. Heel motives 101. As "Purists" of this sport go up in arms about Brock's actions, in the long run, People will buy into this and buy more PPV's because now they want to see the "Big-Bad" Brock Lesnar go down into defeat and this is where another more marketable baby face steps in to fight against Lesnar. As much as Dana White will publicly play this down, he is relishing it simply due to the motives that it means more money in his pocket. Fans will buy into it even more now that they hate Lesnar and can relate him to being this "Big and Bad" Bully at school that we all hated and dreaded at school that we can all relate to. It worked before when Tito Ortiz and Dana White were at odds 5 years earlier and it'll work now with Lesnar.
So my question to all of you about this is how much "Realisim" is still in UFC after I just pulled back the curtain? In reality, just look back 25 years ago when the WWF was in this same exact position that Dana White is in today. Vince kept buying out the competition, making his company more marketable and networking his way to the top with stars that were marketable and he can build around on a much larger level like Hulk Hogan he got from the AWA as well as the Iron Shiek, Roddy Piper from Oregon, Junkyard Dog from Missouri and Mid-South, Tony Atlas from Georgia Championship wrestling and so on and so forth. You use their marketability and feature them on a scale like NYC and everything is bigger and the empire grows. Similar to what Dana White is trying to do now. He has Las Vegas and California and now Dana White just needs NY and his empire will grow similar to the WWF back in the 80's.
Male Nanny/Fixer around the House/Robert Moses: Now off of the weekend, It was time to do some chores around the house which meant loads upon loads of laundry, watering the plants, vaccuming the house, keeping everything orderly to the occasional grocery shopping. As "Exciting" as that sounds, still I have not been paid for this and was told that it would give me "Real Life" skills. I still would prefer currency. On Tuesday, my Aunt had Jurrey Duty so I had the responsibility to entertain my 7 year old cousin for 2 hours till I picked up 2 more of their sibilings at Camp at a local elementary school in Huntington. So instead of going to some rinky-dink little beach by me thats called Gold-Star by Huntington Harbor, I wanted to take them somewhere special and thought that since they hadn't been to the beach all year that Robert Moses would be an ideal place to go. So with a 12:30PM leave from Huntington to Robert Moses on the South Shore, I was thinking I'd have plenty of time to go down there and enjoy an hour or 2 before I'd head back to CW Post where I would have to do a Sports Report. So I had 4 kids with me 2 going into 8th grade and another going into 5th while the youngest would be going to 2nd. I got on the Northern State heading east, No problems and easily flew to the Sagtikos Parkway. Flew on the Sagtikos and got on that easily also. Got over to the exit of Ocean Beaches with no problem and it wasn't until I got sight of the two bridges separating Robert Moses from the rest of Long Island would I experience this little treasure of a nightmare. I got to the base of the first bridge where traffic just stopped to a crawl. As I crawled over the two bridges, we probably could have walked there faster than driving. So an hour by, still in terrible traffic and I didn't even get off the two bridges till it was about 2:00 so roughly 45 minutes wasted in traffic on those two bridges alone. I wanted to leave at 2:30-2:45 so I'd have more than enough time to do the Sports Report. By the time I found a parking space at field #6 it was already 2:12PM. So roughly we really only got to spend 15-20 minutes there really. Left at 2:46 after a nice dip and the water after a little bit of an intro and fully dipping in felt fantastic albeit short. Got to CW Post at about 3:30 and did the Sports Report as quick as I could and sent it about with excuse from Connie about 20 minutes later than expected. Still was running on an empty stomach and drove back home through Syosset (the home town Mr. JL, Jordan Lauterback, fellow member of WCWP Sports department.) mostly because of a bad accident I heard that happened inside Cold Spring Harbor. We all stopped at a 7-11 since it was cheaper than any fast food place that I wanted to spend money for the total of 5 people excluding one friend who brought his own money with him. Wise kid that Scott. So anyways, dropped all the kids home and I'm supposed to see my little cousins again tomorrow minus the friend at my house at 1. Still didn't get paid.
MLB All-Star Game: As much as the All-Star game has been diluted in interest over the years, Last night's game was as enjoyable as last year's mostly due to the time of the entire event. Sure, the event started at 8 but the first pitch wasn't really thrown till 8:50 which is a bit rediculous and will be discussed tonight on Talking Baseball with myself along side host, Michael DeJoy and Corey "Knuckleball" Soble. So as I sat down, I saw the multiple pitching changes and as I flipped through the channles from time to time and got to see the amounts of players get time into the game. The play of Curtis Granderson, Carl Crawford and the American League Relief core amazed me to no end to see the grit and the toughness played with Defense and Pitching ability and just overall passion for the game. As much as it was made out to be Albert Pujols night with the evnt being held in St. Louis, the American League once again breezed to a 4-3 victory with the game winning run driven in off a sac fly by Adam Jones (My Fantasy Team's Outfielder). It was an amazingly quick game with the game roughly over just a little over 11PM. It was a fantastic game that I think with the core of players today in Major League Baseball can really get the excitement to return to the Mid-Summer Classic. So while the NL continues to chase their first victory in the All-Star game since 1996, the game itself was pretty enjoyable and from then, I could switch over to the re-run edition of Rescue Me. Another great edition of Rescue Me if you ask me, I just love the character interaction but Shorter games and more grit and passion makes me a happy viewer even if Joe Buck and Tim McCarver are calling the action. Also on the MLB network thanks to Verizon, the Bob Costas Interview with President Barack Obama was really a great one that didn't have to touch up upon Politics or the sad realities of the world but escape for a short while into the fun and romance that MLB has been for us fans. Consider this an early Birthday Present to myself
Till Next Time,
I'm Nick Malone