Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sean Taylor Tribute

Raheem DeVaughn, Wale, Ms. Kim, Big G, Hazel, King Pin Slim & Duce Your Highness - "Every Given Sunday" (Sean Taylor Tribute)

Sean Taylor was 24, with one young child and a fiancée, at the time of his death on November 27, 2007.

The Redskins honored Taylor days after his death at a home game against Buffalo. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had his team take the field with just 10 men.

On December 3, 2007, 4,000 people attended Taylor’s funeral service held at Florida International University. The entire Redskins organization attended the funeral and took up a section of the arena, traveling the day after a home game against the Buffalo Bills and two days before another home game against the Chicago Bears.

Speakers at the nationally televised funeral service included NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, then-Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, and current and former professional and collegiate teammates LaVar Arrington, Clinton Portis and Buck Ortega. Reverend Jesse Jackson and O. J. Simpson, whose children went to Gulliver Prep, Taylor’s high school, were in attendance. Also attending were numerous prominent University of Miami alumni, including former teammates.

Taylor was posthumously voted starting free safety for the NFC team for the 2008 Pro Bowl as a second team All-Pro. During their first defensive play, the NFC defense took the field with only 10 players in honor of Taylor.

He was inducted posthumously into the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame on November 30, 2008. He joined 42 others and is the first player introduced to the ring since Gary Clark was inducted in late 2007.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

80's Video Dating Montage

This makes me feel better about being single.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Spotlight: Scores Nightclub

Soon after opening in 1991, Scores (and a few other gentlemen's clubs) changed the face of adult entertainment in Manhattan, displacing the old B-girl hustle bar with lavish adult nightclubs. It gained wider notoriety and popularity mostly due to frequent mention by Howard Stern on his radio show.

But sometime in 1993, John Gotti Jr. and the Gambino crime family started taking a cut of Scores' profits. Then in 1996, a late night Mafia dispute with two Albanians got a Scores waiter and bouncer killed.

Back in 1994, original owner Michael Blutrich and partner Lyle Pfeffer were charged with defrauding an insurance company in Orlando, Florida of $400 million, one of the biggest white-collar crime cases of its time. The club fell into the hands of a Brooklyn gambler who'd been working for Blutrich, who then recruited some ex-con friends and things went from bad to worse.  Lawsuits alleged all manner of bad behavior: customer overcharging, tip gouging, and sexual harassment.

In February 2006 a Manhattan grand jury returned tax evasion indictments against two Scores executives and a bookkeeper. Manhattan's District Attorney said that an investigation into customers' complaints of overcharging revealed a scheme by Scores managers involving shell companies, the pressuring of some strippers into giving kickbacks, and the falsification of income tax returns.

Today Scores has changed ownership and maintains its West 28th Street location. But back in its heyday it attracted high-end clientele, athletes, rock stars, and actors:

Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd visited.
New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing was a regular.
Dwight Gooden got drinks on the day of his season-long suspension for cocaine use in 1995.
Jean-Claude van Damme got dropped by Chuck Zito in 1996.
Kid Rock conducted his first MTV interview there.
Russell Crowe berated waiters and grabbed at a dancers' underwear.
George Clooney celebrated a birthday.
Chuck Norris had not one, but two bachelor parties.
Tommy Lee liked blondes with big boobs.
Sting liked blondes with small boobs.
Oliver Stone liked Asian women.
Oscar de la Hoya always rented the champagne room.
Dennis Quaid lost his credit card.
Bobby Brown broke the "no touching" rule by biting a dancer's nipple.
Dennis Rodman begged a dancer to marry him.
Elizabeth Berkeley researched Showgirls in 1995.
Demi Moore researched Striptease in 1996.
Madonna and Pamela Anderson visited.
Kate Moss pole-danced.
Lindsay Lohan danced and passed out.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Miike Snow - "The Rabbit" (2010)

Rabbit by Miike Snow from ChAoSKiD on Vimeo.

Miike Snow is an indie pop band from Stockholm, Sweden formed in 2007. The band consists of producing team Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, also known as Bloodshy & Avant, and lead singer Andrew Wyatt.

"The Rabbit" is a new single released on the April 13, 2010, as part of the deluxe edition of their self-titled debut album from 2009.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Spotlight: Juan Tamad

Juan Tamad is a character from Filipino folklore who is known for being excessively lazy. The stories are likely taken from oral tradition, passed from generation to generation to warn children against being lazy.  The name (tamad is Filipino for “lazy”) is used to imply that anyone can befall the circumstances that Juan Tamad gets into if one is lazy. The stories are usually simple and short, involving just Juan Tamad's act of laziness and little else.

Arguably, the Juan Tamad story most often told illustrates his utmost laziness to the point of stupidity that it becomes comedic. In it, Juan Tamad comes upon a guava tree bearing ripe fruit. Being too slothful to climb the tree and take the fruits, he instead decides to lie beneath the tree and let gravity do its work. There he remained, waiting for the fruit to fall into his gaping mouth.

Other Juan Tamad stories include:

"Juan Tamad and the Mud Crabs"
Juan Tamad is instructed by his mother to purchase mud crabs at the market. Being too lazy to carry them home, he sets them free in a ditch and tells them to go on home, as he would be along later.

"Juan Tamad and the Rice Cakes"
Juan Tamad's mother makes some rice cakes and instructs him to sell these at the market. Passing by a pond, he sees frogs swimming to and fro. Being too lazy to sell the cakes at the market, he instead throws them at the frogs, who eat the cakes. Upon reaching home, he tells his mother that all the cakes had been sold on credit; the buyers would pay for them the next week.

"Juan Tamad and the Flea-Killer"
Juan Tamad's mother instructs him to go to the village market and buy a rice pot. A flea infestation in the village soon has Juan Tamad jumping and scratching for all he's worth; he lets go of the pot and it breaks into pieces. Thinking quickly, he picks up the pieces, grinds them into fine powder and wraps the powder in banana leaves, which he markets as "flea-killer."

Other Appearances
A book published by an unknown author in 1919 in Manila entitled Buhay na Pinagdaanan ni Juan Tamad na Anac ni Fabio at ni Sofia sa Caharian nang Portugal tells of how Juan Tamad was born to a couple named Fabio and Sofia, and his adventures in Portugal. There have also been several Filipino films with Juan Tamad as a central or supporting character.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Zenyatta Ends Thrilling Career 19-1

"She had a great career," trainer John Shirreffs said. "Let’s celebrate that. I’m pretty sure she’s not going to race anymore. She had a fabulous run. She’s been great for the business, a thrill to train. Look where she’s taken us. It’s disappointing, but we’ll get over it. She’s been the highlight of my career. I’ve had wonderful three years with Zenyatta. As a trainer, you have to let go."
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Zenyatta’s bid for racing immortality fell inches short at Churchill Downs on Saturday, where Blame held tenaciously through the final furlong to register a heart-stopping victory over the previously undefeated superstar in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Zenyatta, who had won all 19 of her previous starts, lagged nearly 20 lengths off the early leaders, saved some ground while beginning to advance around the second turn, swung outside to continue her bid into the stretch, and gained steadily on the winner through the final furlong.

But Blame held her off by a head, handing the six-year-old mare her first defeat. It was so close, a matter of inches, the result had to be resolved by a photo.

Owners Jerry and Ann Moss stood in stunned silence. Trainer John Shirreffs trudged slowly back to the barn, hands in his pockets.

Jockey Mike Smith, along for the ride in 16 of her 19 trophy dashes down the home stretch, took it the hardest, blaming himself for starting her too late on her final run. He got teary-eyed during his post-race press conference.

"It hurts more than I can explain," Smith said.

Zenyatta's quest to win the Classic for a second straight year and finish a perfect 20-0 provided the kind of buzz the sport has long coveted.

More than 70,000 shivered in the fall chill at Churchill Downs hoping to see history. Millions more watched on television, wondering if the horse who's been profiled everywhere from "60 Minutes" to "O Magazine" could put together one more dazzling stretch drive.

It would have been a perfect retirement package for this 6-year-old marvel. But 19-1, plus the memory of how hard she tried, how close she came and how much she did for a sport that needed her so badly, still deserves a pretty nice pension.

Zenyatta's 19 consecutive wins tied her for most all-time with Peppers Pride, who retired last year after running against much lesser competition. Peppers Pride never raced outside New Mexico and all her wins came against fillies and mares.

Personal Ensign, her modern-day equivalent, won 13 times in an unbeaten career that ended in 1988.

All the great ones lose eventually. Upset beat the unbeaten Man o'War; Triple Crown winner Secretariat was beaten; and Cigar won 16 in a row, but couldn't pull out one more.

Trainer Nick Zito said even in defeat Zenyatta showed "she could be the greatest filly of all-time."

Blame's trainer Albert Stall Jr. called her "the best racemare there's ever been in the game."

Shirreffs maintains Zenyatta should be named Horse of the Year despite her loss in the Classic, an award she has yet to win despite her unbeaten run.

Guinness has offered a trip to its famed St. James's Gate brewery in Dublin for Zenyatta, trainer John Shirreffs and owners Jerry and Ann Moss. Zenyatta is known to drink the dark Irish stout most afternoons in her stall.

Monday, November 1, 2010