Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ovechkin Mr. Big Ad

Mr. Big is the largest sized chocolate bar produced by Cadbury, hence the name. The standard bar is made of a long, layered vanilla wafer, coated in caramel, peanuts and rice crisps, which is then covered in the chocolate coating.

In Canada, they are very common, and are available at all regular retailers, in an increasing number of varieties. They are also available in lesser quantities in a few other countries like Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Australia, South Korea, and in some areas of the United States.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Summer League Highlights

Javale McGee's insane block at 1:23.
John Wall's top play at 1:56.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Jamie Woon - "Lady Luck" (2011)

Jamie Woon is a British singer, songwriter and producer who gained widespread acclaim in 2010 for his single "Night Air" which was co-produced by Burial, following his previous independent release, Wayfaring Stranger EP.

The Eurasian son of a Malaysian Chinese father, and Scottish Irish mother (Celtic singer Mae McKenna), he was born and raised in Greater London. He attended the BRIT School, where he graduated the year behind Amy Winehouse, whom he later supported live.

Woon's sound and style is presently described as soul inflected vocals backed by samplers and programming, or a single guitar track. He describes his music as "... R&B, it's groove-based vocal-led music ...".

Woon's debut album is entitled Mirrorwriting and was released on 18 April 2011 via Polydor Records.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Jay-Z & Kanye West - "Otis" (2011)

The music video, directed by Spike Jonze, was filmed in Los Angeles. It was released on August 11, 2011 on MTV and features a brief cameo by Aziz Ansari. The song, which was produced by West, is built upon a sample of the cover version "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding.

The Independent remarked "having seen oddball rap collective Odd Future become the talking point of the blogosphere, Eminem and old partner-in-crime Royce da 5'9" start work on their own bruising collaborative effort, and hazy vibe rappers Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y take steps in the same direction, Jay and Ye have recognised the throne is far from unchallenged, and have come together in the most remarkable dual alliance since AndrĂ© 3000 and Big Boi became Outkast." Frontier Psychiatrist said of 'Otis', "The song’s deconstructed beat is something unusual for Kanye, something more naked and raw than his typical production, and it is on this song that the true nature of [Watch the Throne] becomes clear: it is an experimental notebook."

The cover art for "Otis" was designed by Italian fashion designer Riccardo Tisci, who had previously designed the artwork for the "H•A•M" single cover and the Watch the Throne album cover.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

X Games 17 Wrap-Up

Shaun White's full gold medal run:


"I'd be lying to say I wasn't standing up there at the very top like, 'You could blow it right now or you could just win it,'" White said later. "I went with win it."

His final three tricks in the winning run, which he'd spent weeks perfecting on Tony Hawk's private ramp, went like this: 720, body varial frontside 540, heelflip body varial frontside 540 (with a fully extended grab behind his back).

"I was trying a different run and I thought it was better but it wasn't," said White, who scored an 89.33 on a flawless first run in the finals. "I made the good call of switching it out and doing that last one."

Last year, White finished second to Pierre-Luc Gagnon, a five-time Vert gold medalist. White's gold was his 21st career X Games medal (summer and winter combined) and 13th gold.

Bucky Lasek, a four-time gold medalist in Vert, took bronze.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

2011 Pro Football Hall Of Fame

"Defensive end Richard Dent, running back Marshall Faulk, linebackers Chris Hanburger and Les Richter, contributor and pioneer of NFL Films Ed Sabol, cornerback Deion Sanders, and tight end Shannon Sharpe make up the Class of 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinees. The omission of bruising Jerome Bettis and touchdown machine Cris Carter has NFL fans dazed and confused."
Hall of Fame:
The Washington Redskins picked North Carolina linebacker Chris Hanburger in the 18th round of the 1965 NFL Draft. He was an integral part of the dominant Redskins teams of the 1970s. At the same time that Washington was rising to the top of the NFL, Hanburger began earning national acclaim. He was selected first-team All-Pro four times in a five-season span from 1972 to 1976 and named All-Eastern Conference in 1968 and 1969 and All-NFC six times in seven seasons from 1970 to 1976. Hanburger was voted to nine Pro Bowls in his 14-season career, the most in Redskins' history.

His performance in the 1972 season gained him perhaps his greatest notoriety as he helped lead the Redskins to its first ever Super Bowl berth. He recorded numerous game-changing plays throughout the season as Washington won the NFC East with an 11-3 mark.

In all, Hanburger recovered three fumbles for touchdowns which stood as an NFL record at the time of his retirement following the 1978 season. He also had 19 career interceptions for 347 yards and 2 TDs.

» Hanburger waited 27 years to be inducted, as he became eligible for the Hall of Fame in 1984.

Bleacher Report:
Deion Sanders wasn't the first showman to ever play in the NFL. Nor was he the first true shutdown corner to ever lineup across from opposing receivers. But there is no question his polarizing presence on the gridiron will never be forgotten.

A world-class athlete, Neon Deion showcased his dynamic speed while playing at a high level in both Major League Baseball and the National Football League.

Sanders was a highly-touted prospect coming out of Fort Meyers, Florida, where he earned All-State honors in baseball, basketball and football. His stardom was apparent from his early days at Florida State, where he excelled in football and baseball and also competed for the Seminoles' track team.

Despite his propensity to shy away from physical play and obvious disdain of tackling ball carriers in the open field, Sanders didn't have to come up with big hits to have an impact. Opposing quarterbacks would rarely even throw his direction, making him one of the most valuable defensive players in the NFL.

Sanders didn't just talk a good game. He walked the walked, high-stepping with the ball extended skyward, soaking in the attention all the way to the bank.

All told, Sanders played 14 seasons in the NFL and scored a combined 21 touchdowns. He was named Defensive Player of the Year in 1994 and captured Super Bowl titles with the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys.

» Deion Sanders' Top 10 Career Moments

Although his career was cut short by injuries, Marshall Faulk enjoyed some of the most productive seasons of any running back in league history.

He burst onto the scene with the Colts, rushing for over 1,200 yards during his rookie season in 1994. But he spent the greater part of three seasons banged up with a variety of ailments before bouncing back in 1998 then promptly asking out of Indy.

Traded to the Rams following that season, Faulk quickly showcased remarkable versatility in Mike Martz's uptempo passing attack. He rushed for at least 1,300 yards in his first three seasons in St. Louis, but his true impact came as Kurt Warner's outlet in the passing game. Faulk helped Warner and the Rams edge the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.

His talents made St. Louis virtually unstoppable for the better part of two seasons, with Torrey Holt and Isaac Bruce providing two more Hall of Fame caliber weapons for Warner.

Although more injuries thanks to a career spent playing on turf cut his career a bit short, Faulk still ranks seventh in NFL history with 100 rushing touchdowns. He officially retired in 2007 after sitting out all of the 2006 season while recovering from a serious knee injury.

» Marshall Faulk's Top 10 Career Moments

Shannon Sharpe will be remembered as one of the first true vertical threats from the tight end position in the NFL, with speed, agility and great hands rivaling some of the best wide receivers in football.

Denver Post:
From the fourth grade through the eighth grade in Glennville, Ga., then a town of about 3,000, Sharpe used to catch chickens. The chicken farmer paid him $1 for every 1,000 chickens.

"We'd catch between 12,000 and 15,000 chickens a night," Sharpe said. "And it had to be at night because obviously the chickens would panic.

"The regular job in the summertime was working the tobacco fields," Sharpe said. "That's where you'd make between $5 and $10 a day and then if you weren't too tired, you'd go catch chickens."

This was long before Sharpe received what he called "the ultimate validation" as an NFL player Saturday when the former Broncos tight end was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he came from the humblest of beginnings.

Since Sharpe finished his 14-year career in 2003, his place among the bronze busts in Canton, Ohio, was more a question of when than if because he finished as the NFL's all-time leader among tight ends with 815 catches, 10,060 receiving yards and 62 touchdowns.

Sharpe was selected First Team All-Pro four times, played in eight Pro Bowls, and amassed over 1,000 receiving yards in three different seasons. He also was a prominent player on three Super Bowl championship teams — the 1997 and 1998 Broncos (as one of John Elway's primary targets) and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.

» Shannon's Gift of Gab

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Nas & Damian Marley - "Patience" (2010)

The music video for "Patience" was directed by Nabil Elderkin. The song contains a sample from "Sabali" by Amadou & Mariam from the album Welcome to Mali.

Distant Relatives is a collaborative studio album by Nas and Damian Marley, released May 18, 2010. Fusing musical elements of hip hop and reggae, it features lyrical themes concerning ancestry, poverty, and the plight of Africa. The album debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 57,000 copies in its first week.

Monday, August 8, 2011

J. Cole - "Who Dat" (2010)

J. Cole said he chose "Who Dat" to be his first single "because it’s really about the beat and the raps and not much more. It’s an introduction to those that were unfamiliar and also something for my fans to brag about as opposed to hearing it on the radio and being like ‘Ehhh.’ He also calls the song "raw" and says it reminds him of his older sound.

Directed by acclaimed directing duo BBGun (Maxim Bohichik & Alex Bergman), the music video was shot in the final week of May, 2010. It was shot in J. Cole's hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina with cheerleaders from Fayetteville State University and a local high school marching band from E.E. Smith High School. In addition, the entire music video is one continuous shot with no cuts.

Cole World: The Sideline Story is scheduled to be released September 27, 2011 under Jay-Z's label Roc Nation. The album is his first studio release, following three successful mixtapes. Production is expected to be handled mainly by Cole himself, with possible production from high-profile producers such as No I.D. and Danja.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Manchester United Tops Barcelona In Exhibition

The clubs were the same, as were many of the players. The setting was another massive stadium near a nation’s capital, stuffed with supporters decorated in Manchester United’s red and FC Barcelona’s claret and blue.

But when this affair between the world’s most popular sports enterprises ended, the trophy was not for winning the European Champions League. Rather, NBA star Kobe Bryant presented a sponsor’s trinket to defender Nemanja Vidic to commemorate United’s 2-1 victory over the Spanish titans in a friendly Saturday night before 81,807 at FedEx Field — a record crowd for a soccer match in the Washington area.

The outcome won’t soften the disappointment of losing to the Catalan club in the prestigious continental final in May at Wembley Stadium, but will provide a dose of gratification heading into the English Premier League season in two weeks.

“We’re happy winning the match and we move on now back home and hopefully we keep our form,” United Coach Alex Ferguson said. “To be honest, both teams made a lot of changes so it’s difficult to gauge the importance of the result.”

Typical of Barcelona’s style, the Spanish side enjoyed 69% of possession but failed to manufacture many quality scoring chances until the final 20 minutes.

“Of course, we want to win, but we played against one of the best teams in the world,” Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola said. “They used [their] best qualities — the counterattack — but we played a very good second half.”

Falling in the preseason for both sides, the match lacked the intensity and focus of a high-stakes affair. Six Barcelona players who started in the Champions League final were in the lineup; Manchester United called on three. The teams combined to make 13 substitutions.

Barcelona was missing all its South American players who participated in Copa America in July, including the sport’s greatest player, Lionel Messi. United was without Mexican forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (concussion).

Andres Iniesta, goal-scoring hero of Spain’s World Cup championship last year, was in the lineup, but without Xavi Hernandez, his creative partner in central midfield, Barcelona labored to break down United’s resistance.

United went ahead in the 22nd minute, seizing on Barcelona’s stalled possession and counterattacking with pace and efficiency. With long strides, Danny Welbeck surged through midfield and sent a through ball to Nani.

Unimpeded, Nani infiltrated the box, drew Victor Valdes off his line and slipped an eight-yard shot under the keeper. He celebrated with a backflip along the end line.

Barcelona sputtered throughout the half and failed to test David de Gea, United’s 20-year-old goalkeeper who was acquired this summer from Atletico Madrid.

In the 70th, Thiago provided the equalizer with a stroke of brilliance. Giggs’s failed slide allowed Thiago to seize control and slide into space for a 23-yard drive with the outside of his right foot. As if caught in a sudden gust, the ball drifted away from de Gea and settled into the upper right corner.

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United answered six minutes later when Tom Cleverely intercepted a lazy squared ball in midfield and supplied Michael Owen for a breakaway. When Valdes approached, Owen calmly chipped it over him for a 2-1 advantage.

Notes: The previous attendance record was 72,368 at FedEx for Real Madrid’s 2009 friendly against D.C. United.