The Grand National Championships

July 31, 2008

Great Moments in America…

Now as I was a 15 to 18 year old during Wrestling’s last apex as a man with agility and size? I harbored dreams of being a pro wrestler. Call it what you will, but I was in the demographic market. Sue me.

However? I have the maturity of someone three years younger than my actual age, so my 15 year old dreams is much like those of a 12 year old who wanted to be Willie McGee. It wasn’t gonna happen. Not by any stretch.

However the second? I am an admirer of delusion. Those who will find themselves trying to work their way all the way from the bottom to the top. Mike Levy is one of those people.

Lords of Pain has a report…

On June 21, 2008, Mike Levy, an indy wrestler from North Carolina, was booked into IWA-MS’s female Death Match tournament, which was attended by maybe 75 people. Rather, Levy is apparently an untrained wrestler who through some message board postings, made it known that he wanted to participate in the IWA-MS Death Match tournament. The false hype by a few wrestling message board posters led IWA-MS promoter Ian Rotten to add Levy to the women’s tournament as a joke.

Levy’s opponent in the match was current TNA Knockout Mickie Knuckles, and he took a horrible beating from her. She worked stiff on him, giving him several brutal shots with weapons throughout the match. Levy, who was apparently trying to defend himself, also starts throwing legit punches at one point in the match. This greatly angers Knuckles, so she becomes even more violent towards him. During this, Knuckles gives herself a huge lump on her head from headbutting Levy so much. The beating went on for eight to ten minutes before Knuckles got the win. As bad as the beating was, it was actually the tame part.

Following the match, two apparent wrestlers dressed in street clothes enter the fray. One’s a skinny guy by the name of Devon Moore, and the other is a guy by the name of Tank, who looks to be about 400 pounds and is supposedly a wrestler. The crowd began chanting for Levy’s finisher The Curb Stomp, which WWE star Paul Burchill uses. Tank then grabs Levy and holds his head over a barbed wire ladder. Devon comes the top rope with a double stomp that drove Levy’s head hard into the ladder. As if that wasn’t enough, the 400-pound Tank climbs to the second rope and lets his much larger size come crashing down from the second rope, stomping Levy’s head into the ladder in a sickening fashion. Tank had trouble maintaining his balance through this, and he toppled over after stomping Levy’s head.

Following this, the Moore gets on the mic, insulting him. Levy is sitting up, and Moore gives him a stiff kick in the chest. He then kicks him several more times, and telling him to “learn to sell,” in his expletive-laden tirade. The 400-pounder then gets on the mic and tells him in his thick Southern drawl to go back to North Carolina, and to never come back to their parts again.

Too add insult to injury, even Ian Rotten’s young son, who appears to be 12-years-old, gets involved in the beatdown. The child can even be seen asking “daddy” if its alright to hit him. Levy, who is now outside the ring, gives the grounded Levy with a few stiff shots with a Kendo Stick. Moore follows this up by hitting Levy with a chair. While Levy is down, the child kicks him in the back of the head.

Ian Rotten then gets on the mic and says, “Unlike you, she has a career you dip****. Unlike you, she’s going to ******g national TV on Monday.” He then kicks him in the head and tells him to “stay the **** down.” He also adds, “I told you to stay the **** down. Don’t you ****** move. You move and I’ll rip your ****** nuts off and feed ’em too yah.” Rotten then gives the okay for apparently a fan to hit Levy over the head with a weapon, which breaks upon impact.

Rotten’s spiel is not over, as he brings Mickie Knuckles over. Holding his arm over Knuckles, Rotten says, “Look at this. Look up at me you dumb mother******. Look at your knot on her head. She’s got to go to national television, cause you don’t know how to f***** work with that on her head. You f***** no-good c***-******* son of a b*****.” It should be noted that Knuckles likely gave the bump on her head to herself. During one sequence in the match, Knuckles gets incensed and gives Levy a repeated number of vicious headbutts.

The beatdown is still not over. Rotten kicks him in the head following his tirade and the child throws something at Levy. An apparent wrestler in plaid shorts (it’s hard to tell, as some of them look like members of the audience) gives Levy a really sloppy suplex on top of some debris. Rotten gets on the mic again, and says, “This is a message to anybody who wants to f*** with us. I told everybody yesterday, you f*** with one of us, you f*** with all of us. You’re a f****** outsider b**** and don’t you ever forget it Internet Sensation.” Rotten then mutters, “It’s over,” and finally leaves.

In the background, you could hear a fan say, “This is one of the greatest moments of my entire life.”

Yes, the fan got to watch a wrestler get hazed. It was the greatest moment of his life. I present this without comment.

Just let me tell you this…


Ian Rotten is nothing…if not a showman.

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Great Moments in America…

Now as I was a 15 to 18 year old during Wrestling’s last apex as a man with agility and size? I harbored dreams of being a pro wrestler. Call it what you will, but I was in the demographic market. Sue me.

However? I have the maturity of someone three years younger than my actual age, so my 15 year old dreams is much like those of a 12 year old who wanted to be Willie McGee. It wasn’t gonna happen. Not by any stretch.

However the second? I am an admirer of delusion. Those who will find themselves trying to work their way all the way from the bottom to the top. Mike Levy is one of those people.

Lords of Pain has a report…

On June 21, 2008, Mike Levy, an indy wrestler from North Carolina, was booked into IWA-MS’s female Death Match tournament, which was attended by maybe 75 people. Rather, Levy is apparently an untrained wrestler who through some message board postings, made it known that he wanted to participate in the IWA-MS Death Match tournament. The false hype by a few wrestling message board posters led IWA-MS promoter Ian Rotten to add Levy to the women’s tournament as a joke.

Levy’s opponent in the match was current TNA Knockout Mickie Knuckles, and he took a horrible beating from her. She worked stiff on him, giving him several brutal shots with weapons throughout the match. Levy, who was apparently trying to defend himself, also starts throwing legit punches at one point in the match. This greatly angers Knuckles, so she becomes even more violent towards him. During this, Knuckles gives herself a huge lump on her head from headbutting Levy so much. The beating went on for eight to ten minutes before Knuckles got the win. As bad as the beating was, it was actually the tame part.

Following the match, two apparent wrestlers dressed in street clothes enter the fray. One’s a skinny guy by the name of Devon Moore, and the other is a guy by the name of Tank, who looks to be about 400 pounds and is supposedly a wrestler. The crowd began chanting for Levy’s finisher The Curb Stomp, which WWE star Paul Burchill uses. Tank then grabs Levy and holds his head over a barbed wire ladder. Devon comes the top rope with a double stomp that drove Levy’s head hard into the ladder. As if that wasn’t enough, the 400-pound Tank climbs to the second rope and lets his much larger size come crashing down from the second rope, stomping Levy’s head into the ladder in a sickening fashion. Tank had trouble maintaining his balance through this, and he toppled over after stomping Levy’s head.

Following this, the Moore gets on the mic, insulting him. Levy is sitting up, and Moore gives him a stiff kick in the chest. He then kicks him several more times, and telling him to “learn to sell,” in his expletive-laden tirade. The 400-pounder then gets on the mic and tells him in his thick Southern drawl to go back to North Carolina, and to never come back to their parts again.

Too add insult to injury, even Ian Rotten’s young son, who appears to be 12-years-old, gets involved in the beatdown. The child can even be seen asking “daddy” if its alright to hit him. Levy, who is now outside the ring, gives the grounded Levy with a few stiff shots with a Kendo Stick. Moore follows this up by hitting Levy with a chair. While Levy is down, the child kicks him in the back of the head.

Ian Rotten then gets on the mic and says, “Unlike you, she has a career you dip****. Unlike you, she’s going to ******g national TV on Monday.” He then kicks him in the head and tells him to “stay the **** down.” He also adds, “I told you to stay the **** down. Don’t you ****** move. You move and I’ll rip your ****** nuts off and feed ’em too yah.” Rotten then gives the okay for apparently a fan to hit Levy over the head with a weapon, which breaks upon impact.

Rotten’s spiel is not over, as he brings Mickie Knuckles over. Holding his arm over Knuckles, Rotten says, “Look at this. Look up at me you dumb mother******. Look at your knot on her head. She’s got to go to national television, cause you don’t know how to f***** work with that on her head. You f***** no-good c***-******* son of a b*****.” It should be noted that Knuckles likely gave the bump on her head to herself. During one sequence in the match, Knuckles gets incensed and gives Levy a repeated number of vicious headbutts.

The beatdown is still not over. Rotten kicks him in the head following his tirade and the child throws something at Levy. An apparent wrestler in plaid shorts (it’s hard to tell, as some of them look like members of the audience) gives Levy a really sloppy suplex on top of some debris. Rotten gets on the mic again, and says, “This is a message to anybody who wants to f*** with us. I told everybody yesterday, you f*** with one of us, you f*** with all of us. You’re a f****** outsider b**** and don’t you ever forget it Internet Sensation.” Rotten then mutters, “It’s over,” and finally leaves.

In the background, you could hear a fan say, “This is one of the greatest moments of my entire life.”

Yes, the fan got to watch a wrestler get hazed. It was the greatest moment of his life. I present this without comment.

Just let me tell you this…


Ian Rotten is nothing…if not a showman.

Fuck a duck that series sucked.

While I’ve hated the average Cub fan for the past few years, I’m man enough to know when a talented team is rolling. And the Cubbies deserved to get the sweep. Ted Lilly outpitched Sabathia for fucks sake.

But the fucking Cardinals are back in the Wild Card lead. Really. The Cubs kicked so much ass that the Tony LaRussa led batch of scrubs and assholes are back in the playoff lead. I know, right?

But yeah, suicidal tendencies in a blogger are unbecoming. I get it. The Cubs are good, and the Brewers played like shit this time around. but you know what? The Brewers have 27 games in August. 22 are against teams under .500. This series was a bust and Brewers fan is going to have to eat crow.

But the Brewers are far from dead. Sabathia and Sheets go again this weekend. Redemption is only three games away.

The Crew shall return. This has been a crazy race, and we’ll be in it to the end.

Apparently, NESN is saying Manny has been dealt…

To the Dodgers?

I have to say that I am most certainly baffled by this turn of events.

I’ll update this post. Watch this space.

Manny Ramirez has been traded to the Dodgers in a three-team blockbuster pending the approval of the commissioner’s office, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. Pirates outfielder Jason Bay is headed to the Red Sox. The Pirates will receive Andy LaRoche and right-hander Bryan Morris from the Dodgers and outfielder Damien [sic] Moss and releiver Craig Hansen from the Red Sox. The Red Sox will pay all of the approximately $7 million remaining on Ramirez’s contract.

The Pirates made some solid upper level prospects in this deal. Craig Hansen can be a closer if he gets his head back on right. Bryan Morris is crushing in the lower level. Andy LaRoche, has the potential to be a very good third baseman. And Brandon Moss? Has a high-level of doubles and a 108 OPS+ in his limited major league career.

The Red Sox in getting Jason Bay get a sane level of equality in terms of overall game with Manny, plus control for another year. Even if they give up two good prospects to do it.

The Dodgers? They may just get the NL West if Jeff Kent and Larry Bowa don’t kill him first.

Crazy trade this.

Apparently, Jason Bay is a Ray to stay…

Filed under: BAYSBALL!,Go Rays Go,Jason Bay,Trader Drew's Trading Post — by Andrew @ 1:20 pm

The D-Rays went out and got themselves a pretty good power bat in former Pittsburgh Pirate Jason Bay. Apparently. And they didn’t overpay. Reid Brignac is a solid defender, but an OPS of .728 in AAA means Jack Wilson could be a better player at this moment. Jeff Niemann is 6’9″ and would go into the Pirates rotation instantly.

On a smaller scale, it’s like the Brewers trading for legitimacy. Jason Bay is 30 homer power. Jason Bay is protection for Longoria and runs for Upton. And in a world where the Yankees got better for cheap. It was a deal the Rays had to make.

And it will likely work out.

Or not…MLB.com’s contradicting itself. Brignac may not be available.

And after the deadline, the Manny rumors may be back on…

The Marlins have Arthur Rhodes!

He’s a Lefty!

And here’s info on the guy the Marlins dealt. In-depth.

Ken Griffey Jr. to the White Sox.

Now, I was ready to write something about how you traded your two top pitching prospects and a Mark Kotsay clone for Nick Swisher and go and trade him back to his original team for Huston Street. That was a real rumor today.

But it seems as if the White Sox want to go back in time. They traded two mediocre prospects for Griffey. And apparently they want him to play Center Field. Which, despite the fact that they traded for him cheaply, is a really bad idea. Because he can’t handle right field anymore.

Also, he’s no upgrade over Nick Swisher, who is in the middle of a season playing Nick Swisher baseball. Low average, good power, great batting eye, looking stoned half the time. I’d go for the picture, but I’m lazy right now.

Unless it moves Paulie Konerko to the bench, this is a deal I just do not get. I may not be smart enough I guess.

July 30, 2008

The Big Rumor of the Day is Manny to the Marlins?

Filed under: BAYSBALL!,TGNC-CRTP Newsed Brief,Trader Drew's Trading Post — by Andrew @ 8:30 pm

And all of the sudden, everybody’s saying that Mike Jacobs has been pulled from the line-up.

Jacobs and Hermida/Willingham for Manny? Maybe…

But the Manny trade has no sex appeal. None.

The trade deadline is still hack this year…

Pudge for Farnsy?

Filed under: BAYSBALL!,Damnable Yankees,Trader Drew's Trading Post — by Andrew @ 3:54 pm

What the hell is that Detroit? You’re selling? You’re giving up a still decent Pudge for a mediocre pitcher who throws hard? Isn’t Fernando Rodney good enough for you?

I mean, really. I can’t understand the Tigers logic on this deal. Kyle Farnsworth is only good when he’s being portrayed by one of The Dugout. Yeah, he’s better this year, but he’s still not the dude who’s capable of 100 strikeouts in the pen. He’s pitching like he did in 2006. It’s not good trade for Detroit.

The Yankees made a steal…fuck.

July 29, 2008

This is a post in reference to the days events…

It has been a busy day. Things have happened. Shenanigans and what have you. I was watching AWA live at a 1987 dive bar it was freaking awesome.

And you know what? I’ll tell you what I think.

AOL Fanhouse loves breasts more than dignity: Now, I’m not going to say that I’m not unwilling to show pretty girls doing stuff. It happens. I’m a dude. The female form is pleasing to the eye.

However? I’m merely one man. My tag team partner has done it too. We haven’t tried to portray ourselves as the preeminent news gathering organization in the Sports Blogosphere. We can still call ourselves amateur.

This is like taking Charles Gibson with Brenda Lynn Acevedo. Sure, it’s flashier. Sure, everybody loves breasts. But when you come for class and decorum from the content. This is jarring, and not in a fun way.

The Mark Teixera trade: Teixera is awesome. He’s going to rock Anaheim with power the likes of which Anaheim has never seen. But you know what? The Braves dumped salary. Casey Kotchman?

It is as if they got Lyle Overbay without the cult herodom. And that’s a shame. The Braves of the 90’s are dead. Bury them.

As for Anaheim? Well…

John Lackey is awesome: But you knew that already.

Ron Artest to Houston: I know it’s PTBNL dependent, but the Rockets are soft. And adding a crazy motherfucker like Artest suddenly makes the Rockets-Spurs an almost guarantee for an embarrasing brawl. Which is awesome.

Rotohog sent us a tip…and as Brett Favre is going all Lloyd Dobler on Green Bay, please watch and enjoy.

Though in this matter, Favre is completely Ione Skye. And I will not argue about this.

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