There Is Good Hip-Hop Out There

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As of recent, I have been seeing many individuals complain about Hip-Hop and how it is in a very bad state currently. As the genre continues to get bigger, of course there will a lack of diversity in most popular songs and can be easily shown by just looking at the Billboard Hot 100.

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Royal Rumble Predictions for 2018

The Royal Rumble is one of the most exciting matches in WWE history, because of the various things that can happen in the match; for example, returns of wrestlers who were injured or were released who are making their comeback, debuts of new wrestlers who can definitely cause an impact and tease dream matches for the future, even returns of retired wrestlers making their comeback for one show. Another exciting thing is you never know who’ll win it, because there are many wrestlers going into it with momentum, and some who are just thrown out of left field. There is also history being made with the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble. So here are some predictions for this Sunday’s Royal Rumble. Continue reading “Royal Rumble Predictions for 2018”

Should Certain Wrestling Moves Be Unbanned?

This past Monday on Raw, a match between Seth Rollins and Finn Balor, Seth Rollins used a finishing move that was banned back in 2015, but was let to use in his match, labeled as “Blackout” previously called “Curb Stomp.” It was banned for reasons of kids being influenced to do the move, and because it can seriously injure wrestlers. The move coming back was a real surprise to me and many other wrestling fans, because it could mean them bringing back moves that are banned.   Continue reading “Should Certain Wrestling Moves Be Unbanned?”

Bold 2018 Wrestling Predictions

Wrestling in 2017 was phenomenal and disappointing at the same time, because many independent wrestling companies were very successful with their product; meanwhile the WWE had its fair share of ups and downs, with many disappointing points; such as burying Finn Bálor and not giving him another shot at the Universal Championship, because of him getting injured and having to relinquish the Championship. There was also the burial of The Club (Gallows and Anderson). Additionally, some bad feuds such as Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt and Finn Bálor, Jinder Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura. But some of the highlights of last year were AJ Styles vs Finn Bálor, Kenny Omega vs Kazuchika Okada trilogy, and the Young Bucks vs The Hardy Boyz. So here are a few predictions for this years wrestling.  Continue reading “Bold 2018 Wrestling Predictions”

The Englewood Fairytale

The most charming cliché graced my Sunday morning and I want to tell you all about it.

I showed up at Ogden Park at 8:30 AM to pick up my bib and aqua-blue t-shirt for the 3rd annual Englewood 5k. I was by myself and spent the 2 hours until race time reading, pretending I’m good at stretching, and watching the whole community turn out for selfies and hugs. It was equally heart warming and alienating for someone who showed up solo.

Come race time, everyone passed under the timing arch, jogging to the beat of the Legends Drumline, which is objectively the greatest running music ever created.

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Decorated Retirement

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Mark LoManaco also known as Bully Ray, Bubba Ray Dudley, and Brother Ray who was known for his partnership with Devon Dudley or Brother Devon as part of one of the most decorated tag teams in professional wrestling history the Dudley Boyz or Team 3D in the companies: ECW, WWF/E, TNA, and New Japan Pro-Wrestling, announced he was retiring from in-ring competition after suffering a concussion at Death Before Dishonor XV.

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He’s been apart of some of the best moments in wrestling history such as ECW when wrestling was taken to the Extreme with many violent and hardcore matches in history back in Extreme Championship Wrestling. Buh Buh Ray Dudley as he was known back in ECW with D-Von used to put people through tables, sometimes through flaming tables, which lead to his catchphrase “D-Von get the tables!” in WWE. They also won the ECW World Tag Team Championship many times in their tenure with ECW. He also part of innovated tag team wrestling with the Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian back in the WWF/E with their clashes in Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches they had during the WWE’s most well received period of wrestling known as the Attitude Era winning the WWE Tag Team Championships many times during their tenure. They also had success in the independent scene such as TNA and New Japan Pro-Wrestling capturing the IWGP Tag Team Championship and TNA World Tag Team Championship at the same time during TNA and New Japan’s partnership. Then Ray would reinvent himself as the heel, Bully Ray, who would go to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship several times as well during the end of his tenure with TNA. Then he returned to WWE for one last run with the company which him and D-Von had a good run feuding with the New Day and the Wyatt Family; however didn’t capture any gold in their last run with the WWE. After that he went to Ring of Honor without D-Von, where he joined up with the Briscoe Brothers to capture the ROH Six-Man Tag Team Champion. Then he would lose it and challenge the Bullet Club for the titles at Death Before Dishonor XV, where Jay Briscoe turned heel on him and threw a table at him where his head hit the edge of it causing him to get knocked out and take the pin. He was then taken to a hospital where it was found that he had suffered a concussion. Then this past weekend at ROH Global War’s he announced that he was retiring from in-ring competition and thanking the fans for his long journey, and would continue to be with Ring of Honor to help the young wrestlers.

I still remember watching many of his matches in ECW, WWF/E, TNA where he had many great matches, and I feel like there is nothing left to accomplish for him in his career as he’s a very decorated wrestler who’s innovated tag team wrestling and managed to reinvent himself. So I feel his retirement is sad, but well deserved, especially after his concussion history which has put many out of careers early and has made some wrestlers do some bad things in their life. Maybe he’ll return to WWE one day and do one last “Devon get the tables!” and put someone through a table on a reunion show as D-Von is in WWE as a producer. Maybe he’ll also reunite with Edge & Christian and the Hardy Boyz who all currently work for WWE with D-Von.

Bulls are 2-0!

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Currently the Bulls have just finished their second game against the Boston Celtics, in a best of 7 series. And guess what? We won. Can you believe it? I’m not sure if I do. I know I’ve been a rollercoaster when it comes to my blog posts that have been about the Chicago Bulls this year. Some weeks I wanna quit at life and wish they would tank, and other weeks, such as last week I’m telling you guys to believe in them. But the thing is, can you blame me? Thats exactly the type of season their having. It is confusing.

But that doesn’t change the fact that we’re up 2-0 in the series, having won both the games in Boston. Usually the lower seeded teams are aiming to win at least one, to win home court advantage over the higher seeded team. Yet we won both. Now I know the series is a long way from over, and the Bulls can possibly go back to their ways of being great one week, and playing like the Brooklyn Nets the next. I’m just happy that things are looking good.

The next two games are critical, as their both right here in Chicago and even if we win just one, we will have a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. So unless we’re the Golden State Warriors things would be looking great.

Also just pointing out my last article was based around the Bulls having a chance to make a playoff push, ESPN can contact me if they wanna new basketball analyst

Stepping Onto The Ice Again

It’s been a little over five years since I’ve ended my figure skating career, and about two full years since I’ve stepped onto the ice. Today I had the opportunity to lace my boots up, and take my little sister to the rink for the very first time.

I began skating when I was about five years old after my mom had signed me up for lessons at our local rink. I don’t remember how it happened, but at some point I acquired a coach and was training six days a week for the next eleven years of my life. Through many ups and downs and emotional turmoil, my skating career ended at sixteen when I became injured and my family and I decided it was time that I hung my skates up.

However, I’ve yet to be completely over my skating career coming to an end. No matter how difficult and emotionally trying, or how guilty I’d often feel from the financial burden my parents went through to support me; I miss it. I miss the flying feeling and the certain way I’d place my arms and shoulders when covering the bend of the rink. I miss the cold and refusing to wear gloves, and the power and the grace that I could harness both at once and ever only on the ice. I even miss competing and the failed attempts at shutting off my nervousness. I miss the red-lipped war paint, and the combination of the specific smell of skating tights and hairspray will forever be ingrained into my memory.

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When my little sister was born my coach had joked that there’ll be another skater in the family. The thought stayed with me through the hour as I watched my sister finding her weight on a pair of blades for the first time, and doing better than I would have anticipated. I can’t recall seeing anyone as fearless or as frustrated with not already knowing how to skate as fast as the other kids. As she refused my help, I stole some moments to feel the ice again. It’s hard to let go the love of your life, and as I’ve struggled to do so for the past five years, I don’t think I’m capable of it any longer. There’s just nothing that would serve as a good enough replacement.

As a competitor I had felt the pressure to excel and get an edge on my opponents. I was expected to be the best and there was always goals being placed on me that were far greater than I was capable of living up to. Not meeting these outlandish expectations has been viewed by me as failure and a sure sign that I’m simply not good enough. I had crumbled under the pressure and an injury was even more reason to call it quits. But medals and success and even the pride I’ve imagined feeling for representing my country at any sort of championship, are not good reasons to do anything at all. The power I feel, the grace, the beauty, and the sheer delight of gliding through the ice, that I swear can’t be likened to any other feeling of known existence, are much better reasons. Or when my mom can’t help but get emotional when she sees me skate and tells me that I look as I did five years ago.

It’s far too easy to become lost in the motions, the failures and the triumphs. It’s easy to make comparisons and to react to judgment as a truth, and sometimes, it’s so incredibly hard to remember why you started that you just want to quit. But if there’s anything to take away from my experiences — it’s that for anything we do it’s important to remember why we do it.