Fittingly, as we were all giving thanks for the wonderful things in our lives yesterday, former WWE superstar CM Punk interrupted the holiday with a long, rambling podcast as close friend Colt Cabana’s guest.
It’s filled with the typical, ego-charged rhetoric from Punk we’ve come to expect. He says he’ll never go to work for WWE again, citing a barrage of claims, with the most damning being Vince McMahon and company sent him termination papers on his wedding day. Read more
Last week I experienced the thrill and experience that is the sport of Rugby. Well, the thrill and experience that comes from watching the sport of rugby. Last Saturday, I went to the USA Eagles v New Zealand All Blacks game in Chicago. Packed into a sold out stadium, with 61,499 other screaming fans, I enjoyed my first professional rugby match. This was unlike any display of athleticism I had ever seen. Rugby has the fast-paced and continual play that is exhibited in soccer, with the full contact that one would expect during an American football game. It only took one game because I am now hooked on rugby. Read more
Dear Hardcore Soccer Fans in America,
The World Cup starts this week, but you knew that. You don’t need ESPN to run promos with Coldplay music splashed in the background to remind you of the start of soccer’s biggest tournament. Your biological soccer clock’s countdown timer has been ticking since 2010’s tournament ended.
Soccer season never really ends for you. You follow different leagues all around the world, so when one league takes a brief break, you just hop over and watch another league. You’re a fan, 24-7, 365.
So now, with the World Cup just days away, I ask just one simple favor of you…
Don’t be a douche.
What that means… Read more
The last winner was crowned in 1978.
There was Sir Barton in 1919.
Gallant Fox in 1930.
Omaha in 1935.
War Admiral in 1937.
Whirlaway in 1941.
Count Fleet in 1943.
Assault in 1946.
Citation in 1948.
The famed Secretariat in 1973.
Seattle Slew in 1977.
And then Affirmed in 1978.
Within 30 years, amongst the ruins of two World Wars and the Great Depression, we had 8 Triple Crown winning horses. Then, a quarter of a century passed before Secretariat became the hero America needed in the midst of turmoil surrounding Vietnam and Watergate. Seattle Slew and Affirmed followed up with back-to-back wins in the late 1970s as Jimmy Carter’s America stumbled along… and we haven’t had a Triple Crown winner since.
It’s tough to sum up my feelings around my first WrestleMania weekend after hearing of the Ultimate Warrior’s death late last night. He was one in a million, a superhero to millions of kids in the early 90s, but most importantly, after hearing him speak at the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night, I can say that he was a good man who cared more about his wife and daughters than anything else. After hearing Scott “Razor Ramon” Hall and Jake “The Snake” Roberts discuss losing everything and hitting rock bottom before getting their lives straightened out, it was refreshing to hear Warrior speak about his ability to hold onto his wife, work through his problems and start what seemed to be a very happy family.
RIP Warrior. You will be missed. Read more
Well, this is a surprise. Here I thought that I would be writing a column the week after WrestleMania XXX glamorizing fellow Wise Guise writer and friend Warner Russell and I enjoying the festivities in New Orleans. We had a memorable few days: I got to meet up with John Cena, and Warner met Hall of Famer Mick Foley. We laughed, cried and nearly fell asleep during the Hall of Fame ceremony. And then we waited in an hour-long line to enter the Superdome for the big show Sunday afternoon. Read more