Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
HAVE A SOUL!!!
My name is Chris ,
I am three,
My eyes are swollen..
I cannot see.
I must be stupid,
I must be bad,
What else could have made,
My daddy so mad?
I wish I were better,
I wish I weren't ugly,
Then maybe my mommy,
Would still want to hug me.
I can't do a wrong,
I can't speak at all,
Or else I'm locked up,
All day long.
When I'm awake,
I'm all alone,
The house is dark,
My folks aren't home.
When my mommy does come home,
I'll try and be nice,
So maybe I'll just get,
One whipping tonight.
I just heard a car,
My daddy is back,
From Charlie's bar
I hear him curse,
My name is called ,
I press myself,
Against the wall.
I try to hide,
>From his evil eyes,
I'm so afraid now,
I'm starting to cry.
He finds me weeping,
Calls me ugly words,
He says its my fault,
He suffers at work.
He slaps and hits me,
And yells at me more,
I finally get free,
And run to the door.
He's already locked it,
And I start to bawl,
He takes me and throws me,
Against the hard wall.
I fall to the floor,
With my bones nearly broken,
And my daddy continues,
With more bad words spoken.
'I'm sorry!', I scream,
But it's now much to late,
His face has been twisted,
Into a unimaginable sh ape.
The hurt and the pain,
Again and again,
O please God, have mercy!
O please let it end!
And he finally stops,
And heads for the door,
While I lay there motionless,
Sprawled on the floor.
My name is Chris ,
I am three,
Tonight my daddy,
And you can help,
Sickens me to the soul,
If you read this,
And don't pass it on.
I pray for your forgiveness,
You would have to be,
One heartless person,
Not to be affected,
By this Poem.
And because you ARE affected,
Do something about it!
So all I ask you to do,
Is pass this on!
IF YOU ARE AGAINST CHILD ABUSE!
Post this as 'Daddy ... It hurts'
If you do not send this to everyone you know
Then you obviously don't care about child abuse.
At first I thought this was just a chain letter
And I wasn't going to send it either,
But now I realize that this is an important situation.
At least 5 children each day from around the world die from child abuse!!!!
This happens across the board, no matter how much money they have or their ethnicity.
|HIT ME !|
Monday, October 19, 2009
Patriots Bury The Titans in the Foxborough Snow
Well, well, well.... I was going to post a review of yesterday's Patriots game yesterday but am glad I didn't. Although the waiting is the hardest part (TOM PETTY !!!), sleeping on this historic day in Foxborough may, and I repeat MAY, have given me the opportunity to formulate a "different" post - and that's why you all read right???
True that I haven't written about the folks from Foxborough often this year, but that doesn't mean I haven't been following.. EXCEPT for the [frigging] week that FOX decided it was more important to show their Connecticut audience a NY (NJ?)Jets game - good thing CBS has more brains !!!!!
Anyway, I won't rant and rave about the historical nature of yesterday's "contest" as outlined below are the milestones the Patriots achieved.... but rest assured this post won't go rantless as my "mission" here is to bring things more into perspective - hmmmmmmm...
I've been up for an hour and have already read several reports of, "Brady is back!", "Brady plays his best game of the season" and "THIS is the history-making Brady that we all know".... STEP THE [FREAK] RIGHT BACK !!!!!!! (perspective time).
Brady did indeed have a great game yesterday... well, a great 1 half and 1 drive of a game... and being taken out after tossing his 6th TD pass most likely prohibited Tom from having the greatest game by a quarterback in NFL history !!! I agree with Coach Belichick's decision to not risk an injury ANOTHER injury in a game that was decided after the opening drive.
Brady's final stats yesterday were 29/34 for 380 yards, 6 TDs and no interceptions... a QB rating of slightly under perfect at 152.8... EXCELLENT stats at that... especially considering he was pulled after 1 drive in the second half..
BUUUUUUUUUUUT, if you think that I think that what the "experts" think is true.... YOU'VE GOT ANOTHER THING COMING !!! (Judas Priest), and I offer my review from game 1 of the season against the Bills... Tom's stats that week... 39/53 for 378 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception... QB rating of 97.8
THAT is the day Brady was back !!!! THAT is the Brady's best game of the season (to date)...
But wait !!! Brady's stats were better yesterday !!! Have I flipped my lid ??? UHHHHHHHH.. perhaps, but in this case I think not. But how can I say September 14 against the Bills was Brady's best game??
"Simply" put.... BECAUSE IT WAS !!! On 9/14, the Patriots were losing the game with 6 minutes to play - yesterday they won the game in the opening drive.... On 9/14, Tom Brady commandeered his 29th career come-from-behind victory - yesterday he was removed in a one-sided contest.... on 9/14 the Patriots NEEDED Brady's arm, only mustering 73 yards rushing - yesterday the ground attack could have won the game (actually they did as the first TD was a 45-yard run by Lawrence Maroney), totaling 193 yards.... on 9/14 the Patriots defense only caused 1 turnover - yesterday they took the ball away 5 times.... on 9/14 the Patriots were playing a quality NFL football team - yesterday they were playing 0-5 (now 0-6) "Pop Warner" rejects....
So yes, yesterday was a great game to watch as a Patriots fan... and although Coach Belichick will always find something to work on, the Pats simply dominated the Titans offensively and defensively. The Titans completed only 2 passes for a TOTAL of -7 yards... AND they couldn't even stop Patriots back-up QB, a free agent rookie, Brian Hoyer, who was 9/11 himself - and even rushed for a score.
Team records set by the Patriots
- Most points in a game (59)
- Most points in a half (45 in the first half)
- Most points in a quarter (35 in second quarter)
- Most total net yards in a game (619)
- Most passing net yards in a game (426, tie)
- Most touchdowns in a game (8, tie)
- Most passing yards in a half (Tom Brady, 345)
- Most passing touchdowns in a half (Tom Brady, 5 in first half)
- Most passing touchdowns in a game (Tom Brady, tie, 6)
NFL records set by the Patriots
- Most touchdown passes in a quarter (Tom Brady, 5 in the second quarter)
- Largest halftime lead (45 points, 45-0)
Other milestones achieved by the Patriots
- The Patriots' 59-0 win ties the largest shutout victory by an NFL team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Atlanta Falcons 59-0 on Dec. 4, 1976.
- The Patriots 59-point victory ties the largest margin of victory by any team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, equaling the L.A. Rams' 59-point win over Atlanta on Dec. 4, 1976 (59-0).
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I take the easy way out today and copy the Wikipedia article on Captain Lou Albano, truly a pioneer in the sports/entertainment industry. As a child growing up, the WWWF was an important part of my relationship with my father - and Lou Albano was an important part of the WWWF. For that I thank Louis Vincent Albano - may you rest in peace....
Louis Vincent Albano (July 29, 1933 – October 14, 2009) was an American professional wrestler, manager and actor. With an over-the-top personality and a penchant for boisterous declarations, "Captain" Lou Albano was the epitome of the antagonistic manager that raised the ire of wrestlers and incited the anger of spectators. Throughout his 42-year career, Albano guided 15 different tag teams and four singles competitors to championship gold. A unique showman, with an elongated beard, rubber band facial piercings, and loud outfits, he was the forefather of the 1980s Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection. Collaborating with Cyndi Lauper, Albano helped usher in wrestling's crossover success with a mainstream audience. Capitalizing on his success, he later ventured into Hollywood with various television, film, and music projects.
Albano was born on July 29, 1933 in Rome, Italy. His family moved to the United States and settled in Mount Vernon, New York. He played football at and graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York. After briefly attending the University of Tennessee on a football scholarship, Albano left school to join the Army. During his tour, Albano became interested in professional wrestling when he was working at a bar as a bouncer and met two wrestlers. Albano made his professional wrestling debut by beating Bob Lazaro in Montreal,Quebec in 1953.
Professional wrestling career
World Wide Wrestling Federation
Albano achieved moderate success as a tag team performer with partner Tony Altimore. Dubbed The Sicilians, Altimore and Albano competing as a stereotypical Italian gangster combo. Their realistic depiction of their characters caught the attention of actual mafiosi. In 1967, they won theUnited States Tag Team Championship from Arnold Skaaland and Spiros Arion.
Following the encouragement of fellow wrestler Bruno Sammartino, Albano transitioned from wrestling to announcing. He transformed himself into the brash, bombastic manager Captain Lou Albano. With a quick wit and a grating personality, Albano delivered memorable promos that made him wrestling's most villainous manager. He earned the scorn of the wrestling audience as he attempted to dethrone World Wide Wrestling Federation superstar and WWWF champion Bruno Sammartino. In 1971, Albano achieved his objective when "Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff ended Sammartino's seven year reign as champion. For the remainder of the 1970s, Albano's cadre of loyal henchmen were unable to resecure the championship once Sammartino won it back.
Albano guided singles wrestlers Pat Patterson, Don Muraco and Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine to the Intercontinental Championship.Furthermore, Albano guided fifteen teams to the WWWF World Tag Team Championships, including The Valiant Brothers, The Wild Samoans, The Blackjacks, The Moondogs and The Executioners. By the end of his career, Albano managed over 50 different wrestlers who won two dozen championships.
Albano could also help elevate wrestlers by splitting from them. In 1982, despite being managed by the villainous Albano, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka was becoming a fan favorite due to his high-flying ring style. An interview segment revealed that Snuka had no legal contract with Albano, and thus was able to leave his manager. Shortly thereafter, a bloody beatdown by Albano, Fred Blassie and Ray Stevens, helped transform Snuka into a sympathetic figure, and triggered the most successful period of his career.
Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection
During the 1980s, Albano appeared in Cyndi Lauper's music videos for her hit songs "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "She Bop", and "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" Parlaying the venture, new WWF owner Vince McMahon devised the Rock 'n' Wrestling storyline, a collaboration and cross-promotion between the newly renamed WWF and elements of the music industry. During a public appearance at Madison Square Garden, Albano made sexist comments that outraged the singer and non-wrestling fans. Furthermore, on WWF television, Albano made the audacious claims that he was Lauper's manager, that he had secretly written her songs, and that he was the architect of her success. The two settled their differences on the MTV/WWF special The War to Settle the Score. Following Lauper's victory at the event, Albano apologized to Lauper and instantly became a fan favorite and the voice of Rock 'n' Wrestling. It was also explained that Albano had undergone surgery to remove "calcium deposits" on his medulla oblongata, and that the operation had removed his evil tendencies.
The crossover storyline, coupled with the Hulkamania phenomenon surrounding then-WWF champion Hulk Hogan and the first WrestleMania, triggered a period of unprecedented success for not only the WWF, but for the professional wrestling industry as a whole. Moreover, Albano helped cement wrestling's place within pop culture. Following the colossal success of the Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection, Albano left the WWF in 1986 to focus on various projects. Except for a brief return in 1994 to co-manage The Headshrinkers, Albano was retired from the wrestling industry.
Television and Film
Capitalizing on his new found celebrity, Albano began appearing in a vast array of television and film projects. Throughout the late eighties, Albano appeared in Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling, 227, Miami Vice, Hey Dude, Brian De Palma's Wiseguys, "Complex World" and the 1987 wrestling movie Body Slam. Expanding into music, Albano managed and performed with rockers NRBQ. He was immortalized in the song "Captain Lou" on their Lou and the Q album. Albano also periodically appeared on the John Davidson version of Hollywood Squares.
In March 1989, on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Albano had his trademark beard shaved on the air in order to star as the iconic video gamecharacter Mario in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. Along with Danny Wells, he co-starred in live action segments during interludes of the Mario cartoon, as well as providing the voice of his animated counterpart.
In 1992, Albano appeared in the John Ritter film Stay Tuned as the ring announcer for a wrestling match of the "Underworld Wrestling Federation" pitting Ritter and Pam Dawber's characters against two demonic wrestlers.
In 1996, Albano was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame. Two years later, he co-authored the book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pro-Wrestling along with Bert Sugar. In his final years, Albano was semi-active in the wrestling industry with appearances at reunion events, conventions, and WWE programming.
During the 1990s and early 2000s, Albano could often be found on local cable television promoting small businesses in Putnam, Westchester, and Dutchess Counties, NY, employing the same over the top style that characterized his 1980s stardom.
Albano was one of five children born to Dr. Carmen Louis and Eleanor Albano, both deceased. The other Albano siblings are Vincent, George, Eleanor, and Carl.
Albano's brother, Carl, taught health for 32 years at Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, NJ, and was head of the Ridgewood High health department from 1974 until 2001. Carl Albano's students have noted that he used his brother Lou as an example of the difference between crazy and unique.
Albano died of natural causes on October 14, 2009, aged 76, while under hospice care at his home. He is survived by his wife Geri, four children and 14 grandchildren.
Championships and accomplishments
- Other honoree (1995)
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- Foley, Mick (2000). Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. HarperCollins. ISBN 0061031011.
- Ellison, Lillian (2003). The Fabulous Moolah: First Goddess of the Squared Circle. ReaganBooks. ISBN 9780060012588.
- "WWE Hall of Fame Profile"
- "Wrestling Museum Hall of Fame Induction Article"
- Albano dies at 76
- Offical website
- Lou Albano at the Internet Movie Database
- WWE Hall of Fame profile
- Online World of Wrestling profile
|Voice of Mario|
Super Mario Brothers Super Show
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 &Captain N & Super Mario World