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|Tue, October 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
David's story begins by him talking about his going back home to Africa...Tanzania specifically. It'd be an interesting human interest piece if this was just that. But this is a Spike Lee [Lil] Joint. Why the Spike Lee treatment? And why on ESPN? David is activist & baseball legend Jackie Robinson's son. ESPN's headline - "Jackie Robinson's son is a coffee farmer in Tanzania" - rather oversimplifies what this documentary is covering, but it's a good watch!
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|Mon, October 24, 2016 at 12:01 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
"When turned on" huh... and you can just 'turn it off' huh? Yeah, right. THIS is why I am not cracking when y'all crack on my 'dumb phone' though. Mind your biz, Google, not mine! No 'Timeline' on me. Thiz shiz right here...
There's a setting in your Google account, which - when turned on - creates a record of everywhere you go and when you went there. It's intended to make your Google Maps experience more useful, like providing a faster commute to work or home. In 2015, the company also started rolling out another feature called "Timeline," which lets you easily view this information on a private, customizable map of your every move. Here's how to access it and turn it off in case it creeps you out.
- Tech Insider
Ha! 'Private' or not (read: not), Google can (read: is) generating a "customizable map of your every move." Yeeeeaaah, um, I know where I've been. I'm cool, Google. But thanks for offering. File this under 'just because you can do a thing does not mean you should.'
|Mon, October 24, 2016 at 11:01 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
They're baaaack. I have actually grown to like the zanier movie cousins in the Marvel Universe family - Deadpool (okay, zany AND macabre), Ant-Man, and now this new Guardians Of The Galaxy. Dave Bautista & Chris Pratt are both a fool in this trailer; had me cracking up with over a hug. Baaahahaaa! "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2" is due out in the Universe in 2017.
(At the end... aaaaw, look at Li'l Groot Root.)
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, Dave Batista
|Mon, October 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The headline should read: Team USA Gets OWNED At Kabaddi World Cup 2016... But we'll be back world... We'll be BACK!
Wow, Kabaddi looks VERY interesting! American sports fans, this could be it! Okay, let's back up a touch. What you see above is, as the commentator conveys starting around the 9-minute mark, the genesis tenet of a true world sport: "It's a simple game to understand. Very tough to play." But watch now, understand a bit of the way in, and understand that this Kabaddi thing is already enjoyed by MILLIONS, already being covered on ESPN3, already being played by teams from nations worldwide, already presenting a World Champion chosen via tournament games... Again, wow! Imagine a sport that has something in it for lovers of football, basketball, soccer...tag...f'n Red Rover... AND 'Rasslin (yeah, the Greco-Roman stuff but with pro wrestling's pop appeal)! This Deadspin (respect!) article put it perfectly:
Kabaddi is kind of like schoolyard tackle football, without the football. Or like red rover played by overzealous wrestlers. The PKL version of the game is played indoors on a large, rectangular mat and the teams are broken up into two sides, blockers and raiders. A raider must foray into the opposing half, tag a competitor, and then make it back to their own half without being tackled. The raider must do so with only one breath, repeating the word "kabaddi" so the referee knows they haven't inhaled. Points can be gathered in a number of ways, but basically it's just a bunch of big dudes tackling and evading with combinations of brute strength and agility. It's fast-paced, visceral, intuitive, and a very big deal in India.
- Jemayel Khawaja
Uh oh. Will Americans actually watch en masse a game not invented in the homeland? Truthfully, such remains to be seen. But if any sport has a legit chance, it is Kabaddi. Bet on it.
(And if and when Vegas starts laying odds on it. It will truly be IN... you can bet on it!)
MORE: TEAM USA AT THE KABADDI WORLD CUP (DEADSPIN)