Arianny Celeste or Arianny Celeste Penelope Lopez Marquez, as is her full legal name, is a ring girl/model. She is best known for being an Octagon girl for the UFC.Follow paulmbanks
Former world heavyweight champion turned entertainer Mike Tyson is giving back to the community with the launch of his charity, Mike Tyson Cares Foundation. (http://www.miketysoncares.org/)
Yes, that’s right Mike Tyson is a more sensitive guy than you give him credit for.Follow paulmbanks
Usually we don’t do wrestling stories here. It’s not a sport. Of course, we’re all truly in the entertainment business, not the sports media business, cuz the sports media business doesn’t really exist; it’s all about ratings, numbers, viewers, page views, “infotainment” etc.
And wrestling probably embodies this best. Especially the WWF turned WWE. Notice it’s called World Wrestling “Entertainment.” It’s expected to be drama, gossip, and soap opera silliness, and now it’s spilling over to the legal and entertainment media worlds. And this story is too unique to just pass up doing a post on.
Hulk Hogan is currently embroiled in a bitter divorce (is there any other kind?) with ex-wife Linda Bollea.
And whatcha gonna do when possible defamation suits reign down on you?Follow paulmbanks
The Chicago Cubs will probably lose 105+ games this season (the club record is 103), so in this most dreadful of seasons tonight was pretty much their Super Bowl. It’s the first “green shoot” of the Theo Epstein- Jed Hoyer regime, a huge night for Cubs fans and the long term view. And a reason for extra media to show up.
With over a century on ineptitude, Cub fans are always obsessed with the next savior, the next big thing to come along and turn it all around.
Anthony Rizzo has that title now, but in the past the very heavy crown has been worn by: Shawon Dunston, Derrick May, Corey Patterson, Felix Pie, Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, Ty Griffin, Mike Harkey, Hee Sop Choi, Lance Dickson, Gary Scott and many more “can’t miss” prospects who ultimately missed.
Rizzo is an MLB super-prospect and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, before battling the hype and expectations of the third largest media market and the most success starved of all sports fan bases, he’s battled and conquered cancer.
Rizzo did not make his major league debut tonight, but his Cubs debut was just as hyped and anticipated.Follow paulmbanks
I had the privilege to watch the Ultimate Fighter finale over the weekend from the Palms. Witnessing these world class athletes in the octagon is a worthy culmination to season fourteen. Michael Bisping manhandled Jason “Mayhem” Miller in the final bout of the evening. The duo between the coaches made me ponder what is in store for fighters after their careers. I decided to provide some options for those who are in search of a second job opportunity.Follow paulmbanks
If you’re a regular watcher of The Daily Show, you probably know all about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. She’s a perfect example of the hot/crazy scale. The hotter a woman is, the more likely men will put up with their batsh** behavior and no one calls them out on their craziness. Therefore, they continue being crazy, because no one holds them accountable.
Maybe Kelly is more dumb than crazy. Here’s a petition from Change.org I signed, and I encourage you to do the same
Ms. Kelly, on November 21, you told Bill O’Reilly that pepper spray (as used by Lt. John Pike to assault the UC Davis protestors) is “a food product, essentially.” That was, of course, ridiculous.
While you allowed that the spray was “abrasive and intrusive”, you wondered if it had been diluted (reportedly, it hadn’t).
To back up your claim that pepper spray is a food product, please consume as much of it as was sprayed on each protestor’s face, in one sitting, on camera at Fox News.
Reminds me of the time that Mancow said “waterboarding is not torture,” let himself be waterboarded for the cameras, and didn’t last 5 seconds. And he admitted he was proven wrong.Follow paulmbanks
Floyd Mayweather recently defeated Victor Ortiz in a fourth round knockout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Of course, the world is greatly anticipating a Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight in the near future.
Speculation is rampant on this topic and it may ultimately create a frenzy that could create a record pay day for both, no matter who wins. During the fight weekend, my mind was comparing Mayweather with Mike Tyson. The amount that they have in common is striking.Follow paulmbanks
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s television deal with Fox, FX, and Fuel TV is set to last 7 years according to details of the arrangement publicized over the last few days. The new partnership will officially kick off with a November 12 fight card in Anaheim, California to be broadcast on FOX. The combatants who will represent the UFC will set the tone for the deal and also help the UFC make a major statement about the popularity of MMA compared to boxing. The show will air the same night Manny Pacquiao faces off with Juan Manuel Marquez as part of a Pay-Per-View boxing card from Las Vegas.Follow paulmbanks
The Big East is represented in China at the moment by none other than the Georgetown Hoyas. The supposed goodwill tour recently included a bench clearing brawl. This leaves a black mark for the moment on the university, but as usual John Thompson III has a measured response in not hastily cancelling future contests.
Some more muscle could have assisted the Hoyas in achieving greater success in the melee.
Iron Mike Tyson is a prime example of someone who could have taken care of business on the court with the frenzy. He does have a softer side now as a supposed family man, but he still has to be all kinds of crazy to have that kind of affection for pigeons. If I had that hobby, the last thing in the world that I would be looking to do is broadcast it to the world.Follow paulmbanks
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is slated to fight Victor Ortiz on the weekend of Mexican Independence Day in September at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. For those of you who are simply thinking that this is a tune up bout to get ready for Manny Pacquiao, you have another thing coming. I often write about athletes who are battling their own demons that are sometimes their biggest obstacles in life. Mayweather falls into this category.Follow paulmbanks